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!
Following our start up on 28th June, we are proposing the following calendar of events for the remainder of the year. There most likely will be some tweaking of details as we move forward, so stay posted:
Final of our KOM series this coming Sunday. Five laps of Binney and then head towards Willunga and finish at the top of the hill. To be clear, this means you will ride up Binney Road and Strout Road five times. See the map below. Total race distance is 53 kms. Trophies and presentations after the event, and I’ve been told our Coffee Van will be back.
Given that our three KOM’s have all had the finish line at the KOM line this year, the ability to do a count back to help decide the trophy winners is not that easy. The AFL can make up the rules as they go, so can we. This year, if we have people on the same points at the end of the series, then we’ll award equal trophies, i.e. if two people have the same points at the top of the ladder, then we’ll award 2 x First place trophies.
We want to be a club in every sense of the word. Welcoming and friendly, with a touch of competition to push each other for that satisfaction that can’t be achieved on a Saturday bunch ride. But above all, we are starting to show as a club that we can do this and stay safe. We respect every rider who while trying their best, places the safety and wellbeing of others and themselves above that of having to come first.
We are fortunate in being able to race on public roads, so it is important that we respect other road users and inconvenience them as little and as safely possible. At all times during our events, you are responsible for your own safety and ensuring that you obey road and cycling rules. That means keeping to the left and not crossing white lines unless absolutely necessary. Of course there will be times when safety dictates that you “take the lane” but remember on roads with limits of 80kph or more, other drivers are required to give you 1 ½ metres when passing. That just isn’t possible if you are riding alongside the white line.
While our SAPOL trained marshals do have the authority to stop traffic, our club’s policy is that they stop riders when other traffic is around. Typically the only time we will stop other traffic is for sprint finishes on Blewett Springs and Hunt Roads. Whether we have a marshal at the corner or not, you are obliged to follow the road rules, i.e. if a Give Way sign, then you must Give Way till safe to proceed. Our Marshals are there to take the decision from you and will show a Stop sign if you should be giving way. Disobey the marshal and it’s a DQ and probably suspension. Good communication amongst the riding group is important when negotiating corners.