Cycling club had a very good year
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.
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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.