7.3 July 20 Bleat

Post date: Jul 20, 2015 11:0:19 AM

Hello Vets,

In the Bleat this week;


• She Rides 8 Week Cycling Program

• From the Desk of the Handicapper

• Racing this Week

• Race Report

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

Ian Morton


HART.R8 FOR HARTLEY is a six hour heart pumping indoor cycle marathon that will be run simultaneously at different gym locations across Canberra on Saturday 25th July from 12pm – 6pm. Participants can sign up as individuals or form a team of 3 or 4 people to conquer this six hour challenge and raise funds for a great cause! HART.R8 FOR HARTLEY has been created as a fundraiser to specifically raise awareness about Brain Injury and support those affected by acquired brain injury in our region.

Hartley Lifecare has started the mission for Canberra to help transform Brain Injury known as the ‘Invisible Disability’ into a very visible one – we encourage Canberra to get their HART.R8 pumping to create change and make things better in our community! Participants can enter now by following the link below to our event page on Everyday Hero. You can also visit the Hartley Lifecare Facebook page and click on the support Hartley tab to Sign Up and join in the fun!



She Rides 8 Week Cycling Program - a few spots remaining

If you or someone you know would like to increase their confidence when riding their bike, Cycling Australia’s She Rides program is the place to start.

She Rides is a women’s only riding program conducted over 8 weeks aimed at building skills and confidence in a supportive environment. The She Rides spring program kicks off late August with just a few spots remaining so get your registration in quickly. Program and registration details at www.sherides.com.au

Angie Wren

From the Desk of the Handicapper

Aaron Sedgman has earnt his spot in A grade after some very strong performances recently. As the RMS is under development at the moment, you cannot access your own race results or gradings. If you want to change grades, please contact the handicapper@actvets.cc and this information will be added to race day laptop.

Rob Langridge


Saturday, 25th July: Dalton Graded Scratch Race

For those of you who like things how they used to be, Dalton is on this weekend using the same course as we've always raced on. We are still short of a number of marshal and drivers, so if you've getting over a cold/injury/apathy or would like to spend the afternoon in the comfort of your car, please email the race.committee@actvets.cc as soon as possible. Race director Bob Miller needs your help to run a successful event.

Where: Dalton, Travel to Gunning, Left onto Dalton Road at Gunning, Approx 10Km to Dalton. Park in Quarry at left 100 meters before town.

When: 1:30 pm.

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

Race Description: Graded Scratch Race

Race Director: Bob Miller

Contact: Email photo@bobmiller.com.au ph 0411 271 656

The nominated marshals for this event are;

• Richard Hedley

• Richard Gorrell

More volunteers required

The nominated marshals for upcoming events are;

- Aug 01 @ Dog Trap Road: David Gunther, Michael Langdon, Ross MacPherson, Steve Hosking, Jonathan Chowns

- Aug 08 @ Lookout Hill: Dale Teddy, Des Brown, Kirsti McVay, Rowan McMurray

- Aug 15 @ Old Federal Highway: John Ignatius, Natalie Attenborough, Brian Chugg, Sue Duckett, Matthew Lans

- Aug 22 @ Corin Time Trial: Simon Milnes, David McCook, Ben Davis, David Johnson

The latest Marshal Roster has been uploaded on to the club website at;

VETS 2015 Marshall Roster.xls


Dairy Rd Team Points Race – 18th July

Races this week were graded teams points races at the Dairy Flat Rd venue. The weather was as good as it gets in July temperature-wise but with a brisk easterly headwind on the sprint leg of the course.

A grade and B grade rode on the course at the same time but in separate races. 6 riders from A grade were divided into two teams as were 8 riders from B grade. Intermediate sprints were randomised averaging 2-3 laps per sprint. A grade stayed together for half the race with the sprints being dominated by Jesse Graham with Sean Ifland and Marc Vroomans mopping most of the remaining points.

A lone break away by Aaron Sedgmen early in the B grade race caused the small field to chase at first but later they had to contend themselves with contesting the minor placings in the remaining sprints. Aaron rode a demonstration time trial with the gap widening each lap. Toby Driscoll and Chris Nolan dominated the sprints.

Six D grade and 4 C grade riders combined to form the next race. Two teams of combined C and D grade raced in a similar format to the earlier race for 40 minutes plus one lap. The D grade riders were given a few 100 metres as a handicap start, to allow them to contest at least 1 sprint within their grade. Unfortunately some confusion resulted in a C grade rider starting with the D grade and wining the first sprint, which was disallowed. This also resulted in a hard chase for the remaining three C grade riders. The sprints were hotly contested with David Stewart-Thomson (purple team) and Phillip Hopkins (yellow team) both achieving 15 points. These two riders along with Alain Menager (13 points and purple team) dominated the sprints.

Bernie Crowe and Bruce Jones from G grade were given a small handicap start from the remaining E (5 riders) and F (1 rider, Edward Joliffe). Phil Anderson, Linda Stals and Graham Hendrie hotly contested the sprints over the remaining 30 minutes+ with only one point separating these three riders.

A personal observation is that, for a race involving teams, perhaps registration should close 20 minutes before the scheduled start to allow teams to be allocated evenly. This would also allow time for teams to discuss tactics – comments?

Thank to all who assisted including Bruce Griffin, Andrew Murrell, James Meredith, Rosemary Robinson (1st aid), Robert Langridge (team allocation advice) and Graham Hendrie (setting up, packing up and result calculations).

Paul Robey