Newsletter: 31th May 2016


Ride News:

Yet another fortnight has gone by with no Audax Qld rides ridden.
And I am forced yet again to delve into the comic book box. This is one of my favourites.

Rucha (you know, he’s the guy on that Audax ride whose name you can never remember) is seen here mounting a Tiger in his speedos while the short-skirted heroine & daughter look on. Something’s on fire in the background, but let’s not over-analyse.

And that’s “The Cursed River” to save you from having to visit google translate.

The Binna Burra Bash 28/05/16

No takers.

Ride Report:

Get High on the Tablelands (15/5/16) – In contrast to SEQ, this ride had 49 participants and another ride report has come in. This one from The Tablelander:

News paper article


Ride Organisers Workshop reminder

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

RSVP: 1 June to Rosie Godwin at

Rosie would like to get a draft calendar together before the meeting and so asks for everyone planning a ride for the next Audax year, to please send her the approximate dates and distance at the above email address by the end of this week.

I’m just putting the finishing touches to the much anticipated ” x Laps of Cootha” 50 km BA ride before sending off to Rosie. (The value of x to be discussed at the workshop).

Brian will be conducting a “Ride With GPS” workshop as part of the RO workshop. (See further RWGPS information below.)

Queensland is hosting a FNQ GT series and the planning for this will be firmed at the meeting.

All are welcome to attend: ROs or just anyone interested in being involved. (After all, Brian is putting on a free lunch.)

Grand Randonées on offer:

Star Gazers’ Spring Delight – Sunday Sep 11th 2016

1000 km BRM. Stargazers will explore new roads as they ride north from Cowra on quiet roads, enjoying the vibrant colours of spring, the long views from ridge-top to ridge top and the glorious night skies. Bag drop and meals at Dunedoo on both nights of the event.

Mallee Routes – Saturday Sep 17th 2016

1000 & 1200 km options. Quiet roads through Southern Mallee farmland and Wyperfeld National Park. Pancake flat, heat and wind can be challenging. Central base, some support. Meet for dinner at the Hopetoun pub.

Why not do both?

Ride with GPS

If you are an Audax member, you will have already received an email about the new Audax Australia Ride With GPS Club account. This is a great innovation that will allow Audax members access to many of the features of a premium RWGPS account. It will also give you access to a library of Audax rides that are currently being transferred to this site.

Ride With GPS is the current “go-to” route planner/mapper software. It replaces the earlier and sites that were great in their day but are now slow, often down, and do not have the tools available on RWGPS. If you have not already joined I recommend you go and explore the new Club account page. Link here. (You must already have a RWGPS account (it’s free) to join the Audax Club.)

On-line Registration

You will have notice that since the Oppy, an increasing number of rides will have on-line registration. This is a great system that makes the RO’s job much easier, and is also easier for the riders, you no longer need to fill in and return a paper entry form. Membership is automatically checked, money goes straight into AudaxQld account (ka-ching), RORT automatically generated, plus if you look you can see the list of other people who are going to be on the ride. Browse the Audax Portal here.

Reader Contributions:

Ever wondered what SPF50 really means? Melvyn Yap sent in the following informative video: here.

YehudaMoon: (


The Secret Pro:

In the last newsletter the Secret Pro was: Jack Bobridge. Here seen with his shirt off in the muggy conditions of the Tour de Langkawi.

Cycling: Tour Langkawi 2014/ Stage 5 Jack BOBRIDGE (Aus)/ Tatoo/ Rond etape rit / Malaysia/ (c) Tim De Waele

Cycling: Tour Langkawi 2014/ Stage 5
Jack BOBRIDGE (Aus)/ Tatoo/
Rond etape rit / Malaysia/ (c) Tim De Waele

I would have also accepted “the current Australian Road Race Champion”. No winners!

The current IOU beer/coffee list remains: Wayne Williams 1; Rodney Clarke 2; Dino Morgante 1; Peter Jenkins 1. You have to ride to collect. This weeks Secret Pro, I’m sure would also have a tattoo, but he is better known for dressing up. Who is the fourth musketeer?


Email answers to: The winner is drawn randomly from all correct answers sent in before next newsletter.

Upcoming Rides News:

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

The Tour of Toowoomba – Saturday June 4th 2016

Note: this is a name change from the previously advertised “Clifton Loops”.
This ride will now be supported so for catering purposes, entries will not be accepted after the Wednesday prior to the ride, the 1st June.

Dirty Mee – Sunday June 12th 2016

Note the Sunday start. A 160 km of Sunday riding with “plenty” of dirt/fire trails. Ask Andrew for the definition of plenty.

Upcoming Rides:

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 /

Dirty Mee – Sunday June 12th 2016

Dirty Mee, is cyclocross at its best. Plenty of dirt single track and fire trail. There will be some sealed roads. hydration pack recommended. Cyclocross can be ridden on your normal road bikes with good tyres. Maxis refuse are highly recommended.

Start: Dayboro bakery; 7:00 am
Costs: $6 members / $16 non members
Distance: 160 BA
Supported: No
Lighting Rules Apply: No
Contact: Andrew Bragg (0434 284 532 /

Goat Track Gambol – Saturday June 25th 2016

Take a gamble on the Goat Track: an easy and traffic free way up Mt Glorious. A gentle descent over the back leads to a flat return via Fernvale, Rosewood and Mutdapilly. There are small sections of dirt road well-suited for road bikes.

Start: Anzac Park, Toowong; 6:30 am
Costs: $6 members / $16 non members
Distance: 200 BRM
On-line Rego: here
Route: here
Info Pack: here
Supported: No
Lighting Rules Apply: Yes
Contact: Mark Riley (0416 802 834/

The Cheap 3 Peaks Challenge – Saturday July 2nd 2016

The Cheap 3 Peaks Challenge, is a spectacular ride taking in scenic climbs north of the river. Mt Mee, Mt Glorious and Mt Coot-tha. With plenty of hills in between. A tough ride, unsupported with a 2 peak 200 km or 3 peak 300 km challenge.

Start: 37 Yathong Court Arana Hills; 6:00 am
Costs: $6 members / $16 non members
Distance: 200, 300 BRM
Supported: No
Lighting Rules Apply: Yes
Contact: Andrew Bragg (0434 284 532 /
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