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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.

SPR Giro d’Italia Dinner

The Spring Classics are done. The Cobbles, The Ardennes, and now the one week tours are on. That can only mean one thing…

Ciao Bella!

This year, SPR is heading to local South Perth haunt, Solo Pizza. Owned and operated by our favourite local Italians Stefania and Giovanni, Solo Pizza will host SPR for an evening of Giro, pizza, gelato, vino and birra.

After Stage 15 from Ivrea to Como (true story) , Solo Pizza is opening exclusively for SPR with a selection of the Solo Pizza menu, garden salads, desserts and corkage – the venue is BYO for beer and wine only.

Tom Doumoulin? El Prez? We’ve never seen them in the same place at the same time. Just sayin’.
After pizza, gelato,vino an birra, THIS is what it’s all about.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Venue:       Solo Pizza, 135A Coode St, South Perth

Date:          Monday 27th May

Time:          Starting at 18:30 to 21:00 – very cyclist friendly

Tickets:      $35.00 per person

Members, partners, kids, hangers on and all in between are welcome.

There is a lucky door prize, a Giro d’Italia quiz, and a best dressed Giro d’Italia theme prize for Jack Chang – because, well, no one has ever come close! Dress in your best pink, Giro or just plain Italian themed gear to get in the mood.

Tickets available now in the SPR SHOP here. Numbers are limited, so veloce!

Grazie Mille!

The Passo Gavia, 1988. A bit like mid-winter EBR’s.

Inaugural SPR Ride Leaders Meeting

Tonight we held the first ever formal meeting of SPR’s Ride Leaders at Dome Westralia Square. With over 30 in attendance, the evening included the group getting to know each other a little better as well as general networking and socialising.

A huge thank you goes to Toby for hosting our evening and creating a great atmosphere for us.

The evening involved the team workshopping ideas for how to improve the safety and enjoyment of SPR’s training rides with lots of great ideas and recommended solutions being offered.

Going forward, it is envisaged that a sub-set of this group will create a formal sub-committee that will meet 3 times a year to further contribute to the improvement overall of SPR’s training rides.

One of the great ideas ready for immediate implementation will be that Ride Leaders will encourage riders in their group to communicate calls as normal (ie: “car back”) but to also include a polite “pass it up” or “pass it back” following the call. This is in pursuit of increasing communication across the board and aiming to improve the distribution of important information throughout the group. So…if you’re reading this….pass it up…!!

The 7th Annual Vice President’s Ride

FINAL UPDATE

Due to the forecast inclement weather, the ride has been moved to Easter Monday.  Same start time (6am) and same route.

 

On Good Friday, April 19, the annual Vice President’s Ride will take place. Starting at the carpark at 6 am (lights compulsory), we’ll head out along the old three dams course via Midland, then up Greenmount. There will be a route change this year, with road works along Great Eastern Highway. The plan is to turn right down Hardey Rd into Darlington, then go parallel to the highway up to Mundaring. There may also be another route change along Armadale Rd, again depending on road works.

There will be SHORT regroups after each climb, as time is of the essence to make it to Wungong for the sumptuous morning tea and photo opportunity. The guest morning tea server, as always remains confidential, suffice it to say they have enjoyed a good deal of success both locally and nationally this year.

As usual, dress code is national kit or mixed SPR kits. The usual prize of free coffee for the most number of different SPR kit pieces will be on offer. For those short on time, you’re welcome to join us for parts of the ride and the route will be confirmed on the weekend.

 

ROUTE UPDATE

  1.  First regroup at Park Rd/GEH Intersection in Darlington.  Cross over into Hardey Rd and down to Thomas Rd.  Left here, follow up to Mundaring to rejoin original course.
  2. After going through Armadale, well turn right into Ranford Rd and follow this right through until it becomes South Street.  Continue along South St, cross freeway and right turn into Murdoch drv.  Follow Murdoch and turn right onto Leach Hwy.  from Leach, head to the usual Shelley Route left turn off at Bull Creek and follow right through the end.  Cut through past the cafe and come out on Centenary Ave in Wilson.   Continue up to Manning Rd, then follow the usual Friday route into Kent St, Hayman Tce, Douglas Ave, Mill Point Rd until we’re back at the carpark.
  3. I’ve tried to map this 3 times on Strava, and its crashed each time. If someone else wants to do it and get me to check, please feel free to try