ride routes 24th – 30th november

mental expeditions.  at some point in your life you need to challenge yourself.  whether it be mental, physical or both.  cycling often falls into the both categories as it is not uncommon for the most well trained legs to let down by the head.  so, when someone decides to ride from albany to melbourne totally unsupported, you would definitely say that it falls into the “both” category.  carlya bell is currently 50 days in and almost to the victorian border.  most people in the club would not know her, as i certainly don’t, but she has spend sometime with us as half of her pictures show her in an old spr jersey.   what makes this attempt even more remarkable is that unlike the indipac riders, carlya is not a long distance rider and usually does about 50kms a day.  check out her facebook page here and watch some of her videos as she keeps a diary of her travels.  she even stopped in at a school in adelaide to give a bit of a talk on riding across the nullarbor.  on top of this effort, she is also using her ride to raise money for beyond blue and you can donate here.  so, challenge yourself, or support someone that is.

ride leader sponsor –the ride leader sponsor for November is Colour & Moore Photography , owned by SPR member Kirstie Moore. Colour & Moore specialises in portrait photography (family, newborn, maternity, business, athlete, children, events, couples and lifestyle)

new kit day – if you ordered kit from the last run, it will be available for collection from the coffee shop after the main ride on saturday. if you need to make alternative arrangements for collection please email me at kit@southperthrouleurs.com.au and we can sort something out.

thursday papa’s – so a friend of mine was driving to work today and said that he got involved with some bikes along tapper rd as it turned into armadale rd.  these bikes filtered through traffic, got into the right lane, then proceeded to cut cars off as they turned left from the right lane.  now i know that we have no control over what rides people do and i know that thursday papa’s is a favourite for those wanting a very solid hit out.  please do not wear an spr jersey if you are going on that ride.  one of the older ones was spotted today doing these stupid things and it is the type of thing that does get back to us, especially from dashcam footage.  also, think about what you are actually doing and how that looks to the public.  are you really helping the cyclist cause if you illegally cut across lanes in front of vehicles.  never mind the extra risk that you just exposed yourself too.

spr christmas drinks – our christmas drinks this year will be held on sunday 16th december at a currently undisclosed venue.  nothing really secretive about it, we just don’t have confirmation yet.  this is an “out of lycra” event that you can bring your partner to without them getting embarrassed because you are still in cycling gear.

christmas club ride –our end of year breakfast and awards will be held (as usual) on the last saturday before christmas.  this year it is pretty close as it will be on the 22nd december.  held at Dome after the main ride, there will be an end of year wrap up of stories and awards along with the usual buffet breakfast from Dome.

The cyclists thundering to destiny

save the date – on the 6th of april next year we will be celebrating our 10 years of being an affiliated club.  the group came together in 2008, but officially we became an incorporated, affiliated club in 2009.  help us celebrate this occasion.  hopefully many “founding members” will be in attendance to see how the club has evolved over the years.

tomr 2018 race reports – there have been a bunch of race reports written by each of the teams that we took to margaret river.  check out this overview then click on each of the individual reports at the bottom.

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.

spr juniors – juniors is in full swing again.  bring your kids for laps of kings park.

from the ride coordinator – As summer approaches there are many aspects of riding that need to be considered. When it is hot make sure you have enough water and sunscreen. When it is windy, consider your position in the group, and roll through direction. Don’t surge off and leave the person behind you struggling into the wind. Don’t leave one person on the front doing long turns into the wind. Remember that the warmer weather brings out more riders, some may not haven’t ridden for a while, bigger groups and more unpredictability. As always, group rides are group rides, not solo efforts in a crowd, and follow guidance from the Ride Leader’s, they’re doing their best to keep you all safe.

saturday 24th 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

juniors (10 – 15 yrs with parent) – kings park juniors 23.72km spr saturday

development group –  novice shelley 36.06km spr saturday

transitional 1/2 – spr retro roll 41.60km

fast/main – alexander drive 50.46km spr saturday

sunday 25th 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 – f’berg urch obs 96.16km spr sunday

monday 26th november

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

south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 27th november

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 28th november

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

interval training – stock road repeats

thursday 29th 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 30th november

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride