z12.1 Dec 3 Bleat

Post date: Dec 03, 2012 10:42:35 AM

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:


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


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


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.


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.