Team 71 - Casterton Memorial Hospital

M2M Team Bio – Casterton District Hospital                                                    March 2021

 

This will be Casterton’s (Team 71)  27th ride. (2021)

We are a small Committee of riders and support persons who fund raise throughout the year with an annual contribution to our local Hospital (Casterton Memorial Hospital).

Total funds raised to date $250,000.

We receive wonderful support from the local community, businesses and service clubs.

Many of our members are inaugural or long term members.

New members we introduce love the experience and return.

What makes this such an enjoyable experience for us is the comradeship, challenge, love of cycling and for many, introduction to cycling and the pleasure and satisfaction of doing something positive to support our hospital which in turn benefits our community. 

How we operate as a Committee and manage the challenge ride I believe is quite unique.

Barb Toma - Team Captain.

Newsletter No 41 - 10 March 2021

Newsletter No 41 - 10 March 2021
Ride Update:  The 34th Murray to Moyne Cycle Relay.  

Start Times from the Murray River Start Points and from Hamilton will be Published via E-mail - Sunday 21 March.  This will also include the routes each team will follow from Hamilton to Port Fairy - via either Penshurst or via Macarthur.

Team Check In & Team Bag Collection for each route can be made with your Ride Directors either:  Friday Night - 26 March from 6:00pm to 7:00pm or on Saturday Morning, 27 March from 8:00am to 8:30am.  The Team Check In & Bag Collection Locations are:

Mildura Route:  Fishers IGA Carpark, South End. 2111-2019 Fifteenth Street - Irymple. For both Friday night or Saturday morning.

Swan Hill Route:  Friday Night (pm):  Comfort Inn, Carpark, 396 Campbell Street,  or Saturday (am) Swan Hill Showgrounds, Stradbroke Avenue, Swan Hill.

Echuca Route:   Friday Night (pm) Paddlewheel Motel, 385 - 389 High Street, Echuca  or Saturday (am)  Port of Echuca Discovery Centre, Murray Esplanade, Echuca. 


What's included in the Team Bags ?  All your Vehicle Identification stickers, Your Team Numbers & safety pins and sponsors products plus a copy of the Official Ride Guide  This year the bags will also include a folder with your Team Covid Declarations.  These need to be completed - either on Friday Night or Saturday Morning and returned to your Ride Director at the Saturday morning - Team Captains Briefing at 8:40 am at the Official Start Locations.

What's the Official Ride Guide ? 
 The Guide includes the following:  Welcome; Rules & Regulations; Signage & Marshalls; Being prepared and Ride Strategy; Importance of Rider Hydration;  The Start, Checking in, Vehicle ID Stickers, Ride Briefing, Hamilton Compulsory Stop; Average Speed Time Schedules; Route Directions (detailed for each Route); M2M Officials; M2M Covid Safe Strategy; Participating Teams and the charities they are supporting; First Aid Strategy; Event History; Emergency Procedures.


New Echuca Route Start:  The start will this year be at the Port of Echuca Discovery Centre – 74 Murray Esplanade.  There is plenty of parking and the re-developed site is perfect for the M2M.

Catering on route options as of early March.
  • Echuca Route:  The Rapid Relief organisation have confirmed they will supply catering at the following venues for this year’s ride.  Start at Echuca – Breakfast RRT.  Navarre – Dinner - Navarre Hall Committee.  (Sent to Captains via E-mail 11 March).
  • Swan Hill Route:  Rapid Relief – Start or Swan Hill – Breakfast. 
  • Mildura Route:  Beulah Primary School – Dinner – Menu and Order Form Sent out to Team Captains. 
  • The provision of food on route is a difficult question this year due to the special requirements required due to the CovidSafe Strategy.  Commercial retail providers are also available in Stawell and across all routes. 
  • Hamilton Compulsory Stop:  At the Show Grounds, the Lions Club will provide breakfast (Egg & Bacon rolls etc) before the ride commences from Hamilton to Port Fairy.
  • Hamilton to Port Fairy Via Macarthur:  No Catering this year.  (Toilets on Left opposite Post Office).
  • Hamilton to Port Fairy Via Hawkesdale:  No Catering this year.   (Toilets on Right at Swimming Pool as you enter the town). 
  • Team Captains:  Please ensure your members are registering.  Its important that each person registers themselves, ensuring that you agree to the terms and conditions of the ride.  
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.
It is not a Race !  
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, First Aid 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.  So riders need to keep this in mind.
 
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 km distance range.  Pre – ordering you evening meal really speeds up the process!  

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 !  

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 relay 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.   (Max Numbers in bunches should not be greater than 20 this year due to Covidsafe requirements). 

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. 

A First Aid Unit will be strategically placed on each of the ride routes, but it is advised for all teams to carry your own First Aid equipment.
 
Team Captains should also ensure all your transport equipment adheres to VicRoads safety requirements.  

Hamilton Compulsory Stop:  The Hamilton Show Grounds will again be the compulsory stop and all teams MUST Check In  at the showgrounds once you arrive - so we know you have arrived.  This year teams can phone or text Peter Goy - 0429 167 146 or Jenny McLean - 0447 673 087.  .  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 (Free) within the precinct.  Note:  This year Teams can Check In by Phoning or by Text !!:  

Barry Moran, our Chief Motorcycle Marshall is again Co-ordinating the 20 odd Motorcycle Marshals for this year’s event.  Many will know Barry from his work as a volunteer Fireman with the CFA and as a member of the Warrnambool Motorcycle Club.

Ride Director - Update: 
Refresh your understanding of the Rules - to keep us all safe!


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 etiquette and 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 ridersSafety comes First !!

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.  

Teams must make sure all support members and drivers must wear a reflective safety vest at all times (day & night).  

Riders make sure you have your reflective vest for night-time riding and sufficient batteries for your front and rear lights.  Be sure to use quality lights front and back.  It is no excuse to say my light is not working or it fell off on the last rough section.  Safety comes First !!  

Riders MUST obey all road rules at all times and this includes wearing a helmet when on the road.  


CovidSafe Reminders for the 2021 M2M 

The M2M is classified by the Victorian Department of Health & Human Resources as a Tier 3 Community Event, due to our environment - mainly conducted outside and with low numbers of people who can be socially distanced. 

The main changes will be that when travelling in a bus - participants will need to wear a mask. (socially distancing on a bus is not required).  We will limit groups of riders on the road to about 20 (groups can be from different teams), Teams will socially distance and not mix - stay in your covid bubble.  Accommodation at Hamilton Showgrounds will be spaced out within your team bubble.  Teams will be required to clean high touch points on their vehicles - using alcohol wipes.  Nos of riders at the Start of the ride and when leaving Hamilton will be minimised.  Some of the on-route catering will not be available (eg RRT).  When arriving at the Port Fairy Finish line, teams will proceed directly to your transport.  The usual finish presentation of the M2M Graham Woodrup Awards will still be conducted, but will be videoed and then posted on our Facebook page.  Those receiving awards will be contacted and requested to meet at the M2M tent at around 11:00 am. 

Covid – 19 Declarations -  All participants will be required to complete a Covid-19 Declaration, within 24 hours of the event commencing.  The declaration forms will be included in the Team packs - issued to each Team Captain, either on the Friday Night or Saturday Morning by the Ride Director on each route.  All Declarations MUST be completed and returned to the Ride Director, before you start the event.  The Declaration outlines that you are not suffering from any symptoms of Covid-19, or have not recently arrived from overseas or you are not awaiting any Covid - 19 test results.  Please see a copy of the Declaration posted on our website.


Please Note:  These requirements are based on the current health advice and may change prior to the event on 27 & 28 March 2021.


A Big thankyou to our Sponsors and Supporters: 

Sponsors: Westvic Staffing Solutions, Southern Ocean Mariculture - Ocean Road Abalone, Taits Legal, Halls Gap Lakeside Tourist Park, KFC – Bird Group, Port Fairy IGA, Rebecca's Cafe & Ice Creamery, Port Fairy Electrics, Langley's Accommodation, Hearn's Port Fairy Accommodation, Steve Gray - Signwriting.

 
Inkind Sponsors:  Warrnambool Toyota, Norton Motor Group, Callaghan Motors, G & M Auto Electrics, Star Printing, Allen’s Freight, Carman's Real Foods, Sunbeam Foods, Kyabram Removals, Donehue’s Leisure - Hamilton, Warrnambool Sheet Metal, Winners Bars and Gels.
 
M2M Supporters: Rapid Relief Team, Rotary, Lions, Beulah Primary School, Moyne Shire, Southern Grampians Shire,  Moyne Health Service, Dunmunkle Lodge - Minyip, Port Fairy Folk Festival.
 

Murray to Moyne Cycle Relay
Over 30 Wonderful Years, More than 30,000 Riders, 

50,000 Kilometers, $20,000,000 Raised for Health Charities

Newsletter No 40 – 4 March 2021

Newsletter No 40 – 4 March 2021

Registrations Close Wednesday 17 March 2021.

Team Captains:  Please Email this Newsletter to the members of your Team !!

Ride Update:  The 34th Murray to Moyne Cycle Relay. 

Registrations are proceeding normally and the M2M is weather forecast is looking good for the weekend.

New Echuca Route Start:  The start will this year be at the Port of Echuca Discovery Centre – 74 Murray Esplanade.  There is plenty of parking and the re-developed site is perfect for the M2M.

Catering on route options as of early February.

  • Echuca Route:  The Rapid Relief organisation have confirmed they will supply catering at the following venues for this year’s ride.  Start of Echuca – Breakfast RRT.  Navarre – Dinner - Navarre Football Club (CWA)  (To Be confirmed).
  • Swan Hill Route:  Rapid Relief – Start of Swan Hill – Breakfast. 
  • Mildura Route:  Beulah Primary School – Dinner – Relaxing venue, great food, cool drinks and great facilities – 
  • We will send out menus and order forms for these catering arrangements ASAP.
  • The provision of food on route is a difficult question this year due to the special requirements to meet the CovidSafe Strategy.  Normal commercial providers are also available in Stawell and across all routes.
  • Hamilton Compulsory Stop:  At the Show Grounds, the Lions Club will provide breakfast (Egg & Bacon rolls etc) before the ride commences from Hamilton to Port Fairy.
  • Hamilton to Port Fairy Via Macarthur:  No Catering this year.  (Toilets on Left opposite Post Office).
  • Hamilton to Port Fairy Via Hawkesdale:  No Catering this year.   (Toilets on right at Swimming Pool).
  • Team Captains:  Please ensure your members are registering.  Please ensure you forward on this Newsletter to your Team Members – being informed is essential for an efficient operation !

 

From the Ride Directors Desk: 

Reminders to Team Captains, Riders and Drivers.

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.  Lights MUST be located on the bike and not on a helmet or person (as per the road law).Riders and team support should have the correct Fluoro vest for night riding.  That is - the vest has some reflective element to shine at night!

  • Light-up Times:   Sunset: Saturday 27 March = 7:21 pm           Sunrise: Sunday 5 April = 7:30 am 
  • Motor Cycle Marshals are 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. Remember – the Marshalls are there to assist you and your team, they are all volunteers, use their own bikes, so please respect them in their role.
  • 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 kilometer 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. Safety comes First !!
  • Don't hesitate to ask the M2M Administrator, a competitive cyclist or someone who has done this ride before for help with your training, bike set-up, food, clothing, etc.

Graham Woodrup Memorial Award – 2021

Please think about nominating someone special !

Each year 'The Graham Woodrup Memorial Award' recognises 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 Finish of the ride on Sunday 28 April 2021.

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'.

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

Registration Update:

Team Managers and individual team members or potential members should be organising to register your Teams and individuals NOW.  Go to the M2M Website for details. www.murraytomoyne.com.au

Registration Timetable:

Normal Registrations:  CloseWednesday 17 March 2021

If you have any questions: 

M2M Administrator via email:  admin@murraytomoyne.com.auwww.facebook.com/murray2moyne/

Newsletter No 39 - 18 February2021

Newsletter No 39 -  18 February2021

MurraytoMoyne CycleRelay:  Sat 27 & Sun 28 March 2021

Registrations Open – 1 February 2021 – A Covid Safe Event

All of us at M2M Headquarters have just expressed a sigh of relief – following the Covid-19 Press Conference yesterday morning, confirming the return to Covid normal. We thank DHHS for all their work in challenging times and to the many Victorians who have been tested recently to help keep us all safe. We also thank all the health professionals who are getting ready to roll out the Covid-19 immunisation program, some of whom normally ride in the M2M. 

Welcome to a New Team - Jimmys Licorice Allsorts Please have a look at this powerful and high quality video and learn about James Waight and his inspiring story, and give us a like and share!  Jim and twelve mates are riding 520km in the M2M over two days on March 27-28 raising funds for the Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute.  Please assist JLA cause and donate at http://jimmysallsorts.com.au.  Please go to the link:  Have a look at this facebook video “Fighting Cancer on 2 Wheels” at the following link:    https://www.facebook.com/jimmysallsorts/videos/1784626628385923/

Graham Woodrup Memorial Award:

Each year 'The Graham Woodrup Memorial Award' is made to recognised a special contributor to the ethos of Graham and the M2M Cycle Relay.  The award is 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 28 March. (Due to Covid – the presentation in 2021 will be recorded and posted on the M2M Facebook Page).

Criteria - Exceptional effort and inspiration:

Graham Woodrup or Woody as he was fondly called, 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.

Nominations should include the following details:

  • Name of nominated person.
  • Representing Team.
  • Name of hospital or health related organisation.
  • Reason for nomination - as per criteria above.
  • One reference from a member of the local community.
  • Attach any relevant newspaper clippings and photos.

Nominations are to be received by 5:00 pm,  Friday 13 March 2021.

  • Email or post to:     Murray to Moyne Administrator,  P.O. Box 227, Port Fairy VIC 3284 E-mail: admin@murraytomoyne.com.au Telephone:  0467 788 765.

Sponsors Contribution:  Prizes for Participants.

This year has had its challenges, but thanks to our very generous sponsors we are able to offer the following M2M participants prizes.  The M2M Committee will randomly draw participants names or Team names based on their M2M Registration No – soon after the event has concluded on Sunday 28 March.  Winners will be notified via a special edition of the M2M Newsletter.

  • $250, $200, $100  Halls Gap Lake Side Caravan Park vouchers.
  • Team Prize - Winner’s Bars & Gels Pack.
  • Volunteers Prize - $300Halls Gap Lake Side Caravan Park voucher.
  • Accommodation Voucher in Port Fairy provided by Langley’s Accommodation Service. Voucher Valued at $250.
  • 1 Night Stay for 2 at a Port Fairy Accommodation provided by Hearns Accommodation Service.
    • (Note Conditions apply – eg Not available during public or school holidays)

Newsletter No 38 - 1 February 2021

Newsletter No 38 - 1 February 2021

Murray to Moyne Cycle Relay:  Sat 27 & Sun 28 March 2021

Registrations Now Open – 1 February 2021 – A Covid Safe Event

In this Edition:  How to Register your Team.  Covid – 19 Declarations, M2M Withdrawals and Refund Process, Event Cancelation Policy, M2M CovidSafe Strategy.

The Registration Portal is NOW Open.  Team Captains can now Register your Team and then send a Registration link out to all your riders and Support Crew.  Please follow the instructions carefully.

Event Registration Closes: Wednesday 17 March 2021.

Night Riders or Day Timers:

Saturday 27 March – Mildura, Swan Hill or Echuca into Hamilton ($110 per person)

Sunday Striders:

Sunday 28th March – Hamilton to Port Fairy Only ($55 per person)

Team Registration

Step 1: Gather the information required to register:

  • Your name and contact details as team captain and be prepared to organise the riders in your team.
  • The official name and donation contact at your charity (name, phone & email) - generally this is the CEO or Finance contact at the charity.
  • Your preferred team name.
  • Decide which ride and your start, ie MilduraSwan Hill or Echuca
  • Are camping at the Hamilton Showgrounds on Saturday night or do you need to book accommodation?

Step 2: Register the team online:

Register Your Team Now

Step 3: M2M approves your team:

  • Your team management page goes live on the M2M website.

Step 4: Invite other to join your team.

  • Additional riders may now join your team and pay their own entry fee online. Invite them to join your team with the special link we emailed to the team captain when M2M approves the team.
  • Each Team member will be asked for their personal, medical and emergency contact details during the registration process. This information will only be used in the case of an emergency.

Covid - 19 Virus Declarations

All participants will be required to complete a Covid-19 Declaration, within 24 hours of the event commencing.  The declaration forms will be included in the Team packs - issued to each Team Captain, either on the Friday Night or Saturday Morning by the Ride Director on each route.  All Declarations MUST be returned to the Ride Director, before you start the event.

Event Withdrawal & Refund

We are very conscious that all participants in the M2M are working hard to raise funds for their health service and with this in mind, we aim to keep registration fees as low as possible. We do this with the help of a large team of volunteers who work to deliver the event and to also keep everyone safe.

If you need to withdraw from the M2M and receive a full refund, you must do so before the Registration Closing date (due to the existence of the Covid-19 virus).  No refunds however can be made after close of registration. Refunds requests must be made in writing to M2M Administrator, via email: admin@murraytomoyne.com.au

  • Teams are deemed registered and able to participate in the event after online registration, payment and approval.
  • Online registrations close Wednesday 17 March, 2021. After this date there will be no refunds as ride signage for cyclists, vehicles, trailers etc. plus administration, medallions and team bags having already been accounted for/constructed.
  • Requests for refunds created by emergencies must be made in writing to the M2M Administrator.
  • Registered team members can be substituted up to the day of the event. All substitutions must be registered directly with the M2M Ride Director on a paper Registration Form with the Terms & Conditions signed off.
  • Team members wishing to withdraw after Team Registration is paid and not covered by a substitute, are encouraged to donate their registration.

Event Cancelation Policy

The M2M Committee reserve the right to Cancel the event for any of the following reasons:

Instruction or recommendation from Emergency or Health Authorities due to the existence of a pandemic risk or any other emergency circumstances deemed as extreme.  For example, Covid - 19 Outbreak; Extreme Fire Danger or predicted / impending weather conditions.

If these circumstances occur before the commencement of the event, then a full refund of participant registration fees will be made.  If however these circumstances occur after the event has commenced, then the M2M will not be able to refund any registration fees. The decision will be made by the Event Manager in consultation with the Ride Directors (Who are also the event Safety Officers), based on instructions from Authorities.

Please see attachment for the M2M CovidSafe Strategy:

M2M CovidSafe Declaration

M2M CovidSafe Declaration

Copy of the Rider & Support Crew CovidSafe Declaration

 

Rider & Support Crew Covid – 19 Declaration

Must be completed less than 24 Hours before the event.

 

Team Captains MUST return all Declarations to the Ride Director before the Start of the Event or at the Friday Night Briefing !

By signing this declaration, you are acknowledging that:

  • You have NOT tested positive to Covid-19 in the last 30 days.
  • You haveNOT travelled to or from overseas or a designated (DHHS) Hot Spot in the past 30 days.
  • You areNOT unwell or displaying any Covid-19 or flu-like symptoms.
  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Sore Throat
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Runny Nose
  • Loss of sense of smell or Taste
  • You are NOT currently required to be in isolation because you are awaiting Covid-19 test results or have been diagnosed with Covid-19.
  • You areNOT identified as being a close contact (Indicated by DHHS) to someone who is a confirmed Covid-19 case.

IF YOU CANNOT MEET THE ABOVE CRITERIA PLEASE LET YOUR TEAM CAPTAIN KNOW AND WITHDRAW FROM THE 2021 MURRAY TO MOYNE CYCLE RELAY.

Thankyou for helping to keep the M2M participants and volunteers safe.

 

(Print your Full Name)________________________________________________________

(Print your Full Address)______________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________________________

Mobile Contact No:__________________________________________________________

M2M Team Name:___________________________________________________________

M2M Team No:_________________________ Date:_______________________________

M2M CovidSafe Strategy - Participants

M2M CovidSafe Strategy - Participants

This document is an outline of the M2M Cycle Relay Covid-19 Safe-event Strategy for 2021.

This advice is a requirement of the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services based on the Tier 3 Community Event Classification.

Please Note:  These requirements are based on the current health advice and may change prior to the event on 27 & 28 March 2021.

Team Management Procedure:

  • All team participants MUST have completed the M2M Registration Process before participating in the event.  Those registering on the day MUST complete the paper registration version and hand this to the Ride Director.
  • All participants (Riders & Support Crew)  MUST complete the Covid-19 Health Declaration less than 24 hours before the start of the event.  The Declarations will be provided to Team Captains in a separate folder via the team packs, that are collected either on Friday night or Saturday morning from the Ride Directors.  All Team Captains must return the completed Declarations to the Ride Director before the event commences at 9:00 am.
  • If a member of a team develops Covid-19 symptoms, the team should IMMEDIATELY withdraw from the event, isolate and get tested for Covid-19 as soon as possible. Team Captains MUST notify your Ride Director immediately.
  • All participants travelling inside a bus MUST wear a mask!  Note: 1.5m social distancing is not required inside a bus. (Masks are not required when outside or riding).
  • Each team needs to operate within their Covid-19 Bubble. Social distancing between teams must be adhered to at any stop points along the route. Riding with other teams is acceptable providing the group does not exceed 20 riders.
  • Team busesare required to carry at least 2 bottles of hand sanitiser and 2 packs of alcohol wipes at all times.
  • Team Buses must adhere Covid-19 Safe Cleaning requirements.  High touch surfaced must be cleaned at least 3 times per day throughout the event.
  • Ride Briefing Instructions – Sat 27 March:  Only 2 members of each team should attend the briefing (Team Captain + 1 other). Team Captains are responsible for communicating last minute instructions to the rest of their team.  Social distancing should be observed between teams. (Echuca start may be divided into 2 groups for the briefing).
  • Ride Start – Sat 27 March:Maximum of 2 members from each team can begin (in order to minimise group size). The majority of team members should go directly to their first changeover point.
  • Mid-ride Compulsory Stops:  Teams should ensure social distancing from other teams and their vehicles to enable social distancing.
  • Hamilton Stop Reporting In: Only 1 team member required to report teams’ safe arrival in Hamilton. This could be done via phone or text. Peter Goy: 0429 167 146; Jenny McLean: 0447 673 087. Accommodation: Teams staying at the show grounds will be socially distanced within the Teams Covid Safe Bubble.
  • Hamilton Sunday Start:Only 1 rider per team will ride from the showgrounds start point. Other riders can join at a safe spot on the road out of Hamilton, ensuring social distancing amongst teams.
  • Hamilton Showgrounds / HILAC showers: Arrangements to be confirmed.
  • Ride finish:  When teams roll into the Port Fairy Finish, they should ride over the finish line and then go directly to their transport.  There will be no “Official Presentation”. The presentation of the Graeme Woodrup Award will be posted on our Facebook page. One representative from each team will be required to sign-in and collect team medals at the finish (M2M Tent).
  • M2M Covid Safety Officers (First Aid Officers)may randomly check on teams adherence to the Covid-19 Safe Event Safety Requirements throughout the event.

On Route Catering:

  • Teams are encouraged to be as self sufficient as possible. Food & Drinks need to be separately packaged.  For example:  Some teams pre-order food items (separately packed rolls / sandwiches / slices) from commercial bakeries from Mildura, Swan Hill or Echuca, pick them up on the Saturday morning and this assists with food hygiene.  Teams are welcome to use take-away commercial food shops enroute, and at the Port Fairy finish. Providers such as Rapid Relief will not be available this year.   

CovidSafe Event Checklist - Tier 3 Event

The Victorian Government via the DHHS (Department of Health and Human Services) requires that the Murray to Moyne Cycle Relay display on our Website the CovidSafe Event Checklist - Tier 3.

Please take some time to check over this checklist.

Newsletter No 37 – January 14 - 2021

Newsletter No 37 – January 14 - 2021

Murray to Moyne Cycle Relay:  Sat 27 & Sun 28 March 2021

Registrations will Open – 1 February 2021 – Subject to Health Advice

The M2M Team are busy working on February 1, 2021 Date for the Team Registration Portal Opening.

Given the current Covid-19 pandemic situation here in Victoria, the M2M Committee last night confirmed its wish to open the Registration Portal for Teams and Participants on Monday 1 February 2021.  (Subject to Health advice).

 

Once the Registration Portal Opens, the process for registration involves – Each Team Captain – Registering the Team.  Then the Team Captain will receive a Team password (via E-mail), the Team Captain will then send this Team Password to all your Team Members (riders & supporters), who can then Register themselves.

We are preparing to conduct a Covid-19 SAFE event in March 2021 and that will require some modifications to the way we normally run the event.

Each Team Captain will be designated as the “Covid SAFE Officer and some extra requirements will be necessary in terms of how the event will be conducted.  (Specific Details will be provided over the next couple of weeks).

Thanks to the many Team Captains to completed the quick survey or phone poll that was conducted just before the Christmas break.  The feedback was important in our decision making process.  We are grateful for the teams that indicated that they may not participate in 2021 and for your enthusiasm for returning in 2022.

The Committee reserves the right to cancel the event if, we feel the event may compromise or put at risk the health of any of the participants and or volunteers.  If in the event we do have to cancel the event, all Registration Fees will be fully refundable up until the start of the event.

A Big thankyou to our Sponsors and Supporters: 

Sponsors: Westvic Staffing Solutions, Southern Ocean Mariculture - Ocean Road Abalone, Taits Legal, Halls Gap Lakeside Tourist Park, KFC – Bird Group, Port Fairy IGA, Rebecca's Cafe & Ice Creamery, Port Fairy Electrics, Langley's Accommodation, Hearn's Port Fairy Accommodation,

 

Inkind Sponsors:  Warrnambool Toyota, Norton Motor Group, Callaghan Motors, G & M Auto Electrics, Star Printing, Allen’s Freight, Carman's Real Foods, Sunbeam Foods, Kyabram Removals, Donehue’s Leisure - Hamilton, Warrnambool Sheet Metal, Winners Bars and Gels.

 

M2M Supporters: Rapid Relief Team, Rotary, Lions, Beulah Primary School, Moyne Shire, Moyne Health Service, Dunmunkle Lodge - Minyip, Port Fairy Folk Festival.

Newsletter No 36 – December 2020

Newsletter No 36 – December 2020

MurraytoMoyne CycleRelay:  Sat 27 & Sun 28 March 2021

Registrations will Open – Mid January 2021 – Subject to Health Advice

The M2M Team are working towards a Mid-January Opening for Registrations for the 2021 event, subject to a continuation of Zero Covid infection numbers for Victoria.

The landscape we are working in is constantly changing due to changes in Health Department Covid-19 recommendations and requirements.  Local Government is trying to keep up and this in turn means that we are continually having to update our Covid -19 safety plans.

With Victoria attaining 37 days of no Covid infections  - we are increasingly positive that we will be able to run a Covid Safe M2M at the end of March 2021.

In order to help the organisers prepare – we recently we sent out a Special Survey to your Team Captains – requesting feedback on your team’s likelihood of participating in the 2021 M2M. In addition, we asked Team Captains about their main concerns about the 2021 event, including the extra Covid-19 safety requirements.  The Closing Date for this Survey is Saturday 12 December.

We previously advertised the availability of a large metal bike rack and we are pleased to report that it will be going to the Hunters Team (Huntington’s Victoria), Team 354. They are expanding their numbers of riders and need  additional bike transport.

M2M Annual General Meeting:  Presidents Report: Summary

It gives me great pleasure to make this report given the un-precented year we have experienced and are still experiencing.  In February and early March, 2020, the Committee had to come to grips with the world pandemic, Covid – 19.  Conducting a public event like a cycle relay, run over 24 hours and across the state, involves a great deal of organising and the responsibility for the safety of all our participants and many volunteers is our primary focus.  After discussing all of the options, the Committee, regretfully had no choice but to cancel this year’s, 34th running of the M2M due to the impact of the Covid-19 outbreak. 

I would like to recognise and Board and Committee for their valuable collective wisdom and hard work for organising the March 2020 event and organising our response to the Covid-19 situation. It has been a great pleasure to work with a team of very committed, enthusiastic and capable people. Due to the large number of refunds necessary this year, I would also like to specifically thank John Clue – our Treasurer in managing this big task in such an effective and efficient manner.

Our volunteers are a unique aspect of our event and they are vital to us in providing a supported and safe event.  They are members of various groups like Rotary and Lions and provide assistance as corner marshals on each of our 3 routes from the Murray to Port Fairy.

Our sponsors and supporters are also very important to us in being able to run an event of this size without having to employ people, so we can minimise our administration costs and keep the registration fees to a minimum.  They include the following: 

Sponsors: Westvic Staffing Solutions, Southern Ocean Mariculture - Ocean Road Abalone, Taits Legal, Halls Gap Lakeside Tourist Park, KFC – Bird Group, Port Fairy IGA, Rebecca's Cafe & Ice Creamery, Port Fairy Electrics, Langley's Accommodation, Hearn's Port Fairy Accommodation,

Inkind Sponsors:  Warrnambool Toyota, Norton Motor Group, Callaghan Motors, G & M Auto Electrics, Star Printing, Allen’s Freight, Carman's Real Foods, Sunbeam Foods, Kyabram Removals, Donehue’s Leisure - Hamilton, Warrnambool Sheet Metal, Winners Bars and Gels.

M2M Supporters: Rapid Relief Team, Rotary, Lions, Beulah Primary School, Moyne Shire, Moyne Health Service, Dunmunkle Lodge - Minyip, Port Fairy Folk Festival.

Even though we could not deliver the 34th running of the Murray to Moyne Cycle Relay our Committee has been meeting via Zoom each month and we are proceeding with preparations for an event in late March 2021.  We are not sure if we will be able to proceed given the uncertainty of lockdowns and Covid-19 safety requirements for public events such as the M2M.  We will make a final decision in Mid January 2021 after surveying our Team Captains and evaluating the health advice from the Health Department and local government authorities.

Peter Bollard, M2M Inc, President.

Election of Office Bearers;

PRESIDENT; Peter Bollard, Vice-PRESIDENT; John Ralph, SECRETARY; Kate Winnen, TREASURER; Jeff McLean,  BOARD MEMBERS;  Sophie O’Keeffe; MHS Board Member, Charlie Blackwood, Peter Goy, Barry Moran, Denise Wilkie.

Team Captains Special Notice: December 2020

Team Captains Special Notice: December 2020

Murray to Moyne Cycle Relay:  Sat 27 & Sun 28 March 2021.

Event Registration Timetable - Open – Mid January 2020.

Subject to Current Health Advice !

Dear Team Captains

The organising Committee are busily working towards a M2M 2021 Registrations Opening in Mid-January 2021.

As each day passes, we are more confident that we will be able to open our M2M Registrations and all will be well by March next year for the 34th running of the M2M Cycle Relay.

To assist us to plan for 2021, Can All Captains please complete the survey attached to the link below.  There are only 5 short questions, but your responses will be valuable to us in our planning.  Survey Closes Saturday 12 December.

M2M Team Captains – Please Click link to Open the Survey and Answer each Question:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/588ZLG3

Thanks for your assistance.

A December Newsletter will be published in the next few days.

Yours

 

Peter Bollard

President

Murray to Moyne Cycle Relay

Newsletter No 35 – October 2020

Newsletter No 35 – October 2020

MurraytoMoyne CycleRelay:  Sat 27 Sun 28 March 2021

Registrations will Open – Mid January 2020

Subject to Current Health Advice !

Its October and normally we would be accepting Early Bird Registrations for the 2021 M2M.  But it’s Not a Normal Year!

The M2M Organising Committee are working to ensure we can meet all the event health requirements to offer a Safe and Covid free M2M Cycle Relay in 2021.  Given the very positive news that we only had 1 new Covid case in Victoria today and the Nos in hospital are now down to 15, we are very enthusiastic that the Covid strategy is working and hopeful that we can run the 2021 M2M.

Therefore our hard working Committee members are very busy ensuring we can run the 2021 M2M !  Jeff is working on applying to each local government authorities for permission to run the M2M through their locality, completing the risk assessments, emergency master plans and event management documentation.  "What do we do in the event of a Bush Fire"? Kate is undertaking her secretarial duties and ensuring we have our usual sponsors support prizes for 2021.  John is ensuring all our accounts meet the auditors and AIDC requirements (a big job given the refunds from 2020), Peter is contacting all the supporters who make the Hamilton Stop a pleasant, organised and efficient happening, Helen is organising all our transport & accommodation requirements on route, Barry and Richard are recruiting and organising our very special on road safety support - Motorcycle Marshalls; John is contacting all our volunteers on the 3 routes who provide Corner Marshalls and support all the way to Port Fairy;  Jenny & Denise are organising all our participant medals, gift packs; team Nos etc and ensuring all our publications are ready for 2021; Ailsa is organising our First Aid team and Charlie assists with our operation procedures and policies;  Sophie is keeping us up to date on the Vic Health Department requirements and providing important health advice recommendations to the Committee.  

We will be guided by the circumstances and health advice that exist in January before we start accepting registrations for the 2021 event. 

Team Captains can commence their team preparations in the knowledge that we are organising to conduct the 2021 M2M.

Some of the considerations we need to take into account will be the safety of all our participants and this includes all the riders, support staff, and all the organisers and volunteers behind the scenes.  In addition, we will need to meet the various official bodies Covid-19 risk assessments required by Vic Health and local government authorities.

Newsletter No 34 – August 2020

Newsletter No 34 – August 2020

Dates for 2021

MurraytoMoyne CycleRelay:  Sat 27 & Sun 28 March 2021

Registrations will Open – Mid January 2020

Subject to Current Health Advice !

Given the great uncertainty at the moment due to the existence and impact of the pandemic, the M2M Committee has commenced the preparation for the 2021 Murray to Moyne Cycle Relay.  We eagerly await the news conference each morning to see that the Stage 3 or 4 Covid-19 restrictions are having the desired impact on lowering the transmission and effects of the pandemic.  Given the latest hopeful results in lowering the curve, we have decided to begin organising for the 2021 M2M event, subject to Health Authorities advice.

We will be guided by the circumstances and health advice that exist in January and February before we start accepting registrations for the 2021 event in March. 

But Team Captains can commence their team preparations in the knowledge that we are organising to run the 2021 M2M.

Some of the considerations we need to take into account will be the safety of all our participants and this includes all the riders, support staff, and all the organisers and volunteers behind the scenes.  In addition, we will need to meet the various official bodies Covid-19 risk assessments required by the many local government areas we pass through.

Murray to Moyne Cycle Relay Committee

Newsletter No 33 – June 2020

Newsletter No 33 – June 2020

Dates for 2021Murray to Moyne Cycle Relay:  Sat 27 & Sun 28 March 2021

Registrations will Open – Mid October 2020

At the June M2M Committee Meeting, our Treasurer, John Clue, reported that all refunds to participants via Team Captains had now been completed.  This has been a huge task that has taken about 4 weeks to finalise and involved emailing each team captain, then organising the funds transfer process.  Congratulations to Timboon Cruisers who were the last team to receive their refund and a special mention to the Hamilton Community House team who donated all their registrations fees to the M2M, especially given the current employment outlook.

A very big thankyou to all those participants who have donated their registration fees to the M2M as this now gives us a small working capital to go full steam ahead with next year’s event.

In addition, we received a large number of emails expressing appreciation and support to the M2M Committee for all their efforts in getting the 2020 event ready, but were not able to deliver to our very loyal and supportive teams.

