Newsletter No 9: May 2017 - Dates for 2018

Newsletter No 9: May 2017 - Dates for 2018

Dates for 2018

Successful conduct of 2017 M2M

Dates for the 32nd Murray to Moyne Cycling Relay:  Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 April – 2018.

Teams can now commence organising your teams for the 32nd ride.  Reminder – Please ensure you book your accommodation well ahead as we did have a team this year who had not fully appreciated the demand on accommodation and transport.

Note:  Victorian School Holidays:  Friday 30 March to Sunday 15 April.

Note:  Easter Public Holidays:  Good Friday, 30 March.  Easter Saturday, 31 April. Easter Sunday, 1 April. Easter Monday, 2 April.

From the Ride Directors Desk:

Overall the Ride Directors were very happy with the running of the 2017 M2M Cycling Relay.  A big thankyou to all teams and participants for making the M2M ride safe for all and a really enjoyable experience.  We have had many very positive and favourable comments from teams and the M2M officials thank you all for your cooperation and support.

In addition we need to thank the many officials who helped to make the ride possible.  These are all volunteers and we wish to recognise them for their time and expertise:   The ride directors, front and rear vehicles, medical support, motorcycle marshals, corner marshals; Hamilton stop officials, Port Fairy finish officials, parking assistants, traffic marshals.

We also need to recognise the hospitality support on the ride from:  Rapid Relief Team, Lions Clubs, Rotary Clubs, Beulah Primary School and Arty Hoey and his band at the finish in Port Fairy.

However each year we have similar issues that persist and it is necessary to highlight these in the interests of everyone’s safety and to improve next year’s ride.

We have at least 1 team that does not run their team as a relay, but rather the team rides, then stops and then rides again.  This behaviour creates problems for the Ride Directors as the team gets behind the Rear vehicle and can hold up the whole event.  Note: To be covered by the event insurance, you need to have at least one team member between the Lead and Rear vehicles at all times. 

Teams must keep moving down the road and should not stop at the end of each leg.  Ie new riders need to be ready to take off as soon as the riders arrive at the changeover.  In addition some teams all stop for the evening meal.  Again this slows up your teams and the whole rides progress.   Teams should be able to stagger who is having a meal and keep some riders and support on the road and then change over further down the road.

A number of riders did not have reflective vests on at night.  This is a clear breach of the regulations!

At least 1 rider was on their own (no support vehicle), without a reflective vest and a very dull rear light.  This rider was very lucky not to be injured as they were very difficult to see!  Marshals were notified and the rider was instructed to get off the road.  A number of riders were observed motor pacing vehicles in heavy traffic – this is a really serious breach of the rules.

Support vehicles:  Overall a better effort this year by the many drivers helping out as support for teams.  We did however witness some very close shaves by teams who have reported these to Marshals and the Ride Director.  For example:  Vehicles passing on double lines; Vehicles stopping on narrow roads, without getting off the road;  Vehicles supplying food & drink to a rider from the bus whilst moving down the road;  Parking on the side of the road opposite double lines;  Vehicles failing to move over to the left to allow though traffic to pass.

Graham Woodrup Memorial Award – 2017.

Congratulations Ann Hennessy & Christina Mavridis (Colac Cranks Team 30)

Ann Hennessy has been part of the team for 14 years and Christina Mavridis will be participating in her 16th ride this year.  Both Ann and Christina have been incredibly hardworking team members and are hugely committed to the team.  So much so, that at the end of 2014, both had to face serious personal challenges and still able to participate in the ride.  

Both Ann and Chris work within the Allied Health Department at Colac Area Health, and each are well known amongst the Allied Health team as keen recruiters for the Colac Cranks Murray to Moyne team.  Ann and Chris have been known over the years to persuade many an unsuspecting physio, dietitian or podiatrist into riding or crewing for the team.  Their recruitment efforts have resulted in strong teams, and substantial team member numbers, with the team fielding an impressive 30 members in 2017.  Throughout the years Colac Cranks have been represented by 150 riders and crew – and it is no surprise that many of these team members were recruited from Allied Health.

It is not just in the recruitment process that Ann’s commitment to the team is noted.  During training season, which starts in November, Ann attends weekly training rides to drive the follow vehicle to keep the riders safe, and then provides drinks and homemade snacks afterwards- with a good dose of humour to boot!  Similarly, Chris is one to encourage new riders along on training sessions and is always up for a ride week in, week out.

Ann and Chris’s enthusiasm for the Colac Cranks and M2M is without a doubt infectious, and their keen ability to pass this onto anyone who appears even slightly interested in taking part is amazing.  An example of this was in 2012 when a new Allied Health team member from Melbourne started working at Colac Area Health and didn’t have any friends or family in the area.  They overheard Ann and Chris talking about M2M one day, and enquired what the event was all about.  Although the team member didn’t own a bike and had never ridden a road bike before, Ann told them to ‘show up for training on Thursday and it will be all sorted.’  Six weeks later the team member participated in their first ever Murray to Moyne, made new and lifelong friendships, and is now one of the core members for the Colac Cranks M2M committee and has participated in the event every year since.

The Colac Cranks fundraise for Colac Area Health to provide much needed medical health-related equipment and supports for the Colac Otway Shire community.  Ann and Chris are always the first people to put their hands up to assist with any Colac Cranks fundraising effort.  Whether it is a dress up movie night, trivia evening or a group dinner, Ann and Chris will work hard to bring the event together and gather as much community support as possible. 

M2M Participants Survey:  In the next week or so – we will be sending out a short on-line survey and we would appreciate you taking the time to complete it.

Lost and Found:  If you have lost any of the following items:

3 pairs of Gloves and 1 necklace (found at Hamilton). 

Please contact Lou, our Administrator via email:  admin@murraytomoyne.com.au

YSAS/ACU Team 283

YSAS/ACU Team 283

Our team are very excited to be riding in the 2017 M2M. This is the 16th year Australian Catholic University (ACU) has had a team in the Murray to Moyne. At least we think it's 16 years. Joe Perry from ACU is the foundation member and team coordinator and he's lost count! For the last seven years we have been in partnership with Youth Support Advocacy Services (YSAS). There is a small band of team members who've been on every ride since the team's inception. There are also a core of YSAS staff who've been with us ever since YSAS and ACU joined forces. The partnership is perfectly aligned with the mission of ACU and the strong spirit of community engagement at the core of ACU's programs. The partnership has worked extremely well and there's no reason that it should not continue for the foreseeable future.

The team contains staff & students from ACU, staff from YSAS, and friends and relatives from all over Victoria. We're a keen bunch of like-minded people who enjoy riding our bikes and support the invaluable work of YSAS. YSAS engage, support and strengthen highly vulnerable and high-risk young Victorians affected by, or at risk of being affected by, alcohol, drugs, mental health issues and social disconnection. YSAS does this by developing non-judgmental, caring and respectful relationships with young people and their families and communities. With more than 330 skilled staff, YSAS provides a range of integrated services across 12 sites in metropolitan and regional Victoria. 

See more at http://www.ysas.org.au/about#sthash.YNER9Rzb.dpuf 

We look forward to seeing you on the road at the 2017 M2M. Ride safe and may the wind be ever at your back.

