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9.4 September 27 Bleat

posted 26 Sep 2016, 15:13 by Administrator Actvcc

Hello Vets,

In the Bleat this week;

  • Crit and Track starting again
  • Racing this Week
  • Race Report

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

 

Ian Morton

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.

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:

Saturday, 1st October: Breadalbane mini-Tour

Where:Breadalbane - Cullerin Road.
When: 12:00 pm.
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number.
Race Description:
12:00 - Time Trial
14:00 - Road Race with time bonus from TT

 

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

5 marshals required for this event. Please contact Bill if you can assist.

 

RACE REPORT:

Iron Mike – 24th September

A beautiful day greeted us for the Iron Mike and thankfully that resulted in numbers being up compared to recent events. 47 starters in total with Tony Weir heading off first in G grade, with a 45 min start over the 4 A1 riders. We had strong groups from B to E grade and with little wind but some big climbs it was going to be interesting to see how the race panned out. Unfortunately for Steve Crispin from A1 he only got about 2km up the road before his front tyre blew. Mark Stevenson kindly retrieved him and he repaired the flat and continued on his way for some good training miles. The tough course, with two trips out to the end of the tarmac, started to find some of the riders out pretty quickly with a steady string of DNFs, 12 in total by the end. There weren't any grades captured by the end of the first lap, with most grades staying largely together and working well, but the gaps were definitely coming down. Tony was holding onto a slender lead from Mick and Elizabeth in F grade, and the A1 guys had caught the A2s and were starting to put pain on their faces. As the bunches come back past after the second trip to the end of the tarmac things were starting to get mixed up but it looked like D & C grade riders were making the best of their handicap.

In the end it ended up being a tightly fought sprint between Bryan Holloway from D grade and Seymour Savell-Boss and Damien Copeland from C grade, with Bryan just getting it over Seymour. I'm not sure Bryan knew that staying with the D graders and then out sprinting them means an instant promotion!!! Well done though Bryan, wining this prestigious event. The handicapping was pretty good with 15 riders representing just about all grades and relately closely spaced. Fastest time went to Aaron Thomson from A1 with a time of 1.40.56 and seventh place overall. No incidents for the day and just a couple of local ferals to laugh at their stupidity.

Thanks to Richard and Doug for fairly lonely days out at the turn points, Mark and Dennis for helping out at the start area, and of course Graham who graciously dropped out at the end of the first lap so he could help with timing.


Paul Connor

 

9.3 September 19 Bleat

posted 19 Sep 2016, 03:59 by Administrator Actvcc   [ updated 19 Sep 2016, 18:45 ]

Hello Vets,

A short Bleat this week;

•  Racing this Week

 

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

 

Ian Morton

 

RACING THIS WEEK:

Saturday, 24th September: Uriarra Homestead Handicap - Iron Mike

Where:Assemble at Uriarra Rd / Brindabella Rd, T-Junction.
When: 12:30 pm.
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number.
Race Description:
Iron Mike course

 

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

We require 1 general volunteer to help at the finish line for this weekend's Iron Mike race. If you are able to help out for 2 hours on Saturday, then please let the Race Director Paul Connor know.

 

9.2 September12 Bleat

posted 12 Sep 2016, 19:49 by Administrator Actvcc   [ updated 12 Sep 2016, 19:50 ]

Hello Vets,

Plenty to report this week;

•  Congratulation to Sue Powell

•  National Capital Tour - We Need You!

•  She Rides 8 Week Cycling Program

•  RFM team fundraising for the Hartley Cycle Challenge

•  Racing this Week

•  Race Report

 

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

 

Ian Morton

 

Congratulation to Sue Powell

ACTVets member, Sue Powell has claimed a silver medal at the Rio Paralympics in the C4 3000 meter individual pursuit.

Congratulations and all the best for the remaining events of the games.

 

National Capital Tour - We Need You!

Are you, your family, neighbours or strangers off the street able to spend time helping at this year’s National Capital Tour? Be part of the 2016 National Capital Tour on the 16 – 18 September and Volunteer!

This year we have secured an inner city location (Embassy circuit) on the Saturday but it is resource heavy for volunteers, so any assistance would be appreciated. If you could volunteer a half day on Saturday morning, Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning it would be seen as invaluable! Of course there will be food, drink and a free T-shirt for all volunteers.

The National Capital Tour attracts the best domestic riders in Australia and New Zealand, and with the inclusion of graded races, we are looking to put Canberra back on the map for high quality cycling events in Australia. That is why your help is so important. If you could volunteer for any part of the weekend of Friday 16 September – Sunday 18 September then simply send an email, make a phone call or text a message! For further information please contact John Armstrong (text or call) on 0412 257 990 or contact the event coordinator (Joanne) at events@capitalcycling.org.au . The ACT Vets Club has been tremendous in their support in previous years and we look to your continued support this year.

 

She Rides 8 Week Cycling Program

If you or someone you know would like to increase their confidence when riding their bike, Cycling Australia’s She Rides program is the place to start. She Rides is a women’s only riding program conducted over 8 weeks aimed at building skills and confidence in a supportive environment.

The She Rides spring program kicks off in mid October and is led by VETs member and Level 2 accredited cycling coach, Angie Wren. With just a few spots remaining you are encouraged to get your registration in quickly. Program and registration details arehere.

 

Angie Wren

 

RFM team fundraising for the Hartley Cycle Challenge

A great movie event for everyone interested in cycling.....
As part of our fundraising for the Hartley Cycle Challenge the Rural Funds Management team will be putting on drinks and finger food plus a screening of "Pantani:The accidental death of a cyclist" on September 17th.

Except from the movie blurb.....
"Pantani was a hero to millions and was seen as the saviour of cycling during a time when doping scandals threatened to destroy the sport. But six years after his extraordinary feats and aged only 34, tragically Pantani was dead. Discovered in a cheap Italian hotel, he died alone apparently from acute cocaine poisoning.

Shot over two years in the French Alps, Italian Alps and Dolomites and the places of Pantani's greatest victories. This is the story of the greatest climber of his generation, man versus mountain, athlete versus the system, Marco Pantani versus himself"

Venue: Telstra Tower bottom floor
Time: 7pm Saturday 17th of September
Price: $25 per head which includes Italian-inspired finger food.
The bar will open to purchase Italian beer and wine.

Booking information:
Credit card bookings - please call 62824411
OR
Direct transfer St George Bank
BSB 112-908 Acc. 483684207

 

RACING THIS WEEK

No race due to the National Capital Tour

 

RACE REPORT:

Dairy Rd – 20th August

Rain, wind, sunshine, grey skies…There was something for everyone at the Age Championships held at Uriarra crossing on Saturday. With the weather the way it was, all 26 riders could have thought they were racing one of the early spring classics in Belgium but for the fact that non-one was speaking Flemish! Also apologies for the initial bleat saying we were racing to Coppins Crossing. You didn’t think the Race Committee was this murderous in their course design did you?

All age groups were represented with Rosemary Robinson the lone female racer….ladies a little bit of rain won’t hurt you, come and race! First off was a combined M6, M7, M8, M9 & W3 race with the riders quickly sorting themselves out early and getting into a rhythm as they headed towards the short turn of Uriarra. Then the young guns being M1, M2, M3, M4 & M5 started in 2 min intervals on the slightly longer course heading towards the Mt McDonald turnpoint.

