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ride routes 21st – 27th july

so after my little rant last week about the direction of the club, i have decided that being proactive about it is probably a better solution than lament on what used to be.  as such i want to talk about an area that we have rarely touched over the last ten years; juniors.  we have briefly flirted with the suggestion of junior based rides but nothing has really gotten off the ground.  the problem has been getting someone to “sacrifice” their ride to organise the juniors instead.  well now i have a vested interest in it as number one son has a road bike, lycra and proper shoes with cleats and everything.  i have regularly been taking him out at 7am saturday into kings park to do laps of either lovekin or cardiac.  afterwards, we roll down to the coffeeshop to join the rest of the riders that have just completed the main ride. i generally do the earlybird first, so still get about 80kms under the belt and don’t miss out on the social side of it. so what i want to do is invite anyone that has a kid between 10-16 that they want to get into riding to join us on saturday mornings.  this isn’t a “leave the kid and go for your own ride” affair, as you must be there to supervise.  they don’t have to have a road bike or lycra or any of the fancy stuff.  just a want to learn about bike riding and to do it in as much of a social situation as possible. we get to kings park via the mounts bay rd bike path and there is very little traffic within the park on saturday morning. it is probably as safe as we are going to be able to get it without having a stand alone crit circuit.  unfortunately this weekend is predicting lots of rain on saturday morning, so i won’t be there.  but starting next week, i will add it to the ride routes as a reminder for anyone that wants to come out with us.

ride leader sponsor – there is no ride leader sponsor for july.  if you own a business and would like advertise/sponsor our ride leaders, please contact the club via email for more information.

ride to conditions – we have been getting a bit of rain lately and there were some crashes on last saturday’s earlybird ride.  as we have always said – you are responsible for your own safety.  this means that if the roads are slippery back off and ride to the conditions.  none of our training rides are races and the saturday earlybird especially is just about getting extra kms.  be sensible out there.  if you are not confident in the wet, don’t push it as it can be a lot worse.

spr tour de france sweepstakes – the tour is through the first week and successfully (for some) negotiated the cobbles.  after a couple of days in the alps, the front end of the race has had a bit of a shake up. check out the results on the sweeps leaderboard page to see if those differences have affect the prize money distribution.

tour of margs teams – emails have gone out to those that have expressed interest.  there will be an information session soon for those that have any questions.

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

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

from the ride coordinator – The weather for this weekend and coming week looks bleak for riding, it is the middle of winter after all. Have a sleep in, do a trainer session, explore your local cafe options. If you do take the bike out, be extra visible; bright lights, very visible kit / fluoro colours, and limit the time on major roads and truck routes.

saturday 21st 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

development group –  novice shelley 36.06km spr saturday

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

fast/main – river ride 51.80km spr saturday

sunday 22nd 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

development group – coffee ride

short – khna weir 72.23km spr sunday

long – khna can mills 94.55km spr sunday

monday 23rd july

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

south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 24th july

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

spr tuesday 36.37km (river ride)

ride starts frasers ave at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

wednesday 25th july

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

interval training – stock road repeats

thursday 26th 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 27th july

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride

 

ride routes 14th – 20th july

The cyclists thundering to destiny

i was reflecting the other day about what has changed in the club.  there are things that we used to do for our members that once seemed to be important no longer hold the same attraction.  this year we only have 4 tomr teams.  even last year we had 7.  a few years ago we took 3 mini-buses to kalgoorlie for the goldfields race.  now, nothing.  the tour de france sweeps, used to be a daily tipping comp, but people eventually lost interest, so we changed it to a sweeps, and this year we have struggled to find numbers. the breakfasts have been cut down to only 2 a year as people were skipping them to just have a coffee instead.  an average saturday ride would now see just as many people not in kit as there are in kit.

have we become too big and have we changed from a community to being more of a service provider??? we have lots of training rides on and have made sure that we provide a level of organisation so people feel safe but have we lost our connection??? is it a refection on the modern society where people don’t engage, but prefer to just snipe from afar??? or is it me, and have i been involved for too long and need to extract myself to ensure that positive change can occur???

these are some of the questions that myself and the committee struggle with as we try to keep this beast rolling.  i know that if we stopped providing training rides, we would loose the majority of our members overnight.  but is that all that is holding the club together??? i’m not saying that everyone needs to have a sycophantic, “spr is the best” type of attitude, but we built something that was different to the other groups in perth and sometimes i am struggling to see where parts that have gone.  so what do we need to do to engage???

ride leader sponsor – there is no ride leader sponsor for july.  if you own a business and would like advertise/sponsor our ride leaders, please contact the club via email for more information.

spr tour de france sweepstakes – the tour is underway and now the sweeps are underway.  we finally sold all the tickets so will draw out teams tonight.  so far every team has received some prize money…some more than others.  you can see the results on the leaderboard page.

spr tour de france dinner – the tour de france dinner has now sold out.  members who managed to get in will be enjoying the best of french cuisine at chez pierre.

tour of margs teams – emails have gone out to those that have expressed interest.  there will be another information session this saturday after the main ride for those that have any questions.

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

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

from the ride coordinator – The Sat main route dog legs along Leach Hwy for ~650m before turning right. Ensure groups stay together and changing lanes on Leach is done safely.

saturday 14th 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

development group –  novice shelley 36.06km spr saturday

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

fast/main – murdoch & freo 49.8km spr saturday

sunday 15th 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

development group – coffee ride

short – wlsh weir 62.23km spr sunday

long – wlsh obs kal 90.32km spr sunday

monday 16th july

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

south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 17th july

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

spr tuesday 36.37km (river ride)

ride starts frasers ave at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

wednesday 18th july

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

interval training – stock road repeats

thursday 19th 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 20th july

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride

 

ride routes 7th – 13th july

with the oscars, i mean, world cup coming to a close for the year, it is time to focus on a sport where suffering is applauded, not faked. although their spindly arms give the appearance of a fragile insect, the pain threshold of pro cyclists is generally pretty high.  on a scale of neymar jr (1) to giving birth (10), i am sure that we have all seen tours where someone is giving it a good solid 9 before the lights go out.  why do we aspire to this kind of masochistic behaviour? is it all about winning? for many of us, it is not winning, but just being better.  sometimes that involves winning, but improvement drives most of us to get out of bed, put on 15 layers of clothing and go ride in the dark when the temp is closer to 0 then it is to 10.  however, we also need our heroes to inspire us.  although the tour is full of heroes (and villains) i find that inspiration can come from sources closer to home.  the quiet achievers that go out and do something without the big song and dance.  riders that are humble in their achievements and could at any moment ride your legs off you, but choose not to.  club riders like mike bonner and brian sing.  if you don’t know what they have achieved, take the time to have a chat with them.

ride leader sponsor – there is no ride leader sponsor for july.  if you own a business and would like advertise/sponsor our ride leaders, please contact the club via email for more information.

 

Tour de France 2017 – 23/07/2017 – Paris Champs-Elysées  – France – Warren BARGUIL (SUN) Meilleur grimpeur, Simon YATES (ORS) Meilleur jeune, Christopher FROOME (SKY) Meilleur au général, Michael MATTHEWS (SUN) Meilleur sprinter

spr tour de france sweepstakes – the tour kicks off this weekend and we will again be running a sweepstakes.  unlike other tipping comps, where you have to pick a bunch of riders, or sweeps for individual riders, in our sweep you get a whole team.  during the tour the riders get prize money for all types of things, not just finishing first.  crossing a categorised mountain, intermediate sprints, wearing a leaders jersey, being best young rider, best team, etc.  all of this money adds up to the team total.  for our sweep, all money from the entry fee, goes into a prize pool and this then gets split up in the same ratio as the tour would, it’s prize pool.  check out the previous post for more details and get on board before the tour starts.  teams will be selected randomly after all entries are sold.

spr tour de france dinner – as we do every year, the social committee will be holding a spr tour de france dinner at chez pierre’s in nedlands.  it will be held on tuesday 17 july (stage 10) 6.30pm and places are limited.  more information and the menu can be found on the previous post, so jump on board quickly so you can experience the tour without having to climb a mountain first.

tour of margs teams – based on the expressions of interest we have registered 3 men’s and 1 women’s team for this years tour of margs.  our first team briefing will be this saturday at the coffee shop after the main ride.  there the logistic of the event will be explained and an indication of the final cost as well as introduction to the terms and conditions.  please make every effort to attend.

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

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

from the ride coordinator – Historical footage of major cycling races is helping scientists study effects of climate change. Click here to find out how.

saturday 7th 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

development group –  novice shelley 36.06km spr saturday

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

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

sunday 8th 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

development group – coffee ride

short – khna weir 72.23km spr sunday

long – can mills peet obs 90.30km spr sunday

monday 9th july

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

south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 10th july

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

spr tuesday 36.37km (river ride)

ride starts frasers ave at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

wednesday 11th july

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

interval training – stock road repeats

thursday 12th 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 13th july

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride

ride routes 30th june – 6th july

as some of you are aware, a few years ago we had an incident on one of the hills rides.  a rider drifted to the wrong side of the road and hit an oncoming car at about 70kph.  i was about two metres away and got to watch the whole thing.  there are certain things that i never want to experience again and that, plus running back up the road to check for a pulse are pretty much at the top of my list.  to my horror, i saw this scenario about to play out again on the thursday earlybird ride.  coming down the hill from point walter and onto burke drive, a rider who was larger than the person in front, had more momentum and drifted around and onto the wrong side of the road.  i look up the road and there is a car, with headlights blazing heading up the hill.  the rider had enough time to brake and pull back in, and it wasn’t that close of a call, but it was totally unnecessary.  instead of braking as they caught the rider in front, they put themselves (and my sanity) at risk.  now the rider in question was not part of the group.  we had overtaken quite a few riders between cottesloe and bicton, so we had some hangers-on.  regardless, i had a few choice words for him even though he soon drifted off the back.  talking to the leader of another perth bike group and they said that they still have the occasional problem with riders going the wrong way around roundabouts, etc.  on our group rides, these types of risks are unacceptable.  the club as a whole works very hard to maintain a certain level of etiquette and this is something that every person must enforce.  we are the more vulnerable road user out there and taking unnecessary risks can be fatal.

ride leader sponsor – the ride leader sponsor for june is wa cyclocross.  cyclocross is a cross between road and mountain biking usually held on a grass or dirt circuit. there are divisions for all abilities and a kids race before on a shortened circuit.
check out any of the events coming up soon and get on down to ring a cowbell.

earlybird lights – the nights are dark and full of terrors, so that is why you need to have a good set of operating lights on your bike during the earlybird.  on the thursday group 3 ride, there were 3 people that did not have operating lights on their bikes.  if it is a once off “my lights just died” situation, then fine, but don’t argue, just apologise and say you will have them fixed before the next ride.  there is a very big risk that you can be cleaned up by a car because they can’t see you.  especially since people seem to wear a lot of black kit during winter.  if your lights are repeatably failing, then it is time to buy some new ones.  as we have always said, no front flashers and make sure your rear is not on retina burn mode for the people trying to follow your wheel.

New kit
The new kit…

kit collection – the latest order of standard spr kit and the national kit is now ready to collect and will be available at the coffee shop after the main ride on saturday.  if you cannot collect then, please contact kit@southperthrouleurs.com.auto organise another time, or purchase a “post my kit” option in our shop.

winter woolies and retro riders – pull out your retro jersey or retro bike and ride with the south perth rouleurs. this saturday, 30 june. meet at coode st jetty carpark in south perth by 7am. spr ride leaders will take the group over a 40-50km ride ending at dome westralia square. there you can display your bike, parade your jersey and #bheroic.  see the ride route below.

spr tomr 2018 eoi closing tomorrow – we know that is seems really early, but team nominations for the tomr need to be in soon.  this is where the club pays the deposit based on how many teams that we wish to enter.  if the deposit is not paid, then we cannot enter a team later on if more people want to be a part of it.  last year we had three men’s, three women’s and a mixed team.  so far this year, we actually do not have enough numbers for a women’s only team.  after being involved with this event for a number of years, i can hands downs say that it is a lot of fun and one of the best biking experiences you can have without leaving the state.  even just the social aspects of the event for the club make it worthwhile.  so, if you want to be part of it, or need to set a goal to make sure you actually train this year, then check out the previous post and get your name to the race committee before the end of tomorrow.

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

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

from the ride coordinator – Do your tax return, buy bike things

saturday 30th june

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

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

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

development group –  novice shelley 36.06km spr saturday

retro roll – spr retro roll 41.60km

transitional 1/2 – spr retro roll 41.60km

fast/main – morley drive 50.77km spr saturday

sunday 1st 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

development group – coffee ride

short – wlsh weir 62.23km spr sunday

long – wlsh obs kal 90.32km spr sunday

monday 2nd july

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

south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 3rd july

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

spr tuesday 36.37km (river ride)

