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8.4 August 22 Bleat

posted 21 Aug 2016, 18:15 by Administrator Actvcc   [ updated 22 Aug 2016, 05:12 ]

Hello Vets,

  • Complaint about Dog Trap Rd Race
  • AIS Resting metabolic rate study
  • First Aid Training
  • Racing this Week
  • Race Report

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

 

Ian Morton

 

Complaint about Dog Trap Rd Race

Unfortunately the Yass Council received a complaint following the race at Dog Trap Rd on 13th Aug 2016. The complaint was in relation to participants "riding 4 abreast and having no regard to other road users".

While there are no more specifics available at this stage, it is a reminder that we rely on the approvals of local councils to run road races in their jurisdictions and if riders do not comply with road rules, then future approvals for racing could be jeopardised.

 

AIS Resting metabolic rate study

Julia Bone, a PhD scholar at the AIS is investigating if there is any difference in measuring resting metabolic rate (RMR) when it's done either ~12, 24, 36 or 48 hours after exercise. To do this measurements will be split up over 3 weeks, with 2 measurements per week. She’ll manipulate the time by changing whether you train in the morning or in the afternoon. Participants will get DXA body composition scans as part of the study.

Breakfast would be provided in the morning at AIS Dining hall if wanted.

To be eligible for the study participants have to be male and do a minimum of 10 hours training a week and/or 4 training sessions per week.

If you are interested in participating in this study, contact Julia at Julia.Bone@ausport.gov.au.

 

First Aid Training

Level 1 Sports Trainer

Sports Medicine Australia is running a course to train qualified first aid people to the level of Sports trainer level 1. The committee is willing to reimburse the registration fee of ACT Veterans Cycling Club members who complete the course and are willing to volunteer to go into a pool of qualified first-aiders who’ll be contacted to attend races that won’t or can’t be attended by a Sports Medicine Australia trainer. In this event the volunteer from the club will be expected to attend the race as a fully committed (ie non racing) sports trainer (first aider). In this situation reimbursement of expenses e.g. travel would be paid by the club.

This training of club members is not intended to change any of the current arrangements with Sports Medicine Australia for the provision of trainers (first aid) . However there are occasions when SMA trainers are not available. The use of club volunteers is to allow racing to go ahead with the usual insurance cover when SMA can’t provide full first aid cover.

The course details are below. Interested members should contact the ACTVCC committee with an expression of interest indicating a commitment to volunteer to act as an official first aid attendant at cycle races if required. As this training involves the reimbursement of the registration fee of $285 committee approval is required before committing to the training. Numbers are limited and the course starts in less than 4 weeks time.

Members who are trained and attend a race in a first aid capacity will also be eligible for reimbursement of the annual renewal course.

Course Details

Level 1 Sports Trainer
Sun 28th - 8:30am - 1:30pm
Mon 29th - 6pm - 9:30pm
Sun 4th - 8:30am - 5pm
NOTE - the course is held over 3 days
Location Maitland House 100 Maitland St, Hackett.
More course details at sma.org.au

Outcomes

This course has been designed to provide participants with the necessary skills to assist in improving athletic performance, making sport safer for all. This course covers topics such as the Principles of Injury Management, Structure and Function of the Musculoskeletal System, Common Sporting Illnesses and Injuries, Common Medical Conditions, Introduction to Sports Taping and Moving an Injured Athlete.

Entry Participants must hold a current First Aid and CPR Certificate (HLTFA301B and HLTCPR201A).

Pre course Work

There is no pre course work to be completed.
Level 1 Sports Trainer $285.00

 

RACING THIS WEEK:

There is no scheduled Race for this weekend.

 

RACE REPORT:

Dairy Rd – 20th August

Thanks to Alain Arbaut for marshalling duties and Simon Whitehead (First Aid).

30 minutes before the start time it was raining, by the time races were due it was fine and the track was drying out and for the next 3 hours no rain and some sun.

B grade saw Damien Copeland take out the first sprint (and second overall), only to be then over powered by the winner Robin Mules on his journey to A grade.

C/D grade was convincingly won by the in-form Allan Bontjer winning all but one sprint to Martin Horwood who came in second. Returning from injury Rob Langridge gained third place from Mark Taylor on his new super light bike (which he told me is waiting for an engine upgrade).

The E/G race saw Bernie Crowe take out the first sprint only to be over powered by Rosemary Robinson who came first on 7 points with Bernie second on 5 points.

Only regret on the day was me not getting a race and now having to wait weeks for another race, maybe we should bring back the old system for Dairy Flat which allowed the RD to race with another RD present.

On Friday night I noticed the AVCC championships due to be run in Canberra in October had been cancelled.

I thought I am RD Saturday so I will ride the CCC/VCC race on Sunday only to see it has been cancelled and the CCC race the following week has also been cancelled.

Also I noted the ACTVCC race the following week had also been cancelled so the race the next day must go on.

There seems to be a current trend in cancellations and low numbers across all the ACT cycling clubs. Come on riders get your bike ready for the weekend races (or volunteer to marshal if not riding) or soon we may not have any weekend races in the ACT.

 

Nick Boylan

8.3 August 15 Bleat

posted 13 Aug 2016, 16:57 by Administrator Actvcc   [ updated 14 Aug 2016, 03:43 ]

Hello Vets,

An early Bleat this week;

•  First Aid Training

•  Racing this Week

•  Race Report

 

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

 

Ian Morton

 

First Aid Training

Level 1 Sports Trainer

Sports Medicine Australia is running a course to train qualified first aid people to the level of Sports trainer level 1. The committee is willing to reimburse the registration fee of ACT Veterans Cycling Club members who complete the course and are willing to volunteer to go into a pool of qualified first-aiders who’ll be contacted to attend races that won’t or can’t be attended by a Sports Medicine Australia trainer. In this event the volunteer from the club will be expected to attend the race as a fully committed (ie non racing) sports trainer (first aider). In this situation reimbursement of expenses e.g. travel would be paid by the club.

This training of club members is not intended to change any of the current arrangements with Sports Medicine Australia for the provision of trainers (first aid) . However there are occasions when SMA trainers are not available. The use of club volunteers is to allow racing to go ahead with the usual insurance cover when SMA can’t provide full first aid cover.

The course details are below. Interested members should contact the ACTVCC committee with an expression of interest indicating a commitment to volunteer to act as as an official first aid attendant at cycle races if required. As this training involves the reimbursement of the registration fee of $285 committee approval is required before committing to the training. Numbers are limited and the course starts in less than 4 weeks time.

Members who are trained and attend a race in a first aid capacity will also be eligible for reimbursement of the annual renewal course.

Course Details

Level 1 Sports Trainer
Sun 28th - 8:30am - 1:30pm
Mon 29th - 6pm - 9:30pm
Sun 4th - 8:30am - 5pm
NOTE - the course is held over 3 days
Location Maitland House 100 Maitland St, Hackett.
More course details at sma.org.au

Outcomes

This course has been designed to provide participants with the necessary skills to assist in improving athletic performance, making sport safer for all. This course covers topics such as the Principles of Injury Management, Structure and Function of the Musculoskeletal System, Common Sporting Illnesses and Injuries, Common Medical Conditions, Introduction to Sports Taping and Moving an Injured Athlete.

Entry Participants must hold a current First Aid and CPR Certificate (HLTFA301B and HLTCPR201A).

Pre course Work

There is no pre course work to be completed.
Level 1 Sports Trainer $285.00

 

RACING THIS WEEK:

Saturday, 20th August: Dairy Flat Road Criterium - Points Race

Where:Dairy Rd, Fyshwick.
When: 1:30 pm.
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number.
Race Description:
Point Race
13:30 AB 50 minutes plus 1 lap
14:30 CD 40 minutes plus 1 lap
15:20 EFG 30 minutes plus 1 lap
Points will be every second lap 3,2,1 for first second third and the finish will be 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 for first thru to fifth.

Race Director: Nick Boylan
Contact: Email: paddlepower@grapevine.com.au    Ph  0406379973

 

 

RACE REPORT:

Dog Trap Road - Memorial Secret Handicap – 13th August

Slightly windy conditions greeted 32 riders on Saturday afternoon at Dog Trap Rd to compete for the ACT Vets Memorial Handicap. Being a secret handicap all riders began at the start not knowing how much time they were given so the etiquette of this race were for the higher grades to clear out as quickly as possible and build up a lead whilst the lower grades would try to get onto a good wheel and maintain it for as long as possible.

31 riders kicked off proceedings in a mass start with Des Brown unfortunately not able to start the race due to his mechanical team failing to do their job on a tube. Needless to say he was more than welcome as a marshal for the rest of the race. After the first checkpoint a group of 4 riders had already cleared off the front and had built up a 1 min lead over a chase group of 5. However the chase group over the latter stages of the 1st lap had organized itself and after the first lap had kept the front runners to only a lead of 1m 26 secs. However back down the road as riders crossed the line for the 1st lap our “man in the van” Graham Hendrie was busily calculating who was in for the title based on their time gaps and it was extremely close amongst several riders.

3 A graders managed to provide an exciting sprint finish to determine who would be crowned fastest rider for the day with Mark Harris taking line honours. But the real race is the secret handicap and as riders from the lower grades came across the line, 1st place after applying the handicap was a moving target. Nick Boylan was leading right up until Paul Robey came into the view and put in a determined finish to take out the win. Nick retained 2nd with Tony Weir rounding out 3rd place.

Finally we cannot run these races without the generous support of volunteers from the club who put their hand up. Des Brown who was a late but welcome helper at the finish line, Bruce Jones who manned the turn point at the far end in what was very cold winds, Mark Taylor who drove the lead car with his chirpy 96 year old dad in the passenger seat, Kevin Hennessy who turned up with the all-important bling and drove the trail car, Graham Hendrie for always running things smoothly in the van and Stjepan Hirsler for putting his hand up early in the week and manning the short turn point.

As the weather warms up, we hope to see more riders come out of their winter hibernation (yours included!) and start to race. Next weekend is Hot Dog racing at Dairy Flat. Easy to get to, no hills and exciting racing for all involved. Hope to see you there.

 

Ben Davis
Race Referee

8.2 August 8 Bleat

posted 8 Aug 2016, 04:28 by Administrator Actvcc   [ updated 13 Aug 2016, 16:58 ]

Hello Vets,

In this week's Bleat;

  • First Aid Training
  • Racing this Week
  • Race Report

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

 

Ian Morton

First Aid Training

Level 1 Sports Trainer

Sports Medicine Australia is running a course to train qualified first aid people to the level of Sports trainer level 1. The committee is willing to reimburse the registration fee of ACT Veterans Cycling Club members who complete the course and are willing to volunteer to go into a pool of qualified first-aiders who’ll be contacted to attend races that won’t or can’t be attended by a Sports Medicine Australia trainer. In this event the volunteer from the club will be expected to attend the race as a fully committed (ie non racing) sports trainer (first aider). In this situation reimbursement of expenses e.g. travel would be paid by the club.

This training of club members is not intended to change any of the current arrangements with Sports Medicine Australia for the provision of trainers (first aid) . However there are occasions when SMA trainers are not available. The use of club volunteers is to allow racing to go ahead with the usual insurance cover when SMA can’t provide full first aid cover.

