Our Committee

Name: David Macauley

Profession: Banker – wannabe Sustainability Activist

Passion: Environment and sustainability – stopping people using their phones while driving.

What brings you to the Bendigo MTB committee? Desire to see more people on bikes and the development of a proper trail network

What area of the committee is your passion? Inclusiveness and diversity of riders 

Do you have a long term goal/outcome within the club that you would like to see come to fruition? Our extended trail network

How long have you been in love with mtb’ing? Got my first mountain bike in 2007 and did my first event in 2009 at Woodend. 

Did you start as a mountain biker? No, I started as a person who rode a bike and found mountain biking by accident (had no idea what single track was). 

Competitive/non-competitive rider? Explain!!! I like riding for fun, but I also do events for two reasons – the chance to ride new trails and the race within a race against my mates. 

David

Name: Roz Bradley

Profession: Hairdresser

Passion/s: Riding all of my bikes – as often as possible! Looking at maps to create new adventures – on my bike. Planting trees….

What brings you to the Bendigo MTB committee? After a 15year hiatus – a desire to make a difference within mountain biking around our local area.

What area of the committee is your passion? I’m yet to find my exact passion – but I do love helping to run events. 

Do you have a long term goal/outcome within the club that you would like to see come to fruition? There are a few! Toilets at the trail head in Spring Gully. Sanctioned trails around Bendigo so we can run the Golden Triangle Epic again. Fun social rides/events for newbies.  

How long have you been in love with mtb’ing? In 1999 after buying my first mtb from Pete Moroni and then going along to locally run cross country mountain bike races – so that adds up to a lot of years!!! 

Did you start as a mountain biker? My Dad and subsequently my brothers’ used to race on the track, so I had been around bikes my whole life – but mountain biking was definitely where my passion for bikes started.

Competitive/non-competitve rider? Explain!!! Competitive! It’s just that my brain thinks I’m as good as Peta Mullens but my age and my legs and my lungs and the amount of time I ACTUALLY get to ride my bike don’t compare!!! 

Roz

Name: Ash McAuliffe

Profession: Financial Services Manager

Passion: Riding with my kids

What brings you to the Bendigo MTB committee? As my kids get more involved in MTB, I want to become more involved in the club.

What area of the committee is your passion? Making sure that the members are represented and see value in membership

Do you have a long term goal/outcome within the club that you would like to see come to fruition?  I love to see lift-access shuttles on One Tree Hill… but I might be waiting a long time for that

How long have you been in love with mtb’ing? Since I was 16, my friend had a mountain bike and after a few rides I was hooked.

Did you start as a mountain biker? Yes, but now I ride road and gravel

Competitive/non-competitve rider?

Ash and Ben

Name: Jo Lythgo

Profession: Retail & Accounts Manager

Passion: Riding my Bikes, the coffee after the ride and watching movies

What brings you to the Bendigo MTB committee? 

Initially it was because Paul (husband) was involved with the racing & running the 6hour, then the entire family all got involved in the club racing & volunteering so it was a natural progression to go from volunteering at the Summer Racing to then Co-running it for a few seasons as well as introducing events for women like me that were new to the sport.

What area of the committee is your passion?

Women’s involvement

Do you have a long term goal/outcome within the club that you would like to see come to fruition?

I achieved my goal a few years back with the Women’s involvement increasing and the birth of the Women’s Challenge in 2017, now Id like to see more women become involved in the committee and evolve both the social rides and the Womens event.

How long have you been in love with mtb’ing?

10 years but for me it’s a love/hate that I combine with other types of riding as well.

Did you start as a mountain biker?

God No, I started as a recreational rider, then road rider who was looking for a bit more of a challenge all the while getting pushed by Paul and the kids to do more.

Competitive/non-competitive rider? Explain!!!

I’m a bit of both – I like a bit of competition when I’m feeling good and confident in my skills but most of the time I’m really there for the social connections.

Jo

Name – Mark and Paula Saxon

Profession: Mining consulting

Passion: looking after the beautiful environment literally at our back door, and being happy and healthy

What brings you to the Bendigo MTB committee :  Mark and our son Matthew have been riding mountain bikes for the last 10 years.  Matthew has been part of the 2WA academy and both have been racing in the Victorian XCO MTB series and Shifty Fifty series over the past 2 years.  Joining the committee is one way we can help contribute to grow this great sport.

What area of the committee is your passion: We have taken on management of club merchandise, and use this as a way to promote the club locally and around the state as we travel to events.

Do you have a long term goal/outcome within the club that you would like to see come to fruition?  It is a big long term goal for the club to have more sanctioned trails that would allow us to host major events that help make this club successful and financial.

How long have you been involved with mtb’ing:  Over 10 years, both as riders and “support crew”!

Did you start as a mountain biker? Mark – yes, after moving back to Bendigo as it was a good way to keep fit and off the road. Paula – still to be one! I prefer my e-bike on the rail trail and a coffee along the way.

Competitive/non-competitive rider – Mark – competitive in my age group.  Paula – definitely non-competitive.

Mark
Paula

Name: Barry (Baz)

Profession: policy adviser, Water and Catchments

Passion: environment 

What brings you to the Bendigo MTB committee?

– Better trails to ride

What area of the committee is your passion?

– Surprise! Trails! Trying to improve trails makes for better riding and protects the bush.

Do you have a long term goal/outcome within the club that you would like to see come to fruition?

– Having the club filled with members whether they race or just ride.

How long have you been in love with mtb’ing? 

– I grew up riding klunkers is the bush but was reintroduced to mtb in the mid 90’s. 

Did you start as a mountain biker?

– No, started as a ski’er, needed something to do in the summer, not much snow in Bendigo.

Competitive/non-competitve rider? Explain!!!

– easy to get competitive in a race but never had the fitness or skill so just say I’m in for fun! Love riding in the bush and exploring new places

Barry