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Who we are

We’re located in Taree on the mid north coast of NSW and cover a wide area including Forster and Tuncurry. The club works closely with the Forster Triathlon Club with many members also members of the Forster Club.

Manning Valley Cycle Club caters for cyclists of all ages and abilities and welcomes new members. Please contact the Club at mvcc.clubsec@hotmail.com for membership information.

The winter race program generally commences in April and concludes in October and is held on Saturday afternoons. There are currently 7 approved road courses to conduct events. These courses provide members & licenced visitors with a variety of terrain from challenging hills to a flat time trial course. The program also includes Central Division events as well as Interclub challenges with the Port Macquarie Cycle Club.

The summer criterium program is held during the daylight savings months on Wednesday evenings between November and March utilising 2 circuits.

The Club has a 1.2km criterium circuit at the Taree Recreational Ground, Bligh St Taree. The Club also utilises the Kolodong Industrial Estate off the Wingham Road as a criterium circuit. This circuit has police approval.

The Club is affiliated with Cycling NSW and Cycling Australia and racing, recreational and non-riding officials licences are available with the Club providing insurance cover. For further details see Cycling Australia at http://membership.cycling.org.au/InsuranceBenefits

All welcome, including new members and riders considering joining the Club. Rides generally cater for differing levels of fitness and riding capability.

I M P O R T A N T: These bunch rides are not organised by the MVCC. Both club members and non-club members ride in these bunch rides and the Club has no influence over, or responsibility for the conduct of riders. Consequently the MVCC takes no responsibility for any mishaps, changes of schedule, route, distance, average speed etc. for these rides. Please be aware that anyone joining these rides does so at their own risk.

Bunch rides as follows:

TIME DAY LOCATION

7 am Sunday (all year round) Opposite the War Memorial Clock Tower in Victoria Street near Martin Bridge Taree to Johns River and return over Martin Bridge – 75kms.  Coffee afterwards at “Raw Sugar”.

6 pm Monday & 6 pm Thursday – Aquatic Centre Taree (During the daylight saving months) north to Jericho Road & return fast, regrouping at Mungo (Coopernook) & at the highway exit before returning to the Aquatic Centre – 40kms in total

8 am Wednesday (all year round) from the Aquatic Centre Taree  This ride is at a steady pace and heads north.  The turnaround varies but includes Johns River (63kms), Kew (92kms) or Bago Rd (108kms)  Coffee on the way at Kew, Johns River or Moorland

6:30 am Saturday There is often a fast/hard ride starting at Martin Bridge Taree (Solomon’s Fruit Market)

7 am Saturday (all year round) Opposite the War Memorial Clock Tower in Victoria Street, Taree near Martin Bridge.  This ride is designed for beginners, riders who have resurrected a bike after some time away from cycling and members who are coming back from injury.   Bunch riding etiquette will be explained to beginners.  This ride is generally 55kms but for a beginner who wants a shorter less demanding ride, an experienced member will generally be available to assist and ride at the pace that the beginner is comfortable with and for an appropriate distance.  Contact Scott Crawford on 0418 226 988 for further information. Coffee afterwards at “Raw Sugar”.

Manning Valley Cycle Club (MVCC) officially commenced in April 1963, prior to this, cycling races in the area were conducted under the banner of Taree Cycle Club, dating back to the early 1900’s.

Major events held over the years included, Port Macquarie to Taree, Kew to Taree and Gloucester to Wingham. These events have attracted the Commonwealth games team in 1982, State, Country Championships as well as State 2 day tours for both senior and junior riders.

The Club had a Velodrome constructed a number of years ago at the Wingham Sporting Complex. The surface deteriorated over the years and is now not used.

The Club has a Criterium circuit at Taree Recreational Ground 1.2km in distance. It has a “hot mix’ surface with a width approximately equal to a standard single lane road. It is used for the majority of the Summer Criterium race program and during summer offers a safe race environment for juniors. On an all year round basis it is utilised for training and junior development programs. Local schools can also utilise the facility for cycling programs for children during school hours. The Criterium track has full lighting for night riding.

