z12.5 December 19 Bleat

Post date: Dec 19, 2013 10:33:56 PM

From the ACT Veterans Cycling Club Committee, we hope you all have a safe and happy Christmas and we look forward to seeing you all again next year.

Next Race

Will be the Criterium on the 7th January.

Boxing Day Recovery Ride

Starting at the Jolimont Centre at 08:00 from Jolimont and all rider abilities will be catered for by regrouping at top of hills or riding in separate bunches.

Marshal Roster for next year

As you are aware the club operates with a reliance on its members to contribute to the running of the various races. As such it is expected that each member should attend at least two races a year and assist by acting as a marshal. These duties are not particularly onerous and normally consist of manning a turn point or assisting at the start finish.

Unfortunately not all members have met this commitment in the past couple of years and it keeps falling on the same small number to provide assistance.

As such the Race Committee has decided to instigate a roster of members and assign them a race. Marshals assigned to the further NSW regional races can still request a payment to cover fuel costs if they undertake lead and follow car duties.

This roster will be found on the website under the Referees & Marshals Tab.

If you unable to make the date that you have been rostered the obligation is on you to find a replacement. It is recommended that you look at the roster and make your plans accordingly.

Should you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me.

James Jordan

Vice President


IMG Online Registration

Registrations for this year are due to expire on 31st December. In order to race next year you will have to complete the online registration at the IMG site: http://ausvetcycling.com/

You should have received a reminder at your registered Email address. If not, go online and check that your Email address is correct.

Committee for Next Year

The Annual General Meeting of the ACTVets will be held on the 24th February 2014. We are always looking for new committee members so if you are interested, please consider nominating for next year’s committee.

Upcoming Events

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.


Christmas Wheel Race and 20th Anniversary Celebration – 17th December

Ho ho ho my good little boys and girls. It was great to see so many of you turn out on Tuesday night for the Christmas Wheel Race and Twentieth Anniversary Celebration.

The weather was kind with a warm clear day even though a bit of wind came up during the event, it did not detract from the racing.

Each of the grades lined for a 15 minute qualifying race with the top 5 riders going through to the final.

G Grade started out first with 5 riders quickly establishing a lead then happy to sit up and keep their qualifying positions with the fast improving James Meredith taking the sprint finish.

All the Boys and Girls from E and F grade lined up next with F grade again short on numbers. A tumble on collarbone corner sent Stu the First Aid Elf off on his motorbike to attend. After a brief yellow flag the race was resumed. With all of F grade assured of a place the pressure was off with John Ignatius taking the win. E grade was a much harder fought competition for places with Kelvin Alley leading the way home.

Next it was C and D grade’s turn to take to the track. A wild wind blew up during the race bringing a payload of dust from the nearby building sites. The wind caused some of the bunches to break up with those at the back struggling to rejoin. In the end Steve Schwenke won C grade with Gareth Miller taking D grade.

Last of all, it was A and B grade on the track. A grade sent a brisk pace but managed to keep together as a bunch. B grade must have found the pace a bit tough because the bunch disintegrated causing Santa’s head to spin trying to keep track of all the riders. The flying Paul Scherl took A grade and Marc Vroomans surged in to take B grade.

After a brief break, representatives of the seven grades lined up for the 5 lap handicap. G grade set off with a generous handicap with the rest of the grades following behind. G grade had completed a full lap before A grade had started. G grade held on valiantly for three laps but once the 2 laps to go board had come out, a combined group of D and E grades had reeled them in.

The only question then was, could A Grade run them down. Despite the “Scherl Express” flying up the back straight on the last lap, the 10 second gap that Robert the Handicapper Elf had given them proved too much and the D/E bunch held on with Paul Morgan taking the honours.

Awards were handed out for the;

2012/13 Summer season


• Jones, Bruce 195 pts

• Coulton, Phill 170 pts

• Davis, Ben 161 pts


• Bayliss, Barbara 153 pts

• Lowe, Liz 112 pts

• Robinson, Rosemary 107 pts

2013 Winter Season


• Crispin, Steve 112 pts

• Hendrie, Graham 107 pts

• Albrey, Ian and Hartley, Tom 88 pts


• Huang, Jing 113 pts

• Wren, Belinda 70 pts

• Lowe, Liz 63 pts

And the award to Clubman of the year:

James Meredith

Thanks to all Santa’s Elves who helped make this such a success;

• Henry the Racing Elf – for his tireless work in keeping the race organised

• Barbara the Catering Elf – for organising the catering

• Graham the Driving Elf – for bringing the van and help setting up and cleaning up

• Lee the Talking Elf – for his great raceday commentary

• Robert the Handicapping Elf – for his judicious handicapping on the day

• Stu the First Aid Elf – for his prompt response when required

Photos from the Wheelrace at: https://picasaweb.google.com/115510084155489674302/ChristmasWheelrace2013?authkey=Gv1sRgCISy8KuE042yZw#

And a special thanks to Santa for coming all the way from the North Pole to Referee the event.