Newsletter: 27th June, 2017

It’s rare that a non-Queenslander gets the lead photo in this Newsletter (cause, you know: insular, xenophobic) but here’s Wayne Hickman with the 4000 km stare at Bondi Beach after leaving Fremantle 18 days ago.

Ride News:

Frank’s Ride – Saturday June 17th, 2017

The view from Tomewin:

A damp one this year for the 15 riders: Justin Bennett, David Booth, Emery Bridge, Ben Coogan, David Foster, John McMullan, Grant Williams (110 km); and Shayne Fox, Vaughan Kippers, Chris Lewthwaite, Christopher Neve, James Nitis, Peter Quinlivan, Peter Watson, Paul Witzerman (200 km).

Shayne Fox above. Happy customer Peter Quinlivan:

“[Brian] Just to let you know how much I enjoyed the ride last Saturday. The terrain and countryside was lush and magnificent.
I was lucky enough to have Chris Neve riding with me for the entire ride which was fantastic. After Pottsville, we rode with Paul W. He was a bit faster than us and was kind enough to wait for us at spots like the turn off to Stokers. V thoughtful and helpful.
As you are aware, I had to change a tube on the Tomewin descent. The first thing I did was get a message to Chris that I had matters in hand and to not wait for me.
When I got going again, I was more than pleasantly surprised to find Paul waiting in the dark for me at the junction of Curumbin Creek Rd…. just a sensational gesture. I can’t thank him enough. True Audax spirit. Thanks also to John for the tail light which he provided after my reserve one fell off on the way to the start…”

See the two Ride Reports below.

Goat Track Gambol – Saturday 24th June 2017

The GTG Eleven: Raoul Dover, Jeff Franklin, Mark Harris, Tara Horner, Peter Jenkins, Scott McCarthy, James Nitis, Anthony Richardson, Mark Riley, Peter Watson, Paul Witzerman. And what a day! Paul had misgivings from the start:

And true to form, at the Glorious Cafe he was already complaining about feeling dizzy and planning on going to the northern hemisphere to make peace with his inner, inner ear.

Look! Rare as a unicorn, Tara maintains the 100% completion rate of females on the GTG:

Four new Randonneurs on the day: Jeff Franklin, Mark Harris, Tara Horner and Scott McCarthy. Chapeau tout le monde.

After the hills, Mark Harris made a fine study of vanishing points:

Ride Report below.

Ride Reports:

Frank’s Ride (17/06/17) – John McMullan

Frank’s Ride (17/06/17) – Peter Watson

Goat Track Gambol (24/06/17) – Peter Jenkins


TransAm – 6920 km

Rod Staines has finished in 19th place at ~7am Tuesday Brisbane time.
6920km in 23d:07h:29m

The high point (3520m):

What an amazing ride. Out of 159 starters, 20 have finished and 58 have withdrawn so far.
The race continues: Tracker here.

More Tall Bikes

As a follow-up to the tall-bike-bike-packing of an earlier Newsletter, PJ shared his TBBP experience on his 2006 LeJog trip when he encountered some Tall-Bike-Tourers:

Read about them here:

So much bicycle inspiration: “Raising Bicycle Awareness”.



As you are probably aware, we are a bit beard-lite in Queensland. Should we be concerned? Yes – beards are trending and there is an increasing beard – bike correlation.

And before you protest: recent wind-tunnel testing shows “no-aero-penalty”.

Let’s look at the experts:

The beard has to be carefully cultivated.

And yes cat-beards are a thing too – it was only a matter of time.

Everywhere, it’s a plague:

We cannot escape modern culture..

Until the committee can work out an appropriate response we’ll just have to cover ourselves:

Other Disturbing News

Pretty much everything about this picture is disturbing. Starting from the “City of Moulton”: I can imagine a quirky town where everything has built-in suspension.

The not too distant Future

The Secret Pro:

Today’s Secret Pro is one who cannot be identified by Google reverse image search engines.

Seriously, I put it through dozens of times: without the left blue rectangle this photo could be identified. The above is the minimum manipulation I had to do to disguise it from Google. Jeez, no wonder I’ve been bleeding coffees.

I did manage to acquire an obscure photo of the same Secret Pro from a lesser known publication that suffers from a lack of SEO. Google fail (until next week when it will index the answer).

Who is he?

Upcoming Rides:

Freedom Ride 400 – Saturday July 1st 2017

A scenic ride including Yamanto, Peak Crossing, Rosewood, Laidley, Kilcoy and Peachester.

Start: Ferny Hills 6am
Costs: $6 members / $16 non members
On-line rego: here
Distance/Map: 400 km BRM
Supported/Lighting Rules: No/Yes
Contact: Brian Hornby (0418 711 417 /

River Loop July – Tuesday 4th July 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 /

Lotus Creek Out and Back – Saturday 8th July 2017

Cool down after the SK600 with a gentle ride on quiet roads to the petrol station caravan park in the middle of nowhere, Lotus Creek. Hot food, cold drinks and a shower if you fancy before riding back to the big smoke.

Start: Kay Court, North Mackay 6am
Costs: $6 members / $16 non members
Distance/map: 300k BRM
Supported/Lighting Rules: No/Yes
Contact: Peter Robertson (0497 270 621 /

The Cheap 3 Peaks Challenge – Saturday 8th July 2017

The Cheap 3 Peaks Challenge, is a spectacular ride taking in scenic climbs north of the river. Mt Me, Mt Glorious and Mt Coot-tha. With plenty of hills in between. A tough ride, unsupported with a 2 peak 200 km or 3 peak 300 km challenge.

Start: 37 Yathong court Arana Hills 6am
Costs: $6 members / $16 non members
Distance/map: 200k,300k
Supported/Lighting Rules: No/Yes
Contact: Andrew Bragg (0434 284 532 /

6 Bumps & 1 Hill – Saturday July 15th 2017

Ride around the Gold Coast hinterland and northern NSW. Currumbin Creek – Tweed Heads – Bilambil – Chillingham – Tyalgum – Uki – Stokers Siding – Mooball – Wooyung – Cabarita Beach – Murwillumbah – Tomewin – Currumbin Creek

Start: Currumbin; 7:00 AM
Costs: $25 members / $35 non members
On-line rego: here
Distances/maps: 200k
Supported/Lighting Rules: Yes/Yes
Contact: Vaughan Kippers (07 33766761 /

Get High on the Tablelands – Sunday July 16th 2017

Ride from Atherton through the central Tablelands farming areas of Tolga and Yungaburra, to the hillier southern areas of Malanda, Ravenshoe and Millaa Millaa. The ride features Queensland’s highest gazetted road, spectacular views and a great downhill.

Start: Atherton 6:30 AM
Costs: $6 members / $16 non members
On-line rego: here
Distances/maps: 100k, 200k
Supported/Lighting Rules: No/Yes for 200
Contact: Gayle Sticher (0428 440 411 /

MalenyMee – Saturday July 22nd 2017

Scenic rides heading North from Ferny Hills .

Start: Ferny Hills 6AM
Costs: $6 members / $16 non members
Distances/Maps: 50 km, 100 km, 150 km, 300 km
Supported/Lighting Rules: No/Yes for 300
Contact: Brian Hornby (0418 711 417 /
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1 Response to Newsletter: 27th June, 2017

  1. AndrewGills says:

    I always love the newsletter.

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