ride routes 14th – 20th july

The cyclists thundering to destiny

i was reflecting the other day about what has changed in the club.  there are things that we used to do for our members that once seemed to be important no longer hold the same attraction.  this year we only have 4 tomr teams.  even last year we had 7.  a few years ago we took 3 mini-buses to kalgoorlie for the goldfields race.  now, nothing.  the tour de france sweeps, used to be a daily tipping comp, but people eventually lost interest, so we changed it to a sweeps, and this year we have struggled to find numbers. the breakfasts have been cut down to only 2 a year as people were skipping them to just have a coffee instead.  an average saturday ride would now see just as many people not in kit as there are in kit.

have we become too big and have we changed from a community to being more of a service provider??? we have lots of training rides on and have made sure that we provide a level of organisation so people feel safe but have we lost our connection??? is it a refection on the modern society where people don’t engage, but prefer to just snipe from afar??? or is it me, and have i been involved for too long and need to extract myself to ensure that positive change can occur???

these are some of the questions that myself and the committee struggle with as we try to keep this beast rolling.  i know that if we stopped providing training rides, we would loose the majority of our members overnight.  but is that all that is holding the club together??? i’m not saying that everyone needs to have a sycophantic, “spr is the best” type of attitude, but we built something that was different to the other groups in perth and sometimes i am struggling to see where parts that have gone.  so what do we need to do to engage???

ride leader sponsor – there is no ride leader sponsor for july.  if you own a business and would like advertise/sponsor our ride leaders, please contact the club via email for more information.

spr tour de france sweepstakes – the tour is underway and now the sweeps are underway.  we finally sold all the tickets so will draw out teams tonight.  so far every team has received some prize money…some more than others.  you can see the results on the leaderboard page.

spr tour de france dinner – the tour de france dinner has now sold out.  members who managed to get in will be enjoying the best of french cuisine at chez pierre.

tour of margs teams – emails have gone out to those that have expressed interest.  there will be another information session this saturday after the main ride for those that have any questions.

entertainment books – we will again be selling entertainment books this year through the club.  the digital versions actually come online now and last years don’t finish till the end of june allowing you twice as many offers for 3 months.  check out the links on the previous post to find out more.

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.

from the ride coordinator – The Sat main route dog legs along Leach Hwy for ~650m before turning right. Ensure groups stay together and changing lanes on Leach is done safely.

saturday 14th 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 1/2 – trans reverse river 40.58km spr saturday

fast/main – murdoch & freo 49.8km spr saturday

sunday 15th 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 obs kal 90.32km spr sunday

monday 16th july

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

south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 17th 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 18th july

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

interval training – stock road repeats

thursday 19th 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 20th july

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride

 

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