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ride routes 15th – 21st december

so there was an accident this morning during the earlybird ride.  single rider, no vehicles involved, bad enough that an ambulance was called.  we often talk about the risks of running red lights and the dangers involved when you are trying to get back on a group.  it is not only red lights where that danger exists.  as many of you know, the picture above is the short cut behind the port beach road sprint.  if you have been dropped, you can take this shortcut and often get back on before the stirling bridge.  the road was changed a few years ago to make it bikes only that can access that road from the northern end.  the bike lane is, however, narrow and has quite a sharp bend in it.  when you are dropped you are often riding much harder than you will like. when that happens, you may misjudge things like speed and handling.  sometimes that combinations means that we have to call an ambulance.  always ride within your limits.  always be aware of the situation around you, whether it is other vehicles or the condition of the road you are on.  what surprised me more were how many other bikes still came in hot to that corner even when we were indicating to them to slow down.  they slowed pretty quick when they realised that they would head on with an ambulance.

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

summer criteriums – summer means a return to short course racing and this weekend there are a number of events that you can choose.  peel and west coast masters both have a crit on as does rccc at bayswater.  to try to encourage more women’s participation, our own davina summers will be riding as a mentor in the women’s c/d race at bayswater.  if you are looking at giving crit racing a go, this is a great opportunity to get active coaching during a race.  a short circuit means that you are never far from the action and if you do get dropped from the group, it is not like you have to ride 100kms on your own.  check out the links above for each race.

shared path extension freo line – there is a group that is trying to get the department of transport to extend the bike lane along teh freo line from grant st to freo itself.  although we don’t use paths for our training rides, many of us commute and paths like this are important to ensure that we get to our destination safely.  please take the time to fill in the survey so that more pressure is applied to get these things done (it takes about 30 sec)

spr christmas drinks – our christmas drinks this year will be held this sunday 16th december at the Empire bar in Rivervale.  this is an “out of lycra” event that you can bring your partner to without them getting embarrassed because you are still in cycling gear.  more info on the previous post where you can order tickets.

christmas club ride –our end of year breakfast and awards will be held (as usual) on the last saturday before christmas.  this year it is pretty close as it will be on the 22nd december.  held at Dome after the main ride, there will be an end of year wrap up of stories and awards along with the usual buffet breakfast from Dome.

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

save the date – on the 6th of april next year we will be celebrating our 10 years of being an affiliated club.  the group came together in 2008, but officially we became an incorporated, affiliated club in 2009.  help us celebrate this occasion.  hopefully many “founding members” will be in attendance to see how the club has evolved over the years.

saturday start locations – we have revamped the group start locations on saturday morning.  please have a look at the map so you know where your group will congregate.  this makes it easier for ride leaders to give you a briefing before the ride starts.  see the previous post for more details.

spr junior juniors – after a bit of a trial last week, we will be starting our junior juniors (also known as – juniors fast 2).  this will be for the under 10’s as last week the outschoorn kids headed into kings park before finishing at dome with everyone else.  they will meet at the coode st carpark at 7am with every other group and will follow a similar route to kings park as the “juniors fast 1”.  the number of loops/etc will depend on who is in attendance.  as with all our junior rides, a parent or guardian needs to be in attendance.

spr juniors – juniors is getting bigger.  more kids, more hill climbs, more pancakes and more bacon.  seriously, pancakes with bacon seems to be the food of choice.  anyway, summer is coming so suns out, sons out (daughters welcome too).

from the ride coordinator – It’s well and truly into the silly season. The number of inattentive drivers is likely to be higher than normal (which is bad enough), driving after drinking at work christmas parties, rushing to get all their shopping done, whatever the reason, it can make it more hazardous out on the road. This time last year I watched a drunk driver bounce his car off the concrete barriers in the Tonkin Hwy roadworks and still keep on driving. Keep safe as a cyclist, pay attention as a motorist.

saturday 15th december

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

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

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

junior juniors (under 10 with parent) – kings park juniors 23.72km spr saturday

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

development group –  novice shelley 36.06km spr saturday

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

fast/main – shelley & mosman 50.14km spr saturday

sunday 16th december

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

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

ride start at coode st carpark at 6:00am

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

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

short – goose kal 63.41km spr sunday

long – kal chook obs 89.74km spr sunday

monday 17th december

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

south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 18th december

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

spr tuesday 36.37km (river ride)

ride starts frasers ave at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

wednesday 19th december

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

interval training – stock road repeats

thursday 20th december

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

see previous post for ride groups

spr thursday 37.26km (cott & freo)

ride starts frasers ave at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

friday 21st december

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride

ride routes 8th – 14th december

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

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

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

spr christmas drinks – our christmas drinks this year will be held on sunday 16th december at the Empire bar in Rivervale.  this is an “out of lycra” event that you can bring your partner to without them getting embarrassed because you are still in cycling gear.  more info on the previous post where you can order tickets.

christmas club ride –our end of year breakfast and awards will be held (as usual) on the last saturday before christmas.  this year it is pretty close as it will be on the 22nd december.  held at Dome after the main ride, there will be an end of year wrap up of stories and awards along with the usual buffet breakfast from Dome.

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

save the date – on the 6th of april next year we will be celebrating our 10 years of being an affiliated club.  the group came together in 2008, but officially we became an incorporated, affiliated club in 2009.  help us celebrate this occasion.  hopefully many “founding members” will be in attendance to see how the club has evolved over the years.

saturday start locations – we have revamped the group start locations on saturday morning.  please have a look at the map so you know where your group will congregate.  this makes it easier for ride leaders to give you a briefing before the ride starts.  see the previous post for more details.

spr juniors – juniors is in full swing again.  bring your kids for laps of kings park and watch them stuff pancakes in their face at Dome.

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

saturday 8th december

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

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

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

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

development group –  novice shelley 36.06km spr saturday

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

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

sunday 9th december

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

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

ride start at coode st carpark at 6:00am

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

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

short – khna weir 72.23km spr sunday

long – khna trnr obs 101.76km spr sunday

monday 10th december

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

south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 11th december

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

spr tuesday 36.37km (river ride)

ride starts frasers ave at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

wednesday 12th december

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

interval training – stock road repeats

thursday 13th december

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

see previous post for ride groups

spr thursday 37.26km (cott & freo)

ride starts frasers ave at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

friday 14th december

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride

ride routes 1st – 7th december

5:30am thursday morning. sun’s out, bikes out.

From the ride coordinator…

On the first day of Christmas, my Ride Leader said to me “DON’T RIDE THROUGH RED LIGHTS!!!”

On the second day of Christmas, my Ride Leader said to me “DON’T RIDE THROUGH RED LIGHTS!!!”

On the third day …. You get the idea, right? It’s a really bad idea, don’t do it.

Here are some reasons not to run a red light. They are good reasons, I promise, keep reading.

Firstly, It’s illegal.

Secondly, you may be involved in an accident with a vehicle going through a green light. In this case you may be found to be the person at fault, and also will probably be found severely injured or dead. Regardless of injuries, having committed an illegal act, any insurance you think you might have, for you, or your bike, will probably now be invalid. In most circumstances, insurance isn’t paid out if you break the law.

Thirdly, you may get captured on video or camera breaking the law, which impacts the public perception of your club, and the perception of road cyclists in general. Video which may be used to fuel more anti-cycling anger which impact hundreds of other road cyclists, and may also be provided as evidence that you did something illegal.

And finally, but certainly not the least important, not only, as previously mentioned above, have you potentially caused yourself significant injury or worse, but your fellow club mates will have to watch it happen. Someone (either a member of the public or a fellow cyclist) may, through no fault of their own, play a part of your death or disabling injury and will have to live with that for the rest of their lives. Think about that for a moment. You are not the only one who will have to live with the consequences of your choices.

So next time you’re faced with ride leaders instructions and a decision to make as you approach an intersection, do the club and your fellow cyclists a service and think about those reasons.  Is it really that big a deal to have to wait a minute or two? Really? Use the time to grab a drink, take a breath and check on your ride mates waiting with you.

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

new kit day – if you ordered kit from the last run, it is now available for collection.  however, if you have missed the last two saturday’s at the coffee shop, then you will need to contact  kit@southperthrouleurs.com.au to make alternative arrangements.

spr christmas drinks – our christmas drinks this year will be held on sunday 16th december at teh Empire bar in Rivervale.  this is an “out of lycra” event that you can bring your partner to without them getting embarrassed because you are still in cycling gear.  more info on the previous post where you can order tickets.

christmas club ride –our end of year breakfast and awards will be held (as usual) on the last saturday before christmas.  this year it is pretty close as it will be on the 22nd december.  held at Dome after the main ride, there will be an end of year wrap up of stories and awards along with the usual buffet breakfast from Dome.

The cyclists thundering to destiny

save the date – on the 6th of april next year we will be celebrating our 10 years of being an affiliated club.  the group came together in 2008, but officially we became an incorporated, affiliated club in 2009.  help us celebrate this occasion.  hopefully many “founding members” will be in attendance to see how the club has evolved over the years.

saturday start locations – we have revamped the group start locations on saturday morning.  please have a look at the map so you know where your group will congregate.  this makes it easier for ride leaders to give you a briefing before the ride starts.  see the previous post for more details.

spr juniors – juniors is in full swing again.  bring your kids for laps of kings park and watch them stuff pancakes in their face at Dome.

from the ride coordinator – As above

saturday 1st december

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

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

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

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

development group –  novice shelley 36.06km spr saturday

transitional 1/2 – trans shelley 40.59km spr saturday

fast/main – freo & canning vale 52.11km spr saturday

sunday 2nd december

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

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

ride start at coode st carpark at 6:00am

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

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

short – wlsh weir 62.23km spr sunday

long – wlsh obs kal 90.32km spr sunday

monday 3rd december

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

south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 4th december

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

spr tuesday 36.37km (river ride)

ride starts frasers ave at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

wednesday 5th december

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

interval training – stock road repeats

thursday 6th december

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

see previous post for ride groups

spr thursday 37.26km (cott & freo)

ride starts frasers ave at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

friday 7th december

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride

Get Your Visa

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ride routes 24th – 30th november

mental expeditions.  at some point in your life you need to challenge yourself.  whether it be mental, physical or both.  cycling often falls into the both categories as it is not uncommon for the most well trained legs to let down by the head.  so, when someone decides to ride from albany to melbourne totally unsupported, you would definitely say that it falls into the “both” category.  carlya bell is currently 50 days in and almost to the victorian border.  most people in the club would not know her, as i certainly don’t, but she has spend sometime with us as half of her pictures show her in an old spr jersey.   what makes this attempt even more remarkable is that unlike the indipac riders, carlya is not a long distance rider and usually does about 50kms a day.  check out her facebook page here and watch some of her videos as she keeps a diary of her travels.  she even stopped in at a school in adelaide to give a bit of a talk on riding across the nullarbor.  on top of this effort, she is also using her ride to raise money for beyond blue and you can donate here.  so, challenge yourself, or support someone that is.

ride leader sponsor –the ride leader sponsor for November is Colour & Moore Photography , owned by SPR member Kirstie Moore. Colour & Moore specialises in portrait photography (family, newborn, maternity, business, athlete, children, events, couples and lifestyle)

new kit day – if you ordered kit from the last run, it will be available for collection from the coffee shop after the main ride on saturday. if you need to make alternative arrangements for collection please email me at kit@southperthrouleurs.com.au and we can sort something out.

thursday papa’s – so a friend of mine was driving to work today and said that he got involved with some bikes along tapper rd as it turned into armadale rd.  these bikes filtered through traffic, got into the right lane, then proceeded to cut cars off as they turned left from the right lane.  now i know that we have no control over what rides people do and i know that thursday papa’s is a favourite for those wanting a very solid hit out.  please do not wear an spr jersey if you are going on that ride.  one of the older ones was spotted today doing these stupid things and it is the type of thing that does get back to us, especially from dashcam footage.  also, think about what you are actually doing and how that looks to the public.  are you really helping the cyclist cause if you illegally cut across lanes in front of vehicles.  never mind the extra risk that you just exposed yourself too.

spr christmas drinks – our christmas drinks this year will be held on sunday 16th december at a currently undisclosed venue.  nothing really secretive about it, we just don’t have confirmation yet.  this is an “out of lycra” event that you can bring your partner to without them getting embarrassed because you are still in cycling gear.

christmas club ride –our end of year breakfast and awards will be held (as usual) on the last saturday before christmas.  this year it is pretty close as it will be on the 22nd december.  held at Dome after the main ride, there will be an end of year wrap up of stories and awards along with the usual buffet breakfast from Dome.

The cyclists thundering to destiny

save the date – on the 6th of april next year we will be celebrating our 10 years of being an affiliated club.  the group came together in 2008, but officially we became an incorporated, affiliated club in 2009.  help us celebrate this occasion.  hopefully many “founding members” will be in attendance to see how the club has evolved over the years.

tomr 2018 race reports – there have been a bunch of race reports written by each of the teams that we took to margaret river.  check out this overview then click on each of the individual reports at the bottom.

saturday start locations – we have revamped the group start locations on saturday morning.  please have a look at the map so you know where your group will congregate.  this makes it easier for ride leaders to give you a briefing before the ride starts.  see the previous post for more details.

spr juniors – juniors is in full swing again.  bring your kids for laps of kings park.

from the ride coordinator – As summer approaches there are many aspects of riding that need to be considered. When it is hot make sure you have enough water and sunscreen. When it is windy, consider your position in the group, and roll through direction. Don’t surge off and leave the person behind you struggling into the wind. Don’t leave one person on the front doing long turns into the wind. Remember that the warmer weather brings out more riders, some may not haven’t ridden for a while, bigger groups and more unpredictability. As always, group rides are group rides, not solo efforts in a crowd, and follow guidance from the Ride Leader’s, they’re doing their best to keep you all safe.

saturday 24th november

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

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

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

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

development group –  novice shelley 36.06km spr saturday

transitional 1/2 – spr retro roll 41.60km

fast/main – alexander drive 50.46km spr saturday

sunday 25th november

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 – f’berg urch obs 96.16km spr sunday

monday 26th november

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

south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 27th november

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 28th november

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

interval training – stock road repeats

thursday 29th november

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 30th november

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride

ride routes 17th – 23rd november

when we formed the club nearly ten years ago, there was a particular culture that we wanted to ensure was maintained as it grew.  as such, we eventually conceived the four cornerstones of the club; safe, organised, inclusive and social.  events like the tour of margs are a prime example of how that is meant to work.

  • although racing throws up a great big unknown, we try to behave as safely as possible.  but even off the bike, ensuring that people travelling to and from the event have the best route planned out and there are options for back-up drivers.
  • the amount of organisation that the team directors and  volunteers do, before, during and after the event is testament to how well we plan for these things.
  • we aim to be as inclusive as possible.  by providing 5 teams, we can hopefully get an even mix of skills in each team.  however, if that doesn’t always go to plan, keeping everyone involved and included should be the focus.  whether you come in first or come in last, it is still being part of a team.
  • last but not least, it should be social.  whether it is the end of tour bbq or the sharing of meals etc in the team houses.  this should be a social experience and it often is one of the highlights of the tour.

to really gain the most out of the club is a matter of being involved and not just being a spectator.  the club is more than just the kit, or the training rides.  the club is the people and it is what we do with those people that defines the club.

ride leader sponsor –the ride leader sponsor for November is Colour & Moore Photography , owned by SPR member Kirstie Moore. Colour & Moore specialises in portrait photography (family, newborn, maternity, business, athlete, children, events, couples and lifestyle)

new kit day – if you ordered kit from the last run, it will be available for collection from the coffee shop after the main ride on saturday. if you need to make alternative arrangements for collection please email me at kit@southperthrouleurs.com.au and we can sort something out.

spr christmas drinks – our christmas drinks this year will be held on sunday 16th december at a currently undisclosed venue.  nothing really secretive about it, we just don’t have confirmation yet.  this is an “out of lycra” event that you can bring your partner to without them getting embarrassed because you are still in cycling gear.

christmas club ride – our end of year breakfast and awards will be held (as usual) on the last saturday before christmas.  this year it is pretty close as it will be on the 22nd december.  held at Dome after the main ride, there will be an end of year wrap up of stories and awards along with the usual buffet breakfast from Dome.

