Thursday, 27 September 2012

Non-official Publications!

Thanks to the following bloggers who have made their posts available to us. Hope you enjoy them - official photo's coming out, soon.

Cameron Parlevliet (BikesDeVer/ BBN) had an eventful Memorial. An altercation with a car (no injuries sustained, thankfully) and a near-miss with a local 'Roo on the Skyline descent. All captured on footage. Mens A/B bunch, Eildon...
Cameron Finishing.
Photo by Charmion Phillips

True grit, from Grace. 
Photo by Charmion Phillips

Grace Phang (SKCC/Giant), our Women's A Grade 3rd placegetter, has written a terrific summary of her weekends racing (including the #DMcDMem). Check out what it takes to race, and the rewards in store, for those who dare.
Well done, Grace....

Photo by Charmion Phillips

Andy Christie ( BBN) spent the entire morning in Eildon in the A Grade 'break. Just like the day before! Here's Andy's write-up of his experiences getting his team extra exposure and a chance at break-away success, including a little (220km) Time Trial training on his blog....
Andy Christie - Seeing How Things Transpire

Tony (l) with race director Richard Stringer after the race.
Photo by Charmion Phillips

Tony Reeckman (Wangaratta CC) joined many riders and support staff at the Golden Trout on the Saturday night. This enabled the keen photographer to indulge both his passions, starting early on Sunday morning. Read about his experience in the C Grade Men's race on his website.
Tony Reeckman Photography - Tony's Blog

Saturday, 22 September 2012


Well, like last year, our order for perfect weather has been fulfilled. The forecast is below.
You've gotta love a Spring Race in Eildon!

2011 Damian McDonald Memorial, Mens Podium 
Chris Winn (CCCC) 1st (right)
Jason Spencer (BBN) 2nd (left), Ashley Baines (WNG) 3rd (ctr)

We've just posted a page detailing the Race-day Program, so print it out, it'll be helpful.

Remember to support those who support us, as the community and Council of Murrindindi and the Upper Goulburn Valley will appreciate our custom:

  • Cafe's in Thornton are going to be open from 7am, for those riders driving through. Hot breakfasts and good coffee has been assured.
  • The Golden Trout Hotel Motel is RaceHQ for this years' Memorial. Registration, Entertainment, Cafe, Lunch Menu & Presentations are all being hosted by David Duncan and his team.
    They've promised a great value Cyclists' Lunch Menu for you to enjoy while sharing stories about your race, prior to the Presentations at 1.30pm.
  • Our naming rights sponsor Cyclelink Bayswater have provided plenty of prizemoney for riders, and we hope you'll take advantage of their excellent in-store customer service, and new online web store.

Eildon Forecast for Sunday, September 23
12amiconMostly clear9°C5%26%iconNNE 16km/h6°C80%
3amiconMostly clear9°C5%28%iconNNE 18km/h5°C78%
6amiconMostly clear9°C10%32%iconN 18km/h6°C77%
9amiconMostly clear11°C24%48%iconNNW 15km/h7°C74%
12pmiconMostly clear13°C18%40%iconWNW 18km/h7°C70%
3pmiconMostly cloudy12°C16%52%iconW 19km/h5°C60%
6pmiconMostly cloudy10°C5%53%iconW 20km/h4°C67%

Friday, 21 September 2012

Start-Line Marquee's & Priority Parking

We've had a great response from riders and their teams / sponsors to create a village atmosphere;

These Teams will have special privileges on race-day, with extra access for vehicles:

Cyclelink Bayswater (our Primary Sponsor)
6amers Racing Team
Croydon Cycleworks

Blackburn Cycling Club
Wangaratta Cycling Club

Thursday, 20 September 2012


All the entries are in, counted, allocated and graded.  The start list has been published.  To view the full list click here, or just click on the Start List tab!

All the plans are coming together, we just need to put our order in for good weather, to round off what is shaping to be a great day of racing!

Wednesday, 19 September 2012


With all entries in, and riders being finalised into their grades, we'll soon be publishing the Entry lists and Bunches.

Check out all the info on the site, so you know all the where's, what's, why's and where-fore's before you head up.

Check the cyclingprofiles map and profile of the course, and review you're race distances (all found on the RACE INFO menu).

Our volunteers should be receiving instructions in the next 24 hours regarding their roles, so keep an eye out.

And riders, don't forget to thank the Vollies - they make it possible for you to race, and race safely with Blackburn & Wangaratta Cycling Clubs!

Here's a photo of the bling which is up for grabs...

Perpetual Shield, Damian McDonald Memorial Trophy and Damian's Race Trophy.
Medals for placegetters.

Damian's Race, Perpetual Trophy for Juniors.

Monday, 17 September 2012

Entries Extended 'til midnight Tuesday

After a hectic weekend of racing, we know a few of you missed the cut-off.

Fields in the MensA and MensB grades are strong, so there'll be a good hitout - suiting your preparation for Bright, the Warrnie and Stratford-to-Dargo.

The juniors are responding well and will enjoy their competition.

Other Grades (Womens, Mens C & D) still have plenty of room.


The seven day forecasts are out, and Eildon looks like it gonna turn it on for your racing pleasure - a Spring hitout with a bit of everything - sunshine, a possible shower, fresh mountain air, and snow in the surrounding mountains!

Graphic produced from

Eildon 7-day Weather Forecast

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Chance of Rain70%80%70%90%90%70%90%
Rain Amount1-5mm5-10mm1-5mm5-10mm1-5mm< 1mm1-5mm
UV IndexModerateModerateModerateModerateModerateModerate
Frost RiskNilNilNilNilNilNilNil
Wind Speed5

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Accommodation Packages

Eildon Pondage, looking SouthEast from Hotel Deck.
Stay a night in Eildon, and wake up refreshed on Sunday morning. Walk or ride to registration, race and chill out afterwards while enjoying this view. Take advantage of your late check-out from The Golden Trout without rushing to pack your gear up, and drive home Sunday afternoon in time for dinner at home in the evening.
SOUND GOOD? Read on...

 We know its a helluva weekend of racing in Victoria on the 22-23 September, particularly on the Saturday....

  • Carnegie Caufield CC are hosting their own and Blackburn's Club Road Champs on the hilly Modella circuit;
  • Footscray CC are holding the Tas Johnson Memorial Midlands Tour (presented by bikebug,com);
  • The Northern Combine are running their Italo Australian Trophy Race in Newham;
  • The Hume Vets are putting on the George Goodwin Memorial Open up near the border around Cobram.
  • And the Southern Vets have races in Somers.
  • Why not take advantage of all this quality racing, and do both Saturday and Sunday's racing?
David Duncan, owner of the Golden Trout Hotel Motel has accommodation and breakfast packages for all those connected to the race. He's also making facilities available to the Race Organisation for registrations, information, entertainment, respite (!), refreshments and podium presentations afterwards.

If you're thinking of staying in Eildon, make a booking at The Golden Trout....

Pondage View Rooms abound.

Sunday, 9 September 2012

Spring is here...

The BOM have predicted warmer night- and day-time temperatures than the long-term medians in Victoria this Spring....

Not only that, but the Long-Range rainfall pattern predicts strong rain-bands hitting Victoria prior to 20 Sept and after 25th Sept...

What does this mean for riders? Eildon will be a great place to race on 23rd September!

Thursday, 6 September 2012


Our in-house team have now finished the flyer, so keep an eye for it in your favorite LBS's.

You'll find a downloadable version on the blog.

Recognising our great sponsors who'll make this years race one to remember, the poster includes all the info you'll need to track down the details of the race.

Pop Quiz!
The prominent image of a cyclist battling a climb features on the poster.
Who is it?
You'll find a weekly hint on our facebook & twitter feed until entries close on Sunday 16th. A prize for the first BBN and first non-BBN member who guesses it.
(Please note, anyone connected with the organising committee are ineligible to win this prize!!)

Sunday, 2 September 2012

Top-age Under 17 Riders ride UP!

You heard it right...

All you top-age Under 17 men and women who'll graduate to Under19 with the bigger roll-outs in October will ride up in the Senior Men's and Women's Grades at the 2012 Damian McDonald Memorial!

We hope this prepares you for all those great Open road-events which you'll qualify for as the 2013 season progresses - Tour of Bright, Melb-Warrnambool, Stratford to Dargo etc...

This leaves all bottom-age Mens Under 17 riders to battle it out for Damian's Race - with the winners name immortalised on the Perpetual Shield, with a trophy & generous prizes to take home with you.

Who will win Damian's Race...?

Maybe Wangaratta's Tomarsh Loki, Blackburn's Kurt Santagada, or CCCC's Caiden Hull (out of Ararat)? Whoever it is, it'll signal the new guard of upcoming stars of the U17 category.

Entries close Sunday night prior to the race, so there are no entries on the day - don't delay.

Click ENTER NOW! on the blog, and share your entry on Facebook to let friends know you're into it!

Thursday, 30 August 2012


Whack this in your browsers, and check this out...

What you'll see is the Mens A&B Grade course map, showing the Pondage Loop, and Skyline Loop (that's the one with the MOUNTAIN!).

Each bunch does a variant of this course...

Mens A/B - 2 x Pondage Loop + 1 x Skyline Loop (96km)
Mens C/D - 1 x Pondage + 1 x Skyline (71km)
Womens A - 1 x Pondage + 1 x Skyline (71km)
Womens B - 1 Skyline Loop (46km)

JM17 - 1 x Pondage + 1 x Skyline (71km)
JW17 / JM15 - 1 x Skyline Loop (46km)
JW15 / J13 - 1 x Pondage Loop (25km)

Print it out (there's a printable version on the link) and put it on your fridge.

Then, get on your bike....

Have fun!

Monday, 27 August 2012


We're all just a little bit thrilled at DMcD HQ today, as we got a huge boost via the Twitterverse from a few friends over the weekend.

Robbie McEwen (@mcewenrobbie), Shane Kelly (@shanekelly72), Charlie Pickering (@charliepick) and Bridie O'Donnell (@Bridie_OD) all retweeted/ tweeted details of this awesome race to their followers. And we're glad they did!

We'll know you'll like it, too.

Come out to play in Eildon on 23 Sept, and ENTER NOW!

Friday, 27 July 2012

Rosco's just pumped out a profile for the full Mens A & B course - thanks mate.

It includes 2 laps of the pondage, and one big lap over Skyline (guess which bit that is!) - 100+kms all up.

 Hope you like it...!

Tuesday, 24 July 2012


Thanks for joining us!

Be sure to register your email address so you can receive updates as details develop, in what will be one of Club Racing's best Spring outings, in beautiful Eildon.

The 2012 Edition of the Damian McDonald Memorial incorporates a few changes, which we hope you'll appreciate...

1.  A Perpetual Shield has now been struck, with the names of past winners - who will go down as the 2012 winner?

2.  The 2012 Memorial reverts to it's Graded Road Race status, allowing more competitive racing across bigger fields.

3.  There are two Womens grades, including a Trophy race for A Grade.

4.  All JM17 riders will contest for a trophy and perpetual glory in Damian's Race. Wangaratta CC have run Damian's Race for Juniors, and are bringing it to Eildon for the first time.

5.  There are new Sponsors on-board to sweeten the prize-pool for all competitors - trophies, medals & cash!

6.  Under 17 Girls and Under 15 boys will race together, as will Under 15 girls, and Under13 boys. Under 13 Girls will have a race of their own. Of course, riding marshals will assist the younger kids on their way.

Take a look around the site to get familiar with the race, it's history, and how you can make it part of your Spring campaign.

Don't forget to stay in touch by registering your email address at the top of the page. You'll receive daily updates, whenever there's new info posted.