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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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June 27 Bleat

posted 26 Jun 2016, 19:31 by Administrator Actvcc   [ updated 27 Jun 2016, 04:34 ]

Hello Vets,
In this week's Bleat;

  • Thanks
  • Racing this Week
  • Race Reports
Please send me your contributions at: TheBleat@actvets.cc
 
Ian Morton
 

Thanks


Hi Vets,
Now that I am out of Canberra hospital for few days, I would like to take the opportunity to express my thanks to the club and the Vets members who did come to visit me at the hospital and/or send me good wishes messages ,these were the most welcome in these painful days.
It was one of these accidents which should not happen but does , as some riders cannot help to cut on the inside of a turn! And when there is no room …well riders fall off. But again it was a CCC event, actually Vets would not do that sort of mistake?
 
Cheers to every one,
Safe riding,
Alain

RACING THIS WEEK:


Saturday, 2nd July: Stromlo Forest Park Criterium - Points Race

Where: Stromlo Forest Park
When: 1:30 pm.
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number.
Race Description:
  • 13:30 AB 50min + 2
  • 14:30 EFG 30 mins + 2
  • 15:10 CD 40 mins + 2
Race Director: Rohan Verco
Contact: Email Rohan.Verco@gmail.com Ph 0419730555

Note: We will also another volunteer at the finish line. If you are injured or haven't volunteered to marshal at least once this year, then this is an ideal chance to give back to the club and put your hand up.

RACE REPORT:


Gunning Handicap – 25th June

With a very cold day threatening and few marshals, Saturday conditions were not too auspicious. Fortunately, even as I drove out to Gunning, club members were still ringing up offering to help. Rosemary gave up her ride to do First Aid and Phill proudly furnished brand new satellite phones, once the sole providence of polar explorers and wealthier Everest mountaineers.
Thirty riders turned up and while we had no one from G grade, the others were well represented. With Rob Langridge sick, we didn't have much of an opportunity to adjust times, but they seemed reasonably close. After B grade had gone, A grade put on a desperate argument convincing the officials to send them off then and there. Britain would still be in the EU had it harnessed the persuasive power of these impassioned advocates.
With Henry away, the officials lacked his uncanny precision to know just when the lead bunch would return. However, the satellite phone from Breadalbane brought a touch of modern technology and soon the lead vehicle pulled in, just in time to alert us to a very fast sprint up the hill by B Grade's Andrew Simpson, pulling away from Paul Welsh. A fast looming pack of C graders powered up the hill and when they came in, four different grades were represented in the top 10, making for an effective handicap.
Marc Vrooman's time of 1:17:44 was the fastest of the day and maybe A grade should have got that little bit closer handicap!
No one DNFd, no accidents and sparse traffic made for a good day of racing.
Thanks to the officials especially Rosemary for First Aid, Elton and Mark for driving and John Paul for the lonely Breadalbane turn. Phill, Bruce and Rosemary had the entire finishing line sorted and results were available as the first coffee was being poured. Again, Graham Hendrie not only raced but ran the signon, timing and setting up and packing away the van.
 
Bill Frost

June 20 Bleat

posted 18 Jun 2016, 18:25 by Administrator Actvcc   [ updated 20 Jun 2016, 02:23 ]

Hello Vets,

In this week's Bleat;

  • To Race or not to Race
  • Replacement President
  • Volunteers needed for Cycling Aust U19’s Road Champs
  • Racing this Week
  • Race Report

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

 

Ian Morton

To Race or not to Race

It's always a tough call to cancel race because of the weather. There are certainly plenty of club members willing to tough it out regardless of the conditions but there are a number of other considerations when deciding to proceed with a race;

  • Rider Safety is our highest priority. Heavy rain and strong winds represent a danger to riders particularly on courses with steep descents or curves.
  • Insurance coverage could also be compromised if the decision was taken to conduct a race in dangerous conditions.
  • Poor visibility for riders and other road users might also trigger public complaints to TAMS, further jeopardising their willingness to approve races on public roads.
  • And its always important to remember that it takes a lot of effort from volunteers to run an event and costs including professional first aiders. Persistent rain usually results in a very low turnout of riders making the event unviable.
  • When the conditions are looking doubtful, members appreciate an early call on whether racing will proceed rather than driving out to the event only to find it has been called off.

So while the Committee appreciates the desire of members to get out and race, it is important to take all these factors into consideration when deciding to proceed with a race in the face of potentially adverse weather conditions.

 

Replacement President

Since the sudden departure of Alex O'Shea, the ACT Vets Club has been without a President. The Committee is looking for anyone who wishes to nominate for this important role. Please contact committee@actvets.cc if you are interested in filling this position.

