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8.3 August 21 Bleat

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

Hello Vets,

In the Bleat this week;

•  Pedal Power - Traffic Controller Course

•  From the desk of the Handicapper

•  Racing this Week

•  Race Report

 

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

 

Ian Morton

Pedal Power - Traffic Controller Course

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

The Traffic Controller training that is provided meets the NSW and the ACT requirements and provides the appropriate qualification to allow a registered person to control traffic at cycling (and other) events.

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

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

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

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

Any problems or concerns please let me know.

Kindest Regard,

 

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

 

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

 

Dougal Torrance
President, ACT Veterans Cycling

From the desk of the Handicapper

Gradings this week;

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

 

Vets out and about

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

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

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

 

Rob Langridge

 

RACING THIS WEEK:

Saturday, 26th August: Dairy Flat Road Criterium

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

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

Race Director: tba Contact: Email: tba    Ph  tba

Marshals: Wayne Shippley

Upcoming Marshall Roster

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

 

RACE REPORTS:

Old Federal Highway – 19th August

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

A Grade

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

B Grade

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

C Grade

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

D Grade

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

E Grade

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

F Grade

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

 

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

 

Ben Davis
Race Referee

 

8.2 August 14 Bleat

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


Hello Vets,

In the Bleat this week;

•  From the desk of the Handicapper

•  Racing this Week

•  Race Report

 

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

 

Ian Morton

From the desk of the Handicapper

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

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

 

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

 

Rob Langridge

RACING THIS WEEK:

Saturday, 19th August: Old Federal Highway Graded Scratch

NOTE: This race is still subject to Race Approvals.

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

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

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

Upcoming Marshall Roster

The nominated marshals for upcoming events are;

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

 

RACE REPORTS:

Lookout Hill Time Trial – 12th August

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Winners

ACT Veterans Cycling Club

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

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

ACT Veterans Cycling Club

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

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

 

Paul Robey

 

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

8.1 August 7 Bleat

posted 6 Aug 2017, 18:47 by Administrator Actvcc   [ updated 7 Aug 2017, 15:02 ]

Hello Vets,

In the Bleat this week;

•  Pedal Power - Traffic Controller Course

•  Racing this Week

•  Race Report

 

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

 

Ian Morton

Pedal Power - Traffic Controller Course

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

The Traffic Controller training that is provided meets the NSW and the ACT requirements and provides the appropriate qualification to allow a registered person to control traffic at cycling (and other) events.

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

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

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

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

Any problems or concerns please let me know.

Kindest Regard,

 

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

 

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

 

Dougal Torrance
President, ACT Veterans Cycling

RACING THIS WEEK:

Saturday, 12th August: Dog Trap Rd Murrumbateman Memorial Secret Handicap

Where: Intersection of Dog Trap Rd and Longrail Gully Rd.
When: 1:30 pm.
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number.
Race Description:
Secret Handicap - 2 laps (44 km)

Race Director:  Paul Robey Contact: Email: paul.robey3@gmail.com    Ph  0413480241

Marshals: Andrew Murrell, Simon Junakovic, Peter Young, Ian Mongan, Graham Tanton

Upcoming Marshall Roster

The nominated marshals for upcoming events are;

  • 19/8 - Ian Mongan, John Paul De Souza (ATC). Plus we need 2 x more ATC’s for this event. Please advise Ben Davis (bdavis@internode.on.net) if you are able to assist.
  • 26/8 - Wayne Shippley
  • 2/9 - Troy Cassell, Kevin Wells, Matt Dyne, Andrew O’Neil, Craig Tozer

 

RACE REPORTS:

Lookout Hill Time Trial – 5th August

I had grave doubts that the time trial at Lookout Hill would proceed on Saturday given the high winds and consistent showers rolling through during the morning. However we had 19 riders turn up eager to test their metal against the clock.

Unfortunately we were without authorised turn marshals so there was quite a bit of toing and froing trying to determine whether we would race or not. Eventually Tony Weir and Rob Langridge gave up their rides to work on the turn points. A big thanks to these two as we would not have had a race otherwise. After the delay it was a rush to put out the appropriate road signage consistent with the race plan (a big thanks to Michael Faulk who was driving up and down the road fixing signage). Due to the rush the course was actually 1km shorter than advertised. I’m not sure if the riders were happy about this or not…..

We got away about 15 mins later than scheduled with riders heading downwind towards Tharwa for approximately 3.5kms, turning around and rolling down Lookout Hill for a further 1.5kms heading towards Point Hut Crossing Road. Word from the road was the downwind runs were extremely quick with a number of riders “spinning out” heading towards the Tharwa turn doing in excess of 60km/h. Most riders chose not to stay in the areo position heading down Lookout Hill as there were a couple of nasty wind gusts pushing bikes around. The downwind push back to Lookout Hill must of helped riders although most faces were showing pain after the climb was finished.

Overall we had 7 out of 19 riders beating their age standard, a fantastic achievement in such challenging conditions. Only one rider failed to finish after suffering a flat tyre less than a km from the start line. Race results are available in the RMS.

Thank you to the people that helped out on the day. As mentioned before Tony and Rob for looking after the turns, Stephen Isabel for putting up and taking down the road signage and keeping Rob company at the southerly turn, and Jan Koehler and Graham Hendrie for making sure riders got away in order and were timed correctly. Remember that we don’t have racing without the assistance of volunteers.

 

Rohan Verco

7.5 July 31 Bleat

posted 31 Jul 2017, 03:28 by Administrator Actvcc   [ updated 31 Jul 2017, 03:33 ]

Hello Vets,

In the Bleat this week;

•  Dalton Incident

•  Vets Out and About

•  Pedal Power - Traffic Controller Course

•  Racing this Week

•  Race Report

 

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

 

Ian Morton

Dalton Incident

Dear members,

An alleged incident, where one member threatened another, was bought to my attention after the otherwise excellent racing at Dalton last weekend. Apparently the incident occurred after a new member got dropped from his grade and interfered with the racing in the grade below. As a new member, this breach of race etiquette is understandable. Any form of threatening is not acceptable and is strongly discouraged.

In the ACT Veterans while we may race hard, by far more important is the camaraderie built while enjoying a tea or coffee at the end of the race. The Committee and I want an ACT Veterans Club that is welcoming of a range of riding abilities and forgiving of mistakes. We understand that things can be said and actions taken in the heat of the moment, but there are limits to this. The safety and wellbeing of riders and officials is always our highest priority. The loss of a member because they feel threatened or belittled means less interesting racing for everyone else.

Any member that believes they have been threatened by another member has the right, and is encouraged, to report the threat to the Club. If the Club receives information that a member has been threatened, we will initiate an inquiry that could result in disciplinary action against the member that made the threat. In more serious cases the Club may involve outside organisations such as the Police.

As always, I am open to feedback on the incident and any other issues in regards to the operation of the Club. Email me at president@actvets.cc.

 

Dougal Torrance
President, ACT Veterans Cycling

 

Vets Out and About

From 16-23 September 2017, Vets' member Andrew Matz will participate in tourXOz - a 1200km charity ride between Perth and Broome WA in support of the not-for-profit Black Dog Institute (BDI). BDI is a world leader in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder.

Andy will be riding 150km a day for eight days, and is seeking to raise $3,500 for BDI. He'd be deeply grateful for Vets' support. The link to his fundraising page is attached:

http://www.tourXOz.com/my-fundraising/97/andrew-matz-tourxoz-2017

For more information on tourXOz and BDI, go to http://tourxoz.com.

 

Pedal Power - Traffic Controller Course

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

The Traffic Controller training that is provided meets the NSW and the ACT requirements and provides the appropriate qualification to allow a registered person to control traffic at cycling (and other) events.

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

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

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

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

Any problems or concerns please let me know.

Kindest Regard,

 

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

 

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

 

Dougal Torrance
President, ACT Veterans Cycling

RACING THIS WEEK:

Saturday, 5th August: Lookout Hill Time Trial - M & H Age Standard

Where: Observation lookout on Tidbinbilla Road about 2.5 km towards Tharwa from Point Hut / Tidbinbilla Rd intersection (or about 4.5 km from Tharwa village).
When: 1:30 pm.
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number.
Race Description:
20km TT course Tharwa - Pt Hut - Finish

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

Marshals: Paul Ledbrook, Stephen Isbel

Upcoming Marshall Roster

The nominated marshals for upcoming events are;
- Aug 12 @ Dog Trap Rd: Andrew Murrell, Simon Junakovic, Peter Young, Ian Mongan, Graham Tanton

 

RACE REPORTS:

Dalton Graded Scratch – 29th July

One of the warmer winter days of the season greeted riders for graded scratch racing at Dalton. Dalton is one of those venues where we don’t race often, but when we do all the riders afterwards are glowing in their praise of the course. With the course going past the Royal Hotel in the centre of Dalton, I would have expected at least 1 rider to attack early, pull in for a quick schooner and re-join the race. But no, all riders were very professional on the day.

A Grade

A small field of 5 riders bumped up from 4 with the late decision by Roger Northcote to grade up from B to A. Rumours sweeping the course that Steve Crispin and Co had ridden out from Canberra to race were quickly put to rest when they in fact had ridden from Gunning. But who’s to stop a good tale? With two laps from Dalton to Gunning to cover by the end of the first lap, Steve Crispin and Peter Marshall had cleared away from the chase of Roger & Tom Hartley. They had a 1 min lead at this point. By lap 2, this had strung out to over 3 mins as the front two worked together to build a sizeable lead. The 2nd half of the course consisted of an out and back along Rye Park Rd and an out and back along Rugby rd. It was during this part of the course that Steve broke the pace and was a lone finisher on the line with Peter coming in under 2 mins behind for 2nd place. 3rd place was a good sprint between Roger and Tom Hartley with Tom just edging out Roger .

B Grade

Took the mantra that “Those who ride together finish together”. I don’t know if there were any attacks or counter attacks out on course, but each time they came past the finishing post they were tightly grouped together. This remained the same at the finish line where I couldn’t press the button on the timer quick enough to separate them. However it was visibly easy to judge the winner with Matt Hinchcliffe edging out Bruce Goodspeed for 1st place with Seymour Savell-Boss in 3rd. However credit to all B graders as the time split between 1st and 9th was about 10 seconds.

C Grade

8 starters who by the end of lap 2 were only missing 2 riders who found the hillier 1st half of the course too much when the pace is being set by the engines of Taylor, Kon & co. The 2nd half of the race saw some attacks where the field got whittled down to 5 riders for the sprint. On the world stage, uphill sprints are dominated by the likes of Sagan and Matthews, but on this day in Dalton, Mark Taylor outfoxed and outpowered them in the sprint to take a narrow win ahead of Chris Kon in 2nd and Kevin Woods in 3rd. Once again you could throw a blanket over the first 5 finishers.

D Grade

Only 3 lined up for D grade (calling all D graders!!). By the end of lap 1 James Curran and Andrew Matz had a break on Matt Shadbolt. No change by the end of lap 2. However once again the uphill sprint can sap any remaining power in the legs with James and Andrew thrashing it out towards the line. James Curran had enough to hold off Andrew with Matt in 3rd.

