Newsletter – January 11, 2018

2018 is well underway with events run and post ride drinks dispatched. Turns out it’s hot at this time of year and there is wild weather to contend with as well. Read all about that in the current ride reports. Mark enthuses about the forthcoming Oppy, offers historical insight to this venerable event and makes a strong case for your participation this year.

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More images from the ride here.

Fleche Opperman (The Oppy) Saturday 24th March 2018

Just a reminder regarding the Oppy for 2018. If you are contemplating participating in the event, get in touch with the coordinators here: AudaxQld@gmail.com

Remember you need:

  • 3-5 members (strictly: “3-5 bikes”)
  • a team name
  • a nominal captain (that does the registration etc)
  • a route that you design (must be at least 360km, can’t ride same road twice in same direction)
  • supporters (optional) (can only give support at controls)
  • sleep-stop (optional, but recommended) can be hotel, ditch, someone’s house,

Oppy Facts

The Oppy is short for the FOADT or the “Fleche Opperman All Day Trial” or the “Fleche Opperman” or just the “Oppy”. (Sir Hubert Ferdinand Opperman will be the subject of a future email.)

Fleche is short for Flèche which means “arrow” in French. Flèche Vélocio is also a classification of riding where teams start in different places and at a certain time converge on the one spot. The Flèche Vélocio was created in 1947. After the Brevets and Paris-Brest-Paris, it is the oldest type of event organized by the Audax Club Parisien.

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More info: http://www.audax-club-parisien.com/EN/351%20-%20Introduction.html

Flèches are now held all over the world at Easter. In the UK it is called “The Easter Arrow”, in Australia it is called the Oppy. And since Easter is a sacred time in Australia (because of the long weekend holidays, not religion) Audax Australia is the only country that doesn’t run their Flèche actually on Easter.

Last year’s world-wide results here: http://www.audax-club-parisien.com/EN/434%20-%20Results.html. For example, in 2017 Germany had 57 teams, Brazil had 26, South Korea 43 and Belarus had 1. Australia had 26 teams in 2017 of which Queensland had 2.

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And so, yes, the Oppy is a big deal. It is not so much a bike ride, but more of a sacred duty within the world-wide fraternity of Randonneurs. It is a time when Audax links arms across the sea, when ranndonneur-ness and bikey-ness crackles in the air; when the bakeries and breweries around the world put on extra staff to gear themselves up for the onslaught.

It is great to be a part of a team; but your team will also be a part of an even bigger team.

Terra Australis Bike Epic – Saturday 15 September 2018

6,500 kilometres down the eastern regions of Australia starting at Cape York, the northern tip of Australia and finishing at Wilsons Promontory the southern most point. The race route is North to South – there is no other option.

For those seeking a challenge, this could be what you’ve been looking for.

Click for more information.

Ride Reports

I’ve rearranged the ride reports on the website to make them easier to access. They are on the website menu order in reverse chronological order with the current year at the top of the list. I’m putting submissions on as I receive them and advertising them in the newsletter so it doesn’t hurt to check in from time to time if you want to catch up on recent rides.

John McMullan and Keith Heinrich share their views on the 11 out of 11.

Keith writes:

15 riders gathered at the appointed time and the swifter riders quickly vanished into the distance. In my case that was just about everyone else. Within a few kilometres, John appeared and he kindly accompanied me for the rest of the day. This afforded me the luxury of just focusing on surviving riding, rather than navigating as well.

Click here to read on.

John’s experience on the day was a little different to mine:

I will say that this ride is one that I consider to be a feature ride, despite the warmth it is a good ride to bring in the New Year.

Click here to read on.

David Foster recounts his evening Horizontal Hundred:

Never in my life had I considered doing more than a single 100k ride in a month (after all, a guy at my age needs to conserve as many heartbeats as possible) but a conversation with John McMullan over post ride drinks on New Year’s Day saw me lining up 3 days later for the Horizontal 100 as a “recovery” ride.

Click here to read on.

Brisbane Valley Rail Trail

The Brisbane Valley Rail Trail (BVRT) follows the disused Brisbane Valley rail line that commenced construction at Wulkuraka near Ipswich in 1884 and was completed at Yarraman in 1913. The BVRT winds its way up the Brisbane valley, traversing farmland, forests, picturesque rural settings and country towns. It offers a different type of riding experience and is worth breaking out the graveleur to check out at some point.

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Check out the BVRT facebook page for more information.

Tech Topics

A reminder that John is compiling information on technical topics of interest to the long distance rider. John has been working on his first item covering lighting. Keep an eye out for that one.

Newsletter submissions

Got news, a ride report, pictures?? As usual, if you have something to share, send it here: audaxqld@gmail.com.

All submissions gratefully received.

Upcoming Rides

Click on the ride name for online registration.

Every Which Way (2018)

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.

Please check the  Audax Lighting Rules and the Reflective Garment Guidelines.

