Inside WestCycle – April 2017

I know I say this every month but where does time go? It’s been a very busy first quarter at WestCycle with the Ring season finale and the Ring Encore – presented by Trek Bicycle Leederville, Bike Week and the National MTB championships, the whole team has been flat out. Here’s an update of what has been happening here at WestCycle.

After a very successful season of racing the Ring Summer Criterium Series held an Encore event through the streets of Leederville on Sunday 9th April! For the first time in five years Criterium racing returned to the closed streets of Leederville. WA’s elite A grade talent were joined by the Little Critters and cheered along by a crowd of thousands.  The racing was of a very high quality and it was fantastic to see the support of local businesses welcoming the crowds of spectators and riders on the closed streets, the atmosphere was amazing. I’d like to acknowledge our presenting partner Trek Bicycle Leederville for all their support in helping make this encore happen and the work of CycleSport WA President Daniel O’Donoghue in bringing the Ring Summer Criterium Series and the Ring Encore to WA’s racing calendar, we’re all looking forward to year two of the Ring.

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Bike Week 2017, what a success! 94 events and thousands of people in attendance. As part of Bike Week the Department of Transport ran the ‘Safe Active Streets National Workshop’ this brought over 150 planners, designers, engineers and active transport specialists from across Australia to Perth. The workshop aimed to share knowledge from the Bike Boulevard projects currently being undertaken across the metro area. The delegates toured the Bike Boulevards in Shakespeare Street in the City of  Vincent, Leake and May streets in Bayswater and Surrey road in Belmont as well as enjoying short films and discussions about how bikes can improve cities with internationally renowned Dutch blogger and Filmmaker Mark Wagenbuur.

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Sara Stace the Sydney director for Australian Cycle Alliance attended the Safe Active Streets National Workshop. After testing the Bike Boulevards Ms. Stace said “It’s wonderful to provide families and inexperienced cyclists with a shared, safe and welcoming area that they can use” and “I hadn’t seen anything like this in Australia, so I was keen to see whether it would work in Australian environment, which it does.” It’s great to be able to share our success and knowledge with the rest of Australia and hopefully we will be seeing more Bike Boulevards not only in WA but also all across Australia.

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Joe McCarthy, our High Performance manager, recently attended the 2017 National Mountain Bike Championships, which was hosted in Canungra, Queensland. Unfortunately Canungra didn’t deliver in many aspects but the WA team still took away many positives. Because of the weather,  Mountain Biking Australia (MTBA) had to make the hard decision to cancel the Downhill components of the Nationals.  Unfortunately for the WA team this decision was made when they were on a plane flying to Queensland. The news didn’t go down well but the Downhill team didn’t let it ruin the weekend, they became the best cheer squad the Cross Country (XC) team could ask for. The XC course was the most technically difficult riders had experienced, both up and down. It was extremely challenging for even Australia’s best riders, but rewarding at the same time. Even in these conditions we had some really good results with Reece Tucknott finishing second in the U23’s, Sarah Tucknott finishing sixth despite an injury and Tony Tucknott taking out second place in the Masters 5. Other note worthy performances are Jacob Wright coming 11th in the U17s, JP Van Der Merwe and Riley Jenkinson coming 10th and 14th respectively in the U19s, Toby Dew who came seventh in the U15 boys and lastly Lily Grevett and Jess Waldron who came fifth and sixth in the U15 girls.

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Congratulations to all who completed, you did a great job in challenging conditions and good luck to the Downhill racers who will be competing in the rescheduled National championships in May.

Happy Riding

Matt Fulton

WestCycle CEO

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