Hello Vets,

With the further relaxation of restrictions on community sports, the ACT Vets will be resuming Graded Scratch racing this Saturday.

Please note the Framework below so we can ensure we run a safe event.

In the Bleat this week;

  • Product Recall
  • Racing this Week
  • Race Report

Ian Morton

Product Recall

Anyone with Sheppard Cycles – Avanti Corsa SL Bicycles and Framesets MY2014-2018, Corsa ER Bicycles and Framesets MY2016-2018 and Giro C Bicycles MY2017-2018 should check the following recall notice;



Saturday, 20th June: Uriarra Homestead Graded Scratch

Note: Racing is still free this weekend.

Where: Assemble at Uriarra Rd / Brindabella Rd, T-Junction. From North Canberra slightly faster Coppins crossing & right onto Uriarra Road. From Sth Canberra follow Cotter Road down to bridge crossing, turn right onto Brindabella Road.
When: 1:30 pm.
Sign on: 15 mins before scheduled start time wearing your registered number
Race Description:
Uriarra Homestead – end of bitumen – Homestead – ABCD two laps. EFG one lap.

Race Director: Chris Nolan Contact: Email: nolanway@gmail.com    Ph  0403 810 535

Marshals: Carmine Spagnoletti, Frank O’Sullivan ETC, Howard Moffat ETC

Framework for “Return to Play in a COVID-safe Environment”

This Framework details how cycling events will be delivered by the ACT Veterans Cycling Club to meet the recommendations of Canberra’s Recovery Plan. From 19 June 2020, Stage 2.2 allows for groups of no more than 100 participants. Refer to the ACT Government guidelines at http://www.covid19.act.gov.au.

Stage 2.2 & 3 Arrangements

  • On the day of the event, the race Director will be responsible for ensuring that participants follow these guidelines. Where a participant fails to comply they will be asked to leave the event.
  • Any rider who is feeling unwell should not participate. If a rider experiences symptoms such as fever, cough, headache, sore throat, and tiredness, they should stay at home. Consult a doctor if symptoms persist. Coronavirus (COVID-19) Symptom Checker is available at https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/symptom-checker/tool/basic-details.
  • Riders with higher risks from Covid19 are advised not to participate:
    • People aged 70 years and over;
    • People aged 65 years and over with chronic medical conditions;
    • People with compromised immune systems; and
    • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people over the age of 50 with one or more chronic medical conditions.
  • Race Officials will maintain 1.5m separation and hygiene standards during event setup, running and shutdown. When handling equipment such as signs and radios, Officials are to maintain hygiene by cleaning, wearing gloves and/or regular hand cleaning.
  • The Club will organise first aid at each event provided by either a professional organisation or by a Club member with a current first aid certificate.
  • Riders and spectators are to maintain a distance of 1.5m from other participants while at the event.
  • Hand hygiene is imperative and hand sanitiser will be available at the event.
  • No physical contact. Participants are to refrain from shaking hands, pats on the back, etc.
  • Post-race refreshments will be provided. Members should bring their own coffee mug.
  • If any rider feels unwell in the two weeks following the race, they must advise the Race Committee who will follow up with health authorities. The Rider Management System is used to record event attendees and has their contact details.


ACTVets Committee


Tidbinbilla Time Trial – 13th June

We’re back! And how good does it feel! It was an indication of the relief generally felt that saw 28 riders turn up for the first race of the post-Covid winter series. The weather fluctuated between too warm for winter kit and not quite enough winter kit to be standing around idly, but the wind was mild at worst, setting the stage for some hard and close racing action. A large range of cycling equipment was rolled up to the start line, and the gaps in grades can be at least partially attributed to the TT rig riders. The slight headwind out to Flints Crossing only got stronger as the afternoon progressed, which afforded a nice little tailwind to the Asthma Hill turnaround, before heading for home into the headwind again. Very cruel, but entertaining from the vantage point of the finishing line.

In A grade, Anthony Willemsen blitzed the field on his ballistic missile setting a time of 44:15 for the lumpy 30km course, followed by Gerard Tiffen, who overcame an early mechanical to set a solid time. Third went to Brad Peppininck on his road bike with aero bars. The final 3 places were closely contested, with only 22 seconds separating them, and the tandem team of Mankewich/ Carruthers setting a time solid enough to put them in P2 in B grade.

B grade saw a field of only 2 riders, with David Dickson showing some grade promoting form by setting a time that would have seen him contesting P4 in A grade. Ian Preston was second across the line.

C grade was the largest grade of the day, fielding 8 riders. Times were close around the middle of the pack, but Grant Shaw put in a sizable gap to Darren Blackhurst in 2nd place with a time of 53:42. Ian McVay rounded the podium at 56:57.

In D grade, everyone got a prize with 3 riders contesting the win. In the end, Tony Beasley took the win comfortably ahead of Des Brown with a time of 57:32, making the most of his TT rig. Alex Sommariva rounded out the podium.

E grade had 6 riders, with visitor Stuart Malloch taking the win with a time of 1:01:28 giving an indication of where he should be graded, followed 5 minutes and 4 seconds later by Rosemary Robinson, with a 2 minute 7 second gap to Russell Marston.

F grade had 3 riders start, but only 2 finish, with Bernie Crowe our only DNF for the day. Shirley-Anne Taylor took the win in a time of 1:06.38, good enough for P3 in E grade, followed by Polly Templeton in a time of 1:13.41.

The race proceeded due to the volunteering of Brendan Byatt, Howie Moffatt, Paul Robey and the ever reliable Graham Hendrie, with some extra assistance from Ian McVay. Great thanks go to these gents for giving up their time to help us do what we do.

Hopefully this will be one of the last races with social restrictions for the time being, as being social is such an integral part of the Vets vibe. It was great to see so many club faces and get the ball rolling again. Lets hope our racing post Covid returns largely to what we had before as the community spirit of Vets is something I have sorely missed.

Steve Crispin