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.

The Oppy is an event for teams of three to five bicycles. Each team must ride at least 360 km (you design your own route) in 24 hours. If you’re not up for 24 hours of riding, try the Petit Oppy (180 km in 14 hours). More details / rules here. If you want to ride, but don’t have a team, we will do the match-making. Contact any of the ROs below or: AudaxQLD@gmail.com

In 2019 in SEQ the Oppy will start at 8:00 am Saturday 23rd March; and finish 24 hrs later. In FNQ the Oppy will start on a different date: 8:00am 18th May. Is this the year to get two Oppy Medallions? The three Oppy regional organisers and the finishing locations are:

SEQ 23/03/19 Mark Riley St Lucia; St Lucys for breakfast
FNQ 18/05/19 Gayle Sticher Port Douglas
midQ 23/03/19 Peter Robertson Mackay

2019 Oppy Teams (so far):

H.A.R.D. Mark Riley(c), Brad Billingham, Mark Harris, Thomas Matyja, Kyle Pratt
Oppydonebakerystyle Jeff Franklin(c), Ben Hernandez, Brian Hornby, Miles Vass, Paul Witzerman
Oppy Darts Ral Dover(c), Doug Gouw, Tracey Howley, Pat Lehane, Peter Watson
Oppytune Ruth Brown(c), Tara Horner, Sharon Jewell, Helen Marson
T600B Matthew Locker(c), Paul Newman, Brenton Thompson, Frederik Vekeman, Richard Watson

2019 Petit Oppy Teams (so far):

Oppytimists Keith Heinrich(c), Duane Parnell, Jennifer McMillan
Hudirt Knobbymen Simon Faber(c), Justin Bennett, Peter Jenkins, Vaughan Kippers, Scott McCarthy
Team Tiny John McMullan(c), Leah Barnett, David Booth, Peter Lovell

What Happened in 2018? Summary here.

Matt Rawnsley Statistics
Stat man Matt has posted an amazing array of Oppy statistics. The most number of Oppys by one person? (23(!!): Kevin Ware). The number of times Queensland has won the Oppy Shield? Three, including the last 2 years. The number of times a Queensland team has cracked 600km? Zero – But we’re getting close.

How to register:
Go to the On-line Calendar, (here), navigate to 23 March 2019. Select the appropriate registration (ie SEQ, FNQ, not Victoria). Click on the “On-line registration via the Audax Portal“. The Team Captain must register first to register the team name. Then other team members can register and select that particular team. When the team captain registers, there are also options to fill in your itinerary (checkpoints, etc) and a link to your course map. I’m not fussed if you don’t include these at this point (as I’ll be contacting you in any case, and you can email me directly). However, you will need your Team Name at the time you register.

More info can be found on the Audax website.
Flèche Opperman page: here.
Tips & tricks: here
FAQ: here

The Oppy News Emails for 2018:
ONE #1, ONE #2, ONE #3, ONE #4, ONE #5

Queensland Oppy Honour Roll

1993

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

1994

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

1995

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

1996

summary
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

1997

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

1998

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

1999

No QLD teams

2000

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

2001

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

2002

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

2003

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

2004

No QLD teams

2005

366 3D David Minter, David Jones, Dino Morgante

2006

No Oppy due to date change

2007

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

2008

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

2009

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

2010

summary
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

2011

Summary
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

2012

summary
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

2013

summary
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

2014

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

2015

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

2016

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

2017

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

2018

summary
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)

2019

611 T600B Matthew Locker(c), Paul Newman, Frederik Vekeman, Richard Watson
Qld Record
400 Oppydonebakerystyle Jeff Franklin(c), Ben Hernandez, Brian Hornby, Miles Vass, Paul Witzerman
366 Oppytune Ruth Brown(c), Tara Horner, Sharon Jewell
Qld Record All Female
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)
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