Newsletter – June 28, 2018

In a departure with tradition, this newsletter has some news (what a concept) which you can quickly check out below. I note there’s a lot of great rides coming up as well. The Rathdowney Rumble in particular look splendid. I hear it can be ridiculously cold and is definitely a good solid ride. Add it to your list if you’ve not done so already. And to ensure the great rides continue, join the crew at the RO calendar workshop to see what goes on and put a case forward for your favourite ride. Three sensational ride reports with a difference round out this missive. Enjoy.

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News

  • The R.O. and Calendar workshop to put together next season’s calendar will take place on Sunday July 8, details at the bottom of the newsletter. This is everybody’s opportunity to suggest/promote/organise their favourite brevets including new events or reinstating old rides and all are welcome, particularly R.O.s and those aspiring to R.O. status.
  • The Gateway Cycle Path is opening in stages and the Flat Fifty and Horizontal Hundred Permanent routes have altered between the Boondall Wetlands Centre and Cabbage Tree Creek. The temporary path east of the Motorway has been replaced by the new and very upmarket cycleway on the other side of the Motorway, complete with landscaping and lighting. RWGPS has been updated accordingly and will be subject to further changes as the roadworks progress.

Technical Articles

This is a call for technical articles.  The intent is that these cover items of interest to long distance cyclists such as equipment, nutrition, clothing, gps and trackers and so on. Technical does not necessarily mean an engineers report, but rather comparison,  conclusions and potentially recommendations drawn from observations and experience.

The objective is to gather a body of knowledge useful to the Audax community at large. Even something as mundane as inflation deserves coverage. Hold that thought.

Document your wisdom whether its first hand or curated and send it here: audaxqld@gmail.com

Products

Pirelli have returned to the world of velo tires and made a bit of a splash with their road tire range. Pirelli tubs have broken cover with Mitchelton-Scott announcing they have been working on developing the new racing tires with Pirelli and will officially be using them in this years Tour de France.

Recently Pirelli announced another tire, the Cinturato Velo. This looks to be a similar sort of idea to the Continental Gatorhardshell, a relatively indestructible tire intended for backroad and light offroad use – a candidate for the brevet hunting rider. It comes in wider sizes and is said to be tubeless ready.

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Read about it here.

Ride Reports

Something a little different this month. Darragh Murray shares his Dirty Boonah experience which is a great read. Check it out here.

Mark Riley alerted me to some good reading from Mark Croonen on the Indian Pacific Wheel Race. You can check that out here.

Gayle has kindly offered insight into the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail ride which looked awesome. Thanks Gayle.

Upcoming Rides

Click on the ride name for online registration.

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

R.O. and Calendar Workshop (2018)

2019 season Calendar workshop. All members (particularly aspiring RO’s) are welcome to contribute to next season’s calendar. Kick off at 10:00AM and lunch provided.

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

Dist /
Brevet
Start Details Map Cost
000km
10:00 This is your opportunity to promote your favourite style of brevet: long, short, hilly, gravel, dirt, UAF, OPPY…. don’t miss out! $0.00 (mbrs)
$10.00 (Non)

Start Location

20 Barber Rd. Ferny Hills

Contact

Peter Jenkins  Ph: +61407149375  Email: berlioz@bigpond.net.au

Event Date: 08-Jul-2018 10:00 am
Registration Close Date: 05-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

Brisbane Valley Rail Trail 70 (2018)

Stage two of the BVRT Dirt series sees us travel out to Esk through Coominya and around Mt Hallen and return. More great scenery then you can poke a camera at!

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

Dist /
Brevet
Start Details Map Cost
70km
BD
07:00 Stage two of the BVRT Dirt series sees us travel out to Esk through Coominya and around Mt Hallen and return. More great scenery then you can poke a camera at! $6.00 (mbrs)
$16.00 (Non)

Start Location

Lowood

Contact

Simon Faber  Ph: 0448887839  Email: sasfaber@bigpond.net.au

Event Date: 15-Jul-2018 7:00 am
Registration Close Date: 13-Jul-2018

Freedom Ride 400 (2018)

A scenic ride including Peachester, Kilcoy, Peak Crossing, Yamanto returning to Ferny Hils

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

Dist /
Brevet
Start Details Map Cost
400km
BRM
06:00 A scenic ride including Caboolture, Kilcoy, Esk Yamanto returning to Ferny Hills Map $6.00 (mbrs)
$16.00 (Non)

Start Location

Ferny Hills

Contact

Brian Hornby  Ph: +61418711417  Email: brianhornby19@gmail.com

Event Date: 21-Jul-2018 6:00 am
Registration Close Date: 20-Jul-2018

Rathdowney Rumble (2018)

Bring a camera as going through beautiful countryside of Rathdowney (coffeee) -Woodenbong-Tooloom Lookout- Urbanville ) -Woodenbong-small loop around base of Mt Barney finishing at Rathdowney (food)

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

Dist /
Brevet
Start Details Map Cost
160km
BA
06:30 Bring a camera as going through beautiful countryside of Rathdowney (coffeee) -Woodenbong-Tooloom Lookout- Urbanville ) -Woodenbong-small loop around base of Mt Barney finishing at Rathdowney (food) Map $50.00 (mbrs)
$60.00 (Non)

Start Location

Rathdowney

Contact

RogerHawley  Ph: 0473594699  Email: r.hawley@outlook.com.au

Event Date: 29-Jul-2018 6:30 am
Registration Close Date: 28-Jul-2018

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