Rocco drive, the scene of many a failed dream and the odd excessive pint- played host to Saturday’s extravaganza. Plenty to enjoy in this newsletter- Cuddles from Corey, some Curry for Sam and good luck to the Mansfield Team.!
Newsletter – Edition 9 March 2022
Newsletter – Edition 8 Feb 2022
Garfield goes gale force; Shelly is awesome, Mark makes bad words, what would Neil do? And Victoria’s largest pumpkin…
Newsletter – Edition 7 Feb 2022
The loop lights up, Tuesday Summer series gets hot and riders prepare for Garfield Handicap…
Newsletter – Edition 6 Feb 2022
Blown away at Bazalagette, Summer Series gets hot, gearing up for Garfield and the ECC Women’s Grand Prix….
Newsletter – Edition 5 Feb 2022
The stillness of Casey Fields, Kit order time, a Roster Reminder, and a correction or two…
Newsletter – Edition 4 Feb 2022
Eastern Cycling Members at the Loop on Saturday took a minute silence to remember Keith Bowen….
Newsletter – Edition 3 Jan 2022
Alpine action, Dunlop Rd heat, Kit order time and a sombre moment to remember one of the ECC greats….
Newsletter – Edition 2 Jan 2022
2022 season is heating up- the much-maligned Melbourne meteorological malaise has delivered several 30 plus race days and wild weather…
Newsletter – Edition 1 Jan 2022
Welcome to 2022 and what an exciting start to the year it has been so far! At least we learned a little more about the Greek Alphabet….
Newsletter – December 18 2021
A well-timed cool change swung through METEC just in time for the qualifying scratch races of the Christmas Handicap…
Newsletter – December 12 2021
The fast and flat Bazalgette circuit provided a bunch of B graders an opportunity to step up and test their legs against the strength and cunning of A graders…
Newsletter – December 04 2021
The usual barage of inclement weather meted out torment to all those at
Casey on Saturday…
Newsletter – November 27 2021
The club’s Road Championships were held on Saturday with good racing
for the few that braved the warm and blustery conditions at Yarra Glen…
Newsletter – November 20 2021
The Dave Ryan Memorial Race was run and won decisively by ECC…
Newsletter – November 14 2021
Rocco had its challenges this week….
Newsletter – November 06 2021
Warm and windy conditions met the 39 riders who fronted up to Casey on
Newsletter – November 02 2021
After what seemed like an eternity, Greater Melbourne crawled out of lockdown last week and we at Eastern got back to doing what we do best!
Newsletter – August 01 2021
The torrential downpour was long gone when heat 2 of Tour de Metro got underway at National Boulevard….
Newsletter – July 28 2021
Another lockdown and another hiatus from racing and a lot of other things…
Newsletter – July 10 2021
The first round of the Tour de Metro kicked off at Yarra Glen and was hotly contested by 113 riders…
Newsletter – July 03 2021
Pretty bleak conditions greeted the few hardy riders that ventured out to Casey last Saturday…
Newsletter – June 26 2021
A reduced field of 28 riders headed north to Seymour for graded scratch races…
Newsletter – June 19 2021
Members emerged from lockdown with unfinished business to attend to…
Newsletter – Lockdown June 16 2021
According to the latest easing of Greater Melbourne Covid19 restrictions
(announced Wednesday 16 June), ECC club racing will resume this
weekend at Gruyere…
Newsletter – Lockdown June 2021
The latest Covid outbreak has reaped its havoc in Victoria again and Club
racing is on the back-burner for a while…
Newsletter – 22 May 2021
Approximately 90 riders fronted up at Yarra Glen for the third race of the Toybricks Toughen Up Series and excellent conditions saw some spirited battles throughout the five grades…
Newsletter – 15 May 2021
The Tough glistened at Jindi on Saturday (while drenched) and the meek stayed home (editor included)…
Newsletter – 08 May 2021
The first race of the Toughen Up Series was hotly contested at Gruyere…
Newsletter – 01 May 2021
Wow! The inaugural Women’s GP was a massive morning of racing at Casey Fields…
Newsletter – 24 April 2021
Last weekend was highlighted by another rain affected Dunlop Road, and Northern’s Benghazi Handicap on Anzac Day…
Newsletter – 18 April 2021
The Eastern Club Criterium Championships were held at Bazalgette Crescent last Sunday…
Newsletter – 10 April 2021
Saturday’s racing at Dunlop Rd was testing due to inclement weather (again) and
proved to be another day for the strong….
Newsletter – 3 April 2021
A ridiculously windy Casey blew 43 riders all over the shop last Saturday…
Newsletter – 28 March 2021
Rocco Drive greeted 56 riders for Saturday’s GSR. Good, clean and fast racing was had by all…
Newsletter – 13 March 2021
An accurately forecast cold front had other plans for the Dunlop Road scratch races last Saturday….
Newsletter – 13 March 2021
An accurately forecast cold front had other plans for the Dunlop Road scratch races last Saturday….
Newsletter – 06 March 2021
Casey Fields was the venue for last Saturday’s graded scratch race. Blue skies and light but strengthening winds saw 52 riders battle it out for podium honours.
Newsletter – 28 February 2021
Rocco Drive greeted riders with perfect conditions. Seventy-five riders fought hard and fast for bragging rights…
Newsletter – 20 February 2021
We ventured out to Garfield for our first handicap in a long time and were blessed with calm, albeit muggy conditions….
Newsletter – 13 February 2021
Sadly another Covid lockdown forced the cancellation of Saturday and Wednesday races this week.
Newsletter – 6 February 2021
Casey greeted 45 starters last Saturday with its usual mistral and it didn’t take long before grades splintered. It was definitely a day for the brave and strong…
Newsletter – 31 January 2021
Bazalgette Crescent was the venue for Sunday morning’s graded scratch race. A large field of 63 riders started in near perfect conditions.
Newsletter – 23 January 2021
A glorious day greeted riders, spectators and helpers who fronted up to the Teardrop for graded scratch races.
Newsletter – 16 January 2021
Low numbers did not detract from spirited racing in all grades at last Saturday’s METEC GSR. Rain threatened and a lazy headwind up the finishing straight quickly saw splits with the strongest riding away to victory.
Newsletter – October 2020
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 – 8 February 2020
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Get news and results from the Time Trial at Thornton, and a date for the rescheduled Tour de Metro decider.
Newsletter – 17 August 2019
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
‘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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.