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z10.3 October 16 Bleat

posted 16 Oct 2017, 13:57 by Administrator Actvcc   [ updated 16 Oct 2017, 13:57 ]

Hello Vets,

In the Bleat this week;

Call for ATC’s for last 2 road races in 2017
From the Desk of the Handicapper
Racing this Week
Race Reports
Please send me your contributions at: TheBleat@actvets.cc

Ian Morton


Call for ATC’s for last 2 road races in 2017

Uriarra 12/11

3 x ATC’s required

Mt MacDonald TT- 3rd December

2 x ATC’s required.

A lot of the ATC’s who re-certified in the last few months will be aware of the mentor sign-off to be completed before you can renew your licence. We will have a mentor available at both of these road races, so it is a great opportunity to complete the renewal process for your ATC licence. And all ATC’s are now eligible for a $50 payment for volunteering at each race. If you are available, please let me know bdavis@internode.on.net.

Ben Davis

RACING THIS WEEK:

Tuesday, 17th October: Stromlo Criterium

Note: The new Race Fee of $10 per event is in effect.

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

Race Director:  Ben Davis
Contact: Email: bdavis@internode.on.net    Ph  +61416014629

 

Wednesday, 18th October: Track Racing

The Program for Wednesday is as follows:
5.30pm – 6.00pm: Warm-up and free practice;
6.00pm – 6.20pm: 9-lap graded scratch race;
6.20pm – 7.00pm: 1 Lap SS Time Trial;
7.00pm – 7.10pm: Italian Pursuit.

 

RACE REPORTS:

Stromlo – 10th October

Vets are welcoming the return of crit racing with another strong turn out on a glorious Tuesday evening. Nearly 100 riders turned up setting the scene for some exciting racing.

A Grade was a thrilling event with attacks almost from the opening laps, and continuing right through to the race finish. Ben Morrison was prominent in the breakaways and although being eventually rounded up prevailed in the sprint to take a very deserved victory. Matt Hincliffe and Marc Vroomans also rode strongly to round out the podium.

There were plenty of attacks in B grade also, with Heath Chester and Richard Hedley setting the early pace. But it was Bryan Holloway who prevailed, taking the chequered flag with Rainer Wilton and Chester taking the minor placings.

C graders closely marked each other and the race ended in a strong bunch finish, with Conan Liu taking out a convincing win over visitor Anthony Evans and Shane Robinson in third.

D grade also largely stayed together though the pace was on early. Luke Healy took a well deserved victory with Allan Bontjer second and Timothy Green third.

In E grade it was Frank O’Sullivan saluting the judges with Bruce Griffin and Tony Sheehan taking the minor placings. F grade was a win to Kevin Newhouse, with Dennis Puniard and Leanne Tennant also on the podium. Bernie Crowe rode solidly to take out G grade.

Thanks very much to marshals Andrew Chamberlain and Ben Davis for their help ensure a smooth running event.

Mick Donaldson
Race Referee

Narrabundah Track Racing – 11th October

The first Track Racing session for the 2017-18 season saw twenty one competitors eager to resume racing at the Bundadome. The event attracted three new riders (Hamish Anderson, Dan Gamper, Paul Kennedy), in addition to a bunch of regulars from last season. The weather was balmy, with a fresh breeze that slowly dissipated as racing progressed.

The 8-lap A grade scratch race was led out by Dougal Torrance. The bunch settled to a good tempo until around lap 4 when John Paul De Sousa took the front, then quickly relinquished it. No breaks were established. However, as the bell lap approached it was clear that the bunch was getting toey. Riders were splayed across the track, ready to accelerate. Ed Garnett took the initiative and accelerated into the bell lap with Paul Kennedy and Steve Jones in pursuit. Ultimately Paul Kennedy took the win over Steve Jones by a small margin. Ed Garnett held on for a creditable third place.

The B Grade scratch race followed a conservative script. The bunch held together at a good tempo with one or two riders dropping off the pace. All the action was delayed until the final acceleration though the bell lap. Phil Anderson proved too strong for the field and took a comfortable win from Ross Scutts. Phil Coulton was in good form to take third place.

The evening’s second event was a 2-lap handicap. At this early stage in the season, handicapping is a challenge. Nevertheless it was good to see Ed Garnett and Phil Anderson make the best of their handicaps to win in A and B grades, respectively. Ben Robey and Dougal Torrance took second and third places in A grade. Ross Scutts and Phil Coulton took the equivalent places in B grade.

The track session closed with an all-in, Italian pursuit with 9 riders per team. As usual, this was a fascinating event. Team 2 made a good start. Team 1 soon made a tactical error that left Phil Coulton struggling in the breeze for 4 laps, giving Team 2 what seemed a winning margin. However, the four anchor riders for Team 1 (John Paul DeSousa, Ed Garnett, Ben Robey and Steve Jones) were not about to concede. Each rider put in a great effort, in turn, so that Steve Jones was in a competitive position by the final lap. Steve did not disappoint, setting a blistering pace to overhaul Pal Kennedy by a few metres at the line. The gutsy effort was enough to make race officials overlook a minor transgression and award Team 1 the win.

Major place getters were as follows:
8-Lap Scratch: (A Grade) Paul Kennedy, Steve Jones, Ed Garnett. (B Grade) Hamish Anderson, Steve Dean, Phil Coulton.
2-Lap Handicap: (A Grade) Ed Garnett, Ben Robey, Dougal Torrance. (B Grade) Phil Anderson, Ross Scutts, Phil Coulton.
Combined Italian Pursuit: Winner Team 1 (Dougal Torrance, Ben Robey, Ed Garnett, John Paul DeSousa, Steve Jones, Sue Powell, Hamish Anderson, Dan Gamper, Phil Coulton).

Season Point Score Update:
Ed Garnett (18), Phil Coulton (16), Hamish Anderson (16). Phil Anderson (14), Steve Jones (14), Ben Robey (14), Dougal Torrance (14).

Graeme O’Neill

ACT Veterans – Follow Up Bleat – 16th Oct

From the Desk of the Handicapper

Grading Changes

Conan Liu C to B
Luke Healy D to C after winning on club debut
Kevin Newhouse F to E

Just a reminder for those self-grading, please contact me at handicapper@actvets.cc to be regraded (don’t need a tale of woe) or ride in your designated grade.

Gunning

Well done to all those who competed at Gunning on the weekend. Conditions were not bad for spring, and many personal and competitive battles were undertaken over the two days. The A/B race had 18 riders, allowing for the following roles to be played:
Duracell bunny–was in every attack and chased down every break until a failure to recharge had catastrophic results.
Peloton policeman–sat on the front for ages just for fun of it.
GC men–jockeyed for positions at every sprint.
Domestiques–played supporting roles for other reasons than getting a share of the prize money.
Attackers–were too far down on GC to count but made everyone suffer once in while.
Survivors–weren’t seen near the front but hung on until the end!
Me and my shadow: The A graders who duked it out for the last 20m of each sprint.

 

Rob Langridge

z10.2 October 9 Bleat

posted 9 Oct 2017, 02:11 by Administrator Actvcc   [ updated 9 Oct 2017, 02:11 ]

Hello Vets,

In the Bleat this week;

•  From the Desk of the President

•  From the Desk of the Handicapper

•  Racing this Week

•  Race Report

•  Gunning 2 Day Event

 

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

 

Ian Morton

From the Desk of the President

Gunning 2 day

Get your entries in for the Gunning Two Day ASAP. There's 154km of racing over two days for the higher grades and 104km for E, F, G, Tandem. Total cost is $35. All of this with a lunch thrown in!

Challenge a friend to race. The three race format will give you bragging rights for the whole year!

Racing starts at 10 am on Saturday. With the time bonuses and the Prolog weekend racing will be all about strategy.

After all the efforts to reschedule the race I would love to see as many members racing as possible.

Track racing on again

Whilst the Criterium series remains ever popular (and rightly so) I encourage members to come out and try a track race or two. Racing in on Wednesdays at the "Bundahdome" in Narrabundah. As I found out when I started track last year, there's lot's of support at the races themselves. If it's lack of a track bike that sets you back we can probably arrange a loaner. I'm personally using a steel framed messenger bike with a few mods that works well and cost next to nothing.

Committee Positions

I"ve only had a minimal amount of interest in the Women's Participatation Advisor and the Promotions Officer. I'm going to close the nominations for these positions in one week. Please email me if interested. I'm particularly interested in someone to help the committee and I promote the club.

 

Dougal Torrence
ACTVets Club President

 

ps Additional Marshalls are required to assist at Gunning. If you can help out, please contact billfrost@bigpond.com.

Important Note: Members travelling to Gunning on Saturday morning via Sutton Rd should be aware that the Gundaroo Music Festival is on the 14th and congestion may be experienced trying to get through Gundaroo.

From the Desk of the Handicapper

Despite the fact we’ve only had one race, I’ve made a few changes based on form demonstrated last Tuesday.

Chris Kon C to B
Bryan Holloway C to B
David McCook B to A
Rob Langridge B to A

For the others who’ve self-graded themselves down could you please contact me so that I can make the necessary changes in the RMS if you’ve really let yourself go over the winter.

I’ll be checking the Gunning entries very closely this week to ensure we have similar abilities in all grades except A and G. Any downgrades at this stage will come with conditions attached.

 

Rob Langridge
Club handicapper

RACING THIS WEEK:

Tuesday, 10th October: Stromlo Criterium

Note: The new Race Fee of $10 per event is in effect.

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

Race Director:  Mick Donaldson
Contact: Email: mdonaldson@netspeed.com.au    Ph  0418486367

Marshal: If anyone is able to assist Mick either before their race or after their race, in particular the B/D race up first, can you please let him know.

 

Wednesday, 11th October: Track Racing

The Program for Wednesday is as follows:
5.30pm – 6.00pm: Warm-up and free practice;
6.00pm – 6.20pm: 8-lap graded scratch race;
6.20pm – 7.00pm: 2 Lap Handicap;
7.00pm – 7.10pm: Italian Pursuit.

 

RACE REPORT:

Stromlo – 3rd October

A great start to the Crit season with a brilliant spring evening. 82 riders over all grades took part to kick off the season. All races were 20 minutes plus 2 laps.

Our first group of riders were E,F & G grades to start off the evening.

E grade had 14 riders and started with a couple of surges early on with a couple off the front including Annie Wren, however, they were back in the group after a couple of laps. Eventually the final lap came down to a sprint finish with Alison Hale winning from Allan Bontjer who was followed closely by Frank O'Sullivan third and several others.

F Grade took a more measured approach with the majority of its group of 7 staying together until the end with a sprint finish resulting in Edward Joliffe first, followed by Mike Hayes and then Dennis Puniard.

G grade had a sole rider in Bernie Crowe who circulated with poise and control until the end. Well done Bernie.

The second group away were A and C grade.

A grade had 14 riders and a group of 4 broke early and were eventually brought back to the group by lap 3. A group of 10 stayed together until near the end with the sprint finish being fast and furious resulting in Ben Morrison winning from Mark Harris second and Paul Conner 3rd.

C grade maintained a group of 13 of its 14 starters right up to the end with Christopher Kon winning from Bryan Holloway followed by Conan Liu.

The final group away for the evening were B & D Grade who were finished in fading light.

B grade had a group of 3 split away from the pack of 16 starters very early and were able to maintain the pace through to the end and thus determining the first 3 positions. First was Rob Langridge followed closely by David McCook and Rainer Wilton 3rd. The rest of the pack gradually broke up over the race with group of 7 sprinting for the line next.

D grade took a more sedate approach with a large group of 16 staying together for most of the race before the final sprint. This was tight but our front finishers were Sean Fleming first, Michael Reppion second and Trevor Matthews third.

 

A great start to the season and thanks to those who helped spot on the finishing line after or before their own race.

Just a reminder to all to take care on corners and hold your line. A couple of instances riders cut off those on the inside lane around the tight bends. Also when on the straights do not make sudden changes of line without being aware of those alongside or behind. We had an instance in the final lap being called and a rider having to avoid collision by ending up on the grass and was able to continue to the finish but had lost a lot of momentum and ground.

Thank you to our fist time Marshall in Sue Duckett. A good start for all.

 

Race Referee
Kim Malcolm

 

Gunning 2 Day Event

Your chance to race 154km over two days! (or 104km for E, F, G, Tandem) and Lunch – all for a measly $35.

The club’s signature event, the Gunning two day race, is on over the weekend of the 14/15 October. Saturday starts at 10:00 am with a 4km uphill Prologue just to make it interesting!

For those that groaned at an uphill prologue, we’ve decided to make it interesting by throwing in bonus time on Stage 1! Again, for stage 2, time bonuses will be on offer so a good strategy will be key!

Marshals

Bill Frost has kindly volunteered to be the Race referee for the two days. In order to run the event, he requires the assistance of Marshals, Escort Drivers and General Helpers to assist.

Payment of $30 per day is available to offset petrol costs and other expenses.

If you are willing to help, please contact Bill at: billfrost@bigpond.com

 

Portaloo

A Portaloo has been booked. We are looking for a volunteer to help with towing duties. If someone is staying in Gunning on Saturday evening and would be able to tow it back to their accommodation overnight, that would save having to tow it back to Canberra.

Please contact Ian McVay imcvay@grapevine.com.au Ph 62317523 if you can assist.

 

Requirements

The cost will be $35 for the race and you must be a current member of the club within the AVCC. Please note that we do not have day licences available.

Riders will need to bring their helmet to the registration desk for inspection. Please note that it is an AVCC requirement that all riders must wear a helmet which meets Australian Standards.

Riders must have started the previous stage to compete the next stage. (i.e. if you don’t ride Saturday then you cannot start on Sunday)

 

Registration

ALL REGISTRATIONS MUST BE COMPLETED ON THE IMG WEBSITE BY 5:00PM FRIDAY 13th OCTOBER. NO REGISTRATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED ON THE DAY.

To register go to;

https://eventdesq.sportstg.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=main&EventDesqID=24762&OrgID=10345

Click on;

Click Here To Register

Select either;

Individual

Tandem

Select the $35 entry fee then click;

Next

Enter your username and password and click.

Login

Note that this is the username and password that you received when you first registered for the IMG system. If you cannot find your site login, go to the site login page; https://memberdesq.sportstg.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=login&OrgID=10244 and click the 'Forgot your Password?' Button. Enter your Email address (the one you used to register) and a new password will be sent to you.

One you have logged in, the system will show your membership details. Click;

Next

Confirm that you are entering as an Individual or Tandem then click;

Next

Click on;

Submit Now & Pay Online

Enter your credit card details and press;

Next

To confirm your payment, click;

Submit Payment

Your transaction will be confirmed and an email sent to your registered email address.

Once you have finished, click;

Logoff

If you have any problems, contact: Ian Morton

 

DAY 1: Saturday 14th October 2017

Prologue

Prologue will start at 10:00am and riders will be sent off at 30 second intervals.

Note if you miss your allocated time you will be sent off at the discretion of the Race Referee.

The following limitation apply to the Prologue

•  No Disc Wheels or wheel covers

•  No Time Trial specific helmets

•  No Time Trial bars either specific or clip on

Tri Spoke or other deep dish wheels are allowed as long as the rim does not exceed 10cm.

 

Stage 1

Stage 1 will start at 1:30pm and riders will be sent off by grade.

Stage 1 is 50km for all grades.

A revised bonus time will be allocated on both primes for the first three positions (1st – 7 seconds, 4nd – 2 seconds and 3rd 2 seconds) and for the first five positions (1st – 5 seconds, 2nd – 4 seconds, 3rd - 3 seconds, 4th – 2 seconds and 5th – 1 second) at the finish.

DAY 2: Sunday 15th October 2017

Stage 2

The course length will depend on grade:

•  A, B, C, D will complete 100km (Note: A Water Bottle will be provided for riders on the Second Lap)

•  E, F, G, Tandem will complete 50km

Stage 2 will start at 10:00am for the following grades A, B, C, D with 2 min between grades.

Stage 2 will start at 11:00am for the following grades G, E, F, Tandem with 2 min between grades.

A revised bonus time will be allocated to each grade on both primes for the first three positions (1st – 7 seconds, 2nd – 4 seconds and 3rd 2 seconds) and for the first five positions (1st – 5 seconds, 2nd – 4 seconds, 3rd - 3 seconds, 4th – 2 seconds and 5th – 1 second) at the finish.

 

Presentation

Presentations will be held in the Hall in the Showground commencing at 1:45 pm. Lunch will be provided for all riders and officials.

z10.1 October 2 Bleat

posted 2 Oct 2017, 00:33 by Administrator Actvcc   [ updated 2 Oct 2017, 04:48 ]

Hello Vets,

In the Bleat this week;

•  Race Committee Update

•  Racing this Week

•  Track Practice Session

•  Gunning 2 Day Event

 

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

 

Ian Morton

Race Committee Update

Gunning 2 day

There has been some discussion over the format of the upcoming Gunning 2 day race. The race format has been the same for the last few years and it was suggested to vary the prologue to be uphill to provide opportunities for lighter riders. Concerns were raised that the resulting greater spread of times would give too much weight to the prologue in determining the overall results. As a compromise, this year will still have the prologue downhill, but shortened in distance. However, to ensure that climbers are not disadvantaged, for the race on day one and two, intermediate sprint primes will be replaced with a ‘top of the climb’ prime near the rail bridge on the easterly legs of the course during both days. Time bonuses will also be applied for the end of road races. The committee will review the race results in determining the format for next years race.

2018 race program

The race program for next year is being drafted with an aim of running more road races than in previous years. In addition to this year’s program, the Club aims to reintroduce a course in Cooma and run the Breadalbane mini-tour.

In addition to obtaining road approvals, it is critical that we have sufficient traffic controllers that are trained and available to assist at road races. The committee has been in discussion with the ACT government to try and streamline the process of accreditation for traffic controllers and to look at improving road signage at race courses. The club has over 350 members but only about 20 accredited traffic controllers. This is placing an unreasonable burden on those few members to marshal at races. There are still places available on the next course on Saturday 11 November, so please consider registering at:
https://eventdesq.sportstg.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=main&EventDesqID=24993&OrgID=4426

Club flyer

In order to promote the club’s upcoming summer racing to new members, a flyer has been prepared, and can be downloaded from flyer.pdf. Please download, print and distribute this as appropriate, e.g. workplace locker rooms, gyms or local bike shops.

 

Ian McVay

RACING THIS WEEK:

Tuesday, 3rd October: Stromlo Criterium

Note: The new Race Fee of $10 per event comes into effect.

Where: Stromlo Forest Park
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number.
Race Description:
E/F/G 20m + 2 @ 5:50
A/C 20m + 2 @ 6:15
B/D 20m + 2 @ 6:40
Sunset @ 7:13

Race Director:  Kim Malcolm
Contact: Email: d.kimmalcolm@icloud.com    Ph  0418643623

Marshal: Sue Duckett

Upcoming Marshall Roster

The nominated marshals for upcoming events are;
- 10/10- Stromlo Crit: Simon Johnston

 

NARRABUNDAH TRACK PRACTICE SESSION - WEDNESDAY 4 OCTOBER 6.00 PM

The track racing season will kick off with a Practice Session starting at 6.00pm on Wednesday 4 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 at 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.
(It is your responsibility not to impede other riders in this situation);
+ Start from the fence and be aware of riders approaching;
+ It is best to wear clear or light tinted goggles;
(the shaded portions of track have very low visibility with regular 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 11 October.

Last year was a great season and we had a dedicated bunch, with 37 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.

 

Graeme O'Neill

Gunning 2 Day Event

Your chance to race 154km over two days! (or 104km for E, F, G, Tandem) and Lunch – all for a measly $35.

The club’s signature event, the Gunning two day race, is on over the weekend of the 14/15 October. Saturday starts at 10:00 am with a 4km uphill Prologue just to make it interesting!

For those that groaned at an uphill prologue, we’ve decided to make it interesting by throwing in bonus time on Stage 1! Again, for stage 2, time bonuses will be on offer so a good strategy will be key!

Marshals

Bill Frost has kindly volunteered to be the Race referee for the two days. In order to run the event, he requires the assistance of Marshals, Escort Drivers and General Helpers to assist.

Payment of $30 per day is available to offset petrol costs and other expenses.

If you are willing to help, please contact Bill at: billfrost@bigpond.com

 

Portaloo

A Portaloo has been booked. We are looking for a volunteer to help with towing duties. If someone is staying in Gunning on Saturday evening and would be able to tow it back to their accommodation overnight, that would save having to tow it back to Canberra.

Please contact Ian McVay imcvay@grapevine.com.au Ph 62317523 if you can assist.

 

Requirements

The cost will be $35 for the race and you must be a current member of the club within the AVCC. Please note that we do not have day licences available.

Riders will need to bring their helmet to the registration desk for inspection. Please note that it is an AVCC requirement that all riders must wear a helmet which meets Australian Standards.

Riders must have started the previous stage to compete the next stage. (i.e. if you don’t ride Saturday then you cannot start on Sunday)

 

Registration

ALL REGISTRATIONS MUST BE COMPLETED ON THE IMG WEBSITE BY 5:00PM FRIDAY 13th OCTOBER. NO REGISTRATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED ON THE DAY.

To register go to;

https://eventdesq.sportstg.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=main&EventDesqID=24762&OrgID=10345

Click on;

Click Here To Register

Select either;

Individual

Tandem

Select the $35 entry fee then click;

Next

Enter your username and password and click.

Login

Note that this is the username and password that you received when you first registered for the IMG system. If you cannot find your site login, go to the site login page; https://memberdesq.sportstg.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=login&OrgID=10244 and click the 'Forgot your Password?' Button. Enter your Email address (the one you used to register) and a new password will be sent to you.

One you have logged in, the system will show your membership details. Click;

Next

Confirm that you are entering as an Individual or Tandem then click;

Next

Click on;

Submit Now & Pay Online

Enter your credit card details and press;

Next

To confirm your payment, click;

Submit Payment

Your transaction will be confirmed and an email sent to your registered email address.

Once you have finished, click;

Logoff

If you have any problems, contact: Ian Morton

 

DAY 1: Saturday 14th October 2017

Prologue

Prologue will start at 10:00am and riders will be sent off at 30 second intervals.

Note if you miss your allocated time you will be sent off at the discretion of the Race Referee.

The following limitation apply to the Prologue

•  No Disc Wheels or wheel covers

•  No Time Trial specific helmets

•  No Time Trial bars either specific or clip on

Tri Spoke or other deep dish wheels are allowed as long as the rim does not exceed 10cm.

 

Stage 1

Stage 1 will start at 1:30pm and riders will be sent off by grade.

Stage 1 is 50km for all grades.

A revised bonus time will be allocated on both primes for the first three positions (1st – 7 seconds, 4nd – 2 seconds and 3rd 2 seconds) and for the first five positions (1st – 5 seconds, 2nd – 4 seconds, 3rd - 3 seconds, 4th – 2 seconds and 5th – 1 second) at the finish.

DAY 2: Sunday 15th October 2017

Stage 2

The course length will depend on grade:

•  A, B, C, D will complete 100km (Note: A Water Bottle will be provided for riders on the Second Lap)

•  E, F, G, Tandem will complete 50km

Stage 2 will start at 10:00am for the following grades A, B, C, D with 2 min between grades.

Stage 2 will start at 11:00am for the following grades G, E, F, Tandem with 2 min between grades.

A revised bonus time will be allocated to each grade on both primes for the first three positions (1st – 7 seconds, 2nd – 4 seconds and 3rd 2 seconds) and for the first five positions (1st – 5 seconds, 2nd – 4 seconds, 3rd - 3 seconds, 4th – 2 seconds and 5th – 1 second) at the finish.

 

Presentation

Presentations will be held in the Hall in the Showground commencing at 1:45 pm. Lunch will be provided for all riders and officials.

9.4 September 25 Bleat

posted 25 Sep 2017, 14:08 by Administrator Actvcc   [ updated 25 Sep 2017, 14:09 ]


Hello Vets,

In the Bleat this week;

•  Vets Out and About

•  Racing this Week

•  Track Practice Session

•  Gunning 2 Day Event

 

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

 

Ian Morton

Vets Out and About

The National Capital Tour was held over the weekend on a very interest non-Canberraesque course. Vets riders were represented in nearly every grade. See results here: http://my1.raceresult.com/82809/results?lang=en.

It was a good feeling to know that barring disaster it was be possible to be with the bunch until the final climb, and not be shelled on the first hill like in the old Canberra Tour. The D grade race started before it got hot and windy, resulting in good conditions to speed down to the old Masters building at the airport and then back up to the foot of Mt Majura. Chris Nolan and Heath Chester launched many attacks on the downward leg but nobody had the strength to push on back up the road. After the third lap we took an unwelcome left turn onto the Mt Majura road. I thought there'd be a bit of jostling of positions on the narrow road but actually things settled quickly as everyone found their own level of purgatory and tried to stick at it for nearly 3km at 8%. D grade was mainly a race among older riders but there was one young bean pole who got a 30-second gap by the top. Dave Mullens was best of the vets at 1:40 back. The view from the top was spectacular and could be appreciated eventually.

The kermesse was only 20 mins but it was very hard going battling the wind on the return legs of course. So tactical was one of the sprints we slowed to 22km/h, as going to the front was instant suicide. In the charge for the line on the second lap Dave Mullens jumped first and maintained the gap to the end with me third.

Day 2 involved a 30-minute criterium at Stromlo. Once again the wind was strong and blowing down the course so breakaways were quickly nullified. With one lap to go and one rider with a good 50m gap ahead, it was a very tactical ride up the hill on the back straight. I jumped before Dave this time and nearly mowed down the Illawarra guy in front to come second. The various time bonuses didn't help my GC standings much but Dave get third on GC. Then came:

8th Rob Langridge
10th Dom Rideaux
16th Chris Nolan
17th Heath Chester
20th Mark Taylor

C grade
5th Marc Vroomans
8th Matt Hinchcliffe
14th Sean Ifland

B grade
10th Paul Frankcom (might move his Vets handicap up from B grade)

A grade
2nd Nic Stewart

Women's A grade
10th Laura Darlington

 

Rob Langridge

RACING THIS WEEK:

Racing has concluded for the 2017 Winter Season. The next race will be the first Summer Criterium on the 3rd of October.

Upcoming Marshall Roster

The nominated marshals for upcoming events are;
- 3/10- Stromlo Crit: Sue Duckett
- 10/10- Stromlo Crit: Simon Johnston

 

NARRABUNDAH TRACK PRACTICE SESSION - WEDNESDAY 4 OCTOBER 6.00 PM

Daylight saving will soon be with us, and that means TRACK RACING!!!!!

The track racing season will kick off with a Practice Session starting at 6.00pm on Wednesday 4 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 at 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.
(It is your responsibility not to impede other riders in this situation);
+ Start from the fence and be aware of riders approaching;
+ It is best to wear clear or light tinted goggles;
(the shaded portions of track have very low visibility with regular 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 11 October.

Last year was a great season and we had a dedicated bunch, with 37 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.

 

Graeme O'Neill

Gunning 2 Day Event

Your chance to race 154km over two days! (or 104km for E, F, G, Tandem) and Lunch – all for a measly $35.

The club’s signature event, the Gunning two day race, is on over the weekend of the 14/15 October. Saturday starts at 10:00 am with a 4km uphill Prologue just to make it interesting!

For those that groaned at an uphill prologue, we’ve decided to make it interesting by throwing in bonus time on Stage 1! Again, for stage 2, time bonuses will be on offer so a good strategy will be key!

Marshals

Bill Frost has kindly volunteered to be the Race referee for the two days. In order to run the event, he requires the assistance of Marshals, Escort Drivers and General Helpers to assist.

Payment of $30 per day is available to offset petrol costs and other expenses.

If you are willing to help, please contact Bill at: billfrost@bigpond.com

 

Portaloo

A Portaloo has been booked. We are looking for a volunteer to help with towing duties. If someone is staying in Gunning on Saturday evening and would be able to tow it back to their accommodation overnight, that would save having to tow it back to Canberra.

Please contact Ian McVay imcvay@grapevine.com.au Ph 62317523 if you can assist.

 

Requirements

The cost will be $35 for the race and you must be a current member of the club within the AVCC. Please note that we do not have day licences available.

Riders will need to bring their helmet to the registration desk for inspection. Please note that it is an AVCC requirement that all riders must wear a helmet which meets Australian Standards.

Riders must have started the previous stage to compete the next stage. (i.e. if you don’t ride Saturday then you cannot start on Sunday)

 

Registration

ALL REGISTRATIONS MUST BE COMPLETED ON THE IMG WEBSITE BY 5:00PM FRIDAY 13th OCTOBER. NO REGISTRATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED ON THE DAY.

To register go to;

https://eventdesq.sportstg.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=main&EventDesqID=24762&OrgID=10345

Click on;

Click Here To Register

Select either;

Individual

Tandem

Select the $35 entry fee then click;

Next

Enter your username and password and click.

Login

Note that this is the username and password that you received when you first registered for the IMG system. If you cannot find your site login, go to the site login page; https://memberdesq.sportstg.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=login&OrgID=10244 and click the 'Forgot your Password?' Button. Enter your Email address (the one you used to register) and a new password will be sent to you.

One you have logged in, the system will show your membership details. Click;

Next

Confirm that you are entering as an Individual or Tandem then click;

Next

Click on;

Submit Now & Pay Online

Enter your credit card details and press;

Next

To confirm your payment, click;

Submit Payment

Your transaction will be confirmed and an email sent to your registered email address.

Once you have finished, click;

Logoff

If you have any problems, contact: Ian Morton

 

DAY 1: Saturday 14th October 2017

Prologue

Prologue will start at 10:00am and riders will be sent off at 30 second intervals.

Note if you miss your allocated time you will be sent off at the discretion of the Race Referee.

The following limitation apply to the Prologue

•  No Disc Wheels or wheel covers

•  No Time Trial specific helmets

•  No Time Trial bars either specific or clip on

Tri Spoke or other deep dish wheels are allowed as long as the rim does not exceed 10cm.

 

Stage 1

Stage 1 will start at 1:30pm and riders will be sent off by grade.

Stage 1 is 50km for all grades.

A revised bonus time will be allocated on both primes for the first three positions (1st – 7 seconds, 4nd – 2 seconds and 3rd 2 seconds) and for the first five positions (1st – 5 seconds, 2nd – 4 seconds, 3rd - 3 seconds, 4th – 2 seconds and 5th – 1 second) at the finish.

DAY 2: Sunday 15th October 2017

Stage 2

The course length will depend on grade:

•  A, B, C, D will complete 100km (Note: A Water Bottle will be provided for riders on the Second Lap)

•  E, F, G, Tandem will complete 50km

Stage 2 will start at 10:00am for the following grades A, B, C, D with 2 min between grades.

Stage 2 will start at 11:00am for the following grades G, E, F, Tandem with 2 min between grades.

A revised bonus time will be allocated to each grade on both primes for the first three positions (1st – 7 seconds, 2nd – 4 seconds and 3rd 2 seconds) and for the first five positions (1st – 5 seconds, 2nd – 4 seconds, 3rd - 3 seconds, 4th – 2 seconds and 5th – 1 second) at the finish.

 

Presentation

Presentations will be held in the Hall in the Showground commencing at 1:45 pm. Lunch will be provided for all riders and officials.

9.3 September 18 Bleat

posted 18 Sep 2017, 14:31 by Administrator Actvcc   [ updated 18 Sep 2017, 14:32 ]

ACT Veterans Weekly Bleat, Monday 18th September, 2017

 

Hello Vets,

In the Bleat this week;

•  From the Desk of the President

•  Vets Out and About

•  Racing this Week

•  Race Report

•  Gunning 2 Day Event

 

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

 

Ian Morton

From the Desk of the President

Dear Members,

End of Winter racing

With the running of the club championship last weekend, the Vets winter road season is now complete. I'd like to thank those that showed up consistently for what was some great racing over around 20 winter races this year (depending on how you count!), although numbers were a bit down on last winter. If you haven't considered racing on the great courses the club uses (some of which are only used by the Vets) you should know that we're looking at some new venues for next year in addition to our old faithfuls.

A special thanks to Graham Hendrie, the man with the van, who takes time out to drive the club van to events, assists with the course, and ensure that everything else is done.

Also a great thanks to all those that stepped up to race direct or marshal. In particular those that stepped up multiple times like Ben Davis, Robert Langridge and Ian Morton.

Thanks also to our regular first aider Simon Whitehead.

Gunning

Gunning is back on! We will race on 14 and 15 October. Thanks to those that have made this possible, in particular Phill Coulton. The format for the time trial is yet to be confirmed and should be known after tomorrow's Race Committee meeting. (Registration details below).

Women's Participation Adviser and Promotions officer positions

As announced on the Vets Facebook Page, the recent Committee meeting approved the development of a Women's Participation Adviser and Promotions officer positions. These positions would sit on the Committee and advise the Committee on ways to increase the membership of women in the club and on increasing the exposure of the club to the broader community. The Committee and I wish to encourage the development of racing members though a supported introduction of members to racing formats. These two officers would assist in introducing riders into the club and giving these new riders pathways to develop their confidence to race if they so wished. Please email me at President@actvets.cc if you are interested in either position.

Disc brakes

If you haven't already heard, disc brakes are now allowable in all Vets races including Crits. (except track obviously!). For further updates on this and other exciting news, why not join the Vets face book page?

Summer Crit and Track racing just around the corner.

For those we didn't see in winter, it's time to shave those legs and get ready for the ever popular summer Crit series and the track season. This year I'd love to see more starters at the Wednesday track nights. I rode my first ever track race in December last year and am now hooked. The regulars are both helpful (off the track) and very crafty (on the track). Racing usually consists of 4 or so races per night so there's a lot of chances for revenge plus a great wrap up at the end of the night's racing. For those that worry they don't have a track bike, I use a modified courier bike and others use steel framed race bikes from a time long forgotten!

Racing price rises.

All races in the ACT Vets will now be $10.00 to enter. This is still the cheapest racing in Canberra as far as I know and the cheapest vets racing in Australia (along with the cheapest annual fees!). The money will go to supporting our ATCs and other costs borne by the Club such as venue hire.

 

Dougal Torrance,
President,
ACT Veterans Cycling Club. President@actvets.cc

Vets Out and About

About 10 Vets will be racing this week in the National Capital Tour to be held on the Old Majura Rd for two stages with an added jaunt up Mt Majura for good measure. The third race will be a crit at Stromlo.

Boylan tops 700!

Nick Boylan has now surpassed 700 races and marshalling events. Nick first raced in C grade in January 2000, and since then has ridden mainly in A and B grade events. He's volunteered as race director countless times and due to his aggressive racing has probably launched over 2,000 attacks! He's also a first-class bike mechanic and dealer in bike spares. Back in the days when riders would source their own parts for their bikes, I was able to get a frame, seat post, stem, as well race and training wheels for a bike I'm still riding today. Congratulations Nick on this great milestone and thanks for your fantastic contribution to the club.

 

Rob Langridge

RACING THIS WEEK:

Racing has concluded for the 2017 Winter Season. The next race will be the first Summer Criterium on the 3rd of October.

Upcoming Marshall Roster

The nominated marshals for upcoming events are;
- 3/10- Stromlo Crit: Sue Duckett
- 10/10- Stromlo Crit: Simon Johnston

 

RACE REPORT:

CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP – 16th September

Conditions weren't ideal for the Annual Age Graded Club Championship race at Uriarra. It was chilly, some light showers and a strong wind gusting across the course. There were 38 hardy souls who turned up to brave the conditions. Unfortunately the conditions contributed to Rosemary Robinson taking a tumble on the way down to the top of the crossing. Thanks to the passing 4WD driver who came up to the finish line to alert us to the crash. Our First Aider, Simon, sprung into action (that's two weeks in a row) and brought Rosemary back to the finish line for attention. She was able to drive herself home. Rosemary has advised she has a broken hand so will be off the road for a few weeks. All the best for a quick recovery.

The M1-M5 groups started off with the Mt McDonald climb. At the start line;
    Club President Dougal Torrence: "Anyone who beats me will be drug tested!"
    Response from the bunch: "That'll be a lot of testing...".

The M6-M9 and Women started with the short turn leg. The Women were working together strongly after the first leg but the other groups started to break up in the conditions.

Steve Crispin made his intentions clear, establishing a solid lead on the first leg up Mt McDonald. M1/M2, M3 and M5 kept solid bunches together.

Steve Crispin took his lead all the way to the finish. A few of the groups put in a sprint finish. Peter Marshall and Rohan Verco battled out for honours in M2 with Peter taking the win. M5 put in a big finish with 5 riders in contention with Michael Foulds taking first place. And the remaining women put in a strong finish with Kirsty Cummin first across the line.

Many thanks to our ATCs: Liz Lowe at the top of the crossing, Frank O'Sullivan at Mt McDonald, John Paul de Sousa at the short turn and Tony Weir at the intersection. Thanks to the Marshals: Craig Tozer, Heath Chester and Tony Beasley at the finish line. As always, thanks to Graham Hendrie for bringing the van and doing the signon.

Photos of the winners have been posted by Seymour Savell-Boss on the ACT Vets Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ACTVets/.

 

Ian Morton

Gunning 2 Day Event

Your chance to race 154km over two days! (or 104km for E, F, G, Tandem) and Lunch – all for a measly $35.

The club’s signature event, the Gunning two day race, is on over the weekend of the 14/15 October. Saturday starts at 10:00 am with a 4km uphill Prologue just to make it interesting!

For those that groaned at an uphill prologue, we’ve decided to make it interesting by throwing in bonus time on Stage 1! Again, for stage 2, time bonuses will be on offer so a good strategy will be key!

Marshals

Bill Frost has kindly volunteered to be the Race referee for the two days. In order to run the event, he requires the assistance of Marshals, Escort Drivers and General Helpers to assist.

Payment of $30 per day is available to offset petrol costs and other expenses.

If you are willing to help, please contact Bill at: billfrost@bigpond.com

 

Portaloo

A Portaloo has been booked. We are looking for a volunteer to help with towing duties. If someone is staying in Gunning on Saturday evening and would be able to tow it back to their accommodation overnight, that would save having to tow it back to Canberra.

Please contact Ian McVay imcvay@grapevine.com.au Ph 62317523 if you can assist.

 

Requirements

The cost will be $35 for the race and you must be a current member of the club within the AVCC. Please note that we do not have day licences available.

Riders will need to bring their helmet to the registration desk for inspection. Please note that it is an AVCC requirement that all riders must wear a helmet which meets Australian Standards.

Riders must have started the previous stage to compete the next stage. (i.e. if you don’t ride Saturday then you cannot start on Sunday)

 

Registration

ALL REGISTRATIONS MUST BE COMPLETED ON THE IMG WEBSITE BY 5:00PM FRIDAY 13th OCTOBER. NO REGISTRATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED ON THE DAY.

To register go to;

https://eventdesq.sportstg.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=main&EventDesqID=24762&OrgID=10345

Click on;

Click Here To Register

Select either;

Individual

Tandem

Select the $35 entry fee then click;

Next

Enter your username and password and click.

Login

Note that this is the username and password that you received when you first registered for the IMG system. If you cannot find your site login, go to the site login page; https://memberdesq.sportstg.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=login&OrgID=10244 and click the 'Forgot your Password?' Button. Enter your Email address (the one you used to register) and a new password will be sent to you.

One you have logged in, the system will show your membership details. Click;

Next

Confirm that you are entering as an Individual or Tandem then click;

Next

Click on;

Submit Now & Pay Online

Enter your credit card details and press;

Next

To confirm your payment, click;

Submit Payment

Your transaction will be confirmed and an email sent to your registered email address.

Once you have finished, click;

Logoff

If you have any problems, contact: Ian Morton

 

DAY 1: Saturday 14th October 2017

Prologue

Prologue will start at 10:00am and riders will be sent off at 30 second intervals.

Note if you miss your allocated time you will be sent off at the discretion of the Race Referee.

The following limitation apply to the Prologue

•  No Disc Wheels or wheel covers

•  No Time Trial specific helmets

•  No Time Trial bars either specific or clip on

Tri Spoke or other deep dish wheels are allowed as long as the rim does not exceed 10cm.

 

Stage 1

Stage 1 will start at 1:30pm and riders will be sent off by grade.

Stage 1 is 50km for all grades.

A revised bonus time will be allocated on both primes for the first three positions (1st – 7 seconds, 4nd – 2 seconds and 3rd 2 seconds) and for the first five positions (1st – 5 seconds, 2nd – 4 seconds, 3rd - 3 seconds, 4th – 2 seconds and 5th – 1 second) at the finish.

DAY 2: Sunday 15th October 2017

Stage 2

The course length will depend on grade:

•  A, B, C, D will complete 100km (Note: A Water Bottle will be provided for riders on the Second Lap)

•  E, F, G, Tandem will complete 50km

Stage 2 will start at 10:00am for the following grades A, B, C, D with 2 min between grades.

Stage 2 will start at 11:00am for the following grades G, E, F, Tandem with 2 min between grades.

A revised bonus time will be allocated to each grade on both primes for the first three positions (1st – 7 seconds, 2nd – 4 seconds and 3rd 2 seconds) and for the first five positions (1st – 5 seconds, 2nd – 4 seconds, 3rd - 3 seconds, 4th – 2 seconds and 5th – 1 second) at the finish.

 

Presentation

Presentations will be held in the Hall in the Showground commencing at 1:45 pm. Lunch will be provided for all riders and officials.


NARRABUNDAH TRACK PRACTICE SESSION - WEDNESDAY 4 OCTOBER 6.00 PM

Daylight saving will soon be with us, and that means TRACK RACING!!!!!

The track racing season will kick off with a Practice Session starting at 6.00pm on Wednesday 4 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 at 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.
(It is your responsibility not to impede other riders in this situation);
+ Start from the fence and be aware of riders approaching;
+ It is best to wear clear or light tinted goggles;
(the shaded portions of track have very low visibility with regular 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 11 October.

Last year was a great season and we had a dedicated bunch, with 37 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.

 

Graeme O'Neill

Queanbeyan Museum - History of Bike Racing in Queanbeyan

Open Day at the Museum on Sunday 24th September 1pm - 4pm with a preview on Thursday 21st September 10am-3pm in the Crawford Centre.

Your hosts Nancy Monk and John Rosewarne look forward to meeting you and discussing your recollections.

Please bring along your memorabilia to share with use.

ALL WELCOME

Afternoon tea will be provided at the Museum.


9.2 September 11 Bleat

posted 11 Sep 2017, 14:41 by Administrator Actvcc   [ updated 11 Sep 2017, 14:42 ]


Hello Vets,

In the Bleat this week;

•  Pedal Power - Traffic Controller Course

•  Racing this Week

•  Race Report

 

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

 

Ian Morton

Pedal Power - Traffic Controller Course

Pedal Power ACT, in association with Roads ACT have scheduled a FREE Traffic Controller Course for the Cycling clubs and Community of the ACT for the past three years. Roads ACT have once again enabled FREE access to this training for two more dates in 2017.

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 Traffic Controller Training courses will be held for free for Canberra cycling clubs and cycling organisations in July and again in November. 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 traffic controller 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. Please note ALL registrants must have a current driver’s license.

Course 2
Dates: Saturday 11 November
Time: Full day of training 8:30-5:30 pm
Location: Canberra Ave, Fyshwick
Cost: Free

To register please go to:
https://eventdesq.sportstg.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=main&EventDesqID=24993&OrgID=4426

Any problems or concerns please let me know.

Kindest Regard,

 

Stephanie Sleen | Program and Events Manager
I work Mondays (9-5) Tuesdays (9-2:30) and Fridays (9-5)
Ph: 02 6248 7995
Pedal Power ACT
Level 2 Griffin Centre, 20 Genge Street, Canberra City ACT | GPO Box 581, Canbera ACT, 2601
www.pedalpower.org.au

 

ps. Marshals are critical to the survival of our racing schedule as we simply cannot conduct races safely without them. Please note the policy on members marshalling a race a year to support club races at https://actvets.cc/racing-with-us/marshal-schedule/. Note that members should not leave it to the last minute to try and find a replacement if they can't make their allotted marshaling duty.

