Cormiston Legal Symonds Plains Results

About 65 riders took to the Symonds Plains Racetrack for the 2017 Cormiston Legal Criterium. On a beautiful autumn day the race the good sized groups took advantage of smooth roads, no traffic and access to the whole road and enjoyed competitive racing in a wonderful environment. The results are:
A Grade 1st Greig Watson, 2nd Shaun Probert and equal 3rd Jason Rigg and Michael Dalton (Northern version) Prime Aaron Dunn
B Grade 1 St Dane Leedham, 2nd Matthew Bernal 3rd Marty Neu PrimePeter Booth
C Grade 1 st Mick Mic Lockyer 2nd Geoff Rollins 3rd Grant Astell (also Prime)
D Grade 1 st Gary Baker 2nd Brendan Spurr 3rd Michael Archer Prime Brendan Spurr
E Grade 1st Justin Clements 2nd Peter Dadson 3rd Tony Bagshaw Prime Peter Pete McCarron
G Grade 1st Anne Wadley-Robertson 2nd Andrew Hodson 3rd Brian FinnPrime Andrew Hodson

Thanks goes to Sam Pratt for sponsoring the race (good to see him back racing), to Gary Woodfall and Mark Wilkie for help on the line and the ladies on the desk. Also thanks to colin Collin Burns for his support and organisation.

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Upcoming Events

Here is the roster for the next few weeks – I have posted it as there is some great racing coming up. You will see that we are not racing on the 26 March in support of the Western Tiers Challenge and I encourage everyone to go for a ride that day and support the charity. Our first Symonds Crit is then on the 2nd April and the race at Bishopsbourne will be sponsored by Team Daltini. A little break for easter and the second Feature Race of the year, Quamby Classic.

Sun 19 Mar Longford 10am 38kmJohn Brock, Cr
aig Brooks, Clinton Brown
Sun 26 Mar New Horizons Western Tiers Cycle Challenge 2017
Sun 2 April Symmons Plains
Sun 9 April Bishopsbourne
Gary Cummings, Nic Daley, Suze Stacpoole
Sun 16 April Easter
Sun 23 April Morgan Timbers Quamby Classic


The Criterium at Symonds Plains is sponsored by Cormiston Legal and we are grateful for Sam Pratt’s continued support of this great day.  Click on the link below to see the flyer for the day.  Also the Aromas van will be on site – so bring your hard earned money – or bring your race legs and win some.   Don’t forget we open the Crits up to non-club members Masters 2 and older as long as they have a race licence – so is a great opportunity to come along and experience racing with this great club.

summer crit_flyer-2017



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The NVCC Committee for 2017

Hi members,

For those who were unable to make the annual general meeting for 2017 I would like to inform you as to the committee members for 2017.  Make up of the committee is

  • Luke Moore – President
  • Ricky Allen – Vice President
  • Helen Finn – Secretary
  • Phil Stevenson – Treasure
  • Pat Coe – committee
  • James Proverbs – committee

I would like to thank Lynne Woodfall and Darren Cook for their commitment to the club, your work on the committee and your support for me.  I am pleased to say that Lynne will continue working on the desk on race day.

James Proverbs has agreed to take over the production of the race rosters and so you can direct your enquiries that way but I ask that you be patient as he learns the role.

2016 saw excellent numbers throughout the year and 2017 seems to be continuing the trend with excellent numbers at the normal races and a superb field at Fingal.



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2017 Fingal 50

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The Northern Vets Fingal 50 classic was run in near perfect conditions as part of the annual Fingal Festival,  with just on 57 starters. The flat, fast course saw the scratch bunch average 43kph. However, it was a day for the mid markers, the C and D groups combining at 35 km. Strong work from Dale Hainsworth and the two Kerry’s; Newman and Leonard helped keep this group away. Alex Robinson went early and strongly in the sprint, holding off Ty Farrow and Phil Stevenson for a great win.
Top 10 finishers:
1) Alex Robinson
2) Ty Farrow
3) Phil Stevenson
4) Geoff Rollins
5) Gary Baker
6) Nick Lawrence
7) James Proverbs
8) Nick Wilson
9) Dean Mason
10)John Frankling
Fastest time: Steven Brown
Thanks to all the volunteers who helped put on a great race

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Scott Smith takes 1st and Fastest in 18th Annual Somercotes’ Longford to Campbell Town


On 25th September the Northern Vets held their most prestigious feature race of the year, the 62km Somercotes Longford to Campbelltown handicap. This was an occasion for the seven strong scratch bunch to show their class. They worked equally and efficiently to make light of the cross winds and catch the front markers with 18km to go. At this point about 30 riders had massed at the front. Ben Mather launched a searing solo attack on the climb about 10km from the finish. Only the strongest could mount any sort of a chase. It took a mighty effort from a group of about six riders to reel in Mather with 2km to go. The leaders must have been exhausted by this point and it was Scott Smith who showed why he is the club number one rider, taking out the win for his third feature race victory of the year. Dave Bingley was second and Richard Carroll third. The club also ran the 40km Campbell Town dash for the lower grades. Club favourite, Bob Mason had a great ride to take out the victory.

Overall results:                                                               Dash Results

1)        Scott Smith                                                          1)         Bob Mason
2)        Dave Bingley                                                       2)         Raelene Dowling
3)        Richard Carroll                                                   3)         Kevin Morgan
4)         Steven Brown
5)         Andrew Flanagan
6)        Ben Mather
7)        Mike Walsh
8)        Dane Leedham
9)         Shaun Probert
10)       Adrian Adams

KOM:   Ben Mather


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John Frankling takes out Quamby in a Photo finish from Michelle Dabner

On Sunday 17th April, Over 70 riders attended the start line for the 68 km Morgan Timbers Feature Race. Scratch were given a huge task and although Scott Smith rode well to take out the fastest time, they we unable to make up the gap. The final results were:

1st John Frankling
2nd Michelle Dabner
3rd Coen deGier
4th Robert Wrigley
5th Helen Woodfall
This was John’s first feature race win since 1969 and it was great to see him on top of the podium. It was also great that the winner’s envelopes, trophy and sash were able to be presented by Kevin Morgan.
Thanks to all riders and everyone who helped on the day. It was a great success.

John Frankling

There was also some great racing in the shorter, 1 lap, Quamby Dash event too. Tony Savage, Holly and Johannes set off 12 minutes back and worked well as a trio to start reeling in the rest of the field along Westwood Road and Bridgenorth Road. Kevin Morgan joined us for the last part of the race, and once they had conquered the hill, they smashed themselves silly for the finish. Kevin showed his experience by taking out the bunch sprint for 2nd, however Andy Hodson was not to be caught taking out the Dash.

1st Andy Hodson
2nd Kevin Morgan
3rd  Tony Savage

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Scott Smith Wins Fingal Valley Festival – Fingal 50

Today saw absolutely beautiful race conditions for the running of the 2016 Fingal 50. The race saw each group keep their riders working well in true handicap style racing. But it was the back markers who caught each group in turn before a three way sprint finish. The race was won by Scott Smith (our number one club rider) who also took out fastest time. David Bingley was second from Ian Leighton third. It was another great turnout with about 50 riders on the start line. Thanks goes to the Fingal Festival for sponsoring the race, to volunteers who drove that long way so we would have the luxury of riding and to the riders who rode hard but safely. Finally thanks to the commissaires for keeping an eye on us. If you haven’t done this race before you must give it a go. It was great standing around after the race relaxing in the sunshine. Must also say great work from the Chief handicapper to see the groups come together just before the end of the race.Scott Smith winning Fingal 50

Scott Smith unleashing the power and timing to take out his 2nd Feature race in last 12 months …

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Thank you to all the people who made 2015 another highly successful year for our club. Keith Dolting was a founding member of the club and on Sunday he was talking about how  the club started off with a few racers thinking it would be good to get together and have a race on a Sunday.  He said at that stage they would never have imagined it would become what it is today.

The volunteers and the people who come out week after week, not only make it possible for the club to continue, but they play a very  strong role in determining the culture of the club. It is the volunteers that are the first to greet the riders and set the tone for the day.  It is the same volunteers who by their presence, especially on those cold horrible days, that make it impossible for the riders not to be grateful for the opportunity to race. Being grateful for the chance to race suddenly makes winning and results less important, and as a result our club’s aim of providing safe and enjoyable racing comes to life. Every year we acknowledge a Club Person of the Year and with names like Keith Dolting, Charles Barker, Lynne Woodfall, Jay De Gier, Eileen Hillier, Amy Moore and Gary Woodfall I am sure this will give you a clear picture of what sort of contribution this award signifies.

The 2015 Club Persons of the Year Award was awarded to 2 couples:

Congratulations and Thank You – John and Eileen Hillier   & Gavin and Amy Moore.

Clubpersons of The Year

These couples are there almost  every week at 830am and are usually amongst the last to leave. They are there to set , help on the table, Amy always drives to assist Lynne and others on the finishing line whereas Eileen stays at the desk and monitors the numbers and keep an eye on all of our gear. Both John and Gavin are always keen to fill holes in the duty roster and assist with whatever is required. These guys keep our club going!!

In 2015, you would be aware that we felt we wanted to acknowledge the efforts of our older riders. Many of us who race, know the ups and downs of motivation, and know at times it is hard to keep riding. We can only hope that continue to ride as we get older. The older riders provide  motivation and are in many ways role models for the younger riders to aspire to, as they are simply inspirational. So when we decided we wanted to reward our most consistent rider and performer every year, we felt it was important to have a general classification and an over 60 Award, and for the first year we should begin with the Over 60 Award only.


The 2015 “Club Aggregate Award” for the most consistent rider,
in terms of attendance and performance:

Congratulations and so well deserved – Ric Easton

2015 Club Aggregate

Ric Easton, who not only had tremendous performances, rode an amazing 34 races out of 40, more than any other competitor …all whilst living in Sheffield. This is an unbelievable input into the culture of our club and strongly epitomizes a great deal of what this club is about.  As Scott Watson wrote, the humility Ric displayed upon receiving this award was wonderful and demonstrates even further how deserving a winner he is.



The 2015 Stand Out Rider Award was awarded to:

Paul Headlam

2015 Stand out Rider

Paul joined the club and had his first race just over a year ago.  In his first year Paul had the 3rd equal highest no. of races, won 5 GMS races, 1 Graded Handicap and a 2nd in our biggest feature race ….going from E grade to C grade (knocking on door of B Grade) along the way. A great attitude to riding and a pure gentleman of the club.

The Tas Mobile Caravan Service KOM was also a new initiative this year and it certainly livened up a few races in the first 20kms and provided many riders with a lesson on the importance of the Warm Up. It was hotly contested and popular amongst the riders. Thank you to Jen and Peter Booth for their generous sponsorship of the event. It wasn’t until late in the year that it became known that there was serious prize money and we have a feeling that it will be hotly contested from race 1 next year.

The 2015 Tas Mobile Caravan Service KOM Winners were:
1st Paul Morgan
2nd Paul Headlam
3rd Dave Bingley

2015 KOM winner Paul Morgan

Dave Bingley, Paul Morgan, Peter Booth, Jen Booth and Paul Headlam

Thank you to Gary Woodfall for his tireless work in collating the attendance and results of every rider for every race so as these awards are possible. Another  example of the fantastic contribution people make to the club, behind the scenes. Thanks to Jay for another great year of photos ……Lynne for all the work organising the Xmas Lunch …..and on the list goes.

Thank you to our fantastic President Luke Moore and his committee for the work they have done this year. It’s often hard work fronting up on those days where you are not 100% or have a million other things to do but this group gives up a lot of their own time to keep the show on the road.

Finally thanks to the riders and their families, for coming out, riding hard but keeping it in perspective. It’s certainly a great club that we are lucky to have, we must continue to respect it and value what we have.

Have a Great Xmas and New Year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2015 Santa

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2015 “Somercotes” Longford to Campbell Town

2015 Longford to Campbell Town Flyerfor Web

With a rather strong tail wind, a good field of 68 riders headed in the 18th Annual Longford to Campbell Town. On the long climb approaching Valleyfield Road, Robert Wrigley rode away from the leaders, and by the top of the climb had established a break of around 300 metres, which looked like a possible winning break. But it was the determination of Paul Headlam and Phil Stevenson that saw them catch Wrigley on the last climb around 3km from the finish, here they attacked him and were able to ride away to contest a 2 up sprint for the title with Phil Stevenson becoming the first dual winner at 71 years old (he also won in 2013). Mike Walsh got a break on the long downhill finish to take out fastest time.

In the Inaugural “Campbell Town Dash” over 41km we also had a 2 up sprint with Tony Savage winning from Jen Booth and Ken Parker.

Final Placings

1st        Phil Stevenson

2nd       Paul Headlam

3rd       Doug Watts

4th        Robert Wrigley

5th        Grant Astell

6th        David Casalegno

7th        Dean Mason

8th        Mark Tate

9th        Peter Dadson

10th     Ward Totham

Fastest Time            Mike Walsh

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September 2015 Update from the General Committee & Race Committee

NB: This is only a summary of key points that we consider may be of interest to members


The Committee discussed the upcoming Crit and Feature Races:

The  Finns Bodyworks Symmons Plains Crit  on Sun 11th of October.

The Committee are pleased to confirm the sponsorship of the Crit event has been confirmed by Gene Finn and it was agreed to begin promoting the event and produce a flyer. As usual Gary Woodfall appears to already have this done.

The eligibility for this event was discussed and it was agreed to open it up as an invitational event to non-club members providing they were able to produce evidence of Cycling Australia membership. It was also agreed that we should stick to our club’s policy of providing racing for Women over 30 and Men over 35.
The Somercotes Longford to Campbelltown on Sun 25th of October.

The Committee are pleased to announce that Dave and Julie Bingley have agreed to continue their sponsorship of our premiere road race.  This very generous sponsorship is significant for the club in terms of this event and the general running of the club over the year.

We felt it was important to remind riders of the eligibility criteria for this race so please check the website for this if you are considering entering and have not raced a lot over the last 12months.

The  Graham Kearney Blackwood Creek 70

Neil Kearney confirmed sponsorship for this event again this year and following discussion with the Longford Esk Cycling Club we confirmed they are still happy for us to run this memorial event as our Blackwood Creek 70 Race this year.

Numbers – feeling that these numbers were not the same quality as the samples provided- however these number are ok and working well at this stage.


It was noted that we  have just over $11K in our bank and it was again discussed that while this a positive to have this amount, in real terms it is not a great deal should we be required to replace something like the trailer and the gear it contains. It was also noted again that we are not aiming to build this amount and that we currently aim to use all of the money that comes in to the benefit of the current members / riders.

We are making approx. $20-$40 a race … and it was noted that on the week we have had sandwiches / soup we lost $6- which we discussed was well a small amount to pay for such a positive event.

It was also agreed to bring back the printed newsletter. It was acknowledged that much of the newsletter will contain information / articles that are currently on the website or facebook page but it was agreed that some members may still prefer this style of publication. The intention is to produce one each quarter.

The Committee agreed that the Race committee is working well and it is a positive initiative to finally get up and running.


On behalf of the members the committee would like to thank Bike Central for the sponsorship of the new numbers.  It was agreed to trial this new style of number and we will give them some time and then review this.



This was discussed and it was agreed that it was still adding that something extra to races and was definitely being viewed in the right way by riders and was proving to be a positive addition to racing.



Thanks to Gene Finn for his magnificent Sponsorship of the Criteriums at Symmons Plains

Finns Bodyworks

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