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ride routes 6th – 12th february

pink bunnies
pink bunnies

don’t take life too seriously.  it’s not like you are going to make it out alive, anyway.  work can be a drain and sometimes even riding your bike can be a drag.  focus on the social side of riding and get back to what you used to enjoy.  use it as the escape from the everyday, especially now that school is back and the routine has kicked in again.  we have a great network of riders that you can socialise with.  do something outrageous and sit amongst a different group at the coffee shop on saturday.  discover something that you didn’t know.

logo new white backgroundride leader sponsor – the ride leader for february is Concept Music.  owned by spr member graham hoskin’s Concept Music is one of the premier musical instrument shops in Perth.  please see the previous post for further details about what he sells and his contact details.

future ride leader sponsors – after going through the finances for 2015, a bit of creative accounting has allowed us to reduce the sponsor fee to $250 per month.  we thank last years sponsors for their contribution which has allowed us to setup this program.  if anyone out there has a business that they would like to promote, get in touch with the club for more information.

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.

New kit
The new kit…

kit collection – the kit order that was closed off in december has arrived and will be available for collection at the coffee shop after the saturday ride.  any issues or to collect at a different time please contact andrew – kit@southperthrouleurs.com.au

UWCT_Logouwct training ride –as mentioned in the previous post, there are a more changes that we are making to the uwct training ride.  the biggest change is the 6:20am start time for the fast group.  on the previous post there is a strava link that you need to check to see if you are in the 6:20am fast or 6:00am main group.  second major change is the regroup.  at the servo, it doesn’t matter what time you get there, there will be 2 groups leaving at 9:00am and 9:10am.  this will split the group up again, to minimise our size on the road for the way home.  there is other important info in the previous post, so make sure you have a look if you are coming out.

bike stickers
bike name stickers

bike and helmet stickers – we are doing another run of the bike/helmet stickers.  the idea is that this will make it easy for everyone in spr to actually know who they are riding with rather than “that german guy on the black canyon bike”. the price has been slightly subsidised and you can purchase them via the spr shop.  please be aware that these are for spr members only.  last time we did this, some members were also purchasing for non-members, so we were subsidising them as well.  see the previous post for more details.  the shop closes at the end of this weekend 7th feb.

AGMspr agm and breakfast – as mentioned in the previous post, our annual general meeting is coming up in march. as stated in our constitution, all committee positions are vacated every year.  this was included after seeing some of the older clubs struggle with people in positions of power slowly tearing their clubs apart.  now there is nothing to stop the current committee from renominating, but if you are keen to get involved, please put your name forward to our secretary amanda nabi.  remember, there are also sub-committee’s that you can be involved in as a first step to helping the club.

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spr crit champs – as part of the summer crit series, we will also run a spr crit championship.  this will again be a points based system given to placings 1 through 10.  “a” and “b” grade will be given a difficulty multiplier and a leaderboard will track progress.  there are 7 races that we are putting on this year and the 6th race is renae’s race in feb. your points for the best 5 races will be used in the final leaderboard.  this allows you to have holidays, miss races and still be in the running.  more details on the previous post.

spr ladies day – being the first saturday of the month, we again have our women’s only rides in main 1, 2 & 3.  see the previous post for more details and take the opportunity to ride up front.

ride routes – the forecast for this weekend is hot.  damn hot.  as such the sunday hills ride will just kind of hang around kalamunda. you will have lots of opportunities to turn home early if needed.  make sure that if you are coming out you have adequate food and drink with you.

saturday 6th february

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

women’s only groups – south st 51.23km spr saturday

fast & main groups – south st 51.23km spr saturday

sunday 7th february

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

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

ride starts at coode st carpark at 6:00am

development group – coffee ride

uwct training (main) – spr 2016 uwct training course

ride starts at coode st carpark at 6:20am

uwct training (fast) – spr 2016 uwct training course

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 8th february

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

south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 9th february

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 february

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

interval training – stock road repeats

thursday 11th february

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 february

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride

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ride routes 30th jan – 5th feb

IMG_1579-1024x7681there is an excellent article in cycling tips this week about iris dixon who is still riding the track at age 85.  she started racing in 1945 at the age of 14 and went on to win 35 titles in her career including 16 national championships.  it also highlights some of the history of women’s racing and how it suddenly disappeared even after being massive at one stage.  renae’s race is on in a few weeks time and we will be showcasing women’s racing.  make sure you get involved and ensure that there is great racing across all grades.

watch zoneride leader sponsor – january’s ride leader sponsor is spr member Gonzalo Ramirez, who owns Watch Zone a boutique watch repair and sales specialist.  more info on the previous post.

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.

New kit
The new kit…

kit collection – the kit order that was closed off in december has arrived and will be available for collection at the coffee shop after the saturday ride.  there were a few orders missed and these will be sent directly to your address by mid next week.  any issues or to collect at a different time please contact andrew – kit@southperthrouleurs.com.au

UWCT_Logouwct training ride – as mentioned in the previous post, there are a number of changes happening with the uwct training ride.  we will now split in the carpark with the main group leaving at 6:00am and the fast group leaving at 6:15am. using last weekends ride as a guide, if you reached the servo regroup before the vice president, then you belong in the 6:15am group.  if you arrived after him, then head off in the 6:00am group.  it is important that the faster riders do not go in the early group as this changes the dynamic of the regroup.  looking at the strava flybys for the ride, there were about 30 people that made it to the servo by the 9:50am mark.  check out the link to see where you came in so you know which group to join. the other change is the gooseberry regroup has been removed.  it is neutralised until the roe hwy overpass, then race pace till the regroup after guilford.  by splitting, it will hopefully make is safer on the roads and also allow more people to reach the regroup before we make the final push into the city.  NOTE:  there is also a report of road works on toodyay road near the red hill rubbish dump entrance.  no idea what it will be like come sunday, but please be aware and ride safely to conditions.

bike stickers
bike name stickers

bike and helmet stickers – we are doing another run of the bike/helmet stickers.  the idea is that this will make it easy for everyone in spr to actually know who they are riding with rather than “that german guy on the black canyon bike”. the price has been slightly subsidised and you can purchase them via the spr shop.  please be aware that these are for spr members only.  last time we did this, some members were also purchasing for non-members, so we were subsidising them as well.  see the previous post for more details.  the shop closes at the end of next week 7th feb.

10409159_10153219567367204_1412408697106681127_nspr crit champs – as part of the summer crit series, we will also run a spr crit championship.  this will again be a points based system given to placings 1 through 10.  “a” and “b” grade will be given a difficulty multiplier and a leaderboard will track progress.  there are 7 races that we are putting on this year and the 6th race is renae’s race in feb. your points for the best 5 races will be used in the final leaderboard.  this allows you to have holidays, miss races and still be in the running.  more details on the previous post.

ride routes – the current prediction for saturday is showing heavy rain and 22 deg.  to hot for wet weather gear, but too wet for just a jersey.  possibly short sleeves, but a light vest to keep the wind chill away.  more importantly, just to get out on your bike.

saturday 30th january

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 mosman 40.39km spr saturday

fast & main groups – shelley & mosman 50.14km spr saturday

sunday 31st january

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

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

ride starts at coode st carpark at 6:00am

development group – coffee ride

uwct training (main) – spr 2016 uwct training course

ride starts at coode st carpark at 6:15am

uwct training (fast) – spr 2016 uwct training course

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 february

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

south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 2nd february

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 february

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

interval training – stock road repeats

thursday 4th february

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 february

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride

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ride routes 23rd – 29th january

12508896_10153968188709729_6068445840841445037_nlast weekend was not a particularly good one for our club.  there were 2 separate accidents resulting in 5 hospitalisations.  luckily all but 1 were discharged on the same day, but some of the injuries will have people off the bikes for quite a while.  there is a level of risk that we accept when we are riding our bikes.  there are other vehicles, the weather and road conditions that may affect what happens to us.  there are also other riders especially the ones within our own group.  this is always a double edged sword.  why? simply, riding in a group means that you can go further, faster and it gives it a whole different social experience.  however, riding in a group also means that there as another 20 – 30 things that are outside of your control.  speed, spacing and reactions are within your control, so use them to better your chances in a group.  if you are not happy about the speed of the group, move to the back, or drop off to a different group.  if you are not comfortable being close to an unsteady wheel, leave more space.  if someone in front of you grabs a handful of brake, try not to do exactly the same.  be aware of your exits and see if you can avoid hitting the other rider without slamming on the brakes.  group riding is also a two-way street.  your actions and reactions can easily have a ripple affect all the way to the back of the group.  you might not be involved in an accident, but your sudden braking or swerving can bring riders down 5 – 10 places further down the line.  be aware of what you are doing.  be aware of what others are doing.  be aware of what is happening outside the group (traffic, road conditions, wind conditions).  and most of all, accept any constructive criticism if you are pulled up by someone for riding erratically.  don’t be that person.

watch zoneride leader sponsor – january’s ride leader sponsor is spr member Gonzalo Ramirez, who owns Watch Zone a boutique watch repair and sales specialist.  more info on the previous post.

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.

2015 expiredmemberships – on the 31st of december a bunch of race memberships and some recreational memberships expired.  overnight we lost in excess of 250 members.  there are a bunch of reasons for you to become or renew your membership.  see the previous post for more details.  NOTE: the crashes that we had in the group last weekend highlight why it is important to renew now and not just wait till you are ready to race.

Untitled 2australia day crit –this aussie day fromm 7:30am we are holding the traditional crit at tech park.  unlike the smashfest, registration is via the internet and must be paid for by sunday.  same format as smashfest with grades for both men and women as well as a juniors race.  some more info and links to rego can be found on the previous post.  as usual, a few volunteers would be appreciated to help setup/packup.

spr crit champs – as part of the summer crit series, we will also run a spr crit championship.  this will again be a points based system given to placings 1 through 10.  “a” and “b” grade will be given a difficulty multiplier and a leaderboard will track progress.  there are 7 races that we are putting on this year and the 5th race is on aussie day. your points for the best 5 races will be used in the final leaderboard.  this allows you to have holidays, miss races and still be in the running.  more details on the previous post.

regroup point just after the swan river bridge in guilford

regroup point just after the swan river bridge in guilford

uwct training – we have been getting quite a few riders out to the uwct training on sunday morning.  i estimated that there was between 40 – 50 last weekend.  as mentioned before, there was an accident on that ride when a rider who was on their own came off.  please make sure that on top of all the food and water that you need, you also have adequate identification and ICE contact numbers on you.  keeping in mind that you phone may not be accessible if you are in a crash.  often on this ride, you may find yourself riding on your own, please look after yourself.  gain, only a 20min regroup from when the first riders arrive, so make sure you check your clocks.  more info on the uwct training ride can be found on the previous post.

bike_sticker_heiko-300x225bike and helmet stickers – we are doing another run of the bike/helmet stickers.  the idea is that this will make it easy for everyone in spr to actually know who they are riding with rather than “that german guy on the black canyon bike”. the price has been slightly subsidised and you can purchase them via the spr shop.  please be aware that these are for spr members only.  last time we did this, some members were also purchasing for non-members, so we were subsidising them as well.  see the previous post for more details.

980521_1035283219889519_3149598411637754433_oride for yarloop –after the devastating fires down south, a cycling group (the rove) is organising a charity ride to raise money for the victims.  it is basically a 140km ride from mandurah station towards yarloop and return.  due to the destruction in the area, the ride may not actually get all the way to yarloop, but your $50 entry fee will.  there is also a link to donate to the cause without doing the ride.  head to their website for rego and more info, and there has been an update posted on the westcycle facebook site with even more info from the organiser .

ride routes – due to a lack of interest, the wednesday kings park uci loops have been cancelled.  there is a stock road interval ride leaving the raffles at 5:30am and this is open to all abilities.  easy cruise out to stock road, hill repeats till 6:30am, then a return with coffee in applecross if you have time.

saturday 23rd january

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 24th january

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

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

ride starts at coode st carpark at 6:00am

uwct training – spr 2016 uwct training course

development group – coffee ride

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 25th january

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

south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 26th january (australia day)

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

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

fast/main groups – public hol 58.97km spr special

wednesday 27th january

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

interval training – stock road repeats

thursday 28th january

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 january

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride

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ride routes 16th – 22nd january

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winner, winner, chicken dinner

winner, winner, chicken dinner.  well, winning entry into the next race at least.  a few of the spr women took on d grade last week and came away with the whole podium.  with the latte laps not running this week due to the weather, what is stopping you from having a crack at racing on the tech park circuit.  i can guarantee that you will not feel isolated if you are wearing a spr jersey and this usually means that you will get an extra loud cheer as you ride past.  this is the last race of the series but we have the aussie day, renae’s race and the state crit champs also on this circuit over the next few months.  3 race permits are available for those without a full racing licence.  give it a go, you won’t be disappointed, and you may actually enjoy it.

watch zoneride leader sponsor – january’s ride leader sponsor is spr member Gonzalo Ramirez, who owns Watch Zone a boutique watch repair and sales specialist.  more info on the previous post.

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.

2015 expiredmemberships – on the 31st of december a bunch of race memberships and some recreational memberships expired.  overnight we lost in excess of 250 members.  there are a bunch of reasons for you to become or renew your membership.  see the previous post for more details.

12466279_10154455181818219_5053900945861742744_o (1)smashfest race 04 –this saturday afternoon we will be hosting race 4 of the smashfest series at tech park.  due to the predicted hot weather, there will be no latte laps or junior (e grade races).  the whole schedule has been pushed back and most of the races have had their times reduced.  the first race kicks off at 2:30pm but have a look at the attached flyer for race times.  any volunteers would be appreciated.

spr crit champs – as part of the summer crit series, we will also run a spr crit championship.  this will again be a points based system given to placings 1 through 10.  “a” and “b” grade will be given a difficulty multiplier and a leaderboard will track progress.  there are 7 races that we are putting on this year, but your points for the best 5 races will be used.  this allows you to have holidays, miss races and still be in the running.  more details on the previous post.

regroup point just after the swan river bridge in guilford
regroup point just after the swan river bridge in guilford

uwct training – looking at last weeks uwct training ride on strava, the flyby showed that there was not actually a regroup at the servo.  this week we WILL regroup at the caltex servo just after the swan river bridge.   again, only a 20min regroup from when the first riders arrive, so make sure you check your clocks.  more info on the uwct training ride can be found on the previous post.

bike_sticker_heiko-300x225bike and helmet stickers – we are doing another run of the bike/helmet stickers.  the idea is that this will make it easy for everyone in spr to actually know who they are riding with rather than “that german guy on the black canyon bike”. the price has been slightly subsidised and you can purchase them via the spr shop.  please be aware that these are for spr members only.  last time we did this, some members were also purchasing for non-members, so we were subsidising them as well.  see the previous post for more details.

980521_1035283219889519_3149598411637754433_oride for yarloop – after the devastating fires down south, a cycling group (the rove) is organising a charity ride to raise money for the victims.  it is basically a 140km ride from mandurah station towards yarloop and return.  due to the destruction in the area, the ride may not actually get all the way to yarloop, but your $50 entry fee will.  there is also a link to donate to the cause without doing the ride.  head to their website for rego and more info, and there has been an update posted on the westcycle facebook site with even more info from the organiser .

ride routes – some pretty hot weather predicted for this weekend.  please make sure that you have adequate food and water and don’t commit to anything that is beyond your capabilities.

saturday 16th january

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 17th january

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

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

ride starts at coode st carpark at 6:00am

uwct training – spr 2016 uwct training course

development group – coffee ride

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 18th january

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

south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 19th january

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 20th january

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 21st january

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 22nd january

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride

this is steph.  she is an engineer, but she also rides a bike.

ride routes 9th – 15th january

this is steph. she is an engineer, but she also rides a bike.
this is steph. she is an engineer, but she also rides a bike.

It takes but a moment to look beyond the bike and see that every rider is someone’s something and that everyone has a story just waiting to be told.  that is the opening spiel for tony lendrum’s latest project, “beyond the bike“.  the aim of the project is to show that cyclists are real people.  people with families, jobs and hobbies. people that contribute to society.  people that have every right to come home at night, not just some faceless lycra-clad riders that are taking up your space on the road.  tony has run two sessions so far and yesterday a large number of spr riders shook off the lycra to get their photo taken and tell their story.  if you get the opportunity, this is something that we encourage you should be part of.

watch zoneride leader sponsor – january’s ride leader sponsor is spr member Gonzalo Ramirez, who owns Watch Zone a boutique watch repair and sales specialist.  more info on the previous post.

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.

2015 expiredmemberships – on the 31st of december a bunch of race memberships and some recreational memberships expired.  overnight we lost in excess of 250 members.  there are a bunch of reasons for you to become or renew your membership.  see the previous post for more details.

.facebook_1451977390038smashfest race 03 – this saturday afternoon we will be hosting race 3 of the smashfest series at tech park.  on top of multiple grades for both men and women, there will be a “latte laps” specifically for women that are unsure about taking that next step towards racing.  this is a low key, non-competitive roll around the circuit with a few more experienced women as guides.  it is the first event on the schedule and kicks off at 1:00pm.

spr crit champs – as part of the summer crit series, we will also run a spr crit championship.  this will again be a points based system given to placings 1 through 10.  “a” and “b” grade will be given a difficulty multiplier and a leaderboard will track progress.  there are 7 races that we are putting on this year, but your points for the best 5 races will be used.  this allows you to have holidays, miss races and still be in the running.  more details on the previous post.

regroup point just after the swan river bridge in guilford
regroup point just after the swan river bridge in guilford

uwct training – this week we will move the regroup point to the caltex servo just after the swan river bridge.  there is no water tap available around the bakery and george was trying to setup his antique business where we were waiting.  again, only a 20min regroup from when the first riders arrive, so make sure you check your clocks.  more info on the uwct training ride can be found on the previous post.

bike_sticker_heiko-300x225bike and helmet stickers – we are doing another run of the bike/helmet stickers.  the idea is that this will make it easy for everyone in spr to actually know who they are riding with rather than “that german guy on the black canyon bike”. the price has been slightly subsidised and you can purchase them via the spr shop.  please be aware that these are for spr members only.  last time we did this, some members were also purchasing for non-members, so we were subsidising them as well.  see the previous post for more details.

ride routes – unfortunately there are no public holidays this week, so no extra km’s to be had.  the weather is predicted to be a little bit cooler as well, so we should have a good ride.

saturday 9th january

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 10th january

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

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

ride starts at coode st carpark at 6:00am

uwct training – spr 2016 uwct training course

development group – coffee ride

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 11th january

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

south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 12th january

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 13th january

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 14th january

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 15th january

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 2nd – 8th january

2641383512_5ee24a9448as 2015 draws to a close, i am seeing lots of strava totals being posted on facebook so people can show their achievements.  if anyone is thinking of aiming for the club best on distance, then don’t bother as patrick doesn’t have a car, so has racked up over 23,000 kms this year.  an amazing achievement.  however, i have also seen lots of great achievements out there that didn’t result in massive kms.  people like vanessa johnson who went from vice presidential cycling widow to racing in the tour or margs.  and others like mr bonner who has literally bounced back from a close to life changing injury to continue to smash everyone on the hills.  lets aim to achieve something this next year on the bike.  it doesn’t have to be k’s, but set some goals not resolutions.

ride leader sponsor – january’s ride leader sponsor is spr member Gonzalo Ramirez, who owns Watch Zone a boutique watch repair and sales specialist.  more info on the previous post.

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.

memberships – as the year comes to a close, there are lots of our 466 memberships that will also expire.  all race licences will come to an end on the 31st dec and some recreational licences will as well. tomorrow’s public holiday ride marks the first ride where you may not actually be covered by any insurance.  get on it tonight, so you are covered tomorrow.  see the memberships page for links to renew or join.

women’s beginner group – there will be an all female beginners group this saturday for any women who want to have a go at this cycling thing.  if you know of anyone that needs that little push to give it a go, invite them done to coode st this saturday for a 7am start.  the session is free and will aim to increase skill and confidence on the bike.  more info can be found on the previous post.

spr crit champs – as part of the summer crit series, we will also run a spr crit championship.  this will again be a points based system given to placings 1 through 10.  “a” and “b” grade will be given a difficulty multiplier and a leaderboard will track progress.  there are 7 races that we are putting on this year, but your points for the best 5 races will be used.  this allows you to have holidays, miss races and still be in the running.  more details on the previous post.

ride routes – the first of the month is time for our women’s only rides.  main 1, 2 & 3 will (if needed) have separate women’s groups following their respective main groups.  only 1 public holiday ride so i have listed it for tomorrow.  see who is still nursing a sore head come 7am or better yet, see you on the earlybird.

friday 1st january (new years day)

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

ride start at coode st carpark at 7:00am

fast & main groups – public hol 58.97km spr special

saturday 2nd january

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

ladies beginners group skills

development group –  novice shelley 36.06km spr saturday

transitional – trans benara 39.90km spr saturday

women’s main 1, 2 & 3 – holmes rd 50.42km spr saturday

fast & main groups – holmes rd 50.42km spr saturday

sunday 3rd january

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

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

ride starts at coode st carpark at 6:00am

uwct training – spr 2016 uwct training course

development group – coffee ride

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 4th january

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

south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 5th january

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 6th january

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 7th january

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 8th january

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday development ride

 

gary coming over red hill in the uwct race

2016 uwct training

UWCT_Logoit’s time.  starting this sunday we will be running our weekly uwct training, taking in the new course.  this year they have reversed the route so the race will go up the zig zag and down toodyay road.  as the zig zag is a one way down hill only, we will not be taking a group up there.  instead we get to do gooseberry.

the new training course is already mapped out and listed under our sunday hills rides.  it does differ from the actual course as we will be missing out the long flat sections before and after the hills. as the actual race will be heading out the freeway and then along reid hwy, the club cannot afford to close down a section of the freeway and provide a police escort.  i know, not trying hard enough.

so the route takes in the main climbs (minus the zig zag) and then heads back into town.  if you want to get some extra k’s in to make up the difference that you will face on the day (140kms race vs 103km training) then i suggest either a half lap of the river or a roll along shelley.

so, as for the rules of engagement for this group training, we will be doing things a little different to a normal spr group ride.  firstly we will be rolling out at 6:00am from the coode st carpark.  this is a hard course and we will need to get back as early as possible.

we will head out great eastern at a moderate pace and along to ridge hill road.  this will be the first climb of the actual event so we will hit it at race pace.  instead of continuing up the zig zag, we will roll over the top and across to gooseberry.  as this is not part of the course, we will be regrouping at the top of this climb.  this will effectively be the only regroup in the hills (we may remove this too, but will see how we go).  we will then head towards mundaring and across to stoneville.  there is no regroup before toodyay and we will continue

regroup point just after the swan river bridge in guilford
regroup point just after the swan river bridge in guilford

on all the way to guilford.  there we will regroup at the caltex servo just on the otherside of the swan river bridge.  there is access to water as well as cold drinks from inside so it is a good place to stop.  we will then wait for about 20min from the first guys before heading out again.  it is then race pace back along guilford road and back to dome.

now this will be a hard session but we are not refusing anyone from coming along.  however, just be aware the the group will not be stopping and waiting, so make sure you have enough food and water, spare tubes (and know how to change a tyre) and a mobile phone in case you need to get out of trouble.

there is a good chance that some people will not make it to the regroup in time.  we are not apologising for this and if you get left behind, get home as safely as you can.  there is a bike path from guilford all the way into the city, so you don’t have to negotiate traffic.  if you do really, really get into trouble call me.  0438 988 677.

the reason we will be running the training like this is primarily because it is a race and you will need to put in sustained efforts over a long period of time.  regrouping and resting will not practically happen on the day.  also, after a recon session last weekend, it will actually be better for smaller groups of riders 3-6 along toodyay road as vehicles can negotiate them quicker than a large group.

as usual, road rules apply.  don’t go through red lights to make it onto a bunch.  there is only 1 set of lights in the hills, but quite a few heading back into guilford. if you need to stop for water, you can duck into the Dome in mundaring, but just don’t expect your group to wait for you.

the race will be hard.  expect the training to be hard too.  see you sunday morning.

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ride routes 25th dec – 1st jan

12376746_10154010646997985_6746559813152428461_ntomorrow is christmas and we still haven’t started wrapping the kids presents.  i am sure that santa will get it done on time, but it may be a late night with milk and cookies.  there are 2 new bikes entering our household tomorrow.  unfortunately not one for me as i could not buy enough roses.  eat lots. ride lots. stay safe.

ride leader sponsor – there are no ride leader sponsors for december.

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.

extra rides – many people have next week off work especially as it is a short week.  as such, if you are around and want to do some extra k’s, meet at the coode st carpark at 7am for another 50km or more.  this gives us time to complete the earlybird ride as a warmup.  no set course on the blog as it will depend on peoples available time (e.g. lap of the river or hills ride).

memberships – as the year comes to a close, there are lots of memberships that will also expire.  all race licences will come to an end on the 31st dec and some recreational licences will as well.  for the race licences, if you renew now, you are covered till the end of dec 2016.  you will also need to get this sorted before the crits start on the 9th jan.  see the memberships page for links to renew or join.

spr crit champs – as part of the summer crit series, we will also run a spr crit championship.  this will again be a points based system given to placings 1 through 10.  “a” and “b” grade will be given a difficulty multiplier and a leaderboard will track progress.  there are 7 races that we are putting on this year, but your points for the best 5 races will be used.  this allows you to have holidays, miss races and still be in the running.  more details on the previous post.

ride routes – bit of a crazy week this week with lots of public holidays to cater for.  basically, if it is not a public holiday then normal rides will apply.  sat 26th will have normal saturday rides on and the boxing day public holiday ride will be on the 28th.  also, with the increased numbers at the public holiday rides, we will run them like a saturday ride and split into fast, main 1, main 2 etc.  all on the same route, but smaller groups for safety.  there are also some extra rides for those that have tues-thurs off next week.  7am at coode st and we can play it by ear.

friday 25th december (christmas day)

ride start at coode st carpark at 7:00am main 3 pace

christmas recovery ride

saturday 26th december (boxing day)

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 27th december

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

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

ride starts at coode st carpark at 6:00am

development group – coffee ride

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

short – brktn weir 82.89km spr sunday

long – f’berg urch obs 96.16km spr sunday

monday 28th december (boxing day holiday)

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

south stock 33.76km spr monday

ride start at coode st carpark at 7:00am

fast & main groups – public hol 58.97km spr special

tuesday 29th december

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 30th december

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 31st december

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 1st january (new years day)

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday development ride

ride start at coode st carpark at 7:00am

fast & main groups – public hol 58.97km spr special

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ride routes 18th – 25th december

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twas the night before christmas, when all through the place,
the bikes were all ready for the boxing day race.

the bike bags were placed by the chimney with care,
in hopes that the wiggle order soon would be there.

the bikes were nestled all snug on their racks,
with visions of hill climbing and endless attacks.
and searching online without a real reason,
we’d just settled our brains for the racing off season.

when out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
i sprang from the bed to see whats the matter.
when, what to my wondering eyes should i like,
but a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny bikes.

“now schleck! now sastre! now, contador and froome!
on, evans! on, wiggins! on nibali, go zoom!
so up to the mountain top the climbers they flew,
with the sleigh full of toys, and a jolly man too.

he was dressed all in lycra, from his head to his foot,
and his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot.
a bundle of bike parts he had on his back,
he looked like a commuter, with a massive back-pack.

he was chubby and plump, the lycra stretched tight,                               and i laughed when i saw him, it didn’t look right.
he spoke not a word, but made a quick start,
and filled all the boxes with shiny bike parts.

he sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whip,
and away they all rode, as the pedals went “clip”.
but i heard him exclaim, as he flew out of sight,
“merry christmas to all, and to all a good-night!”

ride leader sponsor – there are no ride leader sponsors for december.

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.

Christmas bicyclespr christmas breakfast and awards – this saturday (19th) we will have our annual christmas breakfast and awards.  there will be awards, as voted by you, for people the club membership felt had contributed this year.  the road rider series awards will be presented for those that raced certain events this year.  as well as a special new presidential award for those who the president has felt went above and beyond this year in service to the club.  as it is also the final saturday before christmas, this will be the christmas dress-up ride where you are encouraged to decorate yourself and /or you bike.  for those of you that are relatively new to the club, yes people actually do dress up for this ride.  if you are a bit more conservative, just add some tinsel to your bike.  the weather will be a nice mid-20’s so i am expecting the odd full santa suit, some elves and even a reindeer or two.  for the breakfast, the cost will be $15 and for that you will get a coffee and access to the buffet table of never-ending treats.  see the previous post for further details.

memberships – as the year comes to a close, there are lots of memberships that will also expire.  all race licences will come to an end on the 31st dec and some recreational licences will as well.  for the race licences, if you renew now, you are covered till the end of dec 2016.  you will also need to get this sorted before the crits start on the 9th jan.  see the memberships page for links to renew or join.

spr crit champs – as part of the summer crit series, we will also run a spr crit championship.  this will again be a points based system given to placings 1 through 10.  “a” and “b” grade will be given a difficulty multiplier and a leaderboard will track progress.  there are 7 races that we are putting on this year, but your points for the best 5 races will be used.  this allows you to have holidays, miss races and still be in the running.  more details on the previous post.

