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December 2018

ACTVets Special Bleat – Boxing Day Recovery Ride – 26th December

Vets,

The Boxing Day Recovery Ride starts at 8.00 am sharp outside the Jolimont Centre on Northbourne Av. Depending on advice from the regular northsiders we may skip the light rail construction site and take an alternative route to the Federal Highway. After that, it will follow the “somewhat” successful format of recent years: two nominated sensible riders will lead along Federal and Old Federal highways with slower riders positioned immediately behind the leaders (so they don’t get dropped if the bunch is broken up by traffic light changes) and faster riders go to the back. All riders are responsible for preventing the bunch from splitting up. If half the bunch suddenly disappears from behind you, it’s your responsibility to pass this message to the front of the group so that they know to stop and wait.

We all stay together until the top of Washingmachine Hill. There, riders have a choice of going on to Lake George, the gravel pit or where ever. Those who’ve had too much Christmas cheer can wait in the shade at the top of the hill. They can then join one of the bunches on the return leg. All gather at a nominated coffee shop at end of ride. Note that it’s much harder to find an empty cafe now that Canberra is overrun by rabid Boxing Day shoppers at that time.

Please use the Vets Facebook page to publicise group rides over the holidays. I’m sure everyone’s keen to do a least one Corin-Tidbinbilla-Cotter ride over the break and would like to share the experience.

 

Rob Langridge
handicapper@actvets.cc

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Vets

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Vets

Dear members,

I’d like to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy new year. This year the Club ran over 70 racing events for members, i.e more than one per week. That is a huge effort and I’d like to thank the members of the Committee, in particular Phill Coulton for all his work on road approvals, Kirsti McVay for keeping us afloat as a club, Rob Langridge for all the efforts in ensuring appropriate grades for each rider, Jan Koehler for all the extra support she has provided both the Committee and the club, Paul Robey for stepping in a number of times to run races and be the First Aider and Kim Malcolm for his help in organising the gunning two day and ensuring medals are able to be presented to riders. Ian Morton has continued his fantastic work in publishing the Bleat every week and keeping us all up to date and I also thank Allan Bontjer for his work on the RMS. I also want to thank Graham Hendrie (the Van Man) for his support of the road race series and Graeme O’Neill and, in his absence, Michael Langdon for running the ever exciting Track series. Behind the scenes Ian Albrey has been of tremendous assistance to me this year dealing with both insurance and legal issues at the National Level. If you missed last night’s meet, a committee member was awarded club person of the year. That person is Ian McVay, the Vets Vice President. As you may be aware, a few year ago the Club went through a spate of cancelled races due to a number of issues. Ian’s hard work this year has ensured a minimum of issues with this year’s race program and I sincerely thank him for his efforts.

I’d like to offer a special thanks to all those that volunteered their time to marshal or direct races. Without your efforts there simply would be no races.

With the coming year the club is in for some challenges in the form of changes to our racing venues, in particular Stromlo. There is a current plan that will see “Collarbone Corner” replaced with a simple hot dog turn due to the development of several sports fields in the area east of the Crit track. The ACT Vets have been fighting this change throughout 2018 and intend to keep the pressure up in 2019. As always we have a perennial challenge of seeking road and venue approvals from separate State (NSW) and Territory (ACT) bodies. I am particularly proud that the club was able to race on some different venues this year in the form of Cooma and the Sutton Driver Training Centre. An additional challenge is to keep membership prices as low as possible whilst ensuring maximum insurance coverage for members and, thanks to Ian Albrey’s work, we have been able to get away with a small increase in membership prices for 2019. This is a good time to remind you all to RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP!!

A final thanks must be said to you, the member. I have thoroughly enjoyed racing with you in 2018 (except perhaps for that small stack earlier in the year). The club continues to thrive thanks to your membership. Members are engaging and always have a story to tell. All I ask is that if you get tapped on the shoulder to help out with a race, say YES. There are 70 more to compete in and you won’t miss out. Your assistance in running a race is extremely valued by the club.

All the best for 2019 and I hope that Santa brings you at least one pair of cycling socks and hopefully that always sought after n+1 bike!

Regards,

 

Dougal Torrance
President,
ACT Veterans Cycling Club.

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ACT Veterans Weekly Bleat, Monday 17th December, 2018

Hello Vets,

In this week’s Bleat;

  • Registration Renewal for 2019
  • Christmas Wheel Race
  • Racing this Week
  • Race Reports

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

Ian Morton

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ACT Veterans Weekly Bleat, Monday 10th December, 2018

Hello Vets,

In this week’s Bleat;

  • Christmas Wheel Race
  • From the Desk of the Handicapper
  • Racing this Week
  • Race Reports

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

Ian Morton

Christmas Wheel Race

Roll up! Roll Up!

The Crit races due to be held on December 18th marks our Christmas Wheel Race. Catering will be provided and the top 5 riders from each grade will run off at the end of the night in a handicap. Prizes are on offer for first to third in each race on the evening. grade. To encourage conversation and families to attend, the club will provide catering for the event.

Dougal Torrence
Club President

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ACT Veterans Weekly Bleat, Monday 3rd December, 2018

Hello Vets,

In this week’s Bleat;

  • Christmas Wheel Race
  • From the Desk of the Handicapper
  • Summer Points Table
  • Racing this Week
  • Race Reports

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

Ian Morton

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