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.