Hello Vets,

In the Bleat this week;

  • Registration Renewal for 2020
  • Event Traffic Controller’s Course
  • Race Director Required for Tharwa
  • Gunning Marshals
  • Racing this Week
  • From the Race Committee
  • Race Reports

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

Ian Morton

Registration Renewal for 2020

2020 membership renewals are now due to ensure that you are covered by insurance for 2020. To renew, go to https://memberdesq.sportstg.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=main&OrgID=10244 or follow the prompts via our website www.actvets.cc. Click on the Login link and enter your username and password from last year. If you have forgotten your username and/or password, go to the tab at the top right hand side of the screen and click on ‘Username & Password’ – then enter your email address as requested in the box that will appear. SportsTG will then forward you the information.

Before each race, a check has to be done of all those registered to race to ensure they are financial members and covered by insurance. As a courtesy to those committee members who work hard to ensure the club complies with the terms of our insurance cover and also produce the race results, please renew your membership at least 2 days prior to racing. Membership costs are:
– A full competitive membership for 2020 is $125
– Non-competitive membership for 2020 is $5

Upon renewal, your 2020 license will be emailed to you direct from SportsTG. Please print out a copy and it is suggested that you laminate it or place it in plastic for future reference during the year ahead. You will need to show this license if you enter events run by other Veteran Cycling Clubs or the AVCC.

Please ensure that your personal particulars are always kept up to date, in particular your emergency contact details. For those members with First Aid qualifications please also update the site. It is a member’s responsibility to keep these details updated via the SportsTG website.

Club members are expected to contribute to the running of the club and its events as specified in the Race Officiation Obligations.

Kirsti McVay
Membership Secretary

Event Traffic Controller’s Course – 15 February 2020

An Event Traffic Controllers (ETC) Course will be held on Saturday 15 February 2020 from 09:30-16:30. The venue for the course is the Office of Regulatory Services (TCCS Depot), 255 Canberra Ave, Fyshwick, ACT 2609. Enter to the Training Room is via Lithgow and Wiluna Streets.

An ETC qualification is required in order to be able to marshal at Club events in the ACT in any role requiring the stopping of traffic. We rely on a healthy stock of ETCs in order to be able to run road races in the ACT. The Club offers reimbursement to ETCs for their service at races, which is a nice way to subsidise your future race fees. The Club has negotiated with the ACT Government to provide the ETC course at no charge to the Club or members! It is completely free! There is also a live mentoring component which you can do at one of our ACT road races.

So, please, if you are not already an ETC, sign up for the course.

Members who already have an ETC qualification do not need to undertake the course again.

If you can attend, please contact Blended Learning International (our training partner), CEO Lisa Materano on Mobile: +61 438 134 558; or e-mail: lmaterano@blendedlearning.edu.au. Copy the Race Committee (race.committee@actvets.cc) on the e-mail so we can keep track of which of our members have enrolled.

Race Director Required for Tharwa

We need a replacement Race Director for the 1 March Time Trial at Tharwa. So if time trials are not your thing, this is a good opportunity to step in and direct so as to fulfil your officiating duties at a race you don’t want to ride in.

Any members who are willing to assist, please contact the race committee (race.committee@actvets.cc).

Gunning Marshals

The Gunning 2 Day event will held on the weekend of the 2/3 May 2020. To be able to run the event, we need the assistance of Marshals, lead and tail drivers and general helpers.

Any members who are willing to assist, please contact the race committee (race.committee@actvets.cc).



Tuesday, 21st January: Stromlo Criterium – Graded Scratch

Please check announcements regarding Smoke Levels to confirm if racing is proceeding.

Where: Stromlo Forest Park
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number.
Race Description:
E/F/G 5:50 30 min + 2 laps
A/C 6:30 A 45m+2, C 40m+2
B/D 7:20 B 45m+2, D 40m+2

Race Director: Graham Tanton Contact: Email: grahamtanton@hotmail.com    Ph  0419 880 078

Wednesday, 22th January: Track Racing

The Program for Wednesday is;
5.30pm – 6.00pm: Warm-up and free practice;
6.00pm – 6.20pm: 8-lap Graded Scratch;
6.20pm – 6.50pm: 1-lap Standing Start Time Trial;
6.50pm – 7.10pm: 2-lap Handicap;
7.10pm – 7.30pm: Italian Pursuit.

Note: Race session will be dependent on air quality assessment.

Road Racing

Road racing will resume on the 2nd February 2020.

From the Race Committee

Upcoming Race Officials Roster

Rostered race officials are shown against each race in the Race Calendar http://rms.actvets.cc/calendar.

If your name is followed by TBC (To Be Confirmed) you need to contact the race committee as soon as possible to either confirm your attendance or to request a swap.

Empty race directors and marshal positions are denoted as Vacant. Some marshals for races in the ACT need to be Events Traffic Controllers (ETC) and appear as Vacant ETC.

Please review the vacancies for upcoming races and email the race committee with events you would like to help out at, rather than wait and be asked to help at a race you wanted to do.

Races cannot happen without members contributing to make them happen.

Ian McVay
Race Committee


Track Racing – 15th January

Wednesday 15 January was the first Wednesday this year suitable for track racing. However, although the club’s racing committee judged conditions as suitable for racing, there was still a little smoke contamination. This factor and some inconsistent air quality readings by various authorities, must have put riders off, as the track event could only muster 5 riders for the evening.

Despite the low attendance, a full race program was completed and riders left satisfied by a good night. The first race was an 8-lap scratch. Because of the small numbers, A & B grades were combined with two of the B graders given a head start to hopefully even up the racing. In practice, the scratch riders Ben Davies, Dougal Torrance and Tony Beasley, set off at very hot pace and caught the B grade pair after only three laps. The B graders (ken Birch and Graeme O’Neill) hung on for a few laps but eventually succumbed to the pace. The remaining trio contested the sprint with Dougal Torrance taking a win, as expected, followed by Ben Davis and Tony Beasley.

The next event was a 200-metre flying start, time trial (200 fly). The conditions were favourable for this event with relatively good times. Results were Dougal Torrance (13.31s), Ben Davies (14.31s), Ken Birch (14.82s), Tony Beasley (14.86s) and Graeme O’Neill (15.67s).

An all in Mystery race was next up. In this even the finish lap is chosen at random between 4-8 laps. Sometimes, fortune favours the bold. However, an attack by Graeme O’Neill on lap 5 was premature and unproductive. Graeme led the bunch around to the bell lap when the field surged past for a one lap sprint. Again, Dougal Torrance took the honours, followed by Ben Davies and Tony Beasley.

The Italian pursuit could only muster two riders per team. However, both teams had a serious go and the result was a very tight finish with Team 2 (Ben Davis, Tony Beasley) just pipping Team 1 (Dougal Torrance, Graeme O’Neill).

Place getters were as follows:
8-Lap Scratch: (A & B Grades): Ben Davies, Dougal Torrance, Tony Beasley.
200 Fly: (A Grade) Dougal Torrance (13.31s), Ben Davies (14.31s) (B Grade) Ken Birch (14.82s), Tony Beasley (14.86s), Graeme O’Neill (15.67s).
Mystery Race: Ben Davies, Dougal Torrance, Tony Beasley.
Italian Pursuit Winner: Team 2 (Ben Davies, Tony Beasley).

Season Point Score Update:
Hamish Anderson (107), Ross Scutts (107), Tony Beasley (104), Martin Graham (96), Dougal Torrance (95), Warwick Wilson (92), Ken Birch (85), Phil Anderson (84), James Newhouse (80), John Paul De Sousa (78), Michael Langdon (73).


Graeme O’Neill