Tom Lowry Memorial 2014
Tom Lowry Memorial 2014
Lining up for the 72nd Tom Lowry was Theo Yates, Brendon Meney, Johno Bolton, Bradeley Hall, Andy Williams, Aaron Slavik and guess rider Andrew Fitzgerald.
The first 80km of the Lowry was like no other race I’ve ridden in WA! Attack, after attack after counter attack made for an incredibly brutal race, however it was difficult to put a name as to who was the most aggressive. Almost every single rider in the field had a dig at one point or another, and when I say dig, I mean a hefty whack off the front that left everyone clinging for wheels over the undulating course. Many moves that went up the road certainly had the potential to stick, Satalyst was represented in all the moves, of course, however the peloton looked set to bring the race down to a big bunch gallop.
A break finally came to fruition with 1.5 laps left of the 5 lap race. Sam Davis, Chris Beeck, Wade Longworth and myself opened up a gap on the back half of the course and quickly built up a lead of 1:30min with 1 lap left to race. Our group of 4 was working well together, and having won a prime at the beginning of the last lap, I was confident I could win the final sprint if it came down to that. Sam Davis, however, had other ideas. On steady rise, Sam tested the waters with a punchy attack. I responded and brought the quartet back together. Several kilometres later, Sam launched another attack on a false flat, and quickly built up a small lead. This looked to be the winning move, so I rode across to Sam and we agreed to work together. The remaining 5km’s past by in a blur, Sam and I knowing that Chris and Wade were not far behind, and the peloton massing a grand chase. The race came down to a two-man sprint. Across the line, I had my hands in the air, having beaten Sam in the final 200m. Chris and Wade followed shortly after, and the peloton very closely after them. The lads did a stirling job back in the peloton setting Theo up for the sprint, coming home 2nd to claim 6th.
The whole team rode awesomely. It cannot be understated how aggressive the first 80km of the race was, and without having team-mates to chase back breaks or represent us in the moves, the race would not have played out the way it did.
Next up for the Satalyst-Giant crew is the Battle on the Border (BoB) starting on the 15th May, followed closely by the Tour of Towoomba. As always, thanks go out to all our sponsors, the new Bonts in particular looked amazing.
LE TOUR DE FILIPINAS 2014
The Satalyst Giant Racing Team are on their way to Manila for their next challenge LE TOUR DE FILIPINAS
The Tour kicks off with the 160-kilometer Stage One from Clark to Olongapo City on Monday, 170-km Stage Two on Tuesday, 146.6-km Stage Three on Wednesday and the decisive 134-km Stage Four from Bayombong to Baguio City on Thursday.
The Satalyst Giant Racing Team:
Pat Shaw (Team Captain)
Gary Boylan( Directuer Sportif)
Great start to the Tour of the Philippines for the Satalyst Giant Racing Team. On the 160km tough, hilly stage 1: Brenden Meney rode across to the crucial break, finished 7th on GC and is now wearing the Young Riders jersey. More details to come.
Stage 2 report by Mathew Marshall
It was day two in the town of Olongapo of the Philippines. Overnight Joel had unfortunately become stricken with an acute form of gastro. Such illness is regrettably part and parcel with Asian racing and can be difficult to avoid when the immune system is already balancing on a knife edge.
The boys were once again subject to another day of unrelenting heat and suffocating humidity with the mercury soaring into the high 30’s early into the race. Despite the brutal conditions Satalyst-Giant pressed on and stayed vigilant as the field slammed down the highways towards the central Tarlac region. Pat’s experience allowed him sense the early break forming, he responded quickly made himself apart of the group which ultimately put itself out of reach ahead the peloton into the latter periods of the stage. Meanwhile both Mat and Theo closely shadowed Brendon in defence of his White Jersey. Pat then made a decisive move around the 20km to-go mark as the highway deviated onto several horrendous dirt road sections. He quickly shelled a few of his breakaway companions and was in a commanding position before suffering a race ending double puncture. As the peloton hit the pave segments it also suffered a similar fate, numerous groups exited the section with Brendon following the first move followed by the yellow jersey group containing both Mat and Theo. Brendon crossed the line shortly after the remaining breakaway members claimed line honours, however, his young riders jersey was still well intact.
Bring on the mountains…
Stage 3 update – Theo Yates
After a torturous stage 2 in the slightily uncomfortable philipino weather we commenced stage 3 which was to cover 146.60km of rolling terrain with the race peaking in the middle of the course at 87km and the rest of the race slowly descending down to the finish in Bayombong .
Our main object was to keep Brendon Meney in the White/Young riders Jersey, and then wait for bunch finish .
