Newsletter 17/11/15

SweetGravel

Ride News:

Last weekend, five riders fronted for the inaugural running of the BPB (Brighton – Peachester – Brighton): AnneL, DaveB, MarkR, NickB, PatL. The BOM forecast of 80% chance of 20-50 mm rain was just good enough for the optimists. I mean what are the chances that you could possibly get rain going across Mt Mee? As it turned out there was some dampness, but no actual inundation or the deluge that Brisbane experienced.

A happy Audax rider.

GravelGrinding1

Why is she so happy? She is happy because she is on her favorite riding surface:
GravelGrinding

(It always pays to carefully read the fine print in the ride description.) And if you look closely, there is a shadow.

Great ride support from RO Peter Jenkins and Ann. And wouldn’t you know, Lindsay & Connie Green were on hand running one of the controls. It really was an abridged April Animation. PatL being revived by Connie in the Caboolture Hilton:
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Lindsay: “These are ideal dust-free riding conditions”.

The week previous saw nine riders signing up for the MPM1 (Middle Park Medley): DavidB, GeorgeR, MarkR, PhilipR (100k); ChrisE, ChrisR (200k); BrianH, EmeryB (400k); ChristianW (600k). For the 2nd week running there was someone new doing their first Audax ride. Welcome Christian! I only hope we get as many riders doing their 2nd Audax ride. The peloton leaving Middle Park:
Start
True to form the MPM1 was hot & muggy. Camel Backs were popular. This was the view coming into Peak Crossing:
PeakCrossingThanks to RO ChrisR for continuing this great series.

Full Ride Report – Brian Hornby

Late Ride Report:

Two decades ago on the 1st July 1995, the first Queensland 1000 km ride was run: The Four Figure Foray. Lindsay has finally got around to writing the ride report.

Full Ride Report – Lindsay Green

Newsletter News:

Remember that all previous newsletters are stored on the Audax Queensland website here. This is also the repository of Ride Reports. I have just added a page of “Big Rides” which has links to either 1000k rides that have been held in Queensland; or the Ride Reports from Queenslanders on 1000k+ rides. The header of the website is now randomly one of 25 images, so changes whenever the page is reloaded.

Other News:

  • A reminder that if you plan on doing a Year Round Randonneur in 2016, you have 2 weekends left in November to get the challenge underway. Look at the Audax website calendar, pick a ride, make sure your membership is up to date and enter a ride. If there are no rides in your area on the day you have available then choose a permanent (here). Ride it like a Randonneur and do your best time, or ride it like a cylcotourist and enjoy the scenery the ride organiser has placed you in.
  • People may not be aware of the smartphone friendly Audax Calendar. It can be put on your phone like an app… http://www.audax.org.au/joomla-calendar-mySQL.asp If you open this link on a phone: tap on the ‘send to’ icon then tap on ‘add to home screen’.
  • A PhD student is seeking Ultra Runners and Cyclists to participate in a study investigating how exercise and diet impact biological ageing. More info here. If you would like to participate (and have a chance to win one of five $25 itune gift cards), please click on the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TL798CR

Upcoming Rides News:

Forms: Ride Entry Form, Lighting Rules, Reflective Vest Rules

Freedom Ride 300: This was previously called “Around the Mountains” which is now renamed. Make of that what you will, but it’s still the same great ride. Details below.

TFR300
Midnight Century: You will often hear people say: “If you only do one Audax ride a year, this should be the one.” And it’s true. Audax Queensland’s flagship ride has been held every year since Audax Queensland began. Taking riders over 100 miles that takes in quaint country towns, flat country roads, good company and all under a Spring night sky you are never going to experience a ride like this anywhere else. Worried about being left on your own or its your first Audax ride and feel a little bit apprehensive…don’t be. There is always those that want to ride fast but equally there are those that enjoy the event for what it is and ride along at a very comfortable pace. At the end a welcoming smile followed by warm showers and a hearty breakfast.

(1) All riders MUST adhere 100% to both Audax Australia Lighting and Reflective Vest Policies, non-compliance means no ride.
(2) If attending breakfast post ride please ensure appropriate clothing is worn. Dress Code applies, no lycra.
(3) Pre ride please ensure rest or sleep Saturday afternoon is considered.
(4) Post Ride give thought to having someone drive you home. Fatigue kills, we want to see you back.
(5) For catering purposes, Ride Entry Forms and payment must be received by Thursday 26th November. No refund if riders decide to withdraw.


Upcoming Rides:

Freedom Ride 300 – Saturday 21 November 2015

A scenic ride around the mountains North West of Brisbane. Ferny Hills, Ipswich, Lowood, Esk, Kilcoy, Caboolture returning to Ferny Hills

Start: Ferny Hills; 6:00 am
Costs: $6 members / $16 non members
Distances: 300 BRM
Route: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/4304673
Supported: No
Lighting Rules Apply: Yes
Contact: Brian Hornby (0418 711 417 / brianhornby19@gmail.com)

Midnight Century – Saturday Nov 28th 2015

Start at midnight and ride through the Lockyer and Brisbane

Start: Ipswich 11:59 pm
Costs: $45 members / $55 non members
Distances: 160 BA
Route: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/6278084
Supported: Yes
Lighting Rules Apply: Yes
Contact: Rodney Clarke (0411 699 661 / rodney.clarke@y7mail.com)

Bedrock – Saturday Dec 5th 2015

Scenic rides starting at Ferny Hills.

Start: Ferny Hills; 6:00 am
Costs: $6 members / $16 non members
Distances: 100 BA, 200 BRM
Route 100: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/3713285
Route 200: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/3713047
Supported: No
Lighting Rules Apply: Yes, 200k only
Contact: Brian Hornby (0418 711 417 / brianhornby19@gmail.com)

Inland Indulgence – Sunday Dec 13th 2015

Indulge yourself in a scenic inland ride through the rolling hills of Brookfield and Moggill to Ipswich. Return on flatter terrain through Wacol and the Centenary suburbs.

Start: Kenmore; 6:00 am
Costs: $6 members / $16 non members
Distances: 100 BA
Route: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/5016834
Supported: No
Lighting Rules Apply: No
Contact: Rosie Godwin (0421 546 118 / Godwinrm@gmail.com)

PeachyMee – Saturday Dec 19th 2015

A scenic ride going over Mt Mee and Peachester followed by a loop around the Redcliffe Peninsular.

Start: Ferny Hills; 6:00 am
Costs: $6 members / $16 non members
Distances: 200 BRM
Route: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/4923477
Supported: No
Lighting Rules Apply: Yes
Contact: Brian Hornby (0418 711 417 / brianhornby19@gmail.com)

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