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In Happenings

By Gavin Bannerman

Well bowled

On 24, May 2015 | No Comments | In Happenings | By Gavin Bannerman

The third annual instalment of Bowl-O-Cross brought a beautiful Brisbane Autumn day. Barely a cloud in the sky, a mild temperature and the gentlest of breezes.

Having learned from our mistakes, we chose to not hold this year’s event on Mother’s day. The number of mothers in attendance was duly increased.

The day featured several notable outfits: a flying parrot, Shaun the Sheep, a lucky leprechaun that was unlucky to crash, several Eurovision-inspired numbers and the odd excursion into cross-dress (no pun intended.)

The turn up for the kids’ events was extraordinary. Counts were around the 50 mark for the little ‘uns. A magic turnout from the next generation. Some of the days biggest cheers were reserved for the day’s smallest racers.

With a dry course, the dust was flying. Competitors navigated the races on a mixture of bikes, from mountain bikes, to single-speed CX, to some classic steel and a fair smattering of disc brakage.


Bowl-O-Cross is a day of encouraging participation, but there were races to be raced. Below is a list of results for all the finals (doesn’t include heats and relays.)

These magical days wouldn’t be possible with out the ever-present Brad Norman, Andrew Demack, Emma Best and the Queensland Cyclocross backbone. Thank you to team Butler, Colleen on the Fender Rhodes, everyone who raced and everyone who cheered.

A star performer on the day was the Bowl-O-Cross couch. See the couch portraits and many more pics here.







Race results (in order of finish) below.

Jack High (Kids)

Caleb Dodds
Joel Dodds
Charles Barbour
Levi Dan
Leroy Butler
Tilly Maclennan
Aiden Taylor
Callum Montgonery
Marly Harrison
Ryder Dan
James Alexander
Rowan Barbour
Liam Montgonery
Culottes (Ladies Only)
Olivia Nendick
Kama McCarthy
Maddison Dillon
Yvette Waterfall
Katja Rex
Clare Leung
Wendy Vysma-Gooch
Eleanor May
Claudia Williams
Rebecca Harwood
Melanie Morgan
Madonna Rathborne
Cath Peel
Ewen McEwen
Jonathan Dodds
Thomas Casey
Ben Weir
William Goodwin
David Jacobs
Stephen Alexander
Davey Phelan
David Taylor
Rory Jackson
Terry Dan
Geofrey Tewierik
Hugh Barbour
Jason Kenny
Tom Nisbet-Smith
Tim Williams
Lee Evans
Ian Harwood
John Mckim
Tom Newby
Andrew Viles
Nicholas Batholmew
Jarryd Whitaker
Steven Whitaker
Christopher Bryant
B Grade – Full Whites
Brad Morris
Momo Frank
Craig Turner
Nick Porter
Ben Robinson
Calvin Avison
Paul Fletcher
Brodie Chapman
Konrad Krynicki
Gregory Littleton
Albert Heinritz
Jordan Heppell
Cameron Douglas-Savage
Adam Harrison
Bennett Rust
A Grade – Full Whites
Robbie McEwen
Declan Kilkenny
Jason Smith
Jeremy Worringham
Dave Aldred
Dougal Scott
Dan Radford
Travis Waite
Simon Wilson
Simon Sirotti
James Douglas
Karl Wilson
Darren Croad
Jim Ryan
Michael Howson
Dan Jorgensen

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In Happenings

By Gavin Bannerman

Bowled over

On 06, May 2013 | 3 Comments | In Happenings | By Gavin Bannerman

Bowl-O-Cross – wow. Yesterday was another top day at the Holland Park Bowls Club. A tight, fun course designed by Brad Norman, weather that turned out to be perfect, a noisy crowd, good coffee, food and beer. Oh, and racing.

Bowl-O-Cross 2013 will probably be remembered as the day that Robbie McEwen made his cyclocross debut. That’s right, we organised a cyclocross race at a bowls club and one of Australia’s most illustrious cyclists turned up to ride. Robbie is officially the nicest bloke in the world. I could give examples, but what he said when he accepted his first place trophy says it all.

Robbie McEwen’s Bowl-O-Cross acceptance speech from Gavin Bannerman on Vimeo.

But Bowl-O-Cross was about the spirit of participation. Having a go and cheering on every competitor. Along with Robbie, it was Miles Maclennan’s first cyclocross race. For me, one of the highlights of the day was everyone cheering Miles, the youngest competitor, home over the finish line.


Other notable events included He-Man turning the bowling green into his own Castle Greyskull, Michael MacMahon competing in a skimpy white dress and Colleen South’s music delighting the crowd on her birthday.






Thanks to everyone for making it such a special day. You can re-live it through Flickr here.









Full race results will be available on the Queensland Cyclocross site, but here are some of the winners.







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In Happenings

By Gavin Bannerman

Get with the program

On 17, Apr 2013 | No Comments | In Happenings | By Gavin Bannerman

Bowlocross Logo
Bowl-O-Cross is looming. Not long till cyclocross comes to Holland Park Bowls Club. Sunday 5th of May. Mark it in your calendars, or just let Facebook tell you when it is. Here’s what the day will look like.
  • 12:00pm – Registration open
  • 12:30pm – Kids event
  • 12:45pm – Registration close
  • 1:00pm – Heats
  • 2:00pm – Relay event
  • 3:00pm – Finals
  • 4 – 5pm – Presentations, good times

Registration will be on the day. Competitors will come under one of three categories:

  • Jack High (kids – U/17 and U/13): $5 participation license + $2 registration
  • Barefoot (outlandish outfits, wildly inappropriate bikes, you know the score): $5 participation license + $5 registration
  • Full Whites (perfect tyre pressure, lycra, game face): $20 race license (if you need it) + $5 registration

CA, MTBA and BMX race licenses accepted.

So, for example, if you’re a kid having a crack at cyclocross for the first time, it’s $7 all up. For a enterprising university student with a  mankini and a mountain bike, that’s $10. If you’re in it to win it, that’ll be $25 (if you need a race license.)

The course is as follows:

Bowl-O-Cross Course

For those new to the concept of cyclocross, this video from the Bicycle Queensland A Grade race at Toowong earlier this year gives you the gist.

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