Newsletter: 16th May, 2017

The Scenic Rim Brewery – well worth a stop. We had a few “Fat Man”s or is it Fat Men?

Ride News:

River Loop May 50k – Tuesday May 2nd 2017

May Mayhem 300k – Saturday May 6th 2017

(April Animation in disguise) and only the one taker this year: Peter Watson.
Chapeau! Although Peter doesn’t mind solo time too much, he has ended up riding by himself many times in the last couple of years.

Fassifern Folly 200k – Sunday May 14th 2017

This is always a great ride due to the quality of the bananas on offer from RO Rosie. Ten starters and ten finishers.

Sorry to be picture heavy, but what a great day! Thanks Rosie & Anne.

Ride Reports:

none this week


The Earliest Queensland Ride Report

I received a reply from Dino concerning the 300 km Queensland ride on 10th June 2000 reported in Checkpoint 4 (here). It was not March Madness, not April Animation, and not May Mayhem, but: “Dependable Derailleurs” – one of Gale Schaub’s rides – he could not run it on the day so Lindsay Green took over the RO duties.
Dino missed out on riding what would have been his first 300 km ride after doing his first 200 km ride (“Infectious Intentions”) 3 months earlier as he was planning on riding with Lindsay.

Highest Annual Mileage Record (HAMR)

Two days ago:

Billie Dovey (1938): 47,641 km; female record for “the year”
Tommy Godwin (1939): 120,805 km; male record for “the year”
Kurt Searvogel (2015): 122,432 km; new male record
The “unbreakable” record that lasted for so long was finally broken by Kurt, inspired in part by the efforts of UK Audax rider Steve Abraham.
Amanda Coker (2017): 139,326 km; new female record (+16,894 km more than the male record)

In a list of incredible rides, Amanda’s ride is truly amazing. I would be astounded if this record was broken by male or female in the next 20 years.

So after riding 139,326 km in the past year, what do you do? (and to put that into perspective: that’s an average of 381 km / day for 365 days) You sleep in for a morning, then Kick On!

Is Amanda Coker real? You would have to ask the question. Some answers here.

Hydrogen Peroxide

If 381 km / day sounds a bit ..extreme.. then the (demented) Swiss Francois Gissy has the answer: just go faster. His bicycle speed record of 333 km/hr was achieved by accelerating to that speed in just 4.8s. The bike itself doesn’t look too extreme (except for the rocket engine attached) – there is no fairing, no sophisticated aerodynamics, just a long wheel base and a rider game enough to withstand the large g-forces:

It takes its inspiration from Rollie Free’s 1948 motorcycle speed record run:

Here’s the record run:

How does it work? 90% liquid hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) is dumped into a chamber filled with a silver catalyst that causes it to immediately decompose into water and oxygen. It’s forced through a nozzle to provide thrust: basically it’s a steam rocket. Running under it’s own steam.

Brisbane Velodrome

caption reads: “JUST BEFORE A JAMB: The field bunched during the Six Days’ Race at the Brisbane Velodrome. J.Farmley, H.Brady, Opperman, F.Thomas, “Hefty” Stewart, and Keith Oliver”

Boxing, Wood Chopping and Clowns… Why wouldn’t you go? It only ran 1929-33, the Depression years, then:

Great read at the great website: Velo Aficionado.

And Remember:

A reflective vest will not protect you from yourself.

Sometimes it’s just better to get off the bike & walk. (BTW: What pressure do you think he’s running?)

You’ve got your reflective vest, you’ve got your helmet, but if you really want to stay safe don’t forget your parachute.

Parachute bikes:

The Secret Pro:

In the last newsletter the Secret Pro in the Panasonic kit was: Phil Anderson.
I was also accepting “the first wearer of the Maillot Jaune outside of Europe”.

Correct answers in order received: Peter Jenkins, Duncan McDonald, David Booth, Dino Morgante, Leah Barnett. Winner: Peter Jenkins!

The IOU beer/coffee list remains: David Booth 3; Brian Hornby 1; Leonie Lucas 1; Peter Jenkins 1; Dave Minter 5; Dino Morgante 1; Kym Raffelt 2; Peter Robertson 1; Wayne Williams 1; Melvyn Yap 2.

Today’s Secret Pro picture is one of my favourite things:

I think this is Liesl, Friedrich, Louisa, Secret Pro (redacted), Brigitta and Kurt (I’m not sure where the other two were). Who is the Secret Pro?
Email answers to: The winner is drawn randomly “calculated” from all correct answers sent in before the next newsletter.

Upcoming Rides News:

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

Glorious Foursome – Saturday May 20th 2017

Note: This ride is now not supported. Details below.

Beach and Bush – Saturday Jun 3rd 2017

A new supported ride from Errol up on the sunshine coast.

Upcoming Rides:

Glorious Foursome – Saturday May 20th 2017

Explore four faces of glorious Mt Glorious, just for fun. With lots of fast descending and wonderful views, this is a ride for the hardy and determined rider.

Start: The Gap 6:30 AM
Costs: $6 members / $16 non members
On-line rego: here
Distances/Maps: 160km BA
Supported/Lighting Rules: No/No
Contact: Paul Witzerman (0412 402 673 /

Beach and Bush – Saturday Jun 3rd 2017

A pleasant and scenic ride on country roads and coastal urban areas. Will traverse some hills on rural roads in second quarter of ride while the final quarter takes in the coastal scenery of the Sunshine Coast.

Start: Mooloolaba 7AM
Costs: $30 members / $40 non members
On-line rego: here
Distance: 200 km BRM
Supported/Lighting Rules: Yes/Yes
Contact: Errol Ross (0437 377 657 /

River Loop June – Tuesday 6th June 2017

A social ride followed by a coffee somewhere interesting on Montague Rd.

Start: Regatta, Toowong; 5:30 am
Costs: $6 members / $16 non members
On-line rego: here
Distances/Maps: 50, 100
Supported/Lighting Rules: No/Yes
Contact: Brian Hornby (0418 711 417 /

Dirty Mee – Sunday 11th June 2017

Dirty Mee, is cyclocross at its best. Plenty of dirt single track and fire trail. There will be some sealed roads. Hydration pack recommended. Maxis refuse are highly recommended.

Start: Dayboro Bakery; 7AM
Costs: $6 members / $16 non members
Distance/map: 75k BD
Supported/Lighting Rules: No/No
Contact: Andrew Bragg (0434 284 532 /

Frank’s Ride – Saturday 17th June 2017

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
On-line rego: here
Distances/maps: 110k, 200k
Supported/Lighting Rules: No/Yes for 200
Contact: Brian Hornby (0418 711 417 /

Goat Track Gambol – Saturday Jun 24th 2017

Take a gamble on the Goat Track: an easy and traffic free way up Mt Glorious. A gentle descent over the back leads to a flat return via Fernvale, Rosewood and Mutdapilly. There are small sections of dirt road well-suited for road bikes. Ride Documentation.

Start: Anzac Park, Toowong 6:30 AM
Costs: $6 members / $16 non members
On-line rego: here
Distances/maps: 200k
Supported/Lighting Rules: No/Yes
Contact: Mark Riley (0416 802 834 /
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