Newsletter: 11th July, 2017

Nothing is certain in life. Except for Death, Taxes and a River Loop every Tuesday. Get with the program!

Ride News:

Freedom Ride 400 – Saturday July 1st 2017

Wayne Carty, Jeff Franklin, James Nitis. Go long, go strong.

River Loop July – Tuesday 4th July 2017

Brian Hornby, Suzanne Hornby, Tara Horner, Vaughan Kippers, Scott McCarthy, Grant Noble.

Lotus Creek Out and Back – Saturday 8th July 2017

Jennifer Penfold, Peter Robertson, Ronald Spargo.
Video evidence (below) says this didn’t go to “the middle of nowhere” Lotus Creek, but was actually the Airlie Beach Out and Back.

The Cheap 3 Peaks Challenge – Saturday 8th July 2017

Raoul Dover, Jeff Franklin, Mark Harris, James Nitis, Gayle Sticher. (I’m very surprised that anyone rode this after Paul Witzerman’s Ride Report last year.)

Ride Reports:

Guest Ride Report:
999 Miglia – Mark Thomas


TransAm – 6920 km

As TransAm winds down, there are still 5 active trackers on the map.

Tracker: here.
Two of the dots are closing in and will finish in the next couple of days. One is waiting for a parts delivery to repair a Rohloff hub. One dot is the travelling East-West. And one dot, Eric Fishbein, is not going to move again as he was killed after being hit by a car from behind during the race. Report here.

A TransAm video from Adam Osborn, a guy that Rod Staines ended up riding with a few times.

PAP (Perth-Albany-Perth) 2018

Hi all,
Please can you let your calendar coordinators know that to qualify to ride the PAP (first or second week of October 2018) riders must have ridden a 600 km brevet between November 1 2017 before they can register. Registration will be April/May 2018.
IMPORTANT INFO- The running of this ride will be semi self-supported. We will only man or lady overnight sleep Controls with bed, dinner, breakfast!
It’s time to toughen up people!!
Wayne Hickman
WA President

PAP FB page

Audax Mackay

We don’t often hear about our brethren and sistren from Mackay, but Peter Robertson from Audax Mackay has created a YouTube Channel: here.

Last weekend’s ride, Airlie Beach Out and Back:

Audax QLD Jerseys Back on Sale!

For those that missed out on the first round, the Audax QLD jerseys from Scody are again available. There is limited stock available for immediate delivery. First in first served. Both long and short sleeve versions available: each for the same low price of $65. Contact: Peter Jenkins

Join the Maroon diagonal.

Holiday Advice

Great Roads, great scenery, very few cars: Faroe Islands

Gratuitous Donald Trump picture

You’re welcome.

The Secret Pro:

Last week’s Secret Pro was:

If you put this through Google reverse image search engine, you get this:

John Evans – the keyboards player with Jethro Tull 1970 – 1980; and the last newsletter’s Secret Pro.

Yes, I know, I used to be innocent too.

Anyhow, there must be a bike connection and it is that he is also a Victorian member of Audax Australia. Here’s an article from a 2002 Checkpoint:

The article (here) notes that he had ridden four 1200 km randonees for the year.

And NO correct answers. Although some honourable mentions: L. Ron Hubbard and Neil Diamond.
This weeks Secret Pro:

It’s tricky.

Upcoming Rides:

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 /

Rathdowney Rumble – Sunday July 30th 2017

Bring a camera as going through beautiful countryside of Rathdowney (coffeee) -Woodenbong-Tooloom Lookout- Urbanville -Woodenbong-small loop around base of Mt Barney finishing at Rathdowney (food).

Start: Rathdowney 6:30 AM
Costs: $50 members / $50 non members
Distance: 160 km BA
Supported/Lighting Rules: Yes/Yes
Contact: Roger Hawley (0439 328 400 /

River Loop July – Tuesday 1st August 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 /

Low and High UAF – Saturday Aug 5th 2017

A group in the UAF style on relatively quiet roads starting at Middle Park, breakfast at Peak Crossing, morning tea at Rosewood and a lunch stop at the historic Glamorganvale Hotel. Breakfast and morning tea provided.

Start: Middle Park 6:00 AM
Costs: $30 members / $40 non members
On-line rego: here
Distance/map: 200k BUAF
Supported/Lighting Rules: No/Yes
Contact: Chris Richardson (0433 210 996 /
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