Results, rides and riser rings

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2019 Falls Creek XCO Mountain Bike Interschools

Last Friday 1 March a large contingent of Mansfield kids headed to Falls Creek for the Mountain Bike Interschools.
Highlights of the results include:
Div 4 Girls - Selina Green 2nd, Mika Smith 3rd.
Div 4 Boys - Charlie Dobson 4th
Div 3 Girls - Talia Appleton 1st, Maddi Smith 3rd. Ruby Dobson DNF due to mechanical
Div 3 Boys - Kevin Gannon 4th, Sam Mosley 11th & Zac Empey 18th
Div 2 Girls - Ruby Dobson 2nd (after being allowed to move up an age group after her DNF in Div 3), Elise Empey 3rd, Bella Green 4th, Mani Foubister 6th & Freya Valerio 8th.
Here are the results. All up great effort by all from Mansfield.

Dirt Crits

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Two different lap lengths used to handicap and confuse.
Damian took the two long laps and one short lap grade from Dan and Lee.
Ruby took out the one long lap and two short laps grade from Elise and Talia.
Here are the results.

Social road ride King Valley - Sunday 17 March

Two groups leaving from Mansfield Botanic Park to ride to Whitfield; one at 8am and a slightly faster one at 9am.
Those wanting an easier shorter ride are meeting at the Whitfield General Store at 10am to ride out to Lake William Hovell and back.
Lunch will be at Gracebrook Winery. Menu will likely be a choice of grazing platters, depending on numbers. But you have to earn the wine! And the whine.
RSVP with Margaretanne Hood either via email or send her an SMS on 0417 389 249.

The Coombesberg

By Dave Moore

Six groups lined up on the last day of summer on what was a fairly hot and blustery Thursday night.
First off were the in form trio of David Bock, Tony Morris and Courtney Lynch who between them had claimed the win in the last 2 races –certainly a force to be reckoned with.
Last off was Josh Hopwood AND Lewis Dowie. Yes, yes… that’s right… Josh was not by himself for the first time all season!
The course for the night was out to Sawpit Gully Road into a reasonable headwind which played into the Scratch group’s favour; they caught the Block group shortly after Barwite Road creating a group of 6 who worked well together for the remainder of the night - even at the pub afterwards!
With no large groups forming at the front of the race, the Scratch/Block group were able to reel in everyone by the end of the Barwite Road before turning right onto Old Tolmie Road for the fabled finish atop the Coombesberg. Josh made his intentions apparent mid turn by cranking up the watts and therefore the pressure on those seeking to “steal” the victory.
As Soldiers Road was reached Tom MacMunn increased the pace but was swiftly caught and counter attacked by the Juggernaut (Josh), who continued this surge to the line pipping Dave Moore and his team mate Lewis Dowie to take a well deserved first victory of the season. Thanks to all the volunteers and Commissaires for their time and efforts once again.
Here are the results and thanks again to Tony Copland for the images.

Trainers for sale

At some stage, it WILL get wet and/or cold! Probably.
When it does, you’ll need a trainer. Jodie has a couple of them for sale.

Three Rail Trail ride opportunities to make a difference and make you feel good.

Over the coming weeks there are three fund-raising rides to be conducted exclusively on the Great Victorian Rail Trail. The first of these is the Tour de Trails, an offshoot of the Tour de Cure which has already raised more than $1.5 million for cancer research and which recently visited Mansfield. This is the premiere edition of the Tour de Trails and is held over the weekend of 23 and 24 March with rides from Alexandra to Yea and return Saturday and Alexandra to Yarck / Merton and return on Sunday.
(Of course, most of you will be busy that weekend helping the club run the Mansfield Tour, won’t you! - Ed.)
Next up is Cycle Dindi, held on Saturday 6 April, the first weekend of the Easter School holidays. This offers a range of rides from 40km to a very challenging 120km. Rides depart from Bonnie Doon, Yarck and Yea with lunch provided at Cathkin with Billy Tea available at Kanumbra and Devonshire Teas at Nutfield. Organised by the Rotary Clubs of Yea, Alexandra and Mansfield the funds raised are to benefit disadvantaged youth locally. Although all rides are return, a sag wagon will be available for those who only want to do one leg.
Finally, on Sunday 28 April the Mansfield Steiner School conducts the Ride for Venilale to raise funds for the Uai Laco School in East Timor. A shorter ride, ideal for families and those who want to get back into riding, it runs from Mansfield to Maindample, a total of 26kms return, with a BBQ lunch provided at Maindample.
Each of the flyers is included below for all details. Click the links below to download a larger, easier-to-read PDF version.

STOP PRESS: The Steiner School Venilale ride has changed to Saturday 4 May. MMBCC Towers were sent the wrong information but a new flyer is now available below.

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