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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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August 22 Bleat

posted 21 Aug 2016, 18:14 by Administrator Actvcc   [ updated 22 Aug 2016, 05:11 ]

Hello Vets,

  • Complaint about Dog Trap Rd Race
  • AIS Resting metabolic rate study
  • First Aid Training
  • Racing this Week
  • Race Report

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

 

Ian Morton

 

Complaint about Dog Trap Rd Race

Unfortunately the Yass Council received a complaint following the race at Dog Trap Rd on 13th Aug 2016. The complaint was in relation to participants "riding 4 abreast and having no regard to other road users".

While there are no more specifics available at this stage, it is a reminder that we rely on the approvals of local councils to run road races in their jurisdictions and if riders do not comply with road rules, then future approvals for racing could be jeopardised.

 

AIS Resting metabolic rate study

Julia Bone, a PhD scholar at the AIS is investigating if there is any difference in measuring resting metabolic rate (RMR) when it's done either ~12, 24, 36 or 48 hours after exercise. To do this measurements will be split up over 3 weeks, with 2 measurements per week. She’ll manipulate the time by changing whether you train in the morning or in the afternoon. Participants will get DXA body composition scans as part of the study.

Breakfast would be provided in the morning at AIS Dining hall if wanted.

To be eligible for the study participants have to be male and do a minimum of 10 hours training a week and/or 4 training sessions per week.

If you are interested in participating in this study, contact Julia at Julia.Bone@ausport.gov.au.

 

First Aid Training

Level 1 Sports Trainer

Sports Medicine Australia is running a course to train qualified first aid people to the level of Sports trainer level 1. The committee is willing to reimburse the registration fee of ACT Veterans Cycling Club members who complete the course and are willing to volunteer to go into a pool of qualified first-aiders who’ll be contacted to attend races that won’t or can’t be attended by a Sports Medicine Australia trainer. In this event the volunteer from the club will be expected to attend the race as a fully committed (ie non racing) sports trainer (first aider). In this situation reimbursement of expenses e.g. travel would be paid by the club.

This training of club members is not intended to change any of the current arrangements with Sports Medicine Australia for the provision of trainers (first aid) . However there are occasions when SMA trainers are not available. The use of club volunteers is to allow racing to go ahead with the usual insurance cover when SMA can’t provide full first aid cover.

The course details are below. Interested members should contact the ACTVCC committee with an expression of interest indicating a commitment to volunteer to act as an official first aid attendant at cycle races if required. As this training involves the reimbursement of the registration fee of $285 committee approval is required before committing to the training. Numbers are limited and the course starts in less than 4 weeks time.

Members who are trained and attend a race in a first aid capacity will also be eligible for reimbursement of the annual renewal course.

Course Details

Level 1 Sports Trainer
Sun 28th - 8:30am - 1:30pm
Mon 29th - 6pm - 9:30pm
Sun 4th - 8:30am - 5pm
NOTE - the course is held over 3 days
Location Maitland House 100 Maitland St, Hackett.
More course details at sma.org.au

Outcomes

This course has been designed to provide participants with the necessary skills to assist in improving athletic performance, making sport safer for all. This course covers topics such as the Principles of Injury Management, Structure and Function of the Musculoskeletal System, Common Sporting Illnesses and Injuries, Common Medical Conditions, Introduction to Sports Taping and Moving an Injured Athlete.

Entry Participants must hold a current First Aid and CPR Certificate (HLTFA301B and HLTCPR201A).

Pre course Work

There is no pre course work to be completed.
Level 1 Sports Trainer $285.00

 

RACING THIS WEEK:

There is no scheduled Race for this weekend.

 

RACE REPORT:

Dairy Rd – 20th August

Thanks to Alain Arbaut for marshalling duties and Simon Whitehead (First Aid).

30 minutes before the start time it was raining, by the time races were due it was fine and the track was drying out and for the next 3 hours no rain and some sun.

B grade saw Damien Copeland take out the first sprint (and second overall), only to be then over powered by the winner Robin Mules on his journey to A grade.

C/D grade was convincingly won by the in-form Allan Bontjer winning all but one sprint to Martin Horwood who came in second. Returning from injury Rob Langridge gained third place from Mark Taylor on his new super light bike (which he told me is waiting for an engine upgrade).

The E/G race saw Bernie Crowe take out the first sprint only to be over powered by Rosemary Robinson who came first on 7 points with Bernie second on 5 points.

Only regret on the day was me not getting a race and now having to wait weeks for another race, maybe we should bring back the old system for Dairy Flat which allowed the RD to race with another RD present.

On Friday night I noticed the AVCC championships due to be run in Canberra in October had been cancelled.

I thought I am RD Saturday so I will ride the CCC/VCC race on Sunday only to see it has been cancelled and the CCC race the following week has also been cancelled.

Also I noted the ACTVCC race the following week had also been cancelled so the race the next day must go on.

There seems to be a current trend in cancellations and low numbers across all the ACT cycling clubs. Come on riders get your bike ready for the weekend races (or volunteer to marshal if not riding) or soon we may not have any weekend races in the ACT.

 

Nick Boylan

Aug 15 Bleat

posted 13 Aug 2016, 16:57 by Administrator Actvcc   [ updated 14 Aug 2016, 03:42 ]

Hello Vets,

An early Bleat this week;

•  First Aid Training

•  Racing this Week

•  Race Report

 

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

 

Ian Morton

 

First Aid Training

Level 1 Sports Trainer

Sports Medicine Australia is running a course to train qualified first aid people to the level of Sports trainer level 1. The committee is willing to reimburse the registration fee of ACT Veterans Cycling Club members who complete the course and are willing to volunteer to go into a pool of qualified first-aiders who’ll be contacted to attend races that won’t or can’t be attended by a Sports Medicine Australia trainer. In this event the volunteer from the club will be expected to attend the race as a fully committed (ie non racing) sports trainer (first aider). In this situation reimbursement of expenses e.g. travel would be paid by the club.

This training of club members is not intended to change any of the current arrangements with Sports Medicine Australia for the provision of trainers (first aid) . However there are occasions when SMA trainers are not available. The use of club volunteers is to allow racing to go ahead with the usual insurance cover when SMA can’t provide full first aid cover.

The course details are below. Interested members should contact the ACTVCC committee with an expression of interest indicating a commitment to volunteer to act as as an official first aid attendant at cycle races if required. As this training involves the reimbursement of the registration fee of $285 committee approval is required before committing to the training. Numbers are limited and the course starts in less than 4 weeks time.

Members who are trained and attend a race in a first aid capacity will also be eligible for reimbursement of the annual renewal course.

Course Details

Level 1 Sports Trainer
Sun 28th - 8:30am - 1:30pm
Mon 29th - 6pm - 9:30pm
Sun 4th - 8:30am - 5pm
NOTE - the course is held over 3 days
Location Maitland House 100 Maitland St, Hackett.
More course details at sma.org.au

Outcomes

This course has been designed to provide participants with the necessary skills to assist in improving athletic performance, making sport safer for all. This course covers topics such as the Principles of Injury Management, Structure and Function of the Musculoskeletal System, Common Sporting Illnesses and Injuries, Common Medical Conditions, Introduction to Sports Taping and Moving an Injured Athlete.

Entry Participants must hold a current First Aid and CPR Certificate (HLTFA301B and HLTCPR201A).

Pre course Work

There is no pre course work to be completed.
Level 1 Sports Trainer $285.00

 

RACING THIS WEEK:

Saturday, 20th August: Dairy Flat Road Criterium - Points Race

Where:Dairy Rd, Fyshwick.
When: 1:30 pm.
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number.
Race Description:
Point Race
13:30 AB 50 minutes plus 1 lap
14:30 CD 40 minutes plus 1 lap
15:20 EFG 30 minutes plus 1 lap
Points will be every second lap 3,2,1 for first second third and the finish will be 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 for first thru to fifth.

