MMBCC News - 28 June 2011

G'day Everyone!

Winter Road Series - round 1
Here's is the report on the first round of the Winter Series ...
The Mansfield Mt Buller Cycling Club kicked off its Winter Road Series with race one on the Whitfield Road on Saturday 18 June. Only six hardy souls braved the cold due to two late scratchings and an awful lot of soft members!
Handicapper Di Condie was very generous to Shannon Rademaker who started on his own as the Limit group off eight minutes. Four minutes later he was meant to be chased by Euan Friday and Darren Bakker. But Bakker had a ‘chronological malfunction’ and missed his start, meaning Friday had to set off alone. (Bakker finally started about one and a half minutes later.) The Scratch group was made up of Tim Ross, Mauro Brega and Bruce Halket.
This is the part of the article where the details of each rider’s effort is described; whereabouts the different groups came together; where and how the winner made his move. But here is a precis …
Shannon won.
He just rode along on his own and wasn’t see again until after the finish!
Scratch dropped Ross early but eventually caught Bakker at half way and Friday just after that. Brega won the sprint for second (and fastest time) ahead of Bakker and Halket.
Tim Ross’ effort again proved that three hard training rides in the preceding days isn’t the best preparation for a race. His preference for self-flagellation has earned him a new nickname - The Monk - after the mad albino in The DeVinci Code and Tim’s penchant for carrying a birch branch in his back pocket during early morning training rides!
Many thanks to our volunteers and officials including Di, Deb, Judy, Geoff and Tom.
The next race of the Winter Series will start at the Botanic Park on Saturday 2 July at 2pm. Entries to Di via SMS on 0438 513 355 by 8pm Friday the first of July. A random prize draw will be held at the end of the series - the more races you enter, the more tickets you’ll get in the prize draw. One of the many prizes is a full free entry (including jersey and knicks) into the 2012 High Country Cycle Challenge.

Don't forget - second race is this coming Saturday at 2pm! Entries via SMS to Di on 0438 513 355 by 8pm Friday.

M2M Bingo
Mark Ross and Michelle Condie have put their hands up to orgainse the bingo at the Golf Club on the 4th of July on behalf of the Murray to Moyne team.
Mark needs as many of you as possible to turn up and bring some friends otherwise we will not get any money!
Please drop something in to him at work for a hamper for the door and raffle prizes.
This will be our last fundraiser so please let's make the effort and turn up. Bingo starts at 8pm and if you want a meal you need to show up a bit earlier than that. Tell as many people as possible and if you have to drag them by the hair, Mark doesn't care … just get them there!
Contact Rossy on 0427 753 037.

Relay for Life - MMBCC team?
Leonie is helping organise the Mansfield Relay for Life. Here are a few details:
October 8th & 9th this year
Sat 12noon to Sunday 12noon at the Mansfield Showgrounds
the event is to raise awareness & support for cancer sufferers & carers, and anyone else effected, plus raise $ for Cancer Research.
Teams walk/ride horses around a circuit (2 different ones naturally) at the showgrounds for 24 hours.
The walkers walk around the inside perimeter of the main showgrounds arena and there will be activities set up around the area as well.
For more info on the RLF itself go to
She's also come up with some ideas for the bike club:
register a team, and/or:
- run a stationary relay in the centre of the main arena, in the middle of the walkers
- set up a stationary relay in the area near the entertainment marquee & other activities
- set up some cycling-based activities for kids and participants whilst they are not actually walking/riding
any or all of these options in any permutation is possible
it is not absolutely necessary for the teams to do their activity for the entire 24 hours
perhaps some cyclists may want to walk during the night rather than ride, like the horseriders do??
organising a circuit for mountain bikers to ride around might be a challenge due to the horses, however if this is the preferred option for at least some of the time, I am happy to take this to the committee as I think if we separate the 2 groups well enough it could be possible.
If you're interested, email Leonie McLaughlin  or call 0417 598 220.

Club kit
The new long sleeve winter jerseys, arm warmers and wind vests have arrived from Ventou. Plus we've also got loads of new club knicks in stock too!
If you'd like some club kit, please email Tim and organise a 'fitting.' He'll be awake!

Traffic Managers
Traffic Controllers course is booked in for Saturday 20 August. The Shire will get back to me soon with venue (likely to be the Shire offices) and times.

Annual General Meeting
The club's AGM will be held, as usual, at The Produce Store in August. (The actual date will be confirmed soon.)
Between now and then, please have a think about what you'd like to see the club doing and perhaps even what you can do to help!

All Terrain Cycles VIP Sale
Shannon's flyer for his exclusive sale (Wed 29 June) is on the website now. Just click here.

Web Site Update
Don't forget to look at the updated events calendar on the website too. Click here.

That's all for now … see you out there.
Bruce Halket.