Kit shop open again!

The club kit shop is now open again, primarily to allow those doing the Tour of Margaret River to purchase any additional kit that they might need.

If you missed out in the first run get in and order now!

A sizing kit is always available to try on at R&D Speedshop – they are open until 6:00pm each weeknight and 4:00pm on the weekends.

Just a quick note: The navy blue samples are slim (jersey) and long (bib) fits, and the black are standard. The white jerseys are the aero fit.

When you know what you want, place your order via the link below…

https://www.mayeur.cc/collections/south-perth-rouleurs

This order will close on 1 September 2020 to allow enough time for kit to arrive pre-ToMR…it’s mid-August already so don’t delay!

Our commitment to core values

As a committee, we are proud of the community that South Perth Rouleurs embodies. It is something that we have been intentional about from the beginning, and it is something that we know from listening to club members is important to many, if not all, of you.

It is for this reason that I am writing on behalf of the committee now. In our role as leaders within the SPR community, we felt it was worth re-visiting our values and the guidelines that we have put in place to help our community operate in a way that is consistent with those values.

The club has four core values: Safe. Inclusive. Organised. Social.

One of things we discovered over time, particularly as social media increased in popularity, was that it was important to write down clear expectations of behaviour. In 2016, we put together our Community Guidelines to help with this process of communication.

I encourage everyone to (re-)read these guidelines if you have any doubts as to the type of behaviour expected within our online communities and in-person on our rides.

In particular, I would like to highlight inclusivity and our guidelines that ask everyone to avoid portraying any person in a negative light based on their age, colour, gender, national origin, physical or mental disability, race, religion or sexual preference.

Recently, there have been several instances where we have observed casual racism occurring within our social media conversations on official SPR sites/groups. If you are not aware of what this looks like, please take some time to read about this form of racism; perhaps here or here or here.

Some would say that reference to “casual” racism is unhelpful because the term diminishes the importance of describing the actions as racism. I have used the term here as it does emphasise the fact that this form of racism occurs in everyday conversation and is not overt, often occurring as a joke or off-hand comment. It is often not intentional.

None of this changes the fact that it represents a form of racism – something that is clear when the comments are examined in terms of the perception by others and their impact on the individuals/groups targeted by the comments – and as such, is something that we do not want within the SPR community.

In some of the recent examples, this has been clear when other members have pushed back individually against comments made – something I think that represents healthy dialogue and for which I am thankful. We have also spoken personally with the people involved – we feel it is important to both hear everyone’s point of view but also communicate clearly the club’s expectations on these important issues. The committee also felt it appropriate to comment specifically and publicly through this blog post.

We ask that everyone contribute, whether online or on the bike, toward ensuring that SPR is inclusive and welcoming to all.

Please keep in mind that we are explicitly not singling anyone out in making these comments, and ask that no one else does either. We explicitly want our community to be an inclusive one that allows everyone the space to participate and the space to collectively learn and improve together.

On behalf of the SPR Committee.

Daniel Harvey

Ride routes 8th – 14th August

So the picture of Dave and myself was about 5 minutes before i found out what not doing any intensity work for over a year does to your performance in cyclocross. It wasn’t pretty. But, i turned up, rode the course, jumped the jumps, ran the hills and muddled the muddy bits. Didn’t come first but didn’t come last. Like most things in life it is about setting your expectations and making them realistic. However, much like life, if you don’t put the effort in, there is only so much you are going to get out of it. Even a lottery winner still needs to go to the trouble of actually entering. I bought my ticket and got some intensity training for my efforts. Small steps, but important ones for me to understand where to set my expectations for next time.

The Rules – just a reminder that it isn’t business as usual.

As we progress through WA’s phased approach to reopening, how the club interacts within itself and the wider community will also change.
Rightly or wrongly, the lack of community transmission in the state has meant that a lot of the social distancing rules have disappeared. As such we want to streamline what the requirements are from a club perspective. Basically there are 3 main things we want people to keep in mind.

  • The virus can spread via human contact, so minimise the amount of touching between people and each others bikes/helmets etc.
  • No spitting, snotting or sneezing within the group. If you need to, move to the back of the group, but please look behind you to make sure that it is clear of traffic. That is all traffic, not just bikes. We don’t want some dash-cam footage of someone blowing their nose on a car.
  • Personal hygiene becomes very important in the spread of the virus so make sure that you either wash your hands whenever you can or carry a small container of hand sanitiser. Limit your exposure to common surfaces (chairs, tables) and don’t be sharing items.

Collie to Donnybrook – This iconic WA race has now opened it’s register and is accepting entries for the race on the 15th August. This is a handicap event which means that the slower riders get a headstart on the faster riders, so if things pan out right, it can be anyone’s race. Entries will be capped at 220 riders and close on the 9th August and can be found here.

Gravel Ride – Looking for an easy Sunday ride but getting bored of doing river loop? or you want to do something different? SPR are very excited to bring you the Inaugural SPR Sunday Gravel on August 16th. This will be an easy-paced ride, leaving from Bellevue RSL, pub lunch at Parkerville, and an easy roll back down the hill. See the event details on the SPR Facebook page.

Looking fresh on the start-line

SPR ToMR Teams – We now registering 4 men’s teams and 1 women’s team. We have a number of men on the reserve list and as previous history has shown us, they will be required closer to the event. We are still short a couple of women’s riders, so if you are interested, please email the club race address. We also have enough volunteers for this event as this year does not require multiple car shuffling for those stages that start and finish in different spots.
Those riders that have indicated that they want to race, but have not yet paid their deposit, please do so as soon as possible, or you may lose your spot.

SPR Watertower Challenge – It’s back. The WaterTower Challenge is set to run in September this year after a couple of years hiatus. Choose from the Metric (103km) or Imperial (170km) challenge. Ride against the clock in group of 3 around the suburbs of Perth. Find WaterTowers that you never knew existed and visit suburbs you don’t usually ride through. Check out the event page on Facebook, organise some mates and pencil in the 20th September. Entries are now open via EntryBoss (click here).

The Beverley – The club is again holding this event as part of the Heroic weekend, but this year we have changed the format of the road race. As the perfect preparation for the Tour of Margaret River and it’s 3 team time trials, this years Beverley will be a Team Time Trial of between 4-6 riders. No special TT bikes or fancy helmets allowed, just ride your bike hard. Register your teams today via EntryBoss.

Volunteers – We have two events coming up where the club will need assistance from the members to ensure they run successfully. Firstly is the WaterTower Challenge on the 20th Sept and secondly is the Beverley on the 17th October.
If you can assist the club, send an email through to club to let us know what you can do.
The WaterTower Challenge requires the following volunteers –
2 x Registration Desk – Jason Gordon, ?
3 x Feedzone 1 – Fiona Williams, ?, ?
2 x Feedzone 2 – ?, ?
1 x SAG wagon – ?
The Beverely Race requires the following volunteers –
Positions announced soon.

Our commitment to Core Values – We are a diverse club that made a point early on of committing to a number of core values to which we have built everything upon. These are – Safe, Inclusive, Organised & Social. It is under these values that we want all club interaction to occur, whether on the road or in cyberspace. Please read the previous post so you understand what we as a club, expect from you as members.

Where do i need to stand again?

Saturday Start Locations – In order to adhere to the new gathering regulations, we need to slightly change the meeting points of the groups. There is a 100 person gathering limit and when all groups are combined, we often exceed that when everyone is waiting for the start. There was a discussion about different start times for different groups, but what we settled on was moving half the groups to different sides of the carpark. This is not ideal as there are usually more cars using the eastern most parks, but we will just have to work around that for now. We understand that the COVID risk isn’t high, but it is more about how the club is viewed from outside. So, please congregate in the assigned locations, so we can continue to hold group rides in the future.

From the Ride Coordinator – Thanks to everyone who filled in our survey of members interest in a Saturday Hills ride option. We got over 75 responses in the subject and a lot of different suggestions for organised rides. The plan is to review results amongst the committee over the coming weeks and recommend a course of action going forward. The results will be published when the committee has had a chance to digest. Thanks again and stay tuned.As for this weekend’s routes, it looks like it will be a little windy on Saturday morning so we will go with the route that finishes with a tail wind. As for hills on Sunday, we’ll all I can say is that I hope fortune follows the brave as it’s looking a little wet. Whatever cycling you do, make sure it’s a good one. Be safe!

Saturday 8th August

Sunday 9th August

Monday 10th August

Tuesday 11th August

  • Ride starts under the Narrows (cityside) at 5:30am
  • Ride starts Frasers ave at 5:45am
    • Development group – interval training kings park

Wednesday 12th August

Thursday 13th August

Friday 14th August

Ride routes 1st – 7th August

“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.”

John F. Kennedy

In this mid-pandemic world nothing stays the same for too long. If you can’t change and adapt you are probably going to struggle. Like most good plans, Covid-19 derailed the roll out of our new kit. Delays in manufacturing when factories shut down and our big plans for a launch party were sunk by social distancing. However, change is on the horizon. Not everyone likes change but over the history of the club we have changed kit designs 5 times and suppliers 3 times. Like all change, it may not be for everybody. But for now it is the future and soon to become the present (or presents if you bought some for somebody else).

The Rules – just a reminder that it isn’t business as usual.

  • Social distancing still applies. This means no handshakes, hugging, high fives, down low too slow, or general touching is allowed. Please refrain from touching other peoples bikes, and allow space for people to gather before the ride.
  • The start locations in the carpark for Saturday will change slightly. See below for more detail and a new map, but basically, we need to ensure we don’t exceed the 100 person limit, by separating into two distinct groups.
  • No spitting, snotting or sneezing within the group. If you need to, move to the back of the group, but please look behind you to make sure that it is clear of traffic. That is all traffic, not just bikes. We don’t want some dash-cam footage of someone blowing their nose on a car the first day back.
  • No “hand of god”. Like most thing in life, any interaction requires two-way consent between adults. If someone is struggling and you want to push them, you both have to be comfortable with being touched. I’m not going to speculate on the risks involved with hand to jersey contact, but before you push someone, ask them first. If they are not comfortable with any contact, then don’t do it.
  • The post ride coffee is a long standing tradition with cycling and the hospitality industry is suffering so we need to give our support. However, we also need to moderate our social behaviour to ensure we minimise the risk of spreading infection. This not only includes maintaining appropriate social distancing, but also NOT bringing bottles, helmets and gloves inside and making use of the hand washing/sanitizing stations. Enjoy your coffee and social interaction, but make sure you do it responsibly.
  • Personal hygiene becomes very important in the spread of the virus so make sure that you either wash your hands whenever you can or carry a small container of hand sanitiser. Limit your exposure to common surfaces (chairs, tables) and don’t be sharing items.
Looking fresh on the start-line

ToMR EOI – Expressions of interest are still open for the Tour of Margaret River. We are particularly interested in any women wishing to represent the club. If you are interested, have a read of the previous post and register yourself so we can start sorting out teams. We are also interested in anyone that is happy to volunteer for this event. The course this year has no point-to-point stages, so there will be no shuttling of cars. However, volunteers will still be required to setup tents, stock eskies and generally help out the riders however, they can.

