Sunday Night News

VDHS a huge success!


Our downhill race on the weekend up on the hill was a fantastic weekend… a record 298 entries!
A huge hearty congratulations to Ben Annear for doing so much work to make it a such a success!
Thanks also to the VDHS committee for allowing us to host the event.
And an absolutely HUGE thank you to all our members who volunteered their time, be it course setting, car parking, course marshalling… whatever.
Thank you to: Elise Empey, Matt Empey, Dan Friday, Dave Empey, Peter Ellett, Steve Duke, Judi Duke, Tim Hall, Bruce Halket, Kate Stonnill, Tim Ross and Jason Parker.
Another even bigger thank you to the following who volunteered for BOTH days of the event: Adam Baker, Allan Gerrans and Richard Plumb.
Finally, a massive thank you to the following who volunteered even though they’re not even members!
Andy (coty) Setchell, Craig Kappes, Peter Coffey, Nikki Coffey, Caleb Stoneman, Reece Stephenson, Gemma Ferguson, Nick Ferguson, Vickie Vanderhoeven, Jackson Vanderhoeven and Ariel Stava.
If you don’t already have one, there’s an MMBCC t-shirt coming your way!
Shannon Rademaker finished 4th in Vets, Dan Friday 3rd in Short Travel class, Elise Empey finished in 4th (just .03 secs off third) and an awesome 9th (top ten!) to Maddie Smith in Women.

2019 Mansfield Subaru Tour

We’re thrilled to announce that Dion Theodossi and his team at Martins Garage are the new Naming Rights Sponsor of our tour - the Mansfield Subaru Tour!
Plus we can also confirm that All Terrain Cycles are back on-board to sponsor the Sprint prizes.
But wait… there’s more! Torq nutrition are sponsoring too!
And we’ll be able to announce at least one more sponsor shortly.
We’re really excited that it’s going to be a great event. So, please contact Wil to let him know which job you’d like to volunteer for.

Oscar’s Time

An Individual Time Trial (ITT) is usually known as the ‘race of truth’ - there’s no where to hide in a bunch and no wheel to follow. Just each rider, alone, against the clock. 
It’s usually accompanied by aerodynamic enhancements such as time trial handlebar extensions, skin suits and aero helmets. 
However, the ITT held by the Mansfield Mt Buller Cycling Club on Thursday 17 January was the Rob Curtis Memorial Hillclimb - held on a course which kept speeds so slow that being ‘aero’ was virtually irrelevant. While it was only a relatively short 10km, it was all uphill.
Yep, all of it! (Just like Rob would have wanted.)
There is a suspicion that the Uphill time trial was the brainchild of Thursday Night Race Director Di Condie; who planned a 10km dose of pain because she knew she’d be away on holidays, watching the Tour Down Under in Adelaide. Thanks Di!

On a very warm evening 12 year old Oscar Hall, visiting from Benalla, started things off. With so many away on holiday, or out fighting fires, or worried about the heat, he was followed by only another 11 riders at 30 second intervals.
Even though Damian Grundy was the first across the line, followed by Oscar’s Dad Simon, it was Oscar who took the win with a time of 34.59, corrected to 19.59 on handicap. 
John Lazarov continued his transformation into a climber to take second in 20.28 with Judi Duke third in 20.44, ahead of the two Hall brothers, Simon and Tim.
Bruce Halket rode fastest time in 25.22.
During presentations back at the Delatite Hotel, Club President Damian Grundy announced that all entry monies would be donated to the Red Cross in Rob Curtis’ name.
Next week is everyone’s favourite, a 32km Handicap from the Botanic Park, up to Sawpit Gully Road and around the Barwite Loop to Graves Road. Entries via SMS the usual way by 8pm Wednesday.
Many thanks to all our officials and volunteers. Here are the results and thanks to Tony Copland for the pics.

CA membership renewals

It’s that time of year for Cycling Australia (road) memberships… again!
If you haven’t already, please make sure you renew before you enter your next race. Here’s the link you need to renew your membership so you can race in 2019.
However, not unusually, there seems to be some kind of admin glitch at CA. A few members have renewed but their name doesn’t yet appear on the CA membership list that we download. So please bring your renewal receipt with you to the next race to prove that you have a valid 2019 race licence.
Remember, no membership - no race!

Upcoming Events

Road racing continues this Thursday with a 32km Handicap from the Botanic Park, up to Sawpit Gully Road and then around to Graves Road (course 6). Please check the duty roster.
Dirt Crits is still a few weeks away, starting again on Tuesday 5 February. Here’s the calendar.


An interesting article on road cycling in the ‘mainstream’ media. Victoria needs to lift its game.

'Hot as buggery' news

While it’s so hot, stay inside and have a read of this week’s newsletter.
What? You haven’t subscribed?! Really…?

CA membership renewals

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It’s that time of year for Cycling Australia (road) memberships again!
If you haven’t already, please make sure you renew before you enter your next race. Here’s the link you need to renew your membership so you can race in 2019.
We’ll print out a membership list later this week to see who’s renewed. If you renew after Wednesday, you’ll need to bring your receipt with you to the race to prove that you have a valid 2019 race license.
Remember, no membership - no race!

Road racing starts again this week

As it’s a little on the warm side at the moment, we’ll be keeping a close eye on the weather. If it’s too hot to race, we’ll let you know. The Heat Policy is on the Road Racing Info page.
Until then, the Rob Curtis Memorial Hillclimb is on!.
Entries to John as usual via sms on 0428 503 437 by 8pm on Wednesday please.
Please also keep in mind that we now have new marshal instructions. If you’re rostered on, please make yourself familiar with them (like everyone else does when they’re marshalling and YOU’RE racing!) so our races run smoothly and safely.
Also, the rostered Commissaire will contact marshals in the days leading up to the race to discuss what’s required.

Still need volunteers for next weekend’s VDHS

Yes, we still need a few more. Please email Bruce if you have time next weekend. Remember, it’ll be about 10 degrees cooler up on Buller, so escape the heat AND help out the club!

Are you on Instagram?

So is the club! To help promote the upcoming Mansfield Tour (exciting news to be announced about that shortly…) we’ve opened an Instagram account.
Please give us a follow - @mansfieldmtbullercc

Free to a good home.

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George Chalk has a pair of Louis Garneau road shoes (size 42.5) and Look pedals which are surplus to requirements.
He’s giving them away to someone who needs them!
First in, best dressed.
Call in to All Terrain Cycles to have a look and try them on.


The Tour Down Under is on in Victoria on 7Mate from 12 noon each day this week, starting Tuesday. Highlight on Channel 7 late at night. Here are the details.
A good article on The Inner Ring about the year ahead in pro road racing.
And the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup calendar is here.

MMBCC farewells Robert Curtis


By Jason Parker

Saturday 5 January, members of the Mansfield Mount Buller Cycling Club held a memorial ride and morning tea, for one of their members, Robert Curtis.
Since buying a house in the area Robert and his wife, Sue, travelled up from Melbourne most weekends to enjoy spending time in the High Country, tending their farm and alpacas, catching up with friends, skiing and ski patrolling, and cycling. Robert also trained and raced with the Mansfield Mt Buller Cycling Club and became quickly know as ‘The Colombian’ due to his seemingly effortless climbing prowess.
After feeling unwell last year, Robert sought medical treatment and was diagnosed with Leukemia and then received intensive treatment in hospital. Robert died on December 27.


Before the ride started Jarrod Appleton spoke about Robert’s early life, schooling, sporting pursuits, character, passions, and pursuits. The group of around thirty riders set off, riding to Spring Creek, past Robert’s house and then completed the Barwite Loop, or part thereof. Afterwards, Robert’s family invited family and friends to share in a morning tea at the Delatite Hotel.
The MMBCC has named an annual race in Robert’s honour, the Robert Curtis Memorial Hillclimb, to be held on Thursday 17 January, from Sawpit Gully Rd to Spring Creek Rd.
Vale Robert Curtis.

Sunday evening news

Happy New Year!

In our first 2019 newsletter we’re asking for volunteers, publishing new calendars and offering a great day at Lake Mountain.


VDHS volunteers - we want you!

We have a fortnight to go before we host Round 2 of the Victorian Down Hill Series at Mt Buller. However, we are getting desperate for corner marshals. The response so far has been, aaah… underwhelming.
Can you help? We don’t just want you… WE NEED YOU!

  • We require 15 volunteers per day for the event (3 x parking, 1 x site manager, 10 x course marshals, 1 x misc. tasks/relief marshal) also parking and site managers can be used to replace marshals as required for toilet breaks or similar once their initial tasks are complete

  • Saturday 8:30am - 4:30pm

  • Sunday 6:30am - 4:30pm

  • Basic Lunch pack provided each day

  • For those volunteering across both days, Mt Buller will provide two nights on-mountain accommodation (Fri & Sat nights) in the Medical Centre apartments

Please email Bruce as soon as you can so we can get this sorted. Otherwise he’ll start ringing around to nag you… and we’re sure you won’t want that!

Race Calendars

The new road race calendar has been published. Click here to have a look at when you’re on duty; and check on start times and locations, they’ve changed a little for this season.
Also, if you are on duty, please make sure you have a read of the Race Duty instructions on the Road Race Info page as some of these have changed too. In particular, Commissaires should have a read as you’ve had a duty added! But we’ll contact you anyway, just to make sure.
It’s only fair to the rest of the club that we all take our turn to help races run smoothly and efficiently.
The Dirt Crits calendar is also now up.

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Road trip to Lake Mountain/Marysville

Next Sunday 13 January we’re planning a road trip to Marysville and Lake Mountain. Roadies will get a chance to ride up to Lake Mountain and get the ‘stamp’ in your 7 Peaks passport. Mountain bikers will be able to ride the new Cascades trail from Lake Mountain to Marysville trail, which by all accounts, is an absolute ball-tearer!
Why not do both? Ride up on the road bike, descend on the mtb!
If you’d like to join in on the fun, please email Damian.

Skills session at Riflebutts on Tuesday

As there are no Dirt Crits for another few weeks, Damian is planning to head up to Riflebutts MTB Park on Tuesday for a bit of a spin, maybe talk tactics and techniques. It’s all very informal, please feel free to head up for a ride.

Vale Rob Curtis

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Updated post with more information…

A memorial service for the life of Robert Curtis 'The Colombian', who passed away in hospital on Thursday 27 December, will be held this Thursday 3 January at the Cumulus Reflection Space, Bunurong Memorial Park, 790 Frankston Dandenong Road, Dandenong South, commencing at 10am.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Red Cross would be appreciated.

If anyone would like a lift, Jason Parker will be heading down to the memorial service.

A memorial bunch ride for Rob will be held this coming Saturday 5 January. Starting at the usual time of 8am, we’ll head past Rob’s place to Spring Creek Road and back, then around the Barwite Loop before finishing back in town.

All are then welcome for coffee and nibbles at the Delatite Hotel from 10:30am in Rob's honour.

The new road race calendar will be published shortly. Racing starts again on Thursday 17 January with an Individual Time Trial on Course 18, along Whitfield Road from Sawpit Gully Road to Spring Creek Road. (Check out the courses here.) As it goes right past Rob’s house, the race will be named in Rob’s honour. In fact, ALL races the club hosts on Course 18 from now on will be named in Rob’s honour.

Storms, Santa and Same, Same.

Road race this week

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In case you didn’t realise, there wasn’t a road race this week. It was cancelled due to the slightly inclement weather. So that’s it for 2018. There’s only one race left for the year - Dirt Crits Irish Handicap on Tuesday night at Riflebutts, followed by…

MMBCC Christmas Party

Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way,
Oh, what fun it is to ride… to the club’s Christmas Party!

Amongst the Sticks are catering with a delicious menu on-site at Mauro and Di’s place.
For all the kids, Santa will make an appearance.
If you fell like cooling off,
the pool will be ready so bring bathers and towel.
Jumping castle will be up to entertain the kids and for those big kids too. BYO Drinks
Date: Tuesday 18 December
Time: 6pm till late
Place: 63 Riflebutts Road, Mansfield

Dirt Crits

Racing this week was out at Mirimbah for the Delatite Dash. The aim was to ride the last part of the Australian Alpine Epic twice as consistently as possible.
The winner was Elise Empey who’s two times were exactly the same; a difference of zero seconds. Second place went to Clarissa Leatham on 3 seconds from Damian Grundy in third on 8 seconds.
Here are the results.
Many thanks to Dave and Ben for officiating.

Santa, shuttles and steeep.

