Newsletter: 15th March 2016


Ride News:

Joe & Penny are all smiles at a Royal Mail stopover during the MPM2.

Middle Park Medley 2 (MPM2): This is what I gleaned from Strava:

James Nitis, Rod Staines, Peter Watson: 300k
Melvyn Yap, Wayne Williams: 200k
Joe Cosgrove, Penny Schenkel: 100k

Sorry, there were probably others I’ve missed. I’m thinking that Wayne turned up at MPM to collect his winnings for the last newsletter’s Secret Pro competition. Sorry Wayne, I didn’t make it, but don’t worry I’m keeping track.

Joe Cosgrove is the guy that makes Frezoni bikes. Have a look here and here.
Joe has ridden a bike before. Here he is at the 1972 Olympic trials:
(Joe Cosgrove, Mark Brink, old school Arthur Dows, in front of a 1960s FB).
More info here.

Penny Schenkel on the other hand is from the UK, here to experience some MPM goodness.
She bought Joe a beer at the Royal Mail. You’ll be welcome back on any Audax Queensland ride Penny. Joe is making a return to Audax after some 20 years away. His first words: “Where’s Minter?” Then, for his first 200 k ride back, he chose (and finished) the innocent sounding “Smashing Mee 5000” the following Saturday.

Smashing Mee 5000 (SM5000 MkIII): RO Andrew Bragg usually pre-rides this. But when he couldn’t and work intervened on ride day, I can only imagine the torment he went through.

First he was going to miss the ride; then he was just going to just lead us out and turn back at Mt Mee to get back to work; then bugger it, he was going to do the lot. I’ve learnt that logic goes out the door with this ride. And he ended up doing extra with a wrong turn (as unlikely as this seems).

Andrew Bragg, James Nitis, Joe Cosgrove, Mark Riley, Paul Witzerman, Pete (Rogers friend, sorry didn’t get your last name), Peter Whittle and Phil Milham, turned up.

Below is the view from the “mango tree” in Jackson Rd last Saturday. You certainly know it when you’ve reached the mango tree, but the bad news is the mango tree isn’t the top.
The ride was… since the word epic is overused, let’s just say… brutal. But once you get to that mango tree, all is good. Spicy rice awaits close by.

Thanks to Brian Hornby for manning the Mt Mee control.

Ride Report:

Middle Park Medley 2 (MPM2) – Penny Schenkel.


Giraffe spotted in Canada:
We are justly proud of the Mulgowie Moose shown below (great ride RO Anne):

A Canadian “GPS doodle artist” is taking our original idea to new levels:
Some more GPS art here.

Proposed new Audax Australia award for Bicycle Gymnastics:

(thanks PJ)

Medallion Sale:

The Audax Queensland inventory stock-take has uncovered Ride Patches and Medallions surplus to our needs. These are shown below:

The (50, 100, 150, 200k) patches will be given to new riders who complete these distances for the first time. The following medallions will be offered at $3 each for riders who have completed the appropriate distances:

(200, 300, 400, 600k) triangular medallions (AA 2008-11).
(300, 400k) irregular oval medallions (ACP)
(100, 400, 600, 1000k) oval medallions (AA 2012-15)

Send medallions requests to:

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

There are 5 Queensland Teams:

Bunya Bandits (captain: Brian Hornby)
Boundary Riders (captain: Andrew Keith)
TEAM SLO OPPY (captain: Pat Lehane)
Liz Hepple Coaching (captain: Anne Latimer)
Liz Nelson Coaching (captain: Liz Nelson)

Queensland is well represented, but The Oppy is running all over Australia. In 2016 there are two teams attempting to break records. “Team Brevet” (Victoria) are attempting to break the 770 km overall distance record and “Five Abreast” (NSW) are going after the all-female team distance record (550 km).

Queensland Oppy finish: Brothers Leagues Club: 26 Wildey St, Ipswich.

Supporters are welcome, the Oppy breakfast is an opportunity for tall tales, but also it will be an opportunity for the presentation of awards that have recently become available. These include the AA awards for the 2014-15 season and some belated awards for the 2013-14 season.

Of special note is the Woodrup 5000 award to Gerry Egan. The “Woodie” is named after Graham Woodrup (google if necessary) and is Audax Australia’s highest award. Details are given here. Well done Gerry!

Breaking News: The breakfast will now start from 8:30 am. This should allow time to pack the bikes away, shower & change and to rehydrate with an orange juice or coffee.

The Secret Pro:

Last newsletter’s Secret Pro shown below was Phil Anderson. I would have also accepted: “Skippy”. Winner: Peter Jenkins!

Also shown is Shelly Verses, famed soigneur (TVM t-shirt is a give-away).

Shown below are Shelley & Phil in their natural European environment (and setting the standard for the European mullet, there Phil):

Five correct answers were submitted (in order received: Peter Jenkins, James Nitis, Dave Minter, Dino Morgante, David Taylor; bravo). In the good book Tim Krabbe: “The Rider” (English translation): page 5 starts:

“[Ballast, I never eat] ..more than two during a race, the others will just end up glistening brown with sweat.”

The fifth word of the fifth page is “a”, which has one letter. Hence the winner is the first correct answerer: Peter Jenkins.

Remember that the winner is now drawn randomly from all correct answers sent in before next newsletter, 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.

In this week’s Secret Pro I unfortunately cropped the photo too close. No matter, he’ll be back. The Secret Pro for this newsletter:

Upcoming Rides News:

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

The OPPY: (19/03/16)

The Oppy, does anything else need to be said?

March Madness: (26/03/16)

A Queensland Audax 300 km classic. Don’t blame me if you are abducted and probed. Anything can happen on this ride (see here).

Upcoming Rides:

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 /

March Madness aka April Animation – Saturday Mar 26th 2016

A scenic ride to Kilcoy for lunch, followed by tea at Mooloolah. Then it’s all flat back to Banyo.

Start: Banyo; 7:00 am
Costs: $6 members / $16 non members
Distance: 300 BRM
Supported: No
Lighting Rules Apply: Yes
Contact: Peter Jenkins (0407149375 /

Beaudesert Bash – Sunday Apr 3rd 2016

A scenic and flat ride to Beaudesert and beyond with plenty of farming country on show. Takes in Bromelton, Kerry Valley, Darlington, Christmas Creek and Beaudesert before the return leg to Springfield via Veresdale Scrub and Browns Plains.

Start: Springfield; 7:00 am
Costs: $6 members / $16 non members
Distance: 200 BRM
Supported: No
Lighting Rules Apply: Yes
Contact: Kym Raffelt (0431 471 839 /

Freedom Ride 400 – Saturday Apr 9th 2016

Scenic ride from Ferny Hills, through Ipswich, Kalbar, Lowood, Esk, Kilcoy, Caboolture returning to Ferny Hills.

Start: Springfield; 7:00 am
Costs: $6 members / $16 non members
Distance: 400 BRM
Supported: No
Lighting Rules Apply: Yes
Contact: Brian Hornby (0418 711417 /
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