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even sprinters can make it up the climbs when they have to

ride routes 25th – 31st july

even sprinters can make it up the climbs when they have to
even sprinters can make it up the climbs when they have to

the tour de france is heading towards it’s finale this weekend but there have been some awesome performances.  by this i am not necessarily talking about the top gc riders as i still maintain that it has been a bit boring.  the breakaways and attacks by everyone else is what has made it exciting.  how many times has peter sagan been in the breakaway this last week.  i think he has been in almost every single one.  this has also given him the most combative rider for a few stages.  i think that is what people like to see in their heroes.  riders that like to give it a go and be able to fail (sagan has how many 2nd places!!!) but is willing to go again.  i think that we also like to see riders suffer.  not in the crash and hurt themselves type of suffer, but riders that give their all and you can tell they are because they show it.  people like matt in the picture above.  he is a sprinter and i have not seen a hill that he has enjoyed riding.  yet the call of the tour de france  makes him ride up the galibier.  i am sure that he suffered on the way.  he is my hero.

Aura 02ride leaders sponsorship – June’s Ride Leaders are proudly sponsored by Aura Cycles.   please see the previous post detailing what they provide and we thank them for encouraging our members to step up as ride leaders.  ride leaders will receive a $10 Dome voucher to be used after the saturday ride.  if you have a business that you want to promote to our members, check out the previous post to both promote your business and help out the club.

rules of engagement – please read the previous post if you come out on any of our rides.  it is up to all members to enforce these rules.

rollapaluza – help meg and carlos raise funds for their charity ride by coming along to watch riders smash each other in a roller race on saturday night.  see the previous post for more details.

rapha women’s 100 – join in with the worldwide women’s 100 with the perth version this sunday.  two courses will be available to cater for women of different riding abilities. see the previous post for more details.

numbat cup cyclocross – for something completely different, your cycling australia licence allows you to race in cyclo-cross races.  put some wheels in the dirt/grass/mud and experience a different type of racing atmostphere.  a kids race is also available. see the previous post for more details.

collie-donnybrook – one of the oldest races on the calendar and a “monument” of the perth race scene.  collie-donnybrook is a handicap race which means that even though you are in the same race as the really, really good racers, you get given a big headstart.  everyone races for the same prize money.  our own ben godridge is the current fastest time record holder and no-one has managed to beat that time for quite a few years.  see the previous post for further details.

kit order – the next kit order will close at the end of september and we have been promised that it will be ready before the tour of margs.  it is important that anyone considering doing the tour has the correct current spr uniform for the event.  remembering the cold and wet stages that we had last year, this may also mean a spr vest to keep warm.  check out the previous post for more details.

spr club champion – with only 2 races left on the club championship there are some clear leaders who have consistently gathered points in each race.  the next race in the championship will be pickering brook race #3 and then the final will be pinjarra classic.  see the current leaderboard to find out just where you sit in the club championships.

tour of margaret river – we have now opened up expressions of interest for this years tour of margs.  head over to the event page and post a comment if you would like to be in a team.  there may be some provisional teams placed now, but the final members in each team will be determined by the race committee closer to the race date.  for now, get your name down and start training.

ride routes – after a fairly wet week, the weekend is looking great for some big k’s.  pretend that you are in the tour and come out in the hills on sunday.

saturday 25th july

ride starts under the narrows (cityside) at 5:30am

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

all rides start at coode st carpark at 7:00am

development group –  novice shelley 36.06km spr saturday

transitional – trans canning vale 42.34km spr saturday

fast & main groups – maddington 51.87km spr saturday

sunday 26th july

ride starts under the narrows (cityside) at 5:30am

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

all rides start at coode st carpark at 7:00am

short – goose kal 63.41km spr sunday

long – darl weir 100.09km spr sunday

monday 27th july

ride starts under the narrows (sth perth side) at 5:30am

main group – south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 28th july

ride starts under the narrows (cityside) at 5:30am

spr tuesday 36.37km (river ride)

ride starts frasers carpark at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

wednesday 29th july

ride starts under the narrows (cityside) at 5:30am

spr wednesday 14.22km (uci masters)

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

development group – stock road repeats

thursday 30th july

ride starts under the narrows (cityside) at 5:30arm

spr thursday 37.26km (cott & freo)

ride starts frasers carpark at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

friday 31st july

ride starts under the narrows (sth perth side) at 5:30am

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday development ride

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ride routes 18th – 24th july

11692634_1434368856889293_2765982457165760577_nso the lack of sleep during the tour has been catching up with me but it seems that some people are a bit more fortunate to be over in france for the race.  katrina was at the start in utrecht sporting the spr colours and the aussie flag with lots of miffy paraphernalia.  the first week was quite exciting, but probably a little too exciting for some of the riders.  multiple broken bones and lots of withdrawals even before the cobbles started.  now, however, after the first mountain stage, many fans have resigned themselves to another sky train tour.  i was remembering back to the “good old days” of watching lance and co chase each other down with no one rider being totally dominate over the other.  did doping in fact give us a level playing field??? not that i am condoning screwing with your own body to win money, but from a spectator point of view, it was a tad more exciting a decade ago.Aura 02

ride leaders sponsorship – June’s Ride Leaders are proudly sponsored by Aura Cycles.   please see the previous post detailing what they provide and we thank them for encouraging our members to step up as ride leaders.  ride leaders will receive a $10 Dome voucher to be used after the saturday ride.  if you have a business that you want to promote to our members, check out the previous post to both promote your business and help out the club.

