Ride Routes 6th – 12th January

Many of you will have seen the tragic news this week of the death of Melissa Hoskins. The news has come as a shock for everyone who knew her, and this pain has been felt within our local cycling community, including family and friends of Melissa within SPR.

Melissa was both an elite professional athlete, having been a member of the Australian Cycling Team and a two-time Olympian, as well as a wonderful, compassionate and caring person whose down to earth laughter and genuine smile will be sorely missed by all that knew her.

Her loss is a tragedy. On behalf of the club, I extend our deepest sympathies to Melissa’s family and friends.

Rest in peace Melissa.


Kate Bonner @ Road Nationals 2024 — If you’ve ridden with SPR for any period, you will know that Kate is a serious athlete who is not to be taken lightly – particularly in the hills.

And this week sees her competing at the Road Nationals in Ballarat, with the Individual Time Trial done and dusted with a time of 47:25.55 over 28.6 km. This put her 18th of 23 starters – a huge results in a national-level field – behind Grace Brown’s winning time of 40:51.30. Full results here.

Well done Kate!

PS Kate is racing again in the Elite Women’s Road Race on Sunday (104.4 km or 9 laps or the 11.6 km course) – see here & here. Good luck!

SPR Festive 500 2023 Wrapup — Congratulations to all 46 our members who completed our Festive 500 Challenge for 2023.

Our prize winners are:

  • Male and Female rider with the most kilometres each win a pair of Shokz headphones.
    • Peter Mah 1,264.31km and
    • Lauren Humpherys 731.53km
  • Male and Female rider with the most elevation $100 99 Bikes voucher:
    • Stuart Gee 10,170m and
    • Lauren Humpherys 5,629m
  • Random Prize Draw
    • 1st place $100 99Bikes voucher David Lantzke
    • 2nd place $50 99Bikes voucher Greg Murray (Just Mo)
  • 5 prizes of $20 Dome vouchers Bill Darby, Maurice Herrmann,  Nick Watcher, Mark de Castro and Ed Halvey

If you have won a prize please email the club at  festive500@southperthrouleurs.com.au by Friday 12th January to organise collection.


The Chemo Kid | Festive 500 2023 for Brain Cancer Research — I spoke earlier this week with Jimmy and he reports that his Festive 500 is successfully done and dusted. Despite the challenges of cancer treatment, he managed to knock it off with a couple of days to spare and went on to do 691km in total. He had lots of support from the SPR crew throughout the week, in particular Tod Trower, Tedman Wong, Claire Rapson. He asked me to express thanks to all those who were very generous with their time as they hung around to give him a wheel or provide company on the road. Thank you!

On the fundraising front it’s been far more successful than Jimmy ever imagined. The total is $26,852 at the time of writing. An amazing result.

Jimmy offers his sincere thanks to the club and SPR community (amongst many others) for the support in spreading the word. Kudos all.

Here are a few photos from Jimmy’s Strava page.

Canteen 2024 — Canteen is on again 9-11 March 2024 to raise funds supporting young people impacted by cancer. The 300-400km ride from Bassendean to Busselton over 2.5 days caters to all levels of cyclist with five groups, from slower no hills to faster with hills. The organisation is superb and riders are kept safe with support vehicles front and back of each group. Registration costs $350 per person and includes all meals, camp site or indoor spot to roll out a swag, transfer of gear and luggage each day and transport back to Perth. You start and finish in Perth…it does not get easier that that! 

There is a minimum $200 to fundraise per person/couple, though we hope to raise $5000 this year. Why not join the SPR team of riders via this link.

More details available here. For more information contact Carol if interested – we have limited hotel accommodation for those who prefer a bed to a swag.


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

1. NBCC Splendid Park Criterium

2. RCCC Twilight World Champs #5


Juniors Ride — Thank you for everyone who has joined us across 2023 for our Juniors Ride. No ride this week but see you in 2024! Rides resume 3 Feb 2024.

From the Ride Coordinator — More warm weather and Easterly winds this weekend, so we’ve got Hale & Ridge Hill Rd on Saturday, which gets all the headwinds and climbing over and done within the first half, and then a fair tailwind home.

The ideal group size for Saturday main group rides is around 15 riders – enough for a good roll through, but not too big to make it difficult for cars to pass, or to get through traffic lights.

For this to work, two things need to happen. The group needs to be evenly matched so that everyone can share the roll through’s, and there needs to be cooperation with the ride leaders calling out the groups at the start. Let’s all help with both to ensure a safer and more enjoyable ride for all.

IMPORTANT: We have changed the start time of our Sunday Hills rides back to our summer time of 6am. Take note‼️

Saturday 6th January

Sunday 7th January

Monday 8th January

Tuesday 9th January

Wednesday 10th January

Thursday 11th January

Friday 12th January