Quick 5 questions with a member & national champ: Fatema Tajbhai

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2 Jun 2017 Cycling Australia

St Kilda Cycling Club member and 2017 paracycling (C5) time trial national champion, Fatema Tajbhai is a pretty amazing individual.

When she’s not out tearing up the mountainous country, or racing through regional Victoria, you can find her in hanging out in one of her local haunts sipping on a long black.


What’s your number one tip for bike riding? i.e. always carry a $5 note. 

I always carry an extra layer. It makes sitting around enjoying your post ride coffee a lot more enjoyable. It is especially important for me at this time of the year as Melbourne weather is so unpredictable.

Favourite post ride cafe and favourite coffee?

Woven in Yarraville is my favourite post ride coffee spot, and it’s always a long black with a bit of hot milk on the side.  As I’m nearing an end of a ride I look forward to it and sometimes it can be bit of a sprint to get there before they shut at 3 pm on the weekends.

How many bikes do you own and what’s your favourite?

Currently, I own 2 bikes.  A road bike and a single speed I use for commuting.  I love my road bike!  I can race on it, train on it and do social rides.  It’s an all-rounder!

If you could be anyone for a day, who would it be and why?


Daniel Andrews, Premier of Victoria. I would put cycling safety and cycling infrastructure at the top of my agenda and pass in some laws that are so necessary for cyclist’s safety.


Favourite hometown ride?

Anything with some climbs!  Can’t’ beat a good Mt Pleasant loop or a ride out to Kinglake or the Dandenongs.  If I’m short on time the Boulie (Kew Boulevard) is a good option and I love the views of Melbourne from there

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She Rides leader profile: Alison Hugo

Launceston native and the newest coach to Cycling Australia’s She Rides program, Alison Hugo, tells us a little bit about how riding a bike has impacted her life in such a positive way, and why she wants to share this story with others.


How did you first get into riding?


My love for riding was fuelled by movies such as BMX Bandits and ET but some of my first memories of riding were heading off exploring with the neighbourhood kids. We would meet up after tea on those long Summer evenings and just ride. Probably the highlight of my riding was when at the age of nine I won a shiny yellow Dragster with all the trimmings in a local competition. The dragster was the prize to win and that prize was mine, I was the envy of the all my friends.  


Where ever I have lived and wherever I go there is usually a bike involved.  I am proud to say I don’t take myself or my riding too seriously. It is totally about the experience, not the outfit or the fancy bike you might have. It is about the ride and the journey.


How did you become first become a cycling coach?


I completed the Cycling Australia Skills Coach Instructor Course last year after it was recommended to me by some of the cycling community. In order to build a strong and vibrant cycling culture, it’s important to have a pool of enthusiastic qualified instructors and I was keen to be one of those.


What’s your background?

A year ago my husband and I decided to combine our love of riding and our love of Launceston by starting our own tourist business, On Your Bike Tours. We run a range of bike tours in and around Launceston


In terms of riding, I have always ridden a bike recreationally. I have ridden commuter bikes, mountain bikes and any sort of bike all my life.  I started riding a bike when I was 4 so in total that is 42 years of riding. I have embraced the opportunity to ride wherever I have lived or travelled.  This includes pedalling through the busy streets of Sydney when I was on a six month round trip with the family riding around Australia through to riding some remote wilderness locations in the wilds of Tassie.


Today you can find me hurtling down the fabulous new mountain bike tracks in Northern Tassie with my family, cruising to work as a commuter rider, or guiding an ‚On Your Bike Tour’ through the delightful city of Launceston.


Why is Cycling Australia’s She Rides program important to you?


I have always loved riding and the opportunities, experiences and feelings that riding provides. It’s empowering, keeps me fit and my bike can take me anywhere and show me new things. Plus it’s super efficient and fun. I am really keen for others to experience this.


Launceston has improved its bike infrastructure immensely over the past 2 years including better cycle lanes, cycle ways and local mountain bike tracks. This has opened the door for everyone to jump on their bikes and get rolling. For some women, it’s just a matter of brushing up on old skills or learning a few new ones to gain the confidence to use this great infrastructure.


How do you aim to get more women riding locally?


I see the She Ride Program as a pathway to connecting women to the type of riding they want to be part of, whether that is social, fitness, competitive, recreational or commuting reasons. Once they gain their confidence then it will be just a matter of connecting them to the right groups and the right situations for their skill level and interest.


Since we started our bike business a year ago it has opened a whole range of opportunities to use the On Your Bike tour bikes for other things other than for the tours. This has included being part of a program to teach recent migrants, predominantly women, how to ride. My book club friends joined the local Tweed Ride as part of the Junction Arts Festival last year for a dress up and ride experience through the streets of Launceston. We also support new riders to come and join the local Tamar Bike Users Group once a month of their social rides.


What is it that you love about riding?


There are many things I love about riding. One of the main ones is the feeling of liberation that comes with riding. The independence and the freedom of being in charge of the how and where you go.  I also love the stories associated with riding and how through the centuries and decades there are intriguing tales that reflect a time and a place in history. Plus I love how cycling influenced women’s fashion and increased their independence.

CCP Earns Highest Rating from Charity Navigator

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For the third year in a row, the Center for Competitive Politics (CCP) was awarded the highest possible rating by Charity Navigator for “demonstrating strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency.”

Charity Navigator’s coveted 4-star rating indicates that CCP exceeds industry standards in pursuing our mission in a financially efficient way. CCP earned 95 out of a possible 100 points, its highest rating to date.

Charity Navigator first started rating CCP in 2015, and the initial rating started at 4 stars. The new rating came out on May 1, 2017.

“We are pleased to be recognized for our success in making sure every donor’s contribution is used as effectively and efficiently as possible,” said CCP President David Keating. “Earning the trust of our supporters is critical to our ability to defend the First Amendment across the country.

Charity Navigator President and CEO Michael Thatcher congratulated CCP in a letter.

“Only 27% of the charities we evaluate have received at least 2 consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that Center for Competitive Politics outperforms most other charities in America,” he wrote. “This exceptional designation from Charity Navigator sets Center for Competitive Politics apart from its peers and demonstrates to the public its trustworthiness.”

Charity Navigator’s data-driven analysis of charitable organizations has been profiled in Forbes, Business Week, and Kiplinger’s Financial Magazine, among others. It is America’s largest and most-utilized independent evaluator of charities.

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2017 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships 100 Days To Go

Today marks 100 days to go until the 2017 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in Cairns.


While the world’s leading athletes are in the thick of World Cup events overseas, the action closer to home has also stepped up a notch as organisers continue to develop the World Championships course and event activities.


With recent upgrades to fan routes and zones in the rainforest – which includes full spectator access right along the Downhill course from the Event Village to the Rock Garden – fans won’t miss a berm, jump, dab or crash! 


Organisers have promised that the inclusion of food trucks, music, bars and a comprehensive entertainment program will complement the new spectator improvements to making the 2017 World Championships the biggest spectacular on two wheels seen in Cairns. 


To celebrate the 100 Days to Go milestone, Cycling Australia has also declared that Thursday 7 September will be Schools Day, encouraging local students and young mountain bike fans to experience a world class event for free. In a further incentive for schools, organisers have launched the Official Schools Competition for local students to win their way to the event with a VIP experience.


Cycling Australia CEO Nick Green encouraged mountain bike fans and sports fans to get behind the event and said that there was still plenty of time to book a spot and be part of the action.


This is only the third time that Australia has hosted a Mountain Bike World Championships. It’s an experience not to be missed, and this year’s event promises to be a fantastic combination of iconic rainforest environment, explosive action from the world’s best riders and an unrivalled spectator experience.”


More than 20,000 spectators are set to descend on the idyllic location, and a special ‘locals’ pricing structure has been introduced to invite fans from 208 postcodes within the Cairns region to experience mountain biking’s pinnacle event and world class action.


Prices for adult tickets start from $15 and $40 for families with children under 10 FREE to experience the explosive action from the world’s best Mountain Bike athletes.


The 2017 event will feature over 300 riders from more than 35 countries competing in the Cross Country (XCO) and Downhill (DHI) disciplines.


The event will be held at Smithfield Regional Park, James Cook University from the 5 – 10 September 2017 and features six days of action.


The most notable change to the schedule is the shift of the two disciplines from last year’s World Cup format. This year the Cross Country (XCO) competition will be contested on Saturday 9 September while the Downhill (DHI) event will take place on Sunday 10 September.


Tickets can be purchased via the 2017 UCI Mountain Bike Championships website, visit – http://mtbworldscairns.com.au


Travel packages are now also on sale via Flight Centre for those looking to travel to Cairns for the event – http://bit.ly/2mN2zcg


The event will have significant TV and digital viewing presence including the distribution of television broadcast to a cumulative audience in excess of 6.13 million globally across 18 different nations.


The Queensland Government is proud to support the 2017 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships Cairns through Tourism and Events Queensland as part of the It’s Live! in Queensland events calendar. Queensland, just the place to experience Australia’s best live events.


Follow all the official 2017 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships news and updates via the official accounts or via the hashtag #MTBWorldsCairns. 

Under 23 National Team targeting top step of the podium at An Post Ras

After finishing second and third overall with Jai Hindley (WA) and Lucas Hamilton (VIC) in 2016 the Australian Under 23 National Team is eyeing the top spot on their return to the An Post Ras in Ireland, May 21-28.

Eight time track world champion Cameron Meyer (WA) heads the young squad of Australian Champion Sam Jenner (NSW), team pursuit world champions Sam Welsford (WA) and Alex Porter (SA), with Gran Premio Industrie del Marmo winner Michael Storer (WA) completing the well rounded team.

After a successful campaign at the 2016 Ras with second and third overall, the young riders and teams classification, I decided to take a mixed group back this year to provide opportunities for our Men’s Track Endurance group showing some promise in their road racing ability,” said Cycling Australia’s National U23 Men’s Road Coach James Victor.

„We welcome into the team Cameron Meyer who will follow-on some great leadership he showed with the National Team throughout the recent Australian summer campaign.

„With only five rider teams and more than half of the teams being county or local teams this provides a good mix of aggressive racing, along with some respectable international teams travelling to the RAS for the first time,” Victor added.

The eight-day race tackles the opposite direction from last year with a clockwise northern route starting and finishing near the capital Dublin. With the rolling opening three stages presenting opportunities for the fast men.

Stage four will see the first chance for the climbers to take over with five categorised climbs throughout the 151.8km stage including the category one Mamore Gap, that tops out just 15 kilometres go to.

After a likely GC shake up on stage four, the flatter roads return on stage five, though their rolling nature could prove a day for the opportunists with the general classification contenders saving themselves for a tough stage on Friday.

Seven categorised climbs on stage six will likely see the climbers again take the stage on and the category three Drumbeagh climb just eight kilometres from the finish, provides an opportunity for a late move. Before another flat day on the penultimate stage.

The race comes to its traditional close on Sunday in Skerries with three laps of a tough finishing circuit including the Black Hills climb with riders having to pay attention to the very end.

„The weather will present an unpredictable aspect from last year’s clearer conditions, and certainly a great opportunity for these five riders to gel together chasing results every day,” said Victor of the tough conditions expected.

„The team is Very much looking forward to the week and the opportunities for further successes.”

Warren named associate VP of development

Kathi Dantley Warren, currently the senior executive director of development for Duke Cancer Institute, has been named associate vice president of development at Rice University, effective July 10.

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With more than 17 years of experience at higher education and medical institutions, Warren will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of individual fundraising programs and also oversee various departments within the Office of Development and Alumni Relations, including gift planning, major gifts, school-based fundraising and annual giving.

All of us at Rice are incredibly excited that Kathi will be joining the Development and Alumni Relations team,” said Vice President Darrow Zeidenstein. “Educated as a scientist, Kathi brings incredible smarts and a wealth of development experience from her work at Cornell and Duke, two of the best development programs in the country. I have zero doubt that both faculty and staff will enjoy working with Kathi as we seek to secure resources to enhance Rice’s mission.”

In her development role with one of the original eight comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute, Warren transformed the fundraising program from a yearly $18 million enterprise to a $30 million enterprise and successfully completed a $200 million campaign.

Before joining the Duke Cancer Institute and Duke Health in Durham, N.C., in 2014, Warren served as assistant dean for alumni affairs and development at Cornell University’s College of Engineering, where she created its first alumni affairs and development strategic plan and alumni engagement plan. Over a four-year period she increased annual revenues by 245 percent – from $22.7 million to more than $56 million – and helped achieve the second-best fundraising year in the college’s history. Through philanthropy she also enabled the college to create and endow several new programs, including an engineering leadership program and teaching excellence institute.

“It gave me great joy to see the legacy that this created,” Warren said. “Faculty and students are benefiting from those programs that were the result of a partnership with donors and institutional leadership.”

Warren has an M.A. in cell and molecular biology and microbiology from Duke University and a B.A. in biology from Hampton University. She found herself drawn to the development profession after thinking about how she had been impacted as the recipient of an undergraduate scholarship and graduate fellowship. She learned more about the profession that made that scholarship and fellowship possible and became a development associate at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, College Park, where she worked her way up to associate director of development.

She met a refugee from an African country at a University of Maryland scholarship event for donors and recipients and kept in touch with him. After graduating, the refugee got a job at the United Nations and then returned to his home country to try to assist people there, but none of that would have happened if he had not received the scholarship. “That was hugely impactful,” Warren said. “The scholarship changed not only his life, but the lives of others.” She said experiences like this helped her to find meaning in the development profession. “It’s very rewarding,” she said.

Warren’s career in development includes more than 10 years of leading teams during fundraising campaigns of more than $1 billion. She said the best institutions find a way to blend the scientific tenets of fundraising with “the art of cultivating meaningful, lifelong relationships with an institution,” and Rice’s ability to do that was a key factor in her decision to join the university’s development team.

“Rice has an excellent story to tell and a visionary leader in President David Leebron,” Warren said. She noted that Rice’s prestige as a research institution, its liberal arts programs, its residential college system and its unique landscape in an urban setting are “very compelling and really engender not just investments but partnerships with donors” and can lead to “transformational gifts.”

Originally from Alexandria, Va., Warren said she is excited to come to Rice and to make a home in Texas for her family, which includes her husband, Stephen; her 11-year-old son, Bennett; and Pearl, a Piston terrier who is “the sweetest dog on the planet.” Warren is an avid sports enthusiast who likes to run, lift weights and play basketball with her son. She also enjoys cooking and acrylic painting.

Under 23 National Team chasing success at Gran Premio Industrie del Marmo

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The Australian Under 23 National Team heads to Gran Premio Industrie del Marmo, Sunday May 14 looking to continue their strong 2017 season.

Oceania Champion Lucas Hamilton (VIC) heads a strong team and is joined by Toscana Terra di Ciclismo Eroica winner Jai Hindley (WA), Rhone Alpes Isere Tour stage winner Robert Stannard (NSW), Australian Champion Sam Jenner (NSW), Michael Storer (WA) and Harry Sweeny (QLD).

After taking five podium finishes in a row in one-day races in April the team claimed their first victory of 2017 at Toscana Terra di Ciclismo Eroica in a 1-2-3 sweep of the podium. Before Stannard sprinted to a stage win last week at Rhone Alpes Isere Tour, where Hindley finished fourth overall.

2017 sees the 30th edition of the hilly 1.2U race on the UCI Europe Tour calendar, and an opportunity for the rising stars of the sport to test themselves. 33 teams including an always strong Italian contingent will take to the start alongside national teams from Australia, New Zealand and Great Britain.

The 174.7 kilometre race stats from the Marina di Carrara for an opening three laps of a 42.3 loop with the Ponti di Vara climb the main feature. With three laps completed what remains of the peloton will tackle an expanded lap that includes the Ponti di Vara climb, and continues on over the top for a short rise through Bedizzano. Over the top there is a very fast descent before a downhill seven kilometre run to the finish.

Caleb Ewan is the only Australian to have claimed a podium finish with third in 2013.

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#NRS17 – Yellow for Brown as Kennedy triumphs in Railton – 2017 Mersey Valley Tour

She may have been beaten in the final sprint, but nothing could wipe the smile from Holden Women Cycling Team’s Grace Brown after she won the 2017 Mersey Valley Tour on Sunday.

While a confident ride during the 76.4-kilometre road race around Railton ensured that her yellow jersey was never in doubt, 24-year-old Brown even had the energy for an attack on the final climb. Despite being edged by Lucy Kennedy (High5 Dream Team) for line honours, Brown was ecstatic to have finished second and won her first-ever Subaru National Road Series tour.

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“I have improved so much over the past year,” said Brown, who made her debut at the 2016 Mersey Valley Tour. “Each race has just been better and better. It is awesome to get the win at one of the toughest stops on the calendar.” 

Oceania time trial champion Kennedy collected her second stage win in as many days, while Brown’s team-mate Shannon Malseed rounded out the podium. After crashing on Friday, Kennedy was pleased to end the Tour with dual stage triumphs.

“It was a pretty dramatic stage,” she explained. “I had a crash after the first climb, and was feeling pretty sorry for myself after landing on the same side that I hurt [on stage one]. If anything the crash fired me up even more to win.”

Tasmanian local Madeleine Fasnacht was again in strong form, finishing fourth on the stage to secure the young rider’s jersey and fourth overall. The teenage rider, who represented Australia at the junior world road championships in Doha last year, looks set to be the latest Tasmanian youth product to excel at the highest level.

“I am really happy with how the weekend panned out,” said Fasnacht. “I was pleased with my time trial, and then it is great to back it up with two strong climbing stages. It means a lot to do well at my home tour.”

The Subaru National Road Series takes a short break over the winter months, before recommencing in August with the Tour of the King Valley. After finishing second at the Mersey Valley Tour, Holden’s Malseed heads into the hiatus with the overall series lead.

“I’m really proud of myself for keeping the overall leader’s jersey on my shoulders, and proud of the team for a fantastic Tour,” said Malseed. “Our main objectives coming into these tours is the general classification, and to retain the overall series lead is a big bonus.”

Stage winner Kennedy finished the Tour with the climber’s jersey, while High5 Dream Team narrowly beat Holden Women’s Cycling Team to the teams’ general classification win.

The organisers of the Mersey Valley Tour acknowledge the support of the Devonport City Council, Central Coast Council and Kentish Council.

#NRS17 – Brown in Mersey Valley Tour yellow after Holden sweep time trial – 2017 Mersey Valley Tour

Grace Brown (Holden Women’s Cycling Team) was in dominant form under drizzling Tasmanian skies on Friday, blitzing the 14.8-kilometre time trial course to secure stage one of the Mersey Valley Tour and take the leader’s jersey with a time of 19:36.01.

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A picturesque opening stage saw riders brave the elements during an oceanside race from Ulverstone to Penguin and back. Brown was six seconds too fast for team-mate Erin Kinnealy, while a third-placed finish by Lisen Hockings ensured that it was an entirely Holden Women’s Cycling Team podium.

“We are doing pretty well with time trials at the moment,” joked Brown after her win, which comes a week after the team took all three podium places at the Tour of the South West’s first stage. “Today was a great race. The conditions were a bit wet, which made it really fast on the road. Holden came through with first, second, third and fourth – a perfect result for the team.”

Team Manager Julien Knuppel was ecstatic. The win consolidates the position of Holden Women’s Cycling at the top of the Subaru National Road Series standings, where they currently lead the individual classification with Shannon Malseed and the team classification.

“Today’s performance gives us options for the rest of the Tour,” said Knuppel. “All the girls are versatile, so it is a great position to be in. We are happy with the consistency we are showing on and off the road at the moment.

The Mersey Valley Tour continues on Saturday with one of the most feared climbs in Australian cycling, the infamous Gunns Plains ascent. A regular feature on both this Tour and its iconic sibling, the Tour of Tasmania, the peloton will face Gunns Plains in the latter part of a 74.8-kilometre road race from Ulverstone to Riana. Hockings won the equivalent stage last year in her debut Subaru National Road Series tour, and is hoping for another strong outing.

“It is a really tough climb,” admitted the Victorian. “The local riders definitely have an advantage given they train here regularly. It The climb is very steep and does not suit me quite as much as I would like, given my taller height, but I am looking forward to another fun day on the bike.”

The organisers of the Mersey Valley Tour acknowledge the support of the Devonport City Council, Central Coast Council and Kentish Council. Follow @Subaru_NRS, #NRS17 and #MVT17 for live race updates.

AMGA to Serve on Steering Committee for National Coalition for Hospice and Palliative Care

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Coalition Aims to Establish Community-Based Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care

Alexandria, VA – AMGA today announced that it has been selected to serve as a member on the National Consensus Project’s (NCP’s) Steering Committee comprised of 18 organizations from various disciplines to lead to the development and implementation of the NCP Community-based Palliative Care Guidelines.

The goal of the project is to ensure that national practice guidelines formalize and delineate the provision of quality community-based palliative care for patients living with serious and/or chronic progressive illness to safely and reliably meet their supportive care needs where they live. The project also will help to build core competencies among all providers.

We are honored to have been selected to join the NCP Steering Committee and support the important work of improving palliative care delivery,” said Jerry Penso, M.D., M.B.A., chief medical and quality officer of AMGA and president of AMGA Foundation. “AMGA and our members are leading the shift from volume-based to value-based health care. Palliative care is an important element of a comprehensive value-based program, as it supports the level of care based on patient preference.  We’re pleased to contribute our experience and knowledge to help providers ensure that those with serious illness receive appropriate care as well as establish a standard of care across all community-based palliative care providers.”

The Steering Committee will spearhead the two-year project, starting with the planning and convening of a stakeholder summit in 2017.

About AMGA
AMGA is a trade association leading the transformation of health care in America. Representing multispecialty medical groups and integrated systems of care, we advocate, educate, innovate, and empower our members to deliver the next level of high performance health. AMGA is the national voice promoting awareness of our members’ recognized excellence in the delivery of coordinated, high-quality, high-value care. More than 175,000 physicians practice in our member organizations, delivering care to one in three Americans. For more information, visit amga.org

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