Cy­cling club had a very good year

Mansfield Courier - - SPORT - By PETER HUNT

THE an­nual gen­eral meet­ing of the Mans­field Mt Buller Cy­cling Club - ‘the so­cial club with a cy­cling prob­lem’ - was held at the Pro­duce Store last week.

One of the more ac­tive of Mans­field’s sport­ing clubs saw a large num­ber of mem­bers fill the cafe.

Pres­i­dent Craig Wil­son opened the meet­ing and in a di­ver­sion from usual pro­to­col be­gan pro­ceed­ings with the trea­surer’s re­port.

Trea­surer Julie Dolling in her last re­port in the po­si­tion pre­sented fi­nan­cials that were very healthy.

Mr Wil­son then at­tacked his re­port, not­ing that the club cel­e­brates in­di­vid­ual suc­cesses, par­tic­u­larly the young, and also cel­e­brates ‘our joy of cy­cling’.

“We celebrate the suc­cess of the inau­gu­ral Mans­field Tour and our in­volve­ment in com­mu­nity events such as the Great Vic­to­rian Bike Ride,” Mr Wil­son said.

“I would like to thank our spon­sors, the out­go­ing com­mit­tee that has helped me so much and the vol­un­teers and the of­fi­cials who give up their time so the rac­ing cal­en­dar will go ahead.”

Mr Wil­son also noted that the club is fac­ing sig­nif­i­cant chal­lenges.

“Fa­cil­i­ties, fos­ter­ing ju­nior in­volve­ment in bi­cy­cle rid­ing, fos­ter­ing safer roads, keep­ing pace with an in­creas­ing load and en­sur­ing that MMBCC gains ac­cess to state, fed­eral and lo­cal gov­ern­ment fund­ing, are all is­sues that the club has to face,” he said.

PHOTOS: Peter Hunt

Lastly Mr Wil­son ac­knowl­edged the pass­ing of a friend.

“This is the first of­fi­cial meet­ing of the club since the tragic death of Alain Guerin in Novem­ber last year,” Mr Wil­son noted.

“We will celebrate Alain’s life in­di­vid­u­ally in our own ways.

“How­ever, I would ask you all to raise a glass, ‘au revoir Alain’.”

The elec­tion for of­fi­cers saw the fol­low­ing elected - Craig Wil­son (pres­i­dent), Bruce Halket (vice pres­i­dent), Ben An­n­ear (sec­re­tary) and Tony Wil­liams (trea­surer).

Jason Parker and Damian Grundy pre­sented the moun­tain bike re­port.

“There was one ma­jor change this year, with the start times of Dirt Crits be­ing changed from 5.30pm to 4.30pm,” Mr Parker said.

“This has en­abled a lot of kids to ride up from school and this has been shown with num­bers up over 100 more en­tries for ju­nior crits.

“We also in­tro­duced new events for va­ri­ety, es­pe­cially the De­latite Dash.

“For our club the sig­nif­i­cant base is our ju­niors, who have been out and about rep­re­sent­ing the club on the state and na­tional stage.”

Home for the MTB sec­tion i s Ri­fle Butts MTB Park.

“This area has re­ally de­vel­oped as a site, a unique fa­cil­ity for young riders to ride safely,” he added.

The BMX re­port, de­liv­ered by Paul Fletcher, was one of deja vu.

“We hoped last AGM we were near the end for a BMX track for Mans­field,” he said.

“How­ever, over the year we are back to square one, with Withers Lane iden­ti­fied as the only rel­e­vant site for Mans­field.

“We are still work­ing with coun­cil and have put in another plan­ning per­mit, so we will see where that will take us.”

De­vel­op­ment grants were awarded to Kian Lerch-MacKin­non and Hay­den Fletcher.

Tro­phies for the seas on were awarded t o Bruce Halket ( r oad), Aaron Sar­gent (mtb) and David Bock (cross­over) who re­ceived the Alain Guerin Tro­phy.

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