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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

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

Masters,

In this week’s Bleat;

•  Kit Update

•  NSW Track Masters Championship

•  From the Race Committee

•  Rotary Five Peaks Challenge

•  Racing this Week

•  Race Reports

Ian Morton
thebleat@actvets.cc

Kit Update

Dear Members,

We would like to update you all on the status of the kit order, as we have had some progress and it is getting closer! As you can see from the attached photos, Jimmy has received the sample final product, and has provided minor alterations to the size of the CRMCC logo. But other than that, production is full steam ahead! Indeed great care has been taken to ensure the highest quality product for our members, and we thank Jimmy and MVMNT CLUB for that. The manufacturer has advised that the shipment of kit is expected to be 7th April, after taking into account local public holidays. We thank you dearly for your support and patience during this time and look forward to seeing everyone in brand new Club kit very soon!

CRMCC New Kit

David Parker
Vice President, CRMCC

NSW Track Masters Championship

A number of club members headed to Sydney on the weekend for the NSW Track Masters championship and came home with a swag of medals – John Paul de Sousa, Sarah Stephens, Karen Clutson, Kerry Knowler, Lindy Hou and Alison Hale, ably supported by Steve Jones as mentor, coach, holder and giver of post race debriefs of what went wrong! We looked forward to him waiting until we racked the bike and then asking, like in a performance review, “Well how do you think that went?”

Notable mentions go to

  • Peta Brill for taking Gold in the Scatch and Points race, and a nail biting finish in the Individual Pursuit final to finish 1/100th of a second behind the winner.
  • Kerry Knowler for a mammoth effort for stoking Lindy on the tandem in the para events and backing up for individual and team events, taking gold in the Individual Pursuit.
  • Karen Clutson for a huge PB in the flying 200m of 13.458 (A grade beckons next season for sure!) and missing a place in the final after a questionable call by the Commissaire for coming out of the sprint lane when the other ride rode into her.
  • Lindy Hou for her golds in the Sprint, Time Trial and Individual Pursuit and for the energetic cheering she did for every event.
  • Alison Hale for her gold in the Points race (and minus mentions for turning Steve Jones’ hair gray by giving chase to Kerry’s lead out in the Points that was supposed to draw off her competitors!)
  • Sarah Stephens for her gold in the Time Trial and Point race and for her the huge grin when she beat her friend Taryn Dickens (frequent Thursday night spectator) by a narrow margin in the Time Trial.
  • John Paul de Sousa for his silver in the Sprint event in his first outing on an indoor velodrome.

Photos

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Kerry KnowlerKerry Knowler & Lindy HouPeta BrillSarah StephensKaren Clutson & Alison Hale

It was a great weekend, slightly marred by the decision of Auscyling NSW to not allow ACT riders to progress beyond the heats to contest for the medals for the Team Sprint and Team Pursuit events as these were limited to NSW affiliated clubs.

For regular Thursday night trackies, we missed the commentary of Michael Langdon, particularly when Alison and Karen went into the final match sprint bronze medal ride off with one up each.

Alison Hale

From the Race Committee

Coaching

The Race Committee is looking to establish a roster of people prepared to act as coaches/mentors for new members who want to develop their skills.

Could anyone who is interested or who knows anyone who might be interested, please let the Race Committee know (race.committee@actvets.cc)

Race Directors and Marshals

The RMS has been updated with the ACT races that we have currently secured approval.

We are looking for volunteers to fill the Race Director and Marshal positions so that we can ensure the running of these races.

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:

Tuesday, 29th March: Stromlo Criterium

Note: Pre-registration required by 29 Mar 2022 3:50 pm.

No late entries accepted.

Where: Stromlo Forest Park

Race Description:
B/D 20m+2 @5:50
E/F/G 20m+2 @6:15
A/C 20m+2 @6:40

Race Director: Dominic Romano   Contact: Email: dominic.romano74@gmail.com    Ph  0408 411 362

Marshals: Craig Lindenmayer

Track Racing has concluded for the 2021-22 season

Sunday, 3rd April – No Scheduled Road Race

RACE REPORTS:

SFP Criterium – 22nd March

A perfect night for racing with warm temps and barely a breath of wind. Not conducive to break aways although this didn’t stop a couple trying with two in A grade making a move right from the get go. That two quickly became four who before long were brought back in the space of half a lap. Showing that no one is winding down for the season A grade apparently averaged 44 km/h which was believable given at least one punter was seen in a deep state of zen post race working hard to keep his lunch down! Some joggers seemed determined to prove it’s not just dogs that don’t belong at a bike race by trying to cross in front of a fast finishing Gerard Tiffen, James Meadley, and visitor Nicholas Wilson.

B grade also held a strong pace in fading light with few silly, bold, or daring enough to make serious moves off the front. Some did try to animate the race with Ben McDuff making a very late charge that wasn’t to be. In the end it was a fairly controlled race with a strong finishing Dom Romano powering to a sprint finish and great celebration, Tom Stewart-Moore, and Seymour Saville-Boss showing less committee time equals more training time.

C grade continued on the theme of controlled racing with no notable moves and even fewer willing to put their nose in the (not so present) wind. Tim Mineham and Mark Taylor had reportedly applied ample lashings of chamois cream and were in strong form to tow the bunch around, keeping enough breath in them to encourage other would be roulleurs. Alas, it was not to be and the two soldiers pushed on while Michael Hanbury, the much cheered for Stephen Terracinni, and Graham Tanton timed their run to perfection to take podium spots in the sprint.

D grade was also out late keeping a steady and consistent pace which helped keep Simon the first aider’s heart rate under control in the fading light. No sign of the kangaroos at the top of the track either so it was a fairly civilised affair all round. Bruce Griffin came home first followed by Peter Frew and Kevin Newhouse for third.

E,F and G had the lowest numbers with 6, 5 and 2 in each grade respectively. This in theory should make tracking the race easier for the race director but these grades showed the highest attrition rates with riders scattered all around the course. E grade largely stayed together with it being one for the ladies with Linda Stals and Michelle Hodgetts bringing home first and second and Mick Donaldson in third. Ken Birch, Susan Frost, and Ross Heazlewood the victors in F, and in G after some late race sharking and sideways looks reminiscent of a track sprint it was Andre Swenson taking the win ahead of Bernard Crowe.

Special thanks to Gai Monahan for marshalling, Simon Whitehead for being 1st aider at the ready, and Andy Matz as the committee rep with the keys.

Craig Tozer

Track Racing Season 2021-22

The 2021-22 Track Racing Season concluded on Wednesday 24 March with a team race, trophy presentation and drinks to celebrate another successful season. The track season was challenging, with around 6 race sessions lost due to Covid restrictions and rain. However, the level of enjoyment was as high as ever. We were fortunate that the presentation event went ahead in fine weather after rain threatened all day.

A total of 32 riders participated in one or more of the 21-22 track racing sessions. Since the transfer of our track program to the Bundadome venue in 2014, a total of 77 riders from the club have participated in Track racing. Attendance was slightly down on last year, with 12 – 18 riders being the norm. This season, A grade was split into two levels (A1 and A2) for results and championship points. This change has opened up the Track Championship to more riders.

There were 14 evening track sessions with around 50 races over the season. The season provided a variety of race formats including scratch races, handicaps, pursuits, match races, points races and sprint time trials. All races contributed to an overall Track Championship. This year Alison Hale took out the Track Championship. It has been good to see several riders in contention for the championship in recent years. Alison is a most deserving winner as she attended every track session and proved to be the strongest rider in B grade. It was great to see several new faces this year and some returning trackies from years past. We had a very strong and successful female contingent including Karen Clutson, Sarah Stephens, Alison Hale, Pat Rooke, Kerry Knowler and Lindy Hou. It was good to see the A2 grade riders well up in the Championship point scores. Tony Beasley took out second place in the Track Championship with Craig Kentwell taking third place. Both of these riders had strong seasons and were consistently competitive.

Regrettably. this track season was not injury free. Ken Birch had a fall at full pace, due to a clipped wheel. Ken suffered bad abrasions and bruising. In the last eight years, we have had only six accidents at track, with mostly minor injuries. Despite the speed, close quarters racing and lack of brakes, track racing is consistently the safest race discipline offered by the club.

The standard of riding was high and most of the regular riders improved considerably over the season. As usual, it was difficult to select the most improved rider. However, this season’s award for most improved rider went to Karen Clutson from B grade. Karen has been super competitive in B grade and developed into a very worthy rival for Alison Hale.

The track season included a handicap Wheel Race just after Christmas, with the trophy taken by Steve Jones, using great tactical nous. Steve was off bike touring at the presentation date, so his medal and trophy were kindly accepted by his partner Kerry Knowler. Kerry is a track regular and exceptionally strong rider who can usually be relied upon to enliven the A grade events with suicidal attacks.

Towards the end of the season, we ran a four-event Omnium Championship. The results for this event are decided by “the algorithm” which attempts to equalise the chances of all track participants, regardless of grading. This year Michael Langdon took out the Omnium Championship. It was great that Michael returned as a regular rider this season. His lively presence had been missed.

21-22 Track Medal Winners

21-22 Track Medal Winners

(L to R: Craig Kentwell & Tony Beasley: Bronze & Silver medallists for the Track Championship, Kerry Knowler: Accepted Xmas Wheel Race Trophy for Steve Jones, Alison Hale: Overall Track Champion, Karen Clutson: Most Improved Track Rider, Michael Langdon: Omnium Champion).

This summary would not be complete without acknowledging and thanking all the parties who contributed to the track season. In particular, Phil Coulton and the club committee arranged track bookings and provided general support for the track racing discipline. Ian Morton published reports and results in The Bleat. Kim Malcolm organised all the winner’s medals. Kirsty McVeigh took care of the finances that support track racing. Simon Whitehead provided regular sports medicine support. Thanks also to those who assisted in myriad ways over the season and particularly to the track riders who invariably displayed the best competitive spirit and camaraderie. As usual, trackies were great company over the season.

Graeme O’Neill

21-22 Track Season Results

Christmas Wheel Race Results (1st – 5th):
Steve Jones, Tony Beasley, Alison Hale, Craig Kentwell, Warwick Wilson

Season’s Most Improved Track Rider
Karen Clutson

Final Omnium Championship Points:
Michael Langdon (16), James Newhouse (13), Graeme O’Neill (13), Frank O’Sullivan (12), Tony Beasley (11), Tim Jolly (8), Karen Clutson (7), Alison Hale (6), Kerry Knowler (5), Lindy Hou (5), Terry Danaher (5).

Final 21/22 Track Championship Point Scores:
Alison Hale (239), Tony Beasley (226), Craig Kentwell (204), James Newhouse (197), Michael Langdon (191), Graeme O’Neill (133), Steve Jones (128), Karen Clutson (123), Ken Birch (119), John Paul De Sousa (116), Bruce Griffin (97), Kerry Knowler (93), Phil Coulton (85), Wayne Benham (68), Tim Jolly (65), Warwick Wilson (62), Ben Davis (58).

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

Masters,

In this week’s Bleat;

•  From the Desk of the Handicapper

•  From the Race Committee

•  Rotary Five Peaks Challenge

•  Racing this Week

•  Race Reports

Ian Morton
thebleat@actvets.cc

From the Desk of the Handicapper

Handicaps

Changes this week;
 – Tom Stewart-Moore C to B
 – Simon Porombka C to B
 – Dale Kleeman C to B
 – Ben Vagnarelli D to C
 – Paul McKay E to D

CRMers out and out

An eagle-eyed Bleat reader commented on my rendition of the Peaks Challenge 2022 results which appeared last week. This was shocking for two reasons: one was that someone actually read it and the other was that Emma Padovan was the OVERALL female winner, beating 129 entrants ranging from TicTokers to OK Boomers.

ACT crit champs

These champs were conducted by AusCycling ACT on the weekend. The weekend format means more crits can be held on weekdays for those that like to mindlessly circle Stromlo, but it was a blow to entries resulting in only the likely medal winners turning up. This is further proof that we need to keep holding our championships on consecutive Tuesdays. See link for no surprises.

Dropper seatpost at Milano-San Remo

Those of you who follow international cycling would have seen Matej Mohric’s spectacular win at Milano-San Remo on Sunday morning. The use of the dropper seatpost, the bunny hop out of the gutter and the overall kamikaze descent that gave him enough advantage to prevent anyone bridging on the Via Roma will be part of cycling folklore for decades. I’m just wondering if any club members have already ordered a dropper seatpost in time for the winter season. Just think how handy it will be in the Iron Mike when descending from the end of the bitumen. The 50m gained will justify your purchase, if we move the finish line to Condor Creek.

GCN mega-fail

Kicked out of the bedroom where the smart TV is and unable to watch GCN on the intellectually challenged TV in the lounge room meant that I was streaming Milano-San Remo on my phone while watching a drama on iview to keep me awake during the first boring 260km. At first the app was allowing me to fast forward to the action so I could monitor race progress, but when the 6th episode of ‘Unforgotten’ had finished and Poggers’ minions were lighting it up on the Cipressa, my phone was showing an interview with Mads Pedersen and the riders still had over 100km to go. Unable to fast forward and not wanting to find out the result at 6am, I sadly had to resort to watching the live updates text feed on Cycling News.

Rob Langridge

From the Race Committee

Coaching

The Race Committee is looking to establish a roster of people prepared to act as coaches/mentors for new members who want to develop their skills.

Could anyone who is interested or who knows anyone who might be interested, please let the Race Committee know (race.committee@actvets.cc)

Race Directors and Marshals

The RMS has been updated with the ACT races that we have currently secured approval.

We are looking for volunteers to fill the Race Director and Marshal positions so that we can ensure the running of these races.

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:

Tuesday, 22nd March: Stromlo Criterium

Note: Pre-registration required by 22 Mar 2022 3:50 pm.

No late entries accepted.

Where: Stromlo Forest Park

Race Description:
E/F/G 20m+2 5:50 E/F/G 20m+2
A/C 6:15 A 28m+2, C 28m+2
B/D 6:50 B 28m+2, D 25m+2

Race Director: Craig Tozer   Contact: Email: cranoss@gmail.com    Ph  0414 157 765

Marshals: Gai Monahan

Thursday, 24th March: Track Racing Presentation

This track session will be the 21-22 season presentation evening. Hope to see as many trackies as possible. All other club members also welcome.

There will be the usual practice and warm up from 5.30pm and a single Italian Pursuit event at 6.00pm, followed by the trophy presentations. The club will provide drinks and nibbles. If anyone wishes to bring a plate it will be most welcome.

Sunday, 27th March – No Scheduled Road Race

RACE REPORTS:

SFP Criterium – 15th March

Unlike last week, the dry weather saw riders return in numbers across all grades. A and C grades start the evening, A Grade saw a number of attacks through out the race with Mathew Corby making a long range attack on the last lap only to be run down with the line in sight with James Meadley crossing first followed by, Mark Harris and Brad Peppinck. As a result of a communication breakdown, only the first three finishes were captured for A Grade. If you came in 4th and 5th please contact the race committee to allow the appropriate point to be allocated to you. C Grade set a steady pace with Mark Vardy taking his fair share of time up front. In the end it came down to a bunch sprint with Tom Stewart-Moore taking the points followed by Simon Porombka and Dale Kleeman.

