We have 11 people so far who are doing the Lighthouse to Lighthouse (road bike) Sunday 12 Oct 2014. Most likely this will divide into a faster and “less fast” group – Shaw wants to make it in 4 hours..I just want to make it…
EagleHawk Bay: Ali K (not riding), Nicola P, Tania B and Stephanie L. private accommodation
Busselton: Carol & John P; John K and Greg E – Geographe Bayview Resort – 2 bed villa – good price from booking.com
Down Saturday: Shaw/family and Nathan – Geographe Bayview Resort
Ross R and Jo (not riding)
Graham and Jennie (not riding) – Geographe Bayview Resort
Below is an overview of this event:
Travel down to Busselton Friday or Saturday (2hr 40 mins) and stay overnight*
Drive to Bunkers Bay Beach Car Park (40 mins)
Cycle 2.6km from Bunkers Bay Beach Car Park to Naturaliste Lighthouse
Sign in ~6.30am for 7am start
Note: supporters travelling by car along the route should leave before cyclists
Bus from Leeuwin Lighthouse leaves at 1:00pm – bikes transferred in separate vehicle – $30 one way and casino can book when register
Drive back to Perth ~ leaving 3pm arrive 6.15pm (3hr 15 min)
Accommodation is filling up fast as the event is at the end of the school holidays. Registration for the ride is now open $75 pp – if you need to book the return bus back to the start, you can do this when you register. Just select the option from “merchandise” at the end of your registration. This is not officially sponsored by SPR and each person would be responsible for making their own arrangements.
With an impressive total of 72 riders comprising a grand total 9 Teams, the South Perth Rouleurs well & truly dominated the 2014 Swan Valley Cyclo again this year. SPR also took the lead in creative & original team names… they were there in abundance but left a massive chain ring of unanswered questions… like if the Princesses really were? Could the Chasers chase? Were the Good Old Boys actually any good… or just old? And would the speed prove fatal for our Femme Fatales? Would the SPRring Chickens cross the white line? And most importantly, did the Didyabringabee do as they promised?!
But with the Club providing pastry’s at the start (thanks Laurensia for the extra carb boost!) and drinks available at the end to reload, through the chattering of teeth the mood was positive if not a tad chilly so jackets were back on pretty quickly after the official photo was taken.
Proving you can teach old dogs new tricks (like where you ankle is located!) this year we were able to ensure every Team registered a time… and some very good times at that. In fact SPR recorded the fastest time on the day & hold the proud honour of having the ONLY team on the day to break into 40+km/hr territory! Outstanding given the headwinds that sprang up on the last 2 laps. But which team?! According to the “official” results it was SPR Femme Fatale’s though there seems to be some ongoing dissention from the SPR Chocolate Canards who were ducking for cover when they read BWA had only registered their ride at 35.292 km/hr. The suggestion has been made that those 2 teams need sort it out between themselves with a rematch… or at the very least, Garmin duel at 20 paces?
Meanwhile, the Good Old Boys were congratulating themselves for contributing to the girls excellent result by being true gentlemen & overtaking the girls on the 2nd lap & allowing the Femme Fatales to draft behind them… adamant they were only trying to help them, the girls were having none of it & showing true Cyclo etiquette of “no drafting” soon over took the G.O.B. for a second time to prove they didn’t need their help. In other words. Yes. They got “chicked”.
Importantly, everyone had a safe ride and there seemed to be a little less “white line fever” on the course and the only incidents were when one team (who shall remain unnamed) decided it was necessary to stop for a wardrobe adjustment (… girls?! Well, you never know where those dreaded cameras will pop up do you?!) .& despite employing the dubious tactic of placing an (ex) Policeman on their team, Didyabringabeer had to wait 5 minutes for a wide load to go by.
Overall, a great day was had by all and while we are told numbers were down on past Cyclo Swan Valley rides (& it would be interesting to hear from anyone who feels there is anything different we can do as a Club can do to encourage even more to participate next year?) everyone who participated did South Perth Rouleurs proud. Well done & thank you.
SWAN VALLEY CYCLOSPORTIF BWA 2014 – 80 (5 laps) & 64 (4 laps) KM
For tomorrows Bupa Bike Hike, I know of four SPR Riders lining up for the 80km distance – Ross, Andrew, Bill and myself . If you are interested in joining, we intend to meet at the water tank opposite the tent where we registered around 6.10am ready for a 6.30am start – not sure if Andrew knows this yet!
The route for this years ride is longer, starts and finishes at Langley Park so will be easier to get to and from.. all for a good cause…
REGISTRATIONS CLOSE TUESDAY 7th August 5pm – 2 places in Main 3 and 3 places in Chasers
South Perth Rouleurs (SP) currently have two teams entered as follows:
Team Leader (TL)
SPR – Main 3 (60Km)
Jeremy O (TL); Raj J; Leigh O; Rosemary C; Jason G; Andrew W; Claire H.
SPR – Chasers (60km)
Carol Dowse (TL), Ross R; Vicky B; John K; Peter K; Graham R
Note: there is a Masters Road Racing Championships are on the same day as this event which SPR is also taking part in, so although we do not anticipate there will be a lot of SPR teams at the Cyclo, there will be a lot out cycling somewhere.
I don’t get around to writing up the rides these days what with three teenagers at home, but today’s calls for an update after two in the group finished their ride in a St Johns ambulance. We had our largest group for a long time when we started to roll through around Shelly the group bunched up at one point and with nowhere to go Vicky and Amanda came down. They both hit the road hard …….with their heads….. thank goodness for helmets – in this case they have saved their owners… no complaints from me about the nanny state when you see someone’s head hit the bitumen.
Vicky and Amanda are both fine, though I’m not sure if they survived the coffee at Charley Gardiners…. All bones and teeth are intact. Amanda has abrasions and both a good amount of bruising, but I do believe they will be back on their bikes soon.
Fortunately Ross was cycling today and lives close by to the accident site so was able to retrieve the bikes whilst the ambulance took the wounded.
There were a large number of groups cycling along Shelly today and lots offered help and one cyclist (female) physiotherapist checked the girls out… for injuries….of course. You could feel the heartfelt concern from the many cyclists passing…… it is sobering to know this can happen to anyone any time. I did think one bunch was going to ride into the back of the ambulance… doors flapping wide open.
In case you think an ambulance is overkill, my experience having ended up in emergency quite a few times with a somewhat competitive third child who only knows one speed (or maybe she’s just trying to be heard above the noise!), the cost of an ambulance ($780 std trip) is fully refunded; so always happy to err on the side of caution to ensure all injuries is identified… no brainer when someone hits their head of course.
I think I’ll need to start writing up the rides regularly so it isn’t only when things go awry that you hear how we went.
High mountains; Pau to the Cul du Tourmalet – the final climb of this year’s Tour de France.
174 km…the Friday stage is flat, Saturday is a time trial and Sunday is the ride into Paris so this could be an interesting leg…
At the All Night Café (that closes at 11.59pm!)
714 Albany Hwy, Victoria Park WA 6100, (08) 9470 9292
Large video room out the back – past the small screen in the middle room.