ride routes 31st aug – 6th sep

there are some classic places that cyclist seem to congregate to.  the arenberg forrest in the paris-roubaix, the stelvio, alpe d’huez.  the common thread with these places is usually suffering for cyclists.  heroes are made or destroyed when the riding gets tough as it shows what the riders mental fortitude is.  another classic is l’erocia in tuscany.  this is a heroic ride where all competitors must ride a vintage bike across unsealed white dirt roads.  to make it more accessible, there are a number of different length rides, but the classic is over 200kms and close to 4000m of climbing which most people take about 15 hours to complete.  if you like to suffer, this one is for you.

entertainment book – once again we are selling the entertainment book as a fundraiser for the club.  available as a digital version, you can carry it anywhere on your phone to make sure that you never miss out on those discounts.  if you do want a physical book, these are still available but you must select a postage option.  click here to order your new book.  there are usually different weekly offers on when you buy your entertainment book.

weekend racing – here is what is on offer this weekend if you want to pin a number on.

  • West Coast Masters: 1st September 2019 – Dog Hill (Flat Course)

uwct world champs – this weekend we have 2 members that we know about racing in poland for the masters world champs.  good luck to tim hopkins and graham begg who will be flying the aussie colours on sunday.  numbers are showing that this event may not be as popular as italy last year, but it is still a big achievement to qualify and compete at this level.  good luck boys.

the beverley volunteers – as we have for the last few years, we are running the beverley race as part of the heroic weekend.  it is a handicap event which means that anyone has a chance of bring home the bacon.  however, running an event like this take a lot of volunteers.  we need your time to help register people, drive support cars, assist in timing, etc.  if you can help out, please contact the race email and let us know what you can do.  if you are riding in the heroic or cyclocross, maybe you can volunteer the previous day for the race.

the beverley race – if you aren’t going to volunteer, then sign up for the race.  for those not familiar with how a handicap race is run, the strongest riders start last (scratch) with everyone else getting a increasing better time advantage.  this means that (if the handicappers get it right), everyone has the same chance of winning the event.  to enter go to the following link as the entryboss page has just been launched.  be heroic.


ToMR Breakaway 2019 – There’s more to ToMR than just racing ToMR!!! ToMR are hosting their “Breakaway” rides – get to ride the full race courses ahead of the race in a fully supported group.
Last year, that group was headed up by none other than Jens Voigt – who else would you get to lead a Breakaway if Thomas De Gendt isn’t available? If there is suitable demand from non-racing SPR members, we can look towards packaging an accommodation bundle to travel with the SPR ToMR-ers. If you like bikes and riding it is one of the best weekends away all year.  For more info on the Breakaway rides, check out the ToMR event websiteEmail if you are interested or chat to Steve or Greg after Saturday Main rides at Dome.

khanh maccarthy fundraiser – one of our members, khanh maccarthy suffered a heart attack while out jogging a few weeks ago.  although he is making steady progress, he is still in hospital and as you can imagine this is a very emotional and stressful time for his family.  a family friend has setup a gofundme to give them a little support as he recovers.  some of you may have ridden with him in the past, so please support this cause.

cornering study – a sports science honours student is running a study into ‘how biomechanics of the upper limb affects cornering performance in road cycling’. as such he is looking for adult road cyclists’ (18+ female and male) who ride 3 or more times in a typical week. they will use a range of sensors that will allow them to measure your muscle activity and movement patterns while you’re cornering.  no internal temperature devices are necessary for this study.  if you are interested in how your body reacts to the forces involved with cornering, contact william at his curtin email.

memberships new changes – if you are a member of another club and want to change to spr then it is simply a matter of calling up  cycling australia memberships and giving them your membership number.  i have requested that an additional fee is not required and most people don’t care what club is written on their card as long as they are in the right club in the system. it should be a zero fee transaction and if they ask for anything, tell them to contact the club.

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 – CANCELLED.  a bit of a discussion with the other parents and we have decided to put the juniors ride on hold over winter.  the last few weeks have been too wet and the prediction is for more rain on saturday.  even if it is not wet, then 2 deg in kings park is not pleasant and we want to make sure that the kids are actually having fun.  we will reassess mid august as to when to start up again.

from the ride coordinator – Quote of the week for all you dads out there celebrating Father’s Day this weekend:

“My biggest fear is that when I die my wife will sell my bicycles for what I told her they cost”.

Happy Fathers Day to you all.

saturday 31st august

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 – CANCELLED over winter

development group –  novice shelley 36.06km spr saturday

transitional 1/2 – trans cresswell 40.21km spr saturday

fast/main – cresswell & herdsman 48.86km spr saturday

sunday 1st september (fathers day)

rides start at coode st carpark at 7:00am

development group – coffee ride

short – brktn weir 82.89km spr sunday

long – roley obs 100.16km spr sunday

monday 2nd september

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

south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 3rd september

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

spr tuesday 36.37km (river ride)

wednesday 4th september

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

interval training – stock road repeats

thursday 5th september

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 6th september

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride