Waratah Masters Cycling Club The premier cycling club in New South Wales
Founded in 1994 on a long history of cycling, the Waratah Masters Cycling Club has grown to become one of the largest cycling clubs in New South Wales and hosts competitive road, time trial and track racing for club members and visiting clubs almost every week of the year. Find out more >
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We take racing seriously, but we also enjoy our cycling and involve our club members regardless of their level and abilities. Find out more >
The order window to buy Waratah clothing is now open for
two weeks until 14 August. Now racing has recommenced it’s perhaps time to
spruce up your kit or pick up a few additional items for your wardrobe. Here is
the link to the site:
Champions dedicated Waratah ordering site hopefully makes
the order process easy. If an item you’d like is not shown you are welcome to
contact Champion (8030 7080) and discuss your needs.
You have the choice of having your order shipped directly
to your home, for a small fee, or alternatively included in a bulk delivery
that will be brought to our Sunday races.
Racing tomorrow has been cancelled. The forecast is very bad so we’ve decided to make an early call and allow people to make other plans or maybe get some more sleep. Hopefully see you at Lansdowne on 2 August.
Waratah Masters CC has been required to amend its COVID-19 Safety Plan in accordance with the Public Health (COVID-19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement) Order(No 4) 2020. We have to:
i. Ensure processes are in place to exclude participants (including spectators and officials) if they have visited Victoria in the 14 days prior; and
ii. Ensure processes are in place to exclude participants (including spectators and officials) if they have attended any of the reported case locations listed on the NSW Health website (nsw.gov.au/covid-19/latest-news-and-updates)
Most of us had our last race on Sunday 15th March.
I raced the B2B in Bathurst that day as the impending virus threat sent the
world into lockdown.
After 16 weeks of hibernation, we are now allowed to return
to a modified form of ‘life before COVID19’.
Since we are now back to racing, this 13th episode of my
blog will be my last for season one.
I have learnt a lot writing these blogs and I still get new
ideas popping up between my ears every day. I think I have been extremely lucky
to live through a pandemic. It takes a crisis to unmask the structures of life
that become shrouded by layers of artefacts built up by endless feedback loops.
the great leveller
As the road traffic thinned at the start of the pandemic,
the paths filled up with walkers, skaters and bikes. Whilst I was basking in
the luxury of riding on empty roads, I could not convince my wife to ride on
the open roads. She is pretty nervous on her bike and she that is why she rarely
rides during normal times.
So, at the start of the pandemic, we rode on bike paths.
On our first ride, we went to see the grand children at
Greenhills Beach. When we made it back home at the end of the day, it was a
68km trip. Her e-bike was the only reason Shirley managed the monster ride…
She said she enjoyed the effort – even though her bum
suffered for days afterwards…
Now we know that we can go out for rides together. The
e-bike was the ‘lift’ that enabled her to level the playing field a bit and allow
the two of us to ride at a nicely balanced pace together. She can even race me
up the hills.
at different levels
The reason Waratah Masters have 7 grades is that we all race
at different levels. Some of us move between levels often and others tend to
stay in a grade for longer periods.
This is also how nature works. Hierarchy is the structure
that permits life to function in an orderly fashion. We cannot help but play at
There is no such thing as equality in the world we live in. Never
in the history of mankind on planet earth have equal rights and opportunities existed.
Where we begin in life as we pop out of the birth canal locks in the levels in
life that we can start playing at.
Once I realised that I could move between levels (even
though my playing field was not level), my game improved. I knew that with some
‘outside’ help, getting to the higher levels of the field was possible.
And when I got to the higher levels, I noticed that the game
was not the same.
up and down the levels
When Sunday comes around, I will be able to try out A grade
racing again. I may find that after the pandemic hiccup, I will no longer be
able to race at this level for much longer.
Playing any game at the highest level is extremely challenging
– but it is the only way to access all the different levels below. An A grade
rider can comfortable race any of the lower grades. Not so an E grade rider.
This is what the world is like. With an element of luck and
lots of hard work, the A game players have the most options. They can choose to
play at any level.
All babies start helpless.
Then they start to grow. There is a theory that the support
environment plays a large part in the pace and levels of growth in children.
When I play with my granddaughter, we either sit or lie down
on the ground together. I consciously take myself down to her level. That is
the only way to see eye to eye and have fun playing.
Further down the track, she will grow up more and the levels
of play will upscale. And it will be a lot easier for her when there is a bit
of support from someone who has a lot more points on the board.
Over the last 13 weeks, I have grown a bit putting these
blogs together. I just hope that it has done the same to one or two of you out
there who took the time to ponder what I was trying to transmit.
We all need support to move our game up a notch. And that
support can only come from a lift – rather than a push. Nobody likes to be
over the past into the future
I am grateful to the pandemic. Only a handful of the total Australian
population get to experience receiving money from the ATO and federal government
in the form of multiple ‘cash boosts’, ‘job keeper payouts’ and ‘apprentice
subsidies’ … all dropping into their bank accounts.
I just happen to be one of these people. Grateful for the
I never felt threatened by the virus.
But the pandemic has given me a far better appreciation of how
the nature of feedback loops have caused the global lockdowns – rather than
just the threat of a killer virus. I also have a better idea of how money can
be created out of thin air. And why the world is not about to end.
The next 6 months promise some interesting revelations.
Certainly enough to make season 2 of ‘Jack’s blogs’ a