Newsletter: 17th October, 2017

Flowering silky oak, hoop pine, happy cows. Who knew that NSW could be so pretty? (#HippieHwy)

Ride News:

The Hippie Highway (300k) – Saturday Sep 23rd 2017

Nick Burnett, Roger Hawley, Ant Richardson, Mark Riley enjoyed the delights of The Hippie Highway. It was the last chance to do this ride on the calendar. From now on it’s a permanent ride, where you have more chance of picking appropriate weather. Early on I was in picture-taking mode:

The Rolls Royce of gravel roads (and a moisture affected camera):

Picturesque bridges over rainforest creeks, a picture that can only be improved by a steel frame bike.

RO Paul had put up some HH markers along the course for us.

Getting closer to Nimbin:

We’re there:

Only one magpie swoop all day.

I originally wasn’t going to write a ride report, but RO Paul assured me its an important part of the recovery process. See below.

Every Which Way (200k) – Saturday Oct 14th 2017

Peter Jenkins, John McMullan, Peter Watson. RO Peter: “We had a brief shower at Shorncliffe, otherwise dry. The overcast conditions made it more pleasant riding, and Peter and John both liked the course. I thought the numbers would be low with the BTGC ride on Sunday and the forecast would put people off, but we lucked it in with the weather.” The view from the bridge:



It wasn’t all flat:

Mt Charlton Challenge (200k) – Saturday Oct 14th 2017

Peter McCallum, Peter Robertson
“My first 200k ride for quite a while. It all went well up to Cape Hillsborough then my legs were empty. Lessons learned: training could help; oil chain before starting; keep going; loading the correct map to GPS would make things easier.” – Peter Mc

Our Northern Cousins are quite civilized:

Ride Reports:

The Hippie Highway (7/10/17) Mark Riley.


Happy New Audax Year

We are approaching another end of another Audax year. It’s that time of year when the new Audax Ride Calendar comes out. The Queensland rides have been out for some time and it’s time to plan for the year ahead. And isn’t about time that the Martin Pearson trophy is wrested from Brian Hornby?

November marks the start of the Audax year around the world and what better way to start the year than with a Mid-Night Century? Eat the night away from mid-night to breakfast while also fitting in 160km on the bike. This year marks a change in that the Mid-night Century will start & finish in Fernvale. The new RO Simon Faber will be setting up a gourmet kitchen in Fernvale, and the ride consists of loops so you can complete a three course meal. And as back-up there is one of Australia’s finest Pie Shops in close proximity. Also new this year, there will be a 100km option.

Simon, if you don’t know him, is the guy who recently won at the Australian National Mountain Bike age group championships. Congratulations Simon! I’m hoping he’ll wear the Green and Gold on the night.

Ride Reports

In the last year there have been 37 Audax Queensland ride reports in the Newsletter. These are all available for reading and re-reading from the menu above. Many thanks for all the very many contributors. Special mention to Andrew Gills and John McMullan who have each written more than 6 reports in the past year. Well done guys, huge effort and that’s why people look at the Newsletter. Most popular months for reports are July/August, but keep them coming.
If you haven’t written a report before, consider doing one this next year. Everyone has their own style and that’s part of why people like reading them. Even two reports of the same ride will be completely different.


Also thanks to the many people who have sent in links/pics/info to the Newsletter over the past year. Keith Heinrich will be taking on the Newsletter from now on, many thanks Keith. I hope everyone will continue to support and contribute to the newsletter. If you find something that you think may be interesting for Audax Queensland members, please send it in to the newsletter:

More Strava Art

The artist’s statement and analysis here.
The Strava link, in case you’re ever in Bristol and want to repeat it: here.

SMA 1200

The Sydney – Melbourne Alpine 1200, Audax Australia’s showpiece 1200 for the year is coming up from 19-22nd November. There are 41 currently registered, but the good news is that there are still some spots left. Info on the Audax website here.

In the 1950’s Sydney – Melbourne was billed as “Australia’s Greatest Cycling Classic”

Originally a 7 day race with 2600 Pounds prize money, you can do it next month in 3 1/2 days for no money!

Bikes can save the world

BPB (not the PBP)

Peter Jenkins wishes me to draw your attention to the BPB (Brighton-Peachester-Brighton) ride on the 18th November; in which an INTERNATIONAL visitor is attending. PJ requests that people be on their best behaviour.
Naturally I was curious, but PJ didn’t specify the person. But part of the duties of the Audax Queensland Communications Officer is to keep a close ear to international electronic communication traffic and I’m happy to announce its likely we will have not one, but two international guests riding in BPB.

Audax Social Media Update

Audax Queensland Facebook Page (Announcements):
Audax Queensland Facebook Group (Discussion):
Audax Queensland Instagram @audaxqueensland (Bike & Pie pics):
Audax Queensland Vimeo page (Bike videos):
Audax Queensland Website (Newsletter & Ride Report Archive):
Audax Queensland email (Newsletter editor):

Audax Australia Facebook page (Announcements):
Audax Australia Facebook Group (Discussion):
Audax Australia Instagram:
Audax Australia Twitter feed:
Audax Australia Chatlist:!forum/audax-oz
Audax Australia Strava group:
Audax Australia RideWithGPS club page:
(Yes, I know what you’re thinking: “where’s our Pinterest page”?)

Audax Queensland River Loops

Didn’t know there was an Audax Queensland video page? Neither did I. Luckily I just remembered it, and in the spirit of cleaning out the hard-drive I can share: 34 Audax Queensland River Loops.

There have been many more. Come & join us (when the rain has stopped).
There is a River Loop every Tuesday, starting 5:30am opposite the Regatta, Toowong.
The first Tuesday of each month is a 50km / 100km brevet, register on-line. Other Tuesdays, just turn up for a 35km social River Loop & coffee at Plenty afterwards.

Audax Queensland Christmas Party: 16th December, 2017

The Christmas Party will be barefoot bowls from 5 pm at Chermside Bowls Club 468 Rode Road, Chermside. Entry will be for members and their partners at a cost of $10 each. Barefoot Bowls and meal will be provided. Drinks at own expense.
RSVP to Brian Hornby ( by Thursday 7th December 2017 with money to be transferred into AudaxQLD bank account.
No late entries will be accepted as the numbers have to be finalised with the club.

The Secret Pro:

Last week’s Secret Pro was Marianne Voss, sinking the boot in:

No correct entries! And a fitting way to draw the line under the 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.

This IOU list will now disappear from the Newsletter, but I will carry a copy of it in my jersey back pocket until the last person on the list is caffinated. If you are on the list and are with me on a ride, don’t hesitate to say “Why don’t we stop for a coffee?”

Upcoming Rides News:

Forms: Lighting Rules, Reflective Vest Rules

Broke Back Mountain – Saturday Oct 28th 2017

This is the last ride of the current Audax year.

Upcoming Rides:

Mangroves to Mountains – Sunday Oct 22nd 2017

Choice of distances – 50/100/150 km through undulating countryside. This ride is unsupported but the controls are at conveniently spaced coffee shops and bakeries.

Start: Brighton 7AM
Costs: $6 members / $16 non members
On-line rego: here
Distances/maps: 50km, 100km, 150km
Supported/Lighting Rules: No/No
Contact: Peter Jenkins (0407 149 375/

Broke Back Mountain – Saturday Oct 28th 2017

Scenic Ride out and Over the Bunya Mountains before returning back to Crows Nest Hilly. This is challenging: long stretches with no services and 6 sections of gravel (52 km) 2 litre hydration pack and food essential. Last ride of the Calendar!
Prepare to cuddle up guys, the Bunyas can get cold.

Start: Crows Nest (QLD) 6AM
Costs: $6 members / $16 non members
On-line rego: here
Distances/maps: 240km
Supported/Lighting Rules: No/Yes
Contact: Roger Hawley (07 3279 1225/

Moonlit Mt. Jukes – Saturday Nov 4th 2017

A 100km loop around Mt Jukes. If you are doing the 200km then it’s the same loop in the reverse direction. All under the light of a full moon.

Start: Mackay 6:00AM
Costs: $6 members / $16 non members
On-line rego: here
Distances/Maps: 100km BA, 200km BRM
Supported/Lighting Rules: No/Yes for 200k
Contact: Peter McCallum (07 3102 3524/

Midnight Century – Saturday Nov 4th 2017

A new course and new support this year. Start at midnight and ride through the Lockyer and Brisbane Valleys to finish on Sunday morning after competing three separate loops at the same place you started in Fernvale.

Start: Fernvale 11:59 PM
Costs: $40/$50(160k); $25/$35(100k) members/non members
On-line rego: here
Distances/maps: 100km, 160km
Supported/Lighting Rules: Yes/Yes
Contact: Simon Faber (0448 887 839/

River Loop November – Tuesday Nov 7th 2017

A social ride followed by a coffee somewhere interesting on Montague Rd.

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 /

Mulgowie Meander UAF – Sunday Nov 12th 2017

From Rosewood over the Grandchester Range past Mulgowie and Thornton, then return. BUAF rules.

Start: Rosewood 7AM
Costs: $10 members / $20 non members
On-line rego: here
Distances/maps: 100km BUAF
Supported/Lighting Rules: No/No
Contact: Vaughan Kippers (07 3376 6761/

B-P-B – Saturday Nov 18th 2017

A moderately challenging 200 from Brighton to Peachester via Mt. Mee the easy way, returning by a flatter route. An Abbreviated April Animation.

Start: 10 Sunwell St. Brighton 7AM
Costs: $30 members / $40 non members
On-line rego: here
Distances/maps: 200km BRM
Supported/Lighting Rules: Yes/Yes
Contact: Peter Jenkins (0407 149 375/
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1 Response to Newsletter: 17th October, 2017

  1. Anonymous says:

    No *strong language warning* for this month’s ride report??
    An Audax cyclist’s definition of gravel will pass down through generations. Nicely done, and glad I had to cross it off my calendar when I had other plans! 4/4 is brilliant.

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