Like Matt Hayman at last year's Paris-Roubaix - we're back!
- Kian to the Worlds;
- Mixed Gravity Enduro results;
- End of Summer 1 & 2;
- Autumn Gravel Series;
- Club Kit available;
- Two-Up ride; and
- il Giro Tipping.
Congratulations to Laura and Aaron Peterson on the safe arrival of Mack.
Kian's going to the Worlds!
MMBCC member Kian Lerch-Mackinnon has been named in the Australian Junior Team for the World Mountain Bike Championships in Cairns in September.
Contrasting results for the Empey family last weekend at Round 1 of the Gravity Enduro National Series at Falls Creek...
Elise entered for the first time and promptly won! YAY!!
Matt crashed on his first practice round and spent the weekend in Hospital. BOOOO...
Here are the results and get well soon Matt. (Happy Birthday for yesterday too...)
End of Summer 1
This weekend will see the last weekend of mountain biking operations up at Mt Buller, including the Blue Dirt Shuttle.
There are rumours of a half-Epic (from TBJ) group ride on Sunday. For details email Jason or SMS him on 0439 108 832.
End of Summer 2
by Beau Gueste
With the days finishing earlier and nights getting longer the Summer racing season drew to a close with the race for the coveted “Road Series Aggregate Trophy” very much at the sharp end with five riders in possible contention and three riders in serious contention and only 2 races to go. Over the season 52 individuals have scored points in Thursday night racing, and it was all going to come down to the final two races to decide the overall winner.
A fairy tale ending was possible with a three way tie on the cards, if a particular rider won and two other particular riders came 9th and 10th respectively. This was not to be, and a clear winner emerged in the dying days of season 2016-2017.
The race on 23 March saw Talia Appleton once again take out the win, with a quiet call to all young people who would like to “havea go” next season, second place was secured by Tony ‘The Barber” Morris and third was Di Condie (a result which would prove important in weeks to come).
March 30 being the final race of the season saw Limit riders once again defy the handicapper with a strong show of group riding. Steve Flew, fresh from “Special K’s” completed in spin sessions in Melbourne rode away from his group to secure a strong win. Second place was snatched by Di Condie in a sprint with Jodie Batchelor who finished a strong 3rd.
Fastest time on the night was Josh Hopwood.
The finish of the racing season brings the awards presentations and Season 2016-2017 and the awards were presented at, our sponsor, the Delatite Hotel on Thursday 6 April.
The Road Aggregate Trophy was won by Di Condie, in second place was Dan Purcell and in third place was Bruce Halket.
The Mountain Bike Aggregate Trophy was won by Daniel Friday, in second place was James Griffin and in third place was David Bock.
The women’s trophy, and hamper of products supplied by Eisner’s Pharmacy, was awarded to the woman who achieved the highest aggregate score. This was won by Di Condie with Jodie Batchelor in second place and Janine Appleton in third position.
The “Alain Guerin Memorial” trophy, for the rider who has achieved the highest aggregate score over both Mountain Bike and Road Racing, was awarded to the evergreen David Bock, whose persistence and consistency has once again produced rewards.
The Club congratulates all its awardees and participants in 2016-2017, and large thanks to our sponsors, volunteers and helpers.
Dirt Crits - Overall
1. Dan Friday
2. James Griffin
3. Dave Bock
Dirt Crits - Under 15
1. James Griffin
2. Matt Empey
3. Bella Green
Dirt Crits - Women
1. Bella Green
2. Elise Empey
3. Rachael Grundy
Summer Road Series
1. Di Condie
2. Dan Purcell
3. Bruce Halket
Women’s Road Trophy
1. Di Condie
2. Jodie Batchelor
3. Janine Appleton
Alain Guerin Crossover Trophy
1. Dave Bock
2. Bruce Halket
3. Dave Jagger
But wait there’s more…
Sunday 9 April saw the first of the Autumn Gravel Series held in Mansfield with 7 riders braving wintery conditions on the never before tried Long Lane Loop… by all accounts the new course was a ripper!
The winner was Damian Grundy who had the measure of his fellow group members by the time they reached the Coombesberg on Old Tolmie Rd and then rode away to win by a very clear margin.
Stewards were seeking swabs post race before confirming the victory. In second place was Dan Purcell and in third place was Jarrod Appleton.
This was followed by a ride out along the Whitfield Road to welcome home Bella and Tom Macmunn on their fundraising ride. Bella Macmunn in company with her Dad Tom, rode from Yass NSW to Mansfield, unsupported... 600km in 8 days and raised over $5,000 for Venilale in East Timor. Not a bad achievement especially seeing that Bella is 15 years old. An inspiration for us all.
Well Done Bella!
Autumn Gravel Series Race Two
Race two around our ‘traditional’ Black ’n’ Tan loop saw nine riders face the starter and Dave Moore win (his first road race win in 26 years!) ahead of Jarrod Appleton and Damian.
Next race is around the Chapel Hill Road loop, starting at Pollards Road and finishing at Walsh’s Driveway, on Sunday 7 May at 9am.
Club Kit on sale
Seight Custom Clothing has opened up again for MMBCC members after a few recent requests.
Keep in mind that they now include some new winter options - thermal bib knicks, 3/4 thermal bibs knicks and a thermal long sleeve jacket - plus the trail jerseys are still at their reduced price.
Here is the link you need to have a look at everything that's on sale - email Bruce to get the password.
On a rainy Tuesday morning, the Inaugural Anzac Day Two-Up Ride was held. Five of the club’s toughest, hardest, most courageous members planned on braving the weather and gravel to punch out 55 character-building kilometres.
But those five couldn’t make it so Alex, Josh, Dan, Mauro and Bruce went instead.
Plans are already underway to make next year's Two-Up longer, harder and dirtier! Mark it in your calendar now!
Il Giro Tipping
Now that an awesome Spring Classics is over, it's almost Grand Tour time. With the Giro d’Italia only a week away, Le Tipping has announced that, after a hiatus during last year’s Vuelta, the competition is back for the Giro!
Here’s the link. Entries forms are due to be emailed to Le Tipping Central by noon on Friday 5 May.