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Bendigo 2 Wheel Academy Scholarships

A number of our younger members have participated in the Bendigo 2 Wheel Academy in the past few years and have reported very favourably on the quality of this coaching program and the opportunities it has presented. The Club is keen to facilitate new pathways for our junior riders to progress within the sport, especially in response to the level of participation and enthusiasm shown in the summer Dirt Crits series.

For the 2020/21 Bendigo 2 Wheel Academy program the Rocky Riders will be offering up to three scholarships to enrol and participate in the program. Each scholarship will cover the cost of registration in the Academy program (approximately $225 per rider). Registration is open to active mountain bike riders in the 10 to 14 year old age bracket. This level of the program covers weekly coaching and skills clinics held in Bendigo on Sunday mornings from July to March. Other coaching and training opportunities are available for riders wanting to compete at a higher level.

Participation in the 2 Wheel Academy does require a solid commitment to attend the skills sessions and the support of parents or family members who can provide the necessary transport etc. Equally mountain biking should be considered as your primary sport in order to minimise conflicts with other activities. A good quality mountain bike and riding gear is also required (the Club may be able to assist with upgrades of equipment if required).

We are now inviting members of the Castlemaine Rocky Riders to apply for a scholarship to the 2 Wheel Academy for 2020/21. An application form can be found on our website. Applications will close on 30 April with a selection process to follow.

If you need further details about the 2 Wheel Academy or the scholarship process please check out the Academy website or contact Frank Forster, Communications Officer on 0414 410 411.

Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the Castlemaine Rocky Riders will be held on Saturday 26 October commencing at 4pm. The meeting will be held at the Forest Creek Gold Mine, Duke Street, Castlemaine. With the support of Parks Victoria, this is the site of the Rocky Riders storage shed.

Along with the formal business of the AGM, including the election of office bearers, there will be an opportunity for members, families and friends of the Rocky Riders to enjoy a relaxed and sociable afternoon/evening. Drinks and nibbles will be supplied by the club with soft drinks for children. Mark the date in your diary, bring the family, and join us at our defacto HQ for a general catch up. BYO chair and glassware (if required) ... plus any ideas and input you have for the club's activities and plans for 2020.

If you are interested in joining the Committee please think about nominating for one of the Committee positions; if you are unable to attend the AGM and would like to cast your vote please complete a proxy appointment. Any queries regarding the AGM please contact the Secretary via info@rockyriders.com

First Aid Course for Mountain Bikers

Our certificate First Aid Course (Level 2) will be offered again in 2019. The course will be conducted by Castlemaine District Community Health. This will train participants to deliver both first aid and CPR, with a focus on mountain biking.

The course will run over two evenings scheduled for Tuesday 4 and 11 June (around 4 hours per session). There will be space for up to 15 people on the course.

The course cost is $125 but the Club will be providing a 50 percent subsidy for members wishing to enrol, bringing the cost down to $62.50 per person.

To register for the course please visit our online shop.

First Aid Course (Level 2)

As part of the focus on increasing the skills within the Club the Committee has decided to conduct a formal First Aid Course. The course will be conducted by Castlemaine District Community Health. This will train participants to deliver both first aid and CPR; participants will receive a Level 2 Certificate at the completion of the course.

The course will run over two evenings scheduled for Tuesday 21 and 28 August (around 3 hours per session). There will be space for up to 15 people on the course.

The course cost is $125 but the Club will be providing a 50 percent subsidy for members wishing to enrol, bringing the cost down to $62.50 per person.

If you are interested in participating in the course and gaining this First Aid certification please email the Secretary. As at 11 August we have just one spot available!

Bike Travel Bags

Have you ever wanted to take your bike interstate or overseas with confidence about its safety and security?  There are some great travel bags for bikes on the market, but they are costly if your trips are intermittent.  Once again it is Rocky Riders to the rescue!

The Club has just invested in two high quality bike travel bags that will be available for hire to Club members.  We have purchased both a standard size and a large size in the EVOC range.  The bags can be hired at a cost of $40 per week, and $5 per day thereafter for longer trips.  This is a significant saving over the outlay of having to purchase a bag outright.

To book a bag please send your travel dates and requirements to the Secretary.

Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the Castlemaine Rocky Riders will be held on Saturday 21 October commencing at 4pm.  The meeting will be held in the Castlemaine Botanic Gardens, next to the Childrens Playground off Downes Road.

Along with the formal business of the AGM, including the election of office bearers, there will be an opportunity for members, families and friends of the Rocky Riders to enjoy a relaxed and sociable afternoon/evening.  Drinks and nibbles will be supplied by the club with soft drinks for children.   

Mark the date in your diary, bring the family, and head on down to the Botanic Gardens for a general catch up.  BYO chair ... plus any ideas and input you have for the club's activities and plans for 2018. 

If you are interested in joining the Committee please think about nominating for one of the Committee positions;  if you are unable to attend the AGM and would like to cast your vote please complete a proxy appointment. Any queries regarding the AGM please contact the Secretary on info@rockyriders.com

First Aid Course for Mountain Bikers

Have you had or witnessed an injury while mountain biking?  Did you or your riding buddies know how to treat the injury and render the appropriate assistance?  Along with your water and nutrition items, you should also carry a practical knowledge of first aid when you ride.

To assist in this goal, the Rocky Riders are holding a basic first aid session for mountain bike riders.  It will cover the common types of injuries, how to deal with them, and what to carry in your pack - in other words, how to help yourself and others in the event of a mishap out in the bush.  Note this is not a formal first aid certificate course.  The course will be conducted by local St John's Ambulance member, Les Vearing.  

Enrolment for this 2 hour session will be restricted to 20 people, so you will need to book a spot in advance.

Date:  Monday 24 July

Time:  7.30pm to 9.30pm

Venue:  West End Hall, corner of View and Woodman Streets, Castlemaine

Cost:  $10 (payment on the night)

To make a booking either email info@rockyriders.com or ring/text David Bannear on 0407 685 871

MTBA Achievement Award

Carrie Edney displays her MTBA award
Carrie Edney displays her MTBA award

Secretary of the Castlemaine Rocky Riders, Carrie Edney, has recently been recognised as the Mountain Bike Australia (MTBA) Club Volunteer of the Year in Victoria, in a series of achievement awards announced at the conclusion of the 2017 XCC National Titles in Queensland.

Carrie joined the Castlemaine Rocky Riders committee in 2013 and has served as the Secretary for the past three years.  In this capacity Carrie has been instrumental in the management of key mountain biking events in central Victoria, including the inter-club Interwinter Series, the summer Dirt Crits series and the monthly social rides.  

Carrie has a particular interest in increasing female participation in the sport of  mountain biking and has significantly grown local patronage for juniors and women in the local area.  Among the activities that she has promoted and arranged are skills days, including women and junior specific clinics.  She has also been actively marketing the sport via social media, particularly the Castlemaine Women Cycling Facebook page.  Carrie also leads a number of rides of differing lengths and difficulties to encourage cycling participation across mtb and road disciplines.  

Through her co-ordination, leadership, marketing and follow-up Carrie is ensuring that more local community members, particularly women, gain enjoyment and exercise through mountain biking and socialising.  Our congratulations to Carrie on this well deserved recognition of her efforts by MTBA.