Newsletter: 19th September, 2017

FNQ! Wow – it was really, really good. Someone was pumping out the happy gas ‘cos:

Ride News:

FNQ GT Series + Six-Pack – Saturday Sept 2 – 9th 2017

Melvyn got the pic of a Cassowary (above). Roger Hawley bagged a pic of a tree kangaroo! I managed to get all 5 “Big Game” in one photo, including the elusive Madone 4.5.

Brian has just receive 213 brevets from FNQ. Such a well organised series.

To preempt the FNQ Ride Report’s that will be flowing in, here’s my take:
From the beginning: We arrived at the hotel to find Ian Garrity having just snapped his seat post bolt and making a break for the bike shop 10 min before closing time.
Standing up, without a saddle.

The next morning a massive boat enters the harbour, trying to photo-bomb the start:

Day 1 up Mt Copperload. It’s the Mt Coot-tha equivalent for Cairns, but you could be in PNG. It’s so wild.

History between the lines (so young): Died Thailand; Kill on Operations (over Munich); Killed in Action (Trobruk)

Ant Richardson & Peter Butterss (You can decide who is fur, who is feathers.)

Baobabs at Forty Mile Scrub (Brian at the vanishing point):

Butchers Creek State School (by night): Where QLD’s only Nobel Prize in Physics went to school. Aleksander Prokhorov; look him up.

Leah Barnett:

Ruth Brown:

Mark Lloyd:

Rules to live by: improvements can always be made.

The Curtain Fig:

Channel Country:

Happy Cows:

Mt Carbine:

Passion-fruit farm:

To summarise the GT (12 finished the full series):
200k: Too Fast. Everyone’s way too excited. Saved by Paronella Park!
300k: Too Hard. According to the Anthony vomit-meter-hardness-gauge. Saved by cumquat jam sandwiches!
400k: Too Cold. A 34 – 2oC temperature range. I seriously misjudged the lower end. Saved by egg muffins!
600k: Too Far. Save by two sleeps! No, not really: No one wanted this series to end.
Kudos to Gayle/Kim & and all the Vollies. Awesome job!

Gatton Gambol – Saturday Sept 16th 2017

From the sublime to the ridiculous (on the RO front). This ride did proceed after a series of unfortunate events. (Bike falling of roof-racks; wrong pedals for shoes; various meeting points; etc) Jerry Adamson, Tracey Adamson, John McMullan, Mark Riley (100k); Mark Harris, Sean Kennedy, Scott Janson (200k); Dave Minter, Paul Witzerman (300k).
Tracey & Jerry had an unfortunate close-encounter with a truck. A police report with video evidence is likely to make that stretch of road a little bit safer in the future. (Always report incidents: QLD Online Incident Form: here)

The 200 & 300k had a great day out. Great cycling conditions if you discounted the headwind at various points. Just have a look at these pics! (shamelessly stolen from Strava):
Scott Janson pics:

Mark Harris pics:

Shaun Kennedy pics:

Paul Witzerman pics:

Ride Reports:

FNQ Ride Times: here

Andrew Gills – Some more inspirational reports & pics:

Oakey 100 Permanent 31/08/17

Haden 100 Permanent 30/08/17



Dear AudaxQLD,
As a BRM organiser, we have the pleasure of informing you of the route of the 2nd edition: The Ronde Aliénor d’Aquitaine 2018
There will be two choices of departure from Le Haillan (Bordeaux):
Sunday 8th July 2018 at 8 p.m. and Monday 9th July 2018 at 5 a.m.

The route will be equally lovely, an immersion in the various landscapes and history of our beloved South-West: the forests and lakes of the Périgord Vert, the medieval fortified towns, the legendary passes of the Pyrenees (including the Aubisque), the verdant Basque Country, the dramatic Atlantic coast, and finally the prestigious Médoc (Bordeaux) wine route.

Again, we have attempted to improve the quality of this organisation by following the suggestions expressed by the participants of the first edition.

We would be very happy if you could pass the message on to your club Queensland and the riders who participate in your own BRM. Registration will be open from January 2018 and from now we will be at your disposal to answer any questions posted on our blog dedicated to the route:

We thank you in advance and wish you every success in the filling of your own circuits.
The organising team: Randonneurs Autonomes Aquitains

Magpie Map

Tara Horner has made this useful map for the Sumner Series 200.

Presumed Liability

This is how the 1/1.5 meter passing law came to Australia. Via a petition to the Queensland Parliament. Sign the e-petition here.

There is always an upside

Christchurch, 2011:

Turn your Cycling Skillz to Sailing

(If you’re on a Quadruple) You-tube clip here.

Wanted: New Newsletter:

For those that haven’t noticed the change, over the past few weeks the “SecretPro” has been out-sourced. He (or she) is .. you-know .. “secret”. I had also plan for a “SecretMechanic” and a “SecretPersonalStyleTrainer”, and as you’ve probably guessed, my ultimate goal is to pass-on writing the whole newsletter: my time is almost up.

No coincidence that previous Audax QLD Newsletter writers: Vaughan Kippers, Simon Faber, Rodney Clarke have each lasted almost exactly 2 years until a change. For me, it’s been great fun, but with 2 years coming up, I’ve passed my used-by date. You can consult the archive, my first Newsletter was 21/10/15; I won’t be doing any more after 21/10/17. (EOI:

The Secret Pro:

Last week’s Secret Pro was Salvador Dali.

Remember “Persistence of Memory”?

Correct entries in order received: Dave Minter, Simon Faber, Peter Jenkins, Peter Jenkins
(Peter Jenkins twice as he also correctly identified the bike as a Graziella folding bike)

Based on the “Need for the Bike”: Chapter 4: L’Ance
“He was a genuine country Doc.”
4 correct answers -> fourth word -> “genuine” -> 7 letters (cyclic) -> PJ is the winner.

IOU beer/coffee list: David Booth 3; Mandy Greyling 1; Brian Hornby 1; Leonie Lucas 1; Peter Jenkins 2; Dave Minter 4; Dino Morgante 2; Kym Raffelt 2; Peter Robertson 1; David Taylor 2; Wayne Williams 1; Melvyn Yap 2. You have to ride to collect.

And just to show that you DO collect eventually – Dave Minter happily caffeinated in a West End haunt.

This weeks Secret Pro (which has been google-reverse-image tested):

Who is the Secret Pro?
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

Inglorious Mee – Saturday Sep 23rd 2017

Meet Laika, the first dog in space. She held the most elevation and distance records for the month of November 1957. (On Strava, no-one knows if you are a dog.)

She’s up for a ride this Saturday, how about you!

Upcoming Rides:

Inglorious Mee – Saturday Sep 23rd 2017

Hilly 200 taking in Mt Glorious, Somerset Dam, Kilcoy, Woodford and Mt Mee. Very scenic, a nice 200, stacks of fun. There will be a few little tweaks on this years course that i think you will like.

Start: Samford 6:00AM
Costs: $6 members / $16 non members
On-line rego: here
Distance: 200km BRM
Supported/Lighting Rules: No/Yes
Contact: Andrew Bragg (0434284532 /

Marburg Warthog – Sunday Oct 1st 2017

A relatively flat ride around the Lockyer Valley passing through Rosewood, Laidley, Ma Ma Creek, Gatton and Glenore Grove on quiet roads.

Start: Marburg 6:30 AM
Costs: $6 members / $16 non members
On-line rego: here
Distances/maps: 100km, 200km
Supported/Lighting Rules: No/Yes (for 200k)
Contact: Peter Watson (07 3807 7816 /

River Loop October – Tuesday Oct 3rd 2017

A social ride followed by a coffee somewhere interesting on Montague Rd. (still dark at the start)

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

The Hippie Highway – Saturday Oct 7th 2017

Cruise the Hippie Highway and pedal your way back to simpler and more colourful times. Magnificent hinterland riding, with many ups and downs. Some lovely gravel roads to give riders the good vibrations, just like the good old days.

Start: Currumbin 6:30 AM
Costs: $6 members / $16 non members
On-line rego: here
Distance/map: 300km
Supported/Lighting Rules: No/Yes
Contact: Paul Witzerman (0412 402 673 /
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