Author Archives: Frank Schoen

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.

Everything Bikes CC & VLCC Launch ADX Depot Tour of Adelaide; Registrations of Interest Sought by 31 Aug

The Everything Bikes Cycling Club (EBCC) in partnership with VLCC is proud to announce the launch of its inaugural ADX Depot Tour which is to be held in the Adelaide Hills region on the weekend of 7-8 October, 2017.  Put the dates in your diary!
Both Teams and Grade racing will be available.     ADX Tour 2017 flyer     Registration of Interest flier

For more information visit the dedicated page on the VLCC website.
http://www.vlcc.org.au/adx-tour-of-adelaide

To receive regular updates, you can like the VLCC Facebook page.

SDVLCC racing calendar (hyperlink on the Calendar tab) has been updated.  If you want to enter a team, start thinking about twisting some arms and get your mates out there training.

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. 

SAFETY MESSAGE following Handicap Race on 12th March

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.

Ride Safely

SDVLCC Committee

2017 Racing Under Way

Please make sure you have renewed your membership for 2017 prior to nominating. If you have any problems renewing membership, contact either Richard Tormet or Frank Schoen for help.

To see the full program for 2017 go to the Calendar tab on the top menu and click on the link for the plan for 2017.

CAMS 2017

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.