Newsletter: 23rd August, 2016


Ride News:

Mangroves to Mountains (14/08/16)

How could the BCC get this wrong? Clearly they are not paying attention to the ride calendar.

Rosie Godwin, Lindsay Green and RO Peter Jenkins did the 50 k to Pam’s cycling friendly cafe.

David Booth, Andrew Bragg, Brian Hornby, Vaughan Kippers, Mark Riley and Peter Watson did the 150 k. Peter and Andrew were feeling frisky and did the optional extras of Old Samsonvale Rd, Kobble Creek Rd, Ocean View Rd to rack up an extra 1000 m or so. This meant that the group stayed together, finishing together in time for some chez Jenkins fruitcake. An extra 1000 m should be made mandatory for Andrew Bragg on all rides (I was going to say “AB” but after the rugby on the weekend I’m too traumatized to use those initials).

Recent retiree BH was showing a strong sock game:

I don’t normally notice male legs, but Brian, you have something to work with here. With summer coming on, it might be time for a bit of manscaping.

High & Low UAF 200 (21/08/16)

This did indeed attract riders from high & low. Anthony Richardson documents the ascent over Mt Walker.
Brother Chris:
leads Dave Minter and George Row:
You can’t see George’s feet, but from his gleeful expression you can tell both legs are sticking out to the side as Dave powers up Mt Walker.

Ride Reports:

Rathdowney Rumble (31/07/16): Peter Whittle – another one, and a good one!


Olympics – Rio

I’m sure everyone has their favorite track moment (and I had no idea track cycling was such a deadly no-holds barred pursuit). Here’s mine:
That’s how Dutchwoman Laurine van Riessen managed to avoid a crash in the women’s keirin. Climbing the wall. Reminiscent of Margaret Gast on her “Wall of Death”:

Anna Meares Velodrome:

The new 2018 Commonwealth Games velodrome has been named after the first Australian to win medals at 4 different Olympics: Anna Meares. A fierce competitor on the track, but a complete softy off. Seen here sharing a moment with Victoria Pendelton.

Foreign Correspondent:

Our man in China has come across evidence that the Chinese are attempting to corner the market in tandem bikes.
If you look closely you can see that remarkably all these tandems were made in Italy.

The Most Famous Australian Cyclist?

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Queensland has its fair share of famous cyclists. Here’s one you may not know: Alexander Prokhorov (Алексaндр Прохоров), seen above training in the Soviet Atomic Energy Commission.

This year marks the centenary of his birth (July 11, 1916) in Butcher’s Creek on the Atherton Tablelands. His family had fled to Australia as refugees from Tsarist Russia in 1912 and he was born and spent the first six years of his life in Queensland. His family returned to Russia in 1923 after the Russian Revolution, where “Aussie” Alexsander went to high school, fought in World War II, studied physics, invented the laser, and won the 1964 Nobel Prize in Physics.

Together with five Orders of Lenin and twice hero of Socialist Labour, that’s a remarkable Palmares for a boy born in a tiny north Queensland community. The fascinating story can be found here.

Of course Australia has always been progressive in it’s refugee policy and you will be please to know that they had the family under heavy surveillance during their time in Australia.

The Secret Pro:

In the last newsletter the Secret Pro was: Ringo Starr. I would have also accepted “The voice of Thomas the tank engine” (Dave Minter) or “Richard Starkey MBE” (Peter Jenkins). Winner: Dave Minter


There were only the 2 correct answers in order of being received: Dave Minter and Peter Jenkins.

On page 2 of “The Rider”: “[There are 4 cols today, no] knows exactly how steep.

The second word: “knows”: has 5 letters: (modulo 2) = 1, so the 1st answerer wins: Dave Minter.

The current IOU beer/coffee list is: Peter Jenkins 1; Dave Minter 1; Dino Morgante 1; Kym Raffelt 1; Rod Staines 1; Wayne Williams 1; Melvyn Yap 1. You have to ride to collect.

Today’s Secret Pro: Is it a cross between Harry Potter and Twilight? Or is it Australia’s greatest all-round cyclist?
Email answers to: The winner is drawn randomly from all correct answers sent in before next newsletter.

Social/Recovery Rides:

There is an Audax Social River Loop every Tuesday. Meet on bike way opposite the Regatta, Toowong at 5:30 am.

Upcoming Rides News:

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

Scenic Rim 200 – Saturday Aug 27th 2016

New ride! If the words “White Swamp Road” mean anything to you, enough said. If it doesn’t, then you’d better go along to the ride and find out.

Middle Park Medley 4 – Saturday Sept 12th 2016

The last MPM of the year, and the last in its current format leaving from Middle Park. These are the “bread and butter”, or the “chips and gravy” or the “poutine” of Queensland Audax rides. RO Chris Richardson passes the baton to brother Anthony for the next Audax season.

Upcoming Rides:

Scenic Rim 200 – Saturday Aug 27th 2016

A tour of the Scenic Rim beginning with a challenging dirt climb to Koreelah State Forest. Beautiful tour along White Swamp Road before another climb to Tooloom Lookout. Return via Woodenbong with a memorable descent to Rathdowney & flat final 50 to Boonah.

Start: Boonah; 7:00 am
Costs: $30 members / $40 non members
Distance: 200 km BRM
On-line rego: here
Supported: Yes
Lighting Rules Apply: Yes
Contact: Kym Raffelt (0431 471 839 /

Middle Park Medley 4 – Saturday Sept 12th 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/Maps: 100, 200, 300, 400, 600 km
On-line rego: here
Supported: No
Lighting Rules Apply: Yes
Contact: Anthony Richardson (

Gatton Gambol – Saturday Sep 17th 2016

First 50 from Gatton to Esk is flat, then refuel for the climb up to Hampton. Ride around the Downs through Oakey, Pittsworth, Clifton and down Ma Ma Creek to the start. This ride is supported.

Start: Cultural Centre car park, Lake Apex Drive, Gatton; 7:00 am
Costs: $40 members / $50 non members
Distance/maps: 300
On-line rego: here
Supported: Yes
Lighting Rules Apply: yes
Contact: Mark Riley (0416 802 834 /

The Wonders Of Glorious Mee – Saturday Sep 24th 2016

This scenic 200km course takes you from The Gap to Kilcoy via Somerset Dam and on to Samford via Woodford and Dayboro. Includes two challenging climbs up Mt Glorious and Mt Mee. With more of what we love, hills. Retweaked by yours truley.

Start: 37 Yathong court Arana Hills; 6:15 AM
Costs: $30 members / $40 non members
Distance: 200k BRM
Supported: Yes
Lighting Rules Apply: Yes
Contact: Andrew Bragg (0434 284 532 /
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