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This Girl Can – RIDE A BIKE – Sunday 28th March

This Girl Can – RIDE A BIKE – Sunday 28th March

This Girl Can – RIDE A BIKE


Sunday 28th March

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EUREKA Cycling is excited to announce a FREE event for women.
JOIN in the fun of our ROAD CYCLING event. NOT a race!
FREE morning tea after the event.
FREE prize draws for This Girl Can participants!!!

Eureka Cycling were proud to host a road cycling event for This Girl Can WEEK in Ballarat, on Sunday 28th March.
The event was advertised as…
Suitable for women aged 18 and older with moderate fitness level.
Ride distance will be minimum 20 Km and maximum 45 Km depending on the individual.
Experienced road cyclists will be on hand to offer guidance, coaching and tips to improve your time on the bike.

Thirteen riders joined in the social ride which was staged concurrently with a Eureka club race.  Riders hailed from near and far to ride in perfect temperature and sunshine.
Local residents from Learmonth and Burrumbeet participated, having been inspired by watching Eureka riders race past their houses.  Ballarat cafe bunches were represented with riders from both The Hummingbirds and The Goddesses.
Other riders have just commenced their cycling journey and were seeking tips and coaching from the event.

Two groups were established to help cater for the vast array of experience that the riders presented.
Former Eureka members – Gail Oliver and Veronica Micich – kindly assisted Eureka to deliver the event by performing Road Captain roles and managing the groups.

Photo L-R: Veronica (with Max), Gail and Catherine


The event started from the Eureka club rooms on the east foreshore of Lake Learmonth with a warm up ride out to the start/finish line of the Eureka club race.
The two groups then set off for laps of a square shaped 6 kilometre circuit – which included a downhill leg along a section of the Ballarat Avenue of Honour.
Gail guided the advanced and intermediate riders around the circuit. They concentrated on bunch riding and using the wind and geography to their advantage.
Veronica coached the novice and beginner riders. They concentrated on cycling techniques including gear shifting, cornering and pacing.

After riding multiple laps of the circuit, the groups reformed for the ride back to the club rooms which mostly had a tail breeze all the way back.
At the club rooms a generous spread had been prepared and was enjoyed by all.  A random draw was held and a few lucky riders won prizes.
Laughter was had, details were shared, friends were made and the roots of a new cycling group was sown.

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Eureka gratefully thanks Gail and Veronica for providing superb guidance for this event. Their cycling knowledge and dedication to spreading the joy of cycling was well received by all participants.

Stories from the day:

Shelley is a novice bike racer and was keen to pick up some new racing tips. Initially signed up for the This Girl Can event, Shelley ended up deciding to race in the Division 4 race. Finding herself riding solo, Shelley was eventually caught by Gail and her troup of faster riders. Taking Shelley under their wing, they coached her through the race. Gail even instructed Shelley how and when to sprint for the finish flag.
Invaluable race craft for Shelley, courtesy of Gail.

Nury lives in Adelaide and has only recently taken up road cycling. Nury saw the This Girl Can RIDE a BIKE @ EUREKA advertising online and decided to embark on a drive to Ballarat!
Yes, Nury and partner Steven, drove to Ballarat on Saturday, so that Nury could take part in our This Girl Can event!
In just her fourth ride using cleats, Nury was looking for as much information on how to ride a road bike. Veronica was on hand to coach Nury how and when to change gears, how to ride in the bunch and how to “unclip” when coming to a stop.
Essential cycling tips for Nury, courtesy of Veronica!

Photo: Nury


Prizes from WHY KNOT MASSAGE and The Body Shop at Home

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This is a great opportunity to meet new people and organise future cafe rides…

What do you need?
A bike
A helmet (AS/NZ 2063 compliant)
A tail light

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Congratulations Alaya and Shallan – Junior Female Cyclist grantees for 2018

Congratulations Alaya and Shallan – Junior Female Cyclist grantees for 2018

2018 Junior Female Cyclist Support Program



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Sunday 16th September 2018

More than thirty guests assembled at Oscar’s Hotel for the official presentation of the 2018 Junior Female Cyclist Support Grant Program.