ride starts frasers ave at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

wednesday 4th july

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

interval training – stock road repeats

thursday 5th 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 6th july

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride

ride routes 23rd – 29th june

fifty shades of black and white…sorry christian, there is no grey.  so this morning two of our members in separate incidents have been collared by the constabulary at traffic lights in the city. one was told that they weren’t allowed to walk their bike with the pedestrian traffic while the other was told that they couldn’t ride at a slow pace and cross on the green man. the second received a $300 fine and was also told off for not having any id on them (not a law here as far as i know, but it is in nsw). the first example was certainly weird. being told that you had to mix with traffic rather than walk with pedestrians because “it is the right thing to do” is certainly heading towards an opinion rather than a road rule.  especially since bikes can now legally ride on the footpath in wa.  the second case is kind of the opposite.  in our opinion, riding slowly with the pedestrian traffic is safer for the cyclist, but technically, is it the right thing to do.  the inference from the first case is that if you want to be a road user, be a road user, not a pedestrian.  the worrying part is that within law enforcement, there is room for the interpretation of the rules, which can be clearly guided by personal bias and opinion.  if the first case was given a fine, i would certainly be taking it to court, the second…not so much.  there is no grey.  if rules were made on opinions, then the overwhelming majority out there would not allow us to ride on the road.  even if it is safer to do something a particular way, please have a think is it actually against the road rules and how does it look to everyone else.

ride leader sponsor – the ride leader sponsor for june is wa cyclocross.  cyclocross is a cross between road and mountain biking usually held on a grass or dirt circuit. there are divisions for all abilities and a kids race before on a shortened circuit.
check out any of the events coming up soon and get on down to ring a cowbell.

earlybird lights – the nights are dark and full of terrors, so that is why you need to have a good set of operating lights on your bike during the earlybird.  on the thursday group 3 ride, there were 3 people that did not have operating lights on their bikes.  if it is a once off “my lights just died” situation, then fine, but don’t argue, just apologise and say you will have them fixed before the next ride.  there is a very big risk that you can be cleaned up by a car because they can’t see you.  especially since people seem to wear a lot of black kit during winter.  if your lights are repeatably failing, then it is time to buy some new ones.  as we have always said, no front flashers and make sure your rear is not on retina burn mode for the people trying to follow your wheel.

New kit
The new kit…

kit collection – the latest order of standard spr kit (not the national kit) is now ready to collect and will be available at the coffee shop after the main ride on saturday.  if you cannot collect then, please contact kit@southperthrouleurs.com.au to organise another time, or purchase a “post my kit” option in our shop.

winter woolies and retro riders – pull out your retro jersey or retro bike and ride with the south perth rouleurs. saturday 30 june. meet at coode st jetty carpark in south perth by 7am. spr ride leaders will take the group over a 40-50km ride ending at dome westralia square. there you can display your bike, parade your jersey and #bheroic

spr tomr 2018 eoi closing soon – we know that is seems really early, but team nominations for the tomr need to be in soon.  this is where the club pays the deposit based on how many teams that we wish to enter.  if the deposit is not paid, then we cannot enter a team later on if more people want to be a part of it.  last year we had three men’s, three women’s and a mixed team.  so far this year, we actually do not have enough numbers for a women’s only team.  after being involved with this event for a number of years, i can hands downs say that it is a lot of fun and one of the best biking experiences you can have without leaving the state.  even just the social aspects of the event for the club make it worthwhile.  so, if you want to be part of it, or need to set a goal to make sure you actually train this year, then check out the previous post and get your name to the race committee before the end of next week.

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

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

from the ride coordinator –Today is the shortest day of the year, don’t forget to keep your lights charged up.

saturday 23rd june

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

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

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

development group –  novice shelley 36.06km spr saturday

transitional 1/2 – trans rebold 38.69km spr saturday

fast/main – tv stations 50.29km spr saturday

sunday 24th june

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

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

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

development group – coffee ride

short – brktn weir 82.89km spr sunday

long – f’berg urch obs 96.16km spr sunday

monday 25th june

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

south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 26th june

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

spr tuesday 36.37km (river ride)

ride starts frasers ave at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

wednesday 27th june

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

interval training – stock road repeats

thursday 28th june

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 29th june

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride

ride routes 16th – 22nd june

we all know that group riding takes a different skill set than riding by yourself.  one of the biggest differences is understanding just where to position your bike in relation to the rider in front of you, to maximise the draft you can get.  being able to ride longer and faster is often determined by how much energy you can save when travelling behind someone.  so we all know that if the wind is coming from the left, then the group needs to echelon out to the right, with each rider positioning themselves to the right of the person in front.  you see it on flat windy stages of the tour, with the group essentially forming a diagonal line across the road.  well thursday earlybird is not the tour and so we need to be mindful of other road users.  what is not always obvious to drivers behind us, is that we are still only riding two-abreast.  what they do see, however, is a scattering of riders, taking up most of the lane.  the call of “car back” was made and the majority of the group tightened up, but some didn’t want to give up their position.  this is generally those that are struggling to keep pace and know that if they drop the wheel, they might not get back on.  it is kind of a survival instinct, if you will.  getting dropped, though, is probably not the worse thing that can happen to you.  coming to grief with a frustrated tradie that decided to pass anyway, can have a devastating affect on the group ride, not surprisingly even worse than a cross-wind.  i keep coming back to this all the time.  be spatially aware.  know where everything is at all times and you can put yourself in a better position to be able to keep riding. getting dropped on port beach road is not the end of the world.  you won’t be the first to ride back by yourself and you wont be the last.

ride leader sponsor – the ride leader sponsor for june is wa cyclocross.  cyclocross is a cross between road and mountain biking usually held on a grass or dirt circuit. there are divisions for all abilities and a kids race before on a shortened circuit.
check out any of the events coming up soon and get on down to ring a cowbell.

earlybird lights – the nights are dark and full of terrors, so that is why you need to have a good set of operating lights on your bike during the earlybird.  on the thursday group 3 ride, there were 3 people that did not have operating lights on their bikes.  if it is a once off “my lights just died” situation, then fine, but don’t argue, just apologise and say you will have them fixed before the next ride.  there is a very big risk that you can be cleaned up by a car because they can’t see you.  especially since people seem to wear a lot of black kit during winter.  if your lights are repeatably failing, then it is time to buy some new ones.  as we have always said, no front flashers and make sure your rear is not on retina burn mode for the people trying to follow your wheel.

spr retro roll – as part of the beverley heroic weekend, we are partnering with mr vesparazzi for the spr retro roll – saturday 30 June, 7am coode street,
retro jersey or retro bike come ride with spr. ride leaders will take the group over a 40-50km ride ending at Dome Westralia Square. there you can display your bike, parade your jersey and #bheroic.

spr tomr 2018 – are you interested in this years tour of margaret river???  if so, check out the previous post for more information and send in your expression of interest.  make sure you read some of the race reports to understand just how good this event is, or have a chat to a previous entrant at the coffee shop after the ride.

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

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

from the ride coordinator – Please note that after the section through Whiteman Park, the first 1.5km of Marshall Rd has roadworks and is restricted to a single lane

saturday 16th june

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

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

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

development group –  novice shelley 36.06km spr saturday

transitional 1/2 – trans benara 39.90km spr saturday

fast/main – whiteman park 50.4km spr saturday

sunday 17th june

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

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

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

development group – coffee ride

short – kal goose 67.63km spr sunday

long – kal chook obs 89.74km spr sunday

monday 18th june

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

south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 19th june

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

spr tuesday 36.37km (river ride)

ride starts frasers ave at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

wednesday 20th june

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

interval training – stock road repeats

thursday 21st june

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 22nd june

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride

ride routes 9th – 15th june

history.  19th july 2008 and katy perry had the number one single in australia with “i kissed a girl”.  how the world has changed over the last 10 years.  now the number one song is “youngblood” by 5 seconds of summer.  actually it probably shows not much really has changed.  the club has changed a bit over the last 10 years though.  mark de castro sent me a bunch of photo’s he dug up from our very first spr breakfast.  there are still some familiar faces in there plus some that we haven’t seen for a while.  i managed to find the link to the blog post that covered the event.  back in those days, i used to do a write up on every ride we did.  obviously we didn’t do as many rides back then, and there was pretty much only one group on a saturday.  just like an episode of “cheers”, it was a place where everybody knew your name.  we had just taken delivery of our first spr kit and it was obvious that tight and aero was not the flavour back in 2008.  also, we could fit everyone’s bikes into my double garage and still have room to do a bike weigh-in.  the aim of the breakfasts was to establish our own identity within the perth cycling scene.  we had just formed after leaving a shop ride, and wanted to make sure that riders felt like they were part of something more.  more than just riding and more than just another coffee at a coffee shop.  we had raffles, bike weigh-ins and food and drink.  it was really about establishing a community rather than a club.  a lot of aspects of those early days built the foundation of what the club has become today.  be part of the community.

ride leader sponsor – the ride leader sponsor for june is wa cyclocross.  cyclocross is a cross between road and mountain biking usually held on a grass or dirt circuit. there are divisions for all abilities and a kids race before on a shortened circuit.
check out any of the events coming up soon and get on down to ring a cowbell.

earlybird lights – the nights are dark and full of terrors, so that is why you need to have a good set of operating lights on your bike during the earlybird.  on the thursday group 3 ride, there were 3 people that did not have operating lights on their bikes.  if it is a once off “my lights just died” situation, then fine, but don’t argue, just apologise and say you will have them fixed before the next ride.  there is a very big risk that you can be cleaned up by a car because they can’t see you.  especially since people seem to wear a lot of black kit during winter.  if your lights are repeatably failing, then it is time to buy some new ones.  as we have always said, no front flashers and make sure your rear is not on retina burn mode for the people trying to follow your wheel.

spr general meeting – a few years ago the state government made some changes to the associations act that has meant every clubs constitution needs to change.  to do this, we need to hold a general meeting to vote on and accept the changes.  our meeting will be this saturday the 9th june after the main ride and will be held at the coffee shop.  unlike the agm, there will not be a breakfast, but you will need to sign in so we can document how many people were in attendance to vote.  the previous post has a link to the new constitution, so have a look and table any feedback before the meeting so we can discuss any changes.

spr retro roll – as part of the beverley heroic weekend, we are partnering with mr vesparazzi for the spr retro roll – saturday 30 June, 7am coode street,
retro jersey or retro bike come ride with spr. ride leaders will take the group over a 40-50km ride ending at Dome Westralia Square. there you can display your bike, parade your jersey and #bheroic.

spr tomr 2018 – are you interested in this years tour of margaret river???  if so, check out the previous post for more information and send in your expression of interest.  make sure you read some of the race reports to understand just how good this event is, or have a chat to a previous entrant at the coffee shop after the ride.

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

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

from the ride coordinator – A reminder to all, with the strong winds and heavy rain there will be lots of debris and sand etc. on the roads, be aware of the conditions and take extra care on corners and white lines.  This weekend also provides alternatives to riding hills, with Element Series road racing, Numbat Cup cyclocross, and ATTA time trials also featuring across Perth on Sunday. Whilst entries may have closed for some events, if you’re interested, keep an eye out as they are all regular winter riding options.

saturday 9th june

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

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

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

development group –  novice shelley 36.06km spr saturday

transitional 1/2 – trans rebold 38.69km spr saturday

fast/main – scarbs beach & hale 51.21km spr saturday

sunday 10th june

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

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

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

development group – coffee ride

short – wlsh weir 62.23km spr sunday

long – wlsh obs kal 90.32km spr sunday

monday 11th june

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

south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 12th june

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

spr tuesday 36.37km (river ride)

ride starts frasers ave at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

wednesday 13th june

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

interval training – stock road repeats

thursday 14th june

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 15th june

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride

ride routes 2nd – 8th june

so this last week both social media and mainstream media exploded with the push for single file riding to become law.  what surprised me was that the offending facebook page has been active for quite a while and what was it about this week that made it take off.  i am assuming that trump didn’t do anything stupid enough and the media outlets were a bit hard up for content.  the premise is that drivers want a law to force cyclists to ride in single file as it is safer for the riders.  safety.  well i am glad that there is someone else looking out for our safety.  so lets analyse this a bit.  a group of riders whether in a single file or not are riding on a road.  are they unsafe???  what is it about riders that are two-abreast that makes it so unsafe???  the road surface is the same, the riders are still interacting with each other.  what makes it dangerous???  if it is unsafe, it is the actions of other road users that makes it unsafe for cyclists to be two-abreast.  so if we were going to legislate for safety, why not legislate against the party that was making it unsafe.  well we did, and the 1m rule has been applied to most states in australia.  unfortunately, the backlash from this law has meant that there is a ground swell of discontent that say that it just isn’t fair.  if i have to give you 1m, then you should only ride single file.  well, i believe that riding two-abreast is safer for cyclists and here is why; the drivers see you.  if they are complaining about you, it means that they see you.  the majority of cycling related fatalities in this country are due to distracted drivers cleaning up single rider cyclists that are usually riding on the shoulder and generally minding their own business.  it is rare that a group of riders is involved in an incident, as drivers see us.  laws change to improve safety, not to appease those that feel that they are being inconvenienced. my advice is not to engage on social media, and continue to do what we are doing.  just keep it respectful on the road, and adjust your riding style to suit the situation.  if traffic is banking up, go single to let them through.  if the road furniture makes it dangerous to overtake, then take the lane until it is safe.  don’t use the excuse that “it’s the law to ride two-abreast”, ride in a way that allows everyone to get where they need to go, without someone going home in an ambulance.

