Newsletter: 20th September, 2016


Ride News:

Gatton Gambol – 300k – (17/09/16)

A day on the Downs. It always throws up surprises and this was no exception. Three riders: MarkR, PeterW, ThomasG, supported by my beautiful wife Leah.

Thomas entered into the spirit by hitting the rough shoulder and double puncturing in the first 25k:
It was making my 1 tube / 100k rule of thumb look a bit iffy, especially when one replacement tube soon developed a leaky patch. PeterW had a replacement patch and we were good to go. This lasted until 20 km from the finish when it had to be replaced making 4 tube changes for Thomas. Welcome to Audax!

Then on leaving Esk, I broke my rear derailleur cable at the bottom of the range. This after I had broken a rear derailleur cable on my other bike only 10 days ago. But everyone carries a spare gear cable, right? A week ago I had struggled changing the cable at home using various you-tube videos and a full set of garage tools. Now on my newer bike with the cables going under bar-tape and threading through the frame it was a hugely more difficult task. A task I easily accomplished by handing PeterW my spare gear cable and multi-tool.


Unfortunately, my bike refused to cooperate when given the new cable, it was not changing gears. With all the stoppages we were flirting with the cut-off time at checkpoint 2, I was down to two gears and off we went.

Peter offers some further cable advice below. He is just back from his 11th Cycle Queensland:

The Downs treated us well. We may have even had a bit of a tailwind going south, but a vicious Easterly headwind kept us company as soon as we headed towards Clifton.


Lot’s of type 1 fun! Bravo Thomas on completing your 2nd 100 km ride (as well as your 1st 200 km, and 1st 300 km rides).

What happened?

A new cable perfectly installed by Peter, but it was jammed tight and wouldn’t move. The next day after a lot of messing around I worked out where it was jammed but couldn’t get it unstuck. I had to cut the cable near to where it entered the frame to get it out. But because of turning the bike upside down & right-side up multiple times it confused my sense of right & left … and I cut the front derailleur cable by mistake (cry of anguish).
Long story short, it turns out that Ultegra cables are coated with “polymer” whereas my 105 replacement cable was not. There are both 1.2 mm, but the polymer coating means that the Ultegra cable metal part is very very slightly thinner in diameter than the 105. My original cables had rubbed off the polymer and made small grooves in the Al guides where the cables entered and left the frame; just deep enough for my very slightly thicker replacement cable to jam tight in both places.
Just a matter of filing out the grooves and I now have the thicker 105 cables in both rear (and front).

What are the chance of two rear derailleur cables on separate bikes breaking near simultaneously? Peter’s advice:
Check your gear cables

Middle Park Medley – MPM4 – (10/09/16)

The end of an era as Anthony Richardson, Raoul Dover, Hugh Fyson (200k) and Robert Topping (100k) rode the last MPM. Ant has a report below.

Ride Report:

Middle Park Medley – Anthony Richardson


Race to the Rock

The 2,300 km unsupported Race to the Rock from Adelaide to Uluru via the Mawson Trail and Oodnadatta Track has a winner! Sarah Hammond has won in 8.25 days being the first and only finisher. She was also the only female entrant to the race in a field of 20. What a gutsy effort! The crux came just before Oodnadatta where she just managed to ford some floodwaters that almost swept her away. The following riders were stranded and had to divert off course to get to Uluru.

The documentary is being released 8th October. A taste here:

Sarah Hammond will be familiar to you as the leader of the all female “Four Abreast” Oppy team that was disqualified after 619 km. There is a great account of their ride here that contains the quote: “The decision to finish a ride is taken before you get on the bike. That’s how you get to the finish line.

Audax Queensland Jersey:

Thanks all for the feedback, it looks like the consensus is for a Maroon retro jersey, quality rather than a Chinese cheapie, full length zip, non-fade colours. I didn’t get any alternate designs or suggestions so I’ll just proceed with a draft design. For those that missed having a say, you’ll probably get a another chance in another 5 years.

Social Media Explained

The Gatton Gambol represented a break-through ride for me. For the very first time I posted an actual photo “live” from the road on social media. I found this diagram helpful:

The Great Aussie Pie Competition

The official results are in (here). And it looks good for the Blackbutt Bakery. We need a ride that passes through there.


I knew it was spring but I couldn’t help but feel that something was missing. Then thwack! I remembered:

QLD Police

If you would like to report an issue or have witnessed an incident while riding, you can do so via the Queensland Police Service – cyclist complaint online form.

More on Gears

What are gears? They change the ratio of pedal rotations to distanced traveled. You can’t just specify the number of teeth in the front and rear chain rings because it depends on the size of the wheel. One measurement is called “Gear inches”: the diameter (measured in inches) that a penny farthing wheel needs to be to have the same gearing.

Bit old-fashioned. For example a 700x25c wheel/tire combo has a diameter of 26.4″. So the 50/11 combination of chain-rings would give 26.4 x 50/11 = 119.9″, while the 36/25 combo gives 38″. So that’s a typical range of pushing a “hard” and an “easy” gear.

A few days ago Denise Mueller broke the women’s bike speed record (237 km/hr) drafting a car on the Bonneville flats. (article here) Below is her bike with double reduction 60 tooth rings:
147mph4-1473698413034-11mf4ecpctoou-630-354She was pushing a very big gear indeed: 477″.

The Secret Pro:

In the last newsletter the Secret Pro was: Paul Sherwen. I would have also accepted “Phil Liggett’s sidekick” (Dave Minter) and “the guy who knows a lot of French castles” (Rodney Clarke). Winner: David Booth!
Paul Sherwen’s palmares includes British National Road Race champion (1987) and 5 times finishing the Tour de France (presumably memorising the châteaux along the way).

To recap on the random selection algorithm…
There were 3 correct entries; in order of submission: Dave Minter, David Booth and Rodney Clarke.

We take the Tim Krabbe book “The Rider”.
The 3rd page (for the 3 entries) starts:
“I wipe my tires clean and get onto the bike.”
The 3rd word of the 3rd page is “my”, which has 2 letters, therefore the 2nd answerer wins.

You can study the book (and it’s well reading) but it won’t help you, because you never know where you are in the entry list, and you never know how many people will get it right. It’s one of those things where you’ve just got to be in it, to win it.

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

Paid off last week was PJ on the Audax River Loop (hot choccie!):
This weeks Secret Pros are: Ralf, Florian, Wolfgang and Karl. Yes – but who are they?? (And you will all have heard them.)
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.
rl_20_09_16The city from Toowong, 5:30am, 20/09/16

Upcoming Rides News:

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

Inglorious Mee – Saturday Sep 24th 2016

Breaking news: A renaming of “The Wonders Of Glorious Mee” to “Inglorious Mee” and the ride will be unsupported.
What can I say about this ride? You have to do it – at least once.

Ask Andrew (below) for route details. It’s very pretty. There is a mango tree half way up Jackson road. And there is Mt Glorious & Mt Mee.

Upcoming Rides:

Inglorious Mee – Saturday Sep 24th 2016

This scenic 200km course includes two challenging climbs up Mt Glorious and Mt Mee. With more of what we love, hills. Retweaked by yours truly.

Start: Samford; 6:15 AM
Costs: $6 members / $16 non members
Distance: 200k BRM
Supported: No
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; 5:00 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 /

MalenyMee – Saturday Oct 22nd 2016

A scenic ride including Mt Mee, Maleny and the Redcliffe Peninsular.

Start: Ferny Hills; 6:00 am
Costs: $6 members / $16 non members
Distance/Map: 300k BRM
On-line rego: here
Supported: No
Lighting Rules Apply: Yes
Contact: Brian Hornby (0418711417 /

Broke Back Mountain – Saturday Oct 29th 2016

Scenic Ride out and Over the Bunya Mountains before returning back to Crows Nest.

Start: Crows Nest (QLD); 6:00 am
Costs: $6 members / $16 non members
Distance/maps: 300
Supported: No
Lighting Rules Apply: Yes
Contact: Roger Hawley (3327 91225 /
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