ride routes 28th oct – 3rd nov

its halloween and the witch doctor is coming for you

we don’t really celebrate halloween that much in australia as it is generally seen as an american tradition.  however, my kids love it.  they get to dress up in scary costumes and ask total strangers for lollies.  cyclist, in general, are often considered very conservative.  some of us might wear bright colours or fancy patterns but looking at the standard rapha jersey (all black with a stripe on the sleeve, $250 please) we like to conform.  there is one individual in the club that always breaks with tradition and this is always evident at any cyclo-cross race.  nigel will dress up at every event.  from a bumble bee to a witch doctor and everything in between.  however, some of us would like to forget the race in vic park where he paid homage to the 90’s triathlon scene and did the race in just a pair of speedos.

ride leader sponsor – the ride leader sponsor for october is Mount Hawthorn Family Practice.   a fully accredited and equipped, modern general practice whose friendly staff look forward to welcoming you. the experienced team of doctors and staff can assist you with your general health needs and offer a range of general practice services.  please see the previous post for more details.

New kit
The new kit…

spr kit collection – if you ordered kit during the last run, it will be available to be picked up from the coffee shop after the ride this saturday.  it should be available between 9:00am and 10:15am.  if you can’t collect it then, contact kit@southperthrouleurs.com.au to organise another time, or purchase “kit shipping” from the shop.

spr tomr practice –  with only a few weeks to go before the tour of margs, the next three saturday’s will focus on the team time trial.  meet as usual for the main ride and then head out in your teams to practice riding as a group.  this week the teams will follow the same course as the main ride as it contains a number of large rolling hills similar to what stage one contains.  if the teams want to head out early to stay clear of the spr groups, then organise amongst yourself to set a start time.

2018 licences renewal – now that we have started october, any race licence that you purchase will be valid until the end of 2018.  recreational licences are a year from the date purchased, but race licences are for a calendar year.  if you are looking at changing clubs and wish to join spr, then now is the time to do it.  a club change before a renewal is free, so get it done now then when you renew you will be a member of spr.  if you need a race licence for tour of margs, get it now and you can race all of next year.

ride leader expressions of interest – we are currently looking for expressions of interest for our next batch of ride leaders.  you have seen the men and women in black and should have even had one of them lead one of your rides.  now it is your chance to give back to the club and be trained to be a ride leader.  remember, we will not put you in a situation where you are out of your depth.  if you are a main 2 rider, we would not make you be ride leader for main 1.  so don’t think that you need to be a super fast rider who does races every weekend.  we are primarily looking for people that can help out at the main 3/tranny/novice end of the spectrum.  this means that anyone that is currently riding in main 2/1/fast more than qualifies as far as fitness/riding skills are involved.  how you go about leading a group, we will train you in that.  if you are interested, please check out the previous blog post for more details.

entertainment books – we are still selling the entertainment book/app as a fund raiser for the club.  packed full of offers, it will not take you long to redeem back what you paid.  check out the previous post for more details and links to registration.

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 – looks like we will have some strong westerly winds to contend with this weekend.  windy conditions are often the most dangerous as everyone is trying to find shelter as they are riding along.  please be extra careful with the positioning of your bike and make sure that you don’t overlap wheels too much.  an unexpected braking event further up the line can mean you end up taking a tumble.

saturday 28th october

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 – scarbs beach & hale 51.21km spr saturday

tomr teams – scarbs beach & hale 51.21km spr saturday

sunday 29th october

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 – goose kal 63.41km spr sunday

long – darl weir 100.09km spr sunday

monday 30th october

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

south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 31st october

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 1st november

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

interval training – stock road repeats

thursday 2nd november

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 3rd november

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride