9.5 Sep 29 Bleat

Post date: Sep 29, 2014 11:29:1 PM

Hello Vets,

In this week's Bleat;

• End of Winter Season

• Narrabundah Track Practice Session

• Fitz's Challenge – 26 October 2014

• Interstate Events

• Racing this Week

• Race Report

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

Ian Morton.

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End of Winter Season

Saturday's race represented the end the 2014 Winter Racing season. There will be a one week break from racing. Key start dates coming up;

• 8 Oct - Start of Track Season

• 12 Oct - Start of Summer Road Season

• 14 Oct - Start of Crit Season

If you need some tips on preparing for the summer season, the following video provides some easy steps to improving your performance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TEhySzO14ik




This year the club’s track racing season will utilise the refurbished Narrabundah Track. Please note that this is a high-banked, oval track suitable only for conventional track bikes with a high bottom bracket. We will be unable to accommodate road bikes on this track.

The track racing season will kick off with a Practice Session on Wednesday 8 October. There will be no racing. All interested riders are invited - particularly new riders and track novices. It is a great opportunity to give track a try!


+ Narrabundah track is located off Goyder Street in Narrabundah;

+ Only track bikes are acceptable;

+ Many of the club’s track riders will be trying a high-banked track for the first time;

+ New riders can get practical advice on gearing, bunch riding & track etiquette;

+ Interested riders can try out a track bike (bring your own pedals and shoes);

+ Experienced riders can tune up the machinery & motor;

+ All riders can express their preference for events & races;

+ The practice session will be around 1hr 30 mins;

+ There is no formal structure to the practice. We will arrange some introductory training;

+ You can do your own thing, if you prefer.

A few basics on track etiquette for the practice session:

+ Use the designated track positions for cruising, tempo or fast pacing;

+ Hold your line - don't make changes of speed or position unless you are clear of other riders;

+ Be very careful if you are crossing or moving on / off the track;

+ Start from the fence and be aware of riders approaching;

+ All riders will need to be cautious as there will be many novice riders at the practice session.

If the practice session goes well, regular track racing will start on Wednesday 15 October. If riders are having difficulty adapting to the new track, we may schedule an additional practice session on 15 October and start racing a week later.

More information has been posted on the club website at http://www.actvets.cc/track

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

Interstate Events

• 2014 Jones Winery Flat Chat Challenge! - 25th October 2014

more information at http://www.joneswinery.com/events/2014/flat-chat-challenge-2014.html

• Fantastic weekend at Cootamundra! - 8th-9th November

more information at http://www.cootabikefestival.com.au/

• 2015 Riverina Rush Cycling Classic - Narrandera

- 28 Feb - Twilight Criterium

- 1 Mar - Road Cycle Classic

for more information contact Gerry Daly


There is no race this weekend.


Lookout Hill M & H Age Standard Time Trial – 27th September

Typical Saturday Spring conditions blessed us for the M&H Time Trial which would not have taken place without the huge efforts of Phill Coulton and Robert Langridge battling with the new TAMS requirements. 26 riders raced with nearly a 2:1 “rider to official” ratio. It was also probably the highest cost per rider event to run.

Sue Powell was the fastest female rider and the winner of this age standard TT (10 seconds over age standard) with Janet Facey and Kathryn Passalis 2nd and 3rd respectively.

In the boys Michael Hanslip thrashed the field (3.05 under age standard) and returned the fastest time. Owain Tilley and Steve Crispin placed 2nd and 3rd respectively.

Thanks to all the marshals, Phill Coulton, David Gunther, Dale Teddy, Kevin Hennessy, James Meredith, Jan Koehler and Graham Hendrie for doing the time keeping.

Thanks to Nick Boylan for race refereeing.