ride routes 18th – 24th january

yep, it is that time of year again. the time when if you are not in adelaide then you probably don’t want to be on social media either. there are a number of people that you will need to block on facebook this week and most of them are in the photo above. saying that, it is good to see such a good club presence at these major events and i usually spend my time playing “spotto the spr jersey” when watching the willunga hill stage.

ride leader vouchers –  please be aware that since we haven’t had a ride leader sponsor for most of last year, dome will no longer be accepting the vouchers for coffee. if you have been hording any cards or just find one in your wallet, sorry, but this is no longer available.

crit racing – there is racing available throughout summer – pretty much every weekend. this sunday there are races on from Peel and west coast masters. an updated program with links to the events HERE.  for a bit more info on why crit racing could be for you, check out the previous post.

spr race mentors – the race mentors will be your go to for questions, queries and advice so you can dip your toe with some support. if you think you want to be a race mentor to help those that are curious about racing, then you can sign up to help out.  check out the previous post for more information.

mercantile lane closure – some of you may remember that the pedestrian bridge over mercantile lane fell down last year.  this is the back lane that we take to get from mounts bay rd to st georges terrace.  as of 20th dec it will be closed again to facilitate the rebuilding of that foot bridge.  no idea how long it will be down for, so you will need to take the next road (william st) to hook back around to the cafe after the ride.

hot weather policy – there has been a lot of discussion after last weeks heat wave as to how the club should run the sunday hills rides when the mercury rises significantly. there are a number of options being looked at including shortening rides, cancelling rides or changing times.  as always, we cannot tell you not to ride and you do so at your own risk.  however, if we deem that the conditions are not suitable, the club sanctioned training ride may be adjusted to suit. watch this space as more develops.

cycling trip to france – this year long time spr member, christophe is looking at organising a trip to france to ride in the mountains.  it is 12 nights with 2 french speaking guides cruising around such little hills as mount ventoux.  if you are interested, see christophe at the coffee shop after the ride or email him at crosstraining@optusnet.com.au

sunday start locations – as numbers increase over summer, we are looking at how we can manage the groups on a sunday morning.  as such we are implementing a start location system to give us an idea of how big the groups are.  we can then split them before they leave the carpark to ensure that the groups are a safe size on the road.  see the previous blog post about where to meet and the new start time.

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.

spr juniors – juniors, juniors, juniors. the weather is awesome out there, so get the kids out and onto the bikes.  come ride your bike and you may get to feed the magpies. lets see if there were any bike related presents under the tree this year.

from the ride coordinator – The overwhelmingly positive feedback from our new Sunday ride route last week has emboldened us to roll out a new route for our main and transition ride this Saturday. But it will be interesting to see how many hands go up at ride briefings this weekend when the question is asked “do you know what ride route we are doing”. So suggestion is, for your own safety and for the safety of your fellow riders, in the immortal words of Molly Meldrum “go out and do yourself a favour” not by streaming your favorite song, but familiarize yourself with the ride route ! As well as the safety aspect, it will make it that much more enjoyable if you know where you’re going.

saturday 18th january

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 – kings park juniors 23.72km spr saturday

development group –  novice shelley 36.06km spr saturday

transitional 1/2 – trans nth lake & shelley 40.50km spr saturday

fast/main – stock & shelley 49.56km spr saturday

sunday 19th january

rides start at coode st carpark at 6:00am

note: sunday rides start at 6:00am from nov to feb

development group – coffee ride

short – brktn weir 82.89km spr sunday

long – cann dam 100.13km spr sunday

monday 20th january

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

south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 21st january

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

spr tuesday 36.37km (river ride)

wednesday 22nd january

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

interval training – stock road repeats

thursday 23rd january

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 january

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride

ride routes 11th – 17th january

identify your “mountain” this year and make a plan to climb it.

limited internet and limited time means that this update will be pretty limited. there is a lot going on, however, with the crits in full swing in perth and the nationals happening this week in ballarat.  we have a few riders in victoria already and there are some results coming through.  patrick chucked his hat in the ring against durbo and dennis for the itt and put in a solid effort to come 22nd.  oli stenning also came in 19th in the under 23 event. coming up we have teneal attard in the crit and kate bonner, patrick and oli in their respect road races. some of this will be televised, but also there are a few facebook feeds that show the events. support them if you can.

crit racing – there is racing available throughout summer – pretty much every weekend. this sunday there are races on from RCCC and west coast masters. an updated program with links to the events HERE.  for a bit more info on why crit racing could be for you, check out the previous post.

spr race mentors – the race mentors will be your go to for questions, queries and advice so you can dip your toe with some support. if you think you want to be a race mentor to help those that are curious about racing, then you can sign up to help out.  check out the previous post for more information.

mercantile lane closure – some of you may remember that the pedestrian bridge over mercantile lane fell down last year.  this is the back lane that we take to get from mounts bay rd to st georges terrace.  as of 20th dec it will be closed again to facilitate the rebuilding of that foot bridge.  no idea how long it will be down for, so you will need to take the next road (william st) to hook back around to the cafe after the ride.

hot weather policy – there has been a lot of discussion after last weeks heat wave as to how the club should run the sunday hills rides when the mercury rises significantly. there are a number of options being looked at including shortening rides, cancelling rides or changing times.  as always, we cannot tell you not to ride and you do so at your own risk.  however, if we deem that the conditions are not suitable, the club sanctioned training ride may be adjusted to suit. watch this space as more develops.

cycling trip to france – this year long time spr member, christophe is looking at organising a trip to france to ride in the mountains.  it is 12 nights with 2 french speaking guides cruising around such little hills as mount ventoux.  if you are interested, see christophe at the coffee shop after the ride or email him at crosstraining@optusnet.com.au

sunday start locations – as numbers increase over summer, we are looking at how we can manage the groups on a sunday morning.  as such we are implementing a start location system to give us an idea of how big the groups are.  we can then split them before they leave the carpark to ensure that the groups are a safe size on the road.  see the previous blog post about where to meet and the new start time.

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.

spr juniors – juniors, juniors, juniors. the weather is awesome out there, so get the kids out and onto the bikes.  come ride your bike and you may get to feed the magpies. lets see if there were any bike related presents under the tree this year.

from the ride coordinator – The club committee and ride leaders sub committee has been busy scoping some new ride routes for all members to enjoy. This weekend we commence the roll out of this programme with the introduction of a new long hills ride route for Sunday. This one is an epic with lots of kilometers and plenty of elevation. Great for those is training for either the Peaks and 5 Dams events which are coming up in March and April. So enjoy. As soon as the weather is right, we also have 2 new Saturday ride routes with corresponding transition rides ready to go. Those with a keen eye may have noticed the new additions added to the blog last week.

saturday 11th january

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 – kings park juniors 23.72km spr saturday

development group –  novice shelley 36.06km spr saturday

transitional 1/2 – trans abernethy 39.96km spr saturday

fast/main – holmes rd 50.42km spr saturday

sunday 12th january

rides start at coode st carpark at 6:00am

note: sunday rides start at 6:00am from nov to feb

development group – coffee ride

short –wlsh weir 62.23km spr sunday

long – zania darl mund dodd obs 111.68km spr sunday

monday 13th january

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

south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 14th january

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

spr tuesday 36.37km (river ride)

wednesday 15th january

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

interval training – stock road repeats

thursday 16th january

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 january

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride

SPR Race Mentors

Currently we’re in the middle of a summer season heatwave of Crits. And with these opportunities, Race@SPR wants to encourage anyone race-curious to come and have a crack, but with some support and guidance available and ready to help you through.

Yep – the SPR Race Mentors are back.

We invite SPR members (have you renewed your CA membership yet?) if you are interested, curious or cowbell-crazy to give racing a try – with guidance from us. The Race Mentors will be your go to for questions, queries and advice so you can dip your toe with some support. Right now there is a “Bring A Mate” program with Cycling Australia going on, so we can sign you up for a 2 week trial race membership to do a few races and see if you like it….. Spoilers – you will.

What do YOU do?
Email the crew at race@southperthrouleurs.com.au, or comment on the FB page to register interest.

What do WE do?
We’ll get in touch by email.
We’ll assign you a Mentor from the SPR Race Sub-Committee to be available to guide you through the race experience.

All questions are valid, so ask away to your Mentor. We don’t know it all, but we’ve seen enough to understand that there is some stuff you just wouldn’t know if you haven’t experienced it. Let’s face it – any concerns or fears are there merely to be kicked into oblivion. Racing isn’t actually that scary and stupid – the racing we have is safe, on managed or closed roads, is readily achievable and available for all of our members (you’ll need a race license to continue past the trial), and is a great challenge if you are eager or curious to have a go. Have a look over at the What Makes Crits Great? post.

So, go on. Email us at race@southperthrouleurs.com.au, chat to us at Dome post Saturday Main Rides and have some fun. We’ll be firing up the SPR SuperVan again this summer too. Bring your picnic chair and cowbells.

spr festive 500

so this year for something different, we tracked the festive 500 quite closely and put up prizes for the first 2 club men and women. there were a few surprises along the way and a few last minute rides to finish off the event.

for those that are unaware, the festive 500 is a strava based challenge where you try to ride 500kms in the 8 days from xmas eve to new years eve.  less than 100k’s per day seems easy until you factor in things like xmas day (if you have kids or family commitments) or just general fatigue if you are normal.

so before we get to the final leaderboard, here are the more surprising things that happened as part of the festive 500.

  1. nancy was first to 500kms after just 4 days and well ahead of pretty much everyone in the club.  at the time this ranked her 63rd in the entire world.
  2. marcel completing half the festive 500 in one ride after doing a 300km effort.  i thought that my boxing day test double century was an effort, but marcel went one further (a whole century further)
  3. finley starting a ride at 1:48am in order to do a couple of hundred k’s without getting too much (any) sun.
  4. mo organising a imperial century ride out to northam including dirt sections and a 140k return the next day.
  5. nancy just going for a ride to the food trucks on the last evening but doing enough k’s to jump 2 positions in the leaderboard.
  6. john doing one extra +75km ride on new years eve just to break the 1000km mark.

so, here are the results.  click on the picture to enlarge it but overall there were a lot of kilometres ridden in such a short period.  there has previously never been as many night owl rides in the one week, ever.

so there were prizes on the line and initially, i offered a pair of glasses for the top two men and women.  these were donated by jamie moyle and are swisseye sports sunglasses with 3 lenses. before john decided to go for an extra ride, he was tied with pete on 925kms, so i committed to giving away 3 pairs to the guys, which meant that i would give away 3 to the girls. then john leapfrogged everyone and there was no more tie. however, we will still give away a pair to the top 3 in the club for both men and women.

therefore a pair of glasses are coming to John Carnicelli, Finley Vine, Peter Seizovic, Nancy T, Kate Bonner and Meegan Fyfield.

congratulations, to these people and well done to everyone that did the k’s this holiday break.  you may not have all won glasses, but i am sure you gained some strength and endurance if not just a very sore arse.

ride routes 4th – 10th january

i was doing a cupboard clean out this week and found last years festive 500 patch.  i hadn’t removed it from the cardboard and when i did was surprised to see the little poem behind it. “Most lay in bed. Contented, well fed. You forge on ahead Legs like lead Did something great instead.” the last week has been an interesting time and has shown some interesting behaviours from people. who would have guessed that nancy would be first to crack 500kms, that marcel would have a 300km day and finley would do a ride starting before 2am. all three of those people covered more than 800kms in the 8 days and i know that there are many more stories out there from the challenge.  here is your new challenge.  from your own festive 500 experience, write a 5 line poem on what was important to you.  whether it is watching the sunrise for the 5th morning in a row, or riding all the way to a closed coffee-shop, there must be something to inspire the poets amongst us. another pair of sunglasses is up for grabs.

crit racing – there is racing available throughout summer – pretty much every weekend. this weekend alone there are FOUR options available – Midland CC on Saturday afternoon, while Peel District CC, RCCC and West Coast Masters all have races on Sunday. There is an updated program with links to the events HERE.  for a bit more info on why crit racing could be for you, check out the previous post.

social club awards – the weekend before last we had our xmas breakfast and club awards.  the social club awards are voted on by you, the members and feedback is asked for as validation of your nomination.  with the exception of dean roser nominating himself for every award, this is a great way for members to let someone know that they are doing something right.  check out the previous post for the results and feedback.

mercantile lane closure – some of you may remember that the pedestrian bridge over mercantile lane fell down last year.  this is the back lane that we take to get from mounts bay rd to st georges terrace.  as of 20th dec it will be closed again to facilitate the rebuilding of that foot bridge.  no idea how long it will be down for, so you will need to take the next road (william st) to hook back around to the cafe after the ride.

hot weather policy – there has been a lot of discussion after last weeks heat wave as to how the club should run the sunday hills rides when the mercury rises significantly. there are a number of options being looked at including shortening rides, cancelling rides or changing times.  as always, we cannot tell you not to ride and you do so at your own risk.  however, if we deem that the conditions are not suitable, the club sanctioned training ride may be adjusted to suit. watch this space as more develops.

rapha festive 500 – this year’s festive 500 saw a very competitive finish with a couple of people leapfrogging positions at the last minute.  with 5 people clocking up more than 900kms in the 8 days and 1 exceeding 1000kms, there were a lot of tired legs come new years day.  there will be a final washup post soon which shows the club leaderboard and just who won a new pair of sunnies.

cycling trip to france – this year long time spr member, christophe is looking at organising a trip to france to ride in the mountains.  it is 12 nights with 2 french speaking guides cruising around such little hills as mount ventoux.  if you are interested, see christophe at the coffee shop after the ride or email him at crosstraining@optusnet.com.au

sunday start locations – as numbers increase over summer, we are looking at how we can manage the groups on a sunday morning.  as such we are implementing a start location system to give us an idea of how big the groups are.  we can then split them before they leave the carpark to ensure that the groups are a safe size on the road.  see the previous blog post about where to meet and the new start time.

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.

spr juniors – juniors, juniors, juniors. the weather is awesome out there, so get the kids out and onto the bikes.  come ride your bike and you may get to feed the magpies. lets see if there were any bike related presents under the tree this year.

from the ride coordinator – Happy New Cycling Year everyone! Well the 2019 kilometers are now in the Garmin/Wahoo/whatever bank and the clock starts ticking again for this year. Hats off to those who completed the Rapha500 over the festive season, unbelievably there was 1 SPR rider who effectively did it twice with a tad over 1000kms (you know who you are). As usual, this time of year there are lots of cycling events on, with the nationals and the Tour Downunder topping the immediate list. Whatever your goal in 2020, enjoy your cycling and I hope you achieve what you are looking to strive for.

saturday 4th january

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 – 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 – maddington 51.87km spr saturday

sunday 5th january

rides start at coode st carpark at 6:00am

note: sunday rides start at 6:00am from nov to feb

development group – coffee ride

short –khna weir 72.23km spr sunday

long – khna trnr obs 101.76km spr sunday

monday 6th january

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

south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 7th january

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

spr tuesday 36.37km (river ride)

wednesday 8th january

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

interval training – stock road repeats

thursday 9th january

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 january

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride

Racing – Get on board for Summer Crits

There is so much on offer at the moment, I can’t even keep up with self-effacing race reports – it’s THAT busy. This time of year is Crit season. Criteriums are short-course circuit races, and they are based on race TIME, not distance.

There is racing available throughout summer – pretty much every weekend. This weekend alone there are FOUR options available – Midland CC on Saturday afternoon, while Peel District CC, RCCC and West Coast Masters all have races on Sunday. There is an updated program with links to the events HERE.

Tip it in Thursday!

What Makes Crits Great?
Crowd support – The courses are short, so spectators see the racers come past the start/finish every 1-2 minutes. Even come out to watch a race first. Cowbells, anyone?
Familiar – you lap the same circuit (around 1km long) over and over. You’ll hit the same corners and straights in-situ and will soon nail that perfect line.
Close – you are never further than a couple of hundred metres from the start. If you get a flat, drop a chain, just wanna bail out – you’re not worried about being stranded on course.
Cheap – club races at club prices. You could probably spend more on a coffee in Perth (*”probably”, ooooooor at least kinda close!).
Fun – with race times between 25 and 60 minutes, it’s way shorter than a group ride, you can sit in easier than an interval session, and you get to sprint at the end!

Done with Fourth, The Librarian takes a podium. Photo: Jedsman

Also, check out the Race Mentors post published VERY SOON if you are dead keen or even a little bit curious about racing with SPR, check it out.

Summer Crits are NEVER like this classic award-winning shot. Photo: Jedsman

ride routes 28th dec – 3rd jan

happy new year. as the year draws to a close, i could go on some sentimental trip about how the club has changed over the years, or how successful it has been at this or that, but i would rather save that for the agm wrap up. what i would like to say, though, is for me personally, there has been a big change in my riding between the start and end of this year. at the end of 2018, i really lost my riding mojo. quite possibly just burn-out from years of training, but i just needed to find the love again. a year on and i am now trying to smash out as many k’s as i can to try to get my annual total back up.  i had 5 months this year with a kilometre count under 1000 and 3 of those months were around 500 or under. it wasn’t till the last 2 months that i have managed to get it back to around 1500. in training, k’s are not everything, but i am now motivated enough to actually get out there and even do a few night owl’s. i look forward to what 2020 brings.

social club awards – last weekend we had our xmas breakfast and club awards.  the social club awards are voted on by you, the members and feedback is asked for as validation of your nomination.  with the exception of dean roser nominating himself for every award, this is a great way for members to let someone know that they are doing something right.  check out the previous post for the results and feedback.

mercantile lane closure – some of you may remember that the pedestrian bridge over mercantile lane fell down earlier in the year.  this is the back lane that we take to get from mounts bay rd to st georges terrace.  as of tomorrow (20th) it will be closed again to facilitate the rebuilding of that foot bridge.  no idea how long it will be down for, so you will need to take the next road (william st) to hook back around to the cafe after the ride.

hot weather policy – there has been a lot of discussion after last weeks heat wave as to how the club should run the sunday hills rides when the mercury rises significantly. there are a number of options being looked at including shortening rides, cancelling rides or changing times.  as always, we cannot tell you not to ride and you do so at your own risk.  however, if we deem that the conditions are not suitable, the club sanctioned training ride may be adjusted to suit. watch this space as more develops.

rapha festive 500 – so jamie moyle has kindly donated a few pairs of swisseye sunglasses.  these come with 3 interchangeable lenses, and i guess you can mix and match, if you want… anyway, for the festive 500 this year, we will be giving away a pair each to the top 2 male and female riders in the club with the most k’s. firstly you have to have joined the festive 500 challenge on strava, then you need to have joined our strava club. (i am in the process of removing all the random russian bots and “club collectors” that are not really part of the club.) however, the final qualifier is that you will also need to be a paid up member of spr. i will continue down the list until i find 4 full members who can claim their prizes.  get riding.

sunday start locations – as numbers increase over summer, we are looking at how we can manage the groups on a sunday morning.  as such we are implementing a start location system to give us an idea of how big the groups are.  we can then split them before they leave the carpark to ensure that the groups are a safe size on the road.  see the previous blog post about where to meet and the new start time.

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.

spr juniors – juniors, juniors, juniors. the weather is awesome out there, so get the kids out and onto the bikes.  come ride your bike and you may get to feed the magpies. lets see if there were any bike related presents under the tree this year.

from the ride coordinator – With Christmas now past, we look forward to a safe and prosperous 2020. It’s definitely a time of reflection on the year gone and planning ahead for the new year and our great cycling club is no different. From a ride leader’s perspective it’s great to have welcomed some new ride leading recruits last weekend and we look forward to adding a couple of new routes early in 2020 to our existing ones. We still need to keep an eye on safety into 2020. There are still too many accidents on our rides, so that will be a focus of the ride leading sub committee going forward to understand this better. But there are some immediate things that everyone can do that can help. Knowing the ride route, regular bike maintenance and above all communication are all things that all riders can control. It really doesn’t take much effort for everyone to contribute to a safe ride. After all, as ride leaders, this is our top priority to get everyone back for a coffee and chat. Believe it when I say, we all feel it when we have an accident on our rides. So, whilst the club is preparing for another big year ahead, it’s good if everyone from the fast groups, through all Main groups, down to transition understands how they can contribute to the safety of their own group. Have a happy, safe and hopefully prosperous 2020.

saturday 28th 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

juniors – kings park juniors 23.72km spr saturday

development group –  novice shelley 36.06km spr saturday

transitional 1/2 – trans shelley 40.59km spr saturday

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

sunday 29th december

rides start at coode st carpark at 6:00am

note: sunday rides start at 6:00am from nov to feb

development group – coffee ride

short –grnmt goose 65.22km spr sunday

long – grnmt prk mnd wr 93.71km spr sunday

monday 30th december

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

south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 31st december

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

spr tuesday 36.37km (river ride)

wednesday 1st january – new years day

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

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

rides start at coode st carpark at 7:00am

public hol 57.62km spr special

thursday 2nd january

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 january

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride

SPR Social Club Award Survey Results 2019

Congratulations to all the winners and everyone nominated in our annual award survey. Please see a list below of all the nominations. (Winners are awarded by the most first nominations).

Most improved rider – a rider who over the last year has made the greatest improvements in ability and skill.   Winner: Nancy Tippaya

Nancy Tippaya: Moved up in groups, and race grades and had a stellar CX season. Never afraid to give anything a go. Extra bonus is that she’s always smiling and happy.

Iris Hyland

Faye Dalglish

Nancy Tippenjaya – took up racing got a lot faster

Meegan Fyfield – improved beyond sight. sitting on front of Friday ride next to a F1 rider looking comfortable.

Leon ? Rides M2. Started in M3, progressed through winter to M2. Recently rode on Steve Waugh charity ride in QLD

Rob rides Main2. He has come along way in his riding ability

Meegan Fyfield: She was a strong rider before but has stepped up a notch this year and is very consistent at the front of Main 2 now.

Vanessa Johnson; racer and the rest, enough said

Adrian Emilsen

Nancy Tippaya – huge improvement in fitness and ability

Nancy Tippaya – so much dedication and gelato

Josie Meyers. She set herself a goal to climb the Stelvio Passo, in celebration for a significant birthday. Despite many obstacles, she achieved that goal, with aplomb.

Tedman Wong. Was in main 2 for a while and now in Main 1 and he manages to say on group now

Selina Hanson. Having to tolerate her muppet husband (hehe), she’s moved from first group ride up through Main groups in a year.

Nancy Tippaya – has really blossomed across multiple disciplines – great to see dedication to training yielding great results

Adrian Emilson – getting himself a whole lot fitter! Also amazing result and effort in the Beverley

nancy tippaya

Nancy – 100% effort all the time

Nancy Tippaya; improved from ‘struggling’ Main 2 rider to strong Main 1 level (borderline Fast 2) and one who has attempted Cyclocross, Time-trialling, Crits and road racing with aplomb.

JAMIE LISTER: from shepherding me on my first rides in main 2 last year to now pushing the pace in main 1.

Nancy T – has improved greatly from training, competing, moving up groups and even giving indoor track a go !!

Meegan Fiefield – What a lady, what a transformation! Her aspirations to give the 3 Peaks a good crack has seen her in a very disciplined and committed fashion improved her diet to drop 20kgs in weight, increase her hours on the bike to build fitness and endurance and follow a strict regime of gym work to build strength. One thing hasn’t changed though…she remains to be a great sport!

Meegan Fyfield: an obvious choice!

Pete Finlayson – riding like a rock star

Meehan Fyfield

Nancy

Ben Fairclough – took up racing got a lot faster

Lloyd Forsyth – was battling to hold onto F2 last year. Today riding in F1 and for a +40 that gotta be good

Nancy – started year as strong M2, progressed into M1. Lots of training for ToMR

Nancy Tippaya, yes she races but she really has gone from strength to strength

Marcus Vandalen: He has really improved his strength this year and is a consistently strong Main 1 rider now.

Luke Winson; gone from the couch to pushing the pace in F2 and Ling Hills

Selina Hanson

Meegan Fyfield – flying up the climbs at EBR

Finley Vine – over 100 Mount Streets. Enough said.

Kate Bonner. Kate is relatively new to racing and has achieved well, despite her humble beginnings.

Kalan Ralph: been at uni and with alone been back a month he already jumped leaps n bounds

Meagan Fyfield. Starting a from a lofty point, Megs has steadily built up a huge endurance for the Peaks Challenge. Watch those kms build.

Meegan – getting herself a whole lot fitter, continues to put herself out there with big challenges improving all the time. Also such a happy positive grateful attitude.

Faye – never giving up and consistently being out there

Meegan Fyfield; excellent ride leader who has shown what determination can do to improve a rider (as she prepares for the 3 Peaks Challenge)

Marcus Van Dalen: from shepherding me in main 2 last year to hanging with the tough guys on long hills + extra

Dave Croft – riding more, moving up groups, trying out racing, midweek rides, stockies,Thursday early birds to Friday full ride.

Nancy Tippaya: another obvious choice!

Adrien Emilson – also riding like a rock star

 

Most inspirational rider: someone who has influenced you through their deeds or helped to motivate you to achieve more in cycling than you thought you could. Winner: Faye Daglish-Jones

 Mike Bonner: Inspired my behaviour in the group to look out for other riders and try to lend a wheel or a helping hand where possible.

Greg Jones

Faye Dalglish

Ross Bowden – always very encouraging

Ross Boaden – inspires many riders behind the scenes to push themselves beyond what they thought possible. A quiet achiever.

Mike Bonner. Always supporting development group on Friday. Is very conscious of safety and often coaches individuals and groups

Teneal Attard. Always encouraging to everyone. Not to mention pretty awesome on the bike. Supported and contributed to multiple bike events

Michelle Bonner: I am impressed by Michelle’s weekly commitment on the bike and this drives me to get out there and stretch myself more.

Vanessa Johnson; enough said again

Kate Bonner

Steve – consistently offering support

Teneal Attard. Legend.

Faye Dalglish Jones. It is awe inspiring to see how disciplined Faye is with her cycling.

Faye Dalglish-jones: always got encouragement words to say an we doing the 3 peaks together

Sarah Fitton. Riding for adventure, fun and sometimes speed. Bringing mates along the way!

Adam Ralph – always positive and encouraging during SPR training rides, during races, and in the coffee shop afterwards

David Menarry – continues to improve himself and is consistent.

Faye Dalglish Jones

Dean Roser –

Vanessa Johnson; had a crack at everything this year and has shown what Masters riders can enjoy at State, National (medalist) and representing Australia at the World Masters Cyclocross Championships

Ben Thorman: Big attacks off the front of pemberton crit followed by sitting up and wheelie-ing through the line on his give-up lap: I aim to emulate

Faye for for determination & drive at taking on and successfully completing every challenge she sets herself, being there for everyone and always having a smile & an encouraging word for everyone.

If only there was a most inspirational coach award because Toby Brown would win hands down. He’s pretty inspirational on the bike but as a coach he has got me through my toughest year of being an athlete yet due to an unexpected injury. He’s taught me how to leverage from areas of personal strength to get through the involuntary break but most importantly he made me feel valued as a person, not just as an athlete.

Jon Hanson – is inspirational even tho he shouts too much

Charlotte Clark

Greg Murray. Phenomenal effort in organising races and events over many years

Greg Murray – the amount of energy he puts into support racing events and always happy to lend a week. Brighten rise with music and his sense of humour

Belson Yong: He is always encouraging and sets a good example to push yourself to improve or get out when the weather doesn’t look great.

Ross Boaden; understated leader within the bunch continuing to push new heights

Anka Hoskins

Tim Hopkins – will look after anyone on the ride

Amanda Nabi. Does it again and again, even after injury.

Vanessa Johnson – across several cycling disciplines.

Adam Ralph: alway encouragement words to be said and we doing 3 peaks together

Jim Flynn. Some great rides and adventures, and generously shared in great story telling.

Nancy – continues to improve himself and is consistent.

Leigh O

Dean Roser – no one else inspires so much

Elar Kalda: soooo many Ks all around the hills area and over and over again

Knowing the Friday Morning Bonner Train will be at the station – to support and encourage.

Adrien Emilson – because he doesn’t shout

 

Good Samaritan: someone who has taken an opportunity to help, on the spur of the moment, another cyclist in need. (Awarded to most first nominations). Winner: Dean Roser

 Pete Mah: Aways ready to help absolutely any person on any ride he does, particularly looking out for females who are trying to step up groups or have begun riding EBRs etc.

Greg Jones

Rob Ramsden

Peter Seizovic – clearers rocks off road in a F2 ride for the following group

Tim Hopkins – when I had a second flat on a longish ride and we ran out of CO2. He rode off the the nearest bike shop carrying my wheel. Got it fixed and rode back. beyond the call of duty – yes

Jordan Brock. Always aware and helping slower riders, particularly on Friday Morning

Peter Mah always helping others

Shane White: Shane is always there to offer some wisdom or help on mechanical issues or riding technique or give a well needed push up the climbs.

Dean Roser, all day everyday

Greg Murray

Peter Mah – always giving someone a push

Dean Roser. Always looks after others on group rides without thinking of his own ride.

Greg Jones. Always looking out for his charges

Andrew Hallam: hills ride alway turning back to help others n ride to group to keep us all together

Ballam. Always Ballam. I’m not sure if he’s always there to help with punctures, or if punctures happen because he’s there…. Hmm.

Michael Bonner – always keeping an eye out for riders struggling, offering words of encouragement and a wheel to follow

David Mernary

Dean Roser

Dean Roser; always considerate in looking after other people

Elar Kalda: baby-ing me across the line from 50km out on the 2018 ‘dean roser’s summer classic’

Claire Tyrell – just because she is nice

Michelle Bonner

Andrew Ballam

Dean Roser – he’s always helping people in need

Steve Burns, always looking out for riders in groups

Mike Bonner always helping others too

George Matrakis: He is always happy to jump off and help with a mechanical or lend a hand.

Steve Burns; often forgoing his own interests in the service of others

Pete Mah

Louise Carson – always there to help with advice, motivation and equipment.

Mike Bonner – he does this often.

Dean Roser: always prepared to sit with those how struggle on hills

Michelle Bonner. One of the most generous volunteers we’re lucky to have.

Bree Mitchell

Dean Roser – he is just super spunk

Adam Ralph; great impromptu ride leader and helper of others

Laurensia: giving a bottle of water to a man who was empty on long hills

When stepping up to main 2 thanks to all the good Samartians who gave me a wheel when needed not saying anything just quietly getting in front and disappearing again when back on group – Mike b, Michelle B, Faye, DG.

Andrew Ballam – he spent 11 hours in various hospitals with Toby Brown when he crashed breaking his wrist and collarbone at the Tour of Margaret River criterium. He got up next day after 2.5 hours sleep and race with his team because he didn’t want to let them down.

Tracie Dawson – because she’s nice too

 

Epic equipment or moment award: something that sticks in your mind about a rider and/or their bike/gear/club ride/race that was so unusual, be that good or bad. Winner: Adrian Emilsen.

 

Steve Burns: Proving that cleats have multi-uses. Able to ride out an unfortuante brake failure moment and prevent a crash by slowing down with his cleats. Not encouraged, but an awesome story nonetheless.

Graham Begg – ToMR – after a crash he roded on wrapping his shifter and cable around his handle bar, riding 20 km and finshing up what can only be decribed as a very steep hill top finish.

Rob Ramsden for his karaoke and during the SPR 10 year celebration. You work out if it was good or bad ?

The women’s tour of Margaret river! How exciting!

Steve Burns forgetting his helmet after recently suffering concussion

Kate B bridging the gap solo in final kms to almost take out the Beverley RR and Getting 1st wmn

Vanessa Johnson – epic result at CX worlds

Adrian Emilsen. 7th in the Beverley, then races CX and then the Heroic on the Sunday.

Faye Dalglish Jones riding her CX bike on road – with a very uncomfortable seat – while waiting to replace her broken bike.

Ben Thorman not matter which course always a wheelie to be had

ToMR, Women’s team. A group that hadn’t all ridden together until stage 1 of the race, and went on to finish 2nd by the narrowest of margins having lead the Tour, and taken 2 stage wins.

Nancy Tippaya – turning up to every CX race with complete cleaning kit – only person to leave a CX bike with a cleaner bike than they started with

Dean Roser

People who manage to keep up on rides with backpacks

Adrien Emilson for achieving his goal weight and smashing it

Vanessa in Belgium, the nationals etc

Paul George riding 10 km with broken forks on ToMR Stage 3, true champ taken out beyond his control

Nancy’s food pics 😂

Mark De Castro – when he gets on the front of the bunch along Welshpool on the way back from Sunday Hills and tears everyone’s legs off.

Josie Meyers reaching the summit of the Stelvio Passo – and another 5 mountain climbs

Ali “The Battering” Ramm riding Tuesday EBR on a full weight Gravel monster to train for SEVEN!

Dean Roser – he just looks so cool on the bike

Peter Mah – because he’s always willing to lend a hand

 

Ride Leader Award.  Winner: Greg Jones

Mike Bonner: Always acting with the best interest of the group in mind. Enabling riders of a higher level to still have a safe an enjoyable ride, and willing to give an extra hand to anyone who needs it.

Greg Jones

Laurensia

Steve Burns – always making sure everyone is being looked after

lauensia Rosana – always putting others before herself

Laurensia Rosana. Very conscious about ride safety. Showed leadership in creating 2 groups for Sunday rides. Volunteered to be part of ride lead sub committee

Too may to mention! Steve Burns communicates well and demonstrates how safe should be in a nice manner.

Megan Fyfield

Adrian Emilsen: Always looks out to ensure all riders are coping with the speed and keeps a continuous communication going to include everyone to ensure they have an enjoyable ride.

Dean Roser; a true gentleman that always looks out for others

Dean Roser

Jordan – putting up with Thursday morning grief

Rob Ramsden. Mr Smooth.

Peter MacDonald – always a calming presence

Adrian Emilsen: also ride route on stem and doesn’t like to roll on hills

Adrian Emilsen. Calm, caring and generous.

Michael Bonner – the voice of reason, and the calm in any F2 tempest

Greg Jones… leads by example

if you haven’t guessed that would be Dean Roser

Greg Jones. Taken on the Ride Leader organisation duties this year and has done a masterful job i.e. herding cats

George Gives thorough ride briefing especially about the route and what to look out for. 2 always gives timely instructions and makes it a priority for the group to have a safe and enjoyable ride

Adam Ralph: I feel most consistently acts to improve the safety and enjoyment of all participants on group rides

Greg rocking up every Saturday making sure every group has a ride leader, sorting out the large m2 groups into smaller groups & stepping in when short of ride leaders.

Jordan Brock – He constantly exhibits strong leadership on rides to keep any rogue element in line…he has his own style!

Greg (DG) Jones: keeps rides controlled without being bossy. His roll-throughs area joy.

Adrien Emilson – for his patience and knowledge

Adam Ralph – always positive and supportive.

Faye Daglish-Jones: For always being encouraging and smiley on every rider that she leads. Always a positive vibe when she has been leading.

Michelle Bonner

Adrian

Adam Ralph – just a very encouraging person

Bree Mitchell. Great ride briefings lead to great rides and Bree is great at these.

Laurensia – very thoughtful and clear with all her instructions. Genuinely wants the best for the group.

Bree Mitchell

Greg Jones: Always focuses on the safety aspects and works to ensure the work is shared and is passionate about ensuring everyone has an enjoyable ride.

JP Grygorcewicz; calm, caring, pragmatic and a role model to all

Laurensia Rosana

Faye Dalglish-Jones

Laurensia Rosana. Can’t resist leading even when she’s not.

Greg Jones – often stepping up and logical.

Greg Jones: communication the key

Laurensia Rosana. Ever by the numbers and in balance.

Adrian… always keeps the group together and safe

Dean Roser – i don’t see anyone else. i only have eyes for him

Dean Roser; always leads a safe, enjoyable ride

Rob Ramsden: I feel most consistently acts to improve the safety and enjoyment of all participants on group rides

For all the m3 ride leaders – great work keeping the groups together and making ride enjoyable and safe – Michelle, Bree, George, Greg, Faye. – I know I can’t pick just 1 !!!!

Meegan Fyfield – for same reasons as Adrien (patience and knowledge)

JP – smooth, safe and calm

Best Decorated Bike: Shirley Vine

 

Best Dressed: Julian Johnson for the red zinc.

 

ride routes 21st – 27th december

with many a place shutting down for xmas early and many members not working next week, there is a great chance for some extra kilometres.  the rapha 500 on strava is a good challenge but make sure you are a member of our strava club so we can see who in the club is smashing out the k’s. so there are the regular rides listed below plus a few extra ones for the public holidays, but keep an eye out on our social media pages for anyone that may be looking for company this week.

Colour & Moore Photography – http://www.colourandmoore.com.au

crit season – rccc have the final event before christmas with their fourth criterium at tonkin business park in bayswater. last week there was an awesome turnout in the women’s field with good racing across all grades. the women’s “come and try” will also be on if there are any female riders that wish to see what racing is all about. more info and entries can be found here.

spr xmas awards – every year we give the members a chance to nominate people that have made a difference to the club.  this may be via direct contact, though inspirational performance or just something that really sticks out (like years ago when ballam threw a water bottle at my head during the uwct final).  check out the previous post for more details and a link to the survey.

spr xmas breakfast – along side the xmas awards survey is our annual xmas breakfast. dress up yourself or your bike for the chance at prizes.  enjoy the buffet breakfast to replenish what you have burnt off during the ride. cost is $15 cash only.  unfortunately we cannot offer a pay pass/credit card service for the breakfast as it is a separate event.

mercantile lane closure – some of you may remember that the pedestrian bridge over mercantile lane fell down earlier in the year.  this is the back lane that we take to get from mounts bay rd to st georges terrace.  as of tomorrow (20th) it will be closed again to facilitate the rebuilding of that foot bridge.  no idea how long it will be down for, so you will need to take the next road (william st) to hook back around to the cafe after the ride.

hot weather policy – there has been a lot of discussion after last weeks heat wave as to how the club should run the sunday hills rides when the mercury rises significantly. there are a number of options being looked at including shortening rides, cancelling rides or changing times.  as always, we cannot tell you not to ride and you do so at your own risk.  however, if we deem that the conditions are not suitable, the club sanctioned training ride may be adjusted to suit. watch this space as more develops.

boxing day test (cycling edition) – for those interested (re: crazy enough), i will be looking at completing the double century for my boxing day test. this includes the night owl, earlybird, public holiday ride and finishes with the bin chicken. at least 2 of the rides are in a group where you can sit in as much as possible but generally this is unsupported so you need to make sure you have enough food and drink. hopefully doug can make a cricket themed night owl poster for the event.

sunday start locations – as numbers increase over summer, we are looking at how we can manage the groups on a sunday morning.  as such we are implementing a start location system to give us an idea of how big the groups are.  we can then split them before they leave the carpark to ensure that the groups are a safe size on the road.  see the previous blog post about where to meet and the new start time.

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.

spr juniors – juniors, juniors, juniors. the weather is looking good so get the kids out and onto the bikes.  there were some new juniors out last weekend so the numbers are growing heading into summer. A few more returns from last year and we will have quite a squad in kings park.

from the ride coordinator – So for this weeks annual Christmas Ride we are looking to ensure we get all riders back as soon as possible. As a result we are going to have 3 ride routes published below. Canning Vale for the transition group, Canning Vale and Welshpool for M2&3 and Benara Road for Fast, Fast 2 and M1. Whilst the Fast groups will be off first, after they leave we will be alternating departures with the first M1 group, closely followed by first M2, then back to next M1, next M2 etc etc. It might pay for all riders to be ready to go a few minutes early, as your usual group may be off quicker than what you are normally used to. As this is my last post before Christmas, I wish everyone a happy festive season. If the festive 500 is your gig, enjoy. If it’s not, then still enjoy this wonderful time of year.

saturday 21st 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

juniors – kings park juniors 23.72km spr saturday

group 1 – fast – benara rd 50.76km spr saturday
group 2 – fast 2 – benara rd 50.76km spr saturday
group 3 – m1.1 – benara rd 50.76km spr saturday
group 4 – m2.1- canning vale & welshpool 49.74km spr saturday
group 5 – m1.2 – benara rd 50.76km spr saturday
group 6 – m2.2 – canning vale & welshpool 49.74km spr saturday
group 7 – m1.3 – benara rd 50.76km spr saturday
group 8 – m3 – canning vale & welshpool 49.74km spr saturday
group 9 – m1.4 – benara rd 50.76km spr saturday
group 10 – trannies – trans canning vale 42.34km spr saturday
group 11 – development – novice shelley 36.06km spr saturday

sunday 22nd december

rides start at coode st carpark at 6:00am

note: sunday rides now start at 6:00am from nov to feb

development group – coffee ride

short –brktn weir 82.89km spr sunday

long – roley obs 100.16km spr sunday

monday 23rd december

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

south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 24th december

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

spr tuesday 36.37km (river ride)

wednesday 25th december – christmas day

rides start at coode st carpark at 7:00am

bonner’s xmas day good-will to all humans ride.

thursday 26th december – boxing day

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

rides start at coode st carpark at 7:00am

public hol 57.62km spr special

friday 27th december

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride

ride routes 14th – 20th december

so we wrapped this year up with the final committee meeting at the windsor where items were discussed over pizza and drinks.  the main topic was the weather so make sure that you are prepared this weekend for what the weather brings.  don’t over commit and bring lots of water. the sunday hills is doing loops around kalamunda, so if you need to pull the pin early, you can.  look after each other, out there.

crit season – criterium racing is making you choose agian this week with rccc, peel and masters all holding events. the rccc race includes the before mentioned “come and try” for female racers.

spr xmas drinks – keep the evening of sunday 15th december free for our annual out of lycra xmas drinks night.  this is always a great night and allows you relax and tell lots of lies about your prowess on the bike. tickets can be found in the blog shop and more info can be found in the previous post.

spr xmas awards – every year we give the members a chance to nominate people that have made a difference to the club.  this may be via direct contact, though inspirational performance or just something that really sticks out (like years ago when ballam threw a water bottle at my head during the uwct final).  check out the previous post for more details and a link to the survey.

entertainment book – tis the season for supporting and we have a great gifting opportunity which helps our fundraising efforts. the gift of entertainment is a new digital membership valid for 12 months from the day of activation. you can buy that special someone a single city or multi city membership so they can save year-round on everything they love to do. simply buy it, print it, gift it!

AusCycling – so i asked the question at the WestCycle AGM held this last week about the timing of AusCycling and how it related to our current memberships and licence.  some of the social media was suggesting that come 1st jan CA would cease to exist and AusCycling would be the new body.  apparently this in not the case and the change over will more likely be around Q2 next year.  this gives us some reprieve around renewing licences and doesn’t force people into an early renewal to ensure consistency. a lot of it is still up in the air and they are still pushing a single unity model.  however, feedback from a source at the department of sport and rec said that many other sports had pushed that early in the process and moved to a state based model after negotiation.  we are still hopeful for a good outcome, but we will just have to wait and see.

cycling trip to france – next year long time spr member, christophe is looking at organising a trip to france to ride in the mountains.  it is 12 nights with 2 french speaking guides cruising around such little hills as mount ventoux.  if you are interested, see christophe at the coffee shop after the ride or email him at crosstraining@optusnet.com.au

sunday start locations – as numbers increase over summer, we are looking at how we can manage the groups on a sunday morning.  as such we are implementing a start location system to give us an idea of how big the groups are.  we can then split them before they leave the carpark to ensure that the groups are a safe size on the road.  see the previous blog post about where to meet and the new start time.

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.

spr juniors – juniors, juniors, juniors. the weather is looking good so get the kids out and onto the bikes.  there were some new juniors out last weekend so the numbers are growing heading into summer. A few more returns from last year and we will have quite a squad in kings park.

from the ride coordinator – We are pleased to introduce the ride leader class of 2019. Keep an eye out for their first observation rides this weekend

saturday 14th 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

juniors – kings park juniors 23.72km spr saturday

development group –  novice shelley 36.06km spr saturday

transitional 1/2 – trans cresswell 40.21km spr saturday

fast/main – cresswell & herdsman 48.86km spr saturday

sunday 15th december

rides start at coode st carpark at 6:00am

note: sunday rides now start at 6:00am from nov to feb

development group – coffee ride

short –kal goose 67.63km spr sunday

long – kal obs goose 97.40km spr sunday

monday 16th december

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

south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 17th december

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

spr tuesday 36.37km (river ride)

wednesday 18th december

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

interval training – stock road repeats

thursday 19th 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 20th december

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride

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