1.4 January 27 Bleat

Post date: Jan 27, 2014 9:25:48 PM

Hello Vets,

In this week’s Bleat;

· Annual General Meeting

· Marshal Roster

· Pyrenees Cycling Holiday

· Racing this Week

· Race Report

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

Ian Morton.

Annual General Meeting

PO Box 870 Civic Square ACT 2608

Notice of Annual General Meeting 2014

Members are advised that the Annual General Meeting

of the ACT Veterans Cycling Club will be held on :

Monday 3 March 2014

The Weston Club

1 Liardet St Weston

Commencing at 7:30 pm

Items of Business should be advised to the Secretary 14 Days prior to the meeting to be considered at the meeting;

Apologies also to the Secretary

To be delivered to the Secretary or the Club Mail Box 7 days prior to the AGM, or e-mailed tophillcou@bigpond.net.au

We are always looking for new committee members so if you are interested, please consider nominating for this year’s committee.

Marshal Roster

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


Pyrenees Cycling Holiday

Following the success of the ACT Vets September cycling trip to the Pyrenees last year, two trips are planned for 2014.

Trip 1: Friday June 13-Saturday June 28 and

Trip 2: Friday September 5-Saturday 20 or Friday September 12-Saturday September 27.

Each trip will cost 1,750 Euros pp or ~$2,700 Aus depending on exchange rates. These costs will cover your accommodation, breakfast and 3 course evening meal with wine, for the full 15 days, as well as sag-wagon support for a set of graduated rides of 65-100kms distance with 1,000-2500m of climbing. Pick up and drop off, from and to, Toulouse airport or Tarascon railway station to the cycling lodge is also included. The cost also includes travel expenses for non-cycling tourist days when you will visit local cultural attractions and registration for the Ariegeoise.

The June trip will conclude with the Ariegeoise, a UCI-sponsored cyclosportive or gradfondo event in the Ariege Department (seewww.cyclosport-ariegeoise.com). Approximately 5,000 cyclists registerd for this event in 2013. The September trip will conclude with a 3 day mini-tour that will traverse the Pyrenees from east to west and cross numerous cols including the Peyresourde, Aspin and Tourmalet with overnight stays in Luchon and St Marie de Campan.

For further details please contact Peter Southgate at peter.southgate@hotmail.com.


Tuesday, 28th January: Stromlo Criterium

Where: Stromlo Forrest Park

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

Race Description:

G Grade@ 5:45 - 13min + 2 laps; E/F Grade@ 6:07 - 25min + 2 laps; A/B Grade@ 6:40 - 40min + 2 laps; C/D Grade@ 7:26 - 30min + 2 laps

Race Director: Michael Fawke

Contact: Email: mjfawke@internode.on.net Ph 0414685464 or 62232291

Assigned Marshals

The marshals for this event are;


· Geoffrey ANNISON

If you unable to make the date that you have been rostered please find a replacement.

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, 30th January: Track Racing

Where: Queanbeyan Track

When: 6:00 pm

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

Sunday, 2nd February – Stromlo Crit - Team Points Race

Where: Stromlo Forrest Park.

When: 9:00am

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

Race Description:

Points Race (Teams): 3, 2, 1 points every 2nd lap, 5,4,3,2,1 last lap 20 points for taking lap

Race Director: Owain Tilley

Contact: Email owaintilley@hotmail.com Ph 0420526076

Assigned Marshals

The marshals for this event are;



If you unable to make the date that you have been rostered please find a replacement.


Stromlo Criterium – 21st January

86 riders on the night slightly down on other weeks which could be because of school hols and riders heading off to the Tour Down Under.

Notable happenings on the night were:

There were no mishaps on the course which is always welcome.

Every grade played by the rules and did not join up with other grades after passing. Grades keeping a good distance between each other making management of the final sprint easy for those on the finish line.

Our first aider, Stu was called on several times to officiate as Kangaroo Wrangler, The number of roo's on the course could have caused some serious disruption to racing, not withstanding the possible injuries to riders. With the warm weather continuing and the lack of water in the bush we can expect to see significant numbers of roo's near the course. Please be vigilant when riding as often the marshals and referee do not spot the roo's until they hit the track.

As A grade (Paul Scherl) passed the referee the rest of the bunch (one other rider) was heard to call out to Paul "that's it, I'm done, I have nothing left". Obviously Paul had ridden his legs off.

Kev Hennessy, heading to Bright on the weekend for some serious hill climbing still had plenty of fuel in the tank for a D grade sprint and 2nd place. Ashley Sked, graded E, also podiumed in D grade. Well done Ashley.

Tuff ride of the night went to Sue Frost. Regraded to E for past achievements was lapped nearly twice by her grade. Recent form has seen Sue have two wins and two seconds since the beginning of October. I think our friendly handicapper could take a second look at this regrade.

Barb Bayliss in F grade rode away from the bunch with the length of the home straight between Barb and the bunch at the finish.

One would think that James Meredith, ACTVETS Clubman of the year for 2013 and 391 events behind him could remember which line is the finish line going clockwise around SFP. By the way James the finish line is where the referee and marshals stand and where the clock is positioned. James just managed to hold off Paul Robey for a win in G grade.

Thanks to our marshals, the ever present Henry, Ron Parello, Bryan Holloway and Andrew Chamberlain. A big thanks to Jessica Chamberlain who looked after out timing on the night.

Thanks to Phil Coulton for Race Refereeing

Track Point Score

The latest Track Point Score is available at;


Dairy Rd Points Race – 26th January

On a beautiful sunny Sunday morning, we had 34 riders participate in the graded criterium points race on dairy road, which was not bad for a long weekend. The course was the same hot dog circuit with approximately a km straight stretch of road with the turnaround points at each end. There was a sprint on every second lap which meant the riding was high tempo.

In A grade we had just the three riders, but the racing was close with Graeme Allbon (great to see you back) and Marc Vroomans trading sprint wins, in the end it came down to the final sprint which Marc managed to narrowly win and thereby take the overall win by just one point. Robert Langridge managed to stay with the two riders and put in a solid ride.

While in B grade the largest group (9 riders), the sprint wins were close and shared between a number of riders, however, Ben Toyne was the most consistent and took the overall win, with Peter Prammer and Chris Nolan in second and third places. C grade was another small group of 4 riders and the sprint finishes were varied with Ben Robey taking charge near the end to win overall from Brad White and Paul Morgan.

The D grade race was a case of consistent sprinting by the top three riders, Trent Wiseman took the win with Robert Wilson and Ben Vagnarelli filling the minor places. In E grade the second largest group (8 riders) saw the sprint wins shared between a number of riders so the racing was close, in the end Andrew Welsh prevailed to take first place from Phil Coulton in second and Phil Anderson was in third by a count back as he was on equal points to Sean Fleming.

The F grade group was another small group (3 riders) with the sprint finishes consistently the same order each time around. Pat Rooke proved too strong and took the win from Natalie Attenborough in second and Jing Huang in third. While G grade with just two riders was close racing and sometimes talking with James Meredith taking the win from Stjepan Hirsler.

Thanks go to marshal Lindsay Graham plus other helpers Marc Vroomans, James Meredith, Graham Hendrie and Peter Fisher Wiggins. Also a big thank you to the first aid officer (sports trainer) Stu Horyna who did a great job.

It was disappointing the assigned marshals, Gavin Drury and Peter Frew did not turn up.

Thanks to Peter Klein for Race Refereeing