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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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November 28 Bleat

posted 28 Nov 2016, 01:48 by Administrator Actvcc   [ updated 28 Nov 2016, 01:49 ]

Hello Vets,

Plenty of reading in the Bleat this week;

•  Workplace Training and Assessment qualifications

•  Should there be a 'safe' life for bicycle parts?

•  Vintage Bike Exhibition

•  Race Directors for 2017

•  From the desk of the handicapper

•  Racing this Week

•  Race Reports

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

 

Ian Morton

 

Workplace Training and Assessment qualifications

As you may be aware, the club relies on qualified traffic controllers to assist in running races. It's been a while since the previous course, the delay being due to a lack of people qualified with a Cert IV Workplace Training and Assessment. These people are required to train others in the same qualification in the ACT.

If you have a Cert IV Workplace Training and Assessment and are interested in assisting in the running of a traffic controller course please identify yourself to me.

 

Dougal Torrance
President, ACT Veterans Cycling Club.

president@actvets.cc

 

Should there be a 'safe' life for bicycle parts?

The following Canberra Times article raises questions around the safety of older bike components: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/business/consumer-affairs/should-there-be-a-safe-life-for-bicycle-parts-20161117-gss41s.html.

The ACT Vets Committee encourages members to always pay close attention to the mechanical soundness of their bikes.

 

Vintage Bike Exhibition

Peter Taylor is a postman and cycling enthusiast, who services bicycles from his garage workshop and maintains a large and wonderful collection of vintage racing bikes. The highlights from Peter’s collection will be on display at the Canberra Museum and Gallery starting from Thursday 1 December 2016 until 5 March 2017.

The range includes rare Post World War II European bikes to an Australian bike raced at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics. The exhibition coincides with the inaugural L’Étape Australia by Le Tour de France cycling event which will take place in the Snowy Mountains of New South Wales in December.

The event would be delighted to welcome Pedal Power ACT members to the opening – by Minister Gordon Ramsay Minister for the Arts and Community Events at 12Noon Wed 30 November at CMAG.

Pedal Power Members should RSVP for catering purposes by COB Mon 28 Nov to cmagbookings@act.gov.au or 02 6207 3968.

Location: Canberra Museum and Gallery (CMAG)

Date: Thursday 1 December 2016 – 5 March 2017

Full details at http://www.pedalpower.org.au/news/velocity-vintage-racing-bikes/

 

Race Directors for 2017

The club’s ability to conduct racing for the benefit of the member’s comes down to handful of Race Director’s who donate their time to ensuring the racing is held in safe conditions and in the spirit of the club’s racing etiquette. But we always would like to be able to add more members to our Race Director ranks so as to share the workload. So we are on the lookout for any club member’s who are interested in becoming a Race Director in 2017. Race Directing is not a hard task and means just a few hours of your time when you need to direct a race, the bonus is that you’ll receive a healthy 20 point addition to your season points score which may prove the difference if you’re racing to win overall season honours.

If you’re interested in throwing your hat into the ring for 2017 and becoming a race director all you need to do is to email race.committee@actvets.cc and register your interest or approach one of the club officials at the crits on a Tuesday night.

A short course will be run to introduce new Race Directors to the process prior to your first race and that a Qualified Referee would be assisting you through the process.

 

From the desk of the handicapper

Stuart Cathcart C to B
Ben Healy D to C (after great solo breakaway and other recent good form)
Ian Morton promotion alert—one more podium and he’s up!

 

RACING THIS WEEK:

Tuesday, 29th 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 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:  Ben Davis
Contact: Email: bdavis@internode.on.net    Ph  0416014629

Wednesday, 30th November: 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 – 6.40pm: 2-Lap Handicap;
6.40pm – 7.00pm: 12-Lap Points Race;
7.00pm – 7.20pm: Italian Pursuit.

Sunday, 4th December: Cotter Reserve Time Trial - Uphill

Where: Cotter Bend reserve.
When: 9:00 am
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number.
Race Description: Individual Time Trial along Brindabella Rd over Mt McDonald
Race Director:Ian Morton
Contact: Email mortoni@optusnet.com.au Ph: 0411112007

Ian will need a couple of volunteers to help out. Please let him know if you can assist.

RACE REPORTS:

Uriarra – 13th November

Four season in one day”. That’s what I would describe the racing at Uriarra. Driving out to Uriarra, it was sunshine. 10 minutes after pulling up at Uriarra myself and some of the volunteers were huddling under the back door of the van whilst a rain band passed by. Then the wind picked up, the flies came out to dance and there was even reports of snow falling on the mountains nearby. Of course those riders who decided to ride out were stuck between choosing to continue to ride out in the rain only to find that racing had been cancelled or turn around and head for home. Those who continued were rewarded with racing conditions that were difficult to say the least. It was even hailing in the latter half of the racing!

With a hotdog course going up to Condor creek and back to the top of Uriarra crossing, we decided to give A, B, C & D grades 2 laps and E, F & G 1 lap due to the lower rider numbers and the weather. We started a few mins late to allow for the various riders taking shelter under trees on their way out to the course to get to the start line and sign-on in time.

A & B grade combined for a 9 rider start group only to split up on the first foray into the mountains. Coming back past the judges with a strong tail wind behind them, they were flying towards the Uriarra turn point. After 1 lap, a group of 4 riders were together. However Peter Marshall decided to up the pace on the 2nd lap and by last time coming past the finish line heading towards the final Uriarra turn point he had a good 40 second break on the chase group. It stayed this way on the final leg back to the finish line with Peter coming home fastest of the day and taking out A grade. A minute behind came the chase group sprint with Christophe Barberet in B grade able to stay with Rohan Verco and Paul Welsh and take out the sprint.

C & D grade started together with Des Brown being the lone D grader who braved the conditions. After ½ a lap Ian Preston had stretched his legs and was putting some hurt into the chase group. However he was caught after 1 lap. Nick Boylan chanced his luck in the 2nd half of the race and this proved to be decisive and he took out the B grade win by about 50 seconds from Ian Preston and John Paul De Souza in 3rd. I was also made aware of a new nickname for Chris Kon (Velcro Kon). I guess one had to be out on the course to understand this new nickname.

E, F & G grades all combined for a 1 lap circuit and Rosemary Robinson decided that it would be a 1 lap solo time trial event and cleared away early and proceeded to increase her margin at every point of the race. She finished 2 minutes clear of everyone else. Maybe she was just trying to outrun the flies that had invaded the course after the rain stopped? Pete Lafferty and David Gunther rounded out the minor placings in E grade with Ian Morton and Bernie Crowe taking out F & G grade respectively.

The weather made our marshals perform their tasks in trying conditions. Polly Templeton did a fantastic job as ATC at the Uriarra Turnpoint, Ian Albery in the lonely Condor Creek turn point and Rob Langridge doing push-ups, squats and sprints trying to keep warm at the Uriarra intersection. Back at race central I was assisted by the great work of Graham Hendrie, John Ignatius and David McCook who is still recovering from a bike accident a few days beforehand. Also thanks to Tom Roberts our ever reliable sports med who was not required on the day for any serious incidents.

 

Ben Davis

 

Stromlo – 22nd November

A warm evening soothed by a setting sun was the scene for Stromlo vet crit racing. Could it get any better than this? Obviously not with big numbers across all grades, it really was the perfect night for racing.

B & D were first up with 31 riders in B and 32 in D. 12 mins into the B grade race we had our first attack of the night with Christopher Kon joined by 1 other for a short break that quickly got reeled in. It was a game of cat and mouse in B grade with no one keen to make a move early on. Over in D grade it was a similar story with no attacks in the early stages. After B grade overtook them, the tempo rose a bit with D grade hanging just off the back of B grade. Then what looked like a promising break of 5 riders in D led by John Thorn fizzled out quickly after 1 lap. It certainly looked like no break were going to succeed on the night. With 3 mins to go in D grade the move of the race was made with 3 riders breaking away to a good lead. This then got whittled down to Ben Healy with 1 lap to go and he held off the chase group to record the win ahead of Matt Dyne and Simon Johnston in 3rd place. B grade ended up in a mass sprint finish with Ian Mongan taking the flag ahead of Chris Kon and Dougal “El Presidente” Torrance back in 3rd.

E,F & G were next up. E grade rolled away on time with 13 riders in tow. F & G then rolled away with 11 in F and 2 in G. Things were very cordial as they normally are in these races with no attacks and an agreement to ride at a sensible pace. In E grade there was the odd attack but nothing successful and it came down to a final lap frenzy with the field quickly blowing apart after some strong turns by James Curran at the front who made the beeline for the finish line in 1st ahead of Phil Anderson in 2nd and Paul McKay in 3rd. F grade also got down to business in the last few mins with Ian Morton edging out Mike Hayes and Robert Miller. Meanwhile in G grade Heather Sommariva had a friendly ride with Bernie Crowe and pipped Bernie out for 1st place.

The final racing of the night was down to A & C grade. By now there were more flies than riders with 23 riders in A and 17 in C. Unusually the Dominator went for an attack joined by 1 other in the first few minutes. Obviously wanted to get as much air time for his sponsors on tv as possible. Then as usual the kangaroos decided to join in on the fun so our secretary went down to the southern end of the track for a roo shoo. They mustn’t respect authority as a few mins after Phil got back to the line they were back again. 13 mins into A grade Mark Harris made an enterprising break joined by Nathan Spillane. I thought this was going to be a very strong break but the main bunch was not having any of it and organized themselves well to chase them down. With 13 mins to go, a strong break was made with Antony Bishop scooting away along with 2 others and they worked well to setup a 200 mtr break. But again the pace whittled down the lead group leaving Bishop and Hinchcliffe to go it alone. They were then joined by a chase group of 3 and once again worked very strong together. On the bell lap the strategy of each rider came into play and they slowed down and with the main field making huge gains on them in the final lap it looked like they were going to get swamped. But Ben Morrison took off and was not caught. Paul Connor took 2nd with Antony Bishop taking 3rd and best aggressive rider for the night. C grade stayed together for most of the race with the odd break being attempted but all riders were quick to respond. It stayed this way right until the final sprint for the line. There would have been 10-14 riders all in the final sprint right across the track with Stuart Cathcart showing his sprint speed to take out the win ahead of Graham Tanton and Treston Bamber in 3rd.

Many Thanks to Bryan Holloway who put his hand up to help with marshal duties and stay injury free before his son’s wedding…wise move! Also thanks to Graham Hendrie for his tireless work behind the scenes at sign on and closing up.

 

Ben Davis

 

ACT Veterans Cycling Club Tim Minehan has put together a Video from last week at the Crit Track: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2hl1saoHAuU

 

Narrabundah Track Racing – 23rd November

The seventh track racing session for the 16-17 season attracted 15 riders. The attendance was slightly down, as the race day was notable for poor weather. From morning until around 2.00pm, it rained solidly. However, by 4.00pm the weather cleared enough to dry the track, in time for racing. There was a small sprinkling of rain during the events and some wind to cope with. However, conditions were good enough to hold three of the four scheduled events.

