It's the end of the world as we know it! (Yes, that's sarcasm.)

Got an email from Cycling Australia today...

The Cycling Australia Technical Commission has decided in favour of the introduction of Disc Brakes on bikes at all races, except the NRS and UCI events.
This comes in to play immediately.
The reason behind the decision is to allow more clarity for new riders beginning in the sport. As you will realise Disc Brake bikes have become the norm in the marketplace.  

Woohoo! Finally...

(But what about the rotating knives...!)

More news to come later this week, or early next week, with news of (hopefully) a Mansfield fund-raising screening of the new Orica-Scott documentary All For One.

 

Weekend Update

Even though it's winter there's a bit happening on the bike, including:
- 2017 AGM;
- Rider Development Grant;
- An update on Riflebutts Reserve;
- 7P7D;
- Rules changes on mobile phone use;
- International Track Cycling at DISC; and
- a couple of upcoming recreational road rides.

And... don't forget to subscribe to the newsletter!

Annual General Meeting

The MMBCC will hold its Annual General Meeting at the Delatite Hotel from 6pm on Tuesday 15 August... 6pm for dinner and drinks - meeting will start at 7pm. This is YOUR chance to have your say and get involved.
Do you have any ideas on how the club should be doing things?
Want to have your say?
All the club exec positions will be declared vacant and we’ll be after a President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and representatives for Road, MTB and BMX.

2017/18 Rider Development Grant

The Grant provides financial assistance for talented MMBCC cyclists aged 25 and under. It's designed to encourage and support the development of promising young riders at varying levels in their cycling careers.
Please click here to download a copy of the Guidelines for the 2017/18 MMBCC Rider Development Grant. Applications must be returned by Tuesday 25 July; so less than a week to go! Details of where to send the application are in the PDF.
Successful applicants will be announced at the AGM at The Delatite Hotel on Tuesday 15 August.

Riflebutts Reserve Update

Behind the scenes Shannon has been working closely with Parks Victoria’s Mansfield office to develop Riflebutts Reserve into a more sustainable, fun and professional park.
One of the big items is signage for directions of trail, grading and names. These have been funded by Parks Victoria and a huge thank you goes out to them.
The other big item is the trail upgrades - last winter, you saw the new uplink; this year the new downhill link is going to be built, which will give you the longest, most-fun descent in the park. From this we will have a final trail map produced with all relevant information on it.
The posts and signs have arrived and are ready to be put in place; this is where we need your muscles and time.
Working Bee Dates
Sunday 6 August 10am – 2pm
Sunday 3 September 10am – 2pm

Please bring gloves and eye protection, plus post hole digging tools... and we'll put on a barbecue lunch.

7P7D

Cycling Inform and All Terrain Cycles have announced dates for the next 7 Peaks in 7 Days. It's an awesome week. Click here for a week in cycling heaven.

Mobile phones

Be very careful about using your phone on the bike from now on... the rules have changed and we'll now be treated the same as car drivers, apparently. Details here.

ITS Melbourne

Track cycling is back in Melbourne, including the 81sy Melbourne Cup on Wheels, with the upcoming ITS Melbourne event being held 25th - 29th July. Click here for more information.
We would love to see some junior club members get along to the event; therefore we are offering free entry to club members (juniors and any adults who bring along juniors) during the following day sessions:
- Tues 25th July
- Wed 26th July
- Thurs 27th July
- Fri 28th July
All other sessions will charged per normal.
Whether your junior club members have been exposed to and/or had a go at track cycling or not, it will be exciting and action-packed.

Amy’s Gran Fondo

Entries are still open for one of the best recreational rides of the year. Click here. Cycling Australia members (MMBCC road members, that's you!) receive a discounted entry.

Giro della Donna

This one looks good too... and it includes a bit of dirt! Click here. CA members get a discount on this one too.
 

 

 

 

Long Weekend Update

Have a great long weekend everyone! To get you in the mood for a weekend on the bike, here's the latest news from the MMBCC, including:
- Rider Development Grant;
- 2017 AGM;
- ATC EOFY Sale;
- The Redback;
- Masters Road Nats;
- The Wang Tour; and
- Something to make blokes wince a little!
 

2017/18 Rider Development Grant

Above: Kian Lerch-MacKinnon, recipient of the RDG in 2016. Good luck at the first round of the National Cyclo Cross Series this weekend Kian!

Above: Kian Lerch-MacKinnon, recipient of the RDG in 2016. Good luck at the first round of the National Cyclo Cross Series this weekend Kian!

The Grant provides financial assistance for talented MMBCC cyclists aged 25 and under. It's designed to encourage and support the development of promising young riders at varying levels in their cycling careers.
Please click here to download a copy of the Guidelines for the 2017/18 MMBCC Rider Development Grant. Applications must be returned by Tuesday 25 July... that gives you plenty of time! Details of where to send the application are in the PDF.
Successful applicants will be announced at the AGM at The Delatite Hotel on Tuesday 15 August.

Annual General Meeting

Do you have any ideas on how the club should be doing things?
Want to have your say?
The MMBCC will hold its Annual General Meeting at the Delatite Hotel from 6pm on Tuesday 15 August. This is your chance to have your say and get involved.
All the club exec positions will be declared vacant and we’ll be after a President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and representatives for Road, MTB and BMX.

ATC EOFY sale

MMBCC sponsor All Terrain Cycles is having a big sale. Call in to see Shannon and pick up a bargain.

The Redback

The organiser of the BikeBuller MTB Fest, Rapid Ascent, invite you to The Redback. Did you know The Redback MTB Stage Race is coming up this August in the Red Centre and we have special offers for groups and clubs!
Celebrating its 10th year in 2017, The Redback includes some of the country’s best riding as you race along hand built trails in the morning and then relax around the pool and chat to new and old friends in the afternoon.
The race logistics are super simple – stay in the one location, no car or support crew needed and we’ll even pick you up at the airport!
The Redback would be the perfect way for your club members to stay motivated through the colder months and keep up their riding. Check out the website for more details or check out this video.
Group Offers
The Redback is the ideal event to attend with a bunch of mates or MTB Club members
Take advantage of DISCOUNTED ENTRY for groups over certain sizes, and if you bring along 5 or more riders we are happy to arrange an individual discount for you.
Check out the Group Entry Page on the website for more details.

Entries are now open for the 2017 Masters Road National Championships

With just under a year to go until the best cyclists in the Commonwealth go for gold, Australia’s best masters cyclists will be the first to take on the official 2018 Commonwealth Games road race course on the Gold Coast.
Held on the Gold Coast from the 27-29 October 2017, this is your chance to stake your claim to the green and gold jersey.
- Event Rider Registration – 26 October
- Individual Time Trial – 27 October
- Criterium Championships – 28 October
- Road Race Championships – 29 October
The road race will see masters cyclists take to the 18.7km closed-road 2018 Commonwealth Games circuit which features a variety of testing terrain while showcasing the picturesque region including iconic Currumbin Beach. The time trial will be held at Tullebudgera, while the criterium will take place on the purpose-built course in Nerang.
Click here for more details and entries.

Wang Tour

The Wangaratta Two-Day Tour is on next weekend. Entries are still open!

Road rules

If you’re riding on the road and get into a ‘discussion’ with a driver about the road rules, you should know what you’re talking about. For instance, it’s perfectly legal for us to ride two abreast on the road at any time.
All the rest of the road rules pertaining to cyclist are here. Forward the link to anyone you think needs a read!

Finally...

Please be careful on the bike, or this might happen to you. Well… not women, obviously.

 

Sunday update

Victorian Country Championships

Congratulations to two MMBCC members who had great results on the weekend at the Victorian Country Road Championships at Harcourt.
Kian Lerch-MacKinnon put away the mountain bike for a weekend to win silver in the Under 19 Men.
And Jodie Batchelor WON GOLD in Masters Women 4.
Here are the results and many thanks to Dion Jelbart for the pics. (Many more on the Cycling Victoria facebookpage.)

Cycling and concussion

Did you watch stage 2 of the Tour of California on Wednesday morning and see Toms Skujins' crash? Here's a good article on cycling and concussion... worth a read.

Mansfield Shire Sport & Rec Survey

Mansfield Shire Council has recently appointed specialist planning consultant Insight Leisure Planning (ILP) to assist with the development of a Sports Facility Strategy to guide the effective provision, management and development of community sports facilities over the next ten years.
Council is keen to ensure all community based sporting clubs and groups as well as individuals have an opportunity to provide input into this important planning project. Council has developed an on-line community survey in order to encourage broad community input into the planning project.
Here is the link to the survey for individual community members which all residents are also encouraged to complete. The on-line surveys should be completed by 9 June, 2017. 

Upcoming events

Preston Mountain Classice - Sunday 4 June
A great handicap race based at Strath Creek and finishing with the climb up Murchison Gap. More info and entries here.

Wangaratta Tour - Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 June
The popular Wang Club Tour is back again for 2017. Based from the WCC clubrooms in Shanley Street, this years event will see the return of criterium racing to the 2 day, 4 stage race. More details will be posted here.

Melburn-Roobaix - Sunday 25 June
The Queen of the Classics – Paris Roubaix is one of the oldest and most gruelling one day races in the world. For over 100 years it has forced its participants to ride from the south to the north over abandoned farm roads, in a bid to hold aloft a trophy of a single cobblestone.
Melburn Roobaix is furthest thing from a race, in distance, speed or spirit. While the cobbles feature heavily, and the ride also concludes in a velodrome, this is a day to rekindle the wonder of your youth spent exploring the neighbourhood, hanging out with friends, making new ones and discovering a part of the city you never knew existed.
Dress up, ride whatever you like, the wilder the better with prizes awarded to the ‘cutest couple’ and the ‘most awesome foursome’. Other prizes to be won are for ‘craziest contraption’, ‘dirtiest rider’ and ‘Spirit of Roobaix’ – you can even ‘Win your weight in Beer’ thanks to Temple Brewing.

Tour de Beechworth - Saturday 15 July
40km or 100km ride at 10am, French Provincial Dinner at the brewery in the evening and a live and exclusive Skype cross on the big screen to SBS’s Mike Tomalaris at the finish line of stage 14 of the Tour de France. More details here soon.

Sam Miranda weekend - Friday 25 thru Sunday 26 August
Includes the Strade Nero road race, the Gran Fondo and the Ryans/Taminick Gaps loop. More details to come here.

 

Late April Update

Like Matt Hayman at last year's Paris-Roubaix - we're back!
- Kian to the Worlds;
- Mixed Gravity Enduro results;
- End of Summer 1 & 2;
- Autumn Gravel Series;
- Club Kit available;
- Two-Up ride; and
- il Giro Tipping.

Mack Peterson

Congratulations to Laura and Aaron Peterson on the safe arrival of Mack.

Kian's going to the Worlds!

MMBCC member Kian Lerch-Mackinnon has been named in the Australian Junior Team for the World Mountain Bike Championships in Cairns in September.
Congratulations Kian!

More results

Contrasting results for the Empey family last weekend at Round 1 of the Gravity Enduro National Series at Falls Creek...
Elise entered for the first time and promptly won! YAY!!
Matt crashed on his first practice round and spent the weekend in Hospital. BOOOO...
Here are the results and get well soon Matt. (Happy Birthday for yesterday too...)

End of Summer 1

This weekend will see the last weekend of mountain biking operations up at Mt Buller, including the Blue Dirt Shuttle.
There are rumours of a half-Epic (from TBJ) group ride on Sunday. For details email Jason or SMS him on 0439 108 832.

End of Summer 2

by Beau Gueste

With the days finishing earlier and nights getting longer the Summer racing season drew to a close with the race for the coveted “Road Series Aggregate Trophy” very much at the sharp end with five riders in possible contention and three riders in serious contention and only 2 races to go. Over the season 52 individuals have scored points in Thursday night racing, and it was all going to come down to the final two races to decide the overall winner.
A fairy tale ending was possible with a three way tie on the cards, if a particular rider won and two other particular riders came 9th and 10th respectively. This was not to be, and a clear winner emerged in the dying days of season 2016-2017.
The race on 23 March saw Talia Appleton once again take out the win, with a quiet call to all young people who would like to “havea go” next season, second place was secured by Tony ‘The Barber” Morris and third was Di Condie (a result which would prove important in weeks to come).
March 30 being the final race of the season saw Limit riders once again defy the handicapper with a strong show of group riding. Steve Flew, fresh from “Special K’s” completed in spin sessions in Melbourne rode away from his group to secure a strong win. Second place was snatched by Di Condie in a sprint with Jodie Batchelor who finished a strong 3rd.
Fastest time on the night was Josh Hopwood.
The finish of the racing season brings the awards presentations and Season 2016-2017 and the awards were presented at, our sponsor, the Delatite Hotel on Thursday 6 April.
The Road Aggregate Trophy was won by Di Condie, in second place was Dan Purcell and in third place was Bruce Halket.
The Mountain Bike Aggregate Trophy was won by Daniel Friday, in second place was James Griffin and in third place was David Bock.
The women’s trophy, and hamper of products supplied by Eisner’s Pharmacy, was awarded to the woman who achieved the highest aggregate score. This was won by Di Condie with Jodie Batchelor in second place and Janine Appleton in third position.
The “Alain Guerin Memorial” trophy, for the rider who has achieved the highest aggregate score over both Mountain Bike and Road Racing, was awarded to the evergreen David Bock, whose persistence and consistency has once again produced rewards.
The Club congratulates all its awardees and participants in 2016-2017, and large thanks to our sponsors, volunteers and helpers.

Dirt Crits winners, James, Dan (not Damian) and Bocky.

Dirt Crits winners, James, Dan (not Damian) and Bocky.

Dirt Crits - Overall
1.  Dan Friday
2.  James Griffin
3.  Dave Bock

Dirt Crits - Under 15
1.  James Griffin
2.  Matt Empey
3.  Bella Green

Dirt Crits - Women
1.  Bella Green
2.  Elise Empey
3.  Rachael Grundy

Summer Road Series
1.  Di Condie
2.  Dan Purcell
3.  Bruce Halket

Women’s Road Trophy
1.  Di Condie
2.  Jodie Batchelor
3.  Janine Appleton

Alain Guerin Crossover Trophy
1.  Dave Bock
2.  Bruce Halket
3.  Dave Jagger

But wait there’s more…  
Sunday 9 April saw the first of the Autumn Gravel Series held in Mansfield with 7 riders braving wintery conditions on the never before tried Long Lane Loop… by all accounts the new course was a ripper!
The winner was Damian Grundy who had the measure of his fellow group members by the time they reached the Coombesberg on Old Tolmie Rd and then rode away to win by a very clear margin.
Stewards were seeking swabs post race before confirming the victory. In second place was Dan Purcell and in third place was Jarrod Appleton.
This was followed by a ride out along the Whitfield Road to welcome home Bella and Tom Macmunn on their fundraising ride. Bella Macmunn in company with her Dad Tom, rode from Yass NSW to Mansfield, unsupported... 600km in 8 days and raised over $5,000 for Venilale in East Timor. Not a bad achievement especially seeing that Bella is 15 years old. An inspiration for us all.
Well Done Bella!

Autumn Gravel Series Race Two

Race two around our ‘traditional’ Black ’n’ Tan loop saw nine riders face the starter and Dave Moore win (his first road race win in 26 years!) ahead of Jarrod Appleton and Damian.
Next race is around the Chapel Hill Road loop, starting at Pollards Road and finishing at Walsh’s Driveway, on Sunday 7 May at 9am.

Club Kit on sale

Seight Custom Clothing has opened up again for MMBCC members after a few recent requests.
Keep in mind that they now include some new winter options - thermal bib knicks, 3/4 thermal bibs knicks and a thermal long sleeve jacket - plus the trail jerseys are still at their reduced price.
Here is the link you need to have a look at everything that's on sale - email Bruce to get the password.

Two-up Ride

On a rainy Tuesday morning, the Inaugural Anzac Day Two-Up Ride was held. Five of the club’s toughest, hardest, most courageous members planned on braving the weather and gravel to punch out 55 character-building kilometres.
But those five couldn’t make it so Alex, Josh, Dan, Mauro and Bruce went instead.
Plans are already underway to make next year's Two-Up longer, harder and dirtier! Mark it in your calendar now!

Il Giro Tipping

Now that an awesome Spring Classics is over, it's almost Grand Tour time. With the Giro d’Italia only a week away, Le Tipping has announced that, after a hiatus during last year’s Vuelta, the competition is back for the Giro!
Here’s the link. Entries forms are due to be emailed to Le Tipping Central by noon on Friday 5 May.

 

Midweek News

Just a quickie today...
- Summer Presentation;
- Last Thursday's final road race;
- Autumn Gravel Series;
- Call for interest in another club kit purchase; and
- Paris-Roubaix this Sunday night!

Summer Presentations Reminder

Presentations to this summer's trophy winners will be held in the front bar at the Delatite Hotel tomorrow Thursday 6 April from 6pm. We'll be awarding the following:
- Dirt Crits Summer Series winner;
- Road Summer Series winner;
- Road Series Women's trophy; and
- The Alain Guerin Memorial Trophy for combined Dirt Crits and Road.

Final Summer Road Race

The last road race was held last Thursday on Howes Creek Road, with a resurgent Steve Flew taking the win ahead of Di Condie and Jodie Batchelor. Dan Purcell rode fastest time.
Here are the results and the pics below are again provided by Tony Copland. Many thanks Tony.

ROAD RACE THIS SUNDAY

This Sunday sees the first of the Autumn Gravel Series on the new Long Lane Loop (Course 20). One change though... we're starting at 9am, at Rodwell's on the Buller Road, not 8am!
Finish at opposite the Showgrounds on Mt Battery Road.
Entries via SMS to Bruce on 0419 533 120 by 8pm Saturday.
The weather isn't looking great but that might just make things more interesting!

Want more club kit?

Bruce has had a few questions from members about club kit again. We need a minimum of 10 pieces. So if you're interested, please email Bruce and we'll see if we get enough interest to open up briefly again (especially as the latest delivery included some great winter gear which would be worth having as the weather gets cooler!)

Paris Roubaix this Sunday night

One of the great road races of the year is on this Sunday night. SBS Viceland (channel 32) will show The Hell of the North from 9.30.

Friday Update

Just a short one this week before the Editor goes away for 7 Peaks in 7 Days:
- Summer Presentations;
- Dirt Crits;
- Talia wins again;
- Something for the Spring Classics; and
- A race you might like to try... next time.

Summer Presentations

Presentations to the trophy winners this summer will be held in the front bar at the Delatite Hotel on Thursday 6 April from 6pm. We'll be awarding the following:
- Dirt Crits Summer Series winner;
- Road Summer Series winner;
- Road Series Women's trophy; and
- The Alain Guerin Memorial Trophy for combined Dirt Crits and Road.

Monday Dirt Crits

Monday 20 March saw Damian introduce a new format - a Team Relay with a Difference. Each team had a collection of riders of differing speeds but they all had to ride together.
The winning team saw Ruby Dobson start strongly on the first lap, Rachel Grundy and James Griffin rode really well for another two, then Bruce Halket finished off with another two.

Thursday Road Race

The second last road race of the summer saw Talia Appleton win for the second week in a row. At this rate she'll be riding off Scratch before Winter!
Next week will be the last Thursday night race for this season; and it's a beauty - Lord's Ground, Howes Creek Road, MacMillan Point Drive and finishing on O'Hanlons Road. Yep... THAT hill!
Don't forget to enter with John by 8pm on Wednesday on 0428 503 437.
Here are the results and thanks once again to Tony Copland for the pics.

Spring Classics - The Cycling Podcast

If you're a fan of pro road cycling, the next month will be corker! The Spring Classics are some of the best races of the year.
A great way to keep up with what's going on is The Cycling Podcast, a free, weekly podcast by three British journalists. Here is the website.
If you become a Friend of the Podcast (for 10 Pounds) they have a Spring Classics series which has just started. An upcoming highlight is an interview with last year's Paris Roubaix winner, Matt Hayman, while he watches a replay of the SBS coverage on YouTube, commentated by Robbie McEwan and Matt Keenan.
Sounds like it'll be great!

Finally...

The Indian Pacific Wheel Race is currently underway.
Some of you might remember Christie Hamilton who came over and raced with us on the road a couple of times last summer. She's currently racing, unsupported from the Indian Ocean to the Pacific. You can keep an eye on how she's going - and all the other lunatics, err... competitors - by using this link.

Friday update

A brief update before the Mansfield Tour kicks off. This week:
- Dirt Crits Gravity Enduro from Tuesday night;
- Thursday's Handicap Road Race; and
- Updated map of Mansfield Tour stage 1.

Gravity Enduro

After a hiccup with signage on run 1, Dan Friday set fastest time during run 2 to take the win from Matt Empey. Thanks to Damian, Kate and Adam for a fun race.
Here are the results.

Overall winners: 2. Matt Empey; 1. Daniel Friday; 3. Will Grundy.

Overall winners: 2. Matt Empey; 1. Daniel Friday; 3. Will Grundy.

Womens' Winners: 2. Ruby Dobson; 1. Elise Empey.

Womens' Winners: 2. Ruby Dobson; 1. Elise Empey.

Junior winners: 2. Zac Empey; 1. Ruby Dobson; Equal 3. Charlie Dobson and Finn Baker.

Junior winners: 2. Zac Empey; 1. Ruby Dobson; Equal 3. Charlie Dobson and Finn Baker.

Howes Creek Handicap, Thursday 16 March

Last Thursday saw the return to the challenging Howes Creek Road course for the club’s 25km handicap for the third time this season. Bolstering the regular field were Jean-Daniel and Laurent Guerin along with their mates, Damon de Angelis, Matt McLennan and Simon Bone – all up for the Mansfield Tour on the weekend.
In her first race, Talia Appleton took off courageously into a blustery southerly followed some time later by the dynamic team of Will MacDonald, Kody Appleton, Dave Bock and John Eisner. Di Condie, Dave Jagger and Craig Wilson followed with Steve Flew, Gretchen Nadenbousch and Jodie Batchelor up next.
Tim Hall and Janine Appleton then Tim Ross and Dave Moore made up the middle field while Jarrod Appleton, Rob Skinner, Aaron Peterson, Darren Bakker, Luke Olver, Mauro Brega and the Melbourne lads made up the rest of the list.
The MacDonald crew worked smoothly and it took the well sorted Condie trio most of the race to finally catch them at the 15k mark. With these two groups working well the following two groups struggled to make ground and subsequently broke apart.
Similarly at the Scratch and Block end, both were looking sharp until the turnaround where it was reported that things became a little untidy.
Taking advantage of this, Limit settled down and after a minute of sorting clockwise vs anticlockwise proceeded to let Craig Wilson lead a very fast downhill run towards the finish. Getting slightly boxed in David Jagger missed the jump, lead by the "yep-need-to-move-in-a-group-or-two” Handicapper who also caught Bocky by surprise to take second place. David Jagger came third, Craig fourth and Di fifth with Damon de Angelis recording the fastest time of 39’ for the 25km course.
The night was all Talia Appleton’s though, who rode a great, lone ride, exceeding her anticipated average to beat the rest of the bunches by a comfy three and a half minutes – well done!
Thanks to the crew of volunteers and the Delatite Hotel for hosting the post-race dissection.
Here are the results and pics below are thanks to Tony Copland.

Finally...

Many thanks to all our members who are giving up some, or all, of their weekend to help run the Mansfield Tour. For a small club we do a great job!
Good luck to all competitors and particularly our own club members Josh Hopwood and Dan Purcell (no pressure boys - just enjoy it!)
The map for the Individual Time Trial, Stage One of the Mansfield Tour, has now been updated with a cobbled-together Google Maps version. Hopefully this makes the distance seem more logical.
However, to the hipster outside of Registration tonight who complained that the map hadn't been updated earlier, apologies and I hope you enjoy the Tour!

Saturday Update

The weekly round-up of all things MMBCC including:
- A few words about the Mansfield Tour;
- Thursday evening's ITT;
- Monday's Dirt Crits;
- A blast from the past; and
- A little motivation to get out and ride if you think you're getting too old.

The Mansfield Tour

It's only a week away!
A mountain of work has been done in the previous few months to make this weekend run smoothly:
- the VicRoads and Police permits have been approved;
- the flags in the middle of town have been produced and installed;
- the new inflatable arch has arrived and been tested;
- the prize jerseys have arrived;
- the warning signs around the courses have been installed;
- the signage for the lead car for each grade produced;
- the Technical Manual, including the Course Mocka, has been produced and distributed to entrants;
- the TT start ramp is being modified; and
- the roster is almost finalised.

Have you volunteered your time yet? We need your help. Please email Race Director Di Condie and let her know when (not if) you're available to help out.

One final thing... after the presentations have finished at the Delatite Hotel on Sunday afternoon, there'll be a bunch road ride leaving the Botanic Park at 4pm. (This is to make up for us all missing out on the 8am bunch ride due to running the Tour.)

The inaugural Peacock Cup

by David Jagger

A new course was set for the second time trial of the season racing from Piries to Gough Bay and back.
First off the start was the youngest rider, Will Grundy who displays good perseverance and managed to arrive at the finish still leading.
Josh Hopwood was not far off his tail just 30 seconds behind after making up 9 minutes in a half an hour race. Josh set the fastest time for the inaugural race at 20.13 and was conspicuous in his matching attire and time trial bike.
Riders crossed the finish line in quick succession with all 20 odd riders finishing within 5 minutes. Di Condie was the first female home (5th overall) shortly followed by Jodie Batchelor, Janine Appleton, Mel Green and Gretchen Nadenbousch. Gretchen sustained a puncture just before the start but with a little help was still able to make the start line and finish in fourth place.
The weather for the evening ride was perfect. The sting had gone from the sun and the breeze was quite gentle, although Mel was heard to say that she had a head wind the whole way.
Craig Wilson rode a powerful race to finish in a credible position despite a hard handicap; it could also have been his new white Italian bike.
Steve Flew rode a strong race finishing in second place. Displaying a determined ride on top of a disrupted season David Jagger completed the podium with third place.
All riders were keen to ride their best so that they could compare themselves to other riders. This extra effort at a time trial was evident in the exhaustion at the finish with many of the riders unable to communicate as they crossed the line. Well done to all competitors.
Thanks to the marshals and volunteers for organising the race.
The evening was finished with presentations at the Delatite Hotel followed by a trivia night in support of Bella MacMunn and her trip to Venilale (which was won by Team Velo!)
Here are the results of the ITT, which this week include the whole lot... so everyone can see their time.
Next Thursday's road race is the famed Howes Creek Road course, with its finishing hills. Entries to John via SMS by 8pm Wednesday please.
Next weekend is the Mansfield tour and consists of a time trial Saturday morning and a return race to Jamison in the afternoon. Sunday is the race up to Mt Buller. Good luck to Josh Hopwood and Dan Purcell who are competing in this elite amateur cycling event. (And as the rest of the club will be helping out organising and running the Tour, Josh and Dan have kindly volunteered to do all the packing up!)

Dirt Crits, Monday 6 March

A great night of racing... so close that the first 6 placings were within 11 seconds of the winner. That's what you call great handicapping!
Highlights?
- Seeing James Griffin get up and ride through to the finish after a spectacular crash right in front of everyone at the finish line. Bad luck James but great work for getting back up and finishing so well!
- The look on Matt Empey's face when he found out next Tuesday (not Monday due to the public holiday) will be a Gravity Enduro and he won't be here for it!
Here are the results with everyones' times.

The overall podium: 2. Bella Green; 1. Rachel Grundy; 3. Alex Green (yes, taking a selfie!)

The overall podium: 2. Bella Green; 1. Rachel Grundy; 3. Alex Green (yes, taking a selfie!)

The under 15s podium: 2. Elise Empey; 1. James Griffin; 3. Ruby Dobson.

The under 15s podium: 2. Elise Empey; 1. James Griffin; 3. Ruby Dobson.

The Ladies' podium: 2. Bella Green; 1. Rachel Grundy; 3. Elise Empey.

The Ladies' podium: 2. Bella Green; 1. Rachel Grundy; 3. Elise Empey.

Finally...

Here's a little something from the archives which shows a prominent club and Executive member in younger, skinnier, more colourful times.

And here's an article worth reading if you find it difficult to get motivated to get out and ride. Shame on you!

Sunday Evening Update

A lot to get through again this update:
- Dirt Crits from last week;
- Dirt Crits points scores;
- A "visitor's" perspective on local road races;
- Sunday's recreational road ride; and
- a bit on disc brakes.

Dirt Crits, Monday 27 Feb

by Jason Parker

Damian Grundy set a longer course than the previous week with 18 riders entering the event.
Mark Raymond was first to ride off from the start line on Monday night, beginning his journey of 8 laps in warm and dusty conditions. Matt Empey and Bruce Halket followed seven and a half minutes later (6 laps). Damian Grundy started on 13 minutes (5 laps) and Jason Parker 90 seconds later (4 laps). A further 6 minutes passed by until Rachael Grundy headed off. At the 24 minute mark Cam Dobson (the dark horse) and Dave Bock started their 3 lap journey, followed by Mike Davies, Peter Coffey and Alex Green 15 seconds adrift. A further 15 seconds and James Griffin and Bella Green left the start line. At the 26 minute mark Elise Empey and Will Grundy set off for 3 laps. Ruby Dobson started 6 minutes later, followed by Dan Friday (Jnr) 2 minutes later, both completing 2 laps. Finn Baker had to wait the longest, seeing many riders come through the start/finish lines a number of times before he headed off at the 40 minute mark to ride his lap.
It quickly became apparent that Ruby’s dad, Cam, had some good form and was making his way through the field strongly. Bruce Halkett was also pulling away from Matty Empey.
At the end of the race Cam Dobson left the field in his dust, recording a time of 47.21 to take out the win. Jason Parker was in second place a further 72 seconds back, with James Griffin (First U15) rounding out the top three in a time of 49.35. (Rachael Grundy had chosen to complete an extra lap so didn’t figure in the placings). Peter Coffey, making a return to Dirt Crits, showed good form with 4th in 49.52, followed by Mike Davies in 50.26 and Damian Grundy 50.53. Five riders finished in the next minute - Dave Bock 51.09, William Grundy 51.11, Dan Friday (Jnr) (2nd U15) 51.24, Finn Baker 51.34 (3rd U15) and Ruby Dobson 51.58 (1st Female). Elise Empey finished in 52.35 (2nd Female) with a gap to Bruce Halket 54.14 and Matt Empey 54.58. Bella Green (3rd Female) led her dad, Alex, over the line with times of 56.21 and 56.22 respectively. All this time Mark Raymond had been lapping consistently, 7.09 minutes per lap (the fastest rider in the field) and came home in 57.19, a long and hard effort!
Thanks to Damian for the course setting and marking. He has also been busy over the weekend fashioning some rustic podiums which members of his family tested out.
Damian has also instituted a 1st - 3rd place in the following categories: Overall, U15s and Female.
Here are the results.
This week the event will be held over the same course with adjusted handicaps, with an Enduro to be held on Tuesday 22nd.

And here are the cumulative point scores from Dirt Crits so far this season:

First up, here’s the Dirt Crits Points Scores.
1.   Daniel Friday (Snr)         287
2.   Mike Davies                    275
3.   James Griffin                  269
4.   Dave Bock                      266
5.   Bruce Halket                   204
6.   Matty Empey                  203
7.   Daniel Friday (Jnr)          186
8.   Bella Green                     185
9.   Elise Empey                    165
10. Jem Davies                     130
11. David Jagger                   127
12. Rachael Grundy              126
13. Damian Grundy               117
14. Brett Stevens                   115
15. Jason Parker                   106
16. Anthony Plummer            97
17. Ollie MacDonald                90
18. Zach Empey                      89
19. Cameron Dobson              85
20. Will MacDonald                75
21. William Grundy                 72
22. Ruby Dobson                    68
23. Mike Fischer                     50
24. Adam Baker                      47
25. Mark Raymond                 42
26. Kevin Gannon                   40
26. Jarrod Appleton               40
28. Warwick Bottrall               39
29. Finn Baker                         33
30. Peter Coffey                      31
31. Tom MacMunn                    28
31. Charlie Jones                     28
33. Ethan Lee                          22
33. Lee Noble                          22
35. Alex Green                         11

And here are the ‘combined’ scores.

1.   Dave Bock              105
2.   Bruce Halket            74
3.   David Jagger           68
4.   Damian Grundy       51
5.   Jason Parker            47
6.   Anthony Plummer   38
7.   Will MacDonald        27
8.   William Grundy        25
9.   Jarrod Appleton       13
10. Alex Green                 6
These are calculated using the same points system as the road races and will be added to the road scores for the ‘Crossover’ Trophy.

Visiting Spaniard Reviews Mansfield Racing

by Protra Pedina (guest Spanish cycling enthusiast from Club Rocacorba, Girona)

Thursday 2 February - 22km Handicap
During my time in Mansfield I have been impressed with the quality of riding, racing and socialising of the Mansfield Mt Buller Cycling Club. Last Thursday was again no exception as part of the continuing race series.  Riders were looking fit and ready to ride after 5 months of racing.
Riders were welcomed with a review of the basics of safe road racing - decisive, focussed, smooth, alert and polite. Will MacDonald was singled out for not being as 'smooth' as he could have been at the start and committed to coming to future races looking that little bit sharper and wearing his very best kit for the remainder of the season.
There were 26 starters on the Barwite Loop Handicap of 22km. Tony Morris was off at limit with a 13 minute advantage of the Scratch riders of Josh Hopweed and Dan Purcell. When reviewing the handicapping Hopweed realised he was in with a good chance and lightened his bike by taking off all unnecessary weight including front light, extra bottles and spokey-dokies (much to the relief of those who normally ride with him).
The trip out to the turn at Long Lane for all groups was assisted by a stiff southerly wind which allowed groups to settle in to a rhythm and communicate clearly and politely. At the turn however the full effect of the wind and seemingly furnace-like afternoon conditions put pressure on all to remain polite to each other. Several riders were heard to repeat words unsuitable for publication and the real race got underway.
The group of Di Condie, Craig Wilson, David Jagger, David Bock and Steve Curnow decided to work together pulling time trail turns and soon settled into a smooth rotation. This paid dividends and set them up to be part of the run to the finish. This was despite Craig Wilson being on a new bike, having received it the day before and hadn't really had a chance to ride it at all prior.
The group of Janine Appleton, Tim Hall, Dan Hall, Alex Green and Mel Green were being closely shadowed by Kat McKean, Anthony Plummer and Dave Moore. Working together they held the chasers off into the headwind through sheer decisive, focussed, alert riding.
The faster groups had their own challenges, with several of them coming together along Barwite Road. This was where the headwind turned into a (polite) cross-wind forcing riders to echelon and making it critical to remain focussed and alert. Aaron Peterson and Darren Bakker came together with the group of Bruce Halket, Mauro Brega, Tom MacMunn, Ross Hopkins and Luke Olver, ready for the climb to the finish up the Coombesberg Hill.
The race to the finish line came down to a race against the fastest riders of Hopweed, Purcell and Halket and the slower riders of Condie, Jagger all finishing within a minute of each other. These were the respective placings for the top five.
A big thanks to all volunteer and marshalls, with Margaretanne Hood taking out Best on Ground for her work in the lead car.

Many thanks to Tony Copland for the pics and here are the results.

Sunday 5 February - Summer Sunday Series Race 3 - 44km Handicap
Sunday morning greeted 11 riders to take on one of the longest Handicap races presented by the club. Starting from Mansfield it makes its way along Graves Road, and the up Old Tolmie Road where riders were required to show considerable focus if they were to remain competitive. The climb featured a large and diverse crowd cheering the riders on and playing music comparable to the atmosphere that can be found at many European Club races of a similar size.
Josh Hopwood set an almost personal record of 22 minutes up the climb after again lightening his bike of all extra weight, but in the finish it was Dan Purcell who was too strong and rode away from the bunch in a sprint finish. Special mention to Emily Dirksen who chose one of the hardest courses to make her return to racing after a long spell.
The three race Sunday Hill Climb series was concluded with Luke Olver taking out the Series on 31 points. Janine Appleton took second on 28 ahead of Mel Green on 25. In what appeared to be genuine surprise Luke said "I never expected to do so well and want to thank the club for organising the event and Mansfield Coffee Merchant for sponsoring the series". 
Results here.


Sunday in the King Valley

15 riders headed to the King Valley for a ride and lunch at Gracebrook Winery; 6 leaving from Mansfield while the remainder started at the winery and headed out to Lake William Hovell and back.
A few extra hangers-on joined them for lunch, which was terrific, and a very pleasant day was had by all.
There's a rumour that another similar ride might be held at Ruffy next month. Stay tuned!

Finally…

A little something for the disc brakes on road bike sceptics.

 

Wednesday road update

Summer Sunday Series sponsored by the Mansfield Coffee Merchant

This coming Sunday sees the last of the Summer Sunday hill climb races. And the Mansfield Coffee Merchant are sponsoring it!
As it's a separate series to Thursday nights, there'll be a presentation to Sunday's winner and the overall series winner at the Merchant this Sunday after the race.

Safe road racing

After a bit of an incident last week, which could have been nasty but thankfully wasn't, the road committee has decided we'd like everyone to get to Thursday night's race (starting at the Botanic Park) on time this week.
We'd like to go for a ride just to make sure everyone is confident with riding in a bunch so we can keep everyone safe.
In the meantime, with thanks to the Bathurst Cycling Club and Cycling Tips, we've cobbled together a bit of a rundown of what we should all know.

In a handicap road race, each group/bunch should be:
DECISIVE
To avoid confusion a senior or more experienced member of the group should take control in dangerous situations or sections where rules should be observed, eg neutral zones, overtaking other groups, etc.
The group should discuss this before the start and decide who will take the role for the race. If there is a problem after the event the senior rider might be asked to assist in the enquiry. Senior rider will also report any wrong doings by any riders in the race (such as crossing centre line, unsafe riding, etc.)

FOCUSED
To have any reasonable chance of success in a Handicap Race, each bunch or group needs to work together as a team. Once you get close to the finish, remember the old adage: “Team mates till 200” – is this instance, 200 metres from the finish... THEN you can think about results within the group.
The group should talk together to set some goals (e.g. work hard to get to the hill before the backmarkers) then all members should form a relationship and commit to that goal and look after each other.

SMOOTH
The Bunch should work smoothly and communication is really important for this to happen. 
It is recommended you ride as a paceline, doing ‘track turns’ - as groups usually aren’t large enough in MMBCC Handicap races to warrant rolling turns. 
This link is to a good explanation of sharing the workload in various ways and conditions.
Just as importantly, use correct bunch etiquette, such as minimal braking, no bombing through to do your turn, taking care getting out of the seat and making no unexpected direction changes or rotations is essential! This is really important.
Communication within each group is vital and is required to determine the side to change depending on the wind, and the correct time to change. 
Plus, here are a few terms you’ll probably hear and should understand...
Up the road: towards the centre line of the road.
Down the road: towards the left hand edge of the road.
Track turns: see the link above. 
Rolling turns: see that link again.
Echelon: and again.
And here’s a good trouble-shooting guide to working as a group.

ALERT
The Bunch should try to be aware of the race situation and the relative distances to the group/s ahead and behind. 
The lead rider of a faster group approaching a slower group should call out to warn the slower that they are approaching; make sure the call is loud enough for the slower group to hear and early enough for them to have time to respond the right way. 
The slower group should heed that call, move to the left and allow safe overtaking. 
The slower riders can then accelerate and try to get on to the back of the faster moving group, but only when safe to do so. (Veering right towards the faster group before all the group has passed is only asking for trouble!) 
The faster group is only allowed to overtake on the right hand side, as the slower riders should be on the left, and ONLY when it is safe to do so! 
Remember too, it’s uncool to cut into a rotation spot when you are unsure whether you can maintain the faster pace of the overtaking group.

POLITE
We all realise, even in social activities, sometimes “things get said”. Any arguments that develop on the bike need to be resolved directly after the race. If not, both parties may be disciplined. Shouting and swearing is a definite no-no and all participants are asked to show a bit of control and decorum. 
The MMBCC is ‘the social club with a cycling problem’ and at the end of the day, it is only a club event; as the Starter says at the start line at every race, “We’re not racing for sheep stations!”

Weekend Update

This week...

- The Mansfield Tour;
- Monday's Dirt Crits;
- Pics from Thursday's road race;
- Bella's Trivia Night;
- Last week's road races; and
- Other results and upcoming events.

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Mansfield Tour coming up...

If you haven't already, please keep Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 March free to help out at the Mansfield Tour. In fact, why not email Race Director Di Condie NOW to let her know you're available?!
It'll be here before we know it.

Dirt Crits, Monday 20 February

by Jason Parker

Bruce Halket led the riders off on 10 laps of a shortened Dirt Crits lap, the total opposite of last week’s course. Tom MacMunn and Dan Friday (Snr) set off 1 minute later with Lee Noble with 40 seconds to bridge across to the pair.
At the 2½ minute mark Damian set off on 9 laps. After a long wait Dave Bock was sent off, with Mike Davies a further minute back.
The 5 lappers were sent off next with William Grundy on 13.45, Rachael Grundy on 14 minutes and James Griffin on 14½ minutes. Elise Empey and Dan Friday (Jnr) set off at the 18 minute mark with an aggressive sprint to the single track. Ruby Dobson and Bella Green were keen to set off on their 3 laps before the next group came through the finish line. Finn Baker headed off on his 2 lap journey at 22 minutes.
It became clear quite quickly that even though the course was short, it was very challenging and by the half-way mark fatigue was starting to show. Dave was showing Mike a clean set of heels. Elise had broken away from Dan F (Jnr) and was gaining ground on the riders in front of her. The 10-lappers, Lee, Dan F (Snr), Tom and Bruce, were lapping quickly, as was Damian. The 5-lappers, James and Rachael, continued to ride consistently, as did Ruby.
William and Elise had begun riding together toward the end of the race and were making good ground on Bella. It was going to be a tough ask for the back markers to get up. Tom continued to spin his way through the race on his lithe single speed, slowly pulling away from Dan, riding a much heavier bike, but not short on courage nevertheless.
As the last lap was called to each rider it became clear that the Junior riders were most likely going to take the cash, notwithstanding a miracle.
By the time that Bella, William and Elise had entered the final ‘S’s before the finish line, they were all together and it was clear that it was going to be a sprint finish. Unfortunately, after trying so hard to stay away from William and Elise, Bella’s bike washed out on the second last corner, allowing William the opportunity to sprint away from Elise in a time of 34.24.
Bella followed the pair in - bad luck. Mister quiet achiever, Dave Bock, was a further 12 seconds back (4th), followed by Dan Friday (Jnr) in 35.09 and Ruby Dobson 6th in 35.40. Bruce had a great race and was able to stay away from his 10 lap pursuers, Tom 11th, Dan F (Snr) 13th and Lee 14th. Damian finished in 36.13 (8th), with James coming in 9th (36.19) and Mike 10sec back in 36.29. Finn was a further 2 minutes back- a great effort for a little guy! Rachael rounded out the field, coming in behind Lee.
Thanks to Damian for the handicapping and the tough course, to Dave Empey for timing and recording and Kate Stonnill, Daniella Friday and Megan Dobson for providing the riders with encouragement.
Results can be found here.

Howes Creek Road Handicap Race, Thursday 23 February -
Sometimes I just love riding my bike!

by Craig 'Wil' Wilson

Thursday the 23 February saw 27 riders line up to ride a Handicap race on Howes Creek Road - “High Country Cycling at its best”! Just before the race start the wind dropped, providing a wonderful evening ofracing for the assembled crew.
Unusually the big group for the night was ‘limit’ at 10 minutes, a late scratching was Bella MacMunn, (who, by the way, is holding a fundraiser Trivia Night at the Delatite Hotel on Thursday 9 March, all welcome… promises to be big!)
If limit could only work together they might produce an upset and beat the Handicapper and Block riders of Dan 'Cav’s evil twin' Purcell and Josh 'Half the man I used to be' Hopwood and the lone ‘Scratchie’ Kian Lerch-McKinnon.
Limit riders Di Condie, David Jagger, David Bock, Gretchen Nadenbousch, Kody Appleton, Steve Curnow and Craig ”Wil” Wilson rode extremely well together providing a strong group for the rest of the field to chase.
Turns out they did their job very well!
At the finish line the Limit group reigned supreme with Nadenbousch riding away, after catching (One Hill) Wil on the last rise and riding away to victory. Wil managed to hold onto second place and secure valuable points in the season aggregate trophy. In third place was our local, friendly camel driver Steve Curnow.
Fastest time on the night was Dan “Yes I look like Mark Cavendish” Purcell.
And the most stylish ride was attributed to Matilda Wilson, who’s bike managed 2nd place steered by her Dad. Chapeau Tilley’s Bike!
This week marks the beginning of the European Racing season with Het Niewsblad in Belgium on Saturday and Kurne-Brussels-Kurne on Sunday - so many late nights and excited early hours to come.
The Mansfield Tour is on 18 and 19 March, which is a great opportunity to showcase our Shire and our home. (You might have seen our new flags at the main roundabout in town.) National and State road series competitors in will be in our town! If you would like to be involved …get in touch with the Mansfield Mt Buller Cycling Club via www.mmbcc.org.au
Thank you to our volunteers, Commissaires and the courteous drivers on Howes Creek Road.
“Gotta love riding!!”
Many thanks to Tony Copland for the pics and here are the results.

Bella's Trivia Night

Bella Macmunn is aiming to raise $5000 for a service trip to East Timor. She is hosting a Trivia Night fundraiser on Thursday 9 March at the Delatite Hotel at 7.30pm.
If you'd like to book at seat at one of the MMBCC tables we'll be putting together, please contact Leonie McLaughlinon on 0417 598 220 or send her an email.
The road race that night is the Individual Time Trial out at Piries. Presentations for the race will be back at the Delatite anyway, so why not join in the Trivia Night afterwards?
If you can't make it to the Trivia Night, have a look at Bella's Facebook Page for more information or go directly to the fundraising page here to help her reach her fundraising target.

Everyone looks happy to have finished, except Jock!

Everyone looks happy to have finished, except Jock!

Race Reports for Thursday 16 and Sunday 19 February

by Jarrod Appleton

Last week saw Mansfield’s road racing cyclists venture to Jamieson twice for two very different races.
Thursday evening's race followed the Goulburn River for 14km from Jamieson past Kevington to the turnaround and back to Jamieson. This course has become very popular since its inception last season due to the magnificent scenery.
The scenery was probably surpassed by Sunday’s race, however, riders with serious ambitions for a high placing couldn’t enjoy the views as they punished themselves on the 10km ascent from Jamieson up to Bald Hill Gap. With a total ascent of 540 metres and an average gradient on 5.3% this race gave riders who are more adept at climbing a chance to test themselves.
Thursday’s Bakker Plumbing Handicap attracted the highest quality field of male competitors Mansfield can currently muster. The three young guns Kian Lerch-MacKinnon, Dan Purcell, and Josh Hopwood were entered. They are all currently very fit and succeeding in the racing they are doing. The big question was how would they be handicapped?
It eventuated that Kian had to start of scratch 30 seconds behind Dan and Josh. Kian made up this 30 second deficit within 6km from the start, possibly aided by a fatigued Josh who is training very hard for the Tour of Mansfield which is only a month away. Josh was soon dropped as Dan and Kian proceeded to mow down the rest of the field.
Many of the groups of riders in front of them had been caught by faster riders coming from behind and consequently had formed a large group which was being driven on the front by Darren Bakker, Mauro Brega, Bruce Halket, Aaron Peterson and Rob Skinner. The flying females, Janine Appleton and Melanie Green, and a number of others were tenaciously drafting on the rear of these five. Unfortunately for some in this group, they were caught on a small hill by the raging pair of Dan and Kian. Most simply didn’t have the power to accelerate and get onto the back of the young guns but a notable exception was the old sprint stalwart Bakker. Could he, with experience and race craft, get the better of the two younger men?
No.
Dan took line honours followed by Kian who also had the fastest time and Darren was third. Fastest female was Janine Appleton.
A very cold Sunday morning and a daunting up hill race only attracted ten riders.
Alex Green rolled off first followed a minute later by his wife Melanie and Janine Appleton. It took the two women 5km to catch Alex but the chase had taken a toll on Melanie who was dropped shortly after by Janine.
Around this point all three were caught by Jarrod Appleton who had started with Darren Bakker and Mauro Brego three minutes behind the female pair. Looking at the handicapping before the start Jarrod had calculated that based on a minute and half head start on Bruce Halket and Luke Olver and 4 minutes on Rob Curtis and Dan Purcell he was a chance for a win. Consequently he lightened his bike by removing his water bottle, spare tube, computer and heart rate monitor before the start. The gamble paid off.
He crossed the line 30 seconds ahead of Luke and Bruce followed in third place about a minute later. Janine Appleton was again fastest female and fourth overall. Rob Curtis, fondly known as the Climbing Columbian (because he climbs fast like a Columbian and has some resemblance to one) set the fastest time.

Other results

Congratulations to Matt Empey who placed 8th in U17 Men's in the Downhill at Mt Beauty at round 3 of the National Series. That gives him 16th overall for the series.
Well done too to Kian Lerch-McKinnon for 5th in Elite Men (not his usual U19) class at the Vic MTB Champs round 4 at Bendigo last weekend.

Upcoming events...

Handicap Road Race, Thursday 2 March, Whitfield Road (Course 9) 22km. Please be on time for registration at 5.30 - we're going to go for a quick ride beforehand to discuss positioning and safety during races. (Duty: Belinda, Darren, Jason.)
Handicap Road Race, Sunday 5 March, Summer Sunday Series Round 3, Old Tolmie Road Loop. (Duty: Janine, Rod, Anthony.)
Please have a look at the road race calendar here to check when you're rostered on for duty!
Recreational Ride, Whittlesea Challenge, Sunday 30 April.

Wednesday update

This week...

- More on club kit;
- Bella's Charity Ride;
- Coombesberg races;
- Take a quick survey and win a $50 voucher ; and
- A deal from ATC on tyres.

Club kit sales extended

Yes, I know I said last Wednesday was the last day... but Seight have now added a Thermal Jacket, perfect for chilly, early morning rides in April and May plus the discount still applies to the trail jerseys.
Here's the link you need to visit the MMBCC page at Seight Custom. Email Bruce for the password.
And today it really will close.

Bella's Ride for Venilale

Hi! My name is Bella and I'm on a fundraising mission.
I'm aiming to raise $5000 for a service trip to East Timor. My flight and living expenses will cost $2,500, and I would like to donate the rest to the community that is hosting us, Venilale.
I am 15 and have been doing casual work since November. I've saved $700, all of which is going towards my trip.
To raise the extra money, my dad and I will ride our pushbikes unsupported on backroads from Yass (Central NSW) back home to Merrijig (North-East Victoria), an overall distance of 600kms. We plan to do this over the course of about a week.
If you sponsor 5c per kilometre, that would make a $30 donation.
Have a look at Bella's Facebook Page for more information or go directly to the fundraising page here.

Graded Scratch Road Races, The Coombesberg, Thu 9 Feb.

A-Grade by Dan Purcell
Do you remember last Thursday? No? Well it was 37 degrees and 48% humidity. It was in under these conditions that 11 lucky A grade riders got to sweat it out on the 29km course out to Sawpit Gully, before making a u-turn and heading back to finish atop the dreaded summit of the Coombesberg.
Unlike the usual handicap racing system, the graded scratch race sees riders allocated into a grade (A, B or C). So essentially three races took place. Riders only race the competitors in their own grade, and each grade starts together as a group. The first person in each grade to the finish line wins!
Due to the first 5kms being neutral racing (no attacking etc), the pace of the riders was nowhere near as hot as the weather, in fact it resembled a very lazy weekend bunch ride - not that anybody was complaining.
At the race start proper (just before Barwite Rd), Tom MacMunn and Jarrod Appleton thought they'd wake the bunch up and try sneak off the front. A headwind did them no favours and the bunch wasn't interested in letting them go, so it was all back together 1km later. Everything went quiet until the tomato farm when Tim Ross thought he'd try his luck on a solo attack. Probably a little ambitious, Tim, but it did bring a bit of excitement into the race.
Just before the bunch made the u-turn at Sawpit Gully rd and it was Rob Skinner's turn to have a crack. Now with a tail wind, Skinner did pretty well to stay clear for a few km's, before also being swallowed back up by the eleven riders who were finally starting to lift the tempo.
In his first ever bike race, Glenn Purcell went to the front to drive the pace. Now that is brutal handicapping, A grade for your first race! Talk about being thrown in the deep end. It was all a bit too much though and soon the bunch was down to 10.
Status quo pretty much until the later parts on Barwite road, when Bruce Halket, Jarrod Quinn and Tom MacMunn exploded off the front of the group in an attempt to lower some numbers before the ascent up Coombes hill. But it was in vain as Darren Bakker took one for the team and singled handily reeled the attack in.
The pace was now right up when the slimming bunch took the final right turn onto Old-Tolmie Rd. Halket, Macmunn, Quinn and Dan Purcell were playing cat and mouse at the front as the drag race up the hill began. Quinn led the four, who were now clear of everyone else most the way up the hill, before tiring and conceding the lead to Halket. But again, Halket halted and Dan Purcell rode clear to take the win.
Quinn found a second wind to take second, Halket was third, Tom MacMunn took fourth and Luke Olver rounded out the top five with another consistently good ride. Rob Skinner was the unofficial 'most combative' rider.

B-Grade by Anonymous
Anthony Plummer won from Dave Moore and Janine Appleton. But no-one was able to write about it so just make something up. Be creative!

C-Grade by Gretchen Nadenbousch
Di Condie, David Bock, and the 2 Will’s, Will MacDonald and Craig Wilson, four experienced die-hards, along with Andrew Clark, returning home for a quick spin from his island hideaway, Gretchen Nadenbousch, trying to get fit again, and the young & spritely Bella MacMunn, lined up for a 29km pedal from Botanic Park to the top of Coombes Hill on a warm & steamy evening.
It was a slow start, however the giant frame of One Hill Will (Craig Wilson) was obviously keen to get away. Expecting the pace to pick up once we were over Barwite Hill, it was clearly a night for exerting as little energy as possible, with the aim of saving it all for the sprint on the hilltop finish at the end. Clarkie was keen to give his legs a workout; Bocky, Will and Di all giving it a little nudge, Gretchen just keen to stay with them all.
At the turnaround we were all together minus the youngest lass of the group. The left hand turn into Barwite Road saw us all continue at the same relatively cruisy pace, perhaps the mind games of who was going to go for the breakaway and when, starting to play on all our minds. Clearly we were all keen to keep working together, knowing it would be pointless to go it alone. One Hill Wil knows this course well and took off at his usual spot on the descent coming out of the twist on Barwite road. The experienced crew knew to stick together and let him go, although keeping him within a safe distance.
The rain came down and the water and debris flicking off the tyres in front caught Bocky by surprise. He dropped off the back to wipe the foreign bodies from his eyes. It now left four of us to chase the big man down on the Coombesberg as we rounded the bend. Gretchen was getting toey, not wanting to let Wil get away. The top of the climb now getting closer and Wil still in front, it was time to put the foot down.
Will MacDonald pulled out and followed Gretchen’s wheel, Clarkie close behind. As we left One Hill Wil behind, expletives could be heard blowing to the wind as he struggled with his gear changes on a replacement bike following an altercation between his carport and roof racks with bike securely attached!
The finsh line now in sight having reached the top of the climb, it was into the big chain ring and give it your all. Not keen to look behind and see how close the others were, it was a big gear, a big grunt and a big grimace to the finish line, the spectators and support crew lining the road with plenty of cheer. Well done to all the crew in C Grade, Bella winning the biggest smile award!
A big thanks to all the volunteers and marshalls… who nearly lost a support vehicle at the turnaround for leaving the handbrake off!
Results can be found here.
Tomorrow night is the Bakker Plumbing Handicap at Jamieson, one of the highlights of the MMBCC summer! Entries to John as normal via 0428 503 437 by 8pm tonight please.
Don't forget, we're also racing at Jamieson on Sunday morning in the second of the Summer Sunday Series.

Dirt Crits

Sorry, nothing on Monday night's Dirt Crits. More next week...

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This project has been approved by the Monash University Human Research Ethics Committee (Project number: 1507, Valid to 21/12/2021). Participation takes 20 minutes online and is completely confidential.
This is the link to the online questionnaire
If you have any questions please feel free to email me.

Road tyres deal

All Terrain Cycles currently have a deal for MMBCC members on Specialized road tyres -
Buy One, Get One Free!

 

Midweek update

Lots to get through this week:
- Club kit orders;
- Monday's Dirt Crits;
- Sunday's Road Race;
- Thursday's Road Race;
- Some upcoming events; and
- a mystery.

Last day for club kit

Today (Wednesday 8 February) is the last day the My Team Shop on the Seight website will be open for MMBCC members to buy club kit. Click here to have a look at what's available and remember that MTB trail jerseys have been reduced in price (they start at just $55 for really good quality cycling gear.)
Email Bruce to get the password you need.

Back on the Dirt for 2017

Damian Grundy

Monday evening Feb 6th saw the second official night of racing but the first actual event for 2017 at Riflebutts Reserve.
It has been a start to the year of widely fluctuating weather. Last week's racing was cancelled due to the Total Fire Ban and this week at the opposite end of the spectrum many can be forgiven for thinking that the day's rain would be cause for a washout.
However wet it was the trails were in perfect condition and racing did proceed with a hardy group of 6 riders lining up. 
In the end Dan Friday (the older) was victorious ahead of Bruce Halket in 2nd and visiting Geelong mountain biker Marty Keir in 3rd, James Griffen 4th, David Bock 5th and Mike Davies 6th. Here are the results.
Well done to everyone and here's hoping for more temperate weather and a big turn out for next week. 
Remember kid's racing kicks off at 4 and adults at 5.45.

Sunday Hillclimb Race 1

Bruce Halket

Sunday saw the first of the Summer Sunday Series, a 3-race handicap hill climb series.
A wet Sunday morning greeted 15 entrants for the 10km climb along Whitfield Road from Sawpit Gully Road up to Spring Creek Road. But thankfully the worst of the rain had passed by the time racing started at 9.
Mel Green took a narrow win (and bragging rights at home) from Janine Appleton with hubby Alex Green just a bit further back in third. Fourth was Luke Olver just ahead of the fast finishing Rob Curtis in his first race with the club.
Fastest time went to Josh Hopwood off Scratch in a time of 24.44.
Here are the results.
The next Sunday race is in a fortnight, Sunday 19 February, from Jamieson to Bald Hill Gap (home ground advantage for Darren Bakker... but no pressure!)

Women Making Their Mark In Mansfield Cycling

Tony Williams

Thursday night’s race for the Mansfield Mt Buller Cycling Club had a strong contingent of female entries. There were 5 women in the field of 27 riders and 4 of the regular contenders were absent.
Similarly, in Saturday morning’s "Social Ride" 9 of the bunch of 15 were ladies. The club is making a firm statement that the quest by Victoria’s peak cycling bodies to attract more women to cycling is being taken seriously.
Many much appreciated helpers and spectators gathered at the Botanic Park for the start of the 32km race to Sawpit Gully Rd and back on Thursday evening. The course returned via Barwite Road and Coomb’s Hill for a finish on Graves Road .
The handicapper staggered six groups amongst the 28 riders. Limit, first away, was the largest with eight riders who worked together well for most of the course and looked like they may produce the winner.
The second group to leave had five riders and provided a setting for a race within a race. Hospital Executive Officer Mel Green, embarrassed her husband with her deft climbing skills to leave him at the foot of Coombs Hill. In fairness, the CEO is still recovering fitness after a nasty skiing accident.
A threesome of Anthony Plummer, Tim Ross and part time "Mansfieldian," David Dunn, were next off and had to work harder than most given their small number.
Bakker, Peterson, Skinner and Foura followed but failed to impress on the night.
The big question was whether the Scratch group, last away, with Josh Hopwood and junior international mountain biker, Kian Lerch-Mackinnon, could reel in the Block group in front of them and perhaps form their own strong peloton to catch the rest of the field.
Halket, Brega and Olver on Block, had a minute start over the two Scratch riders. Block held them at bay until the Sawpit turnaround approached. The spectators at the turnaround thought the two groups would combine but Kian and Josh were riding fast and strong. Kian, like the champion mountain biker he is, was not interested in any respite and forged ahead with Hopwood and Halket in his wake.
The limit group, despite looking strong earlier, were swamped at the start of Coomb’s Hill.
Kat Mckean picked up Jodie Batchelor as she went through limit closely followed by the threesome of Ross, Dunn and Plummer who were the only team to stay together until the end.
Kian finished first with fastest time, only 11 seconds in front of Hopwood and Halket a minute behind in third. Jodie was first unplaced lady in fourth followed closely by Kat and then the Ross, Dunn, Plummer combination .
Mel Green and Stephen Flew were well into the top ten championship points with commendable rides.
It was pleasing to see so many ladies competing well this week with Gretchen Nadenbousch and Di Condie just outside the top ten.
Club President, Wil Wilson rode with every group on the night as he was successively dropped by all of them. Too much ‘bon vivant‘ and perhaps not enough riding in Adelaide!
Ross, as one of the hard riding threesome, was this week’s recipient of the Ross-Bakker “tried too hard” award. (More on that below...)
There was only one DNF. Will MacDonald was seen by tail enders going the wrong way on Barwite Road, taking his bike pump home early, obviously disappointed in the length of the course relative to his state of fitness.
Results can be found here.
Next week’s graded scratch race starts at the Botanic Park 5.30pm for 6 pm. Text entries to John Eisner 0428 503 437 by 8pm Wednesday.  
Many thanks to Tony Copland, Dave Moore and Dan Purcell for the photos at the start of the article.

Road bike for sale

Tony still has his Viner for sale which is really good value.
If you have something bike related you want to sell, put it on the club For Sale page. Just email the details to Bruce.

Upcoming events

Easter in the Alice
Alice Springs MTB Club is gearing up for our major event for the year, Lasseters Easter in the Alice.  We’re asking all our MTB Club friends out there to help us by letting your members know about our race.  Details can be found on the event website or on FB Lasseters Easter in the Alice Mountain Bike Stage Race (@easterinthealicemtb).
You may not already know that Alice Springs is one of Australia’s best kept mountain biking secrets. There is an incredible 200 km or so of tracks around the town, all within a few minutes ride of wherever you might be staying. We are truly spoilt.
Easter in the Alice is a 3-day stage race which we’ve designed to be as accessible to as many riders as possible, incorporating Round 3 of the National XCM series on Saturday 15 April. Stages are 75/58 km (depending on class), 24 km and 37 km and have a wide variety of tracks (mostly single). Starts are 7am / 8am in the cool of the morning so we’ll get people back and relaxing well before lunch time each day. That leaves the rest of the day for sight-seeing or just hanging around the pool with your mates. And yes, it will be perfect swimming weather at Easter.
Qantas have a national sale on at the moment and Lasseters, our event sponsor are offering 5-star rooms for only $120 per night. All the details are on our website.
Hope to see you out there on the tracks.

ChallengeMD Goldfields 2017 - 410km Bike Ride for A Cause
We are starting to organise our ChallengeMD 2017 Goldfields Charity Bike Ride and I was hoping it might be of interest to some of the riders at your club?
The ethos of ChallengeMD is to endure a significant physical challenge on behalf of the one in 625 men, women and children in our population affected by the devastating disorder - Muscular Dystrophy. Over four days, participants cycle over 400km through North Melbourne, Wallace, Maldon, Heathcote and Greenvale.
Further details about the event can be found on the website.
I also have a Participant Information Booklet I can send through to anyone who may be interested in registering.
We’d love to have some dedicated riders along for the journey!

Finally...

We're not sure what Tim was doing straight after the race last Thursday... lost a contact lens, perhaps?

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End of the month Roadie News

It's a busy week for roadies:
- Two MMBCC road races this week;
- Herald-Sun Tour starts Wednesday;
- Ride with Phil Liggett in Benalla on Saturday morning; and
- Car pool to Kinglake on Sunday for final H-S Tour stage.

Two local races this week

After a week off last week due to the public holiday, we're racing again this Thursday. Entries to John via SMS by 8pm Wednesday please.
Plus... the first of our Sunday morning races is coming up this Sunday. Entries to John by 8pm on Friday for this one please.
Details on the calendar. Please check the duty roster too... and you should read about Race Duty if you're rostered on.

Herald-Sun Tour this week

First road stage starts in Wangaratta on Thursday morning and finishes on Falls Creek. Friday starts in Mt Beauty and finishes in Beechworth. Saturday starts in Benalla and goes to Mitchelton Winery. Final day is at Kinglake.
There's a lift out with all the details in The Little Paper today or here's the route on the website.

Ride with Phil Liggett on Saturday morning

The details on this ride are in the OzDay Update, including the entry form. Entry fee is only $25 and money raised goes to MND research.
Get along to Benalla on Saturday morning and ride with Phil!

Car pool to Kinglake on Sunday

Sounds like a few MMBCCers are heading to Kinglake for the final stage of the H-S Tour. Ask around on Thursday night at the race, or afterwards at the Delatite, to organise a lift. The fewer cars at Kinglake, the better.
Sounds like there's even a few considering going to Falls Creek on Thursday.

Oz Day Update

Lots to catch up on this week:
- Wrap-up of VDHS weekend;
- Club kit sales open again;
- First road race report of 2017;
- Ride with Phil Liggett;
- More volunteers wanted;
- Dirt Crit dates; and more!

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Daniel Friday took this shot of Charlie Jones taking a shot of Matt Empey taking the new road gap during his race run on Sunday. 

Daniel Friday took this shot of Charlie Jones taking a shot of Matt Empey taking the new road gap during his race run on Sunday. 

Huge Thank You

The dust has settled on a big weekend up the big hill.
202 riders kept it mostly rubber side down for round 4 of the Victorian DownHill Series. Thanks to all MMBCC members who volunteered time to course set (in the rain again!), help park cars and occupy marshal points over the weekend. Without you there would be no race.
Thank you all.
An especially big thank you to Ben Annear for all his hard work!
And congratulations to club members Charlie Jones, first in Under 15s, and Matt Empey, 6th in Under 17s, for great results.
Here are some photos on Facebook thanks to LR Productions.

Club kit sales open again

Seight Custom Clothing will open the My Team Shop again for MMBCC team kit this coming Friday, 27 January. It will be opened for orders until Wednesday 8 February. Use this link to order your preferred items. Email Bruce for the password you need.
Mountain bikers, please note that the short sleeve, 3/4 sleeve and long sleeve trail mtb jerseys have all been reduced in price - so get in now!

2017 Road Racing Underway

For the first race of 2017, the Cycling Club chose a short course of 20 km, starting at the BP Roadhouse and touring the Barwite Loop in an anticlockwise direction.
Some of the big names and big frames of the Club were spectating in Adelaide at the Tour Down Under and may regret missing precious points in the local championship.
Kieren Payne was first to start followed three minutes later by Kat McKean from Timbertop, our own Dr Flew and Gretchen Nadenbousch. Gretchen was returning to the bike after 10 years off and faced a tough night.
The well-seasoned Ian Conrick was a minute behind with John Eisner and his Pharmacy at his disposal.
These three groups got together as they reached Coombes’ Hill but the climb soon split them.
The Handicapper must have assumed that the riders would be slow after indulging over Christmas but McKean proved him wrong by taking the lead and staying there until the finish. Payne did a good job to stay close behind and take second. Steve Flew also hung on well but after some early work for that bunch dropped away on the uphill turn into the Whitfield Road.
Meanwhile, midfielders Principal Tim Hall and Belinda Cipa teamed up for a strong ride leaving Will MacDonald and his Christmas Cheer on Coombes’ Hill.
Rob Skinner did not have time for a Health Inspection as he left the start with the second last group, away in company with Aaron Peterson, in excellent form, Christine Hopkins and a new member, Sam Foura from Timbertop.
Hopkins, jetlagged from her Samoan holiday, dropped away early. She and MacDonald had plenty of time for a chat as they ambled home.
The Scratch riders of Purcell, Halket, Bakker, and another new member Andrew Irwin, began last but on the backside of the Coombesberg began to reel in the other competitors. They picked up Foura, who seemed to lack a little form, as well as his cycling shoes, and by the Whitfield road a peloton of about nine riders formed. At speeds of over 50 km/h they cruised towards the Botanic Park.
The finish line was on the uphill straight opposite the Show Grounds and the rise tested everyone. The youthful Dan Purcell pipped Flew for third and the more senior Halket took fifth.
Here are the results.
There will be no race on Australia Day but the following Thursday, the race starts at the Botanic Park at 5.30 for 6 pm. Text entries to Eisner on 0428 503 437 by 8pm Wednesday night.
Images below with many thanks to Tony Copland.

Ride with Phil Liggett

Phil Liggett has confirmed he will join Benalla and district riders for a ride before the start of Stage 3 of the 2017 Herald-Sun Tour on Saturday 4 February.
Entry fee for the ride will be $25 with all funds raised being donated to Motor Neuron Disease research.
Numbers will be limited so get entry in early!
Ride with Phil will start at 7.15am and finish at 9.15am. There's also a shorter 20km with former Australian Time Trial Champion and one time regular MMBCC road race entrant, Flick Wardlaw.
Chance to see H-S Tour riders (Froome/Chaves/Gerrans doing warm up 9.30am-10.30am). Stage 3 starts in Benalla at 10.30am.
Controlled bunch ride with support vehicles averaging approx 25km/h for a distance of 48kms. Cyclists will need to be able to keep with group as we will have to be back on time for Phil to meet his commitments.
Download an entry form here. Print it out, fill it out and either scan it and email it to Col Tattersall as it says on the form, or take it with you with $25.

Bike Buller Volunteers Needed

RAISE MONEY FOR YOUR CLUB BY BEING A PART OF BIKE BULLER
The Bike Buller MTB Festival is a 3-day festival of mountain biking races and events.
Rapid Ascent Pty Ltd, the event organiser is seeking volunteers to help at the event.
Event Date; 11th – 13th March 2017
Location; Mt Buller and surrounds
Rapid Ascent are happy to make a donation to your club/group/organisation based on how many volunteers your group provides. We will pay $50/half day or $90/full day per person. There is no minimum or maximum number of people required
Roles: We have a variety of roles/tasks ranging from course marshalling, manning water/fruit points, competitor registration and administration roles, logistics, competitor services etc.
This is a great opportunity for clubs/groups to raise funds with no behind the scenes work or pre-planning. Turn up with your members and your group receives the money. This is also a great chance for groups/clubs to have a fun weekend or day out with your mates while helping other to have a fun weekend.
Volunteers receive an event T-shirt and lunch.
For further information please contact;
John Jacoby on 0408 035 261 or john@rapidascent.com.au

Dirt Crits start again...

Dirt Crits start again for Seniors on Monday 30 January. Juniors kick off for 2017 a week later, Monday 6 February.

Road Bike for Sale

Whittlesea Challenge coming up

Cycling Victoria has moved one of our favourite recreational rides, The Whittlesea Challenge,  back to Autumn after being in Spring in 2016. Mark Sunday 30 April in your calendar for a good day on the bike.

Finally...

Apparently a new coffee shop is opening in Mansfield, after a successful debut in Adelaide at the Tour Down Under last week.

Happy New Year!

Volunteers needed!

Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 January will again see the MMBCC host a round of the Victorian DownHill Series at Mt Buller. Yes... that's just a couple of weeks away! And just like last year's hugely successful weekend of racing, we need as many club members as possible to volunteer a few hours of their time to make the event tick over like clockwork.

• We will need a team of 15 to 20 volunteers each day
• All volunteers will receive a morning tea and lunch package each day
• Required from 8:30am Saturday for a 10:00am course opening, till 4:30pm course close
• Required from 7:00am Sunday for a 8:00am course opening,  till approximately 4:30pm race finish (subject to change)
• Volunteers will be required to fill two roles:
  - parking attendants
  - course marshals
• issued with a MMBCC club t-shirt (blue, matches your eyes! J) for the duration of the event
• all volunteers will need to make their own way to Mt Buller (or car pool, or ride!)
• there will be a volunteer meeting at the start of each day in the Mt Buller Cinema
• all volunteers get a warm, fuzzy feeling deep down inside because they are complete legends for helping out!

Please call or SMS Ben Annear on 0424 453 789 or send him an email to put your name on the list and make this a fantastic weekend again.

Thursday night Road Racing starts thu 19 Jan

Hot off the presses... we've finally received our road race permits from VicRoads. So the Police permit will hopefully follow shortly; then we're good to go!
Now is the time to check the calendar to see when you're rostered on for duty. Have a read of this page so you'll know what to do when you are rostered on.
Now is also the time to make sure you've renewed your Cycling Australia membership. If you haven't yet renewed, here's the link. Remember, it must be a RACE membership; Ride Basic, Ride + and Non-Riding won't cut it.
Please also remember to bring your CA membership card (or receipt) to the first few races of 2017 or you could be refused entry. (Harsh but fair.)

