MMBCC News - 1 November 2011

Hi Everyone,




Club Hero’s


Have a look at these two fantastic local stories - One on George Chalk, and the other on Shannon.

George - CLICK HERE.

Shannon - CLICK HERE.



Road Racing.


Thanks to the Wilsons for holding the annual Individual Time Trial BBQ after the race last Thursday. Results are on the Road Race Results page (surprise surprise). These are uploaded usually the day after the race so check them out.



Mountain Biking.


The first handicap race of the Summer Series was held on Monday night.  It saw 18 riders on a new lap that was designed to allow plenty of opportunities for passing.  Please pass any feedback on this new loop onto the MTB committee.  We have a handicap race scheduled about once a month for the Summer Series and it would be great to race a course that people enjoy. Results on the Mountain Biking page.



Rail Trail Update.

Construction is progressing at a rapid rate on the trail but it is still a construction zone and should not be used. Unfortunately horses have been ridden on sections of the unfinished surface causing damage and there is evidence that cyclists have also been using the trail. Granitic sand is still being laid and rolled, and chert is being laid around the Merton – Bonnie Doon area.
Several bridges are still to be completed and once they are, the civils contractor will be working around these bridges to connect the trail to them.

Other than the 22 kilometres from Bonnie Doon to Mansfield the trail is not open.

For the full update - CLICK HERE. (Large file – 1.7m)

Paceline visits Mansfield


Paceline is a charity bike ride which raises awareness and funds for cardiac arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats). The funds gathered through Paceline are directed to research which enhances our understanding of these debilitating disorders.

With more than 400,000 Australians having one kind of cardiac arrhythmia or another, and this number constantly growing, it is essential that every effort is made to promote understanding and develop treatments.

In 2011 Paceline are riding 1100km from Canberra to Melbourne via the High Country and their fundraising target is $120,000.

They'll be arriving in Mansfield on Thursday 17 November, the afternoon of our Graded Scratch Races on Buller Road. The club will then join the Paceline crew at The Produce Store for dinner. And club members are welcome to ride with Paceline as they leave Mansfield on Friday morning via Howqua and the Eildon-Jamieson Road. (Perfect recovery ride after racing the night before!)

For more information on Paceline visit:

(Please note that dinner venues have now changed for that night - Dinner on Thursday 10 November will now be at Hotel Delatite. Dinner on Thursday 17 November will be at The Produce Store.)



Also, James Black is hosting a crew of about 30 cyclists from Melbourne, visiting on the Weekend of the 12th/13th November. They are riding from Jamieson to Buller and back on the Saturday , starting 7 am, and doing a time trial from the Goulburn bridge up the Eildon Hill at about 8.30am on Sunday morning. They have extended an invitation to dinner at the Jamieson Hotel on Saturday night and welcome anyone who wants to join them on any of the days. Call James if you are interested - (0408 393 295).