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Started in 1993, the ACT Veterans Cycling Club was formed to cater specifically for veteran racing cyclists in the Canberra area. Veteran category for cycling is 35 and over for men and 30 and over for women. Road races are held throughout the year at a number of different venues in and around the A.C.T. Track races are run during the summer months at Queanbeyan Park. All competitors are graded or handicapped in relation to their performance and fitness and new members receive particular attention to ensure they race in a group compatible with their ability. 


The club aims to promote friendly competition in cycle racing so that both newcomers and experienced riders in all age groups can enjoy this great sport in a safe and sociable environment. Further information regarding the club can be found on the About Us and Membership pages of this site.

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February 13 Bleat

posted 13 Feb 2017, 00:58 by Administrator Actvcc   [ updated 13 Feb 2017, 00:58 ]

Hello Vets,

In the Bleat this week;

•  Big Canberra Bike Ride 2017

•  From the desk of the handicapper

•  Racing this Week

•  Race Reports

 

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

 

Ian Morton

 

Big Canberra Bike Ride 2017

BE PART OF THE 2017 BIG CANBERRA BIKE RIDE & VOLUNTEER!

Pedal Power ACT is conducting the 2017 Big Canberra Bike Ride on Sunday 5 March 2017. The Big Canberra Bike Ride is an event for all abilities and ages to celebrate safe cycling in Canberra.

Volunteers are essential to the success of the Big Canberra Bike Ride and your involvement would be highly valuable. With a range of volunteer duties that includes drivers, road marshals, event workforce and many others we will have a task for you! If you are interested in helping out on Saturday 4 March &/or Sunday 5 March please contact Joanne Brown at events@pedalpower.org.au, phone 6248 7995 or visit the website www.bigcanberrabikeride.com.au

 

From the desk of the handicapper

President Torrance's recent rousing speech asserting "Dougal first, Dougal first!" was replicated at Stromlo on the past two Tuesdays earning him a promotion to A grade. Congratulations Pres.
- Dougal Torrance B to A
- Bryan Holloway C to B
- Michael Golding E to D

 

RACING THIS WEEK:

Tuesday, 14th February: 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 35m+2
B/D 6:35 B 38m+2, D 35m+2
E/F/G 7:15 28 min + 2 laps

Race Director:  tba
Contact: Email: tba    Ph  tba

Race Director and 2 x marshals required for this event, please let the Race Committee know if you can assist.

 

Wednesday, 15th February: Track Racing

The Program for Wednesday is as follows:
5.30pm – 6.00pm: Warm-up and free practice;
6.00pm – 6.20pm: 10-lap graded scratch race;
6.20pm – 6.50pm: 1 Lap Screamer TT (flying start);
6.50pm – 7.20pm: 2-lap match race;
7.20pm – 7.30pm: Italian pursuit.

 

Sunday, 19th February: Uriarra Homestead Time Trial

Where:Uriarra Homestead, intersection of Uriarra Rd and Brindabella Rd.
When: 9:00 am.
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number.
Race Description:
Uriarra Homestead - Short turn - top of Uriarra Crossing - short turn - top of Uriarra Crossing - finish

Race Director: Des Brown
Contact: Email: despot1946@gmail.com     Ph 0405 925 828

Marshals: John Paul De Sousa, 2 x ATC required, 2 x Marshal required

 

RACE REPORTS:

Stromlo – 7th February

B Grade

The strong winds played havoc with the 19 strong bunch starting to split on the first lap. A group of 6 headed by Michael Fawke quickly established a gap and once Michael backed off a bit they worked well together to consolidate the lead. The group consisted of Michael, Dougal Torrance, Heath Chester, Tim Minehan, Simon Junokovic and Al Bontjer. Troy Cassell tried valiantly to bridge across but got stuck in the middle and finally had to concede and drop back to the main group of around 12 riders. The main group started to swap off turns and held the lead group at a constant distance for a while, but just couldn’t make inroads. After a few laps Al decided discretion was the better part of valour and dropped back to the main bunch too. The lead 5 continued to swap off turns and, other than a bit of confusion trying to pass D grade for the second time, had an uneventful run through to a group sprint won by Dougal. Heath took a well earnt 2nd place and, despite being the obvious strong man of the break, Michael came home 3rd. There were a few moves from the main bunch every now and then, but realistically they were never going to bridge across. Roger Northcote ended up leading them home.

D Grade

D grade was a much more gentlemanly affair and despite the strong cross winds they largely stayed as a close group. There were a few little flurries of enthusiasm but nothing that stuck. David Johnson made the cardinal sin of jumping on the back of B grade for a little while but paid his punishment by having to go solo in the wind for about 4 laps before being swallowed back into the bunch. In the end the bunch sprint was won by James Curran from Kirsty Cummin and Sean Fleming. Terence Merrigan won the hard man award by sticking in to the finish despite suffering a severe rear wheel buckle that had the rim rubbing on the brakes for most of the race.

Thanks to Tom our first aider for again stepping up and assisting with marshalling duties, putting out the final lap counters and taking results. There was a distinct lack of people offering up some time in response to the Bleat call for marshalls which is pretty poor form. If you coordinate with someone from another grade you can easily marshall and still get a race in, and it’s a pretty easy job. A big thanks to Roger Northcote for sharing Race Director duties with me, finishing of the duties for E,F,G and running A and C.

 

Paul Connor

 

A Grade

In A-grade there was an attack on the opening lap with three riders breaking free and starting to smoothly work together. The second bunch rather than working together to rejoin, was split by constant furious attacks from riders trying to bridge to the first group. Some of these failed, but eventually, four riders got across in different attempts so that the lead group consisted of Nicholas Stewart, Marc Vroomans, Mark Harris Michael Brice, Paul Connor, Rowan McMurphy, and Sean Ifland. The race then settled down for with the front seven gradually building up a commanding lead of three quarters of a lap, and the remaining bunch also working well together, but at a slower pace. Nicholas Stewart attacked hard from the front bunch with 2 laps to go and went on to a convincing win by the length of the straight. Mark Vroomans beat Mark Harris in the sprint for second. It was a great race to watch, very fast, with everyone going hard until the end.

C Grade

C-grade was comparatively a more sedate affair, with the 12 riders largely content to stay in a bunch, and work together, apart from a couple of stragglers who eventually got dropped. It seemed C-grade were motivated to measure themselves against the truly furious pace of A-grade. In that regard they did really well, as they were overtaken twice by the lead A-grade bunch and only once by the second bunch. Bryan Holloway made a good move on the last lap and won quite easily, and was almost apologetic about his victory, saying “I did do a lot of the work with the bunch”. That was certainly the case. Jayson Clarke beat Graham Tanton in the sprint for second.

E Grade

The E-grade race split into two main bunches, with Linda Stals eventually losing touch with the front bunch, but worked very hard to stay ahead of the second and finish in fifth place. Andrew O’Neil won the final sprint ahead of Michael Golding with Theresa McLachlan third and Simon Johnston fourth.

F Grade

Most of F-grade stayed together until the final sprint, with Mike Hayes narrowly winning from David Witteveen and Bill Frost.

G Grade

Bernie Crowe was again the sole G Grader.

 

Roger Northcote

 

Narrabundah Track Racing – 8th February

 

Again, the Track Racing was cancelled due to rain.

 

Graeme O'Neill

 

Dairy Flat Crit – 12th February

 

After two days of extreme heat, Sunday morning greeted the riders at Dairy Flat road refreshed after some overnight rain. Excellent racing conditions with the temperature around 25 degrees and some good numbers in the grades.

G Grade

Bernie Crowe went off with Paul Robey in F Grade via a handicap start. As Bernie was the only contender in G Grade this week, he obviously cleaned up all the points on offer. He is keeping his fitness up for when Bruce Jones comes back to racing so they can resume their battles.

F Grade

I gave Paul Robey a bit longer handicap to the chasing E Grade this week with Paul warming up for his tilt at the 500mtr time trial next weekend in the NSW Track championships. Unfortunately Dairy Flat is not held over just 500mtrs and after Paul took the first sprint he was quickly caught by E Grade and promptly spat out the back. Graham Hendrie also in F grade held onto the E Grade pack for longer and subsequently cleaned up all the other F Grade sprints. Although it was great to see Graham contend for the final E Grade sprint of the day, I really should have told him he didn’t need to. Oh well good exercise!

E Grade

It was a 3-way rider square up in E grade with Linda Stals the only female competitor on the day. Come on ladies, come out and race! John Lowe took out the first 2 sprints, but these obviously took the wind out of him for the 3rd and final sprint. Linda once again has the tactics to storm home on the final sprint to collect the bonus points and the overall 1st position in E Grade. 1st- Linda Stals 11 pts, 2nd -John Lowe 10pts, 3rd – Des Brown 9pts.

D Grade

4 riders took to the course which was now getting quite humid. Once again close sprints each time with the intermediate sprints being shared between David Gunther and Simon Johnston. It came down to the final sprint for it to be decided where Simon edged out David to take the overall win. 1st- Simon Johnston 11pts, 2nd- David Gunther 10pts, 3rd- Phil Anderson 4 pts.

C Grade

6 riders started, 5 finished with Rico deciding to keep riding around the lake after one of the laps. Ian Preston takes out most aggressive rider on the day with quite a number of big efforts at the front or attacks out of the corners. Unfortunately other riders were able to stick to his wheel and nullify the pressure he was heaping on the group. In the intermediate sprints, Tony Beasley was duking it out with Jamie McRae. Coming into the final sprint lap, Tony held a slender 1 point lead over Jamie and it was anyone’s sprint. We needed the high tech slow-mo video on the finish line (otherwise known as the iphone) to determine the eventual winner with Tony Beasley using his track skills to push the front wheel forward on the line to take the win. 1st- Tony Beasley 15pts, 2nd-Jamie McRae 13pts, 3rd-Ian Preston 5 pts.

B Grade

10 riders lined up for the start of B grade with all eyes on club president Dougal Torrance. The big question was whether he was going to sandbag the race to stay in B. With the eyes of the handicapper right behind him, anything was possible. Things started rather evenly. After 3 intermediate sprints we had Dougal, Tim Minehan & David Dickson event on 6 points each. Pressure applied at the turns and more surging than an Uber car meant some riders began to drop off. Tim then went on an enterprising but the danger back in the pack was sensed and he was reeled in. Chris Nolan waited right to the end to take out the final sprint with all eyes on the minor placings to decide the overall winner. Equal on 13 pts was David Dickson and Tim Minehan however David Dickson was declared the winner on countback after coming in 2nd in the final sprint with Tim coming home 3rd. 1st- David Dickson 13pts, 2nd- Time Minehan 13pts, 3rd-Dougal Torrance 13pts.

A Grade

5 riders in A. It was neutral to the first turn at which point Christophe Barbaret declared his intentions for the day by attacking. He took the 3 points in the first sprint by a good 100 metres. Good tactics were then shown as he slowed down to let the chasing pack make the catch. It would be a game person to try to hold off A grade for the next 30 mins in the humid air. Peter Young then went on the attack on sprint #3 and took an easy 3. Once again the final sprint was to determine the overall winner. We expected a ding dong battle between Christophe and Mark, however as they rounded the tree, Peter Young was again disrupting the proceedings and took out the final sprint with Christophe and Seymour. The 2nd placing for Christophe in the final was enough to seal overall victory. 1st- Christophe Barbaret, 2nd- Mark Harris, 3rd- Peter Young.

Thanks for all who raced. After the heat of the past two days it was thankfully not too hot for racing. Thanks to Graham Hendrie for van duties and Tom Roberts for Medical support.

 

Ben Davis

 


February 6 Bleat

posted 6 Feb 2017, 13:21 by Administrator Actvcc   [ updated 6 Feb 2017, 13:21 ]

Hello Vets,

In the Bleat this week;

•  Traffic Controller Course

•  From the desk of the handicapper

•  Charity bike ride to Qld

•  Racing this Week

•  Race Reports

 

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

 

Ian Morton

 

Traffic Controller Course

Members,

The ability of our club to run road races depends on members who are prepared to take on the duties of qualified Marshals.

When the requirements for Traffic Controllers was first introduced, the club was forced to hire professional traffic controllers at enormous cost. Had this continued, road racing in the ACT would have become financially unviable.

I encourage all members to consider signing up for this or a future Traffic Controller course to be available to guarantee our ability to continue road racing.

Dougal Torrance
President, ACT Veterans Cycling Club

 

The Traffic Controller Training courses will be held for free for Canberra cycling clubs and cycling organisations on February 11, 2017 Spaces are limited for the training course, and once full a waitlist will be activated so we can host further courses.

Fully subsidised by Roads ACT this course has been organised to assist in minimising costs on cycling clubs and organisations and help train volunteers, or club appointed marshals to fulfil the marshaling duties at cycling events. We urge you to make use of this generous offer and assist your club and the broader cycling community by having more trained and skilled operators available for club and open events in the ACT. Please note ALL registrants must have a current driver's license.

Date: Saturday 11 February 2017
Time: Full day of training 8:30 – 5pm
Location: Canberra Ave, Fyshwick
Cost: Free

Please use this link to register:
https://eventdesq.sportstg.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=main&EventDesqID=21794&OrgID=4426

 

John Armstrong
Executive Officer
Pedal Power ACT Inc

 

From the handicapper's desk overlooking the Tasman Sea at Tura Beach

The following well deserved promotions;
- Ian Mongan B to A
- Troy Cassell C to B
- Andrew Hislop D to C
- Alex Sommariva E to D
- Miche Hodgetts F to E

 

Charity bike ride to Qld

On Saturday March 11, 2017 I am heading off on a charity bike ride to raise money for Red Nose (formally SidsnKids), ‘Ellen's Ride', I will be riding from the ACT to QLD through country NSW covering 1350k's over 11 days.

This ride is in memory of our daughter, Ellen, who was born still in January 2010. If you would like to help me raise money for this wonderful charity and sponsor me please click on the following link;

http://www.everydayhero.com.au/event/RideForEllen2017

 

Kind Regards
Tony O'Connor

 

RACING THIS WEEK:

Tuesday, 7th February: Stromlo Criterium

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

Race Director:  Paul Connor
Contact: Email: paulconnor996@gmail.com    Ph  0410411902

2 x marshals required for this event, please let Paul know if you can assist.

 

Wednesday, 8th February: Track Racing

The Program for Wednesday is as follows:
5.30pm – 6.00pm: Warm-up and free practice;
6.00pm – 6.20pm: 10-lap graded scratch race;
6.20pm – 6.50pm: 1 Lap Screamer TT (flying start);
6.50pm – 7.20pm: 2-lap match race;
7.20pm – 7.30pm: Italian pursuit.

 

Sunday, 12th February: Old Federal Highway Graded Scratch

Where:Gravel Pit, intersection Federal Highway and Shingle Hill Way
When: 9:00 am.
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number.
Race Description:
Lake George and back

Race Director: Ben Davis
Contact: Email: bdavis@internode.on.net    Ph  0416 014 629

Next Sunday will be a graded scratch event at the Old Federal Highway. I'm the race Director and urgently need some lead and trail car drivers, a turn marshal and someone to help at the finish line. If you can spare a few hours on Sunday morning I would appreciate the help. Plus it'll be so darn hot that it'll be better than racing and getting all sweaty! Ben.

 

RACE REPORTS:

Stromlo – 31st January

With the forecast 39 degrees not being reached on the day it was a positively chilly 36 degrees on race evening. Nonetheless the decision was once again made to cut the races short in order to avoid any heat stress on the riders over the longer format.

F&G

Combined F & G as Bruce Jones is currently recuperating after eye surgery leaving Bernie Crowe representing G grade in amongst the F graders. Not to be outclassed Bernie mixed it up with the F graders for the entire race. F grade rode nicely together as a bunch resulting in a sprint finish. The slow-mo video on the finish line captured Miche Hodgetts as taking the win over Mike Hayes and Leeanne Tennant in 3rd place.

E Grade

11 riders fronted up for E grade with little action throughout the race with either the heat stopping the riders from attacking or the general agreement for no attacks over the 20 min race. In the end it came down to a last lap frenzy with Michael Golding taking out the win ahead of Alex Sommariva and Bruce Griffin in 3rd.

D Grade

A sizable field of 17 riders started the race with only 1 DNF. Once again the heat played a pivotal role in slowing down the riders and reducing the number of attacks during the race. Another sprint finish resulting with a good 5-6 riders all neck and neck coming into the final straight. On this occasion Andrew Hislop prevailed over Daniel Grillo and David Gunther in 3rd.

C Grade

13 riders decided to tackle the shortened race. There were several splits in the group as A grade went past but those splits were mostly contained. It was at this stage that the roos decided to participate in the evening events. Initially we had them down at the southern end of the course and Bruce Griffin stepped up to become the resident roo wrangler on this occasion. However at one stage of the race we had A grade passing C grade around collarbone corner with a few roos in the middle so the yellow flag was brought out to ensure no accidents. After all the action, Troy Cassell was victorious ahead of Duane Toohey and Shane Warburton.

B Grade

Club Prez Dougal Torrance took a leaf out of that other President (Trump) and initiated an Executive action from the start line by immediately attacking. This attack was blistering and resulted in Rob Langridge forming a chase group after 2 laps. Again a few roos thought they couldn't miss out on the action and were seen crossing the track. The chase group eventually regrouped with the main bunch and Dougal eventually re-joined the fold. This however was a ruse by Dougal as he attacked again which split the bunch again. A few counter attacks in the final laps drained the reserves of the sprinters and Simon Junakovic emerged the winner ahead of Ian Mongan and Time Minehan who did a lot of chasing in the last lap.

A Grade

This week it was the Ed Pellegrino and Dominator show on the first few laps and they were joined by Ben Morrison and Nicholas Stewart after several laps. Ed and Dom dropped back into the main fold but Ben and Nicholas continued to build a sizable lead over the field that was giving chase, but simply couldn't peg back the lead. It was a show of sportsmanship at the finish line with Ben and Nicholas crossing the line together with each recognizing their efforts. But our computer system doesn't allow dead-heats so we had to give it to Ben in the end. Peter Kitchen brought home the main field for 3rd place.

 

Ben Davis

 

Narrabundah Track Racing – 1st February

 

Cancelled due to rain.

 

Graeme O'Neill

 

Dairy Flat Crit – 5th February

 

Cloudy and cool conditions greeted the riders at Dairy Flat rd for Hotdog crit racing. First order of the day was the removal of a tree that had fallen across the course and was blocking one side of the road a mere 100metres from the sprint finish. A chainsaw was called in, but silly me forgot to top it up with fuel so after a few attempts John Lowe, Paul Robey and myself used our extreme physical power to snap the tree in several places and get most off it off the course. So extreme was John and Paul's power in moving tree's that I considered mandatory drug testing before they raced.

E,F&G

Paul Robey and Bernie Crowe got a half lap handicap start in a combined E,F & G points race. John Lowe quickly took off after them but Paul and Bernie held off the chase group for the first sprint lap. Paul took out the line honours just ahead of Bernie before both were reeled in by the chasing E grade. It was then held together with Alex Sommariva taking out each of intermediate sprints. On the final sprint, Linda Stals showed everyone how it's done by tactically crushing them in the final sprint to take out the bonus 5 points. In the end, Alex's consistency in the early parts of the race paid off by taking out the win on 9 points followed by Des Brown on 7 points with Rosemary Robinson and Linda Stals tied for 3rd place.

D Grade

Another staggered start with D grade going off early in front of C. Maybe the race briefing wasn't clear but these were two separate races not a handicap start. We had enough riders in both grades to run them separately. Thus each of the sprints in D grade were won by Michael Hanbury as David Gunther and Robert Mackey were working for Michael. So the end result was Michael taking the win on 17 points ahead of David Gunther on 10 and Robert Mackey on 9.

C Grade

C Grade was a great battle between several riders with the usual tactics of hotdog racing seeing the pace alternate on various laps. Tony Beasley was very consistent in the sprint winning every sprint by just enough ahead of Tony OÇonnor and Andrew McRae. In the end it was a Tony/Tony 1-2 with Tony Beasley finishing on 17 points and Tony OÇonnor in 2nd place on 11 points ahead of Andrew McRae on 6 points.

B Grade

By this time the sun was out and the forecast 35 degrees was just starting to bite. That didn't stop Dougal Torrance, Chris Nolan and David Dickson from having a good old ding dong battle on every sprint. Dougal's ability to calculate and race was the obvious advantage on the day as he did just enough to take out the overall win on 15 points ahead of David Dickson on 13 and Chris Nolan on 11.

A Grade

Only 3 riders fronted up for A grade but the racing was close again with each sprint lap resulting in hard fought sprints. Marc Vroomans nearly made it a clean up day by taking out every sprint but 1 to finish the race on 19 points ahead of Peter Young on 12 points and Seymour Savell-Boss on 11 points.

Special mention to all riders who took to a removing the debris that is often found on this course. Paul Robey for officiating during the A/B race, Graham Hendrie for the van duties and Tom Roberts for medical duties which thankfully were not required on the day.

 

Ben Davis

January 30 Bleat

posted 30 Jan 2017, 02:36 by Administrator Actvcc   [ updated 30 Jan 2017, 02:36 ]

Hello Vets,

A bumper edition of the Bleat this week with plenty to take note of;

•  Heat Warning

•  Traffic Controller Course

•  From the desk of the handicapper

•  Update on Mark Gillett

•  Vintage Racing Bike Collector Talk

•  Charity bike ride to Qld

•  Found GPS

•  Racing this Week

•  Race Reports

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

 

Ian Morton

 

Heat Warning

ACT Veterans Cycling Club

Vets,

Due to forecast high temperatures, we are again invoking the Hot Weather schedule.

Members are again reminded 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.

 

Traffic Controller Course

The Traffic Controller Training courses will be held for free for Canberra cycling clubs and cycling organisations on February 11, 2017 Spaces are limited for the training course, and once full a waitlist will be activated so we can host further courses.

Fully subsidised by Roads ACT this course has been organised to assist in minimising costs on cycling clubs and organisations and help train volunteers, or club appointed marshals to fulfil the marshalling duties at cycling events. We urge you to make use of this generous offer and assist your club and the broader cycling community by having more trained and skilled operators available for club and open events in the ACT. Please note ALL registrants must have a current driver’s license.

Date: Saturday 11 February 2017
Time: Full day of training 8:30 – 5pm
Location: Canberra Ave, Fyshwick
Cost: Free

Please use this link to register:
https://eventdesq.sportstg.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=main&EventDesqID=21794&OrgID=4426

 

John Armstrong
Executive Officer
Pedal Power ACT Inc

 

From the desk of the Handicapper

The following members have come to the attention of the handicapper this week;
- Shane Warburton D to C
- Bryan Holloway B to C
- Mark Partridge E to D

Recently, a number of new riders in A grade have celebrated on winning. AVCC rules take a dim view to this practice:

8. b) Dangerous riding, including the practice of saluting by removing one or both hands off the bars at a finish, will not be tolerated and the referee shall discipline any rider whom he/she deems to be guilty of this practice, or any other act that endangers other riders or road users. Hands must remain on the handle bars.

Further instances may result in disqualification.

 

Update on Mark Gillett

Mark Gillett is now out of hospital and convalescing at home. On Wednesday, he will be having X-rays on his pelvis to determine when he can begin putting weight on his legs. He'd like to thank all those who visited him in hospital although if it were in the first few weeks he can't remember who you were. He's not planning on returning to cycling but may give rowing a go (straight course with lanes??).

 

Vintage Racing Bike Collector Talk

Have you recently been lacking a solid “lecturing to” and “good bollocking” ?

Well here is your next opportunity to put an end to the drought, by listening to a Collector Talk. Delivered by Peter Taylor, he will be shining a light on key features of his vintage racing bike exhibition at the Canberra Museum and Gallery (CMAG).

Ideally timed on a Saturday so you can bash out a long ride, shower, and regroup to have lunch with your ride buddies in town arriving early to pre-browse before the main show starts. Could be standing room only.

http://www.cmag.com.au/events/collector-talk-peter-taylor-and-stephen-hodge

Sat 4th Feb 2-3 pm

A good question to ask Pete on the day is: “so Pete, how is it you can ride a Hillbrick so quickly up a hill without Di2?

 

John Paul De Sousa

 

Charity bike ride to Qld

On Saturday March 11, 2017 I am heading off on a charity bike ride to raise money for Red Nose (formally SidsnKids), ‘Ellen’s Ride’, I will be riding from the ACT to QLD through country NSW covering 1350k’s over 11 days.

This ride is in memory of our daughter, Ellen, who was born still in January 2010. If you would like to help me raise money for this wonderful charity and sponsor me please click on the following link;

http://www.everydayhero.com.au/event/RideForEllen2017

 

Kind Regards
Tony O'Connor

 

Found GPS

A member of the public has reported finding a GPS unit;

My wife found a bike GPS (I believe they can be very expensive) while she was out walking near the Gleneagles Estate.

