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ride routes 21st – 27th january

so i am still on holidays and as such i totally forgot what day it was.  a trip to ikea this evening meant that it wasn’t till we were driving home after 8pm that i realised that i still hadn’t done the ride routes. so, ride routes done. there has been a significant change to how we run our rides this past year and the ride leader program is responsible for that.  the members that wear the black jerseys are the ones that you need to look to for guidance and instruction.  please give them your full attention and take on board any advice/instructions they are giving you.  not just for your own safety, but also for those around you.

ride leader sponsor – the ride leader sponsor for january is Stadium Triathlon Club.  perth’s largest triathlon club caters for athletes of all abilities and has training programs to suit all goal.

 

ride routes – with seemingly half the club away at tdu, not sure what to expect for numbers this weekend. we may need to call on reinforcements for ride leaders if we don’t have enough.

saturday 21st 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 shelley 40.59km spr saturday

fast & main groups – hale rd reverse 51.37km spr saturday

sunday 22nd january

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

development group – coffee ride

short – kal goose 67.63km spr sunday

long – haddrill rd 98.55km spr sunday

monday 23rd january

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

south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 24th 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 25th january

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

interval training – stock road repeats

thursday 26th january – aussie day

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

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

fast and main – public hol 58.97km spr special

friday 27th january

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride

ride routes 14th – 20th january

commitment.  in patrick’s very short cycling career he has gone from a newbie rider (albeit very strong) to racing for spr, to racing for a team and now racing at a national level.  the individual time trial in buninyong last weekend hosted the cream of the crop of australian cyclists. there is nowhere to hide in the time trial and it easily shows who has it and who doesn’t.  however, as a first outing, patrick did very well coming in 16th overall.  when racing against people like rohan dennis and luke durbridge, you are always going to be up against it, and it clearly shows the difference between the pro’s and those that also hold down a 9-5 job.  it is the commitment to training, however, that gets you to where you need to go.

ride leader sponsor – the ride leader sponsor for january is Stadium Triathlon Club.  perth’s largest triathlon club caters for athletes of all abilities and has training programs to suit all goal.

overtaking and ride etiquette – i received an email that other day from another ride group highlighting a few incidents that have involved our members.  the main issues seems to be ones that we need to discuss on a reoccurring basis.  firstly, when over taking a slower group, please make sure that you are well clear before you cut back in.  be aware that the riders that you are overtaking will suddenly get a draft and may increase their speed a bit.  best bet is for the whole group to stay clear for 2-3 bike lengths before pulling back in.  also, be smart about how you overtake.  if it is a large group, make sure that you go single file as the risk of hitting traffic islands or oncoming traffic increases the longer it takes to get around.  secondly, when the group ride goes up stock road and other climbs you need to stick to your own side of the road.  i know that you are such a great climber that you need to get past all these other slooow people, but you need to do it in a safe manner.  there is no “king of the mountains” jersey for you at the top, so don’t take unnecessary risks.  you don’t need to go 4 wide up a hill and have people facing oncoming traffic, just overtake when it is safe.

ride leader program – final chance for any expressions of interest to any members that want to be trained up as ride leaders.  places are limited, and if we get more than we need there will be another course run later in the year.  see the previous post for more details.

ride routes – a hot weekend ahead.  be prepared.  know the routes so you don’t have to ride further than you need to.

saturday 14th 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 – ridgehill rd 49.58km spr saturday

sunday 15th january

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 16th january

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

south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 17th 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 18th january

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

interval training – stock road repeats

thursday 19th 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 20th january

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride

ride routes 7th – 13th january

triathlete fish. great swim, ordinary bike, not much of a run.

it has been pretty quiet around xmas this year.  lots of riding and there has been people out everywhere, but not much actually going on.  it has been great.  many people had the xmas/new years week off and managed to crack out their strava festive 500.  some pretty big numbers out there but it was when i sorted it by club that i got the biggest surprise.  JJ cracked 1500kms in the week!  i am guessing that there was a fault in the aggregation of k’s as she pretty much doubled elar’s feeble 845kms.  however, massive props to club treasurer daniel harvey as he hit 765kms after a pretty hard year on (mostly off) the bike.  challenges are a great way to stay motivated if you do not have any short term goals, like racing.  but challenges can come in all sorts of forms.  kilometres and ascent are just two metrics that strava use, but setting your own pb on a segment or making sure that you stay 2 sec in front of your mate on the leaderboard are also good motivators.  you can also challenge yourself to be a ride leader this year…

ride leader sponsor – the ride leader sponsor for january is Stadium Triathlon Club.  perth’s largest triathlon club caters for athletes of all abilities and has training programs to suit all goal.

which-way-to-gowhere are we riding today – please have a quick look at this post as there is some important safety info about why we publish ride routes before the weekend.

ride leader program – expressions of interest are now open for our first round of ride leader training.  after the success of the pilot program, we are now looking for more people to step up and be trained so that they can lead a group.  see the previous post for more details.

untitled-7licences/memberships – we now have 317 members so we didn’t quite lose the 150+ that was predicted.  it is still a fair way off the 435 that we finished the year with, so there are quite a few people out there riding without any insurance.  this means that if you have a crash on a group ride, or even by yourself, there is nothing covering you for out of pocket expenses.  see the previous post for more details.

ride routes – no public holidays this week and back to normal for most people. some mild weather predicted for saturday so we should see a few more new years resolutioners out with us.  make sure you give any new comers as much support as possible so that the new years res becomes a lifestyle change for the better.

saturday 7th 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 8th january

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

development group – coffee ride

short – brktn weir 82.89km spr sunday

long – f’berg urch obs 96.16km spr sunday

monday 9th january

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

south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 10th 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 11th january

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

interval training – stock road repeats

thursday 12th 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 13th january

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride

ride routes 31st dec – 6th jan

Car vs Cyclist on High Road in Riverton. Major Crash in attendence.
30/03/15
Picture : Lincoln Baker/WA News.

happy new year.  even though we don’t start the new year till next week, i want to get the year off to a good start.  not necessarily a positive message of just how great cycling can be, but rather getting people into the correct frame of mind so that we all make it through 2017 unscathed.  some of you may not know that our own claire tyrrell is a journalist with the west and recently wrote an article about the introduction of safe passing laws in other states.  now wa is not going to introduce the laws, but has instead opted for an education program to make people aware of the current law.  road safety minister liza harvey said it was an offence for drivers to drive too close to cyclists, but the definition of a “safe distance” was up to police.  so, what we need to do as cyclists, is not take anything for granted.  some of the feedback that claire received after the article was published was generally along the lines of what we expected. “the roads are for cars”, “you don’t pay rego” and “if you get hit, then it is your own fault”.  charming, i know.  there seems to be no recognition that a person on a bike is actually a person.  so what can we do???  well ride smart.  be spatially aware.  don’t put yourself in dangerous situations no matter how “right” you are.  being spatially aware is the most important point as it allows you to make decisions before it becomes dangerous.  an example of this is coming into a roundabout, don’t wait till the last moment to check the traffic behind you and try to claim some space.  keep checking as you approach it and when there is a break, take the lane so cars don’t try to squeeze you into the gutter.  i know that this takes a lot of the responsibility away from the drivers but the recent case where it was determined that the death of a cyclist was not the drivers fault, or the cyclists fault shows that drivers are not likely to cop much of a punishment anyway.  stay safe by starting off safe.

ride leader sponsor – the dr7ride leader sponsor for december is Dr7 Physiotherapy and Podiatry. Located within Dr7 Medical Centre in Yokine, their experienced physios, podiatrists and massage therapists provide a wide range of services and treatments to help optimise your health and well-being.

which-way-to-gowhere are we riding today – please have a quick look at this post as there is some important safety info about why we publish ride routes before the weekend.

blazing-sungroup ride summer start times – there have been a few request lately in regards to starting some of the rides earlier over summer.  this comes up every year and so we will give the same answer.  no.  the rides are at a set time so that there is consistency throughout the entire year.  we have people that come and go over the year and we would like to make sure that everyone know what time the rides leave.  also over the weekend, there are lots of people that do the earlybird as well as the main ride.  if we bring the main ride forward to 6am, then we need to bring the earlybird forward to 4:30am. the other complication is we would need to determine when the rides are summer time starts and when they change back.  anyway, the formula has worked well so far and no-one has needed to be hospitalised for heat exhaustion.  just be aware of the predicted weather conditions and plan accordingly.

ride leader program – expressions of interest are now open for our first round of ride leader training.  after the success of the pilot program, we are now looking for more people to step up and be trained so that they can lead a group.  see the previous post for more details.

untitled-7licences/memberships – as of last week we have 435 financial members.  in 2 days time we will lose 168 as people come to the end of their membership.  the majority of those will be race licences that expire on the 31st dec.  however, regardless of whether you are racing or not, having an expired licence means that you have no insurance.  this means that if you have a crash on a group ride, or even by yourself, there is nothing covering you for out of pocket expenses.  also, it disappoints me when our membership dips below 300.  see the previous post for more details.

ride routes – as we continue our run of public holidays, be aware that there may be a bit of extra glass on the roads on monday morning.  some people just can’t be trusted and this is why we can’t have nice things.

saturday 31st 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 canning vale 42.34km spr saturday

fast & main groups – maddington 51.87km spr saturday

sunday 1st january – new years day

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 2nd january – public holiday

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 and main – public hol 58.97km spr special

tuesday 3rd 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 4th january

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

interval training – stock road repeats

thursday 5th 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 6th january

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride

 

ride routes 24th – 30th december

15585141_10209854656557201_2669781095682146254_owhy are these people important???  well the little one at the left of the picture is a former world champion and olympian, so that seems pretty important.  however, as she pointed out, she may not have got to that point if she was not given any direction early in her cycling career.  the ride leader pilot program was developed to make sure that we have consistency across the groups in relation to what standard we are setting on our group rides.  the pilot program was to iron out any kinks in how we are presenting the program.  now it is finalised, we are looking forward to taking our next group through the process next year.  not only do you get to help out the club by providing support to the groups, you get a limited edition ride leader jersey so people can identify you.

ride leader sponsor – the dr7ride leader sponsor for december is Dr7 Physiotherapy and Podiatry. Located within Dr7 Medical Centre in Yokine, their experienced physios, podiatrists and massage therapists provide a wide range of services and treatments to help optimise your health and well-being.

which-way-to-gowhere are we riding today – please have a quick look at this post as there is some important safety info about why we publish ride routes before the weekend.

blazing-sungroup ride summer start times – there have been a few request lately in regards to starting some of the rides earlier over summer.  this comes up every year and so we will give the same answer.  no.  the rides are at a set time so that there is consistency throughout the entire year.  we have people that come and go over the year and we would like to make sure that everyone know what time the rides leave.  also over the weekend, there are lots of people that do the earlybird as well as the main ride.  if we bring the main ride forward to 6am, then we need to bring the earlybird forward to 4:30am. the other complication is we would need to determine when the rides are summer time starts and when they change back.  anyway, the formula has worked well so far and no-one has needed to be hospitalised for heat exhaustion.  just be aware of the predicted weather conditions and plan accordingly.

are-you-even-fast-too_graphicfast too??? – as the group grows in size and skill levels increase, it is important for us to change how we are structured to adapt to this.  there has been a very clear need to a group that sits between fast and main as some people cannot keep up with fast, but are too strong for main.  we now have one for thursday and last weekend we debuted a saturday group.  these have been rather aptly called “fast 2”.  minutes of thought went into the name of this group but it serves its purpose.  the training and development committee have put a bit of thought into which group you should ride in.  check out the previous post for an “easy to follow” chart of how to make that decision.

green_and_black_gloves-672x372spr gloves –there are a small number of gloves available in black/green that were done as a sample before we finalised the white ones.  limited stock, in the club shop.  see the previous post for more details.

 

dome-logocoffee shop – just a reminder that over the christmas break, that our favourite coffee hang out, Dome, is only closed on xmas day.  therefore the public holiday ride on boxing day (and any other rides) will be able to finish in the city.

untitled-7licences/memberships – as of today we have 435 financial members.  in 2 weeks time we will lose 168 as people come to the end of their membership.  the majority of those will be race licences that expire on the 31st dec.  however, regardless of whether you are racing or not, having an expired licence means that you have no insurance.  this means that if you have a crash on a group ride, or even by yourself, there is nothing covering you for out of pocket expenses.  also, it disappoints me when our membership dips below 300.  see the previous post for more details.

ride routes – it’s xmas and although the majority of people are thinking about presents and family and maybe even church, i know that you are all thinking about how many k’s you can do over the next week.  there is no “official” ride on sunday this week.  there is, however, a bit of a tradition forming where mr bonner will take out a group for a leisurely ride to make room for the turkey and chocolates.  leaving from coode st at 7am there is a set ride route that you need to have a quick look at.  as we will miss out sunday hills ride, this will move to tuesday public holiday.  monday will be the normal public holiday ride, but tuesday will be the short and long hills ride.  there are many people that have the rest of the week off as well.  keep your eye on the SPR facebook page for any unofficial extra rides that people may be doing.  however, no matter the ride, make sure that you are looking after your own safety and that of others.

saturday 24th 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 rebold 38.69km spr saturday

fast & main groups – south lake 51.99km spr saturday

sunday 25th december – xmas day

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

mr bonners xmas ride spectacular

monday 26th december – boxing day

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 and main – public hol 58.97km spr special

tuesday 27th 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

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

development group – coffee ride

short – khna weir 72.23km spr sunday

long – khna trnr obs 101.76km spr sunday

wednesday 28th december

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

interval training – stock road repeats

thursday 29th 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 30th december

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride

ride routes 17th – 23rd december

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naughty or nice.

its beginning to smell a lot like christmas.  and in australia that usually means hot and stinky.  our annual dress up ride is this saturday so decorate your bike and yourself.  tinsel, bells, baubles, reindeer antlers have all been seen on bikes in the past.  elves, santas, mrs claus, reindeer are all popular xmas riding attire.  there is a prize for best dressed/decorated but remember safety first and dangly things can get caught in wheels and chains.  maybe if you are lucky, you can find a santa at the coffee shop and let him know if you have been naughty or nice.  i’ll let you decide which one has been naughty and which has been nice in the photo above.

ride leader sponsor – the dr7ride leader sponsor for december is Dr7 Physiotherapy and Podiatry. Located within Dr7 Medical Centre in Yokine, their experienced physios, podiatrists and massage therapists provide a wide range of services and treatments to help optimise your health and well-being.

which-way-to-gowhere are we riding today – please have a quick look at this post as there is some important safety info about why we publish ride routes before the weekend.

are-you-even-fast-too_graphicfast too??? – as the group grows in size and skill levels increase, it is important for us to change how we are structured to adapt to this.  there has been a very clear need to a group that sits between fast and main as some people cannot keep up with fast, but are too strong for main.  we now have one for thursday and last weekend we debuted a saturday group.  these have been rather aptly called “fast 2”.  minutes of thought went into the name of this group but it serves its purpose.  the training and development committee have put a bit of thought into which group you should ride in.  check out the previous post for an “easy to follow” chart of how to make that decision.

logo-2the ring criterium series – this weekend sees the 5th race of the ring series head back to tech park where spr and rccc will run proceedings.  the series has been very successful and there has been close to 200 riders at every event.  online entries close every thursday night preceeding the race, so if you want to race, get on it now.  there has been lots of discussion about the number of people wanting to ride ‘b’ grade and what to do in this situation.  essentaily, the course is not really wide and flat enough to run 2 large fields at once.  therefore both ‘a’ and ‘b’ grade will be capped and it will run on a first come, first served basis.  if you really want to race, buy a season pass for entry to every race.  entries and more information are available via the ring website.

green_and_black_gloves-672x372spr gloves –there are a small number of gloves available in black/green that were done as a sample before we finalised the white ones.  limited stock, in the club shop.  see the previous post for more details.

12390929_10205538758771752_7857214735884350558_nspr xmas breakfast and award spectacular – so our end of year wrap up breakfast is on this saturday.  as per usual, this will be a dressup/decorate your bike day. there will also be more awards than you can poke a stick at, covering a years worth of club activity. check out the previous post and put your name down in the comments so Dome can adequately cater for us.

Christmas bicyclespr xmas drinks – as the christmas season descends upon us, we look to find a slot to have an out of lycra social get together.  this year we will be back again at the empire bar and we thank the social committee for organising everything.  if you are interested, tickets and more info is available via the previous post.

licences/memberships – as of today we have 435 financial members.  in 2 weeks time we will lose 168 as people come to the end of their membership.  the majority of those will be race licences that expire on the 31st dec.  however, regardless of whether you are racing or not, having an expired licence means that you have no insurance.  this means that if you have a crash on a group ride, or even by yourself, there is nothing covering you for out of pocket expenses.  also, it dissappoints me when our membership dips below 300.

ride routes – it is a true test of one’s fitness when you can do the normal saturday morning ride at a pb pace wearing a full santa suit.  it is looking like it will be 33 degrees, so make sure that the santa suit is not north pole rated and you have adequate hydration.

saturday 17th 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 st 51.23km spr saturday

sunday 18th 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 – coffee ride

short – khna weir 72.23km spr sunday

long – can mills peet obs 90.30km spr sunday

monday 19th december

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

south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 20th 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 21st december

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

interval training – stock road repeats

thursday 22nd 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 23rd december

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride

ride routes 10th – 16th december

spr-vanit is a long time in the making, but we finally have a club support van.  about 18 months ago, an ultimatium was put down to get all the club related stuff out of my garage.  there are 3 tents, 2 eskys, flags, sandbags, tables, pretty much everything that we need at an event.  the committee has had many a discussion over what to get and we went through many iterations of trailers before finally settling on a van instead.  this allows easier access to the club gear (no towbar needed) and also puts our brand out there for all to see.  the biggest problem was finding a van that was in our colours :).  we have a temporary solution for van storage, but if anyone in the club has a business, etc that has a secure area that we can store the van when not in use, please let me know.  when needed, we would arrange to pick up (probably friday) to use over the weekend.

ride leader sponsor – the dr7ride leader sponsor for december is Dr7 Physiotherapy and Podiatry. Located within Dr7 Medical Centre in Yokine, their experienced physios, podiatrists and massage therapists provide a wide range of services and treatments to help optimise your health and well-being.

which-way-to-gowhere are we riding today – please have a quick look at this post as there is some important safety info about why we publish ride routes before the weekend.

12804663_10207482052243576_864156240251221661_nwhich group to ride with – if you are unsure about which of the more developmental rides (main 3, , & trannies) to ride with, check out the previous post.  we split our saturday rides into specific groups for a reason, and that reason is everyone’s safety.  please do not try to make the group ride your own personal time trial, or complain that you had to wait for someone.  if you find that you are too strong for that group, then do more work on the front, or hang back and draft stragglers back on.  don’t force the entire pace of the ride up and think that you have done a great job of controlling the ride.  these are group rides so you have to acknowledge the entire group.

Sprint/ Mark CAVENDISH

Sprint/ Mark CAVENDISH

do you think you can sprint – in light of developing a stricter set of standards around the ride leadership that we provide, we have recently had a look at sprinting within our group rides.  we certainly encourage people to have a go at certain times, but they must be within the confines of a certain set of standards that we set.  this is for the safety of not only the individual, but also the group.  please have a read of the previous post, and have a think about when you should and shouldn’t sprint.

spr-banners-output_2new branding – you may have seen that the first phase of the new branding rolled out his week.  a bunch of new headers with our new logo attached.  you should expect to see this in a few more places both in the virtual world and the real world.

logo-2

the ring criterium series – this weekend sees the 4th race of the ring series head back to rockingham.  online entries close every thursday night preceeding the race, so if you want to race, get on it now.  entries and more information are available via the ring website.

green_and_black_gloves-672x372spr gloves – there are a small number of gloves available in black/green that were done as a sample before we finalised the white ones.  limited stock, in the club shop.  see the previous post for more details.

12390929_10205538758771752_7857214735884350558_nspr xmas breakfast and award spectacular – so our end of year wrap up breakfast is on next saturday.  as per usual, this will be a dressup/decorate your bike day.  there are alos lots of awards to be given out probably more than the logies this year.  check out the previous post and put your name down in the comments so Dome can adequately cater for us.

Christmas bicyclespr xmas drinks – as the christmas season descends upon us, we look to find a slot to have an out of lycra social get together.  this year we will be back again at the empire bar and we thank the social committee for organising everything.  if you are interested, tickets and more info is available via the previous post.

race licences – there are a couple of different types of licences that you can get when you become a member of spr.  a recreational licence and a racing licence.  recreational licences are for those that really only do the club training rides and want a bit of insurance coverage.  it covers a full year from the time you purchase it.  a race licence covers you for both training and racing and is necessary if you want to pin a number on.  race licences are only valid for the calendar year which means that they expire at the end of december.  however, the 2017 licences can be purchased from the 1st october and will then give you 15 months of coverage.  if you are looking at upgrading to do some racing next year, or need one to do the summer crit races, then now is the time to join or renew.

ride routes – looking like a scorcher this saturday with an expected 33 degrees by 9am.  make sure that you are prepared.  if you have any concerns during the ride, please see your ride leader or any of the more experienced riders in the group.  the last thing we want to do is leave someone on their own if they are struggling with the heat.  you tend to make bad decisions when you place your body under too much stress.  this week we will also be running a “fast 2” group that sits between fast and main 1.  it has been working well on thursday mornings, so we will see how it goes on saturday as the groups get bigger.

saturday 10th 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 abernethy 39.96km spr saturday

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

sunday 11th 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 – coffee ride

short – grnmt goose 65.22km spr sunday

long – grnmt prk mnd wr 93.71km spr sunday

monday 12th december

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

south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 13th 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 14th december

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

interval training – stock road repeats

thursday 15th 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 16th december

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride

ride routes 3rd – 9th december

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photo – zac williams https://www.facebook.com/zwphotographyjr/?pnref=lhc

last week i wrote about the ring criterium series, so i guess i can’t write about that again.  however, what i want to mention is how we can use it to promote our sport.  there has been a lot of very good quality photos and video coming out of this series.  photo’s like that of the flying mustache pictured above.  this has been a deliberate move by cyclesport wa to try to create an atmostphere around the series to try to turn it into more than just a bunch of bike races.  what you can do is tag and share as much content as you can on social media.  come along to the races, even as a spectator, and post photos etc to your accounts.  invite friends and family along to watch you race.  encourage people from your club to come and give it a try.  what has been created here is something that we as riders need to support and promote as much as possible.  oh, and the more riders we have in spr colours goes towards promoting the club as well…and that can’t be a bad thing.

dr7ride leader sponsor – the ride leader sponsor for december is Dr7 Physiotherapy and Podiatry. Located within Dr7 Medical Centre in Yokine, their experienced physios, podiatrists and massage therapists provide a wide range of services and treatments to help optimise your health and well-being.

which-way-to-gowhere are we riding today – please have a quick look at this post as there is some important safety info about why we publish ride routes before the weekend.

12804663_10207482052243576_864156240251221661_nwhich group to ride with – if you are unsure about which of the more developmental rides (main 3, , & trannies) to ride with, check out the previous post.  we split our saturday rides into specific groups for a reason, and that reason is everyone’s safety.  please do not try to make the group ride your own personal time trial, or complain that you had to wait for someone.  if you find that you are too strong for that group, then do more work on the front, or hang back and draft stragglers back on.  don’t force the entire pace of the ride up and think that you have done a great job of controlling the ride.  these are group rides so you have to acknowledge the entire group.

Sprint/ Mark CAVENDISH

Sprint/ Mark CAVENDISH

do you think you can sprint – in light of developing a stricter set of standards around the ride leadership that we provide, we have recently had a look at sprinting within our group rides.  we certainly encourage people to have a go at certain times, but they must be within the confines of a certain set of standards that we set.  this is for the safety of not only the individual, but also the group.  please have a read of the previous post, and have a think about when you should and shouldn’t sprint.

spr-banners-output_2new branding – you may have seen that the first phase of the new branding rolled out his week.  a bunch of new headers with our new logo attached.  you should expect to see this in a few more places both in the virtual world and the real world.

logo-2

the ring criterium series – this weekend sees the 3rdrace of the ring series head to gnangara.  the race will be run by about 3 clubs as we are sharing the load between the clubs. online entries close every thursday night preceeding the race, so if you want to race, get on it now.  entries and more information are available via the ring website.

CoSP Logo CMYKcity of south perth survey – sometimes you need to get a bit political to get what you want.  the city of south perth is doing a survey to see what facilities it needs to provide for in the future.  these things always take time, but if they haven’t identified anything in their longer term plan, then it will never get budgeted for.  the city is also currently in the process of it’s foreshore redevelopment program.  as part of that they have identified a park that they would like to use for junior sport.  i have already started a discussion with the city on the use of that area for a crit circuit.  what we now need to do is reinforce that when they do their data collection.  they currently have a survey out for what people would like to see developed over the next 10 years.  if you get the chance, can you please take a bit of time and fill it in.  you don’t have to be from south perth, as you can say that you attend events here.  in the section where it asks what priorities it should concentrate on, indicate that you would like facilties for traffic free bike training and racing.  if they don’t know, they don’t provide. the survey can be found here.

green_and_black_gloves-672x372spr gloves – there are a small number of gloves available in black/green that were done as a sample before we finalised the white ones.  limited stock, in the club shop.  see the previous post for more details.

have-your-say_take-our-surveyspr club awards – every year we like to acknowledge member for the effort that they have made on behalf of the club.  as the club is so big, the committee doesn’t have viability on everything that occurs.  as such we ask you, the members, to take a bit of time to fill in a short survey nominating people for particular achievements.  These are not things like winning races, but instead, categories like “most improved”, “most inspirational”, “good samaritan”.  things that make the club good to be a part of.  check out the previous post and take the time to fill in your nominations.

Christmas bicyclespr xmas drinks – as the christmas season descends upon us, we look to find a slot to have an out of lycra social get together.  this year we will be back again at the empire bar and we thank the social committee for organising everything.  if you are interested, tickets and more info is available via the previous post.

race licences – there are a couple of different types of licences that you can get when you become a member of spr.  a recreational licence and a racing licence.  recreational licences are for those that really only do the club training rides and want a bit of insurance coverage.  it covers a full year from the time you purchase it.  a race licence covers you for both training and racing and is necessary if you want to pin a number on.  race licences are only valid for the calendar year which means that they expire at the end of december.  however, the 2017 licences can be purchased from the 1st october and will then give you 15 months of coverage.  if you are looking at upgrading to do some racing next year, or need one to do the summer crit races, then now is the time to join or renew.

ride routes – please have a look at the main group ride route for saturday as there are quite a few turns that you need to make.  generally i try to make the ride routes come to a major intersection when you have to turn, but sometimes there are turns to be made on a straight stretch of road.  don’t let your in decision cause a chain reaction down the line.  make sure you know the ride route.

saturday 3rd 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 rebold 38.69km spr saturday

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

sunday 4th 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 – coffee ride

short – brktn weir 82.89km spr sunday

long – carr peet obs 97.72km spr sunday

monday 5th december

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

south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 6th 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 7th december

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

interval training – stock road repeats

thursday 8th 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 9th december

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride

ride routes 26th nov – 2nd dec

15137603_10154264122059790_2166078231882828521_oa very successful start to the crit season with the ring series kicking off last week.  there were over 200 riders that signed up for round 1 and it was good to see it go off without a hitch.  there are some small issues with the timing system, but we had video backup which showed the finishing positions of all riders.  the ring series has come about as a way of getting more clubs involved to provide racing across the summer.  instead of there being 1 series on the same circuit (smashfest) this way there is an opportunity for people to race on different circuits for accumulated points.  if all goes well, we are hoping to replicate it over winter with a series of road races under the same format.

arbonneride leader sponsor – the ride leader sponsor for november is Sharon Gleeson an Independant Consultant for Arbonne Phytosport.  Arbonne Phytosport provides products that are vegan certified, gluten free, dairy free and contain nothing artificial. formulated with plant-powered ingredients, essential branched-chain amino acids, vitamins, minerals, electrolytes, and botanical extracts, these products promote increased endurance and energy, and boost nitric oxide production to support blood and oxygen flow in muscles

12804663_10207482052243576_864156240251221661_nwhich group to ride with – if you are unsure about which of the more developmental rides (main 3, , & trannies) to ride with, check out the previous post.  we split our saturday rides into specific groups for a reason, and that reason is everyone’s safety.  please do not try to make the group ride your own personal time trial, or complain that you had to wait for someone.  if you find that you are too strong for that group, then do more work on the front, or hang back and draft stragglers back on.  don’t force the entire pace of the ride up and think that you have done a great job of controlling the ride.  these are group rides so you have to acknowledge the entire group.

Sprint/ Mark CAVENDISH
Sprint/ Mark CAVENDISH

do you think you can sprint – in light of developing a stricter set of standards around the ride leadership that we provide, we have recently had a look at sprinting within our group rides.  we certainly encourage people to have a go at certain times, but they must be within the confines of a certain set of standards that we set.  this is for the safety of not only the individual, but also the group.  please have a read of the previous post, and have a think about when you should and shouldn’t sprint.

logo-2the ring criterium series – this weekend sees the second race of the ring series head to rockingham.  the race will be run as usual by peel disctricts as we are sharing the load between the clubs. online entries close every thursday night preceeding the race, so if you want to race, get on it now.  entries and more information are available via the ring website.

_dsc5021tour of margs spr race reports – if you are curious as to what the club got up to down at margaret river the other week, then there is a race report from the event on a previous post.  maybe it will inspire you enough so that you sign up for next year.

CoSP Logo CMYKcity of south perth survey – sometimes you need to get a bit political to get what you want.  the city of south perth is doing a survey to see what facilities it needs to provide for in the future.  these things always take time, but if they haven’t identified anything in their longer term plan, then it will never get budgeted for.  the city is also currently in the process of it’s foreshore redevelopment program.  as part of that they have identified a park that they would like to use for junior sport.  i have already started a discussion with the city on the use of that area for a crit circuit.  what we now need to do is reinforce that when they do their data collection.  they currently have a survey out for what people would like to see developed over the next 10 years.  if you get the chance, can you please take a bit of time and fill it in.  you don’t have to be from south perth, as you can say that you attend events here.  in the section where it asks what priorities it should concentrate on, indicate that you would like facilties for traffic free bike training and racing.  if they don’t know, they don’t provide. the survey can be found here.

green_and_black_gloves-672x372spr gloves – there are a small number of gloves available in black/green that were done as a sample before we finalised the white ones.  limited stock, in the club shop.  see the previous post for more details.

have-your-say_take-our-surveyspr club awards – every year we like to acknowledge member for the effort that they have made on behalf of the club.  as the club is so big, the committee doesn’t have viability on everything that occurs.  as such we ask you, the members, to take a bit of time to fill in a short survey nominating people for particular achievements.  These are not things like winning races, but instead, categories like “most improved”, “most inspirational”, “good samaritan”.  things that make the club good to be a part of.  check out the previous post and take the time to fill in your nominations.

Christmas bicyclespr xmas drinks – as the christmas season descends upon us, we look to find a slot to have an out of lycra social get together.  this year we will be back again at the empire bar and we thank the social committee for organising everything.  if you are interested, tickets and more info is available via the previous post.

race licences – there are a couple of different types of licences that you can get when you become a member of spr.  a recreational licence and a racing licence.  recreational licences are for those that really only do the club training rides and want a bit of insurance coverage.  it covers a full year from the time you purchase it.  a race licence covers you for both training and racing and is necessary if you want to pin a number on.  race licences are only valid for the calendar year which means that they expire at the end of december.  however, the 2017 licences can be purchased from the 1st october and will then give you 15 months of coverage.  if you are looking at upgrading to do some racing next year, or need one to do the summer crit races, then now is the time to join or renew.

ride routes – looks like summer is coming early for the end of november, then disappearing for the start of december.  some hot days predicted over the weekend, so make sure that you are prepared to ride in the heat.

saturday 26th november

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 – ridgehill rd 49.58km spr saturday

sunday 27th november

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 28th november

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

south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 29th november

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 november

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

interval training – stock road repeats

thursday 1st 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 2nd december

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride

ride routes 19th – 25th november

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photo by tracey hassell

the tour of margaret river has been run again for 2016 and it was a great club weekend for spr.  all teams put in a great effort and thanks to the tour organiser, spr had a prime location everyday and even vip parking on the final day.  a lot of work went into getting 6 teams organised, accommodated and logistically in-sync.  a special thanks to greg murray of the all powerful race committee for his immense efforts leading up to the event.  i personally had a really crap race, but was buoyed but the great club camaraderie and help that all riders received over the weekend.  another special thanks to the 2nd women’s team for feeding me after a disastrous stage 2.  much appreciated.

arbonneride leader sponsor – the ride leader sponsor for november is Sharon Gleeson an Independant Consultant for Arbonne Phytosport.  Arbonne Phytosport provides products that are vegan certified, gluten free, dairy free and contain nothing artificial. formulated with plant-powered ingredients, essential branched-chain amino acids, vitamins, minerals, electrolytes, and botanical extracts, these products promote increased endurance and energy, and boost nitric oxide production to support blood and oxygen flow in muscles

12804663_10207482052243576_864156240251221661_nwhich group to ride with – if you are unsure about which of the more developmental rides (main 3, , & trannies) to ride with, check out the previous post.  we split our saturday rides into specific groups for a reason, and that reason is everyone’s safety.  please do not try to make the group ride your own personal time trial, or complain that you had to wait for someone.  if you find that you are too strong for that group, then do more work on the front, or hang back and draft stragglers back on.  don’t force the entire pace of the ride up and think that you have done a great job of controlling the ride.  these are group rides so you have to acknowledge the entire group.

10959554_722247487894542_3125038920721827973_nthe ring criterium series – this weekend sees the first race of the ring series kick off in tech park.  the race will be run as usual by rccc and spr.  we will need 1 or 2 volunteers to help out and racing starts early at 7:30am.  this year the series is not just the rccc/spr races but includes races from across a number of clubs.  this will provide more variation and hopefully better racing all summer.  online entries close every thursday night preceeding the race, so if you want to race, get on it now.  entries and more information are available via the ring website.

city of south perth survey – sometimes you need to get a bit political to get what you want.  the city of south perth is doing a survey to see what facilities it needs to provide for in the future.  these things always take time, but if they haven’t identified anything in their longer term plan, then it will never get budgeted for.  the city is also currently in the process of it’s foreshore redevelopment program.  as part of that they have identified a park that they would like to use for junior sport.  i have already started a discussion with the city on the use of that area for a crit circuit.  what we now need to do is reinforce that when they do their data collection.  they currently have a survey out for waht people would like to see developed over the next 10 years.  if you get the chance, can you please take a bit of time and fill it in.  you don’t have to be from south perth, as you can say that you attend events here.  in the section where it asks what priorities it should concentrate on, indicate that you would like facilties for traffic free bike training and racing.  if they don’t know, they don’t provide. the survey can be found here.

green_and_black_gloves-672x372spr gloves – there are a small number of gloves available in black/green that were done as a sample before we finalised the white ones.  limited stock, in the club shop.  see the previous post for more details.

brodie-brownbrodie brown’s movember challenge – everesting.  for those of you that understand what it is, you know what an immense physical and mental challenge it is.  for those unaware, it is riding up the same climb over and over again until you climb the same altitude as mt everest (8848m).  as part of movember, former club member brodie brown (of iron horse t-shirts, for any of you that got a club t back then), is attempting to climb 10,000m to raise money movember.  he has been blogging through teh movember site and is attempting the challenge this weekend.  he is expecting that it will take about 16 hours and then not be able to walk afterwards.  if you want to read more on his story and to donate, check out this link.

have-your-say_take-our-surveyspr club awards – every year we like to acknowledge member for the effort that they have made on behalf of the club.  as the club is so big, the committee doesn’t have viability on everything that occurs.  as such we ask you, the members, to take a bit of time to fill in a short survey nominating people for particular achievements.  These are not things like winning races, but instead, categories like “most improved”, “most inspirational”, “good samaritan”.  things that make the club good to be a part of.  check out the previous post and take the time to fill in your nominations.

race licences – there are a couple of different types of licences that you can get when you become a member of spr.  a recreational licence and a racing licence.  recreational licences are for those that really only do the club training rides and want a bit of insurance coverage.  it covers a full year from the time you purchase it.  a race licence covers you for both training and racing and is necessary if you want to pin a number on.  race licences are only valid for the calendar year which means that they expire at the end of december.  however, the 2017 licences can be purchased from the 1st october and will then give you 15 months of coverage.  if you are looking at upgrading to do some racing next year, or need one to do the summer crit races, then now is the time to join or renew.

ride routes – sensational days on the bike lately and the sun is now up before the earlybird ride.  as usual, this means that there will be more people on saturday morning.  make sure that you treat it like the club group ride and respect other riders and the clubs expectations.

saturday 19th november

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 20th november

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 – cann dam 100.13km spr sunday

monday 21st november

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

south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 22nd november

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 november

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

interval training – stock road repeats

thursday 24th november

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 november

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride