Home' Navy News : September 1st 2011 Contents CERT III & IV PERSONAL
TRAINING FITNESS COURSE
"PAIN IS TEMPORARY ... PRIDE IS FOREVER "
Distance Education Dass Approved
Affiliation Crossfit Supplements
Equipment Personal Training
enquire now for branch opportunity
no on-going fees
Locations: Wagga Wagga Dar win
Toowoomba New York
Thinking of leaving the
FREE Report reveals...
"The 7 Biggest Mistakes
People Make During Transition
...And How To Avoid Them."
Don't wait until you're on
the unfamiliar 'Battlefield'
of Civilian Life before you learn
the NEW rules of Engagement
FREE Report NOW
September 1, 2011
Blair's backyard edge
LEADER OF THE PACK: POET Dion Blair, pictured ahead of the field at last year's championships in Adelaide, will carry Navy's hopes at the
Defence Road Championships in Sydney this month.
Photo: ACW Nicci Freeman
By Simon Gladman
TOP cyclist POET Dion Blair is
counting on local knowledge to give
him the edge at the Defence Road
Championships starting in Sydney on
September 15, where he will be out
to reclaim his title.
POET Blair, the 2009 title winner,
is not overly ambitious about his pros-
pects this time around as his prepara-
tion has been less than ideal.
Despite having an intimate knowl-
edge of the courses, a question
remains over whether POET Blair can
sustain himself -- especially the road
race component to be held in the Royal
The operational tempo while
deployed in HMAS Darwin meant that
his endurance training preparation was
limited to just a few opportunities to
ride more than an hour in the past four
"My form has not been good. I
have had three weeks to build on the
endurance which is not much time at
all, so my aspirations are to finish near
the front runners," POET Blair said.
"Defence cycling is getting strong-
er every year and you have to be com-
mitted and have the time to be com-
"I think if I was ashore I would be
much more focused, but I do want to
win the road race part of the champi-
onship as I have finished second for
two years running.
"I will be more laid back and
relaxed this time around, as I have no
real ambitions due to my inhibited
training, so I might surprise myself."
He will aim to improve his road
race performance to put him in good
stead for the criterium and time trial
components of the event.
POET Blair expects the road race
to be his strength, but is also confident
of performing well in the criterium on
the following day.
"The courses are in my backyard
and I ride the roads all the time. The
road race course is exceptional and
under race conditions it will be very
hard, particularly the last climb after
many kilometres," he said.
"The local knowledge of the crite-
rium track may give me an added edge
and suits my strengths, so it could be
that more than anything this year."
LS Liam Sweeten, who beat POET
Blair in the road race two years ago, is
also one of Navy's leading contenders
for the championship.
POET Blair also expects intense
competition from Air Force rider and
friend CPL Jarrod Hughes.
The pair are teammates in the Hoax
Racing Australian mountain bike team
and support each other in selected road
"When he is on top of his game he
is super fast. This time I think he has
been riding less than me so maybe it
will swing in my favour," POET Blair
Bill blogs on ... fun runs
READING a health article
in the previous edition of
Navy News on fun run
training has inspired
me to participate in the
Canberra Times Fun
Run and Family Walk on
This will be my first fun
run, so information from the
article is going to help my preparation.
The challenge has come at the right
time of my fitness campaign -- the 'Join
Over the past few weeks I have
extended my running routine and have
incorporated an overload element.
I might be slow -- well, you could say
I have adopted the 'Cliff Young shuffle'.
As long as I keep up the momentum, I
will be fine.
Since its inception in 1975,
the event has raised more
than $900,000 for the Heart
Foundation, ACT Division.
You can enter the 10km run
or the 5km family walk/run.
I will be joined by family
and colleagues so, once again,
I put out the challenge to local
Canberra-based personnel to
join the event.
The Canberra Times has been kind
to offer Navy News readers late registra-
tions until September 4.
If you plan on joining, please contact
me at vasilis.solomou@defencenews.
gov.au. We may be able to put together a
For more information about the event, visit
To be crowned the A-grade cham-
pion, riders also have to do well in the
road race, criterium at the Sutherland
Shire Cycling Club on September 16,
and the 39km time trial at Holsworthy
Barracks on September 17.
B-grade, C-grade and female rid-
ers will also contest these races over
Links Archive August 18th 2011 September 15th 2011 Navigation Previous Page Next Page