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Macarthur makes it a clean sweep in the 2010 Interclub Series !

Congratulations to Andrew Jackson for taking out the Division 1 series and Kev Fisher for finishing second in the division 2 individual series points.  Also a huge congratulations to the MCCC for taking the 2010 Interclub Series.  Thanks to all riders who participated.    The results for the Southern Highlands Rnd are now available.


Nigel De La Torre in Hospital after a nasty fall.  (Updated 10 Nov)

Still in the same room and bored.  Looking better with his sense of humour intact.  Had a weekend at home but is still nil by mouth and still struggling to master the art of patience, he wants out and wants food and drink.  Can talk pretty well now and has given the pad and pen away.  Give him a visit.  Check if you plan to go on a weekend if he is there.  Contact the Brain Injury Unit via the Hospital switch on 9828 3000.   

Nigel is now in a private room.  He is room 15 of the Brain Injury Unit.  Ask at reception for directions when you get there and they will send you in the right direction. 

The Physio had Nigel up and walking a short distance  with assistance on 13/10 and then took him in a wheelchair for a look around.  Look out Nigel is back on two wheels ! 

The fundraiser night for Nigel and his family held at the Catholic Club was a huge success.  Final numbers and a total amount raised are coming with Conor doing a great job on the microphone whipping the crowd into a bidding frenzy.  Nigels' better half Michelle has passed this on for who attended -

Hi Everyone,

I would like say a huge big THANK YOU to all you guys for Tuesday night,
You have all been great through out Nigels ordeal, with all the support and generosity from everyone, we couldn't ask for more as all of you have been there for us.  Nigel is coming along good, each day he is improving, I know it will be a long road for all of us, including all you guys who are there for him in mind and spirit.  Nigel loves visitors so please do not be frightened to go see him, hopefully he is the trauma ward this weekend, so the more visitors he gets the better. It will make his stay in hospital easier. He doesn't realize the extend of his injuries as yet, but he knows he has fallen off his bike and hurt his head. He still can't speak, but can write sentences down to get things across, but most of all he still has his sense of humour.  As I have said above a BIG THANK YOU to all,  for being there for Nigel, and our dad, hopefully with all of us we will make his recovery a lot easier.

From
Michelle, Lanna, Aimee, Naomi and Jemma De La Torre


Great results for Josie Talbot at the National Junior Road Championships

Josie raced in Canberra on the weekend of 3-5 Sep representing NSW in the Womens U15 title races.  The weather was not kind to the riders with wind and rain for pretty much the whole weekend.  Josie finisjhed 6th in the Time Trial, 7th in the Critrium and collected the bronze medal finishing 3rd in the Road Race.  Great results Josie you are having a super year.


Daniel McDonald takes out 2010 MCCC Club Championship

In a hotly contested 2010 Club Championship series young gun Daniel McDonald has claimed the top spot over his "more experienced" club members.  Great year Daniel.  We all look forward to what you can achieve.  Final Pts


Brodie Talbot finishes 9th overall in the Tour of Geelong.  (17/8/10)

Last week Brodie competed in the Tour of Geelong, which is part of the National Road Series.  The race and the series attracts all the big national teams.  While he didn't get on the podium for any of the stages, great consistency saw him finish the 6 day event 9th overall in the general classification, ahead of many well known riders for the professional teams.  Great effort Brodie.


Josie Talbot wins 3 medals at the Junior State Championships.  (15/8/10)

On the weekend Josie competed in Port Macquarie at the Junior State Championships.  She came away with the Gold medals in both the Ind TT and the criterium race and then followed that up with a silver medal in the road race.  Awesome effort Josie !  As a result of her great results so far this year Josie has been selected to represent NSW at the Junior National Road Championships being held in Canberra in September.  She has also been selected to be a member of the RBK Cycling Junior Development Team which has supplied her with a new bike and riding gear and more importantly training and guidance help from Skye Lee Armstrong, Chris Koke and Michelle Ferris, the teams founders.   The teams eventual aim is to compete internationally at the junior level.  Good luck Josie from all here at the MCCC.  


Six month licences available from CNSW.

6 Month licenses will be available this year, and valid from the 1st of July through to the 31st of December.  Go to the membership page for full details. 


Goulburn Interclub feedback &  Results

Gary Doughty from the Illawarra CC is the handicapper for the Interclub Series.  He has asked for feedback from participants in the Goulburn Race for feedback relating to the following points;

- Info on anyone who was obviously in the wrong bunch
- Whether the gaps were too large or too small between the bunches

If you have anything to add on these points can you please email Paul Hume who will get it all together and then send it off to Gary.


Josie Talbot has a successful weekend in Bathurst.

Josie Talbot has had great results at the Bathurst Hillclimb and Criteriums held at the Mount Panorama racing circuit, Bathurst on the weekend of 10-11 April.  Josie finished the JW15 Hillclimb in 3rd position roughly 9 seconds behind the winner.  (Her time would have placed her second in the JW17 event.)  Josie then went on to win the JW15 Criterium held around the pit area of Mt Panorama.  Great effort Josie !


Brodie Talbot 3rd in the Baw Baw Classic, Victoria

Brodie recently competed in the Baw Baw Classic in Victoria.  The race was held in atrocious conditions that were cold, wet and windy and included the toughest climb in Australia.  Brodie finished the race in 3rd position which is a fantastic effort for a club rider.  Well done Brodie.  For a race rundown and interview with Brodie click here.


Canberra Junior Criterium Series

The Canberra CC are holding a junior criterium series comprising 4 races bewteen May to August.  For more info click on the link.

http://www.canberracyclingclub.org.au/events/index.asp?IntCatId=30


Great results for Brodie and Josie Talbot.

Josie Talbot recently represented NSW at the National Junior Track Titles held in Melbourne.  Josie rode personal best times in all events she was entered into with her overall results being, 6th in the Pursuit, 7th in the Time Trial and 5th in the Sprint.  Brodie Talbot recently competed in the 3 day Tour of Mersey Valley which was held in Tasmania.  He finished the event in 7th place overall after he placed 22nd in the time trial, 4th in stage 2 and 8th in stage 3.  Overall great results and congratulations to both Josie and Brodie.      


Josie Talbot to represent NSW at the National Jnr Track Titles.

Hot on the heals of her representing NSW at the recent National Jnr Road Championships.  Josie has been selected to represent NSW at the National Jnr Track Championships which are being held in Victoria on the 17-20th March.  Her selection was due to her recent success at the state track championships where she received bronze medals in the 500m time trial and the sprint events and a silver medal in the individual pursuit, narrowly missing the gold medal by 2/10ths of a second.  This is an incredible effort considering this was only the second time she has raced on a velodrome !  Way to go Josie, and the club hopes you have a great time and success at the nationals.


Photos from Rnd's 1 & 2 of Hayters Criterium Series available to view on the club facebook page.

Once again our thanks go to Anthony Mulhall, whose son was racing in A grade,  for supplying these photos of A and B grade racing.   As usual they are fantastic quality and a must see.        facebook


Tupperware raffle winner is ......

The Raffle of a Tupperware Outdoor set in aid of the "Kids of Macarthur" charity was won by Barry Bance at the draw on Sunday's family day at Harrington Park.  The raffle has raised $239.00 for the charity - Thank you to all who entered.   Phil Gale

Membership renewal time !!

Its that time of the year again, membership renewal.  Click here to do it online the easy way.  If you can't do it online go to the 'Membership page' link at the top.


Items available from Hillbrick Bicycles

Paul Hillbrick has the full range of his cycling apparel back in stock.  Jerseys, knicks, socks, jackets he has them all so drop in or give him a call if you are interested.  He also has a lightweight, strong bike transport case that he will hire to club members for $20/day with a $200 refundable deposit.  Click here and here for pictures of the case.    

Check out his website  www.hillbrick.com.au 


2010 CNSW Membership now available.

Any new member who joins from now on is eligible for full membership rights until the end of 2010.  Gives you 15 months membership for the price of 12.  To go the club membership page click here.


Pengana Goulburn to Citi Cycle Classic 2009.       Race Report/Results
What a fantastic day!, yet another successful running of the Pengana Goulburn to Citi Cycle Classic 2009.  On behalf of the Macarthur Collegians Cycling Club I would like to thank our major sponsors for the event;- Pengana, Citi and the Campbelltown Catholic Club. It was also a great honor to receive a cheque, for $ 20,000.00 from the NSW Premier Mr Nathan Reece, on behalf of the Macarthur Club members.  Without the support of all our other sponsors, supporters and volunteers on the day it certainly would never be such a great success.  Well done to everyone involved and with the State Government now financially supporting this event it can only grow bigger and better!  A very special personal thank you to Michael Gleeson for his endless hours in the organisation and co-ordination of this event.  Congratulations to Macarthur Club competitors Conor Kiernan and Brodie Talbot for their fantastic personal results on the day. Once again thank you very much to all involved,  you should all feel very proud.
David Macefield
President


Be watchfull on the M7 cycleway !!

Conor was riding on the M7 cycleway on Monday evening near the Rooty Hill railway station area when he came across a couple of cyclist that had been in a tumble.  It turns out that some mental giant thought it a good idea to stretch some wire across the cycleway.  Thankfully the riders were not hurt too bad but the potential for much worse was certainly there.  Please take care when riding the cycleway, particularly at night, as these sorts of incidents are unfortunately not uncommon.


