Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Matt Goss wins Launceston Cycling Classic

"Matthew Goss (HTC-Columbia) won the 2010 Launceston Classic criterium after a terrific lead-out from teammate Leigh Howard. It was his third Classic win, with Howard finished second and Will Clarke (Genesys Wealth Advisers) rounding out the podium in front of thousands of fans. “The race was tough and it’s excellent to get another win in front of my family and friends," Goss said. Leigh did a brilliant lead-out today and it was thanks to him we could walk away with victory."....................Read More on Cyclingnews.com Here


  1. Rick,

    Any news on what team Matty Rice (Tasmanian Cyclist) is riding for in 2011. Thanks!

  2. Asked around for you anon. Seems Rice has retired. Rode with Jelly Belly pro team in U.S through 2009? Holding down a regular job here in Tassy now by all accounts.

  3. I'm a good friend of Matty, and enjoyed watching him race in the USA with Jelly Belly for several years, and Bahatai Foundation in 2010. With Bahati Foundation folding, I was hoping Matty would find a spot on another Aussie Team, but I'm happy he found work in Tasmania and wish him the best. Thanks for the information on Matty! Enjoy reading your blog! Take Care. John Renz - Crown Point, Indiana

  4. Thanks John. I'm glad i could shed some light on Matty's whereabouts. I dont know Matt personally, but i know a lot of local cyclists who would. I will keep asking around for you and if i learn more will post here. Glad you enjoy my blog. There will be plenty of cycling talk to come particularly as the spring classics kick off. All the best.

  5. If you are still out there John. I spoke to another mate yesterday who knows Matty Rice. Yes Matt is back at University and also working in Northern Tasmania. Has definitely retired from Pro-Cycling.

  6. Rick,

    Your a man of your word! Thanks for the additional information on Matty. His last year with Bahati was a bit of a mess with the Landis affair and the team folding and all, but he did really well winning three events (two in California and one in Illinois). He came up through the Tasmanian System the same time as Karl Menzies I believe, but Karl's overall speed still keeps him near the top in American races. Matty was a joy to watch...always gave over 100% and I'll miss seeing him, but overall I'm happy he's decided to retire and face that future off the bike.
    One of these days I'll have to get a hold of a Tasmanian phone book and look up his address...who knows perhaps someday I'll visit Tasmania?
    I know Matty worked as a longshoreman for awhile, he's certainly strong enough for that sort of work and most likely the University route will give him a better position in time.
    Hope all is well with you, Rick? Thanks once again for your quick response to my request. I've never met a Tasmanian I didn't like (Matty & Karl & now You).

    John Renz
    10036 Polk Court
    Crown Point, Indiana 46307

  7. My pleasure john. Karl Menzies was Tasmania's top triathlete at one stage before he took up pro cycling. Despite being a gun swimmer and freak cyclist Menzies was only a very handy runner, which probably stopped him going further in his triathlon career. Richie Porte is almost a carbon copy, though being a better runner than Karl. Porte could have made it as a pro triathlete but he simply hated running. Portey is also a freakishly good swimmer. He just loved the bike though and his move across to pro cycling was inevitable.