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NPDCC recommencing social rides!

Our socials are back for 2020-21. For social rides of ten and over we’ll split the riding groups as per instructions below. We have another NPDCC social ride this Sunday as everyone emerges from lockdown, so please feel free to come along and stretch the legs as this week we’re going to Beach Road.

Noble Park Dandenong CC team kit available to order

  • Long sleeve thermal jersey $125
  • Short sleeve jersey $90
  • Bib n brace knicks $105
  • Vests: Full back with pockets $110
  • Mesh back $105
  • Short sleeve skinsuits $130
  • Arm warmers $40
  • Leg warmers $50
  • Sizes: S/M/L/XL/XXL

We’ll be bringing kit for sizing at the start / end of Sundays ride, see details below. Please place your team kit order by Sunday 6th December 2020 by emailing club{AT}nobleparkdandenong.cc plus any questions or additional information you may have. See below for Giramondo size guide

Giramondo Size Guide

Noble Park Dandenong Cycling Club Inc: Beach Road Ride – Sunday 22nd November 2020

Meet 7.50am for 8am start at Dandenong Ag Society, Greaves Reserve, Bennet St, Dandenong for our Beach Road ride. Friendly riding group, no drop and we stop for coffee + refreshments, come along and meet the crew. Distance approximately 40 – 50km depending upon route decided.

Route: down Springvale Road to Beach Road, turn around at either Mt Eliza or Mornington depending upon group decision. Group can decide which route on the way back, eg: either through Bangholme to avoid morning traffic on Springvale Road.

More dates will be added as per riding guidance here:
https://cycling.org.au/vic/member-update-return-recreation-riding

From 11:59pm Sunday 8 November, you can:
– Ride anywhere in Victoria
– Ride a bike in groups of up to 10 people from any number of households.
– No time limit on duration of your ride

If conditions or weather changes then 12-24 hours notice via facebook and strava updates. Fortnightly NPDCC rides (usually) alternate between Dandenong – Doveton – Endeavour Hills local loop and longer Beach Road rides.

Masks are not mandatory while exercising however we strongly recommend carrying one with you in case you are stopping for any reason while on your ride. Please continue to play your part, look out for each other and above all stay safe,

Noble Park Dandenong Cycling Club Inc. Committee

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NPDCC September 2020: Changes to Stage 4 restrictions

With changes to stage 4 restrictions across Melbourne from 11:59 pm on Sunday 13th of September, Noble Park Dandenong Cycling Club Inc. would like to remind our members that outdoor exercise is still permitted but this has now changed to a maximum of 2 hrs a day within a 5km radius of your home.

Use this handy calculator to see how far is 5km from your home: https://www.vic.gov.au/coronavirus-5km-from-home-map

See where you and your friends have an overlap in their 5km lockdown radius: https://jmargenberg.github.io/covid-5km-overlap-finder/

Cycling Victoria: Member Update – Restrictions Increased to Stage 4 in metropolitan Melbourne & Stage 3 Regional Victoria

For a list of restrictions please refer to: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/victorias-restriction-levels-covid-19

Whether you are riding the roads or many of the great bike paths in the area, as unfortunately we don’t have a local velodrome anymore, its important that you adhere to the social distancing guidelines and ride with a maximum of 1 other person.

Masks are not mandatory while exercising however we strongly recommend carrying one with you in case you are stopping for any reason while on your ride.

Please continue to play your part, look out for each other and above all stay safe,

NPDCC Committee

SmashFM Melbourne interviews NPDCC

From SmashFM Melbourne: Check out our ZOOM interview with some of the members from Noble Park Dandenong Cycling Club Inc.​ about their love for the sport of cycling and what they have been doing in isolation on the bike. You can check out all the details on the club on their social media and their website.

Listen to “SSS2020: Noble Park Dandenong Cycling Club Interviews 150720” on Spreaker.

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!