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  1. 1. Annual Report
  2. 2. 2012 / Cycling Australia Annual Report2012 Annual Report of theAustralian Cycling Federation as Cycling Australia.
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  4. 4. 2012 / Cycling Australia Annual ReportContents06 President 48 Major Event Reports08 Australian Sports Commission 58 Record of Merit09 Chief Executive Officer 66 Financial Reports12 Membership Table 78 2012 Results Summary – Domestic14 Department Reports 98 2012 Results Summary – International24 Commission Reports32 Affiliate Reports
  5. 5. 2012 / Cycling Australia Annual Report Message from the President Road World Championships: there were again a number of standout performances resulting in three silver and one bronze medal with the highlight being Rachel Neylan’s second place in an exciting elite women’s road race. Orica GreenEDGE: It was an important milestone for Australian cycling to welcome the first ever Australian based world professional team underwritten by Gerry Ryan and the Jayco Corporation. Both men’s and women’s teams had outstanding debut seasons capped by Simon Gerrans taking out one of the grand ‘classics’, the Milan San Remo. BMX: Our elite BMX athletes also had an outstanding year finishing with the #1 UCI ranking for both men and women, two world 2012 has been a challenging year in some respects, but overall one of championships and our first Olympic medal, silver to Sam Willoughby. great achievements for Cycling Australia. Commercial Venture: The Commercial Venture completed its second 2012 was in fact, the pinnacle of the best four years of international year with an impressive level of progress under the leadership of performance by Australian cycling in our history. Commercial Director, Michael Edgley. I also acknowledge the significant contribution and ongoing confidence in Australian cycling we have Our dominance of Track World Championships at senior and junior level enjoyed from our UK based partner, the Grass Roots Group. and our rise as a force in road cycling coupled with our lead rankings in BMX, Para-cycling and Mountain Bike Downhill Marathons, all The past twelve months has unquestionably demonstrate the strength of Australian cycling across all 2012 was in fact, seen a consolidation of the disciplines. The four year cycle was completed at the 2012 London Olym- pic Games with our equal second best Olympic performance and then the pinnacle of original projects; however a major focus has been the achieving #3 cycling nation at the Paralympic Games, two weeks later. the best four years development of a major events strategy to provide a solid base These and many other world class achievements were regrettably almost of international of assets upon which to grow overshadowed by the media reaction to the USADA Reasoned Decision regarding Lance Armstrong and the subsequent implications for cycling performance by our commercial value. at the elite world level; especially the men’s professional circuit during the Australian cycling A highlight was the roll-out 90’s and early 2000’s. Fighting doping takes large amounts of resources of the Subaru sponsorship and we are proud of the culture and high ethical standard that has been in our history. enabling greater broadcast applied to CA’s high performance programs and indeed throughout the content for the sport, which whole of our administration of the sport in Australia. We have and will included an expanded continue to fully co-operate with the Wood Review, recently announced relationship with long-time by the Minister for Sport, and look forward to receiving his recommenda- partner SBS TV. tions which will no doubt lead to the enhancement of CA’s anti-doping policies and procedures. We have also increased the value of the commercial venture to our cycling affiliates through provision of Subaru vehicles and new Let me just mention a few of the key highlights from 2012. event and commercial partnerships with MTBA and the Amy Gillett Foundation. World Track Championship: conducted over Easter at the Hisense Arena, this was a splendid event that showcased track cycling with We continued to invest CA resources, both financial HR, and expect to wonderful results again for Australia as well as our expertise in event show a healthy return by the end of the next financial year. delivery. For the first time in many years for a major event we returned a surplus, part of which will go to facilities at the Darebin velodrome. Integration: Regrettably in April 2012 BMXA advised that it would not proceed further at all levels with integration. Nevertheless CA Olympic Games: I was enormously proud of all members of our team, continued to deliver improved administrative services to BMXA which both on and off the bike. They performed very well; it’s just that the will hopefully encourage BMXA to re-engage with both CA and British were exceptional. The British lifted the bar to another level, one MTBA in the integration process. In the interim the MTBA integration that we must aim to better. Of course the stand out was the gold medal continued apace with pleasing progress, including the outsourcing of won by Anna Meares in the sprint against Victoria Pendleton. event management to the Commercial Venture and progress with joint membership initiatives. We continue to focus on integration at all levels Paralympic Games: An outstanding performance by a well prepared in the cycling sector and State bodies, in particular, will be critical for the team with 13 of the 14 athletes returning home with a medal. Program future success of this process. Manager, Peter Day, was subsequently named Coach of the Year by the Australian Paralympic Committee.6
  6. 6. Part 2/ Commission ReportsGovernment Sponsor support: Our success on the bike could not Acknowledgementsbe achieved without the support of Federal and State Governments, I would like to commend the great job by Graham Fredericks and hisState event corporations and commercial partners. Of particular staff in promoting the sport by providing pathways from grass roots tonote is the ongoing funding provided by our principal partner the elite. We have much to be proud of and will be a better organisationAustralian Sports Commission (ASC). Through the ASC the government after the current challenges are faced.continues to provide generous support for our high performance andparticipation programs. Additionally this year, we received funding to A report like this can never do justice to the multitude of peopleaddress the housing issue for our high performance administrative and and organisations who contribute to making the sport great intechnical staff to allow for better communication and efficiency as they this country. To the State and Territory Associations, clubs, officials,support the coaching staff and athletes within the Adelaide Super- coaches and volunteers who keep the sport running; thank you for aDrome. Again, our heart-felt thanks to the Federal Minister for Sport, wonderful effort in 2012.the Honourable Kate Lundy MP. I am sure that the confidence shownin CA will be rewarded in 2013 and onwards to Rio. Klaus Mueller PresidentThe sport is also well supported by a number of commercial sponsorsbut none more generous and valuable than Gerry Ryan, his family andthe Jayco Corporation, who provide significant assistance to our highperformance and athlete development programs.I also acknowledge the generosity of Subaru, SBS, Grass Roots, ANPHA,Santini, the Governments of Victoria and South Australia and the Cityof Ballarat along with many other organisation we are very fortunateto have supporting Cycling Australia. 7
  7. 7. 2012 / Cycling Australia Annual Report Message from the Australian Sports Commission The Australian Government is committed to getting more Australians participating and excelling in sport. Sport not only inspires and unites us as a nation, it also motivates us to become involved and active. The staging of the Olympic and Paralympic Games is an exciting time for all Australians, and highlights the substantial contribution of sport to our community, from athletes competing at the Games to those involved in weekend club competition and social play, as well as parents and volunteers. Australia’s performance at the London Olympic and Paralympic Games is the culmination of extensive long-term efforts across the Australian high performance system. Following the Games, there will be opportunities to celebrate the successes and critically review our next steps to ensure we focus and align our efforts to deliver the best possible results in the next Olympic and Paralympic cycle. It is two years since the Australian Government delivered its new vision for sport in ‘Australian Sport: The Pathway to Success’ and substantially increased ongoing funding to the Australian Sports Commission. Since then, we have focused on implementing our new plans, delivering key programs, supporting national sporting organisations (NSOs) to deliver participation and high performance outcomes (as well as building their capacity), and building collaboration, alignment and effectiveness within the Australian sport sector. The announcement in the May 2012 Budget of the continuation of the Active After-school Communities program will ensure we carry on providing primary school-aged children with a positive introduction to sport. We will continue working with sporting organisations at all levels to ensure the program provides maximum value to sports and supports the transition of program paiticipants into local clubs. Linked to the London Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Prime Minister’s Olympic and Paralympic Challenges will encourage and inspire children to participate in sport and to get active, have fun and earn rewards. This initiative, as well as participation funding programs delivered by NSOs, continues the Australian Government’s commitment to ensuring more people can access sport and all the benefits it provides. The support received from the Australian Government for Australian sport is essential and plays an integral role in connecting our young sporting participants with their dreams of podium success in the future. This is an exciting and challenging time for Australian sport. The Australian Sports Commission looks forward to working with sporting organisations, state and territory institutes and academies of sport, and state and territory departments of sport and recreation, to promote access to, and participation in, sport across the community, and supporting Australia’s continued sporting success. Acting Chairman, Board of the Australian Sports Commission 30 June 20128
  8. 8. Message from theChief Executive Officer The Olympic Games are a clear benchmark over a four-year cycle and our return of 6 medals – 1 gold, 3 silver, 2 bronze – in London was equal second to any previous Olympic performance by Australian cycling. The highlights included a remarkable Gold medal to Anna Meares in the Sprint , finishing #2 nation in Track medals and recording Australia’s first ever BMX (Silver) medal. The Paralympic Games that followed exceeded our expectations with 8 Gold, 3 Silver and 3 Bronze medals being brought home by what was unquestionably the best prepared Para-cycling team Australia has ever fielded. Equally significant has been the phenomenal success at world juniorSTRATEGIC PERFORMANCE REPORT level across all disciplines, again providing a basis for confidence in the future.For Cycling Australia, 2012 was a year of outstanding results on theinternational stage, steady growth in membership and a consolidation Due to timing since the last publication, we have since celebratedof financial and commercial activity. two winners of the Sir Hubert Opperman Trophy as Australian Cyclist of the Year; Cadel Evans for 2011 and Anna Meares in 2012 – twoMEMBERSHIP outstanding athletes and ambassadors for Australian cycling.CA membership grew to 23,266 in 2012, which reflected a 5.7% increasefrom 2011. The total cycling sport sector membership, inclusive of all Sincere thanks to the Australian Sports Commission (principal partner)disciplines, is now just under 40,000. Some of the trends within the and Jayco Corporation (major sponsor) for their resourcing of CA’smembership figures included; national teams and programs. Much credit for our performances must be given to the very talented group of national program coaches and• Minimal movement in the core racing categories with the exception support staff, ably underpinned by a network of pathway coaches forof U13s, with a 30%+ increase off a low base, and Masters, which again whom we should be especially proud. Special mention to Nationalgrew impressively by 6.8%; Performance Director, Kevin Tabotta, who – along with Paul Brosnan,• The Silver (non-competitive) membership category grew by 11.25%, General Manager, High Performance, has achieved remarkablenow totalling over 5,700 and representing nearly a quarter of total CA outcomes from our high performance programs in less than two yearsmembers. at the helm.A lot of work has continued to improve services for members. The 2012 was the inaugural year of Australia’s first world professional roadnew IMG database was introduced in 2012 and despite some early team, Orica GreenEDGE. On top of a very successful entry into thechallenges synonymous with technology implementation, we are World Tour, the relationship established between OGE and our nationalnow starting to take advantage of a system with greater reporting and programs proved crucial for the development of our elite athletes andfunctional capability. Staff numbers and staff training has also been a staff; and none more important than the establishment of a women’smajor focus of member services. trade team in partnership with the AIS.Participation investment has been directed towards key projects in the RESOURCESareas of developing school junior introductory programs, CA and BMXA Financesign-on days, on-line learning for coaching officiating, establishment of While consolidation and rationalisation were characteristic of 2012 inthe Silver calendar and projects targeting women and Para-cycling. financial terms, we were fortunate to end up with a satisfactory result of $109,147 in surplus. This took the Balance Sheet back to just overProgress is well underway for a member loyalty program and a national $630,000 in members’ assets.ranking register in conjunction with our commercial venture. The riskmanagement review has also developed to a stage of readiness for roll- However, with the write-off of some bad debts, rationalisation of ourout in mid-2013. carry-over insurance provision and a reliance upon future return on investment from commercial and event projects, our short term futureThe above initiatives represent a significant investment in improving remains challenging, especially in terms of cash-flow as we headthe future CA environment to both attract new members and provide towards the final quarter of the 2012/13 financial year.encouragement to retain existing members. Operationally, the high performance department prepared well forRESULTS an Olympic year with forward provisions covering the additionalThe past four years has seen Australia emerge as a genuine force in anticipated expenses. General administrative operations felt theinternational cycling. During this period, Australia has not dropped pressure of a growing membership and related service demands andbelow a top 4 world ranking in Track, BMX, Road, MTB Downhill and it was pleasing that membership revenue increased by 20% from 2011;Para-cycling. however, a portion of this was related to new database cost recovery. 9
  9. 9. 2012 / Cycling Australia Annual Report Message from the Chief Executive Officer Insurance claims were well contained over the past 12 months although It is important to acknowledge the significant investment, support a premium increase of up to 5% is envisaged for 2013 in addition to any and confidence placed in Cycling Australia by the Grass Roots Group. improvement in benefits. The subsidised St Kilda Road office facility and the considerable work invested in developing the anticipated member loyalty program, are Management of major note. A very special thank you is extended to chairman, David As the CA staff team has grown in recent years, so did the need for a Evans MBE (GBR) and GM Australia, Matt Seadon. restructure at the senior level of the organisation. The key elements of the new structure has been the establishment of a 4-department Principal Partner structure with 3 also based on the geographical location of CA offices; The Australian Government through the Australian Sports Commission • Chief Operating Officer (Sydney). Melinda Tarrant joined us in May and the Australian Institute of Sport continue the significant 2012. Heading up the Mascot head office, Melinda has brought relationship that is recognised by ‘principal partner’ status. In a significant degree of experience and rigour to the finance and addition to the major contribution to the funding of our successful membership operations in particular; high performance programs, national teams, and participation/ • National Performance Director (Adelaide). Kevin Tabotta has been development programs, Cycling Australia also benefited from funding heading up the HP department working in tandem with General for the Women and Wheels program, an additional CA governance Manager High Performance, Paul Brosnan, sharing the technical and development program and the proposed Adelaide office expansion program management duties. project as well as the critical Green and Gold funding that assisted • Commercial Director (Melbourne). Michael Edgley has also been final preparations for London. We gratefully acknowledge the support leading the way with commercial and major event strategy for the past of Senator the Hon Kate Lundy, Minister for Sport, ASC CEO Simon two years. Hollingsworth and our Senior Partnership Manager, James Selby. • Head of Marketing and Communications. This is a new role being recruited in early 2013. This role will be based in Melbourne in Sponsorship and Partnership recognition of the volume of new work being generated by commercial Again, a very special thank you is directed to the Jayco Corporation activity; however, the staff team will be located throughout each office. and by extension, GreenEdge Cycling (GEC). Gerry and Andrew Ryan have continued to be very important supporters of Australian I also take this opportunity to recognise the exceptional contribution cycling over many years and their current investment in the CA high of Gennie Sheer over more than a decade. Her role in the performance programs, feeder pathway programs and major cycling Communications area has grown exponentially in recent times, events enable so much to be achieved within cycling in Australia. especially in an Olympic year. CA is fortunate to enjoy the support of a wide range of corporate On the next tier of management, Sean Muir moved into the Sport and government supporters. All these people are acknowledged Manager role with Brendan Moriarty retaining leadership of the Sport and thanked hereafter; however in 2012 there are a few that should Development programs. In Melbourne, we welcomed Paul McVeigh be individually recognised. To Andrew Caie from Subaru, Ken Shipp to the Commercial Management Acountant role this year while the SBS, the Victorian Government, City of Ballarat, South Australian position of General Manager Events has been earmarked for recruitment Government, ANPHA, Santini, BT Bikes, Scott, Shimano and the many when resources allow. others, we extend our genuine appreciation and thanks; we could not achieve what we do without them. Commercial Program 2012 was a year of genuine consolidation for the commercial program ACKNOWLEDGEMENT AND THANKS with initial projects such as the Bike Expo and CA Tours showing solid Hosting a world championships is always a great honour and in 2012 growth trends along with an expanding broadcast product. The roll I am proud to say that CA presented one of the best ever UCI Track out of the Subaru sponsorship, extension of the SBS partnership, Cycling World Championships at Melbourne Park over Easter. The acquiring of the ANPHA sponsorship and establishing an office base in organisation was exceptional, the Australian athletes were on fire and Melbourne, were highlights. the public came and supported us. A special thanks to the Organising Committee Chair Malcolm Speed, Event Director Trudy Lindblade, and However, the most important progress for the year was in the the whole team behind them. formulation and preliminary implementation of a major event strategy; negotiations with MTBA, Caribou Promotions, State Event I again take this opportunity to acknowledge the many volunteers, Corporations and the UCI are all starting to take shape and form officials, clubs and promoters who regularly deliver our sport to our a platform for a long term asset base. The operations of Australian members. Your contribution is critical and your efforts are greatly Cycling Events P/L as a separate entity have been wound back as appreciated. To our principal affiliates the State associations, BMXA and event operations are now linked within commercial operations. MTBA, congratulations on another year successfully promoting our sport. Many of these people can be recognised in the contributions to CA has invested significantly into the commercial program and much this annual report; I thank them all and commend their reports. reliance is now place on its future returns. At this stage we are pleased To the entire CA staff team all over Australia and often, all over the to report that detailed predictive financial modelling, conservatively world: you now total in excess of 70 on a permanent basis and based on contracted revenue and known expenditure, indicates a represent an incredible body of talent, capacity and passion for projected return to surplus in the latter half of 2013. Australian cycling. Thank you.10
  10. 10. In conclusion, I acknowledge the tireless efforts of the Board of Cycling Mavic – supply of wheels to the Australian track teamAustralia. It can be an onerous role and it is important we all recognise Vittoria – provision of tyres to national and AIS cycling squads andtheir commitment and dedication under the leadership of President, teamsKlaus Mueller. I especially thank Tracey Gaudry and Stephen Hodge fortheir service, after having both stepped down from the Board this year. Shimano – supply of bike componentry to national programs sponsor of CA AwardsGraham Fredericks Sheppard Cycles (Giro) – helmet sponsor of high performanceChief Executive Officer programs Casco – helmet sponsor of professional track trade team Singapore Airlines – supporting airline of CA high performance2012 Sponsors and Supporters programs national teams Enviro Bike Boxes – bike and equipment box sponsor of CA highAustralian Sports Commission Australian Institute of Sport – performance programsPrincipal Sponsor and Partner Wattbike Australia – stationary bike sponsor of CA high performanceJayco – major sponsor of CA national teams high performance programsprograms, men’s road continental team, professional track women’sroad trade teams, and Cyclist of the Year Awards Tioga – sponsor of national BMX programAustralian Olympic Committee – funding team to Games; VSI – sponsor of national BMX programinternational competition funding Aussie Butt Cream – product sponsor to national and AIS cyclingAustralian Paralympic Committee – funding team to Games: squadsprogram competition funding Thomson – product sponsor of national BMX and track programsSubaru – major sponsor and vehicle supplier to Cycling Australia Jetset Glynde – CA Awards Night sponsor and high performanceAustralian National Preventive Health Agency – major sponsor programs’ supportof Cycling Australia, promoting “Be the Influence”. Carman’s Foods – product supply to Australian national teamsSBS Television – Broadcast partner and commercial partner for Bike Morgan Blue – product supply to Australian national teamsLifestyle Show and CA Tour program KooGa Australia – official supplier of casual clothing to nationalGrass Roots Group – commercial partner and major supporter programsAustralian Commonwealth Games Association – Funding for eliteand junior national team preparationVictorian Government – major partner of the 2012 Track WorldChampionshipsSouth Australian Government – Support of the Cycling AustraliaNational Track Championships and the Tour Down UnderCity of Ballarat – host partner of the Cycling Australia National RoadChampionshipsGreenEDGE – support of Cycling Australia high performanceprogramsSKINS – Official compression recovery garment supplierSMS Santini – supplier of clothing for Australian Cyclones nationalteams, men’s continental team and professional track trade teamMARS – major sponsor of the CA Road National ChampionshipsScody – supplier of clothing to the Para-cycling programMapei – high performance programs’ sponsorBike Technology (BT) – sponsor of bikes for the Australian track teamScott Bikes – supply of road bikes to the men’s continental team, AISwomen’s road team, women’s track endurance team and the tracksprint team 11
  11. 11. 2012 / Cycling Australia Annual Report 2012 Membership by State and Category MEMBER TYPE ACT NSW NT QLD SA TAS VIC WA Affiliates*** Total 2012 Elite 231 810 22 699 246 62 962 224 149 3405 2011 Elite 239 798 9 741 249 57 1001 216 168 3478 2010 Elite 216 742 23 699 254 63 901 190 3088 2012 U23 30 161 3 100 57 26 175 37 15 604 2011 U23 34 165 0 101 44 24 165 34 23 590 2010 U23 32 166 2 91 39 21 147 36 534 2012 U19 20 188 3 74 63 23 163 43 20 597 2011 U19 21 168 6 92 54 26 186 43 22 618 2010 U19 22 183 4 116 60 19 189 54 647 2012 U17 25 210 10 101 59 32 216 52 8 713 2011 U17 32 206 11 102 68 28 204 39 16 706 2010 U17 25 207 11 102 48 23 174 37 627 2012 U15 17 153 9 128 47 30 159 46 5 594 2011 U15 17 168 19 87 41 23 160 47 9 571 2010 U15 14 173 13 94 39 20 162 32 547 2012 U13 45 344 11 204 45 30 221 34 1 935 2011 U13 21 241 18 176 45 28 138 17 12 696 2010 U13 25 188 16 115 22 23 104 24 517 2012 Masters 267 3682 64 1731 461 185 2510 463 160 9523 2011 Masters 262 3407 83 1620 483 159 2352 401 148 8915 2010 Masters 226 3181 103 1422 338 159 2127 317 7873 2012 Ride * 145 2275 71 563 409 121 887 496 758 5725 2011 Recreation * 59 1829 40 499 274 91 881 419 1054 5146 2010 Recreation * 42 1174 29 347 242 33 705 285 2857 2012 Other ** 50 290 4 146 104 74 309 95 98 1170 2011 Other ** 34 390 6 146 101 44 415 82 67 1285 2010 Other ** 35 574 41 316 121 60 531 73 1434 3185 2012 Total 830 8113 197 3746 1491 583 5602 1490 1214 23266 2011 Total 719 7372 192 3564 1359 480 5502 1298 1519 22005 2010 Total 637 6588 242 3302 1163 421 5040 1048 1434 19875 * From 2012 recreation is represented by the “Silver Ride” membership ** Other includes KIDZ, Club, Platinum and Life Member licences *** Affiliates includes AUDAX, ADF plus MTBA BMXA upgrade members12
  12. 12. Cycling Australia Annual Report 2012PART 1DEPARTMENT REPORTS
  13. 13. 2012 / Cycling Australia Annual Report High Performance Program Program Overview and Sam Willoughby, respectively, were room, physical therapies treatment and In close collaboration with the National significant achievements for the BMX HP consultation rooms. Institute Network (NIN), Cycling Australia’s Program. High Performance Unit (HP) strives to provide At the beginning of 2012, the BMX HPP an elite sporting environment with world Road (High Performance Program) was inducted leading coaching, equipment, sport science, The much-anticipated debut of an Australian as an AIS scholarship camps-based program service staff support and welfare to assist UCI World Tour team did not disappoint housed within the newly extended and athletes pursuing Para-cycling, BMX, Road with GreenEDGE claiming the first major refurbished AIS Pizzey Park facility on the and Track disciplines to achieve sustainable classic of the season, Milan San Remo, with Gold Coast. This provided the program success on the international stage and Simon Gerrans. Rachel Neylan’s silver medal with much-needed access to office space, become ambassadors for our sport. winning ride in the elite women’s World Road training/sport science facilities, storage and Race Championship was one of the biggest other in-kind services. National Performance Director, Kevin surprises to book-end the year. Tabotta and General Manager – High Initiatives and Plans Performance, Paul Brosnan, oversee the Olympic Review – against podium With the London Olympics behind us, and overall management and direction of the plan as we enter into a new quadrennial cycle, HP unit, closely monitored by CA’s CEO, the HP programs are currently undergoing a Graham Fredericks. Additionally, in 2009, CA 2012 Olympic Target: 8 Medals – 3 Gold comprehensive and thorough 360° review. appointed a panel of Australian sporting Actual: 6 Medals – 1 Gold, 2 HP management will be consulting all experts to form a High Performance Advisory Silver, 3 Bronze stakeholders to develop a new 2013-16 High Group (HPAG) to provide high-end strategic Performance Strategic Plan, to be endorsed input into the HP Program operations. 2012 Paralympic Target: 10 Medals – 3 Gold, 4 by the CA Board. Silver, 3 Bronze Although medal-winning performances at Actual: 14 Medals – 6 Gold, Despite Australian cycling’s successes in the London Olympic and Paralympic Games 4 Silver, 4 Bronze 2012, the rest of the world is catching up, were a clear priority in 2012, respective with the British system clearly now setting discipline International Cycling Union (UCI) Resources the benchmark. World Championships and World Cups are The resources provided to the HP athletes, a major focus every year, and 2012 was no coaches and staff are varied and numerous. The Strategic Plan is a working document to exception. For example, athletes who train at the be referenced and realigned on a needs basis Adelaide velodrome and Pizzey Park have to guide HP resources and activities optimally Performance Highlights access to state-of-the-art recovery centres, in order to achieve identified annual World (excludes Para-cycling and Junior U19s – made possible by Australian Institute of Sport Championship and 2016 Rio Olympic medal refer separate reports) (AIS) capital works funding. HP athletes in targets, whilst ensuring the underpinning Producing nine Olympic medallists and ten Italy have access to the European Training pathway for Australian cycling’s sustained elite World Champions (8 track/2 BMX), 2012 Centre (AIS ETC) in Varese, Italy, and a success on the international stage i.e. a should be considered a successful year for residential base in Castronno, Italy, which business model. Australian cycling. allows for their exposure to international competition. Relationships with universities Staffing Olympic Games and external organisations allow for We have become a big business. CA now Anna Meares winning Olympic gold in collaborative research, which provides CA directly employs 24 full-time HP staff, the women’s sprint and Sam Willoughby not only with additional resources but also with an additional 9 full-time cycling staff claiming the first Olympic medal (Silver) for access to world leaders in areas such as employed by the AIS. The HP unit contracts Australian BMX were standout achievements aerodynamics. an additional 20+ staff on a part-time/ in London. casual basis to provide specialist support Facilities e.g. soigneurs, mechanics, sport science, Track The CA HP unit has grown significantly over mechanics, team managers. The men’s team sprint gold medal winning the past four years in particular. Recently, the ride at the World Championships in ASC very generously committed substantial Acknowledgements Thanks Melbourne was a breakthrough performance capital works funding to CA to construct for the HP Sprint Program. Equally Glenn a semi-permanent office building within Partnerships O’Shea claiming gold in the men’s Omnium the Adelaide Super-Drome precinct. The The HP unit has a number of valuable and Anna Meares in women’s Keirin were completion date for the new facility is April major organisations and sponsors, who highlight performances in Melbourne. 2013 and it will provide increased office provide significant financial support, space for administration and coaching namely, Jayco, NIN (AIS SIS/SAS), Australian BMX staff. The current space occupied by the Commonwealth Games Association (ACGA), Elite World Championship and overall UCI HP unit will be reconfigured to conduct Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) World Cup titles for Caroline Buchanan support services activities such as an ergo and the Australian Sports Commission14
  14. 14. Part 1/ Department Reports(ASC). Additionally there are manycorporate partners who support the HPprograms, including but not limited to: BikeTechnologies (BT), Santini, Shimano, ScottBicycles and GreenEDGE. Without theircommitment Australian cycling cannotsustain its reputation as an envied worldleader.On behalf of the high performance unit, wewould like to express our appreciation for thecommitment and world-class contributionmade by all CA/AIS staff, program sponsorsand partner stakeholders. Their collaborativeefforts have helped to raise the profile ofour sport and are imperative to sustain theongoing success of Australian cycling on theinternational stage.Kevin TabottaNational Performance DirectorPaul BrosnanGeneral Manager High Performance 15
  15. 15. 2012 / Cycling Australia Annual Report Para-cycling Program Program Overview for program coaches and staff to witness – planned that following the Segovia World The Para-cycling program is integrated with certainly a case study for any aspiring athlete. Cup, our Paralympic road riders would attend Cycling Australia High Performance Programs the training at Brands Hatch. In cooperation and works cooperatively with Cycling Australia’s Facilities with the APC and the AIS we were able to Coaching and Development department and A training camp was held in Adelaide carry out individual road course profiling respective Commissions regarding Para-cycling prior to departure to the Los Angeles and video for the athletes to use during their development, national level events and World Championships. It was an excellent home based ergo sessions. I am sure this international competition. opportunity for the athletes to experience the initiative proved very successful as we review high performance environment and services our performances from the ITT’s: Gold – C. With the London Paralympics being the offered whilst training alongside other Cooke Trike, Gold – D. Nicholas C3, Silver – S. priority focus for the program in 2012, the national track endurance and sprint team Powell (C4) Silver – N. Barley H3 Hand-cycle, Los Angeles Track World Championships was members. and Bronze – M. Gallagher C5. specifically targeted as it was the only track event in 2012 to secure additional Paralympic In cooperation with the APC and the Staffing qualification points prior to the 13 February Australian Institute of Sport (AIS), the All program staff continued from last year cut-off. program effectively used the AIS in Canberra with their full commitment through to the for a holistic sports medicine camp. Every Paralympics with a deliberate strategy of All program athletes and staff agreed to potential team member, along with several continuity that would ensure an ease of operate with a Believe / Behave / Belong identified potential athletes, had individual understanding for all athletes and staff. Sarah commitment and a ‘Whole of Team’ appointments or reviews to address their Jack attended a number of national level acceptance of what is needed to be achieved personal preparation (medicine, nutrition, events prior to travelling with the team to Los and how every athlete and staff member was biomechanical, physiotherapy, psychology Angeles for the Track World Championships. expected to contribute. and recovery). This initiative proved successful in breaking down any potential barriers for athletes as we Performance Highlights As part of the team’s preparation for London, progressed towards London. The team exceeded expectations at the the endurance group again embarked on Track World Championships in Los Angeles an European training and competition block Paul Brosnan – High Performance Manager winning eight gold, three silver and three that included the Rome Road World Cup and Murray Lydeamore – Team Manager bronze medals and breaking one world the Segovia Road World Cup. Included in this Peter Day – Performance Director/Head Coach record. Very importantly, the team gained trip were two development hand-cyclists and Danielle Gillis – Program coordinator valuable qualification points towards a male trike rider. The initial group trained in Tom Skulander – Development co/Asst Nat qualification places for the Paralympics. Italy and used the facilities of the European Coach Training Centre before competitions in Anouska Edwards – International Classifier/ Having qualified for 12 Paralympic slots, six Switzerland, Italy and Spain. Physio men and six female (six single bikes, three Jenni Banks – Handcycle coordinator tandems, two handcycles and one trike), the In preparation for London, the APC Alan Downes – Massage Therapist team also achieved better than expected conducted a team staging in Cardiff, Wales, Paul Martens – Coach results at the Paralympics winning six gold, to ensure the best preparation. Prior to Sarah Jack – Psychologist four silver and four bronze medals and entering the village, they coordinated Alison Campbell (APC) – Sports Medicine breaking five world records. a parallel staging for our cycling team coordinator using the Newport Velodrome and local Peter Giessauf, Mike Winter, Dan Brent Of special mention is the hand-cycling accommodation. With Cardiff only 20 Tom Borger – Mechanics initiative implemented in 2011: the Australian minutes away, we were able to fully use any Paralympic Committee (APC) supported support staff associated with Cardiff. Acknowledgements Thanks a special initiative request for funding to Sincere thanks to Bernard Schreiber and his support equipment and the position of a Because of the identified lack of training team from SCODY for their ongoing support part time Hand-cycle Coordinator. Jenni environments for our two selected hand- of the program and their development of Banks headed up the Hand-cycling discipline cyclists and trike rider around Newport the competition garments we used at the and it was really pleasing to note that and the village, they returned to Southern Paralympics. Nigel Barley winning silver in the H3 Men’s France where our team had trained before Paralympic Time Trial was Australia’s first ever the Segovia World Cup for their final training All athletes and staff are extremely Paralympic Hand-cycle medal. and staging preparations prior to joining the appreciative of the APC’s management and remainder of the team in the village. staff for their tireless work regarding every Another highlight was Carol Cooke winning aspect of assisting with preparation in the gold in the combined men’s and women’s Initiatives and Plans lead-up to and while in London. Jason factored trike event. Carol’s commitment The International Cycling Union (UCI) initiated Hellwig and everyone associated with and dedication to address every possible a Come and Try Day for Brands Hatch, the operational matters are to be congratulated aspect of her preparation was very pleasing venue for the Paralympic road events. It was on their outstanding contribution towards16
  16. 16. Part 1/ Department Reportsthe overall success of the team in London. Thanks to the state associations, their Thanks also to Graham Fredericks andThanks and recognition go to Alison commissaires and volunteers for conducting CA Board of Management, the HighCampbell. Her attention to detail and events for Para-cyclists. Without their Performance management team and all staffsubsequent action regarding identified issues continued commitment, there would be members who assisted with the operationsconcerning athletes proved invaluable for little or no competition opportunities for of the Para-cycling program.several of our highest achievers. Para-cyclists.A big team thank you to Danielle Gillis, HPP It has been especially pleasing to note Peter Daycoordinator and Murray Lydeamore who the progressing initiatives and working Para-cycling Performance Directorwas Team Manager throughout 2010, 2011 relationships being developed by CA’sand 2012. Murray’s appointment as Para- Development department and thecycling Section Manager ensured continued APC’s National and State Developmentefficient and effective managerial operations coordinators. I would also like to recognisewith both CA and the APC regarding all those SIS / SAS and their coaches whoParalympic requirements. actively support the HPP Para-cycling program. 17
  17. 17. 2012 / Cycling Australia Annual Report Commercial Events In the period Cycling Australia Commercial An integrated long term strategy has been At the same time we completed an Events (CACE) (previously known as Commercial developed encompassing the disciplines of agreement with Caribou Events to transition Joint Venture) has invested heavily in devel- Road, Track and Mountain Bike across a full the commercial and event delivery rights oping our commercial strategies, building our spectrum of events, including: to all Victorian based National Road Series resource base and securing initial foundation • World Championship, Cup, Tour Classic cycling events. partnerships which will underpin our future • Regional Championship Tour events prosperity. • National Championship, Multi-leg Series We will now deliver annually six elite domes- Tour events tic road cycling events from 1 January 2013 The CACE operates in three broad areas; • Participation events providing a select suite of event inventory 1. Partnerships which will fund and retain elite cycling event 2. Events The objectives of this strategy are to: delivery resources internally and provide a base 3. Member Loyalty A. Secure long term rights to major cycling for which the international event strategy can events be scaled up to activate/deliver the anticipated Partnerships B. Exploit these major event rights via targeting future international events pipeline. CACE has developed and implemented Australian State and Regional Governments a national partner program which is a C. Maximise the profile, impact benefits CACE reached in principle agreement with combination of existing CA inventory and (direct indirect commercial advantage) for the Amy Gillett Foundation (AGF) to continue newly developed and leveraged CACE assets. cycling to deliver the AGF’s major event “Amy’s Gran D. Create long term legacies for cycling in Fondo” Lorne, Victoria which is a closed road Prior to deploying the national partnership Australia participation event for 4,000 people. This strategy the CACE renegotiated and agreement also includes the CACE integrating extended our exclusive broadcast agreement After engagement and consultation with the AGF assets into our commercial offering and with Australian free to air broadcaster Special UCI, CA will: developing a new business model for the Broadcasting Service (SBS), creating a suite A. Hold the relevant rights from sanctioning promotion and delivery of its suite of “Amy’s of new Cycling Australia owned content that bodies and/or rights owners; and Ride” events (participation events promoted forms the nucleus of the national partner B. Enter relevant funding, hosting and related under the AGF brand). program. agreements with the relevant governments, venues and service providers in Australia to The CACE plans to transition the “Amy’s In the period CACE has secured multiyear deliver an integrated program of major cycling Ride” model from the current third party category exclusive national partnership events. event promoters to a model that shares the arrangements with global automotive brand revenue base of these events with CA affiliate Subaru and Federal Government entity, CA has briefed the government owned event state federations. This will assist to maximise Australian National Preventative Health companies and key government represent- the economies of scale in delivering Agency (ANPHA). These partnerships have atives in each of the major Australian states nationwide “Amy’s Ride” events and assist underpinned the financial performance / regions (Governments) on the growth of state cycling federations to connect with the of the CACE in the formative stages of our cycling in Australia, the CACE and CA’s vision for broader cycling community by leveraging enterprise. major cycling events in Australia. from the power and reach of the AGF brand. The CACE aims to secure new category All states are actively engaged and have asked The CACE also reached agreement with exclusive national partnerships building on to be offered the opportunity to ‘express Mountain Bike Australia (MTBA) to manage the program that has been developed. interest’ in hosting major events in one or more the rights and event delivery of all MTBA cycling disciplines. national series and championship events, A number of non-category exclusive a key platform to commercialise this sector partnerships have been reached with various Development of Domestic Major Events backed in by the international UCI World Cup entities including but not limited to; Strategy: and Championship events on offer via our - Velosure Insurance The CACE is leveraging the interest from MTB EOI process as detailed above. - myBikeREGO Regional and State Governments EOI pro- - Velosophy (BikeShow vendor cooperation cesses to secure support and funding for CA’s Member Loyalty agreement) domestic major events inventory especially in During the period Grass Roots continued - KooGa (event based merchandise support the areas of road, track and mountain bike. the strategic development, program partner agreement) recruitment and technology build phase of In the period the CACE returned the Cycling CA’s future Member Loyalty portal. Events Australia Road National Championships in Development of International Major Events house by completing a three + two (5) year Michael Edgley Strategy: agreement with Regional Victorian Govern- Commercial Director At the core of our events activity is the ment Agency Ballarat Regional Tourism (BRT). development and deployment of our International Major Events Strategy.18
  18. 18. Part 1/ Department ReportsAustralian Cycling EventsThe final event conducted under the banner of Australian Cycling Eleven international broadcast networks covered the event providing bothEvents (ACE) was the 2012 UCI Track Cycling World Championships, live and delayed coverage as well as highlight packages. The event at-which were staged at Melbourne’s Hisense Arena in April. The event tracted 253 hours of airtime; double that of 2011. The total audience reachattracted entries from 41 countries and more than 28,000 spectators was almost 200 million, a figure boosted by news programs in the UK andattended during the five days of competition. Germany reporting on the success of their respective national teams.Medal Table Hisense Arena Melbourne Olympic Parks Trust, the owner of Hisense Arena, invested Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total capital funds to upgrade the velodrome prior to the event to meet Australia 6 6 3 15 current UCI requirements. These capital works included sanding the entire track surface that helped riders post fast times. The capital works Great Britain 6 4 3 13 provide a significant legacy. Cycling Australia extends its thanks to Germany 2 2 1 5 Lloyd Freeburn, Director Infrastructure Services and his team for their tremendous work to provide a world-class track.Athlete Representation SponsorshipThe Championships hosted 306 athletes (190 men and 116 women) The 2012 World Championships would not have been possible withoutfrom 41 countries across ten sessions of racing, with 16 nations the generous support of our event sponsors, in particular the contribu-winning medals. The standard of competition was extremely high and tion by the State Government of Victoria. Other event partners were:by the end of the event five new world records were ratified. Cycling Australia, Subaru, Mars, Jayco, City of Melbourne and Ballarat Regional Tourism. Official suppliers included Jump Media Marketing,World Records Lanier, Coca Cola and Samsung, while SBS was the official media partner. Date Event Nation/Athlete Volunteers 4 April 2012 Men’s 4000m team pursuit Great Britain As with all major events volunteers play an integral role in the contri- bution to the overall success of the event. The 2012 track worlds had a 4 April 2012 Women’s team sprint Germany total workforce of 375 people with 34% being volunteers. Volunteer roles 5 April 2012 Women’s 3000m team pursuit Great Britain included customer service, drivers, athlete services and medal ceremony 5 April 2012 Women’s flying 200m Anna Meares hosts. Volunteers worked approximately 3,900 hours across the event. The Organising Committee sincerely thanks all the volunteers for their 8 April 2012 Women’s standing 500m Anna Meares contribution to the success of the event.Media Publicity Acknowledgements ThanksOne of the measures of the success of the event was the high level of In closing I would like to thank Malcolm Speed for undertaking the rolemedia coverage generated. During the Championships track cycling of Chairman of the Advisory Board and the Advisory Board memberstwice claimed the front page of Melbourne’s The Age newspaper. who guided the Organising Committee during the planning and delivery of the event.The event website attracted 64,000 unique visitswith more than 315,000 page views recorded. I would also like to acknowledge the International Cycling Union, Victori- an Major Events Company and the State Government of Victoria for theirSocial media was a key promotional tool with Facebook and Twitter ongoing support of Cycling Australia’s major events strategy to secureaccounts actively used in the lead up to and during the event. Around World Championship and World Cup events.1500 users logged on to the live blog during sessions. Activity during thechampionships was unparalleled with the viral reach (page impressions, Major events play a significant role in strengthening the brand of cyclingdiscussions, comments, likes, mentions and re-tweets) well in excess of in the local community by providing an opportunity for members,one hundred thousand on each day of the Championships. cycling enthusiasts and sports fans to see the best in the world in their own backyard.The media team initiated a successful viral campaign using USB-Man,a branded figurine that was included in the media welcome bag. This The final thanks goes to the members of the Organising Committeecreative campaign provided a look behind the scenes of the event and whose dedication hard work, aided by support from Cycling Australiagenerated online discussion via social media. and Cycling Victoria staff, ensured that an event of the highest standard was delivered and reinforced Cycling Australia’s reputation for stagingSBS continued their support of cycling with excellent coverage of the world class international events.event including live coverage of all evening sessions on SBS2, a one hourhighlights show on SBS1 and live streaming of all sessions via the CyclingCentral website platform. Ratings indicate the share for SBS2 was double Trudy Lindbladethe usual average. Event Director 19
  19. 19. 2012 / Cycling Australia Annual Report Coaching, Development and Participation The Cycling Australia Sport Development AustCycle CycleSkill coaching course and is aimed at Department continues to increase the The Sport Development Department is those who want to develop and advance their number of accredited coaches across all establishing a clear strategic direction that rider’s mountain biking skills. disciplines. There is now full integration of integrates AustCycle into Cycling Australia’s BMX and mountain bike coach education (CA) Coaching Pathway, whereby teaching BMX with road and track, and provision of both safety through bike handling and traffic skills At the start of 2012, an introductory level BMX generic and discipline-specific support is the entry level (first step) to introducing coaching course was launched and has been to new and existing coaches across all and growing community participation in extremely well received by clubs nationwide. disciplines. In addition, there is an increased cycling. It is aimed at those who want to coach focus on development through the children and beginner level adult BMX riders National Junior Track Series and other new Recent developments with the CA Partici- to develop and advance their riding skills on a participation initiatives. pation Plan, discussions with the Australian BMX track. Sports Commission (ASC) and internal Personnel consideration to change the scope of the Cy- Professional Development Opportunities As a result of a recent Sport Department cleSkill course to re-include entry-level road (PDO) re-structure, Rob Leggett will be moving environments, have all contributed to a review PDO’s delivered at National Championships from the Sport Development Department to of the coaching pathway and in particular the during the year were: the Sport Competition Department to sup- role AustCycle has now and in the future. port Sean Muir, National Manager, Road. We • Junior Road Nationals – Pat Jonker: Analysing are recruiting currently for a replacement with CA and AustCycle are pleased to announce Course Profiles; the capability to move upwards within coach the development of a new NCAS accredi- • BMX Nationals – Brian Kirkham and Luke education, provide technical cycling coaching tation, entitled AustCycle Skills Coach. The Madill: Travelling for Racing; input as well as manage the administration for AustCycle Skills Coach is a new and improved • Various rider workshops at the National the Sport Development Department. one-day, entry-level cycling accreditation Junior Track Series rounds; and developed, implemented and managed in • Anti-doping rider education workshop at In addition, Neil Ross (former Australian partnership by CA and AustCycle. U15/U17 Road Nationals. National Women’s Track Endurance Assistant Coach and former Canadian National Coach), This high quality course is a blend of the The department is planning to incorporate has taken over from Emma Rickards (mater- existing Cycle Skills Coach Accreditation and webinars as part of the National Coach PDO nity leave) and began as the National Coach elements of the Level 1 AustCycle Teacher calendar for 2013, targeting Level 1 and 2 Development Coordinator on 1 July 2012. Accreditation Program, creating a new and coaches across all disciplines. Neil brings a wealth of coaching and coach improved entry-level cycling coach who is education experience to the department and accredited with the following remit: Coaches links the High Performance Department more A total 368 coaches were either newly closely with Sport Development through his The AustCycle Skills Coach will be able to accredited or re-accredited in 2011-12. High Performance Coach Development role. coach basic cycling skills and safe cycling ma- noeuvres to beginner and intermediate riders eLearning Coaching in traffic-free and low traffic environments. CA’s long-term eLearning vision is the crea- Coach Survey tion of engaging online learning with, and for, The department conducted a coach survey In essence, the AustCycle Skills Coach accred- affiliates that complements offline learning earlier this year to ascertain the level of coach itation will provide both CA and AustCycle activity. CA and its affiliates will benefit in education activity at club and state level. with increased capacity to deliver entry-level many ways, including: The coaches ‘needs and wants’ were also cycling programs in both the community and • cost savings; identified to allow for improved servicing club contexts. • an improved offer to learners and increased of coaches along with more effective opportunity for learning; communication with the development staff Road and Track • self-paced progress for the learner who has at state/Territory level. To link directly with the new AustCycle Skills limited time; Coach, a new entry-level road and track skills • learning content at the point of need; Coach Education Review coaching course is currently in the develop- • ability to refresh skills at any time; and In line with the participation audit, the ment phase. It will be aimed at people who • recruitment and retention of coaches and department is planning to conduct a coach want to develop their road and track skills, commissaires. education audit to ascertain the level of coach and advance riders to their first road and track education activity at club and state level. The club races. The ASC recently agreed to provide National coaches ‘needs and wants’ will be also identi- Sporting Organisations (NSO’s) with fied to allow for improved servicing of coaches Mountain Bike access to their eLearning portal. As well as along with more effective communication A new entry-level MTB coaching course is managing the relationship with Canopi (the with the Coaching and Development Staff at currently in the development phase. It will IT consultants) and providing guidance, State/Territory level. be a MTB-specific adaptation of the current training and in-kind support to the NSO’s, the20
  20. 20. Part 1/ Department ReportsASC provides us with options to customise a process and a silver calendar email address Advocacy Partnerships, as well as discussionsrange of other courses it has developed for are in place to manage all calendar enquiries with the State/Territory Departments ofsport: Beginning Coaching General Principles; and requests. Sport Recreation to further replicate thePlay By The Rules; Member Welfare Course integration process at state/territory level.(in development); High Performance Goal Inclusive CyclingSetting; High Performance Decision Making A Para-cycling survey was conducted BMX Freestyle BMX(in development). following the 2011/12 National Hand- BMX Event Training (BEM) was delivered to cycling Series (NHS) and the 2012 National all NSW clubs and will continue to be rolledPARTICIPATION DEVELOPMENT Para-cycling Championships. Key results out in other states. Production of a new TVAlexandra Bright, National Participation included a list of coaches who currently advertisement for the 2012 BMX NationalCoordinator, has been driving a number of coach Para-cyclists, feedback on the delivery Sign-on Day was completed. 61 of 108 BMXkey initiatives in conjunction with the ASC, of these events, interest and access to track clubs took part in National Sign-on Day,our affiliates at all levels, and the coaching cycling, interest in the expansion of the NHS with over 750 participants and 171 newand development team. to include all Para-cycling classifications members signing up. Delivery of the new and feedback on inclusion and access to Beginner BMX Coaching Course commencedBeginners racing opportunities. A NHS committee has in January and has been highly successful.CA has ongoing involvement in the been formed to oversee the 2012/13 NHS. Development of the Online Level 1 BMXdevelopment of the AustCycle National Round dates for 2013 are being confirmed Club Officiating Course has seen 400 officialsSchool Riding Program (ANSRP). and communication is in place to align complete the training. The Freestyle BMX Australian Paralympic Committee Talent Coaching Course has been redevelopedRoad Track Search Days with the NHS to increase event and reduced to a half-day interactive course.There is ongoing development of exposure and participation in the coaching Projects for 2012/13 have been condensedintroduction to road and track racing clinics (being held at each round). For the to BEM training, Freestyle BMX and BMXprograms and two new club-based 2012 membership and beyond, Para- National Sign-on Day.participation programs aimed at providing cycling membership is offered to peoplenew club members with the skills to with a disability outside of the traditional Mountain Bike (MTB)contest their first road or track club race. Para-cycling pathway (deaf/hard of hearing The MTB Dirt Schools Program has beenFurthermore, production of a National Sign- and those with an intellectual disability). developed and is a ten-session MTB programOn Day Research Report and consultation CA supported the 2011 Global Games for high school students. The program waswith SSO Executive Officers and CA internal (international multi-discipline event for launched at the Sydney Bike Lifestyle Showdepartments for the delivery of a National people with intellectual disabilities) though and expressions of interest are now open forSign-On Day in November 2012 has been staff attendance, insurance and the provision schools to purchase the program. MTBA willcompleted. Based on feedback, a nationally of clothing for team members. be holding a participation activity in Octobertargeted date will not be pursued, but a as part of the IMBA ‘Take a Kid MountainCome and Try Cycling Club Manual to assist Women Biking Day’.clubs with the delivery of Come and Try days Consultation for the National Sign-on Dayfor new members is in the final stages of Project highlighted that targeting women Acknowledgementsdevelopment. and juniors as part of new member initiatives The large increase in the number of coaches, is important. Through Key Result Area 2 coach servicing and the other significantJuniors (Road Track), these programs will have developments during the past 12 monthsCA had a successful delivery of the inaugural the flexibility to be delivered as targeted could not have been achieved without2011/12 National Junior Track Series (NJTS), women’s initiatives. Support to the CA the contribution of the presenter/assessorwith an average of 110 riders (U15 and U17) ‘Women Wheels’ media project through the workforce and the staff from CA, BMXA,contesting each round and 264 riders in total Marketing/Communications Department has MTBA and each SSO across road, track andtaking part in the NJTS. An NJTS Working been provided, including a women’s survey BMX. Thank you to everyone who played aGroup has been formed for the 2012/13 (cycling and BMX) focusing on questions role in the progress made during the past 12series. This season’s series includes the about what women wished they knew when months.introduction of Madison (includes Madison they first started cycling, what advice theyorientation training and racing for U17 would give to women getting started andriders), three rounds extended to two days of who inspires them to cycle as well as content Brendan Moriartyracing and an exciting and updated schedule support for the educational videos (available National Manager, Coaching Developmentof events from 2011/12. on YouTube and the SBS Cycling Central website) being filmed as part of this project.Serious RecreationA Silver Calendar of CA sanctioned Industry Partnershipsparticipation rides is now on the CA website, Progress continues to bring organisationslisting rides available to silver and gold within the cycling community closermembers. An electronic calendar listing together. Work continues to form National 21
  21. 21. Cycling Australia Annual Report 2012PART 2commission REPORTS
  22. 22. 2012 / Cycling Australia Annual Report Road Commission Projects and Events men’s and women’s teams. Australian the first change to the course for several 2012 has seen major improvements in many riders’ focus then shifted to the Road World years. The Cycling Australia Board approved facets of our national road cycling scene. The Championships in the Netherlands where, a change to both the road and ITT circuits introduction of live television for the first time although missing out on gold, we were that should provide more opportunities for during the Road National Championships one of the strongest teams with multiple exciting and open racing, while maintaining in Ballarat was a resounding success, made medallists. a significant section on the iconic climb of possible with CA’s partnership with Subaru. Mount Buninyong. The ITT course will now The GreenEdge pro teams confirmed include Lake Wendouree and the Avenue of The launch of Australia’s first Pro Tour Team their strong starts to their debut seasons Honour on a closed circuit in the centre of on the world stage, GreenEdge, means that with both men’s and women’s teams also Ballarat. there is now an uninterrupted pathway from receiving medals in the team time trial. grassroots to World ProTour for both men Acknowledgements Thanks and women in this country. Development The Road Commission would like to extend The development of a National Road Series its thanks to promoters, team managers and The popularity of teams racing at National standards document, which outlines the state representatives who assisted in the Road Series (NRS) level continues to increase minimum standards an event must meet to consultation process for the NRS Standards across the board. The 2012 NRS season be included on the NRS calendar, was one document. The members of the Commission saw 23 teams register for the men’s series of the major developments undertaken by have again devoted a significant amount of (compared with 16 teams in 2011) and the Road Commission in 2012. Consultation their personal time to contribute to the Com- 11 teams register for the women’s series included the first-ever promoters forum mission’s activities throughout a busy year. (compared with six teams in 2011). with current NRS promoters, national and international promoters, state associations Commission Members The Herald Sun Tour faced challenges with and the Road Commission meeting to Chairman: Stephen Hodge (resigned changes to the international calendar. Both discuss event safety, promotion and ensuring 19/10/12); Members: Matt Bazzano; John the Herald Weekly Times, owners of the the future success of road racing in Australia. Craven; Rik Fulcher; Kipp Kaufmann; Michael event, and Cycling Australia have worked Hands (co-opted); Donna Rae-Szalinski hard to preserve this iconic Australian event, “Cycling’s focus on providing the best events (co-opted) which will now be held as part of a summer and participation experience possible for our Coach: Dave Sanders of cycling in January 2013. members and spectators means we need CA Coordinator: Sean Muir to continue to improve and lift our game, The Sport Department has also recently especially when it comes to organisation Stephen Hodge committed to an increase in support of the of road cycling events. The work with our Chairman National Hand-cycling Series. The focus will states, organisers and teams to develop the Road Commission be on raising the profile and organisation at NRS standards has been vital to ensure we events, while also increasing the number of continue to improve the organisation of competitors and individuals trying the sport. our top events” (Stephen Hodge, Chair Road Commission) Even though our road riders missed out on medals during the London 2012 Olympics The annual review of the Road Nationals there was a strong showing by both the in Ballarat resulted in a decision to make24