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Recommencing NPDCC social rides postponed due to COVID-19 outbreak

Update (Friday 26th June 2020): Due to the constantly changing situation with the COVID-19 pandemic, NPDCC has made the decision to cancel this weekend’s planned ride on Sunday the 28th of June 2020 and suspend all future rides until further notice.

At this stage no plans have been made as to when we will recommence our ride calendar, but the Club will continue to monitor the situation and will be ready to ride again once it’s safe to do so.

Please stay safe and please play your part.


Update (Wednesday 24th June 2020): After a lengthy hiatus, NPDCC had earmarked this Sunday the 28th of June 2020 to recommence our social ride calendar.

However due to recent developments in the Covid 19 outbreak this decision is still currently pending and we will make a decision later in the week as to whether or not this will still go ahead on Sunday.

Our local club loop passes through the City of Casey, a current Covid hotspot, which the health authorities have asked people to avoid if possible, so we will likely resume with a Beach Rd ride if the situation allows.

Any riders that attend must register their personal details before riding and the club will ensure that no group of riders larger than 10 will be allowed to ride together. If more riders attend we will stagger the start times of the riding groups.

Thank you for your patience and please stay safe.

Department of Health and Human Services: Getting tested for coronavirus (COVID-19): If you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) you should get tested. Find out where you can get tested near home.

Minister for Health: State Of Emergency Extended To Keep Slowing The Spread (21 June 2020): The State of Emergency in Victoria will be extended for another four weeks to continue the measures designed to slow the spread of coronavirus and keep Victorians safe. The State of Emergency will be extended until 11.59pm on 19 July 2020, which allows the Victorian Government to continue to enforce physical distancing and isolation requirements, as well as other directions from the Chief Health Officer.

City of Greater Dandenong: Coronavirus Update (COVID-19) Health and Wellbeing (16 June 2020): Providing health and wellbeing information to Greater Dandenong residents is imperative throughout this stressful period.

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All NPDCC social rides cancelled until further notice

As the COVID-19 pandemic situation in Australia and Victoria constantly change from day to day, our club is finding it increasingly difficult to proceed with any of our planned future club activities and social group rides.

Even as a small club, we like all other clubs and sporting organisations, prioritise the health and well being of our members and community first and foremost. Infection control and minimising community transmission is of the highest priority.

For this reason, NPDCC committee members announce all group rides and planned future club events have been put on hold. We recommend if you are out riding to practice social distancing and apply measures below as recommended by Cycling Victoria.

  • Keeping a gap of at least 1.5 metres between each rider, including while stationary
  • Limiting groups or bunches to ten (10) or fewer rides – Ensuring all riders are self-sufficient in case of mechanical issues
  • At cafes, leaving helmet, gloves and sunglasses away from tables

As a new and revived club, we have seen growing resurgence and interest in recreational and sport cycling in the Noble Park Dandenong area. We will keep everyone updated on the current situation and when conditions become more relaxed for club activities again, we’ll continue on rebuilding the club for our local community.

Stay informed on the latest COVID-19 advice below:

Cycling Victoria Strongly Advises Against Group Riding

Australian Government Department of Health

Australian Government: COVID19

Victorian State Government: COVID19

City of Greater Dandenong: Coronavirus Update (COVID-19)

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Noble Park Dandenong Cycling Club Team Kit

A New Club With An Old Jersey

Every cycling club is built on it’s heritage and foundations. Without these strong pillars, our cycling clubs would not stand the test of time.

Images from Forty Years of Australian Club Racing: The Dandenong Cycle Club, 1908-1948


Noble Park Dandenong Cycling Club, based in Melbourne’s south east in Victoria is no different.


We are proud to present to you the club’s new team kit. In fact we have not changed much, only incrementally.


The iconic 1960s two green bands on a plain white jersey, the old Noble Park Amateur Cycling Club ( NPACC ) shield of the 1940s and the founding dates of the two cycling clubs in our region, NPACC & Dandenong Cycling Club, 1946 & 1908 respectively.


Thank you to Luke Mascioli’s Visual Creations for 2020 NPDCC photos

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NPDCC Debut at Blackburn Cycling Club Australia Day Carnival

NPDCC is proud to have their first ever team represented at the Blackburn Cycling Club Australia Day Carnival. The carnival consisted of a scratch race, motor pace, handicap (heats and finals), madison and elimination. Ryan Koroknai and Max Blackwood took to the track in A and B grade respectively.

Both riders had a successful day picking up 2nd in the combined A and B grade 80 lap madison, taking out maximum points in the first two sprints. Ryan was also able to podium in the motor pace, elimination and Bessie Poole handicap final.

Congratulations on a successful day and thank you to all who came to support. Special thanks to Giramondo Sportswear for providing such fine skinsuits at such late notice!

Photo credits to OGaram and Chris Star

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NPDCC are here to stay

Over the past few months NPDCC committee members have been working tirelessly in the background, getting our new cycling club up and running, setting the wheels in motion for many great things to come.

We’ve poured hours and hours into exploring and brainstorming many ideas to honour the club’s past heritage in the area, which we are reviving through the old Noble Park Dandenong Cycling Club.

At the same time, we’ve established regular group rides and slowly but surely, the word is spreading. The Noble Park Dandenong Cycling Club is growing from humble new beginnings! We’re a club for all and all are welcome.

