ride routes 8th – 14th july

so the talking point of the tour this week was the sprinting incident on stage 4.  was there an elbow thrown? did cav try to fit through a gap that wasn’t there? did anyone not notice the french winner chopping the wheel of the cofidis guy? were the tour organisers right to throw sagan out of the tour?  sagan, the “bad boy” of cycling.  the interesting one in cycling.  the one that is not a sky robot.  anyway, he is out now, so the remaining rolling stages may not be as exciting.  however, on our rides, we occasionally have a unofficial sprint point.  port beach road, raffles, riverside drive, mounts bay road, shelley, herdsman, actually we have quite a few.  everyone thinks that they are the best at sprinting and likes to give it a go.  in our situation, there are no podium girls, no trophies and no paycheck.  there can be however, broken bikes and broken bones.  we all like to test ourselves in a sprint, but just be aware that your moves can change the lives of those around you.  don’t try for gaps that aren’t there, don’t change lines and don’t sprint from 20th place when the front is way up the road.  all you are going to do is smash into other riders that have contested the sprint and are now drifting back.  basically, don’t be a cav, don’t be a sagan, don’t be a demare.  be a rouleur and look after your fellow riders.

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

tour sweepstakes – if you are in this years tour sweepstakes, make sure you are checking out the tour leaderboard which is updated daily.  this shows how much each team wins per stage and how much it has accumulated so far during the tour.  there is a long way to paris and there is lots of money still to be shared out.

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

tour of esperance – if you are thinking of heading down to esperance in july, then make sure that you take your bike.  this year the tour of esperance will be holding a handicap race on the 16th july with lots of prize money to boot.  being a handicap race, everyone has a chance of winning the prize.  check out their facebook event page for further details.

tour de france dinner – the annual tour de france dinner is on again this year at Petite Mort Restaurant.  it will be held on the 16th july and is open to all spr members (partners welcome).  check out the previous post for more details and a link to purchasing tickets.

ride london youth focus – club member paul cumberworth is heading back to the uk, to take part in ride london on 30 July 2017 to raise funds for youth focus. youth focus helps young people who are suffering from mental illness, self harm or suicidal thoughts offering free individual or family counselling to help them through tough times and on to a brighter future. paul strongly supports this charity and probably could have done with something similar at a younger age, after losing his brother and dad in a short space of time. he is hoping to raise $1000 for the charity and you can help  by donating to the following link.  https://cycle.gofundraise.com.au/page/PaulCumberworth

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

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

ride routes – so cold, so wet, so the winter we all thought that we were going to avoid.  well it is predicted to be dry this weekend, so get off zwift and come and play in the real world.

saturday 8th july

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

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

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

development group –  novice shelley 36.06km spr saturday

transitional – trans canning vale 42.34km spr saturday

fast & main groups – holmes rd 50.42km spr saturday

sunday 9th july

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

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

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

development group – coffee ride

short – wlsh weir 62.23km spr sunday

long – wlsh weir kal 101.71km spr sunday

monday 10th july

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

south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 11th july

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

spr tuesday 36.37km (river ride)

ride starts frasers ave at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

wednesday 12th july

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

interval training – stock road repeats

thursday 13th july

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

see previous post for ride groups

spr thursday 37.26km (cott & freo)

ride starts frasers ave at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

friday 14th july

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride