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!
We have a change in the route selected for this race. As background, Onkaparinga are commencing extensive road works in the area. The one affecting us is the Bridge widening on Blewitt Springs Road. This will close the road for close to one month, and for an additional three months be impacted by closed lanes and dirt surface. This will affect a number of events.
For our Club Road Race Championship, we are going to try Course 41. This course allows us to provide a variety of race distances for all the age groupings. Promises to be a great race, so don’t hesitate and sign up now.
Adelaide Hills are joining us on the day. While you will be riding with AHMCC riders in your age category, remember that Club medals are just that, you are only competing against riders in our club. But this does allow you to size up the competition prior to the State Championships the following week.
Another week of racing. Congratulations to Paul McGregor for taking out the handicap on Sunday 16th. Hope you all had a good race.
Did you wonder why the numbers were low? A rough head count had 18 of our members do the drive to Lorne Victoria to compete in the Amy Gran Fondo. An amazing result for our members this year, with about 80% of our group gaining World Championship Qualifying medals. A good measure of the standard of riding we have at the club when we measure up like that against about 2000 of the most competitive riders across the country. Of major note, Dave Dobson came 12th outright on the day and 4th in his age category. Bill Robinson also a very notable result of 4th in his age category. And then came Eddy Collins. One of the club’s most consistent and long running members came home with a very well deserved 3rd placing in his age category. Congratulations Eddy !!
Next Sunday is the AHMCC TRANSITIONS DRIVEWARE 3-RACE SERIES: BRADBURY KERMESSE
Sunday 23 September is the final event in the AHMCC TRANSITIONS DRIVEWARE 3-RACE SERIES
Graded scratch race
Registration desk opens at 8am
Racing starts at 9am
Details are on the AHMCC club web site: Register via the AHMCC site.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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!
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.
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.
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.