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GV Vets have a new website

Posted by Anne Woodley on February 18, 2017 at 1:05 AM Comments comments (81)

GV Vets have a new website:  https://gvvets.wixsite.com/gvvets

this site will no longer be udated

Vale Ian Bott 7/9/41 - 18/7/16

Posted by Anne Woodley on July 18, 2016 at 4:30 AM Comments comments (0)

It is with great sadness that I advise of the passing of a foundation member of the GV Vets and long time friend, Ian Bott.  

Ian had a long cycling history from his racing days to being a life member of the Wangaratta Cycling Club and a driving force behind the formation of the GV Vets.  Ian was always there to lend a hand, help organise a race, offer advice, help out a beginner and encourage others to keep on riding.

 He will be sorely missed by all who have had the opportunity to know him.  Sympathy to Ians family in this difficult time.  Funeral details will be listed when available.

The Hume Open - June 19, 2016

Posted by Anne Woodley on June 20, 2016 at 5:40 PM Comments comments (0)

The Hume Open- The George Goodwin Memorial – was held on Sunday at Benalla, and several GV riders went across to compete in five graded scratch races over distances of 69 km for A & B grades and 45 km for C, D & F.

The race was held on a cool Sunday morning, but conditions were ideal with little wind and no rain.

Division 1 was first to set off, with Kevin and Neville Laffy representing GV, and the group of 8 worked together for the first 13 km flat section before the hills commenced around Lurg. For the next 50 km several attacks took place to try to break away from the group, with little success as each was chased down. Heading back to Benalla with 12 km to go, 7 riders were still in the mix, and a high average speed of over 39 kph had made for some weary legs. The last km saw riders readying for the sprint, but Cobram Barooga’s Travis Lindhe, winner of the Shepp Criterium series this year, was the strongest rider left and powered to the line with a clear margin to Mick Borowski from Melbourne and Albury’s Stephen Kilpatrick. Neville finished just behind in fourth, half a wheel ahead of Kevin.

Division 2 saw GV Riders Mike Furness, Warren Norton, Peter McLelland and Bruce Morrison in a field of 8 also. This race started off at a more sedate pace, and Warren decided to make a solo move 12 km in. He was able to hold a lead over the Lurg hills for the next 45 km before the group was able to reel him back in. A group of 6 was left, with Mike and Warren for GV, while Peter and Bruce had worked hard to stay in touch over the hills to just lose contact with only 2 climbs to go. Coming in to the sprint, Mike went hard and early, and was able to hold off all challengers except Hume’s Dave Mann, missing the victory by just .2 sec to take the silver. Warren finished a very credible 4th, just .4 secs behind the winner.

Division 3 saw Tina Kreskas representing GV in a field of 9, after her friend and training partner Trudy Stevenson had unfortunately injured herself at an event in Bendigo last week forcing her out. Tina was against a strong field of experienced riders, and worked hard to maintain her position in the field for the first 35 km, but just lost contact on the next to last climb of the day and 5 riders rode away to contest the win, won by Northern’s Anthony Quick, who broke away solo to achieve the victory.

Division 4 saw 9 riders including GV’s Corey Beatson, Ian Chilman and Brian Gawne compete. This group kept the pace up for most of the race also, with a high average speed of near 34 kph achieved by race’s end. One rider, John Short from Northern Melbourne, was strong enough to break away solo to achieve a win by over a minute. The rest of the riders set up for the sprint including all GV riders. Corey Beatson proved the strongest of these riders to earn a hard fought second place in only his first year of racing. Brian and Ian were both less than 2.5 secs behind.

Division 5 consisted of a field of 5, with Nev Yuille representing GV. Nev was able to draw on all his race experience over 30 years to be able to roll over the Lurg hills with the group, and when Hume’s Belinda Cipa attacked, Neville was able to hold her wheel and stay away. The pair worked together well until the sprint loomed, and Neville did his utmost to take the win, but Belinda was just able to manage to outsprint him by .2 secs.

George Goodwin’s wife, Audrey, was on hand to present the trophies afterwards, and enjoyed chatting with the cyclists present. George raced regularly with Hume, after a stellar career in Australian cycling, including taking the fastest time in the 1958 Melbourne to Warrnambool riding off scratch.



HUME veterans Open race 19th June

Posted by Anne Woodley on June 10, 2016 at 6:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Just an update to the GV Vets race program, the ITT scheduled for the 19th June will now be conducted on the 26th June. This race was listed in error on the same day as the HUME open event.


The HUME veterans are holding the George Goodwin Open handicap at Benalla on Sunday 19th and it would be fantastic to see as many GV Vets as possible supporting this event.

Hume Vets George Goodwin Memorial Graded Scratch Races

Sunday 19th June 2016 - This is an aggregate points race

Host Club - Hume Veterans Cycling Club

Held at 10am from Benalla Senior Citizens Centre, 18 Fawckner Drive Benalla

Graded Scratch Races, 5 to 6 grades depending on entries.

Distances. Grades A/B - 72km, C,D/E/F - 50km

Entries close Tuesday 14th June 2016. Entry Fee $25, transponder hire $5

Register online now with the VVCC

The next GV Vets club race will be an ITT at Kialla on 26th June.

5/6/2016 Dookie Racing Cancelled

Posted by Anne Woodley on June 4, 2016 at 6:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Racing at Dookie today has been cancelled due to unsafe racing conditions.

Kialla 29/5/2016 46km Karramomous Circuit

Posted by Anne Woodley on May 31, 2016 at 11:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Frost was on the ground Sunday, and not only at the MCG. The chill was still in the air as GV Veteran Cycle club riders took to the home ground Kialla circuit, with the Karramomus option in place this week.

11 riders toed the line with a keen Ted Woodley heading off solo from limit 15 mins ahead of the next group, Paul O’Dwyer, Jim Guthrie and Ron Mason. This group often struggles to gel together in a solid working team, and this week would be no different with Ron puncturing just 2 km in.

Previous race winner Ian Chilman teamed with John Tielen 3 mins back. Andrew Axelby, Brian Gawne and Corey Beatson a further 5 mins back looked a strong group, and with light winds and low numbers scratch had their work cut out a further 13 mins in arrears. Bruce Morrison would have to rely on his mate Kev Laffy to look after him.

After the first large loop, 31 km in, Ted held just a 2 min lead over Paul & Jim, with John & Ian another minute back. The trio of Andrew, Brian, and Corey were also a further minute in arrears, and teaming well. Scratch had made up 7 mins of the 13 and were still a chance.

Coming into River Rd, all groups had joined and were racing to the line, except scratch. Jim and Ted just couldn’t sustain the pace, but the front 6 all turned into Kialla Central together. Andrew Axelby was able to out jostle the rest and burst through for the win, just ahead of inform John Tielen and Corey Beatson. The combined group had only allowed scratch to take another 3 mins out of the gap, with Kevin too strong for Bruce on the day for fastest time. Full results on 2016 Results Page.

GV Veteran cycle club would like to congratulate GV Veteran and Shepparton Rider, Trudy Stevenson, as she took arguably the best win of her career at The Preston Cycle Club Mountain Classic on Sunday. The course near Yea had 70 km to travel, with two difficult climbs of over 1000 mt combined, including the mountain top finish. Trudy was able to tame the course and the rest of the field riding off just 19 mins against all age riders. Trudy has worked extremely hard recently after a health scare to come up trumps and earned a great reward for effort. Young Shepparton rider, Liam Edwards placed 10th in the elite men’s event too. Liam rode off 24 mins and would remain in the lead in a group of 3 to less than 2 km from the line. Liam was able to remain in the placings even outlasting some scratch riders on the final climb.

Racing next week is from Dookie College, starting at the Old Football ground Clubrooms from 10 am.


