ride routes 9th – 15th december

now i never really wanted to discuss this subject, but it seems to be getting lots of airplay lately because to the rule change.  the reason i don’t want to talk about the 1 m rule is that it gets so emotive and most of the comments you see on social media just get me even more angry.  besides the stupid arguments about the guaranteed head-on collisions, there are the just blatantly abusive following comments like “run the f___ing c___s over”.  these types of comments are quite happily next to the name and profile photo of someone that assumes that all his mates will go “yeah, good job at being so tough behind your keyboard”.  so firstly, don’t be baited into a social media discussion about riding.  some of my facebook friends have been commenting on some of the pages (get cyclists off the road…etc), so all this crap ends up in my feed.  no matter what argument you put forward (i.e. the road is clear, just overtake), it doesn’t matter, you are not going to out troll the trolls.  the main reason seems to be that some drivers seem to think that rules that affect them are “not fair”.  this is evident in arguments like “well they should stay 1m away from my car when we are stopped in traffic” and “bike need rego so when they go through red lights, etc etc”.  so lets look at that.  the reason vehicles need to stay away from bike when travelling is because if the two interact, someone either gets hurt or dies (odds are it is not the motorist).  if a car is stopped in traffic and a bike passes within 1 m, it is unlikely that the driver will be placed in danger.  the rule is to protect the vulnerable road users, not make it “unfair” for motorists.  if a bike goes through a red light, drivers are not worried about the rider’s well being, they are just upset that since their vehicle has number plates, someone can report them for doing it.  if a cyclist goes through a red light they are putting themselves at risk.  if a vehicle goes through a red light, they are putting lots of people at risk.  the first fine was issued in perth this week and the initial reports were that the cyclist “abused” the driver, so they drove close to “teach them a lesson”.  however, a subsequent report by our claire tyrrell,  showed that it was much worse than that.  either way, why someone driving a 2 tonne piece of machinery feels that “threatened” when someone in lycra “abuses” them “for nothing”, that they feel they need to put their life at risk is astounding when you read it.  when you live it every time you are on the bike, you just think “welcome to perth”.  we ride on busy roads for a reason (there is more room to overtake), we ride at the non-busy times of the day (so it is easier to overtake), we ride in groups (so we are more visible on the road).  it does, however, still come down to choices, so be careful where you ride, when you ride, and how you react.  we are finding that cars are giving more space, but equally, we are copping more abuse for just being there.

ride leader sponsor – the ride leader sponsor for december is  Travis Meyer from Finance Detective.  Travis Meyer is an ex-professional cyclist having raced with some of the biggest teams in the world such as Orica-GreenEdge & Garmin Slipstream. He has turned his attention to his new venture, as a Mortgage & Finance Broker, working alongside the best in the business, Finance Detective.    please see the previous post for more details.

xmas breakfast and awards – as xmas this year falls on a monday, the final saturday ride and corresponding breakfast will be on the 23rd dec.  this will be the annual dress-up ride so we hope to see some inventive costumes and bike decorations.  as always we like to take this time to acknowledge peoples achievements throughout the year.  some awards are decided by the social committee, some by the president and others by the riders.  check out the previous post where you can nominate people in 4 key areas.

christmas drinks – christmas drinks will be at the empire bar again this year on sunday 17th december, 6:00pm.  this is usually a great night to see the year off without wearing lycra.  please see the previous post for more details.

club survey – the club survey has been closed and we are in the process of collating the results.  we hope to have this out soon so you can see what areas were a concern for the membership.  the additional comments will also be replied to, as we want to make sure everyone understands where the club stands on certain issues.  the winner of the ipad will be drawn at the xmas breakfast on 23rd dec.

tomr race reports –lots of race reports have come in so far.  make yourself a cuppa and pull up a pew.  reports can be found for stage 1 mixedstage 1 women’s 1stage 2 men’s 2stage 3 men’s 1stage 3 men’s 3stage 4 women’s 3 and stage 4 women’s 2 plus an overview from the team organisers.  this gives you a good insight into what it was like to race and what each different team experienced.  a great into if you are keen to join us next year.

