Mother’s Day May 8th

AHMCC are running an event this coming Sunday (Mother’s Day) around their Flaxley course. All Southern Vets members are entitled, encouraged and welcomed to nominate for this event as we will not be holding a club event on Sunday.

This is part of an agreement the clubs have, that if a club at any time decides not to hold an event, their members are welcome to nominate with another club even though it is not an Invitation or Open event, and regardless if they are Associate members of that club or not.

This is a great little course if you’ve never ridden it, nice little downhill run, and a solid climb up Stamps Rd. Hope to see you there. Nominate through the AHMCC website.

Lou Miranda Estate Classic

The Lou Miranda Estate Classic Road Race was held today in blustery winds but with no rain. Thanks again to Lou Miranda and his team for sponsoring a spectacular event. Having seen their cellar door now, it will certainly be a stop for any future visits to the Barossa. We hope this can continue to be one of the premier events on the yearly race calendar. Thanks also to all the organisers, referees, marshalls and officials, who under trying conditions, managed to pull off an incident free and toughly contested event. And lastly, thanks to all the participants who ensured no one had a free ride!


Disc Brakes

Someone commented the other day about the impact to Vets racing of the UCI pulling back on the use of disc brakes in their events following a crash in the Paris-Roubaix.

This matter is pretty clear at the moment. We race under the AVCC racing rules, and these rules explicitly ban the use of disc brakes in racing. So if you are looking to upgrade your machine at any time, and considering disc brakes, you won’t be able to use it in any AVCC sanctioned event.

My guess is this rule will not be revisited until such a time as the UCI permit their unfettered use. Your guess is as good as mine as to how long this may take.

Note from our Safety Department

At today’s race (17th April), we were reported to the Police by an unhappy motorist. Their particular complaint was about cyclists on the wrong side of the road, and in general about riding more than two abreast and taking up too much of the road. This is another healthy reminder to us all that we all need to be responsible for our actions on the road, and that we need to obey the road rules at all times.

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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Paz Russo Updates

23 April Damien Vears advises that Paz is going very well so far.  He has two more weeks of radiotherapy and chemotherapy.  He will then undergo a further scan.  After that, fingers crossed, he can starting riding and returning to normal life.  Southern Vets sends all our best wishes to Paz.

11 Mar Frank Schoen reports that Paz is heading home.  We will advise later if he would like visitors.  He will be unable to drive for quite some time.  The biopsy has shown that the tumours are very serious and potentially aggressive.

10 Mar Terry Proctor advises Paz’s operation was completed on Monday with the removal of the tumours.  Initial indications are that things went well but there will be more biopsy results tomorrow.  Paz was chatty when Terry spoke to him and he’s keen on getting full race fitness back in due course, but he’ll be advised to stay away from the bike for many months.

7 Mar Southern Vets members are saddened that fellow Club member and SAMCA President Paz Russo has been admitted to Royal Adelaide Hospital with a brain tumour diagnosed late last week.  Our understanding is that Paz was to undergo surgery today Monday 7 March.  Thanks to Damien Vears (SAMCA Vice President) for this information.  Damien asks that Paz not have visitors for a few days until the post-operative situation is clearer.  He will advise us.

Our most sincere best wishes and positive thoughts go to Paz.

Marshal Roster

Southern Vets is unable to race without marshals every week.  Our Safety Officer Terry Holder has drawn up a roster to the end of July and posted on the Marshal Roster page.  Please check the roster to be sure you can attend on your rostered day.  If not, you must seek out a swap in the first instance well ahead of time, and let Terry know asap.  Terry’s contact number is 0410 795 584. Late notification of inability to attend makes life very difficult for Terry (missing out his own rides!) and potentially compromises rider safety.  Thanks for your help with this.

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

First Aid Club Phone Number

You would all know that we never race without a First Aid Official in attendance. But did you know that the club has a dedicated mobile phone for our First Aiders?

Handy tip is that you place a permanent phone contact in your mobile for SDVLCC First Aid, so that in the event of an incident, you can contact our First Aider quickly.

The phone number is:       0488 107 519

We had another 13 members complete their First Aid training last week. Many thanks to those who took part. We intend to run these training programs on an annual basis, so keep an eye out for the next opportunity. The training, while aimed to qualify attendees to National First Aid qualification, is heavily biased towards cycling.



The online nomination facility is now the preferred method for race nomination. If you have any trouble with this please notify the  handicapper, John Hood, at the email address or phone 0421353200.
As with any new program, it takes time to become familiar with it. The golden rule with this system is that if you finish, and you do not receive a confirmation email, something has gone wrong. This is when you email John direct.

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.

Yellow jersey version Yellow bib short