U23 Road World Championships AND Hot Lap Competition!

How about Michael Matthews?!  What a phenomenal win for this young bloke and for Australia!

I've had Matthews on my radar for a few years now. I first remember him a short 3 years ago in at the Tour of Bright. I was climbing up Mt. Hotham in the A grade groupetto and then a break away of B-graders came flying past us led by Matthews. B-Grade passing us big shot A-Graders? No way. I was only hanging on by the skin of my teeth and he made it look effortless. That year he won the B-grade event at 17yrs old along with the KOM. I hated him already...

Fast forward to the Herald Sun Tour at this time last year. I took notice of Michael Matthews again while watching him in Ballarat take a 5 lap solo flyer against the likes of team Garmin-Transitions doing everything they could to try to chase him down. He was finally brought back, but he made it look like he was toying with them. This kid was seriously impressive.

Last year when Drew Ginn was training for the National Time Trial championships I knew firsthand how strong Drew was. In training rides I’d find myself sitting on his wheel trying to come around and  there was no chance in hell I could pull a turn. He’d set the powermeter 500 watts and sit there for 20mins at a time. Everyone who rode with him was blown away by strong he was.  In the Oceania championships leading up the the Nationals Matthews (competing in the U23 category) beat Drew’s time by nearly 3 minutes. I couldn’t believe this was possible knowing how fast Drew was. As always there could have been other factors at play, but this was a good indication of Matthews’ potential.

This past season I’ve had my eye out for Matthews’ results and noticed him again at the Tour of Lankawi. He’s now winning the sprint finishes! He won stage 1 and stage 3 and was mixing it up with the pros. Over the past 6 months Matthews has been winning in Europe time and time again in much bigger races. Most recently le Tour de l’Avenir where he was third in the prologue and second on the first stage. Shortly after he signed with Rabobank for 2011 and 2010.

He’s a climber, a time trialist, a sprinter and he’s only 20 years old. Sounds like a perfect classics rider to me. Perhaps a Grand Tour rider in the future.

This afternoon when I saw the Aussies driving it up at the front in the final kilometers and Matthews sprinting to take the win it sent shivers down my spin. What a sensational ride! I’m incredibly happy for him and know he’ll have a great future ahead.

Does this change anyone’s mind about this possibly being a sprinters course?

Photos by Veeral Patel and Sirotti. ***Scroll to the bottom for the Hot Lap Competition details.

Joe Lewis, Luke Durbridge, Michael Matthews, Benjamin King, Malcom Rudolph, Rowan Dennis


Graham Watson twittering his photos directly from his iPad


Phinny (USA) and Boivin (CAN) in a dead heat for 3rd. Maybe they should race again?

BMC / Swiss Team HOT LAP Promotion

BMC has come through with the goods once again. As you might now, BMC is the official bike sponsor of the Swiss Cycling Federation. They’ve been helping out the Swiss team here at the World Champs all week with technical support. This works out well for us because as you all know BMC is a sponsor of Cycling Tips and has some great pull in the cycling world.

So here’s the deal. There are a limited 40 sets of ASSOS Swiss Federation jersey (limited edition) + Cap + socks (see more details here on ASSOS site).  The set costs $200 AUD and the jersey is signed by 4 time World ITT Champion Fabian Cancellara. He just signed them today.

The Hot Lap “Twist”

From “on sale” until the Elite Men’s road race starts (10:00am Sunday 3 October), every purchaser will go into the draw for a “hot lap” in the Swiss team car during the Elite Men’s road race, after it enters the final Geelong circuit. Two people will be randomly drawn and notified by SMS immediately after the draw is made (make sure you put your phone number into your order details).

After 10:00am, we will continue to offer the sets (if there are any left) for sale until sold out for anyone who wants to look like a Swiss PRO.

As a runner up prize, I have two entries to give away for RIDE THE WORLDS on the morning of October 3. Instead of driving in a car around the circuit, you’ll be able to ride the same course the pros ride that morning (the first time this has ever been allowed). This was originally a prize for the WYMTM photo competition, but since it’s been delayed a week we need to get these out to someone quick!

Delivery:

Purchased jerseys will be available for collection from 09:00 Sunday 3rd at “The Bike Shop” exhibition – just look for the BMC’s, and bring your proof of purchase and ID for verification.

Note: If you are not in Geelong this weekend and still want to order the kit you’re more than welcome to do so. Postage will be free anywhere in Australia.

*****ORDER HERE ****** and you’ll have a 1 in 20 chance of getting a hot lap in the Swiss team car around the World Championships circuit!