ride routes – in the lead up to christmas, there are no real changes to the ride routes.  on christmas day there is no official ride, but if any of you without commitments want to ride, then meeting at coode st at 7am is an option, but you can discuss this yourselves.  the following week will be filled with multiple public holiday and extra rides to keep your fitness up.

saturday 19th december

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 (christmas dress-up ride)

development group –  novice shelley 36.06km spr saturday

transitional – trans canning vale 42.34km spr saturday

fast & main groups – south st 51.23km spr saturday

sunday 20th december

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

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

ride starts at coode st carpark at 6:00am

development group – coffee ride

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

short – khna weir 72.23km spr sunday

long – can mills peet obs 90.30km spr sunday

monday 21st december

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

main group – south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 22nd december

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 23rd december

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 24th december

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 25th december (christmas day)

no official ride, but if you are not doing anything and would like to ride with some others then meet at coode st at 7:00am

public hol 58.97km spr special

pink sock ride for beerlinda

ride routes 12th – 18th december

pink sock ride for beerlinda
pink sock ride for beerlinda

fomo – fear of missing out. for those of us over the age of about 30, all the lmao, brb, yolo and ftw probably don’t actually make sense, or even worse, we think that they mean something else. i was discussing training the other day with someone and i said that the main reason i train is so i don’t feel total crap in a race.  it is almost a fogw – fear of getting worse.  fear can be a good motivator and if you are at the back half of the peloton, it can often be the only thing making you dig that bit deeper. probably a fogd – fear of getting dropped.  with the christmas break approaching, maybe your motivation to ride hard is targeted more towards your fogf – fear of getting fat.  with more days out of routine and with family visits and all the edible wonders of the season available, it is easy to pack on the extra kilos.  as such, every public holiday, except christmas day will have both an earlybird and a public holiday ride on it.  as the week between christmas and new years is a short week and many people will also have that off, we will probably run some impromptu rides on the 29th – 31st as well.  lots of rides available to achieve your festive 500.

ride leader sponsor – there are no ride leader sponsors for december.

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.

778388p3443EDNmain23129Screen Shot 2015-11-03 at 11.32.12 amupcoming races – the yanchep criterium is on this weekend.  this is certainly the most interesting criterium that we have on the calendar as it has a nice climb in the middle of the circuit.  if you see yourself as more of a short punchy climber rather than a sprinter, than this is the race for you.  there is also a significant amount of prize money available in a grade, with a special prize for the first non-nrs rider in both men and women.  more info and registration here.  registration closes tonight (thursday).

New kit
The new kit…

spr kit bits – the current kit order will close off this sunday 13th so we can try to get it all through before the christmas break.  note that there are a couple of new items in the shop.  the new elite aero jersey is pretty cool.  i have been wearing a sample of this and it is probably half the weight of a standard jersey.  great for summer crit racing as it is super aero and made of lycra.  see further details in the previous post.

Christmas bicyclespr christmas breakfast and awards – next saturday (19th) we will have our annual christmas breakfast and awards.  there will be awards, as voted by you, for people the club membership felt had contributed this year.  the road rider series awards will be presented for those that raced certain event this year.  as well as a special new presidential award for those who the president has felt went above and beyond this year in service to the club.  as it is also the final saturday before christmas, this will be the christmas dress-up ride where you are encouraged to decorate yourself and /or you bike.  no idea how hot it will be, but we will see if a full santa suit comes out.  cost will be $15 and for that you will get a coffee and access to the buffet table of never-ending treats.  see the previous post for further details.

spr crit champs – as part of the summer crit series, we will also run a spr crit championship.  this will again be a points based system given to placings 1 through 10.  “a” and “b” grade will be given a difficulty multiplier and a leaderboard will track progress.  there are 7 races that we are putting on this year, but your points for the best 5 races will be used.  this allows you to have holidays, miss races and still be in the running.  more details on the previous post.

ride routes – not long now till christmas and all the wonderful bike related presents that you will receive.  remember, the more you eat, the more you have to ride.  fogf.

saturday 12th december

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 shelley 40.59km spr saturday

fast & main groups – south lake 51.99km spr saturday

sunday 13th december

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 14th december

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

main group – south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 15th december

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 16th december

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 17th december

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 18th december

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday development ride