Thursday night first aid

Rider safety is one of the most important aspects of MMBCC events. A couple of changes which we're implementing for this year's road races includes making sure we have the new defibrillator in the right spot in case one of us needs it.
Another is nominating a first aider for each race. 
The club has organised three places in a first aid course on Tuesday 17 January. One has already been taken but there are still two left. It's not free but it's being offered at a much cheaper rate than usual.
If you're keen, please email Leonie to book your place.

Christmas News

This week:

  • MMBCC hosting VDHS at Mt Buller;
  • Final road race at Jamieson;
  • The Delatite Dash;
  • Proposed road race calendar and duty roster; and
  • What's On in January.

Victorian State Downhill Series round at Mt Buller

The club is again hosting a round of the state DH series on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 January. Please keep that weekend free as we'd love to have you involved! To put your hand up please call or SMS Ben Annear on 0424 453 789 or send him an email.
Remember, events like this and the Mansfield Tour are the fundraisers for our club, how we can afford to support the development of our juniors!

Jamieson Christmas Handicap - Thursday 15 December.

On a lovely, warm Thursday evening in Jamieson, 19 members of the Mansfield Mt Buller Cycling Club buckled up their helmets and clicked into their pedals in search of glory, fame and riches.
But none of those were available so we just raced our bikes for the fun of it instead.
Jamieson is a great venue for a road race, one of our favourites. The road to Sailor Bill’s Creek and back is 28 kilometres of gorgeous rolling roads along the Goulburn River, with lots of little undulations (no big steep hills) and lots of bends to hide from the group behind.
First off were the Limit group of Di Condie, Wil Wilson and David Jagger and they’d be joined after 8km by Kody Appleton who, due to age restrictions, can only race for 20km.
Next up was the 5.30 group of Belinda Cipa, Will MacDonald, Ian Conrick and Gus Muscara; the 4 minute group of Dave Moore, Anthony Plummer and Tim Hall; Block started at 1.30 and consisted of Jarrod Appleton, Rob Skinner, Tim Ross and Damian Grundy; and last to start was the Scratch group of Dan Purcell, Bruce Halket, Darren Bakker and Luke Olver.
Limit started strongly, taking smooth, fast turns and dividing the workload evenly. When Kody joined in with 20km to go, they continued to ride well.
Moore, Plummer and Hall looked the goods early when they caught the 5.30 group but while they had the numbers and the horsepower, they didn’t quite have the team work. Indicative was the look on Plummer’s face after doing a monster turn on the flat only to see MacDonald skip away up the next rise… not a happy plumber, aaah… electrician, er… Plummer.
Ross fell off the Block group after only a turn or two and, being unable to get onto Scratch when they came past, he settled into an anti-social session of individual time trial training. Perhaps the fast starts at 6am training rides don’t agree with him after all!
Scratch caught Block just after the Kevington Pub on the way home and then the larger group at about the 24km mark. Then Purcell attacked! After a little brain explosion, thinking the finish was just around the corner, he launched off the front and… got caught again after a kilometre. What an anti-climax.
Meanwhile Limit kept working away. Wilson tried to break up the group a few times as they neared Jamieson but Condie stayed patient and blasted past to take her second win of the season. Wil hung on for second ahead of Jagger and Appleton junior.
Appleton senior won the sprint from the main bunch to take fifth (and revenge for a few weeks ago) from Halket (who still managed to ride fastest time) ahead of Purcell, Olver, Bakker and MacDonald in tenth. Results can be found here.
Many thanks to our volunteer marshals and officials, including Leonie, Margaretanne, Dave, Allan and Aaron. Many thanks also to the crew at the Courthouse Hotel in Jamieson for the Christmas break-up feast.
Over the Christmas holidays there’ll be a holiday from racing too, with the first race due to be held on the Barwite Loop on Thursday 19 January. Check this page for the proposed calendar. It will be confirmed and completed with the duty roster once the VicRoads and Police permits come through.
Till then, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all Mansfield motorists for sharing the roads with us and to MMBCC members of all varieties… roadies, BMXers and mountain bikers.
Ho, ho, ho!

Delatite Dash - Monday 12 December

The Delatite Dash was the final event of the season, with fourteen riders taking on the challenge in the senior event.
The format was completing the same section of the Epic trail from Carters Rd to Mirimbah twice, with the winner being the rider with the smallest margin between their first and second laps.
The riders were led of by Mark Raymond in 20 second intervals with Jason sending them off and Ben Annear recording their finishing time.
Fastest first lappers were Mark 8:05, Lee 8:31 and Dan F (Snr) 8:41. Jo O'Shaughnessy, a visiting rider, was fastest female in 10:01, followed by Elise 11:18 and Bella 12:31.
The riders then returned via the road for their second lap.
Mark negative splitted his second lap by 1 second to take the overall win. He also took out fastest time with a combined time of 16:09 - a fantastic effort!
Dan F (Snr) was equal second with Rachael, both having a 6 second negative split. Lee and Jo finished in equal third, both with an 8 second negative split.
There were a few mechanicals had out on the course which impacted on Mike’s and Brett’s times.
It was great to see the junior riders so competitive over the shorter course, such as James Griffin, who was only one of 7 riders that completed their second lap in 10 minutes or less - great work James!
Here are the full results.
Afterwards, Damian had booked us in for a meal at the Hunt Club Hotel, Merrijig.
There’ll be a break now over Christmas and New Year, with the season beginning again on Monday 30th January for Seniors.
Have a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

Dirt Critters Delatite Dash

Dirt Critters ready for a start to the Delatite Dash at Carters Road.

Dirt Critters ready for a start to the Delatite Dash at Carters Road.

Kate and Clarissa take a breath after "herding the cats!"

Kate and Clarissa take a breath after "herding the cats!"

Proposed road race calendar for early 2017

The proposed January to May road race calendar has been published - click here. It's only proposed at the moment as we're still waiting on VicRoads and Police permits.
There are a few new courses and races including six Sunday morning races (these won't be part of the Summer Series points scores but stand alone series) with three of them hill climbs and three of them including some dirt!
And the Bakker Plumbing Handicap is back!
Please have a close look through the calendar as it includes the duty roster. Remember that if you find yourself rostered onto a date which you're not able to attend, it's your responsibility to find a replacement.

Also coming up in January

Road races are due to start again on Thursday 19 January. Senior Dirt Crits on Monday 30 January. Dirt Critters to be confirmed.
In the meantime, there's a bit on.
Road
Roads Nats at Buninyong from 4-8 January; and
Tour Down Under in Adelaide from 14-22 January.
Mountain Bike
National XC Series rounds 1 and 2, Orange, NSW, 7-8 January;
National DH Series round 1, Awaba, NSW, 13-15 January;
Victorian Downhill Series round 4 at Mt Buller, 21-22 January;
National XC Series rounds 3 and 4, Armidale, NSW, 28-29 January;

Finally...

Having mechanical issues with your bike? This is for you.

Sunday update to the Saturday update

Dirt Crits Race Report - Mon 5 Dec

The tracks were in good condition after the recent rainfall that we’d had. Thirteen riders competed in the Irish Handicap with a slightly longer course which included a climb up the fire road near the start line.
The handicapper, Jason, put himself off first and quickly realised that he had made a fatal mistake once he saw Damian hunting him down quickly.
James, Dan F (Junior), Bruce and newcomer Michael, headed off on 2 mins with James completing 3 laps and the other two 4 laps. Dan had a flat tyre so DNF’d unfortunately.
Dave, Mike and Adam headed off for 3 laps on a 5 minute handicap. Adam suffered a mechanical so was unable to complete the race.
Jem head off after 6½ mins followed by Bella and Elise.
It was soon clear that Damian was having a good crack at it, trying to stay out of sight of Bruce and Michael, who were riding well as a pair. Dave reported that Mike was leaving him on the downhills but he was able to make some ground on the uphills.
Bella finished in first place in a time of 31.50 and is definitely fit enough to move up to 3 laps now. Elise missed her handicap start time, so rode with Bella. James Griffin was 2nd in 30.20 and will need to go back 2 minutes next time - well done James!
Somehow, Jem was overlooked in the results, but actually took out 3rd place in 34.20 - sorry Jem. Damian, 34.45, held off a fast finishing Bruce 34.50 and Michael came in 6 seconds later. Mike ended up pulling away from Dave in a time of 35.40 with Dave finishing his 3 laps 44 seconds later. Jason swept the course with a forgettable finishing time...
Thanks to Damian Grundy for setting out the course, to Daniella Friday for recording the results and to Alex Green for providing the encouraging words and great photographs.
The final senior event for the season, ‘The Delatite Dash’, will be held on Monday 12th December. The event starts at Carters Rd and ends at Mirimbah.
Junior Dirt Critters wishing to travel in the ATC bus with bike trailer are to meet at the Botanical Gardens at 4pm. Please RSVP via email to reserve your spot. I’m sure that Clarissa would appreciate a hand from any of the senior riders being able to load bikes and/or to help out prior to the senior races.
Practice and registration will be at Carters Rd for the seniors from 5pm to 5:50pm, with racing at 6pm sharp. Riders will complete two laps of the course with the winner being the rider with the smallest difference between their first and second lap - last year Dan Friday (Snr) was the winner with a 1 second difference!
Presentation and optional end of year celebratory meal will take place at the Hunt Club Hotel, Merrijig, immediately afterwards.
Please send an SMS to Damian on 0411 045 771 if you are planning to be there for the race and meal after.
Below is the Points Table for the first half of the season.

Image credit: Alex Green.

Image credit: Alex Green.

Dirt Crits Points Table

1.   Daniel Friday (Snr)   223
2.   Mike Davies              201
3.   Matty Empey            190
4.   James Griffin            183
5.   Dave Bock                 176
6.   Bella Green               138
6.   Daniel Friday (Jnr)   138
8.   Jem Davies               130
9.   David Jagger            127
10.  Bruce Halket            126
11.   Brett Stevens            115
12.  Rachael Grundy        114
13.  Elise Empey              110
14.  Anthony Plummer     97
15.  Ollie MacDonald        90
16.  Zach Empey               89
17.  Will MacDonald          75
18.  Damian Grundy          69
19.  Jason Parker               66
20. Mike Fischer               50
21.  Adam Baker                47
22.  Mark Raymond           42
23.  Kevin Gannon             40
23.  Jarrod Appleton         40
26. Warwick Bottrall          39
25. Cameron Dobson         35
26. Charlie Jones               28
27.  Ruby Dobson               26
28.  Ethan Lee                    22
30. Tom MacMunn              12
31.  Lee Noble                      9