Newsletter: 4th October, 2016


Ride News:

Inglorious Mee – 200k – (24/09/16)

Everyone has done a Glorious-Mee (haven’t you??). It’s an iconic AudaxQld ride and RO Andrew Bragg has done a great job of making it more “picturesque”.


Andrew Bragg, Roger Hawley, Peter Watson and Paul Witzerman took on the adventure.


And were rewarded.

Roger Hawley:
I missed the number plate unfortunately due to it’s speed, and I was put into the dirt but it was a blue Toyota tray ute and it happened about 5 km after the right hand turn towards Sommerset behind the Glorious decent going through the hills.
Taking a positive from this ride the following considerations maybe worthwhile putting up for discussion when planning the following years calendar?

1. With unsupported rides if the RO is also riding they need to carry a phone for contact purposes?
Also to assist with understanding where the riders are positioned on the ride for safety purposes if a rider slides past another at a check point, advise them they are going ahead this would help with the awareness as should that 2nd rider get to the next check point and the front rider has not checked in you can be alerted that there may have been a problem between these 2 check points for that rider?

2. The time of the year where we are riding in this case as a popular destination for camping and school holidays are current the traffic volume was heaps higher than normal ALSO Kilcoy was having a Beer and BBQ festival which increased the volume further.

3. The season, this course in particular is renowned for magpies and as it is nesting season may have been smarter to avoid — 9 aggressive attacks in 1 ride probable a little high.

Food for thought. Above pics from Roger and Peter.


Trans Oz: 9th Aug 2017; 4000.9 km; 17,500 m

“Trans Oz: An Audax Australia 4000 km transcontinental randonnée from the Indian Ocean in the west to the Pacific in the east, commencing Fremantle in Western Australia, finishing Bondi Beach in New South Wales. 2017 represents the 80th anniversary of Sir Hubert Opperman’s 1937 Fremantle to Sydney ride (via Melbourne) that took 13 days, 10 hours and 11 minutes, a record that stood for 30 years. Be prepared to suffer long daily distances, endless flat and straight roads, boredom, loneliness, cold, rain, headwinds, tailwinds, road trains, wandering cattle, camels, wombats and kangaroos, overpriced accommodation, average food, and sometimes questionable water quality.”

A date for your diary. The ride has been ridden as a vollies ride; started 10 August 2016. Kudos to Peter Heal & Yutaka Moriwaki for completing the ride. Kudos to Andrew Johnson for conceiving, organizing and delivering the ride.

Feedback from the vollies ride has revealed the extreme nature of this challenge, and the format of the final ride is still to be finalised. It will not be supported as originally planned, due to impact that a single day of unfavourable conditions could have on the whole ride. For details of the final format watch the website:

Registration opens 1 February 2017. A great summary of the vollies ride has been given by Poit here:

Indian Pacific Wheel Race: 18th March 2017; 5288.1 km; 28,397 m


Registration opened 1st October. (limited to 100; ~50 registered at time of post)
“A history lesson for those playing at home. The fine looking chap pictured front and centre is Arthur Richardson, the first person to cycle the Nullarbor in 1896. It was a feat he completed solo. Alone. Aged 24. Back then there were no roads and Richardson had to pick his way along terribly rough tracks and wade through miles of sand or try to navigate around them. He relied on remote stations, the few established towns and railway work crews to survive. There were no reliable maps, no GPS devices, no passing traffic, no communications, no reliable food / water sources, no gears and no fat tyres.
Richardson’s effort encompasses the heart of what this race is all about: solitude, guts and determination.
The five stars featured below represent the mighty Southern Cross, a constellation used for navigation in the Southern Hemisphere in times gone by.”


It is interesting to compare these two, near simultaneous, “organised” Trans-Australian rides after the multitude of unorganised Trans-Australian rides that have occurred in the last 100 years. And it should be said that both these planned rides are in the “extreme” category, even for Audax.

Both are invoking historical precedent for inspiration.
TransOz is organised by a single person backed by a large organisation.
IPWR is organised by a large team backed by no formal organisation.

To bring you back to earth, and before you register with the 5288 km IPWR; consider: it starts 18th March 2017. The day of the Oppy. Sure, I could imagine the West Australians doing an Oppy, then kicking on to Sydney. But for you Queenslanders, I don’t think it’s going to work.

Oppy: 18th March 2017

Yes, surprise, surprise, it’s on again in 2017! And the time to start planning is NOW.

No matter if your agenda is gender specific, an optimized pub crawl or record breaking: if you want the best available team members, nail them down now! Before they drift away to do that Indian Pacific Wheel Race…
Any Queensland Oppy record (500 km) is, to a certain extent, in the lap of the weather gods… however, the University of Queensland have been very proactive in bicycle research and may have the answer:

The Solar “Tandem” was the brainchild of researchers from the UQ’s Solar Energy Research Centre. Later named “Supernova Australia” it was unveiled in 1984:
(Note: under Oppy rules you could have 5 of these machines; meaning you could have up to 20 riders on your team. More food for thought.)

Latest Research / Social Media Explained

Confused about tyre pressure & side-wall suppleness? Yeah, me too. This is why the Internet exists. The “Competitive Randonneuring and Commuting” website here: explains the latest research.

For example, they have used a randodecahedron described by a Herse function incorporating data from the Large Hadron Collider to unequivocally proof the existence of “planing” (in steel bikes only).

Some claim the website is a spoof of Bicycle Quarterly (, I’m not sure if it’s not the other way round. In any case, there are lots of laughs at both sites.

Some good tips:
So, you don’t care about those new knobby supple tires? Here are 10 reasons why you should:
1: 120tpi is good enough
Ok, most tires and high-end tubeless offerings have 600tpi but if we’re being honest, 120tpi is good enough for Facebook timeline pictures, 60tpi is good enough for an instagram, 17tpi is good enough for twitter or snapchat and truly, anything more than that is a bonus most of the time in the average cyclist’s experience. In short, the chances are that 120tpi is good enough for you and your social media needs.
2. It has tread
” (more)

More stuff to buy:

Lyzene makes some cool stuff, and now they’ve just put out a “real” GPS bike computer.
Half the price of an equivalent Garmin, but with some nice features of Rando interest.
Check this out: Not only the battery status of the computer, but all the attached sensors (Di2, heart rate monitor, phone, cadence, speed, power meter..) The number of people finding that they can’t change gears because of a flat battery is only going to increase.
From what I understand, it shows your course on top of maps but without any navigation (~Edge 520). Rainmaker review here.

Bike throw of the week

not happy

Petit Year Round Randonneur

1200km in 12 months from 12 rides, one each month, min 50km.

12x 50km = 600km: will not do it.
11x 50km + 1x 600km = 1150km: will not do it. (close, but no cigar)
12x 100km = 1200km: tick
6x50km + 2x 100km + 2x 200km + 2x 300km = 1500km: tick
There are many combinations. Even more so now, as there are two new 50 & 100 km BA rides on the first Tuesday of each month. Start your PYRR in November: the Audax New Year.

PYRR facebook page: here

The Secret Pro:

Last week’s Secret Pros: Ralf, Florian, Wolfgang & Karl were Kraftwerk. I also accepted “Crafty Workers” (Dave Minter) and an honorable mention for “The Merckx Brothers” (David Booth) Winner: Dave Minter! (again)


Four correct entries in order received: Peter Jenkins, Paul Witzerman, Dave Minter, Dino Morgante.
Rodney Clarke also submitted a correct entry but was DSQ’d for using a “popular internet photo search engine” which he ethically and with full transparency freely admitted too.

Kraftwerk released the single “Tour de France” in 1983. The song was a reflection of the band’s new-found obsession for cycling. Ralf Hütter had been looking for a form of exercise that fitted in with the image of Kraftwerk; and he decreed that the group would all become vegetarians and take up cycling. If you look at the video below, not all of them were comfortable on the bike. I’m not sure how the vegetarianism went down. “Tour de France” included sounds of bike chains, gear mechanisms and the breathing of the cyclist. During the recording Ralf Hütter was involved in a serious cycling accident, suffering head injuries and remained in a coma for several days.

I think it should be compulsory for all bands to also form a team time trial squadra. Although in a recent Kraftwerk biography, bicycles have been cited as the “Yoko Ono of Kraftwerk”. I think it’s more likely to be the enforced vegetarianism.

The current IOU beer/coffee list: Dave Minter 3; Dino Morgante 1; Kym Raffelt 1; Rod Staines 1; Wayne Williams 1; Melvyn Yap 1. You have to ride to collect.

Today’s very excited Secret Pro is riding a funny bike. Who is he and why is he so excited?

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

Social/Recovery Rides:

There is an Audax Ride every Tuesday. Meet on bike way opposite the Regatta, Toowong at 5:30 am.
The first Tuesday of every month this will be a 50/100 km BA Audax ride! See the on-line calendar to register. (And BTW, the PYRR is the new awesome!)

The city from Toowong, 5:30am, 27/09/16

The city from Toowong, 5:30am, 04/10/16 (collect all 52)

Upcoming Rides News:

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

The Hippie Highway – Saturday Oct 8th 2016

Paul has provided “copy”. I can do no better than copy and paste:
“The Hippie Highway is a special ride. It will be ridden by experienced randonneurs who possess a special sort of audacity. Its 300 kms feature over 5000 metres of lovely climbing and descending. The ride travels through some tremendously lush and scenic countryside on some back-roads that are not often travelled by anyone. The road surfaces are also special. There are 45 kms of gravel, with some of it being rough and rocky. Additionally, many of the bitumen roads are rougher than much of the gravel. The gravel sections require a bicycle with no less than very strong 28 mm wide tyres. If a rider were to use 23 or 25 mm tyres, the rough gravel sections would be virtually unrideable and the rider would experience many flat tyres, most likely caused by torn sidewalls.
If the Hippie Highway rider’s bike can be fitted with 32 or 35 mm tyres, I strongly suggest they are used. That is, the fatter the tyre, the better the day will be. I highly recommend Maxxis Refuse tyres. They are virtually bombproof and have very strong sidewalls. My experience is that sidewalls are the Achilles’ heel of bicycle tyres on rough gravel. It is also my experience that a torn sidewall often means a DNF. Potential riders need to keep this in mind, especially due to the fact that this ride is unsupported and travels through some isolated country. However, there is a lot of love out there on the Hippie Highway and its riders will be able to soak it up in abundance.”


Upcoming Rides:

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 /

Atherton BikeFest Audax – Saturday Oct 22nd 2016

A scenic 200km meander around the back roads of the Tablelands (Watsonville, Malanda and Yungaburra). 100km option finds all the coffee shops, and less of the hills. Or a 75km ride taking in the Rail Trail and the farming roads of the Tolga/Kairi area.

Start: Atherton; 6:30 am
Costs: $10 members / $20 non members
Distances/Maps: 75k BD, 100k BA, 200k BA
On-line rego: here
Supported: No
Lighting Rules Apply: 200 only
Contact: Gayle Sticher (0428440411 /

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: 200
Supported: No
Lighting Rules Apply: Yes
Contact: Roger Hawley (3327 91225 /
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