ride routes 21st – 27th april

never too young or too old.

what is your excuse??? a couple of notable results from last weekend’s delirium in busselton were from spr members, ben mah and gary boylan.  for those that don’t know what delirium is about, well think of a 2km crit circuit and run it for 24hrs.  you basically complete as many laps as you can within the time (or that your body allows). you can get off the bike whenever you want, eat, sleep whatever you need, but it just keeps track of laps ridden over the time period.  gary easily took out the +60yr old category clocking 675kms and beating the next guy by over 100kms.  actually he also beat the +50yr old category winner by 90kms and came in 5th overall beating a whole swag of open men and women.  at one stage he was running 3rd overall, but over time, eventually fell back a few places.  as for ben, the juniors only rode for 12hrs and they did not ride overnight.  they rode 7hrs the first day and 5hrs the second, with their lap count combined for the total.  drafting behind the presidential domestique, ben managed 140kms on day one and 100kms on day two to come in 5th.  he started day two in fourth, but a see-saw battle with another rider saw him finish up just 6 laps behind that position.  you are never too young or too old, you just need to give it a go.

ride leader sponsor – the ride leader sponsor for april is Melody Wheels who are a multiple return sponsor for the club.  they are a wheel building specialists in the same way as one might distinguish a medical specialist from a gp.  they do precision wheel building and wheel repairs, and that’s the only thing they do.

group skills session – if you are a rider in novice – main 3 and want to expand your skills, then we are holding a free group skills session this saturday.  focusing on groups skills and bike handling, this session will kick off at 7am alongside the regular rides.  for more info and to register, check out the previous post.

numbat cup cyclocross – as the forecast is for a little rain, then maybe sunday cyclocross will be more your thing.  the first round of the numbat cup kicks off on sunday with the kids race starting at 11am.  you don’t even need a proper cx bike as there are divisions where you can ride a mtb.  if you are up for a dirty time, then check out the registration page for more details as registration closes tonight 10pm.

which ride for me – after the changes that the club introduced over the last couple of weeks, we have had another look at our guide for choosing the ride group for you to ride in.  this concentrates primarily on the transitional through to main 3 rides, but still makes some very good points that all out riders should remember.  see the previous post for all the details.

spr volunteer register – are you rocking up every saturday thinking, “wow, there must be a lot of behind the scenes organisation that goes into this”.  well you are correct, but you can also be part of it.  we are putting together a register of volunteers that we can call upon to help out with events, etc.  check out the previous post and put your name forward to help out.

the ring criterium series –summer is done, the march equinox has come, and crit racing has finished for the season. and what a season it has been. the ring summer crit series finished up last sunday with the leederville round. the series itself was another success story, and whilst numbers were higher in some rounds compared to others, the overall patronage of the series was strong. check out the wrap up from an spr perspective in the previous post.

crawley road safety improvements – the city of perth is looking at options for the stretch of road that we ride on during the sat, sun, tue and thurs earlybird rides.  they are looking at restricting access and putting in speedhumps as well as options for bike paths along the river.  please take the time to let them knowthat we, along with other big packs, regularly ride that stretch of road and they need to make sure pack cyclists are taken into account.  the last thing we need is more traffic furniture to dodge.

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

saturday start locations – we have revamped the group start locations on saturday morning.  please have a look at the map so you know where your group will congregate.  this makes it easier for ride leaders to give you a briefing before the ride starts.  see the previous post for more details.

ride routes – with rain threatening to appear on saturday afternoon, make the most of the clear morning to get some k’s in.  sunday.  not looking so good.  excellent for cyclocross though.  however, as a special bonus for the transitional riders, we have a new route.  make sure you check out the link so you know where to go.  as anzac day lands on a wednesday, we will have both the usual wednesday stockies plus a standard earlybird river loop at 5:30am.  this allows those that want to get a few k’s in before the anzac march to do so.  those heading to the dawn service should still be able to make it down for the 7:00am main public holiday ride.

saturday 21st april

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

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

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

development group –  novice shelley 36.06km spr saturday

transitional 1/2 – trans cresswell 40.21km spr saturday

fast/main – whiteman park 50.4km spr saturday

sunday 22nd april

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

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

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

development group – coffee ride

short – wlsh weir 62.23km spr sunday

long – wlsh obs kal 90.32km spr sunday

monday 23rd april

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

south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 24th april

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

spr tuesday 36.37km (river ride)

ride starts frasers ave at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

wednesday 25th april – anzac day

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

interval training – stock road repeats

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

spr tuesday 36.37km (river ride)

