The Pedalling Padre

| Bendigo Weekly | 17-May-2011 3pm

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Greetings all.  

"Perhaps everything terrible is in its deepest being something helpless that wants help from us." ~ Rainer Maria Rilke
"I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much." ~ Mother Teresa

"A bend in the road is not the end of the road... unless you fail to make the turn..." ~ Author Unknown
"The art of living lies less in eliminating our troubles than in growing with them." ~ Bernard M. Baruch
"God brings men into deep waters, not to drown them, but to cleanse them." ~ John Aughey
"The difficulties of life are intended to make us better, not bitter." ~ Author Unknown
"The soul would have no rainbow had the eyes no tears." ~ John Vance Cheney

"We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey." ~ Kenji Miyazawa
"I ask not for a lighter burden, but for broader shoulders." ~ Jewish Proverb

It will be the second anniversary this weekend of falling off my bike and shattering my collar bone into 4 pieces. It was the morning of my mother's funeral, not something I am likely to forget.  Recently had a very precious member of the cycling community write to me asking about the intensity of my recent E-mails.  This week would make me wonder if at times they could be even more intense. Some years ago I became quite intense over some issues of safety and another wise member of the cycling community came to me and suggested that I could not be responsible for others negating their responsibilities in sharing the road safely. Looking back it was a time of sowing seeds as we did see change happen across all groups that today I am most grateful for. Quite often reflect in my heart I would rather have someone dislike me for some words of encouragement to correct their ways and later see the value of the correction, than say nothing and see something far worse come of it.  I also get to learn more about how to give a correction that is favourable to making change when presented from a heart of compassion and not anger.

This weeks events has reminded me how tenuous life can be as like it is held by the thinnest of threads that can break at any time without any warning. We can be very grateful for the safety we do  have in our groups, the manner in  which they conduct themselves on the road and the commitment to making change where change is required. We have something very precious in this community that is worth keeping and reminding each other when we may have lost the path a little to come back.  We all face the inevitable time of aging when life will pass us by, I am certainly not wishing to make this a day earlier than when God would call me home.

Please be forgiving when my intensity shows, I can assure you it comes from  a father's heart of love that would not want anyone to be hurt if it could be avoided.  I was given some encouragement also this week to keep the balance of intensity of sharing the blessings as well as corrections of which I will try to maintain.

Thank you to the people that do take the time to give feed back on correction and concern as well as encouragement they all have the same value to make us united as a community.  Many blessings........

 

The week in summary;

1:      Please see this months photo of the Good Loaf Photo/Caption Competition

2:      Spin classes for the Winter Expression of Interest

3:      2011 Ride of Silence 21st May meeting at Howard Street to leave at 8.45am

4:      The City of Greater Bendigo Walking Cycling Strategy (2006) seeking community assistance in priorities through bikeScope survey

5:      This weekend Bendigo Community Farmers Market
6:      Product recalls for Scott and Avanti bike (please read as specific to models)

7:      Bicycle Helmet safety (click on link to see picture on correct fitting)

8:      Don Bird Foundation Incorporated. seeking to raise $100K (15 year old riding from Sydney to Geelong in September)

9:      Wallace Family welcome their new family member

10:     Wade Wallace Cycling Tips looks at the death of Wouter Weylandt in the Giro d’Italia in 2011 (also is cycling dangerous)

11:      Peter Kendrick wishes to inform the Cycling Network of the death of his father Tony and 84 years of age.

12:     4th annual Genovese Kinglake Ride 2011 - The Spring Classic features a picturesque course entries now open

13:     St John of God Hospital Gala Fundraising Ball Saturday 4 June

 

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1:      Central Victorian Cycling Club Inc - The Peter Hall Painting 64 km. Handicap 53 riders in attendance.

2:      Bendigo and District Cycling Club - Mothers Day Emu Creek Handicap 22 riders over 27 Klm's

3:      Brief report on Noel Sens World Cup rides at Eastern Creek Race Circuit

4:      The cycling community of South Australia saddened by the death of a young athlete

5:      Bendigo Mountain Bike Club update on up coming 6 hour race - Club seeking volunteers to assist setting up the carnival site all from Big Muzz.

