Newsletter – June 14, 2018

Not much Audax news from me just now although I see plenty has been happening. Sadly I’m in work mode with little opportunity to be out and about and catching up on whats been going down. I can’t even regale you with tales of my own, although I might have some news to share in the next newsletter (he said mysteriously).

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To help your poor scribe with this miserable situation, do send your tales from the road, pictures of bikes, cattle, epic roads, things you are eating, each other…, anecdotes, pro tips and ripping yarns to audaxqld@gmail.com.

Book Review

Many of you possibly have a Kindle, a wonder of the modern age which potentially puts a lot of content at your fingertips. The issue with the Kindle is while you get the words, you don’t get the pictures. Which brings me to a tome called Fifty Places to Bike Before You Die by Chris Santella.

The blurb for the book tells us:

Fifty Places to Bike Before You Die is the ninth addition to the bestselling Fifty Places series by Chris Santella. Biking has grown increasingly popular in recent years, as both a leisure and an extreme exercise activity, and Santella covers trips for cyclists of every level. Fifty Places to Bike covers environments as varied as the Dalmatian Coast in Croatia, the Indochina Trail in Vietnam, and the urban jungle of New York City. With a healthy mix of international and national locations, the 50 chapters capture the breathtaking vistas cyclists will enjoy around the world. As always, the places are brought to life with more than 40 stunning color photographs.

National of course meaning the US which while not the Alps, still has some nice rides. If you can find a book store that has this book, take a peek. You may even want to take this book home, just for the pictures.

For a quick look at what’s inside, click here and then click on look inside. But definitely look for it if you ever see a real book store again. Or find yourself in a library.

Ride Reports

David Booth shares his recollections of the Fassifern Folly and John McMullan has an excellent day out on Frank’s Ride. Thanks to both for the ride reports.

Fassifern Folly

Franks Ride

You see some strange things…

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Can anyone tell me what this is all about? Bonus points if you know where it is.

Upcoming Rides

Click on the ride name for online registration.

Dirty Boonah Triple (2018)

A choice of rides around the Scenic Rim on quiet country roads. 3 distances on offer to suit all riding abilities. All roads are public roads and can be ridden on 28mm+ tyres.

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

Dist /
Brevet
Start Details Map Cost
150km
BG
07:00 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 Map $6.00 (mbrs)
$16.00 (Non)
100km
BG
07:00 All the fun of the 150km course without the loop around Kalbar. Still taking in the views of Lake Maroon, this ride will bypass the Bicentennial National Trail and have you back in Boonah in time for lunch. Expect 75% gravel. Map $6.00 (mbrs)
$16.00 (Non)
50km
BG
07:00 Follow the longer courses for the first 40km, then return to Boonah via Dugandan and Old Mt.Alford Rd. With over 80% gravel, this ride will not disappoint. Map $6.00 (mbrs)
$16.00 (Non)

Start Location

Boonah

Contact

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

Event Date: 23-Jun-2018 7:00 am
Registration Close Date: 22-Jun-2018

Dirty Mee (2018)

Dirty Mee is cyclocross at its best. Plenty of dirt single track and fire trail. There will be some sealed roads. hydration pack recommended. Maxis refuse are highly recommended.

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

Dist /
Brevet
Start Details Map Cost
75km
BG
07:00 Dirty Mee is cyclocross at its best Map $6.00 (mbrs)
$16.00 (Non)

Start Location

Dayboro Bakery

Contact

Andrew Bragg  Ph: 0434284532  Email: andrewbragg1@yahoo.com

Event Date: 30-Jun-2018 7:00 am
Registration Close Date: 29-Jun-2018

Audax Information Session (2018) – Atherton

Atherton – Far North Queensland

Audax members – to receive free registration login to the portal and the discount will be applied automatically.

Expert presentations on Audax riding, membership, training, gear and packing for long rides, nutrition, night riding, navigation and more.  Also information on longer Audax events – including the 1200km Perth-Albany-Perth and Paris-Brest-Paris and the 1400km London Edinburgh London.

