Hello Vets,

In the Bleat this week;

  • From the Desk of the Handicapper
  • Racing this Week
  • From the Race Committee
  • Race Reports

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

Ian Morton

From the Desk of the Handicapper


Perfect weather greeted riders in Dalton on Saturday. Those who were came out were treated to warm, windless conditions. Riders who may have struggled on Apollo Road bounced back with strong rides. Adam “Pozzovivo” Potts won C grade after finishing last the week before. This just shows that we should never be put off by a poor result, as things can turn around quickly on a different course. Those looking for something even flatter have a great opportunity on Saturday at the Sutton driver training course. Riders should ride in their road grade on this occasion. We also welcomed Nathan de Tourettes – our first 30-year-old rider taking advantage of the AVCC constitution change allowing males and females 30+ to join. Spread the word to young riders that they are welcome to join and compete with us oldies.

Ken Dinnerville handicap

Roger Northcote battled out the sprint finish with others from his group and limit at the Ken Dinnerville handicap held in Gunning on Sunday. Roger was 8th across the line in a mass finish. Rainer Wilton was 22nd and Marc Vroomans 26th. The first scratch rider was 4 minutes behind the winner, a great result for the underdogs.

Rob Langridge


Saturday, 27th July: Sutton Driver Training Criterium – Scratch Race

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:
A/B: 1.30pm 50 mins + 1 lap
C/D: 2.30pm 40 mins + 1 lap
E/F: 3.20pm 30 mins + 1 lap.

Riders should compete in their road grade for this event.

Note: Tea and coffee won’t be available after racing this week.

Race Director: Bruce Griffin Contact: Email: griffy996@gmail.com    Ph  0402000619

Marshals: Nigel Wines

From the Race Committee

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
03-Aug Lookout Hill Peter Marshall
3 (finish chute & 2 ETCs) Steve Simms*, Robert Brunato *, Bradley McCallum
10-Aug Breadalbane Ben Davis
5 (2 drivers, finish chute & 2 turn marshals) Jeremy Gillman-Wells, Darren Blackhurst(1st aid?), Owain Tilley, Howard Moffat Tony Sheehan
17-Aug Old Federal Highway Ian Morton
4 (2 drivers, finish chute & 1 turn marshals) Peter Horch, Ross Scutts, Andrew Yates, Penelope Anderson
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*, Conan Liu*, Michael Payne
07-Sep Stromlo FP west – Uriarra Andrew Remely
4 (finish chute & 3 ETCs) Andy Matz*, Bob Miller*, Ed (Keith) Joliffe*, Gerard Tiffen
14-Sep Stromlo FP Stewart Roesler
1 (finish chute) Jeremy Ross
21-Sep Breadalbane Rainer Wilton 4 (2 drivers, [short turn & finish chute] & far turn marshal) Lewis Cressy, Rowan McMurray, Terry Merrigan, Rowan McMurray, Simon Porombka
28-Sep Dog Trap Road Rico Fitch
5 (2 drivers, finish chute & 2 turn marshals) Adam Potts, David Dickson, Warwick Wilson, David Johnson, Stjepan Hirsler

* denotes ETC required for ACT races.

Ian McVay
Race Committee


Dalton Graded Scratch – 20th July

On Saturday, on a great winters day with very little wind and a beautiful 14 degres, 38 hardie cyclist made their way to Dalton for the ACT Vets weekly race. With very little traffic on the road the race was started a couple of minutes late.

Four riders in A grade were the first to leave. Next was the largest field of twelve in B grade. Seven in C grade and seven in D grade. These guys all had to do 2 laps from the start out to Gunning and back to the start.

With A grade returning for their first time it was then time to send out the only player in F grade, Bernie Crowe hot on their tail. Once D grade had made the turn the Seven final players of E grade were let lose on the course. With all the grades returning past the start, finish to head out through Dalton most groups where still together leaving the finish marshalls contemplating how the sprint finish would playout.

A grade there was no sprint finish with Steve Crispin coming in 1 minute 24 seconds ahead of his fellow riders with Nathan Detourettes second and Gerard Tffen third.
B grade this was a different story with a Conan Liu thinking he was was over the line to a win and sitting only to be piped at the post by Aaron Sedgmen and Robert Langridge third.
C grade was was another sprint with Adam Potts just beating John Paul De Sousa and coming in for third Chis Nolan.
D grade was taken by Anthony Beasley with Ross Robinson coming in a second and followed by Des Brown for third.
E grade the winner was Elizabeth Lowe, Donald de Smet second and Elton Ivers third.
F grade was taken by Bernie Crowe.
For all the final results and times visit the Vet’s web site.

As always these races can’t be run without the help of the marshals and this week the thanks go to the following;
Sue Powell
Sue Bowden
Stuart Carling
Nick Boylan

Car Drivers
Phil Anderson
Duane Toohey

First Aid
Mike Corrigan

And as always doing weekly sign on;
Graham Hendrie.

Hope everyone had a good race and see you next week at 1.30pm at Sutton Driver Training.

Simon Milnes