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July 2021

ACT Veterans Bleat, Monday 26th July, 2021

Hello Vets,

In the Bleat this week;

•  From the Desk of the President

•  Racing this Week

•  Race Report

Ian Morton
thebleat@actvets.cc

From the Desk of the President

Cranky Bicycle Worx vouchers

Congratulations to Week 4’s voucher winner #57 Ross Robinson.

A massive thank you to Stu Carling who has donated 10 bike service vouchers to the Vets Club for his workshop, located in Downer. For full details of Cranky Bicycle Works, see Stu’s facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Crankys-bicycle-worx-111899310938790/

Seymour Savell-Boss
ACT Vets Cycling Club President.

president@actvets.cc

RACING THIS WEEK:

Saturday, 31st July – Lookout Hill – Time Trial – M & H Age Standard

Reminder: All riders must pre-register on the ACT Vets website (https://rms.actvets.cc/calendar) by 30/07/2021 6:00 PM prior to the race. There is no registration on the day.

Any requests for Grade changes should be sorted out with the Handicapper prior to registration.

Where: Observation lookout on Tidbinbilla Road about 2.5 km towards Tharwa from Point Hut / Tidbinbilla Rd intersection (or about 4.5 km from Tharwa village).
When: 1:30 pm.
Race Description:
20km TT course. Two laps of – Lookout Hill 3.5km toward Tharwa, U turn, 5km toward Point Hut, U turn to Lookout Hill.

Race Director:  Peter Merrick Contact: Email: pmerrick@gmail.com    Ph  0407 222 869

Marshals: Seymour Savell-Boss ETC, Paul Welsh ETC, Wayne Spratford, Van driver – Matt Hinchcliffe

RACE REPORT:

Smiths Rd – Naas Rd – Secret Handicap – 24th July

On a windy, cold but sunny afternoon we had 15 riders turn up for the Secret Handicap, the late close of entries (Saturday morning) saw an increase from 6 to 16 entries, although one person still decided the conditions were not optimal for performance!

After a quick briefing the riders were sent off for two laps of the Mt Tennant course (36km), with a strong tailwind assisting them. At the halfway mark we had riders coming through in line with their gradings, the start up Mt Tennant obviously assisting in some natural selection! The four A graders completed the first lap in 29 minutes and all together. Some quick back of the envelope calculations saw that probably only C grade were still in the hunt for first place honours (after applying handicap times).

Out on the course, Daniel Lekhac had left his A grade compatriots behind second time up Mt Tennant and came in for a fine solo effort to be first across the line and fastest time for the day. The other A graders weren’t far behind and the others came in maintaining their positions from the first lap, except for one unlucky puncture.

The weather wasn’t conducive to hanging around and the urn was struggling to overcome the wind beating down on it’s exposed position. By the time we’d matched up rider numbers to finish times there was no-one there to witness the reactions of the race officials. A quick double check from the back up timing and it was official. D grade had sneaked in with the Handicapper Rob Langridge claiming the win! No doubt he’ll promote himself now.

Thanks for everyone who turned up, was a great afternoon out!

Cheers,

Stephen Blackburn

ACT Veterans Bleat, Monday 19th July, 2021

Hello Vets,

In the Bleat this week;

•  From the Desk of the President

•  Event Traffic Controller Training – CANCELLED

•  Racing this Week

•  Race Report

Ian Morton
thebleat@actvets.cc

From the Desk of the President

Cranky Bicycle Worx vouchers

Congratulations to Week 2’s voucher winner #598 Frank O’Sullivan.

And this week’s voucher winner #323 John Paul DeSousa .

A massive thank you to Stu Carling who has donated 10 bike service vouchers to the Vets Club for his workshop, located in Downer. For full details of Cranky Bicycle Works, see Stu’s facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Crankys-bicycle-worx-111899310938790/

Seymour Savell-Boss
ACT Vets Cycling Club President.

president@actvets.cc

Event Traffic Controller Training – CANCELLED

Unfortunately we were unable to get sufficient numbers to be able to run the next ETC training course so we have had to cancel.

New training arrangements are being investigated by the Committee.

Ian McVay
Race Committee

RACING THIS WEEK:

Saturday, 24th July – Smiths Rd – Naas Rd – Secret Handicap

Reminder: All riders must pre-register on the ACT Vets website (https://rms.actvets.cc/calendar) by 16/07/2021 6:00 PM prior to the race. There is no registration on the day.

Any requests for Grade changes should be sorted out with the Handicapper prior to registration.

Where: South of Tharwa. Members to park on the side of Smiths Rd and start just around the corner on Naas Rd.
When: 1:30 pm.
Race Description:
Mt Tennent Terror
Course is over Mt Tennant spur to Apollo Road and return. 2 Laps

Race Director:  Stephen Blackburn Contact: Email: m0414713095@gmail.com    Ph  0414 713 095.

