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ride routes 26th may – 1st june

sometimes life is about being challenged and other times it is about looking for a challenge.  a contingent of spr riders headed down south last weekend to the home of the tour of margaret river – nannup.  this time, however, there was a dirty weekend on the cards.  dirty, filthy, painful and exhilarating all at the same time.  the event was called seVen and involved 7 sectors of mostly fire trails and logging tracks around nannup.  covering 125kms and climbing close to 3000m it was not for the faint hearted.  it was a certainly a challenge made even bigger by the fact that since it was the inaugural event,  no-one knew what to expect either.  a few of us chose a cx bike as it was touted as a mtb/cx event. whilst none of the climbs were out of reach of the cx bike, it was the descents that really tested your resolve.  some of these were butt-clenching, arm shaking, wheel skidding edge of your seat experiences.  however, the scenery that we passed by was unbelievable. was it hard, yes. were i sore for days, yes.  will i do it again, damn right.  challenge accepted. (check out claire tyrrell’s article in today’s west travel section)

ride leader sponsor – the ride leader sponsor for may is  Itomic web/app specialists.  Itomic are a website and web application development company. Established in Perth in 2000, they also have offices in Melbourne and Vancouver.  Their primary open source software technologies are Drupal, WordPress, and Laravel.

spr national jersey – have you qualified to represent australia at the UWCT finals in italy this year???  if so, then you may need to purchase your aussie kit.  similar to previous years, we are doing an spr flavoured aussie kit so you can show both your country and club.  orders will close on the 31st may, so get on it.  see the previous post for further details.

spr general meeting – a few years ago the state government made some changes to the associations act that has meant every clubs constitution needs to change.  to do this, we need to hold a general meeting to vote on and accept the changes.  our meeting will be on the 9th june after the main ride and will be held at the coffee shop.  unlike the agm, there will not be a breakfast, but you will need to sign in so we can document how many people were in attendance to vote.  the previous post has a link to the new constitution, so have a look and table any feedback before the meeting so we can discuss any changes.

social sub-committee – we are looking for a few members to assist in the running of the spr social sub-committee.  the occasional breakfast, grand tour dinner and other out of lycra events are on the cards for this year.  check out the previous post if you can help out.

The group performed CPR until an ambulance arrived.do you know cpr? – our own claire tyrrell reported on a relevant cycling incident the other day in the west.  during a group ride, one of the riders suffered a heart attack and the others were required to perform cpr until an ambulance arrived.  there is a link to the article that show the event being captured on video.  it is pretty powerful stuff and begs the question – would you know what to do???  there has been previous discussions about ride leaders being qualified in 1st aid.  our position is still that the ride leader is there to guide and direct, they are not there to be 100% responsible for your well being.  if your mate was having a heart attack would you step in and act or would you just step back and say “oh, well, it is the ride leaders responsibility”.  we are all responsible for each others safety on the ride, make sure you know what to do.

entertainment books – we will again be selling entertainment books this year through the club.  the digital versions actually come online now and last years don’t finish till the end of june allowing you twice as many offers for 3 months.  check out the links on the previous post to find out more.

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.

from the ride coordinator – Please make a note that there may be a short detour in place on Albany hwy south bound near Kenwick link due to ongoing roadworks.

saturday 26th may

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 –  novice shelley 36.06km spr saturday

transitional 1/2 – trans reverse river 40.58km spr saturday

fast/main – shelley & mosman 50.14km spr saturday

sunday 27th may

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 – khna weir 72.23km spr sunday

long – khna can mills 94.55km spr sunday

monday 28th may

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

south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 29th may

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 30th may

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

interval training – stock road repeats

thursday 31st may

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 1st june

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride

ride routes 19th – 25th may

viva bris-vegas

i have spent the majority of the week in bris-vegas sans bike.  this meant that i have had to resort to the odd run to keep the fitness up.  so out for an explore of the shared paths around the city.  their river is not quite as wide so there are numerous bridges to cross onto south bank.  there are 2 dedicated pedestrian/bike bridges and the traffic bridges also have walkways.  the south bank promenade is popular with walkers, joggers and the like meaning that it is not really the place for some serious cycling.  it is well setup with cafe’s, parks, a ferris wheel and a free outdoor swimming pool/beach.  on the cityside, however, the bicentennial bikeway has wide, mostly separated paths set under the main roads that overhang the river.  like perth, getting into the city seems to be fairly easy, but after that you are competing with the traffic.

ride leader sponsor – the ride leader sponsor for may is  Itomic web/app specialists.  Itomic are a website and web application development company. Established in Perth in 2000, they also have offices in Melbourne and Vancouver.  Their primary open source software technologies are Drupal, WordPress, and Laravel.

social sub-committee – we are looking for a few members to assist in the running of the spr social sub-committee.  the occasional breakfast, grand tour dinner and other out of lycra events are on the cards for this year.  check out the previous post if you can help out.