 

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1:      Please see this month's photo of the Good Loaf Photo/Caption Competition

 

Please see attached photo for the month sent in by Kevin Hall

Please E-mail your contributions to ebarkla@powercor.com.au

 

The idea is to send in a photo off your phone or camera of something that has happened on the road or coffee shop in your weekly rides.  We will chose a photo each month and send out in the news letter seeking the best caption.  The name will be published of the winners.

 

The Good Loaf have kindly offered to sponsor the photo/caption competition, of which we are most grateful.

 

 

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2:      Spin classes for the Winter Expression of Interest

 

Hi Eddie,

Could you please put the following in your next Bendigo Cycling Network Weekly Update

Thanks Ev

Expression of Interest.

Winter Spin Classes are planned to start Monday 16th May

Sessions will be:

Monday and Wednesday at 6:30 am Peter Carr

Monday and Wednesday at 6:00 pm Tim Ralton

Sessions will be in 4 week blocks, with payment of $60 per block paid prior to the start of each block.

Each participant will need to supply their own Wind trainer, which can be left at the venue.

Participants will need to have “cadence” on their bike.

Venue: Connect Church Hall, 35 Solomon St. (Just off Cnr of Murphy St)

Those interested please contact either:

Peter Carr 0428832958 for morning sessions

Tim Ralton 0409017015 for night sessions

Ev Keetelaar 0408571104 for details

 

 

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3:      2011 Ride of Silence 21st May meeting at Howard Street to leave at 8.45am

The Bendigo Cycling Community has approval for the assistance of the Police for the Internationally recognised "Ride of Silence" and has VIC Road Permit approval for the conditions of the ride.

The ride is not affiliated as such and is a community interest event.

The ride conditions of the permit is a speed no greater than 20klms per hour, and it would be appreciated that these conditions are maintained as well as the need for silence for the duration of the ride.


Date: 21st May 2011

Time: 8:45am till 9:30am
Potential group size: 200 - 250 plus riders
Leaving: The Epsom Sports Complex in Howard Street turning left into Midland Highway (traffic light controlled intersection)

Destination: The area along High Street (To Fountain with a left turn into Mitchell Street)
The road is controlled primarily with traffic light intersections at the following intersections:
Lyons Street - Midland Highway
Nolan Street - Midland Highway
Pedestrian Lights between Tomlins Street & Tramways (Access to walking track to Lake)
Chapel Street - Mc Crae Street (McIvor Highway turn off)
Williamson Street - McIvor Highway
Mitchell Street - Intersection between Calder Highway and McIvor Highway
Details of ride: The ride is contained to the road verge bicycle lane from Epsom Sports Complex till Mc Crae Street where lane is no longer available and one lane is usually contained by cyclists. The ride is two by two peleton riding at low speed

The purpose of the ride:

  • To HONOUR those who have been injured or killed
  • To RAISE AWARENESS that we are here
  • To ask that we all SHARE THE ROAD

 

Please consider: Over the next few weeks look at your ride times and see if you can time it that we all come together around 8.45am at the Howard Street (near Supermarket entrance) on the day of the ride.

 

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4:      The City of Greater Bendigo Walking Cycling Strategy (2006) seeking community assistance in priorities through bikeScope survey

Good Morning Eddie

Can you please include the following information in the next edition of the network email

The City of Greater Bendigo Walking Cycling Strategy (2006) has provided much of the direction for the improvements to cycling infrastructure since its adoption. This strategy has a large number of projects included but has limited detail on the priority for these works. In order to help to implement the recommendations on a priority basis and determine if priorities have changed, information is being sought from current and potential cyclists. Bike Scope is a survey run by Bicycle Victoria funded by CoGB . BV have developed and run this on-line survey with a number of municipality’s across Victoria and questions have been adapted for Bendigo. This will provide information on cyclist numbers, routes, issues with existing paths and lanes and issues preventing people cycling more or taking up cycling.

The survey will also build on information gained from the annual bike count (BV super Tuesday count) and pre and post evaluation of recent treatments on the Bendigo Linear Trail.

The link to the bikeScope survey is http://www.bv.com.au/general/bike-futures/93009/ or via the BikeScope area of the Bicycle Victoria website. The survey closes on June 6.

Thanks
Regards

Brett Martini

 

 

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5:      This weekend Bendigo Community Farmers Market

fruit apples, cumquats, feijoa, lemons, limes, mandarins, nashi, oranges, passionfruit, pears, persimmons, rhubarb, tamarillos, nuts, chestnuts, hazelnuts, walnuts, vegetables,
Asian greens, beetroot, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbages, cauliflower, carrots, celery, daikon, eggplants, fennel, garlic, kohlrabi (green), kohlrabi (red), leek, lettuces, mushrooms, olives, parsnips, potatoes, pumpkins, shallots, silver beet, spinach, spring onions, squash, swedes, sweet corn, turnips.
herbs
bay leaf, parsley, mint, rosemary, thyme, chives, oregano, marjoram, sage, bronze fennel, dill, watercress, witlof, coriander

Market happenings
Hey there FM fans! Your very own Bendigo Community Farmers Market is on again this Saturday, and the glorious Autumn weather looks like it will hold out. Grab your baskets, meet your friends and come down to get the very best of fresh, regional produce.

New stallholders
This month at BCFM we welcome the return of Somerset Park, the fantastic local growers of walnuts. Last year, they sold out in one market! If you’re not a fan of walnuts, reserve judgement until you have tasted these. Supermarket walnuts are often up to three years old , from the other side of the world and rancid. These are creamy, gorgeously fresh and from around the corner in Strathfieldsaye!

You asked for it!
Those gorgeous folk from the Farmer and the Chef have kindly given us their *glorious* recipe for pumpkin soup. Enjoy, and remember – the magic ingredient is their butternut pumpkins, available only at your BCFM.
http://gallery.mailchimp.com/206aecd3a81aa50448c4a6d1b/files/the_Farmer_the_Chef_butternut_soup.odt

Community Group Profile - Refit’n’Save group
Refit n' Save is where you'll find the latest information to update your home to make it more comfortable and save you $$$ without costing the earth. Whether you're interested in solar panels, insulation or the best ideas for keeping cool, the Refit n' Save network will put you in touch with local retailers and tradespeople, providing the tools and support you need to make the right choices for your home, lifestyle and budget. Sounds exciting! For more, check out the website, at the info tent at the market or on the community stage.http://www.bendigosustainability.org.au/index.php?option=com_mycontent&task=view&id=126&Itemid=33

Who is cooking your BCFM breakfast?
Havilah Rd Preschool is cooking on the Community BBQ, raising funds for their fantastic kinder programmes, library and games for the kids. Make sure you say hello to your friendly community fundraisers!
Community Stage Guide

9.30am Refit’n’Save – BSG
Refit n' Save is where you'll find the latest information to update your home to make it more comfortable and save you $$$ without costing the earth.
10.00am Produce Swap
Bring along excess home produce and swap for something you need.
10.15am Eddie & Sandra cook seasonal
Pumpkin & walnut strudel like’s Eddie gran used to make.
11.00am Free Yoga in the Park
BYO mat if you have one
12.00pm Refit’n’Save – BSG
Even more info for household savings..

Keep in contact:
info@bcfm.org.au or
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bendigo-Community-Farmers-&&http://twitter.com/BendigoCommFMMarket/240723422935

See you Saturday,

x BCFM

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6:      Product recalls for Scott and Avanti bike (please read as specific to models)

From time to time bike products are recalled from the market because of safety concerns.

Scott and Avanti bikes recalled

5 May 2011. Cyclocross bikes produced by Scott and Avanti have been recalled in Australia because the front cantilever brakes do not meet legal requirements.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has issued a recall notice because the bikes have not been supplied with a ‘front brake cable safety device’ as per the requirements of the pedal bicycle mandatory standard.

The ACCC says that in the absence of a front brake cable safety device, the sudden wheel stoppage caused by a front brake cable failure could result in injury.

