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cycliq camera lights

most of you would have heard of cycliq camera lights.  a perth based company that has combined front and rear lights with a constantly recording camera.  there are many of you that may already have these lights as they are quite popular within the peleton.

however, if you don’t have any, or are looking at upgrading to the latest version, then we have a deal for you.

cycliq have offered the club a volume based discount on the fly6 ce and fly12 ce models.  what this means is that if the club buys 10 units, we get a 20% discount, 20 units a 25% discount and 30 units a 30% discount.  it must all be done through the club, then a bulk order sent out for us to distribute.

so, in the shop are 2 new items, the fly6 ce for the discounted price of $215 and the fly12 ce at $330.  this is down from $259 and $399 respectively.  this represents the 20% discounted price plus a bit for us to run it through paypal.  if we reach the 20 or 30 unit level, then the club will reimburse the difference in savings.  if however, we don’t reach the 10 unit mark, we will just refund all parties.

we will keep this offer open till mid october to see how we go.  there is no pressure, just an opportunity to get some safety lights at a reduced price.

click here for access to the club shop.

ride routes 21st – 27th september

yes it may have been cold, but it hasn’t been that cold.  while i have missed the cold change that perth has endured this week by strategically being in sunny queensland, further south some members have been climbing mountains in search of snow.  not really something that we see a lot of in perth, but then again we don’t really see any mountains either.

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.

ride leader program – We are now seeking expressions of interest from SPR members who regularly ride with the Main 2, 3 & 4 as well as Transition groups. We currently have a good number of riders from the Main 1 cohort; we really need to boost our numbers further down the line.  please see the previous post for more info.

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

  • The Element Round 3 – Lancelin – 22nd September 2019 – Cost $tba – entries close 17th Sep 19 – See details here

the beverley volunteers – as we have for the last few years, we are running the beverley race as part of the heroic weekend.  curently we have 15 voluteers signed up but we need closer to 28.  outstanding positions are Rego Desk; Marshaling; Lead Cars x4; SAG Wagon x1.  if you can help out, please email race@southperthrouleurs.com.au to sign up.

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

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

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 but coming back soon.  hopefully we will all be back on deck after the school holidays.  there may be a few test rides over the next few weeks, but official kick off will not be that far away.

from the ride coordinator – its heating up next week but should be pleasant enough over the weekend to get a few good rides in.  we may be a little short of ride leaders for the fast 2 ride, so please listen to the more experienced riders and make sure that everyone knows the ride route to avoid confusion….and crashes.

saturday 21st september

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 – hale rd reverse 51.37km spr saturday

sunday 22nd september

rides start at coode st carpark at 7:00am

development group – coffee ride

short – wlsh weir 62.23km spr sunday

long – wlsh obs kal 90.32km spr sunday

monday 23rd september

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

south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 24th september

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

spr tuesday 36.37km (river ride)

wednesday 25th september

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

interval training – stock road repeats

thursday 26th september

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

see previous post for ride groups

spr thursday 37.26km (cott & freo)

ride starts frasers ave at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

friday 27th september

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride

ride routes 14th – 20th september

you may have seen the report during the week of cyclists being asked to keep quiet while riding through dalkieth. my view on this is that it is up to all road users to be respectful to residents in the areas they are passing through.  whether this is cyclists holding a loud conversation, the harley rider revving their engine at 2 in the morning or a wrx driver trying to get sideways through a residential area full of kids.  as riders, we do use verbal commands to keep each other safe.  this is still the priority, and no-one is being asked to whisper “car back”.  but as a lot of our riding is done early morning, be equally respectful to the residents as you would want them to be of you.

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

New kit
The new kit…

club kit – the latest order for club kit closes this sunday 15th.  if you are looking at doing the tomr, then make sure that you have enough kit for the multiple stages.  check out the club kit order page here.

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

  • West Coast Masters:15th September 2019 – Casuarina (Flat Course) – If you have not raced masters before and are over 30 – first race is free.

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

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

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

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 – a beautiful spring weekend on the horizon so get those k’s under the belt wile you can.  good luck to all those over tackling amy’s grand fondo hope you manage to grab that qualification spot for whistler.

saturday 14th september

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 15th september

rides start at coode st carpark at 7:00am

development group – coffee ride

short – grnmt goose 65.22km spr sunday

long – darl richardson weir 89.01km spr sunday

monday 16th september

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

south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 17th september

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

spr tuesday 36.37km (river ride)

wednesday 18th september

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

interval training – stock road repeats

thursday 19th september

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

see previous post for ride groups

spr thursday 37.26km (cott & freo)

ride starts frasers ave at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

friday 20th september

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride

ride routes 7th – 13th september

the wonderful thing about cycling is how the club can bring together people from different backgrounds, ages, cultures, etc.  what is equally wonderful is how the common link of cycling can continue to bring people together even when they live in different countries.  in this case the quartet enjoying the sunshine atop the col de la madeleine, a lazy 2000m above sea level.

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

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

  • West Coast Masters: 8th September 2019 – Mt Helena (Hilly Course) – If you have not raced masters before and are over 30 – first race is free.

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

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

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

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 – Well we got our wish for this weekend. Finally there is no rain on the forecast for both days. BUT I hear you say, “Why does it have to be so cold !” in the mornings. With 3 degrees forecast for both mornings, we’ll have to don as many layers (& possibly more) just to keep warm. All I can suggest is that if you can drag yourself out of bed, layer up and get going, within 5kms it will be all worth while. You can always do an extra turn out the front to really warm up if you want to. Anyway, enjoy the ride(s) this weekend because soon enough, we will be complaining it’s too hot.

saturday 7th september

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 – canning vale & welshpool 49.74km spr saturday

sunday 8th september

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 9th september

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

south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 10th september

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

spr tuesday 36.37km (river ride)

wednesday 11th september

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

interval training – stock road repeats

thursday 12th september

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

see previous post for ride groups

spr thursday 37.26km (cott & freo)

ride starts frasers ave at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

friday 13th september

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride

ride routes 31st aug – 6th sep

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Happy Fathers Day to you all.

saturday 31st august

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

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

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

juniors – CANCELLED over winter

development group –  novice shelley 36.06km spr saturday

transitional 1/2 – trans cresswell 40.21km spr saturday

fast/main – cresswell & herdsman 48.86km spr saturday

sunday 1st september (fathers day)

rides start at coode st carpark at 7:00am

development group – coffee ride

short – brktn weir 82.89km spr sunday

long – roley obs 100.16km spr sunday

monday 2nd september

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

south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 3rd september

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

spr tuesday 36.37km (river ride)

wednesday 4th september

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

interval training – stock road repeats

thursday 5th september

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

see previous post for ride groups

spr thursday 37.26km (cott & freo)

ride starts frasers ave at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

friday 6th september

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride

ride routes 24th – 30th august

being a local champion in your field is pretty good.  being state champion is even better.  being national masters champion is awesome.  that championship being in cx; a sport that involves hand-ups of beer; makes you even more awesome.  spr member vanessa johnson is now the masters 5 national champion for cyclocross after a chilly and technical race over in vicoria.  check out her race report under the racing tab or via this link.

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.

  •  York road race and hill climb

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.

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

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

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

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

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

from the ride coordinator –So, the last of the big European cycling events starts this weekend the Vuelta a Espana. I like this race for a couple of reasons, it’s the last chance of the Euro cycling season for the GC contenders to strut their stuff on the big stage. I also like it because what follows over here is longer days and warmer weather for us to enjoy our own cycling. But for now, we have just a few more cold mornings to navigate before we get there. Starting with a belter of 3 degrees this Saturday.

saturday 24th 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 shelley 40.59km spr saturday

fast/main – south st 51.23km spr saturday

sunday 25th august

rides start at coode st carpark at 7:00am

development group – coffee ride

short – wlsh weir 62.23km spr sunday

long – wlsh obs kal 90.32km spr sunday

monday 26th august

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

south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 27th august

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

spr tuesday 36.37km (river ride)

wednesday 28th august

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

interval training – stock road repeats

thursday 29th 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 30th august

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride

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