Many things are in the works as we are gearing up into the new decade. Keep in the loop on the club’s revival via our website and social accounts…but maybe you don’t have to .. if you spot NPDCC’s iconic club kit on your next ride then you’ll know our club is well and truly here to stay!

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Introducing … old NPACC logo meets new NPDCC logo!

Noble Park Amateur Cycling Club shield circa 1960s-1970s Supplied by Phil Stevens.
Noble Park Dandenong Cycling Club Inc 2019

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A message to all of our friends and supporters

It has been nine, long and arduous months of campaigning to retain the historic Maurice Kirby Velodrome from destruction at hands of the City of Greater Dandenong. Never before has our community rose to an injustice fraught with the knowledge the community will never be listened to but, despite this injustice we all took up the challenge against the City of Greater Dandenong and fought until the very end.

In the process we were fortunate enough to rediscover and retell the humble story of a Noble Park and Melbourne identity, that was Maurice Kirby and his passion for not only cycling and sports but also his ability to bring issues to the forefront of public discussion.


A heartfelt thank you to Noble Park locals who took this photograph then sent it to us, eg: they can remove a velodrome but they will never remove our dreams ❤️❤️❤️

As this campaign draws to a close, we thank each and every one of you for persisting against the bias that was glaringly obvious to anyone that took notice. All those long emails and phone calls to council and our elected representatives, your attendance at council meetings were not for nothing.

Out of this we have reformed the old Noble Park Dandenong Cycling Club Inc. and we will continue to carry on Maurice Kirby’s legacy.

Join the club: http://nobleparkdandenong.cc/membership/

We thank each and every one of you again for fighting so incredibly hard to save the Maurice Kirby velodrome. The Noble Park community has spoken and the fight for justice will have no expiration date!

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Sarah Gigante: Velodromes are really great places for kids to learn to ride a bike in a safe environment

Also I remember when I was little and it was my first time on a velodrome and even though I was only probably going 20km per hour, I felt like a little Olympian, we all did, following in the footsteps of the other cyclists

Champion cyclist Sarah Gigante after riding the Maurice Kirby Velodrome.

Sarah, aged 18, recently became one of the ever youngest winners at the 2019 Australian National Road Race Championships.


  • Sign the Change.org petition: Save Noble Park Velodrome before it’s too late!
  • Chuffed.org crowdfunding: Help Us Rebuild Noble Park Dandenong Cycling Club

  • Sarah Gigante talks about her
    racing journey

    I’ve been racing my bike since I was 8 years old and along the way, I’ve met so many great people, learnt how to really push myself and also kept very fit. These are just some of the benefits of the wonderful sport of cycling. I’ve also won many junior national titles and represented Australia at the Junior Track and Road World Championships in Switzerland and Austria. Earlier this year, I was crowned the Elite Women’s Road Race National Champion.

    My racing journey all began at an outdoor velodrome, just like the Noble Park velodrome. In my case, it was the Brunswick Cycling Club’s home track. It’s a bit bumpy in places and the back straight is downhill, but we all love it and it’s used every day.

    The most important part of Brunswick is that they run a Junior Clinic on the track for kids aged between three and sixteen, and I can definitely see the new Noble Park Cycling Club starting up something similar in the future with the many children and novices who visit the velodrome.

    Sarah Gigante: My racing journey all began at an outdoor velodrome, just like the Noble Park velodrome.

    As it is, simply having the velodrome there is a very encouraging and safe option for all bike riders, no matter their age or experience. The roads around the area are quite busy and filled with fast-moving traffic, so for serious cyclists, the velodrome offers a place to train and go as fast as they want while knowing that they will arrive home safely. For families, the velodrome is also a great location to ride a bike.

    Bike paths are fantastic and definitely serve their purpose, but when you have kids of different speeds, the velodrome allows everyone to go their own pace while still staying near each other and staying safe. This is also helpful for non-cycling parents, who want to let their children grow up with the freedom of riding a bike, but would prefer to just watch from the sidelines.

    While also keeping cyclists fit, happy and off the couch, the velodrome offers another benefit for aspiring riders. The track cycling at the Olympic Games is one of the most memorable and inspiring events, with the steep velodromes and incredibly powerful athletes.

    By having a local velodrome, the community’s kids are able to start to follow in the path of these cyclists and they may see a starting point for their own cycling and racing journey.

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    Who was Maurice Kirby?

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    So who was Maurice (Maurie) Kirby? Read the Kirby’s family account below of the larger than life sporting legend and local resident of Noble Park.

    “Angus Burrows came from Neerim South sometime before 1915 and established the bakehouse, along with two shops and residences in Leonard Avenue, Noble Park.

    Mr. Burrows’ wife died and he remarried. His daughter, through a broken marriage could not support her young son, Maurice, and fostering was considered. The solution was for the grandparents to adopt him.

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    Velodrome or soccer fields?

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    City of Greater Dandenong has put out plans to demolish the Historic Maurice Kirby Velodrome to make way for an additional soccer field.

    The historic velodrome was built between 1954-1955 and named after Maurice Kirby, a Noble Park resident who founded the Pedal Clubs of Victoria which reached 50,000 members strong. He was also a well known sports commentator for 3XY radio and Channel 9 tv station.

    This is the only velodrome remaining in the region and the City of Greater Dandenong have no plans to resurface, rebuild or replace the historic venue.

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