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

fast/main – public hol 58.97km spr special

thursday 26th april

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

see previous post for ride groups

spr thursday 37.26km (cott & freo)

ride starts frasers ave at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

friday 27th april

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride

entertainment book 2018/19

this year we are again selling the entertainment book as a way of raising funds for the club.

while the new 2018 | 2019 entertainment books will be available from 1st may 2018, the entertainment digital memberships are here now. instantly access hundreds of valuable offers OR pre-order your entertainment book today and receive over $180 worth of early bird offers.

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SPR Group Skills Session

 

Calling all Novice to Main 3 riders! Would you like to improve your skills and confidence on the bike? If so, we invite you to a free coaching session focusing on group skills and bike handling.

When: Saturday April 21, 7am.
Where: Coode Street Jetty Carpark (meet on the grassed area at the Douglas Street entrance within the carpark).

Numbers are limited. Please register via the link below if you wish to attend;

https://teamup.com/ks3w8456uoangedsyh/events/182203035

If you have any queries please direct them to; development@southperthrouleurs.com.au

ride routes 14th – 20th april

think about how you act on the road. the mo knows.

so i am assuming that pretty much everyone saw that we are part of a new advertising campaign for getting cyclists off the road.  i know i saw it, as it got sent to me so many times.  firstly, i am not going to discuss the actual situation as it is a snapshot in time. it doesn’t explain what people were doing before or after the photo was taken, how long the cars had been inconvenienced or anything.  what i want to say is that we partake in a high risk activity and to minimise that risk, you need to be spatially aware.  if you are a rider that just looks at the wheel in front of you, then you need to wake up.  group riding relies on riders looking out for each other and transferring messages throughout the group.  if you notice that cars are banking up behind, then make the call to tighten up.  whether we are legally allowed to ride a particular way or not is irrelevant. what is relevant is that drivers who get annoyed do stupid things and put your life at risk.

secondly, the actual campaign that the picture is being used in is just more of the online trolling that we really should not partake in or help in distribute.  laws get changed to protect people’s safety.  i.e. the 1m rule applies to cars passing bikes, not to bikes passing cars stopped at lights.  why, because the cars are not at risk when being passed by a bike.  laws do not get changed just because someone feels that they are being inconvenienced. if that was the case, people that walk slow would not be allowed in shopping centres.

ride leader sponsor – the ride leader sponsor for april is Melody Wheels who are a multiple return sponsor for the club.  they are a wheel building specialists in the same way as one might distinguish a medical specialist from a gp.  they do precision wheel building and wheel repairs, and that’s the only thing they do.

2017 annual report – prior to the agm held last weekend, we released our 2017 annual report.  please take the time to have a look so you can see all the good work that was done last year.  there are lots of people in the club that have contributed many hours of effort in providing events and services to the rouleurs community and they deserve to be recognised.

which ride for me – after the changes that the club introduced over the last couple of weeks, we have had another look at our guide for choosing the ride group for you to ride in.  this concentrates primarily on the transitional through to main 3 rides, but still makes some very good points that all out riders should remember.  see the previous post for all the details.

spr volunteer register – are you rocking up every saturday thinking, “wow, there must be a lot of behind the scenes organisation that goes into this”.  well you are correct, but you can also be part of it.  we are putting together a register of volunteers that we can call upon to help out with events, etc.  check out the previous post and put your name forward to help out.

the ring criterium series –summer is done, the march equinox has come, and crit racing has finished for the season. and what a season it has been. the ring summer crit series finished up last sunday with the leederville round. the series itself was another success story, and whilst numbers were higher in some rounds compared to others, the overall patronage of the series was strong. check out the wrap up from an spr perspective in the previous post.

crawley road safety improvements – the city of perth is looking at options for the stretch of road that we ride on during the sat, sun, tue and thurs earlybird rides.  they are looking at restricting access and putting in speedhumps as well as options for bike paths along the river.  please take the time to let them knowthat we, along with other big packs, regularly ride that stretch of road and they need to make sure pack cyclists are taken into account.  the last thing we need is more traffic furniture to dodge.

saturday start locations – we have revamped the group start locations on saturday morning.  please have a look at the map so you know where your group will congregate.  this makes it easier for ride leaders to give you a briefing before the ride starts.  see the previous post for more details.

ride routes – with the mornings getting colder and darker, make sure you rug up and can be seen.  my rear light died halfway through the ride this morning, so make sure you charge up your devices.

saturday 14th april

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

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

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

development group –  novice shelley 36.06km spr saturday

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

fast/main – south st 51.23km spr saturday

sunday 15th april

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

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

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

development group – coffee ride

short – khna weir 72.23km spr sunday

long – can mills peet obs 90.30km spr sunday

monday 16th april

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

south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 17th april

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

spr tuesday 36.37km (river ride)

ride starts frasers ave at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

wednesday 18th april

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

interval training – stock road repeats

thursday 19th april

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 april

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride

ride routes 7th – 13th april

next generation – photo amanda nabi

see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.  with the school holidays just around the corner, now is a great time to get the kids out on their bikes. the weather is not too hot and perth does have a pretty good series of bike paths, once you get to them.  easter monday was ben’s first ride out and about with clip-in pedals on his road bike.  a couple of stop, unclip but lean the wrong way falls, but we have all been there.  he has been putting the big hours in on zwift, now it is time to see how that relates to the real world. just need to find a really small powermeter now…

ride leader sponsor – the ride leader sponsor for april is Melody Wheels who are a multiple return sponsor for the club.  they are a wheel building specialists in the same way as one might distinguish a medical specialist from a gp.  they do precision wheel building and wheel repairs, and that’s the only thing they do.

2017 annual report – prior to the agm held last weekend, we released our 2017 annual report.  please take the time to have a look so you can see all the good work that was done last year.  there are lots of people in the club that have contributed many hours of effort in providing events and services to the rouleurs community and they deserve to be recognised.

which ride for me – after the changes that the club introduced over the last couple of weeks, we have had another look at our guide for choosing the ride group for you to ride in.  this concentrates primarily on the transitional through to main 3 rides, but still makes some very good points that all out riders should remember.  see the previous post for all the details.

spr volunteer register – are you rocking up every saturday thinking, “wow, there must be a lot of behind the scenes organisation that goes into this”.  well you are correct, but you can also be part of it.  we are putting together a register of volunteers that we can call upon to help out with events, etc.  check out the previous post and put your name forward to help out.

the ring criterium series – summer is done, the march equinox has come, and crit racing has finished for the season. and what a season it has been. the ring summer crit series finished up last sunday with the leederville round. the series itself was another success story, and whilst numbers were higher in some rounds compared to others, the overall patronage of the series was strong. check out the wrap up from an spr perspective in the previous post.

city of kalamunda cycling survey – the city council has put together a draft bicycle plan and are requesting feedback from riders who use the area.  there is some good work in there and the city of kalumunda has even identified “training roads” as areas where the more endurance based riders choose to ride.  have a look at the draft plan and click on the link to give feedback. we need to ensure that the results are not just some of the more vocal cyclist hating residents that we have had to deal with.

crawley road safety improvements – the city of perth is looking at options for the stretch of road that we ride on during the sat, sun, tue and thurs earlybird rides.  they are looking at restricting access and putting in speedhumps as well as options for bike paths along the river.  please take the time to let them knowthat we, along with other big packs, regularly ride that stretch of road and they need to make sure pack cyclists are taken into account.  the last thing we need is more traffic furniture to dodge.

saturday start locations – we have revamped the group start locations on saturday morning.  please have a look at the map so you know where your group will congregate.  this makes it easier for ride leaders to give you a briefing before the ride starts.  see the previous post for more details.

ride routes – with westerly winds predicted on saturday, we will head to the coast to aim for a nice push home.  also, in light of the dams ride on this weekend, the sunday hills rides will head further north to avoid any confusion.

saturday 7th april

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

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

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

development group –  novice shelley 36.06km spr saturday

transitional 1/2 – trans mosman 40.39km spr saturday

fast/main – reabold & cottesloe 50.91km spr saturday

sunday 8th april

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 – goose kal 63.41km spr sunday

long – darl weir 100.09km spr sunday

monday 9th april

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

south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 10th april

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

spr tuesday 36.37km (river ride)

ride starts frasers ave at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

wednesday 11th april

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

interval training – stock road repeats

thursday 12th april

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

see previous post for ride groups

spr thursday 37.26km (cott & freo)

ride starts frasers ave at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

friday 13th april

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride

Melody Wheels

April’s ride leader sponsor is Melody Wheels who are a multiple return sponsor for the club.  They are a wheel building specialists in the same way as one might distinguish a medical specialist from a GP.  They do precision wheel building and wheel repairs, and that’s the only thing they do.

The business started with a focus on building wheels that were durable and serviceable (unlike many proprietary wheels), however it has expanded to cover all types of wheels.

IMG_20151029_163651Wheel choice has a huge impact on ride quality, so a large part of their work involves helping  riders understand the differences between wheels (and wheel components) and to help them find out what fits best with their own performance expectations and aesthetics.

They are internationally recognised as a certified DT Swiss wheel builders and they document all of PrecisionWheelBuilding-900x676their work in the same was you might expect an automotive or aircraft technician. They also service and repair a large number of  wheels. Be it a wheel true, spoke replacement or hub service, they keep a large range specialist tools and wheel components  at hand so they can complete repairs quickly and to the highest standard.

A large number of club members have had wheels built, rebuilt or repaired by Melody Wheels and the feedback has been excellent.

Now located at Unit 7, 4 Pritchard St, O’Connor, they are open 5 days a week and you can find contact information on their Website, Facebook and Instagram.

The Ring Summer Crit Series Wrap

Summer is done, the March Equinox has come, and Crit racing has finished for the season. And what a season it has been. The Ring Summer Crit Series finished up last Sunday with the Leederville round. The Series itself was another success story, and whilst numbers were higher in some rounds compared to others, the overall patronage of the series was strong.

For SPR, hot on the heels of two Second in Division places at ToMR for our Women’s 2 and Men’s 1 teams, the SPR racers kept momentum going and pulled some huge results. For a little comparo, two years ago we would have been doing well to grab a single podium position on a race day, more than likely from A Women with Amanda Nabi in a team kit. At the Pemberton Classic weekend this year, SPR took away 11 podium places. ELEVEN. The last round at Tech Park we nabbed a win, a second and a third place over all the grades. We’ve had at least one racer on the podium every round of The Ring Series across the first 9 rounds. And this is SPR racers in SPR kit – not team racers in team kits, but with SPR membership – SPR Green!

Many of them were newer racers – The Frequent Flyer, Express Service, Dizzy, Green Jersey Pending/Locked and Loaded and More MOORE. Some of them returning to regular racing – Walker Texas Ranger, PoppySocks, Eastwood. Others had never left – Check 1-2 with the BossMan and Nowhere Man. And while Midland CC and Peel District CC took the top Club Championship places over SPR , it looks like the strike rate for podiums per racer is waaaay in SPR’s favour! Not bad for a Perth Club that has not traditionally been known for it’s race focus.

The number of SPR Chicks racing this year was a veritable explosion of green talent. Some new to racing, some new to SPR, but all making an impact on race days at various times. There were a number of the SPR Chicks stepping up grades this year, and mid-year, and still showing themselves to be competitive. The striving to learn, improve, support each other and celebrate the wins big and small was one of my highlights. I think it shows that the support structure for the women – as much amongst yourselves, as from the Club Committees – has a real kick to it. And we hope it is able to continue into Road Race season, and beyond.

The other highlight for me was Men’s B grade. Two blokes made for a giant killing team! Check 1-2. BossMan and Nowhere Man. Elar and Craig. After teaming up in the ToMR in SPR Men’s 1, and working together for the season, we saw some of the best racing of all the grades from these two. Spectacular animated racing – attacks, chases, bridges, sprints. All of this in the same realm as wunderkind James Derrick, a young up and comer that may well be a superstar of the future. But the old blokes were stellar, week in week out. That consistency saw Craig take 3rd overall in the The Ring Series for B grade. We can see a Men’s B grade team around these guys in the future……. just sayin’.

For me, C grade racing with the Numbers Man most weeks, and having Hanno, The Crumpet, Y-Vo and a few guest cast members was a blast. We didn’t see the podium, but we animated, we stayed safe (not always a given in C Men’s!) and had a ball. And got a 4th. And we ALL know that 4th is so hot right now. Cheers Gentlemen.

There were some low points, with a few crashes through the series. Faceplantix (ABallam), Dr (Dave) Manners, and Frequent Flyer had some big offs and got to spend some time with the Ambo’s. Thankfully all have or will make full recoveries.

The target for Race@SPR this season was to be present in support at all of the rounds where we had reasonable representation, and we did well to achieve this. SPR Van, tents and at some rounds volunteers on hand to assist in getting our racers ready and recovered made for a series of really fun days out. The manner in which the SPR crew came out to support each other was significantly more prominent than the other Clubs and teams. Community indeed. Thanks Everyone.

So, here are The Ring Summer Crit Series Winners….. and some of our own SPR grinners:

Mixed E grade Jordan Williams; SPR Ashley Brown and Peter Lander in mid-pack.

Women’s D grade Jasmyn Quick; SPR Debbie Bertolatti 2nd overall (including a lovely thank you from young Jasmyn’s mum for Deb’s support through the series!) and Belinda Evans mid-pack!

Men’s D grade Calum Milne

Women’s C grade Emily Wiggins; SPR Sam Flockart mid-pack

Men’s C grade young Matt Connan; SPR Daniel and Greg mid-pack

Women’s B grade Danica Wiggins; SPR Kirstie Moore, Caroline Crow, Kate Bonner, Rebecca Kelly and Olesya Alutina top half of the pack

Men’s B grade 1st Eddie Hollands, 2nd James Derrick and 3rd SPR’s Craig Denham; SPR Elar a HUGE 7th overall after working towards Craig’s points for a lot of the series.

Women’s A Natalie Britz

Men’s A Craig Wiggins

The Gallery below is but a selection, a portion of which are from the Cycliq FaceBook coverage of the series, and marked accordingly.

ride routes 31st mar – 6th apr

this guy

sacrifice. you all know that this guy regularly sacrifices his own ride to drop back and help someone that has a flat tyre, or can’t keep up.  but that is nothing compared to the sacrifice that he made for me over the weekend.  as many of you are aware, i didn’t head to amy’s grand fondo last year due to work related stress leave and so targeted the tour de bintan as my next chance to qualify.  andrew had already qualified at amy’s so told me that he would help me get a spot at the bintan race.  to that end he spent 117kms of the 144km race looking over his shoulder to make sure that i was hanging on.  he dragged me back a few times, but i eventually hit the wall with 25kms to go and told him to push on.  he was riding strong, so i though he had a chance to get on the podium.  i kept on riding trying to maintain position so that i didn’t fall too far down the list. the qualification is based on finishing position, not time, so it is important to stay ahead of others in your age group.  coming into the finish i sprinted around a couple from my group that caught me and pipped another on the line to finish 23rd.  as i came down the straight, i saw andrew on the side of the road talking to amanda and toby.  i assumed the he had finished and then turned back.  that was not the case.  he got a flat with 5kms to go and since he was not in the running for a podium, he stopped short 100m from the finish to make sure he didn’t grab a qualifying spot from me.  i was happy to just finish, but then 20min later found out that i got the very last qualifying spot.  if it was not for andrew’s work during the race and then sacrifice at the end, i would not have secured the spot.  be this guy.

ride leader sponsor – the ride leader sponsor for march is  Nutrition IQ.  The main force behind Nutrition IQ is a deep desire to help individuals achieve their long-term diet and nutrition goals. Whether you’re seeking help with weight loss, sports nutrition, or disease prevention, each client is individually evaluated by a professional Dietitian and provided with a well-researched and comprehensive plan they can follow for the rest of their lives.

2017 annual report – prior to the agm held last weekend, we released our 2017 annual report.  please take the time to have a look so you can see all the good work that was done last year.  there are lots of people in the club that have contributed many hours of effort in providing events and services to the rouleurs community and they deserve to be recognised.

which ride for me – after the changes that the club introduced over the last couple of weeks, we have had another look at our guide for choosing the ride group for you to ride in.  this concentrates primarily on the transitional through to main 3 rides, but still makes some very good points that all out riders should remember.  see the previous post for all the details.

6th annual vice president’s good friday 3 dams ride –if you are looking for a long ride to kick off the extra long easter weekend, then we have the 6th annual vp’s 3 dams ride.  note, this is ridden at a main 1 pace with minimum regroups throughout.  this is due to some of the busier roads that the original 3 dams route took and our need to be clear of them before they get too much traffic.  see the previous post for more information.

spr volunteer register – are you rocking up every saturday thinking, “wow, there must be a lot of behind the scenes organisation that goes into this”.  well you are correct, but you can also be part of it.  we are putting together a register of volunteers that we can call upon to help out with events, etc.  check out the previous post and put your name forward to help out.

city of kalamunda cycling survey – the city council has put together a draft bicycle plan and are requesting feedback from riders who use the area.  there is some good work in there and the city of kalumunda has even identified “training roads” as areas where the more endurance based riders choose to ride.  have a look at the draft plan and click on the link to give feedback. we need to ensure that the results are not just some of the more vocal cyclist hating residents that we have had to deal with.

crawley road safety improvements – the city of perth is looking at options for the stretch of road that we ride on during the sat, sun, tue and thurs earlybird rides.  they are looking at restricting access and putting in speedhumps as well as options for bike paths along the river.  please take the time to let them know that we, along with other big packs, regularly ride that stretch of road and they need to make sure pack cyclists are taken into account.  the last thing we need is more traffic furniture to dodge.

town of vic park and city of south perth cycling survey – the city of south perth and the town of vic park have pooled resources and are looking at what they need to provide for cyclists.  again, have a look at the draft plan and give some feedback.

saturday start locations – we have revamped the group start locations on saturday morning.  please have a look at the map so you know where your group will congregate.  this makes it easier for ride leaders to give you a briefing before the ride starts.  see the previous post for more details.

ride routes – i have added in good friday to this ride routes even though we usually start at saturday, just to remind people that we have a special ride on for those interested.  for those doing the normal public holiday ride, please be aware that dome will not me open and there will be limited coffee choices in perth. saturday is also the last time we will advertise the “night owl” ride as well.  not that we will stop people from doing it, we just won’t advertise in on the blog.  if you are keen, post in the spr facebook page to see if there is any interest.

friday 30th march – good friday

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride

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

fast/main – public hol 58.97km spr special

special ride start at coode st carpark at 6:00am

6th annual vice presidents 3 dams ride

saturday 31st march

ride starts under the narrows (cityside) at 4:00am

very early lap- nightowl 43.44km spr special

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

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

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

development group –  novice shelley 36.06km spr saturday

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

fast/main – south lake 51.99km spr saturday

sunday 1st april

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 2nd april – easter monday

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

south stock 33.76km spr monday

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

fast/main – public hol 58.97km spr special

tuesday 3rd april

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

spr tuesday 36.37km (river ride)

ride starts frasers ave at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

wednesday 4th april

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

interval training – stock road repeats

thursday 5th april

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

see previous post for ride groups

spr thursday 37.26km (cott & freo)

ride starts frasers ave at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

friday 6th april

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride

We want YOU for the Green Army – Volunteer Register Update 2018

SPR has an involvement in a number of events throughout the year – those we do from the ground up (the Beverley Handicap Road Race, SPR Water Tower Challenge, The Dirty Dozen 2) those we do in partnership (The Ring Crit Series) and those we swamp to reprazent the green! A lot of the time, it’s same people coming along to assist at every event and there’s no reason why we should keep all the fun to ourselves when there’s 400 odd SPRouleurs out there!

It must be said that the SPR Green Army this past year has been stellar. Race Support – both “Race” support for the SPR Van transfer and kit set up as well as general supporters – has been recognised by The Ring organisers for the size our entries, our cheering and noise and representation of Club. Our volunteers contribute because they want to  and are happy to give back. There’s no pay, no gifts, no freebies past a Coke or a water. But contribute they do. I wish we could thank you more, because it is this tireless assistance that makes it possible to do what Race@SPR set out to do. Kudos!

Long gone are the days when el Prez does everything. Now he’s out to meet the people and spread the charm as “The Face of SPR”. Dutchie approved.

We now seek to update our Volunteers Register for 2018 from our SPR member base – a chance for you all to be a part of what makes SPR awesome, and be better prepared in the long run for our events.

This will allow us to set up a roster ahead of time, plan around the events you may be participating in and just get you all involved. Also it will serve to have members engage outside of your own regular Saturday ride group and give you the chance to give back and contribute to the SPR activities.

What do we want from you?

ONE OR TWO VOLUNTEER ATTENDANCES A YEAR. That’s all.

Beverley Heroic 2017 volunteers, and some reprobate taking all the chocolate croissants off their hands.

If you plan to nominate for ToMR this year, you need to be on this list as a Vollie. A group of 30 SPRouleurs will cover our basic manning for SPR run and supported events. More SPRouleurs will mean we can assist actively with MORE CycleSport WA events and build the WA Cycling community even further.

We at Race@SPR aim to have support attending The Ring Series and The Element Series events, The Beverley Handicap and other major race and event days through the year on top of ToMR. We will generate a list to cover the following duties across the events we are involved with:

  • SPR Van duties; “The Driver” – cruise the van out to event days with the tents and assist the SPR crew participating;
  • Set up and pull down Crews; “The Muscle” – pitch the tents, ice up the esky’s, raise the flags;
  • Registration Desk; “The Lookers” – smile, laugh, get their license and get ’em racing;
  • Drivers; “The Stig” – Lead, Follow and support vehicle drivers, and some experience is needed for these;
  • Traffic controllers; “The Stop-Go-ers” – any ticketed traffic controllers out there in the membership?
  • Marshalls; “The Point and Smilers” – assist with ushering spectators and participants.

To register as an SPR Volunteer, email the Race Sub-Committee at race@southperthrouleurs.com.au, reply to this post below, or come and catch up with Greg and/or Jon Hanson any Saturday morning post Main ride at Dome Westralia Plaza – the one with the ridiculous moustache and the loud bloke next to him.

You can trust these two.

ride routes 24th – 30th march

community.  here is an example of what we can build over time.  98 club members for our regular ride.  yes, there are many more away, many more lurking behind the scenes without club kit on, but when we look back at how this club has grown over the past 10 years, it is amazing what we have been able to accomplish.  this is definitely not just the work of one individual.  this is the work of many volunteers giving up their time because they believe in contributing to the work that will build a community.  believing in what we are doing is different to what other clubs are doing.  believing in providing pathways and leadership to help develop skills. believing that it is important to look out for one another.  this isn’t just a club for me, it is a community.

ride leader sponsor – the ride leader sponsor for march is  Nutrition IQ.  The main force behind Nutrition IQ is a deep desire to help individuals achieve their long-term diet and nutrition goals. Whether you’re seeking help with weight loss, sports nutrition, or disease prevention, each client is individually evaluated by a professional Dietitian and provided with a well-researched and comprehensive plan they can follow for the rest of their lives.

2017 annual report – prior to the agm held last weekend, we released our 2017 annual report.  please take the time to have a look so you can see all the good work that was done last year.  there are lots of people in the club that have contributed many hours of effort in providing events and services to the rouleurs community and they deserve to be recognised.

which ride for me – after the changes that the club introduced over the last couple of weeks, we have had another look at our guide for choosing the ride group for you to ride in.  this concentrates primarily on the transitional through to main 3 rides, but still makes some very good points that all out riders should remember.  see the previous post for all the details.

6th annual vice president’s good friday 3 dams ride – if you are looking for a long ride to kick off the extra long easter weekend, then we have the 6th annual vp’s 3 dams ride.  note, this is ridden at a main 1 pace with minimum regroups throughout.  this is due to some of the busier roads that the original 3 dams route took and our need to be clear of them before they get too much traffic.  see the previous post for more information.

city of kalamunda cycling survey – the city council has put together a draft bicycle plan and are requesting feedback from riders who use the area.  there is some good work in there and the city of kalumunda has even identified “training roads” as areas where the more endurance based riders choose to ride.  have a look at the draft plan and click on the link to give feedback. we need to ensure that the results are not just some of the more vocal cyclist hating residents that we have had to deal with.

town of vic park and city of south perth cycling survey – the city of south perth and the town of vic park have pooled resources and are looking at what they need to provide for cyclists.  again, have a look at the draft plan and give some feedback.

saturday start locations – we have revamped the group start locations on saturday morning.  please have a look at the map so you know where your group will congregate.  this makes it easier for ride leaders to give you a briefing before the ride starts.  see the previous post for more details.

ride routes – the late summer easterlies continue forcing us to stay with the similar rides that we have seen all summer.  variety may be the spice of life, but headwinds home suck big time so it is better to just do the same old routes.

saturday 24th march

ride starts under the narrows (cityside) at 4:00am

very early lap- nightowl 43.44km spr special

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

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

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

development group –  novice shelley 36.06km spr saturday

transitional 1/2 – trans shelley 40.59km spr saturday

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

sunday 25th march

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 26th march

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

south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 27th march

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 28th march

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

interval training – stock road repeats

thursday 29th march

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 30th march – good friday

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride

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

fast/main – public hol 58.97km spr special

special ride start at coode st carpark at 6:00am

6th annual vice presidents 3 dams ride

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