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Capital Region Masters – Weekly Bleat, Monday 5th December, 2022

Masters,

In this week’s Bleat;

•  Rosemary Robinson – Reflecting on 500 Races

•  From the Committee

•  Racing this Week

•  Race Report

Ian Morton
thebleat@actvets.cc

Rosemary Robinson – Reflecting on 500 Races

Reflecting on 500 races with the Club brings so many memories of camaraderie and friendship.

Warm summer evenings at Mount Stromlo crits or chatting between efforts at the track at Queanbeyan town Park. Rolling with the bunch up hill and down dale. Racing at times through wind and rain. Highs like winning one of the perpetual trophies and exceeding my own expectations.

Lows like two falls in races and Peter McClennan’s funeral. But in those lows so many of you were there. A dozen Vets friends visited me in hospital after my accident in 2009.

Back in the day when we first had tandems racing with the club in a segregated tandem grade, it was a bit of a challenge trying to shuffle the same 6-10 bums around on the 6-10 tandem seats to make a plausible bunch. If, in a vain attempt to hang on in the tandem grade with the A grade likes of Ashley Carruthers and Robert Bleeker; I may have smuggled an underaged man on the back of my tandem once or twice, I hope I will be forgiven.

Where to from here? Ross and I still ride regularly, sometimes with my grandson in the bike trailer. I joined the Port Macquarie Triathlon club in June and race and train with them regularly. I tried a couple of crits with the Port Macquarie Cycling club, but I’m not sure I’ll join up. Maybe 500 races is enough.

Rosemary Robinson

From the Committee

Race Numbers

All members are required to wear race numbers during the event to ensure that the race officials can identify riders, particularly during events like points races.

Access to temporary numbers is available at events if you forget to bring your number.

Registration for 2023

The National Body is yet to confirm the Insurance costs for next year but at this stage it appears there will be no increase. The Committee voted to not charge any additional fees so this will result in no increase in Membership fees.

We will advise once Registration for next year is open.

RACING THIS WEEK:

Tuesday, 6th December: Stromlo Criterium

Note: Registration required by 6 Dec 2022 3:50 pm.
Any requests for Grade changes should be sorted out with the Handicapper prior to registration.
Late entries may be considered in exceptional circumstances. Please email race.committee@actvets.cc

Where: Stromlo Forest Park

Race Description:
E/F/G 5:50 28 min 2 laps
A/C 6:25 A 42m 2, C 38m 2
B/D 7:15 B 42m 2, D 38m 2
Sunset @ 8:07

Race Director: Simon Junakovic Contact: Email: admin@simeco.com.au    Ph  0418 431 903

Marshals: Frank Zeller

ps For those members riding home after the race, don’t forget your lights. It will be getting dark soon after the racing.

Thursday, 8th December: Track Racing

The Program for Thursday is;
5.30pm – 6.00pm: Warm-up and free practice.
6.00pm – 6.20pm: 8-lap graded scratch race.
6.20pm – 6.50pm: 1-lap screamer (flying start TT).
6.50pm – 7.10pm: 2-lap handicap.
7.10pm– 7.30pm: Italian Pursuit.

Sunday, 11th December – No Scheduled Race

RACE REPORTS:

SFP Criterium – 29th November

With seemingly perfect race conditions and the prospect of long race times, the start lists were showing good numbers for this week’s racing. The 10min mega hailstorm earlier in the week had washed plenty of Stromlo clay across the crit track which would be great for a mixed surface gravel racing event had it not been diligently swept away by the marshalling team.

First up was A grade who muttered and groaned at the mention of a 42min race then rolled away with lacking enthusiasm so much so that the C grade bunch almost made the catch despite being held back on the line for an extra 10 seconds. It wasn’t long before the attacks started with recently promoted Julian Singson getting amongst it after arriving late and taking a lap out. He and Marc Harris went off the front for a lap or two hoping that others would be up for an early dig but alas, there were no takers this time. Singson’s early efforts combined with a surging bunch would put him out the back shortly after and see him riding out the remainder of race in the C grade bunch. Not to be outdone by Julian’s antics, the other newcomer to A Grade Ed Meeuwissen, went up the road with Jeremy Gillman-Wells, Michael Davies and one other, proving that 1200kms and a greater or equal number of frothy beverages for the year is all you need to mix it up with the big boys. Ed soon realised that 35mins at full gas might be a bit much on his current training program and so took the ‘easy’ option to roll back to the bunch and grab the nearest wheel available. Despite JGW’s efforts in road captaining the break they were caught shortly after in another bunch surge. With 30mins to go, give or take 6mins, the winning break was formed with Jimmy Carroll, Seb Muller, Paul Scherl and one other getting clear and working cohesively in the wind. The soul-destroying headwind going up the main straight discouraged any organised chase from the main bunch which allowed the break to quickly distance themselves. The strength of the men in pink was too much for Paul who put in a huge effort to stay in the break and didn’t miss a turn, then exploded in spectacular fashion and spent the rest of the race recovering somewhere in the bunch. Once they had dispatched their other breakaway companion, the Cartel pair worked seamlessly swapping turns in an almost robotic fashion into the increasing wind. The disorganised chase from the bunch, possibly helped along by another pink jersey or two, never looked like catching them as the gap quickly grew to 35 seconds and stayed that way for several laps. With the bunch firmly pegged, the only thing left was to see who had legs left for the final. In the end it was Jimmy Carroll who despite looking like he was wavering during the final couple of laps, managed to come around Seb Mueller for the win. One can only imagine the Cartel chat group following this result with talks of w/kg, relative effort and world domination. Hats off to them though, it was a dominant win and who doesn’t love a long breakaway in the wind.

The C grade bunch set a more moderate pace with only a few brave souls daring to attack into the blustery conditions. Several solo riders had a dig off the front of the bunch early on but thought better of it when they encountered the swirling breeze from all angles. Later in the race, the ever-present Ian Preston went solo to celebrate clocking up kilometre number 29,000 for the calendar year and will surely be asking Santa for a new classic retro steel single speed bike come the 25th of December. Stephen Terracini who was keen to get the Quon’s latest kit some tv time, went up the road for a stint which will keep the sponsers happy. Paul Smith also looking splendid in mottled MyRide green and blue drove the bunch for a few laps spurred on by the promise of icy cold Coronas just past the finish line. In the end there were 5 off the front who battled it out for line honours with Simon Costello taking the win and the chasing bunch not far behind.

The people’s grade, aka B grade, was next away and the pace was hot from the start. Seymour Savell-Boss was forcing the pace early and looking splendid while doing so in coordinated colours of orange and blue on his bike, bike shoes, sunnies and CRMCC kit. If there was an award for fashions on the track, Seymour would have been hard to beat. Never afraid of a bit of solo time off the front Daniel Crocker, who has been known to continuously attack all race started out his race in the usual fashion. In fact, he rode most of the race that way especially when the pace lulled, or a turn on the front was missed. Peter Young, Krusty and the Dominator were allowed a bit of free time early on but thought wiser of it. Ben McDuff went on a solo mission giving Dominator the opportunity to sit back and mark every viable move. At the 20min mark Mother Nature threw in a curve ball in the form of a solid easterly change. Taking advantage of the deteriorating situation, Dominator, Peter Young, Daniel Croker, Todd Sowter and Michael Foulds decided that now would be the time to get off the front. Behind them, the already strung-out bunch blew to pieces with riders ducking and diving for cover all around the circuit. The pavilion side gutter soon became a favourite option on the now crosswind main straight. The two riders swapping on the front of the chasing bunch decided that they didn’t want to give any aero advantage to the following riders and managed to put each other into the grass by the septic tank overflow culvert. Luckily, the tanks weren’t full and the riders got out of the way in time so as not to bring the whole chasing bunch down. The first aid team sprung into place, the race was neutralised, and no bikes or riders were injured. With the race resumed and the 2 lap board finally out, the pace was back on. Dominator, who is in career best form, took the win from the breakaway group and must surely be looking at a promotion after his second win of the season.

The D grade race report follows a similar storyline, not many riders willing to get out in the wind with the majority finding the rear wheel of the tandem the best place to be in the blustery conditions. Unfortunately, for the D grade bunch, the tandem team were having bike issues in the form of a rubbing rear brake. Upon closer inspection it was apparent that the bike could do with a full overhaul and clean and is surely deserving of a Big Daddy service at Crankys. Perhaps the rest of the bunch could fundraise to ensure they have a motor pacer for the remainder of the season? Russell Marston and Elizabeth Lowe spent a good chunk of the race off the front but the bunch never gave them more than half the main straight. They eventually succumbed to the cold Easterly wind and spent the remainder of the race in damage control on the back of the bunch. The crash in B grade meant that both groups got an extra few laps at neutral pace and the race was eventually decided by a bunch sprint with Andrew Peel taking the win.

E/F/G grades raced together in the fading light and decreasing temperature. It was decided on the start line to cut the race short by 8mins much to the delight of the racers and the marshalling crew. All riders lapped around consistently with a few attacks coming later in the race. The stiff easterly muted most efforts and the ringing of the bell was welcomed by all.

Aaron Thomson

Track Racing – 1st December

Thursday 1st of December saw the seventh track racing session for the 2022-23 season. For the first day of summer, the weather was basically cold! A strong northeaster dropped the temperature – the Commissaires (in the absence of the Algorithm master) even pulled a race from the program, so we could cut away early. Attendance was good with 13 riders, 5 in A grade and 8 in B grade.

A Grade Scratch (8 laps)

Only five riders in the cold wind? Riders stayed on the front to warm up – unusually completing a couple of laps on the front. The 5 riders stayed clumped together. John Paul De Sousa lifted the speed with 3 laps to go and then Conan Liu attacked on the back of that – Tim Jolly then pounced with 2 laps to go and pulled ahead of the riders – seemingly some riders on the wrong gearing to stay with Tim’s surge. Tim Jolly 1st, 2nd Conan Liu, and 3rd Craig Kentwell.

B Grade Scratch (8 laps)

B Grade had 8 riders – good numbers and as with A Grade the B Graders stayed together – the lead our by Bruce Griffin picked the pace up however this was neutralized on the back straight into the headwind and the bunch became a bit uncoordinated. With 2 laps to go Garnetti upped the pace and then on the bell – Hamish Anderson attacked. However, Alison Hale (1st) rode impeccably to conserve energy and time her attack to take out the B Grade sprint, 2nd Hamish Anderson and 3rd James Newhouse, also timing his race well.

Snowball A Grade

This race has a sprint each second lap – in this iteration the rider first over the line gets the points – no other places are awarded and the points on offer increase with each sprint. So, with an 8-lap race if you can hang on for the final sprint for the 4 points this may win you the Snowball! Indeed, for first A Grade sprint everyone seemed very keen for the 1 point on offer – it was fast…very. (Phil did remark 1 point is better than none). Tim Jolly took the first two sprints and had 3 points mid race. Conan Liu then attacked for the 3rd sprint and gained 3 points – he went on with the race and tried to stay away from the other riders – however Conan had an energy depletion and noticeably slowed. Steve Jones, smelling blood in the water, had Conan in his sights sprinting into the wind he pulled off an amazing effort to ride high on the track around Conan to take the 4 points for the win! Conan and Tim placed equal on 3 points.

Snowball B Grade

As with A Grade – B grade had done the maths. A very fast first sprint gained 1 point for Ian Drayton – Hamish Anderson was well tucked into the bunch out of the head wind on his new Fuji Pro. Ed Garnett took the second sprint with a flyer which surprised the other riders. The Trackies then hid behind Ed out of the wind. Alison Hale strategically took the third sprint, but the other riders didn’t ride around her – leaving Alison on the front – not ideal. On the final sprint whistle Hamish Anderson overtook the other riders, got out of the saddle, and sprinted down the back straight to gain 4 points for the Snowball win. Alison Hale 3 points, Ed Garnett 2 points and Ian Drayton 1 point.

Italian Pursuit – jolly well right

Once again, the wind was the tricky factor for the Italian Pursuit riders. The lead out riders for both Teams executed good starts. The win came down to the final riders in the team, all other team riders consistently increasing the pace for their turn and covering any gaps and compensating for the wind. On lap 5 Tim Jolly, anchor Team 1, and Conan Liu, anchor Team 2, pulled out big sprints. Tim Jolly’s blistering final lap made up ground for Team 1 and got the win by about a wheel length – it turned out to be the closet Italian race of the season.

For Italian Pursuit commentary CLICK HERE.

Results Summary:
8-Lap Scratch: (A1 Grade) Tim Jolly, Conan Liu, Steve Jones. (A2 Grade) Craig Kentwell. (B Grade) Alison Hale, Hamish Anderson, James Newhouse.
8-Lap Snowball: (A Grade) Steve Jones (4pts), Tim Jolly (3pts), Conan Liu (3pts, equal second). (B Grade) Hamish Anderson (4pts), Alison Hale (3 pts), Ed Garnett (2pts).
Combined Italian Pursuit: Winner Team 1 (John Paul De Sousa, Tim Jolly, Craig Kentwell, James Newhouse, Ed Garnett, Ian Drayton).

Season Point Score Update:
Tim Jolly (121), Conan Liu (109), James Newhouse (107), Craig Kentwell (107), Alison Hale (107), John Paul De Sousa (86), Ed Garnett (71), Hamish Anderson (64), Mark Canaider (60), Steve Jones (59), Bruce Griffin (56), Graeme O’Neill (50), Ian Drayton (49).

Michael Langdon

Sutton Driver Training Centre – 4th December

We were blessed with fine weather and warm temperatures for our very first reverse direction Sutton Driver Training Center Criterium, 43 riders turned up to race in their road grade. As we had not raced the SDTC in the anticlockwise direction before, some riders requested a neutral lap to familiarise the riders to the course, every second lap was a sprint lap, the reverse direction has a short but steep climb at the end of the straight with pitches of 8.5%, this sorted out a few riders.

The overall consensus was that the reverse direction was quite liked and most riders enjoyed themselves.

First up was E and F-grades with 5 riders in each grade, they were racing 30 minutes plus one lap. One rider in E-grade Rosemary Robinson, was competing in her 500th race for the club.

E-grade were first away with F-grade 30 seconds later, the intermediate sprints were hotly contested with Kevin Newhouse taking out the first 2 intermediate sprints followed by Rosemary Robinson and Cat Reily 3rd, in the final sprint double points were available, Kevin took it out, Cat 2nd with Rosemary 3rd, Kevin was the winner with 12 points, Rosemary and Cat equal 2nd on 6 points.

F-grade mostly held together for the first half of the race with Elizabeth taking out the first intermediate sprint from Brent Fraser and Chris Copeland, before Elizabeth and Chris broke away, Elizabeth won the second intermediate, Chris was second and Brent a distant third, Chris took the final double points sprint, Elizabeth was second and Brent third. Elizabeth Lowe took out F-grade with 10 points, closely followed by Chris Copeland on 9 points and Brent Fraser third on 5 points.

C and D grade raced 40 minutes plus 1 lap, first away were C-grade with 9 riders, followed 30 seconds later by 5 riders in D-grade.

C-grade racing was the most competitive of the day with most of the riders staying together, 5 riders scoring points in the 5 sprints, 1st place went to Kevin Wells with a total of 13 points, a very close 2nd place went to Ed Logue with a total of 12 points, Darren Blackhurst came 3rd with 5 points, 4th went to Simon Costello with 4 points and 5th place went to Davis Buckley with 2 points.

The D-grade pack stayed together for the whole race and the 5 sprints were hotly contested, in 1st place was Michael Hanbury with14 points, 2nd place went to Craig O’Niell with 11 points and third went to Brian Chugg with 6 points, David Hennessy was 4th on 4 points.

Last on the course were A and B grades with A-grade having 12 riders compete and B-grade 7 riders, A and B raced 50 minutes plus 1 lap, by this time the temperature was starting to get hot. A-grade off first with D-grade 30 second behind.

The A-grade race was most interesting with 4 of the 12 riders not wearing race numbers and 3 of those 4 were wearing the same team kit, turning up with no race number might work in a scratch race but for a points race where the marshals have to read riders number while the riders are passing in a bunch at 60 KPH made things very difficult. With the very kind help of Conan who contacted some of the A grade riders, I have tried to piece together some results, fortunately most of the points went to just 2 riders.

A-grade stayed together for the neutral lap before Steve Crispin and Callum Henshaw took off, A-grade managed 7 sprints all up, Steve and Callum traded blows until Steve hit a pothole and got a slow puncture, Steve still managed to limp to the line claiming 2nd on the last intermediate and final sprint, Callum claimed 1st place with 21 points, Steve was a close 2nd with 19 points, then there were the rest, in 3rd place was Paul Sherl on 3 points, Jason Irwin was 4th on 2 points and Mark Vroomans and Jimmy Carroll were equal 5th on 1 point.

B-grade saw some very hard racing with the pack mostly staying together for the first half before fracturing, Michael Rowland and Conan Liu shared the early spoils with Craig Tozer coming second before Conan was dropped when three riders Michael, Craig and Daniel Croker made a break, Michael then dominated for 1st place with 20 points, Craig came 2nd in every sprint for second place with 16 points and Daniel came in 3rd with 8 points, Conan was not able to score further points and came in 4th on 6 points.

I would like to thank race day marshal, Mark Taylor, Van driver Chris Copeland and first aid officer Simon Whitehead, for without these helpers this race would not have been possible. A special thanks to Conan Liu who helped me sort out some of the A and B-grade results and Club Vice President, David Parker with his assistance.

Tony Beasley

Capital Region Masters – Weekly Bleat, Monday 28th November, 2022

Masters,

In this week’s Bleat;

•  From the Committee

•  From the Desk of the Handicapper

•  Racing this Week

•  Race Report

Ian Morton
thebleat@actvets.cc

From the Committee

Next Committee meeting

The next Committee meeting of the CRMCC will be held on Monday 5th December.

Members who would like to attend in person are welcome to join us at the Raiders Club, Weston at 7:00pm.

Members who would like to attend by Zoom can use the following invitation: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/82676094565?pwd=Ym1mTkF0THJ3WjlBdWJVOGY3VVFHQT09, Meeting ID: 826 7609 4565, Passcode: 267331

From the Desk of the Handicapper

Crankys Bicycle Worx Vouchers

Stuart Carling from Crankys Bicycle Worx in Downer has kindly donated a number of Major Tune Service Vouchers to be drawn from criterium race entrants. These are worth $180 (excluding parts) and include a comprehensive tune check and adjustment of all components on the bike including a wash and degrease of frame and components.

Congratulations to Stephen Terracini who won the first voucher at the race on the 15th November.

The second voucher winner will be announced between the first and second races on 29 November. Riders must have entered a race and be present at Stromlo at sometime on the same evening. To avoid a committee member printing and cutting up the names of the hundred entries, the winner will be selected earlier using the the Excel random number function. Committee members are ineligible to claim the prize. You can check out Stuart’s services here.

Promotions

Julian Singson B to A
Aaron Thompson B to A
Ed Meeuwissen B to A

Rob Langridge
Handicapper

RACING THIS WEEK:

Tuesday, 29th November: Stromlo Criterium

Note: Registration required by 29 Nov 2022 3:50 pm.
Any requests for Grade changes should be sorted out with the Handicapper prior to registration.
Late entries may be considered in exceptional circumstances. Please email race.committee@actvets.cc

Where: Stromlo Forest Park

Race Description:
A/C 5:50 A 42m 2, C 38m 2
B/D 6:35 B 42m 2, D 38m 2
E/F/G 7:20 28 min 2 laps
Sunset @ 8:01

Race Director: Aaron Thomson Contact: Email: aaron_thomson@hotmail.com    Ph  0492 811 825

Marshals: Daniel Lekhac

ps For those members riding home after the race, don’t forget your lights. It will be getting dark soon after the racing.

Thursday, 1st December: Track Racing

The Program for Thursday is;
5.30pm – 6.00pm: Warm-up and free practice.
6.00pm – 6.20pm: 8-lap graded scratch race.
6.20pm – 6.40pm: 2-lap handicap.
6.40pm – 7.00pm: 8-lap Snowball.
7.00pm– 7.20pm: Italian Pursuit.

Sunday, 4th December – Dairy Flat Road – Criterium Points Race

Reminder: All riders must register on the CRMCC Web site (https://rms.actvets.cc/calendar) by 3/12/2022 6:00 PM prior to the race. There is no registration at the event.

Any requests for Grade changes should be sorted out with the Handicapper prior to registration.

Where: Travel toward the airport and drop down onto the northern end of the track west of the second river crossing or, head to Fyshwick then west onto Dairy Road and follow on until you find a gate that delineates the cut off section.
When: 9:00 am.
Race Description:
A/B: 9am 50mins plus 1 lap
C/D: 10am 40mins plus 1 lap
E/F/G: 10:50am 30mins plus 1 lap
Riders are to race in their ‘Crit’ grade

Race Director:  tba Contact: Email: tba    Ph tba

Marshals: Vacant, Vacant Van Driver.

RACE REPORTS:

Track Racing – 24th November

Thursday 24 November saw the sixth track racing session for the 2022-23 season. The weather was fine and sunny, though slightly cool. During the warm-up, there was a very strong head wind in the back straight. Fortunately, this moderated as the session progressed. Attendance was good with 16 riders, 9 in A grade and 7 in B grade. Blind athlete, Lindy Hou made a welcome appearance after a long lay-off, riding a tandem track bike with Colin Calderwood. They had a good evening, mostly as the popular lead out.

8-Lap Scratch Race

The 8-lap A grade scratch race was led out by Tim Jolly at a comfortable pace. The first five laps were quite orderly, with Conan Liu, Steve Jones, John Paul De Sousa. and Wayne Benham taking one lap turns at the front. However, each of these riders notched up the pace a little, so that the pack was really motoring by lap 6 when Kerry Knowler took the lead. Kerry appeared to have some tactical intent, as she pulled up the banking after a quarter lap, allowing Craig Kentwell to take the lead. At this point the race became interesting. Craig surged out for a lap as Conan Liu, Tim Jolly and Terry Danaher became active, jockeying for a good position to launch into the bell lap. With the bell lap approaching, Conan Liu surged past Craig and looked the hot prospect. However, as the bell lap progressed, Tim Jolly and Terry Danaher launched a vicious attack from the high banking and were soon around Conan, jockeying for the win. Ultimately Tim was the stronger and took the win closely followed by Terry Danaher and Conan Liu in that order.

B Grade had their typical, ordered race for the first 5 laps, with riders taking one-lap turns and holding a good pace. One-lap turns progressed until lap 6 when the pack had a great lead out from the tandem with Lindy Lou @ stoker and Colin Calderwood @ pilot. It was a good wheel to follow, double the horsepower, double the torsion and draft. Indeed, James Newhouse wizely stuck to them like glue for the race. James tucked in and then attacked around the Tandem on the bell lap, taking his time to drop down into the sprinters lane to take the win, followed by Garnetti 2nd and Anderson 3rd.

200 metre Fly

The evening’s second event was a 200-metre track sprint from a flying start. This is an exciting and technical event for riders. The launch is from high on the banked turn at near maximum pace. The kick down the banking is followed by a flat-out sprint for 200 metres. It is amazing how exhausting such a short sprint can be.

Most track regulars are quite accomplished at this event, so the lines and pacing were fairly consistent. However, Ed Garnett (alias Garnetti, premier bike builder) had a big drama, when his bike started the death wobbles at around 50 km/hr, shortly after the start line. It looked disturbing, but fortunately Ed managed to hold it together and avoid a nasty spill.

The A grade times were quite consistent with around a 1 second spread. A1 grade riders Steve Jones (13.61s) and Tim Jolly (13.64s) posted the stand-out times with Steve getting the upper hand by just 3 hundredths of a second. Craig Kentwell (14.12s) and Terry Danaher (14.14s) had an even closer tussle for best time in A2 grade. In B grade, both Hamish Anderson (14.33s) and Bruce Griffin (14.96s) put down excellent times under 15 seconds.

The 200 Fly event took considerable time to complete, so planned Snowball races were postponed until the following week, allowing sufficient time for an Italian Pursuit event.

Italian Pursuit – back straight breeze

A benign north-westerly prevailed for this week’s Italian pursuit. Another good start by Graeme O’Neill for team 1 this week saw the team well harmonised. Bruce Griffin started Team 2 at least as fast – noticeable by the half bike length gaps in Team 2 – the other riders needed to build on Bruce’s excellent start.

The win for Team 1 was again determined in the mid bunch of the Italian team – this time by Kerry Knowler. On her turn Kerry lifted the pace – the three riders behind were right in the draft and they then got up to warp speed with no gaps. Team 2 rode well but the mid bunch could not lift to the extend Kerry did. John Paul (Diesel) De Sousa @ anchor rider Team 1 had to hang onto the wheel of Conan Liu – he did and won it comfortably for Team 1.

For the flavour of the Italian Pursuit race, listen to the audio file of Michael Langdon’s Race Commentary. Thanks also to Michael for the better parts of this event write up.

Results Summary

8-Lap Scratch: (A1 Grade) Tim Jolly, Conan Liu, Steve Jones. (A2 Grade) Terry Danaher, Craig Kentwell, Kerry Knowler. (B Grade) James Newhouse. Ed Garnett, Hamish Anderson
200m Fly: (A1 Grade) Steve Jones (13.61s), Tim Jolly (13.64s), John Paul De Sousa (13.75s). (A2 Grade) Craig Kentwell (14.12s), Terry Danaher (14.14s), Kerry Knowler (14.23s). (B Grade) Hamish Anderson (14.33s), Bruce Griffin (14.96s), James Newhouse (15.25s).
Combined Italian Pursuit: Winner Team 1 (John Paul De Sousa, Conan Liu, Steve Jones, Kerry Knowler, Ed Garnett, Graeme O’Neill).

Season Point Score Update

Tim Jolly (102), James Newhouse (94), Conan Liu (93), Craig Kentwell (92), Alison Hale (90), John Paul De Sousa (74), Ed Garnett (57), Mark Canaider (52), Graeme O’Neill (50), Bruce Griffin (48), Hamish Anderson (47), Wayne Benham (45), Steve Jones (43).

Graeme O’Neill

Capital Region Masters – Weekly Bleat, Monday 21st November, 2022

Masters,

In this week’s Bleat;

•  From the Committee

•  Racing this Week

•  Race Report

Ian Morton
thebleat@actvets.cc

From the Committee

Committee meetings

The committee has received feedback from members asking about happenings at our monthly meetings. Members are always welcome to join the committee, one of our sub-working groups, or simply attend meetings which are held at 7pm on mostly the first Monday of each month at Raiders Western who generously support the club with meeting space. For our 5 December meeting and onwards we will be including a reminder and Zoom invite in the preceding week’s Bleat (28 Nov. 2022) so for those interested please keep an eye out and as always, feel free to lodge questions via the secretary@actvets.cc email address. Minutes, including the 2022 back catalogue, will also be published on the website for those who can’t make it to meetings. Hope to see you there and getting involved.

NSW racing update

As we approach the end of 2022 with the winter season behind us and the summer road season commenced, the committee felt it important that members are aware of the work being done to resume racing on NSW courses.

2022 has been a difficult and costly year for racing in NSW, primarily because the traffic controller qualification many of our wonderful ETC volunteers hold is recognised in the ACT only. The reason for this is that the ACT qualification is a truncated version for events, not the full ‘worksite’ qualification required by Traffic for NSW (TfNW).

As we’ve worked to resolve this we’ve engaged professional ETC services at a total cost around $10,500 for the 2022 calendar year, which has significantly impacted our resources as NSW race revenue consistently falls short of the cost of professional ETC services. It has also been identified that while our ETC qualifications need upgrading we also need to meet TfNW requirements for race directors.

These require that race directors must hold the Implement Traffic Management Plan qualification. While the professional services we’ve been using have this, it comes at an additional cost and they are not experienced to act as race directors as per AVCC racing rules.

The committee are cognisant of the disappointment the suspension of NSW racing has caused, after all we are racers too, but cannot in good conscience continue to run races that don’t comply with the myriad of requirements and where failure to do this could potentially impact member protections. The reality of our times is that we must be more professional in how we run our amateur organisation to manage the risks to our club and you our members, mates, and competition out on the road.

As a committee we are confident and committed to getting back on NSW courses once all these requirements are met, and until then are working on arrangements for our marque Gunning Tour we hope many of you will come out and support. Over the coming months we will be working on race director options and models to present to members, and calling for members to get qualified as NSW ETCs.

Until then, thank you for your patience and understanding while we work through this. Stay safe, have a great Christmas, and get training for an exciting 2023 road season.

RACING THIS WEEK:

Tuesday, 22nd November: Stromlo Criterium

Note: Registration required by 22 Nov 2022 3:50 pm.
Any requests for Grade changes should be sorted out with the Handicapper prior to registration.
Late entries may be considered in exceptional circumstances. Please email race.committee@actvets.cc

Where: Stromlo Forest Park

Race Description:
B/D 5:50 B 40m 2, D 35m 2
E/F/G 6:35 28 min 2 laps
A/C 7:10 A 40m 2, C 35m 2
Sunset @ 7:54

Race Director: James Meadley Contact: Email: james@maritex.com.au    Ph  0400 664 326

Marshals: Anthony Dick

ps For those members riding home after the race, don’t forget your lights. It will be getting dark soon after the racing.

Thursday, 24th November: Track Racing

The Program for Thursday is;
5.30pm – 6.00pm: Warm-up and free practice.
6.00pm – 6.20pm: 8-lap graded scratch race.
6.20pm – 6.50pm: 200 metre fly.
6.50pm – 7.10pm: 8-lap Snowball.
7.10pm– 7.30pm: Italian Pursuit.

Sunday, 27th November – No scheduled race

RACE REPORTS:

Track Racing – 17th November

Thursday 17 November saw the fifth track racing session for the 2022-23 season. The weather was fine, but cool. There was a strong southerly wind, providing a rare head wind in the front straight. Attendance was satisfactory with 13 riders, 7 in A grade and 6 in B grade.

8-Lap Scratch Race

The 8-lap A grade scratch race was led out by John Paul De Sousa who soon had the pack moving at a good clip. The majority of the race was quite orderly, with Conan Liu, Tim Jolly, Ben Davis and Wayne Benham taking turns at the front and holding a fast, even pace. Craig Kentwell rolled to the front on lap 5 and kicked the pace up a notch before handing off the Kerry Knowler. The real action was left to the bell lap when John Paul De Sousa attacked from the high banking closely pursued by Conan Liu. As the bell lap progressed, Tim Jolly surged around the leaders and cranked on the power, quickly gaining several metres for a comfortable win. Conan Liu followed Tim in for second place with John Paul De Sousa a close third.

For the 8-lap scratch race, B Grade conducted professional 1 lap turns as the riders were cautious of the unusual front straight head wind. The pace was consistently increasing as riders stayed in a tight bunch.

Ian Drayton (in All Blacks skin suit) attacked on lap 6 with Alison Hale (Stolen Goat striped kit) in close pursuit. With 1.5 laps to go Alison feigned in and out of the sprinter’s lane (note – one must stay in the sprinters lane from the final turn of the bell lap, if leading). Alison dispersed the other B grade riders up the track and commenced her sprint sequence count down. She timed the sprint lap to perfection with a close finish – result, 1st Alison Hale, 2nd Frank O’Sullivan, 3rd James Newhouse.

Standing Start Time Trial

The second event was a 2-lap standing start time trial. This is a flat-out sprint for around one minute and a real gut buster. Tim Jolly set the stand-out time of 51.86 seconds, around 3 seconds quicker than the next best time. Wayne Benham (55.06s) and John Paul De Sousa (55.25s) put in the next best A grade times.

In B grade James Newhouse confirmed his expertise in this event with a creditable winning time of 57.48 seconds. This time was closely followed by Frank O’Sullivan (57.64s) with Alison Hale putting in the third best time of 60.19 seconds.

Italian Pursuit – A tale of tailwinds

Team 1 started very well with Graeme O’Neill; (keeper of the Omnium algorithm) – placing Team 1 in front from the start. That lead was built on by rider no. 2, Alison Hale.

Team 1 didn’t start into the 25km/h southerly head wind – Team 1 started under the southern banking lip of the Bundadome (37% gradient on the bank) – once clear of the lower banking (half a lap), Team 1 hitched the tailwind down the back straight and picked up substantial pace.

Team 2 on the other hand with a good start all the same; hit the headwind after half a lap – this disrupted the Team 2 coalition of the willing.

Both teams worked well together with no gaps. Team 1 came through for the win (20 metres) with Team 2 anchor Tim Jolly making up ground again this week, but the Team 2 chase was once again into the headwind.

For the flavour of the Italian Pursuit race, listen to the attached audio file of Michael Langdon’s race commentary. Thanks also to Michael for co-authoring this event write up.

