9.3 September 16 Bleat

Post date: Oct 04, 2013 8:14:53 AM

Hello Vets,

Plenty of updates in this week’s Bleat;

· See Cadel Evans’ Bike

· Race Survey – closes tomorrow!

· Come and Try Tandem and support Hartley Life Care

· The Classic Adelaide Veterans Series

· Support Errol Neish in the 2013 MS Sydney to the Gong Bike Ride

· Room Sharing at the National Championships in Geelong

· Changes to Events

· Upcoming Events

· From the Desk of the Handicapper

· Racing this Week

· Race Reports

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

Ian Morton.

See Cadel Evans’ Bike at the National Museum

The National Museum of Australia as part of the National Capital tour this weekend the Museum will display its recently acquired Cadel Evans Ridley ‘Helium’ road bike, to coincide with the September 20th National Capital Tour cycling event.

Details at;


Race Survey

The Race Committee is currently looking at the calendar for next year and beyond. So that we can put forward the best program possible we are seeking feedback from the members in helping us with information on which to base the structure, timing and conduct of races.

Could you please spend the 15 or so minutes that it will take to complete the survey. We also ask if you could encourage other members of the club to do likewise.

Survey will be open till Tuesday 17th September.



FIT-Ability have a tandem team in the Hartley Challenge and the Hartley Wheel-a-thon. Many visually impaired and other disabled rides use our tandems. We are looking for new tandem riders. Several tandems will be available to test ride at Stromlo Forrest Park during daylight hours frommidday Saturday 21st till noon Saturday 22nd. Experienced tandem riders will be there to ride with learners. A donation of $5 per rider to Hartley Life Care would be appreciated. Contact Rosemary Robinson on rosemaryr2@iinet.net.au or 0417898917 for more information, visitwww.fitability.org.au or find us at the White and Purple FIT Marquee on the day..

Support Errol Neish in the 2013 MS Sydney to the Gong Bike Ride

Hi, Fellow cyclists

I have entered the 2013 MS Sydney to the Gong Bike Ride and I have committed to fundraise $10000.00 in support of people living with Multiple Sclerosis.

Multiple Sclerosis is a disease of the central nervous system affecting more young adult Australians than any other neurological condition.

Did you know?

- The average age of diagnosis of MS is just 30 years

- 3 times more women than men are affected by MS

- An estimated 23,000 people in Australia have MS

- There is no known cause or cure

Your donation will go directly towards providing a wide range of services and support to people living with MS.

Please take a moment to view my online fundraising web page and help me reach my goal. It"s quick and easy. You can donate securely online using your credit card by clicking on the link below: http://register.gongride.org.au/2013-Sydney-to-Gong-Bike-Ride/errolneish/e

All information is secure and all donations will be sent electronically to MS Australia ACT/NSW/VIC. A tax-deductible receipt will automatically be emailed to you once the donation is verified.

Your support is greatly appreciated.

Errol Neish

Room Sharing at the National Championships in Geelong

Alain Arbaut is looking at going to the National in Geelong, and he is wondering if any members who are going there would have a spare room/bed booked already, where he could share the cost.

He is planning to travel there by car. If anyone is interested please contact him on his mobile 0400493148 or at arbaut@grapevine.net.au

The Classic Adelaide Veterans Series – January 2014

· Sat 18th Road Race - Graded at The Range Willunga

· Mon 20th Time Trial - 5 yr age div – Woodchester to Langhorne Creek return

· Wed 22nd Hill Climb – 6 kms - 5 yr age div – bike track Mt Barker Rd Glen Osmond

· Thurs 23rd Criterium – Graded – Victoria Park Criterium track Adelaide city

Great prize money & giveaways – program designed so you get to see the Tour Down Under professionals race

Registration including an early-bird incentive will be on the www.savca.org.au website soon.

Changes to Events

Due to some clashes, we will have to make some changes to the following events;

Criterium –8 October

SFP closed for the week due to the Scott 24 Hour Race. Crit cancelled.

Criterium –12 November

SFP booked on the Tuesday so we will reschedule to Monday 11th.

Upcoming Events

Hartley Lifecare Wheel-a-thon –21/22 September

Registrations at


Shoalhaven Gran Fondo –28/29 September

This is the website with all of the info www.granfondoshoalhaven.com.au

Fitz’s Challenge – 27 October

Canberra's biggest and best-known long-distance one-day cyclo-sportive participation event on sealed rural roads in hilly terrain in the southwest ofACT.

Full details and registration at www.fitzs.com.au .


Sunday, 22th September – Uriarra Homestead Championship

Where: Uriarra Rd, Brindabella Rd intersection

NOTE: The championship has been rescheduled from Saturday afternoon to Sunday morning due to a clash in road approvals with the National Road Series. AT THIS STAGE WE DO NOT HAVE REVISED ROAD APPROVAL FOR THIS EVENT. Please keep an eye out for the Bleat, or the Club Twitter feed (http://twitter.com/#!/actvets ) and we will advise if the event will go ahead. We expect that if a revised approval has not been received by Thursday evening, then the event will be cancelled.

When: 10:00am

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

Race Description:

Championship course – Two laps of Uriarra Homestead – Mt McDonald – Short turn – top of crossing – back to Homestead.

Race Director: Michael Golding

Contact: Email michael.golding@crimecommission.gov.au Ph 0402011986 or 61613526

Help Needed on Sunday: Michael will need 4 turn marshals and a couple of finish line helpers. Anyone who can assist please let Michael know before the weekend.


Iron Mike –14th Sep

Saturday 14 Sep saw 54 intrepid riders gather for the annual Iron Mike.

I would like to acknowledge all the marshals, Paul Welsh, Terry Merrigan, Jon Barnes, Barbara Bayliss, Ian Aubrey, Bob Egan and Ed Grant, who rang in to volunteer which allowed me to allot someone at each of the required points well before start time. Ian Morton kindly supplied some Sat phones that gave us some assurance with communications.

The day began rather drearily but by the time I surveyed the course, it had turned into a very fine spring day. That changed on the stroke of

12 when the wind blew up to something more than the kindly zephyr that was rippling the leaves when Henry and I were surveying the start line but by and large it was nice day for riding.

We managed to have a competition in all but G grade and the riders set off at the allotted intervals with the minimum of fuss. The spy on the course noticed that F Grade had split up by the time they passed through the crossing and E Grade were starting to string out. Mark Ridley led D Grade through the crossing and 6 minutes later Alain Arbaut was doing the work for C Grade as they climbed out of the Crossing. B Grade, led by Mark Langman, had started to close the gap and were 2:49 behind as they passed through the Crossing. Sean Ifland, with those fabulous Zipp wheels, led rapidly closing divisions of A Grade through the Crossing.

The return to the crossing saw Belinda Wren through first, followed by Bob Miller and Mary Lovett. Belinda had a 3:50 lead at this stage and powered home to be the first across the line. On corrected time the winners were Belinda Wren, 1st, Anne Broadbent, 2nd and Steve Crispin 3rd. The winning times this year were quite a bit faster than last year with Steve taking a mere 1:30:46 to complete the journey.

My thanks to everyone for making this another successfully safe event ( it was noticed that Marc V was a little too enthusiastic in taking the turn at the Crossing on the return leg!) and special thanks to Graham Hendry for taking on the sign-on duties and ever reliable Henry Beaverstock for his outstanding efforts at the start and finish lines.

Photos from the day: here

Thanks to James Meredith for refereeing.