E Grade

Once the D graders had finished their 1st lap it was time for E grade to step up. With only 1 lap out and back towards Gunning, it was shaping up to be a no holds barred battle. Several attacks mid race were relled in with Tess McLachlan finishing the strongest in 1st place followed by Don de Smet with Al Bontjer in 3rd.

F Grade

A healthy field of 8 riders signed on, but disaster struck Rob Solomon during the warmup with a broken spoke ruling him out of the race. The ladies quickly dominated proceedings in the race with all 4 putting the hurt into the Graham Hendrie, Ian Morton and Paul Robey by the end of the Gunning leg. Another blanket finish with all 4 in contention right to the line. Liz Lowe was judged to be the winner just head of Alison Hale with Angie Wren in 3rd and Rosemary Robinson in 4th.

G Grade

Bernie had a lonesome ride in G grade and came home in a great time of 1:35.

The Dalton course covers a large amount of ground with 3 turn points and the NSW requirements to have a trail and lead car. Holding such a great event would not have been possible without the following helpers:

  • Tony Beasley who despite surgery only a few weeks ago manned the Rye Park Rd turn point,
  • Daniel Grillo who covered the far reaches of the Rugby Rd turn point where the most action was probably a few sheep getting amorous,
  • Tony Sheehan + his better half. Tony manned the Gunning turn point whilst his wife helped in the finish chute,
  • Brian Chugg as trail car driver ensuring everyone got home safely,
  • Lindsay Graham as lead car ensuring that the 2 A graders didn’t get any slipstream assistance at all,
  • Simon our ever reliable Sports Med, and
  • Graham Hendrie as always doing the van duties and making sure all had a well earned cuppa at the end.

 

Ben Davis

 

7.4 July 24 Bleat

posted 24 Jul 2017, 14:37 by Administrator Actvcc   [ updated 24 Jul 2017, 14:38 ]

Hello Vets,

In the Bleat this week;

•  HART.R8 for HARTLEY - INDOOR CYCLE CHALLENGE

•  Pedal Power - Traffic Controller Course

•  Racing this Week

•  Race Report

 

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

 

Ian Morton

HART.R8 for HARTLEY - INDOOR CYCLE CHALLENGE

SATURDAY 29 JULY 2017

Get your HART.R8 pumping during our 3 or 6 hour indoor cycle challenge! Your valuable support will help children and adults with physical and complex disabilities within our local community.

WHAT IS HART.R8 for HARTLEY?

  • Choose either 3 or 6 hours of heart pumping indoor cycling - the event is being run simultaneously at different gyms across Canberra on Saturday 29th July
  • Professionally trained gym instructors leading the fun filled sessions with fantastic music pumping the entire time
  • Choose either Individual x 3 hour ride ($32) or Individual x 6 hour ride ($58)
  • Or choose Team x 3 hour ride ($130) or Team x 6 hour ride ($200). Teams can have up to 4 participants via tag team (access to 1 bike)
  • Entry includes a water bottle

 

DURING THE REGISTRATION PROCESS - YOU CAN CHOOSE WHICH GYM YOU WANT TO RIDE AT (TIMES VARY)

  • Alive Health & Fitness - Narrabundah (9am - 3pm)
  • Body Basics - Queanbeyan (10am - 4pm)
  • Fitness First - Deakin (7am - 1pm)
  • Fitness First - Canberra City (8.30am - 2.30pm)
  • Southern Cross Health Club - Woden (12noon - 6pm)
  • TEAM Fitness Centre - Dickson (10am - 4pm)

 

Register online at www.hartley.org.au

 

Pedal Power - Traffic Controller Course

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

The Traffic Controller training that is provided meets the NSW and the ACT requirements and provides the appropriate qualification to allow a registered person to control traffic at cycling (and other) events.

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

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

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

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

Any problems or concerns please let me know.

Kindest Regard,

 

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

 

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

 

Dougal Torrance
President, ACT Veterans Cycling

RACING THIS WEEK:

Saturday, 29th July: Dalton Graded Scratch

Where: Travel to Gunning, Left onto Dalton Road at Gunning, Approx 10Km to Dalton. Park in Quary at left 100 meters before town.
When: 1:30 pm.
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number.
Race Description:
Dalton - Gunning - Boorowa Rd ABCD do 2 laps Dalton to Gunning 1st Dalton U Turn at Start area. EFG do 1 lap. Then all head west on Boorowa Rd to end of bitumen (3k) and return to Dalton then north on Rugby Rd to end of bitumen (5k) and return to finish in Dalton.

Race Director: tba Contact: Email: tba    Ph  tba

Marshals: Jayson Clarke, Tony Sheehan, Brian Chugg, Lindsay Graham, Daniel Grillo

Upcoming Marshall Roster

The nominated marshals for upcoming events are;
- Aug 5 @ Lookout Hill: Paul Ledbrook, Stephen Isbel
- Aug 12 @ Dog Trap Rd: Andrew Murrell, Simon Junakovic, Peter Young, Ian Mongan, Graham Tanton

 

RACE REPORTS:

Dairy Rd Points Race – 22nd July

On a fine day but somewhat windy we set up the course for the team point race thanks to Graham , Gunther and Tony things went well underway. Would it be too many late night to watch the TDF but we had a small turn up so we ditched the team bit and run the crit as an individual point race.

E F G started first

E grade saw a good battle between the ever young Des brown and Theresa McLachlan which did share the point followed by a distant Ian Morton. In this grade we had a new member Sue Akeroyd which did worked well with rosemary Robinson .

