6.5 June 29 Bleat
Post date: Jun 29, 2015 12:41:41 PM
A short Bleat this week;
• Racing this Week
• Race Report
Please send me your contributions at: TheBleat@actvets.cc
RACING THIS WEEK:
Saturday, 4th July: Old Federal Highway Graded Scratch
Where: Gravel Pit, Intersection Shingle Hill Way and Old Federal Highway
When: 1:30 pm
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number.
Race Description: Hadlow Drive to Lake George x 2 (no Shingle Hill Way)
Race Director: Michael Fawke
Contact: Email firstname.lastname@example.org Ph 0414685464 or 62232291
Please Note: We are still waiting police approvals for this race. Please keep an eye on the Bleat and the twitter feed (https://twitter.com/actvets) for confirmation of the race.
The nominated marshals for this event are;
• Sean Ifland
• Paul Ledbrook
• Bob Perkins
• Ian Preston
• Warwick Wilson
The nominated marshals for upcoming events are;
- Jul 11 @ Uriarra: Kevin Hennessy, Denis Jessop Sean Smith, John Wilson
- Jul 18 @ Dairy Flat: Bruce Griffin, Andrew Murrell
- Jul 25 @ Dalton: Johnathan Chowns, More volunteers required
- Aug 01 @ Dog Trap Road: David Gunther, Michael Langdon, Ross MacPherson, Richard Hedley, Steve Hosking
Gunning Handicap – 27th June
Fortune favours the brave - so they say. Saturday morning, 10:30am at Duffy Heights it was 3c and foggy. Who would want to race a bike in those conditions? However by the time I got out to Gunning it was clear blue skies, little wind and a balmy 9c. The subsequent fast race times were testament to the ideal race conditions.
A total of 56 riders also showed faith and turned up to race - indeed one rider who shall go unnamed (ok it was Al Bontjer) rode out from Canberra, obviously needing a thorough warm-up.. A sterling effort. Unfortunately he was our only DNF.
Also of note was Tony Weir eschewing his rightful handicap as a G2 graded rider and choosing instead to ride with the G1 graded riders group - sacrificing a 10' handicap benefit. Very noble and almost comparable with Lawrence Oates stepping outside of the tent!
Unfortunately my race report is somewhat compromised by the fact that as a race director I don't get to see much of the race - just the start and finish. Its probably time that the Committee invested in a Skoda, with a sunroof, so that race directors can follow the race barking instructions and handing out penalties for breaches of race rules - similar to the commissars in the TdF.
The race was won by the tandem team of Mr Mankewich and Carruthers, and they won by a gap of 17" - no photo required to pick the winner. To win they covered the covered the course at a rate of 40kph. Very impressive. The remaining steps of the podium were taken up by Aaron Sedgmen (2nd - 38.5kph) and a very much inform Club Handicapper, Robert Langridge (3rd - 39.8kph!!).
Also of note was Steve Crispin, fastest time (2" faster than the tandem) and also covering the course at 40kph.
A special mention also goes to Lindsay Graham from G1 grade - if the course had been 4 kilometres shorter he may well have been standing on the top step of the podium (assuming we had one - but like the Skoda its probably not going to eventuate). Excellent effort to hold of the rampaging A graders for so long.
Thanks to the marshals who made the race possible - Michael Carr, John Paul De Sousa, Ben Davis, Ed Garnett, Chris Short, and Polly Templeton.