The Eureka Veterans Cycling Club was formed at the beginning of 2009 by a small group of cyclists who felt there was a need for the type of racing that only a veterans club can offer.
The new club was a reincarnation of the former Ballarat Veterans Cycling Club which had merged with the Ballarat & Sebastopol Cycling Club during the 90’s.
With a membership now in excess of fifty and growing, the club is well and truly functioning and is affiliated with the Australian Veterans Cycling Council. Eureka members hail from Ballarat and surrounding districts including Bacchus Marsh, Moonambel and Daylesford.
The Eureka Vets CC have permanent club rooms which are located on the outskirts of the township of Learmonth, twenty kilometres north-east of Ballarat. Club races are conducted in various shires including – Ballarat, Pyrenees, Moorabool and Hepburn.
The club rooms are on the edge of Lake Learmonth and are shared with the local yacht club. The change rooms, toilets, showers and cooking facilities help create a home base which is enjoyed by all on race days.
The Eureka Vets CC racing season runs from February to December each calendar year.
Club races are held on most Sunday mornings with entries accepted on the day before 9am.
Race start time is 9.30am.
The club does not usually stage races which may clash with other veterans cycling club open events.
The race circuits vary in distance from forty three kilometres to sixty kilometres. Handicap and graded scratch events are scheduled throughout the racing season. Criterium races are held on a 1 km street circuit in Ballarat during the early and late season. A Team Time Trial is also conducted during the year.
Eureka riders accrue points towards the Club Aggregate in every event they contest (or perform official duties at).
Highlight events staged by the Eureka Vets CC include:
- Ron Rivette Classic
- sponsored by Shane Cook Homes, VVCC open event
- Eureka Championship Races
- sponsored by Ken Heres Bobcat & Backhoe Hire
- Ron Rivette Memorial
– staged at Balliang, presented by Shane Cook Homes
- Charlie Braszell Handicap
- presented by the Braszell Family
- GP Doug Garley
- includes dirt sections
- W.A.R.S. (Winter Aggregate Race Series)
- sponsored by Europa Cafe
- Eureka Interclub Handicap
(with Colac VCC, Geelong & Surf Coast CC and Warrnambool VCC)
– sponsored by Wayne Horne Earthmoving
- Hill Top
- Team Time Trial
- Spring Criterium Series
- sponsored by Steelsmith Engineering
- Rising Sun Trophy
– proceeds donated to local community
- Commodores Cup
- final race of the season
Eureka Vets CC acknowledge and thank the ongoing support of all sponsors:
Ken Heres Bobcat & Backhoe Hire
Shane Cook Homes
Skipton Street Bakery
Wayne Horne Earthmoving
The Braszell family