ride routes 19th – 25th november

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