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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

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

Masters,

In this week’s Bleat;

•  Annual General Meeting

•  From the Race Committee

•  From the Desk of the Handicapper

•  Racing this Week

•  Race Reports

Ian Morton
thebleat@actvets.cc

Annual General Meeting

The Club held the Annual General Meeting tonight.

The following positions were voted on;
 – President – no nominations
 – Vice President – no nominations
 – Secretary – Craig Tozer
 – Treasurer – no nominations

General Committee
 – Dougal Torrence, Christopher Short, Kevin Woods, Andy Matz, Kim Malcolm, Ian Morton, Rob Langridge (Handicapper)

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, 15th February: Stromlo Criterium – Club Championship

Note: Tomorrow’s Crit is only for age groups M6 (55-59) thru M10 (75+) and Women.
Riders in M1 (30-34) thru M5 (50-54) will race next week

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

No late entries accepted.

Where: Stromlo Forest Park

Race Description:
M8 (65-69)/M9 (70-74)/M10 (75-80)/M11 (80-) @5:50 30 min
Women (All ages)** @6:30 30 min
M6 (55-59)/M7 (60-64) @7:10 35 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.
**While all Women will start together, results will be recorded for 10 year ages groups (30-39, 40-49, etc).

Race Director:  Matt Hinchcliffe Contact: Email: hinchymatt1@gmail.com    Ph  0423 476 341

Marshals: Marc Harris

Thursday, 17th 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: 1 lap standing start TT (Omnium Event),
6.50pm – 7.10pm: 4-lap handicap race,
7.10pm – 7.30pm: Italian pursuit.

Sunday, 20th February: No Scheduled Road Race

RACE REPORTS:

SFP Criterium – 8st February

E, F & G Grades – E, F, and G grades started the nights racing with a group of 9 riders staying together most of the race. There were a few attempted breaks, but it came down to an exciting bunch sprinter with Shirley-Anne Taylor the first across the line in E grade followed by Linda Stals, and Simon Milnes. Ross Heazlewood finished first in F grade and Gai Monahan was the sole rider in G Grade.

E 1st Shirley-Anne Taylor, 2nd Linda Stals, 3rd Simon Milnes
F 1st Ross Heazlewood, 2nd Dennis Puniard 3rd Michael Spoljaric
G 1st Gai Monahan

A Grade – A grade went out hard and a group of 5 soon made a break with Gerard Tiffen, Ben Morrison, Matt Rizzuto, James Meadley, Daniel Lekhac working together to keep the bunch at bay with Gerard Tiffen winning the race followed by Ben Morrison and Matt Rizzuto. Marc Vroomans was the first over the line in the chasing bunch taking 6th place.

1st Gerard Tiffen, 2nd Ben Morrison 3rd Matt Rizzuto

C Grade – C grade was the biggest group of the night with 26 riders. The group stayed together for most of the ride with several attempted breaks mid race including one by Dominic Romano. In the sprint at the end Adam Strickland finishing first followed by Andrew Buick and Nicholas Jeffries. 1st Adam Strickland, 2nd Andrew Buick, 3rd Nicholas Jeffries

B Grade – B grade went out first but soon faced heavy rain with the threat of lighting circling the suburbs around Stromlo. Darren Blackhurst did a lot of work early as the bunch negotiated the poor conditions and the threat of Kangaroos late in the race. Sixteen riders finished the race with Michael Langdon coming first in a sprint followed by David McCook and Peter Young coming third.

1st Michael Langdon, 2nd David McCook 3rd Peter Young

D Grade – D grade went out next with the rain and threat of nearby lighting leading to several riders dropping out early. The remain 7 riders worked together to finish safely with David Rowe finishing first followed by Terry Danaher and Peter Frew

1st David Rowe, 2nd Terry Danaher, 3rd Peter Frew

Paul McKay

Track Racing – 10th February

The evening weather for the season’s 9th track racing session was warm with rain threatening. The wind was light. Fortunately, the predicted evening rain amounted to only a few drops that barely impeded the race program. Attendance was slightly down, with 14 riders, 9 in A grade and 5 in B grade. Tim Jolly lined up in B grade for his first track outing with the club.

The 8-lap A grade scratch race was eventful. It started at an easy pace with Michael Langdon doing the first lap before handing on to Craig Kentwell. Craig must have felt good, as he did two laps leading out at a good tempo. Next lap, Steve Jones and Tony Beasley surged off the front. They were soon pegged back by James Newhouse and Wayne Benham. On lap 7 Kerry Knowler and Lindy Hou attacked on their tandem. Michael Langdon pursued and quickly streamed past the tandem, gaining a 20 metre lead by the penultimate lap. This lap saw Wayne Benham was pursuing hard and in second spot by the bell lap. As the bell lap progressed, Steve Jones surged out of the pack in pursuit of Wayne. Michael Langdon was cruising to a comfortable victory with Wayne Benham and Steve Jones locked in a battle for second place. Steve drew ahead about 5 metres from the line to take second spot with Wayne in third. Craig Kentwell hauled in next, to be best of the A2 group.

The B Grade scratch race started in an orderly fashion and progressed through five rider changes at one lap intervals. Bruce Griffin led over lap 6 and decided to hold position as the penultimate lap commenced. When the pack reached the back straight on lap 7, Bruce surged off the front in a good tactical move. The second rider could not pursue and this gave Bruce vital seconds to build a lead before the pack responded. Alison Hale and Karen Clutson were soon pursuing Bruce with Tim Jolly also showing pace from the rear of the pack. Eventually, Alison reeled in Bruce to take the win. However, Bruce held on for second spot before a fast closing Karen Clutson, who came in third.

The evening’s second event was a 200 Fly, a timed sprint over 200m from a flying start. Power and flying start technique are the keys to this event. A-grade times were very competitive with the first three being Michael Langdon (13.14s), Steve Jones (13.33s) and Wayne Benham (13.72s). Best of the A2 Group was the Kerry Knowler / Lindy Hou tandem (13.68s). B-grade times were also quite competitive with the first three being Tim Jolly (14.00s), Karen Clutson (14.41s) and Alison Hale (14.88s). The fastest rider (Michael Langdon) averaged 54.8 km/hr over the timed section. The 200 Fly was the first event of a 4 event Omnium Championship for 2021-22.

The evenings third event was a 2-lap handicap with A & B grades combined. This was a closely contested race. Initially Bruce Griffin powered out, passing the limit rider in less than half a lap. Bruce managed to hold a good pace, but it was not enough to hold out James Newhouse who is hard to hold back in handicap events. The first two places were James Newhouse and Bruce Griffin. The limit rider Graeme O’Neill just managed to hold out Tony Beasley for third placing.

The track session closed with the usual, all-in, Italian pursuit. This event ended up with 2 teams of 5 riders. On paper, it looked like Team 2 would be stronger. However, the wild card was Tim Jolly on Team 2 who was having his first Italian Pursuit race. Team 2 decided to place Tim as first rider. You could not argue with this, as a safety measure. However, this decision likely meant that the team 2 rider sequence was sub-optimal. In the event, Team 1 rode flawlessly, while Team 2 were slightly off form, sufficient to give Team 1 a comfortable win and highlight the importance of team strategy for this event.

Major place getters for Wednesday were as follows:
8-Lap Scratch: (A1 Grade) Michael Langdon, Steve Jones, Wayne Benham. (A2 Grade) Craig Kentwell, Kerry Knowler / Lindy Hou tandem, Ben Davis. (B Grade) Alison Hale, Bruce Griffin, Karen Clutson.
200m Fly: (A1 Grade) Michael Langdon (13.14s), Steve Jones (13.33s), Wayne Benham (13.72s). (A2 Grade) Kerry Knowler / Lindy Hou tandem (13.68s), Craig Kentwell (14.05s), Tony Beasley (14.30s) (B Grade) Tim Jolly (14.00s), Karen Clutson (14.41s) Alison Hale (14.88s).
Combined 2-lap Handicap: James New house, Bruce Griffin, Graeme O’Neill.
Combined Italian Pursuit: Winner Team 1 (Michael Langdon, Craig Kentwell, Tony Beasley, Karen Clutson, Graeme O’Neill).

Omnium Championship Points after Round 1:
Graeme O’Neill (5), Tony Beasley (4), Michael Langdon (3), James Newhouse (2), Wayne Benham, (1).