The group performed CPR until an ambulance arrived.do you know cpr? – our own claire tyrrell reported on a relevant cycling incident the other day in the west.  during a group ride, one of the riders suffered a heart attack and the others were required to perform cpr until an ambulance arrived.  there is a link to the article that show the event being captured on video.  it is pretty powerful stuff and begs the question – would you know what to do???  there has been previous discussions about ride leaders being qualified in 1st aid.  our position is still that the ride leader is there to guide and direct, they are not there to be 100% responsible for your well being.  if your mate was having a heart attack would you step in and act or would you just step back and say “oh, well, it is the ride leaders responsibility”.  we are all responsible for each others safety on the ride, make sure you know what to do.

entertainment books – we will again be selling entertainment books this year through the club.  the digital versions actually come online now and last years don’t finish till the end of june allowing you twice as many offers for 3 months.  check out the links on the previous post to find out more.

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.

ride routes – single digit temperatures overnight this weekend, so it will be brisk on the earlybird.  make sure you rug up and i hope you made the kit order cut off for cold weather gear.

saturday 19th may

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 –  novice shelley 36.06km spr saturday

transitional 1/2 – trans benara 39.90km spr saturday

fast/main – hale & ridgehill 50.58km spr saturday

sunday 20th may

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 – wlsh weir 62.23km spr sunday

long – wlsh obs kal 90.32km spr sunday

monday 21st may

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

south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 22nd may

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 23rd may

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

interval training – stock road repeats

thursday 24th may

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 25th may – presidents day

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride

ride routes 12th – 18th may

photo: claire tyrrell

if the nights are dark and full of horrors, then the early morning is still pretty damn dark too.  all rides before 7am need lights and good ones too.  pretty much every ride we need to tell people to stop their front light from flashing.  it is annoying and pretty close to epileptic the way that it bounces and reflects off everything around you.  rear lights need to be on low and not facing up into the eyes of the person behind you.  riding at pace in the dark comes with a number of risks.  we do what we can to minimise these, but please be aware that your lights can play a big part in this.  not too dim, not too bright, juuuuust right.

ride leader sponsor – the ride leader sponsor for may is  Itomic web/app specialists.  Itomic are a website and web application development company. Established in Perth in 2000, they also have offices in Melbourne and Vancouver.  Their primary open source software technologies are Drupal, WordPress, and Laravel.

dirty dozen perth 2018 recap – from greg murray – I feel dirty. So, so dirty. Sunday saw a second running of the Smitton’s Dirty Dozen – DD18. And as you may pick up, it was a dirty one. The days’ build up was a succession of hints, threats and fears. Promises of a challenging (ie. leg shreddingly scary) course, killer climbs and some serious TSS numbers. Many a never-before-ridden climb would populate the collection of 13 inclines, and they would challenge and they would hurt. Guaranteed. Despite assurances from the resident BoM expert we’d be relatively dry (Fitton herself, no less) the weather followed through on threats (again, much like Fitton herself) and wee’d down. It was a wet, dreary start to the day at Dome Midland, smoke haze and drizzle in the air and bit of grumbling in pre-ride chats over coffee. 07:15 and the morning briefing from Smithy was all that was required get things started. Be aware of the road conditions, look out for each other, don’t be a dick. Golden rules. The roll out saw more giggling, laughing and sniggering – how appropriate that the heavens opened on the gran depart. The first few flat to rolling km’s were known quantities, but as we continued there were to be some surprisingly sharp and nasty ones, even by Fitton’s standards. Most of the nasty ones were to be shorter, but not all of ’em. Poodle had words and banter aplenty, but was short of intention and left us after climb #1 of 13. Not before some smart-arsery, though – never one to disappoint. Turning downhill and heading home. Much more of a pussy that puppy…. Most interesting of all the climbs were the new and never before seen climbs we smashed up. Roads between roads we ride every weekend, but never knew existed. Challenges right under our noses! Girrawheen and Lenori, either side of The Goose, and Spring Rd – the “Sympathy Hill” from Fitton. The picks of the day had to be the ones where the camera and spectators were waiting – Allestree, with the 20-something degree pitch and a 90 year old resident cyclist who still punches that hill, although with an e-bike these days; and the unsealed majesty of Mitchell Rd in the rain. Pain faces were sublime – some of the best. Steve Lim (“Junior”, moving forward), Jedsman, The Panda, Claire “Stoner” Tyrrell (what else could that face POSSIBLY mean!?!), the Mayeur Model – all showing lactic burn meets despair in various pics. Except Smithy – who smiled. All. Day. Long. Maybe it’s the long time off the bike that allows one to appreciate the hurt and suffering from what it is – a choice to be awesome. The quick crew were done inside of 4 hours – DeCastro, el Prez, et al – and some of us closer to 4 and a half hours. Most of those adventurers out there ended up with a small number of like-speeded SPRouleurs to roll with. And as we spread out along the parcours, inevitably the banter would start and the good times roll. In weather such as Sunday’s, the Rapha-esque suffering photos create themselves. el Prez – Rapha called and said they need a new photo model. Wet, sweaty, dirty, smelling somewhere between wet dog and post-match footballer, we sat to compare tales over coffee and variations on bacon back at Dome – the day’s home base. I got to ride the day with Mrs, Leigh-O (much more refined that Steve-O), Stoner, Fitton and the Mayeur Model. It was a cracking day and so much more fun for the ordinary weather. Eating wheel spray, struggling to see through fogging glasses, getting punted from the cross wind descending the Zig-Zag contributed to make this the sort of memorable day out when we gather again for DD19…… We await, Dear Smitton’s.

The group performed CPR until an ambulance arrived.do you know cpr? – our own claire tyrrell reported on a relevant cycling incident the other day in the west.  during a group ride, one of the riders suffered a heart attack and the others were required to perform cpr until an ambulance arrived.  there is a link to the article that show the event being captured on video.  it is pretty powerful stuff and begs the question – would you know what to do???  there has been previous discussions about ride leaders being qualified in 1st aid.  our position is still that the ride leader is there to guide and direct, they are not there to be 100% responsible for your well being.  if your mate was having a heart attack would you step in and act or would you just step back and say “oh, well, it is the ride leaders responsibility”.  we are all responsible for each others safety on the ride, make sure you know what to do.

entertainment books – we will again be selling entertainment books this year through the club.  the digital versions actually come online now and last years don’t finish till the end of june allowing you twice as many offers for 3 months.  check out the links on the previous post to find out more.

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.

ride routes – due to the predicted weather, smokey conditions are expected in the hills sunday morning.  please be aware of this if you suffer from asthma, and take precautions.

saturday 12th may

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 –  novice shelley 36.06km spr saturday

transitional 1/2 – trans cresswell 40.21km spr saturday

fast/main – cresswell & herdsman 48.86km spr saturday

sunday 13th may

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 – goose kal 63.41km spr sunday

long – darl weir 100.09km spr sunday

monday 14th may

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

south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 15th may

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 16th may

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

interval training – stock road repeats

thursday 17th may

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 18th may

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride

ride routes 5th – 11th may

One of the many crashes near the Denny Avenue level crossing in Kelmscott. Photo: Hamish Hastie

there was an article that i read today in an online paper that was listing wa’s riskiest roads with the results from a statewide RAC survey.  as i was looking down the list i was searching for any of the roads that we regularly ride on. luckily, we do not have planned rides on what people have considered risky roads.  however, there was a second list and that was the top ten riskiest intersections.  from the list, we actually pass through 3 of them.  #5. green street x scarborough beach road, mount hawthorn, #7 garden street x nicholson road x yale road, canning vale (roundabout) & #8 beaufort street x walcott street , mount lawley.  i started to think about whether i should re-route some of our rides that pass by these points, since they are considered so risky.  what is interesting about these 3 intersections, is that i personally don’t find them any worse that most others in perth. as an observation, as you would expect, the risky tag seems to be time related (i.e. not early saturday morning) and dependent on traffic volume.  as i have discussed previously, a road on it’s own isn’t risky, but it is the behaviours of the road users that make it risky.  that also applies to cyclists.  be predictable, be considerate, listen to your ride leader and be respectful to other road users.

