9.4 September 23 Bleat

Post date: Oct 04, 2013 8:13:17 AM

Hello Vets,

In this week’s Bleat;

· Report from the Col de Tourmalet

· Criterium Master Class

· A Nice Combination

· Old Bike Wanted

· Changes to Events

· Upcoming Events

· Racing this Week

· Race Reports

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

Ian Morton.

Report from the Col de Tourmalet

On a perfect day in the Pyrenees, this bunch of ACTVets rode up the Col de Tourmalet (17 kilometres, up to 2100 metres with the last five kms at 10% gradient - in the big chain ring and with one leg!) But we have had 2 weeks of alpine training preceding this - 1,000 kilometres and 20,000 metres of uphill - and all in perfect weather, lots of great food and plenty of beers.

Al Bontjer, John Armstrong, Bob Hooton (former Vet), Baden White, Alex O'Shea, Richard Gorrell, Gordon Hollond, Mark Putter (Les Deux Velos lodge host), Peter Southgate, Robert Langridge and Mark Taylor.

Alex O'Shea

Criterium Master Class

This Crit Racing Masterclass session is designed as a combined skills and crit specific interval session and is suitable for anyone who wants to improve their crit racing.

The session will cover a broad range of crit skills and information, including:

· An introduction to Crit racing

· Bunch positioning and moving around a bunch safely

· Advice on optimal lines through the various corners, including the two short cut sections

· Lead out trains and sprinting

· Making the most of attacks and breakaway opportunities

· A range of aerobic and specific intervals to help improve your physical preparation for crit racing.

When: Both sessions will be held on Sunday 20th October 2013.

Time - Women's Session: starting at 10:30am and finishing at 12:30pm.

Time - Open Session: starting at 1:00pm and finishing at 3:00pm.

Location: Stromlo Forest Park Criterium Circuit

These sessions are perfectly timed to for the start of the summer criterium series, with most clubs starting their series within a few days either side of this session.

The sessions are open to all CA affiliated club riders and Australian Vets Cycling club members.

To register for this session or to view more information please visits the Crit Racing Masterclass session page of the website

A nice combination…


Old Bike Wanted

One of our visually impaired members, Peter Grandleese is training to get back into racing and for the Hartley challenge. In addition to tandem riding, he needs to train regularly at home on a wind trainer. Peter has bought his own tandem but it is too long to be stable on the wind trainer. He is looking for an inexpensive second hand bike. If someone has an old bike they are happy to part with, please call Peter on 0415961696.

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

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 of ACT.

Full details and registration at www.fitzs.com.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

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

Footscray Cycling Club – ABS and Bell Helmets Track Open – 23 November

Handicaps and Scratch races for all categories plus “Invitational” Keirin for W17 and M17. Keirin for all Men and Women plus “Invitational” Sprint Elimination for Men

Entries to Laurie Norris Email: kvaroz@bigpond.net.au Ph 0417 550805. Entries close on Saturday November 16.


Saturday, 28th September – Lookout Hill M & H Age Standard Time Trial

Where: Lookout Hill

When: 1:30am

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

Race Description:

20km TT course Tharwa Village - Pt hut - Finish at top of hill at Lookout.

Race Director: Graham Hendrie

Contact: Email hendrie@netspeed.com.au Ph 0415552343 or 6288 1544

Help Needed on Sunday: Graham will need 3 turn marshals and a couple of finish line helpers. Anyone who can assist please let Graham know before the weekend.


Club Championships –22th Sep

Unfortunately we were not able to obtain revised race approvals for the Club Championships so the race had to be cancelled.