Christmas Break-up

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The MMBCC Christmas Break-Up will be held on Tuesday 18 December, after Dirt Crits, at Di Condie and Mauro Brega’s place, on Riflebutts Road, just up from the MTB Park.
Bring your bathers and something to drink; the club is picking up the tab for Amongst the Sticks to look after the catering. All MMBCC members and families welcome. Ho, ho, ho… Merry Christmas!

Locals prices for Mt Buller Shuttles from ATC

All Terrain Cycles have recently celebrated 10 years of operations and have announced some exciting news – they’re running both the Mirimbah and Gravity Shuttle services on the mountain this summer.
As a special offer for MMBCC members, they’re offering a ‘Local’s Discount’ on the Shuttles – 10% off season passes!
Call into ATC Mansfield or Mt Buller, as these locals’ discounts are only available over the counter. (All the other stuff they offer - bike hire, private lessons, etc. - is available online.)

Volunteers for Buller

It’s that time of year when we start hassling you to give up your time to help the club host a round of the Victorian DownHill Series at Mt Buller on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 January 2019.
However, this year, instead of a big stick, we have some carrot… if you’re prepared to volunteer for both Saturday AND Sunday, we have free accommodation available for Friday and Saturday nights.
Be quick! There are only a few rooms available. Contact Bruce to reserve your spot.

Racing this week…

Dirt Crits Teams Race
This week was a Teams Race; all riders raced to complete as many laps as possible in 30mins. 
In the end the leading two teams finished on a total of 16 laps. The winning team was then decided on time with Dan Friday, Bella Green and Elise Empey declared the winners.
Results here.

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Hot and hilly road race

By Dave Moore

Twenty-six riders assembled at the Lord’s oval on Thursday for the first officially hot race this season.
Five groups set off at two minute intervals with Josh “Lone Wolf” Hopwood bringing up the rear a further minute and a half behind. The trip out Howes Creek Road saw the first two groups consolidate into one group while there were a number of people dropped, possibly due to the hot temperature.
Darren Bakker was unable to stick with Block after a few weeks off the bike due to injury. The remainder of block worked well together all night, catching Andrew Stephenson, Cam Lachal, and Nathan “the pineapple whisperer” Pelling. The groups combined well to reel in the group of Jason Parker, Kody Appleton, Matilda Reeve, John Lazarov & Justin Berry, at the MacMillan Point turnaround. This meant there were two separate groups of ten, trying to summit the “O’Hanlon-berg” – it was all to play for! The rolling hills along Cummins Road were the stage for a team time trial of sorts.
Despite being caught by the group behind them, Bella Green and Ruby Dobson worked well and recovered enough to lead the first group up the lower slopes of the final climb (and break away from their ‘coach’ Alex Green).
Little did they know that Nathan “Nate-Dawg” Pelling was unleashing his unbridled power in an effort to lead out riders from his group; little did Nathan know, but no-one from his group had followed him! Nathan faded from contention in the second half of the climb and it came down to an epic sprint finish between Bruce Halket and Dev Moore, with the latter prevailing despite throwing for the finish two metres early.
In a show of youthful exuberance Ruby, Kody & Bella rounded out the top 5.
Josh rode his own race – recovering from representing MMBCC in the Tour of Bright the previous weekend. He still managed to pick up a few riders on the way to the finish line.
Thanks to our Commissaries and volunteers for running the race. Many thanks also to Charlie Wilson for the pics and here are the results.
This weeks race will be held out at Jamieson. If you are thinking of racing, make sure you get yourself registered as it is the best course on the calendar! It’s the last race for 2018 and there’s more on dinner and presentations below...

Racing Next Week

Dirt Crits adult race for this coming Tuesday 11 December has changed, due to the following week’s Xmas Break-Up. This coming week will be at Mirimbah for the Delatite Dash.

Road race this coming Thursday 13 December is the last of 2018 and will be at Jamieson (don’t forget the late 6.30 start) with presentations and dinner afterwards at The Wrong Side Brewery. Mmmmm… pizza!

Simon, Ruby, Anthony, Elise and Santa

New club kit

Cycling Australia have organised a new version of our club kit for MMBCC Life Member Simon Gerrans. You can get one of these too!
All you need to do is win a stage (and wear the leader’s jersey) of each of the Grand Tours, win a couple of one-day Monuments, a couple of Australian Championships and a few Tours Down Under and Cycling Australia will likely order you one with YOUR name on it.
CA had this one produced by Seight Sports and presented to Simon at a luncheon in Melbourne last week.


Racing this week

By Anthony Plummer

Last Tuesday saw an Irish Handicap with 15 entrants tasked with riding anywhere between three and six laps on a new, fiendishly designed lap.
In an almost complete ‘junior domination’ Ruby Dobson led home the field ahead of the younger Dan Friday and Kody Appleton. Old Damian Grundy finished fourth and normal transmission resumed with James Griffin finishing fifth ahead of Elise Empey and Talia Appleton.

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Here are the results. Next week is a Teams Race at Riflebutts.
Thursday night was the final road race for Spring and riders gathered on the Midland Highway for the Stump Hill Classic.
A southerly awaited the riders, the tailwind ensuring a fast out leg for the race. Plus a large Scratch group was going to ensure the remaining groups had to work well together to stay away on the return leg with a headwind.

The group consisting of Nathan Pelling, Tim Hall, Matilda Reeve, Anthony Plummer and John Lazarov started well, but unfortunately for Matilda the fast speed and restricted gearing found her alone. After riding strongly just before the turn Hall selected reverse gear on one of the rises and quickly went off the back of the group.
Nearing the turn around, all the groups were still in starting order and working well together but the race was starting to come together.
The reduced group of Pelling, Lazarov and Plummer closed the gap to the group of Craig Wilson, John Eisner, Di Condie, Talia Appleton and Bella Green on one of the final rises. Green found a burst of speed to lead the group towards the Limit riders who had by this time started to spread apart up the road. Unfortunately for Lazarov who had a great ride, got lost in the action when overtaking and was distanced from Pelling and Plummer.
Behind the scratch group the Block had come together and were chasing in earnest and mopping up riders who had been left behind.
Nearing Aldous Lane and the final rise, Judi Duke was finally caught after riding strongly alone at the front. This left Pelling and Plummer who worked well together at the front with only the fast run to the finish. Plummer finally getting the better of Pelling in a close finish.
Ruby Dobson continued her good form from Tuesday night with a strong third.
As the groups came to the line, Eisner finished strongly to beat the rest of his group over the line. Close behind the large group of Scratch and Block sprinted for the finish and had Damian Grundy winning the bunch sprint and collecting fasted time.
Many thanks to our officials and volunteers.
Results will hopefully be posted soon; once they’re found. Thanks to Tony Copland for the race pics.

Elise second!

Congratulations to Elise Empey who finished second at the EWS race at Mt Buller on the weekend and is now second in the series.

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Christmas Break-up

Make a note in your diary for the club Christmas Party… it’ll be held after Dirt Crits on Tuesday 18 December. More details soon. And bring your bathers!

MacMunn, Movember, marshals and the missing...

Racing for a Good Reason

by Tom MacMunn

Race entry and prize money this week was donated to Lacey Reeve, who is shaving her head next month, on her 10th birthday, to raise money for Leukemia research. There were also a couple of blokes sporting 22 day old moustaches and raising awareness of men’s health for Movember.
A Grade
Only four riders in A Grade lent weight to the theory that these blokes fancy themselves as elite athletes but they are a bit precious when the weather turns.
Bruce Halket was strong and confident on the way out to Hearn’s Lane, his turn up the hill put everyone under the pump. Darren Bakker almost kept in touch until the top of the hill but popped by the top. 
Steve Duke turned up the pace after the turn around leaving Bruce and Tom MacMunn to chase him down. They timed their catch and blew straight past on a small rise, and so there were two. 
Bruce, still strong and still very confident, backed himself to lead out the sprint and win from the front… but he didn’t. 

Great pic taken on Thursday night by Dave Moore, showing Steve being chased by Tom and Bruce.

Great pic taken on Thursday night by Dave Moore, showing Steve being chased by Tom and Bruce.

B Grade
Seven starters in B Grade and the selection was made on the hill up to Hearn’s Lane and the turn. John Lazarov, Allan Gerrans and Ian Conrick couldn’t stay in contact.
After the turn Rob Skinner, Cam Lachal and AJ Stephenson couldn’t shake Matilda Reeve even with her restricted gearing. The four of them all came to the line together.
Rob started his sprint early and held off everyone – the second win of the evening to a moustachioed man. Cam finished in second, AJ third and Matilda fourth.

C Grade
Hearn’s Lane Hill also shook up the C Grade race with Bella Green and Dave Bock dropped and facing the long lonely ride home.
There was lots of action on the way back in to town with Jason Parker trying over and over to get away from his three rivals. Craig Wilson and Judi Duke covered his moves and tried some of their own, but it was all to no avail and the race ended with a four person sprint to the finish.
The first time John Eisner put his nose in the wind (which is why this is the first mention of him) was with 50m to go. A clever strategy and a good win, but sadly no moustache. 
Jason finished second and Judi third.
Many thanks to both Dave Moore and Tony Copland for the pics and here are the results.

Enduro at Buller looking for marshals

Round three of the Shimano Asia-Pacific Continental Enduro Series will be held this coming weekend at Mt Buller. And the management team in charge are looking for some volunteer marshals.
They’ll make a $500 donation to any community groups that want to get involved if they can provide ten or more vollies. They’ll need you onsite from 7am on the Sunday morning to ensure that they can get you into locations. 
All vollies get lunch, a drink and an event shirt.
Individuals can sign up via this link.

Speaking of volunteers…

We’ve got a couple of our own events coming up and we’ll be after volunteers and marshals for both.
The MMBCC round of the Victorian DownHill Series up at Mt Buller on the weekend of 19-20 January 2019. If you already know you’re available and would like to be involved, please contact Bruce.
A couple of months after that, on the weekend of 23-24 March, it’ll be the Mansfield Tour. Craig Wilson will be contacting you about this. If you’d like to put your name down for this now, please let Wil know.

Missing numbers

We’re missing some road race numbers. Do you have one at home? Keep forgetting to bring it back to the next race?
We’re missing the following black All Terrain Cycles race numbers: 4, 13, 14 and 15.
We’re missing the following maroon Delatite Hotel race numbers: 20, 24, 25 and 27.
And we’re missing the following blue Eisner’s Pharmacy race numbers: 33, 44 and 45.
We can look up the entry sheets and find out who it’s likely to be but we’d rather you just bring them back on your own.
We were also thinking about something punitive and silly, like banning you from entering the next race if you don’t return your number on the night… or taking a cash deposit when you collect a number.
Instead, we’re leaning towards something sensible like making you shout drinks to the top ten of the next race. Or making you write the article for the paper each week till you return it!

Club kit

If you want to update your club kit, it’s now open through Seight Sportswear.
Here’s the link for the My Team Shop page but you’ll also need to email Bruce for the password.
It’s only open till the end of the month.

Amy’s Gran Fondo is back in 2019

Rumours of the demise of the best recreational ride going have been greatly exaggerated! Make a note in your diary - 14 & 15 September 2019.

Great racing, fundraising and more...

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Dirt Crits on the long, looong course

by Damian Grundy

Tuesday Evening dawned clear and fine. A perfect evening for some dirty fun at the MMBCC Mountain Bike Dirt Crit races at Riflebutts Reserve.
A good turn out of the usual suspects approached the start line for a Long Course extravaganza. Most trails in the Mountain Bike Park were involved on a combination of loops.
Early starters of the faster guys included Dan Friday Senior, Damian Grundy, Lee Noble, Bruce Halket and Matty Empey chasing 2 long laps and 1 short lap, then the intermediate lapper of Tom Hogan hit out a few minutes later for his 1 long and 2 short laps. The early starters were then followed a short time later by a large crew of riders doing 1 long and 1 short laps including David Bock, Dan Friday Junior, Talia Appleton, Jack Hogan (sadly destined to DNF), Rachael Grundy, Ruby Dobson, Bella Green, Alex Green, James Griffin, Elise Empey and Jason Parker.
Much tactical discussion prior to the start centred on what order might be best to complete the necessary laps; Short before long or long before short? In the end it became clear that the best strategy would be to ride FAST!! And to that end Dan Friday Junior was best at that and came away with the win on the day. David Bock rode super well and held on for 2nd followed shortly thereafter by Talia Appleton for 3rd and first female. Rounding out the top 5 were Dan Friday Senior and Rachael Grundy.
As always great fun was had by all. Here are the results.

