Welcome to the last newsletter for 2017. I’m looking forward to sharing some of what’s happened since last time you got one of these, which turns out to be a fair bit.
Christmas Soiree – 16 December 2017
As usual the weather at this time of year is humid and ridiculously hot which can make typical Christmas gatherings in the park something akin to a feat of endurance. In a stroke of genius, barefoot bowling at Chermside happened, the weather was kind, the bowling great fun, the food plentiful, the function room air conditioned.
While I suspect this will be hard to beat, thinking hats on, lets see what we can come up with for 2018.
Brian related some facts about the 2016/2017 season’s rides. Aside from the impressive number of kilometres covered, kilometres for dirt brevets comprised nearly 60% of the national total, an excellent achievement. Note that these are homologated numbers, so for brevets completed.
The 2015/2016 season yielded 503 brevets for a total of 82260 km. I’m almost compelled to do a fancy graph, but lets just say this reporting period was around a 100% increase on the previous season in every dimension. Congratulations to us all.
Brian also made some suggestions about about the potential for doing even more in 2018. Remembering that there is a decent baked good or a great feed associated with these rides, and worst case a great story, lets see if we can put away even more
baked goods kilometres in 2018.
Folks, there are some events not to be missed. In particular I draw to your attention, (fanfare, drumroll) “The Oppy”.
Fleche Opperman (The Oppy)
In 2018, The Oppy is on Saturday 24th March. Never heard of The Oppy? It is the only Audax team event and it is held world-wide at the same time. It is clearly something you have to do. This year it will finish at St Lucys Cafe, UQ, that is all you need to know.
Now I have your attention, you should really click here to learn more about The Oppy.
It would be awesome to field a couple of teams for both the full and Petite Oppy. Click here to learn more about the Queensland event.
For interested Queenslanders there is an Oppy email list. You can email AudaxQld@gmail.com to get included on it if you are not already aboard.
Peter McCallum writes of his 200km Audax ride in Mackay:
Jason and I started our 200km ride with rain threatening. It was a late on Saturday afternoon and we were facing a night of storms and muddy roads but we had many more surprises in store.
The Brisbane Valley Rail Trail is a place I need to visit in the New Year. Leonie Lucas recounts her recent visit.
We set out at 7.20 am and follow a wide and nicely graveled track as we depart Fernvale. The freshness and greenness after recent rain is overwhelming. This is a fertile land and we shall … ride!
John McMullan reflects on his Audax season and offers some great advice.
What have I learned throughout the year? Audaxes are a personal challenge – they are hard work sometimes and the difficult ones can be a real test of character. We need to keep an eye out for each other. With perseverance you can get there but be smart about when it isn’t possible.
Velocipede – new models in stock, Hobart, April 1827
Thanks to Peter Gallagher for this insight into days gone by and for the following observation:
Could this be a record of the first bicycle in Australia?
I’m guessing it’s a Laufmaschine, which was patented in 1818. So no pedals. But still a bicycle. Very tough up hills.
Christmas Safety Share
I went to the liquor store Tuesday afternoon on my bicycle, bought a bottle of Scotch, and put it in the bicycle basket.
As I was about to leave, I thought to myself that if I fell off the bicycle, the bottle would break. So I drank all the Scotch before I cycled home.
It turned out to be a very good decision because I fell off my bicycle seven times on the way home.
Thanks to Peter Jenkins for this one. On a more sober note, take it easy out there on the roads over the holiday period.
In addition to our regular scintillating lineup, it has been suggested by John McMullan that technical articles focusing on the peculiar needs of the Audax rider would be a worthy inclusion. John has kindly offered to curate and compile any articles that you may have or be aware of on topics such as lighting, computers, saddles, clothing, accessories.
The current focus is on lighting, so send your submissions to John here: email@example.com.
Got news, a ride report, pictures?? As usual, if you have something to share, send it here: firstname.lastname@example.org.
All submissions gratefully received.
Click on the ride name for online registration.
A ride around the mountains North West of Brisbane
John McMullan Ph: 0407731567 Email: email@example.com
Event Date: 30-Dec-2017 6:00 am
A good excuse to leave that dull New Years eve party early. 100km on rural and urban roads.
Peter McCallum Ph: 0402966560 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Event Date: 01-Jan-2018 6:00 am
Ride all 11 bike permitted bridges across the Brisbane River. This ride follows along the river with a couple of small climbs. A great way to shake off the 2017 cobwebs, complete with a nice shady spot for the checkpoint across from the Uni.
Belmont Shopping Centre
Simon Faber Ph: 0448887839 Email: email@example.com
Event Date: 01-Jan-2018 6:00 am
A gallop (or leisurely trot) across blacktop, backroads and gravel. Starting and finishing at the Tolga Pub, this scenic route embraces the Tablelands; green open pastures, fresh fields of produce and views of Lake Tinaroo.
William Bird Ph: +61437890069 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Event Date: 07-Jan-2018 9:00 am
A social ride followed by a coffee somewhere interesting on Montague Rd
Peter Jenkins Ph: 0407149375 Email: email@example.com
Event Date: 09-Jan-2018 5:30 am
These rides head into the Brisbane City via Logan road & the South East Bikeway. The 200km goes to Scarborough before returning over the Gateway bridge & the bayside suburbs. The 100km returns over the Gateway bridge & follows the Bulimba Creek bikepath.
Peter Watson Ph: +61738077816 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Event Date: 13-Jan-2018 6:00 am