 

Dougal Torrance
President, ACT Veterans Cycling

RACING THIS WEEK:

Saturday, 16th September: Uriarra Homestead Club Championship

Where:Uriarra Homestead, intersection Uriarra Rd and Bridabella Rd.
When: 1:30 pm.
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number.
Race Description:
Age Championship - Start on the road towards the top of Mt McDonald, turn before the decent to Cotter, return to Uriarra Homestead and turn left, turn point is the short turn near East West Road. Ride towards Uriarra Crossing to the turn point approx. 300 meters before the descent to the crossing and return to Uriarra Homestead (1 lap). Older age groups miss the Mt McDonald section on the second lap.

Race Director: Ian Morton Contact: Email: mortoni@optusnet.com.au Ph 0411112007

Marshals: John Paul De Sousa, Tony Weir, Frank O'Sullivan, Scott Tozer, Heath Chester

Upcoming Marshall Roster

The nominated marshals for upcoming events are;
- 3/10- Stromlo Crit: Sue Duckett
- 10/10- Stromlo Crit: Simon Johnston
- 17/10- Strolo Crit: Liz Lowe

 

RACE REPORT:

THE IRON MIKE 2017 – 9th September

A fine spring day with an earlier than usual start at 12.30pm. 47 riders signed up for the gruellingly event which is a handicap race with grades being sent off at different intervals starting with G Grade and the sole rider being Tony Weir who commenced 45 minutes before the last and again a sole rider was away in A1 being Steve Crispin.

This is a challenging hilly course of 2 laps from the Uriarra Homestead (start/finish) to end of the bitumen, return to start/ finish, then to top of the crossing and return to start/finish. Do that twice and you have completed 60 Km.

At the end of the first lap Rosemary Robinson had built up a suitable lead. The headwind on the return from the end of the bitumen played havoc with most riders in the open stretches particularly towards the top of the crossing. Riders began to pull out after one lap with a couple of mechanicals and fatigue for others.

The second lap sorted out many riders with more DNFs and we had a total of 14 withdrawals on the day. On the return journey the lead had changed with Rohan Verco well out in front and while he did cross the line first he did not claim first as he did admit maybe C grade was not quite the right fit for his returning after a recent lay off from racing.

First place went to Andrew Chamberlain (B Grade) closely followed by Steve Crispin and Grant Shaw (C Grade) who headed a bunch finish sprint. Congratulations to our newest member Laura Darlington (who started with C grade) in her first ride with the club and first female across the line in 4th place in the bunch sprint, followed closely by Kevin Wells 5th and Belinda Chamberlain 6th. Next was a sprint between David Dickson 7th ahead of Paul Frankston 8th. A gap to Des Brown in 9th followed by a final sprint for 10th won by Sean Ifland holding off Stuart Roesler, Michael Carr, Owen Tilley and Nick Boylan.

We had a police vehicle tour our course during the event which is a first for me.

For those in attendance Ian Morton had a bit of difficulty after getting to the end of the bitumen for a second time and consequently stopped to wait for assistance. Thanks to our first aider Simon Whitehead who did a loop of the course and picked Ian up and returned him to the start/finish where an Ambulance was called. Ian, you will be pleased to hear, recovered well and was able to get home that evening in plenty of time to watch the football.

Thank you to our marshalls on the day Ian Albery, Polly Templeton, Frank O'Sullivan, Sue Powell, Steve Curran and Graham Hendrie. Thanks also to others who helped on the day in Bruce and Gill.

Finally a reminder to all that we keep left as much as possible and only 2 abreast maximum. A motor cyclist informed us he was nearly taken out by a 4 wheel drive passing cyclists who were taking up too much room.

Thanks for all who participated. While a warm start, the wind chill certainly played a part towards the end of the race.

 

Kim Malcolm
Race Referee

 

Thanks for the assistance

Thanks for the assistance from the club members who drove my car home after the event, sorry I don't have your names. Thanks to Simon, our first aid attendant for his response. I also appreciate the messages of concern from the members of the club for my wellbeing.

For those who are interested, it was a case of Supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supraventricular_tachycardia) which resulted in a very high heart rate (peaked at 238 bpm) and very low blood pressure (Systolic < 60 mmHg) resulting in a severe shortage of oxygen. Fortunately it corrected itself while I was in the ambulance and after a checkup at the hospital, I was cleared to go home.

I'm feeling much better now but I plan to take it a bit easier on the bike for a while.

 

Ian Morton

9.1 September 4 Bleat

posted 4 Sep 2017, 02:53 by Administrator Actvcc   [ updated 4 Sep 2017, 22:58 ]

 

Hello Vets,

In the Bleat this week;

•  From the Desk of the President

•  Ride Sally Ride – Women on Bikes panel discussion

•  Racing this Week

 

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

 

Ian Morton

From the Desk of the President

Dear Members,

The Committee of the ACT Veterans Cycling Club met tonight and made a number of decisions that affect members.

1) Race fees for all races (Road, Track and Crit) will be increasing to $10.00 from 1st of October 2017. The ACT Vets offer the best value for money racing in the ACT and surrounds, with races most weekends and the summer crit and track season. This increase will allow us to continue to offer a high standard of racing to all members.

2) In recognition of the essential role our Authorised Traffic Controllers (ATCs) undertake for the Club, these officers will now be offered $50.00 for each race undertaken in the ACT only. In part, this is designed to encourage more members to become ATCs. Race directors in NSW and the ACT will also be offered this compensation. The increase mentioned above will assist the Club to cover some of this extra cost of putting on races. This change will take place immediately so that ATCs and Race Directors for this weekend will be offered compensation for the time they take in directing races or keeping certification up to date.

3) It's time for Web 2.0. You've all had time now to figure out what's missing from our web site and what needs to be included. Please send your list of what you want to see more or less of to me (President@actvets.cc) and we'll get cracking on improving the site. Also, if you haven't already joined up - have a look at our active facebook site! (https://web.facebook.com/groups/ACTVets/ or search for ACT Vets)

4) I had a great meeting with some of our women cyclists about including more women in the club. Two suggested changes (among others) were the inclusion of a women's participation advisor and a general promotions officer. I'll be sending out a more detailed position description for these officers soon. Stay tuned.

5) We're heading into the last few races of the winter road season with one of the toughest happening this weekend. One of the last chances to build some fitness before the Crit and Track season starts! See you there (but note the earlier start time!)

 

Dougal Torrance,
President,
ACT Veterans Cycling Club. President@actvets.cc

Ride Sally Ride – Women on Bikes panel discussion

An evening for Canberran women that have thought about riding a bike but are discouraged by the barriers such as the distance to be covered, the time needed, safety concerns, the other errands to run, weather, concerns about appearing professional after riding to work, lack of sufficient confidence or skills, not knowing routes to travel by bike and much more.

DATE: 6:30pm – 7:30pm Thursday, 7 September
LOCATION: The Living Room, The Duxton, O’Connor
COST: free

The panel consists of:

  • Lilian Mellink, Policy Advisor Trade and Economic Affairs, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
  • Sophie Fisher, founder of Girls on Bikes – teaching migrant and refugee women in Canberra to ride bikes
  • Dr Jasmine Foxlee, mum of two school aged children, & full-time employee of the Parks and Conservation Service
  • Jean Allsop, Manager, Office of the Chief Digital Officer
  • Dira Horne, CEO of Belconnen Community Service
  • Facilitated by Prof Kate Auty, Commissioner for the Environment and Sustainability.

 

BOOKINGS: RSVP to TCCS.Activetravel@act.gov.au by Wednesday 6 September 6207 7302

 

RACING THIS WEEK:

Saturday, 9th September: Uriarra Homestead Handicap (Iron Mike)

Where:Uriarra Homestead, intersection Uriarra Rd and Bridabella Rd (ignore previous advice in the RMS to park at Uriarra Crossing).
When: 12:30 pm.
Note the earlier start time.
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number.
Race Description:
Iron Mike Classic Race Uriarra Homestead start to end of bitumen then to top of crossing, turn and return to start X 2 laps

Race Director: Kim Malcolm Contact: Email: d.kimmalcolm@icloud.com Ph 0418643623

ATCs: Frank O’Sullivan, Ian Albery, Polly Templeton
Marshals: Simon Junakovic, Troy Cassell

Upcoming Marshall Roster

The nominated marshals for upcoming events are;
- 16/9 Uriarra: Craig Tozer, Heath Chester + 4 x ATC's required!
- 3/10- Stromlo Crit: Sue Duckett
- 10/10- Stromlo Crit: Simon Johnston
- 17/10- Strolo Crit: Liz Lowe

 


8.4 August 28 Bleat

posted 28 Aug 2017, 03:49 by Administrator Actvcc   [ updated 28 Aug 2017, 03:50 ]


Hello Vets,

In the Bleat this week;

•  Ride Sally Ride – Women on Bikes panel discussion

•  Race Etiquette

•  Racing this Week

•  Race Report

 

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

 

Ian Morton

Ride Sally Ride – Women on Bikes panel discussion

An evening for Canberran women that have thought about riding a bike but are discouraged by the barriers such as the distance to be covered, the time needed, safety concerns, the other errands to run, weather, concerns about appearing professional after riding to work, lack of sufficient confidence or skills, not knowing routes to travel by bike and much more.

DATE: 6:30pm – 7:30pm Thursday, 7 September
LOCATION: The Living Room, The Duxton, O’Connor
COST: free

The panel consists of:

  • Lilian Mellink, Policy Advisor Trade and Economic Affairs, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
  • Sophie Fisher, founder of Girls on Bikes – teaching migrant and refugee women in Canberra to ride bikes
  • Dr Jasmine Foxlee, mum of two school aged children, & full-time employee of the Parks and Conservation Service
  • Jean Allsop, Manager, Office of the Chief Digital Officer
  • Dira Horne, CEO of Belconnen Community Service
  • Facilitated by Prof Kate Auty, Commissioner for the Environment and Sustainability.

 

BOOKINGS: RSVP to TCCS.Activetravel@act.gov.au by Wednesday 6 September 6207 7302

 

In addition, I'm meeting with some of our own female riders on tonight with the aim to support our women riders and add to our numbers. Stay tuned.

 

Dougal Torrance
President, ACT Veterans Cycling

Race Etiquette

Recently I've received a few reports of dropped riders interfering with the racing in lower grades by pacing groups back onto a leader or by assisting a break away. I'll be the first to admit that our website needs an update to include a section on race etiquette. I'll get onto this very soon. In the mean time race etiquette requires any competitor who is lapped or caught by another grade other than his/her own must not interfere with, or assist any other competitor nor participate in any sprints. The lapped or caught rider may complete the race at the discretion of the Race Director however the lapped rider must give way to the passing rider or group.

 

Dougal Torrance
President, ACT Veterans Cycling

RACING THIS WEEK:

2 SEP: NO SCHEDULED RACE

 

Upcoming Marshall Roster

The nominated marshals for upcoming events are;
- 9/9- Uriarra: ATCs: Frank O’Sullivan, Ian Albery, Polly Templeton, Marshals: Simon Junakovic, Troy Cassell
- 16/9 Uriarra: Craig Tozer, Heath Chester + 4 x ATC's required!
- 3/10- Stromlo Crit: Sue Duckett
- 10/10- Stromlo Crit: Simon Johnston
- 17/10- Strolo Crit: Liz Lowe

 

RACE REPORTS:

Dairy Road Crit – 26th August

After a very foggy start to the day, Saturday tuned out to be a warm and absolutely cloudless afternoon, one of those lovely Canberra winter days, though a westerly blew in providing a cross wind for the usual hot dog course on Dairy Flat Road. Perhaps the weather forecast of 30% chance of rain put some off, but for those who turned up it was a great afternoon for racing.

As usual it was sprint primes on every second lap, and we tried out a new device courtesy of Graham Hendrie that lets off a resounding siren, with the bell being reserved for the finishing sprint. It seemed to work well, the only difficulty not with the siren but in choosing when to set it off as grades and riders spread out across the course with lapped riders and grades making a challenging process for the recorders to keep up with who was on each lap.

In crit racing it is consistency that really pays off, and that really shows up in each grade with those in first overall position significantly ahead of their rivals on accumulated points. The most outstanding ride of the day was by Steve Crispin, who was first in all but one sprint on lap 8 of a 50 minutes plus 1 lap course. After lap 8 Steve broke away from the pack and blew everyone else off the track. In fact he was so far up we (on the line) lost track of how many laps he was doing and in the end he basically sprinted for just about every time around. Good training ride for him he commented at the end for next weekend championships! The rest of A grade broke up into two’s and three’s with the tandem not really suited to a hot dog course with insufficient distance to close down the gaps after each turn. Andrew Chamberlain was consistent in placings and took out second with Matt Hinchcliffe in third overall. B grade mostly stayed together for the first two thirds of the race before the combination of cross wind and pace saw of couple drop off the back. Still, with the biggest group of the day with 8 riders and their were lots of challengers for the sprints. David Dickson held our Rob Langridge to take the most points with Ben Healy edging out Nick Boylan for third.

C grade only had the two contenders, with Conan Liu beating James Curran in all but one of the sprints to take out the points. They rode a solid time staying together and working at taking turns. D Grade was the most challenging of the day, with every rider except Jonathon Chowns taking points on the line throughout the race. Daniel Grillo broke away from the pack early on and like Crispin had a largely solo race out the front leading the pack on. That left the minor placing up for grabs each sprint, with Mark Fairweather and Gillian Lugg battling out for second overall, going to a count back to put Mark in second.

E grade also had everyone vying for points though in the end John Lowe held the best hand for first, with Angie Wren in second and Ian Morton in third place. F and G grades only had one rider in each, with Paul Robey in F and Bruce Jones if G grade.

We had one visitor, Todd Sowter who reported he had a great ride in A grade – and would have come in third place as a member. Hope to see you in the club Todd.

Thanks to Wayne Shippley for marshalling, Simon Whitehead for First Aid, Graham Hendire for the van and help in set-up, and also to all the riders who happily assisted with putting out and collecting signs and equipment especially as we were not able to get the van into the race area. One of the things that makes this club great is the friendliness and assistance of the club members.

 

Bob Miller
Race Referee

8.3 August 21 Bleat

posted 21 Aug 2017, 14:48 by Administrator Actvcc   [ updated 21 Aug 2017, 14:49 ]

Hello Vets,

In the Bleat this week;

•  Pedal Power - Traffic Controller Course

•  From the desk of the Handicapper

•  Racing this Week

•  Race Report

 

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

 

Ian Morton

Pedal Power - Traffic Controller Course

Pedal Power ACT, in association with Roads ACT have scheduled a FREE Traffic Controller Course for the Cycling clubs and Community of the ACT for the past three years. Roads ACT have once again enabled FREE access to this training for two more dates in 2017.

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 Traffic Controller Training courses will be held for free for Canberra cycling clubs and cycling organisations in July and again in November. 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 traffic controller 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. Please note ALL registrants must have a current driver’s license.

Course 2
Dates: Saturday 11 November
Time: Full day of training 8:30-5:30 pm
Location: Canberra Ave, Fyshwick
Cost: Free

To register please go to:
https://eventdesq.sportstg.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=main&EventDesqID=24993&OrgID=4426

Any problems or concerns please let me know.

Kindest Regard,

 

Stephanie Sleen | Program and Events Manager
I work Mondays (9-5) Tuesdays (9-2:30) and Fridays (9-5)
Ph: 02 6248 7995
Pedal Power ACT
Level 2 Griffin Centre, 20 Genge Street, Canberra City ACT | GPO Box 581, Canbera ACT, 2601
www.pedalpower.org.au

 

ps. Marshals are critical to the survival of our racing schedule as we simply cannot conduct races safely without them. Please note the policy on members marshalling a race a year to support club races at https://actvets.cc/racing-with-us/marshal-schedule/. Note that members should not leave it to the last minute to try and find a replacement if they can't make their allotted marshaling duty.

 

Dougal Torrance
President, ACT Veterans Cycling

From the desk of the Handicapper

Gradings this week;

  • Nick Boylan C to B
  • David Rowe D to C

 

Vets out and about

Club members Paul Welsh, Mark Taylor, Dave Mullens, Dom Rideaux and Rob Langridge competed in Cootamundra Classic and Recovery handicaps on the weekend. The new course was not far from town had very little traffic, a few undulations with a hill at the end and a reasonable road surface. About 130 riders were entered in the 115km Classic. The strong winds and the fact that we descended off the hill immediately gave the impression that the entire race was uphill but this was not the case. Mark and I were off limit with a 36-minute head start from scratch. Early on, our group had too many riders of varying abilities to work well but after 30 mins we'd settled in to a good group of eight plugging away turn after turn. A common characteristic of these bunches is the "advice" you get from others only to see the advisor do what he told you not to do. However I must apologise to poor Mark who was at times left out in the gale after I'd "surged" through. Dom and Dave started only four minutes behind us but their grade had more destroyers than workers so they incredibly never caught us. The same was for Paul whose group started eight minutes after us but also disintegrated early. This meant that we hung on for 85km at 33.5 km/h before the young whippets in scratch caught us. Fortunately it was at the top of a hill so I caught a ride for a small distance until it was curtains. The final 25km back was very hard going. So that was day one over and no cash in the kitty, unlike club member Marc Vroomans who was 4th in a similar Coota handicap in May.

Somehow Mark, Dave, Dom and I made it back for the luxury of only 57km for the "Recovery" race the next morning. Except for the lack of wind the race followed a similar pattern to the day before. We shelled six or so from our group then worked smoothly together, while Dom and Dave's group fell to pieces again. The second bunch stormed past us with only a few kilometre to go and some of us were able to hold on until the final climb started and then it was all over again.

So there was no glory but a satisfaction of racing many kilometres on safe courses as part of a well organised race. Country handicaps are great way to spend a weekend if you've got some good training in your legs.

 

Rob Langridge

 

RACING THIS WEEK:

Saturday, 26th August: Dairy Flat Road Criterium

Note: Race to Be Confirmed, waiting for road approvals which we expect in the next few days.

Where:Dairy Rd, Fyshwick.
When: 1:30 pm.
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number.
Race Description:
Graded Scratch
13:30 EFG 30 mins plus one
14:10 CD 40 mins plus one
15:00 AB 50 plus one

Race Director: tba Contact: Email: tba    Ph  tba

Marshals: Wayne Shippley

Upcoming Marshall Roster

The nominated marshals for upcoming events are;
- 9/9- Uriarra: Simon Junakovic, Troy Cassell + 3 x ATC's required!
- 16/9 Uriarra: Craig Tozer, Heath Chester + 4 x ATC's required!
- 3/10- Stromlo Crit: Sue Duckett
- 10/10- Stromlo Crit: Simon Johnston
- 17/10- Strolo Crit: Liz Lowe

 

RACE REPORTS:

Old Federal Highway – 19th August

After a few days of strong winds and wet weather, Saturday presented itself with fine blue skies with a slight westerly breeze for Vets racing at Old Federal Highway. 44 Riders in total fronted up to the start line all eager and ready to tackle either 3 laps for the lower grades or 4 laps for the higher grades out to Lake George and back. Rumours of possible magpie swooping have begun with the potential that one was at the turn point ready to give a friendly hello to everyone who came his way. Unsure if he made an appearance or not.

A Grade

5 riders at the start. By the end of the 1st lap, Steve Crispin and Tom Hartley had a good lead over the rest of 1. The first lap was covered in around 19 mins which coincidentally was also about the pace for the 2nd lap as Steve and Tom had a 2 min lead over the chase of Marc Vroomans and Peter Marshall. Tom was riding a great race as by lap 3 he was still hanging in with Steve which we all know is no mean feat. Coming into the final straight both riders were neck and neck and Steve just edged out Tom with Peter Marshall rounding out 3rd place.

B Grade

11 riders begun the race with 2 DNF's. By the end of the 1st lap they were all together riding pace turns. But by the end of the 2nd lap the field had narrowed down to 5 as attacks were on order. With 1 lap to go, the same 5 riders were still all together and it was a guessing game on the finish line who would bring home the prize. A group sprint ensured with Paul Frankcom coming home 1st ahead of David Dickson in 2nd and Simon Costello in 3rd.

C Grade

8 riders and by the end of lap 1, Nick Boylan held a small 15 gap over the main field. You could see that glint in Nick's eye because by the halfway mark he was still holding a lead that this time had increased to 35 secs. Were the main bunch leaving him out to dry? Not to be because by the end of lap 3 his lead was now just under a minute. Nick held fine form over the final lap showing that his effort over the first 3 laps was to be rewarded. He took a great win ahead of Adam Potts in 2nd and Ross MacPherson in 3rd.

D Grade

6 riders started with only John Thorne deciding to call it an early day after a lap. After lap 1, all riders were together and again at the end of lap 2 they were not letting each other out of their sights. Coming into the final straight there were two riders battling it out. In the end David Rowe just pipped out the ever consistent James Curran with Brian Chugg rounding out 3rd place

E Grade

5 riders lined up for E Grade. By the end of lap 1 they were all together. With 1 lap to go, the field was whittled down to just 4 riders. There must be something about travelling to Europe that re-energizes the cycling power as over the final lap Kirsti McVay split the field apart with only Al Bontjer able to keep her honest right to the finish line. Kirsti McVay 1st, Al Bontjer 2nd with Don DeSmet just 12 seconds behind.

F Grade

A big F grade field of 8 riders with newcomer Penelope Anderson deciding to give vets racing a go. After only 1 lap it was just 4 riders with Penelope showing that she was not to be intimidated by the formidable group of 3 others leading the charge. There was no change by the end of lap 2 with the same 4 all in the mix. Races at old Federal Highway are often won and lost once riders cross over the Yass Creek and Ian 'wily' Morton knows this course like the back of his hand and timed his sprint beautifully to take out 1st place just ahead of Alison Hale in 2nd and Angie Wren in 3rd. A very good first showing from Penelope saw he come home in 4th place just 5 seconds behind Ian. With a bit more sprint experience, I think she'll be collecting some 1st places in the very near future.

 

A very Big Thank You to my eager marshals. Seymour Savell-Boss with his junior apprentice in tow who looked after the turn point at the Lake George end. Matt Dyne who manned the turn point at the finish line, Kevin Wells who provided lead car services, Ian Mongan who provided trail car services and the G grade duo of Bernie Crowe and Bruce Jones who helped spot the riders at the finish line and get their finishing order right in the chute. Graham Hendrie as always put on the van duties including the awesome cuppa and bikkies at the end and Simon Milnes our sports med who made sure help was on hand if required but thankfully was not needed on the day as everyone rode safely and got home with a smile.

 

Ben Davis
Race Referee

 

8.2 August 14 Bleat

posted 13 Aug 2017, 18:50 by Administrator Actvcc   [ updated 14 Aug 2017, 04:08 ]


Hello Vets,

In the Bleat this week;

•  From the desk of the Handicapper

•  Racing this Week

•  Race Report

 

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

 

Ian Morton

From the desk of the Handicapper

The Dog Trap Road race provided some great racing and strong performances worthy of promotion;

  • Seymour Savell-Boss B to A
  • Matt Hinchcliffe B to A
  • Roger Northcote B to A
  • Liz Lowe F to E

 

This year's National Capital Tour will be held on 23/24 September. If you aren't intending to volunteer, entering is worth considering as it's a chance to ride on a unique course closed to traffic. The two races on the Saturday will involve laps of the old Majura Road with the longer stage finishing on top of Mt Majura. The third race of the tour is a boring old Stromlo crit on the following day, but overall it's a chance to race in the ACT without the usual hills. See link http://www.act.cycling.org.au/Events/Event-Details/national-capital-tour.

 

Rob Langridge

RACING THIS WEEK:

Saturday, 19th August: Old Federal Highway Graded Scratch

NOTE: This race is still subject to Race Approvals.

Where: Park in the "Gravel Pit", intersection of Federal Highway and Shingle Hill Way.
When: 1:30 pm.
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number.
Race Description:
ABCD 4 laps - 48km
EFG 3 laps - 36km

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

Marshals: Ian Mongan, Kevin Wells, Troy Cassell, Matt Dyne, Andrew O'Neil

Upcoming Marshall Roster

The nominated marshals for upcoming events are;

  • 26/8 - Wayne Shippley
  • 2/9 - Troy Cassell, Kevin Wells, Matt Dyne, Andrew O’Neil, Craig Tozer

 

RACE REPORTS:

Lookout Hill Time Trial – 12th August

The race on Saturday (August 12) was the annual Memorial Handicap. Forty-four riders started. This race is one of the AVCC’s major races as it commemorates the life of the members who have passed away, the most recent being our past president Alex O’Shea.

As the race was a secret handicap all riders started together in a controlled rolling start after a “neutral” ride from the marshaling point. Once the start flag dropped there was a frenzied rush to the first turn, 3 kms away. The riders then faced the extremely strong head wind which caused the peleton to disintegrate into small bunches, and later in the race, many single riders time trialing much of the way to the finish. Although the result was determined by handicap it was very much a “race of truth” irrespective of the riders’ grades.

As the riders went past the finish line towards Yass after the first 6kms, 2 riders from A grade (Steve Crispin +1) were well clear of the next bunch of 8 riders. From then on it was a race of attrition with Robert Langridge chasing the lead riders in front of the largest bunch of about 9 riders.

As the riders began the second lap it was clear that Steve Crispin would be hard to beat for “fastest time” and was a major contender for the podium. Others looking good for the handicap were Allan Bontjer, Mark Taylor, Nick Boylan and Elizabeth Lowe.

During the last lap the wind got stronger and the air colder. Steve Crispin was first to cross the finish line over 5 minutes in front of the next pair, Mark Harris and Marc Vroomans. The riders crossed the line in either pairs or as single riders.

When the handicaps were applied to the actual times the winner was Elizabeth Lowe from E grade with nearly a minute to spare over the A grade rider Steve Crispin 2nd. Seymour Savell-Boss and Roger Northcote, took out 3rd and 4th place.

Other notable rides were from Allan Bontjer and Stjepan Hirsler ( both returning after ill health) as well as Ian Morton who finished well in front of the other “front markers” in the race.

The Winners

ACT Veterans Cycling Club

Steve Crispin (2nd), Elizabeth Lowe (1st), Seymour Savell-Boss (3rd).

and we also had a belated trophy presentation for previous winners;

ACT Veterans Cycling Club

James Curran (Cole Family Trophy, 20 May), Steve Crispin (F&A Tonelli Trophy, 8 July).

Thanks to Ben Davis, Graham Hendrie, Bruce Jones, Andrew Murrell, Graham Tanton and Peter Young who performed the necessary roles to ensure the race went smoothly and safely.

 

Paul Robey

 

ps A set of blue Edge sunnies and a pair of warm winter gloves were found after the race. You can contact Steve Curran, ph 0414974103, if they are yours.

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