Newsletter – 1 October 2020

COVID-19 shutdown issue 4

We’re still not racing, but there has been plenty going on to ensure the club is ready when the time comes. This issue contains new race day procedures and an outline of how they will work, as well as an update from President Adam on two big moves: to cashless racing, and from the AVCC to AusCycling.


Newsletter – 20 June 2020

COVID-19 shutdown issue 3

A return to racing is on the horizon, and this issue brings you up to date with the latest developments and what the club is doing to prepare. Plus Doug Page takes us on a jaunt up Mt Donna Buang by tandem.


Newsletter – 23 May 2020

COVID-19 shutdown issue 2

Read this issue for an update from the Pres. on returning to racing (not for a while yet) and other committee matters, plus some good reading from the Peaks Challenge Falls Creek and the Fantasy Kew Boulevard.


Newsletter – 16 April 2020

COVID-19 shutdown issue 1

There has been no club racing for the last month because of the coronavirus, but there’s a message from the Club President and a round-up of January’s AVCC National Championships in Adelaide, with race reports and some great photos.

 


Newsletter – 21 March 2020

Casey Fields, 14 March 2020 – GSR

The wind blew hard at Casey Fields last Saturday. Nothing new there, but the ill wind of COVID-19 is afoot in our community, and as well as results and race reports from Casey this week’s newsletter has a summary of the club’s response to the virus and a message from the President.


Newsletter – 14 March 2020

Casey Fields, 7 March 2020 – GSR

There are results from all the week’s club races in this issue, plus big news about the ECC/VCV Open Handicap at Seymour, smaller news about a new prize for Wednesday racers, and a last chance to sponsor the teams riding in the Below the Belt Pedalthon.


Newsletter – 7 March 2020

Garfield, 29 February 2020 – handicap

By the bell, the handicap at Garfield was practically all together. Read what happened in results and race reports in this week’s newsletter. Also there are results from Metec and the Loop and plenty of other important news.


Newsletter – 29 February 2020

Metec, 22 February 2020 – GSR

We got to race at Metec on Saturday for the annual Charity Day, and there are results and a race report in this week’s newsletter. There’s a heap of other news about one thing or another, too, including an important change to the racing program.


Newsletter – 22 February 2020

Dunlop Road, 15 February 2020 – GSR (cancelled)

All club races were washed out this week, but we have race reports and photos from the Port Campbell to Warrnambool Handicap and race 1 of the Conni Classic women’s handicap series at Learmonth, which were not. Last week’s charity day will now take place at METEC this Saturday.


Newsletter – 15 February 2020

Loop, Yarra Boulevard, 8 February 2020 – GSR

Results and race reports from the Loop (Saturday and Wednesday) and METEC (Tuesday) are there in this week’s issue, along with a reminder to get along if you can to the charity day at Dunlop Road this Saturday. We’ll be dividing the day’s proceeds equally between Below the Belt, funding research into urogenital cancers, and the Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund.


Newsletter – 8 February 2020

Casey Fields, 1 February 2020 – GSR (cancelled)

Racing at Casey was cancelled because of bad weather, but Tuesday and Wednesday results are in this week’s newsletter along with a heads-up about the annual charity day at Dunlop Road, coming up on Saturday 15 February.


Newsletter – 1 February 2020

Loop, Yarra Boulevard, 25 January 2020 – GSR

See this week’s newsletter for results from Saturday, Tuesday and Wednesday racing, information about races coming up, a reminder to renew your membership and more.


Newsletter – 25 January 2020

Casey Fields, 18 January 2020 – GSR

We’re back, and so is the newsletter, with news this week about a milestone for long-time member Rod Goodes, reports from Casey Fields, news from the AVCC Nationals in Adelaide and more.


Newsletter – 21 December 2019

Rocco Drive, 15 December 2019 – GSR

Racing at Rocco Drive this week decided the Saturday Aggregate for 2019 by the smallest margin. Get results from all the week’s racing, including the final Aggregate result, plus important messages from Club President Adam and others.


Newsletter – 14 December 2019

Casey Fields, 7 December 2019 – GSR

Catch up on the week’s racing and the super close finish to the Saturday Aggregate for 2019. Plus a thank you for some worker bees and more specials from super sponsor Croydon Cycleworks.


Newsletter – 7 December 2019

METEC, 30 November 2019 – Club Captain’s Race Day

It’s a return to form for the newsletter this week, a bumper issue with results, reports and photos from METEC (Saturday and Tuesday), the Loop, the Women’s Conni Classic at Paraparap and the Tour of Bright, plus news of a house call Adam and Max made during the week.


Newsletter – 30 November 2019

National Boulevard, 24 November 2019 – Dave Ryan Memorial

The Dave Ryan Memorial Trophy went back to Northern after last Sunday’s racing at National Boulevard. See results from all grades as well as from Tuesday night’s Croydon Cycleworks Summer Crit Series and Wednesday racing at the Loop, Yarra Boulevard. There’s also plenty of information about upcoming events, including this Saturday’s Club Captain Race Day at METEC and the Below the Belt Pedalthon 2020.

 


Newsletter – 23 November 2019

Dunlop Road, 16 November 2019 – GSR

This week’s issue has results from all the week’s racing and photos from Dunlop Road, a call to arms for next Sunday’s Dave Ryan Memorial races and lots of news from Croydon Cycleworks.


Newsletter – 16 November 2019

Dandenong South, 10 November 2019 – GSR

Bazalgette Drive, South Dandenong: fast, flat, empty and immaculately surfaced. Read all about it in this week’s issue, along with the usual news about upcoming events.


Newsletter – 9 November 2019

Casey Fields, 2 November 2019 – GSR (cancelled)

Saturday racing fell foul of the weather again, and Tuesday night summer crits at METEC had a holiday, so Wednesday at the Loop yielded the only results you’ll find in this week’s issue, but there’s enough other news to make it worth your while, including Croydon Cycleworks’ November service deal for Eastern members. Go on – click!


Newsletter – 2 November 2019

Gruyere, 26 October 2019 – GSR, including Raclemania 19 (cancelled)

Saturday racing was called off because of the forecast bad weather, but there’s plenty to report on even so, with racing on Tuesday and Wednesday, and last Saturday’s Annual Awards Night. Guest speaker and awards presenter David McKenzie appears with a who’s who of the club, including new Life Member Ken Woollard and Club Member of the Year Nick Hainal.


Newsletter – 26 October 2019

Thornton, 19 October 2019 – Team Time Trial

The action continued at Thornton on Saturday in excellent conditions. Read all about the Team Time Trial, plus results from Tuesday night at METEC and Wednesday at the Loop.


Newsletter – 19 October 2019

Yarra Glen, 12 October 2019 – Club Road Championships

Great racing in perfect conditions. Read all about it in this week’s newsletter. Plus the first results from a new season of the Croydon Cycleworks Summer Twilight Crit series, details of Sunday’s ‘Captain’s ride’ and more.


Newsletter – 12 October 2019

Casey Fields, 5 October 2019 – GSR

Big October continues. This week there are results from Casey Fields and the Loop (but not from METEC on Tuesday, which was cancelled because of bad weather) and reminders about this month’s other events: the Club Road Championships, the Team Time Trial, Raclemania and the Annual Awards Night, to name a few.


Newsletter – 5 October 2019

METEC, 28 September 2019 – GSR

This week there are results and reports from Grand Final day’s racing at METEC as well as reminders about everything that is happening in the busy month of October.


Newsletter – 28 September 2019

Seymour, 21 September 2019 – Handicap

Congratulations to all who completed last week’s handicap at Seymour. The race referee gets to write the report this week and reminds us that running club races is not a walk in the park.


Newsletter – 21 September 2019

Gruyere, 14 September 2019 – Toy Bricks Toughen Up series, final race

The stars aligned at last at Gruyere and the final round of the Toughen Up series gave us a worthy winner. Read this week’s newsletter for race reports, including a poem, two songs that have seen better days and, thankfully, a couple of proper reports as well.