 

Volunteers needed for Cycling Aust U19’s Road Champs

Cycling Australia is running the 2019 U19 Road National Championships in Canberra from 1st to 3rd July (Details).

They are in desperate need of volunteers in the following roles;

  •  Drivers
  •  Marshals (qualified and unqualified)
  •  Motorbike Marshals

If there is anyone willing to assist on any of those three days, please contact Lexie Webster at act.info@cycling.org.au.

 

RACING THIS WEEK:

Saturday, 25th June: Gunning Handicap

Where: Go through the township of Gunning towards Breadalbane for 2km, park at the top of the hill.
When: 1:30 pm.
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number.
Race Description: Gunning - Breadalbane - return - 48km

Race Director: Bill Frost
Contact: Email: billfrost@bigpond.com     Ph  0418698197

To run the race, Bill will need the services of;
 - Lead and Tail Car drivers
 - Turn Marshall
 - 2 at the finish line/chute

Please contact Bill if you can assist.

 

RACE REPORT:

Apollo Rd – 18th June

 

Firstly, thank you to all those people who offered to fill in to provide First Aid for the race due to the unavailability of Sports Med trainers. It's good to know we have a willing group of volunteers to help out when we are short.

The day started off threatening another weather disruption but by lunchtime the showers had cleared and left us with good racing conditions.

35 eager riders turned up for the annual hill climb with good representation across most of the grades.

Steve Crispin surged across the line first in a blistering time of 0:52:21. The rest of the field battled bravely up the hill with the look of determination on everyone's face as they crossed the line.

The Apollo Rd climb certainly spread the field out with the closest we got to a bunch finish was when David Dickson and Paul Welsh crossed the line within 5 meters of each other. The rest of the field came across the line individually.

This event was the first time we have put the club's new Satellite Phones into service. These phones will ensure that we have communications at a number of race venues that are outside mobile coverage. This is particularly important if we require emergency services in the event of an accident.

Thanks to the officials especially Phill Coulton who stood in as First Aid and finishing line marshal. ATCs Clinton Porteus at the bottom of the hill and Dale Kleeman at the turn. And as always, the ever reliable Graham Hendrie for signon, timing and bringing out and setting up the van.

 

Ian Morton


June 13 Bleat

posted 12 Jun 2016, 14:22 by Administrator Actvcc   [ updated 13 Jun 2016, 04:41 ]

Hello Vets,

In this week's Bleat;

  • Blick v Franklin
  • Alain Arbaut update
  • Racing this Week

 

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

 

Ian Morton

 

Blick v Franklin

Members may recall the ACT Supreme Court decision in October 2014 involving Michael Franklin and David Blick. The two men had been riding home together in June 2009 in the cycle lane around State Circle adjacent to the merging with traffic from Canberra Avenue. Mr Blick’s bicycle struck a wooden tree stake (approx. 2 metres long by 38 millimetres square) lying in the cycle lane. He lost control of his bike and fell off, knocking Mr Franklin into the path of a car travelling in the left-hand traffic lane just behind them. Mr Franklin sustained very serious injuries. The judge found that Mr Blick had a duty to exercise reasonable care to avoid causing injury to other road users (including Mr Franklin, especially given their close proximity to the road), and that Mr Blick had breached that duty by not keeping a proper lookout for obstacles on the cycle lane (especially so, given the size of the piece of wood and the lighting in the area), and that Mr Franklin’s injuries flowed directly from that negligent failure to keep a proper lookout. The judge considered whether Mr Franklin had contributed to his own injuries by also not keeping a proper lookout. Given the relative positions of the two riders, the judge decided that the evidence did not allow him to find that Mr Franklin should have seen the piece of wood had he been keeping a proper lookout. Mr Blick was therefore found to be entirely responsible for Mr Franklin’s injuries and the judge awarded damages amounting to $1.66m (plus Mr Franklin’s legal costs). (For those interested, you can read the original decision on the Supreme Court’s webpage at Franklin v Blick [2014] ACTSC 273.)

Last year, Mr Blick appealed that decision in the ACT Supreme Court (Court of Appeal). That court’s unanimous decision was handed down on 9th June 2016. In summary, Mr Blick’s appeal was dismissed on the basis that the area where the crash occurred was well-lit by road lighting, car lights and the riders’ own headlights, and that Mr Blick did not keep a proper lookout for obstacles in the cycle lane, such as the wooden tree stake. In the words of the court: “the evidence … suggests that if [Mr Blick] had been exercising the kind of care that [his barrister] has conceded was required [to detect minor debris such as glass, gravel and rocks] he would have been able to [see and] avoid the wooden stake without risk to [Mr Franklin].” The question of whether Mr Franklin had contributed to his own injuries did not arise. (For those interested in the complete decision, go to Blick v Franklin [2016] ACTCA 17.)

