Newsletter: 2nd February 2016

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Ride News –

There have been no calendar Audax rides completed in the last two weeks! I have had to resort to my large collection of sexist and inappropriate Audax comics for the lead image. Yes, we at Audax are all about squinty eyes, smoking guns and knee-high boots.

Hinterland Musings (23/1/16): was cancelled due to the forecast weather (36oC and 80% chance of rain). Paul had ridden the route the previous week and made the call: “The Obi Obi and Postmans Track climbs will be unridable in the wet (because of rear wheel spin) and the Brandenburg Road and Kidaman Creek Road descents will be at least very sketchy if not dangerous if wet.”

The Straddie Flyer (31/01/16): I can only go by a mysterious Facebook post from the RO that “this ride was not meant to happen”. We can only speculate, and try to join the dots from available evidence. Yes, Strava.

Firstly, we can assume that all but one rider had their Garmins turned off for some reason, as there was only one rider logged on this course. (The alternative: that a bike rider would not be using a GPS computer I don’t think is very likely.)

The title of this ride: “Group ride a total puncture fest. I was spared what was a very hard day for some” gives some clues. The speed vs time plot shows the stoppages which punctuate the ride.

Discounting the controls, there seem to be 8 unscheduled stops. The ride appears to have been abandoned at the 110 km mark. The full story of what happened inside the Moreton Bay triangle will be revealed at a later date.

Ride Report: coming soon


Audax Queensland AGM

The date: Sunday Feb 28th 2016. Meeting at the Nundah Criterium Circuit at 7 am for some hot laps to start the 50 km AGM ride, this will be followed by the Audax QLD committee AGM starting at 10 am. Join the committee. Currently we are looking for a somebody to take the position of Treasurer and general committee members welcome. For further info about what is involved please email

Great Southern Randonnee (GSR)


The 6th edition of the Great Southern Randonnée (GSR) will be held during the week from Sunday 13th November to Friday 18th November 2016. Distances of 200, 300, 1000 and 1200 km will be offered.

The GSR is one of the great long distance randonnées, and a ride of many colours. It dips its lid to the skyline of Melbourne, skims the Surf Coast, crosses the forests of the Otways, touches the Shipwreck Coast, then pastoral valleys, farms and long extinct volcanoes to Port Fairy. After Port Fairy, almost moorland up to Hamilton, where the views of the Grampians dominate the horizon, drawing the riders into its majestic valleys.

The 6th edition of the GSR brings some minor changes, but continues with the tradition of fabulous support provided by our enthusiastic volunteers. For the 1200 km distance the traditional evening start will be offered, sending riders on an overnight loop of the Bellarine Peninsula first. However riders may also elect to start in the morning (4 different start times) and head along the grandeur of the Great Ocean Road first, leaving the Bellarine Peninsula loop until the end. No more than 30 riders per start, event limit 120 riders. Distances are spot on for the 1000 km & 1200 km options, no gratuitous over distance kilometres here!

Click here for the Great Southern Randonnée 2016 Ride with GPS event page.
Qualifying rides will apply for those entering the 1000 km & 1200 km distances, either a 1000 Km or greater ride (including PBP) in the 2014-15 Audax year (November 1 to October 31), or a 600 km or greater ride in the 2015-16 Audax year until August 31. Entries for the GSR are expected to open in March 2016.

I know of at least one Qld rider aiming to do a 600 qualifier and enter the GSR.

The Secret Pro

Every fortnight I will give a picture of a Secret Pro in the newsletter. The first person to contact me ( – GO!) with the correct identity of the Secret Pro wins. The prize is a coffee or a beer. (To be paid at the next ride that we a both on.)

Last newsletter’s Secret Pro shown below is Heinrich Haussler on a bad hair day. I would have also accepted: “The Australian National Road Champion 2015”. Winner: James Nitis.
Tour Down Under 2012

The Secret Pro for this newsletter:
SecretPro2(Sorry, this guy is so obscure I could only get his passport photo.)

Upcoming Rides News:

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

Esk by Night: (13/2/16) Note: 2:00 pm start

In cause you haven’t noticed the weather has been humid, hot, muggy, sauna-like, sticky, steamy, fetid, etc. With a 2 pm start, you can avoid a lot of the heat.

This is one of the great supported rides, you will be talking about Glamorganvale ascent for a long time afterwards.

And of course Esk is most famous for being the home of the Kransky Sisters.

Upcoming Rides:

Esk by Night – Saturday Feb 13th 2016

This 300 and 100 km ride takes in the sights of Esk, Somerset and Laidley valleys. About 80-90 km of the ride will be in daylight and the rest at night. Lights required for both the 100 and 300 events. Fully supported ride.

Start: Esk Memorial Park; 2:00 pm
Costs: $40 members / $50 non members
Distances: 100 BA and 300 BRM
Route: 100k
Route: 300k
Supported: Yes
Lighting Rules Apply: Yes (both)
Contact: Kym Raffelt (0431471839 /

Berry Good 200 – Saturday Feb 20th 2016

A supported ride on relatively quiet roads starting at Lowood and heading west to the foothills of the range at Mt Berryman.

Start: Lowood; 7:00 am
Costs: $30 members / $40 non members
Distances: 200 BRM
Supported: Yes
Lighting Rules Apply: Yes
Contact: Vaughan Kippers (3376 6761 /

QLD AGM – Sunday Feb 28th 2016

Flat, friendly and fifty! An easy pre-AGM ride to set the mood. (AGM starts at 10.00 am).

Start: Nundah Criterium Circuit; 7:00 am
Costs: $20 members / $30 non members
Distances: 50 BA
Supported: Yes
Lighting Rules Apply: No
Contact: Peter Jenkins (0407 149 375/
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