Consumers should stop riding the bicycles immediately and contact Avanti Bicycle Company to be directed to the nearest authorised dealer to have a front brake cable safety device fitted.

Safety devices are available for fitting in-store at no cost to the consumer.

The models involved are Avanti Circa 1, Avanti Circa 2, model numbers A1CC15xx & A1CC25xx; and Scott CX Comp, Scott CX Team, model numbers 2181280xx & 2181290xx.

The bikes were available for sale from 30th June 2010 - 15th March 2011 from Avanti & Scott authorized dealers throughout Australia.

Avanti bikes recalled

18 April 2010. Avanti Bicycle Company has been hit with two recall notices from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, with a range of models being recalled for frame replacement or modification.

In one recall the Avanti Derelikt street and dirt jump bikes, including the models 1, 2, and 3 from years 2006, 2007 and 2008 have been recalled because in certain circumstances, the head tube may crack causing potential injury.

The bikes were on sale 1st July 2005 - 12th April 2011 from Avanti Plus retailers and authorised Avanti bicycle distributors.

Avanti has advised that consumers should stop riding the bicycles immediately and contact their place of purchase to arrange for a replacement frame to be ordered and delivered to the place of purchase for refitting.

The other Avanti recall involves Avanti and Scott models with a single chain ring which were sold without the required chain ring guard.

These models include: 2010 Avanti ABD Derelict 1, 2010 Avanti Derelict 2, 2010 Avanti Derelict 3, 2010 Avanti Solo Flat, 2010 Avanti Solo Drop, 2011 Avanti Solo Flat, 2010 Scott Voltage YZ.1, 2010 Voltage YZ.2

The models were sold between 1st July 2009 and 6th April 2011.

According to the ACCC: "In the absence of a chain guard, entrapment of clothing could occur between the upper junction of the chain and chain gear, causing loss of control and injury."

Consumers should stop riding the bicycles immediately and contact
the Avanti Bicycle Company to be directed to the nearest authorised dealer to have a chain guard fitted.

The Australian standard for bicycles stipulates that bikes without a front derailleur must be fitted with a chain guard. This is often in the form of a circular metal plate bolted to the outside of the chain ring.

In its February newsletter, Bicycle Industries Australia alerted bikes businesses in Australia to the standards requirements.

2.9.1 Chain guards
Bicycles shall be equipped with a chain guard shielding the upper junction of the chain and chain wheel (drive sprocket) to prevent entrapment of clothing or body parts. The chain guard shall be as follows:
(a) Children’s bicycles A guard enclosing at least the upper junction of the chain and chain wheel.
(b) Other than children’s bicycles A guard shielding the upper junction of the chain and chain wheel (drive sprocket) against the entrapment of clothing or body parts.

It shall be either -
(i) a fixed guard or a front derailleur chain guide that shields the chain for a distance of at least 25 mm measured prior to the first point of engagement of the chain with the chain wheel; or
(ii) a disc of impact resistant material attached to the chain wheel with a diameter not less than 10 mm larger than the diameter of the chain wheel measured over the tips of the teeth .

 

 

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7:      Bicycle Helmet safety (click on link to see picture on correct fitting)

 

 

http://www.bv.com.au/general/bikes-and-riding/91163/

Helmets

Helmets in sold in Australia all meet Australian standards, so you just need to buy the one that fits best.

What do helmets do?

The foam in a helmet is designed to spread the force of an impact and absorb this energy. This reduces the risk of head injury when the head hits an object or the road.

Remember, a helmet will not stop you having a crash. Your behaviour is the most important safety factor. Make sure you obey all the rules of the road and path and ride safely.

Fitting

The front rim should sit two fingers above your eyebrow

The straps should not be twisted and should form a V just under the ears

As with most bike equipment, buy the best-quality helmet you can afford. Try a few different brands and sizes to get the right one. More expensive ones have more ventilation and sometimes better fit systems.

When you find a helmet that is comfortable, before you fasten the straps, try a simple test for secure fit. Put your hand lightly on top of the helmet and try to rock it gently side to side, and back to front…if it tilts easily, it is probably too big.

The helmet should be very secure on your head, yet not tight and uncomfortable. The foam pads provided with the helmet are only to help it fit more comfortably, not to make a big helmet fit a small head!

Position the helmet, so that your forehead is not exposed – have the width of two fingers between your eyebrows and the rim of the helmet (see diagram).

The straps should not be twisted and should form a V just under the ears.

When doing it up, the buckle should be securely fastened under the chin. Check again that the straps are not slack.

Replacing your helmet

From time to time, have a good look at your helmet. If you see any damage – cracks, pieces missing, compression of the foam, frayed straps – then you really need to replace it. Manufacturers also advise that if your helmet has sustained an impact, it should be replaced. So be careful in how you or your children handle their helmets, even dropping your helmet may cause unseen damage.

 

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8:      Don Bird Foundation Incorporated. seeking to raise $100K (15 year old riding from Sydney to Geelong in September)

 

Dear Helen,

Thanks for your call today. My Father is Ray McNamara who works at Powercor. My husband is Don Bird - the Foundation is called Don Bird Foundation Incorporated.

Don caught pneumonia in August last year and as a result his phrenic nerve (which controls the diaphragm) was paralysed. The virus attacked the nerve. Since August, he has endured numerous hospital stays, both in Geelong and Melbourne for tests and recurring pneumonia.

Because the phrenic nerve is paralysed, and the diaphragm holds everything down, Don's liver has moved up and is 'squashing' his right lung. His heart has also moved across to the left and is compromising his left lung.

At present he is between 40 and 45% total lung capacity. He is on a special machine at night time to help him breath. He has not been able to work since August last year.

Don has suffered recurring pneumonia since the first bout because his right lung is unable to reinflate properly (because his liver is squashing the right lung).

Don's Specialist has said that he will continue to get recurring pneumonia until he possibly wont be able to fight it off.

Don has 3 children - aged 15, 13 and 10. His 13 year old son is going to ride from Sydney to Geelong in September with Ray McNamara who is Don's father-in-law.

Don's only option of recovery is to have surgery of a phrenic nerve transplant. This cannot be performed in Australia. We have been in contact with top Neurosurgeons in Australia and nobody has performed this operation before in our country.

Dr. Kaufman in New Jersey has performed about 20 of these operations and we have sent all of Don's medical tests off to America and Don is a candidate for this surgery.

We are trying to raise money for Don to have this surgery in America. We envisage we will need to raise over $100,000!

We plan to contact the Geelong Advertiser, Channel 7 and the Herald Sun to promote this ride.

Any support Powercor can offer would be very much appreciated.

Should you have any queries, please don't hesitate to contact Kathy McQuillan (Secretary of Don Bird Foundation) on 52656060 or myself on 0414729493 or home 52435511.

Kind regards,

Kylie Bird

 

 

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9:      Wallace Family welcome their new family member

 

Terry and Flora Wallace welcome their precious baby girl Indiana Nicole born 29th April 2011

 

All going well, and congratulations on behalf of the cycling community network.

 

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10:     Wade Wallace Cycling Tips looks at the death of Wouter Weylandt in the Giro d’Italia in 2011 (also is cycling dangerous)

 

 

Giro d’Italia Stage 3 – RIP Wouter Weylandt

It’s sadly ironic that Wouter Weylandt won stage 3 of the Giro d’Italia in 2010. It was his last big victory of his career, and unfortunately his life.

It’s always confronting when a fellow cyclist is killed. There’s a mutual respect amongst cyclists because of the inherent dangers involved in our sport. The risk of dying every time we head out on the roads is very real. Most of us will not have known Wouter Weylandt, but we can all appreciate that what happened to him can happen to any one of us. Rest in peace Wouter.

Velonews published an account from RadioShack rider Manuel Cardoso who saw Wouter’s crash:

Cardoso was trailing Weylandt near the bottom of the Passo del Bocco with about 25km to go when he saw the big Belgian crash.
RadioShack press attaché Philippe Maertens released this e-mail to VeloNews on what Cardoso saw: “Wouter was dropped and tried to come back to the group,” Maertens wrote of Cardoso’s reaction. “(Weylandt) then looked behind to see if he would be better to wait for other dropped riders (some 20). While looking behind, he hit with his left pedal or the left side of his handlebars on a small wall and was catapulted to the other side of the road when he hit again something. It must have been terrible.”

