ride routes 14th – 20th october

october means one thing to people with freinds- family-business over east and that is, the start of day light savings.  that extra hour difference now means that the 9-5 working day is now a 9-2 if you want to catch someone still at work.  or alternatively you only have a few hours once you get home to call up family before they go to bed.  what it really means for cyclists in wa is that it is almost light for our 5:30am ride.  if we put the clocks back, you would basically be home from the earlybird before the sun is up.  now the hardest decision to make is which sunnies to take out.  the clear, but then squint into the sun for the last half of the ride, or the dark, and freeze your eyes for the first half of the ride until you can put them on.  a great reason to purchase an adaptive lens pair of glasses that can transition for you.  maybe that future christmas present idea…

ride leader sponsor – the ride leader sponsor for october 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.

spr tomr teams –  we are looking for a male rider to replace a withdrawl for the tomr.  level of racing doesn’t really matter as we can slot you in anywhere. please email race@southperthrouleurs.com.au if you are interested.

the beverley – the race, the heroic, the cyclo-cross and the town ride are all on this weekend.  thanks to a large number of volunteers from within the club, we are all set for this event.  but again thanks to all the hours of work people like greg murray have put into making this event fly.  weather is looking great, so here’s hoping that it all goes well for our second year of running this race. Full details for the weekend are on the website. 

2018 licences renewal – now that we have started october, any race licence that you purchase 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 need a race licence for tour of margs, get it now and you can race all of next year.

ride leader expressions of interest – we are currently looking for expressions of interest for our next batch of ride leaders.  you have seen the men and women in black and should have even had one of them lead one of your rides.  now it is your chance to give back to the club and be trained to be a ride leader.  remember, we will not put you in a situation where you are out of your depth.  if you are a main 2 rider, we would not make you be ride leader for main 1.  so don’t think that you need to be a super fast rider who does races every weekend.  we are primarily looking for people that can help out at the main 3/tranny/novice end of the spectrum.  this means that anyone that is currently riding in main 2/1/fast more than qualifies as far as fitness/riding skills are involved.  how you go about leading a group, we will train you in that.  if you are interested, please check out the previous blog post for more details.

entertainment books – we are still selling the entertainment book/app as a fund raiser for the club.  packed full of offers, it will not take you long to redeem back what you paid.  check out the previous post for more details and links to registration.

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 – summer is coming.  well at least this week will look like summer.  a top of 30 and some easterly winds will make it feel like winter has gone….until monday when it rains again.  get ready for riding without 4 layers of clothes.

saturday 14th october

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 – benara rd 50.76km spr saturday

sunday 15th october

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 16th october

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

south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 17th october

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 18th october

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

interval training – stock road repeats

thursday 19th october

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

see previous post for ride groups

spr thursday 37.26km (cott & freo)

ride starts frasers ave at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

friday 20th october

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride

Ride Leader Development Program – Call for Expressions of Interest

SPR’s training rides set us apart as a cycling Club; we are one of the few clubs in Australia that is not affiliated with a bike shop facilitating a broad range of opportunities for people to cycle in a group every day. Since its inception in 2009, a key feature of the feedback the Club receives is the need to improve the way our group rides are led. With more consistent, trained and visible ride leaders, the result will be safer, more enjoyable ride experiences for all.

To this end, the Club developed a ride leader development program, with the objectives of:

  1. developing SPR ride leaders’ knowledge and skills of both ride leadership and core cycling skills
  2. building the confidence of ride leaders to ensure ride consistency and enhanced decision making during group rides
  3. growing the pool of capable, confident ride leaders

We are now seeking Expressions of Interest from SPR members who would like to be part of our second public Ride Leader Development Program. The Program consists of three separate but related components:

  1. Theory: covers the core knowledge and skills required to be an effective ride leader for group rides across the Main, Transition and Development rides conducted by SPR (+/- 2hrs personal time)
  2. Skills Sessions: out on the bike, learning all about what it takes to be a good ride leader as well as having the opportunity to practice your skills and ideas in a “safe” environment. (3 x 2.5 hours sessions)
  3. Ride Leader Observations: This will involve you being the ride leader for up to three (3) separate SPR training rides with an observer to determine how you go about deploying your skills and knowledge in the “real world” environment. (2 – 3 ‘normal’ training rides, weekdays or weekends as required)

As a participant, you will get:

  1. New Skills: You will learn new skills and knowledge about cycling as well as ride leadership.
  2. Kudos: Be part of the “qualified” ride leader team out on the road.
  3. Stuff.Upon successful completion, Program participants will receive a custom SPR Ride Leader jersey to be worn whenever you are leading a SPR ride.
  4. On Going Development: Access to private discussion groups; coaching and skills development; ride-leader only events.

In return, once you have completed the Program, we will expect your commitment to the following:

  1. Lead a minimum of 2 rides* per month throughout the year
  2. Be a role model for ride behavior on ALL rides you participate in
  3. Assist in the recruitment and mentorship of future ride leaders
  4. Assist in training/observing people for their readiness to take on the role of Ride Leader.

*All prospective ride leaders should note that, from time to time, they will need be called on to lead rides of a lower skill &/or fitness level than their own. This means putting the interests of the Club and other riders before their own.

We are now seeking expressions of interest from SPR members who regularly ride with the Main 2, 3 & 4 groups. We currently have a good number of riders from the Main 1 cohort; we really need to boost our numbers further down the line. While the ability to ride at or above the level of the group you are leading is important, just as critical is the constructive attitude and sound communication skills that are brought to the role. Empathy, care and the ability to encourage others is essential to the success of the ride leader.

In the event we are over-subscribed, the T&D sub-committee will use the quality & content of the EOI’s as well as the need to balance the mix of ride leaders to select the required number of participants. Anyone who is not selected shouldn’t be discouraged; it’s a numbers thing (us) rather than a capability thing (you).

As part of your EOI, we’d like you to outline:

  1. what you hope to get out of being a SPR ride leader
  2. why you feel you will make a good contributor to ride leader team
  3. which SPR group you usually ride with (M2, M3, M4), and
  4. your statement of commitment to the role of ride leader in terms of time to complete the Program and to lead the requisite number of rides per month

We anticipate kicking the Program off on the 1st of November and completing it by mid-December.

If interested, please submit your EOI to development@southperthrouleurs.com.au  before 27 October 2017. If you have any questions about the Program before submitting your EOI, please send them through to development@southperthrouleurs.com.au and we will get back to you ASAP.

SPR Training and Development Sub-Committee

ride routes 7th – 13th october

it’s that time of year again.  just after you have gotten used to looking out for potholes, cars, pedestrians and stray dogs, you now have to look out for the dreaded magpie.  good ole collingwood forever.  well at least for spring anyway.  there is one near my place and he and i have “connected” on many an occasion.  not really a spiritual connection, more of a claw on helmet type connection.  a postie from canberra recently said that he “combats” the magpies on his route by feeding them muesli bars.  i wonder what a caffeinated gel would do.  probably not the best for a bird.  next thing you know he would be growing a man-bun, a beard and and ordering a soy, decaf, double-shot latte, topped up, extra hot.

ride leader sponsor – the ride leader sponsor for october 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.

spr tomr teams –  we have a couple of vacancies for the tomr. level of racing doesn’t really matter as we can slot you in anywhere. please email race@southperthrouleurs.com.au if you are interested.

 

tomr ttt training – this saturday the tomr teams will do another training ride in preparation for the 2 stages of team time trials.  meet at coode st and find your team-mates before taking an warm up roll to elizabeth quay.  from there you will ride to christchurch grammar and return working on your communication and skills.   recover and repeat.

the beverley – coming up on 14-15 october is spr’s hosted “the beverley road race”.  in only it’s second year and as part of The element series we are running this awesome event again in the charming wheatbelt town of beverley. the beverley road race is a 116km handicap format race departing beverley township through rolling green rural fields, into national park bush land for the turnaround and predominantly downhill run home for the finish. entries and event page are here.  as a part of the beverley heroic weekend, there is our road race on saturday, a retro bike show through the afternoon, cyclocross racing on saturday evening and the beverley heroic on sunday. there is pub accommodation, a caravan park and an event village in town for the weekend. Full details for the weekend are on the website. make a whole cycling weekend of it!

entertainment books – we are still selling the entertainment book/app as a fund raiser for the club.  packed full of offers, it will not take you long to redeem back what you paid.  check out the previous post for more details and links to registration.

