Beulah pit stop back on the map

Beulah is back on the map this year offering delish food to teams on the Mildura route.

Pre-ordering is the name of the game to ensure it is ready for collection.  Full details and menu on this week’s Team Manager’s Update.

Meals will be served from the Beulah Primary School, Henty Hwy, Beulah. (on the right, south of town.)

Sit down and take away meals will be available.

Off road parking and toilet and rest rooms available.

Email your orders by Monday 24 March to: 

To have your orders ready when you hit town, Team Managers text message 0409 574 747 when leaving Hopetoun. 

coheath comotion ride for health for young African men

coheath comotion ride for health for young African men

Our Dream is a community-lead project run by ArtsGenerator, cohealth’s participatory health-meets-art space in Footscray, Melbourne. It aims to support young African men get back to their roots and community using art, music and gatherings in a positive space.

In support and with a target to raise $10,000, fifteen cohealth coworkers are rolling on the lycra and hitting the roads to cycle 520km in the epic 24 hour race, the Murray to Moyne, 28-29 March. 

Wearing the art

The cohealth team will be sporting riding jerseys designed by Ngardarb Francine Riches, a member of the Arriyol clan of the Bardi/Djawi/ Karajarri tribe. Ngardarb Francine has worked with cohealth and lived in Melbourne’s west for many years.

More information

Arts Gen run some unique and vital programs like hip hop classes for 11-16 year olds, art workshops for isolated young African men, musical collaborations with some of Melbourne’s most disadvantaged primary schools, and BBQ’s for some of our most vulnerable community members who are homeless or may have mental health issues.

Check out their inspiring work on Facebook:

Donations: And sponsor 435: cohealth comotion













FOR SALE - cycling bike rack

FOR SALE - cycling bike rack

Team Homicide have a steel Cycling Bike Rack for sale.

Built by RA Steel, Warrnambool, it holds 15 bikes and fits inside a 10’ x 6’ tandem trailer (note: trailer not included)

$500.00 ONO

Contact: Nigel Howard 0407 565 154

Mini Moyne for kids

Mini Moyne for kids

For the first time, senior primary school children from Port Fairy and Koroit can join in the fun of riding with an inaugural Mini Moyne for kids. This ride is taking place on Friday 27, the day before Woody’s M2M.

Students from Port Fairy Consolidated and St Patrick’s Primary schools from Koroit and Port Fairy are participating with over 100 children expected to be pushing peddles.  Some adventurous teachers will also be joining them. The ride promotes healthy activities and bicycle safety for kids.

The route, from Koroit to Port Fairy along the Rail Trail, will be supervised by the Koroit and Port Fairy Lions Clubs at all intersections to ensure safety.

The ride will begin at 12 noon in Koroit and will finish around 2.00pm at Railway Place, Port Fairy. The medal presentation will take place at the stage in Fiddlers Green.

So look out for the kids on their bikes and give them a cheer.

The ride is organised by the M2M Coordinator, Maggie Leutton in conjunction with the schools and with assistance from:

·       Koroit & Port Fairy Lions – supervising chicanes

·       Wannon Water  – providing water for bottles at the start of the ride

·       Moyne Heath – providing a vehicle and staff to help transport bikes from Port Fairy to Koroit Station for the start

·       Moyne Shire Outdoor Staff – supplying a tandem trailer to transport bikes.

M2M 2015 Fundraising Prize…

M2M 2015 Fundraising Prize…

Awarded to CASTLEMANIACS who are targeting to raise $6000 for the Windarring Support Service.

The Castlemaniacs are now using the prize as an the incentive to donate by putting their benefactors into a draw for the Port Fairy break. 

The prize, valued at over $500, is a two-night stay in Port Fairy at "Rockpool" overlooking Pea Soup Cove. Accommodating 6 and generously offered by Langley's Port Fairy Booking Service.

Rockpool is a brand NEW luxurious double storey townhouse with breathtaking views of South Beach (Pea Soup Cove).

A stylish coastal feel complimented by having the beach at your door step. Welcoming to couples and small families.

30th M2M dates announced

Yes, we know we haven't completed the 2015 ride yet and we are already planning for 2016. But it's a special year, our 30th, and we'd love to see everyone there, so put the dates in your diary.

 2 & 3 April 2016

Note: for planning purposes, Easter in 2016 falls on 25 to 28 March.

WIN Network helps M2M head to total of $1 million.

WIN Network helps M2M head to total of $1 million.

M2M sincerely thanks WIN Network for their support and promotion of the 2015 Woody’s Murray to Moyne 520km annual Cycle Relay.

The network has supported the M2M with a free air time campaign running 120 spots across the networks three chanels, Vic, Go and Gem. 

As the ride, in its 29th year, heads towards raising more than $1,000,000, the coverage by WIN Network broadens the exposure of the ride, its aims and the community benefits and helps with the fundraising efforts of all the teams participating.

Boort team wins Early Bird Prize

Boort team wins Early Bird Prize

The team is targeting to raise $20,000 and we hope this prize which can be used for fundraising will help them reach their target.

Earlybird prize – luxury on the river

Two nights accommodation in the Shearwater Penthouse Apartment in Port Fairy. Spectacular views and luxury on the River Moyne, accommodating three couples or five singles.

The prize, valued at over $800 is generously offered by Hearns Port Fairy Accommodation

M2M funds in action

M2M funds in action
With the help of funds raised by Woody's Muaaray to Moyne, residents of Glenelg House, Casterton, are now being presented with meal options served directly to them from our in-home meal service system.

This new, person-centred care experience for our residents has met with great success. Previously meals would be delivered to the resident already plated up based on their menu choice four weeks prior. The new system allows residents to choose from options presented each meal time from our mobile servery unit. The residents’ meal experience is enhanced by person to person interaction for their needs, choice of meal, greater socialisation, visual stimulation and sensory improvements with food aromas.

The Murray to Moyne Committee has provided the funds for the purchase of the new mobile servery unit. Family members and other community volunteers assist staff to provide this service.

You can support the Hospital and Glenelg House through your support of the Murray to Moyne activities and by contacting the hospital to enquire about our volunteer programs.


South West Alliance of Rural Health (VIC)

New family event - 5km FUN RUN

New family event - 5km FUN RUN

You requested it and Blue Light and Warrnambool Athetics Club in conjuction with Woody's Murray to Moyne, have delivered with a variety of fun runs for the family on Saturday the 28th of March.

5km fun run along the Port Fairy Rail Trail, includes under 16s 1500 sprint.

Registration from 9.00 am at Railway Place.

For more details see poster.

Team Bio: Campbell's Creek Cycling

Team Bio: Campbell's Creek Cycling

The Mt Alexander Shire Accommodation & Respite Group (MASARG Inc) is a dedicated, independent group of parents, carers and interested community members working to address the critical need for respite and accommodation services for people with disabilities within our area. We are unique in that we are a parent driven organisation determined to make it happen – not a company.

Respite provides disabled people with a safe, welcoming home to stay in for a short break from their family and for the parents/carers to have a much needed break from caring. Some of our parents have been caring for their disabled children for more than 40 years.

We began as a small group of parents who were concerned at the lack of purpose built respite & accommodation in our area for our disabled “children” anbd decided that we would have to do something about it – not only for those we care for, but also for future generations. We formed a committee, held monthly meetings, became incorporated, gained DGR status and developed a business plan.

Land in the Castlemaine urban area has become extremely expensive and beyond our budget or not suitable.

In the meantime Bob & Eileen McDonald were subdividing their farm at McKenzies Hill (on the outskirts of Castlemaine) and they approached us with an offer to donate 2.8 hectares of beautiful, undulating land for our Respite House. What a wonderful gesture by such a lovely family.

Wow! This meant that the Lions money would now be able to be used in the building of the house.

We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of many groups & individuals in our local community who have assisted us to raise almost $1,000,000 through fundraising, donations and “in kind” pledges. The Castlemaniacs Murray to Moyne Team rode the Murray to Moyne in 2012 and 2013 for MASARG Inc and also held a fantastic 80’s night raising more than $20,000 in total for MASARG Inc.

The members of this team, along with their partners, have continued to support us with many more fundraisers and have been a wonderful encouragement to our group. Our family went to Port Fairy to cheer on the team and share in the excitement as they arrived – fighting a head wind as only the wind can blow in Port Fairy!

In 2014 another group of riders “The Campbells Creek Cyclist Cooperative” formed a team to ride the 2014 Murray to Moyne for MASARG Inc. Prior to the ride they held several fundraisers – they raised more than $7,000 in their first experience of the Murray to Moyne and are keen to do it all again in 2015.

The building of our Respite House is about to commence. It’s been a long journey – however it’s really only the beginning – our next goal is to build some accommodation units where some of those we care for can live full time with some assistance.

Thanks to all involved in the wonderful organisation of the annual M2M. May there be many more Murray to Moyne rides.

Team Bio: Hydsol Heat Cycling Team

Team Bio: Hydsol Heat Cycling Team

The HYDSOL HEAT CYCLING TEAM rides for fitness, fun and to raise much needed funds for the Mallee Accommodation & Support Program (MASP) in Mildura. The team has been together for many years now and has since 2005 focused its fundraising efforts on MASP’s ongoing support for disadvantaged people within our community, in particular the Kokoda Youth Mentoring Program. The team aims to raise enough funds to send one young person on this life-changing program annually. Since 2010 the team has managed to raise over $10,000 per year including $10,812 in 2014, enough for two young disadvantaged people to participate in the program annually.

The team has a membership of approximately 20 riders who all participate in various rides throughout the year. A number of riders have also experienced the Kokoda Youth Mentoring Program first hand as a mentor for a young person.

Since its inception in 2006, MASP’s Kokoda Youth Mentoring program has had an impact on the lives of over 100 young people from throughout the Sunraysia.

Kokoda is a 12-month youth mentoring program providing local disengaged and disadvantaged youth with an opportunity to re-connect themselves with mainstream education, employment, family, the community and to reach their full potential.

The program recruits mentors from the local community to provide mentoring and support to the young people participating, with a strong focus on the linking of disadvantaged young people to positive adult role models. Training provided to the mentors ensures that the young person is receiving the maximum benefit possible from the program including:
Social interaction through group physical training sessions
One-on-one sessions ensuring the achievement extended social networks Building of confidence, self-esteem and positive communication
Life skills and core values that will assist them in everyday life, their careers and relationships
Creating an environment that enables their full potential to be realised.

The program highlight is a trip to Papua New Guinea to walk “in the footsteps of heroes” along the historical Kokoda Trail. It is here where emotions are brought to the forefront, participants discover themselves and their inner strengths, gain an insight into the sacrifices made by many young Australian soldiers and experience a culture far removed from our own.

Kokoda has had a positive influence on many of the young people who have participated in the program during the last 8 years.

The continued success of Kokoda and the creating of positive change to the lives of many young people now and into the future rely heavily on funding. The program costs approximately $6000 per person for the duration of the 12 months, including the trek along the Kokoda Trail.

Pear Pair Pare Art Auction raises over $10,000

Pear Pair Pare Art Auction raises over $10,000

Port Fairy's M2M Team No.1 Fundraising Art Auction raises over $10,000
for a heart monitor and MS.

Organiser, Jenny McCarthy, reported all team members did an art piece which added to other local and Melbourne artists' work for the event.

Don Stewart's sculpted squids were popular and Richard Crowley's piece sold for just under $1000.

All art pieces were sold under the auctioneer's hammer.

The Pear Pair Pare theme was well received and sought out innovation from the participating artists.

Team PR Packs

Need help with your team PR but think you can’t afford it? Think again! 

If you need some help with your Murray to Moyne fundraising efforts, M2M sponsor o2 Media has come up with the perfect solution – a team PR pack that gives you $599 worth of value for just $199.

o2 Media’s team of creative designers and experienced writers have created a special promotional pack just for teams taking part in the 2015 M2M with the aim of helping you spread the word and boost your fundraising bottom line!

Woody’s Murray to Moyne Team PR Pack

For an investment of just $199, you could generate thousands of dollars’ worth of free publicity and marketing for your team’s fundraising efforts.

Your PR Booster Pack includes:

  • A shell media release written by an experienced journalist. Just fill in the gaps and send it off to your local papers and radio stations with a great photo idea.
  • A tips and tricks fact sheet jam-packed with advice on public relations and marketing.
  • A social media tips and tricks fact sheet.
  • A professionally designed team promotional poster with room to include your own team’s details.
  • A professionally designed Facebook banner to promote your team’s page and your fundraising efforts.

How to purchase

If you’d like to take up this great offer, please contact Leah Heinrich at o2 Media (details below) and we’ll organise the rest.

About o2 Media

o2 Media is a boutique marketing, PR and design agency that prides itself on WOW service that delivers creativity and excellence with integrity. We are based in Warrnambool and have been a proud sponsor of Woody’s Murray to Moyne for several years.

Leah Heinrich

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The benefits of joining Bicycle Network

When you become a Bicycle Network member you’ll find they’re there to help when you need it most. Every time you ride you’ll be covered by the comprehensive cycling insurance designed specifically for bike riders and you’ll have access to their riders rights’ and legal support services - these are the main reasons most members sign up.

Their premium bike rider insurance policy provides cover in three very important ways; if you're injured, if you cause injury to someone else, and if you cause damage to someone else's property. Without all three you could be riding at risk.

Bicycle Network Members receive:

  • Comprehensive cycling insurance designed for bike riders
  • Riders' rights and legal support services
  • Subscription to Ride On magazine and Member Rewards
  • Help us improve riding conditions.

So if you love bike riding, go ahead and join today, you won’t look back.

Port Fairy M2M activities announced

While your family and friends are on the road, there will be plenty of fun holiday activities for M2M families and supporters, which include:


  • Community Market 
  • All ages fun run.

Sunday morning:

  • live music
  • free BBQ
  • cheering teams home
  • team photo opportunities
  • awards and medallion presentations.

Sale of bicycle trailer

12 bike trailer, asking $3750 (negotiable)

For more details:

O2 Media adds oxygen to ignite the mix

Major sponsor O2 media, return to help deliver powerful results through communications, design, social media for Woody’s Murray to Moyne.

Earlybird prize – luxury on the river

Register a minimum team of eight and pay by Friday 19 December and you will not only save $10 per team member but your team will also be in the running to win the Earybird prize.

Two nights (excluding peak periods) in the Shearwater Penthouse Apartment in Port Fairy. Spectacular views and luxury on the River Moyne, accommodating three couples or five singles. The prize, valued at over $800 is generously offered by Hearns Port Fairy Accommodation.

PS you can use the prize as fundraiser to make more money for your charity.

Bonus offer “Rocks” to help you fundraise

This offer is designed to give teams a bonus prize you can use to raise more funds. The prize will go to a team drawn from all teams registered by Thursday 31 December, 2014.

This gives you three months to use the prize, eg auction, raffle or any other creative way you wish.

A two-night stay in Port Fairy at "Rockpool" overlooking Pea Soup Cove. Accommodating 6.

The prize is valued at over $500 and generously offered by Langley's Port Fairy Booking Service.

Sunbeam snack in your packs

M2M welcomes Sunbeam Foods as a new sponsor providing wholesome snacks to keep your energy up on the ride and to make your breaks more tantalising

Escaping teachers spotted on the M2M

Clearly the M2M is not all about peddling and miles on the saddle…

“We make it a weekend away and include our partners. The benefits for us are great team building of staff across two campuses, satisfaction of team finish and presentations on Sunday, lots of fun with the lead-up events and top opportunities to meet other teams on the road.” - Charlie Hall & Geoff Small, Support Crew for Staff Team Wesley College,

If you are thinking about escaping contact Maggie, the M2M Co-Ordinator she can assist you with planning (and won’t tell anyone else).

Free entry for students challenge

The M2M is offering the opportunity to win free registration for a school team for this iconic event in March 2015. The emphasis is on health, exercise, team building and how fund raising can make a difference.

John Dovey, Support Crew for Student Team Melbourne High, “The M2M is a fantastic team building exercise without racing but building up techniques. It also offers the opportunity to raise funds – creating awareness of the needs of others.”

To register interest, schools need to contact Maggie, the M2M Co-Ordinator by Friday 31 October.

M2M celebrates 30 years in 2016

To celebrate we are planning to publish a special edition booklet celebrating the many heros of  past M2Ms and we'd love to hear from you!

We would like to include your anecdotes, photos, team bio, hero stories and how the funds raised have been used.

Some ideas include:

  • our heros
  • how many rides
  • life changing rides
  • us and our bike (that love hate relationship)
  • how we made a difference - which Health Services we have supported, how have the funds been used
  • impacts on team members, local community, others
  • the fun and the pain
  • classic photos 

Maximum 600 words plus photos for 2 A4 pages.

Send stories and digital images to M2M Co-ordinator Maggie Leutton,

Funds Raised by teams in 2014

Congratulations to the following teams, team managers, support crews and fund raisers:

  • Lorne Spinners raised $88,000 for the Lorne Hospital, led by Hugo Johnston
  • Warrnambool College Team raised $6,000 for South West Health - Children's Ward, led by Lester Campbell
  • Cyctotoxic Cyclists raised over $56,000 for the Royal Children Hospital Cancer Centre

2014 Earlybird Prize Winner - Warrnambool College

The team was first to be fully registered with all team members signed in. They then used the prize as a further fundraiser to bolster their funds raised for South West Health - Children's Ward.

The prize was two nights (excluding peak periods) in the Shearwater Penthouse Apartment on the Moyne River, generously offered by Hearns Port Fairy Accommodation. Valued over $800. Spectacular views and luxury on the River Moyne, accommodating 3 couples or 5 singles.

Ph: 03 5568 3150

2014 Fund Raising Prize Winner - Keith Cogstrippers

This Prize was drawn by the M2M Management Team for one rural remote Team to increase their fundraising opportunities.  This is an annual prize.

The 2014 prize was a two night accommodation package staying in "RockPool" overlooking the spectacular Pea Soup Cove in Port Fairy and generously donated by Langley's Holiday Accommodation Service and valued at $500. 

Ph: 03 5568 2899
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M2M Main-Stayer

One of the M2M main-stayers, Dr. Joe Perry of the Australian Catholic University Team, takes his M2M Team into its tenth year this year ... congratulations Joe!

Team Bio: Lorne Spinners

Team Bio: Lorne Spinners

Riding for Lorne Community Hospital

Jeremy Morris of Bendigo Bank, Janelle Bryce, CEO of the Lorne Hospital, and Hugo Johnston, team captain of the Lorne Spinners.
Last month, 20 locals aged between 18-70 joined forces to take part in the Murray to Moyne bike ride to raise funds for the Lorne Community Hospital.
Through a combination of local sponsors and some innovative fundraising, the Lorne Spinners, with major backer Anglesea and Winchelsea Community Bank branches of Bendigo Bank, were able to present a cheque of $33,300 to the hospital.
Lorne Spinners spokesperson and Murray to Moyne Team Captain, Hugo Johnston said participants have raised $92,000 in the past four years.
“This significant contribution has enabled Lorne Community Hospital to increase the resources it has to offer emergency and aged care, and to extend the work it does in addressing the health disadvantages faced by people living in Lorne and the surrounding district,” he said.
“A successful Rural Health project was established in 2011 using these raised funds. In 2012 we aim to continue this great project with the wellbeing of Lorne and Aireys P-12 school and families with young children in our district being our health promotion priorities.”
Mr Johnston said the Lorne Spinners cycled 520 kilometres from the Echuca, where they dipped their front wheels in the Murray River, to Port Fairy, where they dipped them in the Moyne River, in 24 hours.
Note:  Hugo shared the 2013 “Woody’s Murray to Moyne Memorial Award” with Clancy Hammond of Abbie’s Rainbow Ride. 
Hamish Brooks 9 June 2012, Surf Coast Times

Team Bio: Numurkah & District Health Service Team

Team Bio: Numurkah & District Health Service Team

Riding for Numurkah District Health Services (NDHS)

A small team of cyclists grouped together in support and recognition of Numurkah District Health Services (NDHS). 
In March 2012, the Numurkah Township was hit hard by floods, and as a result NDHS lost all acute care services. NDHS is an integral part of our local health care system and has shown strength and resilience following the recent flood disaster. Staff have remained committed to the community throughout the last 13 months, many were initially redeployed to external health care facilities to care for evacuated residents, and others redeployed to alternative departments within NDHS. Acute services staff worked from the Temporary Urgent Care Centre (Tent hospital – otherwise known as MASH 3636) until October 2012, when the Interim Urgent Care Centre was built. Whilst we feel we are gaining some form of ‘normality’ again we continue to look forward, and are eagerly awaiting a rebuild of NDHS Acute Care Services.   Many funds will be needed to allow us to equip the hospital with specialised technological equipment. It is with pride and pleasure our team aims to help.
“Team NDHS” 3636 – 2013 cycle team was led by  Trudi Rogers, together with Annie Padgett, Dean Rogers, Tony Parish, Michelle Dunne, Leigh Gregory, Scott Perry and Craig Rogers (support driver).
Our team of seven social riders (three who had never participated in a cycling event) had an enjoyable and most successful ride with an average cycle pace of 28kph and have committed to return to the challenge in 2014.
“Team NDHS” 3636 raised in excess of $4,000 to support NDHS – Acute services post flood appeal.
“Team NDHS” 3636 – would like to thank the Murray to Moyne organisers for such a professional and safely co-ordinated event.

Team Bio: Cyctotoxic Cyclists

Team Bio: Cyctotoxic Cyclists

Riding for the Children’s Cancer Centre Foundation

The team consisted of doctors, nurses, pharmacists, parents, patients and family friends of those associated with the Children’s Cancer Centre.
This is the 15th year that the Cytotoxic Cyclists have entered a team to raise funds for the Children’s Cancer Centre Foundation (CCCF).  
In 2013 our aim is to raise at least $60,000.              
It is a fun weekend and a great opportunity for staff and families of the centre to work closely together while at the same time have fun.     
Funds raised in the past have been used to purchase some research equipment, to purchased some badly need equipment for the patients and families use that were outside of the centre’s allocated budget. One year the funds were used for a Surgical research nurse position to review and develop some nursing policies and procedures.
Dr Peter Downie, Oncologist at both the Royal Children’s and Monash Children’s  has done 10 of these rides and always says “IT IS MAGICAL.”
The Murray to Moyne is a sensational event, a great team effort raising funds for your chosen charity. For more information about the CCCF 

Team Bio: “Rouse Rare Rumps” from Penshurst

Team Bio: “Rouse Rare Rumps” from Penshurst

Riding for Penshurst & District Health Service

After a very successful campaign in 2012, Penshurst again participated in the 2013 Murray to Moyne Cycling Relay Event.
Some familiar faces also returned for this year’s event Brenden Cottrill, riding for his 22nd time, from Penshurst, Andrew Thornton and Scott Grant from Geelong, David Linke as a support crew member for 18th time from Gazette, Jake Linke from Penshurst put his studies on hold for a weekend, Peter Ryan from Hawkesdale, Alastair Doull from Hamilton, Joy Lambourn from Glenthompson, Vivienne Bradley from Hawkesdale,  and we welcomed for the first time Judy Drane and Don Adamson both from Penshurst, Ken McMahon, and Rod Wright both from Geelong to our team. 
The weather was perfect for the event, and we made it back into Hamilton on the Saturday night by about 9.30pm, and Scott Grant at one stage calculated our average speed at 39km/hr. Otherwise, apart from an incident involving Tony Gurry, are campaign was incident free. 
I would like to thank the organisers of the M2M and their team of volunteers, all of our sponsors, riders, support crew,  our volunteers and Craig Richards, CEO Bicycle Network Victoria for being our guest speaker at our Presentation night held in June.  Who all helped to make the 2013 Murray to Moyne Cycle Relay Event for Penshurst so successful and rewarding?
Our team consisted of nine very fit riders; two of which were aged in their sixties, and a support crew of five. The riders trained very hard, at least twice per week. Our riders were Brenden Cottrill, Rod Wright, Jake Linke, Peter Ryan, Ken McMahon, Andrew Thornton, Alastair Doull, Scott Grant and Tony Gurry. Our support crew were David Linke, Vivienne Bradley, Joy Lambourn, Judy Drane and Don Adamson. 
My fondest memories are of the team riding together in full uniform from Penshurst to Port Fairy, at the end shaking hands with the Premier of Victoria, the excited look on Scott Grant’s face when he calculated that at one stage we had an average speed of 39km/hr and when David Linke was acknowledge for 18th participation in the Murray to Moyne for Penshurst.
In 2013, the total fund raised was an incredible amount of $19,500. Without the support of so many this would never have been achieved. From everyone at Penshurst and District Health 

Team Bio: Portland Aluminium Cycling Team

Team Bio: Portland Aluminium Cycling Team

Riding for Portland Health Service

We believe that 2013 makes it the twenty fourth (24) straight year that Portland Aluminium as team #43 has participated in the Woody’s Murray to Moyne, the team has gone through many changes over the years.
Two of our riders, Brendan McMahon & Ian Marshall, have participated in over twenty rides each.
2013 Portland Aluminium Cycling Team – Brendan McMahon, Ian Marshall, Andrew Brough, Colin Mowatt, Peter Bell, Paul Davey, Peter Chellis, Brett Creasey, Michael Leech, Geoff Trezise, David Malcolm, Trevor Meade, Det Sonnenschmidt.  Rider photo not in above order.

Team Bio: Clancy Saddles up for “Abbie”

Team Bio: Clancy Saddles up for “Abbie”

Abbie’s Rainbow Ride – Riding for Cystic Fibrosis

They were best friends.
Clancy hammond and Abbie Fennessy’s mothers had met when they were pregnant and the girls were always close. Clancy’s mother called them ‘soul mates.’  Abbie died in March last year after a lifelong struggle with cystic fibrosis.  She was 23 and had spent many days in hospital, Clancy often at her side.  “Well we’re basically inseparable,” Clancy stated.  “We did everything together, like each others shadow.  Everything Abbie did, I had to do, and vice-versa.”
Clancy holds Abbie up as her inspiration and her drive, having seen her fight her illness with a grin and much grace. “She was a trooper, incredible was the old Abs.”
After her death the Fennessy Family established the Abbie Fennessy Trust, to support people living with the illness.  Clancy’s desire to honour her friend and raise funds for the Trust led her to get together a team of cyclists to tackle the Murray to Moyne bike ride, taking the Echuca to Port Fairy route. Her father, Terry, who has operated a bike shop at Highett and has ridden in the event a few times joined the team as did Abbie’s mother.
Clancy set the wheels in motion by running a movie night in the Palace Dendy Brifghton which raised $1900.  Then came a trivia night at Sandringham Football Club, with businesses and residents donating goods, $16,000 was collected.  This allowed Clancy to start arranging the Ride, from booking hotels and the bus trailer to organising food. But six weeks out from the Murray to Moyne, Clancy took a spill on Balcombe Road, fracturing a collarbone.  She was devastated.  She knew immediately that she would be unable to ride for the team assemlbed, Abbie’s Rainbow Ride.  But she took the wheel of the “sag wagon.”
The team members rode in legs, each doing more than 300kms over the two days, taxing work that had them calling it Murray to the Groin.  Clancy joined in for the final 40kms – and Abbie’s family were there to greet her at the finish line.  It made for an emotional scene, as did Clancy’s shared win of the “Woody’s Murray to Moyne Medal” which recognises outstanding achievement.  Victorian Premier, Denis Napthine presented the Award named after Port Fairy cyclist Graham Woodrup, who was killed while training in 1992.  “It was the icing on the cake of such a great weekend,” Clancy said.
Finalising the figures, it looks the Ride will have raised $30,000.  Her family is proud.  But Clancy said she had done nothing remarkable.  The people who lived with cystic fibrosis and had to battle to do everyday things were “amazing.” “People like my Ab,” she said.
Note:  Hugo shared the 2013 “Woody’s Murray to Moyne Memorial Award” with Clancy Hammond of Abbie’s Rainbow Ride. 

