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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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July 25 Bleat

posted 25 Jul 2016, 03:04 by Administrator Actvcc   [ updated 25 Jul 2016, 05:20 ]

Hello Vets,

In this week's Bleat;

•  Racing this Week

•  Race Reports

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

 

Ian Morton

RACING THIS WEEK:

Saturday, 30th July: Dalton Graded Scratch

Where:Gravel quarry, 500m east of Dalton. Drive to Gunning then take Dalton Rd.
When: 1:30 pm.
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number.
Race Description:
Dalton - Gunning - Boorowa Rd ABCD do 2 laps Dalton to Gunning 1st Dalton U Turn at Start area. EFG do 1 lap. Then all head west on Boorowa Rd to end of bitumen (3k) and return to Dalton then north on Rugby Rd to end of bitumen (5k) and return to finish in Dalton.

Race Director: Steve Schwenke
Contact: Email: schwenkes@homemail.com.au    Ph  0412485729

To run the race, Steve will need the services of;
- Lead and Trail car drivers
- 3 other Marshals
For races at Dalton there is payment for fuel to cover the longer distance to travel to and from the location. Please contact Steve if you can assist.

 

RACE REPORTS:

Dairy Rd – 23rd July

The race was cancelled on Saturday.

About 10 riders turned up but the winds were blowing so strongly from the west that racing on the hotdog course would have been too dangerous. Even the tandem were getting blown around a bit.

 

Rohan Verco


July 18 Bleat

posted 17 Jul 2016, 16:32 by Administrator Actvcc   [ updated 18 Jul 2016, 04:24 ]

Hello Vets,

In this week's Bleat;

  • Replacement President
  • Free Traffic Controller Training Course
  • From the Desk of the Handicapper
  • Racing this Week
  • Race Reports

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

 

Ian Morton

 

Replacement President

A reminder that we are still looking for a club member who wishes to nominate for this important role. Please contact committee@actvets.cc if you are interested in filling this position.

 

Free Traffic Controller Training Course

Capital Cycling, in association with Roads ACT have schedule FREE Traffic Controller Training for the Cycling clubs and community of the ACT for the past two years. Roads ACT have once again enabled FREE access to this training in 2016.

The Traffic Controller training that is provided meets the NSW and the ACT requirements and provides the appropriate qualification to allow a registered person to control traffic at cycling (and other) events. The 2016 education and training is designed to meet the new standards that will be implemented across Australia in 2016.

The Traffic Controller Training courses will be held for free for Canberra cycling clubs and cycling organisations in May and again in August. Spaces are limited for each training course.

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

Course 2 Dates: Saturday 20th August Time: Full day of training 9 – 5pm Location: Canberra Ave, Fyshwick Cost: Free

To register please go to: https://eventdesq.imgstg.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=main&EventDesqID=19094&OrgID=4426

 

From the Desk of the Handicapper

Mark Stevenson C to B

 

RACING THIS WEEK:

Saturday, 23rd July: 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:
CD 13:30 40 mins + 1 lap
AB 14:20 50 mins + 1 lap
EFG 15:20 30 mins + 1 lap

Race Director: Rohan Verco
Contact: Email: Rohan.Verco@gmail.com    Ph  0419730555

To run the race, Rohan will need the services of a couple of assistants at the finish line. Please contact Rohan if you can assist.

 

RACE REPORTS:

Uriarra Homestead – 16th July

Sometimes we start a race write-up with "Despite atrocious conditions..." Saturday was the opposite, as we had what Denis Jessop (80yo) described as the best conditions in living memory at Uriarra. Yes, it was 16 degrees and there was no wind, but unfortunately only 37 turned up. Where were the other 40 possible riders one asks? Certainly not at the CCC morning handicap as they also had a pathetic roll-up. Nonetheless, those who came would have loved the experience of riding the flattest course possible in the ACT with no wind. The urn was back to its best and there were Tim Tams to reward those with a keen eye for sweet junk so really there were no excuses for not coming. I was predicting that someone would toss their bike away and run to the finish Froomy style, but there was thankfully little drama and even the 4WD crowd seemed positively passive for once.

Marc Vroomans won the sprint despite backing up from the morning race to edge out Paul Conner in A grade. Third placer Paul Welsh had a gap with half a lap to go but couldn't sustain it to the finish. The three in B grade pedalled around politely then finished in a mad rush with Michael McGurgan edging out Ben McDuff and Michael Foulds. C grade had a bit of excitement as there were a number of attacks in a bid to nullify the sprint of Mark Stevenson. Mark was relegated to third after losing the sprint to John Paul De Sousa. Thirty seconds ahead in first was Dale McCormack who recorded a remarkable improvement in just a week's riding. What's your secret Dale? Judging by the times, D grade was a slow and intimate affair with the trio of Brian Chugg, Ian McVay and Des Brown rolling in single file and making it very easy for the finish judge.

The E graders showed a bit more spirit, catching D grade and then contesting a furious sprint at the finish. Kathryn Passalis certainly looked the part as she charged across the line out of the saddle and nose on her stem for her maiden victory, with James Tonkin and David Gunther not far behind. Ian Morton kept Bob Millar company for the two laps in F grade, while Bruce Jones only had himself to compete against in G grade. Bruce's rival Bernie came out sans bicycle and after the start to sample the offerings from the repaired urn only.

 

Robert Langridge

July 11 Bleat

posted 11 Jul 2016, 04:40 by Administrator Actvcc   [ updated 11 Jul 2016, 04:41 ]

Hello Vets,

In this week's Bleat;

  • Tour Night at Onya
  • Free Traffic Controller Training Course
  • Racing this Week
  • Race Reports

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

 

Ian Morton

 

Tour Night at Onya

Onya bike Woden is having a tour de France night on 14 July to benefit pedal 4 pierce. Food drink, comps on stationaries and giving away a $4000 bike!! (I think the tour will be on the big screen too)

This is in aid of Muscle Up 4 Muscular Dystrophy. For more details contact Nigel at ride@pedal4pierce.com

 

Free Traffic Controller Training Course

Capital Cycling, in association with Roads ACT have schedule FREE Traffic Controller Training for the Cycling clubs and community of the ACT for the past two years. Roads ACT have once again enabled FREE access to this training in 2016.

The Traffic Controller training that is provided meets the NSW and the ACT requirements and provides the appropriate qualification to allow a registered person to control traffic at cycling (and other) events. The 2016 education and training is designed to meet the new standards that will be implemented across Australia in 2016.

The Traffic Controller Training courses will be held for free for Canberra cycling clubs and cycling organisations in May and again in August. Spaces are limited for each training course.

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

Course 2 Dates: Saturday 20th August Time: Full day of training 9 – 5pm Location: Canberra Ave, Fyshwick Cost: Free

To register please go to: https://eventdesq.imgstg.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=main&EventDesqID=19094&OrgID=4426

 

RACING THIS WEEK:

Saturday, 16th July: Uriarra Homestead Graded Scratch

Where:Uriarra Rd / Brindabella Rd, T-Junction.
When: 1:30 pm.
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number.
Race Description: Homestead - Short Turn - Top of Crossing (repeats)

Race Director: Rob Langridge
Contact: Email: langridge@netspeed.com.au    Ph  0450400658

To run the race, Rob will need the services of;
 - 3 x ATCs
 - 3 at the finish line/chute

Please contact Rob if you can assist.

 

RACE REPORTS:

Old Federal Highway, Handicap - F & A Tonelli Trophy – 9th July

An almost perfect winters day for racing, except for a brief shower at the start of the race, apart from that there was little to no wind and mild temperatures (for a Canberra winters day that is). The race course was three laps from the Gravel Pit on the Old Federal Highway to Lake George and back. A distance of approximately 37 kilometres. Being a graded scratch race its grade against grade, and to win a grade must work together for the whole distance and hope the handicapper has smiled on them.

A total of 45 riders turned up to race and almost all completed the race. The aforementioned shower led to one DNF and a puncture took out the one tandem bike in the race.

Bruce Jones was first off, a team of one, and had almost completed the first lap before A Grade commenced their race, 35 minutes after Bruce had started. Bruce declined the opportunity to tag onto the A Grade pack.

At the end of the first lap most grades were pretty much together, but by the second lap it was apparent that E Grade had a core of hard working and well coordinated riders, and had mopped up the grades ahead of them (F and G1) - Bruce Jones however was still valiantly clinging on to front spot. The other grades were in hot pursuit and the gaps between them narrowing. Michael Carr and Paul Welsh had managed to ride off the front of B Grade and looked likely contenders for a win.

The third and final lap would be critical.

Bruce Jones was gobbled up with quarter of a lap to go, while Michael Carr and Paul Welsh weren't able to maintain their barnstorming efforts as it was E Grade who appeared over the rise before the finish line first and took out the top 7 positions - Kevin Hennessy winning in a sprint from David Gunther (2nd) and Kathryn Passilis (3rd). Marc Vroomans from A Grade finished just over a minute after the winners in 8th place and recorded the fastest time of the day, covering the 37 kilometres in just over 58 minutes, a very impressive effort. Dave Wilson from B Grade finished 9th and Mark Stevenson from C Grade rounded out the top 10.


No crashes, no one injured, a good days racing - the only negative was the urn going out unnoticed by the Race Director and depriving the battle weary racers of a hot coffee after the race.

Thanks to Robert Miller, Alain Arbaut, Richard Gorrell, Terence Merrigan (who was 20 cents richer for predicting the winner mid race!), Geoff Strang, Tony Weir and Elton Ivers. Also thanks to Graham Hendrie for driving the van out and Ian Morton for putting the signs out.

 

Owain Tilley

July 4 Bleat

posted 4 Jul 2016, 01:49 by Administrator Actvcc   [ updated 4 Jul 2016, 07:40 ]

Hello Vets,


A short Bleat this week;

  • Racing this Week
  • Race Reports

 

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

 

Ian Morton

 

RACING THIS WEEK:

Saturday, 9th July: Old Federal Highway Handicap - F & A Tonelli Trophy

Where: Gravel Pit, Intersection Old Federal Highway and Shingle Hill Way
When: 1:30 pm.
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number.
Race Description:
Gravel Pit to Lake George
Race Director: Owain Tilley
Contact: Email owaintilley@hotmail.com Ph 0420526076

Note: We are a bit short for officials for the event. We still require the following: Trail car driver, Lead car driver, 2 x turn point marshals, 1 finish chute marshal. If you can assist please contact Owain.

 

RACE REPORT:

Stromlo Point Race – 2nd July

The ACT Vets were competing in a points criterium race out at Stromlo on Saturday afternoon. Whilst the weather looked ok from the sidelines, the prevailing NW breeze was blowing up to 25km/h during the afternoon. This is enough breeze for the stronger riders in each grade (especially the higher grades) to put the hurt on other riders by putting them in the “gutter” without any protection from the wind. There were many pained faces towards the end of the race which demonstrated that most riders had a tough workout for the afternoon.

The racing started with A and B grade completing 50mins plus two laps. Having the first two laps as sprint primes really sorted out the A grade bunch. The bunch was dominated by Onya Bike riders and after the first two laps a firm pecking order had been established with 3 Onya Bike riders at the front with the rest making up the numbers. Jarod Hughes, a visitor to the club, was clearly a step above all other riders on the day. At around the 15 minute mark he soloed away from the bunch and built a lead upwards of 300m. He took a number of primes before sitting up and allowing a number of his Onya teammates to catch up with him and contest a number of sprints. Aaron Thompson made things interesting in the overall points totals winning a number of these primes, but when it seemed like he might close the gap to Jarod right down, Jarod rode off the front again and put another 300m into his competitors. Jarod and Aaron totalled 28 and 25 points respectively with third place (Michael Brice) a long way back on 9 points. The B grade race saw a lot more foxing resulting in a more even spread of points being earned, in fact all riders got some sprint points. The racing was very competitive with the bunch staying together until Peter Merrick managed to get away late to a big lead and take the last four sprints of the race. However, it was Chris Short who must have had the calculator working overtime who came home in second place on the final sprint to win the race from Peter by 1 point.

E, F and G grades were the next to race. Phil Coulton started strongly in the E grade bunch winning a couple of sprints before that effort took its toll and he was dropped out the back about half way into the race. Rosemary Robinson put in a great attack with about four laps to go and looked like she had a big enough break to impact the top of the leader board. However, it was not to be as Adam Potts also rode a strong back half of the race and managed to bridge to Rosemary on the last lap and take the overall race by 6 points to Rosemary. Graham Hendrie had a strong race consistently taking sprint points to end up in third position. There were only 2 riders in each of F and G grade. Pauline Thorn rode very consistently and was just too strong for Tony Weir. Tony struggled to hold on to Pauline’s wheel and each lap he kept losing 10 or so metres with Pauline winning comfortably in the end. The G grade racing was very close between Bernie Crow and Bruce Jones. Ultimately Bernie demonstrated superior race craft on the day coming out of Bruce’s draft on the sprint laps to win each of the primes, but never by any more than a bike length!

C grade provided perhaps the best racing of the day. It was a race between the three big units of Stevenson, Wilson and Shippley versus the two ladies in Aubrey and Moore. The big units dominated the sprinting early on but this was to come at a bit of a cost as the ladies, especially Claire Aubrey demonstrated greater stamina over the course of the race as the big units faltered at the back end of the race. The greater stamina might have been helped by the big units having nowhere to hide when punching into the wind. Both ladies did their fair share of turns on the front and with both nice and low on their bikes the big units never really got any relief from the wind! At the finish Claire Aubrey won the race from Mark Stevenson and Warwick Wilson. The D grade bunch managed to stay together throughout the race but the sprinters of Beasley, McRae and Gunther were rarely troubled by the rest of the bunch when there were points on the line. Rob Langridge (what was he doing in D Grade!?) tried to change things up a bit with some long range sprints but was unable to really influence the results of the strongest three. Ultimately, Beasley was too strong on the day doubling the points of his nearest rival, McRae with Gunther 1 point behind in third place.

It’s never much fun standing on the sidelines for winter criterium races! However, thanks to the great help (and wit) of Marc Vroomans and Mark Harris we managed to get through the afternoon with smiles on our faces.

 

Rohan Verco

 

ps A red Rahpa gillet (size M) was left behind at the track on Saturday. The gillet was placed in the van so the owner can see Graham about collecting it.


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