Stop Press – Course Change for 19 April

While we might have avoided the traffic clashes in McLaren Vale in today’s final of the Eblens series, we certainly did not avoid climbing hills. Those pesky hills, a tough Handicapper and some wintery conditions made sure that the winners today earnt every penny. Thanks to everyone involved in today’s race, but in particular to EBLENS for their ongoing support of this challenging race series and for the spectacular BBQ at the end.


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.

Come n Try Road Racing Skills Session for Women – 19 April

After an initial request by Committee member Celine Randabel for the Club to consider ways of encouraging more women to take part in Club events (and to live up to the “Ladies” part of our Club name), a sub-committee was formed to discuss the issue and seek opinions from the potential group of women.  The initial result is a Come and Try Road Racing Skills Session for Women on 19 April, to be led by member Michelle Crick, who is an accredited Cycling Coach, and supported by Celine Randabel and Ilona Solinska.  Phil Crick and Peter Keele have played a role as sub-committee members.

**If members know anybody who may be interested, see the flyer for information.

Robert Freak Updates

6 April  SAMCA President Paz Russo visited Robert very recently.  Robert will go to Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre in next 2 weeks or so – looking forward to it.

25 March  Robert is still in RAH Spinal Injuries Unit.  Peter Keele visited recently and passes on some information.

Robert’s condition has changed little recently.  He continues to use the ventilator off and on, and is regularly re-positioned for skin pressure area care.  He gets weary at times but still enjoys company and talking about Southern Vets and SAMCA.  He is keen to move to the Rehab Centre at Hampstead where he hopes the more intensive therapy will produce some results; he will also be able to dress in civvies.  A change of environment will help, too.

Peter threatened Robert that we will all come out to Hampstead to visit him in lycra and he seemed to warm to that idea.  A cycling visit will very much depend on his busy rehab schedule, however.

Julie is still bearing up well – a real trooper.  The Club is planning another gardening busy bee at Julie and Robert’s house on 17 April 0930 – followed by coffee on Unley Road.  Let David Milne know if you can come.

InFuga Retreat Sponsors Club’s Penneys Hill Road KoM Race

Southern Vets is delighted to announce that InFuga Retreat will sponsor the 26 July round of the Club’s Ron Williams KoM Series that finishes on Penneys Hill Road.
At InFuga Retreat, proprietor Rob Gaggini provides cycling programs, coaching, training, cycling performance testing, an education series and accommodation.
For each grade winner, Rob will provide a voucher valid for one year (subject to availability) which includes accommodation for 2 people (one room) for a Saturday Night, with early check in and late check out, with use of the facilities and participation in the general program of the day at the Retreat. Breakfast is included.
The basic value for each voucher is $160.
For members of Southern Vets, InFuga offers 25 percent discount on accommodation packages and 10 percent discount on all other coaching services.
Check out the Infuga website.

Infuga Retreat     1 Edmund Street     Normanville, SA 5204

Mobile Phone: 0400 060 733

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Southern Joinery (Reynella) Sponsors Club in 2015

We are very pleased to announce that Southern Joinery (Reynella), through proprietor and active Club member Kerry Smart, has sponsored Southern Vets again this year.  We are very grateful to Kerry and his team for their support!

Southern Joinery (Reynella) provides complete joinery services Including kitchens and commercial work – remember them when you need any joinery work!

Contact Kerry at:     3 Piping Lane Lonsdale SA 5160      Ph:8326 0399       Fax: 8326 2454      Mob: 0410 504 652

Community support

Midway through this year and at the suggestion of Committeman Stafford Scott, Southern Vets decided to support a local community project each year.  The concept is to raise our positive profile within this community, of which we are a part.

The first recipient of Southern Vets’ support is our immediate neighbour, McLaren Flat Primary School.  After the completion of racing on 30 Nov, Deputy Principal Jo Bell attended our clubrooms, gave a brief presentation to members about their project concerned with numeracy learning through outdoor activities and accepted our contribution from President David Milne.

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Safety Note – Non-finishers

If you don’t finish a race, it is very important that you advise the Line Officials in person at the line or phone the Referee (number posted on board at Clubrooms) to advise.  If you don’t cross the line and don’t advise, we don’t know if you’re safe.  The Club can’t assume you’ve just headed off home; it may be that you intend to finish, are just late and the trail car’s missed you, in which case someone will wait on the line to take your finish.  It may be that you are incapacitated somehow (bike/injury) and we need to look for you.  If you or your bike are not mobile, it’s usually better to stay on course, so we can find you.  Post race, we check for returned numbers at the Clubrooms, but the sooner we know, the better.