7.4 July 28 Bleat

Post date: Jul 28, 2014 10:26:9 PM

Hello Vets,

In this week's Bleat;

• Commonwealth Games Results

• Fitz's Challenge – 26 October 2014

• RMH Canberra Challenge – 19-20 September 2014

• Interstate Events

• Racing this Week

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

Ian Morton.

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Commonwealth Games Results

Paul Kennedy and Brandie OConnor raced tandem regularly with the Vets until switching to track racing last year. With her Adelaide based pilot, Bree Hargrave Brandie got bronze in the women's tandem sprint and the 1km time trial.

Paul Kennedy with Canberra based pilot Tom Clark got bronze in the sprint and came forth in the time trial.

Like the vets, the Commonwealth games has integrated para racing with able bodied racing. Paul and Brandie were competing in the program along with Anna Mears and Bradley Wiggins. ( Bradley and co were beaten by the Aussies, and Anna settled for silver in the sprint to fellow Aussie and London tandem Paralympic gold medalist Stephanie Morton- now racing solo).

Fitz's Challenge – 26 October 2014

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.

Challenge yourself over 255 km, 205 km, 165 km, 105 km or 50 km – these are serious physical challenges to test your capabilities. (The 205 and 255 km rides qualify as Audax rides for those interested).

Conducted by Pedal Power ACT (www.pedalpower.org.au)

Full details and registration at www.fitzs.com.au

RMH Canberra Challenge – 19-20 September 2014

Help the local House and have a lot of fun by joining the Ronald McDonald House Canberra Challenge!

For cycling enthusiasts, the Challenge also includes a cycling component, which will finish alongside the Walk and Run event at Rond Terrace on Saturday 20 September.

• Take on the cycling challenge, comprising of almost 200 kilometres over 2 days.

• Tackle riding on some of the toughest roads in the ACT.

• Take on over 3000 metres of climbing.

• Be a part of the National Road Series, riding on the same roads as some of the best cyclists in Australia!

• Raise money for Ronald McDonald House Canberra!

Details at www.rmhc.org.au/canberra-challenge

Interstate Events

• Bike SA’s Annual Tour - 20 to 28 September 2014

more information at http://www.bikesa.asn.au/annualtour

• NAB Coffs Coast Cycle Challenge - 3 August 2014

Go to http://coffscoastcyclechallenge.com/clubs/ to complete the entry form.


Saturday, 2nd August – Cole Family Trophy - Secret Handicap - Dog Trap Rd Murrumbateman

Where: Intersection Dog Trap Rd and Long Rail Gully Road.

When: 1:30pm

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

Race Description: Dog Trap Map: Start, B. A, B, A, Finish (Start / Finish Dog Trap Rd and Long Rail Gully Rd)

Race Director: Robert Langridge

Contact: Email langridge@netspeed.com.au Ph 0479154448 or 6281 0997


Rob will need the following Marshals;

• 2 Turn Marshals

• Lead and Trail Car Drivers

• Finish Line Helpers

If you are able to assist this weekend, please contact Rob Langridge.


Lookout Hill/Tidbinbilla – 26th July

This weeks race from Lookout Hill to Tidbinbilla was full of challenges particularly with the weather - cold, fog, rain, a head wind on the way out on one leg and a head wind on the way back on another leg followed by warm bright sunlight. We almost had all 4 seasons in one afternoon.

Our new arrangements with traffic controllers included three people from ISG Australia matched with club marshals at each point. The out and back course finished at the top of Lookout Hill. A, B, C & D grade were given 2 laps of the course to complete and were set off in grade order first. Grades G, E and F followed who all competed 1 lap of the course. We had 45 bicycles across the 7 grades with 7 DNFs on the day. This is a challenging course and the weather contributed to this.

A Grade had 7 starters with a bunch of 5 still together at the end of the first lap which dwindled to 2 riders fighting out the win - first across the line was Peter Marshall followed closely by Christophe Barberet and further back Brendan Byatt who came in 3rd.

B Grade had 10 starters which saw a tight bunch of 7 still together at the end of the first lap, by the end of the race there was a tight hill sprint resulting in Sean Ifland first, Reinhard Mauch second and David Mullens third.

C Grade had 8 starters which was well broken pinto groups by the end of lap one. The win was fought out between Owain Tilley and Mark Taylor with Owain finishing slightly ahead, Nick Boylan followed in a little later on his own for 3rd.

D Grade had 5 starters and I believe the bravest group on the day. They stayed together for much of the race and started to break up by the last turn. First was Terrence Merrigan ahead of Trent Wiseman while further back Philip Walker out sprinted or more like it sightly out crawled Robert Langridge by a wheel for 3rd place.

E grade was the first grade back to the start finish. After a bunch start of 9 riders there was a lone bike back first being the Emert/Barlow Tandem while 2nd went to John Ignatius closely followed by a tight sprint between Bob Miller edging ahead of Ian Albrey for 3rd.

F Grade had 3 starters and saw them spread out by the finish with Mary Lovett over the line first followed by Barbara Bayliss and then Ian Morton.

G Grade also had 3 starters and produced the closest finish for first with Bernie Crowe edging out Bruce Jones by quarter of a wheel. 3rd was Angelika Mauch.

Apart from the weather the only other points of interest was a stray dog who adopted us all at Lookout Hill for the days event. At one stage the club president was engaged to keep the mutt away from the road and cyclists.

An incident on the road this week was the arm/elbow of James Jordan being clipped by a passing vehicle on the climb out from the Corin Dam turn off on the return journey. Luckily James stayed upright and finished on the dirt to the side of the road. Apart from the shock and a tingling arm he managed to make his way back to the start/finish for a review by our First Aider Simon. If anyone saw anything or have details of the vehicle please let me know.

Thanks to all who attended the race and a special thanks to our marshals Chris Short, Mark Skimmings, Craig Kentwell, Steve Crispin, Henry Beaverstock and Graham Hendrie.

Thanks to Kim Malcolm for race refereeing.