B and D grade we next to go, like C Grade B Grade kept itself together for the majority of the race with Dominic ( The Dominator ) Romano taking a hotly contested sprint leading in Ed Pelligrino and Todd Sowter.

D grade stayed together until the final lap when it came apart leaving three riders in the lead group. After contested sprint Ben Vagnarelli took 1st place, which incidentally the same result as when he last raced in 2016 in C grade, followed by Steven Harrison and Greg Mitchell.

E.F and G grade were last to go, with Paul Mckay taking out E Grade, followed by Robert Solomon and Linda Stalls. F grade was won by Lindsay Graham with Gai Monahan taking G.

Graham Tanton

Track Racing – 17th March

Thursday 17 March was the last competitive track session for the 21-22 season. Weather for the session was cool and overcast with almost no wind. Attendance was good at 16 riders, 9 in A grade and 7 in B grade.

The 8-lap A grade scratch race was quite eventful. It commenced at a solid pace with turns by John Paul De Sousa, Wayne Benham, Michael Langdon and Tony Beasley. On lap 5 Craig Kentwell launched an attack, soon gaining 20m on the bunch and drawing out Michael Langdon as an ally. Over lap 6, Kerry Knowler worked hard to close the gap to this pair, eventually taking the lead by lap 7. Then Tim Jolly attacked with Michael Langdon again covering the attack. The bunch was fairly consolidated going into the bell lap and at that point Michael Langdon put in the decisive attack gaining a good lead and holding it to the finish. Tim Jolly and Ben Davis put in a dogged pursuit of Michael and were rewarded with second and third placings respectively.

The B Grade scratch race was also fairly eventful. Frank O’Sullivan enlivened matters with an attack from the start, soon gaining a 30m lead and putting Phil Coulton into difficulty, in pursuit. Phil rolled off and Bruce Griffin took over the pursuit before handing off to Alison Hale. By this time, Alison was within striking distance of Frank. One good acceleration closed the gap to Frank and soon consolidated the bunch. Graeme O’Neill took over the pacing for lap 5. When he rolled off, the bunch was starting to get toey with riders splayed across the banking and jockeying for position. This continued until the bell lap approached, when there was a sudden acceleration from Alison Hale and riders sprinted through the bell lap. Terry Danaher, Alison Hale and Frank O’Sullivan contested the placings. Terry showed a good turn of speed to take the win, while Alison was able to hold off Frank O’Sullivan to take second. Frank took a comfortable third place.

The next event was a 200-metre flying start time trial. This is a popular and technically challenging event. The fifteen riders who participated had exciting runs and put in respectable times that were quite close within the different grades. Michael Langdon put in the best time in A1 grade at 13.22 seconds. Tim Jolly had the best time in A2 grade at an amazing 13.27 seconds. Terry Danaher was best in B grade at an also impressive 13.91 seconds.

A 4-lap handicap was scheduled as the next event in the race session. However, with heavy cloud cover, the light was fading, so this event was dropped.

The track session closed with the usual, all-in, Italian pursuit. This event had 2 teams of 7 riders. Team 1 was anchored by Michael Langdon, so team 2 needed to establish and consolidate an early lead. Team 2 did their best and built a significant lead over the first 70% of the race. They surrendered some of their lead in the latter part of the race. However, they still looked a good prospect right up to the final changeover. At this point Michael Langdon was just too strong for the Team 2 anchor and gained a win for Team 1 by a few metres. It was an interesting race.

Major place getters for this session were as follows:
8-Lap Graded Scratch: (A1 Grade) Michael Langdon, John Paul De Sousa, Wayne Benham. (A2 Grade) Tim Jolly, Ben Davis, Tony Beasley. (B Grade) Terry Danaher, Alison Hale, Frank O’Sullivan.
200m Fly TT: (A1 Grade) Michael Langdon (13.22s), John Paul De Sousa (13.94s), Wayne Benham (13.98s), (A2 Grade) Tim Jolly (13.27s), Kerry Knowler (13.89s), Craig Kentwell (13.95s). (B Grade) Terry Danaher (13.91s), Frank O’Sullivan (14.29s), Alison Hale (14.36s).
Combined Italian Pursuit: Winner Team 1 (Michael Langdon, Tony Beasley, Craig Kentwell, Tim Jolly, Phil Coulton, Frank O’Sullivan, Bruce Griffin).

Final Omnium Championship Points:
Michael Langdon (16), James Newhouse (13), Graeme O’Neill (13), Frank O’Sullivan (12), Tony Beasley (11), Tim Jolly (8), Karen Clutson (7), Alison Hale (6), Kerry Knowler (5), Lindy Hou (5), Terry Danaher (5).

Final Season Point Score:
Alison Hale (239), Tony Beasley (226), Craig Kentwell (204), James Newhouse (197), Michael Langdon (191), Graeme O’Neill (133), Steve Jones (128), Karen Clutson (123), Ken Birch (119), John Paul De Sousa (116), Bruce Griffin (97), Kerry Knowler (93), Phil Coulton (85), Wayne Benham (68), Tim Jolly (65), Warwick Wilson (62), Ben Davis (58).

Graeme O’Neill

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

Masters,

In this week’s Bleat;

•  From the Race Committee

•  Masters Out and About

•  Rotary Five Peaks Challenge

•  Racing this Week

•  Race Reports

Ian Morton
thebleat@actvets.cc

From the Race Committee

A reminder on race entries

Last Tuesday we had some members enter the crit but not race in anticipation of it being canceled due to the weather. Racing goes ahead unless the weather presents too great a risk such as lightning, extreme winds, or bushfire smoke. The regular wet track, Duck Pâté, and ugly southerly alone won’t result in a canceled race which by all accounts made the points worth the cost of a bottom bracket!

If you have entered a race but unable to race the race committee is happy to help with transferring your entry providing you email race.committee@actvets.cc as early as possible but definitely before your scheduled race time. Transferring is possible but does require some RMS wizardry so “changes of mind“, “legs needing a rest“, or “can’t miss MAFs” cannot be accommodated.

Coaching

The Race Committee is looking to establish a roster of people prepared to act as coaches/mentors for new members who want to develop their skills.

Could anyone who is interested or who knows anyone who might be interested, please let the Race Committee know (race.committee@actvets.cc)

Race Directors and Marshals

The RMS has been updated with the ACT races that we have currently secured approval.

We are looking for volunteers to fill the Race Director and Marshal positions so that we can ensure the running of these races.

Masters Out and About

The Falls Creek Peaks Challenge (235km 4000+ climbing metres) was held over the weekend with the club’s star mountain goats Emma Padovan and Jeremy Gillman-Wells recording some stunning performances. Emma was the 41-50 age category winner in 8:47 against 53 starters, while Jeremy, having recovered from his exhausting session of race directing on Tuesday, was 7th out of 454 finishers in the same age category for the men in a time of 7:53.

Over Wagga Wagga way, Marc Vroomans and Mark Harris finished 9th and 11th, respectively, in the Div 3 Criterium at Ladysmith, but were less successful in the open handicap. Ben Morrison was 4th in the Div 2 criterium, and finished among the 50-rider bunch in the handicap. Meanwhile at the Vikings Supercrits, Johnathan Chowns continued to turn back the decades, winning the D grade race.

Rob Langridge

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:

Tuesday, 15th March: Stromlo Criterium

Note: Pre-registration required by 15 Mar 2022 3:50 pm.

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 7:00 E/F/G 20 m + 2

Race Director:  Graham Tanton   Contact: Email: grahamtanton@hotmail.com    Ph  0419 880 078

Marshals: Geoff Ellacott

Thursday, 17th March: 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: 200m flying start TT;
6.50pm – 7.10pm: 4-lap handicap race;
7.10pm – 7.30pm: Italian pursuit.

Note: This session will be the final competitive track session for the 21-22 season. The season presentation evening will be 24 March 2022. Hope to see as many trackies as possible at the presentation evening. All other club members also welcome.

Sunday, 20th March – No Scheduled Road Race

RACE REPORTS:

SFP Criterium – 8th March

Scratchings came thick and fast with Gerard Tiffen, Nathan Spillane, Gareth Downey and Paul Watson calling “I’m out” even before the day had begun. But that dear reader, was the tip of the iceberg with many riders having enough sense to not even register; whilst the howling gusts triggered others to not even bother glancing out the window in order to realise pulling on the lycra was foolhardy; meanwhile others delved deep into the BOM radar & weather alerts with great anticipation and decided this was a great week to volunteer for officiating.

26 hopeful souls backed themselves before 3.50pm. As it turns out, that was mostly bravado and folly.

First up to not race with 0 from 3 entrants in B grade and 0 from 5 in D great – it was a 100% “wash out” with no points awarded and a delighted CRMCC committee gratefully accepting the $80 donation.

G grade offered up a lone Andre Swenson who arrived super keen and super early. Sure, not keen enough to turn a pedal in anger for warm up – but there nonetheless. As we scoured the form guide for starters in F grade, Lindsay’s wife was aghast at the fact that we had even called her to find out whether or not Lindsey was indeed racing. He wasn’t. And that left Ross Heazlewood to “soak” up the maximum 2 points on offer in F. Cheekily, Andre, who had been sitting on Ross’ wheel all day, attacked up the final back straight but that move was to no avail and Ross easily rolled over him up the final climb of the day and monstered the cranks down the home straight into a nasty cross-head-southerly for glory. Impressively, that also meant a maximum 2 points for Andre in F grade so…well played sir, well played.

Crit 8 Mar 2022

That left A & C grades with 3 hitters and 4 gladiators respectively…and they rolled out combined for 30 minutes & 25 minutes + 2 respectively. C grade valiantly holding the wheel in the early laps with Brad Peppinck and Bruce Goodfellow from A grade swapping turns out the front. David Parker was dangerously loitering at the very back of the combined A/C bunch. Brad made his first move down the front straight into the wind on lap three followed by Bruce and DP scrambling to stay in touch. This move, followed by the pace into collarbone corner, dislodged C grade and DP. And then with the tailwind behind them all up the back straight, the whole bunch managed to reform by the time they came round for the fourth lap.

Brad made another move off the front for lap five with DP and Bruce trailing. Further back to C grade who were trying to bridge the gap downhill into the headwind. By the time they hit the top of the track, it was A grade all back together for lap six and then the elastic snapped to C and the 3 A’s were out front, chopping off by themselves. Well that got us to 18 to go and quite frankly, nothing much happened in those long, cold, windy, wet and gloomy 18 minutes. Well except that Brad attacked with 9 to go and achieved a sizeable gap very quickly – a confident man in the wet considering he’s recently off the collarbone injury. And then it was all back together with 4 minutes to go. With two laps to go there was no action and all together into the final lap – clearly all saving themselves for the final. As they received the bell the wind was gusting strongly and the rain was picking up. Still all together is they came into collarbone corner for the final time and as they rounded the back straight with the tailwind the expected attack never came and it was all very cagey indeed. Into the home straight and they were fully fanned out across the track with DP unable to sustain the pace and Brad Peppernink showing his prowess and sprinting form as he crossed the line well ahead of Bruce.

After C grade was dislodged from the trio in A – Dale Kleeman was dropped due to the surging pace and strong winds. Mind you the enormous jacket he was wearing acted somewhat like a parachute and surely restricted his movement in the forward direction. The remaining three in C grade worked well together to stay up the front and ensuring that Dale could not rejoin. Mark Taylor was never seen at the front – the wily cat biding his time at the back of the 3 – although that did cost him a mouthful of track grit from all the spray. Dale rejoined the back of the bunch after being lapped with 2 to go. Tom Stewart-Moore led it out up the back straight however the combatants were very controlled and it looked like a lot of cat and mouse going on as they climbed for the last time. Tom was still in the front until halfway down the main straight and then Mark Taylor opened up the sprint and held on for the win ahead of Ian Preston and then Tom. Mark clearly taking a leaf from the Troy Reddick/Christophe book of racing – NEVER put your nose in the wind until you see the line…

Jeremy Gillman-Wells

Track Racing – 10th March

Weather for the season’s 13th track racing session was mild with a moderate head wind in the Bundadome front straight. Attendance was 12 riders, 5 in A grade and 7 in B grade. This race session saw the completion of both the season’s track championship and the 4-event omnium championship.

The 8-lap A grade scratch race was orderly. It commenced at an even pace with turns by Tony Beasley, James Newhouse Tim Jolly and Craig Kentwell. Craig must have felt good, as he did almost two laps on the front before handing off to Michael Langdon. Michael did a lap and a bit at bunch pace, before rolling off. However, instead of rotating to the back of the bunch, Michael eased up the banking, positioning himself for an attack as the bunch rolled into the penultimate lap. Michael soon made the expected attack, surging out to a 30-metre lead in the next half lap. As Michael rolled into the bell lap, Craig Kentwell, Tim Jolly and the remaining bunch were pursuing hard. However, by this stage Michael’s lead was unbeatable and he rolled in for a comfortable win. Craig and Tim battled it out for second place with Tim just pipping Craig at the line.

The B Grade scratch race was also fairly orderly with a good, solid pace. Terry Danaher, Karen Clutson, Alison Hale, Pat Rooke and Graeme O’Neill rolled through one lap turns on the front. Frank O’Sullivan took over the lead on lap 6. When he handed off to Phil Coulton, there were two laps to go. Phil took this as a signal to put the hammer down and put the bunch under pressure. The pack accelerated and before long the front runners where barrelling into the bell lap, at speed. Alison Hale held off everyone over the bell lap to take the win. Terry Danaher and Franck O’Sullivan pursued relentlessly and picked up second and third spots, respectively. Phil Coulton missed the reward for his attack, fading over the last lap.

The evening’s second event was a 2-Lap handicap event to conclude the Omnium Championship. Graeme O’Neill and Michael Langdon were tied on top points leading into this event, so if either could lead the other home, they would be a good prospect to take the championship. Graeme went off with the limit riders. Disaster struck immediately, when he pulled out of a cleat on initial acceleration. There was no hope of recovering from this, so Graeme dropped onto the duck board as remaining riders streamed past. The handicap was keenly contested with Frank O’Sullivan riding strongly for a win. James Newhouse did well to take second place from a difficult handicap. Michael Langdon rode superbly from the scratch mark to pick up third and take the Omnium championship by 3 points.

The evening’s third event was a difficult 12-lap snowball points race with 4-sprints. In the aptly named snowball, the sprint points grow as the event proceeds, making the latter sprints more valuable. In A grade, Craig Kentwell put in a great tactical effort to secure a win with 12 points. Tim Jolly and Tony Beasley rode doggedly to pick up second and third spots respectively. In B grade, Alison Hale dominated picking up 14 points for the win. Karen Clutson rode a good, tactical race to take second spot with 9 points and Frank O’Sullivan picked up third spot with 5 points.

The track session closed with the usual, all-in, Italian pursuit. This event had 2 teams of 6 riders. Team 1 was anchored by Michael Langdon, so team 2 needed to establish and consolidate an early lead. Team 2 almost did that, by great riding over the first two laps. However, the mid-race riders for Team 1 (Karen Clutson, James Newhouse and Tony Beasley) refused to give up any more advantage to Team 2. Consequently, Team 2 had only a small lead going into the final lap. Michael Langdon easily closed down this lead and surged to a 10-metre win for Team 1. The changing fortunes made for an interesting race.

