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Capital Region Masters – Weekly Bleat, Monday 6th June, 2022

Masters,

In this week’s Bleat;

•  From the Race Committee

•  Racing this Week

•  Race Report

Ian Morton
thebleat@actvets.cc

From the Race Committee

NSW Racing

Unfortunately we still do not have a solution to the problem of accredition for Traffic Controllers for NSW events.

To enable us to run events in NSW we have been using the services of professional traffic controllers. These are a very expensive option and are not financially sustainable in the long term.

While it is our intention to support our currently advertised race calendar for the remainder of the year, we will be reviewing upcoming events to assess the number of races that we can afford to run in NSW.

We would like to get feedback from Club Members about racing in NSW. Please let the Race Committee (race.committee@actvets.cc) know your thoughts.

RACING THIS WEEK:

No Scheduled Racing this week

Next race is planned for 18 June at Yass.

Note we are looking for a Race Referee and some Marshals. Please let the Race Committee (race.committee@actvets.cc) know if you can assist.

RACE REPORT:

Sutton Driver Training Centre – 4th June

What a cold old day it was! I think my fingers and toes have finally thawed. 46 masters signed up to race – 40 blokes and 6 gals – there were 2 x DNS and 5 x DNF.

To everyone surprise the race was changed into a Points race sometime during the week – I think the Handicapper is looking to see who can be promoted up a grade…… The Points race format did keep everyone on their toes, everyone was trying to remember which lap the whistle had been blown and which they had to sprint on…

First off was C and D, both grades played nice and stayed together. After each sprint prime, the leaders allowed the others to catch up (or were they just smart and trying hide out of the wind). In C grade Matt Hinchcliffe took out the first 3 primes before letting others get some points, this and his third place in the final sprint ensured him the win with 10 points, 2nd was Tim Jolly, who only needed to win the final sprint to get his points, followed by Stuart Roesler in 3rd. D grade saw Andrew Hislop win the most points (9), followed by Marc Cisterna in 2nd then Anthony Beasley in 3rd.

The next race was E and F (no G graders today). This is where the girls reigned supreme. In E grade there was a breakaway of four, but no one could match the sprint of Ali Hale in all but one of the sprints giving her 1st place with 13 points. Allan Bontjer got 2nd and Russell Marston 3rd. Special mention to Sarah Stephens who got a prime in her first race – personally I don’t think she will be in E grade for long. F grade saw Cat Riley and Liz Lowe battle it out for the primes, taking turns before Cat put on her time trial legs to ride away alone for the final sprint. Cat was 1st with 13 points, Liz was 2nd (12) followed by Michelle Hodgetts in 3rd.

The last race was A and B, both grades may have complained about the cold at the start, but this did not slow their pace, forcing the most DFNs. A grade stayed together for the first few laps before David Parker and Brad Peppinck broke away. Brad gave David all the prime wins (is there something going on there??) before Steve Crispin finally bridged the gap, unfortunately for him this wasn’t enough. David won with 17 points, Brad was 2nd (14) and Steve 3rd (11). B grade saw a blistering pace put on by Jason Irwin. He put the peddle to metal leaving everyone in his wake, getting all but one prime, 22 points (shh…don’t tell the handicapper – I think he may be in A grade next race). Conan Lui collected enough points for 2nd (12) followed by Michael Rowland in 3rd (7).

Thanks to Emma Padovan (marshal) and Brian Peak (van driver) and special to Keith Joliffe for stepping in as first aider at the last minute. Also, thanks to everyone on the sideline who help me tell ‘who was who’ in the primes, as most numbers where hidden because everyone had on their winter layers.

Pat Rooke

Capital Region Masters – Weekly Bleat, Monday 30th May, 2022

Masters,

In this week’s Bleat;

•  From the Desk of the Vice President

•  More Research Volunteers Wanted

•  Racing this Week

Ian Morton
thebleat@actvets.cc

From the Desk of the Vice President

Race Calendar

Hi All, we are looking to fill all Road Race volunteer roles for the remainder of the year to ensure racing can go ahead. Please consider stepping up and emailing race.committee@actvets.cc with a race date and role – race director, ETC (ACT races only), marshal, lead/follow car driver, finish line, Van driver.

See our calendar at https://rms.actvets.cc/calendar and take your pick!

Criterium track extension project

The Criterium track extension project will start in the next two-three weeks, with the 10th of June the tentative start date, and weather permitting we expect the project to be completed by end of September 2022.

Capital Region Masters Cycling Club

David Parker
CRMCC Vice President

ps Don’t forget there is Zwift racing on Tuesday evenings.

More Research Volunteers Wanted

We are currently recruiting for a study involving 2 blocks of 9 group training sessions (3 weeks on, 4 weeks off, 3 weeks on = 18 training sessions (approx. 45 min each) over 6 active weeks) of repeated 6 second sprints to examine the effects of a nutritional supplement (2 capsules per day). We are conducting a double-blind randomised controlled trial evaluating the effects of brown seaweed extract on the immune system. At the completion of the study each participant receives $250 as well as summary reports for VO2 max, power output, and pathology.

