All posts by elPrez

ride routes 17th – 23rd august

we lost a member last week.  not due to changing clubs, or not renewing but because they passed away.  it wasn’t from an accident or anything sinister but he is gone nevertheless.  this was not a member that many of our current riders would have known or would have even ridden with, but was still someone that made a very large and sustained impact on cycling in perth.  henk vogels snr was born in the netherlands but represented australia at the 1964 tokyo olympics.  from there he went on to be a national level commissaire, national selector, coach, and manager of many wa state and national teams.  i first met henk when we began to float the idea of forming a club over 10 years ago.  at the time he was the president of the southern districts cycle club (sdcc) which had a long and rich history and was one of the driving forces behind the very active racing scene.  sdcc ran the state champs and a number of other important events through the calendar.  unfortunately internal politics meant that the southern districts club folded not long after we formed so henk moved his membership across to our club.  our club’s beginning was not smooth sailing as quite a few of the other clubs were not happy with us forming a new entity.  they felt that we would be stealing members from their clubs and made it quite hard for us to get established.  fortunately there were a few shining lights within the conflict and henk was always extremely supportive even offering to partner with us to run events. his extensive library of cycling stories and advice will be sorely missed but his impact on perth cycling will long be remembered.

ride leader sponsor –there is no ride leader sponsor for august.  if you want to promote your business to our 400 members and 2500 facebook followers, get in contact with the club.

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

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

  • wacx numbat cup
  • Collie Donnybrook

SPR ToMR 2019 –ToMR EOI’s are closed and details and costs are being finalised.
If you are still interested but didn’t register, see the Race@SPR crew this Saturday. Be quick or be ready for next year!

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

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

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

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

from the ride coordinator – Days are getting longer, I know because the bird song is getting earlier when I’m in bed not riding and when I am riding one of the clubs weekly training rides, I’m now starting to contemplate pulling over for one of our cracking sunrise photos.  For this weekend main ride If it’s not too wet then we’ll all be enjoying the rising sun but if it is wet then birdsong as an alternative isn’t half bad. Spare a thought for those in the FWRC, they don’t get either choices ! Enjoy

saturday 17th august

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

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

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

juniors – CANCELLED over winter

development group –  novice shelley 36.06km spr saturday

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

fast/main – murdoch & freo 49.8km spr saturday

sunday 18th august

rides start at coode st carpark at 7:00am

development group – coffee ride

short – kal goose 67.63km spr sunday

long – kal chook obs 89.74km spr sunday

monday 19th august

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

south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 20th august

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

spr tuesday 36.37km (river ride)

wednesday 21st august

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

interval training – stock road repeats

thursday 22nd august

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 august

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride

 

ride routes 10th – 16th august

the forlorn figure of nick finch at some cafe in blankensee in north-eastern germany just reminds us that it is not winter everywhere.  although the forecast for this week is looking pretty damn good.  no rain and low to mid 20’s….probably the same as the north german summer.  actually, i just looked up the weather in blankensee and it is 23 deg just after lunch.  we really shouldn’t complain.  at least we don’t need snow chain on our bikes in winter.

ride leader sponsor –there is no ride leader sponsor for august.  if you want to promote your business to our 400 members and 2500 facebook followers, get in contact with the club.

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

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

SPR ToMR 2019 –ToMR EOI’s are closed and details and costs are being finalised.
If you are still interested but didn’t register, see the Race@SPR crew this Saturday. Be quick or be ready for next year!

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

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

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

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

from the ride coordinator – Question for the week: Who would leave their house in their car not quite sure of where they are going ? Perhaps for some there is a thrill in that but it’s definitely not good if your intending to ride one of the clubs training rides. Just rocking up to a ride and giving someone else the responsibility for your own personal safety doesn’t seem like a smart thing to do. We’ve had some recent examples of near misses on the main rides where people have been confused about the direction of where they are going and almost caused an accident. But with a little bit of prep tonight, tomorrow or even on Saturday morning, you can reduce the risk (for you and others) by simply familiarising yourself with this weeks ride routes. After all, many ride for the coffee at the end. Be sure you don’t miss it.

