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The Beverley Handicap Road Race 2016


It’s not long now…..

The inaugural run of the Beverley Handicap Road Race is about to be run 8th October. The race is a 110km Handicap road race, starting
and finishing in the Wheatbelt town of Beverley, one and a half hours from South Perth.

The race heads North West out of Beverley over the rolling, quiet rural roads, following Talbot West Rd into Wandoo National Park before the turnaround for a slight downhill run all the way home. More event info is here.

Trophies and Prize money on offer:
1st $300
2nd $150
3rd $100
4th $75
5th $50
1st female $300
1st Over 45 year old $250
Fastest Time $250

Entries are open until midnight Friday 30th September – enter here.

Any enquiries please email to race@southperthrouleurs.com.au.

Be heroic. Get on board!

smashfest series 3 race #3

this saturday we will be hosting the 3rd race in the smashfest series.  start times are listed on the picture below and we will again include a “latte laps” for those women that want a less competitive roll around to see what it is like.

remember that race licences expired at the end of 2015 so make sure you renew before saturday.  bring a print out of the email as proof of purchase to be eligible to race.

we will have a food truck on site this week, so bring the family down and make an afternoon of it.

as usual, a few volunteers to help setup and pack up would be appreciated.


80% fitness, 20% balls

Sam Miranda, NRS Womens RR Stg 3, 23/08/20143 weeks ago I got a call from the Niche Living Hall Women’s Racing Team saying someone had pulled out of their team for the NRS Tour of King Valley and would I step in.

Happy thoughts: What an opportunity.

Terrified thoughts: 3 WEEKS! 3 WEEKS! I’ve been running and swimming this week. I’m not fit enough. I can’t race nationally. I’ve only done B Grade crits. Oooh I’ve been enjoying my sleep ins.

So after this evaluation I obviously said yes.

Strava showed that I was up to something (panicking) as I took my weekly training from 5hrs to 11hrs and started adding the familiar ‘HCT’ to my titles.

The team (Melissa Robinson, Liz Leyden, Anne Bramley, Erin Kinnealy and Manager Matt Upton) all flew out last Wednesday ready for a Friday tour start. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t sh*tting it. I had absolutely no idea what I was about to face.

Stage 1 20km TT: I’ve done a few TT in my time (usually on a TT bike) but never with a start ramp, yes this was my biggest fear. I was fine, my TT was not. But anyway. Nabi knocked the ball out of the park with this one.

Stage 2 40km Kermesse: It was pretty cool racing on an airstrip…..until 84 girls on bikes reached the hairpin bends at both ends. Being a novice I spent most of my time at the back and then accelerating to catch the bunch out of corners, by the final lap 12 I could confirm that this was not a winning tactic!

Stage 3 102km Road Race: Finally, a bit of climbing….6km of it on a dirt track….dammit. I managed to get over the climb well placed and got in a great working group to catch the front bunch. I was really excited to be here and thought that we’d make it to the finish as a lead group but everyone sat up and once again the group was 84 strong. That familiar sound of wheels, brakes and carbon on bitumen came,  sadly one involved my team mate Mel. She was cut and sore but like a trooper rode the next day.

Stage 4 87km Road Race: The bunch were a bit more lively today but with only two bumps in the road it never really broke the group up. With the little bit of energy we had left in our legs, our team decided that today was camera day and to make some attacks and get on the front. It happened. I have a photo to prove it.

I have done a bit of racing so didn’t expect to learn as much as I did over this tour….i was even dreaming about it when I got home!

1. Teamwork doesn’t just mean having a strategy. We knew we couldn’t control the race so our plan was as individuals we need to survive however, we were always looking out for each other on and off the bike. I laughed a lot.

2. 80% fitness 20% balls. Yes being fast is important so you can go with the attacks but being near the front to see the attack takes balls! Being smart with your position during a race, having the confidence to push to the front and hold there whilst being swamped by people, not wobbling when another rider touches you, staying out of the wind, all takes practice and takes courage but it will be the difference between first and last………………..for me, it’s a work in progress.

3. Yes racing is scary but the sense of pride when I finished on Sunday was quite overwhelming. Competing on a national level is not something I ever thought I would or could do.

Finally, a huge thank you for the people who helped me get there:

SPR – without whom I wouldn’t have progressed from Novice group and enjoyed every minute.

Hall Cycle Training – for giving me the opportunity. Another great network of people and educational facility.

Ryan Fynn – for keeping me calm before races and being my fan club after.

Mel, Anne, Erin, Liz – for being great company. No divas.

Matt Upton – for looking after us girls during the tour.

Aura Cylces – for my trusty steed that matched my kit beautifully.

state criterium championships – sunday 9th march

state champs flyernext sunday we will be hosting the state criterium championships with rccc on the tech park circuit.  the new timing system has meant that we now don’t need as many line judges, but will still need a few volunteers to keep the event running.  there will be probably 2 needed for the timing and finishline camera, 1 or 2 to look after the tuck shop and someone for first aid.  add your name below if you can help out on the day.  setup is at 7:00am and this is usually the most important time so we can get the event under way.


more details below.

RCCC and SPR are pleased to present the Junior and Senior State Criterium Championships for 2014.

Date: Sunday 9th of March 2014
Where: Technology Park Bentley
Cost: $20.80 BYO MyLaps transponder*
$26 for rental MyLaps transponder*
(*includes transaction charges)


U13 7.30am: JM 15 +1 laps / JW 10 + 1 laps
U15 7.50am: JM 20 +1 laps / JW 15 + 1 laps
U17 8.15am: JM 25 +2 laps / JW 20 + 2 laps
U19 8.50am: JM 30 +2 laps / JW 25 + 2 laps
Masters 9.40am: 40 + 2 laps
Open Women 10.30am: 40 + 2 laps
Open Men 11.15am: 60 + 2 laps

Nominations online here.
closing midnight Thursday 6th March (no late entries)

All enquiries to president@roueschaudes.com.au

*As this is a championship there will be no 3 ride permits or day licenses.

Junior presentations will be immediately after the U17 race. Senior presentations will be after the Men’s Open race.

renae’s race – volunteers

Leigh racing last weekend...

so renae’s race will be held this sunday on the tech park circuit.  what is renae’s race???  well it is in memory of one of perth’s female cyclists who died a few years ago and is now used to help promote women’s cycling in the state.

as such there will be races for a, b & c grade women.  in our club, this basically equates to fast, main 1 and main 2 level riders.  if there are any girls out there in these groups that want to have a go at racing, then i encourage you to sign up and have a go.  more info and links can be found on our previous post.

so, for the club, we need to provide a few volunteers to assist in running this race.  unlike other crits that we do, all profits from this race will go to Heartkids WA.  volunteers from that organisation will be running a bbq and selling drinks, so we will not need to provide a tuck shop.  there will also be the new timing system used (which was used at yanchep) which means that we will not need as many people line judging.  however, as we are looking at reducing costs to allow more profits to charity, we need to provide a number of traffic marshals throughout the day.

also, i am not going to be available during the event as i have a previous engagement.  i will be there to drop off the gear and pick it up later, but someone needs to take responsibility for running the finishline and other volunteers.

if you can help out please put your name in the comments and when you will be available.  we will generally need at least 4 people there at any one time with the first shift starting at 7am for setup.


Date: Sunday the 16th of February

E Grade: 7.30am 15 minutes plus 2 laps
D Grade: 7.50am 20 minutes plus 2 laps
C Grade Men: 8.15am 25 minutes plus 2 laps
B Grade Men: 8.50am 30 minutes plus 2 laps
A Grade Men: 9.30am 40 minutes plus 2 laps
C Grade Women: 10.20am 25 minutes plus 2 laps
B Grade Women: 10.20am 30 minutes plus 2 laps
Renae’s Race for A Grade Women: 11.00am 40 minutes plus 2 laps

pinjarra classic – b grade pictorial race report.

hard race today in b grade and i didn”t manage to finish with the group.  while i was there, though, i snapped a few pics with the gopro.  the rouleurs all worked best online casino well today and the break was caught 200m from the finish.  des managed to get up for 4th which was a great effort after struggling on the hills.

Dardanup Tour Cat 2 Race Report

20130908_142556I had been looking forward to the Dardanup Open for almost a month, I’d heard nothing but good things about it, and after months of not racing I couldn’t wait to put the race wheels, pin on a number and get out there. I was a little nervous about the TTT though, not ever having done a timed event before, my usual race strategy is ‘hold on, then sprint’ I wasn’t really sure how to pace myself, but mostly I just didn’t want to let down my teammates on SPR1, Andrew Ballam, Stuart Ivins, Dave Manners and Sam Luccitti.

Finally the day was here and with Saturday’s temperamental weather I was thrilled to wake up to a beautiful spring day, a quick breakfast and as soon as the car was packed I was on the road for the 2 hour drive down to Dardanup. As usual Pete was there with the SPR tent providing an excellent meeting point for all SPR riders to catch up, talk tactics and have a well-deserved coke after the race and it was here that I learnt of our Director Sportifs (aka Pete) plans for today’s race. With a substantial numerical advantage over the rest of the field SPR 1 and SPR 2 would join forces and send riders up the road from the get go in an effort to make the other teams chase and hopefully tire them out, besides myself and Dave who were ‘protected riders’ we were to sit in an save ourselves for the expected sprint finish. No pressure!

I rode back to my car and jumped on the rollers for 20 minutes to wake the legs up after the drive for what promised to be a fast, attacking start to the road race. I couldn’t see much of what happened in the first couple of km’s, but it was pretty strung out and I remember seeing at least 3 attacks go clear before Andrew’s finally stuck, solo at first and then joined by a SWCC and BDC Drilling rider. At that point everyone seemed content just to let them go, everyone was represented so why bother chasing. From what I could see it looked as though John Gilbertson did the lion’s share of the work setting a nice steady tempo on the front for most of the race.

At the first hill the field split up a bit, I took the chance to move up towards the front and saw a small chase group form up ahead; again it had all teams represented and SPR had the numbers with Dave and another SPR rider (who’s name escapes me at the moment sorry [it was james – elPrez]) so no one was really keen to pull them back in. By this point Andrew was well out of sight and the chase group were just lingering in no mans land. After we turned off Furguson Rd the chase got so close I thought it was all over for them, but after our DS bridged across ‘to relay a message’ they were gone and Pete dropped back into the main peloton with the rest of us which was still being passed along nicely by SPR.

We soon lost sight of the chase group and I assumed that that was going to be the winning move and just hoped that Andrew could stay away or someone from SPR could still take the sprint. Coming into the base of the major climb of the day and the start of our return trip to Dardanup I was feeling fresh thanks to the work of my teammates and sat towards the front of the SPR and SWCC lead peloton hoping to conserve as much energy as I could now for the TTT, but as Pete launched an attack and I followed wheels the road opened up and I realised that the chase group weren’t that far in front. Stuck hovering only a dozen meters off the front I bridged over to Pete who had successfully strung out the peloton and dropped many rides as planned and that got the remainder of the peloton.

Still feeling good I tapped out a rhythm on the front until eventually others started to roll through. We put on a pretty good run down the other side and after Sam put in a killer turn we could see the front of the race, Andrew was out front all on his own with the chase group catching him. It was then that we decided to bring it all back together for the planned bunch sprint. It took longer than I thought, but everyone worked well together and gauged their efforts perfectly as we caught the chase as they caught Andrew and with 5k to go there wasn’t much time for those in the breakaway to recover before the sprint. Dave made sure he found me in the bunch and although he had been in the chase group for 20 odd km’s assured me he was still fresh and that he’d wind it up for me at about the 400m mark, again no pressure!

From there it was almost a dead straight run into the finish, there were a couple of little rises that put a sting in the legs and a slight headwind coming from the left but with the whole peloton fighting for time bonuses the most critical part was positioning. Luckily for me Dave had put me in the perfect position, about 8 wheels back on the outside and to the right, I was out of the wind, could see what was happening and most importantly I could move. It was such a good spot in fact that I had a SWCC rider try and wrestle me out of it. I couldn’t tell you how long I was sitting there waiting to see something that would tell me the finish line was close but at about 1km to go John attacked in a solo move and the whole peloton responded, I just made sure I was glued to Dave’s wheel. This strung things out a bit more and gave everyone a bit more room to move an no sooner had we caught John than a SWCC rider launched an early sprint from behind coming around the outside on my right with about 500m to go. I was too slow to grab his wheel but Dave took off after him getting me up to speed and virtually on the SWCC riders wheel. Somehow during the ensuing panic someone rode into the side of me, from the impact I was sure he was going to go down and while I didn’t hear that unmistakable sound of bike and rider hitting the ground I did sense that it had slowed everyone around him and especially behind him but someone else will have to verify that because I couldn’t see. I started my sprint about 300m out and caught the tiring SWCC rider with about 250m, knowing that there was a traffic island at 200m to go I sat on his wheel until we were clear of it and then launched again for the line. Presumably without knowing it as I started to come past him the SWCC rider cut straight across my line and pushed me onto the wrong side of the road, but with about 150m left I was able to reset my sprint and get around him for the win.

That’s my first B Grade win and I can’t thank everyone enough, from Andrew with his 30km solo breakaway to Dave for his amazing work at getting me into the perfect spot to everyone that pulled a turn on the front so that I wouldn’t have to. Now normally that would be the end of the story, but not today, we still had a 39km TTT to race.

20130908_142512After the usual debrief and coke it was time to start thinking about the TTT, I headed off back to the car to jump back on the rollers and grab a fresh bottle then before I knew it was time to head back to the start line. You’ll have to forgive me as my recollection of the TTT is a little blurry, but that might have something to do with the 180bpm average HR, either way I remember we had a great start with everyone rolling good turns then we lost Stuart Ivins to a puncture just before the first climb and there was only 4 of use left. We all worked well together and there was very little need for talking, I felt good until halfway up the main climb where I started to feel my left calf cramp, something that I’ve never felt on the bike before, but luckily with a few downhill section on the run home I was able to sit on the back and stretch it out, have something to drink and it was fine until the end. Everyone gave 100% but I think that Andrew deserves a special mention after having spent almost the entire road race off the front by himself and he even managed to drop Dave and I with a couple of km’s to as he came to the front for his turn. We ended up taking out the TTT too ahead of SPR2 with SWCC coming in third. This saw me claim the overall with Sam 2nd SWCC’s Joel Hodgson 3rd Dave 4th and Andrew 5th, I’d be interested to see how the time bonuses work/what they are for a SWCC rider to split us like that when they were nearly 2 minutes slower than us in the TTT.

I want to give a special thankyou to SWCC for organising the event and ATTA for the timing as well as the SPR race committee for organising the teams, Pete for organising the tent and refreshments and everyone that was out there racing. The highlight of my day was standing on the podium with everyone else from SPR that had won a gnome for a photo; I hope to see you all there next year.


Race Report: Armadale Kermesse – E Grade

So, training rides. What’s that about? Training for what? That 1% of me that’s actually competitive wanted to experience what it would be like to be in an event where it was mano-a-mano (womano-a-mano-awomano?). All those kilometres burning around South St, or Bold Hill. They had to amount to something.

Racing’s where it’s at! Armed with this new found revelation I did a bit of looking around and thought about entering a race. I wandered down to Collie a few weeks ago to check out the Tom Lowry Memorial. That was interesting. It all looked civilised, so I made the bold jump and registered for….E-grade in the Armadale Kermesse.

After an awesome training regime in the week before race (staying up late to watch the Giro, sleeping in and missing my Saturday ride, only riding my MTB due to rain and a crazy busy work trip to Sydney), I was “ready”.

Got the bike all polished up (Hey, if I’m gonna come last, I’m still gonna look the goods!) Rocked up on the day. Felt a bit pro pinning the number to my jersey and I was nervously excited.

The race itself was only 26km but quite technical. The fun came from concentrating on tactics, watching for breaks and doing your bit in the group. I found it a bit hard to adjust to the technical nature of the course and keeping up with a couple of younger guys AND girls who were far quicker than me out of the turns.

First lap was about settling in. We did take off at 40km/h though. That eventually settled down and the group did a good pace. Towards the end I found that the pace dialed back. I was feeling good in the legs and the group rapidly responded to a couple of breaks from a keen filly. We approached the ½ way mark of the main straight before the turn for the finish line, and there was a break!

I took off after him and got him! Oh no. I was heading into the last turn and he had cleverly tricked me into being his lead out man! I thought I was done for and I backed off as a another rider zipped past me just before we hit the corner. Hah! I had my lead out man. I leaned into the final corner, made sure I was in the right gear and booted it out from behind my courteous lead out man, put the head down, hit the drops and then I mustered my best Cav impersonation and crossed the finish line……FIRST.

My first ever race and my first ever win.

For me, I had well exceeded my expectations. All I wanted to do was experience a race.

For those considering a race. Do try it. I scored a win in my first outing. It may not happen for everyone. Won’t ever happen again for me. Being there with other riders wasn’t about looking down at someone because they didn’t have the latest bit of carbo-kevlar-lite-campimano whatever.

Everyone was united on the start line to learn more about his or her abilities. And that’s what it really was about. Our goal was to give it a go and experience a smidgeon of what people far more talented than us do for a living, and get paid lots of coin for, day after day on the pro-tour.

Luckily someone took a vid of my finish. So please enjoy my 5 seconds of fame.

Click here to view the E-Grade Finish video

Not quite pro...
Not quite pro…

Drop me a note, or have a chat with the race committee if you want to give a race a go.

A big shout out to Cycling WA, Roues Chaudes, PIHCG, Midland Cycle Club and the many SPR volunteers on the day. The whole Armadale event was well organised, safe and thoroughly enjoyable.

See you on the start line.

armadale kermesse

Race parking registration start finish mapjust some last minute info for those doing the kermesse tomorrow.  There is no access for vehicles to the kermesse circuit as there are full road closures in place.  riders must park at the arena and then make their way (i.e. ride) up to the registration tent which is shared with the grand fondo.  there you collect your number and timing chip from midland cc.  you then make your way down to xavier college where the start finish line for the kermesse will be positioned.  if you are in the second race (grades a&b) be aware that there may be riders still on the course.  there are toilets at the college for riders to use.  after the race, you need to take your number back up to the registration desk along with your timing chip.  presentations will be near the registration after the completion of the second race.

race numbers and timing chips have already been assigned and each grade will have a different colour number to avoid confusion with multiple races on at once.  the start list for the various races can be seen below.

Cycling WA Kermesse – START LIST