Fortunately, to say the least, Mr Blick was covered under his home and contents insurance policy.

This result for Mr Blick emphasises the importance to members of assessing their own insurance position, not only in regard to personal injury, but also in regard to injury that a member causes to another person, who may be with you in a group ride, or riding home with you, or he/she may just be another rider whom you are overtaking, or a pedestrian, or a child who has escaped parental supervision, for example.

Unless you have substantive experience and expertise in insurance matters, please do not try to do this on your own - seek specialist advice on your whole insurance position, including the scope of insurance provided to club members through AVCC. The committee is currently working with AVCC and the insurance broker on changes to the current policy that the committee considers are necessary improvements. Members will be updated from time to time as progress is made with the proposed changes.

But, please also treat insurance as a risk management measure of last resort. Taking the above case as an example, it is far better to avoid the injuries in the first place - be vigilant and ride according to the conditions - not just weather and lighting, but the presence (possibly unexpected) of other people and vehicles on the cycle lane/path and road.

 

Ian Albrey
Vice President.

 

Alain Arbaut update

Some news on a good mate and vets club member Alain Arbaut.

Alain had the misfortune of crashing heavily yesterday while racing on the Stromlo critérium course during the CCC mini tour race. This was a hard fall on collarbone corner.

Alain didn't read the script though and didn't break his collarbone; instead he broke his pelvis, many ribs and punctured lungs. He was in agony just breathing while waiting for the ambulance and showed how strong he is during that stressful time. He is now recovering in hospital and will stay there until his lungs settles and he is able to walk.

I'm sure you will all join me to wish Alain a good recovery in this difficult time. Hopefully the French soccer team will step up and give Alain something to cheer about in the next 4 weeks.

Ciao

 

Christophe Barberet

 

RACING THIS WEEK:

Saturday, 18th June: Apollo Graded Scratch

Where:Travel to Tharwa, then left onto Naas Rd. (If via Gordon/Right if Via Tidbinbilla Road). Go past Namadgi visitors centre, Tennent hill, Turn Right onto Apollo road. Park on top of hill at disused tracking centre.
When: From 1:30 pm.
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number.
Race Description: The Apollo, Honeysuckle Creek Finish The Apollo--Honeysuckle Summit Finish Start at Apollo Road T junction. All grades turn at straight section opposite the aero model club. Sign on at the summit The Apollo--Classic mountain top finish scratch race. Race starts at Apollo Road T junction. All grades head back towards Tharwa, turn at the straight section opposite the aero model club, return along Naas Rd then climb to the top of Apollo Road.

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

 

June 6 Bleat

posted 4 Jun 2016, 21:55 by Administrator Actvcc   [ updated 6 Jun 2016, 03:27 ]

Hello Vets,

In this week's Bleat;

  • University of Canberra Research Institute for Sport and Exercise cycling study
  • Racing this Week
  • Race Reports

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

 

Ian Morton

 

University of Canberra Research Institute for Sport and Exercise cycling study

My name is Kathleen Miles and I am a research student at the University of Canberra Research Institute for Sport and Exercise (UCRISE). I am wishing to recruit participants for my research study entitled ‘Detection of heart rate during exercise using video’. The study will be conducted at the UCRISE laboratory over the June/July period.

I am looking for healthy trained cyclists over the age of 18 to participate. The study will involve the completion of three incremental intensity exercise tests performed on a cycling ergometer. There will be one test each week for three weeks, and each test will require no more than 1 hour of the participants time. I have attached further official information and documentation regarding the research project.

Attached in this link are all of the documents relevant to the study to view and download. https://www.dropbox.com/sh/wp1v7o7f32g08za/AAAOhtpAGJ39WxFFpLwhJsOla?dl=0

My contact details are in the Recruitment Flyer.

 

RACING THIS WEEK:

No racing this weekend (11th June, Queen's Birthday long weekend).

 

RACING NEXT WEEK:

Saturday, 18th June: Apollo Graded Scratch

Where:Travel to Tharwa, then left onto Naas Rd. (If via Gordon/Right if Via Tidbinbilla Road). Go past Namadgi visitors centre, Tennent hill, Turn Right onto Apollo road. Park on top of hill at disused tracking centre.
When: From 1:30 pm.
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number.
Race Description: The Apollo, Honeysuckle Creek Finish The Apollo--Honeysuckle Summit Finish Start at Apollo Road T junction. All grades turn at straight section opposite the aero model club. Sign on at the summit The Apollo--Classic mountain top finish scratch race. Race starts at Apollo Road T junction. All grades head back towards Tharwa, turn at the straight section opposite the aero model club, return along Naas Rd then climb to the top of Apollo Road.

RACE REPORTS:

Cotter Reserve – 4th June

Unfortunately, the rain set in on Saturday so the race was cancelled.

 

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