ride routes 18th – 24th august

so there was a discussion i was involved in the other day around what would make cycling more popular.  people often bring up the netherlands example and how they converted a car-centric city into one with a bike focus.  these are all wonderful things that happened back in the 70’s before politicians were afraid of “popular” opinion via social media.  for perth, however, i think that there is a pathway in which people become cyclists.  now, i am not just talking about people that ride bikes, but rather those that believe that their lifestyle revolves around bike riding.  it doesn’t have to be racing, but those that do what we as a club do on the weekend.  anecdotally, people usually make a decision to ride a bike for some reason (weight loss, fitness, knee problems).  from there they start to think about maybe doing an event (the old great perth or freeway ride).  to achieve that they start to consider commuting a few days a week, or join a club or group.  after a while they are hooked and start spending most of their paypacket on bike gear.  so how do we encourage any of these parts to increase popularity.  the previous state government put out a long term bike plan a year or so ago.  it that was the plan for a bridge linking mosman with pt walter with dalkeith.  as this would be a bike and pedestrian only bridge, it would effectively cut the travel time from any of those suburbs to the city by half.  so really, once the trip on a bike at a leisurely pace becomes faster than a car, people will see it as a viable alternative.  this also applies to the major bike paths along the freeway.  most have not been made as a major bicycle corridor as the public still see riding as a fringe activity.  skinny paths that are poorly maintained and intersected by roads.  all of these things make commuting more difficult.  make it easier and more people on bikes means less cars on the road equals less congestion.

ride leader sponsor – the ride leader sponsor for august is Chaotic Energy. they are an exercise and rehabilitation centre with a difference. the general exercise membership gives you access to state of the art equipment (including a number of wahoo kickr’s for those rainy days) and includes personalised gym programming and ongoing support to achieve your goals. the calm and professional atmosphere has specifically been created to enable you to get the most out of your training.

bike parking on saturday – My dear club mates and customers….
When you come for coffee on Saturday morning can you please please please not put your bikes on the Basilica cafe across the plaza. They (and their security company) complain constantly about bikes resting on their building.
I do my best to shield you from their antagonism, but, I need your help. Please feel free to rest your bikes on my cafe wall wherever they fit. Dome loves bikes – and we will do our best to accommodate you – even when you’re sweaty and gross and pay with money covered in gel goo and perspiration! Ive heard recently that some of our custom bike racks are dying, and Im investigating replacements as we speak. Thanks everyone – please keep coming – but please help me keep the peace with the neighbours. – Love Toby (Dome)

entertainment books – we will again be selling entertainment books this year through the club.  the digital versions actually come online now and last years don’t finish till the end of june allowing you twice as many offers for 3 months.  check out the links on the previous post to find out more.

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.

next generation – photo amanda nabi

spr juniors – we have started our saturday juniors rides and we will be ridng again this week as long as the weather holds out.  this is for kids 10-15 yrs old and must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  the route is listed below and involves laps in kings park.  it will be between 25-30kms by the time you get back to the carpark, so ensure your kids can cope with that.

from the ride coordinator – Good luck to all the SPR crazies racing the Collie – Donnybrook.

saturday 18th august

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

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

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

juniors (10 – 15 yrs with parent) – kings park juniors 23.72km spr saturday

development group –  novice shelley 36.06km spr saturday

transitional 1/2 – trans rebold 38.69km spr saturday

fast/main – alexander drive 50.46km spr saturday

sunday 19th august

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

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

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

development group – coffee ride

short – brktn weir 82.89km spr sunday

long – cann dam 100.13km spr sunday

monday 20th august

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

south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 21st august

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 22nd august

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

interval training – stock road repeats

thursday 23rd august

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

see previous post for ride groups

spr thursday 37.26km (cott & freo)

ride starts frasers ave at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

friday 24th august

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride

ride routes 11th – 17th august

so i think that this is the last of the european spr photos.  most people have returned now back to the cold and wet of perth.  however, over the next few weeks there will be a slow exodus to italy for the uwct masters world champs.  i am sure that we will get more european green.  well, since i am going, i can almost guarantee there will be some shades of green over there. apart from that, not much going on.  zwift has been getting a hammering from a lot of people lately, so throw some “ride on”s out there if you see a familiar name.  it is winter, so we shouldn’t complain about the weather…but we will.

ride leader sponsor – the ride leader sponsor for august is Chaotic Energy. they are an exercise and rehabilitation centre with a difference. the general exercise membership gives you access to state of the art equipment (including a number of wahoo kickr’s for those rainy days) and includes personalised gym programming and ongoing support to achieve your goals. the calm and professional atmosphere has specifically been created to enable you to get the most out of your training.

entertainment books – we will again be selling entertainment books this year through the club.  the digital versions actually come online now and last years don’t finish till the end of june allowing you twice as many offers for 3 months.  check out the links on the previous post to find out more.

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.

next generation – photo amanda nabi

spr juniors – we have started our saturday juniors rides and we will be ridng again this week as long as the weather holds out.  this is for kids 10-15 yrs old and must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  the route is listed below and involves laps in kings park.  it will be between 25-30kms by the time you get back to the carpark, so ensure your kids can cope with that.

from the ride coordinator – Cold mornings are forecast for this weekend, make sure you layer up accordingly.  Additional note. Perth half marathon is being held on Sat morning. Be aware after the ride the path may be closed along Mounts Bay rd, Narrows Bridge (west side – the side most of us use) and South Perth foreshore.

saturday 11th august

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

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

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

juniors (10 – 15 yrs with parent) – kings park juniors 23.72km spr saturday

development group –  novice shelley 36.06km spr saturday

transitional 1/2 – trans benara 39.90km spr saturday

fast/main – morley drive 50.77km spr saturday

sunday 12th august

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

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

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

development group – coffee ride

short – khna weir 72.23km spr sunday

long – khna trnr obs 101.76km spr sunday

monday 13th august

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

south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 14th august

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 15th august

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

interval training – stock road repeats

thursday 16th august

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

see previous post for ride groups

spr thursday 37.26km (cott & freo)

ride starts frasers ave at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

friday 17th august

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride

ride routes 4th – 10th august

so a very hectic week in brisbane for me which has pushed the ride routes publishing out by a little bit.  had a team dinner at my boss’s house tonight so i am only just pulling this together now (22:42 brisbane time).  it looks like i have missed all that bad winter weather as well as it has been a pleasant 24 deg here.  unfortunately no bike to ride though.  and the instragram feed shows that i am not the only one in a different time zone.  still a few away enjoying the european summer and showing off the spr green.

ride leader sponsor – the ride leader sponsor for august is Chaotic Energy. they are an exercise and rehabilitation centre with a difference. the general exercise membership gives you access to state of the art equipment (including a number of wahoo kickr’s for those rainy days) and includes personalised gym programming and ongoing support to achieve your goals. the calm and professional atmosphere has specifically been created to enable you to get the most out of your training.

spr tour de france sweepstakes – the tour has finished for another year and team sky has taken the win and most of the prize money.  thanks to everyone that entered the sweeps as it gave us someone to cheer for during the late nights. check out the results on the sweeps leaderboard page .

entertainment books – we will again be selling entertainment books this year through the club.  the digital versions actually come online now and last years don’t finish till the end of june allowing you twice as many offers for 3 months.  check out the links on the previous post to find out more.

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.

next generation – photo amanda nabi

spr juniors – we have started our saturday juniors rides and we will be ridng again this week as long as the weather holds out.  this is for kids 10-15 yrs old and must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  the route is listed below and involves laps in kings park.  it will be between 25-30kms by the time you get back to the carpark, so ensure your kids can cope with that.

from the ride coordinator –

saturday 4th august

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

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

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

juniors (10 – 15 yrs with parent) – kings park juniors 23.72km spr saturday

development group –  novice shelley 36.06km spr saturday

transitional 1/2 – trans mosman 40.39km spr saturday

fast/main – reabold & cottesloe 50.91km spr saturday

sunday 5th august

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

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

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

development group – coffee ride

short – wlsh weir 62.23km spr sunday

long – wlsh obs kal 90.32km spr sunday

monday 6th august

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

south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 7th august

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 8th august

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

interval training – stock road repeats

thursday 9th august

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

see previous post for ride groups

spr thursday 37.26km (cott & freo)

ride starts frasers ave at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

friday 10th august

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride

Chaotic Energy

The ride leader sponsor for August is Chaotic Energy owned by SPR member Teneal Attard.

Chaotic Energy is an exercise and rehabilitation centre with a difference. The general exercise membership gives you access to state of the art equipment (including a number of Wahoo Kickr’s for those rainy days) and includes personalised gym programming and ongoing support to achieve your goals. The calm and professional atmosphere has specifically been created to enable you to get the most out of your training.

NeuroPhysics Therapy (NPT) rehabilitation therapists are also available to assist if you’ve had long-term pain, ongoing niggling injuries or are looking for that extra edge in your sporting performance. NPT is a specialised therapy where exercise equipment is used as form of stress, allowing assessment of how your system is working relative to optimal performance. NPT trained therapists can very quickly see any imbalances in your neural landscape and help fine-tune your system by restoring correct behavioural neural patterns and pathways.

Chaotic Energy is owned and managed by SPR club member; Teneal Attard. Teneal grew up as a BMX bandit, with a recent return to the sport after a highly successful international hockey career. Through sponsoring the August Ride Leader Program, Teneal aims to give back to the club. She wants to contribute to the club structure that initially impressed her right on that first Saturday morning group ride.

If you’d like more information please find Teneal at coffee or on a group ride or be in contact:

Teneal Attard – 0409767187

teneal@chaoticenergy.com.au

Chaotic Energy – 231 Bulwer St, Highgate

www.chaoticenergy.com.au

www.neurophysicstherapy.global

www.facebook.com/chaoticenergyhighgate/

tour sweeps – the final classification

so the tour has been run and won and this year we have a different winner but the same result.  whilst the quick-step and bora teams had the run of the stages, the final classification belonged to the gc riders.  with two riders in the top 3, team sky again took the lion’s share of the prize pool.  in fact, not just the lion, but the tiger, giraffe and half the damn savannah.  team sunweb had a good finish with dumoulin and lotto nl had two in the top 5.  after that it is getting pretty thin.  movistar jumped up a bit, but overall there were less winners than….

since this is based on real winnings, the dollar amounts from our prize pool equate to just over $700,000 for team sky, whilst my team, lotto soudal, walked away with $16,000.  not a  lot of money to run a team for 3 weeks.  honestly, it sounds like it wouldn’t even feed greipel for a week.

so, the team winnings are listed below and the final classifications can be found on the leaderboard page. as usual, send an email with your bank details and we will deposit your winnings.  if you want to donate your “winnings” back to the club, let me know.

Team Total
AG2R LA MONDIALE  $    20.14
ASTANA PRO TEAM  $    15.44
BAHRAIN – MERIDA  $    24.82
BMC RACING TEAM  $    15.68
BORA – HANSGROHE  $    36.41
COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS  $      7.44
DIRECT ENERGIE  $    11.78
GROUPAMA – FDJ  $    15.37
LOTTO SOUDAL  $      4.83
MITCHELTON – SCOTT  $      6.05
MOVISTAR TEAM  $    33.07
QUICK – STEP FLOORS  $    42.02
TEAM DIMENSION DATA  $      4.54
TEAM EF EDUCATION FIRST – DRAPAC P/B CANNONDALE  $      4.16
TEAM FORTUNEO – SAMSIC  $    10.56
TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN  $      5.13
TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO  $    55.01
TEAM SKY  $ 210.20
TEAM SUNWEB  $    70.76
TREK – SEGAFREDO  $    16.98
UAE TEAM EMIRATES  $    28.95
WANTY – GROUPE GOBERT  $    16.33

ride routes 28th july – 3rd aug

a combination of a busy work load, late nights watching the tour, early morning rides and the return to school for the kids has meant that i have not even had time to get passionate about a particular issue.  instead i have been enjoying the multiple photo’s that our spr insta-celeb, michael bonner has been providing us with.  he is not the only member over in europe at the moment, so keep an eye out for more dream-worthy shots while we try to avoid the rain

ride leader sponsor – there is no ride leader sponsor for july.  if you own a business and would like advertise/sponsor our ride leaders, please contact the club via email for more information.

ride to conditions – we have been getting a bit of rain lately and there were some crashes on last saturday’s earlybird ride.  as we have always said – you are responsible for your own safety.  this means that if the roads are slippery back off and ride to the conditions.  none of our training rides are races and the saturday earlybird especially is just about getting extra kms.  be sensible out there.  if you are not confident in the wet, don’t push it as it can be a lot worse.

spr tour de france sweepstakes – the tour has only a few days left and at the moment there are clear leaders in the sweepstakes. the dominance by both quickstep and bora has seen them leap ahead of all the other teams.  there are a few that are making good progress and now 9 out of the 22 teams are over the $10 return.  don’t fret if you haven’t seen much return yet.  about two-thirds of the prize money comes from the final position when the tour hits paris.  for example, if gc positions stay were they are lotto nl – jumbo, would receive an extra $30 for finishing 4 and 6th.  we are on the final approach.  only a few more nights of staying up late to see if your team can win you some money. check out the results on the sweeps leaderboard page .

tour of margs teams – emails have gone out to those that have expressed interest.  there will be an information session soon for those that have any questions.

entertainment books – we will again be selling entertainment books this year through the club.  the digital versions actually come online now and last years don’t finish till the end of june allowing you twice as many offers for 3 months.  check out the links on the previous post to find out more.

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.

next generation – photo amanda nabi

spr juniors – as mentioned last week we will be commencing our junior rides this saturday.  this is for kids 10-15 yrs old and must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  the route is listed below and involves laps in kings park.  it will be between 25-30kms by the time you get back to the carpark, so ensure your kids can cope with that.

from the ride coordinator – Lessons from le Tour: Not everyone can corner, makes sure you leave plenty of space, especially when the roads are wet. Beware dust, cobbles, high speed downhills, and (if you’re in a team sky jersey), french spectators. Also mind the edge …

saturday 28th july

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

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

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

juniors (10 – 15 yrs with parent) – kings park juniors 23.72km spr saturday

development group –  novice shelley 36.06km spr saturday

transitional 1/2 – trans canning vale 42.34km spr saturday

fast/main – south st 51.23km spr saturday

sunday 29th july

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

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

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

development group – coffee ride

short – brktn weir 82.89km spr sunday

long – carr peet obs 97.72km spr sunday

monday 30th july

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

south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 31st july

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 1st august

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

interval training – stock road repeats

thursday 2nd august

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

see previous post for ride groups

spr thursday 37.26km (cott & freo)

ride starts frasers ave at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

friday 3rd august

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride

ride routes 21st – 27th july

so after my little rant last week about the direction of the club, i have decided that being proactive about it is probably a better solution than lament on what used to be.  as such i want to talk about an area that we have rarely touched over the last ten years; juniors.  we have briefly flirted with the suggestion of junior based rides but nothing has really gotten off the ground.  the problem has been getting someone to “sacrifice” their ride to organise the juniors instead.  well now i have a vested interest in it as number one son has a road bike, lycra and proper shoes with cleats and everything.  i have regularly been taking him out at 7am saturday into kings park to do laps of either lovekin or cardiac.  afterwards, we roll down to the coffeeshop to join the rest of the riders that have just completed the main ride. i generally do the earlybird first, so still get about 80kms under the belt and don’t miss out on the social side of it. so what i want to do is invite anyone that has a kid between 10-16 that they want to get into riding to join us on saturday mornings.  this isn’t a “leave the kid and go for your own ride” affair, as you must be there to supervise.  they don’t have to have a road bike or lycra or any of the fancy stuff.  just a want to learn about bike riding and to do it in as much of a social situation as possible. we get to kings park via the mounts bay rd bike path and there is very little traffic within the park on saturday morning. it is probably as safe as we are going to be able to get it without having a stand alone crit circuit.  unfortunately this weekend is predicting lots of rain on saturday morning, so i won’t be there.  but starting next week, i will add it to the ride routes as a reminder for anyone that wants to come out with us.

ride leader sponsor – there is no ride leader sponsor for july.  if you own a business and would like advertise/sponsor our ride leaders, please contact the club via email for more information.

ride to conditions – we have been getting a bit of rain lately and there were some crashes on last saturday’s earlybird ride.  as we have always said – you are responsible for your own safety.  this means that if the roads are slippery back off and ride to the conditions.  none of our training rides are races and the saturday earlybird especially is just about getting extra kms.  be sensible out there.  if you are not confident in the wet, don’t push it as it can be a lot worse.

spr tour de france sweepstakes – the tour is through the first week and successfully (for some) negotiated the cobbles.  after a couple of days in the alps, the front end of the race has had a bit of a shake up. check out the results on the sweeps leaderboard page to see if those differences have affect the prize money distribution.

tour of margs teams – emails have gone out to those that have expressed interest.  there will be an information session soon for those that have any questions.

entertainment books – we will again be selling entertainment books this year through the club.  the digital versions actually come online now and last years don’t finish till the end of june allowing you twice as many offers for 3 months.  check out the links on the previous post to find out more.

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.

from the ride coordinator – The weather for this weekend and coming week looks bleak for riding, it is the middle of winter after all. Have a sleep in, do a trainer session, explore your local cafe options. If you do take the bike out, be extra visible; bright lights, very visible kit / fluoro colours, and limit the time on major roads and truck routes.

saturday 21st july

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

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

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

development group –  novice shelley 36.06km spr saturday

transitional 1/2 – trans reverse river 40.58km spr saturday

fast/main – river ride 51.80km spr saturday

sunday 22nd july

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

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

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

development group – coffee ride

short – khna weir 72.23km spr sunday

long – khna can mills 94.55km spr sunday

monday 23rd july

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

south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 24th july

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 25th july

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

interval training – stock road repeats

thursday 26th july

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

see previous post for ride groups

spr thursday 37.26km (cott & freo)

ride starts frasers ave at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

friday 27th july

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride

 

ride routes 14th – 20th july

The cyclists thundering to destiny

i was reflecting the other day about what has changed in the club.  there are things that we used to do for our members that once seemed to be important no longer hold the same attraction.  this year we only have 4 tomr teams.  even last year we had 7.  a few years ago we took 3 mini-buses to kalgoorlie for the goldfields race.  now, nothing.  the tour de france sweeps, used to be a daily tipping comp, but people eventually lost interest, so we changed it to a sweeps, and this year we have struggled to find numbers. the breakfasts have been cut down to only 2 a year as people were skipping them to just have a coffee instead.  an average saturday ride would now see just as many people not in kit as there are in kit.

have we become too big and have we changed from a community to being more of a service provider??? we have lots of training rides on and have made sure that we provide a level of organisation so people feel safe but have we lost our connection??? is it a refection on the modern society where people don’t engage, but prefer to just snipe from afar??? or is it me, and have i been involved for too long and need to extract myself to ensure that positive change can occur???

these are some of the questions that myself and the committee struggle with as we try to keep this beast rolling.  i know that if we stopped providing training rides, we would loose the majority of our members overnight.  but is that all that is holding the club together??? i’m not saying that everyone needs to have a sycophantic, “spr is the best” type of attitude, but we built something that was different to the other groups in perth and sometimes i am struggling to see where parts that have gone.  so what do we need to do to engage???

ride leader sponsor – there is no ride leader sponsor for july.  if you own a business and would like advertise/sponsor our ride leaders, please contact the club via email for more information.

spr tour de france sweepstakes – the tour is underway and now the sweeps are underway.  we finally sold all the tickets so will draw out teams tonight.  so far every team has received some prize money…some more than others.  you can see the results on the leaderboard page.

spr tour de france dinner – the tour de france dinner has now sold out.  members who managed to get in will be enjoying the best of french cuisine at chez pierre.

tour of margs teams – emails have gone out to those that have expressed interest.  there will be another information session this saturday after the main ride for those that have any questions.

entertainment books – we will again be selling entertainment books this year through the club.  the digital versions actually come online now and last years don’t finish till the end of june allowing you twice as many offers for 3 months.  check out the links on the previous post to find out more.

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.

from the ride coordinator – The Sat main route dog legs along Leach Hwy for ~650m before turning right. Ensure groups stay together and changing lanes on Leach is done safely.

saturday 14th july

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

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

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

development group –  novice shelley 36.06km spr saturday

transitional 1/2 – trans reverse river 40.58km spr saturday

fast/main – murdoch & freo 49.8km spr saturday

sunday 15th july

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

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

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

development group – coffee ride

short – wlsh weir 62.23km spr sunday

long – wlsh obs kal 90.32km spr sunday

monday 16th july

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

south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 17th july

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 july

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

interval training – stock road repeats

thursday 19th july

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 july

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride

 

ride routes 7th – 13th july

with the oscars, i mean, world cup coming to a close for the year, it is time to focus on a sport where suffering is applauded, not faked. although their spindly arms give the appearance of a fragile insect, the pain threshold of pro cyclists is generally pretty high.  on a scale of neymar jr (1) to giving birth (10), i am sure that we have all seen tours where someone is giving it a good solid 9 before the lights go out.  why do we aspire to this kind of masochistic behaviour? is it all about winning? for many of us, it is not winning, but just being better.  sometimes that involves winning, but improvement drives most of us to get out of bed, put on 15 layers of clothing and go ride in the dark when the temp is closer to 0 then it is to 10.  however, we also need our heroes to inspire us.  although the tour is full of heroes (and villains) i find that inspiration can come from sources closer to home.  the quiet achievers that go out and do something without the big song and dance.  riders that are humble in their achievements and could at any moment ride your legs off you, but choose not to.  club riders like mike bonner and brian sing.  if you don’t know what they have achieved, take the time to have a chat with them.

ride leader sponsor – there is no ride leader sponsor for july.  if you own a business and would like advertise/sponsor our ride leaders, please contact the club via email for more information.

 

Tour de France 2017 – 23/07/2017 – Paris Champs-Elysées  – France – Warren BARGUIL (SUN) Meilleur grimpeur, Simon YATES (ORS) Meilleur jeune, Christopher FROOME (SKY) Meilleur au général, Michael MATTHEWS (SUN) Meilleur sprinter

spr tour de france sweepstakes – the tour kicks off this weekend and we will again be running a sweepstakes.  unlike other tipping comps, where you have to pick a bunch of riders, or sweeps for individual riders, in our sweep you get a whole team.  during the tour the riders get prize money for all types of things, not just finishing first.  crossing a categorised mountain, intermediate sprints, wearing a leaders jersey, being best young rider, best team, etc.  all of this money adds up to the team total.  for our sweep, all money from the entry fee, goes into a prize pool and this then gets split up in the same ratio as the tour would, it’s prize pool.  check out the previous post for more details and get on board before the tour starts.  teams will be selected randomly after all entries are sold.

spr tour de france dinner – as we do every year, the social committee will be holding a spr tour de france dinner at chez pierre’s in nedlands.  it will be held on tuesday 17 july (stage 10) 6.30pm and places are limited.  more information and the menu can be found on the previous post, so jump on board quickly so you can experience the tour without having to climb a mountain first.

tour of margs teams – based on the expressions of interest we have registered 3 men’s and 1 women’s team for this years tour of margs.  our first team briefing will be this saturday at the coffee shop after the main ride.  there the logistic of the event will be explained and an indication of the final cost as well as introduction to the terms and conditions.  please make every effort to attend.

entertainment books – we will again be selling entertainment books this year through the club.  the digital versions actually come online now and last years don’t finish till the end of june allowing you twice as many offers for 3 months.  check out the links on the previous post to find out more.

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.

from the ride coordinator – Historical footage of major cycling races is helping scientists study effects of climate change. Click here to find out how.

saturday 7th july

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

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

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

development group –  novice shelley 36.06km spr saturday

transitional 1/2 – trans canning vale 42.34km spr saturday

fast/main – canning vale & welshpool 49.74km spr saturday

sunday 8th july

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

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

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

development group – coffee ride

short – khna weir 72.23km spr sunday

long – can mills peet obs 90.30km spr sunday

monday 9th july

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

south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 10th july

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 july

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

interval training – stock road repeats

thursday 12th july

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 july

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride

2018 SPR Tour de France Dinner at Chez Pierre’s

SPR Tour de France Dinner at Chez Pierre’s in NedlandsTuesday 17 July (Stage 10) 6.30pm

The booking is in their separate dining room so places are limited to 30. This time we are keeping it simple so just come along for a wonderful three-course meal with your friends and partners – no need to swot up on the highest mountain in France or the previous Tour de France winners.

Stage 10 is in the Haute –Savoie region in the Auvergne-Rhône Alps and the set menu below reflects food from the region.

  • Amuse Bouche
  • Tartiflette – a traditional winter dish from Savoy in the Alps. Potatoes, caramalised onions served with a light veloute and crispy lardons and finished in the oven with Gruyere and Raclette cheese
  • Sorbet
  • Filet of Boeuf au Roquefort. Tender Harvey fillet of Beef, served with a gratin potato dauphinoise, pumpkin and cardamom puree and spinach finished with a classis Roquefort sauce
  • Fondant au Chocolat. Hot baked Belgium Dark chocolaté Lava cake, with a rich liquid centre, served with vanilla bean ice-cream, salted caramel sauce and pouring crème anglaise.

Note the restaurant also caters for vegan, vegetarian and gluten free with substitute courses so please email Belinda at social@southperthrouleurs.com.au once you have booked so the restaurant can be notified in advance.

Cost: set menu is $59.90 per person; BYO wine with corkage $10.50 per bottle. Book and pay via the SPR Shop.

Where: Chez Pierre 131 Stirling Hwy Nedlands (08) 9386 5886. For more information on the restaurant visit their web site: http://www.chezpierre.com.au. Parking in front of or near the restaurant.

Hope to see you there.

Belinda

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