Newsletter – 14 September 2019

Casey Fields, 7 September 2019 – GSR

Get results from Casey Fields and the Loop, get ready for the final round of the Toy Bricks Toughen Up series at Gruyere, and read who did what at last Sunday’s VCV Time Trial Championships.


Newsletter – 7 September 2019

Yarra Glen, 31 August 2019 – Tour de Metro race 4

There are two week’s worth of reports this week, from the final round of the Tour de Metro, which was completed on a cracking afternoon at Yarra Glen, and from Rocco Drive the week before.


Newsletter – 24 August 2019

Thornton, 17 August 2019 – Rob Graham Individual Time Trial and Club ITT Championships

Get news and results from the Time Trial at Thornton, and a date for the rescheduled Tour de Metro decider.


Newsletter – 17 August 2019

Yarra Glen, 10 August 2019 – Tour de Metro race 4 (cancelled)

It’s a slim-line newsletter this week after last Saturday’s cancellation, but there is information about this Saturday’s Rob Graham Individual Time Trial, incorporating the Club ITT Championships, the return of monthly club rides this Sunday and the Annual Awards Night in October, among other things.


Newsletter – 10 August 2019

Gruyere, 3 August 2019 – Tour de Metro race 3

The Tour de Metro has just one more week to run. This newsletter has results and reports from a successful round 3 at Gruyere, including our first ever race report in the form of a haiku. There’s also plenty of other news and information about forthcoming events.

 


Newsletter – 3 August 2019

National Boulevard, 28 July 2019 – Tour de Metro race 2

The good news concerning the Tour de Metro is that there are two more weeks to go. Read this week’s newsletter for the news from race 2 in the series, which is not so good. There’s also another reminder about the service deal at CCW that runs for the duration of the series, and details of the annual Awards Night, plus a chance to acquire your own @easterncycling.com email address.


Newsletter – 27 July 2019

National Boulevard, 21 July 2019 – Tour de Metro race 1

This week’s newsletter will bring you up to speed with the Tour de Metro, which began last Sunday and continues for the next three weekends. There’s a reminder about the service deal at CCW that runs for the duration of the series, and a date for the annual Awards Night.


Newsletter – 20 July 2019

Yarra Glen, 13 July 2019 – Toy Bricks Toughen Up series, final race (cancelled)

Bad weather struck again and racing at Yarra Glen was cancelled, but the newsletter rides on. Enjoy some eye candy from Doug Page’s travels with his bike in France, word up on this Sunday’s first round of the Tour de Metro, and get the inside running on a great deal from Croydon Cycleworks. There’s also a date for the rescheduled TBTU decider.


Newsletter – 13 July 2019

Casey Fields, 6 July 2019 – elimination race, GSR

Read this week’s newsletter for results and reports from the week’s racing, information about the final round of the Toy Bricks Toughen Up Series and the start of the Tour de Metro – both just around the corner – and breaking news about the club’s new kit. Has it arrived …?


Newsletter – 29 June 2019

Jindivick, 22 June 2019 – GSR

The hardy few who braved Jindivick’s bigger hills last Saturday enjoyed winter sunshine for an afternoon of hard-fought racing. Read results and race reports and find news about the duty roster, the race day trailer and a great ride for a good cause.


Newsletter – 22 June 2019

Yarra Glen, 15 June 2019 – Toy Bricks Toughen Up series, race 2

Life’s tough. Fortunately, riding a bike makes you tougher, and racing at Yarra Glen – well, just read this week’s newsletter to find out how tough that makes you. You’ll find results, race reports, news and photos, plus some great ‘n + 1’ offers from the Croydon Cycleworks EOFY sale.


Newsletter – 15 June 2019

Gruyere, 8 June 2019 – Toy Bricks Toughen Up series, race 1

Find out what went down (and up and down and up and down …) last Saturday in race 1 of the Toy Bricks Toughen Up series at Gruyere. There’s news about prize money, and a farewell to one of the club’s founders, Alan Sandford.


Newsletter – 8 June 2019

Casey Fields, 1 June 2019 – elimination races, GSR

Gentle zephyrs greeted us at Casey Fields. B and E Grades warmed up with a round of miss ‘n’ out, then there were graded scratch races for all. Read results and reports, plus an update on the Club Saturday Aggregate and info about the Toughen Up series, which starts this Saturday.


Newsletter – 1 June 2019

Thornton, 25 May 2019 – Royce Bennett Handicap

Get the skinny on the Royce Bennett Handicap at Thornton with race reports from five different groups, including one from race winner Neil Cartledge. Also, an update on the progress of the new kit.


Newsletter – 25 May 2019

Yarra Glen, 18 May 2019 – GSR

‘Twas a glorious autumn afternoon at Yarra Glen and a good number turned up to race in the great conditions. Read race reports and results, and enjoy the scenery thanks to Alison Skene’s photos.


Newsletter – 18 May 2019

Gruyere, 11 May 2019 – GSR

This week, catch up with what happened in graded scratch races at Gruyere last Saturday, and don’t miss Susan Williams’s account of her epic ride from Sydney to Geelong in the Tour de Cure.


Newsletter – 11 May 2019

Casey Fields, 4 May 2019 – GSR

Read this week’s newsletter for the usual results and reports, plus a first dispatch for the year from Italy (with some important news about the Saturday aggregate) and some inspiring reading from members old and new.


Newsletter – 4 May 2019

Jindivick, 27 April 2019 – GSR

The tough got going at Jindivick on Saturday, and Kym Petersen showed us how tough she is at the Benghazi Handicap on Anzac Day. Read reports from both, plus more about the forthcoming member night and launch of the new kit at Croydon Cycleworks.


Newsletter – 27 April 2019

METEC, 20 April 2019 – GSR

There are results and reports this week from METEC, the Loop and the AVCC Championships at Maryborough, plus details of the forthcoming club night at Croydon Cycleworks, where orders will be taken for the new club kit.


Newsletter – 20 April 2019

Bazalgette Crescent, 14 April 2019 – GSR

The long wait was over and we raced on a new circuit at Bazalgette Crescent, Dandenong South, last Sunday –  a track for the sprinters. There’s also news about race entry fees, a ride on Anzac Day, a members night in honour of the new club kit and more.


Newsletter – 13 April 2019

Casey Fields, 6 April 2019 – Club Criterium Championships

This week’s newsletter has results, reports and photos from the Club Criterium Championships at Casey Fields, and the big reveal of the new club kit, with details of a members night and other ways to secure your set.


Newsletter – 6 April 2019

Rocco Drive, 31 March 2019 – GSR

Catch up on a big week of racing: at Rocco Drive on Sunday, the final round of the Croydon Cycleworks Summer Twilight Criterium Series at METEC on Tuesday, and Wednesday morning at the Loop. Includes a list of age groups for the Club Criterium Championships at Casey Fields this Saturday.


Newsletter – 30 March 2019

Seymour, 23 March 2019 – ECC/VCV Open Handicap

The VCV Open Handicap at Seymour, hosted by Eastern CC and sponsored by Croydon Cycleworks, attracted riders from across the state. See results, photos and a race report in this week’s newsletter.


Newsletter – 23 March 2019

Dunlop Road, 16 March 2019 – GSR

Get a rundown on the charity day racing last Saturday, the Pedalthon last Sunday, and results from Tuesday night and Wednesday morning racing as well, plus the President’s Report to the recent Annual General Meeting.


Newsletter – 16 March 2019

Casey Fields, 9 March 2019 – GSR

Results from all the week’s racing, and a reminder to please consider donating to support Eastern riders in the Below the Belt Pedalthon this Sunday.


Newsletter – 9 March 2019

Garfield, 2 March 2019 – handicap (cancelled)

The heat put paid to racing at Garfield last Saturday, and if the heat hadn’t done it, a bushfire emergency warning for the area would have. No Saturday racing to report on, but Tuesday and Wednesday results are there, along with racing at the Loop from the referee’s point of view. Also information about lots of things coming up: the AGM, the VCV Open Handicap, the Below the Belt Pedalthon and more.


Newsletter – 2 March 2019

METEC, 23 February 2019 – GSR

Lots of racing this week. See results, reports and photos from METEC, the VCV Crit Championships at National Boulevard, the Hanging Rock Handicap, and midweek at METEC and the Loop.


Newsletter – 23 February 2019

Casey Fields, 16 February 2019 – points races

A full weekend of racing included points races at Casey Fields, the VCV Bill Long Camperdown to Warrnambool Handicap and a brand-new handicap for women at Hanging Rock. Plus the Croydon Cycleworks Summer Twilight Crit series at METEC on Tuesday, and Wednesday morning crits at the Loop, Kew Boulevard.


Newsletter – 16 February 2019

Loop, Yarra Boulevard, 9 February 2019 – GSR

Catch up with results and reports from all the week’s racing, read a message from the President, and find details of this Sunday’s social ride with CCW, two important fundraisers and the VCV State Crit Champs. And if you’re riding the Bill Long Camperdown to Warrnambool Handicap this weekend, have a good one!


Newsletter – 9 February 2019

Casey Fields, 2 February 2019 – GSR (cancelled)

We beat a retreat before the heat on Saturday. Catch up with results from Tuesday at METEC (including series top 10 standings) and Wednesday at the Loop, plus important news about the forthcoming AGM, the return of Sunday social rides with Croydon Cycleworks, an award to Paula McGovern and more.


Newsletter – 2 February 2019

Loop, Yarra Boulevard, 26 January 2019 – GSR

The newsletter returns from lazing by the pool with results and a report from racing at the Loop, Yarra Boulevard – twice in one week! – plus details of the Campy to Warrny handicap.


Newsletter – 12 January 2019

Casey Fields, 5 January 2019 – GSR

A skeleton issue, with photos and results from Casey Fields, METEC and the Loop, and a flyer for the Bill Long Camperdown to Warrnambool Handicap.


Newsletter – 22 December 2018

Rocco Drive, 16 December 2018 – GSR

The new criterium circuit at Rocco Drive met with general approval, and the prospect of presentations in a brewery didn’t seem to put too many people off. Read results and reports from Rocco Drive, METEC and the Loop, and a Christmas message from the committee at the close of a big year.


Newsletter – 15 December 2018

Dunlop Road, 8 December 2018 – Dave Ryan Memorial GSR

The results reflected the numbers at Dunlop Road, and Eastern comfortably retained the Dave Ryan trophy from Northern. There are full results and reports in this week’s newsletter, as well as information about racing at Rocco Drive this Sunday and a well-deserved award to a dedicated member of our club.


Newsletter – 8 December 2018

Casey Fields, 1 December 2018 – GSR

Read results and reports from a busy week of racing, including graded scratch races at Casey Fields and the Geelong and Surf Coast CC Women’s Handicap.


Newsletter – 1 December 2018

Yarra Glen, 24 November 2018 – GSR

Includes results from Saturday afternoon at Yarra Glen, Tuesday evening at METEC and Wednesday morning at the Loop, plus more information about our new circuit on Rocco Drive, Scoresby.

 


Newsletter – 24 November 2018

Dunlop Road, 17 November 2018 – GSR

Racing returned to Dunlop Road and two strong breakaways stayed away. This week’s newsletter has results, reports and photos from Dunlop Road, plus results and photos from Wednesday at the Loop, news of the annual Awards Night, bargains on old club kit and more.


Newsletter – 17 November 2018

Loop, Yarra Boulevard, 10 November 2018 – GSR

Negotiate the left-hander, go hard up the hill, recover – and repeat 30 times. Wednesday regulars enjoyed something of a home ground advantage on Saturday at the Loop, Yarra Boulevard. This issue has results, race reports and photos from the Loop on Saturday, results from METEC on Tuesday and the skinny on a new circuit we will race on in December.


Newsletter – 10 November

Casey Fields, 3 November 2018 – GSR

The wind blew hard at Casey Fields last Saturday, making it a good day for strong riders. See results, and a report from one of the day’s breakaway artists, plus results from Wednesday at the Loop. There’s a last chance to book for the annual Awards Night, the big reveal of the club’s new logo, and more.


Newsletter – 3 November

Thornton, 27 October 2018 – Royce Bennett Handicap

The sun shone and the wind blew at Thornton last Saturday. This newsletter has results and reports from Saturday’s Royce Bennett Handicap, results from midweek crits at METEC and the Loop, and the latest on the upcoming – very soon! – Awards Night with guest speaker Matt Keenan, including booking links.


Newsletter – 27 October

Seymour, 20 October 2018 – Club Road Race Championships

This issue has results, reports and photos from the Club Road Championships at Seymour, the winners of the inaugural Champion of Champions awards for 2018, plus results from Wednesday racing at the Loop and photos and news from the recent Masters National Road Championships in East Gippsland.

 


Newsletter – 20 October

Yarra Glen, 13 October 2018 – GSR

It was a cracking spring afternoon at Yarra Glen. See the newsletter for results and reports, plus information about Club Championships, rides on Sunday morning and Tuesday evening, results from Wednesday at the Loop and plenty more.


Newsletter – 13 October

Casey Fields, 6 October 2018 – GSR

The sun shone at Casey Fields on Saturday and the Loop on Wednesday, while the start of Tuesday twilight racing at METEC was washed out.


Newsletter – 6 October

METEC, 29 September 2018 – GSR

Reports from Grand Final day racing at METEC show that brevity can be a fine thing. And other news.


Newsletter – 29 September 2018

Thornton, 22 September 2018 – Orger Engines Team Time Trial

Includes results, reports and photos from a successful Team Time Trial on a cracking day at Thornton, news about upcoming events including the launch of the Croydon Cycleworks summer crit series, and tales and photos from the back roads of Italy.


Newsletter – 22 September 2018

Gruyere, 15 September 2018 – GSR

Read reports from some of the hardy few who raced at Gruyere this week, get results from Gruyere and the Loop, take a last chance to get a ride in the Team Time Trial and catch up on the news about Get Into Road Racing 2018 and a new monthly club Sunday ride with Croydon Cycleworks.


Newsletter – 15 September 2018

Yarra Glen, 8 September 2018 – GSR (abandoned)

An update following Saturday’s abandoned racing at Yarra Glen, plus news of State Time Trial Championship success, results from Wednesday racing at the Loop and more on the Awards Night coming up in November.


Newsletter – 8 September 2018

Casey Fields, 1 September 2018 – GSR

It was tough going at Casey on Saturday but, as always, the tough went. Their reports and all the day’s results are there. Also calls for good causes and an updated Champion of Champions scorecard.


Newsletter – 1 September 2018

Thornton, 25 August 2018 – Rob Graham Memorial/Club Championship ITT

The Rob Graham Memorial Time Trial and Club TT Championship took place in excellent conditions at Thornton on Saturday. The newsletter has results from Thornton and the Loop, plus a bumper crop of social notes and notes from the Club Committee.


Newsletter – 25 August 2018

Garfield, 18 August 2018 – GSR (cancelled)

Racing was cancelled once again last Saturday, but there are results from Wednesday racing at the Loop plus mention of forthcoming events including this week’s Rob Graham Memorial Time Trial and Club Time Trial Championships at Thornton. As well, Keith Bowen remembers former Eastern member John Porter.


Newsletter – 18 August 2018

Jindivick, 11 August 2018 – GSR (cancelled)

There was no racing last Saturday so there are no race reports this week, but there are results from Wednesday racing at the Loop plus reminders about forthcoming events including this week’s graded scratch races at Garfield.


Newsletter – 11 August 2018

Casey Fields, 4 August 2018 – GSR

This week’s newsletter has results and reports from a regulation (cold, windy) afternoon at Casey Fields. Plus the outcome of this week’s Special Resolution Meeting regarding the name of the club, news about the club’s logo, and in ‘Social notes’, news about the Awards Night later in the year.


Newsletter – 4 August 2018

Yarra Glen, 28 July 2018 – Tour de Metro (Eastern vs Northern) round 4

A lightweight newsletter this week, with the news that Northern reclaimed the Tour de Metro series trophy at Yarra Glen on Saturday. Well done, even so, to all who took part in an enjoyable and hard-fought series of races. This week’s issue has results and a smattering of other news.


Newsletter – 28 July 2018

Gruyere, 21 July 2018 – Tour de Metro (Eastern vs Northern) round 3

Day 3 of the Tour de Metro (Eastern vs Northern) at Gruyere last Saturday, and the series took a turn in the right direction. It’s still a big ask going into the final round at Yarra Glen. There are  results and race reports from Gruyere, an update on the individual series points standings, and a bumper crop of social notes.


Newsletter – 21 July 2018

Casey Fields, 14 June 2018 – GSR

Interclub rivalry went on hold last Saturday for a round of graded scratch races at Casey Fields. The newsletter has results (from Casey and the Loop) and race reports, plus a dispatch from the Pyrenees (the French ones), a reminder about an important meeting, and social notes.


Newsletter – 14 July 2018

National Boulevard, 8 July 2018 – Tour de Metro (Eastern vs Northern) round 2

After two rounds of the Tour de Metro, Northern leads the series by 124 points to 83, but we’re still fighting. This week’s newsletter has results and reports from National Boulevard on Sunday, an individual aggregate points update, some great photos from Pete Morris and a call to arms for the rest of the series.


Newsletter – 7 July 2018

National Boulevard, 1 July 2018 – Tour de Metro (Eastern vs Northern) round 1

It’s a cut-price newsletter this week, with just a quick update on the progress of the Tour de Metro and an appeal for more riders in the next round on Sunday, plus a couple of other bits of news.


Newsletter – 30 June 2018

Seymour, 23 June 2018 – VCV Open handicap

The VCV Open Handicap at Seymour last Saturday, hosted by Eastern, went off smoothly. A big thank-you to race sponsor David Richards from Croydon Cycleworks. Five groups were represented in the top 10, including three Eastern riders, and Sue Sharples was fastest unplaced woman. Read perspectives from both ends of the field.


Newsletter – 23June 2018

Gruyere, 16 June 2018 – Toy Bricks Toughen Up series, race 4

Lots of news this week from the final race (at Gruyere) of the Toy Bricks Toughen Up series, which was decisively won by Phil Smith. A feast of reading includes race reports and results. Plus important updates on the forthcoming Tour de Metro series of four races between Eastern and Northern.


Newsletter – 16 June 2018

Yarra Glen, 9 June 2018 – Toy Bricks Toughen Up series, race 3

The weather gods smiled on race 3 of the Toy Bricks Toughen Up series at Yarra Glen last Saturday. A dubious forecast gave way to a fine afternoon with little wind, and good numbers took to the road for an afternoon’s hard racing. Results, race reports and series points tally are inside, along with news of success in the Northern Team Time Trial last Sunday, dispatches from abroad and more.


Newsletter – 9 June 2018

Casey Fields, 2 June 2018 – GSR

A round of graded scratch races at Casey Fields last Saturday. Good conditions, good numbers – a good day’s racing. No reports from Saturday but a bit of a look at Wednesday crits at the Loop instead, with an emphasis on women riders. And this week’s ‘high pass in Europe’ photo is …


Newsletter – 2 June 2018

Seymour, 26 May 2018 – 60 km handicap

There’s a bunch of reports and photos this week from last Saturday’s handicap at Seymour, in which four groups including scratch shared the top 10 places. Congratulations to handicap winner Neil Cartledge and fastest rider Phil Cavaleri, among many others. Plus photos from France and sundry other news, including details of the forthcoming Open Handicap – also at Seymour.


Newsletter – 26 May 2018

Gruyere, 19 May 2018 – Toy Bricks Toughen Up series, race 2

Last Saturday we ‘Toughened Up’ some more with graded scratch races at Gruyere. It’s a pretty venue, but repeated ascents of that hill are always hard. This newsletter contains results and race reports, progress scores after two races of the Toy Bricks Toughen Up series, a communiqué from the Blue Sky committee and more.


Newsletter – 19 May 2018

Yarra Glen, 12 May 2018 – Toy Bricks Toughen Up series, race 1

The four-race Toughen Up series, sponsored by Toy Bricks in Bayswater, got off to a successful start last Saturday with a round of graded scratch races at Yarra Glen. Nearly 60 riders braved the up-and-down kermesse course, and most would agree it was a little easier with a tailwind up Glenview Road – easier, but still tough.


Newsletter – 12 May 2018

Casey Fields, 5 May 2018 – Club Criterium Championships

Last Saturday’s 2018 Club Criterium Championships at Casey Fields attracted 62 riders, including a big field of 17 in Men 55–59. Conditions were kind – Casey kind of kind, with only a moderate wind. Well done to all who took part – to the winners and minor placegetters, and also to those from lower grades who might have known they were in for a pasting but took to the start line regardless. There are results, reports and photos in this week’s newsletter.


Newsletter – 5 May 2018

Enterprise Drive, 28 April 2018 – GSR

Only three races (A, C and E Grades) could be completed at Enterprise Drive on Saturday. A letter from Club President Adam Dymond deals with this, plus some changes on the committee and ideas for the future. There’s also a referee’s report from Mark Edwards, race reports from A and E Grades, and two reports from the Benghazi Open Handicap on Anzac Day.


Newsletter – 28 April 2018

Dunlop Road, 21 April 2018 – GSR

Just shy of 80 riders raced last Saturday at Dunlop Road for the last time this summer season, in great autumn conditions. Results and photos are inside, plus just a couple of race reports. (Thanks to photographers Alison and Susan, and race correspondents Jim and Peter.) This Saturday we return to the new hot-dog criterium circuit on Enterprise Drive, Rowville.


Newsletter – 21 April 2018

60 km handicap, Garfield, 14 April 2018

The early call to cancel last Saturday’s handicap at Garfield on the strength of the weather forecast was well justified by the wild conditions that swept across the state on Saturday afternoon. It’s looking better for this Saturday at Dunlop Road – fingers crossed! There’s an Easter’s tale and details of exclusive member deals on new bikes inside.


Newsletter – 14 April 2018

Dave Ryan Memorial, National Boulevard, 8 April 2018 – GSR

Last Sunday 47 Eastern riders fronted up at National Boulevard for the annual Dave Ryan Memorial match-up between Eastern and Northern Vets. This year, for the first time, Eastern’s name will be on the trophy. Well done to all who took part, and big thanks to Northern for hosting the event. Results and more details in this week’s newsletter. Entry fees were donated to the John Logan Foundation, which supported Dave in his fight with pancreatic cancer.


Newsletter – 7 April 2018

Casey Fields, 31 March 2018 – GSR

The Easter long weekend saw a round of graded scratch races at Casey Fields and plenty of action for Eastern members at the AVCC National Championships at Maryborough. Tuesday night racing at METEC is over for another season, but Wednesday morning crits at the Loop, off the Boulevard in Kew, go all year. Results and a report from Peter Gray at Casey are inside.


Newsletter – 31 March 2018

Newham, 24 March 2018, VVCC Open

Continuing something of a run of bad luck with the weather, last Saturday’s VVCC Open 60 km handicap at Newham had to be called off. With rain soaking the course, the tough call was made in the interests of rider safety. Entry fees will be refunded less a $5 administration fee. The race has been rescheduled to Seymour on Saturday 23 June, and more information will follow in due course.


Newsletter – 24th March 2018

Dunlop Rd, 17th March 2018 – GSR

It was hot and windy last Saturday at Dunlop Road. Sixty-three riders were undeterred, and a few remembered enough of what happened to file race reports. You’ll find them inside, along with the week’s results from all three venues. The Croydon Cycleworks Summer Twilight Crit Series finishes up next Tuesday. The battle is on for series aggregate glory,


Newsletter – 17th March 2018

Casey Fields, 10th March 2018 – GSR

Last Saturday was a warm one at Casey Fields. Things are hotting up at METEC, too, as the Croydon Cycleworks Summer Twilight Crit Series nears the pointy end. Results from all venues are inside. Just a couple of race reports this week, but there’s also a selection of cracking photos Pete Morris took at the Loop on Wednesday. Pete will leave them, and many more, up for a few weeks on Dropbox via  https://tinyurl.com/y8yn6bjj.


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