2018 licences renewal – any race licence that you purchase now will be valid until the end of 2018.  recreational licences are a year from the date purchased, but race licences are for a calendar year.  if you are looking at changing clubs and wish to join spr, then now is the time to do it.  a club change before a renewal is free, so get it done now then when you renew you will be a member of spr.

group sizes and ride etiquette – a timely reminder from our training and development officer on just why we split the ride up into certain size groups.  why we need to keep separated on the road and what it means for your safety.  have a read of the previous post, because if you get pulled up for one of these issues don’t expect that “i didn’t know” to be a valid excuse.

thursday training ride – we implemented a new system of splitting the thursday group ride to keep the size manageable.    we think that we have come up with a good way of splitting the groups, but we need you to be honest about your own abilities.  have a look at the strava segment for the ride so you know where you sit.  there is nothing to stop you stepping up to challenge yourself, but this will at least provide a guide as to how much more challenging it will be.

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.

ride routes – hot days and easterly winds even during the week.  summer is here with a vengeance.  be prepared.

saturday 9th december

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

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

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

development group –  novice shelley 36.06km spr saturday

transitional – trans abernethy 39.96km spr saturday

fast & main groups – hale & ridgehill 50.58km spr saturday

sunday 10th december

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

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

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

development group – coffee ride

short – grnmt goose 65.22km spr sunday

long – grnmt prk mnd wr 93.71km spr sunday

monday 11th december

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

south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 12th december

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

spr tuesday 36.37km (river ride)

ride starts frasers ave at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

wednesday 13th december

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

interval training – stock road repeats

thursday 14th december

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

see previous post for ride groups

spr thursday 37.26km (cott & freo)

ride starts frasers ave at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

friday 15th december

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride

SPR Christmas Awards 2017 – Nominate Now!

Each year SPR recognise some of the cyclists and participants who help to support the club or inspire others with their cycling achievements. There are multiple awards this year, four of which will be based on the information provided in this survey. Presentations of the awards will take place at the Christmas breakfast on Saturday 23 December 2017.

There will also be a prize awarded at the breakfast for the best dressed rider/bike on the Christmas ride, so don’t forget to dress up your bike and yourself. Other awards will also be given at the Christmas breakfast.

You can nominate up to two people for each award. If you could provide some background as to why the person is being nominated, even if they are not the final award recipient, they will still have the opportunity to read the collated comments. Note this survey is fully anonymous.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GSQJTT5

This survey will be open until midnight Tuesday 19 December 2017.
Thank you for participating in our survey. Your feedback is important.

ride routes 2nd – 8th december

with the start of the new year just around the corner (i know, we need to get past xmas first) have you set your goals for 2018.  there are some pretty good events out there that would require months of hard training, or maybe your goal is just to ride in a group up from where you are now.  whatever you are aiming at make sure you put a plan together.  that could involve a coach or it could just mean that you give the faster group a try every saturday regardless of when you get dropped.  for meegan, it was 160kms around lake taupo on her birthday, no less.  i think that deserves an extra piece of cake.

ride leader sponsor – the ride leader sponsor for december is  Travis Meyer from Finance Detective.  Travis Meyer is an ex-professional cyclist having raced with some of the biggest teams in the world such as Orica-GreenEdge & Garmin Slipstream. He has turned his attention to his new venture, as a Mortgage & Finance Broker, working alongside the best in the business, Finance Detective.    please see the previous post for more details.

ride up front – being the first saturday of the month we will be running our women’s only groups in main 1 and 2.  the “ride up front” groups give women the opportunity to control the pace and feel of the ride with out any testosterone fueled interference. join one of the groups to sharpen your group riding skills.

christmas drinks – christmas drinks will be at the empire bar again this year on sunday 17th december, 6:00pm.  this is usually a great night to see the year off without wearing lycra.  please see the previous post for more details.

club survey – have your say on how the club should be run.  make sure that you spend a bit of time filling out the survey monkey for the club.  this sets the context for what the committee will work on next year.  where your money gets spend, what trips and events are organised, or even how the club should feel”.  your feedback is important to us…and your could win an ipad just for completing the survey.  check out the previous link for more info.

tomr race reports –lots of race reports have come in so far.  make yourself a cuppa and pull up a pew.  reports can be found for stage 1 mixedstage 1 women’s 1stage 2 men’s 2stage 3 men’s 1stage 3 men’s 3, stage 4 women’s 3 and stage 4 women’s 2 plus an overview from the team organisers.  this gives you a good insight into what it was like to race and what each different team experienced.  a great into if you are keen to join us next year.

taiwan kom – if you really want to set yourself a challenge for next year, check out andy’s event report from the taiwan kom challenge.  100km race with 80kms of constant climbing.  not for the fiant hearted as the last 10kms took him 1 & 1/2 hours.

2018 licences renewal – any race licence that you purchase now will be valid until the end of 2018.  recreational licences are a year from the date purchased, but race licences are for a calendar year.  if you are looking at changing clubs and wish to join spr, then now is the time to do it.  a club change before a renewal is free, so get it done now then when you renew you will be a member of spr.

group sizes and ride etiquette – a timely reminder from our training and development officer on just why we split the ride up into certain size groups.  why we need to keep separated on the road and what it means for your safety.  have a read of the previous post, because if you get pulled up for one of these issues don’t expect that “i didn’t know” to be a valid excuse.

thursday training ride – we implemented a new system of splitting the thursday group ride to keep the size manageable.    we think that we have come up with a good way of splitting the groups, but we need you to be honest about your own abilities.  have a look at the strava segment for the ride so you know where you sit.  there is nothing to stop you stepping up to challenge yourself, but this will at least provide a guide as to how much more challenging it will be.

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.

ride routes – it is going to be a hot weekend so make sure you are prepared.  the b’easterly winds are back for saturday, so hopefully we get a good tailwind home.  sunday hills ride will stay close to home to give shortcut and water stop options if needed.

saturday 2nd december

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

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

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

development group –  novice shelley 36.06km spr saturday

transitional – trans benara 39.90km spr saturday

fast & main groups – whiteman park 50.4km spr saturday

sunday 3rd december

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

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

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

development group – coffee ride

short – wlsh weir 62.23km spr sunday

long – wlsh obs cam goose 88.67km spr sunday

monday 4th december

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

south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 5th december

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

spr tuesday 36.37km (river ride)

ride starts frasers ave at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

wednesday 6th december

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

interval training – stock road repeats

thursday 7th december

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

see previous post for ride groups

spr thursday 37.26km (cott & freo)

ride starts frasers ave at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

friday 8th december

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride

Finance Detective

The ride leader sponsor for December is Travis Meyer from Finance Detective.

Travis Meyer is an ex-professional cyclist having raced with some of the biggest teams in the world such as Orica-GreenEdge & Garmin Slipstream. He has turned his attention to his new venture, as a Mortgage & Finance Broker, working alongside the best in the business, Finance Detective.

Finance Detective is an award winning brokerage in Mt Lawley and has saved over $28 million dollars for over 3400 clients with their finances and won 23 industry awards in recognition of this. Get in touch with Travis today to find out how he can save you thousands on your finances.  You can contact him directly via email – travis@financedetective.com.au or on mobile 0404 998 010.

Taiwan KOM

“Nibali Demands King KOM lead out for Taiwan KOM!”

Event report by Andy Stuart

SPR are probably sick of King KOM at the moment so other than saying that BMC were impressed with the kit this was not about King KOM. It was about finishing an event rather than racing a race. This mentality common to long distance triathlon has always perplexed me, and it was not until after the Taiwan KOM (TK) this become clear.