Alain Guerin Memorial Handicap

by John Eisner

This week marks the fourth anniversary of the tragic death of our much loved member, Alain Guerin, and as usual for this week a memorial handicap was held in his honour.
Held on the challenging 29km Coombesberg course, over thirty riders entered including son, Jean-Daniel Guerin and several of his friends from Melbourne.
Judi Duke made an early move off the front of her group turning her race into a gutsy, solo effort. The chasing group of Alex Green, Di Condie, Dave Jagger, John Eisner, Craig Wilson and Janine Appleton worked well together until the fragmented remains of second block (Anthony Plummer, Cam Lachal, Rob Skinner and Kody Appleton) caught up on the final straight leaving each person to themselves in a blustery headwind.
The massive block group looked slick and menacing on paper but had all sorts of trouble working together with splits, regrouping and an attempt to chase down the sole scratch rider, Brendon Green, who worked through the whole field, catching Judi with two k’s to go and taking out the trophy for the second year in a row.
An impressive ride saw Kody Appleton take third with James Black and Cam Lachal fourth and fifth.

The riders then rode out on the Buller road to meet the rest of the Guerin Family for a tribute to Alain by his wife Coral.
Thank you to our crew of volunteers and to the Delatite Hotel. Here are the results and many thanks to Laurent Guerin for the pics.
Sadly the Police campaign this week highlights how many drivers continue to use mobile phones while driving. Hopefully technology, awareness and common sense will reduce the risk phones pose and reduce injuries and fatalities such as Alain’s.

Lacey Reeve - World’s Greatest Shave

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Lacey Reeve is the sister of current road points leader Matilda Reeve and grand daughter of stalwart Rod Manning.
Lacey is turning 10 on the 11th of December and has decided to shave ALL her hair off to raise funds for cancer. She is a very determined girl and will not be persuaded to keep ANY of her hair at all. Please come join us on the 11th of Dec at 6pm at the Delatite Hotel to witness the removal of Lacey’s long hair.
The MMBCC has decided that all of the entry fees from the Graded Scratch Race on Thursday 22 November will be donated to Lacey’s effort. So if you haven’t raced for a bit, what better reason do you need to enter next Thursday?!

Club kit

Looks like we almost have enough people interested in buying club kit to get Seight to open the My Team Shop. We need a minimum of ten pieces of kit per order… and we’re almost there.
If anyone else is interested please email Bruce.

Sunday update

This week… some impressive results in Tassie, Thursday’s road race at Jamieson and the TNE film shoot.

Derby Enduro Results

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Round two of the Shimano Asia-Pacific Continental Endure Series was held this weekend at Derby in north east Tasmania and a number of MMBCC members travelled across Bass Strait to compete.
Congratulations to Dan Friday who finished 64th in a red-hot Elite Men’s category, Dave Empey finished 19th in Masters Men, Matt Empey finished 4th in Junior Men and… drum roll please… Elise Empey won the Junior Women!
Round three will be held at Mt Buller on the first weekend of December.

Bakks pinches it!

The MMBCC ventured to Jamieson on Thursday 8 November for a handicap race out to Sailor Bills Creek and back. On a beautiful evening, they were lead off by the Limit group of Courtney Lynch and Tony Morris; a high-quality Scratch group of Dave Moore, Tom Macmunn, Mauro Brega, Damain Grundy and Steve Duke were the last to leave.
In one of the rides of the night, Lynch almost made it… being caught by Scratch with only a few hundred metres to go.
Dave Moore made the most of his recent good form to lead Scratch to the finish and seemingly had it won with a 20 metre gap and only 100 metres to go.
But Darren Bakker had other ideas!
He missed last week with injury, suffering plumber’s back after too much roofing work. A week later, after some rest and extracurricular shower work, and starting in the Block group, he had enough punch for a loooong sprint to take a crafty win.
Moore took second (and fastest) ahead of fellow back marker Grundy. Lynch proved her mettle by hanging on for a gallant fourth. Then came Brega, Allan Gerrans, Kody Appleton, Jarrod Appleton, Cam Lachal and Steve Duke rounded out the top ten. The results and an up-to-date points tally are here.
Many thanks to all our officials and volunteers, to the Courthouse Hotel for the post-race refuelling and to Tony Copland for the pics.
Next week is the Alain Guerin Memorial Handicap on the Whitfield Road, finishing atop the dreaded Coombesberg; entries by Wednesday 8pm the usual way please.

Ride High Country

This week Tourism North East are producing a campaign called Ride High Country which aims to promote NE Victoria as 'Australia's Premiere Cycling Destination.' They’re taking Paul van der Ploeg, a Mount Beauty local and former XC Mountain Bike World Champion, across the northeast to film MTBing, road riding, rail trail and gravel riding.
Here are a couple of requests (from TNE)
1) As it's a summer campaign, we would like everyone in short sleeves and legs (3/4 is fine);

2) Paul is wearing BLUE throughout the campaign, so ideally no-one else should wear blue; and
3) It would be great if each rider was wearing different kit/colour. If you can bring an alternative top that would be great.
If you can spare some time this week, please call Ric Williamson from Hand Cut Productions on 0434 815 358.

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Cup Weekend News

Hope you’re all enjoying the ‘long’ weekend. Here’s the latest from MMBCC Towers:

- Dirt Crits Gravity Enduro;

- 32km Handicap Road Race;

- Photoshoot opportunity;

- A Simon Gerrans photo gallery;
- A new take on suspension forks; and
- The 2019 Giro d’Italia route announced.

A week of MMBCC racing

by Kody Appleton

First race for the the Mansfield Mt Buller Cycling Club last week was Dirt Crits on Tuesday night. It was a Gravity Enduro - basically a downhill race with a bit more pedalling during the race than a traditional downhill and competitors have to pedal back up between runs (unlike a DH race where competitors are transported by bus, or even chairlift!) Each racer had to complete a run on two different courses with the cumulative time of both runs deciding the winner.
There were three classes on the night, Women, Sport and Open.
Despite a couple of punctures and a couple of small ‘offs’ there was no claret spilt nor dummies spat.
Not surprisingly the Empey name was high on the results list, after competing at the Australian Nationals in Adelaide last week, Matthew took out the Open Class and Elise the Women.
They were separated by James Griffin taking out the Sport Class.
Now we just need to install a chairlift so we can host a downhill race proper!
Many thanks to Shannon, Kate, Mel, Dave E, Dave M and the other volunteers.
And many thanks to Jason Parker for all the pics… and here are the results.

