Welcome to February 21st edition of the Queensland Region newsletter. This is a bit of a bumper edition due to the National and Regional AGMs being held in the last couple of weeks. We have a new club constitution and we saw some very good rides in the last fortnight.
If you look closely, Jeff also received a 25,000km lifetime distance award plus a Woodrup 5000 award – an awesome achievement since Jeff has only been riding Audax for a little over a season.
Annual General Meetings
The National and Queensland Region AGMs were held in the last fortnight with a few significant items resulting from each.
At the National AGM a new constitution was presented for acceptance by the members present. The few key items were to incorporate amendments to the current Constitution to ensure compliance with the Associations Reform Act 2012 (Act) that provide greater association transparency for members. The new constitution was accepted by the members present. The Constitution will come into effect once Consumer Affairs Victoria approves the new Constitution.
President’s report highlights
Garry Wall thanked volunteers that had completed key activities for the club:
- Russel Noble – On-line Ride System and Ride Blast Promotion,
- Kerri Ann Smith – updated Constitutions and Rules & Regulation review,
- Thomas Price – For the Website re-write which is almost complete
- Richard Scheer and Phillip Hayes – Centralised Financial System
- George Judkins – ride voucher system
- Michael Bentley – reflective anklets
- David Fairweather – heat policy.
The amount of effort for some of these achievements has been quite significant. Many thanks to them.
Mat Rawnsley advised that Audax Australian riders completed 987,751 km over 1732 rides with 6014 riders taking part. Between 2008 and 2019 riders completed 11 Million Km.
Over-achievers for last season:
Jeff Franklin, Thomas Price, Raoul Dover, Tara Horner, Chris Rogers, Howard Dove, Brian Hornby, Peter Watson, Rebecca Morton. Jeff is the first rider to complete more than 20,000km and 100 Brevets. Well done to all. Queensland is very well represented.
Results of the election of National Office-bearers
- Garry Wall – President
- Thomas Price – Vice President
- Kevin Grimmer – Treasurer
- Bruce Berg von Lindhe – Secretary
- General Members
- Peter Carr
- Robert Hoehne
- Tom Nankivell
- David Riddel
Queensland Region AGM
The Queensland Region AGM started with a very nice ride where the peleton quickly disintegrated. The re-assembly at the Crit track clubhouse was as usual catered very well by Anne who looked after the hungry cohort as efficiently as ever.
The Queensland Region AGM heard reports from our Region President, Treasurer, Communications Officer and Newsletter Editor. All reports put us in good stead. All the details will appear in the next newsletter.
An important part of the local AGM is the election of office-bearers. Important changes are :
- Keith Heinrich – Queensland Region Treasurer
- Tara Horner – Queensland Region Secretary
- John McMullan – Queensland Region Newsletter Editor
More details will be included in the next Newsletter
Queensland Awards Presentation
There were a number of awards presented at the Queensland Region AGM in Brisbane.
Among the list of award recipients were our high mileage riders: Jeff Franklin, Raoul Dover, Tara Horner, Brian Hornby and Peter Watson.
Full award details extracted from the National President’s report are here and of course we can’t have awards being presented without Keith Heinrich taking photos of the presentations which are found here.
Overall, Queensland has some pretty amazing achievements by riders – 5 of the top 10 over-achievers, Tara being the third female rider to achieve more than 10,000km in a season, multiple Australian and ACP Super Randonneurs but please read the extract from the presidents report mentioned above.
Since the last newsletter, three rides have occurred.
We had 19 riders turnout for this ride but the carpark looked like a Far North Queensland ride due to another event being on at the Crit track at the same time.
Yeronga Medley 1
This ride ran with all 5 distances being selected, a shiny new 600km route and in a first that Ant can recall all riders starting and finishing. Weather was pretty good, we had riders new to Audax (Michael Diaz). Ruth Brown and Frederik Vekeman completed their first 300km rides. Frederik completed his 300km ride 7 minutes after I completed my 200km and I am in no way embarrassed about that – Frederik had made dinner arrangements.