The cyclists thundering to destiny

save the date – on the 6th of april next year we will be celebrating our 10 years of being an affiliated club.  the group came together in 2008, but officially we became an incorporated, affiliated club in 2009.  help us celebrate this occasion.  hopefully many “founding members” will be in attendance to see how the club has evolved over the years.

tomr 2018 – the tour of margs (nannup) has been run and won for another year.  we look forward to the race reports from each of the team as we had 5 teams cover the 3 stages over 3 days.

entertainment books – we will again be selling entertainment books this year through the club.  the digital version means you don’t have to carry around a bulky book anymore. 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.

spr juniors – juniors is in full swing again.  bring your kids for laps of kings park.

from the ride coordinator – 

saturday 17th november

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

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

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

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

development group –  novice shelley 36.06km spr saturday

transitional 1/2 – trans reabold 38.69km spr saturday

fast/main – reabold & cottesloe 50.91km spr saturday

sunday 18th november

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 – grnmt goose 65.22km spr sunday

long – grnmt prk mnd wr 93.71km spr sunday

monday 19th november

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

south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 20th november

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 21st november

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

interval training – stock road repeats

thursday 22nd november

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 23rd november

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride

ride routes 10th – 16th november

secure your load

our posterboy from last week steve, was actually involved in the accident that occurred on the saturday ride.  here is what he had to say about it –

Further to the helmet debate, it was obviously lucky that my helmet was done up properly last Saturday when a few of us unfortunately came down along South Street. 5 riders fell and each had different injuries. Mine just happened to be impacting my head with the road breaking my helmet in three parts. It happened so quickly that there was no time to respond or manoeuvre safely out of the way. Without the helmet, I doubt I would be alive and able to write this. Even with the helmet (on securely) my speech and response times afterwards were slow. Now some may say that is just normal for me, but jokes aside, we cannot tell what will happen to any of us when we roll out each morning to ride. But will can take precautions and try and be as safe as we can. The latest generation of our kids growing up only know helmets, whereas my generation did not. It would be sad to change this as we have altered our kid’s behaviour in a positive way. You know what my vote is on the compulsory wearing of helmets is.

The next point is how good team SPR responded after the crash. The rider leaders and others took control of the scene and at a time where I could barely remember my name, looking back I am very thankful (as I know the other 4 riders were). I did in fact want to ride on but was correctly told that was not happening and in hindsight the correct decision (what was I thinking). Thanks to Greg, Dan, JP and Dean (plus many others I have not named and cannot remember as still a little fuzz on the whole incident) for the efforts on behalf of all the riders who fell. It is a credit to the club and the people running the club. That is truly what being part of a club is all about and the support behind one another. I hope to be back on the bike soon and in the meantime ride safe!

The ride leader sponsor for November is Colour & Moore Photography , owned by SPR member Kirstie Moore. Colour & Moore specialises in portrait photography (family, newborn, maternity, business, athlete, children, events, couples and lifestyle)

bike racks – you may have seen at the coffee shop last saturday morning the new prototype rack that has been made for the club. it is square section, so doesn’t rotate as much and the legs are a bit sturdier. we are looking for any feedback from anyone that used the rack so we know if there is anything we need to change before getting a whole lot more manufactured.  please take the time to have a look after this saturday’s ride.

tomr 2018 – good luck to all those racing down at the tomr this week.  we are especialy thankful for those that have given up their time to help support the teams.  without them, the race would be a lot harder (plus we would have to ride back to the start after 2 of the stages)

entertainment books – we will again be selling entertainment books this year through the club.  the digital version means you don’t have to carry around a bulky book anymore. 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.

spr juniors – although the mah boys will not be at the juniors ride this weekend, the carsons will be on hand to lead the ride on saturday.  we had a new rider last week that made 5 juniors now.  at the moment we are taking out the 10-15 yr olds, but soon we will be expanding this to some younger riders.  if you have kids and are interested in getting them riding, have a chat to one of the junior riders at the coffee shop.  remember, once you get a kid hooked on cycling, they won’t have enough money to spend on all the bad things.

from the ride coordinator – Good luck to all the SPR teams racing the ToMR this weekend, ride hard, and stay safe. Also thanks to all the volunteers and SPR Soigneurs for helping out to make it all happen. Looking forward to the updates and race reports.

saturday 10th november

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

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

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

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

development group –  novice shelley 36.06km spr saturday

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

fast/main – shelley & mosman 50.14km spr saturday

sunday 11th november

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 12th november

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

south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 13th november

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 14th november

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

interval training – stock road repeats

thursday 15th november

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 16th november

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride

ride routes 3rd – 9th november

so, someone started the helmet debate up again calling for the mandatory law to be scrapped when cyclists over 18 are not riding on the road. they are claiming that the number of people riding is not increasing and the number of people dying is not decreasing so cycling policy must change.  so basically any adult riding on a footpath or bike path would be able to choose whether they wear a helmet.  sounds fair enough, but is it really the solution?  is the fact that you have to wear a helmet really what stops people from riding a bike.  helmet laws were introduced in the 1990’s so most people have grown up with the laws in place.  when you are a kid and your only mode of transport (and independence) was a bike, wearing a helmet was not an impediment to your riding.  with the added media exposure that we now get via social media, i would say that the fear of the car vs bike war was probably more of a factor in people’s reluctance to ride.

the other side of the argument is that cyclist deaths are not decreasing.  the majority of cyclist deaths are due to being hit by a motor vehicle.  whether you are wearing a helmet or not, it probably doesn’t matter.  what does matter is that the majority of accidents that don’t involve a vehicle where at a lower speed a helmet most probably saved a life.  without helmets, i would expect that the number of fatalities would increase.  riding along a path does not mean that an accident is of less a risk.  the distance you fall is similar to that of a one-punch victim.  when your head makes contact with the ground, it is not going to care whether it is mandatory you wear a helmet or not.

separate to this discussion, if you turn up to a spr ride without a helmet, you will be asked to leave.  do your helmet up, steve.

The ride leader sponsor for November is Colour & Moore Photography , owned by SPR member Kirstie Moore. Colour & Moore specialises in portrait photography (family, newborn, maternity, business, athlete, children, events, couples and lifestyle)

bike racks – you may have seen at the coffee shop last saturday morning the new prototype rack that has been made for the club. it is square section, so doesn’t rotate as much and the legs are a bit sturdier. we are looking for any feedback from anyone that used the rack so we know if there is anything we need to change before getting a whole lot more manufactured.  please take the time to have a look after this saturday’s ride.

tomr 2018 – this time next week most of the crew will be down in busso eagerly awaiting the first stage next friday.  it’s taper time, then race time, then beer and chocolate time.

entertainment books – we will again be selling entertainment books this year through the club.  the digital version means you don’t have to carry around a bulky book anymore. 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.

spr juniors – over the last month we have had a 400% increase in our juniors.  that means we went from just one of my kids to both my kids and both the carson kids as well.  if you do have a +10ish year old that wants to come out with us (with you), then we leave the same time as the main group on saturday.  easy ride along the bike path to kings park, then a few circuits around the internal quiet roads.  yes there are hills, but that means there are descents too.

from the ride coordinator – saturday is looking warm.

saturday 3rd november

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

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

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

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

development group –  novice shelley 36.06km spr saturday

transitional 1/2 – trans shelley 40.59km spr saturday

fast/main – south st 51.23km spr saturday

sunday 4th november

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 weir kal 101.71km spr sunday

monday 5th november

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

south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 6th november

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 7th november

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

interval training – stock road repeats

thursday 8th november

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 9th november

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride

Colour & Moore Photography

The ride leader sponsor for November is Colour & Moore Photography , owned by SPR member Kirstie Moore. Colour & Moore specialises in portrait photography (family, newborn, maternity, business, athlete, children, events, couples and lifestyle)

With a Bachelor of Media Arts, majoring in Photography she is a qualified photographer who also teaches photography. So, if you are looking for family portraits, athlete portrait (portrait with your bike family) or portraits for your business, contact Kirstie, her prices are very reasonable and include all digital files.

Kirstie Moore has been cycling for several years and in recent years made the transition back into cycling from triathlon. She has enjoyed racing for the club for the last 12 months and is looking forward to representing the club at Tour of Margaret River this month.

Through sponsoring the November Ride Leader Program, Kirstie aims to give back to the club. She wants to contribute to the club growth and show her appreciation to the ride leaders.

Please head over and ‘like’ her Facebook page and follow her on Instagram. If you’d like more information please find Kirstie at coffee, on a group ride or get in contact:

Kirstie Moore – 0468 866454

email@colourandmoore.com

www.colourandmoore.com

https://www.facebook.com/colourandmoore/

https://www.instagram.com/colourandmoore/

ride routes 27th oct – 2nd nov

the masters nationals were on last weekend in victoria and a bunch of spr riders headed over to compete.  a few men headed over, but the results from the women in their respective age groups was awesome.  here are the podiums for each events.

time trial

  • masters womens 1
    • 1st michelle mclintock
  • masters womens 2
    • 3rd samantha flockhart (behind some fitton chick from hawthorn club)
  • masters womens 3
    • 3rd amanda nabi

road race

  • masters womens 1
    • 2nd michelle mclintock
  • masters womens 3
    • 3rd amanda nabi

criterium

  • masters womens 1
    • 1st teneal attard
  • masters womens 3
    • 2nd amanda nabi

overall

  • masters womens 1
    • 1st michelle mclintock

ride leader sponsor – The ride leader sponsor for October is Free Energy HR, owned by SPR founding member and ride leader Rob Ramsden. Free Energy HR delivers transformational executive & organisational coaching, team & leadership development as well as organisational culture and engagement programs.

tomr 2018 –
We are a few weeks away and the our good mates at tomr event mgmt central are starting to release all the info. excited much? we have a team briefing/meeting organised for monday 29th october at dome westralia plaza at 18:30. keep an eye on your emails for more updates from hanno and mo.

the beverley – the aftermath.  i don’t think many people truly understand what goes into organising and running an event like the beverley.  if you raced the other week and thought that it was well run, please give greg some positive feedback when you see him next.  an event like beverley would not happen without the hours of effort and stress that he put into it.  check out his musings here.

and from said race director – A repeat of thanks to the Beverley Vollies and SPR racers that attended. Please complete the survey by following the Survey Monkey link sent through by email.

entertainment books – we will again be selling entertainment books this year through the club.  the digital version means you don’t have to carry around a bulky book anymore. 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.

spr juniors – over the last month we have had a 400% increase in our juniors.  that means we went from just one of my kids to both my kids and both the carson kids as well.  if you do have a +10ish year old that wants to come out with us (with you), then we leave the same time as the main group on saturday.  easy ride along the bike path to kings park, then a few circuits around the internal quiet roads.  yes there are hills, but that means there are descents too.

from the ride coordinator – (adapted from something I wrote motorcycling around Scotland 4 yrs ago).
Cyclist prayer
To the gods of carbon, rubber and steel,
But most importantly of all, the god of two wheels.
We don’t need a church, of timber and stones,
All that we ask, is we break not our bones.
We’re not exclusive, if you’ve the will and the skills,
Our temple is a road, with bends, curves and hills.
We don’t ask the faithful to bow way down low,
Just get down in the drops, and go, go, go.

saturday 27th october

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

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

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

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

development group –  novice shelley 36.06km spr saturday

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

fast/main – hale rd reverse 51.37km spr saturday

sunday 28th october

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 – roley obs 100.16km spr sunday

monday 29th october

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

south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 30th october

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 31st october

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

interval training – stock road repeats

thursday 1st november

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 2nd november

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride