October 26, 2010

Matt de Neef, The Climbing Cyclist

The Climbing Cyclist, also known as Matt de Neef, is conquering Victoria's mountains; he has climbed Mt Hotham, he’s beaten Mt Baw Baw and he admits that Terry’s Avenue, Belgrave, almost had him heading to the bottom before he had even reached the top.

The Climbing Cyclist started as a university assignment, Matt was required to create a website on any topic, he took his love for cycling to the next level and created an online guide for cyclists looking for a new mountain to climb in Victoria, and he’s climbed almost all of them.

Matt is now hanging out to climb the back of Falls Creek after mechanical problems marred his efforts at the 3 Peaks Challenge earlier this year. Matt said the 30km climb at the back of Falls Creek would be a fantastic challenge and as a cyclist who likes to climb mountains I couldn’t agree more; I will however be waiting for his account of the climb before I attempt it.

Matt took time out to speak with Rowena Scott of Bicycles Network Australia (BNA) about pushing the barriers, making it to the top and that feeling that makes us want to keep on climbing.

BNA: When did you first start cycling, how did you get into it and why did you end up climbing?

de Neef: I got my first bike when I was 4 or 5 and I’ve never really stopped cycling since. The high school I went to (Box Hill High School) ran a bike camp every year which saw us riding around Wangaratta, Beechworth, Myrtleford and the surrounding areas. I went on bike camp every year that I was at Box Hill and it was one of the most memorable of my school experiences

Part of that camp was the ~3km climb from Woolshed Falls to Beechworth where the King of the Mountain title was up for grabs. I won it once and every year it was something that I looked forward to. It seems like a short climb now but it’s still pretty steep!

BNA: How did the website ‘The Climbing Cyclist’ come about?

de Neef: The site began as a university assignment where we had to start up a website on a topic of our choice. I decided to write about cycling in Victoria and more specifically, the great climbs available to Victorian cyclists. While there are a number of sites that give a bit of information about these climbs, I wanted my site to be more comprehensive and become a valuable resource for Victorian climbers.

Since finishing that subject I’ve continued working on the site and this time last year I bought some web space and starting trying to make it look a little more professional. I hope!

BNA: Tell me about ‘The Climbing Cyclist’.

de Neef: The Climbing Cyclist is a site dedicated to providing detailed information about the many great cycling climbs Victoria has to offer. For each of the 20 or so climbs on the site so far, I’ve got photos of where the climbs start and finish, a map of the route, a profile of the climb and a detailed write-up of what’s involved if you are going to try the climb.

The site also features a number of short articles about cycle climbing and a blog where I share my thoughts about training up for the 3 Peaks Challenge. We’ve also got a presence on Facebook and Twitter and these communities have been growing steadily in recent months.

BNA: Was there a climb where you almost reached breaking point, where you’d had enough and were about to throw it all in?

de Neef: There’s a hill in the Grampians called Mt. William and the first 9km is fairly easy at around 5-6% but after that it climbs at around 13% for 2km. At the start of those final 2km is a 400metre stretch that sits at around 20%. I have to admit that I stepped off the bike at one point during that section. I was going so slowly that I would have fallen off anyway! That said, I did manage to finish the climb after a short break.

The Terry’s Avenue climb out of Belgrave is probably the hardest sustained climb I’ve done – harder than Mt. Baw Baw I’d say. Climbing that beast was the closest I’ve gotten to throwing in the towel and heading back down the hill.

BNA: How do you push through that pain barrier?

de Neef: I’m not quite sure to be honest! Stupidity? The desire to get fitter and stronger? A desire to feel a sense of accomplishment at the top? Could be any of those I suppose.

BNA: Do you have a climb that you consider to be enjoyable, something that you would happily do repeats on?

de Neef: Most of the climbs that I’ve done are enjoyable, to a point. I’m not nearly strong or fit enough to enjoy an afternoon spent riding up and down the 1 in 20, for example, but if I had to pick one climb, I’d say the Tawonga Gap. At least if you do repeats of that, you get to do two different climbs in the process. Plus, the descent from the Tawonga Gap down toward Bright is one of the best going around.

BNA: Do you do any training for the climbs that you do, or is it just a matter of reading the profile and then going out there and giving it a go?

A bit of both I reckon. I try to get to a reasonable level of fitness before I go out and do any serious climbing but I certainly wouldn’t spend months training just so I could get up and over Mt. Hotham, for example. I’d rather just go and do it and see how I go.

That said trying a climb like Mt. Baw Baw without a good fitness level probably wouldn’t be the smartest thing you could do as a cyclist.

BNA: What is your advice to someone who is a novice at climbing hills?

de Neef: Just go and do it. Be prepared for it to be hard work to start off with but, as with anything difficult, the more you do it the easier it becomes. At the end of the day, getting to the top of a huge mountain on your own steam is more than enough reward for the pain you’ve gone through to get there.

BNA: What’s going through your mind when you head up a mountain, are you thinking about the things you have to do tomorrow, or is it purely about making it to the top?

de Neef: Without sounding too corny, I tend to get lost in the moment a little bit. Especially if it’s a climb as beautiful as, say, Mt. Buller, I can’t help but just lose myself in the experience.

BNA: On any given day, what would you consider the best place to ride in Victoria?

de Neef: You’d be pretty hard-pressed to go past the Victorian Alps and the area around Bright. With so many great climbs in the area – Mt. Buffalo, Mt. Hotham, Tawonga Gap and Falls Creek – it’s sacred ground for Victorian cyclists. In fact, if you are a Victorian cyclist who hasn’t been to Bright for a cycling trip, you might want to find some time. You won’t be disappointed.

All that aside, there are certainly worse places to ride than the Grampians, the Great Ocean Road and the Yarra Valley, just to name a few areas.

BNA: Are there any climbs in Victoria that you haven’t done and are looking forward to attempting?

de Neef: For some stupid reason, I’m really looking forward to tackling the ‘Back o’ Falls’ climb, from Omeo up to Falls Creek. I would have done it last year in the 3 Peaks Challenge but a broken gear cable thwarted those plans.

Just the idea of 30km uphill, with the first 3km at 10% sounds like a fantastic challenge. Or maybe just stupid, I’m not sure.

BNA: I understand there are some wicked hills in Tasmania and New South Wales; do you have any plans to travel through the rest of Australia and see what the other states have to offer?

de Neef: Absolutely. I’d love to take The Climbing Cyclist to a national audience and as soon as the resources and the opportunities present themselves, I’ll be there.

BNA: What sort of gear ratios are you riding to complete these rides?

de Neef: All of my climbing at the moment is done on my trusty Trek 1.2. It’s seen me through almost 8000km and while it’s a little basic for some, it gets the job done. I’m riding a 34-50 at the front with a 12-26 at the back. The 26 gets me up most hills without too many dramas, Mt. William excepted.

Bicycles Network Australia wishes Matt De Neef, The Climbing Cyclist, a puncture free ride at the back of Falls Creek and clear skies at the 2011 3 Peaks Challenge. You can find out what Matt’s been up to by logging onto Twitter, Facebook and his website: http://www.theclimbingcyclist.com/

October 21, 2010

Women on Wheels in the City of Stirling

The City of Stirling, Western Australia, has the right idea; with a little bit of practice and a lot of encouragement, they’re getting more women on two wheels. Women on Wheels is being run by Joanne Burgess, she has been the Travelsmart Officer at the City of Sterling since 2006, Joanne is on a mission to get more women on wheels, but not just women; their children as well.

Joanne wants to re-educate the community, teaching them how to ride a bike if they have never ridden, and if it’s been too long, helping the participants build up confidence to get back out there.

Originally the program started with the assistance of the Bicycle Transport Alliance and has since grown with council assistance. The womens programs are aptly named, Learn to Ride for women who have never ridden and Back on your Bike, for those who hadn’t ridden for years.

Joanne presented the program that she has been developing in conjunction with the City of Sterling at the Bike Futures Conference in Melbourne this October.

Since starting the program, Joanne has helped 75 women from 17 different cultural backgrounds to complete the program, and there is a waiting list of 45 for the next program.

The programs run twice yearly in spring and autumn. Perfect conditions, not too hot and not to cold- Other councils in Western Australia have been trying to implement the same program for their area’s but haven’t had the same response as City of Stirling.

