The Beverley is Here

As you may have seen in posts, SPR is once again hosting a handicap road race “The Beverley” in partnership with the Beverley Heroic weekend.

Tomorrow, Saturday 13th October, we continue the revival of the famous old race along the same format as our recent outing.s A 114km Handicap race, starting and finishing in the charming Wheatbelt town of Beverley – a quick one and a bit hours East of Perth.

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

In the past two years we were graced with multiple Track World Champions and local legends Cameron Meyer and Michael Freiberg as our winner and runner up in a cracking sprint finish. We saw biblical weather conditions first year with rain wind and hail (!!), then 30+ degrees for last years’ edition. Thankfully tomorrow looks quite the middle ground!

One speed. Much Heroic.

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

To the more than 50 SPR and Dome  racers (yep, half the entire field) turning out tomorrow, best of luck.  To The Poster Girl, welcome back to Perth, Mate! To those same hardy volunteers that pitch in event after event – thank you. YOU make this possible.

Heroic we will be. See you all tomorrow.

ride routes 13th – 19th october

with the exception of patrick most people in our club that ride a bike would also drive a car.  as drivers i am sure that we have engaged in behaviours that would be considered “not on task”.  fiddling with the music, yelling at the kids, checking the phone, perving on a bike we are passing.  the majority of bike related fatalities are caused by distracted drivers.  not the groups that are holding drivers up, but drivers that just randomly run into the back of a single riders, because “i didn’t see them there”.  it is hard to see a rider when you are looking at something else.  i have said it a number times before that i don’t mind drivers complaining about cyclists, because at least they can see them to complain about.  this morning there was a spike in riders attending the earlybird ride.  maybe it is the gap in the spring showers or warmer mornings that suddenly brought every one out.  i was acutely aware of the presence that we had as the riders spilled over onto the road shoulder.  however, i did notice that any cars driving by slowed dramatically.  they noticed us.  as drivers that also ride, we must make sure that we are aware of our surroundings.  don’t be a distracted driver.  don’t be the average driver that is distracted for 45% of their journey as the results of a study show in this article.

ride leader sponsor – The ride leader sponsor for October is Free Energy HR, owned by SPR founding member and ride leader Rob Ramsden. Free Energy HR delivers transformational executive & organisational coaching, team & leadership development as well as organisational culture and engagement programs.

ToMR 2018 – this event is coming up fast.  keep an eye on your emails for more information and ramp up your training.  this is always a good event and an awesome weekend away.

passbox – If you live in Perth, we need you to volunteer to put PassBox on your bicycle for two weeks. PassBox records all of your usual cycling and helps us understand what makes cars pass close.  As a thank you for participating all participants will get a free one year cycling Australia membership including insurance. Help make cycling safer in Perth, volunteer now.  See website for further details.

The Beverleys 2018 – the race and heroic and cx and town ride are all on this weekend.  the club has put a lot of work into getting the race to actually happen and there were a few moments when we thought that it would not.  good luck to those in each of the events and a big thank you to all the volunteers especially the race director greg murray who has put many, many hours into making the event happen. more details HERE.

entertainment books – we will again be selling entertainment books this year through the club.  the digital version means you don’t have to carry around a bulky book anymore. 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.

spr juniors – we tripled our juniors at last saturday’s ride.  in such a short time we had a 300% increase in numbers going from 1 to 3.  hopefully the predicted rain will not appear or even better the predicted gap will stay around the 7am slot and we can get out and ride.  there was also a 300% increase in sausages, eggs and pancakes at the end.

from the ride coordinator –A wet and windy weekend ahead, good luck to all the riders at Beverley this weekend, racing and heroic rides.

saturday 13th october

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

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

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

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 reverse river 40.58km spr saturday

fast/main – reabold & cottesloe 50.91km spr saturday

sunday 14th october

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

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

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

development group – coffee ride

short – kal goose 67.63km spr sunday

long – kal obs goose 97.40km spr sunday

monday 15th october

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

south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 16th october

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

spr tuesday 36.37km (river ride)

ride starts frasers ave at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

wednesday 17th october

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

interval training – stock road repeats

thursday 18th october

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

see previous post for ride groups

spr thursday 37.26km (cott & freo)

ride starts frasers ave at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

friday 19th october

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride

ride routes 6th – 12th october

vulnerable road users

i was reflecting the other day that it wasn’t even 3  months ago there was a massive debate and media focus on bikes riding single file.  there were groups trying to get signatures to petition the government to force people to ride single file on the roads.  mainstream media had hold of it and were interviewing people on both sides to throw more fuel on the debate as nothing creates a buzz like two sides fighting.  now, it is almost gone.  we hardly see anything on social media and mainstream dropped bikes for plastic bags in their fight for ratings.  i am sure that it will come up again as we rotate through the 6 month cycle of someone with a loud enough voice getting upset about something. however, as i have said a number of times, it is not worth getting involved or worse, dragged into a debate on socials.  why??? because it a stupid debate.  why is it stupid???  because laws are changed to protect a vulnerable party from being hurt not because one party feels like they are being inconvenienced.  the law has already been changed when they brought in the 1m rule.  and the reason is that it is not the actions of the cyclists that are getting them killed, it is the actions of the motorists.  yes, it may be frustrating to try to get around a group of riders, but the laws have been made to stop drivers hitting and potentially killing a rider, not to save a driver 30 sec as they wait for a safe place to overtake.  the reason i was reflecting on this was during the thursday ride as we were passing though east freo there was a car caught behind the group on preston point road.  a few years ago, when they resurfaced the road, they made it narrower, removed the shoulder and put in lots of traffic islands and traffic calming devices.  now there is a 2.5km stretch where cars cannot overtake a group at all.  even if we rode single file, there is not enough room for a car to negotiate between the riders and traffic islands without either breaking the law or potentially connecting with a rider.  at the time, we petitioned the local council, but were told that it was not a designated bike route so our concerns essentially didn’t matter.  even though that stretch of road is where the majority of cycling groups ride.  luckily for us on the group ride, we were close to the petra st roundabout, where that stretch of road falls under the control of a different council.  the roads are wider, with a shoulder and less traffic islands.  the car was easily able to overtake while the group continued riding 2 abreast.

ride leader sponsor – The ride leader sponsor for October is Free Energy HR, owned by SPR founding member and ride leader Rob Ramsden. Free Energy HR delivers transformational executive & organisational coaching, team & leadership development as well as organisational culture and engagement programs.

ToMR 2018 – The final payment for ToMR is done! Check your emails for the latest details on TTT sessions.

 

The Beverley 2018 –After what has been a slow grind for entries, registration has been extended and now CLOSE TUESDAY 9TH OCTOBER. Get in now right HERE.
Also, a mandatory Volunteer meeting for those on duty for Race Day. It’s on this Saturday at Dome, post Main rides – check your emails. Thanks to those of you that have offered up time to assist.

Beverley Heroic – Over 13-14th October, The Heroic rides are where this wonderful Beverley weekend started. The rides roll over a choice of 50 or 100 mile courses through the backroads of the beautiful Wheatbelt in spring time. The weekend also hosts WA CX, racing Saturday afternoon post “The Beverley”, and a Family Town Ride later in the evening under lights. There are accommodation and camping options in town – make a weekend of it. More details HERE.

ride leader training –the ride leader program that we have developed has given our club an extra dimension of organisation and stability.  it has been recognised by other clubs for the positive impact that it brings to club training rides and as such has been adopted outside of spr.  if you want to be involved and give something back to the club, then check the previous post about the current expression of interest in the next training block. the more leaders we have, the less frequently those leaders will be rostered on.  you also get a cool jersey.

entertainment books – we will again be selling entertainment books this year through the club.  the digital version means you don’t have to carry around a bulky book anymore. 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 – school holidays are on, so that means a lot of junior sport is on break.  take this opportunity to get the kids out on the bike and join our juniors ride.  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 is usually between 25-30kms by the time you get back to the carpark but we will do as many loops as the kids can.

from the ride coordinator –The days are getting longer and hotter, don’t forget your sunscreen. (ed. both clear and dark glasses are needed on the earlybird now)

saturday 6th october

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

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

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

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 shelley 40.59km spr saturday

fast/main – south lake 51.99km spr saturday

sunday 7th october

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

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

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

development group – coffee ride

short – wlsh weir 62.23km spr sunday

long – wlsh weir kal 101.71km spr sunday

monday 8th october

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

south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 9th october

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

spr tuesday 36.37km (river ride)

ride starts frasers ave at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

wednesday 10th october

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

interval training – stock road repeats

thursday 11th october

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

see previous post for ride groups

spr thursday 37.26km (cott & freo)

ride starts frasers ave at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

friday 12th october

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride

ride routes 29th sept – 5th oct

*not Pro-Register rider.

sorry, not much time to write anything today.  in between meetings in brisbane and flying out this afternoon.  this blog may not even get to facebook till late this evening as by the time i get home etc, it is likely to be around 9pm.  but when you do get it,  read below and find out what is going on in the club.

ride leader sponsor – The ride leader sponsor for October is Free Energy HR, owned by SPR founding member and ride leader Rob Ramsden. Free Energy HR delivers transformational executive & organisational coaching, team & leadership development as well as organisational culture and engagement programs.

ToMR 2018 – The SPR ToMR squad returns to TTT sessions this Saturday. The final payment for ToMR is due this weekend and the item active in the SPR Shop soon! Check your emails for the latest details.

The Beverley 2018 –Volunteer positions are now covered. Thanks to those of you that stepped up to assist after el Prez’s blog post last week. Despite being largely a two man show (kudos Mr Vesparazzi!), volunteers is what makes this beast logistically possible.
Also, registration is open and CLOSE THURSDAY 4TH OCTOBER. Get in now right HERE.

Beverley Heroic – Over 13-14th October, The Heroic rides are where this wonderful Beverley weekend started. The rides roll over a choice of 50 or 100 mile courses through the backroads of the beautiful Wheatbelt in spring time. The weekend also hosts WA CX, racing Saturday afternoon post “The Beverley”, and a Family Town Ride later in the evening under lights. There are accommodation and camping options in town – make a weekend of it. More details HERE.

ride leader training –the ride leader program that we have developed has given our club an extra dimension of organisation and stability.  it has been recognised by other clubs for the positive impact that it brings to club training rides and as such has been adopted outside of spr.  if you want to be involved and give something back to the club, then check the previous post about the current expression of interest in the next training block. the more leaders we have, the less frequently those leaders will be rostered on.  you also get a cool jersey.

entertainment books – we will again be selling entertainment books this year through the club.  the digital version means you don’t have to carry around a bulky book anymore. 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 – school holidays are on, so that means a lot of junior sport is on break.  take this opportunity to get the kids out on the bike and join our juniors ride.  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 is usually between 25-30kms by the time you get back to the carpark but we will do as many loops as the kids can.

from the ride coordinator –Rohan Dennis, World Champion, that was worth staying up late for.

saturday 29th september

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

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

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

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

development group –  novice shelley 36.06km spr saturday

transitional 1/2 – spr retro roll 41.60km

fast/main – morley drive 50.77km spr saturday

tomr ttt teams – see email

sunday 30th september

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

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

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

development group – coffee ride

short – khna weir 72.23km spr sunday

long – khna trnr obs 101.76km spr sunday

monday 1st october

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

south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 2nd october

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

spr tuesday 36.37km (river ride)

ride starts frasers ave at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

wednesday 3rd october

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

interval training – stock road repeats

thursday 4th october

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

see previous post for ride groups

spr thursday 37.26km (cott & freo)

ride starts frasers ave at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

friday 5th october

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride

Free Energy HR

The ride leader sponsor for October is Free Energy HR, owned by SPR founding member and ride leader Rob Ramsden. Free Energy HR delivers transformational executive & organisational coaching, team & leadership development as well as organisational culture and engagement programs.

As a strategic partner of global consulting firm The Pacific Institute, Free Energy HR can deliver customised solutions that develop high performance cultures for small to medium sized businesses through to large multi-national enterprises, operating in just about any type of industry.

Free Energy HR commenced operating in 2018 and is owned by SPR founding member and ride leader Rob Ramsden. Passionate about leadership and leading others, Rob has experience in a diverse range of industries in both corporate human resources roles as well as senior operational leadership positions. Rob’s education & experience provides him with genuine insight into the world of strategic and operational leadership along with the dynamics of organisational culture and employee engagement; the perfect platform to coach and develop others.

Rob has designed and implemented organisational development programs involving a wide range of psychometric tools and assessment measures including those that measure cognitive ability, personality and work preferences, motivation and emotional intelligence, as well as a range of 360-degree tools and methodologies. He has successfully designed, delivered and managed significant organisation wide projects in the areas of organisational culture, leadership development and employee engagement.

Introductory Offer, valued at up to $600 for SPR Members and Direct Referrals. Free Energy HR’s Personal Strengths Coaching Program (PSCP) will challenge you to think differently, set attractive, realistic goals and achieve more in both your personal and professional life.

If you’d like more information please find Rob at coffee, on a group ride or get in contact:

Rob Ramsden – 0430 162 291

rob@freeenergyhr.com.au

www.freeenergyhr.com.au

www.linkedin.com/in/robramsden/

The Beverley 2018 – the time is NOW

As you may know, SPR is again hosting the handicap road race “The Beverley” as part of the Beverley Heroic weekend and The Element Race Series.

On Saturday 13th October, we continue the revival of the famous old race along the same format as the last two year’s awesome outings. A 114km Handicap race, starting and finishing in the charming Wheatbelt town of Beverley – one and a bit hours East of Perth.

As I wrote last year……..

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

Yep, what he said.

Our first year we were graced with multiple Track World Champions and local legends Cameron Meyer and Michael Freiberg as our winner and runner up in a cracking sprint finish. Not to mention Col Tierney attacking solo from 18km out and ONLY JUST getting caught in the final 300m. Last year, the win came from the bunch off a healthy handicap. Element Series Grade points are also up for grabs. Who’s up for the win this year……. ?

Entry for The Beverley is now OPEN!!! The link to The Element page here.

This is a big day for SPR, but it’s also a massive weekend of cycling. There is The Beverley, WACX staging Cyclocross racing on Saturday afternoon, then the Beverley Heroic rides on Sunday. Make a weekend of it and come and stay overnight. An entire weekend ALL ABOUT BIKES AND RIDING – how good is that? We’d love to see a sea of green once again. You can race or volunteer to help run either or both of the days.

Volunteering and giving back to the Club is what makes our little green community great! Get behind and support the Club.

Be a part of WA Cycling history. Go on – be Heroic.

ride routes 22nd – 28th september

Tech Park. Volunteers are what makes this business keep rolling. Be like Dinesy. Volunteer with the SPR Green Army.

“you couldn’t pay me enough to do that job”  welcome to the world of a volunteer run organisation.  none of us get paid for keeping spr running.  we all work for a living but it is the passion that keeps us doing the extra hours to keep the monster alive.  even the coffee card for the ride leaders is a token gesture as in reality they do it anyway because they believe in what we have built (evident in september with no ride leader sponsor).  so what if you don’t feel like you are experienced enough to be a ride leader, or don’t really want to be president???  the club has very few organised events where we really need volunteers to assist in the running of the day.  we will not be running any crits this year at tech park, so the main focus will be the beverley handicap race. we are still 7-8 volunteers away from having a full compliment. 3 drivers, 2 water station attendees and 2 more marshal/rego desk.  none of them are very arduous tasks and you will be given instructions on the day.  contributing to the wa racing calendar is an important aspect to our club and finding 20 volunteers from a pool of 400 members should not be a difficult task.  if you are racing, feel free to volunteer your significant other to help out.  we need you.

ride leader sponsor – there is no ride leader sponsor for september.  if you would like to promote your business through our website, please contact the club via email and we can send you details about what is involved.  thank-you to all the business’ that have supported the club over the past few years.

ToMR 2018 – The SPR ToMR squad returns to TTT sessions this Saturday. Check your emails for the latest. SPR kit order is closed, but we will need your cash for final payment soon!

The Beverley 2018 –Volunteers. Yep – what el Prez said. Beverley is a not-too-tiny organisational challenge to make happen. All of this up until the call out for vollies is a two man show. After the head start SPR gets from Mr Vesparazzi, council and Police approvals, traffic management, timing, course management…….. the whole days’ operations is down to the Club. ToMR Squad members have been quiet – you are expected to volunteer for one of the two days! Refer to the PREVIOUS POST and get your email responses in to race@SPR to register your interest

pointing is an important skill that is taught at ride leader training. pointing the wrong way can have disastrous effects.

ride leader training –the ride leader program that we have developed has given our club an extra dimension of organisation and stability.  it has been recognised by other clubs for the positive impact that it brings to club training rides and as such has been adopted outside of spr.  if you want to be involved and give something back to the club, then check the previous post about the current expression of interest in the next training block. the more leaders we have, the less frequently those leaders will be rostered on.  you also get a cool jersey.

entertainment books – we will again be selling entertainment books this year through the club.  the digital version means you don’t have to carry around a bulky book anymore. 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 – school holidays starts this weekend, so that means a lot of junior sport is on break.  take this opportunity to get the kids out on the bike and join our juniors ride.  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 is usually between 25-30kms by the time you get back to the carpark but we will see how everyone copes.

from the ride coordinator – We recently had RUOK? Day, which is a reminder to check in with people in our lives who might be having a tough time. For many members our cycling buddies are close friends and ‘family’, and it is important to keep any eye on each other. A ride and a coffee is a good way to catch up with someone and see how they are doing.

saturday 22nd september

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

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

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

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 –maddington 51.87km spr saturday

tomr ttt teams – reabold loops

sunday 23rd september

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

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

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

development group – coffee ride

short – wlsh weir 62.23km spr sunday

long – wlsh obs cam goose 88.67km spr sunday

monday 24th september

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

south stock 33.76km spr monday

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

main/fast – public hol 58.97km spr special

tuesday 25th september

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

spr tuesday 36.37km (river ride)

ride starts frasers ave at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

wednesday 26th september

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

interval training – stock road repeats

thursday 27th september

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

see previous post for ride groups

spr thursday 37.26km (cott & freo)

ride starts frasers ave at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

friday 28th september

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride

ride routes 15th – 21st september

 

the mo knows. photo by zac williams photography

does the mo know???  of course the mo knows.  what does the mo know???  well the mo knows when a photographer like zac williams is on course and knows where to position the bike for maximum exposure.  the mo knows that the secret to a great cycling shot is the pre-preening of one’s mustache before an attack.  the mo knows that putting the hard yards in now will put you in better stead for the upcoming beverley race that the club will be running in october.  and a good race will put you in better stead for the tour of margs in november. the mo also knows that riding a bike on the road can be a harrowing experience, but it doesn’t have to be.  a journalist recently decided to save money by biking to work and found out that it is not always nice to be on the receiving end.  it is unfortunate that more drivers haven’t spend time on the bike to understand what a rider can go through on a daily basis.  empathy and compassion are not a sign of weakness, but proof you are a human being.  read the full article here.

ride leader sponsor – there is no ride leader sponsor for september.  if you would like to promote your business through our website, please contact the club via email and we can send you details about what is involved.  thank-you to all the business’ that have supported the club over the past few years.

ToMR 2018 – The SPR ToMR squad has been recovering from last weeks’ TTT session, mainly due to chasing Elar’s wheel.
This week is the LAST CHANCE to order SPR kit before the ToMR event, so make sure you get your order in before Saturday 15th September!

The Beverley 2018 –The annual call out for volunteers has been announced for The Beverley. SPR runs the Saturday Handicap race, and then assists with volunteer manning for the Sunday Heroic Rides. This event depends on the SPR Community, and getting involved is a blast.
We are half way to our required volunteer manning for Saturday. ToMR Squad members – you are expected to volunteer for one of the two days!
Refer to the PREVIOUS POST and get your email responses in to race@SPR to register your interest

ride leader training – the ride leader program that we have developed has given our club an extra dimension of organisation and stability.  it has been recognised by other clubs for the positive impact that it brings to club training rides and as such has been adopted outside of spr.  if you want to be involved and give something back to the club, then check the previous post about the current expression of interest in the next training block. the more leaders we have, the less frequently those leaders will be rostered on.  you also get a cool jersey.

New kit
The kit…

spr kit order – the latest order for spr kit closes this weekend.  if you have signed up for the tomr you will need to purchase a club kit in order to compete.  make sure you get your orders in now as it will be the last one for the year.  check out the club kit page for instructions on how to order.

entertainment books – we will again be selling entertainment books this year through the club.  the digital version means you don’t have to carry around a bulky book anymore. 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 – As we return to warmer sunnier mornings our numbers will start building back up to our summer peak numbers. Please remember our priority is always riding safely, sometimes that means a bit of patience, and putting the interests of the group ahead of your individual training needs. Communication is key, as is riding in a controlled and predictable way.

saturday 15th september

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

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

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

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 abernethy 39.96km spr saturday

fast/main – holmes rd 50.42km spr saturday

sunday 16th september

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

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

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

development group – coffee ride

short – brktn weir 82.89km spr sunday

long – carr peet obs 97.72km spr sunday

monday 17th september

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

south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 18th september

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

spr tuesday 36.37km (river ride)

ride starts frasers ave at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

wednesday 19th september

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

interval training – stock road repeats

thursday 20th september

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

see previous post for ride groups

spr thursday 37.26km (cott & freo)

ride starts frasers ave at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

friday 21st september

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride

SPR Ride Leader Program – Call for Expressions of Interest

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

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

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

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

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

As a participant, you will get:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We anticipate kicking the Program off on the 27th of October and completing it by mid-December.

If interested, please submit your EOI to development@southperthrouleurs.com.au  before 12 October 2018. If you have any questions about the Program before submitting your EOI, please send them through to development@southperthrouleurs.com.au and we will get back to you ASAP.

SPR Training and Development Sub-Committee

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