Gravel Ride – Looking for an easy Sunday ride but getting bored of doing river loop? or you want to do something different? SPR are very excited to bring you the Inaugural SPR Sunday Gravel on August 16th. This will be an easy-paced ride, leaving from Bellevue RSL, pub lunch at Parkerville, and an easy roll back down the hill. See the event details in SPR Facebook page and the website soon. 

SPR Watertower Challenge – It’s back. The WaterTower Challenge is set to run in September this year after a couple of years hiatus. Choose from the Metric (100km) or Imperial (160km) challenge. Ride against the clock in group of 3 around the suburbs of Perth. Find WaterTowers that you never knew existed and visit suburbs you don’t usually ride through. Check out the event page on Facebook, organise some mates and pencil in the 20th September.

Collie to Donnybrook – This iconic WA race has now opened it’s register and is accepting entries for the race on the 15th August. This is a handicap event which means that the slower riders get a headstart on the faster riders, so if things pan out right, it can be anyone’s race. Entries will be capped at 220 riders and close on the 9th August and can be found here.

Our commitment to Core Values – We are a diverse club that made a point early on of committing to a number of core values to which we have built everything upon. These are – Safe, Inclusive, Organised & Social. It is under these values that we want all club interaction to occur, whether on the road or in cyberspace. Please read the previous post so you understand what we as a club, expect from you as members.

Where do i need to stand again?

Saturday Start Locations – In order to adhere to the new gathering regulations, we need to slightly change the meeting points of the groups. There is a 100 person gathering limit and when all groups are combined, we often exceed that when everyone is waiting for the start. There was a discussion about different start times for different groups, but what we settled on was moving half the groups to different sides of the carpark. This is not ideal as there are usually more cars using the eastern most parks, but we will just have to work around that for now. We understand that the COVID risk isn’t high, but it is more about how the club is viewed from outside. So, please congregate in the assigned locations, so we can continue to hold group rides in the future.

From the Ride Coordinator – Looks like we are in for a great weekend of riding with some fine weather forecast and some light to moderate winds for both days. The main ride route this week takes us around the southern suburbs where you can power up Stock road, work your way through some lumpy bits, sprint down South Street and Nicholson Road before furnishing with the gentle zephyr behind you all the way to coffee. Sounds like a great way to spend a Saturday morning.

Just a reminder for all that have yet to fill in the survey regarding a hills ride option for Saturday, please do so this weekend as we will close it on Monday and publish the results in the blog next week. So far we have had over 40 responses so it’s generated a lot of interest. Even if you are not interested in riding hills, please consider responding as there is a question regarding “what other recreational ride would you like to see the club adopt” and so far we have some interesting suggestions. You can find the survey here.

Saturday 1st August

Sunday 2nd August

Monday 3rd August

Tuesday 4th August

  • Ride starts under the Narrows (cityside) at 5:30am
  • Ride starts Frasers ave at 5:45am
    • Development group – interval training kings park

Wednesday 5th August

Thursday 6th August

Friday 7th August

Ride routes 25th – 31st July

Mud racing made a comeback last weekend along with mountain biking. So now we have road racing, time trialling, cx, mtb racing and I think that the velodrome has just reopened. Slowly we are climbing our way back to a tentative cycling normality. The response for the SPR ToMR teams has been great for the men’s teams with at least 4 teams and potentially 5, but we are still searching for a couple more women who want to race. If you or someone you know are interested in racing, please let us know ASAP. Things are underway for the planning of the Beverley and it has just been announced that it will be a team time trial format to complement the multiple time trials at this years ToMR. This will give teams a good hit out to see where they need to do some work. Closer, though is the Collie-Donnybrook in about 3 weeks time. A classic for the WA race calendar and one of the “monuments” that everyone wants to win. So get out and support the clubs and organisations that are endeavouring to run things during this strange time.


The Rules – just a reminder that it isn’t business as usual.

  • Social distancing still applies. This means no handshakes, hugging, high fives, down low too slow, or general touching is allowed. Please refrain from touching other peoples bikes, and allow space for people to gather before the ride.
  • The start locations in the carpark for Saturday will change slightly. See below for more detail and a new map, but basically, we need to ensure we don’t exceed the 100 person limit, by separating into two distinct groups.
  • No spitting, snotting or sneezing within the group. If you need to, move to the back of the group, but please look behind you to make sure that it is clear of traffic. That is all traffic, not just bikes. We don’t want some dash-cam footage of someone blowing their nose on a car the first day back.
  • No “hand of god”. Like most thing in life, any interaction requires two-way consent between adults. If someone is struggling and you want to push them, you both have to be comfortable with being touched. I’m not going to speculate on the risks involved with hand to jersey contact, but before you push someone, ask them first. If they are not comfortable with any contact, then don’t do it.
  • The post ride coffee is a long standing tradition with cycling and the hospitality industry is suffering so we need to give our support. However, we also need to moderate our social behaviour to ensure we minimise the risk of spreading infection. This not only includes maintaining appropriate social distancing, but also NOT bringing bottles, helmets and gloves inside and making use of the hand washing/sanitizing stations. Enjoy your coffee and social interaction, but make sure you do it responsibly.
  • Personal hygiene becomes very important in the spread of the virus so make sure that you either wash your hands whenever you can or carry a small container of hand sanitiser. Limit your exposure to common surfaces (chairs, tables) and don’t be sharing items.
Looking fresh on the start-line

ToMR EOI – Expressions of interest are still open for the Tour of Margaret River. We are particularly interested in any women wishing to represent the club. If you are interested, have a read of the previous post and register yourself so we can start sorting out teams. We are also interested in anyone that is happy to volunteer for this event. The course this year has no point-to-point stages, so there will be no shuttling of cars. However, volunteers will still be required to setup tents, stock eskies and generally help out the riders however, they can.

SPR Watertower Challenge – It’s back. The WaterTower Challenge is set to run in September this year after a couple of years hiatus. Choose from the Metric (100km) or Imperial (160km) challenge. Ride against the clock in group of 3 around the suburbs of Perth. Find WaterTowers that you never knew existed and visit suburbs you don’t usually ride through. Check out the event page on Facebook, organise some mates and pencil in the 20th September.

Collie to Donnybrook – This iconic WA race has now opened it’s register and is accepting entries for the race on the 15th August. This is a handicap event which means that the slower riders get a headstart on the faster riders, so if things pan out right, it can be anyone’s race. Entries will be capped at 220 riders and close on the 9th August and can be found here.

Our commitment to Core Values – We are a diverse club that made a point early on of committing to a number of core values to which we have built everything upon. These are – Safe, Inclusive, Organised & Social. It is under these values that we want all club interaction to occur, whether on the road or in cyberspace. Please read the previous post so you understand what we as a club, expect from you as members.

Where do i need to stand again?

Saturday Start Locations – In order to adhere to the new gathering regulations, we need to slightly change the meeting points of the groups. There is a 100 person gathering limit and when all groups are combined, we often exceed that when everyone is waiting for the start. There was a discussion about different start times for different groups, but what we settled on was moving half the groups to different sides of the carpark. This is not ideal as there are usually more cars using the eastern most parks, but we will just have to work around that for now. We understand that the COVID risk isn’t high, but it is more about how the club is viewed from outside. So, please congregate in the assigned locations, so we can continue to hold group rides in the future.

From the Ride Coordinator – As you all know, and as has been reinforced in a recent post, as a club we hold dear our core values of safety, organisation, social and being inclusive. So when a couple of members asked us whether the club would be prepared to organize a Saturday version of our popular Hills rides with a ride leader, we thought “why don’t we ask the membership base to see if that would fly”. So we have put the following simple and easy poll together to hear from you the members on that option. We will keep the poll open for a few weeks (in case people skip this bit and go straight to this week’s ride routes) and I will report the results on this blog in 2 weeks time. You can take the poll here.

Saturday 25th July

Sunday 26th July

Monday 27th July

Tuesday 28th July

  • Ride starts under the Narrows (cityside) at 5:30am
  • Ride starts Frasers ave at 5:45am
    • Development group – interval training kings park

Wednesday 29th July

Thursday 30th July

Friday 31st July

Ride routes 18th – 24th July

Melbourne’s Bourke St during peak times

Sitting here trying to think about something positive to write about in relation to cycling. We have a lot to be thankful for here in WA and with group riding and cafe’s open, we can almost feel like we are back to normal. While we look suspiciously across the border, tut-tut at Victoria and compare Australia to the Spice Girls (Victoria ruined it), we seem confident that we in WA have everything under control. Marko has done very well on controlling the borders but we still have cases coming in from overseas. The current outbreak in Victoria, which is now spreading to NSW, started from bad hygiene controls between security and hotel quarantines. We have that same risk here along with the stream of AFL players and freight carriers that have exemptions allowing them into the state. My fear is that our complacency will bite us hard when an outbreak does appear. The lack of social distancing at Northbridge, at the netball last night and the expected 30,000 people at a footy game this weekend would be catastrophic with a single asymptomatic case within it.
I really struggled mentally when we were on full lock down, as riding solo is not my thing (could be why I built a club). I also realise that my “struggles” are a tad insensitive to those that are facing much worse hardships during this time. There are many that are still out of work and with the looming end of JobKeeper coming up fast, may not fully know what they will be doing next. Maybe this is also reflected by the number of posts on Facebook marketplace selling bikes and bike parts.
So, this is a lot of doom and gloom for a state that is really looking at the sunnyside at the moment. However, there are things that we can be doing that don’t involve becoming a hermit whilst waiting for the worst to come. Primarily this involves looking out for each other. I am sure that there are people that you know that may be struggling more than you at the moment. Reach out to them. You’ve probably got them on Facebook already, so it doesn’t take much to get in contact. It’s not about financially supporting someone, but rather see how they are. RUok isn’t just one day a year, so ask the question. Invite them out for a ride, if they are a cyclist, or a coffee if they’re not. If you see someone with a flat, check to see that they have everything they need. Ironically it’s the same human connections that get us into trouble with a pandemic that will also get us through this. Just a little more socially distant.

The Rules – just a reminder that it isn’t business as usual.

  • Social distancing still applies. This means no handshakes, hugging, high fives, down low too slow, or general touching is allowed. Please refrain from touching other peoples bikes, and allow space for people to gather before the ride.
  • The start locations in the carpark for Saturday will change slightly. See below for more detail and a new map, but basically, we need to ensure we don’t exceed the 100 person limit, by separating into two distinct groups.
  • No spitting, snotting or sneezing within the group. If you need to, move to the back of the group, but please look behind you to make sure that it is clear of traffic. That is all traffic, not just bikes. We don’t want some dash-cam footage of someone blowing their nose on a car the first day back.
  • No “hand of god”. Like most thing in life, any interaction requires two-way consent between adults. If someone is struggling and you want to push them, you both have to be comfortable with being touched. I’m not going to speculate on the risks involved with hand to jersey contact, but before you push someone, ask them first. If they are not comfortable with any contact, then don’t do it.
  • The post ride coffee is a long standing tradition with cycling and the hospitality industry is suffering so we need to give our support. However, we also need to moderate our social behaviour to ensure we minimise the risk of spreading infection. This not only includes maintaining appropriate social distancing, but also NOT bringing bottles, helmets and gloves inside and making use of the hand washing/sanitizing stations. Enjoy your coffee and social interaction, but make sure you do it responsibly.
  • Personal hygiene becomes very important in the spread of the virus so make sure that you either wash your hands whenever you can or carry a small container of hand sanitiser. Limit your exposure to common surfaces (chairs, tables) and don’t be sharing items.
Looking fresh on the start-line

ToMR EOI – Expressions of interest are still open for the Tour of Margaret River. We are particularly interested in any women wishing to represent the club. If you are interested, have a read of the previous post and register yourself so we can start sorting out teams. We are also interested in anyone that is happy to volunteer for this event. The course this year has no point-to-point stages, so there will be no shuttling of cars. However, volunteers will still be required to setup tents, stock eskies and generally help out the riders however, they can.

SPR Watertower Challenge – It’s back. The WaterTower Challenge is set to run in September this year after a couple of years hiatus. Choose from the Metric (100km) or Imperial (160km) challenge. Ride against the clock in group of 3 around the suburbs of Perth. Find WaterTowers that you never knew existed and visit suburbs you don’t usually ride through. Check out the event page on Facebook, organise some mates and pencil in the 20th September.

Collie to Donnybrook – This iconic WA race has now opened it’s register and is accepting entries for the race on the 15th August. This is a handicap event which means that the slower riders get a headstart on the faster riders, so if things pan out right, it can be anyone’s race. Entries will be capped at 220 riders and close on the 9th August and can be found here.

Our commitment to Core Values – We are a diverse club that made a point early on of committing to a number of core values to which we have built everything upon. These are – Safe, Inclusive, Organised & Social. It is under these values that we want all club interaction to occur, whether on the road or in cyberspace. Please read the previous post so you understand what we as a club, expect from you as members.

Where do i need to stand again?

Saturday Start Locations – In order to adhere to the new gathering regulations, we need to slightly change the meeting points of the groups. There is a 100 person gathering limit and when all groups are combined, we often exceed that when everyone is waiting for the start. There was a discussion about different start times for different groups, but what we settled on was moving half the groups to different sides of the carpark. This is not ideal as there are usually more cars using the eastern most parks, but we will just have to work around that for now. We understand that the COVID risk isn’t high, but it is more about how the club is viewed from outside. So, please congregate in the assigned locations, so we can continue to hold group rides in the future.

From the Ride Coordinator – Well the guys at the BOM have changed their minds so many times this week around granting us good weather for the ride, I’m just hopefully that the morning will be clear bright and sunny. Funny thing about this route is that those crazy people who decide to do the EBR will be doing a large part of it again – but in reverse! Whatever you do this Saturday morning, make it a good one.

Saturday 18th July

Sunday 19th July

Monday 20th July

Tuesday 21st July

  • Ride starts under the Narrows (cityside) at 5:30am
  • Ride starts Frasers ave at 5:45am
    • Development group – interval training kings park

Wednesday 22nd July

Thursday 23rd July

Friday 24th July

Ride routes 11th – 17th July

Cold and wet and dark…but able to ride. Wednesday Stock Rd repeats.

We have a lot to be thankful for in WA. Although we often joke that WA stands for Wait Awhile, there are a number of things that we can hopefully wait a long time for, like a second wave. Seeing how things are progressing in Victoria makes me thankful that I am not there, but still well aware that the majority of my family is. So while we head about our business and complain about how dark, and cold and wet it is in the mornings, at least we can all get out and ride together; enjoy a coffee together; do a bike race together. We have no idea how long this comparative utopia will last so lets be as thankful as possible and do all the things we missed out on over the last couple of months. Just do them smartly and safely, and look after each other.
(Note: both this blurb and the ride coordinator blurb are written by different people at the same time. It’s funny how we both end up talking about the same thing)

The Rules – just a reminder that it isn’t business as usual.

  • Social distancing still applies. This means no handshakes, hugging, high fives, down low too slow, or general touching is allowed. Please refrain from touching other peoples bikes, and allow space for people to gather before the ride.
  • The start locations in the carpark for Saturday will change slightly. See below for more detail and a new map, but basically, we need to ensure we don’t exceed the 100 person limit, by separating into two distinct groups.
  • No spitting, snotting or sneezing within the group. If you need to, move to the back of the group, but please look behind you to make sure that it is clear of traffic. That is all traffic, not just bikes. We don’t want some dash-cam footage of someone blowing their nose on a car the first day back.
  • No “hand of god”. Like most thing in life, any interaction requires two-way consent between adults. If someone is struggling and you want to push them, you both have to be comfortable with being touched. I’m not going to speculate on the risks involved with hand to jersey contact, but before you push someone, ask them first. If they are not comfortable with any contact, then don’t do it.
  • The post ride coffee is a long standing tradition with cycling and the hospitality industry is suffering so we need to give our support. However, we also need to moderate our social behaviour to ensure we minimise the risk of spreading infection. This not only includes maintaining appropriate social distancing, but also NOT bringing bottles, helmets and gloves inside and making use of the hand washing/sanitizing stations. Enjoy your coffee and social interaction, but make sure you do it responsibly.
  • Personal hygiene becomes very important in the spread of the virus so make sure that you either wash your hands whenever you can or carry a small container of hand sanitiser. Limit your exposure to common surfaces (chairs, tables) and don’t be sharing items.
The Mayeur sizing kit at R&D Speedshop

SPR Mayeur kit – Orders for the new SPR kit are CLOSING AFTER THIS WEEKEND and can be found at this link. A sizing kit has been made available at R&D Speedshop in Claremont and all sizes in the three styles are available to try on.
The Mayeur Clubline range includes standard fit, slim fit, and aero fit unisex jerseys, as well as standard and long cut bib shorts, with mens and womens chamois. A range of gilet, skin suits, arm warmers and jackets are also available. 
Whilst the sizing range covers everything from kids and 2XS to Grande sizing, Mayeur is passionate to make sure everyone in the club has a garment that works for them. In the event you fall outside the range, get in touch with the team at Mayeur and they’ll look after you. For more information check out the previous post.

Free the Bears – Free the Bears is a Perth-based wildlife conservation charity that rescues and provides life-long sanctuary to endangered sun bears and moon bears rescued from bear bile farms and the illegal wildlife trade in South-East Asia. They are running a cycling based competition where you cycle as far as you can over 2 weeks (July 13-26), support a good cause and win prizes! All it takes is a minimum donation of $15 and joining a Strava club and you could win. Check out the Facebook event page for more details on how to enter.

Looking fresh on the start-line

ToMR EOI – Expressions of interest are now open for anyone wishing to be in an SPR team for the Tour of Margaret River. Most people are aware of the event and what is involved after all the club has had multiple teams entered for a number of years now. If you are interested, have a read of the previous post and register yourself so we can start sorting out teams. As we are going through a period of uncertainty, we will most likely have less teams rather than more teams to account for a potential reduction in numbers closer to the event. Therefore get your name in quick if you are keen to race or keen to help volunteer.

SPR Watertower Challenge – It’s back. The WaterTower Challenge is set to run in September this year after a couple of years hiatus. Choose from the Metric (100km) or Imperial (160km) challenge. Ride against the clock in group of 3 around the suburbs of Perth. Find WaterTowers that you never knew existed and visit suburbs you don’t usually ride through. Check out the event page on Facebook, organise some mates and pencil in the 20th September.

Collie to Donnybrook – This iconic WA race has now opened it’s register and is accepting entries for the race on the 15th August. This is a handicap event which means that the slower riders get a headstart on the faster riders, so if things pan out right, it can be anyone’s race. Entries will be capped at 220 riders and close on the 9th August and can be found here.

Our commitment to Core Values – We are a diverse club that made a point early on of committing to a number of core values to which we have built everything upon. These are – Safe, Inclusive, Organised & Social. It is under these values that we want all club interaction to occur, whether on the road or in cyberspace. Please read the previous post so you understand what we as a club, expect from you as members.

Where do i need to stand again?

Saturday Start Locations – In order to adhere to the new gathering regulations, we need to slightly change the meeting points of the groups. There is a 100 person gathering limit and when all groups are combined, we often exceed that when everyone is waiting for the start. There was a discussion about different start times for different groups, but what we settled on was moving half the groups to different sides of the carpark. This is not ideal as there are usually more cars using the eastern most parks, but we will just have to work around that for now. We understand that the COVID risk isn’t high, but it is more about how the club is viewed from outside. So, please congregate in the assigned locations, so we can continue to hold group rides in the future.

From the Ride Coordinator – Since we have got back to riding at the start of June, in the blog, El Prez has been consistently reminding us that we are not back to “normal” just yet. Please don’t let complacency around social distancing and good hygiene increase your personal risk. The experience of our fellow Aussies in Victoria is a sobering reminder of just how fragile this situation is and just how a few people can unsuspectingly spread the disease. It’s also a reminder of just what a privileged position we are in, here in Perth to be able to ride every day (if desired) in groups with a great club. Look after each other out there.

Saturday 11th July

Sunday 12th July

Monday 13th July

Tuesday 14th July

  • Ride starts under the Narrows (cityside) at 5:30am
  • Ride starts Frasers ave at 5:45am
    • Development group – interval training kings park

Wednesday 15th July

Thursday 16th July

Friday 17th July

Ride routes 4th – 10th July

Mo chasing Sarah at Peel. Photo Nancy

Are we there yet? It feels like this journey has been quite long, but at the same time we all know that we are no where near the finish. As things look a bit grim in Victoria with an increase in cases and suburbs in lockdown, it is interesting to see America burying it’s head in the sand and pretending there is no problem. Our nice little WA bubble has worked quite well and this has allowed community sport to start up again, even the ones with lots of touching. So, as i mentioned last week, racing has started up again, and spaces are limited across most of the calendar. Get in early if you want to pin a number on and maybe even a pretty yellow helmet cover. For the fashion conscious, find out which grade is using green covers and enter that race instead. We are in the process of organising our events and our participation in others. We will soon be looking for volunteers to assist in the running of our club events, so hopefully this enthusiasm for racing flows over into helping on the day. Keep an eye on the blog for when we put the call out. In the meantime, look after yourself and give someone a solid wheel to follow.

The Rules – just a reminder that it isn’t business as usual.

  • Social distancing still applies. This means no handshakes, hugging, high fives, down low too slow, or general touching is allowed. Please refrain from touching other peoples bikes, and allow space for people to gather before the ride.
  • The start locations in the carpark for Saturday will change slightly. See below for more detail and a new map, but basically, we need to ensure we don’t exceed the 100 person limit, by separating into two distinct groups.
  • No spitting, snotting or sneezing within the group. If you need to, move to the back of the group, but please look behind you to make sure that it is clear of traffic. That is all traffic, not just bikes. We don’t want some dash-cam footage of someone blowing their nose on a car the first day back.
  • No “hand of god”. Like most thing in life, any interaction requires two-way consent between adults. If someone is struggling and you want to push them, you both have to be comfortable with being touched. I’m not going to speculate on the risks involved with hand to jersey contact, but before you push someone, ask them first. If they are not comfortable with any contact, then don’t do it.
  • The coffee shop is open, but please be aware that they may not be able to seat everyone. The post ride coffee is a long standing tradition with cycling, but in this new post-COVID world, there are some sacrifices that need to be made. The hospitality industry in general is suffering, so we need to give our support, but if you are just getting a coffee, then consider a takeaway, so that table space can be saved for those ordering a bit more. Hospitality businesses are under stricter regulations than cycling clubs, so please understand that the seating arrangements are what are mandated by the restrictions and you cannot move tables to suit how many mates you want around you.
  • Personal hygiene becomes very important in the spread of the virus so make sure that you either wash your hands whenever you can or carry a small container of hand sanitiser. Limit your exposure to common surfaces (chairs, tables) and don’t be sharing items.
The Mayeur sizing kit at R&D Speedshop