Get in touch – Hollie Speer, Hollie.Speer@canberra.edu.au or Ceridwen Radcliffe, Ceridwen.Radcliffe@canberra.edu.au

RACING THIS WEEK:

Saturday, 4th June – Sutton Driver Training

Reminder: All riders must register on the CRMCC Web site (https://rms.actvets.cc/calendar) by 3/6/2022 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: Approx 0.5 km along Sutton Rd from intersection of Sutton Rd and Pialligo Avenue.
When: 1:30 pm.
Race Description:
C/D: 1.30pm 40 mins 1 lap
E/F/G: 2.20pm 30 mins 1 lap
A/B: 3.00pm 50 mins 1 lap
Riders to race in their road grade.

Race Director:  Pat Rooke Contact: Email: pat_rooke@yahoo.com.au    Ph  0491 628 317

Marshals: Emma Padovan, Van driver – Brian Peak

Capital Region Masters – Weekly Bleat, Monday 23rd May, 2022

Masters,

In this week’s Bleat;

•  From the Desk of the Vice President

•  Research Volunteers Wanted

•  Racing this Week

•  Race Report

Ian Morton
thebleat@actvets.cc

From the Desk of the Vice President

Race Calendar

Please see our updated Calendar with all 28 remaining races/events across the ACT and NSW listed. Please note the exact courses and distances we have approval for, particularly in NSW, need a bit of tweaking to get spot on, but the details are 90% there! You can all start planning the remainder of your racing year! Along with your volunteering of course!

Any questions or comments please let the race committee know here, or at race.committee@actvets.cc

AusCycling and AVCC

The Committee is currently approaching both AVCC and AusCycling to see what they each can offer us as a Club going forward?

Then we can begin discussions with both freely and see what options are out there.

David Parker
CRMCC Vice President

ps Don’t forget there is Zwift racing on Tuesday evenings.

Research Volunteers Wanted

Are you a cyclist who trains for over 5 hours or 150 km per week? Are you male and aged 18 to 50 years? Are you interested in endurance performance? Are you interested in how your body adapts to the heat?.

What’s involved? VO test, Haemoglobin mass testing, Two week cycling heat acclimation protocol in hot/dry and hot/humid environments. Heat response tests in hot/dry and hot/humid environments. Physiological measurements (body temperature, heart-rate, sweat loss) will be collected.

Get in touch – Mr Peter McDonald, Peter.mcdonald@canberra.edu.au, ph 04159 08082

RACING THIS WEEK:

No Scheduled Race this week.

Next Race: Sutton Driver Training – 4 June

RACE REPORT:

Old Federal Highway – 21st May

A great day for riding in our second event in NSW for 2022. Thank you to our Marshalls Iain Johnstone lead car driver and also managing the finishing chute, Andrew Hislop for Following car and assisting in getting riders away at start line, Simon Whitehead with first aid, Owain Tilley for driver out the van and assistance from the race committee for setting the handicap (Rob Langridge), organising the race including approvals and traffic controllers (Chris Short) and overall management by David Parker with contributions from Kirsti McVay (Membership) to getting trial riders organised, Kevin Woods (Treasurer) pre-paying deposit for Traffic Controllers and Ian Morton for Bleat and reminders to get this race organised so quickly.

The weather was fine with a strong easterly blowing which introduced a cross wind to the challenge of completing 3 laps from Shingle Hill Way to top of Lake George and back. This was a handicapped race. Race briefings were completed for each group and apart from rubbish/debris on the edges, one pothole with loose gravel, some seeping springs in a couple of spots on the road and tyre fragments from burnouts just at the far turn the road conditions were good.

44 individuals started the race with only 4 DNF meaning 40 completed just over 36 Km. Well done to all competitors and congratulations to those who finished the course. A few minor hiccups with paper running out on the timing device and a couple of finishers not reporting to the finishing chute meant we may have got some of the timings and places out of order. Over all a good event which meant the handicapper got it fairly right with most of those on course returning within 3 minutes of each other. The rest of the field was strung out over the next 20 minutes. We had 2 trial riders in Yvonne Poels (F Grade) and Andrew Blair (A1).

F grade was away on time with 4 starters and Chris Copeland did a great first lap returning in about 25 minutes just after A1 had started.

E2 with 3 riders was away after 2 minutes followed 6 minutes later by E1 with 4 starters. Geoff Ellacott E2 had a great ride and managed to stay with leaders through out finishing in 8th spot.

D grade took off another 4 minutes later with 10 starters. This group broke up early, however, Anthony Beasley 6th and Marc Cisterna 7th keep up with front runners throughout.

C grade set out after another 6 minutes and this group seemed to do best on the day in keeping its numbers together for most of the race. A cracking pace was set in the first lap with much of C grade still together after the first lap and completing the lap in around 20 minutes. As the race progressed the group became smaller, however, the first 5 spots for the day came from this grade with a sprint to the line – Ian Preston 1st, Brian Peak 2nd, Clinton Porteous 3rd, Edmund Hall 4th and David Dickson 5th.

B grade set off 20 minutes after the start with 4 riders. This group worked hard together through the first 2 laps but by the 3rd Ben Healy and Ross Goggin had pulled away by the finish line in 19th & 20th place. Conan Liu missed the start for B but took off with A1 and found the pace too hot for the day and possibly the celebrations from the night before meant 1 lap was enough. Well done Conan for keeping up with A1.

A2 with 4 riders left 2 minutes after B grade and set a great pace throughout although Christophe Barberet 9th and Rainer Wilton 10th were able to stay away from A1 until the finish. David Parker was dropped early but managed to help out with A1 for about a lap before falling back in the field.

