KBC Weekly Newsletter – 12/4/14
Welcome to this week’s update on what has been happening at Kirsty Broun Cycling!
Qld Masters and Elite Criterium Championships 2014
What a fantastic day for the Kirsty Broun Racing team and women’s cycling in Queensland with a strong showing of ladies who turned up to race in some challenging conditions at the Queensland U19, Masters and Elite Criterium Championships on Sunday! Each member of the team rode extremely well in their respective divisions, which made for some exciting racing.
In the WMAS1/2 category, we were represented by Hannah Tohill, Brooke Sheppeard and Wendy Grindley-Ferris. It was wonderful to see these ladies choose teamwork over individual results and as a coach, it was a pleasure to watch an exciting race, particularly in the bell lap where the girls combined to produce a flawless lead out train, with a gutsy Brooke leading out an impressively strong Wendy, who deposited speed queen Hannah over the line to win an action packed sprint finish. Congratulations must also go to Brooke, who displayed incredible grit to not only lead out the girls but to finish 3rd in her division. Well done girls!
In the WMAS3 category, we were represented by Mel Symon, who was just pipped at the post to achieve a 4th placing. I am very proud of Mel, she has been very committed to her training and her improvements were very evident in the race. Well done Mel!
We had our self proclaimed “old ducks”, Liz Nelson (WMAS4), Katrina Robertson (WMAS5) and Sue Cruikshank (WMAS5) in the WMAS4-7 category. Unfortunately the weather had turned rather challenging by this stage with persistent rain marring proceedings. We were very lucky that Wade from Urban Rowing had brought his Wattbikes as a display and the girls were able to warm up and cool down without the hassle of being rained upon. Thanks Wade! This race was exciting to watch and I was proud of how all three ladies handled themselves in the conditions. In this race, we were up against some very experienced (and strong!) Masters ladies and after being surprised by a breakaway by Linda White, Liz was able to claw her way across the gap and maintain the break, coming across the line in second place (1st in WMAS4). Both Katrina and Sue raced hard and Katrina used her sprinting ability to get herself in for the bronze in WMAS5. Congratulations ladies!
Training – the week that was
This week the weather has been on our side and we were able to enjoy an action packed and enjoyable week of training. The theme of this week’s program was learning to work together in lead outs as well as learning to maintain intensity over longer distances with some tough circuit work.
On Wednesday, we had an excellent session on the Corso, where we practised our lead outs, our sprinter putting some hurt into their legs with a power climb up Cemetery Hill. All KBCers performed well and we all agreed post workout, that whilst it was tough, we also learned a lot!
Thursday’s training also involved lead outs at Nundah, but I was feeling generous and decided not to include the power climbs at the end! We combined everyone into two teams and had a handicap race. Anita was outstanding with her acceleration and quickness – we have another sprinter in the making, whilst in our 5 lap effort, Steve Rasleigh was outstanding with his consistency.
Saturday’s ride involved a 35km time trial effort – the KBC boys put in a strong effort but the highlight for me was seeing the determination of the girls, Kate Kelly-Duke and Jackie Dorey to stay in the thick of the action for much of the effort. The KBR girls enjoyed a recovery session in preparation for the Qld Crit Championships.
On Sunday, coach Liz Hepple took a very enthusiastic group of KBCers to Samford and the Goat Track and enjoyed a beautiful Sunday before the dreaded rain kicked in.
Women’s Skills and Development – Balmoral Cycling Club
We had a fantastic session on Saturday focusing on road safety and learning how to ride safely in a group. We also covered clipping in and out of our cleats and emergency braking. We had seven keen women join us for this session, including Georgia and Sarah, who are 11 and 14. You are never too young to start learning. I am passionate about teaching women how to develop confidence in handling their bikes and staying safe. We started off with a few nervous moments, but by the end of the session, we had mastered these basics like pros! The cost is only $15.00 and the sessions run from 11.30 to 1pm on Saturdays at Murrarie Crit Course. Please share this with any women you know that wants to learn how to ride and get some personalised coaching at the same time.
Kirsty Broun Winter Jackets
You may have seen some KBC members wearing a fantastic jacket in photos on our recent Tour of Tassie. The jackets resist wind, light rain and are fleecy lined. There also have detachable sleeves and hood and are of top quality. KBC is pleased to announce that we are taking orders for a new run of jackets. Cost will be $250 which is a fantastic deal when you see the quality of the jackets. Please let me know your interest by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org
KBC is pleased to announce the following events taking place over this coming Easter long weekend:
Saturday – Mt Mee (120km) Leaving Velo Bicycles at Wilston from 5:30am, we’ll head to Mt Mee for one climb up the mountain, and stop for coffee and delicious food at the Dayboro Bakery to refuel for the ride home. Depending on numbers, there will be two groups to cater for varying speeds. Cost of the ride will be $10 (for those not on the unlimited membership package).
Sunday – Wellington Pt via Manly/Wynnum (60km or 90km) Regular KBC Sunday Group Ride, heading to Wellington Point via Manly/Wynnum with the option here for a shorter ride for those not wanting to continue on to Wellington Point.
Monday – Bike Maintenance Workshop and BBQ 3pm at the Kangaroo Pt BBQ area (bottom of the cliffs) we will be holding a Bike Maintenance afternoon where you can learn how to maintain, clean and generally care for your pride and joy. Please stay around afterwards for a BBQ and enjoy the afternoon. Any questions, please email me at email@example.com
Until next week, be skilled, be safe and keep smiling,