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z12.3 Dec 18 Bleat

posted 17 Dec 2012, 03:18 by Administrator Actvcc

Christmas Wheel Race, Tuesday 18th December

The final race of the year will be the annual Christmas Wheel Race. There will be a BBQ including bread, sausages and soft drinks and a presentation of awards for the 2012 Winter Season

The race format will be;

Graded Heats: G Grade@ 5:45 - 10min + 2 laps; E/F Grade@ 6:04 - 15min + 2 laps; C/D Grade@ 6:27 - 20min + 2 laps; A/B Grade@ 6:55 - 25min + 2 laps

Wheel Race: Handicap race comprising the first 5 riders from each grade following the heats.

(and there may be a special visit from Santa himself)

http://xmasfun.com/graphics/Trees/tree1.gifFrom the ACT Veterans Cycling Club Committee, we hope you all have a safe and happy Christmas and we look forward to seeing you all again next year.

 

Update on Jim Cruden:

For those that haven’t heard, last Wednesday, Jim Cruden had a most unfortunate fall from his bike onto bitumen from a virtual stationary position. His injuries are extensive with several spinal fractures and rib damage. He is flat on his back (with neck brace) in Canberra Hospital and will be there for an extended period. Jim is now ready and keen to have visitors.

As the room he is currently in limits each patient to 2 at a time, a roster will prevent a log jam. If you would like to visit Jim it would be appreciated if you could email his wife, Gail, on gailcruden@ozemail.com.au or contact her by sms on 0427905733 and she will slot you in.

Also, Paul Miller, who is known to many in the club, continues to make a good recovery in Canberra Hospital.  He was critically injured in an accident, whilst on his bike, about 10 weeks ago.  He is moving to the rehabilitation ward after Xmas to start working towards his discharge.  Paul also has to have further surgery in the near future.  He sends his regards to club members.


Are you receiving this twice?

We are in the process of switching over to use the new IMG registration system as the mailing list for The Bleat. The Email address that you provide in the on-line registration will be the address for future updates.

Until everyone is registered, this update will go out to the ACTVets discussion group as well. Make sure that if you are racing in 2013, that you register on-line and if you register close to the next race, bring your confirmation Email as proof of registration so we can ensure your are covered by insurance.

RACE REPORTS:

Criterium Race Report – 11th December

Large fields were the order of the night in great racing conditions, though the wind picked up later in the evening. We had 36 riders in B Grade, and unfortunately there was a crash with 7 riders coming down. The crash occurred in the front straight and may have resulted from riders moving out to try to get some cover from the cross wind and some riders then becoming squeezed.

Paul Angelatos got off the front of A Grade with several  laps to go and stayed away to win decisively. I got a sense of déjà vu all over again watching it, how many times have I seen that scenario before? Mick Jermyn won B with Bruce Goodspeed who made a couple of mid-race attacks finishing third.

David Lander won C Grade while Alex O’Shea had a go mid-race. Peter Harding won D Grade. In E Grade it was girl-power with Elizabeth Lowe winning from Belinda Chamberlain. Brendan Chadwick won in F and Jon Barnes in G.

Finally, as safety is paramount, I would like to restate the request I made before each race. If you are inside another rider approaching a corner and you are behind their peripheral vision, assume they don’t know you are there and back off or call out to let them know. Do it well before the corner, NOT in the corner. This is what keeps me awake at night.

Thanks to director Steve Schwenke and marshals Ian Shaw and Henry Beaverstock.

Track Report – 13th December

We only had 3 Roadies and 10 Trackies this week.

We started with a 12 lap scratch warm-up. The Roadies which saw Rob Langridge win. The winner of the Trackies was Steve Jones.

Next was the season points event – the event was the 200m fly.  This is an individual event. Each rider get a couple of laps to wind-up, the stop watch starts when the rider goes over the 200m mark and stops on the finishing line. Steve Jones posted the best time with 13.31 and most track riders posted 14 sec times – very competitive.

The Italian Pursuit was won by Team 2   – Jim Davey got it for T2 by about 5 m but Steve Jones (T1) reeled in over 25 m on the last lap to make it a close finish.

The results of the Mystery Race at this point in time is a mystery……

Next week will be our Christmas Wheel Race and Supper in the Park. We will start with a 10 lap scratch then the Wheel Race – there will be a prize for each category. After we will hold a Supper in the Park – everyone is asked to bring a plate of food to share and BYO drinks..

Ororral Road – 16th December

A cool morning beset us as we travelled south to the Orroral Road for Sundays race. The fog on Mt Tennant did not deter 37 riders from one of the most challenging rides on our calendar. The weather was clear and warmed before the race start, although the road was quite congested with rabbits and kangaroos.

In A grade Brendan Byatt broke away from the pack somewhere between the first turn and the return to the start and was never headed. A race time of just over 1 hour and 9 minutes makes me think the course is not as challenging as some. In B grade Michael Carr held out over Patrick McNamara although on the descent into the finish some B graders encountered a few Roos that made for an interesting sprint.

In E grade Richard Gorrell seems to be gaining fitness as he well and truly took the points from the ever improving Liz Lowe.

With the advantage of inside knowledge, Rosemary Robinson provided the F grade report on today’s race.

Until now tandem riders have avoided racing the Ororral valley due to the fact that tandems are not ideal for riding up steep hills. Undeterred by the climbs, Cameron and John joined F grade on their tandem. With glorious descents up to 85 kmph, they managed to clench third place in F grade. The power to weight ratio was their undoing, with Barbara Bayliss claiming second and Rosemary Robinson First.

Thanks to our Marshall's Paul Angelatos, Bruce Jones, Braham Hart (on roo duty), Ben Davey, Kevin Hennessy and the ever present Henry Beaverstock.

Thanks to Phil Coulton for race refereeing.

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z12.2 Dec 10 Bleat

posted 10 Dec 2012, 11:02 by Administrator Actvcc   [ updated 10 Dec 2012, 11:04 ]

Hello Vets,

In this issue of The Bleat;

·         Marshals for Race Day

·         Registration Information for 2013

·         Final Races for 2012

·         Racing this Week

·         Race Reports

 

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

 

Ian Morton.


Marshals for Race Day:

There has been some healthy discussion around the perennial topic of volunteers for marshalling duty on race days. The simple fact is that without Marshals we cannot race.  Road approvals and insurance requirements dictate that we must have the prescribed number of marshals on each course.

In order to ensure that we can carry a complete race program, every club member should think about volunteering for a couple of races each year, to ensure that the club program can continue.

If you are prepared to assist, please contact the Race Referee before the weekend so that they have an idea of how many marshals they have available.

Thanks.

2013 Registration:

The National AVCC online registration system (IMG) is now available to process renewals and new memberships for 2013. No membership details have been loaded into the new system.  You will need to enter all your personal information this year.  Next year, you will be able to use your login so you won’t have to re-enter your details.

To register, use the following steps;

·         Go to the website: https://memberdesq.imgstg.com/index.cfm?OrgID=10244

·         Select ‘New Registration

·         Select the State and Club, then press ‘Next >>

·         Select the membership type, then press ‘Next >>

·         Agree the Terms and Conditions, then press ‘Next >>

·         Enter your personal details, then press ‘Next >>

·         After a couple of confirmation pages, Enter your credit card details (Visa or Mastercard) then ‘Submit Payment’.

You will then receive Emails confirming details about your registration and providing you with a logon and password that you can use to update your details in future.  Note that once you have registered, you can change your logon name and password to something a bit easier to remember.

It is no longer is it possible to join the club with cash/cheque at race registration or using the EFT option prior to race registration.  Please note that new members will also need to join using the online registration system prior to commencing racing.

Every endeavour will be made to download payment information into our race management system before race days but sometimes this may not be possible.  Therefore, if a new member (from 27 November) or renewing member (from 1 January) pays online, just before race day, then proof of payment must be produced at registration before being allowed to enter the race to ensure that insurance cover has been activated.  In this case, please bring along a printed copy of the confirmation Email to confirm registration.

For any new members, who had already signed up since 1 October using the old payment arrangements, your details will be uploaded into the new system manually. You do not need to register online.

If you have any questions or difficulties with registration please contact: membership@actvets.cc

 

Final Races for 2012:

Next week marks the final races for 2012 before the Christmas Break.

Tuesday 18th will be the Christmas Wheel Race at Stromlo including a sausage sizzle and presentations.

Thursday 20th will be the final Track Event for the year with some celebrations as well.

 

RACING THIS WEEK:

Tuesday, 11th December: Stromlo Criterium

Where: Stromlo Forrest Park
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number.
Race Description: G Grade@ 5:45 - 13min + 2 laps; A/B Grade@ 6:07 - 40min + 2 laps; C/D Grade@ 6:53 - 30min + 2 laps; E/F Grade@ 7:31 - 25min + 2 laps
Race Director: Steve Schwenke
Contact: Email:  schwenkes@homemail.com.au   Ph 6282 9775

Reminder

All racing is now $5 per event. Please ensure you have the correct fees.

Crit Marshals and Helpers needed

Helpers will be needed on the night.  If you are racing you can still get there early or stay after your race to help out.

Important Information: Late Arrivals

It is a condition of our Insurance that all riders receive a referee’s briefing before the commencement of racing to ensure that they are aware of racing conditions.

All riders need to ensure that they arrive in sufficient time to sign-on and be briefed before the commencement of racing.

 

Thursday, 13th December: Track Racing

Where: Queanbeyan Track
When: 6:00 pm
Details: Warm up from 5:30 first race at 6pm. Scratch races, two lap handicap, derny races and Italian pursuits. Road and track bikes welcome

 

Sunday, 16th December: Orroral Graded Scratch

Where: Orroral River Camp Ground, Orroral Rd (300 metres past the cattle grid)
When: 8:00 am
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number.
Race Description:
ABCD (58km) Start to Orroral Tracking Centre (OTC), to Glendale to OTC, to Glendale, to the Finish.
EFG (48km) Start to OTC, to Glendale, to OTC, to Boboyan Rd IC, to the Finish.
Race Director: Phillip Coulton
Contact: Email: Phill.Coulton@essentialenergy.com.au    Ph 6291 1911

Help Needed on Saturday:  Phil will need Marshals and helpers at the finish line to run the race.  Please contact him before the weekend if you can assist.

 

RACE REPORTS:

Criterium Race Report – 4th December

There was a brisk breeze blowing across the track last Tuesday evening as 115 riders lined up for the racing.

Unfortunately, collarbone corner struck again with one of the F Grade riders failing to negotiate the bend and went off the edge of the track resulting in a broken clavicle.

