ACC has over the last year been very active in putting on and being a key part of hosting quite a few competitive and social events. Through keen interest and support from many members we’ve held Mountain Bike events on a smaller scale such as weekly Dirt Crits, an annual Inverted Enduro and hosted on a much larger scale the Australian and Oceania Championships.
On the Road we once again held Australia’s largest multi stage Pro Am event with the Bright Brewery Tour of Bright which featured on the Saturday afternoon Criterium races with a festival atmosphere at Pioneer Park.
On the fun social side of things we held a Family Shuttle Day in Mystic Park with a BBQ, a “Round the Block” weekend road ride and an end of year fun BBQ for members and volunteers with family fun Pump Track races.
One of the key and highly successful activities that we run is our Junior Mountain Bike program: with over 100 young people getting out each Tuesday to learning skills and having fun as well as a regular race program. Whilst this has been a much better balance of the things we like to enjoy with riding, there’s also a community interactive side of the club that involves planning and actions with key community stakeholders such as: Alpine Shire, Alpine Community Plantation ( ie Mystic Park ), HVP, DELWP, VicRoads and resident groups etc.
There’s also the ongoing work with Trail construction and maintenance as well as inducting, training and preparing members for maintenance work. All of this would come to a grinding halt if it wasn’t for members who contribute and get involved. It doesn’t matter what or how much, every bit of effort counts and makes a positive difference. As a club we’ve had to also adapt and adopt to the changing world to ensure that our members are safe and ensure that our club with the range of activities that we are involved with are appropriately protected. This has meant that we’ve had to be affiliated with our major cycling sporting bodies to ensure that we have appropriate levels of insurances for all of our activities. It has also very importantly meant that we’ve had to adopt safe working policies and practices along with appropriate equipment to ensure that all members conducting maintenance can do so safely.