Category Archives: Racing

SAMCA

Southern Vales Cycling Club is affiliated with South Australian Masters Cycling Association which in turn is the conduit to our national Australian Veteran Cycling Council. By Constitution, AVCC can only deal with South Australian issues via SAMCA.
SAMCA consists of an Executive and two Representatives from each of the affiliated masters/veterans Clubs in South Australia.  The Executive consists President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. Currently the Executive has three SVCC members, Richard Tormet, Frank Schoen and Jeff Geisler, and one AMCC member, Brenton Thain.
In November, SAMCA will hold its Annual General Meeting at which time an Executive will need to be elected. A Chief Referee and Public Officer will be appointed at a subsequent meeting. In view of the significant role that SAMCA has in our ability to race, it is important that it has a strong, practical and innovative group of leaders. SVCC Committee urges you to consider nominating for an Executive role in SAMCA when the time comes especially if you wish to influence the direction of masters/veterans racing in South Australia. Your new ideas and your personal drive are required!
A notice of meeting with a call for agenda items and nominations for Executive will be issued towards the end of October – keep your eyes open and make the commitment!

Next Race: Sands Road and Bakers Gully loops – Course 7A

Another one of those great days today, just to be on the bike and riding against the clock. Bit of dampness mid event was a nuisance, making for some sketchy corners. Really pleasing to see everyone riding to the conditions and ensuring we all got home safely. And check out the results! That Rollicking Rambunctious Roscoe took home the bottle of wine for being the Lantern Rouge, as well as taking home the money after placing first on handicap. Can’t remember that ever happening. To top it off, he got to wear rider #1 on the day. Absolute champion.

Next week we’re on course 7A. Haven’t been out this way for a while (we have been trying to stay close to home over winter), but it’s 4 laps of Sand’s Road and Bakers Gully (freshly bituminised ie no pot holes) before returning via the Moritz descent.

Wanted to remind everyone that we do try to ensure we have a follow car on the road for most events, but can’t always guarantee it. Hence when competing, I know weight is a factor, but the onus is on all riders to be self sufficient to a point. You should be able to repair a puncture if needed. But most importantly – I’d suggest you carry a phone. If you really did get stuck, making a call could save you a 10km walk home. And of course, if you were the first to come across a road incident, it could save valuable time dialling 000 straight up.

Safe riding and see you next week.

 

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.

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.

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 2022 Year – and all things Covid

The AVCC has confirmed a decision to postpone the National racing series planned for Adelaide in Jan 2022 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.

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.

 

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