Our commitment to core values

As a committee, we are proud of the community that South Perth Rouleurs embodies. It is something that we have been intentional about from the beginning, and it is something that we know from listening to club members is important to many, if not all, of you.

It is for this reason that I am writing on behalf of the committee now. In our role as leaders within the SPR community, we felt it was worth re-visiting our values and the guidelines that we have put in place to help our community operate in a way that is consistent with those values.

The club has four core values: Safe. Inclusive. Organised. Social.

One of things we discovered over time, particularly as social media increased in popularity, was that it was important to write down clear expectations of behaviour. In 2016, we put together our Community Guidelines to help with this process of communication.

I encourage everyone to (re-)read these guidelines if you have any doubts as to the type of behaviour expected within our online communities and in-person on our rides.

In particular, I would like to highlight inclusivity and our guidelines that ask everyone to avoid portraying any person in a negative light based on their age, colour, gender, national origin, physical or mental disability, race, religion or sexual preference.

Recently, there have been several instances where we have observed casual racism occurring within our social media conversations on official SPR sites/groups. If you are not aware of what this looks like, please take some time to read about this form of racism; perhaps here or here or here.

Some would say that reference to “casual” racism is unhelpful because the term diminishes the importance of describing the actions as racism. I have used the term here as it does emphasise the fact that this form of racism occurs in everyday conversation and is not overt, often occurring as a joke or off-hand comment. It is often not intentional.

None of this changes the fact that it represents a form of racism – something that is clear when the comments are examined in terms of the perception by others and their impact on the individuals/groups targeted by the comments – and as such, is something that we do not want within the SPR community.

In some of the recent examples, this has been clear when other members have pushed back individually against comments made – something I think that represents healthy dialogue and for which I am thankful. We have also spoken personally with the people involved – we feel it is important to both hear everyone’s point of view but also communicate clearly the club’s expectations on these important issues. The committee also felt it appropriate to comment specifically and publicly through this blog post.

We ask that everyone contribute, whether online or on the bike, toward ensuring that SPR is inclusive and welcoming to all.

Please keep in mind that we are explicitly not singling anyone out in making these comments, and ask that no one else does either. We explicitly want our community to be an inclusive one that allows everyone the space to participate and the space to collectively learn and improve together.

On behalf of the SPR Committee.

Daniel Harvey

RIDE ROUTES 24TH-30TH APRIL

Saturday Start Locations – Back in 2020 the club made a decision to spread ourselves out in the carpark on a Saturday morning, to make social distancing a bit easier. With things slowly returning to near normal (capacity crowd at Optus Stadium anyone?) activity and traffic in the Coode Street car park is picking up and there we are less likely to attract criticism for gathering together.

For those reasons the Committee has decided to return to a more condensed assembly in just the first two rows of the car park. The new/old assembly areas are in the image to the right.

We’ll gather in these two rows again on Monday for the Public Holiday ride…the last one for a few months.

Bike Maintenance Session – Check out this post for an invite to SPR women who want to learn the basics when it comes to fixing and maintaining their road bike.


The Rules – just a reminder that it isn’t quite business as usual –As we progress through WA’s phased approach to reopening, how the club interacts within itself and the wider community will also change.
Rightly or wrongly, the lack of community transmission in the state has meant that a lot of the social distancing rules have disappeared. As such we want to streamline what the requirements are from a club perspective. Basically there are 3 main things we want people to keep in mind.

  • The virus can spread via human contact, so minimise the amount of touching between people and each others bikes/helmets etc.
  • No spitting, snotting or sneezing within the group. If you need to, move to the back of the group, but please look behind you to make sure that it is clear of traffic. That is all traffic, not just bikes. We don’t want some dash-cam footage of someone blowing their nose on a car.
  • Personal hygiene becomes very important in the spread of the virus so make sure that you either wash your hands whenever you can or carry a small container of hand sanitiser. Limit your exposure to common surfaces (chairs, tables) and don’t be sharing items.

SafeWA registration – Remember that for many locations and venues contact registration is mandatory. If you want to sit down for a coffee you must register your details at that premises. There are 2 ways to do this, register on a paper form, or scan a QR code on an app.
So, how do I get the app? Download the WA Government free app – SafeWA and sign up as an individual.
– Android users click here
– Apple phone users click here

Thursday Group 3 & 4 – The last few weeks we have been formalising and supporting the group 3 and 4 rides on Thursday. SPR Thursday has a reputation of being a hard and fast ride and the size of the first group today was a good indication of it’s popularity. However, we also want to provide an opportunity for people to develop and progress through the ranks, so to speak. As such the group 3 and 4 rides on Thursday now have ride leaders assigned to them to help guide people. The expected average speeds for the groups are 34k/hr and 30 k/hr or less average, respectively, so you can make a call as to which will suit you best. Organically developing rides to provide for what the needs of the group is what has contributed to the growth of the club. This is just another step along that path.

Our commitment to Core Values – We are a diverse club that made a point early on of committing to a number of core values to which we have built everything upon. These are – Safe, Inclusive, Organised & Social. It is under these values that we want all club interaction to occur, whether on the road or in cyberspace. Please read the previous post so you understand what we as a club, expect from you as members.S

From the Ride Coordinator –
With so many roads now impacted by road works (you gotta love the public works stimulus programme) we find that many of our more popular ride routes are affected in one form or another. Last weekend we had the unexpected closure of Winthrop Ave to install a new bridge but it was great to see so many riders “going with the flow” and assisting the ride leaders to navigate around. This weekend we could also expect the unexpected with both routes on Saturday. Transition will head down Hay Street Subiaco which is experiencing some road narrowing around Rokeby and last time the main ride headed to Karrinyup Rd, there was also some impact from the shopping centre redevelopment. Reason for highlighting is that you may experience something different to what you were expecting and we are sharing the road with drivers who may also be unfamiliar so it’s good to keep your wits about you.

Whilst talking about keeping your wits whilst riding, our main ride on Saturday would be up there for the most frequent cases of near misses at the intersection of Loftus Street and Scarbs Beach Rd. The Karrinyup Rd route this weekend heads STRAIGHT ACROSS that intersection and onto London Street. Please DO NOT look to turn left onto Scarbs Beach Rd, otherwise you may be another statistic on the SPR accident data base. We’ve said it plenty of times before, it pays to look at the ride route before you go. That’s particularly important this week.  See you all safely at coffee!

