Newsletter: 30th May, 2017

The Horizontal Hundred permanent. See Andrew Gills report below.

Ride News:

Glorious Foursome – Saturday May 20th 2017

James Nitis, Cam Taylor and RO Paul Witzerman fronted for the GF, lacking that key 4th member to make the foursome. This one of those rides that is really enjoyable .. to watch other people do. Look at the value in elevation for distance:

I can only join the dots from what I can steal from Strava:
James Nitis captioned his ride “Double puncture tubulars”

From that look of concern on Paul’s face I can almost hear the “tsk, tsk, tsk”

Cam Taylor took this great pic:


I was twitchy because there hadn’t been any ride reports this month, a first time for the Newsletter. Then: permanents to the rescue. Andrew Gills, a returning member, has started Audax riding again with permanents. His reports are below, and a link to his blog is shown on the right, together with the other Audax Qld blogs I’m aware of.

Ride Reports:

Fairly Flat Fifty (17/05/17) – Andrew Gills

Horizontal Hundred (20/05/17) – Andrew Gills

Late Ride Reports:

Birdsville Track – 2016 – What really happened – Peter Jenkins

Esk at Night (18/2/17) – Rod Staines

Guest Ride Report:

Race to the Rock – 2016 – Gunther Desmedt


Riders Workshop – Sunday June 25th 2017

Brian has again kindly offered to host the 2017-18 Calendar workshop at his home on Sunday June 25. Please keep this date free. It would be a perfect time to unwind after riding the Goat Track Gambol on the Saturday. All members are welcome: committee members, R.O.s and aspiring R.O.s.

Further details to be advised.

Peter Jenkins will circulate the draft calendar to existing R.O.s shortly. We are looking for members to put forward any suggestions they may have for new/resurrected routes.

TransAm – June 3rd 2017, 6am – 6920 km

The next TransAm bike race starts soon. There are 159 solo riders and 14 pairs riding this year, including six from Australia:

  • Stuart Birnie (Vic)
  • Jonathon Brown (WA)
  • Antony Lamb (NSW)
  • Jack Larkin (Qld)
  • Nick Macey (WA)
  • Rod Staines (Qld)
  • Rod Staines will be familiar to most of you, and has just packed his saddlebag and has boarded the flight to Seattle. Here’s what he’s taking:

    The record is 17.5 days (the late Mike Hall) so Rod, like all riders, will pushing the odour boundaries. One of the favourites: Rob English. Check out his bike here.

    The race webpage: here
    Live tracker page: here
    The facebook group (here) is starting to get active.

    More Bikepacking

    Bikepacking is “the thing” now. If you think it’s getting too mainstream, you can always get into a bikepacking subculture. And I reckon this is the one: Tall – Bikepacking. Tell me you don’t think this is great (jump to 23:30 for the bikepacking, tho’ the rest is great too):

    Even More Bikepacking

    OK, now tell me you don’t think THIS is great. (Yes, that’s a micro-keg that sits in your bidon cage)

    Buy them here.

    Bikepacking/Gravel bikes

    You haven’t got one? Don’t despair, I’ve got you covered. Already the genre is too vast. Let’s look at just the Titanium bikes/frames “made” by Australian companies:

    And Remember:

    The Secret Pro:

    In the last newsletter the Secret Pro was: Julie Andrews.

    I was also accepting Sister Maria. And in research into this Secret Pro I was happy to discover that the “Sounds of Salzburg” offers a “Fräulein Maria” bike ride. (“Did you grow up watching Julie Andrews and the von Trapp Family and are dying to see where those beloved scenes were filmed? Then this tour is for you!“) Book here.

    Correct answers in order received: David Taylor, Simon Faber, Dave Minter, Leah Barnett, Peter Jenkins. Winner: David Taylor!

    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; David Taylor 1; Wayne Williams 1; Melvyn Yap 2. You have to ride to collect.

    Today’s Secret Pro could be the start of a long series:

    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

    Beach and Bush – Saturday Jun 3rd 2017

    “Surf & Turf”?

    or “Beach and Bush”?

    Do both this weekend. New ride fully catered by Errol. The original closing time for registration has passed, but due to popular demand it will be reopened tonight (Thursday 1/6/17) after 7pm.

    Upcoming Rides:

    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/Map: 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 /

    SK 600 Out and Back – Saturday Jun 24th 2017

    Definitely one for audacious riders, this route is very isolated with only one service station along a 240km stretch of the Marlborough-Sarina Rd. Undulating all the way but only one significant climb. We head back via the same route with a tailwind.

    Start: Kay Court, North Mackay 6AM
    Costs: $6 members / $16 non members
    On-line rego: here
    Distances/Maps: 600km BRM
    Supported/Lighting Rules: No/Yes
    Contact: Peter Robertson (0497 270 621 /
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