Friday, 31 July 2015

UC/AIS Cycling Research Study

National Capital Tour

Canberra's National Capital Tour returns in 2015 bigger and better than before. A festival of cycling will be on show during 18-20 September as for the first time the Tour is including Graded races.

Graded races
D (incorporating Open Women)

Three stages
56 km road race
58 km road race

Graded registration open
Will you be the Tour's best Graded cyclist?

The National Capital Tour is part of the Subaru National Road Series and will see Canberra hosting the best professional riders Australia has to offer.

This is your chance to get involved in the weekend and rub shoulders with the countries NRS elite riders. Compete on similar undulating courses and you too can feel like a pro-cyclist for a weekend.

Registrations close midnight Sunday 6 September 2015. 

Click here to register!

Friday, 24 July 2015

2015 Fitz's Challenge registrations open

Fitz's Challenge - Canberra’s long distance cycling event – will be held on Sunday 25 October 2015 to provide participants the chance to choose their challenge from one of five course distances while also raising much needed funds for The Kids’ Cancer Project.

The five course distances on offer in Fitz’s Challenge are: 
50 km Tidbinbilla Challenge
105 km Tharwa Challenge
165 km Fitz's Classic
210 km Fitz's Epic
255 km Fitz's Extreme

All courses are set across Canberra’s Brindabella Ranges and enable participants to ride their chosen challenge distance within a supported environment.

Fitz’s Challenge is an inclusive event open to participants 12 years and older (those under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult).

Registrations for the event are now open.

Monday, 13 July 2015

Funding for ANUCC members

ANUCC is always looking for ways to support and grow cycling in the Canberra community, particularly through events and activities that benefit our members.

The committee has set aside money specifically for funding development opportunities in the fields of road, mountain bike and track cycling. Members are encouraged to submit funding proposals to the committee for the 2015 calendar year. 

Proposals should include information on who will benefit and how they will benefit from the funding. Additionally, a costing should be provided along with a contact person. Proposals that provide opportunities for ANU students may receive higher funding. All proposals should be submitted via email to If you have any questions about the process or funding in general, please contact Tim Sloan-Gardner (0438 881 143).

In additional to funding development opportunities for members, the club may also provide individual financial assistance. The committee will consider providing financial assistance to any current club member participating in major national events and national or international representative duties. Further details and an application form can be found here.

Friday, 3 July 2015

June newsletter by Danny Chak and Adam Wozniak

Faces of the 2015 ANUCC Committee: Luke Connors – Club Captain
The club captain, Luke commonly reps stylish Rudy's and a stunning sock tan. If you have any questions about the club or riding in general feel free to ask Luke for advice. He is especially talented in climbing and descending mountains. Luke enjoys nothing more than a post-ride brew and he can be found drinking short macs on weekends.

Majura Pines re-opened!
After a few years of closure, with deforestation and majority of the lower trails being demolished, it was thought that Majura Pines would never be the same again. And it’s true. Even after it was reopened recently for mountain bike use, the trails are not the same. They are so much better. Although some things haven’t changed. The flow is there, and the fun is definitely there!

The biggest difference is the section of concrete which now separates the two “sections” of the pine forest. On the side closer to Hackett there are new black diamond Cross Country trails known as Larry and Barry, an improved Downhill trail and the much loved “flow track” which admittedly has been the highlight of the pines revamp. The older tracks further down which connect up to Winery hill have had a makeover too with new lines and berms to aid cornering. Rumour is Auto Alley will be back to it’s former glory with the addition of more rocks, more roots and more hairpins in the coming months.

On the other side of the concrete are the dirt jumps, a pump track and a slightly tamer beginner track. There is also a newly installed water fountain so you can fill up mid-ride. All the trails are now signposted, so watch out for those ‘NO ENTRY’ signs!

MTB Madness
Coinciding with Majura being re-opened, ANU Cycling Club is running mountain bike rides on Saturday mornings at either 0730 or 0830 (time will be finalised through Teamer invitations). These rides are pretty fun with a quick stop at trail heads to make sure we have everyone. Anyone is welcome, so round up your mates for some fun in the forest!

ONYAbike Canberra Mechanic Top Tip

At ONYAbike Canberra we have three busy workshops and our mechanics see bikes in all sorts of conditions. 

Lately we have been seeing a lot of suspension forks that have not been serviced regularly, leading to serious damage being done to the fork stanchions, also called uppers. With lack of servicing the fork seals can dry out to the point where dirt and grit enters the fork and begins wearing the surface of the metal fork stanchions around the top seals. This then allows any remaining oil/grease to leak out of the fork top seals, further accelerating the wear. Sometimes this can be terminal for the suspension fork, as the cost of purchasing replacement uppers can be almost as much as the cost of a new fork!

As well as servicing your forks keeping them clean is a good place to start. After every ride, wash the bike with a bike friendly wash. If you don’t have time, use a clean soft rag to wipe any excess dirt off the stanchions and from around the top seals of the fork.

Tour de France Night
The annual TdF night will be held again on Saturday 25 July 2015. We will be showing a movie and running a quiz before sitting back and watching the big guns battle it out on Alpe d’Huez (stage 20). A flyer with further details will be circulated soon.

Upcoming ANU Awards Dinner
The ANUCC awards dinner will be coming up in early August. We will keep you posted on details, but pencil a note in your diary and dust off your dressing-up clothes (the things you wear when not in lycra).

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Friday, 26 July 2013

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