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1.3 January 16 Bleat

posted by Administrator Actvcc   [ updated ]

Hello Vets,

In the Bleat this week;

•  Extreme Heat Warning

•  Update on Mark Gillett

•  From the desk of the handicapper

•  Registration Renewal for 2017

•  Racing this Week

•  Race Reports

 

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

 

Ian Morton

 

Extreme Heat Warning

ACT Veterans Cycling Club

Vets,

The temperature for tomorrow's Crit Race (17th Jan) is forecast to reach 37 degrees.

The race durations have been shortened and the event will be delayed to reduce the risk to riders.

Members are urged to take care in the hot conditions. Ensure you drink plenty of water before, during and after the race.

Riders who feel unwell during the race should stop and seek assistance from the First Aid attendant.

 

Update on Mark Gillett

I visited Mark on Saturday 14 Jan and found him to be in good spirits with his memory returning to the point where he appears to be the same old Mark. I had a great conversation with him. Mark’s keen to return home, however, he is required to undertake further tests at Liverpool Hospital starting from Monday and could be there up to two weeks, so no point trying to visit Mark over the next weeks as he will be at Liverpool.

Mark sends his thanks to the Vets for placing the update posts; he was really surprised that they had done this as he didn't consider himself important enough to warrant that sort of attention.

Final point, Mark is still keen to get back on the bike in hopefully the not too distant future.

 

Peter Klein

 

From the desk of the handicapper

The following member has come to the attention of the handicapper this week;
- Dale Dummett E to D

 

Registration Renewal for 2017

Last reminder that 2017 membership renewals are now due. To renew, go to https://memberdesq.sportstg.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=main&OrgID=10244 or follow the prompts via the website www.actvets.cc. Click on the Login link and enter the username and password from last year. If you have forgotten your login and password , after clicking on ‘login’ - go to the tab at the top right hand side of the screen and click on ‘Username & Password’ - then forward your email address as requested in the box that will appear. SportsTG will then forward you the information.

You need to renew your membership prior to your first race in 2017.

Before each race, a check has to be done of all those registered to race to ensure they are financial members and covered by insurance. As a courtesy to those committee members who work hard to ensure the club complies with the terms of our insurance cover and also produce the race results, please renew your membership at least 2 days prior to racing. Membership costs are:

  • A full competitive membership for 2017 is $110
  • A full competitive membership for a sight impaired tandem cyclist for 2017 is $95
  • Non competitive membership for 2016 is $5

Please note that membership fees for 2017 have increased in line with a $10 increase in the Australian Veteran Cycling Council’s component of membership fees.

Upon renewal, your 2017 licence will be emailed to you direct from SportsTG. Please print out a copy and it is suggested that you laminate it or place it in plastic for future reference during the year ahead. You will need to show this licence if you enter events run by other Veteran Cycling Clubs or the AVCC.

Please ensure that your personal particulars are always kept up to date, in particular your emergency contact details. For those members with First Aid qualifications please also update the site. It is a member’s responsibility to keep these updated via the SportsTG website.

 

Kirsti McVay
Membership Secretary

 

RACING THIS WEEK:

Tuesday, 17th January: Stromlo Criterium

Please ensure you are registered before commencing racing. If you have renewed your membership in the last 24 hours, please ensure that you have a copy of your registration receipt when signing on.

Where: Stromlo Forest Park
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number.
Race Description:
Note the revised race times.
B/D 6:15 B 35m+2, D 30m+2
E/FG 6:55 25 min + 2 laps
A/C 7:25 A 35m+2, C 30m+2

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

2 x marshals required for this event, please let Robert know if you can assist.

 

Wednesday, 18th January: Track Racing

Please ensure you are registered before commencing racing.

The Program for Wednesday is as follows:
5.30pm – 6.00pm: Warm-up and free practice;
6.00pm – 6.20pm: 10-lap graded scratch race;
6.20pm – 6.40pm: 4-lap handicap;
6.40pm – 7.00pm: 12-lap Win & out;
7.10pm – 7.20pm: Italian pursuit

 

Road Racing

Will resume in February.

 

RACE REPORTS:

Stromlo – 10th January

B Grade

On a very hot day B grade started the racing, Ian Mongan must have been keen to race hard as he took off on the first lap, soon the bunch caught him, few laps later Heath Chester had a go followed by few more riders, they managed a gap but the bunch closed on them very quickly, with 15minutes remaining Michael Fauke, Mark Taylor, Craig Tozer, Peter Merrick and for a short time Robert Langridge did got away, it was the successful break, the bunch was not well organized or maybe some riders in the “echappee” had few mates in the bunch doing some soft pedalling? disrupting the chase . The sprint was very close with Craig Tozer taking the win from Mark Taylor and Peter Merrick followed by Michael Fauke.

D grade

The race went at a fast pace with not too many surge ,at some stage Liz Lowe had a dig so did Stephen Terracini, but not much did happen out of it, must have been the heat. The bunch stayed together to the bell lap, when the pace did picked up , the finish was a very close bunch sprint won by Gillian Clark , Ally Roche and Sean Fleming.

A grade

As usual the race started fast with Stephen Isbel going on the second lap, he did made a gap but after 10 minutes the bunch got organized to chase him down( the bunch must have remembered when few weeks ago Stephen took off and held the chase away!), it took a while but Stephen did get caught. At some stage Paul Scherl and Stephen Blackburn had a go , the bunch was very active and closed the gap very quickly. With 15 minutes remaining a group of 6 riders created a gap within few laps two riders got dropped the remaining four kept working very well together, Nicholas Stewart won the sprint by few bike length followed by Mathew Corby , Stephen Isbel and Bruce Norton.

C Grade

C grade was a small bunch , The pace was kept high with not too much action, few riders had a go but every time the bunch closed the gap very quickly. We saw Sue Powell doing a lot of work at the front making sure no one got away. At the bell lap the bunch was still together getting ready for the sprint won by Warwick Wilson, closely followed by Duane Toohey and John Thorn.

E grade

A repeat of last week with Des Brown been very active at the front , at some stage Rosemary had a go but the bunch closed the gap within a lap. The last 15 minutes no much was happening , the bunch stayed organized to the bell lap ready for a fast sprint won by Dale Drummett, closely followed by Theresa McLachlan ( who was dropped at some stage but did manage to go back on) and a fast finishing Ian Morton.

F grade

The bunch did stay together to the end with few surges during the race but not much did happen, must have been the heat, it was pretty hot.

G grade

G Grade we saw a two up between Bruce Jones and Bernie Crow, Bruce getting the "win".

Many thanks to Kim Malcolm to help set up the registration and to marshal, also Ian Morton the “kangaroo whisperer” to keep a mob of these animals out of the track, and to help at the chute as well.

 

Cheers
Alain

 

Narrabundah Track Racing – 11th January

The attendance for Session 12 of the track racing season was below par, particularly in A grade. The extremely hot and windy weather may have put a few riders off racing. However, the evening cooled off over the session and was more tolerable than expected. As usual, the wind also moderated.

The 10-lap A grade scratch race started at a solid pace. The small pack held together for most of the race. On lap 8, Michael Langdon cranked up the pace with a feeler attack. Ben Davis and Alec Millet quickly closed the small gap. A full, furious attack from Michael Langdon came on the bell lap. Alec Millett and Rowan McMurray responded and stuck on Michael’s wheel as he surged around the final bend. Alec Millett showed great form out sprint Michael as the finish line approached. Rowan McMurray held on for a close third.

In B grade, the pack remained consolidated for 8 laps. Matt Morgan attacked early and cranked up the pace with 2 laps remaining. Matt pushed on with a gutsy challenge and somehow managed to hold out the pursuing pack for the whole 2 laps. Tony Beasley and Phil Anderson rode well to take second and third placing.

The second event of the evening was the 200 Fly, a 200 metre time trial from a flying start. This is a fun event, though quite technical. It requires just the right preparation, line and acceleration into the timed section. All A grade times were within a one second spread with Michael Langdon going just under 13 second for the best time. Alec Millett and Ben Davis set the second and third best times. In B grade, Matt Morgan stood out with a time within the A grade limits. Congratulations to John Lowe, who has just started track racing, for setting the second fastest time in B grade. Ross Scutts set the third best B grade time.

The evening’s third event was a mystery race. In this event the bell lap is called at random after a nominal number of laps (four in this case). In A grade, the bell went on lap 6 with the whole pack consolidated. Alec Millet and Michael Langdon surged out of the pack with Alec showing great form for his second win of the night. Michael took second with Ben Davis sprinting well for the third spot. In B grade, the bell came on Lap 5 as the pack accelerated in response an attack by Tony Beasley. Tony rode well to take the win, followed by Phil Anderson and Matt Morgan, in that order.

The final event was an all-in Italian Pursuit. There were six pursuit riders on each team. Both teams started well. The initial laps were close. However, by mid race Team 1 had a small advantage that was built on lap by lap. Michael Langdon put in a great final lap for Team 2. However, with Alec Millett in such good form, there was no way to peg back the gain already made by Team 1. Alec rode on for a comfortable win by Team 1.

Major place getters were as follows:
10-Lap Scratch: (A Grade): Alec Millett, Michael Langdon, Rowan McMurray (B Grade) Matt Morgan, Tony Beasley, Phil Anderson
200 metre Fly: (A Grade): Michael Langdon (12.94s), Alec Millett (13.14s), Ben Davis (13.87s) B Grade Matt Morgan (13.93s), John Lowe (14.26s). Ross Scutts (14.28s)
Mystery Race: (A Grade): Alec Millett, Michael Langdon, Ben Davis (B Grade) Tony Beasley, Phil Anderson, Matt Morgan
Combined Italian Pursuit: Winner Team 1 (Ben Davis, Alec Millett, Martin Graham, Tony Beasley, Steve Hirsler, John Lowe)

Current Points Score Leaders: Michael Langdon (192), Alec Millett (175), Phil Anderson (174), Ross Scutts (170), Steve Jones (166), Steve Hirsler (130) Tony Beasley (128), Graeme O’Neill (112)

 

Graeme O'Neill

 

1.2 January 9 Bleat

posted 9 Jan 2017, 12:27 by Administrator Actvcc   [ updated 9 Jan 2017, 12:27 ]

Hello Vets,

In the Bleat this week;

•  Registration Renewal for 2017

•  Update on Mark Gillett

•  From the desk of the handicapper

•  Vets out and about

•  Racing this Week

•  Race Reports

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

 

Ian Morton

 

Registration Renewal for 2017

Another reminder that 2017 membership renewals are now due. To renew, go to https://memberdesq.sportstg.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=main&OrgID=10244 or follow the prompts via the website www.actvets.cc. Click on the Login link and enter the username and password from last year. If you have forgotten your login and password , after clicking on ‘login’ - go to the tab at the top right hand side of the screen and click on ‘Username & Password’ - then forward your email address as requested in the box that will appear. SportsTG will then forward you the information.

You need to renew your membership prior to your first race in 2017.

Before each race, a check has to be done of all those registered to race to ensure they are financial members and covered by insurance. As a courtesy to those committee members who work hard to ensure the club complies with the terms of our insurance cover and also produce the race results, please renew your membership at least 2 days prior to racing. Membership costs are:

  • A full competitive membership for 2017 is $110
  • A full competitive membership for a sight impaired tandem cyclist for 2017 is $95
  • Non competitive membership for 2016 is $5

Please note that membership fees for 2017 have increased in line with a $10 increase in the Australian Veteran Cycling Council’s component of membership fees.

Upon renewal, your 2017 licence will be emailed to you direct from SportsTG. Please print out a copy and it is suggested that you laminate it or place it in plastic for future reference during the year ahead. You will need to show this licence if you enter events run by other Veteran Cycling Clubs or the AVCC.

Please ensure that your personal particulars are always kept up to date, in particular your emergency contact details. For those members with First Aid qualifications please also update the site. It is a member’s responsibility to keep these updated via the SportsTG website.

 

Kirsti McVay
Membership Secretary

 

Update on Mark Gillett

I can confirm that Mark’s health appears to be improving. He has no short term memory but we had an entirely lucid conversation this morning. I think I envy him the fact he can’t remember anything about the race or crash.

He mentioned that he’s going to go buy a better, more stable bike. and a new helmet. He’s getting really annoyed at the hospital conspiracy that’s keeping him in hospital when he is perfectly well enough to go home.

He doesn’t believe his wife’s explanation that he’s being kept in the neurosurgery ward because he may have another bleed from the clot on his brain. He says he has no pain at all so I don't know if he’s being drugged to mask the pain from all the broken bones that remain to be fixed.

The joys of being a cyclist.

 

David McCook

 

From the desk of the handicapper

The following members have come to the attention of the handicapper this week;
- Michael Fawke C to B
- Henry Thomson C to B
- Bruce Griffin F to E
- Gillian Lugg F to D
- Dennis Puniard F to E

 

Vets out and about

Brendan Byatt continues to be one of the club's most successful traveling racers. Brendan was 5th in his age group for the Australian gran fondo nationals held on the weekend at Buninyong.

 

RACING THIS WEEK:

Tuesday, 10th January: Stromlo Criterium

Please ensure you are registered before commencing racing. If you have renewed your membership in the last 24 hours, please ensure that you have a copy of your registration receipt when signing on.

Where: Stromlo Forest Park
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number.
Race Description:
E/F/G 5:50 30 min + 2 laps
A/C 6:30 A 45m+2, C 40m+2
B/D 7:20 B 45m+2, D 40m+2

Race Director:  Alain Arbaut
Contact: Email: arbaut@grapevine.net.au    Ph  0400493148

2 x marshals required for this event, please let Alain know if you can assist.

 

Wednesday, 11th January: Track Racing

Please ensure you are registered before commencing racing.

The Program for Wednesday is as follows:
5.30pm – 6.00pm: Warm-up and free practice;
6.00pm – 6.20pm: 10-lap graded scratch race;
6.20pm – 6.50pm: 200m fly;
6.50pm – 7.10pm: Mystery race;
7.10pm – 7.30pm: Italian pursuit.

 

Road Racing

Will resume in February.

 

RACE REPORTS:

Stromlo – 3rd January

 

On a windy and fresh afternoon we had a good turn up for the first Crit 2017.

A grade was the largest bunch to start, this do not last as on the first lap the attacks started, this was fast and furious for few laps until a group of four riders were away and did work very well together, meanwhile the rest of the bunch got fragmented in three groups. The second group was working hard but to no avail the final sprint was won by Ben Morrison closely followed by Nicholas Stewart, Stephen Blackburn and Michael Brice.

C grade saw the return to racing of Michael Fawke and Henry Thomson after few years of absence….they must have done some good training as after few laps Michael putting some pressure at the front and got away followed by Henry, they worked together very well and keep putting time on the bunch which did not get organize for the chase and end up fighting for third. At some stage during the race A grade lapped C grade and some C riders decided to jump at the end of A bunch.. This is not permitted, one rider did stay with A to the end (maybe He should not be C?) And got disqualified! This is frustrating for everyone, the riders and the marshals.

B grade was a fast affair, Douglas Torrance got away on the first lap the bunch happy to leave him there…at a short distance, few laps later Doug, back in the bunch by then went away again…and again , this time he was not alone and they started to work together , the bunch saw the danger and did chase them down . This was repeated few more time, couple riders goes and the bunch close down the attack… no slacking off in B grade.

At two laps to go the pace picked up greatly on bell lap the bunch got blow apart , Jason Parkes won the sprint very easily…too easy?? (How can you stop pedalling with 15 metres to go and still win?) Dave Mullens came second holding off a fast finishing Al Bontjer.

D grade had a good number of riders, there were few surges but got closed very quickly by a fast bunch where we saw Don Desmet doing a lot of work at the front.

The bunch did stay together until two laps to go when some pressure at the front broke it apart, the sprint was fast and close and Andrew Hislop won it followed by Matt Dyne and Darren Garnon.

E grade with seven riders we expected a dull race but is was not going to be, Des Brown put on a great display of cycling as he kept attacking, at some stage he had good gap but by then the bunch was chasing hard. With few minutes to go Graham Wilson went away followed by none less that Des and latter Alex Sommariva did bridge the gap. Des did a lot of work at the front of the group and tried to get away again but to no avail, Graham Wilson was finishing fast to win the sprint but Alex put in an impressive turn of speed in the last 50 metres to claim the first place followed closely by Graham and Des came third.

F grade was a steady race with few surges but the bunch stayed together to the end, it was a close sprint with Graham Hendrie taking the win followed by Dennis Puniard and a fast finishing Mike Hayes.

G grade with three riders was a good ride for all of them, it was the first Crit for Polly Templeton and it seems Bernie and Bruce were quite happy to let Polly doing all the work at the front; it might have been a bit lonely for Polly? Any way Bernie did show some speed in the last 50 metres to claim the sprint by a ¼ of a wheel followed by Polly and Bruce came third.

I would like to thanks Philip Anderson for his help on the line regardless of the cold weather which did made us shivering and to Polly Templeton who

came to see us for some tips …how to race a Crit ?… and ended up doing the chute, and of course Graham Hendrie for his help to set up the registration.

 

Cheers
Alain Arbaut

 

Narrabundah Track Racing – 4th January

Session 11 for the track racing season provided good conditions for racing. The evening was warm with a stiff headwind in the back straight. Attendance was nineteen riders with a big roll up in A grade.

The 10-lap A grade scratch race started at a solid pace. The pack held together for six laps before Michael Langdon ventured off the front. Ben Robey initially went with Michael, then decided it might be more comfortable in the pack. The bunch wisely left Michael hanging off the front and slowly closed the gap. Michael was caught a few laps from the finish. However, his enterprise was undiminished. As the bell lap approached, Michael took off with Paul Connor and Alec Millett hot on his heels. Paul Managed to come round in the final sprint, so the finish order was Paul Connor, Michael Langdon and Alec Millett. Peta Brill and John Paul De Sousa rode well to pick up fourth and fifth places respectively.

In B grade, the bunch held together for six laps at a good pace. Paul Robey dropped of at this point, followed, a lap later, by Graeme O’Neill. The remaining bunch cranked up the pace and held together for the final laps. The bell lap was torrid, with a final sprint taken by Steve Hirsler, Tony Beasley and Phil Anderson, in that order.

The second event of the evening was a 2-lap handicap race. The A grade race was hotly contested. However, Peta Brill sensed that she had a good handicap and made the most of it by streaming out of the pack to gain and hold an unbeatable lead. Alec Millett and John Paul De Sousa rode well from the back half of the pack to take second and third places. The limit markers, Michael Langdon and Paul Connor struggled to catch the pack and had to settle for mid-field finishes.

In B grade, Paul Robey surprised the field with better than expected form. Paul made the most of a good handicap and led throughout the race. Phil Anderson, Steve Hirsler and Dougal Torrence overcame the second rider in the final turn and took second to fourth places respectively.

The third event of the evening was a 12-lap snowball points race. There were three sprints for points with the points allocated for each sprint increasing as the race progressed. In A grade, Martin Graham decided to capture early points and streamed from the pack on lap 3. Martin took the first sprint and held a good lead for several further laps. However, with Michael Langdon, Alec Millett and Paul Connor driving the pack towards the second sprint, Martin was out of luck. The lead trio finished the second sprint in that order. The pack was loosely bunched for the final laps. It consolidated as riders jockeyed for a good position into the bell lap. The final sprint was hotly contested, with Michael Langdon holding of Paul Connor and Alec Millett in that order. The final points were Michael Langdon (9), Alec Millett (8), Paul Connor (7) and Martin Graham (3).

In B grade, Steve Hirsler bounded out to take the first sprint from Tony Beasley and Phil Anderson. As the race progressed, Tony Beasley and Ross Scutts dominated the remaining sprints. The final points were Tony Beasley (10), Ross Scutts & Steve Hirsler (8 each), Dougal Torrance (3).