Newsletter No 8: March 2017 - The 31st Ride

Newsletter No 8: March 2017 - The 31st Ride

Ride Update:  The 31st Year.  

Final Briefing for Team Captains / Participants

Maywe all experience fine weather and a tail wind!

The Murray to Moyne Cycle Relay Welcomes the Defence Force Veterans:  Riding for “Ride 2 Recovery”

Congratulations to the Colac Cranks - Team 30  (Colac Area Health) who have a team of 27 Riders and 5 Support members.  Clearly the largest number of participants for the 31st ride.  Give them a big shout when you see them.

From the Ride Directors Desk:

Ride Check In Times & Locations:  Team Captains Must Check In your teams with the ride officials on Friday evening 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm or Saturday morning from 7:30 am to 8:30 pm

Mildura Ride:  Friday Night 31 March or Sat 1 April - Fishers IGA, 15thAvenue, Irymple (5 km South of the river).

Swan Hill Ride:  Friday Night 31 March or Sat 1 April - Showgrounds at Stradbroke Avenue, Swan Hill.

Echuca Ride:  Friday Night 31 March – Paddle Wheel Motel Car Park, 385 High Street, Echuca or Sat 1 April – Victoria Park Boat Ramp.

Hamilton to Port Fairy - Sunday Striders Ride:  Saturday Night 1 April or Sunday 2 April – Hamilton Showgrounds before 7:00 am.  Check in at the M2M Officials Caravan.

Rapid Relief Team:  Will be providing Breakfast at the start of both the Echuca and Swan Hill rides. Menu includes Bacon & Egg rolls, apple / orange juice, and water – free of Charge!

Team Captains will receive their Team Packs at the Check In:  Included will be…..

  • Official Ride Guide, Riders Team Numbers, List of Teams Participating.
  • Vehicle Numbers, Route Stickers for your team for the final stage from Hamilton to Port Fairy via either Penshurst or Macarthur (Pink or Green).  Safety pins for rider numbers.
  • Time of Departure from Hamilton.
  • General Information about the availability of meals on route (Also see Newsletter No 7). 
  • Vic Roads: Bike law booklet; information on the Port Fairy to Warrnambool Rail Trail.
  • Complimentary Sunbeam Products – Sultanas and nuts.

Compulsory Team Briefing for Team Captains, Riders, Drivers and Support Crews:

All participants must attend the Teams Briefing on Saturday 1 April at 8:30 am at the official start points for each ride.  Here you will meet your Ride Director and representatives of Victoria Police.  This final briefing will go over any ride updates as to the road or traffic conditions, weather conditions, etc.  All the people involved in ensuring the ride is safely conducted will be introduced and their respective roles will be explained.  Please ensure your team obeys any safety instructions given at the briefing as it’s in everyone’s interest that you do so.

Ride Directors for 2017:  Mildura Ride: John Clue; Swan Hill Ride: Leigh Parker; Echuca Ride: Jeff McLean.

Each Ride Director will have ultimate control of decisions made on the route once the event commences.  The Ride Directors will be in contact with Motorcycle Marshals, Medical Vehicles, Lead and Rear Vehicles, Corner Marshals and Victoria Police.

Lead Vehicles:  No rider is to pass or gain pace from the Lead Vehicle or their team will be withdrawn immediately from the event.  If riders are ahead of the Lead Vehicle, they are deemed to be excluded from the event.

Rear Vehicles:  The Rear Vehicle cannot average less than 22K/h in order to complete the event within 24 Hours.  The Rear Vehicle will not stop for teams that pull off the road.  You should ensure you have at least 1 rider on the road at all times.  If a cyclist is behind the Rear Vehicle, they are deemed to be excluded from the event.

Motorcycle Marshals:  Will be wearing orange reflective vests, they will be moving through the ride to give assistance where necessary and to ensure everyone is following correct ride safety procedures, including riders and support vehicles.  Please ensure you follow any directions from Motorcycle Marshals.

Medical Vehicles:  There will be a Medical Vehicle on each route and their role is to provide assistance to any accident or incident as well as control vehicles in the area.  We hope they will not be needed.  Each team should carry your own First Aid Kit for minor problems. 

Team Numbers:  Help officials and your team support to identify you on the road.  Each rider is to write their name and basic medical information on the back of your team number before you commence the event.  It must be pinned on your lower back and be visible at all times.  This is for your safety and to assist any emergency support to help you if you need it.

Mildura Ride:  Compulsory Stop at Warracknabeal.  This is to enable the ride to come back together, teams to regroup and reduce the gap from the Lead to the Rear Vehicle.

Echuca Ride:  Compulsory Stop at Stawell.  This stop will allow you time for teams to re-group and for Dinner.  Rapid Relief Team will be providing meals for a gold coin donation.

All Routes:  Compulsory Stop at Hamilton.  The first in your team to arrive in Hamilton Must Check In at the Hamilton Show Grounds with the Murray to Moyne Officials. (We need to know your Team has arrived).

Accommodation is available in the Sheep Judging Pavilion and showers / toilets are available across the road at the Hamilton Indoor Leisure & Aquatic Centre. 

BBQ Supper is available from 10:00 pm to 12:30 pm and Breakfast is available from 5:30 am at the southern end of the Sheep Pavilion. (Provided by Hamilton Lions Club).

Departure from Hamilton:  Team Captains:  MUST ensure your team leaves Hamilton on Sunday morning at the correct time.  The 2 routes from Hamilton to Port Fairy are designed to get all riders into Port Fairy by 11:30 am – even the slowest!  Many teams have a stop along the way either at Penshurst or Macarthur.  Please ensure you only stop for a short time – the Rear Vehicle must keep moving to keep the ride on schedule and within the VicPol regulations. 

Small groups of 10 teams will leave at 1 minute intervals commencing at 7:00 am.    Each team MUST follow your designated route to Port Fairy.  This is to ensure groups are spaced out and the flow of local traffic is not impeded.  Failure to comply could result in your team being omitted from the event.

On this stage of the ride only ONE vehicle is allowed to follow each team.  Other non-designated support vehicles must remain ahead of the Lead Vehicle if they wish to travel down the ride route.  If your non-designated vehicle leaves Hamilton behind the Lead Vehicle (after the ride has officially commenced) then you will be directed by Police to travel directly to Port Fairy via Mt Napier Road.  This is necessary to prevent traffic congestion and is a response to Police requests.  Only ONE vehicle per team will be provided with the Official (Pink or Green) sticker and it is to be placed on the top drivers’ side corner of the vehicle – it’s imperative that you know which vehicle is to follow the riders before you start the final stage to Port Fairy.

Extreme care needs to be taken on both routes because of the congestion and narrow roads.  Following vehicles need to keep well over to the left (this should involve the left wheel of the vehicle straddling the gravel or the edge of the road where practical).  Cyclists should remain as far left as possible, ride in single file on double line sections, on crests and on winding sections of the road.  Everyone (Riders / Drivers) need to show courtesy to oncoming vehicles and overtaking vehicles.

Watch OUT:   There are GoPro cameras on the road.  There will also be a Police presence in either a patrol vehicle and or Police motorcycle officer allocated to both routes.  The Police are there to improve safety of the participants and to enforce the road rules where necessary.  Be Warned!  Most complaints by the public are from this section of the ride.

Team Organisation and Punctuality is very important for the Final Stage from Hamilton.

Arrival in Port Fairy (Moyne River):  On arrival in Port Fairy you will be directed by Marshals across the very busy Princes Highway (extreme care required) and then through to the finish reception area (Railway Place) in the centre of town.  Leading cyclists may be controlled to ensure a steady flow of riders come into the finish together.  Most teams wait for all members to arrive so they come across the line as one group – quite a spectacle.  Therefore there is no reason to race to Port Fairy – most teams ride as a group at a steady pace from Hamilton – enjoying the scenery, farmland and views of the coast as you come closer to the Moyne River.

At the conclusion of the Murray to Moyne Cycle Relay, entertainment will be provided and participants will receive their medallions.  The Graham Woodrup Memorial Award will be made on the stage to recognise someone who has made an exceptional effort and inspiration to others in the course of his/her team's involvement with the Murray to Moyne, In Memory of Woody.

Showers are available anytime in Port Fairy at the Belfast Aquatic Centre – Campbell Street. (Gold Coin Donation). 

(STOP PRESS)  Special Reminders:  Make sure you have your reflective vest for night-time riding and sufficient batteries for your front and rear lights.  Lights should be turned on at sunset:  7:13 pm.

Daylight Savings Endsat 2:00 pm Sunday 2 April.  Giving you an extra hour sleep – you’ll need it!

Horsham – Caltex Service Station- located at 88 Stawell Road (A200) is being renovated and thus no service provided this year.  Another Caltex station is located at 129 Baillie Street – also open 24 Hrs.

Hamilton to Port Fairy– via Macarthur:  Macarthur Lions Club  - offering tea, coffee or milo with either a scone or pikelets for $5.00 for teams on the Macarthur route, call 0427101559 to pre-order. Via Hawkesdale:  The Hawkesdale community will also be providing refreshments at Hawkesdale.

The Murray to Moyne Cycling Relay Committee is a community organisation dedicated to raise funds for Moyne Health Services and facilitate fund raising for health related institutions across Victoria, SA, & NSW and to promote healthy lifestyles through cycling, following the inspiration and example made by Graham “Woody” Woodrup.

This cycle relay has been organised by:  John Clue, President; Hester Woodrup, Vice President; Kate Winnen, Secretary; Bernie Waixel, Treasurer, along with the following Members of the Committee:  Charlie Blackwood, Peter Bollard, Jeff McLean, John Ralph, Mike Cornett, Jenny McLean, Errol Carter, Ailsa Paltridge, Alice Birrell, Cynthia McLaren, Denise Wilkie, Helen Tredinnick, Marian Cornett and Peter Goy.   IT Support:  Gerard Cashill and James Ng.

Special Thank you to Lou Hollis (M2M Administrator) for all your hard work, organisation and cheerful attitude in making it all happen.  Thanks Lou from everyone!!

The Board and Committee would like to thank all 2017 participants of the M2M and to wish you all success in helping you reach your team goals and personal milestones.  We look forward to the 2018 ride and hope you will all assemble in 12 months’ time on the banks of the Murray River to cycle the 520 kms to the Moyne River and enjoy the friendships and comradery you make on your journey, whilst improving your health and raising funds for your chosen health charity. 

We look forward to meeting you on the 2017 ride next week and we trust you enjoy the M2M experience so much that you will participate again in 2018 – Fitter, Healthier and making our community a better place in which to live.

TEAM 12 WARRNAMBOOL COLLEGE . . . Rides it's 28th Relay

TEAM 12 WARRNAMBOOL COLLEGE . . . Rides it's 28th Relay

At the suggestion of Physical Education teacher Julie Moor, Warrnambool College entered a team of five riders and two supporters who took up the challenge of riding the 520 kms for the 1990 Murray to Moyne.  

In this year's relay the College will have a team of up to 14 riders and 4 supporters. Tragically Julie was killed during a training ride in February 1991 and we ride to remember her spirit and love of physical effort and the outdoors. 

Over the 28 year life of Team 12 it has been made up of current and past staff family members and friends and there have been 45 different riders who have been ably assisted by 15 different supporters. Six of the 2017 Team have participated in more than 18 relays whilst 9 have completed over 400 kms for the weekend, 4 having completed the whole distance. 

The longevity of the team would not have been possible without the interest and enthusiasm shown by our riders and the efforts of our supporters who have accumulated over 90 participations. The ongoing support provided by the Warrnambool College, South West Health Care and Warrnambool Cheese and Butter has been invaluable. The financial assistance and in-kind support provided by local businesses over the years has been much appreciated. The energy and effort of team members to sell raffle tickets and produce, and assist in all other fundraising projects has been commendable. Further praise should be given to those in the team who donate both financially and in-kind.

Our team raises funds for the Children's Ward at Warrnambool Base Hospital (South West Health Care). Monies raised have been used by WBH for ward refurbishments, furniture, computer and television equipment, fund patient programs and to buy much needed medical equipment. 

Like all teams, the varied weather conditions - cold south westerly and hot northerly winds, blistering sunshine, fog, frost between Horsham and Hamilton - have added to the challenge of the ride. There have been accidents explained and unexplained, but no bones have been broken. Given the accumulated distance we have covered over 27 years few punctures have been had. As time went on we have become more sophisticated; using more than one vehicle and 2 way radio; team colours have changed several times and team size has averaged out at 11+ per relay. 

Graham Woodrup's original aim was to encourage riders to take up the challenge and our continuing participation and preparation have fulfilled his legacy. The efforts, achievements and friendships made over the past 27 years are important and we know that our endeavours to make a difference have been appreciated. As we prepare for the 2017 Relay and may it long continue. 

Newsletter No 7: March 2017 - Registrations Close 10 March 2017

Newsletter No 7: March 2017 - Registrations Close 10 March 2017

 

Team Captains - Are all your riders / drivers and support team Registered?

Registrations close March 10th

Ride Update:  The 31st Year. 

The Murray to Moyne Cycle Relay Welcomes the following new teams for 2017.

  • The Melbourne High School – Riding for the Australian Red Cross.
  • River Riders, Echuca – Riding for Echuca Regional Health.
  • The Metropolitan Fire Brigade, Melbourne – Riding for the Royal Children’s Hospital.
  • Be22QAware, Melbourne – Riding for Royal Children’s Hospital Volunteer Services.
  • DCH, Melbourne – Riding for Darebin Community Health Services.
  • HLS, Colac – Riding for Colac Area Health Foundation.
  • HypoActive – Riding for Type 1 Diabetes.
  • Ride 4 Tara J – Riding for Cerebral Palsy.
  • Maldon M2M Team – Riding for Maldon Hospital.
  • Team Harmony – Riding for the Blue Ribbon Foundation (Mildura Base Hospital).

Catering Arrangements:

Echuca Ride:  Breakfast menu supplied by the Rapid Relief Team. 

  • Egg & Bacon Rolls, Fresh Fruit, Orange and Apple Juice and water bottles. 

Swan Hill Ride:  Breakfast menu supplied by the Rapid Relief Team. 

Mildura Ride:  Dinner Menu supplied by Beulah Primary School. 

  • Relaxing venue, great food, great facilities – Order forms sent out in previous mail out. 

Compulsory Hamilton Stop - Lions Club of Hamilton:

  • Will provide a BBQ and soup at the Hamilton Show Grounds well into the night and Breakfast before the ride commences from Hamilton to Port Fairy. 

Final Stop:  Port Fairy:  Port Fairy Rotary will provide a BBQ lunch.

  • Plus the usual array of catering facilities available, including Rebecca’s Café, Coffey Moments, etc.

From the Ride Directors Desk:

Reminders to Team Captains, Riders, Drivers.

  • Team Captains should be checking all your Team members are Registered. To do this you need to open up the Team Captains portal and check who has completed their Registration.  An URGENT reminder is now necessary!!

The M2M Committee wish all teams well in your fundraising.

Please let us know if your team is reaching a Special Milestone.  Ie 5th, 10th, 15th, 20th 25th or even 30th ride. 

It might be a special amount for your fundraising activities!  We will publish this in the next Newsletter. 

Just E-mail Lou our Administrator:  admin@murraytomoyne.com.au

Graham Woodrup Memorial Award – 2017 – Please think about nominating someone special!

Each year 'The Graham Woodrup Memorial Award' is recognised by a special award being presented to someone who has displayed 'exceptional effort and inspiration' to others in the course of his/her team's involvement with the Murray to Moyne, In Memory of Woody.

Full nomination details can be found at the M2M Websitehttps://www.murraytomoyne.com.au/woodrupaward.php

Teams Bios:  Have a look at the Website for the latest Bio:  Riding 4 Youth.

M 2 M Quiz No 2:  Which Team has the highest number of participants / members ?

  • Is it the Warrnambool Lattes ?  Back for 2017 and always well organised!
  • What About Port Fairy “Belfast Bikers” Team 1B ?  Is there a competition for members between teams in Port Fairy – Who is paying Who to ride for them ?
  • Colac Cranksalways has a big team, what about this year ?
  • South Gippsland Hospital Mooverstravel a long way, but how many do they bring with them ? 
  • Melbourne High Schoolhas an enrolment of 1384 students. How many are part of the team ? 

 Please send your answers to:     admin@murraytomoyne.com.au

M 2 M Quiz No 1: Which Team travels the greatest distance to participate in the M2M ? 

How many Ks do they travel ?  Some Answers we have received !

“Danny from Deniliquin” – Last year our team travelled 78 kms from Deni to Echuca and then 471 kms from Port Fairy to Deni, Total = 549 kms. 

“Kathryn from the Keith Cogstrippers” travel to Mildura 399Km plus Port Fairy to Keith (SA) 364, Total 763 kms. 

“Hank from Hawkesdale” travelled to Mildura 488km , then returned home from Port Fairy 42 Km, total 530 kms. 

To date, the honours go to “Sue from Dandenong”:  Who has identified the team who is travelling the greatest distance to participate in the M2M.  The South Gippsland Hospital Moovers.  Foster to Echuca (388 kms) plus Port Fairy back to Foster (461 kms).  Total 849 Kms.

Please send your answers to:     admin@murraytomoyne.com.au

 

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Riding 4 Youth Team Bio

Riding 4 Youth Team Bio

The April 2017 ride will be this team’s 4th.  From recent anecdotal reports of team members, most of which should be disregarded as distorted reality at best, this year’s team will be fitter and faster than ever before. 

The team is made up of riders from three organisations in the Warrnambool region – Brophy Family & Youth Services, headspace Warrnambool and South West TAFE.  We have recently confirmed a team of 16 riders and 3 support personnel.  And what a mix of skill sets we have!  This team should be the most cohesive, supportive and mentally tough bunch in the field.  In terms of health and wellbeing, our psychologist has been charged with ensuring that the team’s minds are as finely chiselled as their physiques.  We have a doctor who has been recruited to pick up the pieces when some of those bodies fail to live up to expectations. (Interestingly, this doctor is also a vet.  We have had to insist on dual qualifications this year as a result of the ride two years ago, during which one of our riders was cleaned up by a kangaroo.  The rider was well cared for by our team of health professionals, but the kangaroo was sadly neglected).  Our Child Therapist and Social Worker will be well-placed to look after those members of the team who turn out to be less cohesive, supportive and mentally tough than we had anticipated.  The team’s IT professionals will ensure that all forms of communication (mobile phone, social media, telepathy …) will be functioning at the highest level.  We have a range of accounting and business management skills in the team, so our provisions for catering and other supplies should be detailed to the finest degree, courtesy of the most meticulously managed spreadsheets.  Our resident plumber will be on hand to ensure that any non-functioning toilets encountered during the ride will be dealt with expeditiously.  The team’s builder has been charged with constructing a 5-star all-purpose dwelling for the Saturday night in Hamilton – he has been given an hour for this purpose.  Our team nurse will be on-hand 24/7 for the administration of all medicinal substances, although the skills required for accessing any with a twist-top are well-developed across the whole team.    Finally, our strong cohort of teachers and trainers will ensure that all our riders are fully aware of the direction they should be riding in at any point in time. 

In preparation for the ride, the team have been very active.  A small nucleus persists in getting out of bed in the wee hours of the morning three times a week to traverse the countryside on wheels  (the photograph provides evidence of some of this group ‘taking 5’ at the majestic Hopkins Falls just east of Warrnambool).  One team member also organises a so-called ‘social’ ride every Saturday or Sunday morning, where a lazy 100-odd kilometres are covered either side of the obligatory lycra-laden latte.  The organiser of these rides presents an interesting story.  Until this time last year, she had never ridden anything with less than 3 wheels.  Having completed last year’s M2M event, she is now a confirmed cycling junkie (she sleeps in her lycra!) and lives and breathes cycling

Our Riding4Youth team have hosted 3 main fundraisers – a Trash ‘n Treasure sale, a film fundraiser night (the much lauded Lion) and a BBQ at Bunnings on none other than Australia Day – what else would they be doing that day?? 

In previous years, the team has raised money for various causes, including a mind & body fitness programme for young people studying at TAFE.  This year, the team’s fundraising efforts are being directed to the implementation of strategies designed to prevent youth suicides – a cause close to all our hearts.  Ride well, team.

Newsletter No 6: February 2017 - Ride Update: 5 Weeks to Go !!

Newsletter No 6: February 2017 - Ride Update:  5 Weeks to Go !!

Registrations Close 10 March 2017

From the Ride Directors Desk:

Don't hesitate to ask the M2M Co-ordinator, a competitive cyclist or someone who has done this ride before for help with your training, bike set-up, food, clothing, etc. 

Medical units will be strategically placed throughout the ride, but it is advised for all teams to carry their own First Aid equipment.

Riders who will be riding at dusk should be carrying lights and be able to turn these on once the official lighting up time occurs.

Riders and team support should have the correct fluro vest for night riding.  That is - the vest has some reflective element to shine at night!

Motor Cycle Marshalsare strategically placed along the M2M route.  They are there to assist riders and teams with any emergencies and to ensure you are all following correct safety procedures and heading in the correct direction.  Please follow a Motorcycle Marshall’s directions as they have your safety as their prime responsibility.  Most charity bike rides do not have Motorcycle Marshalls and they are there for the safe running of the event and to ensure we comply with all VicRoads and VicPol requirements. 

Team Drivers– Please ensure you stop in a safe place and not just anywhere along the side of the road. (Many teams stop exactly where the kilometre mark comes up).  This is not necessarily the safest place to get off the road.  Remember – your team members need space to get their bikes off trailers and get organised, so you need room and you need to be off the road.

Ride Update:  The 31st Year. 

We have had feedback about the state and or availability of toilets at the start of the rides, so we are organising port-a-loos where necessary.

Beulah Primary School – Dinner – Mildura ride:  Relaxing venue, great food, great facilities – Dinner Menus and Order Form attached to this mail out.  Email your orders by Thursday 23 March to:   pcsecbps@hotmail.com.

Team Captains:  Please ensure your members are registering and please send these Newsletters out to all your  team members via e-mail - being informed in a timely manner is vital to any efficient organisation. 

All previous Newsletters are located at:  https://www.murraytomoyne.com.au/

Graham Woodrup Memorial Award – 2017 – Please think about nominating someone special !

Each year 'The Graham Woodrup Memorial Award' is recognised by a special award being presented to someone who has displayed 'exceptional effort and inspiration' to others in the course of his/her team's involvement with the Murray to Moyne, In  Memory of Woody.

 Who is eligible for the award?

Any person associated with the Murray to Moyne, as a Rider, Support Crew or Event Volunteer. All potential recipients of the award (nominees) are required to be present at the Final Presentation Ceremony in Port Fairy on Sunday 2 April 2017.

Criteria - Exceptional effort and inspiration:

Graham Woodrup or Woody as he was fondly known, was a visionary. He had a dynamic and enthusiastic personality, inspiring others by example to be generous with their talents by using them to help others. These characteristics epitomise this award for 'exceptional effort and inspiration to others'.

Nominations should address the following criteria:

A person who has overcome difficult circumstances to participate in or be associated with the M2M.

A person who has inspired others by their actions and commitment to the M2M.

A person who, through the M2M, has motivated others to get on a bike and have a go!

A person who has encouraged others through the M2M to fundraise for a hospital or health related organisation.

A person who has contributed significantly to the M2M at a team level.

Teams – Please nominate someone who you think might be eligible!

Full nomination details can be found at the M2M Websitehttps://www.murraytomoyne.com.au/woodrup_award.php

Team Biographies:

The M2M Committee would like to include more Team Bio’s on the website, so if you would like to submit some information about your team, please do so.  Some guidelines published in the last Newsletter No 5.

Please include a team photo or similar and send any Team Bio’s to:  admin@murraytomoyne.com.au

 M 2 M Quiz

Newsletter No 5 – Quiz Question ?  Which Team travels the greatest distance to participate in the M2M ?  

How many Ks do they travel ?  Some Answers we have received !

“Manfred of Koroit”:  I think it must be Bordertown SA – Bordertown to Mildura (370 kms) Plus Port Fairy back to Bordertown (312kms) Total = 682 Kms.

“Sue from Dandenong”:  I think the team that has to travel the greatest are those from the South Gippsland Hospital at Foster.  Foster to Echuca (388 kms) Plus Port Fairy back to Foster (461 kms)  Total 849 Kms. 

Please send your answers to:     admin@murraytomoyne.com.au

 

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Newsletter No 5: February 2017 - Registrations Close 10 March 2017

Newsletter No 5: February 2017 - Registrations Close 10 March 2017

Graham Woodrup Memorial Award – 2017

Please think about nominating someone special !

Each year 'The Graham Woodrup Memorial Award' is recognised by a special award being presented to someone who has displayed 'exceptional effort and inspiration' to others in the course of his/her team's involvement with the Murray to Moyne, In memory of 'Woody'.

 

 

 

Who is eligible for the award?

Any person associated with the Murray to Moyne, as a Rider, Support Crew or Event Volunteer. All potential recipients of the award (nominees) are required to be present at the Final Presentation Ceremony in Port Fairy on Sunday 2 April 2017.

Criteria - Exceptional effort and inspiration:

Graham Woodrup or Woody as he was fondly known, was a visionary. He had a dynamic and enthusiastic personality, inspiring others by example to be generous with their talents by using them to help others. These characteristics epitomise this award for 'exceptional effort and inspiration to others'.

Nominations should address the following criteria:

  • A person who has overcome difficult circumstances to participate in or be associated with the M2M.
  •  A person who has inspired others by their actions and commitment to the M2M.
  •  A person who, through the M2M, has motivated others to get on a bike and have a go!
  •  A person who has encouraged others through the M2M to fundraise for a hospital or health related organisation.
  •  A person who has contributed significantly to the M2M at a team level.

2016 Joint Awardees:

  • Mary McGowan, Cytotoxic Cyclists, Children’s Cancer Foundation.
  • Winston Silbereisen, Daylesford Wheelsuckers, Hepburn Health Service.

Teams – Please nominate someone who you think might be eligible!

Full nomination details can be found at the M2M Websitehttps://www.murraytomoyne.com.au/woodrup_award.php

From the Ride Directors Desk: 

Reminders to Team Captains and Riders.

  • The M2M provides riders of all abilities with the physical challenge to cover the full distance in not much more than 24 hours as a team in relay.
  • The Ride Director on each leg will have ultimate control of decisions to be made once the ride is in progress. He or she will have radio contact with Motorcycle Marshals, Lead and Rear Vehicles, Medical Vehicles and can contact the Police if necessary.
  • Riders looking for more of a challenge can increase the distance of their relay sections or try riding a double shift. In the interests of safety and a directive from the Police, teams found racing will be stopped. No full distance riders are permitted.
  • We do not want the distance from the front of the ride to the back to be more than 60 kms, so if too many riders sit on the Lead Vehicle it may need to stop to allow the Rear Vehicle to catch up and keep the ride within the 60 km range.  This was necessary on the Mildura and Echuca ride last year, so riders need to keep this in mind. It is NOT a race !
  • In order to keep the relay moving down the road at a reasonable pace, teams should aim to keep some riders on the road at all times. Ie During the dinner break, the whole team should not stop.  You should stagger those having a meal with those who keep riding.  In this way you keep your team moving and this helps keep the ride within the 60 distance range.
  • Teams should not waste time on changeovers.  You should be aiming to have your fresh riders ready to go as soon as your team comes along.   They need to be ready and organised !
  • Riding 1 hour on and 3 hours off would mean each rider would cover approximately 130kms out of the full 520km ride. If there are stronger riders in the team, they may elect to do longer relays, giving weaker riders a longer rest. No set distance is laid down for relaying, and change overs may be altered to suit the location of towns, wayside stops and riders' ability, but 20 to 30 kilometres is generally a comfortable distance for each riding stint.
  • Teams should not have too many riders on the road at the one time, to ensure riders get enough rest before they do their next stint. You need riders to pace with, but you can join into a bunch with other teams of similar ability, so, 2 to 3 riders at a time means that your team does not have to changeover as often, thereby conserving energy.
     

Ride Update:  The 31st Year. 

Catering Arrangements as at end of January.

