Friday, 25 July 2014

Cyclists wanted for PhD Research

Are you interested in participating in a study which looks at the role of the brain in exercise and pain?

This study hopes to create a greater understanding of the effects of Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation on pain and sporting performance. This may lead to significant developments in the way that we deal with pain in clinical populations as well as affect the training, performance and selection of elite athletes.

Individuals participating in this study will be required to attend two sessions at the University of Canberra lasting approximately half an hour each. In these sessions, pain thresholds will be measured in a controlled and safe setting. Also, participants will undergo Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation, a safe and completely non-invasive method of brain stimulation used extensively in both research and clinical settings. Participation in this study will offer individuals an insight into their body's unique response to pain and how this influences their athletic performance.

We are looking for males between 18 and 40 years of age. Athletes who train regularly (at least 10 hours a week) as well as individuals who participate in amateur physical activity (less than 3 hours a week) are invited to participate.

To see whether you can be a part of this important study, or if you would like some more information please contact Andrew Flood.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Australian University Games

Calling all ANU students!!!

The Australian University Games (AUGs) will be held in Sydney from 28 September to 3 October 2014. For more information check out our AUG page here.

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

ANUCC Newsletter June 2014

By Danny Chak

Race Report: 2014 Peter Blackshaw Canberra Junior and Women’s Tour

-By Rachel Blakers
The Canberra Junior & Women’s Tour consisted of four stages over two days – a time trial, two road races and a criterium. The race attracts teams from interstate with riders from a wide range of experience levels. There are girls who have only just started racing to girls competing in the National Road Series. 

The ANU Cycling Club team was a down on numbers due to illness, injury and other events so it was just Tara Preston and I lining up on the first day. We were both racing in B grade. Having completed a few road races previously, but never a stage race, I was very nervous as I warmed up for the 13 km time trial. I found this the hardest stage and I have a new respect for time trialists! I passed some people, I was passed and I ended up finishing somewhere in the middle of the field. 

For the road races, the A and B grade girls started together, which made the racing fast and exciting. For the first 36 km road race, I was happy to be able to sit on Tara’s wheel as she negotiated through the bunch from the start near Mt. Stromlo to the descent into Uriarra Crossing. The girls on the front attacked as soon as they hit the steep climb out of the crossing and I buried myself desperately trying to make the pack before they hit the false flat. After much agony, I settled into second bunch and we worked together to try and chase the breakaway down. 

Ultimately, the B grade race finished with a sprint and I was thrilled to place first and rank solidly in the A grade field too. The 48 km road race on Sunday morning followed a similar route and I was determined not to make a repeat of the previous day. I sat near the front of the bunch as we hit the first big climb. Despite my excellent intentions, I ended up in exactly the same position and the race unfolded with a very similar form to the first day.

By the time the criterium on Sunday afternoon rolled around (pun unintended), I did not have much bounce left in my legs – which was a common consensus I gathered at the start line! The race started well until I was caught up in a crash about 10 minutes in. Fortunately, no one was badly hurt and we were all able to continue riding. Once again, the race came down to a sprint finish, although I didn’t have the legs for the final sprint, I was very happy to just have made it through all the stages! Overall, I came away with lots of ideas about tactics, nutrition and recovery amongst other things I would improve on for next time. I think that the Tour is a great introduction to stage racing for riders of all levels. Next year, I hope that the ANU Cycling Club can return with a bigger team!

Tips and Tricks by the Soigneur – Wounds and Injuries

Conventionally, ‘air-drying’ a wound is the most common technique to repair damaged skin, wounds and abrasions. Air-drying, otherwise known as dry-wound healing, is where a scab is allowed to form over the impact area and the new skin is formed underneath. All that most of us have been taught is to disinfect the wound, bandage up with gauze/Band-Aids/pads and once the wound has stopped seeping/leaking, let the wound dry in air. However is this the best possible way to repair skin?

What if, the wound site was kept wet/moist? In 1962 when George D. Winter discovered that epithelialisation would proceed twice as fast in a moist environment than under a scab, he had answered this question. 