Season Point Score Update:
Alison Hale (188), Tony Beasley (181), James Newhouse (148), Craig Kentwell (148), Michael Langdon (144), Ken Birch (119), John Paul De Sousa (99), Graeme O’Neill (98), Bruce Griffin (97), Kerry Knowler (88), Karen Clutson (75), Wayne Benham (68), Phil Coulton (64), Warwick Wilson (62), Rowan McMurray (53).

Graeme O’Neill

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

Masters,

In this week’s Bleat;

•  From the Desk of the President

•  2022 Annual General Meeting

•  Chris Short assistance

•  From the Race Committee

•  From the Desk of the Handicapper

•  Racing this Week

•  Race Reports

Ian Morton
thebleat@actvets.cc

From the Desk of the President

New Cycling Gear

I am very pleased to provide the link to the Club Kit Portal https://mvmnt.club/collections/crmcc. To access, please use the passcode CRMCC22

Capital Region Masters Cycling Club

When you open the portal, you’ll note there are three kit options all available in men’s and women’s specific cut.
  1. ECO – 87% recycled material.
  2.AEROLITE – aero kit (if you see me racing tomorrow, it’s the fit I wear in size medium).
  3. CLUB CLASSIX – which is relaxed fit version.

You can also purchase socks, and an aerosuit [the full tilt] version.

Jimmy has also provided some other jerseys and if you use the club specific discount code of MVMNT25 you can receive 25% off the purchase price.

Please allow 6 weeks for delivery from time of ordering.

I think it would be awesome, once members have purchased the new kit for the club to organise a photo opportunity in a couple of months showing off the new kit.

So please check out the kit, make a purchase and get out and about in the kit to show off to the rest of the cycling world that CRMCC is here!

Final Thanks

As this is my final message as CRMCC President, I wanted to thank you all for your support, and specifically to all the members of the committee that keep the club running. We have done some fantastic work over the last couple of years, which I’ve mentioned before.

Thanks everyone.

Of course, it is not too late for members to volunteer for the committee, we would also welcome more female representation on the committee, with Kirsti stepping down after several years on the committee. Supporting female participation was one of the key findings from the club’s evaluation last year. If you’re interested and would like to discuss, please email me (president@actvets.cc). Alternatively I’ll be opening up the office tomorrow at crits and would love to have a chat with anyone interested in joining.

Seymour Savell-Boss
Capital Region Masters Cycling Club President.

2022 Annual General Meeting – Held in a COVID Safe Environment

The AGM for 2022 will be held on Monday 14th February 2022 at 7:00pm in the Loft Meeting Room at the Raiders Club Weston.

Those attending the AGM will be required to wear a mask.

NOTE: Any Apologies should be advised to the secretary (secretary@actvets.cc).

ZOOM attendance

For those who can’t attend in person, the following ZOOM meeting has been setup;

https://zoom.us/j/94894269430?pwd=RVBXK1M1ZFFtMHR6cjJzNkcvVmxrQT09

When you join the meeting, your audio will be automatically muted and you will not have the option to UnMute. If you wish to ask a question or make a comment please do one of the following;

1. Raise your hand

Click on the Reactions Button at the bottom of the screen then click Raise Hand

Capital Region Masters Cycling Club

The ZOOM moderator will enable you to UnMute your microphone;

Capital Region Masters Cycling Club

2. Via Chat

Click on the Chat Button at the bottom of the screen

Capital Region Masters Cycling Club

Select my name from the dropdown list;

Capital Region Masters Cycling Club

Type your question or comment and it will be passed to me.

Thinking of Joining the Committee

You’d be very welcome. Talk to a current committee member to find out more and submit a nomination form (DOWLOAD) 7 days prior to the AGM (which is today) on the 14th February 2022.

The following positions are being vacated this year so we are looking for members to step in and fill these roles;
– President
– Vice-President
– Treasurer/Membership
– Secretary.
New office holders will be supported by experienced members of the Committee.

Thanks to those who have already nominated for Committee positions.

Russell Marston
Secretary Capital Region Masters Cycling Club
secretary@actvets.cc

Chris Short assistance

Chris Short is seeking some assistance in preparing street level race map images with something like OpenStreetMap.

If you have some knowledge of this or other GIS tools, please contact him at chrisd.short@icloud.com or 0421 586 228.

From the Race Committee

It is important to ensure all members who race are properly registered so that we can enure that we have Insurance coverage. Could all members who intend to race please ensure they are fully registered well in advance and ensure they have entered the online race enrolement in advance of the cutoff.

From the Desk of the Handicapper

Promotions

Ross Goggin B to A
David Parker B to A
Elizabeth Lowe D to C
Terry Danaher E to D

Rob Langridge
Handicapper

RACING THIS WEEK:

Tuesday, 8st February: Stromlo Criterium

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

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

No late entries accepted.

Where: Stromlo Forest Park

Race Description:
E/F/G 5:50 28 min + 2 laps
A/C 6:25 A 40m+2, C 35m+2
B/D 7:20 B 40m+2, D 35m+2

Race Director:  Paul McKay Contact: Email: mckayfamily1993@gmail.com    Ph  0418 244 077

Marshals: Chris Reis

Thursday, 10th 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: 200m-fly (flying start TT – Omnium Event);
6.50pm – 7.10pm: 2-lap handicap race;
7.10pm – 7.30pm: Italian pursuit.

Sunday, 13th February: No Scheduled Road Race

RACE REPORTS:

SFP Criterium – 1st February

A and C grades were up first and enjoyed the best of the conditions of the night, overcast but still and dry.

A grade was marked by consistent attacks, with Gerard Tiffen, Christope and Daniel Crocker trying their luck early on. They were able to get a gap on the bunch, but with a few in the pack taking responsibility for chasing, including Matt Corby and Ben Carmody, the early breakaway broke up. Christope’s companions were absorbed by the pack and he was then joined by Dale Riley. The pace to stay ahead of the bunch was high and with 22 minutes remaining Christope was left out the front solo. Gerard Tiffen attacked the bunch, crossed the gap and made it across to Christophe with 17 minutes remaining. They rode together for several laps but with 11 minutes remaining GT dropped Christophe and settled into a solo time trial to the finish. Mat Corby jumped across to Christope but they weren’t able to make an impact on GT’s lead. GT took the win solo by the length of the straight, with Mat Corby second and Nick Stewart third.

C grade was surprised (or not?) by an attack by The DOMinator on the first lap. Dom was able to build a small lead but was inevitably caught by the bunch after a couple of laps. Rod Welch picked up the pace but the bunch didn’t let him get away. After a few laps of recovery, Dom had another rush of blood and attacked again, with some help from Ian Preston, but the bunch was back together within a couple of minutes. Several other riders tested the bunch but none were able to make attacks stick. There was a coming together at the left hand corner at the top of the straight, with a couple of riders needed to take to the grass for a little extra racing room, but thankfully all remained upright. The DOMinator, having rested in the bunch for a bit, tried yet another attack with 15 minutes remaining, and was joined by Rod Welch. The bunch closed in again after a couple of laps, and was all together for the final few laps. Paul Clare took the win in the bunch sprint, followed by Eoin Rothery just edging out The DOMinator.

B and D grades were up next, with rain starting just as riders were called to the start line. Gentle rain continued through the race but there was not enough to cause any trouble. After the start, the timing crew realised that there was an inconsistency with advertised race start times and durations, and adjustments were made on the fly to shorten the race.

B grade was quite a civilised affair for the first third of the race, perhaps the drizzle discouraged riders from leaving the warmth of the pack. The pace started to lift about 10 minutes into the race, but nobody really managed to break free. With about 15 minutes remaining, Peter Merrick put in a strong attack and strung out the bunch, but was unable to cause a break. The bunch stayed together for the remainder of the race with Ross Goggin taking the win, followed closely by Dave McCook and Michael Langdon.

D grade also had a fairly calm start. With 30 minutes remaining, Jon Chowns put in a strong attack and got a small gap, but was chased down within a lap. Greg Mitchell also tried his luck but was not able to get away. The pack was pretty much together until the 2 lap board was shown and the pace lifted and strung out the bunch. Elizabeth Lowe managed to pip the bunch for the win, with Steve Harrison second and David Hennessy third.

Due to the timing issue, E, F and G grades started slightly behind schedule. The track had dried out but the wind had picked up.

