Australian Road Champs

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Who's going to win the National Champs Road Race?

Poll ended at Mon Jan 09, 2012 3:05 pm

Matt Goss
8
28%
Mark Renshaw
5
17%
Nathan Haas
1
3%
Jack Bobridge
1
3%
Simon Gerrans
10
34%
Other (Let us know who?)
4
14%
 
Total votes : 29

Re: Australian Road Champs

Postby Parrott » Mon Jan 09, 2012 2:00 pm

jules21 wrote:he fired a lot of his ammo there though


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58:42 avg speed 47.01 :o of this Hilly / Rough road TT

Maybe it's a blessing he bonked though shorter effort and has a recovery day. Porte burnt a few matches too, Durbridge less so from what I saw, and he is 2011 under 23 world tt champ. We should have a new vote for the tt.
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Re: Australian Road Champs

Postby DavidL » Mon Jan 09, 2012 6:24 pm

im_no_pro wrote:
foo on patrol wrote:I thought they said he pulled out, after his legs blew.

Foo


Don't know if they specifically said he pulled out, but he basically stopped when he popped. Highly doubt he finished. Was pretty confident gerro had the best shot with once Cam blew up, and thought he had it in the bag when sutton couldnt hold on. As Richie Porte said, that would have to be the slowest sprint for 2nd in the history of the nationals :lol:

Great race all up, the sky boys looked in with a chance for a bit there.


He must have jumped into the team car after the chasing group passed him. We watched him on the TV as the group passed him half way up the climb, but he never made the KOM point. So team car ride I would have expected, though magnificent ride none the less.

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Re: Australian Road Champs

Postby DavidL » Mon Jan 09, 2012 6:30 pm

Ross wrote:A couple of Twitter quotes...

@mickrogers I would personally like 2 thank the member of the VIC Police that called me a stupid f@#king bike rider after the finish. Silly constable


@mickrogers Considering Mr Constable was probably paid a considerable sum of $ by CA and John Craven to protect the race/riders! Not acceptable!


Unfortunately that is the opinion of the local constables. On the Saturday the officer manning the Yankee Flat Rd/Gear Ave corner had a very similar attitude to the point that we had to move on because we couldn't stand the crap he was saying.

Had similar issues last year with the attitudes to the cyclists (racers) of some of the same officers, unfortunately they are the most obnoxious at the event from what I have seen. Everyone else is there because the want to see the cycling and enjoy the event.

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Re: Australian Road Champs

Postby ozdavo » Mon Jan 09, 2012 6:57 pm

Ross wrote:Sprint Competition
1. William CLARKE (TAS) 5 pt
2. Mathew HAYMAN (NSW) 2
3. Michael ROGERS (ACT) 1
dnf Cameron MEYER (WA) 14
dnf Matt WILSON (VIC) 12
dnf Luke DURBRIDGE (WA) 11
dnf Stuart O’GRADY (O/S) 10
dnf Wesley SULZBERGER (O/S) 9
dnf Heinrich HAUSSLER (NSW) 8
dnf Sam WITMITZ (VIC) 4
dnf Mark RENSHAW (NSW) 3
dnf Patrick SHAW (VIC) 3
dnf Josh COLLINGWOOD (VIC) 2
Hill Climb Competition
1. Simon GERRANS (VIC) 5 pt
2. Matthew LLOYD (VIC) 5
3. William CLARKE (TAS) 4
4. Richie PORTE (TAS) 2
5. Bernard SULZBERGER (TAS) 1
6. Jay BOURKE (VIC) 1
dnf Cameron MEYER (WA) 14
dnf Luke DURBRIDGE (WA) 13
dnf Stuart O’GRADY (O/S) 11
dnf Matt WILSON (VIC) 6
dnf Jack BOBRIDGE (SA) 5
dnf Patrick SHAW (VIC) 5
dnf Wesley SULZBERGER (O/S) 5
dnf Heinrich HAUSSLER (NSW) 4
dnf Mark RENSHAW (NSW) 2
dnf Nathan HAAS (ACT) 1


So Cam Meyer only needed to finish to take to Sprinters & KOM jerseys... wonder if he knew this?
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Re: Re: Australian Road Champs

Postby clackers » Mon Jan 09, 2012 7:07 pm

ozdavo wrote:
So Cam Meyer only needed to finish to take to Sprinters & KOM jerseys... wonder if he knew this?


Good pickup, Ozdavo.

Not sure he could have even acted on it ... I think it was Shane Banaan who said, he was going great, "then his lights went out".
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Re: Australian Road Champs

Postby jules21 » Mon Jan 09, 2012 9:33 pm

ozdavo wrote:So Cam Meyer only needed to finish to take to Sprinters & KOM jerseys... wonder if he knew this?

who remembers those? i doubt he would have given it a 2nd thought
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Re: Australian Road Champs

Postby Parrott » Tue Jan 10, 2012 3:34 pm

Close result on the mens tt
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1 Luke Durbridge (WA) 0:46:20.44
2 Cameron Meyer (WA) 0:00:06.96
3 Michael Rogers (ACT) 0:00:15.86

49.46 km/h if I've got it right
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Re: Australian Road Champs

Postby jules21 » Tue Jan 10, 2012 3:41 pm

i reckon given meyer's meltdown in the RR, he woulda (coulda) taken it today, with a better lead-up.

apparently bobridge crashed and is hurt.
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Re: Australian Road Champs

Postby Parrott » Tue Jan 10, 2012 3:48 pm

I reckon you're right, 6 secs aint much. I would be pi$$ed now if I was him. Still a great ride though.

Hope Bobridge is alright.
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Re: Australian Road Champs

Postby foo on patrol » Tue Jan 10, 2012 8:00 pm

Re Renshaws comment....... If the Australian riders want to do well over seas, then they need to be racing on hard courses, not some mamby pamby
course that suites out right sprinters! :roll:

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Re: Australian Road Champs

Postby vander » Tue Jan 10, 2012 8:20 pm

foo on patrol wrote:Re Renshaws comment....... If the Australian riders want to do well over seas, then they need to be racing on hard courses, not some mamby pamby
course that suites out right sprinters! :roll:

Foo

That may be true but variety is also good. You dont want the one type of rider winning every year.
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Re: Australian Road Champs

Postby jules21 » Tue Jan 10, 2012 8:29 pm

foo on patrol wrote:Re Renshaws comment....... If the Australian riders want to do well over seas, then they need to be racing on hard courses, not some mamby pamby course that suites out right sprinters! :roll:

but renshaw will never win at buninyong, or similar courses overseas. he's a flat track bully (to borrow from descriptions of the indian cricket team). he should get his opportunity - it's unfair that he is discounted as australian champion by virtue of a single course being used in perpetuity, that favours one type of rider over another.
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Re: Australian Road Champs

Postby briztoon » Tue Jan 10, 2012 8:44 pm

jules21 wrote:
foo on patrol wrote:Re Renshaws comment....... If the Australian riders want to do well over seas, then they need to be racing on hard courses, not some mamby pamby course that suites out right sprinters! :roll:

but renshaw will never win at buninyong, or similar courses overseas. he's a flat track bully (to borrow from descriptions of the indian cricket team). he should get his opportunity - it's unfair that he is discounted as australian champion by virtue of a single course being used in perpetuity, that favours one type of rider over another.


Was thinking about this today. The Aus road champs should be moved around the country each year. Different type of course each year, etc.
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Re: Australian Road Champs

Postby foo on patrol » Tue Jan 10, 2012 8:53 pm

I think where the problem lies today with the one course being used for X number of years is....it's become a business venture for the bidding State or
what ever the process is called now. :idea:

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Re: Australian Road Champs

Postby Chuck » Tue Jan 10, 2012 10:36 pm

vander wrote:You dont want the one type of rider winning every year.


jules21 wrote:he should get his opportunity - it's unfair that he is discounted as australian champion by virtue of a single course being used in perpetuity, that favours one type of rider over another.


+1

I respect where Foo is coming from though :|
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Re: Australian Road Champs

Postby JV911 » Wed Jan 11, 2012 9:54 am

jules21 wrote:apparently bobridge crashed and is hurt.


collar bone :( :( :(

edit: x-rays confirmed no broken bones :D but "A decision on whether Bobridge rides the TDU will not be made until after more scans today"

maybe now they'll close the course to traffic in future !
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Re: Australian Road Champs

Postby jules21 » Wed Jan 11, 2012 9:59 am

JV911 wrote:maybe now they'll close the course to traffic in future !

i read that there were problems with traffic and i can only say "why the face?!"
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Re: Australian Road Champs

Postby JV911 » Wed Jan 11, 2012 10:21 am

from mick:

"Unfortunately I was held up with some traffic; unfortunately the roads weren't closed so I don't know how much I lost there – maybe 10, 15 seconds so that's the way it is."

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Postby toolonglegs » Wed Jan 11, 2012 11:08 am

That is a total joke.
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Re: Australian Road Champs

Postby jules21 » Wed Jan 11, 2012 11:43 am

sounds like mick couldn't buy a championship jersey :mrgreen:
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Re: Australian Road Champs

Postby JV911 » Wed Jan 11, 2012 3:37 pm

DavidL wrote:Unfortunately that is the opinion of the local constables. On the Saturday the officer manning the Yankee Flat Rd/Gear Ave corner had a very similar attitude to the point that we had to move on because we couldn't stand the crap he was saying.


i just read this - you should write a letter
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Postby MREJ » Wed Jan 11, 2012 5:20 pm

Ditto re a letter to district police superintendent and cc to event organisers.
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Re: Australian Road Champs

Postby MichaelB » Thu Jan 12, 2012 8:26 am

toolonglegs wrote:That is a total joke.


Couldn't beleive it when I read what caused Jack's stack.

Reports are that me may be in doubt for the TdU. Looked like he lost a lot of bark :(
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Re: Australian Road Champs

Postby briztoon » Thu Jan 12, 2012 12:29 pm

One of the pre-race favourites, Jack Bobridge (GreenEdge), crashed within the first kilometre of the race heading along the Sunraysia Highway after he fell heavily after being passed by a truck on the partially open course. Bobridge was taken to hospital with a haematoma on his left arm however no fractures were suspected.


Wow, I can't believe the National Road Championships would be run so amateurish.
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