Ride Routes 5 – 11th August

The South Perth Rouleurs are again hosting a family day on the back of the very successful event last year. This is an opportunity for everyone in the club to catch up informally in a setting that allows members and families to participate in a safe and casual environment at the Como Bowling Club. You can even enjoy a game of bowls.

Como Bowling Club
1 – 4pm, Sunday 10th September

The theme is inspired by La Vuelta, the last grand tour for 2024 in Spain. The Spanish cuisine made fresh at the site by Mr Paella includes a Chicken and Spanish chorizo paella as well as a vegetarian paella and Spanish Churros.

Drinks can be purchased from the Bowling Club. The Bowling Club has excellent facilities including indoor cover if the weather is unfavourable.

The Club is subsidising the event as it wants to recognise the support families provide the cyclists in their family by bringing them together. Ticket prices are very reasonable; children 5 or under are free and those 6 to 17 are heavily subsidised representing excellent value.

Visit the SPR Shop to book tickets.

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SPR Ride Leader Program Call for Expressions of Interest — SPR’s training rides set us apart as a cycling Club; we are one of the few clubs in Australia that is not affiliated with a bike shop facilitating a broad range of opportunities for people to cycle in a group every day. Since its inception in 2009, a key feature of the feedback the Club receives is the value delivered by our organised and regular training rides. A key part of running these training rides is our ride leadership programme. Consistent, trained and visible ride leaders results in safer, more enjoyable ride experiences for everyone.

To this end, the Club developed a ride leader development program, with the objectives of:

  1. Developing SPR ride leaders’ knowledge and skills of both ride leadership and core cycling skills
  2. Building the confidence of ride leaders to ensure ride consistency and enhanced decision making during group rides
  3. Growing the pool of capable, confident ride leaders

We are now seeking Expressions of Interest from SPR members who would like to be part of our next public Ride Leader Development Program. The Program consists of four separate but related components:

  1. Theory: covers the core knowledge and skills required to be an effective ride leader for group rides across the Main, Transition and Development rides conducted by SPR (+/- 2hrs personal time)
  2. Skills Sessions: out on the bike, learning all about what it takes to be a good ride leader as well as having the opportunity to practice your skills and ideas in a “safe” environment. (2 x 2.5/3 hours sessions)
  3. Online Scenario Discussion: covering a few common scenarios that you may find in ride leading and joined by experienced ride leaders sharing their knowledge and stories when exposed to similar scenarios. (1 x 1.5/2 hour session)
  4. Ride Leader Observations: This will involve you being the ride leader for two(2) to three (3) separate SPR training rides with an observer to determine how you go about deploying your skills and knowledge in the “real world” environment. (2 – 3 ‘normal’ training rides, weekdays or weekends as required)

As a participant, you will get:

  1. New Skills: You will learn new skills and knowledge about cycling as well as ride leadership.
  2. Kudos: Be part of the “qualified” ride leader team out on the road.
  3. Stuff: Upon successful completion, Program participants will receive a custom SPR Ride Leader jersey to be worn whenever you are leading a SPR ride.
  4. On Going Development: Access to private discussion groups; coaching and skills development; ride-leader only events.

In return, once you have completed the Program, we will expect your commitment to the following:

  1. Lead a minimum of 2 Saturday main rides* per month throughout the year
  2. Be a role model for ride behaviour on ALL rides you participate in
  3. Assist in the recruitment and mentorship of future ride leaders
  4. Assist in training/observing people for their readiness to take on the role of Ride Leader.

* All prospective ride leaders should note that, from time to time, they will need be called on to lead rides of a lower skill &/or fitness level than their own. This means putting the interests of the Club and other riders before their own.

We are now seeking expressions of interest from SPR members who regularly ride with any group ie Main 1, 2, 3 & 4 as well as Transition and Development groups. While the ability to ride at or above the level of the group you are leading is important, just as critical is the constructive attitude and sound communication skills that are brought to the role. Empathy, care and the ability to encourage others is essential to the success of the ride leader.
In the event we are over-subscribed, the Development and Training sub-committee will use the quality & content of the EOI’s as well as the need to balance the mix of ride leaders to select the required number of participants. Anyone who is not selected shouldn’t be discouraged; it’s a numbers thing (us) rather than a capability thing (you).

As part of your EOI, we’d like you to outline:

  1. What you hope to get out of being a SPR ride leader
  2. Why you feel you will make a good contributor to ride leader team
  3. Which SPR group you usually ride with (M1, M2, M3, M4, T), and
  4. Your statement of commitment to the role of ride leader in terms of time to complete the Program and to lead the requisite number of rides per month

We anticipate kicking the Program off in the last week of August (with access to the theory being provided) and completing it by the end of September with the last weekend in August and the first weekend in September being critical in terms of availability for the two (2) skills sessions as well as the online discussion forum (this will be weather dependent).
If interested, please submit your EOI via this form before Sunday 20th August:

There is space for questions as part of the EOI, but if you have any questions about the Ride Leader Program before submitting your EOI, please send them through to development@southperthrouleurs.com.au and we will get back to you ASAP.

Racing this weekend – If you want to race, or get in on the action watching others race, read on.

1. CCC 98th Collie to Donnybrook & Return Cycling Classic

2. PDCC 2023 Road Season Club Championship

3. WA Cyclocross Numbat Cup Five

4. WCMCC Herne Hill Memorial Graded Handicap Road Race

Juniors Ride — Juniors rides will resume on September 2nd, 2023, and we look forward to continuing our cycling adventures.


From the Ride Coordinator — Should be good riding weather again this weekend, so let’s make the most of it. Saturday takes us to Scarborough Beach & Hale – after a lenghty absence. It has a few lumps along the way to stretch the legs, and hopefully plenty of green lights to keep the momentum going.

On Sunday both long and short hills go up Canning Mills Road, one of Perth’s “Alpine” climbs – with plenty of twists and turns along the way which seem to lessen the pain, as you don’t get to see one long hill ahead of you (picture Welshpool Road!).

For those who’ve been braving the wet roads – Kudos to you – and remember to clean your bikes and lube your drive trains. Clean braking surfaces, chains and gears last a lot longer, and shift a lot smoother.

Saturday 5th August

Sunday 6th August

Monday 7th August

Tuesday 8th August

Wednesday 9th August

Thursday 10th August

Friday 11th August