The Club has constructed a clubhouse in conjunction with the Taree Hockey Association.  This facility provides a meeting room, roller training room, storage and light refreshment facilities.

The Club has 2 distinct racing seasons, summer and winter. In summer, Criterium races are conducted on Wednesday evenings either on the criterium circuit and at the approved circuits, at the Kolodong Industrial area. The Kolodong circuit of 1.3km is a public road. Criterium races are of a shorter duration, typically 30 – 40 minutes.

Winter events are held on most Saturday afternoons and are also held on roads still open to motorists but with police approval. These events are of a longer duration with each grade contesting events with distances of 30 to 60 km.

Manning Valley and Port Macquarie Cycle Clubs conduct regular joint races as part of the winter road programs.  See the current road program for details.

The Club has a riding membership of approximately 150 which includes approximately 25 juniors. Each consecutive year has seen an increasing trend in membership, for example there were 62 members in 2000. The Club has a membership coverage area of Taree, Wingham, Nabiac, Forster and Tuncurry.

The Club owns a number of beginners bicycles which are available to new members at a small fee (to cover maintenance and setup).  These bikes are in the main for juniors to assist with learning bike skills, safety and racing techniques under the guidance of experienced riders. Contact the Club on mvcc.clubsec@hotmail.com for further details.

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Sign on closes 15min before race start time for each grade, Riders must attend race briefing before the start of their respective grades. A & B grades race for 30mins + 2 laps. C & D grades race for 25 mins + 2 laps. This can vary.

Kolodong races sign on by 7.40am for 8am start – Juniors will run if numbers permit.

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This course leans itself to the climbers, however, the diesels amongst us (if on form) could provide an upset. With juniors back from representing duties and the weather report looking okay, this should be a keenly contested event. We have a committed bunch of volunteers to ensure the best race possible, so get out there and have a crack!

Register online via Buncheur as early as possible.
www.buncheur.com/manning-valley-cc-mvcc-winter-road-season-1

** Note **
Those that entered the cancelled race last weekend will have their entry transferred to this race, so no need to enter. #bootawa #winterroadseries #MVCC
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Bootawa is on!
This course leans itself to the climbers, however, the diesels amongst us (if on form) could provide an upset. With juniors back from representing duties and the weather report looking okay, this should be a keenly contested event.  We have a committed bunch of volunteers to ensure the best race possible, so get out there and have a crack!

Register online via Buncheur as early as possible.
https://www.buncheur.com/manning-valley-cc-mvcc-winter-road-season-1 

** Note ** 
Those that entered the cancelled race last weekend will have their entry transferred to this race, so no need to enter. #bootawa #winterroadseries #mvcc
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JUNIOR RACE REPORT

A dedicated bunch of Juniors attended the second & third events on the Junior calendar on the weekend.

Day 1: Dooleys Junior Tour of Sydney, Oakville.

Buoyed by the addition of NSW Cycling’s U11 Cyclist of the year Amiah DeWright, competing for the first time this year, the club was to field the strongest number of participants ever recorded. Unfortunately, due to illness, Jacob Steep, who performed brilliantly at the recent Hunter Tour was a late withdrawal.

Amiah DeWright (U13 - first of two years in this age group) was the first rider in action, with girls and boys starting together. Amiah had no difficulty in winning the female category and made the vast majority of the boys trying to keep up, placing 7th in their division!

Kobi Mathiske, Harry Thomas, Tommy Worth and Noah DeWright (first year), had a 36km race in cold and wet conditions. These lads are quickly gaining a reputation within the cycling fraternity of being strong, fair and honest racers. Against riders having far more experience, these guys get out there take control and make sure the race is hard. All four riders placed in the top 11, with 2 seconds separating them. Kobi Mathiske best-placed finishing 7th, Noah DeWright placing 11th and 1st first young rider in the age group.

