Author Archives: Frank Schoen

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

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

Members are reminded that the SAMCA AGM will be held on Tuesday 14th November 2017 at the Unley Community Centre, 18 Arthur Street Unley, commencing at 7.00 pm with  registration from 6.45 pm.

Positions open and needing to be filled include the President, Secretary, Treasurer, SAMCA State Referee, and State Handicapper. Nominations for these positions should be in writing and submitted 28 days prior to the meeting, ie 16th October. SAMCA encourages all members to attend and to have a say in the running of our sport.

Please refer to the email sent to you from Richard Tormet outlining further details, and the process required for nominations.

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.

ADX Tour of Adelaide Cancelled

ADX Tour of Adelaide cancelled due to insufficient entries. Sunday race out of McLaren Flat on 7B will go ahead as a SVets GSR. All existing noms will carry over and if you now wish to add your name to the starters, you may enter with Geoff Hillman via usual email until Friday. VLCC will refund all noms for ADX Tour, so front up with $15 noms on the day. I suggest you look for the startlist later on Saturday and confirm your start time.

Protecting what’s important

To get the best protection from your helmet it should be fitted correctly.  Helmets can be adjusted by setting up the straps correctly.  It should fit snuggly, low and level.

Remember your helmet also needs to have an Australian standard sticker.  Helmet checks are performed at races and you may not be able to start without an Australian standard approved helmet.

How to properly fit a helmet.

State and Club 2017 Criterium Championship

Initially planned for Feb 5th, the event was cancelled due to bad weather. The combined State and Club Criterium championship event for 2017 will now be held on October 22nd at Victoria Park.

This will result in a change to club racing calendars, so please make a note of this in your diaries. A new club calendar is available on our website now.

Another SAFETY MESSAGE

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.