2015 PMCC’s new State Champion, the Seaview Ride & Juniors’ Program gathers Pace

State U19 Championships

PMCC and Mobius Future Racing rider Liam Magennis has reached another career milestone this weekend winning the NSW under 19 State Criteium Championship at Heffron Park. In an exciting race an early 5 man break took 30 seconds off the main group before Liam, and team mate Peter Livingstone, crossed the gap and counter attacked finishing over 2 minutes ahead of the field to take first and second place. Being the favourite Liam was heavily marked by riders whose sole tactic seemed to be to sit on his wheel in the hope of taking him in a sprint. Liam, demonstrating his racing prowess managed to ride these guys off the back of the main group before powering through to re-catch the group and then the breakaway in an effort that couldn’t be matched by his adversaries.

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 Liam in the counter attack The new State U19 Criterium Champion

 

Training Ride to Seaview

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The annual Seaview training ride enjoyed great conditions this year for the grinding ascent of Mt Seaview from Long Flat. The early pace was moderate with the “big hitters” either away competing (Liam and Jason) or simply unaccounted for (has anyone seen Chris D?). There were some spirited attempts by Jim, Scott P and Greg to initiate a break away but the group would have none of it and the bottom of the climb was reached gruppo intacto.

It was clear that Simon A was there to win showing no interest in the follies of the flat land protagonists and so serious about weight reduction he’d removed his ear rings pending the arrival of his carbon fibre ones. It all paid off on the hill as Simon A and Deb H set a strong and relentless tempo seeing riders dropping off the back, one by one, until just Ashley S and Brandon C remained in touch. Ashley is a member of North Sydney and will be riding with us more and more as he relocates to Port. Brandon is our latest rising star with months, rather than years, of racing experience he “made like Froomey” and focussed on spinning his way up while more seasoned riders fell by the way side.

In the end it was a spurt by Deb and Simon that saw Simon take line honours in a sprint with the other two just seconds behind.

Meanwhile, a special mention needs to be made of 14 year old Portia Rennie who races under 17 and put in a strong effort up this daunting climb to finish in good form.

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Simon A takes it on the line from Deb. The return journey

 

Juniors Turn out in Force

Eighteen juniors, the future of Port Macquarie cycling, took to the Club track this weekend to enjoy a great day of training. After some warm up and core exercise the race format started with a 1 km Time Trial from which the handicaps were established for the main even – 5 laps of the criterium track. Will set a blistering pace on the TT getting around the challenging course in under 1 and a half minutes with Sam C hot on his heals. Great to see the new riders along this week, no doubt Scott, Ben, Alex, Taj, Freja, Alice and Meredith were all taking careful note of how to ride the track for their next outing.

With the big numbers this week, two heats were held with Will taking line honours in the first, thereby guaranteeing himself a tougher handicap next week. Sam came in 2nd with Boyd in 3rd. In the second heat it was Jonah in 1st with Ben over in 2nd and then Freja in 3rd.

A special mention goes to Billy to had the biggest improvement over the 5 laps from 14/3 to 28/3, shaving a mighty 52 seconds off his time. Notably all the juniors reduced their time from their previous race suggesting they are getting their lines and tactics down pat.

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Heat 1 on the line Heat 2 pre-race briefing

A big thanks as well to Nicole BM, Melinda C and Georgiana H for their efforts in organising these days and for the photos!

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