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 – a constant re-forecast everyday this week has seen the risk of rain for saturday morning being seriously reduced.  rob’s early push for a zwift ride may now be a lonely solo as it looks to be good enough for outdoor riding.

saturday 7th october

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 shelley 40.59km spr saturday

fast & main groups – freo & canning vale 52.11km spr saturday

sunday 8th october

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 – khna weir 72.23km spr sunday

long – can mills peet obs 90.30km spr sunday

monday 9th october

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

south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 10th october

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 11th october

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

interval training – stock road repeats

thursday 12th october

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

see previous post for ride groups

spr thursday 37.26km (cott & freo)

ride starts frasers ave at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

friday 13th october

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride

Mount Hawthorn Family Practice

October’s ride leaders are proudly sponsored by Mount Hawthorn Family Practice. Owned and operated by the partner of a SPR member, Mount Hawthorn Family Practice is a fully accredited and equipped, modern general practice and their 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, including:

  • General medicine
  • Family medicine
  • Children’s health
  • Preventative medicine
  • Women’s health
  • Aged care.

Located at 391 Oxford Street, Mount Hawthorn, if you live in Mount Hawthorn, Leederville, North Perth, Joondanna, Glendalough, Menora, Coolbinia, Yokine, Tuart Hill, Dianella or surrounding suburbs, then this should be your GP.

The can be contacted on (08) 9444 7227 or bookings can be made via health engine.

The Beverley 2017 is nearly here

As you may have seen in The Element Race Series mail outs, SPR is hosting handicap road race “The Beverley” in partnership with the Beverley Heroic weekend.

On Saturday 14th October, we continue the revival of the famous old race along the same format as last year’s awesome outing. A 114km Handicap race, starting and finishing in the charming Wheatbelt town of Beverley – a quick one and a bit hours East of Perth. As I wrote last year……..

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

The handicap format encourages groups to work well together over the parcours.”

Couldn’t have said it better myself!

Last year we were graced with multiple Track World Champions and local legends Cameron Meyer and Michael Freiberg as our winner and runner up in a cracking sprint finish. And how can we not mention Col Tierney – he may have been third, but this C-grader attacking solo from 18km out and ONLY JUST getting caught in the final 300m (and it took 2 World Champs, don’t forget!) made for a thoroughly exciting race.

Entries for The Beverley are open here.

el Prez. Before…

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

 

 

We’d love to see a sea of green once again. You can race or volunteer to help run the day. Volunteering and giving back to the Club is what makes our little green community great! Get behind and support the Club.

Volunteers are still needed for Saturday, and if you’re not racing we’d love your help. Head over here for more details. Or email the Race Committee direct at race@southperthrouleurs.com.au.

Go on – be Heroic.

The Beverley 2017 – Volunteers Required

Saturday 14th October SPR continues the revival of the famous old race “The Beverley” – a 114km Handicap race starting and finishing in the charming Wheatbelt town of Beverley, a quick hour and a bit East of Perth.

Rolling hills….. much easier in the Lead car.

This is a big day for SPR, but it’s also a massive weekend of cycling in general and we need your help. For Saturday’s race we still require volunteers for:

  • Lead/Follow vehicles and drivers
  • Marshals for Start/Finish area
  • Marshals for Registration area

There will be cash offered to assist with fuel costs for volunteers attending and additional for those on vehicle duties.

As well as The Beverley on Saturday, a Retro Bike show in the Beverley Town Hall Saturday afternoon, Cyclocross racing in the evening and the Beverley Heroic rides on Sunday. Come and make a weekend of it. We’d love to see a sea of green once again.

Volunteering and giving back to the Club is what makes our little green community great!  If you’re not racing we’d love your help. Email the Race Committee direct to advise your availability at race@southperthrouleurs.com.au.

 

ride routes 30 sept – 6th oct

it’s school holidays.  time to get the kids out on the bike.  back when i was a boy, we spend all day on the bike and were free to ride all around the neighborhood.  yes, the world has changed somewhat and we aren’t as trusting with our precious ones anymore.  however, this seems to be reflected in just how many kids are actually riding their bike nowadays.  i was a bit disappointed the other day at school assembly that in the group of grades 1-6 only a small handful rode to school.  i am assuming that they are the ones that live really close to the school too.  kids love the freedom and adventure that comes from riding a bike, so lets encourage that and make the effort this holidays to get them rolling.

ride leader sponsor – the ride leader sponsor for september is My Petite Sweets.  they specialise in cakes, cookies and deserts for all occasions.  please see the previous post for more details.

spr tomr teams –  we have a couple of vacancies for the tomr. level of racing doesn’t really matter as we can slot you in anywhere. please email race@southperthrouleurs.com.au if you are interested.

the beverley – coming up on 14-15 october is spr’s hosted “the beverley road race”.  in only it’s second year and as part of The element series we are running this awesome event again in the charming wheatbelt town of beverley. the beverley road race is a 116km handicap format race departing beverley township through rolling green rural fields, into national park bush land for the turnaround and predominantly downhill run home for the finish. entries and event page are here.  as a part of the beverley heroic weekend, there is our road race on saturday, a retro bike show through the afternoon, cyclocross racing on saturday evening and the beverley heroic on sunday. there is pub accommodation, a caravan park and an event village in town for the weekend. Full details for the weekend are on the website. make a whole cycling weekend of it!

entertainment books – we are still selling the entertainment book/app as a fund raiser for the club.  packed full of offers, it will not take you long to redeem back what you paid.  check out the previous post for more details and links to registration.

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 – there is a break in the weather this weekend, so make up for the spring soaking we copped today and get out on the bike.

saturday 30th september

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

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

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

development group –  novice shelley 36.06km spr saturday

transitional – trans canning vale 42.34km spr saturday

fast & main groups – hale rd reverse 51.37km spr saturday

sunday 1st october

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 – kal goose 67.63km spr sunday

long – kal obs goose 97.40km spr sunday

monday 2nd october

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

south stock 33.76km spr monday

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

fast/main – public hol 58.97km spr special

tuesday 3rd october

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 4th october

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

interval training – stock road repeats

thursday 5th october

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

see previous post for ride groups

spr thursday 37.26km (cott & freo)

ride starts frasers ave at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

friday 6th october

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride

Race Reports – Amy’s Gran Fondo 2017

So as el Prez noted in the weekly blog, it appears SPR purchasing a Van may not be sufficient already – we now may need to budget for a private jet to get our members to races in the numbers we saw competing in Lorne, Victoria at Amy’s Gran Fondo! #squadgoals, eh?

We have a few race reports to offer from the SPR Crew, and there were some crackingly good, and truly heart-warming results out ther -. Stuart Gee pipped on the line for a 3rd (by Gary Boylan AGAIN!),  Luke Ellis 6th in hotly contested 34-39 Men (riding for DOME),  Claire Tyrrell 4th just behind Laurensia in 19-34 Women, Amanda Nabi 4th 40-44 Women and Paul George beating out Robbie McEwen in the sprint home.

There are all the results on the Amy’s Gran Fondo website, with times and qualification for the Worlds, available here for your perusal. You will find quite few of our SPRouleurs with a “Q”!

What’s also awesome – SPR racers David Menarry and Peter Wilshaw, who both paid up to race at Amy’s this year prior to their crashes and serious bone breakages headed over anyway and offered support to the Green army. Clubmen? Hell yassss.

Laurensia Rosana – 3rd place Womens 19-34 years

After racing in the ‘Tour de Bintan’ race in March, I didn’t know what my next goal would be. That was until the announcement of the next UCI World Gran Fondo championship being held in Italy next year! Well I have never been to Europe before, so thought to myself, why not try to qualify at Amy’s Gran Fondo? After a discussion with my coach Toby Brown, my training was under way.

My training involved improving skills in handicap racing and endurance training. The mock handicap races every Sunday with the Strive and SPR club members raised my awareness on how to jump from one group to another, positioning myself, measuring my limit, practising my diet on a long ride and highlighting areas I should be working on. On top of this, I did strength training at the gym due to my on-going struggle after a lower back injury. It has not been smooth sailing but I collected my dividend from the hard training on race day.

On the race day, I was early on the start line and feeling nervous. The race pressure kept on building up as time ticked away to 830 am. Then the race went underway. The peloton consisted of men & women aged 19-34. Shortly after 500 metres, we started the first climb which was approximately 10 kms long. The male group swept us through pretty quickly. I tried to keep up with the pace but looking down at my power meter, I would not be able to hold on for long. As the peloton started fading away, I looked around where my female competitors were. I noted only 3 who were around my pace and none was in the peloton ahead. I was determined not to let them go, I kept up for most of 1st climb, but eventually dropped off as I struggled to keep up. “Damn it!” I thought. I had to work harder to catch them in the next 110 kms!

I then rode with a small group of riders until we hit the flat section. A big peloton passed by and I jumped on to this group. I could keep up with the pace which was great. I managed to reserve as much energy as I could before the start of 2nd climb. I also looked around in the peloton and thought “yes! I saw the top 3 girls”. I felt really positive and determined to not let them go! The 2nd climb then started. My legs felt pretty good so I pushed on.

Slowly and steadily I caught up with these girls. I was not paying attention until I was over the 2nd climb. Then I realised “hang on a minute, where are these girls? Am I ahead of them? I think I am!!” So I just pushed on even more until the last 40 kms. It was headwind along Great Ocean Road towards Lorne and I was alone – I knew I was in trouble. I held steady pace until a small peloton caught up to me. My body was aching from the hard efforts I put in. Moving from one rider to the next and jumping to different peloton drained me significantly. I was just hanging on by a thread. At 20 kms to go, some female riders passed me and when crossing the finish line, I was with few female riders. I was not sure on my placing and already let go of my hope for qualifying. I had a big sigh but also felt relieved when I rolled across the line. “Glad that was over” I thought.

One of great things about this event is that if you are top 25% of your age group, you will be notified immediately via SMS. I quickly stopped and checked my phone. I got the SMS! YAY!!! I am qualified to go Italy next year! The funny thing was that I did not check further on my placing until I got back to my accommodation and had a shower. I actually got 3rd place on my age group which in hindsight I probably knew but did not want to believe it. I also missed the medal presentation altogether! I could only laugh and cried a little. I never thought in my life that I would actually get a podium placing in this type of events. I suppose my hard yard finally pays off.

Thanks again to Toby Brown, Peter Mah and Strivettes my training buddies for your support. This would never be possible without your involvement! Here is for another year of training and Italy here I come!

 

Peter Lander – Long Time Fan, First Time Amy’s Racer

I remember it was about this time last year, at the coffee shop after ‘Stockies’ that a few of us started to talk about Amy’s Gran Fondo 2017. As people started to register for Amy’s I made the commitment to go and dared to dream that I might be able to qualify for the UCI Gran Fondo in Varese, Italy in 2018.

Training for Amy’s was less than perfect as it started to rain in July and there seemed to be few and far fine days. Nevertheless, I joined the Amy’s Replica riding group on three Sunday mornings to get a taste of the climbing and distance. By the third ride I was feeling confident that I could complete the Amy’s course in a reasonable time.

Then all too soon the day arrived for flying out to Melbourne. Getting to Lorne at about 4.00pm, Meegan and Faye, following their coaches instructions set off for a short ride with Greg (DG) in tow, I decided to follow my own training plan and relaxed. The beautiful town of Lorne clings to a narrow strip of coastline and behind the town where the houses are built is up. Our house was no different, being located on the course and the start of the 4 to 5 per cent 10km climb to the top of the scarp. A bonus of course was the sensational views from the balcony over the treetops and coastline.

A Rouleurs ride had been organised for the Friday morning, meeting at the bakery for coffee and then doing the 10km climb together. It had rained the night before and the skies were looking decidedly unfriendly. Nevertheless, about twenty of us took to the hill in cold and wet conditions. My housemates, again following their training plan, had a rest day and drove the course. On the ride down from the top there was more rain and all I could think about was a hot beverage in the warmth of the café.

On Saturday Vanessa Johnson had booked lunch at the Airey’s Inlet pub about 20km from Lorne and over fifty Rouleurs and partners packed out their back room. After that it was back into town to soak up of the atmosphere with some five thousand riders taking over Lorne as well as catching a bit of the action from the NRS women’s and men’s criterium races around the town circuit.

At last it was Sunday, the day of the main race. Getting up that morning the first thing I did was to check out the weather and it was blue skies and little breeze. He weather gods had turned on a beautiful day, albeit it was going to be cold start. Bikes were given a final check over and we made our way down into town from our house. It was a brilliant sight with thousands of riders packing out the main street in Lorne waiting for the starter to send them on their way. Most of the Rouleurs were in SPR kit and there were lots of smiles and hugs all round, photographs being taken and club members encouraging each other to do their best and have a safe ride. In my age category there were only forty four riders and I figured it was going to be tough to qualify for the UCI, but I would give it a crack anyway.

There were only a couple of minutes between each group and it was not long before the slower riders from other groups were being passed as we did the 10km climb. For me it was a matter of finding a bunch of riders that I could stay in touch with and jumping to the bunch in front if they were too slow and being picked up by the group behind if I got dropped. After coming down from the first climb we came into the hinterland with farms and rolling hills. The next stage was more challenging through the Otway National Park with some of the major climbs of the race. I managed to pace myself with a couple of other riders until we got to the final climb. Descending to the coast at Apollo Bay was nothing short of sensational with breathtaking views of the coastline and forest. Once at Apollo Bay we had 40 km of coast road back to Lorne.

There were hundreds of riders on the Great Ocean Road and often in large groups, and while closed to traffic I found it hard to get into a rhythm as you tended to be captive of the dynamics of the group. I did not know my position in my age category. Finally the finish line came into view and I was cheered on by Rouleurs who had finished earlier with bells and shouts of congratulations. My official time was 4 hours 8 mins and 30 seconds – 8 minutes slower than the last qualifier. The fastest qualifier in my age group was 3 hours 30 minutes; unbelievable!

While there were no major crashes, there were a few incidents. Someone brought down half a dozen riders, including Jeremy O and while not badly hurt it affected his overall time. Heiko was the author of his own misfortune when he stuffed his gilet under the back of his jersey, only to unzip it a while later and have his gilet fall out and wrap itself around his derailleur which prematurely ended his race. Fortunately he was not hurt, but the bike suffered some major damage.

As our riders came in and got their official times it was really pleasing to see how many riders qualified for the UCI. The Rouleurs across all age categories, both males and females were fantastic ambassadors for the club and their achievements speak for themselves with podium finishes and  so many qualifying. Post-race it was off to the Lorne Hotel to share stories and relax with all the SPR crew. I have no doubt that many of us will be back next year to do Amy’s again and for or me personally I will be aiming to get under that 4 hour mark. Congratulations again to all those who qualified and I hope to see many of the same faces back in Lorne in 2018.

Sarah Fitton – Hitter; 3rd place Womens 35-39 years

Last year at Amy’s Gran Fondo I was in pretty good form, given my recent return from European summer and endless mountains. But good results in racing don’t just require good fitness, they also require a bit of racing experience, good positioning and knowing when you really need to burn the matches. I finished fourth, just a second or two behind second and third and a place on the podium.

Pre Race Reccie. And conditions looking sub-optimal. Photo: Hop-a-long Smithy

This year I returned a little smarter, a little bit stronger, although probably not as fit, with the aim to be on the podium. My race was far from perfect, but my aim was to position myself well in bunches and really push myself to stick with the fast bunch over the short power climbs which had dropped me last year, left me isolated and lost me time.

Fitton, with cameo from Tyrrell.

Andrew Ballam’s group swept me up a while after the first climb and descent. I absolutely busted my guts to stick with them. Which I did ……. until just before the second climb……. In the process taking “Top 10” Strava cups throughout this whole section, which is testament to how fast they were going!

In the closing 3kms of the race, a big group, including Amanda Nabi, swept me up and I spent the next few minutes trying to work out if there was anyone there from my age group – nope.

Blue Steel. Bring it, Chicks. Bring. It.

So I rolled across the line without having to contest a sprint, knowing there was at least one female ahead of me but hoping not more than two others – the rider I knew was ahead of me finished a minute ahead of me so I managed to grab third and get my podium spot.

ride routes 23rd – 29th september

just some of spr riders that made the trek across to lorne

so amy’s grand fondo was run and won last weekend.  the number of spr riders that headed east this year was staggering, we almost need to charter our own jet, next year.  from what i understand there were podiums for laurensia, fitton and stu gee, but there were lots of people that managed to grab a qualification spot to italy for next years world champs.  well done to everyone that completed the race as it is an achievement in itself.

ride leader sponsor – the ride leader sponsor for september is My Petite Sweets.  they specialise in cakes, cookies and deserts for all occasions.  please see the previous post for more details.

spr tomr teams –  we have a couple of vacancies for the tomr. level of racing doesn’t really matter as we can slot you in anywhere. please email race@southperthrouleurs.com.au if you are interested.

the beverley – coming up on 14-15 october is spr’s hosted “the beverley road race”.  in only it’s second year and as part of The element series we are running this awesome event again in the charming wheatbelt town of beverley. the beverley road race is a 116km handicap format race departing beverley township through rolling green rural fields, into national park bush land for the turnaround and predominantly downhill run home for the finish. entries and event page are here.  as a part of the beverley heroic weekend, there is our road race on saturday, a retro bike show through the afternoon, cyclocross racing on saturday evening and the beverley heroic on sunday. there is pub accommodation, a caravan park and an event village in town for the weekend. Full details for the weekend are on the website. make a whole cycling weekend of it!

entertainment books – we are still selling the entertainment book/app as a fund raiser for the club.  packed full of offers, it will not take you long to redeem back what you paid.  check out the previous post for more details and links to registration.

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 looks like there will be a break in the weather just in time for saturday morning.  make the most of it and come for a ride with us.  we are also always happy to take feedback about our ride routes.  some of these routes were mapped out years ago and since then traffic conditions have changed.  if you feel that any route needs attention, please email the club or talk to a ride leader to let your concerns be known.

saturday 23rd september

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

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

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

development group –  novice shelley 36.06km spr saturday

transitional – trans rebold 38.69km spr saturday

fast & main groups – shelley & mosman 50.14km spr saturday

sunday 24th september

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

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

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

development group – coffee ride

short – brktn weir 82.89km spr sunday

long – carr peet obs 97.72km spr sunday

monday 25th september – queen’s birthday

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

south stock 33.76km spr monday

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

fast/main – public hol 58.97km spr special

tuesday 26th september

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 27th september

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

interval training – stock road repeats

thursday 28th september

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

see previous post for ride groups

spr thursday 37.26km (cott & freo)

ride starts frasers ave at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

friday 29th september

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride

Race Report – Peel Classic

So here’s the first race report in way too long. What, with coordinating our ToMR trip and the Beverley Race, Race-land has been busy and dropped the ball on sharing our members’ racing stories.

This weeks’ episode comes from Corrie Fillmore, SPR Club member riding for the BikeBookings.com team (spoilers – she won!).

Photo: Lonely Mo.

CORRIE FILLMORE

The new course in Dwellingup for the Peel Classic (formerly the Pinjarra Classic) was a great reason to venture south for the day. Surprisingly, the road surface was pretty smooth for most of the undulating course. The Women’s A Grade race started with eleven women, some of whom had already ridden the 100+km to get there! A few very early breaks were made by teams who had a number of women represented amongst the rest of the bunch, which left the others to chase them down.

Most of the group managed to stay together until the Boddington turnaround point but the undulating terrain and hard pace up a few of the climbs proved to be too much for some. A short rain shower and a much smaller group meant that the pace slowed in parts where it seemed many were trying to conserve energy for what had the potential to be a race-deciding attack on one of the many climbs in the last half of the race.

With 70kms to go, five were left with only individual riders and solo team members amongst the remaining women. A lift of pace as the whole group worked together to increase the gap on the women behind put pressure on everyone’s already tired legs approaching the final kilometres of the race. I somehow found myself on the front of the group coming back into Dwellingup on the final climb. It became obvious that due the absolute grit, strength, and perseverance of the remaining women, a final attack up the climb would have likely been unsuccessful.

When I reached the top of the climb I was still at the front of the group. Having ridden the last 5km of the course during my pre-race warmup, I had made a mental note of landmarks and points of reference leading into the final corner. Wondering if anyone would overtake me, I pushed the pace hard into the last left hand turn with the rest of the women following closely behind. A hard sprint out of the corner and through the last 200m managed to get me across the line in first place!

For. The. Win!Corrie Takes it. Photo: Glenn Te Raki

It was great to see so many SPR members out in every grade. The race was extremely well-organised and I always felt safe out on the road. Well done to the Peel District Cycle Club and all the volunteers who helped make the race a great success in its first year on the new course.

 

Not quite chicken dinner, but definitely a wine! Photo: Faye Dalglish-Jones

In addition, we saw Meegan Fyfield place on the podium in Womens C Grade as a warm up for Amy’s.

A big thanks to the Peel District CC for putting on a cracking event on a new course. Make sure you get there next year. Hope to see you at the Ferguson Valley Classic next weekend where we’ll have the SPR tents set up in Dardanup,  with a return of the Gnomes!

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