SPR Mayeur kit – Orders for the new SPR kit are now open and can be found at this link. A sizing kit has been made available at R&D Speedshop in Claremont and all sizes in the three styles are available to try on.
The Mayeur Clubline range includes standard fit, slim fit, and aero fit unisex jerseys, as well as standard and long cut bib shorts, with mens and womens chamois. A range of gilet, skin suits, arm warmers and jackets are also available. 
Whilst the sizing range covers everything from kids and 2XS to Grande sizing, Mayeur is passionate to make sure everyone in the club has a garment that works for them. In the event you fall outside the range, get in touch with the team at Mayeur and they’ll look after you. For more information check out the previous post.

Proposed Yanchep criterium circuit

Criterium Circuit at Yanchep – Community consultation is being sought for a new cycling facility at Splendid Park. Northern Beaches Cycling Club have worked hard to get the proposal this far – A 1.5km dedicated road circuit for training and racing. Imagine tearing around a uni-directional, 5 metre wide circuit, complete with the option of high banked corners comparable to an indoor track! And a 200m long false flat sprint finish (NBCC website)
Please show your support by completing the survey here

Looking fresh on the start-line

ToMR EOI – Expressions of interest are now open for anyone wishing to be in an SPR team for the Tour of Margaret River. Most people are aware of the event and what is involved after all the club has had multiple teams entered for a number of years now. If you are interested, have a read of the previous post and register yourself so we can start sorting out teams. As we are going through a period of uncertainty, we will most likely have less teams rather than more teams to account for a potential reduction in numbers closer to the event. Therefore get your name in quick if you are keen to race or keen to help volunteer.

SPR Watertower Challenge – It’s back. The WaterTower Challenge is set to run in September this year after a couple of years hiatus. Choose from the Metric (100km) or Imperial (160km) challenge. Ride against the clock in group of 3 around the suburbs of Perth. Find WaterTowers that you never knew existed and visit suburbs you don’t usually ride through. Check out the event page on Facebook, organise some mates and pencil in the 20th September.

Where do i need to stand again?

Saturday Start Locations – In order to adhere to the new gathering regulations, we need to slightly change the meeting points of the groups. There is a 100 person gathering limit and when all groups are combined, we often exceed that when everyone is waiting for the start. There was a discussion about different start times for different groups, but what we settled on was moving half the groups to different sides of the carpark. This is not ideal as there are usually more cars using the eastern most parks, but we will just have to work around that for now. We understand that the COVID risk isn’t high, but it is more about how the club is viewed from outside. So, please congregate in the assigned locations, so we can continue to hold group rides in the future.

From the Ride Coordinator –  Now that we’ve been back riding for the last 4 weeks we’ve started to “get our legs back” as a peloton so it’s time to throw in a main ride that is always a good challenge, Ridgehill Road.  You’re probably going to regret it on the way out into the northeasterly wind, you may even be cursing my name as you reach the roundabout at the bottom of the hill but by the time you get back to Guilford Road it will all be a distant memory as the tail wind helps you to “bring it home!”.  Enjoy your cycling and look after each other out there.

Saturday 4th July

Sunday 5th July

Monday 6th July

Tuesday 7th July

  • Ride starts under the Narrows (cityside) at 5:30am
  • Ride starts Frasers ave at 5:45am
    • Development group – interval training kings park

Wednesday 8th July

Thursday 9th July

Friday 10th July

Ride routes 27th June – 3rd July

Contemplating how much this will hurt. Photo Nancy

Racing has commenced in Perth with last weekend seeing the first post-COVID ATTA time trial at Champion Lakes and this weekend Peel Districts will be holding their first road race. In both cases the start list has filled very quickly and the wait list filled just as fast. Hopefully this is a good indication that people want to get out and race. We have a few events that we hope to put on your radar. September sees the return of the Watertower Challenge a non-race event, but certainly a challenge for teams of 3. October is the Beverley weekend with a race, heroic ride and cx. November is the Tour of Margs and we are currently looking for expressions of interest so we know how many SPR teams to register. There are other race events slowly filling up the calendar, but these are the ones that will support/represent the club, so make sure you pencil yourself in.

The Rules – just a reminder that it isn’t business as usual.

  • Social distancing still applies. This means no handshakes, hugging, high fives, down low too slow, or general touching is allowed. Please refrain from touching other peoples bikes, and allow space for people to gather before the ride.
  • The start locations in the carpark for Saturday will change slightly. See below for more detail and a new map, but basically, we need to ensure we don’t exceed the 100 person limit, by separating into two distinct groups.
  • No spitting, snotting or sneezing within the group. If you need to, move to the back of the group, but please look behind you to make sure that it is clear of traffic. That is all traffic, not just bikes. We don’t want some dash-cam footage of someone blowing their nose on a car the first day back.
  • No “hand of god”. Like most thing in life, any interaction requires two-way consent between adults. If someone is struggling and you want to push them, you both have to be comfortable with being touched. I’m not going to speculate on the risks involved with hand to jersey contact, but before you push someone, ask them first. If they are not comfortable with any contact, then don’t do it.
  • The coffee shop is open, but please be aware that they may not be able to seat everyone. The post ride coffee is a long standing tradition with cycling, but in this new post-COVID world, there are some sacrifices that need to be made. The hospitality industry in general is suffering, so we need to give our support, but if you are just getting a coffee, then consider a takeaway, so that table space can be saved for those ordering a bit more. Hospitality businesses are under stricter regulations than cycling clubs, so please understand that the seating arrangements are what are mandated by the restrictions and you cannot move tables to suit how many mates you want around you.
  • Personal hygiene becomes very important in the spread of virus so make sure that you either wash your hands whenever you can or carry a small container of hand sanitiser. Limit your exposure to common surfaces (chairs, tables) and don’t be sharing items.
The Mayeur sizing kit at R&D Speedshop

SPR Mayeur kit – Orders for the new SPR kit are now open and can be found at this link. A sizing kit has been made available at R&D Speedshop in Claremont and all sizes in the three styles are available to try on.
The Mayeur Clubline range includes standard fit, slim fit, and aero fit unisex jerseys, as well as standard and long cut bib shorts, with mens and womens chamois. A range of gilet, skin suits, arm warmers and jackets are also available. 
Whilst the sizing range covers everything from kids and 2XS to Grande sizing, Mayeur is passionate to make sure everyone in the club has a garment that works for them. In the event you fall outside the range, get in touch with the team at Mayeur and they’ll look after you. For more information check out the previous post.

Proposed Yanchep criterium circuit

Criterium Circuit at Yanchep – Community consultation is being sought for a new cycling facility at Splendid Park. Northern Beaches Cycling Club have worked hard to get the proposal this far – A 1.5km dedicated road circuit for training and racing. Imagine tearing around a uni-directional, 5 metre wide circuit, complete with the option of high banked corners comparable to an indoor track! And a 200m long false flat sprint finish (NBCC website)
Please show your support by completing the survey here

Looking fresh on the start-line

ToMR EOI – Expressions of interest are now open for anyone wishing to be in an SPR team for the Tour of Margaret River. Most people are aware of the event and what is involved after all the club has had multiple teams entered for a number of years now. If you are interested, have a read of the previous post and register yourself so we can start sorting out teams. As we are going through a period of uncertainty, we will most likely have less teams rather than more teams to account for a potential reduction in numbers closer to the event. Therefore get your name in quick if you are keen to race or keen to help volunteer.

Where do i need to stand again?

Saturday Start Locations – In order to adhere to the new gathering regulations, we need to slightly change the meeting points of the groups. There is a 100 person gathering limit and when all groups are combined, we often exceed that when everyone is waiting for the start. There was a discussion about different start times for different groups, but what we settled on was moving half the groups to different sides of the carpark. This is not ideal as there are usually more cars using the eastern most parks, but we will just have to work around that for now. We understand that the COVID risk isn’t high, but it is more about how the club is viewed from outside. So, please congregate in the assigned locations, so we can continue to hold group rides in the future.

From the Ride Coordinator –  Went way too early last week, praying for and boasting about good weather in winter. Looks like I didn’t pray hard enough as it only lasted a week with the forecast looking ominous for this weekend. Hopefully a small window opens up and allows some good, safe riding to occur. The potential slippery conditions is a good reminder for all of us to check our bike is in good running order (frequent and often in winter is appropriate). Brakes, chains and cleats can get messy real quick and cause accidents out there. If you are planning to ride, do it safely on a well maintained bike over winter. We want to see you out there next week as well!!

Saturday 27th June

Sunday 28th June

Monday 29th June

Tuesday 30th June

  • Ride starts under the Narrows (cityside) at 5:30am
  • Ride starts Frasers ave at 5:45am
    • Development group – interval training kings park

Wednesday 1st July

Thursday 2nd July

Friday 3rd July

Time to order your new club kit!

Things are slowly returning to normal and it’s time to roll out our new club kit…the order portal is open!!

Below are some words from MAYEUR, our new supplier…have a read about the new kit.

The team at MAYEUR is delighted that the club shop is now in a position to open.

We hope members have been able to get down to R&D Speedshop to see the Clubline kit in the flesh, and had the opportunity to try the garments on.

We’ve been proud members of SPR for more than 10 years, and we’ve tried to develop a range of kit that suits the wide spectrum of SPR club members.

One of the main changes you’ll notice is the style and material of the jersey. We’ve tested a huge range of materials, and for Perth conditions, this is the material we prefer. Coupled with a base layer it pulls sweat away from the skin, keeping you cooler for longer. It also conforms nicely to different body shapes, so it won’t flap in the wind, or sag in the wet.

We also feel this material has a superior colour performance. This means less whitening as its stretches, which keeps everyone looking a little sharper.

One question we’ve had a few times is in regards to a women’s fit jersey. The overwhelming feedback we’ve had from our female test riders was that the unisex fit suited them really well, especially with the options for standard or slim body shapes.

We’ve had some really positive feedback on the bibshorts, with people enjoying the standard and long fit shapes. We’ve put a top of the line elastic interface chamois into them, and we trust you’ll find them as comfortable as we do.

We’ve had a few requests from people that have fallen outside the sizing range, so if you find yourself in this position, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us through email or Facebook. Our goal is to make everyone at the club comfortable in the kit they wear – and we’re committed to making sure all SPR members have a size that suits them.

Make sure that you get to R&D Speedshop to try the kit on to ensure that you get the right size for you – they are open until 6:00pm each weeknight and 4:00pm on the weekends.

Just a quick note: The navy blue samples are slim (jersey) and long (bib) fits, and the black are standard. The white jerseys are the aero fit.

When you know what you want, place your order via the link below…

https://www.mayeur.cc/collections/south-perth-rouleurs

The current order will close on 12 July 2020, so get cracking!

The website for the South Perth Cycle Club