2018 marks the tenth anniversary of the formation of the Eureka Veterans Cycling Club.  The club was formed to provide an avenue for mature riders to race competitively.
The primary roles of the club are to:
– provide a safe and engaging social environment

– present a racing product which offers a variety of challenges

– grow the club

– positively contribute to the local community

Club Vice President – Dean Wells – announced that KREHALON Australia had uniting with Eureka Cycling to increase the scope of the 2018 grant.

Earlier this year, Jonathon Delaney from KREHALON Australia, discussed the lack of sponsorship available for female cyclists with the Eureka Cycling President – John Faulkner.
Frustratingly, the lack of support is prevalent at all levels, across every cycling discipline, both domestically and internationally.  It has led to lower participation rates of females in cycling.  This is also quite obvious in the veterans cycling ranks.
From that conversation between the two Johns, the idea of the Junior Female Cyclist Support Grant Program was born.

Simply, Eureka Cycling wish to contribute, to the future development of the sport of cycling.  In particular, the club will provide monetary support to promote junior female cycling and to assist the chosen athletes to compete, develop and realise their potential.
Guest speaker – Melissa Burgoyne – spoke about her journey in sport through swimming, triathlon and now cycling.  Melissa’s words of encouragement to the girls were both inspiring and well received.

The recipients of the 2018 Junior Female Cyclist Support Grant are? Shallan Pompe and Alaya Humber.  Each of the grantees received a cheque for $500.
*Interestingly, both Shallan and Alaya followed a younger sibling into the world of cycling.


Photo: Alaya and Shallan at the grantee presentation with Eureka Cycling President – John Faulkner and Vice President – Dean Wells

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Shallan races BMX and is a member of Ballarat Sebastopol Cycling Club.  Shallan has been riding BMX for about 7 1/2 years.
In 2017 Shallan finished high in two categories of the BMX Victorian State Series: with third place in the 14 year old girl and fourth place in the Super Class Ladies

Shallan and her brother Damon, are both members of the Twisted Concepts BMX team, which is based in the United Kingdom!
Shallan is a role model at the BMX club.  The younger kids look up to her because she spends time with them and helps them with their craft.  Also, she is a pretty mean BMX racer!

Off the BMX track, Shallan has been identified by her school as a leader.  She travelled as a school ambassador, with other students to China during the year.
Due to illness, Shallan has missed some races during 2018, however, she is aiming at the Victorian BMX – State Championships which are being staged in Warrnambool in November.


Alaya is relatively new to cycling.  She has quickly made an impact and is a member of the same clubs as her sister Iesha.  The sisters are members of Rode Rage and compete in Human Powered Vehicle events.  They are also a members of Ballarat Sebastopol Cycling Club and compete in track cycling and road cycling.

Both Alaya and Iesha are a members of the Sovereign Hill – Track Cycling Program.
In Alaya’s short track career – under the tutelage of coach Damien Keirl – she has already claimed a number of podium results.
Gym work accounts for 50% of a track rider’s preparation and Alaya is currently powerlifting around the National record for her division.
Coach Keirl has indicated that an attempt on the record could very well be on Alaya’s horizon.

Alaya has been identified as a leader by her school and has been performing as a Teacher’s Assistant.  She takes Year 7 students for their sports program. Alaya is currently training towards the Victorian Track Championships which are being staged in Melbourne in December.


Eureka Cycling and KREHALON Australia will be following the girl’s exploits as they continue with their cycling journey.


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Bring a Friend Day – 30th April 2017

Bring a Friend Day – 30th April 2017

Bring A Friend Day

graded racing for riders of EVERY ability

WOMEN over 30 years of age
MEN over 35 years of age


A Grade (for experienced riders and racers) = 60 km

B Grade (to be determined on the day*) = 50 km or 60 km

C Grade (to be determined on the day*) = 50 km or 60 km

D Grade (to be determined on the day*) = 40 km or 50 km

E  Grade (for first time racers and those returning to the sport after many years) = 40 km

*The distances for grades B, C and D will be determined on the day.
We will take into account the experience, fitness and ability of NEW riders before announcing the race distances. 

“trial” licence available for eligible riders
(first time racer with a veterans club)

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The EUREKA Cycling Club extend an open invitation to all eligible cyclists to come and race on Sunday 30th April.

What to bring:
– well maintained road bike with drop handlebar
– bicycle helmet, AS/NZS 2063 compliant
– red rear tail light
– entry money $10 (and $5 to buy a raffle ticket)

Not allowed:
Disc brakes
Extension bars of any description
Time trial helmets

EUREKA Cycling is a “veterans” club.
Veterans cycling is for MEN over the age of 35 and WOMEN over the age of 30.

“Veterans” clubs offer a different perspective on bicycle racing – it is ALL about participation.

At EUREKA, our riders range in age from 35 up to 73 years of age.
It truly is remarkable to compete against riders whom are so much older…or younger than yourself!
Our style of racing encourages ANYONE with ANY degree of ability to participate – whether you are an “old pro” or a “first timer”, we have the racing that suits you.

EUREKA Cycling races on Sunday mornings.

A typical racing day involves:

8:45 AMARRIVE at club rooms

9:00 AMREGISTER and get changed into cycle clothing

9:15 AMWARM up on the way to the start line

9:30 AMRACE start time

11:15 AMFINISH line salute and return to club rooms

11:30 AMSHOWER, or get changed

11:45 AMFOOD post race

12:00 AMPRESENTATIONS and announcements (and raffle draw, $1 per ticket or $5 for 3 tickets)

12:30 AMDEPART club rooms and head home to tell all your family and friends what a great day you had

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q. What distance do you race over?
A. Most races are about 50 kilometres.  We do race over some shorter distances during winter.  Some races are a little bit longer.

Q. Do I need a licence to race?
A. YES. Every rider requires an AVCC (Australian Veteran Cycling Council) licence to participate.  The licence covers insurance whilst racing and training.

Q. How much does it cost?
A. A licence costs $175.  There is a race entry fee of $10 for each Eureka Cycling event.  The $10 entry fee covers prize money for the race.

Q. Do I have to wear a uniform?
A. NO!  Riders can wear whatever cycling kit they have.  We do have EUREKA Club kit available to purchase at COST price.  It is HIGH quality kit and it is GOOD value!

Q. When do you race?
A. We race on Sunday mornings and our season runs from late January to Early December.  There are a few weekends throughout the season that we do not stage races on.  Check out our race calendar on the website for event dates.

Q. Where do you race?
A. EUREKA Cycling has club rooms on the east foreshore of Lake Learmonth, which is about 20 kilometres north west of Ballarat.  We race on the roads around Learmonth.

Q. How do I join?
A. Memberships are conducted online.  Follow the link in the top right hand corner of our homepage.  Licences are issued by the AVCC, nominate Eureka Veterans Cycling Club as your club.

Q. Can I have a test race?
A. YES you can!  We offer a “trial” ride to EVERYONE who has never held an AVCC licence.

Q. How do I get involved?
A. The easiest way to get involved is to come out to a race one Sunday.  Check our calendar (so that you don’t waste your trip) and visit us.  Bring your kit and bike – we can sign you up for a “trial” ride on the day!

Q. Is there food or drink available?
A. ALL our riders bring a plate of food out to share each week.  Our kitchen staff warm up the food and place everything out ready for our return after the race – it is all FREE!  We also have FREE tea, coffee and milo.  Soft drinks are available to purchase ($2).

Q. Are there toilets?
A. Our club rooms have toilets, change areas and showers for both male and female riders.  We also have a kitchen and we put on food and hot drinks after every race!

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