z11.2 Nov 9 Bleat

Post date: Nov 09, 2015 10:58:55 AM

Hello Vets,

A bumper edition of the Bleat this week;

• First Aid Course

• Registration Renewal for 2016


• Riding for Kids with Childhood Cancer

• Vets out and about

• Racing this Week

• Race Reports

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

Ian Morton

First Aid Course

Level 1 Sports Trainer course – last one for 2015. Saturday 14 November - 8:30am - 4pm & Sunday 15 November - 8.30am - 4pm

Please note this course is confirmed and still has places available. Full details and registration via the SMA events calendar, click here.

Course outcomes: This course has been designed to provide participants with the necessary skills to assist in improving athletic performance, making sport safer for all. This course covers topics such as the Principles of Injury Management, Structure and Function of the musculoskeletal System, Common Sporting Illnesses and Injuries, Common Medical Conditions, Introduction to Sports Taping and moving an Injured Athlete.

ACTVCC will pay fees for members prepared to provide services at races and training rides.

Alex O'Shea

Registration Renewal for 2016

2016 membership renewals are due by 31 December 2015. To renew, go to https://memberdesq.imgstg.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=main&OrgID=10244 or follow the prompts via our website www.actvets.cc. Click on the Login link and enter the username and password from last year. If you have forgotten your login and password , after clicking on ‘login’ - go to the tab at the top right hand side of the screen and click on ‘Username & Password’ - then forward your email address as requested in the box that will appear. IMG will then forward you the information.

You need to renew your membership prior to 31 December or prior to your first race in 2016.

It is preferable to renew prior to the end of December if you intend to race in 2016. Before each race, a check has to be done of all those registered to race to ensure they are financial members and covered by insurance. As a courtesy to those committee members who work hard to ensure the club complies with the terms of our insurance cover and also produce the race results, please renew your membership at least 2 days prior to racing. Membership costs are:

    • A full competitive membership for 2016 is $100

    • A full competitive membership for a sight impaired tandem cyclist for 2016 is $85

    • Non competitive membership for 2016 is $5

Upon renewal, your 2016 licence will be emailed to you direct from IMG. Please print out a copy and it is suggested that you laminate it or place it in plastic for future reference during the year ahead. You will need to show this licence if you enter events run by other Veteran Cycling Clubs or the AVCC.

Please ensure that your personal particulars are always kept up to date, in particular your emergency contact details. It is a member’s responsibility to keep these updated via the IMG website.

Barbara Bayliss

Membership Secretary


To all members, and other cycling friends who supported our recent raffle. Your generosity will help keep our tandem bikes well maintained for our cyclists and cover other necessary costs, so that we can continue to provide tandem cycling opportunities to cyclists with vision impairment and some other disabilities.

The winners of the raffle drawn at Fitz’s Challenge were:

- 1st: A. Costello,

- 2nd: R. Ebsworth,

- 3rd: T. Mehorst

The winner of the framed cycling jersey signed by Anna Meares is not a cyclist and would be interested in speaking with anyone who has a much greater interest in the jersey. Please let me know if you would like to contact the winner of the jersey.

Also, If you are interested in riding as a tandem pilot, or know someone who would like to take up tandem riding due to vision loss, please get in touch.

Rosemary Robinson Rosemaryr2@iinet.net.au or Lindy Hou lindyhou@optusnet.com.au. www.Fitability.org.au

Riding for Kids with Childhood Cancer

All funds from the race will be donated towards MYROOM in support of the Children’s Cancer Centre at the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne.

All event information can be found at this link: https://www.mycause.com.au/events/myride.

To facilitate an enjoyable ride for all, there will be three ride groups departing for My Ride catering to an enjoyable (and social) speed level.

The 3 groups are as follows:

    • 50km Albert Park to Mordialloc round trip (30km/h average). Registration 7.30am, start line 8.00

    • 33km Albert Park to Black Rock round trip (25km/h average). Registration 7.30am, start line 8.20

    • 5.4km Family/childrens ride (slow pace) around Albert Park Lake. Registration 8.15 am, start line 8.45

We have celebrities such as former Tour de France Green Jersey winner Robbie McEwen and Sam “The Bachelor” Wood and other sports stars join us, we hope you can too.

From the desk of the handicapper

A number of riders in C grade reported that some riders rode erratically and dangerously last week. There was also an unfortunate crash in the sprint.

In the Vets, we ride safely for enjoyment, not dangerously for prize money. We are too old to be unnecessarily falling off our bikes!

Dangerous riding will not be tolerated and will lead to disqualification and bans. Words said in the heat of the moment should be resolved calmly after the race with a committee member or experienced riders mediating.

If you are not sure what constitutes safe riding, ask!

A race committee member will be closely be observing your race tomorrow.

This week's promotions are;

- Emert/Barlow B -> A

- Simon Junakovic B -> A

- Stuart Mitchell E -> D

- Matt Morgan E -> D

- Shane Warburton D -> C

Rob Langridge

Vets out and about

Bike Gizmos

Among the bike tragics who gather at the bike racks at work is an electrical engineer who's developing a device to enable a mobile battery to be charged by a hub generator. If you've got a hub generator and would like to part of the R&D process, contact me atlangridge@netspeed.com.au.

He also fixes batteries and LED lights--John Paul de Sousa, my daughter and I are all happy customers. Cost is $15 per half hour to solve your bike lighting problems.

Italian bike tours

The owner of well know European cycling tour company, Punto Tours, (www.puntotours.com) will be in town on Thursday and Friday.

If you would like to discuss any of their tours you have two opportunities to catch up:

1. 6.00am from the Bike Shed in Phillip for a 2-hour ride


2. 6.30pm at EQ Cafe, 70 Kent St., Deakin for pizza and drinks.

If interested in any option please contact Vince on:

Phone 0418 163 544

email: vince@puntotours.com

Des Brown has toured with Punto and can give you his impressions on phone: 0405 918 525

Rob Langridge


Tuesday, 10th November: Stromlo Criterium

Where: Stromlo Forest Park

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

Race Description:

G 5:40 20 min + 1 lap

C/D 6:05 28 min + 2 laps

E/F 6:40 25 min + 2 laps

A/B 7:10 30 min + 2 laps

Race Director: Owain Tilley

Contact: Email: owaintilley@hotmail.com Ph 0420526076

The nominated marshals for this event are;

• Craig Pearsall

• Additional Marshal required. Please contact race.committee@actvets.cc or the Race Director if you can help.

Please confirm with the Race Director that you are available. If you unable to make the date that you have been rostered please find a replacement.

Wednesday, 11th November: Track Racing

The Program for Wednesday is as follows:

5.30pm – 6.00pm: Warm-up and free practice;

6.00pm – 6.30pm: 10-lap graded scratch race;

6.30pm – 7.00pm: 4-Lap graded Handicap race;

7.00pm – 7.30pm: Graded Win & Out.

Sunday, 15th November: Uriarra Homestead Graded Scratch

Where: Uriarra Rd / Brindabella Rd, T-Junction

When: 9:00 am

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

Race Description:

Uriarra Homestead - Mt McDonald - LEFT to short turn - Top of Crossing - Mt McDonald - short turn - top of crossing - finish.

Race Director: Michael Fawkes

Contact: Email mjfawke@internode.on.net Ph: 0414 685 464

The nominated marshals for this event are;

• ATCs: Reinhard Mauch, Clinton Porteous, Andrew Swenson

• Marshals: Andrew Sinclair, Karen Steinicke, Simon Tennent, Simon Junakovic

The nominated marshals for upcoming events are;

- Nov 17 @ Stromlo: Paul Frankcom, Mary Lovett

- Nov 22 @ Old Federal Highway: Patrick McNamara, Marcus O'Toole, Russell Reid, Paul Welsh, Brendan Lakey, Andrew Chamberlain

- Nov 24 @ Stromlo: Brad White, Peter Fisher Wiggins

- Nov 29 @ Dairy Rd: Steve Crispin, Wayne Kenner

The Marshal Roster for the remainder of the year has been uploaded on to the club website at;

VETS 2015 Marshall Roster.xls


Dairy Rd Criterium – 1st November

The sun was shining and the course set up, but not many riders.

Was it the poor weather forecast or because the Kiwis thrashed the Aussies in the rugby world cup earlier that morning?

In G grade Bernie Crowe got the better of Bruce Jones winning by three points. F grade was a battle for James Meredith to come a close second to Peter Lafferty with one of the sprints too close to call.

Linda Stals took out a close win from Seymour Savell-Boss with Rosemary Robinson also close behind with 1 point separating each rider.

Roger Wheatley, Darren Garnon and Ashley Sked broke away in D grade to finish in that order, with Roger doing it easy with a note going to the handicapper.

Stephen Schwenke thrashed C grade with Sue Powell (who rides B grade on Tuesday crits) coming a close second holding off Wayne Shippley by one point.

In A grade it was a fierce battle between Mark Vroomans and Sean Ifland pulling off some awesome sprints with Mark winning by one point and Christophe Barberet a further 10 points back in third place.

Steve Jones was obviously suffering from world cup blues and was unusually quiet.

Thanks to Andrew Balzanelli and Mark Gillett for marshalling duties.

Nick Boylan

Stromlo Criterium – 3rd November

The forecast was for rain, that fortunately that did not eventuate, but the predicted cold front did. The temperature plummeted as the evening went on.

G grade was the first to start the evening. A bit of break away formed early and they managed to stay in front. Paul Robey, Heather Sommariva and Karen Steinicke held up the flag for G grade.

A and B grade had to deal with some strong winds. That, and an attack from a few strong riders, resulted in both grades breaking up early in the race. It was a big challenge for us to keep track of who was leading each grade, riders were spread out all over the track. Sean Ifland, Marc Vroomans and Ed Pellegrino crossed the line first in A grade.

After being left out front for most of the race, John Barlow and Cameron Ermert managed to come in first for B grade, followed by Simon Junakovic and Craig Tozer.

Both C and D grade stayed together as a bunch throughout the whole race. D grade must have been pushing it because it did not look like C grade would catch them, they left it until the third last lap to make their move. Charles Lundy, Trent Wisemand and Bryan Holloway were the first three riders for C grade and Shane Warburton, Michael Foulds and John Hermes filled the first three spots for D grade.

E and F grade had the pleasure of starting in freezing temperatures. Storm clouds started to come in and unfortunately we lost the light very quickly. E grade split early with Stuart Mitchell, Emery Holmik and Jame Curran the first three place getters. F grade stayed together until the final sprint. The finishing order was Peter Lafferty, James Meredith followed by Barbara Bayliss.

I would like to point out that we are given very little time for change over between the races, so we rely on the riders to help to make that happen as quickly and as smoothly as possible. Having riders from the race that just finished standing around talking to the riders lining up to start the next race is not helpful. When I count 23 riders in a grade that is only suppose to have 22 I have to delay the start of the race until we sort the numbers out. These delays add up and we either have to cut the rides short or start the next race late. So, when you have finished your race please clear the area as quickly as possible.

I would like to thank Lindsay Graham and Daniel Grillo for looking after the grades. I very much appreciate their help. I would also like to thank the First Aider Tom Roberts, who unfortunately had some work to do. And also thanks to Henry Beaverstock and Graham Hendrie for all their help at the desk.

Linda Stals

Narrabundah Track Racing – 4th November

There was sporadic rain over Canberra as the 4-Nov Track session approached. A decision to proceed with racing was vindicated by a pleasant, dry track for the whole evening. Unfortunately, many trackies were put off by localised rain squalls and only eight riders competed in the session.

Four riders in the 8-lap A grade scratch race circulated as a bunch until one and a half laps from the finish. Michael Langdon accelerated fiercely into the bell lap, with Aaron Sedgmen taking up the pursuit. Michael held position to take the win from Aaron with Craig Kentwell in third. In the B Grade scratch, Alec Millett was too strong for the field, taking a comfortable win from Steve Hirsler and Russ Scutts. The very small field provided a painless introduction to track racing for Russ. We hope he will stick with this new form of racing.

The evening’s second event was a 16-Lap graded points race with two intermediate and one final sprint. Alec Millett joined the small A grade field for this race and vindicated this decision by finishing third. Michael Langdon and Aaron Sedgmen had a close tussle in this race with Aaron taking the first two sprints and Michael taking the final sprint for double points. Michael and Aaron finished equal winners on 18 points. In B Grade, Steve Hirsler took all the sprints. Russ Scutts was competitive and might have taken the final sprint with better tactics. There is no substitute for a bit of experience in this game.

Despite the small field, the evening’s final combined Italian pursuit was a cracker with less than a wheel width as the winning margin. As lead rider, James Meredith gave Team 2 a handy start. Fast riding by Steve Hirsler and Craig Kentwell in Team 1 put Michael Langdon in with a chance on the final lap. Michael put heart and soul into the pursuit but was unluckily pipped at the finish with solid riding by Team 2’s anchor, Aaron Sedgmen.

Major place getters were as follows:

8-Lap Scratch: (A Grade) Michael Langdon, Aaron Sedgmen, Craig Kentwell; (B Grade) Alec Millet, Steve Hirsler, Russ Scutts.

16-Lap Points: (A Grade) Michel Langdon & Aaron Sedgmen (both equal 18 pts), Alec Millet (11 pts); (B Grade) Steve Hirsler (20pts), Russ Scutts (16 pts), James Meredith (4pts).

Italian Pursuit (Won by Team 2): James Meredith, John-Paul DeSousa, Alec Millett & Russ Scutts.

Graeme O'Neill