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Newsletter Feb 2023

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1. Our first handicap event for this year will be Northern Cycling – Angelo De Francesco Memorial Handicap to be held on Sunday 26th of February 2023 at East Trentham, 55 km (5 -11km laps).

Angelo was a great supporter of our club, he enjoyed his racing at Northern and also riding with his great mate Vince Sinni, we are also delighted to announce that Vince will be helping out with sponsorship for this event through his cafe – Chooka’s Cafe.

This has been a popular event since its inception in 2016 with all riders trying their best to win the famous perpetual trophy in Angelo’s honour, something that is still on Vince bucket list.

Entries are now open on Entry Boss and entries will close on Friday 24th at midday. Entry Link – https://entryboss.cc/races/13826

Visiting riders aged 30+ and have a valid AusCycling racing licence are more than welcome to enter this event.So please let your friends know from other AusCycling affiliated clubs.

Past Winners of the Angelo De Francesco Memorial Handicap
2016 – Tamara Riddell
2017 – Kevin Russell
2018 – David Rooke
2019 – John McKinnon
2020 – Cancelled
2021 – Mark Edele
2022 – Josh Brooker
Chooka’s Cafe is located at 1 Ballarat str, Brunswick
Drop in have a coffee, meet Vince and his cat Chooka.



If you love your handicap races our friends from Central Victorian Veterans Cycling Club have their major Open on Sunday 12th of March (labour day long weekend). Entry Link –  https://entryboss.cc/races/14066

Northern Cycling will still be having graded scratch races at National Blvd on this day if you cannot make it to CVVC event.



3.Transponders & Race Numbers, Northern Cycling will be starting a program in May this year and it will finish on Sunday October the 22nd. Starting in May onwards all riders will be required to return their blue transponder and race number back to Tony Gherxi.As the blue transponders subscriptions will be expiring on October the 31st. Northern Cycling members who have a blue transponder will be required to return their race number and blue transponder at a Northern Cycling race or through the mail to Tony.

Northern Cycling will pick up the costs to add more subscriptions into the blue transponders, Tony will also be checking the battery life on the blue transponder and checking the race number on our transponder spread sheet is issued to the correct financial member. Once Tony has completed the blue transponder resubscription it will then be returned to the rider at their next race.

Failing to return the blue transponder and race number in the period from 7th of May to the 22nd of October, blue transponder resubscription cost will then be charged to the financial member who has the issued blue transponder. Lost race number or blue transponder will also be charged a fee.
Blue Transponder – $55.00
Race Number – $10.00

Members who have not renewed their membership and have a blue transponder kit  could you please return all your kit back at an Northern Cycling race or mail it to Tony at 90 Bayview rd, Yarraville 3013. Non – members who have an red transponder kit, could you please only return back the race number to Tony or at a Northern race. Note the club policy is permanent kits are only to be issued to Northern Cycling members.

We also would like to thank our club members who have recently returned their blue transponder kits back to the club and are now getting issued  a visitors transponder kit at registration and returning it back after racing which seems to be working well.

Once we start the program in May then we will start issuing blue transponder kits to our members who are racing consistently with our club.

Members who cannot commit to doing at least ten races at our club in a racing year period, would be better off racing with one of our visitors kit.


4. Northern Cycling committee will be getting out more information soon to our financial members about our 2023 Annual General Meeting. We are looking at having the AGM in early April.

Our secretary Tanya Simpson has decided to stand down from her position, when we have our AGM. On behalf of our committee and our members we would like to thank Tanya for all the great work she has done at our club.

If you have not done so already we require volunteers to help out on a corner and a driver for lead/tail vehicle for Angelo’s Defrancesco Memorial Handipcap. If you can help out please get in contact with Tim Anderson 0425766419.

A big thank you also to our wonderful volunteers who make our racing possible and safe!


5. Eureka C.C, Geelong Surf Coast C.C, Northern C.C & Colac C.C
Club series starts on Sunday 5th of March hosted by Geelong Surf Coast C.C and Northern will be hosting its race in the club series at National Blvd on Sunday 19th of March. The other two races in the series will be held in the second half of the year.We will get more information out to members on the first race of the series when Geelong Surf Coast get something out on Entry Boss.

We have enjoyed our club series races as it brings up a new level of racing as a team.
Go Northern!

Points system for this series
1st Place – 10 points to their representative club
2nd Place – 8 points to their representative club
3rd Place – 7 points to their representative club
4th Place – 6 points to their representative club
5th Place – 5 points to their representative club
6th Place – 4 points to their representative club
7th Place – 3 points to their representative club
8th Place – 2 points to their representative club

All other finishers get 1 point for their representative club. This encourages each club to get as many members to participate as possible regardless of their result.

The club with the most points at the end of the series will win the series and a perpetual trophy. They will also host the final race of the series the next year.

We are also still happy to continue the Tour de Metro series with Eastern C.C mid-year.


6. Sponsors –  Thank you to our wonderfull sponsors for continuing to support our club.

Please if you can help promote our great sponsors to your family members, friends & workmates.

Gate Opening Systems – Michael Borowski 0403096010
Top Tech Panels – Nick Nomikos 0410553622
CycleHouse – Russell Lee 0451632943
Flite Helmets – Bob Miller 0403060540
Chooka’s Cafe – Vince Sinni 0455666555

If anyone is interested  in sponsoring a race through their business , please contact our treasurer Grant Summers – 0435374366 or president Tony Gherxi -0415833796