2009 MCCC Club Champion has been decided

Congratulations goes to Conor Kiernan for taking out the 2009 Macarthur Collegians Club Championship.  This is the second year in a row for Conor who has obviously developed a taste for it.   Second this year was last years third place getter, Peter McLean and third went to Barry Bance, his first appearance in the top three.  Congratulations to all and also to all the MCCC members competing in this years series.


Josie Talbot selected in the NSW Junior Road Team

After becoming the NSW JW15 Road Race Champion by taking out the race held at Port Macquarie on the 16 Aug, Josie has been selected to represent NSW at the upcoming Australian Junior Road Titles to be held in Canberra in September.  Congratulations and good luck Josie.


MCCC Hillclimb record nearly beaten

Ben Dyball from Caravello CC came within 2 seconds of beating the 2005 hill record set by Craig Gordon.  Ben set a blistering time of  9:29 averaging a tad over 24km/h for the hill.  Well done Ben !  114 riders braved the clear, chilly Camden morning to make the 2009 MCCC Hillclimb a memorable event.  The Hillclimb was also Rnd 1 of the 'Tour of August' being run by our friends at the LACC.  So make sure you get to the remaining rounds of that series.  Rnd 3 of that series has had a change of start time from 9.30am to 7.30am at the Regatta Centre.


Brodies been racing in Victoria.  Have a read of what he has been up to in Brodies Blog.


MCCC at the Kurrajong Classic

Macarthur Collegians Cycling Club had 11 entrants in this year’s Kurrajong Classic which attracted record numbers and on a day that proved to be terrific conditions for racing.   David Hampton competed in the elite race and rode well finishing the testing 165 km course. In division 2 we had Barry Bance, Craig Roach, Matt Bush and Conor Kiernan. All raced well over this 99 km course with Conor getting involved in a few attacks, on one occasion getting away in a two man break for 33kms before being reeled back in to the pack. Matt Bush rode a difficult race as he could not get out of the small chain ring but he stuck to his task and finished along with Craig and Barry in the bunch.  Conor finished a bit behind the bunch following a puncture in the final kilometres of the race.  In Division 3 we had Justin Young, Matt Howell, Nigel De La Torre, Andrew Jackson, Paul Hume and Peter McLean. The boys raced smartly controlling all the moves by staying at the front and closing down any attacks creating a good launching pad for the finish which resulted in Nigel taking out the sprint to win followed by Matt  Howell in 3rd and Justin coming in a very respectable 9th. Paul Finished in the bunch with Andrew a little behind. Peter punctured and although he fixed it, unfortunately it was too late to do more than finish the course.  Overall this was a great result for the individuals and for our club and really shows how the club is growing from strength to strength.


Macarthur Pirates BMX Club

Kids not interested in road racing or you are not keen on them being on the road ?  Then take a look at the the local BMX club.  Macarthur Pirates BMX Club have a track at Elderslie and race regularly with the races being very well run and supervised.  Click for website.     There is now also a permanent link to the club in our links page.


Mudgee weekend race rundown.

Last weekend July 11th & 12th Mudgee Cycling Club hosted the Mark Dwyer Classic comprising of a 90 km handicap on Saturday and a 40, 80 or 120 km scratch race on Sunday.  Once again Macarthur Cycling Club was well represented with 11 riders making the trip to the very popular wine producing area and as a result many made a weekend of it with partners travelling out to enjoy all that this terrific little town has to offer.   On Saturday we had Brodie Talbot, Barry Bance, Craig Roach, David Hamptom, Conor Kiernan, Paul Hume, Matt Bush, Matt Howell, Justin Young, Pat McNamara and Andrew Jackson all line up for  gruelling 90 kms of great country on rolling hills of pretty  dead road and in the end it was Matt Bush who finished as  the highest place getter from Macarthur.   All raced well although Brodie punctured and Justin had a stack that sent him off the road into the grass ditch.  All the boys rode hard on a day that was great for racing, cool and not too windy, but ridden at a cracking pace with scratch averaging approximately 45kmph.  Following Brodie’s puncture the honour of fastest time for a Mac rider went to Conor who finished just off the back of the winning group with an average speed of just over 41 kmph.   Sunday was a scratch race that only had Brodie, David and Andrew racing in divisions 1, 2 and 4.  Brodie got away in a small break away but with 15 kms to go just could not survive the intensive pace and dropped back into the main group to finish in the middle of the peloton.   David had a similar race finding himself somewhat adrift with only 20 kms to go. In the end it was Andrew who was our highest place getter finishing 6th in division 4.   Yet another terrific weekend was enjoyed by all who made the trip with all eyes now on the next weekend away for the Cootamundra Classic in late August.   So if you haven’t already entered you might want to think about coming along and having a go.  Conor.


Six month licences available from CNSW.

