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Who Are Southern Vets?

Cycling keeps you fit and healthy in body and mind. Southern Vets gives riders (women 30+, men 35+) the opportunity to compete in road cycling against their peers over a number of courses out of McLaren Flat in the wonderful Southern Vales. Our riders average less than 20km/h to more than 40km/h, so there’s a place for everyone! We are a great bunch of people who invite you to join, make new friends, and share what we enjoy!

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See more (click arrow below) Special thanks to members Greg Adams (Imagestix) and Richard Miller

Sunday 16th December – Club Presentation Day Handicap

Final race for 2018. I would like to pass on a big thanks to everyone for a great year. We have to acknowledge all our volunteers throughout the year, because without them, there would be no club. But often excluded, is the point that we exist to provide our members with a safe environment to have some fun on a bike and test themselves against like minded people. Southern Vets is a great club because it’s a spectacular community of great people. A big thankyou to all our members.

16th December we are on course 1A. We will do 5 laps of the Binney Rd circuit for 43 km. If numbers are up and we run two divisions, Div 2 will likely do 4 laps. Start time is 0900 this week. Once finished, we’ll move to the club room, where we’ll have a feast fit for an elite athlete who is in wind down mode. Presentation of the annual Perpetual trophies then takes place. Last event for the year, so come along and send off 2018 in great style.

Renewing our Membership for 2019

It’s time to renew your club membership. You can rejoin any time you like from now, but remember, as of Jan 1st, if you have not paid, you will have no insurance cover.

On our website, there is a page to JOIN. Follow the link on this page which directs you to the AVCC website. Special request from our Treasurer to ensure you only use your existing log in details. If you don’t know what they are, contact Richard Tormet or myself and we can get them for you. Select your payment option and then complete. Remember that your actual licence is sent to you via email immediately you’ve completed your payment. You will need to print the receipt out and then cut out the actual licence.

I’d encourage you to complete this task now so as to avoid the situation of missing out on any racing next year. The process is computer based, so there is no way I’m going to tell you “its easy”. Give it a go and yell out if you need help.

Race Calendar changes

Couple of quick changes to our Race Calendar for the remainder of the year.

The December 23rd hidden handicap event has been cancelled. A show of hands of the committee has agreed to give everyone a break a couple of days before Christmas. Well deserved !!!!  We are planning on a Social ride on the 23rd. Keep an eye on Facebook for details.

The Blewitt Springs Rd has reopened, but there is still some clean up work to be completed. At the moment, the plan is for the road works at the bridge, and on Main Rd McLaren Flat should be finished 31st December. Thanks everyone for your patience as we made those last minute course changes to manoeuvre around the activity.

2019 Classic Adelaide Masters Series – CAMS

Robert Freak, Vice President SAMCA & Race Director CAMS

Invites you to save up to $25 & go into a raffle to win 1 of 2 bottles of quality wine.
All you need to do is go to www.samc.org.au & register for the CAMS races before the end of the month. (Yes that’s 15 days). While you are there, take a look at News & Updates, at all the terrific sponsors we have on board.

It is these people & my work with direct contacts with the AVCC as their grant comes with the condition that we spend it on event organisation & prizes & we are accountable to them for every dollar.

Over the years the Treasurer & I have done this so well that we have received their praise & also gained an increase from $3 – $5,000 for 2019. Wonderful in this current climate. In addition I have single handedly added a further $3,500 in grants to make 2019 the biggest & best CAMS ever conducted for Masters/Vets in Australia.

You, the cyclist will be rewarded with great prize money, vouchers etc. as we intend to recognise well down in fields.

Enjoy all your CAMS committee has done for you

Thankyou

Robert Freak

Club AGM 11th November

Club AGM was held Sunday 11th November 2018. Thanks to all those who attended, and to everyone in the club for your contributions throughout the year.

Election process moved smoothly, with all positions on the committee being filled.

One motion moved to recognise the increase in membership fees from $120 to $140 per year. The increase is as a result of the AVCC having to increase their portion by $20 to cover their costs and increases in insurance levies. The SA and Club components of the membership fee have remained the same. Reminder to all to not renew your memberships for 2019 until the start of December.

