Melbourne 6 Day Membership

I was fortunate to attend last years Melbourne 6 Day event.

It’s great entertainment and provides an excellent opportunity to see some of Australia’s up and coming male and female track riders compete in the Six Day format. 

One way to  support the initiative (and by extension, the riders that compete) is by taking out a membership.

Membership includes some great benefits:

  • Free entry
  • Lapel badge
  • Discounts from some sponsor products
  • Voting on most aggressive teams
  • Functions during the year
  • And more to come
For membership forms go to: (click the badge) or
email: or
call/text 0414 151 998



The Road Ahead

The following text is the closing few paragraphs from an article that I read earlier today. It can serve us well.

For the full article click this link.

“The good news is that the petition seems unlikely to achieve what its founders had hoped. But it has acted as yet another flashpoint in the so-called “war on our roads”, riling up those on both “sides” and increasing tensions and frustrations. That doesn’t do anyone any good.

But while the core premise of the petition is flawed, there is something we can take from it. A reminder that sometimes it does make sense to ride single file when the conditions demand it. Ultimately, all road users can do more to share the road in a friendly, considerate manner. For us cyclists, it means the following: Ride courteously, which might mean that you’re riding two abreast and might mean that you go single file when it makes sense to. It might mean riding defensively, and it might mean claiming the lane to protect your safety when it makes sense to do that too.

For as long as cyclists and other vehicles have coexisted, there’s been conflict of one sort or another. It hasn’t always been an easy relationship; there’s been squabbling and tantrums and hurtful things done in moments of fear or fury. But we have a finite amount of space on the roads to share, and if there’s a better way to share it, then surely we should do so.

Like it or not, we have to get along. It matters too much not to”.

Source: Cycling Tips

Autumn Cycling Classic @ La Trobe University

Autumn Cycling Classic @ La Trobe University was held last weekend. It was a well organised event made possible through the support of La Trobe University (huge thanks) and sponsors:

  • DriveClean – a social enterprise providing mobile bike mechanics for large organisations and buildings in Melbourne.
  • Polaris – shopping centre near campus with restaurants, cafes, amenities and health & beauty shops. They also have apartments for sale.
  • Mobike – provides an affordable means of shared transportation for convenient short urban trips, while reducing congestion, and our city’s carbon footprint
  • Finance Right – specialises in residential and commercial lending with a focus in helping fund property purchases within self managed super funds.

A well coordinated effort from all the Northern Combine clubs Brunswick, Carnegie Caulfield, Coburg, Preston, St. Kilda,  Sunbury and Italo.

Italo riders participating on the day included Kevin Russell and Justin Lui (C Grade) and the hard men of Italo, Marc Loecherer and Fraser Short who were a man down in the B Grade teams race but did us proud on the damp circuit!


Wheelie up the 1:20

I stumbled on this video and was very impressed with Trent’s skills.

We’ve all been up the 1:20 so you’ll appreciate it.

You’ll also see an unnamed Italo rider at the very end of the clip ….and a good example of “Ute-man” IQ.

Awesome ride Trent !



Italo members and friends.

Arguably the biggest race on the Northern Combine calendar, the Italo Trophy Race is fast approaching (14 April).

The punshing South Gisborne circuit challenges cyclists and entertains spectators.

Racing members get your entries in via Entry Boss and for those members not racing (and friends), please come along to support Italo.

There is presentation following the race, so plenty of time to chat and have a bite to eat etc.


MSR, E3, GW & the ITR

Spring Classics have started with Milan San Remo, E3 and Gent Wevelgem.

So its almost time for the ITR on 14 April.

Please note: The Italo Trophy Race (ITR) does not permit UCI Pro Teams (unless they want to work for Italo on the day) so this is your chance to add to your North Combine trophy cabinet.

South Gisborne Circuit will challenge the sprinters with a slow drag each lap.

So do the Italo jersey proud – make the committment, enter the race and ride hard !

Virtual Racing

With the Italo Trophy race fast approaching and lots of work and family committments it might be worth doing some virtual racing. I’d consider myself as an early adopter to Zwift but certainly not a first mover. I’ve always found ergo training productive and time effecient.

I joined in the Aussie Hump Day Ride for the first time last night. Over 200 riders joined the three lap event. First two laps nuetralized but at a decent pace before the screws got tightened.
I got dropped from the second group at about 8k to go and drifted back to the race host/beacon to gobble up those shelled from the front groups.

I have to say I absolutely loved it. Take a look via the Youtube link below you might just want to get into virtual racing/bunch riding (if you haven’t already).

Cycling etiquette known as “The Rules”

As we start 2018 its always good to refresh our knowledge of the fundamental rules of our wonderful sport.

Just to be clear these rules are not Italo CC rules. They are arguably more important than club, state, national or UCI rules.

The “Frigonator” once refered me (& other Italo CC Strava Club Members) to Rule 9, when we opted to stay indoors on a wet morning, but there are many more to reflect on.

Note: There is no formal exam per se. Gaps in your knowledge will be obvious to those you ride with. So visit: Velominati. 

BTW Authors favs are Rule 12 & Rule 92