Ride Routes 18 – 24th September

This year we have changed location of the team time trial to the Shire of Jarrahdale, on a course similar to Stage One for the Tour of Margaret River.

The Perth Dauphane to the TOMR.

Teams of 6 riders (minimum 4 riders) and the 4th rider will stop the clock. Teams will be released on regular intervals of between 1 and 2 minutes.

A little bit about the course: The time trials start initially sending riders Eastwards out along Nettleton Rd, before heading northward and downhill. The turn around is at the cnr Nettleton and Old Brickworks Rd and teams will head back with some uphill battles ahead. The course is a challenging 31km out-and-back riding over an undulating quiet rural road with total climbing over 440m.

It is a great warm-up for the Tour of Margaret River to train your team skills.

See all the details and enter here:

https://entryboss.cc/races/7947

SPR Water Tower Challenge – We are back for the SPR Water Tower Challenge 2021 Edition after a great event last year.

This Sunday, for those that have entered… enjoy!

From the Ride Coordinator – OK so it’s official if the forecast is correct that Spring will be sprung this coming week with a Wednesday forecast in the high 20s and an overnight temperature for those Wednesday SPR Stock Rd repeat die hards (you know who you are!!) of 13 degrees. Yes that’s right, 13 degrees. So if you’re training for the ToMR and Steve Burns hasn’t “burnt you bad” (see what I did there 😀) on the Tuesday training session, come join us for some more pain and no doubt a cracking sunrise that you’ll notice change every repeat. 5.30 meeting at Raffles for all those that are interested and we’ll have you back there around 6.50 or 7.20 if you stop for coffee.

So to the immediate task at hand, the routes for this weekend. Sunday will see the return of some of our newest but more popular hills rides up the ZigZag and beyond. Weather forecast is improving as the week goes on so hopefully there will be little moisture left by the time we get to Sunday.

Due to the northwesterly on Saturday, we will circumnavigate one of Perth”s greatest parklands – Reabold Park. It’s a beautiful ride if you’re not staring at the wheels in front of you for the entire time and Hay Street has now opened both lanes of traffic so hopefully there won’t be any holdups through Subi. At this point it’s looking like the weather window might stay open long enough for us to not get too wet.

Early heads up, the Grand Final long weekend is the following weekend and in addition to the public holiday ride on the Monday, we will also be holding the monthly gravel ride on the Sunday. But more about that next week.

Saturday 18th September

Sunday 19th September

Monday 20th September

Tuesday 21st September

  • Ride starts under the Narrows (cityside) at 5:30am
  • Ride starts Frasers ave at 5:45am
    • Development group – interval training kings park

Wednesday 22nd September

Thursday 23rd September

Friday 24th September

Ride Routes 11 – 17th September

Newspaper clipping from Arthur Riddle’s collection

Many who have been part of the club for a few years now will remember the club’s association with the town of Beverley, and the historic Beverley Race that dates back over a century. In particular, club member Toby H ran The Beverley Heroic for 7 years and the club running a re-invention of the classic race in the town each October.

For a range of reasons in the current climate we have been unable to continue with these events (SPR is this year running a team time trial closer to home in Jarrahdale in October) but still love to maintain a link with this history.

So a little closer to home, and in commemoration of the finish of the classic race, the WA Historical Cycle Club is holding an exhibition celebrating this part of the rich history or cycling in Western Australia.

A little history on the race:

Tom Griffith’s scrapbooks, Cycling related newspaper clippings and photographs from the 1930’s

Western Australia’s premier one day endurance race, first ridden in 1897, was contemporary with the Liège–Bastogne–Liège Classic (1892) and the Melbourne to Warrnambool Classic (1895). Originating on roads made for horse drawn carts, ‘The Beverley’ was founded by WA cycling legend Percy Armstrong. The 185km (116 mile) route followed the Avon Valley between Beverley and Toodyay before encountering the punishing hills and washed out culverts of the Darling Ranges, finishing more than 30 times at the historic Peninsular Hotel in Maylands.

Credit: WA Historical Cycle Club

Check out all the details on Facebook and on the historical society’s web page.

It will be worth visiting.

SPR Water Tower Challenge – We are back for the SPR Water Tower Challenge 2021 Edition after a great event last year.

Ride against the clock in teams of 3, 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.

And remembering that water towers are built on the top of hills, you will have the opportunity to do some climbing as well 😀 – choose either the Imperial (170km and 1,800m of climbing) or the Metric tonne (103km and 1,300m of climbing).

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.

The event is open members and non-members.

All of the details are on the EntryBoss event page, which is where you sign up!

Find a team and get involved. 

From the Ride Coordinator – Wasn’t it great to feel that sunshine last weekend and judging by the turn out of numbers in the car park on Saturday and Sunday it looks like quite a few of those who prefer to hibernate during the the cold have awoken from their winter slumber. We had great numbers across all groups and even had 3 main 2 groups last weekend. We also had quite a number of riders identify themselves as new riders and we hope they enjoyed themselves to give it another crack this weekend.

So it’s probably a good time for everyone to (re)familiarise themselves with the clubs expectations around riding etiquette which can be found here. Doesn’t matter if you are new to the club or been with us since the start, it’s always good to give this article a read as it sets out the expectations of riding on the club rides and reminds us all of things like good bike preparation, signalling and calling, not to half wheel whilst riding etc. Well worth another read and essential if you’ve never read it before. Ultimately it sets expectations  on each rider who wants to ride with SPR not only for safety but also your enjoyment.

Saturday 11th September

Sunday 12th September

Monday 13th September

Tuesday 14th September

  • Ride starts under the Narrows (cityside) at 5:30am
  • Ride starts Frasers ave at 5:45am
    • Development group – interval training kings park

Wednesday 15th September

Thursday 16th September

Friday 17th September

Ride Routes 4 – 10th September

As we foreshadowed last week, I am pleased to announce our new mid-week ride which allows you to sleep in 🙂

I’m not sure I understand the concept, but I hear tell that some of our members are keen to head out on a ride that does not start in the dark!

Here are the details:

Ride Route: modified shelley 30.56km spr mid-week

Frequency: Second Wednesday of the month, starting 8 September

Time: 10am meeting

Meeting point: Coode Street car park South Perth

Average speed: Expected 20-22kmh (no drop)

This will be a no-drop ride (stopping as many times as required to meet group ability), with all styles and levels of bikes welcome. Keep in mind that they will need to be compliant to Australian standards and fitted out to meet road riding laws including lights/reflectors front and rear and bell. Helmets are mandatory for all SPR rides. Water bottle or camelback essential.

This ride is intended to build skills and confidence to any person who is unable to make our main Saturday development or transition rides and will be lead by SPR ride leader.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out via Facebook or email Carol on comdev@southperthrouleurs.com.au.

SPR La Vuelta 2021 Dinner – The inaugural SPR dinner to mark the La Vuelta, last of the professional grand cycling tours in Europe was held at The Spaniard in Perth city. Twenty-five cyclists and partners attended with chorizos, tapas, paella and churros the fare for the night lubricated with Sangrias, craft beer and cocktails.

If you missed out on this event watch out for it next year.

SPR Water Tower Challenge – We are back for the SPR Water Tower Challenge 2021 Edition after a great event last year.

Ride against the clock in teams of 3, 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.

And remembering that water towers are built on the top of hills, you will have the opportunity to do some climbing as well 😀 – choose either the Imperial (170km and 1,800m of climbing) or the Metric tonne (103km and 1,300m of climbing).

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.

The event is open members and non-members.

All of the details are on the EntryBoss event page, which is where you sign up!

Find a team and get involved. 

From the Ride Coordinator – Well here we are at the start of spring time and finally it looks to be a nice weekend to ride across both days of the weekend (WooHoo!!), albeit with chilly starts of 5 and 7 respectively. Time to layer up to get out there because as the mornings progress we are looking at a bit of fun in the sun.

With the better weather, usually comes swelling numbers so for those that have been riding regularly throughout winter, expect to see a few more numbers lining up in the carpark. Our ride leaders will be keeping an eye on group sizes in the coming months. Ideal numbers for each group are around 13-17. Anything over 20 can be difficult to manage and can lead to frustrations around ride speed, being split at lights, poor communications, lousy roll throughs etc. So please work with the leaders if they ask you to split into different groups according to group size as they aren’t doing it to displease you, they will be doing it so the group dynamic can be optimized so it’s more enjoyable.

So to this weeks ride route, it’s Stock Shelley, one of our newer and more popular ride routes. Winds will hopefully be lightish from the East so enjoy the Shelley roll throughs in the sunshine for a change (for those that ride Friday’s – you’ll know what I mean).

Whatever riding that you do this weekend enjoy it but make sure you do it safely.

Saturday 4th September

Sunday 5th September

Monday 6th September

Tuesday 7th September

  • Ride starts under the Narrows (cityside) at 5:30am
  • Ride starts Frasers ave at 5:45am
    • Development group – interval training kings park

Wednesday 8th September

Thursday 9th September

Friday 10th September

Ride Routes 28th August – 3rd September

We see today a return of the classic Mr Greg “Mo” Murray race report. With a huge turnout by SPR it was a huge weekend just gone of racing for the club, from first time racers through to our most experienced. Handing over to the Mo…

96th Collie-Donnybrook Return Handicap. A slightly embellished tale.

It’s time to properly celebrate the SPR Womens’ achievements in one of the oldest and most prestigious races in the country, this being the 96th running of the event. Booyah.

So, in case you missed it, SPR Chicks took first and second place in the Collie-Donnybrook on Saturday! SPOILERS..

Well, hello Old Friend. Opening scene: At 70km in, dropped from the group but pulling a bunch of others for no particular reason, I wondered to myself – why? Never gave myself a good answer. But how did we get here……. as with any of Tarantino’s decent pics (Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs) let’s take some license with timelines

It’s a curious thing – the handicapping for a Handicap event. Some are done well (like PDCC races, anyone?). SPR did the Beverley, it wasn’t too hard. Saturday left a lot of unanswered questions. Like why was an SPR D grade bloke was given a start in the 10-minute group? Indeed a fair question.

Questionable handicapping aside, there was a big list of proper hitters out this year. With a veritable army of SPR Chicks off from the Limit starters, this year’s ToMR Squad members were well represented setting off early – The Treas., Liz, Jane, Nicki.

The Silver Fox was starting off 27 minutes (aka the Silver Sandbagger), followed by Hanno at 22 min, Bex at 20, The Librarian, Paperback Writer, Ex-Prez and the Sooth-Efrican Connection at 18, Mo off a ridiculous 14 minutes. Further up the speeds, Bonner V2.0 and the Italian Stallion were set off with more Sandbagging A graders (favours for mates). Waaay up the list were JP, Richard Kimble, LagerBoy Braybrook, and Patrick Tractor-Williams. Hilariously Crofty was given a 10 min handicap, up amongst the A graders. Did we mention the handicapping? It was also great to see to the Original 2016 Beverley Handicap’s Golden Boy, Col Tierney!

Off we went, out towards the Ferguson Valley. Hanno made a much more positive start this year, managing to make the first sign posted, traffic managed, fully visible first right-hand corner 250m from the start and go the correct direction. It’s a big improvement on previous years. The Limit and early groups splintered and small bunches were across the course. Bec’s group, like a washing machine full of stinky kit and disorganisation (too many dudes searching for clues?) converged with Paperback’s group on Mumby Rd.

Meanwhile, the 14-ers suffered a virulent strain of won’t-work-itis and fell apart before the first hill, picked up by the pursuing group of V2.0 in no time and dispatching a Mo like the 1st December. 35km of solo headwind ensued. Character building, apparently. Mo met up with Crofty for a stint, before a rampaging 10 min group ate us up, like Kimberley reef sharks in a feeding frenzy. Which was then followed by Scratch – at the 38km mark. Handicapping, anyone? Scratch ripped the bunch apart like a space/time continuum rift in Dr Who, space shrapnel strewn everywhere. From there, it was every wheel for themselves. The sky wept with drizzling rain at the state of affairs. Why, oh why.

Meanwhile, up the road, Hanno, Ex-Prez, Paperback, The Librarian and Bec were still ahead of Cyclone Scratch, but not for long. By the turnaround, all was done – Scratch had the race lead.

Mo held place in a comet dust group blown off by Scratch, knowing SPR Chicks were still at the head of The Women’s race, however….. And. It. Was. On.

V2.0 was hanging with the fast boiz (hanging, dying – sometimes it’s hard to see the line between) and well and truly leading. Behind though, Paperback, The Librarian and Bec for SPR were in there with a Loner Dome-r, Chaotic blues and possibly some dark horses – who knew.

