Category Archives: Racing

Sunday 9th December Course details

Well done to everyone at today’s Paz Russo Memorial Twin Peaks, and thanks to everyone who volunteered and contributed to making it a special day.

Next Sunday is a Club Race, and we will be using course 16B, loops of Kangarilla, Sands, Bakers Gully, Schuller Roads. Note I made an error at the presentation today when I mentioned course 43.  Nomination through this website.

Our final event for the year is the Presentation Handicap event around the Binney circuit on December 16th.

Safe riding through the week, and see you all next Sunday.

Race Calendar changes

Couple of quick changes to our Race Calendar for the remainder of the year.

The December 23rd hidden handicap event has been cancelled. A show of hands of the committee has agreed to give everyone a break a couple of days before Christmas. Well deserved !!!!

Next week, 25th November, we will run our race on the Binney course that we used for the AGM handicap. 5 laps. Course 1A.  Specially selected to stay away from the hills, because you’ll need everything you’ve got for the following week on Willunga and Wickhams for the Paz Russo Memorial Twin Peaks GSR event. Some great trophies up for grabs for first three place getters in every grade.

This is an Invitation event, so open to nominations from any and all Vets members.

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 www.samc.org.au & 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

Thankyou

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.

Sunday 14th October Course 20

Well done to everyone at the State Road Race championships held  last Sunday 7th Oct.

Congratulations to our club members who picked up State Championship medals on the day: Louise Beazley, Tanya Noble, Kevin Phillips, Kerry Smart, Frank Schoen, Nick Steel, Graham King, and Matthew Brumfitt. Conditions for racing were excellent, and the course was challenging.

This Sunday, we are back to using a course we haven’t seen for a couple of years. Ride up Wickham’s Hill at a pace that leaves you with enough energy for two laps of the Range Rd circuit. This is a great circuit to set the legs up for some good riding in the months ahead.

Nominations on the club site.

State Road Race Championships – Gumeracha

We’ve had the Club Championships this Sunday, and once again, congratulations to all the winners, and to everyone that had a go. Special thanks goes out to all the spectacular volunteers on the day and the great support they gave having to contend with the last minute change of course. A great effort by all saw the mornings racing proceed smoothly and safely.

This week, October 7th, is the State Road Race Championship. Hosted by Adelaide Hills club, and being held at Gumeracha on a course not seen for some years. Believe me, its a beauty. No nasty climbs, but enough short sharp rises to ensure everyone is tested. All nominations via the new SAMCA website. If you have any problems working out what to do, give our Webmaster a call/email and he’ll sort you out. To nominate, you will need your AVCC membership number.

Good luck everyone, and safe riding through the week.

Club Championships Sunday 30th Sept – Course Change to 7A

We have just been made aware that McLaren Vale is hosting “A Spring Affair” wine festival tomorrow, which includes a function at Serafino Winery at 10.30am. Traffic restrictions will be in place. As a result, the Race Day committee have decided to use course 7A tomorrow. The above, plus the untidy road works in McLaren Flat were just making life too difficult to continue with the old course. All hands on deck at the moment to redo Start Sheets and Marshal lists. Apologies for the late minute change – we really believe this is in all of our best interests for running a smooth and safe event.

Course map details are on the Website Course 7A. Varying distances are achieved by varying the number of laps of Sands Rd.

Membership fee structure.

We are not a big business, but our club does need money to run. Our two biggest sources of income are from membership and race nomination fees.

Racing membership fees have remained static for a few years but will increase by $20 in 2019. All of that extra will go to AVCC, largely to cover increased insurance costs. Both SAMCA and our Club fees will remain unchanged. A full racing membership will cost $140 and those opting to pay the non-marshalling levy will pay $220.

At the start of the year we raised our race nomination fee from $10 to $15 to match the other two clubs. Prior to that we ran quite a few events at a financial loss. The extra $5 allowed us to cover our ever increasing running costs and to maintain a buffer to cover unexpected costs. We have no immediate plans to increase race noms but we will continue to review our expenditure.

The Committee is confident that Southern Vets remains the best value Veterans Club in SA. We host races most weekends of the year and offer a variety of mid-week training rides. Our success is largely due to our volunteers, many of whom put in hours each week to keep our club running and to ensure we have safe, challenging, and interesting events.

If you have any questions or ideas about our fee structure or finances, please speak to Club Treasurer Richard Tormet, or any of our Committee.

SAMCA Vice President Robert Freak is buying the coffees.

Robert Freak invites you to join him for a coffee & muffin on Thurs 11th Oct at Crema Jetty Rd Glenelg between 10 & 11 am.

It is now about 4 years since my accident when on a Thursday morning Southern Vets training ride, my mates brought me back by doing CPR on me.  I’m really thankful to them.

It doesn’t matter how you get there or if you know me – I’d love to catch up & get to know you over a coffee.

Looking forward to seeing you then.  Robert