6 Month licenses will be available this year, and valid from the 1st of July through to the 31st of December.  Come the 28th of June, 6 Month licenses will be available for ONLINE renewal  from www.cycling.org.au

Applying online is a great way to avoid the paperwork, and the fastest way to receive you license.  All you need is your license number and a credit card!

(If you do not know what your license number was, simply call the CNSW office on 9738 5850 and we can supply you with your number)

If you have not previously had a Cycling Australia license number, you will need to do a manual entry through your club in order to receive a number.


2009 Pengana Goulburn to Citi Cycle Classic officially  launched.

The new "Pengana Goulburn to Citi Cycle Classic"  launch for 2009 was held at the offices of Citi on Wednesday 2nd June.  Macarthur representatives David Macefield, Andrew Gilman and Kevin Fisher also had the opportunity to present to CEO Stephen Roberts and Simon Piodevin last years framed winners jersey - Robbie Williams.  The launch was a great success with many key people in attendance.  DM.   Photo


Daniel McDonald enjoys success at the Goulburn Junior Tour.

MCCC's Daniel McDonald took part in the Goulburn Junior Tour on the weekend of  30-31 May.  He was in the U17B field and achieved the following results;  7th in the 6km prologue, 1st in the Sat 45km road race, 2nd in the 10km time trial and 1st in the Sun 47km road race.  These results placed him 2nd overall in the general classification for the weekend.  Great effort Daniel !


MCCC at the Sydney Road Titles.

The Sydney Road Titles were held at the Penrith Regatta Centre on Saturday 30th May and a number of the Macarthur Collegians Cycling Club members were there participating in the various grades.  Karen Reily, Paul Hume, Conor Kiernan, Barry Bance, Justin Young, Ian Adams, Matt Bush and Brodie Talbot were all there giving it their all on the day.  In the medals were Karen Reily who not only won gold in her race but also took out the prim in a combined women’s race.  Conor was the only other place getter on the day finishing  third in his race to pick up the bronze medal.  Unfortunately Barry had a fall just 1km from the finish on the final lap and took off some bark along with some minor scratching to the bike. Both will be fine with a little TLC.  Matt Bush got caught behind a fall on the second lap in his race which split the field and the 20 strong chasing bunch he ended up with never quite made it back on.  Brodie didn’t have one of his better days feeling a little off from the start and while all the others raced well none finished in a top 3 spot on this occasion. So the stand out this weekend has to go to Karen Reily.  Well done Karen.  Hard fought and well deserved. Conor


Dave Hamptons Blog.  Updated 21/5/09

Dave is one of the clubs newer members who is having a go in the rough and tumble of racing in Belgium.  Have a read about his story and what he has been up to.  Click here


Have a read on how the MCCC members went at the NSW Masters Titles.

The 2009 NSW State Masters Cycling Championships were held May 16th & 17th in Moruya on NSW picturesque south coast with participants from all over the state gathering for two days of highly competitive racing over a tough road course and a very fast crit course. Macarthur Collegians Cycling Club was well represented throughout the various categories with those making the journey doing themselves and the club proud.  This year’s location just south of Batemans Bay attracted some of the best riders from around the state including riders from ACT. We had Pat McNamara in Masters 5, Paul Hume and Conor Kiernan in Masters 4, Nigel de la Torre in Masters 3, Barry Bance, Justin Young, Ian Adams and Garth Wilson in Masters 2 with Colin Grimes and Matt Howell in Masters 1.   Saturday’s road races were held over a 9 kilometre course ridden out and back for each lap that had riders either climbing or descending the entire race. The course was rough in parts with tight turn arounds at each end leading to a very stretched rubber band effect on every turn.  Masters 5 saw the main bunch stick together chasing one loan rider in the end to sprint it out for 2nd and 3rd place. Pat Mcnamara was in the sprint put got swamped just approaching the line to give him a very respectable 15th spot.  In Masters 4 it was a completely different race with Graeme Albom (the eventual winner) forcing the pace early and busting up the 50 strong field into 2 distinct packs early in the race. Then half way through another surg split the field even further resulting in a lead group of 6 followed by two different chase groups of 3.  In the end Albom won it comfortably riding away from the rest of the field with 6 kms to go. Conor finished 9th and Paul finished 12th.   The Masters 3 race had a very strong field which fractured early leaving Nigel in no man’s land riding alone. Nigel battled on alone for some time before finally pulling the pin with 2 laps to go.  Masters 2 saw the greatest number of MCCC rides in the starting line-up in what was again a very strong field. Andrew East got away alone early and virtually time trialled for 70 kms to win the race  by a considerable margain. In the chasing bunch Barry and Justin were our strongest riders with Ian puncturing and pulling out and Garth finding the pace just a little too strong on the day. In the finish it was a bunch sprint with Barry gaining 9th spot and Justin 16th.   Sunday’s Crit race saw Conor and Paul out doing battle again on an extremely fast track that once again saw Graeme Albom (eventual winner) breaking away again with 3 others  15 minutes into the race. Conor and Paul both gave chase and worked hard for the chasing bunch but in the end to no avail.  They sprinted for the honour of 5th spot but only managed 8th and 15th respectively.  Barry raced hard once again in Masters 2 but after a very tough day on Saturday finished down the field in 18th position on this extremely fast crit circuit.  Colin Grimes and Matt Howell raced in Masters 1 and after a good start found themselves lacking the legs on the day and having to withdraw mid race.  All in all a fantastic weekend of racing with the two standout performances for me being Pat McNamara’s gutsy ride, given the relatively small amount of training Pat manages to do and Barry Bance’s 9th spot in a very strong and fast group over the longest distance, 90 kms.  Well done to all and let’s hope we can get more riders to participate next year as this is a great event held in a beautiful part of the state.

