Newsletter: 8th August, 2017

Yes, Winter is pretty grim in SEQ.

Ride News:

Rathdowney Rumble – Sunday July 30th 2017

Roger Hawley’s 160 km ride over the border, pretty and cold. A record 51 riders for the ride this year.

High and Low UAF200 – Sunday 16th July 2017

Audax Queensland’s best kept secret. Only 4 riders for this well supported ride. Mark Harris, Brian Hornby, Peter Jenkins, Chris Richardson.

Ride Reports:

Another two great rides up in Far North Queensland. Can’t wait to visit this area.

Get High on the Tablelands – 16th July 2017 – Gayle Sticher

Cairns to Cooktown – 21st July 2017 – Sean McGuinness


Newsletter News

Thanks to Rod Staines for curating the last Newsletter, a great read. Hopefully we’ll read more from him in the future. And an open invitation to anyone else who wishes to do the Newsletter please contact me. Change is good.

Audax QLD Jerseys Back on Sale!

The Audax QLD jerseys from Scody are still 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 (

More Deaths

The number of cyclists killed on the roads has been appalling as far as I can remember, but recently there has been a spate of deaths in high-profile cycling races. There have been a cyclist killed in each of the last three cross continent endurance races: Mike Hall in the Indian pacific Wheel Race (ghost bike above) outside of Canberra; Eric Fishbein in the TransAm (Kansas) and just a couple of weeks ago Frank Simons in the TCR5 Transcontinental race (Belgium). Shocking for everyone in such a small community of riders. The deaths have been “witnessed” by many as a dot that stops moving.

The latest death was only 82 km from the start of the 4000 km race. One way of looking at it is based on the analysis from a comment on Frank Simons death here. In Belgium there is an average of 41 cyclist fatalities per billion km cycled (page 7, here): That is one fatality per 24 million kms. That’s one fatality expected in the TCR race (assuming 350 competitors @ 4000 kms) every 17 years, just based on the statistics. That 3 fatalities have occurred in the last 3 such races, in just 2 years makes it an anomaly. If you think your experience is protecting you, remember that the more km you cycle, the more you’re at risk.

Over the 1991-2013 period in Australia there has been an average of 42 cycling fatalities / year (here). The cycle deaths/ km ridden is unavailable in Australia; otherwise with Audax Australia’s accurately kept distance records, the Club’s expected fatality frequency could be calculated.

LEL 2017

Five Australian riders finished a particularly challenging edition of the London Edinburgh London 1400 km Randoneé: Sarah Chaplin, Peter Donnan, Dave Minter, Steve Rowlands, Stephen Watson.
“Ride organisers report this edition had a 34% drop out rate out of the 1600 field. Rain, Wind and Pollen (well me anyway). Ride organisers have stated this was the toughest LEL they’ve ever run. Us Aussies are pretty chuffed.”
I note that Peter Donnan is also down for the up-coming FNQ GT series in just 23 days…

FNQ GT series & 6-Pack

This already legendary series has long been booked out with some 14 riders in the GT, 27 in the 6-pack, and numerous “day” riders. However there have been 2 recent cancellations in the 6-pack series, so these vacancies are available in a first come, first served basis. Contact: Gayle Sticher (0428 440 411 / ASAP. Entries taken.

2017 Queensland Cycling Participation Survey

The survey suggests that 16.6% (95% CI: 14.1% – 18.9%) of Queensland residents ride a bicycle in a typical week. More than a third (35.4%, 95% CI: 32.6% – 38.1%) had done so in the past year. Full report: AP-C91-17_Cycling_Participation_Survey_2017_Qld.

TABE: Terra Australis Bike Epic – 15 September 2018.

And yes, that is ~6,500 km of mainly off-road/trails from northern-most to southern-most tips of Australia (with the usual apologies to Tassie). Time to cash in that long service leave?

Steve Watson is no stranger to organising bike rides, for many year he has been running the Monaro CloudRide 1000

“All men dream: but not equally.Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was all vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible.” T.E. Lawrence, The Seven Pillars of Wisdom


Mick Creati from Victoria and Shen-Chih Wang from Taiwan, left from Fremantle at 5 am this morning.

Project Discovery Classic (#2) Nov 13 –15 2017

362km in 3 days around Adelaide; a ride to raise money for spinal injury, a worthy cause.
Full details here.

Audax Queensland Social Media

Audax Queensland Facebook Page: Announcements
Audax Queensland Facebook Group: Interaction
Audax Queensland Instagram: @audaxqueensland (Bike & Pie pics)

The Secret Pro:

Last week’s Secret Pro (standing next to the Clown from Astana) was Kevin M Rudd, Queenslander and the 26th (and 28th?) Australian Prime Minister:

Correct entries in order received: Mandy Greyling, Leah Barnett, James Nitis
Honourable mentions: Dave Minter (Robin Williams), Peter Jenkins (Mike Rann), John McMullan (Kym Beazley) – all good guesses given the camouflage on the original photo.

The new Algorithm: Now based on the book: “Need for the Bike” – Paul Fournel (English Translation of “Besoin de Vélo”). Another short, but beautiful cycling book. We’ll be taking the last sentence of each chapter. We take the Nth word in this sentence where N is the total number of correct answers. The number of letters in this word gives the winner in the order they answer. COMPLICATED? Damn right, we are talking coffee here people.

Chapter 1: Longchamp
“There was a Black and Decker drill, and I went under sorry that it wasn’t a Peugeot .. great team Peugeot.”
The chapters are very short, and I’m sure you can get the jist of the chapter from the single concluding sentence.

3 correct answers -> third word -> “a” -> 1 letter -> Mandy Greyling is the winner.

The previous Newsletter secret Pro: (Richard Nixon)
Correct: Dave Minter, Leah Barnett
Honorable mentions: Dino Morgante (Ronald Reagan)

Chapter 2: Saint-Julien
“I was perfectly drunk, perfectly smashed up, perfectly violent, and my one and only wish was to get back on my bike.”

2 correct answers -> second word -> “was” -> 3 letters -> Dave Minter is the winner (letters are cyclic if too many).

So, the updated definitive IOU beer/coffee list: David Booth 3; Mandy Greyling 1; Brian Hornby 1; Leonie Lucas 1; Peter Jenkins 1; Dave Minter 6; Dino Morgante 1; Kym Raffelt 2; Peter Robertson 1; David Taylor 2; Wayne Williams 1; Melvyn Yap 2. You have to ride to collect.

Dave Minter is planning on a heavily caffeinated visit to Australia in September.

This weeks Secret Pro:

Who is the Secret Pro? (“Excuse me while I kiss this guy”)
Email answers to: The winner is randomly “calculated” from all correct answers sent in before the next newsletter.

Upcoming Rides News:

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

Roller Coaster Ride – Saturday Aug 12th 2017

Upcoming Rides:

Airlie Beach Return – Saturday Aug 12th 2017

Beautiful ride to Airlie Beach with stops in Calen and Bloomsbury. Wind at your back and open road in front. Lunch at Airlie Beach and then a long slow ride back into the wind.

Start: Kay Court, North Mackay 5:00 AM
Costs: $6 members / $16 non members
On-line rego: here
Distance/map: 300km
Supported/Lighting Rules: No/Yes
Contact: Peter Robertson (0497 270 621 /

Roller Coaster Ride – Saturday Aug 12th 2017

Starting on the edge of Brisbane’s northern suburbs and heading west towards the hilly Brisbane Hinterland, this ride will offer you stunning views when climbing Mt Mee and flowy rides through cattle property’s as well as breath-taking downhills

Start: Kallangur 7:00AM
Costs: $6 members / $16 non members
On-line rego: here
Distance/map: 100km
Supported/Lighting Rules: No/No
Contact: Christian Weiss (0431 401 507 /

Roller Coaster Ride

Yeronga Medley 3 – Saturday Aug 19th 2017

Reasonably flat course with distances of 100, 200, 300, 400 and 600 km. We start with part of the river loop, and then head west, taking in the Scenic Rim and the Brisbane & Lockyer Valleys. Please contact me if you need any sleeping arrangements.

Start: Yeronga 6:00AM
Costs: $6 members / $16 non members
On-line rego: here
Distance/maps: 110km, 200km, 300km, 400km, 600km
Supported/Lighting Rules: No/Yes (except 110k)
Contact: Ant Richardson (0467 771 869 /

Scenic Rim – Saturday Aug 26th 2017

A tour of the Scenic Rim beginning with a challenging dirt climb to Koreelah State Forest. Beautiful tour along White Swamp Road before another climb to Tooloom Lookout. Return via Urbenville and Woodenbong with a memorable descent to Rathdowney. This is a supported ride.

Start: Boonah 7:00AM
Costs: $30 members / $40 non members
On-line rego: here
Distance/map: 175km, 200km
Supported/Lighting Rules: Yes/Yes
Contact: Kym Raffelt (0431 471 839 /

FNQ Gran Turismo 200 km – Saturday Sep 2nd 2017

The start of the FNQ Gran Turismo Series. 200km Cairns to Mena Creek.

Start: Cairns 6:30AM
Costs: $6 members / $16 non members
On-line rego: registration is closed.
Distance/map: 200km
Supported/Lighting Rules: Yes/Yes
Contact: Gayle Sticher (0428 440 411 /

Great Northern Six Pack Day 1 – Saturday Sep 2nd 2017

Join the Great Northern 6 Pack series on a day ride from Cairns to Mena Creek. Riders need to organise their own transport to and from the start and finish locations, and any accommodation.

Start: Cairns 6:30AM
Costs: $6 members / $16 non members
Rego: There are 2 vacancies; contact Gayle below Entries taken
Distance/map: 100km, 200km
Supported/Lighting Rules: Yes/Yes
Contact: Gayle Sticher (0428 440 411 /
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2 Responses to Newsletter: 8th August, 2017

  1. Rod says:

    I love the Donald Trump feature again.

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