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ride routes 23rd – 29th september

just some of spr riders that made the trek across to lorne

so amy’s grand fondo was run and won last weekend.  the number of spr riders that headed east this year was staggering, we almost need to charter our own jet, next year.  from what i understand there were podiums for laurensia, fitton and stu gee, but there were lots of people that managed to grab a qualification spot to italy for next years world champs.  well done to everyone that completed the race as it is an achievement in itself.

ride leader sponsor – the ride leader sponsor for september is My Petite Sweets.  they specialise in cakes, cookies and deserts for all occasions.  please see the previous post for more details.

spr tomr teams –  we have a couple of vacancies for the tomr. level of racing doesn’t really matter as we can slot you in anywhere. please email race@southperthrouleurs.com.au if you are interested.

the beverley – coming up on 14-15 october is spr’s hosted “the beverley road race”.  in only it’s second year and as part of The element series we are running this awesome event again in the charming wheatbelt town of beverley. the beverley road race is a 116km handicap format race departing beverley township through rolling green rural fields, into national park bush land for the turnaround and predominantly downhill run home for the finish. entries and event page are here.  as a part of the beverley heroic weekend, there is our road race on saturday, a retro bike show through the afternoon, cyclocross racing on saturday evening and the beverley heroic on sunday. there is pub accommodation, a caravan park and an event village in town for the weekend. Full details for the weekend are on the website. make a whole cycling weekend of it!

entertainment books – we are still selling the entertainment book/app as a fund raiser for the club.  packed full of offers, it will not take you long to redeem back what you paid.  check out the previous post for more details and links to registration.

thursday training ride – we implemented a new system of splitting the thursday group ride to keep the size manageable.    we think that we have come up with a good way of splitting the groups, but we need you to be honest about your own abilities.  have a look at the strava segment for the ride so you know where you sit.  there is nothing to stop you stepping up to challenge yourself, but this will at least provide a guide as to how much more challenging it will be.

saturday start locations – we have revamped the group start locations on saturday morning.  please have a look at the map so you know where your group will congregate.  this makes it easier for ride leaders to give you a briefing before the ride starts.  see the previous post for more details.

ride routes – it looks like there will be a break in the weather just in time for saturday morning.  make the most of it and come for a ride with us.  we are also always happy to take feedback about our ride routes.  some of these routes were mapped out years ago and since then traffic conditions have changed.  if you feel that any route needs attention, please email the club or talk to a ride leader to let your concerns be known.

saturday 23rd september

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 – shelley & mosman 50.14km spr saturday

sunday 24th september

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 – coffee ride

short – brktn weir 82.89km spr sunday

long – carr peet obs 97.72km spr sunday

monday 25th september – queen’s birthday

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

south stock 33.76km spr monday

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

fast/main – public hol 58.97km spr special

tuesday 26th september

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

spr tuesday 36.37km (river ride)

ride starts frasers ave at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

wednesday 27th september

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

interval training – stock road repeats

thursday 28th september

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

see previous post for ride groups

spr thursday 37.26km (cott & freo)

ride starts frasers ave at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

friday 29th september

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride

ride routes 16th – 22nd september

sorry, short on time and motivation to write something inspirational.  lots of spr riders heading to lorne for this weekend’s amy’s  grand fondo.  good luck to all and hopefully you gain your qualifying spot to italy for next year’s worlds.

ride leader sponsor – the ride leader sponsor for september is My Petite Sweets.  they specialise in cakes, cookies and deserts for all occasions.  please see the previous post for more details.

kit order – the current spr kit order is closing on the 15th of sept.  if you need kit then jump on board as we only do 3 orders a year and this should be here for tour of margs.  see the previous post for further info.

the beverley – coming up on 14-15 october is spr’s hosted “the beverley road race”.  in only it’s second year and as part of The element series we are running this awesome event again in the charming wheatbelt town of beverley. the beverley road race is a 116km handicap format race departing beverley township through rolling green rural fields, into national park bush land for the turnaround and predominantly downhill run home for the finish. entries and event page are here.  as a part of the beverley heroic weekend, there is our road race on saturday, a retro bike show through the afternoon, cyclocross racing on saturday evening and the beverley heroic on sunday. there is pub accommodation, a caravan park and an event village in town for the weekend. Full details for the weekend are on the website. make a whole cycling weekend of it!

entertainment books – we are still selling the entertainment book/app as a fund raiser for the club.  packed full of offers, it will not take you long to redeem back what you paid.  check out the previous post for more details and links to registration.

thursday training ride – we implemented a new system of splitting the thursday group ride to keep the size manageable.    we think that we have come up with a good way of splitting the groups, but we need you to be honest about your own abilities.  have a look at the strava segment for the ride so you know where you sit.  there is nothing to stop you stepping up to challenge yourself, but this will at least provide a guide as to how much more challenging it will be.

saturday start locations – we have revamped the group start locations on saturday morning.  please have a look at the map so you know where your group will congregate.  this makes it easier for ride leaders to give you a briefing before the ride starts.  see the previous post for more details.

ride routes – look after each other

saturday 16th september

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 – ewen st 50.26km spr saturday

sunday 17th september

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 – coffee ride

short – wlsh weir 62.23km spr sunday

long – wlsh obs kal 90.32km spr sunday

monday 18th september

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

south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 19th september

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

spr tuesday 36.37km (river ride)

ride starts frasers ave at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

wednesday 20th september

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

interval training – stock road repeats

thursday 21st september

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

see previous post for ride groups

spr thursday 37.26km (cott & freo)

ride starts frasers ave at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

friday 22nd september

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride

ride routes 9th – 15th september

and still representing.  we are all aware that not everyone will live in perth forever so it is good to see some of our club mates still flying the colours.  now officially in a club race you should be wearing the colours of the club you represent.  at the moment ms fitton is still a member so it was good to see her podium at a major race over east.  however, i have been asked in the past about wearing the spr kit when in other events not in perth.  for the majority of people that have asked, they have usually been part of the spr family for such a long time, it would seem wrong to see them riding in something else.

ride leader sponsor – the ride leader sponsor for september is My Petite Sweets.  they specialise in cakes, cookies and deserts for all occasions.  please see the previous post for more details.

kit order – the current spr kit order is closing on the 15th of sept.  if you need kit then jump on board as we only do 3 orders a year and this should be here for tour of margs.  see the previous post for further info.

entertainment books – we are still selling the entertainment book/app as a fund raiser for the club.  packed full of offers, it will not take you long to redeem back what you paid.  check out the previous post for more details and links to registration.

thursday training ride – we implemented a new system of splitting the thursday group ride to keep the size manageable.    we think that we have come up with a good way of splitting the groups, but we need you to be honest about your own abilities.  have a look at the strava segment for the ride so you know where you sit.  there is nothing to stop you stepping up to challenge yourself, but this will at least provide a guide as to how much more challenging it will be.

saturday start locations – we have revamped the group start locations on saturday morning.  please have a look at the map so you know where your group will congregate.  this makes it easier for ride leaders to give you a briefing before the ride starts.  see the previous post for more details.

ride routes – spring is here.  the rain may still be falling, but the sun is shining, so it can’t be that bad.  small chance of a shower over the weekend, but still looking good.  roll on.

saturday 9th september

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 – alexander drive 50.46km spr saturday

sunday 10th september

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 – coffee ride

short – khna weir 72.23km spr sunday

long – khna can mills 94.55km spr sunday

monday 11th september

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

south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 12th september

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

spr tuesday 36.37km (river ride)

ride starts frasers ave at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

wednesday 13th september

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

interval training – stock road repeats

thursday 14th september

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

see previous post for ride groups

spr thursday 37.26km (cott & freo)

ride starts frasers ave at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

friday 15th september

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride

ride routes 2nd – 8th september

a bunch of spr aussies…and one jamaican

the uwct final was run last weekend in albi, france and a number of spr riders were over there to represent australia.  their results can be seen below, but from all accounts they certainly did the colours proud.  for those of you that don’t know, to be able to race at this event, you need to finish high enough at one of the qualification events from around the world.  the first one for the 2018 event is in 2 weeks time at amy’s grand fondo in lorne, victoria.  there is quite a large contingent of spr riders heading over to via for the right to race in green and gold.  next years final will be held in varese, italy on a course that looks downright mountainous.  bring it on.

ride leader sponsor – the ride leader sponsor for september is My Petite Sweets.  they specialise in cakes, cookies and deserts for all occasions.  please see the previous post for more details.

racing events and results – this weekend there are a number of events on.  cyclocross has 2 days of racing with both the state champs and the final round of the numbat cup.  the element series moves to york for another 2 days of racing with a hill climb, road race and criterium.  next week the element is at dwellingup for the peel classic and the following week there are a number of club riders heading over to lorne for amy’s grand fondo.  further afield the results from the very difficult uwct world champs in albi france have filtered across the interweb.  spr had a number of riders representing australia and the results are as follows.

  • F40/44
    • 4th Amanda Nabi 02:41:09
    • 31st Kathryn Dines 02:51:27
  • F45/49
    • 35th Vanessa Johnson 02:51:31
  • M35/39
    • 80th Heiko Potzedt 04:11:38
  • M40/44
    • 117th John Carnicelli 04:14:35
  • M45/49
    • 97th Andrew Ballam 04:11:36
    • 255th Nicholas Churchill 05:08:30
  • M50/54
    • 113th Thomas O’Neill 04:22:02
    • 193rd Julian Johnson 04:38:54
    • 303rd Andrew Williams 05:40:45

club van guidelines – to ensure that club property is used effectively, we have developed a guideline for van usage so that everything is above board.  it is a resource for the club to use and this means not just the committee members.  have a look at the previous post for more information.

entertainment books – there is a special offer on at the moment for anyone that purchases an entertainment book tomorrow (1 sept).  not only will you receive your book/app full of offers, you will also receive 2 event cinema e-vouchers.  basically, it will not take long for you to pay back the cost of the entertainment book.  check out the previous post for more details and links to registration.

thursday training ride – we implemented a new system of splitting the thursday group ride to keep the size manageable.    we think that we have come up with a good way of splitting the groups, but we need you to be honest about your own abilities.  have a look at the strava segment for the ride so you know where you sit.  there is nothing to stop you stepping up to challenge yourself, but this will at least provide a guide as to how much more challenging it will be.

saturday start locations – we have revamped the group start locations on saturday morning.  please have a look at the map so you know where your group will congregate.  this makes it easier for ride leaders to give you a briefing before the ride starts.  see the previous post for more details.

ride routes – spring is in the air.  well it will be tomorrow.  as we say good bye to winter we can hopefully see a few more nice riding days…starting with this weekend.

saturday 2nd september

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 – south lake 51.99km spr saturday

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 – coffee ride

short – wlsh weir 62.23km spr sunday

long – wlsh weir kal 101.71km spr sunday

monday 4th september

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

south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 5th september

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

spr tuesday 36.37km (river ride)

ride starts frasers ave at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

wednesday 6th september

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

interval training – stock road repeats

thursday 7th september

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

see previous post for ride groups

spr thursday 37.26km (cott & freo)

ride starts frasers ave at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

friday 8th september

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride

ride routes 26th aug – 1st sept

gary boylan wins over stu gee – photo tony lendrum

the collie donnybrook classic was run last weekend , in not the nicest weather conditions, and was won by gary boylan of rccc with our very own stu gee coming in second.  these two old wily devils made use of their handicap and were never caught by scratch.  both these guys have a very well rounded background in cycling and it is evident that they are still good riders to this day.  if you are friends with gary on facebook, you will see that he is also very vocal about mental health issues as he has been a long time sufferer himself.  i used to work with him and have seen what can happen if these things are not dealt with properly.  competitive cycling is all about showing that you are stronger than the other person, so often we put on a brave face when out on the bike.  however, if you see a change in someone’s behaviour or attitude, don’t be afraid to ask “R U OK”.  it is not just a catch cry for one day of the year, we should be looking out for each other all the time.  people’s personal lives can change quite dramatically but their cycling persona may still seem to be the same.  it is about being there for others and should be what we do for each other as part of the club.  you would be happy to lend someone a tube whilst out on the ride, how about lending an ear.

ride leader sponsor – there is no ride leader sponsor for august.  if you would like to be involved, please contact the club for more information.

Photo: https://www.facebook.com/tourofmr/

spr tomr 2017 – the teams for the tomr were announced this week and we have 3 men’s, 3 women’s and 1 mixed team.  please note that these may not be the final teams as things are generally very fluid around this time and firm up closer to the event.  however, practice will start for the ttt this saturday as there are 2 team time trials in the event.  meet at the usual spot for the saturday ride and then head out on the normal saturday course and work as a team.

tomr nutrition  – we have scheduled a presentation on racing nutrition with spr member jessica gammon at the vic hotel in subiaco at 7pm on monday 28 august with a $7 entry fee at the door. this will be a very informative night with specific advice on fuelling for the three days. however, it is open to all riders that may want to learn about race nutrition.

uwct world champs this weekend a number of spr riders are over in france for the uwct world champs.  today was the time trial where the latest report had amanda nabi coming in 6th in her age group.  keep tabs of them via all the terrible photos that are coming through the facebook feed.

club van guidelines – to ensure that club property is used effectively, we have developed a guideline for van usage so that everything is above board.  it is a resource for the club to use and this means not just the committee members.  have a look at the previous post for more information.

entertainment books – this year the club has decided to sell the every popular entertainment books as a way to raise funds.  even better there is now an app available so you don’t need to carry vouchers with you.  the app can also be shared between you and other family members,  there is also a cool function where you can see a map of your location and all the available offers in the area.   remember, you only need to redeem a few item to make up for the cost of the book and at the same time you will be helping the club. check out the previous post for more details and links to registration.

thursday training ride – we implemented a new system of splitting the thursday group ride to keep the size manageable.    we think that we have come up with a good way of splitting the groups, but we need you to be honest about your own abilities.  have a look at the strava segment for the ride so you know where you sit.  there is nothing to stop you stepping up to challenge yourself, but this will at least provide a guide as to how much more challenging it will be.

saturday start locations – we have revamped the group start locations on saturday morning.  please have a look at the map so you know where your group will congregate.  this makes it easier for ride leaders to give you a briefing before the ride starts.  see the previous post for more details.

ride routes – last week of winter and it is looking pretty damn good this weekend.  the last 2 weekends have had about 10 people tops meeting up at 7am.  hopefully we can get a few more this week.  there will be tomr training on during the main ride so we are heading to benara rd where they can practice their tt technique.

saturday 26th august

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 27th august

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 – coffee ride

short – grnmt goose 65.22km spr sunday

long – grnmt prk mnd wr 93.71km spr sunday

monday 28th august

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

south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 29th august

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

spr tuesday 36.37km (river ride)

ride starts frasers ave at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

wednesday 30th august

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

interval training – stock road repeats

thursday 31st august

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

see previous post for ride groups

spr thursday 37.26km (cott & freo)

ride starts frasers ave at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

friday 1st september

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride

ride routes 19th – 25th august

about 10 days ago i received a facebook message from a guy that i went to high school with named anthony.  i haven’t seen him since school finished way back in 1989 but a few years back he got in contact to talk about bikes.  recently he wanted to tell me about the new bike that he got and sent me the attached photo.  he wasn’t doing a lot of riding but was pretty excited to show me his new bike.  i found out yesterday that 2 days ago, he died while out on the bike.  not from an accident or anything, but from a genetic heart disease called hypotrophic cardiomyopathy which also claimed his younger brother 21 years ago.  i haven’t had a lot to do with him and i can’t really even say where he was living, but he reached out because of a common interest in cycling.  even though we went to school together, that connection wasn’t really enough to make us keep in contact.  think of all the people that you now know because of cycling and what are the chances that you would actually meet them if not for riding your bike.  anthony has left behind a partner and young 2 daughters, so remember that there are also more important things in life than riding your bike.  the weather has been crap and i aborted my ride this morning after getting saturated in the first 5 minutes.  but that is not even close to being important or even worth getting angry about.  cherish the things in life that you are able to do.  ride because you want to, not because you have to.  enjoy it.

ride leader sponsor – there is no ride leader sponsor for august.  if you would like to be involved, please contact the club for more information.

