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!
It all went to plan today with the Ronny Williams KOM #3 until we got to the bottom of Pennys Hill and I waved goodbye to my grade. Well done everyone for making it to the top – that alone deserves a prize. Book in August 19th now for the final of the KOM series. We were reminded by the Referee today that while we did stay left of the line, the windy conditions did push us to use the whole lane of the road in places. Keep that at the forefront of your mind when racing, and try to work the peleton to the left of the road wherever possible.
Next week is a Club GSR on one of my favourite courses. The first obstacle to overcome on this course 17 is to look at the map and work out where you are going. Every year we have riders taking a wrong turn – and there will be no allowance for doing any extra km’s. It is also the one time of the year we get to Chapel Hill (one of our great sponsors), and do the circuit of Chalkhill Road. Nominations via the club website by Wednesday night.
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.
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.
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.
You can help the club greatly if you make an effort to always ensure you are carrying a healthy transponder. When we race and we get 100% of riders recording on the system, our race results can be published almost immediately with no need for members to spend hours sifting through notes and videos trying to gleen placings.
Replacement transponders can be purchased for $100 or hired at an event for $10.
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.