Ride Routes 3rd – 9th February

This year, as is now the custom, a large contingent of SPR folks travel to Adelaide to follow both the women’s and men’s Tour Down Under. 

Particularly special was the crew being able play groupies for two local WA riders who have both ridden with the club, these being Darcie Richards who rode with the Australian National Team and Bora rider Sam Welsford who went on to win 3 stages of the Men’s Tour Down Under.

PS If you’re interested, keep your eye out on the blog or reach out later in the year, and we will connect you with other Rouleurs heading to the Tour Down Under.


SPR Ride Leader Profile – Julia Christensen — In our continuing series about getting to know our ride leaders a little better, we remain focused on the newest of our leaders who joined us last year. This week we hear from Julia Christensen who will be familiar to those that have travelled to the TDU over the last few years as well as any of our members who regularly ride M3, M4 and transition.

So Julia, how long have you been riding with SPR?
2 years. First group ride with Development in Jan 2022. (and now ride leader extraordinaire !! What a great effort)

What do you like most about the club?
There’s a group and a ride to suit most abilities. SPR is particularly welcoming and inclusive for a complete novice like myself to start in Dev and progress through the groups. I also love the range of social events, and the club’s organisational ability to help us enjoy events like Gracetown and TDU together.

What is your favourite SPR ride route and why?
Hard to pick one… the company, traffic and weather make it a good ride.

What is the best ride you’ve ever done?
Also hard to pick… TDU this year with SPR was pretty amazing with some interesting and challenging routes, getting close to the race, the buzz on Willunga Hill & possibly the best ham & salad roll ever at Lobethal.

If you could invite two people to dinner, who would they be and why?
I literally have no idea   :joy:

(We secretly hear she was tossing up between the queen and king of Willunga Hill – Sarah Gigante and Richie Porte but got distracted with the thought of that roll at Lobethal again)

What’s an “out of Lycra” fun/interesting fact that you would like to share?
My other interests are a little diverse… I also play golf, love gardening, and play drums in a Scottish pipe band.

How cool is that – in 2 weeks we have discovered a person from Switzerland who doesn’t like hills, now we have a drummer in a Scottish pipe band in our midst.  What will we discover next week hiding amongst our ride leaders!? Stay tuned to find out…..

(Thanks Greg!!)

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. You start and finish in Perth…it does not get easier that that! 

More details here.


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

1. RCCC 2024 Henk Vogels Snr Memorial Criterium

2. WCMCC Splendid Park – Yanchep – Graded Criterium


Juniors Ride — Get ready for the first Junior ride of the year at Canning River Park! We’ll gather on 3/Feb/24 at 10:30 am in front of Lo Quay cafe near Shelley Bridge (map).

Our ride along the scenic Canning River will take us to the Pump Track in Kent Street Weir Park for some balancing and bike handling practice.  MTB or BMX bike will be more suitable for this ride. However even a road bike will do the job in the Pump Track.

We’ll wrap up our ride at Lo Quay cafe.

Parking is available around the area: car park here or along the river here.

A rough course of the day is here: Canning River Reserve (juniors).

From the Ride Coordinator — Often in group rides we need to pass another group, who may themselves be riding in two lines on the road, as we often do ourselves. There are good and bad ways of doing this – as we’ve seen recently. We should always be respectful of the group we’re passing, and only do so when there is enough room to fit three lines of bikes safely on the road for the duration of the passing manoeuvre. The person near the front (could be the ride leader) should call “Passing in single file”. This gives both groups a heads up. The group stops rolling, and the right-hand line moves past the slower group, while the left hand line remains behind the slower group.

When the front rider has cleared the slower group by 5 or 10m, they pull over to the left, the rider behind passes them, pulls over left, and the group resumes a normal roll-through. When the right-hand line of the faster group has cleared the left-hand line of the same group, the left line moves past the slower group, continuing the roll-through. Clear as mud? Lets try it!

A reminder again to help at the start by ensuring all groups comprise around 15 riders – including Fast & Fast-2. Please move up when called.

Lastly, a warning about bike theft which has been rearing it’s ugly head recently. It can happen really quickly. Bike locks are a great deterrent. Even clipping your helmet strap through your wheel & frame helps – I do it at all coffee shops.

Enjoy the rides, and the cooler weather that’s coming, and the coffee!

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

Saturday 3rd February

Sunday 4th February

Monday 5th February

Tuesday 6th February

Wednesday 7th February

Thursday 8th February

Friday 9th February

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