ride routes 16th – 22nd march

a splash of light and colour.  it still surprises me just how many people we get to a thursday morning ride.  it is now definitely dark at 5:30 with the sun not rising till after 6am.  i know that this will change as the days get colder, but for now, getting my arse handed to me at 50km/hr on mounts bay road is the highlight of my riding week.  so glad that there is a group behind to scoop me up.

ride leader sponsor –The ride leader sponsor for January is Babylon Pump & Power LTD.  They provide specialist equipment rental, diesel rebuild/maintenance and project support to the resources sector.

notice of annual general meeting – the south perth cycle club annual general meeting (agm) will be held on saturday,   23 march 2019 at 9am.  This will be held at Dome Westralia Plaza (5/167 st georges terrace, perth) following the usual saturday ride. please check the previous post for more info especially if you would like to be involved with the running of the club.


New kitnew kit day – if you ordered kit before the last close off you can grab it from the DOME after the saturday ride this week or next (16/03 & 23/03).  the boxes will be there between about 9:00am. and 10:15am.

criterium state championships – entries close midnight tonight for the state championships.  there are 18 different divisions so something for everyone who want to race.  registration is available via the website, and a race programs show what time all the events are on if you are looking at heading down to support.

women’s crit racing – throughout the entire ring series davina has been riding in c grade to act as a coach/mentor during the races.  nancy and faye have been  the main spr beneficiaries but her services have been for all women that wanted to step up to racing.  at renae’s race next weekend and the rccc 10 yr crit, there will be a “come and try” event.  this is a great opportunity for any female rider to get a feel for how crit racing is run without the pressure of a full on race.  davina will also provide in race coaching for C/D grade.  if any spr women are interested feel free to get in contact with davina  as the aim is to increase the number of women turning up to race events.  hopefully this will slowly filter up to an increase in the higher grades as well as teach racing skills and tactics which only makes racing more exciting.

memberships new changes – there has been quite a big change with memberships in 2019.  cycling australia have moved to a new system to keep track of memberships and this has allowed a few new benefits as well.  firstly there are a few different types of licences. for us the two main ones are ride+ and race.  obviously if you want to race, get the race one and if you just want coverage while riding with the club, get the ride+ one.  links can be found here.  while there is a cheaper ride basic option, it won’t cover you for much if you have an accident on a club ride.  there is also a new billing system where you can elect to pay monthly instead of annually.  for those that don’t appreciate the big hit for a elite race licence, you can split this across the year.  the minimum amount is for 12 months, though, so you still have to pay even if you don’t race.  there is also a 7day race licence that replaces the 3 day licence.  this can be purchased online and will be needed for event like the tour of margs, or if you just want to try out a crit or two.  it is only $38 but i am not sure how many you are allowed to purchase over a year.  finally, for those that want to transfer clubs there are two options.  firstly, if you current licence has expired, you now have the option to select a new club when renewing.  for those that want to join or leave spr for a mid year transfer, then you need to contact cycling australia memberships directly as the clubs cannot provide this service any more.

spr 10 year anniversary – south perth rouleurs 10th anniversary celebrations on the 6th of april 2019 will be in the form of not one, but two events! starting at 7am, we will conduct a suitably nostalgic, guided river ride where we will take in some of the significant landmarks and spots-of-significance that represent important milestones of the club’s growth and development. in keeping with our south perth heritage, we have secured the PS Decoy to steam us around…you guessed it…a river loop with a difference!  This will be a black-tie evening not to be missed.   see the previous post for more details.  tickets for the river cruise event are now being sold.  check out the previous post for links.

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 getting bigger.  more kids, more hill climbs, more pancakes and more bacon.  seriously, pancakes with bacon seems to be the food of choice.  under 10’s or over 10’s welcome with parents.

from the ride coordinator – We are almost at the autumnal equinox, with nights as long as days. Don’t forget to charge up and use your lights for your commutes and morning rides.

saturday 16th march

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

development group –  novice shelley 36.06km spr saturday

transitional 1/2 – trans shelley 40.59km spr saturday

fast/main – maddington 51.87km spr saturday

sunday 17th march

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 18th march

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

south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 19th march

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

spr tuesday 36.37km (river ride)

wednesday 20th march

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

interval training – stock road repeats

thursday 21st march

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 22nd march

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride