Race 3 – VU – Race Report

Round 3 of the Footscray Cycling Club’s racing saw riders contest criteriums again at the Vic Uni track in Hoppers Crossing; the day’s racing being shaped by a hot and boisterous Northerly wind. In A-Grade, an early breakaway broke the peloton up into three separate groups, with Miles DaCosta initiating the winning break. ‘Pretty much from the start we were rolling hard turns and putting it into the gutter, and with the strong wind that was blowing I got clear; Nick Squillari and Travis Small bridged to me and we pulled turns for a while. Trav dropped back to the bunch and then it was Nick and I just rolling turns to the end. When we got to the end Nick gifted me the win, he was happy with 2nd and left it to me.’

B-Grade’s race was dominated by a one man break that three other riders managed to bridge across to one by one; St Kilda’s Chris Anderson was out solo for quite a while, and towards the end of the race Lynden Blackley, Thomas Rebesco and eventual winner, Pat Ruggles all bridged across. Ruggles made it to the other three with 2 laps to go, and after a half lap breather, set about preparing for the sprint. ‘I came around second wheel, but Lynden got a bit loose on the last corner and I just managed to get past him at the line.’

In C-Grade, Anthony Gercovich took a very strong and controlled sprint win from Phil Tehan and Shawn Smith, and in D-Grade, Brunswick rider Henry Rawling took the win from Oscar Moore and Bert Henkel. E-Grade saw the Brunswick domination continue with Angus Vander taking the win from Tim Rawling and James Mountain.

A: 1st Miles DaCosta (FCC), 2nd Nick Squillari (GCC), 3rd John Linke (MCL), 4th Travis Small (FCC), 5th Chris Munro (FCC).
B: 1st Pat Ruggles (Bruns), 2nd Lynden Blackley (MCL), 3rd Thomas Rebesco (FCC), 4th Chris Anderson (SKCC), 5th Matt Johnson (FCC).
C: 1st Anthony Gercovich (FCC), 2nd Phil Tehan (FCC), 3rd Shawn Smith (FCC), 4th Ian Duffin (FCC).
D: 1st Henry Rawling (Bwk), 2nd Oskar Moore (Bwk), 3rd Bert Henkel (3RL), 4th Henry Dietze (Bwk).
E: 1st Angus Vander (Bwk), 2nd Tim Rawling (Bwk), 3rd James Mountain (Bwk), 4th Jen Erickson (3RL).

R2 VU Race Report

Round 2 of the Footscray Cycling Club’s 2016/7 Criterium season was held out at the Victoria University track out at Hoppers Crossing, with Thursday night’s racing being held in windy and cool conditions. In the A-Grade race, some serious watt bombs were dropped by Watt-Bomb racing, with 25 year old Brunswick resident Nick Leonard taking a hotly contested bunch sprint. ‘My two WattBomb team mates were in an early break with two other guys, and I had to bridge across to them because they were going hard and the gap was getting bigger and bigger. Once I got to them, the field started to break apart, and for the sprint I came around last wheel, went around the outside, got some air on the bumps and managed to get away with the win!’ Leonard finished just ahead of St Kilda rider Matt Muscat in second and Callum Brown a very strong third.

In B-Grade, Geelong rider Josh Grieve blew the bunch away with an incredible solo breakaway; the 17 year old Bacchus Marsh talent showing a clean pair of heels after being in an earlier breakaway that the bunch bought back. ‘The first break I went with had 2 other guys in it; we lost one guy and the two of us got pulled back to the bunch, and as soon as we were caught I went again and I never got caught again. It was pretty hard out there on my own; I was keeping an eye on my wattage to make sure I wouldn’t blow up. I rode within myself and kept pushing at 90%.’ The 17 year old rising star finished well clear of the bunch, with Vito Depetro taking the bunch sprint and second from Vlad Djuric in third.

C-Grade’s race came down to a bunch sprint, with Footscray rider Michael Hazeldine taking the sprint from Mark Koutsogiannis and Damien Gait, and in D-Grade, Preston rider Matthew Atherton took the sprint from veterans Tommy Gray and Ray Moriaty.

A: 1st: Nicholas Leonard (Murwillumbah), 2nd: Matt Muscat (St Kilda), 3rd: Callum Brown (Footscray), 4th: Travis Small (Footscray)
B: 1st: Joshua Grieve (Geelong), 2nd: Vito Depetro (Footscray), 3rd: Vladimir Djuric (Footscray), 4th: Michael Dam (Footscray)
C: 1st: Michael Hazeldine (Footscray), 2nd: Mark Koutsogiannis (Footscray), 3rd: Damien Gait (Southern Masters), 4th: Donovan, Lahner (3RL)
D:1st: Matthew Atherton (Preston), 2nd: Tommy Gray (Footscray), 3rd: Ray Moriarty (Footscray), 4th: Darren Camilleri (3RL)

Hell of the West

Hell of the West is next weekend. The Northern Combine have kindly offered all FCC members, volunteer status (make sure you tick volunteer status box on entry). This means you get priority entry until 9:00pm Monday 1st of August and a cheaper entry fee. This is an extremely popular race so please take advantage of the priority entry so you don’t miss out.

Enter via EntryBoss. https://entryboss.cc/races/153

Bicycle Buyer Winter Classic 2016

presented by Footscray Cycling Club and BicycleBuyer.com.au

Sunday 31th July, 2016

Entries will close at midnight on Thursday July 28th


Rider Limit: 100, enter now to avoid disappointment.

Race Format: Handicap.

Prizes for: 1st Overall and minor placings; Fastest Time – Female; Fastest Time – Male.

Entries: Early bird entries for FCC Members and Northern Combine Volunteers until Sunday July 17th, open to all riders after this date until midnight on Thursday July 28th.

Enter via entry boss – https://entryboss.cc/races/133

Registrations: Little River Reserve from 8:30 AM.

Start list: provisional


Start Time / Location: Racing starts at 9:30AM from the corner of Malcolm and Edgars Road in Little River, don’t miss your start.

Presentations: Little River Reserve club rooms. There will be Pizza for all racers, volunteers and spectators. Drinks will be available for purchase at the club rooms.

Race Light Policy: Racing is on open roads, red rear race light policy will be enforced.

Volunteer and Marshal Duties: FCC members if you have entered the race and have not nominated or performed 2 road duties this season you will not be permitted to start, no exceptions.  

Course Map: Little River (Kirksbridge Road)

Course Details: Distance 80KM, elevation gain 250M.

Toilets: Available at the Little River Reserve club rooms, please refrain from using the side of the road.

More Info: fcc@footscraycc.com.au

58th Annual Footscray Cycling Club Tour

Here it is, the official program for the 58th Annual Footscray Cycling Club Tour. We’re really looking forward to an exciting weekend of racing.

You can still enter the race (Red Race Entries Button). Obviously we can’t fit you in the program as it’s already been sent to the printers.

We’re also short on volunteers for the event especially on Stage 2. If you haven’t picked your 2 duties, now is definitely the time to do so. Or if can spare a few hours or can bring a volunteer it would be much appreciated.  Register via ROSTER NOMINATIONS button on the website or txt/call Vito 0408 147 709.

FCC Tour Program 2016

Footscray Cycling Club Graded Scratch Races

Round 7 of the Footscray Cycling Club’s 2016 Winter Road Season saw riders head out to Balliang in the Brisbane Ranges, with riders going over the top of the notorious Granite Road in cold and wet and conditions.
A-Grade saw Travis Small take his first ever A-Grade road win with a strong sprint. The race started off calmly, with some minimal attacks in the first three laps, until Miles DaCosta attacked hard coming through Staughton Vale to give him & Small a gap from the peloton who worked hard to bring the break back before the first climb. When the bunch hit the Granite Road climb, Jason Costin, DaCosta and Small got away & worked hard together to keep the chase group away; the workrate taking its toll on Costin who fell away, leaving the duo to do the work together all the way around Balliang until it was time to sprint. With 300 meters to go, Small attacked DaCosta, winning the sprint by a bike length.

In B-Grade, Ben O’Leary had a return to form when he took the win from Geoff Robertson and Paul Rettke, and in C-Grade, young Hamish Munro got into the winning break and took the sprint from Connor Rate and Ado Barker.

D-Grade’s race saw Alastair Delooze take his last win in D and move up to C, with veteran Dennis Hobbs taking second and Steven Biggs in third.

A: 1st Travis Small, 2nd Miles DaCosta, 3rd Andrew Bonello, 4th Shane Ward.
B: 1st Ben O’Leary 2nd Geoff Robertson, 3rd Paul Rettke, 4th Robert Stocker.
C: 1st Hamish Munro, 2nd Connor Rate, 3rd Ado Barker, 4th Damian Laing, 5th George Goodrope.
D: 1st Alastair Delooze, 2nd Dennis Hobbs, 3rd Steven Biggs, 4th Sarah Dobie.

Bob Robson Memorial Update and Program.

The Main Race will now be A and B grades and the support race for C grade (D grade riders please note that there will NOT be a separate D grade race. Therefore, you will be riding the Support race with C grade riders. This is not meant to discourage you from riding. Just be warned as to what to expect).

For all the B graders, note the change in start time. Your race will now start at 2:30PM

An official start list and program can be found here (Bob Robson Memorial Program).

Online entries are closed, but we’ll be taking entries on the day as well so don’t miss out. The weather is looking great and it’s going to be an exciting day of racing out in Williamstown.

Presentations after the racing at 4:00PM (Williamstown RSL). Food is provided and ample space to park your bike. All Riders, volunteers, family and spectators are encouraged to attend.