At the conclusion of the Bike Futures conference in Melbourne I was able to speak with Joanne about the program, she is proud of the women who have already finished the program, 66% of the participants thus far have been women aged over 50.
Joanne is aware that she can take this program in many directions, there are plans for urban explorer rides and Mum ‘n Kids training. Plus she has already established bicycle maintenance training, real world rides, a bicycle library and a 12 week social ride course called ‘wheelie wonderful women’.
If you can’t ride a bike or haven’t ridden a bike in years and need some encouragement, check with your local council to find out if they have a program that will suit your needs and if they don’t; tell them about what Joanne Burgess and the City of Sterling is doing for their constitutes.

For more information about the program and how to become involved email cycling@stirling.wa.gov.au; or for more information go to the City of Sterling website www.stirling.wa.gov.au.

October 20, 2010

The Cyclecover Circuit - a Rainforest Ride

The Cyclecover Circuit, a rainforest ride, is fast approaching, on Saturday 11th December, be prepared to see large numbers of riders flock to the small seaside village of Apollo Bay, located next door to the picturesque Otway Ranges.

The ride is in its second year; Rapid Ascent launched the mass participation ride in 2009 and made it accessible for all cyclists.

Rapid Ascent has now partnered with Cyclecover for 2010; this year’s event is set to be even more successful than the last.

There are four options for those of us with different abilities, the options range from the 23km Waterfall Explorer ride and 23km Glow Worm Tour to a challenging 70km or 140km ride.

The ride isn’t just climbing and descending, there are stops along the way, including the Otway Fly for the 140km riders and the Cape Otway Light House for both the 70km and 140km riders.

The first 1000 entries into the 140km and 70km ride will receive a free jersey and Cyclecover is giving away 6 month membership to their new Rider Club.

With long and quiet roads, where the air is crisp, there is no reason not to pack up the family and friends and head away for some relaxation before Christmas gets started. I’m looking forward to escaping the city lights for the calming effects of the rainforest and I look forward to seeing you there.

For more information on how to participate go to http://www.rainforestride.com/.

October 10, 2010

Review: E-One professional hair removal

The E-One is professional hair removal in the privacy of your own home, no longer do you need to see a professional as this device is the first of its kind that has been approved for private use.

The E-One is a personal epilator which uses Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) technology packed into a small unit for home use. In 2007 the E-One received an innovation award on French national TV for inventor of the year.

I received the product at the beginning of the Tour de France, I knew this would be a great time to get started and for all the ‘Euro’ cyclists out there this would be a perfect time to get started, especially if you want silky, soft legs for those long summer days in the saddle.

Safe to Use?
This is the first and only medical IPL device in the world certified for personal use at home, the E-One meets the 60601-1 European standard regarding medical device, which is a reputable confirmation that it can be safely used by at the home.

Each device is unique in that each device has it'ss own serial number and that the service that they provide you with is personal to each machine, they keep a history of your details and any problems that you may have with the machine, if only everyone provided a service like this.
E-One accessories

The E-One comes with safety glasses to protect your eyes from the IPL. The glasses must be worn when you start a treatment with the E-One Hair Removal Device until you turn it off. The safety glasses also have to be worn by the people around you during that time. The glasses are essential to protect your eyes from the light of the flash.

Optical Gel is required and this comes with the E-One. The gel is applied to the skin before flashing it with the E-One, it’s similar to the gel that’s used in ultrasound scans.

Patches will cover small areas that you don’t want to flash, for example, moles should be covered.

I didn’t have any problems using the product, nor was I concerned about my safety even though I had seen some TV programs about permanent scarring, I experienced none of this and when I discussed this with E-One they said they had had no cases of permanent scarring. You can read more about the safety here.

How it actually works
For all conditions -  light skin or tanned skin, on most hair types, in summer or in winter - after only a few sessions at home treated hair won’t regrow anymore and the skin will maintain its softness.

Approximately 8 days after each treatment, effectively treated hairs will start to fall out progressively (on average 15 days ). Once they have fallen out, they may start to regrow after 40 to 60 days. There is no need to be alarmed – after numerous treatment sessions; hair regrowth will be continuously thinner and less populated.

After about 10 to 12 treatments (separated approx. 2 months apart), only 1 or 2 uses per year should be required to keep skin clear and hair free.

I only used the product for 5 months and I used it 4 times, over this time I did notice a difference in the amount of hair growth, I also noticed that the hair that that grows back is a lot softer and in some areas not as thick.

