7.3 July 18 Bleat

Post date: Jul 17, 2016 11:33:6 PM

Hello Vets,

In this week's Bleat;

  • Replacement President

  • Free Traffic Controller Training Course

  • From the Desk of the Handicapper

  • Racing this Week

  • Race Reports

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

Ian Morton

Replacement President

A reminder that we are still looking for a club member who wishes to nominate for this important role. Please contact committee@actvets.cc if you are interested in filling this position.

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

From the Desk of the Handicapper

Mark Stevenson C to B


Saturday, 23rd July: Dairy Flat Road Criterium - Points Race

Where:Dairy Rd, Fyshwick.

When: 1:30 pm.

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

Race Description:

CD 13:30 40 mins + 1 lap

AB 14:20 50 mins + 1 lap

EFG 15:20 30 mins + 1 lap

Race Director: Rohan Verco

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

To run the race, Rohan will need the services of a couple of assistants at the finish line. Please contact Rohan if you can assist.


Uriarra Homestead – 16th July

Sometimes we start a race write-up with "Despite atrocious conditions..." Saturday was the opposite, as we had what Denis Jessop (80yo) described as the best conditions in living memory at Uriarra. Yes, it was 16 degrees and there was no wind, but unfortunately only 37 turned up. Where were the other 40 possible riders one asks? Certainly not at the CCC morning handicap as they also had a pathetic roll-up. Nonetheless, those who came would have loved the experience of riding the flattest course possible in the ACT with no wind. The urn was back to its best and there were Tim Tams to reward those with a keen eye for sweet junk so really there were no excuses for not coming. I was predicting that someone would toss their bike away and run to the finish Froomy style, but there was thankfully little drama and even the 4WD crowd seemed positively passive for once.

Marc Vroomans won the sprint despite backing up from the morning race to edge out Paul Conner in A grade. Third placer Paul Welsh had a gap with half a lap to go but couldn't sustain it to the finish. The three in B grade pedalled around politely then finished in a mad rush with Michael McGurgan edging out Ben McDuff and Michael Foulds. C grade had a bit of excitement as there were a number of attacks in a bid to nullify the sprint of Mark Stevenson. Mark was relegated to third after losing the sprint to John Paul De Sousa. Thirty seconds ahead in first was Dale McCormack who recorded a remarkable improvement in just a week's riding. What's your secret Dale? Judging by the times, D grade was a slow and intimate affair with the trio of Brian Chugg, Ian McVay and Des Brown rolling in single file and making it very easy for the finish judge.

The E graders showed a bit more spirit, catching D grade and then contesting a furious sprint at the finish. Kathryn Passalis certainly looked the part as she charged across the line out of the saddle and nose on her stem for her maiden victory, with James Tonkin and David Gunther not far behind. Ian Morton kept Bob Millar company for the two laps in F grade, while Bruce Jones only had himself to compete against in G grade. Bruce's rival Bernie came out sans bicycle and after the start to sample the offerings from the repaired urn only.

Robert Langridge