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June 24, 2010
By CPL Zenith King
SERVICE personnel and the Defence
APS community will battle it out at the
Defence Road Cycling Championships
(DRCC) in a bid to take home this
Road cyclists will compete in
Adelaide from September 13-15, in the
annual event organised by the Australian
Defence Cycling Club (ADCC).
On day one cyclists will compete in
time trials at Langhorne's state time trial
course. The following day they will com-
pete in the 12km state road course at
Williamstown followed by a criterium on
day three at Victoria Park.
LS Liam Sweeten from HMAS
Manoora competed in last year's compe-
tition and said he was not worried about
"I have only competed in criterium
racing and have done okay," LS Sweeten
"It's a really good event, a good chal-
lenge and a tough competition."
LS Sweeten said he will prepare for
the event by training hard and maintain-
ing a good diet.
ADCC SA Regional Representative
FLTLT Drew Abbott said the event
would determine the ADCC national
"The grades on offer will allow maxi-
mum participation for members of vary-
ing ability," he said.
"Three great days of racing will be
experienced in an enjoyable club atmos-
Members are not required to hold a
road cycling license to participate in the
With more than 300 members, the
ADCC conducts annual national champi-
onships in both road and mountain bike
Further information is at www.adcc.asn.
au or contact FLTLT Drew Abbott at drew.
September 13: All grades time trial, men's C-grade 15km, women's
A-grade 15km, men's B-grade 25km and men's A-grade 40km, at
Langhorne's state time trial course.
September 14: All grades road race, Willamstown 12km state road
course, men's A-grade 7 laps, men's B-grade 5 laps, and combined
men's C-grade and women's A-grade 3 laps.
September 15: All grades criterium races, Victoria Park Criterium
Track, combined men's C-grade and women's A-grade 20 minutes and
2 laps, men's B-grade 35 minutes and 2 laps, and men's A-grade 50
minutes and 2 laps.
Cycling titles just
LOOKING AHEAD: LS Liam Sweeten, in the pack at last year's race, is
aiming for a better finish this year.
Navy rides on
wave of success
LONG time surfing champion
LSATV Jordan Dank has defended
his 2009 individual surfing title,
riding his shortboard to victory
in the NSW Inter-Service Surfing
Championships at One Mile Beach
near Port Stephens in NSW from
May 25 to 27.
LS Danks latest win adds to an
impressive trophy cabinet already
housing five individual trophies
from the previous six years.
"I have been surfing since I was
10 and, when this championship was
established, I thought it would be a
great competition," LS Dank said.
"That was seven years ago and
this is the sixth time I have won it."
But it wasn't just LS Dank who
helped Navy to its third win in a row
at the inter-Service carnival.
Navy came from behind to again
win the Grant Robinson perpetual
trophy as the best-performing team
at the titles.
AB Adam Cross finished third
in the shortboard and LCDR Ralph
Illyes took second place in the long-
The women also added to the
score with AB Naomi Adriessen fin-
ishing second in the women's sec-
tion and LEUT Kystelle Venn fin-
Navy fielded a strong team of 23
competitors against Army and Air
Conditions over the three com-
petition days ranged from 1m to 3m
swell with north-west to south-east
"Each day brought new, tricky
conditions but there was plenty of
swell and good quality waves for
every surfer to enjoy," LS Dank
"The competition is a great event
and everyone should get on board."
The team event, which is much
sought after for its bragging rights,
was held at the end of the individual
Air Force took a commanding
lead over Navy and Army in the first
half of the event -- only to see it
eroded during the afternoon.
Army put in a solid effort but
could not match it with the depth
of the Navy and Air Force teams
and slowly lost touch with the lead
throughout the day.
The remainder of the afternoon
saw the lead change between the
Navy and Air Force numerous times
and the final result was of the clos-
est margin seen in recent years, just
five points, as opposed to 22 points
There was a big push this year
to get more women competing and
Navy did best with four female rep-
CARVING IT UP: LSATV Jordan Dank surfs into a nicely formed wave during the inter-Service surfing
Photo: LAC Craig Barrett
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