Cardoso later finished in a group of riders at 3:20 back that also included Leopard-Trek rider Tom Stamsnijder, who also saw his teammate fall. “I saw him crash,” Stamsnijder said at the line. “It was a very hard fall.”

The last time I can remember a death due to a crash in professional cycling was in 2003 Paris-Nice when Andrei Kivilev died from head injuries while not wearing a helmet. This prompted the UCI to enforce compulsory helmet rules at the start of the 2003 Giro d’Italia (although not on mountain-top finishes). Stage 3 of Paris-Nice was neutralised and I suspect the same thing will be done in tomorrow’s stage of the Giro.

 

Giro d’Italia Stage 4 – How Dangerous is Cycling?

As anticipated, Stage 4 of the Giro was neutralised with the peloton paying their respects to Wouter Weylandt. After the horrific news of Weylandt yesterday I couldn’t help but wonder which professional sport claims the most deaths. Cycling surely must be up there. The fact that there is no controlled stadium along with so many external variables such as poor road conditions, changing weather, equipment failures and extreme fatigue would seem to make cycling more dangerous than bull riding or sky diving. So I did a bit of Google research (yes, I know…far from being actual “research”).

According to Wikipedia, there have been nearly 100 professional cyclists who have died during competition since 1890 and about 30 who have died during their career because of other reasons (e.g. accident during training, physical complications, etc). In the history of the Tour de France there have been three deaths and in the Giro d’Italia there have been four.

Compare this to mainstream sports such as ice hockey, there have been only 8 deaths while in competition (documented in Wikipedia) and in professional soccer there have been nearly 80 deaths (many of which appear to have been heart related). In Boxing there have been 39 deaths due to injuries sustained in the ring. Race car driving appears to have had 338 deaths while in competition, Mountaineering has had 107 deaths (26 of them on Everest), and Motorcycle racing with 93 deaths.

What does this mean? Well, not much really unless I dug deeper to compare the cause of death in each case and the sample size in each sport. I’m on a beach in Thailand at the moment and have better things to do. If anyone can point out some real research on this topic I’d be keen to see it. However, I think it’s a fair observation to say that while serious accidents are quite common in professional cycling, the amount of deaths is comparatively low.

In last year’s Tour de France (Stage 2) the peloton led by Cancellara decided to neutralise the stage due to unsafe conditions. Many people criticised this decision and told the peloton to HTFU and race. As we saw yesterday, it doesn’t take dangerous roads and poor conditions to end in tragedy. Cycling fans love to see a good crash, but when you see a rider laying helplessly on the road (think of the images of Jens Voigt in 2009) it’s not so entertaining anymore. I think we should pay tribute to these athletes who risk their health and lives every time they go out and race for our entertainment and get paid very little for doing it.

 

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11:      Peter Kendrick wishes to inform the Cycling Network of the death of his father Tony and 84 years of age.

 

Peter Kendrick wishes to inform  his many close friends in the cycling community of the passing of his father Tony aged 84 who has struggled with cancer for a number of years but the last month being quite painful till being released in death.

 

Spoke with Peter this morning and he is with his family meeting with the Uniting Church Minister who happens to be The Reverend Lance Armstrong.  Can sense s photo opportunity here.

 

Peter hopes to be back in Bendigo this weekend.

 

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12:     4th annual Genovese Kinglake Ride 2011 - The Spring Classic features a picturesque course entries now open

Hi Eddie,

Welcome to the first newsletter of the 4th annual Genovese Kinglake Ride 2011 - The Spring Classic features a picturesque course and the highest level of event organisation rating it one of Australia's best recreational rides.

Already entries are well up on this time last year and the event is expected to reach its field limit well in advance of event day.

  • Date: Sunday 11th September, 2011
  • Location: Start/Finish Walker Reserve, Whittlesea, VIC
  • Distance: 120km or 70km courses


Participants will receive an outstanding Event Kit valued at over $250 including the official 2011 Genovese Kinglake Ride Cycling Jersey by Nalini (made in Italy), a pair of Briko sunglasses and sponsor products.

We welcome our new naming rights sponsor Genovese Coffee along with new major sponsors Briko and Giant and look forward to once again providing you with a great event!

All the best for your winter training!

 

 

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13:     St John of God Hospital Gala Fundraising Ball Saturday 4 June

St John of God Hospital Bendigo celebrates 50 years and are holding a Gala Fundraising Ball on Saturday 4 June to raise funds for the hospital expansion.

It's a 60's formal or Modern formal dress theme with a full three course meal and drinks. There will be music by the Grinners, Silent Auctions, Memorabilia for sale and Dancing to 1960's music!

Click Here to download the Invitation. For more information visit www.sjog.org.au/bendigo

Date: Saturday 4 June
Time: 7.00pm to Midnight
Venue: Bendigo Town Hall
Tickets: $140 per person Tables of 10
RSVP: Stacy 5434 3230

 

 

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1:      Central Victorian Cycling Club Inc - The Peter Hall Painting 64 km. Handicap 53 riders in attendance.

The fifty-three riders for The Peter Hall Painting 64 km. Handicap, faced a cold blustery day, over some hilly terrain in Central Victoria. The handicapper divided the field into eight groups, with the two Limit riders 26minutes ahead of Scratch, with the others on 2, 4, 6, 9, 13,16, and 20minutes respectively. Referee and Starter, Hugh Weeks gathered the field together, giving a brief resume of the course. The course headed for Inglewood, then due west over the 10 kilometres of rolling hills [Mostly uphill] to Kingower and Rheola, a sharp turn east to LLanelly,  continue to Newbridge, then back north to the finish at Bridgewater. The two Limit riders got off to a good start, with Steve Bright setting the pace. Second Limit, minutes behind settled down quickly, and immediately gave chase. The majority of bunches had seven to eight riders, so Scratch, with only the three hardies, Justin Mollison, Andrew Pascoe and Travis Storer, knew they had their work cut out to make any headway. The trio manage to pull second scratch in at the Rheola turn-off, but from there it was a hard run to the finish. Meanwhile the two Limit riders were holding the lead, and becoming a bit hopeful as they continued in the lead, like all good things,

At the forty kilometre mark they were overtaken by about twenty riders, a combination of the 13, 16, and 20 minute groups, using their numbers to set  a brisk pace. It was shortly after this that the riders experienced some of the damage the floods had caused, virtually stopping

to allow safe passage over the erosion, and deep cracks in the road, causing Neil Blakely and Daniel Barri, in one of the later groups, to have “Blowouts” putting a finish to their race. The

real move had started near the back of the field, with the 4minute bunch catching the 6minute bunch at Kingower, followed by the 9minute bunch at Rheola. This group of twenty-two riders powered on, but as with the other bunches the rolling hills took their toll, with a number of riders dropping off. The remaining riders continued the push to the finish, catching the front markers fairly close to the finish, with Paul Dynon [4m] taking the honours in front of Rick Mcntosh,[4m] followed by S. Anstee[4m], N. Jeffs [6m], N. Knight [9m], S. Wall[4m], R. Lovell [6m], R. McCredden [9m], R. Verkulyn [9m], and in 10th. place, B. Williams [4m].

First unplaced female—J. Farrow, Fastest Time J. Mollison [Sc.]1hr. 35m. 42secs. Average 40.2Kmph

Next Week: Stewarts Accountants, 61km. Handicap, Newbridge 2:PM

Duty: L. Dynon, D. Fairbairn, G. Farrow, T. Fitzpatrick. C. Fraser     

 

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2:      Bendigo and District Cycling Club - Mothers Day Emu Creek Handicap 22 riders over 27 Klm's

Scr     Darren Lapthorne, Kel Jones, Tony Fitzpatrick, Brenton Slotegraaf, Luke Knox

1 min   Travis Storer, Jordan Lucas, Justin Mollison, Andrew Pascoe, Jack Haig

3 min   Cait Fraser, Gaethen Cutri, Jason Lowndes, Dave Bakes, Russell Jenkins

6 min   Jo Wall, Michael Donaldson, Nicole McNamara, Justin Leske, Leigh-Ann Dynon

9 min   Amanda Hales, Ken Hamilton

1st     Jack Haig       45:28

2nd     Darren Lapthorne

3rd     Tony Fitzpatrick

4th     Andrew Pascoe

5th     Gaethen Cutri

6th     Justin Mollison

        Jason Lowndes, & the rest of the bunch.

With marshalling taking a while to sort out, a shortened race was held over 1 lap. Casualties were high, right from the start, with those feeling guilty about not seeing their mums dropping like flies. Only the mean ones were left, with Lappers & Fitzy riding away from their co-markers on the neck. At the exchange the outer markers & the back markers combined to ride home. While everyone watched Lappers at the 600 metre mark, Jack pulled a move & shot through. He caught the bunch napping & just survived to salute.

Marshals were Jarrod Moroni, Paul Dynon, Gordon Donaldson, Petar Benjamin & Tony Knox.

 

 

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3:      Brief report on Noel Sens World Cup rides at Eastern Creek Race Circuit

 

After competing well at the recent national titles Noel progressed to the World cup eastern creek race circuit where he came 7th in 54 k road race.

Next Day coming 7th in time trial, average speed of 36 kph over a 23 k distance at Olympic park Homebush

 

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4:      The cycling community of South Australia saddened by the death of a young athlete

 

SAIS reported the tragic passing of Shamus Liptrot after a long recovery after a cycling accident. We think of the cycling athletes and Tim Decker as head coach at this time with deep sympathy of such a loss.

 

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5:      Bendigo Mountain Bike Club update on up coming 6 hour race - Club seeking volunteers to assist setting up the carnival site all from Big Muzz

 

G’Day Ed,

We have a fair bit coming up in the next couple of weeks. The word is out that the 6 Hour track has had a significant amount of work done on it over the last bit, reworked old track and some new track in “Johns Paddock”. The entries for the 6Hour are filling up fast and the close off is fast approaching.

First Winter Race Update

Special thanks to White Hills Amcal Pharmacy 499 Napier street, Bendigo, for their support of this race. They will be selling ENDURA products at the event, so bring some $$ to buy some excellent nutritional supplements and energy bars/gels and support local businesses that support our club.

The club is running the first winter Handicapped race this Sunday the 15th May starting at 10.00am with rego from 9.15am $10 entry with a current MTBA licence ($20 day licence). The Cavagna’s Rd track will be the 6/3hr track which is 8.5km long, race times will be around the 1 1/2hrs. Contact me for more details.

Good chance to test out the new track sections which have been developed at the recent three working bees.

Primary school event at 9.45am.

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Reminder that online registrations close next Wednesday, get your rego in asap.

We still need volunteers to help at the event.

Event set up from 10.30am on Sat 21st May.

That’s it ,

Happy Trails,

Big Muzz.

 

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Gold Coin Donation last week saw the generosity of the Cycling Community shine again with $209.00 being raised, we are grateful for all donations.

 

This weekend for those who feel it is appropriate there will be black tape available for an arm band to acknowledge the death of 2 very talented cyclists in Shamus Liptrot and Wouter Weylandt. The tape will be available at the Sternburg Street Roundabout.

 

Please be reminded to work out the timing of this weeks ride to meet at Howard Street for next week's "Ride of Silence" which will also be appropriate in remembering the tragic loss of any cyclist or those who have been injured resulting in a cycling accident on the road.

 

 

Looking forward to seeing you on the road soon God willing

 

Thank You,

 

Regards

 

Eddie Barkla

Peter Mead commented on 08-Jul-2012 09:05 PM5 out of 5 stars
Eddie has done so much for cycling here in Bendigo. Thanks Eddie, for your contributions, and thank Bendigo Weekly for all the articles. Cheers, Peter Mead

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