Newsletter: 12th April 2016


Ride News:

Close encounters of the bovine kind on the Beaudesert Bash: Justin Bennett, David Booth, Brian Hornby, Peter Jenkins. A beautiful day to be on the bike.

Beaudesert Bash 200 km (3/04/16)

Eight starters and eight finishers: Justin Bennett, David Booth, Andrew Bragg, Brian Hornby, Peter Jenkins, Kym Raffelt, Mark Riley, Peter Watson.

Brian gave Andrew a lift to the start, and Andrew mentioned in passing how many 1000s of km he had done without a puncture … Maxxis Refuse, yadda, yadda…. Bad idea, it came at no surprise that the puncture god was listening and she has not happy at what she heard.


We rolled past Andrew’s first puncture as RO Kym was there to bring him back. When they finally arrived the Beaudesert cafe, we heard: “… four punctures, the last one we had to wait for the glue on the patch to dry.”

After Beaudesert, we kept expecting them to catch up, but they had other things on their mind:



If you are going to do some horse whispering, it may as well be a white one.

After the 2nd Beaudesert stop (Subway this time) there were a few nasty pinches.
Thanks Kym, a ride to remember.

Freedom Ride 400 km (9/04/16) – No takers.

Ride Report:

March Madness 300 km (26/03/16) – Machka Charlene B B


The Oppy Record

Just when you thought that the dust had settled on this year’s Oppy… There were two teams going for the Oppy record this year for both the male and female team distances. Both teams were successful in breaking the distance of the existing records (mens: Team Brevet 800 km; womens: Four Abreast: 617 km), but both teams were disqualified for breaking Audax rules about team support outside of the controls.

News first became public on 31/3/16 in here (I advise skip reading the comments), however neither the teams nor Audax were commenting while appeals were continuing. This process is continuing and a decision is to be announced shortly.

No doubt further details will slowly emerge, but in the words of Audax Club President Russell Noble: “This is a horrible outcome which is really a no-win for anyone.” But the fact remains that these were both incredible team rides. Team Brevet has some consolation in that they still broke the 24 hr world record. Team member and 3 time Olympic medalist Drew Ginn, gave an account of the ride here.



Grand Southern Randonee:

The Twelve Apostles

The Twelve Apostles

The GSR registration has been open to those that have preregistered, and already 81 riders have registered (at time of writing 14/4/16). The registration opens for everyone else, both members and non-members, from 15 April. It is likely that the 110 limit will be quickly exceeded. Entries over 110 will be placed on a wait list .

If you intend to do this ride, you’ll have to be quick with the mouse: register here.

More info on this great ride here.

Space for Cycling Brisbane

Space for Cycling Brisbane was formed to target candidates in the recent Brisbane City Council elections. They have summarised their activities and campaign in a wrap-up here.

Roo strike:

A lucky escape (not so lucky for the roo).

The Secret Pro:

Last newsletter’s Secret Pro shown below was Fausto Coppi. I would have also accepted: “Il Campionissimo” or “The Heron”. Winner: Dino Morgante !


There were six correct answers submitted (in order received: James Nitis, Peter Jenkins, Dave Minter, David Booth, Dino Morgante, Leah Barnett; bravo). Special mention to David Booth who further detailed that Coppi is wearing the 1953 World Championship jersey and the “HI” part of “BIANCHI” is showing on the shorts.

In Tim Krabbe, “The Rider”, page 6 starts:

“[That this mind has recourse to two instruments, a body and a bicycle – both of which have to be as light as possible – doesn’t really] ..matter. What Anquetil needed was faith.”

The sixth word on the sixth page: “faith” which has 5 letters, hence the winner is: Dino Morgante. A previous winner PJ collected his winning on the Beaudesert Bash:

2016-04-03 09.41.13

Remember that the winner is drawn randomly from all correct answers sent in before next newsletter (email your answers to: 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/coffee winner list: Wayne Williams 1; Rodney Clarke 1; Dino Morgante 1. You have to ride to collect.

In a seemingly unrelated matter, today’s Secret Pro is partially shown below. It’s Gold, Gold, Commonwealth Gold for Australia; but who is the Secret Pro silver medallist alongside?


Upcoming Rides News:

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

1 Lump or 2 – Saturday Apr 16th 2016

This old favourite. A choice of lumpy or very lumpy.

Eight Tablelands Towns in a Day – Sunday Apr 17th 2016

If you’re in Atherton this weekend, join in Queensland’s most popular Audax ride – You can tell this even before it has ever been ridden, because 69 (14/4/16) people have registered to ride already! Bravo RO Gayle Sticher. On-line rego here.

Mt Mee Dawn Service – Monday April 25th 2016

A special 50 km ride to the top of Mt Mee for the ANZAC dawn service.

Upcoming Rides:

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 – Sunday 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 /

Downs & Back 200 300 400 600 – Saturday Apr 30th 2016

Short 200, Medium 300, Long 400 or Longer 600. Westlake to Toowoomba or Dalby on Darling Downs and return.

Start: Westlake; 7:00 am
Costs: $20 members / $30 non members
Distance: 200,300,400,600 km BRM
Supported: No
Lighting Rules Apply: Yes
Contact: Vaughan Kippers (07 33766761 /

Fassifern Folly – Saturday May 14th 2016

A meander through the food bowl of the Fassifern Valley taking in country scenery and mountain vistas. The ride will be undulating and traverse some of the less travelled roads in the valley.

Start: Ipswich; 7:00 am
Costs: $30 members / $40 non members
Distance: 200 BRM
Supported: No
Lighting Rules Apply: Yes
Contact: Rosie Godwin (0421 546 118 /
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