I have had a look through the instrument and have gathered the owner is male and 60 years old ... and he appears to do a lot of riding (presumably on an off-road bike)! It would be nice to return the GPS to this person.

The other piece of information I can offer is that the gentleman's ride appears to have started on a bike path off Cromwell Circuit and adjacent to Azalea Circuit, Isabella Gardens, in Isabella Plans.

I know this is a long-shot but perhaps you have to resources (emails, etc) available that might assist in tracking the owner.

The instrument can be secured from me by identifying the brand, colour, etc.

Please advise The Bleat if you believe that is your unit.

 

RACING THIS WEEK:

Tuesday, 31st January: Stromlo Criterium

Where: Stromlo Forest Park
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number.
Race Description:
Note the revised race times.
18:40 E/F/G 20 mins + 2 laps
19:10 A/C 25/20 mins + 2 laps
19:40 B/D 25/20 mins + 2 laps

 

Wednesday, 1st February: Track Racing

The Program for Wednesday is as follows:
5.30pm – 6.00pm: Warm-up and free practice;
6.00pm – 6.20pm: 10-lap graded scratch race;
6.20pm – 6.50pm: 1 Lap Screamer TT (flying start);
6.50pm – 7.20pm: 2-lap match race;
7.20pm – 7.30pm: Italian pursuit.

 

Sunday, 5th February: Dairy Flat Road Criterium - Points Race

Where:Dairy Rd, Fyshwick
When: 8:00 pm.
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number.
Race Description:
Race times to be advised

Race Director: tba
Contact: Email: tba    Ph  tba

1 x Marshal Required

 

RACE REPORTS:

Stromlo – 24th January

After a fairly hot and windy day, the weather gods smiled on the Vets out at Stromlo and produced an almost perfect evening for racing with temperatures in the mid-twenties and a light breeze. There was a slight holdup with the registrations and when things opened up the queues formed, but Jan Koehler was there helping out and did a great job moving them through and looking after the sign-ons for the rest of the evening. As a result, we were only a couple of minutes late starting and generally kept to the times for the rest of the evening. There was also a fair bit of ‘excitement’ later on with the second and third groups having to contend with kangaroos at both ends of the track.

A grade kicked things off and after a gentle start, things heated up after 10 minutes with Andrew Chamberlain going off the front for a bit. After a couple of laps he was caught, but this was immediately followed by a group of 6 going off the front – Mathew Corby, Mark Harris, Paul Scherl, Brendan Lakey, Jonathan Drury and Rowan McMurray. The group worked well together and the first 4 of these riders survived until the finish, finishing in the order noted.

C grade was a little more sedate with just the 6 riders. Andrew Tully made a brief foray off the front at the halfway mark and then things split up a little towards the end but a group of 4 riders came together for the sprint with Warwick Wilson taking the honours from Andrew Tully and Ian Preston.

B grade was next up with 18 riders and ended up being a fairly volatile affair. Mark Terracini went off on his own early for about 10 minutes, and soon after getting caught, a group of 4 with Peter Merrick, Tim Minehan, Peta Brill and Wayne Shippley were away for a couple of laps. However, soon after they were caught, a 6 person break got away with Mark Terracini, Chris Kon, Tim Minehan, Peter Merrick, Heath Chester and Nick Boylan. The first 4 of these survived until the finish and finished in that order.

D grade was also on the track with b grade, but kept things together for most of their race with only Russel Marston having a brief stint off the from at about the 30 minute mark. Perhaps the main pack was being a little cautious with the roos starting to appear. In the sprint for the line Shane Warburton got up over David Gunther and Robert Mackey.

E grade were the first of the next group on the line and again, they generally kept things together for most of the race with only Mark Partridge getting off the front at the 6 minute mark. Mark was obviously in a bit of form and managed to stay away for the whole race and might come to the attention of the handicapper! Tony Sheehan won the sprint for second place and was followed in by Theresa McLachlan, Rosemary Robinson and Ian Morton.

F grade was a bit more aggressive than the group on the other side of the track, with Bill Frost and Graham Hendrie getting away early for a couple of laps. Sue Duckett managed a couple of laps on her own during the middle part of the race, almost connecting with Mark Partridge from E grade. And Doug Lean had a bit of go later on in the race. The earlier efforts hadn’t impacted too much on Sue or Doug and they came over the line in that order, followed by David Witteveen.

Bernie Crowe was the only contender in G grade and he circled the track on his pat malone, dodging the roos and took out another win.

Many thanks to Graham Hendrie for opening up and getting things set up; Jan Koehler with the registrations and Tom Roberts with the first aid and some additional marshalling, particular taking numbers at the chute.

 

Rob Langridge

 

Narrabundah Track Racing – 25th January

The attendance for Session 14 of the track racing season was again below par, possibly because of the proximity to Australia Day. On this occasion, B grade numbers held up reasonably well. The weather was fine for racing. The day was mostly cloudy. However, the cloud cleared and the evening warmed considerably as the warm up session progressed. As usual, the breeze was initially stiff and moderated over the session.

With low numbers, the 10-lap A grade scratch race was not expected to host many attacks. However, Kerry Knowler livened things up on lap 8. The pack quickly accelerated to take Kerry’s wheel and nullify the attack. Steve Jones and Alec Millet bided their time, then hauled around Kerry on the final lap, to set up an exciting sprint. Steve and Alec rocketed over the line in lockstep, for the first dead heat of the season. Kerry Knowler took second place followed by Ed Garnett in third.

The 10-Lap B grade scratch race was interesting and exhausting. Graeme O’Neill led out at modest pace. Dougal Torrance attacked on the first lap and quickly established a 15 metre gap. This had the whole pack scrambling to keep up. The torrid pace held for the next 5 laps until Dougal was finally hauled in. There was a short respite, before the pack was again accelerating over the final laps. Steve Hirsler rode well to take the sprint win from Phil Anderson and Tony Beasley in second and third respectively.

The evening’s second event was a 1-lap standing start time trial. This is a great test of acceleration and all out speed. Alec Millett impressed with the only time under 28 seconds. Hard to believe Alec started in B grade last year. He has improved enormously and is now one of the fastest (if not fastest) in A grade. Ed Garnett put in a good time of 28.51s to take second spot in A grade. All the A grade times were within a spread of 1.5 seconds. In B grade, Steve Hirsler put in a great time just below 30 seconds. The next four riders in B grade were within a 1.8 second spread. Dougal Torrance took second with a time below 31 seconds.

The evening’s third event was a 2-Lap handicap. With the modest numbers, this race was all-in for A and B grade, providing some interesting racing. In previous handicap events, Graeme O’Neill had always been run down from a good handicap. Not this time! Graeme suffered through the two laps. He held on by a few metres to take a rare win from a fast closing Tony Beasley and Alec Millett. Alec was the stand out performer from A grade, confirming his current great form.

As usual, the final event was an all-in Italian Pursuit. This was one of the best of the recent pursuits, with Team 1 and Team 2 circulating in lockstep until the anchor riders Steve Jones and Alec Millet took the final lap. Alec is in great form and Steve was slightly balked by riders circulating on the duck board. The nett result was that Alec pulled off a great win for Team 1. A lesson learned is that riders will need to finish their turn at the fence for future pursuits.

Major place getters were as follows:
10-Lap Scratch: (A Grade): Steve Jones & Alec Millett (dead heat), Kerry Knowler, Ed Garnett (B Grade) Steve Hirsler, Phil Anderson, Tony Beasley. 1 Lap SS Time Trial: (A Grade): Alec Millett (27.93s), Ed Garnett (28.51s), Steve Jones (28.76s) (B Grade) Steve Hirsler (29.50s), Dougal Torrance (30.76s), Phil Anderson (31.49s)
2-Lap Handicap: (Combined A & B Grade): Graeme O’Neill, Tony Beasley, Alec Millett.
Combined Italian Pursuit: Winner Team 1 (Alec Millett, Kerry Knowler, Tony Beasley, Steve Hirsler, Graeme O’Neill).

Current Points Score Leaders: Alec Millett (220), Phil Anderson (215), Michael Langdon (209), Steve Jones (201), Ross Scutts (199), Tony Beasley (163), Steve Hirsler (154), Kerry Knowler (139).

 

Graeme O'Neill

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