Newsletter: 1st March 2016


Ride News:

The Mt Berryman Phebalium (or Mt Berryman Waxflower) is one of Australia’s rarest plants and is listed as critically endangered. There are ten populations, five near Mt Berryman, four near Kingaroy, and one at Mt Walla. The total population size is estimated to be 1000 plants, of which only 175 are mature individuals.

Three mature individuals: James Nitis, Peter Jenkins, Peter Watson successfully finished the Berry Good 200, visiting the Mt Berryman precinct (hope you didn’t eat those rare berries). Thank you RO Vaughan for providing rider support.

The following Sunday saw the annual QLD AGM 50 ride. A 50 km ride is popular at this time of year, attracting some 11 participants: David Booth, Chris Ellis, Simon Faber, Brian Hornby, Peter Jenkins, Vaughan Kippers, Dino Morgante, Anthony Richardson, Lindsay Green, Kym Raffelt, Mark Riley.

This ride was also well supported by RO Peter Jenkins at the astonishingly well-appointed Hamilton Wheelers clubhouse.

Pictured above, we are sitting around after the ride waiting the go-ahead from el Presidente before approaching the food table.

Ride Report:

The AGM Ride – Peter Jenkins.


Audax Queensland AGM

Sunday Feb 28th 2016, saw a complete overthrow of the existing Audax Qld Committee (for some 10 minutes until they were all re-elected).

President: Brian Hornby
Vice-President: Chris Richardson
Treasurer: still looking
Secretary/Communications Officer: Mark Riley
Brevet Secretary: Dino Morgante
Calendar Secretary: Rosie Godwin

General Members: Vaughan Kippers, Kym Raffelt, Peter Jenkins, Sandy Vigar, Chris Ellis, Pat Lehane, Anthony Richardson.

Minutes (draft) available here.

Of particular interest to members was the discussion about funding ride promotion and Anthony Richardson will work with Brian Hornby to draft a strategy for the committee to consider.

Currently we are (still) looking for a somebody to take the position of Treasurer.


The two Queensland awards were made at the AGM. The Gale Schaub Award was awarded to Nick Burnett. While Nick was unavailable (fled to Sydney), Dino read the citation (here):

The inaugural Martin Pearson award was present to Mark Riley by Sandy Vigar.
(Mark is very proud & honoured.)


The Oppy 2016 is fast approaching: (Sat. 19th March)

The “rules” can be obtained from the (There is also assorted Tips, Tricks, History, Stories, etc). For a selection of Queensland Oppy reports, visit here.

If you are considering this ride, please contact me ( as there are people wishing to be matched to teams; and teams wishing to find an extra person match. Yes, I am running the Oppy Team match-maker service.

When you have your team of 3-5, register HERE. (Don’t send me any of that paper stuff)

Tip: If you first login on the right hand side, it will auto-fill your details when you register. Login using your Audax username(email address) & password. (You do know your audax username and password don’t you?)

The team caption must register first to register the team name, then the rest of the team can register under that team name.

You can choose registration ($6); an optional Oppy medal (+$10, recommended); temporary membership for non-members (+$10, boo: you should already be a member).

Currently there are 2 Teams registered on-line:

Bunya Bandits (captain: Brian Hornby)
Boundary Riders (captain: Andrew Keith)

And there is the imminent registration of 2 further Oppy teams.

Again, if you are at all considering this ride, please contact me: (

The Secret Pro

Last newsletter’s Secret Pro shown below was Mark Cavendish. I would have also accepted: “The Manx Missile”. Winner: Wayne Williams!

The number of correct answers submitted jumped a magnitude (I suspect this was because last week I showed a winner scoring real, tangible XXXX Gold; this is not just a virtual competition!) The number of correct answers in this newsletter required what Ant would call an “al-go-rith-um” to determine the winner. Briefly: Nine correct answers were submitted, so we work in modulo 9. I turn to the good book Tim Krabbe: “The Rider” (English translation): page 9 starts:

“But still. She once set down these hundred-meter walls of stone.”

The ninth word of the ninth page is “walls” (We take hyphenated words as one word), which has five letters. Hence the winner is the fifth correct answerer: Wayne Williams.

Congratulations Wayne and honourable mentions to: Dave Minter, Peter Jenkins, James Nitis, Alex Morgan, David Booth, Paul Witzerman, Dino Morgante, Andrew Keith who also answered correctly. I am amazed that chubby cheeks and receding curly hair can be recognized at ~10 years old.

Remember that the winner is now drawn randomly from all correct answers sent in the first week, instead of just the first person to answer ( As usual the prize is a coffee or a beer, to be paid at the next ride that we are both on.

The Secret Pro for this newsletter:

I will give extra points if you can name the other person, an important cycling identity in her own right.

Upcoming Rides News:

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

MPM (Middle Park Medley): (5/3/16)

A smorgasbord of favorites from 100 – 600 km. Something for everyone.

SM (Smashing Mee) 5000 MIII: (12/3/16)

The 3rd edition of this iconic ride. Treat this one with respect. An awesome ride, but beware of the “5000”.

Upcoming Rides:

MPM2 (Middle Park Medley) – Saturday Mar 5th 2016

Flattish courses away from the traffic of Brisbane with distances of 100, 200, 300, 400 & 600 km taking in the scenic rim & the Brisbane & Lockyer Valleys.

Start: Middle Park; 6 am
Costs: $6 members / $16 non members
Distances: 100 BA, 200, 300, 400 & 600 BRMs
Supported: No
Lighting Rules Apply: Yes, 200 and above
Contact: Chris Richardson (0433 210 996 /

SM5000 MIII (Smashing Mee) – Saturday Mar 12th 2016

A very scenic and challenging ride in and around Mt Mee. Bring your camera with 5000m of climbing you may want to stop and take a photo or two! There are a few dirt roads all with good surfaces. This is the third year running, re-tweaked with more hills.

Start: 37 Yathong Court, Arana Hills; 6:15 am
Costs: TBCs
Distances: 200 BRM
Supported: Yes
Lighting Rules Apply: Yes
Contact: Andrew Bragg (0434 284 532 /

FOADT (Fleche Opperman All Day Trial) – Saturday Mar 19th 2016

Ride in a team of 3-5 “machines” (5 tandems=10 team riders). Design your own course. Sleep if you can. Standard Oppy (360k min) and Petit Oppy (180k min) versions available. Must do 25k in last 2 hours. Shower & breakfast at Brothers.

Start: Anywhere; any time after 8:00 am Saturday
Finish: Brothers Leagues Club, Ipswich; 8:00 am Sunday
Costs: $6 members / $16 non members
Distances: 180 km (14hr limit) and 360 km (24hr limit)
Supported: Yes, if you organise your own support team
Lighting Rules Apply: Yes
On-line registration: here
Contact: Mark Riley (0416 802 834 /
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