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News 22 June

Annual General Meeting
The 2015 AGM will be held at The Produce Store on the evening of Wednesday 19 August. Keep your eye out for more details soon on times.
If you'd like to help improve the way the club organises things, please come along and get involved.

Rider Development Grant applications now open
Please click here to download a copy of the Guidelines for the 2015 MMBCC Rider Development Grant.
Sorry for the short timeframe but we need applications to reach us by Monday 6 July.
Successful applicants will be announced at the AGM.

If you have trouble using the PDF file, try this link for a Word version.

Bike for sale
Jock finally realised his Ridley is too big for him. His new Cinelli is nearly ready, so it's time for his beloved Noah to find a new home. This is a bargain!
Click here to have a look.

New loan bikes
The club has bought three new loan bikes. It means we now have five road bikes in total, in sizes Extra Small, Small, Medium, Large and Extra Large. If you know of anyone who'd like to try out road cycling for a few weeks on one of our bikes, let us know.

Kian's been a bit busy lately…
MMBCC young-gun Kian Lerch-MacKinnon recently competed in the Port To Port Mountain Bike Stage Race in NSW. He also also competed in the Shepparton Junior road tour last weekend and finished 15th overall in the General Classification; highlighted by finishing 9th on the Hill Climb Stage 4.
Great stuff Kian!
Here's his report on the Port to Port and a few pics from both events.

‘2015 PortToPort’
“The 2015 PortToPort MTB four day stage race kicked off at Port Stephens on the NSW mid-north coast with over 200 pumped up riders – it was one hell of a scene, with the race beginning right on the beach at Nelson Bay marina”.
“What a big four days! Mud, sand, rocks, footpaths roads, sun and rain, made the Port to Port such an epic, and one of the most epic races I've ever done. Racing with the boys from my team ‘TREKracingausralia’, it felt like such a privilege and I had such a great time. Everyone did a super good job and I'm very grateful for the support on and off the track”.
Stage 1 turned out to be super hard with lots of sand patches and long steep pinches up rocky fire roads for 34 km. “At the pointy end, race favourite Andy Blair and Torq’s Chris Hamilton broke away, but when they hit the cripplingly steep ‘Vertical Beach’ section – a wall of sand that was un-rideable, steep and loose – Blair made his move.” For most of Stage 1, I rode with ‘TrekRacingAus’ team mate Dylan Cooper and Tristan Ward from ‘Torq Australia’.
I finished 8th overall, which I was very pleased with.
Stage 2 was destined for the hills of Pokolbin starting from ‘Lindemans Wines’ in the Hunter Valley, riders had to dig deep straight out of the gate, with a 12km climb up onto the ridge lines overlooking Pokolbin. The payoff for the climb came with the Down the Rabbit Hole descent, a plummeting drop, churned up, wild and loose thanks to the recent rains that had riders cooking brakes and eating fat chunks of flying mud, before hitting the valley floor.
This was one of the hardest races I've done, with everyone ‘charging’ for the entire 50km race. It was ‘Go-Go-Go’ the whole time and towards the end I was working with ‘Trek’ team mates Michael Potter and Reece Tucknott for a while to catch up with the front bunch after we had fallen behind going through a river crossing.  After dropping my water bottle and not having any water for the last 20km or so, my body couldn't take it anymore and I fell in a bit of a hole and dropped off about 7-8km from the finish at ‘Briars Hill Winery’. I ended up finishing behind the front bunch in 9th place overall.  
After Stage 2 was completed and placed 9th in the overall General Classification-GC, I was part of the Top 20 riders who had qualified for an individual time trial ‘Shoot-Out’ along a 2km course that evening at ’Crowne Plaza’ Golf Course, interesting to mix it up a bit. I managed to get 8th place.
So Stage 3 we rolled out from Cooranbong for 12 km of single track in the ‘Awaba Mountain Bike Park’ and it didn't pan out for what I hoped over the 66 kilometre stage. Right from the start I didn't have anything after yesterday’s bottle drop, just pain. But I enjoyed riding with team mate Ethan Kelly who really helped me along the fire roads and helped me enjoy myself... And do some skids!!! So thanks Ethan! Well done to teamy Reece Tucknott for taking out the stage. I finished in 13th place.
Stage 4 was 50km of super wet and muddy and awesome!!! It had some really fun single track along Lake Macquarie, up the coast with some crazy fire road descents and some amazing views, through the sweet single track of Glenrock MTB Park, before finishing by the beach in Newcastle.
I'm really stoked to have stayed with the front boys for most of the race until about 10km to go, but also really enjoyed riding by myself on the awesome trails. Team mate Peter Hatton took the stage win. I managed another 8th place putting me 9th overall in the final standings of the General Classification-GC and about 25 minutes behind the overall winner.

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