z11.3 Nov 19 Bleat

Post date: Nov 20, 2012 11:43:44 AM

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.


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


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.


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