rules of engagement – please read the previous post if you come out on any of our rides.  it is up to all members to enforce these rules.

thank you – sometimes someone does something to help you and you may want others to know what a help they have been.  we are starting a regular blog post to allow people to do just that.  if someone has helped you change a tyre, given you a draft back to the group, or a helping hand to push you up a hill, let the rest of the club know what an impact that person has made on your ride.  see the previous post for more details and to leave a message.

spr club champion – with only 2 races left on the club championship there are some clear leaders who have consistently gathered points in each race.  the next race in the championship will be pickering brook race #3 and then the final will be pinjarra classic.  see the current leaderboard to find out just where you sit in the club championships.

tour of margaret river – we have now opened up expressions of interest for this years tour of margs.  head over to the event pagevand post a comment if you would like to be in a team.  there may be some provisional teams placed now, but the final members in each team will be determined by the race committee closer to the race date.  for now, get your name down and start training.

ride routes – get your garmin’s ready and try not to get lost in whiteman park.

saturday 18th july

ride starts under the narrows (cityside) at 5:30am

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

all rides start at coode st carpark at 7:00am

development group –  novice shelley 36.06km spr saturday

transitional – trans reverse river 40.58km spr saturday

fast & main groups – whiteman park 50.4km spr saturday

sunday 19th july

ride starts under the narrows (cityside) at 5:30am

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

all rides start at coode st carpark at 7:00am

short – wlsh weir 62.23km spr sunday

long – wlsh obs cam goose 88.67km spr sunday

monday 20th july

ride starts under the narrows (sth perth side) at 5:30am

main group – south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 21st july

ride starts under the narrows (cityside) at 5:30am

spr tuesday 36.37km (river ride)

ride starts frasers carpark at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

wednesday 22nd july

ride starts under the narrows (cityside) at 5:30am

spr wednesday 14.22km (uci masters)

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

development group – stock road repeats

thursday 23rd july

ride starts under the narrows (cityside) at 5:30arm

spr thursday 37.26km (cott & freo)

ride starts frasers carpark at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

friday 24th july

ride starts under the narrows (sth perth side) at 5:30am

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday development ride

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ride routes 11th – 17th july

3T5A3976so i was driving home through north perth on tuesday night and came across a cyclist commuting home.  the road was not that wide and there were cars parked on one side and a centre strip on the other.  i sat behind her for a while waiting for an opportunity to pass.  there was a section where there were no parked cars for about 50m or so and i fully expected her to pull in to make room.  nope, she stayed her line and kept riding.  i sat there until the centre strip disappeared before maneuvering around to pass.  now, while i was behind, i actually contemplated giving a little toot of the horn just to say, you know, kind of move over a bit.  however, i put myself in the cyclist position and thought that i really hate it when people do that to me. at the end of the day, she was doing nothing wrong, so who was i to say that my commute was more important than hers.  anyway, we all ride bikes and pretty much all of us drive cars as well.  in a shared road situation, you need to be aware of both parties and be respectful of each other.  that doesn’t mean that cyclist should just get out of cars way, or cars try to barge through, it means that if you are in a car you wait till it is safe to pass, and if you are on a bike, if you can make space you should do so.  this isn’t about who is right or who has rights, but just looking out for each other.  after all, most of us have been in both situations and we know how we would like to be treated.

Aura 02ride leaders sponsorship – June’s Ride Leaders are proudly sponsored by Aura Cycles.   please see the previous post detailing what they provide and we thank them for encouraging our members to step up as ride leaders.  ride leaders will receive a $10 Dome voucher to be used after the saturday ride.  if you have a business that you want to promote to our members, check out the previous post to both promote your business and help out the club.

rules of engagement – please read the previous post if you come out on any of our rides.  it is up to all members to enforce these rules.

tour de france dinner – grand tours are here and with that come grand dinners.  the tour de france night will be held on the 12th july at petite mort restaurant in shenton park.  cost will be $59 per person and see the previous post for more details.  LAST CHANCE TO SIGN UP FOR THIS.

thank you – sometimes someone does something to help you and you may want others to know what a help they have been.  we are starting a regular blog post to allow people to do just that.  if someone has helped you change a tyre, given you a draft back to the group, or a helping hand to push you up a hill, let the rest of the club know what an impact that person has made on your ride.  see the previous post for more details and to leave a message.

spr club champion – with only 2 races left on the club championship there are some clear leaders who have consistently gathered points in each race.  the next race in the championship will be pickering brook race #3 and then the final will be pinjarra classic.  see the current leaderboard to find out just where you sit in the club championships.

tour of margaret river – we have now opened up expressions of interest for this years tour of margs.  head over to the event pageand post a comment if you would like to be in a team.  there may be some provisional teams placed now, but the final members in each team will be determined by the race committee closer to the race date.  for now, get your name down and start training.

ride routes – the tour is on, so we need to suffer like the pro’s.  ridge hill is nothing compared to what they will be riding in france but i am sure it will hurt.

saturday 11th july

ride starts under the narrows (cityside) at 5:30am

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

all rides start at coode st carpark at 7:00am

development group –  novice shelley 36.06km spr saturday

transitional –trans benara 39.90km spr saturday

fast & main groups – hale & ridgehill 50.58km spr saturday

sunday 12th july

ride starts under the narrows (cityside) at 5:30am

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

all rides start at coode st carpark at 7:00am

short – brktn weir 82.89km spr sunday

long – cann dam 100.13km spr sunday

monday 13th july

ride starts under the narrows (sth perth side) at 5:30am

main group – south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 14th july

ride starts under the narrows (cityside) at 5:30am

spr tuesday 36.37km (river ride)

ride starts frasers carpark at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

wednesday 15th july

ride starts under the narrows (cityside) at 5:30am

spr wednesday 14.22km (uci masters)

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

development group – stock road repeats

thursday 16th july

ride starts under the narrows (cityside) at 5:30arm

spr thursday 37.26km (cott & freo)

ride starts frasers carpark at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

friday 17th july

ride starts under the narrows (sth perth side) at 5:30am

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday development ride

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ride routes 4th – 10th july

11403383_10153324059591166_6397981402743858471_nle tour starts this weekend and it looks like steph got an early start flying the spr flag over in france.  the course looks to be a good one this year with lots of opportunities for the sprinters in the first week along with the classics-type riders.  cobbles sections and sharp uphill finishes should keep things interesting.  still some places left in the sweepstakes for those that want a chance to win some money to offset their sleeplessness.

ride leaders sponsorship – June’s Ride Leaders are proudly sponsored by Aura Cycles.   please see the previous post detailing what they provide and we thank them for encouraging our members to step up as ride leaders.  ride leaders will receive a $10 Dome voucher to be used after the saturday ride.  if you have a business that you want to promote to our members, check out the previous post to both promote your business and help out the club.

rules of engagement – please read the previous post if you come out on any of our rides.  it is up to all members to enforce these rules.

race buddy program – if you are interested in having a go at racing this year, but are not sure about it, then sign up for our race buddy program.  this matches potential racers with experienced racers who can give advice and help develop riders from weekend warriors into fully fledged racers.  if you are still interested see the previous post for more contact details.  if you have registered and haven’t had anyone make contact with you yet, please email development@southperthrouleurs.com.au.  don’t forget that there will be a race info buddy night coming up next week for those that want to learn more about racing.

tour de france sweepstakes – with the tour starting this saturday and your sleeping habits about to be compromised, make the tour even more interesting by jumping on board our sweepstakes.  teams are randomly selected then you earn the same percentage of the prize pool that the actual teams do.  check out the previous post with further details, but enter now as most of the teams are already sold.

tour de france dinner – grand tours are here and with that come grand dinners.  the tour de france night will be held on the 12th july at petite mort restaurant in shenton park.  cost will be $59 per person and see the previous post for more details.

spr club champion – with only 2 races left on the club championship there are some clear leaders who have consistently gathered points in each race.  the next race in the championship will be pickering brook race #3 and then the final will be pinjarra classic.  see the current leaderboard to find out just where you sit in the club championships.

tour of margaret river – we have now opened up expressions of interest for this years tour of margs.  head over to the event pageand post a comment if you would like to be in a team.  there may be some provisional teams placed now, but the final members in each team will be determined by the race committee closer to the race date.  for now, get your name down and start training.

ride routes – it’s ladies day on saturday so there will be a main 1, 2 & 3 ladies only ride if we get enough numbers.  ladies, here is your opportunity to ride up front.

saturday 4th july

ride starts under the narrows (cityside) at 5:30am

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

all rides start at coode st carpark at 7:00am

development group –  novice shelley 36.06km spr saturday

transitional –trans rebold 38.69km spr saturday

fast & main groups – karrinyup 52.14km spr saturday

sunday 5th july

ride starts under the narrows (cityside) at 5:30am

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

all rides start at coode st carpark at 7:00am

short – grnmt goose 65.22km spr sunday

long – grnmt prk mnd wr 93.71km spr sunday

monday 6th july

ride starts under the narrows (sth perth side) at 5:30am

main group – south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 7th july

ride starts under the narrows (cityside) at 5:30am

spr tuesday 36.37km (river ride)

ride starts frasers carpark at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

wednesday 8th july

ride starts under the narrows (cityside) at 5:30am

spr wednesday 14.22km (uci masters)

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

development group – stock road repeats

thursday 9th july

ride starts under the narrows (cityside) at 5:30arm

spr thursday 37.26km (cott & freo)

ride starts frasers carpark at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

friday 10th july

ride starts under the narrows (sth perth side) at 5:30am

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday development ride

podium c grade

ride routes 27th june – 3rd july

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success

pathways to success.  as a club we try to cater for what we can see the needs of the membership are.  from that we try to establish certain pathways to help people achieve that success.  for some people that are just starting out, riding in the main groups maybe their goal and we provide a pathway via the ascending groups on a saturday morning.  for others, taking that step into racing may just need a bit of a helping hand, and we look to provide a buddy program and support at races.  sometime, though, we just can’t provide for your individual goal.  even though we are a large club with a diverse membership we can only do so much.  juniors is one area that we would like to expand into as now the club is well established, we need to look to providing for everybody.  however, this needs a lot of support from within to make it happen.  if you have kids that are 10+ that you would like to see riding, let me know.  if we can get enough ground swell of interest, we can look at establishing more pathways.

watt australiaride leaders sponsorship – June’s Ride Leaders are proudly sponsored by Watt Australia.   spr’s own julian jacobs, who manages Watt Australia, will be down at the ride start on saturday to hand out some free samples and take product orders.   please see the previous post detailing what they provide and we thank them for encouraging our members to step up as ride leaders.  ride leaders will receive a $10 Dome voucher to be used after the saturday ride.  if you have a business that you want to promote to our members, check out the previous post to both promote your business and help out the club.

rules of engagement – please read the previous post if you come out on any of our rides.  it is up to all members to enforce these rules.

gary update – as stated in the previous post, gary has been moved to fiona stanley hospital to begin his active rehabilitation.  if you would like to help out financially, please donate to the fundraiser on the right as we will be closing this off at the end of the month.

kit order (now with socks) – the current kit order is closing at the end of this month.  see the previous post for more details and the new spr socks that are on offer.

race buddy program – if you are interested in having a go at racing this year, but are not sure about it, then sign up for our race buddy program.  this matches potential racers with experienced racers who can give advice and help develop riders from weekend warriors into fully fledged racers.  even though they met last satuday, if you are still interested see the previous post for more contact details.  if you have registered and haven’t had anyone make contact with you yet, please email development@southperthrouleurs.com.au.

winter track grand prix – held each year in conjunction with the swan valley cyclo-sportif, this event showcases some of the best track racing that you will see.  if you are doing the cyclo, then hang around to watch the racing.  if not, then you can get a ticket for the grand prix through a link on the previous post.

tour de france sweepstakes – with the tour starting next saturday and your sleeping habits about to be compromised, make the tour even more interesting by jumping on board our sweepstakes.  teams are randomly selected then you earn the same percentage of the prize pool that the actual teams do.  check out the previous post with further details, but enter now as half the teams are already sold.

tour de france dinner – grand tours are here and with that come grand dinners.  the tour de france night will be held on the 12th july at petite mort restaurant in shenton park.  cost will be $59 per person and see the previous post for more details.

spr club champion – with only 2 races left on the club championship there are some clear leaders who have consistently gathered points in each race.  the next race in the championship will be pickering brook race #3 and then the final will be pinjarra classic.  see the current leaderboard to find out just where you sit in the club championships.

tour of margaret river – we have now opened up expressions of interest for this years tour of margs.  head over to the event page and post a comment if you would like to be in a team.  there may be some provisional teams placed now, but the final members in each team will be determined by the race committee closer to the race date.  for now, get your name down and start training.

ride routes – winter is here, but at least the rain has stopped…for now.  take advantage of the great weather we are having by getting out for a ride.  dress warm.

saturday 27th june

ride starts under the narrows (cityside) at 5:30am

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

all rides start at coode st carpark at 7:00am

development group –  novice shelley 36.06km spr saturday

transitional –trans abernethy 39.96km spr saturday

fast & main groups – abernethy rd 48.21km spr saturday

sunday 28th june

ride starts under the narrows (cityside) at 5:30am

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

all rides start at coode st carpark at 7:00am

short – wlsh weir 62.23km spr sunday

long – wlsh obs kal 90.32km spr sunday

monday 29th june

ride starts under the narrows (sth perth side) at 5:30am

main group – south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 30th june

ride starts under the narrows (cityside) at 5:30am

spr tuesday 36.37km (river ride)

ride starts frasers carpark at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

wednesday 1st july

ride starts under the narrows (cityside) at 5:30am

spr wednesday 14.22km (uci masters)

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

development group – stock road repeats

thursday 2nd july

ride starts under the narrows (cityside) at 5:30arm

spr thursday 37.26km (cott & freo)

ride starts frasers carpark at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

friday 3rd july

ride starts under the narrows (sth perth side) at 5:30am

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday development ride

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ride routes 20th – 26th june

externalwar on our roads.  many people have heard me say a number of times that there is no war, because if there was, there would be casualties on both sides.  what we have instead, is a media beat up that is deliberately antagonising both sides in order to increase their exposure.  heading up this attack is 9 news perth who has been running a year long story about the “war on our roads”.  every time there is a major incident involving a cyclist there is a story on the news.  usually this would be considered a good thing as extra exposure is great for us as it makes people more aware of how vulnerable we are out there. however, i take task to just how 9 news perth are presenting each story.  the recent footage of a hit and run in midland was a good example of this as the reporter stated that the cyclist were riding 2 abreast.  now if it was just stating the facts, then fine, but in this case the delivery was almost spiteful and it conveyed a message of “well they kind of deserved it”.  after watching the footage, even if they were riding single file, there was still a very high chance that that car was going to take them out.

weeks earlier, there was a story about trying to bring in a law that meant that in a car and bike incident, it was assumed that the car was at fault unless proven otherwise.  this is a great step forward as the majority of the incident reports that i have seen where cyclists have died, often blame the cyclist for disobeying road rules.  when 9 news perth presented this story, the first bit of footage they ran was of a cyclist in england riding into the back of a parked car.  what this does, is instantly make a joke of the proposed law and all the non-riders out there think that cyclist have no idea what they are doing and are dangerous.

even when 9 news perth decided to do an interview with andrew patterson, who was hit by a car that u-turned in front of him, they still had a bit of a dig.  not only did they show the footage of andrew flying over the bonnet of the car, but they also showed footage of other less experienced cyclists not being able to clip in properly at the lights and falling in front of waiting cars.  why???  what did it have to do with this interview.  all it does is again portray cyclists as a impediment to all the registration paying road users out there.

at the end of the story on the midland hit and run, the reporter then made mention of the 1 m rule that has been brought in to effect in other states.  instead of saying that this would be a great rule to bring in for the protection of cyclists, they went on to say that the premier would not bring in this rule as he does not believe that cyclist should ride 2 abreast.  again what this says is that if you ride single file and not hold up traffic, we might protect you, but if you slow traffic, then it is your own fault for getting hit.  unfortunately, mr premier, paola ferroni, kaleb smith and brynt mcswain were all riding single file by themselves when they were struck and killed on your roads.

now, besides letting the premier and 9 news perth know how you feel on these matters, what else can we do.  well, firstly, the majority of bike riders also drive cars.  is the way that we treat other drivers, the same as we would like to be treated when riding???  do you let people merge and change lanes, or do you speed up to stop them from taking “your spot”.  do you wave a thanks when people do let you in???  the lack of respect between drivers and riders is no different than what i see between drivers and drivers.  it all starts with attitude and it seems the current view is “how dare you get in my way and slow down my drive”.  this morning on the bike i stopped to see if a guy needed help as he had a flat tyre.  this seems like a normal thing to do as you are out riding, but in this case the flat tyre was on the guys car.  it was still dark and it looked like it may rain soon.  this was not a matter of “cars vs bikes” but it was just the right thing to do.  whether you are riding or driving on the roads just make sure that you are doing the right thing (not just the legal thing).

watt australiaride leaders sponsorship – June’s Ride Leaders are proudly sponsored by Watt Australia.   please see the previous post detailing what they provide and we thank them for encouraging our members to step up as ride leaders.  ride leaders will receive a $10 Dome voucher to be used after the saturday ride.  if you have a business that you want to promote to our members, check out the previous post to both promote your business and help out the club.

rules of engagement – please read the previous post if you come out on any of our rides.  it is up to all members to enforce these rules.

gary update – as stated in the previous post, gary has been moved to fiona stanley hospital to begin his active rehabilitation.  if you would like to help out financially, please donate to the fundraiser on the right as we will be closing this off at the end of the month.

kit order (now with socks) – the current kit order is closing at the end of this month.  see the previous post for more details and the new spr socks that are on offer.

race buddy program – if you are interested in having a go at racing this year, but are not sure about it, then sign up for our race buddy program.  this matches potential racers with experienced racers who can give advice and help develop riders from weekend warriors into fully fledged racers.  even though they met last satuday, if you are still interested see the previous post for more contact details.

cyclo-sportif teams –  the spr swan valley cyclo-sportif teams are filling up fast.  if you want to join a team, add your name to the comments on the previous post.

winter track grand prix – held each year in conjunction with the swan valley cyclo-sportif, this event showcases some of the best track racing that you will see.  if you are doing the cyclo, then hang around to watch the racing.  if not, then you can get a ticket for the grand prix through a link on the previous post.

spr club champion – the next race in the championship will be the next pickering brook race this weekend.  this event sold out last week so if you were hoping to race, then sorry, but you were too slow.  see the current leaderboard to find out just where you sit in the club championships.

tour of margaret river – for this years tour of margs we have secured 4 men’s and 2 women’s teams to race in spr colours.  next week we will start to open up expressions of interest to fill those teams.  the final composition of those teams may not be finalised till close to the event, and this will be organised by the “all powerful race committee”.  however, to make things easy for you, spr has already secured accommodation all in the same area and will organise transportation logistics for each stage.  see the previous post for more details.

ride routes – the weather is not predicted to be the nicest for this saturday.  as such be aware of the road conditions and ride conservatively to avoid unnecessary risks.  also be aware of the traffic conditions as visibility may also be restricted so be sure that other road users can see you and can safely get by you.

saturday 20th june

ride starts under the narrows (cityside) at 5:30am

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

all rides start at coode st carpark at 7:00am

development group –  novice shelley 36.06km spr saturday

transitional –trans rebold 38.69km spr saturday

fast & main groups – ewen st 50.26km spr saturday

sunday 21st june

ride starts under the narrows (cityside) at 5:30am

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

all rides start at coode st carpark at 7:00am

short – grnmt goose 65.22km spr sunday

long – grnmt prk mnd wr 93.71km spr sunday

monday 22nd june

ride starts under the narrows (sth perth side) at 5:30am

main group – south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 23rd june

ride starts under the narrows (cityside) at 5:30am

spr tuesday 36.37km (river ride)

ride starts frasers carpark at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

wednesday 24th june

ride starts under the narrows (cityside) at 5:30am

spr wednesday 14.22km (uci masters)

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

development group – stock road repeats

thursday 25th june

ride starts under the narrows (cityside) at 5:30arm

spr thursday 37.26km (cott & freo)

ride starts frasers carpark at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

friday 26th june

ride starts under the narrows (sth perth side) at 5:30am

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday development ride

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ride routes 13th – 19th june

1000039_529610693754929_536075595_nso we have reached winter and the only difference i am seeing is the winter sprinkler ban.  clear skies and temperatures in the mid 20’s makes for awesome riding conditions if you can get out during the day.  the nights are long and the sun is now not getting up till after the start of the saturday morning ride.  it does make it a little more difficult to get out of bed, but you need to stay motivated now as when it starts raining, then you have a good excuse to stay in bed.  a fine looking weekend ahead of us, but it will be a bit chilly first off.  make sure you order your spr cold weather gear asap so you can use it before spring arrives.

watt australiaride leaders sponsorship – June’s Ride Leaders are proudly sponsored by Watt Australia.   please see the previous post detailing what they provide and we thank them for encouraging our members to step up as ride leaders.  ride leaders will receive a $10 Dome voucher to be used after the saturday ride.  if you have a business that you want to promote to our members, check out the previous post to both promote your business and help out the club.

rules of engagement – please read the previous post if you come out on any of our rides.  it is up to all members to enforce these rules.

spr quarterly breakfast – our quarterly breakfast rolls around again, so this saturday after the ride, join us for a brew and a buffet breakfast.  cost is $15. see the previous post for more details and put your name in the comments if you are attending.

race buddy program – if you are interested in having a go at racing this year, but are not sure about it, then sign up for our race buddy program.  this matches potential racers with experienced racers who can give advice and help develop riders from weekend warriors into fully fledged racers.  see the previous post for more details.

cyclo-sportif teams –  the spr swan valley cyclo-sportif teams are filling up fast.  if you want to join a team, add your name to the comments on the previous post.

spr club champion – the next race in the championship will be the next pickering brook race in june.  see the current leaderboard to find out just where you sit in the club championships.

ride routes – there has been a few complaints of late around our riders not sticking to the left lane.  the main areas this seems to occur is coming into claremont before stopping at the lights at christchurch.  riders seem to negotiate that last roundabout then relax and drift over the wrong side of the road to blow their nose or have a drink or just sit up.  often i have seen cars and bike coming towards them.  other places like the welshpool road descent can be tricky and you like to have your own space to descend at +70km/hr, but there are also cars coming down that road that you need to make allowances for.  either being on the wrong side of the road, or not giving other vehicles enough space to pass, can be disastrous for the lightly armored cyclist.  please be aware that everyone needs to share the road, and when you are on a rouleurs ride, you are representing the club.  if you see behavior that needs addressing, say something right then and there, not wait to tell someone else about it.  the impacts are better felt in the moment.

saturday 13th june

ride starts under the narrows (cityside) at 5:30am

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

all rides start at coode st carpark at 7:00am

development group –  novice shelley 36.06km spr saturday

transitional – trans benara 39.90km spr saturday

fast & main groups – benara rd 50.76km spr saturday

sunday 14th june

ride starts under the narrows (cityside) at 5:30am

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

all rides start at coode st carpark at 7:00am

short – wlsh weir 62.23km spr sunday

long – wlsh weir kal 101.71km spr sunday

monday 15th june

ride starts under the narrows (sth perth side) at 5:30am

main group – south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 16th june

ride starts under the narrows (cityside) at 5:30am

spr tuesday 36.37km (river ride)

ride starts frasers carpark at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

wednesday 17th june

ride starts under the narrows (cityside) at 5:30am

spr wednesday 14.22km (uci masters)

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

development group – stock road repeats

thursday 18th june

ride starts under the narrows (cityside) at 5:30arm

spr thursday 37.26km (cott & freo)

ride starts frasers carpark at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

friday 19th june

ride starts under the narrows (sth perth side) at 5:30am

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday development ride

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ride routes 6th – 12th june

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dale negotiating the dirt climb up to colle delle finestre. 10kms paved at over 10% then 8kms dirt at 9%.

