25 "Reflections" on the 2005 Mt Gambier 100 Mile Cycling Classic

Robert Gaggini
100 Mile Cycling Classic Cup

The Mt Gambier 100mile Cycle Classic was first held in 1933.


It is a handicap cycling event and allows amateur riders to compete against the elite over an extended course in the picturesque South East of South Australia.

It is one of the toughest amateur races in South Australia.


Lightening does strike, and I was fortunate to win this race in 2005.


What are some of my reflections, now that 10 years have passed?


Mt Gambier Sunday Mail
Mt Gambier Sunday Mail
1933 Mt Gambier Race (image via www.mgcatc.com
1933 Mt Gambier Race (image via www.mgcatc.com

Blue Lake (Photo by Carla Gaggini)
Blue Lake (Photo by Carla Gaggini)
  1. Luck was the major requirement for me winning the race.
  2. I had never ridden the race previously.
  3. I had the previous 3 weekends away interstate and in the country at Cycling Races with no success.
  4. I had completed my first GYM weights program only weeks earlier.
  5. I decided to drive to Mt Gambier on the day of the race which required a 2am departure from Adelaide. I was OK with this because I had ticked all the recovery boxes earlier in the week.
  6. I had 5 days recovery leading up to the Race.
  7. I kept a food diary at the time and had pasta dishes 2 to 3 days prior to the race and eggs and baked beans the night before.
  8. My Weight was 68kg with a BMI of 21,2
  9. I was driving and listening to the national ABC radio broadcast at 5am when a gentleman rang in from Mt Gambier to say he was going to watch the bike race and he thought a local rider would win. For unknown reason I thought,  "No he won't, I will".
  10. I had pancakes at McDonalds for breakfast.
  11. The first hour of the race was too fast for me.
  12. I did my best to wave to all the people on the side of the road who were watching the race.
  13. I had no support at the race, so I carried a third bottle in my back pocket which fell out before it was finished.
  14. My group (what remained) did not reach the front of the race until there were 20km remaining.
  15. I do not think I missed more than 2 turns for the 4 hour handicap race.
  16. I was on my own for the last 10km, where I had a police car in front and a race official behind. The last 10km I averaged 43km/h with a HR at 183. There was no pain.
  17. I did not intend to breakaway. As my group approached a small rise with 10km remaining I slowed down because I knew I was a stronger on the climb, I gapped the bunch so I slowed a second time, and dropped several gears. When I realised I again gapped the bunch I attacked.
  18. Reaching the crest of that "rise" I was on my own and shouted to the top of my voice, "Thank you Mamma". To who I am unsure.
  19. I won the race with a margin of 3 seconds.
  20. I miss read the post race instructions and did not show up to the presentations.
  21. The Mt Gambier Sunday Mail did not spell my name correctly the next day, confusing me with a Grocery Store in Adelaide.
  22. The Sunday Mail did not have my photo, so they inserted a picture of the previous year's winner.
  23. I decided not to drive home, after winning the race.
  24. I came last the next day in the consolation handicap race to Coonawarra.
  25. I returned to Mt Gambier the next year with my family, and I found my handicap for that race by watching the Channel 9 news.

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Robert Gaggini
Mt Gambier Winner 2005




Robert Gaggini is founder of Adelaide Cycling Academy and owner of Infuga Retreat. As a cycling coach Robert brings years of experience to a wide range of Cycling Activities.


Winner of multiple cycle races including Mt Gambier 100mile classic 2005, and Alphutte 2003, (4th in 2012). Participant in a variety of endurance events including Paris-Brest-Paris, and is a 40km per day commuter for over 20years.


If you require any assistance with training plans, cycle coaching or if you just want to ride faster, Robert is happy to assist.





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Comments: 2
  • #1

    Denis Brown (Wednesday, 23 May 2018 02:53)

    Who was the handicapper that day? But I remember it well, it was a good ride.
    I also remember Chris Jongeward and Leigh Egan. your ride was up there.

  • #2

    Rob GAGGINI (Wednesday, 23 May 2018 03:21)

    Hi Denis, I am not certain, however I am thinking Warwick Philips was the handicapper that year. Regards Rob