A1 were the last group on the road 24 minutes after the first group. The 4 riders worked hard together and were managing around or just over 19 minute laps. Consequently they managed to all come into the finish line close together with Andrew Blair 11th, Callum Hendshaw 12th, Bradley Peppinick 13th and Gerard Tiffen 14th. This group also did the 3 laps the fastest in around 58 minutes.

It was also great to see some familiar faces races after a bit of an absence. Ian McVay and Russell Marston made their first race in NSW for 2022. Ian was able to show some of us how to start the urn after we failed to get it going before the riders returned. Our apologies. Will write up Ian’s instructions for inclusion ie attached gas cylinder, turn on gas at cylinder, turn on dial to full on urn, use lighter or match, press button keeping pressed and pass flame into pilot hole at 45 degrees upwards until gas lights.

Also well done to Rosemary Robinson who possibly has only one ride left with the club. Rosemary has been a member for many years but is off to Pt Macquarie soon. Thanks for her contributions to our program and we wish her and family well in their new venture. Rosemary has been involved in almost 500 races with the club.

Well done all

Kim Malcolm

Capital Region Masters – Weekly Bleat, Monday 16th May, 2022

Masters,

In this week’s Bleat;

•  From the Race Committee

•  London Circuit Raising

•  Research Volunteers Wanted

•  Racing this Week

•  Race Report

Ian Morton
thebleat@actvets.cc

From the Race Committee

Old Federal Highway

To run the Race at Old Federal Highway this weekend we require the following: Race Director + 5 volunteers – lead and trailing car drivers, van driver, start/finish helpers * 2.

Please let the Race Committee (race.committee@actvets.cc) if you can assist.

London Circuit Raising

The ACT Government is preparing for work to start on raising London Circuit later this year to form a level intersection with Commonwealth Avenue. This may result in disruptions to road users.

Download the brochure here: https://majorprojectscanberra.cmail20.com/t/d-l-fjhddll-iykitlcdt-y/

Research Volunteers Wanted

Are you a cyclist who trains for over 5 hours or 150 km per week? Are you male and aged 18 to 50 years? Are you interested in endurance performance? Are you interested in how your body adapts to the heat?.

What’s involved? VO test, Haemoglobin mass testing, Two week cycling heat acclimation protocol in hot/dry and hot/humid environments. Heat response tests in hot/dry and hot/humid environments. Physiological measurements (body temperature, heart-rate, sweat loss) will be collected.

Get in touch – Mr Peter McDonald, Peter.mcdonald@canberra.edu.au, ph 04159 08082

RACING THIS WEEK:

Saturday, 21st May – Old Federal Highway – Handicap

Reminder: All riders must register on the CRMCC Web site (https://rms.actvets.cc/calendar) by 20/5/2022 8:00 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: Turn left off new Federal Hwy (dual carriageway) onto Shingle Hill Way. The intersection is signposted to Gundaroo and approx 9 km past the Sutton Rd overpass. Park in gravel pit on corner of next intersection about 100 m in from highway.
When: 1:30 pm.
Race Description:
3 laps Handicap – 36km
Approx start times: F: 1330 E: 1338 D: 1344 C: 1348 B: 1352 A: 1356
Official handicap times will be available on race day.

Race Director:  Vacant

Marshals: Vacant

RACE REPORT:

Sutton Driver Training Centre Kermesse – 14th May

A fairly good turnout made it out for the toughest circuit race on the calendar in weather that promised forecast interruptions from precipitation. The skies looked bleak on the ride out, but the track stayed magically dry all afternoon. Track conditions were superb, with a small amount of water running across the causeway and very little gravel on the circuit, both thanks to some early gardening work by our van driver Gareth Downey.

First cabs off the rank were E and F grade, with a good showing in E, but only two in F. With a hefty headwind on the top section, the grades stayed together for half the race, before an attack saw a break of three, including Alison Hale, Allan Bontjer and Geoff Allacott establish a solid gap, which continued to grow over the course of the race. A final attack on the last lap from Allacott tore the group apart, with Hale successfully chasing the leader down on the final straight and gaining a few bike lengths by the finish. Bontjer rolled across for third.

F grade featured Chris Copeland and visitor Yvonne Poels, who were distanced from the E grade group early and broke up into individuals, meaning they had the unenviable task of TTing the remainder of the race. In the end, Yvonne had the endurance to get a gap over Chris and maintain it through to the finish.

A grade had solid numbers, which included Australian MTB champ Andy Blair as a visitor. The bunch stayed together til lap 4, when Paul Scherl attacked and established a gap of about 6 bike lengths across the line, but by the time the bunch passed the start line again, they were all together again. Next to attack were Rainer Wilton and Blair, who eked out about 50m and maintained it through most of the remaining laps, leaving the duos of Paul Scherl and Ben Carmody working together with David Parker and Rowan McMurray chasing further behind. With 2 laps to go, it was clear the Scherl / Carmody duo were bringing back the front of the race. At the start of the bell lap, Scherl had dropped Carmody and was within catch distance of the front. On the final straight, fireworks from the front beckoned, but all hopes of excitement were dashed quickly once it was clear there was an agreement, and their work was only to deny Scherl top spot on the podium. In the end, Wilton took the win ahead of Blair, with Scherl a bike length behind and catching fast.

B grade ran a similar script to A, with very little action happening for the first 4 laps. On the 5th lap, a strong break of Michael Foulds, Jason Irwin and Michael Rowland rode off the front and sank the boot in over the pinch at the end of the straight, leaving the chase group struggling to find cohesion to arrest the breaks progress. A quick conversation between Conan Liu and the remainder of the peloton yielded little encouragement for Liu, who then attacked over the middle section of the course into a headwind and leaving his companions behind. By the time the riders crossed the start line again, Liu was amongst the leading quartet and they were working efficiently. The chasers regrouped and worked together, but lacked the firepower required to bring the larger group back. In the end, attacks on the final laps saw Liu, Irwin and Rowland ride away to fight out the sprint, with Conan taking the spoils. Second was Rowland with Irwin coming in close behind.

C Grade was a fairly straight forward affair, with riders choosing companionship and camaraderie over anti social racing. The group largely stayed together for the duration, with a handful of riders jettisoned over the 40 minute race. Matt Hinchcliffe suspiciously was left on the front across the line on a number of laps, and this writer questions whether this was a bunch choice to try and deaden the legs of a competitor, or Hinchcliffe himself ensuring he made it into the Bleat. Nonetheless, dramas were saved for the final laps, with a number of ambitious attacks by Toby McLenan launching at the top of the first pinch. The attacks were quickly shut down, and the inevitable sprint saw Clinton Porteous best Ed Logue, with Brian Peak making up the final podium spot.

D Grade was equally friendly affair, with the bunch staying together for the full 40 minutes. A few riders fell away and rode the duration on their own or in pairs, but the core group worked on with no obvious shirkers saving themselves. Visitor Katie Gregory was unlucky in her first race, with loose cleats putting paid to her chances of tasting the champagne, but hopefully we’ll see her again soon. In the end, Andrew Hislop took the win ahead of Mark Taylor and Matthew Hardy.

Massive thanks to Chris Short and Gareth Downey for helping things run smoothly and ensuring our riders were full of post race refreshments.Thank you also to our first aider Simon Whitehead. Having sat this one out, I’m anxious to get back on the saddle in upcoming races – I’ll see you there!

Steve Crispin

Capital Region Masters – Weekly Bleat, Monday 9th May, 2022

Masters,

In this week’s Bleat;

•  Racing this Week

•  Race Report

Ian Morton
thebleat@actvets.cc

RACING THIS WEEK:

Saturday, 14th May – Sutton Driver Training – Criterium – Graded

Reminder: All riders must register on the CRMCC Web site (https://rms.actvets.cc/calendar) by 14/5/2022 4:30 AM 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: Approx 0.5 km along Sutton Rd from intersection of Sutton Rd and Pialligo Avenue.
When: 1:30 pm.
Race Description:
E/F/G: 1.30pm 30 mins 1 lap
A/B: 2.10pm 50 mins 1 lap
C/D: 3.10pm 40 mins 1 lap
Riders to race in their road grade.

Race Director:  Steve Crispin Contact: Email: steven.crispin@ed.act.edu.au    Ph  0419 429 453.

Marshals: Christopher Short, Van driver – Gareth Downey

RACE REPORT:

The Gunning 2 Day Classic – 7/8th May

Gunning is one of our iconic races for the cycling calendar, and as many know can be unpredictable for its weather. Saturday was no exception, with the forecast of mild conditions changing to blustery and cold. Some thirty three riders started the 4 km individual Time Trial with Marc Vroomans recoding the fastest time on 5:12. With the southerly breeze increasing all riders posted great times. Points were awarded with 6 points for first, 4 points for second and 2 points for third place in the TT. There were six times riders completed the course in the same minutes/seconds time, and the timekeepers resorted to the hundredths of a second to determine placings. Christophe Barberet and Rainer Wilson in A grade, Connan Liu and Tim Brown in B grade, while Anthony Beasley and John Stokman and Andrew Hispop and Steven Simms from C all on the line. At the end of the day those minute differences did not affect the final results.

The Saturday road race of 48 km was underway as soon as possible as the temperatures were dropping rapidly. It was no surprise to hear there had been snow in the mountains. Given the rain the region has received, the road surface was in pretty good shape overall. Bonus points were on offer with a sprint prime at the top of the Cullen range and on a course that favours the climbers those extra points were valuable towards the final results. Placings at the road race finish line were awarded bonus points of 3, 2, 1 for the first three in addition to receiving points based on the number of riders in a grade and position across the line. D grade had 10 riders, therefore Mark Taylor received 10 points as first across the line plus 3 bonus points and 2 points for his TT, giving him at the end of the day of 15 points, while Bruce McMillan received 10 points for the TT and a bonus of 6 points for being first, then 8 points plus 1 bonus for 3rd in the RR and 3 additional points for the sprint prime, resulting in a commanding 28 point lead. C grade had 7 riders and was dominated by Ed Logue who had the fastest TT, first across the line and won the sprint, ending the day with 26 points. A grade with 5 saw Marc Vroomans at 22 points winning all three, in B grade Jason Irwin picked up 16 points even though not placing in the sprint, while in E grade Alan Bontjer ended the day with a healthy 20 points having also won the TT, the road race and the sprint. Chris Copeland as the only rider in F grade had maximum points. With the biting wind there was little post race discussions or social time.

