Newsletter: 3rd May 2016


Ride News:

The above Ride News is brought to us courtesy of The Cairns Post. More below. I apologize for the break in transmission, best make yourself comfortable, this newsletter has much to catch up on.

1 Lump or 2? 16/04/16

Roger Hawley’s “1 lump or 2?” 100/200km rides are Qld classics.
This year four said “One, please”: Ross Barnard, David Booth, Andrew Bragg, Michael Clare; while Peter Watson was happier with Two.
It’s interesting what you can glean from Strava, when you are desperate for pictures and a story. “Got lost three times and did not eat enough on the ride. Major victory- no saddle sores. New saddle validated.” Both Ross & Mike seemed to have added substantial bonus kms to their ride; while Andrew, surprisingly, was on familiar enough ground not to go astray.
Peter was on his “big wheel” bike, here at Splityard Ck:
See Peter’s ride report below.

8 Tableland Towns in a Day 17/04/16

Continuing with the numerical theme, the first Audax Qld ride on the Atherton Tablelands, “8 Tableland Towns in Day”, astounded all by clocking in 82 (that’s eighty-two) entrants(!). A query to the AQ resident statistician (Dino) revealed that this topped the previous best of 60 at the Frank Papp Memorial ride. Not bad for your first ride as RO! Clearly the Audax Qld epicentre, such as it is, has shifted north.

I can’t imagine what the start of an Audax ride would be like with 80 riders. Just the sound of all the Garmins turning on would be deafening.
The force behind the massive entries, bike shop interest, newspaper coverage, facebook postings, photos, ride reports, enthusiasm, etc? Gayle Sticher.

RO Report:
“It has been a great experience organising the first (that I know of) regular Audax ride in Atherton. Far North Queenslanders are great participants, and love their cycling and outdoor life. Fortunately, the online registration system was ready to use for the event, and proved a great bonus for local riders who are very familiar with online registrations for other events. I sent out a few emails to friends and cycling contacts, and it quickly went viral. Ultimately, 82 riders registered for the ride, with many contacting the RO in the hours before the ride saying they had only just heard of it and could they still come.

78 riders lined up for the start, with 44 tackling the 100km course and 34 on the 200km course. Only five people were Audax members (including the RO), and only two riders had done an Audax event before. The rain cleared for the day, but the wind was less kind. The enthusiasm among the riders was outstanding, as were their thanks and cheers to the volunteers (my friends, co-opted to help out). 32 riders finished the 200km, with local triathlon sensation, Megan Hendry, leading them home in 8hr 03m. The last group arrived home in 10hr 59m looking tired but very pleased with their efforts.

Gary Perkins, from Bicycle Central on Mulgrave in Cairns, was a great help in publicising the ride on his Facebook Page, helping with lighting checks and being a cheery soul on the 100km ride.”

See the 100 and 200 km ride reports below.

Mt Mee Dawn Service 25/04/16

A very tough ride as it required a 3:00 am start to make in time for the dawn service.
Andrew Bragg reported:
“Dawn service. 50 km. Followed by nibbles and possibly the best Anzac biscuits ever at Mt Mee Hall after the ceremony. Home before 12, 133km with 3600m.”

Downs and Back (30/04/16)

A (relatively) large number of 5 riders took the 600 km option as part of qualifying for the Great Southern Randonée (GSR): Emery Bridge, Brian Hornby, Pat Lehane(DNF), Alex Morgan, Melvyn Yap. Great riding all. Commiserations Pat, but the next one will be all the sweeter. Peter Watson rode the 300 km and Peter Jenkins, Simon Faber, David Booth took the 200 km options.

If you’re on the Downs, this is the sort of bike to ride:

Alex ploughing through the early morning mist on the Downs:

Ride Reports:

One Lump or Two 200km (16/04/16) – Peter Watson
Eight Tableland Towns in a Day 100 km (17/04/16) – Gary Perkins
Eight Tableland Towns in a Day 200 km (17/04/16) – Warren Olsen


Ride Organisers Workshop

To all aspiring and existing Ride Organisers: It’s that exciting time of year when we begin planning our rides for the next season. Please save the date for the annual Ride Organiser’s workshop which will be held on

Date: Sunday 19th of June 2016
Time: 10 am
Address: Brian’s house 20 Barber Rd, Ferny Hills

Brian will be putting on a lunch and will also run a RidewithGPS workshop to help new users. We can all share our knowledge and tricks.

RSVP: 1 June to Rosie Godwin at

Existing ROs should consider which rides (old or new) they would like to run and their preferred dates. For those who have never run a ride but are interested in being involved, you are welcome to come to the workshop and bring your ideas. New ROs are mentored by the experienced so it is an easy task. If every member ran one ride we would have over 100 rides per season to choose from.

Details of tentative rides including the routes, dates and distance should be emailed to Rosie by the 1 June 2016 so the calendar can be compiled and discussed at the workshop.
Open to all interested riders (not only prospective ROs) that want to have input into the rides developed/provided.

Grand Southern Randonée:

The Twelve Apostles

The Twelve Apostles

The 110 rider limit is about to be exceeded. At time of writing, there are only 6 places left. Further entries will be placed on a wait list.
If you intend to do this ride, the time to register is now: here.

Reader Contributions:

(send me your cat videos here)

Peter Jenkins: The 19th April was World Bike Day. Coincidentally (or not) it was also the day that LSD was discovered by Swiss Chemist Albert Hofmann in 1943 (back in the day when a chemist could taste their own “product”). Article here.
(And by the way, you can always trust a man holding a molecular model.)

He discovered the effects while riding his bicycle home, having the presence of mind to distinguish it from the natural euphoria of riding a bike.

Noel Newton: How to change a tyre with no hands.

YehudaMoon: (

The Secret Pro:

In the last newsletter the Secret Pro was, of course: Anna Meares, seen next to her gold medal winning older sister Kerrie Meares at the 2002 Commonwealth games. Both cycling legends. Winner: Peter Jenkins!

I would have also accepted: “The Twice Winner of Australian Athlete of the Year” or “The Twice Winner of the Opperman Medal” (Cycling Australia’s version).

Extraordinarily, there was only a single answer submitted, such is our depth of knowledge of Australian cycling greats. (Shame Audax Qld, shame; or perhaps I trimmed the photo too closely.) It is worth reminding people where Anna comes from:

No need to invoke “The Rider” to choose the winner from the sole entry.
The current IOU beer/coffee list: Wayne Williams 1; Rodney Clarke 1; Dino Morgante 1; Peter Jenkins 1. You have to ride to collect.

The back of today’s Secret Pro is shown below. “Only God Can Judge Me” … but if you look closely you may just be able to make out the fine print “(and the CONI anti-doping authorities)”
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.

Upcoming Rides News:

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

Fassifern Folly – Saturday May 14th 2016

A very popular ride through beautiful country. Informational flyer here. Pass on to all your friends.

Get High on the Tablelands – Sunday May 15th 2016

Another great ride up on the Tablelands. How high can you get? The highest road in Queensland, that’s how high.

Date Change: Rathdowney Rumble has been moved to Sunday, 31st July 2016

Upcoming Rides:

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 /

Get High on the Tablelands – Sunday May 15th 2016

Ride from Atherton through the central Tablelands farming areas of Tolga and Yungaburra, to the hillier southern areas of Malanda, Ravenshoe and Millaa Millaa. The ride features Queensland’s highest gazetted road, spectacular views and a great downhill.

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 /

Binna Burra Bash – Saturday May 28th 2016

Enjoy four quality climbs taking in Beechmont, Binna Burra, O’Reilly’s and Mt Tambourine over this 200km course. Truly a climbers course with plenty of food and water options with good descents.

Start: Beenleigh; 6:30 am
Costs: $6 members / $16 non members
Distance: 200 BA
Supported: No
Lighting Rules Apply: Yes
Contact: Rodney Clarke (0411 699 661 /

The Tour of Toowoomba – Saturday June 4th 2016

The Tour of Toowoomba is a good ride for slower riders. It is series of loops in and out of Toowoomba City and surrounding areas . There is one checkpoint location which is also the start and finish. The first loop is south along the Range before returning to Toowoomba. The second loop is out to the eastern downs and back while the third goes north through several local towns. The final loop remains in Toowoomba and runs around the edge of the Range before returning to the finish. There is some climb, some sighs and there will be great views across the Lockyer Valley and Downs.

Start: Toowoomba; 7:00 am
Costs: $30 members / $40 non members
Distance: 200 km BRM
Supported: Yes
Lighting Rules Apply: Yes
Contact: Pat Lehane (0408 702 808 /

NOTE: This is fully supported ride so for catering purposes nominations will not be accepted after the Wednesday prior to the ride, the 1st June.

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