ACT Veterans Cycling Club


April 2021

ACT Veterans Bleat, Monday 12th April, 2021

ACT Veterans Cycling Club

Hello Vets,

In the Bleat this week;

•  2020/21 Summer Season Results

•  ETC Course on 17 April 2021

•  From the Desk of the Handicapper

•  Racing this Week

Ian Morton

2020/21 Summer Season Results

Congratulations to:
Women: 1st Place – Penelope Anderson (153); 2nd Place – Pat Rooke (80); 3rd Place – Rosemary Robinson (72)
Men: 1st Place – Gerard Tiffen (167); 2nd Place – Lance Purdon (154); 3rd Place – Marc Vroomans (124)

NOTE: Presentations to the winners occurs at the Christmas Wheel Race at the end of the year.

Some crit riders impressed the Handicapper so much that they also deserve a mention:
Women: Vanessa Judge and Terri Moore (D to C grade); Alison Hale (E to D); Pat Rooke (F to E) and Peta Brill (C to B).
Men: Joel Rahman (D to A grade) (a stand out effort); Adam Strickland, Mark Harradine, David Jukes, John Stokman, Andrew Terracini (D to B); Gareth Downey (C to A)

ETC Course on 17 April 2021

The ACT Government has approved a course for Event Traffic Controllers next Saturday, 17 April 2017.

We are awaiting confirmation of the course location, but they are usually held at the ACT Parks Maintenance Depot at 13 Lithgow Street, Fyshwick. Course participants should expect the course will run most of the day – indicatively from 9:00am-4:30pm.

ETCs are essential for the ACT Vets to be able to run races in the ACT, and due to COVID-19 we have not been able to run the course for some time. If you are not already a qualified ETC, please consider whether you would be available to attend the course. Please send your expressions of interest to as soon as possible. We will need to have final numbers by COB on Thursday 15 April 2021.

Many thanks for your support.

From the Desk of the Handicapper

Vets Out and About

Rowan McMurray has endured what most club members would consider the unendurable and become the first finisher in this year’s Indian-Pacific Wheel Race (IPWR). Rowan somehow pedalled the 5,500 km from Perth to Sydney in only 12 days, starting on 30 March and finishing on 7 April.

On Tuesday last week, remote race followers (dot watchers) Alex Sommariva, Steve Jones and two others rode down south to meet him and escort him to Parliament House where he was meeting his family for a lunch date. Alex was confused by Rowan’s approach to Canberra as he was travelling along the very lumpy Boboyan Rd from Adaminaby, rather than the more direct route from Cooma. Rowan’s choice of route also ensured that other competitors had to follow the same way into Canberra, but it was probably much more pleasant that being buzzed by cars while riding on the shoulder of the Monaro Highway. It also avoided riding past the spot where British ultra-distance rider Mike Hall was tragically mowed down in the early hours of 31 March 2017 during the inaugural IPWR. Alex thoroughly enjoy his day out, and was quite surprised at the pace Rowan was able to maintain on his luggage-laden bike. Rowan finished safely in Sydney the following day to be the first finisher. I wonder if Rowan then rode back to Canberra or got a lift?

Long distance riding is obviously a different type of riding compared with track, road or criteriums. I wondered hypothetically that if the club held a 1,000km graded scratch race who would be the riders who would power on to the finish while others, such as the handicapper, would find themselves about one fifth into the race on the side of the road crying for their mothers. In a head-to-head contest would Rowan win A grade over Steve Crispin and Gerard Tiffen? Something to debate sometime.

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Rowan on the bike paths south of CanberraRowan and Alex SommarivaRowan is greeted by race organisers as first to finish

Rob Langridge


Saturday, 17th April – Sutton Driver Training Criterium – Graded

Reminder: All riders must pre-register on the ACT Vets website ( prior to the race. There is no registration on the day.

Where: Approx 0.5 km along Sutton Rd from intersection of Sutton Rd and Pialligo Avenue.
When: 1:30 pm.
Race Description:
A/B: 1.30pm 50 mins + 1 lap
C/D: 2.30pm 40 mins + 1 lap
E/F/G: 3.20pm 30 mins 1 lap
Riders are to race in their ‘Road’ grade.