On area such as the legs there is no pain  whilst performing the treatments, users will notice a slight tingle on more sensitive areas such as the bikini area, and underarms.

I used the device primarily on my legs and bikini area, I found that the legs were a totally pain free  whereas the bikini area was much more sensitive. When using the device on the bikini area I felt a little zap, but it wasn’t something that I would rate as painful, I would consider it to be a mild discomfort at the least.

What I thought?
It does take some practice to get used to using the device; I read the instructions a few times and found the book very easy to understand. As a very busy person I found the device time consuming when I first used it, which is understandable as you refer to the instructions and play with all the different buttons.

When I used the E-one the second time it was a lot easier to use as I was more familiar with the device and the controls and how to use it.
I enjoyed the product and I like that the hair regrowth was minimised after each session.

What’s it cost?
At $2,890.00 it’s not exactly what I would call cheap, though if you add up the cost of disposable razors and trips to the salon for the next 10 years then you can recover you purchase price over time
If you’re a couple of cyclists who are living a double income and no kid’s lifestyle, then it is worth considering.

Who does it suit?
I think this product suits the sort of person who is budget conscious and who adds up all of the cost over the long run. Though if you’re the sort of person that likes to have the latest toys and can’t think of what to buy next, then this is also the right product for you.

For women, if you feel self-conscious when getting your bikini area waxed, then this is the perfect option for you.

You can view more information about E-One hair removal and purchase online at www.e-one.com.au.

October 5, 2010

UCI Worlds: A Raging Success

The UCI has declared that the 2010 UCI World Championships have been a success for the UCI and for Australia.

Held last week in Geelong, the UCI World Championships attracted just fewer than 300,000 spectators across the 5 day program. A predicted global TV audience of 400 million watched the event; in attendance were riders from 53 countries and 543 riders representing those countries.

Small business owners that I spoke to in Geelong had mixed emotions about the 5 day program, those who where selling food, snacks and meals considered the event to be a success for their business’ but still continued to feel that the 5 day event was too long for some of the other business’ around them.

One business owner saying, “at least they’ll all stop moaning now the event is over.”

The final day of the event, Sunday 3rd of October saw 150,000 spectators verge on Geelong to watch the elite men race. Australian’s can be proud of their cyclists; we took gold, silver and bronze, leading the medal tally for the rest of the world.

Reactions have been coming in thick and fast from the organizers, indicating that Australia could in fact hold an event like this in the future, UCI President Pat McQuaid said, "It has been a decision which was an absolutely correct decision. I can tell you that the teams that are here and the team managers that are here and that have many, many years experience of cycling, world championships and major events, have said they're absolutely happy with everything that has been laid on from here. They're happy with the atmosphere, happy with the course, happy with the security, happy with everything."

Although the lead up to the event was marred with negativity, Steve Bracks is overall pleased with the result and the people of Geelong, he said the following, "so many people from Geelong feel great pride, they keep yelling out that they're so proud of Geelong. There's a great sense of achievement here, an achievement this community can easily build on."

Cadel Evens who defended the Rainbow Jersey with great pride said the following on Twitter, ‘THANK YOU EVERYONE! Thanks for all the support-quite the day. Pleasure and honour to race with/as Aussies today.’

Evan’s team mate Simon Gerrans confirmed the feeling on Twitter saying, ‘The crowd at the race yesterday was absolutely amazing. It was like nothing I've ever seen. Thanks to everyone who was there cheering us on!’

The next UCI World Championships will be held in Denmark, www.copenhagen2011.dk, we hope to see you there.

October 3, 2010

UCI Worlds: Elite Womens Race Roundup

Oh how it hurt, eight laps with two climbs, sixteen climbs in total and it went around and around and around, and as they climbed, the women got dropped one after the other.

The 123 strong peloton afforded itself only 76 finishes, Belen Lopez Morales (ESP) managed to scrape in with a time of +19:35 behind the winner Italian Giorgia Bronzini, Bronzini was riding with her heart and she said at the press conference after the race, “first I race with my heart and secondly for Ballerini.”

Bronzini continued to say that she “waited and thought about the finish....was hard to finish in the small group....”

Marianne Vos of the Netherlands was a clear favourite to win today’s race, she has now placed second four times and it made sense to see her up there on the podium again, although there is no doubt that she would have preferred gold. She said that she thought the race would be harder, “the climb is hard… but after the descent, there’s a long way to go for the final.”