  • The Rapid Relief organisation have confirmed they will supply catering at the following venues for this year’s ride.  Start of Echuca and Swan Hill ride – Breakfast.  Dinner at Stawell for the Echuca ride.
  • Beulah Primary School – Dinner – Mildura ride:  Relaxing venue, great food, great facilities – Waiting on confirmation.  We will send out menus and order forms ASAP.
  • The Lions Club of Hamilton will provide a BBQ and soup at the Hamilton Show Grounds well into the night and a Breakfast before the ride commences from Hamilton to Port Fairy.
  • Team Captains:  Please ensure your members are registering and please send these Newsletters out to all your  team members via e-mail- being informed in a timely manner is vital to any efficient organisation. 
  • All previous Newsletters are located at:  https://www.murraytomoyne.com.au/

Team Biographies:

The M2M Committee would like to include more Team Bio’s on the website, so if you would like to submit some information about your team, please do so.  Some guidelines include:

  • Who initiated the team and when was the team established?  Official Team Name and M2M Team number ?
  • Why was the team established – who are you raising funds for ?  How have the funds raised been used ?
  • Do you have any notable experiences from the M2M relay – what do you enjoy most / least about the ride ? 
  • What fundraising activities have you run and how successful are they !
  • How has your teams fitness improved as a result of the relay ie How much training does the team do, How often; All year or just in the months before the ride ?
  • Have you had any funny / amusing events occur as a result of participating in the relay ?
  • Please include a team photo or similar and send any Team Bio’s to:  admin@murraytomoyne.com.au

Quiz:  Which Team travels the greatest distance to participate in the M2M ?   How many Ks do they travel ?

Please send your answers to:     admin@murraytomoyne.com.au

Congratulations to Richie Port on winning the “Tour Down Under”

His training tips must really work !       (Please see newsletter No 4).

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Newsletter No 4: January 2017 - Registrations Close 10 March 2017

Newsletter No 4:  January 2017 - Registrations Close 10 March 2017

 

Registration Update: 10 weeks to go !!

Team and Participant Registrations Close - 10 March 2017. 

Reminder:  All Riders, Drivers and Supporters must be registered by the closing date.  We have 10 weeks until the ride, so if you have not commenced organising your team, NOW is the time.

Currently we have 45 Teams registered and the Maldon team is the largest with 23 Members.  Nine teams are registered with just one member – the Team Captain.

Ride Update: 

Rapid Relief are again willing to support the riders and supporters with refreshment stops on the Echuca and Swan Hill rides, details are to be confirmed.  Beulah Primary school have also provided a fantastic dinner stop on the Mildura ride and we expect this to happen again this year.  We will send out details ASAP. 

Hamilton Compulsory Stop:  The Hamilton Show Grounds will again be the compulsory stop and all teams MUST register at the showgrounds once you arrive.  Refurbished showers and toilet facilities will be available opposite the Show Grounds at the Hamilton Aquatic Centre.  Accommodation is available at the Hamilton Sheep Judging Pavilion within the precinct.  Please note:  Last year a couple of teams found their way to a sheep shed – not part of the M2M accommodation, so if you are not sure where to go – please ask !!

Team Captains:  Please ensure your members are registering and please send these Newsletters out to all your  team members - being informed in a timely manner is vital to any efficient organisation !

Ride Rules Update:

  • Vehicles following a group of riders should be straddling the edge of the road on not sitting out in the middle of the road.  This makes it much safer for vehicles wanting to overtake to see down the road and to see when it is safe to overtake.  It also helps other riders to move through slower groups ahead.

 

  • Cyclists should help others when riding in groups on the road. That is to point out hazards, potholes, slower riders ahead etc.  Some less experienced riders need to learn the correct cycling etiquetteand the more experienced riders should be reinforcing these skills.  Make sure you keep your eyes on the road and riders in front of you – even when talking to other riders. Safety comes First !!

Cycling Secrets: 

This website clearly explains many cycling techniques and helpful hints:  Great for new teams / riders.

Cycling Secrets: Richie Porte Cycling Training tips http://www.cycling-secrets.com/ritchie-porte/

Cycling Secrets:  Changing Gears https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axWdphJfiZg

 

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Newsletter No 3: December 2016 - Early Bird Registrations Close 16 December 2016

Newsletter No 3: December 2016 - Early Bird Registrations Close 16 December 2016

Registration Update:

Know the Ride Rules:

Early Bird Team and participant Registrations Close,16 December 2016.  From this date the cost of a registration will increase by $10.00 ($5.00 for Sunday Striders) until the event closing date of 10 March 2017, so if you have not registered yet, please do so!!!

As at 7thDecember, we have 26 Teams registered, which is ahead of this time last year, so congratulations to all who are getting your teams off the ground and organised.

We have had a couple of phone calls asking why we have moved to a new registration system.  It’s important to note that we have moved to the new registration system to improve our efficiency and to reduce the paperwork required by Team Captains.  Most importantly it is a requirement of our insurers & police and emergency services that we have all participants sign off on the insurance indemnity and that they read and accept the rules of the ride.  In the past this was done at the commencement of the ride with individual pieces of paper, which are difficult to manage and keep for our records.

Team Captains and participants who have used the new system all report how easy it is and how well it monitors all your riders and supporters registration progress via emails.  We urge you to give it a go and we are confident you will be able to see the advantages for everyone.

Welcome to New Teams:

If you are new to the Murray to Moyne and would like some friendly advice on how to conduct your ride or advice on fundraising please give our Event Administrator, Lou, an email.  Lou can organise a very experienced M2M member to contact you and give you some practical and timely advice.  We have new teams from Vision Super, Ride4TaraJ; Creswick & Clunes CROCS, just to name a few.

Ride Rules Update:

  • Riders are reminded that lights MUST only be attached to your bike, not your helmet!  This is the road law.
  • Vehicles should only use low beam when in proximity of the ride and other teams. We have had many issues with drivers leaving their lights on high when parking on the side of the road or moving along the ride.  Please consider the other riders and support crews.  

Cycling Secrets:  This website clearly explains many cycling techniques and helpful hints:  Great for new teams / riders.

Cycling Secrets:  http://www.cycling-secrets.com/pedaling-technique/

Cycling Secrets:  http://www.cycling-secrets.com/spitting/

Cycling Secrets:  http://www.cycling-secrets.com/group-riding-turns-echelons-and-pacelines/

Cycling Secrets:  http://www.cycling-secrets.com/how-to-crash-not/

Newsletter No 2: November 2016 - Welcome to our new Administrator!

Newsletter No 2:  November 2016 - Welcome to our new Administrator!
  • Administrator Appointed
  • Welcome to New Teams
  • Team Registrations Now Open

Murray to Moyne Event Administrator Appointed

We’re very happy to announce the appointment of Lou Hollis as our new Event Administrator! Lou is a lifelong resident of the Moyne district and after many years of working in banks and administration, she’s delighted to be the new M2M Administrator. Although she hasn’t ridden the M2M herself Lou is familiar with the ride as her husband has taken part a number of times. Lou said “I look forward to meeting you all during the course of your M2M adventures, both on and off the road, and wish you all safe training and great fundraising for your chosen health beneficiary.” If you have questions or need assistance Lou can be contacted on 0467 788 765 or via email at admin@muraytomoyne.com.au

We’re excited to welcome to the following new Teams for 2017

  • Ballarat M2M – riding for the Ballarat Community Health Centre
  • Maldon M2M - Team 007

The more people and teams get together, the greater the benefit to us all. Participants not only gain improved health and fitness but also the reward of doing something that benefits the whole community and provides, via fundraising, a tangible outcome in the form of improved service delivery for their nominated health agencies. Contact the M2M office if you have any specific questions about how the ride and fundraising activities operate.

