Archives for May 2012

Race Report – Maukau Mountain Classic

by Brendan McGrath

65KM – Graded Mass Start. 3 Circuits including 3x up a very very steep hill (about 500meters peaking at 21% Im told)


Department of Cycling had 4 members in A Grade out of about 15 Starters. Gordy , Morgan Smith, Richard Dean and I.
The field had an alarming number of Teenagers in it! At least 4 from the New Zealand U19 team, Scott Ambrose, James Judd, Jared ?? and Josh ??, now these kids are FIT. Plus two Cycling coaches.

As most races with Gordy in them do, the race started with a BANG, clearly Gordy not too keen on having company up the very steep hill made an early break. Realising from many bitter experiences that Gordy has rather a lot of luck with this approach I didn’t want to miss out, so across I go with two other youngsters. A decent gap opened up straight away, but alas while the mind was willing the body was not (I can confirm that Gordy still goes very fast on the right road) and boom I was in instant trouble. Back to the bunch for me!

Pretty soon after we had all regrouped for the first climb, a two step big ring climb over about 500 meters, again I’m in all sorts of trouble, just about dropping out the back. Another 5km of flat, then another big ring climb and Aaron Strong takes off up the road; there goes the race I thought to myself but really was struggling enough that going with him never crossed my mind. Two more youngsters made it across to Aaron and that was the race, 3 out front and about 9 or 10 of us behind just lapping thru killing time.

First time up Bald Hill, Ive only done this race once.. the first time it was run back in about 2004ish? So had really forgotten the hill! Dear lord its very very steep, 1st gear bike swaying, thinking about quitting cycling steep. A proper comedy climb.

Gordy had a couple of issues and didn’t make it back on over the top and nor did Richard Dean, both suffering recent health issues. Morgan looked very strong and sat for some of the climb!

Basically the next two laps were exactly the same, we all hit the final climb together, main goal, beat Morgan who had said he would kick my arse 😉 Got a wee gap at the steepest part of the hill, maybe 100 meters from the finish, wohoo…. Grrr about 50 meters to go Morgan comes past me, go legs go… nothing more left…. As we know its all about beating your mates 😉

Up front Aaron bet off both youngsters and took the win! Very impressive and makes you wonder how far Aaron could have gone if he had started young on the bike instead of in his late 20’s, also makes me shudder at the thought of M2 racing next year!

All in all a great day out, good turn out. Felt really good to jump into a decent field for a challenge, as my 4th event on a road bike in over 5 years (2007 last thing before club race about 6 weeks ago) it was a good reminder just how much you need to put into this sport even to win a local club race!!! So unless I want to be out training at night with a 2 year old in the baby seat, I’m going to have to settle for the minor placing’s…. However really nice to be back at a level where I can at least get to see some real talented kids doing their thing. And find a lot of inspiration in some other performances from the slightly more mature riders 😉

In the end its just great to be out there riding my bike, just like it was when I was a 5 year old and like it will be when Im a 70 year old

Sunday 3rd June Shorter ride

Happy Queens Birthday

Out to West Harbour, up Albany hill, back down Ridge Rd, through to Waitakere Rd and up and over Tunnel

A good ride for practicing hills, not too steep but some good work.

No racing on this  – just steady pace, all these hills have a fun downhill after them.

Sunday 3rd June Longer ride

Happy Queens birthday weekend.

A new ride out towards SouthHead. Fairly flat overall, 120km a good ride to build on that base fitness.

Take care on the highway – smaller bunches will work very well along here.

Steady pace will make this a fun ride, the break point is at the bottom of Tunnel Hill

Weekly Email 23.05.12

Ron at RAAM finish line last yearHe’s doing it again?

Some of you may question his sanity but why would he care?  He is insane!!
Our own iRonman Skelton is doing Race Across America again this year.

“It has been described by one race winner as physically harder than climbing Mount Everest.

Now, a 53-year-old Kiwi is taking on one of the toughest cycling challenges in the world – for the second time.

Last year, Ron Skelton became the first Kiwi to compete solo in the Race Across America (RAAM), a 5000km cycling race through 12 American states from California to Maryland.” (read the rest of the article here….)

Ron will be leaving NZ on 8th June to give himself a few days acclimatisation and a couple of his support team will be leaving on 11th June.  Race start will be 13th June 2012.

If you would like to show your support please check out his Heart Foundation fundraising site, any donation is appreciated.
If you would like to take it a couple of steps further and support him on the ride there is still one spot open.  Contact Ron directly


Thanks for the Jafakids fundraising support

This weekend saw 2 teams of Jafakids parents out fundraising for the club. A total of over $1000 was raised so an outstanding effort by all concerned

The Secondary Schools race at Sanders Reserve had the parents of the Jafakids selling sausages, col drinks and coffees as well as assisting with the marshaling on the course. Manchesters, Weirs, Tetley, Craggs, Wrights, Wellsford, Reilly, Bethels, Beavens, Dakin and others please forgive me I don’t have  the names of all the helpers  but a huge thank you for your efforts. A substantial $225 was raised

Kidz Bike Jams in Woodhill was huge. We were assisting Auckland Mountain Bike Club run the event.
Kay and Mike Spray along with Brad and Shannon were up at sparrows carting BBQ’s and setting up not only the Jafas space but also the event organisers.Kay has special thanks to the BBQ helpers  Mike and Shannon, Thomas, Lisa and Gerard, Lydia, Brent (who was also roped into marshaling parking). The BBQ team also handed out loads of Jafakids information flyers, which all helps with the marketing of the club. Awesome effort. $520 was raised

Thanks to the Jafakids leaders, mid pack markers and tail end charlies who showed huge maturity, patience and great encouragement to riders struggling at the end of the packs. We were very proud of all of you
7km Robin Page, Charlotte Delamore and Paige Weir
5km Brad Spray, Alex Delamore and Max Neradt
3km William Page, Misha and Kian Wolstencroft
Jafakids Sheldon and Geavan also assisted

Marshals had a very busy day out on the course. They were not only directing the flow, they were actively counseling and encouraging kids and parents, nursing bruised bodies from falls and mini broken feelings after tumbles, as well as being mobile bike mechanics. Special thanks  to Marshals Cindy, Barry, Jaqui, Phil and Tanya. Hayden said to pass on he had many compliments on the marshals helpfulness.
$300 has been donated to Jafas from Auckland MTB for our assistance on the day

Rona on behalf of DOC has also sent his congratulations for a huge effort put in by all involved this weekend.

It is fantastic to see the level of support in the club.

Megan Page


Race Report:

AKSS Champs Round 2/3, Sanders Reserve, Paremoremo, 20-May-2012

by Nigel Craggs

The Auckland Secondary School Championship returned to Sanders Reserve for the second round of the three race series.  As the riders arrived, the sun broke from the clouds and we looked set for a good morning of racing despite it still being quite wet underfoot.  For those unfamiliar with Sanders Reserve, it comprises of three main courses; Red, Green and Orange.  For this round of racing, the troublesome Red course from the first round was left alone and instead saw the orange course pressed in to service.  This was an open and flowing course with not too many trees but with some newly built berms to make the cornering exciting.  This combined with some tricky off camber pinch climbs and a bit of gluggy mud just before the end of the lap and it made for quite an entertaining race course.
Read more here….


  • WEDNESDAY –   come along to the Wednesday night rides at Woodhill.
    Two groups to choose from:1. Beginner:  Guided social ride, perfect for less experienced riders.2. DoC XC Flying Squad: still super-friendly but at higher pace. Reasonable level of fitness recommended.Meeting Place – Woodhill
    Time – The ride will start at 6:45pm sharp. Don’t be late.
    Beginners Coach 23rd May Jonny Moncur
    Duration of ride – Easy 75-90 minutes.
    What will be covered – Night skills.
    Contact details if you are running OR text Jonny on 021 198 8858Click here for more information

Upcoming events



We look forward to seeing you all out there.


Dept of Cycling

World Endurance MTB Organisation logoCongratulations Megan!

Megan Dimozantos gets 3rd place at 24hr World Championships in Italy.

In a big weekend of MTB racing with World Cup race in France, used-to-be local girl Megan smashes it in Italy with a great race over 24 hours.

See race results here

Keep an eye on Megans blog here, very good read

Absolon at MTB XC world cup La Bresse

XTC World Cup La Bresse, France

A huge weekend of racing in France with a wicked course.  The ‘old school’ course featured 1 loop around town to thin the bunch out then 5 laps of a torturous up hill followed by a long technical descent.

Kiwi Karen Hanlen dropped out of the Elite women Cross country due to course constraints but both mens and womens races were full of surprises.

Read the article here

Thanks to Martyn Pearce for posting link to Red Bull TV on the night as it was a thouroughly enjoyable race (maybe just a long night)

Strava your ride

Join the fun with Strava

Who is King of the Mountains? It could be you! 
If you have a garmin, smart phone or a GPS unit take it with you on a ride, when you get back in front of a computer upload the ride to Strava and compare your climbs against others.  Maybe just compare your time against your last ride.  Follow other DoC members i.e Gusto and see what secret training they have been doing!!

Click here for more information

Have you seen the new calendar

Have you seen the new calendar?

We have been working hard on getting information to you about upcoming events that you may want to be involved in.
You may have seen some of the links to information of training rides and races have come from this calendar.
Keep an eye on the calendar for any upcoming dates that may be of interest.  We will be posting races, training rides, fun dates and socila events that we would love everyone to attend.  If you find there is a lot of information on the calendar at first glance, please use the filter at the top of the page to see the events that interest you.

Click here to view the calendar.

Robert Gesink Wins Tour of California

Robert Gesink wins Tour of California

Peter Sagan wins the final stage in a sprint with the power house Tom Boonen and Rabobank’s Robert Gesink wins the general classification.  This years team winners were Team Radioshack.

Watch highlights of the final 4 stages online.
Click here for more.

Help with Sanders Park Planting

Help needed with planting.

Sanders Park is having a community planting day on Saturday 26th May at 10am.
Why not have a ride out that way and help with the planting while you are at it.
This is a great spot for riding and you will be helping the cycling community!
for more information please email Paul Duffy at

Short ride sunday 27 May

A flatter ride, with an eye to maintaining and building fitness over the winter.

This also incorporates the Thursday night short and long TT courses.