This is usually this weekend that we are all packing our bags and heading over to Adelaide for the TDU experience. Unfortunately, that is not happening for the vast majority this year. However, the event has been replaced with the NRS Festival of Cycling, and as I sit and read the start list, I couldn’t be prouder of our wonderful little club for helping the WA athletes achieve their goals.
Working through the list, there are so many names that we have seen week in and week out over the last 12 months or so.
Team Bridgelane – PDCC’s very own Tyler Lindorff is lining up again this year. I managed to beat Tyler to Murray Bridge last year, hopefully he has better luck this year.
CCS Cycling – Reece Tucknott from MCC raced with us at the start of our crit season.
ARA-Pro Racing Sunshine Coast – Oli Stenning and Craig Wiggins. Oli is the reigning Peel Classic Champion winning in a fantastic solo break by 1.38 on a course that looks on paper tougher than any stage in the Festival of Cycling. I will be watching this team closely.
Velofit Australia Racing Team – This is the team to watch. Matt Harvey was not far behind Oli in the Peel Classic, Bryce Lanigan is the current leader of the Pedalare Open Crit Points Competition, Xavier Cooper who is always mixing it up in A grade, and certainly not last Pat Saccani-Williams who not only races every race he can with PDCC, but he has a red-hot crack every time, is probably the nicest competitor when collecting and returning his numbers, and always recognizes our volunteers.
In the Womens race, with the Velofit Australia Racing Team is Jessica Lawler, Cassia Boglio and Darcie Richards who finished 4th in the Peel Classic. These women are regulars at our local club races, and always affect the racing.
Good luck to the Velofit team who really support what we do as much as they can.
We were also really looking forward to the Chaotic Energy team competing as well, but completely understand the quarantine issues around sending WA people interstate at the moment. The women in this team have all worked so hard this year, they would have given this event a real crack, and we are devastated for them. They are always at the PDCC events, and support us so well. I am sure they will readjust and smash their new goals.
This is what PDCC is all about. We are here to support our members and visitors to achieve their goals, it is as simple as that. The club is about consistency in everything we do, racing consistently, training consistently, and consistently supporting our members. We race regularly, on varied courses to increase variety, access and opportunity for our members and visitors. For us, it is not how many or who turns up, it is about our members and visitors achieving their goals.
There are so many achievements to celebrate in 2020, there are the big ones with Conor Leahy winning 2 Gold Medals at the Track National Championships while setting a state record, and Dharlia Haines winning a Gold Medal at the same event. Then there are all the small goals, like Kate Prevost starting her first race, then standing on the Podium soon after, or super volunteer Phil Edwards racing again in D grade just so that he can finish with the bunch. Also, the personal goals of other members of just increasing fitness and overall well being by belonging to something great.
We get a kick out of seeing new members come along and starting their cycling journey, no matter what that looks like. It is just amazing watching them grow into the superstars they all are, growing in confidence and belief. Setting, then achieving those goals.
I am heading across to Adelaide next week (work), I am fully expecting to have to quarantine on my return. So I will be hanging around for the weekend, and will make the pilgrimage up Old Willunga Hill next Saturday. Hopefully we will see one of our regulars smash it up that hill and take the win next Saturday on the Queen stage. That will make my quarantine all worthwhile.
If there are any other members or friends of PDCC that are heading across, message the club and we will see if we can set up a WA contingent to really let our local riders know they are supported.
Tomorrow, we have our next event in Pinjarra where we will see our local contingent racing hard, and a few new members in the ranks giving it a go. I am looking forward to that more than I am heading to Adelaide.
We just cant wait to see our next batch of stars.
You can view the article at SBS Cycling Central here – https://www.sbs.com.au/cyclingcentral/article/2021/01/15/eyes-santos-festival-cycling-teams