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z12.4 December 20 Bleat

posted 19 Dec 2017, 12:54 by Administrator Actvcc   [ updated 19 Dec 2017, 12:54 ]

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the 'Vets'

Dear members,

Well another year of racing is done and dusted. I’d like to take the opportunity to send my best wishes to all the members of the ACT Veterans Cycling Club (and to remind you to register for next year!).

This year, the club ran 34 crits (Stromlo & Dairy Flat Rd), 21 Road Events and approximately 20 Track races. That’s a huge effort from all volunteers to ensure a variety of racing is available to our nearly 400 members.

My job as President is made very easy with the countless hours that many people put into the running of the Club and I’d like to take the opportunity to issue a few words of thanks to the Secretary, Phil Coulton, and members of the Race Committee, Ben Davis, Ian McVay and Vice President Mark Taylor for dealing with various levels of bureaucracy, devising the racing calendar, organising road approvals, marshals and signage that allow us to race. Our handicapper, Rob Langridge, has done a great job of ensuring racing is competitive and has also, like Ben Davis, pulled many a double duty by undertaking innumerable roles as a Race Director throughout the year. I’d also like to send a big thankyou to our Treasurer and Membership officer Kirsti McVay works tirelessly to ensure that membership is up to date and the club fulfils its financial responsibilities. She is also present at just about every Criterium to collect race fees.

Making sure we have access to first aid is Ian Albrey and I’d like to also thank him, Simon, from SMA who has attended just about every Crit and Track event and Paul Robey who has stepped in when SMA is not able to supply first aiders. I also thank Ian for the patience he has shown assisting me with my many dealings with the National body (the AVCC) and insurance agency.

I thank Ian Morton for his efforts to ensure that “The Bleat” goes out every week. Thanks also to Andrew Remely for his efforts to redevelop our website and set up the Vets Facebook page, Seymour Savell-Boss for adding some humour and stepping up as a joint administrator, and Linda Stals who was our clothing officer and has put in several appearances as a Race Director. Thanks to Graham Hendrie for his tireless work in the van to ensure that we have road races supported and supplied with coffee and cake! A special thanks to Graeme O’Neill who’s racing program and organisation for the Wednesday night track session always makes that event so enjoyable.

We couldn’t have raced without the volunteering of 71 Marshals, 16 ATC’s and 12 Race Director’s (many of whom also sit on the Committee). I thank all these people for their contributions.

A final thank you goes to you, the members, for making racing so much fun. There’s always some character to have good natured banter with at the start and end of the race (or sometimes during!) and the atmosphere of the club is awesome. We’ve had a few guests come this year and decide to sign up on the spot because of the comradery exhibited by members and I thank you all for riding in the best possible spirit.

I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a great start to the new year. Stay safe on the roads and remember to keep the rubber side down! Remember to re-register before our first Crit on 2 January 2018 if you want to race. See you out there in 2018.

 

Dougal Torrance
(Proud) President,
ACT Veterans Cycling Club.

Boxing Day Recovery Ride – 26th December

The Boxing Day Recovery Ride starts at 8.00 am sharp outside the Jolimont Centre on Northbourne Av. This year's ride will follow the “somewhat” successful format of recent years: two nominated sensible riders will lead along Federal and Old Federal highways with slower riders positioned immediately behind the leaders (so they don't get dropped if the bunch is broken up by traffic light changes) and faster riders go to the back. All riders are responsible for preventing the bunch from splitting up. If half the bunch suddenly disappears from behind you, it’s your responsibility to pass this message to the front of the group so that they know to stop and wait.

We all stay together until the top of Washingmachine Hill. There, riders have a choice of going on to Lake George, the gravel pit or where ever. Those who've had too much Christmas cheer can wait in the shade at the top of the hill. They can then join one of the bunches on the return leg. All gather at a nominated coffee shop at end of ride. Note that it's much harder to find an empty cafe now that Canberra is overrun by rabid Boxing Day shoppers at that time.

Please use the Vets Facebook page to publicise group rides over the holidays. I’m sure everyone’s keen to do a least one Corin-Tidbinbilla-Cotter ride over the break and would like to share the experience.

 

Rob Langridge

 

Registration Renewal for 2018

Note: For new members who registered after 1 Oct, your membership is valid up until the end of 2018.

2018 membership renewals are due by 31 December 2017. To renew, go to https://memberdesq.sportstg.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=main&OrgID=10244 or follow the prompts via our 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 31 December or prior to your first race in 2018.

It is preferable to renew prior to the end of December if you intend to race in 2018. 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 2018 is $110
  • A full competitive membership for a sight impaired tandem cyclist for 2018 is $95
  • Non competitive membership for 2018 is $5

Upon renewal, your 2018 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

 

RACE REPORT:

Stromlo – 19th December

The scorching weather didn't eventuate, but most of the riders looked pretty cooked after the 20+2 format!

G grade: Once again, it was the Bernie and Bruce show. Surprisingly Bernie did a few more turns than normal but it didn't blunt his stinging attack in the last lap.

F grade: David Wittenveen, Tim Gavel and Ian Barras pedalled around in an orderly fashion and finished in that order.

E grade: This week we had two tandems: John Barlow/Tony Beasley played an attacking role while Elton Ivers and Lindy Hou would drag half the bunch back to them. On the last lap and with a bit of a tail wind, John and Tony stormed down the back straight and put in a good gap but by the home straight Michael Brice had latched on the back and was able to out kick them on the finish line. Stjepan Hirsler was the best of the rest in third.

D grade: These guys were once again super aggressive. There was an early break that didn't stick, but then Reg Sheridan, Felipe Lopes Reis, Russell Marsden and Don de Smet got working together and suddenly there was a sizable break. Don couldn't hang on but the other three kept working. With two laps to go Reg took off to comfortably win from Felipe and Russell.

C grade: Only Ian Preston was willing to attack in this race but none of his efforts stuck. Mark Fairweather outsprinted Mick Hanbury and Wayne Benham.

B grade: Nick Boylan did a few "Prestons" but none did much damage. The '2' board got Chris Kon going and he put in a good gap into the bunch and gutted it out to record a convincing win. Bryan Holloway got second followed by David Rae.

A grade: The early heat and wind didn't dampen the enthusiasm of A grade. Mark Harris and Seymour Savell-Boss formed the first break, then Rowan McMurray took Seymour's place but it didn't stick. Paul Scherl and Mark went with the wind down the back straight and then were joined by Anthony Evans. This soon became a substantial break. The sexy figure of Ben Davis with the 2-laps-to-go board once again stimulated some action among the attackers: this time it was Anthony who caught Mark and Paul napping, and finished with a substantial gap.

 

Rob Langridge

 

Racing Resumes

Racing will resume in 2018 with the first Crit on the 2nd January and Track Racing on the 10th January. The first road race will be on the 4th February.

Till then, have a great Christmas Break.

z12.3 December 18 Bleat

posted 18 Dec 2017, 03:38 by Administrator Actvcc   [ updated 18 Dec 2017, 03:38 ]


Hello Vets,

In the Bleat this week;

•  Extreme Heat Warning

•  Cycling holiday in the French Pyrenees

•  Registration Renewal for 2018

•  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 (19th Dec) is forecast to reach 39 degrees.

The race durations have been shortened and the event start 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.

 

Cycling holiday in the French Pyrenees, September 6-21, 2018

Its on again…..ACT Veterans cycling trip in the French Pyrenees. Has watching the Tour de France ever inspired you to want to tackle one of the famous mountains of the Pyrenees but you were put off by the cost, lack of companions or knowledge how to go about it? Here's your chance to participate in carefully planned, graduated and guided bike rides with sag wagon support, with fellow riders from the Vets Cycling Club, all at a very low cost when compared to commercially available tours.

All inclusive cost: €2,200

This 16-day holiday includes half-board (breakfast and dinner) shared accommodation at a dedicated cycling lodge and selected hotels, pick-up and drop-off at Toulouse or Tarascon sur Ariege. Three cycling rest days are included when we will visit local cultural and scenic tourist attractions. Club handicapper Rob Langridge who participated in the 2013 Vets trip organised by Peter Southgate had the following to say about the experience: "Peter loves the Pyrenees so much that he's bought a house there! The rides were a mixture of challenging social rides to absolute climbing epics. The atmosphere at the lodge is welcoming and lots of fun. I have many wonderful memories of a great trip and would recommend it to anyone with a reasonable level of fitness and looking for a challenge."

For further information and to receive a detailed outline of the itinerary contact Peter Southgate peter.southgate@hotmail.com or ph. 0417181052. There will also be an information session for interested parties at a date to be advised.

 

Peter SouthGate

 

Registration Renewal for 2018

Note: For new members who registered after 1 Oct, your membership is valid up until the end of 2018.

2018 membership renewals are due by 31 December 2017. To renew, go to https://memberdesq.sportstg.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=main&OrgID=10244 or follow the prompts via our 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 31 December or prior to your first race in 2018.

It is preferable to renew prior to the end of December if you intend to race in 2018. 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 2018 is $110
  • A full competitive membership for a sight impaired tandem cyclist for 2018 is $95
  • Non competitive membership for 2018 is $5

Upon renewal, your 2018 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, 19th December: Stromlo Criterium

Where: Stromlo Forest Park
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number.
Race Description:
Note the revised start times and durations
18:30 A/C 20 mins + 2
19:00 EFG 20+ 2
19:30 B/D 20+2

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

Marshal:  Ben Davis

 

Track Racing

Track Racing resumes on 10 January.

 

Road Racing

Road Racing will resume in the new year.

 

RACE REPORTS:

Dairy Road – 10th December

In the combined A and B race, A was taken out by Seymour Savell-Boss with a close second to Brendan Savage and Dave Roberts third.

B graders Damian Copeland and Adam Potts did well to stay with the A graders to finish first and second respectively with Mark Taylor third.

Peter Taylor blitzed the C grade field with a six lap solo win, Alan Bontjer won the bunch sprint for second with Mark Fairweather third.

Today was the day of solo victories with David Jukes scorching the D grade field with a 10 laps off the front . Elton Carneiro was second in the bunch sprint just ahead of Gillian Lugg.

An E grade win for Graham Hendrie ahead of Brandie O'Connor. Tim Ravel was the winner in F grade and Bruce Jones G grade.

Thanks to Mark Taylor and Simon Milnes for assisting and Simon Whitehead (First Aid).

 

Nick Boylan

 

Stromlo Christmas Wheel Race – 12th December

The hotter weather and the prospect of riding in the wheel race meant that the E/F/G grade races were mainly a procession with one or two riders enthusiastically pushing the pace. Bernie Crowe took advantage of the passing F grade to get a gap on Bruce. Other results were E grade Sam Agostino, Michael Brice, and Kevin Newhouse. F grade: Sue Duckett, Mike Hayes, Edward Joliffe.

There was a bit more action in A grade. The usual suspects Steve Crispin, Ben Morrison, Anthony Evans and Mark Harris all were in attacks early on but in the end things calmed down and it was Steve Blackburn who won easily from Ben and Steve.

B grade followed the similar pattern: Greg Collis started things off with Adam Potts chasing him down, then Nick Boylan and Damian Copeland also had a dig, as did Chris Kon and Craig Tozer and then John Manning. But it was David Rae who was the best sprinter, followed by John Manning and Richard Hedley.

The pace was hot in C grade and gradually riders dropped off and headed for the shade. Tim Brown was the fastest, then came Allan Bontjer and rival Mark Fairweather.

D grade's highlight was the turnout in Christmas jerseys by Gill, Kristy and Tess. Having won the fashion stakes Gill Lugg also got second place in a close finish behind Darren Symons. Third was Felipe Lopes Reis.

The wheel race suffered from a lack of delegation of tasks by my part and I found that I wasn't very efficient and commentating, counting laps and setting off riders at the correct time. I sent F grade of too early and then Sue Duckett rode like a scalded cat to thrash her fellow F graders by miles so there was no hope of anyone getting close. Steve Crispin pushed on valiantly to pass most of the riders who'd been set off at the right time, but the damage had been done. Michael Brice and Peter Jovanovic claimed second and third places.

Following the finals, the medal presentations for the race winners and the summer and winter season points winners was made by club president Dougal Torrence.

 

Rob Langridge

 

CHRISTMAS WHEEL RACE FINAL
ACT Veterans Cycling Club
1st: Sue Duckett, 2nd: Michael David Brice, 3rd: Peter Jovanovic
2016-17 ROAD SUMMER SEASON POINTS WINNERS
ACT Veterans Cycling Club
Women 1st: Kirsty Cummin, 2nd: Gillian Lugg, 3rd: Theresa McLachlan
ACT Veterans Cycling Club
Men 1st: Ian Morton, 2nd: Ben Morrison, 3rd: Nick Boylan
2017 ROAD WINTER SEASON POINTS WINNERS
ACT Veterans Cycling Club
Women 1st: Elizabeth Lowe, 2nd: Theresa McLachlan, 3rd: Rosemary Robinson
ACT Veterans Cycling Club
Men 1st: Steve Crispin, 2nd: Seymour Savell-Boss, 3rd: Robert Langridge

 

Rob Langridge

 

Narrabundah Track Racing – 13th December

Session 10 for the track racing season was the final race session before the Christmas break. Traditionally, this session hosts the Christmas Wheel Race and a Christmas celebration. On race day, the weather gods finally favoured this event, as it was warm and fine. The attendance was good with 21 riders of which 14 were from A grade.

The A grade scratch race was quite fast with no one holding back for the later wheel race. Kerry Knowler and Lindy Hou established the early pace. As riders took turns at pace making, the speed gradually increased. Michael Langdon, Ben Robey and Hamish Anderson established an 8 metre gap around lap 5. However, the remaining pack clung on until the front group realised it was too early and gave up the attack. With two laps to go John Manning made a determined attack from a consolidated pack. He soon had a 10 metre gap. However, Steve Jones and Michael Langdon were in pursuit and it was just too far out. As the bell lap commenced Steve and Michael were within striking distance of John. There was a close fought duel near the line, from which Steve Jones emerged as winner, with Michael and John finishing in second and third respectively.

The B grade scratch was a little tamer with a slow early pace as riders were conserving energy for the Wheel Race. However, by mid race the competitive instincts took over and the pace quickened markedly. The small pack stuck together as the laps counted down. Phil Anderson, Steve Hirsler and Sue Powell attacked into the bell lap and subsequently contested a close sprint. Phil Anderson took the sprint from Steve Hirsler and Sue Powell, in that order.

After a ten minute break for B grade to recover, the Christmas Wheel Race was started. The Wheel Race is a 6-Lap handicap race and an important trophy race for the track season. A total of nineteen riders contested the race, with handicaps spread over 24 seconds. The race was quite satisfying for the handicapper because the field slowly converged, as intended, with the laps counting down. By the beginning of the bell lap most riders were in or around the lead bunch. Michael Langdon had put in a great ride from the scratch mark to make the lead group. Although Michael was almost spent from the effort, he put in a final burst to gain 5 metres by the middle of the bell lap. Fortunately for Michael, having the scratch rider leading at this point was enough to intimidate the pack. No one made any further attacks and Michael staggered over the line with nothing left in the tank. It was a fantastic win because Michael had a huge handicap to overcome. As Michael finished, Dave Mullins and Hamish Anderson were locked together in a final sprint for second place. Hamish just took Dave on the line by a few centimetres. Ben Robey, Paul Kennedy, Alec Millett and Tony Beasley then surged in after good rides that had put them in contention for the final positions.

Next up was a pleasant celebration of the track season to date and the coming Christmas break. The track season is currently quite successful. Thirty six riders have participated in events so far this season with a peak turnout of around 24 riders per session. Next year’s racing resumes on Wednesday 10 January. If anyone is considering track racing, the new-year would be a good time to start.

Major place getters were as follows:
8-Lap Scratch Race: (A Grade): Steve Jones, Michael Langdon, John Manning. (B Grade): Phil Anderson, Steve Hirsler, Sue Powell. 6-Lap Christmas Wheel Race: (Handicap): Michael Langdon, Hamish Anderson, Dave Mullens.

Season Point Score Update:
Michael Langdon (184), Hamish Anderson (153), Tony Beasley (135), Ross Scutts (125), John Paul DeSousa (112), Paul Kennedy (111), Phil Coulton (104), Steve Hirsler (90), Ben Robey (84).

Merry Christmas to all club members and their families.

 

Graeme O'Neill

 

Dairy Road – 17th December

A grade was a fierce battle with no successful attacks in an On/Off race. An in-form Seymour Savell-Boss won the nearly 60kmh sprint making him the “King of the Flat” with three wins in a row on the Dairy Flat course. Steve Crispin came a close second with Paul Scherl and Dave Roberts a joint third.

Last week David Jukes soloed to victory in D grade, this week he wins the bunch sprint in B grade. May be he can win the next Dairy Flat in A grade to take the “King of the Flat” title of Seymour. Adam Potts with an improving sprint was second with last week’s C grade winner Peter Taylor third.

The joint C/D grade race looked like there was a lot of following, chasing down the attacks from Ian Preston and Chris Nolan. The race was won with an impressive sprint from Luke Laffan, beating a returning to-form Alan Bontjer with Tony Beasley third.

In G grade Bernie Crowe stormed past Bruce Jones ten yards from the line to win with Bruce second.

E grade was a “looking at each other” type of race with the forever watchful Alex Sommariva sliding up the side for the win. Jonathon Chowns and Howard Moffat both on the comeback road were second and third respectively.

Thanks to Matt Haddock for marshalling and Simon Whitehead (First Aid).

 

Nick Boylan

z12.2 December 11 Bleat

posted 10 Dec 2017, 17:18 by Administrator Actvcc   [ updated 11 Dec 2017, 01:58 ]


Hello Vets,

In the Bleat this week;

•  Christmas Wheel Race

•  From the desk of the handicapper

•  Cycling holiday in the French Pyrenees

•  Registration Renewal for 2018

•  Racing this Week

•  Race Reports

 

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

 

Ian Morton

Christmas Wheel Race

This week is our Christmas Wheel Race at Stromlo where the club will be putting on some catering to allow members to stay on after their heats and participate in the festivities and the awards.

 

From the desk of the handicapper

This week's Promotion;
- Peter Taylor C to B road and crit
- David Jukes C to B
- Chris Short B to A road
- Chris Kon C to B road

 

Rob Langridge

 

Cycling holiday in the French Pyrenees, September 6-21, 2018

Its on again…..ACT Veterans cycling trip in the French Pyrenees. Has watching the Tour de France ever inspired you to want to tackle one of the famous mountains of the Pyrenees but you were put off by the cost, lack of companions or knowledge how to go about it? Here's your chance to participate in carefully planned, graduated and guided bike rides with sag wagon support, with fellow riders from the Vets Cycling Club, all at a very low cost when compared to commercially available tours.

All inclusive cost: €2,200

This 16-day holiday includes half-board (breakfast and dinner) shared accommodation at a dedicated cycling lodge and selected hotels, pick-up and drop-off at Toulouse or Tarascon sur Ariege. Three cycling rest days are included when we will visit local cultural and scenic tourist attractions. Club handicapper Rob Langridge who participated in the 2013 Vets trip organised by Peter Southgate had the following to say about the experience: "Peter loves the Pyrenees so much that he's bought a house there! The rides were a mixture of challenging social rides to absolute climbing epics. The atmosphere at the lodge is welcoming and lots of fun. I have many wonderful memories of a great trip and would recommend it to anyone with a reasonable level of fitness and looking for a challenge."

For further information and to receive a detailed outline of the itinerary contact Peter Southgate peter.southgate@hotmail.com or ph. 0417181052. There will also be an information session for interested parties at a date to be advised.

 

Peter SouthGate

 

Registration Renewal for 2018

2018 membership renewals are due by 31 December 2017. To renew, go to https://memberdesq.sportstg.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=main&OrgID=10244 or follow the prompts via our 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 31 December or prior to your first race in 2018.

It is preferable to renew prior to the end of December if you intend to race in 2018. 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 2018 is $110
  • A full competitive membership for a sight impaired tandem cyclist for 2018 is $95
  • Non competitive membership for 2018 is $5

Upon renewal, your 2018 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, 12th December: Stromlo Criterium - Christmas Wheel Race

Where: Stromlo Forest Park
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number.
Race Description:
Heats
E/F/G 5:50 25 m + 2 laps
A/C 6:20 A 30m+2, C 25m+2
B/D 6:50 B 30m+2, D 25m+2
 
Final
7:35 - 5 lap handicap of 5 top finishers from each grade.

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

Marshal:  Duane Toohey

 

Wednesday, 13th December: Track Racing

The Program for Wednesday is as follows:
5.30pm – 6.00pm: Warm-up and free practice;
6.00pm – 6.20pm: 8-lap graded scratch race;
6.20pm – 6.40pm: 6-lap Xmas Wheel race (handicap);
6.40 pm – : Xmas party.

Please note: The club will provide drinks and a small range of nibbles for the Xmas party. Anyone bringing a plate will be most welcome. Party is open to all club members and partners.

There will be no track racing on 20 or 27 December or 3 January. Racing will resume on 10 January.