Saturday 24th April

Sunday 25th April

Monday 26th April – ANZAC Day Public Holiday

Tuesday 27th April

  • Ride starts under the Narrows (cityside) at 5:30am
  • Ride starts Frasers ave at 5:45am
    • Development group – interval training kings park

Wednesday 28th April

Thursday 29th April

Friday 30th April

Ride routes 17th – 23rd April

We had our first committee meeting tonight (so this blog is a little behind schedule). I am pleased to announce the new roles that committee members have taken on.

May I introduce:

  • Membership & Communications – Claire Tyrrell
  • Community Development – Carol Dowse
  • Women’s Interests – Amanda Nabi
  • Race – Steve Burns
  • Ride Coordinator – Greg Jones
  • Training & Development – Dean Roser
  • Kit – Andrew Ballam
  • General – Tom Goerke

I would also like to put out a call for subcommittee members for:

  • Community Development Subcommittee
  • Women’s Interests Subcommittee
  • Race Subcommittee
  • Kit Subcommittee
  • Ride Leader Subcommittee

This is a great opportunity for members to get more involved in SPR. Not only do you have the opportunity to contribute to the life of the club, but you have a forum to input into and influence the direction of these aspects of SPR.

If you are interested, please contact us via Messenger on our Facebook page or email admin@southperthrouleurs.com.au.

Bike Maintenance Session – Check out this post for an invite to SPR women who want to learn the basics when it comes to fixing and maintaining their road bike.

The Rules – just a reminder that it isn’t business as usual.

As we progress through WA’s phased approach to reopening, how the club interacts within itself and the wider community will also change.
Rightly or wrongly, the lack of community transmission in the state has meant that a lot of the social distancing rules have disappeared. As such we want to streamline what the requirements are from a club perspective. Basically there are 3 main things we want people to keep in mind.

  • The virus can spread via human contact, so minimise the amount of touching between people and each others bikes/helmets etc.
  • No spitting, snotting or sneezing within the group. If you need to, move to the back of the group, but please look behind you to make sure that it is clear of traffic. That is all traffic, not just bikes. We don’t want some dash-cam footage of someone blowing their nose on a car.
  • Personal hygiene becomes very important in the spread of the virus so make sure that you either wash your hands whenever you can or carry a small container of hand sanitiser. Limit your exposure to common surfaces (chairs, tables) and don’t be sharing items.

SafeWA registration – As the state opens up to more interstate travelers, the risk of community spread could possibly increase. Contact tracing is an important way to contain the virus in case it finds it’s way into the community. If you want to sit down for a coffee you must register your details at that premises. There are 2 ways to do this, register on a paper form, or scan a QR code on an app.
So, how do i get the app? Download the WA Government free app – SafeWA and sign up as an individual.
– Android users click here
– Apple phone users click here
We have had it pretty good in WA so far. Lets make sure that we can open up safely.

AusCycling Memberships – As of November last year, Cycling Australia ceased to exist and AusCycling was formed to combine multiple disciplines of cycling together. To be part of the national organisation, our club has joined Auscycling and memberships and renewals are now available though it. As such we have updated the memberships page to reflect the membership types and approximate costs. There are now 4 types of licence – Lifestyle, Race off-road, Race all discipline & Non riding. On top of this there is also a Club Add-On where you can join SPR if you are a member of another club, like Peel or RCCC. This is similar to our Extraordinary membership (which still exists for other orgs) but has been formalised a bit.

EDIT: There has been a bit of confusion around the clubs relationship with Westcycle as some people have opted for a Westcycle licence and have linked to SPR as their club. Our club is affiliated with the national body which is AusCycling, but we do have a tenuous link back to the state body which is Westcycle. We are currently working out what that means for members in regards to the rights that they have within the club (voting, committee positions, etc). Until we clarify that, just be assured that your insurance is still valid and you are still free to ride with the club.

Community Cycling Survey 2021 – The WA government (the Office of the Auditor General) is conducting a survey to help inform a current audit on cycling in the Perth area. It focuses on 2 key areas: (a) the bicycle network, and (b) state and local government work to promote cycling as a safe and viable mode of transport.

The survey is particularly interested in the cities of Perth, Cockburn, Bayswater and Kalamunda but invites contributions more broadly.

It will only take about 15 minutes to complete, so check it out. You have until 4 pm on 19 April 2021.

https://audit.wa.gov.au/auditing-in-wa/have-your-say/

Thursday Group 3 & 4 – The last few weeks we have been formalising and supporting the group 3 and 4 rides on Thursday. SPR Thursday has a reputation of being a hard and fast ride and the size of the first group today was a good indication of it’s popularity. However, we also want to provide an opportunity for people to develop and progress through the ranks, so to speak. As such the group 3 and 4 rides on Thursday now have ride leaders assigned to them to help guide people. The expected average speeds for the groups are 34k/hr and 30 k/hr or less average, respectively, so you can make a call as to which will suit you best. Organically developing rides to provide for what the needs of the group is what has contributed to the growth of the club. This is just another step along that path.

Our commitment to Core Values – We are a diverse club that made a point early on of committing to a number of core values to which we have built everything upon. These are – Safe, Inclusive, Organised & Social. It is under these values that we want all club interaction to occur, whether on the road or in cyberspace. Please read the previous post so you understand what we as a club, expect from you as members.

Where do i need to stand again?

Saturday Start Locations – In order to facilitate any expected changes to gathering rules, the Saturday start location were modified when group riding resumed in 2020. We still want to maintain the separation between groups as much as possible and as such will continue to start the fast and main 1 on one side of the carpark with main 2-3, trannies & novice on the other. If you are new to our Saturday group rides, click on the photo to see where each group needs to congregate.

From the Ride Coordinator – What a difference a week makes to the weather forecast. Unfortunately last weekend proved to be challenging for riders with a strong easterly on Saturday and a wash out Sunday. Because of this we will push “repeat” for the choice of Hills rides with the Zig Zag again on the menu. Whilst the easterly will be with us again on Saturday, it shouldn’t be nearly as strong so Morley Drive will be the choice. Expect numbers will be up this week as it looks like it’s going to be great riding conditions. If you choose to ride with us this weekend, make it a good one and enjoy your cycling.

Saturday 17th April

Sunday 18th April

Monday 19th April

Tuesday 20th April

  • Ride starts under the Narrows (cityside) at 5:30am
  • Ride starts Frasers ave at 5:45am
    • Development group – interval training kings park

Wednesday 21st April

Thursday 22nd April

Friday 23rd April

Basic Bike Mechanics Session for our SPR Chicks!

The club has organised for Stefanie Van Amerongen to deliver this session aimed at helping women that may be fairly new to the club and cycling learn the basics when it comes to fixing and maintaining their road bike.

Steff in action…

Date: Saturday, 22nd May 2021

Time: 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Venue: Melody Wheels 7/4 Pritchard St, O’Connor WA 6163

Cost: Free

Bring: Road bike

There are 12 places. The intent is to make these available, where possible, to new members.

If you are interested in attending please send an email to women@southperthrouleurs.com.au

Ride routes 10 – 16th April

I had the pleasure of joining some of the club’s finest on the Vice President’s ride on Good Friday – and boy, was it epic.

Despite being at the club for six years, I was yet to embark on this annual pilgrimage – so I was full of anticipation as I joined the bunch at Coode Street. Proudly donning my national jersey (despite its unfortunately placed grease stains) I set off with about 30 others towards Mundaring.

Looking around at the svelte riders around me I knew it would be a tough day in the saddle and I was not wrong.

Propelled along by the pack I hit the base of Greenmount Hill with fresh legs, and after foolishly going out too hard (you think I would have learned by now) I soon settled into a rhythm.

I made it to the first regroup point near the back, setting the tone for the rest of the day.

The ever-chivalrous Dean Roser shepherded me and a few others along the picture-perfect roads for the best part of the near six-hour ride (thanks Dean – your patience does not go unnoticed).

There were two occasions where the club’s spirit truly came to the fore during this ride.

Firstly, when newly-minted president Daniel experienced what we all have as cyclists – the dreaded bonk. In Roleystone’s hills Daniel’s legs protested with every pedal rotation, and it was not long before he was surrounded by a small posse of club riders.

I can’t speak for others, but I know that when I am experiencing lows on the bike it really helps to be surrounded by my mates, and SPR delivers that support in spades.

Our morning tea stop at Wungong Dam delivered the second reassurance of the strong sense of community in the club.

SPR members and all-round legends Sam Flockhart and Liam Walker were waiting for the bunch in a shady carpark – and they were a sight for sore eyes.

I don’t think the satiating effect of icy coke for a weary cyclist can be overstated, particularly in the Australian heat – and the Easter treat didn’t go down too badly either.

Amanda Nabi and Sam had thoughtfully spent the evening buttering dozens of hot cross buns and the Vice President himself Andrew Ballam prepared an eski full of refreshing beverages.

The roll back into town was flat and fast, but I was glad my bike wouldn’t have to go up any more hills for at least another day.

I cannot thank the club enough for the experience.

Strava: https://www.strava.com/activities/5053004179

The Rules – just a reminder that it isn’t business as usual.

As we progress through WA’s phased approach to reopening, how the club interacts within itself and the wider community will also change.
Rightly or wrongly, the lack of community transmission in the state has meant that a lot of the social distancing rules have disappeared. As such we want to streamline what the requirements are from a club perspective. Basically there are 3 main things we want people to keep in mind.

  • The virus can spread via human contact, so minimise the amount of touching between people and each others bikes/helmets etc.
  • No spitting, snotting or sneezing within the group. If you need to, move to the back of the group, but please look behind you to make sure that it is clear of traffic. That is all traffic, not just bikes. We don’t want some dash-cam footage of someone blowing their nose on a car.
  • Personal hygiene becomes very important in the spread of the virus so make sure that you either wash your hands whenever you can or carry a small container of hand sanitiser. Limit your exposure to common surfaces (chairs, tables) and don’t be sharing items.

SafeWA registration – As the state opens up to more interstate travelers, the risk of community spread could possibly increase. Contact tracing is an important way to contain the virus in case it finds it’s way into the community. If you want to sit down for a coffee you must register your details at that premises. There are 2 ways to do this, register on a paper form, or scan a QR code on an app.
So, how do i get the app? Download the WA Government free app – SafeWA and sign up as an individual.
– Android users click here
– Apple phone users click here
We have had it pretty good in WA so far. Lets make sure that we can open up safely.

AusCycling Memberships – As of November last year, Cycling Australia ceased to exist and AusCycling was formed to combine multiple disciplines of cycling together. To be part of the national organisation, our club has joined Auscycling and memberships and renewals are now available though it. As such we have updated the memberships page to reflect the membership types and approximate costs. There are now 4 types of licence – Lifestyle, Race off-road, Race all discipline & Non riding. On top of this there is also a Club Add-On where you can join SPR if you are a member of another club, like Peel or RCCC. This is similar to our Extraordinary membership (which still exists for other orgs) but has been formalised a bit.

EDIT: There has been a bit of confusion around the clubs relationship with Westcycle as some people have opted for a Westcycle licence and have linked to SPR as their club. Our club is affiliated with the national body which is AusCycling, but we do have a tenuous link back to the state body which is Westcycle. We are currently working out what that means for members in regards to the rights that they have within the club (voting, committee positions, etc). Until we clarify that, just be assured that your insurance is still valid and you are still free to ride with the club.

Community Cycling Survey 2021 – The WA government (the Office of the Auditor General) is conducting a survey to help inform a current audit on cycling in the Perth area. It focuses on 2 key areas: (a) the bicycle network, and (b) state and local government work to promote cycling as a safe and viable mode of transport.

The survey is particularly interested in the cities of Perth, Cockburn, Bayswater and Kalamunda but invites contributions more broadly.

It will only take about 15 minutes to complete, so check it out. You have until 4 pm on 19 April 2021.

https://audit.wa.gov.au/auditing-in-wa/have-your-say/

Thursday Group 3 & 4 – The last few weeks we have been formalising and supporting the group 3 and 4 rides on Thursday. SPR Thursday has a reputation of being a hard and fast ride and the size of the first group today was a good indication of it’s popularity. However, we also want to provide an opportunity for people to develop and progress through the ranks, so to speak. As such the group 3 and 4 rides on Thursday now have ride leaders assigned to them to help guide people. The expected average speeds for the groups are 34k/hr and 30 k/hr or less average, respectively, so you can make a call as to which will suit you best. Organically developing rides to provide for what the needs of the group is what has contributed to the growth of the club. This is just another step along that path.

Our commitment to Core Values – We are a diverse club that made a point early on of committing to a number of core values to which we have built everything upon. These are – Safe, Inclusive, Organised & Social. It is under these values that we want all club interaction to occur, whether on the road or in cyberspace. Please read the previous post so you understand what we as a club, expect from you as members.

Where do i need to stand again?

Saturday Start Locations – In order to facilitate any expected changes to gathering rules, the Saturday start location were modified when group riding resumed in 2020. We still want to maintain the separation between groups as much as possible and as such will continue to start the fast and main 1 on one side of the carpark with main 2-3, trannies & novice on the other. If you are new to our Saturday group rides, click on the photo to see where each group needs to congregate.

From the Ride Coordinator – Those pesky twin cyclones off our coast could lead to some interesting weather for Perth later in the weekend but at least they should stay away long enough for us to enjoy some cycling on Saturday and hopefully Sunday morning! Having said that it looks like a return to those stronger easterly winds for our riding, especially for the main ride on Saturday, so the route this week needs to finish with the wind at our backs. Riding in groups in the stronger winds requires some care and concentration on some safety elements to get it right so please make sure you call directions and hazards up and down the line as it may be more difficult to hear a call all the way to the front or back if it’s not passed on. It’s also good to keep the group riding tight as you are comfortable to, to take advantage of the protection you get from the peloton so try not to leave big gaps and avoid surging out front in the roll throughs otherwise it will be more difficult. And of course, knowing the route is always an advantage, wind or not in maximizing your chances of getting back to the coffee shop in one piece. Whatever cycling you do over the weekend, make it safe and enjoyable!

Saturday 10th April

Sunday 11th April

Monday 12th April

Tuesday 13th April

  • Ride starts under the Narrows (cityside) at 5:30am
  • Ride starts Frasers ave at 5:45am
    • Development group – interval training kings park

Wednesday 14th April

Thursday 15th April

Friday 16th April

Ride routes 3rd – 9th April

So. Definitely the beginning of a new era. If you have a look at the photo of the new committee, it is most definitely a feature that @elprez is absent.

I said this last Saturday at our AGM, but it is worth repeating here. It was not for the sake of raw ambition for the role of president that I have taken it on, but I most definitely believe in SPR and what it represents collectively for us as members. Cycling has been a significant part of my life since I seriously took it up as a sport around 2008 – I can’t tell you the precise date as I did not have a Garmin at that time (my earliest ride on Strava is 2010). What I can tell you is that my first SPR ride was a Thursday morning fast ride from which I was dropped in Dalkeith – and for which Peter had the group wait for me to get back on as he knew it was my first ride. I’ve done a few rides since then, and Peter and I have become good friends since that time.

But more that physical health and fitness, SPR has been an essential part of my mental health. There is something about the single-minded focus of holding a wheel that, even in the most stressful of times, allows me to take some space from all of the other things that at times crowd my life. And those that pay attention will have noticed, I rarely ride solo as I enjoy too much the company of friends. It will be different things for many of you, but I know that SPR has been successful for the fact that many others appreciate what we do as a club.

Thank you Peter. I would also add my thanks to Rob, Nancy and Teneal who have also stepped off the committee at the AGM last week. Your contributions are appreciated.

One of the things that we have discussed at committee is how we go forward with the weekly blog.

Clearly, we will continue to publish the blog each Thursday 🙂

Equally, for those of you that know the ebb and flow of my life, it would be inviting disappointment for me personally to attempt to emulate the discipline and reliability of Peter’s consistent production of weekly blog posts. I’m not completely inexperienced – having written several ride reports (as they used to be called – for proof, see here and here) among other things – but Peter is completely out of my league. More on that later.

Enjoy the long weekend, and see you on the bike.

The Rules – just a reminder that it isn’t business as usual.

As we progress through WA’s phased approach to reopening, how the club interacts within itself and the wider community will also change.
Rightly or wrongly, the lack of community transmission in the state has meant that a lot of the social distancing rules have disappeared. As such we want to streamline what the requirements are from a club perspective. Basically there are 3 main things we want people to keep in mind.

  • The virus can spread via human contact, so minimise the amount of touching between people and each others bikes/helmets etc.
  • No spitting, snotting or sneezing within the group. If you need to, move to the back of the group, but please look behind you to make sure that it is clear of traffic. That is all traffic, not just bikes. We don’t want some dash-cam footage of someone blowing their nose on a car.
  • Personal hygiene becomes very important in the spread of the virus so make sure that you either wash your hands whenever you can or carry a small container of hand sanitiser. Limit your exposure to common surfaces (chairs, tables) and don’t be sharing items.

SafeWA registration – As the state opens up to more interstate travelers, the risk of community spread could possibly increase. Contact tracing is an important way to contain the virus in case it finds it’s way into the community. If you want to sit down for a coffee you must register your details at that premises. There are 2 ways to do this, register on a paper form, or scan a QR code on an app.
So, how do i get the app? Download the WA Government free app – SafeWA and sign up as an individual.
– Android users click here
– Apple phone users click here
We have had it pretty good in WA so far. Lets make sure that we can open up safely.

AusCycling Memberships – As of November last year, Cycling Australia ceased to exist and AusCycling was formed to combine multiple disciplines of cycling together. To be part of the national organisation, our club has joined Auscycling and memberships and renewals are now available though it. As such we have updated the memberships page to reflect the membership types and approximate costs. There are now 4 types of licence – Lifestyle, Race off-road, Race all discipline & Non riding. On top of this there is also a Club Add-On where you can join SPR if you are a member of another club, like Peel or RCCC. This is similar to our Extraordinary membership (which still exists for other orgs) but has been formalised a bit.

EDIT: There has been a bit of confusion around the clubs relationship with Westcycle as some people have opted for a Westcycle licence and have linked to SPR as their club. Our club is affiliated with the national body which is AusCycling, but we do have a tenuous link back to the state body which is Westcycle. We are currently working out what that means for members in regards to the rights that they have within the club (voting, committee positions, etc). Until we clarify that, just be assured that your insurance is still valid and you are still free to ride with the club.

