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Who Are Southern Vets?

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!

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See more (click arrow below) Special thanks to members Greg Adams (Imagestix) and Richard Miller

Disc Brakes – hot off the press from SAMCA

GOOD NEWS EVERYBODY!!!

DISC BRAKES APPROVED BY THE AVCC FOR RACING!

Now you can ride in AVCC sanctioned races with traditional rim brakes or DISC BRAKES.

Keeping up with advances in bike technology the AVCC has examined the safety issues involved with DISC BRAKES and given them the all clear.

From 13/09/2017 racing bikes with disc brakes will be legal in all SDLVCC, VLCC and AHMCC races so don’t hesitate to come out and race if you have embraced this new technology.

 

Southern Vets 2017 Community Donation

In line with Southern Vets policy to support a local community organisation each year with a significant donation, Kangarilla CFS accepted $1000 from the Club on 7 August as our 2017 recipient.  President David Milne, Secretary Frank Schoen and Treasurer Richard Tormet fronted up on a dark and cool evening to make the presentation.

Subsequent to the presentation, David was able to re-connect one of the CFS members, Bob Sadleir, with his old friend and past Southern Vet stalwart Steve Hazell, who has lived in Japan for a number of years.  Another service Southern Vets has provided!

Transponder failures

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.

Everything Bikes CC & VLCC Launch ADX Depot Tour of Adelaide; Registrations of Interest Sought by 31 Aug

The Everything Bikes Cycling Club (EBCC) in partnership with VLCC is proud to announce the launch of its inaugural ADX Depot Tour which is to be held in the Adelaide Hills region on the weekend of 7-8 October, 2017.  Put the dates in your diary!
Both Teams and Grade racing will be available.     ADX Tour 2017 flyer     Registration of Interest flier

For more information visit the dedicated page on the VLCC website.
http://www.vlcc.org.au/adx-tour-of-adelaide

To receive regular updates, you can like the VLCC Facebook page.

SDVLCC racing calendar (hyperlink on the Calendar tab) has been updated.  If you want to enter a team, start thinking about twisting some arms and get your mates out there training.

Insurance Cover

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.

Protecting what’s important

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.

Remember your helmet also needs to have an Australian standard sticker.  Helmet checks are performed at races and you may not be able to start without an Australian standard approved helmet.

How to properly fit a helmet.

Another SAFETY MESSAGE

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. 

SAFETY MESSAGE following Handicap Race on 12th March

Our riders high standard of road craft was called upon today in the wet and windy conditions (not severe but quite bad). All riders finished the race or made their way back to the club rooms safely as they normally do but there were some near incidents observed by riders and officials. In trying conditions the club expects riders to take extra caution in the following areas.

1.       Stay further away from the centre line with oncoming vehicles. One bunch swept past an oncoming vehicle today almost on the centre line with about a 50 cm gap to the car. This is not enough room especially in less predictable conditions. Riders at the front should yell “car up”, and gradually guide the bunch to the left to make the pass safe. Move cautiously and predictably in the bunch with oncoming cars.

2.       Give a little more room between wheels. A few near misses were observed today (evident when a rider lurches sideways to avoid an unpredictable wheel).

3.       Slower into corners.  When you know the weather is inclement you must take corners slower to maintain the normal (expected) level of safety. It should be no surprise that you feel the need to run wide on the entry or exit if you decide to corner at the speed you do in nice dry conditions.

4.       Adopt a ‘less racy and more safety’ frame of mind. Better to button off a bit and miss a placing and stay upright so you can front up again next time to do it all again.

In severe weather conditions the club will cancel the race on the morning.  Where severe weather is forecast for Sunday the day before (extreme wind and/or rain), the club may cancel the race on Saturday at 6 pm.

Ride Safely

SDVLCC Committee

SAMCA RR Champs 17 Sep

AHMCC, who are promoting 2017 SAMCA Road Race Championships out of Mt Torrens next Sunday 17 September, advise that all races will be RACE NEUTRAL to the top of the first climb out of Mt Torrens.  The aim is to prevent groups breaking up so early in the race and to encourage more entries.

Make your entry via the SAMCA website before 9pm Wednesday evening 13 September.

See attached FLYER for details.