ride routes 2nd – 8th december

with the start of the new year just around the corner (i know, we need to get past xmas first) have you set your goals for 2018.  there are some pretty good events out there that would require months of hard training, or maybe your goal is just to ride in a group up from where you are now.  whatever you are aiming at make sure you put a plan together.  that could involve a coach or it could just mean that you give the faster group a try every saturday regardless of when you get dropped.  for meegan, it was 160kms around lake taupo on her birthday, no less.  i think that deserves an extra piece of cake.

ride leader sponsor – the ride leader sponsor for december is  Travis Meyer from Finance Detective.  Travis Meyer is an ex-professional cyclist having raced with some of the biggest teams in the world such as Orica-GreenEdge & Garmin Slipstream. He has turned his attention to his new venture, as a Mortgage & Finance Broker, working alongside the best in the business, Finance Detective.    please see the previous post for more details.

ride up front – being the first saturday of the month we will be running our women’s only groups in main 1 and 2.  the “ride up front” groups give women the opportunity to control the pace and feel of the ride with out any testosterone fueled interference. join one of the groups to sharpen your group riding skills.

christmas drinks – christmas drinks will be at the empire bar again this year on sunday 17th december, 6:00pm.  this is usually a great night to see the year off without wearing lycra.  please see the previous post for more details.

club survey – have your say on how the club should be run.  make sure that you spend a bit of time filling out the survey monkey for the club.  this sets the context for what the committee will work on next year.  where your money gets spend, what trips and events are organised, or even how the club should feel”.  your feedback is important to us…and your could win an ipad just for completing the survey.  check out the previous link for more info.

tomr race reports –lots of race reports have come in so far.  make yourself a cuppa and pull up a pew.  reports can be found for stage 1 mixedstage 1 women’s 1stage 2 men’s 2stage 3 men’s 1stage 3 men’s 3, stage 4 women’s 3 and stage 4 women’s 2 plus an overview from the team organisers.  this gives you a good insight into what it was like to race and what each different team experienced.  a great into if you are keen to join us next year.

taiwan kom – if you really want to set yourself a challenge for next year, check out andy’s event report from the taiwan kom challenge.  100km race with 80kms of constant climbing.  not for the fiant hearted as the last 10kms took him 1 & 1/2 hours.

2018 licences renewal – any race licence that you purchase now 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.

group sizes and ride etiquette – a timely reminder from our training and development officer on just why we split the ride up into certain size groups.  why we need to keep separated on the road and what it means for your safety.  have a read of the previous post, because if you get pulled up for one of these issues don’t expect that “i didn’t know” to be a valid excuse.

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 – it is going to be a hot weekend so make sure you are prepared.  the b’easterly winds are back for saturday, so hopefully we get a good tailwind home.  sunday hills ride will stay close to home to give shortcut and water stop options if needed.

saturday 2nd december

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 benara 39.90km spr saturday

fast & main groups – whiteman park 50.4km spr saturday

sunday 3rd december

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 obs cam goose 88.67km spr sunday

monday 4th december

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

south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 5th december

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 6th december

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

interval training – stock road repeats

thursday 7th december

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 8th december

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride