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z12.1 December 5 Bleat

posted 5 Dec 2016, 14:10 by Administrator Actvcc   [ updated 5 Dec 2016, 14:10 ]

Hello Vets,

In the Bleat this week;

•  Workplace Training and Assessment qualifications

•  Race Directors for 2017

•  Racing this Week

•  Race Reports

Please send me your contributions at: TheBleat@actvets.cc

 

Ian Morton

 

Workplace Training and Assessment qualifications

As you may be aware, the club relies on qualified traffic controllers to assist in running races. It's been a while since the previous course, the delay being due to a lack of people qualified with a Cert IV Workplace Training and Assessment. These people are required to train others in the same qualification in the ACT.

If you have a Cert IV Workplace Training and Assessment and are interested in assisting in the running of a traffic controller course please identify yourself to me.

 

Dougal Torrance
President, ACT Veterans Cycling Club.

president@actvets.cc

 

Race Directors for 2017

The club’s ability to conduct racing for the benefit of the member’s comes down to handful of Race Director’s who donate their time to ensuring the racing is held in safe conditions and in the spirit of the club’s racing etiquette. But we always would like to be able to add more members to our Race Director ranks so as to share the workload. So we are on the lookout for any club member’s who are interested in becoming a Race Director in 2017. Race Directing is not a hard task and means just a few hours of your time when you need to direct a race, the bonus is that you’ll receive a healthy 20 point addition to your season points score which may prove the difference if you’re racing to win overall season honours.

If you’re interested in throwing your hat into the ring for 2017 and becoming a race director all you need to do is to email race.committee@actvets.cc and register your interest or approach one of the club officials at the crits on a Tuesday night.

A short course will be run to introduce new Race Directors to the process prior to your first race and that a Qualified Referee would be assisting you through the process.

 

RACING THIS WEEK:

Tuesday, 6th December: Stromlo Criterium

Where: Stromlo Forest Park
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number.
Race Description:
E/F/G 5:50 28 min + 2 laps
A/C 6:25 A 42m+2, C 38m+2
B/D 7:15 B 42m+2, D 38m+2

Race Director:  Paul Connor
Contact: Email: paulconnor996@gmail.com    Ph  0410411902

 

Wednesday, 7th December: Track Racing

The Program for Wednesday is as follows:
5.30pm – 6.00pm: Warm-up and free practice;
6.00pm – 6.20pm: 8-lap graded scratch race;
6.20pm – 7.00pm: 24-lap graded points race;
7.00pm – 7.20pm: Italian pursuit.

 

Sunday, 11th December: Dairy Rd Team Points Race

Where: Cotter Bend reserve.
When: 8:00 am (Grade start times to be advised)
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number.
Race Description: Dairy Flat Teams Point Race
Note the earlier start time.
Race Director:tba
Contact: Email tba Ph: tba

Race Director and 2 marshals required. Please let the Race Committee know at race.committee@actvets.cc.

 

RACE REPORTS:

Stromlo – 29th November

A Grade

Maybe it was the earlier start time for A grade which kept the numbers to a lower 19 starters. From the get go in A what I can only describe as the dream team of vets cycling made a break with Ed Pellegrino, Mark Harris, Ben Morrison and Jason Chalker moving out on lap 2 of the race. If you wanted to witness a 40 min effort where all riders worked together to keep the break intact then this was your day. They were never caught and rode at a pace where once they had consolidated their lead they didn’t make or lose time. Very smart riding! It came down to a tactical final lap sprint with Ben Morrison again showing he is the guy to beat in A ahead of Mark Harris and Jason Chalker in 3rd. Also don’t forget Ed Pellegrino who was No 4 of the steam train who worked all night for the break.

B Grade

30 riders at the start line and another huge B grade turnout. Surely there was going to be some early attacks to split such a large group up? But no, the B grades decided that this race was going to be fairly pedestrian and decided to ride together as a group for all of the race. This was audibly obvious 21 mins into the race when 2 riders made a break and as the main peloton came past the finish line the words “Don’t go too hard” was overheard. It ended up in a downhill mass sprint finish with about 5 riders hitting the line at once. After some careful consideration by the officials 1st place was given to David Mullens ahead of Andrew Murrell and Craig Tozer.

C Grade

Only 10 riders lined up for the start of C grade. The tandem of Liny Hou and Stephen Isbel decided an early xmas present was due for C Grade. That is a xmas present of pain! Early attacks by the tandem fractured C Grade pretty quickly. At the halfway mark there was a break of 3 riders with the tandem hovering behind ready to bite again. However the 3 others were now well aware of the threat posed by the tandem and worked smart to ensure there were no further attacks. In the end Kevin Wells took home a fine win just ahead of the Tandem of Lindy and Stephen with Ben Healy in 3rd place.

D Grade

Another great turnout of 27 riders for D grade, but once again they were all content to hold hands for the entire race with no attacks. The only promising attack began with 1.5 laps to go with a lone rider deciding to scurry for the finish line only to be gobbled up and spat out the back with half a lap to go, this big D grade were not having a bar of any attack and wanted another mass sprint finish which they duly got. Once again the officials were not troubled by the racing and trying to keep track of the breaks and counter attacks, they were only troubled by trying to slow-mo down the finish and work out who crossed the line first in amongst the 13 riders who hit the line almost simultaneously. This time Radi Kovacevic was determined the winner ahead of Troy Cassell and Phil Martin.

E Grade

First to line up for E Grade was the newly promoted Ian Morton who decided self-promotion was the only honorable thing to do after blitzing F grade for the last few weeks. 12 riders lined up with only 1 DNF at the end. With 12 mins to go Michael Golding went on the attack and this started to split the group up. But he was reeled in and re-joined the swarming pack. This was the only enterprising attack that I saw come from E grade and once again it came down to a bunch sprint. Tony Sheehan look line honours ahead of James Curran and Phil Anderson.

F Grade

8 riders F joined by 3 riders in G for the last event of the night. With the sun beginning it’s descent behind Mount Stromlo it was agreed to cut the race a tad shorter to avoid finishing in the dark. E and F grade quickly sorted themselves out a few laps in. As per the other races of the night (Bar A Grade), F Grade rode close and tight together all race and once again tested the eyes of the finish line officials with a bunch sprint finish. Robert Miller took out 1st place just ahead of Dennis Puniard with Raphaela Sheehan in 3rd place.

G Grade

It was the B1 & B2 show with Bernie and Bruce dropping Heather midway through the race to setup a tactical sprint finish. So tactical was it that I reckon they planned on hitting the line exactly together to once again test us at the finish line. In the end we gave it to Bruce by a “Bee’s private part”, which I’m led to believe is somewhere between a flea’s private part and a ant’s private part.

Many Thanks to Paul Ledbrook who called me up on Tuesday afternoon and offered to help as a marshal. It’s always helpful to have a 2nd helper at these events especially tonight with so may close finishes. Kim Malcolm did a great job managing the sign-on sheets and unlocking the gates and Tom Roberts the sports med for ensuring help was on hand in case of any accidents which fortunately was not required on the night.

 

Ben Davis
Race Referee

 

 

Narrabundah Track Racing – 30rd November

Session 8 for the track racing season attracted 17 riders. Weather conditions were very good. There was a little cloud and a few drops of rain around on the day. However, by race time, it was quite hot with a mild headwind in the back straight. Attendance was slightly down, but compensated by the enthusiasm of the competitors who showed up.

It is obvious that riders have better form, as the season progresses. The pace in the 10-lap A grade scratch race was hot from the start. No one dared venture off the front until lap 9 when Michael Langdon hauled off with Kerry Knowler in tow. The pair gapped the field by 6-8 metres before Steve Jones sensed the danger and accelerated round the pack, in pursuit. Steve managed to haul in Kerry just before the finish. Michael had made a perfectly timed attack and held on for a fine win.

The 10-lap B grade scratch race also settled into a solid pace. When Graeme O’Neill took the lead on Lap 6, he tried to slow the pace a notch. Tony Beasley took this opportunity to attack. The pack streamed around the lead rider and accelerated into the remaining laps. The furious pace spreadeagled the field. However, Phil Anderson stuck to Tony’s wheel and overhauled him on the bell lap to take the win. Tony Beasley held second place followed by Ross Scutts in third.

The next event was a 2-lap handicap. In A grade, Kerry Knowler lead out from a good handicap and made it clear to the rest of the pack that hard work was needed to haul her in. Michael Langdon put in a big effort from the scratch mark but could not advance to better than mid field. Ben Robey and Tony O’Connor had good rides from mid field to be among the final contenders. At the finish, Kerry Knowler held on for a good win with Ben Robey and Tony O’Connor taking the second and third placing.

The B grade handicap saw close racing and a big effort from all riders. Riders coalesced into a loose group on lap 2 and streamed past the leader in the final bend. Phil Anderson was on form and took his second win for the evening. Phil Coulton had a fine ride to hold second place from Tony Beasley in third.

The handicaps were followed by a 12 lap points race with two intermediate sprints and a final sprint for double points. In A Grade John-Paul DeSousa took the initiative on the first sprint. John-Paul gapped the field handily. However, Steve Jones made a late pursuit and just overhauled JP on the line. The second sprint saw Steve Jones, Michael Langdon and Alec Millett take the points in that order. As the final sprint approached, Kerry Knowler took off and established an unbeatable lead. Steve Jones and Michel Langdon had to be satisfied with second and third on the line. The overall points result saw Steve Jones take first placing followed by Michael Langdon / Kerry Knowler (equal points) and Alec Millett.

In B Grade, the Phil Coulton took the initiative on the first sprint. However, he was run down by Tony Beasley, who took maximum points. In the second sprint, Phil Anderson was too strong for the field. As the final sprint approached Ross Scutts took off and held a handy lead right to the finish. Tony Beasley and Phil Anderson followed over the line in that order. The overall points result saw Tony Beasley take first placing followed by Ross Scutts and Phil Anderson respectively.

There were seven pursuit riders on each team for the all-in Italian Pursuit. The pursuit was a scorcher. Steve Jones, anchoring Team 1, reported a speed reading over 50 km/hr on the lead out lap by Phil Coulton. The pace did not slacken after that. Both team were evenly matched and the result looked close. A brilliant lap by Ben Robey gained a few metres advantage for Team 2. Alec Millett and Michael Langdon were not going to surrender that advantage. They put in fine laps to book a win for Team 2.

Major place getters were as follows:
10-Lap Scratch: (A Grade): Michael Langdon, Steve Jones, Kerry Knowler (B Grade) Phil Anderson, Tony Beasley, Ross Scutts.
2-Lap Handicap: (A Grade): Kerry Knowler, Ben Robey, Tony O’Connor (B Grade), Phil Anderson, Phil Coulton, Tony Beasley
12-Lap Points Race: (A Grade): Steve Jones (18), Michael Langdon & Kerry Knowler (11), Alec Millett (10) (B Grade) Tony Beasley (17), Ross Scutts (15), Phil Anderson (14).
Combined Italian Pursuit: Winner Team 2 (Phil Anderson, Graeme O’Neill, Alec Millett, John-Paul DeSousa, Ben Robey, Andrew Peel, Michael Langdon).

Current Points Score Leaders: Steve Jones (148), Michael Langdon (138), Phil Anderson (120), Ross Scutts (118), Alec Millett (108), Kerry Knowler (97) Steve Hirsler (85), Graeme O’Neill (78).

 

Graeme O'Neill

 

Mt McDonald Time Trial – 4th December

With a couple of major interstate events at Bright and L'Etape competing for rider's attention it was a small turnout for the annual Mt McDonald Time Trial. 18 riders took advantage of the great weather conditions to test their legs against the hill.

