8.3 August 15 Bleat

Post date: Aug 13, 2016 11:57:46 PM

Hello Vets,

An early Bleat this week;

• First Aid Training

• Racing this Week

• Race Report

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

Ian Morton

First Aid Training

Level 1 Sports Trainer

Sports Medicine Australia is running a course to train qualified first aid people to the level of Sports trainer level 1. The committee is willing to reimburse the registration fee of ACT Veterans Cycling Club members who complete the course and are willing to volunteer to go into a pool of qualified first-aiders who’ll be contacted to attend races that won’t or can’t be attended by a Sports Medicine Australia trainer. In this event the volunteer from the club will be expected to attend the race as a fully committed (ie non racing) sports trainer (first aider). In this situation reimbursement of expenses e.g. travel would be paid by the club.

This training of club members is not intended to change any of the current arrangements with Sports Medicine Australia for the provision of trainers (first aid) . However there are occasions when SMA trainers are not available. The use of club volunteers is to allow racing to go ahead with the usual insurance cover when SMA can’t provide full first aid cover.

The course details are below. Interested members should contact the ACTVCC committee with an expression of interest indicating a commitment to volunteer to act as as an official first aid attendant at cycle races if required. As this training involves the reimbursement of the registration fee of $285 committee approval is required before committing to the training. Numbers are limited and the course starts in less than 4 weeks time.

Members who are trained and attend a race in a first aid capacity will also be eligible for reimbursement of the annual renewal course.

Course Details

Level 1 Sports Trainer

Sun 28th - 8:30am - 1:30pm

Mon 29th - 6pm - 9:30pm

Sun 4th - 8:30am - 5pm

NOTE - the course is held over 3 days

Location Maitland House 100 Maitland St, Hackett.

More course details at sma.org.au


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.

Entry Participants must hold a current First Aid and CPR Certificate (HLTFA301B and HLTCPR201A).

Pre course Work

There is no pre course work to be completed.

Level 1 Sports Trainer $285.00


Saturday, 20th August: 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:

Point Race

13:30 AB 50 minutes plus 1 lap

14:30 CD 40 minutes plus 1 lap

15:20 EFG 30 minutes plus 1 lap

Points will be every second lap 3,2,1 for first second third and the finish will be 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 for first thru to fifth.

Race Director: Nick Boylan

Contact: Email: paddlepower@grapevine.com.au Ph 0406379973


Dog Trap Road - Memorial Secret Handicap – 13th August

Slightly windy conditions greeted 32 riders on Saturday afternoon at Dog Trap Rd to compete for the ACT Vets Memorial Handicap. Being a secret handicap all riders began at the start not knowing how much time they were given so the etiquette of this race were for the higher grades to clear out as quickly as possible and build up a lead whilst the lower grades would try to get onto a good wheel and maintain it for as long as possible.

31 riders kicked off proceedings in a mass start with Des Brown unfortunately not able to start the race due to his mechanical team failing to do their job on a tube. Needless to say he was more than welcome as a marshal for the rest of the race. After the first checkpoint a group of 4 riders had already cleared off the front and had built up a 1 min lead over a chase group of 5. However the chase group over the latter stages of the 1st lap had organized itself and after the first lap had kept the front runners to only a lead of 1m 26 secs. However back down the road as riders crossed the line for the 1st lap our “man in the van” Graham Hendrie was busily calculating who was in for the title based on their time gaps and it was extremely close amongst several riders.

3 A graders managed to provide an exciting sprint finish to determine who would be crowned fastest rider for the day with Mark Harris taking line honours. But the real race is the secret handicap and as riders from the lower grades came across the line, 1st place after applying the handicap was a moving target. Nick Boylan was leading right up until Paul Robey came into the view and put in a determined finish to take out the win. Nick retained 2nd with Tony Weir rounding out 3rd place.

Finally we cannot run these races without the generous support of volunteers from the club who put their hand up. Des Brown who was a late but welcome helper at the finish line, Bruce Jones who manned the turn point at the far end in what was very cold winds, Mark Taylor who drove the lead car with his chirpy 96 year old dad in the passenger seat, Kevin Hennessy who turned up with the all-important bling and drove the trail car, Graham Hendrie for always running things smoothly in the van and Stjepan Hirsler for putting his hand up early in the week and manning the short turn point.

As the weather warms up, we hope to see more riders come out of their winter hibernation (yours included!) and start to race. Next weekend is Hot Dog racing at Dairy Flat. Easy to get to, no hills and exciting racing for all involved. Hope to see you there.

Ben Davis

Race Referee