Dookie May 15th, 2016 - Neville Yuille Trophy Race

Posted by Anne Woodley on May 27, 2016 at 11:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Local riders took to the spectacular Dookie Hills on Sunday for the inaugural Neville Yuille Trophy Race and the conditions could not have been more glorious for the occasion; 20 degrees, sunny and a light norwester. Neville has been a popular long term GV rider, both tenacious and competitive, as well as one of the most genial and welcoming riders, always with a smile and a chat ready at hand. He has had a riding career spanning over 50 years starting as a young lad in Melbourne

After the disappointment of having to postpone the GV Veteran Cycle Club Open race due to lack of entries from around the state, local riders were joined by visiting Hume riders (Wangaratta & Benalla region) as well as Northern (Melbourne) and ‘GV ‘ rider Alan Barnett from Stawell made a visit. All riders were happy with the conditions and took to the task with fervour, but the front markers were licking their lips enjoying the light winds.

With all groups well represented except scratch, the front groups were all liking their chances. Jim Guthrie and Nev Yuille were joined by Di Condie off limit and teamed well. 4 ½ mins back, Ron Mason would pay for being late and not warming up sufficiently to lose his group early. The next group 6 ½ mins chasing looked likely as it was made up of strong hill riders Tina Kreskas, Dave Wohlers, Colin Stokes, Corey Beatson and Russell Edwards. Just 2 mins in arrears were Trudy Stevenson, Brian Gawne and Steve Saunders. The Block trio of Mike Furness, Troy Riordan and visiting Northern rider Mike Hartman had 9 mins to wait with Scratch 7 more mins in arrears to the brothers Laffy.

The pace was on from the start. Paul would not be able to sustain the hot pace of Ian and Belinda early, and Alan also lost touch with the following group. They would need to sustain this speed as the following group was making inroads led by Tina, Dave, Colin and Russell. Just 2 mins in arrears Trudy, Brian and Steve were making ground early, but Brian was also another casualty of the pace and unexpectedly also dropped off the back of his group. Tina and crew had left Corey on a climb and taken over the two groups ahead of them, except Belinda and Ian, by the start of the third lap. Block and Scratch were both riding well as groups and making ground, but would they get there in time?

Commencing the final climb to the Tallis Winery hill, Ian and Belinda held a 3 min lead over the combined group of riders chasing, with Trudy and Steve just over a minute behind them. Cresting the hill Belinda was heard ‘encouraging’ Ian with some stern words to stay with the task, and coming to the line together this had done the trick, Ian just outlasting his partner. They crossed just over a minute in front of the 6 man chasers to take the win. Tina Kreskas showed all her guile to outlast her group to take the final podium position, and beamed with joy as her great friend and training partner Nev followed her in. Trudy and Steve had worked a treat to follow in just 44 secs back. The block group had worked well together to stay in front of scratch the whole way until the last 300 metres, the more experienced Mike Furness leading and directing his charges well. Nev & Kev Laffy had took off around them at the death but Mike and Troy Riordan were having nothing of that and outsprinted the duo. Kev Laffy took the fastest time honours.


AGM 2016

Posted by Anne Woodley on May 22, 2016 at 12:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Thanks to the members who attended the club AGM Today, congratulations to the following people who ahve been elected to the committe for the 2016/17 season:

President: Neville Laffy

Vice President: Kevin Laffy

Secretary: Anne Woodley

Assistant Secretary: Susie Wills

Treasurer: Lorraine Laffy

General committee members:

Kevin Usher

Neville Yuille

Brian Gawne

Handicapper: Neville Laffy

Assistant Handicapper: Andrew Axleby

Public Officer: Jim Guthrie

Dookie Open Cancelled

Posted by Anne Woodley on May 11, 2016 at 5:45 AM Comments comments (0)

GV Vets Dookie Open has been cancelled due to poor entry numbers.

The club will conduct a handicap club Race at Dookie instead, 10am start at the Dookie College, entries by 9pm friday please.