 

Sunday, 17th: Dairy Road Points Race

Where: Dairy Road, Fyshwick.
When: 8:00 am.
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number.
Race Description:
08:00 am - A/B 50 mins + 1
09:00 am - C/D 40 mins + 1
09:50 am - E/F/G 30 mins + 1

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

Marshal: Matthew Haddock

 

Upcoming Marshall Roster

The nominated marshals for upcoming events are;
Date: Event - Marshals
19-12-2017: Stromlo FP - Ben Davis

 

RACE REPORTS:

Stromlo – 5th December

So was it the thought of rain, the wind or just that it was colder than previous nights. Just 40 riders braved the possible conditions and other than the wind the ride conditions weren’t too bad. Though Terry Merrigan (our marshal) and I were feeling the cold on the start/finish line. We stole a few minutes from each grade (and they were advised before we started) so that we were able to have all grades finish before it got to dark to ride. As it turned out the rain came about 15 minutes after the last grades finished so all in all a pretty reasonable night.

E, F and G grades started together as there was only 1 F grader and 2 G graders. E and F stayed together for the better part of the event until Sam Agostino jumped away early in the last lap to record a strong win from Dale Ammett and Kevin Newhouse. David Witteveen was the easy winner in F grade being the only rider and Bernie Crow managed to jump away from Bruce Jones early to win G grade.

A and C grades appeared to keep a tight rein on all the riders as there were no breakaways, probably due in part to the wind. In C grade John Barlow and Ben Healy did the lion share of the work out front and it appeared that the rest of the C graders were happy to let them have it. David Grillo was having none of the tandem in the last lap and hit the line in front of Matt Hanbury and Luke Laffan. A grade stayed together until the sprint for the line which saw three riders fight it out with Matt Hinchcliff out pacing Dave Roberts and Michael Foulds in a lunge for the line.

In B grade it appeared that again a tight rein was on the 6 riders, however a quick discussion after the race revealed that surging was the order of the night and a fast pace was set. John Manning took the honours on the night from Tony Rowley and Chris Kon. In D grade it was a ride of attrition with 3 of the 7 riders dropping off the pace all together and another struggled to keep in touch with the bunch but Merryn completed the distance. Tes McLachlan in her first D grade race did well to stick with what was left of the bunch to contest the sprint. Eventual winner was Liz Lowe from Mike Golding and Tes.

 

Phill Coulton

 

Narrabundah Track Racing – 6th December

Only nine riders turned out for Session 9 of the track racing season. The day had been overcast, with rain in some parts of Canberra. However, the nine optimists who showed up were rewarded with quite acceptable conditions for racing. The track stayed dry, the temperature was reasonably comfortable and the wind moderate. With the low turn out, it was decided to combine A & B grades for all the events with B grade riders generally being given a start on A grade.

In the 8-lap scratch race, B Grade started with a half lap advantage. Graeme O’Neill gave the B grade group a rapid 1.5 lap lead-out in the hope they could retain an advantage to the end. The B grade group rode well, but were no match for the A grade train which overhauled them around lap 5. Tony Beasley and Ross Scutts made good attempts to stay with A grade and were rewarded with the best finishes from the B grade group. However, Michael Langdon and John Manning put on the pace in the closing laps and left the field struggling in their wake. Michael took first place, John took second and Hamish Anderson, newly promoted to A grade, took a very creditable third. It was good to have John Manning making a second start at track. John is a visitor from Derby in the UK and appears to be a strong track rider. The presence of rainbow bands on his jersey and the discovery of his participation at UCI World Master Track Championships has seen a rapid promotion to A grade.

The second event of the evening was a taxing, 24-lap points race. The race rules permitted lapped riders to participate in sprints without penalty. For this event B grade were given one lap start.

Initially, Tony Beasley made a tactical error by catching the A grade group, after which he was counted as one lap down on the B grade group. However, Tony rode well and achieved good results overall. The B grade group managed to hold their lead for Sprint 1 where Ross Scutts took the sprint from Phil Coulton. Ross held on to gain a decent gap on the pursuing riders. However, as the second sprint approached, he began to tire and was soon swamped by the A grade bunch. The next three sprints were taken by Michael Langdon, generally with John Manning in hot pursuit. Tony Beasley managed a creditable second and third placing in intermediate sprints and Martin Graham took third in the final sprint. The overall points wash up saw Michael Langdon on top points (23). John Manning took second with 15 points. Third place was shared between Tony Beasley and Ross Scutts, both on 7 points.

As usual, the final event was an all-in Italian Pursuit. Fortunately, there were only four riders per team as the points race had taken its toll and no one was up for a long race. Team 1 made a good start and managed to gain a slight initial lead. However, Team 2 were just too strong and asserted their dominance over the second half of the contest. Both teams rode well and the winning margin was small. However, congratulations to Michael Langdon, Martin Graham, Phil Coulton and Tony Beasley for a fine win.

Major place getters were as follows:
8-Lap Scratch: (A&B Grades combined): Michael Langdon, John Manning, Hamish Anderson.
24-Lap Points Race: (A&B Grades combined): Michael Langdon (23), John Manning (15), Tony Beasley & Ross Scutts (7 each), Hamish Anderson & Phil Coulton (6 each).
Combined Italian Pursuit: Winner Team 2 (Michael Langdon, Martin Graham, Phil Coulton, Tony Beasley).

Season Point Score Update:
Michael Langdon (170), Hamish Anderson (144), Tony Beasley (130), Ross Scutts (118), John Paul DeSousa (106), Paul Kennedy (105), Phil Coulton (99), Steve Hirsler (81), Ben Robey (77).

 

Graeme O'Neill

 

Dairy Road – 10th December

A video from Sunday’s A/B Crit at Dairy Road - expert movie and editing by Dave Roberts, courtesy Seymour Savell-Boss;
https://youtu.be/J7NE-kpdSOA

 

z12.1 December 4 Bleat

posted 4 Dec 2017, 12:31 by Administrator Actvcc   [ updated 4 Dec 2017, 12:31 ]

Hello Vets,

In the Bleat this week;

•  It's not just about the racing

•  Racing this Week

•  Race Reports

 

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

 

Ian Morton

It's not just about the racing

One of the key aspects of ACT Vets events is the post-race cuppa where members can get together and exchange stories. Members are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity to hang around after the race and socialise with their fellow riders.

And a reminder that next week is our Christmas Wheel Race where we will be putting on some catering to allow members to stay on after their heat and participate in the festivities and the awards.

 

RACING THIS WEEK:

Tuesday, 5th December: Stromlo Criterium

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

Race Director:  Phillip Coulton
Contact: Email: phillcou@bigpond.net.au    Ph  0417299149

Marshal:  Ben Davis

 

Wednesday, 6th December: Track Racing

The Program for Wednesday is as follows:
5.30pm – 6.00pm: Warm-up and free practice;
6.00pm – 6.20pm: 8-lap graded scratch race;
6.20pm – 7.00pm: 24-Lap points race;
7.00pm – 7.30pm: Italian Pursuit.

 

Sunday, 10th Dairy: Dairy Road Scratch Race

Where: Dairy Road, Fyshwick.
When: 8:00 am.
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number.
Race Description:
08:00 am - A/B 50 mins + 1
09:00 am - C/D 40 mins + 1
09:50 am - E/F/G 30 mins + 1

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

Marshal: Ben Davis

 

Upcoming Marshall Roster

The nominated marshals for upcoming events are;
Date: Event - Marshals
12-12-2017: Stromlo FP - Duane Toohey
17-12-2017: Dairy Road - Matthew Haddock
19-12-2017: Stromlo FP - Ben Davis


From the Desk of the Handicapper

Grading Changes for this week;

Stuart Cathcart B to A
John Manning C to B
Dan Grillo D to C
Tess McLachlan E to D

 

Rob Langridge

 

RACE REPORTS:

Narrabundah Track Racing – 29th November

Session 8 for the track racing season attracted 17 riders. The conditions were quite good except for a slightly higher temperature and breeze than ideal. Attendance was marginally down, but compensated by the enthusiasm of the competitors who showed up.

It is obvious that riders’ form is improving, as the season progresses. The pace in the 10-lap A grade scratch race was hot from the start with Kerry Knowler and Lindy Hou leading out for three laps. Then Steve Jones, John Paul De Sousa and Ben Robey led out, with negligible loss of pace. David McCook took over on lap 7 and demonstrated his improving form with a notch up in pace. On lap 8 Michael Langdon jumped off the front with Kerry Knowler and Lindy Hou struggling to close a rapidly formed gap. However, Michael lost interest in the attack, within two laps. The pack converged as it approached the bell lap. John Paul De Sousa attacked from high on the banking and the sprint lap progressed at a furious pace. Michael Langdon and Steve Jones had a close fought battle with Michael taking it on the line for the win. John Paul De Sousa reaped the benefit of sound tactics with a solid third place. David McCook confirmed his improving form by a fourth placing.

The 10-lap B grade scratch race also settled into a solid pace. When Steve Dean took the lead on Lap 6, he gapped the field slightly with one rider dropping out and the field streaming around nervously jockeying for position. The bunch stayed like this for several laps until Tony Beasley took an opportunity to attack into the bell lap. Sue Powell and Ross Scutts pursued furiously. Tony took the win with Sue Powell and Ross Scutts streaming into the minor places in that order. Sue and Ross have really settled into B grade and become consistent contenders in all the events.

The next event was a 2-lap handicap. The handicaps are now run as combined A & B Grade races as this provides better separation of riders and a more exciting pursuit. Both handicap races had close fought finishes that greatly pleased the handicapper. In Race 1, Ben Robey and Ed Garnett had an exciting duel, from which Ben emerged the victor. Michael Langdon took third after an impressive and relentless pursuit from the scratch mark.

Race 2 also saw close racing and a big effort from all riders. Alec Millett rode brilliantly overtaking all riders and finishing with a small gap on the field. The remaining riders coalesced into a group on lap 2 and streamed past the limit rider within sight of the finish line. Phil Coulton and David McCook had fine rides to take second and third places.

The handicap races were followed by 12-lap points races, with intermediate sprints and a final sprint for double points. Michael Langdon and Steve Jones dominated in A grade with finishes in that order for the three sprints. Michael garnered 20 points for an emphatic win. Steve, who has recently returned from a long lay off, gained 16 points to confirm that he is rapidly returning to form. Ed Garnett and David McCook rode sensibly to garner 6 points each, enough for joint third placing.

In B Grade, Tony Beasley dominated with wins in both sprints and gained an impressive half lap break on the field over the second half of the race. The minor sprint places where shared among Ross Scutts, Sue Powell and Phil Coulton. Tony Beasley amassed15 points for an emphatic win. Ross Scutts took second with 10 points. Sue Powell took third with 9 points.

The lead up to the all-in, Italian Pursuit was disrupted by Ed Garnett finding a deflating tire on the start line. A hurried readjustment to teams likely left Team 2 slightly weakened. However, both teams performed flawlessly with the early pursuit being quite close. As the race ticked over, Team 1 asserted their dominance leading to an unpressured, but rapid finish by anchor riders, John Paul De Sousa and Michael Langdon. Congratulation to team 1 for a fine effort.

