9.2 Sep 14 Bleat

Post date: Sep 14, 2015 11:28:49 PM

Hello Vets,

In the Bleat this week;

• Missing Radio

• Register for Fitz's Challenge in 2015

• National Capital Tour

• Racing this Week

• Race Report

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

Ian Morton

Missing Radio

From the Club Championships last week, one of the Radios is missing. If anyone knows where it has gone, could you please let me know.


Ian Morton

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.

National Capital Tour

The National Capital Tour is now in its third year and is unfolding to become Canberra's premier road racing event. This year's event has expanded to include both local and state club racers into the Graded event categories allowing riders to mingle with Australia's' elite NRS riders. The Graded events offer four categories A, B, C, D across 3 stages; Hill top finish at Corin Forest, Sunday morning road race finishing with Sunday afternoon Criterium.

With $3800 in prize money on offer enter for your chance to claim the overall GC Jersey or wear the stage winner jersey. www.nationalcapitaltour.com.


No Race

Due to The National Capital Tour there will be no race this weekend. The National Capital Tour race is a big event for the ACT and members are encouraged to get out and support this event.

The nominated marshals for upcoming events are;

- Sep 27 @ Breadalbane: Driver: Sue Powell, Marshal: Ross McPherson, Additional driver and Marshals required.

- Oct 06 @ No Race

- Oct 13 @ Stromlo: Tony Beasley, Mark Taylor

- Oct 20 @ Stromlo: David Morgan, Ross Robinson


Iron Mike – 12th September

This year's Iron Mike was held in almost ideal conditions, sun shining, lightish breeze, several angry magpies, a few dead wombats and 49 keen riders. Tony Weir was the hare for the day, 50 minutes ahead of A1 and he remained in the lead for the first lap although they were all closing in on him. A1 and A2 had joined together and there were a couple of E graders hanging on to the C and D machine as they forged their way into the hills for the second time. At the end, C Grade had the best of the day with Ian McVay first home followed by Dale Kleeman and Des Brown a minute behind. Steve Crispin had the fastest time of all and eclipsed

Peter Marshall's extraordinary effort from last year by more than a minute. Communications along Uriarra are difficult at the best of times and impossible at the end of the bitumen even with satphones. Phil Coulton volunteered to provide trail car services which turned out to be of particular benefit for Mike Spoljaric who had a flat on the return leg.

The Winners

1st Ian McVay, 2nd Dale Kleeman, 3rd Des Brown

A big thanks to the Marshals: Adam Carmody, Michael McGurgan, Dennis Jessop, James Curran, Dean Groenig, Alex O'Shea, Phil Coulton and Henry Beaverstock for his expertise in controlling the starts and finishes.

The apparent ease of conducting the race was due in no small part to the Marshals arriving early, particularly with events in the ACT requiring so much extra preparation with setting up signs etc., and I thank everyone for their contributions.

James Meredith

Photos courtesy of Mike McGurgan posted at: https://www.flickr.com/gp/126665035@N08/31nq07