ride routes 8th – 14th december

as mentioned below, the next class of ride leaders are about to start their practical assessment.  this involves being a ride leader in an active environment but under the watchful eye of qualified ride leaders.  the ride leader program has been a success story for the club and keys into the club cornerstones of safety and organised.  not only has it provided a structure around which our group rides are organised, the concept has been shipped off to other clubs to allow them to form their own tailor-made program.  it is important to remember two things – these people are volunteers (the coffee voucher is no way enough to reward them for what they do for the club); you are still responsible for your own safety and the safety of others.  the ride leaders is there to assist and guide, they are not there for you to absolve all responsibility. make sure you let them know that you appreciate the effort that they put in.

ride leader sponsor –the ride leader sponsor for December is Get Your Visa a migration agency based in Perth since 2012.  Whether you are looking at an employee to sponsor, or having a relative joining you or any migration matters, Get Your Visa is there to help.

troy marais memorial ride – there will be a memorial ride for Troy Marais tomorrow (friday) leaving the Narrows at 5.45am. Troy very sadly took his own life last Friday and tomorrow is a chance to reflect on his passing and remember him in a fitting manner – working up a sweat and enjoying some time with friends on the bike. Troy was a member of the King KOM Race Machine team – or as its known by SPR – Team Voldemort! Troy recently competed in the Tour of Margs and, as with all the KOM team, enjoyed the many race battles with SPR, Dome, Presto etc.  Just an easy ride, a chat with friends and some breakfast. Details can be found here and there is a link to GoFundMe page where they are seeking to support his partner and family with funeral and related cost.

spr christmas drinks – our christmas drinks this year will be held on sunday 16th december at the Empire bar in Rivervale.  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.  more info on the previous post where you can order tickets.

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.

spr award nominations – Each year SPR recognise some of the cyclists and participants who help to support the club or inspire others with their cycling achievements. There are multiple awards this year, four of which will be based on the information provided in this survey and one on the SPR Facebook page. Presentations of the awards will take place at the Christmas breakfast on Saturday 22 December 2018. There will also be a prize awarded at the breakfast for the best dressed rider/bike on the Christmas ride, so don’t forget to dress up your bike and yourself. Other awards will also be given at the Christmas breakfast. You can nominate up to two people for each award. If you could provide some background as to why the person is being nominated, even if they are not the final award recipient, they will still have the opportunity to read the collated comments. Note this survey is fully anonymous. This survey will be open until midnight Wednesday 19 December 2018. Thank you for participating in our survey. Your feedback is important.

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.

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 and watch them stuff pancakes in their face at Dome.

from the ride coordinator – We have a new group of ride leaders who have been busy working in the background developing their skills over the last month. It is now time for them to start their trial ride leading part of the course. Please pay attention to their briefings and instructions on the road. Remember they are training, and there is a lot to think about when coordinating and leading a group of cyclists. All our RL’s are volunteers to this role and do it to keep everyone as safe as possible, it is one of the key things SPR offers that few other group rides have.

saturday 8th 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

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

development group –  novice shelley 36.06km spr saturday

transitional 1/2 –trans canning vale 42.34km spr saturday

fast/main – canning vale & welshpool 49.74km spr saturday

sunday 9th december

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

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

ride start at coode st carpark at 6:00am

development group – coffee ride – Summer Sundays at Six am (Dec to Feb)

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

short – khna weir 72.23km spr sunday

long – khna trnr obs 101.76km spr sunday

monday 10th december

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

south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 11th 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 12th december

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

interval training – stock road repeats

thursday 13th 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 14th december

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride