5.1 Gunning Special Bleat, Monday 4th May, 2015

Post date: May 05, 2015 12:7:29 AM

Hello Vets,

In this week's Bleat;

• Gunning Peter McLennan Memorial 2 Day Event

• Volunteers for 2015 Women and Juniors Tour

• Interstate Events

• Racing this Week

• Race Reports

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

Ian Morton

Gunning Peter McLennan Memorial 2 Day Event


Bill Frost has kindly volunteered to be the Race referee for the two days. In order to run the event, he still 3 or 4 Marshals to assist.

Payment of $30 per day is available to offset petrol costs and other expenses.

If you are willing to help, please contact Bill at: billfrost@bigpond.com


A Portaloo has been booked. We are looking for a volunteer to help with towing duties. If someone is staying in Gunning on Saturday evening and would be able to tow it back to their accommodation overnight, that would save having to tow it back to Canberra.

Please contact Kim Malcolm jakmalco@tpg.com.au if you can assist.


The cost will be $30 for the race and you must be a current member of the club within the AVCC. Please note that we do not have day licences available.

Riders will need to bring their helmet to the registration desk for inspection. Please note that it is an AVCC requirement that all riders must wear a helmet which meets Australian Standards.

Riders must have started the previous stage to compete the next stage. (i.e. if you don’t ride Saturday then you cannot start on Sunday)



To register go to;


Click on;

Click Here To Register

Select either;



Select the $30 entry fee then click;


Enter your username and password and click.


Note that this is the username and password that you received when you first registered for the IMG system. If you cannot find your site login, go to the site login page; https://memberdesq.imgstg.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=login&OrgID=10244 and click the 'Forgot your Password?' Button. Enter your Email address (the one you used to register) and a new password will be sent to you.

One you have logged in, the system will show your membership details. Click;


Confirm that you are entering as an Individual or Tandem then click;


Click on;

Submit Now & Pay Online

Enter your credit card details and press;


To confirm your payment, click;

Submit Payment

Your transaction will be confirmed and an email sent to your registered email address.

Once you have finished, click;


If you have any problems, contact: Ian Morton

DAY 1: Saturday 16th May 2015


All grades will complete the same 4km course – this is the traditional course starting from the top of the hill and heading northeast along the Old Hume Hwy towards Breadalbane.

Prologue will start at 11:00am and riders will be sent off at 30 second intervals.

Note if you miss your allocated time you will be sent off at the discretion of the Race Referee.

The following limitation apply to the Prologue

• No Disc Wheels or wheel covers

• No Time Trial specific helmets

• No Time Trial bars either specific or clip on

Tri Spoke or other deep dish wheels are allowed as long as the rim does not exceed 10cm.

Stage 1

Stage 1 will start at 1:30pm and riders will be sent off by grade.

Stage 1 is 50km for all grades.

Bonus time will be allocated on both primes for the first three positions (1st – 3 seconds, 2nd – 2 seconds and 3rd 1 second) and for the first five positions (1st – 5 seconds, 2nd – 4 seconds, 3rd - 3 seconds, 4th – 2 seconds and 5th – 1 second) at the finish.

DAY 2: Sunday 17th May 2014

Stage 2

The course length will depend on grade:

• A, B, C, D will complete 100km (Note: A Water Bottle will be provided for riders on the Second Lap)

• E, F, G, Tandem will complete 50km

Bonus time will be allocated to each grade on both primes for the first three positions (1st – 3 seconds, 2nd – 2 seconds and 3rd 1 second) and for the first five positions (1st – 5 seconds, 2nd – 4 seconds, 3rd - 3 seconds, 4th – 2 seconds and 5th – 1 second) at the finish.

Stage 2 will start at 10:00am for the following grades A, B, C, D with 2 min between grades.

Stage 2 will start at 11:00am for the following grades G, E, F, Tandem with 2 min between grades.

Bonus time will be allocated to each grade on both primes for the first three positions (1st – 3 seconds, 2nd – 2 seconds and 3rd 1 second) and for the first five positions (1st – 5 seconds, 2nd – 4 seconds, 3rd - 3 seconds, 4th – 2 seconds and 5th – 1 second) at the finish.


Presentations will be held in the Hall in the Showground at 2:00 pm. Lunch will be provided for all riders and officials.

Volunteers for 2015 Women and Juniors Tour

Cycling ACT is looking for volunteers for the 2015 Women and Juniors Tour at the following times;

- Friday 8 May 12pm – 4pm. Event Setup

- Saturday 9 May 7:00am – 12:00pm. Stage 1

- Saturday 9 May 12:00pm – 4:00pm. Stage 2

- Sunday 10 May 7:00am – 12:00pm. Stage 3

- Sunday 10 May 12:00pm – 6:00pm. Stage 4 & Packup

They are currently seeking assistance in a number of areas across the race weekend. Key Roles:

- Drivers & Mechanics - Lead & Spares vehicles

- Motor Cycle Marshals

- Course Marshals

- Event Workforce

To register as a volunteer, please email the Volunteer Coordinator empettett@gmail.com stating the time(s) you are available and the role(s) you would like.

Interstate Events

• 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, 9th May: Dog Trap Rd Memorial Secret Handicap

Where: Intersection Dog Trap Rd and Long Rail Gully Road, Murrumbateman

When: Starting at 1:30 pm

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

Race Description:

Secret Handicap

Race Director: Phill Coulton

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

The nominated marshals for this event are;

• Brendan Byatt,

• Ian Drayton,

• Paul McKay,

• Wayne Shippley,

• Steve Jones

Upcoming Marshall Roster

The nominated marshals for upcoming events are;

- May 16/17 @ Gunning 2 Day: Marshals required

- May 23 @ Stromlo: Chris Nolan, James Mills

- May 30 @ Tidbinbilla: Andre Swenson, Brendan Byatt, Brad Sellwood, Timothy Palmer, Brenden Savage, Richard Bourne

- Jun 06 - Queen's B'day Long Weekend - No Race

- Jun 13 @ Apollo Rd: Belinda Wren, Jan Koehler, Frank O'Sullivan

- Jun 20 @ Stromlo: Roger Wheatley, Craig Appaneal

Roster for the year can be found at : http://www.actvets.cc/referees/VETS%202015%20Marshall%20Roster.xls?attredirects=0&d=1


Dairy Rd – 25th April

The sun was shining on course set up, but it was not long before the rain thunder and lightning arrived causing a delay to the first race.

In the A/B grade combo Mark Vroomans easily took the sprint from Andrew Murrell followed by Peter Young. The C/D combo ended with a close sprint between Chris Kon (first) and John Paul De Sousa who used every millimetre of the left lane to phase the finish judges. Third was new to criterium racing Cameron Pitt proving he is C grade material. After a puncture in warm up Paul Robey had a late start in G grade to finish first. The E grade race was crushed by the strong Des Brown riding away from Rosemary Robinson having dropped Sjepan Hirsler mid race.

Thanks to Ian Morton for the Anzac commemoration, Gai Webster for standing in as first aider, Denis Puniard and James Meredith for marshalling duties in conditions very similar to a normal warm English summer day.

Nick Boylan

Tidbinbilla – 2nd May

Despite waking up to overcast skies and a wet ground, the race was held on dry roads, with mild conditions and a warm (for Canberra autumn) day.

A,B,C and D grades started off in the direction of Geal's Creek, and completed two laps of the course, while E, F, G stared off in the direction of Flints Crossing and completed 1.5 laps.

From the view point of the Start/Finish line there is not much to report.

The grades came in from one direction and left in the other direction. It was a bit like watching a tennis match. With the exception of E and G grade, all of the grades remained largely intact. E, F and G grades crossed the finish line with large gaps between most of the riders where as A, B, C and D finished in a fast bunch sprint. E grade was the first grade to cross, followed by A.

Congratulations to Peter Marshall, Rohan Verco and Paul Scherl for the first three place getters (first to third) in A grade; Marc Vroomans, David Dickson, Reinhard Mauch in B grade; Marcus Judge, John paul De Sousa and Michael Reppion in C grade; and Stuart Roesler, Tony Beasley and John Ignatius in D grade. All of who definitely showed their sprinting skills. Also congratulations to David Turner, Phil Martin and Vanessa Goodspeed in E grade, Ibi Losoncz, Bob Kent and Barbara Bayliss in F grade; and Pauline Thorn, Heather Sommariva and Bruce Jones in G grade.

Given the way they managed to pull away from the other riders in their grades, I suspect a few will be trying to hide from the handicapper.

I would very much like to thank the traffic controllers Clinton Porteous, Tony Weir and Bill Frost. With the new rules and regulations they now have to do a lot of extra work setting up and taking down all of the signs. It is far from a trivial task. Also thanks to Stuart Stabler, Terry Moore, Henry Beaverstock and John Thorn for helping out at the Start/Finish line. And thanks to Graham Hendrie for dragging all of the equipment to and from the race as well as deciphering the traffic management plan; and to James Meredith for setting up and rider registration. As the director I relied a lot on the help of everyone I mentioned above, and it is much appreciated.

One point to note, Clinton suggested that I warn the riders about potential hazards at the turn points. Namely the traffic controller can stop cars coming towards the riders, but don't have much control over cars behind the riders. As it turned out, that exact scenario happened at Tony's turn point. A bunch of riders came to the turn, the front rider indicated that he was about to turn, which the car driver behind them took to mean that he was being given the okay to overtake the bunch. Fortunately the driver hit the brakes in time. So be careful of any cars behind the bunch when making a turn.

Linda Stals