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Newsletter 27th September 2014

Eildon, 20th September 2014

This was just the second race at Eildon and already it is turning into a great venue. The weather was as the previous trip, near perfect. It’s hard to believe that it can be anything but. Kevin the first aider is regularly at Eildon and did mention it can be very cold. Perhaps we have been just lucky so far.  The racing was strong in most grades yet the atmosphere among the riders at the presentation was upbeat and of enjoyable racing. If you haven’t been to Eildon you are the one missing out on good safe racing on flat track. Put a note in your diary for next year and don’t miss out again.

 


Newsletter 20th September 2014

Lake Learmonth – 13th September 2014

Our yearly visit to the Eureka Cycling Club was a very enjoyable jaunt in the beautiful county-side around Lake Learmonth. The usual wind that powers those familiar wind turbines on the skyline was absent and the sun was shining on the toiling backs of some 70 riders from both clubs. The much smaller Eureka Club achieved 3 places in 4 contested grades. This shows their strength and local knowledge when faced with the ‘team’ tactics of the Eastern riders.

The after race refreshments were provided by the Eureka club and a great country BBQ along with home-made cakes that the ladies prepared were enjoyed by all. With the long distances to EVCC race venues now the norm, one wonders why we don’t go to Learmonth more often.

 


Newsletter 13th September 2014

Casey Fields – 6th September 2014

Casey Fields was breathless, well almost. Just a breeze, warm, sunny and just so different to what we have come to expect from the circuit.  The conditions making for some fast and hectic racing, b-grade only being caught by a-grade late in proceedings and c-grade managing to stay away from b for the duration and only being passed once, early, by a-grade  In a-grade it was a well deserved win to Rob Amos, showing persistence and determination can pay off.

A magpies view of Casey Field. Check out the You Tube clip of Eastern Vets competing at Casey Field last week (2.22). This piece of video is by Patrick Gullace (son of Anthony) and was taken from his GoPro on a helidrone

 


Vale John Neil

The Eastern Veterans Cycling Club is saddened to hear that John Neil has succumbed to a serious head injury sustained while cycling in Europe.  John had been a member of Eastern Vets  for only a couple of years but has thrown himself into both the sport and the club with enthusiasm and energy, rising from e-grade less than a year ago to podium placings in an increasingly stronger c-grade recently.  John also became active behind the scenes taking on the editorialship of the weekly club newsletter, providing fresh ideas and managing to solicit reports where previous editors have struggled.

John was also a member of the Malvern Harriers athletics club for around 20 years,  highlights of his time there included being part of the Malvern Harriers over 50 AV Championship teams of 2005 and 2006, and successfully drafting and validating an up to date constitution to take the club into the future.

After winning heath battles with heart and cancer in recent years, John was on top of the world, with a recently arrived new grandson, embarking on a fantastic European cycling tour, riding better than ever in his life, on a new bike which he told me last week “best purchase I’ve ever made”.

The club extends its sympathy to all affected by this tragedy

John’s daughter – Jessica, was keen for some images of John from his last days be made available so he can be remembered as doing what he loved.

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Newsletter 6th September 2014

Yarra Glen – 30th August 2014

It was back to business as usual this week at Yarra Glen after the novelty (for some of us) of last week’s ITT. It was great to have no need to consider wardrobe requirements for a race as the sun shone making the Yarra Valley an idyllic backdrop to the day’s event. It was perhaps a reminder that hydration will soon be an even more important consideration in getting race-ready (note to Bernie Evans – your bidon is not optional equipment).

Thanks go to Ken and Jim for their reportage below and to Dave McCormack for providing some snaps of the action on Saturday (see Members Corner).


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