MMBCC News - 29 August 2011

Hi Everyone, well done to Di for taking out round six of the winter series.
We've got a few links below to some upcoming events and a survey for some feedback.
The preparations for our own calendar are proceeding with the opening race planned for Thursday  the 6th of October.
Tom MacMunn has thrown down the gauntlet and recorded an up Buller time of 1:01:00. Send in your times and we'll post them.  Remember the start is the first blue marker just after the toll booth at Mirimbah and the end is the final blue marker immediately before the main intersection in front of the clock tower in the village - great training for the season.
The Social / Recreational Rides sub-committee are currently planning their upcoming summer calendar. But before it's finalised, they'd like to know more about what you think.
This link will take you to a short, six question survey. It will only take you a few minutes. Please complete it by Friday 9 September
The results will be used in the next club calendar.
<a href="">Click here to take survey</a>
Race report and points from Saturday. Results of race:
Winter Road Series - race 6
1. Di Condie - 50.06
2. Tony Morris - s.t.
3. Geoff Jones - s.t.
4. Tony Williams - 50.11
5. Darren Bakker - 50.48
6. Bruce Halket - s.t.
7. Mauro Brega - s.t.
8. Andrew Pettenon - 50.51
9. Tom MacMunn - 51.04
10. John Lithgow - 51.15
11. Tim Ross - 52.12
......And this from Bruce as a summary of the race:

Condie wins final race ... Bakker does enough to take series


The sixth and final race of the Mansfield Mt Buller Cycling Club Winter Road Series saw 11 riders line up at the start line on a beautiful, still, sunny afternoon on Saturday the 27th of August. The still conditions meant the outmarkers were favoured to take the win.

First away were Tony Morris and Di Condie as the Limit group off 10 minutes. They were followed by Tony Williams and Geoff Jones off 8 minutes; John Lithgow off 4.30; Tim Ross off 3.30; series leader Darren Bakker and Andrew Pettenon off 2 minutes and Scratch saw Mauro Brega, Tom MacMunn and Bruce Halket start last.

The big movers early were Jones and Williams who made up the two minutes to Condie and Morris by half way. Condie was dropped by the three blokes in her new group but dug very deep to hang on for the tow back into town.

Further back, Ross was caught by Bakker and Pettenon before the turnaround and this enabled them to stay away from Scratch until three quarter distance. The group of six finally managed to catch the lonely Lithgow just before the finish but they made no impression on the leaders.

Up the front, Jones was the diesel on the front, doing most of the work. This allowed Condie to 'sit-on' to the finish. She timed her sprint to perfection, taking the win from Morris with Jones in third. Williams didn’t contest the sprint, content to take fourth, just five seconds further back. 

Bakker managed to get over his domestiques, Halket and Brega, to take fifth. Halket rode fastest time of 40.48. 

The seven points for Bakker’s fifth place meant he finished on 59 for the series win, ahead of Tony Williams on 49. Brega finished thrid on 37 ahead of Morris and Halket tied on 36.

Many thanks to our volunteers and officials: Jenni, Annie and Ray. Many thanks also to the new club handicapper, Di Condie, for organising the Winter Series. The winter races saw a consistent entry list of about 10 each fortnight and a really high standard of racing. Hopefully these ‘hard’ club members will reap the rewards of their winter training with strong results in Spring and Summer. (Yes, that’s a little ‘dig’ at all the ‘soft’ MMBCC members who don’t ride much in Winter!)

Upcoming Recreational Rides
Fruit Loop Shepparton on Sept 18 -
Amy's Gran Fondo on Sept 18 -
Kelly Country Classic, Glenrowan on Nov 13  -

Amy Gillet Foundation National Bike Safety Campaign update

In July, we reached out to the bike-riding community through our Bike Movement campaign to help raise vital funds to build our next bike safety awareness campaign following the continued success of the “A Metre Matters” message.

Over $25,000 has been raised so far by hundreds of new and existing supporters of the Foundation who share our commitment towards a safer bicycling culture. We'd like to thank each of you who have donated so far.

We have commenced a review of campaign concepts with government and bicycling stakeholders nationally, and look forward to sharing our progress over coming months. 

We would appreciate your continued support in sending the link to to your friends, colleagues and family.

Cheers, John.