Newsletter – August 30, 2018

In this final newsletter for August, I note the passing of Dario Pegoretti. In other news, the significant achievements of Brian and Jeff are noted, Paul and Anthony share some technical insights, the evolution of gravel bikes is worth checking out, there is an epic ride report/photo collage, more pictures from Thomas and probably a few things I forgot to mention as well. Check out the upcoming rides, and start thinking about your 2019 Oppy adventure now.

My thanks to everyone who contributed content, enjoy.

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Moggil Ferry, Ride for no shows – Thomas Matyja

Amazing stuff

A big round of applause for Jeff Franklin who has broken the Australian record for Audax km ridden in a season. Formerly 18,075 km and with the season not yet done, any guesses on what the new record might be?

Brian Hornby has set a personal milestone, passing 50 000 Audax km, also an outstanding achievement.

Congratulations to you both.

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).

Wanted

Keen to lend a hand with the newsletter or just find out whats involved? Drop me a line here audaxqld@gmail.com and lets talk.

Reading

So you want to head off the bitumen, but not on a mountain bike. Maybe hit the rail trail, but not on a road bike. What sort of bike could do that?

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Read more.

News

Laws of physics repealed as Brisbane hosts six day cycling event in only three days.

DATE: 12-14 APRIL 2019
VENUE: ANNA MEARES VELODROME, BRISBANE

Brisbane is set to play host to the 2018/19 Six Day Series Final following on from last year’s event on the Spanish island of Mallorca.

The best riders from across the series will descend on the Anna Meares Velodrome to battle it out for the series crown. The final usually includes plenty of drama and expect the crowd to play a major part in the outcome as Aussie riders, including past Six Day London Champions, experience a home crowd atmosphere for the very first time.

Read more.

But wait, there’s more.

The six day event in only three days is part of the 2019 Brisbane Cycling Festival which includes the creatively captioned Tour de Brisbane. If you sign up now you could get one of 1000 spots at the front of the pack, whatever than means.

The event is in support of the Ride for a Metre Matters in partnership with the Amy Gillett Foundation.

Read more.

Ride Reports

Oh No, We’ve Got To Go Round It

From the far north, Gayle reports:

Chris rode his second Audax on Sunday – a 200km ride that circled (read climbed) Queensland’s two highest mountains – Mt Bartle Frere and Mt Bellenden Ker.

Starting in Innisfail, then up the Gillies Range and down the Palmerston Range, seven riders did the loop, and appeared to have an awesome day out. Lauren was the roving photographer for the 200km crew. Most of the rest of us (60 or more) decided to stick to the flat lands of the coast for a 100km easy jaunt, that became 117km with a misplaced bridge closure.

Smiles all round for Audax in FNQ.

This epic photo collage of the day’s events from Chris Upite and Lauren Erikson.

Check it out here.

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Ride for no shows – Thomas Matyja

Unicycle Touring?

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Seems traveling cross country on a unicycle is a thing. I have no idea why this is, but obviously it has appeal for some. Utterly audacious and slightly mad.

Read more.

Technical

Shimano D-Fly

Ever wondered at what point your Di2 battery is going to conk out? Maybe had a mad moment and forgot what gear you were in? Needed to analyse derailleur movements to calculate drivetrain wear and ensure your maintenance program is adequate?

Well wonder no more, the Shimano D-Fly has your back. Mark Harris recently went down that road and shares his insights.

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Read more.

Tires for gravel

Paul Witzerman offers guidance on tires suitable for gravel roads based on his local experience. Paul notes that the gravel roads here are a different proposition to those overseas and harsher on tires as a result. His observations may surprise you…

Read more.

Other stuff

Legendary framebuilder Dario Pegoretti has died at the age of 62.

By now this is old news, but worthy of mention and a closer look at his life and times. For those of us who enjoy and appreciate hand made steel bicycles, the custom creations of Dario Pegoretti are aspirational and now entirely out of reach. He has built machines for the who’s who of professional cycling, all discretely hidden beneath the team branding. Those with the money and patience could eventually acquire one of these machines built to order, but unlike your purchase at the local bike shop, the maestro would decide how it would be.

There is an interesting Australian connection as well. The Cadnezia oversized lugset employed in the  “Day Is Done” frameset was developed in a collaboration between Dario and Darrell McCulloch of Llewellyn Bikes in Australia – but that’s a story for another time.

The finishes are renowned and Dario himself, although painted as a larger than life character, turns out to be just a man, passionate about his craft. Vale Dario Pegoretti, it’s been quite a ride.

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Read more.
Pegoretti Dream Bike.
Peleton magazine.

Upcoming Rides

2019 Oppy – 23-24 March

Put it in your calendar now.

Click on the ride name for online registration.

Airlie Beach Return (2018)

Beautiful ride to Airlie Beach with stops in Calen and Bloomsbury. Wind at your back and open road in front. Lunch at Airlie Beach and then a long slow ride back into the wind.

Dist /
Brevet
Start Details Map Cost
300km
BRM
05:00 A beautiful ride with the wind at your back, with stops at Calen and Bloomsbury. Lunch in Airlie Beach then a long hard slog back into the wind. Map $6.00 (mbrs)
$16.00 (Non)

Start Location

Kay Court, North Mackay

Contact

Peter Robertson  Ph: 0497270621  Email: audaxmackay@gmail.com

Ride Date: 01-Sep-2018 5:00 am
Registration Close Date: 29-Aug-2018

Gregor’s Creek Circuit (2018)

Scenic undulating ride skirting Brisbane Valley lakes

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

Dist /
Brevet
Start Details Map Cost
202km
BRM
07:00 Scenic ride along the Brisbane Valley lakes. Map $6.00 (mbrs)
$16.00 (Non)

Start Location

Fernvale Futures Centre Carpark

Contact

Raoul Dover  Ph: 0448259949  Email: raldover@bigpond.com

Ride Date: 01-Sep-2018 7:00 am
Registration Close Date: 29-Aug-2018

6 Pack Day 2 (2018)

This is the big one !!  Day 2 of the 6 Pack starts with some serious sight-seeing on a tour through the beaches and rainforest of the World Heritage listed Daintree Rainforest.

 200km riders start with a quick loop out to Mossman Gorge, before heading north to Daintree Village.  They then join the 100km route for a trip across the Daintree River by ferry, before tackling the leg-stretching climb across Mt Alexandra and down through the Daintree to Cape Tribulation.  Spot some cassowaries and Ulysses butterflies during a day’s riding through the rainforest.

100km riders can enjoy a little trip across the river, before returning to Daintree Village and Mossman.  Or take the 50/50 option with a break in Daintree Village.  Enjoy a few hours on a river cruise (at a discounted price for Audax riders), or sample the delights of this special area of rainforest before returning south.

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

Dist /
Brevet
Start Details Map Cost
100km
BA
06:30 Mossman to Cape Tribulation return Map $30.00 (mbrs)
$40.00 (Non)
200km
BRM
06:30 Mossman to Daintree Village return Map $30.00 (mbrs)
$40.00 (Non)

Start Location

Mossman

Contact

Gayle Sticher  Ph: 0428440411  Email: gayle.sticher@bigpond.com

Ride Date: 02-Sep-2018 6:30 am
Registration Close Date: 30-Aug-2018

6 Pack Day 3 (2018)

Day 3 and it’s time to head up the hills, as the 6 Pack makes its way from the coast to the northern end of the Tablelands.  Head up the Rex Range, pausing for views across the Far North coastline.

The 100km takes a stopover at Mt Molloy pub, before having a small taste of the Quaid Road with its views across the Quaid Dam to the west.  Continue to Mareeba, with a little detour to the Golden Drop Winery with its famous Mango wines.

From Mt Molloy, the 200km ride heads northwest along the Mulligan Highway through Mt Carbine.  The turnaround point is at the Desailly Range lookout.  It’s a stiff little climb, but the amazing views are well worth the effort before starting the return journey to Mt Molloy and on to Mareeba.

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

Dist /
Brevet
Start Details Map Cost
100km
BA
06:30 Mossman to Mareeba, via Mt Carbine Map $30.00 (mbrs)
$40.00 (Non)
200km
BRM
06:30 Mossman to Mareeba, via Mt Molloy Map $30.00 (mbrs)
$40.00 (Non)

Start Location

Mossman

Contact

Gayle Sticher  Ph: 0428440411  Email: gayle.sticher@bigpond.com

Ride Date: 03-Sep-2018 6:30 am
Registration Close Date: 31-Aug-2018

6 Pack Day 4 (2018)

6 Pack Day 4 – Start the day with something different.  After a few kilometres of leg warming, test yourself with some laps of the professional racing circuit of the Mako Track near Mareeba, before continuing on your way.  Take your laps as fast or slow as you please, and enjoy the chicanes, hot-dog turns and hot-mix surface of this closed circuit raceway.

The 100km ride then heads up to the greener scenery of the southern Atherton Tablelands, past the new windfarm at Mt Emerald and through the Kairi farming country, before arriving in Atherton – our base for the next few days.  Take the 50/50 option, and have a break at Mt Uncle Rum distillery – if you dare.

The 200km takes a loop out to the farming country of Dimbulah, then heads north to Lake Tinaroo and Yungaburra before arriving in Atherton.

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

Dist /
Brevet
Start Details Map Cost
100km
BA
00:00 Mareeba to Atherton Map $30.00 (mbrs)
$40.00 (Non)
200km
BRM
00:00 Mareeba to Atherton via Dimbulah Map $30.00 (mbrs)
$40.00 (Non)

Start Location

Atherton

Contact

Gayle Sticher  Ph: 0428440411  Email: gayle.sticher@bigpond.com

Ride Date: 04-Sep-2018 12:00 am
Registration Close Date: 01-Sep-2018

River Loop September (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

Tara Horner  Ph: 0403972579   Email: frouste@gmail.com

Ride Date: 04-Sep-2018 5:30 am
Registration Close Date: 05-Sep-2018

6 Pack Day 5 (2018)

Day 5, and the 6 Pack riders head out for a day of sightseeing on the 200km or the 100km Tour of the Tablelands.  Visit Tolga, Kairi, Yungaburra, Peeramon and Malanda, with plenty of stops for coffee and photos.  Check in at theNerada Tea Plantation, where you have a great chance of spotting a tree kangaroo.

50/50 riders can break their journey at the tea plantation visitors centre, with plenty of time to visit the factory and sample the local tea and scones before returning to Atherton.

It’s a leg tester for the 200km, with a visit to Watsonville and Herberton, then a stop-over at Nerada Tea Plantation for some quick tree kangaroo sighting.  Enjoy some little side-trips around (or up-and-down) the backroads of Topaz Range for the best views of Mt Bartle Frere and Mt Bellenden Ker – Queensland’s two highest mountains.

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

Dist /
Brevet
Start Details Map Cost
100km
BA
06:30 A tour of Atherton Map $30.00 (mbrs)
$40.00 (Non)
200km
BRM
06:30 A bigger tour of Atherton Map $30.00 (mbrs)
$40.00 (Non)

Start Location

Atherton

Contact

Gayle Sticher  Ph: 0428440411  Email: gayle.sticher@bigpond.com

Ride Date: 05-Sep-2018 6:30 am
Registration Close Date: 02-Sep-2018

6 Pack Day 6 (2018)

It’s the final day of the 6 Pack, and the rides take different routes for the trip back to Cairns.

The 200km riders travel south for a scenic trip via Malanda, Lake Eacham, and the Cathederal Fig tree before heading down the Gillies Range.  Ride up the Goldsborough Valley before heading out onto the coast.  Cruise north through quiet back roads between cane paddocks, hopefully aided by the southeasterly breeze.

The 100km ride heads down the Gillies Highway, and takes the back roads into Cairns.  Both rides finish at the Holiday Inn on the Esplanade.   Enjoy a meal on arrival, then lounge around on the deck and share a drink and stories of your adventure as other 6 Pack riders arrive.

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

Dist /
Brevet
Start Details Map Cost
100km
BA
06:30 Atherton to Cairns via the Gillies Map $30.00 (mbrs)
$40.00 (Non)
200km
BRM
06:30 Atherton to Cairns via Goldborough Valley Map $30.00 (mbrs)
$40.00 (Non)

Start Location

Atherton

Contact

Gayle Sticher  Ph: 0428440411  Email: gayle.sticher@bigpond.com

Ride Date: 06-Sep-2018 6:30 am
Registration Close Date: 03-Sep-2018

The Half Carton (2018)

You may have done the 6 Pack, but this one is the Half Carton.

This ride is a cracker.  Leaving from Atherton, it takes in the best of the Tablelands High Country, before heading through Ravenshoe and Millaa Millaa. Ride down the Palmerston Range and into the amazing Cassowary Coast region.  Visit Mena Creek, then take a quick spin around beautiful Mission Beach before heading to Tully.  You can then choose to take a stop at this 267km point, or head out for a 90km legspin up and down the Tully Gorge Road before returning to Tully for some shut-eye.  Day 2 starts with a a few backroads to El Arish and Silkwood, before a little leg tester into Etty Bay.  Enjoy brunch on the beach, then head home to Cairns with (hopefully) tailwinds all the way.

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

Dist /
Brevet
Start Details Map Cost
600km
BRM
05:30 A fully supported 600km ride through the Atherton Tablelands, Mission Beach and Cairns, including overnight accommodation in Tully, gear transport, supported controls and meals. Map $160.00 (mbrs)
$170.00 (Non)

Start Location

Atherton, Far North Queensland

Contact

Gayle Sticher  Ph: 0428440411  Email: info@audax6pack.longrides.bike 

Ride Date: 07-Sep-2018 5:30 am
Registration Close Date: 25-Aug-2018

Scenic Rim (2018)

Begin with a scenic ride to Mt Alford, Carney’s Creek followed by a dirt climb over the range to Koreelah State Forest. A beautiful tour along White Swamp Road and another climb to Tooloom Lookout. Return via Urbenville and Woodenbong with a memorable dec

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

Dist /
Brevet
Start Details Map Cost
200km
BRM
07:00 Begin with a scenic ride to Mt Alford, Carney’s Creek followed by a dirt climb over the range to Koreelah State Forest. A beautiful tour along White Swamp Road and another climb to Tooloom Lookout. Return via Urbenville and Woodenbong with a memorable decent to Rathdowney, then a final fifty to Boonah. Map $30.00 (mbrs)
$40.00 (Non)
175km
BA
07:00 Begin with a scenic ride to Mt Alford, Carney’s Creek followed by a dirt climb over the range to Koreelah State Forest. A beautiful tour along White Swamp Road. Return via Woodenbong with a memorable decent to Rathdowney then a final fifty to Boonah. Map $30.00 (mbrs)
$40.00 (Non)

Start Location

Boonah

Contact

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

Ride Date: 08-Sep-2018 7:00 am
Registration Close Date: 05-Sep-2018

Spring Castaway (2018)

As good as a seaside holiday. Head North to Brighton, then feel the wind in your helmet as you meander down the Eastern coastline; taking in Wellington Point, Cleveland Point, Victoria Point, and a quick pass through the Gold Coast.

Mostly flat..  The course includes bike paths, and roads, and an easy sprint home along Veloway 1.

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

Dist /
Brevet
Start Details Map Cost
300km
BRM
06:00 A relaxing coastal getaway, taking in the Eastern points of SEQ and returning home on CBD bike paths.  Map $6.00 (mbrs)
$16.00 (Non)

Start Location

Anzac Park, Toowong

Contact

Tara Horner  Ph: 0403972579  Email: frouste@gmail.com

Ride Date: 15-Sep-2018 6:00 am
Registration Close Date: 13-Sep-2018

Roller Coaster Ride (2018)

Starting on the edge of Brisbane’s northern suburbs and heading west towards the hilly Brisbane Hinterland, this ride will offer you stunning views when climbing Mt.Mee and flowy rides through cattle property’s as well as breath taking downhills on serpen

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

Dist /
Brevet
Start Details Map Cost
100km
BA
06:30 Roll around the hills Map $6.00 (mbrs)
$16.00 (Non)

Start Location

Kallangur, QLD

Contact

Christian Weiss  Ph: 0431401507  Email: christianweiss27@gmail.com

Ride Date: 22-Sep-2018 6:30 am
Registration Close Date: 21-Sep-2018

 

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