z10.1 October 7 Bleat

Post date: Oct 09, 2013 4:38:41 AM

Hello Vets,

In this week’s Bleat;

· ACT Vets 20th Anniversary Celebration

· Track Season Start

· Criterium Master Class

· Changes to Events

· Upcoming Events

· Racing this Week

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

Ian Morton.

This year is the 20th Anniversary of the foundation of the ACT Veterans Cycling Club.

We will be celebrating 20 years of great cycling at the Annual Christmas Wheel Race event on the 17th December.

The event will include;

· The traditional Wheel Race,

· Great Food and Drink

· Prizes and Awards

· Speeches from Long Time and Former Members

· A commemorative issue of the Bleat with the history of the Club.

· And there might even be a special appearance from Santa…

The things we need from the members;

· We will be running a survey to get attendees to ensure we have sufficient catering.

· If you have contact details for any of these previous members, we may need your assistance to get in touch with them.

· Some of your best memories of the club over the years to include in the commemorative Bleat. Stories, pictures, anything that shows the history of the club. Send anything you have to TheBleat@actvets.cc

Track Season Start




The 2013-14 Track Racing season will kick off with a practice session on Thursday 10 October at the Queanbeyan track. There will be no racing. All interested riders are invited - particularly new riders and track novices. It is a great opportunity to give track a try!


+ Queanbeyan track is located in the park in Central Queanbeyan (behind the police station);

+ Track & road bikes acceptable;

+ New riders can get practical advice on gearing, bunch riding & track etiquette;

+ Interested riders can try out a track bike;

+ Experienced riders can tune up the machinery & motor;

+ All riders can express their preference for events & races;

+ The practice session will be around 1hr 30 mins;

+ There is no formal structure to the practice. You can do your own thing.

+ We hope all riders will later adjourn to a selected Cafe to discuss the coming track season.

A few basics on track etiquette for the practice session:

+ If you are cruising around the track, ride high (next to the rail);

+ Tempo riders use the centre of the track;

+ Use the inner track if you are circulating fast or sprinting;

+ Hold your line - don't make any sudden changes of speed or position;

+ Be very careful if you are crossing or moving on / off the track;

+ Start from the fence and be aware of riders approaching;

+ Be careful braking on road bikes. Remember the track bike on your arse has no brakes!

Regular track racing will start on Thursday 17 October.

Criterium Master Class

The October Crit Masterclass now almost full and it's time to get ready for the big one. The November Masterclass will cover Race Strategy and Tactics. This one is a great session and loads of fun as it includes a whole stack of mini 2-3 lap races. Details for the session are below or available through the website.

NOTE: I expect this one to fill up relatively quickly and I would like to give priority to my riders if possible. Also remember that your eligible for a 20% discount on these sessions as a coached rider of Argonaut Cycle Coaching.

Are you looking to improve your race results? Do you want to have a better understanding of how races 'work'?

Session information

The Race Tactics Masterclass session is designed as a combined skills and race simulation session and is suitable for any one who wants to improve their race results through a better understanding of race tactics.

The session will cover a broad range of tactics and race scenarios, including:

    • How to read a race

    • How to launch a successful attack

    • Blocking

    • Bunch positioning and 'getting out'

    • Tactics for sprinters

    • Making the most of attacks and breakaway opportunities

    • How to develop your own personal 'race winning strategy'

The session will include a large number of mini races to provide the opportunity to learn and practise a variety of race tactics. This is a great way to learn but it's also great fun, especially when done with your friends and team mates so get them along as well so you can practise together.

When: Saturday 2nd November 2013.

Time: 10:00am and finishing at 12:00pm.

Location: Stromlo Forest Park Criterium Circuit

The session is open to all CA affiliated club members and Australian Vets Cycling club members. Junior riders U15 and above are welcome but they should have bunch riding experience as the session will include a large number of mini-race simulations.

To register for this session or to view more information please visits the Race Tactics 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 –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 of ACT.

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.


Tuesday,8th October – Stromlo Criterium

No Race – Stromlo booked for the Scott 24hr.

Thursday, 10th October - Track Racing

Where: Queanbeyan Track

When: 6:00 pm

Details: Track Practice Session

Sunday, 13th October – Yass Graded Scratch

Where: Archer Close and Cook Hill Drive in Yass

When: 9:00am

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

Race Description:

Yass - Archer Close and Cook Hill Drive - Rye Park - Sth Creek Road - return to Yass.

Race Director: Pat Rooke

Contact: Email pat_rooke@yahoo.com.au Ph 0466 770 199

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