The MMBCC Christmas Break-Up will be held on Tuesday 18 December, after Dirt Crits, at Di Condie and Mauro Brega’s place, on Riflebutts Road, just up from the MTB Park.
Bring your bathers and something to drink; the club is picking up the tab for Amongst the Sticks to look after the catering. All MMBCC members and families welcome. Ho, ho, ho… Merry Christmas!
Locals prices for Mt Buller Shuttles from ATC
All Terrain Cycles have recently celebrated 10 years of operations and have announced some exciting news – they’re running both the Mirimbah and Gravity Shuttle services on the mountain this summer.
As a special offer for MMBCC members, they’re offering a ‘Local’s Discount’ on the Shuttles – 10% off season passes!
Call into ATC Mansfield or Mt Buller, as these locals’ discounts are only available over the counter. (All the other stuff they offer - bike hire, private lessons, etc. - is available online.)
Volunteers for Buller
It’s that time of year when we start hassling you to give up your time to help the club host a round of the Victorian DownHill Series at Mt Buller on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 January 2019.
However, this year, instead of a big stick, we have some carrot… if you’re prepared to volunteer for both Saturday AND Sunday, we have free accommodation available for Friday and Saturday nights.
Be quick! There are only a few rooms available. Contact Bruce to reserve your spot.
Racing this week…
Dirt Crits Teams Race
This week was a Teams Race; all riders raced to complete as many laps as possible in 30mins.
In the end the leading two teams finished on a total of 16 laps. The winning team was then decided on time with Dan Friday, Bella Green and Elise Empey declared the winners.
Hot and hilly road race
By Dave Moore
Twenty-six riders assembled at the Lord’s oval on Thursday for the first officially hot race this season.
Five groups set off at two minute intervals with Josh “Lone Wolf” Hopwood bringing up the rear a further minute and a half behind. The trip out Howes Creek Road saw the first two groups consolidate into one group while there were a number of people dropped, possibly due to the hot temperature.
Darren Bakker was unable to stick with Block after a few weeks off the bike due to injury. The remainder of block worked well together all night, catching Andrew Stephenson, Cam Lachal, and Nathan “the pineapple whisperer” Pelling. The groups combined well to reel in the group of Jason Parker, Kody Appleton, Matilda Reeve, John Lazarov & Justin Berry, at the MacMillan Point turnaround. This meant there were two separate groups of ten, trying to summit the “O’Hanlon-berg” – it was all to play for! The rolling hills along Cummins Road were the stage for a team time trial of sorts.
Despite being caught by the group behind them, Bella Green and Ruby Dobson worked well and recovered enough to lead the first group up the lower slopes of the final climb (and break away from their ‘coach’ Alex Green).
Little did they know that Nathan “Nate-Dawg” Pelling was unleashing his unbridled power in an effort to lead out riders from his group; little did Nathan know, but no-one from his group had followed him! Nathan faded from contention in the second half of the climb and it came down to an epic sprint finish between Bruce Halket and Dev Moore, with the latter prevailing despite throwing for the finish two metres early.
In a show of youthful exuberance Ruby, Kody & Bella rounded out the top 5.
Josh rode his own race – recovering from representing MMBCC in the Tour of Bright the previous weekend. He still managed to pick up a few riders on the way to the finish line.
Thanks to our Commissaries and volunteers for running the race. Many thanks also to Charlie Wilson for the pics and here are the results.
This weeks race will be held out at Jamieson. If you are thinking of racing, make sure you get yourself registered as it is the best course on the calendar! It’s the last race for 2018 and there’s more on dinner and presentations below...
Racing Next Week
Dirt Crits adult race for this coming Tuesday 11 December has changed, due to the following week’s Xmas Break-Up. This coming week will be at Mirimbah for the Delatite Dash.
Road race this coming Thursday 13 December is the last of 2018 and will be at Jamieson (don’t forget the late 6.30 start) with presentations and dinner afterwards at The Wrong Side Brewery. Mmmmm… pizza!