Passing of a Member of the M2M Committee for many years:

It is with great sadness that we recognise the enthusiastic and dedicated work of Errol Carter who passed away recently in Port Fairy.  Errol has been a fantastic supporter of the M2M for about 30 years, first in his role in assistant to Chief Motor Cycle Marshall Geoff Youl, and then by assuming the role himself for many years, organising and recruiting motorcycle enthusiasts to act as Marshals’ and by attending many committee meetings and offering is wealth of experience and knowledge.  The Committee and everyone on the ride over many years will remember Errol stopping behind a team and offering friendly assistance and ensuring we keep safe on the roads.  Errol is survived by his partner Kerryn and we pass on our best wishes to her and the family.

Large Bike Rack Available:  Perfect for the M2M !

If you are a new or an old team and are looking to upgrade your M2M infrastructure – here we have a large (14 bike – 7 each side) bike rack that will fit into a 6 x 10 trailer.  This rack has been used for 12 years on the M2M by a local team, who have now disbanded and we are offering it to anyone who can use it for the M2M in coming years. 

The rack is very solid, no rust, but it will need some basic remedial work, painting etc, a local south west physiotherapist says it is well designed (engineered), great ergonomically and commercially made by RA Steel Fabricating. 

If you or your team are interested, please E-mail the M2M and we will get back to you and arrange for you to have a look at it.

We wish thank all of our 2020 event sponsors for their support and generosity.

Sponsors: Westvic Staffing Solutions, Southern Ocean Mariculture - Ocean Road Abalone, Taits Legal, Halls Gap Lakeside Tourist Park, KFC, Port Fairy IGA, Rebecca's Cafe & Ice Creamery, Port Fairy Electrics, Langley's Accommodation, Hearn's Port Fairy Accommodation.

Inkind Sponsors:  Warrnambool Toyota, Norton Motor Group, Callaghan Motors, G & M Auto Electrics, Star Printing, Allens Freight, Carman's Real Foods, Sunbeam Foods, Kyabram Removals,  Donehue’s Leisure - Hamilton, Warrnambool Sheet Metal. 

 

M2M Supporters: Rapid Relief Team, Rotary, Lions, Beulah Primary School, Moyne Shire, Moyne Health Service, Dunmunkle Lodge - Minyip, Port Fairy Folk Festival.

Newsletter No 32 – March 2020

Newsletter No 32 – March 2020
  • 2020 - M2M Cancelled

     
  • Full Refunds Commence - Monday 15 April 2020
     
  • You can also Donate your Registration Fee to M2M
     
  • Dates for 2021 M2M - Sat 27 & Sun 28 March 2021
     
  • Keep up your Training for 2021 & Stay Safe

 

The M2M Committee were very sad to have cancelled the 2020 M2M Cycle Relay.  We had completed all the organising including the many on road supporters including:  Lead, Tail, First Aid and Ride Directors, Motorcycle Marshalls plus the on-ground crews at Hamilton and Port Fairy and traffic and corner personnel.  This year we had upgraded the communications between all the official vehicles, a big job along with team registrations, and all the catering options on route. 


The Team Captains are an integral part of the M2M Team and the reason this iconic ride is so successful.  We would like to recognise all for your work in organising your teams, recruiting riders, support crews, working out the accommodation, transport, trailers, food, drinks etc, all at the same time as thinking up innovative ways to raise funds for your health related charities.  It has been a great disappointment to us all, that we could not complete the ride this year!

Peter Bollard, President - Murray to Moyne Cycle Relay.

                              
2020 Murray to Moyne Cycle Relay Refunds:
The M2M Committee resolved to make a full refund of participant registration fees.  We understand that many people may be suffering financially due to the current economic circumstances.  This process is complicated and we will be commencing the refunds from Monday 15 April 2020.
 

If You wish to Donate your Registration Fee to the M2M:
Some participants have indicated that they would like to donate their registration fees to the M2M Cycle Relay organisation.  We run the M2M on a very lean budget and if you do wish to donate your registration fee, it will be gratefully received. 

To make your donation:Please E-mail your intention to our Admin E-mail Address:  admin@murraytomoyne.com.au before Sunday 14 April 2020.


The Graeme Woodrup Memorial Award: Nominations have been deferred until 2021.
 

Prize Winners:  We had planned to make the presentation of the following sponsor prizes to participants registered before the commencement of the ride at the final presentation in Railway Park, Port Fairy.  The winners registration no's were selected by a random draw  (under supervision).  

We would like to congratulate the following Winners and Sponsors for their support.  We will post the prizes ASAP.

  • $250 Halls Gap Lake Side Caravan Park voucher- entry #311 – David Mills, Team 593 – Klick Cycling, Disabled Surfers Association.
  • $200 Halls Gap Lake Side Caravan Park voucher - entry #185 – Simon Povey, Team 71, Casterton Memorial Hospital.
  • $100 Halls Gap Lake Side Caravan Park voucher entry #360 – David Serra, Team 593 – Klick Cycling, Disabled Surfers Association.
  • Team Prize - Winner’s Bars & Gels Pack – Team 361, Boort District Health Team.
  • Volunteers Organisation Prize - $300 Halls Gap Lake Side Caravan Park voucher,Ouyen Lions Club – c/- Gary Manley.  

We wish thank all of our 2020 event sponsors for their support and generosity.

Westvic Staffing Solutions, Southern Ocean Mariculture (Ocean Road Abalone) Taits Legal, Halls Gap Lakeside Tourist Park, KFC, Port Fairy IGA, Rebecca's Cafe & Ice Creamery, Port Fairy Electrics, Langley's Accommodation, Hearn's Port Fairy Accommodation.

Warrnambool Toyota, Norton Motor Group, Callaghan Motors, G & M Auto Electrics, Star Printing, Allens Freight, Carman's Real Foods, Sunbeam Foods, Kyabram Removals,  Donehue’s Leisure - Hamilton, Warrnambool Sheet Metal. 

M2M Supporters: Rapid Relief Team, Rotary, Lions, Beulah Primary School, Moyne Shire, Moyne Health Service, Dunmunkle Lodge - Minyip, Port Fairy Folk Festival.



Over 30 Wonderful Years, More than 30,000 Riders, 
50,000 Kilometres, $20,000,000 Raised for Health Charities
 


Dates for 2021Murray toMoyne Cycle Relay:  Sat 27 & Sun 28 March 2021

Special Notice - 2020 M2M Cancelled

Dear Team Captains and Ride Participants

The Murray to Moyne Committee held an extraordinary meeting tonight to discuss COVID-19 and it is with great sadness that I inform you of our decision to cancel the 2020 Murray to Moyne Cycling Relay.

As a committee we feel we have a duty of care to our many volunteers, riders, support crews, and committee to reduce the risk of anyone contracting COVID-19 during our event.

We also understand the great pressure health services are under at the moment which directly affects many of our riders, including many Health Service staff members either participating in or assisting with the event. We also feel that as an event designed to support health services, we need to do our part in helping to reduce the bell curve of the incidence of COVID-19 too.

Given the uncertainty of the times we are in with this rapidly evolving situation the decision was made to cancel the event, rather than try to postpone it.

As a committee we will be back bigger and better in 2021 and will continue to work with our teams to support health organisations right across the state. 

The committee has also agreed to a full refund of participants fees.  The mechanism for this is to be determined and Team Captains will be notified in the next few days.

Thanks again for your teams support and look forward to 2021 – Dates will be published in the next full newsletter.

We will be sending out an E-mail to all participants tomorrow.

Peter Bollard,   President  - 18 March 2020 - 10:35 pm                                  

 

 

Team 570 - Bega Bunch - Hawkesdale Critical Emergency Response Team

Team 570 - Bega Bunch - Hawkesdale Critical Emergency Response Team

The Hawkesdale CERT is an organisation that is a team of volunteers within a community who provide first response in the event of an accident as described below. “Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) consist of ambulance volunteers who function as ‘first responders’ within communities where the nearest ambulance branch is at a distance. Whenever they are dispatched to a job, an ambulance is also dispatched but the CERTs provide basic emergency care until the ambulance arrives.”- http://www.ambulance.vic.gov.au/Paramedics/Types-of-Paramedics/Community-Emergency-Response-Team.html

Hawkesdale CERThas been operational since April 2005, and during this time has responded to over 250 medical emergency incidents in the Hawkesdale district.  Response areas have included; Hawkesdale, Warrong, Woolsthorpe, Willatook, Minhamite, Abbey Hills, Minjah, as well as other ‘remote’ areas.  The Hawkesdale Team came into being following a nasty accident on a local dairy farm that saw a woman waiting in excess of 45 minutes for urgent medical assistance.

Volunteers came from all walks of life with farmers, teachers, retired nurses, with most not having a medical background.  All training was done by Royal Ambulance Victoria, and ongoing monthly training is done by Ambulance Victoria.  In the event of a ‘nasty call-out’, Ambulance Victoria provides an excellent Peer Support Program.

The money raised by the M2M ride will be pooled to a fund managed by the Committee for the CERT group.  That money would be used as a member development fund and would greatly assist new & existing recruits to further the skill sets required for the task.  Examples of this would be training weekends with other CERT groups in the state,

The Bega Koroit Cycling Team is made up of Koroit employees from Site Manager to Operators.  The employees who are taking part in this relay form part of the ‘Koroit- Health Group’.

The Health Group was formed to promote the health and wellbeing of factory employees and provide a link between the site and the community.

Team 283 - ACU – Ovarian Cancer Australia:

Team 283 - ACU – Ovarian Cancer Australia:

With ‘’unlucky 13’behind him – Tim Huggins is ready to ride the 2020 M2M in support of Ovarian Cancer Australia

Tim Huggins is a long-term member of the Australian Catholic University M2M team. Unfortunately, Tim had a nasty crash within sight of Port Fairy last year and was transported to hospital. The good news is that Tim made a full recovery from his injuries and is ready to saddle up again for the 2020 M2M with the Australian Catholic University /Ovarian Cancer Australia team (Team #283 riding from Echuca). We asked Tim a few questions about what brings him back and here’s what he had to say.

How many M2Ms have you done? Not sure. I did one with Wodonga Hospital before joining the ACU team. I did at least two maybe three when ACU was supporting East Timor and I’ve done all the YSAS ones plus last year. Is that about 13? 

What motivates you to keep coming back?  Well after the first year I did not want to return but the challenge to push yourself is an itch. I think with 12 months apart I forget the pain you go through. The camaraderie within the team coupled with the fund raising for worthy organisations gets to me.

How are you feeling about the 2020 M2M given last year’s accident?  It was never a question of not returning. Cycling has its dangers. I do not equate last year’s injuries with M2M it was just one of those things that happened.

What’s special about the ACU/OCA M2M team? I’ve probably answered that by saying the camaraderie. The team’s culture is not so much result driven but more let’s get there together and do so as a team where each person looks after the other; particularly the non-riders within the team.

You’re the current Treasurer of the Rotary Club of Belvoir-Wodonga which has been a significant sponsor of the ACU team for quite some time. In that time, they have contributed over $20,000 dollars to the team’s fund-raising efforts. Thank you for your part in facilitating this and thank you so much to the club for such generous support. Why do you think Rotary are such a fantastic sponsor of the team?

ACU Supporting Ovarian Cancer Australia.  The Rotary Club of Belvoir-Wodonga is in the fortunate position of running a weekly market (in conjunction with another club) where substantial funds are raised on an annual basis. A lot of Rotary clubs and other service clubs do not have the ability to generate income like we can. As such we can be a bit more far reaching than other clubs. While most of the members are male, we have never questioned supporting Ovarian Cancer Australia; a women’s health organisation. The need is what is paramount and there is no doubt about the need to research and support. Rotary’s motto is Service Above Self.

ACU Supporting Ovarian Cancer Australia

Ovarian Cancer Australia(OCA) was founded in 2001 by people directly affected by ovarian cancer who wanted to raise awareness of the disease and support those affected. Today, Ovarian Cancer Australia is the leading national ovarian cancer organisation. OCA provide direct support services to women and their families while facilitating research and raising awareness of ovarian cancer on a national scale. All funds raised by the ACU/OCA Murray to Moyne Team go directly to the Ovarian Cancer Australia Support and Information Helpline. This direct telephone and email service connects women and their partners, family and friends with the support team at Ovarian Cancer Australia. The service provides invaluable support, onward referral, information and connection. This is only one example of the feedback the service receives:

“A special thankyou to Anne-Maree for her compassion and kindness in the support and information that she gave me on the support line. What a wonderful service!”

If you’d like to help the ACU/OCA team in their support of the information helpline you can donate directly via this link.

Joe Perry is the ACU/OCA team coordinator. This is a link to Joe’s Everyday Hero page where tax deductible donations can be made:

https://murraytomoyne2020.everydayhero.com/au/joe-perry-s-murray-to-moyne-fund-raising-page

Newsletter No 31 – February 2020

Newsletter No 31 – February 2020

Graham Woodrup Memorial Award – 2020

Please think about nominating someone special !

Each year 'The Graham Woodrup Memorial Award' recognises 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.

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.
  • Go to the Website for more details about nominating someone special.

2019 Awardee:  Joe Perry - Team 283 ACU – Ovarian Cancer Australia)

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

Ride Update:  The 34th Murray to Moyne Cycle Relay. 

Catering on route options as of early February.

  • Echuca Route:  The Rapid Relief organisation have confirmed they will supply catering at the following venues for this year’s ride.  Start of Echuca – Breakfast.  Dinner at Stawell for the Echuca ride.
  • Swan Hill Route:  Rapid Relief – Start of Swan Hill – Breakfast.  Dunmunkle Lodge at Minyip – Dinner.
  • Mildura Route:  Beulah Primary School – Dinner – Relaxing venue, great food, cool drinks and great facilities – 
  • We will send out menus and order forms for these catering arrangements ASAP.
  • Hamilton Compulsory Stop:  At the Show Grounds,  the Lions Club will provide breakfast (Egg & Bacon rolls etc) before the ride commences from Hamilton to Port Fairy.
  • Hamilton to Port Fairy Via Macarthur:  The Lions Club of Macarthur will provide pancakes, egg and bacon rolls and hot drinks.  This proved very popular last year and the Lions will be setting up in the Lions Park, Main Street.
  • Hamilton to Port Fairy Via Hawkesdale:  The Hawkesdale CERT unit will provide a variety of home cooked cakes and baked goods and hot drinks.  Available in front of the Moyne Shire Office.
  • Team Captains:  Please ensure your members are registering.  Please ensure you forward on this Newsletter to your Team Members – being informed is essential for an efficient operation !
  • New Teams – It is worth reading all the previous Newsletter - located at:  https://www.murraytomoyne.com.au/

From the Ride Directors Desk: 

Reminders to Team Captains, Riders and Drivers.

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.  Lights MUST be located on the bike and not on a helmet or person (as per the road law).

  • Riders and team support should have the correct Fluoro vest for night riding.  That is - the vest has some reflective element to shine at night!
  • Light-up Times:   Sunset: Saturday 4 April = 7:07 pm           Sunrise: Sunday 5 April = 6:36 am 
  • Motor Cycle Marshals are 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. Remember – the Marshalls are there to assist you and your team, they are all volunteers, use their own bikes, so please respect them in their role.
  • 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 kilometer 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. Safety comes First !!
  • Don't hesitate to ask the M2M Administrator, a competitive cyclist or someone who has done this ride before for help with your training, bike set-up, food, clothing, etc.

Registration Update:

Team Managers and individual team members or potential members should be organising to register your Teams and individuals NOW.  Go to the M2M Website for details. www.murraytomoyne.com.au

Final Closing Date for Registrations is Tuesday 31 March 2020.

Team 99 - St Kilda Cycling Club

Team 99 - St Kilda Cycling Club

The St Kilda Cycling Club Murray to Moyne Team was established last year when a bright spark, aka trackie member of our club, started with the usual banter at coffee after a bunch ride. She mentioned some relay ride the following year and would we be interested in something different? Filled with adrenaline and caffeine, we agreed thinking it was somewhat off in the distant future, and have we got time for another coffee?

Time passed and the call out came for help with SKCCM2M team administration. This happened at coffee again, happy beans and happy legs so she always got a yes. Logistics, training, food, accommodation, car hire, club sponsorship and charity roles were all filled by some A grade people. You should see our spreadsheets!

To decide on our charity we polled our club members, and okay there might have been some more coffee involved! Given the club has strong links to the Knights of Suburbia Cycling Club (KOS), it was an easy choice for members for the Love Me Love You Foundation (LMLY) to be our nominated charity.

This not-for-profit works on building resilience by empowering young adults experiencing mental health, drugs, alcohol, eating disorders and life hardships. Some KOS and LMLY members and staff openly share about their own lived experiences of mental health challenges. You can’t be anything but impressed by the courage and passion driving both the club and foundation.

We know not everyone has a mental illness, but everyone has mental health. As cyclists, we experience the physical and mental benefits of pedalling with our mates, in the bunch, racing, or hitting out solo. We find belonging with the events we attend accompanied by what seems like endless banter and antics of being a cyclist in the biggest club in Victoria.

Nevertheless, we are also aware, more quietly there are people who are struggling and suffering in silence still trying to find how to speak up. They may be riding right next to you, or it might be one of your buddy’s adolescent children. This is where KOS and LMLY provide non-judgemental spaces, in the bunch, over coffee or through contacting LMLY, to have open conversations, and to help people find connection and support.

This is who the SKCCM2M team are riding for. The ones who are afraid, feeling alone, and perhaps like there is no way out.  We want to support LMLY so when that very person finds their voice there will be someone to hear, to reach for them and offer the help they might need.

Our team of 18 members have been attending training rides not only help with fitness but to provide experience in riding different environments. Our dusk rides have been popular with the group displaying impressive bunch skills. An honourable mention goes to the follow car playing what we’d call motivational music and providing what they’d call, funny words of encouragement. The team remains unconvinced of said driver’s comments and suspicion is they may have been under the influence of numerous Turkish Delights.

We know the M2M event doesn’t have a line winner, but we think our riders are champions by giving of their time and efforts. There is a sense of focused purpose coupled with endless jokes, sometimes resembling a comedy show as messages fly on the online chat. We are a mixed bunch of riders and although we may not agree on the joys of a roast chicken, the comradeship and spirit of the team is formidable.

This is what we love about our club, that there is room for everyone and even though cycling is our thing, next and foremost is the community we create by joining in. Alongside our relay riding there will be lifelong memories and friendships forged as we continue to debate the merits or distain of Turkish Delight, poultry and hoodies versus t-shirts.

We turn up, we train, we banter, we laugh, we support, we encourage, we pedal. We are SKCC!

Newsletter No 30 – January 2020

Newsletter No 30 – January 2020

Ride Update

Know the Ride Rules

Registration Update:

Team Managers and individual team members or potential members should now be organising to register your Teams and individuals NOW.  Go to the M2M Website for details. www.murraytomoyne.com.au

Final Closing Date for Registrations is Tuesday 31 March 2020.

 

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 42 Teams registered.  But many more teams & riders need to Register – Please do it NOW!!

The Early Bird Registration Prize was drawn at the January Committee meeting.  Well done to all those who had registered before 12 January.   Congratulations to Guin Cleminson from Team 99 – St Kilda Cycling Club.  Guin was the 50th person to register and is a new rider this year, never having participated in the M2M before so well done on winning the prize at your first attempt.  Guin was over the moon, telling us that she had never won a raffle or prize before and is really looking forward to the ride.  Guin has seen the ride when she worked in Horsham and now she is riding in it !  We hope you have a great experience with your St Kilda CC team.

Ride Update: 

Team Captains:  Please check and ensure your members are registering !

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. It is not a Race !  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, First Aid 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.  So riders need to keep this in mind.
  • 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.  Pre – ordering you evening meal really speeds up the process !
  • 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!
  • 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 relay 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. 
  • 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.
  • A First Aid Unitwill be strategically placed on each of the ride routes, but it is advised for all teams to carry your own First Aid equipment.
  • Team Captains should also ensure all your transport equipment adheres to VicRoads safety requirements.
  • Hamilton Compulsory Stop:  The Hamilton Show Grounds will again be the compulsory stop and all teams MUST register at the showgrounds once you arrive.  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.
  • Barry Moran, our Chief Motorcycle Marshall is again recruiting and co-ordinating the 30 odd Motorcycle Marshals for this year’s event.  Many will know Barry from his work as a volunteer Fireman with the CFA and as a member of the Warrnambool Motorcycle Club.

Ride Rules Update:

  • 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 !!
  • 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.
  • Teams must make sure all support members and drivers must wear a reflective safety vest at all times (day & night).
  • Riders make sure you have your reflective vest for night-time riding and sufficient batteries for your front and rear lights.  Be sure to use quality lights front and back.  It is no excuse to say my light is not working or it fell off on the last rough section.  Safety comes First !!
  • Riders MUST obey all road rules at all times and this includes wearing a helmet when on the road.

Registration Timetable:  Normal Registrations:  Close Tuesday 31 March 2020.

If you have any questions:  Please contact our M2M Admin on 0467 788 765

M2M Administrator via email:  admin@murraytomoyne.com.au               www.facebook.com/murray2moyne/

Newsletter No 29 - 8 January 2020

Newsletter No 29 - 8 January 2020

Special Update:  

The M2M is pleased to announce that we have re-established our new e-mail and team registration system You may have been aware that we have been caught up in a cyber attack on our host IT system - Barwon Health and South West Hospitals.  At no time has our software or data been attacked, but rather our ability to access our e-mails and our ability to verify team registrations.  Team Registrations are now being processed normally.   


Team Captains:  If you have registered your team, you should now have received your E-mail links, so your team members can now register.  Once you receive our Registration Confirmation E-mail - please send it on to your team members so they can register. 

Remember:  All members of your Team MUST be Registered including Support Drivers, Assistants etc.  You are NOT covered for insurance unless you are Registered.


Reminder:  Early Bird Registration Prize:  We have extended the Early Bird Registration to Sunday 12 January 2020.  We will announce the winner ASAP after 12 January.  

Newsletter No 28 – Nov / Dec 2019

Newsletter No 28 – Nov / Dec 2019

 

Special Notice:  The M2M is experiencing some communications issues due to the cyber attack on the Western Victorian Hospital networks.  As a result, we have not been able to confirm the last few Team Registrations - or send E-mails, but we are assured this issue will be resolved in the next few days. 
Team Captains:  If you have registered your Team and not received the Registration Link please be patient as we are working on it.

Early Bird Registration Prize:  We have therefore extended the Early Bird Registration to Sunday 12 January 2020.

 
 
 

34th Murray to Moyne Cycling Relay: 
Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 April – 2020.


Teams can now commence organising Registration for the 34rd ride.  

Note:  Victorian School Holidays:  Saturday 28 March to Tuesday 14 April 2020.

Note:  Easter Public Holidays:  Good Friday, 10 April.  Easter Sunday, 12 April. Easter Monday, 13 April 2020.

Online Registration Timetable:  

Early Bird Registrations:  Open Now, Close Sunday 12 January 2020. ($10 Discount).

Normal Registrations:  Open Saturday 17 December, Close Sunday 31 March 2020.

 

New Teams & New Team Managers:
If you are a member of a new team – Please note the following Top Ten Hints:

  • Your Team rides the whole distance – 520 Kms.
  • Individuals ride in a relay and a team member must have been on the road over the total distance.
  • Most individuals ride a total of 150kms or 200 kms in relay sections.  Some ride 25 or 30 km sections with a partner and then change over to a new pair of riders – this is repeated the whole distance.  There is no minimum distance for an individual rider – it’s all up to you and your team.  Planning the changeovers is important!
  • All teams will need some way of transporting their bikes to the start point and to hold bikes when someone is not on the road.  This is usually achieved by organising a trailer well before the event.  Run a special event to raise some funds for this purpose or if you are sponsored by a Company – they might like to contribute to a trailer for the team.
  • Most teams and riders use road bikes for this event as the whole route is on paved roads.
  • All teams and all riders MUST follow the road rules, all riders MUST wear reflective tops at night and use quality lights both front and back and all riders MUST wear bike helmets at all times when riding.  Safety is most important – for you and your fellow riders.
  • Many experienced teams pre-organise their meals – especially the dinner on Saturday afternoon / evening via Dunmunckle Lodge (Minyip),  Bealula Primary School or the Rapid Relief Team.  This takes pressure off the team organisers and is a pleasant break for everyone off the road (Detail and menus in a later newsletter). 
  • When the team stops for dinner – many teams keep at least 1 rider on the road – so that you keep the team in motion.  To do this the rider or riders need to organise to have their dinner earlier or later than the bulk of your team.  Remember the distance from the lead car to the rear car cannot be more than 60 kms – so you don’t want to lose time on the road by having a dinner stop for all riders at one time.
  • All Teams are required to STOP in Hamilton.  Many teams stay at the Check In Point at the Hamilton Show Grounds (showers are available across the road at the Indoor pool), but some teams have also organised to stay overnight in motels or other types of accommodation.
  • For the morning ride from Hamilton to Port Fairy, many teams have all members of the team on the road.  Morning tea such as hot pancakes are available at Macarthur or Hawkesdale (depending upon which route you are allocated). 
  • When you arrive in Port Fairy – The town comes out to welcome you and most teams all ride in together to the applause of the community.  Your chest gets bigger the further you ride in and at the finish you can have a great moment with all your fellow team members as you receive your medallions. 
    Wow we made it !   What a Ride ! 
    What a great Achievement !

Early Bird Registration Prize:
Again we are delighted that Hearn’s Port Fairy Accommodation will provide 2 nights accommodation for 2 at one of their premium properties.
Once the Early Bird Registration Closes, One registered participants name will be drawn to WIN a weekend for 2 at one of Hearn’s Fabulous Beachside properties.  You have to be in it to WIN it.

Team Managers: 
Please note that the minimum age for participants is 14 years and 9 months, as at 4th April 2020. 
We also recommend that all team members have Ambulance Insurance Cover – In the unfortunate circumstance that you are involved in a mishap – then you do not need another big $$$ surprise. 

If you have any questions: 
Please contact: M2M Administrator via phone 0467 788 765 or email:  admin@murraytomoyne.com.au     www.facebook.com/murray2moyne/

 

 
 

Newsletter No 27 - October 2019

Newsletter No 27 - October 2019

Registrations Now Open - Early Bird Prize

34th Murray to Moyne Cycling Relay:  Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 April – 2020.

Team Registrations are now open for the 34th ride. 

Reminder – Please ensure you book your accommodation well ahead.

Note:  Victorian School Holidays:  Saturday 28 March to Tuesday 14 April 2020.

Note:  Easter Public Holidays:  Good Friday, 10 April.  Easter Sunday, 12 April. Easter Monday, 13 April 2020.

 

Online Registration Timetable: 

Early Bird Registrations:  Open Now, Close midnight Friday 16 December 2019. ($10 Discount).

Normal Registrations:  Open 12.01am Saturday 17 December, Close Sunday 31 March 2019.

 

Early Bird Registration Prize:

Again we are delighted to announce that Hearn’s Port Fairy Accommodation will provide one night accommodation for 2 people at one of their premium properties.  Once the Early Bird Registration closes, one name will be drawn at random to WIN this prize at any one of Hearn’s Fabulous Beachside properties.  Many Teams use the Prize (if one of their team members wins it) as part of a raffle to raise funds for the team or maybe one of your members deserves special recognition for all their fundraising effort, support on the road for many years etc.  The more team members you have registered by 16 December, the better chance someone in your team has to win the Prize. 

Trip Advisor Review: FABULOUS - We booked all 4 Villa’s for 3 nights  Travelling as a group of friends, we booked Villa’s 1-4, which gave us total privacy. We have stayed regularly over the years as we love it so much & now our friends share our same passion.  Private courtyards & balconies, large open planned living & bedrooms, well-appointed kitchens (ready to cook up the bouillabaisse tonight), great heating, VIEWS OF THE OCEAN TO DIE FOR....Dog friendly & exceptionally comfortable...Couldn’t recommend more highly...   May 2019.  Visit Hearn’s Website:  http://www.hearnsbeachsidevillas.com.au/our-villas.asp

Hearn’s Accommodation:  Phone:  03 5568 3150.  E-mail:  info@hearnsbeachsidevillas.com.au

 

The Murray to Moyne Cycling Relay:  The M2M Committee has decided to keep the Registration Feesthe same as last year.  Early Bird Registration $100; Normal Registration $110. This fee has remained the same over the last 5 years, making the M2M one of the best value rides in Australia.  We understand the unique nature of the M2M and the extra costs teams have to cover in order to participate.

One rider last year said the M2M was the “Best Cycling Weekend in Australia”and we fully agree.

It’s unique in that you ride as part of a team over such a long distance in 24 hours and it includes riding during the moonlight hours – a really special experience.  But all this involves organisation and it is essential you have a Team Captain or Manager, who can herd everyone in an efficient and organised direction. 

The M2M safety standard is rated as very low risk, however we also strongly recommended all participants (not only riders) be a member of Ambulance Victoria, or your State equivalent. If participants feel they are covered through their private Health Insurer, please confirm with your fund that this is the case.  In addition, we also recommend that all riders be members of Bicycle Network Victoria as they provide comprehensive cover for ALL injuries involving bicycles.

The Murray To Moyne Has Two Goals:

To raise funds for Hospitals and Health Services throughout Victoria and beyond. In the spirit of the Murray to Moyne to raise much needed funds for health care, every team must nominate which Hospital or Health Beneficiary they will raise funds for when they register.

To continue Woody’s dream of getting more people to realise the fabulous health and social benefits of riding a bike. The Murray to Moyne is a team relay event, so you can get a group of workmates, family or friends together and register a team, or let us know and we’ll try to put you in touch with an existing team or others who are keen to start a new team in your area.

If you have any questions: 

Please contact Lou, M2M Administrator or 0467 788 765 or via email:  admin@murraytomoyne.com.au  www.facebook.com/murray2moyne/

Newsletter No 25 - May 2019

Newsletter No 25 -  May 2019

The M2M Delivers Another Fantastic Weekend of Cycling!

Dates for 2020

34th Murray to Moyne Cycling Relay:  Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 April, 2020.

Teams can now commence organising for the 34th ride. 

Note:  Victorian School Holidays:  Saturday 28 March to Tuesday 13 April 2020.

Note:  Easter Public Holidays:  Good Friday, 10 April.  Easter Sunday, 12 April. Easter Monday, 13 April 2020.

From the Ride Directors Desk:

The M2M delivers another tremendous Weekend of Cycling for the 2019 event!  Generally warm and fine, with moderate winds.  Not quite the Champagne weather of last year – but not bad!

Most Teams were doing the right thing and support drivers seemed to take notice of the Ride Director’s briefings to keep left and let traffic flow though the ride.

Riders also were well behaved in keeping left and riding in single files when passing other teams and vehicles.

Teams improved their bike lighting and all riders did have reflective vests.

We have received a number of comments praising the role of the Motor Cycle Marshalls, for their assistance in identifying hazards along the roads and especially at night.

The M2M really appreciated having Matty Monk (3YB – FM) at the finish interviewing riders and acting as MC for the presentation.

The signs indicating the Hamilton Showgrounds worked this year, but the Calder and Sunraysia Highways intersection needs some work.

Overall the Ride Directors were very happy with the running of the 2019 ride.  We did however have one rider who came off 2 kms from the finish.  We can report following a visit to hospital he is looking forward to the 2020 event, and well on the way to recovery.  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. The M2M officials thank you all for your cooperation and support.  In addition, we 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 stopover officials, Port Fairy finish officials, parking assistants and traffic marshals.

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

Graham Woodrup Memorial Award

Congratulations:  Joe Perry,  Team 283for being awarded the GWMA Medal for 2019 due to his dedication to the spirit of Graeme Woodrup and the Murray to Moyne Cycling Relay.

Joe has been Team Captain for 20 years and is totally committed to the M2M.  Under Joe’s leadership the team has raised in excess of $250,000 for health related charities.

Joe has experienced some medical setbacks, but he has continued his work for the team and the M2M Cycling Relay event.  Joe’s other skills include:  great person to have when the chips are down; great sense of humour; he commands respect and the trust of the team; very encouraging, especially of new riders; very practical with organising and planning the ride skills.

Joe has a passion for all things on two wheels whether they have a motor or not. He also has a keen ear for music that he exercises at every opportunity.

Joe’s volunteering efforts are not just confined to the Murray to Moyne. He has been a long-standing volunteer at the Moto Grand Prix held at Phillip Island. 

Joe has completed about 20 successive Murray to Moynes by now (we have lost count and he can’t remember!) His first experience of the Murray to Moyne was riding for Australian Catholic University team; a mighty band of three men who not only completed the distance but did the driving in between.

With a passion for cycling and a vision for the potential of the team, over the years Joe has worked tirelessly to see the team grow to 20+ riders, with a support crew that rivals those of a professional peloton - some years as a rider /manager, others as a manager. Some years ago when he suffered a medical issue, Joe was adamant that he wouldn’t miss the M2M that year, instead guiding the team from the front seat of the bus. He has never once put himself before the wellbeing of the team.

His wife and daughter can vouch that every year he steps off the bike and says, ‘Next year will be my last, I think, the team don’t need me anymore.’ And then March rolls around again, and sure enough Joe is on the start line, having rallied the troops months before. He even inspired his 16 year old daughter (now a professional cyclist) to complete her first M2M in Year 10, and 12 years later she is about to line up for (what could be) her eighth one (she has also lost count!)

There have been some years where the weather has not been kind to cyclists and the team has cycled well after midnight to reach Hamilton. It is in times of adversity when the chips are down and we are facing into a brutal headwind that Joe buoys and encourages the team.  He encourages all team members to care for one another and when it’s late at night, raining and there is a cutting headwind Joe has the physical strength to be first wheel.

Joe has a great sense of practicality and has incredible organisational skills. He is someone that all team members respect and trust. Joe commits countless hours to planning, organising and managing for the team to ensure the riders and crew are safe, well fuelled and that the change-overs are efficient.

His enthusiasm for seeing others achieve personal goals both on and off the bike, all for a common cause is what has kept this team going. Recruiting riding mates, work mates, and individuals from the respective charities in which the ACU team has supported (medical programs in East Timor, Bone Marrow Donor Institute, YSAS – Youth Support and Advocacy Service, and now Ovarian Cancer Australia), bringing together a group of strangers, some of whom have never ridden, is no easy feat. It takes a special someone to be able to bring all levels of cyclists together in a challenging environment and see them grow over the course of the weekend, pushing their limits and discovering their true potential. That special someone is Joe. 

Congratulations to Geoff Jeffcott  - Scrubbers & the Gasman, Team 121, on being awarded the Graeme Woodrup Certificate:

Geoff has been affiliated with the Murray to Moyne for 25 years as a bus driver for numerous teams. For several years now, Geoff has been the solo bus driver for Southwest Healthcare Scrubbers and the Gasman operating theatre team. Geoff has a creative artist background. Every year, after the M2M, our team celebrates the end of the M2M. We have dinner and drinks and awards!! As we always have an abundance of fun on the M2M, there is no doubt someone is often recognised from saying something very funny and goes into a “quotation book”. With Geoff’s creative nature, he artistically makes awards for team members from outstanding quotes.

Geoff is always reliable and loves being part of organising the weekend and helping out with fundraising. He always goes above expectations to help the riders and support crew on the weekend. He made a night lamp, which is called “Nigel”. I had no idea what “Nigel” was all about until my first M2M. I certainly do now and love seeing “Nigel” lit up in the dark when you are fatigued, hungry, and exhausted.

Over the weekend, Geoff documents our times and kms and is very precise in doing so. He has always encouraged and supported all the riders during the weekend and puts safety as his first priority including all M2M teams cyclists who are on the road.

How to Contact the M2M

Please E-mail Lou,

Our Administrator:  admin@murraytomoyne.com.au

www.facebook.com/murray2moyne/

Newsletter No 24 - March 2019

Newsletter No 24 - March 2019

Registrations Close Sunday 31  March

Ride Update:  The 33rd  Year. 

Catering on route options as of early February.

  • Echuca Route:  The Rapid Relief Team have confirmed they will supply catering at the following venues for this year’s ride.  Start of Echuca and Swan Hill route – Breakfast.  Dinner at Stawell for the Echuca route.
  • Swan Hill Route:  Dunmunkle Lodge at Minyip – Dinner – At the Heart of the Wheat Belt – this is the second time for all those on the Swan Hill route.  Well worth it!  Good Facilities.
  • Mildura Route:  Beulah Primary School – Dinner – Relaxing venue, great food, cool drinks and great facilities – 
  • Menus and order forms for these catering arrangements have been sent out via a separate E-mail.
  • Echuca Route: Stawell – Rapid Relief Team. Menu will be sent out ASAP.
  • Hamilton Compulsory Stop:  The Lions Club of Hamilton will provide a BBQ breakfast only at the Hamilton Show Grounds this year before the ride commences from Hamilton to Port Fairy.  (No dinner being provided this year).
  • Hamilton to Port Fairy via Macarthur:  The Lions Club of Macarthur will provide county cooking - homemade items and hot drinks.  This proved very popular again last year and the Lions will be setting up in the Lions Park, Main Street.  Please be aware a non - licenced provider has been selling items in Macarthur, and it is not advisable to purchase items from this person.  Health authorities have been notified!
  • Hamilton to Port Fairy via Hawkesdale:  The Hawkesdale Critical Emergency Response Team will be offering a range of cakes and yummy homemade items along with Tea and Coffee for that heart starter on Sunday morning. 
  • Team Captains:  Please ensure your members are registering.
  • VicRoads Road Works Notifications for the M2M
  • Echuca Route:  Bridge works continue – Warren Street, Echuca.  Murray to Moyne will be re-routed – so please follow Corner Marshalls and pay particular attention at the pre-ride briefing.

 

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 Route:  Friday Night 5 April or Sat 6 April - Fishers IGA, 15th Avenue, Irymple (5km South of the river).

Swan Hill Route:  Friday Night 5 April - Riverside Park, 1 Monash Drive, Swan Hill or Sat 6 April at Showgrounds, Swan Hill.

Echuca Route:  Friday Night 5 April - Paddlewheel Motel, 385 High Street (New Venue 2019), Echuca or Sat 6 April – Victoria Park Boat Ramp.

Hamilton to Port Fairy - Sunday Striders Ride:  Saturday Night 6 April or Sunday 7 April – Hamilton Showgrounds before 7:00 am.  Check in at the M2M Officials Caravan.

Compulsory Drivers Safety Briefing:  All support vehicle drivers are required to attend the Saturday Morning briefing at 8:30 am at the start of each route.  This Safety Briefing is most important.

Note:  New & Improved Reflective Signs in Hamilton directing Teams to the Hamilton Showgrounds.

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 (see ride update). 
  • Vic Roads:  Bike law booklet, information on the Port Fairy to Warrnambool Rail Trail.
  • Complimentary Sunbeam Products – Sultanas and nuts and Carman’s Protein Bars.

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

All participants must attend the Teams Briefing on Saturday 6 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 2019:  Mildura Route: John Clue; Swan Hill Route: Leigh Parker; Echuca Route: 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 teams 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 – in front of the Rear Vehicle.  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   Please respect their role, they are all volunteers – just like you!

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

All Routes:  Compulsory Stop at Hamilton.  The first in your team (Rider or team Official) 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.  This is most important.  Last year we had to phone 2 teams who had not checked in – we rang about 2:00 am.

Accommodation is available in the Sheep Judging Pavilion and showers / toilets are available across the road at the Hamilton Indoor Leisure & Aquatic Centre.  (Gold Coin Donation – pays for security officer).

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 11:00 am – even the slowest!  Many teams have a stop along the way either at Hawkesdale 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 Vic Police regulations. 

Small groups of 10 riders 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 the 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 driver’s 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 twisty sections of the road or when passing other groups.  Everyone (Riders / Drivers) need to show courtesy to oncoming vehicles and overtaking vehicles.

Watch OUT:   There are GoPro cameras on the road (on bikes and in vehicles).  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 WarnedMost complaints by the public are from this section of the ride.

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

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.

This year at the conclusion of the Murray to Moyne Cycle Relay arrangements will be slightly different.  Matt Monk – Radio Personality from 3YB / Coast FM will be the MC for the M2M Finish.  Matt will ask Team Captains to talk briefly about their ride, the charity you are riding for, etc.  Please be prepared with some funny anecdotes, events etc. Plus 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.

Showersare available anytime in Port Fairy at the Belfast Aquatics Centre – Campbell Street. (Gold Coin Donation). 

Special Reminders:  Make sure you have your reflective vest for night-time riding and sufficient batteries for your front and rear lights.

Team Bio – McColl’s Friesian

McColl’s Transport is Australia’s largest independent bulk liquid carrier of milk, food and bulk chemicals, with the country’s most modern and specialised food grade and chemical tanker trucks spread over 14 depotsand employ over 450 people.

One of McColl’s Transport’s long-term Geelong based employees, Rod Smith recently passed away on 26 January 2019and will be long remembered for his humour and attitude to life.  As a dedication, a team of riders and support crew from Altona, Geelong and Tongala will represent McColl’s to ride the Murray to Moyne 520km relay bicycle event from Echuca to Port Fairy.

To remember and honour Rod, we are raising money for Barwon Health Foundation (Cardiac/Heart Research Unit) with the support and encouragement of Rod’s family for this fundraising effort. McColl’s are dedicated to driving health awareness, providing support and opportunity while promoting a positive lifestyle for the transport industry.

Megan Taylor, Health and Wellness Coordinator

The Murray to Moyne Cycling Relay Committee is a community organisation dedicated to raising 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:  Peter Goy, President; Peter Bollard, Vice President; Kate Winnen, Secretary; Bernie Waixel, Treasurer; Sophie O’Keefe (Moyne Health Services Representative), Jeff McLean, John Clue, Charlie Blackwood, Jenny McLean, Barry Moran, Bruce Brown, John Ralph, Ailsa Paltridge, Cynthia McLaren, Denise Wilkie, Helen Tredinick, and IT Support:  James Ng.

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

Registration Timetable:

Normal Registrations:  Close midnight Sunday 31 March 2019.

If you have any questions:  Please contact:

M2M Administrator via email:  admin@murraytomoyne.com.au                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            www.facebook.com/murray2moyne/

Newsletter No 23 - February 2019

Newsletter No 23 - February 2019

Over 30 wonderful years, more than 30,000 riders, 

46,000 kilometers and $20,000,000 raised.

Registrations Close Sunday 31 March 2019.

From the Ride Directors Desk: 

Reminders to Team Captains, Riders and Drivers.

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. It is NOT a Race!

  • 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.
  • For safety, we want the distance from the front of the ride to the back to be no 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 occurred on each route 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 need to keep some riders on the road at all times – ie, during the dinner break, the whole team should not stop.  Please 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!
  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • Medical unitswill 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.  Lights MUST be located on the bike and not on a helmet or person (as per Victorian road law).
  • 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 Marshalls are 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 the 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. Remember – the Marshalls are there to assist you and your team, they are all volunteers and use their own bikes, so please respect them in their role.
  • 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. Safety comes First!!
  • Don't hesitate to ask the M2M Administrator, a competitive cyclist or someone who has done this ride before for help with your training, bike set-up, food, clothing, etc.
  • Sunset: Saturday 6 April = 7:07 pm           Sunrise: Sunday 7 April = 6:38 am 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Graham Woodrup Memorial Award – 2019– Please think about nominating someone special!

Each year 'The Graham Woodrup Memorial Award' recognises 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 7 April 2019.

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.
  • Go to the Website for more details about nominating someone special.

2018 Awardee:  Lester Campbell (Warrnambool College Team 12)

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

Ride Update:  The 33rd Year. 

Catering en route options as of early February.

  • Echuca Route:  Rapid Relief Team have confirmed they will supply catering at the following venues for this year’s ride.  Start of Echuca – Breakfast.  Dinner at Stawell for the Echuca ride.
  • Swan Hill Route:  Rapid Relief Team – Start of Swan Hill – Breakfast.  Dunmunkle Lodge at Minyip – Dinner.
  • Mildura Route:  Beulah Primary School – Dinner – Relaxing venue, great food, cool drinks and great facilities – 
  • We will send out menus and order forms for these catering arrangements ASAP.
  • Hamilton Compulsory Stop:  At the Show Grounds, the Lions Club will provide breakfast (Egg & Bacon rolls etc) before the ride commences from Hamilton to Port Fairy.
  • Hamilton to Port Fairy Via Macarthur:  The Lions Club of Macarthur will provide pancakes, egg and bacon rolls and hot drinks.  This proved very popular last year and the Lions will be setting up in the Lions Park, Main Street.
  • Hamilton to Port Fairy Via Hawkesdale:  Waiting on information re catering for 2019.
  • Team Captains:  Please ensure your members are registering – Once registered, our Newsletters will be sent automaticallyvia 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 team’s 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?

M2M Welcomes the following New Teams Riding in 2019

Team 3011. C - Collective is a new team set up by Neil Corcoran (Captain). The team is a grassroots youth support service for young people affected by trauma based in Footscray. The team objective is to raise about $25,000 to assist in providing services for the non-profit organisation. So far the Team of 10 riders has raised $11,000. Say hello to Neil and the team on the road.

Team 570.  The Devondalers are now the Bega Bunch - due to a change of ownership of the Koroit Milk factory.  Riding for the Hawkesdale Critical Emergency Response Team.

Team 907.Greenwedge is a team of 9 riders and supporters who ride for the Cheshire Primary School. It was set up for children with significant social, emotional and behavioral issues, in Glen Waverley. The school is one of the programs of “Best Chance Child Family Care,” a not-for-profit organisation providing support for children and families since 1895. Say hello to Shaun Grigg and his buddies riding for Greenwedge.

Registration Timetable:

Normal Registrations: 

Close Sunday 31 March 2019.

If you have any questions: 

Please contact:

M2M Administrator via email:  admin@murraytomoyne.com.au

www.facebook.com/murray2moyne/

or phone 0467 788 765

          

Big Thanks to all our Volunteer groups and commercial sponsors for all your assistance

Newsletter No 22 - January 2019

Newsletter No 22 - January 2019
  • Ride Update
  • Know the Ride Rules

Registration Update:

Team Managers and individual team members or potential members should now be organising to register your Teams and individuals NOW.  Go to the M2M Website for details. www.murraytomoyne.com.au

Final Closing Date for Registrations is Sunday 31 March 2019.

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 40 Teams registered.  But many more riders are yet to Register – do it NOW!!

The Early Bird Registration Prize was drawn at the December Committee meeting.  Well done to all those who had registered before 16 December 2018.   Congratulations go to Petra Ross from Team 12 – Warrnambool College.  Petra is a new rider this year, having never participated in the M2M before so well done on winning the prize on your first ride.  We hope you experience the champagneweather again this year!  David Castles (Bus Driver for Team 12) was the winner in 2018 – so it pays to get your team members registered early.  Team 12 obviously think so!!

Ride Update: 

Team Captains:  Please ensure your members are registering and being informed in a timely manner. This is vital to any efficient organisation!

We also welcome 2 new members of the M2M Committee, Barry Moran and Bruce Brown.  Both are avid Motorcyclists and Barry is recruiting and co-ordinating the 20+ Motorcycle Marshals for this year’s event.  Many will know Bruce as he has been in charge of the Motorcycle Marshals on the Echuca route for a number of years.

Team Captains should also ensure all your transport equipment adheres to VicRoads safety requirements.

Rapid Relief are again willing to support the riders and supporters with refreshment stops on the Echuca and Swan Hill rides, details in later newsletters. 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 Indoor Leisure and Aquatic Centre.  Accommodation is available at the Hamilton Sheep Judging Pavilion within the precinct. 

Ride Rules Update:

  • Cyclists should help others when riding in groups on the road. That is to point out hazards, potholes, slower riders ahead etc.  Less experienced riders need to learn the correct cycling etiquetteand 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!!
  • Vehicles following a group of riders should be straddling the edge of the road - 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.
  • Teams MUST make sure all support members and drivers wear a reflective safety vest at all times (day & night).
  • Riders make sure you have your reflective vest for night-time riding and sufficient batteries for your front and rear lights.  Be sure to use quality lights front and back.  It is no excuse to say “my light is not working” or “it fell off on the last rough section”.  Last year a rider had a very faint rear light, you could hardly see it and he/she was riding alone.  Safety comes First!!
  • Riders MUST obey all road rules at all times and this includes wearing an appropriate helmet when on the road.

 

Around the Teams for 2019:

M2M welcomes the following new teams: 

Australian Almonds from the Sunraysia, riding for Heartbeat Victoria and Flogging a Dead Horse from Portland, riding for Portland Hospital.

St Kilda Cycling Club will have Carol Cooke riding in their team this year.  Carol is a Paralympian and has won the world Championship 9 times. In 2016 Carol was part of the Australian Paralympic team for Rio and came away with 2 gold medals in the Road Time Trial and Road Race.  In 2017 Carol once again became a dual World Champion, retaining her #1 ranking and to cap off an amazing year was awarded the top award at the Victorian Institute of Sport – The Award of Excellence.

Although living with the never-ending symptoms of MS, Carol has the strength and courage to get up each day with a positive and motivated attitude.  She has learnt to live for today and not worry about what may or may not happen in the future.

Registration Timetable:

Normal Registrations:  Close Sunday 31 March 2019.

If you have any questions: 

Please contact: M2M Administrator

0467 788 765 or via email:  admin@murraytomoyne.com.au

www.facebook.com/murray2moyne/

Newsletter No 21 - December 2018

Newsletter No 21 - December 2018

Register Your Team NOW

Early Bird Registration

Closes – Sunday 16 December 2018

Murray to Moyne Annual General Meeting:

The M2M recently conducted its AGM in Port Fairy and John Clue (President) delivered his Annual Report to the Board.  John highlighted and thanked the members of the Board and the very many volunteers for their commitment and emphasised our goal to expand the number of participants involved in the M2M.  The fantastic weather helped greatly in the running of the 32rd M2M in April this year.

In addition John thanked the Moyne Health Board for their ongoing support, and Sophie O’Keeffe who represents Moyne Health on the M2M Board.  Our Treasurer Bernie Waixel, was recognised for ensuring the booking systems runs smoothly and that we are able to meet all our obligations in terms of accounting processes and governance. .John also specifically thanked our Administrator, Lou Hollis, for all her work in organising the road permits and liaising with the many participants who need assistance or have questions about the M2M.

The following Office Bearers were elected and Committee appointed:

President: Peter Goy; Vice President: Peter Bollard; Secretary: Kate Winnen; Treasurer: Bernie Waixel; Plus the following Committee Members: John Clue, Jeff McLean, Charlie Blackwood, Barry Moran, Denise Wilkie, Helen Tredinnick, Jenny McLean, Cynthia McLaren, Bruce Brown and Sophie O’Keeffe (Moyne Health Services Board representative). Retiring members are Hester Woodrup and Alice Birrell, both of whom the M2M owes over 30 years of gratitude for their enthusiasm, dedication and all the good times they have contributed to help create the M2M, and develop it into a major recreation and charity event for all Victoria. More on these two great ladies in the next edition.

M2M Website Update and Team and Participant Registration Portal – OPEN

Team Managers and individual team members or potential members should now be aware that the M2M website has recently been updated and the Team and Individual members Registration Portal is Now Open.

Early Bird Registrations Close:  Sunday 16 December 2018, and the Final Closing Date for Registrations is Sunday 31 March 2019.

Dates for the 33rd Murray to Moyne Cycling Relay:

Dates:  Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 April – 2019.

Note:  Victorian School Holidays:  Saturday 6 April to Monday 22 April 19.

Note:  Easter Public Holidays:  Good Friday, 19 April.  Easter Saturday, 20 April. Easter Sunday, 21 April. Easter Mon, 22 April. 

Behind the Spokes with the Cytotoxic Cyclists – Team Bio

This article originally appeared on the Children’s Cancer Foundation website. Republished with permission.The Cytotoxic Cyclists have taken part in the Murray to Moyne Cycle Relay since 1997, raising over $600,000 for the Children's Cancer Foundation. 

The team, led by the indomitable Mary McGowan, is made up of a group of passionate individuals from all walks of life – staff, patient families, childhood cancer survivors and other supporters – who challenge themselves (mentally and physically) each year to participate.

Rick: A Great Challenge

For years, Rick’s colleague, Derek, had raved about how much fun the Murray to Moyne Cycle Relay event was. So, in 2011 “for a bit of peace and quiet” Rick joined the Cytotoxic Cyclists as a rider.

Each year, Rick usually rides 300kms.

“Most of us are average riders with the occasional legend (hello Nadia), so when we rotate the lead those with stronger legs can sit at the front longer,” Rick said.  The 2018 event was the first ride since Derek had passed away from cancer, making it an extra special year for Rick.  “I’m sure he had something to do with the 'champagne riding’ and lack of punctures,” Rick said.

‘Champagne riding’ is a term used by the team to describe perfect riding conditions – temperature, tail wind and the sun on their backs.  Rick rides for his cousin who he lost to leukaemia, when he was 10 years old and she was only 12, and many others.  “Cancer is still too common, everyone has family or friends affected and for children it is particularly unfair,” he said.

To prepare for the event, Rick puts in regular training rides and rides with others for motivation.

“It doesn't have to be huge distances, my commute to work keeps things ticking over, and then drop in some longer rides,” Rick said.

As the Cytotoxic Cyclists ride from Echuca to Port Fairy they pass through some picturesque Victorian countryside.

For Rick, his highlights include twilight riding out of Stawell, “riding in the still of the night with the silhouette of the Grampians” and enjoying a well-deserved beer at the finish line.

“The Murray to Moyne is a great challenge – it’s very satisfying, loads of fun and our support crew is second to none,” Rick said. 

“To everyone who organises and supports the team before and during the event, you make the riders’ job so much easier – thank you!”  "It makes me feel very proud and humble to be a part of this special group of people," he said.

Rick has some useful fundraising ideas: 

  • Have your friends and family sponsor you by the kilometre
  • Host a cake sale.
  • Threaten to wear Lycra to the office.

Early Bird Registration Prize:

Again we are delighted to announce that Hearn’s Port Fairy Accommodation will provide a nights accommodation for 2 at one of their premium properties.  Once the Early Bird Registration Closes, One registered participants name will be drawn to WIN a weekend for 2 at one of Hearn’s Fabulous Beachside properties.  You have to be in it to WIN it.  Just ask David Castles (2018 winner).

 

If you have any questions: 

Please contact Lou

 

admin@murraytomoyne.com.au                                                                                                  www.facebook.com/murray2moyne/

Newsletter No 20 - November 2018

Newsletter No 20 - November 2018

                   Ride Registration Portal – Active

                    Why Ride the Murray to Moyne?

M2M Website Update. Team and Participant Registration Portal – NOW OPEN

Team Managers and individual team members or potential members should now be aware that the M2M website has recently been updated and the Team and Individual members Registration Portal is Now Open.

Early Bird Registrations Close:  Friday 16 December 2018, and the Final Closing Date for Registrations is Sunday 31 March 2019.

Dates for the 33rd Murray to Moyne Cycling Relay:

Dates:  Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 April, 2019.

Note:  Victorian School Holidays:  Saturday 6 April to Monday 22 April 2019.

Note:  Easter Public Holidays:  Good Friday, 19 April.  Easter Saturday, 20 April. Easter Sunday, 21 April. Easter Mon, 22 April.

Early Bird Registration Prize:

Again we are delighted to announce that Hearn’s Port Fairy Accommodation will provide a nights accommodation for 2 at one of their premium properties. Once the Early Bird Registration closes, one registered participant’s name will be drawn to WIN a weekend for 2 at one of Hearn’s Fabulous Beachside properties.  You have to be in it to WIN it.  Just ask David Castles (2018 winner).

New Teams & New Team Managers:

If you are a member of a new team – Please note the following Top Ten Hints:

  1. Your Team rides the whole distance – 520 kms.
  2. Individuals ride in a relay and a team member must be on the road over the total distance.
  3. Most individuals ride a total of 150kms to 200 kms in relay sections.  Some ride 25 or 30 km sections with a partner and then change over to a new pair of riders – this is repeated over the whole distance.  There is no minimum distance for an individual rider – its all up to you and your team.  Planning the changeovers is important!
  4. All teams will need some way of transporting their bikes to the start point and to hold bikes when someone is not on the road.  This is usually achieved by organising a trailer well before the event.  Run a special event to raise some funds for this purpose or if you are sponsored by a business, they might like to contribute to a trailer for the team.
  5. Most teams and riders use road bikes for this event as the whole route is on paved roads.
  6. All teams and all riders MUST follow the road rules, all riders MUST wear reflective tops at night and use quality lights both front and back and all riders MUST wear bike helmets at all times when riding.  Safety is most important – for you and your fellow riders.
  7. Many experienced teams pre-organise their meals – especially the dinner on Saturday afternoon/evening via Dunmunkle Lodge (Minyip), Beulah Primary School or the Rapid Relief Team (Stawell).  This takes pressure off the team organisers and is a pleasant break for everyone off the road (details and menus in a later newsletter).  When the team stops for dinner – many teams keep at least 1 rider on the road – so that you keep the team in motion.  To do this the rider or riders need to organise to have their dinner earlier or later than the bulk of your team.  Remember the distance from the lead car to the rear car cannot be more than 60 kms – so you don’t want to lose time on the road by having a dinner stop for all riders at one time.
  8. All Teams are required to STOP in Hamilton.  Many teams stay at the Check In Point at the Hamilton Show Grounds (showers are available across the road at the Indoor pool), but some teams have also organised to stay overnight in motels or other types of accommodation.
  9. For the Sunday morning ride from Hamilton to Port Fairy, many teams have all members of the team on the road.  Morning tea such as hot pancakes are available at Macarthur or Hawkesdale (depending upon which route you are allocated).  
  10. When you arrive in Port Fairy, the town comes out to welcome you and most teams all ride in together to the applause of the community.  Your chest gets bigger the further you ride in and at the finish you can have a great moment with all your fellow team members as you receive your medallions.  Wow we made it!  What a Ride!  A Great Achievement!

Team Managers:

Please note that the minimum age for participants is 14 years and 9 months, as at 6th April 2019.  We also recommend that all team members have Ambulance Insurance Cover. In the unfortunate circumstance that you are involved in a mishap, you do not need another big $$$ surprise. 

Why are You Riding in the Murray to Moyne

By Suzan Morey, SWH Community Partnerships Manager.

My health service truly values the Murray to Moyne Cycle Relay. Over the 15 years I’ve been the contact point for the teams choosing to ride for South West Healthcare, more than $200,000 has been raised for otherwise unaffordable medical equipment, aides and initiatives. But just as importantly as the fundraising component is the friend raising and the fun raising. Our teams – their riders, support crew, supporters and families – are fantastic friends of, and ambassadors for, our organisation. They help promote our health messages locally, and all along the 520K stretch of road between Mildura and Port Fairy. And then there’s the fitness side of it all plus the team building, the morale boosting and the social wellbeing benefits.

So highly regarded is all of this that we help pay for some of the running expenses such as onboard refreshments, transport costs and we host a Welcome Home Reception a month after the event to recognise the efforts of everyone.

We are also very proud that one of our current three teams, Warrnambool College (team #12), has been riding for us for 30 years and we are so thrilled that Lester Campbell was the recipient of the Graham Woodrup Memorial Award this year. Lester is now preparing for his 31th year as the fundraising committee manager. What an inspiration!

Our Scrubbers & The Gasman team supports our theatre-specific needs, Our Warrnambool College team supports our paediatrics-specific needs and our Grasmere Primary School team supports our palliative care-specific needs. There is no competition between any of these teams. We are one big happy family. We feel truly blessed that all of these people ride for our patients, and our community, and we look forward to Ride 2019.

If you have any questions: 

Please contact Lou, 0467 788 765

admin@murraytomoyne.com.au

www.facebook.com/murray2moyne/

Newsletter No 19 - September 2018

Newsletter No 19 - September 2018

Why Not try a New Route in 2019?

Dates for the 33rd Murray to Moyne Cycling Relay: Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 April – 2019.

Note:  Victorian School Holidays:  Breakup Friday 5 April to Resume Tuesday 23 April.

Note:  Easter Public Holidays: Good Friday, 19 April.  Easter Saturday, 20 April. Easter Sunday, 21 April. Easter Monday, 22 April.

Online Registration Timetable: 

Early Bird Registrations: Open Monday 15 October, Close Friday 16 December 2018. ($10 Discount).

Normal Registrations: Open Saturday 17 December 2018, Close Sunday 31 March 2019.

 

Early Bird Registration Prize:

 

Again, we are delighted to announce that Hearn’s Port Fairy Accommodation will provide one nights accommodation for 2 at one of their premium properties.  Once the Early Bird Registration Closes, one name will be drawn to WIN a weekend for 2 at one of Hearn’s Fabulous Beachside properties. 

The prize will be given to the Team do with as they wish.  Many Teams use the Prize as part of a raffle to raise funds for the team or maybe one of your members deserves special recognition for all their fundraising effort, support on the road for many years etc.  It’s up to Your Team. Therefore, the more team members registered by 16 December, the more chance your team has to win the Prize. 

Trip Advisor Reviews: “Heaven on Earth.  OMG the photos don’t do it justice, it’s so close to ocean on a beautiful spot on the beach, you have private access to.  We saw whales this morning from the breakfast table!!”  10 June 2018 - Tillers40

Visit Hearn’s Website:  http://www.hearnsbeachsidevillas.com.au/our-villas.asp

Hearn’s Accommodation:  Phone:  03 5568 3150.  E-mail:  info@hearnsbeachsidevillas.com.au

Team Renewal / Sustainability:

 

Team Captains and members should be always on the look-out for new team members.  Many long- established teams have at times struggled to get enough riders after many years of dedicated service.  So, think about recruiting some new blood – try and target some interested people so as to ensure your team sustainability.

Try a Different Start Point – Well worth it!

Mildura is located in the north-western corner of Victoria, on the banks of the Murray River, under 550 kilometres from Melbourne. The region around Mildura was transformed into a rich agricultural oasis thanks to the work of the Chaffey brothers from Canada in the late 1800s, due to their experience with creating irrigation settlements.

 

See the Old Mildura Homestead in Cureton Avenue, built in 1847 and known as the landmark where the vision of irrigation evolved. Rio Vista House, a Spanish masterpiece built in 1890 in Queen Anne style architecture, was the home of the Chaffeys and has been restored to its original condition. The Mildura Wharf provides a first-hand experience of 19th century river travel where visitors can take a paddlesteamer ride. Mildura's Grand Hotel began life as a coffee house in 1891 until it became the town's first pub in 1918. Chateau Mildura, an 1888 homestead located in nearby Irymple, was the catalyst for the set-up of the region's wine industry.

Swan Hill is a Rural City in the heart of the Murray River of about 20,000 people.  It has a highly developed tourist economy along with the regional agricultural activities that generate high value produce (clean and green) worth over $285 Mil.  These activities including the biggest almond farms in the southern hemisphere, the largest Australian concentration of fresh stone fruit, pistachios, olives, citrus, table grapes and after Sunraysia, the second largest wine grape production region in Victoria.

Swan Hill is home to the iconic Pioneer Settlement and a great way to experience the old world charm of this village on the banks of the “Mighty Murray”.

Echuca is set within an irrigated pastoral and agricultural district on the Murray River, just across the river from the New South Wales border town of Moama. Echuca is the closest settlement on the Murray River to Melbourne. 

Echuca was surveyed in 1854 and quickly became one of Australia's busiest inland ports, with paddle steamers ferrying supplies throughout Australia's interior via the river network. Improving road and rail transport eventually took over, with cargo transport on the river through the Port of Echuca ceasing in the very early 1900s. Since then, agriculture and tourism have developed as Echuca's main industries.

The heyday of paddle steamers and river trade has left a historic legacy to Echuca on which much of its tourism is built upon today. The original red gum wharf was constructed in stages from 1865 as a three-level structure to allow for the rise and fall of the river, ultimately reaching a length of 1200 metres. Only a small section of the wharf remains today, preserved as part of the recreated Port of Echuca tourist attraction, and serving as a great viewing deck of the Murray River and surrounding bush. As well as the wharf, this river port recreation of yesteryear features a museum, historic buildings, equipment displays, demonstrations and cruises on authentic paddle steamers.

If you have any questions:

Please contact Lou, M2M Administrator, via email or phone:  admin@murraytomoyne.com.au   0467 788 765   www.facebook.com/murray2moyne/  

Newsletter No 18: August 2018

Newsletter No 18 – August 2018

M2M Committee Request:  How much has Your Team Raised?

The M2M Committee have requested that each team submit the actual or estimated funds raised by your team for your particular health related charity.

This is important for the Committee, when it is in discussions with government departments (eg VicRoads / Vic Pol etc).  In addition, it assists our case when describing the value of the event to the community, when we are trying to justify why we need to use a particular road or when requesting sponsorship for the event (mostly in kind).  This really helps us to keep the cost of the event as low as possible, so teams can focus on raising funds for their charity. 

It has been noted that some teams have not sent a return e-mail to Lou (admin@murraytomoyne.com.au), our Administrator and therefore this hinders us in our work and preparation for the 2019 event.

So Please – organise someone from your team to reply to Lou’s email and indicate to us.

  1. How much you have raised for your team so far this year or
  2. If you have not finished running events, then please add the estimated amount you think your team will achieve.
  3. Please indicate the Full Name of your Team and the Full Name of the health related charity you are raising funds for.

 

Dates for 2019:

33rd Murray to Moyne Cycling Relay:  Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 April – 2019.

Teams can now commence organising your teams for the 33rd ride. 

Reminder – Please ensure you book your accommodation well ahead. 

Note:  Victorian School Holidays:  Saturday 6 April to Monday 22 April 2019.

 

Note:  Easter Public Holidays:  Good Friday, 19 April.  Easter Sunday, 21 April. Easter Monday, 22 April 2019.        

www.facebook.com/murray2moyne/                                                     

Newsletter No 17: May 2018

Newsletter No 17: May 2018

                                          Newsletter No 17: May 2018

              WOW – The 2018 M2M - What a Tremendous Cycling Weekend!

                                                     Dates for 2019

 

33rd Murray to Moyne Cycling Relay:  Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 April – 2019.

Teams can now commence organising your teams for the 33rd ride. 

Reminder – Please ensure you book your accommodation well ahead. 

Note:  Victorian School Holidays:  Saturday 6 April to Monday 22 April 2019.

Note:  Easter Public Holidays:  Good Friday, 19 April.  Easter Sunday, 21 April. Easter Monday, 22 April 2019.

From the Ride Directors Desk:

Wow what a tremendous cycling weekend for the 2018 Murray to Moyne!  Warm weather, cloudless skies and wow – that tail wind generated the quickest M2M anyone can remember.

Teams were arriving at all the land marks well ahead of the normal scheduled times.  Teams arrived at Hamilton from about 9:00 pm and caught some of the support staff off balance due to the early arrival.

Overall the Ride Directors were very happy with the running of the 2018 ride.  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, many Lions Clubs and Rotary Clubs, Beulah Primary School, Dunmunkle Lodge at Minyip, Hawkesdale CERT and Arty Hoey and his band at the finish in Port Fairy.

Some Important notes from the Ride Directors’ Debrief are as follows:

·        The new Hamilton Signage was missed by some teams and will need to be reviewed.

·        Direction signs from Echuca were not in the correct positions and some teams took the wrong turns.

·        Closer co-ordination for services in Hamilton is required next year.  This includes the traffic co-ordination and marshalling at the start of the ride and through Hamilton City.

·        The Committee will look again at the process at the end of the ride ie Medal Presentation etc.

·        This year a number of teams did not participate as the team members were all getting older and felt they needed a year off.  The Committee is aware that many teams have been participating for well over 20 years and re-generation is required at the grassroots level.  We notice that the teams that are able to recruit new members are able to maintain their enthusiasm and recommit to the M2M and to their health charity.

·        We have noted that a number of Team Managers have not necessarily sent out the newsletters to all team members including all the regulations for the ride.  Some examples of blatant disregard for the ride rules included:  One rider was filmed wearing a camera on their helmet and another rider was found helmetless – both very dangerous and illegal!

·        One rider fell at Cavendish and required medical attention.  A rider also fell at Kirkstall and was assisted by another rider (who was a GP) before an ambulance arrived – no breaks.  A special thankyou to the GP for his prompt first aid assistance!  A serious accident occurred near Echuca, but none of our officials were notified – we are following up.

·        Support vehicles still need to be reminded to move off the road more to allow through traffic safe passage and this was especially noticed coming out of Echuca and Mildura.

Graham Woodrup Memorial Award – 2018.

Congratulations:  Lester Campbellfor being awarded the GWMA Medal for 2018 due to his dedication to the spirit of Graham Woodrup and the Murray to Moyne Cycling Relay.

Lester first became involved in the M2M in 1990, when he volunteered to drive a support vehicle for the Warrnambool College Team No 12. Lester drove from Mildura to Port Fairy with a team of five riders and Lester was the one support member.   

Lester was driver, mechanic, cook, bottle washer and prime motivator.  Lester, due to his love of statistics also kept detailed records of all the relay rides, kilometres covered and these statistics span the 29 years since Lester became involved.

In 1991 Lester became a rider for the first time and has completed 25 rides over this period (counting 2018).

Lester has been inspired by Graham’s challenge to encourage people to enjoy the benefits from riding and riding for a good cause, he has been instrumental in keeping the team participating by regenerating the team and recruiting new members each year.  He has recruited and trained 16 different supporters and 46 different riders during this time.

As many Team Managers will know, it is not an easy task to recruit and to train new supporters and riders each year. The team riders are well prepared and set themselves a realistic objective for the weekend.  Team safety is extremely important and Lester always reminds team members of their safety obligations and ride regulations and use of safety equipment.

Lester has managed the fundraising committee over these 29 years and the team has raised over $100,000 for the Children’s Ward of the Warrnambool Base Hospital.  The team has used these funds to make strategic purchases for the Children’s Ward and some of these have included:  Computers for ill students to continue their school work while in hospital, beds for parents to use when their child is in hospital and last year the team helped purchase a specialist infant ventilator to be used for very seriously ill babies both in the hospital and to travel with the infant on the Royal Flying Doctor Ambulance. 

Lester has overcome some serious medical issues over his 29 years involvement in the M2M.  Due to Lester’s courage and fortitude he has made his way back and is an inspirational leader of the Warrnambool College M2M Team 12. 

Congratulations to the following who were awarded Graeme Woodrup Award Certificates:

Deb Glen:  Team Outpatients, Team No 112 – Based at Rural Northwest Health – Hopetoun Campus.

Sue Afford:  Team Outpatients Team No 112 – Based at Rural Northwest Health – Hopetoun Campus.

Vin Walsh:  Team Robinvale Euston BUG, Team No 261 - Robinvale and District Health Services.

Deb Glen started driving the Hopetoun M2M Bus in 2006 and has been driving it ever since.  Deb has completed her 13th M2M or, as she says, the 12A ride.  Deb is not superstitious!  Deb has been a very dedicated and committed team member is one of the biggest fundraisers for the team each year.  Deb approaches everyone she meets – even around the lake on long weekends when she meets visitors from out of town as gets them to add a few more dollars to the team effort.  This is Deb’s last year as driver and the team will miss her safe and skilled driving, dedication to the Hopetoun community and Team Outpatients!

Sue Afford has been involved with Team Outpatients in a range of roles for over 22 years.  She has been President, Secretary, Treasurer, Safety Officer, Cook, Team Manager, Training coordinator amongst many other roles.  Sue has been instrumental in raising funds for Team Outpatients via the annual Cabaret’s in Hopetoun and Warracknabeal.  Sue has been instrumental in recruiting and training new riders – vitally important for team sustainability.  Sue has been very closely involved in a range of community activities including:  The Hopetoun Audax Ride, Hopetoun Football & Netball Club, Neighbourhood House and the local CWA.

Vin Walsh has been a member of the Robinvale Euston Bicycle User Group over the last 20 years.  Vin has encouraged others to ride and be involved in the Murray to Moyne and has been the driving force associated with the fundraising aspect which has raised over $65000 for the Robinvale and District Health Services over that time for equipment and sensory garden/landscaping. Vin has been the driving force in coordinating the Robinvale Euston Bicycle User Group’s Murray to Moyne participation in that time including building the club’s resources which now include a bicycle trailer and 2 loan bikes for beginners. He has also been tireless in his encouragement to members of the local and wider community to participate in bike riding or be involved in a support basis of the group. Vin moved away from Robinvale to Castlemaine in 2016 after retiring but still continues to be involved in the group and participate in the group’s Murray to Moyne campaign including organisational aspects. Vin is an inspiration to others and a significant factor in the Bicycle group’s involvement in the Murray to Moyne.  

How to contact the M2M

Please call or email Lou,

Our Administrator: 0467 788 765 or  admin@murraytomoyne.com.au

www.facebook.com/murray2moyne/

Newsletter No 16: March 2018

Newsletter No 16: March 2018

                                                  Newsletter No 16 – March 2018

Over 30 wonderful years, more than 30,000 riders, 
46,000 kilometers and $20,000,000 raised.

Registrations Close Monday 26 March 2018.

(2 Weeks until the ride)

 

VicRoads Road Works Notifications for the M2M

·        Mildura Route:  Please note that are resurfacing works scheduled for the Calder Highway in the week leading up to the M2M, VicRoads are trying to be rearranged but if they still go ahead M2M teams need to warn participants of the possibilities of loose stones on the road.  

·        Swan Hill Route:  Spray seal works taking place on the following roads:
Birchip-Sea Lake road between Sea Lake and Birchip.

·        Echuca Route:  Spray seal works taking place on the following roads:

Boort-Pyramid Road between Bendigo-Pyramid Road and Boort.
Boort-Charlton Road between Boort and Charlton. A detour around the bridge near the start is necessary as the bridge is being rebuilt.
 

·        Extra caution will need to be taken on these roads.

 

For Real Time Traffic and Road updates go to:  https://traffic.vicroads.vic.gov.au/

Ride Update:  The 32ndYear. 

Catering on route options as of early March.

 

·        Echuca Route:  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 route – Breakfast.  Dinner at Stawell for the Echuca route.

·        Swan Hill Route:  Dunmunkle Lodge at Minyip – Dinner – At the Heart of the Wheat Belt – this is a new opportunity for all those on the Swan Hill route.  Well worth it!

·        Mildura Route:  Beulah Primary School – Dinner – Relaxing venue, great food, cool drinks and great facilities – 

·        We will send out menus and order forms for these catering arrangements ASAP.

·        Hamilton Compulsory Stop:  The Lions Club of Hamilton will provide a BBQ breakfast only at the Hamilton Show Grounds this year before the ride commences from Hamilton to Port Fairy.  (No dinner being provided this year).

·        Hamilton to Port Fairy via Macarthur:  The Lions Club of Macarthur will provide county cooking - home made items and hot drinks.  This proved very popular last year and the Lions will be setting up in the Lions Park, Main Street.  Please be aware a non - licenced provider has been selling items in Macarthur, and it is not advisable to purchase items from this person.  Health authorities have been notified!

·        Hamilton to Port Fairy via Hawkesdale:  The Hawkesdale Community Group will be offering a range of cakes and yummy home made items along with Tea and Coffee for that heart starter on Sunday morning.  It has become a frantic centre in recent years – so be ready to get your share!

 

·        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/

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 Route:  Friday Night 6 April or Sat 7 April - Fishers IGA, 15th Avenue, Irymple (5 km South of the river).

Swan Hill Route:  Friday Night 6 April or Sat 7 April  - Showgrounds at Stradbroke Avenue, Swan Hill.

Echuca Route:  Friday Night 6 April  - Pevensey Motel Lodge Car Park, 365 High Street (New Venue 2018) , Echuca or Sat 7 April – Victoria Park Boat Ramp.

Compulsory Drivers Briefing:  All support vehicle drivers are required to attend the Saturday Morning briefing at 8:20 am at the start of each route.  This Safety Briefing is most important.

Note:  New Reflective Signs in Hamilton directing Teams to the Hamilton Showgrounds.

Hamilton to Port Fairy - Sunday Striders Ride:  Saturday Night 7 April or Sunday 8 April – Hamilton Showgrounds before 7:00 am.  Check in at the M2M Officials Caravan.

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 (see ride update). 

·        Vic Roads:  Bike law booklet, information on the Port Fairy to Warrnambool Rail Trail.

·        Complementary Sunbeam Products – Sultanas and nuts and Carman’s Protein Bars.

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

All participants must attend the Teams Briefing on Saturday 7 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 2018:  Mildura Route:  John Clue, Swan Hill Route:  Leigh Parker, Echuca Route:  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 teams 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 – In front of the Rear Vehicle.  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 their 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 should 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 Route:  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 Route:  Compulsory Stop at Stawell.  This stop will allow you time for teams to re-group and Dinner.  Rapid Relief 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.  (Gold Coin Donation – pays for security officer).

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 the 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 driver’s 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 twisty 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 for the participants and to enforce the road rules where necessary.  Be WarnedMost 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.

Training Tips #4 Murray to Moyne 2018 – 3 Weeks to Go

It is now into the final 3 weeks to the Murray to Moyne, perhaps leaving 1 to 2 weeks of moderate to hard training, and a week to 10 days to freshen up, or peak for the event. If you have been following these training tips, you should have excellent endurance from the many long rides you have done, you will be relatively strong from hill climbing efforts, and you should be able to ride at a reasonably high intensity, without too much discomfort, from doing your cruising intervals.  You need to maintain this fitness up to the event, but, be fresh and ready to go when you start the Murray to Moyne. 

It would be a good idea to do a mini rehearsal by doing a very long ride, incorporating hills and some 10 to 20 minutes efforts within that ride.  A good time would be to do this about 2 weeks before the event. The weekend before Easter would be appropriate.

The last week to 10 days, which incorporates Easter, should be devoted to peaking or freshening up, and maintaining the fitness you have gained.  Current research suggests that to do this effectively, you should cut down on the volume (less, longer, slower, distance) and increase intensity over shorter periods, and less overall time devoted to it.  It is very difficult to do this after having been used to a heavy training load, and continually building on your training.  Everyone is different, you cannot afford to slacken off too much, but, alternatively, you do not want to train too hard up to the event, and not have enough recovery, thereby having tired legs on the Saturday morning start.

By all means, have some relaxed longer rides over Easter with your team mates, but don’t go too far, what you do that weekend is not going to improve your fitness for the Murray to Moyne.  In the final week, just a couple shorter sessions of high intensity, no later than Wednesday, dispersed with some very easy shorter rides for recovery, so you can keep burning the calories, and keep the body in tune.  A good intensity session I believe, at this stage, is to do a series of very short 20-30 seconds efforts (very hard but not full sprinting) with 30 to 45 seconds rest between (if you can).  Do as many as you can handle, perhaps up to 10 efforts, have a 5 to 10 minutes rest of easy pedalling, then try another set.   You may not be able to handle a set of 10, you could do 2 to 3 sets of 5 - it depends on your fitness, your cycling background, or simply your age. Just don’t overdo it - you are only maintaining your fitness in readiness for the event.

Diet leading up to and during the event plays an important role, however, there is much conflicting opinion of what is appropriate, and discussion is well beyond what can be addressed in these training tips.  Just keep your energy levels up on the ride, and keep well hydrated, both of which you should have a good appreciation of from experience in your preparation.

Please contact me if you think I can provide further help in your preparation, and I hope these training tips have been of some help.Have a safe and enjoyable Murray to Moyne, obey the rules, and good luck!

Jeff McLean 0427 681 744

Teams Riding in 2018 (Some)

Team 1 B – Belfast Bikers - Moyne Health                                                       

Team 101 – BIOYA – Altona Nth Primary School

Team 361 – Boort District Health Service                                                         

Team 71 – Casterton Memorial Hospital

Team 220 – Castlemaine Rouleurs                                                                      

Team 70 – Chiropractic for Health - Wodonga Hospital

Team 60 – Cohuna District Hospital                                                                    

Team 953 – Flying Angles –WRAD Lookout Project

Team 360 – Monash Health Service                                                                   

Team 104 – Portland Whitelioners – Portland Regional Health

Team 354 – The Hunters - Huntingtons Victoria                                            

Team 121 – Scrubbers & the Gasman - South West Healthcare

Team 104 – Lorne Spinners – Lorne Community Hospital                         

Team 128 – Cytotoxic Cyclists – Children’s Cancer Foundation

Team 2000 – CORNS BC – Australian Red Cross                                            

Team 16 – GMHBA – Western District Health Service

Team 226 – Better Health Channel – Solve Disability                                  

Team 5381 – Grassmere Primary School – SWHC Palliative Care

Team 65 – Timboon Cruisers – Timboon & District Health                       

Team 240 – A & B Ballarat West Rotary – Leukemia Foundation                                  

The Murray to Moyne Cycling Relay Committee is a community organisation dedicated to raising 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 Board & Committee:  Karen Foster / Sophie O’Keefe (Moyne Health Services Representative), Jeff McLean, Peter Bollard; Peter Goy, Charlie Blackwood; Mike Cornett; Jenny McLean; John Ralph; Errol Carter; Ailsa Paltridge; Alice Birrell; Cynthia Mclaren; Denise Wilkie; Helen Tredinick;  and IT Support:  James Ng.

Special Thankyou 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 2018 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 2019 ride and hope you will all assemble in 12 months time on the banks of the Mighty Murray River to cycle the 520 kms to the Magical 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.              

STOP PRESS: 

Devastating Bush Fires have affected some roads near the M2M route from Hamilton to Port Fairy. 

Both the Hamilton to Macarthur and Hamilton to Hawkesdale routes are open, however, some of the side roads are affected by the Bushfires of 18 March 2018.

We will update you closer to the event.

Some of the Teams who participate in the M2M have been affected by this event.  We send you all our best wishes and support at this time.

 

 

Registration Timetable:

Normal Registrations:  Close Monday 26 March 2018

If you have any questions: 

Please contact Lou

M2M Administrator

0467 788 765 or admin@murraytomoyne.com.au 

Newsletter No 15: February 2018

Newsletter No 15: February 2018

Newsletter No 15 – February 2018

Over 30 wonderful years, more than 30,000 riders, 
46,000 kilometers and $20,000,000 raised.

Registrations Close Monday 26 March 2018.

Graham Woodrup Memorial Award – 2018 – Please think about nominating someone special!

Each year 'The Graham Woodrup Memorial Award' recognises 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 8 April 2018.

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.

Go to the Website for more details about nominating someone special

2017 Joint Awardees:

Ann Hennessy & Christina Mavridis (Colac Cranks Team 30)

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 occurred on each route 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!

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. 

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.

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.  Lights MUST be located on the bike and not on a helmet or person (as per the road law).

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 Marshals are 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 Marshal’s directions as they have your safety as their prime responsibility.  Most charity bike rides do not have Motorcycle Marshals 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 kilometer 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. Safety comes First!!

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. 

The M2M has been trying to source a venue close to the finish in Port Fairy to be used for people to change clothes etc. once completing the ride.  This has not been successful and we direct teams to the Belfast Aquatic Centre – where modern clean toilets, showers are available for a gold coin donation.  We will keep looking!

Catering on route options as of early February.

Echuca Route:  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.

Swan Hill Route:  Dunmunkle Lodge at Minyip – Dinner – At the Heart of the Wheat Belt – this is a new opportunity for all those on the Swan Hill ride.  Well worth it!

Mildura Route:  Beulah Primary School – Dinner – Relaxing venue, great food, cool drinks and great facilities.

We will send out menus and order forms for these catering arrangements ASAP.

Hamilton Compulsory Stop:  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.

Hamilton to Port Fairy Via Macarthur:  The Lions Club of Macarthur will provide pancakes, egg and bacon rolls and hot drinks.  This proved very popular last year and the Lions should be setting up in the Lions Park, Main Street.

Hamilton to Port Fairy Via Hawkesdale:  Waiting on information re catering for 2018.

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/

Training Tips #3 Murray to Moyne 2018 – 7 Weeks to Go

We now have 7 weeks to the Murray to Moyne on the 7thand 8thApril, enough time to sharpen up your training, increase your speed, and peak for the event.  If you have been following the methods of these training tips, your endurance should be well developed and your strength much improved, you should be feeling fairly good by now, ready to meet the next challenge.

The next improvement you can make is to increase your cruising speed, so that you feel a bit more comfortable riding at a higher speed, which is often required in the Murray to Moyne should you hook up with a faster bunch, or need to pick up a higher pace for one of your stints.  Normally riders do about 1 hour between changeovers, so the faster you can ride in an hour the better.  This does not mean you go out and ride for an hour as fast as you can in your training sessions - this would be too taxing if done often, and your speed would not increase that much.  The best method is to break up your efforts, into intervals where you can ride at a higher speed. 

These are tough, to be done 2 times a week at most.  I like to start with 5 minute intervals, I find these achievable as it takes a lot of mental fortitude to ride hard for a considerable time.  Start conservatively, put it in a higher gear, do not start too fast, ease into it, otherwise you will blow up after a minute. You will initially feel fresh, but fatigue kicks in very quickly and you get slower and struggle to push the gear.  The idea is to average your effort (power) over the whole interval.  Concentrate on your form, smooth pedalling, relaxing the upper body, and do what is achievable according to your fitness.  Do not be over ambitious, you may be fresh the first time you do this, and ready to take on the world. Remember, you need to do these over the next few weeks and it may be too difficult to keep up to that initial high standard. 

Further, safety is paramount.  If you can, find a course without interruptions (no problem for country cyclists) and watch where you are going, because you are going faster under effort and need more concentration.  Start with 5 minute efforts, then recover on a small gear.  This recovery time could be between 2.5 to 5 minutes, depending on your fitness and how you feel.  To gain improvement in your cruising speed, ride your intervals faster and reduce your recovery time, so for early sessions, have a good recovery time, so you have room for improvement.  At first, you may be able to do 2 or 3, 5 minute efforts, perhaps more. Build them up to your capabilities. If you are experienced, you can do up to 6 or more.  You can change the interval time to 10 minutes, but just do half as many, or a 20 minute effort, increasing to 2 efforts, if possible, just to test how you are going after a few weeks.  Everyone is different, do what you are comfortable with. You do not have to do that last interval which could destroy you!

You can do this training in a 4 week block, 3 weeks hard, 4thweek recovery, leaving 3 weeks to sharpen up and then peak for the event.  As well as this interval training, you need to maintain your longer rides once a week, keeping up your bunch riding skills, and one session to maintain your strength training, which could be incorporated into your longer rides.

Happy and safe cycling.

Jeff McLean

 

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 team’s 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

Winner of the Early Bird Registration Prize:

Congratulations to David Castles Registration No 74 from Horsham whois the winner of the accommodation package for 2 at Hearn’s Port Fairy Accommodation.  David has been the bus driver for the Warrnambool College Team 12 and he will be driving the support bus this year for the 23rd time.  That is a total of 23,920 Kms from Warrnambool to Mildura and back 23 times.  Now that is a very deserving winner!

Teams Riding in 2018 (Some)

Team 1 B – Belfast Bikers - Moyne Health         Team 101 – BIOYA – Altona Nth Primary School

Team 361 – Boort District Health Service           Team 71 – Casterton Memorial Hospital

Team 220 – Castlemaine Rouleurs           Team 70 – Chiropractic for Health - Wodonga Hospital

Team 60 – Cohuna District Hospital              Team 953 – Flying Angels –WRAD Lookout Project

Team 360 – Monash Health Service  

Team 104 – Portland Whitelioners –P'land Regional Health

Team 354 – The Hunters - Huntingtons Victoria

Team 121 – Scrubbers & the Gasman -South West Healthcare

Team 104 – Lorne Spinners – Lorne Community Hospital                         

Team 128 – Cytotoxic Cyclists - Childrens Cancer Foundation

Registration Timetable:

Normal Registrations:  Close Monday 26 Monday 2018.

If you have any questions: 

Please contact Lou, M2M Administrator

0467 6788 765 or via email:  admin@murraytomoyne.com.au   

Newsletter No 14: February 2018

Newsletter No 14: February 2018

Ride Update

Know the Ride Rules

Registration Update:

Team Managers and individual team members or potential members should be organising to register your Teams and individuals NOW.  Go to the M2M Website for details. www.murraytomoyne.com.au

Final Closing Date for Registrations is Thursday 29 March 2018.

Reminder:  All Riders, Drivers and Supportersmust 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 34 Teams registered.

The Early Bird Registration Prize will be drawn at the next M2M Board Meeting.

Ride Update: 

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 !

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.

Ride Rules Update:

Vehicles following a group of riders should be straddling the edge of the road - 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 !!

What’s on the Echuca Route: Durham Ox:

Durham Ox is a small rural locality on the M2M route from Echuca.  It is near the Serpentine Creek, a tributary of the Loddon River.  This is a highly valuable natural resource to both the local tourism and agricultural economies.

At the 2016 census, Durham Ox had a population of 74. This small but vibrant community is widely known because of the 'OX' landmark that lies on the Loddon Valley Highway.

The 'OX' stands next to the former Durham Ox Store site which was destroyed by a fire in September 1996 and never rebuilt. Post boxes, bus stop, telephone box and a parking area also mark this spot. The name and image on the landmark are derived from the Durham Ox, a prize 19th-century bull.

Durham Ox is also listed as the safest place to live in Victoria.

What’s on the Road to Port Fairy:

Once you arrive in Port Fairyone of the best things to do is to ride around the coastal foreshore and enjoy the great seaside vistas.  These include the famous East Beach (worth a dip), ride to the Flagstaff and Battery Hill.  Enjoy the historic port and river precinct and then ride around the coastal route past the shearwater colony and the Pea Soup coastal reserve.

Flying high: Port Fairy sculptor Don Stewart and Friends of Griffiths Island management committee member Marten Syme with the new sculpture at the entrance to Griffiths Island. Picture: Morgan Hancock

Reminder:  The Herald Sun Tour will be conducted from Tuesday Jan 30 to Sunday Feb 4, 2018.  Go to http://www.heraldsuntour.com.au/

Host Towns include:  Healesville, Melbourne, Colac, Warrnambool, Ballarat, Mitchelton Winery, Nagambie, Lake Mountain, King Lake.

Honour Roll:  2011 to 2017

2017 Damien Howson (South Australia)

2016 Chris Froome (Great Britain)

2015 Cameron Meyer (Western Australia)

2014 Simon Clarke (Victoria)

2013 Calvin Watson (Victoria)

2011 Nathan Haas (Canberra)

Registration Timetable:

Normal Registrations:  Open 17 December, Close 29 March 2018

Newsletter No 12: November 2017

Newsletter No 12: November 2017

Newsletter No 12 – November 2017

Ride Registration Portal  – Active

Training Tips: Edition #2

Welcome to New Teams

M2M Website Update and Team and Participant Registration Portal – NOW OPEN

Team Managers and individual team members or potential members should now be aware that the M2M website has recently been updated and the Team and Individual members Registration Portal is Now Open.

Early Bird Registrations Close 16 December 2017, and the Final Closing Date for Registrations is 26 March 2018.

Early Bird Registration Prize:

We are delighted to announce that Hearn’s Port Fairy Accommodation will provide a nights accommodation for 2 at one of their premium properties.  Once the Early Bird Registration Closes, One name will be drawn to WIN a weekend for 2 at one of Hearn’s Fabulous Beachside properties in Port Fairy. 

The prize will be given to the Team do with as they wish.  Many Teams use the Prize as part of a raffle to raise funds for the team or maybe one of your members deserves special recognition for all their fundraising effort, support on the road for many years etc.  It’s up to Your Team.  Therefore if you have more team members registered by 16 December, the more chance your team has to win the prize. 

New Teams for 2018:

The M2M Welcomes:  Dunmunkle Lodge (Wimmera) Riding for the aged care accommodation in Minyip.  We all look forward to seeing your team on the road!

Swan Hill Route:  Try a Different Start Point – Well worth it!

This year the riders from Swan Hill will have the opportunity to support the Dunmunkle Lodge by purchasing dinner on the way down to Hamilton – very similar arrangements as available on the Mildura ride – very popular with the support crews and riders every year.  Details to follow in the next newsletter.

Team Managers:

Please note that the minimum age for participants is 14 years and 9 months, as at 6thApril 2018.  We also recommend that all team members have Ambulance Insurance Cover – In the unfortunate circumstance that you are involved in a mishap – then you do not need another big $ surprise!

Murray to Moyne Annual General Meeting:

The M2M recently conducted its AGM in Port Fairy and John Clue (President) delivered his Annual Report to the Board and Members of the Committee.  John highlighted the community involvement in rising to the challenge of running the M2M Cycling Relay as an independent community organisation.  He thanked the Board members for their work and the many volunteers for making the 31st running of the ride a real success.  In addition he thanked the Moyne Health Board for their ongoing support, especially Mr David Lee (past CEO), for ensuring a smooth transition to an independent organisation.  Our Treasurer Bernie Waixel, was recognised for steering the Board in the right direction and ensuring the successful transition to a new accounting and registration system, both of which required many hours of problem solving, and ensuring we satisfy all regulatory requirements.

Special mention was for our Administrator, Lou Hollis, for her ability to meet the challenges of a new job in a short time.  John also mentioned the move to the new registration system, newsletter, and to Woody for ensuring good weather for the 31st ride.

The following Office Bearers where elected to the Board.

President: John Clue, Vice President: Hester Woodrup, Secretary: Kate Winnen, Treasurer: Bernie Waixel, Plus the Following Board Members: Mike Cornett, Peter Bollard, Jeff McLean, Peter Goy, Charlie Blackwood and Karen Foster (Moyne Health Services Board representative).

What’s on the Road!

Well, if you join the Mildura ride in 2018, you will pass the famous Brim “Farmer Quartet” Silos, designed and painted by artist Guido van Helten.  Located on the Henty Highway and stretching out across all four of the Brim silos (30 meters high), this massive mural was painted in 2015 as a tribute to the drought-stricken farming community. Created in van Helten’s famous monochromatic photo-realistic style, the mural has instantly become a regional landmark and provided the inspiration for The Silo Art Trail project across the county.  Aesthetically the artwork aims to convey the strong sense of community spirit discovered by Guido while spending time in Brim.  The artwork fuses the different elements of farming life into the monumental structure.  It is a historical symbol of the changing landscape of the Wimmera. 

 

Training Tips – Edition # 2 – Jeff McLean

It is now some 8 weeks since my last article on training tips which focused on getting base training into your program.  If you have been able to train consistently in this period, and gradually increased the distance you can ride, you should notice that your fitness and cycling skills have improved considerably.  We are still some 19 weeks out from our Murray to Moyne objective, so there is enough time to continue working on your endurance to improve your cardiovascular fitness.

Another important factor in cycling fitness is strength.  Many of us witnessed Cadel Evans brilliant win in the World Championship where he attacked on the last hill on the big chainwheel, and used his superior strength to ride away from his competitors to take the win.  By now adding some strength cycling into your program, you can develop your ability to ride hills stronger, fight on to close gaps quickly, and build upon all those base kilometres you have been doing at an easier intensity, to provide a bit more power to your pedal strokes.

The best method to do this is to find a hill and practice riding on the seat with a much higher gear than you normally would.  Aim at a cadence of about 50 rpm.  Concentrate on a sustained effort, keeping your upper body anchored rock solid.  Keep your pedalling smooth, sit well back on the seat, your hands on the tops of your bars.  A warning, be careful you do not hurt your back, concentrate on using your core strength.  If you think it is placing too much strain on your back, ride a smaller lighter gear and build up to using higher gears. Definitely err on the side of caution.  The hill does not have to be long or steep, just choose what you can cope with, and repeat the effort as many times that you are comfortable with.  Ideally, do this twice a week, continue your base training, but replace some it with these strength sessions, and make sure you schedule some rest time to recover.

To happy and safe cycling.  Jeff McLean.

Registration Timetable:

Early Bird Registrations:  Open 16 October, Close 16 December 2017.

Normal Registrations:  Open 17 December, Close 26 March 2018.

Newsletter No 11: September 2017

Newsletter No 11: September 2017

Newsletter No 11 – September 2017Why Not try the Swan Hill

“The Heart of the Murray"

Early Bird Registration Prize

Swan Hill Ride:  Try a Different Start Point – Well worth it !

Swan Hill is a Rural City in the heart of the Murray Riverland of about 20,000 people.  It has a highly developed tourist economy along with the regional agricultural activities that generate high value produce (clean and green) worth over $285 Mil.  These activities including the biggest almond farms in the southern hemisphere, the largest Australian concentration of fresh stone fruit, pistachios, olives, citrus, table grapes and after Sunraysia, the second largest wine grape production region in Victoria. The municipality has a reputation for the production of consistent yields of quality grains (wheat, barley) and growing high-quality disease-free fruit, vegetables and nuts.

Swan Hill is home to the iconic Pioneer Settlement and a great way to experience the old world charm of this village on the banks of the “Mighty Murray”.

Cruise along the Murray River aboard the PS Pyap as it winds its way along the river.

On a warm autumn night, position yourself at one of the many outdoor eateries in town, sit back and enjoy the local food and wine as you chat with your team members and get yourself psyched up for the M2M Cycle Relay.

The Swan Hill route is noted for its exceptional scenery, undulating hills, varied directions and especially low traffic volumes.  The roads are good and a large range of accommodation options in the Rural City.  The pubs are good value for your team dinner and if you look at the direction of the route, you will NOT be facing a head wind all the way to Horsham! 

For more information contact

Swan Hill Region Information Centre 

Phone: (03) 5032 3033
Freecall (in Australia): 1800 625 373.  Email: tourism@swanhill.vic.gov.au

New Teams for 2018:

The M2M Welcomes:  Jesuit Social Services M2M Team for the 2018 ride. We all look forward to seeing your Team on the road!

Training Tips Murray to Moyne 2018

It is a little over 6 months to the Murray to Moyne, and with spring upon us, it is now the ideal time to think about your training preparation for the event on the 7thand 8thApril 2018.  Some of you will be experienced seasoned cyclists and continually in training, with a high level of fitness.  At the other extreme, some of you will have done little cycling, and are planning get a team together for the first time to meet the challenge of the Murray to Moyne, and raise much needed funds for our health services.  Consequently, no one training plan is going to suit everyone.

Being this far out from the event, I am going to concentrate this article on those cyclists with little experience, so that if you can start your training now you should be able to attain a high level of fitness by the time the Murray to Moyne comes around.  I will assume you have an appropriate road bike that suits you and that your position has been correctly setup.  Make sure you seek proper advice on these matters to avoid injury and for your training to be effective, and please contact me if you have need assistance with this.

Simply just start riding your bike as much as you can by getting in what is called the “base miles”. This should be an enjoyable period, do not worry about going fast at this stage.  At this point of time you need your body to get used to the demands of cycling, to strengthen your muscles, and to gradually develop your cardiovascular system.  Your aim is to gradually increase the distance you ride, at an intensity where you can easily chat with your cycling partner (if you are lucky enough to have one).  Smell the roses, enjoy the scenery and the simple pleasure of riding a bike.  The more you ride the fitter you will get, which will set you up for higher intensity training later on.  Gradually increase the distance every week, with no more than 10% extra on the longest ride you are capable of each week.  Try to get at least one long ride in during the week, mixed with shorter rides throughout the week as time permits.  At this stage, the more rides (frequency) that you can do the better. You are not placing too much stress on the body. Don’t overdo it, rest if you are tired. A day off does wonders, too.

You can do this period of training for about 6-8 weeks before moving onto faster training, but this depends on your schedule and how much time you can devote to training.  I look at this period of training as putting money in the bank, building up your balance of kilometres so that you can draw on it later with your more intense training when you need to reap in the interest, and draw on the balance a bit.

Further, while doing this type of riding you can develop your cycling and bunch riding skills.  You need to learn to pedal efficiently and to ride safely in a bunch.  Aim to pedal at a cadence of 90 to 95 revolutions per minute (a cycling computer helps).  Build up to it. Your average for each ride will be lower as freewheeling etc. lowers it.  There are many aspects of safe bunch riding, far too much to go into with this article, which I will try to address later.  If you can, learn from more experienced cyclists in your area, be respectful, regardless of their age, some of them have a wealth of experience to share and are only too happy to offer advice if you ask.  The main point I will make about safe bunch riding is to concentrate 110%, look ahead, do not look away while talking to the rider next to you, and anticipate what the rider in front and ahead of them are doing, so that you do not have to take extreme action if a situation arises. The smoother you can ride the better.

To happy and safe riding.

Jeff McLean

Early Bird Registration Prize:

Again we are delighted to announce that Hearn’s Port Fairy Accommodation will provide a nights accommodation for 2 at one of their premium properties.  Once the Early Bird Registration Closes, one name will be drawn to WIN a weekend for 2 at one of Hearn’s Fabulous Beachside properties. 

The prize will be given to the Team do with as they wish.  Many Teams use the Prize as part of a raffle to raise funds for the team or maybe one of your members deserves special recognition for all their fundraising effort, support on the road for many years etc.  It’s up to Your Team.  Therefore, if you have more team members registered by 17 December, the more chance your team has to win the Prize. 

Google Reviews:  Ashley Barnard2 months ago:  Just incredible place! Amazing to wake up to the waves every morning. Nice secluded beach to walk along as well!

Visit Hearn’s Website:  http://www.hearnsbeachsidevillas.com.au/our-villas.asp

Hearn’s Accommodation:  Phone:  03 5568 3150.  E-mail:  info@hearnsbeachsidevillas.com.au

Dates for the 32nd Murray to Moyne Cycling Relay:

Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 April – 2018.

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.

Newsletter No 10: August 2017

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

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.

Preparations for the 32nd M2M Well Underway
The M2M Board and Committee are well advanced in their preparations for the 2018 event.  You may not realise it, but we need to gain permission from all the local council areas to run the M2M though each district.  Plus, VicRoads, the regional VicPol Highway Patrols and Traffic Management Units.  We are also updating the website and starting to book venues and organising new signage etc.  
Following other feedback we are aiming to get the Ride Guide onto the Website so teams (especially new teams) can be better prepared – with all the ride options, distances, feed stops etc.
M2M Survey Results:
Thank you to the 466 people who completed the on-line survey.  90% of the replies were received in the first few days.  The survey was open for 2 weeks.
We also received some specific feedback from participants:
One e-mail related to the starting times for each leg of the event.  This issue has been discussed many times and it is always going to be a compromise!   Some people wish to start the event at say 7:00 am and so arrive in Hamilton earlier.  Other teams travel long distances to arrive at the start the night before or on the morning of the event and do not want the time moved.  Event organisers also need to do a range of jobs including the team briefings before we can start, so an earlier time is not favoured.
A question about the cost of support members was also received and discussed by the Board at its July meeting.  One team asked why the support members needed to pay a fee when they were not riding.  The issue is that all participants in the event (riders, drivers, and support) need to be registered for insurance purposed.  In addition, the M2M event registration fee is very cheap compared to with other rides eg Cadel Evans (111 Kms = $148, Round the Bay in a Day (210 Kms = $235).  The M2M is a charity event and a great deal of the work is provided by our many volunteers, none of whom are paid so as to keep the costs to an absolute minimum.
Another comment related to the provision of changing facilities at the finish in Port Fairy.  The Board has welcomed this idea and moves are being made to utilize a facility near the finish for this purpose.  Note:  Full shower, toilet and changing facilities are available at Belfast Aquatics (Campbell Street).
 
The full survey results (percentage form) are listed below.
Q 1:  I really enjoyed my experience of riding / participating in the M2M
Strongly Agree = 60%, Agree = 34%, Neutral = 3%, Disagree = .8%, Strongly Disagree = 2%
Q 2:  I valued the teamwork involved in participating in the M2M.
Strongly Agree = 72%, Agree = 25%, Neutral = 1.6%, Disagree = .4%, Strongly Disagree = .7%
Q 3:  Raising funds for our team’s health charity was important to my participation in the M2M.
Strongly Agree = 38%, Agree = 42%, Neutral = 16%, Disagree = 2%, Strongly Disagree = 1%
Q 4: I found the organisation of the M2M to be excellent.
Strongly Agree = 47%, Agree = 45%, Neutral = 6% Disagree = 1.4%, Strongly Disagree = .9%
Q 5:  The M2M organising committee kept me informed about the safety requirements of the event.
Strongly Agree = 39%, Agree = 49%, Neutral = 10% Disagree = .7%, Strongly Disagree = .9%
Q 5:  I was satisfied with the available facilities at the finish in Port Fairy.
Strongly Agree = 29%, Agree = 47%, Neutral = 15%, Disagree = 6%, Strongly Disagree = 1.6%
Q 6:  I achieved my personal goals in terms of Kms completed this year.
Strongly Agree = 30%, Agree = 47%, Neutral = 18%, Disagree = 3%, Strongly Disagree = 1.4%
Q 8:  The team numbers provided were easy to attach and use.
Strongly Agree = 20%, Agree = 53%, Neutral = 19%, Disagree = 4.7%, Strongly Disagree = 2%
Q 9:  I found the Motor Cycle Marshals were a great assistance to our riders.
Strongly Agree = 36%, Agree = 44%, Neutral = 18%, Disagree = 1.4%, Strongly Disagree = .7%
Q 10:  I experienced many dangerous situations during the 2017 M2M.
Strongly Agree = 2%, Agree = 5%, Neutral = 11.8%, Disagree = 54%, Strongly Disagree = 26%
Q 11:  I found it difficult to navigate the online M2M registration.
Strongly Agree = .9%, Agree = 4.7%, Neutral = 18%, Disagree = 54%, Strongly Disagree = 22%
Q 15:  I would recommend participating in the M2M to my friends / colleagues.  
 Strongly Agree = 57%, Agree = 37%, Neutral = 3.5%, Disagree = 1.4%, Strongly Disagree = .4%
Registration Timetable:
Early Bird Registrations:  Open 16 October, Close 16 December 2017.
Normal Registrations:  Open 17 December, Close 26 April 2018.
If you have any questions:   Please contact Lou, M2M Administrator via email:  admin@murraytomoyne.com.au
 www.facebook.com/murray2moyne/

Graham Woodrup Memorial Award – 2017.

Graham Woodrup Memorial Award – 2017.

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

Ann Hennessy has been part of the team for 14 years and Christina Mavridis  participated 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.   

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 the 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.  

Newsletter No 9 May 2017

Newsletter No 9 May 2017

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

 

Follow us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/murray2moyne/

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

 

Follow us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/murray2moyne/

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).

Follow us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/murray2moyne/

 

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

 

Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/murray2moyne/

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.

Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/murray2moyne/

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

30th M2M a success

30th M2M a success

Riders were met with sunny conditions and a stiff southerly breeze as they gathered in Mildura, Swan Hill and Echuca for the early morning start of the Murary to Moyne 30th anniversary ride.

Seventy two teams with over 1,200 riders and support crew covered 520kms in relay to the finish line in Port Fairy on the South West Coast and home to the Moyne River.

The anniversary ride had more riders and teams than last year and they are looking to raise more money with donations building to beat last year's million dollars raised for nominated health organisations.

Check out the participating teams, their chosen health organisations and top fund raisers

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).