z11.3 Nov 16 Bleat

Post date: Nov 15, 2015 11:23:49 PM

Hello Vets,

In this week's Bleat;

• Registration Renewal for 2016

• Looking for a Track Bike

• Vets out and about

• Racing this Week

• Race Reports

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

Ian Morton

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

Looking for a Track Bike

New Club member Pete Lafferty is keen to have a go at the track and would appreciate any help in buying a second hand track bike with a small frame. You can contact Pete at laffertyfamily@grapevine.com.au if you are able to assist.

From the desk of the handicapper

A&B grade format

We'll be trying a combined format for A&B grades this week as an experiment to see how a mass start affects the bunches and whether we can have a chaos-free finish. Results will be recorded for both grades so make sure you enter the shoot in the correct order. Riders a lap down may be asked to stop riding if the race director deems it necessary to do so. Riders not confident in riding in a large bunch can try C grade instead. The week after we'll try separate races for A&C and B&D to determine if the greater speed differential helps or hinders transitions. I won't be there tomorrow, let me know how it goes via race.committee@actvets.cc.


This week's promotions are;

- Trent Wiseman C to B

- Christopher Kon C to B

- Shane Warburton D to C again

- Jamie McRae E to D

Sunday's road race

We still require volunteers for Sunday's road race. Let me know if you can help out.

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.

Rob Langridge


Tuesday, 17th 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

E/F 6:05 28 min + 2 laps

A and B Combined 6:40 32 min + 2 laps

C/D 7:15 28 min + 2 laps

Race Director: Mick Donaldson

Contact: Email: mdonaldson@netspeed.com.au Ph 0418486367

The nominated marshals for this event are;

• Paul Frankcom,

• Mary Lovett

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, 18th 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, 22nd November: Old Federal Highway Handicap

Where: Gravel Pit, intersection of Federal Highway and Shingle Hill Way

When: 9:00 am

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

Race Description:

Hadlow Drive to Lake George

Race Director: Rohan Verco

Contact: Email Rohan.Verco@gmail.com Ph: 0419730555

The nominated marshals for this event are;

• Patrick McNamara

• Marcus O'Toole

• Russell Reid

• Paul Welsh

• Andrew Chamberlain

• Brendan Lakey

The nominated marshals for upcoming events are;

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

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

- Dec 1 @ Stromlo: Charles Nicoll, Jason Quayle

- Dec 6 @ Mt McDonald: Ashley Sked, Peter Young

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

VETS 2015 Marshall Roster.xls


Narrabundah Track Racing – 11th November

The track session was cancelled due to rain.

Graeme O'Neill

Uriarra Homestead Graded Scratch – 15th November

Fifty-one cyclists attended the Uriarra Homestead race, with damp roads for the beginning but ending with a strong crosswind and warm, dry conditions. All grades raced the 46km course after early issues with the placement of the Mt McDonald turn signs (numerous signs and the paint mark needs to be replaced!) resulted in a delayed start. Early on, the race was mostly without incidents - but as the day wore on and the "off road" enthusiasts started to increase in number, the number of vehicles on the road rapidly increased and the ability of motorists to give room to cyclists disappeared, with one rider being hit by an object thrown from an oncoming vehicle. In the end, all riders were accounted for, but without Henry to drive the finish line computer it was well after most of the riders had departed that we were able to produce the results from the hand written notes and timing printout.

Trish the medic was happy to NOT be administering first aid, and many thanks to Peter Junakovic and Simon Tennant for assisting in setting up the signage and the finishing chute, and Rob Langridge, Andre Swenson, Reinhard Mauch and Clinton Porteous for manning the traffic points. And of course, special thanks to James Meredith, Graham Hendrie and Ian Morton for making everything else happen on the day.

Michael Fawke