8.4 August 22 Bleat

Post date: Aug 22, 2016 1:15:47 AM

Hello Vets,

  • Complaint about Dog Trap Rd Race

  • AIS Resting metabolic rate study

  • First Aid Training

  • Racing this Week

    • Race Report

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

Ian Morton

Complaint about Dog Trap Rd Race

Unfortunately the Yass Council received a complaint following the race at Dog Trap Rd on 13th Aug 2016. The complaint was in relation to participants "riding 4 abreast and having no regard to other road users".

While there are no more specifics available at this stage, it is a reminder that we rely on the approvals of local councils to run road races in their jurisdictions and if riders do not comply with road rules, then future approvals for racing could be jeopardised.

AIS Resting metabolic rate study

Julia Bone, a PhD scholar at the AIS is investigating if there is any difference in measuring resting metabolic rate (RMR) when it's done either ~12, 24, 36 or 48 hours after exercise. To do this measurements will be split up over 3 weeks, with 2 measurements per week. She’ll manipulate the time by changing whether you train in the morning or in the afternoon. Participants will get DXA body composition scans as part of the study.

Breakfast would be provided in the morning at AIS Dining hall if wanted.

To be eligible for the study participants have to be male and do a minimum of 10 hours training a week and/or 4 training sessions per week.

If you are interested in participating in this study, contact Julia at Julia.Bone@ausport.gov.au.

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 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


There is no scheduled Race for this weekend.


Dairy Rd – 20th August

Thanks to Alain Arbaut for marshalling duties and Simon Whitehead (First Aid).

30 minutes before the start time it was raining, by the time races were due it was fine and the track was drying out and for the next 3 hours no rain and some sun.

B grade saw Damien Copeland take out the first sprint (and second overall), only to be then over powered by the winner Robin Mules on his journey to A grade.

C/D grade was convincingly won by the in-form Allan Bontjer winning all but one sprint to Martin Horwood who came in second. Returning from injury Rob Langridge gained third place from Mark Taylor on his new super light bike (which he told me is waiting for an engine upgrade).

The E/G race saw Bernie Crowe take out the first sprint only to be over powered by Rosemary Robinson who came first on 7 points with Bernie second on 5 points.

Only regret on the day was me not getting a race and now having to wait weeks for another race, maybe we should bring back the old system for Dairy Flat which allowed the RD to race with another RD present.

On Friday night I noticed the AVCC championships due to be run in Canberra in October had been cancelled.

I thought I am RD Saturday so I will ride the CCC/VCC race on Sunday only to see it has been cancelled and the CCC race the following week has also been cancelled.

Also I noted the ACTVCC race the following week had also been cancelled so the race the next day must go on.

There seems to be a current trend in cancellations and low numbers across all the ACT cycling clubs. Come on riders get your bike ready for the weekend races (or volunteer to marshal if not riding) or soon we may not have any weekend races in the ACT.

Nick Boylan