The race started a couple of kms into the neutral zone, and then a rider had found his way into a street sign witch then delayed the race for longer . After the flag dropped racing started from the gun riders were attacking left, right, and centre, as the raced progressed I noticed that the traffic was getting heavier next moment I realise that we are now riding through a village racing through traffic on a wet road, from a water truck that had passed not to long before this caused me among other riders to come down. When we came down Brendon Meney suffered extensive damage to his bike, But nothing a bit of persuasive “bending” couldn’t fix . Soon after chasing back onto the bunch the race organisers called the race off temporarily so they could clear the congestion of traffic that had built up deeming the race unsafe .
After this the bunch regrouped and we started the race again from kilometer 24km with 125km to race, soon as the flag dropped the race was very fast until the sprint point where the Japanese teams wound it up for their man in the green jersey . Highways guided the most part of the race until we hit the bottom of the climb where Brendon and Mathew were sitting at the front of the bunch keeping in mind to stay with the white jersey contenders, Brendon was able to keep up with lead bunch over the climb . Mathew and I were left to chase back on the descent a good group of 5 formed to get back onto the 2nd bunch with a front bunch forming after the climb . Coming closer to the finish of the race The teams with all of their riders got on the front to chase the front bunch the gap was slowly coming down and the sprinter in the 2nd bunch were getting ready to fire .
2km to go I knew the gap was to big to reach before the finish and I followed the green jersey for the bunch kick with the help of Mathew and Brendon sprinting in for 11th place . Brendon still holding the white jersey coming into stage 4 .
The objective coming into stage 3 was to keep Brendon in the white jersey this was accomplished, very hard day in the saddle .
Stage 4 update -
We are pleased to announce that Brendon Meney has won the White Jersey as the winner of the young riders classment in the tour de Philippines. We are also happy to announce he finished 15th overall.
Well done to all the team and to Gary Boylan for a job well done. In the end we had only Theo and Mat to look after Brendon in the stages and they did a terrific job.
The team for the tour of Philippines was;
Gary Boylan Manager
Pat Shaw dnf
Joel Strachan dnf
Thanks to all our sponsors for their support as you make it possible.
stage 4 recap: written by written by White Jersey winner Brendon Meney
Today was the last day and by far the hardest. There were only 3 KOMs but there was over 3600m of climbing in 130kms. The aim of the day was to defend the white Jersey and try to move higher up the gc.
We rode to the start and it was an hour earlier today than the last few days but it was still really hot.
The locals wanted photos with us and the we lined up. Just under 20km I dropped my chain and Theo and Matt got me back to the front of the group in no time. The first hill started and Theo bought us water before he sat tempo up the hill so he didn’t blow early in the race.
CCN and OCBC put the pave on up the first climb and dwindled the bunch down to about 20 riders. I got dropped about 5 km from the KOM but got back on at the top because the 2 competitors that were close to taking the white Jersey were up the road. When I got back on there was a select group that had for away with all the climbers in it and I was in the second bunch with the yellow Jersey.
We rode together for the rest of the race and the 2 guys kept attacking but I managed to close the gap and keep them with me. It was a great feeling to roll over the line wearing the white Jersey and knowing that I had kept it even though I did move down on GC because I wanted the jersey more than a better GC.
Matt came in about 5 mins after and said that he had done basically the last 60km just jumping from group to group, and Theo came in not long after.
I think we were all glad that the racing was over and it was finally a relatively nice hotel to stay in, in a nice place of the Philippines, Baguio City.
WA State RR Champs 2014
Fantastic days racing on an unforgiving course. Jono Bolton and Sam Davis eventually reeling in a bold 80km solo move by Anthony Giacoppo. Sam outlasting Jono in the uphill grind to the finish
Tour of Adelaide 2014
Stage 1 Report
When you find yourself packing a 28 tooth cassette prior to departing for a tour, you know that you’ll be experiencing some serious pain in the near future…
The 2014 edition of The Tour of Adelaide was not one to beat around the bush. Moments before commencing stage one a brief scan around on start line of other riders gearing ratios quickly confirmed that the days par-course would be offering some opportunities on some steep slopes, Satalyst-Giant were eager to take advantage of them.
The stage commenced in a very violent but distinctive N.R.S fashion, with speeds immediately exceeding 50kmph as it left the outskirts of Angaston behind in the heart of South Australia’s famous wine-producing region of the Barossa Valley.
A break of 15 riders quickly established some breathing room ahead of the peloton roughly 10km into the stage. Satalyst-Giant were represented strongly by both Mitch Cooper and Jackson Mawby. The duo managed to evade the wrath of the peloton right up to the base of the infamous Corkscrew Road assent amongst the rest of their break away companions. As the switchbacks commenced up the devastating gradient of the Corkscrew climb Wesly Sulsberger and a Carramurry rider hit it off the front of the break, Mitch and Jackson were quick to respond but lost contact towards the top of the climb but still managed to summit the 2.5km berg ahead of the rest of the break before commencing the descent towards the finish. The front runners of the peloton unfortunately gained contact with the Satalyst boys during the descent, yet Jackson produced a strong kick towards the line which resulted in 5th of the stage, 1st in the young riders classification and additionally 3rd on teams classment. Mitch Cooper is also sitting 2nd on the young riders classification.
Meanwhile the sheer gradient of the Corkscrew totally obliterated the peloton. A handful of riders managed to power clear of the carnage that was begin spat out of what was left of the peloton including Satalyst riders Alex, Brendon, Mat Marshall, and Kane who all finished briefly behind Jackson and Mitch’s group ultimately contributing in a second position overall in the teams classification.
The Satalyst-Giant boys all put down an extremely powerful and cohesive effort today and will look to protect both Jackson’s jersey and the Satalyst-Giants position on team GC during tomorrows stage two in Woodside.
By Mat Marshall
Stage 2 Tour of Adelaide – by Kane Walker.
Stage 2 of the 2014 Tour de Adelaide was sure to excite, taking in some of the spectacular roads around Hahndorf, the German Heritage town (best Beestings and Bratwursts going around) as well as the surrounding country tracks (yes I mean tracks). Even though the weather sort to chilli the boys burning ambition to consolidate on a top previous day’s performance, we took to the starting line with a firm plan and desire to execute. Fortune would however not be our friend on this day.
The first of many mishaps left Matty Marshel chasing after an early crash resulted in many riders, including some GC contenders, contemplating whether to re-mount or take the easy road home. Soon after, Andrew and Bobby got the call over the radio to assist a troubled Jackson. A small issue turned into a disaster for the ‘Young Riders Jersey’ wearer, seeing him 15kms off course and unable to re-join the race.
With plans now changing by the minute, the remaining SGR boys hit the first of 6 dirt sections resulting in a taste of real riding. The experience left everyone with a great appreciation for the riders of the Stada Bianchi and Roubaix style classics alike.
Matt was the next casually, suffering a puncture, which left him standing on the side of the road waving a wheel to no avail. Car after car passed him and he soon resided to the notion of walking home. Luckily for him the sag wagon found him soon after.
The peleton looked significantly smaller after the first lap however most riders seemed to suffer from punctures of mechanicals that lack of power. A welcome reprieve was the late break that slowed the pace to a controllable manner allowing riders to take a breath. Riding well as a team, the remaining SGR boys re-grouped and slotted in behind the chasing teams. Position is everything in a race like this and the crosswinds that battered the ridge line after the feed were reason enough to ride near the front.
Joel was next to find the grass in what was described as a spectacular commando style hurtle of the Guard Rail before disappearing into the farmer’s field. The rider who found the guard rail was not so lucky. The assessment of wounds would have to wait till the finish for Joel as he clawed away another lap to ensure a start in the next stage.
Brenden’s time had come as he lost his chain after a mishap near the feed zone resulting in a chase of 20 odd km’s. He was strong enough to re-join, however with a somewhat wounded engine. Mitch came to grieve soon after on the 4th dirt sector, with a puncture that left with a hard chase that wouldn’t see him re-join the race.
The hopes of SGR now rested on the shoulders of the 3 remaining riders, Brendan, Alex and Kane. The last lap was always going to include a fireworks show and it didn’t disappoint. A split went as Alex made his way to the front, leaving Brendan and Kane to monitor the movements of a less than inspired peloton (that was the race that just went up the road).
Alex simply needed to pick a few of the key players to follow and try to get a clean ride to the end in order to contest the stage. Unfortunately there were a multitude of players in this’ cream of the crop’ split, resulting in a tough ‘catch 22’. The move that went on the 2nd to last dirt section would eventually decide the stage winner; however Alex was unable to answer. He crossed the line in a respectable 16th on a very tough day of racing. Brendan and Kane made it home with the main peloton a few minutes further afield.
While the day was not filled with champagne showers and top step views, it was still a day of experience and reality checks. Tomorrow is a new day with new opportunities.
Campbelltown Kermesse Stage 4 | Tour of Adelaide 2014 |
Report by Joel Strachan
Final stage of the tour of Adelaide and the boys were all pumped ready to go after a couple of previous rough days at the office. The conditions were what you could say were champagne cycling with light winds and a bright South Australian sky. We couldn’t ask for anything better!