Sunday fortunately was a different story, starting with sunshine and little breeze. With bonus points doubled to 6 points for first across the line per grade and sprint primes there were a lot of points on offer, and the final outcome for each grade was up for grabs. There were a few DNS’s and two DNF’s which also added to the drama of who would take out the final positions. At 10m am A, B, C and D grades set off for two laps of the course for a total of 98 km with a sprint prime on each lap. While the breeze did strengthen it was overall good racing conditions. E grade set off an hour later for one lap and managed to return without being caught. Alan Bontjer provided the closest finish for the day with a strong sprint for the line ahead of Kevin Newhouse, winning by a tyre width and Ian Morton rounding out the grade. With bonuses Allan had a clear overall tally of 31 points with Kevin on 23 and Ian on 8. Alex Sommariva had opted to drop to E grade for Sunday and was therefore not counted in the points.

The grades generally stuck together and given the southerly headwind coming back was a worthwhile tactic, with A grade opting to all wait for a flat tyre repair just after the Breadalbane second turn. B grade overtook them and led back to the finish with Paul Welsh crossing ahead of Jason Irwin, Michael Rowland in third and Conan Liu in fourth place. In any staged event consistency is key, and Jason maintained that to finish up on 26 points, Paul on 18, closely followed by Conan on 16 and Michael on 12. A grade soon followed, with Chris Short ahead of Christophe Barberet, followed by Marc Vroomans and David Parker. Marc taking out both primes gave an additional 6 points combined with a strong position from Saturday gave a total of 31 points, with Chris on 25, Christophe on 16 and David on 3.

Ed Logue in C grade gets the most combative rider award, taking out every stage and sprint throughout the two days to amass 44 points ahead of Clinton Porteous on 20. Brian Peak finished on 18 with Michael Carr on 16, Ian Preston on 12 and Owen Tilley on 10. D grade starting with 10 riders on Saturday was down to 6 on Sunday. Once again consistency paid off. Bruce McMillan after ending Saturday on 28 points proved dominant winning the road race and the first prime sprint giving a total of 43 points. Michael Hanbury added second in both Sunday primes for a total of 26 points, Mark Taylor’s downfall was his TT, and with the largest grade numbers he missed out on valuable points there to end up with a total of 23. Tony Beasley at 19 points ahead of Steve Simms on17, and Brian Chugg on 7.

Using a points based system plus bonuses instead of GC time provided a different way of assessing the race position. It was certainly a much easier to system to implement and rewarding consistency and to some extent the grades with larger numbers, with the reverse also true and some riders missing out on valuable points for the overall position.

As always, this race would not have been possible without the dedicated support from the volunteers. Rob Langridge in particular for grading and recording, Paul Robey for driving the van and time keeping, putting out the urn and afternoon teas etc , Darren Blackhurst as lead car driver both days and general assisting, Matt Hinchcliff driving on Saturday and Kim Malcom on Sunday and Andre Swenson for marshalling, and our ever cheerful Simon on First Aid, who once again was thankfully not required to fix any broken or grazed riders.

Bob Miller

The Winners

Capital Region Masters Cycling Club

A Grade: Marc Vroomans (1st), Christopher Short (2nd), Christophe Barberet (3rd)

Capital Region Masters Cycling Club

B Grade: Jason Irwin (1st), Paul Welsh (2nd), Conan Liu (3rd)

Capital Region Masters Cycling Club

C Grade: Ed Logue (1st), Clinton Porteous (2nd), Brian Peak (3rd)

Capital Region Masters Cycling Club

D Grade: Bruce McMillan (1st), Michael Hanbury (2nd), Mark K Taylor (3rd)

Capital Region Masters Cycling Club

E Grade: Allan Bontjer (1st), Kevin Newhouse (2nd), Ian Morton (3rd)

Capital Region Masters – Weekly Bleat, Monday 2nd May, 2022

Masters,

It’s the Gunning 2 Day event coming up this weekend.

In this week’s Bleat;

•  Gunning 2 Day

•  Racing this Week

•  Race Report

Ian Morton
thebleat@actvets.cc

Gunning 2 Day

Event Overview

The Gunning 2 Day Event will comprise 3 races;

  • 4 km Time Trial
  • 48 km Road Race
  • 48 km/96 km Road Race

General Classification

Overall classification will be based on aggregated points awarded across the 3 races based on position, finish bonuses and sprint primes;

TT:
Winner gets a score equivalent to the number of riders in the event, with last place getting one point. There will be a 6-point bonus for first, 4 for second and 2 for third. Eg. the winner in a TT with 10 riders will be awarded 16 points.

48km RR:
Winner of the 48km RR gets a score equivalent to the number of riders in the event, with last place getting one point. There will be a 3-point bonus for first, 2 for second and 1 for third. Sprint primes will be worth 3, 2 and 1 point.

96km RR:
Winner of the RR gets a score equivalent to the number of riders in the event, and so on with last place getting one point. There will be a 6-point bonus for first, 2 for second and 1 for third. Eg, the winner in a RR with 10 riders will be awarded 16 points. Sprint primes will be worth 3, 2 and 1 point.

Note: Riders MUST have completed stages 1&2 on the Saturday to be eligible to race in Stage 3 on Sunday.

Registration

Competitors who wish to be eligible for the General Classification must compete in all three events. Register for all three events in the RMS individually. Competitors may choose to compete in the Saturday Races only and results will go towards season results but will not quality for the 2 Day medals.

Water Bottles

For the 98km race on Sunday, the club will not be providing additional water bottles. Riders who require additional water for the second leg, may bring their own to be collected at the turn. The turn will be neutral to allow riders to pick up their bottles.

Porta-Loo

The Committee is still working on arranging a Porta-Loo. Details will advised later.

Presentation

Following the Stage 3 on Sunday, there will be a medal presentation and light refreshments.

Officials

One more official is required to assist on Saturday and two more officials are required on Sunday. Please let the Race Committee (race.committee@actsvets.cc) if you can assist.

RACING THIS WEEK:

Saturday, 7th May – Stage 1 – Time Trial

When: 10:00 am.
Race Description:
Time Trial (4 km)

Saturday, 7th May – Stage 2 – Scratch

When: 11:30 am.
Race Description:
Gunning – Breadalbane – return, All Grades (48 km)

Sunday, 8th May – Stage 3 – Scratch

When: 10:00 am for ABCD, 11:00 am for EFG.
Race Description:
Gunning – Breadalbane – return, ABCD 2 laps (98 km), EFG 1 lap (48 km)

Reminder: All riders must register for each event on the ACT Vets website (https://rms.actvets.cc/calendar) by 6/5/2022 6:00 PM prior to the event. There are no registrations on the day.

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

Where: Approx 1.5 km – North East of Gunning. Park off the road at the top of the hill.

Race Director:  Bob Miller Contact: Email: bobmiller.photo@gmail.com    Ph  0411 271 656

Marshals: Andre Swenson, Matt Hinchcliffe, Darren Blackhurst, Robert Langridge, Van Driver – Paul Robey

RACE REPORT:

Smiths Rd – Naas Rd – 30th April

Mt Tennent Terror lives up to its name…

With the scarcity of suitable road race venues the Smiths Rd course (AKA Mt Tennent Terror) is now one of few the courses with low traffic in the ACT. Gone are the days of starting at Lookout Hill, doing a turn on the Pt Hutt Crossing road then zooming through Tharwa and onto the Apollo Rd and then returning.

The forecast for the entire week was not good, but once Saturday dawned the rain was gone and a few starters took advantage of the extended registration period to lock in their road season debut. Conditions were sunny but windy when ETCs Tony Weir and Brian Peek and marshal Karen Clutson gathered to perform the arduous task of setting up the signs for the race. Many thanks for making the day a great success. Simon, our first aider, was on hand, but his skills did not extend to fixing the various cardiovascular malfunctions caused by the Mt Tennant ridge and the howling gale.

Although it was all calm when the grades rolled out from Smiths Rd to Naas Rd onto the course, it was carnage by the time most grades returned after the first lap. By the end of the second lap there were no indications that the race was a graded scratch.

Completing two laps, Alison Hale led Simon Milnes and Shirley-Anne Taylor for the E grade podium. Chris Copeland was the solo finisher for F grade.

The unstoppable Garard Tiffen took out A grade followed by new rider Michael Rosser and Al Raitt.

There was actually a sprint in B grade where Jason Irwin got the better of Chris Short, with Michael Roland not far behind.

C grade was one for the history books, as Ian Preston broke away early and soloed to victory by a substantial margin. Missing at this triumph was Mrs Presto who loyally cheers him on at every crit without fail. Second was Owain Tilley followed by Damian Copeland.

D grade finished in a sprint between Stuart Roesler and Tony Beasley. Stuart won this, ensuring he will return to C grade. Anthony Dick was third in one of his rare road appearances.

One good aspect of this race was the appearance of a number of riders who’ve yet to enjoy many road races with the club. Welcome to David Parker, Jason Irwin, Michael Rowland, Michael Davies, Krusty Bryant, Scott Bird and Ed Hall. Let’s hope they return for more tests of their sanity and willpower.

And special thanks to Cat Riley for her home-made biccies.

I’m hoping for a good turnout at Gunning this Saturday. This is the easiest course to race in the region and shouldn’t be missed.

Rob Langridge

Capital Region Masters – Weekly Bleat, Monday 25th April, 2022

Masters,

Hope you all had a good break over the Easter and Anzac Day Long Weekends. The good news is that Road Racing returns this coming weekend at Tharwa with the Gunning 2 Day event the following weekend.

Note that there a couple of official roles to fill including Race Director.

In this week’s Bleat;

•  From the Desk of the Vice President

•  From the Race Committee

•  Racing this Week

Ian Morton
thebleat@actvets.cc

From the Desk of the Vice President

Rotary Five Peaks Challenge

The ride was overall well run by lovely volunteers who created a very enjoyable day for all participants. The weather was simply stunning as the sun rose just before registration for the long ride. A number of late entrants got in just before the 7:30am start time, and all assembled on the Crit track for the start.

A reasonable sized bunch took off down Uriarra Rd for a Cotter loop before hitting the first of the Peaks. A moderate pace was set down towards the crossing before the first challenge climbing out. This immediately created splits in the bunch where a select group worked together for the remainder of the loop. Another tough challenge was overcome climbing out of Cotter, before hitting Mt Stromlo for the first official Peak. The pace was high all the way to the top, before things settled and small groups were formed heading towards the following climbs.

