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!
The Everything Bikes Cycling Club (EBCC) in partnership with VLCC is proud to announce the launch of its inaugural ADX Depot Tour which is to be held in the Adelaide Hills region on the weekend of 7-8 October, 2017. Put the dates in your diary!
Both Teams and Grade racing will be available. ADX Tour 2017 flyer
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.
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.
A Huge THANKYOU to Noel and the team at Bike Station (Hove) for sponsoring our Milang Open on 13 November. Not sure about anyone else, but this race will stay etched in my head for many years to come because of the conditions thrown up at us, and for the great competitiveness and safe riding exhibited by the riders to ensure everyone got home safely. Please support Noel and his dedicated team by your custom!
352 Brighton Rd, Hove SA 5048 Ph: (08) 8296 6011 or 0433 393 291
Riders please note that due to potential safety issues on our originally planned Course 13, we will use Course 35 instead on Sunday 18 June. Division 1 will complete 4 loops and Division 2 will complete 3 loops. The event will start and finish on Blewitt Springs Rd at the normal finish point just north of Kangarilla Rd, just around the corner from Clubrooms. The race distance and course profile are very similar to the original course.
Apologies for late notice, but we need to look after the safety of members as best we can.
As one of our major sponsors for the club, Goggleman are letting us know that all this month they are holding a clearance sale. They have lots of specials on all their cycling eyewear including 20% off Oakley and Adidas and up to 50% of SH+. They will also offer to those who need prescription 10% off your lenses. Now is the time to come and see Goggleman. The offer ends June 30th.
Our sponsors make a huge difference to our racing, so it’s important to support them where we can. Make sure you mention you’re with the Southern Vets.
There will be Marshal Training after the race on Sunday coming 11 June 2017, presented by our Club member and SA Police Officer Greg Jackson. All Club members (who have not paid the non-marshal fee) will be rostered to marshal at some time because marshals are required each week to make our racing possible. To marshal it is a requirement, with a few exceptions, to have SA Police-accredited training.
Riders who have not undertaken the training previously should try to attend, and for previously trained members it is a good refresher. If you weren’t intending to race it could be a good excuse to come out and blow off the winter cobwebs!
Terry Proctor, Safety Officer SDVLCC