Registration Process 2017.

Team Registrations: Team Captains will be required to register their team first and then themselves individually. It is a straight forward process and once “Approved”, all Team Captains will receive a special Login and Password. This will enable the Captain to send a link to all team members inviting them to register. The Team Captain will be able to manage team member registrations from this portal and see who has registered and who hasn’t – then send a friendly reminder to those in the latter category!

Team Member Registrations
Individual Team Members will be invited to register online once the Team Captain has completed the Team Registration. Your Team Captain will send you an Invitation email in the form of a link, (including Team Login and Password) in order to give you access to the Team Member Registration area. Note: All Team members will be required to accept the Rules of the Ride and be familiar with all this entails. We will send out an email version so the Team Captains can discuss the rules with all team members well before the event. The new registration process is simple and should help Team Captains and the Murray to Moyne Cycle Relay to improve our efficiency.

Reminders. Team Registration will Open/Close on the following dates via the Woody’s Murray to Moyne Cycling Relay Website. https://www.murraytomoyne.com.au/

  • Early Bird Registration: Open 7 November 2016 (Revised Date) Close 16 December 2016.
  • Normal Registration: Open 17 December 2017 Close 10 March 2017.

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Newsletter No 1: October 2016 - Murrray to Moyne Registrations Update

Newsletter No 1:  October 2016 - Murrray to Moyne Registrations Update

Thankyou for your patience, our new Registration Website Portal will be up and running on Monday 7 November 2016.

We look forward to receiving your registration under the new system.

Our next newsletter will be posted here and sent via e-mail in the next week.

 

 

Press Release: Business as Usual in 2017!

Press Release:  Business as Usual in 2017!

 

Woody’s Murray to Moyne Cycle Relay is Now Incorporated !


After 30 years, the iconic Woody’s Murray to Moyne Cycle Relay is undergoing one of its biggest changes, moving to an independent management structure. Following on from a community meeting held in April 2016, a community working group was established to guide the M2M into a new incorporated age and this occurred officially at the General Meeting conducted on Thursday 14 July.

The M2M Cycling Relay Committee was established with the Rules of Association being adopted along with the election of the first Committee of Management. Congratulations to the following who were elected as Office Bearers: John Clue, President; Hester Woodrup, Vice President; Kate Winnen, Secretary; Bernie Waixel, Treasurer, along with the following being elected as members of the Board: Charlie Blackwood; Peter Bollard; Jeff McLean, John Ralph; and Mike Cornett.

One of the first items of business for the new Committee has been to employ an Event Administrator, who will deal with the day to day operations of the M2M. The position was advertised on Saturday 3 September in the Warrnambool Standard and Interviews are currently being organised.

Key Points from the Woody’s Murray to Moyne Cycle Relay Rules of Association:
 

The purposes of the association are to raise funds for Moyne Health Services and facilitate fund raising for institutions across Victoria and to promote healthy lifestyles through cycling.
Therefore we encourage all past participants to start and get your teams organised in terms of riders and fundraising for your respective health related charities from across Victoria, SA, & NSW.

Key Dates:

Woody’s Murray to Moyne Cycling Relay will take place on Saturday 1 April and Sunday 2 April 2017.
Registration will Open / Close on the following dates: Online via the Woody’s Murray to Moyne Cycling Relay Website.  https://www.murraytomoyne.com.au/

Early Bird Registrations Open 24 October 2016 (Registration Fee per participant = $100.00).
Early Bird Registrations Close: 16 December 2016.
Normal Registration Opens: 17 December 2017 (Registration Fee per participant =$110.00).
Normal Registration Closes: 10 March 2017.
Sunday Striders (Sunday 2 April – Hamilton to Port Fairy Only) Early Bird Registration Opens 17 October (Registration Fee per participant = $50.00).
Sunday Striders Early Bird Registration Closes 16 December 2016.
Sunday Striders Normal Registration Opens: 17 December 2017 (Registration Fee per participant = $55.00).
Sunday Striders Normal Registration Closes: 10 March 2017.

Team Captains and Participants:

Please note that all participants will register as an individual this year and be required to pay the Registration Fees online via a credit card. This change will reduce the amount of work required by Team Captains and streamline the registration process that requires each individual to agree to the required “Terms and Conditions“ of the cycle relay. More details will follow in the next newsletter.

Team Captains, when registering will identify team members, indicate how many riders, support crews and vehicles will be participating, along with the name and details of the health services you are raising funds for. 

http://www.murraytomoyne.com.au/resources/M2M_Newsletter_No_1_September_2016.pdf

2016 M2M Award winners

2016 M2M Award winners

2016 Woody’s Memorial Award Winners

  • Mary McGowan
    Team Manager, Cytotoxic Cyclists riding for Children’s Cancer Foundation
  • Winston Silbereisen,
    Support Crew Manager, Daylesford Wheelsuckers riding for Hepburn Health Service

O2 Media, WIN Network and First State Super Awards in recognition of the exceptional behaviour as the Safest and Most Courteous Team on each route were:

  • Echuca – Devondalers from Koroit
  • Swan Hill – Lorne Spinners
  • Mildura – Scrubbers & the Gasman from Warrnambool

Rapid Relief Team Award for the overall outstanding Support Crew on the 2016 M2M Ride was awarded to Casterton Memorial Hospital

 

Photo: Hester Woodrup presents Mary McGowan with her award

 

M2M gears up for new future

M2M gears up for new future
The iconic Murray to Moyne Cycling Relay is gearing up for a new and more independent future.
As it makes final preparations for the 30th annual relay, the management team is establishing a new management structure to steer the event forward.
 
Moyne Health Services Board chair Ralph Leutton said that since its inception, the event had been run under the auspices of Moyne Health Services.
 
There were now plans for the committee to incorporate under its own entity to ensure the future viability of one of Victoria’s most popular cycling events.
 
“Over the years, Murray to Moyne has become a much bigger and more complex beast,” Mr Leutton said.
 
“It really needs the expertise and the focus of a professional organisation to oversee things.”
 
Mr Leutton said that whilst Moyne Health Services was and would continue to be a proud supporter of the event, its core business was providing health services to its communities.
 
“We’re great at delivering quality health care, but we’re not event managers with the skills and expertise to plan and deliver an event of this calibre.”
 
Mr Leutton acknowledged the value of Murray to Moyne as an important fundraiser, not only for Moyne Health Services, but for other health services across Victoria.
 
“During its 30 years, Murray to Moyne has raised in the order of $30 million for regional health services – that’s an extraordinary achievement.”
 
Murray to Moyne Committee Chair John Clue said his colleagues and the many volunteers behind the event were excited about this year’s 30th anniversary ride and its future directions.
 
“This year, we see many teams returning to the event to join the 30th celebrations,” Mr Clue said.
 
“The event has provided the opportunity for both large and small health service organisations to raise much-needed funds and contribute to the wellbeing of many people who have undertaken the challenge either as a rider or part of the support teams.”
 
‘Woody’s’ Murray to Moyne was established 30 years ago when Port Fairy local, Hester Woodrup, challenged her husband, Graham ‘Woody’ Woodrup and other local identities to ride in relay from the Murray River in Mildura to the Moyne River in Port Fairy.
 
The first ride raised $10,000 for the Port Fairy hospital.
 
Today, the event raises around $1 million annually, attracting more than 1000 riders from 150 organisations to raise funds for hospitals and health services.
 
Mr Clue said the new management structure would enable the organising committee to operate as an incorporated body.
 
He praised the hard work of the existing committee, noting that a meeting would be held in the coming months to outline the new structure and provide opportunity for community members to join the new management team.
 
“We acknowledge the assistance of Moyne Health Services in securing the requirements needed for the event, and hope Murray to Moyne will move from strength to strength into the future,” Mr Clue said.
 
 
Media contact: 
John Clue 
Murray to Moyne Committee Chair 
Mo: 0403 447 646
 

Company supports Team TR to ride M2M

Company supports Team TR to ride M2M
Team TR has been riding the Murray to Moyne Cycle ride since the year 2000 – that makes a total of 16 years this year.  
 
In this time we have lost one of our members “Russell Patrick” the engineer who created our wonderful Bike Rack.  We thought of not riding the year he was killed but all his friends said that he would have wanted us to ride in his memory, which of course we did.  
 
Team TR originated from the Tech Rentals Company (rentals of test and measurement equipment since 1978 and is now known as TR Pty Ltd which has three main divisions with 
offices Australia wide: 
  1. Tech Rentals – Test & measurement equipment rentals – 
  2. TR Hirecom – Communications equipment rentals and 
  3. TR Calibration – NATA & traceable calibration of test & measurement equipment.  
We originally rode as team 210 and wore yellow and red colours. Our riders consisted mostly of staff in the Company as well as some of our customers.  We then found our numbers were dwindling so the Cadbury team joined forces with us and we rode in the blue 
and red colours.
 
We now ride in our new company colours of blue and white and we are back to staff members, some customers and also family. i.e. Joan Carter (mum) Danny Carter (son) and Hayden Benwell (grandson) – How good is that!!  This epitomises what Woody was all about!!
 
The CEO of our Company has encouraged staff members interested in riding by offering to pay for their entry into the Murray to Moyne each year.  The Company also covers cost of petrol and food and transport support which has been invaluable.  Our staff fundraising over these years has reached over $50,000 and the Eastern Health hospitals have been extremely grateful and supportive of our efforts.
 
The Murray to Moyne volunteers over these years have been excellent.  This event could not 
happen without them – thank you to you all.
 

Rotary Revolution spins for 20th year

Rotary Revolution spins for 20th year

Many Rotary Clubs sponsor cycling teams or cycling events and, increasingly, even organise events as fundraisers.  Few clubs can boast of having their own team of club member riders who have ridden as a team for close on 20 years. In the process this has involved, at various times, about 30% of the current members of the Rotary Club. Meet the Irymple “Rotary Revolution” Bike Riding Team! 

It all started in 1997 when one of our club Rotarians suggested we participate in the “Murray to Moyne.”  It would be good to get Rotary away from being seen the “old sedentary men and their fathers” club. So in 1997 we started the legend…and this year the team participates in its 20th consecutive Murray to Moyne event; in the process raising over $60,000 for health related (mainly) local charities.

But we didn’t stop at that...in 1999 another relay ride commenced...from Mildura to Echuca...400 kms. The team jumped at this opportunity also and have participated in every event since. We also participate in any local riding events. 

In fact, such has the “active” team image grown that we have participated as a team in other non-riding events as well...the MS 24 hour Swim-a-thon, the Relay for Life walk and local community triathlons. In 2013 we decided to emulate an event put on by a number of Rotary Districts and ride (all the way) to our Annual Rotary District Conference...that year 5 members rode to Warrnambool over 500 kms, the next year it was Ballarat 440 kms, this year Renmark…and so it goes...each year taking about $1,000 for Australian Rotary Health.

The club has had many stalwarts...the current team coordinator riding in his 20th event this year, three others have participated in at least 14 events and let's not forget the bus driver who is up for more than 10 events.

Lets face it, we are not elite riders…with an average age of about 60+, we are a little on the slow side by comparison to the “30 to 40 something” lycra clad warrior.

We still train every Sunday morning with a ride of between 45 and 60 kms and we have participated in other local events and out-of-town social rides on hybrids and mountain bikes. 

In 2011, eight members of the team rode all the way from Mildura to Adelaide to celebrate the 65th birthday of one of its founding members. In earlier years we swapped our road bikes for mountain bikes and rode from Broken Hill to Mildura via Menindee and Pooncarrie, we also rode the Mountains to the Murray (Bright/Beechworth to Wangaratta) and East Gippsland Rail Trails! One member even joined the “Great Australian Rotary Bicycle Ride” in 2009 and rode the 4000 km from Darwin to Perth.

Some team members are now ageing (well…of course, like quality wine) but hopefully there will always be an influx of new blood and new enthusiasm so that the team will continue to be an inspiration to all men and women of all ages for another 20 years! Rotary Revolution just keeps on going!

Photo: Irymple “Rotary Revolution” Bike Riding Team 

MG Devondalers support CERT for 6th year

MG Devondalers support CERT for 6th year

The Murray Goulburn Koroit team, known as the MG Devondalers, started in 2011 with the aim to help the local community, and stay healthy at work.

The idea of entering the Murray to Moyne came from the highly successful Koroit MG Health Group which promotes health initiatives across the factory site and within the Koroit community.

The team consisted of a majority of ‘first-time riders’ and the focus was about being inclusive and raising the fitness/health of the whole group (and having some fun along the way).

We have been able to encourage riders from across the factory, including our site manager, and last year we adopted the Hawkesdale Secondary College students as they had been trying to enter a team for the previous couple of years.

In helping the community the MG Devondalers support local CERT groups.

“Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) consist of ambulance volunteers who function as ‘first responders’ within communities where the nearest ambulance branch is at a distanceThe ‘Hawkesdale CERT’ was founded after a local dairy farmer was seriously injured and had to wait over 45 min for urgent medical attention.

As a group we decided to fundraise for this cause as it’s such an important service to the local community and our tanker drivers and farmers can be in these situations, requiring assistance if an accident occurs. We support the three local CERT groups - Hawkesdale, Nullawarre and Port Campbell.

The team fundraises during the year with BBQs and raffles at the factory and a major raffle that all CERT groups assist with selling tickets. The total raised for the local groups over the four years is nearly $30,000 which has been used to assist CERT Group members to attend training and group meetings.

We have been fortunate that many of the service providers to Murray Goulburn understand the importance of the CERT groups and donate to the cause.

We are proud to support the efforts of the Murray to Moyne organisation and congratulate everyone involved for the 30 years of riding and fundraising (and having fun).