Conor


Josie Talbot gets silver medal at the NSW Criterium Championships.

Josie Talbot has claimed another medal finishing 2nd in the JW15 division of the NSW Criterium Championships held at the tennis centre, Homebush Bay, on 26 April.  Great effort Josie.  Brodie Talbot just missed out on a medal finishing 4th in the U23 race.  Go the Talbots !!


Brodie Talbot takes bronze medal at the NSW Hillclimb Championships.

Brodie competed in the U23 division of the NSW Hillclimb Championships at Bathurst on 18th April coming 3rd and claiming the bronze medal.  His time would have given him the silver medal in the Elite mens division.  He also placed 5th in Division 1of the Bathurst Criteriums being held in conjunction the same weekend.  Great effort Brodie !


 MCCC have a successful Goulburn Interclub !

A large contingent from the club made the trip down to Gunning for the first round of the 2009 Interclub Series on Saturday 18 April 09.  Due to the number of entries the field was split into two divisions with MCCC's Andrew Jackson and Pat McNamara taking second and third respectively in Division 1.

In Division 2, in case you hadn't heard ;) Michael Gleeson came away with the cash and won the Division 2 race with Anthony Limare finishing 6th in the bunch sprint finish.  Well done to everyone who entered.  Looks like being a good series.

Division 1 & 2  results


Josie Talbot gets bronze medal at Australian Schools Cycling Cup. 2/4/09

Josie recently competed in her first competition away from Smeaton Grange and claimed the bronze medal in the junior girls road race at the Australian Schools Cycling Cup which was held in Sheparton, Victoria.  She also placed 10th in the individual time trial.  Well done Josie !


MCCC raises $750 to go to the Red Cross Vic Bush Fire Appeal.

After and impromptu whip around amongst competitors at the Smeaton Grange crits, together with the days takings after prizemoney, the MCCC has raised the sum of $750 which has been forwarded to the Red Cross Victorian Bushfire Appeal.   Thankyou to all those who contributed.


'Injury List' has been added to website.

As suggested at a recent meeting a 'Injury List' link has been placed at the bottom of the webpage to alert club members of other members who have had the misfortune of coming off there bike and are out of action as a result.  Look down and click the link !


'Warren Porteous gives training advice to Lance Armstrong on the eve of the Tour Down Under' .

One of our members, and his lovely partner Karen,  were lucky enough to be part of a group that had dinner with Lance Armstrong on the eve of the recently run Tour Down Under in SA.  Dont believe it here is the proof !   Photo   


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year !!!

The MCCC committee would like to thanks all those who have supported the recent 'Hayters Timber and Paving Cash Summer Series'.  There has been some great racing and the top 15 in the points have just received their early Christmas bonus.  A HUGE thankyou to Hayters Timber and Paving,  Mark Anthony Automotive and Narellan Auto Dismantlers for their generous financial support.  Thanks also to Brenton Anthony who suggested and thought out the structure for the series. 

We wish all club members, and friends of the club, a great Christmas and all the best for a safe and prosperous New Year.  See you all at Smeaton Grange in early Feb 09.

MCCC Committee.


A word from our President
Hi Everyone, 
Well what fantastic weather we had today for the Goulburn to Citi Cycle Classic. I would like to thank everyone who helped out today, your efforts were very much appreciated and the race would not have been a success without everyone's help, support and commitment. You should all be very proud of yourselves and the club that you belong to. Our Club continues to make impacts on cycling around Australia and we are the leaders in event management. Once again the Macarthur Collegians Cycling Club were given special mention with interviews on 2KY and 2GB on Friday and many other local radio stations. 
Special thanks to our major sponsors Citi, Campbelltown Catholic Club, Coca Cola and Paul Wakelings - Skoda for their continued financial support and a very special thanks to Paul Hillbrick, Nowl Lowry and Michael Gleeson for their endless hours in the planning, promoting and finalising of this fantastic event.
Congratulations to Macarthur Rider Luis Trueba who finished 8th, what a fantastic result ! Congratulations to the other Macarthur Riders who raced in the event;- Barry Bance, Craig Roach, Colin Grimes and Matt Howell.
kind regards
David Macefield


Alternative to the M7 and Menangle Loop Wednesday night training rides.

