National Road Championships – Ballarat, 3-7 February, 2021

Stephanie and Geoff once again volunteered at the event.

Thanks to Geoff for this report and photos.

Stephanie and I enjoyed our time working 4 days at the Nationals ( Road NATS ) in Ballarat.  We were asked to attend  two meetings re our marshalling duties etc at the Mt. Buninyong RSL Hall at 6.15am with Cycling Australia  (GTR Events). We were asked to be “In-The Field of Play ” by 7am.  It was a pleasure to have responsibility ensuring  the success of the bike races.

Our roles and crucial responsibilities were explained fully, as Stephanie and I  were working at a critical road closure, on the Midland Hwy with Inglis St, where motor bike escorts, Commissaire Cars, emergency vehicles, police motorbikes and cars, Race Director, and cyclists entered and exited constantly, necessitating removing the four witches hats for every vehicle needing road access by  waving them through when the road was clear of cyclists, official cars, motor bikes.etc.  We than had to replace them very quickly so the road was closed to the locals & general public!!  We certainly slept well at night.

The days were long but greatly rewarding to know that we had  “put our shoulder to the wheel ” and contributed in a small, significant way to the great success of the bike races once again.

After 37 Wonderful Years of Volunteering, for Stephanie and I, working for the NSWCF, Cycling Australia (now AusCycle ) Cycling Vic, Womens Tour Down Under (in recent years ) in Adelaide was a milestone in our lives.

It was lovely to be recognised and acknowledged by the womens elite cyclists, Netti Edmondson, Alexander Manly (S.A) Ash Akudinoff (N.S.W) and Georgia Baker (TAS) when they stopped and said ” G’Day  Geoff “. I was lucky to have  a brief chat, with so many Olympic and World Champions both on the Road & Track as they walked down the Buninyong Hill to the Start/Finish line.

We look forward to Volunteering again at most major cycling events in 2022

Cheers, Geoff.

National Road Cycling Championships – Buninyong 5-7 January, 2017

As usual, our trusty social coordinators Geoff and Stephanie were working as volunteers for Cycling Australia at Buninyong last weekend.

Thanks to Geoff for this report.

Stephanie & Geoff are working hard to ensure the Womens Road Race is the Success it deserves. We have been out as Course  Marshalls most days on busy streets .. stopping traffic.  It was as hot in Lobethal as it was in Mt. Buninyong …39-41 degrees.

Kimberley Conte …The glamorous  35 year old ..Race Director ( Geoff  said she is Lovely ! )   greatly appreciated our efforts in such hot conditions along with all the other workers  The conditions on the longest day  (Saturday ) been  extremely  windy with  heavy short showers.

Never let anybody under estimate the outstanding fitness and endurance of the Girls in UCI level road racing .

The National titles  in Mt Bunninyong  were as exciting and  we  were  pleased to  see  so many of  our favourite  riders win the Australian  jersey.

Tonight we will  see them again and many of the competitors we know well from our years of involvement at the track and road events as the TDU women and men teams will be presented at the  City of Adelaide Tour Village.

There are plenty of cycling paths around Adelaide that  we  are taking advantage of them.

The Australian Cycling Championships – from a volunteer’s perspective

Report from Geoff Andrews.

Stephanie  and I thoroughly  enjoyed working for Cycling Australia at the National Road Championships, held in Ballarat recently.   Jen (Senior Events Co-ordinator, Cycling Australia) was very well organised, calm when potential issues arose, and showed excellent “listening skills”   to any concerns or questions the Workforce employee had.

We worked  the four days which meant some were a 12  hour day  at Burrumbeet Time Trials, Sturt Street Criteriums, and  the two days  Road Racing at Mt. Buninyong. The workforce of 24 people came from various parts of Victoria,  and even Perth & Alice Springs with  a variety of ages & backgrounds.

Cycling Australia Staff were terrific motivators and showed care and concern  constantly throughout the day and  did their rounds to the workers every hour with  bottled water, sunscreen, snacks, delicous lunches … made fresh  daily from the Beechworth Bakery.  During the Time Trails each worker was placed on a remote marshaling point with only the sheep and cattle to talk to for the whole day!  The other days the marshaling spots were very busy with people and riders.

After the Men’s Road race, Cycling Aust. board members  thanked us  and to top it off  Simon Gerrans (Gerro) the New Aust. Road Champion thanked us individually.

We are always only too happy to work for Cycling Australia Events whether Road, Track  or Mountain Bike.

Safe Cycling

Geoff Andrews