F Grade was a close first sprint won by Angie Wren then Angie took off to get maximum point with rest of the field fighting for second and third. Well done to Graham Lindsay and Hendrie Graham.

G grade Bernard Crowe did a nice tt as he was alone …where are you the G graders??

The second race was C and D

Having only two in C we raced the grades together, the sprints were a very close affair as Andrew Matz was doing a great job to beat the two C grader on the line few time. Eventually C grade was a draw with seven points each and no surprise D grade was won by Andrew Matz followed by Daniel Grillo and Shadbolt Matt.

A and B

A, after the first sprint lap Steven Crispin put the gaz on and dropped his bunch it was an impressive display from Steve as he was continuing to increase the gap, on the side we were wondering ..Why, then we thought the goal was to actually to lap his grade which Steve did with few minutes remaining with the wind still blowing slightly it was an amazing feat. The three other A’s were left to fight for minor place which taken by Michael Fould second and Savell-Boss Seymour third.

B with six riders was a close battle the sprints well fought, at some stage Nick Boylan took off for a few laps the bunch reeled him back before the final sprint which was won by Robert Langridge.

Graham martin took the honour followed by Robert Langridge and Kevin Wells.

Many thanks to Gunther David and Antony Beasley to help marshalling and off course to Graham Hendrie to set up and bring the van. Thanks to Andrew Matz which did help for the A and B race.

 

Alain Arbaut

7.3 July 17 Bleat

posted 16 Jul 2017, 17:20 by Administrator Actvcc   [ updated 17 Jul 2017, 14:24 ]

Hello Vets,

In the Bleat this week;

•  HART.R8 for HARTLEY - INDOOR CYCLE CHALLENGE

•  Pedal Power - Traffic Controller Course

•  Racing this Week

 

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

 

Ian Morton

HART.R8 for HARTLEY - INDOOR CYCLE CHALLENGE

SATURDAY 29 JULY 2017

Get your HART.R8 pumping during our 3 or 6 hour indoor cycle challenge! Your valuable support will help children and adults with physical and complex disabilities within our local community.

WHAT IS HART.R8 for HARTLEY?

  • Choose either 3 or 6 hours of heart pumping indoor cycling - the event is being run simultaneously at different gyms across Canberra on Saturday 29th July
  • Professionally trained gym instructors leading the fun filled sessions with fantastic music pumping the entire time
  • Choose either Individual x 3 hour ride ($32) or Individual x 6 hour ride ($58)
  • Or choose Team x 3 hour ride ($130) or Team x 6 hour ride ($200). Teams can have up to 4 participants via tag team (access to 1 bike)
  • Entry includes a water bottle

 

DURING THE REGISTRATION PROCESS - YOU CAN CHOOSE WHICH GYM YOU WANT TO RIDE AT (TIMES VARY)

  • Alive Health & Fitness - Narrabundah (9am - 3pm)
  • Body Basics - Queanbeyan (10am - 4pm)
  • Fitness First - Deakin (7am - 1pm)
  • Fitness First - Canberra City (8.30am - 2.30pm)
  • Southern Cross Health Club - Woden (12noon - 6pm)
  • TEAM Fitness Centre - Dickson (10am - 4pm)

 

Register online at www.hartley.org.au

 

Pedal Power - Traffic Controller Course

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

The Traffic Controller training that is provided meets the NSW and the ACT requirements and provides the appropriate qualification to allow a registered person to control traffic at cycling (and other) events.

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

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

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

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

Any problems or concerns please let me know.

Kindest Regard,

 

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

 

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

 

Dougal Torrance
President, ACT Veterans Cycling

RACING THIS WEEK:

Saturday, 22nd July: Dairy Road Criterium

Where: Dairy Road, Fyshwick.
When: 1:30 pm.
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number.
Race Description:
Points Race
1:30pm - E,F,G -25 minu
2:00pm - C, D - 30 mins
2:35pm - A, B - 35 mins

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

Marshal: David Gunther

Upcoming Marshall Roster

The nominated marshals for upcoming events are;
- Jul 29 @ Dalton: Jayson Clarke, Tony Sheehan, Brian Chugg, Lindsay Graham, Daniel Grillo
- Aug 5 @ Lookout Hill: Paul Ledbrook, Stephen Isbel
- Aug 12 @ Dog Trap Rd: Andrew Murrell, Simon Junakovic, Peter Young, Ian Mongan, Graham Tanton

7.2 July 10 Bleat

posted 10 Jul 2017, 03:11 by Administrator Actvcc   [ updated 10 Jul 2017, 03:11 ]

Hello Vets,

In the Bleat this week;

  • Vets Out and About
  • HART.R8 for HARTLEY – INDOOR CYCLE CHALLENGE
  • Pedal Power – Traffic Controller Course
  • Racing this Week
  • Race Report

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

Ian Morton

Members Out and About

Rowan is just shy of two weeks to Go !! For each of the 4000kms pedalled, he is seeking to be supported by a donation to BeyondBlue Vets members should consider … giving to Rowan’s unsupported effort “read below”. Good cause with many of US deserving their services with things we JUST do not open up about !

Rowan’s effort is cranking up the meaning of “out and about” up a bitn where n=10 !

Rowan McMurray #240 is heading off to do the 2017 Transcontinental Race (http://www.transcontinental.cc/). It starts 28th July 2017 and expected 3,800kms.

 rowanSingle Stage race – the winner is the person with the fastest time A -> B

Seven countries, no support !!, food and water by self sufficiency/acquired en-route only, sleep=Rough, find your own way but must visit all checkpoints.

2015 results 4200km, 1st place 9days 23hrs 422km/day, 2nd place 11days 07hrs 370km/day, 10th place 339km/day …. sheesh !

