2017 Junior Athlete Awards

Alpine Cycling Club wish to recognise the efforts and aspirations of our young members.

The Alpine Cycling Club Junior Athlete Award will support one junior rider each year to further their cycling goals in any discipline of the sport.

The rider who is granted the Award will not necessarily be the best rider but one who demonstrates good sporting behavior, enthusiasm and commitment to the sport.

The Award will support a rider up to the sum of $1000 and may include the following:

  • Membership of peak body (MTBA or Cycling Australia)
  • Club Kit
  • Up to $500 for professional coaching or skills development
  • Up to $200 for entry to races
  • CyclePath Bright will also donate 4 bike services plus parts to the value of $250 over the 12 month period

Expenses will be paid by the club or reimbursed to the athlete – athletes will not be given a lump sum of cash.

The Award will not be used for purchase of bikes or equipment.

The athlete will commit to

  • demonstrating good sporting behavior and being a positive role model to other junior riders
  • wearing club kit at races
  • liaising with Award coordinator about a program of events to be undertaken
  • representing the club in a minimum of two state or national level events ie. Victorian Schools Cycling Championships (VSCC) ; National Championships; National Series; Victorian Championships; or Victorian Series in the discipline of their choice
  • participate in at least four additional races in the discipline of their choice
  • submit reports and photos of their activities on Bright Cyclist and Alpine Cycling Club Facebook page and for publication in the Club’s newsletter and website.
  • be featured in media promoting the ACC and the Award program.

To be eligible for the award you should:

  • be a member of Alpine Cycling Club
  • be aged 13 – 18 years
  • live within Bright and surrounds (including Porepunkah, Harrietville, Wandiligong)
  • have been riding in your chosen discipline for at least 2 years
  • present your goals and plans for your riding future
  • demonstrate enthusiasm and commitment to the sport of cycling
  • not already receive sponsorship to pursue your riding goals

Applications open on 1 May 2017 and close on 1 July 2017 - the winner will be announced at Alpine Cycling Club Annual General Meeting at the end of July.

Each application will be considered by the Executive Committee Alpine Cycling Club.  For more information, or to apply using the attached application form, email jennycorser@alpinecyclingclub.com.au

Download the 2017 application form HERE.

Alpine Cycling Club ~ CyclePath - 2016/17 Junior MTB Race Series

The 2016/17 Junior MTB Race series saw a great turnout for all races, and for the first time we held one of our races at the Beechworth MTB Park which was a great opportunity for our juniors to ride and race at a different park.  There was stiff competition in all classes but it is great to see everyone coming along to try out different styles of mountain bike racing, have fun and maybe win a lolly pop.
Once again CyclePath Bright provided great prizes for series winners.
The 2017 Series Winners are:
 
Under 5 Mixed
Gus Wilson
Eliza Walker
 
 
Under 7 Boys
Leon Gabler
Faris Al-Masri
Oliver Kelly
 
Under 7 Girls
Charlotte Beck
 
Under 9 Boys
George Walker
Lachlan Russell
Theo Heuperman
 
Under 9 Girls
Matilda Gabler
Penny Kelly
 
Under 11 Boys
Cooper Northey
Max Jensen
Jett Hargraves
 
Under 11 Girls
Zoe Gray
 
Under 13 Boys
Jake Grayson
Will Redden
Mason Cracknall
Under 13 Girls
Leah Grant
Emma Redden
 
13+ Boys
William Webb
Aden Corke
Rhiannan Gallagher
 
13+ Girls
Alexandria Friend
Indigo Jones

2017 Victorian Schools Cycling Championships

The 2017 Victorian Schools Cycling Championships will be held at Bendigo with the MTB Final on Saturday 21 October and the Road Race on Sunday 22 October, information about the whole VSCC Series can be found at the Cycling Victoria website.

Seven juniors represented Alpine Cycling Club and Bright P-12 College at the 2016 Victorian Schools Cycling Championships in Bendigo on 10 October, Teagan Atherstone (U17) and Mia Lynch (U13) won their races; Amy Ditcham (U13) came third and McKenzie Lynch (U11) came 2nd.  Teagan went on to come third in the Road Race on Sunday.  Well done to all the riders, Teagan, Mia, Amy, McKenzie, Leah Grant, James Grant and Taylor Atherstone it was great to see you all out there giving it a go against some very tough competition.

Tuesday Night Junior MTB Rides

A great social ride for junior riders of all abilities. There are regularly over 80 kids from 4 - 15 riding each week so please have your kids at the Alpine Cycling Club in their group ready to ride away at 4.00pm during Term 2. Junior MTB Club rides will not run during Term 3.

Ride groups are based on age, ability, fitness, friendships and riding interests, it is important that kids ride with their designated groups so that we can keep track of everyone and maintain ratios.
Our aim is to keep the group sizes at 8-10 junior riders with one or two leaders so we always need extra adults to help out on our rides - if you are interested in helping out, please email jennycorser@alpinecyclingclub for details. Ride supervisor information can be found here.

To come along to the Tuesday rides your child will need to be a member of Alpine Cycling Club ($5) and join MTBA. MTBA has an 8 week free trial membership so you can come along for a few weeks before you sign up permanently. When you send your membership details to Jenny Corser you will go on the mailing list to receive all junior related news and event information and your child will receive their personalised name plate – please make sure that emergency contact details are written on the back side of the plate.

All children must carry a drink bottle or small backpack with water and wear close toed shoes for all riding activities.

Please make sure that your child’s bike is in good working condition every time they ride, simple things your child can do every week are to check their tyre pressure, clean and lube their chain, check that brakes and gears are working and make sure there are no loose bits.

Information about cancellations or changes to the program will be emailed to junior club families and posted on Bright Cyclists and Alpine Cycling Club Facebook pages.

Introduction to MTB for Mums & Dads

Finally, something for the parents - Dermot Meaney is a Level 0 Coach and is offering a offer free five week Level 0 Coaching program for parents who want to learn some skills to keep up with their kids; the program will run at the same time as Junior MTB Club starting Tuesday 7 February from 4.30pm; you must have a MTBA licence to participate (you can take out a free 8 week trial at MTBA Membership ) There are limited spots on the program, to secure your place, register now at RegisterNow

Junior Development Day 2016

The third ACC Junior MTB Development Day in October was another great success with over 70 kids taking part in a round robin of activities including coaching from professional coaches, Indi Boer from Fastline Bikadamy, Dora and Kelvin Bettridge from ATC and Greg Meyland from Halkswood Training Systems; the sessions were strtuctured so the older kids got a longer skills coaching session, including a small group enduro skills session with Indi.

Dr Chris O’Brien donated his time to run a short session on looking after your mates on the tracks for some of the older riders who learnt about snake bikes, broken bits and how to call for help.

The team from CyclePath Bright ran a very popular session on tricky stuff, monos, skids and bunny hopping; the games session is always popular as was the team scavenger hunt, where teams had to decipher the clue sheet and ride around the forest collecting prizes.

Thanks to everyone who volunteered their time whether to coach, cook sausages, supervise groups or do registration, events like this just would not run without your help; thanks also to the local businesses who continue to support the Junior Club activities, CyclePath Bright, for donating coaches and also great prizes, All Terrain Cycles, Fastline Bikeademy, Halkswood Training Systems, Bright Medical Centre, Woolworths Bright and Nightingale Apples and to the always popular Michael Pearce for bringing his Airstream Coffee Truck.

ACC Kit

There is nothing like club kit to make you feel like you are part of the team. In 2016 ACC was successful in receiving a grant from the State Government to subsidise the purchase of new club kit for our junior riders; we were able to offer 85 junior jerseys at a heavily subsidised price. If you are interested in purchasing club kit, or the new junior club T-shirt, email ACC Secretary or visit the Club Clothing page.

The second ACC Junior MTB Development Day on 17 October was a great success with over 70 kids taking part in a round robin of activities including coaching from professional coaches, Indi Boer from Fastline Bikadamy and Peter Mack from Bright Cycle; bike care presented by the crew from Cyclepath; starting to race presented by Greg Meyland from Halkswood Training Systems and the always popular games station.  the day was wrapped up with a giant team relay with Superstar Team Captains, Sebastian Jayne, Scott Liston, Aaron Gungl, Aiden Varley and Rory Miller.  Thanks to CyclePath and LeBlanch Icecreamery for spot prizes; Nightingale Apples, Woolworths and Bright Medical Centre for helping with lunch.  As usual the day could not run without all the volunteers who helped out with running activities, leading rides and cooking the bbq.