Hello Vets,

In the Bleat this week;

  • Gunning 2 Day
  • Fitability Fundraising Trivia Night
  • From the Race Committee

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

Ian Morton

Gunning 2 Day

It’s almost here! Your chance to ride in the clubs signature two day event. This year we are using a google form to manage entries. Please fill out the form at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScpvu5EraXOYFGtj_rEqqppPSLCDKDFfOyfiA7u5NHV-k8x_g/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1&fbclid=IwAR3Zs-9NWIBGkResofrpFVT_s7AFKRwjDzWhr-yrT6a47u7LEBGU5cJHToM.

This survey will be taken as your entry into Gunning Two Day event. NOTE: You must be a current member of the ACT Veterans Cycling Club to participate in the Gunning Two Day event..


Race Director is Phill Coulton. He needs two more Marshals for Saturday and Sunday. If you are willing to help please contact Phill at 0417 299 149 or phillcou@bigpond.net.au.

DAY 1: Saturday 25th May 2019

Stage 1

Stage 1 will start from Gunning at 11:00am for A grade followed by grades B to G at 2 minute intervals. The course is Gunning to Breadalbane return, one lap is 50km. A, B & C grades will complete 2 laps for 100km, remaining grades 1 lap. Water bottles will be available at the end of lap 1 for A, B & C grades. Time bonuses and KOMs will be awarded on this stage.

DAY 2: Sunday 26th May 2019

Stage 2

Stage 2 will start from Breadalbane at 10:00am with 2 minute intervals between grades. All grades will race 50km from Breadalbane to Gunning return. Time bonuses and KOMs will be awarded on this stage.

Stage 3

Stage 3 is a 4km TT from Breadalbane from 12:30 to 1 PM start (dependent on finish of Stage 2). The following limitations apply for the TT:

  • No Disc Wheels or wheel covers
  • No Time Trial specific helmets
  • No Time Trial bars either specific or clip on
  • Tri Spoke or other deep dish wheels are allowed as long as the rim does not exceed 100mm.


Entry is $40 which includes a BBQ lunch and medal presentations at the conclusion of Day 2. Riders in F & G grades will be given the option to race both days $40, or choose to ride either Day 1 or Day 2 $20. Only those that ride both days will be eligible for medals.


Riders must be a current financial member of an AVCC club. Day licences are not available.

Have an approved helmet

Riders in grades A-E must have started and completed the previous stage in order to start the next stage i.e. if you don’t ride on Saturday you can’t start on Sunday.

In the event of a rider suffering a legitimate mechanical issue, at the Race Director’s discretion, the rider can awarded the time of the 2nd slowest rider.


Entry will be via cash payment on Saturday 25 May, not through Sports TG as in previous years.


Presentation of trophies/medals and a BBQ lunch in the Breadalbane Hall will be held after the conclusion of Stage 3 on Sunday.

Fitability Fundraising Trivia Night

Many of the ACT Vet members know that tandem cycling had given the opportunity for vision impaired members to ride and race on the bike. This fundraising will help Fitability keeps the bikes in good working order. So that many vision impaired people ant those with other disabilities can have the opportunity to experience the joys of cycling.

Friday 31st May, 6:30 to 9:30 at Canberra Labor Club, Belconnen. Cost: $20 plus booking fee. Don’t miss out – it should be a fantastic fun night! Bring your partners, friends and family. A great opportunity to mix socially with other Vet members and to raise money for a wonderful program.

Buy your tickets here https://eventplus.net/TN19.

Lindy Hou
Mobile: 0402 113 836
Email: lindy@lindyhou.com

From the Race Committee

1st Aiders Needed

SMA are struggling to provide 1st aiders to support our races. We cannot race without a dedicated 1st aider on hand. The best option is for race directors and marshals to have 1st aid qualifications so they can also undertake the 1st aid role. 1st aid kit is in the van and in the office at Stromlo. Members will be asked to direct or marshal about two times a year.

The club will reimburse training costs. The next SMA course is on 19 May. See https://sma.org.au/training-courses/nationally-recognised-training/hltaid003-provide-first-aid/ for details.

Event Traffic Controller course for 1 June 2019

The next ETC Training course is on Saturday 1st June. YOU WILL NOT HAVE TO PAY – ACT Government is funding the training.

We currently only have about 40 ETCs from a club of 300 members. Members need to share the burden of helping to run races. Having enough traffic 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. ETCs are eligible for reimbursement of $100 for marshalling at ACT road races.

Course details are available on Blended Learning’s web site – http://www.blendedlearning.edu.au/home/courses/programs-courses/event-traffic-controller/.

Upcoming Marshal Roster

Thank you to those who have already volunteered to help. Nominees, in blue have been selected based on results from the previous race season and the period since they last helped at a race. Nominees are requested to advise their availability/unavailability to the race committee (race.committee@actvets.cc) as soon as possible.

Summer series crit races are held at Stromlo Forest Park on Tuesday evenings and road races are held on Sunday mornings.


Date Event Director Marshals
01-Jun Old Federal Highway David Stewart-Thomson
4 (2 drivers, finish chute & 1 turn marshals) Tony O’Connor, Theresa McLachlan, Peter Young, Brian Chugg
15-Jun Tidbinbilla -Pierces Creek Heath Chester
3 (finish chute & 2 ETCs) Terry Moore*, Brendan Byatt*, Allan Sieper
22-Jun Yass Chris Nolan
6 (2 drivers, finish chute & 3 turn marshals) Andrew Harrold, Robert Solomon, Iver Lange, Andrew Hislop, Donald de SMET vacant
29-Jun Lookout Hill – Apollo Paul Scherl
3 (finish chute & 2 ETCs) Richard Gorrell*, Seymour Savell-boss*, Mark Kitchen
06-Jul Old Federal Highway Linda Stals
4 (2 drivers, finish chute & 1 turn marshals) Jason Chalker, Frank Zeller, Ally Roche, Bruce Goodfellow
13-Jul Honeysuckle Creek Ross Robinson
3 (finish chute & 2 ETCs) Sue Powell*, Bob Millar*, Kevin Wells
20-Jul Dalton Simon Milnes
5 (2 drivers, finish chute & 2 turn marshals), Duane Toohey, Wayne Spratford, Sue Bowden, Philip Anderson
03-Aug Lookout Hill Peter Marshall
3 (finish chute & 2 ETCs) Steve Simms*, Howard Moffat*, Bradley McCallum
10-Aug Breadalbane Ben Davis
5 (2 drivers, finish chute & 2 turn marshals) Jeremy Gillman-Wells, Darren Blackhurst(1st aid?) Craig O’Neall, Will Robb, Simon Johnston
17-Aug Old Federal Highway Ian Morton
4 (2 drivers, finish chute & 1 turn marshals) Peter Horch, Ross ScuttsAndrew Yates , Michael Colquhoun
24-Aug Sutton Driver Training Centre Roger Northcote
1 (finish chute) Mike Hayes
31-Aug Uriarra Shane Warburton
5 (finish chute & 4 ETCs) John Paul De Sousa*, David Jukes*, Robert Brunato*, Michael Payne vacant*
07-Sep Stromlo FP west – Uriarra Andrew Remely
4 (finish chute & 3 ETCs) Andy Matz*, Bob Millar*, Gerard Tiffenvacant*
21-Sep Breadalbane Rainer Wilton 5 (2 drivers, finish chute & 2 turn marshals) Terry Merrigan, vacant, vacant, vacant, vacant
28-Sep Dog Trap Road vacant 5 (2 drivers, finish chute & 2 turn marshals) Adam Potts, David Dickson vacant, vacant, vacant

* denotes ETC required for ACT races.

Ian McVay
Race Committee