The end of the 2017 season was celebrated with the annual prize giving and Christmas party, preceded by the Griffith Cycle Club’s Annual General Meeting.
After receiving the reports of the President, Handicapper and Treasurer the club was declared to be in good health and the meeting proceeded with the election of officers for 2018. Craig Tilston was re-elected as President and is to be congratulated on guiding the club through a challenging year.
Bronwyn Jones was rewarded for her hard work as handicapper this past year and promoted to Club Vice President. Sarah Trotter, Paul Muir and Peggy Carpenter were returned to the positions of secretary, treasurer, and membership/race secretary respectively. Greg Pattison has put his hand up for the handicapper hot seat. Jason Minato continues to co-ordinate the clubs Riverina Interclub racing.
Kingsley Massey was appointed as club captain. The club welcomes two new ordinary member to the committee, in club stalwart Peter Stockwell and reigning club road champion Malcolm Blake.
The prize giving then followed rewarding the riders for their hard work and heroics during the year. Unfortunately not all recipients can be mentioned. The Tom’s Cycle City point score is all about consistency and making sure that you are picking up the low ranking points when your group is not up to take maximum points.
Craig Tilston was that person this year and built up a resounding points advantage to take the point score series. In second and third place respectively were Jack Trimboli and Tara Payne, two relatively new riders who rode in the front bunches and were certainly not lacking in enthusiasm. A fantastic result from a club point of view.
Tara Payne also won the D Grade Individual Time Trial and D Grade Yoogali Cup, but more importantly the club recognised her wonderful improvement and she was awarded the most improved rider. The highly sought after Kittchener Wilkinson Cup awarded to the C Grade Road Championship was won by Jack Trimboli.
There was no stopping Malcolm Blake this year and he took out The Club Road Championship, and the club’s to main trophy races, the Hanwood Cup and Yoogali Cup. The Club Individual Time Trial championship was won by young gun Billy Sewell, notably this was done on a conventional road bike without even using aero bars.
Billy did not participate in many club races, as he is at National Road Series calibre and travelled away to participate in events of this level. The club is very proud to be associated with a rider of this capability. The women Individual Time Trial championship was won by Sarah Trotter.
Riding in B Grade Road Championship it was fitting that Jenni Massey fresh from her success at the World Grand Fondo Championship in Albi , France and the club’s most decorated rider was awarded the Club’s Women’s Road Race Championship. Jenni has been an inspiration to the growing band of women riders in the club. Club Person of the year was awarded to Bronwyn Jones who truly went over and beyond her duties as handicapper.
The Griffith Cycle Club is looking forward to a wonderful and exciting 2018 year of cycling with the club racing program scheduled to commence on 11 February 2018. The club welcomes all new riders and recommends race memberships are taken out as soon as possible, allowing new riders to join an uplifting, encouraging and enjoyable cycling culture that the Griffith Cycle Club offers.