8.3 Aug 15 Bleat

Post date: Sep 20, 2011 6:40:1 AM

Richard is off gallivanting overseas again so I will be manning the Bleat Desk for the rest of the month. Please send any contributions to mortoni@optusnet.com.au .

Ian Morton.

Timely Reminders:

Club Committee Meeting Rescheduled: The Committee will now convene at the Weston Club on 16/08/11 at 7:30pm.

Race Directors needed for August/September and beyond: We have no Race Directors for the weeks beyond 20 August. Volunteers are required if racing is to proceed as usual. See lists below.

Racing this Saturday

Scheduled: Saturday, 20th August – “Iron Mike” Handicap 13:30 – 16:00

When: Sign-on at Stromlo Forrest Park by 13:15 at latest, wearing your registered number with personal details on reverse side.


Stromlo Park through Uriarra Crossing, all the way to end of bitumen and return, One lap of criterium track and finish near stadium going up hill (64km).

NOTE: The Running Cross Country Nationals will be on at SFP this weekend. The course will be as planned but the Committee is yet to make a decision on whether to change the start / finish location for the race. Please check the Web or Bleat updates for details.

Race Director: Mark Gillett

Contact: teddybearschildcare@bigpond.com Ph: 02 6283 3587

Help needed on Saturday: Mark will need turn marshals and finish line assistants to run the race. Please contact Mark if you can assist.

Recent Results: Saturday, 13th August – Old Federal Highway

80 Riders started the handicap race in near perfect weather conditions, with A grade riding off 28 minutes and 30 seconds behind G grade.

Considerable relief was shown at the starting line at finding out that the race would only do two laps of Lake George, instead of the feared three laps. The ride back from Shingle Hill to the intersection with the Old Federal Highway took its usual toll with many of the grades splitting up, the notable exception being D grade. Mike Spoljaric and Mayumi Delbridge completed the first lap of Lake George well ahead of all of the other riders. Next came Pauline Thorn and Jing Huang. G grade was working hard to stay ahead of the other riders. Shortly afterwards, Ray Hooper and Bob Kent made the turn and it was starting to look like all of the grades would reach the turn around point in the same order they started. That was until Ian Downing showed up. It was interesting to see that D grade was still largely riding together as a bunch. And well done to Kim Malcolm for being able to hop onto the back of D grade, at least for a while. Mike Spoljaric and Mayumi Delbridge were able to stay ahead of the other riders, crossing the finish line in first and second position, a minute 40 seconds ahead of the next rider. Ian Downing came across the line in third place with a time of 01:06:36, the fastest time. Well done Mike, Mayumi and Ian. G grade had a successful race, filling four of the top 10 positions. D grade's strategy of working as a bunch payed off as they had 9 riders in the top 12 positions.

The race director would like to thank the marshals; Ally Roche, Don Desmet, Michael Carr, Richard Bourne, Barbara Bayliss, Michael Fawke, Chris Short and Henry Beaverstock. Their support ensured the race ran smoothly.

Our many thanks to Race Director Linda Stals and her willing assistants.

There is a technical problem with the Race Management System. Race results are attached.

Coming Events:

FIT-Ability Website Launch- From Lindy Hou

What better way to ‘Share your Cycling Vision with Us’ than coming along to dinner to launch the FIT-Ability website. Bring your partner, friends, workmates or anyone else you know who would like to support this wonderful award-winning program.

Date: Friday 19 August 2011

Time: 7:00 for 7:30 pm

Cost: $60

Where: The Lobby Restaurant

RSVP: Friday 12 August

Call Lindy on 6156 2964 or 0402 113 836

Email: lindyhou@optusnet.com.au

FIT-Ability was started by Females-in-Training (FIT) nearly ten years ago. Its mission is to provide an opportunity for vision-impaired, and people with other disabilities, to get fit through cycling on a tandem bike.

Vet members, Kerry, Brandie and Jing (who started cycling tandem) along with Sue Powell are now going to the upcoming Para-cycling World Championships.

Many of the other FIT-Ability members have enjoyed the racing with the ACT Vet. There are countless stories of achievement and joy among those who have benefited through these tandem experiences.

Your support of this fund-raising dinner will ensure FIT-Ability’s great work continues.

Directing Next Month?: Please Confirm

Please check the list below and notify Graham (webmaster@actvets.cc) if you are unable to meet your obligations or provide a substitute director in your absence. We need more volunteers for August and beyond.

*Director Required (Dog Trap Road – Sat 27 August).

*Director Required (Orroral Graded Scratch – Sat 3 September).

*Director Required (Tidbinbilla Graded Scratch – Sat 10 September).

*Director Required (Old Federal Hwy Graded Scratch – Sat 17 September).