Newsletter 1st December 2015

Ride News:

AndrewB reveals the gentler side of Audax as he does some white-horse whispering during the 21st running of the Midnight Century. Fittingly 21 riders attended the 100 mile ride from Midnight to Breakfast. Threatened by thunderstorms that never arrived, the weather was nicely organised by Rodney and his team of vollies.

The riders: AndrewB, AnneL, AnnetteF, AnthonyC, ChrisC, David, DeidreL, DinoM, Eric, GeorgeR, Grant, Greg, Gwennie, JamesN, LizH, Luis, NickB, PeterG, PeterJ, PhilR, RosieG.

The vollies: EthanC, RodneyC, SandyV

The quote: “Today I did my first ride with AUDAX, 160km starting at midnight. I was chased by a ferocious dog, hit in the helmet by a magpie, ate heaps of food and met some awesome people. I’m a tad sore and let’s not talk chaffing. I’ll come back.” – Annette Ferguson

The pics:
Wivenhoe dam in the pre-dawn murk.
Eric, Grant, Greg and Luis
Andrew & Annette
Ride Report – Rodney Clarke

On the previous Saturday (21/11/15) the Freedom Ride 300 was held in oppressive heat & humidity. Passing through Ipswich (39oC) the on-road temperature experienced by AndrewB, BrianH, ChristianW, MarkR, RogerH was much higher from the readings on the Garmins. Christian and Brian cruising into Somerset:


The measured pace worked, but a higher tempo by the terrible twins AndrewB & RogerH, saw them pulling the pin at Somerset. Conditions only improved after a leisurely picnic at Kilcoy. A bonus was that the slow pace resulted in much lighter traffic in the run back to Brisbane.

Guest Ride Report:

Do we have to keep hearing from people banging on about PBP?? yes we do – at least for another 4 years. There are 5000 different stories out there, but this one is differenter. At the pointy end of PBP the riders are supported. The supporters grab your bike, check everything, replenish water, air, food, batteries, etc as the rider jumps off at a control, runs in to get their brevet stamped, and runs out to be back on the bike. Except for Björn Lenhard, who rode unsupported and won (- I know, it’s not a race – he finished before anyone else) – in 42 hr 26 min. He filled his own water bottles, bought his own baguettes, and spent most of his time trying to catch up with the pack that passed him at the previous control, until he made a 600 km breakaway.

His original ride report was in German, but soon appeared in translation on the forum; from which I have cut & pasted the following for your reading pleasure.

PBP Ride Report – Björn Lenhard

Other News:

Audax Queensland is a valued partner of the Cycling Brisbane program.
– So says the Brisbane City Council, and they have written to us about it, thanking us for our help in winning an award. Nice going everyone!

Cycling Brisbane program –
Sign up – Its free.
Cycling Brisbane is associated with the “major cycling events” listed below.

Ride The Night 22:00pm Saturday, 30th Jan, 2016 
Simultaneously run in Brisbane, Melbourne, Hobart. 
65 km $100; “Help us break the cycle of disadvantage”
Event organisers: Bicycle Network

Coot-tha Burn  Saturday, 13th Feb, 2016.
Cootha back 2.2 km climb: $95
Party With Jensie: $175
Charity climb with Jensie: $1500 fund raising.
Event organisers: Corporate Health Events Management

Bedrock 200  6:00am, Saturday 5th Dec, 2015.
200km: $6, details below.
Climb Nebo with Brian: free
Event organisers: Audax Australia

Upcoming Rides News:

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

Bedrock 200: This Audax favorite takes you over Nebo, Glorious, Clear Mt, before a flat drag home. No two Bedrock rides are ever the same. Details below.

Inland Indulgence: If you are looking for a ride with a higher female/male ratio, this is the one. Brave the suburban ghettos of Brookfield and Pullenvale and scenic Ipswich. Note the Sunday start. Details below.

Upcoming Rides:

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:
Route 200:
Supported: No
Lighting Rules Apply: Yes, 200k only
Contact: Brian Hornby (0418 711 417 /

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
Supported: No
Lighting Rules Apply: No
Contact: Rosie Godwin (0421 546 118 /

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
Supported: No
Lighting Rules Apply: Yes
Contact: Brian Hornby (0418 711 417 /

Eleven Out of 11 – Friday Jan 1st 2016

Ride all 11 bike permitted bridges across the Brisbane River. This ride follows along the river with a couple of small climbs. A great way to shake off the 2015 cobwebs, complete with a 2 visits to the same checkpoint at a shady spot near the Uni. This ride is supported.

Start: Belmont Shopping Centre; 6:00 am
Costs: $22 members / $32 non members
Distance: 100 BA
Supported: Yes
Lighting Rules Apply: No
Contact: Simon Faber (0448 887 839 /

Mulgowie Moose 200 – Saturday Jan 16th 2016

A semi supported ride on relatively quiet roads starting at Lowood and roving around the Brisbane and Lockyer Valleys. Enjoy a break at Ma Ma Creek store before rolling into Mulgowie for a supported lunch stop.

Start: Lowood; 6:30 AM
Costs: $26 members / $36 non members
Distances: 200 BRM
Supported: Yes
Lighting Rules Apply: Yes
Contact: Anne Latimer (0488 020 556 /
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1 Response to Newsletter 1st December 2015

  1. Mark says:

    The comments section is to congratulate the Ride Organiser. Well done Rodney on running your 2nd MC!

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