3.3 March 17 Bleat

Post date: Mar 18, 2013 6:48:55 AM

Hello Vets,

In this issue of The Bleat;

· Getting ready for Gunning

· 5 Peaks Challenge

· Free Threshold Power Testing

· Racing this Week

· Race Reports

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

Ian Morton.

Getting Ready for the Gunning 2 Day Challenge


Bill Frost has kindly volunteered to be the Race referee for the two days. In order to run the event, he is going to need;

· Start/Finish line assistants

· Intermediate sprint point judges

· Turn marshals

· Lead/Trail car drivers

Payment of $25 per day is available to offset petrol costs and other expenses.

If you are willing to help, please contact Bill at: billfrost@bigpond.com

DAY 1: Saturday 6th April 2013




The registration is not open yet, however, in order to register on the IMG Website you will need to have your IMG logon. It was sent by Email when you registered at the start of the year. If you can’t find your site login, go to the site login page; https://memberdesq.imgstg.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=login&OrgID=10244 and click the ‘Forgot your Password?’ Button. Enter your Email address (the one you used to register) and a new password will be sent to you.

The cost will be $30 for the race and must be a current member of the club within the AVCC. Please note that we do not have day licences available.

Riders will need to bring their helmet to the registration desk for inspection. Please note that it is an AVCC requirement that all riders must wear a helmet which meets Australian Standards.

Riders will also be issued a ribbon to attach to their number which will indicate their Grade and must be attached to the right hand side.

Riders must have started the previous stage to compete the next stage. (i.e. if you don’t ride Saturday then you cannot start on Sunday)


All grades will complete the same 4km course – this is the traditional course starting from the top of the hill and heading northeast along the Old Hume Hwy towards Breadalbane.

Prologue will start at 11:00am and riders will be sent off at 30 second intervals.

Note if you miss your allocated time you will be sent off at the discretion of the Race Referee.

The following limitation apply to the Prologue

- No Disc Wheels or wheel covers

- No Time Trial specific helmets

- No Time Trial bars either specific or clip on

Tri Spoke or other deep dish wheels are allowed as long as the rim does not exceed 10cm.

Stage 1

Stage 1 will start at 1:30pm and riders will be sent off by grade.

Bonus time will be allocated on both primes for the first three positions (1st – 3 seconds, 2nd – 2 seconds and 3rd 1 second) and for the first five positions (1st – 5 seconds, 2nd – 4 seconds, 3rd - 3 seconds, 4th – 2 seconds and 5th – 1 second) at the finish.

DAY 2: Sunday 7th April 2013


Stage 2

The course length will depend on grade:

- A, B, C, D will complete 100km

- G, E, F, Tandem will complete 50km

Bonus time will be allocated to each grade on both primes for the first three positions (1st – 3 seconds, 2nd – 2 seconds and 3rd 1 second) and for the first five positions (1st – 5 seconds, 2nd – 4 seconds, 3rd - 3 seconds, 4th – 2 seconds and 5th – 1 second) at the finish.

Stage 2 will start at 10:00am for the following grades A, B, C, D with 2 min between grades.

Stage 2 will start at 11:00am for the following grades G, E, F, Tandem with 2 min between grades.

Bonus time will be allocated to each grade on both primes for the first three positions (1st – 3 seconds, 2nd – 2 seconds and 3rd 1 second) and for the first five positions (1st – 5 seconds, 2nd – 4 seconds, 3rd - 3 seconds, 4th – 2 seconds and 5th – 1 second) at the finish.


Presentations will be held at the Gunning Showgrounds in the main hall starting at 2:00 pm. Lunch will be provided for all riders and officials.

5 peaks Challenge

Now in its 8th year, this popular event is back for 2013. This year the event will include the well-known Cotter – Uriarra loop which takes in Mount McDonald and Canberra’s own “Three Sisters” for those who want to take on the Centenary Seven Challenge.

To commemorate Canberra’s Centenary and the 10th Anniversary of the Canberra Bush Fires, this year's event will finish at the Mount Stromlo Observatory. The road up to the Observatory will be closed to traffic and an Event Village with drinks, food and entertainment will be set up where participants can explore the nationally significant Canberra landmark and gain an appreciation of the sites history.

As always, participants can choose the climbs they take on and the distances they cover. The distances for this year range from 44km through to 105km.

For more information, and to register, go to www.rotaryrides.org.au

Threshold Power Testing - Vets Cycling Free Promo Sessions

Would you like to improve the average power that you can drive through your pedals? Well firstly it would be good to know what your personal “FTP” = Functional Threshold Power, actually is. When you have your base number, you can compare it to your fellow cyclists and work on improvements.

Fun & Fitness Cycle Lab, in Manuka, owned by one of our vets members, David Gunther, has new software for their computrainers http://funfitness.com.au/?q=virtual_reality_cycling_introduction that can accurately measure your FTP.

David has allocated a couple of upcoming Saturdays for Vets Cyclists to come in and do the test, free of charge. You can come along from 10:30am on either Saturday 30th March, or if you are away for Easter, you can come on the second open session also at 10:30 am on Saturday 13th April.

If you would like to come along to either of those sessions, email David at train@funfitness.com.au so that Fun & Fitness can have an idea of numbers, make sure they have a bike available for you, and be able to provide you with other details to help make this fairly rigorous test as enjoyable and as useful as possible for you.


Tuesday, 19th March: Stromlo Criterium

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; C/D Grade@ 6:03 - 18min + 2 laps; E/F Grade@ 6:29 - 13min + 2 laps; A/B Grade@ 6:50 - 25min + 2 laps

Race Director: Christopher Short

Contact: Email: Christopher.Short@globalccsinstitute.com Ph 0421 586 228

Crit Marshals and Helpers needed

Chris will need a couple of helpers 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 March: Track Racing

Where: Queanbeyan Track

When: 6:00 pm


Warm up from 5:30 first race at 6pm.

Annual Omnium events: Sprint Derby and 12 Lap Scratch.

Road and track bikes welcome

Note that 28th March will be the Presentation Night and dinner in the park.

Sunday, 24th March – Lookout Hill Graded Scratch

Where: Lookout Hill

When: Starting 8:00 am

Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number.

Race Description: Lookout Hill - Pt Hut - Apollo Rd - Pt Hut - finish Lookout Hill

Race Director: Lee Hopson

Contact: Email lee_hopson@yahoo.com Ph 6281 0119

Help Needed on Sunday: Lee will need 4 turn marshals and finish line helpers. Anyone who is prepared to assist, please contact him before the weekend.

Reminder on Right Hand Turns

The lookout Hill race on Sunday includes a right hand turn as competitors turn from Tidbinbilla Rd onto Naas Rd in Tharwa on the way out to Apollo Rd.



Old Federal Highway Handicap – 17th March

It was a cool start to the morning and before daylight some light showers on the Old Federal Highway course. The course is in reasonable condition with only two areas where the surface was not sound.

First thanks to the marshals without whom we would not be racing at all. Ian Donnelly and Peter Marshall, lead and tail cars. Terry Merrigan and Dave Hennessy, our turn marshals. The one winged Angie Wren and David McCook at the finish line. Also a big thanks to Henry Beaverstock, timing and generally keeping me on track, Graham Hendrie the van delivery and the various stock on board that makes our races happen, James Merridith at the sign on table and finish line and this week Ian Morton for putting the signs out at 7 o'clock.

Never seen a closer finish to a handicap race than what we had yesterday. Barb Bayliss took out first place ahead of Greg Burghardt and Paul Angelatos. Time distance 1st to 2nd was just 1/100th of a second on the stopwatch. A great effort by Barb and it appears that after a recent birthday she has found some extra legs.

The first rider to turn down the Lake George leg was Barb, followed by Garry Moffitt and Jing Huang. After the return from the Shingle Hill Way D, E, F and G grades had broken up and it appeared it was every man and women for themselves.

Despite Bill Frost's attempt to marshal D grade on the start line, Dale Teddy was not waiting for the next grade to swallow D grade up and was off the front by the turn to the Lake. It paid off and Dale crossed the line in 14th place.

Completing one lap to the Lake, Barb was still 2 minutes in front of the next rider although A grade who had kept together were starting to make ground. The thought at the finish line was that Barb just might hold them out. Little did we know how close it would eventually be.

From the finish line looking towards the Lake we saw a single rider top the rise, several seconds later a mob hit the rise and it was on. A lone rider from F grade trying to hold off the might and power of A grade who were on the charge. Barb peddled in a straight line only looking for the crooked line that James and Angie had laid earlier which meant the finish. They reckoned the wind was to strong when they placed the tape on the road they were not able to lay it straight.

Paul and Greg played chicken trying to work out who would make the first move, forgetting that Barb had only one aim and that was to get there first. Amazing how points drive you on the day.

Three bikes hit the line in a blur. The outcome now known.

Congratulations to everyone that was able to finish on the day. The wind certainly made it difficult.

Keep in mind how difficult it is to arrange handicaps for such a ride and we must thank Graham for his work. The first 20 riders crossed the line within two minutes of 1st place.

Also a big thanks to Stu Hoyna our first Aider who is there just in case we need him but he is also is happy to help out on the day at the finish line.

Race result are on the RMS and a detailed version can be found at;


Thanks to Phill Coulton for Race Refereeing.