The weather was warm on Thursday night when the roadies came together for the weekly race. The course was the longest in use, a total of 32km including the feared Coombesberg climb. The riders would travel out Mansfield-Whitfield Road, turn around at Sawpit gully, ride towards Mansfield then turn left onto Barwite Road, right onto Old Tolmie Road, over the Coombesberg and finish on Graves Road.
Once the race began, two large groups quickly formed at the front end of the race because of small handicaps, the latter of which contained Alex Green, Ian Conrick, Matilda Reeve, Kody Appleton, Tim Hall and Allan Gerrans. By the turnaround these two groups were within sight of each other but surprisingly were not gaining nor losing ground. 
There were complaints from the rear end of the race due to Mauro Brega pulling a 50km/h effort on the flats around the tomato farm corner which meant many strong riders started to struggle.
On the flats of Barwite Road, all groups started to close the gaps, with Alex Green pulling a huge turn for his group in a last-ditch effort to help Conrick, Reeve, and Appleton to pull across to the group in front which they caught on the crest of the Coombesberg climb. This was helped by some fracturing in the lead group with fatigue, uphill gradient and wishing-race-training-had-been-instigated-earlier likely causes.  
Bella Green and Judy Duke had managed to get away on the climb but were caught on the downhill by Matilda and Kody, joined by David Jagger and Janine Appleton, hanging desperately onto their wheel. Three of those riders finished together with Kody Appleton beating Matilda Reeve in the sprint for 1st. 
Final placings were Kody Appleton 1st, Matilda Reeve 2nd, David Jagger 3rd, Craig Wilson 4th and Janine Appleton 5th.  
And again, a massive thank you to all the volunteers for supporting the event and to Tony Copland for the pics. Here are the results.
Next week’s race is a handicap race at Jamieson with a late (6.30pm) start - entries via SMS to John on 0428 503 437 by 8pm Wednesday. Presentations and dinner afterwards will be held at the Courhouse Hotel.

Tourism North East photo shoot

On behalf of the club, Ben Annear has been talking with Ric from Hand Cut Productions about a film shoot for Tourism North East (TNE) on Monday 12 November.
Please take a look at the scheduled shoot list (below) - this is a guide only, and is possibly more than what they will be able to achieve in a single day.
We’re hoping that MMBCC members might be able to assist as ride talent for the shoot, or at least help Ric coordinate a group of riders for the vision required.
Unfortunately it seems they have no ‘budget’ for talent as such, other than the offer of a cup of tea/coffee or maybe a beer after your ride, so please understand that this would be a “love” job for Tourism North East. Please also note this is nothing to do with Buller or the RMB, we’re simply asking a favour for TNE.
If you’re available on the day, have a set of MMBCC club kit to wear and want to be seen on billboards at Tullamarine airport to help promote our region, please contact Ric on 0434 815 358 or club president Damian Grundy on 0411 045 771.


More on photos - this time Simon Gerrans

Pez Cycling News has a good little photo gallery looking at Simon’s career in the pro ranks.

Is this the future of suspension forks?

Some very interesting looking suspension forks. Not cheap though.

Giro route announced

The route for the 2019 Giro was recently released. Here are the five key stages, according to Cycling News, to help you plan your holiday to Italy next May.

Sunny Sunday update

This week updates from both Dirt Crits and the road ITT, news from the Preston Mountain Classic and other stuff.

Racing last week

Dirt Crits at Riflebutts MTB Park last Tuesday was a bit different to usual; the 18 starters were faced with a mass-start Irish Handicap. Usually, the handicaps dictate the start order, this time the handicaps added to times after the finish.
Perhaps this ‘backwards format’ produced the bump in the space-time continuum which saw Bruce Halket take the win ahead of Bella Green and Ruby Dobson. Then came Jack Hogan, Jason Parker, Alex Green, David Jagger, Damian Grundy, Peter Coffey and Georgina Landy (welcome along Georgina!) rounded out the top ten.
No one has yet explained how a rider finishing almost last after 6 laps, who hardly overtook anyone, managed to be awarded the win after most of the field had already finished.
However, accusations of bribery have been strenuously denied by all involved.
Here are the results.
Many thanks to Damian, Kate and the other volunteers.

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The road race on Thursday was an Individual Time Trial, starting and finishing on Graves Road and including both sides of the dreaded ‘Coombesberg’ on Old Tolmie Road.
While this race was not a mass start race - each rider races alone and the fastest time wins - it too had handicaps included afterwards to calculate the real winner.
The ITT is supposedly The Race of Truth but the general consensus is that’s a lie. It should be called the Race of Pain and we had 29 masochists in Mansfield who entered for their dose of domination.
Showing great consistency, two of the podium placegetters on Tuesday also ‘medalled’ on Thursday - Ruby Dobson triumphing ahead of Bella Green and then Tilda Reeve. They were followed by Judi Duke, Justin Berry, Allan Gerrans, Craig Wison, Steve Curnow, Ross Hopkins and Rod Manning.
A dedicated team of officials ran the race very efficiently and safely… many thanks to Di, Donna, Cam, Robert and David. Here are the results and many thanks again to Tony Copland for the pics.
Next week’s race is a handicap race from the Botanic Park, up to Sawpit Gully Road and around to Graves Road - entries via SMS to John on 0428 503 437 by 8pm Wednesday.

Preston Mountain Classic

Congratulations to Josh Hopwood for a great result in the Preston Mountain Classic on Saturday, finishing 9th - only 36 seconds behind the winner. Congratulations too to two of our local officials for helping run the race: Di Condie was Chief Judge and Jodie Batchelor Chief Commissaire. However, it has to be asked… why didn’t they disqualify the first 8 finishers?!


The top three runs of the 2018 Red Bull Rampage.

A good wrap-up of the season of Mitchelton-Scott.

The 2019 Tour de France route has announced. Both Cycling News and Cycling Tips covered it in detail.

Rainy Day Update

In this issue:

  • Vale Ray Watson;

  • Mildly extravagant self-promotion;

  • VDHS now Tier 1;

  • Have your say about the Station Precinct;

  • Big news for ATC and local mountain bikers; and

  • Some other weird cycling-related news.

Have you subscribed to the MMBCC News yet?

Ray Watson, on the right, riding across the Bonnie Doon bridge with his good mate George Chalk. This image is from a photoshoot organised by the Shire in 2011 to promote the rail trail.

Ray Watson, on the right, riding across the Bonnie Doon bridge with his good mate George Chalk. This image is from a photoshoot organised by the Shire in 2011 to promote the rail trail.

Vale Ray Watson

Long time club member Ray Watson passed away a week ago. Our thoughts go out to Ray’s family. He was an absolutely lovely bloke, who really enjoyed riding his bike.
Any club members who are available on Wednesday 24 October to attend Ray’s funeral at St Andrew’s Uniting Church at 1pm are invited to ride their bikes to the church to celebrate Ray’s love of his bike.
Pedal on Ray.

Mildly extravagant self promotion

By Nathan Pelling

The second road race for the season got underway with a strong field of 24 riders. The 25 km Handicap race along the Howes Creek Road course with it's undulating terrain kept everyone on their toes.
First group off the mark was Bella Green and Tony Morris with the respective groups starting afterward right back to Josh Hopwood who was in a lonely pack of one off Scratch. This wasn't going to deter The Juggernaut however, fresh off his Bronze medal performance at the Victorian ITT Championships he was in hot pursuit of the strong group of 6 riders a minute ahead of him.
The main action was happening a little further up the road where the group of three, Christine Hopkins, Nathan Pelling and Allan Gerrans were riding their own team TT to quickly round up the couple of groups ahead of them. This formed a large group that was now in good stead to hold off the quicker chargers behind them. The aforementioned trio continued to force the pace at the front of the pack rolling turns with the odd cameo appearance from a couple of others in the bunch. 
This group was able to roll along strongly and hold off the quicker groups for most of the return leg, the short sharp rolling hills took their toll on riders legs however with those who were still fresh enough able to push a bit harder and break the pack up a little.
This is where the blatant self promotion kicks in; I did exactly this on one of the last hills of the course looking behind at the crest to now surprisingly be in a breakaway containing only myself. 
Sitting there now lonely in my chamois there was nothing left to do but pedal as hard a possible as there were still a couple of early starters visible in the distance and only a couple of K's to go. Surely this is how Sagan, Froome and the like feel when chasing down the last of a breakaway! Fair comparison I feel, amateur hack in club race and the biggest stars of the sport.

Anyway enough suspense, the last of the riders up the road, Bella Green, was caught with only 50m to go making for a close finish. The final results being N. Pelling with a maiden win from Green and Tilda Reeve, followed by the fellow early pack leaders of Gerrans and Hopkins with the rest of the field closely behind.
Many thanks to all the volunteers we had at our race this week; great to see so many helping out including Gwen, Belinda, Deb, Janine, Kody, Jarrod, Tim, John, even Ben and Alistair! Thank you all.
Many thanks to Tony Copland for the pics - here are the results.
Next week’s race in an Individual Time Trial, starting and finishing on Graves Road. Entries via SMS to John on 0428 503 437 by 8pm Wednesday.

Mt Buller VDHS earns Tier 1

Our Mt Buller round of the Vic Downhill Series in now an MTBA Tier 1 event!
MTBA no longer organise a dedicated national series but allocate points from all events towards an overall points score called the National Cup. The ‘bigger’ events are listed as Tier One and award the highest number of points. This should mean we attract more visitors (and therefore, entries) to the mountain this summer.
More details about the National Cup calendar here.

Station Precinct Activation Project - have your say

Mansfield Shire are trying to find out what to do with the Station Precinct. The club was invited to put its two-bobs worth last week (about a possible club rooms and a multi-use trail linking the end of the rail trail to the centre of town, the Botanic Gardens and a loop of town - even up to Riflebutts Reserve.) Now you can too.
Use this link to have your say.

ATC wins tender to run Mt Buller shuttles

All Terrain Cycles have announced they’re the official Mt Buller Bike Park Gravity shuttle operator for this season 2018/19!
Plans for the summer include a discounted locals pass, an opening weekend / 10 year anniversary party on 1 December and a DIG for a PASS Program. More details on Facebook.


Some slightly weird cycling related reading for a rainy day.

There’s hope for us old bike riders yet… Andreas Tafi won Paris-Roubaix in 1999, aged 32. He wants to make a comeback and ride it again next year, as a pro, aged 52! WTF!
Hannah Jenkins is English but after a bike crash she speaks English only in the morning… in the afternoon it has to be German! More at the BBC.

Weekend update

Racing Round-up

First race of the Mansfield Mt Buller Cycling Club’s 2018/2019 summer was Dirt Crits at Riflebutts MTB Park on Tuesday 9 October. After a few rare drops of rain, the track was in mind condition.

The Reverse Time Trial is based on two short races. Results from a mass-start first race are used as the basis for a staggered start to the second, handicap race.

Winner of the first lap was Matt Empey, followed by Tom Macmunn and Dan Friday.

Last home was Ruby Dobson who was, therefore, first to start the second race.

Winner of the second race was Alex Green, followed by Jack Hogan and Jason Parker.

But points were also awarded for riders who’s two lap times were closest… so we didn’t end up with too many sandbaggers in the first race.

After Damian Grundy had finished with the abacus, the win was awarded to Matt Empey from Dan Friday and Tom Macmunn equal second, ahead of Grundy in fourth and Dave Moore fifth.

Kudos to Bella Green who had only 1 second difference between her first and second lap!

Next week is our Come ’n’ Try night! We’ll have loan bikes at Riflebutts for anyone who wants to come along and give mountain biking a go. Come along for a lap or two and find out what all the fuss is about!

The first road race of the season was held on Thursday 11 October. A handicap race on the Whitfield Road, out to Sawpit Gully Road and back, attracted 19 entrants. One of the 19 was Justin Berry, trying road racing for the first time. Welcome aboard Justin!

First to start, as the lone Limit rider, was Tony Morris; last to start was the Scratch group of Tom Macmunn, Lewis Dowie, Jock Brega, Damian Grundy and Cam Lachal.

A minute up the road, the Block group of Dave Moore, Steve Duke, Darren Bakker and Rob Skinner looked strong and likely to greet the judges.