Photo: https://www.facebook.com/tourofmr/

spr tomr 2017 – the long team for the spr tomr squad was announced last week and it is from this group that the final teams will be decided.  as always there will be withdrawals due to injury/sickness etc, so we need to maintain a few more riders.  the other news this week is that one of our women’s teams will have annemiek van vlueten as our guest pro rider.  there has always been pro riders in amongst the race teams, but this year annemiek will be helping us.  you can read a bit more about her in our previous post. as usual, any further info about the tour of margs teams will be published under the team tab on this blog.

tomr nutrition  – we have scheduled a presentation on racing nutrition with spr member jessica gammon at the vic hotel in subiaco at 7pm on monday 28 august with a $7 entry fee at the door. this will be a very informative night with specific advice on fuelling for the three days. however, it is open to all riders that may want to learn about race nutrition.

club van guidelines – to ensure that club property is used effectively, we have developed a guideline for van usage so that everything is above board.  it is a resource for the club to use and this means not just the committee members.  have a look at the previous post for more information.

entertainment books – this year the club has decided to sell the every popular entertainment books as a way to raise funds.  even better there is now an app available so you don’t need to carry vouchers with you.  the app can also be shared between you and other family members,  there is also a cool function where you can see a map of your location and all the available offers in the area.   remember, you only need to redeem a few item to make up for the cost of the book and at the same time you will be helping the club. check out the previous post for more details and links to registration.

thursday training ride – we implemented a new system of splitting the thursday group ride to keep the size manageable.    we think that we have come up with a good way of splitting the groups, but we need you to be honest about your own abilities.  have a look at the strava segment for the ride so you know where you sit.  there is nothing to stop you stepping up to challenge yourself, but this will at least provide a guide as to how much more challenging it will be.

saturday start locations – we have revamped the group start locations on saturday morning.  please have a look at the map so you know where your group will congregate.  this makes it easier for ride leaders to give you a briefing before the ride starts.  see the previous post for more details.

ride routes – uuggh.  saturday is not looking too promising at the moment, but hopefully sunday can make up for it.  maybe we can get more than the 10 riders at the carpark on saturday…which turned into 1 rider at the coffee shop afterwards.

saturday 19th august

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 – tv stations 50.29km spr saturday

sunday 20th august

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 – coffee ride

short – brktn weir 82.89km spr sunday

long – carr peet obs 97.72km spr sunday

monday 21st august

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

south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 22nd august

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

spr tuesday 36.37km (river ride)

ride starts frasers ave at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

wednesday 23rd august

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

interval training – stock road repeats

thursday 24th august

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

see previous post for ride groups

spr thursday 37.26km (cott & freo)

ride starts frasers ave at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

friday 25th august

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride

ride routes 12th – 18th august

motivation.  with the weather is at the moment, i think that most of us need a serious dose of motivation to get on the bike.  i bit the bullet this year and purchased a smart trainer.  didn’t think that i would use it quite as much as i am, but it is good to have that option on those days (like today) when you wake to hear the rain on the window.  however, virtual riding is a little different to real riding.  it generally hurts more and even if you are undercover, it seems to be wetter.  very much sweatier wetter.  i certainly enjoy outdoor riding too much to stay confined to the trainer, but it does at least mean i don’t miss a training ride.

ride leader sponsor – there is no ride leader sponsor for august.  if you would like to be involved, please contact the club for more information.

2013. SPR Greatest Hits.

collie donnybrook – this classic of the wa cycling calendar is on again for the 92nd edition on saturday the 19th august.  this is generally considered an expected race for any of the tomr nominees as it will give you a good hard hit out and an understanding of where you need to improve. it is one of the few races that starts and finishes at a pub.   head over to the previous post for more details and a link to registration.

Photo: https://www.facebook.com/tourofmr/

spr tomr 2017 – the long team for the spr tomr squad was announced last week and it is from this group that the final teams will be decided.  as always there will be withdrawals due to injury/sickness etc, so we need to maintain a few more riders.  the other news this week is that one of our women’s teams will have annemiek van vlueten as our guest pro rider.  there has always been pro riders in amongst the race teams, but this year annemiek will be helping us.  you can read a bit more about her in our previous post. as usual, any further info about the tour of margs teams will be published under the team tab on this blog.

club van guidelines – to ensure that club property is used effectively, we have developed a guideline for van usage so that everything is above board.  it is a resource for the club to use and this means not just the committee members.  have a look at the previous post for more information.

entertainment books – this year the club has decided to sell the every popular entertainment books as a way to raise funds.  even better there is now an app available so you don’t need to carry vouchers with you.  the app can also be shared between you and other family members,  there is also a cool function where you can see a map of your location and all the available offers in the area.   remember, you only need to redeem a few item to make up for the cost of the book and at the same time you will be helping the club. check out the previous post for more details and links to registration.

