Newsletter: 12th July 2016


Ride News:

The Cheap 3 Peaks 200/300km (2/07/16)

G’day Mark, I’m having a hard time coming up with a useful ride report after Saturday’s experience. I have very little that’s nice to say about that ride. Hard. Cold. Relentless. Stupid. They are words that come to mind. And the most amount of climbing I’ve done in a single day’s ride. Is this a story that should be told by me, a victim of this bizarre ride?

There were rumours that the “The Cheap 3 Peaks” (A 300km ride with 7000+m of climbing) had actually happened, but did it really? There are no photographs; but a ghostly Strava trace.

We will have to examine the evidence of the survivors: Peter Watson (200k version) Alex Morgan, Paul Witzerman and RO Andrew Bragg (300k version).

See Ride Report below.

Note that for the $24 outlay, these 4 riders saved themselves $1520 from the “Real 3 Peaks” (A 230k ride with only 4000+m climbing). Those wanting a lesser approximation to the “Cheap 3 Peaks” experience, can hand over $380 for the Peaks Challenge Gold Coast ride on 28th August 2016.

Another Dam Audax 200km (9/07/16)

From one of the hardest to one of the easiest Audax rides; or I should say from one of the hilliest to one of the flattest – there is no easy 200km ride. A great day: cool, sunny conditions; no mental anguish required. Here’s how it unfolded: Toolgoolawah (excellent meat pie, espresso milk, avoid the coffee); Esk (great new “Red Deer” Cafe, all day breakfasts, scrambled eggs on toast, coke); Gatton (mango smoothie, or chemical equivalent, avoid everything else); Fernvale (in front of pie shop).

Highlights: Mt Beppo rollers

The Red Deer: Of course they seated us at the “head” table

Ride Reports:

The Cheap 3 Peaks (2/07/16)

from Paul Witzerman: here.
This ride report is going to read like a victim impact statement from someone who has been seriously assaulted.”

Another Dam Audax (9/07/16)

from Rod Staines


Garmin 820

Garmin have just released a new model: An edge 810 + edge 1000 squeezed into an edge 520 size. Some new features relevant to randonneurs:

  • Power save mode to extend battery.
  • Group Live tracking (as shown in above pic).
  • Detects accidents and sends emergency txt.
  • Good review here. Garmin propaganda here:

    Inspirational Rides:

    Australia has had some great success in current stage races, with Michael Matthews winning stage 10 of le Tour.

    And Chloe Hosking winning stage 3 of the Giro Rosa.

    Tiffany Cromwell winning stage 4:

    Latest Research:




    The Secret Pro:

    In the last newsletter the Secret Pro was: Marianne Vos. I would have also accepted “Greatest female cyclist ever”, pictured below winning the 2012 Olympic Road Race:


    There were no entries submitted (shame).

    The current IOU beer/coffee list remains: Wayne Williams 1; Rodney Clarke 2; Dino Morgante 1; Peter Jenkins 2; Rod Staines 1. You have to ride to collect.

    Today’s Secret Pro, shown arrowed below, is the male equivalent of Marianne Vos:


    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

    6 Bumps & 1 Hill – Saturday July 16th 2016

    The signature Audax QLD ride.

    Middle Park Medley 3 – Saturday July 23rd 2016

    The bread and butter rides of Audax QLD.

    Upcoming Rides:

    6 Bumps & 1 Hill – Saturday July 16th 2016

    Ride around the Gold Coast hinterland and northern NSW. Currumbin Creek – Tweed Heads – Bilambil – Chillingham – Tyalgum – Uki – Stokers Siding – Mooball – Wooyung – Cabarita Beach – Murwillumbah – Tomewin – Currumbin Creek.

    Start: Currumbin; 7:00 am
    Costs: $30 members / $40 non members
    Distance: 200 BRM
    Supported: Yes
    Lighting Rules Apply: Yes
    Contact: Vaughan Kippers (33766761/

    Middle Park Medley 3 – Saturday July 23rd 2016

    Flattish course away from the traffic of Brisbane with distances of 100, 200, 300, 400 & 600km taking in the scenic rim & the Brisbane & Lockyer Valleys.

    Start: Middle Park; 6:00 am
    Costs: $6 members / $16 non members
    Distance/Map: 100 BA
    Distance/Map: 200 BRM
    Distance/Map: 300 BRM
    Distance/Map: 400 BRM
    Distance/Map: 600 BRM
    Supported: No
    Lighting Rules Apply: Yes (except for 100k)
    Contact: Anthony Richardson (

    Rathdowney Rumble – Sunday July 31st 2016

    Bring a camera as this ride goes through the beautiful countryside of Rathdowney (coffee) – Woodenbong – Tooloom Lookout – Urbanville – Woodenbong – small loop around base of Mt Barney finishing at Rathdowney (food).

    Start: Rathdowney; 6:30 AM
    Costs: $50 members / $50 non members
    Distance: 160k BA
    Lighting Rules Apply: No
    Contact: Roger Hawley (0439 328 400 /

    Frank’s Ride – Saturday Aug 6th 2016

    A ride on some of Frank’s favourite roads in Northern NSW. Frank unfortunately passed away as a result of an accident he had while riding in this area. The scenery and terrain here, is exactly what he liked to ride.

    Start: Currumbin; 6:30 am
    Costs: $6 members / $16 non members
    Distance/Map: 110 km BA
    Distance/Map: 200 km BRM
    On-line Rego: here
    Supported: No
    Lighting Rules Apply: Yes, for 200k
    Contact: Brian Hornby (0418 711 417 /
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