MMBCC News - 20 March 2012

Hi Everyone,

Some fantastic cycling over the weekend, highlighting the enthusiasm of our members, the willingness of people to chip in and also another awesome result for Simon in Europe.

Congratulations to Bruce and John for putting on two really good events. Thank you also to the many volunteers who made it all happen. A lot of work goes into these events and I got a lot of good feedback on them from people around town on the Saturday and Sunday. Well done also to Di, Stefan, Jock and Alain who had a crack at the Crit/Buller race. Di had a solid result in the Crit and Stefan placed 6th in a strong field going up Buller. Thanks also to those who encouraged me on each of my solo laps around the course!

Well done again to Simon. His win in the Milan-San Remo one day event was very exciting and worth a good look at the details on his site : Also have a look at the GreenEdge Backstage vid – CLICK HERE.

Back home, the Thursday Summer road series has only two races to go and it's pretty hot at the top of the ladder that will make for an interesting couple of weeks.

This weeks MTB Report – CLICK HERE.

Road Report and ladder – CLICK HERE.



Road Racing

Criterium and Mt Buller Road Race

{From John Lithgow.}

What a great weekend for the club.  This year was by far the biggest event we have staged with over 400 entries, including 1 from Belgium.......we are on the international stage!

The crit had 75 A grade entries as opposed to a total entry list of 62 in 2010 one could say with a certain  confidence, that this event is well and truly on the way to becoming an major event on the Victorian calendar.  It is with great interest that Kelly Cycle Coaching had a team of 26 riders enter the event. Speaking with Helen and Bob after the event they indicated that this event could rival the Tour of Bright where entries are capped, and fill within 7 days. I can only hope.

Stephanie Ives, winner of A grade Women’s race was just delightful when Allan Gerrans presented her with the Bendigo Bank jersey signed by Simon, “can I give you a hug” she said to Allan “this is the closest I am going to get to Simon”

I was delighted with the crit and the Buller race, although there were some problems with registration I am confident these problems can be sorted in the future. Each year we get better at what we do and it is only with sound and constructive comment that we can work towards a more seamless operation.

I would personally like to thank the club members who helped make this event so successful, without you all being so accommodating the event would never have come together. My sincere thanks to all of you. John Lithgow"

Social Media reports

Have a look at the following sites for blogs and pics of the weekend. and

SHCCC King / Queen of Mountain results –

MMBCC Crit and Buller race results – and

Great vid from the Jodi Lee Foundation guys who rode up Buller last Wednesday –



Mountain Biking

We hope to see more new faces next week for our “Little Person/Big Person race”. This will be a fun event, part of the Active Families challenge, in collaboration with Active Mansfield. If you ever wanted to try out mountain biking, this is the time to come along and see what it’s all about! Take part in a social ride around Riflebutts Reserve or have a crack at the race! CLICK HERE FOR THE FLYER

Monday 26 March, Riflebutts Reserve Registrations at 5:30pm sharp. Adults $4, Children $2

MTBA day licence fee costs kindly covered by PATON AIR helicopters.


Fuel Reduction Burn

Parks Victoria will be conducting a fuel reduction burn in the Rifle Butts Bike Park between Monday 26th and Friday 30th of March. Please stay clear of the park until further notice. Please pass this message on to any fellow riders you know use the park. For more information please contact Shannon Rademaker at the Bike shop 03 5775 2724




Cheers , John.