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!
Many thanks again to Kevin Dye and EBLENS SUBARU GLENELG for their fantastic ongoing sponsorship of this iconic event. Great racing today topped off a terrific series. Keen for any feedback (to any of the committee) if you have any thoughts on how the new format went this year.
Remember those sprints – eyes to the front, and race numbers to the left of your jersey and low. Future offenders may find themselves having to spend time with Sue and Mary helping to read race numbers as they cross the line!!
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.
It’s time to renew your club membership. You can rejoin any time you like from now, but remember, as of Jan 1st, if you have not paid, you will have no insurance cover.
On our website, there is a page to JOIN. Follow the link on this page which directs you to the AVCC website. Special request from our Treasurer to ensure you only use your existing log in details. If you don’t know what they are, contact Richard Tormet or myself and we can get them for you. Select your payment option and then complete. Remember that your actual licence is sent to you via email immediately you’ve completed your payment. You will need to print the receipt out and then cut out the actual licence.
I’d encourage you to complete this task now so as to avoid the situation of missing out on any racing next year. The process is computer based, so there is no way I’m going to tell you “its easy”. Give it a go and yell out if you need help.
Couple of quick changes to our Race Calendar for the remainder of the year.
The December 23rd hidden handicap event has been cancelled. A show of hands of the committee has agreed to give everyone a break a couple of days before Christmas. Well deserved !!!! We are planning on a Social ride on the 23rd. Keep an eye on Facebook for details.
The Blewitt Springs Rd has reopened, but there is still some clean up work to be completed. At the moment, the plan is for the road works at the bridge, and on Main Rd McLaren Flat should be finished 31st December. Thanks everyone for your patience as we made those last minute course changes to manoeuvre around the activity.
The Summer Time Trial training sessions will be on again this year. It’s that time of the year where the competition on the bike is with you alone.
Thanks to Geoff Hillman and his loyal team, we will be running the series again through the day light saving period. Road Works might cause some rethinking of course selection, but nothing will change the fact, there simply is no better way to improve your riding than getting out there each week to search for that elusive second of improvement.
No nominations required. Simply turn up. $5 entry goes towards the end of season function.
We are not a big business, but our club does need money to run. Our two biggest sources of income are from membership and race nomination fees.
Racing membership fees have remained static for a few years but will increase by $20 in 2019. All of that extra will go to AVCC, largely to cover increased insurance costs. Both SAMCA and our Club fees will remain unchanged. A full racing membership will cost $140 and those opting to pay the non-marshalling levy will pay $220.
At the start of the year we raised our race nomination fee from $10 to $15 to match the other two clubs. Prior to that we ran quite a few events at a financial loss. The extra $5 allowed us to cover our ever increasing running costs and to maintain a buffer to cover unexpected costs. We have no immediate plans to increase race noms but we will continue to review our expenditure.
The Committee is confident that Southern Vets remains the best value Veterans Club in SA. We host races most weekends of the year and offer a variety of mid-week training rides. Our success is largely due to our volunteers, many of whom put in hours each week to keep our club running and to ensure we have safe, challenging, and interesting events.
If you have any questions or ideas about our fee structure or finances, please speak to Club Treasurer Richard Tormet, or any of our Committee.
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.