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From the President's Desk


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By veloneil - Posted on 26 May 2014

It has been a while but there remains plenty happening around the club.

Cootamundra race weekend

It was pleasing to see 20+ NSCC riders make the trek to Cootamundra to contest the first of their races for the year. The Coota May race heralds the start of the new country race season and quite a few "rookies" ventured out to stretch their legs.

Congratulations to Lee "Leethal" Robson and Richard Spinks who both achieved top 10 on Saturday and Sunday, and to Larri Wallbridge who fininhsed 4th in the Womens category.

From the feedback recieved, everyone enjoyed the racing which was hard and fast. Kim Austen mentioned that the NSCC "red black and white" was talked about in Coota!

Also believe that the bus/trailer/accommodation combo worked well. NSCC will be doing more events like this in future. From my own experience, you should give special attention to the Mudgee weekend, with racing on both Saturday and Sunday amongst one of the finest wine regions of the Central West.

Like Coota, Mudgee is a great place to start your country open racing.

BikeBug Beaumont Road Series

The 18 May Beauie races adopted a teams format across all of the grades. It is acknowledged that this was experimental but seen as a way of creating variety in the style of races. The committee is already reviewing the outcomes and see how we can improve this in future.

Sadly, there was a crash in A/B grade but this was not caused by a NSCC rider, and the matter has been referred to the relevant club for follow-up with the rider concerned.

Current grade standings for the BikeBug Series are shown in another posting on the website.

I can also announce that Bike Bug has added to the prize pool for the Beauie Series and agreed to provide $200 for the "Fairest and Best" junior rider (in any grade) and $200 for a similar prize to a visiting non-NSCC rider.

Obviously, it is important that we show our support for BikeBug who support the Beauie Series. You can do this by going online to bikebug.com when you need your cycling gear and parts.

Our next Beauie is Sunday 1st June.

Cervelo Cup Race 1 - Monday 9th June (Long Weekend)

This is a great Masters category race on the NSW calendar, with the 2nd race later on Saturday 26 July in Newcastle.

The first race is a graded scratch into A, B, C and D and run at Eastern Creek.

Andy Logan has already posted information on NSCC Facebook page and you can find more at the Cycling NSW Events Calendar. You enter through Cycling NSW website, who will then grade you into the appropriate grade. For newcomers, this is usually into a lower grade.

There are plenty of NSCC riders who have been racing at Beauie and ready to step up to the Cervelo Series. This is for both men and women and well suited for C and D graders as well. You should give this some serious consideration as a good way of honing your race skills.

Cycling NSW Annual General Meeting

Attended the Cycling NSW AGM in May and I can report that the new management is doing a great job in revitalising cycling in NSW.

I can also announce that Rexine Jones was elected to the Board of Cycling NSW, and with Peter Beaumont already a Director, this proudly brings NSCC representation to two Board Directors.

Two important issues were given particular attention at the AGM. The first outlined the efforts to increase the participation by women in cycling. The second focussed on the need for Cycling NSW and the clubs to protect the current race venues across NSW that use public roads, including Beaumont Road, Kurrajong, Kooragang, Calga, Nowra and the like.

A range of administrative and other matters were discussed and I have the minutes if anyone wants a copy.

Best Mountain Bike