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.
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.
We had perfect weather for the handicapped GSR on Sunday chasing people up Moritz four times. Good riding by everyone. The next three Sundays will see us join with AMCC racing at Outer Harbour. The event was originally listed as a criterium at Victoria Park, but the Covid testing station has removed that as an option. Hence the Blackchrome series will be run as a 3 race series points race. Prize money at each event, and then Blackchrome vouchers to all place getters per grade at the end of the series. Nominations via the AMCC website are open now. See you there.
Also don’t forget the ITT training runs are back on Thursday evenings – 6.00pm at MFRG. $5 into the kitty and away you go.
For those of you still to renew memberships, do it asap. For new and renewing members, if you have any problems navigating the process, contact Pat O’Kane our Membership Registrar for 2022. His contact details are on the website. See you next Sunday!!
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 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.
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.
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!