Hello Vets,

In this week’s Bleat;

  • Indoor Training
  • Racing this Week
  • Race Report

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

Ian Morton

Indoor Training

Want to maintain your fitness after a weekend of rancid weather and limited riding opportunities. Grab your trainer and come and enjoy an hour of quality pain. This week’s session will start with a road race warm up then a road race simulation, all in the comfort of a dry hall without kangaroos to avoid. Hall is open at 6pm for setup.

The Hall in the Weston Community Centre is hard to find in the dark. The turnoff is off Hilder St Weston directly opposite a set of very attractive white concrete lions. Once you have turned in veer to the right to find the lower car park. The hall is adjacent.

A reminder that attendees must be competition members of the club.

Bruce Griffin


Saturday, 14th July: Yass – Graded Scratch

Where: Register at the small park on the corner of Cooks Hill Rd and Orion St in Yass.
When: 1:30 pm.
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number.
Race Description:
For ABC&D the course of ~60km is:
Neutral section along Cooks Hill Rd until past Archer Cl (on the left after ~ 600m)
U Turn near end of bitumen on Cooks Hill Rd
Turn left onto Blakney Creek S Rd at T intersection and continue on Rye Park Rd
Turn left onto Blakney Creek N Rd at T intersection
U Turn before Blakney about 200m before the intersection with Little Plains Rd
Turn right onto Rye Park Rd at T intersection GIVE WAY TO TRAFFIC
Continue on Blakney Creek S Rd
Turn left onto Cooks Hill Rd at T intersection
Finish on rise before Archer Cl intersection

For EF&G the course of ~44km is:
Neutral section along Cooks Hill Rd until past Archer Cl (on the left after ~ 600m)
Turn right onto Blakney Creek S Rd at T intersection GIVE WAY TO TRAFFIC
Continue on Rye Park Rd
U Turn at T intersection with Blakney Creek N Rd GIVE WAY TO TRAFFIC
Continue on Blakney Creek S Rd
Turn left onto Cooks Hill Rd at T intersection
Finish on rise before Archer Cl intersection

Race Director: Chris Nolan Contact: Email: nolanway@gmail.com    Ph  0403810535

Marshals: Felipe Lopes Reis, Ben Davis, Terry Merrigan, Wayne Benham, Tim Minehan, Elton Ivers

Upcoming Marshal Roster

Thank you to those who volunteered to help (noted below in black) at the races to September. The remaining nominees (in blue) have been selected based on results from the previous summer race season and the period since they last helped at a race. Please advise your availability or unavailability to the race committee (race.committee@actvets.cc) as soon as possible.

I am also looking for more nominations to help in the ‘vacant’ positions at the Summer series races to the end of the year. Crit races at Stromlo Forest Park on Tuesdays will require a Race Director and one Marshal. Summer road races are on Sunday mornings.

Date Event Director Marshals
21st July Dalton Simon Milnes
6 (2 drivers, finish chute & 3 turn marshals) Tony Rowley, Luke Healy, John Thorn, Bryan Holloway, Robin Mules, David McCook
28th July Sutton Driver Training Centre Roger Northcote
1 (finish chute) Kirsty Cummin
4th August Lookout Hill – TT Rohan Verco
3 (finish chute & 2 ETCs) Ed Joliffe*, Bob Miller*, Patrick McNamara
11th August Dog Trap Rd Steve Dean
5 (2 drivers, finish chute & 2 turn marshals) Ben McDuff, David Johnson, Brandie O’Connor, Stjepan Hirsler, Simon Porombka
18th August Old Federal Highway Ben Davis
5 (2 drivers, finish chute & 2 turn marshals) Mick Hanbury, Simon Wells, Matt Hinchcliffe, Steven Simms, Michael Brice
1st September Uriarra Shane Warburton
4 (finish chute & 3 ETCs) Ed Joliffe*, Terry Moore*, Robert Brunato* (non-member), Alison Hale
8th September Stromlo Forest Park – Iron Mike Ian Morton
4 (finish chute & 3 ETCs) Elizabeth Lowe*, Rob Morris*, Richard Gorrell*, Andrew Murrell
15th September Stromlo Forest Park – Criterium Track Alain Arbaut
1 (finish chute) Jason McAvoy
22th September Breadalbane Mini Tour Simon Junakovic
5 (2 drivers, finish chute & 2 turn marshals) Doug Lean, David Wilson, Rowan McMurray, Darren Garnon, Mike Hayes
Summer Series
2nd October Crit Kim Malcolm
Anthony Evans
9th October Crit Richard Hedley Michael Golding
16th October Crit Ben Robey
Bruce Goodspeed
21st October Corin Dam Rd Rico Fitch
1 (finish chute)
Michael David Brice
23rd October Crit Peta Brill
John Ignatius
30th October Crit Duane Toohey Christophe Barberet
4th November Crit vacant 4 (finish chute & 3 ETCs) Edward Joliffe*, Seymour Savell-boss*, David Jukes*, Lewis Cressy
6th November Crit vacant Simon Wells
11th November Sutton Driver Training Centre Warwick Wilson
1 (finish chute), Ian Preston
13th November Crit vacant David Witteveen
18th November Old Federal Highway vacant 5 (2 drivers, finish chute & 2 turn marshals) David Witham, Tim Brown, John Stokman, Stuart Roesler, Michael Brice
20st November Crit vacant Christophe Barberet
25th November Uriarra TT Andy Matz
4 (finish chute & 3 ETCs) Edward Joliffe*, Kim Malcolm *, Howard Moffat*, Peter Jovanovic
27th November Crit vacant John Wilson
2nd December Old Federal Highway Kim Malcolm
5 (2 drivers, finish chute & 2 turn marshals) Jonathan Chowns, Graham Tanton, Craig Tozer, Des Brown, vacant
4th December Crit vacant Ian Lake
9th December Dairy Flat Nick Boylan
1 (finish chute) Nick will source
11th December Crit vacant Anthony Evans
16th December Cotter Hill Climb Nick Boylan
2 (finish chute & 1 ETCs) Sue Powell*, Conan Liu
18th December Crit vacant David Medlock

* denotes ETC required for ACT races.

Ian McVay
Race Committee


F and A Tonelli Handicap Trophy – 7th July

It was a tribute to the hard men and women of cycling, that 24 riders turned out for this handicap race on the Old Federal Highway. The temperature was 6 degrees and the crosswinds were 40+ kph.

The solo A grader had a 27 min 30 sec gap to make up on G grade, with each grade heading off at a gap time calculated to bring everyone in at once. Little did the handicapper know the awful conditions would break the bunches up before the first lap was done, and it turned into an individual time trial event, with handicaps.

Polly Templeton showed real form by stopping after the first lap for a long stretch, and then took off again before anyone else was in sight.

Terry Merrigan won the Real Hard Person of Cycling award by riding in a summer jersey and shorts as if it was a bucolic ride on a summer’s day in Ireland.

In the end Michael Brice (A grade) put in a blistering pace, completing the 36 km course in just over an hour and coming in 6 minutes ahead of Paul Hollings in 2nd place and Ian McVay in 3rd.

Congratulations to all the riders for getting out in those conditions. Thanks to the marshals Kevin Newhouse, David Dickson, Gillian Lugg, Peter Taylor and Ben Davis, and especially the turn marshals Kevin and Peter who stood out in the cold directing traffic and riders for two hours.

John Ignatius
Race Director


The winners


John Ignatius (Referee), Michael Brice (1st), Ian McVay (3rd)