Hello Vets,

In the Bleat this week;

•  From the Desk of the President

•  National Arboretum Canberra – internal road asphalting

•  Racing this Week

Ian Morton

From the Desk of the President

COVID Restrictions

As per the ACT Government’s Pathway out of lockdown (https://www.covid19.act.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0011/1861643/ACTs-Summary-of-proposed-restrictions-270921.pdf) it appears that Organised Sporting Activities will be able to resume from the 29th October.

We will be seeking clarification as to whether the restrictions outlined will permit cycle racing.

Potential club name change.

I would invite everyone to read through The Bleat today. We have previously asked for feedback on a potential name change and we are now in a position to progress on this historic matter. The proposed name is ‘Capital Region Masters Cycling Club’. Please read the information provided below on how you can vote.

Seymour Savell-Boss
ACT Vets Cycling Club President.

Notice of General Meeting 2021

Special resolution: To change the club name to ‘Capital Region Masters Cycling Club

75% of ‘for’ votes, including proxies, of members attending the General Meeting are required to pass the resolution.

The ACT Veterans Cycling Club formed in 1993. While the club has developed a great reputation as ‘the Vets‘ in the local cycling community, the name has two down sides. Firstly ‘ACT’ implies the club is restrictive to the ACT. The club has about 260 members of which at least 20 reside outside the ACT. The club also has many of its road racing courses in the NSW region surrounding the ACT. We need to get race approval from local NSW Councils and NSW Police and to have community support. Sometimes our races are seen as an inconvenience to locals with ‘a bunch of cyclists from Canberra taking over our roads’. A change from ‘ACT’ to ‘Capital Region’ will help purvey the club as belonging to the region, not just Canberra.

Secondly the term ‘Veterans’ is generally more associated with military veterans rather than older athletes. The club has been approached a few times under the misapprehension that the club is for military veterans. Using the term ‘Masters’ will be more in line with other sports and is also reflective of other cycling clubs affiliated with the Australian Veterans Cycling Council being referred to as Masters. We anticipate that the club will transition over time to being referred to as ‘the Masters‘ rather than ‘the Vets‘.

The mechanics of changing the club’s name are fairly straight forward and can be implemented over time without requiring a set cutover date for everything. There will be negligible costs involved. Once this resolution is resolved, either for or against, the committee with look at options for club signage and race kit.

While a couple of alternate club names have been proposed, the Committee endorses the name ‘Capital Region Masters Cycling Club‘ and recommends members vote for the change of name.

Topic: ACTVETS CC – General Meeting
Time: Oct 5, 2021 08:00 PM Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

Join Zoom Meeting

For members unable to attend, a proxy vote can be sent to the Secretary 24 hours prior to the GM by completing the ‘Form of appointment of proxy’ and email to secretary@actvets.cc. Note A proxy vote may not be given to a person who is not a member of the association.

The form can be downloaded from: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1JDBWdaSgNequWY2lo3B2Wa0zt-b1mN7d/view?usp=sharing

Russell Marston
Secretary ACT Veterans Cycling Club

National Arboretum Canberra – internal road asphalting

Please be aware there are a number of heavy vehicles that will be entering and exiting River Road and Cork Road from Forest Drive.

Cyclists are asked to slow down and take extra care especially when descending Forest Drive as these trucks cannot stop quickly if you cross their path. Construction speed limits apply, please abide by these and always be ready to stop suddenly if required.

Equestrian users, mountain bikers, walkers and runners will also need to take additional care in these areas, especially when crossing Forest Drive.


No racing this week due to COVID restrictions.