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AVCC National Championships 2019

Victoria are hosting the 2019 National Championships again this year at Maryborough.

See Flyer for details.

Being held over Easter, so a fantastic opportunity to get out there and have some great rides while visiting a great part of the country. Keep in mind that South Australia will be hosting the National Championships next January to coincide with the Tour Down Under.

Marshal Roster for 2019

Thanks to all those who stayed back for the Marshal training session last Sunday Feb 10th. We will plan to run a few more through the year.

This is excellent training, with loads of very helpful tips from Greg Jackson.

Remember the club has an expectation that all members will give up two races per year to assist with marshalling duties. Our aim is to minimise this, and we’ll try where possible to keep the marshal duties to once per year, but the reality is we don’t have enough members. Given we need on average three marshals per event, that’s close to needing 100 people. The numbers don’t work out, so some of you might be asked to marshal twice.

The marshal roster can be found under the INFORMATION tab. Have a look, and if you see an issue with where you’ve been rostered, get back to me.


Next Race – January 12th – State and Club Criterium Championships

A little bit of wet weather didn’t do much to dampen the spirits of all those that turned up for the 2 Stage race on the 5th. Was a great way to kick off the new year. 

Have to apologise for not making the point clearer earlier. Our club does not possess a good Criterium circuit so we have for the last few years piggy backed off the State Crits to award our own Club Criterium Championship medal. So if you were half thinking of entering the State Crits, then here is the incentive to make it a must – possibility of two medals for the price of one. Enter via the VLCC website. We will do the SVCC Club Crit Champ presentations at a following club event, i.e. not on the day as it gets too confusing with the State event. 

Looking forward to seeing you all next week.  Safe riding everyone. 

CAMS 2019

From CAMS Committee –

1.      Extension of closing date Sunday Jan 6th  

2.      Mainly graded races to give everyone a go – that means YOU. Good handicapping is everything so please register now – don’t leave it to the last minute

3.      Yes there’s every chance that you will get recognition in photos & random draws

4.      We look forward to giving you something at presentations

In short a real cycling festival & bonanza. All you have to do is go & register to be part of the biggest & best Vets/Masters cycling series in Australia

Robert Freak – Race Director


Renewing our Membership for 2019

It’s time to renew your club membership. You can rejoin any time you like from now, but remember, as of Jan 1st, if you have not paid, you will have no insurance cover.

On our website, there is a page to JOIN. Follow the link on this page which directs you to the AVCC website. Special request from our Treasurer to ensure you only use your existing log in details. If you don’t know what they are, contact Richard Tormet or myself and we can get them for you. Select your payment option and then complete. Remember that your actual licence is sent to you via email immediately you’ve completed your payment. You will need to print the receipt out and then cut out the actual licence.

I’d encourage you to complete this task now so as to avoid the situation of missing out on any racing next year. The process is computer based, so there is no way I’m going to tell you “its easy”. Give it a go and yell out if you need help.

Sunday 16th December – Club Presentation Day

Big thanks to everyone for a great year. We have to acknowledge all our volunteers throughout the year, because without them, there would be no club. But often excluded, is the point that we exist to provide our members with a safe environment to have some fun on a bike and test themselves against like minded people. Southern Vets is a great club because it’s a spectacular community of great people. A big thankyou to all our members.

See more photos from the Trophy presentation in the Gallery section under “Information”. Congratulations to all the winners, some amazing efforts and dedication. There are so many factors involved in being a winner – number one is that you have to put yourself on the start line. So many people miss out because they’re not willing to have a go. Congratulations to Mark Long for the Club’s Best and Fairest – setting a high standard of excellence, sportsmanship and dedication (and not a bad rider to boot!).


Race Calendar changes May 19th

Just made a change to our 2019 Calendar following our committee meeting last Sunday 3/3/19.

We took on board feedback from riders in the Club TT Championships last year that indicated a preference to run our event locally. It means that we get an opportunity to do the Club TT Championship one week, and then on the following week, the State Championship on the same course.

We are planning to use Range Road this year to give us a 25 km track from top of Wickhams to top of Willunga, so that we get used to running the event in preparation for the National Championships in Jan 2020.

We have used the Kangarilla track in the past, but concerns were raised about having bikes on both up and down track of Kangarilla Road along with general car traffic. We believe the Range Road circuit will provide a much quieter route.

Don’t like TT’s – get with the program – no one does! But nothing beats that feeling of crossing the finish line and knowing all that pain can now stop. Just Do It !

2019 Classic Adelaide Masters Series – CAMS

Robert Freak, Vice President SAMCA & Race Director CAMS

Invites you to save up to $25 & go into a raffle to win 1 of 2 bottles of quality wine.
All you need to do is go to & register for the CAMS races before the end of the month. (Yes that’s 15 days). While you are there, take a look at News & Updates, at all the terrific sponsors we have on board.

It is these people & my work with direct contacts with the AVCC as their grant comes with the condition that we spend it on event organisation & prizes & we are accountable to them for every dollar.

Over the years the Treasurer & I have done this so well that we have received their praise & also gained an increase from $3 – $5,000 for 2019. Wonderful in this current climate. In addition I have single handedly added a further $3,500 in grants to make 2019 the biggest & best CAMS ever conducted for Masters/Vets in Australia.

You, the cyclist will be rewarded with great prize money, vouchers etc. as we intend to recognise well down in fields.

Enjoy all your CAMS committee has done for you


Robert Freak

Club AGM 11th November

Club AGM was held Sunday 11th November 2018. Thanks to all those who attended, and to everyone in the club for your contributions throughout the year.

Election process moved smoothly, with all positions on the committee being filled.

One motion moved to recognise the increase in membership fees from $120 to $140 per year. The increase is as a result of the AVCC having to increase their portion by $20 to cover their costs and increases in insurance levies. The SA and Club components of the membership fee have remained the same. Reminder to all to not renew your memberships for 2019 until the start of December.

Wish to welcome our new members onto the Club Committee, and once again thank everyone for your amazing support through the year. President’s report is attached, and the minutes of the AGM will be posted when available.

We’ve got another year filled with interesting racing which hopefully will see you challenged and rewarded.      Stay Upright  –  Stay Safe. 

Sunday 21st October – Toyota Classic Open GSR

The Adelaide Hills Toyota Classic is on this weekend.

It’s an annual classic event. Start at Wistow and head towards Murray Bridge. On the return run head up through Dawsley, (KOM) and turn at Mt Barker for Peachy Road uphill finish. It’s a great event, don’t miss it.

Nominate via the SAMCA website – remember you will need your AVCC licence number to use as your “log in” and your surname (in lower case), for your password.

See you there.