4.3 April 13 Bleat

Post date: Apr 13, 2015 11:58:8 PM

Hello Vets,

In this week's Bleat;

• Constitution Lodged

• Getting ready for Gunning

• First Aider required for 25th April

• Interstate Events

• Racing this Week

• Race Reports

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

Ian Morton

Constitution Lodged

Following the Special General meeting called in February and the update to the club's constitution, it has been lodged with ACT Govt and been accepted and placed on the public register. The rules now apply to the Club. A copy of the rules can be found on the web site: Constitution Mar 2015.pdf

Thanks to Ian Albrey for his efforts in getting this finalised.

First Aider required for 25th April

Our first aid provider is unable to roster a first aider on the 25th April due to Anzac Day commitments.

Would any qualified first aider who would be able to be on duty at Dairy Flat please let the race committee know at race.committee@actvets.cc.

Getting ready for Gunning

Just over 4 weeks to go before the Gunning Two Day event so if you are planning to race, better make sure you are in training.

If you aren't planning to race, we are on the lookout for Marshals and helpers to make the event a success. please let Bill Frost billfrost@bigpond.com know if you can assist.

Interstate Events

• Tolland Open (Wagga Wagga)

- 18, 19 April

Details https://eventdesq.imgstg.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=main&EventDesqID=11893&OrgID=20999

• Battle on the Border

- Thursday 28 May to Sunday 31 May

In its short seven year history, the Battle on the Border has become one of the highly sought after cycling festivals in Australia and the largest tour on the Eastern Seaboard.

Online registration here

Enquiries to office@battleontheborder.com.au


Saturday, 18th April: Old Federal Highway Graded Scratch

Where: Gravel Pit, Intersection Shingle Hill Way and Federal Highway.

When: Starting at 1:30 pm

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

Race Description:

Due to extra traffic at the end of school holidays, we will not be using Shingle Hill Way;

A, B, C, D Grades: Gravel Pit - Lake George x 4 (48 kms)

E, F, G Grades: Gravel Pit - Lake George x 3 (36 kms)

Note: Still waiting on approvals from Goulburn Police

Race Director: Phill Coulton

Contact: Email Phillcou@bigpond.net.au Ph 0417299149

The nominated marshals for this event are;

• Jason Parkes,

• Jon Barnes,

• Robert Wilson,

• Johnathan Chowns,

• Andrew Peel

Upcoming Marshall Roster

The nominated marshals for upcoming events are;

- Apr 25 @ Dairy Flat: Jing Huang, Duane Toohey, Dennis Puniard

- May 02 @ Tidbinbilla: Tony Weir, Clinton Porteous, Stuart Stabler, Terry Moore, Susan Belton

- May 09 @ Dog Trap Rd: Stephen Isbel, Ian Drayton, Paul McKay, Wayne Shippley, Steve Jones


Lookout Hill Time Trial – 11th April

A strong field of 37 riders turned up to race in the time trial event at Lookout Hill on Saturday afternoon. There is certainly a lot of bike bling at these events with full disc wheels, areo helmets, skin suits and the like. Whilst the skin suits were not quite as revealing as previous events Dom Rideaux was very bold riding around in warmups with the top half of his suit tied around his waist with only the base layer on top. Maybe an eye opener for the passing traffic?

In the last couple of years there appears to be more and more areo bars and less people riding a straight up road bike. It makes sense though given the benefit the areo bars provide. I continue to take my hat off to those riders on road bikes who turn up knowing they are unlikely to make it to the podium.

Whilst the race was on a familiar road, the turnaround points were different on Saturday to take account of the race plan approved by TAMS. Riders headed south to Tharwa with a turnaround point just past the base of the first hill into town making it difficult for riders to control their speed appropriately for the turn back up the hill. This is something the race committee should take into account for the next time we do a similar loop; riders did report that the turnaround should be further into town allowing for a better rollout from the hill.

After the Tharwa turn, riders headed north back through Lookout Hill to a short turn approximately 1.3kms up the road. The lap finished with a climb up Lookout Hill before repeating for a second lap. The total distance was 24kms including two tough climbs up Lookout Hill, the last one as riders were completely gassed pushing for the finishing line at the car parks southerly entrance.

The results showed that racing was mostly competitive across most grades. Tom Hartley took A grade by 13 seconds, as did Marc Vroomans in B Grade. Dale Kleeman had a comfortable 2 minute cushion in a small C Grade, whilst Warwick Wilson took D Grade by 15 seconds. David Turner had more than a minute to spare in E Grade and James Meredith won comfortably in F Grade. Polly Templeton won G Grade with a 40 second advantage.

Thank you to Lindsay Graham who managed the turn in Tharwa and Mike McGurgan who managed the northern turn. With the new requirements to place additional signage up, there is a greater load for road marshalls to carry. Both Lindsay and Mike reported that it took approximately 30mins to set up the signage at their respective points. This additional time should be taken into account by marshals when turning up for their rostered duty.

Thanks also to Graham Hendrie for coordinating timing, and Ben Davis for assisting riders who requested a standing start. Thanks also to Ben McDuff who controlled traffic coming up the hill at the start of the race.

Rohan Verco