Due to serious concerns raised about the safety of riders on the current Wednesday night training rides the MCCC decided, at the Sep 2008 monthly meeting, not to promote them as organized club training rides.  As an alternative the following has been suggested as the year round MCCC Wednesday night training ride.  The MCCC, in the past, would train on a block in the Smeaton Grange industrial area.  The format was for a 6pm start that began slowly at first lapping a block, and once riders were warmed up then the pace would quicken too a good pace and around we would go.  The rider on the front would do a lap and then at the same place each lap around would peel off and move to the back of the group and the next rider would do a lap and so on.  If the pace was too quick for some then they could drop off the bunch and slow for a breather and wait for the bunch to come back around and then get back on.  Often a slightly slower group would form and there would be two groups circulating.  Riders that arrived late could just slip in when they were ready and it worked pretty well and was a great hit out.  This went on for an hour or so.  With the recent  development in the Smeaton Grange area a new, basically traffic free block is now available.  The streets are Bluett Dr, Anderson Rd and Gallipoli St and is roughly 900 meters in length, basically flat and is well street lit.  There is even a little cul-de-sac  that runs off Bluett Dr which would be a great place to meet, park cars etc.  Give a a go a see what you think.  Comments and suggestions can be made at the next monthly meeting which is to be held on 14th Oct.  


2008 MCCC Club Championship has been decided.

On a cold, wet and windy 'Spring' afternoon the 2008 Club Championship has been decided.  Only 10 entries braved the conditions in the 45km all in scratch race at Menangle.  In the end it came down to a bunch print with Conor Kiernan taking the win and clinching the Club Championship in the process.   Congratulations to all !

Top three in the championship are;

1. Conor Kiernan

2. Paul Hume

3. Peter McLean

Click here to go to the Club Championship page.


Brodies Blog:  Click here to read what Brodie Talbot has been up to racing in France. (updated 8/9/08)


Looking to buy or sell a used bike or parts ?

Take a look at the classified at the Bicycling Australia Website.

http://www.bicyclingaustralia.com/classifieds.php


20% discount for MCCC members at Hillbrick Bicycles !

Paul Hillbrick from Hillbrick Bicycles is a loyal sponsor of the MCCC.  As part of Hillbrick Bicycles 20th anniversary celebrations he is offering all MCCC members 20% of his extensive range of bicycles and accessories.  His full range of products can be viewed is his recently released catalogue. Click on the picture below which will take you to his website where the whole catalogue can be viewed.  Or you can contact him on (02) 9820 4011.

 


Changes to RTA road rules that relate to cyclists.  Click  here


Six month licences now available.

Valid from 30 June until 31 December 2008 and cannot be used prior to 30 June.

Complete the standard membership application and enter into the 'New Membership' box  '6 Months' and submit to the club with the following payment.

Elite Men and Women.   $90

Under 19 Men and Women & Masters < 65.   $90

Masters > 65.   $60

Under 17 men and Women, Under 15 Men and Women.  $45

Under 13 Boys and Girls, Under 11's and Under 9's.  $40.


Karen Reily wins the gold medal at the Metro Road Titles.

Karen competed in the Womens Master 3 age category at the Sydney Road Titles which were held at the Penrith Regatta Centre on 31.5.08, and came away with a win and the gold medal.  Congratulations and well done Karen !


Conor Kiernan wins a bronze medal at NSW Masters Titles.

Congratulations to Conor for wining a bronze medal in the Masters 4 Road Race at the NSW Masters Road Championships held at Port Macquarie on the 17/5/08.  With a tough 72km course and 37 entries in the field Conor held off some strong finishers to take the bronze medal.  The next day he competed in the Masters 4 Criterium and finished a creditable 8th.  Well done Conor !


Kangaroo Valley social weekend rundown. (Feb 08)        Click here for photos

A great weekend was had by all who attended the Feb weekend down in Kangaroo Valley. (14 adults, 13 kids)  The masses sprinkled in at various times on Fri evening after work and a 'few' drinks and nibbles were had before turning in.  Next morning those riding (7) headed off up the undulating road to Tallowa Dam, with a light mist falling which was a welcome relief from the humidity.  The last one kilometer to the dam itself is very steep and that, along with the wet roads, made for a tricky decent but all made it unscathed.  The scenery at the dam was breathtaking with low cloud covering the tops of the surrounding hills and a calmness you had to experience to believe, truly worth the ride itself.  Unfortunately that steep decent down had to be ridden back up but all made it at their own pace.  The run back into town was quick with the promise of coffee waiting.  Coffee in Kangaroo Valley was had before returning to the cabins.  All up about 60km. Great ride !.  That afternoon some did the tourist trips and 5 other families went canoeing down the river.  It was a lot of fun with all canoes sitting a lot lower in the water than they did at the start due to the 'occasional' water fight along the way.  Basically if you were close enough to splash someone you did.  The odd rapids along the way made for some good laughs as our unskilled oarsmen/women attempted to negotiate the whitewater hell.  Upon our return to the cabins, and after a cleanup, it was beer o'clock.  We did our best to munch through the mountains of nibblies assembled, washed down with some drinkies.  A BBQ was the order of the the day for dinner and some more drinkies.  For desert the 'adults' had some more drinkies (seeing a trend here ?) while the kids played the chocolate game and toasted some marshmallows and then ran around like the sugar filled kids they now were.  The next morning a warm up and then a ride up the Fitzroy Falls climb (9km) out of of the valley was planned.  Unfortunately not all fronted for that ride, myself included, must have been something we ate.  A hardcore 4 did and came home with another 60km under their belts.   Sounded like a tough morning, well done !  After morning tea we all made our way home and into the rain.  All up a fantastic weekend was had by all and a big thank you must go to Conor for all his efforts in organizing the trip.  Look forward to the next one. PB. 


Cadel Evans Charity Ride  (2/12/07)

An early morning start saw over 200 Cycling Australia members participate in the Cadel Evans Charity Ride for the David Peacy Foundation. The event organized by director Simon Poidevin of Citi (naming rights sponsor of the Goulburn to Citi Cycle Classic) started at Miller Street North Sydney and finished in centennial park. The Ride lead by Cadel Evans and his wife were given a police escort. A lap of centennial park in recognition for Cadels outstanding results in the Tour De France and a chq for over $ 34, 000 presented to the David Peachy foundation were the highlights of the morning. Club President David Macefield, Treasurer Andrew Gilman and Goulburn to Citi promoter and Macarthur club member Paul Hillbrick were among the riders. It was a fantastic morning!!! DM.       Photo of the guys rubbing shoulders with Cadel.


Citi Presentation   (26/11/07)

The official presentation to Citi for their involvement as naming rights sponsor in the 2007 Goulburn to Citi Cycle Classic this year took place at their Sydney head office today.  CEO Mr Stephen Roberts and Director Simon Poidevin were presented with a framed signed winners jersey of Robbie Williams (from the Drapac Porsche team) by Macarthur Club President David Macefield. Promoters Paul Hillbrick (Hillbrick Bicycles) and Noel Lowry (The District Reporter) were also at the presentation. DM.   Photo


Another word from our President.   (21/11/07)

Hi Everyone,
Last Thursday Night I was very much privileged to have received the 1st "Honorary Life Membership" to the Macarthur Collegians Cycling Club. Thankyou to Neil Leifels for the nomination and also to everyone for their support. There were also three other deserving "Honorary Life Membership" awards given to; Michael Gleeson, Noel Lowry and Paul Hillbrick, for their outstanding contributions to the club and also in the promoting and running of the Goulburn to Citi Cycle Classic Event over the last three years.
It was also fantastic to see such a great number of club members attend the AGM to witness these very special awards.
Thankyou also for allowing me to lead the club again in 2008 as the Club President and also thankyou to the other club members who have committed to roles over the next twelve months. Your help in running such a successful club is appreciated. 2008 is going to be an exciting year as the club will celebrate it's 25th Anniversary!
Kind regards
David Macefield


Macarthur Riders at the UCI Worlds Masters Track Championships

Chris Murray and Neil Leifels have been competing at the Worlds Masters Track Championships which were held at the Dunc Gray Veledrome between the 16-21 October.  In the 750m Time Trial Chris finished 7th making him the 2nd fastest Australian with Neil finishing 15th in the same event.  In the Sprint event Chris was eliminated after the round 2 repecharge with Neil being eliminated in round 1.  Dont forget this is the 'worlds', great works guys, its been a busy couple of weeks.  Scroll down for their other recent achievements


And now a word from our President. (Oct 07)

On behalf of the Macarthur Collegians Cycling Club, I wish to thank all the volunteers and sponsors which made yet another successful running of the 2007 Goulburn to Sydney (Citi) Cycle Classic, the oldest and most prestigious road cycling classic on the NSW cycling calendar.
Over 20 sponsors and 100 hundred volunteers assist on the day and included volunteers from Macarthur CCC, Southern Highlands CC, Goulburn CC and other organisations. Your contribution and assistance was very much appreciated and the event could not run without your help and support .
This year’s Goulburn to Citi saw over 120 of Australia’s elite cyclists including 7 professional teams, international riders and 6 Australian Club teams.
Once again the race has received near 100 media reports including the Alan Jones, Simon Poidevin interview on Sydney’s 2GB, 702 ABC, Sydney Morning Herald, Telegraph, The Australian Financial Review and a half hour documentary of the race on SBS television.
Simon Poidevin, the events Race Ambassador, is to be congratulated for the manner in which he has undertaken the “Ambassador” role and also for bringing on board in 2007 the company Citigroup as naming rights sponsor. Also due to his efforts and our affiliated club, the Campbelltown Catholic Club, we were also able to raise over $150,000 for local charities.
A special “thankyou” night for all involved in the event will be held at the Campbelltown Catholic Club, 7.30pm on Thursday 1st November. The night also includes the Macarthur Collegians Cycling Club’s Annual presentation and all members are invited.
We look forward to your support again in 2008.
David Macefield
President


Chris Murray claims 3 Gold medals at the Australasian Masters Games !!

Last week Macarthurs Chris Murray and Neil Leifels traveled to Adelaide and competed on the track at the Australasian Masters Games, 5-14 October.  Chris Murray claimed  Gold medals in the Time Trial, Pursuit and Sprint, an amazing accomplishment.  Neil Leifels was just out of the medals with 4th place in both the Sprint and Time Trial.  Well done to both of you !

Both are competing in the World Masters Championships which are being held at the Dunc Gray Velodrome this week.  The event has free entry and it is a great opportunity to see some world class track cycling close to home and support some club riders on the world stage. 

For full details see   World Masters Cycling    


 2007 'Goulburn to citi' has been run and won !!

(Sep 07)

Fantastic weather greeted all the riders in this years event, unlike last year, which resulted in most of the bunch staying fairly well grouped together.  A great effort by the three Macarthur/Hillbrick Racing Team riders who started - unfortunately Justin Young could not start due to illness.  In his first attempt at 'The Goulburn' Conor Keirnan was the first Macarthur/Hillbrick Team rider to finish in 62nd place (22nd Div 2 rider) and only 5 minutes 49 secs back from the event winner Robert Williams from the Drapac Porsche Team.  This is a huge effort and a fantastic result for Conor and the Macarthur Collegians Cycling Club. Not bad for a Masters 4 rider who got hit by a car training on the Friday before the race!  The clubs other entrants Lee Smith and Ian Adams rode their hearts out with both finishing in Camden a little further down the order.  Well done all of you !  A huge thankyou to the organisers and all the volunteers from the MCCC and the Goulburn and Southern Highlands Clubs that helped out at the various locations throughout the day.  Without all of your help this event would simply not take place.  The event ran extremely well and the finish in Camden was a sight to behold with the large crowd gathered to watch.  Thankyou !

Dave Macefield - Club President.  

 

For a full rundown of the race as it happened and all the results click here


2007 Club Champions have been decided

The final round of the 2007 MCCC Club Championship was held at the Menangle Road Course on Saturday 8/9/07.  The weather cleared but the SE winds didn't  making the course as tough as usual.  In the all in 45km scratch race Brodie Talbot escaped and won finishing 19 seconds in front of a group of five. This group were sprinting for the lower places and Conor Kiernan took out the sprint taking 2nd with Peter Mclean finishing 3rd.  As it turned out these three were the final top three in the Club Championship in a different order.  Final standings in the Club Championship can be found here.

The Top Three were:

1st Peter Mclean

2nd Conor Kiernan

3rd Brodie Talbot           

Well done guys.

Click here to go to Club Championship Page


Brodie Talbot 3rd in NSW U19 Road Championships

Brodie has added to his 2007 NSW U19 Time Trial bronze medal with another bronze medal at the NSW U19 Road Championships which were held at Kurrajong on the 19/8/07.  The race was 133km in length with a strong field with Brodie finishing in third place.  Well done Brodie !


MCCC riders claim top 3 places at Macarthur Round of the Interclub Series.

Macarthur riders cleaned up the cash at the Macarthur Rnd of the Interclub Series held at the Menangle Rd course on 7/7/07.  Karen Reily took out 1st overall, 1st MCCC rider and  1st woman.  Michael Burke took out 2nd overall, 2nd MCCC rider, 1st master rider and 1st MCCC master rider.  Ron Reinhold took out 3rd overall, 3rd MCCC rider.  Conor Keirnan took out fastest MCCC rider with an average speed of 38.2km/h.  Well done to all who entered and the club members and others who helped out on the day.  Full Results    


Brodie Talbot 3rd in NSW Individual Time Trial Championships.

The day after taking out the clubs time trial event, Brodie competed in the Under 19 class at the State Time Trial Championship at Calga, finishing 3rd and taking the bronze medal.  The 20km course had some long climbs with the longest being about 2km with a gradient similar to Razorback.  Well done Brodie !!