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Who Are Southern Vets?

Cycling keeps you fit and healthy in body and mind. Southern Vets gives riders over 30 years of age 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

Membership fees for remainder of 2020

For anyone wishing to join up for the final three months of the year, the membership fee will be $62 as of October 1st.
If you join up on or after Oct 1st, you can race with any of the AVCC clubs up till Dec 31st. A great opportunity to experience some of the friendliest racing around on road and on the criterium circuit at Victoria Park.
Reminder to all current members, do not renew your membership until notified by the AVCC. Generally this is late in the year as they need to lock in insurance premiums etc.

The 2020 Comeback Calendar – and all things Covid

Following our start up on 28th June, we are proposing the following calendar of events for the remainder of the  year. There most likely will be some tweaking of details as we move forward, so stay posted:


The AVCC has confirmed a decision to postpone the National racing series planned for Adelaide in Jan 2021 due to the current travel restrictions across States and the difficulties faced by people wanting to make plans. Regardless, we are full steam ahead on planning our 2021 local calendars so stay tuned.

We have to comply with the Gov’t regulations pertaining to Covid-19. We have our Covid-19 Safe Plan approved, and are taking measures to stop the spread of coronavirus. Things we can all do to help:

  • Stay home if you are not feeling well
  • Keep to the physical distancing rules – 1.5m separation
  • Safe hygiene – (yes on the bike as well !)
  • Keep below the maximum capacity numbers in any meeting room etc.

Next Race – September 27th – Club Handicap around Course 4

Something a bit lower key following the Mount to Murray this week, is our club handicap on course 4. Three laps of Schuller Moritz. An excellent leg warmer prior to the Club Road Race Championships on the 4th October, and then the State Road Race Championships the following week up at Forreston. 

Mention was made last week on FB that after next week’s race, if anyone is interested in hearing a bit more about Aus Cycling, we will hold a conversation at the end of the presentation. One thing to clarify for all is that for the SVCC it is very much business as usual. Our club will continue to run under the auspices of the AVCC as it has for the last 35 years. We are not considering a vote, or show of hands. The club committee is unanimous in its view that our club is better served by staying with AVCC. So to be clear, I have heard people ask about licensing arrangements for next year – absolutely no change. If you want to race with the Masters clubs, you will need your AVCC licence. If you wish to race with the AusCycling groups, you will need an AusCycling licence. Very little change from the current arrangement. 

I also made it known at last week’s committee meeting that I would be standing down as Club President this year and not renominating. A major strength of our club is the sharing of roles and allowing people with new ideas to come onto the committee. Our club has over the last twenty years, rotated the President’s role every three years, and this has proved to be very successful at ensuring we don’t burn people out, and that we encourage fresh blood into the role. If you have a passion for the club – the club wants you. 

Safe riding everyone.  



Friendly – Competitive – But Above All Else – Safe

We want to be a club in every sense of the word. Welcoming and friendly, with a touch of competition to push each other for that satisfaction that can’t be achieved on a Saturday bunch ride. But above all, we are starting to show as a club that we can do this and stay safe. We respect every rider who while trying their best, places the safety and wellbeing of others and themselves above that of having to come first.

We are fortunate in being able to race on public roads, so it is important that we respect other road users and inconvenience them as little and as safely possible. At all times during our events, you are responsible for your own safety and ensuring that you obey road and cycling rules. That means keeping to the left and not crossing white lines unless absolutely necessary. Of course there will be times when safety dictates that you “take the lane” but remember on roads with limits of 80kph or more, other drivers are required to give you 1 ½ metres when passing. That just isn’t possible if you are riding alongside the white line.

While our SAPOL trained marshals do have the authority to stop traffic, our club’s policy is that they stop riders when other traffic is around. Typically the only time we will stop other traffic is for sprint finishes on Blewett Springs and Hunt Roads. Whether we have a marshal at the corner or not, you are obliged to follow the road rules, i.e. if a Give Way sign, then you must Give Way till safe to proceed. Our Marshals are there to take the decision from you and will show a Stop sign if you should be giving way. Disobey the marshal and it’s a DQ and probably suspension. Good communication amongst the riding group is important when negotiating corners.