Dist /
Brevet
Start Details Map Cost
200km
BRM
06:00 Ride through the city before riding to Scarborough. Heading back via Gateway Bridge and the bayside suburbs. Map $6.00 (mbrs)
$16.00 (Non)
150km
BA
06:00 This ride follows the 200km course to Dutton Park then heads to the Western Fwy bikeway then through the city to the Gateway Bridge and back via  Wynnum and Victoria Point. Map $6.00 (mbrs)
$16.00 (Non)
100km
BA
06:00 This ride follows the 200km course to Kedron Brook then heads to the Gateway Bridge and back via the Bulimba Creek bikeway. Map $6.00 (mbrs)
$16.00 (Non)

Start Location

Loganholme

Contact

Peter Watson  Ph: +61738077816  Email: peter.bmwk75rt@gmail.com

Event Date: 13-Jan-2018 6:00 am
Registration Close Date: 11-Jan-2018

Mt Coot-tha loops (2018)

The iconic Brisbane Saturday morning ride. The front, the back and the Gap Ck loop. (With time left over to mow the lawn in the afternoon).

Please check the  Audax Lighting Rules and the Reflective Garment Guidelines.

Dist /
Brevet
Start Details Map Cost
50km
BA
06:30 Loop around Mt Coot-tha 2.996 times! A loopy ride that uses complex topology and fractal circuits to exploit a loop-hole while all the time remaining Audax-compliant. Incroyable! Map $6.00 (mbrs)
$16.00 (Non)

Start Location

Anzac Park, Toowong

Contact

Mark Riley  Ph: 0416802834  Email: m.riley@uq.edu.au

Event Date: 20-Jan-2018 6:30 am
Registration Close Date: 19-Jan-2018

Mackay’s Hottest Hundred (2018)

Triple J won’t be able to compete with the heat we endure on this mid summer century. Bring plenty of water.

Please check the  Audax Lighting Rules and the Reflective Garment Guidelines.

Dist /
Brevet
Start Details Map Cost
100km
BA
06:00 Triple J won’t be able to compete with the heat we endure on this mid summer century. Bring plenty of water. Map $6.00 (mbrs)
$16.00 (Non)

Start Location

Mackay

Contact

Peter McCallum  Ph: 0402966560  Email: petermccallum@me.com

Event Date: 27-Jan-2018 6:00 am
Registration Close Date: 24-Jan-2018

Not the Alpine classic (2018)

Not the Alpine, I hear. Riders will not be short changed on either scenery or elevation. QLD does it better.

Please check the  Audax Lighting Rules and the Reflective Garment Guidelines.

Dist /
Brevet
Start Details Map Cost
200km
BRM
06:00 Ride Springbrook and O’Rielly’s Map $6.00 (mbrs)
$16.00 (Non)

Start Location

Canungra

Contact

Andrew Bragg  Ph: 04342845329  Email: andrewbragg1@yahoo.com

Event Date: 26-Jan-2018 6:00 am
Registration Close Date: 25-Jan-2018

Esk at Night (2018)

This 100, 200 & 300km ride takes in the sights of Esk, Somerset and Laidley valleys. About 100 km of the ride will be in daylight and the rest at night. Lights required for the 100, 200 and 300km events. Fully supported ride.

Please check the  Audax Lighting Rules and the Reflective Garment Guidelines.

Dist /
Brevet
Start Details Map Cost
100km
BA
14:00 This 100, 200 & 300km ride takes in the sights of Esk, Somerset and Laidley valleys. About 100 km of the ride will be in daylight and the rest at night. Lights required for the 100, 200 and 300km events. Fully supported ride. Map $15.00 (mbrs)
$25.00 (Non)
200km
BRM
14:00 This 100, 200 & 300km ride takes in the sights of Esk, Somerset and Laidley valleys. About 100 km of the ride will be in daylight and the rest at night. Lights required for the 100, 200 and 300km events. Fully supported ride. Map $25.00 (mbrs)
$35.00 (Non)
300km
BRM
14:00 This 100, 200 & 300km ride takes in the sights of Esk, Somerset and Laidley valleys. About 100 km of the ride will be in daylight and the rest at night. Lights required for the 100, 200 and 300km events. Fully supported ride. Map $35.00 (mbrs)
$45.00 (Non)

Start Location

Esk

Contact

Kym Raffelt  Ph: 0431471839  Email: kym.raffelt@gmail.com

Event Date: 03-Feb-2018 2:00 pm
Registration Close Date: 31-Jan-2018

River Loop February (2018)

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

Please check the  Audax Lighting Rules and the Reflective Garment Guidelines.

Dist /
Brevet
Start Details Map Cost
50km
BA
05:30 A social river loop Map $6.00 (mbrs)
$16.00 (Non)
100km
BA
05:30 A social River Loop Map $6.00 (mbrs)
$16.00 (Non)

Start Location

Toowong

Contact

Brian Hornby  Ph: +61418711417  Email: Brianhornby19@gmail.com

Event Date: 06-Feb-2018 5:30 am
Registration Close Date: 03-Feb-2018

Dirty Boonah (2018)

A 50/50 mix of gravel and sealed roads. This quiet route will travel around Boonah, Lake Maroon, Lake Moogerah and a short stretch of the Bicentennial National Trail

Please check the  Audax Lighting Rules and the Reflective Garment Guidelines.

Dist /
Brevet
Start Details Map Cost
150km
BG
07:00 Dirty Boonah Map $6.00 (mbrs)
$16.00 (Non)

Start Location

Boonah

Contact

Justin Bennett  Ph: 0415928313  Email: justin.jbe@gmail.com

Event Date: 10-Feb-2018 7:00 am
Registration Close Date: 09-Feb-2018

 

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