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The VERA SMC is very happy to announce some additional rides on our calendar:

  • VERA Training Weekend - 14 & 15 March at Rosedale. 40, 20, 10 & 5 km on both days. This will be a no frills ride run by the VERA Committee with all profits going to the bushfire appeal.
  • Eldorado - 16 & 17 May 2020 at Eldorado. 100 elevator, 40 and 20 km.
  • Tallangatta Valley - 21 & 22 November 2020 at Tallangatta Valley. 40, 20 & 5 km on both days.

These rides will be added to the VERA Calendar soon and further details will be posted as they become available.  Many thanks to the Ride Organisers at Eldorado and Tallangatta for putting their hands up to get some more rides on our calendar.

The VERA AGM was held on Saturday at the Trios Sports Club at Cranbourne. The AGM proceeded very smoothly with a lot of engagement around the subject of rides. The End of Year Presentations followed along with a dinner. Congratulations to all the place getters and winners of the awards.

A good crowd of members and guests attend both events and it was great to see so much interaction happening. Lots of table hopping, laughter and conversations going on.  Speech of the night goes to a very proud grandad Steve Blackhurst!

We welcome Mezcal Manners to the SMC and welcome back Paulene Drew. We say a sad farewell to Martin Mizzi, Geoff Jolly and Jennie Armistead who have contributed to our sport for a number of years. Thanks very much Martin, Geoff and Jennie for your hard work.

The SMC will be focussing this year on getting some rides on the calendar as soon as possible, supporting ride organisers further and encouraging more people to have a go at running a ride.

The AERA have now provided a set of rule changes that will be applicable from 1 January 2020. Could all members and non-members please read the attached document which provides the rules that have been changed.

It is suggested that you make a notation in the rule book provided (for those members who have received their copy) of these changes.




The VERA SMC would like to thank Lissy Verity for her very kind donation of gift vouchers to be provided to Victorian endurance folk affected by the bushfires. Lissy's generosity will be very much appreciated by the recipients.

AERA have provided the attached insurance brochures from the AERA Insurers,
SUREWISE, for members, Ride Organisers and Vets.  Please take the time to
read the attachments and inform yourselves.  For any questions in regard to
insurance matters please contact Paul Nugent, VERA's Insurance Officer.






For the information of Members the SMC would like to advise that AERA have now provided details of the increased recommended Accredited Vet fees applicable for the 2020 year.

Ride Distance Accredited Fee

80 kms – $705 plus GST

100 kms – $729 plus GST

120 kms – $793 plus GST

160 kms – $988 plus GST

Pre-ride Vetting – $166 plus GST

Ride Day only – $516 plus GST

Daily Rate (e.g. marathon) – $513 plus GST

The recommended fees for non-accredited vets are 75% of the accredited vet fees.

The flyer for the 2019 VERA AGM/Presentation Dinner is attached.  For those attending this event please advise attendance and make the necessary payment as per directions on the Flyer.  If you have any questions please direct these to the Secretary, Ellen Prestage or the President, Linda Tanian