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!
Southern Vets Members are reminded that the SAMCA 2017 Individual Time Trial Championships will be hosted by our Club this coming Sunday 28 May. Headquarters will be at our McLaren Flat Clubrooms and the course is Kangarilla out-and-back. First rider away 0930.
We plan to test all transponders pre-event and loan out alternate units (for this event only) for the units that fail. Please arrive in good time so we can undertake the testing!
Southern Vets have been invited to nominate participants for a FREE First Aid Training Course through the City of Onkaparinga. The Course will take place on Thursday 8 June 2017, 8.30am-5pm at the City of Onkaparinga, Noarlunga Office ‘Civic Area’.
Please advise Secretary Frank Schoen or President David Milne asap if you are interested. Remember that First Aid duty counts as marshalling duty!
On Sunday 7 May 2017, 86 riders (of 93 nominees) competed in the very successful Bike Station Open GSRs. 8 grades competed safely for the 32 prizes available to win. The day was fine, cool and relatively wind-free for Milang, which made for fast averages and generally compact grades at the finishes in both the 40km and 80km events.
Our thanks go to all the volunteer officials, some of whom had multiple (stressful) jobs. Well done folks, really appreciate your efforts.
We also heartily thank Noel and his team at Bike Station for supporting our Club at Milang for a fourth successive year. All members are urged to support Bike Station in return by visiting Noel for their cycling purchases! Be sure to let Noel know that you are a Southern Vet.
Southern Vets thanks Mark Rupert and Younger Optics Australia for sponsoring our Open GSRs on 9 April. A windy day proved to be a tester, but generally the sprints were strongly contested. In addition to cash prizes, Younger Optics Australia provided each grade winner and the day’s marshals a pair of Transitions DriveWear sunglasses. Thanks Younger, thanks Mark!
We recommend all Vets riders search out Transitions DriveWear when looking for cycling sunglasses. Please support our sponsor!
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.
Our riders high standard of road craft was called upon today in the wet and windy conditions (not severe but quite bad). All riders finished the race or made their way back to the club rooms safely as they normally do but there were some near incidents observed by riders and officials. In trying conditions the club expects riders to take extra caution in the following areas.
1. Stay further away from the centre line with oncoming vehicles. One bunch swept past an oncoming vehicle today almost on the centre line with about a 50 cm gap to the car. This is not enough room especially in less predictable conditions. Riders at the front should yell “car up”, and gradually guide the bunch to the left to make the pass safe. Move cautiously and predictably in the bunch with oncoming cars.
2. Give a little more room between wheels. A few near misses were observed today (evident when a rider lurches sideways to avoid an unpredictable wheel).
3. Slower into corners. When you know the weather is inclement you must take corners slower to maintain the normal (expected) level of safety. It should be no surprise that you feel the need to run wide on the entry or exit if you decide to corner at the speed you do in nice dry conditions.
4. Adopt a ‘less racy and more safety’ frame of mind. Better to button off a bit and miss a placing and stay upright so you can front up again next time to do it all again.
In severe weather conditions the club will cancel the race on the morning. Where severe weather is forecast for Sunday the day before (extreme wind and/or rain), the club may cancel the race on Saturday at 6 pm.
The Eblens Points Series has attracted bumper fields for all three rounds. Always a tough series, each round provided a different sort of a test – sprint on an up, sprint on a drag, and sprint on the flat but with a kicker after each intermediate – ouch!
Eblens has sponsored the Points Series for more than ten years and Southern Vets is extremely grateful to them for maintaining the relationship over this extended period. We particularly thank Southern Vets member and Eblens employee Kevin Dye for his support and as always the Eblens barbeque was a treat. Thanks Eblens!
Whenever members are contemplating a car purchase, Southern Vets encourages them to consider Eblens!