The only major challenge on the day was to roll a dead wombat off the road (I think there should be bonus points for road-kill wrangling).

With A, B and G Grades only managing a single competitor each, it was a race against personal best times for Christophe Barberet, Seymour Savell-Boss and Bernie Crowe. C Grade had 6 competitors with Ian Preston taking a 38 second victory over Christopher Kon with Warwick Wilson a further 8 seconds back. 7 E Graders took to the course with Kirsti McVay a narrow 6 seconds ahead of Terry Merrigan and Tony Sheehan 18 seconds further back. Ross Scutts took a 59 second victory over Des Brown in D Grade.

Many thanks to the ATCs, Ian Albrey and Lindsay Graham for ensuring a safe start, helpers James Curran at the start and Jan Koehler at the finish and Graham Hendrie for bringing the van and also running the timing for the race.

 

Ian Morton

 

z11.4 November 28 Bleat

posted 28 Nov 2016, 01:49 by Administrator Actvcc   [ updated 28 Nov 2016, 01:49 ]

Hello Vets,

Plenty of reading in the Bleat this week;

•  Workplace Training and Assessment qualifications

•  Should there be a 'safe' life for bicycle parts?

•  Vintage Bike Exhibition

•  Race Directors for 2017

•  From the desk of the handicapper

•  Racing this Week

•  Race Reports

Please send me your contributions at: TheBleat@actvets.cc

 

Ian Morton

 

Workplace Training and Assessment qualifications

As you may be aware, the club relies on qualified traffic controllers to assist in running races. It's been a while since the previous course, the delay being due to a lack of people qualified with a Cert IV Workplace Training and Assessment. These people are required to train others in the same qualification in the ACT.

If you have a Cert IV Workplace Training and Assessment and are interested in assisting in the running of a traffic controller course please identify yourself to me.

 

Dougal Torrance
President, ACT Veterans Cycling Club.

president@actvets.cc

 

Should there be a 'safe' life for bicycle parts?

The following Canberra Times article raises questions around the safety of older bike components: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/business/consumer-affairs/should-there-be-a-safe-life-for-bicycle-parts-20161117-gss41s.html.

The ACT Vets Committee encourages members to always pay close attention to the mechanical soundness of their bikes.

 

Vintage Bike Exhibition

Peter Taylor is a postman and cycling enthusiast, who services bicycles from his garage workshop and maintains a large and wonderful collection of vintage racing bikes. The highlights from Peter’s collection will be on display at the Canberra Museum and Gallery starting from Thursday 1 December 2016 until 5 March 2017.

The range includes rare Post World War II European bikes to an Australian bike raced at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics. The exhibition coincides with the inaugural L’Étape Australia by Le Tour de France cycling event which will take place in the Snowy Mountains of New South Wales in December.

The event would be delighted to welcome Pedal Power ACT members to the opening – by Minister Gordon Ramsay Minister for the Arts and Community Events at 12Noon Wed 30 November at CMAG.

Pedal Power Members should RSVP for catering purposes by COB Mon 28 Nov to cmagbookings@act.gov.au or 02 6207 3968.

Location: Canberra Museum and Gallery (CMAG)

Date: Thursday 1 December 2016 – 5 March 2017

Full details at http://www.pedalpower.org.au/news/velocity-vintage-racing-bikes/

 

Race Directors for 2017

The club’s ability to conduct racing for the benefit of the member’s comes down to handful of Race Director’s who donate their time to ensuring the racing is held in safe conditions and in the spirit of the club’s racing etiquette. But we always would like to be able to add more members to our Race Director ranks so as to share the workload. So we are on the lookout for any club member’s who are interested in becoming a Race Director in 2017. Race Directing is not a hard task and means just a few hours of your time when you need to direct a race, the bonus is that you’ll receive a healthy 20 point addition to your season points score which may prove the difference if you’re racing to win overall season honours.

If you’re interested in throwing your hat into the ring for 2017 and becoming a race director all you need to do is to email race.committee@actvets.cc and register your interest or approach one of the club officials at the crits on a Tuesday night.

A short course will be run to introduce new Race Directors to the process prior to your first race and that a Qualified Referee would be assisting you through the process.

 

From the desk of the handicapper

Stuart Cathcart C to B
Ben Healy D to C (after great solo breakaway and other recent good form)
Ian Morton promotion alert—one more podium and he’s up!

 

RACING THIS WEEK:

Tuesday, 29th November: Stromlo Criterium

Where: Stromlo Forest Park
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number.
Race Description:
A/C 5:50 A 42m+2, C 38m+2
B/D 6:35 B 42m+2, D 38m+2
E/F/G 7:20 28 min + 2 laps

Race Director:  Ben Davis
Contact: Email: bdavis@internode.on.net    Ph  0416014629

Wednesday, 30th November: Track Racing

The Program for Wednesday is as follows:
5.30pm – 6.00pm: Warm-up and free practice;
6.00pm – 6.20pm: 10-lap graded scratch race;
6.20pm – 6.40pm: 2-Lap Handicap;
6.40pm – 7.00pm: 12-Lap Points Race;
7.00pm – 7.20pm: Italian Pursuit.

Sunday, 4th December: Cotter Reserve Time Trial - Uphill

Where: Cotter Bend reserve.
When: 9:00 am
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number.
Race Description: Individual Time Trial along Brindabella Rd over Mt McDonald
Race Director:Ian Morton
Contact: Email mortoni@optusnet.com.au Ph: 0411112007

Ian will need a couple of volunteers to help out. Please let him know if you can assist.

RACE REPORTS:

Uriarra – 13th November

Four season in one day”. That’s what I would describe the racing at Uriarra. Driving out to Uriarra, it was sunshine. 10 minutes after pulling up at Uriarra myself and some of the volunteers were huddling under the back door of the van whilst a rain band passed by. Then the wind picked up, the flies came out to dance and there was even reports of snow falling on the mountains nearby. Of course those riders who decided to ride out were stuck between choosing to continue to ride out in the rain only to find that racing had been cancelled or turn around and head for home. Those who continued were rewarded with racing conditions that were difficult to say the least. It was even hailing in the latter half of the racing!

With a hotdog course going up to Condor creek and back to the top of Uriarra crossing, we decided to give A, B, C & D grades 2 laps and E, F & G 1 lap due to the lower rider numbers and the weather. We started a few mins late to allow for the various riders taking shelter under trees on their way out to the course to get to the start line and sign-on in time.

A & B grade combined for a 9 rider start group only to split up on the first foray into the mountains. Coming back past the judges with a strong tail wind behind them, they were flying towards the Uriarra turn point. After 1 lap, a group of 4 riders were together. However Peter Marshall decided to up the pace on the 2nd lap and by last time coming past the finish line heading towards the final Uriarra turn point he had a good 40 second break on the chase group. It stayed this way on the final leg back to the finish line with Peter coming home fastest of the day and taking out A grade. A minute behind came the chase group sprint with Christophe Barberet in B grade able to stay with Rohan Verco and Paul Welsh and take out the sprint.

C & D grade started together with Des Brown being the lone D grader who braved the conditions. After ½ a lap Ian Preston had stretched his legs and was putting some hurt into the chase group. However he was caught after 1 lap. Nick Boylan chanced his luck in the 2nd half of the race and this proved to be decisive and he took out the B grade win by about 50 seconds from Ian Preston and John Paul De Souza in 3rd. I was also made aware of a new nickname for Chris Kon (Velcro Kon). I guess one had to be out on the course to understand this new nickname.

E, F & G grades all combined for a 1 lap circuit and Rosemary Robinson decided that it would be a 1 lap solo time trial event and cleared away early and proceeded to increase her margin at every point of the race. She finished 2 minutes clear of everyone else. Maybe she was just trying to outrun the flies that had invaded the course after the rain stopped? Pete Lafferty and David Gunther rounded out the minor placings in E grade with Ian Morton and Bernie Crowe taking out F & G grade respectively.

The weather made our marshals perform their tasks in trying conditions. Polly Templeton did a fantastic job as ATC at the Uriarra Turnpoint, Ian Albery in the lonely Condor Creek turn point and Rob Langridge doing push-ups, squats and sprints trying to keep warm at the Uriarra intersection. Back at race central I was assisted by the great work of Graham Hendrie, John Ignatius and David McCook who is still recovering from a bike accident a few days beforehand. Also thanks to Tom Roberts our ever reliable sports med who was not required on the day for any serious incidents.

 

Ben Davis

 

Stromlo – 22nd November

A warm evening soothed by a setting sun was the scene for Stromlo vet crit racing. Could it get any better than this? Obviously not with big numbers across all grades, it really was the perfect night for racing.

B & D were first up with 31 riders in B and 32 in D. 12 mins into the B grade race we had our first attack of the night with Christopher Kon joined by 1 other for a short break that quickly got reeled in. It was a game of cat and mouse in B grade with no one keen to make a move early on. Over in D grade it was a similar story with no attacks in the early stages. After B grade overtook them, the tempo rose a bit with D grade hanging just off the back of B grade. Then what looked like a promising break of 5 riders in D led by John Thorn fizzled out quickly after 1 lap. It certainly looked like no break were going to succeed on the night. With 3 mins to go in D grade the move of the race was made with 3 riders breaking away to a good lead. This then got whittled down to Ben Healy with 1 lap to go and he held off the chase group to record the win ahead of Matt Dyne and Simon Johnston in 3rd place. B grade ended up in a mass sprint finish with Ian Mongan taking the flag ahead of Chris Kon and Dougal “El Presidente” Torrance back in 3rd.

E,F & G were next up. E grade rolled away on time with 13 riders in tow. F & G then rolled away with 11 in F and 2 in G. Things were very cordial as they normally are in these races with no attacks and an agreement to ride at a sensible pace. In E grade there was the odd attack but nothing successful and it came down to a final lap frenzy with the field quickly blowing apart after some strong turns by James Curran at the front who made the beeline for the finish line in 1st ahead of Phil Anderson in 2nd and Paul McKay in 3rd. F grade also got down to business in the last few mins with Ian Morton edging out Mike Hayes and Robert Miller. Meanwhile in G grade Heather Sommariva had a friendly ride with Bernie Crowe and pipped Bernie out for 1st place.

The final racing of the night was down to A & C grade. By now there were more flies than riders with 23 riders in A and 17 in C. Unusually the Dominator went for an attack joined by 1 other in the first few minutes. Obviously wanted to get as much air time for his sponsors on tv as possible. Then as usual the kangaroos decided to join in on the fun so our secretary went down to the southern end of the track for a roo shoo. They mustn’t respect authority as a few mins after Phil got back to the line they were back again. 13 mins into A grade Mark Harris made an enterprising break joined by Nathan Spillane. I thought this was going to be a very strong break but the main bunch was not having any of it and organized themselves well to chase them down. With 13 mins to go, a strong break was made with Antony Bishop scooting away along with 2 others and they worked well to setup a 200 mtr break. But again the pace whittled down the lead group leaving Bishop and Hinchcliffe to go it alone. They were then joined by a chase group of 3 and once again worked very strong together. On the bell lap the strategy of each rider came into play and they slowed down and with the main field making huge gains on them in the final lap it looked like they were going to get swamped. But Ben Morrison took off and was not caught. Paul Connor took 2nd with Antony Bishop taking 3rd and best aggressive rider for the night. C grade stayed together for most of the race with the odd break being attempted but all riders were quick to respond. It stayed this way right until the final sprint for the line. There would have been 10-14 riders all in the final sprint right across the track with Stuart Cathcart showing his sprint speed to take out the win ahead of Graham Tanton and Treston Bamber in 3rd.

Many Thanks to Bryan Holloway who put his hand up to help with marshal duties and stay injury free before his son’s wedding…wise move! Also thanks to Graham Hendrie for his tireless work behind the scenes at sign on and closing up.

 

Ben Davis

 

ACT Veterans Cycling Club Tim Minehan has put together a Video from last week at the Crit Track: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2hl1saoHAuU

 

Narrabundah Track Racing – 23rd November

The seventh track racing session for the 16-17 season attracted 15 riders. The attendance was slightly down, as the race day was notable for poor weather. From morning until around 2.00pm, it rained solidly. However, by 4.00pm the weather cleared enough to dry the track, in time for racing. There was a small sprinkling of rain during the events and some wind to cope with. However, conditions were good enough to hold three of the four scheduled events.

The 10-lap A grade scratch race was competitive, as usual. The bunch circulated at a solid pace before Michael Langdon and Antony Bishop put in an attack on Lap 6. Michael seemed unconvinced by the attack and drifted back to the bunch. However, Antony Bishop persisted. With two laps to go, he held a 10 metre gap and looked strong. By the bell lap, he looked even better, with a 15 metre gap. However, the bell lap saw a surge from the bunch, with Steve Jones, Paul Connor and Alec Millett accelerating to close the gap on a tiring leader. Steve took the sprint from Paul Connor with Antony Bishop hanging on for a well deserved, third place.

The 10-Lap B grade scratch race settled in with some solid pace. By Lap 7 one rider had tailed off. Ross Scutts took the lead and initially looked a good prospect, as he gapped the field. As the bell lap started Steve Hirsler put in a well timed attack with Phil Anderson following and looking threatening. Steve held off Phil as the two crossed the line in first and second place. Tony Beasley overtook a tiring Ross Scutts to take third.

The next event was a 4-lap handicap. It is always difficult to handicap these longer events, due to the formation of bunches. In A grade, the handicapper tried a new scheme with most riders slotted into starting groups. This seemed to provide good racing. After a lap or so, riders coalesced into 2 main bunches and started working together. The scratch bunch caught the lead bunch halfway through the bell lap. Paul Connor surged to the line to take a second win for the night, closely followed by Michael Langdon and Steve Jones in that order.

The B grade handicap saw riders spread out more on handicap. By the end of lap 3, all riders had coalesced into a bunch that was travelling at pace and dropped the last rider overtaken. The bunch barrelled into the bell lap and set up for a sprint finish. Tony Beasley took the sprint from Phil Anderson and Phil Coulton. Well done to Phil Coulton for hanging in the bunch when overtaken.

The weather became unsettled as the B grade handicap concluded. After a short interval for the track to dry, the planned points race was cancelled and the race program jumped straight to the normal, all-in, Italian Pursuit finale.

There were 8 pursuit riders on team on Team 1 and 7 riders on Team 2. This required Team 2 to put in an extra lap to compensate for the shortfall of one rider. On paper, team 1 looked stronger in the middle and Team 2 looked to have a slight advantage with the anchor group. Initially the race looked like unfolding to form. However, some great laps by John Paul DeSousa, Alec Millett and Kerry Knowler cemented the mid race advantage of Team 1. By lap 7, Team 1 held a comfortable lead. However, it looked possible for Team 2 to close the gap. Both Michael Langdon and Antony Bishop put in big final efforts for Team 2. However, it was not enough to prevent Steve Jones and Paul Connor closing it out for a well fought, Team 1 win.

Major place getters were as follows:
10-Lap Scratch: (A Grade): Steve Jones, Paul Connor, Antony Bishop (B Grade) Steve Hirsler, Phil Anderson, Tony Beasley.
4-Lap Handicap: (A Grade): Paul Connor, Michael Langdon, Steve Jones (B Grade) Tony Beasley, Phil Anderson, Phil Coulton
Combined Italian Pursuit: Winner Team 1 (Graeme O’Neill, Phil Coulton, Ross Scutts, Alec Millett, John-Paul DeSousa, Kerry Knowler, Paul Connor, Steve Jones).

Current Points Score Leaders: Steve Jones (131), Michael Langdon (119), Ross Scutts (101), Phil Anderson (97), Alec Millett (93), Steve Hirsler (85), Kerry Knowler (77), Graeme O’Neill (67).

 

Graeme O'Neill

 

Dairy Rd – 27th November

There was a small turnout for the Dairy Flat Criterium last Sunday with only 21 riders across all grades.

G grade got the ball rolling and whilst Bernie took all the sprints to win the race, Bruce was right on his tail crossing the line each time. There was no F Grade and in E grade the bunch mostly stayed together to contest the spints. Philip Anderson consistently placed in the sprints to the win the grade but he was regularly tested by Alison Hale. Some nice attacking by Rosemary Robinson towards the end put some pressure on the other riders but ultimately Rosemary came up a little short.

A and B grades were the next to roll away. The first couple of sprints were close affairs in A grade however, about half way into the race Paul Scherl put the hammer down and soloed his way to the finish leaving Peter and Seymour to battle it out for second which Seymour eventually took. B grade provided the most competitive racing on the day. David Dickson got out to an early lead in the points standing but consistent sprinting from Jason Parkes saw him in with a chance to take the win on the last sprint. There were a couple of attacks off the front, especially from Heath Chester which David had to respond to. However from the sidelines it looked like the other riders were happy to help David out in the chasing which shut down the breakaways. Ultimately David was able to come away with the win after a bunch sprint on the final lap.

There were only 4 riders across C and D grades so a last minute decision was made to have the grades race as one. Rather than ride together and contest the sprints, Kevin Wells charged off the front after 3 laps and was never headed. Andrew McRae and Michael Hanbury worked well together but were unable to pull any real ground back on Kevin. Kudos to Greg Mitchell who continued to fight along even though he was dropped early on. Its not always so easy to ride up a grade on the hotdog course!

Overall it was a very quiet day of race directing. Thanks to Graham Hendrie for setting up and dismantling the course.

 

Rohan Verco

 

z11.3 November 21 Bleat

posted 21 Nov 2016, 02:02 by Administrator Actvcc   [ updated 21 Nov 2016, 02:03 ]

 

Hello Vets,

In the Bleat this week;

•  Vintage Bike Exhibition

•  Race Directors for 2017

•  From the desk of the handicapper

•  Racing this Week

•  Race Reports

Please send me your contributions at: TheBleat@actvets.cc

 

Ian Morton

 

Vintage Bike Exhibition

Peter Taylor is a postman and cycling enthusiast, who services bicycles from his garage workshop and maintains a large and wonderful collection of vintage racing bikes. The highlights from Peter’s collection will be on display at the Canberra Museum and Gallery starting from Thursday 1 December 2016 until 5 March 2017.

The range includes rare Post World War II European bikes to an Australian bike raced at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics. The exhibition coincides with the inaugural L’Étape Australia by Le Tour de France cycling event which will take place in the Snowy Mountains of New South Wales in December.

The event would be delighted to welcome Pedal Power ACT members to the opening – by Minister Gordon Ramsay Minister for the Arts and Community Events at 12Noon Wed 30 November at CMAG.

Pedal Power Members should RSVP for catering purposes by COB Mon 28 Nov to cmagbookings@act.gov.au or 02 6207 3968.

Location: Canberra Museum and Gallery (CMAG)

Date: Thursday 1 December 2016 – 5 March 2017

Full details at http://www.pedalpower.org.au/news/velocity-vintage-racing-bikes/

 

Race Directors for 2017

The club’s ability to conduct racing for the benefit of the member’s comes down to handful of Race Director’s who donate their time to ensuring the racing is held in safe conditions and in the spirit of the club’s racing etiquette. But we always would like to be able to add more members to our Race Director ranks so as to share the workload. So we are on the lookout for any club member’s who are interested in becoming a Race Director in 2017. Race Directing is not a hard task and means just a few hours of your time when you need to direct a race, the bonus is that you’ll receive a healthy 20 point addition to your season points score which may prove the difference if you’re racing to win overall season honours.

If you’re interested in throwing your hat into the ring for 2017 and becoming a race director all you need to do is to email race.committee@actvets.cc and register your interest or approach one of the club officials at the crits on a Tuesday night.

 

From the desk of the handicapper

Crits

Andrew O’Neal F to E
Ben McDuff B to A
Wayne Shippley C to B
Bryan Holloway C to B
Paul Ledbrook B to A
Roger Wheatley D to C

Road

Mark Taylor D to C
Alain Arbaut E to D

 

RACING THIS WEEK:

Tuesday, 22nd November: Stromlo Criterium

Where: Stromlo Forest Park
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number.
Race Description:
B/D 5:50 B 40m+2, D 35m+2
E/F/G 6:35 28 min + 2 laps
A/C 7:10 A 40m+2, C 35m+2

Race Director:  Ben Davis
Contact: Email: bdavis@internode.on.net    Ph  0416014629

 

Wednesday, 23rd November: Track Racing

The Program for Wednesday is as follows:
5.30pm – 6.00pm: Warm-up and free practice;
6.00pm – 6.20pm: 10-lap graded scratch race;
6.20pm – 6.40pm: 4-Lap Handicap;
6.40pm – 7.00pm: 12 Lap Points Race;
7.00pm – 7.20pm: Italian Pursuit.

 

Sunday, 27th November: Dairy Flat Criterium - Team Points Race

Where: Dairy Road, Fyshwick.
When: 8:00 am
Note the earlier start time.
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number.
Race Description: Teams Point Race Points Race
Race Director:Nick Boylan
Contact: Email paddlepower@grapevine.com.au Ph: 0406379973

Nick will need a volunteer to help out. Please let him know if you can assist.

 

RACE REPORTS:

Stromlo – 15th November

Other than a slight breeze (by Stromlo's standards) and the threat of rain, it was perfect weather for some great racing.

E/F/G were first off the rank. The two visitors, David and Dale, showed their hand early in E grade. David took the lead about half way through and gave a strong solo performance, only relinquishing his lead in the final sprint. Mike Golding also tested the water early in the race, but the final results were determined by a big bunch sprint. With the sprint spreading the bunch out, Phillip Martin, Kirsty Cummin and Michael Golding were the first three across the line. Towards the start of the race, Bob Miller attempted to pull off the front in F grade, but was quickly pulled back in. F stayed together as a bunch for the rest of the race. Once again, it was a bunch sprint that determined the placing with Andrew O'Neil coming first followed by Bob Miller and Ian Morton. And, of course, Bernard gave a commanding solo performance in G grade.

Next was B and D grade. With dark clouds in the distance, and random drops of water falling on my paper, it was not looking too good for the finish of the B/D race. But fortunately the threat of rain dissipated quickly. Very early in the race a group of three riders, Paul Ledbrook, Dougal Torrance and Nick Boylan, took the lead in B grade. At one point they had a lead of nearly half a lap. About half way through the race Ben McDuff managed to get onto the leading bunch of three, with some help. The group of four remained well in front of the rest of the bunch with the top three placings going to Ben McDuff, Paul Ledbrook and Dougal Torrance. There were a few attempts of a breakaway in D grade, but they were all brought back into the fold. D grade remained together as a bunch with the final sprint placings going to Roger Wheatley, Radi Kovacevic and Ben Healy.

With the light fading, A and C grades were the last ones to race. The pace in A grade was set to maximum right from the start, as demonstrated by the relatively large number of DNFs. Maybe we should start using the Greek alphabet to find a grade for the first two place holders, Stephen Isbel and Ed Pellegrino. They managed to finished about 3/4 of a lap in front of the rest of the grade. All indications are that if we had continued racing they would have lapped the rest of A grade. The third placing, held by Mark Harris, was determined by a bunch sprint. As with D grade, C grade quickly annihilated any attempts at a breakaway and essentially stayed together as a bunch throughout the race. The first three placings going to Wayne Shippley, Bryan Holloway and Tom Tokich were determined by a final bunch sprint.

I have a number of people I would like to thank. I would like to thank Santa for helping to sweep the track. Even if he likes to scare little children with talk of Bleat reports. Thank you to Graham and Phill for helping out with the registration and setting up the equipment. As a race director, I am always apprehensive when the bunches come together. Thank you to those riders who were calling out when overtaking and to those who moved over and let the other riders quickly go past. Standing on the sidelines it looked like the overtaking went smoothly, I hope it felt the same in the bunch. And finally, a BIG thank you to Barbara and Mary for helping out with the finishing chute and start line.

 

Linda Stals

 

Narrabundah Track Racing – 16th November

The sixth Track Racing session for 2016-17 attracted 19 riders, maintaining the good record for attendance so far this season. The evening was warm and initially looked like providing perfect conditions for racing. However, the wind was unpredictable, initially light then strengthening suddenly for the second race and later moderating, but swirling around the velodrome.

The 8-lap A grade scratch race was very competitive. Antony Bishop had a first outing with the track group, reinforcing a group of strong riders in A grade. The race unfolded with several riders trying attacks from time to time. However, no one was allowed to get away. The nett effect of the abortive attacks was to raise the pace to a ferocious level by Lap 6. At the end of this lap, Antony Bishop made an early burst for the finish. Steve Jones and Michael Langdon hitched on with the trio gapping the field by 6 – 8 metres. Antony’s lead out set up Steve Jones perfectly for the sprint win. He was closely followed by Michael Langdon with Antony taking a well deserved third place.

The 8-Lap B grade scratch race started at an easy pace. Dominic Rideaux soon took the front, acting as derny for the group and holding a good steady pace over several laps. The race became interesting approaching lap seven. The pace suddenly surged with riders jockeying for a good position at the start of the bell lap. The race transitioned to a classic bunch sprint from which Phil Anderson emerged victorious over Ross Scutts and Steve Dean. The win set up a good night, overall, for Phil.

The next event was a 200 metre flying time trial. This event is a flat chat sprint over 200 metres from a flying start. It is quite technical with the acceleration and positioning approaching the start being critical. It is a quick, fun event. Most of the A grade times were clustered between 14 and 15 seconds. Antony Bishop and Steve Jones went under 14 seconds with Antony taking first place in 13.28 seconds and Steve following in 13.40 seconds. Ben Robey did a great time of 14.05 seconds, taking third from Michael Langdon by just one hundredth of a second. The B grade times were mostly clustered between 15 and 16 seconds. Two riders went under 15 seconds with Steve Dean taking a win at 14.36 seconds and Steve Hirsler taking second in 14.66 seconds. Both riders love this event and it shows. Phil Anderson took third for B grade in 15.21 seconds.



Michael Langdon Attacks from the Front as the Bunch Relax

The third event was a 10-Lap Snowball. The event had a points sprint every two laps. This event is similar to a points race, except that the sprint points increase progressively through the race, making tactics crucial. In A grade, Peta Brill took the first sprint and established a break with Ben Robey. Ben and Peta held on to take the next two sprints in turn. By Lap seven, the bunch had caught the breakaways, with Steve Jones taking the next two sprints. The final points wash up for the event was Steve Jones (9), Antony Bishop (6), Peta Brill (5), Ben Robey (5), Michael Langdon (5), Kerry Knowler (5). It was interesting to find four riders on equal third points.

In the B grade Snowball, Steve Hirsler showed the initial enterprise to take sprint 1. He was soon chased by Phil Anderson and eventually Ross Scutts. Steve held on to take the first four sprints. In the final sprint Ross Scutts finally overpowered Steve. Additionally, Phil Coulton struggled up to third place with a gutsy effort. The final points wash up for the event was Steve Hirsler (8), Phil Anderson (6), Ross Scutts (5), Phil Coulton (3), Steve Dean (2).

The track session closed with the usual, all-in, Italian pursuit. There were 8 riders on each team. The outcome was difficult to predict as Team 1 appeared to have better anchor riders and Team 2 appeared to have a stronger line up for mid race. The race ran largely to script with Team 2 establishing an early lead and Team 1 chasing this down. By Lap 6 both teams were even. However, a big effort by Steve Jones and Antony Bishop brought it home for Team 1.

Major place getters were as follows:
8-Lap Scratch: (A Grade): Steve Jones, Michael Langdon, Antony Bishop (B Grade) Phil Anderson, Ross Scutts, Steve Dean.
200m Fly Time Trial: (A Grade): Antony Bishop (13.28s), Steve Jones (13.40s), Ben Robey (14.05s) (B Grade) Steve Dean (14.36s), Steve Hirsler (14.66s), Phil Anderson (15.21s).
10 Lap Snowball: (A Grade) Steve Jones (9), Antony Bishop (6), Peta Brill (5), Ben Robey (5), Michael Langdon (5), Kerry Knowler (5) (B Grade) Steve Hirsler (8), Phil Anderson (6), Ross Scutts (5), Phil Coulton (3), Steve Dean (2).
Combined Italian Pursuit: Winner Team 1 (Graeme O’Neill, Steve Dean, Ross Scutts, Steve Hirsler, Andrew Peel, Domenic Rideaux, Antony Bishop, Steve Jones).

Current Points Score Leaders: Steve Jones (113),Michael Langdon (107), Ross Scutts (87), Phil Anderson (81), Alec Millett (80), Steve Hirsler (72), Kerry Knowler (66), Ian Drayton (65),Andrew Peel (65).

 

Graeme O'Neill

 

Old Federal Highway Handicap – 20th November

What a great day for a 48km handicap--especially if you are watching from the sidelines! Thanks to Reinhard Mauch for offering to help at the last moment and he was rewarded with the trail car duties. Many of the riders looked a little fried at the end but I'm sure those who finished would have enjoyed the hit-out. Bernie Crowe got the race under way for G grade. Such was Bernie's speed and stealth that lead car driver Bruce Jones didn't even see him go past at the start. However, Bruce was much more alert later in the race when he spotted two red belly black snakes on the course and encouraged them to leave. The lesser handicapped riders complained when I announced the distance of "FOUR LAPS", but how else can you achieve 48km on a 12Km course? Some grades also didn't take my advice of "slow up the hills and fast down," and notable grade destroyers applied the reverse tactic much to their group's peril. A grade only had four riders so had the advantage of the A2 start time and so were in the running for a win but only Peter Marshall and Tom Hartley could sustain their fierce pace until the end.

Tom Roberts, one of our regular first aiders, was on hand but his services were fortunately not required. We should really also employ a psychologist to provide counselling to the low self-esteem locals who obviously think they own the Old Fed. Today's confrontation was when a local in a huge V8 pick-up, so threatened by the sight of Tom, Graham Hendrie and me standing at the finish, felt that he had to rev his engines at the start/finish line and then roar off! (And not come to a complete stop at the stop sign, I might add.)

The race got quite exciting by the last lap, as C should have caught D to take the lead and Peter and Tom were passing everyone else. But my predictions were wrong and in the end it was the old warrior and master tactician Mark Taylor who attacked his group of D and E graders on the last crest and was able to (relatively) cruise into the finish ahead of Alain Arbaut and Michael Hanbury. Peter was the fastest for the day and only 28 seconds back. So my other advice at the start should have been "Don't let Mark Taylor ride away because you'll never catch him." Mark did the same thing at Breadalbane not long ago. The riders who rode out would have had a hot slog back but no doubt enjoyed some quality couch time in the arvo. Thanks also to Dave McGuiness at the Lake George turn, Allan Bontjer for driving out the race director, and, of course, to Graham who once again unpacked the van, set up the urn registered the riders, recorded the times, printed out the results and posted them in the RMS. If you haven’t already said thanks, bought him a beer, listed him in your will, cleaned his bike for him this year please do, as time is running out. We also can’t forget the contribution of Ian Morton who set up the signs along the course. Ian has a particular fondness for whacking in star pickets into NSW soil, but shares the burden in the ACT.

 

Robert Langridge

z11.2 November 14 Bleat

posted 14 Nov 2016, 02:12 by Administrator Actvcc   [ updated 21 Nov 2016, 02:04 ]

Hello Vets,

In the Bleat this week;

•  Racing this Week

•  Race Reports

 

Please send me your contributions at: TheBleat@actvets.cc

 

Ian Morton

 

RACING THIS WEEK:

Tuesday, 15th November: Stromlo Criterium

Please note: There is an inconsistency between the RMS page and the Summer Series Schedule page. This week's race order will be as per the RMS page: E/F/G, B/D, A/C.

Where: Stromlo Forest Park
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number.
Race Description:
E/F/G 5:50 20 min + 2 laps
B/D 6:25 B 38m+2, D 33m+2
A/C 7:05 A 38m+2, C 33m+2

Race Director:  Linda Stals
Contact: Email: linda.stals@anu.edu.au    Ph  0419283599

 

Wednesday, 16th November: Track Racing

The Program for Wednesday is as follows:
5.30pm – 6.00pm: Warm-up and free practice;
6.00pm – 6.20pm: 8-lap graded scratch race;
6.20pm – 6.40pm: 200m Fly TT;
6.40pm – 7.00pm: 10 Lap Snowball;
7.00pm – 7.20pm: Italian Pursuit.

 

Sunday, 20th November: Old Federal Highway Handicap

To run this week's Road Race we will need the following;
- Race Director
- Lead Car driver
- Trail Car driver
- 2 x turn marshals
- 2 finish line marshals
Please let Ben Davis know at bdavis@internode.on.net or Ph 0416014629 if you can assist.

Where: Gravel Pit, intersection Federal Highway and Shingle Hill Way.
When: 9:00 am
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number.
Race Description: Gravel Pit to Lake George and back (laps to be advised)
Race Director: tba
Contact: Email tba Ph: tba

 

RACE REPORTS:

Narrabundah Track Racing – 9th November

The fifth Track Racing session for 2016-17 attracted another good roll up of 20 riders. The evening was unsettled with predicted rain. However, the cloud formation for the warm up and initial racing looked benign and suggested the full race program should be viable.

The 8-lap A grade scratch race unfolded in an unexpected manner. The pace was solid and held the pack together for the first five laps, with no riders dropped. Ben Robey tried an attack. However, it was quickly covered by Michael Langdon, causing Ben to lose interest. Next lap, Michael Langdon and Alec Millett put in an attack. When this was covered by Kerry Knowler, Michael lost interest leaving Alec and Kerry to carry on with their surge. As the bell lap approached, the bunch realised they had given Alec and Kerry a bit too much lead. Michael Langdon, Steve Jones and Paul Connor set about retrieving the situation. They managed to catch and pass Kerry. However, Alec held on for an enterprising and well deserved win. Steve Jones and Paul Connor took second and third places, respectively.

The 8-Lap B grade scratch race started at an easy pace. However, the pace lifted incrementally as the laps ticked by, until one rider was dropped. The remaining pack was together approaching the bell lap. The race transitioned to a classic bunch sprint from which Ian Drayton emerged victorious over Phil Anderson and Tony Beasley. It was a good return to form for Ian, after a week of ill health.

