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24

May
2015

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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
Barefoot
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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09

Jul
2014

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In The Big Day

By Gavin Bannerman

Exhibitions

On 09, Jul 2014 | No Comments | In The Big Day | By Gavin Bannerman

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This week is a busy one on my calendar for exhibitions. It saw the opening of the State Library of Queensland exhibition, Hot Modernism: Building Modern Queensland 1945-75, which I helped curate. Go along and have a look at a recreation of the Jacobi House, a 1957 house from Indooroopilly designed by Brisbane architects Hayes and Scott. There’s plans, drawings, photographs, models, mid-century furniture and more. This was a significant period in Queensland’s history: new ideas were being tested out, people were making extraordinary buildings. Have a look; it’s open till October.

This video by Dean Saffron gives an overview of what was known as the SGIO Building, designed by Conrad and Gargett.

 

I thought organising one exhibition this week wasn’t quite enough, so I’ve arranged a display of some very special photographs. I’ve worked with Andy Rogers (aka Fame and Spear) a few times previously, documenting the work environments of Ewen Gellie and Daryl Perkins.

In 2013, Andy followed the National Cyclocross Series (NCXS) in Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide, capturing the race action. He has made a selection of prints to be show for the very first time: these haven’t even been on the internet, they’re that fresh.

So if you like photography, if you like cyclocross, or if you like both, be sure to check them out within the clubhouse on Sunday.

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06

May
2013

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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.

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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.

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

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

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17

Apr
2013

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In Happenings

By Gavin Bannerman

Get with the program

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

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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:

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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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14

Feb
2013

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In Happenings

By Gavin Bannerman

Bowl-O-Cross

On 14, Feb 2013 | One Comment | In Happenings | By Gavin Bannerman

2013 is a big year for cyclocross in Queensland. We’re very excited to announce that some of the Pushies Galore secret ingredient will be sprinkled over this year’s Summer Series. On Sunday 5 May, cyclocross will be introduced to the Holland Park Bowls Club. Presented in conjunction with the Brisbane South Mountain Bike Club, this will be an event for cyclocross diehards and newcomers alike. Riding in bowling whites is encouraged. Go to the Queensland Cyclocross page for the full race calendar for the year.

 

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A map of the course, courtesy of the plotmaster Brad Norman, around the Holland Park Bowls Club.

 

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