Major place getters were as follows:
10-Lap Scratch: (A Grade): Michael Langdon, Steve Jones, John Paul De Sousa (B Grade) Tony Beasley, Sue Powell, Ross Scutts.
2-Lap Handicap: (A&B Race 1):Ben Robey, Ed Garnett, Michael Langdon (A&B Race 2), Alec Milton, Phil Coulton, David McCook
12-Lap Points Race: (A Grade): Michael Langdon (20), Steve Jones (16), David McCook (8) (B Grade) Tony Beasley (15), Ross Scutts (10), Sue Powell (9).
Combined Italian Pursuit: Winner Team 1 (John-Paul DeSousa, Ben Robey, Michael Langdon, Ross Scutts, Bruce Griffin)

Season Point Score Update:
Michael Langdon (150), Hamish Anderson (131), Tony Beasley (114), Ross Scutts (107), John Paul DeSousa (106), Paul Kennedy (105), Phil Coulton (87), Steve Hirsler (81).Ben Robey (77).

 

Graeme O'Neill

 

Mt McDonald Time Trial – 3rd December

With a month's worth of rain falling on Saturday and threats of more rain and thunderstorms on Sunday, it wasn't clear that the annual Mt McDonald hill climb would be on but the weather held off and the race went ahead.

The were 14 stalwarts turned out for the event. This year, we shortened the course to finished at the top of the hill rather than the last 1km of downhill to avoid problems with racing past Uriarra Village.

There was a good turnout of A Grade riders with 6 riders competing for the honours. Steve Crispin was the strongest on the day with a very quick time of 10 minutes and 20 seconds.

The other Grades had fewer numbers with Peter Taylor the best of the three C Graders, Terrence Merrigan beating Kirsti McVay in E Grade and Nick Boylan, Andrew Matz and Bernie Crow the sole representatives in B, D and G Grade respectively.

As always, the event couldn't have gone ahead without the support of volunteers. Thanks to the Marshals Richard Gorrell, Ed Joliffe, Tony Weir and Bill Frost. Thanks to Graham Hendrie for the van and timing for the event. And Dougal Torrence for doing a course reconnoitre on Saturday evening to ensure the course was safe for the event to go ahead.

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Ian Morton
Race Referee

z11.4 November 27 Bleat

posted 26 Nov 2017, 23:52 by Administrator Actvcc   [ updated 27 Nov 2017, 12:38 ]

 

Hello Vets,

In the Bleat this week;

•  From the Desk of the President

•  Racing this Week

•  Race Reports

 

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

 

Ian Morton

From the desk of the President

Dear Members,

It's that time of year again to renew your membership and sign up for another exciting year of racing. The draft race schedule for 2018 shown to me at our Committee meeting tonight will continue to offer the most varied and full schedule of racing in the ACT with a new event or two thrown in just to keep you interested.

When renewing your membership, please indicate whether you have first aid qualifications. This helps the club in the event that professional first aiders are unable to attend races.

It's great to see the numbers at the recent Crits races. I'd like to transfer this enthusiasm to the Road and Track and as such I'm happy to announce that our Dairy Flat Road race on 10th of December 2017 will be free entry for all members. Come out and give it a try! Stay for the (admittedly instant) coffee and a chat with fellow racers.

As always, please email me any concerns you may have at president@actvets.cc (except about the coffee - we don't have a qualified barista!).

Regards,

 

Dougal Torrance
President
ACT Veterans Cycling Club

ps And don't forget that the Christmas Wheel Race is coming up shortly on the 12th December.

 

RACING THIS WEEK:

Tuesday, 28th November: Stromlo Criterium

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

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

Marshal:  Peter Kitchen

 

Wednesday, 29th November: Track Racing

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

 

Sunday, 3rd December: Cotter Reserve Time Trial

Where: Cotter Reserve - park here and proceed to race start Cotter Reserve to Mt. McDonald .
When: 9:00 am.
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number.
Race Description:
Mt McDonald Hill Climb
Note that we will be shortening the race this year. The finish line will be just after the top of the climb at 5.1km.

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

Marshal: Richard Gorrell, Tony Weir, Terence Merrigan and Ed Joliffe

 

Upcoming Marshall Roster

The nominated marshals for upcoming events are;
Date: Event - Marshals
5-12-2017: Stromlo FP - Terence Merrigan
10-12-2017: Dairy Road - David Dickson
12-12-2017: Stromlo FP - Duane Toohey
17-12-2017: Dairy Road - Matthew Haddock
19-12-2017: Stromlo FP - Ben Davis

 

RACE REPORT:

Stromlo – 21st November

Those of us who arrived early were greeted with a reminder as to why it is the time of the year not to forget the aerogard. Nevertheless, all grades had a good turnout.

B and D grades were first off the rank. Wayne Shippley raced off the front of B grade right from the word go and managed to stay well in front for the first 10 minutes of the race. D grade must have been taking the race seriously because they managed to keep pace with B grade for half of the race. It looked like B grade were not going to catch D grade. But they did, and I would like to thank both grades for communicating and demonstrating the perfect way for one grade to pass another. D grade stayed together as a big bunch for essentially the whole race, except when Terry Merrigan decided that he was feeling a bit lonely. In the day women would drop a handkerchief to get attention, Terry decided to drop his bidon. Alas no women came running over to pick it up and he was forced to retrieve it himself. John Manning showed that he did not want to stay in D grade by pulling way out in front to cross the line first. Daniel Grillo and Steven Simms grabbed the next two placing. B grade upped the pace in the second half of the race, as demonstrated by the number of DNFs. The final placings were filled by Stuart Cathcart, Christopher Kon and Jason Parkes.

The next grades to race were E/F/G. The disparity between the different number of riders in each grade was evident when E grade managed to overtake F grade twice. As race director, that was certainly not what I wanted to happen, my apologies to F grade. F grade largely stayed together, until the end of the race when Paul Robey was wondering why he was loosing ground, only to discover he did not have any air in his tyres. It was a bunch sprint that determined the placings with Leeanne Tennant coming first followed by Mike Hayes and Susan Frost. Given the strong wind in the back straight, E grade kindly allowed the tandem to sit in front as a wind break. Consequently E grade stayed together as a large bunch until the last two laps. In the last lap E grade was so spread out that it managed to fill half of the course. Mervyn Steen put on a massive sprint to cross the line first with Nicole Bruce and Michael Davie Brice second and third. And, of course, Bernard gave a commanding solo performance in G grade.

With the light fading, A and C grades were the last ones to race. Several groups of riders took turns being in the breakaway. Dougal Torrance and Ed Pellegrino were the first to test the waters. When they were absorbed back into the bunch Michael Brice and Quon Nonumber gave it a go (remember that it is a requirement of the club that you wear your race number, one reason being that no race number means no glory in the bleat). The last breakaway team formed at the 25 minute mark and they managed to gain about half a lap over the main bunch. Mark Harris easily crossed the line first, second placed rider Lewis Cressey also managed to get a bit of a gap and the third placed rider was Ben Morrison. The relatively small number in C grade decided that the best way to deal with the wind was to stay tightly bunched. It took a fast sprint finish to decide the final placings with Allan Bontjer coming first followed by Ben Robey and Ian Preston.

I would like to thank Barbara Bayliss for helping out with everything on the course and Phill Coulton for helping out with the registration.

 

Linda Stals

z11.3 November 20 Bleat

posted 19 Nov 2017, 23:00 by Administrator Actvcc   [ updated 20 Nov 2017, 12:14 ]

Hello Vets,

In the Bleat this week;

•  From the Desk of the Handicapper

•  Racing this Week

•  Race Reports

 

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

 

Ian Morton

From the desk of the handicapper in Wellington, NZ

Let me start by thanking Heath Chester for assisting the week before, and thanks to Sean Fleming for being time keeper this week.

This week's Promotion;
- Anthony Evans B to A

 

Rob Langridge

 

RACING THIS WEEK:

Tuesday, 21th November: Stromlo Criterium

Where: Stromlo Forest Park
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number.
Race Description:
Note: A/C is on the same timeslot this week as last week (last week was "out of pattern").
B/D 5:50 B 40m+2, D 35m+2
E/F/G 6:35 28 min + 2 laps
A/C 7:10 A 40m+2, C 35m+2

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

Marshal:  Brendan Lakey

 

Wednesday, 22th November: Track Racing

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

 

Sunday, 26th November: Dairy Flat Road Criterium

Where: Dairy Road, Fyswick.
When: 8:00 am.
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number.
Race Description:
Grade start times/durations to be advised.

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

Marshal: Rico Fitch

 

Upcoming Marshall Roster

The nominated marshals for upcoming events are;
Date: Event - Marshals
28-11-2017: Stromlo FP - Peter Kitchen
3-12-2017: Cotter/Mt MacDonald -
5-12-2017: Stromlo FP - Terence Merrigan
10-12-2017: Dairy Road - David Dickson
12-12-2017: Stromlo FP - Duane Toohey
17-12-2017: Dairy Road - Matthew Haddock
19-12-2017: Stromlo FP - Ben Davis

 

RACE REPORT:

Stromlo – 14th November

G Grade

Bernie Crowe welcomed back Bruce Jones to the bunch after a bit of a lay-off. They shadowed each other for the entire race until Bernie edged past Bruce by half a wheel at the finish.

F Grade

In the perfect conditions, F Grade stuck together like glue.

Such is the smoothness of F Grade that they all look like they are on e-bikes but there were actually plenty of watts being produced. The closing sprint was very close but David Witteveen took it ahead of Mike Hayes and Ian Lake.

E Grade

During the race briefing, Des Brown caused an uproar by peeling of his jersey to remove his undershirt. The gasps from the bunch had tandem stoker Lindy Hou asking what earth was going on but no-one had the adjectives to accurately describe what they had seen. The lack of wind meant that everyone was content to sit in and channel their inner-Cavendish. A number of riders had short digs but to no avail. The last lap saw a number of gaps formed and the top few place-getters entered straight clear of the rest. In the end, the old master Alex Sommariva won easily from Peter Jovanovic and Tess McLachan.

D Grade

All the talk after the race was the 39.? average speed and the fact that B Grade never caught them. All the attacks were confined to riders hammering on the front. The rising pace in the last lap broke up the bunch and just before the line, Kristy Cummin and Reg Sheridan were going neck and neck but Kristy summoned the strength to take line honours with Dan Grillo in third.

C Grade

C Grade was a small bunch content to roll around for 30 plus minutes but it must have been hard going as 3 riders were dropped.

Luke Healy who had been the most aggressive so far led the bunch into the finish straight. Allan Bontjer came onto his hip with about 50 to go but not wanting to disappoint Luke’s cheering family decided to sit back down and cruise into the second ahead of Wayne Benham.

B Grade

B Grade started with a bang and ended with another but overall was a relaxed race compared to speedy D Grade. The early attacks containing combinations of Mark Taylor, Conan Liu, Nick Boylan, Jason Parks, Heath Chester, Chris Kon and Cam Pitt all looked promising but didn’t stick. With about 15 minutes remaining, the bunch had reformed with everyone sitting back for the sprint. With 3 laps to go, future A-Grader Anthony Evans took a flyer and maintained his pace to beat Simon Junakovic and Jason Parkes by miles.