So off we went, as usual with NRS criterium it went from 0- 60 kph and it just didn’t really let up from there. An early move crept of the front which was being controlled by Budget Forklifts. The move included our young 17 year old Matt Jackson who has been solid and consistent all tour and was rewarded by riding up front early and crept into a move which included stare studded cyclists with the Boss of cycling Mark O’Brien, Darren Lapthorne, Burnie Sulzberger, Wesley Sulzberger, Jack Beckinsale and Frazer Gough then later to be joined with two monster riders Lachie Norris and Joe Cooper.
As the break kept creeping away but being well controlled by impressive Budget Forklifts the rest of the Satalyst boys were slugging it out in the Pelton which remained at serious pace. Big boy Alex McGregor stayed up front keeping watch on any further moves they may have left a few napping and would give him a chance to launch like the Apollo13. The big unit for the South Island was like a sea beacon 15th wheel and didn’t look like getting out of that position all race. Solid.
Matty Jackson rode like a total boss mixing it up in the move best of the best Australians riders and eventually fell off the back due to the huge pace from the above mentioned riders, with approximately 7 laps to go, the young fella just couldn’t hang on anymore. Massive kudos for the young man being aggressive and taking the race by the horns. Massive effort.
The rest of the boys were battling it out as the Pelton thinned and the laps came down to the final crunch. Alex remained in the final group of 40 riders, and the rest of the guys trickled in moments after.
Brutal course with road furniture everywhere and the team remained up right for the entire stage which was a plus due to the complexity of the course. Showed great bike handling skills.
Overall during the tour we were active in every stage and made the most of opportunities that presented themselves. That’s what its all about. There is some serious power within the group and in time will become a excellent cohesive unit battling the front annoying the likes of Avanti Racing, Budget Forklifts and Drapac.
Everyone rode well and hard with there heart on their sleeves, sure we had a couple of rough days but excellent signs were shown.
Personally it was my first ride of the team and I had a complete ball, there is a great team camaraderie atmosphere and quality management within the team.
Well done guys and plenty of positives to be taken out of the tour. Onwards and Upwards. If we all believe in ourselves we can be there on the top step.
Tour De Perth 2014
Link to Results, reports and start list on CYCLINGNEWS.COM
Stage 1 Report
Thanks to all our sponsors and hopefully we put on a good show for the Satalyst Giant Tifosi members watching from the Esplanade Hotel
Stage 2 started out of kalamunda today, it was a very warm start to the stage so today we knew that our nutrition was going to prove vital.
The race started out reasonably controlled, after one lap of the 15km circuit we saw a small group get up the road, it had about 5 riders in the move none of which we saw as a threat so we as a team sat near the front to keep an eye on things. As we got halfway into the race it started to hype up a lot attacks were going and coming back we were represented in each move until it sort of came to a we claim patch before the main move went away, a group of about 10 guys got away, myself included and the pace ramped up we quickly came across to the breakaway and some of the breakaway riders were able to stick with us. I had a fairly steady ride on the back of the breakaway as I was one rider vs teams, the likes of Drapac and Avanti that had 2-3 riders represented in the break so it wasn’t my responsibility to do any work really.
As we approached the last few laps (2) I decided to take on as much food and drink as possible I was racing most of the day on my Torq gels and electrolyte and taking on as much be I could going threw the feed zone. As we got to the final few kilometres I saw the time gap coming back steadily so I thought I’d assist with the pace as I had trained a lot up the final climb and I felt pretty good, coming into the final climb I set the pace and lead up the early stages of the it only to be caught 2 thirds of the way up, I tried to follow the front and really dug it in, riding threw some very painful cramp I was able to come away with 14th place only a minute from the leader and moved myself into 14th on GC, putting good time into riders behind me.
Overall the team finished the hardest stage of the tour everyone making time cut so we are all very happy with that and looking to all ride very solid time trials tomorrow.
A quick thank,you to all our supporters and staff you guys were great and we couldn’t have done it without them.
Today was stage 3 of the woodside tour of Perth. A deceptively tough 20km individual time trial around the picturesque rotto Island.
The team was dealt an early blow with the withdrawal of team captain Pat Shaw from the race. The injuries suffered in his hard crash in the finish of Wednesday’s crit catching up with him. We all hope he’ll be back in time for the up coming tour of Philippines.
The course had a lot of little hills and some technical corners and a nasty little head wind on the back part of the island which made finding a rhythm elusive.
The day saw my self of first and it didn’t take long before I found out that rotto is not flat as I struggled to find a tempo that was comfortable.
During the middle part of the course I was struggling and lost probably a minute.
I then came good towards the end of the TT and managed to get my avg speed up over the 42kmh mark which isn’t that good but could of been worse!
The stand out rides of the day were Alex MacGregor with a time of 26:26 for 21st place, Sam Welsford with 26:34 for 25th place and Jackson Mawby with 26:38 for 29th, which gave the Satalyst Giant team a decent teams classification result.
All the other boys rode a respectable time and all made the time cut off which isn’t as easy as it sounds with Joe Cooper winning with an avg speed just under 50kmh!
Tomorrow is bound to be another hard day with the battle for GC honours yet to be sorted. The lads will be doing there best to get Alex McGregor higher up on GC who is currently sitting in 12th place.
Today was the last stage of the tour de Perth for 2014. The 114km race around perry lakes was quite tough with a short but steep little climb, going up it 14 times would be the crunch time in the stage.
The boys were ready for a hard day as the big teams were fighting it out for GC honours. Unfortunately Pat our team captain had to pull out due to injuries from a crash earlier in the tour but spirits were still high and we were looking to get Alex Mcgregor into top 10 overall.
The race was really hard and fast at the start, a few boys were caught up in a crash in the first couple of laps and had to pull out which was disappointing but we still had a job to do. All the boys left rode good position and were very strong all day, which was really good considering it was day 4.
I finished up 20th in the stage and the boys were there abouts. It was a great result for the team this week considering it was our first race for the NRS season, so defiantly bigger and better things to come this season!
We roll on to Adelaide tour next week and then tour of Philippines. Should be a good month, looking forward to it.
Thanks again to all the supporters, staff and volunteers made the week run smoothly!
Thanks Matt Jackson.
Pemberton Crit 2014READ MORE
Renaes Race 2014
A few photos from Renae’s Race at Vic Park today. In no particular order, the 6 Satalyst riders who raced today, as shown in the group photo, were Michael Fitzgerald, Brendon Meney, Jackson Mawby. Jonathon Bolton, Theo Yates and Tim Sellar.
A great result with Jono Bolton pipping Luke Durbridge in a 2 man sprint. Thanks to Roues Chaudes for another well organised race, as well as the other competitors and volunteers.
NZ Cycle Classic 2014
The next challenge for the Satalyst Giant Racing Team is the 2014 NZ Cycle Classic, which starts on Wednesday.
This international tour has cemented its position as New Zealand’s premier stage race. The 2014 edition has attracted the strongest-ever field contesting the UCI 2.2-rated event. The Satalyst Giant Team, a mixture of youth and experience, comprises:
- Pat Shaw- Team captain
- Michael Fitzgerald
- Kane Walker
- Theo Yates
- Alex McGregor
- Gary Boylan-Team manager
- Adrian Spinelli-Team physio
Big thanks also to Brett Tivers, one of the Team’s alumni who lives in NZ, for giving up his time to help the Team out with local support and knowledge.
Stage 2 - Three SGR riders in the top ten today at the NZ Cycle Classic! More info when it comes to hand
Update after stage 3 -Michael Fitzgerald 7th, Pat Shaw 11th and Alex McGregor 15th. 2 riders in contention for General Classification. Pat Shaw 13th @ 17 secs. Michael Fitzgerald. 23rd at 14 seconds behind race leader
A great week of racing from all involved at the NZCC and for all our helpers like Brett Tivers who was a key helper in all that we did over there.
In summary we finished 6th in GC with Pat Shaw and 4th in the teams classification.
Thanks for all our sponsors for helping make this possible.
Tifosi TDU Sundowner Jan 2014
The Satalyst Giant Tifosi again hosted a sundowner in Adelaide during the Tour Down Under. It was a great night at the Belgium Beer Cafe with over 60 Team sponsors, Tifosi members, Team riders and their guests catching up with mates and enjoying the range of Belgium beers on tap. Most of the crew were from WA but some of the other guests included Andrea Nicosia (PuntoTours) from Italy and Phil Anderson.
There was a bit of excitement at the end of the show when the Satalyst Giant riders who had been racing in a late evening criterium arrived with the news that Jono Bolton was the overall winner of the 3 race series
Norwood Crit 19 Jan
Jono Bolton carried his good form from Nationals to Adelaide winning the A grade Norwood CC kermesse from a 3 man breakaway including Sam Davis.
Good news for those coming to the Tifosi TDU sundowner. Brad Linfield will be joining us. Brad, who previously rode for the Team, has earned a ride in the TDU as part of the Uni SA team.