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Club Road Race Championship 30th September – Course 41

Well done to all those who either rode in the Crits or with Adelaide Hills at Bradbury. Couple of notables from Bradbury – congratulations to Richard Tormet, Bill Robinson, and Peter Grivell for not only doing well on Sunday, but also being prize winners in the overall three race series.

Next week is the Club Championships. We have a change in the route selected for this race. As background, Onkaparinga are commencing extensive road works in the area. The one affecting us is the Bridge widening on Blewitt Springs Road. This will close the road for close to one month, and for an additional three months be impacted by closed lanes and dirt surface. This will affect a number of events.

For our Club Road Race Championship, we are going to try Course 41. This course allows us to provide a variety of race distances for all the age groupings. Promises to be a great race, so don’t hesitate and sign up now. As we need to organise medals for the day, we are going to have to stick to a rigid cut off for nominations of Wednesday night. Don’t miss out !

Adelaide Hills are joining us on the day. While you will be riding with AHMCC riders in your age category, remember that Club medals are just that, you are only competing against riders in our club. But this does allow you to size up the competition prior to the State Championships the following week.

Next Race September 23rd AHMCC Transitions Drivewear Bradbury Kermesse

Another week of racing. Congratulations to Paul McGregor for taking out the handicap on Sunday 16th. Hope you all had a good race.

Did you wonder why the numbers were low? A rough head count had 18 of our members do the drive to Lorne Victoria to compete in the Amy Gran Fondo. An amazing result for our members this year, with about 80% of our group gaining World Championship Qualifying medals. A good measure of the standard of riding we have at the club when we measure up like that against about 2000 of the most competitive riders across the country. Of major note, Dave Dobson came 12th outright on the day and 4th in his age category. Bill Robinson also a very notable result of 4th in his age category. And then came Eddy Collins. One of the club’s most consistent and long running members came home with a very well deserved 3rd placing in his age category. Congratulations Eddy !!

Next Sunday is the AHMCC TRANSITIONS DRIVEWARE 3-RACE SERIES: BRADBURY KERMESSE

Sunday 23 September is the final event in the AHMCC TRANSITIONS DRIVEWARE 3-RACE SERIES

Graded scratch race

Registration desk opens at 8am

Racing starts at 9am

Details are on the AHMCC club web site: Register via the AHMCC site.

Come along and support our friends at AHMCC!

Questions: Sarah 0409 910 079

Next Race 16th September Club Handicap Course 4

Clear skies greeted the riders this Sunday for a good ride around McLaren Vale last Sunday. Congratulations to the winners and to everyone for a good ride, and a huge thankyou again to all the great volunteers who allow these events to take place.

Next Sunday is a Club Handicap on Course 4 on the 16th September. Significant road works are being planned in the area commencing this week, and as we identify exactly what this will mean for our events, keep posted via the website and Facebook regarding the high likelihood of course changes.

For Sunday 16th, we will be on Course 4. Our first major course change will be on September 30th for the Combined Club Road Race Championships. We are planning to use Course 41 for this event.

Safe riding everyone.

 

Next Race 2nd September Father’s Day GSR

Numbers were low for Sunday’s ITT, and there were rumours that there are riders that don’t like Time Trialling. Can you believe that ??  For the 25 of us that did get out there, it was a blast. Excellent conditions for a ride. First or last (that was me), it was a great ride.

Next week is the Father’s Day GSR on course 34. Only doing 4 laps so that we pack up and get home well before lunch. Adelaide Hills are joining us, so come along and have some fun. Nominations on this site by Wednesday night.

Was also good to welcome Robert Freak at the club room this Sunday. Past club president, he currently is the SAMCA Vice President and chair of the CAMS organising committee for 2019. Stay tuned for another amazing CAMS event January 2019.

Club Community Donation to Kangarilla Primary School 21st August

We have for some years now, been setting aside a 50 cents contribution from every race nomination and putting this towards a community project that we value as important. Previous donations have gone to CFS branches, and to our local McLaren Flat Primary school. This year, the club Committee made a decision to make a $1000 donation to Kangarilla Primary School. The presentation was today. We had myself, Richard Tormet, David Milne, Don MacDougall and Andrew Thomas along to do the handover. It is always a spectacular opportunity to let the local families know who we are and what we do, along with spreading a message of being safe on the road. If you get a 7 year old giving you a cheer on the road next week – you never know they could be from Kangarilla Primary!

Kangarilla Primary were thrilled with the donation, and will be purchasing cameras for the classes. Well done Southern Vets.

                                        

First Aid

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. We are looking at including a comments field on the race registration form for such issues. Worth thinking about whether there is something a First Aider or an Ambulance attendant should be aware of if they were called to your assistance on the road.

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