Marshals: Owain Tilley ETC, Emma Padovan, Christopher Short ETC, Van driver – Christopher Short

RACE REPORT:

Lookout Hill – 17th July

With a miserable weather forecast I was expecting a small turnout, but Saturday provided sunny and dry conditions, and 21 riders took on this weeks handicap at Lookout Hill. It was still cold and windy, and I was expecting conditions to favour the stronger riders.

However the handicapper had set his own conditions, and provided what would turn out to be very favourable gaps between the grades. F grade commenced proceedings with Polly Templeton showing everyone how to ride solo into a raging wind. E grade followed 7 minutes later, with D grade off 17 minutes and C grade off 21 minutes. I had grave doubts for the 2 riders in B grade off 24 minutes, and thought the A grade machine would scoop everyone up despite being off 30 minutes.

Most grades proved the value of sticking together, and despite small gains each lap, it was clear that the gaps were too much to bring everyone together on the tough course. In the end E grade just pipped Polly on the last lap, and Alan Bontjer ‘sprinted’ to the line for a hard earned win over fellow graders Elizabeth Lowe and Rosemary Robinson.

D grade finished next, with Lance Pardon and Rob Langridge rounding out the top five. Full results (sans times) on the RMS.

Notable mention to Christoffer Barberet for convincing the handicapper to slide him from A1 to A2, only to succumb to the pressure for A1 and A2 to combine. This gave A1 a great launchpad, and the Tiffen train discard the A2 crew on lap one!

Thanks go to Paul Welsh and Conan Liu on ETC duties, Simon Whitehead on first aid, Michael Hanbury for general marshalling, and to Ben McDuff for driving the van and recording finishes. Thanks also to Ian McVay and the Race Committee for making the race so easy to run, with excellent race documentation and timely approvals.

Cheers,

Peter Young

ACT Veterans Bleat, Monday 12th July, 2021

Hello Vets,

In the Bleat this week;

•  From the Desk of the President

•  From the Race Committee

•  Event Traffic Controller Training

•  Racing this Week

•  Race Report

Ian Morton
thebleat@actvets.cc

From the Desk of the President

Challenges

Are there any members who are accredited NSW Traffic Controller. I’d like to hear from you if you are.

Cranky Bicycle Worx vouchers

Congratulations to last week’s voucher winner #567 Peter Young.

Seymour Savell-Boss
ACT Vets Cycling Club President.

president@actvets.cc

From the Race Committee

Incorrect race number entries

We have had a couple of instances of people entering incorrect race numbers into RMS during race entry. If you do manage to do this, please contact the race committee and we can fix it.

New fold down speed signs

The ACT Government has kindly installed fold-down speed signs along roads used by Pedal Power and the ACT cycling clubs for events. Graham Hendrie was tasked with coming up with a solution to allow us to hold the signs open during races. Result: bull dog clip and a piece of string. Talk about hi-tech. We await his delivery of the accompanying smart phone app.

ACT Veterans Cycling Club

Ian McVay
Race Committee

race.committe@actvets.cc

Event Traffic Controller Training

The next ETC Training course is on 24th July.

We are still looking for more members to become qualified ETCs. Please nominate to undertake the training to race.committee@actvets.cc.

Ian McVay
Race Committee

RACING THIS WEEK:

Saturday, 17th July – Lookout Hill Handicap

Reminder: All riders must pre-register on the ACT Vets website (https://rms.actvets.cc/calendar) by 16/07/2021 6:00 PM prior to the race. There is no registration on the day.

Any requests for Grade changes should be sorted out with the Handicapper prior to registration.

Where: Observation lookout on Tidbinbilla Road about 2.5 km towards Tharwa from Point Hut / Tidbinbilla Rd intersection (or about 4.5 km from Tharwa village).
When: 1:30 pm.
Race Description:
3.5km toward Tharwa, U turn, 5km toward Point Hut, U turn to Lookout Hill. 4 laps.

Race Director:  Peter Young Contact: Email: peteryoung131@gmail.com    Ph  0414 806 934.

Marshals: Conan Liu ETC, Paul Welsh ETC, Michael Hanbury, Van driver – Ben McDuff

RACE REPORT:

Dairy Road – 10th July

Saturdays race went well and apart from one goose on a BMX wondering onto the track and challenging us about it being a public place there were no other issues – well maybe one, the ranger didn’t turn up with the key on time, this wasn’t a show stopper though.

Weather conditions were overcast, windy and cool.

The race was held in the usual clockwise direction as a graded scratch – I didn’t opt for any sprint primes as the conditions were bad enough without throwing in more torment!

A and B grade started on time and despite the low numbers in A grade they set a cracking pace with plenty of attacks, Christophe had a flat about ¾ of the way through the race and was offered a replacement wheel from the marshal “Daniel Lekhac”, with a quick change of the wheel Christophe was soon back in the mix. There was a slight mixup with the timing of the bell lap for A grade that may have caused some confusion “Sorry about that”.

B grade had a larger numbers with plenty of contenders willing to have a dig through out the race, It was a good bunch sprint at the end with not a lot separating the pack – I only managed to get the first five places so if you can remember you places drop Ian an email.

C and D grade racing was smooth with only one incident when Terry Moore slipped on some debris at the fare end turn, after a quick check the ensure everything was OK, Terry rejoined the race. Both grades held a steady pace finishing in a bunch sprint.

There was only one rider in E grade and two in F so these grades started together, with such low numbers there wasn’t anywhere to hide for a 30 minute hit out, Cat ended up puncturing leaving Chris and Dennis on their own to finish the race.

Well done to all who raced and thank you to Daniel for marshaling – maybe bring some warmer clothes next time Daniel!

Also thanks to Michael Fawke for his photography skills.

Cheers,

Andrew Peel

ACT Veterans Bleat, Monday 5th July, 2021

ACT Veterans Cycling Club

Hello Vets,

In the Bleat this week;

•  From the Desk of the President

•  1st Aider Required for Sutton Drv Training Cntr 17 April

•  Letter to the Editor

•  Event Traffic Controller Training

•  Van Volunteers

•  Racing this Week

•  Race Report

Ian Morton
thebleat@actvets.cc

From the Desk of the President

Challenges

We have seen some keen racing of late, with good turn out, so thanks to everyone that has made it out to race.

More so, I want to acknowledge the work put in by the club committee members and race volunteers that have been able to put on these events; especially in light of the challenges we have experienced, particularly due to COVID, changes to NSW requirements and changes in key volunteer positions. These factors have presented challenges for the Committee and for the club, and we appreciate the understanding and patience of members as we continue to transition to new processes.

The small team of Committee members are working hard to remove these barriers, but we would be grateful to receive any assistance from members. If you are interested and able to volunteer to support the club activities, please get in touch with myself or another Committee member to discuss this further. Otherwise, we will continue to provide updates as more information becomes available.

Cranky Bicycle Worx vouchers

Looking for an incentive to race during the colder months? If you sign up for ACT Vets races over the winter season, turn up and race on the day, then you may be lucky enough to win a free service from Cranky Bicycle Worx valued at $180.

A massive thank you to Stu Carling who has donated 10 bike service vouchers to the Vets Club for his workshop, located in Downer. For full details of Cranky Bicycle Works, see Stu’s facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Crankys-bicycle-worx-111899310938790/

The Committee will select a winner each week by random number draw after the race and post the voucher out. Winners will be announced on Facebook and in the Bleat.

Seymour Savell-Boss
ACT Vets Cycling Club President.

1st Aider Required for Sutton Drv Training Cntr 17 April

We require a 1st Aider for Saturday at Sutton Drv Training Cntr. I can cover A&B and E, F&G races but will be racing C grade. If someone from A&B or E, F&G can cover as 1st Aider for C&D races, please get back to me. Or if someone can come and 1st Aid for the day, that would be even better.

Ian McVay
Race Committee

Letter to the Editor

I read with some interest the article by Rob Langridge published in The Bleat 28 June, on how to ride graded handicaps. I am the rider that Rob targeted in his article as not being a team player at the recent Mt Tennant Handicap race handicap on 26th June. Rob has been the Club handicapper for a very long time and does a brilliant job and I certainly do not want to get into a slanging match with him.

I strongly reject the accusations that I rode too hard on the climbs and I was not a team player.

While Rob has some good points in his article which might apply to some handicap races, I think Rob is wrong about how we should have raced the Mt Tennant course last weekend.

My experience in Handicaps is that they are very hard racing, they are usually full on from the start and only the strongest on the day survive at the front, I usually get dropped in Handicaps and I have never had or expected the bunch to wait for me.

I have raced with the Vets club since 2009 and most of that time I have raced in D-grade, I also have a record of those races on Strava.

Analyzing Saturday’s segment times and other D-grade race Mt Tennant times, Strava tells an interesting story.

On Saturday, as I suspected at the time, my time on the first lap up Mt Tennant was not hard or fast by D-grade standards, at 4m 39s it was my second slowest ever D-Grade race time up Tennant, if I was not asked to slow down, my first lap Mt Tennant time would have been around 4m 25s, the second lap up Mt Tennant, after being yelled at on the Back of Tennant I tried to ride Mt Tennant slower and wait for other riders, my time was 4m 47s, which was my slowest ever D-grade race time up Mt Tennant.

