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ACT Veterans Bleat, Monday 20th September, 2021

Hello Vets,

In the Bleat this week;

•  From the Desk of the President

•  From the Desk of the Handicapper

•  Racing this Week

Ian Morton
thebleat@actvets.cc

From the Desk of the President

Potential club name change.

I would invite everyone to read through The Bleat today. We have previously asked for feedback on a potential name change and we are now in a position to progress on this historic matter. The proposed name is ‘Capital Region Masters Cycling Club’. Please read the information provided below on how you can vote.

Seymour Savell-Boss
ACT Vets Cycling Club President.

Notice of General Meeting 2021Special resolution: To change the club name to ‘Capital Region Masters Cycling Club‘75% of ‘for’ votes, including proxies, of members attending the General Meeting are required to pass the resolution.The ACT Veterans Cycling Club formed in 1993. While the club has developed a great reputation as ‘the Vets‘ in the local cycling community, the name has two down sides. Firstly ‘ACT’ implies the club is restrictive to the ACT. The club has about 260 members of which at least 20 reside outside the ACT. The club also has many of its road racing courses in the NSW region surrounding the ACT. We need to get race approval from local NSW Councils and NSW Police and to have community support. Sometimes our races are seen as an inconvenience to locals with ‘a bunch of cyclists from Canberra taking over our roads’. A change from ‘ACT’ to ‘Capital Region’ will help purvey the club as belonging to the region, not just Canberra.Secondly the term ‘Veterans’ is generally more associated with military veterans rather than older athletes. The club has been approached a few times under the misapprehension that the club is for military veterans. Using the term ‘Masters’ will be more in line with other sports and is also reflective of other cycling clubs affiliated with the Australian Veterans Cycling Council being referred to as Masters. We anticipate that the club will transition over time to being referred to as ‘the Masters‘ rather than ‘the Vets‘.The mechanics of changing the club’s name are fairly straight forward and can be implemented over time without requiring a set cutover date for everything. There will be negligible costs involved. Once this resolution is resolved, either for or against, the committee with look at options for club signage and race kit.While a couple of alternate club names have been proposed, the Committee endorses the name ‘Capital Region Masters Cycling Club‘ and recommends members vote for the change of name.Topic: ACTVETS CC – General Meeting
Time: Oct 5, 2021 08:00 PM Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/92453421207?pwd=ZW5abVpaYytjWEk3TXUyOEhVeDA1dz09For members unable to attend, a proxy vote can be sent to the Secretary 24 hours prior to the GM by completing the ‘Form of appointment of proxy’ and email to secretary@actvets.cc. Note A proxy vote may not be given to a person who is not a member of the association.The form can be downloaded from: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1JDBWdaSgNequWY2lo3B2Wa0zt-b1mN7d/view?usp=sharing Russell Marston
Secretary ACT Veterans Cycling Club

From the Desk of the Handicapper

Second Vetz handicap Zwift race

Vets gathered in the Zwift world again on Saturday to duke it out over a hilly circuit course that took riders between 57 and 80 minutes for the 37 riders who finished. Compared to the number of registrations the day before, quite a few did not start–surely they weren’t put off by the rain? Although most of the race information is provided via Facebook, it’s still possible to keep informed by other means. Let me know if you want to be involved. Results are below. The secret handicap format with a mass start allowed riders to form bunches of equal ability to battle it out. Then a handicap was applied to encourage riders to fight on until the end.

NameGradeTimeHandicapHandicap time
dale rileyC01:01:2000:09:0000:52:20
Iain JohnstoneC01:01:400:09:0000:52:42
Darren BlackburstC01:01:5400:09:0000:52:54
Daniel WardB00:58:5700:05:0000:53:57
Paul WelshB00:59:0300:05:0000:54:03
andrew mccoskerA200:57:1200:03:0000:54:12
Tes McLachlanE201:20:3000:26:0000:54:30
Jimmy CarrollA200:57:5500:03:0000:54:55
Paul HollingsA200:58:1000:03:0000:55:10
Damien LonergenA200:58:3500:03:0000:55:35
Emma PadovanB01:01:2200:05:0000:56:22
Ben HealyB01:01:5000:05:0000:56:50
Tristan DimmockA100:57:04000:57:04
Gerad TiffenA201:00:0400:03:0000:57:04
CrispyA100:57:05000:57:05
Stephen IsbelA100:57:16000:57:16
Cal HenshawA100:57:23000:57:23
Kerrie MuirD01:10:2900:13:0000:57:29
Rowan McMurrayA201:01:1600:03:0000:58:16
Michael TolhurstA201:01:2300:03:0000:58:23
lewy cressyA201:01:3300:03:0000:58:33
Simon CostelloB01:05:0300:05:0001:00:03
Ali HaleE01:20:3000:20:0001:00:30
EDP TQD01:13:3700:13:0001:00:37
Kerry KnowlerD01:13:3900:13:0001:00:39
Jono HazellA101:00:51001:00:51
Bruce GoodfellowB01:05:5700:05:0001:00:57
Michael FawkeB01:05:5900:05:0001:00:59
Ian PrestonC01:10:0900:09:0001:01:09
Tony BeasleyD01:14:2000:13:0001:01:20
Lyn VasudevaE01:22:0500:20:0001:02:05
Mat CorbyA201:05:5700:03:0001:02:57
Gareth DowneyB01:10:0000:05:0001:05:00
Brian PeakC01:14:1900:09:0001:05:19
trevor jacobsD01:22:1100:13:0001:09:11
steve schwenkeC01:22:0500:09:0001:13:05

Rob Langridge
Handicapper

RACING THIS WEEK:

No racing this week due to COVID restrictions

ACT Veterans Bleat, Monday 13th September, 2021

Hello Vets,

In the Bleat this week;

•  From the Desk of the President

•  From the Desk of the Handicapper

•  From the Race Committe

•  Racing this Week

Ian Morton
thebleat@actvets.cc

From the Desk of the President

Dear Vets,

I hope you’re all able to enjoy daily rides preparing for the return of racing. Tomorrow we may learn more from ACT Health regarding the roadmap out of lockdown in the ACT and how that will affect our race program. With the criterium season due to start on Tuesday 5 October we still have a couple of weeks for the lockdowns to continue to prove successful if that happens.

I also wanted to thank on behalf of the Committee those members that responded to our recent call for help, we welcome your support and will be in touch.

Potential club name change.

I would invite everyone to read through The Bleat today. We have previously asked for feedback on a potential name change and we are now in a position to progress on this historic matter. The proposed name is ‘The Capital Region Masters Cycling Club’. Please read the information provided below on how you can vote.

Happy pedalling,

Seymour Savell-Boss
ACT Vets Cycling Club President.

Notice of General Meeting 2021

Special resolution: To change the club name to ‘Capital Region Masters Cycling Club

75% of ‘for’ votes, including proxies, of members attending the General Meeting are required to pass the resolution.The ACT Veterans Cycling Club formed in 1993. While the club has developed a great reputation as ‘the Vets‘ in the local cycling community, the name has two down sides. Firstly ‘ACT’ implies the club is restrictive to the ACT. The club has about 260 members of which at least 20 reside outside the ACT. The club also has many of its road racing courses in the NSW region surrounding the ACT. We need to get race approval from local NSW Councils and NSW Police and to have community support. Sometimes our races are seen as an inconvenience to locals with ‘a bunch of cyclists from Canberra taking over our roads’. A change from ‘ACT’ to ‘Capital Region’ will help purvey the club as belonging to the region, not just Canberra.Secondly the term ‘Veterans’ is generally more associated with military veterans rather than older athletes. The club has been approached a few times under the misapprehension that the club is for military veterans. Using the term ‘Masters’ will be more in line with other sports and is also reflective of other cycling clubs affiliated with the Australian Veterans Cycling Council being referred to as Masters. We anticipate that the club will transition over time to being referred to as ‘the Masters‘ rather than ‘the Vets‘.The mechanics of changing the club’s name are fairly straight forward and can be implemented over time without requiring a set cutover date for everything. There will be negligible costs involved. Once this resolution is resolved, either for or against, the committee with look at options for club signage and race kit.While a couple of alternate club names have been proposed, the Committee endorses the name ‘Capital Region Masters Cycling Club‘ and recommends members vote for the change of name.Topic: ACTVETS CC – General Meeting
Time: Oct 5, 2021 08:00 PM Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/92453421207?pwd=ZW5abVpaYytjWEk3TXUyOEhVeDA1dz09For members unable to attend, a proxy vote can be sent to the Secretary prior to the GM, via email at secretary@actvets.cc Russell Marston
Secretary ACT Veterans Cycling Club

From the Desk of the Handicapper

Another Vetz race coming up

Time: 08:30
Date: Saturday 18 September
Format: 40km hilly secret handicap

More details to follow on the ACT Vets Facebook page

Rob Langridge
Handicapper

From the Race Committee

This Week’s Race

The ACT Government will announce on Tuesday if the current lockdown will be extended, which is looking likely. If it is, we’ll have to cancel Saturday’s race. Updates will be made in RMS, Facebook and via a special Bleat email.

Paint and Painting Gear

After putting a 1st coat of white paint on the interior of the shipping container, there was an understandable lack of enthusiasm to do another one. We have left over white paint, rollers, poles and trays (most unused) that we can offer to members.

Please contact the race committee if you can make use of these.

Ian McVay
Race Committee

RACING THIS WEEK:

Saturday, 18th September – Uriarra Homestead Graded Scratch

SUBJECT TO ACT LOCKDOWN RESTRICTIONS BEING EASED.

Reminder: All riders must pre-register on the ACT Vets website (https://rms.actvets.cc/calendar) by 17/09/2021 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: Assemble at Uriarra Rd / Brindabella Rd, T-Junction. From North Canberra slightly faster Coppins crossing & right onto Uriarra Road. From Sth Canberra follow Cotter Road down to bridge crossing, turn right onto Brindabella Road.
When: 1:30 pm.
Race Description:
Two laps of Uriarra Homestead – top of Uriarra Crossing – Condor Creek – Homestead.

Race Director:  Ben McDuff (tbc) Contact: Email: benmcduff@gmail.com    Ph  0403 531 354

Marshals: John Paul De Sousa ETC, Iain Johnstone ETC, Polly Templeton ETC, Michael Reppion, Van driver – Russell Marston

ACT Veterans Bleat, Monday 6th September, 2021

Hello Vets,

In the Bleat this week;

•  From the Desk of the Handicapper

•  Racing this Week

Ian Morton
thebleat@actvets.cc

From the Desk of the Handicapper

Vetz shift to Zwift

Around 50 vets and others participated in the Vetz inaugural Zwift race last weekend. I’d like to thank Jimmy Carrol and Steve Crispin for organising this gruelling event. While most Canberrans were contemplating what to do on a rainy Saturday morning, some Vets were flogging themselves between about 90 minutes to over two hours in a 60km handicap race. Those who finished reported being ‘shattered’ but satisfied they’d got in such a hard effort with one rider claiming wattage PBs all over the place. Who were these Zwifters you may ask? Of course, there were about five of the club’s hard core members, a crowd of the October to May group plus a few new members. I’m in the don’t-have-the-equipment group, but certainly was an interested onlooker. There will be more races and we will be taking on board your feedback to improve the event. Check out the ACT Vets Cycling Club Facebook page for all the event preparation, results and feedback communications. Thanks once again to Steve and Jimmy for getting the event off the ground.

Vuelta Espana

Those who followed the Spanish grand tour this year certainly wouldn’t have been disappointed as we had Jack Haig on the podium, only the second Aussie to do so after the great Cadel (and he should have won had it not been for a dodgy neutral spares wheel change), and Michael Storer winning stages and getting the King of the Mountains jersey–only the second Aussie after Simon Clarke. Every stage was a drama with breakaway wins, a fantastic GC battle, the return of Fabio Jacobson and the implosion by Lopez on the penultimate stage. As mentioned in The Bleat, Canberra rider Jay Vine was tackling his first grand tour and wasn’t he amazing! Surely he’ll be an inspiration to all those national level riders that it is possible to not even win from scratch at the Haycarters handicap in Cootamundra in 2019 and yet be matching it with the world tour pros just over two years later.

Rob Langridge
Handicapper

RACING THIS WEEK:

Saturday, 11st September – No Race

ACT Veterans Bleat, Monday 30th August, 2021

Hello Vets,

In the Bleat this week;

•  ACT Lockdown

•  Racing this Week

Ian Morton
thebleat@actvets.cc

ACT Lockdown

The current lockdown is scheduled to end on 2nd September. This would allow this weekend’s race to proceed.

Given the current case numbers, it seems highly likely that the lockdown will be extended and that we will be forced to cancel the race.

Please check the RMS and The Bleat for any updates.

RACING THIS WEEK:

Saturday, 4th September – Iron Mike Handicap (Corrected)

Reminder: All riders must pre-register on the ACT Vets website (https://rms.actvets.cc/calendar) by 3/09/2021 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: Drive aprox 2.5km north west on Uriarra Rd from the intersection with Opperman Ave, Wright (the main entry to SFP).
When: 1:30 pm.
Race Description:
Iron Mike Classic Race
Race start and finish on Uriarra Road at SFP western car park. Race goes past the homestead to end of bitumen and return.
NOTE: riders are NOT to attack on the descents onto Uriarra crossing on either the outward or return legs.

Race Director:  Heath Chester Contact: Email: heathtracy@iinet.net.au    Ph  0419 162 193

Marshals: Cat Riley, Robert Diamond ETC, Mick Donaldson ETC, Charles Nicoll ETC
Van driver – Des Brown

ACT Veterans Bleat, Monday 23rd August, 2021

Hello Vets,

In the Bleat this week;

•  From the Desk of the Handicapper

•  Racing this Week

Ian Morton
thebleat@actvets.cc

From the Desk of the Handicapper

Please list cycling black spots that can’t be avoided by cyclists

Researchers at the Centre for Automotive Safety Research at the University of Adelaide want to identify locations in the ACT where they could study cyclists interacting with traffic and infrastructure. Given that the name of the centre is for ‘automotive safety’, let’s hope they come up with more than ‘they should pay rego!‘ Nonetheless in the pursuit of science, could members list places they find particularly treacherous or where motorists persistently flout the law, such as pedestrian crossings where the rider is on the driver’s left and the drivers only look for traffic on the right while storming through the crossing. Once the sites are identified, the researchers hope to set up cameras to record these interactions. This was posted to Facebook recently and there were a number of responses.

Please send comments to handicapper@actvets.cc. Places listed so far include Barton Highway, Northbourne Ave, Drakeford Drive and so on.

Zwift racing opportunity

The race committee and enthusiastic members are planning on holding a Zwift race on 4 September at a yet-to-be decided time. The race will be a 40km handicap. This is an expression of interest. Please email handicapper@actvets.cc if you have the equipment and are keen to race on the day. A similar message is also posted on Facebook. For ease of administration, if you can view the Vets club page on Facebook, please like the page to show your interest.

I don’t have the equipment so the chances of the club handicapper rigging it for his own benefit are slim.

Disclaimer: This event is not an official ACT Veterans’ Cycling Club event, is not covered by insurance and a first aid officer will not be in attendance. Members and non-members participate at their own risk.

Jay Vine in the Vuelta

The Spanish grand tour, Vuelta a Espana, is currently showing on SBS. Local rider Jay Vine is riding his first grand tour and world tour race in the Alpecin Fenix team as a support rider. So far he’s done some big turns on the front and got into a breakaway. Make sure you give Jay and fellow Canberra rider Michael Matthews all the support you can as they battle away during three weeks of ‘hell’ in Spain.

Rob Langridge
Handicapper

RACING THIS WEEK:

Saturday, 28st August – Race cancelled.

ACT Veterans Bleat, Monday 16th August, 2021

Hello Vets,

A very short Bleat this week;

•  Racing this Week

Ian Morton
thebleat@actvets.cc

RACING THIS WEEK:

Saturday, 21st August – Race cancelled due to the COVID lockdown.

ACT Veterans Bleat, Monday 9th August, 2021

ACT Veterans Cycling Club

Hello Vets,

In the Bleat this week;

•  From the Desk of the President

•  Racing in surrounding NSW in 2022

•  Racing this Week

Ian Morton
thebleat@actvets.cc

From the Desk of the President

Findings of the ACTVCC Evaluation Report

The Committee engaged an external evaluator in 2020 to conduct an evaluation of ACTVCC, to look at how well we engage with our members and target group, and how this could be improved. The Committee would like to thank Erin Barry for her work to undertake the evaluation and produce the report, and to thank the many Vets members, former members and other people who participated in this evaluation.

Erin has provided an abbreviated version of the full report, which summarises the key findings and includes the recommendations. A link to the report that can be found using Google drive https://drive.google.com/file/d/19gMn0GzY-y5Qr3utdha2uxmdFBiIdJuq/view?usp=sharing

The Committee welcomes the report, which provides valuable feedback from members and considerations about how we could build upon the existing strengths of the club. We have been discussing the report’s recommendations and considering what the next steps might be, noting the limited capacity of the Committee to take on additional work. We are seeking interested persons to assist us in implementing some of the findings, for example:

  • Someone with communications experience/expertise who would be interested in developing and implementing a member’s engagement communications strategy.
  • If you have capacity and experience and are would like to work with the race committee to support race logistics.
  • If you’re a cycling coach and could help with coaching sessions or give members regular tips or training.
  • If you have an interest in mentoring or being involved in a ‘buddy-rider’ program for inexperienced racers.

If you are interested in supporting the Club in any of these or other report recommendations areas, please contact me at president@actvets.cc

Seymour Savell-Boss
ACT Vets Cycling Club President.

president@actvets.cc

Racing in surrounding NSW in 2022

Work for the 2022 race program is commencing with some 21 races in NSW planned. Racing in NSW this year did not occur as councils (in February) requested updated traffic management plans and more detailed information in the application than previously required.

But the key challenge is meeting NSW traffic marshal requirements. The ACT Government has not been able to get ACT ETC qualifications recognised in NSW.

We have been running races in NSW using ‘Traffic Marshals’ – who can’t control traffic, only cyclists.

We need people with NSW ‘Traffic Controller’ and ‘Implement traffic control plan’ qualifications (the latter being able to correctly interpret a traffic management plan for signage).

This will require sufficient numbers of club members acquiring accreditation to support the 21 races. Discussions with training providers are underway and advice on dates will be provided as soon as they are locked in.

Training is expected to require a full day. Your NSW qualifications are also national qualifications and will cover you in the ACT as well.

Chris Short

RACING THIS WEEK:

Saturday, 14th August – no scheduled race

ACT Veterans Bleat, Monday 2nd August, 2021

Hello Vets,

In the Bleat this week;

•  From the Desk of the President

   Reduced Membership Fee for remainder of 2021

•  Racing this Week

•  Race Report

Ian Morton
thebleat@actvets.cc

From the Desk of the President

Cranky Bicycle Worx vouchers

Congratulations to Week 5’s voucher winner #667 Dale Kleeman.

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

Reduced Membership Fee for remainder of 2021.

From 3 July 2021, a reduced membership rate is available for new and renewing members for the remainder of this year. Our fees have reduced from $125 to $105 in line with the AVCC membership fee reduction. This reduction will not impact on member benefits or insurance.

Please note that club membership is for a calendar year so membership will expire on 31 December 2021.

Kirsti McVay
ACT Vets Cycling Club Treasurer.

treasurer@actvets.cc

RACING THIS WEEK:

Saturday, 7th August – no scheduled race

RACE REPORT:

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

Thirty four riders turned up on a pleasant Saturday winter afternoon at Lookout Hill for the annual M&H Age Standard Time Trial, with the M&H Trophy up for grabs. The M&H Trophy, is a perpetual trophy donated by Henry and Marilyn Beaverstock, with the trophies going to those who beat their age standard time by the greatest amount (Standard times are based on age-related tables and are related to actual age on the day of any event). As always, the Age Standard winner is not necessarily always the fastest time, so it would be interesting to see whether this year if the trophy would be won by the quickest rider.

With rain on and off throughout the morning, the weather turned for the better for once, and a mild and pleasant afternoon beckoned the riders. However, as is so often the case, about 30 minutes before start time, the wind picked up significantly and all the riders had to contend with a strong northerly wind.

Starting in age order (youngest to oldest), riders took of at 30 second intervals heading south from Lookout Hill, u-turning near Tharwa, riding north to just before the Point Hut turnoff before u-turning again to the top of Lookout Hill and then repeating for a second lap. With the strong northerly wind, it meant the leg from Tharwa to Point Hut was extremely tough, before a little bit of a helping hand on the climb up to the finish.

The effort by everyone was super impressive. With the hill to the finish, you could tell by breathing rates at the finish line that everyone had emptied the tank in this race of truth. However, there had to be winners on the day.

The winner of this years female M&H trophy with an age standard of +4:48.5 was Rosemary Robinson. It was a very tight event in this category with all participants very close on time. In second place with an age standard of +5:07.7 was Cat Riley, and in third was Jan Koehler with an age standard of +5:57.1.

ACT Veterans Cycling Club

The winner of this years male M&H trophy with a remarkable age standard of -04:06.9 was Anthony Willemsen. Anthony was kept honest by Gerard Tiffen in second place with an age standard of -03:56.9 and Steve Crispin in third with an age standard of -03:54.8. As you can see with these differences, it was a very close race.

ACT Veterans Cycling Club

In the female category, the fastest time of the day went to Cat Riley with a time of 41:26.7, narrowly ahead of Rosemary (41:43.5) and Alison Hale (43:31.4). There were literally seconds in it between Alison, Linda Stahls (43:36.3) and Jan Koehler (32:38.1).

In the male category, it was one of those rare occasions where the fastest rider of the day also won the Age Standard! A massive accomplishment by Anthony finishing in a time of 29:02.1. The fastest times followed the age standard for the top three with Gerard taking second narrowly behind in 21:12.1 and Steve a tiny bit further back in 29:20.2.

Given the conditions, a surprising number of riders beat their age standard time. In addition to Anthony, Gerard and Steve, big kudos go to Brendan Byatt, Al Raitt, Michael Fawke, Tristan Fuge, Christopher Short, David Dickson, Owain Tilley, Dale Kleeman, and Anthony Beasley.

Grade placings (in terms of age standard) were:-A grade: Anthony Williemsen, Gerard Tiffen, Steve Crispin -B grade: Michael Fawke, Tristan Fuge, Christopher Short -C grade: Owain Tilley, Dale Kleeman, Warwick Wilson -D grade: Anthony Beasley, Robert Langridge, Anthony Dick -E grade: Rosemary Robinson, Jan Koehler, Linda Stahls -F Grade: Cat Riley, Pat Rooke, Chis Copeland -G Grade: Bernard Crowe

For full results, please see the RMS (rms.actvets.cc).

A huge thanks goes out to all those who made the day possible, especially: Matt Hinchcliffe for driving the van and organising all the refreshments; Paul Welsh and Seymour Savell-Boss for controlling traffic and marshalling, Wayne Spratford for marshalling; Simon Whitehead for first aiding; and Ian McVay for all the organising, support and timing.

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

Cheers,

Peter Merrick

ACT Veterans Cycling ClubMichael Fawke has posted photos on the ACT Vets
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ACTVets
 

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

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