The course route provided the next challenge with bike paths being utilised and local knowledge coming in handy. Small yellow arrows on the roads and paths provided comfort we were on the right track and soon enough it was time to hit Red Hill. After having legs and lungs burned it was time for a brief pit stop, with cards being stamped and it was on to Mt Pleasant via Parliament House. Keeping to its name, Mt Pleasant passed quickly and it was onto the brutal slopes of Mt Ainslie. Many struggled and some even had to dismount to overcome this harsh mountain. Black Mountain was next via Anzac Parade, the City and the ANU. This one appeared to be better handled by most participants, while still providing a very real challenge to riders!

With the big ones out of the way, and cake and snakes consumed, it was back to the bike paths before setting sights on the bonus peak of the Arboretum. Although hurting the legs and lungs once again, this climb provided arguably the best views of the day, with Lake Burley Griffin in full sunlight and beauty.

After descending this climb, we were on the home stretch! Back to the bike paths heading into Belconnen before heading down into Coppins Crossing, and yes, another climb to get out the other side. By this stage the long ride participants were closing in on 120km with 2,000m of climbing, with the short ride participants nearing 88km and 1,500m climbing.

With Stromlo within sight, we reflected on a day well-riden, and we’re greeted by smiling faces and a sausage sizzle upon finishing. Many thanks go to all the volunteers on the day. Well done to all participants, and for those who missed it, you had better prepare yourself to not miss out next year, this is one not to miss!

Rotary Five Peaks Challenge
Rotary Five Peaks Challenge

David Parker
Vice President CRMCC

From the Race Committee

Gunning

The Race Committee is pushing ahead with plans for the Gunning Two Day Event on the weekend of 7/8 May (Calendar to be updated). We are still looking for a Race Director, 2 car drivers and 2 ETCs per day and sufficient Marshals to assist. Please let the Race Committe (race.committee@actvets.cc) if you can assist.

RACING THIS WEEK:

Saturday, 30st April – Smiths Rd – Naas Rdd – Graded Scratch

Reminder: All riders must pre-register on the ACT Vets website (https://rms.actvets.cc/calendar) by 29/4/2022 6:00 PM prior to the race. There is no registration on the day.

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

Where: South of Tharwa. Members to park on the side of Smiths Rd and start just around the corner on Naas Rd.
When: 1:30 pm.
Race Description:
Course is laps over Mt Tennant spur to Apollo Road and return
ABCD – 3 laps. EFG – 2 laps.

Race Director:  tba Contact: Email: tba    Ph  tba.

Marshals: Brian Peak ETC, Vacant ETC, Van driver – tba

Capital Region Masters – Weekly Bleat, Monday 11th April, 2022

Masters,

There will be no Bleat next Monday (18th) due to the Easter Long Weekend.

In this week’s Bleat;

•  From the Desk of the Vice President

•  From the Race Committee

•  National Capital Authority Update

•  Rotary Five Peaks Challenge

•  Racing this Week

Ian Morton
thebleat@actvets.cc

From the Desk of the Vice President

CRMCC Tuesday eRacing Critz

Carrying on from the Tuesday Summer crits, is the Tuesday Winter Zwift club racing. Currently the format is all grades 1 race, 1 start time, just add CRMCC and crit grade to your Zwift name. Each week we will mix it up with a course with a bit of variety of flats and punchy climbs. There will be a results leaderboard at the end of the event. Let’s keep the legs primed over winter with your mates at CRMCC, whilst we do not have the pavilion to mingle, feel free to mingle, and kudos the winners on our Canberra Region Masters Cycling Club facebook group on the weekly Zwift post.

It is a good chance to try to stick with the next grade or you can back it off a little and help encourage others to go beyond. Let’s keep the positive supportive vibe the CRMCC is known for.

Commencing Tuesday 19th at 7:00pm, you can join at https://www.zwift.com/events/view/2947715

Kit Update

Message from Jimmy: Due to the changes in graphic designs (bigger CRMCC) the delivery date of the kit landing in the country will be pushed back to about 2-3 weeks pending shipping delays etc.

David Parker
Vice President CRMCC

From the Race Committee

Gunning

The Race Committee is pushing ahead with plans for the Gunning Two Day Event on the weekend of 7/8 May (Calendar to be updated). We are looking for a Race Director, 2 car drivers and 2 ETCs per day and sufficient Marshals to assist. Please let the Race Committe (race.committee@actvets.cc) if you can assist.

National Capital Authority Update

There have been some recent updates to the cycling infrastructure around Blundells Cottage. The section of road that has been converted to cycle only is between Blundells Cottage and the carparking areas beyond the toilets is shown in yellow.

Capital Region Masters Cycling Club
Capital Region Masters Cycling Club

Rotary Five Peaks Challenge

Rotary Five Peaks Challenge

More details at: www.rotaryrides.org.au

RACING THIS WEEK:

No Scheduled Racing this week

Next race is planned for 30 April at Smiths – Naas Rd (Subject to approval. Calendar to be updated).

Capital Region Masters – Weekly Bleat, Monday 4th April, 2022

Masters,

Last week’s Bleat had some problems with the email delivery. This occasionally occurs with the GameDay platform. If you don’t receive the email you can check the club website: https://capitalregionmasterscyclingclub.org.au/category/the-bleat/.

