Newsletter: 6th September, 2016


Ride News:

Scenic Rim 200 – (27/08/6)

What a cracker of a ride! Unfortunately only Kym R and Peter W experienced what turned out to be a beautiful day on the Scenic Rim 200. Just have a look at the photos!


Where are you when you are half-way between Woodenbong and Legume? Kym R and Peter W took a look for us and it’s White Swamp Rd.


The Big Plumb-Bob: a monument to the surveyors of yesteryear.

Beautiful quiet countryside:


Great looking ride Kym, I’m sure there will be more riders next year.

Ride Reports:

Scenic Rim (27/08/16): Kym Raffelt


Race to the Rock

One of the most exciting cycling events of the year, especially when viewed from the couch. Organised by Jesse Carlsson, a past winner of the TransAm (2015) and runner-up in the Tour Divide (2013) and of course Audax member. Jesse posted on his website:
“Starting 3 Sep 2016, I’m going to ride unsupported 2,300 km from Adelaide to Uluru via the Mawson Trail and Oodnadatta Track. You’re welcome to ride it too, but you’ll also be on your own, and I’ll do my very best to get to Uluru before you!” And so began the inaugural “Race to the Rock”.

On Saturday morning 21 people left Adelaide. It is a bit like an Audax ride, but riders must be self-sufficient the 2300 km ride is completely unsupported. And there are only 3 rules: Ride the full route. No drafting. No help that others couldn’t also get along the way. Here’s a scouting preview (not the race) of the first third:

There has been a huge amount of interest in this ride world-wide. Cyclingtips were on board setting up a media hub, with daily updates, videos, drone coverage etcetera here. The daily reports are great, well worth a read.

After two days the leader was Jesse Carlsson (a person I never saw on PAP except at the beginning and at the end) and the tailender was 74 yo Paul Ardill, another Audax veteran. Fitting that Audax riders bracket the field. Even though technically a race, the field is very spread you can sense that everyone is doing it tough, everyone is riding very hard, everyone is undergoing a serious personal challenge.
I’ve been glued to the SPOT dots on the tracker page. I can thank Peter Heal from several years ago for that particular addiction.
Jesse has crashed out with a suspected broken wrist. Sarah Hammond now leads Gunther Desmedt from Germany. Day 4 news.

Audax Queensland Jersey:

It’s time boys and girls. We need an Audax Queensland jersey. Who can remember the last one? Does one still exist? Pat? Vaughan? George? Phil? Roger? We need a picture. I’ve heard that there was a cane toad on it. They must be extremely rare.

I have learnt from experience that its easy to think a particular jersey design is crap until you try a do a better one yourself. They all look crap until they become familiar. Give it a go! Want some inspiration?

There’s a great story in Richard Moore’s book “Slaying the Badger”. The mega team of the day “La Vie Claire” paid a design team $1m to come up with a new jersey design. After months of research they finally came up with … a completely black jersey. At the unveiling the team board members were not impressed and folklore has it the designer winged it on the day with a: “ha ha, just kidding” and picked up a postcard with a Mondrain painting on it that happened to be lying around.mondrianA
And the rest is history.

Luckily here in Q L of D, our task is easy: we only have to decide between two things:
Should it be Rich Maroon (RGB 176, 48, 96)
or should it be Bright Maroon (RGB 195, 33, 72)?

Imagine this (in the finest merino wool that our chinese suppliers can manage):

With the colours/text:



Another option is to use a Scody template:
Here, the design includes gold (for our golden soil), a pastel blue (Rapha approved) on the sacred maroon (Queenslander) backdrop. You will have to imagine the “Audax” and “Queensland” running along the side panels.

I want everyone to indicate how many, and of which design, they intend to order. Or to send me alternative designs / suggestions to include in the next Newsletter.

Domestic Correspondence:

Vaughan Kippers, Simon Faber and Peter Jenkins are off on an adventure. PJ reports in:
I’m in the library in Windorah (population 80) which has wifi. There is no mobile service here.

Those of you with a meteorological bent will probably know that it has been hissing down in SW QLD and certain roads are closed….. Notably to Birdsville.

We have spent 2 nights camped in the Council Caravan Park overflow along with various grey nomads. We are occupying the covered netball court which means we are snug and dry in our tents. We were lucky to stay here rather than press on further as per our original plan after we had decided not to risk the Strezlecki Track. We now know that it is closed too, incidentally.
Windorah (If you click to enlarge, there is a lot of detail in this photo.)
It looks like the road to Birdsville will open later today, so we will leave here tomorrow before they make us honorary residents. They might count us in the census anyway, just to boost the population.

It’s now unlikely that we will be able to cycle the whole of the Birdsville Track but we’ll do as much as we can.

Foreign Correspondence:

Our man in China has come across the “mobike”, another Chinese innovation:
One sided axles, a diamondless frame, enclosed drivetrain (do you think a chain or shaft?) and minimalist mudguards.

The First Chinese 1200

Starts: 8th Oct 2016

The Randonneurs of China (ROCN) put on some great rides. Check out their facebook page.

I saw them at PBP last year: they’re not just a bunch of ex-pats.

Oh, and the course: “Tianjin – Qingdao – Tianjin”: Qingdao is the place where Tsingtao is brewed.

The Secret Pro:

In the last newsletter the Secret Pro was: Russell Mockridge. Winner: Dave Minter


There were only the 2 correct answers in order of being received: David Booth and Dave Minter. I assume that it was only the poor internet service along the Birdsville track that prevented Peter Jenkins from answering.

We went through the algorithm for two correct entries last week.

The current IOU beer/coffee list is: Peter Jenkins 1; Dave Minter 2; Dino Morgante 1; Kym Raffelt 1; Rod Staines 1; Wayne Williams 1; Melvyn Yap 1. You have to ride to collect.

Congratulations to Dave, however news has come through that after completely the High & Low UAF, Dave stopped off in Thailand where he broke his hip riding his Moulton. “Such is life….’Mend quickly’ will be about 3-6 weeks before I can fly back to Auld Blighty, on crutches. After all, it is bloody hard work flapping crutches fast enough to get my weight off the ground.

Today’s Secret Pro, is one all of you would have heard before:

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.
The city from Toowong, 5:30am, 6/09/16

Upcoming Rides News:

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

Middle Park Medley 4 – Saturday Sept 10th 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.

Gatton Gambol – Saturday Sep 17th 2016

There are several Qld riders looking for “form” ahead of the GSR. Please join them for a jaunt on the Downs.

Upcoming Rides:

Middle Park Medley 4 – Saturday Sept 10th 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 /

The Hippie Highway – Saturday Oct 8th 2016

Cruise the Hippie Highway and pedal your way back to simpler and more colourful times. Magnificent hinterland riding, with many ups and downs. Some lovely gravel roads to give riders the good vibrations, just like the good old days.

Start: Currumbin; 6:30 AM
Costs: $6 members / $16 non members
Distance/Map: 300 km BRM
Supported: No
Lighting Rules Apply: Yes
Contact: Paul Witzerman (0412 402 673 /

South of the Border – Saturday Oct 15th 2016

Enjoy a brief sojourn riding around the border district amongst rainforest & mountains whilst same time enjoying beautiful spring weather.

Start: Boonah; 7AM
Costs: $6 members / $16 non members
Distance: 100 km BA, 200 km BRM
Supported: No
Lighting Rules Apply: Yes for 200 km
Contact: Rodney Clarke (0411 699 661 /
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1 Response to Newsletter: 6th September, 2016

  1. brianh19 says:

    Great read

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