The numbers were simple: sea level to ~3200m in 80km with total elevation ~3700m and sections up to 27%. Coaching would be required.  The responsibility landed on Pete and Toby – and at the initial meeting we discussed training schedules whilst working FIFO. Easy right? Pete and Toby’s initial reaction remains a humorous memory for me.  It was a WTF mixed with are you serious? Sucks to be the coach eh? Hahahah! But as always the coach has the last laugh. Wind trainer sessions at the end of a long day were not always welcomed and work swings became a blur. Eat, work, train, eat, sleep, repeat – is that a song? The mining crew gave me a wide berth as they struggled to interpret the strange sounds that were emanating from my donga, but to be fair if I’d never heard Sufferfest before I would have agreed with Dogga and Belter that I was queer AF. The off swing breaks were much more favourable with long hours in the hills, Ewen St repeats and MTB trails accumulating 1200 TSS a week.

Nerves (I realised weeks later) arrived the day before race day. Nibali, Cadel, the Cookie Monster (Phil Gaimon) and the media combined to create a fanfare that put me on edge. That and the guys from the previous year telling me repeatedly not to go too hard too early and horror stories of cramps and riders pushing their bikes up the steep sections of the last 10km. Oh and a cutoff time of 6.5 hours… surely I’d make it, right? Stupid nerves.

As the road began to ascend I initially attempted to stick with the front group (after the pros) but my FTP was already at 120% and many were pulling away. I just stuck with Toby’s words – “keep to 75-80% FTP and you’ll be fine”. My focus, often lacking on riding adventures, was eating. The night before I’d hit up the local store and scavenged a truck load of mystery pastries – every mouthful was a surprise – good or bad it didn’t matter.  The food focus was broken by Stephen. Steve-0 is a Pommy English teacher/part time runner who doesnt own cycling shoes, just some crappy runners and unfortunately coloured brown knicks. I’d met Steve at the welcoming ceremony earlier and greeted him with surprise as everybody else looked as though they’d come from a Friday morning VCC ride. “Those shoes hurt my knees” he said with a large grin. I’ll ride with this guy for a while…

Anyway, time to burn Steve and his sandshoes at the next aid station. Water and bananas. That’s all I remember. And lots of Taiwanese chanting “Fight” – at least that’s what I thought they were saying.  Transitions have always been my specialty and I was in and out like a pro. Watching Steve drop his water bottle I heard him say “I can’t drink whilst riding uphill…”. After that middle aid station I began to catch riders which in turn provided more targets up the hill to chase down. Just as I thought I’d be closing in on Nibali I hear; “Andy I finally caught you!”. Bloody Steve-o had chased me down after his 10 minute aid station debacle. My annoyance quickly subsided as we rode together taking down riders in front of us. Every person we passed, and I mean every single one of them, would just stare at Steve-o, his poo-brown knicks and daggy runners. I started to really enjoy myself and together we continued up the hill.

It was not until the last 10ks (10km with 1200m elevation) that Steve-o dropped off – the gearing on his rental bike was not favourable for hills.. IKR! The 27% section was a series of 3 switchbacks and although tough, not the wall that everybody goes on about. It was after this point that I saw riders beside the road pushing their bikes and crampers. Lots of crampers. The TK was taking its toll, but feeling better than expect I scoffed at those who had obviously gone too hard too early. My second best friend Karma (after Steve-o), then popped by and the cramps began. With 4kms to go and some serious uphill remaining I wondered how long it would be till I succumbed and had to push my bike uphill. My saviour appeared as rider #279 – my Japanese guardian angel – materialised from nowhere and without prompting pulled a red bull from his jersey pocket and handed it to me. It got me through. The finish line was a blur. I remember eating, getting a medal and a massive headache.  Although it was probably dehydration I’m calling it altitude sickness and it didn’t subside until we returned to sea level. Happily I finished the Taiwan KOM in 5 hours easily avoiding the dreaded 6.5hr cutoff – as did Steve. We had completed the Taiwan KOM.

The event is well run and many people return year on year – it seems like a bit of club, but not cliquey. The cost and travel logistics are reasonable and straight forward if planned in advance. It is by far the most spectacular scenery I have encountered in any bike race. An epic canyon through a marble gorge with long dark tunnels, cliffs, temples, rainforest, drop-offs, rivers, waterfalls, majestic vistas, mountain clouds and monkey poo covered roads. I could go on.. Anybody interested in this event I’m more than happy to chat (over coffee or beer) and give any insight I can. GCN (who I met at the after party) also do a pretty good summary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sxfd2xzlM6k

Tour of Margaret River 2017 – Stage 4 Race Report

ToMR Stage 4 – Claire Tyrrell

As my team rolled into the start grid for stage four of the Tour of Margaret River, it was a miracle we were all there. Our cracking third stage was not without its casualties – Kate Bonner and Rebecca Kelly were both taken out of the race after spectacular crash about 14km in.

But stellar performances from Ali Ramm, Leigh Outschoorn and Katheryn Dines on the final climb of stage three (with me lugging myself up just behind them) saw our team win the stage. This left us just two points behind the leaders Busselton Cycle Club and two points ahead of Veris Womens Development going into stage four.

We were hungry for a win, and we knew our chances would be greatly diminished without a full squad.

The SPR community was in full force during the short break between our third and fourth stage to get us all on the road for our final team time trial.

SPR stalwarts Daniel Harvey, Andrew and Fiona Williams and Mike Masden made it their mission to find a solution and SPR Women’s 1 ring-in Stef van Amerongen came through with her mechanics skills.

Liam Donley didn’t hesitate to lend Rebecca Kelly his bike, despite the fact he had his own time trial to race with SPR Men’s 3 (which he did on Jordan Brock’s bike, kindly donated for Annemiek Van Vleuten’s friend Kim).

This is, apparently, how Bonner v2.0 warms up.

Kate Bonner’s bike had more than a few things wrong with it after it hit the deck at 30km/h – a broken front rim, cracked crank, misaligned gears and bent bars. None other than the WM3 Pro Cycling Team mechanic managed to get Kate’s bike close to roadworthy. With a few parts from the pro Dutch team’s van and from Rebecca’s half-broken bike Kate was ready to race.

If we had learnt anything from our countless team time trial practices in the lead up to TOMR and on stage one, it was communication is the key to a good TTT.

I’m really not sure. I got nothin’.

With three days of hard racing and over 160km in our legs, we agreed to warm up on the first 10km and wind it up from there. Our star time trialist Ali Ramm led us out up the first hill and we followed on with short and sharp turns, with the occasional extended effort from our star climber Kate Bonner.

Each team member lifted to put in their best performances and with continual calling of ‘up’ and ‘down’ we were able to maintain a solid pace during the undulating stage.

About halfway in we realised the saddle bag on Rebecca’s (well, Liam’s) bike was hanging off the frame dangerously close to the rear tyre, so we came to a standstill to quickly rectify that.

Kate Bonner was our first to pop about 32km in, with broken gears making the journey too frustrating. We powered on and into the last 10km of the race Katheryn Dines had turned herself inside out one too many times and dropped off the back.

The four remaining riders, we put our heads down and focused on the task at hand – getting to Nannup as fast as possible and finishing an extremely taxing three days. Leigh, Ali, Rebecca and I gunned it around the last corner and over the finish line at Nannup to be greeted by several cheering SPR club members.

As we waited for our team members to cross the line we were filled with emotion and exhaustion.

We didn’t find out the result until at least an hour later at the presentations. Sadly, Veris had a super fast time trial (despite being one woman down) and had taken out the win. Our time was one minute slower than Veris’ and one minute ahead of Busselton Cycle Club’s.

We finished the TOMR in second place by just one point, but with the knowledge we had given it our all. We are all extremely grateful for the SPR spirit which shone brightly during TOMR and we would like to say a huge thank you to our team volunteer Michelle Bonner.

There’s no ï”in team. But there is an AvV.
Another ITT World Champ, Emma Pooley. Have W2 moved on from Annemiek already?
So, what’s the ride route?
Bonner v2.0 with strong bidon matchy matchy game.
Must. Eat. More. Stem.
Smiling on the finish line? Must have had some left in the tank. 😉
Hey Kim, that kit looks familiar.
Bonner v2.0. Part mountain goat, part human.
Looking strong, Mrs.
Spin it out, Claire.
Women’s Division L Hitters unite. Dutch Pro’s bringing the world together.
Imposters – they’re not SPRouleurs!
A hot day at the office.

Tour of Margaret River 2017 – Stage 4 Race Report

ToMR Stage 4 – Faye Daglish-Jones

Stage 4 (Balingup to Nannup) is final stage of the TOMR event, it is the team time trial, that starts not long after 71km road race which had a very brutal hilltop finish (think 3 mount streets).This stage has an elevation profile 457 m of rolling hills (nearly 8 Stockies).  It is after lunch time now and the weather has gone from cool/over cast to toasty!

The power of team, started long before this race, through the training time with my ‘teamies’, Jen (captain), Sam (v/captain), Meegan (the power house) and Skip (tough as nails), along with our coach Davina who put a lot of effort into each of us.  This combination, took me from being absolutely terrified of peddling down Lovekin in Kings Park to grinning from ear to ear.

However the super star of ‘team’ had to be Annemiek! That is, Annemiek van Vleuten, 2017, world time trial champion, wow, what an amazing individual, intelligent, fun, high energy not to mention a seriously good cyclist.  Beerlinda, our volunteer, was also amazing, doing a different kind of pedalling for us, organising some pretty challenging logistics, and keep us constantly entertained.

The team started the race enthusiastically powering up the first hill. We were rolling through beautifully.  At 10km point, I started to regret my lunch time food choices and the minimal time to digest it. I am not the strongest in the team, so this stage, I had to dig deep. My teamies knew I was suffering, they took longer turns at the front and constantly talked me up (I couldn’t speak)!   Then we’d spot another team in front and we’d get excited (it was like a red rag to a bull) and a welcomed distraction.  We did get the opportunity to pass a couple of other teams, and definitely benefited having Annemiek in the team, protecting us when it counted.  She was constantly breaking it down (so that no matter how much it hurt, there was an end point) – I clearly remember hearing only 15 minutes to go, thinking yes I can do this.

The last 100m, seemed like the longest 100m, I couldn’t see any markers telling us how far to go, until we hit the sharp right turn.

Crossing the finish line was an awesome feeling, the SPR crew cheering everyone as if they are world champions (oh wait, we did have one with us).

Çause when you is World Champ, you gotta be workin’.
Finally some shade. Start of Stage 4, final TTT.
Warm up in SPR Village.
Lean in, smile, pretend it doesn’t hurt so much.
When the World #1 wants a selfie, you’ve got to oblige.
For the record, Poodle’s signature is worth nothing.
GOOOOOOO FAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYE!
Annemiek, setting the pace, Faye doesn’t look so sure!
Stage 2 approaching the finish.
In the drops, power down, camera to the right. Got this.
Sprint.
Everyone’s a winner, Baby, That’s no lie.
Go team.

SPR Christmas Drinks 2017

Undoubtedly one of the highlights of the SPR social calendar (I think that we say that about all of the events! 😉 ) is Christmas Drinks at the Empire Bar.  This year will be no exception…

  • Where? The Empire Bar, 220 Great Eastern H’way,  Rivervale
  • When? Sunday 17th 6:00pm onwards
  • How Much? $22 per person* includes one drink & finger food
  • Who? Everyone!!  Partners more than welcome
  • Book & Pay: Get your tickets here by Thursday 14th December

    Christmas drinks last year…

ride routes 25th nov – 1 dec

this time of year represents that absolute best time to be riding.  not too hot but not cold either.  no need for vests and arm-warmers and no need for lights for the earlybird ride.  as you can see in the picture, the numbers are starting to pick up for the earlybird rides.  we do take up a lot of space on both the road and while waiting on the bike path.  please be respectful to other path and road users as not everyone appreciates what we do.  however, don’t let that stop you from getting out and enjoying some of the best riding weather we have…besides the wind today, that is.

