New Year Message

Dear OCC Members

We have come to the end of another successful year for the Orange Cycle Club (and the wider OCTC) and I wanted to take this chance to reflect on the year that was, to say thank you to all those who have helped in so many ways and to highlight a few of the fantastic things we have coming up in 2018. Please take a few minutes to read the following and get involved in some of the fantastic things that the club has on offer.

The year that was and what’s coming up in 2018

Social rides

The Saturday Coffee Ride and the Wednesday Dash have once again proven a hit, with lots of riders of all abilities enjoying the warmer weather and the company. Both these rides will continue in 2018.
With the Wednesday Dash finishing up at the end of daylight savings on 1 April we will be trialing a Chop Session for road bikes at the velodrome Wednesday evenings. More details to follow, however, the sessions will be designed to cater for all standards, with the pace increasing from 25kmh to +40kmh over 90 minutes. There will be a suitable pace for everyone.
Road racing

We have trialed Sunday morning racing with feedback indicating that riders enjoy not having to back up after the Saturday Coffee Ride to race in the afternoon. We are currently planning the 2018 racing program. A separate link will be sent to a survey seeking member feedback.
The road season will culminate on 19 and 20 May with the Club Championships. Who will be crowned the 2017/2018 Club Champion for each grade?
Finally, rider numbers have been low to our road races, with some races seeing only 8 riders. This level of attendance is not sustainable from a volunteer perspective and it is possible that the road racing program will cease at the end of this season if numbers don’t pick up.
Track racing and training

Tuesday track racing has again proven popular, with up to 17 juniors racing each week. The Seniors have seen smaller numbers; however the sledging has been of outstanding quality and the beer afterwards (included with the entry fee) is one of highlights of the week.
Thursday track training has seen a small but dedicated group of juniors and adults working on power and cadence. Come on down and jump on one of the club bikes if you have ever wanted to try track racing.

The Sunday afternoon Skills sessions have again been very popular, with lots of kids who started in October graduating from Cycle Skills on the netball courts to Track Skills on the velodrome and into the Performance Squad
Many of the Juniors have been traveling to both the track and regional carnivals. Notable results have been as follows.
Benji Anderson – 2 x gold track medals (ITT and Scratch race) and 3 x road medals (Scratch and Crit (gold) and ITT (silver))
Xavier Bland and Gydion Dally – 2016 NSW Cycling Cyclists of the Year
Most importantly, however, all the kids have had a ball and learnt new skills that will carry them through life
Women’s riding

She Rides has again proven a huge success, with plenty of women passing through the program over the year. It is fantastic to see so many women riders out and about. Chapeau ladies.
2018 Events

NSW Masters Road Race Championships were held again in May, with the best master’s riders in NSW fighting it out for medals, with Christine Wolfson taking out the MASW 4 ITT Gold Medal. The 2018 event will be held on 22 to 24 September 2018. Please consider volunteering for this event – its great fun and the volunteers get the best seats in the house!
Inaugural Orange Track Open to be held on 27 January 2018. More information to come, but this event will showcase some of the best riders in the Central West having their last hitout before the State Championships in February. Some of these riders will be future household names I have no doubt
Annual Presentation to be held in May after the Club Road Championship. Time and venue to be advised, but we will be presenting the Club Championship Trophies, Club Person and Performer of the year as well as the high sought after Mulga Bill Award. It should be a great night.
Thank you’s and acknowledgements

As always with any volunteer organisation, there are an enormous number of people who volunteer their time and resources. At the risk of leaving someone off the list, I would like to thank the following.

Sponsors – for your long-term financial commitment and support to our club
o Costin Roe

o Challenge Implements

o Bills Beans East Orange

o Hotel Canobolas

o Jack Evans Stores

Committee – for your commitment to the Club and willingness to give up your time and energy for the benefit of us all.
o Colin Dibble (VP), Lea Dally (Secretary), Ivan Podres (Treasurer), Wendy Dibble (Juniors), Sue Bonar (Womens), Dave Warburton (Road), Tully Richards (Track), Jeff (Panda) Ferguson (for the happenings email and being the only man I know who refers to himself in the third person!)

Road race approvals – Dave Cooper
Volunteers – too many to mention who have commissaired, first aided, stood on corners, manned sign on desks, built bike storages in the velodrome shed and a thousand other little tasks.

Finally, for those on race licences, renewals are due. If you are finding that you are not racing, consider one of the Ride Memberships. These are much more cost effective and provide all the insurance and other benefits of a race licence. Click here to renew your membership.

Thank you all. See you on the bike in 2018 and, as always, stay safe, be seen and keep the rubber side down.

Mitchell Bland


Orange Cycle and Triathlon Club

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