Newsletter – July 12, 2018

This fortnight I am pleased to be able to share some sensational rides. Please take a look, I am sure you will find a couple you really need to attend. I’ve included some interesting tech from Eurobike which is worth a look. Will it become mainstream one day?

I’ve resisted making any comments about le Tour although inexplicably I am weary again much the same as every July. I should possibly see someone about that. Ruth Brown shares her account of the Goat Track Gambol, and I take a peek at what went on up on the tablelands. There is a some random light reading as well. Enjoy.

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Vacancy

The Queensland Treasurer is going on leave next year and we need a caretaker while he is away. Anyone interested please contact Brian Hornby (0418 711 417) or Kym Raffelt (0431 471 839).

News

National President Garry Wall sent around some information regarding the extensive work the National Committee have been focused on in a recent workshop. Essentially this is the very mundane and yet vitally important stuff that enables us to ride as we do.

If you’ve not seen it in your inbox yet, you’ll find it here.

I wanted to share news of charges laid following the death of a cyclist six years ago. The reason is to recognise the work of Queensland police who have after 6 years made a case against the motorist who will be facing the courts. We may sometimes have doubts about enforcement, so its worthwhile I think to show the very good work our Police are capable of.

Read more here.

Light Reading

A poignant tale of an Italian love affair, sadly ended long ago, and the joy of finally being reunited following a search reaching across the decades. Your heart will soar at the triumph over age and infirmity as the relationship sparks anew.

It’s a story that anyone who has truly loved and lost a bicycle will relate to.

Read more here.

Tech

CeramicSpeed Driven: The most efficient road bike drivetrain

The CeramicSpeed Driven drivetrain has the potential to revolutionise the racing world. The innovative concept from the Danish brand gets rid of the front mech, the rear derailleur and the chain.

Read on to find out what this is all about.

Hydraulic 1x drivetrain?

The Rotor 1×13 is the world’s first hydraulic drivetrain with a 13-speed cassette. Thanks to its modular design it promises to be an excellent option for all roadies, crossers and gravel riders.

Take a closer look.

Ride Reports

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Ruth Brown gives an account of her experience on the Goat Track Gambol and despite burning brakes, close passes, rain and other tribulations concludes: “This is definitely one to have on your list”.

Read more here.

Meanwhile, in the far north of Queensland, a contingent gathered high on the tablelands. They faced wild weather and so not everyone made it to the start line. Those who piked didn’t know what they missed as a result. Preliminary information below with a full report to follow.

Read more here.

Upcoming Rides

A veritable embarrassment of choices for rides forthcoming. I’m going to call out the Rathdowney Rumble, which in addition to being an excellent day out, also supports Smiling for Smiddy. So you can have a good time and do good at the same time.

There are also rides in Innisfail, around the Northern Rivers and the BVRT, so a little bit of something for everyone.

Click on the ride name for online registration.

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

Ride 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 note: The map is only one way as this is an out and back ride along the same course.

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 Bakery, Main st Lowood. https://ridewithgps.com/trips/24901443

Contact

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

Ride 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

Ride 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

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

6 Bumps & 1 Hill (2018)

Ride around the Gold Coast hinterland and northern NSW. Currumbin Creek – Tweed Heads – Bilambil – Chillingham – Tyalgum – Uki – Stokers Siding – Mooball – Wooyung – Cabarita Beach – Murwillumbah – Tomewin – Currumbin Creek

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

Dist /
Brevet
Start Details Map Cost
200km
BRM
07:00 Start at Winders Park on Southern Bank of Currumbin Creek Map $25.00 (mbrs)
$35.00 (Non)

Start Location

Currumbin

Contact

Vaughan Kippers  Ph: 0733766761  Email: vaughankippers@bigpond.com

Ride Date: 04-Aug-2018 7:00 am
Registration Close Date: 03-Aug-2018

River Loop August (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

Ride Date: 07-Aug-2018 5:30 am
Registration Close Date: 07-Aug-2018

Innisfail 200k ‘Oh No, we’ve got to go round it’ (2018)

Starting in Tropical FNQ this ride will travel anticlockwise around Qld. highest two mountains Bartle Frere and Bellenden Ker including Gillies Highway climb, southern tablelands before descending the Palmerston Highway and back to Innisfail.

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

Dist /
Brevet
Start Details Map Cost
200km
BRM
06:30 Starting in Tropical FNQ this ride will travel anticlockwise around Qld. highest two mountains Bartle Frere and Bellenden Ker including Gillies Highway climb, southern tablelands before descending the Palmerston Highway and back to Innisfail. Map $6.00 (mbrs)
$16.00 (Non)

Start Location

Innisfail Far North Queensland

Contact

Sean Mc Guinness  Ph: 0429068496  Email: seanmary1@iprimus.com.au

Ride Date: 12-Aug-2018 6:30 am
Registration Close Date: 09-Aug-2018

Innisfail 100k ‘The Boulders and the Beautiful’ (2018)

This ride will start in Innisfail and will travel North to Eubenangee Swamp, Mirriwinni and the sugar town of Babinda. Enjoy FNQ popular swimming spot at the Boulders. Extra Kudos goes for the cyclist who bring a towel and have a dip. Track back towards Babinda for first control point and onto Mirriwinni and to the beautiful Bramston Beach for the second control point where you can admire the view to the islands or have a coffee in a really nice sleepy café before heading back to Innisfail for some well-deserved lunch or a refreshing ale.

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

Dist /
Brevet
Start Details Map Cost
100km
BA
06:40 Innisfail 100k 2018 Map $6.00 (mbrs)
$16.00 (Non)

Start Location

Innisfail Far North Queensland

Contact

Sean Mc Guinness  Ph: 0429068496  Email: seanmary1@iprimus.com.au

Ride Date: 12-Aug-2018 6:40 am
Registration Close Date: 09-Aug-2018

Brisbane Valley Rail Trail 35 (2018)

The final in the BVRT Dirt series is a one way trip from Yarraman to Linville. With a 20 km downhill it’s a nice way to end the series with a cold beer at the famous Linville Hotel to finish.

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

Dist /
Brevet
Start Details Map Cost
35km
BD
11:59 The final in the BVRT Dirt series is a one way trip from Yarraman to Linville. with a 20k downhill it’s a nice way to end the series with a cold beer at the famous Linville Hotel to finish $6.00 (mbrs)
$16.00 (Non)

Start Location

Yarraman

Contact

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

Ride Date: 12-Aug-2018 11:00 am
Registration Close Date: 11-Aug-2018

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