Ride routes 15th – 21st August

It was a dark and stormy night, but we have had a few of them lately, so another one won’t be much of a surprise. What was a surprise was that our club reporter Claire Tyrrell has recently returned from not-so-sunny England. Like most well laid plans, the coronavirus has made her cut her trip short and head back to Perth. However, since Clive Palmer hasn’t stuffed it all up for us yet, she is on a 14 day non-parole lock down in a city hotel. If you know Claire, drop her a message, as she has nothing but 4 walls and a crap view for another 12 days, so will enjoy the distraction. Its always good to see some familiar faces return to our peloton, and even better that fact that we can ride and enjoy a relatively free existence. The UK, however, did not fair as well, so it will be good to get a different perspective on what is happening across the world.

The Rules – just a reminder that it isn’t business as usual.

As we progress through WA’s phased approach to reopening, how the club interacts within itself and the wider community will also change.
Rightly or wrongly, the lack of community transmission in the state has meant that a lot of the social distancing rules have disappeared. As such we want to streamline what the requirements are from a club perspective. Basically there are 3 main things we want people to keep in mind.

  • The virus can spread via human contact, so minimise the amount of touching between people and each others bikes/helmets etc.
  • No spitting, snotting or sneezing within the group. If you need to, move to the back of the group, but please look behind you to make sure that it is clear of traffic. That is all traffic, not just bikes. We don’t want some dash-cam footage of someone blowing their nose on a car.
  • Personal hygiene becomes very important in the spread of the virus so make sure that you either wash your hands whenever you can or carry a small container of hand sanitiser. Limit your exposure to common surfaces (chairs, tables) and don’t be sharing items.

Collie to Donnybrook – Good luck to all the riders heading down to Collie this Saturday for the 95th running of the Collie-Bonnybrook return handicap race. As you can see from the photo, it doesn’t always come down to the scratch riders dominating the finish. Stu was narrowly pipped at the line by Gary a couple of years ago when they managed to stay clear of the main bunch.

Gravel Ride – Looking for an easy Sunday ride but getting bored of doing river loop? or you want to do something different? SPR are very excited to bring you the Inaugural SPR Sunday Gravel on August 16th. This will be an easy-paced ride, leaving from Bellevue RSL, pub lunch at Parkerville, and an easy roll back down the hill. See the event details on the SPR Facebook page and please RSVP asap so a table can be booked for lunch.

Looking fresh on the start-line

SPR ToMR Teams – We now registering 4 men’s teams and 1 women’s team. We have a number of men on the reserve list and as previous history has shown us, they will be required closer to the event. We are still short a couple of women’s riders, so if you are interested, please email the club race address. We also have enough volunteers for this event as this year does not require multiple car shuffling for those stages that start and finish in different spots.
Those riders that have indicated that they want to race, but have not yet paid their deposit, please do so as soon as possible, or you may lose your spot.

SPR Watertower Challenge – It’s back. The WaterTower Challenge is set to run in September this year after a couple of years hiatus. Choose from the Metric (103km) or Imperial (170km) challenge. Ride against the clock in group of 3 around the suburbs of Perth. Find WaterTowers that you never knew existed and visit suburbs you don’t usually ride through. Check out the event page on Facebook, organise some mates and pencil in the 20th September. Entries are now open via EntryBoss (click here).

The Beverley Race – The club is again holding this event as part of the Heroic weekend, but this year we have changed the format of the road race. As the perfect preparation for the Tour of Margaret River and it’s 3 team time trials, this years Beverley will be a Team Time Trial of between 4-6 riders. No special TT bikes or fancy helmets allowed, just ride your bike hard. Register your teams today via EntryBoss.

The Beverley Heroic – The Heroic involves many aspects of cycling spanning the weekend of the 17th and 18th of October. On top of the aforementioned team time trial, there is a cyclo-cross race, gravel race and heroic ride.

Volunteers – We have two events coming up where the club will need assistance from the members to ensure they run successfully. Firstly is the WaterTower Challenge on the 20th Sept and secondly is the Beverley on the 17th October.
If you can assist the club, send an email through to club to let us know what you can do.
The WaterTower Challenge requires the following volunteers –
2 x Registration Desk – Jason Gordon, ?
3 x Feedzone 1 – Fiona Williams, Andrew Williams, ?
2 x Feedzone 2 – ?, ?
1 x SAG wagon – ?
The Beverely Race requires the following volunteers –
Positions announced soon – Fiona Williams, Andrew Williams.

Kit orders reopen – The club kit shop is now open again, primarily to allow those doing the Tour of Margaret River to purchase any additional kit that they might need. If you missed out in the first run get in and order now! https://www.mayeur.cc/collections/south-perth-rouleurs
This order will close on 1 September 2020 to allow enough time for kit to arrive pre-ToMR…it’s mid-August already so don’t delay!

Our commitment to Core Values – We are a diverse club that made a point early on of committing to a number of core values to which we have built everything upon. These are – Safe, Inclusive, Organised & Social. It is under these values that we want all club interaction to occur, whether on the road or in cyberspace. Please read the previous post so you understand what we as a club, expect from you as members.

Where do i need to stand again?

Saturday Start Locations – In order to adhere to the new gathering regulations, we need to slightly change the meeting points of the groups. There is a 100 person gathering limit and when all groups are combined, we often exceed that when everyone is waiting for the start. There was a discussion about different start times for different groups, but what we settled on was moving half the groups to different sides of the carpark. This is not ideal as there are usually more cars using the eastern most parks, but we will just have to work around that for now. We understand that the COVID risk isn’t high, but it is more about how the club is viewed from outside. So, please congregate in the assigned locations, so we can continue to hold group rides in the future.

From the Ride Coordinator – Well it’s “ground hog” day for the weather forecast this week with fresh north/northeasterly for our main ride and rain/hail forecast scheduled for Sunday. Let’s hope the Sunday weather clears enough for the inaugural gravel ride the club is putting on. Then again, if you know a few of the people who are into CX and/or mountain biking, wet weather is something they relish. Hope it goes well. For those that are road warriors only, this week’s main ride is one of the more challenging gradients we have for Saturday morning. At least by the time you get to West Coast Highway the wind will push you back home. Whatever cycling you do, enjoy !

Saturday 15th August

Sunday 16th August

Monday 17th August

Tuesday 18th August

  • Ride starts under the Narrows (cityside) at 5:30am
  • Ride starts Frasers ave at 5:45am
    • Development group – interval training kings park

Wednesday 19th August

Thursday 20th August

Friday 21st August