Life Members for 2021 – At our AGM last Saturday I announced on behalf of the 2020 Committee the admission of Peter, Julian and Rob as life members of the club. It seems fitting that the very first life member is @elprez. For those who missed this auspicious occasion, have a read of this post.

Thursday Group 3 & 4 – The last few weeks we have been formalising and supporting the group 3 and 4 rides on Thursday. SPR Thursday has a reputation of being a hard and fast ride and the size of the first group today was a good indication of it’s popularity. However, we also want to provide an opportunity for people to develop and progress through the ranks, so to speak. As such the group 3 and 4 rides on Thursday now have ride leaders assigned to them to help guide people. The expected average speeds for the groups are 34k/hr and 30 k/hr or less average, respectively, so you can make a call as to which will suit you best. Organically developing rides to provide for what the needs of the group is what has contributed to the growth of the club. This is just another step along that path.

Our commitment to Core Values – We are a diverse club that made a point early on of committing to a number of core values to which we have built everything upon. These are – Safe, Inclusive, Organised & Social. It is under these values that we want all club interaction to occur, whether on the road or in cyberspace. Please read the previous post so you understand what we as a club, expect from you as members.

Where do i need to stand again?

Saturday Start Locations – In order to facilitate any expected changes to gathering rules, the Saturday start location were modified when group riding resumed in 2020. We still want to maintain the separation between groups as much as possible and as such will continue to start the fast and main 1 on one side of the carpark with main 2-3, trannies & novice on the other. If you are new to our Saturday group rides, click on the photo to see where each group needs to congregate.

From the Ride Coordinator – It’s a great time of the year for cycling. Mornings are a little cooler and you get some of the best sun rises on the EBR rides, some just take your breath away. With the Easter break giving us a couple of extra cycling days, for those that are not going away, it looks like it’s going to be a great opportunity to get out on your bike with lots of choices. Good Friday we are spoiled with choice with either of the EBR, VP or public holiday ride to choose from and again on Monday with EBR and/or the Public holiday ride. In between we have our normal Saturday and Sunday schedule. Whatever cycling you do over the long weekend, make it a good one and look after tour safety. Happy Easter everyone.

(Please note the Saturday Hills ride option will not be run this month due to the VP ride and the long weekend)

Saturday 3rd April

Sunday 4th April

Monday 5th April – Easter Monday

Tuesday 6th April

  • Ride starts under the Narrows (cityside) at 5:30am
  • Ride starts Frasers ave at 5:45am
    • Development group – interval training kings park

Wednesday 7th April

Thursday 8th April

Friday 9th April

SPR Life Members for 2021

At our AGM last Saturday I announced on behalf of the 2020 Committee the admission of Peter, Julian and Rob as life members of the club. It seems fitting that the very first life member is @elprez. For those who missed this auspicious occasion, have a read below of their citations.

Peter Mah

Peter was the inaugural President of the South Perth Rouleurs in 2009, and has been has been instrumental in the life and ethos of the club since that time. He was key in setting the original direction and has provided consistent, strong and visionary leadership in the role of President from inception through to his retirement from the Committee in 2021. In many ways, Peter’s involvement personally has provided the “face” of SPR in the eyes of both club members and the public. Peter was actively involved in the running of events, from the Water Tower Challenge (an innovation of the club and Peter in particular) through to the conduct of the “Tech Park Criteriums” that were a feature of the summer racing scene for a number of years. Notably, Peter has authored the club’s “ride routes blog” released every Thursday evening for many years, something that has become so much a part of the culture of the club that people get worried if the blog post runs late. Not to mention that over that time, Peter has also ridden 145,000 km. Peter was admitted as a Life Member of the South Perth Cycle Club in 2021.

Julian Johnson

Julian was an inaugural member of the South Perth Rouleurs in 2009 and Vice President from 2010. He has played a key role in the leadership of the club from that time until his retirement from the Committee in 2020. Julian has provided a steady hand and reliable advice to the club over that time. Throughout his tenure, Julian has been a consistent contributor to the club’s regular rides, always prepared to put up his hand and take responsibility for leading rides or taking steps to ensure that rides are safe and enjoyable. In addition to his contributions on and off the bike, during his time with SPR Julian has ridden 140,000 km, many of these in the Perth hills, his favourite. In recognition of this love, Julian was instrumental in starting the club’s Vice Presidents Ride which runs at Easter. Julian is known for his love of zinc and his willingness to wear maximally mismatching kit. Julian was admitted as a Life Member of the South Perth Cycle Club in 2021.

Rob Ramsden

Rob was an inaugural member of the South Perth Rouleurs in 2009, a member of the Committee 2012 through 2013, and then again from 2016 through 2020 taking on the Training and Development role. In particular, Rob was responsible for bringing his “day job” expertise to the club in the development and execution of the club’s Ride Leader Program. This program is an innovation of SPR that seeks to enable the club to put on regular group rides for which safety and organisation are highlights. The program enables the club to train ride leaders, and then promote and recognise them as a key part of club life. Rob was both the author and the driver behind this program, which has been hugely successful and is today a key part of the life, ethos and culture of the South Perth Rouleurs. Other notable contributions include work on the organising committee for the club’s 10-year anniversary as well as volunteering & marshalling for many of the club’s races & events. Rob has been a regular rider with club and a regular Ride Leader himself – though it is recognised by most that he is allergic to any form of inclement weather. Rob was admitted as a Life Member of the South Perth Cycle Club in 2021.

The 8th Annual Vice President’s Ride

On Good Friday, April 2, the annual Vice President’s Ride will take place. It should have been the 9th this year, but the pandemic had other plans for us in 2020. It will also be the first ride without Julian at the helm, although his 2019 appearance was just in a particularly fetching apron!

Starting at the Coode Street carpark at 6am (lights compulsory), we’ll head out along the old three dams course via Midland, then up Greenmount.

Ride route is available here – 149.8 km Road Cycling Route on Strava

Morning tea at Wungong Dam

There will be SHORT regroups after each climb, as time is of the essence to make it to Wungong Dam for the morning tea and photo opportunity.

Preferred dress code is national kit or (in honour of Julian!) mixed SPR kits.

The usual prize of free coffee for the most number of different SPR kit pieces will be on offer. For those short on time, you’re welcome to join us for parts of the ride and the route will be confirmed on the weekend.

Please leave a comment to let us know if you’ll be coming…we want to make sure there is a hot cross bun for everyone!

Ride routes 27th Mar – 2nd Apr

saturday morning at south perth

The end of and era.
Like any good TV show, at some stage it is easier to do a reminiscing “clip” show than write any new content. So after 13 years of writing a blog, this is my final entry… for now.

https://www.southperthrouleurs.com.au/2008/01/04/where-this-all-began/
Before SPR, I was running group rides out of a shop. There was very little organisation but also, very few people to organise. This is the very first post. Previous to this, I used to email out the ride routes.

https://www.southperthrouleurs.com.au/2008/01/13/sunday-13th-jan-greenmount-parkerville-mundaring/
Some of the early blog posts were just recaps of the group rides. This is how I would spend my afternoons after the rides. So glad we stopped doing this. It was exhausting.

https://www.southperthrouleurs.com.au/2008/03/03/jersey-design-part-01/
We started talking about a jersey for the group (Still not a club). Check out the comments on this post to see where the name came from.

https://www.southperthrouleurs.com.au/2008/03/31/jersey-design-part-02/
First design of a kit.

https://www.southperthrouleurs.com.au/2008/05/08/ride-routes-10th-11th-may/
First ride from the current starting location. At this point, I had no idea if anyone would turn up.

https://www.southperthrouleurs.com.au/2008/10/04/saturday-4th-oct-spr-breakfast-ride/
Holding a quarterly breakfast was one of the events that we established early on. It was about getting the group together and supporting each other. There was food, coffee and lucky door prizes. These were held at my house until we had too many riders to fit in.

https://www.southperthrouleurs.com.au/2009/03/05/ride-routes-7th-8th-mar-plus-inaugural-meeting/
The first post about becoming a club. Welcome to the South Perth Rouleurs.

https://www.southperthrouleurs.com.au/2009/03/09/inaugural-meeting-of-the-roulettes/
Early meeting of the SPR Chicks. Back then they were the South Perth Roulettes. Some old faces and some young faces in these pics.

https://www.southperthrouleurs.com.au/2009/05/11/1st-anniversary-the-year-in-review/
One year down and a review shows how small and naive we were. No way we could have predicted where we would be 10 years later.

This only gets us to the end of 2009.
I do, however, have 838 individual posts on this blog, so if you are really keen you can cure your insomnia pretty quickly.

https://www.southperthrouleurs.com.au/2008/06/27/how-did-i-get-here/
This is my personal story as told just after the start of SPR. How little did I realise that my life and cycling would become more intertwined.

As I said at the start, this is the end of an era, but I am confident that I am leaving the running of the club in safe hands. Both Daniel and Ballam share my vision for what SPR is meant to be and I trust their judgement explicitly.
Whatever happens in the future, I am proud of what we have built from nothing and thankful for all the wonderful people that have supported it’s growth over the years. Thank you all for being part of my journey.

The Rules – just a reminder that it isn’t business as usual.

As we progress through WA’s phased approach to reopening, how the club interacts within itself and the wider community will also change.
Rightly or wrongly, the lack of community transmission in the state has meant that a lot of the social distancing rules have disappeared. As such we want to streamline what the requirements are from a club perspective. Basically there are 3 main things we want people to keep in mind.

  • The virus can spread via human contact, so minimise the amount of touching between people and each others bikes/helmets etc.
  • No spitting, snotting or sneezing within the group. If you need to, move to the back of the group, but please look behind you to make sure that it is clear of traffic. That is all traffic, not just bikes. We don’t want some dash-cam footage of someone blowing their nose on a car.
  • Personal hygiene becomes very important in the spread of the virus so make sure that you either wash your hands whenever you can or carry a small container of hand sanitiser. Limit your exposure to common surfaces (chairs, tables) and don’t be sharing items.

SafeWA registration – As the state opens up to more interstate travelers, the risk of community spread could possibly increase. Contact tracing is an important way to contain the virus in case it finds it’s way into the community. If you want to sit down for a coffee you must register your details at that premises. There are 2 ways to do this, register on a paper form, or scan a QR code on an app.
So, how do i get the app? Download the WA Government free app – SafeWA and sign up as an individual.
– Android users click here
– Apple phone users click here
We have had it pretty good in WA so far. Lets make sure that we can open up safely.

AusCycling Memberships – As of November last year, Cycling Australia ceased to exist and AusCycling was formed to combine multiple disciplines of cycling together. To be part of the national organisation, our club has joined Auscycling and memberships and renewals are now available though it. As such we have updated the memberships page to reflect the membership types and approximate costs. There are now 4 types of licence – Lifestyle, Race off-road, Race all discipline & Non riding. On top of this there is also a Club Add-On where you can join SPR if you are a member of another club, like Peel or RCCC. This is similar to our Extraordinary membership (which still exists for other orgs) but has been formalised a bit.

EDIT: There has been a bit of confusion around the clubs relationship with Westcycle as some people have opted for a Westcycle licence and have linked to SPR as their club. Our club is affiliated with the national body which is AusCycling, but we do have a tenuous link back to the state body which is Westcycle. We are currently working out what that means for members in regards to the rights that they have within the club (voting, committee positions, etc). Until we clarify that, just be assured that your insurance is still valid and you are still free to ride with the club.

Club AGM – Voting is currently open for this years AGM. The new committee needs endorsing and there are some changes to the constitution that require a vote. If you want a copy of the reports or have any questions of the outgoing committee, please use the links in the voting form and register so we have a tally of members that have voted. More info and links to the voting form can be found on the previous post.
The AGM on Saturday after the club ride will just be an information session based on what the results are from the online voting.

Change to the Constitution – The change to peak body of cycling last year has meant that we also need to update our constitution. Not necessarily because it was written so specifically, but more updating certain language and affiliations. Changes to the club constitution must be passed at a club meeting and the AGM is a convenient time to get the members to act on this. There is a long, detailed post that Ballam has put together to outline the changes, but simply it has to do with how we define a member and payment terms. It is nothing too stressful, but if you have any questions, please send them through to the club admin email address and we can answer them before the AGM.

Thursday Group 3 & 4 – The last few weeks we have been formalising and supporting the group 3 and 4 rides on Thursday. SPR Thursday has a reputation of being a hard and fast ride and the size of the first group today was a good indication of it’s popularity. However, we also want to provide an opportunity for people to develop and progress through the ranks, so to speak. As such the group 3 and 4 rides on Thursday now have ride leaders assigned to them to help guide people. The expected average speeds for the groups are 34k/hr and 30 k/hr or less average, respectively, so you can make a call as to which will suit you best. Organically developing rides to provide for what the needs of the group is what has contributed to the growth of the club. This is just another step along that path.

Our commitment to Core Values – We are a diverse club that made a point early on of committing to a number of core values to which we have built everything upon. These are – Safe, Inclusive, Organised & Social. It is under these values that we want all club interaction to occur, whether on the road or in cyberspace. Please read the previous post so you understand what we as a club, expect from you as members.

Where do i need to stand again?

Saturday Start Locations – In order to facilitate any expected changes to gathering rules, the Saturday start location were modified when group riding resumed in 2020. We still want to maintain the separation between groups as much as possible and as such will continue to start the fast and main 1 on one side of the carpark with main 2-3, trannies & novice on the other. If you are new to our Saturday group rides, click on the photo to see where each group needs to congregate.

From the Ride Coordinator – Congratulations to all those who took the ride leader quiz challenge last week on the subtle changes we made to avoid the roadworks on Kalamunda Rd over the Roe Highway. Feedback was really positive with some suggesting that it should be a permanent change to the route. It’s a sometimes route for us but we will consider it for next time we schedule it up again.
This Saturday we will be heading the exact opposite way towards Freo. Got to take advantage of the forecasted light ESE winds but we will finish with whatever strength the wind with it pushing us home.Sunday sees us trying to avoid the various routes offered in the Damns challenge. Most of these are to the south, with the 5 damns course pushing the furtherest north as it heads back up Welshpool. For those SPR regulars doing the Damns ride, good luck, looks like it’s going to be really nice weather for you. For those that want to join us, we will be sticking to the Kalamunda/Gooseberry area.
Whilst we are on Sunday rides our slower more social Sunday Hills ride group will continue as a trial through to the end of May if the numbers in the group stay strong. So if you still want to give hills riding a go or if you are keen to continue to build fitness, this is the ride for you. Keep a look out for the group which leaves from Coode Street after the other groups from 7am

Saturday 27th March

Sunday 28th March

Monday 29th March

Tuesday 30th March

  • Ride starts under the Narrows (cityside) at 5:30am
  • Ride starts Frasers ave at 5:45am
    • Development group – interval training kings park

Wednesday 31st March

Thursday 1st April

Friday 2nd April – Good Friday

2021 SPR AGM Voting

VOTE HERE

At last years AGM we introduced electronic voting as a way of negotiating the Covid restrictions around the size of gatherings. This year we wish to continue that as we feel that it gives better transparency on who voted in meetings and what their vote was. In a coffee shop scenario, a show of hands doesn’t guarantee that only financial members are engaged in the vote.

There are a couple of issues that need resolution from the membership and we are calling on all financial members to cast their vote for us.

The first is endorsing the new committee. As our constitution requires that the entire committee nominate each year, all positions need endorsement from the membership. This year sees 4 of the committee stepping down but luckily 4 members have put up their hand to serve. As such, the vote for committee is not so much to choose which members, but rather formally endorse them.

Secondly, as previously mentioned in the blog, there are a few minor modifications to the constitution that require members endorsement. These deal with the changes to the governing body for cycling and allow us to continue to operate and attract new members as we always have. An overview of the changes can be found on this previous post.

The survey itself is quite short and will be open till the end of the week. At that time, the new committee and changes can be formally presented at the official AGM on Saturday. There is also a section that allows any member to ask questions of the outgoing committee. So if you have any issues that you think should be raised in front of the membership, then feel free.

The electronic voting is via Google Forms and can be found here.

Ride routes 20th – 26th March

I’ve been thinking quite a bit about how i write the blog post this week as there are a few things that need to be discussed. Primarily it is the AGM that we are holding next week in which we not only vote in a new committee, we also ratify some changes around how we operate, i.e. our constitution. As discussed last week, we need to make sure that we have a good cross-section of people representing the club so that all aspects of all quarters are taken into account. As such, I would request that a few more people from the novice to main 2 riding groups stick there hand up. You may notice below that there are a couple of vacancies. The more nominations we have, the better the democratic process. We require nominations to be in by tomorrow, Friday, as we will open up electronic voting this weekend to run for a week. That way the first order of business will be to ratify the new committee.
Another thing you may notice is that my name is not appearing on the list of nominations. I have had quite a few in depth discussions with a number of people about the club moving forward and I have decided that it is time for me to step away. Over ten years ago when we setup the club, there was no way that we ever envisioned that it would look like it does today. It is a testament to the hard work of the many, many people that have served on the committee over the years to have such a strong club. Not just in numbers, but also in the general organisation and running in which the cornerstones of the club can clearly be seen.
The last few years for me have been a bit of a juggle between work, family, training and the club. I said last year that I recognised that I had been a bit distant and made sure that re-engaged as much as possible. The Watertower Challenge, ToMR and Beverley was the big push at the end of last year but i guess that after so many years, I am just tired.
Some of the discussions that I have had, have been around succession planning and you will see that Daniel Harvey has nominated for President with Andrew Ballam as VP. These two individuals have not only been integral to the running of the club over the past few years, but I know that they have the best interests of the club at heart. I know that with these two, the club will continue to operate with the same ethos in which it was established. However, as per the constitution, anyone can nominate for any position, so we can, in fact, have multiple nominations for any of the 4 named positions.
This is obviously not good-bye from me. I am not moving away or stopping riding altogether, I just want to be part of the club and not feeling like I am the club.
So, we need a few more nominations to kick off 2021 and you can send your nominations through to the club admin email address. Don’t be surprised if a few of the current committee put the hard word on you before tomorrow.

Current Nominations –
Daniel Harvey – President
Andrew Ballam – Vice President
Shirley Vine – Treasurer
Sam Flockhart – Secretary
Greg Jones
Claire Tyrell
Steve Burns
Amanda Nabi
Tom Goerke
Vacant
Vacant

The Rules – just a reminder that it isn’t business as usual.

As we progress through WA’s phased approach to reopening, how the club interacts within itself and the wider community will also change.
Rightly or wrongly, the lack of community transmission in the state has meant that a lot of the social distancing rules have disappeared. As such we want to streamline what the requirements are from a club perspective. Basically there are 3 main things we want people to keep in mind.

  • The virus can spread via human contact, so minimise the amount of touching between people and each others bikes/helmets etc.
  • No spitting, snotting or sneezing within the group. If you need to, move to the back of the group, but please look behind you to make sure that it is clear of traffic. That is all traffic, not just bikes. We don’t want some dash-cam footage of someone blowing their nose on a car.
  • Personal hygiene becomes very important in the spread of the virus so make sure that you either wash your hands whenever you can or carry a small container of hand sanitiser. Limit your exposure to common surfaces (chairs, tables) and don’t be sharing items.

SafeWA registration – As the state opens up to more interstate travelers, the risk of community spread could possibly increase. Contact tracing is an important way to contain the virus in case it finds it’s way into the community. If you want to sit down for a coffee you must register your details at that premises. There are 2 ways to do this, register on a paper form, or scan a QR code on an app.
So, how do i get the app? Download the WA Government free app – SafeWA and sign up as an individual.
– Android users click here
– Apple phone users click here
We have had it pretty good in WA so far. Lets make sure that we can open up safely.

AusCycling Memberships – As of November last year, Cycling Australia ceased to exist and AusCycling was formed to combine multiple disciplines of cycling together. To be part of the national organisation, our club has joined Auscycling and memberships and renewals are now available though it. As such we have updated the memberships page to reflect the membership types and approximate costs. There are now 4 types of licence – Lifestyle, Race off-road, Race all discipline & Non riding. On top of this there is also a Club Add-On where you can join SPR if you are a member of another club, like Peel or RCCC. This is similar to our Extraordinary membership (which still exists for other orgs) but has been formalised a bit.

EDIT: There has been a bit of confusion around the clubs relationship with Westcycle as some people have opted for a Westcycle licence and have linked to SPR as their club. Our club is affiliated with the national body which is AusCycling, but we do have a tenuous link back to the state body which is Westcycle. We are currently working out what that means for members in regards to the rights that they have within the club (voting, committee positions, etc). Until we clarify that, just be assured that your insurance is still valid and you are still free to ride with the club.

2021 State Criterium Championships – You have until 7:30pm tonight to register for the state criterium championships. Held down at Rockingham and run by the Peel Districts club, there are both open and age group races to cover all. If you can’t race, head on down to watch and cheer on the riders a they compete for a state title. Entry is via the EntryBoss link here.

Sunday Hills Ride – As the days start to get shorter and the sun gets up later, the Sunday hills ride has now moved back to a 7am start. The weather has not been quite as hot so we can get a full hills ride in without it being too overwhelming. Also, who doesn’t want a “sleep-in” every now again.

Club AGM – We have just announced the date for this years club AGM as the 27th March. As per our constitution all committee positions are vacated and must be nominated for each year. If you feel like you would like to help with the running of the club or think you have a skill-set that the club could benefit from, then have a chat to any of the current committee to see what would be involved.
Similar to last years Covid restricted voting, we will again hold our voting via an online platform. This allows all members the opportunity to cast their vote during the week leading up to the AGM. The new committee is then announced as one of the first orders of business at the start of the official AGM on the day.
Alternatively there are a number of sub-committees that operate as working groups for areas such as racing, kit or training and development. The commitment is usually a bit less than the club committee and could give you a insight into what is involved with running a club.
Check out the previous post for more info, but you can send your nominations through to the club admin email address.

Change to the Constitution – The change to peak body of cycling last year has meant that we also need to update our constitution. Not necessarily because it was written so specifically, but more updating certain language and affiliations. Changes to the club constitution must be passed at a club meeting and the AGM is a convenient time to get the members to act on this. There is a long, detailed post that Ballam has put together to outline the changes, but simply it has to do with how we define a member and payment terms. It is nothing too stressful, but if you have any questions, please send them through to the club admin email address and we can answer them before the AGM.

Thursday Group 3 & 4 – The last few weeks we have been formalising and supporting the group 3 and 4 rides on Thursday. SPR Thursday has a reputation of being a hard and fast ride and the size of the first group today was a good indication of it’s popularity. However, we also want to provide an opportunity for people to develop and progress through the ranks, so to speak. As such the group 3 and 4 rides on Thursday now have ride leaders assigned to them to help guide people. The expected average speeds for the groups are 34k/hr and 30 k/hr or less average, respectively, so you can make a call as to which will suit you best. Organically developing rides to provide for what the needs of the group is what has contributed to the growth of the club. This is just another step along that path.

Our commitment to Core Values – We are a diverse club that made a point early on of committing to a number of core values to which we have built everything upon. These are – Safe, Inclusive, Organised & Social. It is under these values that we want all club interaction to occur, whether on the road or in cyberspace. Please read the previous post so you understand what we as a club, expect from you as members.

Where do i need to stand again?

Saturday Start Locations – In order to facilitate any expected changes to gathering rules, the Saturday start location were modified when group riding resumed in 2020. We still want to maintain the separation between groups as much as possible and as such will continue to start the fast and main 1 on one side of the carpark with main 2-3, trannies & novice on the other. If you are new to our Saturday group rides, click on the photo to see where each group needs to congregate.

From the Ride Coordinator – So this week there will be a quiz delivered to all riders by the ride leaders for our main ride . But I’m going to give you all a heads up on what the question will be. It’s one that you’ve probably heard many times if you listen in to the ride leader briefings, so you should be able to ace the exam this week. The question is: “Who’s familiar with the ride route this week” or the variation “ Who knows the ride route for this week”. If you answer “Holmes Rd” without looking at the route first, you will get only a half mark. If you answer, Holmes Road but with a variation to take out road works on Kalamunda rd and Tonkin Hwy, you can claim bragging rights! So please note for this ride that the group will be turning right from Kalamunda rd into Midland rd and NOT going straight ahead into the road works zone. So please do yourself a favor (and probably for those that don’t read down this far), please note the subtle change to the ride route and turn down Midland. And please pass this note on to your fellow riders if they do not know. It will save confusion and potential crashes if you do.

Saturday 20th March

Sunday 21st March

Monday 22nd March

Tuesday 23rd March

  • Ride starts under the Narrows (cityside) at 5:30am
  • Ride starts Frasers ave at 5:45am
    • Development group – interval training kings park

Wednesday 24th March

Thursday 25th March

Friday 26th March

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