Epithelialisation is the key stage in wound healing after the bodies initial responses such as hemostasis is achieved. During this epithelialisation phase, the wound begins to close itself from the outside edges towards the centre. Key dermal appendages such as the hair follicles, sweat and oil glands are the main cells involved in this process. However these appendages only form if there is NO scab formation.

Moist healing is, as the name suggests, where the wound is kept moist. Disinfectant is not used in this method of healing; rather a clean under tap water to remove debris and dead cells is required. Special bandages that protect the wound to exposure from the outside air allow the wound environment to be kept in this ‘moist’ regime. These bandages are often branded differently, but ultimately do the same thing. Trade names include, Me-Fix™, Hydrocolloids™, PlusMoist™, Allevyn™, Tielle™, Duoactive™ and Opsite™.

Without the use of disinfectants, the damaged tissue is not exposed to further irritation of antibiotic chemicals, as this will likely hinder the healing process. The bandaged site must be changed daily within the first week of injury to inspect for infection and monitor progress. 

The advantages of moist wound treatment include a faster healing time, the changing and removal of bandages does not aggravate the wound, wound management is much easier as it is always covered and finally there is less scarring upon healing.

I’ve included a link below to graphically show some of the benefits of moist wound healing and hope some of this information will get you back on the bike a little sooner ( 

Wednesday, 7 May 2014


By Danny Chak
Recent Ride - Goulburn Return
One morning where the sun wasn’t shining and the birds weren’t singing, six riders from the ANU Cycling Club set off for Goulburn on their treadly steeds. Starting off at about 7:00am from Dickson, the little peloton began the long day in the saddle with grey clouds above their heads and the hard grey bitumen below them. 
Photo by Adam Wozniak
Eventually the sun did peak through the clouds, but only for a little glimpse before once again sheltering behind its grey curtain.

Making their way to the Green Grocer was the first priority of the day . Upon arrival, at the top of the hill, stood the haven that was Green Grocer where the team demolished plates of much needed food whilst being surrounded by expensive and boutique machines.

After having boosted the local economy by a few points the group turned their cycles around for the journey home. After getting picked up by a generous tailwind around Lake George, the pack begins to “empty the tank” as the end to the day’s ride drew nearer. Nic unfortunately suffered a broken spoke but continued to soldier on as his now egged wheel, wobbled him home. The group rolled into Canberra around 2pm and managed to sneak in an east basin lakie to round off a 200km+ day.

Upcoming Events
ANU Cycling Awards Dinner                                  –          17th May @ 7:00pm
Cycling ACT – Annual General Meeting                –          26th May @ 7:00pm
(They still need marshals and car drivers!)

Tips and Tricks
Winter is well and truly making its mark now and its more important than ever to rug up and stay warm on the bike. A nice pair of gloves with wind proofing material and an adjustable cuff will definitely make riding much more pleasant! Couple this with a ‘buff’ around the neck and some shoe covers from Onya bike and you’ll be mostly sorted!  Don’t forget lights and to keep your feet warmer, wear your socks over your long leggings #pro. Also seal up all the vents in your shoes with electrical tape. It makes a huge difference because cold toes are the absolute worst! 

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Autumn Track Racing Series

Sick of not being able to ride around in circles or being only able to ride your fixie with hipsters? Fear not the  Bundadome is back and so is track racing!

The Autumn track racing series starts off this Saturday from 1pm with racing starting at 2pm. The full race schedule is published in out calendar here or see below:

29 March – Round 1 - Scratch, Elimination, 3up sprint, Italian pursuit

5 April - Round 2 - Scratch, 1 lap TT, Keirin, Scratch



26 April - Round 3 - Scratch, Handicap, Elimination

3 May - Round 4 - Scratch, 3up sprint, points


17 May - Round 5 - Scratch, 1 Lap TT, Elimination, Scratch

24 May - Round 6 - Scratch, 200 Fly, Mystery Scratch

31 May – Round 7 - Scratch, Handicap, Italian Pursuit, breakup

Friday, 26 July 2013

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