Vicrorian Junior Road ITT Championships

Alex Little focused
Alex Little focused
Abby keeping cool on the start.
Abby keeping cool on the start.

Halkswood athletes Alex Little, Abby Gray and Josh Sullivan rode in super wet conditions at the Vic Road ITT champs today. Rained all day and wasn’t ideal however at least it was consistent. Everyone got wet!

Really happy with the results of riders not wanting to get passed by anyone. Great approach to a hard day. Not to mention that Josh rode into 9th place on a standard road bikeand Abby coming in 5th with a less than  ideal warm up. Make some mistakes and learn. Experience is the best way to gaining knowledge according to Mr Einstein. Alex Little having only teamed with Halkswood in the last 2 weeks kicked his first goal and is set to bring on summer in a whole new way. Happy as.

First Time Time Trial for Josh
First Time Time Trial for Josh

Teagan wins her first Victorian Cyclocross Championship

Berms? No problem for Teagan
Berms? No problem for Teagan

Teagan Atherstone Victorian proudly wearing the gold medal as the 2015 J17 Champion. This is the result of a massive commitment by Teagan with XC ski team state XC running championships and now State CX championships. With National XCO MTB series coming on soon Teagan looks set to have a perfect year ahead. Well done on your achievements Teagan.

Winning and grinning
Winning and grinning

Victorian Cyclocross Champions

Victorian CX championships at Fields of Joy Essendon 2015.

Halkswood Training Systems proud to support Ben Walkerden to become 2015 Victorian J19 Champion.

On track for.nationals in 2 weeks. Well done Ben!


The race unfolded with Ben taking the option of the holeshot and improving his command of the race with each lap. After the mechanical issues of the Canberra national Round it has been a great booster for Ben’s national medal aspirations.

Ben Walkerden rode the field off his wheel
Ben Walkerden rode the field off his wheel

Jasper Albrecht 1st J17 rider at Blores Hill

Halkswood young star Jasper Albrecht has ridden to 1st placed J17 rider and 16th overall at the Blores Hill round of the Vic Enduro Series. Star effort for this young man after weeks of being unwell. We are pretty excited with Jasper’s approach to racing and he backs it all up by talking with his legs. Well done Jas! Team honor.

Busy week

493I wish this was the reason for not being at races this week!

Minor surgery has me on the sidelines for the moment.

Not so for the Halkswood athletes with Josh and Teagan racing the 3rd round of the RAMBO series at Wagga Wagga. Yep,  Wagga Wagga just in case you didn’t get it first time.

Reports from Teagan’s mum Jenny has Teagan winning her race with a crash and puncture to go into the log book and Josh having a less than perfect race missing the start! Hmmmmmmm.

Teagan continues to lead the open women’s RAMBO 1.5 hr series with 3 wins from 3 starts and with 3 more races to come we know the goal of 6 from 6 is on the agenda.

Others are spread around chasing climbs in Sydney, Bright, Geelong, and the peninsular.

We are excited to have 2 new members in the Halkswood MTB family with Jess Douglas seeking some new guidance and structure for the Scott 24 hr later in the year and our road cycling mountain climbing star Abby Gray taking a first ride on a NORCO Revolver 29er mountain bike looking to transition to XCO look out J19 women.

Onward and Upward via the 4 sided Pyramid

Success through structure

National Cyclocross Series Rds 3 & 4

The Podium
“The Podium” 1st Tom Green (HTS)- 2nd Ben Walkerden (HTS) – 3rd Nick Smith

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Rounds 3 and 4 of the MTBA national cyclocross series were run by the super professional Fields of Joy CX crew last weekend. The Halkswood Clubgear JM 19  cyclocross team had a handle on the event with Tom Green winning both races and Ben Walkerden securing his first national CX medal with second place in round 4.

Riley Morgan happy to finish after borrowing a bike to give it a crack! completed the races with his skin intact and a whole new appreciation for the sport.


So where to next?

After discussions with Tom we are looking to secure opportunities for his return to the international scene later in the year and already have stated to create the interest that will see him with support for the season. There are a significant few days after Christmas that may be on the agenda for the team in Europe 2015-16.

After Ben gets his head around his first real taste of the national podium we will consider his options with him and look at what the rest of the season has in stall.

Riley when quizzed about his thoughts on cyclocross calmly said ” That was tough” Unfortunately the cantilevers and small block 8’s didn’t really help his days of racing and  Halkswood are looking into it.


Well, It’s not really new……

Greg And Alex of Halkswood Training Systems have had a little to do with CX in the past. Hoogerheide 2014 in fact. World Championships and the learning year for Australian national teams at Cyclocross World Championships.


We have been quiet about our plans in the past however we can now confirm that Halkswood Training Systems have the knowledge, experience and backup to support the emerging sport of cyclocross and it’s many developing riders here in Australia. We have the coaching experience as UCI and NCAS level 1 and 2 coaches to assist riders to become athletes under the 4 Sided Pyramid coaching philosophy.


Alex Meyland at World CX Championships 2014

Contact Halkswood Training Systems for information on how to start your transformation from cyclist to athlete.


RAMBO SERIES SWOOP @ BEECHWORTH for Halkswood athletes Riley, Teagan and Josh.

1st 1st and 3rd.

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These 3 are definitely on the way to bigger things in the future. Goals? Teagan – consistent lap times, Josh – to test out a dual suspension option before the new NORCO dual suspension Revlover arrives in the stable. (We all agree that an enduro bike doesn’t  cut it for a 1.5 hr xc race) Riley wanted to hit it hard to test his warm up protocol then settle and spin for the rest of the race. Well, he warmed up. He hit hard. However he missed the easy spin component and finished 10 mins up. Hmmm. All in all a great mtb event put on by the Wangaratta Cycling Club for the second round of the RAMBO series. 20150614_124509_011


More to come regarding our “Roadies” @Shepparton 2 day junior tour. Both Abby and Jas lining up in under 17 men and women looking for top 10 on the overall. Fingers crossed!


Abby in time trial mode.

Halkswood Training Systems at 2015 national MTB Championships

Halkswood athlete Teagan Atherstone takes a bronze in the XCO and silver in the XCC. An impressive athlete rises from injury. At Halkswood Training Systems we provide programs not just for performance but importantly we strive to provide programs for recovery and rehabilitation. Careful management of health in sport provides for peak performance.


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