Lachal was the first casualty, his Saturday morning bunch ride form didn’t translate to Thursday night and he got dropped on the first hill. Kieren Payne was having gear trouble and he was next to get dropped, just before the turnaround.

By Long Lane on the return leg, the groups were finally coming together but it was near the Barwite Road where the big changes were made; Moore and Duke caught the second Limit group of Di Condie, Justin Berry, David Jagger, Wil Wilson and Rod Manning and powered on to take the win; Moore ahead of Duke.

About half a minute later, Wilson took the sprint for third ahead of Jagger, Manning and Berry.

Another half a minute later, sprint of the night went to Darren Bakker who stormed to the line to take… seventh. (And then complained that the finish line was in the wrong spot!) Then came Grundy (in the fastest time of 41.36, just 4 seconds faster than winner Dave Moore), Rob Skinner and Jock Brega rounded out the top ten.

Many thanks to all our officials and volunteers. And also thanks to Shannon for the Dirt Crits pics and to Tony for the road ones.

Next week sees racing return to the undulating Howes Creek Road course - entries via SMS to John on 0428 503 437 by 8pm Wednesday.

Dirt Crits number plates

A few weeks ago we asked you about semi-permanent number plates for Dirt Crits. They’re about to be ordered.

If you’d like one, please email Damian with the number and name you’d like on your plate, or speak to him at Dirt Crits this coming Tuesday.


A good article from Neal Rogers on Cycling Tips on why we might see a few more pros riding on gravel in 2019.

Also on Cycling Tips, from Matt de Neef, some background on Wollongong winning the 2022 Worlds.

Not the Sunday afternoon news

Latest news:
- The Road Worlds back in Australia in four years;
- Dirt Crits start this week; and
- Road Racing starts this week too!


UCI Road Worlds back to Australia in 2022

Wollongong will host the UCI Road World Championships in 2022. Yes, that hotbed of Australian cycling… Wollongong! Read about it here.

Who woulda thunk it?

Also, have a read of the comments at the end of the Cycling Tips article about it… seems the NSW Government and police have some work to do. Anyway, can’t wait. I’ll be worth a visit to the Illawarra, that’s for sure!

Who’ll be leading the Oz team on a hilly course by then… Jack Haig, Rob Power, Lucas Hamilton? Or perhaps the old man of the team, Michael Matthews! Or maybe Alejandro Valverde will still be unbeatable…

Dirt Crits start this week… for big kids anyway.

Dirt Crits are moving to Tuesday nights and the new calendar has been published.

Dirt Crits starts this coming Tuesday 9 October for Adults.

Kids will start the following Tuesday 16 October… which is the Come ’n’ Try night. If you know anyone who is perhaps thinking about having a go at mountain biking, this is definitely the night to get them up to Riflebutts for a lap. All existing members are also invited to ride a few laps and help any newcomers feel welcome.

The Come ’n’ Try night is for both Kids and Adults. More details soon…

Road racing starts this week too…

The calendar is now up!

The first race will be held on the Whitfield Road / Sawpit Gully Road course (Course 5) this coming Thursday 11 October.

Mid-September Update


It’s been a little while but here is a bit of MMBCC News.
- Upcoming events;
- New Dirt Crits number plates;
- Sign a petition for NSW Police to enforce the Minimum Passing Distance laws; and
- Some motivation for girls thinking of trying XC mountain biking.

Upcoming Events

Sat 22 - Sun 30 Sep - UCI Road Worlds, Innsbruck, Austria.
Tue 9 Oct - MMBCC Dirt Crits start. More details and calendar to come soon.
Thu 11 Oct - MMBCC Road Racing starts. More details and calendar to come soon.
Thu 18 to Sun 21 Oct - Masters Nationals, East Gippsland.

New Dirt Crits number plates

Are you planning on racing Dirt Crits this summer?
Have we got a deal for you?!
We’re planning on getting customised number plates produced for you for the summer - with your name on your number plate! They’re a heavier weight plastic than the current ones, so should last you the whole summer.
They’ll cost $2 each for Juniors, $3 for Seniors.
We need you to tell us what name you’d like included and also which number you have a preference for.
Please email Damian with the name you want and the number you’d prefer.

Minimum Passing Distance laws in NSW

A Metre Matters is law in NSW. While the police there are rightly cracking down on drivers using mobile phones, they’re not enforcing the passing laws. In fact, they’re spending more time booking cyclists for riding without a bell!
This petition is to try to force them to do their job properly and protect cyclists from dangerously close overtaking.
Hopefully, one of these days, the Victorian Government will follow suit and legislate for A Metre Matters here too!

MTB girls - go out and ride your bike!

A little inspiring video of some of the women riding the World Cup.
BTW, Dirt Crits start soon. Come on girls… get out and ride your bike!


It looks highly likely Simon Yates will win the Vuelta a Espana tonight, giving the Australian greenEDGE team (Mitchellton Scott as they’re known now) their first grand tour win. A brilliant achievement!
Simon Yates is British (meaning all three grand tours have been won by Brits this year) so it’ll be interesting to see how the mainstream media in Australia reports it.
Will being part of an Australian team mean enough for the media here to treat Yates as a hero?
Or will it take an Australian on an Australian team for mainstream media to pay attention?

Sunday Update

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Annual General Meeting

The MMBCC AGM is on this coming Tuesday 14 August, starting at 6pm, at the Delatite Hotel.
Please come along.

Wheels for sale

Dave Moore has some brand new Shimano carbon road wheels for sale. They’re a bargain!

A little Sunday arvo reading…

Team Sky’s biggest problem.

Street art at the Tour.

Finding Mr X.

Upcoming Events

Tue 9 to Sun 12 Aug - UCI MTB World Cup, Mont Sainte Anne, Canada.
Tue 14 Aug - MMBCC AGM
Tue 21 Aug - Sat 1 Sep - UCI MTB World Championships, Mont Sainte Anne, Canada.
Sat 1 Sep - Sam Miranda Gran Fondo - part of the Tour of the King Valley
Sun 2 Sep - Sam Miranda Kelly Country Road Race.
Sun 9 Sep - Fruit Loop Ride, Shepparton.
Sun 16 Sep - Amy’s Gran Fondo.
Sat 22 - Sun 30 Sep - UCI Road Worlds, Innsbruck, Austria.
Sun 4 Nov - Preston Mountain Classic.