Hello Vets,

In this week’s Bleat;

  • Indoor Trainer
  • Racing this Week
  • Race Report

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

Ian Morton

Indoor Trainer

Hi greetings!!

John and self are looking for a stable indoor trainer that we can use in the garage..keeping extra fit and something that is good to get onto and stable during action! Many thanks in anticipation.

I can fetch and pay..

Anne and John I’Ons


Saturday, 28th July: Sutton Driver Training Graded Scratch

Where: Approx 0.5 km along Sutton Rd from intersection of Sutton Rd and Pialligo Avenue.
When: 1:30 pm.
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number.
Race Description:
Sutton Driver Training Course.

Race Director: Roger Northcote Contact: Email: roger.northcote@homeaffairs.gov.au    Ph  0467736580

Marshals: Kirsty Cummin

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
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
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 Uriarra John Thorn 4 (finish chute & 3 ETCs) Edward Joliffe*, Seymour Savell-boss*, David Jukes*, Lewis Cressy
6th November Crit Damian Copeland 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



Dalton Graded Scratch – 21st July

Saturday morning started out as a typical winter’s morning, cold and sunny and didn’t change much as the day went on. This was ideal start for a winter race day.

Out at Dalton the weather was much the same 8 to 9 degrees with a 10 to 15 knot wind.

The rolling hills of Dalton and beyond tested the 32 riders throughout the varying grades that had made the trip out.

The race was a couple of minutes late starting but as there were no A grade riders, this brought the field in line with the 1.30pm start time.

B had the largest field of 11 riders, C had 3 riders and D had 6 riders heading out to the first turn and back to the start continuing their second loop.

This meant the Sole rider in G grade could then be sent under way 40 minutes after the first field had left. E grade had 5 riders and finally F grade were the next to leave, with 6 riders in this group which also contained the only tandem for the race.

On returning and passing the start/finish line, the grades continued out on Dalton road to Rye Park but not knowing if I would see them again as the only Marshals that had ridden the course before were myself and Terry Moore who was out at the first turn. Listening with trepidation my spirit was lifted when Conan Liu radioed to say that B grade had reached him and were on there way back to town. In town it was up to Tony Rowley to send them out Bevendale road for the final leg where David McCook would send them back to the Finish.

B grade mostly came in as a group With Robert Langridge taking out line honors.

C grade was taken by Adam Potts.

D grade was a sprint finish taken by John Flannery followed by Steven Simms and in 3rd place was birthday boy Mark K Taylor who did ask to ride down a grade.

E grade was taken out by Allan Bontjer.

F grade had the power of the tandem taking line honors.

G grade could only have one winner this being Bernard Crowe.

The race went down without a hitch with only one local having a word about the larger group of B grade riders crossing the white line. If this could be avoided in the future this would be appreciated.

Thanks to the marshals out on the course and the lead car driven by Robin Mule and the tail car driven by Bryan Holloway.

Thanks as usual to our first aid officer Simon Whitehead who’s skills were not required on the day.

And as usual, Graham Hendrie for driving the van and arranging sign on/sign off, who was also lucky enough to get to race.

If there is anyone who I’ve missed in thanking or the results aren’t quite right, apologies.

Simon Milnes
Race Director



Nanco Uli posted some pictures from Dalton: https://www.flickr.com/photos/96254786@N08/sets/72157697642441761/