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!
Southern Vets thanks Mark Rupert and Younger Optics Australia for sponsoring our Open GSRs on 9 April. A windy day proved to be a tester, but generally the sprints were strongly contested. In addition to cash prizes, Younger Optics Australia provided each grade winner and the day’s marshals a pair of Transitions DriveWear sunglasses. Thanks Younger, thanks Mark!
We recommend all Vets riders search out Transitions DriveWear when looking for cycling sunglasses. Please support our sponsor!
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.
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.
The Eblens Points Series has attracted bumper fields for all three rounds. Always a tough series, each round provided a different sort of a test – sprint on an up, sprint on a drag, and sprint on the flat but with a kicker after each intermediate – ouch!
Eblens has sponsored the Points Series for more than ten years and Southern Vets is extremely grateful to them for maintaining the relationship over this extended period. We particularly thank Southern Vets member and Eblens employee Kevin Dye for his support and as always the Eblens barbeque was a treat. Thanks Eblens!
Whenever members are contemplating a car purchase, Southern Vets encourages them to consider Eblens!
Thanks to everyone who participated and assisted with the running of the 2017 CAMS Series. Great week of racing, showcasing Masters racing at its best. Thanks to all of our Major sponsors for making the event financially viable. Please remember them and support them where you can:
AE Hairdressing Glenelg, Velo Mech Happy Valley, Bike Bug Stepney, Goggleman and Transitions DriveWear for all your prescription eyewear and sunglasses.
Thanks also to all the many volunteers, marshals, officials for their willingness to support the events throughout the week.
All results are on the SAMCA website and all photos are on the SAMCA Facebook page. Let me (Frank) know if you’d like a copy of any of the photos.
80 riders lined up for a tough ride at the Southern Vets Design MC Twin Peaks Invitational Graded Scratch Races on 4 December 2016. The event was a great success and the Club congratulates all riders and officials who took part. We particularly thank Club member Paul McGregor who is the proprietor of Design MC for his sponsorship. See Paul for all your building design needs!