Cycling keeps you fit and healthy in body and mind. Southern Vales CC gives riders over 30 years of age the opportunity to compete in road cycling against their peers over a number of courses out of McLaren Flat in the wonderful Southern Vales. Our riders average less than 20km/h to more than 40km/h, so there’s a place for everyone! We are a great bunch of people who invite you to join, make new friends, and share what we enjoy!
I’m half way through my race with two more climbs of Moritz to go, heart rate pumping at max for the last half hour, I sit up and look around at the great team I’m surrounded by and realise this is why I race. If you haven’t raced, but you enjoy riding, you’re going to love Master’s racing.
On the topic of Safety on the Road, any cyclist will have stories to tell. Our club has ran 75 consecutive events without an incident. It’s not all through wishful thinking. It’s down to every one of us focussing on what’s important, and it requires hard work. Some things to consider in the next few months. Saturday 30th January we are conducting a “Sprint training” session at 0800 from the club room. Phil Crick has kindly agreed to conduct this training. Those sprints are one of the riskiest times we face on the road, whether it’s in a race, or whether its racing your mates to the next stobie pole. Come along and pick up some additional skills to add to your kit bag. In addition, we’ll be having some marshal training in the coming weeks. Make an effort to attend. The more people we have understanding how it all works, the safer we’ll be out there on the road. And lastly a plug for first aid training. For many years now, the club has offered to pay for your first aid training on the proviso that you are prepared to use your qualification to help with First Aid duties on our rides. It’s a no brainer – it’s a win win.
The next four weeks we will be out at Victoria Park on Sunday mornings. The first three weeks are part of the Blackchrome Critierium series, and the fourth week is the State Criterium Championships. Come out, have some fun, and support Adelaide Masters Cycling at its best.
The annual club awards were presented this weekend, congratulations to all the hard work put in over the year by everyone.
Michelle Crick – Ladies ITT Champion
Andrew Friebe – Mens ITT Champion (absent)
Eddy Collins – the David Rattray Best and Fairest
Tanya Noble – Ladies consistency winner
Stuart Heseltine– Most improved rider
Graham King – Presidents Club Person of the year
Consistency awards – Patrick O’Kane, Con Bastiras, Geoff Bate, Graham King, David Milne, Ben Livings, Peter Grivell, David Cox, Eddy Collins, Paul Caldwell (absent)
The AVCC membership portal is now open. You can access the AVCC site to join either via the address you may have received by email, or by following the links on this website.
It helps if you remembered your password from the previous log in. If you don’t use the same log in, then you’ll be prompted to re enter all of your data, and create a new membership. If you need help, contact Richard Tormet.
Our membership fee for 2021 is $132. There also is an option of paying an additional $80 to opt out of assisting the club with marshalling duties.
You should receive a confirmation email at the end of the process. Attached to this email is your AVCC Licence to race for 2021. Keep this on hand, particularly at the start of the year, you may be asked to show the licence at race registrations to help the clubs identify that you are in fact a financial member.
Reminder to all members for 2021. If you have not availed yourself of the club kit offer, it’s still on. One set of kit (Nicks and Jersey) for $100 per member.
The AVCC has confirmed a decision to postpone the National racing series planned for Adelaide in Jan 2021 due to the current travel restrictions across States and the difficulties faced by people wanting to make plans. Regardless, we are full steam ahead on planning our 2021 local calendars so stay tuned.
We have to comply with the Gov’t regulations pertaining to Covid-19. We have our Covid-19 Safe Plan approved, and are taking measures to stop the spread of coronavirus. Things we can all do to help:
Stay home if you are not feeling well
Keep to the physical distancing rules – 1.5m separation
Safe hygiene – (yes on the bike as well !)
Keep below the maximum capacity numbers in any meeting room etc.
We want to be a club in every sense of the word. Welcoming and friendly, with a touch of competition to push each other for that satisfaction that can’t be achieved on a Saturday bunch ride. But above all, we are starting to show as a club that we can do this and stay safe. We respect every rider who while trying their best, places the safety and wellbeing of others and themselves above that of having to come first.
We are fortunate in being able to race on public roads, so it is important that we respect other road users and inconvenience them as little and as safely possible. At all times during our events, you are responsible for your own safety and ensuring that you obey road and cycling rules. That means keeping to the left and not crossing white lines unless absolutely necessary. Of course there will be times when safety dictates that you “take the lane” but remember on roads with limits of 80kph or more, other drivers are required to give you 1 ½ metres when passing. That just isn’t possible if you are riding alongside the white line.
While our SAPOL trained marshals do have the authority to stop traffic, our club’s policy is that they stop riders when other traffic is around. Typically the only time we will stop other traffic is for sprint finishes on Blewett Springs and Hunt Roads. Whether we have a marshal at the corner or not, you are obliged to follow the road rules, i.e. if a Give Way sign, then you must Give Way till safe to proceed. Our Marshals are there to take the decision from you and will show a Stop sign if you should be giving way. Disobey the marshal and it’s a DQ and probably suspension. Good communication amongst the riding group is important when negotiating corners.