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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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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.

Robert Freak Updates

25 June 2016

Special invitation from Robert Freak. Would be great to see as many as possible from the club attend. Details here.

Dear  Southern Vets mates,

Southern Vets has a special place in my heart & as a 2 time President I would really love for you to be part of celebrating my current situation – even if you don’t know me, you might be curious as to how a quad survived the last 2 years & you would be most welcome. 

ROBERT is celebrating

Still being alive at 70!

 YOU are invited to

The Unley Town Hall, Oxford Tce Unley

 Between 3 – 9 pm

(Just come when it suits you)

On Saturday 30th July 2016


Come & find out what happened

If you think your bike was expensive come & see Robert’s German bike

Does this mean he’s planning a secret come back?

4 pm  birthday cake & teas/coffee wine (if you want , bring a bottle) –so if you are going to miss the 8 pm speeches a video/slides will be shown

6.30 pm meal & wine (please let us know if you are coming for catering purposes)

8 pm –speeches & photos/videos

Live music

 Please RSVP to rfreak@bigpond.com

P.S. No presents just your presence please

16 November 2015 – email from Robert

After 14 months in hospital/rehab, I’m home with my latest wheelchair.
Thank you to the many of you who have visited me in Flinders/RAH/Hampstead – some all three.  Your care and support, company and conversations have been greatly appreciated and have played a part in helping me get through some very difficult times.
It was good to pass the overnight home stay test last Tuesday and be at home with the wonderful Julie.
There’s nothing quite as special as seeing all the trees and veggies in the garden.  It’s great to be able to drive my wheelchair around the footpaths of Unley & Malvern; I’ve certainly developed an appreciation of the parks and trees that we are blessed with.
There are still a few workmen around finishing off the alterations to the house.  Currently we have RN’s & carers keeping watch over me, too.
You are welcome to visit – generally the afternoon is the best, but maybe give a quick call to Julie 0401 135 648 to make sure we’ll be home.  There’s a special invitation to those of you who have found it too confronting to visit me “bunged up” in hospital – we really hope to see you.
Please come in as you are – cycling gear, tracksuit, work gear…
Looking forward to catching up.
Robert & Julie

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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

State Time Trial Championships

State TT Championships were raced 22 May in great spirit and punishing winds. Well done to everyone staying upright and safe, it was not easy in those gusty conditions. Thanks again to all the Referees and volunteers who helped make it a great day. Greg Adams was on the road today and took some great photos. You can see them at the dropbox link below. Email Greg at: imagestix@gmail.com  if you’d like a print. See if you can find a photo of anyone smiling !

Membership Renewals – highlighting some of the 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 for the full 12 months of the following year. This particular entitlement has been pretty handy for people wanting to join the Criterium series which starts in October.

We learnt last year the painful way, that this entitlement only extends to first time new members. If someone has let their licence lapse for a year or two, and then decides to rejoin for Criterium racing by joining on October 1st, the system will recognise them as a lapsed member, and then take their full year’s payment and apply it only to the current year – ie, they’re getting 3 months membership for the price of 12 months.

So if you fit into this category, why not sign up now and enjoy some great rides for the remainder of the year as well!

Lou Miranda Estate Classic

The Lou Miranda Estate Classic Road Race was held 1 May 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, marshals 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.