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!
See more (click arrow below) Special thanks to members Greg Adams (Imagestix) and Richard Miller
Our Club wishes to sincerely thank Carmelo and Scoleri Constructions for his sponsorship of the recently-completed Points Series. The barbeque on Sunday 16 April was spectacular; thanks also to Carmelo’s family who did all the set-up and looked after the cooking – just brilliant!
Here’s a popular challenge – 3 rounds of our Scoleri Points Series, 3 weeks in a row. Sprint legs required! Round 1 is on Course 34 McMurtrie via Hunt Rd – that’s multi times up Chapmans, multi drags up McMurtrie and multi sprints. Hope you’ve been working on your recovery!
Officials – T Proctor, C Ossowicz, G Tamblyn, P O’Kane, F Schoen, R Shelton and Graham McLean
Nominate online as usual. Remember that you will have needed to renew your AVCC racing licence prior to fronting up on the day.
We are placing an order with Blackchrome for new club kit end of February. Go to the “For Sale” page under the “Information” tab to check out the details and sizing charts. Don’t be left with see through nicks this year – get onto it now!
By now, everyone should have received the email from the AVCC giving us the all clear to renew memberships for the 2023 year. I’ve had a go, and all seems in order. $137 gives you access to a full year of cycling events so why not get on and renew straight away before you forget.
One thing I noticed was that the system gives you no option to change clubs. It will only allow you to rejoin your existing club. For SVCC, three options, Racing Member $137, Racing Member opting out of marshalling $217, and Official $55.
If you want to change clubs, talk to Pat O’Kane who can arrange this for you prior to your renewal. Pat also is our club contact if you have trouble logging onto the site, ie you’ve forgotten your password (if like me you have trouble keeping track of 675 passwords we’re supposed to have).
SVCC made its 2022 community donation of $1000 to the Blewitt Springs CFS today 27/11/22. 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.
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.
SAMCA had its AGM last Tuesday. For 2023, the committee is: President Brenton Thain, Vice President Richard Tormet, and Secretary Frank Schoen. Committee working hard to put together a terrific calendar of events for Master’s Cyclists for 2023.
As of 3 March flashing rear tail lights will become mandatory for races promoted by our Club. This is principally an issue of safety, being to make our riders more visible for other following road traffic. If you don’t have one, please start looking to purchase asap.
In passing, we are also recommending that front lights are a good idea for the same reason.