The course details are below. Interested members should contact the ACTVCC committee with an expression of interest indicating a commitment to volunteer to act as as an official first aid attendant at cycle races if required. As this training involves the reimbursement of the registration fee of $285 committee approval is required before committing to the training. Numbers are limited and the course starts in less than 4 weeks time.

Members who are trained and attend a race in a first aid capacity will also be eligible for reimbursement of the annual renewal course.

Course Details

Level 1 Sports Trainer
Sun 28th - 8:30am - 1:30pm
Mon 29th - 6pm - 9:30pm
Sun 4th - 8:30am - 5pm
NOTE - the course is held over 3 days
Location Maitland House 100 Maitland St, Hackett.
More course details at sma.org.au

Outcomes

This course has been designed to provide participants with the necessary skills to assist in improving athletic performance, making sport safer for all. This course covers topics such as the Principles of Injury Management, Structure and Function of the Musculoskeletal System, Common Sporting Illnesses and Injuries, Common Medical Conditions, Introduction to Sports Taping and Moving an Injured Athlete.

Entry Participants must hold a current First Aid and CPR Certificate (HLTFA301B and HLTCPR201A).

Pre course Work

There is no pre course work to be completed.
Level 1 Sports Trainer $285.00

 

RACING THIS WEEK:

Saturday, 13th August: Dog Trap Rd - Memorial Secret Handicap

Where:Intersection of Dog Trap Rd and Long Rail Gully Rd, north of Murrumbateman.
When: 1:30 pm.
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number.
Race Description:
Memorial Handicap
Dog Trap Road 2.5 Laps

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

To run the race, Ben will need the services of 2 more Marshals.

 

RACE REPORTS:

Lookout Hill Graded Scratch – 6th August

Several climbs, fast downhills and an uphill sprint finish…what more could 40 supremely fit riders want on a calm and slightly overcast Saturday afternoon at Lookout Hill? Inspired by the Olympics, many riders had their game faces on and were ready to rumble.

First to tackle the course to Tidbinbilla and back was G grade. Paul Robey and Bruce Jones had a tough out and back race to grapple with including psychotic drivers (more on that later). Then in 2 min intervals, A, B, C & D grades went off to complete 2 laps of the course with E & F the last groups off to race over 1 lap.

A grade completed the first lap in around 45 mins. They rounded the turn point together closely followed by what we thought was a breakaway B grader, only to see it was Robin Mules from C grade who not only had made up the 2 min deficit on B grade, but passed them and took off after A grade. B, C & D rounded the first lap mostly together with the little slog up to the turnpoint on Lookout Hill creating some gaps within the pelotons.

First to finish was E grade. Kirsti McVay showed a tremendous combination of climbing and sprinting prowess on the final climb to cross the line first followed closely by Jannette Koehler in 2nd place and Russell Marston rounding out 3rd place. The shock in E grade was David Gunther who has been showing white hot form recently but was nowhere to be seen. Finally he crossed the line saying he dropped a chain, but we reckon he was just hiding in the bushes down the road so as to avoid the eye of the handicapper and stay in E grade for a bit longer.

F grade saw the women dominate with Mary Lovett taking out a fine win ahead of a close sprint for 2nd and 3rd between Polly Templeton and Elizabeth Lowe with Polly taking 2nd and Elizabeth easing up to round out 3rd place.

G grade ended up being a training ride for Paul Robey with his eye on bigger trophies over the coming months. He is training the house down, looking trim and ready to take on some interstate talent very soon.

A grade stayed together until the final climb to the finish where Paul Connor went into overdrive to beat home Rohan Verco with the tandem of Carruthers and Mankewich close behind in 3rd.

B grade were intent to take it easy for most of the race. They only got serious I think until about halfway through the 2nd lap. Roger Northcote showed why he is the man to beat in those final few Km’s with a smashing win from Anthony Meredith and Damian Copeland.

Robin Mules in C grade put in the most dominant ride of the day coasting over the line with a huge time gap to take out the win. On rough calculations he was only 20 seconds slower than A grade and he rode solo. 2nd place went to Christopher Kon with David Stewart-Thomson in 3rd.

And last but not least D grade had 1 DNF during the race which meant the 3 riders left only had to figure out the podium places near the finish line. A close sprint saw Des Brown take out 1st from Michael Reppion and Ross Scutts.

But the day would not be without drama with 2 idiot drivers thinking Tidbinbilla Rd was their own personal racetrack. Several close calls were reported by the riders and the finish line marshals witnessed one incident as they came up Lookout Hill. Thankfully we were able to catch their number plates and they were later reported to Tuggeranong Police by yours truly. Even though nothing legally can be taken against the drivers, we can only hope that the Police will give them a friendly call and next time they’ll think twice about driving recklessly around cyclists.

It was also pointed out that as riders approach turn points and there is a car or motorcycle behind the group, then we should not use a circling motion with our hands as this can be construed by the driver/rider behind as the signal to pass. This obviously can lead to serious consequences. Instead riders should use their right arm extended out 90 degrees to their body to indicate a right turn.

Finally I would like to thank the great assistance of the marshals on the day. Events held in the ACT require a tremendous amount of signage posted around the course before the event and Ian Morton, Bill Frost, Owain Tilley and Polly Templeton all helped to put up all the signs around the course. Owain and Bill backed up to perform the critical roles as ATC’s at the outposts of the course. At the finish line we had Rob Langridge risking life and limb as ATC, Rowan McMurray in the finish chute and Mark Stevenson at the finish line doing the timings. Graham Hendrie the ever reliable managed the sign-ons and hot beverages. Also thanks to Tom Roberts the medic who thankfully was not required on the day.

