St Kilda Cycling Club
One of Australia’s largest clubs, if you ever leave you will be departing with a few extra cycling buddies
Location: Melbourne, VIC
Year established: 1999
Club President: Anthony Seipolt
Club email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Club website: www.skcc.com.au
Club entry: St Kilda welcome cyclists of all levels and ages. Just beginning? There are rides set out for entry level cyclers with fellow newcomers. Intermediate and elite cyclists also ride in separate groups. Riders must have a current Cyclist Australia license for their membership to be approved.
‘A laugh, shared pain, passion and a good coffee are our priorities.As a result we are light on egos’
They say: St Kilda Cycling Club is one of Australia’s largest and most dynamic cycling clubs. SKCC provides high quality racing and social activities that encourage and engage cyclists of all ages and abilities, with the development of women’s cycling being one of there core activities. SKCC is about people, where cycling is the glue which holds them together. ‘A laugh, shared pain, passion and a good coffee are our priorities.As a result we are light on egos,’ explains Club President Anthony Seipolt. Nobody takes themselves too seriously at, just their cycling.
Club Cafe: With a great view and even better coffee it is hard to resist The Great Provider after a big ride. Located on the St Kilda Marina wharf, this cafe lives up to its name. With boats passing by, a chilled setting and great food The Great Provider is the perfect recovery station. The beach is just across the road for those who need to cool down with a post ride dip, while a large breakfast menu will satisfy those low on carbs and in need of an energy boost.
The Great Provider (club sponsor) 42A Marine Parade, St Kilda, VIC 3182
Club Charity: SKCC support two foundations that help the cycling and local community. The Amy Gillet Foundation (www.amygillett.org.au) is a charity with one purpose – reducing the incidence of death and injury of bike riders. A foundation born out of tragedy, but has been saving lives of those on the road through their dedication to increasing awareness and changing road rules to keep riders safe. Locally, SKCC support Sacred Heart Mission (www.sacredheartmission.org) , a charity that began with a simple act of generosity. In 1982 Parish Priest Father Ernie Smith opened his door and shared a meal with a man who was homeless. Today a small team of committed staff help prepare simple meals out of the presbytery kitchen for more than 70 people for breakfast and lunch every day.
Star cyclist: The number one ticket holder for St Kilda Cycling Club goes to Matt Lloyd. The reason why? Fellow member, Gaelene Snelling says, “He is an awesome, all-round guy. When in Melbourne he’s always available and accessible at club functions.”
Club motto: Unofficially,“The quality of the coffee is as important as the quality of the racing.”