New State Handicapper
Colin Hooper has stepped aside as State Handicapper after six years of service, with Bruce Logan of Northern Cycling taking on the position for 2016. John Faulkner of the Eureka Vets has taken on the timing of races.
The VVCC would like to thank Colin for the great knowledge and expertise he brought to the position, and the endless hours he put into the handicapping, as well as manning the timing equipment used at VVCC Open events and the South Pacific Championships each year.
Bruce will be in contact with club handicappers in the near future with any requests he has regarding handicapping information.
Note to riders
Riders are reminded not to approach the State Handicapper at events regarding your mark, but to go through your club handicapper. All entries are to be done online, and no late entries will be accepted after online entries close. No exceptions!
Thanks to Harry Tams
Harry Tams has stepped aside as Vice President of the VVCC, and Albert Rain has been elected as the new Vice President. The VVCC would like to thank Harry for his many years of service as Vice President, Public Officer and State Delegate to the AVCC.
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.
Changes to VVCC Racing Rules
At the recent AVCC AGM, some additions were made to the AVCC racing rules, with the inclusion in Rule 6 (f) of clauses governing the use of disc brakes, mobile phones, and cameras attached to helmets.
Please familiarise yourself with these new rules under Rule 6 (f), covering equipment and clothing, on the VVCC Rules Page.
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.