South Pacific Veteran Cycling Championships
The South Pacific Veteran Cycling Championships will once again be held over Easter, 2015, at Maryborough, Victoria. Championship events will be held from Friday 3rd April to Sunday 5th April, with the non championship event, the Cec Cripps Open Handicap, held on Monday 6th April (requires a separate entry).
Transponder hire for all Championship events this year is free, but is the usual $5 hire fee for the Cec Cripps Open Handicap. Full details can be found on the South Pacific Vets Championships page. Registrations are now open.
Race Calendar for 2015
The VVCC Open Events Calendar has been finalised and is now available on the VVCC Events page. Entries are now open for most events. First event for the year is the Northern Cycling Victorian Open Criterium Championship, and its support races, coming up on Sunday 15th February.
New Open Club Aggregate
New for the 2015 racing season, the VVCC has introduced the Nemisis Athletic Apparel Club Aggregate, a club teams competition, to be held at each Open handicap event throughout the year. Clubs need to have four riders finish the event to make up a team, with the first four riders across the line scoring points towards the team total for the day. Sponsors Nemisis Athletic Apparel will present the winning club at the end of the year with 60 pairs of custom made club socks, and a commemorative aggregate jersey. See the Nemisis Athletic Apparel Club Aggregate page for more details.
The VVCC recently conducted an online rider survey, to gather rider feedback on various aspects of the VVCC's Open events, held throughout the year. The results of the rider survey are now available as a download for your own information. Any feedback or comments to the VVCC can be made through your club VVCC Delegate.
Videos of Open Finishes
Colin Hooper has kindly made several videos of Open finishes available, which you can find links to on the Open Results page for 2014. The videos are on Youtube. The bikes are moving fast, so check the settings at the bottom of the video player. Some setups allow the video player to play in slow motion (eg latest version of Safari on a Mac).
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.
Club Referees Please Note
A recent audit of club Race Day Checklists has highlighted the fact that many clubs are not using the latest version of the Race Day Checklist form. Please check that you have and are using the latest version of the form, and are sending them to the State Secretary Dave Phillips at the end of each month.
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.