 

Ben Davis

8.1 August 1 Bleat

posted 1 Aug 2016, 04:50 by Administrator Actvcc   [ updated 2 Aug 2016, 03:29 ]

Hello Vets,

In this week's Bleat;

  • First Aid Training
  • Thanks from Sue Powell
  • Racing this Week

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

 

Ian Morton

 

First Aid Training

Level 1 Sports Trainer

Sports Medicine Australia is running a course to train qualified first aid people to the level of Sports trainer level 1. The committee is willing to reimburse the registration fee of ACT Veterans Cycling Club members who complete the course and are willing to volunteer to go into a pool of qualified first-aiders who’ll be contacted to attend races that won’t or can’t be attended by a Sports Medicine Australia trainer. In this event the volunteer from the club will be expected to attend the race as a fully committed (ie non racing) sports trainer (first aider). In this situation reimbursement of expenses e.g. travel would be paid by the club.

This training of club members is not intended to change any of the current arrangements with Sports Medicine Australia for the provision of trainers (first aid) . However there are occasions when SMA trainers are not available. The use of club volunteers is to allow racing to go ahead with the usual insurance cover when SMA can’t provide full first aid cover.

The course details are below. Interested members should contact the ACTVCC committee with an expression of interest indicating a commitment to volunteer to act as an official first aid attendant at cycle races if required. As this training involves the reimbursement of the registration fee of $285 committee approval is required before committing to the training. Numbers are limited and the course starts in less than 4 weeks time.

Members who are trained and attend a race in a first aid capacity will also be eligible for reimbursement of the annual renewal course.

Course Details

Level 1 Sports Trainer
Sun 28th Aug  - 8:30am - 1:30pm
Mon 29th Aug - 6pm - 9:30pm
Sun 4th Sep - 8:30am - 5pm
NOTE - the course is held over 3 days
Location Maitland House 100 Maitland St, Hackett.
More course details at sma.org.au

Outcomes

This course has been designed to provide participants with the necessary skills to assist in improving athletic performance, making sport safer for all. This course covers topics such as the Principles of Injury Management, Structure and Function of the Musculoskeletal System, Common Sporting Illnesses and Injuries, Common Medical Conditions, Introduction to Sports Taping and Moving an Injured Athlete.

Entry Participants must be a minimum of 16 years old to enrol in this course, and hold a current First Aid and CPR Certificate (HLTFA301B and HLTCPR201A).

Pre course Work

There is no pre course work to be completed.
Level 1 Sports Trainer $285.00

 

Thanks from Sue Powell

I want to say a big thankyou to the Vets club, and particularly those in B/C/D grades that have been so supportive over the years and the last few months in particular.

As most of you are aware, I will be heading over to Rio paralympics (via training camp in Italy). I'll be leaving on 11th August and will enjoy almost 3 weeks in the Italian sunshine in Montichiari, training hard at the local velodrome and nice quiet country roads. Then onto Rio with my first race, the pursuit, on day 1 (8th September). I then race every few days; the 500m TT, team sprint, road time trial and finishing with the road race on the final day.

The Vets racing has been a great way to get some road rides in with some great company along the way. I am sure some of you have backed off the pace at times just when I am about to admit defeat and drop off the back. The result is that I have pushed myself to the limit most weeks. Along with all the other training this has paid dividends and I feel like I am in the best form of my life.

So I'm excited about Rio, to see if I can push myself to new PBs and finish my (para) career on a high note. But with 6x world championship titles, paralympic gold and silver medals from London and 29/30 national titles I know I can finish satisfied whatever the result in Rio.

 

Sue Powell

 

RACING THIS WEEK:

Saturday, 6th August: Lookout Hill Graded Scratch

Where: Observation lookout on Tidbinbilla Road about 2.5 km towards Tharwa from Point Hut / Tidbinbilla Rd intersection (or about 4.5 km from Tharwa village).
When: 1:30 pm.
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number.
Race Description:
Lookout Hill to Tidbinbilla Reserve and back. ABCD x 2 laps. EFG x 1 laps

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

To run the race, Ben will need the services of 3 ATCs.


Hello Vets,

A follow up for this week's Bleat;

RACE REPORT:

Dalton – 30th July

On a beautiful sunny afternoon, not much wind and 11 degrees, 36 riders turned up to race. Some grades like C(11 racers) and E(8 racers) had good numbers while some other grades need a few more for a good competitive race. The course at Dalton is not a climbers course but offers enough up sections to test the riders and talk after the race was that it was hard. From the point of view of those at the finish it was a peaceful afternoon, we even had time to help a local lady search for a missing ferret.

A and B Grades raced together, with the exception of Steve Crispin who went off the front and won by over 4 minutes, an impressive effort. When I plug his numbers into my calculator it says average speed 41kph, not bad. Sean Ifland and Dave Mullins were second and third in A Grade. Roger Northcote was the winner of B Grade from Anthony Meredith and Mark Stevenson, but all the A and B Graders finished in a bunch except Steve Crispin off the front.

C and D also raced together with just 47 seconds separated the 14 riders at the finish after the long slog up the hill from the pub. Damien Copeland won C Grade from Seymour Savell-Boss and John-Paul De Sousa. Ian McVay won D Grade, only 11 seconds behind Damien.

E Grade was set up for the swoopers, David Gunther, Russell Marston and Neil David poking their noses into the breeze 50 meters from the finish after Kirsti McVay and Janette Koehler set the pace most of the way up the hill.

Polly Templeton won F Grade in a small field of four and Bruce Jones went around on his own in G Grade.