ride leader sponsor – the ride leader sponsor for november is Mount Hawthorn Family Practice.   a fully accredited and equipped, modern general practice whose friendly staff look forward to welcoming you. the experienced team of doctors and staff can assist you with your general health needs and offer a range of general practice services.  please see the previous post for more details.

christmas drinks – save the date…christmas drinks will be at the empire bar again this year.  sunday 17th december, 6:00pm.  stay tuned for more details…

DCIM150GOPRO

2018 italy trip – similar to last year, leigh and jeremy are heading to italy for a cycling based holiday.  this is not a fully organised tour, but they can give you contacts for places to stay and hopefully if you are all there at the same time, rides to do together.  if you are interested, they are running an info night tonight.  more details on the previous post.

club survey – have your say on how the club should be run.  make sure that you spend a bit of time filling out the survey monkey for the club.  this sets the context for what the committee will work on next year.  where your money gets spend, what trips and events are organised, or even how the club should feel”.  your feedback is important to us…and your could win an ipad just for completing the survey.  check out the previous link for more info.

tomr race reports – lots of race reports have come in so far.  make yourself a cuppa and pull up a pew.  reports can be found for stage 1 mixed, stage 1 women’s 1, stage 2 men’s 2, stage 3 men’s 1 and stage 3 men’s 3 plus an overview from the team organisers.  this gives you a good insight into what it was like to race and what each different team experienced.  a great into if you are keen to join us next year.

2018 licences renewal – any race licence that you purchase now will be valid until the end of 2018.  recreational licences are a year from the date purchased, but race licences are for a calendar year.  if you are looking at changing clubs and wish to join spr, then now is the time to do it.  a club change before a renewal is free, so get it done now then when you renew you will be a member of spr.

group sizes and ride etiquette – a timely reminder from our training and development officer on just why we split the ride up into certain size groups.  why we need to keep separated on the road and what it means for your safety.  have a read of the previous post, because if you get pulled up for one of these issues don’t expect that “i didn’t know” to be a valid excuse.

thursday training ride – we implemented a new system of splitting the thursday group ride to keep the size manageable.    we think that we have come up with a good way of splitting the groups, but we need you to be honest about your own abilities.  have a look at the strava segment for the ride so you know where you sit.  there is nothing to stop you stepping up to challenge yourself, but this will at least provide a guide as to how much more challenging it will be.

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.

ride routes – hang on, it’s december at the end of this weeks ride routes.  where the hell did that come from!!!  it is predicted to be a bit windy this weekend, so be careful when riding in a group.  watch out for overlapping wheels and make sure you are rolling the right way.

saturday 25th november

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

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

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

development group –  novice shelley 36.06km spr saturday

transitional – trans reverse river 40.58km spr saturday

fast & main groups – south lake 51.99km spr saturday

sunday 26th november

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

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

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

development group – coffee ride

short – wlsh weir 62.23km spr sunday

long – wlsh weir kal 101.71km spr sunday

monday 27th november

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

south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 28th november

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

spr tuesday 36.37km (river ride)

ride starts frasers ave at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

wednesday 29th november

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

interval training – stock road repeats

thursday 30th november

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

see previous post for ride groups

spr thursday 37.26km (cott & freo)

ride starts frasers ave at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

friday 1st december

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride

Stuart Gee – Stuart (0) v Hyundai (1)

Just to break up the happy happy news from ToMR this year lies a story from Stuart Gee of a near miss in competing at this year’s Tour, but a direct hit into the side of small sedan. Over to Stuart…..

Warning: post contains some mild injury pics.

Stuart (0) v Hyundai (1)

I was very much looking forward to the upcoming summer season of cycling. The Tour of Margaret River (ToMR) was just a few days away, followed by ATTA’s series of time trial events headed by my favourite, Brookton Highway ‘Hilly’ 49 km TT. But first, Tuesday’s ride in King’s Park. The day began well enough, catching up with ToMR team mate Mark De Castro on the bikepath at South Perth as he also headed to the park for his group training session.

Kings Park is one of my favourite places in Perth to run/ride and since 1977 when I began running there I have done countless kilometres along the many tracks and roads that weave their way through the bushland. As I neared the completion of my third lap around Lovekin Drive/May Drive a car suddenly attempted a U-turn right in front of me, and I knew the day was not going to end well. I yelled “NOOOO’” as I slammed into the driver side of the car.

Prone on the ground, I was angry, very sore and did not want to move. Somebody said to relax and that they had called for an ambulance, which arrived soon, I think. The paramedics checked for serious injury (neck, back and head) but none seemed evident. Before the painful loading onto the stretcher I was able to phone Yvonne to let her know what had happened, and exchange phone numbers with a witness. My bike (damage unknown) was taken away for safe keeping by the park ranger. I

Fortunately, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital (aka Charlies) is adjacent to the Park and so after about a dozen X‑rays and two sets of CT scans, confirming six broken ribs and fractured scapula, I found myself dosed up in ward G62. I can’t say there were many humorous moments during the whole process, but the remark by one of the nurses upon seeing the amount of dirt, bark and leaves on my clothing and stretcher that there can’t be much bush left in Kings Park brought a smile to my bloodied face. Apparently after colliding with the car I ‘face-planted’ on the somewhat softer road verge.

At 11:20pm that night I was awoken by the resident orthopaedic surgeon to give me an update on my injuries, and options for recovery: either choose surgery the following day for which a decision was required early next morning, or allow the fractured scapula to heal without intervention. I favoured the surgery option despite the associated risks and after discussion with doctor friends and family, that’s the option I chose. Fasting needed to commence immediately because the actual time of surgery was uncertain and could be ‘any time’ the next day. As it turned out, fasting lasted over 20 hours until ‘anytime’ 3:30pm. After surgery, I woke at about 5:30pm to learn that the procedure to install two plates in my shoulder and clean-up the damaged ligaments went well, and I was soon transferred back to my ward.

The following two days in hospital were filled with ’obs’, reading, sleeping, responding to many messages of goodwill, and medicating. It was impressed upon me many times by the staff at Charlies that pain must be 100% managed so as to be able to breathe deeply and cough, so that the risk of contracting pneumonia is minimised. Message received! Even so, I dreaded a sneeze or big cough which would certainly score 10/10 on the pain scale!

The discharge process on Friday afternoon was welcome and painless, and the bag of medications for the forthcoming two weeks homestay was impressively large. It needs to be mentioned that although there is much talk of cost-cutting, turmoil and unhappiness in WA’s health sector, the service I received through the whole incident was absolutely brilliant.

The first weekend recovering at home was largely spent reading and wondering how SPR M1 team mates Andrew Lilley, Elar Kaldar, John Carnicelli, Andrew Ballam, Mark De Castro and Craig Denham were faring in the ToMR at Nannup. I’m not sure who was in the least pain over the race days, but I certainly know where I wish I was! Our team practice sessions suggested we were a well-knit team with good prospects of going more than OK, but it was the actual riding and ‘team’ experience that I was most looking forward to. It had been many years since I had last ridden the tour – I last did it when the format consisted of quiz night and handicap points for age, maybe just maybe contributing to the success we had then.

Well, ToMR Tour has come and gone, likewise lawyers and police crash investigation, and I still have another week at home. Son Brendan returned my beloved old Cervelo R3 framed bike on Sunday (12th). Inspection revealed rear derailleur/hanger damage and minor scrapes and scratches – no surprises there. More serious though is a fractured left chain-stay which will likely cause the frame to be ‘written off’. Formal assessment for other damage and cracks is yet to be done, but needless to say I’m looking for a replacement frame/bike! Hopefully, I will be on the trainer soon and back on the road before Christmas. Sadly , the TT season is now shot to bits!

Thank you to the many get-well wishes and helpers, without whom my recovery would be significantly more arduous.

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