The breeze took its toll on the bunches with many of them breaking up in the strong cross wind.

Thanks to Henry Beaverstock and Graham Hendry for support as the race director, Doug Widdup, had to leave early for family reasons.

 

Lookout Hill Time Trial – 9th December

An cool early Sunday morning start saw 38 riders turn up to compete in an unfamiliar event, a 31km time trial from Lookout Hill to Apollo Rd and back.

With some changes to the Age Standard grading, it was going to be interesting to see how the new grading changed the balance.

For the Men, Paul Angelatos (-3:40) took the event as one of only three riders to beat their age standard time.

In the Women’s, Biance Mauch was the best at +6:46 against her age standard.

In the Tandems, Peter Granleese and Elton Ivers took the honours at +9:51.

Thanks to Chris Short for Race Refereeing and to Bruce Jones, Graham Hendrie, James Jordan and Henry Beaverstock for assisting.

z12.1 Dec 3 Bleat

posted 3 Dec 2012, 02:42 by Administrator Actvcc

Hello Vets,

In this issue of The Bleat;

·         Twitter - for late changes

·         Lost and Found

·         Hartley Challenge

·         Registration Information for 2013

·         Racing this Week

·         Race Reports

 

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

 

Ian Morton.

 

Twitter for late changes

A reminder that the twitter tag ‘@ACTVets’ is used to advise of any late changes to the race program such as last Tuesday’s cancellation due to wet weather.

If you don’t have a twitter account, go to https://twitter.com/actvets to check for status updates.

Lost and Found:

There is a growing number of items of property belonging to club members that have been left behind after races. They range from jackets, phone, glasses and cycling gear. These items are presently being kept in the club van. Details and photos of all items can be viewed on the club site athttp://www.actvets.cc/forsale/lost-and-found .

Please have a look and if any of them are yours contact Graham Hendrie or any club official who may be present on race days.  .

Hartley Challenge – A trailer from Jing Huang

Featuring Canberra's tandem cyclists and their love affair with the annual Hartley Cycle Challenge. FIT-Ability would like to thank ACTVETS cycling club for their support of tandem racing in their events, and the members who've piloted for us, as well as volunteering their time and helping us out with equipment.

You can view the trailer at:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KU0WCXnoaoU

 

2013 Registration:

The National AVCC online registration system (IMG) is now available to process renewals and new memberships for 2013. No membership details have been loaded into the new system.  You will need to enter all your personal information this year.  Next year, you will be able to use your login so you won’t have to re-enter your details.

To register, use the following steps;

·         Go to the website: https://memberdesq.imgstg.com/index.cfm?OrgID=10244

·         Select ‘New Registration

·         Select the State and Club, then press ‘Next >>

·         Select the membership type, then press ‘Next >>

·         Agree the Terms and Conditions, then press ‘Next >>

·         Enter your personal details, then press ‘Next >>

·         After a couple of confirmation pages, Enter your credit card details (Visa or Mastercard) then ‘Submit Payment’.

You will then receive Emails confirming details about your registration and providing you with a logon and password that you can use to update your details in future.  Note that once you have registered, you can change your logon name and password to something a bit easier to remember.

It is no longer is it possible to join the club with cash/cheque at race registration or using the EFT option prior to race registration.  Please note that new members will also need to join using the online registration system prior to commencing racing.

Every endeavour will be made to download payment information into our race management system before race days but sometimes this may not be possible.  Therefore, if a new member (from 27 November) or renewing member (from 1 January) pays online, just before race day, then proof of payment must be produced at registration before being allowed to enter the race to ensure that insurance cover has been activated.  In this case, please bring along a printed copy of the confirmation Email to confirm registration.

For any new members, who had already signed up since 1 October using the old payment arrangements, your details will be uploaded into the new system manually. You do not need to register online.

If you have any questions or difficulties with registration please contact: membership@actvets.cc

 RACING THIS WEEK:

Tuesday, 4th December: Stromlo Criterium

Where: Stromlo Forrest Park
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number.
Race Description: G Grade@ 5:45 - 13min + 2 laps; C/D Grade@ 6:07 - 30min + 2 laps; E/F Grade@ 6:45 - 25min + 2 laps; A/B Grade@ 7:18 - 40min + 2 laps
Race Director: Doug Widdup
Contact: Email:  widdup@homemail.com.au     Ph 6241 8665

Reminder

All racing is now $5 per event. Please ensure you have the correct fees.

Crit Marshals and Helpers needed

Helpers will be needed on the night.  If you are racing you can still get there early or stay after your race to help out.

Important Information: Late Arrivals

It is a condition of our Insurance that all riders receive a referee’s briefing before the commencement of racing to ensure that they are aware of racing conditions.

All riders need to ensure that they arrive in sufficient time to sign-on and be briefed before the commencement of racing.

 

Thursday, 6th November: Track Racing

Where: Queanbeyan Track
When: 6:00 pm
Details: Warm up from 5:30 first race at 6pm. Scratch races, two lap handicap, derny races and Italian pursuits. Road and track bikes welcome

 

Sunday, 9th December: Lookout Hill Time Trial

Where: Lookout Hill.
When: 8:00 am
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number.
Race Description: Time Trial - Lookout Hill to Apollo Rd return, finish on the flat about 600m south of Look Hill car park.
Note: Change from previously advertised course
Race Director: Chris Short
Contact: Email: Christopher.Short@globalccsinstitute.com   Ph 6255 6789

Help Needed on Saturday:  Chris will need Marshals and helpers at the finish line to run the race.  Please contact him before the weekend if you can assist.

 

RACE REPORTS:

Criterium Race Report – 27th November

It was raining heavily on Tuesday afternoon at the track and there was water running across the track in three places. The combination of rain water and duck poo at one corner made the surface very slippery. Combined with a severe weather warning issued about 4.30pm the decision was to abandon the race in the interest of safety.

Thanks to Michael Golding.

 

Track Report – 29th November

We had 4 Roadies and 14 Trackies turn up in the 38 degree heat, and it was hard to get people to leave the shade of the trees, but reluctantly riders mounted their bikes.

We started with a 10 lap scratch warm-up. The Roadies which saw Gary Waldron win. The winners of the Trackies were - B grade Ottmar Weiss and A grade Jim Davey.

Next was the season points event – the event was the 4 lap individual pursuit.  This is when there are only 2 riders on the track on opposite sides of the track. They then have to try and chase each other or get over the finish line first. Then the winners of each race ride off until there is only one winner. Due to equipment issues and the heat only 1 round was run. The winners for this round will receive 6 points each.

The final event of the night was a combined Italian pursuit which the team of Jeff, Anton, Phil, Ray, Ottmar and Eddie won.

Next week’s events will be 12 lap Scratch, Snowball, Win ‘N’ Out and 8 lap Scratch.

Snowball- Some times called a progressive point-score. The race is run similar to a point score-however each lap is a sprint for first place only with the points earned corresponding to the laps completed i.e. the winner of the first sprint gets 1 point winner of the 10th sprint gets 10points. The overall winner is the rider with the most points.

Win’N’ Out This is the opposite of a Miss’N’Out race. After a designated number of laps a whistle is blown for the first sprint. The winner of the first sprint is deemed the winner of the race and allowed to carefully withdraw from the race. Each proceeding lap sprint will produce the consecutive places from 2nd to 4th. Tip if you go for a sprint make sure you win it.

 

Dalton – 2nd December

Sunday at Dalton,  wind blowing, sun shining, flies buzzing, Hillbillies coming into the big smoke at Gunning to get sugar and yeast for their moonshine and somehow 39 Vets turned up looking for a race in the middle of nowhere.  Usual admin out of the way, Helmets checked, riders registered and both Michael Fawke and Henry letting me know what it’s like to have two wives, keeping me busy with “suggestions” on how the day should run.  Thanks guys...

With a riders brief out of the road,  the “A train” invited the B’s to hold hands on the first leg to Gunning as 5 isn’t enough apparently to go outside on their own, with the begging out of the way,  both groups left together to go to the Dance, but by the end of the first lap the A’s had broken loose and left the start/finish line marshals wondering whether or not B grade do actually kiss on the first date.  The close nature of the racing continued through the 2nd leg and eventually Dave Rae was able to hold off Brendan Byatt in a sprint  the line with Tom Hartley opting for a more gentlemanly approach to the finish in 3rd.  The B’s came in shortly after with Howard Galloway taking the points from Chris Nolan and Peter Prammer taking the other podium spot.

Both C and D grade went out together and played nicely in the pit together keeping most of the 11 riders together at the first turn and given the strong headwinds back into Dalton were sharing the load nice with each other John Paul De Sousa  took the points eventually from Jason Parkes and Andrew Boyd, while the D’s came in with almost identical times and the crowd were treated to Bill Frost galloping across the line followed by Simon Milnes and Mal Rimes taking the minor placings.

With a slight change to plan on the departure schedule being tested, the remaining grades in G, E and F went sent out as the C and D group start the turn for Dalton on lap 1.  The G’s sent out and both Bruce and Polly reminded they could only ride a maximum of two abreast and they appeared to take it seriously doing so until the last 100 metres with Polly taking the points from Bruce in a close enough finish.

Both E grade and the team from F Troop managed to keep their riders together for the most part opting, for collaborative riding into the wind leg coming back into Dalton,  Malcolm Tew did manage a small breakaway with only Liz Lowe and Mike Corke hanging on in a close finish, while F Troop watched as Rosemary Robinson gave a lesson on hard riding in the biggest margin of the day taking the points by the best part of a minute from Jim Cruden and newcomer to the vets in Terry Merrigan.

Thanks to Henry for keeping the start finish line ticking over and all other tasks at Camp Vets completed to ensure no mishaps during the race.  Special thanks to Jeff Culnane and Ross Robinson for taking their cars out to keep the race safe and too James Meredith, Alex O’Shea and Michael Fawke for outstanding efforts as turn marshals.

Thanks to Steven Dean for Race Refereeing.

z11.4 Nov 26 Bleat

posted 26 Nov 2012, 01:43 by Administrator Actvcc   [ updated 26 Nov 2012, 01:45 ]

Hello Vets,

In this issue of The Bleat;

·         Registration Information for 2013

·         Racing this Week

·         Race Reports

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

Ian Morton.

2013 Registration:

The National AVCC online registration system (IMG) is now available to process renewals and new memberships for 2013. No membership details have been loaded into the new system.  You will need to enter all your personal information this year.  Next year, you will be able to use your login so you won’t have to re-enter your details.

To register, use the following steps;

·         Go to the website: https://memberdesq.imgstg.com/index.cfm?OrgID=10244

·         Select ‘New Registration

·         Select the State and Club, then press ‘Next >>

·         Select the membership type, then press ‘Next >>

·         Agree the Terms and Conditions, then press ‘Next >>

·         Enter your personal details, then press ‘Next >>

·         After a couple of confirmation pages, Enter your credit card details (Visa or Mastercard) then ‘Submit Payment’.

You will then receive Emails confirming details about your registration and providing you with a logon and password that you can use to update your details in future.  Note that once you have registered, you can change your logon name and password to something a bit easier to remember.

It is no longer is it possible to join the club with cash/cheque at race registration or using the EFT option prior to race registration.  Please note that new members will also need to join using the online registration system prior to commencing racing.

Every endeavour will be made to download payment information into our race management system before race days but sometimes this may not be possible.  Therefore, if a new member (from 27 November) or renewing member (from 1 January) pays online just before race day, then proof of payment must be produced at registration before being allowed to enter the race to ensure that insurance cover has been activated.  In this case, please bring along a printed copy of the confirmation Email to confirm registration.

2013 Registration:

For any new members, who had signed up since 1 October using the old payment arrangements, your details will be uploaded into the new system manually. You do not need to register online.

If you have any questions or difficulties with registration please contact: membership@actvets.cc

RACING THIS WEEK:

Tuesday, 27th November: Stromlo Criterium

Where: Stromlo Forrest Park
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number.
Race Description: G Grade@ 5:45 - 13min + 2 laps; E/F Grade@ 6:07 - 24min + 2 laps; A/B Grade@ 6:39 - 36min + 2 laps; C/D Grade@ 7:21 - 29min + 2 laps
Race Director: Michael Golding
Contact: Email:  michael.golding@crimecommission.gov.au       Ph 6161 3526

Reminder

All racing is now $5 per event. Please ensure you have the correct fees.

Crit Marshals and Helpers needed

Helpers will be needed on the night.  If you are racing you can still get there early or stay after your race to help out.

Important Information: Late Arrivals

It is a condition of our Insurance that all riders receive a referee’s briefing before the commencement of racing to ensure that they are aware of racing conditions.

All riders need to ensure that they arrive in sufficient time to sign-on and be briefed before the commencement of racing.

Thursday, 29th November: Track Racing

Where: Queanbeyan Track
When: 6:00 pm
Details: Warm up from 5:30 first race at 6pm. Scratch races, two lap handicap, derny races and Italian pursuits. Road and track bikes welcome

Sunday, 2nd December: Dalton Graded Scratch

Where: Dalton, Gravel Pit just outside town.
When: 9:00 am
Note the later start time to allow for travel.
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 ret to Dalton then north on Rugby Rd to end of bitumen (5k) and return to finish in Dalton.
Race Director: Steven Dean
Contact: Email: Steven.Dean@au.unisys.com Ph 6255 6110

Help Needed on Saturday:  Steve will need Marshals and helpers at the finish line to run the race.  Please contact him before the weekend if you can assist.

RACE REPORTS:

Criterium Race Report – 20th November

Tuesday had good conditions for racing with an easterly wind with over 130 participants.

G grade got underway on time thanks to the preparation of others including Henry Beaverstock, Dale Teddy and James Meredith.  After a couple of laps the field was broken up into 3 groups with sprints to the finish.  1st Bruce Jones, 2nd Michael O’Malley and 3rd Janet Hanson.

A & B grade was a night of repeated attacks in the first half of the race making it interesting to watch.  The pace was high and unfortunately a crash in B grade with about 15 minutes to go required the yellow flag to be used to control pace until the track was cleared.  Luckily there were no serious injuries and thanks to our first aiders all were off the track within a few minutes and of course a few retirements.  The race resumed with 6 minutes to go plus 2 laps and ended in tight finishes in both grades.  A grade 1st Jeremy Gillmand-Wells, 2nd Graeme Albon and 3rd Michael Tolhurst. B grade 1st Michael McGurgan, 2nd Rohan Verco & 3rd Bryan Holloway.

C & D Grade was a had fought races with bunches staying together leading to sprint finishes after alternating cruising and surges throughout the race.  Take care when finishing and turning off as we had a minor collision at low speed thankfully no injuries or damage.

C grade 1st Selwyn Snell, 2nd Ben Davis & 3rd Jason Kerr.  D grade 1st Charles Black, 2nd Chris Kon & 3rd Richard Hedley.

E & F grade:  E grade was a tightly contested race with several surges and the bunch mostly remained intact leading to a tight sprint finish. 1st Aaron Rocks, 2nd Lloyd Bennett & 3rd Mark Ridley.  F grade broke up over the race into a few groups resulting in a clear winner with the final break and sprint away won by Ian Drayton, 2nd to Matt Malone and 3rd Rosemary Robinson.  Again a near miss at the end reminding us to hold our lines and continue through well past the finish line before slowing down – please be aware of those around us.

And a big thank you to the race referee, Kim Malcolm.

Lookout Hill – Tracking Station – 25th November

45 Riders braved the heat to race in still conditions on the fully patched Tidbinbilla Rd. Still some holes left for A-D on the tracking station road. Grades ranged from 10 in B to 2 in G. John, the First Aider had another quiet day, the best kind.

It wasn't looking good for E grade, outnumbered 4:8 as F grade had taken 30s on the return from the short turn, about 7km in.

A grade worked the Officials over with a bunch finish, the remaining grades were much more friendly as the course had done its work, along with the ever increasing heat.

The race briefing proved important, clarifying the turn for the Point Hutt leg, as one rider found out too late to their cost.

Many thanks to the marshals, Barbara Bayliss, Bruce Jones, Dale Teddy, Tom Hartley, James Meredith and Henry Beaverstock who made the event run so smoothly.

Thanks to André Swenson for Race Refereeing.

z11.3 Nov 19 Bleat

posted 20 Nov 2012, 03:43 by Administrator Actvcc


Hello Vets,

In this issue of The Bleat;

·         Racing this Week

·         Race Reports

·         The Hartley Challenge

·         In this week’s Member Profile we look at Dale Teddy.

 

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

 

Ian Morton.

 

Important Note about 2013 Registration

It is expected that the National AVCC online registration system will start accepting membership renewals, as well as new memberships from 27 November.  Confirmation of the date will be provided in next week’s Bleat.  Our website www.actvets.cc will provide detailed information on the payment changes.

From that date no cash/cheque or EFT payments for new or renewing memberships can be accepted by the Club. Members are reminded that renewals must be made prior to 1 January or before your first race in 2013.

 

RACING THIS WEEK:

Tuesday, 20th November: Stromlo Criterium

Where: Stromlo Forrest Park
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number.
Race Description: G Grade@ 5:45 - 13min + 2 laps; A/B Grade@ 6:07 - 33min + 2 laps; C/D Grade@ 6:46 - 26min + 2 laps; E/F Grade@ 7:10 - 22min + 2 laps
Race Director: Kim Malcolm
Contact: Email:  jakmalco@tpg.com.au      Ph 6231 7973

Reminder

All racing is now $5 per event. Please ensure you have the correct fees.

Crit Marshals and Helpers needed

Helpers will be needed on the night.  If you are racing you can still get there early or stay after your race to help out.

Important Information: Late Arrivals

It is a condition of our Insurance that all riders receive a referee’s briefing before the commencement of racing to ensure that they are aware of racing conditions.

All riders need to ensure that they arrive in sufficient time to sign-on and be briefed before the commencement of racing.

Thursday, 22nd November: Track Racing

Where: Queanbeyan Track
When: 6:00 pm
Details: Warm up from 5:30 first race at 6pm. Scratch races, two lap handicap, derny races and Italian pursuits. Road and track bikes welcome

Sunday, 25th November: Lookout Hill Graded Scratch

Where: Lookout Hill, Tidbinbilla Rd
When: 8:00 am
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number.
Race Description: Start Lookout Hill – Tharwa short turn – Discovery Drive Intersection (short turn) - Tidbinbilla Space Tracking Station (long turn) – Finish Lookout Hill
Race Director: Andre Swenson
Contact: Email: aswenson@tpg.com.au      6251 3780

Help Needed on Saturday:  Andre will need 4 Marshals and helpers at the finish line to run the race.  Please contact him before the weekend if you can assist.

RACE REPORTS:

Criterium Race Report – 13th November

On a pleasant afternoon we had a record 143 riders turn up for the criterium racing at Stromlo Forrest Park, this was 10 above the record.  We started off with G grade which was a fairly even contest for the most part with Susan Belton taking line honours followed by Bruce Jones and Janet Hanson.  In C grade the pace was solid from the start with riders dropping off early as the attacks continued, in the end it was Phil Walker who took the win and Ed O’Farrell plus Bradley Sellwood filling the minor places.

By the time C and D grade lined up that gentle wind change was gaining momentum and rapidly altering temperatures. D grade, the largest group of 27 riders maintained a solid pace from start to finish with the sprint determining the places. First was David Rowe with Ian Langstaff second and Gary Waldron third.  C grade saw Philip Walker return from some inconsistent road performances to take a nicely timed sprint from Edward O'Farrell and Bradley Sellwood.

E and F grade rolled out in deteriorating conditions. Again the bunches broke up and it is here that the coloured ribbons identifying particular grades come to the fore.  In E grade Stewart Kerr rode away early in the race and was never headed. Second and third were Chris Kon and Meng Ngai.  In F grade this was a solid race with the sprint determining the places.  First was Ian Drayton followed by Bruce Frazer and Phil Coulton for second and third.

By the time A and B grade rolled out the marshals were looking for the outdoor portable gas heaters. A grade was a tough race as the speed was high, Paul Angelatos and Steve Blackburn made the break early and maintained a sizable gap all the way to the finish which was a mighty display of power and speed.  Towards the end of the race a small group of Mark Harris, John Forrest and Nick Boylan managed to get away from the main bunch.   The final places were Paul Angelatos first, Steve Blackburn second and John Forrest third.

In B grade this was the second largest group (25 riders). The pace was there from start to finish with riders dropping off at various stages.  B grade was the grade with the highest number of DNF’s (7).  In the end it came down to the sprint with Christophe Barberet taking the win followed by Mick Jermyn and Rohan Verco.

Many thanks to the marshals, Henry Beaverstoc, Dale Teddy and Peter Prammer. . Thank you also to James, Pat and anyone else who assisted at race registration.

And a big thank you to the race referee, Peter Klein.

Track Report – 15th November

The threatening rain held off and the wind subsided to again to have perfect conditions for track racing. Only 15 riders, 3 Roadies and 12 Trackies. Where did all the Roadies go????

We started with a short 5 lap scratch warm-up for the Roadies which saw Ben Robey win. And for the Trackies both grades combined with the A graders and 2 B graders contesting the finishing sprint.

Next was the season points event – a 20 lap Points Race. Riders must score points by sprinting for intermittent sprints every 5 laps for bonuses (3, 2, 1 points), except the final sprint which the first 5 places get points. Also lapping the field scores a bonus 20 points, consequently losing a lap to the field scores -20points. Winner of the race is the rider with the most points. 20 laps on the Queanbeyan Velodrome equals 8.8km.

For the Roadies race with only 3 riders, Ben (who had a 1 lap handicap) lead out and won the first sprint and but then continued to pull Barbara and Phil which proved to be his downfall. The next sprint Phil won but the endurance of Barbara Bayliss paid off with her winning the third and the final sprint. Barbara and Phil ended on the same points, Barbara getting the win on a count back.

For the Trackies race it was decided to race both A and B grades together but give B graders double points and a half lap lead. As it turned out it didn’t matter about the double points because Aaron Rockey and Linda Banks broke away from the very start and were never caught. Linda won the most points.

Full results are in the RMS.

The next event was the Italian Pursuit with both Roadies and Trackies. This stirred up the spectators as the lead changed every lap. In the end Team 2 won by a Bees appendage as judged by the officials (Phil, Graeme, Ally, Steve, Aaron, Jim and Allan) the winning team.

The last event was a Mystery Race. This is a standard scratch race however the number of laps is determined by the race director and concealed. The riders are given a bell with 1 lap to go. Again both Roadies and Trackie were combined. Anton just beat Allan on the line.

Full results for all events can be found on the Track Racing page on the website.

Thanks for Graeme O’Neill and Greg Rooke for refereeing. Pat and Phil were the nominated First Aiders.

The handicapper has re-graded the following Trackies from B-Grade to A-Grade – Brad Sellwood, Aaron Rockey & Linda Banks.

Next week’s events will be 12 lap Scratch, 2 lap Handicap, Term Derny & 8 lap Scratch.

A Team Derny is the same as a derny race where-by the dernies (motorbike) are replaced by a teammate. The team derny leads the rider for the entire race to try and toe his/her rider to the win. Riders are not allowed to pass their derny..

The Hartley Challenge

A number of ACT Vets are in the final stages of preparation for the 13th annual Hartley Lifecare Ability Cycle Challenge. This is a non-competitive teams event involving riding over 450km, with 5,000m of climbing, from Canberra to Mt Kosciusko and back takes place on 23-26 November 2012. This year’s Challenge involves about 240 cyclists, including some people with disabilities, mainly vision impairment, riding tandems. Paralympic Gold Medallists, Michael Milton (skiing) and Lindy Hou (tandem cycling).

This year’s event includes an inaugural CEO Challenge, a one day 90km ride from Jindabyne to Charlotte’s Pass, involving some good climbing towards Mt Kosciusko.

Hartley is also keen contacts cyclists in the Cooma-Jindabyne region to strengthen local links and perhaps involve more local riders in the event – especially as Hartley’s Assistive Technology Program will now be available to people in the Snowy region.

Hartley Lifecare would like to thank participating Vets for their fundraising efforts which provide valuable funds for Hartley’s disability support services.

You can support your fellow Vets and the teams in their fundraising efforts through the Everyday Hero website, http://www.everydayhero.com.au/event/abilitycyclechallenge2012 or direct through Hartley’s website with more information and links to 2011 photos at www.hartley.org.au.

 

ACT Veterans Member Profile

In our next member profile we look at we look at Dale Teddy;

How long have you been a member of ACT Vets?

I joined October 2011. I was riding from Kambah to Lake George and joined another cyclist who was out training. He told me he was riding the same bike he won an Australian title on in I think it was 1993. I told him I was keen on joining a cycling club, as it happened we were approaching the Old Federal Highway and he indicated there was a race on today with the ACTVets. He turned around and headed back to Sutton so I introduced myself to Graham Hendrie and he said you can race today if you want. I said no thanks, I’ve just come from Kambah and I still had to ride back so a 46km race as well wasn’t appealing. But I joined the following Tuesday at Stromlo Park

 

What is your favourite course in the ACT Vets racing calendar and why?

I have not ridden all courses yet, but anything with a hill or five is favourable, which is just about all the courses I guess. Not that I am a mountain goat, I just enjoy the pain and the view. I rode Orroral and that was fun (sort of) and I do enjoy the true test against the clock, the time trial, pushing oneself to the limit

 

What Grade did you start in with the Vets?

I started in E grade and have managed to get to D grade and aim to improve over time. When I first started I was a little naive and used to go as hard as I could finding I would get swamped at the finish line. I still race that way but my results have improved with fitness

 

What do you like about racing with the Vets?

The immediate thing about the club is the friendliness and the racing is not super serious. There is a dedicated team who through their unselfish efforts enable the club to function smoothly

 

How long have you been cycling?

I got my first bicycle when I was 9 and started paper runs when I was 10. I have enjoyed it as a means of transportation since. When I was at Uni, (way back in 1979) I once rode the 300+ kms to my home town (in New Zealand) and my family used to think I was crazy. Funny thing they have taken up cycling late in life and love it. I wish I had taken up cycling competitively earlier, at 50 years it is probably leaving it a bit late but there are some goals I want to achieve and many rides in New Zealand and Australia on my bucket list

 

What got you interested in cycling?

I wanted a challenge and socially riding to Lake George or riding around the Tidbinbilla loop wasn’t enough because I am competitive by nature. I have watched the Tour de France every year since SBS started their coverage and admired the fitness of racing. That chance meeting of the Vet on Federal highway last year has given me the bug. I hope to still be riding/racing when I get to Rad’s age

 

What was your most memorable ride?

My most memorable ride is my ride from Darwin to Melbourne in 1988. I travelled by air in 1987 and found it boring, you know, fly to Alice-stop for 1 hour, fly onto Adelaide-stop for 1 hour so the next time I made the journey I decided to cycle. A friend I worked with in Darwin, her father (Ray Appleby) had a bike shop in Tasmania so he sent me a bike and I rode it to Melbourne. Took me 23 days, luckily it’s downhill. It’s a 3,800km ride but I rode only 3100km as there was a section through South Australia, too much desert and not enough road train stops. One day I cooked my brain, ran out of water too quickly. I remember seeing the next road train stop 2 kms in the distance and it took me 2 hours to get there. I didn’t enjoy that experience and my map indicated the distance between water stops was too great each day and I didn’t want to become a statistic so I caught a ride for 700kms from somewhere in the middle of nowhere in South Australia to Port Augusta. Needless to say, I stayed in Melbourne and didn’t return to Darwin.

 

What is/was your favourite bike?

My favourite bike was my companion on that Darwin to Melbourne trip. It was a Europa frame, shifters on the down tube. I did enjoy my current bike, an Avanti Quantum Team until I crashed in a race in New Zealand in September and wrote it off. Only had it for 3 months

 

Where do you work?

I am an Assistant Store Manager at ALDI Food Stores

 

How do you find the time to train?

It’s hard with the hours I work, but I will go out whenever I can

 

Do you have a special training regime?

When I train I like to go reasonably hard as time is limited. I recently was invited to ride with two other vets who are training for particular events which I enjoy (better than riding on your own).

 

What does your family think of your cycling?

My wife is very supportive, and understands how committed I am and the enjoyment I get. She wants an electric assistance bike so she can come out on rides with me. A replacement for the Avanti means she may be waiting for it.

 

An interesting fact about yourself;

When I rode down Australia’s centre I stopped off at Ayres Rock, might as well. Wanted to take my bike to the top of the rock but there was a sign prohibiting this, so I decided to attempt the climb record for climbing the rock which at the time was held by a New Zealander. I missed it but at least I have climbed the rock

z11.2 Nov 12 Bleat

posted 12 Nov 2012, 16:03 by Administrator Actvcc

Hello Vets,

In this issue of The Bleat;

·         Racing this Week

·         Race Reports

·         Update on Paul Miller - from Jeff Culnane

·         Track Season 2012-13

·         Request for help – for a disabled rider

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

 

Ian Morton.

 

RACING THIS WEEK:

Tuesday, 13th November: Stromlo Criterium Points Race

Where: Stromlo Forrest Park
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number.
Race Description: G Grade@ 5:45 - 13min + 2 laps; C/D Grade@ 6:07 - 24min + 2 laps; E/F Grade@ 6:39 - 20min + 2 laps; A/B Grade@ 7:07 - 31min + 2 laps
Race Director: Peter Klein
Contact: Email:  pklein12@tpg.com.au     Ph 6292 6592

Reminder

All racing is now $5 per event. Please ensure you have the correct fees.

Crit Marshals and Helpers needed

Helpers will be needed on the night.  If you are racing you can still get there early or stay after your race to help out.

Important Information: Late Arrivals

It is a condition of our Insurance that all riders receive a referee’s briefing before the commencement of racing to ensure that they are aware of racing conditions.

All riders need to ensure that they arrive in sufficient time to sign-on and be briefed before the commencement of racing.

 

Thursday, 15th November: Track Racing

Where: Queanbeyan Track
When: 6:00 pm
Details: Warm up from 5:30 first race at 6pm. Scratch races, two lap handicap, derny races and Italian pursuits. Road and track bikes welcome

 

Sunday, 18th November: Lookout Hill Graded Scratch

Where: Lookout Hill, Tidbinbilla Rd
When: 8:00 am
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number.
Race Description: Start Lookout Hill - Pt Hut - Apollo Rd - Pt Hut - finish Lookout Hill
Race Director: Michael Fawke
Contact: Email: mjfawke@internode.on.net     6223 2291

Help Needed on Saturday:  Michael will need 4 Marshals and helpers at the finish line to run the race.  Please contact him before the weekend if you can assist.

 

RACE REPORTS:

Criterium Race Report – 6th November

A points race on Melbourne Cup day marked a change in criterium racing for the Vets, expanding from its clockwise and anticlockwise scratch race format. I don't have the results to describe the final sprints but here are a few observations. First up was G grade and Bruce Jones toyed with his opposition by beating them in the sprint then letting them regather, then beating them again. Rad Leovic backed up well after his epic weekend in the Triple Tri.

F grade stayed together for most of the race. Most notable was the comment from the peloton of  "bugger" at the sound of the whistle on one occasion. Towards the end Barbara Bayliss and one other were in a break with the bell sounding but couldn't hold it to the end and were swamped by the sprinters.

E grade started aggressively with attacks from Aaron Rockey and Pat Rooke, but then sanity prevailed and they regathered after each of the sprints. With two laps to go Pat attacked again, but as the bell sounded she was facing a Fukushima-style meltdown, with the rest of E graders bearing down on her.

D were very orderly and regrouped after each sprint, with Richard Hedley taking out the points title.

Phil Walker was in all the action in C grade but didn't come away with many points. First he was chased down by Bianca Mauch and Catherine Kelaher. A second break by Phil also was chased down. With two to go, Jonathan Chowns thought he'd charge off for the five points, with Linda Banks in pursuit. This tactic failed Pat style, but left the race open for Catherine to win easily in the sprint, and perhaps a step up to B grade.

B grade surprisingly started with a Jason Parkes attack, sending spectators to their record books to see when this last occurred. Paul Welsh spent most of the race in front on his own but not when it mattered as Aaron Sedgmen was winning all the sprints.

Melbourne Cup day this year was one for the bookies, but in A grade the odds-on favourite was Mark Harris. As current NSW champion and Australian bronze medallist, Mark was destined to show his hand during the race. After the first sprint, Mark Gillett, Antony Bishop, Robert Bleeker and Sean Ifland got away, but were soon chased down by the Fawkeswagon, Michael Fawke. Halfway through Harris emerged and took a new lean Nick Boylan with him to nab the rest of the points. John Forrest tried to bridge the gap towards the end, staying clear from the bunch for third.

Thanks to Henry and Greg Rooke for helping out, and to Owain Tilley, Allan Bontjer, Alex O'Shea for being great place spotters.

Thanks to Robert Langridge for race refereeing.

 

Track Report – 8th November

The weather was prefect for track and for sitting on the prefect lawn of Queanbeyan Oval. Only 15 riders turned this week with usual fast boys obviously needing a rest from the fast pace of last week.

We started with a 10 lap scratch warmup for the Roadies which saw Ben Robey and newcomer Gary Waldron battle for the win with Gary winning. And for the Trackies the 12 lap scratch (thanks Anton) both grades combined with B grader Brad Sellwood winning – I think a re-grade might be in order.

Next was the season points event – a 1 Lap Time Trial. This required all riders to start holding the fence, then after a 5 second count down, ride as fast as they can to the finish line. The fastest rider wins. Roadies had to choose which gear combination they would use before starting; they could not change once started. Again newcomer Gary proved to be the winner with a time of 36.60 seconds. A Grade Trackies set the fastest time of the night of 35.40 – both Anton Wurzer and Jim Davey  getting the same time. The B Grade saw another newbie Aaron Rockey win with a time of 35.88. Full results for the TT are in the RMS.

The next event was a 10 lap handicap – the Roadies had Ben and Gary off scratch, Adrian off 200m and Phil and Mike off 400m. Ben won closely followed by Phil. The combined Trackies had Anton, Eddie, Jim and Brad off scratch, Aaron off 200m, Linda, Pat, Steve and Ottmar off 400m. Steve won and Linda was 2nd.

Due to the days getting longer we were able to get one more race, a 8 lap scratch, for 6 keen trackies. The pace was steady with everyone taking turn on the front except Pat, who just hung for dear life. Anton just beat Eddie on the line.

Full results for all events can be found on the Track Racing page on the website.

Thanks for Graeme O’Neill and Greg Rooke for refereeing. Pat and Phil were the nominated First Aiders.

 

Update on Paul Miller from Jeff Culnane

Paul was a long-term member of our club and regular racer on the road, in the crits, and on the track at Queanbeyan. Three weeks ago while riding his bike, he was hit by a car at a roundabout in Wanniassa and was critically injured. He suffered head trauma and fractures to the pelvis and damage around the neck. It was into the second week before he came out of a coma and he had pneumonia and limited use of the left hand. He had a tracheotomy tube inserted a few days ago.

I visited him today in the Intensive Care Unit at The Canberra Hospital. I am pleased to say his cognitive skills are good but he cannot yet speak and he gives the thumbs up signal to indicate agreement/acknowledgement. He also used his fingers to indicate a circle when I told him I had just completed my ninth successive Round the Bay ride, and he seemed animated at my comments reminiscing about our team pursuit endeavours at Dunc Gray velodrome.

Paul works at Qantas and he was in the team that brought back the then new Boeing 737-800 from Seattle for Prime Minister Howard. Club members who raced with Paul will remember him as a delightful and sincere bloke. I know that you will wish him an enduring recovery – it will be a long road back, though I think. His partner Sharon may be contacted on 0412 186 278.

 

Track Season 2012-13

 

Week

Date

Warm up race

Season points

Fun

Warm down

Sunset

2

1/11/2012

 

 

 

19:32

 

 

12 Lap Scratch

4 lap HC

Italian Puruit

 

 

3

8/11/2012

 

 

 

 

19:39

 

 

10 Lap Scratch

1 Lap Time Trial

10 Lap HC

8 Lap Scatch

 

4

15/11/2012

 

20 Lap points race

 

 

19:49

 

 

5 Lap Scratch

Italian Puruit

Mystery Race

 

5

22/11/2012

 

 

 

 

19:52

 

 

12 Lap Scratch

2 Lap HC

Team Derny

8 Lap Scatch

 

6

29/11/2012

 

 

 

 

20:00

 

 

10 Lap Scratch

4 lap Pursuit

Italian Puruit

Mystery Race

 

7

6/12/2012

 

 

 

 

20:06

 

 

12 Lap Scratch

Snow Ball

Win & Out

8 Lap Scatch

 

8

13/12/2012

 

 

 

 

20:12

 

 

12 Lap Scratch

200m Fly

Italian Puruit

Mystery Race

 

9

20/12/2012

 

no points awarded

 

Supper in the park

20:16

 

Wheel Race

10 Lap Scratch

Wheel Race

 

 

 

 

BREAK

 

 

 

10

10/01/2013

 

Sprint derby

 

 

20:22

 

 

12 Lap Scratch

Italian Puruit

Mystery Race

 

11

17/01/2013

 

20 Lap points race

 

 

20:21

 

 

5 Lap Scratch

Team Derny

8 Lap Scatch

 

12

24/01/2013

 

1 Lap Time Trial - points compared to last time

 

 

20:18

 

 

10 Lap Scratch

Win & Out

Mystery Race

 

13

31/01/2013

 

 

 

 

20:13

 

 

12 Lap Scratch

Kierin

Italian Puruit

Mystery Race

 

14

7/02/2013

 

 

 

 

20:08

 

 

12 Lap Scratch

4 Lap HC

Team Derny

8 Lap Scatch

 

15

14/02/2013

 

200m Fly -points compared to last time

 

 

20:01

 

 

12 Lap Scratch

10 Lap HC

8 Lap Scatch

 

16

21/02/2013

 

20 Lap points race

 

 

19:54

 

 

5 Lap Scratch

Italian Puruit

Mystery Race

 

17

28/02/2013

 

 

 

 

19:45

 

 

12 Lap Scratch

2 lap HC

Team Derny

8 Lap Scatch

 

18

7/03/2013

 

Ominum 1

Ominum 2

 

19:36

 

Ominum

 

1 lap TT

20 Lap Points

 

 

19

14/03/2013

 

Ominum 3

Ominum 4

 

19:26

 

Ominum

 

4 lap Pursuit

Kierin

 

 

20

21/03/2013

 

Ominum 5

Ominum 6

 

19:17

 

Ominum

 

Sprint derby

12 lap Scratch

 

 

21

28/03/2013

 

 

 

Presentation and BBQ

19:07

 

Presentation

10 Lap Scratch

 

 

 

 

Request for help for a disabled rider

John Armstrong is assisting a young man (Matthew Kallir-Prece) who has a number of disabilities to get better at riding his bike. One of the stumbling blocks for Matthew is his ability to discern which lever to push when changing gears – using shimano STI levers. John believes that if he were to get him onto Campagnolo levers, where he will need to use his thumb for a harder gear and his fingers for an easier gear, then he will be better able to change gears for himself.

As a result, John is chasing some Campagnolo gearing – and as there are 100 Vets that have got this gear on an old bike or even got this gear stashed away somewhere! He will require the complete drivetrain – levers, cluster, wheel and derailier.

If anyone could spare so old gear, please contact John at armstron@iinet.net.au

z11.1 Nov 5 Bleat

posted 5 Nov 2012, 01:50 by Administrator Actvcc

Hello Vets,

In this issue of The Bleat;

·         Racing this Week

·         Race Reports

·         Call for Volunteers – Tour de Femme

·         From the Desk of the Handicapper

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

Ian Morton.

RACING THIS WEEK:

Tuesday, 6th November: Stromlo Criterium Points Race

Where: Stromlo Forrest Park
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number.
Race Description: G Grade@ 5:45 - 13min + 2 laps; E/F Grade@ 6:07 - 19min + 2 laps; A/B Grade@ 6:34 - 30min + 2 laps; C/D Grade@ 7:10 - 23min + 2 laps
Race Format: Sprints laps will be called every 5-10 mins, worth 3, 2 and 1 points. Final sprint will be points from 5-1 for the first five finishers. Rider with the highest score wins.
Race Director: Robert Langridge
Contact: Email:  langridge@netspeed.com.au    Ph 6281 0997

Crit Marshals and Helpers needed

Helpers will be needed on the night.  If you are racing you can still get there early or stay after your race to help out.

Important Information: Late Arrivals

It is a condition of our Insurance that all riders receive a referee’s briefing before the commencement of racing to ensure that they are aware of racing conditions.

All riders need to ensure that they arrive in sufficient time to sign-on and be briefed before the commencement of racing.

Thursday, 8th November: Track Racing

Where: Queanbeyan Track
When: 6:00 pm
Details: Warm up from 5:30 first race at 6pm. Scratch races, two lap handicap, derny races and Italian pursuits. Road and track bikes welcome

Sunday, 11th November: Stromlo Time Trial

Where: Stromlo Forest Park
When: 8:00 am
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number.
Race Description: Stromlo Forest Park - left on Uriarra Rd, turn around at the last sister, return and once around the Critirium track
Race Director: Graham Hendrie
Contact: Email: hendrie@netspeed.com.au    6288 1544

Help Needed on Saturday:  Graham will need Marshals and helpers at the finish line to run the race.  Please contact him before the weekend if you can assist.

RACE REPORTS:

Criterium Race Report – 30th October

Leaving my office at 4.50pm it appeared that my referring duties for the night would entail turning up at the track and cancel racing due to the inclement weather. Not to be, as rain in the northern suburbs and Queanbeyan totally missed Stromlo Park. No rain, no wind and a good riding temperature.

Numbers were slightly down on last week with 107 participants and with the riders evenly spread across all grades it meant that management of the bell lap and sprints to the finish were easier.

In general the sprints in each grade were well contested except for one or two runaways. With a number of new members it is hard to assess an initial grade but it is hoped that the ever present handicapper will do his trusty duty by week two of any new member racing.

E Grade saw the closest finish of the night with Charles Black just out sprinting Belinda Chamberlain on the line, lucky to be half a rim in it at the end. It must have been that sort of night for the Chamberlain’s as Andrew finished up second in B Grade as well.

I must thank all riders for their performance on the track and staying upright. It certainly appeared from my position that track etiquette was maintained and I only had one issue raised through the evenings racing.

Thanks to our First Aid attendant, although I missed his name. Also thanks to the ever present Henry Beaverstock for keeping me on track and a big thanks to Dale Teddy for assistance at the line and in the chute.

Thanks to Phil Coulton for race refereeing.

Track Report – 1st November

Another great evening at track. 18 riders in 3 different grades lined up for the 12 Lap scratch which proved to be a great warm-up for the following 4 Lap Handicap for the season point.

The 4 lap handicap required riders employ some tactics to try and catch a wheel and try and hang on, this proved to be the downfall of the sprinters. In the Roadies handicap, Ben Davis is proving to be the man to beat despite starting on scratch. The A-graders saw Steve Jones again swipe through the bunch for a convincing win. Brad Sellwood was given a very generous handicap to win easily.

Next was an Italian pursuit - this team event combines riders of all standards to form two teams at opposite sides of the track. Team captains organise their team so as the slowest riders are at the front of the train.  After the end of each lap, the leading rider pulls off completely, leaving the next to fight the wind. Therefore, the first rider has to do one lap, the second, two laps, and the last rider completes as many laps as in his/her team. Hence, the last rider typically has the best endurance. The pace of this race is continuously building and lead often changes hands between the opposing teams, until the final two riders are left to decide the race.  Only 4 roadies were able to make the start line so they ended up only doing 2 laps. The Team of Ben Robey and Phil Coulton won. All the trackies were combined for their race. The winning team was Steve Jones, Jim Davey, Anton Wurzer, Ottmar Weiss and Brad Sellwood.

Next Thursday will see something for the sprinters.

Old Federal Highway Handicap Report – 4th November

65 Riders were greeted with perfect weather for racing on Sunday morning.  The handicap events are much anticipated and a great deal of discussion and debate by riders revolves around the time between grades allotted by the Handicapper.  With the registrations on Sunday, B1, C1 and D1 grades were looking like producing the winner as they had the most number of riders.  There were a couple of smaller groups given the large number of grades so some riders were likely to do it tougher than others.  There was some negotiation on the start line in A grade with only two starters in the A1 category.  A decision was made to run A1 and A2 as one grade but utilising the handicap (less 30 seconds) provided to the A1 grade.  Being 4 minutes behind B Grade provided a big challenge for the A Grade chasers.

So once all riders were away, eyes focus on the intersection between Shingle Hill Way and the Old Federal Hwy to see which grades had ridden well together.  Bruce was true to his word breaking apart G grade and forging a 200m gap by the intersection.  Other than G Grade it appeared as though most grades had stuck together on the first leg and were working well to chase down riders in front, although there was some loud discussion as the C grade group went past with riders trying to establish the rolling line.  By the time riders came back for the second leg on the Old Federal Hwy, Bruce was still leading although his lead was disappearing with the groups bunching up behind him and chasing hard.  Malcolm Tew and Barbara Bayliss were working well in tandem at this stage and seeming to be holding their own.  A number of grades had joined with other riders being dropped so it was difficult to assess progress in the chasing groups.  B Grade seemed to be still working together and held a good gap over A Grade and it was likely they were going to chase down the leaders. 

Once all the riders had gone through the last turn it was a matter of waiting to see who would crest the rise first and roll down to the finish line.  As it turned out, Ben Davis had put the hurt on the field on the last lap and came across the line first with a buffer that allowed him to look back, check there was no one behind and role across the line comfortably.  Following was a close tussle between Barbara Bayliss and Malcolm Tew with Barbara taking the chocolates on the line.  The next couple of places filled without the pack in sight and it was only in the battle for 6th spot did the first of the peloton arrive with Tom Hartley leading the pack.

Thanks to the marshals who volunteered to assist with running the event.  Paul Scherl and Dale Teddy volunteered ahead of the event (this makes things so much easier for the Race Director) and James Meredith, James Jordan, Michael Fawke and the ever reliable Henry Beaverstock all stepped up on the day.

Thanks for Rohan Verco for race refereeing.

Call for Volunteers – Tour de Femme

The Tour de Femme is a women's only 20km ride that is both a race and participation event.  Each year the ride attracts around 500 competitors.  This year's event is being held on Sunday November 11th 2012. The race route starts and finishes in Yarralumla Bay and loops around though Yarralumla, Commonwealth Ave, Parkes Way, Lady Denman Dr and Adelaide Ave.

To ensure the event is run smoothly and safely, we need the help of approximately 30 people to direct riders and control traffic. If your wife, girlfriend, daughter, grand mother is racing why not come and support them by making their race safe!  You can also cheer them on as they ride past your Marshalling point. 

You will be needed from approx 7:30am and should be finished by 11am. There's no better way to spend a Sunday morning!

No experience necessary, you will be given clear instructions and supplied with all equipment on the day.

Please get in contact with me - stuartjones1@gmail.com

 From the Desk of the Handicapper

James the Handicapper (everyone’s best friend) has been hard at work and has rewarded these competitors for their efforts with the following promotions;

Criterium

·         Tom Hartley                A

·         Andrew Chamberlain A

·         Mayumi Takeuchi       F

Road

·         Elizabeth Lowe           E1

z10.5 Oct 29 Bleat

posted 29 Oct 2012, 02:55 by Administrator Actvcc

Hello Vets,

In this issue of The Bleat;

·         Racing this Week

·         Race Reports

·         Call for Volunteers – Tour de Femme

·         Tasmanian Veterans – 2012 Championships

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

Ian Morton.

RACING THIS WEEK:

Tuesday, 30th October: Stromlo Criterium Scratch Race

Where: Stromlo Forrest Park
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number.
Race Description: G Grade@ 5:45 - 11min + 2 laps; A/B Grade@ 6:05 - 30min + 2 laps; C/D Grade@ 6:41 - 21min + 2 laps; E/F Grade@ 7:10 - 16min + 2 laps
Race Director: Phillip Coulton
Contact: Email:  Phill.Coulton@essentialenergy.com.au   Ph 6291 1911

Crit Marshals and Helpers needed

Helpers are needed on the night.  If you are racing you can still get there early or stay after your race to help out.

Important Information: Late Arrivals

It is a condition of our Insurance that all riders receive a referee’s briefing before the commencement of racing to ensure that they are aware of racing conditions.

All riders need to ensure that they arrive in sufficient time to sign-on and be briefed before the commencement of racing.

Thursday, 1st November: Track Racing

Where: Queanbeyan Track
When: 6:00 pm
Details: Warm up from 5:30 first race at 6pm. Scratch races, two lap handicap, derny races and Italian pursuits. Road and track bikes welcome

Sunday, 4th November: Old Federal Highway Handicap

Where: Old Federal Highway - Shingle Hill Way
When: 9:00 am
Note the later start time to accommodate travel time on Sunday morning
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number.
Race Description: Old Federal Highway - Shingle Hill Way - Lake George x 2
Race Director: Rohan Verco
Contact: Email: rohan.verco@gmail.com    0419730555

Help Needed on Saturday:  Rohan will need Marshals and helpers at the finish line to run the race.  Please contact him before the weekend if you can assist.

RACE REPORTS:

Criterium Race Report – 23rd October

Fine conditions drew a spectacular field of 127 riders, inspired by the knowledge that as of Sunday night we’d all won the same number of Tour de France titles as Lance Armstrong. The post race drug tests detected traces of triumph, disappointment and plenty of exhaustion but thankfully no angst, as the big bunches passed each other without incident. The communication was great and the respect for other riders shone through.

A larger than usual field greeted the starter in G grade. Bruce Jones was never far from the front and held off strong challenges in the sprint from Mayumi Takeuchi and Antonina Bolschelarski for the 10 points.  F grade was a game of chess, but James Cruden had the moves to defeat Matt Malone and Sean Smith in the run to the line. Club newcomer Steve Beaumont was a revelation in E grade, going off the front early and gobbling up the F grade bunch before crossing the line first.  Elizabeth Lowe and Lloyd Bennett had the best of the big bunch finish.

In D grade George Pongracz showed improved sprinting form to take the win followed by Ben Davis and Peter Metcalfe. Bradley Sellwood was too strong in the C grade sprint, ahead of David Lander and Edward O’Farrell.  B Grade was the biggest field of the day and featured plenty of attacks. However the pack came together for a hard fought sprint, taken out by Tom Hartley, Andrew Chamberlain and Chris Nolan.  A grade was another fast and furious contest,  with Nick Boylan again handing out big doses of pain.  But it was the sprinters’ day, with Trevor Rix saluting the judge followed by Sean Iffland and Paul Angelatos.

Thanks to Henry Beaverstock for making sure the event proceeded smoothly despite the bumbling efforts of the race director, and to those who helped with the marshalling at various times.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: “The riskiest thing you can do is get greedy.”  Lance Armstrong.

Thanks to Mick Donaldson for refereeing.

Call for Volunteers – Tour de Femme

The Tour de Femme is a women's only 20km ride that is both a race and participation event.  Each year the ride attracts around 500 competitors.  This year's event is being held on Sunday November 11th 2012. The race route starts and finishes in Yarralumla Bay and loops around though Yarralumla, Commonwealth Ave, Parkes Way, Lady Denman Dr and Adelaide Ave.

To ensure the event is run smoothly and safely, we need the help of approximately 30 people to direct riders and control traffic. If your wife, girlfriend, daughter, grand mother is racing why not come and support them by making their race safe!  You can also cheer them on as they ride past your Marshalling point. 

You will be needed from approx 7:30am and should be finished by 11am. There's no better way to spend a Sunday morning!

No experience necessary, you will be given clear instructions and supplied with all equipment on the day.

Please get in contact with me - stuartjones1@gmail.com

Tasmanian Veterans Cycling Council – 2012 Championships.

For anyone who has registered for the Tasmanian Veterans 2012 Championships, entrants have been posted on the web site tasvetscycling.com.au and the venue detail for Registrations which can be made in the afternoon on Thursday November 8th 2012.

Please feel free to contact Gavin 03 63314627 / 0400517785 or Christine 03 63443419 / 0417819732 if any further information is required.

z10.4 Oct 22 Bleat

posted 22 Oct 2012, 13:21 by Administrator Actvcc

Hello Vets,

In this issue of The Bleat;

·         Racing this Week

·         Race Reports

·         Vale Tatto Mick.

·         From the desk of the Handicapper.

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

Ian Morton.

RACING THIS WEEK:

Tuesday, 23rd October: Stromlo Criterium Scratch Race

Where: Stromlo Forrest Park
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number.
Race Description: G Grade@ 5:45 - 10min + 2 laps; C/D Grade@ 6:04 - 19min + 2 laps; E/F Grade@ 6:29 - 14min + 2 laps; A/B Grade@ 6:49 - 26min + 2 laps
Race Director: Mick Donaldson
Contact: Email:  mdonaldson@netspeed.com.au  Ph 6241 8294

Crit Marshals and Helpers needed

Helpers are needed on the night.  If you are racing you can still get there early or stay after your race to help out.

Important Information: Late Arrivals

It is a condition of our Insurance that all riders receive a referee’s briefing before the commencement of racing to ensure that they are aware of racing conditions.

All riders need to ensure that they arrive in sufficient time to sign-on and be briefed before the commencement of racing.

Thursday, 18th October: Track Racing

Where: Queanbeyan Track
When: 6:00 pm
Details: Warm up from 5:30 first race at 6pm. Scratch races, two lap handicap, derny races and Italian pursuits. Road and track bikes welcome

Sunday, 28th October: No Race

It’s the Fitz’s Challenge weekend so no Vets Racing..

RACE REPORTS:

Criterium Race Report – 16th October

A lovely warm evening with hardly any wind greeted the riders at last Tuesday nights Crit.  I think we should start calling the Vets Tuesday night races a ‘Super Crit’ because that’s what it’s turning into.  Numbers were possibly at a record level with a massive 26 riders in B grade, 21 in C and 29 in D.  And it’s only the beginning of the season.

James Jordan, the Club Handicapper tells me there will be some well deserved promotions based on the Tuesday results so watch out!  James, who could have easily won B grade, unselfishly and strategically rode at the back of the B grade peloton for most of the race to check that riders were in their correct grade. 

Club officials and volunteer Marshalls were there in abundance to ensure the smooth running of such a large number of riders on such a tight schedule.  If you ever had any doubts about how complicated it is to run a race on time and make it look easy, then why not volunteer to help out at a race.

The results speak for themselves but there were some outstanding performances and displays of heroine-ism (is that a word?) Jeremy, Mark and Nic managed to slip away from the A grade bunch and work out and maintain a nice breakaway from the bunch. Kerry Knowler put in a fine display of determined riding and just wouldn’t give up. 

There was an unfortunate accident in the C and D grade race when one grade attempted to over take another.  By my calculation when the grades came together there would have been about 50 riders trying to sort themselves out in the closing laps of the race. Our First Aid support person was close at hand and I believe there were no major injuries. It’s probably time to remind riders that the Club rule is when passing other grades:

·         Pass on the right hand side, maintaining a gap of at least one metre between the two grades.

This was the first time we have used the PA system which is pretty useful with such large numbers of competitors.  The colored ribbons for the various grades are another innovation to assist riders and Referee and Marshals to work out what is happening on the track.

Thanks to Lee Hopson for refereeing.

Track Race Report – 18th October

After a delay of one week the track season is finally open.

We held a come and try night which saw a few new riders attend and even brought back a few of the old hands. Welcome back Sluggo and the new riders - Ben, Adrian, Aaron and Gary. A good turn up of 18 riders. Everyone got to spin around the now smooth track, thanks to Queanbeyan Council for fixing the lumps and bumps, they even re-painted the lines and numbers. Though there wasn’t any racing everyone enjoyed the relaxed evening socialising and watching Andre assemble and disassemble his bike 4 times.

Next week the racing starts. Each week will see a different type of race for the season points to cater for both the sprinters and the endurance riders, road and track bikes.

Come along and enjoy the atmosphere.

Dog Trap Road Report – 21st October

A small field of 41 riders turned out at Dogtrap Road for Sundays graded scratch. Maybe the weather forecast had put them off, but on the day the weather was mild and dry with only a light breeze. And this at the later start time of 9am to make it easier to get to the NSW venue.

The racing was excellent on a course that has been re-sealed in parts making a good course even better. Of course there were the usual stories of what might have been. Attacks not answered and who was outfoxing who.

With only 2 A graders we combined A and B. That worked well and for the most part the group raced as just that. Nick Boylan attacked as usual with the group finally breaking into three. That saw Aaron Sedgmen and Reinhard Mauch just edge out Nick on the line.

C grade had a smaller field and then 2 of the 5 DNF'd so it was an all podium finish for the remainder, just a matter of which step. As it was, Owain Tilley made a decisive early attack that wasn't answered by Jason Parkes and Philip Walker and though they tried hard they couldn't make up the gap and that was the finishing order.

Kevin Hennessy continues to challenge the handicapper with strong results. This week in D grade he held off Robert Wilson and  Mike Hayes in a close bunch sprint. Apologies to Robert for misreading his number on the finish line and awarding his place to a rider not even present!

In E grade there looked to be another close finish but Ian Shaw finally got away from Ben Davis and Bobby Kent to win by a convincing margin. The rest of the group were not far behind but had well split up by the line.

Elizabeth Lowe and Graham Hendrie fought out the run to the line in F grade with Graham finally conceding in the last 50 meters. Rosemary Robinson came in third. The rest of the grade were stretched out well behind as the not so flat course took its toll.

G grade saw Lindsay Graham win from Bruce Jones and Angelika Mauch. Another group that had well split up by the finish line! With the weather starting to threaten we were glad to see all the riders safely home.

Thanks to marshals on the day Henry Beaverstock, Paul Scherl, James Meredith and David Dickson. A special mention for Emma McNamara who took down numbers in the finish chute assisted by John the First Aider who fortunately had nothing better to do. Also thanks to Jason Parkes for volunteering his car.

Thanks to Rob Diamond for refereeing.

Vale Tattoo Mick

Former club member Mick Rawlin passed away in Caloundra on Wednesday morning, finally succumbing to cancer of the tongue and throat. Mick and family moved to the sunny state a few years ago where he continued to ride and race for a period.

Tattoo Mick raced in our club in the early 2000s having moved from Harden to Kaleen. He was a regular in the Cootamundra region cycling events and continued racing in them after coming to Canberra. He would often jump on the bike to ride to Harden and even longer odysseys like riding to Queensland, solo. He was a regular on our training rides with Don de Smet, Mike Hayes, Peter Harding and others. We would meet at “Tattoo Corner” (Ginninderra & Hayden Drive) and head for “the beach” (Lake George). The highlight was the coffee at Sfoglia where we would be in stitches laughing at the Tattoo’s anecdotes and stories. He was a tough cookie in the peloton. I remember one day in a club handicap with a large group negotiating the esses in Namadgi on the way back to Tharwa when a rider with a protruding mirror cut the Tattoo off. There was commotion in the bunch as the Tattoo advised the offender that if he tried that move again he would find the mirror inserted in a most uncomfortable position (the actual language employed was rather colourful). In one of the Cootamundra classics a young rider sat on the Tattoo’s wheel for some time without taking a pull when they were trying to keep ahead of the approaching cavalry. With his patience exhausted, as well as his legs, the Tattoo advised the young bludger that if he didn’t take a pull he would end up doing somersaults in the ditch – the frightened and chastened rider opted to sit up. On another occasion in a club race at Lookout Hill the Tattoo attacked on the drag up to Tidbinbilla Road and quickly gapped our group by about 80m. Selfishly, being high in the winter points score, I worked my way across but only served to drag the bunch up to Mick and he was swamped at the uphill finish – and so was I and hence didn’t get those winter points. I quickly made sure I apologized for my disloyalty and somehow managed to avoid a spray.

In 2005 Mick went to Melbourne to do the 210-km clockwise option Round-the-Bay with Don de Smet and Mike Hayes when I was going anti-clockwise with my son. We all met up afterwards at Docklands for some cleansing ales. We’ll miss the cycling banter and jokes from that rascal cyclist zipping past on that navy blue Specialized. But above all we’ll miss the warmth and zest of this wonderful character. On behalf of Mick’s cycling friends I extend condolences to Carinna and their daughter and son and extended family.

Jeff Culnane

I have fond memories of Mick and I am very sorry to hear of his passing.  Mick was a strong rider and an aggressive competitor, aided by his formidable appearance and legendary tattoos.

One morning I was wheeling my bike around the basement of a Civic building looking for the right place to chain it up.  Out of the dim recesses emerged this small, aggressive figure in dark clothing, heavily tattooed, demanding to know what I thought I was doing.  Fortunately, Mick recognised me and after he explained he was the janitor I could relax and breathe again.  I don't think anyone else dared park their bike in that vicinity.

Vale Mick, always a good man to have on 'your' side.

Bill Frost.

Jeff - Thanks for the great obituary and tribute to ‘Tattoo’ Mick.  He was a great club member and competitor.  For me, he did project a bit of a scary-man image on first sight, but he was a big softie at heart.  He could always be relied on to do his turn on the front of the C-grade bunch and always thanked those who did likewise.  I can remember him helping me with a push when I was losing the last wheel in the bunch on that long climb on Paddy’s River Road after the Pt. Hut turnoff.  But my most endearing memory of him was as the wearer of the original (not reproduction) yellow with black flock lettering ‘Colnago del Tongo’ jersey from the  Merckx era .  A classic jersey for a classic rider.  It would be fitting if he is buried in it as both were strictly limited and rare editions.

Alex O’Shea

From the desk of the Handicapper…

This week’s changes to the grades;

Criterium

·         Kerry Knowler                B

·         Georg Pongracz              D

·         Peter Marshell                 B

·         Mark Langman                C

·         Anthony Bishop              A

·         Matt Malone                   F

·         Ian Spencer                     C

·         Lynne McGregor            G

 

Road

·         Georg Pongracz              D2

·         Richard Headly               E2

·         Peter Marshell                 B1

·         Mark Langman                D1

·         Anthony Bishop              A2

·         Matt Malone                   F1

·         Ian Spencer                     C1

·         Lynne McGregor            G1

z10.3 Oct 15 Bleat

posted 15 Oct 2012, 12:47 by Administrator Actvcc

Hello Vets,

In this issue of The Bleat;

·         Racing this Week

·         Race Reports – First Crit of the season.

·         ACT Vets Time Trial Series

·         Track Racing – 2012-2013 Season

·         In this week’s Member Profile we look at Robert Langridge.

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

Ian Morton.

 RACING THIS WEEK:

Tuesday, 16th October: Stromlo Criterium Scratch Race

Where: Stromlo Forrest Park
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number.
Race Description: G Grade@ 5:45 - 9min + 2 laps; E/F Grade@ 6:03 - 13min + 2 laps; A/B Grade@ 6:24 - 25min + 2 laps; C/D Grade@ 6:55 - 18min + 2 laps
Race Director: Lee Hopson
Contact: Email:  lee_hopson@yahoo.com   Ph (02) 6281 0119     

Crit Marshals and Helpers needed

Due to the fact that vets crits are now so popular (some weeks getting over 120 entries) each week we will be asking for at least 4 marshals (helpers) to help the race referee - 1 at the sign-in desk, to check helmets and sign-in, 1 to help on the start line, to watch the track and finishing sprint, 2 for the finishing chute, to record finishing order for the different grades.

Marshalls are able to race on the night so you and a mate in a different grade, can share the job. If we do not get helpers races will not go ahead.

Please let Lee know if you can assist.

Thursday, 18th October: Track Racing Practice Session

Where: Queanbeyan Track
When: 6:00 pm
Details: The 2012-13 Track Racing season will kick off this week (last week cancelled due to the weather) with a practice session at the Queanbeyan track.  There will be no racing.  All interested riders are invited - particularly new riders and track novices. It is a great opportunity to give track a try!

Details below….

Sunday, 21st October: Dog Trap Rd Graded Scratch

Where: Dog Trap Rd – Long Rail Gully Rd intersection, Murrumbateman
When: 9:00 am
Note the later start time to accommodate travel time on Sunday morning
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number.
Race Description: Dog Trap Road 3.5 Laps
Race Director: Rob Diamond
Contact: Email: 7rob07@gmail.com  (02) 6295 1295 or  0416 274 161

Help Needed on Saturday:  Rob will need Marshals, lead and trail car drivers and helpers at the finish line to run the race.  Please contact him before the weekend if you can assist.

Criterium Race Report – 9 October

Well we have run the first of this season’s 'Tuesday Night Heart Attacks' in conditions which while not perfect, did not put a dampener on the night.

G grade went off as usual with a small but ferocious spirit including a new face who put in a solid ride. 

A and B were up next with bunch sizes which were comparable in size to some of our best last year.  Although the heavens decided to open up for the first half of the race to cool down the riders it did not affect the determined spirit which makes great racing.

C and D grades were also up to the task both in terms of numbers and aggression.  Good to see the 'Aura of Ally' back in the bunch.

E and F finished the night off in the fading light but did not let this put them off.  The attacks came thick and fast and shattered both bunches up and strung them out.  I can see a few people who need to go up a grade.

So a couple of things to remember from last night;

-          You must be signed on 15min prior to the start of your race.  Riders who join up on the line will not be considered in the final results.

-          AVCC rules state that both hands must be on the bars throughout the sprint.  This includes the 15 to 20 meters after the finish.  One rider who was not aware of the rule was spoken to last night in regards to this.

Thanks to James Jordan for officiating.

Supplemental Report - Bontjer bounces back

Crit number one for the season was a great opening night with riders sporting new outfits and hardware, the obligatory six o'clock shower, a few attacks, even more DNFs, riders missing their start and few other pretenders on the sidelines riding vicariously through their rivals. Al Bontjer's victory in B grade even got the crowd going!

Al, like the rest of the field, looked like he'd just finished a rainy Paris-Roubaix. Covered with grit from head to toe but beaming from ear to ear, Al had just put his new bike through its paces, and given B grade a good thrashing. Al has faced a number of setbacks over the past year ranging from a compound fracture of his lower leg to a rat infestation in his roof to lending one of his Masters ACT cycling shirts to someone who subsequently crashed and tore it to shreds. Al's recovery has included some intense retail therapy at an industrial estate in Geelong where he placed an order for a custom-made titanium frame with his friends at Baum. Procurement and technical support from Greg Rooke ensured he had the most economical Di2 group set available, and, of course, bike builder legend Ian Downing put the machine together. Regarding his new Shimano C50 wheels, Al says "It's cheating, you hardly have to peddle to close gaps". Al sat in for the entire race, watching the developments at the front while scoffing down mud and duck poo at every opportunity. On the last lap, Al picked up the pace from collar bone corner then blasted from the bunch once it hit the main straight for a easy victory. Second was Tom Harley followed by Michael McGurgan.

Employing similar tactics were Jeremy Gillman-Wells in A grade and Ally Roche in D grade. Jeremy, decked out in lime green, was able to ease up do a little victory celebration while Paul Scherl and Mark Gillette battled it out for the minor placings.

Despite only having six races to her credit for the year, Ally must have been doing more than laps of the lake and sipping lattes in Civic recently. Side on you could have mistaken her for Cav on the Champs Elysees. With a frontal surface area about the size of an envelope and the scent of moth balls wafting off her club jersey, she scored an easy victory over Andrew Hislop and Braham Hart.

Thanks to Roving Reporter, Robert Langridge.

ACT Vets Time Trial Series

Details of this years’ Time Trail series;

Courses

Short Course

Lookout Hill, Tharwa, Pt Hut Turn and Top of Hill (Standard Course)

Hilly Course

Stromlo, left towards sister and turn around at last sister, return and once around the Critirium track

Long Course

Uriarra Homestead, top of crossing, Uriarra Homestead, short turn, Uriarra Homestead, repeat.

Rules

All time trials are run as individual events, as well as part of an overall series.  To be considered eligible for the series title all races must be completed.

Riders who have a mechanical on a course will be considered to have raced, but will not earn any points.

Any bike, road or time trial, can be used for the course, but must be the same bike and wheel set for each course. (Photograph will be taken at the start of each race for confirmation). Penalty for using different bike or wheel set is 60 points.

Although it is expected that each rider will honour the series and try as hard as they can for each race the Series Director can decided that a rider has ‘sandbagged’.  This is where a rider has deliberately gone slowly on their first effort on a course to maximise points. Riders will be disqualified should this decision be made.

Points

Points are earned by beating the previous time run on each course.

Each second is worth one point.

i.e. John Smith first attempt on Short course in 34 min 15 seconds.

The second attempt is 33 min 10 seconds.

Difference in time is 1 min 5 seconds which equals 65 points.

Additional 5 points will be issued for each course raced for the fastest rider in each Grade..

Track Racing 2012-2013 Season

QUEANBEYAN TRACK PRACTICE SESSION
THURSDAY 18 OCTOBER 6.00 PM
ALL WELCOME - DONT MISS IT!!

The 2012-13 Track Racing season will kick off with a practice session on Thursday 18 October at the Queanbeyan track.  There will be no racing.  All interested riders are invited - particularly new riders and track novices. It is a great opportunity to give track a try!

Note:

·         Queanbeyan track is located in the park in Central Queanbeyan (behind the police station);

·         Track & road bikes acceptable;

·         New riders can get practical advice on gearing, bunch riding & track etiquette;

·         Interested riders can try out a track bike;

·         Experienced riders can tune up the machinery & motor;

·         All riders can express their preference for events & races;

·         The practice session will be around 1hr 30 mins;

·         There is no formal structure to the practice. You can do your own thing.

·         We hope all riders will later adjourn to a selected Cafe to discuss the coming track season.

A few basics on track etiquette for the practice session:

·         If you are cruising around the track, ride high (next to the rail);

·         Tempo riders use the centre of the track;

·         Use the inner track if you are circulating fast or sprinting;

·         Hold your line - don't make any sudden changes of speed or position;

·         Be very careful if you are crossing or moving on / off the track;

·         Start from the fence and be aware of riders approaching;

·         Be careful braking on road bikes. Remember the track bike on your arse has no brakes!

Regular track racing will start on Thursday 18 October.

REQUEST FOR ASSISTANCE

The organising committee for the 2012-13 Track Racing season would like to keep two spare track bikes on tap for roadies and novice track riders to try.  If you have an old (preferably steel framed) track bike gathering dust in the garage, the committee would greatly appreciate the loan of your machine for the track season.

If you can help, please contact Patricia Rooke at;
Pat_rooke@yahoo.com.au
Ph 0403 802 044

ACT Veterans Member Profile

In our next member profile we look at we look at Robert Langridge;

How long have you been a member of ACT Vets? 

Since 1999.

What is your favourite course in the ACT Vets racing calendar and why?

I love Dairy Flat for its stop-start format.

What Grade did you start in with the Vets? 

Started in D grade.

What do you like about racing with the Vets?

Endless calendar of races, group rides, and the post-race tea with discussion about how we could have won.

How long have you been cycling?

On and off since I was a six. All the other kids in the neighbourhood were as skinny as rakes and would run everywhere. I was a bit chubby and preferred my bike to get around. I did a few triathlons in the 80s--even did one where the bike leg was last and no-one wore helmets.

What got you interested in cycling?

Was trying to get back into running then sprained my ankle during a race. Went in the Fitz's Tharwa Challenge and then started in the Wednesday night criteriums.

What was your most memorable ride?

Winning C grade at Kingston on a Wednesday night. I made a solo breakaway and Chris Short and Peter McLennan blocked for the rest of the race. I thought this was the start of great things but it's been all downhill since.

What is/was your favourite bike? 

I like the Cannondale, De Rosa, Guerciotti, Kona, Salsa, Raleigh, Speedwell, Malvern Star and the Hillbrick.

Where do you work?

At Russell. It's commuter friendly and Defence has its own bike champs!

How do you find the time to train?

By making riding to work and making riding a higher priority than landscaping the garden.

Do you have a special training regime?

Black Mountain repeats and intervals at Dairy Flat can contribute to better race fitness (but had no effect this year).

What does your family think of your cycling?

They have watched about 5 of my 300 races.

An interesting fact about yourself;

My first fulltime job was as a yo-yo demonstrator and contest organiser for Coca-Cola. I did yo-yo tours of Melbourne, Horsham, Mt Gambier, Adelaide, Sendai (Japan), Johannesburg, East London and Queenstown (South Africa) in the early 80s but had to retire to focus on graduating from Canberra CAE. My most embarrassing cycling moment was when I crashed during the funeral processionfor Richard Gregson's funeral. I ran into the gutter and landed on the grass on Northbourne Ave next to MacArthur House. I got a good view of the motorcade from ground level.


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