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.


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.


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 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.

Club Road Race Championship 30th September – Course 41

Well done to all those who either rode in the Crits or with Adelaide Hills at Bradbury. Couple of notables from Bradbury – congratulations to Richard Tormet, Bill Robinson, and Peter Grivell for not only doing well on Sunday, but also being prize winners in the overall three race series.

Next week is the Club Championships. We have a change in the route selected for this race. As background, Onkaparinga are commencing extensive road works in the area. The one affecting us is the Bridge widening on Blewitt Springs Road. This will close the road for close to one month, and for an additional three months be impacted by closed lanes and dirt surface. This will affect a number of events.

For our Club Road Race Championship, we are going to try Course 41. This course allows us to provide a variety of race distances for all the age groupings. Promises to be a great race, so don’t hesitate and sign up now. As we need to organise medals for the day, we are going to have to stick to a rigid cut off for nominations of Wednesday night. Don’t miss out !

Adelaide Hills are joining us on the day. While you will be riding with AHMCC riders in your age category, remember that Club medals are just that, you are only competing against riders in our club. But this does allow you to size up the competition prior to the State Championships the following week.

Next Race September 23rd AHMCC Transitions Drivewear Bradbury Kermesse

Another week of racing. Congratulations to Paul McGregor for taking out the handicap on Sunday 16th. Hope you all had a good race.

Did you wonder why the numbers were low? A rough head count had 18 of our members do the drive to Lorne Victoria to compete in the Amy Gran Fondo. An amazing result for our members this year, with about 80% of our group gaining World Championship Qualifying medals. A good measure of the standard of riding we have at the club when we measure up like that against about 2000 of the most competitive riders across the country. Of major note, Dave Dobson came 12th outright on the day and 4th in his age category. Bill Robinson also a very notable result of 4th in his age category. And then came Eddy Collins. One of the club’s most consistent and long running members came home with a very well deserved 3rd placing in his age category. Congratulations Eddy !!


Sunday 23 September is the final event in the AHMCC TRANSITIONS DRIVEWARE 3-RACE SERIES

Graded scratch race

Registration desk opens at 8am

Racing starts at 9am

Details are on the AHMCC club web site: Register via the AHMCC site.

Come along and support our friends at AHMCC!

Questions: Sarah 0409 910 079

Next Race 16th September Club Handicap Course 4

Clear skies greeted the riders this Sunday for a good ride around McLaren Vale last Sunday. Congratulations to the winners and to everyone for a good ride, and a huge thankyou again to all the great volunteers who allow these events to take place.

Next Sunday is a Club Handicap on Course 4 on the 16th September. Significant road works are being planned in the area commencing this week, and as we identify exactly what this will mean for our events, keep posted via the website and Facebook regarding the high likelihood of course changes.

For Sunday 16th, we will be on Course 4. Our first major course change will be on September 30th for the Combined Club Road Race Championships. We are planning to use Course 41 for this event.

Safe riding everyone.