In this week’s Bleat;

•  From the Race Committee

•  Rotary Five Peaks Challenge

•  Racing this Week

•  Race Reports

Ian Morton
thebleat@actvets.cc

From the Race Committee

Cooma Race

To try to fill the gaps in the Winter race calendar, the Race Committee has been trying for the last month to organise an event in Cooma. Unfortunately we were not able to obtain all the nessessary approvals. Thanks to Chris Short for his efforts is chasing the relevant authorities.

Gunning

The Race Committee is pushing ahead with plans for the Gunning Two Day Event on the weekend of 7/8 May (Calendar to be updated). We are looking for a Race Director, 2 car drivers and 2 ETCs per day and sufficient Marshals to assist. Please let the Race Committe (race.committee@actsvets.cc) if you can assist.

From the Desk of the Handicapper

Crit Season Conclusion

The Crit season has concluded. Overall it was a very succesful season. Fortunately there were very few incidents and we were blessed with good weather (mostly). We saw good numbers and all the racing was in good spirit. The Club Championships went well. All of the Race Directors, including the newbies, did a good job. The kangaroos were generally well behaved so thanks to everyone who contributed.

Rob Langridge
Handicapper

Rotary Five Peaks Challenge

Rotary Five Peaks Challenge

Early bird entries close on 26 March. More details at: www.rotaryrides.org.au

RACING THIS WEEK:

No Scheduled Racing this week

Next race is planned for 30 April at Smiths – Naas Rd (Subject to approval. Calendar to be updated).

RACE REPORTS:

SFP Criterium – 22nd March

Apologies, last week’s Race Report did not reflect the results in F Grade. The placings were;
– 1st: Ross Heazlewood
– 2nd: Lindsay Graham
– 3rd: Paul Robey

Craig Tozer

SFP Criterium – 29th March

It was an evening of grim foreboding from the gloomy skies, but it was not impending rain, rather the last crit race of the season and the punishment that was about to be served out on the track. A couple of troublesome roos lurked down at Collarbone Corner looking to end someone’s evening – they gave a bit of excitement throughout the races but everyone managed to stay out of trouble. Meanwhile, the race officials enjoyed some fun with the timing as they figured out on the fly how to finish all groups in their allocated 20 minutes + two laps.

A grade took to the line without the dominant Gerard Tiffen – rumors from the bunch indicated that he was scared, or perhaps he was just in Budget Day lockup with half of Canberra. The race was full gas from the start, and within the first lap three groups had formed. Attacks continued as the trailing groups attempted to get back on the fast wheels. A solid break of seven riders established at the front, cutting a furious pace. But it was to be a race of attrition, as the front group was pared down to just four riders, and numerous other riders were spat out the back. In the last lap the leading quartet attacked each other, then Tristan Dimmock made what looked to be the winning move with a solid break off the front. Tristan held the lead into Collarbone Corner, but it was not to be as his faster breakaway companions hunted him down. In the end James Meadley took the win followed closely by Steve Crispin and Tristan Dimmock.

B grade consisting of 23 riders strung themselves out early in the race. Ben McDuff and Rowan McMurray attempted to make an early break – the crowd suggested it may have been a pre-race suicide pact as they were quickly hunted down. Just over half way through the race B grade determined it was time for carnage with numerous attacks. David McCook put in a solid solo break as his rainbow jersey streaked down the back straight. It was not to be as Ben McDuff rallied the troops to hunt him down. With the bell lap the pace went through the roof and many riders were shelled from the group. Into the last corner Seymour Savell-Boss had the race in the bag and rolled in for the win with a fast finishing Gavin Stephens almost catching him on the line, and Ben McDuff redeeming himself with third.

C grade quickly strung themselves out in the fading light. A couple of riders were discarded out the back early and enjoyed a quiet evening ride. Half way through the race Ian Preston led a break with his MyRide compariot. The duo battled off the front for a couple of laps but the group was intent on a bunch sprint finish. Paul Clare took a close win in the sprint with Craig O’Neall and Stephen Terracini nipping at his wheels for the placings.

D grade behaved themselves for the first half of the race, riding as a well formed peloton. A strong wind gust almost saw a touch of wheels and a crash right in front of the pavilion. This served a wake up call to the group who picked up the pace to string themselves out, and discard some riders in the process. Steven Harrison put in a strong kick to take the win over Steven Simms and Kevin Newhouse in the bunch sprint finish.

E, F and G grades had a higher than usual turnout which was fun for the race director tracking the lead riders and lapped riders. E grade at least established a leading group so we could decide when to call time for the last two laps. In the end, E grade delivered the closest finish of the night and the race officials had to revert to the honour system to determine the winner (luckily CRMCC riders are honourable and honest). It was Michelle Hodgetts taking the E grade win just millimeters in front of Geoff Ellacott, and Shirley-Anne Taylor. In F grade Dennis Puniard took the win with Lindsay Graham not far behind. In G grade Gai Monahan scored first with Bernard Crowe and Andre Swenson rounding out the podium.

Thanks to race director Dom Romano, Craig Lindenmayer and Mark Terracini for marshalling, and Simon Whitehead for assistance with equipment.

Finally, thank you to all of the volunteers who have put in an awesome effort to deliver a great crit racing season.

Craig Lindenmayer

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