Correction from last week:
Combined 2-lap Handicap: Alison Hale, James Newhouse, Karen Clutson

Major place getters for this session were as follows:
8-Lap Graded Scratch: (A1 Grade) Michael Langdon. (A2 Grade) Tim Jolly, Craig Kentwell, Tony Beasley. (B Grade) Alison Hale, Terry Danaher, Frank O’Sullivan.
Combined 2-lap Handicap: Frank O’Sullivan, James Newhouse, Michael Langdon.
12-Lap Graded Snowball: (A Grade) Craig Kentwell (12pts), Tim Jolly (10pts), Tony Beasley(8pts). (B Grade) Alison Hale (14 pts), Karen Clutson (9 pts), Frank O’Sullivan (5 pts).
Combined Italian Pursuit: Winner Team 1 (Michael Langdon, Tony Beasley , Karen Clutson, James Newhouse, Pat Rooke, Graeme O’Neill).

Final Omnium Championship Points:
Michael Langdon (16), James Newhouse (13), Graeme O’Neill (13), Frank O’Sullivan (12), Tony Beasley (11), Tim Jolly (8), Karen Clutson (7), Alison Hale (6), Kerry Knowler (5), Lindy Hou (5), Terry Danaher (5).

Season Point Score Update:
Alison Hale (239), Tony Beasley (226), Craig Kentwell (204), James Newhouse (197), Michael Langdon (191), Graeme O’Neill (133), Steve Jones (128), Karen Clutson (123), Ken Birch (119), John Paul De Sousa (116), Bruce Griffin (97), Kerry Knowler (93), Phil Coulton (85), Wayne Benham (68), Tim Jolly (65), Warwick Wilson (62), Ben Davis (58).

Graeme O’Neill

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

Masters,

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

Coaching

The Race Committee is looking to establish a roster of people prepared to act as coaches/mentors for new members who want to develop their skills.

Could anyone who is interested or who knows anyone who might be interested, please let the Race Committee know (race.committee@actsvets.cc)

Race Directors and Marshals

The RMS has been updated with the ACT races that we have currently secured approval.

We are looking for volunteers to fill the Race Director and Marshal positions so that we can ensure the running of these races.

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:

Tuesday, 8th March: Stromlo Criterium

Note: Pre-registration required by 8 Mar 2022 3:50 pm.

No late entries accepted.

Where: Stromlo Forest Park

Race Description:
B/D 5:50 B 30m+2, D 25m+2
E/F/G 6:25 E/F/G 22 m + 2
A/C 6:55 A 30m+2, C 25m+2

Race Director:  Jeremy Gillman-Wells   Contact: Email: jezgw@icloud.com    Ph  0434 111 172

Marshals: Craig Coleman

Thursday, 10th March: 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 race (Omnium Event).
6.50pm – 7.10pm: 12-lap graded snowball.
7.10pm – 7.30pm: Italian pursuit.

Note: This session will be the second last competitive track session for the 21-22 season. It will conclude the 4-event Omnium championship. The season presentation evening will be 24 March 2022.

Sunday, 13th March – No Scheduled Race

RACE REPORTS:

SFP Criterium – 1st March

The Toughest Conditions Ever greeted riders last Tuesday, with the first day of autumn bringing rain that washed away not only the sunshine but the race referee’s notes – so apologies are in order if the race report appears to be merely inspired by actual events.

Off first was E/F/G grades who probably had the pick of the conditions. All grades rolled away together with Andre Swenson and Bernie Crowe quickly settling into a tempo and letting E and F go up the road. Michelle Hodgetts requested an upgrade to E before the race started and then proceeded to put her F grade colleague to the sword with she and Chris Copeland towing the field around most of the race. With the handicapper present and adjusting race grades post-race, Chris got up over Mick Donaldson with Rosemary Robinson rounding out the podium and Michelle Hodgetts claiming the final position in E grade and Ross Heazlewood the lone rider in F finishing with the bunch to take the points for the win. In G grade Andre Swenson prevailed over Bernie Crowe in what must have been a fairly tough evening out with just the two in the group and the inclement weather.

With A and C grades rolling up the race was on, with a break both Mark and Stephen off the front in their respective grades at one point or another. Mark eventually returned to the bunch in A grade and Stephen, who nearly earned a warning for chasing A grade as they came past dangling off the front of C grade for a while before being swallowed up but hanging on for a strong second place finish behind a very strong Simon Porombka and in front of an evergreen Dale Kleeman who was very impressive. The B grade bunch worked well to bring back Stephen Terracini and then stay together for the bunch kick, impressive to watch.

With a dozen finishers in C and 14 in A grade the limited skills of the race referee were tested and some in the main A grade bunch were inadvertently shown the 2 laps to go board twice. However the break of four had established itself early and was on for young (welcome to the club James Meadley) and old with Nathan Spillane, Jeremy Gillman-Wells and Gerard Tiffen working extremely well together and lapping the C grade field several times and keeping the main bunch at a steady distance. The chasing group didn’t stand a chance of catching such a committed break and a few lone efforts to bridge ended up nowhere. The main interest was going to be if anybody could roll Gerard Tiffen for the win and in the end his teammate Jeremy Gillman-Wells took a very first, with Gerard second, James Meadley third and Nathan Spillane the chocolate medal. Back in the main field it ebbed and flowed a bit but finished in one group with Marc Vroomens getting the bunch kick over Christophe Barbaret and Mark Terracini. A bit of excitement in the final corner occurred with what sounded like an exploding tyre was confirmed with Michael Payne limping across the line with a popped front tyre, having hit a rock. Further salt was rubbed into the wound when Michael’s spare had a hole in it and the call of shame was made to the broomwagon. A tough night out.

By the time B and D got away the weather had become even more filthy, truly a race for the hard men, and Mongo. A dozen riders, evenly split amongst the two grades and to the surprise of nobody, Dominator The attempted an early break but it didn’t end up going anywhere with a group of four rolling around in a race that was shortened due to inclement weather leaving Gavin Stephens toughing it out solo for 5th, Dominic Romano pipping Darren Blackhurst for the bronze and Ed Pellegrino proving the best able to handle the cold and wet to beat Pete Young for the victory.

D grade had all six starters finish the race, and they looked to be having about as much fun B grade and the race officials were. Jonathon Chowns rode a very strong race for the win in front of Kevin Newhouse and Frank O’Sullivan. Chapeau to all though.

Fingers crossed for better weather for the last few races, and thanks to David Buckley for the assistance and timekeeping, and also to Rob Langridge for setting up and providing advice during the course of the races.

Ben McDuff

Track Racing – 3rd March

Weather for the season’s 11th track racing session was cool with a strong head wind in the Bundadome front straight. There was a smattering of rain before the warm up commenced. However, the track was dry by the time the first rider began practicing. Despite a few threatening clouds, it remained fine for the race session. The uncertain conditions likely affected attendance, which was quite poor with just 11 riders, 6 in A grade and 5 in B grade. Terry Danaher lined up in B grade for his first track session with our club. However, Terry is an experienced track rider who adapted quickly to the racing.

The 8-lap A grade scratch race was fairly tame by usual standards. It commenced at an even pace with turns by Tony Beasley, James Newhouse and Craig Kentwell. Michael Langdon rolled to the front on lap 4. He can usually be counted on to ramp up the pace. However, this time Michael was content to keep the pace even. After turns by Tim Jolly and John Paul De Sousa, Tony Beasley returned to the front on lap 7. This was Michael Langdon’s cue to attack. Michael soon had a 20m gap and held that comfortably through the bell lap for the win. Craig Kentwell and John Paul de Sousa put in a solid pursuit and were locked together approaching the line. Craig nosed ahead for second place with John Paul having a healthy gap on the remaining field for third place.

