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The endurance cyclist’s magazine

No. 42 Summer 2009/2010

Tour de Timor A grand tour Dawn 'til Dusk Series Four rides, four seasons Victorian Gran Tourissimo Nine days to a Super Series Super Brevet Scandinavian 1200 Hot showers, warm beds, cold beers

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President’s Pedals

with Garry Armsworth�����������������������������������������������������������������������������������2


News and announcements���������������������������������������������������������������������������4

National Executive Committee

Committee Vacancies �����������������������������������������������������������������������������������5

Sydney–Melbourne 1200

Scenes from SM1200�������������������������������������������������������������������������������������6

Semaine Fédérale

Arno van der Schans and Matt Rawnsley face the dawn at the start of the Sydney–Melbourne 1200. Photo: Andrew Mathews

Volunteers Wanted�����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������7

Dawn 'til Dusk Series 2008/09

Between sunrise and sunset������������������������������������������������������������������������ 8

Ride Rules

Ride Rule Changes for 2010�������������������������������������������������������������������������11


Featured Ride

Grafton–Inverell Cyclosportif �������������������������������������������������������������������� 13

Tips and Techniques

How not to get lost�������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 15

Victorian Gran Tourissimo Series

Nine days to a Super Series������������������������������������������������������������������������ 16

Tour de Timor 2009

A full grand tour experience���������������������������������������������������������������������� 19


Notes from the Secretary

with Lindsay Harvey�������������������������������������������������������������������������������������21

Super Brevet Scandinavian 1200

Lights required, not needed?���������������������������������������������������������������������� 22


Audax Australia: Facing our challenges ���������������������������������������������������� 24 What does Audax Australia stand for?������������������������������������������������������ 25

A Spring Weddin' 300

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My First Brevet


Stephen Page, Hawkesbury Valley Randonnee, 2009������������������������������ 28


Results compiled by Stephen George ������������������������������������������������������ 30


A few short diversions���������������������������������������������������������������������������������32

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From the President’s Pedals

Editor & Producer Trevor Gosbell Brevet Editor Stephen George Distribution Ian Boehm Contributions, especially those accompanied by photos and graphics, are always welcome. The closing date for the next issue is 1 November  2009, for publication in December. Please send to:, or Editor PO Box 12144 A’Beckett St Melbourne VIC 8006 Opinions expressed in this magazine are those of the respective authors, and not necessarily those of the Audax Australia Cycling Club Inc.

Late News SM1200 a success! The inaugural Sydney–Melbourne 1200 is over and the word coming Checkpoint’s way is that it was a raging success. No doubt there will be plenty of riders asking, “When is the next SM1200?” The unofficial list of finishers is: Rick Blacker, Andrew Bragg, Mick Creati, Mick Cullen, Nick Dale, Henry De Man, Peter Dixon, Howard Dove, Claire Graydon, Dave Hart, Roger Hawley, Mark Hooy, Andrew Johnson, Kole Kanter, Greg Lansom, Stephen Lee, Simon Maddison, Sophie Matter, Andrew Matthews, Bruce Mcmillan, David Milne, Vincent Muoneke, Pepe Ochoa, Matthew Rawnsley, Tony Roberts, Richard Rossiter, Desmond Rush, Judith Swallow, Marcus Thiele, Arno van der Schans, and Chris Walsh. Congratulations to all riders and also to Chris Rogers and his tired but tireless team of volunteers who supported the event. Hopefully there will be full ride reports in the Autumn issue but in the meantime a small collection of photos appears on page 6.


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President’s Pedals with Garry Armsworth

But we need to recognise that we do compete in the same space for members and that it is a minority of members who complete more than one 200 km or longer event each year. Keeping the club and its events relevant to members is important.

This leads me onto the ride rule changes. First point, the National Committee did Earlier this year (Checkpoint Autumn 2009) I posed the question “are we really an consider a one off change to allow ACE250 endurance cycling club?” I also asked if the to proceed as planned but the overwhelming club is really delivering what members want. view of the committee was that over-length I received one response. Perhaps I should rides and optional shorter time limits have sent the column to the email chat list were a desirable evolution of the club rules. as the announcement of the rule changes The Alpine Classic Extreme 250 may be has generated some discussion about the the first ride to take advantage of the new club ethos and what is or is not desirable in rules but the rules weren’t changed just for ACE250. There is an article in the magazine the way the club develops. providing a discussion of the rule changes There is no official (or even unofficial) but I’d also like to offer my opinions and version of the club ethos so there will be it is helpful for me to spend sometime on a variety of views as to what distinguishes ACE250 in doing so. the character and beliefs of our club from Yes, ACE250 could have been run without other cycling clubs; and those views will be tempered by how long members have rule changes but in my view the options been actively involved in the club. The club which would allow this were either not finished the 2009 membership year with desirable or not practical. 1041 members and for one third of those ACE250 could have been treated as a people it was their first year of membership. More than 50% had been in the club for BRM200 and a 13h30 time limit applied to three or less years. Only a little more than all riders. That would have meant averaging one in every eight members have been in 18.5 km/h. If we applied an 18.5 km/h average to the 2009 Alpine 200 more than 400 riders the club nine or more years. would have been outside the time limit. It is The Audax ethos, in my opinion, is about not unreasonable to then conclude that by personal endurance but we start rides with applying the BRM200 time limit to ACE250, the hope of completing the distance in the a lot of riders would finish outside the time sociable company of like minded people. We limit and get no recognition for successfully don’t race although the competitive spirit completing the ride even if they completed resides in many and sometimes we might it maintaining a 15 km/h average—our aim to finish something like the Alpine normal requirement. In my opinion, that’s Classic before our mates for bragging rights. not consistent with our ethos. And if we do earn the bragging rights, A control at the 200 km mark was an who cares if someone else finished much earlier? We don’t race but individually we option; but this is on the descent from Falls challenge ourselves to ride further or faster Creek somewhere before Bogong. Not very than before or to complete more endurance practical. And of course it’s nonsense to events. We pride ourselves on our spirit of suggest that people are entering a 200 km ride when they ride 250 km (or that they are helping out other riders. entering two rides ie a 200 + a 50). The fact that we don’t race is pretty The logical thing to do was allow local defining. It doesn’t mean that we can’t produce a list of finishers with times but if we homologation of rides longer than 200 km did so, it would not be in order of finishing. using the usual minimum average speed. What makes us different to cyclosportif This brings us to the optional shorter clubs—we generally ride much further and we acknowledge the success of everyone maximum time limit. Some arguing who finishes within the time limit—surely against the rule changes have said that that has to be one of the defining features ACE250 should have been run with the normal BRM200 time limit which would of the club.

not have required adherence to the Audax lighting rules. Presumably there is an acknowledgement therefore, that a ride can be run safely with ‘no lights’* and a higher average speed. If it’s good enough to run one ride with an average speed of 18.5 km/h, no rule changes and ‘no lights’, why is against the club ethos to change the rules to allow riders the option of ‘no lights’ on a ‘standard’ 200 at that speed? (There’s nothing magical about 18.5 km/h but that would mean there’s about another five months in the year when 200s could be run with ‘no lights’).

with ‘no lights’. Few rides though have the difficulty of the Alpine. I and the National Committee are of the view that rides can be conducted safely with ‘no lights’ where the old rules would have required everyone carry lights. For this reason the National Committee is seeking feedback on how the change might be implemented and where the boundaries might lie.

Randonneuring countries such as France and the USA, to name but two, have adopted the most liberal approach to those boundaries: if you think you can finish in One argument against this is that it daylight then you can decide whether to creates a separate class of faster rider. But carry lights. Of particular interest is that the faster rider is not new to randonneuring. Randonneurs USA, as recounted to me by a I’ve been on countless randonnees where past RUSA board member, some years ago the faster riders have disappeared off into debated whether riders should be required the distance never to be seen again. Paris- to carry lights as we do but decided against Brest-Paris has three different classes of this. They did not want to discourage “day riders based on speed; 90 hours, 84 hours riders” who invariably don’t need lights and, and 80 hours. Nobody cares if they’re in the I’m told, riders getting caught out in the slow group or makes a big deal if they’re in dark without lights hasn’t been a problem. the fast group. Having “trained” ride participants to OK even the fastest rider in Paris-Brest- carry two sets of lights, it shouldn’t be Paris has to carry lights but everybody hard for us to create a culture amongst ride carries different levels of equipment based participants that “if you think you might be on perceptions of what is needed—there’s in the dark late in the ride, you should start no ethos about a level playing field when it the ride with lights on your bike”. comes to bikes and equipment. To suggest that the faster rider is being advantaged by Roughly two thirds of participants in the not needing to carry lights trivialises the ACE250 4 am are non-members. Clearly, debate. Why impose extra lights if they’re they’ve chosen to ride with lights even not likely to be needed? Let the rider decide when they could have started later without whether to carry a multi-tool, another lights. Equally, there is a good percentage spare tube or something else in the space of members in the ACE250 dawn start who that might otherwise be reserved for the have chosen to ride with no lights. reflective garment. Once the boundaries have been An alternate argument is that it is not safe established for when optional shorter time to give riders the option of a shorter time limits can be used, I believe we can rely on limit; riders will overestimate their ability the good sense of riders, whether members to complete the ride within the shorter time or non-members, to take account of the limit. At present we run ‘no lights’ rides with conditions and their own abilities to decide the standard time limit finishing just before whether to opt for the standard time limit sunset and the same risk that someone will or the shorter time limit. overestimate their capabilities applies. Of course as the time limit gets shorter and And to my mind without affecting our thus average speed gets higher the chance ethos. that someone does overestimate their Before signing off on this column for the capabilities increases. last time as President, thanks to all those Few rides will have the level of support people who have assisted me over the last of the Alpine and the ability to manage the four years. It’s been fun. risk of riders being on the road after dark Enjoy your cycling.

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*For brevity, when referring to ‘no lights’, I mean the Audax lighting rules requiring two sets of front and rear lights and a reflective garment do not apply. ‘No lights’ does not literally mean no lights. I assume that all riders will obey the road rules which require a rider to have available front and rear lights for use at times of reduced visibility.

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Corrections 1 Glenn Druery notes two corrections for his story on the Race Across America story in Checkpoint no 41: 2005 RAAM: “In 2005 I was the first Australian to compete” This is not correct.

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Bound for Baw Baw 27–28 Feb

Vic Oppy off to Srathfieldsaye

A beautiful ride into the high country of Gippsland. We overnight in chalet accommodation on the Saturday night after the 100 km ride up to Mt Baw Baw.

All regions will Oppy together again when the Fleche Opperman All Day Trial is held on 20–21 March 2010.

The evening meal can be self-catered or there is a choice of eateries on the mountain. Enjoy a hearty breakfast to help prepare you for the return leg on the Sunday. Non-riding partners will enjoy a friendly weekend. Plenty of room for children with plenty of things to occupy them. Consider riding one way and your partner riding the other. Bed numbers are limited, so members are advised to book early to avoid disappointment. Contact Libby & Martin Haynes 0356742157 or This ride is conducted with the assistance of Barry Moore.

Perth-Albany-Perth 1200: 5 Oct

In Victoria, the ride end point is moving from Rochester to Srathfieldsaye (near Bendigo). Teams must register by 28 February 2010 with route and distance, team name, and team members. Petit Oppy, a shorter version of the full Oppy, being a minimum 180 km is a worthwhile option for those wanting a shorter ride. Prizes to be given for the best named team and best dressed team. Showers facilities are available at the end, along with usual breakfast. Rail services are available back to Melbourne from Bendigo. For the Oppy ride rules refer to the Audax web site For further information contact Martin Haynes 0356742157 or

Plans are still well on track for a great event.

Vic Region Social Calendar 2010

Visit the website: and check out the route: bike-path/219510.

16 March AGM at Paul Farren’s bike collection

If you or someone that you would like to do this ride, please drop an email to Nick Dale at

PBP 2011 Pre-Registration Update




Tour de France

10 July

Audax Ball, Richmond Town Hall


Club Night


Track Night, Darebin Velodrome

December Christmas Party

2007 RAAM: “We came second that year and set a new race record in the division.” We did break the existing record but did not set a new one. Adds Greg Cunningham, Audax Australia members have an impressive record in RAAM. In the 1990s, Gerry Tatrai won the men’s solo race twice, was third three times and fourth once. Gerry has done PBP three times. Cassie Lowe won the women’s solo race twice: in 2000 (when she was fourth overall) and 2001 (when she was seventh overall). Cassie completed PBP in 1999.

Corrections 2 The following reference list was omitted from Russell Freemantle’s Training Notes column in issue 41. It is printed here with apologies for the error. Aust, . Govt. 2008. Living With Drought. livedrought.shtml. Belshaw, C. 2009. Preventing Heat Stroke in Australian communities. Australian Nursing Journal 16 (7):28-31. Casa, D., B. McDermott, E. Lee, S. Yeargin, L. Armstrong, and C. Maresh. 2007. Cold Water Immersion: The Gold Standard for Exertional Heatstroke Treatment: Conclusions. Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews. CSIRO. 2009. Climate change in Australia: Science update. EMA. 2009. Heatwaves - In My Backyard? Australian Government 2009. [cited July 2009]. Available from

ACP has indicated the riders who complete a 1000 km BRM in the current Audax year will be able to pre-register earlier than all other riders; pre-registration for riders who complete a 600 km BRM will commence next and so on.

Some of these may change, depending on speakers and venues. Please keep an eye on the Victorian Newsletter and Checkpoint for more updates.

Govt. 2008. . Heat Stroke. In NSW Health Factsheet., edited by Health. Sydney: NSW Health.

Prior to receipt of this information, it had only been indicated that pre-registration would begin with riders who had completed a 400 km or longer BRM.

CA Insurance a better deal in 2010

Helman, R., and R. Habal. 2007. Heatstroke. eMedicine.

Please note that on the information available, completion of a 1200 km BRM will not enable early pre-registration, presumably because 1200 km BRM events are homologated by Randonneurs Mondiaux not Audax Club Parisien. ACP has advised that an information brochure on PBP 2011 will be published in the new year. 4

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For the benefit of those who might overlook reading the letter accompanying their membership card, Cycling Australia has extended the public liability insurance cover so that it’s now 24/7. Previously the cover was provided only during events and organised/logged training rides.

Matthies, F., G. Bickler, N. Marín, and S. Hales. 2008,. Heat Health Action Plan: Guidance. In EuroHEAT project on improving public health responses to extreme weather/heatwaves: World Health Organization. VSES, Victoria State Emergency Service. 2009. Heatwave Action Guide. Aust Govt 2009 [cited July 2009]. Available from

National Executive Committee

Committee Vacancies The 2010 AGM will see substantial change in the membership of the National Committee which comprises the President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, four elected members and a representative from each state. The President and Treasurer advised some time ago that they would stand down from the committee after having been in their roles some years. It appears that we will have a nomination for the Treasurer’s position to take over from Stephen Chambers. A new nominee will be required for the Secretary’s position by necessity. The Victorian government passed legislation earlier this year amending the Incorporated Associations Act which had the effect of combining the role of public officer and secretary into one with the requirement that the secretary reside in Victoria. Lindsay Harvey, the current secretary, resides in NSW and will not be eligible to stand again as secretary however Lindsay will nominate for a member position. Peter Curtis has also indicated that he will not be standing again as Vice President. Discussion amongst the National Committee has identified that no current committee members plan to nominate for the roles of: • President • Vice President • Secretary

So what is expected of someone in these roles? As the National Committee is spread out across the country, email plays a very important part in the communication process. Familiarity with standard word processing and spreadsheet software is expected. Other than that a willingness to contribute is the key requirement. President The President is the one who leads the discussion within the National Committee on the strategic direction of the club and the creation of policies and actions to achieve those strategic outcomes. The President oversees the management of the club with the assistance, in particular, of the vice president, secretary and treasurer. There are only a few things that the President must do: 1. Chair the bi-monthly National Committee telephone conference calls 2. Chair Annual General Meeting and deliver the President’s report 3. Write the quarterly President’s Pedals column for Checkpoint Beyond that how much the President does depends upon the time he or she wants to devote to the role and what tasks are assigned to other members of the National Committee.

tied in for a number of years (but if you are still President in August 2011 and will be riding Paris-Brest-Paris then you’ll probably get a VIP pass to the front of the PBP start line). Secretary The secretary looks after a number of statutory requirements such as keeping the minutes of meetings. Consequently, the secretary will in consultation with the President prepare (and distribute) the agenda for National Committee meetings and will write a summary of important matters that get considered by the National Committee for Checkpoint, if they are not to be covered in a separate Checkpoint article(s). The secretary will also follow up National Committee members who have to provide information for the National Committee meetings or for updates on tasks that they’ve agreed to complete. And of course the secretary has responsibility for preparation of the AGM agenda and minutes, liaising with the distribution team to make sure the agenda gets sent on time and liaising on AGM venue arrangements. Finally, the secretary also has to submit a few forms to Consumer Affairs Victoria and ASIC each year. Experience required? Taking minutes is no more complicated than taking lecture notes. Prior experience as a committee secretary is by no means required. Anyone can do this role. Vice President Unlike the President, Secretary or Treasurer, the Vice President has no formal duties under the club’s constitution. The Vice President’s role is to assist the President in the running of the club. This may mean providing advice on matters, assisting in some club administration (e.g. cheque signing) and answering questions from members or the volunteer officials who help administer the club (e.g. the membership secretary or awards secretary). Experience required? A few years active involvement in the club. And rest assured, there’s no rule or expectation that the Vice President is the next President in waiting.

When do you need to decide? Nominations must be received by Thursday 24 December. A nomination form can be downloaded from the Audax Australia website.

After some more information? Make a call: President – Garry 0411 252 772 Vice President – Peter 0438 759 776 Secretary – Lindsay 0428 284 907

Experience required? Four years active involvement in the club with experience as a ride organiser is ideal. All committee positions including the President’s are declared vacant each year so you’re not

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Sydney–Melbourne 1200

Scenes from SM1200 As this issue was being sent to the printer, riders in the inaugural Sydney–Melbourne 1200 had just arrived in Melbourne. The timing was not right to bring you ride reports this time—see the Autumn issue—but thanks to digital cameras and email plenty of photos are available. Here’s a sample.

Pre-ride briefing, Sydney

The peloton enjoys quiet early morning streets on the way out of Sydney.

Chris Rogers supervises the paperwork at Mittagong.

Tallong, 184 km.

Who said Canberra has no nightlife?

Pat Lehane on the road near Tumut Pond


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Semaine Fédérale en Australie

Bright 17–23rd January 2010

Seven days of rides and entertainment from a central base.

Vo l u n t e e r s Wa n t e d Semaine Fédérale is week long series of rides organised from a central location catering for cyclists of all abilities, whose aim is to give cyclists the opportunity to share their passion in a festival atmosphere that celebrates cycle touring. Volunteers are needed to support the Semaine Fédérale from 16 to 24 January. From 17 to 23 January there will be three rides per day during the week, with the exception of Wednesday, the picnic day and Saturday, the closing parade. Volunteers will work in areas such as information desk, administration, entertainment, site management, signs & checkpoints, and logistics. See for more information and to apply. Specifically, we need to recruit nine people to look after the following tasks. They are key roles that will be vital to the event. Day Captains (7) Entertainment Coordinator Sign Team Captain The role of each is as follows: Day Captain

To assist the smooth running of Semaine Fédérale Day Captains are required for each of the seven days of the event. The honour of being a Day Captain is one day only role. After reaching the dizzy heights of being in charge for the day you get to retire for the rest of the event, and take it easy, if you so wish, and enjoy the remainder of the event as a participant. The Day Captain has the responsibility of ensuring that every thing happens at the right time and in the right place, and that the day goes smoothly. Starting with breakfast and finishing when the evenings entertainment is over, the Day Captain is there to provide a guiding hand to the vollies and riders. Its essentially to supervise the event for the day and keep things on track. Entertainment Coordinator

During the event entertainment is provided for the participants each evening. Film night, beer and wine tasting, trivia competition, bike polo exhibition, band, Ride Dinner. The Event Coordinators role is to liaise with the Football Club staff, volunteers and the entertainers, and ensure that each evening the entertainment takes place without a hitch. This is one of the few jobs that is the responsibility of a single person though out the duration of the event. Sign Team Captain

Responsible for the sign posting for each days ride the Sign Team Captain will ensure that not only do the signs go out but that they also return at the end of the day. The signs will need to put in the right spots to direct the riders to the checkpoints and along the correct routes. The Sigh Team Captain will need to be well organised and able to manage teams. This role requires someone who can be available each day of the event, including 16 January. Whether you are kicking back and relaxing or preparing for the Audax Alpine Classic, Semaine Fédérale has something for you. So come along and find out for your self what it’s all about. For more information see

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Dawn 'til Dusk Series 2008/09

Between sunrise and sunset John Eden

“The word Audax comes from the Latin for bold or courageous. In 1897 a group of Italian cyclists rode 200 km between sunrise and sunset, and became known as ‘les Audacieux’.” The 2008/09 Dawn 'til Dusk series was inspired by that first ride les Audacieux completed, particularly the part “between sunrise and sunset”. It was invented by my good masochistic self and put into action by our presidential sadist, Nick Dale. The idea was to do a series of rides limited by sunrise and sunset times over four seasons. The rides would be put on the calendar as close as possible to the solstices and equinoxes. That meant we would have to start with the longest day of the year, the summer solstice.

Part 1 Summer Solstice. Longest day. 20 December 2008, 6.07 am–8.14 pm “The Sundried Pear”. Ridden between dawn and dusk by: Nick Dale, Colin Law, Andrew Bragg, Perry Raison, Eamon McLoskey, Duncan Faux, John Eden. Conditions: Christmas rain. We couldn’t ride on the solstice exactly, but Saturday 20 December was pretty close so we looked up sunrise and found we would be embarking at 6.07 am precisely if all riders could get out of bed and to the start on time! As it would go dark at 8.21 pm that gave us 14hrs 14 mins to do the ride from dawn until dusk. Now I’m not an A grade or even a B grade rider and I know Audax is not a race, but for a little extra challenge I suggested we try a 20 km/h formula for these four rides, spice it up a bit, and make it a bit tougher to come in before sunset. I had noticed most of our riders averaged between 20 and 25, even on tough rides, so felt this would not be too exclusive. Of course being Audax the 15 km/h rule still allowed us to receive our brevet as long as we finished by 2.07 am. Anyway, travelling at 20 km/h including stops meant the summer solstice ride should have been 285 km. How it became 310 is between the devil and Nick Dale ‘All 8

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Cock’, the ride designer. “Flat with the wind outside Gingin, was Andrew. I must admit behind us,” I believe was his description. In I’m not entirely blameless, challenging an actuality we had flat rain, crosswinds, many emu to a race along a paddock, but I spent kilometres into freezing block head winds, most of that section just hanging on. When a good run of about 50 km with the wind Duncan and Perry rolled into the Gingin at our backs and a final 100 km into the control less that five minutes after we got prevailing westerly all the way to the finish. there, looking fresh as daisies I knew I was This was without a doubt the hardest ride I doing something wrong. had done thus far and I’d done a lot of hard Perhaps a change of company would help rides leading up to it. I should have known that the same person who could come up me. And so it was that I left Gingin at about with a 116 kilometre 10,000 in 8 ride that 12.30 with Nick. We’d done 145 and had 165 my GPS measured at 11,000 feet was not to to go. We had eight hours left. No worries. be trusted when it came to summations of And then my right knee started to ache. The prettiest part of the ride was from Gingin difficulty. to Toodyay, but for me it was all about soft Unfortunately for us, Nick’s was not the pedalling, and taking my mind off it with only hair in the chamois cream regarding chit chat and later when that became too an ‘easy’ day in the saddle. Enter Andrew hard, ranking each 5 km covered out of 10. “Bragster” Bragg. Now Andrew is a great 7,7,2,10,0. Toodyay. bloke, but as a rider he is somewhat We got the heads up from Duncan and directional and pace challenged. We should have known better, but we didn’t when three Perry who were still putting their feet up. of us hooked up behind Andrew at about Colin had joined with Eamonn who had the 30 km mark and tried vainly to hold been ahead of us since Guilderton, choosing on for 70 by the skin of our teeth. Into the to survive on liquid carbs and spending first control we tumbled (a lovely little bay minimal time at the controls. Andrew in Guilderton, almost worth the headwind was lost. Duncan was suffering. He was to get to) already burnt out and gagging talking taxi talk. He said he hadn’t felt like for big breakfast sustenance. That 98 km in this since the early 90s when he was in his just over 3hrs had given us plenty of time to 60s. Perry reinstalled some morale with an enjoy our well earned meals, but what price impromptu display of kama sutra positions would we pay later down the road? And had on the café floor. we learnt our lesson? And then we were ready to go; 3.45 pm, Obviously not. The next 50 km had the 125 km left. Jesus. The head wind was now wind at our backs and was thoroughly before us and I had nothing left. I was enjoyable hurtling along at 40 km/h. It dropped by everyone, including Duncan, on would have been even better if Andrew Bakers Hill and the only gear I could turn hadn’t caught up with us and increased at all was the 39×25. Up ahead I could see the pace to 41. Coupled with Colin “I am them catching Andrew. He had apparently The Law” Law taking long pulls at the front ‘found’ the route again and passed us at the we would be in Gingin early, but Duncan last control. Up ahead I could see them all and his slow leak got dropped, and so just pulling into the famous Bakers Hill Pie Shop.

Now I knew there was something seriously wrong with me because I did not follow suit. Everyone who knows me knows I love pies, but I just couldn’t stop. I thought I may never get started again, so on I trudged. I caught up with Nick, also suffering, and we traded turns into the wind up the highway, with some respite from the forest once we turned off. At Chidlow we parted company and I was on my own. Would I make it by sunset? I didn’t feel it in my legs, but theoretically, even travelling under 15 km/h it could be done. I remember riding through Midland with my head down, shivering, assaulted on all sides by phenomenal smells emanating from curry houses, Chinese restaurants, fish and chip shops, Mackers… I knew food was going to taste better than it had ever done before. 7.58 pm. I was there. I had done it. I got my card signed in the drive thru bottle shop while simultaneously breaking the record for downing a Bundaberg and Coke—all gone before the change hit my hand—when Colin wandered in. He’d been back with Eamonn since 7.15. I threw my battered body into his car and once my bike was on we were off. Half an hour later I received a phone call. Everyone had finished. Part one was done.

Part 2 Autumn Slight problem. The autumn equinox is only one week away from the Oppy, so we combined them. All you had to do was complete 250 km in 12 and a half hours of the 24. All the riders who did the Oppy did that. I couldn’t do the Oppy this year so I did a 250 km ride by myself. It was horrible. I drove myself crazy and the one control 150 km from the end was not enough to see to my hydration needs. I had to pull over at the side of the road and hold out my empty bidons. I drank stale water from an old coke bottle that rolled out from under the back seat of a farmer’s Ute. But I finished 43 minutes before the cut-off time.

Part 3 Winter 20 June 2009, 7.16 am–5.20 pm The math was a little better this time. 205 km to be completed in 10 hours. Easy? Nah. Torrential rain at the start and every time we got dry it rained again. Crashed on a wet railway line a couple of kilometres from the end (and I wasn’t the only one). Still got the scar. The hypothermic wait for my lift was worse though. Personally finished that one 19 minutes before dusk. Of the riders who had completed the first two DtD rides there were still six who were on for the series.

Part 4 Spring 19 September 2009,. 6.10 am–6.10 pm 253 km (bad math again).

hundred metres so he had to fix it properly. At the servo in Toodyay he tried to pump it up more. The core came out. Another new tube went in. Then just as we set off The LEL and other circumstances put paid to a number of those up for the series. again, calculating we could still be back in Kalamunda by 6.10, the front blew! Torn For the rest of us, this is what happened: sidewall. Fixed that with a bit of cash, but Nick did the “Spring Witch” as a recce a we were now pushing it to make it back on few days earlier and deserved to be the first time. We had clocked up nearly two hours to complete the DtD series, but would there of stop time. Then the Clackline turnoff was be anyone else capable of joining him on missed by David, who was storming ahead the list? He looked pretty shattered at the on harder tyres, and my shouts which made end, but was still capable of picking apart me hoarse were thrown back at me by the Witch. A phone call also failed to stop him. my route sheet to the nth degree.

On the day, of the nine who had expressed an interest, only five started. The day that had promised a week before to be wet, then two days before to be fine, then the day before to be ‘intermittent showers in the morning’ had a little witchcraft about it already. The elements, as well as the road would be against us as it turned out. First of all Aaron pulled out 30 km in at Mundaring (mechanical). Next the heavens opened in the appropriately named Death Valley and the rain was quite persistent. Then our strongest DtD rider Colin bailed on Bailup Rd (biomechanical). This left only me, Andrew and new rider David Taylor on the road.

As fluke would have it we caught up with him in Mundaring and now just had one long downhill to the dam and a short steep climb to Golden View at 240 km to complete the series (technically speaking by the DtD 20 km/h rule). I was convinced Andrew’s tyre would roll on the fast turns and our hopes as well as his life were in danger. But maybe the Witch’s black magic only stretches as far as Mundaring because my fears did not eventuate and we passed the sign at 6 pm comfortably (ten minutes before dusk). Now that done we just needed to make it safely to the pub. We tailed Andrew all the way down to Piesse Brook under the red setting sun and then completed the last climb in silent darkening procession.

Cue puncture number 1. The 17 minutes it took to fix Andrew’s puncture just outside To David who had doubled his longest of Wandoo was a blow but allowed David to catch up. We arrived at the first control, distance ridden and to Andrew who Bakers Hill, with 90 km under our belts. had slogged along  on soft and sensitive My two compatriots left with pies under tyres for half the ride, “Chapeau”. their belts. I let the side down there much to my eternal shame, deciding a ‘Danish’ Conclusion would be a more sensible choice. That’s two The masochist who invented it and the opportunities to eat pie I passed up during sadist who agreed to try it finished the this series! Mental note to self: ride out to ‘series’. They will get a homemade certificate Bakers Hill and eat three pies to appease someday when I get round to it. Others pie gods. finished one, two or three of the rides. Circumstances as well as weather played On the beautiful road north of Northam a part. All four rides were picturesque, I became sheepish after racing for a sheep challenging and above all memorable. The station and fell behind for a while. After series will be on again in 2009/10 with a half an hour of regretting I’d ever heard of new winter route to make the shortest of the Audax and some snacks, I felt better and rides even more memorable slash painful. managed to catch up and pass the other Put them in your diary now! two, who must also have been feeling tired. The approach to Toodyay along Goomaling- John Eden (aka flyingporkpies, aka The Ice Toodyay Road has a lot of downhills and Man, aka Grimpeur Extraordinaire—all the last few kilometres passed quickly. It felt aliases self-pegged) discovered Audax two like a mirage when I crested the final hill to years ago. At 42 he rides long distances slowly because his body complains more see Toodyay awaiting below. While I waited if he rides short distances quickly. He likes for the others normal service was resumed putting together hilly routes because he with a beef, cheese and mustard sandwich. lives in the hills and can get out of bed Just outside Andrew punctured again. He pumped it up but that only lasted a few

later. John’s favourite destination is The Kalamunda Hotel and his favourite bike is an Eddy Merckx Corsa.

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Ride Rules

Ride Rule Changes for 2010 Garry Armsworth, President, Audax Australia Kerri-Ann Smith, ACT Region President As members will hopefully recall from the brief advice in the President’s Pedal column in the previous edition of Checkpoint and more recently from comment on the Audax email list and forum, the National Committee has been considering some rule changes. There are two changes. They concern: • over-length rides, and • optional shorter maximum time limits. Together, the rule changes are aimed at providing flexibility around the standard time limits for Brevet Randonneur Mondiaux (BRM) rides. They will give ride organisers (ROs) the options to: • design routes that are up to 50 km longer than the standard BRM ride distances (over-length rides) but give riders additional time to complete the longer distance, and • offer a shorter maximum time limit for a ride to allow riders to complete it in daylight without the requirement to carry a reflective garment and two sets of front and rear lights, provided certain conditions are met. They are both completely optional and no RO or region will be required or expected to offer either or both.

Key Decisions and Reasons Over-length rides Standard BRM event distances are 200 km, 300 km, 400 km, 600 km, 1000 km and 1200 km. The actual distance of a ride will be not less than the standard distance and usually a few kilometres over. However, many regions have or might like to have a ride noticeably more than the standard distance eg in the ACT the Long Two is over 220 km. Notwithstanding any extra km, participants only get the standard BRM time in which to complete the ride. While a few extra kilometres are not usually a problem, Australia’s geography and distances between towns often mean

interesting route options have been disregarded because the route would exceed the standard distance by too much. Changes to the rules will give ROs more options to selectively develop over-length ride routes. The National Committee has decided that, for routes up to 50 km over the standard distance for any BRM ride, ROs may, in addition to the regular BRM time limit, apply a time limit based on the actual distance rather than the standard distance. If a rider completes an over-length BRM event within the standard BRM time limit, their achievement will be homologated with Audax Club Parisien and will count towards international awards or where an Audax Club Parisien homologated event is required as a qualifier for another event (e.g. Paris-Brest-Paris). However, if their time is between the standard time limit and the longer limit, it will be homologated locally as a Brevet Australia event which can be counted towards Australian awards but not international ones. An example is the Alpine Classic Extreme 250 km event for 2010; 250 km up and over mountains in 13½ hours would have presented many participants with the real prospect of being outside the time limit and receiving no recognition for completing the distance. Under the new rule, if a rider completes the ride in 13½ hours or less it will be a successful completion of a BRM 200. If the rider completes it in 16 hours 40 minutes (250 km divided by 15 km/h), it will be a successful completion of a BA event. Optional shorter maximum time limit Safety and redundancy are the principles behind Australia’s lighting rules requiring riders to carry two sets of front and rear lights and a reflective vest. However, the rules have been fairly blunt in their application. If the maximum allowable time includes any time between sunset and sunrise, two sets of lights and a reflective garment have

to be carried, even if most riders complete the ride well within daylight hours. Each country within the Randonneurs Mondiaux community adopts their own lighting rules. In France for example, riders are accepted with no reflective vest and no lights if the start is after sunrise, but the rider must finish before sunset regardless of the maximum permitted time for the BRM. The National Committee has decided that ROs should have the option to offer riders a shorter maximum time limit within which to complete a ride. The shorter time limit will only ever be optional; the standard time limit for a ride will always apply. If that shorter time limit means the rider must complete the route between sunrise and sunset, two sets of lights and a reflective garment will not be required. If a rider selects the shorter time limit but fails to complete the ride within that time limit, they will not have successfully completed the ride and their ride will not be homologated/ratified (even if they finish the ride within the standard time limit). Rides for which the optional shorter time limit may be offered fall into two categories: 1. For rides with actual distances of 215 km or less, the National Committee has decided that regions should have the authority to approve proposals from ROs for optional shorter time limits and set any appropriate conditions. 2. For rides with actual distances greater than 215 km, the National Committee has decided that it may approve a region’s proposal to offer a shorter maximum time limit and may impose conditions and safeguards on which that shorter time limit can be offered. For example, following representations from the Alpine Classic Committee, the

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National Committee agreed to a proposal that some riders entering the Alpine Classic Extreme 250 be permitted a shorter maximum time limit entailing a dawn start and no lighting requirements, on certain conditions. These included measures to limit the chance of riders being on the course after sunset without lights. Riders wishing to take up the shorter maximum time limit option will have to demonstrate their endurance riding capabilities (e.g. have previously completed the Alpine 200 in under 10 hours). The organisers will provide a sag wagon to pick up riders without lights and a reflective garment who will not be able to finish before sunset. Riders will not be allowed to depart the Falls Creek control after a certain time in the afternoon if they do not meet the lighting requirements.

Wanted: Brevet Editor

Discussion: How will these changes work in practice?

Many thanks to Stephen for his reliable and valuable contributions over the years.

Over-length rides There are many rides in the calendar which have an actual distance longer than the standard distance. It is not the intention that ROs allow the longer time limit for rides which are just proportionally over the standard distance. However, the National Committee is not going to be prescriptive. The longer time limit could be appropriate for a hilly 325 km ride but not for an “easy” course. The National Committee also expects that the vast majority of rides will continue to have actual distances within a few kilometres of the standard distances. The tradition of homologating results for 200 km and longer rides with Audax Club Parisien will remain. There is no desire to see this diminished by an explosion of irregular distance rides. The National Committee is still working through the practical details such as when the RO must nominate whether a ride has a longer time limit and whether it needs to be approved by the region/regional ride coordinator. Optional shorter maximum time limit The intention is that optional shorter time limits are used only for rides where many riders will finish within the shorter time limit. The National Committee will approve and set conditions and requirements for offering shorter maximum time limits for rides over 215 km, such as the Alpine Classic Extreme.


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After a long time in the role—so long that even he doesn’t remember when he started— Stephen George is stepping down as Brevet Editor. So we’re on the hunt for a new volunteer for the role.

What does the Brevet Editor do? Collating information from results sheet and preparing the Brevet Results section found in the back of each issue of Checkpoint is the Brevet Editor’s responsibility.

What skills are required? Basic computer skills (e.g. the ability to use styles in Word) and attention to detail are all you need. Plus some time to prepare the results four times a year.

Interested? Without a new Brevet Editor there will be no Brevet Results in future issues, so if you think you’d like to have a bash at it, please contact Trevor ( to discuss.

However, for rides of 215 km or less, the National Committee seeks RO and members’ views on whether regions should impose conditions and requirements as part of their approval for a RO to offer a shorter maximum time limit option? The options: (a) no need for conditions and requirements—ROs and riders should be left to judge for themselves whether a shorter time limit is appropriate for the ride and their participation, (b) yes, minimum conditions and requirements should be set at a national level for consistency of application, or (c) yes, but regions should be able to apply their own conditions and requirements based on their local knowledge. Any such conditions and requirements, if any, should focus on safety aspects and ensuring that the shorter maximum time limit has relevance to members generally rather than a select few.

example it can’t require a greater than say 22 km/h average speed*. There are many ways to approach the issue but implementation practicality must be borne in mind. As with the over-length rides, the National Committee is still considering administrative aspects such as when must the RO seek approval for a shorter maximum time limit (e.g. when the ride is first proposed and before it is approved by the regional ride coordinator or later but before the ride is publicised and entries taken).

What next? Revised ride rules have been published for the Audax year commencing on 1 November 2009. This was needed so that the ACE 250 is able to comply with the ride rules. The revised ride rules do not delegate authority to regions to approve optional shorter maximum time limits as members will have until mid-January 2010 to provide feedback to the National Committee on how this might be best implemented. A non-operative rule has been included in the ride rules as an example of how the rule might be drafted.

For example: • require either a sag wagon to pick up riders or that routes have short cuts back to the finish if they do not reach intermediate controls within time limits, • require riders to carry one head and one tail light but no back up lights or reflective vest, • require the finish time to be no closer Comments and any questions you have to sunset than ½ hour, on these changes can be made through the • only allow the option for previously used forum topic at routes where data shows that a certain percentage of riders finished within the *For example, in 2007/08 of the 1378 BRM proposed shorter time limit, or 200 homologations only 184 had a finish time • impose a maximum average to achieve of 8.5 hrs or less which is roughly an average the shorter maximum time limit, for speed including stops of 23.5 km/h.

Featured Ride

Grafton–Inverell Cyclosportif Are you up for the challenge? Now in its fourth year, the G2I is living up to its reputation as being one of the toughest one day challenges on the cycling calendar. Riding through the variations in terrain, commencing with the flat coastal plains of Grafton through the undulating countryside of the coastal hinterland into the New England grazing country; the formidable 20 km mountain climb through World Heritage Gibraltar National Park will be dependent on the prevailing weather conditions. Over the last three years, the weather has never been repeated. The day can be changeable; with cool fog at the start to soaring hot, humid conditions on the mountain with formidable headwinds on the Tablelands. But this has not dampened the participants in any possible way. The event has grown steadily over the last three years with riders now returning to “revisit” the mountain. Due to the weather, the challenge continually changes. Groups of riders are now returning (11 in one group last year) as a consequence; one of the group who previously participated has a blog. Check this out: www.briztreadley. com/2009/the-south-bank-11-rides-again/

The Details

G2I Grafton—Inverell Cyclosportif

Date: 20 February 2010 Time: from 6 am Distances: 200 km from Grafton or 100 km from Mt. Mitchell Contact: Lisa Turner More information: and click onto “Cyclo Sportif”. Ride report: G2I is listed on the Audax calendar as an ACP registered 200 km ride with the 100 km option also available. Audax participants for the long course will be departing at 6 am. Full lighting requirements are mandatory. Brevet cards will be provided in your registration packs on sign on the night before. The main field will be split in bunches of 20 riders with ten minutes separation for safety reasons on the road. There are seven water stations with soft drinks and gels available, not to mention sustenance can be obtained at Jackadgery and at Glen Innes. A food drop

will also be provided for the unsupported at Mt. Mitchell (120 km). After a big day in the saddle, you can freshen up and cool down at the Inverell Swimming Pool (finish line). Your entry fee includes a relaxed post ride dinner party “on the green” style with commemorative T-shirt and medallion, plus up to $5000 in prizes to be given away. All funds raised will support the local Ronald McDonald House. Get a group organised now. What a great way to use that training after the Alpine Classic and Classic Extreme!

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Tips and Techniques

How not to get lost: Navigation dos and don’ts Stephen “Whatto” Watson

Of all the preparation you do for riding a brevet how much of it is focused on navigation? Apart from covering the distance within certain time frames, stopping at predetermined controls and handing over the brevet card at the finish, there is another significant task that needs to be mastered. Navigating the course is also a requirement and recent experience has shown that this may not be as simple as some would think. Do you show up for a ride thinking that the organiser will have perfect instructions? Yes? There’s your first navigational error. While organisers do an incredible job cobbling the whole event together, very few are able to create a perfect set of instructions from scratch. Good instructions are usually as a result of any number of riders having ridden the course before and subsequently reduced errors in later versions. Do read the instructions before you get on your bike. Make sure you have every page and the instructions are for the event you think you are are attempting. You would be disappointed to be attempting a 400 km brevet with 300 km instructions (Oops!) Do read a couple of instructions ahead while out on the course. Getting a feel for where you are ultimately going may help you interpret the more immediate instructions. For example, if you know you’re heading for Avenel it won’t matter that the next turn isn’t marked as the ‘Old Hume hwy’ as the instruction says. If the sign that says ‘Avenel’ is where the turn is supposed to be, that’s probably it! Do protect your documentation from the elements. Zip-lock bags seem to have become the standard for this task. Do bring your own just in case the organiser has run out or overlooked them. It doesn’t have to be raining for your paperwork to get wet, either. If you have instructions in your pocket on a warm day, perspiration can turn them from perfectly readable into useless paper mâché! Do keep a track of your odometer as you progress. Your running tally will almost definitely vary from the organiser’s cue sheet by a small amount. Keeping a constant check and making sure the difference doesn’t vary too significantly will help your understanding of where to expect the waypoints. Do cross check the map with the instructions to make sure they are saying the same thing. This will usually mean juggling at least two pieces of paper and is best done while stopped. Using each control as a chance to prepare for the next leg may help to reduce

the need for handling lots of paperwork out on the course.

see all those signs to the Kirwans Bridge but they’re 4 km early, stop and check the map.

Do collaborate with other riders. We all bring different skills, experience and interpretations along on a ride. If you have the opportunity, discuss all the options and try and find the one that works best for all involved.

Don’t follow other riders thinking that they are master navigators. Every rider will read instructions differently and some will get them wrong. If you follow behind blindly, it’s just a matter of time before you are keeping them company while they are getting lost.

Do carry a light (and any other device for optical enhancement) to enable you to check cue cards, maps and odometer at night while still rolling. If your setup requires you to stop to do it, you will be less likely to keep checking as often as you should. Do ask the organiser for the instructions before the event. Most instructions will be in digital form and most of us have the ability to research the course before we even get the bike out of the shed. A lot of rides are at least partly planned online so why wait for the book to come out? You may even be able to provide assistance before the event if the intended course is familiar to you. Do figure out how to use the map/GPS function of your phone. If you have it, spend time beforehand to figure out how it can help you in the middle of nowhere. While it won’t help you read the instructions or follow the course, it might come in handy to tell you where you are if you have strayed off the published course. Do provide feedback on the instructions to the organiser after the event. Help the organiser make the event that much better for next year’s participants by clarifying some ambiguous instructions for them. Don’t rely solely on just one of the elements of the instructions. For example, when you

Don’t try and keep the entire course in your cue clip or stashed in your pocket. Having just what’s required to get to the next controle will not only help avoid confusion when reading but it will also makes them easier to handle while moving. Don’t blindly trust your odometer. Many things can upset these handy little devices from moving the wheel sensor while fixing a flat to rain getting in the contacts. Be aware that at some point (when you least expect it), the reading on your odometer will not be what it should be or may even disappear completely. Don’t wait until you are lost before reading the instructions. Once you’re off the course, it’s guaranteed that the instructions won’t guide you back on. They might help you figure out how you departed the course but it’s much easier not to leave it in the first place! Don’t be shy in calling for help. If you’ve been riding around in circles for some time and don’t seem to be getting anywhere, call the organiser! Unless they are flat out manning a control, chances are they would be more than happy to use their knowledge of the area to help you get back on course.

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Victorian Gran Tourissimo Series

Nine days to a Super Series George Judkins

This was a series of rides in Victoria organised by Chris Rogers providing riders the opportunity to test themselves over various distances or for the ambitious a chance to earn a super randonneur series in the space of nine days Primo (Melbourne to Bright, 412 km) It was 5.30 am on a cool and crisp Saturday late October morning when riders started to gather at the Melbourne GPO for the first ride in the Victorian Gran Tourissimo Series and inebriated night clubbers passed by making smart alec comments.

faster riders gradually moved away into the distance as I settled down into a conservative pace and it wasn’t long before I settled down into a rhythm that matched that of Henry De Man. Together we made the gradual climb into the Dividing Range and our first checkpoint for a brief stop at

George apparently very pleased to be at Mt Hotham.

The first announcement made by Chris during his briefing to riders prior to the 6 am start was that we had to depart via Elizabeth Street and not Bourke Street Mall as if we chose to ride down the mall there would be a $250 fine issued by the authorities. I think some of the ride participants were fortunate because that was they way they had come! The route out of the city was straightforward but as one might expect it was marred by a plethora of traffic lights that punctuated the first 15 km. The 16

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a Wandong service station at 8.30 am. We then proceeded through some very scenic countryside, greened by September rains, before we pulled into another servo that served as our stop at Seymour for a little food and a sunscreen application. Around 11 am I climbed the last hill before Avenel with Henry on my wheel and began the descent into the town. At the bottom of the hill I glanced behind only to glimpse Henry pulled up on the side of the road some 500 metres back just as

he passed out of my sight. I pulled up and took the opportunity to phone my wife to update her on my progress as we would be rendezvousing in Bright at the end of the ride. I then rode back and found Henry almost ready to roll again. Henry was also having some trouble with his speedo as it had reverted to miles per hour and refused to indicate kilometres per hour. The result was that Henry seemed to feel we weren’t travelling quick enough so he started to set quite a challenging pace that carried on through Nagambie. A walk across Kirwans Bridge over the Goulburn River required considerable concentration to avoid losing your bike or worse still yourself through the gaps in the longitudinal timbers. At the end of the bridge a check of the pressure in the tyre that Henry earlier replaced resulted in the tube failing at the valve stem. While repairs proceeded Steven “Whatto” Watson stopped for a bit and chatted a while before moving off again. Henry and I then rode on to the checkpoint at the Murchison bakery at the 169 km mark. Several of the quicker riders were still there but by the time we sat down to eat lunch they had set off. After lunch we set off for a few hundred metres down the wrong road but quickly corrected ourselves and were soon grinding our way to Rushworth. Here we turned towards Tatura and picked up a good tail wind. The temperature was also rising so a five minute stop in the shade at a Waranga Basin picnic area was welcome before the next checkpoint at Tatura. A third puncture for Henry occurred just as we made it in to Tatura. As we were moving out of town we hooked up with Alan Baker who was down from Queensland to do the series. Together the three of us rode on to Shepparton and a noodle shop that had been an important refuel stop on my last two Oppermans. The ride from Shep to Wang had us donning reflective gear about mid way

before the sun set. A solid climb into the Warbys before a rapid descent in to town. Alan and Henry had been discussing the merits of various coffee blends and machines so that’s what we sought out at a hotel/restaurant. My stomach had started to cause me some serious difficulty so I passed on the coffee and made the mistake at this point of failing to eat anything. Out of Wangaratta on the last stretch to Bright I was in poor shape and had to stop frequently and my pace had slowed to a crawl. I was not thinking too clearly, feeling quite cold and tired. Finally with about 20 km to go I managed to eat a muesli bar which as it reached my bloodstream lifted my strength and spirit. We rode into Bright a bit after 3 am. Thank you to Henry and Alan who could have made it to the finish earlier but refused to proceed without me. For this I am very grateful.

Secondo (Bright to Bairnsdale, 232 km) The second leg of the series promised to be a challenge. I had done a reconnaissance by car of the Mt Hotham climb the day before. In the exposed areas of the climb near the summit the wind was howling and icicles were hanging from the roadside signage. The car said it was 1°C outside, there was a high wind chill and the hanging cloud shrouded the top of the mountain in fog. Witnessing this caused me a change of plans on how I would approach equipping myself for the ride the following day. I had been thinking of “going light” to aid climbing but I decided to attach my rack and bag as I would be wearing additional “keep warm” clothing knowing I would be wanting to stow it away as the day warmed. Another chilly start greeted the riders on the Tuesday morning. A peloton formed and stayed together until the first serious hill. Reaching Harrietville with the 30 km Hotham climb about to begin and the temperature now beginning to rise a little I shed the undershirt, skull cap and leg warmers. The climb was awesome and the views were just so spectacular. A chat or two with Stephen Rowlands and Barry Moore helped pass the time and keep my enthusiasm in check. There are a couple of very challenging sections on the Hotham climb where the grade turns ugly. The Meg comes early in the ride, CRB Hill and then last push towards the summit all very much focus you on the job at hand. I had 39×27 as my low gear and would suggest this as the minimum requirement to undertake the challenging sections of this climb.

The weather at the top contrasted the day I would have to say I think this is probably before as it was quite mild at about 16°C. one of my most enjoyable rides ever. The There was a real sense of accomplishment ride showcased some of the best landscape among all riders when they reached the top Australia has to offer. of the climb and much admiration from a busload of elderly tourists who were having Terzo (Bairnsdale to Lilydale, 300 km) their morning tea. A short stop at the The weather for the 300 km to Lilydale summit for a chat before the descent down was a riders dream with a tail breeze, warm through Dinner Plain, some long downhills but not too hot. A peloton of about eight then on towards Omeo. On a brief stop to riders formed and the pace was solid but remove leg warmers and windbreaker I manageable as we headed to Stratford. We didn’t leave the checkpoint as a group but it generally came back together soon after and we proceeded through some fine dairying country to the next control at Glengarry. After this we continued on past the power station at Yallourn to Moe and having set our sights on Yarragon at 180 km for the next control and aided by the wind and flatter terrain we got moving quite quickly with Gareth Evans driving the “train”. I left the control with Pepe Ochoa. Dave Harrington, Tom Nankivell and Howard Dove were thereabouts as well.

One of the sections where the grade turns ugly.

managed to find an ants nest to stand on so I spent the next five minutes brushing them off. Frequent undulations followed with a solid climb before Omeo then a well earned lunch at the bakery. A steak and onion pie, a salad roll and flavoured milk never tasted better. After lunch the weather had warmed to the mid 20s. Stephen Rowlands passed me as I was loafing along between Swifts Creek and Ensay. We both stopped together at the general store at Ensay, and both had a very welcome ice cold Coke and some food. I rolled out just in front of Stephen and feeling invigorated I pushed on with a stronger effort than earlier with the picturesque Tambo River on my left hand side. Before Bruthen there was another solid climb and some great sweeping descents through some lovely forested areas. Turning towards Bairnsdale my legs were starting to tell me that they had done a solid days work and the final hills were a real grind but being almost home the confidence was high. I pulled into Bairnsdale at about 5.50 pm. Nearly 12 hours to earn a 200 km brevet was probably one of my slowest but

There was plenty of climbing to the control at Neerim South and more hills on the way to find an historic trestle bridge up a dirt track near Noojee. I was just hanging on to Howard and Pepe who were riding the hills far more strongly than me as we headed to Yarra Junction. Before Powelltown I was alone on the fast and long descent to the town as a thunderstorm hit and it began raining quite heavily so I slowed to ensure I remained safe and upright. I found Pepe and Howard sheltering under the veranda of the local store on my arrival.. From this point we donned wet gear and set off together, stopped briefly at Yarra Junction to sign cards, make a few phone calls then on to the rail trail to Lilydale. Fortunately having made good time the trail was negotiated in daylight which was certainly the preferred approach on a road bike. I finished the ride at 7.25 pm and a pleasing riding time of just over 11 hours.

Quarto (Melbourne–Bendigo–Ballarat– Queenscliff–Sorrento–Melbourne, 620 km) The final ride of the Victorian Gran Tourissimo Series started from the Melbourne GPO like the Primo a week before. We cycled out through the inner and outer suburbs till we reached the open farmland areas beyond Tullamarine where we began to seriously fight the beastly northerly wind that we would endure for much of the day. The first control at Romsey was a welcome rest but we were terribly disappointed to

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Bairnsdale bound, on the road from Omeo.

hear the news that Tim Taylor had been involved in a collision with a car on the way out of town and had to abandon the ride. Tim hurt his shoulder and ankle and several parts of his bike sustained damage as well. The quicker riders in the form of Kathryn Temby, Pepe Ochoa, Mark Hooy and Peter Curtis moved ahead progressively. There was Dave Harrington then a group consisting of Marcus Thiele, Adrian Whear, Henry De Man, Alan Baker and George Judkins also teaming together to share the workload. Bec Morton and Howard Dove were making up time after an early puncture on the way out of the city and Chris Rogers was rounding out the field as he had been delayed with Tim’s accident.

reflective gear and turning on lights as we headed to Maldon in rising humidity. About 15 km out of the town following a thunder and lightning show we were drenched by a heavy downpour. Marcus had a front puncture so we advised Henry and Alan to go on while I assisted him to change tubes. Isn’t it always fun fixing a flat in the dark and the wet? Repairs made we were off in pursuit but this was curtailed soon after as we approached the outskirts of Maldon my rear tyre started deflating so we pulled in under a street light to make further repairs. Now being annoyed and cranky didn’t help me getting the rear wheel back in and getting my hands covered in chain oil just seemed to top it all off.

The day was warming up as we made our way through Lancefield and Woodend to the lunch stop at Kyneton. The afternoon was even hotter as we headed across to Heathcote and another control. Now on the road to Bendigo I was riding with Adrian, Marcus, Henry and Alan and we stopped at Axedale to take a ten minute break from the heat and cool ourselves from a tap at the local fire station.

Finally underway again we found Maldon abuzz with a folk festival in full swing with street music and crowds of people out in the street. It didn’t seem to be the place to stop for two tired riders so we headed on to an unscheduled stop at the Newstead pub for a cold Coke and some conversation with a publican interested in our adventure. Already partaking of a lemon squash at the pub was Chris Rogers who had passed us when we were fixing our flats. We stopped a few more times as we made our way to Ballarat.

Arriving in Bendigo at 6.30 pm with 226 km completed we debated where to eat, finally settling on a noodle bar only to find Dave Harrington already there enjoying the cuisine. As we were riding out of town Adrian troubled by stomach cramp decided to call it a day planning to grab a motel room for the night and return to Melbourne the following day. We were soon donning 18

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Both Marcus and I had always planned not to sleep and with a lot of time lost fighting the wind and heat we only took a break to eat at the hostel where others were choosing to sleep. As we were leaving Ballarat fog was descending. Along the road to the next checkpoint of Rokewood

I had to stop several times as I was finding it hard to concentrate, reflections back off the fog, tiredness and a body clock that was saying sleep was conspiring against me. It was a bit the same on the leg to Winchelsea but as the morning progressed I began to feel less sleepy. An extra strong coffee and a pie at the Winchelsea café did the trick in getting all systems firing again. While we were in the café my wife arrived to provide some encouragement as we live in the area and shortly after the faster riders pulled in. Heading off refreshed we arrived at Queenscliff at 1.20 pm giving us plenty of time for lunch before the ferry trip to Sorrento and a pedal up the bay to finish at the GPO in Melbourne before dark. Many thanks to Chris Rogers for organising this series of rides, to Janice Baker for her assistance to riders throughout and congratulations to all the riders participating and special congratulations to those who completed the full series. George’s first Audax ride was Around the Bay in a Day in 1995, followed by a few more rides in following years till becoming a member in the early part of the decade. Getting more serious in 2007 he has clocked up over 13,000 km in Audax rides in the past two years. He is yet to progress beyond 600 km events but intends to correct that next year. George says he has made many good friends with Audax and only one enemy: a dog that caused him and a fellow rider to crash last year.

Tour de Timor 2009

A full grand tour experience Alex McNee

The President of a country personally inviting the world’s cyclists to visit and take part in a bike race to help celebrate his countries independence—how can you resist an invitation like that? It has been 10 years since Timor-Leste gained independence from Indonesia; President and Nobel Peace Laureate, José Ramos-Horta wanted to take the opportunity to not only celebrate, but promote peace and show the world that despite a turbulent decade Timor-Leste was a safe and enjoyable place to visit. Having originally planned to visit Timor-Leste when this race was first mooted several years ago, there was no way I was going to miss out when it came back onto the calendar. Much has been written about the race in both the popular and cycling press and online. Several good competitor reports can be found at the event website Given there was some interest in the event on the Audax forum I thought I’d take this opportunity to fulfill the request of all competitors to ‘tell the world’ about Timor-Leste on return home. What better way than a quick pictorial tour of the race and Timor-Leste!

The race started and finished at the brand new presidential palace in Dili. A pleasant change from Western public monoliths—the grounds are open to the people with picnic areas and a playground for the kids!

There were local independence celebrations in many of the overnight stops. A version of the film ‘Balibo’ dubbed into a local language was shown at each stop on a giant outdoor screen.

Even the average rider gets the full ‘grand tour’ experience. Roads were closed as the race went through, and a holiday was declared in each region the race went through. We found out that many of the people had walked several hours from surrounding villages to see the riders come through.

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Posters like these lined the route. They were part of a national competition for school children.

…lush forested country around Liuhuno…

Scenery was never boring. From the coastal plains enroute to Betano…

…and did I mention we had to climb through the mountains? Day 4: Betano to Moubisse 1800 m climb in around 56 km—straight up!

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So, the wrap up… The Race Having pulled this event together in three months the fact that it even happened is probably amazing. Like any event there are things that could be done differently and the organisers were seeking feedback from competitors. As a way to get a quick taste of Timor-Leste and challenge yourself on your bike there probably isn’t a better way to go but be prepared for a challenge: the temperatures are warm (37°C some days), the climbs can be long, road surfaces good to brutal, and facilities basic. All the hallmarks of a good adventure biking holiday and finishing is within the realm of the average cyclist, I’m proof of that. Timor-Leste Timor-Leste today is, from what I saw and from discussions I had with long term residents and other travellers, a safe place to travel. Facilities are basic outside the major centres but locals are friendly and if your expectations aren’t high you will have a refreshing adventure holiday. If five star is your thing then Club Med Bali is probably more for you. Timor-Leste is unfortunately a country occupied by the UN for better or worse (and a subject for discussion elsewhere). There is a lot of good work going on by groups working with the people and the Timorese are genuinely trying to move forward and rebuild but it is a big challenge. They deserve our support and if by visiting and racing or touring, putting something into local economies and spreading the word appeals to you give it a go. For those wanting more of the pictorial tour I’ve placed a broader selection of photos online at:

Alex McNee is a Canberra-based sometime Audax rider. In the absence of an off-road 1200 (Alice Springs to Adelaide the hard way anyone?) multi-day endurance mountain bike races have filled the void. A chance meeting on an Audax riding during a stint in Victoria in the mid 90s resulted in a sucessful tilt at the Simpson Desert race in 1996. As all good Audax riders know it is a downward spiral into addiction looking for the next challenge, culminating in a trip to India in 2008 to ride the nine-day MTB Himachal and most recently Tour de Timor 2009. On an Audax ride Alex can be identified as one of those comfortable bodies on a recumbent who will cheerfully answer “No, I’m not Pete Heal but I know him!”

Notes from the Secretary Lindsay Harvey In January this year I found that I was elected unopposed to the position of Secretary. Garry (the Chairman) did not even put it to a vote as I think they were desperate to fill the position. The Chief, who monitors all my cycling activities, was not too concerned as she figured I would spend more time on the computer than riding long distances. I must say I find myself in an ‘unlearn the computer phase’ and when I took over I was overwhelmed by the complexity of Word and trying to make it work for the minutes. Pity the minutes aren’t done in Excel as I am comfortable in that program. My first teleconference was amazing. So many members who I have not met with a vast array of ideas and opinions. Fantastic! Being reasonably new to Audax it would be fair to say I did not understand about 50% of what was being discussed. I can also say that I was very impressed with all the NEC members who had a passion for our Club and an array of wonderful ideas and wanting to make the Club work. The down side was the teleconference going overtime about an hour and making me miss my 10 pm bedtime. (I must be getting old). Fortunately we are blessed with a President that unmangled my version of the minutes so we could all understand what had actually transpired. I still struggle with the Administration giving Garry some grief but he is always good enough to help me along the way. In addition to the above I ran four Audax Rides of 90 km. The Woy Woy 90 series which proved to be very popular with about 6 new members to Audax as a result. On the first of these rides Bec Morton came along and was a tower of strength changing flat tyres and going back to assist those at the rear of the field. This leads me to the subject of Bec and Howard who have been an inspiration to me. Their dedication to Audax is just outstanding

and when something needs to be done they are the first to volunteer. Howard is now the National Calendar Co-Coordinator. As well as this I have completed their rides and see parts of Sydney for the first time despite living in Sydney all my life. It gets better as I have met fellow Audax riders on their rides and just had a great time. Also they got me riding the Oppy which I never thought I could do. The Chief and I also supported Chris Walsh’s Dungog 600. Marie and I visited parts of the Hunter Valley that were magnificent and parts that had been turned into a lunar landscape by the coal mining companies. My brother Ian and I will be supporting the Sydney–Melbourne 1200 as it is just so enjoyable to be around these amazing cyclists. What remains to be done is to get more time sanctioned by the Chief for some longer rides. I still find it amazing that the Sydney–Melbourne 1200 was filled so quickly as I still think cycling these distances in 90 hours is insane. If Chris Rodgers had more accommodation and volunteers I suspect we could have got 500 riders on this event. It could be the start of something big for Audax. If you are on the NEC it is important to make sure you still cycle and try and keep the administration to a minimum. Maybe I will have to contest a committee position next year because you can be member of the NEC and still enjoy the riding. Lindsay joined Audax in 2006 with the pure aim of doing the Alpine Classic in 2007, his first completed 200 km brevet, which he describes as “probably my finest sporting achievement”. He found a group of people that he liked riding with, and became Secretary in 2009, a position that the Victorian Government has stripped him of due to a change in regulations.

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Super Brevet Scandinavian 1200

Lights required, not needed? Rus Hamilton

I met Jan Erik (the Dane/Swede) on the 2008 Great Southern Randonnee where he spoke highly of the Super Brevet Scandanavian (SBS) that is held ever four years. I was planning on doing the LEL this year but he convinced me the SBS was a better event—no rain, warm bed each night, and the challenge of the Danish Alps and Danish beer. So I changed my plans. Preparation consisted doing a super series (a requirement for registration) and a lot of hill training (in preparation for the Danish Alps). I was aiming to become skinny but failed. I do not think the red wine/beer diet works that well. However, I was fairly fit when I headed for Copenhagen at the end of July. Off to the airport. The bike pulled to bits, the bits tied to each other with cable ties and it all wrapped in bubble wrap to produce a 10kg parcel that goes with the suit cases. This allowed me to pack 10kg of arctic type cycle clothes to be prepared for Scandinavia and the Danish Alps. After so much preparation I decided to overnight at a hotel at Bangkok airport. It was so hot after the Melbourne winter, but nice swim in hotel outdoor pool at night. It was also good to sleep in a huge bed in aircon room rather than the economy class seats in the plane. Also, the Thai food at the hotel was much better than the scraps on the plane.

high speed (35+km/h), with slow rolling turns. On this day there were five ferry crossings, preceded by an intermediate sprint as the peloton raced to catch each ferry. A missed ferry would result in a long delay. The time on the ferry (could be an hour) was counted in the time but the distance travelled was not counted. The peloton stopped several times for coffee and to water wild flowers (with the yellow water that cyclist carry). The control was on a ferry which has buffet lunch (all you can eat Danish food). Unfortunately I ate too much and the two beers (glasses like jugs) meant I was well hydrated but was most likely a mistake. After lunch was the challenge of the Danish Alps,

After a few movies and beer I arrived in Copenhagen on Monday at 8 am. Jan Erik and his wife picked me up at the Copenhagen airport. As the airport was 300 km from his home we spent the night with Jan’s relative near airport after tour of Copenhagen. On Tuesday we drive to Jan’s home in Sweden. I unwrap the bike (and save the bubble wrap for the return trip) and assemble the bike. Surprisingly the bike works OK. Jan’s wife cooks up a Swedish feast for dinner. On Wednesday Jan had arranged a ride with a few locals to test out the bike and me. We start 9.30 am and finish 4 pm after 170 km, two stops for food, no route instructions, keep up with the peloton or be lost.

Tight peloton, fast speed

On Thursday, Jan drives me and our bikes to Göteborg for the ferry to northern Denmark. We the ride to the youth hostel Frederikshavn for dinner and SBS briefing, bike check and much chatting++ and Danish beer drinking in preparation for the start of the SBS on Friday morning. Bag put in trailer to be accessed each night.

At Laholm was a comfortable youth hostel, with hot dinner, beer, twin rooms with clean sheets and soft bed.

Day 1: Friday. There were 46 starters at the 6.30 am start, two Australian (John Evans on fix wheel and myself), one American (Mark from Seattle). The finish was 339 km away. It started with flat open farm land with small villages but windy (cross wind and headwind) and a bit sunny (top temp 27°C, low 13°C). However, we rode in a large peloton at 22

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fortunately the highest peak was seventy metres above the sea. We then had another ferry ride and race across southern Sweden to finished at Laholm, at 10 pm, dusk, but lights not needed.

Day 2: Saturday. Buffet breakfast, mass start 7 am, but quickly broke into several smaller pelotons due to the long undulations of the route with gravity slowing some of us down. The route instructions were in Danish, so it meant hanging onto the peloton through dense forest, along smooth hotmix roads, past many lakes, small villages, isolated churches and small farms. If dropped from the peloton, I would have no idea of my location, however I was encouraged to hang on by stories of hungry bears and wolves. It was a warm day

with some tail winds and no ferry crossings, so the day finished at Glydenlowe hotel, Uddevalla, Sweden at 8.00 pm. Lights not needed. Warm dinner, hot showers, more cold beer (this time Swedish), twin room with clean sheets.

Day 3: Sunday. A hard day through the hills to Norway, dawn 4 am, possible start at 4.30 am, but the hotel puts on large buffet (all you can eat) breakfast 6 am, decision of the group is to start after breakfast. about 6.30.

Day 4: Monday. Sleep in till 6.30, start 7.30. The small peloton, took a wrong turn, very scenic fjord, long climb back to route. Hills, rivers, fjords, farms, forests, ski resort (after 15 km climb). Lunch at cafe (only non-alcohol beer this time) at the small village of Treungen 1099 km. Then 122 km, mostly down hill following the river to Kristiansand. Rain showers, another puncture. Finished Kristiansand youth hostel 7.30 pm, 1222 km. Completed SBS in 85 hours with no lights needed, but it would have meant missing breakfast on day 3. Then a hot shower, warm dinner, five

Rus forced himself to enjoy the local food

Rus forced himself to enjoy the local brew

Many climbs, forest, lakes, villages, farms, only just hanging on to peloton, dropping back a bit on hills, catching up on flats,

Norwegian beers to celebrate, warm bed , clean sheet, four bed dorm—snoring by 9.30 pm, according to Jan.

Warm start to the day but then rain showers in the hills. Several punctures of members of the peloton, all would wait. There was one ferry ride today but missed the ferry and had to wait 30 minutes. More time was lost on the ferry ride so that the day ended with 90 minutes of twilight riding with the lights on in a heavy rain shower

Day 5: Tuesday. It was 15 km to the ferry, following the peloton, around pretty bays of Kristiansand. Carrying my bag on back and hoping for not another puncture and missing ferry to Denmark (only two per day). The ferry takes three hours to Hittsbrangs (Denmark). The last ride of 45 km across the top of Denmark back to Frederikshavn in a fast peloton with a strong tail wind. Then a three-hour ferry to Göteborg with a huge buffet lunch on ferry and sleep for an hour after lunch. We then put our bikes in Jan’s car for a three-hour drive back to Jan’s home by 8.30 pm.

Days 6–8: Wednesday–Friday. A rest day, clean bike followed by a 50 km race around Jan’s training route. Thursday, car tour with Jan and his wife around southern Sweden. Pack up bike, find bubble wrap. Friday, train to Copenhagen airport. Flight to Iceland. Four days rest and recreation and a few Icelandic beers. Then return to Australia. Bike and me safe and sound. Through dense forest, past many lakes

and with me suffering a puncture, fortunately my peloton waited for me, although they did laugh at my plea; “don’t leave me as I do not know the way and I am afraid of bears”. We eventually finished at Skien youth hostel 11.45 pm, with 966 km completed. A warm dinner was waiting but no beer (past closing time of the bar), hot shower, clean sheets, twin room.

The SBS was a great ride. It was made enjoyable by the fairly flat route and good weather, the comradeship of the peloton, the fast riding time by being in a peloton, that allowed plenty of rest and sleep, the great organisation/support that had warm dinners, hot showers, clean beds each night (and cold beers most nights) and the very courteous car and truck divers. You could do worse than ride it in four years time.

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Audax Australia: Facing our challenges Barry Moore Following the recent tensions over the processes used in the rule changes, perhaps this is time to think about how we manage ourselves and how our processes can be improved. The purpose is to put forward a view on how the membership and future National Committees can best work together to address the key issues that we face. There are major challenges facing the club. We can’t resolve them by leaving them entirely to the committee. We need members and the committee to work together. This will only happen if the committee runs open processes and shares issues and possible courses of action with members. Despite having made gains in some areas, the structure and organisational processes of our club have changed little over the last decade. Our website has improved, we use electronic means of communication for ride information. We have electronic membership renewal, Cycling Australia processes our membership cards and we have some sophisticated processes for the Alpine rides. However, most of our processes are still very labour intensive, most data is entered manually, our databases can best be described as embryonic and we still do not have online entry for most events. Frequently the same data has to be keyed in several times. National Committee is aware of these issues and is attempting to address them. It is not a simple task. Recently, the club has grown from a couple of hundred members to around a thousand. We have total assets, mostly in the form of cash in the bank, in excess of $200,000 and an annual turnover around $300,000. Despite our unitary organisation (having a single incorporation) we do not have consolidated accounts, so it is difficult to determine these numbers accurately. As a single entity, incorporated in Victoria, registered with ASIC (Australian Securities and Investment Commission) to trade nationally, all responsibility within the club flows back to National Committee. 24

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However, there are few formal reporting requirements from Regions to National Committee. Whilst the new constitution formalises the power of National Committee to delegate functions to Regions, as far as I am aware no formal delegations have yet been established. This means there are no rules for the operation of Regions and the only definition of their role is what is in the Ride Rules.

of time, so they have little time to devote to one-off or developmental work.

This leaves the President and the Vice President. The amount of work required of a President is not well understood by most in the club. There is a continuing stream of demands on this position, ranging from minor administrative tasks to key involvement in the strategic direction of the club. In my experience, both Garry In drafting the new Constitution, it was Armsworth and Hans Dusink have done envisaged that Regulations or By–laws extremely well in managing this workload. would sit alongside the Ride Rules to govern Whilst the tasks of the Vice President the operation of the club. The Regulations are not defined, that person should be would cover issues such as functions in a position to take some load from the and operation of Regions, processes to President and play an important role in change Ride Rules, classes of membership, club development. processes for accepting new members, The upshot of all this is that the resources payment of fees and the method of selection of State Representatives to the National available within the committee to take the club forward are limited. To run the club Committee. effectively National Committee needs to Some of these items were included in the draw on other resources. This requires that previous Constitution but were removed to the Committee is open and consultative, provide more flexibility with the intention welcomes the input of members and seeks that the Regulations would be implemented their involvement. at the same time as the new Constitution The only way we can make progress on came into force. The development of a set of the issues which confront us is to extend Regulations is now an urgent task. the resources within the committee by: • use of other members of the club To understand the difficulty of running a • use of outside resources, paid for by large and complex organisation, we need to running down our very healthy cash understand the resources available within reserves. the National Committee. It comprises four Officers (President, Vice President, Secretary A couple of examples of this approach and Treasurer), four Ordinary (elected) are: Members and seven State Representatives. • an earlier set of changes to Ride Rules, which were successfully achieved The State Representative is usually the through an informal sub-committee President of the largest (or only) Region in comprising one or two from the that state. That person is usually very busy committee and one or two other with the operation of that Region and has members of the club little time for national matters. • the recent changes to the Constitution, which were progressing very slowly It is difficult for members to find time to using resources within the committee devote to committee matters in addition but were completed quickly and to work, family and social responsibilities effectively by paying for legal advice to and a bit of time out on the bike. When complete the job. a substantial task like National Ride Co-ordinator is allocated to a committee Audax Australia is good at finding keen member, the ability to undertake other and capable individuals to do specific tasks is further reduced. tasks. A couple of examples are Lorraine The Secretary and Treasurer both have Allen as Membership Secretary and Simon procedural tasks that take up quite a deal Watt as International Brevet Secretary.

There is always a risk that we will dump too much on our willing volunteers and burn them out, but we are generally able to fill these positions. We are not so good at major one-off tasks and changes to our structures and processes. This includes changes to the Constitution and Ride Rules, development of Regulations and By-laws and development of our administrative processes and IT systems.

Transparency and involvement I think we need a National Committee that is more open and inclusive. The technology available for the committee to inform members and seek their input has developed rapidly. Electronic communications make this process far easier and more immediate than has been possible previously. Consultation with members will lead to policies that are better aligned with the needs and views of members and which are subject to more thorough scrutiny. In terms of additional effort required, the cost of consultation is minor. The benefits are to improve policies and practices and to bring members along

in the change process, rather than dumping an outcome on them at the potential cost of alienation. I don’t think members generally accept the view that the committee has been elected to make decisions and does not need to consult, even on important issues. This is particularly so when we usually struggle to fill committee positions and have not had an election in my time in the club. We have not had the luxury of having members vote on candidates on the basis of their policies to take the club forward. For the 2010 committee, wouldn’t it be good if we had enough nominations that we had to have an election? Candidates would state their proposed policies and approaches and members would vote. The need for consultation does not cut across the responsibility of the committee to make decisions on the operation of the club. I argue that the best way to make these decisions is after consultation. This does not prevent the committee making administrative decisions through standard

processes or making urgent decisions when necessary. To take the club forward we need a committee that is prepared to put significant time into the club; to consult with members; and to utilise the services of other members of the club or to pay for outside services where this is effective. To effectively run a growing club a relatively small National Committee needs to continue to delegate tasks and to ensure that it involves and informs members in order to achieve an open and consultative organisation. Just as it is not good enough for the committee to ignore members, the club cannot function if members leave everything to the committee. Barry Moore was on National Committee for seven years until 2008, including a stint as Vice President. He has been riding Audax since 1992, including three PBPs and some harder rides. Contrary to family tradition, he rides a carbon bike and does not work in a bike shop.

What does Audax Australia stand for? Peter “NancyBoy” Annear The question of what the club stands for has been vexing me for some time. Over the years I’ve been involved with the club there have been enormous changes to what the club does and how members participate. Some of these seem good and some bad. The recent ride rule changes led to a new round of controversy over what we stand for and whether the rides we do and the rules we ride under affect our club values and culture. The “About Audax” section for the club’s website starts with: What is Audax? Audax rides are non-competitive long distance tours by bicycle, called “randonnees”. The challenge of Audax is not in racing, but in riding at your own pace to finish within the time limit. Audax events are held in most parts of Australia, and you will be made very welcome when participating in rides when visiting other Regions. Rides are open to all reasonably fit riders - non-Audax members are most welcome to join our friendly and supportive participants… With all of this in mind, I put forward the following: • The club’s ethos and culture are affected by the ride rules as they govern what rides we do and how they are run. • Changes to the ride rules should be open and require consultation with the members. • The most recent changes affect the ethos and culture of the club in a potentially undesirable way. Of particular concern is the fact that we are effectively creating ride categories which are not open to all members to participate in or which may lead to different classes of rider who end up effectively participating in different rides. • Because of the lack of openness and consultation it is not at all clear that the most recent rule changes were necessary in order

to allow the ACE to run or what other purpose was in the minds of those who framed them. • The role of the ride rules in defining and protecting the culture and ethos of the club means that some rides should not be run by the club regardless of how lucrative or attractive they may be. The current popularity of cyclo-sportif style riding looks like a great potential market for Audax. I’m concerned that we don’t just rush in saying, “look, we run these rides too”. To do so risks losing our unique identity in a sea of commercial and semi-commercial operations set-up to tap a market rather than to promote our sport. It also risks being washed away when the current trendiness of these rides falters. This discussion has been characterised as the old me with beards against the young and the fast. I don’t see it that way at all. For me it’s a case of holding on to a rudder of the things we stand for as we navigate through constant change. As it’s the clubs current members who run all of the rides and all of the activities we do, I think it’s important that they all have a chance to consider and respond to proposed changes to the club before these changes are set in stone. We need to make sure that changes to the club, support what we stand for rather than eroding it. Let’s make sure we don’t become successful for a short time, with sports event consultants having to run our rides for us and a structure based on growth which we can’t sustain into the future. Peter “NancyBoy” Annear rode his first Audax 200 km brevet ride in 1981. He rode in the first 1000 km brevet in Australia and the first Alpine Classic. Currently he races on both road and track, commutes regularly as well as riding a couple of handfuls of Audax rides each year. He covers around 14,000 km each year on a bike and is so fast you’ll miss him if you blink. He has no facial hair and denies rumours that he secretly desires a VeloKraft NoCom.

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A Spring Weddin' 300

We all love a Spring Weddin Kerri-Ann Smith

Spring has real significance for ACT riders. We look forward to the chance to peel off layers of under garments and windproof shells, to wear gloves that aren’t designed for the snowfields, and to drink from water bottles that haven’t frozen. So it was with pleasure I booked into the Spring Weddin' in early September 2009. A delightful 300 km from the start in Yass (60 km out of Canberra), northwest through Young to Grenfell and back via Boorowa. It wasn’t warm. The car thermometer on the way to Yass said it was still zero. But the weather forecast could not have been better: clear blue skies and a mid-teens temperature. Four riders had booked in. While Bob did the paperwork with Anthony who was running a bit late, having ridden to the start from Canberra, I rolled out with Ben who was enthusiastic but new to distance riding and anxious to get underway on what could be a long day.

We warmed up on the steady climb out of Yass to the Hume Highway, then turned onto the old road through Bowning. A guy riding the concurrent 150 caught and rode with us a while. Ben stuck with his pace, Bob caught up from behind. We each settled into our riding rhythms. The western slopes of the Great Divide were a Spring picture–yellow canola fields beside dark green cereal crops, freshly shorn sheep grazing beneath the gums. First checkpoint

Bob rolls along with the Weddin Mountains in the background


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Harden; too early at 63 km for other than a quick comfort stop. A few zigs and zags and we were on a most picturesque undulating ridge line running north to Young through Kingsvale and Prunevale—a quiet albeit narrow road, wonderful views, pretty stone houses, and the day at last warming enough to peel off a layer. The Audax gods were smiling. Apple blossom and yellow wattle peppered

the roadside. Bob and I leapfrogged along here but regrouped in Young beside the ubiquitous daffodils of Spring for raisin toast and a coffee. No sign of the others. Northwards towards Grenfell, we turned off the main Henry Lawson Way to follow the cypress forest lined Burrangong Creek through Lirambenda, experiencing the three stages of road life. In ten kilometre stretches, a patchwork quilt of patched potholes gave way to a smooth mud road base ready for the final stage of newly laid medium grade aggregate. Parrots in lifelong pairs flitted about, choughs in dozens scratched in the grass, cockatoos wheeled overhead. Then the secret question control to make sure we’d come the long way. The Weddin Moutains hovered in the distance, a distinct range rising out of the plain not unlike the Grampians as they had appeared on the Great Southern Randonee last year. Not a breath of wind. Magic. After a decent refuelling at Grenfell, our half way point, Bob and I were off again. We were a bit worried that we had not seen Anthony or Ben. But Ben arrived, needing a big feed and rest, just as we were leaving.

Our route along the back roads stepped south and east alternatively along and across relentless lines of ridges. Having deliberately had a quiet riding winter, my fitness and pace were below Bob’s so I urged him ahead so we could cruise at our respective paces. My peaceful solitude was broken by an attack pack of magpies. More than six took turns in swooping, diving, and attacking from all angles, one after the other. It continued for a kilometre. I’d never experienced such a mass assault. I was starring in Hitchcock’s film of du Maurier’s The Birds.

lack of fitness showed. My pace slowed. The welcome lights of Yass shone in the distance. Finished, at last. Postcript Ben elected to stay overnight at the pub at Boorowa; 300 km was a bit more than he was ready for yet. Anthony finished in time and rode on back to Canberra, usefully contributing to his Sydney–Melbourne 1200 training.

Kerri-Ann is currently the ACT Regional

As the afternoon wore on, I paused at the President and organises 200 to 600 km rides top of a long run down and gazed across the on the ACT calendar. She enjoys encouraging plains towards the obvious Murringo Gap people to enjoy their cycling whatever their 30 km away. A beautiful glowing orange full preference: endurance, commuting, racing, moon rose in the east as I pedalled on to touring, mountain biking. She’s neither grey Boorowa at 250 km. Bob was finishing his nor bearded and has three adult children who all think there are too many bikes cluttering meal as I arrived there to rest and refuel. I the house! And, mixing pleasure with pain, chatted to a café customer. He was full of the racer she met at an Alpine Classic became admiration and awe. Of riding off into the firstly her cycling then life partner. She says, cold as much as the distance I think. The “Although I’m alleged to be the woman who temperature had again dropped. I donned slowed Michael Bentley down, I like to think I all clothes. The last 50 km were hard. My made him go further…It’s all about the ride.”

A lovely view across the plains to Murringo Gap on the horizon

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My first brevet

Hawkesbury Valley, 2009

A Most Remarkable Adventure Stephen Page

The idea of Audax captured me the moment I heard of it two years ago from Dana, a riding companion with his tales of epic 200 km journeys from dawn to dark out of Dapto and the highlands. My Audax baptism was delayed until the Hawkesbury Valley 200 on 2 August 2009 where my pre-ride challenge was to say “no” to myself every time I was tempted to try the 300. Three days from the ride, my front derailleur lever failed. On Saturday morning Bike Addiction replaced it and sold me my first wrap round bike glasses. Then just before the shop closed I remembered the words “road worthy” in the ride rules. Will I be disqualified from my first ride for lack of bell and wheel reflectors? As my flat-top handle bars left nowhere for a bell BA’s Stan, ever modest, friendly and helpful, mounted it on the pump. Sunday saw me up early. With hasty gathering of brevet card and Chris Walsh’s rapid mass lighting checks (“dazzle me”) at 7.03 am my first Audax ride began in company of about a dozen other riders when my bell passed muster by being unobserved. We descended Pennant Hills Road comfortably together, moving between the series of M(X) roads to which Howard Dove played our Indian scout. My bell’s cries as we crossed road corrugations kept me so busy muffling it that, until it slowly succumbed, I had barely enough attention to turn the pedals. Eventually, with bell tamed, I found many of my companions were preparing for the Sydney to Melbourne 1200, a true epic then yet to come. They included the 55th and final rider to register before the cut off, a friendly young American, ingeniously intravenously connected to a series of Gu and Nu bottles, who endeavoured to initiate me in the simpler mysteries of endurance cycling nutrition. Sadly, a hole in my brain passed most names, including his, straight 28

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into hyperspace, but I hope to encounter all again on the road, even if again as strangers. Fortunately, I’ve remembered his advice to chew my Power bars very well, use them only early in the ride, bananas to be saved until later. Dave’s name I do remember. That’s because he discovered my name without my telling him. He remembered it still, even in the entrained road trance at ride end. Early on the M-something a mighty bump filled our lane. Goodbye brevet card! A generous rider, Dave as it emerged, gathered it, made the pass, and having deciphered the card could introduce me to him, which, better mannered than the troglodyte riding beside him, he did: like many others he was doing the 300 today and headed for the Sydney to Melbourne 1200. The M7 bike path provided a nearly striking element of the adventure. Choke points and low-radius blind turns caused abrupt slow downs, very nearly causing collisions. Just a few, including our American comrade, called those we could remember or see. It highlighted the individual character of Audax. The M7, often descending, was succeeded by the mainly flat to descending M4. Somewhere our rolling average temporarily clipped 30, good going I thought, much quicker than my plan. The M4’s easy riding moves sharply into an initially stiffish climb to Glenbrook. As the climb started I tried to unzip my vest which instantly jammed at the top. By Glenbrook I had it within a centimetre of the bottom: thus far and no further. From Glenbrook to Springwood is a smooth switchback. You glide rapidly and breezily down a limited descent to climb

even further, mostly fairly gently, on the roller coaster’s next upward curl. My open vest, still joined at the bottom, was now a voluptuous fluoro orange parachute, making my descents slow and colourfully picturesque. I limited its billowing folds with one hand, bent as low as I could, holding the tops with the other hand, chasing hard and finally found two riders in the far distance who I worked on gaining. They went round a bend still far ahead; I rode harder and rounded the bend: the road was empty. A sign pointed ahead to Springwood, left to Springwood shops. Memory said turn left, but to check I was off the bike for the first of many times to dig out the now better buried bag with brevet card, pen and map. As my computer distance was at great odds with the directions sheet, this didn’t deepen my knowledge, so I punted on shops and rode on, looking for randonneurs and finding just one as I rode through the roundabout, Howard Dove headed out, cheery and brisk respective waves, then slowly through and beyond the shopping centre looking for the signing spot I guessed all those ahead were at (they weren’t), then back into town to find first a convenience (which showed me railways aren’t convenient once the clock is running), then find the bakery, at which there are now two riders, to get my card signed. I managed to dither 40 long minutes in Springwood. Later in the ride I used 40 minutes to far more effect. After engulfing the pastry I bought at card signing, I’m delighted to be loosening stiffened legs on the bike and moving. What can be better than a wind and traffic free country road, a bicycle, the work of the climbs, the swoop and soar of the descents and easy rises, the strong, steady rhythm of the flats?

The run along Hawkesbury River Road is a delightful dream. On one of the longer descents my Cannondale’s quick spinning Ksyrium wheels coast by another randonneur (on my next brevet I temporarily learn his name and find him to be another registered 1200 rider). Then for a long time the road is empty. Here comes Pitt Town—bigger than I thought—along Pitt Town Road per ride directions. When I encounter Chatham Street, which isn’t in the ride notes and not named on my map, I’m obviously lost, and Pitt Town Road becoming Cattai Road is confusing (the notes were silent, though the map showed it). By now the mush inside my skull was bewildered. Guided by many friendly natives, I examined every non-existent exit from Pitt Town, ending in paddocks or dirt tracks.

Arcadia, which in my declining state seemed transaptly named. Having ridden much faster on the bike than planned, but much slower overall, I began to cramp and had to stop a few times to stretch and rest. Later, climbing, just before Brooklyn hill, cramp really struck. To avoid occasional traffic near the tiny sliver of road shoulder I climbed over the rail to stretch and rest by a cliff summit. Rested, I was delighted to find I could complete the climb carefully and slowly in my lowest granny gear. Then came a record slow descent to Brooklyn, cramps stabbing briefly in the

As I’d thought when planning the ride, I was good for 200 which came up near

Back on the bike the cramp was subdued, if lurking, and to my great delight I got up Brooklyn Hill reasonably well, seeing two riders’ big, bright rear lights ahead as they exited a darkened Pie in the Sky, probably motor bikes starting slowly. Fortunately, their speed soon resolved them into bicycles and I came up with them approaching the top: Dave and another 300 rider who I met again at the next brevet (also preparing for the 1200). I rode with them, legs miraculously improving as we went, and as my time tightened (they had plenty in hand), Dave and I went ahead, riding hard, Dave doing nearly all the work. Without Dave to guide and call the turn to what looked like a set of modern municipal chambers, I’d have missed Hornsby Police Station even with its “Police” sign. Dave didn’t come in for card signing. At some mystic point after Springwood Dave had dropped his brevet card.

At the corner of Old Pitt Town Road and Scheyville Road, I was put on track by a man and a boy in an old, rusty ute, the owners of a street directory (the third consulted). So, back to Chatham Street which is exactly where I should have been, to begin again and advance, as it later seemed, to Bow Street with a stern magistrate, but in reality 15 km and into the turns, rises and falls, pot holes and bumps of Halcrows Road where I made my next stop to consult the directions and map plasticbagged with my brevet card. Nothing there! I wasn’t going to give up now. The reverse ride rolled by quite pleasantly, though gradually harder to maintain a good speed, especially while minutely scanning the opposite road edge. After about 5 or so km I encountered another of our randonneur group and waved. He was puzzled to see me headed the wrong way. Soon after I began to think the card was gone for good and such gloom as the ride and now sunny day permitted descended, until after about 15 km of return journey and 500 metres from where I’d unavailingly consulted the map and directions at Old Pitt Town and Scheyville Roads, there it was, run over but intact. Limited gloom over.

across the street to gulp part of a scrummy penne boscaiola I’d ordered earlier, plus phones to loved ones, a lot in a much better spent 40 minutes.

Minutes later Dave’s companion arrived. As for me, I’d got in, but by less than the skin of my teeth.

chill air, then receding. My inadequate one-watt light switched off halfway down, leaving the moon and a little dot light to guide me as I no longer had time to stop to fiddle with or replace the main light. I got the main light going again as I turned off the Highway. From that turn to Brooklyn was subjectively 30 km, slow and tough, in reality about 5 km ridden standing to keep my legs as straight as possible to hold off cramp. Later I realised the control closed 10s of minutes after my arrival, so time was tight. With the general store closed I had the pleasure of a visit to the Anglers Rest hotel (Coke, water and the wash room hand dryer to partly warm my frozen person, plus friendly chiacking by the locals), then

As to whether I should have ridden the 300 as I’d been strongly tempted, especially after chatting with Chris Walsh, counting the ride home when I ignored my car because my legs were far too crumby to drive, I’d ridden 276 km. Though I still had energy to ride further, though slower, I was so cold a major ride ending cramp was inevitable unless I warmed up very soon. Fortunately, home emerged from the road just in time. A 300 not yet possible, but headed in the right direction. All in all a remarkable adventure and far more new things learned than in a month of normal riding. And to Chris Walsh (and other brevet organisers), thanks for putting on the brevet(s) to create these great, yet safe adventures! A first, but not the last, indeed, hopefully far from last, brevet.

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90 km 25-Jul-09, NSW, Woy Woy 90 Series


Organiser: Lindsay Harvey

Stephen George, Brevet Editor

100 km 28-Jun-09, VIC, Wandong Winter Wander

New Brevet Editor needed! Could you do the job? Contact CORRECTIONS 150 km 17-May-09, VIC, Not Just a Blackgate Saunter Organiser: Maxine Riggs & Geof Bagley Sue Horne, Lyn Loudon, Tony Peach, Ralph Wright

200 km 17-May-09, VIC, Not Just a Blackgate Saunter Organiser: Maxine Riggs & Geof Bagley Peter Bennett, Hans Dusink, Barry Hahnel, Elizabeth Hall, George Judkins, Greg Martin, Pam Morrow, Steven Rowlands, Tim Taylor, Simon Watt, Gavin Wright Apologies to Elizabeth Hall and Tim Taylor.


Larissa Beattie, Tom Cox, Stuart De Jong, Geoff Farsnworth, John Florin, Tim Hancock, Lindsay Harvey, Phillip Jang, Ian Maloney, Wok McAlpine, Phil Newby, Kiran Reid, Natasha Sutherland, Ron Webster

Organiser: Kate Greenaway & Lorraine Allen Bridget Aitken, Sarah Baird, Glen Bethel, Ian Boehm, Michael Boehm, Felix Borda, Chris Brewin, Christine Brown, Richard Campbell, Philip Clayton, Robyn Curtis, Jeanette Damen, Charles Day, Henry De Man, Marten De Man, Nick De Man, Fleur Dean, Andy Derham, Pat Dorey, Gareth Evans, Malcolm Faul, Kelly Ford, Howard Gibson, David Graham, Mary Green, John Hagan, Barry Hahnel, Phil Hayes, Mark Hibberd, Liz James, Bill Jeppesen, Paul Lamb, Tim Laugher, Martin Lewis, Ernie Lim, Jason Lindores, Steve Luder, Stuart Mackay, Gavan McCarthy, Barry Moore, Myra Morgan, Steve Morris, David Nickson, Rhonda Nickson, Christine O’Neill, Geoff Payne, Carl Rathbone, Stephen Rowlands, Peter Stephens, Trish Stewart, Andrew Thomas, Leigh Thornton, Mark Wedge

100 km 26-Jul-09, VIC, Toll Free Organiser: Chris Rogers Adrian Cully, Naomi Ellis, Alison Hutchison, John Hutchison, Clinton Le Maitre Clinton, Chris Rogers, Seamus Spillane, Allison Watt, Tanya Wiggins

100 km 26-Jul-09, QLD, Northern Rivers Organiser: Vaughan Kippers

35 km 19-Sept-09, VIC, New Improved Beechworth Boomers #1

Alan Baker, David Booth, Brian Borrell, Michael Clare, Iain Cummings, Chris Lewthwaite, Brian Lowe, David Minter, Dino Morgante, David Pacheco, Damon Permezel

Organiser: Chris Rogers

100 km 2-Aug-09, VIC, Mike Rossiter Memorial

George Allen, Lorraine Allen, Rachel Bucknall, Kirsty Chambers, Stephen Chambers, Pat Dorey, Brian Gavan, Phillip Emslie, Erin Francis, Tim Laugher, Ray Marsh, Steve Murphy, Daniel Neave, Lesley Neave, Chris Rogers, Jeremy Statham, David Syme, Tim Toner, Garry Wall

35 km 19-Sept-09, VIC, New Improved Beechworth Boomers #2 Organiser: Chris Rogers Lorraine Allen, Pat Dorey, Mark McMillan, David Syme

70 km 19-Sept-09, VIC, New Improved Beechworth Boomers #2 Organiser: Chris Rogers Phillip Emslie, Brian Gavan, Tim Laugher, Ray Marsh, Steve Murphy, Daniel Neave, Chris Rogers, Tim Toner, Garry Wall

100 km 19-Sept-09, VIC, New Improved Beechworth Boomers #3 Organiser: Chris Rogers Lorraine Allen, Pat Dorey, Phillip Emslie, Brian Gavan, Tim Laugher, Steve Murphy, Chris Rogers, Garry Wall


Organiser: Reg Goltz Wayne Alexander, Bill Annear, David Arnup, Lloyd Bowman, Phiilp Clayton, Shane Dove, Scott Dyer, Max Edwards, Ian Fraser, Barry Hahnel, David Harrington, Gary Jago, Liz James, David Koshade, Gary Lucas, Neil Luxford, Ruby Luxford, David Murray, Shannon Nash, Jackie Parsons, Bruce Peterson, Mike Renehan, Darryl Ryan, Michael Sonka, Brent Sword, Jacqueline Taylor, Ken Taylor, Bob Tuit, Bill Vandenool, John Verey, Olivia Verey, Jan Walsh, Neville Walsh, David Wheeler, Judith Whelan

100 km 23-Aug-09, VIC, King Parrot Creek Organiser: Peter Martin Bridget Aitken, Jennifer Byrnes, Gareth Evans, Ken Gawne, Jenny Gruenhut, Bill Jeppeson, Anne Lester, Greg Martin, Stephen Rowlands, Andrew Tytherleigh, Westly Windsor

100 km 9-Sept-09, QLD, Rest Day Organiser: Dave Minter Jaques De Groot, John Fausch, Karen Fausch, Andrew Harrex, Arnold Johnson, David Knight, Natasha Laurens, Richard Laurens, David MacKenzie, Merlin Morris, Derek Nicholson, Jane Nimmo, Tony Pratt, Mark Riley, Kerrie Smith, Robert Such

Emily Bruce, Fiona Bruce, Marion Drew, Pat Drew, Vanessa Herbert, Chris Houghton, Janet Hume, Margaret Loiterton, Kathleen Matthews, Ross O’Shea, Jenny Powell, Andrew Raadgever, Ethel Rafferty, Fiona Ross, Lynette Wilson


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100 km 18-Oct09, VIC, Diamonds Forever Organiser: Chris Rogers Diane Daniell, Steve Murphy, Maxine Patterson, Russell Patterson

150 km 28-Jun-09, VIC, Wandong Winter Wander Organiser: Kate Greenaway & Lorraine Allen Peter Curtis, Sonya Degaris, Peter Delphin, Julie Graham, Kees Jan Rijswijk, Suzan Rinkel, Bruce Thomson, David Woodman

150 km 4-Jul-09, VIC, Gales East of the Prom Organiser: Stephen Chambers Henry De Man, Sonya Degaris, Julie Graham, Libby Haynes, Martin Haynes

150 km 5-Sept-09, VIC, Spring into Seymour Organiser: Carolyn Bolton Ken Allender, Steve Ambry, Sonia Degaris, Peter Delphine, John Doran, Jeff Gosbell, Julie Graham, David Killick, Martin Lewis, Myra Morgan, Leigh Thornton, Mark Wedge, Ewan Williams, Steve Xerri

150 km 12-Sept-09, NSW, Knock on Wood Organiser: Howard Dove & Rebecca Morton David Bill, Tim Hancock, Graham Jones, Francis Ng

150 km 19-Sept-09, NSW, Bathurst Weekend Organiser: Graham Jones David Bill, Stuart De Jong, Howard Dove, Hugh Fyson, Lindsay Harvey, Mark Haughton, Chris Hellman, Phillip Hellman, Graham Jones, Gary Keating, Jeremy Lowes, Mark McCorkindale, Bruce McMillan, Rebecca Morton, Malcolm Noad, Philip Owen, Michael Pugh, Allan Tegg, Chris Walsh

150 km 11-Oct-09, NSW, Canola Canter Organiser: Bicycle Wagga Wagga Graham Levett

200 km 28-Jun-09, VIC, Wandong Winter Wander Organiser: Kate Greenaway & Lorraine Allen

100 km 20-Sept-09, NSW, Bathurst Weekend

200 km 4-Jul-09, VIC, Gales East of the Prom

Organiser: Graham Jones

Organiser: Stephen Chambers

Organiser: Henry Boardman

Organiser: Bicycle Wagga Wagga

Craig Alexander, Cheryl Armstrong, Eric Armstrong, Christopher Bailey, Rohan Bailey, Roberta Bailey, Trudi Beck, Garry Brooks, David Deany, Lisa Glastonbury, David Glastonbury, Robyn Hakelis, Wendy Hodge, Jim Hogan, Raymond Loiterton, Jeff MacAulay, Peter Makin, David Neil, Reg Pearce, Phillip Powell, Richard Rogers, Glenn Ross, Michael Rouch, David Swan, Tim Swan, Michelle Taylor, Ros Tilden, Bob Uden, Sara-Jane Uden

Henry Boardman, Richard Pinkerton, Grant White

100 km 19-Sept-09, NSW, Café Ride

Organiser: Kate Greenaway & Lorraine Allen

50 km 11-Oct-09, NSW, Canola Canter

Organiser: Bicycle Wagga Wagga

Steve Atkins, Geof Bagley, Marie Bagley, Simon Cross, Peter Donnan, Richard Freemantle, Trevor Gosbell, Ewwn Hill, Chris Johansen, Leigh Johansen, George Judkins, Helen Lew Ton, Simon Maddison, Greg Martin, Peter Mathews, Hamish Moffatt, Frank Preyer, Bruno Rabl, Graeme Robertson, Chris Rogers, Solveiga Saule, Tim Taylor, Kathryn Temby, Alan Wallace, Kevin Ware, Simon Watt

50 km 28-Jun-09, VIC, Wandong Winter Wander Kate Greenway, Ann Lester, Claire Martin, Pauline Nicholas, Alan Pask, Grant Tudor, Chris Wade

100 km 11-Oct-09, NSW, Canola Canter

Stuart De Jong, Howard Dove, Hugh Fyson, Lindsay Harvey, Graham Jones, Gary Keating, Jeremy Lowes, Bruce McMillan, Rebecca Morton, Malcolm Noad, Philip Owen, Michael Pugh, Allan Tegg, Chris Walsh

Peter Curtis, David Harrington, George Judkins, Greg Martin, Tim Taylor, Kathryn Temby

200 km 26-Jul-09, ACT, G Spotting Organiser: Marea England Howard Dove, Rebecca Morton

200 km, 2-Aug-2009, NSW, Hawkesbury Valley Randonee Organiser: Chris Walsh Johan Brinch, Nick Cooper, Adrian Emilson, Douglas Kennedy, Rebecca Morton, Stephen Page, Roderick Smythe

200 km, 8-Aug-2009, NSW, The Royal Ride Organiser: Henry Boardman Henry Boardman, Charles Dennis, Howard Dove, Rebecca Morton, Brad North, Steve Peters, Pinkerton Richard, Maggie Tran

200 km 8-Aug-2009, QLD, Six Bumps and One Hill Organiser: Vaughan Kippers Alan Baker, Emery Bridge, Michael Clare, Stuart Dowell, Graham Edmonds, John Fitter, Mark Fulloon, Kim Grylls, Roger Hawley, Joe Holcombe, Chris Lewthwaite, Michael McKean, Russell Parkin, Deidre Rennick, Shane Waller, Ken Warren

200 km 15-Aug-09, VIC, Ballarat Bertie Organiser: Chris Rogers Henry De Man, Colin Fraser, Brian Gavan, William Goldfinch, George Judkins, Rob Leviston, Greg Martin, Peter Mathews, Dean Niclasen, Chris Rogers, Arno Van Der Schans, Kevin Ware, David Woodman

200 km, 16-Aug-2009, ACT, Tablelands Trot Organiser: Joel McFarlane-Roberts Michael Bentley, Mark Collins, Howard Dove, Claire Graydon, Michael James, Joel McFarlane-Roberts, Bob McHugh, Rebecca Morton, Tom Nankivell, Kerri-Ann Smith

200 km 23-Aug-09, VIC, King Parrot Creek Organiser: Peter Martin Henry De Man, Elizabeth Hall, George Judkins, Leigh Paterson, Pepe Ochoa, Gavin Wright

200 km 29-Aug-09, VIC, Central Lakes Tour Organiser: Barry Parsons Alister Douglas, Trevor Gosbell, George Judkins, Greg Martin, Gordon Ross, Leah Ross, Debbie Wright, Ian Wright

200 km, 30-Aug-2009, NSW, Central Coast Organiser: Malcolm Rogers Paul Armishaw, Douglas Kennedy, Rebecca Morton, Stephen Page, Chris Walsh

200 km 12-Sept-09, QLD, Wonders of Glorious Mee Organiser: Dino Morgante Alan Baker, Michael Clare, Peter Gillogley, Vaughan Kippers, Brian Lowe, Alex Morgan, Grant Noble, Matthew Stenson, Duncan Young, Eric Young

200 km 19-Sept-09, VIC, Wild Wild West Organiser: Merryn & Stephen Rowlands Rose Benton, Ed Chan, Hans Dusink, David Ellis, Trevor Gosbell, Leigh Johansen, Peter Mathews, Greg Martin, Hamish Moffatt, Kevin Ware, Adrian Whear

200 km, 27-Sept-2009, NSW, Central Coast Organiser: Malcolm Rogers Garry Armsworth, Dave Hart, Douglas Kennedy, Andrew McClennan, Francis Ng, Jonathan Page, Eu Ho Siew

200 km 3-Oct-2009, QLD, Travelling South Organiser: Martin Pearson/ Sandy Vigar Roger Hawley, Liz Pearson, Errol Ross, George Row

“Let’s think the unthinkable, let’s do the undoable, let’s prepare to grapple with the ineffable itself, and see if we may not eff it after all.” Douglas Adams

Organiser: Carolyn Bolton Geof Bagley, Henry De Man, Hans Dusink, David Ellis, Barry Hahnel, George Judkins, Rodney Kruz, Greg Martin, Pauline Nicholas, Joseph Owens, Leigh Paterson, Chris Rogers, Leah Ross, Gordon Ross, Grant Tudor, Kevin Ware, Simon Watt, David Woodman

200 km 12-Sept-09, NSW, Knock on Wood Organiser: Howard Dove & Rebecca Morton Cameron Ainslie, Paul Baynham, Howard Dove, Wayne Hickman, Trevor King, Richard Makin, Rebecca Morton, Ricky O’Brien, Jonathan Page, Warren Page, Mark Scragg

Stephen Atkins

300 km 29-Aug-09, VIC, Central Lakes Tour Organiser: Barry Parsons Stephen Chambers, Andrew Thomas

300 km 29-Aug-09, QLD, Bunya’s or Bust Organiser: Elizabeth Zeller Alan Baker, Adam Barrow, Stuart Dowell, Pat Lehane, Brian Lowe, Alex Morgan, Bruce Pickering

300 km, 30-Aug-2009, NSW, Hunter Valley Organiser: Malcolm Rogers Peter Barlow, Geoffrey Burge, Howard Dove, Phillip Jang, Ricky O’Brien, Mark Scragg

300 km, 5-Sept-2009, NSW, Bungonia Organiser: Barry Stevenson Howard Dove, Greg Lansom, Rebecca Morton, Steve Peters, Richard Pinkerton, Maggie Tran

300 km, 5-Sept-2009, ACT, Spring Weddin’ Organiser: Bob McHugh Bob McHugh, Anthony Nocka, Kerri-Ann Smith

300 km 19-Sept-09, VIC, Wild Wild West Organiser: Merryn & Stephen Rowlands

200 km, 3-Oct-2009, VIC, Noojee Loop Organiser: Keith & Eryl Lowe Paul Balchin, Eddie Chan, Paul Conroy, Roger Cortis, Peter Curtis, Hans Dusink, Ian Fromholze, Reg Goltz, Dave Harrington, Mark Hooy, Elizabeth James, George Judkins, Neils Klazenga, Roger Lancaster, Barry Moore, Brian Norman, Pepe Ochoa, Glenn Pannam, Leigh Paterson, John Retchford, Chris Rogers, Andrew Rose, Steve Rowlands, Igor Tesic, Colin Thompson, Adrian Whear

200 km 10-Oct-09, NSW, The Long Loop Organiser: Howard Dove & Rebecca Morton Cameron Ainslie, Ron Gauld, Timothy Hancock, Lindsay Harvey, Bonsan Lee, Roger Leigh, Francis Ng, Ricky O’Brien, Jonathan Page, Kieran Reid, Mark Scragg

200 km 11-Oct-09, NSW, Canola Canter Organiser: Bicycle Wagga Wagga Andrew Blake, Michael Dunn, Garry Wall

200 km 5-Sept-09, VIC, Spring into Seymour

300 km 15-Aug-09, VIC, Ballarat Bertie Organiser: Chris Rogers

200 km 18-Oct09, VIC, Diamonds Forever Organiser: Chris Rogers Henry De Man, Greg Martin, Chris Rogers, Tim Taylor, Kevin Ware

300 km, 2-Aug-2009, NSW, Hawkesbury Valley Randonee Organiser: Chris Walsh Geoff Burge, Howard Dove, David Hart, Phillip Jang, Trevor King, Eu Ho Siew, Craig Stevens, Garry Wall

Mark Hooy, George Judkins, Leigh Paterson, Frank Preyer, Bruno Rabl, Tim Taylor

300 km 10-Oct-09, NSW, The Long Loop Organiser: Howard Dove & Rebecca Morton Geoffrey Burge, Howard Dove, Dave Hart, Phillip Jang, Trevor King, Greg Lansom, Peter McCallum, Rebecca Morton, Grant White

400 km 15-Aug-09, VIC, Ballarat Bertie Organiser: Chris Rogers Peter Heal

400 km, 27-Sept-2009, NSW, Hunter Valley Organiser: Malcolm Rogers Peter Barlow, Howard Dove, Phillip Jang, Trevor King, Rebecca Morton, Ricky O’Brien

400 km 3-Oct-2009, QLD, Travelling South Organiser: Martin Pearson/ Sandy Vigar Alan Baker, John Fitter, David King, Brian Lowe

PERMANENTS 200 Hawkesbury Valley Ricky O’Brien 23-Aug-09 Randonnee 200 Seven Ascents Garry Armsworth 30-Jul-09 200 Seven Ascents

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200 Spencer Loop

Garry Armsworth 28-Aug-09


200 Spencer Loop

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Last Updated Sunday, 8 November 2009

Checkpoint Summer 2009/10



Hall of Fame for Oppy The Sir Hubert Opperman Museum at Rochester is adding a Hall of Fame section, showcasing its local sporting heroes. The first sporting hero is naturally Oppy, and the display board (shown left) has been installed. Next time you’re in the area, drop by and dip your lid to the great endurance cyclist and our former patron.

Saturday morning ride A roadie gets up early, as he has for so many Saturday morning rides, and softly slips out of the bedroom so as not to wake his wife. He dresses quietly in the next room, grabs his helmet and water bottles, and goes out to pump the tyres.

Future display boards in the Museum will include Sharelle McMahon, the current Australian Netball Team captain.

As the garage door opens he’s confronted by windswept rain. He’s ridden before in these conditions. He doesn’t like it, but when it’s Saturday morning he never misses. He ponders the dismal conditions and then retreats to the kitchen to tune a small TV to The Weather Channel. The forecast only sounds worse. This is one Saturday when he just can’t make it happen. As thunder booms in the distance, he slips off his shoes, quietly returns to the bedroom, undresses and slips back into bed. There he cuddles up to his wife’s back and whispers, “The weather out there is terrible.” To which she sleepily replies, “Yeah, can you believe my husband went riding in that crap?”

Geography In the ‘Greenwood Village Mews’ at Dingley, Victoria, (Melway 88 G 8) is a thoroughfare not listed in street directories, named as Audax Mews. Out among the sheepish folk of Western District, is an elevated spot (Vicroads 91 B 6) named as Ewen Hill.

Mmm, chocolate milk A recent study published in Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism examined the effects of three recovery drinks on endurance performance following glycogen-depleting exercise. Nine trained male cyclists performed three experimental trials, in a randomised counter-balanced order, consisting of a glycogendepleting trial, a 4-hour recovery period, and a cycle to exhaustion at 70% power at maximal oxygen uptake. At 0 and 2 hours into the recovery period, participants consumed chocolate milk, a carbohydrate replacement drink, or a fluid replacement drink. Participants cycled 51% and 43% longer after ingesting chocolate milk (32 ± 11 min) than after ingesting the carbohydrate replacement drink (21 ± 8 min) or the fluid replacement drink (23 ± 8 min). The researchers concluded that chocolate milk is an effective recovery aid after prolonged endurance exercise for subsequent exercise at low-moderate intensities. Appl. Physiol. Nutr. Metab. 34(1): 78–82 (2009)

Indigo blues Picture taken 6 am Sunday 21 November of George Judkins and Rodney Kruz about to set off on the 2009 Indigo Classic 200 km, both on 2008 Malvern Star “Oppys” on a rather wet day. Sir Hubert would have been proud of ‘em I dare say. Beechworth received about 50 mm of rain that day, after enduring 38°C two days previously. Both George and Rod again completed the 200 km Indigo successfully despite both being “hammered” by a vicious gusty south-westerly front with heavy rain about 30–60 minutes before finishing. George reported the rain being so heavy he couldn’t see the road for a while! Fraser Rowe


Checkpoint Summer 2009/10


Checkpoint No. 42 (Summer 2009/10)  

Ride reports: * A Spring Weddin' 300 * Dawn 'til Dusk Series 2008/09 * Super Brevet Scandinavian 1200 * Tour de Timor 2009...

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