ride leader sponsor – the ride leader sponsor for june is wa cyclocross.  cyclocross is a cross between road and mountain biking usually held on a grass or dirt circuit. there are divisions for all abilities and a kids race before on a shortened circuit.
check out any of the events coming up soon and get on down to ring a cowbell.

earlybird lights – the nights are dark and full of terrors, so that is why you need to have a good set of operating lights on your bike during the earlybird.  on the thursday group 3 ride, there were 3 people that did not have operating lights on their bikes.  if it is a once off “my lights just died” situation, then fine, but don’t argue, just apologise and say you will have them fixed before the next ride.  there is a very big risk that you can be cleaned up by a car because they can’t see you.  especially since people seem to wear a lot of black kit during winter.  if your lights are repeatably failing, then it is time to buy some new ones.  as we have always said, no front flashers and make sure your rear is not on retina burn mode for the people trying to follow your wheel.

spr general meeting – a few years ago the state government made some changes to the associations act that has meant every clubs constitution needs to change.  to do this, we need to hold a general meeting to vote on and accept the changes.  our meeting will be on the 9th june after the main ride and will be held at the coffee shop.  unlike the agm, there will not be a breakfast, but you will need to sign in so we can document how many people were in attendance to vote.  the previous post has a link to the new constitution, so have a look and table any feedback before the meeting so we can discuss any changes.

spr tomr 2018 – are you interested in this years tour of margaret river???  if so, check out the previous post for more information and send in your expression of interest.  make sure you read some of the race reports to understand just how good this event is, or have a chat to a previous entrant at the coffee shop after the ride.

social sub-committee – we are looking for a few members to assist in the running of the spr social sub-committee.  the occasional breakfast, grand tour dinner and other out of lycra events are on the cards for this year.  check out the previous post if you can help out.

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

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

from the ride coordinator – stay upright.

saturday 2nd june

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

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

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

development group –  novice shelley 36.06km spr saturday

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

fast/main – maddington 51.87km spr saturday

sunday 3rd june

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

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

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

development group – coffee ride

short – brktn weir 82.89km spr sunday

long – carr peet obs 97.72km spr sunday

monday 4th june – wa day

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

south stock 33.76km spr monday

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

main rides – public hol 58.97km spr special

tuesday 5th june

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

spr tuesday 36.37km (river ride)

ride starts frasers ave at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

wednesday 6th june

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

interval training – stock road repeats

thursday 7th june

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 8th june

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride

ride routes 26th may – 1st june

sometimes life is about being challenged and other times it is about looking for a challenge.  a contingent of spr riders headed down south last weekend to the home of the tour of margaret river – nannup.  this time, however, there was a dirty weekend on the cards.  dirty, filthy, painful and exhilarating all at the same time.  the event was called seVen and involved 7 sectors of mostly fire trails and logging tracks around nannup.  covering 125kms and climbing close to 3000m it was not for the faint hearted.  it was a certainly a challenge made even bigger by the fact that since it was the inaugural event,  no-one knew what to expect either.  a few of us chose a cx bike as it was touted as a mtb/cx event. whilst none of the climbs were out of reach of the cx bike, it was the descents that really tested your resolve.  some of these were butt-clenching, arm shaking, wheel skidding edge of your seat experiences.  however, the scenery that we passed by was unbelievable. was it hard, yes. were i sore for days, yes.  will i do it again, damn right.  challenge accepted. (check out claire tyrrell’s article in today’s west travel section)

ride leader sponsor – the ride leader sponsor for may is  Itomic web/app specialists.  Itomic are a website and web application development company. Established in Perth in 2000, they also have offices in Melbourne and Vancouver.  Their primary open source software technologies are Drupal, WordPress, and Laravel.

spr national jersey – have you qualified to represent australia at the UWCT finals in italy this year???  if so, then you may need to purchase your aussie kit.  similar to previous years, we are doing an spr flavoured aussie kit so you can show both your country and club.  orders will close on the 31st may, so get on it.  see the previous post for further details.

spr general meeting – a few years ago the state government made some changes to the associations act that has meant every clubs constitution needs to change.  to do this, we need to hold a general meeting to vote on and accept the changes.  our meeting will be on the 9th june after the main ride and will be held at the coffee shop.  unlike the agm, there will not be a breakfast, but you will need to sign in so we can document how many people were in attendance to vote.  the previous post has a link to the new constitution, so have a look and table any feedback before the meeting so we can discuss any changes.

social sub-committee – we are looking for a few members to assist in the running of the spr social sub-committee.  the occasional breakfast, grand tour dinner and other out of lycra events are on the cards for this year.  check out the previous post if you can help out.

The group performed CPR until an ambulance arrived.do you know cpr? – our own claire tyrrell reported on a relevant cycling incident the other day in the west.  during a group ride, one of the riders suffered a heart attack and the others were required to perform cpr until an ambulance arrived.  there is a link to the article that show the event being captured on video.  it is pretty powerful stuff and begs the question – would you know what to do???  there has been previous discussions about ride leaders being qualified in 1st aid.  our position is still that the ride leader is there to guide and direct, they are not there to be 100% responsible for your well being.  if your mate was having a heart attack would you step in and act or would you just step back and say “oh, well, it is the ride leaders responsibility”.  we are all responsible for each others safety on the ride, make sure you know what to do.

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

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

from the ride coordinator – Please make a note that there may be a short detour in place on Albany hwy south bound near Kenwick link due to ongoing roadworks.

saturday 26th may

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

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

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

development group –  novice shelley 36.06km spr saturday

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

fast/main – shelley & mosman 50.14km spr saturday

sunday 27th may

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

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

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

development group – coffee ride

short – khna weir 72.23km spr sunday

long – khna can mills 94.55km spr sunday

monday 28th may

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

south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 29th may

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

spr tuesday 36.37km (river ride)

ride starts frasers ave at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

wednesday 30th may

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

interval training – stock road repeats

thursday 31st may

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 1st june

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride

ride routes 19th – 25th may

viva bris-vegas

i have spent the majority of the week in bris-vegas sans bike.  this meant that i have had to resort to the odd run to keep the fitness up.  so out for an explore of the shared paths around the city.  their river is not quite as wide so there are numerous bridges to cross onto south bank.  there are 2 dedicated pedestrian/bike bridges and the traffic bridges also have walkways.  the south bank promenade is popular with walkers, joggers and the like meaning that it is not really the place for some serious cycling.  it is well setup with cafe’s, parks, a ferris wheel and a free outdoor swimming pool/beach.  on the cityside, however, the bicentennial bikeway has wide, mostly separated paths set under the main roads that overhang the river.  like perth, getting into the city seems to be fairly easy, but after that you are competing with the traffic.

ride leader sponsor – the ride leader sponsor for may is  Itomic web/app specialists.  Itomic are a website and web application development company. Established in Perth in 2000, they also have offices in Melbourne and Vancouver.  Their primary open source software technologies are Drupal, WordPress, and Laravel.

social sub-committee – we are looking for a few members to assist in the running of the spr social sub-committee.  the occasional breakfast, grand tour dinner and other out of lycra events are on the cards for this year.  check out the previous post if you can help out.

The group performed CPR until an ambulance arrived.do you know cpr? – our own claire tyrrell reported on a relevant cycling incident the other day in the west.  during a group ride, one of the riders suffered a heart attack and the others were required to perform cpr until an ambulance arrived.  there is a link to the article that show the event being captured on video.  it is pretty powerful stuff and begs the question – would you know what to do???  there has been previous discussions about ride leaders being qualified in 1st aid.  our position is still that the ride leader is there to guide and direct, they are not there to be 100% responsible for your well being.  if your mate was having a heart attack would you step in and act or would you just step back and say “oh, well, it is the ride leaders responsibility”.  we are all responsible for each others safety on the ride, make sure you know what to do.

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

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

ride routes – single digit temperatures overnight this weekend, so it will be brisk on the earlybird.  make sure you rug up and i hope you made the kit order cut off for cold weather gear.

saturday 19th may

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

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

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

development group –  novice shelley 36.06km spr saturday

transitional 1/2 – trans benara 39.90km spr saturday

fast/main – hale & ridgehill 50.58km spr saturday

sunday 20th may

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

early lap – earlybird 40.93km spr special

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

development group – coffee ride

short – wlsh weir 62.23km spr sunday

long – wlsh obs kal 90.32km spr sunday

monday 21st may

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

south stock 33.76km spr monday

tuesday 22nd may

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

spr tuesday 36.37km (river ride)

ride starts frasers ave at 5:45am

development group – interval training kings park

wednesday 23rd may

ride starts raffles bike path at 5:30am

interval training – stock road repeats

thursday 24th may

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 25th may – presidents day

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

spr friday 42.01km (shelley)

friday training/recovery ride