6.3 June 16 Bleat

Post date: Jun 16, 2014 10:42:0 PM

Hello Vets,

In this week's Bleat;

• Vets riders named in 2014 Commonwealth Games

• Racing this Week

• Race Report

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

Ian Morton.

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Vets riders named in 2014 Commonwealth Games

Brandie O'Connor and Paul Kennedy have been named in the 41 member Australian Cycling team and will compete at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in July. They will be competing in the Tandem 1km Individual Time Trial and Tandem Sprint on the Chris Hoy Velodrome. Brandie and Paul raced with us until mid 2013 when they moved from road to track racing. This is the first Commonwealth Games to offer para cycling which is limited to vision impaired riders to trial integration of elite para with elite able bodied cycling at the Commonwealth Games. They leave for a pre-competition camp in Newport, UK on 26 June before travelling to Glasgow on July 16th. The girls will compete in the Sprint on 24 July and the ITT on 27 July.

You can follow Brandie and Breanna on Facebook under their name or Twitter at @Bandie24121973 or @BreeHargrave or @CyclingAusTrack. People can follow Paul and his pilot, Tom Clarke as team tandemonium on Facebook and Twitter.

Link to media release: http://cycling.org.au/News/All-News/ArtMID/2924/ArticleID/9271/Australian-Cycling-Team-for-Glasgow-2014-Commonwealth-Games


Saturday, 21st June – Orroral Graded Scratch

Where: Orroral Campground, Orroral Rd (off Naas Rd past Fitz's hill)

When: 1:30pm

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

Race Description:

Orroral map: http://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=YWN0dmV0cy5jY3x3d3d8Z3g6NWYyZmYzNDMwMjZlZjc3NQ

ABCD grades - Start, A, B, A, B, A, Finish - EFG grades- Start, B, A, B, A, Finish (Start / Finish is on Orroral Rd at Orroral Campground)

Race Director: Peter Klein

Contact: Email pklein12@tpg.com.au Ph 0406 378 801 or 6292 6592

Assigned Marshals

The nominated marshals for this event are;

• Dale Kleemean

• Luke McGowan

• Polly Templeton

• Brian McGlynn

Please confirm with the Race Director that you are available. If you unable to make the date that you have been rostered please find a replacement.


Honeysuckle Creek – 14th June

After a couple of days of turmoil, Saturday 14th started quite against the pessimistic view of a number of correspondents during the week. The traffic wardens were organised by Phil Coulton and the weather was bright and sunny - a perfect day for a race! For those that weren't aware, the ACT Government has forced us to use professional traffic wardens for traffic control at turns. To all those that volunteered for marshalling duties and weren't needed - I do thank you for your offers.

Many thanks to Henry Beaverstock and Graham Hendrie for sign-on and getting us underway and most importantly for recording the finishers and times. Paul Robey had a pretty easy job of calling the race numbers as the riders went over the line but I did hear him call a few in rapid succession indicating that some hardy souls had a sprint left in them. David Gunter and Bruce Jones didn't appear too stressed at the chute although they may have had a bit of a time extracting numbers from some who seemed a bit "puffed".

48 eager riders were up for the Honeysuckle hill climb. over a relatively short course from Apollo Road. The riders started near the Naas road junction and headed off over Mount Tennet towards Tharwa with A, B, C and D grades proceeding to the short turn past the village while the other grades turned just north of the Namagi visitors centre. Steve Crispin led the field home in a time of 1:08:08, a tad slower than the winner last year but well clear of Christophe Barberet and Michael Hanslip some 2 minutes in arrears. Peter Marshal led the B graders home with Dave Dickson looking quite comfortable in second place and Michael Carr 20 odd seconds later. Jason Quayle is making a steady comeback with a bit of a challenge from Simon Milne while Owain Tilley made up third place in C grade. David Stewart-Thomson was first across the line for D grade followed by Craig Kentwell nearly 2 minutes ahead of Richard Gorrell. Tony Beasley took a mere 1:05:57 to flash across the line with Baden White and Phil Anderson fighting it out for 2nd and 3rd place nearly 3 minutes later. Luke McGowan is showing his mountain goat heritage in F grade (he made me work hard out at Brindebella last month) ahead of Mary Lovett. Barb Bayliss looked a little piqued as she crossed the line for third place. Steve Hirsler was streets ahead of Leon Horsnell and Bernie Crowe in Grade and either needs swabbing or a grade adjustment.

Thanks to Brad, our First Aid attendant, and the Traffic Controllers for a safe race and a special thanks to Phil Coulton for doing all the extra work during the week to ensure that we had everything in place for the afternoon. Phil also acted as follow car to ensure the new arrangements went smoothly. Thanks also to President Alex O'Shea for his attendance and contributions.

Thanks to James Meredith for race refereeing.

Photos from the summit courtesy James Meredith:


Photos by Jason Parkes taken where the gradient was about 15 or 16 percent and just before it got harder at 20 percent: