Ride Routes 13th – 19th November (TOMR 2021 Edition)

I sat down today to reflect on the week that was, with the club participating in the Tour of Margaret River held in Nannup over the weekend. From a whole range of perspectives, it was a huge success. The chance to race though some of the South West’s best countryside. Opportunities for club members to participate together in our sport in new and exciting ways. The chance to grab some podium glory with teammates.

I’ve attempted to gather some key photos of all of our teams, and their successes for tonight’s blog. Enjoy. And keep your eyes out for posts in upcoming days where our teams will share their stories.

But before we get to photos, stay with me just a moment to capture the highlights. This year saw SPR field nine teams in club colours (not to mention the many members racing in other teams – some shoutouts below), with 6 mens and 3 womens teams. Finding ways to encourage and support women’s participation in the sport of cycling is something that has been a focus within SPR for many years, and this year’s result is a credit to our SPR Chicks with 33% of SPR teams being female – a statistic that reflects very favourably when you consider that overall the TOMR 2021 saw female teams make up 22 as compared with 146 male teams (some 13%). Not to mention that in particular both Womens 2 and Womens 3 teams saw a number of riders both new to SPR and new to a stage race like the TOMR.

The weekend also saw many of our teams earn kudos and respect in achieving podiums. Congratulations go to our podiums (and honourable mentions!):

  • Mens 5 – 1st Place overall (Division K)
  • Mens 4 – 2nd Place overall (Division F)
  • Mens 3 – 3rd Place overall honourable mention (Division G)
  • Anny Kidd (Women’s 2) – Winner in the Stage 3 Road Race (Division WB)
  • Adam Ralph (Mens 5) – 2nd in the Stage 2 Road Race (Division K)

For full results see https://my.raceresult.com/173520/results.

It would be remiss not to take the opportunity to thank SPR Race Committee Member, Steve Burns, Race Subcommittee members Maurice & Boon, and the team of volunteers for the huge amount of work put in to enable the smooth administration and support the club was able to provide all of our riders.

Please accept our most humble thanks and appreciation. Seriously.

SPR is a large community, and I do want to send a shout out to the many members who had opportunity to race at the TOMR in other colours – many achieving some great results, most notably Chaotic Energy x Animalius as the overall winner in Womens Division A. Shoutouts to Chaotic Energy Racing (2 womens teams), Dome Coffees Cycling Team (2 mens, one womens and one mixed team), VeloFit Australia Racing Team and the 4F Racing Team. Truly wonderful to see so many club members participating.

Let me also offer a huge thank you to event organisers Brendan Morrison and Rebecca Cotton, together with their entire team, in making the Tour of Margaret River possible. It is the largest cycling race in Western Australia and one of the absolute highlights of the club’s year. Thank you.

Finally, thank you again to our sponsors, whose generous contributions saw every rider fully kitted out in club colours. And looking mighty fine. Thank you Pilbara Resource Group, Drillman, Total Marine Technology (tmt) and Cathay Mortgages Pty Ltd.

Now some photos, and scroll right to the bottom for ride routes. Photo credits Zac Williams, James Pei Yee Tan and Mike Stroud.

Mens 5 – 1st Place overall (Division K)
Mens 4 – 2nd Place overall (Division F)
Anny Kidd (Women’s 2) – Winner in the Stage 3 Road Race (Division B)
Adam Ralph (Mens 5) – 2nd in the Stage 2 Road Race (Division K)
SPR Womens 1
SPR Womens 2
SPR Womens 3
SPR Mens 1
SPR Mens 2
SPR Mens 3
SPR Mens 4

SPR Mens 5
SPR Mens 6
Legendary SPR Volunteers

SPR Christmas Party – Get a ticket to our annual Christmas Party, 2021 Edition.

See all the details here.

 

SPR Chicks Trash & Treasure Picnic – One woman’s trash is another woman’s treasure! Here’s an opportunity for our women and girlfriends to share and swap cycling gear that is no longer needed, or surplus to requirements, and enjoy afternoon tea on the club.

See all the details here.

 

SPR Kit Update – Check out some more SPR goodness hitting the streets soon.

Keep you eyes peeled for SPR Specialized water bottles.

 

 

From the Ride Coordinator – So anyone riding during the working week just gone in the morning will appreciate the forecast for this weekend. It seems a very long time ago that we would be boasting of both days being over 30 degrees with mins around mid teens, but yay, here it is this weekend. Dare we dream that an actual summer might be just around the corner!!

With the advent of warmer weather our numbers are also likely to swell, and we ask that all riders, whether experienced or not to avail themselves of the expectations we have for riding on our rides. You can read all about this on our ride etiquette post which can be found here. Some of those with a good memory maybe thinking, “hang on, wasn’t this highlighted in early September so why are they saying it again?”. Well yes, we did but it’s worth repeating again now with more riders expected to ride with us again this weekend. And also because the core values of our club (inclusive, organised, safe and social) are neatly woven into the ride etiquette post and so we are very keen for everyone to have read it. Our ride leader briefings at the start of each ride will also reinforce the things to be aware of for the ride ahead, so we ask for the courtesy of all riders to concentrate for just a few minutes and listen to what our ride leaders are saying. You never know, but you might just pick up on something you didn’t know that will get you back to the coffee shop in one piece.

At the end of the day, we want everyone to enjoy group riding with SPR by making it as safe as we can and that relies on everyone understanding they have a role to play in safely riding in a group.  (edited) 

Saturday 13th November

Sunday 14th November

Monday 15th November

Tuesday 16th November

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

Wednesday 17th November

  • Ride starts Raffles bike path at 5:30am
  • Rides start at Coode St carpark at 10:00am
    • Mid-week – <not this week>

Thursday 18th November

Friday 19th November

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