saturday 10th august

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

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

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

juniors – CANCELLED over winter

development group –  novice shelley 36.06km spr saturday

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

fast/main – maddington 51.87km spr saturday

sunday 11th august

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 12th august

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

south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 13th august

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

spr tuesday 36.37km (river ride)

wednesday 14th august

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

interval training – stock road repeats

thursday 15th august

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 august

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride

ride routes 3rd – 9th august

so i have mentioned a number of time before about the imaginary “rules” of cycling also known as the “velominati”.  ex-pro rider phil gaimon has also taken exception to the fact that some people use these rules to belittle or exclude others.  even as an actual pro rider, people were telling him how to look pro.  so below are his new rules for cycling.  with the exception of rule #7 where in australia it is a little different due to laws, i pretty much agree with his list, especially #3.

The New Rules of Cycling: AKA Philuminati

Rule #1: Everyone riding a bike and being safe and having fun is doing it right.
Rule #2: Wear whatever the hell you want.
Rule #3: Nothing on your bike has to match. Cycling is already expensive, complicated, elitist, and often sexist and racist. Don’t make it harder because someone’s tires aren’t the same brand.
Rule #4: A Gran Fondo is as competitive as you want it to be, but the group ride is a workout, not a race. You should have no feelings about winning, not winning, who crossed the imaginary line first for no prize or how they did it.
Rule #5: In traffic, we take the space we need, obey the laws that make sense for us, and try to be courteous. Pedestrians have right of way. If you want cars to respect cyclists, cyclists have to respect people on foot.
Rule #6: We all wave to each other. This includes triathletes, commuters, e-bikes, homeless people, and scooters. We’re in this together. The enemy is car culture.
Rule #7: If you’re not into helmets that’s your decision, but do respect the policies of who you’re riding with. We don’t helmet shame (adult) strangers we see without them, but don’t show up on the group ride like that if that’s not how everyone else does it.
Rule #8: Strava is a social media platform, not a race. Follow Strava’s policies, express yourself with your cool bike rides and your pictures and fitness. If you lose a KOM, you remember that a KOM means nothing. You give Kudos and get inspired to improve and try to take it back.
Rule #9: For f_cks sake don’t litter. I can’t believe I have to say that.
Rule #10: Suffering is a choice–not a rule. You’re no more of a cyclist than someone else because you go faster or they stay home when it’s raining.
Rule #11 (This is broad to cover anything I’m missing): Don’t be a dick.

ride leader sponsor –there is no ride leader sponsor for august.  if you want to promote your business to our 400 members and 2500 facebook followers, get in contact with the club.

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

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

  • wacx state championships

SPR ToMR 2019 –ToMR EOI’s are closed and details and costs are being finalised.
If you are still interested but didn’t register, see the Race@SPR crew this Saturday. Be quick or be ready for next year!

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

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

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

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

from the ride coordinator – How exciting was this year’s Tour De France ! It had a bit of everything. From the local hero bolting to the front, eventually being reeled in by one of the young guns of the sport. Then of course there was the intervention from Mother Nature herself to curb the ambitions of many. Does this remind you of our Thursday or Saturday rides ? Looks like we may squeeze our Main Ride this weekend before another weather event hits. But you can almost guarantee it wont be as dramatic as last week in France.

saturday 3rd august

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

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

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

juniors – CANCELLED over winter

development group –  novice shelley 36.06km spr saturday

transitional 1/2 – trans reabold 38.69km spr saturday

fast/main – karrinyup 52.14km spr saturday

sunday 4th august

rides start at coode st carpark at 7:00am

development group – coffee ride

short – kal goose 67.63km spr sunday

long – darl richardson weir 89.01km spr sunday

monday 5th august

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

south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 6th august

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

spr tuesday 36.37km (river ride)

wednesday 7th august

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

interval training – stock road repeats

thursday 8th august

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 august

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride

ride routes 27th july – 2nd aug

sometimes when facing a storm you need to look for the silver lining….or at least the natural refraction of light into it’s colourful spectrum.  for me this past couple of weeks it has been a renewed motivation for riding my bike.  strangely enough this has come on the back of the most interesting tour de france in years.  the lack of clear winner, let alone team leader has made this one of the most open since the inception of the skynet team of robots.  however, late nights and early mornings mean that something has to suffer.  and suffer i have after being dropped just past the uni on this mornings ride.

ride leader sponsor –there is no ride leader sponsor for august.  if you want to promote your business to our 400 members and 2500 facebook followers, get in contact with the club.

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

SPR ToMR 2019 – ToMR EOI’s are closed and emails sent out for the first ToMR team meeting. Scheduled for this Saturday 27th July, post-Main rides at Dome Westralia Plaza.
We will cover logistical details and costs, and field any questions you may have.
If you are still interested but didn’t register, see the Race@SPR crew this Saturday. Be quick or be ready for next year!

ToMR Breakaway 2019 – BUT WAIT – THERE’S MORE TO ToMR!!! There are other options at ToMR aside form racing. ToMR are running their “Breakaway” rides. What are they? The Breakaway rides basically ride the full race courses ahead of the race in a fully supported group. Last year, that group was headed up by none other than Jens Voigt – I mean, who else would you get to lead a Breakaway? If there is suitable demand from non-racing SPR members, we can look towards packaging an accommodation bundle to travel with the SPR ToMR-ers. If you like bikes and riding it is one of the best weekends away all year.  For more info on the Breakaway rides, check out the ToMR event website. Email if you are interested, and/or pop along to Saturday’s ToMR meeting.

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

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

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

from the ride coordinator –after a low turn out last week, hopefully the clear weather will allow a few more people the chance to venture outside.  not the warmest weekend, but certainly not the coldest either.  make sure you layer-up.

saturday 27th july

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

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

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

juniors – CANCELLED over winter

development group –  novice shelley 36.06km spr saturday

transitional 1/2 – trans shelley 40.59km spr saturday

fast/main – south lake 51.99km spr saturday

sunday 28th july

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 29th july

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

south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 30th july

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

spr tuesday 36.37km (river ride)

wednesday 31st july

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

interval training – stock road repeats

thursday 1st august

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 august

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride

ride routes 20th – 26th july

the uci gran fondo word series continues to roll on around the globe. with so many races now available to qualify in, you could spend a year chasing the races and experience riding in 18 different countries. tim was conveniently over in utah for work this past week and displayed his spr aussie colours at the logan race.  as with most things in america the qualifying medal was supersized.

ride leader sponsor –there is no ride leader sponsor for july.  if you want to promote your business to our 400 members and 2500 facebook followers, get in contact with the club.

spr tour of margs – With EOI’s officially closed, we still may only be able to field 3 teams down from the 6-7 teams just last year.  Most importantly, WE NEED MORE WOMEN!!!! While
the ToMR Crew are coming to town for an Info Session in August (as advertised on FB) but we’d really like your EOI now! Check out the previous post for more info. Ask on the SPR Chicks FB page, or email Race@SPR if you’ve got any queries in the meantime, though.  For any late EOI’s get on it and email race@southperthrouleurs.com.au

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

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

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

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

from the ride coordinator –the current forecast says that it should stop raining before the saturday morning ride.  i don’t know which one i am wishing for most, the no rain or the $110m powerball tonight…..that is a lie.  $110m will get a really good zwift setup.

saturday 20th july

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

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

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

juniors – CANCELLED over winter

development group –  novice shelley 36.06km spr saturday

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

fast/main – shelley & mosman 50.14km spr saturday

sunday 21st july

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 22nd july

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

south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 23rd july

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

spr tuesday 36.37km (river ride)

wednesday 24th july

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

interval training – stock road repeats

thursday 25th july

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 26th july

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride

ride routes 13th – 19th july

even though the tour de france is probably taking up valuable sleeping time in a lot of our members, there is another very important race going on at the same time.  the women’s giro is also in full swing and some of our members just happened to be over there when our honorary spr member annemiek van vleuten smashed the rest of the competition for the stage win and jumped into the overall lead.  annemiek then went on to win the next stage, an uphill time trial.

ride leader sponsor –there is no ride leader sponsor for june.  if you want to promote your business to our 400 members and 2500 facebook followers, get in contact with the club.

spr tour of margs – With EOI’s officially closed, we still may only be able to field 3 teams down from the 6-7 teams just last year.  Most importantly, WE NEED MORE WOMEN!!!! While
the ToMR Crew are coming to town for an Info Session in August (as advertised on FB) but we’d really like your EOI now! Check out the previous post for more info. Ask on the SPR Chicks FB page, or email Race@SPR if you’ve got any queries in the meantime, though.  For any late EOI’s get on it and email race@southperthrouleurs.com.au

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

junior jersey policy – In order to further encourage junior participation the Committee has resolved to offer all junior members a free club jersey!  And in recognition that juniors will keep growing, the policy allows for one jersey per year (as  long as they are a member) until 18 years of age. Please see the previous post for more details.

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

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

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

from the ride coordinator –with the ride coordinator off overseas getting selfies with dutch professional riders, it has fallen back to me to put something together for the weekend.  after being sick for the last 2 weeks, i am looking forward to actually getting out and doing some exercise.  probably best you don’t ride behind me though, there could be some snot rockets.

saturday 13th july

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

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

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

juniors – CANCELLED over winter

development group –  novice shelley 36.06km spr saturday

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

fast/main – hale rd reverse 51.37km spr saturday

sunday 14th july

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 15th july

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

south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 16th july

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

spr tuesday 36.37km (river ride)

wednesday 17th july

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

interval training – stock road repeats

thursday 18th july

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 19th july

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride

ride routes 6th – 12th july

sacrifice.  i have talked about it on here before especially in relation to someone helping me to qualify for the masters champs.  however, it can also happen as part of the mundane, day-to-day.  last saturday the fast group was hammering along abernathy road when they came across 2 large lumps.  all was called and there were no accidents like we had on south street previously.  however, realising that there were numerous groups about to thunder down the same stretch of road, pete seizovic decided to sacrifice his own ride and peel off the group to remove the obstacles before the main 1 groups happened upon it.  at work we are often asked whether we would walk past a safety hazard because it is “not our problem”. the fast group successfully negotiated the hazard, but by removing it altogether, pete reduced the risk for the following groups.  safety is one of the cornerstones of the club.  make sure you are looking out for your clubmates.

ride leader sponsor –there is no ride leader sponsor for june.  if you want to promote your business to our 400 members and 2500 facebook followers, get in contact with the club.

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

New kit
The new kit…

spr kit collection – if you ordered a kit in the last run it will be ready for collection at the coffee shop after the saturday ride.  if you can’t make it there, collection cna be organised after hours by contacting the kit committee on email or ordering a “post my kit” via our shop.

tour of margs expression of interest – SPR ToMR 2019 Expressions of Interest are closing this Saturday, 6th July at TWO MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT! ToMR this year celebrates it’s 10th birthday. Nice work Brendon, Bec and Co! The Tour this year also sees a return to FOUR stages over three days.  At this point is time, it appears we may only barely be able to field 3 teams in total. Quite a departure from the 6-7 teams from days of yore. Or even just last year.  Most importantly, WE NEED MORE WOMEN!!!! While the ToMR Crew are coming to town for an Info Session in August (as advertised on FB) but we’d really like your EOI now! Ask on the SPR Chicks FB page if you’ve got any queries in the meantime, though.  for more info check out the previous post.

junior jersey policy – In order to further encourage junior participation the Committee has resolved to offer all junior members a free club jersey!  And in recognition that juniors will keep growing, the policy allows for one jersey per year (as  long as they are a member) until 18 years of age. Please see the previous post for more details.

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

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

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

from the ride coordinator –With Le Tour commencing this weekend, we needed to get in sync with the professionals by putting in some elevation into the Saturday ride. By doing this, I am hoping that all those flat trackers out there can appreciate a little of what is about to begin in France. Didn’t say that you have to like it, just appreciate it. Enjoy !

saturday 6th july

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

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

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

juniors – CANCELLED over winter

development group –  novice shelley 36.06km spr saturday

transitional 1/2 – trans benara 39.90km spr saturday

fast/main – holmes rd 50.42km spr saturday

sunday 7th july

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 8th july

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

south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 9th july

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

spr tuesday 36.37km (river ride)

wednesday 10th july

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

interval training – stock road repeats

thursday 11th july

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 12th july

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride

ride routes 29th june – 5th july

thirteen at the startline

riding in the rain is nothing new to this club.  this photo was from almost 10 years ago and even with unpleasant conditions, people still turned up for a ride.  not as many places to hide and most likely to finish the ride with a sand beard, but it is winter after all.  looks like there will be a window of opportunity this saturday, so get out and turn the pedals without having to clean the bike afterwards.

ride leader sponsor –there is no ride leader sponsor for june.  if you want to promote your business to our 400 members and 2500 facebook followers, get in contact with the club.

entertainment book – once again we are selling the entertainment book as a fundraiser for the club.  available as a digital version, you can carry it anywhere on your phone to make sure that you never miss out on those discounts.  if you do want a physical book, these are still available but you must select a postage option.  click here to order your new book.  there are usually different weekly offers on when you buy your entertainment book. if you buy your book before midnight sunday you will also receive a $10 jb hifi gift card.

tour of margs expression of interest – well it is on again and spr will be sending teams to compete in the biggest team cycling event in wa.  the tour of margaret is a multi-stage teams based race centred around the down south town of nannup.  there so many reasons why this is such a cool race to be part of and there are lots of links within the previous post.  if you want to be part of it, make sure you contact the club via the email address in the previous post.  expressions of interest close soon as we need to commit the number of teams and entry fee to the tour organisers.  if you are planning on doing this event, or are needing an incentive to train more, put your name down now.

junior jersey policy – In order to further encourage junior participation the Committee has resolved to offer all junior members a free club jersey!  And in recognition that juniors will keep growing, the policy allows for one jersey per year (as  long as they are a member) until 18 years of age. Please see the previous post for more details.

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

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

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

from the ride coordinator – With the wettest June in 14 years and third wettest on record looming, it’s been difficult to consistently get on the bike across the month and this weekend the poor weather looks to continue. Hopefully we get a break in the rain long enough to have a dry ride on Saturday but I’m through trying to predict if we will or not. For those brave souls who are planning either of the hills rides on the weekend, please take note that Welshpool Rd between the end of Kewdale Rd and the Leach highway is scheduled (finally)for the completion of resurfacing along that stretch, so there may be some diversions in place to send you on some local streets, just when the end of the ride is in sign (Doh!). But who knows, even the weather might impact on this as well.

saturday 29th june

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

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

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

juniors – CANCELLED over winter

development group –  novice shelley 36.06km spr saturday

transitional 1/2 – trans abernethy 39.96km spr saturday

fast/main – abernethy rd 48.21km spr saturday

sunday 30th june

rides start at coode st carpark at 7:00am

development group – coffee ride

short – brktn weir 82.89km spr sunday

long – cann dam 100.13km spr sunday

monday 1st july

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

south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 2nd july

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

spr tuesday 36.37km (river ride)

wednesday 3rd july

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

interval training – stock road repeats

thursday 4th july

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 5th july

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride

ride routes 22nd – 28th june

FOMO.  fear of missing out.  last saturday during the earlybird the heavens opened and we got totally drenched.  this was definitely not an example of FOMO as i am sure all of you that were on zwift didn’t miss much.  what you did miss was FOMA or Foam Out My Arse, well not mine in particular.  this phenomenon occurs when a pair of knicks is either not rinsed well enough or too much detergent has been used.  once the chamois has been totally saturated, the oscillating compression of the butt on the seat causes the excess soap to form bubbles.  lots and lots of small bubbles create a foam monster which flys off and attacks unsuspecting riders following behind.  while riding in the wet is tricky enough, having to avoid butt foam ads a new dimension to why we ride.

ride leader sponsor –there is no ride leader sponsor for june.  if you want to promote your business to our 400 members and 2500 facebook followers, get in contact with the club.

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

spr club championships – with only 100 members expressing interest in a club champs, we have decided to not run it this year.  hiring the venue and providing a safe environment with st john on site means that we would be looking at about a $5000 loss. i still think that the idea has merit and so the committee will investigate it further in the future.

tour of margs expression of interest – well it is on again and spr will be sending teams to compete in the biggest team cycling event in wa.  the tour of margaret is a multi-stage teams based race centred around the down south town of nannup.  there so many reasons why this is such a cool race to be part of and there are lots of links within the previous post.  if you want to be part of it, make sure you contact the club via the email address in the previous post.  expressions of interest close soon as we need to commit the number of teams and entry fee to the tour organisers.  if you are planning on doing this event, or are needing an incentive to train more, put your name down now.

junior jersey policy – In order to further encourage junior participation the Committee has resolved to offer all junior members a free club jersey!  And in recognition that juniors will keep growing, the policy allows for one jersey per year (as  long as they are a member) until 18 years of age. Please see the previous post for more details.

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

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

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

from the ride coordinator –So the choice of this week’s ride is often one of the most talked about ride routes that we have. It even has its own nick name of “Spewin’ Ewen “. The view from the bottom of the Ewen Street Street hill in Doubleview can strike fear into even the best rider, however the cruise down the other side towards Scarborough is a ripper. It reminds me of a quote from Ernest Hemingway “It is by riding a bicycle, that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them”. The only question that remains is why do the contours have to be so steep in this part of our country ?

saturday 22nd june

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

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

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

juniors – CANCELLED over winter

development group –  novice shelley 36.06km spr saturday

transitional 1/2 – trans reabold 38.69km spr saturday

fast/main – ewen st 50.26km spr saturday

sunday 23rd june

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 24th june

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

south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 25th june

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

spr tuesday 36.37km (river ride)

wednesday 26th june

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

interval training – stock road repeats

thursday 27th june

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

see previous post for ride groups

spr thursday 37.26km (cott & freo)

ride starts frasers ave at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

friday 28th june

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride

ride routes 15th – 21st june

how was your riding this week???  i have spent the entire week in brisvegas and the weather has been perfect for winter.  minimums of 13 and max of 25 pretty much what perth had the week before winter kicked in.  unfortunately i don’t have access to a bike over here, and running when it is 90% humidity at 7am isn’t always pleasant. however, it should help with cyclocross training. so with no bike to ride, i wore a bike instead and it kind of reflects how i feel on the bike at the moment.

ride leader sponsor –there is no ride leader sponsor for june.  if you want to promote your business to our 400 members and 2500 facebook followers, get in contact with the club.

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

spr club championships – with only 100 members expressing interest in a club champs, we have decided to not run it this year.  hiring the venue and providing a safe environment with st john on site means that we would be looking at about a $5000 loss. i still think that the idea has merit and so the committee will investigate it further in the future.

tour of margs expression of interest – well it is on again and spr will be sending teams to compete in the biggest team cycling event in wa.  the tour of margaret is a multi-stage teams based race centred around the down south town of nannup.  there so many reasons why this is such a cool race to be part of and there are lots of links within the previous post.  if you want to be part of it, make sure you contact the club via the email address in the previous post.

junior jersey policy – In order to further encourage junior participation the Committee has resolved to offer all junior members a free club jersey!  And in recognition that juniors will keep growing, the policy allows for one jersey per year (as  long as they are a member) until 18 years of age. Please see the previous post for more details.

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

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

spr juniors – before the weather gets too cold, get your kids out for some laps of kings park or optus stadium.  juniors will continue to run over winter so if you have kids that are keen, then we will still be there.

from the ride coordinator –Like many of us, this time last week, I was really happy to see some precipitation in the weather forecast. “Good for the farmers” I thought. I was even looking forward to a little less intensity on the bike for the weekend, having done lots of KMs across May. Well they say a week is a long time in politics, it’s also a long time if your not part of the FWRC (for those who don’t don’t that is the girls and boys who don’t mind the trainer aka fair weather riding club) so I’m now positively itching to get back out there. And I’m not alone. Kudos to those few hardy souls who did the main ride last week, I’m hoping to join you this week. Showers or Shine !

saturday 15th june

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

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

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

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

development group –  novice shelley 36.06km spr saturday

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

fast/main – murdoch & freo 49.8km spr saturday

sunday 16th june

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 17th june

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

south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 18th june

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

spr tuesday 36.37km (river ride)

wednesday 19th june

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

interval training – stock road repeats

thursday 20th june

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 june

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride