9.5 September 30 Bleat

Post date: Oct 04, 2013 8:16:10 AM

Hello Vets,

A short Bleat this week;

· Criterium Master Class

· Changes to Events

· Upcoming Events

· Racing this Week

· Race Reports

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

Ian Morton.

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

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

Trivia Night Fundraiser - OTR Hartley Life Care - 9 Oct

Trivia @ Zierholz UC Premium Brewery with prizes and a silent auction. Have some fun whilst supporting this worthy cause.

Full details at http://www.canberra.edu.au/events/view/2604

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 .

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.

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.


No racing this week.

Enjoy the upcoming long weekend as the Winter Season has come to an end. On Sunday 13thOctober we start the Summer Season out at Cooks Hill Rd, Yass.


M&H Age Standard Time Trial - Lookout Hill –28th Sep

The M & H Trophy Age Standard Time Trial has been a regular annual event almost since the club started. Unfortunately it had to be cancelled on Saturday due very strong gusty winds. According to the BOM weather observations, maximum gusts of 67 km/hr occurred around 1:30 pm and at Lookout Hill it seemed even stronger than that as the wind funnelled down through the hills around Point Hut and Tharwa.

About 20 members, mostly keen time trialists, turned up expecting to race but once they set out on their bikes for a warm up it soon became evident that it would not be safe to ride let alone enjoyable. Amongst those who ventured out to test the conditions on the road towards Tharwa were Angie Wren, James Jordan, Sue Powell and Peter Klein. Angie was blown right across the road at one stage and called it quits straight away. Fortunately there were no cars around at the time. Sue and James both with disk rear wheels must have taken off like an Americas Cup catamarans and they too were rather reluctant to try their luck in a real competition. So with the birds flying backwards and the cyclists going sideways it seemed like the best alternative was to head off home and watch the AFL grand final.

For those members not familiar with the origin of some of our trophy races, M & H stands for Marilyn and Henry ie; Beaverstock. Henry, our dedicated starter and finish line time keeper is a founding member of the club and many years ago sponsored trophies for men and women in an age standard time trial. The age standards for a long time tended to favour the more mature club members and hence were a bit of a disincentive to compete for those at the opposite end of the age spectrum. As an incentive to encourage their participation Henry supplemented the M & H trophy pool with two more cups for fastest time in the men and women categories. Two years ago age standards were adjusted slightly to reduce the seniors bias, so now with a total of four trophies and six medals for podium places on offer the M & H TT is worth the effort for all Vets members.

Many thanks to those who volunteered to help on Sat even though their services were not required. The lineup of marshals included Phil Anderson, Jim Cruden, Brendan Byatt, James Meredith and of course Henry who will hopefully have the opportunity to present his trophies soon when the race rescheduled to a date yet to be decided. Kev Hennessy, custodian of medals, deserves a commendation for safely delivering the medals and the fastest time trophies to Lookout Hill by bicycle into headwinds that even he as an ex sailor had difficulty in describing adequately..

Thanks to Graham Hendrie for Race Refereeing.