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John Styles wins AWCC-LPCC Road Race

Sunday 17/2/13

Two weeks before the annual Geoff Dixon Memorial, LPCC rider John Styles has shown good form by taking out the 32km AWCC-LPCC Handicap today.

Windy conditions greeted riders who were set off in three groups, spread over 10 minutes.

The limit group of five riders were first to depart, which included Mike Coles, Glen Jarvis and Loughlin Hunter. The limit group made good time on the way out, with the 'block' group of nine riders in hot pursuit, six minutes behind. Ken Payne, Murray Wallace and dual Geoff Dixon Memorial winner Damian Christian got the 'block' bunch working, and by the half way point, had eaten away at the limit groups lead. The chasing Scratch bunch departed three minutes behind the 'block' group, with five time AWCC Club Champion Clint Roberton leading the charge.

At the turn round, the Scratch bunch were two minutes adrift of 'block' however with the wind blowing into the riders faces for the return journey, the Scratch riders were looking good.

With five kilometres to race, the three groups were in sight of each other. It looked as though the race would come together in the dying kilometres. Inside the last few kilometres, the limit group were caught by the chasing 'block' riders, and managed to jump on the back of the group.

At one kilometre to go, the Scratch group were a stones throw away from the front of the race, and looked as though they may catch in the last 500 metres.

The 'block' bunch however, had the upper hand, and had been watching each other over the last kilometres, and had plenty of gas left in the tank. Youngster Ryan Allen made an early attempt for the finish line, however the strength and speed of John Styles was too much, with Styles taking a clear win ahead of the remainder of his bunch. Clint Roberton rode strongly to catch the 'block' bunch in the dying metres of the race but unfortunately ran out of road.

Congratulations to John on his first win on the road. Well done to everyone who competed in great sportsmanship and thank you to those who are always willing to assist new riders and provide encouragement.

Thak you also to the volunteers who make racing possible. Without volunteers, we would have no racing.

Next Sunday sees the first round of the Riverina series at Narrandera, followed by the Geoff Dixon Memorial at Chiltern the following Sunday.


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Wagga Wagga Wheelrace Wrap

The annual Wagga Wagga Wheelrace was run and won last weekend.

It was great to see so many local riders taste success at such a great event.

Well done to Jonathon Styles, Mark Dunlop and Ryan Allen who competed at Wagga for the first time, with both Jonathon and Ryan both winning events.

The ride of the night went to AWCC track cyclist Jodi Uphill, who rode very tactically in the final of the Wagga Wagga Women's Wheelrace, and hit out at a lap to go to hold off the rest of the field for the win.

The next major event for local track cyclists will be the Austral Wheelrace at DISC, followed by the Bendigo Madison Carnival in March.

Local racing continues each Wednesday evening at the Lavington Velodrome.
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Product Review: Specialized Carve

Riding a new bike for the first time is something that the bike shop employee takes for granted. Test riding the latest product, upgrading your own bike when new technology arrives on the scene is one of the perks of the job. I've ridden some of the best bikes in the world, had the opportunity to test out the latest and greatest on and off road.

When the opportunity came to test ride the Specialized Carve for the first time, I was excited. A great bunch of riders were heading up the local trails together, led by our very own 'Mash' (Mash is a Whistler veteran, at home for a few months having lived in Canada for a few years now). Now I don't claim to be a mountain biker by any means, but it's something that I enjoy and wish I could do more of.

I dusted off the MTB shoes and off we went.

First impression: "this bike is pretty awesome". The plan was to climb mostly on the fire trails before descending back to town on single track.

The Carve climbs well. (I rode the 2013 Carve Expert) Yes, a carbon 29er would probably climb better, but as an off-the-shelf or out-of-the-box 29er, the Carve comes as a complete package. The tyres are well spec'd for most people's ability. I never felt I was at a disadvantage to the other riders. (The only thing holding me back on the climbs was my own lack of fitness!)

When we reached the top, and headed back on the single track, the first thing I noticed was how well the bike cornered. I never felt out of control. The front wheel always felt planted.

Rolling over obstacles was a no-brainer. The bigger wheels tackled all the small bumps, medium bumps and bigger bumps. This is not new to anyone, but the front end handling and short rear end make life easier, that's for sure.

Small details that compliment the bike include the Body Geometry Saddle and Grips. The two contact points are "ergonomically designed and medically tested" (I'm a bike fitter, I love this stuff) and make things more comfortable out of the box. The only improvement I would make first up to the bike would be to invest in some lock-on Body Geometry Grips.

Overall, it was a great experience to ride a hard tail again. While not as forgiving as a dual suspension bike, the Carve is definitely a lot of fun. Great value for money, that's for sure.


Stay tuned for more reviews, including Mash's Command Seat Post Review, coming soon.

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