2010 UCI World Road Championships Womens Elite: Bronzini Italy wins

Sweden’s Emma Johansson was knocked slightly by Vos coming in for the final sprint as they crossed the finish line, but the UCI officials have looked at the footage and the medals will stay the same, Johansson said the following on her bronze medal “it was very frustrating... I'm happy to have my first World Championship medal, but you always want more.”

2010 UCI World Road Championships Womens Elite: Podium

45 of the 123 women who started did not finish the race, they worked hard for their teams, being offered up as a sacrifice to try and keep the strongest rider at the front and out of harm’s way.

Results of the 2010 UCI World Championships Elite Women's Road Race

1 Giorgia Bronzini (Italy)
2 Marianne Vos (Netherlands)
3 Emma Johansson (Sweden)
4 Nicole Cooke (Great Britain)
5 Judith Arndt (Germany)
6 Grace Verbeke (Belgium)
7 Trixi Worrack (Germany)
8 Rasa Leleivyte (Lithuania)
9 Elizabeth Armitstead (Great Britain)
10 Carla Swart (South Africa)

UCI Worlds: Roundup Aussie Women's Team

The Australian women had been talking up there ability all week, they claimed to be in good form and for the first four laps they were doing well, although seeing Bridie O’Donnell drop to the back of the main bunch for most of the race wasn’t promising.

Climber Tiffany Cromwell who spent some time at the front pacing the peloton said, “It was a tough day out there. We all had our individual roles. We played the strongest part we could but unfortunately we did not have the legs at the finish.”

Cromwell and team mates kept riding and kept pushing through the race, “It hurt. Cramping, dry-retching, but we gave all we had out there, mainly because of the support – there was green and gold everywhere.”

Team mate Carla Ryan who has recently signed with Cervelo Test Team confirmed what Cromwell had said about it being a tough day, “we just kept chipping away, but we were all getting tired. We tried to dig in and give it a bit more, but we could just not find the energy.”

Ruth Corset the protected rider for the Australian women critiqued her performance and the teams, “I had nothing left on that last lap on the climbs – so I think the whole team gave it everything, gave it one hundred per cent today, we didn’t leave anything behind.”

It was Shara Gillow’s first world championship race and she said, “We had a strong team and this is a tough course.”

The Australian Women’s team where excited to race on home soil and gave it all they had, the cheers from the spectators helped them over the climbs to the finish line.

The final results of the Australian women where:

26. Ruth Corset
28. Vicki Whitelaw

The following Australian women did not finish (DNF):

Tiffany Cromwell
Carla Ryan
Shara Gillow
Amanda Spratt
Bridie O’Donnell

October 2, 2010

UCI Worlds: Bronzini takes Elite Women's Gold

The sun was high at 1pm today when the women’s race started in Geelong, the elite women headed out quickly from the start line, no doubt in a hurry to find out exactly how much those climbs would hurt, the women completed 8 laps with two difficult climbs where Emma Pooley (GBR) started as the favourite to win the circuit.

The first lap was eventful, Ang Collen (SIN) touched a wheel and went down in the middle of the road, and luckily she didn’t take anyone with her. Another crash before the riders began the climb into Barwon Boulevard, with a rider from Canada hitting a barrier and taking 5 others with her including the only rider from Saint Kitts and Nevis.

As the riders headed into the first climb on Barwon Blvd, Australia’s Carla Ryan led the women to the top of The Ridge, with Australian team mate Tiffany Cromwell was not far behind. The gap between the first and the last rider was at least 3minutes 14seconds, the women fought hard to get back to the bunch, but are also fighting hard to finish the most important race of the season.

Ruth Corset (AUS) made the choice to change her bike at the beginning of the second lap after being involved in a crash on the first lap. Bridie O’Donnell (AUS) was sitting at the back of the peloton with legend Jeannie Longo (FRA); O’Donnell looked to be struggling throughout the second lap which wasn’t good news for the Australian women.

Three laps in and rider Dinah Chan (SIN) pulled out of the course, Cromwell was doing her job as expected leading the peloton, Cromwell is an excellent domestique and can climb, making her the perfect team mate for this course. Two breakaways where attempted early on the first climb, but the peloton chased them down easily, the breakaways weren’t overly strong, nor had they been 100% committed in their breakaway, the peloton easily bought the riders back together on Pakington Street as predicted.

As the women headed onto Moorabool St to finish the third lap, they did so very fast, with Italian Eleonara Patuzzo out in front; the peloton changed very quickly with Katheryn Curi Mattis (USA) who went for the breakaway the minute the peloton was over the top of Moorabool St. Two Swiss riders pulled out at the beginning of the fourth lap as the riders made it to the top of Moorabool St.

On the fifth lap the Curi-Mattis is still out in front, she had a gap of 2:25 from the peloton, the women at the back of the peloton where seriously struggling, women still coming through the gates 5minutes after the main peloton. Emma Pooley (GBR) seemed to be in her element on all the climbs as did Cromwell, Ryan and Vicki Whitelaw (AUS). The peloton had been setting a strong pace as the peloton headed towards lap six and the pace was too much for Serene Lee (SIN) and rider Kathryn Bertine (SKN), any more time on the course and Lee and Bertine would have easily been swallowed by the peloton on the sixth lap.

Curi-Mattis looks lean on the course as she headed into the 6th lap, but began to suffer on the first climb. Amanda Spratt (AUS) and Bridie O’Donnell (AUS) where suffering as they came into the 6th lap they were over 7minutes behind the main group and pulled out in the team area on Moorabool St. Cromwell was setting the pace at the front as they headed into the first climb on Challambra Crescent.

Lap seven saw the Australian’s and the British fall back through the peloton, the Australian and the British teams did what many teams would have done today which was to use as many riders as possible to push the pace at the front and to bring back breakaways. On the 7th lap Curie Mattis got over taken by the pint sized Pooley, the world Time Trial Champion as of Wednesday’s race, the Peloton caught up to Pooley on the first climb of Challambra Crescent.

On lap eight the women pushed the pace even faster, Nicole Cooke (GBR) broke away on the descent heading towards the bottom of the hill on Mt Pleasant, stringing out the rest of the peloton on the descent. Cooke was still in the lead as they rode the rainbow bridge for the last time, Judith Arndt (GER) closing the gap on the final climb, both Arndt and Cooke worked together with less than 6km to go.

The final 4km was reminiscent of Mark Renshaw’s lead out of Mark Cavendish on the final stage of the 2009 Tour de France. With less than 4km to go the women were not chasing as the two leads rode onto the Esplanade with a slight headwind, once they hit Moorabool St it was each for their own.

First place went to Italy’s Giorgia Bronzini in the bunch sprint that we had all been talking about, Marianne Vos of the Netherlands came in second place for the second time and Emma Johansson of Sweden took 3rd place.

If the under 23’s race and Elite Women’s road race is anything to go by, we’ll see the same thing at the Elite Men’s race on Sunday 3rd of October.

UCI Worlds: Leadup to the Elite Womens Road Race

The elite women’s road race isn’t far away and the Australian women are positive heading towards the 127.2km circuit, which the women will complete 8 times, it’s a course that suits the Australian women.

Ruth Corset and Carla Ryan where at a team press conference to discuss the Australian women’s chances of standing on the podium this October 2nd.

Ruth Corset’s hand is still bruised from the fall that she experienced at the Herald Sun World Cycling Classic in Ballart last weekend but is healing well and doesn’t expect any problems.

Corset had this to say about the road race on Saturday, "we were told it was a hilly course so we knew it would suit us, but a lot of the other girls hadn’t seen the course at all and they were pretty shocked at how hilly it was."

Carla Ryan is looking forward to showing Australia what she can do and what the entire Australian team can do, she commented that, "we race in Europe for the whole year and no one (in Australia) really knows what we do over there. It’s such a low profile sport (in Australia) but, in Europe, it (cycling) is like Australian Rules Football. To bring it out to Australia and give the public a chance to see us is really special for us."

Unlike Fabian Cancellera, Ryan is of the impression that racing without radios will make things a lot more interesting and said that everyone one was in the same position. Ryan continued on to say, “It’s not as if you have an advantage or disadvantage, but I think it will make things a lot more interesting. I will have to check the girls and look out for them a lot more. It will be an interesting opportunity."

Both Corset and Ryan are happy with how their form has progressed over the season and see a podium finish for the Australian women as a possibility.

The women race at 1pm Saturday 2nd October.