Wish to welcome our new members onto the Club Committee, and once again thank everyone for your amazing support through the year. President’s report is attached, and the minutes of the AGM will be posted when available.

We’ve got another year filled with interesting racing which hopefully will see you challenged and rewarded.      Stay Upright  –  Stay Safe. 

Summer Time Trial Training Sessions

October 11th. Lock it in.

Every Thursday night, 6.00pm, at MFRG.

The Summer Time Trial training sessions will be on again this year. It’s that time of the year where the competition on the bike is with you alone.

Thanks to Geoff Hillman and his loyal team, we will be running the series again through the day light saving period. Road Works might cause some rethinking of course selection, but nothing will change the fact, there simply is no better way to improve your riding than getting out there each week to search for that elusive second of improvement.

No nominations required. Simply turn up. $5 entry goes towards the end of season function.

All welcome.

Membership fee structure.

We are not a big business, but our club does need money to run. Our two biggest sources of income are from membership and race nomination fees.

Racing membership fees have remained static for a few years but will increase by $20 in 2019. All of that extra will go to AVCC, largely to cover increased insurance costs. Both SAMCA and our Club fees will remain unchanged. A full racing membership will cost $140 and those opting to pay the non-marshalling levy will pay $220.

At the start of the year we raised our race nomination fee from $10 to $15 to match the other two clubs. Prior to that we ran quite a few events at a financial loss. The extra $5 allowed us to cover our ever increasing running costs and to maintain a buffer to cover unexpected costs. We have no immediate plans to increase race noms but we will continue to review our expenditure.

The Committee is confident that Southern Vets remains the best value Veterans Club in SA. We host races most weekends of the year and offer a variety of mid-week training rides. Our success is largely due to our volunteers, many of whom put in hours each week to keep our club running and to ensure we have safe, challenging, and interesting events.

If you have any questions or ideas about our fee structure or finances, please speak to Club Treasurer Richard Tormet, or any of our Committee.

SAMCA Vice President Robert Freak is buying the coffees.

Robert Freak invites you to join him for a coffee & muffin on Thurs 11th Oct at Crema Jetty Rd Glenelg between 10 & 11 am.

It is now about 4 years since my accident when on a Thursday morning Southern Vets training ride, my mates brought me back by doing CPR on me.  I’m really thankful to them.

It doesn’t matter how you get there or if you know me – I’d love to catch up & get to know you over a coffee.

Looking forward to seeing you then.  Robert

Club Community Donation to Kangarilla Primary School 21st August

We have for some years now, been setting aside a 50 cents contribution from every race nomination and putting this towards a community project that we value as important. Previous donations have gone to CFS branches, and to our local McLaren Flat Primary school. This year, the club Committee made a decision to make a $1000 donation to Kangarilla Primary School. The presentation was today. We had myself, Richard Tormet, David Milne, Don MacDougall and Andrew Thomas along to do the handover. It is always a spectacular opportunity to let the local families know who we are and what we do, along with spreading a message of being safe on the road. If you get a 7 year old giving you a cheer on the road next week – you never know they could be from Kangarilla Primary!

Kangarilla Primary were thrilled with the donation, and will be purchasing cameras for the classes. Well done Southern Vets.

                                        

First Aid

Feedback from those that attended the First Aid training this year. Firstly, the club is focussed on running this training approximately every 18 months. Not only because we need First Aiders, but it just makes good sense to have as many people on bikes feeling just that little bit more confident to manage a situation should an accident occur. Some other thoughts:

  • If you arrive at an accident scene during a race and it is obvious an ambulance is required, you can save critical time by calling 000 first up, and then follow up (or get someone else) by calling the club First Aider.
  • Neat little phone App to consider. SES Emergency+.  Allows you to call for help and have your location identified precisely without having to look around for street signs etc.
  • Do you have a “health” issue? Asthma, carry an EpiPen? If you do, can you let the club know so that we can register this information with our First Aiders. We are looking at including a comments field on the race registration form for such issues. Worth thinking about whether there is something a First Aider or an Ambulance attendant should be aware of if they were called to your assistance on the road.