The Ex-Prez (Obama?) had been working with Bec and Paperback, using the tailwind that was so hard fought oppositely and was charging. Mo saw Obama, Paperback and Bec ahead. With one last, desperate, Beverley Heroic breath he screamed “BEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEECCCC!!!! GET OOOOOOOOOOOOOON!!!” (picture this in dramatic slow motion for full effect….). Bec jumped from 30-odd to 50-odd km/hr, caught the wheel and was on board with Mr. Briefly.

Like Rose and Jack after the sinking of Titanic, there was only room for one on board. And so, Mo was cut adrift, left to gently fade off the back into the distance. And the heavens opened again. The gentle creep of wet made its way from the top of the sock, to the ankle, and slowly into the shoe as a final, damp cold insult to my feet. But Bec wasn’t perturbed by any sentiments. Mo time was followed by Go time.

Bec held the bunch for a solid 15km at bum-clenching speeds, along the way picking up The Sooth-Efrican Connection. But the rubber band was strained, and just like the elastic in Dad’s old faded Y-fronts, it let go (reminder: Fathers Day around the corner too. New jocks for the Old Boy please). Ploughing on, The Sooth-Efrican Connection morphed to the Hermann-ator and picked up Superhero duties, winding up the pace and coordinating the remainders into a working unit.

Mo had been collected and dispatched by several smaller groups, all in the box, all questioning life choices as the drizzle came and went. It may have been the changing of days, months, seasons for the way it felt. Wahoo says it was 20 minutes. Despite being abandoned (…Near, far, wherever you are, I believe that the heart does go on…..), it was hoped (thoughts and prays, Y’all) that Bec would stay away. But the Chaotic blues were chasing, and caught Mo on the Mumby rolls.

With the Mumby pub looming (hand ups, anyone? Anyone? Purleeese!) the group was organised and travelling at a good pace. Would they make the catch……

The ramps that make up Heartbreak Hill on the return, true to the moniker, made hard work of a arvo ride in the country. As far as one could see a head and behind was nothing but solo riders. And more drizzle. Bec had managed to get another smaller group working together for the homebound rollers. Some big units, all wanting to get home ASAP. And so they worked, and worked, and worked……

The win on the day went to Former National Road Race Champion Michael Freiberg taking the fastest time record. At 2:16:45. A little faster than us… just a smidge.

The aftermath

Results? Well.

V2.0 took an absolute barnstorming win in the Women’s, having started with a crazy fast bunch. Bias aside, Bec rode a cracking race. Forced to perform solidly and “work” in the teamwork with familiar and very unfamiliar bunches, SPR dug deep once the early madness settled to make a difference on the day. V2.0 was last seen inhaling Macca’s in the car park. Bec – well she blew the prize cash with Red 36 on the Roulette table. Vices, eh? Oh, and Patrick Tractor-Williams grabbed 15th overall.

With an odd split across start groups, the SPR A and B grade Chicks absolutely excelled. The less regular racer SPR Chicks turned up to what has been roundly talked up by the regulars as one of the hardest of Collie-Donnybrooks in memory. We came, we saw, we raced the Collie-Donnybrook.

Official results here.

SPR La Vuelta 2021 Dinner – Join us at The Spaniard on Wednesday the 1st September for the SPR La Vuelta 2021 Dinner.

See the SPR shop for the menu and all the details.

Tickets available now in the SPR Shop here. Numbers are limited, so if you are keen don’t delay.

Don’t forget the club’s monthly chicks coffee ride tomorrow. It departs from the Narrows North Side for 6.00am & finishes at Botanicals Cafe in Kings for 7.00am.

Come join us for a cruise or later for a cuppa if you’re free.

See Facebook for details.

From the Ride Coordinator – Thought to take the time this week to reflect on just how lucky we are to be riding restriction free and sharing the experiences with our fellow riders at the coffee shop afterwards. Thoughts go out to friends and family interstate who are doing it a lot tougher than we are.

In the midst of it all, SPR is working really hard to introduce new initiatives for our members to cover the “broad church” we have in our membership base and beyond.  Thanks to a recommendation from our motivated SPR Chicks crew, we are about to launch a new mid week, mid morning intro ride that will be lead by a ride leader once a month. Also this weekend we have our second instalment (first for many due to weather last time) of our monthly Sunday Gravel ride along the Heritage Trail with the optional extension out to Chidlow. On our short hills ride, we also have a regular ride group who call themselves “the happy hills riders” who ride the short hills route but at a slower pace than the group. Off the bike, we’ve introduced a Vuelta dinner/tapas which is in next week. We now have all the grand tours of Europe covered at the dinner table.

Which takes me back to the first point made. How lucky are we to be riding in groups and being able to mingle with fellow riders and friends. Let’s make the most of it whilst we can in these extraordinary times.

Saturday 28th August

Sunday 29th August

Monday 30th August

Tuesday 31st August

  • Ride starts under the Narrows (cityside) at 5:30am
  • Ride starts Frasers ave at 5:45am
    • Development group – interval training kings park

Wednesday 1st September

Thursday 2nd September

Friday 3rd September

Ride Routes 21st – 27th August

With things to write but running out of time to write them, I will hold off and use this week’s blog to announce SPR’s La Vuelta 2021 Dinner at the Spaniard and wish racers all the best for the 96th Collie to Donnybrook Cycling Classic being held this weekend.

For those of you keeping score, you will know that we had so much fun celebrating the Giro and the Tour that we decided to do it all again for the Vuelta.

To this end, SPR Community Development Committee Member Carol set about a research mission to find the most appropriate atmosphere and cuisine. We think you will be pleased with the result.

Join us at The Spaniard on Wednesday the 1st September for the SPR La Vuelta 2021 Dinner.

See the SPR shop for the menu and all the details.

Tickets available now in the SPR Shop here. Numbers are limited, so if you are keen don’t delay.

For all of those fortunate enough to make it onto the start list for the 96th Collie to Donnybrook Cycling Classic – it seemed to fill up very quickly! – do well and enjoy the race.

I know that a number of club members have a long history and lots of amazing memories connected to this race.

Enjoy!

Don’t forget that the club kit shop is open. It will close again on 22 August to allow a bit of extra time for shipping so that kit arrives in time for the Tour of Margaret River 2021 Edition.

Head to the club’s kit order page on the Mayeur website.

From the Ride Coordinator – Starting this week with a quick shout out to all those SPR members who won’t be with us for our main ride on Saturday but instead will be heading down for the annual Collie Donnybrook cycle classic. Good luck to all those in green who are participating. Hope the day is an enjoyable one for you all.

For me, the timing of this event as well as the Vuelta a Espagna signals we are coming to the end of winter so spring is almost upon us. For many of us, the training for ToMR starts to really ramp up and the club has a few events planned in between to assist you in that training (Watertower and TT here we come).

Hopefully also on the change is our lousy winter weather. Although we may just have to wait another week for something similar to last weekend (which was an absolute Jatz Cracker) with light showers predicted overnight and into Saturday morning.  Hopefully the moisture stays away long enough for us to get to the top of Cresswell and back for a coffee. At the very least the forecast for Sunday looks better by the day.

Whatever cycling you choose make it enjoyable and safe one.

Saturday 21st August

Sunday 22nd August

Monday 23rd August

Tuesday 24th August

  • Ride starts under the Narrows (cityside) at 5:30am
  • Ride starts Frasers ave at 5:45am
    • Development group – interval training kings park

Wednesday 25th August

Thursday 26th August

Friday 27th August

Ride Routes 14 – 20th August

For those of you who watch Channel 7, you will have been privileged to see SPR’s very own “From the Ride Coordinator” Mr Greg Jones!

The topic is a close one for Greg, who had a close call several years ago suffering a heart attack whilst riding, receiving CPR from a fellow club member – likely saving his life – and thankfully has since made a full recovery.

The story in the news highlights the important of heart health – even for healthy cyclists who are very fit. It features Dr Richard Alcock, cyclist and Interventional Cardiologist, who has worked hard in recent years to educate people about this important aspect of heart health. Earlier this year we advertised a seminar he ran, “Cycling to extremes: Heart health and the athlete” – if the opportunity comes again I encourage you to participate, particularly those like me who are north of 45 🙂

At present, the story is only on tonights 7 News on the app, but we will post a separate link as soon as it is available.

Thanks to everyone who attended last week’s belated SPR Tour de France Dinner.

We had a ball.

And keep your eyes peeled for the La Vuelta event we are planning!

