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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

Next Race May 26th SAMCA State TT Championships

Still time to nominate for this Sunday’s State TT race at the Range – Course 47. Weather is still questionable, but not looking anywhere near as serious as last Sunday when the event was cancelled. Remember to nominate via the SAMCA website. For those that paid last week and are nominating this week, your payment will transfer. Hope to see you all there. 


Minimum age for both men and women is 30.

Some great news!

As of 17th May 2019 the minimum age to join SDVLCC is now 30 for both males and females (was 35 for males and 30 for females).

If interested, come down to the club at McLaren Flat on a Sunday and make some enquiries, or contact any of the committee personally. Remember you are entitled to two club events for FREE as a “COME & TRY”. To join, click on the “JOIN” tab at the top of this website. When requested, select SDVLCC as the club to be in. Membership for the remainder of the year (till Oct 1st) is $111. After Oct 1st, it goes back to the full fee of $140 but you will end up with 15mths membership for the price of 12.

You just need to be turning 30 some time this year, so even someone who is 29 now, but will be 30 before 31 December, can join.

Race Calendar date change for the State Road Race Championships later this year – now 13th Oct

Adelaide Hills have confirmed a change in date for the State Road Race. It was initially scheduled for the 29th September, but there was a clash with the CSA Super Series. The date has now been changed to the 13th October. Also the Toyota Classic (which was on 20th October) will now be run on 27th October. We have updated the one page file on the website under calendar, and will update the event details shortly.

A Change to our Membership Fee structure.

A change introduced this year is the introduction of a reduced membership fee for both new and old members of $111 when signing up to the club from May 1st. This has been achieved by both SAMCA and the Club waiving their club component of the fee. If you were thinking of joining – NOW IS THE TIME !!!! Just head to the link at the top “JOIN”. Any questions – give me a ring – ph number on the website
In summary, at the moment full year membership is $140. If joining between May 1st and Sept 30th it will be $111. If joining from Oct 1st 2019, it will again move to $140 – but you get 15 months membership for the price of 12 months. All of these options include the current 24 / 7 riders insurance.

Marshal Roster for 2019

Thanks to all those who stayed back for the Marshal training session last Sunday Feb 10th. We will plan to run a few more through the year.

This is excellent training, with loads of very helpful tips from Greg Jackson.

Remember the club has an expectation that all members will give up two races per year to assist with marshalling duties. Our aim is to minimise this, and we’ll try where possible to keep the marshal duties to once per year, but the reality is we don’t have enough members. Given we need on average three marshals per event, that’s close to needing 100 people. The numbers don’t work out, so some of you might be asked to marshal twice.

The marshal roster can be found under the INFORMATION tab. Have a look, and if you see an issue with where you’ve been rostered, get back to me.


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.

Protecting what’s important

A requirement under our racing rules is that all cycling helmets must be accredited to AS/NZ/2063. Random checks will be performed at every club event. What the Referee will be looking for is the red and white Aust Standard sticker. If this is not present, regardless of the brand, cost or age, it is assumed the helmet is non compliant, and you may not be allowed to compete. Our insurers are warning riders that they could jeopardise any cover if they wear a non compliant helmet. 

Riders have noticed that with time, bad weather and sweating, the sticker may disappear. Our advice would be to keep an eye on this, and aim to protect/repair the sticker to ensure it stays in place. Talk to anyone on the committee if you are not sure whether your helmet is compliant. 

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.


How to properly fit a helmet.

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 the race on 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.