Queensland Flèche Opperman All Day Trial

Hubert Opperman in the 1928 Tour de France.

The Fleche Opperman All Day Trial (or “The Oppy”) is a 24-hour team time trial held annually by Audax Australia. It is named after Sir Hubert Opperman, who was one of the world’s greatest endurance cyclists and the patron of Audax Australia until his death in 1996.

What Happened in 2019?

Whew, what a year! Records tumbling everywhere! 36 Qld Oppy riders (Record), 8 Qld Oppy teams (Record), 4 Petit Oppy teams, 49 total riders!

The Oppy started in SEQ on 24th March and both the Qld Record and All Female Qld Record were broken:
T600B: 611 km, Matthew Locker(c), Paul Newman, Frederik Vekeman, Richard Watson
Oppytune: 366 km, Ruth Brown(c), Tara Horner, Sharon Jewell

Moving on to a cyclone safe, but still wet, FNQ Oppy on the 17th May and both records were then re-broken:
Cirque de sore legs: 620 km, Paul Brown, Lincoln Carolan, Darren Cousins(c), Ken Dyson, Graham Jensen
The Third Extreme: 370 km, Mary Ann Allen, Tara Horner, Nola Kerswell, Gayle Sticher(c), Jane Wilmott

This was also the shortest time that a the Qld Record and All Female Records have been held (2 Records).
The first person to complete 2 Oppys in the one year (Tara Horner, Record).
The first time a Qld Oppy team has > 600 km (Record).
And finally, the first time that a Petit Oppy has been completely on dirt (Record):
Hudirt Knobbymen: 182 km, Justin Bennett(c), Peter Jenkins, Scott McCarthy

That’s 11 Qld records! Bring on 2020.

The Record-Breaking FNQ Oppy teams & supporters:

St Lucia post-Oppy rehydration breakfast:

What Happened in 2018? Summary here.

Queensland Oppy Honour Roll


424 Cane Toad Express Dave Minter, Pedro Plowman, Andrew Row
In NSW; pre-Queensland Oppys.


500 The Brisbane Bonkers Gale Schaub, Dave Minter, Peter Brown, Andrew Row (photo)
In Victoria; pre-Queensland Oppys.


summary First year for Queensland Oppys
392 Team Two Up Kris Kersley, Ross Kersley, Jenelle Davies, Howard Davies, Andrew Wood, Paul McAntee, Glen Cannell, Mitch Carr (8 on a team? yes: 3 tandems, 2 singles) Qld record
377 Team SEQUENCE Gale Schaub, Lindsay Green, Peter Brown
370 Gusto Mark Spakshott, Dan Reid, Diana McPhee, Andrew McPhee, Nicole McPhee
366 Three Skinny Guys and a Fat Guy Rieks van Klinken, Ben Webb, Zane Cavinn, Daniel Farrelly


390 The Generation Gap Gale Schaub, Lindsay Green, Peter Brennan, Daniel Radford (youngest 16, oldest 64)
363 Warhorse Mark Sparshott, Laurie Handcock, Wayne Murray
363 Three Men & A Baby David Minter, Philip Rowley, Gary Beasley
361 Tan Dam Ross Kersley, Howard Davies, Janelle Davies, Tony Croke


400 TMAAB ‘97 Dave Minter, Kris Kersley, Wayne Murray
Qld record


401 Audax Queensland Gale Schaub, Richard Martin, Vaughan Kippers
Qld record


No QLD teams


360 Dave’s Dawdlers David Minter, Ben Wilson, Chris Jensen
360 Maslen’s Missing David Jones, John Gowty, Warren Whisson


360 Team QLD Howard Brandis, Margaret Wingett, Mark Jensen, Laurie Handcock


372 Howard’s Heros Howard Brandis, Debra Campell, Marc Coombs, Mark Jensen


401 Oppytunist David White, Christine White, Melonie de Jong, Errol Ross
372 Howard’s Heros Mark Jensen, Debbie Campbell, Joan Brown
360 Noel’s Nightriders Noel Newton, Brain Aston, Susan Lostroh, Paul Cribb


No QLD teams


366 3D David Minter, David Jones, Dino Morgante


No Oppy due to date change


385 Oppy on the Downs Vaughan Kippers, Pat Lehane, Errol Ross
367 Je Suis Fatigue Bruce Dodds, Catherine Johnson, David Minter, George Row


444 Against the Wind Alan Baker, David King, Pat Lehane
Qld record
412 The Southern Invaders Paul Cribb, Alex Murray, Martin Pearson, Lisa Turner
374 hOppyn’ Mad Michael Clare, Iain Cummings, Vaughan Kippers, David Minter, David Pacheco


367 ? David Minter(c), Elizabeth Pearson, Martin Pearson


360? Southern Invaders Lisa Turner(c), ?, ?
360? John’s Orphans John Fitter(c), ?, ?
182 Les Petits Canetoads Dino Morgante, Peter Jenkins, George Row, Sue May


469 Right Out of Control Brian Hornby, David King, Martin Pearson
Qld record
370 Team Slo Brendan Howard, James Pearson, Rodney Clarke
183 Miss Kitty and the Bearded Bikers Dino Morgante, Lawrence Hennelly, Peter Jenkins, Sue May


454 Keep the Pedals Turning Andrew Bragg, Christian Killen, Roger Hawley(c)
369 S L Oppy Alexander Wall, Matthew Zaranski, Rupert Leigh(c)
369 Quintessential Speed Turtles Dino Morgante, Michael Deed, Michael Waterson, Nick Burnett(c), Simon Faber
367 Fixed Oppynions Anthony Douglas, Martin Pearson(c), Stuart Dowell


403 Cyclonics Jenny Townley, Peter Robertson, Troy Forbes
403 Tropical Tailwind David Adams, Peter McCallum, Phillip Burnham
365 Four Decades Anne Latimer(c), Deb Aitchenson, Holli Linklater, Lynne James  
Qld Record All Female
365 Just a Nice Day Out Andrew Gills, Dino Morgante, James Pearson, Martin Pearson(c), Rodney Clarke
361 KBC Bubble Blowers Ian Petherbridge, Kirsty Broun(c), Shane Graham, Simon Watt


407 Gym-wich Flat Trackers Andrew Keith, John Gowty, Melvyn Yap, Nick Burnett, Rodney Clarke
402 Captain Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen Gerry Egan, Rick Abraham(c), WilliamM, WimZ
368 Doctors and Nurses Rosie Godwin, Vaughan Kippers, Anne Latimer, Martin Pearson(c), Mark Riley
365 Out of our Depth Brett Kerwick, DanM, RobS, ShaunK, SimonP
363 The President’s Men Chris Ellis, Chris Groves, Brian Hornby(c), Anthony Richardson


500 A Pair of Nicks & Two Dicks Nick Burnett, Nick Fisk, Ant Richardson
Qld Record
365 Team SLO Peter Jenkins, Vaughan Kippers, Pat Lehane(c), Mark Riley
362 Cyclonics Jenny Townley, Peter Robertson, Phillip Burnham, Troy Forbes
184 Liz Hepple Coaching 1 Anne Latimer, Holli Linklater, Liz Hepple(c)
184 Liz Hepple Coaching 2 Kailee Ng, Liz Nelson, Rosie Godwin


360 Bunya Bandits Brian Hornby(c), Chris Ellis, Ant Richardson, Mark Riley
365 Team SLO Ross Barnard, Kym Raffelt, Vaughan Kippers, Pat Lehane(c)


528 Flat Out Oppytunists Nick Booth, Nick Burnett, Mark Riley, Rod Staines
Qld Record
360 The Extremes Gayle Sticher, Paula Castle, Ian Church, Snowy Evans, Marina Harcot
180 Small N Dainty Kim Christie, Mark Kerswell, Nola Kerswell, Toby Kerswell, Jordan Seymour-Jones
184 Hawaii Four-O Deborah Gillespie, Peter Kyriakides, Brian Kittler, Lloyd Stonadge
191 Cassowary Coast Cyclones Jeff Coward, Steve Bryan, Matthew Wensley
185 Team Tailwind Michael Lee, Mary Ann Allen, Helius Visser, Heather Cochrane
197 Cairns Strava Crew Red Chad Elliott, Troy Furner, Christopher Clair
204 Cairns Strava Crew Blue Ben Smith, Nick Masasso, Campbell Smythe, Warren Elliott


560 Koiled Crazies Rachel Edwards, Matthew Locker(c), Michael Newell
Qld Record
507 Coasting North Ken Dyson, Graham Jensen, Tony Pattison(c), Dave Wall
416 The Alternative Brian Hornby, Tara Horner(c), Paul Witzerman
366 Cairns Strava Crew Warren Elliot(c), Keith Mole, Andrew Morgan
363 Downs Oppytunists Jonny Ayres, Raoul Dover, Jeff Franklin, Scott McCarthy, Peter Watson(c)
362 S.O.F.T Mark Harris, Helen Marson, Ant Richardson(c), Mark Riley
361 Team SLO Peter Jenkins(c), Vaughan Kippers, Pat Lehane, Kym Raffelt, George Row
192 Puffin’ Billies Peter Whittle, Justin Bennett(c), Nick Hemmings, Jeremy Drice
184 McOppies Ruth Brown, David Booth, John McMullan(c), Darren Milczewski, Les O’Shea
184 Hawaii 5-0 Drewe Burgess, Deb Gillespie(c), Brian Kittler, Peter Kyriakides, Lloyd Stonage
181 Small and Dainty Kim Christie(c), Mark Kerswell, Nola Kerswell, Zoe Kerswell, Jordan Seymour-Jones
181 The Waiters Bob Adams, Rex Hutchinson, Steve Kilpatrick, Joe O’Dea(c)


620 Cirque de sore legs Paul Brown, Lincoln Carolan, Darren Cousins(c), Ken Dyson, Graham Jensen
Qld Record!
611 T600B Matthew Locker(c), Paul Newman, Frederik Vekeman, Richard Watson
Qld Record (24/3-18/5/19)
400 Oppydonebakerystyle Jeff Franklin(c), Ben Hernandez, Brian Hornby, Miles Vass, Paul Witzerman
370 The Third Extreme Mary Ann Allen, Tara Horner, Nola Kerswell, Gayle Sticher(c), Jane Wilmott
Qld Record All Female
366 Oppytune Ruth Brown(c), Tara Horner, Sharon Jewell
Qld Record All Female (24/3-18/5/19)
364 Vote1ForBikes Chris Head(c), Vaughan Kippers, Chris Upite, Nico Wardrop
361 Oppy Darts Ral Dover(c), Doug Gouw, Tracey Howley, Pat Lehane, Peter Watson
360 H.A.R.D. Brad Billingham, Mark Harris, Thomas Matyja, Kyle Pratt, Mark Riley(c)
184 Oppytimists Keith Heinrich(c), Duane Parnell, Jennifer McMillan
182 Hudirt Knobbymen Justin Bennett(c), Peter Jenkins, Scott McCarthy
181 Team Tiny Leah Barnett, David Booth, Peter Lovell, John McMullan(c)
180 The Petite Boys Kim Christie(c), Mark Kerswell, Kevin Tomlinson

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