To put Saturday’s Mt Tennant times into some perspective, the previous 2 times I raced a Handicap over Tennant in D-grade, my times were 4 minutes neat and 4m 15s and I certainly was not out front on my own, in most of the D-grade races, sub 4 m 15s is not unusual and 4m 30s is slow. While again I don’t want to take away from the performance of the other D-grade riders as they were riding as hard as they could on the day, my pace up Mt Tennant during the Handicap by normal D-grade standard should not have been leg busting as Rob suggested.

Interestingly last Saturday during the Apollo the D-grade bunch easily cruised up Mt Tennant at 4m 25s pace, I am mystified as to why some of the same riders were struggling at the Handicap.

Much the same goes for the Back of Tennant segment, the first lap time up 3m 1s and by regular D-grade standard was not fast, my second lap time was more like it at 2m 35s but I was chasing an insight E-grade.

Further analysis of the segment times from other D-grade riders showed that if I had of sat back during the climbs and we stayed together, we would have lost enough time that we would have had to ride faster than C-grade on the flatter segments to make up the time, I have my doubts that was possible on the day and we would most probably would have been swamped by A-grade before the finish.

At the start of the Back of Tennant the remaining D-grade riders could see the 3 E-grade riders ahead, one rider hit the climb hard then dropped off, I then took over and gave the chase everything I had, hoping to catch them before they crested, Rob sat on my wheel, at the top we just missed catching E-grade as they went over, I was struggling by then as I gave the chase everything I had, but Rob obviously felt good, he blasted past me and I missed getting on his tail but I could see him easily catch E-grade.

Like Rob, I have always thought the aim of graded Handicap racing is to work as a team and to have a rider from your grade win. Considering most of D-grade were having an off day, I think as a team D-grade actually rode a good race, a D-grade rider was at the front of the race with only a few meters to go, a D-grade win should have happened but only Rob will know why he sat up and did not contest the sprint for the win.

Tony Beasley

Some might find this interesting

These are some of my times from my Strava files from 2 D-grade Apollo races in which I managed 2nd place, in both races I was around 1m 30s behind 1st place.

Please note while I do not remember what the conditions were like in 2015, last Saturday we had a strong head wind on the climb with some cold rain near the top.

Apollo race, 2021, 2015
Back of Tennant, 3m 9s, 2m 40s
Mt Tennant, 4m 25s, 4m 07s
Full Honeysuckle Climb, 30m 58s, 26m 33s
Finish time, 1h 11m 09s, 1h 05m 03s

Event Traffic Controller Training

The next ETC Training course is on 24th July.

We are still looking for more members to become qualified ETCs. Please nominate to undertake the training to race.committee@actvets.cc.

Ian McVay
Race Committee

Van Volunteers

As we transition into the new arrangements for the race van, we are looking to establish a pool of members who would be interested in taking on responsibility to prepare the van, drive it out to races and return it to Stromlo.

Members who drive the van to an event would still be able to participate in the race.

Members who are willing to be included in the roster should contact secretary@actvets.cc

Note that the van is a manual gear change.

ps Thanks to also those people who have already volunteered.

RACING THIS WEEK:

Saturday, 10th July – Dairy Rd – Graded Criterium

Reminder: All riders must pre-register on the ACT Vets website (https://rms.actvets.cc/calendar) by 9/07/2021 6:00 PM prior to the race. There is no registration on the day.

Any requests for Grade changes should be sorted out with the Handicapper prior to registration.

Where: Travel toward the airport and drop down onto the northern end of the track west of the second river crossing or, head to Fyshwick then west onto Dairy Road and follow on until you find a gate that delineates the cut off section.
When: 1:30 pm.
Race Description:
Grades Start Duration
A/B 1:30 50 mins 1 lap
C/D 2:30 40 mins 1 lap
E/F/G 3:20 30 mins 1 lap

Race Director:  Andrew Peel Contact: Email: apeel@iinet.net.au    Ph  0414 564 700

Marshals: Daniel Lekhac, Van driver – Brian Peak

RACE REPORT:

Apollo Road – 3rd July

Thanks to Jan Koehler and Mark Taylor for marshalling, Paul Robey for doing First Aid, Steve Schwenke and Terri Moore as trusty ETCs. Without these volunteers these events cannot run. Big thanks to Ian McVay, Russell Marston and Rob Langridge for committee event guidance.

See the RMS for the results and times. Due to poor conditions at the remote finish not much story telling was available about the race. All I can comment on is the A grade time was probably a record and all riders that finished especially the lower grades showed true grit.

Cheers,

Nick Boylan

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