Dear Members,

The Carnegie Caulfield Cycling Club acknowledges the Boonwurrung people of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the land on which the club resides. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging, and acknowledge and uphold their continuing relationship to this land.

We hope you and your families are well and we thank you for your ongoing support of the Carnegie Caulfield Cycling Club, especially during these continuing strange times. 

Without the professionalism of the Committee and Volunteers we would not be in the position we are, with a member base that continues to grow and some of the best racing and programs in Victoria.

Our Volunteers are the real heroes of the Club. You willingly seek to help at races every week – often very early – and allow us to put on races that are not only for our members but for members of all clubs. Whether it is corner marshalling, race marshalling, helping set up or pack down, traffic control, setting up, helping co-ordinate entries and numbers or keeping the eskys stocked. There is a real comradery amongst our volunteers, that makes it is a pleasure to be part of this group of awesome people. It never sounds enough to just say thank you, but here it is. Thank you.

The Committee has continued to work quietly in the background keeping covid protocols updated, running club programs, reviewing procedure, applying for permits, sending out uniform orders, paying the bills and answering your questions, just to name a few of the jobs. I would like to sincerely thank all the committee members who are continuing into the 21/22 season. Your commitment to the Club and your ability to take on your positions and run with them has made it a pleasure to be part of this committee.

To our committee members who are leaving us, Sal Cinque, I can’t thank you enough for your time as President, having the faith in me to take over from you. You’re professionalism, as Partnership Manager, working with the Damion Drapac Foundation and other sponsors over the past year ensured we were able to put on one of the largest club events of the year, with the Damion Drapac ANZAC Day Classic.

I’d like to thank Robin Donahue who took on the rolls of both Treasure and Secretary this last year. Robin has brought a whole new level of professionalism and organisation to the rolls, for which we are truly grateful.

James Shepherdson, thank you for your commitment to the role of Marketing Manager your perfectly worded EDM’s sent out to our members continued our goal to communicate better with our members. Thank you for all your insights and help.

Fox Williams, thank you for your tireless work as Social Media Manager. Your ability to post engaging and relevant stories and posts on our social media platforms has moved the club’s profile to the next level. Thank you for making us look so good! us look so good!

We’ve had many highlights, here are a few:

  • Quad C Junior Training Program: From a new beginning the QuadC program has flourished under the leadership of David Williams. With more than 55 members and their families. This has increased our junior participation and parent/carer volunteer group seeing many of the members at Junior Tours and Track events over the past several months. The squad trains at Packer Park on Tuesday and Thursday nights, with some members having advanced to the Wednesday night DISC group. Tuesdays are road racing specific with track skills training on Thursdays. Caulfield Grammar’s road cycling program has joined us with training on Monday nights over terms 1 and 4. In August 2021, QuadC will host the Victorian Junior Road Titles at Glenrowan. The club is proud to be support this event.
  • Our successful track program at DISC, run under the watchful eye of our Club Coach, Hilton Clarke, continues to produce exemplary riders on bot   h the track and the road. Special mention must go to Alyssa Polites, Lucinda Stewart, Jackson Hribar, Ashley Jones, Alana Hribar, Bill Simpson and Alex Jones.
  • With the strong pivot of our members to cope with Covid protocols at racing over Crit season, we moved to on-line entries and pre-entry without missing a beat. The Hollingworth Cup ran over four Sundays at Glenvale seeing up to 50 riders in A and B grade. Separate women’s racing with equal prize money. We introduced Women’s only grades at Glenvale and are continuing to work on our women’s program and have received good feedback on ways to progress.
  • The Damion Drapac ANZAC Day Classic saw us partnering with the Damion Drapac Foundation, Bayside Skoda, Compare n Save, Giant Ormond, OMara Cycles and CycloRetro. We were able to put on an event with the largest ever prize pool in CCCC’s history, with a field of over 350 riders, across juniors and all grades A to D. With equal prizes and prize money for both Men and Women. This is quickly becoming one of the premier events on the national cycling calendar”.
  • Thank you to John Cartwright of Crisp Project. John has guided us and continued to work with the City of Glen Eira on the development of a multi-million-dollar facility at Packer Park.  Architectural plans have been drawn up and the project was put to the council for consideration in the 2022 budget. It was not to be, but we will continue to lobby the Local and State government members with the hope we will have club rooms by our 100-year anniversary in 2024.
  • We secured several government grants, which were on offer to sporting and community groups to help with rebuilding programs after covid lockdowns.
  • Infrastructure, Risk Management and policy and procedural updates have continued to be completed to improve the operational performance of the Club.

So much has been accomplished and there is much more to do in 2021-22.  Building upon our legacy of being one of Australia’s premier cycling clubs, with consistency in the Committee and programs, we are committed to the following four pillars:

  1. Racing for Everyone: Enhance our strong series of club events on road and track to provide all members the opportunity to race regardless of ability.
  2. Inclusive Cycling: Continue to establish a strong and inclusive program to support women and LGBTQ+ cyclists in racing and social activities.
  3. Junior Programs: Enhance our successful junior development programs to increase participation and competence, while providing a clear pathway of progression.
  4. Social Engagement: Move beyond racing and engage with members through a range of social riding activities.