Weekend Pre-Race Update

Lots to catch up on this week:

- Racing to start this week;
- Working With Children checks;
- Memberships and membership renewals;
- Club kit available again;
- MTB demos at Riflebutts;
- Get involved with the Melbourne to Warrnambool;
- Mansfield Youth Strategy; and
- A little more.

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Racing starts this week

Dirt Crits start this coming Monday 9 Oct at 6.00pm (registration from 5.30) for Seniors. Kids will start next week.
Here’s the calendar for the first half of the season.
Road racing also starts this coming week with Graded Scratch races. On duty for race one is Josh Hopwood, Belinda Cipa and Dave Clark. Commissaires are Leonie and Jodie. Here’s the calendar - please check when you’re rostered on. Info for what to do for duty is here.
It's a requirement now for anyone new to road racing to join us for a bunch ride first; these start at 8am Saturday and Sunday mornings from the Mansfield Botanic Park.

ALL MEMBERS need a Working with Children check

A reminder that at any MMBCC races that have kids involved, all volunteers at that race need to have a valid Working With Children check - that includes Road, MTB and BMX events.
A WWC is FREE for volunteers!
All you need to do is go to the Working With Children website click on ‘Apply for Check’ and follow the instructions. Once you’ve finished, you’ll get an individual bar code. Print that out and take it with you to the post office and get your photo taken.
That’s it! No cost to you.
(Lisa at the Post Office has even offered to keep the Post Office open a bit later on Fridays to make it easier for you to get your photo taken. You could do it now!)
You need to do this if you don’t already have one and you’re on the duty roster!


MTBA memberships
Go to the Join Now page where you’ll find everything you’ll need for an MTBA membership.
Most MTBA memberships are a rolling, 12-month membership; whichever date you join is the date next year when your renewal is due.

CA memberships
Most CA memberships are calendar year memberships. If you join now you’ll get the remainder of 2017 included in your 2018 membership. Plus, if you join before the end of November you’ll go into the draw to win some great new kit.
Cycling Australia offer all kinds of different memberships; so many that it can get a little confusing. There are four main categories: RIDE BASIC, RIDE PLUS, RACE and NON-RIDING.
Remember that if you want to race you need to buy a RACE membership. A RIDE membership is not valid for racing. (Ride Basic is the only one that doesn’t include membership of the MMBCC.)
Go to the Join Now page for more information and links to Cycling Australia.

Free CA memberships

The MMBCC is always after more people to help us out at road races, to marshal on a corner, drive a lead car, hand out race numbers, etc. If you ride and don’t race but still want to be a club member, we’ll pay for your RIDE or NON-RIDING membership so long as you agree to help out at a minimum of six Thursday road races. (And… you’ll need a Working With Children check too.)
For more information, please contact Bruce.

Club kit available

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The Seight Sports online store for MMBCC kit is now open! It will remain open till Sunday 22 October.
Here’s the link you need for the Seight site, order your kit, pay with your own card and get it delivered straight to your door.
Just email Bruce for the password to get access.

Life Cycle 55+ rides from Cycling Victoria

Cycling Victoria are again hosting a series of events aimed at riders aged 55 and over. Check out their list of events here.

All Terrain Cycles MTB demo days.

MMBCC members have a chance to demo new 2018 Specialized Mountain Bikes. Models like the Stumpjumper, Epic, Enduro and Levo e-bikes.
FREE guided rides with skills tips.
This is a great opportunity for you to try before you buy! They're offering a bike essentials pack to anyone that demos and purchases a bike within 30 days of the demo, valued at $150.
Demos will be available from 1pm on Saturday 4 November and 9am on Sunday 5 November.
Please bring proof of ID, like your drivers license.
Call in to the team at ATC for details or call 5775 2724.

Melbourne to Warrnambool Volunteers

Cycling Victoria need a helping hand to organise one of the World’s oldest one day bike races. If you’d like to help our, click on this link for more details.

Mansfield Shire Youth Strategy

Mansfield Shire is currently working on developing a Youth Strategy for Mansfield. This will be a vital document which will articulate and guide Council’s role in supporting better outcomes for the young people of Mansfield Shire over the next five years.
To better understand young peoples strengths, challenges and aspirations for the future and to gain greater insight into their goals and needs we are currently conducting surveys and discussions with young people, their families and community, and those who provide services to them.
We are looking for your help in getting responses to the survey’s, in particular from those in the 18-25 age bracket.
Below are the links to the online surveys and hard copies of the surveys are available from Kirsten Lingard at the Council.
There are 3 survey's please select the most relevant to you:
- Parents, carers and other community members
- Young people aged 12 - 18
- Young people aged 19 - 25


News for Dot Watchers... the Indian Pacific Wheel Race will be back in 2018. Here are some details.
This weekend sees the last of cycling’s five monuments, il Lombardia, which Esteban Chaves won last year. He won’t be defending his title this year as he did a Simon Gerrans last week, crashed and broke his shoulder. Here is a preview on Cycling Tips.
And for anyone considering visiting the Como area and riding around a bit, here is a little info from Inner Ring on the Wall of Sormano, which is very close to Bellagio.