All posts by Daniel Harvey

Ride Routes 25th – 31st May

Many will be aware that ATTA held their 160km ITT Championships last weekend. There are a number SPR members who ride time trial, particularly the summer Early Bird series run by ATTA in Kings Park. If you’re interested, you should definitely give it a go — ATTA even has a road-bike category so you don’t necessarily need a TT bike. If you have questions, check out ATTA Facebook page or ask around at coffee after a Saturday SPR ride.

One of the SPR riders who rides time trial, does so very well. I want to offer congratulations to Jarred Anderson for his win on the weekend — a seriously impressive time of 3:26:37.6, which translates to an average of 45.9 km/hr over 160km — a course record. The full results are here and there is a write-up on Facebook here.

Not to mention that if you have a look back over ATTA’s results you’ll see more than a few impressive results by Jarred.

Serious kudos.

Daniel

SPR TOMR 2024 EOI Open (but closes 31 May!) — SPR is pleased to formally launch the TOMR 2024 campaign, and call for Expressions of Interest from riders, volunteers, and/or sponsors, who are considering joining the SPR team for this year’s event.

This is not a locked in commitment rather a starting point for contact in the future and further information.

Please use the “I’m interested” link and answer the few brief questions. This will enable the Race Subcommittee to gather information for everything from accommodation to team composition.

We want to ensure that we enable everyone that wants to participate to do so.

SPR French Alps Trip 2024 — The French Alps are calling cyclists – don’t miss out – only three places left!! 💚

The itinerary, quality hotels, fully equipped support vehicles provided throughout the trip is truly remarkable for a very affordable price. Thirteen Main 2 riders have already signed up for the SPR French Alps cycle trip with Christophe so don’t miss out – itinerary attached.

The 16-day trip starting in Geneva 31 August takes you through the iconic French Alps for ~ 700km to Nice. If you are interested, please put in an expression of interest via this link.

SPR is arranging this tour to support a collegial cycling experience in Europe with familiar likeminded colleagues.

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

1. PDCC Harvey Teams Series – Round 1

2. WCMCC Casuarina Graded Road Race

 

Juniors Ride — The program for this Saturday is to ride around Shelley and Manning. Here is the course:

https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/251017135

The idea for this session is just to practice endurance and build some Ks in the legs. The course is ~18km and we will end the ride at Lo Quay cafe. We will ride at a very easy pace and regroup a few times. The appointment is at 10.30am in Shelley: corner Riverton Dr and Watersby Cres (https://maps.app.goo.gl/3c9C6PnYGtVEdcNSA) where you can find a better and safer car park.

Keep in mind that the weather forecast predicts some rain in the morning of Saturday, so we may need alter our plans.

From the Ride Coordinator — This Saturday morning is definitely one where we need to check the rain radar. Even if it’s not raining when we are due to ride, there is a good chance that the roads will be wet and therefore slippery. If you ride, take extra care in your bunch, especially with descending, braking and cornering.

Should Saturday be a wash out, you can come out for one of the Sunday rides – be it the coffee ride around the river, or one of the hills rides (long, short or short social). All rides start from the usual place on Coode St at 7am. The post ride coffee stop is in Vic Park for the hills groups. Plenty of options on the coffee ride.

Please note there is no ride leader assigned to take the Development group this Saturday. Sunday Hills riders take care when going through the ongoing roadworks on Helena Valley Rd.

IMPORTANT: We have changed the start time of our Sunday Hills rides back to our winter time of 7am. Take note 🥶

Saturday 25th May

Sunday 26th May

Monday 27th May

Tuesday 28th May

Wednesday 29th May

Thursday 30th May

Friday 31st May

Ride Routes 18 – 24th May

SEVEN was last weekend, for those of you that don’t know. And it was a huge weekend in the WA sport of cycling with over 1,400 people participating.

We had some great results from SPR members so I went to take a closer look at results for members of the club. It turned out to be a bit of a daunting task – I had some help but I’m sure I still missed people, so apologies in advance. Kudos to everyone who participated, and to Brendon and Rebecca for putting on the race.

Looking over the results, you can see that we have lots of riders (and lots of excellent results) in both male and female categories and across all ages.

So here we go for some accolades. First up, podiums:

  • Nathalie Laurendeau – Winner (Seven, 55-59 age group)
  • Stefanie Van Amerongen – Winner (Seven, 45-49)
  • Zoe Davison – Winner (Seven, 19-34)
  • David Manners – 2nd (Seven, 40-44)
  • Mark De Castro – 2nd (Five, 60-64)
  • Oscar Barrett – 2nd (Three, U/19)
  • Sarah Summerscales – 2nd (Seven, 19-34 age group)
  • Stuart Gee – 2nd (Five, 65-69)
  • Tom Barrett – 2nd (Three, 40-49)
  • Annie Bramley – 3rd (Seven, 55-59)
  • Corrie Johnstone – 3rd (Seven, 35-39)
  • Helen Breed – 3rd (Three, 60+)
  • Lauren Humphries – 3rd (Seven, 19-34)
  • Marcus van Dalen – 3rd (Seven, 60-64)

And special mentions for SPR top ten results:

  • Adelia Neethling (Seven, 8th 45-49)
  • Belinda Evans (Three, 6th 40-49)
  • Daryl Puyales (Seven, 10th 35-39)
  • Doug Pavlovic (Seven, 8th 40-44)
  • Jake Harper (Seven, 5th 55-59)
  • Jamie Fabrizio (Seven, 10th 50-54)
  • Kate Bonner (Seven, 5th Elite Female)
  • Kate Nelligan (Seven, 6th 35-39)
  • Michelle Bonner (Three, 4th 60+)
  • Peter Lander (Five, 4th 70-74)
  • Sandra Bektic (Seven, 5th 50-54)
  • Vanessa Johnson (Five, 4th 55-59)

And kudos to everyone else who raced on the day – Adam Ralph, Bryan Bergkamp, Damon Sunderland, Elar Kalda, Gilbert Moore, Giovanni Firmani, Herman du Plessis, Jay Ashford, Johnny Leong, Judd Otley, Lily Handoyo, Michael du Plessis, Peter Lawrence, Peter Mah and Tod Trower.

Well done all 💚

Daniel

SPR TOMR 2024 EOI Open — SPR is pleased to formally launch the TOMR 2024 campaign, and call for Expressions of Interest from riders, volunteers, and/or sponsors, who are considering joining the SPR team for this year’s event.

This is not a locked in commitment rather a starting point for contact in the future and further information.

Please use the “I’m interested” link and answer the few brief questions. This will enable the Race Subcommittee to gather information for everything from accommodation to team composition.

We want to ensure that we enable everyone that wants to participate to do so.

National Volunteers Week is being celebrated right across Australia this week and as a gesture for all the committee, sub committees and ride leaders who give their precious time to keep our club alive and well, please find myself or our treasurer Shirley Vine after this Saturday’s ride for a complimentary coffee.

Giro d’Italia Dinner — Thank you to everyone who came out Tuesday for the Giro dinner. A great night was had by all.

And thank you to Carol and Danielle for organising 🙏🏻

Canning Road E-Petition — A City of Kalamunda resident has a launched a WA Government petition to make Canning Road safer for cyclists – or create a bypass.

The petition states Canning Road, “is narrow, winding, has no sealed shoulders, frequently no shoulders, high kerbs with steep drop-offs in places, restricted sight-lines, and large trees within 1 metre of the carriageway. Kangaroos cross it.”

“It is unsafe for ALL road users, but particularly so for cyclists.”

It calls for the Government to, “prioritise the remediation of this serious road safety issue,” and calls out, “A designated Cycleway connecting Brockton Highway and Glenisla Road…” as a safer option.

Member for Thornlie Chris Tallentire MLA supports the petition, and shares the concerns about riding on riding on parts of Canning Road.

The petition is here: https://www.parliament.wa.gov.au/…/petitions/24-0003

SPR French Alps Trip 2024 — The French Alps are calling cyclists – don’t miss out – only three places left!! 💚

The itinerary, quality hotels, fully equipped support vehicles provided throughout the trip is truly remarkable for a very affordable price. Thirteen Main 2 riders have already signed up for the SPR French Alps cycle trip with Christophe so don’t miss out – itinerary attached.

The 16-day trip starting in Geneva 31 August takes you through the iconic French Alps for ~ 700km to Nice. If you are interested, please put in an expression of interest via this link.

SPR is arranging this tour to support a collegial cycling experience in Europe with familiar likeminded colleagues.

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

1. WA Cyclocross Numbat Cup Two

2. PDCC Harvey Teams Series – Round 1 (26/May – contact race regarding SPR teams)

 

Juniors Ride — We will meet in Shelley to practice some efforts, tactics and bike strategies.

I can see that meeting at the Shelley beach public toilets is a bit dangerous with the traffic. So let’s catch up at 10.30am in Watersby Cres (https://maps.app.goo.gl/i2wkShUZU5Bmo8ZS9) corner with Riverton Dr N. It is a safer place to stop and there is plenty of parking there.

From the Ride Coordinator — More great riding weather this weekend. It might be a bit windier than what we’ve enjoyed recently.

Pick your ride groups wisely! These people are going to be your teammates for the ride and you will be wanting to work together to make the ride as smooth, safe and enjoyable as possible. If gaps open up in your roll throughs, or riders are not rolling through, then please look around and moderate your pace to keep the group together. Don’t forget to call “clear” and “last wheel”.

Enjoy being out in these mild mornings!

Please note there is no ride leader assigned to take the Development group this Saturday. Sunday Hills riders take care when going through the ongoing roadworks on Albany Hwy.

IMPORTANT: We have changed the start time of our Sunday Hills rides back to our winter time of 7am. Take note 🥶

Saturday 18th May

Sunday 19th May

Monday 20th May

Tuesday 21st May

Wednesday 22nd May

Thursday 23rd May

Friday 24th May

Ride Routes 11 – 17th May

SPR is pleased to formally launch the TOMR 2024 campaign, and call for Expressions of Interest from riders, volunteers, and/or sponsors, who are considering joining the SPR team for this year’s event.

This is not a locked in commitment rather a starting point for contact in the future and further information.

Please use the “I’m interested” link and answer the few brief questions. This will enable the Race Subcommittee to gather information for everything from accommodation to team composition.

We want to ensure that we enable everyone that wants to participate to do so.

A reminder to sign up for the Giro d’Italia dinner coming up next week on 14 May. All the details below.

Good luck to everyone riding Seven this weekend! Go hard, and may your training pay dividends.

See you out on the bike.

Daniel

Canning Road E-Petition — A City of Kalamunda resident has a launched a WA Government petition to make Canning Road safer for cyclists – or create a bypass.

The petition states Canning Road, “is narrow, winding, has no sealed shoulders, frequently no shoulders, high kerbs with steep drop-offs in places, restricted sight-lines, and large trees within 1 metre of the carriageway. Kangaroos cross it.”

“It is unsafe for ALL road users, but particularly so for cyclists.”

It calls for the Government to, “prioritise the remediation of this serious road safety issue,” and calls out, “A designated Cycleway connecting Brockton Highway and Glenisla Road…” as a safer option.

Member for Thornlie Chris Tallentire MLA supports the petition, and shares the concerns about riding on riding on parts of Canning Road.

The petition is here: https://www.parliament.wa.gov.au/…/petitions/24-0003

SPR Giro d’Italia Dinner — The recent Paris–Roubaix was certainly exciting viewing and soon we will be treated with the Giro d’Italia. To mark the start of the grand tours in Europe 2024, the club is having a dinner at Bravo’s in East Victoria Park – fabulous food and friendly staff make it special.

Bring family and join friends for a classic Italian meal.

Menu $65 pp for a 3-course meal – fully licensed.

SPR French Alps Trip 2024 — The French Alps are calling cyclists – don’t miss out – only three places left!! 💚

The itinerary, quality hotels, fully equipped support vehicles provided throughout the trip is truly remarkable for a very affordable price. Thirteen Main 2 riders have already signed up for the SPR French Alps cycle trip with Christophe so don’t miss out – itinerary attached.

The 16-day trip starting in Geneva 31 August takes you through the iconic French Alps for ~ 700km to Nice. If you are interested, please put in an expression of interest via this link.

SPR is arranging this tour to support a collegial cycling experience in Europe with familiar likeminded colleagues.

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

1. WCMCC Herne Hill – Graded Road Race

2. WA Cyclocross Numbat Cup Two (19/May)

3. PDCC Harvey Teams Series – Round 1 (26/May)

 

Juniors Ride — No juniors ride this week. Giovanni will be in Nannup for Seven (good luck!). Check back next week.

From the Ride Coordinator — Saturday looks like it’s going to be the best day for those riding this weekend. Wishing a great day out to all participants at SeVen: riders, vollies & supporters.

We all know communication is key to a safe and successful group ride. When you are the rider at the front, you must call out all hazards and indicate route directions, and following riders must pass it back down the group. Calls from the back of the group must also be passed to the front of the group. Remember that it can be even more difficult to hear in windy conditions.

Please note there is no ride leader assigned to take the Development group this Saturday.

IMPORTANT: We have changed the start time of our Sunday Hills rides back to our winter time of 7am. Take note 🥶

Saturday 11th May

Sunday 12th May

Monday 13th May

Tuesday 14th May

Wednesday 15th May

Thursday 16th May

Friday 17th May

Ride Routes 4 – 10th May

Thank you to everyone who came out last night for our Tour of Margaret River 2024 Information Evening. It was a little wet outside but the discussion was a good one. We even had the TOMR Race Director, Brendon Morrison, there to talk through the new format!

Keep your eye out for our EOI which we will be releasing soon.

Thank you to everyone who travelled south for the Tom Lowry last weekend. We had the SPR van at the race and 15 SPR members racing. Well done to the 3 SPR podiums, and thank you to Collie Cycling Club for putting on this classic event.

  1. Women’s A Grade – Kate Bonner
  2. Women’s C Grade – Ale Rojas Jordán
  3. D Grade – Gilbert Moore

A reminder to sign up for the Giro d’Italia dinner coming up on 14 May. All the details below.

Daniel

Canning Road E-Petition — A City of Kalamunda resident has a launched a WA Government petition to make Canning Road safer for cyclists – or create a bypass.

The petition states Canning Road, “is narrow, winding, has no sealed shoulders, frequently no shoulders, high kerbs with steep drop-offs in places, restricted sight-lines, and large trees within 1 metre of the carriageway. Kangaroos cross it.”

“It is unsafe for ALL road users, but particularly so for cyclists.”

It calls for the Government to, “prioritise the remediation of this serious road safety issue,” and calls out, “A designated Cycleway connecting Brockton Highway and Glenisla Road…” as a safer option.

Member for Thornlie Chris Tallentire MLA supports the petition, and shares the concerns about riding on riding on parts of Canning Road.

The petition is here: https://www.parliament.wa.gov.au/…/petitions/24-0003

SPR Giro d’Italia Dinner — The recent Paris–Roubaix was certainly exciting viewing and soon we will be treated with the Giro d’Italia. To mark the start of the grand tours in Europe 2024, the club is having a dinner at Bravo’s in East Victoria Park – fabulous food and friendly staff make it special.

Bring family and join friends for a classic Italian meal.

Menu $65 pp for a 3-course meal – fully licensed.

SPR French Alps Trip 2024 — The French Alps are calling cyclists – don’t miss out – only three places left!! 💚

The itinerary, quality hotels, fully equipped support vehicles provided throughout the trip is truly remarkable for a very affordable price. Thirteen Main 2 riders have already signed up for the SPR French Alps cycle trip with Christophe so don’t miss out – itinerary attached.

The 16-day trip starting in Geneva 31 August takes you through the iconic French Alps for ~ 700km to Nice. If you are interested, please put in an expression of interest via this link.

SPR is arranging this tour to support a collegial cycling experience in Europe with familiar likeminded colleagues.

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

1. WCCC Age Group Championships – Wangara

2. PDCC Harvey Teams Series – Round 1 (26/May)

 

Juniors Ride — After a short break due to my Munda Biddi adventure for a charity cause, our junior ride resumes in Kings Park on 4 May at 10.30am. We will meet at the DNA tower car park (https://maps.app.goo.gl/qu2gwAsyBu3qoHc7A). This time we will focus on climbing, descending, and cornering skills. Hope to see you there!

From the Ride Coordinator — After some brief rain we are back to dry, albeit, cooler weather this weekend.

After the rains we need to be aware of debris that could have accumulated in the gutters and around drains. When riding in pairs, your positions from the curb should be where the wheels of a car would go. Taking the lane in this way should improve our visibility and hopefully discourage drivers from cutting us off when they’re changing lanes.

Sunday hills riders should be aware of the ongoing roadworks on Bushmead.

IMPORTANT: We have changed the start time of our Sunday Hills rides back to our winter time of 7am. Take note 🥶

Saturday 4th May

Sunday 5th MayApril

Monday 6th May

Tuesday 7th May

Wednesday 8th May

Thursday 9th May

Friday 10th May

Ride Routes 27th April – 3rd May

I hope everyone has had a good week, particularly with the Anzac Day Public Holiday, whether you chose to race in the MCC crit, ride the Public Holiday Ride or take time for reflection.

Two things to reminder everyone of this week — if you are interested in riding the Tour of Margaret River with SPR, our information evening is this week. All the details below.

And we have the first of our dinners for the Grand Tours coming up on 14 May. Again, all the details below.

For those racing the Tom Lowry, do well.

See you out on the bike.

Daniel

Canning Road E-Petition — A City of Kalamunda resident has a launched a WA Government petition to make Canning Road safer for cyclists – or create a bypass.

The petition states Canning Road, “is narrow, winding, has no sealed shoulders, frequently no shoulders, high kerbs with steep drop-offs in places, restricted sight-lines, and large trees within 1 metre of the carriageway. Kangaroos cross it.”

“It is unsafe for ALL road users, but particularly so for cyclists.”

It calls for the Government to, “prioritise the remediation of this serious road safety issue,” and calls out, “A designated Cycleway connecting Brockton Highway and Glenisla Road…” as a safer option.

Member for Thornlie Chris Tallentire MLA supports the petition, and shares the concerns about riding on riding on parts of Canning Road.

The petition is here: https://www.parliament.wa.gov.au/…/petitions/24-0003

SPR TOMR 2024 Information Evening — SPR is super-excited to announce the launch of the Tour of Margaret River 2024, starting with our information evening on the 1 May. Check out all the details and RSVP below.

SPR Giro d’Italia Dinner — The recent Paris–Roubaix was certainly exciting viewing and soon we will be treated with the Giro d’Italia. To mark the start of the grand tours in Europe 2024, the club is having a dinner at Bravo’s in East Victoria Park – fabulous food and friendly staff make it special.

Bring family and join friends for a classic Italian meal.

Menu $65 pp for a 3-course meal – fully licensed.

SPR French Alps Trip 2024 — The French Alps are calling cyclists – don’t miss out – only three places left!! 💚

The itinerary, quality hotels, fully equipped support vehicles provided throughout the trip is truly remarkable for a very affordable price. Thirteen Main 2 riders have already signed up for the SPR French Alps cycle trip with Christophe so don’t miss out – itinerary attached.

The 16-day trip starting in Geneva 31 August takes you through the iconic French Alps for ~ 700km to Nice. If you are interested, please put in an expression of interest via this link.

SPR is arranging this tour to support a collegial cycling experience in Europe with familiar likeminded colleagues.

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

1. Perth Hills Gran Fondo

2. CCC Tom Lowry Memorial Road Race

 

Juniors Ride — Great turnout two weeks ago with a number or new and returning riders. Thanks everyone for coming along. I also want to remind that there will be no SPR junior rides on 20 and 27 April as we have leaders away — check back in the following week for details when we resume!

From the Ride Coordinator — Passing other cyclists is a regular feature of our group rides. Identifying a good place to overtake and using good communication is essential to ensure the manoeuvre is completed safely. Discuss the move (single file) within the group first, before letting the group in front know you are there and of your intent to pass.

IMPORTANT: We have changed the start time of our Sunday Hills rides back to our winter time of 7am. Take note 🥶

Saturday 27th April

Sunday 28th April

Monday 29th April

Tuesday 30th April

Wednesday 1st May

Thursday 2nd May

Friday 3rd May

Ride Routes 20 – 26th April

It has been a huge week, with SPR members heading east for some spectacular cycling. And some spectacular results – from UCI qualifications at the Tour de Brisbane through to the an U/23 Women’s Oceania Time Trial Champion. Kudos.

First up, a huge congratulations to Sophia Sammons on her win at the Oceania Time Trial Championship! A win in the U/23 category and second fastest women overall. Congratulations! Well done Sophia and kudos to the whole team at Cycling Development Foundation for their work supporting Sophia to her success. All the results here here.

Congratulations also to Kate Bonner for her performance in the Oceania Road Race. Kate put in an impressive ride, in what she described as a “brutal” day. Her race included getting dropped, chasing back on before losing the group with 15km to go. It should be mentioned that Kate finished 16th of 18 finishers in a race that saw almost half the race DNF. Well done Kate! All the results here.

Then we come to the Tour de Brisbane. We had lots of SPR riders participating, with the standouts being

  • Michael Bonner – 2nd (60-64 age group)
  • Lauren Humphreys – 3rd (19-34)
  • Rebecca Kelly – 4th in (45-49)
  • Claire Tyrrell – 6th (35-39)

Special mentions go to Lily Handoyo, Maurice Herrmann, Julian Johnson, Andrew Lilley, Greg Murray and Raymond Smith who rode on the day — and most (all?) qualified for the UCI worlds.

See all the results here. Please let me know who I missed (!!).

Finally, thanks to everyone who participated in the 2024 edition of the SPR Water Tower Challenge (write-up below).

Daniel

Water Towers Wrap Up — The 2024 Water Towers boasted 75 riders in teams of 2, 3 or 4, riding the 100km or 100 mile events. With perfect weather conditions riders set out around Perth to visit the various water towers around Perth on our Southern course. There are many climbs to navigate with two water stops for essential snakes, bananas and lamingtons (only if you do the 100 miles). 

What makes this event great is the casual nature and the many many volunteers helping fill water bottles, handing out cold cans of coke or passing the lollies around. A big thanks goes out to the 10 plus volunteers that made the event operate seamlessly and without them the event would not be as big a success as it is.

Last of all congratulations to all the riders who participated in the event. There were many exhausted teams at the finish but with smiles on their faces telling stories about the day. This community feel, is why we love to ride.

We hope to see you all, plus more riders, next year.

The Race Subcommittee

SPR TOMR 2024 Information Evening — SPR is super-excited to announce the launch of the Tour of Margaret River 2024, starting with our information evening on the 1 May. Check out all the details and RSVP here.

SPR Giro d’Italia Dinner — The recent Paris–Roubaix was certainly exciting viewing and soon we will be treated with the Giro d’Italia. To mark the start of the grand tours in Europe 2024, the club is having a dinner at Bravo’s in East Victoria Park – fabulous food and friendly staff make it special.

Bring family and join friends for a classic Italian meal.

Menu $65 pp for a 3-course meal – fully licensed.

SPR French Alps Trip 2024 — The French Alps are calling cyclists – don’t miss out – only three places left!! 💚

The itinerary, quality hotels, fully equipped support vehicles provided throughout the trip is truly remarkable for a very affordable price. Thirteen Main 2 riders have already signed up for the SPR French Alps cycle trip with Christophe so don’t miss out – itinerary attached.

The 16-day trip starting in Geneva 31 August takes you through the iconic French Alps for ~ 700km to Nice. If you are interested, please put in an expression of interest via this link.

SPR is arranging this tour to support a collegial cycling experience in Europe with familiar likeminded colleagues.

Perth Hills Gran Fondo — The Perth Hills Gran Fondo evolved out of the City of Armadale Grand Fondo, the first ever Gran Fondo in WA.

The event this year offers three distances: Piccolo 47km (647m elevation) $120, Medio 86km (1453m) $130 and the Gran 136km (2369m) $140. 

Each of the three rides transverse the Perth Hills covering Kalamunda, Gooseberry Hill, Boya, Darlington, Mundaring, Carmel and Pickering Brook, all starting and finishing at the Hills Emporio in Karragullen. 

More details here: https://piet.com.au/perth-hills-gran-fondo

You may want to chat with Petra Bauer or Christine McCarthy who are registered for the Gran and Medio distances respectively.

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

1. WA Cyclocross Numbat Cup One

2. MCC Stan Gurney VC Memorial Criterium (25/Apr)

3. CCC Tom Lowry Memorial Road Race (27/Apr)

 

Juniors Ride — Great turnout last week with a number or new and returning riders. Thanks everyone for coming along. I also want to remind that there will be no SPR junior rides on 20 and 27 April as we have leaders away — check back in the following week for details when we resume!

From the Ride Coordinator — With the sun rising later in the morning, having working lights on your bike is a must.

Familiarising yourself with the route will help make the ride safer for you and the rest of the group. We have great weather again this weekend – enjoy.

IMPORTANT: We have changed the start time of our Sunday Hills rides back to our winter time of 7am. Take note 🥶

Saturday 20th April

Sunday 21st April

Monday 22nd April

Tuesday 23rd April

Wednesday 24th April

Thursday 25th April – Anzac Day Public Holiday

Friday 26th April

Ride Routes 13 – 19th April

SPR is super-excited to announce the launch of the Tour of Margaret River 2024, starting with our information evening on the 1 May. Check out all the details and RSVP here.

Also check out the launch of our 2024 dinner series with the Giro d’Italia dinner – this year at Bravo’s!

And the rest – Water Tower Challenge this weekend and hills gran fondo later in the month. Not to mention juniors and all the usual SPR rides 💚

On a more serious note, I would like to flag our Tuesday “little ring” ride for your attention. You will know from our ride routes overview that this ride has always had space for riders not in the small chain ring but I would like to emphasise this point as it has come up in discussion more recently. I know that from my perspective, my most recent Di2 derailleur locks out the smaller gears when in the small chain ring, making my spin efforts all the more challenging. Here is the thing: The Tuesday morning ride is a “small chain ring” ride aimed at emphasising high cadence, so please honour that intent when you ride. Please do feel free ride in the big ring if you need to in order to stay with the group, but do not go to the front and push the group when you do so — this does not honour intent of the ride nor reflect the club’s values.

See you out on the bike.

Daniel

SPR Giro d’Italia Dinner — The recent Paris–Roubaix was certainly exciting viewing and soon we will be treated with the Giro d’Italia. To mark the start of the grand tours in Europe 2024, the club is having a dinner at Bravo’s in East Victoria Park – fabulous food and friendly staff make it special.

Bring family and join friends for a classic Italian meal.

Menu $65 pp for a 3-course meal – fully licensed.

SPR French Alps Trip 2024 — The French Alps are calling cyclists – don’t miss out – only three places left!! 💚

The itinerary, quality hotels, fully equipped support vehicles provided throughout the trip is truly remarkable for a very affordable price. Thirteen Main 2 riders have already signed up for the SPR French Alps cycle trip with Christophe so don’t miss out – itinerary attached.

The 16-day trip starting in Geneva 31 August takes you through the iconic French Alps for ~ 700km to Nice. If you are interested, please put in an expression of interest via this link.

SPR is arranging this tour to support a collegial cycling experience in Europe with familiar likeminded colleagues.

SPR Water Tower Challenge 2024 — It’s on this Sunday!! All the details and entry here – there is still time to sign up 💚💪🏻

Perth Hills Gran Fondo — The Perth Hills Gran Fondo evolved out of the City of Armadale Grand Fondo, the first ever Gran Fondo in WA.

The event this year offers three distances: Piccolo 47km (647m elevation) $120, Medio 86km (1453m) $130 and the Gran 136km (2369m) $140. 

Each of the three rides transverse the Perth Hills covering Kalamunda, Gooseberry Hill, Boya, Darlington, Mundaring, Carmel and Pickering Brook, all starting and finishing at the Hills Emporio in Karragullen. 

More details here: https://piet.com.au/perth-hills-gran-fondo

You may want to chat with Petra Bauer or Christine McCarthy who are registered for the Gran and Medio distances respectively.

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

1. SPR Perth Watertower Challenge 2024

2. WCMCC Dog Hill Road – Baldivis – Grades Road Races

3. MCC Stan Gurney VC Memorial Criterium (25/Apr)

 

Juniors Ride — After practicing sessions on drills, climbing and sprints, it is now time for a time trial practice.

On 13/4 we will meet in Bibra Lake for a time trial session at 10.30am. We will all gather at the Bibra Lake Reserve car park (https://maps.app.goo.gl/QRpAzAXVtdUu4UCp8). If this is full you can use the AW car park (https://maps.app.goo.gl/Xi67A3UXKMrzVhgw6). The ride will be around Bibra lake and this is the course: https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/259828592. We will all ride together on the ~6km course to warm up and eventually we will start our time trial.

Depending on the number of the children we might ride individual or team TT. One adult will be with the individual or the team for each effort to make sure the children do not get lost.

From the Ride Coordinator — It’s a great idea to stay on top of your bike maintenance to avoid any disappointments on those longer rides.

This Sunday we have the annual water tower club fundraiser, which is a great opportunity to challenge yourself. Good luck to all those taking part.

IMPORTANT: We have changed the start time of our Sunday Hills rides back to our winter time of 7am. Take note 🥶

Saturday 13th April

Sunday 14th April

Monday 15th April

Tuesday 16th April

Wednesday 17th April

Thursday 18th April

Friday 19th April

Ride Routes 6th – 12th April

Just a few things to highlight this week. If you’re interested in the Paris-Roubaix, check out the get-together below.

A reminder that we have our Water Tower Challenge in a few weeks, and also the opportunity to participate in the Perth Hills Gran Fondo later in the month.

And good luck to everyone participating in the 4Five+ Tiger Tracks event on down south this weekend!

Finally, a welcome to our new Ride Coordinator, Ian Davis. Ian has been a member and a Ride Leader for a number of years, and this year has taken on the the Ride Coordinator role. See his first write-up and ride routes choice below. Kudos Ian.

Daniel

Perth Hills Gran Fondo — The Perth Hills Gran Fondo evolved out of the City of Armadale Grand Fondo, the first ever Gran Fondo in WA.

The event this year offers three distances: Piccolo 47km (647m elevation) $120, Medio 86km (1453m) $130 and the Gran 136km (2369m) $140. 

Each of the three rides transverse the Perth Hills covering Kalamunda, Gooseberry Hill, Boya, Darlington, Mundaring, Carmel and Pickering Brook, all starting and finishing at the Hills Emporio in Karragullen. 

More details here: https://piet.com.au/perth-hills-gran-fondo

You may want to chat with Petra Bauer or Christine McCarthy who are registered for the Gran and Medio distances respectively.

Paris-Roubaix Live at The Local Hotel — Adrian has organised a get-together to watch the Paris-Roubaix! This Sunday night, Paris-Roubaix will be screened live at The Local Hotel in South Fremantle. These’s usually good SPR crowd in attendance. Hope to see you there.

See on Facebook here.

SPR Water Tower Challenge 2024 — 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.

All the details on EntryBoss or see our previous post.

There is still opportunity to help as a volunteer for the event – get in touch here.

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

1. WCMCC Spendid Park – Yanchep – Graded Criterium

2. 4Five+ Tiger Tracks Gravel – Day 1 of 2 – Gravel Road Race (6/Apr)

3. 4Five+ Tiger Tracks Gravel – Day 2 of 2 – Gravel Time Trial (7/Apr)

4. Perth Watertower Challenge 2024 (14/Apr)

 

Juniors Ride — Our next junior ride will focus on drills. We will practise again some rolling and how to give turns in the front. Children will learn how to work as a team. The ideal spot for this is again the Shelley foreshore.

The appointment is on Sat the 6th at 10am in front of the public toilets of Shelley beach park (https://maps.app.goo.gl/Yz2GPuHo5ZrY3CJu9)

From the Ride Coordinator — One element of an enjoyable group ride is good communication. Some examples of items to share with the group are: obstructions, a split in the group(allows riders to slow down) or last wheel(helps with efficient rolling).

The weather is good again, so enjoy the rides available this weekend.

IMPORTANT: We have changed the start time of our Sunday Hills rides back to our winter time of 7am. Take note 🥶

Saturday 6th April

Sunday 7th April

Monday 8th April

Tuesday 9th April

Wednesday 10th April

Thursday 11th April

Friday 12th April

Ride Routes 30th March – 5th April

Not much on the racing front this weekend, but lots of opportunities for riding, including two Public Holiday rides and our 11th Annual VP’s Good Friday Ride!

If you haven’t already, please have a read about volunteering in our upcoming Water Tower Challenge or joining a Subcommittee. All the details and a Goggle Form to sign up to help here.

Enjoy the long weekend, however you celebrate Easter, and perhaps see you out on the bike.

Daniel

SPR Water Tower Challenge 2024 — 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.

All the details on EntryBoss or see our previous post.

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

1. (not this weekend… it’s Easter)

2. 4Five+ Tiger Tracks Gravel – Day 1 of 2 – Gravel Road Race (6/Apr)

3. Perth Watertower Challenge 2024 (14/Apr)

 

Juniors Ride — Our next ride will be a gentle stroll from Shelley to Heathcote reserve and return (~22km). We will test our legs in the final short climb before reaching the park at Heathcote reserve where we could stop for a treat and then go back along the same way. The course (one way) is available at this link:
https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/256338775

The appointment is at 10.30am at the Shelley beach park (near the public toilettes).

From the Ride Coordinator — A big weekend of riding coming up – with two public holidays and the VP’s ride on Friday as an option for those wanting a few extra km, with some hot cross buns and the occasional miracle thrown in.So many choices! But wait – there’s more – perfect riding weather every day! Maybe it’s time to challenge yourself on Saturday and move up a group – you’ll never get there if you don’t go there. There are always groups behind happy to pick up those that drop back, and everyone respects those who try.

Remember your lights for the early rides, and enjoy the long weekend.

IMPORTANT: We have changed the start time of our Sunday Hills rides back to our winter time of 7am. Take note 🥶

Saturday 30th March

Sunday 31st March

Monday 1st April – Easter Monday Public Holiday

Tuesday 2nd April

Wednesday 3rd April

Thursday 4th April

Friday 5th April

Ride Routes 23rd – 29th March

We have a call for volunteers (x2 – get involved!) and I want to welcome our new Committee following our AGM last Saturday.

I am pleased to announce the Committee for 2024 as follows:

  • President – Daniel Harvey
  • Vice President – Andrew Ballam
  • Secretary – Tom Goerke
  • Treasurer – Shirley Vine
  • General Committee Members – Mark De Castro, Carol Dowse, Maurice Hermann, Danielle Collins, Giovanni Firmani, Jon Hanson, Claire Tyrrell, Amanda Nabi

This represents a huge thank you to Steve Burns, Greg Jones and Amy Currie, who are stepping off the Committee. And a warm welcome to Jon Hanson and Claire Tyrrell who join the Committee for 2024.

It is worth mentioning that both Steve and Amy will remain involved with the Race Subcommittee, assisting Maurice (who has taken on the role of Race this year) in all things race (think TOMR and crit season in particular).

It does however lead me to subcommittees, and the Committee’s first Call for Volunteers. If you have some space to give back and would like to be involved, the SPR Subcommittees are a great place to get to know the club a little better at the same time contributing to the life of club.

If you are interested in any of these subcommittees, please get in touch / register your interest via the Google Form below.

  • Race Subcommittee
  • Kit Subcommittee
  • Development & Training Subcommittee
  • Ride Leader Subcommittee
  • SPR Chicks (Women’s Interests)

We also would love to hear from a few more volunteers for our upcoming Water Tower Challenge. Not to mention a reminder to register if you want to ride! (details below)

Don’t forget we have a Public Holiday next week, and especially the 11th Annual VP’s Good Friday Ride!

Daniel

Cyclocross is back for 2024 — CX is back for another big season of cyclocross! Sunday 24 March 2024 Party in the Park.

What’s the day about? It includes a Skills n Drills session for riders new to cyclocross and race categories spanning kids through seniors.

Check out all the information on the WACX Website and Entryboss.

SPR Water Tower Challenge 2024 — 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.

All the details on EntryBoss or see our previous post.

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

1. PDCC Hilly TT & BBQ 2024

2. Party in the Park – CX O’Day 24

3. WCMCC Bibra Lake Criterium

4. 4Five+ Tiger Tracks Gravel – Day 1 of 2 – Gravel Road Race (6/Apr)

5. Perth Watertower Challenge 2024 (14/Apr)

 

Juniors Ride — We have excellent attendance last week, thank you to all, I am very happy how things are progressing with the juniors. We received some good feedback regarding, even though the session was quite hard with two repeats and one warm up on Cardiac Hill. It seems that everyone enjoyed the day! Unfortunately I am on family duties next week and so there will be no organised juniors ride this wee.

However, kids can take part in the first ride of the CX season at Perry Lakes on the Sunday. There is a skills session at 11am and the ride starts at 12pm for the kids but see all the details above.

Please note that all riders taking part in WACX events need to have a valid AusCycling racing membership (the 4 week Free Trial Membership is OK for this event).

From the Ride Coordinator — Some fun routes this weekend – Holmes Rd on Saturday – the most popular route according to our recent survey, and Canning Mills climb on both short and long rides on Sunday – one of the great Perth climbs IMHO.

Group sizes and pace have improved in recent months, thanks to the riders moving up quickly, and maintaining efforts that match the riders around them. Keep it up.

Red lights mean STOP. If it’s amber and you’re near the front of the group, call STOPPING so the group slows and stops safely. If some go through, call SPLIT, so the front riders can ease up and wait. We don’t want anyone to feel pressured into shooting a red light. We’re heading into the Goldilocks weather months – let’s all enjoy them safely.

IMPORTANT: We have changed the start time of our Sunday Hills rides back to our winter time of 7am. Take note 🥶

Saturday 23rd March

Sunday 24th March

Monday 25th March

Tuesday 26th March

Wednesday 27th March

Thursday 28th March

Friday 29th March