Hear from Audax riders who have done it all.

Food from 6:00 PM

Dist /
Brevet
Start Details Map Cost
0000km
Soc
2:30pm All you ever wanted to know about Audax and Long Rides but were afraid to ask. Expert presentations on the ethos of Audax and benefits of membership- types of rides, awards, bike choices, night riding, dealing with weather, training, gear and packing for long rides, ride nutrition, navigation and more. Also information on Audax 1200 km events – Paris – Brest – Paris; Perth – Albany – Perth; and 1400km London – Edinburgh – London. Includes food from 6:00PM Map Free for Audax members
$20.00 (Non-members)

Start Location

Hallorans Hill Observation Building, Atherton

Contact

Gayle Sticher  Ph: 0428 440 411  Email: gayle.sticher@bigpond.com

Event Date: 30-Jun-2018 2:30 pm
Registration Close Date: 27-Jun-2018

Get High on the Tablelands (2018)

Get High is the perfect mid-winter ride.  Break out your fancy cold-weather cycling gear, and join us for a few new twists on a great old course in 2018.  Start in Atherton and take a leg-stretcher uphill to Herberton.  Visit the famous (at least in FNQ) Watsonville windmill before taking a coffee break on your way to Queensland’s Highest Gazetted Road.  From there, its all downhill (well…. almost) with spectacular views across the Tablelands on the homeward leg(s) to Atherton.

Each course has a few little climbs and a few escape hatches.  Plenty of time to enjoy it all, and have a great day on the bike.

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

Dist /
Brevet
Start Details Map Cost
200km
BRM
06:30 200km road ride Map $6.00 (mbrs)
$16.00 (Non)
100km
BA
06:30 100km road ride Map $6.00 (mbrs)
$16.00 (Non)

Start Location

Atherton Information Centre, Robert St

Contact

Gayle Sticher  Ph: 0428 440 411  Email: gayle.sticher@bigpond.com

Event Date: 01-Jul-2018 6:30 am
Registration Close Date: 28-Jun-2018

River Loop July (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 + an extension Map $6.00 (mbrs)
$16.00 (Non)

Start Location

Toowong

Contact

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

Event Date: 03-Jul-2018 5:30 am
Registration Close Date: 03-Jul-2018

Goat Track Gambol (2018)

Take a gamble on the Goat Track: an easy and traffic free way up Mt Glorious. A gentle descent over the back leads to a flat return via Fernvale, Rosewood and Mutdapilly. There are small sections of dirt road well-suited for road bikes.

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

Dist /
Brevet
Start Details Map Cost
200km
BRM
06:30 The Goat Track: The Rolls Royce of gravel surfaces. 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: 07-Jul-2018 6:30 am
Registration Close Date: 06-Jul-2018

The Cheap 3 Peaks Challenge. (2018)

The Cheap 3 Peaks Challenge, is a spectacular ride taking in scenic climbs north of the river. Mt Mee, Mt Glorious and Mt Coot-tha. With plenty of hills in between. A tough ride, unsupported with a 2 peak 200 km or 3 peak 300 km challenge.

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

Dist /
Brevet
Start Details Map Cost
200km
BA
06:00 The Cheap 3 Peaks Challenge, is a spectacular ride taking in scenic climbs north of the river. Mt Mee, Mt Glorious and Mt Coot-tha Map $6.00 (mbrs)
$16.00 (Non)
300km
BA
06:00 The Cheap 3 Peaks Challenge, is a spectacular ride taking in scenic climbs north of the river. Mt Mee, Mt Glorious and Mt Coot-tha Map $6.00 (mbrs)
$16.00 (Non)

Start Location

37 Yathong court Arana Hills

Contact

Andrew Bragg  Ph: 0434284532  Email: andrewbragg1@yahoo.com

Event Date: 14-Jul-2018 6:00 am
Registration Close Date: 13-Jul-2018

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