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Who Are Southern Vales CC?

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!

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See more (click arrow below) Special thanks to members Greg Adams (Imagestix) and Richard Miller

Next Race – 5th Dec, AMCC Dave Rootes MHC at Outer Harbour


Thanks to Southern Joinery our major sponsor for today’s Twin Peaks Race. Great conditions, great course, and great prizes on offer thanks to Kerry Smart and the Southern Joinery team.

Sometimes we miss a road sign, and today we missed a “left hand” turn to take riders down Peter’s Creek Road. Painful, and it did result in some riders doing some extra kms. Apologies for that. Also highlights the golden rule to make sure you know the course before you head out. Who knows, you could have done a breakaway and are two kms up the road from your group hence no one to tell you where to turn.

While all riders did get home safely today, we did have one DQ for a rider on the finish line who moved off their sprint line in front of another rider. We all need to remember that our rules are about keeping all of us safe on the road. Our volunteer officials do the best they can, and only resort to these measures when they believe safety is compromised. This is one of the reasons our club encourages all members to participate in the running of events in order to gain a first hand appreciation of what goes on in the background.  

Reminder all about Tuesday’s SAMCA AGM. Kings Head Hotel, 357 King William Road, commencing at 7.00 pm with registration from 6.45 pm. Come along and have a meal before hand. 


Safe riding everyone.



2021 State TT Champs:


Membership fees for last three months of 2021

Memberships for the remainder of 2021 are now available at a reduced rate of $67.

Access the AVCC Website via our Club Website: https://www.southernvalescc.org.au/  Select the tab at the top of the page “Join”, then follow the instructions to get to the AVCC Membership Portal. A difference to previous years is that the number of renewals to be accepted may be limited. Complicated, but brought about by the fact we have paid up front for a specific number of riders for 2021, and the AVCC is very close to that ceiling. Bottom line is if you are at all thinking about joining up for the remaining 3 months, do it now, not next week.

What will $67 give you access to for the remainder of 2021? :

  • 12 x Thursday night Time Trials.
  • 12 x Sunday Road Races managed between AMCC and SVCC.
  • 12 x Wednesday night Criterium events at Pakapakanthi, both graded and teams based events.
  • Club training runs Tuesdays and Thursdays.
  • The opportunity to mix with a great bunch of people who simply like riding bikes !
  • Joining either club (AMCC or SVCC) entitles you to enter all events from either club.

If you have problems signing up, contact Richard Tormet at: treasurer@southernvets.org.au

Your Club needs YOU !

We’re approaching AGM time and our Committee is signalling a time for renewal. We’ve gone beyond the normal service terms on several positions, and a few on the Committee have notified their departure. On the plus side, the Committee is constituted of people with years of background in and service to the Club. We remain affiliated with the AVCC which is in its strongest financial position for years. We will have a bright future if we continue to provide ongoing and interesting racing events for our members every week. Talk to one of our Committee about how you can help out next year.

Friendly – Competitive – But Above All Else – Safe

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.


2021 Club Community Donation

SVCC made its 2021 community donation of $1000 to the McLaren Vale CFS yesterday. We do this each year to say thanks to our local community for allowing us to use the roads each week for our events. It also helps to build a recognition of who we are and what we do. You can rest assured the money will be well utilised by the CFS.

2020 Awards Presentation

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 2021 Year – and all things Covid

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.

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.