5.2 Gunning Extra Special Bleat, May 11

Post date: May 11, 2015 12:3:34 PM

Hello Vets,

In this week's Bleat;

• Gunning Peter McLennan Memorial 2 Day Event

• From the Desk of the Handicapper

• 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

First Aid

We are working with our First Aid provider to ensure we have a First Aider on duty for the two days. Just in case there are problems, if any club member with a suitable qualifications would be able to act as a backup, please contact Ian Albrey at ecmija@home.netspeed.com.au.


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;


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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;

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Enter your credit card details and press;


To confirm your payment, click;

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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.

From the Desk of the Handicapper

The Handicapping for this week;

- David Stewart-Thompson D -> C

- David Turner E -> D

- Phil Martin E - > D

- Ibi Losoncz F -> E

- Bob Kent F -> E

Rob Langridge

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


Memorial Secret Handicap, Dog Trap Rd – 9th May

So who would have believed???? Two road races back to back, not approval or weather impacted and Gunning Two Day event just around the corner.

Well I am glad the race was on Saturday afternoon and not Sunday morning when the weather deteriorated even further. Saturday was windy and relatively cold and getting colder as we cheered on the last rider’s home. Those riders who have mastered riding at 10deg off perpendicular and leaning into the wind can shine out on the day.

The Memorial Trophy is in remembrance of those club members who have passed on to that great ride where the weather is always perfect, the legs are always strong and the breeze is always on your back making the hills flatten out. And you don’t have to get approval to race.

The race (60 riders) got underway a little late while we organised lead and tail cars due to organised marshals failing to turn up on the day. However we started the race with a full complement of assistance, helped by one rider locking his keys in the car along with helmet and other key equipment, one rider breaking a chain before he could throw a leg over the frame and Bruce Jones giving up his ride to be lead car. Probably a good choice on Bruce’s part, considering the weather.

So, all riders in the mass start headed off towards the shorter of the two turns behind the lead car under the red flag. When the flag was dropped the race got underway in earnest. By the time the riders returned past the start point the race had broken up into eleven groups, generally in the grades. Five A graders headed the field and managed to keep the pace on despite the effect of the wind. By the time the first lap was completed riders had settled down into groups working to help each other to make it to the end. Unfortunately several riders were out on their own which was going to make it a long ride with no assistance.

Henry had calculated the expected race times off previous events on Dog Trap Road and after one complete lap the A graders looked to be well in front of the expected finish time or around 1 hour 15 minutes.

In the final sprint for the line we saw three A graders challenge for line honours having just dropped Peter Marshall, with Steve Crispin running out the winner on the road closely followed by Paul Atyeo and Paul Hartley. However Paul Atyeo had a one minute handicap advantage which saw him take the trophy. Most grades were represented in the top ten and handicapping was the winner on the day as we say 19 riders finish within approx. 3 minutes of the eventual winner.

Results on the day; Trophy winner Paul Atyeo (A2 grade), second place to Pauline Thorn (G1 grade) and third place David Stewart-Thompson (C1 grade).

A big thanks to the turn marshals Wayne Shippley & Brendan Byatt, drivers Bruce Jones & David Dickson, Chute marshal Phil Martin, sign on James Meredith the ever present all-rounder and time keeper Henry Beaverstock and Graham Hendrie for being the glue that keeps our races together.

Phill Coulton