Newsletter: 26th July 2016


Ride News:

Six Bumps and One Hill 200 km (16/07/16)

Kym is the picture of elegance, not to mention sang froid, élan and souplesse as he leans into Hogans Rd on stage 1 of the 6B&1H.

RO Vaughan:
Poor weather conditions were predicted so this may have affected numbers this year. The Sunshine Coast group did not enter, but I’ll try to get them back in 2017, when I’ll have more time for AUDAX organisation and rides. The weather was overcast and cool but it did not rain, so riding conditions were very good. The MooMoo Roadhouse has been refurbished so is worth a look.

James Stievenard (a Currumbin local), Jason Steele, Peter Watson & Kym Raffelt

Middle Park Medley 3 (23/07/16)

Anthony has inherited the RO position for this ride from brother Chris and numbers were also looking low, until he sent out the following email:

It’s the time again – the Middle Park Medley is on this Saturday. There are 100, 200, 300, 400 and 600 km options. There is also a small group doing the 200 km ride who are visiting 4 classic pubs along the way… It’s a 6 am start.

The numbers suddenly jumped to 21. Clearly a master stroke; he’s not the author of the “Draft Audax Queensland Promotion and Marketing Plan” for nothing.

The starters (or those using the on-line rego) were:
Mattia Anesa, Sarah Boettcher, David Booth, Naomi Gwynne, Steve Gwynne, Straughan Briggs, Jon Irons, Christopher Lueders, Ann-Kathrin Scholtyssek (100km)
Katrina Cousins, Alex Herrera, Brian Hornby, Benoit Liquet, Andres Otero Forero, Carlos Pachon, Anthony Richardson, Chris Richardson, Mark Riley (200km)
Justin Bennett, Alex Morgan (300km)
Rod Staines (400km)

On the day Ant actually invoked, not 4, but 5 “secret controls”. I think we have all learnt the following from history:


Ride Report:

MPM3 400km – Rod Staines



All eyes turn to the Champs Elysèes last Sunday
The Patrouille de France jets fly over the Arc de Triomphe ahead of the riders' passing Final stage 21 - Chantilly õ Paris/Champs ElysÈes (113km) 103rd Tour de France 2016

Bendigo girl Chloe Hosking won her biggest victory in La Course:
(If you get on a World Tour podium, why wouldn’t you take a selfie? Marianne Vos, Chloe Hosking and Lotta Lepisto above) And here is the view from behind:
Paris - France  - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - Hosking Chloe (Australia / Wiggle High5) Lepisto Lotta  (Finland / Cervelo Bigla) Vos Marianne (Netherlands / Rabobank Liv Women Cycling Team)   pictured during stage 21 of the 2016 Tour de France La Course in Paris  - photo AntonVos/Cor Vos © 2016

And Team Sky has also learnt from history: why drink champagne when you can drink beer?

Latest Research:

Nick Fisk alerted the newsletter to the fact that cycling research has appeared in both Nature and Science journals in the past week.

Science: Cancel your EPO regime: a randomized, controlled, double-blind study showed no advantage from using EPO: here.

Nature: Why do riderless bikes tend to stay upright?

Angular momentum, Coriolis forces, Gyroscopic effects and “trail”: officially declared “hard problems” here.



The Secret Pro:

In the last newsletter the Secret Pro was (of course): Eddy Merckx doing a bit of white horse spotting. I would have also accepted “The Cannibal” or “The male equivalent of Marianne Vos”:


There were 6 correct entries submitted, in order of being received: Dave Minter, Rik Taylor, David Booth, Peter Jenkins, Melvyn Yap, Alex Morgan.

On page 6 of “The Rider”: “[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.”
sixth word: “faith” 5 letters – 5th entry wins. Winner is Melvyn Yap.

The current IOU beer/coffee list is: Wayne Williams 1; Rodney Clarke 2; Dino Morgante 1; Peter Jenkins 2; Rod Staines 1; Melvyn Yap 1. You have to ride to collect. (Clue: come along to the Rathdowney Rumble)

Today’s Secret Pro:
I saw this pic and had to smile. We’ve come a long way & well done Queensland.

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

Social/Training Rides:

River Loop next Tuesday, 2nd August. Meet on bike way near the Regatta, Toowong at 5:30 am.

Upcoming Rides News:

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

Rathdowney Rumble – Sunday July 31st 2016

Roger way-laid me during the MPM3. To summarize: This is not a typical “Roger Hawley” type ride. Fully (and newly) sealed smooth roads. 160 km only. Fully supported with special rice (Andrew Bragg involved here?). Beautiful views. Entry fees supports the Smiddy Charity. Previous ride reports here and here.

A quick search finds this in Checkpoint 61:

Or another way of putting it:

Frank’s Ride – Saturday August 6th 2016

Another beautiful ride along the NSW border:

A previous ride report here.

Ride for the No-Shows 100km – Wednesday August 10th 2016

A weekday ride. Do you want to go to the Ekka or do you want to ride your bike? Seriously, come on, as if there’s a decision involved here. Email your entries to Simon (contact details below.)

Upcoming Rides:

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
Supported: Yes
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 /

Ride for the No-Shows – Wednesday August 10th 2016

Cheaper than entry to the Ekka and you won’t get bored as fast. Bring along those friends who said that they always wanted to do an Audax ride (the No-Shows) and show them what they are missing. No dodgy showbags, just sweet riding pleasure.

Start: Anzac Park, Toowong; 6:30 am
Costs: $6 members / $16 non members
Distance: 100 BA
Supported: No
Lighting Rules Apply: No
Contact: Simon Faber (0448 887 839/

Mangroves to Mountains – Sunday August 14th 2016

Choice of distances – 50, 100, 150, 200km options through undulating countryside. This ride is unsupported but the controls are at conveniently spaced coffee shops and bakeries.

Start: Brighton; 7:00 am
Costs: $6 members / $16 non members
Distance: 50, 100, 150 and 200 BA
Supported: No
Lighting Rules Apply: for 200km only
Contact: Peter Jenkins (0407149375 /
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