What's Hayden Fletcher been up to lately?
Mansfield Mt Buller Cycling Club's BMX racer Hayden Fletcher has just returned from a 10-week international tour, starting with his first ever World Cup Super Cross event in Argentina where he competed against some of the fastest bmx racers on the planet.
With the Rio Olympic games just months away riders were desperate to score points for their right to represent their country at the Games. Hayden is 1 year too young for this year's Olympics, so this race was more an experience-gaining exercise as the 17 year old looks towards the 2020 Games in Tokyo.
Hayden then flew to Illinois in the USA to spend the next 8 weeks training and racing the USABMX National Series with his USA sponsor Ssquared Bicycles. From 5 USABMX Nationals competed, Hayden made 3 finals, with a podium finished in Colorado. The 17 year old then travelled to Colombia for the 2016 UCI World Championships; the track was described by Hayden as scary, fast and fun.
In time trials, 23rd fastest wasn't quite where he wanted to be, but was happy to be in one piece, as this track was eating up some others.
In racing Hayden had qualified 3rd fastest of the riders for his heats, racing the same 7 riders over 3 motos Hayden had a disastrous 1st moto being cut off by another rider on the super technical 2nd straight and finished 6th. With a 5th place in the 2nd moto, Hayden needed to win the last moto to qualify for the finals, the Howqua Inlet teen put his heart and soul into it, but came an agonising 2nd to miss the finals by 1 point. Although gutted to miss out he held his head high and is already back into training for the local racing scene that starts again in August.
Hayden is also starting his bmx coaching accreditation, something that is close to his heart, helping young and older people wanting to get into the sport of BMX racing. Hayden is also super keen to see the BMX track plans for the town come to fruition, after reading the Courier and seeing the $450,000 funds raised for the skate park on his return and after waiting some 8 years, Hayden wants to know what he can do to help raise the $250,000 needed for a National standard BMX track in town.
This just in from Cycling Victoria...
Vote Early So You Don't Miss Out On The Life Cycle 55+ Mansfield
Saturday July 2nd, 2016 - Ride Departs at 11 am from the Mansfield Visitor/Information Centre, in Mansfield
Join Life Cycle 55+ when we ride the remarkable Goulburn River High Country Rail Trail, at 11 am, on Saturday July 2, and take in all the splendours that Victoria’s High Country graciously bestows.
The ride leaves the Mansfield Visitor/Information Centre at 11 am, with parking available at the Visitor/Information Centre. Life Cycle 55+ Ride Leaders will take you on a 40 km ride, stopping in Maindample, on the way to the Bonnie Doon Hotel for lunch. Lunch will be provided to all riders, with vegetarian options for those who prefer a vegetarian lunch.
Enjoy dining on the banks of beautiful Lake Eildon, before hopping back on your bike and enjoying the ride back to Mansfield.
The cost to register is $75. You can register HERE
More information here.
Cycling Victoria’s Life Cycle 55+ program considers this event to be rather special and one that shouldn’t be missed. In fact, we at Cycling Victoria would quietly like to point out that you might like to use the Adventure Ride in Mansfield as the impetus to participate in early voting to enable you to stay away from the polls on Election Day!
Come for a great ride instead and get rolling with the Life Cycle 55+ Adventure Ride in Mansfield.
Club kit order extended
Don't forget, if you need to try on some Seight kit to get the sizing right for your new club kit, the samples are now at All Terrain Cycles.
Orders have been extended a final time to Sunday 26 June and here's the link on the Seight website. Send an email to Bruce for the password.
2016/17 Rider Development Grant
The MMBCC RDG provides financial assistance for talented club members 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 2016/17.
Applications must reach us before Tuesday 12 July. Details of where to send the application are in the PDF.
Successful applicants will be announced at the AGM at The Produce Store in August.
All Terrain Cycles EOFY Sale
Shannon has a sale starting tomorrow - Saturday 25 June. Massive End of Financial Sale at both Mansfield and Bright Stores. Huge savings! 20%-40% OFF all bikes, clothing, equipment and more. SALE ENDS 30 June.