z10.2 October 14 Bleat

Post date: Oct 14, 2013 11:25:16 PM

Hello Vets,

In this week’s Bleat;

· Crit Season Start

· Track Season Start

· Changes to Events

· Upcoming Events

· Racing this Week

· Race Report

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

Ian Morton.

Crit Season Start

This week marks the start of the Summer Crit Season. Due to the limited daylight at the beginning (and end) of the season, we will be running a Super Crit format with two races combining E/F/G in one race and A/B/C/D in the other.

Track Season Start




The track racing season will start this Thursday 17 October at the Queanbeyan track. Official Practice starts at 5.30 PM and racing will start at 6.00 PM. All interested riders are invited to enjoy an exciting and informal style of racing on Thursday evenings.


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

+ Track & road bikes acceptable;

+ Normally 3 – 4 short events per session with a mixture of scratch, handicap, sprinting and team events;

+ Riders frequently adjourn to a selected Cafe after racing.

A few basics on track etiquette for the warm-up:

+ 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!

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.

From the Desk of the Handicapper

The following riders have come to the attention of the handicapper and have been appropriately rewarded;

Road Grade

Rowan McMurray B

Dom Rideaux B1 to A2

Peter Marshall B1 to A2

Phillip Walker D1 to C1

Crit Grade

Rowan McMurray B

Upcoming Events

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.


Tuesday, 15th October: Stromlo Criterium

Where: Stromlo Forrest Park

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

Race Description:

Due to the limited daylight currently available, we will be running a Super Crit format:

6:00 pm: E/F/G Combined – 20 mins + 2 laps

6:25 pm: A/B/C/D Combined – 30 mins + 2 laps

Race Director: Rob Diamond

Contact: Email: 7rob07@gmail.com Ph (02) 6295 1295 or 0416 274 161


All racing is $5 per event. Please ensure you have the correct fees.

Crit Marshals and Helpers needed

Rob 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, 17th October: Track Racing

Where: Queanbeyan Track

When: 6:00 pm

Details: Track Racing (details above)

Sunday, 20th October – Dog Trap Rd Graded Scratch

Where: Intersection of Long Rail Gully Rd and Dog Trap Rd

When: 9:00am

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

Race Description:

Dog Trap Road 3.5 Laps.

Race Director: Malcolm Paterson

Contact: Email hhim@tpg.com.au Ph 0478 225 350

Help Needed on Sunday: Malcolm will need 2 turn marshals, lead and trail car drivers and a couple of finish line helpers. Anyone who can assist please let him know before the weekend.


Yass Graded Scratch – 13th October

On a cool Sunday morning the ACT Vets meet in the faraway place of Yass. On top of Cooks Hill 40 riders lined up to face the adventure to come. D grade departed first, followed by C, B and then A. They were told that they would be riding 70 kms. After these grades were out of site, F Grade departed , followed lastly by E grade. They thought they would ride 36km. The G Graders must have wanted a sleep in because none turned up.

As soon as everyone was on their way the day got hotter, the wind started and the magpies swooped. This was only the 2nd time to do this race route so the locations of the turn points proved to be tricky. Fortunately the quick thinking lead car driver realised there was an error and re-directed the riders so they wouldn’t end up in Cowra.

After 75km the convincing winner of A Grade was Tom Hartley, followed by Mark Harris and Marc Vroomans. B Grade winner was Nick Boylan, then Chris Nolan in a close sprint with Mark Gillett. The C Grade was the closest sprint finish with Terry Moore pipping David Wilkinson, followed by Dale Teddy. D grade saw Jessica Baird the clear winner, followed by Kevin Hennessy and Phil Walker.

For the lower Grades they ended up riding 46km. E Grade saw Terry Merrigan win, Rosemay Robinson 2nd then Jon Barnes. F Grade was won by Ian Albrey followed by Frank O’Sullivan. 3rd place has been awarded to Phill Coulton as he was in third place before he stopped to help with the turn points.

Thanks to the helpers – Jim Davey, Ben Davies, Ross Robinson, David McCook, Robert Wilson, Bruce Goodspeed, James Meredith and Henry Beaverstock.

Thanks to Pat Rooks for Race Refereeing.