6.1 June 1 Bleat

Post date: Jun 05, 2014 1:50:26 AM

Hello Vets,

In this week's Bleat;

• Clothing Specials

• Narrabundah Velodrome

• Racing this Week

• Race Report

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

Ian Morton.

ps If you miss The Weekly Bleat, you can find archived copies: here.

Clothing Specials

The Club has some stocks of Ventou Club Clothing the we are look to shift.

As a special offer, Club Clothing Officer, Linda Stals, will be bringing it along to the Apollo Rd race on the 14th June where it can be had for the special price of $20 per item.

The Club will also be offering a 20% discount on the TriplePlay Jerseys and Vests and 40% discount on Knicks.

Narrabundah Velodrome

The recently upgraded Narrabundah Velodrome has been booked by the Club for the summer Track season.

The racing will be on Wednesday Evenings.

Note that only Track Bikes are allowed on the course. The committee is looking at some loan track bikes if there are any roadies who want to participate.


No racing this weekend due to a clash with a CCC/Vikings Event on part of the course, low attendance number on holiday long weekends and the expected increase in traffic on Uriarra Rd.


Old Federal Highway Handicap – 31st May

The recent string of handicap races resulting a win for riders off scratch ie; A grade was bought to an end on Sat when slightly more generous handicaps were applied to the slower end of the field. As the G grade group rolled away from the start line, the A1's had a thirty five minute wait before they could begin their pursuit over the 44 km Old Fed Hwy course along Shingle Hill way and a double lap to Lake George. A trio from G group, Pauline Thorn, Stjepan Hirsler and Leon Hornsell worked hard to take advantage of their early start but despite their efforts were not able to stay ahead of Bob Miller from F (24 mins) who got away on his own and crossed the finish line 1:40 in front of Stjepan with Pauline and Leon not far behind. After the first four riders hit the line there was a brief lull before the cavalry came charging over the hill. The adjusted handicaps had the desired effect and in the next three minutes a mix of 36 riders from all grades out of the 71 who started the race came past the chequered flag. Seven minutes later all except a few stragglers had finished. Congratulations to the place getters and also to Graeme Allbon who had the fastest time of 1:06:02 which translates to an average speed of 40 kph. Many thanks to the marshals who helped make the event a success, namely Damien Pollard and Elton Ivers at the turn points, lead and tail car drivers Bruce Jones and Russell Marston, Jessica Baird with Elton at the chute, Lee Hopson for First Aid and of course Henry doing timing and finish line duties.

Well done to our handicapper Robert Langridge for making it an exciting and closely contested race even though the winner, Bob Miller romped home with apparent ease. In all fairness Robert may not have been aware of Bob's form. Just one week ago Bob arrived back in Canberra after an epic cross continent, fund raising ride from Perth to Sydney in support of a charitable organisation, Project BridgeWorks, for children at risk in Thailand. All up, Bob rode over 5000 km in 8 weeks and details of his journey are contained in a very interesting blog that can be viewed at http://bobcycle.wordpress.com/my-ride-diary/ Have a look, not only is it a good read but also contains lots of excellent pics taken by Bob, a professional photographer. Bob's fund raising effort is still active and I am sure he would appreciate your support for this worthy cause. Links to the BridgeWorks Project are on the blog site.

For members wanting race results that contain more information than what is available via the RMS link, go to actvets.cc/results/2014-winter-results Fully detailed results in pdf format can be viewed or downloaded from this location.

Thanks to Graham Hendrie for race refereeing.