December already - lots of riding to do.

Club Championships are on this week (7 December) for criterium racing. The Christmas Party for all on the following weekend (10 December). And we really need helpers with a number of club roles as we head into 2017.

We've had four great evenings of racing at Wodonga TAFE's driver education centre, Barnawartha. There's one more for 2016, on Wednesday 7 December. These races will be our club championships for each grade. Get there from 5:30pm to sign on & pin on a race number. As you'd expect, only AWPCC members can become club champion. But all-comers can race. The more the merrier! If you're off the bike, come and watch. You'll see more than just 11 seconds at the end, like the video below from 23 November.

Help needed: running the club.

There is a desperate need for us to have more club members helping out - in many roles. Without more hands to assist, we really won't be able to run races. Yes, it's that big a deal.

People have changes with workload, or family needs, or move from the area ... so they have to step down from roles. Can you - or your nominee! - help with the general club committee? Or the race committee (that's imperative)?

It's clear people are contributing - look at those who set up signs, marshal, etc. But what we're looking for is people who can help with fundamental club-running activities.

How? Come to general committee (Monday 12 December, 7:30pm, 374 Amatex St, East Albury). Or email the secretary, Chris Little

Quick notes:

  • Junior Track Cycling runs for two more weeks before a Christmas-New Year break. That is: 5:30pm @ Pearsall Street Veldrome, on 5 & 12 December.
  • Don't forget to renew your licence before it expires at the end of December.

Criterium Highlights

A select of action shots of A and B grade from last Thursday crits. Next crits are on the 23rd November.


Criterium action & other news

A select of images of the yesterday's criterium racing at the Motorsports Training Australia circuit Barnawatha North. Photo taken by club member Tony Egan.


Diary dates
7 November (Monday). Junior track cycling, Pearsall St Velodrome, 5:30pm
7 November: 7:30pm for next AWPCC general committee. All welcome, 374 Amatex St, East Albury
10 December (Saturday). Club Christmas Party & Presentations
Race cancellation 
We've all been looking forward to the Bellbridge Classic. Unfortunately the race on 6 November has had to be cancelled. Recent rain damage of the roads has made a couple of places quite dangerous, especially one spot on the descent north from Talgarno Gap. Apologies to all!



Want to buy club kit?

The Albury Wodonga Panthers Champion System portal is now open.

This link will take you to log-in. Use your existing account, or set up a new one. You order your own gear & pay - kit is made once the portal closes (in a few weeks time)


Great racing

With thanks to Wodonga TAFE. They not only let us use their track. They even swept it clean for us before racing on 12 October.

Successful night
On 12 October, we had 22 senior riders and 3 juniors to use the 1.6km hotmix circuit. Seniors ran a combined A/B grade (approx 30min + 3 laps) and C grade (approx approx 25min + 3 laps). Juniors did a 15 minute roll with Greg Featonby and Rob Belsher to understand the wind and track etc. Everyone enjoyed the event with some fast close racing.

A/B 1st Lach Hutchins, 2nd Greg Fetonby, 3rd Craig McMillan
C 1st Justin Godfrey, 2nd Sam Dutton, 3rd Tom Sharp (Tom's a 1st year under 19 - everyone watch out!)

Enjoy some images from a fun night (with thanks to Jess Featonby).

Next criterium: Wednesday 26 October. Get the word out!

And don't forget...
Sunday 6 November - the Bellbridge Cycling Classic. A hillier race, only four weeks before the Tour of Bright. More details soon.

And thanks again to those who make it possible to race our crit series. Murray Wallace did a mountain of work to get this off the ground. We're grateful to Motorsports Training Australia.