After a long cyclo-cross hiatus we had a 'cross event uninterrupted by extreme weather or apocalyptic bushfire smoke, and we returned to the ever-changing John E Brown Park in North Adelaide. What was a mudfest for us in September was a delightfully changing dusty short course with myriad different corner grips and geometry that took advantage of some of the park's mulchy, grassy and dusty features. There were some spectacular starts and finishes across all grades with over 100 riders enjoying mild but sunny conditions.
U23 PACCers who have been selected to the State or National team, or have been racing at the national level regularly may be eligible for our Junior Racing Scholarships. The cash scholarships are intended to be used to support of travel, accommodation and kit purchases. The eligibility period is the club financial year - between 1 April 2019- 31 March 2020 and recipients are announced at the club's AGM.
Weather Observations @ 7:30am
Temperature: 15.8 (Feels like 14.2), Humidity 69% (Recorded at Kent Town)
Wind: 13km/h NE, Wind Gusts: 17km/h (Recorded at Outer Harbor)
Fine, clear conditions
Unfortunately due to a rider crashing on the course yesterday, many people's races were affected. Thanks to the riders who stopped immediately after the crash and rendered assistance to the riders involved. Some riders were stopped to avoid further riders riding past the crash site, once emergency services vehicles were called and/or were in attendance. All riders who started yesterday's race behind Rider #29 are therefore shown in the results as 'Not Placed (NP), as are riders who stopped to assist.
Age adjusted results are being wrangled and will be available at: https://zerofrictioncycling.com.au/zfc-patt/
For the purposes of the Zero Fiction TT Series, the best 3 of 4 rounds (must ride at 3 rounds) will count towards the Zero Friction Cycling series prizes. Riders who starting yesterday's event but awarded a 'Not Placed' due to the race crash will still have that ride count towards the series, your % race average will be taken on your other rounds completed (eg best two or three as appropriate).
Thanks to the many people who showed concern to the injured rider, Kat Chung-Orr yesterday and asking after her today. She did suffer a lower body fracture and we and the Chung-Orr family thank everyone for their kind concern.
PACC (and SAPOL) reminds all riders it’s the law in South Australia that riders/drivers are required to travel at 25km/h when riding through an emergency service speed zone.
The 25km/h Emergency Service Speed Zone applies on an area of road:
- In the immediate vicinity of an emergency service vehicle that has stopped on the road and is displaying a flashing blue or red light; or
- Between two sets of flashing blue or red lights that have been placed by an emergency worker at either end of a length of road on which an emergency vehicle has stopped.
- It does not apply if you are driving on a road that is divided by a median strip and the emergency service speed zone is on the other side of the road beyond the median strip.
We marked the first day of summer and our first time trial of the series with unseasonably cold, windy and drizzly weather. Despite the BOM showing expected winds of 39 - 44 km/h and rain of 3mm during the event, it was quite mild and reasonably dry from start to finish. A number of those who had entered chose to stay in bed, but some riders who toughed it out were rewarded with PBs.
At the recent Cycling SA Special General Meeting on 13 November 2019, Port Adelaide CC was one of the many South Aussie clubs that voted "yes" to the AusCycling Proposal under Cycling SA. The vote was 11-1 in favour, each club present held one vote. We were one of the first clubs (if not the first) to declare our support for AusCycling two months earlier - read our club position here - so we're thrilled with this outcome. BMXSA's clubs also voted yes on 9th November.
Port Adelaide CC is excited to be teaming up with Kilkenny Cycling Club and Cycling SA to present the Return to Hanson Reserve track and cyclo-cross event, incorporating the official (re)opening of the Velodrome with the City of Port Adelaide Enfield.