3.3 March 20 Bleat

Post date: Mar 20, 2017 10:31:6 AM

Hello Vets,

In the Bleat this week;


• Photo Comp

• Vets out and about

• AVCC National Champions


• Racing this Week

• Race Reports

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

Ian Morton


Dear Members,

Now that I have your attention, I encourage as many members as possible to attend the Clubs Annual General meeting (AGM).

As the new(ish) President I'd really appreciate members openly debating ideas for the direction of Club in 2017/18 and the AGM represents your best opportunity to participate in the shaping of the club for the future. If you've ever wanted to design a new race course, organise more club training rides, work with the ACT Government in providing better cycling facilities or even design the next club jersey, then the AGM is where you can put your hand up and contribute. There's also the potential to put up your hand to join the Committee of the Club* if you want to long lasting impact on the direction of the Club.

ACT Vets is a club run by club members for the benefit of club members and the more members that help in shaping the direction of the club then the better we'll all be. Whilst we are supremely fit cyclists, the AGM will be concluded by complimentary beer and wine for those attending. Yes free beer....a cyclist's 2nd best friend (right after coffee).

The AGM is on 7:30 Monday 3rd April 2017 at the Weston Club, 1 Liardet St Weston

Dougal Torrance


ACT Veterans Cycling Club.

*Nomination forms for the ACTVets committee can be downloaded from CLICK HERE

Notice of Annual General Meeting 2017

Members are advised that the Annual General Meeting

of the ACT Veterans Cycling Club will be held on :

Monday 3rd April 2017

The Weston Club

1 Liardet St Weston

Commencing at 7:30 pm

Apologies also to the Secretary to be delivered to the Secretary or the Club Mail Box 7 days (27th Mar) prior to the AGM, or e-mailed to secretary@actvets.cc

Phill Coulton

ACTVets Club Secretary

Photo Comp

We're looking to brighten up the web site with some photo's, as such I'm announcing the first ACT Vets photo comp!

The winners will have their photo's used on the new Vets web site. Winners will be announced at the AGM, Monday 3rd April 2017.


- Members photos may be used by the club for promotional purposes. Please contact me if you do not want a photograph of you to be used. When you're photographing members, consider giving them a heads up at the start of the race.

- Photos must be posted to the club's Facebook site(https://www.facebook.com/groups/ACTVets/). Please be aware that the user agreement with Facebook requires you to grant the rights to the photo to Facebook.

- feel free to use effects such as blurring to add extra impact.

- use your best 5 photos if you have that many - but don't go overboard.

- extra consideration given to photographing the clubs lesser known activities (i.e. road, marshaling, admin and track)!

- the most likes won't necessarily win... but they will be considered!

We're not looking for the worlds best photos, just shots that promote the club in the best light.

Dougal Torrance


ACT Veterans Cycling Club.


Vets out and about

Track Happenings

Did you know that we have a couple of Track cycling champions in our membership ranks? Several of our track stars have been competing interstate at NSW and National levels with some very impressive results. Congratulations to all those who competed.

NSW Track Championships

Kerry Knowler- Silver in WMAS5 500m TT, GOLD in WMAS5+ Point Race, Silver in WMAS5 Sprint, Silver in WMAS5 Ind Pursuit

Peta Brill- GOLD in WMAS3 500m TT, Silver in WMAS3 Ind Pursuit, GOLD in WMAS2-4 Scratch Race

Michael Langdon- Bronze in MMAS5 500m TT

Dom Rideaux- Silver MMAS6 Scratch Race

Masters National Championships

Peta Brill- Bronze WMAS3 Ind TT, Bronze WMAS3 Sprint, Bronze Women 3 Scratch race

Kerry Knowler- Bronze WMAS5 Ind TT, Silver WMAS5 Sprint, GOLD WMAS5 Ind Pursuit (WORLD RECORD pending), Silver Women 5 Scratch Race

Antony Bishop- GOLD MMAS5 Ind Pursuit

Dom Rideaux- Bronze MMAS6 Ind Pursuit

AVCC National Champions

Just to remind everyone that the 2017 Australian Veteran Cycling Council National Championships will be held in Maryborough, Victoria over the Easter weekend, from 15th to 17th April under the auspices of the Victorian Veteran Cycling Council. The championship events include criteriums, road races and the Mockridge Cup 25km time trial. Nominations close at midnight Saturday 8th April.

For registration and course details see the AVCC webpage at: http://www.ausvetcycling.com


Event Name: Annual Daramalan College Charity Walk

Event Date and Time: Thursday 23 March - 9:30 am to 1 pm

What: 1,200 students and staff walking around Lake Burley Griffin western loop shared path.

Starts at 9:30 am at Lennox Gardens with walkers moving in a clockwise direction, finishing at Acton Park at lunchtime.

We hope it does not cause any inconvenience to those members who use this path as part of their daily commute or recreational activities.


Tuesday, 21st March: Stromlo Criterium


Where: Stromlo Forest Park

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

Race Description:

B/D 20m + 2 @ 5:50

E/F/G 20m + 2 @ 6:15

A/C 20m + 2 @ 6:40

Race Director: Bruce Griffin

Contact: Email: griffy996@gmail.com Ph 0402000619

2 x marshals required for this event.

Wednesday, 22nd March: Track Racing

The Program for Wednesday is as follows:

The Program for Wednesday is as follows:

5.30pm – 6.00pm: Warm-up and free practice;

6.00pm – 6.20pm: 10-lap graded scratch race;

6.20pm – 6.50pm: 2-lap Match Race (Omnium event);

6.50pm – 7.10pm: 2-lap handicap race;

7.10pm – 7.30pm: Italian pursuit.

The 2016-17 Omnium Series of four races concludes on 22 Mar with the 2 Lap Match Race.

Note that the 2016-17 Track Racing Season will finish on 29 March with drinks, nibbles and Trophy presentation - all welcome!

Sunday, 26th March: Lookout Hill Graded Scratch

Where:Stromlo Forest Park

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

Race Description:

Lookout Hill to Apollo Rd course

E, F & G - 1 lap - 30kms

A, B, C, D - 2 laps - 60kms

Finish 500m before Lookout Hill

Require 3 ATCs, 2 x marshals. Please contact the Race Director if you can assist.

Race Director: Ben Davis

Contact: Email: bdavis@internode.on.net Ph 0416014629


Stromlo – 14th March

Unfortunately, just as the racing was about to start, the heavens opened and the race was washed out

Narrabundah Track Racing – 15th March

Attendance for Session 19 of the track racing season was similar to last week. Fourteen riders attended, split equally between A and B grades. The weather was quite cool and overcast. Fortunately the rain held off. The wind was strong and appeared to swirl around the velodrome – in the opposite direction to riders, naturally!

Six riders lined up in A grade for the initial 10-lap scratch race. The wind conditions meant that there was little profit in an early attack. Consequently, the pack circulated in unison for 8 laps. Ben Davis then dropped out with a fractured seat bracket. Mid way into Lap 9, Michael Langdon and Ben Robey put in an attack. Michael sustained the effort and soon had a significant gap. Ben backed off and was overtaken by Michael’s pursuers. Michael Langdon had a comfortable win over John Paul De Sousa and Andrew Peel in that order.

The 10-Lap B grade scratch race started at moderate pace and began to hot up around mid race. Lap 7 saw the first rider dropped. Tony Beasley was well positioned approaching the bell lap and rode a good tactical race for the win over Ross Scutts and Ian Drayton, in that order.

The evening’s second event was a 2-lap, standing start, time trial. This is a taxing event, virtually a 2-lap sprint. Ben Robey lined up with aero kit, again this week. The reaction was more muted this time and so was the effect. Ben had to settle for second fastest time after Michael Langdon blitzed the field in 51.20 seconds. Ben’s time was also good at 52.00 seconds. John Paul De Sousa set the third best times at 54.20 seconds. In B Grade, Steve Dean was the standout with a time of 56.40 seconds. John Lowe and Ian Drayton set the second and third best times in B grade.

The next event was a 4 Lap handicap race. In A grade, the back markers really put in to consolidate the field within the first lap. From that point, the bunch circulated in a compact pack with Michael Langdon initiating a big attack on the bell lap. The result was Michael Langdon first, Andrew Peel second, Rowan Mc Murray third. The margins were significant and an illustration of how unpredictable handicap races can be. In B grade, a good handicap did not help Graeme O’Neill as his pursuers were on fire and made the catch within two laps. From this point John Lowe made the most of his handicap to hold off the field. Ross Scutts and Phil Anderson took second and third respectively.

The final combined Italian pursuit had six riders drawn from A and B grades on each team. Team 2 had one less A grade rider than Team 1 with compensation via stronger B grade selections. Nonetheless, each team had to perform flawlessly to take out this event and both teams did exactly that. The first few changeovers were very close. By the back end of the race Team 2 had a modest margin that looked reversible. However, when the anchor riders Ben Robey and Michael Langdon took over, it was clear that Ben was not going to surrender this margin. Michael put in all he could. However, Ben scorched over the line for an emphatic win by Team 2.

Major place getters were as follows:

10-Lap Scratch: (A Grade) Michael Langdon, John Paul de Sousa, Andrew Peel. (B Grade) Tony Beasley, Ross Scutts, Ian Drayton.

2-Lap SS TT: (A Grade) Michael Langdon (51.20s), Ben Robey (52.00s), John Paul De Sousa (54.20s). (B Grade) Steve Dean (56.40s), John Lowe (58.03s), Ian Drayton (58.53s).

4-Lap Handicap: (A Grade) Michael Langdon, Andrew Peel, Rowan McMurray. (B Grade) John Lowe, Ross Scutts, Phil Anderson.

Combined Italian Pursuit Winner: Team 2 (Ben Robey, John Paul de Sousa, Tony Beasley, Steve Dean, Ross Scutts, John Lowe).

Current Points Score Leaders: Michael Langdon (312), Phil Anderson (290), Ross Scutts (277), Steve Jones (260), Tony Beasley (242), Alec Millett (220), Graeme O’Neill (187), John Paul de Sousa (183), Andrew Peel (179).

Current Omnium Points: Ben Robey (9), Ross Scutts (9), Michael Langdon (9), Steve Dean (8), Phil Anderson (7), Andrew Peel (7), Ben Davis (6), John Paul De Sousa (6), Kerry Knowler (5). Dougal Torrance (5) Tony Beasley (5).

Graeme O'Neill

Stromlo, Club Championship – 19th March

The Vets Criterium Championships is always an interesting affair with riders pitted against others by age groupings and not grades. This results in some races seeing E graders up against A graders and sometimes the odd upset with a lower grade rider able to out manoeuvre their higher graded opponent. Regardless, it’s great experience for everyone competing as you get to race against riders who you wouldn’t normally ride against.

Women Div 1 (30-39)

2 riders to contest the youngest age group of the day. Newcomer to the club Tess McLachlan who only started racing just before xmas up against Gill Lugg. The two were in amongst more seasoned riders from other age groups and rode very strong through the entire race. It came down to a final sprint with Gill just edging out Tess for the win.

Women Div 2 (40-49)

Another battle for the history books. Both Ally Roche and Kirsty Cummin swapping the lead throughout the race amongst Div 1 and Div 3 riders. The sprint finish was the closest of the day in any race with Ally edging out Kirsty by about 1 tyre tread.

Women Div 3 (50-59)

4 riders began the race. Terry Moore, Sally Thomson and Elizabeth Lowe rode a cracking pace with the Div 2 and Div 1 riders. Terry attacked a few times to try to break the rhythm of the other riders, but each time they fought back and got her wheel. Once again a sprint finish with thankfully several pairs of eyes on the finish line to help me with Terry Moore taking the win ahead of Sally Thomson and Elizabeth Lowe in 3rd.

Men Div 9 (Age 75+)

The most experienced riders of Bruce Jones, Bernie Crowe and Lindsay Graham lined up like they have many times before. Each knew how to run their own race and after 5 mins Lindsay and Bernie had dropped Bruce and were setting a solid pace keeping up with those young “whipper snapper” riders the 70-74 & 65-69 age groupers. With enough time on the clock, Lindsay put some hurt into the race and finally managed to drop Bernie off his wheel. At one stage it looked like Bruce was going to reel in Bernie but it was not to be with Lindsay taking out 2017 honours ahead of Bernie in 2nd and Bruce in 3rd.

Men Div 8 (Age 70-74)

We were looking at a rumble in the jungle matchup between Paul Robey and Graham Hendrie in this age group but all the pre-match hype amounted to nothing with Graham a no-show leaving Paul to set his own pace for 30 mins. Personally it would have been interesting to see a 30min lap from Paul with several track stands, a kip down the southern end, and maybe a pitstop for a coffee in a single lap, but Paul rode like a demon for 30 mins at times tacking onto the back wheel of other riders which I allowed in the instance as it didn’t disadvantage anyone. Paul Robey-1st

Men Div 7 (65-69)

An interesting race this one with Mark Taylor, Rico Fitch amongst the hot favourites. 2 laps into the race and Mark showing the red hot form he is in this season rode away from the pack and proceeded to Time Trial the next 25 mins of the race. Everyone else was going to have to work for 2nd and 3rd place as with 5 mins to go, Mark had their back wheels in sight and was planning the ultimate in cycling which was to lap the chase group. 1st Place- Mark Taylor, 2nd- Rico Fitch, 3rd-John Ignatius

Men Div 6 (60-64)

5 riders started the race but this was quickly whittled down to 4 as one rider found the pace too quick into the stiff southerly breeze. Tony Beasley and Steve Simms tried a mini break but were reeled back in after 1 lap. Then Tony Beasley who is a much stronger rider now after a season of track racing under his belt, put on another attack and held a 100mtr break with 2 laps to go. This proved a distance too great to chase for the other riders as Tony went on to record the win ahead of Steve Simms in 2nd and Owain Tilley in 3rd. Ed note: Steve I have your silver medal and you’ll get this posted out to you.

Men Div 5 (55-59)

The biggest field of the day with 14 riders starting. This division contained everything from supremely fit A graders, B graders who always finish in the top few each week right through to E graders who were intent to show their more fancied rivals how it’s done in E. 7 mins into the race, a not unexpected surge by Mark Harris split the group with only Dave Mullins able to tag onto Mark. The two then worked together to build a big lead over the chase group. Discussion was held in the crowd on how good Dave Mullins was riding being able to hold onto Mark as each lap counted down. But with 5 mins to go, Mark surged again and finally scooted away. Mark then set his sights onto lapping the chase group showing a style and speed that the others could only look to as he cruised past them effortlessly. With Mark Harris assured of 1st place and Dave Mullins riding out an excellent race for 2nd place, the battle for 3rd was where it was at with Nick Boylan, Chris Nolan and Rob Langridge all pushing hard over the last 2 laps, but it came down to a sprint finish with Mark Stevenson showing who’s the boss pumping out more wattage than the entire South Australian electricity grid combined to take 3rd place.

Men Div 4 (50-54)

5 riders signed on for Div 4. Several attacks during the early phase of the race sorted out the pecking order for the rest of the race. In the end Sean Ifland showed the experience of A grade racing taking the win ahead of a sprint between Chris Short and Roger Northcote with Chris edging out Roger. 1st- Sean Ifland, 2nd- Chris Short, 3rd- Roger Northcote

Men Div 3 (45-49)

A good field of 12 riders and it was a field of quality with A & B grades well represented. This was probably the most wide open race for the men’s divisions as at least half of the field could have shone on the day to take the win. And the racing did not disappoint with an early attack by Nathan Spillane with a chase led by Tim Minehan. Counter attacks were led by Marc Vroomans and Paul Connor and Stephen Blackburn. The lead see-sawed many times over the latter half of the race. On the final lap, Marc Vroomans was at the head of a group containing Paul Connor, Stephen Blackburn before Christophe Barbaret and Seymour Saville-Boss caught their wheels. A tactician might have thought Marc was not going to survive such a long lead out, but coming around the final bend, he was holding everyone else’s wheel at bay to take the sprint win ahead of Paul Connor and Stephen Blackburn in 3rd.

Men Div 2 (40-44)

Strategic plays by most of the riders regarding the sign-on caught yours truly by surprise as when I signed on with 15 to go there was only 1 other rider and here I was thinking I had a chance only to be confronted by a cream of the crop at the start line. A & B riders a plenty and 3 out of the 8 riders called Ben, so surely I would have placed a bet on someone starting with Ben taking the win? Luckily I’m not Tim Simona and didn’t back myself as my 250 mtr warm up showed 10 mins into the race where I took up the more familiar surrounds of the sidelines to watch the rest of the race. It was a final lap shootout between several A graders with Ben Carmody taking the win ahead of Andrew Murrell and Peter Young in 3rd.

Men Div 1 (35-39)

The young guns, born to fly and fly they did. 3 riders started with Adam Potts facing the prospect of having to work out how to defeat the two other team Quon riders. Alas any strategy would have been futile with team Quon clearing out early and it was little surprise with both Quon riders coming out of A grade. In the end they lapped Adam several times and also caught Div 2 and went past them like they were standing still. Ben Morrison showed his killer form from this season by winning the sprint ahead of Peter Kitchen and Adam Potts in 3rd.

Thanks to the great number of helpers on the day:

Stjepan Hirsler who is showing great recovery from his heart scare

John Paul De-Souza who volunteered early in the week

Rob Langridge who put in some commentary after his race

Paul Connor who covered me whilst I put in my abysmal performance

And of course Tom Roberts our ever reliable sports med who would rather a calm day at vets racing than the rough and tumble of BMX racing.

Ben Davis

Race Referee

Photos for W, M5 & M6 courtesy Tim Minehan: https://flic.kr/s/aHskWdydk3