From the Ride Coordinator – Mixed bag reactions to the reintroduction of last week’s ride route from the coffee crowd. Personally, after the frustration of some slow/unresponsive light changes early on, the route itself is one with the least amount of lights and fairy flat so you can really get the flow going in a good group. It’s great that we have such diversity of opinion on our rides so keep that coming as it leads to better outcomes for everyone. That’s what the club is all about. 

So for this week we will head south again to enjoy a push home from a light south easterly on the way home. We haven’t been out Maddington Way for a while and last time we would have done it, I’m pretty sure we headed straight into a howling East or South Easterly wind so this time we hope we can at least look up and enjoy the scenery.

As for that pesky weather, well looks to me like overnight showers clearing early enough for us to get out on Saturday. Let’s just hope they aren’t delayed or even don’t come at all. Whatever riding you choose to do, enjoy but keep an eye out on safety and looking after your fellow riders. If the showers do come in, might be some slippery conditions that may need to be navigated so please keep an eye out and be ready to call the hazards.

Saturday 14th August

Sunday 15th August

Monday 16th August

Tuesday 17th August

  • Ride starts under the Narrows (cityside) at 5:30am
  • Ride starts Frasers ave at 5:45am
    • Development group – interval training kings park

Wednesday 18th August

Thursday 19th August

Friday 20th August

Kit shop open!

The club kit shop is open. It will close again on 22 August to allow a bit of extra time for shipping so that kit arrives in time for the Tour of Margaret River ’21.

Remember – you need to be a current club member in order to purchase kit.

Ride Routes 7 – 13th August

Cycling is a huge part of Sam Walkers’s life, and she’s giving back to the club by being on the committee.

Here, we find out a bit more about Sam.

Name: Sam Walker
Position: Club Secretary

1. What bike do you ride?

2019 Cervelo S3 but I do like getting on my 2015 Liv Envie every now and then.

2. What brought you to cycling and to SPR? 

Liam and I had just returned from living in Kalgoorlie after 2.5 years, so we were looking to do something together and get some fitness back. A Google search of cycle clubs in our area led me to SPR in Nov 2012 and the rest is history.

3. How long have you been with the club? 

Since Nov 2012. But officially a member from 2013, I think.

4. What is your most memorable experience on the bike? 

Oh wow… far too many, but stepping on to the podium in third place for the TT at the 2018 Masters Champs was pretty special.

Also riding in the SPR women’s team with Annemiek van Vleuten the same year.

5. Why did you choose to be on the SPR committee and what do you hope to achieve as part of your role

Previously I was working FIFO so I wasn’t able to commit time to the club, but I’m currently studying full time and based in Perth so it was a good opportunity to join the committee this year. I’ve been a member for a number of years and think the club does a lot for its members and knowing how much work others have done in the past to ensure the club continues to run and provide for its members, it seemed only fair to jump in and help out and not leave it to the same people year after year.

6. Can you tell me a bit about your life off the bike? 

I’m studying my MBA full time and previous to that, worked FIFO as a commercial manager for a gold mining company. I’d been doing that for the last 6ish years.

I live with my husband Liam, who also rides. I also enjoy hanging with friends, eating good food and wine and travelling overseas when we’re not locked down.

From the Ride Coordinator – Well we were hoping for the best last weekend but actually got a pretty raw deal from the girls and boys at the BOM. Chapeau to those hearty souls who got out for the main and gravel rides last weekend in that weather (yes believe it or not there were some who ventured out). This Saturday looks OK – at least for the morning so we might get a ride AND a coffee in before it turns.

So this weekend’s main ride route has been the most affected by road works over the last 18 months which was about the last time we scheduled it on. Initially there were changes to lanes and a new roundabout along Belmont Avenue, then road resurfacing along its namesake, followed by a new bridge over the Roe highway on Kalamunda road and finally more road resurfacing along Midland Road. It’s had more work done on it than a Hollywood actor/actress!! Whilst there’s a few witches hats dotted along its length, we think it’s time to put Abernethy Rd back in circulation. If you haven’t ridden it before, please do yourself a favour a take a look at the ride route following the link below.

Saturday 7th August

Sunday 8th August

Monday 9th August

Tuesday 10th August

  • Ride starts under the Narrows (cityside) at 5:30am
  • Ride starts Frasers ave at 5:45am
    • Development group – interval training kings park

Wednesday 11th August

Thursday 12th August

Friday 13th August

Healthy turnout to SPR Women’s Health Afternoon Tea

Well today’s weather was wet and wild but it didn’t stop our women coming along to this event aimed at supporting our women with health issues that can impact their performance and enjoyment of cycling.

Dr Rachel McCormick and PhD Scholar Serene Lee shared their wealth of knowledge, in particular iron supplementation for iron deficient athletes and “period”-ised training and nutrition planning beneficial for cyclical female athletes.

We were delighted to be able to offer this opportunity for our women through the generosity of both Rachel and Serene volunteering their time and Toby Brown for offering up the DOME Westralia Plaza as a venue and providing the catering etc.

Thanks goes to our women taking up the opportunity and sharing their experiences so openly and the SPR Women’s Interest Sub-Committee for their efforts in organising the event.

The club is keen on hearing from its women on how it can support them in enjoying their time on the bike, in particular with the club.  Feel free to send ideas, queries etc to women@southperthrouleurs.com.au

Ride Routes 31st July – 6th August

We are back for the SPR Water Tower Challenge 2021 Edition after a great event last year.

Ride against the clock in teams of 3, 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.

And remembering that water towers are built on the top of hills, you will have the opportunity to do some climbing as well 😀 – choose either the Imperial (170km and 1,800m of climbing) or the Metric tonne (103km and 1,300m of climbing).

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.

The event is open members and non-members.

To whet your appetite I’ve included some photos from my team’s attempt last year.

All of the details are on the EntryBoss event page, which is where you sign up!

Find a team and get involved.

Inaugural Gravel Ride – Don’t forget our first gravel/dirt ride this weekend (weather permitting!) – we have prepared an easy route that starts at the Darlington post office where we travel north to Lake Leschenautia across to Chidlow and return on the northern side of the heritage trail to Bellevue and then back to the Darlington Post Office.  The total distance is 56ks along fairly easy going trails.  If anyone is not keen on going to the Lake there will be an alternate option of just the Heritage Trail.  This is a no drop ride so everyone is welcome to come along and enjoy the scenery. With all the rain that we have had there are plenty of streams flowing and frogs croaking to enjoy.  Please remember to bring enough water and food for the journey and spare tubes.

All the details below.

SPR Women’s Health Talk & Afternoon Tea – Female cyclists can often encounter health issues that require careful monitoring or maintenance. Come join Dr Rachel McCormick and PhD Scholar Serene Lee to discuss these issues and how they can be managed to lessen the impact they can have on your cycling and health.

The club will be putting on afternoon tea!

Now fully subscribed – thanks everyone for supporting the club – but for more information see the full post here.

SPR Tour de France Dinner – The SPR Committee is pleased to announce that we are this year again holding our Tour de France dinner. This year at Chez Pierre.

With the recent lockdown, this has been re-scheduled to Thursday 5th August (after the Tour has finished but the best we could do!). Enjoy the night!

Sorry, sold out.

From the Ride Coordinator – So if you’re anything like me and really sick of the weather (my road bike is suffering from separation anxiety) then neither I or the BOM have good news for you this weekend with yet another front (or two) due to pass over the greater Perth area. Let’s hope there is a enough of a break to get our Saturday ride in.

However, we are hopeful that we get enough respite from the combo of heavy rain and driving winds to kick off our inaugural regular gravel ride around the Heritage trail with optional extension to Chidlow.  So if it’s “just lightish rain” as opposed to the stuff we have been experiencing, then come and meet us at 7.30am on Sunday departing from the car park opposite the Darlington post office for a bit of fun on the Heritage trail. We have a couple of options to choose from if the numbers stack up. One that does the Heritage Trail loop only, and one that goes further up to Chidlow. So if you’ve ever wanted to give gravel riding a go, this may be the weekend to try it. If the weather is looking too difficult to hold, a call will be made Saturday evening at around 7-7.30pm so keep an eye out on Facebook for confirmation it is on. If it is and you are driving to the start, remember to pack a change of clothes or at least a towel.

Saturday 31st July

Sunday 1st August

Monday 2nd August

Tuesday 3rd August

  • Ride starts under the Narrows (cityside) at 5:30am
  • Ride starts Frasers ave at 5:45am
    • Development group – interval training kings park

Wednesday 4th August

Thursday 5th August

Friday 6th August

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