Race Director:  Nicholas Stewart Contact: Email:    Ph  0499 999 056

Marshals: Peter Frew, Ian McVay

ACT Veterans Bleat, Monday 5th April, 2021

Hello Vets,

In the Bleat this week;

•  From the Desk of the President

•  From the Race Committee

•  Racing this Week

Ian Morton

From the Desk of the President

Dear Members,

I hope that you have all had a relaxing, ride-filled Easter break.

Well that’s a wrap for 2020/21 Summer crits, road and track season! I hope that everyone that was able to get out and race had a lot of fun and enjoyed the challenges that racing brings.

Whilst there were additional challenges – more on those below – this year, we are now looking forward to getting as much racing as is possible, given the restrictions being imposed upon the club.

We also said thank you to Graham Hendrie for his many years of service as the van driver, timekeeper, race recorder, well basically pretty much everything needed to operationalise our race schedule.

We now move into a new era where not only will we need to get all of the ‘Graham’ duties reassigned but also make sure the van is prepared for each week’s particular race. We will continue to seek support from the members to ensure the club can continue racing as often as possible. Please be patient and supportive of the committee, race directors and marshalls whilst we are in this transition phase and be assured, we are doing everything we can.

Last but not least, I hope those involved in last Tuesday’s racing incident are healing swiftly. Thanks to Simon our first aider for helping Ken Birch and Dennis Puniard roadside.

Best Regards,

Seymour Savell-Boss
ACT Vets Cycling Club President.

From the Race Committee

Update on race approvals

The Committee understands a sense of frustration with race cancellations in 2021. Whilst we have had a Tuesday night crit race cancelled by Stromlo park management due to weather, a number of cancellations have been caused by increasing race approval requirements in NSW. Members may be aware that racing in NSW requires three levels of sign off, the local council, the local police and then regional police. This can take many months to process.

NSW shires that ACT Vets race in have applied new conditions for racing in 2021 including requiring Traffic Control Plans (TCP) developed by accredited individuals. NSW now also requires NSW accredited people similar to the ACT’s Event Traffic Controllers (ETC) to run the races. Unfortunately those people accredited as ETCs in the ACT are not accredited in NSW, even though the same standard is applied. The club has explored the option of paying accredited people in NSW, however the estimated cost of around $1,700 per race to hire external providers is beyond the club’s finances. This may put this year’s events at Gunning as well as all other races scheduled for NSW under threat. The club is exploring multiple avenues to try to resolve these issues and the Committee will update members as soon as we are able to provide further information.

Members may be aware that although the process to approve races is far simpler in the ACT, the process still requires multiple steps including submission of a Temporary Traffic Management Plans (TTMPs) and the use of trained Event Traffic Controllers (ETC) to set out the signage and control traffic. A further challenge in the ACT is the closure of some roads due to bush fire damage.

The club has a pool of ACT accredited ETCs however the pool is limited and needs to be expanded. Those seeking to assist the club in running races can nominate themselves for ETC training or join the Committee to assist with the race approval process.

Compulsory Race Pre-Entry

In order to reduce administrative overhead, the Committee has decided to require pre-entry for all future races. Pre-entry is done via RMS Calendar by clicking ‘Details’ for the required race, entering your race number and then paying by credit card using our Square payment link. Check the entry close off time for upcoming events and make sure you enter beforehand.

No on-the-day entries will be allowed at events. In the event of a race being cancelled, riders will be offered pre-entry to a following event. No refunds will be provided.

Riders will need to enter and ride in their assigned grades. The handicapper has confirmed that this needs to happen. It you want to ride in a different grade you will need to have the handicapper change you grade before the race. No grade changes will be allowed at the race. Visitors will need to fill in the AVCC Trial Membership Form and send it to the Committee prior to the event to be assigned an entry.

We understand this may represent problems for some members. RMS is not accessible for visually impaired members and other members do not have internet access. There will also be issues around tandems entering for some events as to how both riders will be assigned to a single grade. We will endeavour to work through these issues with members.

Ian McVay
Race Committee


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