M2 quickly split up with Steve Crispin deciding the best method was to attack early and gain a 1min lead on the chase group of Paul Smith and Marc Vroomans after the first Mt Mac leg. M3, M4 & M5 stayed together as common sense of riding as a bunch in the at times strong winds was a better tactical thing to do. After 1 lap of the course, Paul Robey and Bernie Crowe were battling it out after the trio of Anthony Beasley, Mark Taylor and Des Brown notched it up and took off on lap 1. Meanwhile we had riders either coming off Mt McDonald, screaming downhill from the Uriarra short turn or battling up from Uriarra Crossing giving Denis Jessop at the T intersection a tough time directing cars and riders in all directions.

The M6, M7 & M8 trio of Anthony Beasley, Mark Taylor & Des Brown were first across the line and decided a sprint was a good thing to do even though they were in different age groups. Loving the competitive nature of racing! Then the rain stopped, the sun came out and it was glorious weather as Steve Crispin put in the fastest time of the day to take out the M2 age group. M3, M4 & M5 had some great sprint finishes with very little separating the top placings in all of these age groups. It’s always tough to gauge when to start sprinting on the deceptive uphill finish.

M1- Adam Potts 1st
M2- Steve Crispin 1st, Marc Vroomans 2nd, Paul Smith 3rd
M3- Andrew Remely 1st, Seymour Savell-Boss 2nd, Damian Copeland 3rd
M4- Dave Mullins 1st, Anthony Meredith 2nd, Bruce Goodspeed 3rd
M5- Michael McGurgan 1st, Mark Stevenson 2nd, Nick Boylan 3rd
M6- Anthony Beasley 1st
M7- Mark Taylor 1st
M8- Des Brown 1st, Paul Robey 2nd
W3- Rosemary Robinson 1st

I would also like to thank the tremendous work of the helpers on the day. Simon Milnes for finish line duties, Roger Northcote as the ATC at the Uriarra Crossing turn point, Bruce Jones at the finish line, Graham Hendrie for all the van duties, placings and timings, Kevin Hennessy for sorting out the medals, Denis Jessop as the ever vigilant ATC at the T Intersection, Tony Weir for ATC duties at the Uriarra short turn and Kim Malcolm as ATC for the Mt McDonald Turn point. The weather wasn’t great at times so each of you deserve high recognition.

The winter racing season is nearly over with the Iron Mike just 2 weeks away. The winter season always sees the racing drop in numbers due to the harsh weather and other factors, but for those that have raced this season you’ll find the upcoming crit/summer season so much easier with all those base km’s under your belt.

There is no racing next week due to the National Capital Tour being in town.

 

Ben Davis

9.1 September 5 Bleat

posted 5 Sep 2016, 05:51 by Administrator Actvcc   [ updated 5 Sep 2016, 05:51 ]

Hello Vets,

An early Bleat this week;

•  Welcome to our new President

•  National Capital Tour - We Need You!

•  From James Meredith

•  RFM team fundraising for the Hartley Cycle Challenge

•  Racing this Week

 

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

 

Ian Morton

 

Welcome to our new President

Since the sad loss of Alex O'Shea earlier this year, the club has been without a President. The Committee is pleased to announce that Dougal Torrance has stepped in to fill the position of Club President.

Dougal Torrance is Canberra born and bred and has been racing both on an off road since the turn of the century. Dougal was the vice president of the Canberra Cycling Club, has assisted in organising major cycling events and has ridden for various Canberra teams, although by his own admission, never very effectively. Dougal has worked in both public and private enterprise and is currently undertaking a Masters of Teaching at University of Canberra.

We welcome him to the position and encourage club members to give him their full support in his new role.

 

National Capital Tour - We Need You!

Are you, your family, neighbours or strangers off the street able to spend time helping at this year’s National Capital Tour? Be part of the 2016 National Capital Tour on the 16 – 18 September and Volunteer!

This year we have secured an inner city location (Embassy circuit) on the Saturday but it is resource heavy for volunteers, so any assistance would be appreciated. If you could volunteer a half day on Saturday morning, Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning it would be seen as invaluable! Of course there will be food, drink and a free T-shirt for all volunteers.

The National Capital Tour attracts the best domestic riders in Australia and New Zealand, and with the inclusion of graded races, we are looking to put Canberra back on the map for high quality cycling events in Australia. That is why your help is so important. If you could volunteer for any part of the weekend of Friday 16 September – Sunday 18 September then simply send an email, make a phone call or text a message! For further information please contact John Armstrong (text or call) on 0412 257 990 or contact the event coordinator (Joanne) at events@capitalcycling.org.au . The ACT Vets Club has been tremendous in their support in previous years and we look to your continued support this year.

 

From James Meredith

Thought I would let you know that I am still riding. The Gold Coast Masters (local Vets club) has crits on Sundays and track on Thursdays.

We have two dedicated crit tracks (Runaway Bay and Nerang) and a block in an industrial estate at Gaven. Only the very occasional road race as the road closure stuff is too difficult to get permissions. The Nerang crit track as a "hill" which every one talks about as if it where Honeysuckle but it is more like the last rise on the return from Lake George on the Old Federal Hwy. Oh, by the way, they don't have either G or F grades here so I have been riding E which I think is quite similar in pace over the shorter distances in crits. I may have to be a bit careful as the numbers have been down and I have had a few placings!

The crits are managed with about the same times as Vets grades but they start each grade in several minute intervals and then have everybody on the course at the same time. It can get a bit scary at times but most grades are respectful of their juniors.

The track at Nerang has a steeper bank than Q'beyan but no where near the bunda dome and it is 480 metres long. We are trying desperately to encourage riders (sound familiar?) and lately we have been doing 50 laps behind a derny. You can catch a glimpse here: https://www.facebook.com/GoldCoastMastersCycling.

regards James

 

RFM team fundraising for the Hartley Cycle Challenge

A great movie event for everyone interested in cycling.....
As part of our fundraising for the Hartley Cycle Challenge the Rural Funds Management team will be putting on drinks and finger food plus a screening of "Pantani:The accidental death of a cyclist" on September 17th.

Except from the movie blurb.....
"Pantani was a hero to millions and was seen as the saviour of cycling during a time when doping scandals threatened to destroy the sport. But six years after his extraordinary feats and aged only 34, tragically Pantani was dead. Discovered in a cheap Italian hotel, he died alone apparently from acute cocaine poisoning.

Shot over two years in the French Alps, Italian Alps and Dolomites and the places of Pantani's greatest victories. This is the story of the greatest climber of his generation, man versus mountain, athlete versus the system, Marco Pantani versus himself"

Venue: Telstra Tower bottom floor
Time: 7pm Saturday 17th of September
Price: $25 per head which includes Italian-inspired finger food.
The bar will open to purchase Italian beer and wine.

Booking information:
Credit card bookings - please call 62824411
OR
Direct transfer St George Bank
BSB 112-908 Acc. 483684207

 

RACING THIS WEEK:

Saturday, 10th September: Uriarra Homestead Club Championship

Where:Assemble at Uriarra Rd / Brindabella Rd, T-Junction.
When: 1:30 pm.
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number.
Race Description:
Uriarra Homestead - Club Championship course

 

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

3 additional Marshals required for this event. Please contact Ben if you can assist.

8.5 August 29 Bleat

posted 29 Aug 2016, 00:47 by Administrator Actvcc   [ updated 29 Aug 2016, 03:04 ]

Hello Vets,

An early Bleat this week;

  • Be Part of the 2016 National Capital Tour
  • This week's race at Yass
  • Racing this Week

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

 

Ian Morton

 

BE PART OF THE 2016 NATIONAL CAPITAL TOUR

Capital Cycling is conducting the 2016 National Capital Tour – a road racing event that will attract the best domestic riders in Australia and New Zealand to the ACT on the 16-18 September. All Cycling ACT members will recognise the importance of conducting a successful premier event such as this in the ACT.

The National Capital Tour 2016 provides opportunity for all competitive cyclists to race on the same circuit as the NRS riders and brings a premier “Open” event once again to the ACT. It is anticipated that this tour will re-establish Canberra as the home for quality graded racing.

Cycling ACT is a foundation member of Capital Cycling and the success of this event is important for the whole cycling community and the continuity of such events into the future. So – we would love you to enter as a competitor http://nationalcapitaltour.com.au/about/open-racing/ however if you are unable to do so, we would love you and any of your friends to assist us as a volunteer on any of the days.

Volunteers are essential to the success of the National Capital Tour and your involvement during the weekend would be highly valuable. With a range of volunteer duties that includes lead drivers, radio operators, road marshal duties and many others we will have a task for you!

The event team welcomes you to contact us and be a part of this great cycling event!

All volunteers will receive:
 - Catering
 - Training
 - Public Liability Insurance
 - Certificate of Appreciation
 - A great event t-shirt to take home!

We are currently seeking assistance in a number of areas across the race weekend. Key Roles:
 - Course Marshals
 - Drivers
 - Event Workforce

The event program and duties for 2016 are as follows:

Friday 16 September 8am – 4pm. Googong Road, Googong.
(morning sessions 8am – 12pm – afternoon session 12pm – 4pm – or do both!)
 - Start / Finish set up
 - Rider registration
 - Course Signage

Saturday 17 September 6am – 4pm. Stage 1 - Start Location: Lennox Gardens
(morning session 6am – 11:30am – afternoon session 11am – 4:30pm or 9:30am – 3:00pm – Telstra Tower Black Mountain)
 - Start & Finish set up
 - Rider registration
 - Course Signage setup
 - Course Marshals
 - Drivers
Finish Location: Elite Men & Women, Black Mountain – Graded Races, Lennox Gardens)

Sunday 18 September 6am – 6pm. Stage 2 – Start / Finish Location: Stromlo Forest Park
(morning session 6am – 12pm – afternoon session 12pm – 6pm)
 - Start / Finish set up
 - Course Signage setup
 - Course Marshals
 - Drivers
 - Race number return (pm)

Please fill out the below information and return to events@capitalcycling.org.au to register your interest or contact the office directly on 6248 7995.
Name:
Email:
Contact ph.:
Preferred Role/s:
Event Date:
AM / PM shift or both:

 

This week's race at Yass

Several weeks ago at the Dog Trap Rd Handicap event we received a complaint via Yass Council of riders riding 4 abreast during the race. Obviously we don’t want to get on the wrong side of the Council as it may affect our ability to conduct future races within their area. It is critical that this weekend we abide to not only the road rules (As I’m sure every club member does), but also common sense.

We do not have these roads for our exclusive use during races and as such should be conscious of other traffic on these roads for our own safety and those around us. I’m sure that Yass Council may even pay us a visit this weekend to ensure we are conducting the racing under safe conditions. When riding in echelon formation or in a peloton it is the responsibility of every rider to call out to other riders of potential risks and this includes cars (both oncoming and passing) and the formation in which we are riding.

 

RACING THIS WEEK:

Saturday, 3rd September: Graded Scratch - Yass

Where: Cooks Hill Rd, Yass
When: 1:30 pm.
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number.
Race Description:
Yass Long Course - Yass Map - ABCD - Start, A, C, Finish - EFG - Start, A, B Finish (Start at Cooks Hill Rd/Discovery Dr, Cooks Hill Rd, Blackley Creek North Rd, Finish Cooks Hill Rd/ Archer Cl)

 

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

For the Yass event this weekend we need people to volunteer for the following positions:
 - 1 x Lead car driver,
 - 1 x Trail car driver,
 - 2 x turn marshals,
 - 1 x finish chute/line helper

As this event is located at some distance from the ACT the club will reimburse volunteers for fuel in getting to and from the event. Please let Ben Davis know if you can assist at bdavis@internode.on.net or call on 0416 014 629.

 

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

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