The B Grade scratch race was also fairly orderly, though the pace was quite high from the start. Graeme O’Neill had a shaky start, almost pulling out of a pedal before pursuing hard to close an initial gap. The action really started on the penultimate lap when the whole field put the hammer down. Karen Clutson and Alison Hale were soon out front, as usual. This time Karen powered over the line for a win over Alison in second place. Newcomers Terry Danaher and Frank O’Sullivan battled for third place with Terry taking the place in a good first ride with the track group.

The evening’s second event was a series of paired match races, with points counting towards the 4-event, Omnium Championship. These were interesting contests with some close results. Tactics were fairly similar across the event with most riders trying to get a small advantage in the high banking sectors. Winners were Michael Langdon, Tim Jolly, Tony Beasley, Karen Clutson and Terry Danaher.

The evening’s third event was a 2-lap handicap with A & B grades combined. Alison Hale and Karen Clutson scorched off the start line and overhauled the limit rider in half a lap. However, James Newhouse and the rest of the field were soon pursuing hard and keeping Alison and Karen well in sight. Alison had the pace to hold off everyone for a close win over Karen Clutson in second place and James Newhouse in third place.

The track session closed with the usual, all-in, Italian pursuit. This event ended up with 2 teams of 5 riders. The teams were closely matched so it was no surprise that the small differential at the finish could be put down to better teamwork by Team 1. Team 2 made a small mistake in allowing a gap to develop in their paceline over the initial laps. This provided all the advantage that Team 1 needed for a good win.

Major place getters for Wednesday were as follows:
8-Lap Scratch: (A1 Grade) Michael Langdon, John Paul De Sousa. (A2 Grade) Craig Kentwell, Tony Beasley, Tim Jolly. (B Grade) Karen Clutson, Alison Hale, Terry Danaher.
2-Lap Paired Match Races: Winners (A1 Grade) Michael Langdon (A2 Grade) Tim Jolly, Tony Beasley. (B Grade) Karen Clutson, Terry Danaher.
Combined 2-lap Handicap: Alison Hale, Karen Clutson, James Newhouse
Combined Italian Pursuit: Winner Team 1 (John Paul De Sousa, Tim Jolly, Karen Clutson, James Newhouse, Graeme O’Neill).

Omnium Championship Points after Round 3:
Michael Langdon (13), Graeme O’Neill (13), Tony Beasley (11), James Newhouse (9), Tim Jolly (8), Frank O’Sullivan (7), Karen Clutson (7), Alison Hale (6), Kerry Knowler (5), Lindy Hou (5), Terry Danaher (5).

Season Point Score Update:
Alison Hale (221), Tony Beasley (210), Craig Kentwell (186), James Newhouse (179), Michael Langdon (173), Steve Jones (128), Graeme O’Neill (123), Ken Birch (119), John Paul De Sousa (116), Karen Clutson (107), Bruce Griffin (97), Kerry Knowler (93), Phil Coulton (75), Wayne Benham (68), Warwick Wilson (62), Ben Davis (58).

Graeme O’Neill

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

Masters,

In this week’s Bleat;

•  From the Desk of the President

•  From the Race Committee

•  Racing this Week

•  Race Reports

Ian Morton
thebleat@actvets.cc

From the Desk of the President

Thank you again to our outgoing President Seymour Savell-Boss, Vice President Ian McVay, Secretary Russell Marston and Treasurer Kirsti McVay. All of them have done a great job in getting us through the last few years with so many changes and challenges to our racing program and its required support.

At our first meeting of the new Committee, a number of the outstanding positions were filled. Your committee for 2022-23 is as follows:
  – President: Kim Malcolm
  – Vice President: David Parker
  – Secretary: Craig Tozer
  – Treasurer: Kevin Woods
  – Membership: Kirsti McVay
  – ACT Events: Dougal Torrance
  – NSW Events: Christopher Short
  – Bleat: Ian Morton
  – Handicapper: Rob Langridge
  – ETCs: Andy Matz

Thank you to all who have volunteered their time for the running of the club for the next 12 months.

While we have 10 committee members there is still room for others to assist, particularly on the Race Committee. Offers for help on the Race Committee are encouraged and welcomed. We will certainly need the continued assistance of members in running our events with Race Directors, Event Traffic Controllers (ETC), Marshalls, Van Drivers, First Aid and numerous other tasks.

Our aim is to get back racing in NSW as soon as is practical and affordable. Our ACT trained ETCs are not recognised for races in NSW and we have been unable to find an affordable way of getting our ACT ETCs training recognised. The only other alternative is to hire ETCs for events in NSW estimated to be a minimum of $2500 for each event we conduct. We will continue to seek a solution to this issue long term. If anyone has any thoughts on overcoming this problem please let us know.

Kim Malcolm
Capital Region Masters Cycling Club President.

From the Race Committee

The RMS has been updated with the ACT races that we have currently secured approval.

We are looking for volunteers to fill the Race Director and Marshal positions so that we can ensure the running of these races.

RACING THIS WEEK:

Tuesday, 1st March: Stromlo Criterium

Note: Pre-registration required by 1 Mar 2022 3:50 pm.

No late entries accepted.

Where: Stromlo Forest Park

Race Description:
E/F/G 5:50 25 min + 2 laps
A/C 6:20 A 35m+2, C 32m+2
B/D 7:10 B 35m+2, D 32m+2

Race Director:  Ben McDuff Contact: Email: benmcduff@gmail.com    Ph  0403 531 354

Marshals: David Buckley

Thursday, 3rd March: 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 paired match races (Omnium Event),
6.50pm – 7.10pm: 2-lap handicap race,
7.10pm – 7.30pm: Italian pursuit.

Sunday, 6th March – No Scheduled Race

RACE REPORTS:

SFP Criterium – 22nd February

Race 1 – M4, M5, 40 min +2 laps

Tonight the races were faced with a gusting easterly wind and cool conditions. M4 and M5 rolled out as separate bunches.

M5

Jeremy Gillman-Wells quickly went to the front of the bunch and stretched it all out. The brave C graders and one E grader felt the pressure in the first couple of laps.

By halfway 4 strong riders had established a break, Jeremy Gillman-Wells, Steve Crispin, Stephen Blackburn and Christophe Barberet.

Rodney Welch chased in a determined manner, while the second bunch included Seymour Savell-Boss, David Buckley, Ed Logue, Ed Pellegrino, Ben Healy, James Tonkin and Paul McKay

The front 4 gained more time. The side-line spys heard some discussion over workloads in the break, but who would want to become the filling in a Tiffen sandwich. Christophe succumbed to an attack, but did keep his place and rode in 4th. Seymour winning the bunch sprint for 5th.

Very good ride from Ed Louge to stay with his A and B grade company

In the end the break won quite convincingly and the placings were:
1 Jeremy Gillman-Wells
2 Steve Crispin
3 Stephen Blackburn

M4

This was quite a different race, with the major selection happening towards the end. The pace was on at various points and several attacks.

Mark Terracini and Joel Rahman spent time off the front. As the race went on Gerard Tiffen started to show his strength. It became apparent that the race would be decided by who could go with Gerard.

At this point there was quite a bit of complication in the race, with the second bunch from M5 becoming mixed up with M4. Rob yelled instructions to the bunch. Heath came in the next lap to verify the instructions.

Then matters got serious, Tiffen away with hard chasing from Bruce Goodfellow. Paul Scherl and Ben Coarmody joined forces and made the selection Dominic Romano, Gareth Downey and Mark Terracini. Joel Rahman started to wind up the big diesel engine and made it across to the chasers within a few laps.

But it was all over, Gerard Tiffen come in alone to win in the grandest manner.
1 Gerard Tiffen
2 Paul Scherl
3 Ben Carmody

Capital Region Masters Cycling Club
M4: Paul Scherl, Gerard Tiffen, Ben Carmody
Capital Region Masters Cycling Club
M5: Steve Crispin, Jeremy Gillman-Wells, Stephen Blackburn

Race 2 – M1, M2, M3 45 min +2 laps

Tonight the races were faced with a slightly less strong easterly wind and cooling conditions. M1 and M2 and M3 rolled out as one bunch, results for each category.

For about 4 or 5 laps the bunch rolled around with pressure from Dale Riley predominantly.

Andrew Buick, Stephen Terracini and Michael Rowland under pressure and off the back but rode on bravely alone. A small break formed with 30 to go, but it came back together.

The constant pressure created the right conditions for an attack. The first to go was James Meadley followed by Callum Henshaw. The break went and the gap was maybe 300 metres. At that point Ben Morrison and Mathew Corby decided to attempt the close the break down. They got away from the main bunch and rode to catch the front two in about 5 laps.

The lack of race numbers on backs made this a bit hard to read, but James Meadley made his final attack to win, with Callum Henshaw. Ben Morrison and Mathew Corby sorting out their respective categories. Brad Peppinck just beating Paul Watson for third.

Jason Irwin came in third in M2 after a rear puncture, walking in his bike to claim the bronze medal

M1

1 Callum Henshaw
2 Dale Riley

M2

1 James Meadley
2 David Parker
3 Jason Irwin

M3

1 Ben Morrison
2 Mathew Corby
3 Bradley Peppinck

Capital Region Masters Cycling Club
M1: Cal Henshaw, Dale Riley
Capital Region Masters Cycling Club
M2: Jason Irwin, James Meadley, David Parker
Capital Region Masters Cycling Club
M3: Brad Peppinck, Ben Morrison, Matt Corby

Allan Bontjer

SFP Criterium – 15th February

W3, W4

Apologies, we had some problems collating the results from the Woman’s race in Part 1 of the Club Championship the previous week. The correct placings were;

W3

1st Alison Hale
2nd Karen Clutson
3rd Elizabeth Lowe

W4

1st Terry Moore
2nd Michelle Hodgetts

Track Racing – 24th February

The 24 February track racing session was cancelled due to rain.

Omnium Championship Points after Round 2:
Graeme O’Neill (10), Michael Langdon (8), Tony Beasley (6), James Newhouse (6), Kerry Knowler (5), Lindy Hou (5), Frank O’Sullivan, (4), Alison Hale (3), Tim Jolly (3).

Season Point Score Update:
Alison Hale (201), Tony Beasley (195), Craig Kentwell (170), James Newhouse (160), Michael Langdon (158), Ken Birch (119), Graeme O’Neill (109), John Paul De Sousa (99), Bruce Griffin (97), Kerry Knowler (93), Karen Clutson (84), Phil Coulton (75), Wayne Benham (68), Warwick Wilson (62), Ben Davis (58).

Graeme O’Neill

Age Standard Time Trial – 27th February

The previous few rainy days must have frightened away some riders , as only ten eager souls did signs up. They were right to be optimistic as we had a beautiful clear sky with a bit of wind.

The marshalling team was there early to set up the course as a lot of signs had to be erected. Once the timing was sorted, everyone got ready to start the TT.

The two E Grade riders went first, followed by the other grades with 30 seconds intervals, or one minute if a rider dns or was late – Where were the F.G.C grader? None showed up…soft!!

We had some blistering pace with three riders under 3o minutes for 18 kms course and which include some climbing.

Anthony Murfett with a time of 26 m 12 s was the fastest on the road followed by Jason Irvin 28m.04s and Chris Short 29m33s (As it is age standardised, the final results would be different).

I would like to thanks the marshalling team:
  – Kim Malcolm for his expertise with the timing device
  – Ben Healy and Andrew Matz
  – Gavin Stephens to have offer to drive the van
  – And Simon Whitehead the first aid officer

Special thanks to Graham Hendrie who is still the wizard for the age standard, Kim called Graham with the results and within few minutes the adjusted time was available.

Alain Arbaut

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

Masters,

In this week’s Bleat;

•  From the Race Committee

•  Racing this Week

•  Race Reports

Ian Morton
thebleat@actvets.cc

From the Race Committee

The RMS has been updated with the ACT races that we have currently secured approval. The Committee is still working on NSW events.

We are looking for volunteers to fill the Race Director and Marshal positions so that we can ensure the running of these races.

RACING THIS WEEK:

Tuesday, 22nd February: Stromlo Criterium – Club Championship

Note: Tomorrow’s Crit is only for men age groups M1 (30-34) thru M5 (50-54)

Note: Pre-registration required by 22 Feb 2022 3:50 pm.

No late entries accepted.

Where: Stromlo Forest Park

Race Description:
M4 (45-49)/M5 (50-54) @5:50 40 min
M1 (30-34)/ M2 (35-39)/M3 (40-44) @6:40 45 min
*Age Classification is the Age that you turn on your birthday in 2022, e.g. a rider who turns 40 in December 2022 is classed as M3 (40-44) or W2 (40-49) for all events during 2022.

Race Director:  Allan Bontjer Contact: Email: allan@allanbontjer.net    Ph  0422 808 035

Marshals: Rosemary Robinson

Thursday, 24th February: 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 paired match races (Omnium Event),
6.50pm – 7.10pm: 2-lap handicap race,
7.10pm – 7.30pm: Italian pursuit.

Sunday, 27th February – Tharwa – Age Standard Time Trial

Note: Pre-registration required by 26 Feb 2022 6:00 pm.

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

Where: Start near Cuppacumbalong Homestead entry. Parking in Tharwa village or picnic area adjacent western end of Tharwa Bridge.
When: 9:00 am.
Race Description:
From carpark near bridge to Apollo Rd and return.

Race Director:  tba Contact: Email: tba    Ph  tba

Marshals: tba

RACE REPORTS:

SFP Criterium – 15th February

Race 1 – M8, M9, M10 and M11, 30 min +2 laps.

The age groups rolled out as separate bunches, and we had the pleasure of seeing some very aggressive and varied racing.

First M8 rolled away and locked into a very tight bunch. While there were plenty of attacks, with Brian Peak and David Rowe leading the charge, none got very far or lasted more than a lap. The pace was high and saw the bunch whittle down from 9 to 7 at the end for an extremely tight sprint, which saw Eoin Rothery take 1st, Brian Peak 2nd and Bruce McMillan 3rd.

Next, the M9 saw Mark Taylor attack hard on lap 1 taking Alex and Rico with him. These three stayed away for the rest of the race before Mark won in a decisive sprint finish.

M10 saw one of the most impressive rides of the night. Des Brown showed his exceptional form establishing a sizable break within the first lap, and going on to lap his M10 competition and take 1st. Dennis Puniard and Michael Spoljaric worked well together before sprinting for 2nd with Dennis taking it out.

Finally Bernard Crowe, rode a relentless pace for the 30 mins + 2 laps flying the flag for the M11 category inspiring all present. Chapeau Bernie 1st!

