All posts by Gregory Murray

The Beverley is Here

As you may have seen in posts, SPR is once again hosting a handicap road race “The Beverley” in partnership with the Beverley Heroic weekend.

Tomorrow, Saturday 13th October, we continue the revival of the famous old race along the same format as our recent outing.s A 114km Handicap race, starting and finishing in the charming Wheatbelt town of Beverley – a quick one and a bit hours East of Perth.

Rolling over undulating terrain, riders travel through rural views gently uphill, into shaded bushland of Wandoo National Park. The turnaround on to the return run sees a fast flowing lightly downhill run. The handicap format encourages groups to work well together over the parcours. The racing climaxes in the short rise on the approach to Lenard Rd with 4km to go– the first rider to crest holds the advantage in a fast run into the line.

In the past two years we were graced with multiple Track World Champions and local legends Cameron Meyer and Michael Freiberg as our winner and runner up in a cracking sprint finish. We saw biblical weather conditions first year with rain wind and hail (!!), then 30+ degrees for last years’ edition. Thankfully tomorrow looks quite the middle ground!

One speed. Much Heroic.

This is a big day for SPR, but it’s also a massive weekend of cycling. There is The Beverley, Retro Bike show  and Cyclocross racing on Saturday, then the Beverley Heroic rides on Sunday. Make a weekend of it and come and stay overnight. An entire weekend ALL ABOUT BIKES AND RIDING – how good is that?

To the more than 50 SPR and Dome  racers (yep, half the entire field) turning out tomorrow, best of luck.  To The Poster Girl, welcome back to Perth, Mate! To those same hardy volunteers that pitch in event after event – thank you. YOU make this possible.

Heroic we will be. See you all tomorrow.

The Beverley 2018 – the time is NOW

As you may know, SPR is again hosting the handicap road race “The Beverley” as part of the Beverley Heroic weekend and The Element Race Series.

On Saturday 13th October, we continue the revival of the famous old race along the same format as the last two year’s awesome outings. A 114km Handicap race, starting and finishing in the charming Wheatbelt town of Beverley – one and a bit hours East of Perth.

As I wrote last year……..

“Rolling over undulating terrain, riders travel through rural views gently uphill, into shaded bushland of Wandoo National Park. The turnaround on to the return run sees a fast flowing lightly downhill run – handicap groups will need to work well to keep the scratch men at bay. The racing climaxes in the short rise on the approach to Lenard Rd with 4km to go– the first rider to crest holds the advantage in a fast run into the line. The handicap format encourages groups to work well together over the parcours.”

Yep, what he said.

Our first year we were graced with multiple Track World Champions and local legends Cameron Meyer and Michael Freiberg as our winner and runner up in a cracking sprint finish. Not to mention Col Tierney attacking solo from 18km out and ONLY JUST getting caught in the final 300m. Last year, the win came from the bunch off a healthy handicap. Element Series Grade points are also up for grabs. Who’s up for the win this year……. ?

Entry for The Beverley is now OPEN!!! The link to The Element page here.

This is a big day for SPR, but it’s also a massive weekend of cycling. There is The Beverley, WACX staging Cyclocross racing on Saturday afternoon, then the Beverley Heroic rides on Sunday. Make a weekend of it and come and stay overnight. An entire weekend ALL ABOUT BIKES AND RIDING – how good is that? We’d love to see a sea of green once again. You can race or volunteer to help run either or both of the days.

Volunteering and giving back to the Club is what makes our little green community great! Get behind and support the Club.

Be a part of WA Cycling history. Go on – be Heroic.

The Beverley 2018 – Call out for Volunteers

The Beverley Heroic weekend is returning. Saturday 13th October SPR continues the revival of the famous old race “The Beverley” – our version, a 114km Handicap race. Sunday 14th October are the more leisurely but no less challenging Beverley Heroic Rides of 80 or 160kms.

Saturday is a race day for SPR, but it’s also a massive weekend of cycling in general and we need your help. Both events are starting and finishing in the charming Wheatbelt town of Beverley, a quick hour and a bit East of Perth.

