Newsletter: 29th March 2016


Ride News:

Team SLO pictured above: Ross Barnard, Pat Lehane (C), Vaughan Kippers, Kym Raffelt. Are they heading off or arriving back? It’s hard to tell, but this is them arriving back, seemingly without having broken into a sweat.

Flèche Opperman All Day Trial 2016 (FOADT) (19/03/16):

Team SLO 362 km: Pat Lehane (C), Kym Raffelt, Vaughan Kippers, Ross Barnard.

Bunya Bandits 360 km: Brian Hornby (C), Ant Richardson, Chris Ellis, Mark Riley, Chris Richardson (DNF)

Boundary Riders DNF: Andrew Keith (C), Glen Corder, Andrew Coates

Of the three starting teams, two finished. An unfortunate mechanical leaving the Boundary Riders without enough team members. While Andrew and Glen finished, the support vehicle with their change of clothes also withdrew so they were unable to stay for breakfast and we never heard their stories. Next year guys! Well done to everyone.

I’m in two minds about asking for Oppy ride reports, they never reflect what really happens. What happens on a ride stays on a ride. Instead, let’s just look at the pictures:

Ross recently join the club, and for his first Audax ride he thought he’d do an Oppy. As you do. I think he’s got the idea: Eyes fixed on the carbs (a drink clearly heavily caffeinated), and a meat pie at the ready.

Kym is looking a bit amorous, and I can confirm that I received a “I love you” text when he thought he was updating his wife.

Some nice country around the Bunya Mts, and a good shot of a flying Ant, it looks like he’s riding for Rapha!

Now, I must confess, there were a number of incidents involving the inappropriate harassment of rural mail boxes which became something of a theme. My wife took a look at one picture and said: “Eewwh, who are these people? Oh, wait, that’s you.” I’ll spare you the further details.

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This is how bad it gets on the Downs. Here Brian is sinking knee-deep in snow.

All in all some great quiet roads found.

March Madness 300 km (MM aka AA) 26/03/16

What a great Audax ride! The news had filtered down to Tasmania and attracted Anciennes Charlene and Rowan.

Riders: Alex Morgan, Peter Watson, Paul Witzerman, Brian Hornby, Charlene Barach, Rowan Burns

RO Peter Jenkins reported that:

Alex led the field home by a comfortable hour (as per last year) and I suspect that this may because he was the only one relying on my high quality route sheet instead of a GPS device.

Reports of mid 30’s and comments on the stiff breeze (a cooling headwind?) were passed on. The first three beat the rain home but Brian, Charlene and Rowan were very damp (but their spirits remained undampened) having been drizzled on for the last two hours or thereabouts.

From Brian’s Strava, here are Charlene and Rowan ascending Mt Mee:

Ride Report:

Tour de Tasmanie – 1200km randonnée – 18th February, 2016

I am used to people saying, “Sure, I’ll write a ride report” just to make me go away, so it’s always nice when one comes in. Well done Andrew Bragg.


Ride Report: Tour de Tasmanie – Andrew Bragg.


Easter Riding:

The long Easter weekend was perfect for riding your bike, you just had to squash one of those hot-cross buns into a jersey pocket and you are good to go:

A river loop or some of that increasingly popular bike-packing stuff:
More details here.

The Secret Pro:

Last newsletter’s Secret Pro shown below was Arnold Schwartzenegger. I would have also accepted: “ex- Governor of California”. Winner: James Nitis again!


Five correct answers were submitted (in order received: James Nitis, Dave Minter, Rodney Clarke, Peter Jenkins, Alex Morgan; bravo). We also had 5 correct answers last week:

“[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: James Nitis.

Remember that the winner is now drawn semi-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.

The current IOU beer list: Wayne Williams 1; Peter Jenkins 1; James Nitis 1. You have to ride to collect. (Hint: my next ride is Beaudesert Bash)

Today’s Secret Pro is brought to us by Hergé:

Upcoming Rides News:

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

Beaudesert Bash – Sunday Apr 3rd 2016

Note the Sunday start. A new start location and rejigged based on the favorite from Dino.

Freedom Ride 400 – Saturday Apr 9th 2016

Unsupported this year, and running in the reverse direction. Here seen with a OSM cycle map.

Aside: Funding has become available to complete the repair of the flood damaged Brisbane Valley Rail Trail (long purple line on map, link here). When finished it could make a challenging dirt 200 km Ipswich to Yarraman out-and-back. The BVRT association is very active promoting any riding groups. I don’t know if anyone has ridden the full length out and back before, but I’m sure there is an opportunity here!

Upcoming Rides:

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

1 Lump or 2 – Saturday April 16th 2016

100km – 1st 50km 2 climbs, undulating sharp pinches then great descent. 200km – 4 climbs, 30km of flat, others undulating. Both are challenging rides.

Start: Jindalee; 6:00 am
Costs: $6 members / $16 non members
Distance: 100 km (BA) and 200 km (BRM)
Supported: No
Lighting Rules Apply: Yes, for 200k
Contact: Roger Hawley (07 32791225 /

Eight Tablelands Towns in a Day – Saturday April 17th 2016

Ride from Atherton past canefields, coffee farms and cattle paddocks to the northern Tablelands areas of Dimbulah, Mareeba and Walkamin. Return via the tourist icons of Yungaburra, the Curtain Fig Tree, the Afghanistan Avenue of Honour and Lake Eacham.

Start: Atherton; 6:30 am
Costs: $6 members / $16 non members
Distance: 100 BA; 200 BRM
Supported: No
Lighting Rules Apply: Yes, for 200k
Contact: Gayle Sticher (0428 440 411 /

Mt Mee dawn service – Monday April 25th 2016

Early morning we remember those that went before us to give and sacrifice so much. Riding from Samford to the Mt Mee service, opposite the Mt Mee School. Riders are free to ride their own path or go beyond on their return trip. Mt Mee is 50 km, one way.

Start: Samford Park; 3:00 am
Costs: $6 members / $16 non members
Distance: 50 BA
Supported: No
Lighting Rules Apply: Yes
Contact: Andrew Bragg (0434284532 /
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