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ride routes 30th may – 5th june

From the office of the Vice President

Peter at Giro
Photo via Matt Wardynec

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dr J

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

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

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

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

ride routes – 

saturday 30th may

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

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

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

development group –  novice shelley 36.06km spr saturday

transitional – Trans Reverse River 40.58KM SPR Saturday

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

sunday 31st may

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

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

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

short – brktn weir 82.89km spr sunday

long – carr peet obs 97.72km spr sunday

monday 1st june – wa day

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

main group – south stock 33.76km spr monday

rides start at coode st carpark at 7:00am

fast & main groups – public hol 58.97km spr special

tuesday 2nd june

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

spr tuesday 36.37km (river ride)

ride starts frasers carpark at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

wednesday 3rd june

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

spr wednesday 14.22km (uci masters)

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

development group – stock road repeats

thursday 4th june

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

spr thursday 37.26km (cott & freo)

ride starts frasers carpark at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

friday 5th june

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday development ride

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ride routes 23rd – 29th may

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not too wet for some. full belgium points last saturday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

saturday 23rd may

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

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

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

development group –  novice shelley 36.06km spr saturday

transitional – trans abernethy 39.96km spr saturday

fast & main groups – whiteman park 50.4km spr saturday

sunday 24th may

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

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

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

short – goose kal 63.41km spr sunday

long – darl weir 100.09km spr sunday

monday 25th may

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

main group – south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 26th may

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

spr tuesday 36.37km (river ride)

ride starts frasers carpark at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

wednesday 27th may

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

spr wednesday 14.22km (uci masters)

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

development group – stock road repeats

thursday 28th may

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

spr thursday 37.26km (cott & freo)

ride starts frasers carpark at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

friday 29th may

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday development ride

can you ever have too many bikes???

ride routes 16th – 22nd may

can you ever have too many bikes???
can you ever have too many bikes???

so you almost had a new club president this week as there has been massive restructures at work and i was pretty sure that i was gone.  we had already started the plans to move back to victoria where there is another club there that needs a bit of help…  however, i managed to survive the cull and so you will have to put up with me for a while longer.  i am sure that our strong, stable club committee and a strong club culture is greater than the input of just one person and would survive the test of time.

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

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

gary update - so i went to visit gary today and he has improved so much since i was in there last week.  no more tubes (in & out) and some of the bandages have come off.  he is complaining about the razors in the hospital, so is getting his son to come in and shave him.  what he is currently waiting for is an assessment of his vertebrae fractures to allow him to sit more upright.  when that happens, things should improve dramatically for him as he will be able to do a lot more.  walking is still a long way off but every little bit of mobility is an improvement.  he was saying that he has had a fairly steady stream of visitors over the last week which he really appreciates.  don’t just stop at one visit, make sure you go see him again so you can keep him updated with what is going on outside the hospital walls.  he has also just moved out of the trauma ward and into a specialist orthopaedic ward.  he is in ward 5H on the fifth floor, room K.  visiting hours are 9-1 & 3-8.  don’t forget the fundraiser link that we have running to help support him in his recovery.  check the right hand sidebar.

giro d’italia dinner - it’s on again, this years first SPROOLERS event.  celebrating the running of the giro in italy we will be having an italian night on the 19th may.  see the previous post for more details and add your name to that blog post if you are coming.

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

pickering brook race series - the first race on the 24th may is part of the club championship.  the series a great place to have a go at racing and they have an option to do a individual tt first.  more info in the previous post.

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

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

ride routes – well after an outstanding week of fine weather, the weekend is not looking so flash.  there is a good chance that we may just miss the mess on saturday morning, but the sunday ride may be a little damp.  please take care out there as it hasn’t rained for a while so the roads will be a little messy.

saturday 16th may

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

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

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

development group –  novice shelley 36.06km spr saturday

transitional – trans abernethy 39.96km spr saturday

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

sunday 17th may

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

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

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

short – brktn weir 82.89km spr sunday

long – f’berg urch obs 96.16km spr sunday

monday 18th may

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

main group – south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 19th may

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

spr tuesday 36.37km (river ride)

ride starts frasers carpark at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

wednesday 20th may

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

spr wednesday 14.22km (uci masters)

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

development group – stock road repeats

thursday 21st may

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

spr thursday 37.26km (cott & freo)

ride starts frasers carpark at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

friday 22nd may

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday development ride

gary coming over red hill in the uwct race

ride routes 9th – 15th may

gary coming over red hill in the uwct race
gary coming over red hill in the uwct race. photo credit – troy coulthard

so gary pennefather is now out of sedation and has been moved from icu into the trauma ward.  this week he started seeing visitors and a number of close riding buddies were informed so we could see how things went.  he really appreciates the visits as they help pass the time when all he can do is lie on his back.  we are now opening it up to anyone who knows him that wants to visit.  he is in the trauma ward of royal perth and visiting hours are 9-1 and 3-8.  please be aware that he still has significant injuries from a major trauma and this can be quite confronting for most people.  although, he would appreciate the visit, he also understands that some people can feel uneasy visiting in hospital.  he told me today that he will soon be moving to fiona stanley as they have a better rehab section, so this may be more convenient for some people.  as his recovery will be a very long process we, as a club, will be supporting him as much as we can.  as such on the right sidebar of the blog you will see a donate fundraiser button.  please donate what you can to help his recovery as it may be quite a while before he is back at work.

to the accident itself.  we haven’t been talking much about the details and have been concentrating on supporting gary.  the short version is that on a tricky descent, he misjudged his speed on sharp corner and ended up on the wrong side of the road with a car coming the other way.  the car driver did nothing wrong and obviously was quite shaken up by the event.  although these are club training rides and we do whatever we can to ensure that they are as safe as possible, you need to be aware of the course, the conditions and your own abilities.  we will now be changing that ride route to a safer one, but people still need to take care to avoid putting themselves in a risky situation.  stay safe.

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

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

giro d’italia dinner - it’s on again, this years first SPROOLERS event.  celebrating the running of the giro in italy we will be having an italian night on the 19th may.  see the previous post for more details and add your name to that blog post if you are coming.

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

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

club coaches - the club has a few home grown coaches that can help you improve your cycling.  whether you are at the transitional level or wanting to make the jump into “a” grade, there is something for you.  check out the previous post for more details.

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

ride routes – well it is starting to cool off a bit in the mornings, but the days are just perfect for riding.  make the most of your weekend and get a few k’s in.  just don’t forget it is mothers day on sunday (so we scheduled a shorted long hills ride so you can get home in time).

saturday 9th may

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

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

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

development group –  novice shelley 36.06km spr saturday

transitional – trans shelley 40.59km spr saturday

fast & main groups – south lake 51.99km spr saturday

sunday 10th may – mothers day

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

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

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

short – wlsh weir 62.23km spr sunday

long – wlsh obs kal 90.32km spr sunday

monday 11th may

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

main group – south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 12th may

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

spr tuesday 36.37km (river ride)

ride starts frasers carpark at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

wednesday 13th may

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

spr wednesday 14.22km (uci masters)

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

development group – stock road repeats

thursday 14th may

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

spr thursday 37.26km (cott & freo)

ride starts frasers carpark at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

friday 15th may

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday development ride

photo credit - jon-paul bullard

ride routes 2nd – 8th may

photo credit - jon-paul bullard
photo credit – jon-paul bullard

after the stresses of the last couple of weeks, i really feel at a loss of what to write here tonight.  therefore, i am going to have the week off and not add any comment.  look after each other, and stay safe.

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


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

gary update - not much to add since the previous update.  gary still has a long way to go in his recovery so we have to realise that this will take time.  he is still only seeing family at this time, so no extra visitors yet.  once i get word from the family, we will coordinate visits.

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

more racing - the tom lowry memorial weekend in collie this weekend.  with a criterium on the saturday around the race track and a road race on the sunday, it looks to be a hot weekend of racing.  more details on this race can be found on the previous post.

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

club coaches - the club has a few home grown coaches that can help you improve your cycling.  whether you are at the transitional level or wanting to make the jump into “a” grade, there is something for you.  check out the online slots and main 2 rides starting just behind the main 1 and main 2 rides. take this opportunity to get involved in the pace making with the benefit of trailing groups to pick you up if you get into trouble. friday 3rd april ride starts under the narrows (sth perth side) at 5:30am spr friday 42.01km (shelley) ride starts at coode st carpark at 6:00am vice presidential good friday 3 dams ride rides start at coode st carpark at 7:00am fast & main groups – public hol 58.97km spr special saturday 4th april ride starts under the narrows (cityside) at 5:30am early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special all rides start at coode st carpark at 7:00am development group – novice shelley 36.06km spr saturday transitional – trans abernethy 39.96km spr saturday fast & main groups – abernethy rd 48.21km spr saturday sunday 5th april ride starts under the narrows (cityside) at 5:30am early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special ride starts at coode st carpark at 6:00am beginner dams training – somewhere all rides start at coode st carpark at 7:00am short – khna weir 72.23km spr sunday long – khna trnr obs 94.99km spr sunday monday 6th april ride starts under the narrows (sth perth side) at 5:30am development group – development ride main group – south stock 33.76km spr monday rides start at coode st carpark at 7:00am fast & main groups – public hol 58.97km spr special tuesday 7th april ride starts under the narrows (cityside) at 5:30am spr tuesday 36.37km (river ride) ride starts frasers carpark at 5:45am development group – interval training kings park wednesday 8th april ride starts under the narrows (cityside) at 5:30am spr wednesday 14.22km (uci masters) ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am development group – stock road repeats thursday 9th april ride starts under the narrows (cityside) at 5:30arm spr thursday 37.26km (cott & freo) ride starts frasers carpark at 5:45am development group – interval training kings park friday 10th april ride starts under the narrows (sth perth side) at 5:30am spr friday 42.01km (shelley)”>previous post for more details.

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

ladies ride up front –  this saturday is the first of the month so it is ladies day.  we have a ladies only main 1 and a ladies only main 2 ride for those that want to get more experience in group riding.  see the previous post for more details.

ride routes – an “old-school” ride route this saturday as we will be heading over ridgehill rd.  make sure that you pre-arrange any regroups to make sure your group is back together before the ride home.

saturday 2nd april

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 3rd may

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

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

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

short – brktn weir 82.89km spr sunday

long – carr peet obs 97.72km spr sunday

monday 4th may – star wars day

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

main group – south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 5th may

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

spr tuesday 36.37km (river ride)

ride starts frasers carpark at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

wednesday 6th may

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

spr wednesday 14.22km (uci masters)

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

development group – stock road repeats

thursday 7th may

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

spr thursday 37.26km (cott & freo)

ride starts frasers carpark at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

friday 8th may

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday development ride

photo credit - justin stephenson

ride routes 25th april – 1st may

photo credit - justin stephenson
photo credit – justin stephenson

this week has been the most stressful and traumatic week of my life. as you know, gary pennefather was involved in an accident on the sunday long hills ride.  he has extensive injuries and it will take a very long time for him to recover.  he is still sedated while they continue the lengthy series of operations and therefore is not able to take visitors.  we are not going to discuss the accident or the extent of his injuries at this time, rather we need to focus on him and his family and supporting them through this very rough time.  on top of that, the other 11 people that were on that ride have had to face something that none of us ever want to see again.  please try to be sensitive when talking to these people about the incident and recognise that they may not really want to relive/replay it every time they have a conversation. the club has reached out to these people to offer support and as we get a clearer picture of gary’s condition, we will organise some form of club support for him and his family. please be careful out on the roads as we are one of the most vulnerable road users.  look out for each other and stay safe.

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

nav-rcride leaders sponsorship – this months ride leaders are proudly sponsored by Riders Choice.   please see the previous post detailing what they provide and we thank them for encouraging our members to step up as ride leaders.  ride leaders will receive a $10 Dome voucher to be used after the saturday ride.  if you have a business that you want to promote to our members, check out the previous post to both promote your business and help out the club.

riders choice spr deal - as part of their ride leaders sponsorship this month, Riders Choice are giving spr members a special headstart to their floor stock clearance.  this friday (24th) if you head into either their cbd or leederville stores, you can get 25% off all floor stock (except garmin).  just show them your ca membership card that has south perth cc listed as your club and you can get a great discount.  this is for the floor stock only of bikes and accessories, no orders.  also, a couple of guys from riders choice shops will be at the coffee shop after the saturday ride handing out cards and answering any questions people may have in regards to new bike purchases.

more racing - this anzac day, the midland club are hosting their annual stan gurney vc memorial criterium.  entries are closed, but if you are not already racing, get out there and support those that are.  next weekend will be the tom lowry memorial weekend in collie.  with a criterium on the saturday around the race track and a road race on the sunday, it looks to be a hot weekend of racing.  more details on both races can be found on the previous post.

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

club coaches - the club has a few home grown coaches that can help you improve your cycling.  whether you are at the transitional level or wanting to make the jump into “a” grade, there is something for you.  check out the previous post for more details.

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

ride routes – this saturday is anzac day.  it is an important day for us to remember the sacrifice that others have made for our country.  it is also a very busy day in the city and we must be aware of that.  we are trying to plan the ride routes for minimum disruption, but just be aware that if we happen upon a service or ceremony along the way, please be respectful and not disturb them too much.  with the dawn service and then parade on along st georges terrace, access to the Dome may also be a bit tricky.  again, please be respectful and diligent as you head in for coffee as the last few blocks will be closed so we will need to hit the pavement.  Dome will be busy, but the bike racks will be up and they are expecting us.

saturday 25th april – anzac day

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

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

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

development group –  novice shelley 36.06km spr saturday

transitional – trans reverse river 40.58km spr saturday

fast & main groups – alexander drive 50.46km spr saturday

sunday 26th april

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

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

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

short – grnmt goose 65.22km spr sunday

long – grnmt prk mnd wr 93.71km spr sunday

monday 27th april

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

development group – development ride

main group – south stock 33.76km spr monday

rides start at coode st carpark at 7:00am

fast & main groups – public hol 58.97km spr special

tuesday 28th april

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

spr tuesday 36.37km (river ride)

ride starts frasers carpark at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

wednesday 29th april

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

spr wednesday 14.22km (uci masters)

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

development group – stock road repeats

thursday 30th april

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

spr thursday 37.26km (cott & freo)

ride starts frasers carpark at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

friday 1st may

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

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ride routes 18th – 24th april

hon. simon o'brien mlc
hon. simon o’brien mlc

apologies in advance.  i usually try to keep this bit positive, but this guy really got to me this week.

useless cyclists.  that is how the hon. simon o’brien mlc has described the 8 cyclist that were killed on western australian roads last year.  he has said that riders don’t know the road rules and therefore are getting themselves killed.  (see news article).  so basically, he is saying that retired associate professor Paola Ferroni, who was struck by a 4WD as she rode her bike along kings park road last november didn’t know what she was doing.  that Kaleb Smith who was cycling to work along toodyay road didn’t know what he was doing when he was struck from behind.  that 31-year-old Brynt McSwain who was killed instantly when he was struck from behind by Joseph Frances Haenga who had been drinking with colleagues to celebrate a fortnight-long stint of night shift before he drove home, also didn’t know what he was doing.  it seems that we are repeatedly being bombarded by the “blame the victim” mentality. i.e. don’t wear that (lycra), don’t be out on that road, don’t be there in the early hours or it is your own fault.  now as a government, we need to protect you by restricting you from riding to stop you from being killed.  there is no mention of retraining the motorists to know how to react to more cyclists on the road, and god-forbid trying to introduce safe passing laws like other states have.  that would obviously cause more head-on accidents.  so after all the name calling, is hon. simon o’brien mlc‘s suggestion of more education valid.  well, last year in wa there were 184 fatalities on  the roads.  if you take out the 8 cyclists and 17 pedestrians that still leaves 159 road users that died.  that is 159 accidents where the driver was educated in the road rules as they had to pass a test to get a licence.  how come we are not hearing about a tightening of these tests to ensure that motorist actually know what they are doing.  as cyclists, we are appalled that 8 cyclists have been killed, but 184 fatalities all up and they are concentrating on 4.3%.  by the end of 2013 there were 11 fatal shark attacks from 2000-2013.  after that there was a campaign in 2014 to bait sharks to make the world a safer place.  8 cyclists die in 2014 and it is because we are useless and don’t know the road rules.  in an interview with the hon. simon o’brien mlc, he even posed the question – “when is the last time you have seen a cyclist indicate when they are making a turn”.  well since i have seen lots of cyclists doing that (actually better than motorists on roundabouts) then i would question  – “when has the hon. simon o’brien mlc actually observed what cyclists really do”

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

nav-rcride leaders sponsorship – this months ride leaders are proudly sponsored by Riders Choice.   please see the previous post detailing what they provide and we thank them for encouraging our members to step up as ride leaders.  you can still take advantage of this offer if you book in march for a fit in april.  ride leaders will receive a $10 Dome voucher to be used after the saturday ride.  if you have a business that you want to promote to our members, check out the previous post to both promote your business and help out the club.

club coaches - the club has a few home grown coaches that can help you improve your cycling.  whether you are at the transitional level or wanting to make the jump into “a” grade, there is something for you.  check out the previous post for more details.

cycling infrastructure survey - please take the time to fill in the survey attached in the previous post.  like most things political, it takes more than one voice to get heard.  there are lots of spaces in the survey to put detailed descriptions of what you see as the issues. survey closes on the 20th april.

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

ride routes – new ride route this saturday for the fast/main.  it is quite easy with very few turns, but make sure that you have a good look beforehand so you don’t end up in geraldton.  sunday is the dams ride, so just be aware that it will be busy down at our start point especially if you are going to drive in.

saturday 18th april

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

beginners skill session

development group –  novice shelley 36.06km spr saturday

transitional – trans rebold 38.69km spr saturday

fast & main groups – karrinyup 52.14km spr saturday

sunday 19th april

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

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

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

short – khna weir 72.23km spr sunday

long – khna trnr obs 94.99km spr sunday

monday 20th april

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

development group – development ride

main group – south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 21st april

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

spr tuesday 36.37km (river ride)

ride starts frasers carpark at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

wednesday 22nd april

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

spr wednesday 14.22km (uci masters)

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

development group – stock road repeats

thursday 23rd april

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

spr thursday 37.26km (cott & freo)

ride starts frasers carpark at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

friday 24th april

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

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ride routes 11th – 17th april

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photo credit – vanessa johnson

when you say that you had an indulgent easter, the majority of people will assume that you ate a lot of chocolate eggs.  however, with a 4 day long weekend, an indulgent easter may just have been how many hours you spent in the saddle.  did anyone manage to beat ben jackson’s 249.1 km ride on easter monday???  if not, then you probably haven’t been as indulgent as you think.  check him out on strava as he treks across victoria.

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

nav-rcride leaders sponsorship – this months ride leaders are proudly sponsored by Riders Choice.   please see the previous post detailing what they provide and we thank them for encouraging our members to step up as ride leaders.  you can still take advantage of this offer if you book in march for a fit in april.  ride leaders will receive a $10 Dome voucher to be used after the saturday ride.  if you have a business that you want to promote to our members, check out the previous post to both promote your business and help out the club.

club coaches - the club has a few home grown coaches that can help you improve your cycling.  whether you are at the transitional level or wanting to make the jump into “a” grade, there is something for you.  check out the previous post for more details.

cycling infrastructure survey - please take the time to fill in the survey attached in the previous post.  like most things political, it takes more than one voice to get heard.  there are lots of spaces in the survey to put detailed descriptions of what you see as the issues. survey closes on the 20th april.

club champion - the next race on the club champion calender is the midland 100 on this sunday, april 12th.  if you are intending to race, then you probably should have your entry in already.  please see the previous post for more details.  the results of the pemberton race are also posted on a previous, but different, post.

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

ride routes – with the rain looking at clearing this weekend, get out on the bike before the “fair weather rider” syndrome kicks in.  it always surprises me how many people still turn up on a saturday morning no matter what the weather.  it almost seems to be that if others turn up it justifies your own level of insanity.  it doesn’t look like it will be that bad a day, so ride while you can.

saturday 11th april

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 – morley drive 50.77km spr saturday

sunday 12th april

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

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

ride starts at coode st carpark at 6:00am

beginner dams training – somewhere

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

short – brktn weir 82.89km spr sunday

long – carr peet obs 97.72km spr sunday

monday 13th april

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

development group – development ride

main group – south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 14th april

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

spr tuesday 36.37km (river ride)

ride starts frasers carpark at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

wednesday 15th april

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

spr wednesday 14.22km (uci masters)

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

development group – stock road repeats

thursday 16th april

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

spr thursday 37.26km (cott & freo)

ride starts frasers carpark at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

friday 17th april

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

photo credit - lesley burch

ride routes 4th – 10th april

photo credit - lesley burch
photo credit – lesley burch

i think that we take perth weather for granted sometimes, especially as cyclists.  this loooong weekend, there are 4 days at 30 deg or just under.  a third of the way through autumn and we have weather that a lot of places would be proud to have as the height of summer.  make sure you take advantage of it and get some rides in to burn off that extra chocolate you devour.  and make sure you catch up with your family too.

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

nav-rcride leaders sponsorship – this months ride leaders are proudly sponsored by Riders Choice.   please see the previous post detailing what they provide and we thank them for encouraging our members to step up as ride leaders.  you can still take advantage of this offer if you book in march for a fit in april.  ride leaders will receive a $10 Dome voucher to be used after the saturday ride.  if you have a business that you want to promote to our members, check out the previous post to both promote your business and help out the club.

spr kit collection - the new spr kit will be available for collection at the coffe shop after the saturday ride.  please see the previous post for alternative collection arrangements. also be aware that the next order closes at the end of march (and every 3 months after that), so get your winter orders in.

cycling infrastructure survey - please take the time to fill in the survey attached in the previous post.  like most things political, it takes more than one voice to get heard.  there are lots of spaces in the survey to put detailed descriptions of what you see as the issues.

uwct grand fondo photos - i didn’t race due to a back injury, so i lived through the rest of the club via the camera.  some photos on the previous post.

club champion - the next race on the club champion calender is the midland 100 on april 12th.  please see the previous post for more details.  the results of the pemberton race are also posted on aprevious, but different, post.

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

vice presidential good friday 3 dams ride - the 3rd annual vp 3 dams ride is on friday 3rd april.  as in other years, this is not a beginners ride, so be aware that the pace will be solid and regroups minimised.  make sure you bring adequate food and water as most shops will not be open.  please see the previous post for further details.

ride routes – the first weekend of the month is ladies day.  this week we will have ladies only main 1 and main 2 rides starting just behind the main 1 and main 2 rides.  take this opportunity to get involved in the pace making with the benefit of trailing groups to pick you up if you get into trouble.

friday 3rd april

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

ride starts at coode st carpark at 6:00am

vice presidential good friday 3 dams ride

rides start at coode st carpark at 7:00am

fast & main groups – public hol 58.97km spr special

saturday 4th april

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

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

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

development group –  novice shelley 36.06km spr saturday

transitional – trans abernethy 39.96km spr saturday

fast & main groups – abernethy rd 48.21km spr saturday

sunday 5th april

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

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

ride starts at coode st carpark at 6:00am

beginner dams training – somewhere

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

short – khna weir 72.23km spr sunday

long – khna trnr obs 94.99km spr sunday

monday 6th april

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

development group – development ride

main group – south stock 33.76km spr monday

rides start at coode st carpark at 7:00am

fast & main groups – public hol 58.97km spr special

tuesday 7th april

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

spr tuesday 36.37km (river ride)

ride starts frasers carpark at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

wednesday 8th april

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

spr wednesday 14.22km (uci masters)

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

development group – stock road repeats

thursday 9th april

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

spr thursday 37.26km (cott & freo)

ride starts frasers carpark at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

friday 10th april

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

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ride routes 28th march – 3rd april

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spr friday regroup

what are you riding for???  this weekend is the uwct grand fondo and a number of members have been training hard for an awful long time to be ready for it.  setting goals is a great way of staying motivated especially with winter on the way.  whether a racer or recreational member, it is sometimes hard to not be a fair weather rider.  goals may be as simple as riding comfortably in main 2 where you have been on the limit before.  the dams is a great participation ride goal that many of our members have had on the calendar for a while. the social atmosphere of our club also helps with motivation as a shared goal is easier to ride out the low points.  set yourself a challenge today.

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

Certified-Fitter-2014ride leaders sponsorship – this months ride leaders are proudly sponsored by Retul Bike Fit Lab.   please see the previous post detailing what they provide and we thank them for encouraging our members to step up as ride leaders.  you can still take advantage of this offer if you book in march for a fit in april.  ride leaders will receive a $10 Dome voucher to be used after the saturday ride.  if you have a business that you want to promote to our members, check out the previous post to both promote your business and help out the club.

spr kit collection - the new spr kit will be available for collection at the coffe shop after the saturday ride.  please see the previous post for alternative collection arrangements. also be aware that the next order closes at the end of march (and every 3 months after that), so get your winter orders in.

free monthly beginner sessions - this saturday sees our next free monthly beginners session.  if you are keen to try our group riding, or know someone that would benefit from a session like this, please see previous post for more details.

club champion - the next race on the club champion calender is the midland 100 on april 12th.  please see the previous post for more details.  the results of the pemberton race are also posted on a previous, but different, post.

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

vice presidential good friday 3 dams ride - the 3rd annual vp 3 dams ride is on friday 3rd april.  as in other years, this is not a beginners ride, so be aware that the pace will be solid and regroups minimised.  make sure you bring adequate food and water as most shops will not be open.

ride routes – so how was the new ride route last week???  some old and new bits all merged together to give a solid effort, but how did it flow???  too many lights, too many hills, some feedback allows us to know if adjustments need to be made.  also, if you are heading to the hills on sunday, remember that the uwct race is on and there will be road closures in the area.  ride leaders for those rides need to be aware and make changes to the route if necessary.  i am sending you south so that hopefully by the time you get to kalamunda, the race has passed by.

saturday 28th march

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 – monthly beginner session

transitional – trans canning vale 42.34km spr saturday

fast & main groups – holmes rd 50.42km spr saturday

sunday 29th march

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

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

ride starts at coode st carpark at 6:00am

beginner dams training – somewhere

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

short – brktn weir 82.89km spr sunday

long – cann dam 100.13km spr sunday

monday 30th march

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

development group – development ride

main group – south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 31st march

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

spr tuesday 36.37km (river ride)

ride starts frasers carpark at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

wednesday 1st april

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

spr wednesday 14.22km (uci masters)

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

development group – stock road repeats

thursday 2nd april

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

spr thursday 37.26km (cott & freo)

ride starts frasers carpark at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

friday 3rd april

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

ride starts at coode st carpark at 6:00am

vice presidential good friday 3 dams ride

rides start at coode st carpark at 7:00am

fast & main groups – public hol 58.97km spr special