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Big thanks to Gary and Bob for an entertaining and informative seminar on racing tactics, skills and training tips held on Wednesday 1st May. If you have any feedback on the night or suggestions for future similar events, please contact Wayne, Bob, or Gary, or any other committee member. This was held at the Belmont Sport Social Club commencing 6:30pm sharp.
Our main speakers were club members Gary Wright and Bob Addy.
Gary has a wealth of experience gained over 40yrs of competitive cycling, including more than six as a professional rider. Winning many Australian Classic Road wins as well as competing internationally, he is one of our top A Grade riders.
Bob has over 11 years British and Continental professional riding experience including the Tour de France and World Championships. A top time trialist, his representative career includes Olympic and Commonwealth Games. He has coached top professional riders to six Great Britain National Road titles.
Dual Cause Fundraiser
The Midland Cycling Club is organising a family friendly fundraiser to help replace juniors track bikes stolen from the Velodrome, and to help cyclist Cathi Dixon with ongoing rehabilitation needs following a severe accident sustained in France last year. More information is available on the flyer, on facebook and on the SPR site.
If you or a group would like to attend or to donate prizes to be auctioned or raffled on the night, please contact Amanda on 0418 949 509 or via email.
Points Race Guide
Points are scored at regular sprints occuring during the race. Sprint laps will occur at approx 10min intervals at which the first four in each grade score 5-3-2-1 points. Grade positions for the day are determined by total points scored, as is the overall winner. As A and B grade have five sprints, with C and D having four, the C and D grade point scores will be multiplied by 1.25 to ensure parity. E grade riders have a separate competition of three sprints counting towards their own special trophy's.
Gary Wright Gary would like to thank everyone for their best wishes following his recent health scare. Recently elected as a Vice-President of the Club, he is expecting to ease back into cycling and make a full recovery. Its a reminder to us all to get regular check ups! Gary has also provided a collection of news articles for our amusement.
Jim Thompson Memorial Criterium
The traditional club race where points may be earned at intermediate and final sprints will be held at the Rockingham circuit later this month. All attending are reminded that this circuit was earlier in doubt for the 2012-2013 season, so we're lucky enough to be able to once again show how well cycle racing can fit in with other activities in the area.
AGM - 15th Dec
The WCMCC Annual General Meeting was held on Saturday 15th December 2012. Membership fees have increased slightly due to costs passed on from AVCC, and renewals for 2013 are now being accepted (see below). One outcome is that we are looking into introducing a timing system involving transponders.
The AGM also saw Life Membership bestowed upon Denis Robinson in recognition for the great service and support provided to the club over the years. Congratulations Denis!
Human research subjects
Dec2012: Murdoch University sought volunteers to help in a study into cycling based interval training. Participants will be visiting the campus on six separate occasions to complete one maximal exercise test and five interval training sessions. The total expected time commitment is about 9 hours.
For their time and effort, participants will be provided with full details of their aerobic fitness and be provided heart rate and power data for training purposes.
Statement of thanks to West Coast Masters Cyclists:
Dr. Jeremiah Peiffer and Miss Emma Zadow from the School of Psychology and Exercise Science at Murdoch University would like to thank all of you who contacted us regarding participation in our interval training study. Your interest has been overwhelming and we appreciate all who took the time to contact us and those actively participating in the study.
If you are interested in receiving announcements of future studies please feel free to send an email to email@example.com and you will be put on a list of possible future participants.
Please use the toilet facilities provided by the club to shed those last few grams. We have lost race circuits in the past due to public complaint when riders have made alternate arrangements. Circuits are difficult to establish and easy to lose, so such behaviour cannot be tolerated, and will result in at best a fine or possibly more severe disciplinery action. If you see someone breaking this rule, we ask you to consider the best interests of the club and report the offender to club officials.
If there is a queue and your race is about to start, please ask for priority.
2012 National Championships
Entries closed 12th October. Championship Newsletter.
Please note the club will reimburse event nomination fees and the cost of the Championship Presentations Dinner for participating riders representing the club, just present your receipts on return.
The club has changed banks and now has different bank account details. The new Direct Deposit details are BSB: 016-341 Account Number: 204543795 Account Name: WCMCC, please update your own online banking records to the new account!
Club Olympic News
Following on from receiving an honorary doctorate from the University of East Anglia in July, Emma Pooley was probably the best performing club member at the recent London Olympics. Despite missing out on the medals, she was instrumental in softening up the opposition and enabling teammate Armitstead to get in the winning break. Unfortunately PhD study commitments mean she will not be coming to Perth this year for the Crits (sighs of relief from various bunch's around town, and the odd rider in the hills). She says hello to everyone.
South Pacific Veterans Championships 2012
Congratulations to four members (Alison Dyson, Kelly Gray, Geoff Marshall and Mike Rossiter) who travelled to Maryborough over Easter to compete in this years events, enjoying great success...
Road Race: Gold Medal to Ali, Silver to Kelly & Geoff
300m Sprint: Silver Medals to Kelly and Geoff, Bronze to Ali and Mike
Time Trial: Gold Medals to Ali and Kelly, Silver to Geoff
Criterium: Gold to Ali, Silver to Geoff
They also stayed for the Cecil Cripps Handicap: Full Results
Ali 3rd, Mike =11th, Kelly 1st unplaced lady.
For more details see the VVCC website
Perth Crits Feb 2012
Well done to all WCMCC members who competed in the 2012 Smokefree Perth Criteriums. The club provided prize money for primes in the womens races, and two Rainbow jerseys were auctioned at the final presentation, with proceeds going to the women's prize pool. One jersey signed by World and Olympic Champion Nicole Cooke, World TT Champ Emma Pooley and World Track Champ Cam Meyer, the other a Cervelo Rainbow jersey signed by Emma Pooley.
A Cervelo jersey has also been given to Australian of the year, Australian living legend (and huge supporter of cycling in WA) Prof Fiona Wood from all members of WCMCC. It will be auctioned later this year to raise funds for medical research.
Thanks to club members Gary Wright, Derek McVickers and Emma Pooley for their work in promoting the club at these events.
Action from the 2012 Perth Crits
All riders should be familiar with the AVCC Regulations. Regarding the provisions:
6. Equipment and Clothing
b) 'An Australian approved and securely fastened helmet conforming to standard AS/NZ/2063 must be worn on the head at all times while riding'.
Conforming helmets should have an Australian Standard sticker inside the helmet see example. Please be aware that helmets sold overseas, including online stores, do not need to meet this requirement. An online bargain helmet may not be legal for use on Australian roads.
8. General Racing Rules
a) All competitors must abide by the State/Territory traffic laws,
There is a quide for cyclists published here. When racing on open roads, and not abiding by these rules, you are riding illegally and in contravention of the AVCC rules, which may have insurace and personal liability consequences.
Shop for a AS/NZ/2063 helmet, obey the road rules and enjoy racing.
The WCMCC Annual General Meeting was held on Saturday 10th December 2011. Membership fees have been held at the same levels as last year and renewals for 2012 are now being accepted. Forms can be downloaded from the link at the bottom of the Home page.
The AGM also saw Life Membership bestowed upon Doug Willing and Wayne Lally in recognition for the great service and support they have provided to the club over the years. Congratulations and thank you to both gentlemen.
Please refer to the Calendar page.
The club is encouraging riders to be self-sufficient and carry spares and tools during road races, at least enough to recover from a puncture or flat tyre. If you are in the habit of carrying a mobile phone, please add the WCMCC Race Emergency number 0499012648 into your contacts.
Are you famous?
Dave Nangle has posted some albums of local cycling events - click here.