8.2 Aug 10 Bleat

Post date: Aug 10, 2015 1:4:30 PM

Hello Vets,

In the Bleat this week;

• RMS Upgrade

• Register for Fitz's Challenge in 2015

• From the Desk of the Handicapper

• Racing this Week

• Race Report

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

Ian Morton

RMS Upgrade

Members may have noticed that they are not able to currently access the Rider Management System. The upgrade is continuing. The developer, Steven, was successfully able to retrieve much of the old data in a variety of formats. He's now working on some additions so that we'll be better able to manage marshals, race directors and authorised traffic controllers, as well as provide as much post race information as possible. Stay tuned for the news on the rollout.

Thanks to Allan Bontjer also for his coordinating and provision of technical support.

Register for Fitz's Challenge in 2015

Fitz's Challenge - Canberra’s long distance cycling event – will be held on Sunday 25 October 2015 to provide participants the chance to choose their challenge from one of five course distances while also raising much needed funds for The Kids’ Cancer Project.

The five course distances on offer in Fitz’s Challenge are:

• 50 km Tidbinbilla Challenge

• 105 km Tharwa Challenge

• 165 km Fitz's Classic

• 210 km Fitz's Epic

• 255 km Fitz's Extreme

Registrations for the event are now open.

From the Desk of the Handicapper

Tony Beasley D -> C

Phil Anderson E -> D

Jan Koehler E -> D

Currently the RMS is undergoing a revamp so not all handicaps are accurate. Contact the handicapper@actvets.cc if you'd like to change. You can change on the day, just make sure it's before 13:15, and don't then win if you decided to ride in the lower grade. I won't be at the next two races, but other committee members may be just as flexible.

Rob Langridge


Saturday, 15th August: Tulip Farm Handicap, Old Fed Hwy

Where: Gravel Pit, intersection Old Federal Highway, Shingle Hill Way

When: 1:30 pm.

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

Race Description: Handicap - Tulip Farm Handicap, Old Fed Hwy (Gravel Pit)

Race Director: Owain Tilley

Contact: Email owaintilley@hotmail.com

The nominated marshals for upcoming events are;

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

- Aug 29 @ Stromlo: Scott Main, Bernie Crowe

- Sep 05 @ Uriarra: Lyndsay Graham, Tony Weir, John Paul DeSouza Andrew Remely, David Rowe, Tony Rowley

- Sep 13 @ Iron Mike: Mike McGurgan, Ian Albrey, Adam Carmody, Dean Groening, Travis Hicks

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

VETS 2015 Marshall Roster.xls


Cole Family Trophy – 1st August

The Cole Family Trophy has been a regular event on the vets winter road race calendar for many years. The sponsor of the trophy, Barry Cole aka "the Flea" is one of the founding members of the ACTVCC and although no longer an active competitor, he did race for many years in both club events and some of the classic races in NSW and other states.

The race on Saturday was a normal handicap but it should have been a secret handicap, as evidenced but the inscription on the trophy but such little slipups did not prevent the race from being a success. The forecast of unpleasant weather, cold, windy and possible rain did not do much for the attendance and at the start line there were only 36 riders with all groups except B Grade having small but adequate numbers. Rob Langridge the handicapper, did his best to give all groups a good chance of winning. Limit was a very generous 45 minutes and Bernie Crowe, the only rider in that category, set off into the blustery weather with a look a of grim determination on his face.

It seemed like an age before the scratch group finally got away and by the end of the first full circuit it seemed that either Bernie or someone in the E Grade group (17 min) might be the winner. However it was not to be, persistent hard riding in difficult conditions by the scratchies, Marc Vroomans and Aaron Sedgmen got them to the chequered flag just 20 seconds ahead of Chris Nolan from the C grade (8 min) bunch. Accurate handicapping resulted in at least some riders from all groups reaching the line not too far behind the overall winners. Fastest time was Marc Vroomans at 1:14:33 with Aaron Sedgmen just 1 sec off.

Bernie off limit finished 11th, 2:56 behind the winner. Congratulations to all the place getters including the first three women to finish, Polly Templeton, Kirsty McVay and Liz Lowe who were also recipients of a trophy and medals.

Many thanks to all the helpers on the day, Michael Langdon (lead car) David Gunther (tail car) Jonathan Chowns (south turn) Kevin Hennessy (north turn) Elton Ivers and Bruce Jones (chute) and Henry doing the timing.

Unfortunately the day was marred by a driver stopping at the start / finish to report that he had rounded a corner to be be confronted by a group of riders spread right across the road.

Graham Hendrie