The 10-lap A grade scratch race was competitive, as usual. The bunch circulated at a solid pace before Michael Langdon and Antony Bishop put in an attack on Lap 6. Michael seemed unconvinced by the attack and drifted back to the bunch. However, Antony Bishop persisted. With two laps to go, he held a 10 metre gap and looked strong. By the bell lap, he looked even better, with a 15 metre gap. However, the bell lap saw a surge from the bunch, with Steve Jones, Paul Connor and Alec Millett accelerating to close the gap on a tiring leader. Steve took the sprint from Paul Connor with Antony Bishop hanging on for a well deserved, third place.

The 10-Lap B grade scratch race settled in with some solid pace. By Lap 7 one rider had tailed off. Ross Scutts took the lead and initially looked a good prospect, as he gapped the field. As the bell lap started Steve Hirsler put in a well timed attack with Phil Anderson following and looking threatening. Steve held off Phil as the two crossed the line in first and second place. Tony Beasley overtook a tiring Ross Scutts to take third.

The next event was a 4-lap handicap. It is always difficult to handicap these longer events, due to the formation of bunches. In A grade, the handicapper tried a new scheme with most riders slotted into starting groups. This seemed to provide good racing. After a lap or so, riders coalesced into 2 main bunches and started working together. The scratch bunch caught the lead bunch halfway through the bell lap. Paul Connor surged to the line to take a second win for the night, closely followed by Michael Langdon and Steve Jones in that order.

The B grade handicap saw riders spread out more on handicap. By the end of lap 3, all riders had coalesced into a bunch that was travelling at pace and dropped the last rider overtaken. The bunch barrelled into the bell lap and set up for a sprint finish. Tony Beasley took the sprint from Phil Anderson and Phil Coulton. Well done to Phil Coulton for hanging in the bunch when overtaken.

The weather became unsettled as the B grade handicap concluded. After a short interval for the track to dry, the planned points race was cancelled and the race program jumped straight to the normal, all-in, Italian Pursuit finale.

There were 8 pursuit riders on team on Team 1 and 7 riders on Team 2. This required Team 2 to put in an extra lap to compensate for the shortfall of one rider. On paper, team 1 looked stronger in the middle and Team 2 looked to have a slight advantage with the anchor group. Initially the race looked like unfolding to form. However, some great laps by John Paul DeSousa, Alec Millett and Kerry Knowler cemented the mid race advantage of Team 1. By lap 7, Team 1 held a comfortable lead. However, it looked possible for Team 2 to close the gap. Both Michael Langdon and Antony Bishop put in big final efforts for Team 2. However, it was not enough to prevent Steve Jones and Paul Connor closing it out for a well fought, Team 1 win.

Major place getters were as follows:
10-Lap Scratch: (A Grade): Steve Jones, Paul Connor, Antony Bishop (B Grade) Steve Hirsler, Phil Anderson, Tony Beasley.
4-Lap Handicap: (A Grade): Paul Connor, Michael Langdon, Steve Jones (B Grade) Tony Beasley, Phil Anderson, Phil Coulton
Combined Italian Pursuit: Winner Team 1 (Graeme O’Neill, Phil Coulton, Ross Scutts, Alec Millett, John-Paul DeSousa, Kerry Knowler, Paul Connor, Steve Jones).

Current Points Score Leaders: Steve Jones (131), Michael Langdon (119), Ross Scutts (101), Phil Anderson (97), Alec Millett (93), Steve Hirsler (85), Kerry Knowler (77), Graeme O’Neill (67).

 

Graeme O'Neill

 

Dairy Rd – 27th November

There was a small turnout for the Dairy Flat Criterium last Sunday with only 21 riders across all grades.

G grade got the ball rolling and whilst Bernie took all the sprints to win the race, Bruce was right on his tail crossing the line each time. There was no F Grade and in E grade the bunch mostly stayed together to contest the spints. Philip Anderson consistently placed in the sprints to the win the grade but he was regularly tested by Alison Hale. Some nice attacking by Rosemary Robinson towards the end put some pressure on the other riders but ultimately Rosemary came up a little short.

A and B grades were the next to roll away. The first couple of sprints were close affairs in A grade however, about half way into the race Paul Scherl put the hammer down and soloed his way to the finish leaving Peter and Seymour to battle it out for second which Seymour eventually took. B grade provided the most competitive racing on the day. David Dickson got out to an early lead in the points standing but consistent sprinting from Jason Parkes saw him in with a chance to take the win on the last sprint. There were a couple of attacks off the front, especially from Heath Chester which David had to respond to. However from the sidelines it looked like the other riders were happy to help David out in the chasing which shut down the breakaways. Ultimately David was able to come away with the win after a bunch sprint on the final lap.

There were only 4 riders across C and D grades so a last minute decision was made to have the grades race as one. Rather than ride together and contest the sprints, Kevin Wells charged off the front after 3 laps and was never headed. Andrew McRae and Michael Hanbury worked well together but were unable to pull any real ground back on Kevin. Kudos to Greg Mitchell who continued to fight along even though he was dropped early on. Its not always so easy to ride up a grade on the hotdog course!

Overall it was a very quiet day of race directing. Thanks to Graham Hendrie for setting up and dismantling the course.

 

Rohan Verco

 

November 21 Bleat

posted 21 Nov 2016, 01:59 by Administrator Actvcc   [ updated 21 Nov 2016, 02:04 ]

 

Hello Vets,

In the Bleat this week;

•  Vintage Bike Exhibition

•  Race Directors for 2017

•  From the desk of the handicapper

•  Racing this Week

•  Race Reports

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

 

Ian Morton

 

Vintage Bike Exhibition

Peter Taylor is a postman and cycling enthusiast, who services bicycles from his garage workshop and maintains a large and wonderful collection of vintage racing bikes. The highlights from Peter’s collection will be on display at the Canberra Museum and Gallery starting from Thursday 1 December 2016 until 5 March 2017.

The range includes rare Post World War II European bikes to an Australian bike raced at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics. The exhibition coincides with the inaugural L’Étape Australia by Le Tour de France cycling event which will take place in the Snowy Mountains of New South Wales in December.

The event would be delighted to welcome Pedal Power ACT members to the opening – by Minister Gordon Ramsay Minister for the Arts and Community Events at 12Noon Wed 30 November at CMAG.

Pedal Power Members should RSVP for catering purposes by COB Mon 28 Nov to cmagbookings@act.gov.au or 02 6207 3968.

Location: Canberra Museum and Gallery (CMAG)

Date: Thursday 1 December 2016 – 5 March 2017

Full details at http://www.pedalpower.org.au/news/velocity-vintage-racing-bikes/

 

Race Directors for 2017

The club’s ability to conduct racing for the benefit of the member’s comes down to handful of Race Director’s who donate their time to ensuring the racing is held in safe conditions and in the spirit of the club’s racing etiquette. But we always would like to be able to add more members to our Race Director ranks so as to share the workload. So we are on the lookout for any club member’s who are interested in becoming a Race Director in 2017. Race Directing is not a hard task and means just a few hours of your time when you need to direct a race, the bonus is that you’ll receive a healthy 20 point addition to your season points score which may prove the difference if you’re racing to win overall season honours.

If you’re interested in throwing your hat into the ring for 2017 and becoming a race director all you need to do is to email race.committee@actvets.cc and register your interest or approach one of the club officials at the crits on a Tuesday night.

 

From the desk of the handicapper

Crits

Andrew O’Neal F to E
Ben McDuff B to A
Wayne Shippley C to B
Bryan Holloway C to B
Paul Ledbrook B to A
Roger Wheatley D to C

Road

Mark Taylor D to C
Alain Arbaut E to D

 

RACING THIS WEEK:

Tuesday, 22nd 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 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:  Ben Davis
Contact: Email: bdavis@internode.on.net    Ph  0416014629

 

Wednesday, 23rd November: 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 – 6.40pm: 4-Lap Handicap;
6.40pm – 7.00pm: 12 Lap Points Race;
7.00pm – 7.20pm: Italian Pursuit.

 

Sunday, 27th November: Dairy Flat Criterium - Team Points Race

Where: Dairy Road, Fyshwick.
When: 8:00 am
Note the earlier start time.
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number.
Race Description: Teams Point Race Points Race
Race Director:Nick Boylan
Contact: Email paddlepower@grapevine.com.au Ph: 0406379973

Nick will need a volunteer to help out. Please let him know if you can assist.

 

RACE REPORTS:

Stromlo – 15th November

Other than a slight breeze (by Stromlo's standards) and the threat of rain, it was perfect weather for some great racing.

E/F/G were first off the rank. The two visitors, David and Dale, showed their hand early in E grade. David took the lead about half way through and gave a strong solo performance, only relinquishing his lead in the final sprint. Mike Golding also tested the water early in the race, but the final results were determined by a big bunch sprint. With the sprint spreading the bunch out, Phillip Martin, Kirsty Cummin and Michael Golding were the first three across the line. Towards the start of the race, Bob Miller attempted to pull off the front in F grade, but was quickly pulled back in. F stayed together as a bunch for the rest of the race. Once again, it was a bunch sprint that determined the placing with Andrew O'Neil coming first followed by Bob Miller and Ian Morton. And, of course, Bernard gave a commanding solo performance in G grade.

Next was B and D grade. With dark clouds in the distance, and random drops of water falling on my paper, it was not looking too good for the finish of the B/D race. But fortunately the threat of rain dissipated quickly. Very early in the race a group of three riders, Paul Ledbrook, Dougal Torrance and Nick Boylan, took the lead in B grade. At one point they had a lead of nearly half a lap. About half way through the race Ben McDuff managed to get onto the leading bunch of three, with some help. The group of four remained well in front of the rest of the bunch with the top three placings going to Ben McDuff, Paul Ledbrook and Dougal Torrance. There were a few attempts of a breakaway in D grade, but they were all brought back into the fold. D grade remained together as a bunch with the final sprint placings going to Roger Wheatley, Radi Kovacevic and Ben Healy.

With the light fading, A and C grades were the last ones to race. The pace in A grade was set to maximum right from the start, as demonstrated by the relatively large number of DNFs. Maybe we should start using the Greek alphabet to find a grade for the first two place holders, Stephen Isbel and Ed Pellegrino. They managed to finished about 3/4 of a lap in front of the rest of the grade. All indications are that if we had continued racing they would have lapped the rest of A grade. The third placing, held by Mark Harris, was determined by a bunch sprint. As with D grade, C grade quickly annihilated any attempts at a breakaway and essentially stayed together as a bunch throughout the race. The first three placings going to Wayne Shippley, Bryan Holloway and Tom Tokich were determined by a final bunch sprint.

I have a number of people I would like to thank. I would like to thank Santa for helping to sweep the track. Even if he likes to scare little children with talk of Bleat reports. Thank you to Graham and Phill for helping out with the registration and setting up the equipment. As a race director, I am always apprehensive when the bunches come together. Thank you to those riders who were calling out when overtaking and to those who moved over and let the other riders quickly go past. Standing on the sidelines it looked like the overtaking went smoothly, I hope it felt the same in the bunch. And finally, a BIG thank you to Barbara and Mary for helping out with the finishing chute and start line.

 

Linda Stals

 

Narrabundah Track Racing – 16th November

The sixth Track Racing session for 2016-17 attracted 19 riders, maintaining the good record for attendance so far this season. The evening was warm and initially looked like providing perfect conditions for racing. However, the wind was unpredictable, initially light then strengthening suddenly for the second race and later moderating, but swirling around the velodrome.

The 8-lap A grade scratch race was very competitive. Antony Bishop had a first outing with the track group, reinforcing a group of strong riders in A grade. The race unfolded with several riders trying attacks from time to time. However, no one was allowed to get away. The nett effect of the abortive attacks was to raise the pace to a ferocious level by Lap 6. At the end of this lap, Antony Bishop made an early burst for the finish. Steve Jones and Michael Langdon hitched on with the trio gapping the field by 6 – 8 metres. Antony’s lead out set up Steve Jones perfectly for the sprint win. He was closely followed by Michael Langdon with Antony taking a well deserved third place.

The 8-Lap B grade scratch race started at an easy pace. Dominic Rideaux soon took the front, acting as derny for the group and holding a good steady pace over several laps. The race became interesting approaching lap seven. The pace suddenly surged with riders jockeying for a good position at the start of the bell lap. The race transitioned to a classic bunch sprint from which Phil Anderson emerged victorious over Ross Scutts and Steve Dean. The win set up a good night, overall, for Phil.

The next event was a 200 metre flying time trial. This event is a flat chat sprint over 200 metres from a flying start. It is quite technical with the acceleration and positioning approaching the start being critical. It is a quick, fun event. Most of the A grade times were clustered between 14 and 15 seconds. Antony Bishop and Steve Jones went under 14 seconds with Antony taking first place in 13.28 seconds and Steve following in 13.40 seconds. Ben Robey did a great time of 14.05 seconds, taking third from Michael Langdon by just one hundredth of a second. The B grade times were mostly clustered between 15 and 16 seconds. Two riders went under 15 seconds with Steve Dean taking a win at 14.36 seconds and Steve Hirsler taking second in 14.66 seconds. Both riders love this event and it shows. Phil Anderson took third for B grade in 15.21 seconds.



Michael Langdon Attacks from the Front as the Bunch Relax

The third event was a 10-Lap Snowball. The event had a points sprint every two laps. This event is similar to a points race, except that the sprint points increase progressively through the race, making tactics crucial. In A grade, Peta Brill took the first sprint and established a break with Ben Robey. Ben and Peta held on to take the next two sprints in turn. By Lap seven, the bunch had caught the breakaways, with Steve Jones taking the next two sprints. The final points wash up for the event was Steve Jones (9), Antony Bishop (6), Peta Brill (5), Ben Robey (5), Michael Langdon (5), Kerry Knowler (5). It was interesting to find four riders on equal third points.

In the B grade Snowball, Steve Hirsler showed the initial enterprise to take sprint 1. He was soon chased by Phil Anderson and eventually Ross Scutts. Steve held on to take the first four sprints. In the final sprint Ross Scutts finally overpowered Steve. Additionally, Phil Coulton struggled up to third place with a gutsy effort. The final points wash up for the event was Steve Hirsler (8), Phil Anderson (6), Ross Scutts (5), Phil Coulton (3), Steve Dean (2).

The track session closed with the usual, all-in, Italian pursuit. There were 8 riders on each team. The outcome was difficult to predict as Team 1 appeared to have better anchor riders and Team 2 appeared to have a stronger line up for mid race. The race ran largely to script with Team 2 establishing an early lead and Team 1 chasing this down. By Lap 6 both teams were even. However, a big effort by Steve Jones and Antony Bishop brought it home for Team 1.

Major place getters were as follows:
8-Lap Scratch: (A Grade): Steve Jones, Michael Langdon, Antony Bishop (B Grade) Phil Anderson, Ross Scutts, Steve Dean.
200m Fly Time Trial: (A Grade): Antony Bishop (13.28s), Steve Jones (13.40s), Ben Robey (14.05s) (B Grade) Steve Dean (14.36s), Steve Hirsler (14.66s), Phil Anderson (15.21s).
10 Lap Snowball: (A Grade) Steve Jones (9), Antony Bishop (6), Peta Brill (5), Ben Robey (5), Michael Langdon (5), Kerry Knowler (5) (B Grade) Steve Hirsler (8), Phil Anderson (6), Ross Scutts (5), Phil Coulton (3), Steve Dean (2).
Combined Italian Pursuit: Winner Team 1 (Graeme O’Neill, Steve Dean, Ross Scutts, Steve Hirsler, Andrew Peel, Domenic Rideaux, Antony Bishop, Steve Jones).

Current Points Score Leaders: Steve Jones (113),Michael Langdon (107), Ross Scutts (87), Phil Anderson (81), Alec Millett (80), Steve Hirsler (72), Kerry Knowler (66), Ian Drayton (65),Andrew Peel (65).

