Chairmans Report 2013

I would like to begin by thanking the committee, the sub-committees, DoC and Jafakids members for another successful year of cycling.

2013 has been a year of change and learning for the committee.  With 5 new members, and 2 relatively new members, there was a lot to get familiar with, and to provide leadership in, in a very short space of time. We also welcomed representation from Jafakids, allowing better communication and a stronger relationship between our two groups. I would like to personally thank each of you for your time, energy, passion and commitment to cycling and the betterment of the Department of Cycling and Jafakids.

Following their introduction in 2012, we continued to develop the sub-committee structure for Events, Road, Thursday Time Trials, Jafakids and MTB. As a committee we met less frequently, allowing the sub-committees time to meet.  Thank you to each member of the DoC sub-committees and Jafakids committee for your time and commitment, often behind the scenes, to provide events and coaching for our members.

A major focus for each team has been to establish coaching programmes.  I would particularly like to acknowledge our MTB sub-committee for establishing a successful coaching model early in the year – a programme which draws participants from other MTB clubs as well as newbies. Reciprocal relationships between clubs have developed, allowing DoC MTBers to participate in rides and events run by the other clubs.  Jafakids have appointed a new Head Coach and are in the process of re-establishing their coaching groups for our junior members. The DoC MTBers have been invited to join their training sessions too.  The Roadies have also joined in with coaching clinics being run once a month, run by Darrall and Alan.  To support all this coaching activity, nearly 20 of our members, DoC and Jafakids, have taken part in the Bike NZ training courses, and are in the process of completing their coursework. This project was funded by funded by DoC, Jafakids and Cycle West, and we look forward to the continued development of these programmes in 2014. Once again, I would like to thank those who have given up their time to coach others.

Throughout 2013, our members have taken part in a number of events, on all manner of bikes, with several placing in the top 5. Congratulations to Jacqui – 2nd in her age group at Bike the Lake, and to Ironman ‘the machine’ Skelton – fifth straight top 3 placing in the 8 lapper at Taupo.  I would also like to mention the team of DoC riders who took part in the Ride to Conquer Caner – raising over $2500 each and riding 200kms in 2 day – well done team!  We also had the tandem at Taupo and Ben Webb in his first event at Okeydokey.  Congratulations to those who take part, enjoy their ride, finish and look forward to the next ride or event.  Having time to commune with our bikes makes the rest of our lives worthwhile.  Thanks must go to Alex and her team of supporters – Dave, Gayle and Graeme – thanks for organising such fab events for us in  2013.

Notably, 2013 has been the year of the accident.  We may have to design a DoC first aid kit to fit in our pockets!  Many of our members, both Roadies and MTBers, have been injured or had close calls with cars, and as has been reported, many cyclists nationwide have been killed or hurt on the roads.  Wherever and whenever we ride, it is vital we ride safe – keeping to the road rules, using our riding calls, obeying traffic lights and road signs, single filing, calling the Police rather than resorting to Bike Rage…we all know the drill.  And if it is and MTB event, and I’m riding – make sure St Johns are there please!

This is also opportune to acknowledge the support of Cycle West, a programme DoC financially contributes.  A number of courses and programmes have been run this year, which our members have accessed or we have new members who have accessed us as a result of their participation in a Cycle West programme.

And to our major supporters, Jeff and Cat Webb and the Avantiplus Waitakere team. Thank you for your friendship, support, involvement, race briefings, mechanical expertise, baking, providing items for Christmas and birthday wishlists, bathroom facilities, emergency food supplies, a place to hang out and…the van!  Your recent acknowledgement at the Waitakere Sporting Excellence Awards is testament to the support and leadership you provide for us and cyclists across Auckland.

Finally, thank you for the privilege of being President/Chairman in 2013. It has been a great honour.  I wish the new committee every success and fun in 2014.  Don’t let the admin and Bike NZ defeat you! To my fellow DoCsters and Jafakids, you are an awesome group of people.  Have a great Christmas and a healthy, successful 2014.



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