Hello Vets,

In this week’s Bleat;

  • Gunning 2 Day
  • From the Desk of the Handicapper
  • Event Traffic Controller courses for 2018
  • RMS Race distances
  • Interstate Events
  • Racing this Week
  • Race Reports

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

Ian Morton

Gunning 2 Day

Make sure you reserve the weekend of the 5th/6th May for the Gunning 2 Day.

We are still awaiting NSW police approvals so we will be releasing the full event details once those final approvals have been secured.

The Race Director for Gunning on the weekend will be Dougal Torrance. If you can assist with the event as a Marshal or Driver, the club can offer payment to offset petrol costs and other expenses. If you can help, please contact Dougal at president.actvets.cc.

From the Desk of the Handicapper

The first Handicaps for the Winter Season;
– Andy Matz D to C
– Paul Hollings D to C
– Penelope Anderson F to E

– Tony Beasley C to D
– David McGuiness E to F

Event Traffic Controller courses for 2018

Two courses (free) have been scheduled for 2018, 21st April and 8 September. Details are available on Cycling ACT’s web site http://www.act.cycling.org.au/Road/News/2018-cycling-event-traffic-controllers-course-dates-confirmed

Members previously accredited as ATCs will need to do the updated training course to get ETC accreditation. Having enough controllers available in the club is critical to our ability to run races in the ACT and it is likely we will need to have ETCs for NSW races in the future. Please register for a place on one of the courses ASAP as numbers are limited.

Ian McVay

Interstate and Local Events

  • Giro d’Canberra
    20 May 2018
    • Want to take on the challenge? The ride features 2500 metre climbs and 130km of stunning Canberra Brindabella countryside
    • Cycling is powering ahead in Canberra
    • Giro d’ Canberra is in its third year and growing
    • Lots of interest from Sydney based riders
    • Get in on the early stages of a growing annual event
    • A chance to promote your community cycling activities
    • Fully supported ride with vehicles and food stations
    • Organised by the Rotary Club of Woden Daybreak

    Entries:www.GirodCanberra.gofundraise.com.au. For further information: Barry Welsby Mob: 0413729951 EMail: welsbw@internode.on.net.


Saturday, 14th April: Uriarra Homestead Graded Scratch

Where: Uriarra Home, intersection Uriarra Road and Brindabella Road.
When: 1:30 pm.
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number.
Race Description:
Uriarra Homestead – Condor Creek – top of Uriarra Crossing – Short turn – top of Uriarra Crossing – finish.

Race Director: Owain Tilley Contact: Email: owaintilley@hotmail.com    Ph  0420526076

Marshals: Peter Young, Warren Smith, Howard Moffat, Andrew Matz

Upcoming Marshal Roster

Please check the following table of allocated officials. If you are unavailable on your allocated date, please arrange to organise a swap with another rider and advise the race committee (race.committee@actvets.cc).

ETCs: Thank you to the positive response I received from ETCs to volunteer for upcoming races. We still need to try and fill spots as per the vacant *s in the marshal list below. Can we please have some more nominations to fill these? If you are yet to complete your ETC training due to the requirement to be mentored, please contact the race committee to organise for one of the club’s mentors to assess you at one of the upcoming ACT races.

Date Event Director Marshals
21st April Lookout Hill vacant Brian Chugg, Bob Miller*, *, *, *, Michael David Brice
28th April Orroral Valley Mark Harris Bruce Jones, *, *
5th& 6th May Gunning Dougal Torrance Day 1: Bob Miller + 8 additional volunteers
Day 2:John McMaster + 8 additional volunteers
12th May Smiths Rd/Apollo TT Paul Scherl Rainer Wilton, Tony Weir*, *
19th May Dog Trap Rd Mark Taylor Daniel Grillo, Peter Klein, Alex Sommariva, Donald de Smet
2nd June Old Federal Highway Steven Simms Bernie Crowe, Adam Potts, Alwyn Chilver, Steve Crispin, Jason Parkes
16th June Pierces Creek Brian Holloway Chris Short, *, *
23rd June Honeysuckle Creek Paul Robey Michael Carr, *
30th June Lookout Hill Susan Frost Ben Healy, *, *

* denotes ETC required for ACT races.


Cooma – 7th April

This year’s road season kicked off at Cooma on an undulating, 20km out-and-back course. This was the first time this race had been held for well over a decade so there was a little uncertainty where the start was but fortunately no one turned up after the race had begun. There was also a traffic accident in Cooma causing a diversion, so for many of us who’ve only seen the main street this was a good chance to see a new housing development, the cemetery and the local high school. Conditions were warm with a stiff cross wind at the finish, although riders said it was more like a tail wind for the dash home. I’d recommend that we have a 60km event for the higher grades in future with the addition of another marshal at the 10km mark. Special thanks to Graham Hendrie for his invaluable assistance. Graham showed his versatility by signing on all the riders, printing the start sheet and then lining up to race. Many thanks to Jarrod Cook, Kevin Wells, Tess McLachlan and Mayumi Shinozaki for marshalling. The ever reliable sports trainer Tom Roberts helped out with the chute, and getting the ern lit. A friend of Phill Coulton’s had spread the word among Cooma riders so we had a good contingent of local “visitors” making the most of the non-member first ride option. Being an out-and-back course there’s nothing to comment on race wise, except some riders showed some great early season form. Here are the winners:
– A Christophe Barbaret
– B David Dickson
– C Mark Taylor
– D Andy Matz
– E Jan Koehler
– F Penelope Anderson
– G Mike Spoljaric

Rob Langridge