7.2 July 11 Bleat

Post date: Jul 11, 2016 11:41:28 AM

Hello Vets,

In this week's Bleat;

  • Tour Night at Onya

  • Free Traffic Controller Training Course

  • Racing this Week

  • Race Reports

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

Ian Morton

Tour Night at Onya

Onya bike Woden is having a tour de France night on 14 July to benefit pedal 4 pierce. Food drink, comps on stationaries and giving away a $4000 bike!! (I think the tour will be on the big screen too)

This is in aid of Muscle Up 4 Muscular Dystrophy. For more details contact Nigel at ride@pedal4pierce.com

Free Traffic Controller Training Course

Capital Cycling, in association with Roads ACT have schedule FREE Traffic Controller Training for the Cycling clubs and community of the ACT for the past two years. Roads ACT have once again enabled FREE access to this training in 2016.

The Traffic Controller training that is provided meets the NSW and the ACT requirements and provides the appropriate qualification to allow a registered person to control traffic at cycling (and other) events. The 2016 education and training is designed to meet the new standards that will be implemented across Australia in 2016.

The Traffic Controller Training courses will be held for free for Canberra cycling clubs and cycling organisations in May and again in August. Spaces are limited for each training course.

Fully subsidised by Roads ACT these courses have been organised to assist in minimising costs on cycling clubs and organisations and help train volunteers, or club appointed marshals to fulfil the marshalling duties at cycling events. We urge you to make use of this generous offer and assist your club and the broader cycling community by having more trained and skilled operators available for club and open events in the ACT. Training is provided by South Eastern Workplace Safety. Please note ALL registrants must have a current driver’s license.

Course 2 Dates: Saturday 20th August Time: Full day of training 9 – 5pm Location: Canberra Ave, Fyshwick Cost: Free

To register please go to: https://eventdesq.imgstg.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=main&EventDesqID=19094&OrgID=4426


Saturday, 16th July: Uriarra Homestead Graded Scratch

Where:Uriarra Rd / Brindabella Rd, T-Junction.

When: 1:30 pm.

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

Race Description: Homestead - Short Turn - Top of Crossing (repeats)

Race Director: Rob Langridge

Contact: Email: langridge@netspeed.com.au Ph 0450400658

To run the race, Rob will need the services of;

- 3 x ATCs

- 3 at the finish line/chute

Please contact Rob if you can assist.


Old Federal Highway, Handicap - F & A Tonelli Trophy – 9th July

An almost perfect winters day for racing, except for a brief shower at the start of the race, apart from that there was little to no wind and mild temperatures (for a Canberra winters day that is). The race course was three laps from the Gravel Pit on the Old Federal Highway to Lake George and back. A distance of approximately 37 kilometres. Being a graded scratch race its grade against grade, and to win a grade must work together for the whole distance and hope the handicapper has smiled on them.

A total of 45 riders turned up to race and almost all completed the race. The aforementioned shower led to one DNF and a puncture took out the one tandem bike in the race.

Bruce Jones was first off, a team of one, and had almost completed the first lap before A Grade commenced their race, 35 minutes after Bruce had started. Bruce declined the opportunity to tag onto the A Grade pack.

At the end of the first lap most grades were pretty much together, but by the second lap it was apparent that E Grade had a core of hard working and well coordinated riders, and had mopped up the grades ahead of them (F and G1) - Bruce Jones however was still valiantly clinging on to front spot. The other grades were in hot pursuit and the gaps between them narrowing. Michael Carr and Paul Welsh had managed to ride off the front of B Grade and looked likely contenders for a win.

The third and final lap would be critical.

Bruce Jones was gobbled up with quarter of a lap to go, while Michael Carr and Paul Welsh weren't able to maintain their barnstorming efforts as it was E Grade who appeared over the rise before the finish line first and took out the top 7 positions - Kevin Hennessy winning in a sprint from David Gunther (2nd) and Kathryn Passilis (3rd). Marc Vroomans from A Grade finished just over a minute after the winners in 8th place and recorded the fastest time of the day, covering the 37 kilometres in just over 58 minutes, a very impressive effort. Dave Wilson from B Grade finished 9th and Mark Stevenson from C Grade rounded out the top 10.

No crashes, no one injured, a good days racing - the only negative was the urn going out unnoticed by the Race Director and depriving the battle weary racers of a hot coffee after the race.

Thanks to Robert Miller, Alain Arbaut, Richard Gorrell, Terence Merrigan (who was 20 cents richer for predicting the winner mid race!), Geoff Strang, Tony Weir and Elton Ivers. Also thanks to Graham Hendrie for driving the van out and Ian Morton for putting the signs out.

Owain Tilley