A Grade

A Grade was a cracker!

Anytime Steve Isbel fronts up, you know, he will keep attacking until he forms a break, and then he’ll attack the other escapees until he is alone. Despite the total lack of wind, just hanging on to the relentless attacks was impossible for many. With 15 minutes remaining and the deadly easterly springing up from nowhere, the race’s degree of difficulty ramped up to another level. Ben Morrison, Steve, Paul Scherl, Lewis Cressy, Marc Vroomans, and briefly Dave McCook formed the break that would stick until the end. Ben and Steve took turns at putting each other in the gutter and this took its toll on Dave, then Paul and then Lewis who all returned to the safety of the mother ship. On the final lap, Marc was gapped on the back straight leaving Ben to dispose of only Steve on the finishing straight. The majority of the newly promoted A Graders found the going very hard, demonstrating the huge gap in the firepower between A and B Grades.

 

Robert Langridge

 

Narrabundah Track Racing – 15th November

The sixth Track Racing session for 2016-17 attracted 17 riders, maintaining the good record for attendance so far this season. The evening was warm and still and provided perfect conditions for racing.

The 8-lap A grade scratch race set a hot pace, so attacks were limited. Around lap 4 Ben Davis took a turn at the front and accelerated without making a break. Next lap Michael Langdon pushed forward but again the bunch stuck like limpets. This continued until lap 7. As the bunch barrelled into the bell lap, Paul Kennedy attacked with Michael Langdon, Dominic Rideaux and Dave Mullens in hot pursuit. Michael Langdon scorched around Paul Kennedy in the final sprint with Dominic Rideaux closing fast for third place.

The 8-Lap B grade scratch race started at an easy pace but soon settled to a fast tempo. On lap 7 the bunch rolled around the lead rider for a hotly contested final lap. Steve Dean took advantage of a good lead out by Tony Beasley to take the win. Tony held on for second with Steve Hirsler finishing rapidly to take third place.

The next event was a 200 metre flying time trial. This event is a flat chat sprint over 200 metres from a flying start. It is quite technical with the acceleration and positioning approaching the start being critical. It is a quick, fun event. The A grade times were clustered between 12 and 15 seconds. Paul Kennedy did a fabulous run in 12.64 seconds, the only time under 13 seconds. Michael Langdon (13.17s) and Dominic Rideaux (13.55s) had the next fastest times in A grade. The B grade times were mostly clustered between 14 and 16 seconds. However, Steve dean (13.45s) and Hamish Andersen (13.85s) stood out with times under 14 seconds. Tony Beasley was not far behind in 14.37 seconds.

The third event was a 10-Lap Snowball. The event had a points sprint every two laps. The event is similar to a points race, except that the sprint points increase progressively through the race, making tactics crucial. In A grade, Dominic Rideaux took the first sprint but could not established a break. Michael Langdon soon attacked with Alec Millett and Rowan McMurray in tow. From this point Michael took all the subsequent sprints to accumulate 14 points for an overall win. Rowan McMurray rode a great tactical race and demonstrated his endurance by following Michael Langdon through all subsequent sprints to a accumulate 8 points for second place. Alec Millett also profited from following Michael’s attack. He accumulated 5 points for third place.

The B grade Snowball was a very interesting contest for the overall win between Hamish Anderson and Tony Beasley. Although Hamish had two sprint wins, Tony was more consistent and also took the last sprint for maximum points. The upshot was a dead heat between Hamish and Tony, both accumulating 11 points. Not to be outdone by this improbability, Steve Hirsler, Phil Coulton and Bruce Griffin each accumulated 3 points for equal second place.

The track session closed with the usual, all-in, Italian pursuit. There were 7 riders on each team. Both teams made good starts with a small hiccup when the Team 1 lead jumped on instinct, not hearing the start whistle. Both teams made good changes. However, team 1 just seemed to have that little extra to draw ahead as the race progressed. In the end it was a good win to Team 1.

Major place getters were as follows:
8-Lap Scratch: (A Grade): Michael Langdon, Paul Kennedy, Dominic Rideaux (B Grade) Steve Dean, Tony Beasley, Steve Hirsler.
200m Fly Time Trial: (A Grade): Paul Kennedy (12.64s), Michael Langdon (13.17s), Dominic Rideaux (13.55s) (B Grade) Steve Dean (13.45s), Hamish Anderson (13.84s), Tony Beasley (14.37s).
10 Lap Snowball: (A Grade) Michael Langdon (14), Rowan McMurray (8), Alec Millett (5) (B Grade) Tony Beasley, Hamish Anderson (11 ea), Bruce Griffin, Phil Coulton, Steve Hirsler (3 ea).
Combined Italian Pursuit: Winner Team 1 (Michael Langdon, John Paul De Sousa, Graeme O’Neill, Ben Robey, Ross Scutts, Tony Beasley, Domenic Rideaux).

Season Point Score Update:
Hamish Anderson (108), Michael Langdon (105), Paul Kennedy (90), Tony Beasley (86), John Paul DeSousa (76), Ross Scutts (75), Phil Anderson (70), Phil Coulton (67), Steve Hirsler (64).

 

Graeme O'Neill

 

Old Federal Highway – 19th November

A perfect day for racing saw over 50 riders turn out for a short three laps at Old Federal Highway. There were a few new faces, some returning faces and the usual suspects hiding in the bunches. A Grade welcomed their visitor by letting him ride both at the front and at the back of the bunch (the latter being at the end of the race). Grades stayed mostly together for the race. Even when Bruce Jones pulled out with a mechanical, Bernie (may have) followed in sympathy.

So, with a sad thought to ACDC guitarist Malcom Young’s passing … Thanks to: Rob Mackey for driving (while possibly listening to Highway to Hell?); Graham Hendrie who drove the van home to get lunch (It’s a long way to the shop to get a sausage roll?); Dave Dickson who wore a mostly black cycling outfit (maybe he’ll be coming Back in Black?); and particular thanks to Ben Davis for driving out at the last minute to guarantee we had enough marshals, while not wanting to be paid for driving duties (talk about Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap!).

 

Ian McVay
Race Referee

 



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z11.2 November 13 Bleat

posted 12 Nov 2017, 23:05 by Administrator Actvcc   [ updated 13 Nov 2017, 12:13 ]

Hello Vets,

In the Bleat this week;

•  SportsMed Course

•  From the Desk of the Handicapper

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

•  Racing this Week

•  Race Reports

 

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

 

Ian Morton

SportsMed Course

There is a Sports Med training course on 18th & 19th November, 8:30am-5:00pm, $285. Here’s the link: https://sma.jobreadyrto.com.au/terminal/online_book_course/12238.

The club will pay the fee, in return for which qualified members will be expected to be available in a non-racing capacity on the rare occasion that Sports Med can’t provide a trainer.

 

Ian McVay
imcvay@grapevine.com.au

 

From the desk of the handicapper

This week's Promotions;
- Dave Roberts B to A
- Rainer Wilton B to A
- Wayne Benham D to C

 

Rob Langridge

 

Call for ATC’s for last road races in 2017

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, 14th November: Stromlo Criterium

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

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

Marshal:  Sean Fleming

 

Wednesday, 15th November: Track Racing

The Program for Wednesday is as follows:
5.30pm – 6.00pm: Warm-up and free practice;
6.00pm – 6.20pm: 8-lap graded scratch race;
6.20pm – 6.50pm: 200m Fly TT;
6.50pm – 7.10pm: 10 Lap Snowball;
7.10pm – 7.30pm: Italian Pursuit.

 

Sunday, 19th November: Old Federal Highway Graded Scratch

Where: Park in the "Gravel Pit" Old Federal Highway - Shingle Hill Way.
When: 9:00 am.
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number.
Race Description:
Shingle Hill Way - Lake George 2 Laps.

Race Director: tba Contact: Email: tba    Ph  tba

Marshals: Radi Kovacevic, Dale Dummett, Robert Mackey, David Dickson, Andrew McRae.

 

Upcoming Marshall Roster

The nominated marshals for upcoming events are;
Date: Event - Marshals
21-11-2017: Stromlo FP - Brendan Lakey
26-11-2017: Dairy Road - Rico Fitch
28-11-2017: Stromlo FP - Peter Kitchen
3-12-2017: Cotter/Mt MacDonald - Michael Fawke
5-12-2017: Stromlo FP - Terence Merrigan
10-12-2017: Dairy Road - David Dickson
12-12-2017: Stromlo FP - Duane Toohey
17-12-2017: Dairy Road - Matthew Haddock
19-12-2017: Stromlo FP - Ben Davis

 

RACE REPORT:

Stromlo – 7th November

A grade

Robin Mules, only 2 days since his 255km epic, shot out the gate and put in a sizable gap into the bunch for a while. For the next 15 or so minutes there were a number of flurries from the usual protagonists, but nothing stuck. With a few laps to go Mr Smoothie Andrew Chamberlain slid off the front and maintained a huge gap with only half a lap remaining. Ben Morrison did the unsprinter-like act and actually chased him down himself. In the home straight Andrew's effortless pedalling was replaced with standard vets clunkiness and he was mowed down by Ben just before the line but held off Paul Connor who got third.

B grade

B grade has had more successful breakaways this season than in the past 5 combined. After Nick Boylan and Mark Taylor had finished their usual opening lap display, it was once again, and for the last time (I might add), the Dave Roberts and Rainer Wilton show, but on this occasion visitor Dave Coyles came along for the ride and the B grade policemen were powerless to stop it. Such was their pace that they were close to lapping the field so I was dying to red flag the rest of the bunch but we ran out of time. In the charge for the line, Dave R won the sprint from Rainer and David C.

C grade

Master tactician Allan Bontjer set this one up with an early attack and the composition of the group changed a few times until settling with Ian I-don't-try-on-the-last-lap Preston, young Tim Brown and Michael Hanbury. A breakaway in C grade is a rare thing and the bunch kept splitting up and was in chaos as a result. On the back straight for the last time, Tim used the A grade vortex to get ahead of the others and then maintained the gap until the finish with Allan and Ian following.

D grade

Such was the pace of this race that Ben Davis was spotted early on chatting with one hand on his hip. As far as I could tell nothing happened until the last lap. Wayne Benham crossed the line first followed by Dan Grillo and Sean I-can-chat-and-race Fleming.

E grade

Despite the gloom and spitting rain, E grade provided plenty of action. There were numerous attacks, the first involving Tess McLachlan, Angie Wren, Phil Anderson and Frank O'Sullivan. The rest of the bunch waited behind Elton and Lindy on the tandem hoping it would close the narrow gap but it didn't so single riders started to cross by themselves. A new break was also formed with Des Brown, John Ignatius and others but it didn't last. On the final back straight Tess gapped the bunch but was mowed down by Michael Brice with the finish line beckoning. Visitor David O'Keefe got third.