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  • http://twitter.com/bethanykeats Bethany Keats

    What? Are you TRYING to make this week even more expensive for me???

    Meanwhile – how amazing was that win! It was just incredible! I saw it from one of the stands with the Bike Pure blokes and it just went off!

  • GoAussies

    Maybe not the same watching a grainy live internet stream with Dutch commentary at nidnight, but inspirational all the same. Was pretty happy that Phinney did not get up for the win, shame the Canuck did not pip him at the line too.

    Also, anyone thinking what is going on in the German program?
    U23 TT – 3rd
    Women TT – 2nd
    Men TT – 3rd
    U23 Road – 2nd

  • GoAussies

    Maybe not the same watching a grainy live internet stream with Dutch commentary at nidnight, but inspirational all the same. Was pretty happy that Phinney did not get up for the win, shame the Canuck did not pip him at the line too.

    Also, anyone thinking what is going on in the German program?
    U23 TT – 3rd
    Women TT – 2nd
    Men TT – 3rd
    U23 Road – 2nd

  • Troll

    Well, I guess that is the Ullrich generation. The guys who picked up cycling during his successful years. But I don’t know if there will be so many talented new riders coming in 2 or 3 years, since the German Cycling Federation does an outstandingly great job in destroying everything which has been built up and is definitely miles away from the good assistance the Australian Federation gives it youth.

  • Notso Swift

    Agree with Troll, It is like F1 with Schumacher blazing the way and now the Germans cover half the field, and doesn’t German cycling need that shot in the arm

    What a win, I was stuck in an office but recorded it and he was about 5 lengths clear, pure speed, pure class.
    …and it is not like it was a soft bunch either, there are some strong, older guys there, the AIS program wins again. Hopefully Aussies will be seen more and more as team leaders, something that has been tough as we have (with a few exceptions like Robbie and Cadel, and young Stuie and Cookie) often been pigeon holed as lead out men and workers.

    Rabo seems like a good team for younger guys as well, they will pick the events right, nothing too long, nothing too hard for a neo. last thing you want is to burn out your up and comers, and with their three tier feeder system they already know how to avoid that… the question is will he be the only Aussie on the team… isn’t Brownies contract up…

    Doesn’t that Swiss kit break the EuroPRO rules? LOL

  • http://www.punishthepedals.com.au Scuba Steve

    Some Brilliant photos there from Sirotti!
    Great post Wade – I always enjoy reading posts where you have a connection with the riders. Awesome read!
    Who is your tip for tomorrow’s big race?

  • berkly

    Not sure if anyone else has noticed, but what on earth is going on with the spokes in the photo finish??

  • Anonymous

    Jersey ordered, ready for some hot laps ;-)

  • Lanterne Infrarouge

    berkly, the weird spokes are an artefact of photo-finish technique. Film is pulled across a slit to record a virtual image of how they finish. As the film is moved the wheel advance so the spokes appear curved.

  • Sean Doyle

    Great ride by Michael. Really inspiring. I am just glad I was able to watch in the comfort of my own lounge room on free to air TV.

  • http://www.facebook.com/delphinea3 Delphine Astier

    Great win for the Aussies ! Personally I was a tiny bit disappointed for the French guys…but an Australian winning is my second best choice. So well done ‘Bling’!
    I had the opportunity to be at the post-race press conference and was blown away by the degree of maturity these young guys display. The four of them knew each other pretty well and it was great to have them reflect on the race, but also in general on their achievements so far.
    “Does this change anyone’s mind about this possibly being a sprinters course?” > with Giorgia Bronzini winning the women’s race I think we should, indeed, give it a second thought.

  • Larry Barry

    How ironic that one of your posted photos has captured another potential Australian champion. 2nd photo from top, Aussie boys in Australian gear, 3rd from left, darkest hair, holding Aussie flag in right hand is Caleb Ewan and can seriously turn a cog. He is the current U/17 NSW and Australian road champion and I think hails from Sth Coast of NSW. Just like Matthews can time-trial, climb, sprint and is an exremely powerful young man. Remember his face, mark his name down…you haven’t seen or heard the last of this bloke.

  • ????

    Like you I also hate Michael Matthews.
    He is a phenominal cyclist, But his cocky immature attitute towards other fellow cyclists has earned no respect with me.

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    To ?????..

    I don’t know what your talking about? obviously you don’t know bling at all. Because I happen to know him and be good friends with him, and you have no idea what he is like.

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