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.
AHMCC, who are promoting 2017 SAMCA Road Race Championships out of Mt Torrens next Sunday 17 September, advise that all races will be RACE NEUTRAL to the top of the first climb out of Mt Torrens. The aim is to prevent groups breaking up so early in the race and to encourage more entries.
Make your entry via the SAMCA website before 9pm Wednesday evening 13 September.
See attached FLYER for details.
See attached for the flyer and details of the AHMCC Invitation on August 27th.
On behalf of Robert Freak:
Firstly I want to acknowledge what a terrific club Southern Vets is in caring for its members. It is now three years since my accident. How much I appreciate the Southern Vets riders on that day who did CPR and kept me alive, and all those who have contacted or visited me during the 15 months in the three hospitals, as well as since I’ve come home, and of course those who came to my birthday party.
I would like to shout a coffee & muffin at morning tea (10.30 am) on Thursday 31 August at the Glenelg coffee spot Crema to whoever turns up.
I then intend and feel ready to visit the crash site for the first time.
Thank you to all of you and I look forward to getting to some more races.
Please see BurfordHill2017v2 for details of next Open which is promoted by AHMCC and headquartered at Mt Torrens. StartlistBurfordHillOpen Note this is a draft. Final list will be posted on AHMCC website by 4pm Saturday.
ADX Tour of Adelaide cancelled due to insufficient entries. Sunday race out of McLaren Flat on 7B will go ahead as a SVets GSR. All existing noms will carry over and if you now wish to add your name to the starters, you may enter with Geoff Hillman via usual email until Friday. VLCC will refund all noms for ADX Tour, so front up with $15 noms on the day. I suggest you look for the startlist later on Saturday and confirm your start time.
As one of our major sponsors for the club, Goggleman are letting us know that all this month they are holding a clearance sale. They have lots of specials on all their cycling eyewear including 20% off Oakley and Adidas and up to 50% of SH+. They will also offer to those who need prescription 10% off your lenses. Now is the time to come and see Goggleman. The offer ends June 30th.
Our sponsors make a huge difference to our racing, so it’s important to support them where we can. Make sure you mention you’re with the Southern Vets.
www.Goggleman.com.au / www.7eye.com.au
Ph: (08) 82981462
1/495 Brighton Road, Brighton, 5048, South Australia.
There will be Marshal Training after the race on Sunday coming 11 June 2017, presented by our Club member and SA Police Officer Greg Jackson. All Club members (who have not paid the non-marshal fee) will be rostered to marshal at some time because marshals are required each week to make our racing possible. To marshal it is a requirement, with a few exceptions, to have SA Police-accredited training.
Riders who have not undertaken the training previously should try to attend, and for previously trained members it is a good refresher. If you weren’t intending to race it could be a good excuse to come out and blow off the winter cobwebs!
Terry Proctor, Safety Officer SDVLCC
Next week’s race (9 July) is AHMCC Invitation GSRs out of Lobethal. Enter as usual on our online and entries will be passed on. Race start 0900, registration from 0800 at Lobethal Centennial Hall.
Flyer: Kenton Valley
The course below is full but we are on a list to be notified asap when the next course is being offered. We will update members at that time.
Southern Vets have been invited to nominate participants for a FREE First Aid Training Course through the City of Onkaparinga. The Course will take place on Thursday 8 June 2017, 8.30am-5pm at the City of Onkaparinga, Noarlunga Office ‘Civic Area’.