F grade

This was shaping up to be a two-man slug-fest, but instead Tim Gavel and David Witteveen politely swapped turns until Tim got a slight gap in the home straight. It was getting dark, however, and Tm was dressed in black so David may have a different story.

G grade

Bernie was nowhere to be seen so let's hope he had his money on Melbourne Cup winner Rekindling and was still celebrating.

 

Robert Langridge

 

Narrabundah Track Racing – 8th November

The fifth Track Racing session for 2016-17 attracted another good roll up of 18 riders. The evening was perfect for racing, warm, sunny and with just a slight breeze that moved around directionally over the evening.

The 8-lap A grade scratch race unfolded to a conventional script. With Mark Harris and Michael Langdon in the bunch, there was no one up for an early attack. The pace was solid and held the pack together for the first six laps, with no riders dropped. As lap 7 commenced, Mark Harris hauled off the front, pursued by Michael Langdon, Paul Kennedy, Hamish Anderson and John Paul De Sousa. There was no catching Mark, who won comfortably. Michael Langdon and Paul Kennedy took second and third in that order. Hamish Anderson showed his potential by taking fourth, one up from last week.

The 8-Lap B grade scratch race started at an easy pace. However, the pace lifted incrementally as the laps ticked by, until one rider was dropped on lap 6. The remaining pack was together approaching the bell lap. The race transitioned to a classic lead out and bunch sprint from which Phil Anderson emerged victorious over Tony Beasley and Ross Scutts. It was a good tactical win by Phil.

The next event was a 2-Lap time trial from a standing start at the railing. There was a little apprehension, as 2 laps provide the perfect distance for a real gut busting effort. The times were quite interesting with A grade all under 60 seconds and B grade mostly over 60s except for sub-minute times by the two (unrelated) Andersons, Hamish and Phil. Michael Langdon set the best time at 51.06 seconds, closely followed by Paul Kennedy in 52.69 seconds. Ed Garnett showed his recent good form by setting the third best A grade time at 53.01 seconds. In B grade, Hamish Anderson set a great winning time of 53.70 seconds. He was followed by Phil Anderson in 59.64 seconds, then Tony Beasley in 60.61 seconds.

The track session closed with the usual all-in, Italian pursuit. This race had a large field with nine riders on each team. The teams generally executed rider changes quite well. However, Team 2 gained an advantage by mid race and could not be hauled in. The anchor riders Michael Langdon, Paul Kennedy (Team 2), Ed Garnett and Mark Harris (Team 1) had quite a torrid time with a long, fast contest. Congratulation to team 2 for a hard fought win.

Major place getters were as follows:
8-Lap Scratch: (A Grade): Mark Harris, Michael Langdon, Paul Kennedy (B Grade) Phil Anderson, Tony Beasley, Ross Scutts.

2-Lap SS Time Trial: (A Grade): Michael Langdon (51.06s), Paul Kennedy (52.69s), Ed Garnett (53.01s) (B Grade) Hamish Anderson (53.70s), Phil Anderson (59.64s), Tony Beasley (60.61s)
Combined Italian Pursuit: Winner Team 2 (Michael Langdon, John Paul De Sousa, Paul Kennedy, Graeme O'Neill, Ross Scutts, Hamish Anderson, Andrew Peel, David McCook, Phil Anderson).

Season Point Score Update:
Hamish Anderson (91), Michael Langdon (81), Paul Kennedy (73), Phil Anderson (70), John Paul DeSousa (66), Tony Beasley (64), Ross Scutts (62), Ed Garnett (57), Phil Coulton (54).

 

Graeme O'Neill

 

Uriarra – 12th November

Under grey skies with a slight north-westerly wind, 35 riders and a few million flies congregated at the Uriarra Homestead for the first road race of the Summer Season. Uriarra always throws up a few challenges with swooping magpies, aggressive 4wd drivers often par for the course. However on this morning we had a rogue sheep and a newly surfaced road to contend with. The race was conducted over 2 laps for all grades with the turn points at Condor creek and the top of Uriarra crossing.

A Grade/B Grade

With CCC holding their TT club champs on at the same time, A grade only produced 3 riders. So a quick vote was held on the line and they decided to join in with the B grade field of 10 riders. After 1 lap, the A’s had dropped a few of the B’s but there was still a good handful of B’s hanging in hoping to make it up and over the final climbs with the speedy A’s. Coming past the judges with ½ lap to go, Peter Marshall had obviously attacked somewhere in the mountains to hold a slight 300 mtr lead over the chase group. Would he hold on to the end or get caught was the big question? Coming into the finish line sight he was still alone and maintained roughly the same distance over the latter half of the lap to win in the fastest time of the day 1:20:41. The sprint was a mixed affair with A and B graders thrashing it out. Marc Vroomans sprinted home for 2nd place in A with Brad Peppinck only 3 seconds behind in 3rd. In B grade Wayne Spratford was 3rd overall, and 1st in B grade in a close wprint from Rohan Verco just 1 sec behind and Rainer Wilton only 7 seconds behind in 3rd.

C Grade

9 riders to begin with only 1 DNF during the race. With some very strong riders in this grade, it’s always hard to pick who will be in prime condition on the day. Often strong crit riders in B will drop back into C road races, but with a course like Uriarra, it doesn’t guarantee them an easy ride. Ian Preston shows why he loves these types of races with strong attacks early on breaking up the field. A select group of 4 riders cleared out over the 2nd lap. With half a lap to go, it was anyone’s race and resulted in a sprint finish. On the line Ian Preston took a narrow win of 1 sec over Ian McVay in 2nd and Ben Healy another 1sec behind in 3rd.

D Grade

5 riders began the journey with only 1 DNF. Even though all the riders are graded D for road, the diversity in this group is obvious when you look at the crit grades and you have B right through to E grades represented. Anything can happen in this grade and it did early on with a select group jumping off the front and punishing Bryan Holloway who is coming back from a chest infection. The 3 riders of Brian Chugg, Des Brown and Steven Simms were all in contention over the final lap and it came down to Brian and Des battling it out right to the line. Brian Chugg took line honours just ahead of Des brown only 1 sec behind with Steve Simms rounding out 3rd place.

E Grade

5 riders started in E and this was a very closely fought race with 4 making a break on the 1st lap. Sue Powell, Alex Sommariva, John Ignatius and Kirsti McVay all traded places throughout the race and none were giving the others an inch over the tough 47km course. And it came down to a race of inches in the end with Sue Powell outsprinting the others to take a fine win ahead of Alex Sommariva and John Ignatius. Great to see all that track sprint work pay off in a road event Sue!

F Grade

Tim Gavel had the enviable task of marking the tandem of John Barlow and Tony Beasley in F Grade. The rule with tandems is generally what goes up generally comes down 10x quicker and by the 1st lap, Tim could not hang onto the tandem freight train. The tandem continued to push hard over the course and finished very well in a time of 1:46:51.

I’d like to thank the following people who gave up a few hours of their Sunday morning to help out:

  • Doug Widdup who controlled the turn point at Condor Creek
  • Frank Sullivan who controlled with turn point at Uriarra Crossing
  • Bob Kent for the T intersection and finish line traffic management
  • Sue Duckett for finish line duties
  • Paul Robey our sports med genius who ensured all riders made it back safely
  • Graham Hendrie who never lets us down with the van duties and the very popular coffee/tea/bikkie setup at the end of the race.

 

Ben Davis
Race Referee

z11.1 November 6 Bleat

posted 5 Nov 2017, 16:35 by Administrator Actvcc   [ updated 6 Nov 2017, 02:40 ]

 

Hello Vets,

In the Bleat this week;

•  SportsMed Course

•  From the Desk of the Handicapper

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

•  Racing this Week

•  Race Reports

 

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

 

Ian Morton

SportsMed Course

There is a Sports Med training course on 18th & 19th November, 8:30am-5:00pm, $285. Here’s the link: https://sma.jobreadyrto.com.au/terminal/online_book_course/12238.

The club will pay the fee, in return for which qualified members will be expected to be available in a non-racing capacity on the rare occasion that Sports Med can’t provide a trainer.

 

Ian McVay
imcvay@grapevine.com.au

 

From the desk of the handicapper

Quite a few members completed in one of the Fitz's races on the Sunday before last. With the popularity of gran fondos rising, the classic 160km distance now attracts nearly 400 riders. Special mentions go to Robin Mules who completed the 255km Epic to finish 3rd in 8:41, Ross Scutts who did the same distance but was on the road for nearly 13 hours (Truly epic!) and Bernie Crowe who finished 19th in the 50km race. See the full results here.

On Saturday the ACT hill climb champs were held at Mt Majura. According to the results, Steve Crispin rode even faster than those in the elite and U23 category! Well done Steve.

This week's Promotions;
- Anthony Evans C to B
- David Rae C to B

 

Rob Langridge

 

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, 7th November: 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 38m+2, C 33m+2
B/D 6:35 B 38m+2, D 33m+2
E/F/G 7:15 25m+2

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

Marshal:  Heath Chester

 

Wednesday, 8th November: Track Racing

The Program for Wednesday is as follows:
5.30pm – 6.00pm: Warm-up and free practice;
6.00pm – 6.20pm: 8-lap graded scratch race;
6.20pm – 6.50pm: 2-Lap SS Time Trial;
6.50pm – 7.10pm: Italian Pursuit.

 

Sunday, 12th November: Uriarra Homestead Graded Scratch

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

Where: Uriarra Homestead, Uriarra Rd and Brindabella Rd intersection.
When: 9:00 am.
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number.
Race Description:
Start at Uriarra Homestead riding towards Condor Creek turn point, return to the top of the crossing turn point and back to the start. All grades complete two laps approx. 47 km.

Race Director: tba Contact: Email: tba    Ph  tba

Marshals: Sue Duckett, John Hermes.

 

Upcoming Marshall Roster

The nominated marshals for upcoming events are;
Date: Event - Marshals
14-11-2017: Stromlo FP - Andrew McRae
19-11-2017: Old Fededral Highway - Don De Smet, Sean Fleming, Radi Kovacevic, Dale Dummett, Robert Mackey
21-11-2017: Stromlo FP - Brendan Lakey
26-11-2017: Dairy Road - Rico Fitch
28-11-2017: Stromlo FP - Peter Kitchen
3-12-2017: Cotter/Mt MacDonald - Michael Fawke
5-12-2017: Stromlo FP - Terence Merrigan
10-12-2017: Dairy Road - David Dickson
12-12-2017: Stromlo FP - Duane Toohey
17-12-2017: Dairy Road - Matthew Haddock
19-12-2017: Stromlo FP - Ben Davis

 

RACE REPORT:

Narrabundah Track Racing – 1st November

The fourth Track Racing session for 2017-18 attracted a good roll up of 20 riders. The evening was warm with a breeze creating a headwind in the back straight. The wind moderated early in the racing session providing perfect conditions for racing.

The 8-lap A grade scratch had lots of action. Dougal Torrance shot out of the blocks to take the lead for the initial laps with Paul Kennedy and Craig Kentwell in pursuit. Craig and Dougal backed off on lap 2 forcing Paul to back off on the following lap or burn out on the front. Michael Langdon attacked on lap 4 and Paul Kennedy again pursued. This attack soon petered out. On lap 6, the tandem pilots Kerry Knowler and Lindy Hou tried their luck, but could not make a decisive move. Then a lap later, Michael Langdon put in the decisive attack pursued by Ben Robey, Ed Garnett Hamish Anderson and a trailing bunch. Michael crossed the line first, followed by Ben Robey. Paul Kennedy emerged from the following bunch to take third place. Hamish Anderson did well to take fifth place in his first tryout with A grade.

The 8-Lap B grade scratch race progressed with the bunch setting a solid pace. The pack dropped a trailing rider mid race and riders began to jockey for position as the final laps approached. Phil Anderson attacked early in a great move that saw him establish a decisive lead. Tony Beasley, Steve Hirsler, Ross Scutts and Sue Powell pursued in earnest, but could not close the gap until the last 200 metres when Tony Beasley drew almost level with Phil. Phil kept on the power to just hold out Tony, with Steve Hirsler in third place.

The next event was a 4-lap handicap. The format for these races was changed to two heats each with a mixture of A and B grade riders. This gave a greater spread in handicap than the alternative graded handicap. Most riders thought the change provided more interesting and uncertain racing. In both handicap heats the back markers pursued relentlessly. However, in Heat 2 the tandem pilots Kerry Knowler and Lindy Hou set a torrid pace from a mid mark to hold out Paul Kennedy and Hamish Anderson who dead heated for second place. In Heat 1, Michael Langdon overcame the bunch from the scratch mark. Steve Dean and Ed Garnett took second and third respectively in this heat.

The handicap event was followed by a graded, 6-lap Win & Out event. In this event, the lead rider on each successive lap drops out of the race. Placing corresponds to the order of drop-out. Most riders in this event succeeded via an early attack. In A grade, the finishing order was Michael Langdon, Ed Garnett, Ben Robey. In B grade, the order was Hamish Anderson, Steve Hirsler, Sue Powell.

The track session closed with the usual all-in, Italian pursuit. The seven riders on each team generally executed rider changes quite well. However, Team 2 had a slight hiccup with a small gap opening mid race. This was enough to concede the victory to Team 1. Ed Garnett put in a desperate lap to launch Paul Kennedy into the final lap for Team 2. However, Team 1 had John Paul De Sousa and Michael Langdon and they conceded no ground in giving Team 1 the win.

Major place getters were as follows:
8-Lap Scratch: (A Grade): Michael Langdon, Ben Robey, Paul Kennedy (B Grade) Phil Anderson, Tony Beasley, Steve Hirsler.
4-Lap Handicap: (Heat 1): Michael Langdon, Steve Dean, Ed Garnett (Heat 2) Kerry Knowler & Lindy Hou, Hamish Anderson, Paul Kennedy.
6-Lap Miss & Out: (A Grade): Michael Langdon, Ed Garnett, Ben Robey (B Grade) Hamish Anderson, Steve Hirsler,.Sue Powell.
Combined Italian Pursuit: Winner Team 1 (Michael Langdon, John Paul De Sousa, Craig Kentwell, Graeme O'Neill, Ross Scutts, Hamish Anderson, Phil Anderson).

Season Point Score Update:
Hamish Anderson (74), Michael Langdon (62), Paul Kennedy (56), John Paul DeSousa (53), Phil Anderson (51), Tony Beasley (49), Ross Scutts (47), Steve Hirsler (47), Ed Garnett (46).

 

Graeme O'Neill

z10.5 October 30 Bleat

posted 30 Oct 2017, 13:48 by Administrator Actvcc   [ updated 30 Oct 2017, 13:48 ]

Hello Vets,

In the Bleat this week;

•  SportsMed Course

•  From the Desk of the Handicapper

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

•  Racing this Week

•  Race Reports

 

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

 

Ian Morton

SportsMed Course

There is a Sports Med training course on 18th & 19th November, 8:30am-5:00pm, $285. Here’s the link: https://sma.jobreadyrto.com.au/terminal/online_book_course/12238.

The club will pay the fee, in return for which qualified members will be expected to be available in a non-racing capacity on the rare occasion that Sports Med can’t provide a trainer.

 

Ian McVay
imcvay@grapevine.com.au

 

From the desk of the handicapper

Results for the Masters' Road Championships can be found here http://liveresults.cycling.org.au/2017/NMRC/

It was mixed fortunes for the Vets who gathered on the Gold Coast over the weekend. Lyn Vasudeva and Belinda Chamberlain won medals. Owain Tilley and Brendan Byatt had good results in the TT. Bruce Goodspeed finished strongly in both the crit and RR, but spare a thought for Mark Taylor who was up against former pro world champion Danny Clarke. In the hot and windy RR, Clarke soloed to victory in a time faster than the age group 10 years younger than him! See Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/ACTVets/ for details how the champs ended for Roger Northcote and me. Bruce's last recollection of me in the crit was 'I saw you out of the corner of my eye sliding on your back heading for a pole.'. Wishing Roger a speedy recovery.

This week's Promotions;
- Karl Heys B to A
- Lewis Cressy B to A
- James Curran C to B
- Allan Bontjer D to C
- Mark Fairweather D to C

 

Rob Langridge

 

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, 31st 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 35m+2, D 30m+2
E/F/G 6:25 22 min + 2 laps
A/C 6:55 A 35m+2, C 30m+2

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

Marshal:  Christophe Barberet

 

Upcoming Marshall Roster

The nominated marshals for upcoming events are;
Date: Event - Marshals
7-11-2017: Stromlo FP - Heath Chester
12-11-2017: Uriarra - Sue Duckett, John Hermes
14-11-2017: Stromlo FP - Andrew McRae
19-11-2017: Old Fededral Highway - Don De Smet, Sean Fleming, Radi Kovacevic, Dale Dummett, Robert Mackey
21-11-2017: Stromlo FP - Brendan Lakey
26-11-2017: Dairy Road - Rico Fitch
28-11-2017: Stromlo FP - Peter Kitchen
3-12-2017: Cotter/Mt MacDonald - Michael Fawke
5-12-2017: Stromlo FP - Terence Merrigan
10-12-2017: Dairy Road - David Dickson
12-12-2017: Stromlo FP - Duane Toohey
17-12-2017: Dairy Road - Matthew Haddock
19-12-2017: Stromlo FP - Ben Davis

 

Wednesday, 1st November: Track Racing

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

 

RACE REPORT:

Narrabundah Track Racing – 25th October

The weather did not look promising for the third Track Racing session for the 2017-18 season. There was a heavy overcast and a stiff head wind directed into the back straight. Possibly for that reason, the attendance was slightly down, with 16 riders equally split between A and B grades. Despite the overcast, the rain held off until after the session. The wind moderated and conditions for racing were quite good.

The 8-lap A grade scratch race proceeded with the bunch circulating at pace for 4 laps before Michael Langdon attacked. Michael gained a small gap. However, John Paul De Sousa, Paul Kennedy, Jim Davey and Ed Garnett chased hard and soon had Michael’s wheel. As the laps ticked off, the lead bunch was joined by Alec Millett. This bunch circulated rapidly for a few further laps. With the bunch barrelling into the bell lap, Michael Langdon attacked again. Unfortunately, he soon had Alec Millett and Paul Kennedy in tow and looking dangerous. Michael managed to hold off Paul Kennedy. However, Alec Millett rounded Michael in the final sprint for a close win.

The B Grade scratch race started easy. The pace quickened by lap 3 and stayed solid over the remaining laps. The bunch remained consolidated with a single rider dropped around lap 5. As the bell lap started, Tony Beasley attacked with Hamish Anderson, Steve Hirsler and Ross Scutts taking up the challenge. Hamish Anderson was too strong in the final sprint, rounding Tony Beasley for the win. Tony managed to just hold out a fast finishing Steve Hirsler.

The evening’s second event was a 20-lap points race. This is a very tough event with several intermediate sprints and a final sprint for accumulating points. To make things interesting, lapped risers were allowed to participate in the following sprints provided they dropped on to the leaders early enough. In A grade, Alec Millett, Ed Garnett, Michael Langdon, Paul Kennedy and John Paul De Sousa competed for the first sprint with the result in that order. After the first sprint the bunch fractured. The second sprint was taken by Michael Langdon from John Paul De Sousa and Kerry Knowler / Lindy Hou piloting a tandem. Ed Garnett was lapped but managed to regain the bunch for the final two sprints. The pace stayed solid with Michael Langdon, Ed Garnett and the tandem pairing finishing the penultimate and final sprints in that order. Overall, the race provided a dominant performance by Michael Langdon, clever tactics by Ed Garnett and pure guts by the tandem pilots (Kerry Knowler / Lindy Hou) to stay in contention for the whole race.

The B grade points race was dominated by Hamish Anderson Tony Beasley and Steve Hirsler who finished all the intermediate sprints in that order. Ross Scutts showed good tactics to launch an early attack and upset for a third placing in the final sprint. However, Hamish and Tony again had the first two places in that order. Hamish Anderson looked strong throughout the event. Congratulations also to Tony Beasley for keeping Hamish honest with a never say die performance.

The track session closed with the usual all-in, Italian pursuit. With 7 riders on each team, this was going to be an enjoyable, competitive and tough event, especially for the limit riders. Team 1 made a good start with Graeme O’Neill and Steve Hirsler leading out. From this point, both teams put in faultless changes. However, Team 1 gained an increasing lead throughout the race. By the time Team 2 was down to their final riders, the situation was near hopeless. Michael Langdon, John Paul De Sousa and Ed Garnett closed out a solid win for Team 1.

Major place getters were as follows:
8-Lap Scratch: (A Grade): Alec Millett, Michael Langdon, Paul Kennedy (B Grade) Hamish Anderson, Tony Beasley, Steve Hirsler.
20 Lap Points Race: (A Grade): Michael Langdon (23), Ed Garnett (16), Kerry Knowler / Lindy Hou (12) (B Grade) Hamish Anderson (20), Tony Beasley (16), Steve Hirsler (8).
Combined Italian Pursuit: Winner Team 1 (Steve Hirsler, Graeme O’Neill, John Paul De Sousa, Hamish Anderson, Ed Garnett, Ross Scutts, Michael Langdon).

Season Point Score Update:
Hamish Anderson (54), Paul Kennedy (40), John Paul DeSousa (39), Tony Beasley (38), Michael Langdon (37), Phil Anderson (36), Phil Coulton (35), Ross Scutts (34), Alec Millett (34).

 

Graeme O'Neill

 

z10.4 October 23 Bleat

posted 23 Oct 2017, 01:28 by Administrator Actvcc   [ updated 23 Oct 2017, 01:28 ]

 

Hello Vets,

In the Bleat this week;

•  From the Desk of the Handicapper

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

•  Racing this Week

•  Race Reports

 

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

 

Ian Morton

From the desk of the handicapper

The vets are getting younger! There were some impressive performances last Tuesday with some "younger" riders giving the old stagers a hard time across the grades. The exceptions being Mark Harris who joined a large breakaway group disposed of a few on the way and won the sprint in A, and James Curran who's on the cusp of B grade after his C grade win. There was a strong breakaway in B grade, and it won't be long before Karl Heys, Rainer Wilton and David Roberts will be up in A, while a skillful application of the brakes in the home straight will keep Simon Junokovic flying under the radar for a little longer. Tim Brown backed up his Gunning win with a strong burst up the finish straight to claim victory in D grade. Gregg Larcombe won on début in E so he's straight up to D. Sue Duckett, with her family cheering her on, won F, but the F to E chasm is a large one so we'll see how things pan out this Tuesday with regards to promotions.

This week's Promotions;
- Gregg Larcombe E to D

 

Rob Langridge

 

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, 24th 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:
E/F/G 5:50 20 min + 2 laps
A/C 6:15 A 30m+2, C 25m+2
B/D 6:50 B 30m+2, D 25m+2

Race Director:  tba
Contact: Email: tba    Ph  tba

 

Upcoming Marshall Roster

The nominated marshals for upcoming events are;
Date: Event - Marshals
10-10-2017: Stromlo FP - Simon Johnston
17-10-2017: Stromlo FP - Liz Lowe
24-10-2017: Stromlo FP - Simon Milnes
31-10-2017: Stromlo FP - Christophe Barberet
7-11-2017: Stromlo FP - Heath Chester
12-11-2017: Uriarra - Sue Duckett, John Hermes
14-11-2017: Stromlo FP - Andrew McRae
19-11-2017: Old Fededral Highway - Don De Smet, Sean Fleming, Radi Kovacevic, Dale Dummett, Robert Mackey
21-11-2017: Stromlo FP - Brendan Lakey
26-11-2017: Dairy Road - Rico Fitch
28-11-2017: Stromlo FP - Peter Kitchen
3-12-2017: Cotter/Mt MacDonald - Michael Fawke
5-12-2017: Stromlo FP - Terence Merrigan
10-12-2017: Dairy Road - David Dickson
12-12-2017: Stromlo FP - Duane Toohey
17-12-2017: Dairy Road - Matthew Haddock
19-12-2017: Stromlo FP - Andrew Hislop

 

Wednesday, 25th 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: 20-lap Graded Points Race;
7.00pm – 7.10pm: Italian Pursuit.

 

RACE REPORTS:

Stromlo – 17th October

A Grade

First up was a big field of 24 A graders and it was on from the word go with a group of 5 breaking away after 2 laps. 3 riders were chasing with the bunch behind them splitting up early. The break developed into a very strong group of 10 riders with the lead building on each lap. The hot pace set by the break started to take it’s toll with a few riders dropping off leaving 7 riders with 9 mins to go. Even our club Prez Dougal was popped out the back going up the rise. It only took a few seconds and all of a sudden he was being joined by the remnants of the chasing bunch such was the ferocity of the race. With 1 lap to go, the lead group were playing strategy knowing that they weren’t going to get caught. Ever the master in the sprint, Mark Harris and Aaron Thomson couldn’t be split on the line and we had to refer to our line camera technology to judge the winner with Mark Harris winning by a 700c tyre. Aaron Thomson 2nd with Paul Scherl just behind in 3rd.

ACT Veterans Cycling Club

B Grade

Another big grade with 23 riders at the start line. Conditions were perfect on the night for a break, however on the night B grade decided to ride as a group with very little movement in terms of attacks. With 7 mins to go, things started to heat up with 5 riders establishing a 100 mtr break. However, holding off a large field was always going to be hard and as the laps whittled down they were consumed back into the field. A final lap frenzy resulted with riders dropping like flies as they led out their sprint riders. Karl Heys was able to find the perfect sit and emerged the winner. Currently graded C, he might see a more permanent move to B soon. David Roberts was 2nd with Rainer Wilton rounding out 3rd place.

C Grade

Only 11 riders in C grade with several testing their mettle up in B grade. Ian Preston and Michael hanbury kicked things off early with a small attack which lasted a few laps. But with 13 mins to go, they were reeled back into the fold. It stayed this way for the remainder of the race and the result was on par for the night with a bunch sprint. James Curran rode brilliantly and showed a clean pair of sprinting heels to win the sprint rather easily ahead of Luke Healy riding only his 2nd race and probably still finding his right grade with Jason McAvoy in 3rd. Ben Robey must have got his brakes confused with his gears as he went from 3rd place to 10th with 5 metres to go.

D Grade

Another big field with 24 riders. With 23 in B grade, we had 47 riders on the track at once and the passing moves by the grades were very clean. Paul Kennedy was the aggressor in D with an attack early on. But like many of the other races on the night it was going to prove difficult to hold off a large marauding field for any length of time and they came together for a sprint finish. Tim Brown who is new to the club made it 2 weeks in a row by winning ahead of another new rider Tim Green with Sean Fleming in 3rd place.

E Grade

In the dwindling light a field of 11 riders got underway. The pace was up and down often controlled by the old wily’s of the grade who knew when to surge to drop a few riders off the back. With 8 mins to go there was a select few riders together with the tandem staying in contact. On the final lap, the tandem turbo power started to kick in down the back straight, but the riders were onto the back quicker than flies to a BBQ. Emerging in the sprint straight was several riders who came out of the shadows to setup a thrilling finish. Gregg Larcombe claimed the honors on the night just ahead of Phil Coulton and Mick Donaldson.

F Grade

5 riders rolled away and a group of 4 formed soon after to ride strongly over the shortened down to 18 min race due to the late start and light. Sue Duckett took the sprint win ahead of Susan Frost and Ian Lake in 3rd place.

G Grade

Bernie stuck with F grade for a fair chunk of the race and when it was time to roll off the back he did so very gracefully and rode a solo ride to the end.

Thanks to the helpers on the night. Kirsti helping to sign-on all the new riders we have turning up. Mark Taylor for getting the alarm combo right this week in opening up and closing. Dougal for covering marshal duties after his race and Simon our Sports Med who wasn’t bothered on the night with no accidents or injuries to report of.

 

Ben Davis
Race Referee

 

Narrabundah Track Racing – 18th October

The second Track Racing session for the 2017-18 season attracted twenty-three riders, an encouraging start to the season. It was good to see Lindy Hou and Dave Mullens return to track after a season off. Lindy was partnered on a track tandem by Kerry Knowler. They will likely be an aggressive combination.

The weather was again balmy with a modest headwind in the back straight. As usual, the wind moderated as racing progressed. The bad news was that our normal first aider, Simon Whitehead, had a bike accident earlier in the day and sustained several fractures. The trackies all wish Simon a speedy recovery. Fortunately, with the recent push to have more qualified first aiders in the club, we had several suitably qualified riders to cover for Simon’s absence.

The 9-lap A grade scratch race was intriguing. Dougal Torrance attacked from the start and soon had the field splitting into small groups splayed all over the track. John Paul DeSousa kept up a steady pursuit with the second bunch and by the end of Lap 3 had consolidated half the field at the front. Martin Graham attacked from this bunch around Lap 4. However, no one gave up and the field slowly converged. Dougal Torrance had a drama on lap 5 with a chain breakage. Fortunately, Dougal stayed upright and was able to pull out of the bunch without too much obstruction. The drama continued with another attack by Paul Kennedy. However, this attack was marked by Alec Millett, Michael Langdon and Jim Davey. It was no sooner shut down, when Michael Langdon launched into the bell lap. Michael immediately pulled a gap with a following bunch in hot pursuit. Michael proved too strong for the field, holding on for a win from Dave Mullens and Martin Graham in second and third respectively.

The B Grade scratch race was a much tidier affair. However, the pace was on from the start with the first rider spat out after only 3 laps. Riders hung on determinedly and began to jockey for position as the bell lap approached. When the bell lap commenced, Phil Anderson attacked and looked a good prospect for more than half a lap. However, Steve Hirsler and Hamish Anderson were hunting in Phil’s slipstream. They pounced in the final quarter lap with Hamish Anderson rounding all riders for a win and Steve Hirsler scorching in for second. Phil Anderson held on for a well deserved third place.

The evening’s second event was a 1-lap time trial from a standing start. This event requires maximal initial acceleration for the best time. Michael Langdon showed great form with easily the best A grade time of 26.81 seconds. He bettered last year’s time by 0.4 seconds. The next best A grade times were 28.45 seconds for Paul Kennedy and 28.85 seconds for Alec Millett. The A grade times were all quite competitive with Jim Davey and John Paul DeSousa at 28.87 and all of the A grade below 32 seconds. For B Grade, the time spread was out to 33 seconds. However, Hamish Anderson’s time of 28.02 seconds would have seen him place second in A grade. The next best times for B grade were a creditable 29.47 seconds for Aaron Rockey and 29.48 seconds for Steve Hirsler.

The track session closed with an all-in, Italian pursuit. This was an interesting affair with 9 riders per team. Unfortunately, Team 1 seemed to make an error in ordering their riders as the team split twice during the event. Initially Steve Hirsler spent a few laps in the wind with little ill effect on the team’s position. In the latter part of the race, Hamish Anderson was exposed to the wind for nearly four laps after a split. Hamish struggled mightily to hold pace. However, by the time that anchor rider, Michael Langdon, took over, Team 2 had an unbeatable advantage. Team 2 rode well and remained a tight bunch throughout the event to take a well deserved win.

Major place getters were as follows:
9-Lap Scratch: (A Grade) Michael Langdon; Dave Mullens, Martin Graham (B Grade) Hamish Anderson, Steve Hirsler, Phil Anderson.
1-Lap SS Time Trial: (A Grade) Michael Langdon (26.81s), Paul Kennedy (28.45s), Alec Millett (28.85s); (B Grade) Hamish Anderson (28.02s), Aaron Rockey (29.47s), Steve Hirsler (29.48s).
Combined Italian Pursuit: Winner Team 2 (Jim Davey, John Paul De Sousa, Paul Kennedy, Martin Graham, Nick Boylan, Dan Gamper, Phil Coulton, Phil Anderson, Tony Beasley).

Season Point Score Update:
Hamish Anderson (34), Paul Kennedy (29), Phil Anderson (27), Phil Coulton (26), John Paul DeSousa (25), Tony Beasley (22), Jim Davey (22), Sue Powell (21), Dan Gamper (21).

 

Graeme O'Neill

 

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