so at last last year’s tour of margs, there was a competition through punto tours where you placed your race number into the draw and you could win a trip to italy.  well the guy that won couldn’t go, so a redraw saw me heading to italy for a week of following the giro.  it was my first time riding in europe and it was just wow.  awesome scenery, massive climbs, people everywhere, pro riders, scary descents, it had it all.  if you every get the chance to go over, take it.  it is so not perth.  i will be heading back again as soon as i can.

watt australiaride leaders sponsorship – June’s Ride Leaders are proudly sponsored by Watt Australia.   please see the previous post detailing what they provide and we thank them for encouraging our members to step up as ride leaders.  ride leaders will receive a $10 Dome voucher to be used after the saturday ride.  if you have a business that you want to promote to our members, check out the previous post to both promote your business and help out the club.

friday development ride – this ride has been put together to help develop anyone that wants to participate in the swan valley cyclo-sportif later in the year.  not aimed at those that are already racing, this is to help get people used to the type of riding required for a cyclo.  see the previous post for more details.

rules of engagement – please read the previous post if you come out on any of our rides.  it is up to all members to enforce these rules.

spr club champion – the next race in the championship will be the next pickering brook race in june.  see the current leaderboard to find out just where you sit in the club championships.

cyclo-sportif team leaders – we are looking at putting together a bunch of teams for the cyclo-sportif in swan valley.  currently we are getting names of people that can be relied on to be team leaders and get the group organised.  for more info see the previous post.

ladies day – this saturday there will be 3 ladies only groups slotted in between the main groups.  see the previous post for more details.

ride routes – chance of rain predicted for saturday, so be prepared.  winter is here, but the cold weather has not hit just yet.  however, a bit of rain can play havoc with the group.

saturday 6th june

ride starts under the narrows (cityside) at 5:30am

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

all rides start at coode st carpark at 7:00am

development group –  novice shelley 36.06km spr saturday

transitional – trans rebold 38.69km spr saturday

fast & main groups – tv stations 50.29km spr saturday

sunday 7th june

ride starts under the narrows (cityside) at 5:30am

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

all rides start at coode st carpark at 7:00am

short – khna weir 72.23km spr sunday

long – khna can mills 94.55km spr sunday

monday 8th june

ride starts under the narrows (sth perth side) at 5:30am

main group – south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 9th june

ride starts under the narrows (cityside) at 5:30am

spr tuesday 36.37km (river ride)

ride starts frasers carpark at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

wednesday 10th june

ride starts under the narrows (cityside) at 5:30am

spr wednesday 14.22km (uci masters)

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

development group – stock road repeats

thursday 11th june

ride starts under the narrows (cityside) at 5:30arm

spr thursday 37.26km (cott & freo)

ride starts frasers carpark at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

friday 12th june

ride starts under the narrows (sth perth side) at 5:30am

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday development ride

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ride routes 30th may – 5th june

From the office of the Vice President

Peter at Giro
Photo via Matt Wardynec

With El Prez enjoying a well-earned break in Italy (and getting some good SPR exposure on International television) it falls to me to provide the spiel this week. The main aim is not to get any politicians offside.

It has been a busy week, with my wife away and me tending to 3 teenagers at home. The struggle has been to fit in training in between work, lifts to and from school, sports and jobs, together with doing the cooking cleaning and other jobs said teenagers were meant to do.

However, organising the children and coping with it will no doubt put me in good staid for Saturday morning, when once again the task of organising the Main 1 groups will befall me. With the fine weather still here, I’m expecting a big turnout and so there will be the need to split groups. Ideally, in the interest of safety, the groups should be kept to a maximum of 25.

Please be warned I will come down on anyone who tries and sneaks across the divisions. Get organised beforehand with the people you want to ride with.

The route this week is an old favourite with enough lumps to keep everyone happy.

On the racing front, good luck to those heading up to Kalgoorlie this weekend and well done to all those who participated in the Pickering Brook Race last week, especially the ones who climbed the podium in the various grades.

Dr J

ride leaders – I’ll be taking out either the trannies or Main 4 this week and am looking for others to assist in other groups. sign up here.

forever living productsride leaders sponsorship – May’s Ride Leaders are proudly sponsored by Forever Living Products.   please see the previous post detailing what they provide and we thank them for encouraging our members to step up as ride leaders.  ride leaders will receive a $10 Dome voucher to be used after the saturday ride.  if you have a business that you want to promote to our members, check out the previous post to both promote your business and help out the club.

friday development ride – this ride has been put together to help develop anyone that wants to participate in the swan valley cyclo-sportif later in the year.  not aimed at those that are already racing, this is to help get people used to the type of riding required for a cyclo.  see the previous post for more details.

rules of engagement – please read the previous post if you come out on any of our rides.  it is up to all members to enforce these rules.

ride routes – 

saturday 30th may

ride starts under the narrows (cityside) at 5:30am

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

all rides start at coode st carpark at 7:00am

development group –  novice shelley 36.06km spr saturday

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fast & main groups – Cresswell & Herdsman 48.86Km SPR Saturday

sunday 31st may

ride starts under the narrows (cityside) at 5:30am

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

all rides start at coode st carpark at 7:00am

short – brktn weir 82.89km spr sunday

long – carr peet obs 97.72km spr sunday

monday 1st june – wa day

ride starts under the narrows (sth perth side) at 5:30am

main group – south stock 33.76km spr monday

rides start at coode st carpark at 7:00am

fast & main groups – public hol 58.97km spr special

tuesday 2nd june

ride starts under the narrows (cityside) at 5:30am

spr tuesday 36.37km (river ride)

ride starts frasers carpark at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

wednesday 3rd june

ride starts under the narrows (cityside) at 5:30am

spr wednesday 14.22km (uci masters)

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

development group – stock road repeats

thursday 4th june

ride starts under the narrows (cityside) at 5:30arm

spr thursday 37.26km (cott & freo)

ride starts frasers carpark at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

friday 5th june

ride starts under the narrows (sth perth side) at 5:30am

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday development ride

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ride routes 23rd – 29th may

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not too wet for some. full belgium points last saturday

mateship.  australians seem to understand it, the italians maybe not so much.  when it comes to sport and the rules, there is no room for shades of grey as this allows people to dope and then blame an innocent spanish cow.  the rule about collusion in cycling is found at all levels as i have even heard it discussed at a ‘b’ grade race.  it is rare that it is enforced especially in australia as here it is seen as being a good sport.  our club has a similar ethos and i hope it is one that never changes.  whenever someone is in trouble, people need to stop and help.  the whole group doesn’t necessarily have to stop, but you need to make sure that the person can get home safely.  individuals also need to take responsibility for their own actions too.  you can’t just rely on the group to bail you out whether it is a flat tyre or even just knowing the directions.  look out for each other but make sure you are equipped to look after yourself.

ride leaders – support the club and help us become ambassadors for the sport in the public eye. put your name down as ride leader to ensure that the group ride is safe and organised. sign up here.

forever living productsride leaders sponsorship – May’s Ride Leaders are proudly sponsored by Forever Living Products.   please see the previous post detailing what they provide and we thank them for encouraging our members to step up as ride leaders.  ride leaders will receive a $10 Dome voucher to be used after the saturday ride.  if you have a business that you want to promote to our members, check out the previous post to both promote your business and help out the club.

gary update – as mentioned last week he has been moved to the specialist orthopaedic ward but still at royal perth.  he is in ward 5H on the fifth floor, room K.  visiting hours are 9-1 & 3-8.  hopefully he will be assessed at the end of this week and will be moved to the fiona stanley rehab ward.  he is improving and has had lots of stitches out and bandages removed.  however, his new room does not have a window and he shares it with some guys that snore.  any visits would be appreciated as he is still a bit limited with his movement and is just watching a lot of tv.  don’t forget the fundraiser link that we have running to help support him in his recovery.  check the right hand sidebar.

friday development ride – this ride has been put together to help develop anyone that wants to participate in the swan valley cyclo-sportif later in the year.  not aimed at those that are already racing, this is to help get people used to the type of riding required for a cyclo.  see the previous post for more details.

pickering brook race series – the first race is on this weekend and is part of the club championship.  the race has sold out due to popularity but there will be another couple in june and july.  more info in the previous post.

goldfields cyclassic – two massive days of racing in kalgoorlie with up to $20,000 in the prize pool.  if you are up for it this year, we are organising a transport and accommodation package for club members.  see the previous post for more details.

rules of engagement – please read the previous post if you come out on any of our rides.  it is up to all members to enforce these rules.

ride routes – after a very wet saturday last week, we are expecting this week to at least be dry (however, it didn’t stop a few riders last week).  it may be a bit cold, so rug up and make sure you check the map before you get to whiteman park.

saturday 23rd may

ride starts under the narrows (cityside) at 5:30am

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

all rides start at coode st carpark at 7:00am

development group –  novice shelley 36.06km spr saturday

transitional – trans abernethy 39.96km spr saturday

fast & main groups – whiteman park 50.4km spr saturday

sunday 24th may

ride starts under the narrows (cityside) at 5:30am

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

all rides start at coode st carpark at 7:00am

short – goose kal 63.41km spr sunday

long – darl weir 100.09km spr sunday

monday 25th may

ride starts under the narrows (sth perth side) at 5:30am

main group – south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 26th may

ride starts under the narrows (cityside) at 5:30am

spr tuesday 36.37km (river ride)

ride starts frasers carpark at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

wednesday 27th may

ride starts under the narrows (cityside) at 5:30am

spr wednesday 14.22km (uci masters)

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

development group – stock road repeats

thursday 28th may

ride starts under the narrows (cityside) at 5:30arm

spr thursday 37.26km (cott & freo)

ride starts frasers carpark at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

friday 29th may

ride starts under the narrows (sth perth side) at 5:30am

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday development ride