Hello Vets,

In this week’s Bleat;

  • Racing this Week
  • Race Report

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Ian Morton


Saturday, 4th August: Lookout Hill Time Trial – M & H Age Standard

Where: Observation lookout on Tidbinbilla Road about 2.5 km towards Tharwa from Point Hut / Tidbinbilla Rd intersection (or about 4.5 km from Tharwa village).
When: 1:30 pm.
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number.
Race Description:
20km Time Trial course – Tharwa – Pt Hut – finish.

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

Marshals: Edward Joliffe, Robert Miller, Patrick McNamara


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
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



Sutton Road Driver Training Centre – 28th July

The club turned out in strength for our first race at this venue in several years, 58 riders across all grades, on a warm winter afternoon with a moderate breeze. The circuit is 2.5km long, has 45m of uphill, and is in good nick with some rougher bitumin but no potholes. When racing the natural inclination is to punch up each of the short sharp hills on the twisty back section, which has a cumulative effect over the race. There are a couple of tight corners to test handling skills, and then a fast sweeping downhill to the long finishing straight. It makes for great racing: a nice change from and more challenging than Stromlo; and much more fun than Dairy Flat, which I have never liked. Everyone finished the race with sore legs but broad smiles, and looking forward to next time. The Race Committee has booked the venue for four more races.

It’s also a great place to direct. You can’t see the whole course but you do have a great view of the straight and the first part of the back section. We ran this race in three cohorts: AB; CD and EFG, with slower grades started after the first grade moved off. That turned out well, with minimal lapping, but there is so much room on the circuit we could easily race more grades together. Brendan suggested putting the whole club out in grade sequence. That would probably work, since on this circuit there would be no difficulty overtaking by faster grades. However, I suggest trying two cohorts next time: ABC, and then DEFG, which should still enable easy tracking of grades and their laps. The racing times could then be lengthened, and/or the event finished earlier.

A grade had eight riders, which neatly split into two groups of four after a few laps: Steve Crispin, Tom Hartley, Brendan Byatt and Robin Mules out front, and four “A2” riders enjoying our own race at the back. Brendan and Robin both fell off the front later. Brendan lost ground each time through the two tight turns to the shorter, nippier, Steve and Tom, until he could not get back on. Not easy to race round tight corners if you are 2m tall. Steve and Tom demonstrated their strength by lapping the back four in the final finishing straight, Steve was first.

The B grade bunch was the biggest, with 17 riders. They mostly stayed together as a bunch, until Heath Wade and Tim Brown surged strongly away with a few laps to go. Heath won from Tim, with Bruce Goodfellow sprinting from the bunch for third.

In C-grade the tandem of Ashley Curruthers and Lindy Hou were clear at the end of the first lap, and their lead steadily improved over the race. It was a pleasure to watch their work. Ashley may be the club’s most skilful rider. He pilots an awesome A-grade tandem with Don Mankewich, and a fast C-grade tandem with Lindy, which may be bumped to B-grade on this dominant performance. Anthony Meredith won a well-timed strong bunch sprint for second, just ahead of Chris Daley for third.

D grade had 11 riders, which reduced into a lead bunch of 6, with the rest making their own individual pace. Michael Hanbury came steaming home ahead of Stephen Simms and Anthony Beasley. My courage award goes to Gillian Lugg, who found the going tough riding alone further back, but quickened in the last two laps and gained some places.

E grade had a solid race with most riders staying in the bunch and riding strongly together. Russel Marston finished not far ahead of Jan Koehler, Linda Stahls, and Rosemary Robinson.

F grade and Polly Templeton, our sole G grade rider, raced together. Ian Morton built up a lead and won well ahead of Robert Miller and Nigel Wines. Polly rode with, and then ahead of, a few F graders and may deserve a promotion.

Many thanks to: the Race Committee whose hard work secured the excellent venue; Simon Whitehead our friendly Sports Med paramedic who cleverly positioned his van with a view of the two tight turns where a stack was most likely, but none eventuated; Kirsty Cummin who marshalled; Jan Koehler who looked after the AB race with Kirsty so I could ride; and Graham Hendrie who brought our van of club gear and rendered his usual invaluable assistance.


Roger Northcote