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.

 

Membership Renewal

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.

SAMCA AGM + Membership Renewal

As a member of SDVLCC, you also belong to South Australian Masters Cycling Association (SAMCA) and Australian Veterans Cycling Council (AVCC). 

The SAMCA AGM was held on 14 November 2017 with 43 members in attendance.  David Degenhardt of AHMCC is the newly elected President – congratulations Dave!  Secretary remains Richard Tormet and Treasurer, Jeff Geisler – thanks for continuing guys.  State Referee, State Handicapper and Public Officer will be determined at the next SAMCA meeting.

MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL

As an existing member, please DO NOT attempt to renew your AVCC licence before 1st December 2017. If you do, you will find that your new licence will expire on 31st December 2017, and not 2018.

Insurance Cover

Ever scratched your head trying to understand what our insurance covers? Under the Information tab at the top of the website, you’ll find a page to Insurance. One of our members has posted some helpful tips that might provide some clarity. Check it out.

Transponder failures

Some timing system transponders are not recording.  If you have your transponder on your bike and correctly mounted (see transponders page ) and it hasn’t recorded (eg highlighted time in the published results), then it may have failed and needs to be replaced. Please have it checked by the Club.

Note that if you race with a non-functioning transponder your published time and placing may be inaccurate.

You can help the club greatly if you make an effort to always ensure you are carrying a healthy transponder. When we race and we get 100% of riders recording on the system, our race results can be published almost immediately with no need for members to spend hours sifting through notes and videos trying to gleen placings.

Replacement transponders can be purchased for $100 or hired at an event for $10.

Another SAFETY MESSAGE

There are going to be many situations on the road that we can’t predict, and it is difficult to make rules for every eventuality. An area of concern is any time we approach an intersection where there is traffic, either moving or stationary. 
 
The committee is asking referees to enforce a guiding principle that whenever any other traffic is seen at an intersection, RACING is NEUTRALISED. 
 
Move through the intersection safely, and don’t take an unfair advantage by racing off if other competitors are caught up in traffic. 
 
At all times, we need to be considerate of motorists, and considerate of the public’s perception of us as a club when we ride on the roads. We need their ongoing support to allow us to continue racing on the open road. 
 
We all enjoy a good race, but priority number one is for all to finish safely. 

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.