2016 results 3800km, 1st place 8days 15hrs.

 map

2017

START // GERAARDSBERGEN | BELGIUM

CP1 // SCHLOSS LICHTENSTEIN | GERMANY

CP2 // MONTE GRAPPA | ITALY

CP3 // HIGH TATRAS MOUNTAINS | SLOVAKIA

CP4 // TRANSFAGARASAN HIGHWAY | ROMANIA

FINISH // METEORA | GREECE

Rowan has a $4000 fundraising target for BeyondBlue https://give.everydayhero.com/au/tour-le-transcontinental. Keep up to date with Rowan on his blog http://www.tourletour.com/PETCRNo5/

John Paul De Sousa #323

HART.R8 for HARTLEY – INDOOR CYCLE CHALLENGE

SATURDAY 29 JULY 2017

Get your HART.R8 pumping during our 3 or 6 hour indoor cycle challenge! Your valuable support will help children and adults with physical and complex disabilities within our local community.

WHAT IS HART.R8 for HARTLEY?

  • Choose either 3 or 6 hours of heart pumping indoor cycling – the event is being run simultaneously at different gyms across Canberra on Saturday 29th July
  • Professionally trained gym instructors leading the fun filled sessions with fantastic music pumping the entire time
  • Choose either Individual x 3 hour ride ($32) or Individual x 6 hour ride ($58)
  • Or choose Team x 3 hour ride ($130) or Team x 6 hour ride ($200). Teams can have up to 4 participants via tag team (access to 1 bike)
  • Entry includes a water bottle

DURING THE REGISTRATION PROCESS – YOU CAN CHOOSE WHICH GYM YOU WANT TO RIDE AT (TIMES VARY)

  • Alive Health & Fitness – Narrabundah (9am – 3pm)
  • Body Basics – Queanbeyan (10am – 4pm)
  • Fitness First – Deakin (7am – 1pm)
  • Fitness First – Canberra City (8.30am – 2.30pm)
  • Southern Cross Health Club – Woden (12noon – 6pm)
  • TEAM Fitness Centre – Dickson (10am – 4pm)

Register online at www.hartley.org.au

Pedal Power – Traffic Controller Course

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

The Traffic Controller training that is provided meets the NSW and the ACT requirements and provides the appropriate qualification to allow a registered person to control traffic at cycling (and other) events.

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

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

Course 1
Dates: Saturday 15 July
Time: Full day of training 8:30 – 5:30 pm
Location: Canberra Ave, Fyshwick
Cost: Free

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

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

Any problems or concerns please let me know.

Kindest Regard,

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

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

Dougal Torrance
President, ACT Veterans Cycling

RACING THIS WEEK:

Saturday, 15th July: No scheduled race

Upcoming Marshall Roster

The nominated marshals for upcoming events are;
– Jul 22 @ Dairy Flat: David Gunther
– Jul 29 @ Dalton: Jayson Clarke, Tony Sheehan, Brian Chugg, Lindsay Graham, Daniel Grillo
– Aug 5 @ Lookout Hill: Paul Ledbrook, Stephen Isbel
– Aug 12 @ Dog Trap Rd: Andrew Murrell, Simon Junakovic, Peter Young, Ian Mongan, Graham Tanton

RACE REPORT:

Old Federal Highway, Handicap – F & A Tonelli Trophy – 8 Jul 2017

One of the coldest races of the year. That’s how I would sum up the Tonelli Handicap at Old Federal Highway on Saturday. As riders turned up to sign-on, not only was the weather a talking point but the fact that for the first time in a long time we weren’t racing towards Lake George and back. Instead the course this time was an out and back course from the gravel pit to the Tulip farm 3 times. This is a more challenging course with washing machine hill out to drain the energy of every rider. However I think the course is great as the traffic is very minimal on this section of the road and there is a great final straight for any bunch sprints.

With Bernie and Bruce deciding that it was too cold to race the first off the line were 8 x F graders all wanting the race to start so they could keep warm. Off they went with a 7 min head start to 6 x E graders who were in hot (well as hot as it could be) pursuit. 7 x D graders were next away @ 3 mins behind E then the biggest field of the day with 13 riders in C @ 3 mins after D. 9 x B Graders took off after C @ a further 3 mins behind with our lone A grader for the day (Steve Crispin) giving B grade a 2 min head start. Surely 1 rider against 9 would be an impossible task?

At the first turn the F grade women were taking no prisoners with Angie Wren and Liz Lowe burning off the rest of their grade to hold a slight lead over the tandem at the turn for lap 1. James Curran had put in a solid first lap to close in on the E graders with the other grades coming through mostly split up as washing machine hill was sapping the legs of the sprinters. After lap 1, Steve Crispin had not only caught B grade but was chasing strong with a group of riders. At this stage the weather decided to drop another few degrees and lightly rain with the prospect of snow not too far away.

Meanwhile the racing heated up with riders coming into view for the completion of lap 2, we could see that Angie and Liz were still holding a slender lead over a rider we couldn’t quite identify from the long straight. However it wasn’t long before we identified the rider as the back marker with the after burners on in the form of Steve Crispin. Straight after the turn he passed them and barring snow blocking his 3rd lap Steve was on his own out front for the win. Meanwhile back in the field it was a mixed bags of B graders and C graders in the minor placings with a few wise riders deciding the weather was the winner on the day and opted to head straight for the coffee and tea at the van.

tonelli2017

Coming across the line in 1st was Steve Crispin in a time of 1hr 11mins. Average speed was an astonishing 37.7kmh. Some 6 mins after Steve came Matt Hincliffe from B grade followed a further 3 mins back with Alwyn Chilver in C grade. So we had a nice A, B, C for 1st, 2nd & 3rd. The only feat Steve couldn’t pull off on the day was riding back home with the Tonelli trophy. We’ll get it engraved and sent across to you Steve.

Well done to all riders who raced under what were very cold conditions. Thank you to Tess McLachlan who drove a nice and toasty lead car, Ben Healy who I’m sure also had the heater on in the trail car and Warwick Wilson who I’m sure suffered in the elements at the Tulip Farm turn point. Graham Hendrie as always made sure the sign-on, coffee & tea were ready for all riders and quickly calculated the results as they came in. And Tom Roberts our sports med who learnt a valuable lesson to always keep a spare pair of gloves in the car. Hope the hands defrost soon Tom!

7.1 July 3 Bleat

posted 3 Jul 2017, 02:31 by Administrator Actvcc   [ updated 3 Jul 2017, 14:47 ]


Hello Vets,

In the Bleat this week;

•  Vets Out and About

•  Pedal Power - Traffic Controller Course

•  Racing this Week

•  Race Report

 

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

 

Ian Morton

Vets Out and About

Vikings invade Wagga!

Conditions were perfect in Wagga for a 70km RR and 30 min crit on the weekend. Mark Taylor, Peta Brill and Michael Foulds entered in Div5 while I was in Div 4. The Div 5 RR was destroyed by Michael Foulds and a few other "eager" riders who overtook us in the Div 4 bunch. Michael ended up on the podium. The Div 4 RR was very leisurely with only a few dropped until the bunch split in the uphill sprint and with the usual cramps I limped in for about 8th. Mark got 6th in crit which was also a select bunch thanks to the power of Michael and others.

The Div 4 crit was fast and furious in the first few laps, shelling out all but 8 riders. Vikings rider Peter Storey went off the front with about 5 laps to go and some strategic blocking mainly by another Viking and a token effort by me helped him stay away. A Dulwich Hill guy rolled off his rear tubular with three corners to go but we all got safely around. Once again I was about 8th. The Wagga street course is a fast, smooth course full of corners and really worth trying, even with bursting lungs!

ACT Veterans Cycling Club

 

Robert Langridge

 

Pedal Power - Traffic Controller Course

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

The Traffic Controller training that is provided meets the NSW and the ACT requirements and provides the appropriate qualification to allow a registered person to control traffic at cycling (and other) events.

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

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

Course 1
Dates: Saturday 15 July
Time: Full day of training 8:30 – 5:30 pm
Location: Canberra Ave, Fyshwick
Cost: Free

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

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

Any problems or concerns please let me know.

Kindest Regard,

 

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

 

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

 

Dougal Torrance
President, ACT Veterans Cycling

RACING THIS WEEK:

Saturday, 8th July: Old Federal Highway Handicap - F & A Tonelli Trophy

Where: Gravel Pit - Intersection Federal Highway and SHingle HIll Way.
When: 1:30 pm.
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number.
Race Description:
Handicap - 3 laps, all grades.

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

Nominated Marshals: Ben Healy, Theresa McLachlan, Andrew Murrell, Alex Sommariva, Warwick Wilson. Note: 1 more volunteer required. Please let Ben know if you can help out.

Upcoming Marshall Roster

The nominated marshals for upcoming events are;
- Jul 22 @ Dairy Flat: David Gunther
- Jul 29 @ Dalton: Jayson Clarke, Tony Sheehan, Brian Chugg, Lindsay Graham, Daniel Grillo
- Aug 5 @ Lookout Hill: Paul Ledbrook, Stephen Isbel

 

RACE REPORT:

Stromlo Points Race - 1 Jul 2017

One of the coldest mornings in many years gave way to a beautiful bluebird day for points racing at Stromlo. With most riders preparing to become vampires over the next month and lock their remotes onto SBS to watch the tour we still had a roll-up of 42 riders.

A Grade

After the first sprint in A Grade which was a Battle between Steve Crispin and Marc Vroomans, Steve said to Marc “Come with me”, so off they went for a few laps and were soon joined by Michael Brice. The trio rolled turns at the front and built a good lead with Steve taking the 3 points on offer each time. The pace that Steve set in the group soon saw Marc drop back. However Marc’s place was soon taken by Ben Smith. For the rest of the race it was the two team Onya riders and Steve riding away from everyone else. I think they lapped nearly every other A grader! Steve scored maximum points for most of the remaining sprint laps and ended up with a sizeable 37 points after 45 minutes to take 1st place with Michael Brice grabbing 21 points to finish 2nd and Marc’s early work paying off to hang for 3rd with 13 points.

B Grade

This was tight racing for the whole 45 minutes with no riders getting any breaks or dropping off. This resulted in mass sprints every 2 laps which made for great viewing for those watching, but a nightmare for my marshal David who had to try to pick the riders each time. Made even more hard with some numbers written in pen in small font! In the end Jarrod Cook snuck home with 18 points, closely followed by Bean Healy on 15 and Rainer Wilton on 14.

C Grade

Great to see the tandem of Ashley Carruthers and Lindy Hou present at the start line for C grade. Great for us, but strikes fear into the others lining up as this tandem combination has serious power. Chris Kon tried his best to stay with the tandems for several laps until the rule of 4 legs is better than 2 and the tandem launched into overdrive. Some close sprinting for 2nd and 3rd place resulted with Chris Kon claiming the minor points each time. 1st Tandem of Lindy Hou and Ashley Carruthers 26 points. 2nd Chris Kon 18 points. 3rd Alwyn Chilver 14 points.

D Grade

Welcome to new rider Conan Liu who rode under the numbering system that we assigned him on the line (000). Always tough to work out which grade a new rider should begin in, however Conan fit in well in the D grade bunch as they rode together for the entire 35 mins. At each sprint lap it was close racing each time with Conan taking out some wins, Daniel Grillo also featuring heavily and Michael Hanbury also in the mix. In the end it was Conan taking out the win with 20 points ahead of Daniel Grillo on 12 and Michael Hanbury on 10.

E Grade

Another Tandem combination with John Barlow teaming up with Tony Beasley to race in E Grade. Also welcome back to Al Bontjer who has been off the bike for 6 months. Each sprint was a good tussle between the sprinting power of John Lowe and the tandem with John taking a few and the Tandem taking a few. In the end however it was John Lowe that prevailed with 17 points ahead of the tandem with 13 points and Al Bontjer on 7 points.

F Grade

Another closely fought affair with all riders scoring points. Another nightmare for us trying to judge from the sidelines with most sprints involving 2-3 riders on the line all separated by a tyre width. Kevin Newhouse took overall honours with 18 points ahead of Graham Hendrie on 12 and Angie Wren also 12. Graham got 2nd on countback after finishing higher in the final sprint.

G Grade

Bernie started with F Grade and cheekily contested several of the early sprints. I think he may have even got 3rd in one of them.

Thankyou to Phil Coulton for helping the runners get across the track safely during the racing. David Witteveen for the 2nd set of eyes on the line. It was actually one of the harder days to score with so many sprints coming down to the line. So job well done! Howard Moffatt for sign-on desk duties and the ever reliable Graham Hendrie for opening and closing duties. Tom Roberts was our sports med on the day and thankfully was not needed as everyone raced safely.

 

Ben Davis
Race Director


6.4 June 26 Bleat

posted 25 Jun 2017, 21:39 by Administrator Actvcc   [ updated 26 Jun 2017, 14:50 ]

Hello Vets,

In the Bleat this week;

•  From the Desk of the President

•  Pedal Power - Traffic Controller Course

•  Racing this Week

•  Race Report

 

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

 

Ian Morton

From the Desk of the President

Vets in the News

A few weeks ago I was contacted by the a reporter from the ABC, Hannah Walmsley, who was wanting to interview some of our more "experienced" members on how they managed to stay fit and motivated in Canberra's winter temperatures. After a short panic from me about who our oldest riders were (and thanks to the Board on helping me at short notice) Lindsay Graham stepped up to be interviewed. Thanks go to Lindsay for his story - and the plug for the club. The story can be found here: http://abc.net.au/news/2017-06-11/meet-the-grandmasters-of-competition-sport-in-canberra/8604188?pfmredir=sm.

Feedback

As always, I'm happy to hear from members about anything club related. Email me at President@actvets.cc. Several of you have provided feedback over the past few months and I'll be incorporating these issues to take to the Board meeting in a few weeks. Thanks again for your comments.

I received the following email in my inbox after Saturday's race up Honeysuckle creek climb;
"I kinda snuck off without thanking the race team for an awesome event this afternoon. Love that climb. Have had a smile on my dial all night thinking about it.
Could you pass on my thanks to Ben and the team?
Cheers
#555"

I'm particularly proud that many of you take the time at the end of the race to thank marshals, race directors and the ever present "van man" Graham Hendrie.

See you on the road.

 

Dougal Torrance
Rider #428
President
ACT Veterans Cycling Club

 

Pedal Power - Traffic Controller Course

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

The Traffic Controller training that is provided meets the NSW and the ACT requirements and provides the appropriate qualification to allow a registered person to control traffic at cycling (and other) events.

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

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

Course 1
Dates: Saturday 15 July
Time: Full day of training 8:30 – 5:30 pm
Location: Canberra Ave, Fyshwick
Cost: Free

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

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

Any problems or concerns please let me know.

Kindest Regard,

 

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

 

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

 

Dougal Torrance
President, ACT Veterans Cycling

RACING THIS WEEK:

Saturday, 1st July: Stromlo Forest Park Criterium - Points Race

Where: Stromlo Forest Park.
When: 1:30 pm.
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number.
Race Description:
Points Race
Grade Start Times and Duration to be advised.

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

Nominated Marshal: David Witteveen

Upcoming Marshall Roster

The nominated marshals for upcoming events are;
- Jul 8 @ Old Federal Highway: Ben Healy, Tess Mclachlan, Andrew Murrell, Alex Sommariva, Warwick Wilson
- Jul 22 @ Dairy Flat: David Gunther
- Jul 29 @ Dalton: Jayson Clarke, Tony Sheehan, Brian Chugg, Lindsay Graham, Daniel Grillo
- Aug 5 @ Lookout Hill: Paul Ledbrook, Stephen Isbel

 

RACE REPORT:

Apollo Rd - 24 June

Mont Ventoux, Col Du Tourmalet, Alpe d’Huez. Names that bring fear to a rider’s legs at the pure mention of them. But a little well known climb south of Tharwa also strikes fear into local rider’s minds. At a distance of 8.420kms with an average gradient of 5.55% rising up to 20% in one section, Apollo Rd (The Apollo) was the scene to test the vets on Saturday. With some sporting rear cassette’s the size of dinner plates, a great turnout of 45 riders assembled at the start line in slightly windy and cool conditions. The course sounds simple enough, race along Naas Rd to Smith Rd, turnaround and come back to finish at the top of Apollo Rd at Honeysuckle Creek for a well-earned coffee and biscuit. I must say it is one of the most beautiful finishes we have on our courses anywhere in the ACT.

A Grade- 4 riders at the start line, all eager to get underway and chase down Bernie Crowe who had a 5 min start on them. The out and back for A grade should have been a formality, however at the turn into Apollo Rd, Steve Crispin had made a break of about 25 seconds over the chase group of Peter Marshall and Ashley Carruthers. Knowing Steve can climb a mountain with the best of them, it was going to be a tough task to reel him in on the climb. In the end Steve crossed the line in the fastest ride of the day at a smidge under 54 mins and was well clear by 3 minutes over Peter Marshal in 2nd and Ashley Carruthers in 3rd. All three riders did the course in under 1 hour.

B Grade- 10 riders began B grade. All 10 come past me as they turned onto Apollo Rd after the out and back. This was going to be a battle on the mountain with several very good mountain goats in amongst the group. It was ding dong all the way up with a few tailed off the back early on to leave a core group of 3 riders to battle it out. Michael Carr showed tremendous strength over the latter stages to draw away from Dougal Torrance (A sprinter doing well on a mountain course!) and Craig Tozer in 3rd.

C Grade- The largest grade of the day with 12 riders. At the turn it was still 12 riders with confidence brimming across the faces of all 12 as the ascent began. Similar to B grade, it was a hard slog up the climb with attack and counter attack on display. As I drove past the lead group, there was so much teeth gritting that I was thinking we may need a dentist at the finish line. Under a temperature dropping fast, Alwyn Chilver managed to clear away from Ross MacPherson and Chris Kon near the top to record a win by 14 seconds. The fight for 2nd place came down to a tyre’s width with Ross just edging out Chris on the line.

D Grade- Only 4 riders decided to front up for D grade. Nothing was given over the 1st part of the course with all 4 coming past me at the turn into Apollo. But once again the steeps caused the break-up of the main field shortly on the climb. In the end Gerald Van Eqyk showed supreme climbing skills to move away from the field to win by 2 mins from Andrew Matz in 2nd and Simon Porombka in 3rd.

E Grade- A more interesting race with Kirsty Cummin encountering a puncture on the return leg from Smiths Rd. At the turn into Apollo there were only 6 remaining in contention out of the 10 that started. Kirsty was able to fix the puncture with the help of Gillian and they proceeded to motor up the hill and caught a few of the stragglers. At the front of the race Brian Peak didn’t want to make it close and climbed like a mountain goat to the finish to claim the win by just under 2 mins ahead of Matt Shadbolt in 2nd and Lyn Vasudeva in 3rd.

F Grade- Lindsay Graham was banking on the climb to move away from the main bunch as when they turned onto the climb all 3 riders were still together. But you could see that glint in Lindsay’s eye that something special was going to occur and occur it did. He moved away gracefully over the latter half of the climb to win by over a minute ahead of Robert Solomon and Ed Joliffe

G Grade- Riding with a 5 min start on A grade, Bernie Crowe covered the course in a respectable 1hr44mins coming over the line looking none too flustered at conquering the big mountain.

Thanks to Michael Foulds and Chris Nolan who turned up and helped out with marshal duties. Doug Widdup did a great job as the ATC at the Smiths Rd turn point and Dale Kleeman who controlled the Apollo/Nass Rd intersection. Graham Hendrie braved the cold at the top of the mountain to ensure everyone had a warm cuppa at the end and Simon Milnes made sure that no medical emergencies were required on the day.

 

Ben Davis
Race Director


6.3 June 19 Bleat

posted 19 Jun 2017, 03:41 by Administrator Actvcc   [ updated 19 Jun 2017, 03:41 ]

Hello Vets,

In the Bleat this week;

  • Pedal Power - Traffic Controller Course
  • Racing this Week

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

Ian Morton

Pedal Power - Traffic Controller Course

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

The Traffic Controller training that is provided meets the NSW and the ACT requirements and provides the appropriate qualification to allow a registered person to control traffic at cycling (and other) events.

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

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

Course 1
Dates: Saturday 15 July
Time: Full day of training 8:30 – 5:30 pm
Location: Canberra Ave, Fyshwick
Cost: Free

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

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

Any problems or concerns please let me know.

Kindest Regard,

 

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

 

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

 

Dougal Torrance
President, ACT Veterans Cycling

RACING THIS WEEK:

Saturday, 24th June: Apollo Graded Scratch

Note: Race to Be Confirmed, waiting for road approvals.

Where: To get there, travel to Tharwa, then left onto Naas Rd. (If via Gordon/Right if Via Tidbinbilla Road). Go past Namadgi visitors centre, Tennent hill, Turn Right onto Apollo road. Park on top of hill at disused tracking centre. Sign on at the top, then ride back down to the T junction for the start.
When: 1:30 pm.
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number. Note, make sure you allow yourself time to roll down the hill to the starting line.
Race Description:
The Apollo--Classic mountain top finish scratch race. Race starts at Apollo Road T junction. All grades head back towards Tharwa, turn at the straight section opposite the aero model club, return along Naas Rd then climb to the top of Apollo Road.

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

Marshals: Dale Kleeman, Chris Nolan, Michael Foulds.

Upcoming Marshall Roster

The nominated marshals for upcoming events are;
- Jul 1 @ Stromlo: David Witteveen
- Jul 8 @ Old Federal Highway: Ben Healy, Tess Mclachlan, Andrew Murrell, Alex Sommariva, Warwick Wilson
- Jul 22 @ Dairy Flat: David Gunther
- Jul 29 @ Dalton: Jayson Clarke, Tony Sheehan, Brian Chugg, Lindsay Graham, Daniel Grillo
- Aug 5 @ Lookout Hill: Paul Ledbrook, Stephen Isbel

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