AvantiPlus Twin Peaks Race a Success

Thanks to the hard work of Race Coordinator Bob Seymour and a long list of helpers, the AvantiPlus Twin Peaks has been a great success with nearly a hundred entries on a very pleasant day.

We thank Committee Member Stafford Scott for coordinating with AvantiPlus Woodville, Unley, Semaphore to provide, in conjunction with the Club, over $1500 retail value of product.  The Club further topped the pool up with cash.

Thanks also to Bob Seymour and Greg Adams for coordinating with Chapel Hill McLaren Vale Wines to provide wine for the Willunga Hill KoM prizes.

AvantiPlus Proprietor Andy Murnane offers a 20% discount on parts (excluding sale items) and service when you mention Southern Vets at any of the three convenient AvantiPlus stores located at Woodville (8268 6404), Unley (8271 8001) and Semaphore (8449 8199).

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New Club Kit Is Here!

Several members have been spotted wearing the new club kit. It certainly is bright, so wear it for increased safety both in races and training. High quality kit at exceptionally low price.

A limited number of sizes will be available for purchase at the clubrooms, and Geoff Bate will be taking orders for other sizes for delivery before Christmas.

Yellow jersey version Yellow bib short

Summer Time Trials started 7 Oct

Southern Vets summer evening Time Trials run every Wednesday until the end of February 2016 at McLaren Flat – thanks to Geoff Hillman for supporting this event once more!

Riders need to present themselves ready to start at 6pm out front of the clubrooms.  Course is one lap of  Course 4    strava  finishing back at the start.  The event is generally complete by 7pm.  Entry is $5.  Prizes will be awarded at the end of the season.  A volunteer marshal is required each week – ride out, watch the action, ride home!

Check out all the results to date as well as an archive of previous year’s results on the “summer time trials” page.

Robert Freak Updates

16 November – email from Robert

After 14 months in hospital/rehab, I’m home with my latest wheelchair.
Thank you to the many of you who have visited me in Flinders/RAH/Hampstead – some all three.  Your care and support, company and conversations have been greatly appreciated and have played a part in helping me get through some very difficult times.
It was good to pass the overnight home stay test last Tuesday and be at home with the wonderful Julie.
There’s nothing quite as special as seeing all the trees and veggies in the garden.  It’s great to be able to drive my wheelchair around the footpaths of Unley & Malvern; I’ve certainly developed an appreciation of the parks and trees that we are blessed with.
There are still a few workmen around finishing off the alterations to the house.  Currently we have RN’s & carers keeping watch over me, too.
You are welcome to visit – generally the afternoon is the best, but maybe give a quick call to Julie 0401 135 648 to make sure we’ll be home.  There’s a special invitation to those of you who have found it too confronting to visit me “bunged up” in hospital – we really hope to see you.
Please come in as you are – cycling gear, tracksuit, work gear…
Looking forward to catching up.
Robert & Julie

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Note from Safety Officer Terry Proctor

A couple of safety and courtesy reminders from Terry Proctor with input from Matt Caldersmith.

To ensure we don’t interfere unduly with other road traffic during a race, we should always make our best effort to accommodate passing cars and show them we understand we are sharing the road.

One of the greatest hazards to us in bunch racing is the presence of oncoming cars, especially in sprint finishes; we must be especially alert and cautious at this time and always announce loudly an oncoming car, and never take undue risks when riding close to other riders.
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Congratulations Art on a spectacular World Duathlon event

 The 2015 World Duathlon Championships were recently conducted in Adelaide and hosted 1,300 of the world’s fittest athletes from 39 countries, all seeking to record personal bests or the crown of World Champion.
After completing one of my most successful Triathlon and Multi-sport seasons in 2013 and 2014, where I secured State Championship titles in Triathlon, Duathlon and Aquathlon, my focus was to secure a top ten finish at the World Duathlon Championships in 2015.
As expected, the calibre of athletes was the highest. From the starter’s gun, the pace was fast and furious, and composure was the order of the day. I witnessed many competitors who had exerted too much energy in the opening section of the first run leg fall back dramatically latterly. I was able to take advantage in the first of my favorite legs – the bike.
The bike course climbed Montefiore Hill twice and I passed many competitors, enabling me to record the fastest bike leg of the race!
With a very large and vocal crowd of supporters present, I was able to begin my second run leg with confidence and eventually finish in ninth place from sixty one starters.
I am most satisfied with my result and pay tribute to the Southern Districts Veteran and Ladies Cycling Club who have played an integral role in the preparations for my Triathlon and Multi-Sport racing and ultimately my participation in the World Championships.
In 2016, while I will prepare for the World Triathlon Championships in Mexico, I will commence the final year of my Masters Degree at Flinders University.
I give my most appreciative thanks to Flinders One Fitness – Flinders University, Synergy Consulting Australia and JSA Accounting for their financial sponsorship of my 2015/16 Triathlon and Multi-Sport season.
Best wishes and good racing to all!
Art Blair


To nominate for a race, please use the nominations book at a race meeting or send an email to or telephone Geoff Hillman, his contact details are on the contact us page.

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Transponder replacement

The transponders issued 5 years ago are nearing their end of life where the non-replaceable internal battery dies. The club will gradually replace transponders as they fail at a cost of $20 to the member and these should last another 5 years. We will let you know when your old transponder stops functioning and will issue a new one with the same number.