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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.

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)

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

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

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!

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

One man, one wheel, one mission

Ryan’s supporters at Maurice Kirby Velodrome, Parkfield Reserve, Dunblane Road, Noble Park

  • 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

  • How’s this for sheer determination to battle through adversity?! On Friday 1st March 2019, under the relentless and intense Noble Park sun, this young man, Ryan Koroknai, set out with one goal in mind, to ride 100km on one wheel at the Maurice Kirby Velodrome (MKV) to raise funds to help restart the Noble Park Dandenong Cycling Club Inc. and save the historic velodrome from demolition.

    What was a single man’s personal test, became a story of unimagined proportions. We had scores of local cyclists come out, lap records fall, tales of Ryan’s grandpa racing around this hallowed grounds and even three unannounced Japanese cyclists training on the track.

    By the time when the 100km mark had been breached on his unicycle, Ryan had one thing to say: “Water has never tasted so good.” We raise our glasses of water to you Ryan and your fighting spirit! You deserved every drop of it!

    Here’s that link again for anyone that wants to help kickstart the old Noble Park-Dandenong Cycling Club and be part of something big. NPDCC will only grow from strength to strength here on in.

    On a side note, the three Japanese cyclists remarked the MKV as a beautiful track to ride on. The velodromes where they are from all must be paid and booked before using and are not as relaxed as MKV compared to Keirin tracks. How did they stumble across the MKV? They googled for ‘velodrome’ on Google Maps and we happened to be the closest!!

    One man, one wheel, one mission

    Ryan Koroknai

    I had the honour yesterday of completing a task on the Maurice Kirby velodrome in Noble Park, which many believed was just about impossible. The 100km unicycle challenge. Nevertheless, I pulled my socks up (literally) and got to work.

    My first hurdle came 20km in where I had a nasty high speed accident, leaving me with a ripped skin suit and a lot of pain. All the training in the world wouldn’t have prevented the accident. It simply comes with riding a unicycle… but when you fall you get back up and keep going. As dad always told me, “finish what you start”. Those who know our family well, know that we don’t give up without a fight.

    The mission wasn’t just about completing the 100km unicycle challenge, it was a whole lot more than that. My mission was also to raise as much money for the Noble Park Dandenong Cycling Club and to show City of Greater Dandenong how important this velodrome is to the community.

    We had international riders from Japan came to the track by pure chance as they were looking for a velodrome to train at and Noble Park was the closest one.

    I feel very proud to be saving this iconic velodrome named after Maurice Kirby. I’m still in great disbelief with the current situation on the velodrome being fast tracked. But as they say … it’s not over till it’s over!

    I’d like to thank everyone for coming yesterday to support me especially family, friends and those who have supported my mission.

    To my Omi for being there through the 38C° heat in your wheelchair as you cheered me on is something I will never forget. To have completed the challenge on the track my Opi (Olympian grandpa) used to race on is something rather special.

    To my brother for staying the whole day counting 250 laps over 5hrs and for being my feed station.

    To Miranda and Will for your encouragement. Special thanks to Will for patching up my wounds and driving me everywhere.

    To my mum and dad for their endless support. Your words of encouragement and sheer presence was enough to keep me going. My unicycle was also homemade by dad the handyman.

    And last but not least, to the team at NPDCC, you know who you are… thank you for all your hard work to promote my ride whether that be a facebook post, radio broadcast, or an ad, it didn’t go unnoticed! So once again, thank you!

    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.

    Hey let’s look back at 2018 with riders who love the Maurice Kirby Velodrome in Noble Park

    David Koroknai: state and national champion. Has ridden on the track for as long as he can remember

    Adrian Savio: local resident, supporter and first sponsor of the newly reformed Noble Park Dandenong Cycling Club Inc.

    Jeff: avid Noble Park cyclist, always looking for a new cycling adventure. Has been to Alice Springs and back

    David Padfield: always found churning laps on his way home from his commute from Dandenong

    Abbey: local and inspirational little rider that never wants to stop riding. Little sister to Australian track champion Kelland O’Brien

    Fangio: when not winning A grade crits at Sandown, this local speedster can be found taking Strava KOMs at the track

    Dean: 20 years, 20 laps per day, everyday on the same bike his wife bought him 20 years ago.

    Samil: lives down the street to the velodrome and loves to ride out gentle laps whilst chatting about his Azerbaijani heritage

    Zoran: another rider seen cutting gentle laps to improve his health and fitness. Blink and you’ll miss him

    Kim Nguyen: local activist of the Save Noble Park Velodrome campaign. Here pictured with Olympian, Mick Hollingsworth

    Dandenong Journal: Builder rides to the rescue

    Builder rides to the rescue By Cam Lucadou-Wells (6th December 2018)

    Adrian Savio, front, with riders Joe Gubatanga, John Inguanti, Kim Nguyen, John Beech, Robert Jamieson and Ryan Koroknai at the Parkfield Reserve track. 188542_01 Picture: CAM LUCADOU-WELLS

    A Dandenong builder has emerged as the first major sponsor of a revived cycling club at Maurice Kirby Velodrome.

    Adrian Savio, of Savio Projects, has weighed in with cyclists mounting a case for the velodrome’s retention at Parkfield Reserve, Noble Park.

    Greater Dandenong councillors are set to decide on 10 December whether the velodrome’s proposed demolition will be delayed until March.

    This would give Cycling Victoria and the proposed Noble Park-Dandenong Cycling Club time to prove that cycling at the track was viable.

    Mr Savio, a recreational cyclist, has donated $1000 towards the set-up of the club.

    It ensures organisers will reach their desired $2000 crowdfunding target.