ride leader sponsor – the ride leader sponsor for may is  Itomic web/app specialists.  Itomic are a website and web application development company. Established in Perth in 2000, they also have offices in Melbourne and Vancouver.  Their primary open source software technologies are Drupal, WordPress, and Laravel.

dirty dozen perth 2018 – the route for the 2018 dirty dozen has been posted and it looks dirty. 90kms and over 2000m of ascent.  there is a shorter version of 50kms, but it still packs over 1000m of climbing into it’s little legs.  the routes can be found through the links from the previous post which takes you to the facebook page.  please be aware that unlike normal sunday hills rides, this ride is very convoluted (you really need a gps route to follow) and there are no regroups. your legs might hate you but you’ll score heaps of kudos for this hard ride.

The group performed CPR until an ambulance arrived.do you know cpr? – our own claire tyrrell reported on a relevant cycling incident the other day in the west.  during a group ride, one of the riders suffered a heart attack and the others were required to perform cpr until an ambulance arrived.  there is a link to the article that show the event being captured on video.  it is pretty powerful stuff and begs the question – would you know what to do???  there has been previous discussions about ride leaders being qualified in 1st aid.  our position is still that the ride leader is there to guide and direct, they are not there to be 100% responsible for your well being.  if your mate was having a heart attack would you step in and act or would you just step back and say “oh, well, it is the ride leaders responsibility”.  we are all responsible for each others safety on the ride, make sure you know what to do.

entertainment books – we will again be selling entertainment books this year through the club.  the digital versions actually come online now and last years don’t finish till the end of june allowing you twice as many offers for 3 months.  check out the links on the previous post to find out more.

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.

ride routes – at our last committee meeting, we decided to split some of the roles up to spread the workload.  the training and development role has now been split with the organisation of the ride leaders and the ride routes falling under a ride coordinator role.  this is being headed up by eamon and this week is his first go at selecting the ride routes.

saturday 5th may

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 –  novice shelley 36.06km spr saturday

transitional 1/2 – trans abernethy 39.96km spr saturday

fast/main – abernethy rd 48.21km spr saturday

sunday 6th may

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 – khna weir 72.23km spr sunday

long – khna can mills 94.55km spr sunday

monday 7th may

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

south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 8th may

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 9th may

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

interval training – stock road repeats

thursday 10th may

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 11th may

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride

Itomic web/app specialists

The ride leader program for May is proudly sponsored by Itomic web/app specialistsItomic are a website and web application development company. Established in Perth in 2000, they also have offices in Melbourne and Vancouver.  Their primary open source software technologies are Drupal, WordPress, and Laravel.

Key clients include: City of Albany, RSPCA (Australia), Princess Margaret Hospital, Small Business Development Corporation, Legal Aid, City of Fremantle, Monash University, State Library of WA, Law Library of Victoria.

Core digital services include: consultancy, planning, hosting, development, design, security, project management, SEO, security and ongoing support.

What does Itomic stand for? Superior Customer Service (SCS). Seriously.

Their Mission? Discover Yours.

Itomic can be contacted at:

  • Suite 34, City West Centre, Railway St, West Perth, WA, 6005
  • t: (08) 6336 9422
  • e: perth@itomic.com.au

ride routes 28th april – 4th may

Henencourt, France. 1917-05-12. Two members of the 1st Anzac Cyclists Battalion standing, with their bicycles, in front of their barracks. 827 Private Jack Dair Bambury (left) and 830 Private Herbert (Terry) Davies.

yesterday was anzac day and many of us went for a ride.  although some people do just see it as another holiday, there is a tenuous link between the anzacs and cycling.  during the first world war, cycling units were a common sight and integral to the war effort. they were part of the front line conducting reconnaissance work, traffic control and cable burying duties.  they wore the same uniform as other soldiers and rode single speed bikes.  not a speck of lycra or a hint of japanese components.

ride leader sponsor – the ride leader sponsor for april is Melody Wheels who are a multiple return sponsor for the club.  they are a wheel building specialists in the same way as one might distinguish a medical specialist from a gp.  they do precision wheel building and wheel repairs, and that’s the only thing they do.

tom lowry memorial – road race season is here. the first event of the element road series is the tom lowry memorial. with a saturday 5th criterium and a sunday 6th road race both starting and finishing in collie, it’s time to get yo’ race on.  entries to tom lowry close next week. further details can be found at the element website.

supercross 2018 – wacx presents the supercross at the show grounds.  not part of the numbat cup, supercross is under lights at the showgrounds, with a festive atmosphere on a saturday night, may 5th.  there are divisions for everyone and there is even a section for mountain bikes and also for kids.  spend a saturday night heckling riders who can’t dismount properly and fall down in front of everyone (and have it captured on video).  for more info check out the registration page.

dirty dozen perth 2018 – back for a second year, dirty dozen perth 2018 heads northside on sunday 6th may to hunt out thirteen more of perth’s toughest climbs.  this ride packs over 2000m of climbing into less than 90km. with each of the climbs hand-selected for their brutality, your legs might hate you but you’ll score heaps of kudos! this is a hard ride but everyone is welcome.  check out the previous post for more details.

The group performed CPR until an ambulance arrived.do you know cpr? – our own claire tyrrell reported on a relevant cycling incident the other day in the west.  during a group ride, one of the riders suffered a heart attack and the others were required to perform cpr until an ambulance arrived.  there is a link to the article that show the event being captured on video.  it is pretty powerful stuff and begs the question – would you know what to do???  there has been previous discussions about ride leaders being qualified in 1st aid.  our position is still that the ride leader is there to guide and direct, they are not there to be 100% responsible for your well being.  if your mate was having a heart attack would you step in and act or would you just step back and say “oh, well, it is the ride leaders responsibility”.  we are all responsible for each others safety on the ride, make sure you know what to do.

which ride for me – after the changes that the club introduced over the last couple of weeks, we have had another look at our guide for choosing the ride group for you to ride in.  this concentrates primarily on the transitional through to main 3 rides, but still makes some very good points that all out riders should remember.  see the previous post for all the details.

spr volunteer register – are you rocking up every saturday thinking, “wow, there must be a lot of behind the scenes organisation that goes into this”.  well you are correct, but you can also be part of it.  we are putting together a register of volunteers that we can call upon to help out with events, etc.  check out the previous post and put your name forward to help out.

entertainment books – we will again be selling entertainment books this year through the club.  the digital versions actually come online now and last years don’t finish till the end of june allowing you twice as many offers for 3 months.  check out the links on the previous post to find out more.

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.

ride routes – as we dive deeper into autumn, we seem to be revisiting summer.  easterly winds predicted for saturday and a top of 30 deg on sunday.  pack away the arm warmers and re-apply the sunscreen.

saturday 28th april

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 –  novice shelley 36.06km spr saturday

transitional 1/2 – trans benara 39.90km spr saturday

fast/main – benara rd 50.76km spr saturday

sunday 29th april

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 – carr peet obs 97.72km spr sunday

monday 30th april

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

south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 1st may

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 2nd may

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

interval training – stock road repeats

thursday 3rd may

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 4th may – star wars day

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride

Dirty Dozen 2018

Back for a second year, Dirty Dozen Perth 2018 heads northside on Sunday 6th May to hunt out thirteen more of Perth’s toughest climbs.
This ride packs over 2000m of climbing into less than 90km. With each of the climbs hand-selected for their brutality, your legs might hate you but you’ll score heaps of kudos! This is a hard ride but everyone is welcome.

There will be two ride routes: The Dirty Dozen (13 main climbs) and the Dirty Half Dozen (6 or 7 main climbs). The second route won’t be any less steep, but it might be a good option for the time-poor or the not-so-mountain-goats. You can also choose how many climbs to do, or skip particular climbs completely.

The Chief Route Planner (Sarah Fitton) will be hitting the streets this week to confirm which climbs make the final cut. The final routes will be released next week and will be available to download from the blog and the ride Facebook page.

7am start from Midland Dome (cafe is open from 6am for fear-fueling) finishing at the same place to share adventures and tall-tails. Easy access from the bike path and the railway station. Some on-street car parking is also available nearby.

More info on the event Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/195819934341089/

You can also follow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dirtydozenperth/

Important Disclaimer Stuff:

This ride is self-supported and unmarshalled. There may be support stations on route but this is not guaranteed. Carry enough food, water and spares.
This is not a group ride and there are no scheduled regroups. However, people may choose to ride together.
Individuals ride at their own risk. Neither SPR or ride organisers accept any responsibility for damage, accidents, or injury that may occur.
There will be no first aiders on route and mobile phone coverage may be limited. Riders should have their own insurance and a GPS enabled device with the route or printed course mocka (once the route has been released).
Have a good think about appropriate gear ratios. There will be steep bits.
All road rules and South Perth Rouleurs ride etiquette rules apply (http://www.southperthrouleurs.com.au/club-training/ride-etiquette/).

ride routes 21st – 27th april

never too young or too old.

what is your excuse??? a couple of notable results from last weekend’s delirium in busselton were from spr members, ben mah and gary boylan.  for those that don’t know what delirium is about, well think of a 2km crit circuit and run it for 24hrs.  you basically complete as many laps as you can within the time (or that your body allows). you can get off the bike whenever you want, eat, sleep whatever you need, but it just keeps track of laps ridden over the time period.  gary easily took out the +60yr old category clocking 675kms and beating the next guy by over 100kms.  actually he also beat the +50yr old category winner by 90kms and came in 5th overall beating a whole swag of open men and women.  at one stage he was running 3rd overall, but over time, eventually fell back a few places.  as for ben, the juniors only rode for 12hrs and they did not ride overnight.  they rode 7hrs the first day and 5hrs the second, with their lap count combined for the total.  drafting behind the presidential domestique, ben managed 140kms on day one and 100kms on day two to come in 5th.  he started day two in fourth, but a see-saw battle with another rider saw him finish up just 6 laps behind that position.  you are never too young or too old, you just need to give it a go.

ride leader sponsor – the ride leader sponsor for april is Melody Wheels who are a multiple return sponsor for the club.  they are a wheel building specialists in the same way as one might distinguish a medical specialist from a gp.  they do precision wheel building and wheel repairs, and that’s the only thing they do.

group skills session – if you are a rider in novice – main 3 and want to expand your skills, then we are holding a free group skills session this saturday.  focusing on groups skills and bike handling, this session will kick off at 7am alongside the regular rides.  for more info and to register, check out the previous post.

numbat cup cyclocross – as the forecast is for a little rain, then maybe sunday cyclocross will be more your thing.  the first round of the numbat cup kicks off on sunday with the kids race starting at 11am.  you don’t even need a proper cx bike as there are divisions where you can ride a mtb.  if you are up for a dirty time, then check out the registration page for more details as registration closes tonight 10pm.

which ride for me – after the changes that the club introduced over the last couple of weeks, we have had another look at our guide for choosing the ride group for you to ride in.  this concentrates primarily on the transitional through to main 3 rides, but still makes some very good points that all out riders should remember.  see the previous post for all the details.

spr volunteer register – are you rocking up every saturday thinking, “wow, there must be a lot of behind the scenes organisation that goes into this”.  well you are correct, but you can also be part of it.  we are putting together a register of volunteers that we can call upon to help out with events, etc.  check out the previous post and put your name forward to help out.

the ring criterium series –summer is done, the march equinox has come, and crit racing has finished for the season. and what a season it has been. the ring summer crit series finished up last sunday with the leederville round. the series itself was another success story, and whilst numbers were higher in some rounds compared to others, the overall patronage of the series was strong. check out the wrap up from an spr perspective in the previous post.

crawley road safety improvements – the city of perth is looking at options for the stretch of road that we ride on during the sat, sun, tue and thurs earlybird rides.  they are looking at restricting access and putting in speedhumps as well as options for bike paths along the river.  please take the time to let them knowthat we, along with other big packs, regularly ride that stretch of road and they need to make sure pack cyclists are taken into account.  the last thing we need is more traffic furniture to dodge.

entertainment books – we will again be selling entertainment books this year through the club.  the digital versions actually come online now and last years don’t finish till the end of june allowing you twice as many offers for 3 months.  check out the links on the previous post to find out more.

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.

ride routes – with rain threatening to appear on saturday afternoon, make the most of the clear morning to get some k’s in.  sunday.  not looking so good.  excellent for cyclocross though.  however, as a special bonus for the transitional riders, we have a new route.  make sure you check out the link so you know where to go.  as anzac day lands on a wednesday, we will have both the usual wednesday stockies plus a standard earlybird river loop at 5:30am.  this allows those that want to get a few k’s in before the anzac march to do so.  those heading to the dawn service should still be able to make it down for the 7:00am main public holiday ride.

saturday 21st april

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 –  novice shelley 36.06km spr saturday

transitional 1/2 – trans cresswell 40.21km spr saturday

fast/main – whiteman park 50.4km spr saturday

sunday 22nd april

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 – wlsh weir 62.23km spr sunday

long – wlsh obs kal 90.32km spr sunday

monday 23rd april

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

south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 24th april

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 25th april – anzac day

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

interval training – stock road repeats

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

spr tuesday 36.37km (river ride)

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

fast/main – public hol 58.97km spr special

thursday 26th april

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 27th april

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride

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ride routes 14th – 20th april

think about how you act on the road. the mo knows.

so i am assuming that pretty much everyone saw that we are part of a new advertising campaign for getting cyclists off the road.  i know i saw it, as it got sent to me so many times.  firstly, i am not going to discuss the actual situation as it is a snapshot in time. it doesn’t explain what people were doing before or after the photo was taken, how long the cars had been inconvenienced or anything.  what i want to say is that we partake in a high risk activity and to minimise that risk, you need to be spatially aware.  if you are a rider that just looks at the wheel in front of you, then you need to wake up.  group riding relies on riders looking out for each other and transferring messages throughout the group.  if you notice that cars are banking up behind, then make the call to tighten up.  whether we are legally allowed to ride a particular way or not is irrelevant. what is relevant is that drivers who get annoyed do stupid things and put your life at risk.

secondly, the actual campaign that the picture is being used in is just more of the online trolling that we really should not partake in or help in distribute.  laws get changed to protect people’s safety.  i.e. the 1m rule applies to cars passing bikes, not to bikes passing cars stopped at lights.  why, because the cars are not at risk when being passed by a bike.  laws do not get changed just because someone feels that they are being inconvenienced. if that was the case, people that walk slow would not be allowed in shopping centres.

ride leader sponsor – the ride leader sponsor for april is Melody Wheels who are a multiple return sponsor for the club.  they are a wheel building specialists in the same way as one might distinguish a medical specialist from a gp.  they do precision wheel building and wheel repairs, and that’s the only thing they do.

2017 annual report – prior to the agm held last weekend, we released our 2017 annual report.  please take the time to have a look so you can see all the good work that was done last year.  there are lots of people in the club that have contributed many hours of effort in providing events and services to the rouleurs community and they deserve to be recognised.

which ride for me – after the changes that the club introduced over the last couple of weeks, we have had another look at our guide for choosing the ride group for you to ride in.  this concentrates primarily on the transitional through to main 3 rides, but still makes some very good points that all out riders should remember.  see the previous post for all the details.

spr volunteer register – are you rocking up every saturday thinking, “wow, there must be a lot of behind the scenes organisation that goes into this”.  well you are correct, but you can also be part of it.  we are putting together a register of volunteers that we can call upon to help out with events, etc.  check out the previous post and put your name forward to help out.

the ring criterium series –summer is done, the march equinox has come, and crit racing has finished for the season. and what a season it has been. the ring summer crit series finished up last sunday with the leederville round. the series itself was another success story, and whilst numbers were higher in some rounds compared to others, the overall patronage of the series was strong. check out the wrap up from an spr perspective in the previous post.

crawley road safety improvements – the city of perth is looking at options for the stretch of road that we ride on during the sat, sun, tue and thurs earlybird rides.  they are looking at restricting access and putting in speedhumps as well as options for bike paths along the river.  please take the time to let them knowthat we, along with other big packs, regularly ride that stretch of road and they need to make sure pack cyclists are taken into account.  the last thing we need is more traffic furniture to dodge.

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.

ride routes – with the mornings getting colder and darker, make sure you rug up and can be seen.  my rear light died halfway through the ride this morning, so make sure you charge up your devices.

saturday 14th april

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 –  novice shelley 36.06km spr saturday

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

fast/main – south st 51.23km spr saturday

sunday 15th april

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 – khna weir 72.23km spr sunday

long – can mills peet obs 90.30km spr sunday

monday 16th april

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

south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 17th april

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 18th april

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

interval training – stock road repeats

thursday 19th april

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 april

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride