Dear Members, 2019 has been a great year for the club.
30 Dec 2019
2019 has been a great year for the club. A big thank you for continuing to support the Club by attending Club races, bunch rides and social events as well as representing the club at other races and championships.
Special recognition to our juniors who have made the club proud on the road & track at state & national titles. Thanks to Samantha Beatty, Deren, Jade & Lara Perry, Josh Brodie & Finlay Moutter. We hope to see great things in 2020.
Our Masters too have represented the Club with outstanding success - congratulations to Kevin Berkley, Robert Young, Geoff Stoker, Jill Lloyd, Mike Ellis, Adam Lloyd, Maurice Shannon.
Of course we couldn’t have achieved all this without the support of our great sponsors. So if you are thinking of a new bike, parts or service go to Velocipede. If you are In the market for a new car see the guys at Lexus & Toyota of Parramatta. For all your printing of specialist packaging & labels get hold of the guys at Luminar. We all need a shot of coffee from Mongrel Joe’s from time to time. Ian can fix up you smile at Blacktown Family Dental. And finally for all your glazing needs contact Kym Maree at Fields Glass & Glazing.
There is a changing of the guard this year at the AGM in November, with the resignation from committee roles of Robert Bates & Paul Crotty.
Robert Bates has resigned as treasurer after 56 years of active involvement. As a foundation member he & wife Judy have guided the club in their various roles throughout the years. He will be missed, but don’t worry he will still make appearances at racing as commissaire. Also stepping down after more than 45 years is Paul Crotty. Paul’s has been our handicapper & timer for all my time in the club. Again I’m sure we will see Paul, with trusty chair on race days and riding from time to time. Lets not forget these guys were great racers before many of us even knew what a bike was.
Your committee for 2020
President – Paul McDonald
Vice President - Peter Barraket
Treasurer – Michael Meryment
Secretary - Phil Gates
Handicapper/Race Coordinator – Peter Vidler
Membership – Stephen Jones, etc.
Social Officer – Stuart Lobb
Web Site & Communication – Robert Shields
Sponsor Liaison – Mike Ellis
Club Coach – Neil Ramsay
Assistant Coaches – David Beatty, Trent Wilson, Peter Brooks
Club Clothing Officer – Steve Collyer
Junior Development Officers – Neil Ramsey, Paul McDonald
NSWCF Council Delegates - Paul McDonald / Ron Peek
Club Commissaires - Rob Bates, Ian Hood, Ron Peek, Andrew Docking, David Beatty & Shaun Perry are doing the course & will be needed
Status of AusCycling
You may have heard that a shake up of our parent organisation, Cycling Australia, is being undertaken. Structurally, the proposal is to create 1 national cycling body, called AusCycling, that encompasses Road & Track, Mountain bikes & BMX. There would be offices in each state that would have members of each discipline. Acceptance was required from a majority of states in both Road & Track, MTB & BMX. MTB already has a national model which makes it simpler for them.
As it stands WA, Tas & NSW voted against the proposal, therefore Cycling Australia will stay in place and will not merge into AusCycling. The reason seems to be mainly financial, all state bodies would loose their state funding and AusCycling did not have a funding model that would fill the void & fund the state activities. In NSW, we would loose Cycling NSW and it is not clear what would happen to all the functions that they perform: including Junior development, running races for large club events, state titles, Gran Fondo’s such as B2B etc. NSW would loose grants from NSW Government & there would be hidden costs for running events if we are forced to use entry boss. This left members like you and me at a severe disadvantage.
However, Cycling NSW & all agree that there are positives to the AusCycling model:
ü One licence for road, track Mountain & BMX (Not contentious – All agree good)
ü Ability to attract a corporate sponsor to cover all cycling (Not contentious – All agree good)
ü Unified promotion of the sport (Not contentious – All agree good)
ü Ability to lobby for facilities (Not contentious – All agree good)
ü Direct Investment in securing facilities & Infrastructure
ü National footprint for all disciplines
ü Bike education program to get more people riding
ü National Volunteer Recognition program
ü Remove levels of bureaucracy
So what now? Until AusCycling can get a solid financial plan in place, that has a life of more than 12 months & that provides NSW, WA & Tas with some surety that services to members will be maintained it is unlikely all will join. This could be a moot point as currently there are not enough yes votes across all disciplines to start AusCycling. In an attempt to start Auscycling has requested BMX NSW vote again, to see if their no vote can be reversed. If successful, this would enable Auscyclng to start up.
Neil has a great group of young riders on Monday nights at Merrylands oval. We would love to see you at Oakville or a Saturday morning ride. Dave has been getting results in conjunction with the Western Sydney Cycling Academy on Wednesday nights.
The Easter Grand Fondo saw a fantastic turn out. Thanks to all our helpers & riders. We will do it again in 2020.
All who attended the presentation/social night, that followed the AGM had a great night. There were trophies in recognition of great performances, prizes & give-aways thanks to our sponsors.
As part of the presentation night we were pleased to induct Phil Lee & Neil Ramsay as PCC Life Members.
In 2020 with your help we hope to the hope to:
- Increase membership as each member gives us a greater voice when representing cyclists as well as increases visibility for cycling participation along with all the benefits of the sport. You can help by encouraging new riders to join & bring back old friends.
- Increase the number of members racing. So please invite and encourage your fellow members to try racing.
- Continue our commitment to assist people who represent PCC at state national & international events through financial and other support. Please do not hesitate to contact the Club for help.
Finally’ juniors are the future of any club and so we encourage all members to get involved in supporting our juniors and encouraging youngsters to ride a bicycle. Neil Ramsay would love to see more juniors training at Merrylands Oval on Monday nights which is a safe place for them.
2019 racing results
Samantha BEATTY 1st U/17W Club Championships
Lara PERRY 1st U/13W Club Championships
Finley MOUTTER 1st U/23 Club Championships
Daniel JOLLER 2nd U/23 Club Championships
Adam LLOYD 1st Elite Men Club Championships
Ryan MUI 2nd Elite Men Club Championships
Chris UBERGANG 1st MM1 Club Championships
Kevin BERKELEY 1st MM2 Club Championships and 3rd John Beatty Handicap
David KRUSZA 1st MM3 Club Championships
Michael MERYMENT 2nd MM4 Club Championships
Matt CRAPP 1st MM4 Club Championships
Jason WISEMAN 3rd MM4 Club Championships
Chris MOUTTER 1st MM5 Club Championships and 2nd Eddy Pearce Handicap
Steve McGARRITY 1st MM6 Club Championships and 2nd Bent Crank Handicap
Dominic SIMONETTA 3rd MM6 Club Championships
Mike ELLIS 2nd MM6 Club Championships
Phil GATES 1st MM7 Club Championships
Andrew DOCKING 3rd MM7 Club Championships
Robert YOUNG 2nd MM7 Club Championships
Kevin YOUNG 1st MM8 Club Championships
Steve JONES 2nd MM8 Club Championships
Scott LANG 3rd Bent Crank Handicap
Peter SKAMPERLE 3rd John Beatty Handicap
Andre VAN DER HEYDE 2nd John Beatty Handicap
Robert Young – Lexus dine & Drive + $500
Chris Moutter - $250
Andre Van Der Heyde - $100
George Bates Junior Trophy –
Secretary - On behalf of the Executive Committee
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