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.
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?
Anyone that rode this Sunday at Burford Hill will not be forgetting it for a very long time. Conditions were to say the least – challenging. Well done to everyone who had a go.
Are you really listening to the Referee Briefings??? – At Burford Hill, we were all instructed not to return to the finish line after our event. The intention behind this new instruction was an attempt to clear the line of onlookers at race finish. We’ve all seen it, bikes everywhere congesting the area adding to the confusion for car drivers and riders alike. My point here is that every race briefing is important – be at the start line 5 minutes before your event to ensure you pick up what the Referee has to say.
Nominate via the SDVLCC site by Wednesday night for the next challenge, Peter’s Ck KOM and finish on Hunt Rd. Weather is improving, so don’t miss out. Adelaide Hills will be joining us.
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.
SDVLCC Club handicap 28th Jan CANCELLED
As indicated by David’s post a few days back, the club race day committee has referred to the Club’s Extreme Weather Policy and based on the forecast temperature for Sunday morning, we are not left with any option but to cancel the race on Sunday. Apologies if this causes any issue for members, but we have policies for a reason, and in this instance, there is no wiggle room.
The opportunity is now there to get an extra week of training in before the State and Club Criterium Championships at Victoria Park on Sunday 4th Feb. Nominations are via the SAMCA website, and payment is made on the day at registration
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.
Members can now renew their Racing Licence for 2018. If you have forgotten your username and password, please do not send an email to AVCC Secretary Mel Davies for the information – Mel can’t help and will point you back to the Club. As you can expect this only adds work for everyone!
* If you’ve forgotten your username and/or password, or if you need any other help, contact Membership Registrar (Pat O’Kane) or Treasurer (Richard Tormet) .
* You must have a licence before you can race in 2018 – applies to CAMS, club road races, and criteriums.
* It’s also a good time to confirm your correct Emergency Contact details. Please note you can’t be your own Emergency Contact!
Thanks All – best wishes for the season and 2018.
A big thanks to everyone who contributed to making our last race of the year a huge success. The club is blessed to have so many wonderful people willing to contribute their time and effort to putting on some of the best Vets racing on offer in S.A.
Congratulations also to all the worthy trophy winners for this year. I have posted photos of the winners in the gallery section under the Information tab.
Safe cycling, and see you all in the New Year. Who is going to win the “Most Improved” and “Best and Fairest” next year? Now there’s a New Year’s challenge for you!!
Wishing you and your loved ones, a safe and happy Christmas from us all on the 2018 committee.
Southern Vets is proud to announce that the Design MC Twin Peaks Invitational GSRs was a great success again this year. The trophies and food platters were very well received after an excellent race. We are grateful to Design MC proprietor and Club member Paul McGregor for supporting our racing.
As always, we urge members to support our sponsor! See Paul and Design MC for all your building design needs.
Paul McGregor: 0408 900 889 www.designmc.com.au
Once again member Kerry Smart and Southern Joinery (Reynella) sponsored an SDVLCC Open race! On 19 November, Southern Vets and SAMCA promoted the Southern Joinery (Reynella) Graded Scratch Races.
The race was successfully and safely completed, but it was a tough race on a warm and windy day. Congratulation to all riders and thanks to all officials who helped make the race possible.
We are grateful to Kerry and his team for their ongoing support of our Club and recommend SJ(R) for all your joinery services -‐ including kitchens, domestic and commercial work.
**Please note that SAMCA 2017 Consistency Awards presentation took place after the race**