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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

State Time Trial Championships – Kangarilla

Congratulations to everyone who competed in this Sunday’s Club TT championships at Woodchester hosted by the Adelaide Hills club. It was a good preparation for the State Time Trial championship on Sunday 27th. If you’re aspiring to a medal, looking for a PB, or simply looking for the best way to smash yourself riding less than 30 km’s, then this is one event not to miss.

The course is  the route used previously for State Championships. The start is at the Vinpac carpark (3km from the club room). Course takes you down Blewitt Springs Rd, left turn onto Kangarilla, past the club room, then on to Kangarilla where you do a “U” turn and return to McLaren Flat – the finish line is at a point just before entering the township. Distance, according to Strava, is 24.5 km.

Nominations are via the SAMCA Website. If you have any problems with nominating, contact the State Handicapper – Geoff Hillman.

Registering for the event in the morning will be at the McLaren Flat club rooms. Park at the club rooms and after registering, ride to the start line at Vinpac – allow ten minutes to get there in time for the 5 minute pre ride Referee briefing.

Course Map here.

See you there.

Use of Tail Lights in our racing

CSA have mandated the use of a flashing light on all bikes during road racing. The AVCC’s (Vets) position is that Riders are permitted (but not obliged) to use lights that comply with Aust Road Rules. Typically, most of our riders don’t carry a light. At our club, conversations in the past have identified that there is a concern about the use of flashing lights due to the distractions caused when in a bunch.  We had a neighbour raise the matter with us at yesterday’s race April 29th. She observed that in many of the shaded roads we ride through, it is really difficult for drivers to see single bikes on the road if they don’t have a light even in the middle of the day.  While the committee considers our position on the matter, it does seem sensible to encourage riders to use a light on their bike during a race. For that matter, why not every time you get on the road?

Friendly – Competitive – But Above All Else – Safe

Thanks to all those that stayed back for the SA Ambulance Service presentation on CPR on April 29th. Some strong points came through:

  • In Australia, we have a 1 in 5 chance of survival if we suffer a cardiac arrest outside of a medical centre. We can do better.
  • Every minute CPR is delayed, reduces the chance of recovery by 10%, hence 10minutes and the chances are slim.
  • With CPR – anything is better than nothing.
  • If a defibrillator is available, put it to use straight away. It is foolproof.

 

Membership Renewal

Members can now renew their Racing Licence for 2018.  If you have forgotten your username and password, please do not send an email to AVCC Secretary Mel Davies for the information – Mel can’t help and will point you back to the Club.  As you can expect this only adds work for everyone!
* If you’ve forgotten your username and/or password, or if you need any other help, contact Membership Registrar (Pat O’Kane) or Treasurer (Richard Tormet) .
* You must have a licence before you can race in 2018 – applies to CAMS, club road races, and criteriums.
* It’s also a good time to confirm your correct Emergency Contact details.  Please note you can’t be your own Emergency Contact!

Thanks All – best wishes for the season and 2018.

SAMCA AGM + Membership Renewal

As a member of SDVLCC, you also belong to South Australian Masters Cycling Association (SAMCA) and Australian Veterans Cycling Council (AVCC). 

The SAMCA AGM was held on 14 November 2017 with 43 members in attendance.  David Degenhardt of AHMCC is the newly elected President – congratulations Dave!  Secretary remains Richard Tormet and Treasurer, Jeff Geisler – thanks for continuing guys.  State Referee, State Handicapper and Public Officer will be determined at the next SAMCA meeting.

MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL

As an existing member, please DO NOT attempt to renew your AVCC licence before 1st December 2017. If you do, you will find that your new licence will expire on 31st December 2017, and not 2018.

Insurance Cover

Ever scratched your head trying to understand what our insurance covers? Under the Information tab at the top of the website, you’ll find a page to Insurance. One of our members has posted some helpful tips that might provide some clarity. Check it out.

Transponder failures

Some timing system transponders are not recording.  If you have your transponder on your bike and correctly mounted (see transponders page ) and it hasn’t recorded (eg highlighted time in the published results), then it may have failed and needs to be replaced. Please have it checked by the Club.

Note that if you race with a non-functioning transponder your published time and placing may be inaccurate.

You can help the club greatly if you make an effort to always ensure you are carrying a healthy transponder. When we race and we get 100% of riders recording on the system, our race results can be published almost immediately with no need for members to spend hours sifting through notes and videos trying to gleen placings.

Replacement transponders can be purchased for $100 or hired at an event for $10.

Protecting what’s important

To get the best protection from your helmet it should be fitted correctly.  Helmets can be adjusted by setting up the straps correctly.  It should fit snuggly, low and level.

Remember your helmet also needs to have an Australian standard sticker.  Helmet checks are performed at races and you may not be able to start without an Australian standard approved helmet.

How to properly fit a helmet.

Another SAFETY MESSAGE

There are going to be many situations on the road that we can’t predict, and it is difficult to make rules for every eventuality. An area of concern is any time we approach an intersection where there is traffic, either moving or stationary. 
 
The committee is asking referees to enforce a guiding principle that whenever any other traffic is seen at an intersection, RACING is NEUTRALISED. 
 
Move through the intersection safely, and don’t take an unfair advantage by racing off if other competitors are caught up in traffic. 
 
At all times, we need to be considerate of motorists, and considerate of the public’s perception of us as a club when we ride on the roads. We need their ongoing support to allow us to continue racing on the open road. 
 
We all enjoy a good race, but priority number one is for all to finish safely. 

Extreme Heat 28 January – RACE CANCELLED

SDVLCC Club handicap 28th Jan CANCELLED

As indicated by David’s post a few days back, the club race day committee has referred to the Club’s Extreme Weather Policy and based on the forecast temperature for Sunday morning, we are not left with any option but to cancel the race on Sunday. Apologies if this causes any issue for members, but we have policies for a reason, and in this instance, there is no wiggle room.

The opportunity is now there to get an extra week of training in before the State and Club Criterium Championships at Victoria Park on Sunday 4th Feb. Nominations are via the SAMCA website, and payment is made on the day at registration