Jay Vine and Justine Barrow currently lead the @tacvictoria Towards Zero Victorian Road Series in the Elite Men and Women’s A grades. Will they still be leading after the Tour of East Gippsland this weekend? Entries for the two-day stage race close tomorrow. #gippsland #VRS19 #TowardsZero #LoveEastGippsland
REMEMBERING OUR GLORIOUS CYCLING SOLDIERS. On this ANZAC day, we remember how many soldiers sacrificed their lives for the great freedom we enjoy today. Those soldiers came from all walks of life including our cyclists from Victoria. One such soldier and cyclist was John Alexander James STENHOUSE, a member of the Williamstown Cycling Club. He enlisted in the army and was deployed to the front in 1916. He was injured there and sent home to recover. He was re-deployed the following year but died at Villers-Brettoneux on the 20 March 1917, age 25. The medals he won in his short cycling career were fortunately saved and have been handed down through the family. There are six medals in the collection, all in excellent condition, and they have been donated to the Cycling Victoria History Archive. The top medal, the Barnet Glass Road Race, was a 90-mile handicap from Bendigo to Melbourne in 1912, finishing in Mt. Alexander Road Essendon. John Stenhouse finished in 22nd. place, well inside the allocated time limit, and received this medal. The second pictured medal was for an important annual Williamstown Club race. It was presented by, and obviously in respect of, the influential Club President Mr. T. W. Ward. Newspapers reported that the Fastest Time Medal won by John Stenhouse was gold, a valuable prize indeed. Alas, it was to be his last cycling medal. R.I.P. John Stenhouse and all our soldiers who never came home. Lest We Forget Words and Photo: Cycling Victoria History & Heritage Committee
Are you looking to expand your involvement in cycling. Cycling Victoria is hosting the Community Club Coaching Course on June 15-16. All the information on the course and how to sign up is in the link in our bio! #coaching #cyclecoach #teamvic #flyingv
Did you know Gippsland accounts for 20% of Australia’s milk production, is home to 14 National Parks and plays host to next months Tour of East Gippsland! We can’t wait to get back to this part of our state and you can too! Entires for the ToEG are open on EntryBoss until next Sunday. #VRS19 #LoveEastGippsland #Gippsland
All the drama of cyclocross racing is almost here! Next weekend is the first round of the 2019 Cycling Victoria Cyclocross Series. The Sunbury Cycling Club is hosting a weekend of racing that every one can enjoy. Road racing on Saturday and Cyclocross on Sunday! #VICXS #crossiscoming #cyclocross
SAUCER TRACK It was called the Saucer Track which was the term used for the similar tracks already designed, built, and operating in America. It was built in centralised Melbourne in 1907 within the Wirth's Circus complex on a site which is now Arts Centre Melbourne, on the south side of the Yarra River. Today it would be called a velodrome with its boards running with the track and its steep banking. It was eight laps to the mile which is 201 metres and was also used for motor cycle racing. The first cycle race meeting there was held on 11 January 1908 but by 1914 its popularity had ended and Wirth's built new circus attractions on the site. Such a spectacular venue should have succeeded but possibly management underestimated the entrenched establishment of the MCG and Exhibition Oval promotions which were both running in that same era. CV History & Heritage Committee.
🔔 DING DING DING! 🔔 This is your reminder that there is only 12 days left to enter the Tour of East Gippsland. The three-stage, two-day race is the fourth round of the Victorian Road Series and all the information is on our website. Enter now on EntryBoss! #VRS19 #FlyingV #Gippsland #LoveEastGippsland
A wonderful morning with the St Kilda Cycling Club women. SKCC has the largest membership of any club in Australia with the largest portion of female members. Cycling Victoria President, Lisa Byrne and Gender Equity Officer, Astrid van Uden had a fantastic time speaking to the group. 📸: @michadventures
TDF SOUVENIR The Cycling Victoria History Archive has over 5,000 donated items of cycling memorabilia. One day a woman on the phone said My cousin Don has some cycling memorabilia from Oppy would you be interested in it Thinking it would likely be some more regular postcards, we still said Yes we accept all donated memorabilia thank you. Upon meeting, it transpired that cousin Don's father had been racing cyclist George Shepherd from the Ormond Club, a very close riding friend of Oppy, and the donation included some rich, historic, and exclusive items. There were photos, medals, and Oppy's hand written letters to Shepherd, but the gem was the souvenir fine linen printed handkerchief (pictured) from the 1931 Tour de France which Oppy had generously gifted to his good friend Shepherd. The team of four Aussies that rode that Tour are featured bottom left of the handkerchief. Hubert Opperman finished 12th., Fatty Lamb 35th., Ossie Nicholson and Frankie Thomas did not finish. That unique item is now preserved in our History Archive but it is important that all our cycling history is preserved for future generations to appreciate. If you have cycling memorabilia it can be donated for preservation, or it may be just loaned and the History & Heritage Committee will photograph and scan all items and safely return them. Donors are acknowledged whenever possible. CV History & Heritage Committee.