Author: CCC Secretary Rainer Wilton
To give our members and community an idea of CCC’s activities in 2022 let’s break it down by the numbers.
12 Committee Meetings
The CCC Committee meets from 7-9pm on the 3rd Thursday of every month at Alivio Tourist Park. The meetings are a social catchup (usually over food and a drink), and we plan upcoming events and activities for the club. All members are welcome to attend, and we encourage you to consider coming along, having a chat, and maybe even joining the committee.
Our pro tip is find something that interests you and do that for the club.
2022 was a great year for the Canberra Cycling Club thanks to all of the support we received from our sponsors and supporters. In alphabetical order we’d like to acknowledge:
- Ainslie Bakehouse
- Alivio Tourist Park
- BentSpoke Brewing
- The Boorer Family
- Cranky’s Bicycle Worx
- The HandleBar
- Light House Architecture & Science
- Tufo Tyres
- Winning Position
Our sponsors (and their staff) and supporters donate their time, energy, and resources to support our club. We are grateful for every contribution we have received.
We look forward to another successful year working with our sponsors and supporters.
8,847 Slack Messages
We started using Slack for our committee communication towards the end of 2021 / beginning of 2022. Since then we’ve had countless out of session conversations to keep club activities ticking over. Grading, events, prizemoney, social media, results: each little message helps keep your club running.
161 Volunteer Nominations
In 2022 we received 161 Volunteer nominations through our podio volunteer sign up form. This includes combined VCC/CCC and stand alone CCC events. It doesn’t include all of the volunteer hours our coaches spent organising and running our junior training and coaching activities, our social events, our members who step in at the last minute and rescue a race, or those who quietly lend a hand at an event when and where help is needed.
The 161 nominations does include those who signed up ahead of time and committed to helping at a race or event. By signing up in advance our members are giving the committee and race organisers some confidence that our events can proceed. We’d like everyone to volunteer at least once this year (and let us know in advance that you plan on doing so).
Volunteering is its own reward. Information published on healthdirect.gov.au shows that volunteers experience increased self esteem and well being, a connection to their community, and reduced rates of stress and depression.
With the exception of paid traffic controllers, every role in our club is filled by a volunteer club or community member like you. By volunteering for your club you are directly helping yourself, your club mates, juniors, and the broader cycling community in the ACT.
In short, the club doesn’t run without volunteers.
To give you an idea of who’s a volunteer at the CCC we’ve put together this handy list.
- Committee Members
- Race Directors
- Check in desk
- Van Driver
- Lead Follow Cars
- Support Riders
- Results and timing
- Social Media
- First Aid
- In short everything and anything that isn’t traffic control…
- Traffic Control (Care Traffic)
Also, thank you to all those club members, parents, partners, families and community members who go unrecognised through out the year, but who quietly contribute to the club. Helping the coaches at junior training, packing away cones on the track, getting new batteries for the timing board, running the rego desk when it’s needed: every little thing adds up and it’s why our club is so special.
If you’re thinking about volunteering consider this the little nudge you needed to get you over the line. Ask yourself what can you do? Photos, race reports, planning, admin, coordination, on the day help, results and timing, coaching etc.
But remember that the magic happens when you let the club know in advance that we can count on you.
In the 2022 calendar year CCC organised at least 44 race events for our members. This number includes the Alivio Tourist Park Road Series races we co hosted with our friends at the Vikings Cycling Club as well as our summer crit races that were held in the daylight saving months.
In the same period approximately 3431 participants registered for those 44 events for an average of 78 participants per event.
We now have a range of “modern” systems to make running the club as streamlined as possible.
- Slack – for quick committee communication on the mobile
- Office365 – all of the usual suspects
- EntryBoss – for race entry
- RaceResult – for timing and race results
- MYOB Live – our accounting system
- Socials – FaceBook, Insta etc
- MailChimp – your weekly newsletter
- Podio – race management and automation
- DropBox – we keep stuff here
- WordPress – it runs our website.
If you are a gun at any of these platforms we’d love to hear from you.
2 Girls Who Ride and 1 Junior Guest Ride Events
In early and mid 2022 some of the leading women of cycling in the ACT worked together and with the Canberra Cycling Club to deliver two inclusive multi-discipline, multi-club cycling development events for our junior women riders.
Towards the end of 2022 the Canberra Cycling Club worked with Jay and Bre Vine to deliver another inclusive multi-discipline, multi-club event for Canberra juniors.
These types of events embody the good will and benefits for Canberra riders that come about when the ACT cycling community works together.
Last year saw us send you 47 newsletters including race reports, sponsor exposure, results, and more. We know, that’s a lot. For those who don’t use social media newsletters remain an important way of communicating with our membership.
1 Million Social Views…
Well not quite… But we had a lot. On FaceBook alone we estimate that in 2022 we had in the order of:
- 44k total post reach
- 38k total post engagement
And we saw similar numbers across our other active social channels.
Our membership has seen steady year on year growth since 2019, to it’s current figure of 345. Of this 264 are male and 81 are female.
The club is literally the sum of its members. Club activities only occur thanks to our dedicated and passionate community of members and supporters. It is up to us to make CCC the club we want it to be.