For the flavour of the Italian Pursuit race, listen to the audio file of Michael Langdon’s Race Commentary. Thanks also to Michael for the better parts of this event write up.

Results Summary

8-Lap Scratch: (A1 Grade) Tim Jolly, Conan Liu, John Paul De Sousa. (A2 Grade) Craig Kentwell, Kerry Knowler. (B Grade) Alison Hale, Frank O’Sullivan, James Newhouse.
2-Lap Standing Start Time trial: (A1 Grade) Tim Jolly (51.86s), Wayne Benham (55.06s), John Paul De Sousa (55.25s). (A2 Grade) Craig Kentwell (55.59), Kerry Knowler (58.58). (B Grade) James Newhouse (57.48s), Frank O’Sullivan (57.64s), Alison Hale (60.19s).
Combined Italian Pursuit: Winner Team 1 (Conan Liu, Craig Kentwell, James Newhouse, Wayne Benham, Alison Hale, Graeme O’Neill).

Season Point Score Update:

Alison Hale (90), Tim Jolly (85), Conan Liu (80), James Newhouse (77), Craig Kentwell (74), John Paul De Sousa (61), Ed Garnett (43), Mark Canaider (43), Bruce Griffin (37), Graeme O’Neill (35), Ian Drayton (35), Wayne Benham (35), Phil Coulton (32).

Graeme O’Neill

Capital Region Masters – Weekly Bleat, Monday 14th November, 2022

Masters,

In this week’s Bleat;

•  Race Registration Issues

•  From the Desk of the Handicapper

•  From the Committee

•  Racing this Week

•  Race Report

Ian Morton
thebleat@actvets.cc

Race Registration Issues

There are currently some issues with the on-line registration system payment form. We are currently looking into the issue.

The Race Fee has been set to $0 so Members should be able to Register without having to load the payment form.

From the Desk of the Handicapper

Crankys Bicycle Worx Vouchers

Stuart Carling from Crankys Bicycle Worx in Downer has kindly donated a number of Major Tune Service Vouchers to be drawn from criterium race entrants. These are worth $180 (excluding parts) and include a comprehensive tune check and adjustment of all components on the bike including a wash and degrease of frame and components.

The first voucher winner will be announced between the first and second races on 15 November. Riders must have entered a race and be present at Stromlo at sometime on the same evening. To avoid a committee member printing and cutting up the names of the hundred entries, the winner will be selected earlier using the the Excel random number function. Committee members are ineligible to claim the prize. You can check out Stuart’s services here.

Promotions

Very friendly conditions have resulted in few breakaway winners in the past month, but this will change with a 30km/h westerly forecast for tomorrow! Riders displaying early season form have been duly rewarded with promotions.

Michael Rowland B to A
Andrew Yates B to A
Craig O’Neall C to B
Luke Philps C to B
Sonja Falez D to C
Ross Heazlewook F to E

Rob Langridge
Handicapper

From the Committee

AVCC Insurance

Back in July, the Committee (thanks to Dougal) looked at and compared the insurance coverage between AVCC and AusCycling and concluded that AVCC was more comprehensive. As a reminder, the following advice from AVCC outlines the current coverage;

The AVCC’s insurance will cover you for riding in events sanctioned by the AVCC (ie. events organised by an AVCC affiliated club) and for training rides etc. but it will not cover you for riding in other organised events (eg. events organised by AUSCycling, charities, councils etc). The organisers of these events will need to have their own insurance to cover the participants. The COCs are provided to each AVCC affiliated club at the start of the year. I have attached CRMCC’s COC.

This is the relevant paragraph from the Schedule of Cover –

For registered members of the AVCC, benefits are applicable to third party injury and property damage occurring during any and all bike riding activities 24hrs a day, unless the AVCC insured member is competing in an event / race that is not sanctioned or conducted under the endorsed protocols of the AVCC Inc.

Registration for 2023

Fees for next year have not been set (waiting on Insurance costs) so Members should not try to register for next year yet.

Reminders will be sent out once Registration is open.

First Aid Qualifications

Could members who are First Aid qualified to email the Race Committee (race.committee@actvets.cc) so we can build a Master list for future reference?

Reduced Membership Fee for Remainder of 2022

A reduced membership fee of $80 is now available for new members and non-financial members wishing to rejoin the club between now and 31 December 2022. Register via the AVCC online membership portal at https://memberdesq.sportstg.com//index.cfm?fuseaction=main&OrgID=10244

RACING THIS WEEK:

Tuesday, 15th November: Stromlo Criterium

Note: Registration required by 15 Nov 2022 3:50 pm.
Any requests for Grade changes should be sorted out with the Handicapper prior to registration.
Late entries may be considered in exceptional circumstances. Please email race.committee@actvets.cc

Where: Stromlo Forest Park

Race Description:
E/F/G 5:50 20 min 2 laps
A/C 6:25 A 38m 2, C 33m 2
B/D 7:05 B 38m 2, D 33m 2
Sunset @ 7:47

Race Director: Michael Golding Contact: Email: magolding2010@gmail.com    Ph  0402 011 986

Marshals: Cat Riley

ps For those members riding home after the race, don’t forget your lights. It will be getting dark soon after the racing.

Thursday, 17th November: Track Racing

The Program for Thursday is;
5.30pm – 6.00pm: Warm-up and free practice.
6.00pm – 6.20pm: 8-lap graded scratch race.
6.20pm – 7.00pm: 2-lap standing start, time trial.
7.00pm– 7.20pm: Italian Pursuit.

Sunday, 20th November – Uriarra Homestead – Graded Time Trial

Reminder: All riders must register on the CRMCC Web site (https://rms.actvets.cc/calendar) by 19/11/2022 6:00 PM prior to the race. There is no registration at the event.

Any requests for Grade changes should be sorted out with the Handicapper prior to registration.

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: 9:00 am.
Race Description:
Uriarra Homestead – Uphill to Short turn before the climb – downhill to top of Uriarra Crossing – back up to Homestead.
3 laps for A-D Grades. 2 Laps others

Race Director:  tba Contact: Email: tba    Ph tba

Marshals: Russell Marston ETC, Vacant ETC x 2, Vacant Van Driver.

RACE REPORTS:

SFP Criterium – 8th November

An almost perfect evening for bike racing was duly delivered for the many riders who turned up to blow out the cobwebs built up on account of their recent lack of SFP crit racing opportunities.

The evening kicked off with a 21 rider strong A-grade and an even larger 26 rider C-grade peloton. In A-grade, an early 2 lap solo attack from Daniel Lekhac got things off with a bang, Daniel was then joined for a few more laps out in front by the numberless Trek rider for some more suffering before both were gobbled up by the Cartel led bunch. The racing from that moment turned into an on/off type affair for the most part. A few riders had their moments off the front in an attempt to lure a strong breakaway but it looked as if it was always going to come down to a bunch kick. The downhill bunch finish was certainly fast, James Meadley held out to salute the judges, followed by Michael Davies and the always-threatening Gerard Tiffen. (Most combative red number awarded to Daniel Lekhac for his many solo efforts).

C-grade was a more steady consistent affair, things got underway with Team Quon applying some serious pressure early to potentially shell a few off the back, but no dice. Luke Philips and Stephen Terracini were next to jump off the front for a lap and a half in the breeze before the bunch pulled them back. Next to go was Simon Costello, Mark Vardy, and an identifiable 3rd assailant for another spell off the front, again the bunch had everything in control, and the race headed to its inevitable bunch sprint. Craig O’Neall was too strong at the line, followed by Luke Philips and Michael Hanbury.

B & D grades were next to head out to race circuit, the 26 racer strong B-grade got things firing from the starting gun. Matt Hinchcliffe, Aaron Thomson and Michael Rowland jumped out to early lead and held the bunch at arm’s length for the first 10 minutes of the race before the peloton bought them back. Ed Meeuwissen, Toby McLenaghan and crowd favourite Krusty Bryant were next to have a crack out front before returning to the fold. Michael Rowland and Toby McLenaghan went away again, this time with Andrew Chamberlain for company, but the Dominator led bunch were having nothing of it and in a few moments it was all back together. Andrew Yates’ outlandish lycra apparel was thought to have been an attempt to blind and confuse the contenders at the finish line but unfortunately for Andrew 2nd place in the bunch sprint would have to suffice as Michael Rowland was just too good, 3rd went to the consistent Ed Meeuwissen.

D-grade was another large peloton of 22 racers, most of whom seemed more than willing to sit in behind the tandem of John Barlow and Ben Healy for some drafting practice in the early stages of proceedings. Ian Morton had a go at the 15-minute mark, Rob Langridge had a go at the 28-minute mark, however, another bunch sprint was on the cards. The sprint from Sonja Falez was just too strong for her rivals and the resulting victory would have had to be the most impressive of the evening, Sonja led Brian Chugg home for 2nd place and Ally Roche for 3rd.

E and F grades rolled away under the spectacular Blood Moon, unfortunately, F-grade visitor Robyn Smallwood missed the start by as much as 30 seconds as she was experiencing an electronics malfunction. Robyn to her credit, circulated strongly solo for the duration at the distant rear, to me Robyn was a winner and can certainly be proud of her effort. Both E and F grades circumnavigated SFP in bunch formations with style and with great enthusiasm. E grade was won by Linda Stals, followed by Chris Copeland and Brent Fraser. F grade victor Ross Heazlewood edged out Bob Miller and Lindsay Graham in 3rd place.

Track Racing – 10th November

Thursday 10 November saw the fourth track racing session for the 2022-23 season. Finally, the weather gods smiled on the session, with balmy conditions and light wind. The conditions were no doubt a factor in the good attendance (18 riders equally split between A and B grades).

The 8-lap A grade scratch race kicked off with Craig Kentwell leading out at a good tempo and doing one and a half laps on the front, before handing off to Steve Jones and then Conan Liu. Conan lifted the pace and successive turns by John Paul De Sousa, Terry Danaher, Ben Davis and Wayne Benham kept the pack really motoring. Tim Jolly rolled into the lead just before lap 7 and kicked up the pace further. At this stage, Craig Kentwell was looking very lively and was soon surging out at pace, establishing a handy gap but, ominously, also towing out Steve Jones and a small following pack. At the finish, Steve sprinted past John Paul De Sousa to take the win with John Paul and Conan Liu claiming the minor placings in that order. It was an honest and fast paced contest.

The 8-lap B Grade scratch commenced with Phil Coulton providing a genteel start. It progressed to riders taking half lap turns after Ian Drayton’s one lap turn substantially moved the group on from genteel pace. On occasions, Ed Garnett was seen poised high on the track on a superb steel, burnt orange, Garnetti frame. The crowd anticipated a flying attack – however it did not occur. Phil Coulton was soon back on the front handing off to the Alison Hale / Karen Clutson team with 4 laps to go. However, this was too far out for these sprinters – so half lap turns ensued – even second wheel pull ups too. Eventually, James Newhouse started a lead out with Alison Hale in tow, now commencing her launch sequence. From high on the track, Alison attacked James. Out of the saddle Alison shot down the banking with one lap to go with teammate Karen Clutson in hot pursuit. Result 1st Hale, 2nd Cluston 3rd Newhouse.