Alex Cross competed in the U17 female race. Small numbers always make for hard racing, as trying to get a recovery within the bunch is challenging. Racing over 57km, Alex placed 5th and 3rd first-year. Combined with points gained in the previous event at Hunter Valley, has put her in a good position for State Team selection.

Day 2: NSW County/Metro Championships & NSW State Criterium Championships - Waratah Park, Sutherland. (Freezing cold and wet, wet, wet!!!)

The first race of the day was the combined Country & Metro Championships. Amiah DeWright's field was significantly larger than the previous day; however, Amiah set off doing what she does best. For the first time, two girls in their final year in the category managed to stay with her. Amiah finished 2nd in the Country Titles and 3rd overall.

The U15 pack's first race was a tough one after the previous day's heroics. Again Kobi Mathiske was the best finisher, with Noah DeWright being the only first-year rider managing to hold onto the lead pack.

Alex Cross rounded out the Country and Metro races in the U17 female race. With riders entering the race that had not previously raced, Alex found the race hard and did well to place 4th in the Country titles.

The riders all discussed the morning events and as a whole decided that their warm-ups and racing weren’t what they wanted and decided to “send it” in the afternoons NSW Criterium Titles.

Amiah started her final event with the three girls quickly separated from the remaining riders. A similar result to her previous race, being third, which is a bronze medal in the State. An outstanding achievement, based on limited training and being a first-year rider with little sprinting experience.

The U15 lads lived up to their words! From the gun, Tommy Worth laid it out. Harry & Kobi hooked in and quickly split the field. It was sensational to see the MVCC boys receiving cheers from the crowd in absolutely appalling conditions, trying to split the experienced velodrome racers from the field. Noah was keeping an eye on the first-year riders, which this time formed a race within a race. With 10 minutes to go, Noah set off without them and successfully managed to win the first-year riders race quite comfortably. With Tommy Worth spicing the race up coming into the final 10 minutes an unfortunate clash of wheels had Harry Thomas hitting the deck. Skin off, but no broken bones! He's a tough kid, with first words being “how are the boys going!” Kobi again the best finisher, with Tommy doing an impressive lead-out for the field.

Alex followed suit, with the top riders all attacking and splitting the field and going for an aggressive attack to reach the break. Surprisingly, one of the form riders didn’t make the break and decided to retire from the race. Alex then went about swapping turns with her competitors and managed to finish 4th and 3rd first-year.

Well done to our young crew who represented the club in great spirits during some harsh conditions. Smiles all-around at the end, which was the best part of the day. As parents, we were privileged to watch them race and they did us proud. #juniorcrew #mvcc

Crossy
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JUNIOR RACE REPORT

A dedicated bunch of Juniors attended the second & third events on the Junior calendar on the weekend.

Day 1: Dooleys Junior Tour of Sydney, Oakville. 

Buoyed by the addition of NSW Cycling’s U11 Cyclist of the year Amiah DeWright, competing for the first time this year, the club was to field the strongest number of participants ever recorded. Unfortunately, due to illness, Jacob Steep, who performed brilliantly at the recent Hunter Tour was a late withdrawal. 

Amiah DeWright (U13 - first of two years in this age group) was the first rider in action, with girls and boys starting together. Amiah had no difficulty in winning the female category and made the vast majority of the boys trying to keep up, placing 7th in their division!

Kobi Mathiske, Harry Thomas, Tommy Worth and Noah DeWright (first year), had a 36km race in cold and wet conditions. These lads are quickly gaining a reputation within the cycling fraternity of being strong, fair and honest racers. Against riders having far more experience, these guys get out there take control and make sure the race is hard. All four riders placed in the top 11, with 2 seconds separating them. Kobi Mathiske best-placed finishing 7th, Noah DeWright placing 11th and 1st first young rider in the age group.