The final event was an all-in Italian Pursuit. There were seven pursuit riders on each team. The pursuit was, as usual, an extremely close contest. Team 1 got off to a good start and gained a few metres initially. However, the gap soon closed with both teams being near equal as the laps ticked off. In the end, it came down to a contest between the anchor riders Alec Millett and Paul Connor. Alec dug deep on the final lap and managed to find a burst of energy from somewhere. Paul could not match this form and had to concede the win to Team 2. It was a great contest by both teams.

Major place getters were as follows:
10-Lap Scratch: (A Grade): Paul Connor, Michael Langdon, Alec Millett (B Grade) Steve Hirsler, Tony Beasley, Phil Anderson.
2-Lap Handicap: (A Grade): Peta Brill, Alec Millett, John Paul De Sousa (B Grade) Paul Robey, Phil Anderson, Steve Hirsler.
12-Lap Showball: (A Grade): Michael Langdon (9), Alec Millett (8), Paul Connor (7) (B Grade) Tony Beasley (10), Ross Scutts & Steve Hirsler (8), Dougal Torrance (3)
Combined Italian Pursuit: Winner Team 2 (Alec Millett, Martin Graham, Dominic Rideaux, John Paul De Sousa, Ed Garnett, Ross Scutts, Phil Anderson).

Current Points Score Leaders: Michael Langdon (171), Steve Jones (166), Phil Anderson (159), Ross Scutts (158), Alec Millett (151), Steve Hirsler (115), Kerry Knowler (110), Ben Robey & Tony Beasley (107).

 

Graeme O'Neill

1.1 January 2 Bleat

posted 2 Jan 2017, 12:10 by Administrator Actvcc   [ updated 2 Jan 2017, 12:10 ]

Hello Vets,

Hope you all had a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year celebrations and looking forward to racing in 2017. In the Bleat this week;

•  Registration Renewal for 2017

•  Update on Mark Gillett

•  Racing this Week

 

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

 

Ian Morton

 

Registration Renewal for 2017

2017 membership renewals are now due. To renew, go to https://memberdesq.sportstg.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=main&OrgID=10244 or follow the prompts via the website www.actvets.cc. Click on the Login link and enter the username and password from last year. If you have forgotten your login and password , after clicking on ‘login’ - go to the tab at the top right hand side of the screen and click on ‘Username & Password’ - then forward your email address as requested in the box that will appear. SportsTG will then forward you the information.

You need to renew your membership prior to your first race in 2017.

Before each race, a check has to be done of all those registered to race to ensure they are financial members and covered by insurance. As a courtesy to those committee members who work hard to ensure the club complies with the terms of our insurance cover and also produce the race results, please renew your membership at least 2 days prior to racing. Membership costs are:

  • A full competitive membership for 2017 is $110
  • A full competitive membership for a sight impaired tandem cyclist for 2017 is $95
  • Non competitive membership for 2016 is $5

Please note that membership fees for 2017 have increased in line with a $10 increase in the Australian Veteran Cycling Council’s component of membership fees.

Upon renewal, your 2017 licence will be emailed to you direct from SportsTG. Please print out a copy and it is suggested that you laminate it or place it in plastic for future reference during the year ahead. You will need to show this licence if you enter events run by other Veteran Cycling Clubs or the AVCC.

Please ensure that your personal particulars are always kept up to date, in particular your emergency contact details. For those members with First Aid qualifications please also update the site. It is a member’s responsibility to keep these updated via the SportsTG website.

 

Kirsti McVay
Membership Secretary

 

Update on Mark Gillett

Henry Thompson visited him last week and witnessed a remarkable improvement. He's starting to recall more information and recognise people, but it's still a very long way to go.

 

RACING THIS WEEK:

Tuesday, 3rd January: Stromlo Criterium

Please ensure you are registered before commencing racing. If you have renewed your membership in the last 24 hours, please ensure that you have a copy of your registration receipt when signing on.

Where: Stromlo Forest Park
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number.
Race Description:
A/C 5:50 A 45m+2, C 40m+2
B/D 6:40 B 45m+2, D 40m+2
E/FG 7:30 30 min + 2 laps

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

2 x marshals required for this event, please let Ben know if you can assist.

 

Wednesday, 4th January: Track Racing

Please ensure you are registered before commencing racing.

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

 

Road Racing

Will resume in February.

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