VVCC State Criterium Championships 27th August 2016
Entries now closed.
To be held Saturday 27th August, 2016, at the Casey Fields Criterium Track, Cranbourne, Victoria, from 9:30am. The Championships are age based, with 5 year age groups. Men from 35yrs to 69yrs race for 30 minutes plus 2 laps, men 70yrs and over and all women race for 20 minutes plus 2 laps. Entries closed Tuesday 23rd August. Note - this event is to be held on a Saturday, not the more usual Sunday.
Starting order is older men first, then women, then younger men's age groups. A start list, when finalised, will be emailed out to registered riders after registrations close.
More information available here.
Change of Venue - VVCC State TT Championships
To be held 11th September 2016
Please note that the venue for the VVCC State Time Trial Championships has been changed from Avenel, near Seymour, to Balliang, which is between Baccus Marsh and Geelong. The new course is flat and 3 laps of a 10km loop.
More details and entries available here.
Cancelled - Australian Veteran Cycling Championships
The Australian Veteran Cycling Championships, due to be held in Canberra on the 21st to the 23rd October, 2016, have been cancelled, due to difficulties in getting permits. As it takes many months to organise such an event, there is insuffient time left this year to change to a different venue, so no event will be held this year.
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.
Rise in VVCC Membership Fees for 2016
Due to the increase in running costs that have occurred over the last few years, it was decided at the last VVCC meeting to raise the VVCC membership by $10 from 2016. This is the first rise in the VVCC component of the total membership amount for many years, the last rise being in the AVCC component.
The rise will take effect from 1st October 2015 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 2016. Current members are not due to renew their membership until 1st January 2016, when the new rise will take effect for them.
Breakdown of the total membership amount you pay will now be $80 for insurance and AVCC, $55 to the VVCC, plus your club fee.
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.