The second event featured 2-lap handicaps with two separate races, each hosting A and B grade riders. Race 1 was dominated by A grade with Craig Kentwell and Steve Jones putting in great efforts from back marks to overhaul the B grade riders for first and second placings. James Newhouse salvaged respect for B grade, by taking the third spot in Race 1. Race 2 saw Graeme O’Neill lead out on the limit handicap. However, Ed Garnett started like a Dapto Greyhound and overtook Graeme on first pass of the back straight. Ed slotted himself into the sprinters lane preparing for the bell lap. Alison Hale had seen this and tried to stay with the leaders. However, Terry Danaher was, by now, well positioned and moved through the draft of Ed Garnett to the lead. Karen Clutson was in the mix, but the back markers had left their run too late, as 2 laps goes pretty fast. The result was 1st Terry Danaher, 2nd Ed Garnett, 3rd Karen Cluston.

The third race event was a mystery race with the bell lap called at random between lap five and lap ten. To make it interesting, the race combined A and B grades with B grade given a half lap start. B grade sensibly worked together over the initial laps while A grade split up and pursued individually. This strategy worked for Conan Liu who powered through the laps to overtake all for the win. Alison Hale and Mark Canaider capitalised on the B grade strategy by holding on for second and third placings, respectively.

The final event for the evening was the usual Italian Pursuit. On current results, it seems that if Craig Kentwell is in your Italian Pursuit team, it will usually return a win. Yes, the team anchor (last rider), needs to stay the race. However, the mid team riders must keep the team together with a nuanced ride.

Team 1 started well with Graeme O’Neill (aka the algorithm master) surprisingly, not pulling a foot! From a good start, Team 1 worked well together with Karen Clutson and Alison Hale applying smooth and ever faster laps.

Team 2 had a genteel start and needed to lift the speed. Nonetheless, their start was coordinated and good enough. Some gaps soon appeared within Team 2 so kudos to Mark Canaider for holding the third lap together, handing over to James Newhouse for a steadying lap. Meanwhile Team 1, after several great laps, now experienced a mid-field difficulty. Team 2 had by then ironed out the gaps. Craig Kentwell then set the mid field mortise and tenon joint for Team 2 now really pick up speed, providing an excellent platform for John Paul (Diesel) D’Sousa and Conan Liu at Anchor. By the final lap, the Team 1 Anchor (Tim Jolly) had too big a job on his hands with Conan Liu completing a blistering final lap to build the Team 2 lead out to around 40 metres. Congratulations to Team 2.

For the flavour of the Italian Pursuit race, listen to the audio file of Michael Langdon’s Race Commentary. Thanks also to Michael for the better parts of this event write up.

Major place getters were as follows:
8-Lap Scratch: (A1 Grade) Steve Jones, John Paul De Sousa, Conan Liu. (A2 Grade) Craig Kentwell, Terry Danaher (B Grade) Alison Hale, Karen Clutson, James Newhouse.
2-Lap Handicap: (Race 1) Craig Kentwell, Steve Jones, James Newhouse (Race 2) Terry Danaher, Ed Garnett, Karen Clutson.
Mystery Race (7 Laps) Conan Liu, Alison Hale, Mark Canaider.
Combined Italian Pursuit: Winner Team 2 (John Paul De Sousa, Conan Liu, Craig Kentwell, Elizabeth Lowe, James Newhouse, Phil Coulton, Mark Canaider).

Season Point Score Update:
Alison Hale (72), Tim Jolly (67), Conan Liu (64), James Newhouse (59), Craig Kentwell (54), John Paul De Sousa (47), Ed Garnett (43), Mark Canaider (43), Phil Coulton (32), Hamish Anderson (31), Graeme O’Neill (29), Ian Drayton (26), Steve Jones (26).

Capital Region Masters – Weekly Bleat, Monday 7th November, 2022

Masters,

In this week’s Bleat;

•  From the Committee

•  Racing this Week

•  Race Report

Ian Morton
thebleat@actvets.cc

From the Committee

Registration for 2023

Fees for next year have not been set (waiting on Insurance costs) so Members should not try to register for next year yet.

Reminders will be sent out once Registration is open.

First Aid Qualifications

Could members who are First Aid qualified to email the Race Committee (race.committee@actvets.cc) so we can build a Master list for future reference?

Reduced Membership Fee for Remainder of 2022

A reduced membership fee of $80 is now available for new members and non-financial members wishing to rejoin the club between now and 31 December 2022. Register via the AVCC online membership portal at https://memberdesq.sportstg.com//index.cfm?fuseaction=main&OrgID=10244

RACING THIS WEEK:

Tuesday, 8th November: Stromlo Criterium

Note: Registration required by 8 Nov 2022 3:50 pm.
Any requests for Grade changes should be sorted out with the Handicapper prior to registration.
Late entries may be considered in exceptional circumstances. Please email race.committee@actvets.cc

Where: Stromlo Forest Park

Race Description:
A/C 5:50 A 38m 2, C 33m 2
B/D 6:35 B 38m 2, D 33m 2
E/F/G 7:15 25 min 2 laps
Sunset @ 7:40

Race Director: Antony Bishop Contact: Email: antony.bishop@hotmail.com    Ph  0414 205 090

Marshals: Russell Marston

ps For those members riding home after the race, don’t forget your lights. It will be getting dark soon after the racing.

Thursday, 10th November: Track Racing

The Program for Thursday is;
5.30pm – 6.00pm: Warm-up and free practice.
6.00pm – 6.20pm: 8-lap graded scratch race.
6.20pm – 6.50pm: 2-lap Handicap.
6.50pm– 7.10pm: Mystery Race.
7.10pm– 7.30pm: Italian Pursuit.

Sunday, 13th November – No Scheduled Race

RACE REPORTS:

SFP Criterium – 1st November

On a bleak Tuesday evening the registered riders for B, E and F decided they were better off indoors at home. Nine of the 51 registered riders were not letting a wee bit of moisture to deny them the chance of duck poo on their drivetrain.

D grade with four riders were the first to roll away. Ian Morton held on grimly for 13 minutes before the rubber band broke to leave Steven Harrison, Rob Langridge and Paul Morgan to take turns for the next 17 minutes before the final two laps. Ian Morton then withdrew after 30 minutes with a flat tyre when told there were two laps left. “Why couldn’t this have happened after the first lap?” was Ian’s reply.

With Langridge leading the others during the second last lap, I asked who would take it out with Morton replying “It won’t be Langridge as he won’t want to up grade himself!”. As they approached for the nuts for the final time, the three riders were doing their best to not be on the front. In one of the slowest sprints you could observe from three riders, Morgan crossed first with Harrison second and the club handicapper ensuring he stays in D for another week.

Next was an intermission with no E and F grade riders.

Final event was A and C. An agreement was made to shorten the race to 26 minutes plus 2 laps for A while C would be five minutes fewer.

Both grades rode off together with A riding away from C very early in the race. A kept racing together until around 3 minutes left with visitor Rhys Armstrong putting in an effort up the finish straight that James Thorp followed and dropped VP Dave Parker.

Armstrong dug in again with two laps left to create a small gap yet Thorp reeled him on the back straight. On the final lap Thorp surged to drop Armstrong which the pursuer reduced in the approach to Collarbone before James put in another effort approaching the final corner to emerge on the final straight with a buffer to ride for the chocolates, with Rhys second and Dave third.

C grade was a race of two – Ian Preston and Craig O’Neall. Preston and O’Neall swapped turns during their race where Ian had an aero advantage as Craig wore a cycling jacket where the hoodie resembled a windsock, particularly up the straight. Preston forced the pace on the final lap to win with a comfortable gap to O’Neall.

Thank you to Tom Stewart Moore for the marshalling, Simon as our first aider and committee members who helped in setting up and closing.

Ed Logue

Track Racing – 3rd November

Thursday 3 October saw the third track racing session for the 2022-23 season. The weather was again unpredictable, with scattered showers as the evening approached. However, conditions for racing were, ultimately, quite good. The evening was largely fine and sunny, with light rain appearing only after the racing was completed. There was a fresh headwind in the back straight, the usual wind direction for the Bundadome. Attendance (12 riders) was fair for the uncertain conditions. A and B grades each had six riders.

The 8-lap A grade scratch race kicked off with John Paul De Sousa leading out at a good tempo. Conan Liu and Tim Jolly rolled through turns on the front and each notched up the pace so that the bunch was holding a very quick tempo by mid race. John Paul took another turn mid race, followed by Steve Jones in his first outing this season. On laps 6 and 7, Ben Davis and Wayne Benham notched up the pace further. However, this did not discourage an attack by Tim Jolly on lap 7. Tim’s attack seemed to surprise the bunch, as the reaction was delayed until Tim had a lead of around 30 metres. At this point Conan Liu, John Paul De Sousa and Steve Jones reacted and set off in pursuit of Tim. However, by then Tim had too big a lead, allowing him an emphatic win. Conan, John Paul and Steve jinked it out for the placings and finished in that order.

The B Grade scratch was quite orderly with riders taking one lap turns until just before the bell lap. To that point, the pace was solid, but not sufficient to dislodge any riders. As the bell lap approached, the bunch was compact and splayed up the banking at the turn into the front straight. Graeme O’Neill kicked first, on the outside. However, this triggered furious accelerations from the bunch, so that Graeme was soon barely hanging on out the back. Up front, Alison Hale and Ian Drayton were dicing ahead of James Newhouse and Frank O’Sullivan. As usual, Alison proved strongest, taking a good win ahead of Frank O’Sullivan and the rapidly improving Ian Drayton.

The second events were points races, 20-lap (5 sprints) for A grade and 16 laps (4 sprints) for B grade. Conan Liu dominated the A grade race taking all the sprints for a maximal 30 points. The placings were an interesting tussle with the outcome not immediately obvious. Ultimately it was John Paul De Sousa (17 points) who took second place ahead of Tim Jolly on 15 points.

The B grade points race was dominated by Alison Hale who won 3 of the 4 sprints and accumulated 23 points for the overall win. Ian Drayton put in a good initial effort, winning sprint one. This win was sufficient for an overall third placing (13 points) despite the cost to him for the remaining sprints. James Newhouse performed very consistently, taking second or third placing in every sprint, to accumulate the second highest point score of 19 points.

The final event for the evening was the usual Italian Pursuit. On paper, the teams looked quite even. However, Team 1 had a bad start when Graeme O’Neill pulled out of a cleat. Graeme soldiered on, but Phil Coulton made the most of this setback by providing Team 2 with a significant early advantage. From this point, the teams performed similarly with a few minor flaws in teamwork. However, Team 1 could not peg back the initial setback, handing Team 2 an emphatic win.