Rider Profile: Kate Winnen

Rider Profile: Kate Winnen

What are your earliest memories of riding a bike?

"Probably doing the Great Victoria Bike Ride. I would have been about 15 when I first did that. Mum and Dad loved riding, so it was our annual family holiday for a few years."

What kind of bike are you riding now?

"An Orbea Diva, an Italian bike. It's very expensive, but a very nice top of the range racing bike. It's black with pink trim and a bit of a head-turner when I'm in a bunch. I don't ride it too many places without getting a comment."

How many M2M's have you participated in?

"I'd say I've riden at least 20 of the 25 M2M's. I was too young to do the first couple and missed two or three when I was pregnant or the girls were just new babies, but I've always been involved with the M2M one way or another. I'm also on the M2M Management Committee and enjoy the challenge of making the M2M better and safer every year."

Which team do you ride with?

"The Belfast Bikers - 1B"

Which Health Service does your team raise money for?

"Originally we raised money for Moyneyana House and then Belfast House for a few years, but now we raise money for Moyne Health Services, which incorporates both Moyneyana and Belfast Houses."

What other rides have you done?

"I've done lots of racing, all over Victoria; about 6 Great Victorian Bike Rides; Audax rides including the Alpine Classic and the Oppermann 24 Hour, which is quite a complex team event; The Tour Down Under - Community Challenge for the last 3 years; and the Port Fairy Cycling Club annual ride to Lorne at least 12 times. It's an epic, very hilly 240km journey. Dad actually started it as a training ride to lead into the racing season years ago, so we do it in April every year."

How often do you train?

"Five or six days week, weekdays at 6 in the morning and racing on the weekends, sometimes both days, but I rarely miss racing on Saturdays."

What do you enjoy most about the M2M?

"The team commeraderie is the best part and all the laughing. People sometimes ask me why I don't ride the full distance, but if you're out on the bike you can't hear what they're all saying about you and you miss out on all the fun on the bus."

What's your funniest memory of the M2M?

"There's a lot to choose from, its hard to think of one thing, but I guess it would be difficult to top the year I had to cope with the 'Battle of the Brothers-in-law'. I rode with Ronnie Hollingsworth and Mark McLaren that year, who are both very accomplished riders, and very competitive. It was exhausting trying to keep up with as they constantly challenged each other the whole time.

Ronnie also loves to sprint and has this sytem of using speed signs, mailboxes and change of road surfaces as markers to sprint to. He'll just yell out "mailbox" and it's on!

When Ronnie and I were riding on the Saturday night in to Hamilton, he was putting on the pace and thought he had burnt Mark off, but just as we were coming in to the showgrounds Mark appeared out of nowhere and sprinted past Ronnie through the gate. It was a very funny end to a long hard day of riding."