Congratulations to all who turned up and raced. By all accounts a nice day’s racing. A lot goes into organising these races and getting approvals, so let’s get out there and make all that effort worthwhile. Thanks to marshals David Steward-Thomson, Richard Hedley, Paul Welsh, Dougal Torrance, John Thorn, Alain Arbaut and Jim Cruden.

 

Steve Schwenke

7.4 July 25 Bleat

posted 25 Jul 2016, 03:05 by Administrator Actvcc   [ updated 25 Jul 2016, 05:20 ]

Hello Vets,

In this week's Bleat;

•  Racing this Week

•  Race Reports

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

 

Ian Morton

RACING THIS WEEK:

Saturday, 30th July: Dalton Graded Scratch

Where:Gravel quarry, 500m east of Dalton. Drive to Gunning then take Dalton Rd.
When: 1:30 pm.
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number.
Race Description:
Dalton - Gunning - Boorowa Rd ABCD do 2 laps Dalton to Gunning 1st Dalton U Turn at Start area. EFG do 1 lap. Then all head west on Boorowa Rd to end of bitumen (3k) and return to Dalton then north on Rugby Rd to end of bitumen (5k) and return to finish in Dalton.

Race Director: Steve Schwenke
Contact: Email: schwenkes@homemail.com.au    Ph  0412485729

To run the race, Steve will need the services of;
- Lead and Trail car drivers
- 3 other Marshals
For races at Dalton there is payment for fuel to cover the longer distance to travel to and from the location. Please contact Steve if you can assist.

 

RACE REPORTS:

Dairy Rd – 23rd July

The race was cancelled on Saturday.

About 10 riders turned up but the winds were blowing so strongly from the west that racing on the hotdog course would have been too dangerous. Even the tandem were getting blown around a bit.

 

Rohan Verco

7.3 July 18 Bleat

posted 17 Jul 2016, 16:33 by Administrator Actvcc   [ updated 18 Jul 2016, 04:24 ]

Hello Vets,

In this week's Bleat;

  • Replacement President
  • Free Traffic Controller Training Course
  • From the Desk of the Handicapper
  • Racing this Week
  • Race Reports

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

 

Ian Morton

 

Replacement President

A reminder that we are still looking for a club member who wishes to nominate for this important role. Please contact committee@actvets.cc if you are interested in filling this position.

 

Free Traffic Controller Training Course

Capital Cycling, in association with Roads ACT have schedule FREE Traffic Controller Training for the Cycling clubs and community of the ACT for the past two years. Roads ACT have once again enabled FREE access to this training in 2016.

The Traffic Controller training that is provided meets the NSW and the ACT requirements and provides the appropriate qualification to allow a registered person to control traffic at cycling (and other) events. The 2016 education and training is designed to meet the new standards that will be implemented across Australia in 2016.

The Traffic Controller Training courses will be held for free for Canberra cycling clubs and cycling organisations in May and again in August. Spaces are limited for each training course.

Fully subsidised by Roads ACT these courses have been organised to assist in minimising costs on cycling clubs and organisations and help train volunteers, or club appointed marshals to fulfil the marshalling duties at cycling events. We urge you to make use of this generous offer and assist your club and the broader cycling community by having more trained and skilled operators available for club and open events in the ACT. Training is provided by South Eastern Workplace Safety. Please note ALL registrants must have a current driver’s license.

Course 2 Dates: Saturday 20th August Time: Full day of training 9 – 5pm Location: Canberra Ave, Fyshwick Cost: Free

To register please go to: https://eventdesq.imgstg.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=main&EventDesqID=19094&OrgID=4426

 

From the Desk of the Handicapper

Mark Stevenson C to B

 

RACING THIS WEEK:

Saturday, 23rd July: Dairy Flat Road Criterium - Points Race

Where:Dairy Rd, Fyshwick.
When: 1:30 pm.
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number.
Race Description:
CD 13:30 40 mins + 1 lap
AB 14:20 50 mins + 1 lap
EFG 15:20 30 mins + 1 lap

Race Director: Rohan Verco
Contact: Email: Rohan.Verco@gmail.com    Ph  0419730555

To run the race, Rohan will need the services of a couple of assistants at the finish line. Please contact Rohan if you can assist.

 

RACE REPORTS:

Uriarra Homestead – 16th July

Sometimes we start a race write-up with "Despite atrocious conditions..." Saturday was the opposite, as we had what Denis Jessop (80yo) described as the best conditions in living memory at Uriarra. Yes, it was 16 degrees and there was no wind, but unfortunately only 37 turned up. Where were the other 40 possible riders one asks? Certainly not at the CCC morning handicap as they also had a pathetic roll-up. Nonetheless, those who came would have loved the experience of riding the flattest course possible in the ACT with no wind. The urn was back to its best and there were Tim Tams to reward those with a keen eye for sweet junk so really there were no excuses for not coming. I was predicting that someone would toss their bike away and run to the finish Froomy style, but there was thankfully little drama and even the 4WD crowd seemed positively passive for once.

Marc Vroomans won the sprint despite backing up from the morning race to edge out Paul Conner in A grade. Third placer Paul Welsh had a gap with half a lap to go but couldn't sustain it to the finish. The three in B grade pedalled around politely then finished in a mad rush with Michael McGurgan edging out Ben McDuff and Michael Foulds. C grade had a bit of excitement as there were a number of attacks in a bid to nullify the sprint of Mark Stevenson. Mark was relegated to third after losing the sprint to John Paul De Sousa. Thirty seconds ahead in first was Dale McCormack who recorded a remarkable improvement in just a week's riding. What's your secret Dale? Judging by the times, D grade was a slow and intimate affair with the trio of Brian Chugg, Ian McVay and Des Brown rolling in single file and making it very easy for the finish judge.

The E graders showed a bit more spirit, catching D grade and then contesting a furious sprint at the finish. Kathryn Passalis certainly looked the part as she charged across the line out of the saddle and nose on her stem for her maiden victory, with James Tonkin and David Gunther not far behind. Ian Morton kept Bob Millar company for the two laps in F grade, while Bruce Jones only had himself to compete against in G grade. Bruce's rival Bernie came out sans bicycle and after the start to sample the offerings from the repaired urn only.

 

Robert Langridge

7.2 July 11 Bleat

posted 11 Jul 2016, 04:41 by Administrator Actvcc   [ updated 11 Jul 2016, 04:41 ]

Hello Vets,

In this week's Bleat;

  • Tour Night at Onya
  • Free Traffic Controller Training Course
  • Racing this Week
  • Race Reports

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

 

Ian Morton

 

Tour Night at Onya

Onya bike Woden is having a tour de France night on 14 July to benefit pedal 4 pierce. Food drink, comps on stationaries and giving away a $4000 bike!! (I think the tour will be on the big screen too)

This is in aid of Muscle Up 4 Muscular Dystrophy. For more details contact Nigel at ride@pedal4pierce.com

 

Free Traffic Controller Training Course

Capital Cycling, in association with Roads ACT have schedule FREE Traffic Controller Training for the Cycling clubs and community of the ACT for the past two years. Roads ACT have once again enabled FREE access to this training in 2016.

The Traffic Controller training that is provided meets the NSW and the ACT requirements and provides the appropriate qualification to allow a registered person to control traffic at cycling (and other) events. The 2016 education and training is designed to meet the new standards that will be implemented across Australia in 2016.

The Traffic Controller Training courses will be held for free for Canberra cycling clubs and cycling organisations in May and again in August. Spaces are limited for each training course.

Fully subsidised by Roads ACT these courses have been organised to assist in minimising costs on cycling clubs and organisations and help train volunteers, or club appointed marshals to fulfil the marshalling duties at cycling events. We urge you to make use of this generous offer and assist your club and the broader cycling community by having more trained and skilled operators available for club and open events in the ACT. Training is provided by South Eastern Workplace Safety. Please note ALL registrants must have a current driver’s license.

Course 2 Dates: Saturday 20th August Time: Full day of training 9 – 5pm Location: Canberra Ave, Fyshwick Cost: Free

To register please go to: https://eventdesq.imgstg.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=main&EventDesqID=19094&OrgID=4426

 

RACING THIS WEEK:

Saturday, 16th July: Uriarra Homestead Graded Scratch

Where:Uriarra Rd / Brindabella Rd, T-Junction.
When: 1:30 pm.
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number.
Race Description: Homestead - Short Turn - Top of Crossing (repeats)

Race Director: Rob Langridge
Contact: Email: langridge@netspeed.com.au    Ph  0450400658

To run the race, Rob will need the services of;
 - 3 x ATCs
 - 3 at the finish line/chute

Please contact Rob if you can assist.

 

RACE REPORTS:

Old Federal Highway, Handicap - F & A Tonelli Trophy – 9th July

An almost perfect winters day for racing, except for a brief shower at the start of the race, apart from that there was little to no wind and mild temperatures (for a Canberra winters day that is). The race course was three laps from the Gravel Pit on the Old Federal Highway to Lake George and back. A distance of approximately 37 kilometres. Being a graded scratch race its grade against grade, and to win a grade must work together for the whole distance and hope the handicapper has smiled on them.

A total of 45 riders turned up to race and almost all completed the race. The aforementioned shower led to one DNF and a puncture took out the one tandem bike in the race.

Bruce Jones was first off, a team of one, and had almost completed the first lap before A Grade commenced their race, 35 minutes after Bruce had started. Bruce declined the opportunity to tag onto the A Grade pack.

At the end of the first lap most grades were pretty much together, but by the second lap it was apparent that E Grade had a core of hard working and well coordinated riders, and had mopped up the grades ahead of them (F and G1) - Bruce Jones however was still valiantly clinging on to front spot. The other grades were in hot pursuit and the gaps between them narrowing. Michael Carr and Paul Welsh had managed to ride off the front of B Grade and looked likely contenders for a win.

The third and final lap would be critical.

Bruce Jones was gobbled up with quarter of a lap to go, while Michael Carr and Paul Welsh weren't able to maintain their barnstorming efforts as it was E Grade who appeared over the rise before the finish line first and took out the top 7 positions - Kevin Hennessy winning in a sprint from David Gunther (2nd) and Kathryn Passilis (3rd). Marc Vroomans from A Grade finished just over a minute after the winners in 8th place and recorded the fastest time of the day, covering the 37 kilometres in just over 58 minutes, a very impressive effort. Dave Wilson from B Grade finished 9th and Mark Stevenson from C Grade rounded out the top 10.


No crashes, no one injured, a good days racing - the only negative was the urn going out unnoticed by the Race Director and depriving the battle weary racers of a hot coffee after the race.

Thanks to Robert Miller, Alain Arbaut, Richard Gorrell, Terence Merrigan (who was 20 cents richer for predicting the winner mid race!), Geoff Strang, Tony Weir and Elton Ivers. Also thanks to Graham Hendrie for driving the van out and Ian Morton for putting the signs out.

 

Owain Tilley

7.1 July 4 Bleat

posted 4 Jul 2016, 01:49 by Administrator Actvcc   [ updated 4 Jul 2016, 07:41 ]

Hello Vets,


A short Bleat this week;

  • Racing this Week
  • Race Reports

 

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

 

Ian Morton

 

RACING THIS WEEK:

Saturday, 9th July: Old Federal Highway Handicap - F & A Tonelli Trophy

Where: Gravel Pit, Intersection Old Federal Highway and Shingle Hill Way
When: 1:30 pm.
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number.
Race Description:
Gravel Pit to Lake George
Race Director: Owain Tilley
Contact: Email owaintilley@hotmail.com Ph 0420526076

Note: We are a bit short for officials for the event. We still require the following: Trail car driver, Lead car driver, 2 x turn point marshals, 1 finish chute marshal. If you can assist please contact Owain.

 

RACE REPORT:

Stromlo Point Race – 2nd July

The ACT Vets were competing in a points criterium race out at Stromlo on Saturday afternoon. Whilst the weather looked ok from the sidelines, the prevailing NW breeze was blowing up to 25km/h during the afternoon. This is enough breeze for the stronger riders in each grade (especially the higher grades) to put the hurt on other riders by putting them in the “gutter” without any protection from the wind. There were many pained faces towards the end of the race which demonstrated that most riders had a tough workout for the afternoon.

The racing started with A and B grade completing 50mins plus two laps. Having the first two laps as sprint primes really sorted out the A grade bunch. The bunch was dominated by Onya Bike riders and after the first two laps a firm pecking order had been established with 3 Onya Bike riders at the front with the rest making up the numbers. Jarod Hughes, a visitor to the club, was clearly a step above all other riders on the day. At around the 15 minute mark he soloed away from the bunch and built a lead upwards of 300m. He took a number of primes before sitting up and allowing a number of his Onya teammates to catch up with him and contest a number of sprints. Aaron Thompson made things interesting in the overall points totals winning a number of these primes, but when it seemed like he might close the gap to Jarod right down, Jarod rode off the front again and put another 300m into his competitors. Jarod and Aaron totalled 28 and 25 points respectively with third place (Michael Brice) a long way back on 9 points. The B grade race saw a lot more foxing resulting in a more even spread of points being earned, in fact all riders got some sprint points. The racing was very competitive with the bunch staying together until Peter Merrick managed to get away late to a big lead and take the last four sprints of the race. However, it was Chris Short who must have had the calculator working overtime who came home in second place on the final sprint to win the race from Peter by 1 point.

E, F and G grades were the next to race. Phil Coulton started strongly in the E grade bunch winning a couple of sprints before that effort took its toll and he was dropped out the back about half way into the race. Rosemary Robinson put in a great attack with about four laps to go and looked like she had a big enough break to impact the top of the leader board. However, it was not to be as Adam Potts also rode a strong back half of the race and managed to bridge to Rosemary on the last lap and take the overall race by 6 points to Rosemary. Graham Hendrie had a strong race consistently taking sprint points to end up in third position. There were only 2 riders in each of F and G grade. Pauline Thorn rode very consistently and was just too strong for Tony Weir. Tony struggled to hold on to Pauline’s wheel and each lap he kept losing 10 or so metres with Pauline winning comfortably in the end. The G grade racing was very close between Bernie Crow and Bruce Jones. Ultimately Bernie demonstrated superior race craft on the day coming out of Bruce’s draft on the sprint laps to win each of the primes, but never by any more than a bike length!

C grade provided perhaps the best racing of the day. It was a race between the three big units of Stevenson, Wilson and Shippley versus the two ladies in Aubrey and Moore. The big units dominated the sprinting early on but this was to come at a bit of a cost as the ladies, especially Claire Aubrey demonstrated greater stamina over the course of the race as the big units faltered at the back end of the race. The greater stamina might have been helped by the big units having nowhere to hide when punching into the wind. Both ladies did their fair share of turns on the front and with both nice and low on their bikes the big units never really got any relief from the wind! At the finish Claire Aubrey won the race from Mark Stevenson and Warwick Wilson. The D grade bunch managed to stay together throughout the race but the sprinters of Beasley, McRae and Gunther were rarely troubled by the rest of the bunch when there were points on the line. Rob Langridge (what was he doing in D Grade!?) tried to change things up a bit with some long range sprints but was unable to really influence the results of the strongest three. Ultimately, Beasley was too strong on the day doubling the points of his nearest rival, McRae with Gunther 1 point behind in third place.

It’s never much fun standing on the sidelines for winter criterium races! However, thanks to the great help (and wit) of Marc Vroomans and Mark Harris we managed to get through the afternoon with smiles on our faces.

 

Rohan Verco

 

ps A red Rahpa gillet (size M) was left behind at the track on Saturday. The gillet was placed in the van so the owner can see Graham about collecting it.


6.4 June 27 Bleat

posted 26 Jun 2016, 19:33 by Administrator Actvcc   [ updated 27 Jun 2016, 04:35 ]

Hello Vets,
In this week's Bleat;

  • Thanks
  • Racing this Week
  • Race Reports
Please send me your contributions at: TheBleat@actvets.cc
 
Ian Morton
 

Thanks


Hi Vets,
Now that I am out of Canberra hospital for few days, I would like to take the opportunity to express my thanks to the club and the Vets members who did come to visit me at the hospital and/or send me good wishes messages ,these were the most welcome in these painful days.
It was one of these accidents which should not happen but does , as some riders cannot help to cut on the inside of a turn! And when there is no room …well riders fall off. But again it was a CCC event, actually Vets would not do that sort of mistake?
 
Cheers to every one,
Safe riding,
Alain

RACING THIS WEEK:


Saturday, 2nd July: Stromlo Forest Park Criterium - Points Race

Where: Stromlo Forest Park
When: 1:30 pm.
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number.
Race Description:
  • 13:30 AB 50min + 2
  • 14:30 EFG 30 mins + 2
  • 15:10 CD 40 mins + 2
Race Director: Rohan Verco
Contact: Email Rohan.Verco@gmail.com Ph 0419730555

Note: We will also another volunteer at the finish line. If you are injured or haven't volunteered to marshal at least once this year, then this is an ideal chance to give back to the club and put your hand up.

RACE REPORT:


Gunning Handicap – 25th June

With a very cold day threatening and few marshals, Saturday conditions were not too auspicious. Fortunately, even as I drove out to Gunning, club members were still ringing up offering to help. Rosemary gave up her ride to do First Aid and Phill proudly furnished brand new satellite phones, once the sole providence of polar explorers and wealthier Everest mountaineers.
Thirty riders turned up and while we had no one from G grade, the others were well represented. With Rob Langridge sick, we didn't have much of an opportunity to adjust times, but they seemed reasonably close. After B grade had gone, A grade put on a desperate argument convincing the officials to send them off then and there. Britain would still be in the EU had it harnessed the persuasive power of these impassioned advocates.
With Henry away, the officials lacked his uncanny precision to know just when the lead bunch would return. However, the satellite phone from Breadalbane brought a touch of modern technology and soon the lead vehicle pulled in, just in time to alert us to a very fast sprint up the hill by B Grade's Andrew Simpson, pulling away from Paul Welsh. A fast looming pack of C graders powered up the hill and when they came in, four different grades were represented in the top 10, making for an effective handicap.
Marc Vrooman's time of 1:17:44 was the fastest of the day and maybe A grade should have got that little bit closer handicap!
No one DNFd, no accidents and sparse traffic made for a good day of racing.
Thanks to the officials especially Rosemary for First Aid, Elton and Mark for driving and John Paul for the lonely Breadalbane turn. Phill, Bruce and Rosemary had the entire finishing line sorted and results were available as the first coffee was being poured. Again, Graham Hendrie not only raced but ran the signon, timing and setting up and packing away the van.
 
Bill Frost

6.3 June 20 Bleat

posted 18 Jun 2016, 18:26 by Administrator Actvcc   [ updated 20 Jun 2016, 02:23 ]

Hello Vets,

In this week's Bleat;

  • To Race or not to Race
  • Replacement President
  • Volunteers needed for Cycling Aust U19’s Road Champs
  • Racing this Week
  • Race Report

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

 

Ian Morton

To Race or not to Race

It's always a tough call to cancel race because of the weather. There are certainly plenty of club members willing to tough it out regardless of the conditions but there are a number of other considerations when deciding to proceed with a race;

  • Rider Safety is our highest priority. Heavy rain and strong winds represent a danger to riders particularly on courses with steep descents or curves.
  • Insurance coverage could also be compromised if the decision was taken to conduct a race in dangerous conditions.
  • Poor visibility for riders and other road users might also trigger public complaints to TAMS, further jeopardising their willingness to approve races on public roads.
  • And its always important to remember that it takes a lot of effort from volunteers to run an event and costs including professional first aiders. Persistent rain usually results in a very low turnout of riders making the event unviable.
  • When the conditions are looking doubtful, members appreciate an early call on whether racing will proceed rather than driving out to the event only to find it has been called off.

So while the Committee appreciates the desire of members to get out and race, it is important to take all these factors into consideration when deciding to proceed with a race in the face of potentially adverse weather conditions.

 

Replacement President

Since the sudden departure of Alex O'Shea, the ACT Vets Club has been without a President. The Committee is looking for anyone who wishes to nominate for this important role. Please contact committee@actvets.cc if you are interested in filling this position.

 

Volunteers needed for Cycling Aust U19’s Road Champs

Cycling Australia is running the 2019 U19 Road National Championships in Canberra from 1st to 3rd July (Details).

They are in desperate need of volunteers in the following roles;

  •  Drivers
  •  Marshals (qualified and unqualified)
  •  Motorbike Marshals

If there is anyone willing to assist on any of those three days, please contact Lexie Webster at act.info@cycling.org.au.

 

RACING THIS WEEK:

Saturday, 25th June: Gunning Handicap

Where: Go through the township of Gunning towards Breadalbane for 2km, park at the top of the hill.
When: 1:30 pm.
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number.
Race Description: Gunning - Breadalbane - return - 48km

Race Director: Bill Frost
Contact: Email: billfrost@bigpond.com     Ph  0418698197

To run the race, Bill will need the services of;
 - Lead and Tail Car drivers
 - Turn Marshall
 - 2 at the finish line/chute

Please contact Bill if you can assist.

 

RACE REPORT:

Apollo Rd – 18th June

 

Firstly, thank you to all those people who offered to fill in to provide First Aid for the race due to the unavailability of Sports Med trainers. It's good to know we have a willing group of volunteers to help out when we are short.

The day started off threatening another weather disruption but by lunchtime the showers had cleared and left us with good racing conditions.

35 eager riders turned up for the annual hill climb with good representation across most of the grades.

Steve Crispin surged across the line first in a blistering time of 0:52:21. The rest of the field battled bravely up the hill with the look of determination on everyone's face as they crossed the line.

The Apollo Rd climb certainly spread the field out with the closest we got to a bunch finish was when David Dickson and Paul Welsh crossed the line within 5 meters of each other. The rest of the field came across the line individually.

This event was the first time we have put the club's new Satellite Phones into service. These phones will ensure that we have communications at a number of race venues that are outside mobile coverage. This is particularly important if we require emergency services in the event of an accident.

Thanks to the officials especially Phill Coulton who stood in as First Aid and finishing line marshal. ATCs Clinton Porteus at the bottom of the hill and Dale Kleeman at the turn. And as always, the ever reliable Graham Hendrie for signon, timing and bringing out and setting up the van.

 

Ian Morton

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