Major place getters were as follows:
8-Lap Scratch: (A1 Grade) Tim Jolly, Conan Liu, John Paul De Sousa. (B Grade) Alison Hale, Frank O’Sullivan, Ian Drayton.
Points Race: (A1 Grade) Conan Liu (30 pts), John Paul De Sousa (17pts), Tim Jolly (15 pts) (B Grade) Alison Hale (23pts), James Newhouse (19pts), Ian Drayton (13pts).
Combined Italian Pursuit: Winner Team 2 (John Paul De Sousa, Tim Jolly, Alison Hale, Ben Davis, Phil Coulton, Ian Drayton).

Season Point Score Update:
Tim Jolly (55), Alison Hale (53), Conan Liu (45), James Newhouse (43), Craig Kentwell (34), John Paul De Sousa (33), Hamish Anderson (31), Ed Garnett (30), Mark Canaider (28), Bruce Griffin (25), Colin Calderwood (23), Phil Coulton (22).

Graeme O’Neill

Sutton Driver Training Centre – 6th November

After the average weather experienced lately, there were plenty of smiles on the start line as Sunday turned on near perfect conditions for racing on the Sutton Driver Training Course. The sun was shining, there was very little wind and even the water across the concrete causeway around the back of the circuit wasn’t as deep as you might have expected given the amount of rain recently.

E Grade was first away and were all together until Karen Klutson was unfortunate enough to drop a chain on the first corner rise on lap 2. Karen was able to quickly get underway again and seemed to be slowly closing the gap to the bunch. However, she decided that she didn’t want to ride alone anymore and pulled over to watch the rest of the field battle it out.

Rob Langridge was conspicuous in his presence on the front of the remaining bunch by leading, at least as they went past the start/finish line, during the early laps. It was hard to pick who was doing the bulk of the work on the front once the bunch disappeared around the back of the course.

At the conclusion, Alison Hale put on a well-timed sprint down the long finishing straight to take first place with a clear gap to Russell Marston in second, with Rosemary Robinson coming in third.

F Grade set off behind E Grade at a steady rate but it wasn’t long before the pace started to increase. Paul Robey elected to sit off the back of the small bunch, perhaps to get a better view of the unfolding action. The final sprint saw Elizabeth Lowe take line honours from Chris Copeland in second and Lindsay Graham in third.

A Grade was next away with 11 starters. The bunch was all together at the end of the first lap, but this was to be no easy Sunday morning cruise as multiple attacks soon started to launch. By lap 3, there were three off the front with a handy gap of about 30 m as they crossed the start/finish line. Three soon became seven as others bridged the gap, only to see the group split again. Daniel Lekhac was in the leading bunch but had disappeared from view when they next came down the finishing straight, only to reappear soon after on foot having suffered a puncture.

The pace being set by the leaders meant that the A Grade field was spread around the course, with small chasing groups and individuals fighting to stay in touch. A very entertaining race ended with a powerful sprint by Steve Crispin to take first, closely followed by Sebastian Mueller, with Bradley Peppinck in third. A few of us watching on were left wondering what it would be like to be as fit as an A Grader!

Like A Grade, B Grade were still together at the end of the first lap but soon after, an increase in pace saw the bunch split up with a group of 5 riders out front. After a punishing burst of speed down the finish straight, Mark Harris took first place from Michael Rowland in second and Conan Liu in third.

C Grade, with the largest number of starters. was next away. Darren Blackhurst wasn’t hanging around and at the end of the first lap had a handy little break on the rest of the field. He was reeled back in by the bunch that then mostly stayed together until the last lap. Gareth Downey prevailed over Andrew Yates in second and Matt Hinchcliffe in third.

D Grade were last away and the small bunch seemed happy to stay together and rotate the lead. Eventually the red mist descended and any camaraderie that had been on display earlier was forgotten as the final sprint started. John Stokman seemed to be heading for a clear victory but a fast finishing Terry Moore came ever so close to snatching it away on the line. In what was the closest finish of the day, John just held on by half a wheel from Terry, with Eoin Rothery completing the top three.

Thanks go to Simon Whitehead for standing by to render first aid, which thankfully wasn’t required, Steve Sims for driving the van and assisting with comms, and Greg Mitchell and a hobbling Matt for their marshalling expertise.

Kevin Newhouse

Capital Region Masters – Weekly Bleat, Monday 31st October, 2022

Masters,

In this week’s Bleat;

•  Possible Closure of Stromlo Forest Park

•  From the Committee

•  Racing this Week

•  Race Report

Ian Morton
thebleat@actvets.cc

Possible Closure of Stromlo Forest Park

Due to the heavy rain this evening (Monday), the Stromlo Forest Park facility may close again which could include the Crit Track. We haven’t had any advice yet but please keep an eye out for the Bleat, Facebook or Twitter for notification of any update in the situation.

From the Committee

CRMCC Club kit order

We have had some interest in doing another CRMCC Club kit order. Could anyone interested in having the kit portal open again please email info@mvmnt.club with the items you would be interested in and even the potential size if known (eg. Medium bibs, medium jersey, large socks) and Jimmy will gauge whether there is enough interest for an order. This would be for delivery before Christmas – 5-6 weeks delivery time. Thank you!

First Aid Qualifications

Could members who are First Aid qualified to email the Race Committee (race.committee@actvets.cc) so we can build a Master list for future reference?

Reduced Membership Fee for Remainder of 2022

A reduced membership fee of $80 is now available for new members and non-financial members wishing to rejoin the club between now and 31 December 2022. Register via the AVCC online membership portal at https://memberdesq.sportstg.com//index.cfm?fuseaction=main&OrgID=10244

RACING THIS WEEK:

Tuesday, 1st November: Stromlo Criterium

All racing entries from last week will be transferred to this week unless members indicate they would prefer alternate events.

Note: Registration required by 1 Nov 2022 3:50 pm.
Any requests for Grade changes should be sorted out with the Handicapper prior to registration.
Late entries may be considered in exceptional circumstances. Please email race.committee@actvets.cc

Where: Stromlo Forest Park

Race Description:
B/D 5:50 B 35m 2, D 30m 2
E/F/G 6:25 22 min 2 laps
A/C 6:55 A 35m 2, C 30m 2
Sunset @ 7:33

Race Director: Ed Logue Contact: Email: mistered007@yahoo.com    Ph  0421 955 454

Marshals: Tom Stewart-Moore

ps For those members riding home after the race, don’t forget your lights. It will be getting dark soon after the racing.

Thursday, 3rd November: Track Racing

The Program for Thursday is;
5.30pm – 6.00pm: Warm-up and free practice.
6.00pm – 6.20pm: 8-lap graded scratch race.
6.20pm – 7.00pm: 20-lap Points race.
7.00pm– 7.20pm: Italian Pursuit.

Sunday, 6th November – Sutton Driver Training

Reminder: All riders must register on the CRMCC Web site (https://rms.actvets.cc/calendar) by 5/11/2022 8:00 PM prior to the race. There is no registration at the event.
Late entries may be considered in exceptional circumstances. Please email race.committee@actvets.cc

Any requests for Grade changes should be sorted out with the Handicapper prior to registration.

Where: Approx 0.5 km along Sutton Rd from intersection of Sutton Rd and Pialligo Avenue.
When: 1:30 pm.
Race Description:
A/B: 9:00am 50 mins plus 1 lap
C/D: 10:00am 40mins plus 1 lap
E/F/G: 10:50am 30 mins plus 1 lap
Riders are to race in their ‘Road’ grade.

Race Director:  Vacant Contact: Email: tba    Ph tba

Marshals: Vacant, Vacant, Vacant, Vacant – Van driver

RACE REPORTS:

SFP Criterium – 25th October

Due to the rain over the previous weekend, the Stromlo Forest Park facility was closed. The Race Committee was unable to negotiate access arrangements for the Crit racing so the event had to be canceled.

Track Racing – 27th October

Thursday 27 October saw the second track racing session for the 2022-23 season. The weather was unpredictable, with scattered showers as the evening approached. However, conditions for racing were, ultimately, quite good. There was no rain and even a little sun made an appearance. There was a brisk headwind in the back straight, the usual wind direction for the Bundadome. Attendance (14 riders) was reasonable for the conditions. The B grade roll up was excellent at 10 riders.

With only 4 riders, the 8-lap A grade scratch race could have been quite tame. It was led out by Tim Jolly with Conan Liu taking over on lap 2 and kicking up the pace. Hamish Anderson and Craig Kentwell then rolled through their turns. Craig must have felt good as he did almost two laps on the front before handing off to Tim Jolly. On Lap 6 Conan Liu put in an attack and gained several metres lead, which he held until the bell lap. At this point Craig Kentwell put in the decisive attack, scorching around the final lap to confirm his good form by taking an emphatic win. Tim Jolly and Conan Liu took second and third places respectively.

The B Grade scratch race had ten riders and was a busy affair with lots of activity in the bunch. Fortunately, all riders were sensible and well disciplined. There was an orderly change of riders over the first 6 laps with the bunch travelling at a good tempo. The race became more tactical on lap 7 with riders positioned above the pace line waiting for the bell lap and cranking up the pace. At the bell, Alison Hale and James Newhouse launched out with the remaining bunch in hot pursuit. Alison was uncatchable and surged on for the win. Mark Canaider got the better of James Newhouse and took second place leaving James to take third, just ahead of a compact bunch, closing at a fast rate.

The second event was a 2-lap standing start handicap race. This event was split into two races of 7 riders, made up from A and B grades. Phil Coulton made an incredible start in race 1 and looked unbeatable over the first lap. However, Phil must have over cooked the first lap, as he was swamped by the bunch on lap 2. Ed Garnett paced himself well to take the win. Craig Kentwell did well to pass most of the bunch and take second. Alison Hale made her usual strong finish to take third place. Race 2 was a very close fought affair with riders converging to a tight bunch at the finish. Bruce Griffin took a fine win from Tim Jolly in second and Mark Canaider in third place.

The final event for the evening was the usual Italian Pursuit. The teamwork from both teams was a big improvement on last week’s effort. Phil Coulton made a good start for team 2 and the B grade riders Colin Calderwood, Alison Hale and Ed Garnett built on Phil’s effort to give team 2 a 15-metre lead after four laps. Hamish Anderson and Tim Jolly did their best over the final laps for Team 1. However, Craig Kentwell and Conan Liu were not willing to give up their advantage and took an impressive win. Conan was so motivated that he did an extra half lap at full pace to make sure there was no miscalculation.

Major place getters were as follows:
8-Lap Scratch: (A1 Grade) Tim Jolly, Conan Liu. (A2 Grade) Craig Kentwell, Hamish Anderson. (B Grade) Alison Hale, Mark Canaider, James Newhouse. 2-Lap Handicap: (Race 1) Ed Garnett, Craig Kentwell, Alison Hale. (Race 2) Bruce Griffin Tim Jolly, Mark Canaider. Combined Italian Pursuit: Winner Team 2 (Conan Liu, Colin Calderwood, Craig Kentwell, Alison Hale, Ed Garnett, Phil Coulton).

Season Point Score Update:
Tim Jolly (37), Craig Kentwell (34), Alison Hale (33), Hamish Anderson (31), Ed Garnett (30), James Newhouse (29), Mark Canaider (28), Conan Liu (28), Bruce Griffin (25), Colin Calderwood (23), Warwick Wilson (17), John Paul De Sousa (16).

Graeme O’Neill

Capital Region Masters – Weekly Bleat, Monday 24th October, 2022

Masters,

In this week’s Bleat;

•  Closure of Stromlo Forest Park

•  From the Desk of the Handicapper

•  From the Committee

•  Racing this Week

•  Race Report

Ian Morton
thebleat@actvets.cc

Closure of Stromlo Forest Park

Due to recent heavy rain, the Stromlo Forest Park facility is currently closed, including the Crit Track.

The Race Committee has a meeting scheduled for Tuesday afternoon 3pm with SFP Management to discuss being able to use the Criterium Track despite the site closure this week and going forward. At this stage we remain optimistic that Crits will go ahead, so plan to race. We will confirm by 4pm tomorrow.

From the Desk of the Handicapper

Handicaps

Ally Roche E to D

Rob Langridge
Club Handicapper

From the Committee

CRMCC Club kit order

We have had some interest in doing another CRMCC Club kit order. Could anyone interested in having the kit portal open again please email info@mvmnt.club with the items you would be interested in and even the potential size if known (eg. Medium bibs, medium jersey, large socks) and Jimmy will gauge whether there is enough interest for an order. This would be for delivery before Christmas – 5-6 weeks delivery time. Thank you!

First Aid Qualifications

Could members who are First Aid qualified to email the Race Committee (race.committee@actvets.cc) so we can build a Master list for future reference?

Reduced Membership Fee for Remainder of 2022

A reduced membership fee of $80 is now available for new members and non-financial members wishing to rejoin the club between now and 31 December 2022. Register via the AVCC online membership portal at https://memberdesq.sportstg.com//index.cfm?fuseaction=main&OrgID=10244

RACING THIS WEEK:

Tuesday, 18th October: Stromlo Criterium

PLEASE NOTE THE ABOVE ADVICE AS TO WHETHER RACING WILLL PROCEED.

Note: Registration required by 25 Oct 2022 5:00 pm.
Any requests for Grade changes should be sorted out with the Handicapper prior to registration.
Late entries may be considered in exceptional circumstances. Please email race.committee@actvets.cc

Where: Stromlo Forest Park

Race Description:
E/F/G 5:50 20 min 2 laps
A/C 6:15 A 30m 2, C 25m 2
B/D 6:50 B 30m 2, D 25m 2
Sunset @ 7:27

Race Director:  Bruce Griffin Contact: Email: griffy996@gmail.com    Ph  0402 000 619

Marshals: Frank Zeller

ps For those members riding home after the race, don’t forget your lights. It will be getting dark soon after the racing.

Thursday, 27th October: Track Racing

The Program for Thursday is;
5.30pm – 6.00pm: Warm-up and free practice.
6.00pm – 6.20pm: 8-lap graded scratch race.
6.20pm – 6.40pm: 2-lap Handicap.
6.40pm – 7.00pm: Italian Pursuit.

Sunday, 30th October: No Scheduled Race

RACE REPORT:

SFP Criterium – 18th October

Another perfect evening for racing was met with enthusiasm and many racers leaving home without their numbers. Unfortunately this has made for an interesting report with many attacks and podiums spots going to John and Jane Doe..

A & C grades were set off precisely at 5:50 with a few late arrivals joining the racing a lap down. A grade can best be described as a series of failed attacks by individual and groups of John Does. At the fifth min Callum Henshaw attacked but he was quickly shut down by James Thorp and James Meadley, and joined by Gareth Downey and Paul Scherl to establish a mini-break. Without crosswinds and riders backing up from Bowral every move was closely watched, and all attacks were shut down. The A grade trophy was won by Gerard Tiffen who got a superb leadout from Meadley, with James Thorp second and Matt Corby backing up for a fast finishing third.

C Grade set of 15 seconds behind A grade which allowed 95% of them the vital nanseconds to attach their numbers. The race resulted in 2 long range attacks and a tense sprint home with an unfortunate single accident entering the home straight. Thanks to the 2 riders that pulled over to lend assistance to Duncan (who we wish all the best for a speedy recovery and return). Dave Buckley kicked off with the first long long long range attack around the 5 min mark and looked set to ride away until he unexpectedly sat up when he noticed the handicapper pointing at him. Ian Preston detecting a slowing pack chose this moment to take the second long range attack which kept him away until the bell lap and the sprint home. Ian would and should have won if not for A Grade deciding to take a breather after passing him and Ian choosing not to draft. In the end, Paul Clare snuck a cheeky snuck a win over Craig O’Neall who was aiming for 2 in a row with Stephen Terracini in Bronze.

B & D were next off with B grade setting a gentile pace for the entire evening with much chatter and a song being heard in the group. There were no discernible attacks or they were well covered. B grade was also very supportive of letting D grade finish before picking up the pace again with 3 laps to go. Racing for sheep stations on the final lap, Julian Singson was seen dabbing over the finish line in first followed by Andrew Yates and Tobias McLenaghan singing we are the champions.

D Grade quickly setoff behind B grade to the groans of a few thinking that the marshals would give B Grade a half a lap head start…sorry guys get peddling and get racing. The first and only real attack was through Steve Harrison mid-race after his Bowral laden legs began to warm up. Steve set a cracking pace which eventually created fractured in D grade into three groups. The sprint home was won by Sonja Falez with strongman Steve Harrison second and Andrew Peel in third.

Finally E, F & G set off and the only grades to sport all their race numbers, well done team. This group was also the only group with a certain winner, G Grader Gai Monahan set a cracking pace from start to finish and easily beat her shadow. For both E & F grades they were both comfortable settling in for the long hall and vying their time for royalty and stepping up on the podium. Starting with E grade, first was Ally Roche, followed by Linda Stals, Chris Copeland, Mick Donaldson, Rico Fitch. F Grade, Bob Miller brought home the bacon followed closely by Lindsay Graham, Paul Robey and newbie and ex professional hurdler Bob Craine. Thanks E, F & G for wearing your numbers it was greatly appreciated.

Mega Big thanks to Ross Heazlewood for marshalling and bringing his own broom, I expected to see him fly off on it when he left. Simon Whitehead for his first aiding and repair service, the handicapper Rob for getting everything opened, closed, and keeping a close eye on both Dave Buckley & Ian Preston. Finally, a special mention to Chloe Hanbury for her marshalling and sign dancing even though she doesn’t even race!

Mick Hanbury

Track Racing – 20th October

Thursday 20 October saw the first track racing session for the 2022-23 season. The weather was quite threatening, throughout the day. However, rain held off as the racing session approached, eventually occurring well after the session was completed. There was a brisk headwind in the front straight, an unusual wind direction for the Bundadome. Attendance was poor (11 riders) but understandable, given the conditions.

The 8-lap A grade scratch race started with Warwick Wilson leading out at a steady tempo. Tim Jolly, Hamish Anderson, Craig Kentwell and John Paul De Sousa took one lap turns on the front before Warwick Wilson again rolled into the lead on lap 6. Warwick raised the pace a notch and the pack started to drift apart. However, as the bell lap approached, the pack consolidated and started spreading up the banking, poised for the sprint. Tim Jolly led out the sprint closely followed by Craig Kentwell, John Paul De Sousa and Hamish Anderson. Tim managed to hold off the pursuers to take the win, closely followed by John Paul De Sousa in second place and Hamish Anderson third.

The B Grade scratch race began with James Newhouse leading out. Graeme O’Neill immediately dropped off the back, having pulled out of a cleat. Graeme steadied himself, dropped a lap, then rejoined the bunch on lap 2. The first four laps were orderly with riders swapping out turns and maintaining a good pace. Ed Garnett put in a solid turn, then Alison Hale carefully positioned herself high with two laps remaining. The pace came on as the bell lap approached. Initially James Newhouse and Alison Hale pulled out about 10 metres from the bunch. Alison pulled a further 5 metres on James in the final turn and surged on for the win. James held second place with Mark Canaider finishing strongly for third place.

The second event was a 1-lap standing start time trial. This event is quite technical and requires a strong initial acceleration and tidy, high-speed sprint to the finish. Not all riders had their technique honed to perfection in this first race session. However, Tim Jolly (28.82s) and John Paul De Sousa (29.12s) put in good times in A1 grade. Hamish Anderson, riding in A2 grade put in the best time (28.45s). There were also some impressive B grade times, namely Ed Garnett (29.90s), James Newhouse (30.84s) and Bruce Griffin (31.65s).

The final event for the evening was the usual Italian Pursuit. Teamwork is the crucial element for this event, but this was below par for both teams. This is understandable for the season’s first race session. Initially, Team 2 looked ragged and Team 1 rode well to gain a decent advantage after three laps. The race then went downhill for Team 1 with Craig Kentwell gapping the following riders and Hamish Anderson struggling to hold pace. Then Team 1 compounded the mistake by John Paul De Sousa passing his lead rider and heading off solo. Team 2’s transgressions were a bit to brazen for the commissaire, so the race was awarded to Team 2. Normally the technique in this race improves steadily throughout the season. At this stage, there is plenty of room for improvement.

Major place getters were as follows:
8-Lap Scratch: (A1 Grade) Tim Jolly, John Paul De Sousa. (A2 Grade) Hamish Anderson, Craig Kentwell, Warwick Wilson. (B Grade) Alison Hale, James Newhouse, Mark Canaider.
1-Lap SS TT: (A1 Grade) Tim Jolly (28.82s), John Paul De Sousa (29.12s). (A2 Grade) Hamish Anderson (28.45s), Warwick Wilson (29.30s), Craig Kentwell (30.05s). (B Grade) Ed Garnett (29.90s), James Newhouse (30.84s), Bruce Griffin (31.65s).
Combined Italian Pursuit: Winner Team 2 (Tim Jolly, Warwick Wilson, Conan Liu, Colin Calderwood, Mark Canaider, Bruce Griffin).

Season Point Score Update:
Tim Jolly (20), Hamish Anderson (18), Warwick Wilson (17), James Newhouse (16), John Paul De Sousa (16), Alison Hale (15), Craig Kentwell (15), Bruce Griffin (15), Ed Garnett (14).

Graeme O’Neill

Capital Region Masters – Weekly Bleat, Monday 17th October, 2022

Masters,

In this week’s Bleat;

•  From the Committee

•  Racing this Week

•  Race Report

Ian Morton
thebleat@actvets.cc

From the Committee

Reduced Membership Fee for Remainder of 2022

A reduced membership fee of $80 is now available for new members and non-financial members wishing to rejoin the club between now and 31 December 2022. Register via the AVCC online membership portal at https://memberdesq.sportstg.com//index.cfm?fuseaction=main&OrgID=10244

RACING THIS WEEK:

Tuesday, 18th October: Stromlo Criterium

Note: Registration required by 18 Oct 2022 3:50 pm.
Any requests for Grade changes should be sorted out with the Handicapper prior to registration.
No late entries accepted.

Where: Stromlo Forest Park

Race Description:
A/C 5:50 A 28m 2, C 25m 2
B/D 6:25 B 28m 2, D 25m 2
E/F/G 6:55 20 min 2 laps
Sunset @ 7:20

Race Director:  Michael Hanbury Contact: Email: mickhanbury@hotmail.com    Ph  0430 515 896

Marshals: Ross Heazlewood

ps For those members riding home after the race, don’t forget your lights. It will be getting dark soon after the racing.

Thursday, 20th October: Track Racing

Last week’s track racing session was washed out by rain. Therefore, the season’s first track racing session is rescheduled for this Thursday.

The Program for Thursday is;
5.30pm – 6.00pm: Warm-up and free practice.
6.00pm – 6.20pm: 8-lap graded scratch race.
6.20pm – 7.00pm: 1-SS Time Trial.
7.00pm – 7.20pm: Italian Pursuit.

Sunday, 23rd October: Tidbinbilla

Reminder: All riders must register on the CRMCC Web site (https://rms.actvets.cc/calendar) by 22/10/2022 6:00 PM prior to the race. There is no registration at the event.

Any requests for Grade changes should be sorted out with the Handicapper prior to registration.

Where: Intersection of Tidbinbilla Reserve Rd and Paddy’s River Road approx 14 km from Point Hut Crossing. Parking: Off the road on either side of Paddy’s River Road. For road safety reasons, please DO NOT park on the corners of the intersection. Road traffic can be busy and dangerous, especially around the times we are finishing.
When: 9:00 am.
Race Description:
TNR to top of Pierces Creek then return to TNR for one lap – 30km.

Race Director:  tba Contact: Email: tba    Ph tba

Marshals: Ben Healy ETC, Mick Donaldson ETC, Vacant Van Driver.

RACE REPORT:

SFP Criterium – 11th October

On a perfect evening to race bikes B and D grades were first away. Action in B Grade started early with Peter Merrick, Ed Hall and the Dominator opening up a good gap early on. It was only a few laps until the break caught D grade, and a few more laps after that the main bunch of B caught D. It was always going to make for an exciting time around collarbone corner, but it became a lot more exciting when Ed yelled out that there was a snake on the track. There were quite a few raised voices but happily no-one did anything stupid and the entire bunch got past the snake, unscathed. From our position on the start/finish line we could just see the snake wriggling away… except it wasn’t.

The snake wasn’t moving a lot, but it wasn’t going anywhere. Brian Peak, who had stepped in as first-aider for the night, and Rob Langridge rapidly mobilised to work out what was going on, and on arrival they realised that the bunches were just about to come around again. With a bit more shouting but still no silly moves everyone got past again, and it became clear that the snake just couldn’t get enough traction on the road surface to climb up the banking on the corner. Happily it found the traction before the bunch arrived again, and they were met by a clear track.

It was still Ed Hall out front looking very strong, with Dom and Peter starting to see a gap opening. Meanwhile Matt Hinchcliff decided he wanted some of the action, so he bridged over but even with his added power the trio couldn’t get back to Ed, and eventually got swallowed by the bunch with 10 minutes left on the clock. Ed held them off until the 6 minute mark, with Aaron Thompson spotting his chance as everyone else sat up and breathed a sigh of relief. He fired off the front of the bunch, but it wasn’t long until they were together again and lined up for the sprint. Heath Wade crossed the line first, closely followed by Andrew Yates and a resurgent Ed Meeuwissen. Dom Romano proved it wasn’t all bluff by finishing fourth, while Ed Hall did his best to escape the handicapper’s notice by slipping well back in the bunch despite leading on his own for a lot of the race.

In D-grade things were a lot more settled, with a split in lap 5 but things generally staying together. In the last lap things started to splinter, and Terry Danaher ended up just edging out Duncan Macdonald, Steven Harrison and Paul Morgan sprinting it out slightly behind for the third step, and then the bunch coming in a little further back again.

E, F and G were next off, and with a total of 11 riders across the three grades they went off together. There was a bit of separation early on, with Gai Monahan taking the lead in G from the start and powering home in a solo TT to take the win. In F grade Paul Robey was distanced about half way through the race but in the closing laps an otherwise strong looking Rob Langridge suddenly started losing ground, causing some speculation on whether he was trying to avoid catching the eye of the handicapper. In the end Paul showed his stamina to get past Rob but couldn’t catch Ross Heazlewood, meaning the podium was Ross, Paul and Rob.

The gentlemen of E-grade seemed to forget that we run our races with principles of equality, and spent most of the race insisting that the three women of E go first. Of course they did so, with Ally Roche and Theresa McLachlan both doing huge amounts of work. Linda Stals wasn’t being shy about it either, but held just enough back to make sure that when the gentlemen did put in an appearance she had the legs to leave them all behind. Ally followed close on her heels, with Mick Donaldson coming home for third.

The last race was A and C. It was a very strong A-grade field showing a great deal of the pink and blue colours of Cartel. They started off fast, and then C started fast behind them. It wasn’t long until Stephen Terracini and Ian Preston were off the front of C, with Terry Moore chasing. Meanwhile in A the attacks were constant, With Jimmy Carroll making some early moves and Steve Crispin testing everyone repeatedly.

In C grade Ian was eventually caught and that bunch settled down a bit, just as Steve Crispin went flying by in his latest attack. He got a good gap as the rest of A got held up passing C, and in a show of sportsmanship he sat up and waited for all of A to get past and onto his wheel, before attacking them again. He was caught and the attacks kept coming from all directions, with Joel Rahman and James Thorp both putting in solid digs. Meanwhile at the finish line we were frantically calculating relative speeds and working out whether to give c-grade the 2-lap board this time or the next – eventually I made the call that there was plenty of space, and we would give it to them on the next round.

The next round arrived, and C-grade got the board. At this point they visibly sat up as everyone started to prepare for a sprint victory, and behind them A kicked off again with some powerful attacks. The gap to C disappeared rapidly, and I anticipated disaster with A grade overtaking C just as C started to sprint. I should have known better – as A grade drew up to C they spotted that it was the sprint lap and rapidly agreed to remain neutral and behind for that last third of a lap. C grade got an unimpeded sprint that was taken out by Craig O’Neall ahead of Mark Taylor and Luke Philps, and as soon as A-grade hit the line there was a shout of “right, let’s go”. Their final laps were full speed, with Mathew Corby eventually showing the benefits of his recent hill training sessions with Remco Evenepoel by taking out the win ahead of Steve Crispin and James Thorp, with Mark Vroomans close on the wheel and Rainer Wilton just missing out on a birthday podium.

Overall it was a great night of racing. I’m very grateful to A-Grade for the considerate riding in letting C have a clear sprint, and I apologise for getting those calculations so wrong! Other than that though, the weather was perfect, the racing was intense, JP bought Portuguese tarts for the marshals, and all our first-aider had to do was chase a snake off the track, so you can’t really ask for better than that.

Big thanks to John Paul for marshalling, Brian for doing first aid, Craig for getting everything opened and closed and set up, and Antonia for marshalling even though she doesn’t even race!

Rowan McMurray

Capital Region Masters – Weekly Bleat, Monday 10th October, 2022

Masters,

In this week’s Bleat;

•  From the Desk of the President

•  From the Desk of the Handicapper

•  From the Committee

•  Racing this Week

•  Race Report

Ian Morton
thebleat@actvets.cc

From the Desk of the President

Unsafe Overtaking Behaviour

Last week we saw an example of unsafe overtaking behaviour by a group of B Grade riders when passing D Grade.

Riders are warned that in future, riders may be disqualified and subject to further sanctions if instances of unsafe overtaking are identified.

NSW Racing

Due to additional certification requirements for Race Directors that have been imposed by NSW Transport, we are currently not in a position to run any events in NSW. The Committee is trying to work through the issues to identify a solution but in the short term, our racing will be limited to ACT.

Help & Mentoring for those needing to refresh Skill & Techniques

As the Criterium Season is upon us if you need refresher or help in racing we have a couple of members available to assist you. Thank you for their volunteering and please make use of their skills and knowledge if you need.

To help with your confidence, skills and techniques please contact:

Kim Malcolm
CRMCC President.

president@actvets.cc

From the Desk of the Handicapper

Handicaps

Cat Riley E to D

Rob Langridge
Club Handicapper

From the Committee

Reduced Membership Fee for Remainder of 2022

A reduced membership fee of $80 is now available for new members and non-financial members wishing to rejoin the club between now and 31 December 2022. Register via the AVCC online membership portal at https://memberdesq.sportstg.com//index.cfm?fuseaction=main&OrgID=10244

RACING THIS WEEK:

Tuesday, 11th October: Stromlo Criterium

Note: Registration required by 11 Oct 2022 3:50 pm.
Any requests for Grade changes should be sorted out with the Handicapper prior to registration.
No late entries accepted.

Where: Stromlo Forest Park

Race Description:
B/D 5:50 B 25m 2, D 22m 2
E/F/G 6:20 E/F/G 20 m 2 laps
A/C 6:45 A 25m 2, C 22m 2
Sunset @ 7:14

Race Director:  Rowan McMurray Contact: Email: tourletour@gmail.com    Ph  0418 471 051

Marshals:John Paul De Sousa, Brian Peak

ps For those members riding home after the race, don’t forget your lights. It will be getting dark soon after the racing.

Thursday, 13th October: Track Racing

The season’s first track racing session is scheduled for this Thursday.

The Program for Thursday is;
5.30pm – 6.00pm: Warm-up and free practice.
6.00pm – 6.20pm: 8-lap graded scratch race.
6.20pm – 7.00pm: 1-SS Time Trial.
7.00pm – 7.20pm: Italian Pursuit.

Sunday, 16th October: No Scheduled Road Race

RACE REPORT:

SFP Criterium – 4th October

We opened the 2022/23 Crit Season with some great racing on the first Tuesday in October. 20mins + 2 laps for all grades made for some exciting racing. First off was E, F and G Grades. A small group in E Grade took off quickly, with Cat Riley asserting dominance in this race, showing that Winter training has certainly paid off! Linda, Theresa, Chris, and Pat fought it out for minor places. F and G were combined due to low numbers, with Gai being the lone warrior for G Grade. Ross Heazlewood took out F Grade from Bob and Robert.

A and C Grade were next, with A Grade taking off at a rate of knots and simply never let up (I was secretly happy I was watching from the sidelines). A small group made their way off the front for most of the race, with Kris McCreath taking the win from Brad Peppink and Steve Crispin, with James Meadley and Dan Lekhac performing strongly in the break. C Grade battled it out in a large bunch with Nick Jeffries taking the win over Rodney Welch and Luke Philps.

B and D Grades were racing against the light to complete their efforts. A few DNFs in B Grade shows the high pace that was put on by the front runners. It ended in a sprint where Dom Romano finished off a long home straight sprint to take the win, from Aaron Thomson and Peter Young. D Grade was a fairly modest size, but still kept up a strong pace with Terry Danaher taking the win from Brian Chugg and Steven Harrison.

Thanks go to volunteers Micahel Foulds and Simon Whitehead, and President Kim Malcolm for opening up and closing things down at the end of the night.

David Parker

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