Frederik gave his insight “What does one say about it? I liked it and all went well. Looking forward to the next one” but did comment at the finish that it was tough. I think that was because he took 12 hours and 8 minutes.
Ruth Brown starts her ride report “The Yeronga Medley was the prime choice for my first 300km ride. Leading up to the day, the hot weather was not on my side….” Read more here.
How does a ride organiser contend with a ride that has 125 riders registered for it? I will find out and get back to you all on that one.
Currently out riding
The Tour de Tassie is currently on with riders getting to the end of the 400km ride. Next is the 600km that has enough hills to make Andrew Bragg happy. Good luck for the rest of the ride.
All things Bike Tech
Keith has done a wonderful job giving us insights into various problems and solutions for our trusty steeds. I will continue to find interesting information and experiments to amuse and educate.
On one of my morning commutes I had a funny bump coming from the rear wheel. This is one sight that we don’t want to see in the middle of an audax:
Needless to say, it and it’s front wheel counterpart have been replaced with new rubber.
Click on the ride name for online registration.
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.
John McMullan Ph: 0407731567 Email: email@example.com
Ride Date: 23-Feb-2019 2:00 pm
Scenic ride from Ferny Grove, through Caboolture, Kilcoy, Esk etc. around the mountains west of Brisbane back to Ferny Grove.
Brian Hornby Ph: 0418711417 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ride Date: 02-Mar-2019 6:00 am
A ride on relatively quiet roads starting at Lowood and heading west to the foothills of the range at Mt Berryman. This ride is semi supported – Lunch is provided at Blenheim, and Ma Ma Creek and Laidley controls are at cafes.
Vaughan Kippers Ph: 0733766761 Email: email@example.com
Ride Date: 09-Mar-2019 6:30 am
Help Ian celebrate his birthday with a relaxed ride on quiet country roads with very little traffic. Start is at St Andrews Church Hall. Plenty of off street parking. Entry includes – Tea/Coffee, Egg Burger or Bacon & Egg burger or Sausage and egg burger – from 6.30. Loo’s on site. Finish at the old Toogoolawah Railway station (Market day)
Ian Bailey Ph: 0428481474 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ride Date: 09-Mar-2019 7:00 am
An easy paced group ride on a very flat route utilising mostly lightly trafficked roads and cycle paths. A good introduction for newcomers to the gentle art of BUAF. Includes a leisurely brunch at Scarborough. Book early to avoid disappointment!
Nundah Crit Circuit
Peter Jenkins Ph: 0407149375 Email: email@example.comRide Date: 16-Mar-2019 7:00 am
Time to step up a notch or two ??? The Atherton Step-Up gives you a little more challenge than our normal FNQ Audax day out. The 150km course has a 10 hour time allowance, and winds around the best areas of the Tablelands. For even more fun, go for 300km and spend up to 20 hours exploring (almost) every bit of bitumen around the area.
For Audax members, the 150km will count towards your annual Nouveau Randonneur Award.
The 300km is a qualifying ride for Paris-Brest-Paris entry, or you can tackle it just for the challenge of a big day out.
Atherton Information Centre, Robert St, Atherton
Gayle Sticher Ph: 0428 440 411 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ride Date: 17-Mar-2019 5:30 am
A team must consist of 3, 4 or 5 bicycles. Each team chooses its own start point and course. A minimum of 360 km must be ridden in 24 hours from Sat morning and finishing at the same point (St Lucia)
Mark Riley Ph: 0416 802 834 Email: email@example.com
Ride Date: 23-Mar-2019 8:00 am
The Petit Oppy challenge is to ride 180km together in a group of 3 to 5 bikes to finish at St. Lucia riding for the first 12 and the last 2 hours of the Oppy. Join the other teams for breakfast at St Lucys Cafe (St Lucia).
Mark Riley Ph: 0416802834 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ride Date: 23-Mar-2019 8:00 am