The Sunbury CC committee would like to congratulate the following 10 members who will form the Sunbury team for the Sunbury and Coburg Tom Probert Teams Race, next Sunday 27 May at Calder Park.
Chris Steffanoni (Team Captain)
Col Bell (Emergency)
Sunbury CC has put on some great events lately and this is our pride and joy that we share with Coburg CC. We definitely want to see as many Sunbury CC kits out supporting the teams race with the following races on offer- Women's A,B plus B,C,D men,E(men & women) and juniors. Pls invite your family and friends to come along and be part of a great days racing.
The Tom Probert Provincial Shield
In 2009, Sunbury and Coburg decided to dedicate a teams race to Life Time Coburg member and current long standing Sunbury member, Tom Probert. Tom, who was kept in the dark about the award, was taken completely by surprise when it was first presented. Only the sponsoring clubs for the inaugural Tom Probert Shield race were able to win the award. Chris Steffanoni (Sun) was able to collect 11 for the club with Coburg unfortunately unable to obtain any points. That meant that the Sunbury Club became the first winners of the Tom Probert Shield. Sunbury has also taken out the 2010 and 2011 shield and is going for 4 straight wins over Coburg in 2012.
Tom Probert has been a Sunbury member for 6 years and in that time has served on the committee as club secretary.
He started race competition in 1960, time trials, road and track racing. He represented West London Division and Archer Road Club in France, Belgium and Holland competed at 1st cat level for 5 years before migrating to Australia. Tom was a member of Brunswick from 1972 -73 and then Coburg Pro Am for 18 years. He took on secretaries and Public officer position after death of Jim Fawcett, was secretary and treasurer one year then a couple of more years as treasurer. Tom joined the Northern Vets in the 80’s which at the time was an L.V.W registered club, which meant could not go back to Brunswick. Tom had his share of success over the years and continues to race competitively when he can. He was honoured with life membership of the Coburg Cycling Club in the 90’s and very much humbled by Sunbury and Coburg Cycling Clubs decision to have a team’s race named after him. For a number of years his whole family has been involved with cycling with four Proberts racing and his wife helping with canteen and corner marshalling.
Strongest Sunbury Team since 2009.
Sunbury CC vice president Andrew Hutcheson was given the unenviable task of making the final selections for the 2012 Sunbury team. With so many members in good form and more than 10 members wanting to be on the team, selection was taken very seriously. "This is our strongest Sunbury CC team ever for the Tom Probert race" Hutcheson said. "We are hoping to get the team on the podium!"
Here is a deeper insight into how the selection process went
"I have been watching the form of the team members over the last few months. We have got 10 riders who have raced at A grade level which is a big improvement from last year where previously there has only been a hand full and we have called upon B,C & D graders to get us by. With great success I might add!"
SCC - How tough was the final team choice?
AH - The choice was very hard but after consultation Steffo we think we are fielding the strongest team possible.
SCC - How have our new club riders complimented the process?
AH - New members have breathed new life into the club, with in some cases vast experience and their youthful exuberance in other cases, a good mix I think!
SCC - Why is the teams race important for Sunbury?
AH - To show the other clubs and ourselves how strong the club is as competitors and as a club.
SCC - Why have we always "punched above our weight" compared to the bigger clubs
AH - Sunbury riders have a strong sense of mateship, when we race we don't give up until we are finished! Be it physically or after the finish line! In the past we have relied heavily on Steffo to get us points, with lower grade riders giving lead outs and doing what ever they could to help the team. The first time the race was held I was trying to score some early points off the front, I went a bit to deep, then was pulled back by the bunch and the pace was on for the first sprint. I had the reverse beeper on, the felid had been split into a number of packs, the last one was lead Tom Probert he knew with his experience over many years of racing it was time to ride or your day was over, I jumped on and was taken back into the race. This could have been the end of mine and Tom's race but we fought on. Tom didn't know till after that first race was run that the race was to be named after him. I think this was very fitting with Tom's positive approach to both Sunbury and Coburg cycling clubs.
SCC - How many times have you represented Sunbury in the teams race?
AH - Steffo and myself have represented the club in all 3 of the previous races and we're lining up again this year.
SCC - How do you see our chances this year?
AH- Our chances are good to get the team on the podium!
So, see you all at Calder Park, Sunday, 27 May 2012 from 8.30am onwards.
The 2010 Sunbury Team at Calder Park.