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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

Preliminary Notice – Annual General Meeting 20 Nov

Southern Vets AGM will take place on 20 November after racing.  A more formal Notice of Meeting, Agenda and Call for Nominations for Committee will be issued nearer the date.  In the meanwhile, please consider if you wish to contribute to the management of our great Club in 2017 by joining the Committee.  For any Committee position, the main thing is that you are committed to the Club and keen to support and direct it.  In the end, we all want good, safe racing every week in an environment that encourages members and helps them enjoy being at the Club.

Feel free to speak to any current Committee Member for more information.

Membership Renewals – highlighting some small print

AVCC have a membership offer to new members of 15 months for the price of 12, allowing people to join up in October of one year, and be covered through the following year. This has been pretty handy for people wanting to join the Criterium series which starts in October.

We learnt painfully last year that this entitlement only extends to first time new members. If someone has let their licence lapse for a year or so and decides to rejoin on 1 October for the Criterium season, the system will recognise them as a lapsed member, take their full year’s payment and apply it only to the current year, ie they’ll only get 3 months membership – be wary!

Note also that all members who have not paid the additional no-marshalling fee need to take their place on the regular marshal/trail car roster.  We offer SAPol marshal training through the year and your turn only comes up a couple of times a year – we need you!

CAMS 2017

SAMCA will host the 18th edition of the Classic Adelaide Masters Series (CAMS) starting 14 January 2017.

This event is timed to blend in with the TDU in Adelaide, and has evolved over the years to provide locals and travellers the opportunity to enhance their experience of the TDU by participating in some of the best veterans racing Adelaide has to offer.

AVCC members can look forward to 4 great events:

A Road Race, hosted by SDVLCC, will feature the McLaren Vale wine region in all its splendour. The course selected is a new one to the championship agenda. It has some climbing, but no mountains. The descents are smooth and safe, and plenty of flat riding on quiet roads.

An ITT, nestled in the beautiful countryside of Woodchester, will be hosted by AHMCC.

An aged-based Hill Climb will run on the bike path adjacent to the Crafers freeway. A popular climb for the locals, this will really get your heart pumping. After the event, it’s a nice downhill run to Glenelg to watch the start of the day’s pro racing.

A final event is the Criterium in Adelaide’s beautiful city parklands using part of the same course as the famous V8 super cars. It will be hosted by VLCC. Again, this event is timed to ensure plenty of time to move to the city centre to watch the final stage of the TDU.

Great prize money is on offer, along with the chance of meeting and making new friends in the AVCC network. Put a highlighter through your calendar now !!

Flyer attached.

Criterium Season about to start

The Criterium season starts again on 5th October. All races will be held at Victoria Park.
In the last Series there were 9 x D graders on average…and no E graders at all. Would be spectacular if we could fill these lower grades. It’s a great workout midweek, and good racing with your peers. Nominate on the night.
The promoter is really keen to hear from anyone interested in helping out on racedays – training is provided and every bit helps keep the Crits happening.

Handicapper Changeover

From this upcoming race and subsequently, Geoff Hillman will take over the Handicapper role.  We thank both Geoff and John Hood for their service in this role – much appreciated, men!

Geoff will be available to accept nominations via the online nomination facility, via handicapper@southernvets.org.au , on phone (+/- leave message) 8387 6276 and if you are present on the preceding Sunday, there will be a nomination sheet.

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.

Southern Vets Community Donation

A couple of years ago, Committeeman Stafford Scott suggested that the Club should consider making a significant donation annually to a local community organisation. The idea was accepted enthusiastically by the Committee, with the donation to be funded by a small capitation on each entrant for events based out of Club headquarters.

In 2014, McLaren Flat Primary School received $1000 towards a project promoting numeracy learning through outdoor activities.

For the 2015 year, the Southern Vets Committee decided to target the local Country Fire Service. After consultation with the McLaren Flat Brigade and subsequent to a couple of scheduling difficulties, donations of $500 each to the McLaren Flat and Blewitt Springs Brigades were made on 29 May after the race.  Due to the large size of the two brigade units, the presentation was made in the carpark out the back of the primary school.  Club photographer Greg Adams has taken the excellent photo below.

Well done all members!

SDVLCC donation to CFS-1190954

Transponder replacement

The transponders issued over 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 $77 to the member and these should last another 5 years. If your old transponder is not detected in a race finish (as indicated in the published results), please return it to the club for checking, it may be due for replacement.

The transponders are somewhat sensitive to their placement on the bike. In particular, covering the outside with the velcro fastening strap may affect the functioning. A rule of thumb is to try to maintain a clear line-of-sight between the outside surface of the transponder and the detecting hardware at the finish line.

Example of correct method of attachment:-Slide 1