Author Archives: Frank Schoen

First Aid Training – June 18 and 21st

Feedback from those that attended the First Aid training this year. Firstly, the club is focussed on running this training approximately every 18 months. Not only because we need First Aiders, but it just makes good sense to have as many people on bikes feeling just that little bit more confident to manage a situation should an accident occur. Some other thoughts:

  • If you arrive at an accident scene during a race and it is obvious an ambulance is required, you can save critical time by calling 000 first up, and then follow up (or get someone else) by calling the club First Aider.
  • Neat little phone App to consider. SES Emergency+.  Allows you to call for help and have your location identified precisely without having to look around for street signs etc.
  • Do you have a “health” issue? Asthma, carry an EpiPen? If you do, can you let the club know so that we can register this information with our First Aiders.

Use of Tail Lights in our racing

CSA have mandated the use of a flashing light on all bikes during road racing. The AVCC’s (Vets) position is that Riders are permitted (but not obliged) to use lights that comply with Aust Road Rules. Typically, most of our riders don’t carry a light. At our club, conversations in the past have identified that there is a concern about the use of flashing lights due to the distractions caused when in a bunch.  We had a neighbour raise the matter with us at the race on April 29th. She observed that in many of the shaded roads we ride through, it is really difficult for drivers to see single bikes on the road if they don’t have a light – even in the middle of the day.  While the committee considers our position on the matter, it does seem sensible to encourage riders to use a light on their bike during a race. For that matter, why not every time you get on the road?

Friendly – Competitive – But Above All Else – Safe

Thanks to all those that stayed back for the SA Ambulance Service presentation on CPR on April 29th. Some strong points came through:

  • In Australia, we have a 1 in 5 chance of survival if we suffer a cardiac arrest outside of a medical centre. We can do better.
  • Every minute CPR is delayed, reduces the chance of recovery by 10%, hence 10minutes and the chances are slim.
  • With CPR – anything is better than nothing.
  • If a defibrillator is available, put it to use straight away. It is foolproof.

 

Feedback from KOM Race #1 21st Jan

Can we get all members to please place their racing numbers as low as possible on their jerseys, and to the left. Our finishing marshals are missing a lot of numbers on the finish line because numbers are too high on the back, and simply can’t be read from the ground. This is really going to be an issue with the upcoming Eblens series.

Race Referee was pleased with rider behaviour on the road. Did though take up with a couple of riders who moved off their line in the finish sprint. Very pertinent point to make given our current TDU demonstrating some of the world’s best sprinters in action elbowing their way through a pack. Our racing is such a huge gap from these amazing riders. Let’s all keep in mind that we are out for a friendly competitive ride, and with above all else – a SAFE ride. Sprints are probably the riskiest points in a race. No matter where you are in the bunch, keep your line, think of those around you. If you are boxed in, then leave the win for another week.

Some Safety feedback following Sunday 29th Oct race.

Safety Reminder:

Last Sunday’s race was run in very windy conditions. There were reports of 2 bunches spreading across the centre line, using the right hand side during the race.  This is not allowed as it hinders other traffic and is hazardous (and breaches the “2 abreast” rule for cyclists).  We are scrutinised by the public and by the police (a police car followed one of the bunches for a while on Sunday).  To ensure we continue to get police approval for our racing we need to share the road and follow the road rules.

Terry Proctor

SDVLCC AGM held 12 Nov 2017

Southern Vets held its 2017 Annual General Meeting on 12 Nov.  A good number of members attended to hear the proceedings and take part – thanks to all attendees. Congratulations to all elected Committee Members and Appointees, and thanks for your support for the administration of our Club in 2018.  Special congratulations to Frank Schoen who has stepped up to the role of President – a more positive influence would be difficult to find.

President’s Report 2017

Other Reports and the Committee List 2018 will be available soon.

Ride well.  Ride Safe.

David Milne      SDVLCC Past President

SAMCA AGM + Membership Renewal

As a member of SDVLCC, you also belong to South Australian Masters Cycling Association (SAMCA) and Australian Veterans Cycling Council (AVCC). 

The SAMCA AGM was held on 14 November 2017 with 43 members in attendance.  David Degenhardt of AHMCC is the newly elected President – congratulations Dave!  Secretary remains Richard Tormet and Treasurer, Jeff Geisler – thanks for continuing guys.  State Referee, State Handicapper and Public Officer will be determined at the next SAMCA meeting.

MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL

As an existing member, please DO NOT attempt to renew your AVCC licence before 1st December 2017. If you do, you will find that your new licence will expire on 31st December 2017, and not 2018.

Disc Brakes – hot off the press from SAMCA

GOOD NEWS EVERYBODY!!!

DISC BRAKES APPROVED BY THE AVCC FOR RACING!

Now you can ride in AVCC sanctioned races with traditional rim brakes or DISC BRAKES.

Keeping up with advances in bike technology the AVCC has examined the safety issues involved with DISC BRAKES and given them the all clear.

From 13/09/2017 racing bikes with disc brakes will be legal in all SDLVCC, VLCC and AHMCC races so don’t hesitate to come out and race if you have embraced this new technology.

 

Insurance Cover

Ever scratched your head trying to understand what our insurance covers? Under the Information tab at the top of the website, you’ll find a page to Insurance. One of our members has posted some helpful tips that might provide some clarity. Check it out.