Alex Cross competed in the U17 female race. Small numbers always make for hard racing, as trying to get a recovery within the bunch is challenging. Racing over 57km, Alex placed 5th and 3rd first-year. Combined with points gained in the previous event at Hunter Valley, has put her in a good position for State Team selection.

Day 2:  NSW County/Metro Championships & NSW State Criterium Championships - Waratah Park, Sutherland. (Freezing cold and wet, wet, wet!!!)

The first race of the day was the combined Country & Metro Championships. Amiah DeWrights field was significantly larger than the previous day; however, Amiah set off doing what she does best. For the first time, two girls in their final year in the category managed to stay with her. Amiah finished 2nd in the Country Titles and 3rd overall.

The U15 packs first race was a tough one after the previous days heroics. Again Kobi Mathiske was the best finisher, with Noah DeWright being the only first-year rider managing to hold onto the lead pack.

Alex Cross rounded out the Country and Metro races in the U17 female race. With riders entering the race that had not previously raced, Alex found the race hard and did well to place 4th in the Country titles.

The riders all discussed the morning events and as a whole decided that their warm-ups and racing weren’t what they wanted and decided to “send it” in the afternoons NSW Criterium Titles.

Amiah started her final event with the three girls quickly separated from the remaining riders. A similar result to her previous race, being third, which is a bronze medal in the State. An outstanding achievement, based on limited training and being a first-year rider with little sprinting experience. 

The U15 lads lived up to their words! From the gun, Tommy Worth laid it out. Harry & Kobi hooked in and quickly split the field. It was sensational to see the MVCC boys receiving cheers from the crowd in absolutely appalling conditions, trying to split the experienced velodrome racers from the field. Noah was keeping an eye on the first-year riders, which this time formed a race within a race. With 10 minutes to go, Noah set off without them and successfully managed to win the first-year riders race quite comfortably. With Tommy Worth spicing the race up coming into the final 10 minutes an unfortunate clash of wheels had Harry Thomas hitting the deck. Skin off, but no broken bones! Hes a tough kid, with first words being “how are the boys going!” Kobi again the best finisher, with Tommy doing an impressive lead-out for the field.

Alex followed suit, with the top riders all attacking and splitting the field and going for an aggressive attack to reach the break. Surprisingly, one of the form riders didn’t make the break and decided to retire from the race. Alex then went about swapping turns with her competitors and managed to finish 4th and 3rd first-year.

Well done to our young crew who represented the club in great spirits during some harsh conditions. Smiles all-around at the end, which was the best part of the day. As parents, we were privileged to watch them race and they did us proud. #juniorcrew #mvcc

Crossy

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Awesome photo!!

In freezing conditions today our kids represented MVCC with smiles and grit determination doing us proud.

Thanks also to the committed parents whom without their support and guidance these kids would be still at home. #juniorcrew #MVCC #cyclingnsw
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In freezing conditions today our kids represented MVCC with smiles and grit determination doing us proud. 

Thanks also to the committed parents whom without their support and guidance these kids would be still at home. #juniorcrew #mvcc #cyclingnsw

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Such an awesome bunch of kids ! All did MVCC proud today 👍👍👍

Well done team !!!💪🏼💪🏼💪🏼

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Amiah 🥉 NSW Crit Titles - not bad for a 1st year 💪 #juniorcrew #MVCC ... See MoreSee Less

Amiah 🥉 NSW Crit Titles - not bad for a 1st year 💪 #juniorcrew #mvcc

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Awesome effort Amiah - well done darling girl 😘💪🏼

Amiah takes 2nd place at Country Champs. #weloveourmoo #MVCC ... See MoreSee Less

Amiah takes 2nd place at Country Champs. #weloveourMoo #mvcc

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Awesome effort Amiah - so proud of you 💪🏼👍

Great effort Moo

Congrats Moo, you little legend 💫

Well done Moo! ⭐️

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