The next event was a 2-Lap time trial taken from a standing start at the railing. There was a little apprehension, as 2 laps provide the perfect distance for a real gut busting effort. The times were quite interesting with a bigger spread in A grade than we are used to. Paul Connor set the best time at 51.03 seconds, closely followed by Michael Langdon at 51.47 seconds. Alec Millett showed his good form by setting the third best A grade time at 52.64 seconds. In B grade, three riders went round in under 60 seconds. Steve Dean set a great winning time of 55.70 seconds. He was followed by Wayne Shippley in 58.40 seconds, then Ian Drayton in 59.95 seconds. It was good to see Wayne Shippley have success in his first outing with the track group.

By the start of the third race, the weather conditions were looking decidedly less promising. A decision was made to forego the scheduled Snowball events and proceed to the final, all in, Italian pursuit to finish the session. There were 8 riders on each team, so the prospects were good for the usual enjoyable and tough event. The unfolding race confirmed that the teams were quite evenly matched. Team 1 made a good start and picked up a useful lead. However, Team 2 was unfazed and steadily pegged back the small advantage. Kerry Knowler and Ben Robey, riding in the middle of Team 2, put in great laps to give Team 2 a handy lead. Andrew Peel, Paul Connor and Michael Langdon, who anchored Team 1, put in fine efforts. However, Steve Jones was able to take the win for team 2 by around 6 metres. This is not a large margin after 8 laps.

Racing concluded for the evening with all participants dry and happy. As the last rider closed the track gate, the heavens opened up and dumped a torrent onto the venue. Sometimes things just turn out as they should!

Major place getters were as follows:
8-Lap Scratch: (A Grade): Alec Millett, Steve Jones, Paul Connor (B Grade) Ian Drayton, Phil Anderson, Tony Beasley.
2-Lap SS Time Trial: (A Grade): Paul Connor (51.03s), Michael Langdon (51.47s), Alec Millett (52.64s) (B Grade) Steve Dean (55.70s), Wayne Shippley (58.40s), Ian Drayton (59.95s)
Combined Italian Pursuit: Winner Team 2 (Alison Hale, Ross Scutts, Ian Drayton, Kerry Knowler, Ed Garnett, Ben Robey, Alec Millett, Steve Jones).

Current Points Score Leaders: Michael Langdon (89), Steve Jones (89), Alec Millett (80), Ross Scutts (68), Ian Drayton (65), Phil Anderson (61), Andrew Peel (55), Kerry Knowler (52), Roger Wheatley (51).

 

Graeme O'Neill

 

z11.1 November 7 Bleat

posted 7 Nov 2016, 14:52 by Administrator Actvcc   [ updated 7 Nov 2016, 14:52 ]


Hello Vets,

In the Bleat this week;

•  Racing this Week

•  Race Reports

 

Please send me your contributions at: TheBleat@actvets.cc

 

Ian Morton

 

RACING THIS WEEK:

Tuesday, 8th November: Stromlo Criterium

Where: Stromlo Forest Park
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number.
Race Description:
A/C 5:50 A 38m+2, C 33m+2
B/D 6:35 B 38m+2, D 33m+2
E/F/G 7:15 25 min + 2 laps

Race Director:  Roger Northcote
Contact: Email: roger.northcote@border.gov.au    Ph  0467736580

2 x marshals required for this event

 

Wednesday, 9th November: Track Racing

The Program for Wednesday is as follows:
5.30pm – 6.00pm: Warm-up and free practice;
6.00pm – 6.20pm: 8-lap graded scratch race;
6.20pm – 6.40pm: 2-Lap SS Time Trial;
6.40pm – 7.10pm: 10-Lap Snowball;
7.10pm – 7.30pm: Italian Pursuit.

 

Sunday, 13st November: Uriarra Crossing Graded Scratch

Where: Uriarra Homestead, intersection Uriarra Rd and Brindabella Rd.
When: 9:00 am
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number.
Race Description: Uriarra Homestead - Mt McDonald - left to short turn - Top of Crossing - Mt McDonald - short turn - top of crossing - finish
Race Director: Ian Albrey
Contact: Email ecmija@home.netspeed.com.au Ph: 0467 606 046

5 Marshals will be required for this event. Please contact Ian if you can assist.

 

RACE REPORTS:

Stromlo – 1st November

A pleasant but windy evening greeted us again for racing, with the main concern on the start line being a couple of kangaroos happily grazing on the inside of the circuit. Strong fields in both B & D grade line up, with 32 and 24 riders respectively.

B grade set of and Dougal Torrance quickly stirred things up with some early breaks. Unfortunately he may need to learn how to measure his efforts a bit better as the bunch pulled him back both times and he then paid the price when the pace was picked up half way through. No major activity occurred until the power was put down after 15 minutes with a few splits starting to open up. Next lap the bunch shattered in the cross wind with about 4 distinct bunches forming. We had 4 riders off the front with a bunch of 10 chasing, 3 riders ultimately making it across to the lead bunch. The group of 7 made up of Seymour Savell-Boss, Ben McDuff, Christophe Barbaret, Paul Ledbrook, David McCook, Michael Foulds and Andrew Murrell worked well together to open up a good gap to the chasing field, which had largely regrouped. Other than some issues passing D grade - not sure how hard it is to obey the 'Stay Right' command - no the other right!! - the lead group continued to smoothly swap turns until with 5 minutes to go both Michael and Andrew's legs decided no more. The remaining 5 sprinted with Seymour taking a well deserved win, followed by Ben and Christophe. Michael and Andrew continued to work together and just managed to hold off the fast finishing bunch.

D grade decided that riding together was the best approach in the windy conditions with little real action throughout the race. Michael Hanbury tried a couple of attacks but the bunch fairly quickly dragged him back and it all came down to a bunch sprint. There were a couple of early moved going down the back straight but Michael Hanbury ended up timing his sprint well to take the win. He was closely followed by John Thorn, in a good show of form, and Michael Reppion rounding out the podium.

 

Paul Connor

 

After racing in B grade, I took over as race director from Paul so he could go off and warm up for the A grade race. E grade had a reasonably sized bunch with 18 riders who mostly stayed together until the final sprint – other than a few who dropped off the back when the going got a little tough in the wind. Treston Bamber, a visitor to the club, came home strongly, followed by Tony Henry and Steve Dean. Perhaps Treston will be up in D grade next week if he is back.

F grade was a smaller bunch of 9 riders and they mostly stayed together, except that Ian Morton and Sue Frost got away for a bit early on. The effort obviously didn’t affect either of them too much with Ian coming in strongly for second and Sue in third, behind Simon Reardon – another visitor on the night who might be up in E grade next week if he is back. G grade was largely uneventful with only Heather Sommariva and Bruce Jones circulating together and finishing in that order.

By the time we got to the A and C grade bunches, light was starting to fade and it didn’t look like we would fit in the 35 minutes+2 that had been advertised for A grade. A quick discussion with the 16 A graders ensued and we settled on 25 minutes plus 2 laps which turned out to be just about right. The A grade bunch was pretty volatile, as always with various riders off the front at times. John Drury and Nathan Spillane opened up a sizable gap after 6 minutes and were away for a while but were reeled back in once the bunch got a little more serious. Peter Kitchen was away for a while after that, followed by Ed Pellegrino and Antony Bishop, but it was all back together with 5 or 6 minutes to go. The effort didn’t seem to do too much to Antony’s legs as he won the sprint from the ever present Mark Harris and Paul Connor.

It was also pretty volatile in C grade with the 13 strong bunch splitting into a few groups. After a bit the lead group coalesced with Wayne Shipley, Liny Hou and Stephen Isbel on the tandem, Bryan Holloway, Tom Tokich, Jayson Clarke, and David Jukes (visitor). Tom and Jayson dropped away a little at the finish and the sprint was won by Wayne followed by the tandem and Bryan.

Thanks to Graeme for his usual effort with registration, and Lloyd and Richard who kindly offered to help out with marshalling efforts.

 

Dale Kleeman

 

Narrabundah Track Racing – 2nd November

The fourth Track Racing session for 2016-17 attracted a good roll up of 22 riders. The evening was warm with a fresh breeze creating a headwind in the back straight. The wind did not moderate until late in the racing session.

The 8-lap A grade scratch race was largely a bunch sprint. The pace was solid and held the big pack together for the first five laps, with only two riders dropped. Michael Langdon put in a feeler attack on lap 6. He gained about 10 metres before Alex Millett and Martin Graham sensed the danger and closed him down. Martin stuck on the front with the overall pace up a notch, as the bell lap approached. The pack accelerated into the bell lap and held together at furious pace. The final sprint was very close with Steve Jones just pipping Paul Conner and Michael Langdon in that order.

The 8-Lap B grade scratch race looked to unfold as a bunch sprint. The pack consolidated approaching the bell lap with only a single rider dropped. However, Matt Morgan surprised the bunch by jumping early in the bell lap, soon gaining an unbeatable 30 metre gap. Matt held on to take a good win with Andrew Peel and Ross Scutts picking up the consolations in second and third respectively.

The next race was a 4-lap handicap. In A grade, Kerry Knowler set the pace from a good handicap. She went well out and, initially, looked a good prospect for the win. However, by the close of Lap 2, Craig Kentwell and Chris Thompson had caught Kerry, forming a lead group. On the bell lap, the anchor riders Alec Millett, Paul Connor, Michael Langdon and Steve Jones hauled in the leaders setting up a hotly contested sprint. Paul Connor took the sprint lead and held it to the line to just beat Michael Langdon and Steve Jones in second and third respectively.

In the 4-lap B Grade handicap, Alison Hale made the most of a good handicap by lapping at a solid pace. Only Steve Hirsler could overhaul her in the final lap. Andrew Peel could not quite make it and had to settle for third behind Alison.

A 6-lap Miss & Out race followed the handicap. In this race the first across the line, each lap, drops out. The winning order is the same as the sequence of drop out. In A grade, Steve Jones took the win followed, in sequence, by Paul Connor, Michael Langdon, Alec Millett and Kerry Knowler. To their credit, the final sprint was very closely contested by Kerry Knowler, Ben Robey and Chris Thompson. In B Grade, Steve Hirsler took the first sprint for the win followed, in sequence, by Andrew Peel, Phil Coulton, Ross Scutts and Phil Anderson.

The track session closed with the usual all-in, Italian pursuit. With 9 riders on each team, this was going to be an enjoyable and tough event that would stress the anchor riders. The teams were quite evenly matched. Team 2 likely made a tactical error in ordering their anchor riders. However, it is uncertain whether this was decisive. In the event, both Teams got off to a good start with Team 1 gaining a slight lead. Team 1 then increased their lead significantly, until around mid race when the situation began to reverse. As the anchor riders took over, it looked like Team 2 might be able to close the gap. However, the evening had taken its toll. Though Martin Graham, Paul Conner and Steve Jones put in their best, they could not manage the heroic effort needed, at that stage. Michael Langdon took a comfortable win for Team 1.

Major place getters were as follows:
8-Lap Scratch: (A Grade): Steve Jones, Paul Connor, Michael Langdon (B Grade) Matt Morgan, Andrew Peel, Ross Scutts.
4-Lap Handicap: (A Grade): Paul Connor, Michael Langdon, Steve Jones (B Grade) Steve Hirsler, Alison Hale, Andrew Peel.
6-Lap Miss & Out: (A Grade): Steve Jones, Paul Connor, Michael Langdon (B Grade) Steve Hirsler, Andrew Peel, Phil Coulton.
Combined Italian Pursuit: Winner Team 1 (Matt Morgan, Phil Anderson, Ross Scutts, Kerry Knowler, Rowan McMurray, John-Paul DeSousa, Alec Millett, Ben Robey, Michael Langdon).

Current Points Score Leaders: Michael Langdon (75), Steve Jones (73), Alec Millett (62), Ross Scutts (56), Steve Hirsler (50), Phil Anderson (49), Rowan McMurray (48), Ian Drayton (47), Andrew Peel (47).

 

Graeme O'Neill

z10.5 October 31 Bleat

posted 31 Oct 2016, 02:47 by Administrator Actvcc

ACT Veterans Weekly Bleat, Monday 31st October, 2016

 

Hello Vets,

In the Bleat this week;

•  From the Desk of the Handicapper

•  Racing this Week

•  Race Reports

 

Please send me your contributions at: TheBleat@actvets.cc

 

Ian Morton

 

From the Desk of the Handicapper

Most riders seem to have sorted themselves out and are riding in the correct grade. Please let me know if you want to be officially regraded. A few riders have been showing some great early season form. Seymour Savell-Boss had been riding C and D grade since 2009, but after a lot of hard work over the winter is now one of the strong riders in B grade, and was only 1/4 lap away from winning a solo breakaway boil-over recently.

Seymour Savell-Boss C to B (maybe A soon?)
Matt Hinchcliffe C to B
Brendan Lakey B to A
Adam Potts E to D
Anthony Bray E to D

 

RACING THIS WEEK:

Tuesday, 1st November: Stromlo Criterium

Yes, we know it's Melbourne Cup Day but as long as you haven't had too much chicken and champers at the office party, get down to the Crits and get in some racing of your own on the big day...

Where: Stromlo Forest Park
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number.
Race Description:
B/D 5:50 B 35m+2, D 30m+2
E/F/G 6:25 22 min + 2 laps
A/C 6:55 A 35m+2, C 30m+2

Race Director:  Linda Stals
Contact: Email: linda.stals@anu.edu.au    Ph  0419283599

2 x marshals required for this event

 

Wednesday, 2nd November: Track Racing

The Program for Wednesday is as follows:
5.30pm – 6.00pm: Warm-up and free practice;
6.00pm – 6.20pm: 8-lap graded scratch race;
6.20pm – 6.40pm: 4-Lap Handicap Race;
6.40pm – 7.00pm: 6-Lap Win & Out;
7.00pm – 7.20pm: Italian Pursuit.

 

Sunday, 6th November: No Road Race

 

RACE REPORTS:

Stromlo – 25th October

Light winds gracing Stromlo Forest Park with a warming sun closing out the last few hours of a striking sunny day. This was the scene that greeted the biggest turnout of riders thus far this Crit season. Supported by fabulous volunteers in Jan Koehler and Richard Bourne along with Tom Roberts the Sports med the only obstacle to overcome on the night was the lap board being in for repairs meaning we had to make do with a whiteboard marker and my booming voice to keep riders informed of the timings.

Up first were E, F & G grade. E grade was a huge 22 riders and it was great to see a real competitive racing situation develop as the race wore on. Several set the pace which at times tested some in the peloton. There were some promising breakaways but each time they got hauled back in by the large roving pack. In the end Anthony Bray took advantage of a final lap surprise attack to claim the win ahead of Kristy Cummin and Phillip Martin in 3rd. F & G grade started together with a total of 9 riders across both grades. They quickly sorted themselves out into their respective grades 400 metres into the race with Paul Robey doing some quality turns at the front. Both F & G grade stayed as single units through the 20 minutes until the end sprint with Lindsay Graham taking out a great F grade win ahead of Dennis Puniard and Pauline Thorn. In G grade Heather Sommariva sprinted home to win ahead of Bernie Crowe and Bruce Jones.

A & C were next up. Those in the stands were treated to great racing in both grades. I think about 5 minutes into the racing, we had riders spread across all parts of the course and it became extremely hard to keep progress of who was lapping who and catching who. In C grade a group of 3 got a decent lead 6 mins into the race and just couldn’t work well enough together and were eventually caught by yet another large group of 16 riders. There were surges throughout C grade which split the groups into several herds of riders.

In A grade it was on like Donkey Kong from the word go with a break of 4 riders setting up a good lead early in the race. Behind them a very organized chase group managed to reel them back in but before too long and in the blink of an eye there was a 8 rider break with a 6 rider chase pack in close proximity. Close riding with every rider seeking that slight drag advantage saw some riders perform a bit of grass edging up the final straight. Thankfully they were able to clean out of a few weeds and stay upright at the same time.

With 5 mins to go, we had groups catching groups, groups being lapped, attacks, counter attacks, DNF’s coming in, it was all happening. The finish in both grades were hard fought sprints with Ben Morrison maintaining his 100% A grade win record for the season by just edging out Mark Harris and Antony Bishop in 3rd. C grade was taken by Jason McAvoy ahead of Wayne Shippley with the tandem machine of Lindy Hou rounding out 3rd place.

In the final event of the night as the sun was dropping below the perilous Mt Stromlo and with the warm air quickly evaporating giving away to cooler wind, B & D grade lined up. Again big numbers with 24 riders in B and 19 in D. 2 laps in and Paul Ledbrook led 2 others riders on an ambitious break which really got motoring. The pace was really good but it proved too much for Paul who dropped back into the chase peloton.

Meanwhile in D grade a 2 rider break had formed and seemed to have taken the main peloton by surprise as they were mostly holding hands coming past the finish not intent on chasing. But when they decided to chase down the break, they did it with gusto and came back together again. Crit racing has many tactics and it was halfway through the race we saw B grade pass D and fortune favours the brave at this point of the race with Mark Hutchings taking an opportunistic break from D to not tag onto B grade ( as that is not allowed) but maintain a good gap from his chasing counterparts. He even caught us by surprise as we mistook him for a rider tailing off the back of B, such was the effortless expression on his face each lap he came past us.

In the end lone B grader Matt Hinchcliffe maintained his lead over the chasing group to take out the win ahead of an ecstatic Richard Hedley and Andrew Murrell in the mass sprint for the minors. In D grade Mark Hutchings strolled home for a win ahead of Adam Potts and Duane Toohey.

My only observation to report for the night was a celebration in the mass sprint in B grade for the minor placings. All riders regardless of how good your bike handling skills are should maintain both hands on the bars whilst crossing the line. Especially in a sprint with 10-15 riders even putting up one hand in celebration has the potential to cause serious injury at the high speeds that bunch sprints often occur at. Therefore all riders are on notice that any fist pumps, rocking the baby, salutes to the sun, pointing at sponsors on your jersey, blowing the smoke from your pistol finger or any action that involves taking 1 or both hands off the bars as you cross the finish line will not be tolerated and will see you relegated down to the bottom of the page in your grade result.

It’s fantastic to see a great rider turn out for week 3 and always a pleasure to witness great racing across all grades.

 

Regards
Ben Davis
Race Referee

 

Narrabundah Track Racing – 26th October

A warm evening and twenty track riders made for an excellent third Track Racing session for the 2016-17 season. Initially the wind looked a problem with a very stiff headwind in the back straight. As usual, the wind moderated as racing progressed.

The 8-lap A grade scratch race was enlivened by an attack from Kerry Knowler on lap 3. Kerry gained a considerable lead before Alec Millett finally burst from the pack to take up a chase. Alec is in good form and caught Kerry by Lap 5. Unfortunately, with both riders well positioned, Kerry began to flag, leaving Alec exposed over the final laps. Michael Langdon and Steve Jones accelerated over these laps and comfortably reeled in Alec. Michael had the legs to take the win by around 2 metres. Steve took second and Alec held on for a well deserved third place.

The B Grade scratch race started easy. However, the pace quickened by lap 4 and was quite solid over the final two laps. The final sprint was hotly contested, with Roger Wheatley taking a narrow victory over Ian Drayton and Andrew Peel in second and third place, respectively.

The evening’s second event was a 20-lap points race. This is a very tough event with three intermediate sprints and one final sprint for accumulating points. To make things interesting, the stronger sprinters in each grade conceded a half lap start to the other riders. In A grade, Rowan McMurray and Chris Thompson competed for the first sprint. Rowan took a narrow victory and, sensing a tactical advantage, held his pace to open up a very significant lead on the two pursuing bunches. Both bunches kept up a solid pursuit and began to fracture under the relentless pace. Rowan took the second and third sprints and seemed likely to hold off the limit bunch to the end. A gutsy final effort from Steve Jones eventually reeled in Rowan and allowed Steve to use his superior sprinting prowess to take the final sprint. By then, Rowan was unbeatable on points. The event ended with Rowan and Steve taking the first and second places with 24 and 14 points respectively. Michael Langdon, Craig Kentwell and Ben Robey took equal third with 12 points.

The B grade points race virtually followed the script set by A grade. In this instance, it was relative newcomer, Tony Beasley, who took the initiative. Tony was second to Steve Hirsler in the first sprint. However, he held his pace to establish a significant lead over the two pursuing bunches. Tony looked strong throughout the event and comfortably held his lead to take the next two intermediate sprints. Over the final five laps, a pursuing bunch with Andrew Peel, Ross Scutts, Ian Drayton and Phil Anderson managed to reel in Tony. Andrew Peel took the final sprint closely followed by Steve Hirsler. Tony still had sufficient energy for third place in the final sprint. The final points wash up was Tony Beasley (22 points) first place, Ross Scutts (18 points) second place. Again, three riders (Steve Hirsler, Phil Anderson and Andrew Peel) took equal third with 12 points.

The track session closed with the usual all-in, Italian pursuit. With 10 riders on each team, this was going to be an enjoyable, competitive and tough event, especially for the limit riders. Team 1 made a good start with Graeme O’Neill and Phil Coulton leading out. From this point, first one then the other team made marginal gains. However, Team 1 held a lead throughout the race. By the time Team 2 was down to their last two riders, the situation seemed hopeless. Alec Millett put in all the effort he had left after a hard night and Steve Jones did likewise. However, the pace held from mid race by Rowan McMurray, John-Paul DeSousa, Craig Kentwell, Chris Thompson and Michael Langdon left no room for an upset. Team 1 took a comfortable win by around 8 metres.

Major place getters were as follows:
8-Lap Scratch: (A Grade): Michael Langdon, Steve Jones, Alec Millett (B Grade) Roger Wheatley, Ian Drayton, Andrew Peel.
20 Lap Points Race: (A Grade): Rowan Mc Murray (24), Steve Jones (14), Michael Langdon (12) (B Grade) Tony Beasley (22), Ross Scutts (18), Steve Hirsler, Phil Anderson and Andrew Peel (12 each).
Combined Italian Pursuit: Winner Team 1 (Graeme O’Neill, Phil Coulton, Roger Wheatley, Tony Beasley, Andrew Peel, Rowan McMurray, John-Paul DeSousa, Craig Kentwell, Chris Thompson, Michael Langdon).

Current Points Score Leaders: Michael Langdon (55), Steve Jones (52), Ian Drayton (47), Roger Wheatley (46), Alec Millett (46), Ross Scutts (40), Rowan McMurray (38). Phil Anderson (35).

 

Graeme O'Neill

z10.4 October 24 Bleat

posted 24 Oct 2016, 02:54 by Administrator Actvcc

Hello Vets,

In the Bleat this week;

•  Lift to Fitz's

•  Racing this Week

•  Race Reports

Please send me your contributions at: TheBleat@actvets.cc

 

Ian Morton

 

Lift to Fitz's

Does anyone planning on riding the 210/250 km Fitzs on Sunday have room for another rider and bike? I'd appreciate a lift out to the start. I live in Watson. If you can help, please contact me directly at don.mankewich@hotmail.com.

