Ride Routes 24th February – 1st March

SPR Water Tower Challenge 2024 β€” It’s on again!! The new course was well received last year and it back for 2024. Put Sunday 14 April 2024 in the diary and give some thought to whether you select the imperial or metric edition.

Ride against the clock in teams of 2-4 riders, through the Perth suburbs in search of water towers. You will likely find water towers that you never knew existed and visit suburbs you do not usually ride through north and south of the Swan River.

This is a fundraiser for the club and helps support the rider leaders programme that both members and non-members enjoy 365 days a year.

This open to all – SPR members and non-members.


The SPR Water Tower Challenge is a participation event designed to challenge riders of any ability. Whether it is to traverse the course in the fastest time or just record a century, this event is for you. There are two routes to choose from: the imperial century (101 kms) and the metric century (160 kms).

Make sure you read the full details on EntryBoss.

And if you are not able to ride on the day, please consider helping out as a volunteer.

Get in touch with Steve via the race@southperthrouleurs.com.au email to sign up as a volunteer.

Ride or volunteer… get involved πŸ˜ŽπŸ’š

Canteen 2024 β€” 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 Renae’s Race 2024

2. WCMCC Wangara Criterium

3. Perth Watertower Challenge 2024


Juniors Ride β€” Some of the juniors will have a race on Sunday. So it is wise if we rest on Saturday to prepare for the race.

We need to make sure the bikes are in working order and compliant with the gear limitations. I would like to remind you that the limit is 5.5m of rolling distance for U13. I sent you a table with some gear combinations that can be adopted. I also calculated that a 34 x 12 develops a 5.49m roll out distance. This gear ratio is probably the best as it will allow to block the front derailleur and only one sprocket in the back.

Miqhael is not competing on Saturday and I will be practising with him on Saturday morning if he will be available. You are welcome to join but we will focus on bike handling skills this time. I will see him in Shelley where we met last week (https://maps.app.goo.gl/WSvog4aHHh1USKKw8) at 10.30am.

From the Ride Coordinator β€” Regular bike maintenance by an expert does more than just keep the bike running smoothly. It can prevent accidents caused by loose parts, brake-failure, cracks, gears slipping or chains dropping. Have yours checked or do it yourself if you have the knowledge, experience and the tools. Some cooler weather on the weekend after another scorcher on Friday – even the possibility of some rain. Take extra care on corners if there is rain before or during the ride. After a long dry spell, the rain lifts old oil/diesel from the road surface, making it super-slippery. Another reminder to help at the start on Saturday by moving up when called, to keep those group sizes to around 15 riders, starting with Fast and Fast 2.

Sunday’s Short hills is a newer one, with an interesting back route from Lawnbrook Rd across to Mundaring Weir Rd, and a return via the Zig-Zag instead of Welshpool Rd. Long hills does a detour half way up Welshpool Rd that brings you back onto Lesmurdie Rd near the top of the hill.

Lots of good options to enjoy!

*** NOTE: We updated the Saturday ride due to the Rottnest Channel Swim. ***

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

Saturday 24th February

Sunday 25th February

Monday 26th February

Tuesday 27th February

Wednesday 28th February

Thursday 29th February

Friday 1st March