 

Graeme O'Neill

 

Old Federal Highway Handicap – 20th November

What a great day for a 48km handicap--especially if you are watching from the sidelines! Thanks to Reinhard Mauch for offering to help at the last moment and he was rewarded with the trail car duties. Many of the riders looked a little fried at the end but I'm sure those who finished would have enjoyed the hit-out. Bernie Crowe got the race under way for G grade. Such was Bernie's speed and stealth that lead car driver Bruce Jones didn't even see him go past at the start. However, Bruce was much more alert later in the race when he spotted two red belly black snakes on the course and encouraged them to leave. The lesser handicapped riders complained when I announced the distance of "FOUR LAPS", but how else can you achieve 48km on a 12Km course? Some grades also didn't take my advice of "slow up the hills and fast down," and notable grade destroyers applied the reverse tactic much to their group's peril. A grade only had four riders so had the advantage of the A2 start time and so were in the running for a win but only Peter Marshall and Tom Hartley could sustain their fierce pace until the end.

Tom Roberts, one of our regular first aiders, was on hand but his services were fortunately not required. We should really also employ a psychologist to provide counselling to the low self-esteem locals who obviously think they own the Old Fed. Today's confrontation was when a local in a huge V8 pick-up, so threatened by the sight of Tom, Graham Hendrie and me standing at the finish, felt that he had to rev his engines at the start/finish line and then roar off! (And not come to a complete stop at the stop sign, I might add.)

The race got quite exciting by the last lap, as C should have caught D to take the lead and Peter and Tom were passing everyone else. But my predictions were wrong and in the end it was the old warrior and master tactician Mark Taylor who attacked his group of D and E graders on the last crest and was able to (relatively) cruise into the finish ahead of Alain Arbaut and Michael Hanbury. Peter was the fastest for the day and only 28 seconds back. So my other advice at the start should have been "Don't let Mark Taylor ride away because you'll never catch him." Mark did the same thing at Breadalbane not long ago. The riders who rode out would have had a hot slog back but no doubt enjoyed some quality couch time in the arvo. Thanks also to Dave McGuiness at the Lake George turn, Allan Bontjer for driving out the race director, and, of course, to Graham who once again unpacked the van, set up the urn registered the riders, recorded the times, printed out the results and posted them in the RMS. If you haven’t already said thanks, bought him a beer, listed him in your will, cleaned his bike for him this year please do, as time is running out. We also can’t forget the contribution of Ian Morton who set up the signs along the course. Ian has a particular fondness for whacking in star pickets into NSW soil, but shares the burden in the ACT.

 

Robert Langridge

November 14 Bleat

posted 14 Nov 2016, 02:11 by Administrator Actvcc   [ updated 14 Nov 2016, 02:11 ]

Hello Vets,

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

 

Ian Morton

 

RACING THIS WEEK:

Tuesday, 15th November: Stromlo Criterium

Please note: There is an inconsistency between the RMS page and the Summer Series Schedule page. This week's race order will be as per the RMS page: E/F/G, B/D, A/C.

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
B/D 6:25 B 38m+2, D 33m+2
A/C 7:05 A 38m+2, C 33m+2

Race Director:  Linda Stals
Contact: Email: linda.stals@anu.edu.au    Ph  0419283599

Wednesday, 16th November: Track Racing

The Program for Wednesday is as follows:
5.30pm – 6.00pm: Warm-up and free practice;
6.00pm – 6.20pm: 8-lap graded scratch race;
6.20pm – 6.40pm: 200m Fly TT;
6.40pm – 7.00pm: 10 Lap Snowball;
7.00pm – 7.20pm: Italian Pursuit.

 

Sunday, 20th November: Old Federal Highway Handicap

To run this week's Road Race we will need the following;
- Race Director
- Lead Car driver
- Trail Car driver
- 2 x turn marshals
- 2 finish line marshals
Please let Ben Davis know at bdavis@internode.on.net or Ph 0416014629 if you can assist.

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: Gravel Pit to Lake George and back (laps to be advised)
Race Director: tba
Contact: Email tba Ph: tba

 

RACE REPORTS:

Narrabundah Track Racing – 9th November

The fifth Track Racing session for 2016-17 attracted another good roll up of 20 riders. The evening was unsettled with predicted rain. However, the cloud formation for the warm up and initial racing looked benign and suggested the full race program should be viable.

The 8-lap A grade scratch race unfolded in an unexpected manner. The pace was solid and held the pack together for the first five laps, with no riders dropped. Ben Robey tried an attack. However, it was quickly covered by Michael Langdon, causing Ben to lose interest. Next lap, Michael Langdon and Alec Millett put in an attack. When this was covered by Kerry Knowler, Michael lost interest leaving Alec and Kerry to carry on with their surge. As the bell lap approached, the bunch realised they had given Alec and Kerry a bit too much lead. Michael Langdon, Steve Jones and Paul Connor set about retrieving the situation. They managed to catch and pass Kerry. However, Alec held on for an enterprising and well deserved win. Steve Jones and Paul Connor took second and third places, respectively.

The 8-Lap B grade scratch race started at an easy pace. However, the pace lifted incrementally as the laps ticked by, until one rider was dropped. The remaining pack was together approaching the bell lap. The race transitioned to a classic bunch sprint from which Ian Drayton emerged victorious over Phil Anderson and Tony Beasley. It was a good return to form for Ian, after a week of ill health.

The next event was a 2-Lap time trial taken from a standing start at the railing. There was a little apprehension, as 2 laps provide the perfect distance for a real gut busting effort. The times were quite interesting with a bigger spread in A grade than we are used to. Paul Connor set the best time at 51.03 seconds, closely followed by Michael Langdon at 51.47 seconds. Alec Millett showed his good form by setting the third best A grade time at 52.64 seconds. In B grade, three riders went round in under 60 seconds. Steve Dean set a great winning time of 55.70 seconds. He was followed by Wayne Shippley in 58.40 seconds, then Ian Drayton in 59.95 seconds. It was good to see Wayne Shippley have success in his first outing with the track group.

