Weekly Happenings

Dear All,


Another week has nearly gone and a lot has happen, we say goodbye to some long term committee members and welcome some new, we also welcome an overarching committee to oversee OCTC activities, please see President Mitch comments below.


Before we get to that the new committee would like to thank those past members of the OCC committee who without their tireless help we would not have the strong club we have now.


Message from the President

Those who were at the AGM on Tuesday night would be aware that the Orange Cycling and Triathlon Club has appointed a single committee to oversee the Club’s activities.  The change was required to protect our volunteers.  The Club’s Triathlon and Cycling activities will be run by Sub-committees and members should see no changes in how the Club and its two arms are run.

I would like to acknowledge and thank the outgoing Tri and Cycle committee’s and the enormous number of volunteers that have contributed to the smooth running of the Club and our various events throughout the year.  I would also like to thank those members who have stood up for a job this coming year.  Without these people our Club cannot operate and I look forward to working with each of you in the next 12 months.

The next year will be busy, with the NSW Triathlon Club Championships, NSW Master Road Championships and Orange Track Open, as well as all of the Club Races, training and social events.  Keep an eye on the Club websites, Facebook pages and emails for more details and be sure to get amongst it!

Mitchell Bland





OCTC Committee

  • President – Mitchell Bland
  • Vice President – David Hunter
  • Secretary – Lea Dally
  • Treasurer – Megan Goodwin
  • Committee
    • Kaz Ingram
    • Dave Warburton
    • Sue Bonar


Cycling Sub-committee

  • President – Mitchell Bland
  • Vice President – Colin Dibble
  • Secretary – Lea Dally
  • Treasurer – Ivan Podres
  • Publicity – Jeff Ferguson
  • Website – Colin Dibble
  • Road coordinator – Dave Warburton: Assistants/back up – Simon Hicky and Ivan Podres
  • Track Coordinator – Tully Richards: Assistant/back up – Adam Williams
  • Juniors Coordinator – Wendy Dibble
  • Women’s coordinator  – Sue Bonar
  • Handicapper – Tully Richards
  • Member Protection Officer – Neil Yeo


Please find attached information for the Clubs upcoming training while the OLO let’s all try to supply this great ride, also it’s a charity ride for Give Me Five For Kids as well.

Flyer v1.1

Please find a letter from Cycling NSW about Disk Brakes and Racing if you don’t won’t want to read the whole thing here it is in short -Disc Brake are now allowed in races

Disc Brakes Now Permitted for Racing

As you may be aware from various social media posts and a media release today, Cycling Australia has announced that Disc Brakes will now be permitted for use in all race events (subject to some exclusions) in Australia.  This means disc brakes will be permitted at all levels of racing in NSW.   Please see below the full announcement from Cycling Australia.


NEWS | Cycling Australia to introduce disc brakes effective immediately

Cycling Australia is pleased to announce that riders will be able to use bikes with disc brakes at club, state and non-UCI national championship level road races across Australia*, effective immediately.

Cycling Australia CEO Nick Green OAM said that the new stance on disc brakes will encourage and allow more people to get involved in racing, particularly at the local club level.

“Cycling Australia is taking a leadership role in the global discussion around disc brakes and look forward to seeing a positive effect on the Australian cycling landscape with this announcement,” said Green.

Cycling Australia actively works at all levels to remove barriers for people getting into cycling, and we believe this is another valuable step towards getting more people to give racing a go.” he added.

Following a comprehensive review and consultation with a number of other national cycling federations, including particular discussions with USA Cycling which has allowed disc brakes in racing since 2015, and cycling manufacturers, and feedback from our member state and clubs, Cycling Australia found that there was a need to respond to the changing nature of our sport.

“With the continued uptake of road bikes with disc brakes by our members, it’s important that Cycling Australia keeps up with industry’s progress and support those at the grassroots of the sport to participate,” said Technical Commission Chair Peter Tomlinson.

“We’ve seen a successful implementation at USA Cycling and at a UCI WorldTour level and there have been no reports of additional hazards being posed to riders.” He added.

As always, rider safety is paramount in any decision and Cycling Australia will continue to monitor developments nationally and internationally in the coming months around disc brakes.

Events excluded from using disc brakes:

·         Elite Road National Championships

·         Para-cycling Road National Championships (hand cycles are already permitted under current UCI technical regulations.)

·         U23 Road National Championships

·         U19 Road National Championships

·         Subaru National Road Series events

*non-UCI national championship level races including Masters Road Nationals and Junior Road nationals


Kind regards,


Phil Ayres
Chief Executive Officer | Cycling New South Wales
T: +61 (02) 9738 5850 | F: +61 (02) 9738 5853
E: phil.ayres@cycling.org.au | W: www.nsw.cycling.org.au
Dunc Gray Velodrome, Carysfield Road, Bass Hill
PO Box 7209, Bass Hill NSW 2197

That’s it ,see you on the road.



Kindest Regards


Jeff Ferguson

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