z10.5 Oct 29 Bleat

Post date: Oct 29, 2012 9:55:3 AM

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.


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.


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.