Chapeau Bernie 1st!Capital Region Masters Cycling Club
M8: Eoin Rothery, Brian Peak, Bruce McMillanCapital Region Masters Cycling Club
M9: Mark K Taylor, Alex Sommariva, Rico FitchCapital Region Masters Cycling Club
M10: Des Brown, Dennis Puniard, Mijo (michael) SpoljaricCapital Region Masters Cycling Club
M11: Bernard Crowe Race 2 – Women’s all ages, 30 min +2 laps.Capital Region Masters Cycling ClubWomen’s startWith 15 riders and perfect weather, the handful of spectators present were going to be treated to a thrilling battle in the women’s age criterium championships. It was great to see such a big turnout. The race didn’t attract anyone in the W1 starters, so it was expected that the W2s of Peta Brill, Vanessa Judge and new member Marnie Rose would be the major protagonists. Last year, Vanessa put on a Filippo Ganna-esque performance to ride everyone off her wheel in the last few laps to take victory. This year we were again expecting Terry Moore to put in a few attacks to thin out the field, while Liz Lowe and Alison Hale would be using their excellent positioning skills and sprint to be right up there in the action.This year’s race was different. The bunch rode a high pace for the full 30 mins with the few attacks which managed to gap the field not gaining more than a couple of bike lengths before being neutralised. The inevitable sprint finish was fast and saw Peta Brill show her superb sprinting form to lead a tight bunch home.W2, 1st Peta Brill, 2nd Marnie Rose and Vanessa Judge 3rd. W3 1st Alison Hale, 2nd Pat Rooke, 3rd Cat Riley. W4 1st Terry Moore and W5 1st Gai Monahan.Capital Region Masters Cycling Club
W2: Peta Brill, Marnie Rose, Vanessa JudgeCapital Region Masters Cycling Club
W3: Alison Hale, Pat Rooke, Cat RileyCapital Region Masters Cycling Club
W4: Terry Moore, Michelle HodgettsCapital Region Masters Cycling Club
M5: Gai Monahan Race 3 – M6 and M7, 35 min +2 laps.The M6 race was a highly aggressive race among a strong field. Darren Blackhurst firing the first shot with the first of his solo break away attempts , had the field chasing and strung out with a couple of riders dropped early and committing to time trial mode for the duration. At about the 20 min mark Chris Short created excitement attacking hard with Conan Liu and Michael Langdon shadowing, but not driving and happy to wait for the bunch kick. After the bunch chased back on to the leading 3 and Darren tried his luck for the 3rd time before the bunch settled in for a cracking last 2 laps. The bell lap saw Conan attack uncharacteristically early ultimately leading out the sprint from long range and being overtaken by Chris 1st and Michael 2nd in a photo finish. Chapeau to regular C graders Warwick Wilson 4th and Matthew Hardy 5th who were right there in the bunch, putting in very impressive rides.While M7 was the biggest field of the night, the race saw Mark Harris attack from the gun, setting a pace so high that only David McCook, Michael Foulds and Dale Kleeman could follow. Once the gap established the pace of this group stayed impressively high, and working together well until around the 20 min mark when Mark started turning the screws despatching his companions 1 by 1, but not before they had not only lapped the rest of the M7 field but also caught and passed M6. The race had solo riders crossing the line Mark 1st, David 2nd and Dale 3rd after which it was another couple of solo riders before the M7 bunch arrived mostly together for a vigorous bunch sprint.Capital Region Masters Cycling Club
M6: Christopher Short, Michael Langdon, Conan LiuCapital Region Masters Cycling Club
M7: Mark Harris, David McCook, Dale Kleeman I’d like to thank Marc Harris and Seymour Savell-Boss for Marshalling, and also Rob Langridge for being master of ceremonies, awarding medals to our champions in all our age groups. Matt Hinchliffe Track Racing – 17th FebruaryThe evening weather for the season’s 10th track racing session was near perfect. It was fine and sunny. The temperature was comfortable and the wind was light. Attendance was quite poor for the conditions, with 13 riders, 8 in A grade and 5 in B grade. Frank O’Sullivan lined up in B grade for his first track outing.The 8-lap A grade scratch race had several attacks. It started at tempo pace with Ben Davis doing the first lap before handing on to James Newhouse. Lead outs by Tony Beasley, Craig Kentwell and Michael Langdon followed. Michael raised the pace. However, this stung Kerry Knowler and Lindy Hou into action on the tandem and they were soon leading out. Then Ben Davis put in a burst causing the pack to string out. Ben held a high pace until the bell lap when Michael Langdon accelerated into the lead, pursued by Tony Beasley and Craig Kentwell. These three riders crossed the line in that order, with Ben Davis hanging on for fourth place. It was a good effort by all A graders.The B Grade scratch race started in with Karen Clutson leading out. Alison Hale then took a one lap lead-out. She hung high on the banking after turning over the lead to Graeme O’Neill. However, Alison decided it was too early for an attack and allowed an orderly change over to Frank O’Sullivan, Phil Coulton and Karen Clutson. The change overs brought Alison to the front for the penultimate lap. Graeme O’Neill stood out of the saddle and attacked as the bell lap approached. However, this was like poking a hornet’s nest. Immediately, Alison Hale and Karen Clutson blasted out from the pack and Frank O’Sullivan rounded Graeme in hot pursuit of the pair. Alison proved too strong for Karen. She opened a gap in the back straight and powered home for the win. Karen Clutson pushed hard and held on the second place from Frank O’Sullivan in third place.The evening’s second event was a 1-lap, standing start time trial that counted as the second event of a 4-event, Omnium Championship. The times were competitive with Michael Langdon setting the benchmark at 27.96 seconds. Michael was the only A1 rider competing. However, the A2 group set excellent times with three riders under 30 seconds, namely Tim Jolly (28.78s), Ben Davis (29.79s) and Craig Kentwell (29.97s). In B Grade, new rider Frank O’Sullivan set a great time of 29.98 seconds for a win. Karen Clutson (31.09s) and Alison Hale (31.48s) picked up second and third placings with quick rides.The evenings third event was a 4-lap handicap with A & B grades combined. This is a hard race, so it was good to see 11 of the 14 riders lining up for another dose of punishment. Graeme O’Neill led out at limit. However, within one lap both Alison Hale and Karen Clutson blasted past Graeme. Karen probably over cooked the early lap, as she faded towards the end. Alison also faded slightly, but hung on for fourth. For a change, it was a feast for back markers, with Craig Kentwell taking the win from the scratch rider Michael Langdon. Tony Beasley put in a great effort for third placing.The track session closed with the usual, all-in, Italian pursuit. This event ended up with 2 teams of only 4 riders. Team 1 thought they had good prospects, as they were more experienced and hoped to profit from the best teamwork. Things were looking up for them, initially, as they made a good start and their second rider Alison Hale soon gained a small advantage over Team 2. Team 1 retained a slight lead as the race progressed and the anchor riders took over. However, Team 1’s lead was not sufficient. Team 2’s anchor rider Craig Kentwell scorched around the final lap, turning around the small deficit for a close win (less than half a bike length). It was good, exciting racing by both teams.Major place getters were as follows:
8-Lap Scratch: (A1 Grade) Michael Langdon. (A2 Grade) Tony Beasley, Craig Kentwell, Ben Davis. (B Grade) Alison Hale, Karen Clutson, Frank O’Sullivan.
1-Lap SS TT: (A1 Grade) Michael Langdon (27.96s). (A2 Grade) Tim Jolly (28.78s), Ben Davis (29.79s), Craig Kentwell (29.97s). (B Grade) Frank O’Sullivan (29.98s), Karen Clutson (31.09s) Alison Hale (31.48s).
Combined 4-lap Handicap: Craig Kentwell, Michael Langdon, Tony Beasley.
Combined Italian Pursuit: Winner Team 2 (Craig Kentwell, Tim Jolly, Frank O’Sullivan, Phil Coulton).Omnium Championship Points after Round 2:
Graeme O’Neill (10), Michael Langdon (8), Tony Beasley (6), James Newhouse (6), Kerry Knowler (5), Lindy Hou (5), Frank O’Sullivan, (4), Alison Hale (3), Tim Jolly (3).Season Point Score Update:
Alison Hale (201), Tony Beasley (195), Craig Kentwell (170), James Newhouse (160), Michael Langdon (158), Ken Birch (119), Graeme O’Neill (109), John Paul De Sousa (99), Bruce Griffin (97), Kerry Knowler (93), Karen Clutson (84), Phil Coulton (75), Wayne Benham (68), Warwick Wilson (62), Ben Davis (58). Graeme O’Neill Unsubscribe from the Capital Region Masters Cycling Club (ACT) mailing list. ReplyForward

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