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cycliq camera lights

most of you would have heard of cycliq camera lights.  a perth based company that has combined front and rear lights with a constantly recording camera.  there are many of you that may already have these lights as they are quite popular within the peleton.

however, if you don’t have any, or are looking at upgrading to the latest version, then we have a deal for you.

cycliq have offered the club a volume based discount on the fly6 ce and fly12 ce models.  what this means is that if the club buys 10 units, we get a 20% discount, 20 units a 25% discount and 30 units a 30% discount.  it must all be done through the club, then a bulk order sent out for us to distribute.

so, in the shop are 2 new items, the fly6 ce for the discounted price of $215 and the fly12 ce at $330.  this is down from $259 and $399 respectively.  this represents the 20% discounted price plus a bit for us to run it through paypal.  if we reach the 20 or 30 unit level, then the club will reimburse the difference in savings.  if however, we don’t reach the 10 unit mark, we will just refund all parties.

we will keep this offer open till mid october to see how we go.  there is no pressure, just an opportunity to get some safety lights at a reduced price.

click here for access to the club shop.

2019 SPR Ride Leaders Program – Calls for Expressions of Interest

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

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

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

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

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

As a participant, you will get:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We anticipate kicking the Program off on the 26th of October and completing it by mid-December.

If interested, please submit your EOI to development@southperthrouleurs.com.au  before 19 October 2019. If you have any questions about the Program before submitting your EOI, please send them through to development@southperthrouleurs.com.au and we will get back to you ASAP.

SPR Training and Development Sub-Committee

New kit

Kit order closing…

If you aren’t on Facebook you would be missing the marketing blitz around the current SPR club kit order.

If you are need of club kit the order portal is currently open but will close on Sunday 15 September.  Access it from club kit page.

Think about all of those sunny days ahead and make sure you have  enough kit to look your best on club rides!  🙂

This order will arrive in time for the Tour of Margaret river…

ride routes 13th – 19th july

even though the tour de france is probably taking up valuable sleeping time in a lot of our members, there is another very important race going on at the same time.  the women’s giro is also in full swing and some of our members just happened to be over there when our honorary spr member annemiek van vleuten smashed the rest of the competition for the stage win and jumped into the overall lead.  annemiek then went on to win the next stage, an uphill time trial.

ride leader sponsor –there is no ride leader sponsor for june.  if you want to promote your business to our 400 members and 2500 facebook followers, get in contact with the club.

spr tour of margs – With EOI’s officially closed, we still may only be able to field 3 teams down from the 6-7 teams just last year.  Most importantly, WE NEED MORE WOMEN!!!! While
the ToMR Crew are coming to town for an Info Session in August (as advertised on FB) but we’d really like your EOI now! Check out the previous post for more info. Ask on the SPR Chicks FB page, or email Race@SPR if you’ve got any queries in the meantime, though.  For any late EOI’s get on it and email race@southperthrouleurs.com.au

entertainment book – once again we are selling the entertainment book as a fundraiser for the club.  available as a digital version, you can carry it anywhere on your phone to make sure that you never miss out on those discounts.  if you do want a physical book, these are still available but you must select a postage option.  click here to order your new book.  there are usually different weekly offers on when you buy your entertainment book.

junior jersey policy – In order to further encourage junior participation the Committee has resolved to offer all junior members a free club jersey!  And in recognition that juniors will keep growing, the policy allows for one jersey per year (as  long as they are a member) until 18 years of age. Please see the previous post for more details.

memberships new changes – if you are a member of another club and want to change to spr then it is simply a matter of calling up  cycling australia memberships and giving them your membership number.  i have requested that an additional fee is not required and most people don’t care what club is written on their card as long as they are in the right club in the system. it should be a zero fee transaction and if they ask for anything, tell them to contact the club.

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

spr juniors – CANCELLED.  a bit of a discussion with the other parents and we have decided to put the juniors ride on hold over winter.  the last few weeks have been too wet and the prediction is for more rain on saturday.  even if it is not wet, then 2 deg in kings park is not pleasant and we want to make sure that the kids are actually having fun.  we will reassess mid august as to when to start up again.

from the ride coordinator –with the ride coordinator off overseas getting selfies with dutch professional riders, it has fallen back to me to put something together for the weekend.  after being sick for the last 2 weeks, i am looking forward to actually getting out and doing some exercise.  probably best you don’t ride behind me though, there could be some snot rockets.

saturday 13th july

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

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

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

juniors – CANCELLED over winter

development group –  novice shelley 36.06km spr saturday

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

fast/main – hale rd reverse 51.37km spr saturday

sunday 14th july

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 15th july

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

south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 16th july

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

spr tuesday 36.37km (river ride)

wednesday 17th july

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

interval training – stock road repeats

thursday 18th july

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

see previous post for ride groups

spr thursday 37.26km (cott & freo)

ride starts frasers ave at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

friday 19th july

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride

ToMR 2019 Expressions of Interest CLOSE Saturday 6th July

SPR ToMR 2019 Expressions of Interest are closing this Saturday, 6th July at TWO MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT!

ToMR this year celebrates it’s 10th birthday. Nice work Brendon, Bec and Co! The Tour this year also sees a return to FOUR stages over three days.

  • Stage 1: Gold Rush TTT – day 1, on a new circuit, starting and finishing in Nannup
  • Stage 2: The Kandalee Catapult, Road Race – day 2 from Nannup to Greenbushes with 2 big climbs
  • Stage 3: The Mur de Hay, Road Race from Nannup to Balingup, finishing on the frightening Mur!  1st stage of day 3
  • Stage 4:  The Cathedral TTT on the stunning Balingup to Nannup Rd. 2nd stage on day 3

More details are updated to the event website and their FaceBook event pages.

At this point is time, it appears we may only barely be able to field 3 teams in total. Quite a departure from the 6-7 teams from days of yore. Or even just last year.

Most importantly, WE NEED MORE WOMEN!!!! While the ToMR Crew are coming to town for an Info Session in August (as advertised on FB) but we’d really like your EOI now! Ask on the SPR Chicks FB page if you’ve got any queries in the meantime, though.

The SPR ToMR trip is a “Club” event, with team houses booked, a Squad BBQ on the final night and a huge support from within the squad. The budget is expected to be approx $630-$650 per person, covering your $360 event registration fee, 4 nights accommodation and subsidising our SPR Club volunteers at the event.

This week is your last chance to express your interest before team numbers, accommodation and pricing is finalised. Please read the previous post for further details on “The Deal”.

Most importantly, to Express Your Interest:

Email race@southperthrouleurs.com.au with your name, contact details and current Saturday Group you are riding with.

It’s new kit day!

If you ordered club kit in the last batch it is now ready for collection. It will be available for pick up from the DOME post the Saturday ride from 9:00am until 10:00am for the next two weeks (29/6 and 6/7).  After that time you’ll need to make alternative arrangements via kit@southperthrouleurs.com.au.

Please make the effort to come and collect your kit even if the weather means you aren’t riding…I will be making the effort to get it to the cafe! 😊

Tour of Margaret River 2019 – EOI’s closing soon

Organisation for SPR’s Tour of Margaret River is underway for 2019. And Race@SPR are seeking Expressions of Interest for Members to be a part of the SPR Squad for 2019 prior to opening nominations.

Since opening EOI’s, we have a mere 7 people showing interest. Not even two full teams. For TOMR!?!?! Say it ain’t so!

EOI’s will be closing shortly, and the number of teams registered, accommodation booking and volunteers required will be based on these responses.

Have a read of the original post HERE for further details on the event and the non-negotiables. Once open, nominations this year will again require a deposit and an acceptance of the SPR ToMR Guidelines. If you have any questions, have a chat with your Race Sub-Committee members post-ride on Saturday’s at Dome.

Most importantly, to Express Your Interest:

Email race@southperthrouleurs.com.au with your name, contact details and current Saturday Group you are riding with.

Just like Robbie and Stuey, you too could meet Craig in person.

Tour of Margaret River 2019 is coming…..

SPR’s annual trip organisation for Tour of Margaret River is underway for 2019. Race@SPR are seeking Expressions of Interest from SPR Members to be a part of the SPR Squad for 2019 prior to opening nominations so we can get a gauge of the number of teams for this year.

There’s no “I” in TEAM. But there is an AvV.

In recent years SPR has fielded teams comprising women’s, men’s and mixed teams and we are expecting the same this year. The event is organised as an SPR Club trip, so we stay in team houses based in Busselton and package 4 nights’ accommodation, event registration and subsidy for SPR Volunteers as a set price for participating SPR racers.

The event website has a load of general info HERE which will give you an idea. There are updates coming regularly and we will look to keep the SPRouleurs updated through the Blog posts here, and the FaceBook pages as well.

For some SPR history lessons, here is a list of links to previous ToMR Race reports on the SPR Blog for your reading pleasure:

el Prez: And then I said “just leave me and I’ll finish at my own pace”. But they made me stick with the group and hurt.
AvV: Oh, those crazy #FTS guys!

This year the event is scheduled as a 3 day, 4 stage race event based on teams of 6 racers. Stage 1 is a Team Time Trial that ranks the teams into grades for the remaining stages. Hosted in the stunning South West area of Nannup over 7th-10th November 2019, it is a true Pro-Am event, with Current and Past World Tour Pro’s amongst the peloton. In 2017 SPR scored the current World ITT Champion and all ’round Legend, Dutchie Extraordinaire Annemiek van Vlueten as a Team member. It was 4 days of awesome we’ll not forget – thanks AvV!

So before you move, please understand there are a few “non-negotiables” when nominating:

  • You must be a current member of SPR.
  • You must have or be prepared to have an SPR Race License (your Recreational License can be upgraded to Race).
  • You should be expecting to train and race through the year with the SPR Team(s) to prepare.
  • You must volunteer for at least one event for SPR through the year.
Shut Up Poodle!

There will be some more information released and Q&A Information Sessions prior to nominations officially opening. Nominations this year will require a deposit and an acceptance of the SPR ToMR Guidelines. Think of them as Terms and Conditions, Expectations, “The Rule Book” – they have become a necessary documented guide for us and will be published when nominations open.

If you have any questions, have a chat with your Race Sub-Committee members post-ride on Saturday’s at Dome.

Most importantly, to Express Your Interest:

Email race@southperthrouleurs.com.au with your name, contact details and current Saturday Group you are riding with.