Local Club Membership and Entry to Open Events.
Riders are reminded that it is a requirement for them to have ridden at least 3 races at the club they have joined for their club handicapper to be able to gauge their form and grade them for entry to a VVCC Open event. Riders who join clubs remote to where they live and have never participated in their member club's events cannot be graded by their club handicapper, and thus will not be eligible to ride VVCC Open events. It is strongly recommended that you join the VVCC affiliated club where you will race during the year, so that you qualify for VVCC Open event entry.
2017 Australian Veteran Cycling Championships
The 2017 Australian Veteran Cycling Championships will be held over the Easter break at Maryborough, Victoria. Events will be held from Saturday to Monday. More details will be available in the coming months. The South Pacific Veteran Cycling Championships will not be held in 2017.
Rise in Membership Fees for 2017
Due to an increase in the cost of insurance, membership fees will rise by $10 for 2017. The rise will take effect from 1st October 2016 for new members who wish to join after that date and take advantage of the 15 month first time membership, which lasts until 31st December 2017. Current members are not due to renew their membership until 1st January 2017, when the new rise will take effect for them.
Breakdown of the total membership amount you pay will now be $90 for insurance and AVCC, $55 to the VVCC, plus your club fee.
VVCC Aggregate Results 2016
Geelong & Surf Coast rider Brian Long took out the Individual Aggregate for 2016 after setting up the year with a good start, winning the Central Vets O'Brien Contracting Open in March, then placing 4th in the Hume Vets George Goodwin Memorial Scratch Races in June. Northern rider Michael Borowski jumped into second place after finishing 3rd in the last race of the year. Eureka rider Terry Collie finished the year in third place. First unplaced female was Northern rider Tamara Riddell. Final Individual Aggregate results are here.
In the Club Teams Open Aggregate, Northern went into the last race at Paraparap with a one point lead over Geelong & Surf Coast, but scored an extra 2 points on the day over Geelong & Surf Coast to finish 3 points ahead. Final Teams results are here.
Time Trial and Over the Ear Helmets
The VVCC would like to remind riders that Time Trial helmets, and similar "cut off" types of helmets without a tapered tail (and often have a face shield), that cover the ears, are not approved for road racing by the VVCC. Only standard road race helmets are to be used in any club or VVCC Open road race events.
Update on Disc Brakes
Disc brakes on road bikes are still not allowed at any AVCC or VVCC events. There are various safety issues that need to be evaluated and resolved before they are given the green light for use in AVCC races. The AVCC is monitoring trials of road bikes with disc brakes by the UCI, and until they are approved world wide by the UCI, will not be reconsidered by the AVCC for Veteran racing in Australia.
Heat Stroke and Insurance
Members are advised that your insurance does not cover Heat Stroke or similar conditions when racing or training in hot weather. Please use common sense when racing or training in hot weather.
Contacting the State Handicapper at Opens
Under no circumstances are riders to contact the State Handicapper at Opens to discuss their marks. Please go through your Club Handicapper if you have any issues with your mark at an Open.
Tail Lights Required
Riders are reminded that tail lights must be fitted to bikes at all VVCC and club events. They are to be attached securely to the bike, set to not flash (some riders are epileptic) and to be visible from at least 100 metres.