thursday training ride – we implemented a new system of splitting the thursday group ride to keep the size manageable.    we think that we have come up with a good way of splitting the groups, but we need you to be honest about your own abilities.  have a look at the strava segment for the ride so you know where you sit.  there is nothing to stop you stepping up to challenge yourself, but this will at least provide a guide as to how much more challenging it will be.

saturday start locations – we have revamped the group start locations on saturday morning.  please have a look at the map so you know where your group will congregate.  this makes it easier for ride leaders to give you a briefing before the ride starts.  see the previous post for more details.

ride routes – it’s winter.  it’s raining.  saturday is not looking too good at the moment, so i am doubting that we will get many starters.  the prediction of heavy rain really only brings out the crazy’s and desperate’s…also known as the belgium points club.

saturday 12th august

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 – river ride 51.80km spr saturday

sunday 13th august

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 – coffee ride

short – khna weir 72.23km spr sunday

long – can mills peet obs 90.30km spr sunday

monday 14th august

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

south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 15th august

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

spr tuesday 36.37km (river ride)

ride starts frasers ave at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

wednesday 16th august

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

interval training – stock road repeats

thursday 17th august

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

see previous post for ride groups

spr thursday 37.26km (cott & freo)

ride starts frasers ave at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

friday 18th august

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride

ride routes 5th – 11th august

not perth

service and support. i recently had a very good experience at bike related customer service.  had an issue and rang them at 11am. they came and picked up the item at 11:30am.  they rang me back at 1:00pm saying that they have identified the problem and have rectified it.  drop the item back to me at 2:30pm the same day.  we all love to get a bargain and there are not many people out there that haven’t made a bike related purchase from overseas, via the internet.  however, price is only one part of the equation.  there also very few people that have never had anything go wrong with some part of their bike.  this is where you need to make the choice.  price vs service.  as a club, however, the prices are not much different in wa, so we need to show a point of difference in our service to riders and how we interact with other road users.

ride leader sponsor – there is no ride leader sponsor for august.  if you would like to be involved, please contact the club for more information.

2013. SPR Greatest Hits.

collie donnybrook – this classic of the wa cycling calendar is on again for the 92nd edition on saturday the 19th august.  this is generally considered an expected race for any of the tomr nominees as it will give you a good hard hit out and an understanding of where you need to improve. it is one of the few races that starts and finishes at a pub.   head over to the previous post for more details and a link to registration.

Photo: https://www.facebook.com/tourofmr/

spr tomr 2017 – the long team for the spr tomr squad was announced last week and it is from this group that the final teams will be decided.  as always there will be withdrawals due to injury/sickness etc, so we need to maintain a few more riders.  the other news this week is that one of our women’s teams will have annemiek van vlueten as our guest pro rider.  there has always been pro riders in amongst the race teams, but this year annemiek will be helping us.  you can read a bit more about her in our previous post. as usual, any further info about the tour of margs teams will be published under the team tab on this blog.

club van guidelines – to ensure that club property is used effectively, we have developed a guideline for van usage so that everything is above board.  it is a resource for the club to use and this means not just the committee members.  have a look at the previous post for more information.

entertainment books – this year the club has decided to sell the every popular entertainment books as a way to raise funds.  even better there is now an app available so you don’t need to carry vouchers with you.  the app can also be shared between you and other family members,  there is also a cool function where you can see a map of your location and all the available offers in the area.   remember, you only need to redeem a few item to make up for the cost of the book and at the same time you will be helping the club. check out the previous post for more details and links to registration.

thursday training ride – we implemented a new system of splitting the thursday group ride to keep the size manageable.    we think that we have come up with a good way of splitting the groups, but we need you to be honest about your own abilities.  have a look at the strava segment for the ride so you know where you sit.  there is nothing to stop you stepping up to challenge yourself, but this will at least provide a guide as to how much more challenging it will be.

saturday start locations – we have revamped the group start locations on saturday morning.  please have a look at the map so you know where your group will congregate.  this makes it easier for ride leaders to give you a briefing before the ride starts.  see the previous post for more details.

ride routes – the weekend weather is looking good, so lets grab it with both hands and smash out some k’s.  the long term averages show that we are currently 4-5 deg lower than the average, but we are actually behind in rainfall.  so yes, you can complain about the cold, but not about the rain.  it is all about layers.  unfortunately, getting past the first layer of doona is the hardest step to make in the morning. rug up and get on the bike.

saturday 5th august

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 – reabold & cottesloe 50.91km spr saturday

sunday 6th august

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 – coffee ride

short – wlsh weir 62.23km spr sunday

long – wlsh weir kal 101.71km spr sunday

monday 7th august

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

south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 8th august

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

spr tuesday 36.37km (river ride)

ride starts frasers ave at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

wednesday 9th august

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

interval training – stock road repeats

thursday 10th august

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

see previous post for ride groups

spr thursday 37.26km (cott & freo)

ride starts frasers ave at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

friday 11th august

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride

ride routes 29th july – 4th aug

happy cyclists with no angst

so there has been a bit in the news this week about the idaho stop laws that someone has tabled for consideration.  it is an interesting concept and one that has generated a lot of angst from drivers.  what i can’t understand is why the angst.  if cyclist are allowed to safely roll through an intersection and cars are not, what difference does it make to the drivers???  it seems to be that it is just not fair and drivers will have to wait longer (even though they cover more ground quicker with that engine thingy).  there is no downside that i can see for drivers by introducing a law like this.  however, i cannot see it happening in perth as we are generally as progressive as a not very progressive thing.  if it did come in to effect, it would not change the way we run our group rides, as there is no way it would be safer for us to filter down between stopped traffic to cross an intersection.  we would take the lane and wait behind vehicles as we always have.  next time someone argues against things like the idaho stop, ask them what they see as the downside for them as drivers.  i would be interested to see any responses besides “it’s not fair”, or “there should just be one rule for all road users” argument.

ride leader sponsor – our ride leaders for july are proudly sponsored by JDRF. JDRF is the leading global organisation funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research.

2013. SPR Greatest Hits.

collie donnybrook – this classic of the wa cycling calendar is on again for the 92nd edition on saturday the 19th august.  this is generally considered an expected race for any of the tomr nominees as it will give you a good hard hit out and an understanding of where you need to improve. it is one of the few races that starts and finishes at a pub.   head over to the previous post for more details and a link to registration.

Tour de France 2017 – 23/07/2017 – Etape 21 – Montgeron / Paris Champs-Elysées (103 km) – France – Warren BARGUIL (SUN) Meilleur grimpeur, Simon YATES (ORS) Meilleur jeune, Christopher FROOME (SKY) Meilleur au général, Michael MATTHEWS (SUN) Meilleur sprinter

tour sweepstakes – this years tour has been run and won and as expected, froome picked up the yellow jersey again.  there were a few surprises in there with matthews in green and barguil in polka dots, but even more surprising were those that didn’t make it to paris.  some teams entered the tour with such high hopes only to have them dashed before the end of the first week.  the results from our sweepstakes have also been posted our blog with the overall winnings as well as the washup from the final classification.  the club will be in contact with you soon so you can claim your winnings.

Photo: https://www.facebook.com/tourofmr/

spr tomr 2017 – the long team for the spr tomr squad was announced last week and it is from this group that the final teams will be decided.  as always there will be withdrawals due to injury/sickness etc, so we need to maintain a few more riders.  the other news this week is that one of our women’s teams will have annemiek van vlueten as our guest pro rider.  there has always been pro riders in amongst the race teams, but this year annemiek will be helping us.  you can read a bit more about her in our previous post. as usual, any further info about the tour of margs teams will be published under the team tab on this blog.

club van guidelines – to ensure that club property is used effectively, we have developed a guideline for van usage so that everything is above board.  it is a resource for the club to use and this means not just the committee members.  have a look at the previous post for more information.

entertainment books – this year the club has decided to sell the every popular entertainment books as a way to raise funds.  even better there is now an app available so you don’t need to carry vouchers with you.  the app can also be shared between you and other family members,  there is also a cool function where you can see a map of your location and all the available offers in the area.   remember, you only need to redeem a few item to make up for the cost of the book and at the same time you will be helping the club. check out the previous post for more details and links to registration.

thursday training ride – we implemented a new system of splitting the thursday group ride to keep the size manageable.    we think that we have come up with a good way of splitting the groups, but we need you to be honest about your own abilities.  have a look at the strava segment for the ride so you know where you sit.  there is nothing to stop you stepping up to challenge yourself, but this will at least provide a guide as to how much more challenging it will be.

saturday start locations – we have revamped the group start locations on saturday morning.  please have a look at the map so you know where your group will congregate.  this makes it easier for ride leaders to give you a briefing before the ride starts.  see the previous post for more details.

ride routes – there seems to be a very small window of opportunity on saturday morning where the rain may stop.  take advantage of it and get on the bike.  in the uk, many groups won’t let you ride with them without mudguards.  if you do turn up without them, they make you ride at the back for the whole ride.  even though they may not look cool, mudguards do make the ride a lot more pleasant for everyone else.

saturday 29th 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 – shelley & mosman 50.14km spr saturday

sunday 30th 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 – coffee ride

short – brktn weir 82.89km spr sunday

long – carr peet obs 97.72km spr sunday

monday 31st july

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

south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 1st august

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

spr tuesday 36.37km (river ride)

ride starts frasers ave at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

wednesday 2nd august

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

interval training – stock road repeats

thursday 3rd august

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

see previous post for ride groups

spr thursday 37.26km (cott & freo)

ride starts frasers ave at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

friday 4th august

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride

ride routes 22nd – 28th july

so i hurt my back this week and had a couple of days off work.  that also meant off the bike and off any form of exercise.  i realised just how much my routine revolves around exercise.  i had a reprieve of sorts with watching the tour as i didn’t have to get up early the next day, but i certainly felt like i was missing something.  although to outsiders, it sometimes looks like we are a little obsessed, there are a number (a very large number) of worse habits to be into.  it is good to have a break (even enforced) as it gives you time to re-evaluate what is important to you.  it is however, hard to eat all the pancakes and bacon without putting on weight.

ride leader sponsor – our ride leaders for july are proudly sponsored by JDRF. JDRF is the leading global organisation funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research.

2013. SPR Greatest Hits.

collie donnybrook – this classic of the wa cycling calendar is on again for the 92nd edition on saturday the 19th august.  this is generally considered an expected race for any of the tomr nominees as it will give you a good hard hit out and an understanding of where you need to improve. it is one of the few races that starts and finishes at a pub.   head over to the previous post for more details and a link to registration.

tour sweepstakes – if you are in this years tour sweepstakes, make sure you are checking out the tour leaderboard which is updated daily.  this shows how much each team wins per stage and how much it has accumulated so far during the tour.  there are only a few stages left for your teams to make an impact.  however, most of the prize money comes from the final classifications in paris.

spr tomr 2017 – the spr tomr squad was announced this week with the extra massive news that we will have a secret female pro in one of the teams.  get ready to support our racers in green.  updates for the squad will continue to be published under the team tab on this blog.

entertainment books – this year the club has decided to sell the every popular entertainment books as a way to raise funds.  even better there is now an app available so you don’t need to carry vouchers with you.  there is also a cool function where you can see a map of your location and all the available offers in the area.  check out the previous post for more details and links to registration.

thursday training ride – we implemented a new system of splitting the thursday group ride to keep the size manageable.    we think that we have come up with a good way of splitting the groups, but we need you to be honest about your own abilities.  have a look at the strava segment for the ride so you know where you sit.  there is nothing to stop you stepping up to challenge yourself, but this will at least provide a guide as to how much more challenging it will be.

saturday start locations – we have revamped the group start locations on saturday morning.  please have a look at the map so you know where your group will congregate.  this makes it easier for ride leaders to give you a briefing before the ride starts.  see the previous post for more details.

ride routes – so to coincide with the start of game of thrones, it looks like winter has finally come.  most rides have been washed out this week but there seems to be a small window of respite around the time our saturday ride is on.  be aware that the roads may still be wet from the night before so care must still be taken.

saturday 22nd 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 mosman 40.39km spr saturday

fast & main groups – cresswell & herdsman 48.86km spr saturday

sunday 23rd 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 – coffee ride

short – goose kal 63.41km spr sunday

long – darl weir 100.09km spr sunday

monday 24th july

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

south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 25th july

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

spr tuesday 36.37km (river ride)

ride starts frasers ave at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

wednesday 26th july

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

interval training – stock road repeats

thursday 27th july

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

see previous post for ride groups

spr thursday 37.26km (cott & freo)

ride starts frasers ave at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

friday 28th july

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride