Hello Vets,

In the Bleat this week;

  • Reminder: ACT Vets – Smoke Policy
  • Reminder: Cashless Payment
  • Annual General Meeting
  • Event Traffic Controller’s Course – FINAL REMINDER
  • ACT Veterans Cycling Club Trophies and Medals
  • 2020 Australasian Masters Cycling Championships, NZ
  • Gunning Marshals
  • Racing this Week
  • From the Race Committee
  • Race Reports

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

Ian Morton

ACT Vets – Smoke Policy

As the smoke hazard appears to have abated with the recent rains, the routine pre-race announcements will be discontinued. Members are still encouraged to keep an eye on the Bleat, Facebook or Twitter for any late announcements.

Reminder: Cashless Payment

A reminder that we do have a Cashless Payment option at the Crit Racing for the Race Fee.

Annual General Meeting

Dear Members,

As you are aware, the Annual General Meeting for the club will be held on the 17th of February . This is your chance to have an influence on the direction of the club for the next year. Please come along and contribute your ideas.

As advised, I will be stepping down as President this year although I intend to stay on the committee to assist the transition. A few other long term committee members will also be stepping down at the same time, notably Phill Coulton (racing approvals), Jan Koehler, (Secretary) and Kim Malcolm (medals).

Membership of the committee gives you an opportunity to influence the direction of the club, help with the development of new courses and the racing calendar. Members of the committee are professional and easy to work with.

I’m really keen that members nominate for these positions or general membership of the committee to ensure that the club remains strong and can provide regular racing.

Dougal Torrance
President ACT Veterans Cycling Club.

Notice of Annual General Meeting 2020

Members are advised that the Annual General Meeting
of the ACT Veterans Cycling Club will be held on :
Monday 17 February 2020
The Weston Club
1 Liardet St Weston
Commencing at 7:00 pm

– Items of Business should be advised to the Secretary 14 Days prior to the meeting to be considered at the meeting;

– Apologies also to the Secretary.


Details to be provided to the Secretary prior to the AGM, via email at secretary@actvets.cc

Phill Coulton
ACTVets Club Secretary

Members wishing to nominate for a Committee position can download a nomination form here

Event Traffic Controller’s Course – 15 February 2020 – FINAL REMINDER

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.

ACT Veterans Cycling Club Trophies and Medals

The club currently has a number of perpetual trophies, and also purchases and distributes individual trophies and medals for a range of events. The cost of purchasing and engraving trophies and medals has increased in recent years, as we have had to change suppliers. It also takes a substantive part of a committee member’s time and personal expense to organise trophies and medals throughout the year. A list of trophies and medals provided by the club, together with estimated costs are at;

The estimated TOTAL COST of trophies per annum is $2,500.

Often medals are prepared but are not collected. And, as we do not have a clubhouse to store them, trophies are presented to members and then have to be collected from members for the next year’s race.

The Committee would like to seek members’ views on options for dealing with trophies and medals.

Possible options are:
1. Status quo
2. Have ‘virtual’ medals, i.e. we have medals that are ‘presented’ for photos but members don’t keep them
3. Retain only championship trophies, i.e. for Road, TT and Crit
4. Have no trophies or medals

Please consider what approach the club should take with medals and trophies and provide feedback to committee members at committee@actvets.cc.

2020 Australasian Masters Cycling Championships, NZ

The first Australasian Masters Cycling Championships will be held in New Zealand over Easter 2020. Details are on their Website: http://masterscycling.co.nz/

Australian Masters are also able enter the NZ age group championships the following week, details: https://age-group-road-nationals.cyclingnewzealand.nz/.

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.

All helpers are reimbursed for this event. We currently only have one helper and need 6 each day to run the event.

Family members and friends are OK to come and assist as volunteers. If you are willing to assist, please contact the race committee (race.committee@actvets.cc).


Tuesday, 11th February: Stromlo Criterium – Graded Scratch

Where: Stromlo Forest Park
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number.
Race Description:
E/F/G 5:50 28 min + 2 laps
A/C 6:25 A 40m+2, C 35m+2
B/D 7:20 B 40m+2, D 35m+2

Race Director: Jonathan Chowns Contact: Email: jonathan.chowns@gmail.com    Ph  0439076927

Marshal: Dale Kleeman

Wednesday, 12th February: Track Racing

The Program for Wednesday is;
5.30pm – 6.00pm: Warm-up and free practice;
6.00pm – 6.20pm: 10-lap Graded Scratch;
6.20pm – 7.00pm: 2-lap Match Races;
7.00pm – 7.20pm: Italian Pursuit.

Road Racing

Sunday, 16th February: Sutton Driver Training Criterium

Where: Approx 0.5 km along Sutton Rd from intersection of Sutton Rd and Pialligo Avenue.
When: 9:00 am.
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number
Race Description:
E/F/G: 9.00am 30 mins 1 lap
A/B: 9.40am 50 mins 1 lap
C/D: 10.40am 40 mins 1 lap.
Riders are to race in their road grade

Race Director: Craig Tozer Contact: Email: cranoss@hotmail.com    Ph: 0414157765

Marshals: Todd Sowter

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 – 5th February

The 5 February track racing session was cancelled, by the race committee, because of an excessive and increasing airborne smoke level as the session approached. The previously proposed track program will be repeated for the coming track session on Wednesday 12 February.

Season Point Score Update:
Tony Beasley (124), Ross Scutts (119), Martin Graham (117), Hamish Anderson (107), Warwick Wilson (103), Ken Birch (99), James Newhouse (97), John Paul De Sousa (96), Dougal Torrance (95), Phil Anderson (84), Michael Langdon (73).

Graeme O’Neill

Stromlo – 9th February

The day dawned wet and dreary and Stromlo was even wetter and drearier at 9am when E, F and G were supposed to start their race – with continual rain and a fresh southerly breeze blowing. For some reason only the ducks and the odd kangaroo were on the track at 9am with our E, F and G graders showing what some would call wisdom and maturity beyond their years and deciding not to turn up to race.

Three hardy B graders turned up as did three D graders to contest the next races. Given the small fields and somewhat less than summery weather it was agreed that 25 minutes plus 2 laps would be sufficient. Clinton Porteous, Ian Preston and Gavin Stephens were very civilised and swapped turns quite happily until the final sprint when Clinton beat out Gavin and then Ian into first place.

D grade comprised Ian Morton, Craig O’Neall and Tony (“the hardest man on the day“) Beasley. What started out as a polite bunch ride only lasted 12 minutes when Craig broke away. Tony chased over with Ian unable to respond. Craig and Tony rode to the finish together with Craig taking the win over Tony (who was obviously saving his legs…)

A and C grades were also in agreement that 25 minutes plus 2 laps would be enough. Only 2 A graders fronted a combined A and C grade field of 6 riders. Tristan Dimmock and Brad Peppinck were the 2 A graders and after the first lap put the pedal down and broke away from the C graders of Ross Robinson, Ian McVay, Andrew Matz and hard man Tony Beasley backing straight up after D grade. Andrew saw an opportunity to try and get away from the C graders and tried to bridge across the gap to the fast disappearing A graders but after half a lap of pursuit decided that he was better off with the C grade “peleton”. After 7 minutes Ross put a bit of pressure on C grade and tried to break away. Andrew went with him but with a break of only 30-40 metres or so after half a lap they were back in the bunch. Not be outdone at 17 minutes Ross tried again but after half a lap dangling off the front was back with the others.

While C grade were testing each other out the two A graders were happily (well may not that happily given the conditions) swapping off riding a nice steady tempo.

In the finish Tristan had the better of Brad in a two up sprint for the win and in C grade hard man Tony showed what a trackie can do in a sprint finish by beating out Andrew, Ross and then Ian in a four up sprint finish in C grade.

Thanks go to Sally Thomson for assisting as marshal, Ian for opening up the office and storeroom and setting up the rego desk and to Simon our first aider.

Malcolm Paterson

Postscript – message from A grade to the A grade riders who were going to come out (you know who you are …) – “staying at home and Zwifting is S-O-F-T