All posts by Andrew Ballam

Training Basics Presentation

Earlier this year resident SPR powerhouse Tom Barratt did a series of presentations on the basics of training for some of the club’s female members.  The sessions were very well received and those who attended appreciated the insight into preparing your body for racing.

Well, Tom has kindly agreed to run a similar seminar, this time to a broader and more sexually diverse group.  Tom has condensed the material down to one session which will happen on this coming Monday.

Date: Monday 9th September, 2013

Time: 6:00pm-8:30ish

Location: The Vic, 226 Hay St, Subiaco

Cost: $10

If you want to come along click the link here and pay your $10 ASAP….session numbers are strictly limited, so if you are interested get in quick.

Monday is also $15 burger night at The Vic so I’m sure that there will be a few people staying on afterwards for a bite to eat.

LiveLighter Dardanup Tour

The fantastic racing opportunities keep on coming! Today’s competitors at Pickering Brook #3 have not even got their breath back yet and it’s time to start planning for the LiveLighter Dardanup Tour!!  SPR has produced some great results in this event in recent years so we would love to see a big contingent there again.  You never know, you may find yourself going home with a Golden Gnome…it’s not as embarrassing as Toby makes it look in the photo! 🙂

Toby's Gnome

The LiveLighter Dardanup Tour is a great event put on by our friends at the South West Cycle Club which this year will be run on Sunday September 8th.  This event takes a little bit more planning ahead because there is a teams component…but fear not, your selfless and hard working Race Sub-Committee will take care of organising this.  First we need to know who is wanting to race.  Have a look at the event details on the flyer here then let us know if you are in and what your preferred race category will be by leaving a comment below.

You must let us know your intention to race before the end of the day next Saturday, August 31st. 

The Race Sub-Committee will then sort out teams and let you know what team you have been allocated to so that you can register via the Cycling WA website.  We may well end up with multiple teams in some categories.

This is an ideal preparation event for the Tour of Margaret River so if you have secured a place to race in  November consider this event pretty much compulsory!


Lists are now closed so if you are absolutely desperate to race but haven’t yet let us know please contact me directly rather than leaving a comment below.


It looks like we are going to have a decent sized group of 20+ down at Collie on Saturday!!  As long as the weather isn’t rotten it’ll be a fun day out…

We won’t be setting up a tent but if we all park/congregate in the same area we can still get that SPR vibe happening.  I will have an esky and a supply of that important post ride carbonated beverage, and a first aid kit in case it’s needed.

I suggest we park in Mungalup Road, near where it crosses Throssell Street (it’s on the right before you get to the start/finish area).  Most people seem to go through the start/finish before looking for parking and this road should also still be open because it is not on the actual course.

As Ben has already pointed out the main event kicks off at 12:30pm (with registration closing at 12:00) so make sure you get down there in plenty of time!

Here’s hoping for some generous handicaps! 🙂

Collie Donnybrook Classic, and more training fun!

The best race of the year (well it’s my favourite anyway!) is on in less than two weeks!!

The Collie to Donnybrook Return Cycle Classic 2013 is on Saturday August 17th…registrations close next Tuesday night at midnight so if you’ve been thinking about it pull your finger out and take the plunge!

What’s so good about this race?

  • it starts and finishes outside a pub
  • it’s a handicap event which means everyone is riding the same race (and it’s certainly not always an ‘A-grader’ that wins it!)
  • it’s a Saturday afternoon start…and it only takes 2 hours to get there so you can have a sleep in!
  • did I mention it starts and finishes outside a pub?
  • there is $7,000 in prizes on offer
  • it’s a lovely rolling course
  • it starts and finishes outside a pub!

We always have a good turn-out at this race but it would be great to see even more along this year.

Check it all out on the flyer – 2013 Collie to Donnybrook Flyer

Just note that you need a racing licence to do the main event, they’ll only accept day licences and 3 ride passes for the support race, so now might be a good time to take advantage of CWA’s current 6 month racing licence offer and upgrade!

In further support of this event we’re going to have a second instalment of ‘Luke’s Lung-busting Handicap Training’ on Sunday afternoon.  Those who attended the first session will know what a good workout it was and the fun we had with the handicap format!  This time we’re going to run it along the Shelley foreshore.

  • Sunday 11/08/2013
  • 4pm – 5.30ish, arrive warmed-up
  • Meet here – (Park Beach Close, at the Eastern end of Shelley)

Leave a comment below to let us know if you’ll be racing the Collie-Donnybrook, or if you’ll be coming to training on Sunday, or better still BOTH! 🙂

SPR…truly something for everyone

How many times have we heard that one of the strengths of our club is that we have something for everyone, regardless of experience or skill level?  Normally we’re referring to the less experienced amongst us when we talk about these opportunities and exploits.  Who can fail to have noticed the write ups over the last week of last weekend’s Dam busters and UWCT warriors?  Not to mention the exploits of El Prez and Brooke Colton this weekend in the formidable Delirium and those who have ridden nutty distances in the ATTA time trials.

What some people may have not noticed is that some of our boys competed at the very highest domestic level last weekend, riding for teams in the National Road Series’ Tour de Perth.  To a man they did themselves and the club super proud…and it was great to see the boys receive support from fellow Rouleurs across the stages of this grueling 4 stage event.  Many of the boys were riding B-grade not so long ago…it just goes to show what you can do through application and hard work (not to mention some reasonable talent!).  It’s great to have riders like this in the club to inspire us!

You can find all the results here –  Special congratulations to Jonno Bolton for a top 20 finish!

Dome Coffees Team on Rotto
Dome Coffees Team on Rotto
Luke Ellis riding with Unicorn Brewing
Luke Ellis riding with Unicorn Brewing
Andy William's taming the hills in Kalamunda
Andy William’s taming the hills in Kalamunda
Jonno Bolton setting the pace in Kalamunda
Jonno Bolton setting the pace in Kalamunda
Luke in the bunch
Luke in the bunch
Mat Upton finishing in the Rotto TT
Mat Upton finishing in the Rotto TT
Toby face on ready to roll in the TT
Toby Brown…game face on ready to roll in the TT

 Special thanks to Julia Kalotas and Paul Evans for the use of their images!




Racing in the State Criterium Championships?

As Peter stated in his ride route post last week we helping to run the State Criterium Championships this coming weekend.  Information regarding timings, grades and registration can be found here.  This year there are a number of support grades so there should still be something for everyone.  It would be great to see SPR riders out in force!

Unlike our regular club crits you can’t just rock up and register on the day.  If you are thinking of racing this weekend you must register online ahead of time.  Registration closes at midnight tomorrow (Tuesday Feb 19th).  Late nominations will be accepted up until Thursday, but if you miss the Tuesday deadline you’ll pay a $20 late entry fee.


Register here


Peter intends to put up a post later in the week calling for volunteers to help run the event.

Operation Pemberton

Calling any intrepid Rouleurs thinking of heading to Pemberton for the Labour Day long weekend…

The Pemberton Classic (full information here) is happening in a couple of weeks…criterium on Saturday and road race on the Sunday.  This is a big weekend on the annual calendar and you can read all about Luke’s experiences last year here

A number of us (Jon Bolton, Luke Ellis, Richard Langsford, Des Mullins, Amanda Nabi and myself…to name a few) are going to organise some shared accommodation to help keep the costs down.  Not only will it make things cheaper but I’m sure it will be a lot more fun too.  If you’d like to join us then let me know by Wednesday night at the latest.  We need to get on and book something otherwise we could all end up sleeping in the back of Jonny’s van!!

Message me, send an email, leave a comment, or use a carrier pigeon if you have to, but just let me know by Wednesday so we can organise numbers!

One-of-a-kind Signed Orica GreenEDGE Jersey

With assistance from the club’s First Lady, Kate Mah, we are auctioning off a one-of-a-kind genuine Orica GreenEDGE jersey to raise funds to assist injured Rouleur Cathi Dixon in paying her medical bills.

For those who don’t know, earlier this year Cathi Dixon went on what was supposed to be the trip of a lifetime for this avid cyclist, riding in the Pyrenees and watching the Tour de France. Unfortunately Cathi was injured falling off her bike in the mountains on day three of the trip, and instead of seeing the Tour de France spent 6 weeks in French hospitals.  Her injuries included four fractured vertebrae and a severely damaged T8 (that threatened to leave her paralysed), broken ribs, bruised lungs, fractured shoulder and scapula, severe concussion and abrasions. She was able to have spinal surgery in Paris so that she could return to Perth. On her return she spent a further 2 weeks in Shenton Park Rehabilitation Hospital.  Cathi is now on the long road to recovery and it’s highly likely she’ll require further surgery so she can get back on her bike and back into life.

The jersey is professionally framed and has been signed by 10 of the 12 members of the men’s and women’s medal winning teams that competed in last year’s World Road Team Time Trial Championships, Valkenburg, The Netherlands.

Signed Orica GreenEDGE Jersey Auction

Place a bid now by clicking on the link above and grab yourself a piece of sporting history!

Please also forward or share this link with as many people as you are able!!


Thanks so much for your support…

SPR Social and Fundraising Team

Christmas Honours List

For those who have been around for a while you’ll know that each year we honour a few club members with whatever awards we feel like in that particular year.  This year the Social Sub-committee would like your help in deciding upon the nominees for these awards. This year we will be recognising;

  • Ride Leader of the Year
  • Most Improved Rider
  • Most Improved Racer
  • Clubperson of the Year
  • Online Media Presence Award
  • Most Unintentional/Spectacular Dismounts for the Year
  • Punctures Award
  • Dirty Bike Award

Please provide us with some thoughts via the survey link below…there is no need to answer all the questions if you only wish to nominate people for one or two awards.

The survey will stay open until midnight Sunday so get cracking if you can think of someone who deserves some recognition.



Fundraising on Saturday

On Saturday, after the main rides, we’ll be finalising a small fundraising raffle in support of Cathi Dixon.  More information about Cathi and the raffle here.

The prize is 4 tickets to the Santos ‘Legends of Cycling’ dinner on December 8th.  Prize value is $660, thanks to the generosity of Santos.  Tickets are $4 each or 3 for $10.

Please dig deep to help Cathi get back on her bike as soon as possible!