May I start by offering our heartfelt condolences to Kylie Clarke on the recent death of her Mother and particularly to the boys, Lincoln, Harrison, Fraser and Cooper.
How pleasing to see the response to our Summer Racing Program, excellent numbers at both Belmont Island evening criteriums including pleasing fields in A grade at this previously contentious venue where rumors have abounded over its safety.
Clearly the Belmont Island track is extremely dangerous for those riders who insist on continuing to pedal on any of the tight corners. After last Tuesday’s race it seems action is necessary before this Friday’s event to impress upon riders their need to take their responsibilities seriously for the safety of the race and their own. A penalty exists for pedal strike $200.00. Has the time come to enforce this rule?
Hit and Run
If it was ever doubted, our Police Force work on in the background culminating in an arrest this morning over the death of Gordon Ibbs earlier this year. This, as another callous driver left an injured cyclist on the road on Saturday. Driver and cyclist interaction is in my view improving however clearly this community has some way to go.
I have managed to miss two meetings, in my defense it seems I have not received the notifications for two possible reasons. All is clear now and I have had a meeting with project Architect Michael Harbour and COGG Project Manager, Steve Williams. I have drawings to show this meeting. Expectations remain for the builder to be engaged early in the New Year for completion by the end of 2016. See images.
Friday November 20 School Race
Some 44 primary age boys and girls and 10 Melton Secondary boys and girls cheerfully competed in steady soaking rain in our second Schools race last Friday. Andy Hair of Leopold Primary School again did a wonderful job coordinating this complex event. Regretfully Andy is moving on next year but we are expecting the event to continue under new direction.
I hope to meet with Andy and Aaron Gardiner of Grovedale PS, the “New Bloke” for a debriefing soon. I see this event as an avenue into primary schools that this Club has difficulty establishing and one our governing body appears disinterested in.
I’m seeking likely names from this event to nominate for the CA Membership initiative. Further, another selfless contribution from Doug Wilson who again ran the timing for the event.
Geelong West Redevelopment
A consultant sought GCC Membership numbers to assist I assume, in preparing recommendations.
Our Membership Manager John Miro was able to furnish the latest numbers. A pleasing 210 senior members, 38 junior boys and if I remember 8 girls.
Enough for now,