By the start of the third race, the weather conditions were looking decidedly less promising. A decision was made to forego the scheduled Snowball events and proceed to the final, all in, Italian pursuit to finish the session. There were 8 riders on each team, so the prospects were good for the usual enjoyable and tough event. The unfolding race confirmed that the teams were quite evenly matched. Team 1 made a good start and picked up a useful lead. However, Team 2 was unfazed and steadily pegged back the small advantage. Kerry Knowler and Ben Robey, riding in the middle of Team 2, put in great laps to give Team 2 a handy lead. Andrew Peel, Paul Connor and Michael Langdon, who anchored Team 1, put in fine efforts. However, Steve Jones was able to take the win for team 2 by around 6 metres. This is not a large margin after 8 laps.

Racing concluded for the evening with all participants dry and happy. As the last rider closed the track gate, the heavens opened up and dumped a torrent onto the venue. Sometimes things just turn out as they should!

Major place getters were as follows:
8-Lap Scratch: (A Grade): Alec Millett, Steve Jones, Paul Connor (B Grade) Ian Drayton, Phil Anderson, Tony Beasley.
2-Lap SS Time Trial: (A Grade): Paul Connor (51.03s), Michael Langdon (51.47s), Alec Millett (52.64s) (B Grade) Steve Dean (55.70s), Wayne Shippley (58.40s), Ian Drayton (59.95s)
Combined Italian Pursuit: Winner Team 2 (Alison Hale, Ross Scutts, Ian Drayton, Kerry Knowler, Ed Garnett, Ben Robey, Alec Millett, Steve Jones).

Current Points Score Leaders: Michael Langdon (89), Steve Jones (89), Alec Millett (80), Ross Scutts (68), Ian Drayton (65), Phil Anderson (61), Andrew Peel (55), Kerry Knowler (52), Roger Wheatley (51).

 

Graeme O'Neill

 

November 7 Bleat

posted 7 Nov 2016, 14:50 by Administrator Actvcc   [ updated 7 Nov 2016, 14:50 ]

 

Hello Vets,

In the Bleat this week;

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

 

Ian Morton

 

RACING THIS WEEK:

Tuesday, 8th 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:  Roger Northcote
Contact: Email: roger.northcote@border.gov.au    Ph  0467736580

2 x marshals required for this event

 

Wednesday, 9th November: Track Racing

The Program for Wednesday is as follows:
5.30pm – 6.00pm: Warm-up and free practice;
6.00pm – 6.20pm: 8-lap graded scratch race;
6.20pm – 6.40pm: 2-Lap SS Time Trial;
6.40pm – 7.10pm: 10-Lap Snowball;
7.10pm – 7.30pm: Italian Pursuit.

 

Sunday, 13st November: Uriarra Crossing Graded Scratch

Where: Uriarra Homestead, intersection 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 - Mt McDonald - left to short turn - Top of Crossing - Mt McDonald - short turn - top of crossing - finish
Race Director: Ian Albrey
Contact: Email ecmija@home.netspeed.com.au Ph: 0467 606 046

5 Marshals will be required for this event. Please contact Ian if you can assist.

 

RACE REPORTS:

Stromlo – 1st November

A pleasant but windy evening greeted us again for racing, with the main concern on the start line being a couple of kangaroos happily grazing on the inside of the circuit. Strong fields in both B & D grade line up, with 32 and 24 riders respectively.

B grade set of and Dougal Torrance quickly stirred things up with some early breaks. Unfortunately he may need to learn how to measure his efforts a bit better as the bunch pulled him back both times and he then paid the price when the pace was picked up half way through. No major activity occurred until the power was put down after 15 minutes with a few splits starting to open up. Next lap the bunch shattered in the cross wind with about 4 distinct bunches forming. We had 4 riders off the front with a bunch of 10 chasing, 3 riders ultimately making it across to the lead bunch. The group of 7 made up of Seymour Savell-Boss, Ben McDuff, Christophe Barbaret, Paul Ledbrook, David McCook, Michael Foulds and Andrew Murrell worked well together to open up a good gap to the chasing field, which had largely regrouped. Other than some issues passing D grade - not sure how hard it is to obey the 'Stay Right' command - no the other right!! - the lead group continued to smoothly swap turns until with 5 minutes to go both Michael and Andrew's legs decided no more. The remaining 5 sprinted with Seymour taking a well deserved win, followed by Ben and Christophe. Michael and Andrew continued to work together and just managed to hold off the fast finishing bunch.

D grade decided that riding together was the best approach in the windy conditions with little real action throughout the race. Michael Hanbury tried a couple of attacks but the bunch fairly quickly dragged him back and it all came down to a bunch sprint. There were a couple of early moved going down the back straight but Michael Hanbury ended up timing his sprint well to take the win. He was closely followed by John Thorn, in a good show of form, and Michael Reppion rounding out the podium.

 

Paul Connor

 

After racing in B grade, I took over as race director from Paul so he could go off and warm up for the A grade race. E grade had a reasonably sized bunch with 18 riders who mostly stayed together until the final sprint – other than a few who dropped off the back when the going got a little tough in the wind. Treston Bamber, a visitor to the club, came home strongly, followed by Tony Henry and Steve Dean. Perhaps Treston will be up in D grade next week if he is back.

F grade was a smaller bunch of 9 riders and they mostly stayed together, except that Ian Morton and Sue Frost got away for a bit early on. The effort obviously didn’t affect either of them too much with Ian coming in strongly for second and Sue in third, behind Simon Reardon – another visitor on the night who might be up in E grade next week if he is back. G grade was largely uneventful with only Heather Sommariva and Bruce Jones circulating together and finishing in that order.

By the time we got to the A and C grade bunches, light was starting to fade and it didn’t look like we would fit in the 35 minutes+2 that had been advertised for A grade. A quick discussion with the 16 A graders ensued and we settled on 25 minutes plus 2 laps which turned out to be just about right. The A grade bunch was pretty volatile, as always with various riders off the front at times. John Drury and Nathan Spillane opened up a sizable gap after 6 minutes and were away for a while but were reeled back in once the bunch got a little more serious. Peter Kitchen was away for a while after that, followed by Ed Pellegrino and Antony Bishop, but it was all back together with 5 or 6 minutes to go. The effort didn’t seem to do too much to Antony’s legs as he won the sprint from the ever present Mark Harris and Paul Connor.

It was also pretty volatile in C grade with the 13 strong bunch splitting into a few groups. After a bit the lead group coalesced with Wayne Shipley, Liny Hou and Stephen Isbel on the tandem, Bryan Holloway, Tom Tokich, Jayson Clarke, and David Jukes (visitor). Tom and Jayson dropped away a little at the finish and the sprint was won by Wayne followed by the tandem and Bryan.

Thanks to Graeme for his usual effort with registration, and Lloyd and Richard who kindly offered to help out with marshalling efforts.

 

Dale Kleeman

 

Narrabundah Track Racing – 2nd November

The fourth Track Racing session for 2016-17 attracted a good roll up of 22 riders. The evening was warm with a fresh breeze creating a headwind in the back straight. The wind did not moderate until late in the racing session.

The 8-lap A grade scratch race was largely a bunch sprint. The pace was solid and held the big pack together for the first five laps, with only two riders dropped. Michael Langdon put in a feeler attack on lap 6. He gained about 10 metres before Alex Millett and Martin Graham sensed the danger and closed him down. Martin stuck on the front with the overall pace up a notch, as the bell lap approached. The pack accelerated into the bell lap and held together at furious pace. The final sprint was very close with Steve Jones just pipping Paul Conner and Michael Langdon in that order.

The 8-Lap B grade scratch race looked to unfold as a bunch sprint. The pack consolidated approaching the bell lap with only a single rider dropped. However, Matt Morgan surprised the bunch by jumping early in the bell lap, soon gaining an unbeatable 30 metre gap. Matt held on to take a good win with Andrew Peel and Ross Scutts picking up the consolations in second and third respectively.

The next race was a 4-lap handicap. In A grade, Kerry Knowler set the pace from a good handicap. She went well out and, initially, looked a good prospect for the win. However, by the close of Lap 2, Craig Kentwell and Chris Thompson had caught Kerry, forming a lead group. On the bell lap, the anchor riders Alec Millett, Paul Connor, Michael Langdon and Steve Jones hauled in the leaders setting up a hotly contested sprint. Paul Connor took the sprint lead and held it to the line to just beat Michael Langdon and Steve Jones in second and third respectively.

In the 4-lap B Grade handicap, Alison Hale made the most of a good handicap by lapping at a solid pace. Only Steve Hirsler could overhaul her in the final lap. Andrew Peel could not quite make it and had to settle for third behind Alison.

A 6-lap Miss & Out race followed the handicap. In this race the first across the line, each lap, drops out. The winning order is the same as the sequence of drop out. In A grade, Steve Jones took the win followed, in sequence, by Paul Connor, Michael Langdon, Alec Millett and Kerry Knowler. To their credit, the final sprint was very closely contested by Kerry Knowler, Ben Robey and Chris Thompson. In B Grade, Steve Hirsler took the first sprint for the win followed, in sequence, by Andrew Peel, Phil Coulton, Ross Scutts and Phil Anderson.

The track session closed with the usual all-in, Italian pursuit. With 9 riders on each team, this was going to be an enjoyable and tough event that would stress the anchor riders. The teams were quite evenly matched. Team 2 likely made a tactical error in ordering their anchor riders. However, it is uncertain whether this was decisive. In the event, both Teams got off to a good start with Team 1 gaining a slight lead. Team 1 then increased their lead significantly, until around mid race when the situation began to reverse. As the anchor riders took over, it looked like Team 2 might be able to close the gap. However, the evening had taken its toll. Though Martin Graham, Paul Conner and Steve Jones put in their best, they could not manage the heroic effort needed, at that stage. Michael Langdon took a comfortable win for Team 1.

Major place getters were as follows:
8-Lap Scratch: (A Grade): Steve Jones, Paul Connor, Michael Langdon (B Grade) Matt Morgan, Andrew Peel, Ross Scutts.
4-Lap Handicap: (A Grade): Paul Connor, Michael Langdon, Steve Jones (B Grade) Steve Hirsler, Alison Hale, Andrew Peel.
6-Lap Miss & Out: (A Grade): Steve Jones, Paul Connor, Michael Langdon (B Grade) Steve Hirsler, Andrew Peel, Phil Coulton.
Combined Italian Pursuit: Winner Team 1 (Matt Morgan, Phil Anderson, Ross Scutts, Kerry Knowler, Rowan McMurray, John-Paul DeSousa, Alec Millett, Ben Robey, Michael Langdon).

Current Points Score Leaders: Michael Langdon (75), Steve Jones (73), Alec Millett (62), Ross Scutts (56), Steve Hirsler (50), Phil Anderson (49), Rowan McMurray (48), Ian Drayton (47), Andrew Peel (47).

 

Graeme O'Neill

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