E grade stuck together for the first 10 minutes of racing, but then Terry Danaher and another (#?sorry) split the bunch. Geoff Ellacott chased and managed to bring the field back together. With 12 minutes to go, Bob Miller had managed to get off the front, but he wasn’t away long. Geoff Ellacott had another dig in the final few laps but wasn’t able to hold the bunch off and they were all back together for the final two laps. Terry Danaher took the win, with Paul McKay second and Geoff third.

F grade was animated by Michael Spoljaric putting in the first attack and getting a gap on the others. He was joined by Adrian Breen with 16 minutes remaining, and they rode together for a couple of laps, before Michael dropped off. After several laps off the front by himself, Adrian was caught by Michael, with the group coming back together in the final few laps. Adrain Breen took the win, with Ross Heazlewood second and Michael third.

Gai Monahan represented G grade solo, circulating consistently strongly, untroubled by the goings-on in the other grades.

Ed Pellegrino

Track Racing – 3rd February

The ninth track racing session for the 2021-22 season ran on Thursday, 3 February. The weather was cool and overcast with no rain during the session. The wind was strong, with a head wind in the front straight. Sixteen riders participated, 10 in A grade and 6 in B grade.

The 10-lap, A grade scratch race started with Dougal Torrance leading out and quickly motoring off the front, pursued and soon caught by Tony Beasley and Craig Kentwell. On lap 3, Michael Langdon rolled to the front and took off, establishing a 20m lead for one lap, before backing off. After solid turns by Craig Kentwell, James Newhouse, Wayne Benham, Tony Beasley and Steve Jones, Michael Langdon attacked again, this time getting a 30m gap by the entry to the bell lap. Craig Kentwell and Steve Jones pursued relentlessly but could make no inroad into Michael’s lead. The finish order was Michael Langdon, Craig Kentwell, Steve Jones, a particularly creditable performance by Craig Kentwell from the A2 group. Worth mentioning from this race was a gutsy performance by Kerry Knowler and Lindy Hou on their tandem. The pair got off to a slow start and hung 15-20 metres off the pack for the entire race. However, they did not give up pursuing and even managed a sprint at the end, to avoid the wooden spoon – a fine example of commitment from both riders!

The B Grade scratch race was led out by Alison Hale at a solid pace. The race ran smoothly for four laps with turns from Sarah Stephens, Karen Clutson, Ken Birch, Bruce Griffin and Graeme O’Neill. The pace began to hot up on lap five when suddenly there was a touch of wheels and Ken Birch hit the deck, solidly. Bruce Griffin swerved instantly and just managed to skirt the fallen rider, likely also saving the pursuing rider from a fall. The race was abandoned, so that Ken could receive first aid treatment. He was soon on his feet, a little shaky and worse for wear. Normally crashes are quite rare at track. We all wish Ken a speedy recovery and hope his injuries are no worse than bruising and abrasions.

When Ken’s treatment was completed, riders lined up for a 1-lap flying start, time trial. This was an exhilarating event commencing with a plunge down the banking for a flying start and then a short, flat chat effort. Overall, the times were quite close with most of the field under 26 seconds. The honours were taken by Michael Langdon (22.23s) in A1 grade, Kerry Knowler / Lindy Hou (23.47s) in A2 grade and Karen Clutson (24.88s) in B Grade.

The final event for the evening was, as usual, an Italian Pursuit with combined A and B grade riders. There were five riders per team and both teams had good, disciplined rides. However, Team 2 got off to a fantastic start, with blistering turns by Bruce Griffin and Karen Clutson. After that, it was all over. The rest of team 2’s riders just kept winding up the pace, leaving team 1 in their dust.

Results correction from 27 January;
8-Lap Scratch: (A1 Grade) Steve Jones, Michael Langdon, Wayne Benham.

Major place getters for 3 February were as follows:
10-Lap Scratch: (A1 Grade) Michael Langdon, Steve Jones, Dougal Torrance. (A2 Grade) Craig Kentwell, Ben Davis, Tony Beasley. (B Grade) Race abandoned.
1-Lap Flying Start, Time Trial: (A1 Grade) Michael Langdon (22.23s), Steve Jones (23.37s), Dougal Torrance (24.01s). (A2 Grade) Kerry Knowler / Lindy Hou tandem (23.47s), Craig Kentwell (23.92s), Tony Beasley & James Newhouse (tied at 25.50s). (B Grade) Karen Clutson (24.88s), Alison Hale (25.31s), Sarah Stephens (25.37s).
Combined Italian Pursuit: Winner Team 2 (Wayne Benham, Craig Kentwell, Tony Beasley, Bruce Griffin, Karen Clutson).

Season Point Score Update:
Alison Hale (171), Tony Beasley (164), James Newhouse (132), Craig Kentwell (129), Michael Langdon (124), Ken Birch (119), Steve Jones (110), John Paul De Sousa (99), Graeme O’Neill (83), Bruce Griffin (82), Kerry Knowler (74), Phil Coulton (64), Warwick Wilson (62), Karen Clutson (58), Rowan McMurray (53), Wayne Benham (52).

Graeme O’Neill

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

Masters,

In this week’s Bleat;

•  From the Desk of the President

•  2022 Annual General Meeting

•  From the Race Committee

•  From the Desk of the Handicapper

•  Racing this Week

•  Race Reports

Ian Morton
thebleat@actvets.cc

From the Desk of the President

New Cycling Gear

Following a vote of the members, the following jersey had been selected as the new Club Jersey. Purchasing arrangements will be advised shortly;

Capital Region Masters Cycling Club

Seymour Savell-Boss
Capital Region Masters Cycling Club President.

2022 Annual General Meeting – Held in a COVID Safe Environment

The AGM for 2022 will be held on Monday 14th February 2022 at 7:00pm in the Loft Meeting Room at the Raiders Club Weston.

Those attending the AGM will be required to wear a mask.

NOTE: Any Apologies should be advised to the secretary.

A ZOOM meeting will be available for anyone who can’t attend in person.

Thinking of Joining the Committee

You’d be very welcome. Talk to a current committee member to find out more and submit a nomination form 7 days prior to the AGM on the 14th February 2022.

The following positions are being vacated this year so we are looking for members to step in and fill these roles;
– President
– Vice-President
– Treasurer/Membership
– Secretary.
New office holders will be supported by experienced members of the Committee.

Thanks to those who have already nominated for Committee positions.

Russell Marston
Secretary Capital Region Masters Cycling Club
secretary@actvets.cc

From the Race Committee

It is important to ensure all members who race are properly registered so that we can enure that we have Insurance coverage. Could all members who intend to race please ensure they are fully registered well in advance and ensure they have entered the online race enrolement in advance of the cutoff.

From the Desk of the Handicapper

Promotions

Michael Davis – B to A
Jason Irwin – B to A

Rob Langridge
Handicapper

RACING THIS WEEK:

Tuesday, 1st February: Stromlo Criterium

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

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

No late entries accepted.

Where: Stromlo Forest Park

Race Description:
A/C 5:50 A 45m+2, C 40m+2
B/D 6:40 B 45m+2, D 40m+2
E/FG 7:15 30 min + 2 laps

Race Director:  Ed Pellegrino Contact: Email: edpellegrino@gmail.com    Ph  0419 265 192

Marshals: James Tonkin

Thursday, 3rd February: Track Racing

The Program for Thursday is;
5.30pm – 6.00pm: Warm-up and free practice;
6.00pm – 6.20pm: 10-lap graded scratch race;
6.20pm – 7.00pm: 1-lap flying start time trial;
7.00pm – 7.20pm: Italian pursuit.

Sunday, 6th February: No Scheduled Road Race

RACE REPORTS:

SFP Criterium – 25th January

Despite the early threat of rain, near perfect conditions met the pre-Australia Day criterium race as Stromlo. 83 riders registered across all the grades.

A Grade – 16 riders raced for the 45 mins plus 2 laps race. The pace was high from the start with Marc Harris and Gerard Tiffen launching a first lap attack. The duo worked well together and gained a quarter of a lap on the field which held for the first 15 mins of race. However, they could not quite get out of site and Nathan Spillane and Conan Liu combined with some strong efforts to close the gap. A brief truce was called within the bunch which stay together until a furry of attacks started with a little over 20 mins left to race. Small groups caused temporary splits but were unable to stay away until Matt Rizzuto found his way clear of the bunch. After a few laps Matt was brought back and straight away Gerrard Tiffen tried hard to solo off the front. The bunch was not letting GT go and the race came together again. With 15 mins to go Matt Rizzuto created a decisive gap and, despite the hard chasing of Mark Harris and Nathan Spillane, held the field off to the end. Matt soloed to an impressive win with Marc Vroomans and Gerard Tiffen fighting it out in a close sprint for the podium places.

B Grade – 21 riders raced for 45 mins plus two laps race. Darren Blackhurst was aggressive early with several strong surges trying for force a gap. This was followed by Michael Foulds and Ed Pellegrino taking turns to keep the pressure on with strong turns. A succession of attacked occurred with newcomer Michael Davies and Todd Sowter combining to establish a threatening gap on the chasing group. Sensing the danger, Michael Langdon took responsibility for the chase and quickly reduced the distance to the leaders. There were further efforts including another strong attempt by Michael Langdon with 6 mins left to race. In the final laps, Darren Blackhurst made a huge effort before the bunch came together for the bunch sprint. In the end, Michael Davies won with a display of strength followed closely by in-form Jason Irwin and Todd Sowter.

C Grade – 23 riders raced for 40 mins plus 2 laps. Dominic Romano (aka the Dominator) surprised the bunch with a second lap attack. He was reeled in by an attentive bunch but was soon on the attack again until Ian Preston and John Stokman combined with some strong efforts on the front to bring the race back together. A little over half way through the race, Mark Taylor slipped off the front and quickly created a dangerous gap. Mark was looking strong for several laps until he reeled back in. David Buckley sensed his chance with a solo effort however with less than 15 minutes to go the bunch was not letting him get far. The Dominator had recovered from his earlier efforts and was again animating the race. His attack was followed by strong efforts by Karl Heys and Vanessa Judge who combined to break away. In the end, a bunch sprint decided the race.
[Editor’s Note: There is some uncertainty about the placings] John Stokman and Dale Kleeman were in the top three finishers.

D Grade – 16 riders raced for 40 mins plus 2 laps. Steven Harrison kept the pace high early by spending the first 4 laps on the front. The bunch stayed together with Steven Harrison continuing to drive the pace with Alex Sommariva taking turns. After the half way mark, Liz Lowe and Tony Sheehan combined with a strong turn to get away. The chasing bunch was very attentive and did not let them get too far. After a short lull, the in-form Liz Rowe was off the front again with Alex Sommariva in support. The bunch came together for the final laps with Kevin Newhouse winning the sprint ahead of a fast finishing Liz Lowe and Tony Sheehan.

E/F/G Grade – 8 riders from across the E/F/G grades combined for 30 mins plus two laps. The pace was strong from the start with the bunch strung out for the first 10 minutes. Cat Riley and Rosemary Robinson turned up the pace and opened a healthy gap on the remaining bunch. This caused the race to split into 4 groups with everyone chasing hard to bring it back together. Bob Miller and Michael Spoljaric kept a solid pace to keep their groups in sight of the leading pair. With 10 minutes left to race, Cat Riley opened up a gap on Rosemary Robinson who rejoined by the chasing bunch. With 5 minutes to go Cat continued a strong pace and was half a lap clear of her chasers. She continued this pace to pull away even further for a convincing win for E grade ahead of Rosemary Robinson, Mick Donaldson and Howard Moffatt. Bob Miller was the first home for F grade leading Ross Heazlewood and Adrian Breen. Michael Spoljaric was the winner for G Grade.

Thanks to all for a good night of racing. In particular, thank you to Mark Vardy to taking on the Marshal duties at short notice, Dougal Torrance for his advice and assistance and Simon Whitehead for First Aid support.

Damian Copeland

Track Racing – 27th January

The eighth track racing session for the 2021-22 seasonran on Thursday 27 January. This was the first really hot track day this year. The wind was light but variable. Initially there was a head wind in the front straight. Over the race session, it swung 180 degrees, to a head wind in the back straight. Fifteen riders participated, 8 in A grade and 7 in B grade.

The 8-lap A grade scratch race started with Steve Jonesleading out at a comfortable pace. John Paul DeSousa rolled to the lead on lap 2 and soon had the pack travelling at a good tempo. James Newhouse, Tony Beasley and Ben Davis held tempo for the next 3 turns. When Michael Langdon rolled onto the front on lap 6, he immediately attacked. Craig Kentwell, Wayne Benham and Steve Jones took up the pursuit and the pack began to string out. By the bell lap, Michael Langdon was leading a group out front of the pack. From this group Michael held out for the win, followed by Steve Jones and Wayne Benham in that order. Craig Kentwell, at fifth place, led in the A2 group.

The B Grade scratch race was led out by Ken Birch at a good pace. Alison Hale soon took over and raised the pace a notch, Karen Clutson and Greame O’Neill took the next turns holding the pace steady. The pace cranked up a further notch when Kerry Knowler and Lindy Hou took their tandem to the front on lap 7. The big accelerations started towards the end of this lap. The bell lap was a flat out grind with the tandem proving unbeatable. Alison Haleand Karen Clutson rode well to take the minor places in that order.

A 4-lap handicap was held after the scratch races. This race was all-in with a mixed field of 14 A and B grade riders. The pace was solid, with the limit rider being swamped within 2 laps. Michael Langdon rode superbly from the scratch mark to pass everyone for a win. The following positions were, in order, James Newhouse, Craig Kentwell, Tony Beasley and Alison Hale. It was a good, tough contest.

The next events were graded points races. These races had a small twist, with the sprints being unevenlydistributed over the race laps. Steve Jones capitalised on this in the A grade event, catching the pack napping for the third sprint and gaining a sufficient margin to give him the third and fourth sprints and 19 points for the win. Places in A grade went to John Paul De Sousa (15) and Wayne Benham (13). Craig Kentwell topped the A2 field with 14 points.

The B grade points race was most notable for a fierce contest between Alison Hale and Kerry Knowler / Lindy Hou on the tandem. The three sprints were nearly identical, with the tandem leading out at a high speed andAlison in tow. Alison would accelerate around the tandem in the final bend. Just when she seemed likely to take the sprint, the tandem would surge and hold a marginal lead to the line. It was great racing! The final points wash up was Kerry / Lindy (20), Alison (16) and Peter Brooks (12). Peter is a new track rider who is rapidly getting the hang of things.

The final event for the evening was, as usual, an Italian Pursuit. This event went spectacularly wrong for Team 2, giving Team 1 an easy win. Team 2’s main problem was very poor ordering of riders. Team 2’s first rider, Karen Clutson, did her job and took off like a scalded cat, with only Wayne Benham in tow. Ben Davis, who should have ridden up the order (possibly at first out), was left struggling against the wind for 3 laps. Naturally, this gave Team 1 an unbeatable advantage, which they capitalised on by good team discipline. Fortunately, everyone took the disaster with good humour – another lesson learned.

Major place getters were as follows:
8-Lap Scratch: (A1 Grade) Michael Langdon, Steve Jones, Wayne Benham. (A2 Grade) Craig Kentwell, Tony Beasley, James Newhouse. (B Grade) Kerry Knowler /Lindy Hou tandem, Alison Hale, Karen Clutson.
4-Lap Handicap: Michael Langdon, James Newhouse, Craig Kentwell.
Points Race: (A1 Grade) Steve Jones (19), John Paul De Sousa (15), Wayne Benham (13). (A2 Grade) Craig Kentwell (15), Tony Beasley (9), James Newhouse (5). (B Grade) Kerry Knowler / Lindy Hou tandem (20), Alison Hale (16), Peter Brooks (12).
Combined Italian Pursuit: Winner Team 1 (Michael Langdon, Craig Kentwell, Alison Hale, Peter Brooks, Tony Beasley).

Season Point Score Update:
Alison Hale (159), Tony Beasley (148), James Newhouse(121), Ken Birch (114), Craig Kentwell (111), Michael Langdon (110), John Paul De Sousa (99), Steve Jones (93), Graeme O’Neill (74), Bruce Griffin (70), Phil Coulton(64), Warwick Wilson (62), Kerry Knowler (62), Rowan McMurray (53), Karen Clutson (43), Wayne Benham (38).

Graeme O’Neill

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