ride routes 5th – 11th march

10400734_10154560726714622_2024393629820435785_nthere was a couple of items of feedback from the survey that dealt with elitism and cliques forming within the club.  as a general rule, cycle racing as a sport is all about elitism.  i am better than you as i beat you to the finish or made you hurt on the hill, or dropped you during a ride.  that is fine, as it has it’s place within the sport as there needs to be some winners at a race.  the club was setup to be as inclusive as possible.  it formed out of a group ride that had only 1 group.  there was no fast and main, just a saturday and sunday ride with a coffee at the bell tower afterwards.  people sprinted, dropped wheels, attacked hills and all the general stuff that you did on group rides.  i am not saying that everyone was one big happy family, and if you analysed it close enough, you could easily see groups within the group.  now with over 150 riders on a saturday, this is a bit more obvious.  the fast group is fast.  i mean, i can’t even hold onto the group anymore and i still occasionally race b grade.  however, as far as i am aware, there is no-one in that group that doesn’t talk to me because i can’t keep up.  we split the groups for safety.  so we can safely get through the lights, so people of similar ability are riding together, so the less skilled are not being pushed to their fitness limits.  there is no reason why the coffee shop is also split along the same lines.  the faster groups will always be at the coffee shop first.  it doesn’t mean that you cannot sit next to them.  not one of them fell out of bed and suddenly became an “a” grade rider.  they all started riding crappy bikes at a “slow” pace.  they probably have some good knowledge of what it takes to get better.  instead of worrying about elitism within the club, do something yourself to prove that it doesn’t exist.

regenerativeBodywork_finalride leader sponsor – the ride leader for march is Regenerative Bodywork Remedial and Sport Massage.  owned and operated by SPR member Emily Lee, Regenerative Bodywork Remedial and Sport Massage utilises a range of techniques such as deep tissue, trigger point therapy, myofascial release & joint mobilisation to effectively relieve pain and tension throughout the whole body.  for more info please see the previous post.

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

Feedback1survey feedback – if you filled in the club survey we did last year there was an opportunity to include some written feedback.  if you did add anything, i have responded to each and everyone.  see the previous postto find your reply.

12697277_557821714373598_5106863005026618567_obeyond the bike – this coming monday, tony lendrum will be holding round 5 of the beyond the bike project.  this time he will be setting up at city beach, so all of you northerners will have an opportunity to get involved.  please see the facebook event page for more details.  and a late entry, tony is also doing a dirt photo session up at the camel farm on wednesday.  somehow this became round 4.5 event though it is after round 5.  probably something to do with mountain bikers, who know.  facebook event page for this round as well.


uwct training ride – this is the last weekend to have a crack at the uwct circuit.  check out our previous post for more details, but there are 2 start times (6:00am and 6:20am) and 2 regroup times (9:00am and 9:10am).  if you have ridden the course previously, please have a look at the strava segment and if you are faster than 2:09, then you need to start in the 6:20am group.  over the last few weeks the 6:00am group has grown pretty big so we need to move some people into the 6:20am group.  if you are faster than 2:09, then you will still make it to the regroup point with 5 min to spare, so you won’t be left behind.  do the right thing and start in the correct group.

uwct time trial – the first race of the uwct perth qualifier begins next friday 11th down at elizabeth quay.  a 16km individual time trial will see riders tackle both riverside drive and mounts bay road with a technical diversion through elizabeth quay.  this will be highlighted by the bikes travelling over the new foot bridge that spans the quay.  first riders are away at 10:30am and we have about 40 – 50 spr members registered.  if you are working in or near the city, wander on down to support your club mates.

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uwct volunteers – spr has committed to manning a feedstation at the grand fondo on the 13th.  essentially, the official part of our job will be to setup and have available hydration and nutrition products as supplied by the race organiser. these products will not be handed out to passing riders, rather, they will have to stop if they need to refuel.  for the spr riders, however, we will be handing out bottles to hydrate our members as they roll by.  the feedzone will be on the outskirts of mundaring, near the sports ovals as you come in from the weir.  we will need quite a few volunteers to help out as there will be quite a bit of product to haul out and setup.  as i will be riding, i will also need someone to collect all the gear from my place before the day.  if you can help out, please email the club so we can start making a list.

giro 01giro d’perth – if you are after a low key ride to involve family or friends that don’t ride a lot, then the giro d’perth is for you.  there are 3 distances and it is more like a treasure hunt than a bike race. it is run by spr member toby hodgson and supported by the club.  last year there were over 500 riders in attendance.  see the previous post for more details.

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

history cyclingmuseum of perth – tucked in behind henry saw which is tucked into grand lane which is tucked into the back of the murray st mall, is the museum of perth.  this month’s exhibition is on our hidden cycling history.  here you will discover the history of cycling in perth and find that it has been here longer than the white tradie ute.  see the website for more details and drop in for a coffee at henry saw.

free beginner ladies group skills – held on the 19th march at the coode st carpark, this is an opportunity for any women that may want to take that next step from solo riding to riding with a group.  if you know anyone that may be interested, please pass on the information that can be found on the previous post.

10409159_10153219567367204_1412408697106681127_nspr crit champs – as part of the summer crit series, we will also run a spr crit championship.  this will again be a points based system given to placings 1 through 10.  “a” and “b” grade will be given a difficulty multiplier and a leaderboard will track progress.  there are 7 races that we are the final race will be the state champs on the 19th march. your points for the best 5 races will be used in the final leaderboard.  this allows you to have holidays, miss races and still be in the running.  more details on the previous post.

SOUTH PERTH 5034 Pro Cycle SUB Socks 14cm-20160212-193401795 (2)custom lycra socks – new one-off order for custom spr socks.  these socks include a lycra cuff which allows unlimited designs and colours.  featuring a paisley design with a gear and chain motif, these socks are at a discounted price of $20.  orders are open until after the long weekend and there will be no repeat.  see the previous post for more details.

ride routes – so a public holiday managed to sneak up on us this weekend.  unfortunately there will be lots of people tapering into the uwct race the following weekend.  for those that aren’t, there will be lots of rides available in what looks like a wonderful week of weather.  also, being the first of the month, we kick things off with the women’s only rides in main 1, 2 & 3.

saturday 5th 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 –  novice shelley 36.06km spr saturday

transitional – trans canning vale 42.34km spr saturday

women’s main 1, 2 & 3 – south lake 51.99km spr saturday

fast & main groups – south lake 51.99km spr saturday

sunday 6th 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

uwct training (main) – spr 2016 uwct training course

ride starts at coode st carpark at 6:20am

uwct training (fast) – spr 2016 uwct training course

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

development group – coffee ride

short – khna weir 72.23km spr sunday

long – khna can mills 94.55km spr sunday

monday 7th march – labour 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

public hol 58.97km spr special

tuesday 8th 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 9th march

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

interval training – stock road repeats

thursday 10th march

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 11th march

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride

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