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!
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.
This week’s event is a Club Handicap on Course 4. Three laps for 49.5 km in total on McLaren Vale Road, Schuller and Moritz. Not sure about the weather forecast for this Sunday, but it could not be worse than last week. This past Sunday, for those brave souls who ventured up to Gumeracha for the State Road Race Championships, the weather threw everything it could at us. At the end of the day, a medal should have been awarded to all riders and all the volunteers who stood out in the freezing rain and hail. Big round of thanks to AMCC for organising, and congratulations to everyone who went out and had a go.
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.
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.
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.