 

Don Mankewich

 

RACING THIS WEEK:

Tuesday, 25th October: Stromlo Criterium

Where: Stromlo Forest Park
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number.
Race Description:
E/F/G 5:50 20 min + 2 laps
A/C 6:15 A 30m+2, C 25m+2
B/D 6:50 B 30m+2, D 25m+2

Race Director: Ben Davis
Contact: Email: bdavis@internode.on.net    Ph  0416014629

2 x marshals required for this event

 

Wednesday, 26th October: Track Racing

The Program for Wednesday is as follows:
5.30pm – 6.00pm: Warm-up and free practice;
6.00pm – 6.20pm: 8-lap graded scratch race;
6.20pm – 6.50pm: 20 Lap Points Race;
6.50pm – 7.10pm: Italian Pursuit.

 

Sunday, 30th October: No Road Race

 

RACE REPORTS:

Correction from 11th October

Many thanks to Lloyd Bennett for his assistance on the night with running the race and apologies for the incorrect name in the Race Report.

Roger Northcote

 

Stromlo – 18th October

Tuesday afternoon was overcast with rain forecast. Wind was a stiff northerly. The forecast must have dampened the enthusiasm of some cyclists as only 73 cyclists attended compared to 83 the week before.

A and C grade started the evening’s racing. The format for the races were that both grades were given 25 minutes with C given 2 laps after time had expired whilst A had 3 laps. In the final laps the grades were shown separate lapboards and a whistle was used to signal C grade’s final lap, A received the traditional bell.

A grade began with 3 riders getting away in the first few laps. These riders were bought back and racing from then on was fast but uneventful. With 5 mins to go the original bunch of 9 had been reduced to 6. The final sprint resulted in Ben Morrison winning from Marc Vroomasns and Jeremy Muir.

C grade stayed together for the first half of the race. With 5 minutes (+2 laps) to go the field had been reduced to 10 riders, from an original 13. Craig Tozer put in a blistering final downhill sprint to move ahead of the fast finishing Claire Aubrey. Bryan Holloway edged out Ian Preston to get 3rd place.

Twenty-two riders started in B grade. B grade was a much more attacking race than the 2 earlier grades. Three riders led by Robin Mules got away early and although the lead changed on numerous occasions the race was won by riders from the chasing peleton. Mark Terrachini, Seymour Savell-Boss, Simon Milnes and Paul Ledbrook all featured in the early attacks with Paul Ledbrook and one other still attacking in the final 3 laps. The break was bought back in the final lap with the sprint finish going to Brendan Lakey from Peter Young and Allan Bontjer.

D grade Race was fairly uneventful until the final 7 laps. Mark Hutchins opened a break with Elizabeth daSilva giving chase. At 2 laps to go David Gunther was the only rider away and the final result went to Andrew McRae, Stjepan Hirsler and Michael Handbury.

E, F and G grades started together in the last of the evening light as the sky was becoming very overcast. A field of 12 E grade riders set a strong pace a separated the four riders that made up F and G grade. The strong E grade bunch soon spread the riders all over the track and in the fading light it became difficult to determine which lap the slower riders were on. There were some notable efforts during the E grade race and two of those riders we identified were Adam Potts and Alison Hale. Not only did these 2 riders feature in the attacks they also finished first and second.

David Witteveen was the only F grader to start (and finish) and Lindsay Graham led Bruce Jones and Bernie Crow in the G grade race.

Thanks to Tom Roberts our sports trainer (first aid) who helped me with the marshaling as there were no volunteers. All went well thanks to Bruce and one or two others who helped before their races). However Rosemary Robinson got in an extra lap due to the confusion created by 3 grades spread all around the track, fading light and the lack of marshals.

 

Paul Robey

 

Narrabundah Track Racing – 19th October

The second Track Racing session for the 2016-17 season attracted a total of twenty-one riders, an encouraging start to the season. The weather was still cool with a very stiff headwind in the back straight. Fortunately the wind moderated as racing progressed.

The 6-lap A grade scratch race may have been influenced by the wind, as no breaks were attempted. The pace started easy and progressively increased putting pressure on several riders and spitting two out the back. As the bell lap approached, Michael Langdon put in a very well timed attack leading Steve Jones over the final lap and holding on for a fine win. Steve took second place with Alec Millett maintaining his good form to take third.

The B Grade scratch race also started easy. However, Steve Hirsler hit the front after three laps and cranked up the pace, considerably. As the whole bunch barrelled into the final lap, Phil Anderson and later Ross Scutts appeared at the front. They were, in turn, swamped by the trio, Ian Drayton, Steve Hirsler and Roger Wheatley who finished in that order.

The evening’s second event was a 2-lap handicap. At this early stage in the season, handicapping is a challenge. Nevertheless it was good to see Steve Dean and Paul Robey make the best of their handicaps to take the wins in A and B grade respectively. Peta Brill and Alec Millet took second and third places in A grade. Matt Morgan and Steve Hirsler took the equivalent places in B grade.

The third event for the session was a mystery race with the final (bell) lap called at random, between laps 5 -9, in this instance. In A grade, Michael Langdon sensed the final lap perfectly, with a well timed break. However, Steve Jones put in a maximal effort to just overhaul Michael on the line. Alec Millett took third place. In B grade, Ian Drayton confirmed his good form with a win over Steve Hirsler and Roger Wheatley.

The track session closed with the usual all-in, Italian pursuit. This was a big race with teams having 9 or 10 members. The race was a little chaotic. Team 1 were required to put in a extra lap, being one rider down. However, the pace was so solid, that a rider in Team 2 dropped off early, requiring the anchor rider, Steve Jones to also put in an extra lap. Despite the chaos, Team 2 took a comfortable win.

Major place getters were as follows:

6-Lap Scratch: (A Grade): Michael Langdon, Steve Jones, Alec Millett (B Grade) Ian Drayton, Steve Hirsler, Roger Wheatley. 2-Handicap: (A Grade): Steve Dean, Peta Brill, Alec Millett (B Grade) Paul Robey, Matt Morgan, Steve Hirsler.
Mystery Race: (A Grade): Steve Jones, Michael Langdon, Alec Millett (B Grade) Ian Drayton, Steve Hirsler, Roger Wheatley.
Combined Italian Pursuit: Winner Team 2 (Graeme O’Neill, Phil Anderson, Andrew Peel, Steve Hirsler, Ottmar Weiss, Rowan McMurray, John-Paul DeSousa, Ben Robey, Alec Millett, Steve Jones).

 

Graeme O'Neill

z10.3 October 17 Bleat

posted 17 Oct 2016, 01:51 by Administrator Actvcc   [ updated 17 Oct 2016, 01:52 ]

Hello Vets,

In the Bleat this week;

•  Blick v Franklin

•  Friday Morning Ride

•  Racing this Week

•  Race Reports

 

Please send me your contributions at: TheBleat@actvets.cc

 

Ian Morton

 

Blick v Franklin

Members will be aware of the ACT Supreme Court decisions in Franklin v Blick and Blick v Franklin, both of which were in Mr Franklin’s favour. Last Thursday, Mr Blick’s application for special leave to appeal to the High Court was refused on the basis that:

"The application does not raise a question of principle suitable for a grant of special leave to appeal. The appeal would have insufficient prospects of success were special leave to be granted."

So, that legal saga has been brought to a close. But the committee once again urges all members to assess their own insurance position, as suggested in the 13th June 2016 Bleat.

 

Ian Albrey
Vice President.

 

Friday Morning Ride

These days I am unable to cycle in events and organised groups because I have to care for my wife full time. I will be able to take advantage of a weekly respite session, beginning 28th October, Fridays 8.30am to 12.30pm.

I know this is an inconvenient time for most cyclists, but if you happen to know anyone of G-Grade standard or thereabouts who would be interested in a regular Friday mid-morning ride, could you please let me know.

Regards
Keith (Edward) Joliffe
Mobile: 0427 546 156
Email: keith1947@hotmail.com

 

RACING THIS WEEK:

Tuesday, 18th October: Stromlo Criterium

Where: Stromlo Forest Park
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number.
Race Description:
A/C 5:50 A 28m+2, C 25m+2
B/D 6:25 B 28m+2, D 25m+2
E/F/G 6:55 20 min + 2 laps

Race Director: Paul Robey
Contact: Email: paul.robey3@gmail.com    Ph  0413480241

2 x marshals required for this event

 

Wednesday, 19th October: Track Racing

The Program for Wednesday is as follows:
5.30pm – 6.00pm: Warm-up and free practice;
6.00pm – 6.20pm: 6-lap graded scratch race;
6.20pm – 6.40pm: 2 Lap Handicap;
6.40pm – 7.00pm: Mystery Race;
7.00pm – 7.10pm: Italian Pursuit.

From time to time, the track group receives interest from new riders who would like to try track racing. At present, we do not have spare bikes to assist with initial introductions to track.

If any ACT Vets members have a track bike gathering dust in the garage and might be interested in loaning, hiring out or selling their bike, please contact the track convenor, Graeme O’Neill, on 0408 267 734.

 

Sunday, 23th October: No Road Race

 

RACE REPORTS:

Stromlo – 11th October

85 Vets raced in the first criterium of the season, after the previous week’s race was cancelled, showing the popularity of this form of racing. There were moderate cross winds, which made following wheels more difficult and helped split up some of the bunches. The skills of veteran racers showed through, with no accidents in these tough conditions.

We followed the Rob Langridge system of racing more than one grade at a time, thereby able to have reasonable length races. The faster grade is sent off first, and then, about half a lap later, the other grade. The plan is that the faster grade should catch and pass the slower grade well before the end, and each grade will be able to contest their own finishes without undue interference from riders of the other grade. This system requires co-operation and skill from the riders, to allow the faster grade to swiftly overtake. It also significantly complicates matters for the race director, since it can be tricky to keep track of everyone, and try and ensure that the finishes for each grade are decently separated by manipulating the last laps for each grade. However, with seven grades this kind of system is the only way to provide reasonable length criterium races.

B and D grades went off first. B grade had a massive bunch of 28 riders, more than twice that of any other grade, and D grade had 13 riders. Both races settled into a pattern of having attacks being launched and ultimately failing from the front of the bunch, and each bunch gradually dwindling as riders dropped off the back, struggling to cope with the accelerations out of the corners and the cross-winds putting them into the “gutter”. The overtake proceeded smoothly with D-grade nicely moving out of the way and allowing the entire B-grade bunch to pass before resuming racing. Well done everyone! Cameron Pitt won the B-grade sprint from Brendan Lakey and Sean Hunt. Michael Hanbury won the D-grade sprint from Roger Wheatley and Bernard Shaw.

E, F and G grade were up next. There were only 2 F grade riders, both named Frost. So, I asked Bill and Susan Frost to start with the 11 strong E-grade, thereby being able to ride with a bunch, and to tell us afterwards who won. It was Sue. I started the 4 G graders only a quarter lap after E grade. They split up into individual riders quite quickly : David Witteveen won from Heather Sommariva and Bernard Crowe, with Bruce Jones, the veteran of the ACT Veterans enjoying his ride at the back. E grade had a good race, with David Triston–Rattay winning from Anthony Bray and Nicole Bruce.

The last race of the night had A and C grades out on the track. In A-grade Ben Morrison, Mark Harris, Aaron Thomson and Steven Jones quickly formed a leading four, sharing the work and skilfully riding in echelon through the cross-wind to develop a good lead from the main group. About two-thirds through Steve was dropped from the lead four, and Ben won the final sprint from Mark and Aaron. In C-grade Seymour Saville-Boss and Matt Hinchcliffe quickly formed a partnership, and sharing the work demonstrated they were much faster than the rest of C-grade. The main C-grade bunch split up two sections, and the leading pair lapped some of C-grade. This caused some confusion since when I gave the bell to the two C-grade leaders some adjacent lapped riders thought that was for them, and so they finished a lap earlier than they should. They were disappointed, and I apologised for the confusion, but pointed out that perhaps they should have known they had been lapped, and I had to indicate the laps remaining to the leaders. Anyhow, Seymour won from Matt, with Chris Wilson being the best of the rest. I have recommended to Rob Landridge that Seymour and Matt be re-graded to B. Which perhaps should be matched with a couple of downgrades.

A few last comments:

  1. Really excellent effort by all racers to ensure swift and safe overtaking of the different grades. Thanks and please keep it up through the season.
  2. If you DNF, please go to the race-director or an assistant and provide your number before leaving the track. Some did not, or had to be reminded.
  3. After the finish please help and organise yourselves and proceed in order, as best as you can work out, past the number taker. Please do not leave the track until your number has been put down. As a race director I usually concentrate on trying to get the first three places correct, and might get fourth or fifth if there is some separation. After that it is usually up to the racers, and the precise order might not matter much. What is important is that everyone is accounted for, and we are satisfied that no-one needs medical attention before we release our first aid officer.

Thanks to my assistant David Lloyd, to the indefatigable Graeme Hendrie who took money, provided lists & quiet advice and compiled the results, and to Sam the Sport Medicine officer.

 

Roger Northcote

 

Narrabundah Track Racing – 12th October

The first Track Racing session for the 2016-17 season saw fifteen competitors eager to resume racing at the Bundadome. The event attracted two new riders (Alison Hale and Roger Wheatley), in addition to a bunch of regulars from last season. The weather was cooler than ideal, with a fresh breeze that slowly dissipated as racing progressed.

The 8-lap A grade scratch race was led out, initially, by Steve Jones. The bunch settled to a good tempo until around lap 5 when Chris Thompson took the front and cranked the pace up several notches. No breaks were established. However, as the bell lap approached it was clear that the bunch was getting toey. Riders were splayed across the track, ready to accelerate. Michael Langdon took the initiative and accelerated into the bell lap with Steve Jones stuck like a limpet on his tail. Ultimately Steve Jones took the win by a tyre width. Alec Millett took a creditable third place just off the torrid final pace.

The B Grade scratch race largely followed the A grade script. The bunch held together at a good tempo with one or two riders dropping off the pace. All the action was delayed until the final acceleration though the bell lap. Steve Dean proved too strong for the field and took a comfortable win from Ross Scutts and Ian Drayton.

The evening’s second event was a 1-lap time trial from a standing start. This event requires maximal initial acceleration for the best time. Michael Langdon showed great form with easily the best A grade time of 27.21 seconds. The next best A grade times were 29.19 seconds for Steve Jones and 30.01 seconds for Alec Millett. The A grade times were all quite competitive with Ed Garnett, Chris Thompson and Kerry Knowler all in the 30 –31 second range. For B Grade, the time spread was greater. However, Roger Wheatley’s time of 29.70 seconds would have seen him place third in A grade. The next best times for B grade were a creditable 30.85 seconds for Steve Dean and 32.11 seconds for Ian Drayton.

The track session closed with an all-in, Italian pursuit. Alison Hale led out Team 2 but suffered a misfortune when she pulled out of a cleat. Thankfully, Alison stayed upright. However, the dislocation allowed the two lead riders on Team 1 (Graeme O’Neill and Ian Drayton) to gain an initial 20 metres lead. Despite the best efforts of Team 2, they could not peg back this lead, allowing Michael Langdon to take a comfortable win for Team 1. This would likely have been a close race without Team 2’s early misfortune.

Major place getters were as follows:
8-Lap Scratch: (A Grade) Steve Jones, Michael Langdon; Alec Millett (B Grade) Steve Dean, Ross Scutts, Ian Drayton.
1-Lap SS Time Trial: (A Grade) Michael Langdon (27.21s), Steve Jones (29.19s), Alec Millett (30.01s); (B Grade) Roger Wheatley (29.70s), Steve Dean (30.85s), Ian Drayton (32.11s).
Combined Italian Pursuit: Winner Team 1 (Graeme O’Neill, Ian Drayton, Ross Scutts, Kerry Knowler, Chris Thompson, Alec Millett, Michael Langdon).

Season Point Score Update:
Michael Langdon (19), Steve Jones (17), Alec Millett (16). Ian Drayton (16), Roger Wheatley (15), Ross Scutts (15).

 

Graeme O'Neill

z10.2 October 10 Bleat

posted 10 Oct 2016, 04:09 by Administrator Actvcc   [ updated 10 Oct 2016, 04:09 ]

Hello Vets,

A short Bleat this week;

•  Photos from Breadalbane

•  Wanted - Track Bike

•  Racing this Week

 

Please send me your contributions at: TheBleat@actvets.cc

 

Ian Morton

 

Photos from Breadalbane

Bob Miller has posted some photos from the Breadalbane mini-tour;

https://goo.gl/photos/PfAMGqbp5oUAWFCA7

 

Wanted - Track Bike

David McGuinness is keen to get out to the track. Does anyone have a track bike for sale, or would be able to loan him a track bike? Please contact David at david.g.mcguinness@hotmail.com.

One very helpful club member had a single speed bike he was interested in. Could you please contact David if its still available. Thanks.

 

RACING THIS WEEK:

Tuesday, 11th October: Stromlo Criterium

Where: Stromlo Forest Park
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number.
Race Description:
B/D 5:50 B 25m+2 laps, D 22m+2 laps
E/F/G 6:20 E/F/G 20m+2 laps
A/C 6:45 A 25m+2 laps, C 22m+2 laps

Race Director: Roger Northcote
Contact: Email: roger.northcote@border.gov.au    Ph  0467736580

2 x marshals required for this event

 

Wednesday, 12th October: Track Racing

Track Racing will commence this week with the first event for the 2016-17 Season.

The Program for Wednesday is as follows:
5.30pm – 6.00pm: Warm-up and free practice;
6.00pm – 6.20pm: 8-lap graded scratch race;
6.20pm – 7.00pm: 1 Lap Time Trial;
7.00pm – 7.10pm: Italian Pursuit.

From time to time, the track group receives interest from new riders who would like to try track racing. At present, we do not have spare bikes to assist with initial introductions to track.

If any ACT Vets members have a track bike gathering dust in the garage and might be interested in loaning, hiring out or selling their bike, please contact the track convenor, Graeme O’Neill, on 0408 267 734.

 

Sunday, 16th October: No Road Race

 

z10.1 October 3 Bleat

posted 5 Oct 2016, 00:05 by Administrator Actvcc   [ updated 10 Oct 2016, 04:08 ]

Hello Vets,

In the Bleat this week;

•  The Dutch Reach

•  Crit and Track starting again

•  Racing this Week

•  Race Report

 

Please send me your contributions at: TheBleat@actvets.cc

 

Ian Morton

 

The Dutch Reach

This item about”The Dutch Reach” has considerable merit. In right-hand drive countries like ours the reach would involve grabbing the driver side door with the LEFT hand. Anyway, I’m sure our members would be interested in this idea to improve rider safety.

Regards
Jeff Culnane

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Crit and Track starting again

After another long, cold and often wet winter, spring has finally arrived and with it comes the start of the Crit and Track Racing season.

We'll also be taking a break from Road Racing in October with the next race scheduled for 13 November at Uriarra Homestead.

Crit

The first Crit race for the season will be on Tuesday 4th October at Stromlo. Race times will be 20 minutes + 2 laps due to the limited daylight.

Track

The track racing season will kick off with a Practice Session starting at 6.00pm on Wednesday 5 October. There will be no racing. All interested riders are invited - particularly new riders and track novices. It is a great opportunity to give track a try!

Please note that Narrabundah Track is a high-banked, oval track suitable only for conventional fixed gear track bikes with a high bottom bracket. We are unable to accommodate road bikes on this track.

Note:
+ Narrabundah track is located off Goyder Street in Narrabundah;
+ We welcome riders to try a high-banked track for the first time;
+ New riders can get practical advice on gearing, bunch riding & track etiquette;
+ Interested riders can try out a track bike (bring your own pedals and shoes);
+ Experienced riders can tune up the machinery & motor;
+ All riders can express their preference for events & races;
+ The practice session will be around 1hr 30 mins starting 6.00pm;
+ There is no formal structure to the practice. We can assist with introductory training, if requested;
+ You can do your own thing, if you prefer.

A few basics on track etiquette for the practice session:
+ Use the designated track positions for cruising, tempo or fast pacing;
(The faster you ride the higher you should be positioned on track. Overtake outside other riders)
+ Hold your line - don't make changes of speed or position unless you are clear of other riders;
+ Be very careful if you are crossing or moving on / off the track;
+ Start from the fence and be aware of riders approaching;
+ It is best to wear clear goggles (the shaded portions of track have very low visibility with sunnies);
+ All riders will need to be cautious, as there will be novice riders at the practice session.

Regular track racing will start on Wednesday 12 October.

Last year was a great season and we had a dedicated bunch, with over 40 riders participating over the season. However, why should they have all the fun. If you have thought about it, come a give it a try, as we would like to have at least another ten regulars.

 

RACING THIS WEEK:

Tuesday, 4th October: Stromlo Criterium

Where: Stromlo Forrest Park
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number.
Race Description:
5:50 E/F/G Grade - 20min + 2 laps;
6:15 A/C Grade - 20min + 2 laps;
6:40 B/D Grade - 20min + 2 laps;
Race Director: tba
Marshals: 2 required
If you can assist, please notify the Race Committee race.committee@actvets.cc

 

Wednesday, 5th October: Track Racing

6:00 Practice Session.

 

Sunday, 9th October: No Road Race

 

RACE REPORT:

Breadalbane Mini-tour – 1st October

With September rainfall just 1mm short of a record and Lake George now with water, the journey to the ACTVCC mini-tour was to prove as challenging as the race. I drove the club's van as Graham Hendrie was taking a well deserved break. The van is very easy to drive, but was being noticeably buffeted on the Federal Highway. Those of us who turned off at Collector and drove towards Breadalbane faced low-lying sheets of water, luckily very shallow, but stretching on for around 50 metres. A number of sport-type passenger cars were turning back.

When we arrived at Breadalbane, looming rain clouds and very strong winds made us wonder if anyone would turn up at all. However, some hardy souls, the type who would race no matter what, were already there, but noticeably absent was anyone cycling in the gale-like winds. There was to be no warm up for most.

The vets has a great pool of volunteers and even in conditions like this, Sue Powell (fresh from Rio), Bob Miller and Kev Hennessy turned up. Dave McGuiness rang to see if we needed anyone else. By 11:50 we had 14 riders, with Owain Tilley in full regalia and warming up on his rollers, trying to forget the cold. At 12:00 the first rider set away on the M&H Time Trial, donated by Henry and Marilyn Beaverstock. Heading into a strong wind had some doing 15 kph towards Gunning and 60 kph on the return. Just after 30 minutes, the first rider returned - a very credible result for the extreme conditions. This was an age-adjusted time trial, with all but one rider riding (understandably) just a tad slower than their age-adjusted standard.

The riders elected to commence the road race 30 minutes after the time trial's conclusion, to save a long wait in the cold. Eleven elected to start, so it was decided to run a single grade and shorten the event to just over 20km. The road race was slightly more leisurely and was over in 40 minutes.

A huge thank you to the marshals and to Graham Hendrie, who prepared the van and developed the computer system that makes administering a race so easy.

 

Bill Frost

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