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ACT Veterans Bleat, Monday 30th November, 2020

ACT Veterans Cycling Club

Hello Vets,

In the Bleat this week;

•  Heat Warning

•  Thank-you: ACTVCC Evaluation Survey

•  First Aid Course

•  From the Desk of the Handicapper

•  COVID-19 Restrictions

•  Racing this Week

•  Race Reports

Ian Morton
thebleat@actvets.cc

Heat Warning

ACT Veterans Cycling ClubVets,The temperature for tomorrow’s Crit Race (1st Dec) is forecast to reach 35 degrees.Members are urged to take care in the hot conditions. Ensure you drink plenty of water before, during and after the race.Riders who feel unwell during the race should stop and seek assistance from the First Aid attendant.

Thank-you: ACTVCC Evaluation Survey

Thank-you to everyone who took the time to complete the ACTVCC Evaluation Survey over the last two weeks. We received 249 responses, which is fantastic.

Our external evaluator Erin is now analysing the survey findings, which will inform one-to-one phone or video interviews over December and January. Erin is interested in talking to members and former members who have a range of experiences with the Vets Club, including newer members, long-term members, members who are also involved in other local cycling clubs, as well as members across different grades or disciplines. Two online focus groups with female members will also be held.

If you are interested in talking to Erin, please contact her on erinbarry@hotmail.com to arrange a time.

First Aid Course

Dear Members,

Would you know what to do if you were first on the scene of a road accident involving a cyclist? Would you know how to help one of your friends if they had a fall during a ride?

The club has been successful in bidding for an ACT Government Grant for road safety. This allows us to offer members First Aid courses free of charge. We estimate our nearly 300 members cycle more than 180,000km on ACT Roads every year. This makes it quite likely one of us will be first on scene at an accident at some time.

A First Aid course would provide you with a nationally recognised qualification, and would equip you to help others in the event of an emergency. It would also help the club to continue to conduct racing in the ACT. The club uses, and will continue to use, an external contractor to provide first aid support to races, however there are times when this service is unavailable. In order for the club to be able to undertake our scheduled race calendar, the club will, from time to time, ask a first aid qualified member to attend a race.

The committee has experience of a course provider in the ACT that has adapted to COVID-19 restrictions by taking the theory components on-line, and adapting the practical elements in line with social distancing requirements. If there’s interest from members, the Committee will organise a group booking with this provider. Please e-mail committee@actvets.cc if you would like to take up this option.

Otherwise, members may register for the first aid course of their choice, provided that:
1) the course provides a recognised Australian first aid qualification;
2) the cost of the course is less than or equal to $200; and
3) members acknowledge and agree to being placed on a list of first aid providers that, from time to time, will be utilised to provide first aid services to club races.

Contact the committee to ensure that your intended course meets the club’s needs. Following completion of the course, contact the Treasurer at treasurer@actvets.cc to provide a copy of your qualification and organise a reimbursement.

From the Desk of the Handicapper

Allan Bontjer

Last week’s announcement regarding Allan’s accident was very grave, but in the past week he’s made remarkable progress, is out of intensive care and doing quite well.

He’s even walked to the hospital cafe for a coffee.There’s still a long way to go with his rehabilitation–he’s still in pain from the main injury to his ribs and is suffering from pneumonia. More frequent updates will be available on the Vets’ Facebook page.

Handicaps

This weeks handicaps;
– Carmine Spagnoletti C to B
– David Dickson B to A2 road
– Al Raitt B to A2 road

Rob Langridge
Handicapper

COVID-19 Restrictions

There are current alerts in place for people returning to the ACT from South Australia (SA) and conditions for travelers from other states.

Members should stay home if you have been feeling unwell or showing symptoms of COVID-19 or been in contact with someone who has felt unwell in the past 2 weeks.

RACING THIS WEEK:

Tuesday, 1st December: Stromlo Criterium

Note: We are short a marshall for tomorrow’s event. Could anyone able to assist, please contact the race director.

Reminder: You can pre-register online on the RMS: https://rms.actvets.cc/calendar or pay cash/EFTPOS on the day.

Where: Stromlo Forest Park
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number.
Race Description:
A/C 5:50 A 42m+2, C 38m+2
B/D 6:35 B 42m+2, D 38m+2
E/F/G 7:20 28 min + 2 laps

Race Director:  Jason Parkes Contact: Email: Jason.parkes@hotmail.com.au    Ph  0401 816 440

Marshals: vacant

Wednesday, 2nd December: Track Racing

The Program for Wednesday is;
5.30pm – 6.00pm: Warm-up and free practice;
6.00pm – 6.20pm: 8-lap graded scratch race;
6.20pm – 7.00pm: 2-lap match races;
7.00pm – 7.20pm: Italian pursuit.

Sunday, 6th December: Dairy Flat Road Criterium – Graded

Notes;
– Sign-on at least 15min before your race in your Crit grade.
– Tea and coffee won’t be available after racing this week.
– Don’t forget Sunday’s race is pre-entry or cash on the day.

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: 9:00 am.
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number
Race Description:
E/F/G 9:00 30 mins 1 lap
C/D 9:40 40 mins 1 lap
A/B 10:30 50 mins 1 lap

Race Director:  Mark K Taylor Contact: Email: markandanita4u@bigpond.com    Ph 0408 884 984

Marshals: Jeremy Gillman-Wells

RACE REPORTS:

Stromlo Criterium – 24th November

B+D grade off first, Quite a fast pace set from the start from B grade. Windy conditions helped with break away’s developing right form the start. Trying to keep track wasn’t easy. The end result was Riley Dale taking the win followed by Conan Liu and Heath Chester rounding out the top 3. Great race, was good to watch.

D grade weren’t quite as hasty for a break away to form. A few try’s were made but were gathered up pretty quickly. The win was taken from a good friend of mine and his first race in VETS Tim Ryan, well done Tim and I think C grade this coming week. 2nd place was Frank O’Sullivan and Peter Frew (another good friend of mine) taking out 3rd. Seems all my mates are sand baggers but I did give advise to Tim so my bad also….. Well done to all D graders as it wasn’t easy in that wind I’m sure.

Next up were E+F+G grades. Again the wind played quite a big part in the separation of grades and by the looks of some of the faces out on the track it didn’t appear easy. E grade had a couple of groups formed, the 1st place taker was John Fleming followed by Penelope Anderson and on the tandem Lindy Hou.

F grade I believe separated also but was taken out by Adrian Breed followed by Pat Rooke and Dennis Puniard.

G grade was taken by the solo rider of Bernard Crowe who from the side line just keeps his head down and pedals with no look of pain on his face as everyone else did in the other grades so well done Bernie. I do apologize for the lack of a write up but I was concentrating on all the different groups circulating in different groups on the track wasn’t easy. Well done to all!

Next up was A+C, A grade had quite a few break away’s pretty quickly and split across the entire track mid way through the race which again took quite a lot of concentration to keep track of. Again was a great race to watch and hard in that wind. First place was taken out by Rob McLachlan, If there was an A+ grade that would suit quite well, great effort, 2nd place was taken by Marc Vroomans and 3rd Mark Harris. The end was tricky as both grades and groups were starting to blend together, sorry to the riders if it wasn’t easy to follow signage but again well done to A grade.

C grade followed, in the race brief I was asked how long the race was and I stated 40 minutes + 2 laps and was quite quickly shown my mistake by what felt like the entire field of “its only 35 + 2 laps”, seemed to me they didn’t want to have those extra 5 minutes in that wind? Not sure why? Anyway, from the first lap Carmine Spagnoletti took off and the bunch never saw him again, at one stage he had over half a lap and looked to be doing it quite easy but that wind knocked him around a lot and he started to slow in the later stage of the race but not enough as he stayed away and took the win quite easily followed by Steven Jones and Adam Strickland. Another great race to watch.

Well done to all grades as the Stromlo wind wouldn’t have been easy to race in.

Thanks to my first aider Simon, Marshall Ben Zeller and my 2 extra helpers Mia and Oscar Chamberlain who hopefully learnt something as their Dad Andrew is on duty this week coming and is unable to attend so Mia and Oscar are filling in which is great so be nice to them and stay together in your groups…….. Yeah right

Was a great event and enjoyed myself.

Simon Porombka

Track Racing – 25th November

Wednesday 25 November saw the seventh track racing session for the 2020-21 season. Although Wednesday morning was overcast, the evening produced quite good conditions for racing. It was clear and hot. A stiff breeze created a stronger headwind in the back straight than ideal, but riders took this in their stride. Attendance was the good, 18 riders with equal numbers in A and B grades.

The 8-lap A grade scratch race started at a solid pace that increased as the laps ticked off. The first five laps were unadventurous with Steve Jones, Craig Kentwell, Dominic Rideaux, and Kerry Knowler taking turns at the front. On lap 6, Dominic Rideaux cranked up the pace causing the pack to string out. Martin Graham pursued Dominic and after taking over the lead, slowed the pace as the bell lap approached. This compacted the bunch and put Ben Davis and others in a good position to attack from the high banking. However, Martin Graham was the first to attack and his pace quickly carried him several metres out from the pack. Only Steve Jones was able to pursue and close the gap. Steve quickly had the upper hand and surged past Martin to take the win. Martin held on for second against a fast closing Wayne Benham.

The B Grade scratch race was quite orderly for the first 5 laps with riders swapping the lead lap by lap. James Newhouse raised the pace considerably when he rotated into the lead on lap 6 with Phil Coulton stuck to his wheel. James’s effort caused the bunch to string out with gaps appearing everywhere. James probably attacked too early as the bunch eventually overhauled him as his pace slowed marginally. Ian Drayton, Phil Anderson and Bruce Griffin surged out of the consolidated pack to take the final sprint in that order. James was relegated to fifth place in a hard race.

The evening’s second event was a 2-Lap handicap. The A grade handicap saw Steve Hirsler take off as the rabbit. However, Steve likely overdid the pace on his first lap as he faded in the second. Craig Kentwell, Wayne Benham and Kerry Knowler were well motivated and put in big efforts to take the podium places in that order.

The B grade handicap was interesting. Alison Hale rode exceptionally well from limit and no one could come near her. Graeme O’Neill was off a lesser handicap than previously, but somehow managed to stay just clear of the pursuing pack to take second place. The remaining pack was quite close at the finish with Phil Coulton taking a creditable third placing.

The third event for the evening was a graded, 10-lap Snowball. This is, essentially, a points race with escalating sprint points as the race progresses. In A Grade, Martin Graham took the first sprint. Ben Davis than make an enterprising effort, snatching the second sprint win and placing second to Martin Graham in the third sprint. Steve Jones was cagey, timing his efforts for the more valuable, later sprints. However, Martin Graham had the best overall performance garnering points in all five sprints for a race winning total of 11 points. Steve Jones was a close second with 10 points. Third placing, on 6 points, was Dave Mullins.

In the B Grade Snowball, Bruce Griffin took the first sprint. Ian Drayton surged out of the pack for the second sprint and subsequently powered around the track in the lead for the three remaining sprints. In the points wash up, Ian easily took first place with 14 points followed by Mark Canaider (8 points) and Phil Anderson (6 points).

The track session closed with the usual, all-in, Italian pursuit. The teams were large at 9 riders each. This event initially seemed quite close. However, as the race progressed, it became obvious that Team 1 was the stronger team. Both teams rode in exemplary fashion. However, Steve Jones (anchor for Team 1) commenced the final lap with an advantage that Craig Kentwell (anchor for Team 2) had little chance of overcoming. Team 1 took a comfortable win. Both teams enjoyed the challenge.

Results: Firstly, a correction for the B Grade 200m Fly from last week where Bruce Griffin’s second placing was overlooked. The correct results were Ian Drayton (14.56s), Bruce Griffin (15.07s), Ken Birch (15.16s).

Major place getters for Wednesday 25th were as follows:
8-Lap Scratch: (A Grade) Steve Jones, Martin Graham, Wayne Benham. (B Grade) Ian Drayton, Phil Anderson, Bruce Griffin.
2-lap Handicap: (A Grade) Craig Kentwell, Wayne Benham, Kerry Knowler. (B Grade) Alison Hale, Graeme O’Neill, Phil Coulton.
10-lap Snowball: (A Grade) Martin Graham (11 pts), Steve Jones (10 pts), Dave Mullins (6 pts). (B Grade) Ian Drayton (14 pts), Mark Canaider (8 pts), Phil Anderson (6 pts).
Combined Italian Pursuit: Winner Team 1 (Steve Jones, Dominique Rideaux, Kerry Knowler, Ken Birch, James Newhouse, Phil Anderson, Graeme O’Neill).

Season Point Score Update:
Phil Anderson (97), Phil Coulton (91), Steve Jones (90), Ian Drayton (88), John Paul De Sousa (87), Ken Birch (86), Bruce Griffin (77), James Newhouse (73). Ben Robey (61), Alison Hale (61).

Graeme O’Neill

Old Federal Highway Graded Scratch – 29th November

Warm and windy conditions greeted the 40 odd starters at the weekends Old Federal Highway, Tulip Farm scratch race. Four bunches set off eagerly, with no significant breaks or splits on the first lap. The combination of the wind and Washing Machine Hill proved to be decisive on the second and third laps for the combined A/B and to a certain extent for C and D. E and F were also combined over their two lap race. E grade largely stayed together with the F graders trailing. At the finish E grade had a small bunch sprint with Russell Marston taking the win, Alex Sommariva second and Penelope Anderson third. Chris Copeland came home as the sole finishing F grader.

A/B were racing well together with the odd rider trailing off due to the wind. Christophe Barberet and Al Raitt broke clear on the last lap and engaged in a sprint finish, with the remainder of the A/B combination trailing behind. Christophe was first for A grade, with Rowan McMurray second. Al Raitt, who hung in there with Christophe took first in B grade, with David Dickson second, Mark Harris third.

C grade likewise largely stayed together for the 3 laps and in the sprint finish, Andrew Matz took the win in a close sprint with David Stewart-Thomson second and Michael Hanbury third. Finally, a similar situation unfolded in D grade with a split in the bunch and a sprint finish. Lance Purdon took the win, Alain Arbaut a close second and Craig Coleman third.

Congrats also to the two new riders who experienced their first Vets road race – well done on your participation and staying out of trouble.

Thanks to the core club members who made the race happen – especially Graham Hendrie, Ian McVay and Ian Morton. Thanks also to the marshals – Rainer Wilton, Michael Payne, Bernard Crowe and Peter Jovanovic.

Marc Vroomans

ACT Veterans Bleat, Monday 23rd November, 2020

ACT Veterans Cycling Club

Hello Vets,

In the Bleat this week;

•  Final Opportunity: ACTVCC Evaluation Survey

•  Race support needed

•  From the Desk of the Handicapper

•  From the Race Committee

•  COVID-19 Restrictions

•  Racing this Week

•  Race Reports

Ian Morton
thebleat@actvets.cc

Final Opportunity: ACTVCC Evaluation Survey

There are two days remaining to complete this survey for current Vets members (including those not racing), former Vets members, and other cyclists in the ACT and surrounding region aged 30 and over who are interested in cycle-racing, including members of other cycling clubs.

Thank-you to those who have already completed this survey, including over a third of current Vets members. This survey will help to identify how we can better engage with our membership and the broader cycle-racing community.

Responses are anonymous and we value your feedback and thoughts. The findings will assist us to identify what works well and where we can improve, and will support the Committee to make informed decisions to respond to the needs and interests of members. We have engaged an external evaluator to help us with this work.

Access the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ACTVCC_2020

The survey closes on Wednesday 25 November 2020.For more information about the evaluation activities, visit the ACTVCC website: https://actvets.cc/about/have-your-say-actvcc-survey.

Race support needed

The club is extremely lucky to have Graham Hendrie looking after, and bringing out to races, our race van. Graham also manages the timing and results recording and uploading into RMS. This operates like a pro rider, very smooth looking but a lot of hard work going on.

Graham is looking to take a break from marshal duties, so we need to start looking at transitioning some of the tasks that he does to other people. This could be a member of the club, a family member or someone who has spare time and an interest in cycling. If you are interested in helping out, or know someone who would be, please get in touch with the race Committee.

Remember, it’s up to everyone in the club to help ensure we continue to have a viable ongoing race program.

From the Desk of the Handicapper

Allan Bontjer

I have some very upsetting news to report from Allan’s partner Nat. Allan fell off a wall while gardening yesterday and is currently in an induced coma. His prospects were dire last night, but he’s improved slightly and is stable as of this morning. Allan is the consummate club stalwart, having completed 706 club events and worked tirelessly behind the scenes keeping the RMS going over the years. Allan’s famous post-race cough has rung out over Stromlo for many years and let’s all hope and pray that we will hear it again or see him sitting on a wall there watching the other grades sometime in the future. It was only last Tuesday night when Allan, I, Mark Harris and others had a hilarious time watching events unfold as the easterly blew in causing the B and D bunches to split and riders to pack it in. Adding to the mayhem was my attempt at kangaroo control that nearly sent an entire mob into the path of the B grade bunch.

Please contact me directly should you wish to know more or connect with Nat.

Spice up your ride to Lake George

Ever wondered what’s on the hill on the left side of the Federal Highway when passing Lake George on the way to Sydney? Well, there’s a dirt road from Collector to Gundaroo that traverses those hills before you plunge down to Gundaroo on Marked Tree Road. The view halfway is quite spectacular.

ACT Veterans Cycling Club

Handicaps

This weeks handicaps;
– Paul Watson B to A
– David Rowe D to C
– Rafi Khan C to B

Rob Langridge
Handicapper

From the Race Committee

Optional Pre-entry for Tuesday’s Crit

We are going to trial pre-entries for this week’s crit at Stromlo. Pre-entry will close at 3:50pm on Tuesday to allow the race start sheets to be printed off. You will be entered into your Crit grade. If you’re not sure what this is, look it up in https://rms.actvets.cc/index by searching on your race number. Pre-entered riders do not have to sign on, just turn with your grade start for the race briefing. Riders can still enter on the day in the office with cash or card.

Pinless Clips

Thanks to the tireless efforts of Conan Liu, the club will be providing all Vets racers with free pin-less clips for attaching our race numbers.

These are great accessories for us to each use, negating the need for ‘safety’ pins and the fact safety pins are not that safe when dropped and puncture a tire…

These are simple to use, however, care should be taken when taking them off because if you’re too vigorous and begin yanking it is possible to damage the jersey. It is best to take your time and lever the back off of the front.

The pin-less clips will be available at the sign on desk from tomorrow’s criterium. We will try and get some out to the Trackies on Wednesday and in the race van from Sunday’s race.

Thanks again to Conan for all he’s done on this matter for the club.

ACT Veterans Cycling Club

Hygiene in the Bunch

At last week’s Crit there was a complaint from a member that a fellow rider during the race expelled nose mucus mid group. This is not acceptable at anytime but with the current COVID-19 health warnings this action puts all riders in the group at a significant risk due to the close proximity of racing.

All members are advised that this activity will not be tolerated and if reported to a committee member or race official action will be taken to disqualify the member from racing for a period of time.

COVID-19 Restrictions

There are legal requirements in place for people returning to the ACT from Victoria and particular places in New South Wales to self-quarantine.

Members who have been to any of these locations in the past 14 days should be complying with ACT Government quarantine restrictions.

Members should stay home if you have been feeling unwell or showing symptoms of COVID-19 or been in contact with someone who has felt unwell in the past 2 weeks.

RACING THIS WEEK:

Tuesday, 24th November: Stromlo Criterium

Reminder: You can pre-register online on the RMS: https://rms.actvets.cc/calendar or pay cash/EFTPOS on the day.

Where: Stromlo Forest Park
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number.
Race Description:
B/D 5:50 B 40m+2, D 35m+2
E/F/G 6:35 28 min + 2 laps
A/C 7:10 A 40m+2, C 35m+2

Race Director:  Simon Porombka Contact: Email: simonjohnp@hotmail.com    Ph  0418 232 639

Marshals: Ben Zeller

Wednesday, 25th November: Track Racing

The Program for Wednesday is;
5.30pm – 6.00pm: Warm-up and free practice;
6.00pm – 6.20pm: 8-lap graded scratch race;
6.20pm – 6.40pm: 2-lap handicap;
6.40pm – 7.10pm: 10-lap snowball;
7.10pm – 7.30pm: Italian pursuit.

Sunday, 29th November: Old Federal Highway – Graded Scratch

ps. Don’t forget Sunday’s race is pre-entry or cash on the day.

Where: Turn left off new Federal Hwy (dual carriageway) onto Shingle Hill Way. The intersection is signposted to Gundaroo and approx 9 km past the Sutton Rd overpass. Park in gravel pit on corner of next intersection about 100 m in from highway.
When: 9:00 am.
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number
Race Description:
Gravel Pit – Tulip Farm.
ABCD – 3 laps.
EFG – 2 laps

Race Director:  Marc Vroomans Contact: Email: vroomans@grapevine.com.au    Ph 0436 189 202

Marshals: Rainer Wilton, Michael Payne, Bernard Crowe, Peter Jovanovic

RACE REPORTS:

Stromlo Criterium – 17th November

Nearly 120 keen riders across the grades fronted up to battle not only each other but also a strong headwind, but with the flipside being a wonderful tailwind down the back straight, at least for most of the night – more on that later. The talk on the sidelines was the possibility of the wind causing the groups to splinter but with a few exceptions, this did not eventuate.

E, F and G grades scored the early start this week. The riders mostly stayed together but a couple of first time riders in E grade inflicted some pain on the rest. Perhaps they fell for the advice that new riders have to do the work on the front. In any case, Natasha Royal crossed the line first followed by John Fleming and Brian Vernon. A small field of F graders was led across the finish line by Pat Rooke with David Witteveen in second and Adrian Breen taking third. Bernie Crow took an uncontested G grade win.

A grade, as usual, was a hotly contested affair. Not surprisingly, the pace was on from the outset with a small group of riders forming a break by the end of the first lap. The breakaway group soon reduced down to a cohesive (at least it seemed cohesive from the sidelines) group of four who powered away from the main bunch, raising the distinct possibility that they might put a lap on the rest of the field. However, the breakaway reduced to three and the gap back to the main field started to close. In the end, it came down to almost a photo finish with Gerard Tiffen just running down Mathew Corby on the line and Marc Vroomans finishing third. C grade made it a little easier on the officials trying to keep track of the two grades by mostly staying together, probably assisted by the winds abating somewhat. David Rowe took out first place, followed home by Rafi Khan and James Tonkin.

The last grades away were B and D, who started with a headwind on the finish straight which seemed to turn into a tailwind later in the race. As well as the changing weather conditions, they also had to contend with some kangaroos who wanted a closer look at the action down the southern end, and had to avoid someone’s car keys and credit card dropped on the track. There were some short-lived breaks in B grade that were quickly shut down. In the end, Paul Watson scored a convincing win and was reportedly heard saying “someone told me to go, so I did”. Paul was followed home by Ben McDuff in second and Bruce Goodfellow in third. D grade mostly stayed together until the closing laps, when the field started to splinter somewhat. Mark Taylor prevailed to take first place followed by Craig Coleman in second and Bob Perkins in third.

Thank you to all riders for staying upright, Ron Parker for his marshalling assistance, Simon Whitehead for his first aid expertise which thankfully wasn’t called into action, and lastly the race committee members who make these wonderful events possible week in and week out.

Kevin Newhouse

Track Racing – 18th November

Wednesday 18 November saw the sixth track racing session for the 2020-21 season. Weather conditions were excellent for racing. It was warm with a fresh breeze creating a headwind in the back straight. Attendance was the best so far for the season, with 22 riders, 13 in A grade and 9 in B grade.

The 8-lap A grade scratch race started at a solid pace that increased slightly as the laps ticked off. Dominic Rideau, Dave Mullins, Craig Kentwell, Steve Jones, Ben Robey and Michael Langdon took turns at the front over the first 5 laps. On lap 6, Craig Kentwell attacked, pursued by Warwick Wilson, leading the remaining bunch. Craig gained about 4m on the pursuers. However, over the next two laps, Warwick Wilson gradually closed the gap. As the bunch barrelled towards the bell lap, Michael Langdon attacked from a consolidated bunch with Martin Graham in hot pursuit. Michael stamped his authority on the race during the bell lap and cruised over the line for first place. Martin Graham kept up his pursuit to take second place. John Paul De Sousa emerged from the pursuing bunch to take third place.

The B Grade scratch race was quite orderly for the first 5 laps with riders swapping the lead lap by lap. James Newhouse raised the pace considerably when he rotated into the lead on lap 6. James’s effort caused the bunch to string out. On lap 7 James accelerated again and quickly gained a lead on Graeme O’Neill and Phil Coulton in pursuit. As the bell lap approached, Graeme began to fall back with the bunch streaming around to pursue James. A hot battle over the final lap saw Ian Drayton emerge as winner with Phil Anderson 1.5 metres back in second and Ken Birch a close third.

The evening’s second event was a 200 metre, flying start time trial. This is a popular event as it is quite technical and almost like enjoying the final sprint in a road race without suffering through 40 kilometres to get there. There is usually a bit of uncertainty about the optimum launch distance and line down the banking to start. However, most riders followed a similar line crossing the start line around 1.5 metres from the duckboard with variations on the launch distance. The A grade times were very close with the first 8 riders having times within a one second differential. Steve Jones set the best time at 13.20 seconds, closely followed by John Paul De Sousa (13.67 seconds) and Hamish Anderson (13.78 seconds).

B grade times were also quite competitive with 7 riders within a 1 second differential. Ian Drayton set the standout time at 14.55 seconds. Ken Birch (15.16 seconds) and James Newhouse (15.17 seconds) set second and third best times, respectively. The margin between them was only 1/100 th of a second.

The track session closed with the usual, all-in, Italian pursuit. The teams were large at 11 riders each, requiring a big effort from the later riders. This was a super competitive pursuit up until the final lap, with the teams swapping the lead several times and the margin staying within 1 – 2 metres. On the last lap Team 2’s anchor rider Michael Langdon started with about a half metre advantage, so an exciting finish was expected. However, by this stage Steve Jones, the anchor for Team 1, was feeling the pressure of a long relentless pursuit with all riders circulating at maximum effort. Michael had too much in reserve for Steve and gave Team 2 a comfortable win. However, the teamwork for both teams was first class.

Major place getters were as follows:
8-Lap Scratch: (A Grade) Michael Langdon, Martin Graham, John Paul De Sousa. (B Grade) Ian Drayton, Phil Anderson, Ken Birch.
200m Fly: (A Grade) Steve Jones (13.20s), John Paul De Sousa (13.67s), Hamish Anderson (13.78s). (B Grade) Ian Drayton (14.56s) Ken Birch (15.16s) James Newhouse (15.17s).
Combined Italian Pursuit: Winner Team 2 (Michael Langdon, John Paul De Sousa, Wayne Benham, Ben Davis, Dave Mullins, Ben Robey, Ken Birch, James Newhouse, Ian Drayton, Bruce Griffin, Graeme O’Neill).

Season Point Score Update:
John Paul De Sousa (87), Phil Anderson (80), Phil Coulton (79), Ken Birch (75), Ian Drayton (73), Steve Jones (71), Bruce Griffin (63), Ben Robey (61), James Newhouse (61). Dougal Torrance (58), Hamish Anderson (51).

Graeme O’Neill

ACT Veterans Bleat, Monday 16th November, 2020

ACT Veterans Cycling Club

Hello Vets,

In the Bleat this week;

•  ACTVCC Evaluation Survey: We want to hear from you

•  Race support needed

•  Marshal Swap

•  From the Desk of the Handicapper

•  COVID-19 Restrictions

•  Racing this Week

•  Race Reports

Ian Morton
thebleat@actvets.cc

ACTVCC Evaluation Survey: We want to hear from you

Thank-you to the many people who have already completed this survey over the last week. If you haven’t yet completed the survey, we would be grateful if you could take 5-10 minutes to do so. The survey is for current Vets members (including those not racing), former Vets members, and other cyclists in the ACT and surrounding region aged 30 and over who are interested in cycle-racing, including members of other cycling clubs. This will help to identify how we can better engage with our membership and the broader cycle-racing community.

Responses are anonymous and we value your feedback and thoughts. The findings will assist us to identify what works well and where we can improve, and will support the Committee to make informed decisions to respond to the needs and interests of members. We have engaged an external evaluator to help us with this work.

Access the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ACTVCC_2020

The survey closes on Wednesday 25 November 2020.For more information about the evaluation activities, visit the ACTVCC website: https://actvets.cc/about/have-your-say-actvcc-survey.

Race support needed

The club is extremely lucky to have Graham Hendrie looking after, and bringing out to races, our race van. Graham also manages the timing and results recording and uploading into RMS. This operates like a pro rider, very smooth looking but a lot of hard work going on.

Graham is looking to take a break from marshal duties, so we need to start looking at transitioning some of the tasks that he does to other people. This could be a member of the club, a family member or someone who has spare time and an interest in cycling. If you are interested in helping out, or know someone who would be, please get in touch with the race Committee.

Remember, it’s up to everyone in the club to help ensure we continue to have a viable ongoing race program.

Marshal Swap

Des Brown is unavailable for his rostered Marshalling on Sunday 6 December. He is looking to swap with anyone for another event except 1st or 8th December

He can be contacted on 0405 925 828.

From the Desk of the Handicapper

Did you know?

Rory Sutherland has retired after 20 years in the peloton. Rory was born in Canberra and raced locally early on in his career. His career is summarised in the attachment from Velofacts. Highlights from Wikipedia included podium finishes in the nationals RR and TT, top 10 in the Tour of California and 9 grand tour finishes. According to the RMS, and not mentioned in Wikipedia, current member Michael Payne rode the fastest time in a joint handicap with the Vets and Canberra Cycling Club in November 2005 and beat Rory! Perhaps Michael, Steve Blackburn, Mark Harris or Dave Hennessy who were also there can shed some light on this surprising event.

With the departure of Rory and the retirement of Gracie Elvin, the number of Canberrans in the pro peloton continues to unfortunately dwindle.

ACT Veterans Cycling Club

Handicaps

This weeks handicaps;
Carmine Spagnoletti C to B road
Des Brown D to C road
Keiran Butler B to A crit

Rob Langridge
Handicapper

COVID-19 Restrictions

There are legal requirements in place for people returning to the ACT from Victoria and particular places in New South Wales to self-quarantine.

Members who have been to any of these locations in the past 14 days should be complying with ACT Government quarantine restrictions.

Members should stay home if you have been feeling unwell or showing symptoms of COVID-19 or been in contact with someone who has felt unwell in the past 2 weeks.

RACING THIS WEEK:

Tuesday, 17th November: Stromlo Criterium

Where: Stromlo Forest Park
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number.
Race Description:
E/F/G 5:50 20 min + 2 laps
A/C 6:25 A 38m+2, C 33m+2
B/D 7:05 B 38m+2, D 33m+2

Race Director:  Kevin Newhouse Contact: Email: knewhouse@bigpond.com    Ph  0417 132 213

Marshals: Ron Parker

Wednesday, 18th November: Track Racing

The Program for Wednesday is;
5.30pm – 6.00pm: Warm-up and free practice;
6.00pm – 6.20pm: 8-lap graded scratch race;
6.20pm – 6.50pm: Graded 200m fly;
6.50pm – 7.10pm: 10-lap snowball;
7.10pm – 7.30pm: Italian pursuit.

Sunday, 15th November: Uriarra Homestead – Time Trial – Graded

Note: This Sunday’s race at Uriarra is a graded time trial over 40km. In order to give those without the mega budget to afford a topflight TT rig a better chance, we are going to allow a 2 minute time discount for standard road configurations. To qualify for the bonus you must have no aero kit, i.e. no disc wheel or wheels > 25cm rim depth; aero helmet; one-piece suit, over boots, TT specific aero frame, or aero bars. Qualifying is at the discretion of the race director.

ps. Don’t forget Sunday’s race is pre-entry or cash on the day.

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: 9:00 am.
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number
Race Description:
Two laps of Uriarra Homestead – top of Crossing – Short turn – Homestead. Plus Homestead – top of Uriarra Crossing – Homestead.

Race Director:  Brian Peak Contact: Email: brianpeak1@me.com    Ph 0424 403 696

Marshals: Ed Logue ETC, Robert Miller ETC, Frank O’Sullivan ETC, Jeremy Gillman-Wells

RACE REPORTS:

Track Racing – 11th November

Wednesday 11 November saw the fifth track racing session for the 2020-21 season. Weather conditions were excellent for racing. It was warm with a fresh breeze creating a headwind in the back straight. Attendance was good with 19 riders, 11 in A grade and 8 in B grade.

The 8-lap A grade scratch race started at an easy pace that increased as the laps ticked off. John Paul De Sousa and Dougal Torrance led the initial laps. Craig Kentwell raised the pace a notch when he rolled to the front. He and Ben Davis gained a small lead over the pack which began to string out. On lap 5 Michael Langdon put in attack with Wayne Benham in pursuit. Michael and Wayne gained a 5 metre gap before Steve Jones and Dave Mullins sensed the danger and set out in pursuit. As the bell lap approached, a group comprising Wayne Benham, Michael Langdon, Steve Jones and Dave Mullins had a gap on the field. Steve Jones proved strongest in the sprint taking first place from Michael Langdon and Dave Mullins in that order.

The B Grade scratch race was quite orderly for the first six laps. Phil Coulton, Alison Hale, Ian Drayton, Ken Birch and Phil Anderson took turns at the front with the pace gradually rising. On lap 7 Phil Coulton and Ian Drayton put in an attack, quickly gaining 20 metres on the field. Phil Anderson closed on the pair and as the finish approached, Ian Drayton surged out for the win. Phil Anderson eclipsed Phil Coulton as the line approached with the pair taking second and third respectively.

The evening’s second event was a 2-lap standing start time trial. This is a hard event requiring a good initial acceleration and just the right pacing for a good result. In A grade, Michael Langdon took advantage of his first track session to post the standout time of 51.67 seconds. Wayne Benham rode a well-paced pair of laps for second best time of 53.86 seconds. John Paul De Sousa posted third best result at 54.64 seconds. The best results in B Grade were quite close with James Newhouse first at 58.48 seconds, Ian Drayton second by a very small margin at 58.50 seconds, and Bruce Griffin a close third at 59.09 seconds.

The track session closed with the usual, all-in, Italian pursuit. The teams were quite large at 9 riders each, requiring a big effort from the later riders. Team 2 had a starting mishap that looked fatal to their chance of winning. Alison Hale pulled a foot out of the pedal and the team slowed while she recovered. However, Alison recovered quickly and the team reorganised efficiently, losing less than half a lap on Team 1. Normally that lead would be impossible to run down. However, Team 2 were energised and cohesive and made inroads on Team 1 lap after lap. After mid-race, some of the Team 1 riders were tiring noticeably and this gave Team 2 the final impetus to pull clear of Team 1. On the final lap Team 2s anchor took over with about 10m advantage. The advantage was just too great for Team 1s Steve Jones to run down. It was a great performance from Team 2, as it would have been tempting to give up after their starting mishap.

Major place getters were as follows:
8-Lap Scratch: (A Grade) Steve Jones, Michael Langdon, Dave Mullins. (B Grade) Ian Drayton, Phil Anderson, Phil Coulton.
2-Lap SS Time Trail: (A Grade) Michael Langdon (51.67), Wayne Benham (53.86s), John Paul De Sousa (54.64s). (B Grade) James Newhouse (58.48s), Ian Drayton (58.50s) Bruce Griffin (59.09s).
Combined Italian Pursuit: Winner Team 2 (Ben Davis, Dominique Rideaux, Ben Robey, Wayne Benham, Ken Birch, Michael Langdon, Phil Coulton, Alison Hale, Phil Anderson).

Season Point Score Update:
John Paul De Sousa (70), Phil Coulton (68), Phil Anderson (68), Ken Birch (58), Steve Jones (58), Dougal Torrance (58), Ian Drayton (53), Bruce Griffin (51), Ben Robey (51), James Newhouse (48).

Graeme O’Neill

Old Federal Highway – 15th November

Sunday was a perfect day for racing, warm and calm. Three A graders set a cracking pace and stayed together for the entire race. They even managed to catch D grade as they were finishing. The honours went to Gerard Tiffen with Christophe Barberet close behind followed by Paul Welch.

B grade split almost immediately with Al Raitt and Dave Dickson off the front and circulating quickly. They maintained their lead over a splintering bunch behind. Al Raitt won from Dave Dickson with Carmine Spagnoletti the best of the rest.

A big field of 15 C graders stayed together for nearly the entire race. First time rider Emma Padovan did plenty of work on the front. Rafi Khan won the sprint followed by Joel Rahman and Andrew Matz.

11 riders in D grade had to suffer Des Brown’s attacks up each hill which shedded a couple off the back. In the end, Alain Arbaut prevailed over the evergreen Dave Hennessy and Des Brown.

The marshalls were impressed by the speed of the 8 E graders. They were circulating at about the same pace as D grade. The bunch whittled down to 6 after the first lap. I asked Don De Smet how he was feeling after the second lap. There was no ambiguity in his reply! Lance Purdon won the sprint from Alex Sommariva and Greg Mitchell.

2 sole F graders started with E grade but were soon circulating together. They worked together for the whole race with Chris Moffatt taking the honours from Chris Copeland.

Thanks to the wonderful volunteers that made the race seamless. Being a race director made me appreciate what a huge amount of work Graham Hendrie does week in and week out. He’s a legend.

Bruce Griffin
Race Referee

ACT Veterans Bleat, Monday 9th November, 2020

ACT Veterans Cycling Club

Hello Vets,

In the Bleat this week;

•  ACTVCC Evaluation Survey: We want to hear from you

•  Race support needed

•  Persistence

•  From the Desk of the Handicapper

•  COVID-19 Restrictions

•  Racing this Week

•  Race Reports

Ian Morton
thebleat@actvets.cc

ACTVCC Evaluation Survey: We want to hear from you

Can you please take 5-10 minutes to complete this survey for current Vets members (including those not racing), former Vets members, and other cyclists in the ACT and surrounding region aged 30 and over who are interested in cycle-racing, including members of other cycling clubs. This will help to identify how we can better engage with our membership and the broader cycle-racing community.

Responses are anonymous and we value your feedback and thoughts. The findings will assist us to identify what works well and where we can improve, and will support the Committee to make informed decisions to respond to the needs and interests of members. We have engaged an external evaluator to help us with this work.

Access the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ACTVCC_2020

The survey closes on Wednesday 25 November 2020.For more information about the evaluation activities, visit the ACTVCC website: https://actvets.cc/about/have-your-say-actvcc-survey.

Race support needed

The club is extremely lucky to have Graham Hendrie looking after, and bringing out to races, our race van. Graham also manages the timing and results recording and uploading into RMS. This operates like a pro rider, very smooth looking but a lot of hard work going on.

Graham is looking to take a break from marshal duties, so we need to start looking at transitioning some of the tasks that he does to other people. This could be a member of the club, a family member or someone who has spare time and an interest in cycling. If you are interested in helping out, or know someone who would be, please get in touch with the race Committee.

Remember, it’s up to everyone in the club to help ensure we continue to have a viable ongoing race program.

Persistence

A past member of the club shared this tale of persistence:

“Just thought I would update you on an altercation I had with an ACTION bus driver. Unfortunately my rear video was turned off, but my daughter reminded me an ACTION bus would have its own video on!!

I was in the right turn lane from Hindmarsh Drive into Tyagarah Street O’Malley. I was stopped waiting for traffic to clear to allow me safe passage across Hindmarsh Drive into Tyagarah Street. I was at the head of the lane and there were no other vehicles in front of me. An ACTION bus, travelling behind me, then pulled up immediately next to me on my left hand side, such that there was less than 50cm separating me and my bike from the bus and the driver’s side window. I remonstrated with him that he was not giving me the mandatory 1.5 metre clearance. He did not reply and immediately accelerated the bus across the intersection forcing me to push myself away from the bus to avoid being run over or crushed. The bus clearly had enough room to stop behind rather than alongside and wait for me to cross the intersection. I only narrowly avoided the bus pushing me of my bike or being run over by the rear wheels. In fact as the bus pushed past me I had to lever myself away from it. Not only did he not provide me the mandatory by law 1.5 metre clearance but also overtook me on my left hand side which is also an offence and drove in a manner dangerous by nearly running over me and my bike. I considered the drivers actions to be provocative, unnecessary and dangerous.

So I made a complaint;

First reaction from ACTION. Your feedback has been reviewed and the driver has been reminded of their safe driving responsibilities.

OK but NOT HAPPY!

My response: I do not consider reminding the driver of his responsibilities in regard to the passing within 1.5 metres rule is adequate considering the drivers actions were deliberately provocative and aggressive. Had it not been for my actions in trying to get away from the bus as he attempted to force me off the road I could have been killed or seriously injured. With such an inadequate response I request the drivers name so that the matter can be reported to Police.

Second response from ACTION

I can advise that the driver has been interviewed regarding the incident and the matter reviewed with the driver. The driver has been advised to stay behind cyclists in similar circumstance and where the cyclist is turning a corner to give them room to safely travel around the corner. A copy of this incident does remain on the driver’s record and any future incidents of a similar nature will lead to driver retraining and further action through the Transport Canberra internal disciplinary process.

If you report the matter to the AFP, Transport Canberra will provide any required information to the police as a part of any investigation of the incident.

So I reported matter to Police. Initially unwilling to take my complaint but when I reminded them ACTION would have video and I was prepared to make a statement the matter was referred to Traffic Police.

Eventually they responded and viewed video footage but decide to only caution the driver!!! Accused me of remonstrating with the driver (yes I did, so what!!) and hitting the bus. I explained that was me pushing myself of the bus to avoid being run over. Drivers reason for overtaking on left was the bike was stationary??? My reply to police was that an ACTION bus driver was supposed to be a professional driver and aware of road rules! I stated still not happy and would explore other options which would be to complain about to Police Professional Standards about ‘POLICE INACTION’. Investigation officer said he would review matter in light of my response.

End result; Traffic Infringement Notice with $$ fine issued!

Moral of story if going to report matters keep following up and do not accept an inadequate response. Also the investigating officer informed me that they were about to start an operation regarding ‘safe passing distances’ with police on bikes with go pros radioing ahead of infringements!!”

From the Desk of the Handicapper

Big fields and safety considerations

Perfect weather and who knows whatever other factors are resulting in huge fields on Tuesday nights. If only there was as much enthusiasm for turning up to the Old Federal Highway or Breadalbane when it’s blowing a gale and close to zero wind chill!. Nonetheless, this is still less than half the club’s members. Imagine if nearly 300 riders turned up to race? So far the fields have been well strung out and conducted safely. Here are some points to remember when racing in large bunches.

Rider safety is the race director’s number one priority

All riders finishing safely with no results is far more important than having a podium decided but others sprawled out on the course. Therefore, the race may be shortened or lengthened at any time owing to safety considerations. If you are keen on getting a good result, make sure you look at the boards on every lap towards the end of the race. On Tuesday, the ‘D 2’ boards were put out twice, so for two laps the riders had two laps to go. This was not a mistake but was designed to allow B grade to pass before the D grade final lap. The race director wanted to avoid D finishing their last lap while being overtaken by B grade. In dangerous or chaotic situations some riders will sense the increased risk and back off, others will plough on oblivious to what’s developing while others will attack to capitalise on the situation. Everyone has differing levels of skill and acceptable risk, but it’s the race director’s role to ensure that races are conducted safely for all.

Flags

In addition to the boards, we also have three flags to indicate changes in conditions.

Red

Red means race abandoned. Riders should ride slowly to the finish, and results will not be recorded. If a crash occurs, stop when safe to do so and render assistance by alerting the race director and first aid attendant, usually by furious arm waving.

Yellow

Yellow signifies the race has been neutralised, either because of a crash where the affected riders are able to move off the course or can rejoin the race, or because the grades have become mixed up. If the grades are mixed, the race director will show a grade board and wave the yellow flag. The grade affected should slow to less to around than 30km/h and allow the two groups to separate. Rider/s ignoring this instruction may next receive a red flag, indicating they have been disqualified. Using the speed of the higher grade to gain an advantage is is obviously unfair to other riders in the same grade.

Green

Green signifies a resumption of friendly hostilities!

Overtaking

So far most of the overtaking by grades has been done cleanly and safely. Some points to remember are:
1. Do not use the draft of the passing grade to surge onto the back of it, and in the process drop riders from your own grade;
2. Follow the instructions of the passing grade regarding which side of the course to be on. If it’s ‘right’ stay right, and by the way, right is the side your chainrings are on.

Handicaps

Michael Hanbury C to B
Sean Ifland B to A
Mark Harradine D to B

Rob Langridge
Handicapper

COVID-19 Restrictions

There are legal requirements in place for people returning to the ACT from Victoria and particular places in New South Wales to self-quarantine.

Members who have been to any of these locations in the past 14 days should be complying with ACT Government quarantine restrictions.

Members should stay home if you have been feeling unwell or showing symptoms of COVID-19 or been in contact with someone who has felt unwell in the past 2 weeks.

RACING THIS WEEK:

Tuesday, 10th November: Stromlo Criterium

Where: Stromlo Forest Park
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number.
Race Description:
A/C 5:50 A 38m+2, C 33m+2
B/D 6:35 B 38m+2, D 33m+2
E/F/G 7:15 25 min + 2 laps

Race Director:  Susan Frost Contact: Email: suefrost@tpg.com.au    Ph  0408 636 975

Marshals: Leeanne Tennant

Wednesday, 11th November: Track Racing

The Program for Wednesday is;
5.30pm – 6.00pm: Warm-up and free practice;
6.00pm – 6.20pm: 8-lap graded scratch race;
6.20pm – 7.00pm: 2-lap SS time trial;
7.00pm – 7.20pm: Italian pursuit.

Sunday, 15th November: Old Federal Highway Graded Scratch

Where: Turn left off new Federal Hwy (dual carriageway) onto Shingle Hill Way. The intersection is signposted to Gundaroo and approx 9 km past the Sutton Rd overpass. Park in gravel pit on corner of next intersection about 100 m in from highway.
When: 9:00 am.
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number
Race Description:
Old Federal Highway Gravel Pit to Lake George and back.
ABCD 4 laps for 48km.
EFG 3 laps for 36km.

Race Director:  Bruce Griffin Contact: Email: griffy996@gmail.com    Ph 0402 000 619

Marshals: Robert Solomon, Ben Healy, Anthony Dick, Heath Wade

RACE REPORTS:

SFP Criterium – 3rd October

A wonderful evening for riding Crits – and the turnout was exceptional. We had a bigger crowd than the Melbourne Cup! Welcome to the new members and a couple of visitors on the night, and thanks to Jim for moving the ever-present roos off the bottom loops.

The B/D race was the first of the evening, with 33 B grade riders and 35 from D grade filling the track. To my eye, the 68 riders looked like a capacity race. Soon enough the fast-moving B Grade overtook the D-grade bunch; nevertheless at the D-Grade ‘Two Lap’ call it became clear we were in for a challenge, as the B-Grade bunch was gaining fast. D-Grade was sent for an additional lap; if not called this way, D-Grade would have been crossing the finish line just as B-grade overtook them. Thanks to the trusty Handicapper for supporting this call. In B-grade, Paul Watson took line honours, with Sean Ifland and visitor Gerard Walsh in second and third spots. Mark Harradine was first over the line in D-Grade, with David Buckley and Ian Drayton in hot pursuit.

The E/F/G grade race was a welcome breather for the marshals; two bunches (E + F/G) formed quickly. Good riding by the sole G-grade rider (Mijo Spoljaric) which saw him stay with the F-grade bunch for most of the ride. Congratulations to new E-grade rider Sara Korevaar van der Meer for a convincing win off Mick Donaldson and Philip Anderson. F-grade was won by Pat Rooke, followed by Adrian Breen and Mike Hayes in places 2 and 3.

We were back to the bigger numbers for the A/C grades, with 17 and 29 starters respectively. There were breakaways early for both grades. A-Grade split quickly, with an early attack from a group of 5 riders. Three dropped back, leaving Jeremy Gillman-Wells and Steve Crispin in a fast-moving ‘group of two’ for the rest of the race. The sprint to the line was strong, with a convincing win by Jeremy with Steve not far off his wheel. We had another sprint to the line from the next A-Grade group, with Gerard Tiffen leading the group to finish in third place overall. In C-grade, there were several break-away groups, first across the line was Michael Hanbury, followed by Rodney Welch and Jay Reid.

Fantastic turnout – thanks to all committee members for your support on a busy night.

Penelope Anderson

Track Racing – 4th November

Wednesday 4 November saw the fourth track racing session for the 2020-21 season. Initial weather conditions were good for racing. It was warm with a slight breeze. However, the sky became increasingly overcast over the session. Ultimately, the race program was cut short due to impending rain. Attendance was good with 15 riders, 10 in A grade and 5 in B grade.

The 8-lap A grade scratch race started slowly and increased in pace as the laps ticked off. Dougal Torrance, Craig Kentwell, John Paul De Sousa, Ben Robey and Rowan McMurray took turns at the front. It was not until Lap 7 that a rider attacked. Craig Kentwell took the initiative about halfway through lap 7 gaining 10 metres on the bunch before Dougal Torrance burst from the pack to pursue. As the bell lap approached, Dougal rolled over Craig and headed for home with a comfortable margin. Craig began to tire over the final lap and a small bunch overtook him with John Paul De Sousa gaining second place ahead of Ben Davis in third.

The B Grade scratch race was not too different from A grade. Riders swapped the lead in an orderly fashion for six laps with Phil Coulton, Alison Hale, Phil Anderson and Ken Birch taking turns at the front. James Newhouse had mechanical problems and dropped out early in the race. By lap 7, the bunch was compact with riders jockeying for position into the bell lap. Ultimately Ken Birch attacked from the bunch with Phil Coulton and Phil Anderson in hot pursuit. The trio finished in that order.

The evening’s second event was a 4-lap handicap. The A and B grade fields were mixed into two races. The longer handicap races provide A grade riders with time to chase down B graders. However, it takes quite an effort. In Race 1 Alison Hale made the most of her handicap and almost pulled off a win. She was just beaten by Craig Kentwell in first place and Dave Mullens second. Alison held on courageously for third place. Race 2 was dominated by A grade with Warwick Wilson, Dougal Torrance and Hamish Anderson taking the podium places in that order.

Because of approaching bad weather, the scheduled mystery races were abandoned and the track session closed with an all-in, Italian pursuit. Teams 1 and 2 each had 5 riders. The race was anticlimactic, because Team 1 had major pacing problems and largely abandoned normal track craft. Team 2 were much more cohesive with no gaps in the paceline. This gave them an easy and decisive win.

Major place getters were as follows:
8-Lap Scratch: (A Grade) Dougal Torrance, John Paul De Sousa, Ben Davis. (B Grade) Ken Birch, Phil Coulton, Phil Anderson.
4-Lap Handicap: (Race 1 A&B Grade) Craig Kentwell, Dave Mullens, Alison Hale. (Race 2 A&B Grade) Warwick Wilson, Dougal Torrance, Hamish Anderson.
Combined Italian Pursuit: Winner Team 2 (Craig Kentwell, Dominique Rideaux, John Paul De Sousa, Rowan McMurray, Ken Birch).

Season Point Score Update:
John Paul De Sousa (59), Phil Coulton (54), Phil Anderson (54), Ken Birch (46), Steve Jones (45), Dougal Torrance (44), Bruce Griffin (40), Ben Robey (39), Hamish Anderson (38), Ian Drayton (36).

Graeme O’Neill

Sutton Driver Training Centre – 8th November

On a very pleasant Sunday morning 57 riders came out to play. To make the riding a bit different we introduced a water crossing near the second hill, where about 10cm deep water was running over the track. Apart from a puncture and a dropped chain, which ruined the day for two riders, it was an uneventful day with clear winners in all grades.

Results:

A Grade – 50 minutes plus 1 lap
Steve Crispin was a clear winner half a lap ahead of a bunch of 5 riders lead in by Callum Henshaw and Marc Vroomans

B Grade – 50 minutes plus 1 lap
In a field of 14 riders Peter Zygado was a clear winner with Sean Ifland and Kieran Butler taking the minor placings

C Grade – 40 minutes plus 1 lap
In a field of 13 riders newcomer Mark Porter was first across the line (welcome to B grade!!) but regular placings went to Rodney Welch with Clinton Porteous and Peter Balim in the minor placings

D Grade – 40 minutes plus 1 lap
12 riders took to the track and stayed together until the last lap with John Stokman victorious followed by Andrew Hislap and Alain Barbaret

E Grade – 30 minutes plus 1 lap
In a field of 8 riders Alex Sommariva was a clear winner followed by Terry Moore and Ian Morton.

F Grade – 30 minutes plus 1 lap
The two ladies in F rode together until the last lap when Pat Rooke took a commanding lead to the line from Polly Templeton

Thanks to:

Anthony O’Connor for timekeeping and getting the finish order sorted.
Simon Whitehead for being ever vigilant as our first aider, and,
Ian McVay for getting the van to the start line and keeping us all in order.

Dennis Puniard
Race Referee

ACT Veterans Bleat, Monday 2nd November, 2020

ACT Veterans Cycling Club

Hello Vets,

In the Bleat this week;

•  Cycling study at the University of Canberra

•  COVID-19 Restrictions

•  Racing this Week

•  Race Reports

Ian Morton
thebleat@actvets.cc

Cycling study at the University of Canberra

I’m Felicity, a third-year PhD candidate in Environmental Physiology at the University of Canberra Research Institute for Sport and Exercise. I’m currently recruiting cyclists for my second study, which investigates the effect of variations in relative humidity on thermal and physiology responses during a cycling time trial in the heat.

What we are looking for;
– Trained male cyclists and triathletes (18-55 years)
– Cycling a minimum of 250km per week
– Can reach 5W/Kg during a VO2max test

What we require from you;
– ~3 weeks of testing at UCRISE
– 2 x 2hr familiarisation trials
– 4 x 2hr 30km time trials in varying relative humidity in a hot environment

What we will be measuring;
– Performance – average power output (W), cadence (rpm), speed (kph)
– Thermal response – core and skin temperature, sweat loss
– Cardiorespiratory response – VO2max, heart rate, cardiac output

What we will give you;
– Your VO2max
– A comprehnsive physiological and performance profile

At the end of study completion, participants receive their VO2max and a comprehensive performance and physiology profile. It’s a great chance to fit in extra training sessions and collect data you may not normally be able to collect. It’s also a great chance to see how well you perform in a variety of environments!

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me.

Thank you in advance for your help.

Kind Regards,

Felicity

Felicity Bright
BAppSc (Ex&SpSc) (Hons)
University of Canberra Research Institute for Sport and Exercise (UCRISE)
Bruce | ACT 2617 | Australia
PhD Candidate
Phone: +61 400 413 895
Email: felicity.bright@canberra.edu.au

COVID-19 Restrictions

There are legal requirements in place for people returning to the ACT from Victoria and particular places in New South Wales to self-quarantine.

Members who have been to any of these locations in the past 14 days should be complying with ACT Government quarantine restrictions.

Members should stay home if you have been feeling unwell or showing symptoms of COVID-19 or been in contact with someone who has felt unwell in the past 2 weeks.

RACING THIS WEEK:

Tuesday, 3rd November: Stromlo Criterium

Where: Stromlo Forest Park
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number.
Race Description:
B/D 5:50 B 35m+2, D 30m+2
E/F/G 6:25 22 min + 2 laps
A/C 6:55 A 35m+2, C 30m+2

Race Director:  Penelope Anderson Contact: Email: penelopeanderson100@gmail.com    Ph  0458 651 046

Marshals: Dale Riley

Wednesday, 4th November: Track Racing

The Program for Wednesday is;
5.30pm – 6.00pm: Warm-up and free practice;
6.00pm – 6.20pm: 8-lap graded scratch race;
6.20pm – 6.40pm: 4-lap handicap race;
6.40pm – 7.10pm: Graded mystery race;
7.10pm – 7.30pm: Italian pursuit.

Sunday, 8th November: Sutton Driver Training Centre – Criterium – Graded

Reminder: Ride in your Road Grade.

Where: Approx 0.5 km along Sutton Rd from intersection of Sutton Rd and Pialligo Avenue.
When: 9:00 am.
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number
Race Description:
E/F/G: 9.00am 30 mins + 1 lap
A/B: 9.40am 50 mins + 1 lap
C/D: 10.40am 40 mins + 1 lap

Race Director:  Dennis Puniard Contact: Email: puniard@grapevine.com.au    Ph 0407 220 885

Marshals: Anthony O’Connor

RACE REPORTS:

SFP Criterium – 27th October

It must have been the inclement weather early in the day, but not many people turned up to the race. The track was wet but no rain and no wind.

First to go we had E,F,G E grade with two riders went first followed by F & G together. Penelope in E grade took off in the first lap then TT for the rest of the twenty minutes with Chris Copeland coming home for second. F&G did roll softly together with Mike Hayes doing few big pull at the front, this ended with a close spring won by Adrian Breen followed by a fast finishing Mike Hayes and David Witteveen for third. Special mention to Mijo Spoljaric, the lone G grade, who did finished with F grade.

Only six A grade riders did show up, the low number did not stop them to go full gaz from the mark! Early a rider got dropped, and then half way through the race Ben Morisson had a flat. The riders did not relent right to the finish with a fast and close sprint, won by Jimmy Carol, a very close second Liam O’Dea, third Patrick Quade.

C grade the bunch stayed together for ten minutes when Joel Rahman took off, the bunch must have been asleep, Joel just keep pulling away . No real chase was organized and Joel finished with a good gap. (“Welcome in B grade” – I could hear the Handicapper). The bunch was happy to fight for second and third, the close sprint was won by Adam Strickland and Wayne Donchi.

B grade the bunch was going nicely around the track until Daniel Crocker went away, the pressure was on the bunch to chase, this was getting more exciting. The bunch got split few times but went back together until bell lap. Bruce Goodfellow won the sprint, second Craig Tozer, third Colin Kelley

D grade rolled away pleasantly very social for ten minutes then David Row put the pressure on and broke the bunch, of the eleven starter five got dropped, the race had finally started, we saw lots of surges which were chased down and more riders getting dropped .Of the four riders still in the fight for a podium, the fast finisher David Row won the sprint by few bikes length, second Ian Morton and third Mark Harradine.

Thanks to the committees members to have helped to set up the sign in. Special thanks to Greg Collis to marshal and run a smooth event. And of course the First Aid Officer Simon Whitehead.

Alain Arbaut

Track Racing – 28th October

Wednesday 28 October saw the third track racing session for the 2020-21 season. Conditions were overcast and cool. Fortunately, rain held off until the session was completed. There was a stiff headwind in the back straight. Attendance was satisfactory for the conditions, with 14 riders, 8 in A grade and 6 in B grade.

The 8-lap A grade scratch race started at a modest pace, with Dougal Torrance, John Paul De Sousa and Ben Robey taking turns up front. On lap 3 Steve Hirsler kicked up the pace before rolling over to give Tony Beasley, Ben Davis, Steve Jones and Kerry Knowler turns on the front. On lap 5 Dougal Torrance rotated back to the front and took off, soon gaining 15m on the bunch. Ben Robey and John Paul De Sousa pursued, without result, as Dougal increased his lead to around 20m going into the bell lap. Over the bell lap Steve Jones launched from the trailing pack and put in a mighty pursuit, gradually reeling in Dougal and overtaking him as the finish line approached. Dougal hung on for second place and John Paul De Sousa won the pack sprint for third place.

In the B Grade scratch race, Phil Coulton, Ian Drayton, Ken Birch, Phil Anderson and Bruce Griffin swapped the lead in an orderly fashion for the first five laps. On Lap 6 Ian Drayton took the lead and attacked. Ken Birch pursued immediately and the rest of the bunch streamed around a slowing rider, also in pursuit. By the bell lap there were three riders close to Ian, but unable to overtake. Ian took a comfortable win with Phil Anderson and Ken Birch emerging from the pursuing group to take second and third places respectively.

The evening’s second event was a 20-lap graded points race. This race had 4 sprints at 5 lap intervals. The A grade event was initially dominated by Dougal Torrance who attacked early and banked the first two sprints. The latter half of the race was dominated by Steve Jones and Kerry Knowler who gapped the field and set themselves up for the final two sprints. Kerry took the third sprint with Steve in tow. However, by the last sprint Kerry was tiring in front of a fast closing pack. In this situation, Steve Jones took the initiative and sprinted out for a double points win. Kerry hung on for second. The final points tally was interesting. Steve Jones and Dougal Torrance were tied on 20 points for first place. Kerry Knowler and John Paul De Sousa were tied on 8 points for second place. Ben Robey was third with 7 points.

The B grade points race was dominated by Ian Drayton who won 3 of the 4 sprints. Phil Coulton managed to pip Ian for one of the sprints. The points wash up was Ian Drayton (24), Phil Coulton (20), Bruce Griffin (13).

After a small delay to patch up Graeme O’Neill after a spill, the track session closed with a hurriedly organised Italian pursuit. Only 8 riders volunteered for this race. However, it was the usual close fought contest. Both teams rode flawlessly and circulated with a gap that was never more than a few metres. Team 2 took the win with John Paul De Sousa putting in a solid final lap to gain the small winning margin over Ben Davis. It was another good race to watch.

Major place getters were as follows:
8-Lap Scratch: (A Grade) Steve Jones, Dougal Torrance, John Paul De Sousa. (B Grade) Ian Drayton, Phil Anderson, Ken Birch.
20-Lap Points Race: (A Grade) Steve Jones & Dougal Torrance (20), Kerry Knowler & John Paul De Sousa (8), Ben Robey (7). (B Grade) Ian Drayton (24), Phil Coulton (20), Bruce Griffin (13).
Combined Italian Pursuit: Winner Team 2 (Phil Anderson, John Paul De Sousa, Ben Robey, Ian Drayton).

Season Point Score Update:
Steve Jones (45), Phil Anderson (44), John Paul De Sousa (43), Phil Coulton (41), Bruce Griffin (40), Ian Drayton (36), Tony Beasley (32), Ken Birch (31), Ben Robey (31), Steve Hirsler (30).

Graeme O’Neill

Dog Trap Road – Handicap – 1st November

A surprisingly warm, sunny but breezy spring day greeted 34 riders on Sunday morning for the Dog Trap Road Memorial handicap race. E2 were first off the line with riders heading into the wind to the short turn before turning and flying with the wind to the long turn. At the end of the 1st lap, most of the grades were still together except B Grade, who had split into two bunches. A, B & C grades had, at this stage, made up some time on D & E grades, with the trio of E2s – Penny Anderson, Mark Taylor and Ian Morton – working well together to maintain their lead.

Coming into the final return leg E2 were still leading, with the other grades coming together behind them. In the final sprint for the checkered flag, Penny Anderson got the better of Mark Taylor and Ian Morton to take the win, closely followed by a mix of A & B graders. Fastest time of the day, no surprises, went to Steve Crispin with 1hr 9mins 3sec.

ACT Veterans Cycling Club

Ian Morton (3rd), Penny Anderson (1st), Mark Taylor (2nd)

Many thanks to Graham Hendrie for driving the van and doing the timing. Thanks to the marshals, Grant Shaw, Shirley-Anne Taylor, Kurt Andrews, Rodney Welch and Tristan Dimmock for all their help. And thanks to Ian McVay for all his behind-the-scenes organising.

Ian Preston
Race Referee

ACT Veterans Bleat, Monday 26th October, 2020

Hello Vets,

In the Bleat this week;

•  First Aiders Needed

•  Race Director for 3 Nov

•  Cycling study at the University of Canberra

•  From the Handicapper

•  COVID-19 Restrictions

•  AVCC 2021 Nationals – CANCELLED

•  Racing this Week

•  Race Reports

Ian Morton
thebleat@actvets.cc

First Aiders Needed

The race on Sunday found us again short of a 1st Aider. If there is no dedicated 1st Aider available i.e. not riding, racing cannot proceed.
It is no great impost to get trained and accredited each 3 years. Details are below.
There have only been 4 members out of over 300 who have taken up this offer, which is quite pathetic.
If I have to stand in as 1st aider again at a race I will not be happy.

Ian McVay

First Aid Course

Dear Members,

Would you know what to do if you were first on the scene of a road accident involving a cyclist? Would you know how to help one of your friends if they had a fall during a ride?

The club has been successful in bidding for an ACT Government Grant for road safety. This allows us to offer members First Aid courses free of charge. We estimate our nearly 300 members cycle more than 180,000km on ACT Roads every year. This makes it quite likely one of us will be first on scene at an accident at some time.

A First Aid course would provide you with a nationally recognised qualification, and would equip you to help others in the event of an emergency. It would also help the club to continue to conduct racing in the ACT. The club uses, and will continue to use, an external contractor to provide first aid support to races, however there are times when this service is unavailable. In order for the club to be able to undertake our scheduled race calendar, the club will, from time to time, ask a first aid qualified member to attend a race.

The committee has experience of a course provider in the ACT that has adapted to COVID-19 restrictions by taking the theory components on-line, and adapting the practical elements in line with social distancing requirements. If there’s interest from members, the Committee will organise a group booking with this provider. Please e-mail committee@actvets.cc if you would like to take up this option.

Otherwise, members may register for the first aid course of their choice, provided that:
1) the course provides a recognised Australian first aid qualification;
2) the cost of the course is less than or equal to $200; and
3) members acknowledge and agree to being placed on a list of first aid providers that, from time to time, will be utilised to provide first aid services to club races.

Contact the committee to ensure that your intended course meets the club’s needs. Following completion of the course, contact the Treasurer at treasurer@actvets.cc to provide a copy of your qualification and organise a reimbursement.

Race Director required for 3 Nov

A replacement Race Director is required for the Criterium on 3rd Nov. Any one able to fill this role, please contact the Race Committee race.committee@actvets.cc

Cycling study at the University of Canberra

I’m Felicity, a third-year PhD candidate in Environmental Physiology at the University of Canberra Research Institute for Sport and Exercise. I’m currently recruiting cyclists for my second study, which investigates the effect of variations in relative humidity on thermal and physiology responses during a cycling time trial in the heat.

What we are looking for;
– Trained male cyclists and triathletes (18-55 years)
– Cycling a minimum of 250km per week
– Can reach 5W/Kg during a VO2max test

What we require from you;
– ~3 weeks of testing at UCRISE
– 2 x 2hr familiarisation trials
– 4 x 2hr 30km time trials in varying relative humidity in a hot environment

What we will be measuring;
– Performance – average power output (W), cadence (rpm), speed (kph)
– Thermal response – core and skin temperature, sweat loss
– Cardiorespiratory response – VO2max, heart rate, cardiac output

What we will give you;
– Your VO2max
– A comprehnsive physiological and performance profile

At the end of study completion, participants receive their VO2max and a comprehensive performance and physiology profile. It’s a great chance to fit in extra training sessions and collect data you may not normally be able to collect. It’s also a great chance to see how well you perform in a variety of environments!

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me.

Thank you in advance for your help.

Kind Regards,

Felicity

Felicity Bright
BAppSc (Ex&SpSc) (Hons)
University of Canberra Research Institute for Sport and Exercise (UCRISE)
Bruce | ACT 2617 | Australia
PhD Candidate
Phone: +61 400 413 895
Email: felicity.bright@canberra.edu.au

From the Handicapper

Promotions

Paul Watson C to B
Alison Hale E to D

Rob Langridge
Handicapper

COVID-19 Restrictions

There are legal requirements in place for people returning to the ACT from Victoria and particular places in New South Wales to self-quarantine.

Members who have been to any of these locations in the past 14 days should be complying with ACT Government quarantine restrictions.

Members should stay home if you have been feeling unwell or showing symptoms of COVID-19 or been in contact with someone who has felt unwell in the past 2 weeks.

AVCC 2021 Nationals – CANCELLED

The National Championships were scheduled to be held in South Australia during January 2021 in conjunction with the Tour Down Under.

Unfortunately, the AVCC have had to cancel the Nationals due to uncertainty arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result of state border restrictions, there is no clarity regarding the ability of members to travel to South Australia in January.

RACING THIS WEEK:

Tuesday, 27th October: Stromlo Criterium

Where: Stromlo Forest Park
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number.
Race Description:
E/F/G 5:50 20 min + 2 laps
A/C 6:15 A 30m+2, C 25m+2
B/D 6:50 B 30m+2, D 25m+2

Race Director:  Alain Arbaut Contact: Email: arbaut@grapevine.net.au    Ph  0400 493 148

Marshals: Greg Collis

Wednesday, 28th October: Track Racing

The Program for Wednesday is;
5.30pm – 6.00pm: Warm-up and free practice;
6.00pm – 6.20pm: 8-lap graded scratch race;
6.20pm – 6.50pm: 20-lap graded points race;
6.50pm – 7.20pm: Italian Pursuit.

Sunday, 1st November: Dog Trap Rd – Handicap

Reminder: You can pre-register online on the RMS: https://rms.actvets.cc/calendar or pay cash on the day (no EFTPOS).

Where: Turn off Barton Highway at Long Rail Gully Road, or sealed access from Yass River Road.
When: 9:00 am.
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number
Race Description:
Dog Trap Rd – 2 laps.

Race Director:  Ian Preston Contact: Email: dandi@grapevine.com.au    Ph 0407 230 741

Marshals: Shirley-Anne Taylor, Tristan Dimmock, Rodney Welch, Grant Shaw, Kurt Andrews

RACE REPORTS:

SFP Criterium – 20th October

Beautiful warm spring weather encouraged 122 riders to make up some large fields for Tuesday nights Stromlo Criteriums. Because of the almost windless conditions all fields stayed (mainly) together, despite some good solid efforts to break away by many riders across the grades.

First away were A and C grades. Among the 20 starters in A grade, the powerful Team Tiffen were out in force, facing off against Team Quon for the usual summer series grudge match. The other very strong riders in this grade were also out to show that they were not going to get pushed around, and so a series of powerful attacks kept the pace high throughout. In the end though, despite a very strong late attack by Lewis Cressy it all came down to a final sprint. Coming around the final bend it looked to be Gerard Tiffen about to continue his winning ways of late, but no, absolutely flying down the outside came Ben Morrison to take the win for Team Quon. Gerard held on to second, with Steve Crispin taking a good third place.

C grade had a strong field of 20 starters, and the pace was kept high all the way. There were many attacks, but nothing really stuck and so it too came down to a bunch sprint. This was taken out by Paul Watson from a resurgent Steve Jones, with James Tonkin coming home in third.

The biggest fields of the night were up next with B grade (31 starters) and D grade (31 starters) rolling to the line. With such strong fields the DS’s for all riders were undoubtedly yelling into their race radios to keep up the front. As such, both grades were hustling along at quite a pace, with B grade apparently averaging 41.5 km/h for their 28 minutes plus two laps. There was thankfully only one passing of D grade by B in the duration of the race, and with such large fields it shames me to say that the Race Director could not watch. But no, the skill levels of all riders were much greater than anticipated by the cowardly race director, and the passing maneuver was completed successfully. After all that, and despite a late attack by Terry Moore, D grade was decided by a bunch sprint, with the victory taken by Josh Quilliam from David Rowe and David Buckley in third.

B grade proceeded at a fast pace, but as the race director can attest after a weekend of chasing these riders around the countryside of Gunning, this is a grade that is very difficult to escape from. As it proved here; with (you guessed it) a bunch sprint taken out by Sean Ifland, who found the terrain of Stromlo Forest Park much more to his liking than the wilds of Gunning, from Simon Priest and Matthew Dunstall.

The final round of races were E, F and G grades. E grade went on their own, with F and G grades combined. These were, without doubt, the race director’s favorite grades. All races were ridden in a quick and orderly manner until the light became too feeble to be able to see properly, and then all grades were contested in FIERCE sprint finishes. The speed may have been lower than A grade, but the determination to win was easily just as high. E grade was taken by Alison Hale from Penelope Anderson, with Philip Anderson in third. F grade was Mike Hayes (hey I remember riding against you in A grade Hayesy!) from Chris Copeland and Robert Miller. G grade was won by the evergreen Michael Spoljaric (who distinguished himself by keeping up with F grade the handicapper should note) from Bernie Crowe.

Mark Harris

Track Racing – 21st October

Wednesday’s 21 October was the second track racing session for the 2020-21 season. Conditions were almost ideal for racing. It was cool with an initial breeze that dissipated over the evening. Attendance was quite good with 16 riders, 8 in A grade and 8 in B grade.

The 8-lap A grade scratch race started at a brisk pace that deterred attacks until mid-race. Ben Robey, Tony Beasley, Steve Hirsler, Wayne Benham and Warwick Wilson took turns at the front. On lap 5 John Paul De Sousa accelerated with Steve Jones, Hamish Anderson and Wayne Benham in hot pursuit. After a short while, Warwick Wilson also jumped out to join the lead bunch. The lead bunch soon had a 50m gap on the field. Warwick was dropped as the lead bunch accelerated into the final lap. The bunch strung out slightly on the bell lap with Steve Jones taking a good win from John Paul DeSousa and Hamish Anderson.

In the B Grade scratch race, riders swapped the lead in an orderly fashion for the first four laps. On Lap 5 James Newhouse upped the pace. As the bell lap approached Ken Birch attacked, pursued by Ian Drayton and Bruce Griffin. The trio soon gapped the field and headed into a 3-up sprint. Ian Drayton took a close sprint win from Bruce Griffin and Ken Birch.

The evening’s second event was a 2-lap handicap. The A and B grade fields were mixed into two races. It seemed that, overall, B grade riders had a slight advantage on handicap and took all the podium places. In Race 1, James Newhouse took the win from Phil Anderson and Ian Drayton. In race 2, Phil Coulton took a close fought win from Ken Birch and Graeme O’Neill.

The track session closed with an all-in, Italian pursuit. This was an extremely competitive event. Both teams rode flawlessly. Team 2 established an initial lead that looked decisive around mid-race. However, Team 1 held steady and pegged back most of the lead over the latter half of the race. When Steve Jones took over for Team 1’s final lap he seemed likely to make up Team 2’s slight lead. However, Team 2’s anchor rider John Paul De Sousa kept up a hot pace and held out Steve by a narrow margin (around half a wheel). It was a good race to watch.

Major place getters were as follows:
8-Lap Scratch: (A Grade) Steve Jones, John Paul De Sousa, Hamish Anderson. (B Grade) Ian Drayton, Bruce Griffin, Ken Birch.
2-Lap Handicap: (Race 1 A&B Grade) James Newhouse, Phil Anderson, Ian Drayton. (Race 2 A&B Grade) Phil Coulton, Ken Birch, Graeme O’Neill.
Combined Italian Pursuit: Winner Team 2 (Tony Beasley, Hamish Anderson, Warwick Wilson, John Paul De Sousa, Phil Coulton, James Newhouse, Alison Hale, Phil Anderson).

Season Point Score Update:
Steve Jones (30), Phil Coulton (30), James Newhouse (29), Bruce Griffin (28), Phil Anderson (28), Hamish Anderson (27), John Paul De Sousa (26), Warwick Wilson (23), Ken Birch (22).

Graeme O’Neill

Corin Time Trial – 25th October

Most can be forgiven for thinking this weeks road race would be cancelled noting the wild weather on Saturday. However Sunday proved to have enough of a reprieve to allow racing to proceed, and 13 riders took on the challenging climb up Corin. Conditions were ‘less than ideal’, with a swirling wind and light rain, but protection could be found on the climb, and most riders warmed up quickly. Some might even say the racing was ‘hot’.

There were no time trial machines, no aero helmets, and not a disc wheel in sight, but there were plenty of light frames and light riders. A grade was won by Brad Peppinck. B grade won by Rowan Walker (with the fastest time of the day – 36:51), Michael Fawke took second and Al Raitt third only 1 second further back. Michael Carr was slowed by a few extra grams in his arm warmers, while Owain Tilley forgot his long socks. C grade was won by Rodney Welch, followed by Peter Balint, then Wayne Donchi. No D graders. E grade won by Penelope Anderson. Full results can be found in the RMS.

A big thank you to Graham for driving the van, registrations, timing and results. Thanks also to Mike Hayes for signage and to Ian McVay for sacrificing his race (again) to be the designated first aider. We really need to have more first aid options in the club, and the race committee needs interested people to get involved. We rely very much on a small group, and they are not always available week in week out.

Thanks again to all involved, and for making a great event in difficult conditions.

Peter Young
Race Referee

ACT Veterans Bleat, Monday 19th October, 2020

Hello Vets,

In the Bleat this week;

•  Do Not Reply

•  Race Numbers

•  From the Handicapper

•  COVID-19 Restrictions

•  AVCC 2021 Nationals – CANCELLED

•  Racing this Week

•  Race Reports

Ian Morton

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Race Numbers

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Kirsti

From the Handicapper

Peter McLennan Gunning Two-Day Tour

Thanks to Ben Davis, Graham Hendrie and all the other volunteers for another great Gunning tour. C grade was very eventful with controversy, loose bottles, stray tool kits, slipping seat posts, mechanicals, cramps, a blow-out and some very challenging racing. The wind mainly blew up and down the course which meant sitting in was easy at times but breaking away would have been very difficult (not that I tried). On day one the majority of the bunch stayed together, as there were enough fresh legs to nullify the attacks, but on day two it was carnage.

Trying to make up for time lost the day before, Ed Logue (cramp-gate) and Carmine Spagnoletti (seat post-gate) relentlessly attacked in the second half of stage two until it was just them duking it out, with a trail of destruction left behind. Ed won in the end, finishing just behind B grade. Time gained on stage two by Ed and Carmine was not enough to counter Luke Healy’s speedy TT, which put him ahead of those who hadn’t had any major time losses to take the GC. The 25-second time gap between Luke and silver medallist Brian Peak was only slightly more than the age gap between the two of them, as Brian is somewhat older having first raced with the club in 1994! Great effort Brian.

Promotions

From the week before
Seymour Savell-Boss C to B
Adam Strickland D to C

This week;
Criterium grade;
Paul Hollings B to A
Luke Healy C to B
Simon Porombka C to B
James Tonkin D to C
Lance Purdon D to C

Rob Langridge
Handicapper

COVID-19 Restrictions

There are legal requirements in place for people returning to the ACT from Victoria and particular places in New South Wales to self-quarantine.

Members who have been to any of these locations in the past 14 days should be complying with ACT Government quarantine restrictions.

Members should stay home if you have been feeling unwell or showing symptoms of COVID-19 or been in contact with someone who has felt unwell in the past 2 weeks.

AVCC 2021 Nationals – CANCELLED

The National Championships were scheduled to be held in South Australia during January 2021 in conjunction with the Tour Down Under.

Unfortunately, the AVCC have had to cancel the Nationals due to uncertainty arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result of state border restrictions, there is no clarity regarding the ability of members to travel to South Australia in January.

RACING THIS WEEK:

Tuesday, 20th October: Stromlo Criterium

Where: Stromlo Forest Park
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number.
Race Description:
A/C 5:50 A 28m+2, C 25m+2
B/D 6:25 B 28m+2, D 25m+2
E/F/G 6:55 20 min + 2 laps

Race Director: Mark Harris Contact: Email: mharris1960@gmail.com    Ph  0413 131 733

Marshals: Liam O’Dea

Wednesday, 21th October: Track Racing

The Program for Wednesday is;
5.30pm – 6.00pm: Warm-up and free practice;
6.00pm – 6.20pm: 8-lap graded scratch race;
6.20pm – 6.50pm: 2-Lap Handicap;
6.50pm – 7.20pm: Italian Pursuit.

Sunday, 25th October: Corin Time Trial – Uphill

Where: Start of course is at the intersection of Tidbinbilla Rd and the Corin Dam Rd. Finish is approx 12km up the Corin Dam Rd at entry to the old Square Rock car park, near the gate.
When: 9:00 am.
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number
Race Description:
Average 4.1% Climb to Square Rock car park.

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

Marshals: Mike Hayes

RACE REPORTS:

SFP Criterium – 13th October

Near perfect conditions accompanied the second week of the Summer Crit Seasons which brought out large numbers of riders in all grades. Notwithstanding an accident involving member Lyndsay Graham in the EFG Grade race who we all hope recovers from his injuries and gets back on the bike as soon as possible, a competitive evening of racing was enjoyed by all.

B & D grades contained the most numbers of riders and as such managed to keep in tight groups for the majority of their races. As mentioned, the E/F/G race included an unfortunate accident which meant the race needed to be finished up about 3/4 of the way through.

A grade was an interesting race with rider Gerard Tiffen, forming a one man break away in the very early laps of the race and managing to maintain and even increase his solo lead right to the end, C Grade broke up into a few distinct bunches about half way through the race and remained that way until its completion. All races were complete by around 7:20PM.

David Witham

Track Racing – 14th October

Wednesday’s track racing session was the first for the 2020-21 season. Conditions were good for racing. It was warm with a fresh breeze creating a headwind in the back straight. Attendance was encouraging with 20 riders, 12 in A grade and 8 in B grade.

The 8-lap A grade scratch race started in an orderly fashion with Hamish Anderson, Dougal Torrance, Steve Jones, and John Paul DeSousa rotating into the lead over the first four laps. Dougal Torrance put in an attack on Lap 5 with Dave Mullens pursuing. They managed a modest gap over the field before being caught on Lap 6. Shortly after this, Kerry Knowler took the lead and upped the pace a notch. Warwick Wilson attacked but only gained about 10 metres on the bunch before being closed down. As the bunch barrelled into the bell lap, Alex Millet attacked from high on the banking. Alec poured on the pace and soon had Steve Jones and Dougal Torrance in pursuit with the bunch stringing out under the pressure. Alec crossed the line for a good win ahead of Steve Jones and Dougal Torrance. The win was a good swansong for Alec, who will soon be departing to WA and will be a loss to the Vets track racing scene.

In the B Grade scratch race, the first four laps were at a steady, comfortable pace. On lap 5 the pace increased considerably. However, the bunch stuck together rotating lead riders in an orderly fashion. Phil Anderson and Bruce Griffin took off with about 1.5 laps to go. The pack began to stream out as back riders accelerated to close down gaps. With three quarters of a lap to go, the bunch was starting to consolidate before a final attack which saw Phil Anderson take a narrow win from Bruce Griffin. Phil Coulton followed with a creditable third place finish.

The evening’s second event was a 1-lap time trial from a standing start. This is a flat chat event where a high initial acceleration is critical. On average, times were slightly down on last year, likely due to the headwind in the back straight remaining quite fresh. Hamish Anderson set the A grade benchmark at 27.35 seconds which was better than his time last year. The second and third best times were very close to each other with Alex Millett on 28.90 seconds and Steve Jones on 29.20 seconds. Six A grade riders rode under 30 seconds, which was quite impressive, given the conditions.

Steve Hirsler rode just outside 30 seconds (30.07s) to set the best time for B grade. This was an impressive time for B grade. Bruce Griffin (31.50s) and Ken Birch (31.65s) took second and third placing with very good efforts. Six B grade riders were under 32.5 seconds, which was a good overall performance.

The track session closed with an all-in, Italian pursuit with 9 riders per team. This was a great race with teams swapping the lead as racing progressed and a very close finish. Team 1 had a somewhat chaotic start as the lead rider did not hear the start whistle. The situation was rescued by Phil Coulton who started off the team and soon restored order to their paceline. The misstep gave Team 2 an initial advantage which they held over six laps by flawless riding. Dave Mullens put in a great turn for Team 1 on lap seven, wiping out the team’s deficit and providing a small lead that was consolidated by Steve Jones on the next lap. Rowan McMurray and Alec Millet closed out the event for Teams 1 and 2 respectively. Alec rode a blistering final lap but could not quite overcome Team 1’s lead. Rowan held a solid pace to take the win by around 4 metres in a close fought event.

Major place getters were as follows:
8-Lap Scratch: (A Grade) Alec Millet, Steve Jones, Dougal Torrance. (B Grade) Phil Anderson, Bruce Griffin, Phil Coulton.
1-Lap Standing Start Time trial: (A Grade) Hamish Anderson (27.35s), Alec Millett (28.90s), Steve Jones (29.20s). (B Grade) Steve Hirsler (30.07s), Bruce Griffin (31.50s), Ken Birch (31.65s).
Combined Italian Pursuit: Winner Team 1 (Steve Jones, Dave Mullens, Tony Beasley, Warwick Wilson, John Paul De Sousa, Rowan McMurray, Phil Coulton, Graeme O’Neill, James Newhouse).

Season Point Score Update:
Alec Millett (17), Steve Jones (17), Bruce Griffin (16), Phil Coulton (15), Hamish Anderson (14), Dougal Torrance, Phil Anderson, Steve Hirsler (13), James Newhouse (12), John Paul De Sousa (11).

Graeme O’Neill

Gunning 2 Day – 17/18th October

Day 1

The gunning two-day event is steeped in tradition, in stories of victory and missed opportunities. Of magpies, brown snakes, echidnas and flocks of sheep. In howling winds, rain and crumbling roads, riders of all abilities battled it out to claim victory in their grades. The names of Hall, Gardiner, Dunn and Gilbert were feared bushrangers of the area in the 1860’s. Over the weekend, names like Hollings, Healy & Brown were the names most feared in the area for their ability to strike.

Saturday morning saw a cool gentle breeze rolling over the hills of Gunning. With some overnight rain and the sun peeking through the clouds, conditions were close to perfect for the start of the 100km road race for A,B,C & D. Bernie Crowe was first away with A grade in pursuit. Could A grade match the power of Bernie on the Cullerin climb? Gerard Tiffen took the intermediate sprint points just ahead of Brendan Byatt. Coming into view for the completion of the first lap, Team Tiffen had splintered the group into a lead group of 4 riders with a 5 min gap to another 3 riders. Had they gone out too hard too early was the talk of the town as they turned, threw water bottles and collected new ones.

On the final lap, it was to be a 3 man show with team Tiffen piling the pain onto Paul Hollings who didn’t crack over the final lap. The sprint finish at Gunning is one of the toughest. With a very long finishing straight into an uphill drag, timing is everything. Go too early, and the legs will quickly turn into bricks as the hill just keeps on going. For A grade Gerard Tiffen was able to punch out the watts and win the sprint ahead of Paul Hollings and Jeremy Gillman-Wells in a time of 2hrs 34mins.

Meanwhile a big group of 17 x B graders were not too far behind. With several early attacks nullified, B were content to roll along, enjoy the scenery and battle it out at the intermediate sprints and finish line. By now the wind had picked up and was rumbling in from the north west giving the riders a slight tail wind on the return leg. And the sprint finish for B was super impressive with 15 riders all bunched together, straining every last bit of energy out of their legs. On the line, you could have thrown a blanket over 10 or so riders with Bruce Goodspeed narrowly edging out Peter Zygadio and Rowan Walker.

C Grade started with 16 riders and mostly stayed together over the opening lap. But controversy ensued with an attack inside the neutral turn point with several riders getting dropped as a result. Just like the neutral feeding zones in the Tour De France, they are neutral for a reason which is to make it safe for riders to take on extra water and turn safely. The rest of the road race for C grade was uneventful with 9 riders staying together. On the finish line Andrew Osborne took line honors ahead of Rodney Welch and the ever present Stephen Schwenke.

In D grade it was all tea and scones at the turn point. By now the weather was turning feral. Rain was starting to fall and the wind was switching around to a Southerly. The return leg into a strong head wind was going to be the real tester. It was at this point that Des Brown decided that the best way to beat the wind and rain was to make it back to the car before the weather closed in. By the finish line, Des had opened up a huge 2 min time gap on Tony Beasley and a 6 min gap on Sally Thompson. It was the sort of performance that would generally warrant a trip to the toilets with a glass jar. But alas as we didn’t have a port-a-loo at the ready, we just had to take Des’s word for it that he has been training hard and this was the result of many km’s in his legs.

E grade started with 9 riders and with them doing 1 lap (50km’s), it was going to be fast and furious. David Gunther stopped on the Cullerin range to take some scenic photos which ruled him out of contention for overall honors. But on the line again, it was a hard fought sprint with Rico Fitch, Alex Sommariva and Lance Purdon all battling it out up the final drag. Rico 1st with Alex and Lance 2nd and 3rd respectively.

Day 2

Sunday delivered the goods again in terms of wind and slightly overcast conditions. The wind was blowing from the southwest which made the outbound leg from Breadalbane to Gunning difficult but the return leg super fun with a strong tail wind.

Half the A graders decided that hill climb championships or a good Sunday morning sleep in were the better options as we ended up with only 3 A graders. Full credit to Damien Lonergan who on the Saturday was a DNF due to a flat tyre, but still decided to come out and ride with A grade on the Sunday.

In A grade, Paul Hollings had an almost unassailable lead of 8mins over Brendan Byatt. Would this be enough? or was Brendan going to attack early and claw back some of that time? At the intermediate spring all 3 riders were bang on the line with Damien just edging out Brendan with Paul marking the group. The return leg from Gunning to Breadalbane was super quick. With a strong tail wind, they covered the 50kms in a very quick 1hr 16 mins and on the line it was Brendan Byatt who managed to out sprint Paul Hollings and Damien on the line.

B grade again was together for the entire 50kms. Again they made it very difficult for the multiple sets of eyes on the line to see who won in the sprint. After deliberation, Mark Harris re-discovered his sprinting legs and took out the sprint just ahead of Peter Zygadio and Tim Brown.

C grade started the 50kms road race with 12 riders and there were a front group intent on inflicting pain. Ed Logue decided that sprinting is easier when there is only one other to sprint against and won in a time of 1hr 18 just ahead of Carmine Spagnoletti. Both times would have beaten all of the B graders! 3rd place in the 50km road race went to Brian Peak.

D grade trembled at the prospect of having to contain the Des Brown Phenomenon. Was he going to have an off day and give up some of his time or would the entire D grade have to combine to combat his tactical prowess? The result was a mass sprint finish, this time with Tony Beasley exacting some revenge with a narrow win over Alain Arbaut and Sally Thompson in 3rd.

E grade were together at the intermediate sprint, but something must have happened on the return climb over the Cullerin range as a group of 3 riders managed to sneak away. At the finish line it was Rico Fitch 20 odd seconds ahead of Terry Moore with Lance Purdon in 3rd. This group had over a 1 min gap on the chase group of E.

Coming into the crowning glory event the 5km Individual Time Trial, there was pleas for the Time Trial to start 5kms up the road with the finish to be in Breadalbane. But what fun would a Time Trial be with a roaring tail wind? Race Director’s like to ensure you get your entry fee’s worth by racing into a head wind as much as possible!

Heading into the TT, it was super close in several grades. Paul Hollings barring a mechanical had the A grade event sown up. But B & C were closer affairs with 13 riders in B within 40 seconds of overall victory. With a strong head wind, anything could happen!

In A grade, Paul Hollings blitzed the 5kms in a time of 8mins 8 seconds
B grade it was Rowan Walker who covered the 5km in 8min 32 secs edging out Tim Brown 10 seconds back and Bean Healy a further 4 seconds adrift.
C Grade it was Andrew Osborne in a time of 8min 33 secs with Luke Healy 2nd and JP De Sousa in 3rd.
In D grade, Michael Reppion showed a clean pair of heels to win in a time of 9.27 ahead of Sally Thompson in 9.47 and Tony Beasley in 10.03
E grade it was the Lance Purdon show breaking the 10min barrier in a time of 9.52 ahead of Rico in 10.13 and Terry Moore in 11.01

As we gathered around the Breadalbane community Hall awaiting the final results, the tension in the room was electric. Rumours swirled that the time gaps were very very close. Graham Hendrie was copying and pasting Excel and cross computing numbers like John Nash from “A Beautiful Mind” to get the results in order. A hush of silence fell over the crowd:

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A Grade- Paul Hollings 1st Overall, ahead of Brendan Byatt

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B Grade- Rowan Walker had moved from 6th place overall before the TT to claim victory just 7 seconds ahead of Tim Brown with Ben Healy just 17 seconds behind Rowan. The split between 3rd and 4th place came down to 4/100th of a second! Incredible racing.

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C Grade- Luke Healy overcame a final TT deficit to claim overall victory just 25 seconds ahead of Brian Peak. Ed Logue, oh so close just 4 second behind in 3rd place.

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D Grade- Des Brown protected his time buffer from Day 1 to win with Anthony Beasley 1.45 behind and Sally Thompson 5.45 behind.

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E Grade- Again close racing with Rico hanging on by 27 seconds over Lance Purdon in 2nd and Terry Moore taking 3rd place.

Incredibly close racing in many grades and well done to all riders!

My special thanks goes to Graham Hendrie who as always never fails with the van duties, time keeping and everything else.
Simon the sports med who ensures that medical help is at the ready in case we ever need it. Thankfully we didn’t need it over the weekend.
Jan Koehler who was a marshal on both days helping to capture rider numbers in the finish chute
The McVay’s in Ian & Kristi who do so much behind the scenes in making Gunning a great event.

My Saturday marshals in Dougal who captured the intermediate sprint points, Ben Carmody who drove the lead car, Brian Vernon who assisted on the finish line, Michael Hanbury who drove the trail car and Greg Mitchell who managed to safely control I think the 1 or 2 cars that passed through Breadalbane at the far turn point My Sunday marshals, Seymour who drove the lead car, Paul “Stitches” Robey who drove the trail car, Ben Robey who controlled the turn point at Gunning, Kevin Newhouse who controlled the short turn point in Breadalbane and helped at the finish line afterwards and Filipe Lopes Reis who got a white knuckle ride in my Audi as we took off to capture the intermediate sprint primes.

Ben Davis
Race Referee

ACT Veterans Bleat, Monday 12th October, 2020

Hello Vets,

In the Bleat this week;

•  Gunning 2 Day

•  Race support needed

•  From the desk of the President

•  From the Handicapper

•  COVID-19 Restrictions

•  AVCC 2021 Nationals – CANCELLED

•  Racing this Week

•  Race Reports

Ian Morton

Gunning 2 Day

Gunning 2020 two-day race is on 17 & 18 October. Race format will be the same as last year with racing starting from 10:00am on both days. Riders must race on Saturday to be eligible to race on Sunday. This year we will use RMS for pre-entry and payments. Any members who cannot pay by credit should contact the race committee.

To enter, go the Calendar page https://rms.actvets.cc/calendar. Click the ‘Details’ button for the race on 17/10/2020 at Gunning. Put in your race number and then hit the Enter button. If you are financial, credit card details fields will display. Enter your details and you should receive a transaction reference code (Note this down if you want to. The transaction will appear on your statement as SQ *ACT VETERANS CYCLI Kambah AUS). You name should appear in the Entries List.

Entry for this year is only $20.00!

Race support needed

The club is extremely lucky to have Graham Hendrie looking after, and bringing out to races, our race van. Graham also manages the timing and results recording and uploading into RMS. This operates like a pro rider, very smooth looking but a lot of hard work going on.

Graham is looking to take a break from marshal duties, so we need to start looking at transitioning some of the tasks that he does to other people. This could be a member of the club, a family member or someone who has spare time and an interest in cycling. If you are interested in helping out, or know someone who would be, please get in touch with the race Committee.

Remember, it’s up to everyone in the club to help ensure we continue to have a viable ongoing race program.

Ian McVay
Race Committee

From the desk of the President

Good evening everyone, and welcome back to Criterium season – it’s been a long time coming, and I hope everyone enjoys the racing challenges over the next few months.

Having spent a long time off the bike this year, my racing has deteriorated, which saw me in C grade for a couple of races.

Criteriums are my preferred type of racing to compete in, and I stupidly committed a faux pas last week when I crossed the line in C grade in first place – something we have all been warned against doing when racing in a grade than our usual one. At the time of the incident I realised my error and apologised to the C graders near me. Our Grading expert Rob Langridge has also since pulled me up on my poor form, and rightly so. Thankfully my result has subsequently been scratched.

While making a rash decision in the moment may not be intended to annoy fellow racers, we can all appreciate and understand that it’s not fair to other racers in the grade to take a win while racing in a lower grade, or to make Rob’s function as the club’s handicapper more complicated.

I sincerely apologise to the racers in C Grade and hope that my poor decision-making and racing last week doesn’t inspire others that find themselves in similar situations!

Good luck to everyone coming out tomorrow for what should be another great evening’s racing.

Best Regards

Seymour Savell-Boss #25
ACT Vets Cycling Club President

From the Handicapper

Vets out and about

It hasn’t been much of a year for Vets to get out and about but on the weekend a few members gathered in Singleton for the NSW masters’ road championships. Participation from ACT riders was lower than other years probably because of the uncertainty regarding restrictions on traveling to sporting events in NSW but also due to general bushfire/smoke/COVID long-term training upheaval. Brendan Byatt M5 and Owain Tilley M7 both finished an agonising 4th in their respective TT events. Bruce Goodspeed M6 was 10th in the M6 road race. The course probably wasn’t tough enough for a rider like Bruce and he had to be content with finishing in the bunch which contained the vast majority of starters. Owain finished 19th in the M7 RR. There were no starters for the criterium. Well done to all!.

Gunning this weekend

I hope everyone is featuring trips to Gunning and Breadalbane in their weekend plans. As mentioned last week, this is your one chance to ride for GC glory in the season. With Gunning being Gunning and the weather forecast to be unsettled, make sure you pack every item of cold weather/rain gear you have so you are ready for every possible weather contingency. Hope to see you there.

Rob Langridge
Handicapper

COVID-19 Restrictions

There are legal requirements in place for people returning to the ACT from Victoria and particular places in New South Wales to self-quarantine.

Members who have been to any of these locations in the past 14 days should be complying with ACT Government quarantine restrictions.

Members should stay home if you have been feeling unwell or showing symptoms of COVID-19 or been in contact with someone who has felt unwell in the past 2 weeks.

AVCC 2021 Nationals – CANCELLED

The National Championships were scheduled to be held in South Australia during January 2021 in conjunction with the Tour Down Under.

Unfortunately, the AVCC have had to cancel the Nationals due to uncertainty arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result of state border restrictions, there is no clarity regarding the ability of members to travel to South Australia in January.

RACING THIS WEEK:

Tuesday, 13th October: Stromlo Criterium

Where: Stromlo Forest Park
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number.
Race Description:
B/D 5:50 B 25m+2, D 22m+2
E/F/G 6:20 E/F/G 20 m + 2 laps
A/C 6:45 A 25m+2, C 22m+2

Race Director: David Witham Contact: Email: david.witham@act.gov.au    Ph  0448 812 162

Marshals: Corey Beatson

Wednesday, 14th October: Track Racing

Regrettably, last Wednesday’s track practice session was washed out. However, the season’s first track racing session remains scheduled for this Wednesday.

The Program for Wednesday is;
5.30pm – 6.00pm: Warm-up and free practice;
6.00pm – 6.20pm: 8-lap graded scratch race;
6.20pm – 7.00pm: 1-SS Time Trial;
7.00pm – 7.20pm: Italian Pursuit.

Gunning 2 Day

Saturday, 17th October: Day 1

Where: Day 1 races start and finish at summit of hill about 1.5 km NE of Gunning. Park off the road at top of hill adjacent start finish.
When: 10:00 am.
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number.
Race Description:
ABCD do two laps for 100k.
EFG do 1 lap for 50k.
All races start from 10:00 onward. You MUST register buy 9:45.
Time bonuses for the 2 kom primes are 5,2,1 sec. Time bonuses for the finish are 13,7,3 sec.

Sunday, 18th October: Day 2

Where: Drive to Gunning, then Cullerin Road to Breadalbane, or, Federal Highway to Collector then Breadalbane Road to Breadalbane, or, Federal Highway – Hume Highway – Cullerin Road. Park at the Community Hall.
When: 10:00 am.
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number.
Race Description:
Breadalbane – short turn – Gunning return ~ 50km
Followed by 5km TT (no aero equipment permitted)
All races start from 10:00 onward. You MUST register buy 9:45.
Time bonuses for the kom prime are 5,2,1 sec. Time bonuses for the finish are 7,4,2 sec

RACE REPORTS:

Stromolo Criterium – 6th October

The first of the 2020 Summer Criterium series proceeded uneventfully despite the weather forecast looking grim all day.

E a grade christened the season, followed by F and G grade, with the sole G grader, Bernie Crowe opting for the company of F grade, at least for a while. E grade’s 6 starters traded places for 20 minutes, and duly lined up for a sprint involving all, with the wily Alex Sommivara edging out Alison Hale and Penelope Ardern. One of the 4 F graders had to miss a place on the podium, but Dennis Puniard followed by Pat Rooke and Edward Joliffe made sure it wasn’t going to be them, and Bernie Crowe made no mistake in G grade.

A and C grade were next away, with healthy fields of 9 and 11 respectively.

A grade showed some hard racing with Tristan Dimmock in particular putting the hurt on up the home straight. Brad Peppinck put in a move around 11 minutes and held the bunch off for a few laps, but inevitably it all came together and Ben Morrison won the gallop, ahead of a still frisky Brad Peppinck and Tristan Dimmock.

C grade included the tandem of Ben Healy and John Burton who showed willing on the downhills, but saw the elastic stretch and eventually break on the uphill straight. Newcomer Adam Davey was inevitably “allowed” to spend considerable time at the front of the bunch. The finish ended with Seymour Savell-Boss timing his appearance at the front to the right moment, edging out Mick Hanbury and Adam Davey.

Finally B and D grade set off amid light sprinkles of rain, and fading light.

B grade’s 13 starters saw some early action from Michael Foulds and Peter Young, and later including Ed Logue and Dale Riley, but again, nothing stuck and the bunch regrouped with 3 to go, and Al Raitt coming in ahead of Bruce Goodfellow and Ed Logue.

D grade had a dozen riders. Adam Strickland stretched the legs after 7 minutes, with John Stockman looking to spoil the party. The attack stuck until near the end, and the bunch took the bell together. The finale saw Adam Strickland with enough juice left to take the win, and possibly farewell D grade, ahead of Lance Purdon and Ian Morton.

Thanks are due to marshall Aaron Thomson and First Aid Officer Simon Whitehead, as well as Ian McVay for valuable guidance.

Kevin Woods
Race Referee

ACT Veterans Bleat, Monday 5th October, 2020

Hello Vets,

Welcome to the start of the 2020/21 Summer Racing Season. In the Bleat this week;

•  From the Race Committee

•  From the Treasurer

•  From the Handicapper

•  COVID-19 Restrictions

•  AVCC 2021 Nationals – CANCELLED

•  Racing this Week

Ian Morton

From the Race Committee

Gunning Entries Open

Gunning 2020 two-day race is on 17 & 18 October. Race format will be the same as last year with racing starting from 10:00am on both days. Riders must race on Saturday to be eligible to race on Sunday. This year we will use RMS for pre-entry and payments. Any members who cannot pay by credit should contact the race committee.

To enter, go the Calendar page https://rms.actvets.cc/calendar. Click the ‘Details’ button for the race on 17/10/2020 at Gunning. Put in your race number and then hit the Enter button. If you are financial, credit card details fields will display. Enter your details and you should receive a transaction reference code (Note this down if you want to. The transaction will appear on your statement as SQ *ACT VETERANS CYCLI Kambah AUS). You name should appear in the Entries List.

Entry for this year is only $20.00!

Race support needed

The club is extremely lucky to have Graham Hendrie looking after, and bringing out to races, our race van. Graham also manages the timing and results recording and uploading into RMS. This operates like a pro rider, very smooth looking but a lot of hard work going on.

Graham is looking to take a break from marshal duties, so we need to start looking at transitioning some of the tasks that he does to other people. This could be a member of the club, a family member or someone who has spare time and an interest in cycling. If you are interested in helping out, or know someone who would be, please get in touch with the race Committee.

Remember, it’s up to everyone in the club to help ensure we continue to have a viable ongoing race program.

Ian McVay
Race Committee

From the Treasurer

Cashless Option

With the resumption of Tuesday night crits, the cashless option will be available for members to pay race fees. Cash payment will also be available though members are requested to bring the correct amount to minimise handling of change.

Reduced Membership 1 October 2020 – 31 December 2020

The AVCC has approved a reduction in membership fees for the period 1 October 2020 to 31 December 2020. The reduced fee is $60 and is available to both new members and non-financial members who wish to renew their membership for the last three months of the year.

The SportsTG membership portal has now been updated with the new membership fee for the remainder of 2020 (“Q4 Special Reduced Membership 2020”).

Kirsti McVay
Treasurer

From the Handicapper

Amazingly, the winter season has come to end without additional interruptions from COVID-19 and the real battle for those who race during winter was, as always, the weather! I will not forget the other weekend at Breadalbane for a while. We had some great turn-outs on the sunny days and there were plenty of exciting races.

As we move into the criterium season, I ask that riders choosing to ride down a grade from where they left off last year, do so without seeking to thrash those in the lower grade or seek a victory before returning to the higher grade. The victory you steal may be someone else’s own chance for well-deserved glory.

The Peter McLennan Gunning Two-Day Tour is coming soon, I hope many of you are considering riding. It’s a great race and also a fantastic social event, as there are many hours to get to know your competitors on and off the road. It’s the one chance to ride for general classification so pacing yourself, nutrition, rest, good tactics and making alliances are important to get a good result. If you haven’t raced over the winter, and are considering entering please think carefully about the grade you will start in. Please consult me if you have any doubts. Most years we have at least one rider who comes out of nowhere to solo his way to victory, only to disappear for the rest of the season. Let’s avoid this in 2020.

The rain may wash out tomorrow’s crit but I’m sure you are all keen to test your legs at Stromlo soon. I’m looking forward to it.

RIDER WARNING!!!

Summary: Relaid parts of the cycle paths now have a drop from the path to the grass/dirt next to the path. Exercise extreme caution if riding off and then back on the path. Make sure to lift your front wheel as you go back on.

Recently, a number of shared paths (or cycle paths) have been resealed around Canberra, which for some sections is the first proper maintenance since they were laid in the early 80s!. There are examples in Holder, Kambah, and more recently, West Basin to Glenloch Interchange. The paths have been repaired by laying another layer of bitumen on top of the existing surface. This has resulted in a smooth, fast surface but also about a 30mm drop from the path to the dirt/grass next to the path.

Previously, it was possible to ride on and off the path without consideration of the changes in surfaces. In the old days of poor bike lights and no centre line, it was a frequent occurrence to find yourself in the rough on a dark night, but there were no problems getting back on. Unfortunately, one Vets member has misjudged the transition from path to grass and back again with disastrous results. Here’s wishing a speedy recovery to Ed Pelligrino. Also be wary of drains and manholes as some have a smooth transition while others are more like a pothole.

Rob Langridge
Handicapper

COVID-19 Restrictions

There are legal requirements in place for people returning to the ACT from Victoria and particular places in New South Wales to self-quarantine.

Members who have been to any of these locations in the past 14 days should be complying with ACT Government quarantine restrictions.

Members should stay home if you have been feeling unwell or showing symptoms of COVID-19 or been in contact with someone who has felt unwell in the past 2 weeks.

Product Recall

Advance Traders (Australia) Pty Ltd – Sugek CS-M3007 7-speed Cassette fitted to Norco Storm 4 and 5 Bicycles MY2021

The Sugek CS-M3007 7-Speed Cassette installed on certain model year 2021 Norco Storm 4 and Storm 5 bicycles may cause the chain to skip unexpectedly, under extreme pedalling loads when using the 11 tooth cog.

For full details go to: https://www.productsafety.gov.au/recall/advance-traders-australia-pty-ltd-sugek-cs-m3007-7-speed-cassette-fitted-to-norco-storm-4-and-5-bicycles-my2021

AVCC 2021 Nationals – CANCELLED

The National Championships were scheduled to be held in South Australia during January 2021 in conjunction with the Tour Down Under.

Unfortunately, the AVCC have had to cancel the Nationals due to uncertainty arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result of state border restrictions, there is no clarity regarding the ability of members to travel to South Australia in January.

RACING THIS WEEK:

Tuesday, 6th October: Stromlo Criterium

Where: Stromlo Forest Park
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number.
Race Description:
E/F/G 20m + 2 @ 5:50
A/C 20m + 2 @ 6:15
B/D 20m + 2 @ 6:40

Race Director: Kevin Woods Contact: Email: krwoods56@gmail.com    Ph  0412 622 299

Marshals: Aaron Thomson

Wednesday, 7th October: Track Practice Session

The track racing season will kick off with a Practice Session starting at 6.00pm on Wednesday 7 October. There will be no racing. All interested riders are invited – particularly new riders and track novices. It is a great opportunity to give track a try!

Please note that Narrabundah Track is a high-banked, oval track suitable only for conventional fixed gear track bikes with a high bottom bracket. We are unable to accommodate road bikes on this track.

Note:
+ Narrabundah track is located off Goyder Street in Narrabundah;
+ We welcome riders to try a high-banked track for the first time;
+ New riders can get practical advice on gearing, bunch riding & track etiquette;
+ Interested riders can try out a track bike (bring your own pedals and shoes);
+ Experienced riders can tune up the machinery & motor;
+ All riders can express their preference for events & races;
+ The practice session will be around 1hr 30 mins starting at 6.00pm;
+ There is no formal structure to the practice. We can assist with introductory training, if requested;
+ You can do your own thing, if you prefer.

A few basics on track etiquette for the practice session:
+ Use the designated track positions for cruising, tempo or fast pacing;
(The faster you ride the higher you should be positioned on track. Overtake outside other riders);
+ Hold your line – don’t make changes of speed or position unless you are clear of other riders;
+ Be very careful if you are crossing or moving on / off the track;
(It is your responsibility not to impede other riders in this situation);
+ Start from the fence and be aware of riders approaching;
+ It is best to wear clear or light tinted goggles;
(the shaded portions of track have very low visibility with regular sunnies);
+ All riders will need to be cautious, as there will be novice riders at the practice session.

Regular track racing will start on Wednesday 14 October.

Last year we had a small, dedicated track group with a total of 31 riders participating over the season. However, why should they have all the fun. If you have thought about it, come and give it a try. We would like at least ten more regulars.

Sunday, 11th October: No scheduled race

The next road race event will be the Gunning 2 Day on 17/18 October.

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