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ride routes for…nah, just a check in.

it has been a couple of weeks since we shut down the spr rides and i thought that it was a good time to check in to see where we are up to. the rules have been constantly changing but i think that we are all well aware that they are being done for the right reason. we have had china, italy, spain, france and now the usa as a fair warning for just how bad this can be. we have also had japan, south korea, singapore and nz as potentially the right way to be dealing with it.

so, as cyclists, there have also been a few changes.  a couple of weeks ago, cycling aust, the state and federal gov went rapidly from groups of 10, to groups of 5 to pairs to solo riding only. luckily for us, the solo riding was reversed and people are allowed to ride in pairs as long as they abide by social distancing measures (see facebook post here). what this means is ride side-by-side, don’t draft and if you have to go single file, allow plenty of space. also be observant of spitting and snotting especially around built up areas. when you do stop, keep your distance and make sure that you don’t touch each others bikes. there is a caveat where riders from the same family can still ride together, so those that ride as couples can still force their significant other to the front to do the work.

however, there is a bit of kick-back that i have seen and heard about from the general public. riders being honked at, squirted or even spat at as they rode by. i personally think that this has a lot to do with people feeling that they have not been treated fairly. what i mean by this is there are a lot of people upset that they can’t watch the footy and go to the pub and when they see that we can still do the things we love, they lash out. fortunately not everyone out there is like that as we had a driver stop and help tighten a bottle cage bolt last weekend while riding around death valley. i guess we take the good with the bad.

there are some coffeeshops still open, but just be aware that although they are doing takeaways, there are still some common touch surfaces that do present a risk. if you pull out a chair to sit down, who else has previously touched that chair and where are your hands going next.

social media has meant that we can stay more connected and show people what we are up to. however, this can also have a negative affect as well. i do know of some people that have turned their strava profile to private as they were sick of the abuse they received from other riders. some people have taken the attitude that if they decide to go above and beyond the current rules and don’t ride outside anymore, then anyone who does ride outside is not socially responsible. everyone needs to act responsibility within the rules. don’t ride in more than pairs and adhere to social distancing measures. if you decide that because you have a potentially vulnerable relative and don’t want to risk any outside contact, then that is up to you. by riding solo or within the rules you can still manage the risks as well as managing your mental well being.

as for those that do want more indoor social riding contact, there are a number of zwift rides being setup each week. currently we do not have a regular “event” that you can join but there are “meetups” being held on tuesday, thursday and staurday. if you put spr after your name and look up rob ramsden within zwift, he can add you to the ride list. there is also talk of a race series where we piggy back on another race series and just pull the spr results out.  keep an eye out for that.

so, this is our new normal for now. in my opinion, this will be the normal for quite a while. until they develop a vaccine, i really can’t see how they can relax many of the social distancing rules without risking kicking off a new outbreak.

selfishly, this is really just about cycling, but i know that there are many out there where cycling is the last thing on their mind. they may have lost jobs or businesses or might be feeling other stresses brought on by our current situation. make sure you reach out to your social circle to check on each other (i hear that coffee via zoom is the new thing nowadays). but ride while we can and look after each other.

 

All club training rides cancelled

The last week and a half has been quite stressful for the SPR committee.  Every day there has been a discussion on what the clubs response will be to the Covid-19 pandemic. An important outcome of this discussion was the development of the Pandemic Strategy which showed just what our response will be at each stage.

Last week we moved to level 3 which meant that rides were still on but we were not recommending stopping at coffee shops.  We believe that the risk of infection was greater when people congregated around common shared surfaces.  This was our recommendation leading into this weekends rides.

However, the discussion about moving to level 4 has continued around the following  points – What is the trigger for moving to level 4, and what is the trigger for coming back off level 4? Our biggest concern has been how long this will last and therefore if we move to level 4 too early, after a while, people will get complacent when they should be getting vigilant.

We decided that a good trigger would be the closure (and reopening) of gyms. Being a niche sport, we were pretty sure that there would not be a government directive pertaining to cycling in this respect. Gyms, however, were the closest business that we thought the government could mandate on.  Today, the PM announced that all gyms would be closed, so we are using this as our trigger to move to level 4.

What this means is that all SPR organised rides will be cancelled. It is now up to you to make the personal choice as to whether you ride or not, who you ride with and where you ride. The club is in the process of organising a number of Zwift rides for both during the week and weekend.  We realise that not everyone has easy access to a Zwift setup, but for now that is all we, as a club, can provide.

The current advice from Cycling Australia is that groups of no more than 10 people should be riding together. Again, this is now your personal choice and may actually change in light of the PM’s announcement.  If you are looking at organising a small group, please refrain from using the SPR social media pages to do that. The risk of more than just a few people turning up will be too high.

Although it seems that the government has forced our hand, this decision has not been made lightly and the discussion has been robust on both sides. While we appreciate that this is such a divergence from what we are all used to doing, the club will be here when we come out the other side. Please continue to stay social on social media. It is important for the club to be both inclusive and social even if we are not riding together.  After all, those are two of the founding cornerstones.

potential ride routes for 21st – 27th march

where to start. there is so much information, advice and opinion floating around at the moment that it is worth stopping and taking stock of our current situation. over the weekend the committee had a lengthy discussion and we posted our advice for group riding and coffee-shop interaction. basically stop snotting and touching and if you have travelled recently or been in contact with someone that now has the virus, stay away. the next day we developed a strategy which showed just how we would deal with this pandemic moving forward. after much discussion we landed on level 2 as it fell in line with the national guidelines.  the next day westcycle posted their advice and using our strategy guidelines, suggested that all clubs need to be at level 3 (riding is ok, but no coffee-shops). As such we have taken that position and although we are still running group rides, our recommendation is that you do restrict any physical social interaction afterwards.

in some people’s opinions, this does not go far enough and we are being told that we should cease all group rides all together. this is contrary to all federal and state level advice as well as the national cycling organisation. however, this is not just blindly following the government advice but making an informed decision and trying to find the right balance.

while the more populated east coast of australia is starting to see an increase in the number of cases reported, there is some benefit in being the most isolated capital city in the world. unfortunately, it is also the home of many cash-up bogans who didn’t want to give up their bali holiday. so, at the moment, the majority of cases in wa are coming from people that have travelled and returned with the virus. looking at the stats for each state in this abc.net article (updated daily), nsw, vic and qld have had a dramatic increase in the number of cases with nsw going from 22 to 267 in two weeks. wa is lagging, but there is no reason not to expect that we will follow the same trajectory. as such, we think that we have about a week before the number of cases contracted locally begins to rise. as we start to see that change, the committee will discuss the best options for the club and communicate immediately. bearing in mind that as this level of isolation could be mandated for months, we are cautious to not over-react.

so, in the meantime what is the risk for riding? in an article from bicycling.com, there is a section about the risks of transmission from sweat, spit and snot during riding. it also covers what to do if you do get hit by someones spit and how long they think the virus (which is not airborne transmitted) can live outside a host. just be aware that this article is written for an american audience and different rules for social distancing apply (50 people, while in australia it is currently 500 people).

there is also an argument that in the event of an accident, you will further overwhelm a health care system that is under pressure.  i totally agree, but we are not there yet and when that time comes, indoor would be the safest option.

at the end of the day this comes down to personal choice and if you have family that are elderly or vulnerable, then you need to make the decision as to how you conduct your daily life.  not just cycling, but using public transport, using areas that have shared spaces and who you do come in contact with. while we do think that the current risk of transmission while cycling is low, we are also aware that the situation can change rapidly and we will endeavour to react accordingly.

so while you still see the ride routes listed out for the coming week, we are starting to develop an online option for those that want to begin isolating now. this may be the norm moving forward so it may pay to get your equipment and memberships ready for when it becomes the only option available. the spr indoor riders collective (sprirc) is being established with the first ride coming this saturday  for those that don’t want to head out (see below). as the situation changes we will work towards making more rides available throughout the week.

annual general meeting – The South Perth Cycle Club Annual General Meeting (AGM) has been postponed due to social distancing rules being applied to indoor gatherings. However, while we sort out a date to hold the AGM, feel free to nominate for a position within the committee. Initial indications are that the club will need at least 2 new committee members for 2020. Please see the previous post for more info.

new spr kit design – as outlined in the previous post, the design for the new spr kit has been finalised.  the kit committee has been working closely with Mayeur to come up with a design that encompasses the clubs main elements whilst presented within an understated style. next steps will be a social event/sizing party to ensure that people order exactly what they need.

mercantile lane closure – some of you may remember that the pedestrian bridge over mercantile lane fell down last year.  this is the back lane that we take to get from mounts bay rd to st georges terrace.  as of 20th dec it will be closed again to facilitate the rebuilding of that foot bridge.  no idea how long it will be down for, so you will need to take the next road (william st) to hook back around to the cafe after the ride.

watertower challege 2020 – it’s back. after a number of years hiatus, we will be running the watertower challenge in september. you can choose between the metric (100km) or imperial (160km) challenge visiting a number of watertowers around the suburbs of perth. form a team of 3 and challenge yourself. more info on our facebook events page.

sunday start locations – as numbers increase over summer, we are looking at how we can manage the groups on a sunday morning.  as such we are implementing a start location system to give us an idea of how big the groups are.  we can then split them before they leave the carpark to ensure that the groups are a safe size on the road.  see the previous blog post about where to meet and the new start time.

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 have been canceled as per our corona virus pandemic strategy.

spr indoor riders collective (sprirc) – For those who wish, there will be Zwift ride set up for Saturday morning. I’ll invite those who follow me on Zwift, and for anyone who wants to join in, they can get in touch via the zwift app (search for Julian Johnson SPR) and add me to your following list, so I can add you. The ride course is the Sand and Sequoia on Watopia and it starts at 7 am. You can also just join in with the group at the start. We’ll do 3 laps in total, the first lap we’ll make sure everyone gets on and roll around at 2-2.5 w/kg. This will pick up to 3 for the second lap and all in for the last 20 km. Total distance will be 60 km

from the ride coordinator – Wow. What a crazy time we live in. To think that this time last week, the thought of not scheduling a main ride seemed a distant consideration. Fast forward 7 days and it has occupied the deliberations of the committee constantly in the ever changing world we live in. Right now, I’m happy to report that we are still riding but without the coffee shop experience afterwards. We know this is not everyone’s choice so we are also setting up alternatives to those that may be uncomfortable with the conventional form of riding. Whatever option you choose, you can rely on this club committing to being true to itself around inclusion and providing options for as many of its members as possible. Enjoy whatever you choose and stay healthy.

saturday 21st 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 – cancelled

development group –  novice shelley 36.06km spr saturday

transitional 1/2 – trans shelley 40.59km spr saturday

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

sunday 22nd march

rides start at coode st carpark at 7:00am

note: sunday rides now start at 7:00am from mar to oct

development group – coffee ride

short –wlsh weir 62.23km spr sunday

long – wlsh obs kal 90.32km spr sunday

monday 23rd march

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

cancelled

tuesday 24th march

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

cancelled

wednesday 25th march

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

cancelled

thursday 26th march

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

cancelled

ride starts frasers ave at 5:45am

cancelled

friday 27th march

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

cancelled

spr club pandemic guidelines

UPDATE: as per the advice from Westcycle on the 17th March, we are now at level 3. This means rides are still on, but it is recommended that there is no physical social contact before or after the ride. Training can still continue, but nothing more.
the spr committee has been in discussion throughout the day as to how we deal with the changing landscape created by COVID-19. we have developed the following strategy and just want to explain where we currently sit and what the next steps may be. again, we are not trying to enforce rules for the sake of it, but rather trying to find that balance between keeping our members and their families safe and providing training opportunities for as long as possible.
 
we have identified 4 levels of operation with each step further limiting social interaction.
 
level 1 is self-explanatory and is our default state.
 
level 2 is where we currently believe we are at this point in time. social distancing means not cramming into shared spaces and limiting physical contact to shared items. as such we are postponing the AGM to a later date. increase awareness of hygiene both on the ride and in social situations needs to be observed. juniors riding at parents discretion.
 
level 3 is social isolation and we do not recommend any social interaction after the ride. cycling itself is generally a non-contact sport and it is believed that the risk is lessened as long as you observe the previously mentioned hygiene guidelines. we will not stop anyone having a coffee after a ride, but at the same time we will not be recommending it. junior rides will be cancelled.
 
level 4 is a total restriction of any physical interaction. many areas in europe are now on total lockdown and there is no reason not to believe that australia may be heading the same way. if that situation occurs, we will endeavour to organise as many online rides as we possibly can.
 
as a club, we are here for our members and we are committed to keeping them as safe as possible. we are also aware that we provide a “service” by offering club training rides, so finding that balance is what we are endeavouring to achieve.
 
peter mah – president
on behalf of the south perth cycle club committee

COVID-19 club guidelines

in light of the rapidly changing environment that we are finding ourselves in with the COVID-19 pandemic, the club would like to set some standards for our group rides to keep everyone safe.

if you have recently travelled internationally or been in close contact with someone who has recently travelled, then the normal 14 day isolation rules extend to the group training rides a well.

if you have flu like symptoms (cough, fever, etc) then self isolation is a must and group rides would be a no-go.

although reports are that a high percentage of cases are mild and healthy adults recover without incident, the risk of spreading to the more fragile members of our community is high. this is an unnecessary risk that others don’t need to be exposed to.

as with most viruses of this type, you are often contagious before you show symptoms. therefore good hygiene is important during a ride. spitting and blowing your nose should only be done away from the group as this can create an airborne cloud that is inhaled by other riders.

social distancing is the new catch cry and this means that spending times in close proximity to others should be minimised. although we would never stop anyone having a coffee after the ride, please be aware of, and practice good hygiene habits. hugs, handshakes and sharing food should be restricted.

the federal government has advised that gatherings of over 500 people are to be cancelled and although this does not affect us yet, that number could reduce in coming weeks/months. at this stage the club AGM will still go ahead next week and we will update if anything changes. the goal of the club is for everyone to remain safe and healthy.

peter mah
president – south perth rouleurs

ride routes 14th – 20 march

remember when you just started cycling and a river loop was a big achievement. well for some it still is as many people struggle just to get off the couch. however, if you take a standard perth river loop, multiply the distance by 5.2 and the elevation gain by 12.6 then you start to see just what a challenge 3peaks really is. now being victoria, drop the temperature into single digits, reduce visibility and add a bit of sleet. now the challenge is really on. of all the spr members in the picture above, not everyone managed to cross the finishline last weekend, but it wasn’t from a lack of trying. perth’s nice weather doesn’t acclimatise you to the cold alpine temperatures and some of our riders suffered because of it. however, understanding the time and training that goes into just making it to the start makes you appreciate the effort and sacrifice that all the riders had to go through. so whether you made it to the end or not, well done on even attempting it in miserable conditions and celebrate with some gelato.

ride leader sponsor – this months ride leader sponsor is Chaotic Energy.  owner, Teneal Attard is an active member of the club and is proud to be supporting the upcoming Renae’s Race, the premier race for women in WA.  what is Chaotic Energy? they are a gym with a difference – an inclusive, stress free and supportive community, committed to achieving physical and emotional optimisation. see the previous post for more details and links.

annual general meeting – The South Perth Cycle Club Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on Saturday 21 March 2020 at 9am. This will be held at Dome Westralia Plaza (5/167 St Georges Terrace, Perth) following the usual Saturday ride. Each year at the AGM all office holder and general committee positions are declared vacant. In order to keep the club moving forward and meet the needs of all, it is important that the SPR committee is representative of our broad membership.
Initial indications are that the club will need at least 2 new committee members for 2020. Please see the previous post for more info.

renae’s race/henk vogels memorial – this weekend the racing is in memory of two passionate riders that are no longer with us.  renae’s race honors renae baker a promising young cyclist who died of leukaemia in 1999. our own reporter, clarie tyrell did a story on her last year which we posted here. mentioned in that story is henk vogels who was the long standing president of the southern districts cycle club and who began renae’s race as a way of keeping her memory alive. this sunday the racing at the driver training centre at the airport will be dedicated to both cyclists.  renae’s race is sponsored by club member teneal attard through her Chaotic Energy business and is considered the premier race for women in the state. come along to support not just your club members but the cycling community.

new spr kit design – as outlined in the previous post, the design for the new spr kit has been finalised.  the kit committee has been working closely with Mayeur to come up with a design that encompasses the clubs main elements whilst presented within an understated style. next steps will be a social event/sizing party to ensure that people order exactly what they need.

mercantile lane closure – some of you may remember that the pedestrian bridge over mercantile lane fell down last year.  this is the back lane that we take to get from mounts bay rd to st georges terrace.  as of 20th dec it will be closed again to facilitate the rebuilding of that foot bridge.  no idea how long it will be down for, so you will need to take the next road (william st) to hook back around to the cafe after the ride.

sunday start locations – as numbers increase over summer, we are looking at how we can manage the groups on a sunday morning.  as such we are implementing a start location system to give us an idea of how big the groups are.  we can then split them before they leave the carpark to ensure that the groups are a safe size on the road.  see the previous blog post about where to meet and the new start time.

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.

photo: tom barrett

spr juniors – juniors, juniors, juniors. numbers have been a bit sporadic for juniors since the new year.  hopefully we can get numbers back up to a sustainable level so that it doesn’t rely on only a few people to make it happen.  while the weather is nice, get the kids out and get them active.

from the ride coordinator – You can just feel the weather starting to change. Whilst it’s not anywhere close to the conditions in the Peaks Challenge last week (btw, kudos to all those SPR riders who attempted the near feezing winds and rain) , you can just start to feel a little bit of coolness creeping in to the morning rides, especially the 5.30am ones. I’m hoping that the forecast rain stays away long enough for us to get the main ride in. Regardless, it’s a good time to stop and think of the bike set up, charging those lights and riding to the conditions. Whatever you do, enjoy the riding if you can.

saturday 14th 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 – kings park juniors 23.72km spr saturday

development group –  novice shelley 36.06km spr saturday

transitional 1/2 – trans cresswell 40.21km spr saturday

fast/main – morley drive 50.77km spr saturday

sunday 15th march

rides start at coode st carpark at 7:00am

note: sunday rides now start at 7:00am from mar to oct

development group – coffee ride

short – khna weir 72.23km spr sunday

long – khna trnr obs 101.76km spr sunday

monday 16th march

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

south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 17th march

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

spr tuesday 36.37km (river ride)

wednesday 18th march

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

interval training – stock road repeats

thursday 19th 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 20th march

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride

ride routes 7th – 13th march

photo: tom barrett

who is it that influenced you to ride a bike? was it a family member that you always saw riding when you were growing up, or did you start riding later in life and noticed some friends or work mates spending time in the saddle? for me it was a school mate that got me into riding.  pre-helmet rules, pre-lycra style and heavy steel bikes. no group rides, just a couple of us heading out for hours on end, or touring between towns.  the longest was a 200km trek between bendigo and halls gap which took us 10 hours and included 8 hours of rain.  looking back on it we had no idea what we were doing.  bags were just 2 backpacks slung over a carrier and nutrition involved pies from local bakeries.  definitely a simpler time.

ride leader sponsor – this months ride leader sponsor is Chaotic Energy.  owner, Teneal Attard is an active member of the club and is proud to be supporting the upcoming Renae’s Race, the premier race for women in WA.  what is Chaotic Energy? they are a gym with a difference – an inclusive, stress free and supportive community, committed to achieving physical and emotional optimisation. see the previous post for more details and links.

annual general meeting – The South Perth Cycle Club Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on Saturday 21 March 2020 at 9am. This will be held at Dome Westralia Plaza (5/167 St Georges Terrace, Perth) following the usual Saturday ride. Each year at the AGM all office holder and general committee positions are declared vacant. In order to keep the club moving forward and meet the needs of all, it is important that the SPR committee is representative of our broad membership.
Initial indications are that the club will need at least 1 new committee member for 2020. Please see the previous post for more info.

SPR SuperVan and Tent City at The Ring Subiaco – These things don’t happen by themselves. We are seeking some volunteers to arrive at 11:00am and 17:30pm this Sunday to the corner of Rokeby and Baker Rds to assist in setting up and packing down the SPR tents for The Ring Subiaco this weekend. If you race, intend to race, like to watch (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyOqd6RN9eU) or happen be an SPR member then volunteer to come along and help. If you intend to nominate for SPR’s at Tour of Margaret River squads this year, volunteer, as this will count towards the mandatory vollie appearance! Email race@spr to volunteer. Otherwise, come along and watch and cheer and ring cowbells like some crazy bugger that could have bought all the toilet paper. See you there.

new spr kit design – as outlined in the previous post, the design for the new spr kit has been finalised.  the kit committee has been working closely with Mayeur to come up with a design that encompasses the clubs main elements whilst presented within an understated style. next steps will be a social event/sizing party to ensure that people order exactly what they need.

mercantile lane closure – some of you may remember that the pedestrian bridge over mercantile lane fell down last year.  this is the back lane that we take to get from mounts bay rd to st georges terrace.  as of 20th dec it will be closed again to facilitate the rebuilding of that foot bridge.  no idea how long it will be down for, so you will need to take the next road (william st) to hook back around to the cafe after the ride.

sunday start locations – as numbers increase over summer, we are looking at how we can manage the groups on a sunday morning.  as such we are implementing a start location system to give us an idea of how big the groups are.  we can then split them before they leave the carpark to ensure that the groups are a safe size on the road.  see the previous blog post about where to meet and the new start time.

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, juniors, juniors. numbers have been a bit sporadic for juniors since the new year.  hopefully we can get numbers back up to a sustainable level so that it doesn’t rely on only a few people to make it happen.  while the weather is nice, get the kids out and get them active.

from the ride coordinator – Was so inspired by last week’s Perth Festival finale tribute to Bon Scott that I’ve got all nostalgic in this week’s choice of ride route for our main ride. For those riding this week, bring out your best Acca Dacca Lycra (black will do it) and rock your own Highway to Hell on the Freo Canningvale route !

On another note, good luck to all those SPR riders participating in the Peaks Challenge, Perth to Buso and Subiaco Crits events this weekend.

saturday 7th 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 – 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 – freo & canning vale 52.11km spr saturday

sunday 8th march

rides start at coode st carpark at 7:00am

note: sunday rides now start at 7:00am from mar to oct

development group – coffee ride

short – grnmt goose 65.22km spr sunday

long – grnmt prk mnd wr 93.71km spr sunday

monday 9th march

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

south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 10th march

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

spr tuesday 36.37km (river ride)

wednesday 11th march

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

interval training – stock road repeats

thursday 12th 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 13th march

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride

ride routes 29th feb – 6th march

so, lets talk about the weather.  rain, humidity, wind.  all the things that cyclists don’t like.  this morning we were also dodging the odd thunderstorm but didn’t manage to miss the rain.  apart from the steamy queensland like weather, the other main change is that sunrise is getting later.  it is now after 6am and with the overcast skys, this makes it dark.  as announced a number of times, the sunday hills ride is moving back to a 7am start.  this allows us more visibility and less chance of drivers being blinded by the sunrise. i am sure that someone will turn up there at 6am this week, but i am also sure that they will only do it once.

ride leader sponsor – this months ride leader sponsor is Chaotic Energy.  owner, Teneal Attard is an active member of the club and is proud to be supporting the upcoming Renae’s Race, the premier race for women in WA.  what is Chaotic Energy? they are a gym with a difference – an inclusive, stress free and supportive community, committed to achieving physical and emotional optimisation. see the previous post for more details and links.

annual general meeting – The South Perth Cycle Club Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on Saturday 21 March 2020 at 9am. This will be held at Dome Westralia Plaza (5/167 St Georges Terrace, Perth) following the usual Saturday ride. Each year at the AGM all office holder and general committee positions are declared vacant. In order to keep the club moving forward and meet the needs of all, it is important that the SPR committee is representative of our broad membership.
Initial indications are that the club will need at least 1 new committee member for 2020. Please see the previous post for more info.

criterium racing – Sunday 8th March is the Subiaco round of the InterClub Crit Series. If you went last year to race or spectate, you’ll know it was a splendid afternoon out.
Staged in the heart of Subiaco, the circuit is a tough course, fully closed with brilliant spectating available. The SPR SuperVan will be in attendance with our Green tent city, esky’s filled, some seating and even some cowbells. OF COURSE!
The weekend after is the final round of the InterClub series and the Premier Women’s Criterium race event of the year – Renae’s Race. Celebrating the life of the late Renae Baker, you should have also seen that the event this year is being generously sponsored by Chaotic Energy. This year the same day will play host to a commemorative race in memory of Henk Vogels Snr for the blokes.
Come and race, come and spectate, COME AND SUPPORT!!!
Your entries are open for both at entry boss click the links for The Ring Subiaco or Renae’s Race.
And keep your eyes out for the RACE@SPR posts.

new spr kit design – as outlined in the previous post, the design for the new spr kit has been finalised.  the kit committee has been working closely with Mayeur to come up with a design that encompasses the clubs main elements whilst presented within an understated style. next steps will be a social event/sizing party to ensure that people order exactly what they need.

rubbish – it was observed that someone in the group discarded a gel pack during the ride last week.  all rubbish must be carried and disposed of properly.  even the pro’s can only drop things at certain times during the race now to minimise littering. if you managed to carry the gel packet when it was full, you certainly had space for the empty packet.

mercantile lane closure – some of you may remember that the pedestrian bridge over mercantile lane fell down last year.  this is the back lane that we take to get from mounts bay rd to st georges terrace.  as of 20th dec it will be closed again to facilitate the rebuilding of that foot bridge.  no idea how long it will be down for, so you will need to take the next road (william st) to hook back around to the cafe after the ride.

sunday start locations – as numbers increase over summer, we are looking at how we can manage the groups on a sunday morning.  as such we are implementing a start location system to give us an idea of how big the groups are.  we can then split them before they leave the carpark to ensure that the groups are a safe size on the road.  see the previous blog post about where to meet and the new start time.

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, juniors, juniors. numbers have been a bit sporadic for juniors since the new year.  hopefully we can get numbers back up to a sustainable level so that it doesn’t rely on only a few people to make it happen.  while the weather is nice, get the kids out and get them active.

from the ride coordinator – Some changes for this weekends rides, will really test how far people read down the blog, or whether they just skip past this section to the ride routes. If you are reading this, then kudos to you as you might just have some more knowledge than the thumb scrolling experts who just go to the ride routes.

First thing is a reiteration of last week’s notice than Sunday Hills rides will be reverting back to a 7am start. If you are a regular for these rides, be good to have a quick word to your fellow regular Sunday riders to make sure they enjoy an extra hours sleep.

If you are intending to ride the public holiday Monday ride, then please note their is a slight change to the route that will take away the dangerous and deteriorating road conditions around Riverside Rd, through the left bank. SO PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING: the ride route will continue along Preston Point Rd all the way to the Canning Highway. DO NOT TURN RIGHT AT THE ROUNDABOUT AT THE CORNER OF PRESTON POINT RD INTO RIVERSIDE DRIVE. Continue straight along Preston Point ride, up and over the rise to the Canning Highway. At Canning Highway, turn right but stay in the right hand lane, ready to turn onto the Stirling Highway Bridge. After traversing the bridge, turn left onto Tydeman Road to join the route as you know it.

Again, if you are having a coffee and asking your fellow SPR rider if they are riding Monday, be sure to also ask if they know of the PH ride route change. Otherwise enjoy this weekend’s riding as it looks like it’s clearing up just in time.

saturday 29th february

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 – kings park juniors 23.72km spr saturday

development group –  novice shelley 36.06km spr saturday

transitional 1/2 – trans reabold 38.69km spr saturday

fast/main – reabold & cottesloe 50.91km spr saturday

sunday 1st march

rides start at coode st carpark at 7:00am

note: sunday rides now start at 7:00am from mar to oct

development group – coffee ride

short – brktn weir 82.89km spr sunday

long – cann dam 100.13km spr sunday

monday 2nd march – labour day

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

south stock 33.76km spr monday

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

main/fast – public hol 57.62km spr special

tuesday 3rd march

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

spr tuesday 36.37km (river ride)

wednesday 4th march

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

interval training – stock road repeats

thursday 5th 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 6th march

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride

ride routes 22nd – 28th february

the other day #2 son had to write a piece on people he admired.  he listed kobe bryant, some random youtube person that i don’t know and….me. as an 11 year old, this is not unusual, but his reasoning was a little more obscure. he talked about the club and how i am a ride leader and this is what he wanted to be when he grew up. not “i want to win races” (that’s def not me), not “i want to ride fast” (still not me), but “i want to be a leader”. when we started the ride leader program, it was modelled loosely on the surf life-saving structure. a lot of young people join the junior ranks on the beach, with the hope of one day being able to wear the bright yellow of a life-saver. if that is how our juniors view the program, then we must be doing something right.

ride leader sponsor – this months ride leader sponsor is Chaotic Energy.  owner, Teneal Attard is an active member of the club and is proud to be supporting the upcoming Renae’s Race, the premier race for women in WA.  what is Chaotic Energy? they are a gym with a difference – an inclusive, stress free and supportive community, committed to achieving physical and emotional optimisation. see the previous post for more details and links.

crit racing – there is racing available throughout summer – pretty much every weekend. this sunday is a west coast masters race at herne hill. an updated program with links to the events HERE.  for a bit more info on why crit racing could be for you, check out the previous post.

Mo, Tech, Numbers. Photo: Mo

spr race mentors – the race mentors will be your go to for questions, queries and advice so you can dip your toe with some support. if you think you want to be a race mentor to help those that are curious about racing, then you can sign up to help out.  check out the previous post for more information.

new spr kit design – as outlined in the previous post, the design for the new spr kit has been finalised.  the kit committee has been working closely with Mayeur to come up with a design that encompasses the clubs main elements whilst presented within an understated style. next steps will be a social event/sizing party to ensure that people order exactly what they need.

rubbish – it was observed that someone in the group discarded a gel pack during the ride last week.  all rubbish must be carried and disposed of properly.  even the pro’s can only drop things at certain times during the race now to minimise littering. if you managed to carry the gel packet when it was full, you certainly had space for the empty packet.

mercantile lane closure – some of you may remember that the pedestrian bridge over mercantile lane fell down last year.  this is the back lane that we take to get from mounts bay rd to st georges terrace.  as of 20th dec it will be closed again to facilitate the rebuilding of that foot bridge.  no idea how long it will be down for, so you will need to take the next road (william st) to hook back around to the cafe after the ride.

sunday start locations – as numbers increase over summer, we are looking at how we can manage the groups on a sunday morning.  as such we are implementing a start location system to give us an idea of how big the groups are.  we can then split them before they leave the carpark to ensure that the groups are a safe size on the road.  see the previous blog post about where to meet and the new start time.

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, juniors, juniors. numbers have been a bit sporadic for juniors since the new year.  unfortunately i will be contributing to it this week as i have a previous commitment and will not be bringing the boys down. hopefully we can get numbers back up to a sustainable level so that it doesn’t rely on only a few people to make it happen.  while the weather is nice, get the kids out and get them active.

from the ride coordinator – This is the last week that the Sunday hills ride will leave at 6:00am. Next Sunday is the 1st of March and sunrise will be after 6:00am so the rides will move back to 7:00am.  I have enjoyed getting home early, but there has also been an increased risk from motorist not seeing us as we are riding into the rising sun.  there have been very few really hot days, so if there are any predicted, we will just tackle them on an “as needs” basis.

saturday 22nd february

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 – kings park juniors 23.72km spr saturday

development group –  novice shelley 36.06km spr saturday

transitional 1/2 – trans benara 39.90km spr saturday

fast/main – benara rd 50.76km spr saturday

sunday 23rd february

rides start at coode st carpark at 6:00am

note: sunday rides start at 6:00am from nov to feb

development group – coffee ride

short – brktn weir 82.89km spr sunday

long – roley obs 100.16km spr sunday

monday 24th february

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

south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 25th february

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

spr tuesday 36.37km (river ride)

wednesday 26th february

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

interval training – stock road repeats

thursday 27th february

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 28th february

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride

chaotic energy – ride leader sponsor

although the ride leader sponsor program is no longer active, there are still aspects of the overall ride leader program that require funding (jerseys, theory workshops, etc). as such, we will still be accepting intermittent sponsorship to assist the club to develop the ride leaders further.  we are therefore pleased to have Chaotic Energy as a sponsor for the next month.

How great is our club? I’m a proud SPR member and am passionate about making positive change in cycling and racing in WA. Teneal Attard here – owner at Chaotic Energy. It’s been a big few months supporting fellow SPR-er Davina Summers with the development of SheRaceWA and running the “Come and Try” sessions for women, and more recently men that want to get into racing. The summer has been a huge success with race numbers building and the racing being even more exciting.

Renae’s Race

Chaotic Energy is proud to be supporting Renae’s Race again in 2020 and I’d love to see a larger pool of SPR women and men racing on the day. Big prize money is on offer and it is part of the West Cycle Interclub Series where SPR is sitting 4th on the Club overall leaderboard after 2 rounds, a great chance to climb us up the ladder.

I often get asked on rides what is Chaotic Energy. We’re a gym with a difference – an inclusive, stress free and supportive community, committed to achieving physical and emotional optimization. Our main areas of service are Strength and Conditioning, One on One Personal Training and NeuroPhysics Therapy/Rehabilitation. Depending on your performance goals/injuries/aches and pains, we create an individualised program for you and help you achieve the results you are after. Please get in touch if you’d like to find out more.

Contact Details:

Chaotic Energy Website | SheRaceWA Facebook Page |             Renae’s Race Event Page | West Cycle Interclub Series