Race Director: Nick Boylan
Contact: Email: paddlepower@grapevine.com.au    Ph  0406379973

 

 

RACE REPORT:

Dog Trap Road - Memorial Secret Handicap – 13th August

Slightly windy conditions greeted 32 riders on Saturday afternoon at Dog Trap Rd to compete for the ACT Vets Memorial Handicap. Being a secret handicap all riders began at the start not knowing how much time they were given so the etiquette of this race were for the higher grades to clear out as quickly as possible and build up a lead whilst the lower grades would try to get onto a good wheel and maintain it for as long as possible.

31 riders kicked off proceedings in a mass start with Des Brown unfortunately not able to start the race due to his mechanical team failing to do their job on a tube. Needless to say he was more than welcome as a marshal for the rest of the race. After the first checkpoint a group of 4 riders had already cleared off the front and had built up a 1 min lead over a chase group of 5. However the chase group over the latter stages of the 1st lap had organized itself and after the first lap had kept the front runners to only a lead of 1m 26 secs. However back down the road as riders crossed the line for the 1st lap our “man in the van” Graham Hendrie was busily calculating who was in for the title based on their time gaps and it was extremely close amongst several riders.

3 A graders managed to provide an exciting sprint finish to determine who would be crowned fastest rider for the day with Mark Harris taking line honours. But the real race is the secret handicap and as riders from the lower grades came across the line, 1st place after applying the handicap was a moving target. Nick Boylan was leading right up until Paul Robey came into the view and put in a determined finish to take out the win. Nick retained 2nd with Tony Weir rounding out 3rd place.

Finally we cannot run these races without the generous support of volunteers from the club who put their hand up. Des Brown who was a late but welcome helper at the finish line, Bruce Jones who manned the turn point at the far end in what was very cold winds, Mark Taylor who drove the lead car with his chirpy 96 year old dad in the passenger seat, Kevin Hennessy who turned up with the all-important bling and drove the trail car, Graham Hendrie for always running things smoothly in the van and Stjepan Hirsler for putting his hand up early in the week and manning the short turn point.

As the weather warms up, we hope to see more riders come out of their winter hibernation (yours included!) and start to race. Next weekend is Hot Dog racing at Dairy Flat. Easy to get to, no hills and exciting racing for all involved. Hope to see you there.

 

Ben Davis
Race Referee

Aug 8 Bleat

posted 8 Aug 2016, 04:27 by Administrator Actvcc   [ updated 8 Aug 2016, 04:27 ]

Hello Vets,

In this week's Bleat;

  • First Aid Training
  • Racing this Week
  • Race Report

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

 

Ian Morton

First Aid Training

Level 1 Sports Trainer

Sports Medicine Australia is running a course to train qualified first aid people to the level of Sports trainer level 1. The committee is willing to reimburse the registration fee of ACT Veterans Cycling Club members who complete the course and are willing to volunteer to go into a pool of qualified first-aiders who’ll be contacted to attend races that won’t or can’t be attended by a Sports Medicine Australia trainer. In this event the volunteer from the club will be expected to attend the race as a fully committed (ie non racing) sports trainer (first aider). In this situation reimbursement of expenses e.g. travel would be paid by the club.

This training of club members is not intended to change any of the current arrangements with Sports Medicine Australia for the provision of trainers (first aid) . However there are occasions when SMA trainers are not available. The use of club volunteers is to allow racing to go ahead with the usual insurance cover when SMA can’t provide full first aid cover.

The course details are below. Interested members should contact the ACTVCC committee with an expression of interest indicating a commitment to volunteer to act as as an official first aid attendant at cycle races if required. As this training involves the reimbursement of the registration fee of $285 committee approval is required before committing to the training. Numbers are limited and the course starts in less than 4 weeks time.

Members who are trained and attend a race in a first aid capacity will also be eligible for reimbursement of the annual renewal course.

Course Details

Level 1 Sports Trainer
Sun 28th - 8:30am - 1:30pm
Mon 29th - 6pm - 9:30pm
Sun 4th - 8:30am - 5pm
NOTE - the course is held over 3 days
Location Maitland House 100 Maitland St, Hackett.
More course details at sma.org.au

Outcomes

This course has been designed to provide participants with the necessary skills to assist in improving athletic performance, making sport safer for all. This course covers topics such as the Principles of Injury Management, Structure and Function of the Musculoskeletal System, Common Sporting Illnesses and Injuries, Common Medical Conditions, Introduction to Sports Taping and Moving an Injured Athlete.

Entry Participants must hold a current First Aid and CPR Certificate (HLTFA301B and HLTCPR201A).

Pre course Work

There is no pre course work to be completed.
Level 1 Sports Trainer $285.00

 

RACING THIS WEEK:

Saturday, 13th August: Dog Trap Rd - Memorial Secret Handicap

Where:Intersection of Dog Trap Rd and Long Rail Gully Rd, north of Murrumbateman.
When: 1:30 pm.
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number.
Race Description:
Memorial Handicap
Dog Trap Road 2.5 Laps

Race Director: Ben Davis
Contact: Email: bdavis@internode.on.net    Ph  0416014629

To run the race, Ben will need the services of 2 more Marshals.

 

RACE REPORTS:

Lookout Hill Graded Scratch – 6th August

Several climbs, fast downhills and an uphill sprint finish…what more could 40 supremely fit riders want on a calm and slightly overcast Saturday afternoon at Lookout Hill? Inspired by the Olympics, many riders had their game faces on and were ready to rumble.

First to tackle the course to Tidbinbilla and back was G grade. Paul Robey and Bruce Jones had a tough out and back race to grapple with including psychotic drivers (more on that later). Then in 2 min intervals, A, B, C & D grades went off to complete 2 laps of the course with E & F the last groups off to race over 1 lap.

A grade completed the first lap in around 45 mins. They rounded the turn point together closely followed by what we thought was a breakaway B grader, only to see it was Robin Mules from C grade who not only had made up the 2 min deficit on B grade, but passed them and took off after A grade. B, C & D rounded the first lap mostly together with the little slog up to the turnpoint on Lookout Hill creating some gaps within the pelotons.

First to finish was E grade. Kirsti McVay showed a tremendous combination of climbing and sprinting prowess on the final climb to cross the line first followed closely by Jannette Koehler in 2nd place and Russell Marston rounding out 3rd place. The shock in E grade was David Gunther who has been showing white hot form recently but was nowhere to be seen. Finally he crossed the line saying he dropped a chain, but we reckon he was just hiding in the bushes down the road so as to avoid the eye of the handicapper and stay in E grade for a bit longer.

F grade saw the women dominate with Mary Lovett taking out a fine win ahead of a close sprint for 2nd and 3rd between Polly Templeton and Elizabeth Lowe with Polly taking 2nd and Elizabeth easing up to round out 3rd place.

G grade ended up being a training ride for Paul Robey with his eye on bigger trophies over the coming months. He is training the house down, looking trim and ready to take on some interstate talent very soon.

A grade stayed together until the final climb to the finish where Paul Connor went into overdrive to beat home Rohan Verco with the tandem of Carruthers and Mankewich close behind in 3rd.

B grade were intent to take it easy for most of the race. They only got serious I think until about halfway through the 2nd lap. Roger Northcote showed why he is the man to beat in those final few Km’s with a smashing win from Anthony Meredith and Damian Copeland.

Robin Mules in C grade put in the most dominant ride of the day coasting over the line with a huge time gap to take out the win. On rough calculations he was only 20 seconds slower than A grade and he rode solo. 2nd place went to Christopher Kon with David Stewart-Thomson in 3rd.

And last but not least D grade had 1 DNF during the race which meant the 3 riders left only had to figure out the podium places near the finish line. A close sprint saw Des Brown take out 1st from Michael Reppion and Ross Scutts.

But the day would not be without drama with 2 idiot drivers thinking Tidbinbilla Rd was their own personal racetrack. Several close calls were reported by the riders and the finish line marshals witnessed one incident as they came up Lookout Hill. Thankfully we were able to catch their number plates and they were later reported to Tuggeranong Police by yours truly. Even though nothing legally can be taken against the drivers, we can only hope that the Police will give them a friendly call and next time they’ll think twice about driving recklessly around cyclists.

It was also pointed out that as riders approach turn points and there is a car or motorcycle behind the group, then we should not use a circling motion with our hands as this can be construed by the driver/rider behind as the signal to pass. This obviously can lead to serious consequences. Instead riders should use their right arm extended out 90 degrees to their body to indicate a right turn.

Finally I would like to thank the great assistance of the marshals on the day. Events held in the ACT require a tremendous amount of signage posted around the course before the event and Ian Morton, Bill Frost, Owain Tilley and Polly Templeton all helped to put up all the signs around the course. Owain and Bill backed up to perform the critical roles as ATC’s at the outposts of the course. At the finish line we had Rob Langridge risking life and limb as ATC, Rowan McMurray in the finish chute and Mark Stevenson at the finish line doing the timings. Graham Hendrie the ever reliable managed the sign-ons and hot beverages. Also thanks to Tom Roberts the medic who thankfully was not required on the day.

 

Ben Davis

August 1 Bleat

posted 1 Aug 2016, 04:48 by Administrator Actvcc   [ updated 2 Aug 2016, 03:28 ]

Hello Vets,

In this week's Bleat;

  • First Aid Training
  • Thanks from Sue Powell
  • Racing this Week

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

 

Ian Morton

 

First Aid Training

Level 1 Sports Trainer

Sports Medicine Australia is running a course to train qualified first aid people to the level of Sports trainer level 1. The committee is willing to reimburse the registration fee of ACT Veterans Cycling Club members who complete the course and are willing to volunteer to go into a pool of qualified first-aiders who’ll be contacted to attend races that won’t or can’t be attended by a Sports Medicine Australia trainer. In this event the volunteer from the club will be expected to attend the race as a fully committed (ie non racing) sports trainer (first aider). In this situation reimbursement of expenses e.g. travel would be paid by the club.

This training of club members is not intended to change any of the current arrangements with Sports Medicine Australia for the provision of trainers (first aid) . However there are occasions when SMA trainers are not available. The use of club volunteers is to allow racing to go ahead with the usual insurance cover when SMA can’t provide full first aid cover.

The course details are below. Interested members should contact the ACTVCC committee with an expression of interest indicating a commitment to volunteer to act as an official first aid attendant at cycle races if required. As this training involves the reimbursement of the registration fee of $285 committee approval is required before committing to the training. Numbers are limited and the course starts in less than 4 weeks time.

Members who are trained and attend a race in a first aid capacity will also be eligible for reimbursement of the annual renewal course.

Course Details

Level 1 Sports Trainer
Sun 28th Aug  - 8:30am - 1:30pm
Mon 29th Aug - 6pm - 9:30pm
Sun 4th Sep - 8:30am - 5pm
NOTE - the course is held over 3 days
Location Maitland House 100 Maitland St, Hackett.
More course details at sma.org.au

Outcomes

This course has been designed to provide participants with the necessary skills to assist in improving athletic performance, making sport safer for all. This course covers topics such as the Principles of Injury Management, Structure and Function of the Musculoskeletal System, Common Sporting Illnesses and Injuries, Common Medical Conditions, Introduction to Sports Taping and Moving an Injured Athlete.

Entry Participants must be a minimum of 16 years old to enrol in this course, and hold a current First Aid and CPR Certificate (HLTFA301B and HLTCPR201A).

Pre course Work

There is no pre course work to be completed.
Level 1 Sports Trainer $285.00

 

Thanks from Sue Powell

I want to say a big thankyou to the Vets club, and particularly those in B/C/D grades that have been so supportive over the years and the last few months in particular.

As most of you are aware, I will be heading over to Rio paralympics (via training camp in Italy). I'll be leaving on 11th August and will enjoy almost 3 weeks in the Italian sunshine in Montichiari, training hard at the local velodrome and nice quiet country roads. Then onto Rio with my first race, the pursuit, on day 1 (8th September). I then race every few days; the 500m TT, team sprint, road time trial and finishing with the road race on the final day.

The Vets racing has been a great way to get some road rides in with some great company along the way. I am sure some of you have backed off the pace at times just when I am about to admit defeat and drop off the back. The result is that I have pushed myself to the limit most weeks. Along with all the other training this has paid dividends and I feel like I am in the best form of my life.

So I'm excited about Rio, to see if I can push myself to new PBs and finish my (para) career on a high note. But with 6x world championship titles, paralympic gold and silver medals from London and 29/30 national titles I know I can finish satisfied whatever the result in Rio.

 

Sue Powell


RACING THIS WEEK:

Saturday, 6th August: Lookout Hill Graded Scratch

Where: Observation lookout on Tidbinbilla Road about 2.5 km towards Tharwa from Point Hut / Tidbinbilla Rd intersection (or about 4.5 km from Tharwa village).
When: 1:30 pm.
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number.
Race Description:
Lookout Hill to Tidbinbilla Reserve and back. ABCD x 2 laps. EFG x 1 laps

Race Director: Ben Davis
Contact: Email: bdavis@internode.on.net    Ph  0416014629

To run the race, Ben will need the services of 3 ATCs.


Hello Vets,

A follow up for this week's Bleat;

RACE REPORT:

Dalton – 30th July

On a beautiful sunny afternoon, not much wind and 11 degrees, 36 riders turned up to race. Some grades like C(11 racers) and E(8 racers) had good numbers while some other grades need a few more for a good competitive race. The course at Dalton is not a climbers course but offers enough up sections to test the riders and talk after the race was that it was hard. From the point of view of those at the finish it was a peaceful afternoon, we even had time to help a local lady search for a missing ferret.

A and B Grades raced together, with the exception of Steve Crispin who went off the front and won by over 4 minutes, an impressive effort. When I plug his numbers into my calculator it says average speed 41kph, not bad. Sean Ifland and Dave Mullins were second and third in A Grade. Roger Northcote was the winner of B Grade from Anthony Meredith and Mark Stevenson, but all the A and B Graders finished in a bunch except Steve Crispin off the front.

C and D also raced together with just 47 seconds separated the 14 riders at the finish after the long slog up the hill from the pub. Damien Copeland won C Grade from Seymour Savell-Boss and John-Paul De Sousa. Ian McVay won D Grade, only 11 seconds behind Damien.

E Grade was set up for the swoopers, David Gunther, Russell Marston and Neil David poking their noses into the breeze 50 meters from the finish after Kirsti McVay and Janette Koehler set the pace most of the way up the hill.

Polly Templeton won F Grade in a small field of four and Bruce Jones went around on his own in G Grade.

Congratulations to all who turned up and raced. By all accounts a nice day’s racing. A lot goes into organising these races and getting approvals, so let’s get out there and make all that effort worthwhile. Thanks to marshals David Steward-Thomson, Richard Hedley, Paul Welsh, Dougal Torrance, John Thorn, Alain Arbaut and Jim Cruden.

 

Steve Schwenke


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