For Saturday’s race we require volunteers for:

  • Lead/Follow vehicles and drivers (driver and passenger, previous experience preferred)
  • Marshals for Start/Finish area
  • Marshals for Registration area
  • Marshalls at midway water station

For Sunday’s Beverley Heroic events we require volunteers for:

  • Lead/Follow vehicles and drivers (driver with passenger/spotter preferred)
  • Marshals for Registration area
  • Attendants at Checkpoints

For Saturday there will be cash offered to assist with covering fuel costs for volunteers attending, and additional cash for those on vehicle duties during the event.

For those of you nominated for the Tour of Margaret River, as has been emailed already, we expect your attendance to either race or volunteer. Or both. For Sunday, Toby Hodgson is extending cash for fuel and a free Heroic Ride entry for you if ring in a significant other.

As well as The Beverley on Saturday, Cyclocross racing is on in the evening and the Beverley Heroic rides go on Sunday – a 50 and a 100 mile option. Come and make a weekend of it. We’d love to see a sea of green once again.

A bunch of SPR will be staying overnight in town and frequenting the local establishments. And by local establishments, I mean we’ll join you for a beer in the pub.

Volunteering and giving back to the Club is what makes our little green community great!  If you’re not racing we’d love your help on Saturday. If you are racing, join us on Sunday.

Email the Race Committee direct to advise your availability at race@southperthrouleurs.com.au and any questions can email or catch up with Greg at Dome post Saturday Main rides.

SPR Tour of Margaret River Squad 2018 Announcement

Damn straight, it’s that time of year again. Days are getting warmer, mornings becoming light earlier, the rainy days are getting fewer, and we announce the SPRouleurs ToMR Squad.
There’s no “i” in Team. Although we couldn’t spell it at the end of 4 stages anyway.
We have managed to secure five slots with ToMR organiser in the racing program – 2 Women’s and 3 Men’s teams. And from those nominees who have thrown down their cash money, here is the squad:
  • Abi Smeaton
  • Alison Ramm
  • Andrew Lilley
  • Ashley Brown
  • Audrey Xie
  • Barry Cook
  • Bryan Thurstan
  • Craig Denham
  • Craig Duarte
  • David Menarry
  • Debbie Bertolatti
  • Dermot Blackweir
  • Elar Kalda
  • Faye Daglish-Jones
  • Greg Murray
  • Jeremy Outschoorn
  • John Carnicelli
  • Jon Hanson
  • Julian Bleddyn
  • Katheryn Dines
  • Kirstie Moore
  • Leigh Outschoorn
  • Liz Sheehan
  • Mark DeCastro
  • Meegan Fyfield
  • Michael Bonner
  • Olesya Alutina
  • Peter Mah
  • Rebecca Kelly
  • Sue Beattie
  • Toby Brown
  • Wil Celis
Returning again is a majority of the Women’s 2 team – second place in Division last year. And an almost complete, almost all conquering Mens 1 team from last year – also coming second in Division last year. Our teams will be selected and graded from the Squad.
At present, we don’t have a Pro Register rider allocated to SPR. Let’s face it though – our team mate from last year, Annemiek van Vlueten, is a tough one to top. But we also got to meet the legend, greatest all round cyclist of all time, Marianne Vos, our old Perth Mate (and now GCN legend) Emma Pooley, Local Hardman Luke Durbridge, the rest of the Waow Deals women’s team – like Anoushka Koster (who SPR also bumped into at TDU in R-Adelaide). ToMR is half race, half social, but all fun.
Craig. And a coupla stalkers.
For now, the names above are OUR legends. There will be lots more ToMR SPAM and pics from our preparations and training, so apologies ahead of time.
Whilst we have a full roster for now, if there is anyone wishing to nominate as a reserve (sadly, things happen – sometimes good work or family things, but sometimes bad crashy things), please
read through the previous posts here, here and here, and email race@southperthrouleurs.com.au if you fit the bill.

Winter woolies and Retro Riders – Saturday 30th June, 07:00

 

Molteni, Brooklyn, Bianchi, Faema, Campagnolo – Delicious.

As part of the lead up to The Beverley Heroic weekend in October, SPR is hosting Mr Vesparazzi, Toby Hodgson, on a Retro-tastic roll. Pull out your Retro jersey or retro bike and ride Retro with the Rouleurs.

When: Saturday 30 June, 7am.                                                               Where: as normal at Coode St carpark, South Perth

More details on the FaceBook event page.

SPR Ride Leaders will take the group over a 40-ish km ride, finishing as ever, at Dome Westralia Square.

There you can display your bike, parade your jersey and #bheroic.

Tour of Margaret River 2018 – EOI’s closing 29th June

This is it. We are closing the EOI’s for Tour of Margaret River Friday 29th June at midnight AWST. To be specific.

This EOI list is the base for our final numbers for Team registration and accommodation bookings for the SPR contingent this year. The SPR package for Race Registration and Accommodation is looking to be approximately $650, including four nights’ Busselton based accommodation (Thursday 8th to Monday 12th November). This is about $200 less than last year, as housing is a little simpler but 25 minutes closer to the Nannup Event Village.

Be aware – once we register our teams, we’ll not have options to pick up additional teams or accommodation. If you haven’t emailed, you’re not on the list.

We currently have enough EOI’s for filling four teams – one women’s team and three men’s teams. Or potentially a mixed team, if el Prez gets his big wish! The racers so far are matching up nicely in regards to selecting similar speed teams, which is very positive.

In so far are Check 1-2, The Bonner Train, Hanno, Poodle, el Prez, Mouth, More Moore and the Cadence Queen, DJ Spindarella (KDines).

Read through the previous post here and get your EOI in by email to race@southperthrouleurs.com.au with your contact details and current SPR Saturday riding group.

Any questions you have, email them through or catch up with Jon Hanson or Greg Murray at Dome after Saturday Main rides. As MUSE would sing, “Time is Running Out”.

el Prez: And then I said “just leave me and I’ll finish at my own pace”. But they made me stick with the group all the way through the Team Time Trial and they hurt me.
AvV: Oh, those crazy #FTS guys!

Tour of Margaret River 2018 EOI’s – Get Cracking

The Tour of Margaret River Event Team have released more information on this years’ Tour. The ToMR website is updated with details on stages and courses you can read up on here. Racing is three stages over three days, Friday through Sunday.

The SPR package for Race Registration and Accommodation is looking to be approximately $650, including four nights’ Busselton based accommodation (Thursday 8th to Monday 12th November). This is about $200 less than last year, as housing is a little simpler but 25 minutes closer to the Nannup Event Village.

After a couple of huge years and a record breaking number of women racers coming out for SPR, this year is looking like a much leaner year for us at the Tour. We currently have enough EOI’s for filling three to four teams, and insufficient numbers for a women’s team. Although, the racers we have are matching up nicely in regards to splitting into similar speed teams.

Once we nominate the number of teams and register them, we’ll not have options to pick up additional teams or additional accommodation. We will close out our EOI’s on Friday 29th June and base our final numbers for Team registration and accommodation booking from that.

SO!

The time is nigh. Read through the previous post here and get your EOI in by email to race@southperthrouleurs.com with your contact details and current SPR Saturday riding group. Any questions you have, email them through or catch up with Jon Hanson or Greg Murray at Dome after Saturday Main rides this Saturday.

Tour of Margaret River 2018 is coming

The preliminary organising of SPR’s trip to Tour of Margaret River is underway for 2018. To assess how many teams and accommodation may be required for this year, Race@SPR are seeking Expressions of Interest for SPR Members to be a part of the event with SPR for 2018 prior to opening nominations.

Coupla fans, can’t leave the current day star alone.

The event is scheduled as a four stage, three day race event based on teams of six racers including Team Time Trials, Road Race, and in previous years Individual TT as well! All staged in the stunning South West area of Nannup over the dates 8-11 November 2018, it is a true Pro-Am event, with Current and Past World Tour Pro’s amongst the peloton. In fact, last November SPR were blessed with the current World ITT Champion and all ’round Legend, Dutchie Extraordinaire Annemiek van Vlueten as a Team member. It was 4 days of amazing.

Another Dutchie of relative note!
Starstruck. Annemiek couldn’t believe she actually met Tim.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last year SPR has fielded a Club and ToMR event record of seven teams, comprising Women’s, men’s and mixed teams and we are expecting to do the same this year. As previously, we stay in team houses, based in the same area – last year was Dunsborough, with Prevelly previously – and package the accommodation, event registration and subsidy for SPR Volunteers as a set price for participating SPR racers. Last years’ cost was around $770 which was including 4 nights’ accommodation; 2016 was around $680 including 3 nights’ as a guide.

Class of 2016.

The event website has a load of general info here which will give you an idea. There are updates coming regularly and we will look to keep the SPRouleurs updated through the Blog pposts here, and the FaceBook pages as well.

 

 

Furthermore, here is a list of links to previous ToMR Race reports on the SPR Blog for your reading pleasure:

So before you move, please understand there are a few “non-negotiables” when nominating:

  • You must be a current member of SPR.
  • You must have or be prepared to have an SPR Race License (your Recreational License can be upgraded to Race).
  • You should be expecting to train and race through the year with the SPR Team(s) to prepare.
  • You must volunteer for at least one event for SPR through the year – if you’re not on the Volunteer Register as yet, read up here.
One of these needed if you want to win……………….
……….. one of these.

 

 

 

 

 

 

There will be some more information released and a Q&A Information Session prior to nominations officially opening. Nominations this year will require a deposit and an acceptance of the SPR ToMR Guidelines. Think of them as Terms and Conditions, Expectations, “The Rule Book” – they have become a necessary documented guide for us and will be published when nominations open.

If you have any questions, have a chat with Jon Hanson or Greg Murray post-ride on Saturday’s at Dome.

Most importantly, to Express Your Interest:

Email race@southperthrouleurs.com.au with your name, contact details and current Saturday Group you are riding with.

SPR Social Committee – we want YOU!

Grand Tour Dinner 2017 – awaiting us on arrival at Petit Mort, or not.

With the very Social Belinda Evans being slightly un-social (well, without edit access to the website!), we are putting out a call for all potentially interested members to join the Social Sub-Committee. The SPR Annual General Meeting saw the Committee Members nominated and voted upon, and now the call for Sub-Committee members starts.

The King of Socialz past – Graham Hoskins.

The Socialz (with a Z) are the Crew that organise our Grand Tour Do’s (think Tour de France outing to Petit Mort, oh yes!), the annual Xmas ride and our big Dome Buffet Breakfast mornings. AND the awards. AAAAND ……. dare I hint at it……. a special something for SPR’s 10th Anniversary. Socialz have even helped the Race Committee with events like The Beverley and ToMR (many historical thanks!).

We’d love to have a new crew to the Social Sub-Committee,  so to tell us you’re interested,  or have a few questions before offering your own Social Skillz,  email race@southperthrouleurs.com.au.

Tour de Bintan 2018 – Race Reports

A few weeks ago our Social Media feed was clogged with the heroics and shenanigans of the Tour de Bintan. A group of SPRouleurs (in Strive Cycle Training mode) headed across SE Asia in pursuit of a UCI Gran Fondo World Championships qualification for Varese, Italy later this year. Here are the Race Reports from Vanessa Johnson and Cameron Dawson.

Vanessa Johnson – Tour de Bintan, de Force, de Silver

Stage 1: 16km. ITT

Only two items of interest from Stage 1 (because ITTs are painful and boring even when they are hilly) – Amanda had a rear wheel flat on the way to the race which required some sharp teamwork to leave us both time for a warm up, and there were monkeys on the side of the road (not changing tyres). I finished 3rd in my 50-54 age category – Perth rider Alison Dyson had a magnificent win, only just shy of the fastest female time.

Stage 2: 144km. UCI Grand Fondo (Queen Stage)

The women were first off and it was clear that the tactic was to ride easy and wait for the first group of men (18-34). A group of strong Perth riders tried to lift the pace on the front, enthusiastically contesting the first sprint point, but there was little enthusiasm for work from the rest of the bunch. I was relieved to get through last year’s ‘crash corner’ without incident. Despite the lackluster pace (~32km/hr), the catch didn’t happen until after 50km. SPR Chicks Amanda, Laurensia & myself were comfortable in the group – this was a doddle compared to SPR Thursday! Kath had unfortunately punctured at 10km and despite a quick wheel change had not ridden across to us with the men.

My main focus was to stay in the front third of the pack and draft wherever possible, and I was managing to do this, sitting comfortably in the mixed bunch and staying with the lead women at the second sprint point. By now we were riding through villages on tight, winding roads, hemmed in on either side by cheering children. The peloton was being squeezed like a tube of toothpaste and there was a crash a few riders ahead of me – I eyed the gravel ditch on my right nervously, thanked my lucky stars we had practiced ‘slow racing’ and was forced to almost track stand to snake through a tiny gap. I had been shuffled to the back half of the bunch and the fight for position was becoming desperate: riders were dropping in on corners and shouts of “hold your line” punctuated the clamour of sirens. It was difficult to eat and drink in the tight and unpredictable pack. The back of the bunch is no place to be on an undulating course and I was dropped around 107km. Low on water, I grabbed a bottle from the commissaire’s car which kept me going until the feed at 112km. With stomach cramps and dead legs I loaded myself with gels and water.

By 120km I had company and by 10km to go we were a small group. At 5km to go the reliable wheel I had been clinging to unfortunately and spectacularly put his derailleur through his rear spokes: I dodged right and avoided the debris – the rider on my left was not so fortunate. I had just enough legs left to sprint under the finishing arch for 2nd in my age category.

Stage 3: 110km. Wet & crashtastic

With a large time gap between 1st and 2nd in my age category, an overall win for the tour was not likely, but my legs felt good and I was keen to try for a stage win. It had rained steadily through the night and the peloton was twitchy. The tactic again was to wait for the 18-34 men, and this time the catch happened sooner, just after 20km. The bunch was moving faster than on Stage 2, and the speed increased further as the lead 35-40 men made the catch. There was jostling for position and it was a treat to see one rider shoot out to the gravel on the left and go CX style at 45+km/hr, then pop back into the bunch without so much as a squeak of surprise.

I was sitting comfortably near the front of the bunch, finding time to talk to Amanda, and Laurensia was close by too. As the 46km feed station approached I tried to position myself for a pick-up, but there was no chivalry in the pack and a solid wall of men blocked me (no-one wants to follow a small wheel). I made the mistake of drifting back in search of a gap, but alas, I was too slow at the pick-up: the pack was gone, and so was the top step. The air turned blue around me as I fought to bridge the gap for a few kilometres, but it was futile. I cycled lonely as a cloud, only interrupted by locals on mopeds making the most of an opportunity to practice their English – making small talk really was the last thing I felt like doing. I was relieved to be joined by another rider at 61km as we approached the hilly jungle section – a smooth wheel who was happy for me to tag along and I gladly sucked his wheel spray. We dodged stray dogs, saw the aftermath of quite a few crashes, and the village children were still enthusiastically chasing discarded bottles despite the rain. From 90km we could hear the sirens of the 40-44 men’s convoy, but managed to stay clear to reach the next sprint point at 94km without interference. The 40-44 men gathered us up with shouts of “stay left” but when they smacked it through the technical check point zone into the hills at 15km out I was dropped, despite my new buddy’s shouts of encouragement.

I rolled across the finish line without a group, not caught by any women after I was dropped at 46km, and happy to have survived unscathed through the slippery conditions. Done. Second both on the final stage and overall for my age category.

 

Cameron Dawson – Tour de Bintan, de First-Timer, de Birthday

A multi stage race is a wonderful thing. Months of lead up training, too many early mornings, too much time away from the family, all in the allusive pursuit of ‘doing your best’, with only your fantastic training buddies to keep you going when it gets tough, and at some point it will.

When in an ITT, go to your happy place.

But we got there. With a quick stop over in Singapore to celebrate my 40th birthday (and a new age group) we were on the ferry to Bin Tan. Its always important to have a good roomie (thanks Jeremy) but just as important to volunteer for the small bed. How can you pass up waking to a view like this?

After a short recee for the ITT route (should have taken a photo of the monkeys), what followed was three days of sweat. The first was a time trial, where I witnessed what I think was a squirrel, perish in an oncoming riders spokes. The second was the main event, the UCI qualifier. I didn’t qualify but couldn’t have done more.

What’s your excuse?

Then, an hour or two after I arrived when we’re just about to leave and this guy turns up. I don’t know how long it took him, or even who he is, but kudos to finishing 144km missing half a leg.

 

 

Don’t talk to me…….. just yet.

The final day was fun, but then it was over. All accept the return trip. Clearing customs in Singapore someone (from Perth!!) took my bike bag by mistake and didn’t realise until he had reached the airport. Happily, just as I was starting to panic (and pick which new bike the insurance money would cover) he returned with my bike unharmed. Next time my name will be across the top of the Scicon back in BIG letters.

A multi stage race is a wonderful thing – once you’re home again!