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Men and Women 30 years and older are eligible to join the VCV.

All riders must be current VCV members. Two free try out races (within a 30 day period) are available to those who have not raced with the Vets in the last 5 years.

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VCV Open races can be entered online via the VCV Website

Entries can now only be done online. New riders need to have completed 3 club races before you can enter an Open.


Club Races
Damian Keeps the Rabble at Bay
Lake Lonsdale Handicap
Sunday 20th March 2011

  Damian Rabl

With the whole field breathing down his neck, Grampians Vets cyclist Damian Rabl had to call up every last ounce of energy to take out the 60 kilometre Lake Lonsdale handicap last Sunday.

Riding off nineteen minutes with fellow limit marker Meg Parnaby, the two riders made very good time to stay out of sight of the rest of the field until the closing stages of the two laps around Lake Lonsdale

Six minute riders Gary Brumby, Wayne Klauss and Brian Howlett rode hard to pick up twelve minute riders Tony Rathgeber and John Hunt the second time over McKrackens Hill, with Rathgeber adding some much appreciated extra firepower.

Two minute riders Drew Heard, Crystal Wemyss, Peter Parnaby and Daryl Elliott put in a valiant effort but the scratch riders had the carrot dangling in front of them and chased hard, catching the two minute riders soon after half way. With the sting taken from the legs of the scratch riders, some of the two minute riders were then able to contribute, and the bunch worked hard to chase down the rest of the field, catching the six minute riders half way around the second lap.

With five and a half kilometres to go, the chasing riders got their first glimpse of the limit riders at the end of a long straight, still a minute speck in the distance.

At this point, the limit riders only had about four kilometres to go, but their legs were almost shot, so for them it became a battle of the mind.

With one kilometre to go, the chasing riders topped the final hill to see the limit riders about 300 metres ahead, but it was too late, with Rabl taking out a well earned win from Meg Parnaby. Wayne Klauss won the bunch sprint for third.

Peter Wemyss rode the fastest race time of 1 hour and 34 minutes.

Averages (including time spent with other bunches)
Limit 32.1kph
12min 33.5kph
6min 36.1kph
2min 37.6kph
Scratch 38.5kph








Looking for some company to share the kilometres with?

There are usually Training Groups leaving both Stawell and Horsham at regular weekly times.

links to past races
Sunday 15th March
Sunday 1st March
Sunday 23rd Feb
Sunday 16th Feb
Sunday 27th Oct
Sunday 20th Oct
Sunday 13th Oct
Sunday 6th Oct
Sunday 29th Sept
Sunday 22nd Sept
Sunday 15th Sept
Sunday 8th Sept


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