z11.2 Nov 10 Bleat

Post date: Nov 10, 2014 11:39:48 AM

Hello Vets,

In this week's Bleat;

• Lee Hopson races in Style

• Race Fees for Summer Season

• Next Traffic Controller Course

• Fund Raising BBQ at the Crits

• Registration for 2015 is now open

• Handicapping

• Interstate Events

• Racing this Week

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

Ian Morton.

Having problems with IMG

If you are having difficulties with the IMG registration, please follow the instructions on the IMG website and if that cannot solve your problem then contact the club at membership@actvets.cc

Lee Hopson races in Style

This October I raced in the first Australian Brompton Championships on a Crit course at Sydney’s Olympic Park. The 30 minute Crit was run by Lidcombe Auburn Cycling Club. This was the first Australian Championships but National Championships are also run in places like Austria, Chile, France, Italy, Japan, Taiwan and the USA.

If you’re not familiar with Bromptons they are a strange looking small-wheeled design that can be quickly folded and either transported on trains and buses or carried up flights of stairs to flats or offices. Built in London they are now the UK’s most prolific bicycle manufacturers with some 35,000 units made each year.

The race is slightly different from other Criteriums as the rules are that participants must ride a Brompton bicycle, must wear a collared shirt, a tie and a jacket. No visible Lycra garments and an approved helmet. The race start is a ‘Le Mans’ style with racers running to their folded bikes, and unfolding them before getting onto the Crit circuit. Paul Craft was the race commentator and as there were other cycling events happening on the same day there was a rather large crowd to cheer everyone on.

Its hot racing in a tie and a blazer and once the race had started, I found out much to my amazement that I was racing against Steve Hodge who was some where in the bunch.

The first male and female racers win return air fairs to the UK to participate in the World Championships as well as the honor of out folding and out pacing everyone else in the field. There are prizes for the best dressed and also for the fastest folders.

It’s on again next year and with the sales of Bromptons going up and several Canberra bike dealers selling them, the race will only get bigger.

Cheers Lee Hopson

Race Fees for Summer Season

The race fees for the summer season have been set as follows;

• Road races - $10

• Criterium - $5

• Track - $5*

*Note: The Track Hire is a fixed fee for the evening so as long as the number of track riders remains at current levels, the $5 fee is sustainable. If the number of participants declines, then the fee may need to be reviewed.

Next Traffic Controller Course

As a result of the popular demand placed on the training so far, there will be one other training day scheduled for Saturday 22 November. This is an additional day supplied by Roads ACT. For ease of administration, Capital Cycling will take on the registration process for this training.

The training day will be;

DATE: Saturday 22 November

TIME: 9:00am – 4:00pm

LOCATION: Macarthur House, 12 Wattle St, Lyneham

Registrants are asked to provide the necessary details at the following registration platform: https://eventdesq.imgstg.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=main&EventDesqID=8523&OrgID=4426

Please ensure that all details are completed. If the registrants are available to undertake the training on 22 November, please ensure that this date is nominated in the registration process. Could you also please contact Ben Davis Ben.Davis@Teradata.com and let him know you have registered.

If you have any questions, please contact John Armstrong on 02 6248 7995.

Fund Raising BBQ at the Crits

Some club members will be riding the Hartley Lifecare Challenge from Canberra to Mt Kosciusko and back in late November.

For the next four weeks they will be running a BBQ at the crits to raise some much needed funds for this wonderful cause that helps people living with disability in our community.

So after you have done the hardwork in your race, we encourage you to stick around and buy something to eat and drink.

Registration for 2015 is now open

The Registration system on IMG is open for next year's subscriptions. Simply go to the IMG site. Logon with the username and password that you used to register last year. The annual subscription for 2015 remains unchanged.

Note that if you are not currently a member, you can register now and get the remainder of this year and all of 2015 for the one fee.


The handicapper has seen fit to turn his gaze upon his own form and decided to put himself up;

• Robert Langridge B -> A

• Jason Parkes B -> A

• Alan Bontjer B -> A

• Stuart Stabler C -> B

• Damien Obst C -> B

• John Barnes D -> C

• Stephen Cusack D -> C

• Andrew Murrell C -> B

• James Curran E -> D

And a reminder that riders are not to downgrade themselves without approval from the Handicapper.

Interstate Events

• Tour of Two Rivers, Sunday 23rd November

more information at http://riverinainterclubracing.com/ttr/stages/stage-3-forrest-hill/

• Classic Adelaide Masters Cycling Series during the Tour Down Under week 17-25th Jan 2015.

Registrations are now open at http://www.samc.org.au/

• 2015 Riverina Rush Cycling Classic - Narrandera

- 28 Feb - Twilight Criterium

- 1 Mar - Road Cycle Classic

for more information contact Gerry Daly


Tuesday, 11th November: 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; C/D Grade@ 6:07 - 24min + 2 laps; E/F Grade@ 6:39 - 20min + 2 laps; A/B Grade@ 7:07 - 31min + 2 laps

Race Director: Ian Shaw

Contact: Email: ihshaw@gotalk.net.au Ph 0401794987 or 62538661

The nominated marshals for this event are;

• Kristi McVay

• Geoff Strang

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.

Wednesday, 12th November: Track Racing

The Program for Wed 12 November is as follows:

5.30pm – 6.00pm: Warm-up and free practice;

6.00pm – 6.30pm: 10-lap scratch race;

6.30pm – 7.00pm: 4-Lap Handicap race;

7.00pm – 7.30pm: Win & Out.

Sunday, 16th November – Uriarra Homestead Graded Scratch

Where: Uriarra Homestead, Uriarra Rd - Brindabella Rd T-Junction.

*** PLEASE NOTE: Sunday's Race is dependant on us obtaining approved signage. The sign man has provided the designs, TAMS have approved them and they are being manufactured this week. At this stage, the race is on but subject to the signs being delivered by race day. Please keep an eye on the Bleat or the Twitter feed (https://twitter.com/actvets) for any changes. ***

When: 9:00 am

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

Race Description: Uriarra Map: Start, F, A, C, A, Finish (Homestead, end of tar, Urriara, short turn, Urraira, Homestead)

Race Director: Paul Robey

Contact: Email paul.robey3@gmail.com Ph 0413 480 241

The nominated marshals for this event are;

• Kev Hennessy

• Simon Milnes

• Adrian Rollins

• Christophe Barberet

• Paul Welsh

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.

End of Year Events

This year, the End of Year presentation BBQ will be held on Tuesday 9th December and the traditional Christmas Wheel Race will be the 16th December.


Narrabundah Track Racing – 5th November

Early completion of remedial work on the Bundadome provided an opportunity to reinstate a previously cancelled track session on Wednesday, 5 November. We had good attendance with 19 riders and a number of interested spectators, some of whom will likely race in future.

The A grade scratch race was again tactical. However, an early break by Ed Garnett and Michael Langdon was brought back. Steve Jones powered to a win from a bunch sprint. The B Grade bunch stayed together during their scratch race, allowing Brad Sellwood to win with a fine sprint. The 20 lap points races were hard events, with sprints every 5 laps. Steve Jones dominated A Grade winning three of the four sprints. In B Grade, Craig Kentwell and Brad Sellwood garnered equal points to share a win. Ashley Sked provided some excitement with a break in the final few laps of the B Grade race. However, his initiative went unrewarded when he faded in the final lap.

The Italian Pursuit races were both close. Uneven team numbers was compensated for by one rider in the smaller team doing an initial two laps before dropping out. The B Grade Italian pursuit was particularly close with less than 200mm deciding the race outcome.

Major place getters were as follows:

8 Lap Scratch: (A Grade) Steve Jones, Jim Davey, Andrew Peel; (B Grade) Brad Sellwood, Craig Kentwell, Ian Drayton.

20-Lap Points Race: (A Grade) Steve Jones (19), Michael Langdon (11), Chris Thompson (10); (B Grade) Brad Sellwood & Craig Kentwell (18ea), Bruce Griffin & Ian Drayton (8ea).

Italian Pursuit: (A Grade) Team 2 won (Gary Waldron, Ed Garnett, Ben Robey, Andrew Peel, Eddie O’Farrell, Jim Davey); (B Grade) Team 1 won (Craig Kentwell, Ashley Sked, James Meredith, Ian Drayton).