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The endurance cyclist’s magazine

No. 36 Winter 2008

Cascade 1200 Warm in Washington Opperman All Day Trial The Pleasures of the Fleche Alpine Classic “I can’t wait till next year”


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Contents The Audax Club of Australia Inc.

President’s Pedals..............................4

Association No. A0014462N

Letters..............................................5

President Garry Armsworth - 0411 252 772 president@audax.org.au

The Cascade 1200.............................6

Vice President Barry Moore - 03 9803 6529 barrykmoore@optushome.com.au Secretary Roslyn Russell - 0412 482 400 secretary@audax.org.au Treasurer Stephen Chambers - 03 5952 5969 treasurer@audax.org.au

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The Alpine Classic..............................10 Alpine Classic in review......................12 Training Notes...................................14 Changes to our Ride Rules..................16

Cascade 1200 Warm in Washi ngton Opperman All Day Trial The Pleasures of the Fleche

My first brevet...................................18 Secretary’s Report..............................20

Alpine Class ic “I can’t wait till next

Noticeboard.......................................21

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Update: Around Australia...................21 Oppy 2008........................................23

Greg Cunningham and Toni Mostyn tackle Mt Buffalo on the Alpine Classic

Membership Secretary Lorraine Allen - 03 5783 2427 membership@audax.org.au

Just One Moore Oppy.........................25

Brevet Secretary Simon Watt simon.watt@swpl.com

Le Raid Pyrenean...............................30

Show me the money..........................37

Choosing a headlight..........................32

Audax and audaciousness.....................38

Randonneur Awards...........................34

The Waters Edge Wander...................40

Backpedal..........................................36

Brevets..............................................41

Committee Members Bjorn Blasse - 0404 866 078 chopper@pushbike.org Russell Freemantle - 03 9395 4963 RusselljFreemantle@hotmail.com Martin Haynes bajebaju@dcsi.net.au David Minter - 0419 755 302 susandave@fastmail.fm Region Presidents ACT Marea England - 0432 275 074 ruby.redcar@hotmail.com NSW Chris Walsh - 02 9924 2200 sydney@audax.org.au QLD Vaughan Kippers - 07 3376 6761 v.kippers@uq.edu.au SA Ian Peak - 0417 834 525 ian@cpsu.asn.au TAS Paul Gregory - 03 6229 3811 pgregory@bigpond.com VIC Gareth Evans - 0408 497 721 gareth.d.evans@gmail.com WA Nick Dale - 0400 300 850 wa.president@audax.org.au NZ Duncan McDonald +64 (0)3 732 3030 paruig@yahoo.co.nz

The Pleasures of the Fleche................26

Photo: Top Shots

Who was E. A. Maddock?....................29

Editorial Recently I was in conversation with one of the Beach Road regulars, and mentioned in passing that I was a member of Audax. He responded, “Oh, they’re like the bushwalkers of cyclists.” I’d never really thought about it like that before. I don’t think my companion had intended to be rude, and neither was I offended as I’m a (lapsed) bushwalker. On reflection I think that it’s a pretty fair assessment: there are a number of similarities between bushwalkers and randonneurs. Self-reliance, for starters. Less emphasis on the destination and more on the journey. A tendency to ramble into odd and out-of-the-way places. A preference for comfort over speed. Stoic endurance of (and even delight in) all climatic conditions. And so on. Along those lines, I began to wonder whether this fits with the experiences and impressions of other Audax riders. Does the “bushwalking cyclist” label sit well with you? Or does that just rub your fur the wrong way? I’d be fascinated to hear others’

thoughts on the topic of  “Audax is like… because…” You may have noticed that this issue of Checkpoint arrived under a new printed cover slip, which replaced the old sticky address labels. Where more than one member resides at a given address, we usually send a single copy. In the past, this was done by piling all of the address labels onto one copy. Now it will be sent to a ‘primary’ addressee. In most cases we’ve been able to work out who this should be, but for a few we’ve (ahem) made a guess. If we’ve got it wrong, please notify the correct addressee to checkpoint@audax.org.au. Finally I’d like to thank everyone who sent feedback to me and the National Executive Committee in regard to the coloured cover on the Autumn issue, all of it positive. I was pleasantly surprised with how it came out and it looks like colour is here to stay.

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President’s Pedals with Garry Armsworth

In April the National Executive Committee gathered in Lancefield over a weekend for its first face to face meeting since 2006. As in 2006, we set ourselves a full agenda to get through, discussion of issues continued informally through dinner on Saturday night and we had no time to go out and ride. An important topic for the agenda was the future direction of the types of rides Audax would offer and the organisation of those rides. No doubt many of you will recall the animated debate created late last year by the suggestion that the number of longer rides (1000s and 1200s) be limited in order to encourage greater participation in those events and a better experience for participants. A decision was reached relatively quickly on this issue and the Committee decided that it would not limit the number of these longer rides but the National Calendar Coordinator would be delegated the authority to ensure that we avoid the clashes that have occurred on occasions in the past where, for example, 1000 km rides have been held on the same weekend in adjacent regions. The Committee reaffirmed its commitment to running Euraudax rides and also to the creation of permanent rides in the 2008/09 year. Permanents take the format of generally well known fixed routes in a region that riders will be able to ride on a date convenient to them; permanents will not be Audax Club Parisien homologated events (as ACP requires ride dates to be fixed) but will be locally homologated, be subject to the usual Audax ride rules and will qualify for Australian awards. A further ride event option that the Committee considered was whether a new category of non-ACP homologated rides (200 km and above) should be established to provide greater flexibility in the calendar of rides. The Committee decided against this on the basis that with a well constructed calendar of BRM and Euraudax rides supplemented by permanents, there should not be the need to make regular adjustments to the calendar. 4

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Ride management is no doubt to many readers a less sexy topic than the type of rides but for the Committee, risk assessment and risk management plans, incident reports, minimum standards for ride materials (such as route directions and maps) and the mentoring of ride organisers are all issues that the Committee needs to exercise their collective minds on. The need to improve the club’s administrative processes through greater use of technology and reduce the reliance on a small number of hard working club members was a theme we returned to a few times during the conference. The IT development strategy is centred around use of the website for a broad range of functions with the grand plan involving members being able to update their contact details, enter rides and apply for awards all online. In the background, ride organisers will be entering ride results on-line, ride results will get to the international brevet secretary or Australian brevet secretary without data being re-keyed and our membership and awards secretaries will have vastly reduced workloads. The ‘grand plan’ will of course take some time to achieve but we are on track to have the membership database on-line for members by the end of the year. Other areas of discussion included the constitution, governance, harnessing member resources for ad hoc tasks (something we’ve not been very good at) and awards. The last point being one of interest to members at large; so if you’ve made it this far through my president’s report, here’s your reward: if you complete a Super Series this year you will not only be able to get an Audax Australia Super Randonneur award but will also be able to apply for the Audax Club Parisien Super Randonneur award (and medallion). Finally while on the topic of awards, the Committee also approved one new award—a ‘year round’ award which is yet to be officially named but as the name implies it will be available to members who complete at least one BRM ride each month in the Audax year. Suggestions for an official name for the award will be gratefully received. Enjoy your cycling

Editor & Producer Trevor Gosbell checkpoint@audax.org.au Brevet Editor Stephen George checkpoint@audax.org.au Distribution Ian Boehm checkpoint@audax.org.au Subscription Enquiries Lorraine Allen membership@audax.org.au Contributions, especially those accompanied by photos and graphics, are always welcome. The closing date for the next issue is 1 August, for publication in September 2008. Please send to: checkpoint@audax.org.au, or Editor PO Box 12144 A’Beckett St Melbourne VIC 8006 ••• Disclaimer Opinions expressed in this magazine are those of the respective authors, and not necessarily those of the Audax Club of Australia Inc. Borrowing this copy? To receive your own copy, simply join the club at www.audax.org.au/ membership.htm or write to the above address. Free backissues: You can download backissues of this magazine from the club’s website at www.audax.org.au > News > Magazine. ••• Website www.audax.org.au Webmaster Mike Boehm web@audax.org.au


Letters Send your letters to checkpoint@audax.org.au. For those members that have been around since 1998, and especially those who went to PBP 1999, it is with sadness that I pass on the news that Peter O’Callaghan passed away on 3 June 2008 after a three-year battle with prostate cancer. At the age of 59 Peter completed PBP in a time of 85 hours; at 61 he and I rode the Alpine Classic together in a time of 7 hours 35 minutes. He was never a person to give up and believed he could beat the cancer but unfortunately it was not to be. He was a great friend and mentor to many people.

Leigh Paterson I would like to propose an event that covers long distance and allows sleep. This new style of Audax event consisting of at least five rides of an average of 200 km held on consecutive days. I’d like to call this a ‘Lap’. This type of events could be run in a number of ways. 1. Linear. Rides start in A, finish in B, start in B the next day and so on. 2. Centric. Set up in a town and have 200 km loops each day. 3. A combination of both. Support offered would be at the discretion of the organiser. For example: 1. Supply a route, homologation requirements and paperwork. 2. Group accommodation bookings. 3. Luggage transport between stopovers. 4. Catering (at any level). The Deed of the Lap

1. The Lap is to consist of five or more rides held on consecutive days. 2. The rides must average 200 km in length. 3. Each ride must be completed at better than 15 km/h.

4. Each ride should start from where the previous days ride finished. 5. A single brevet will be awarded for the event. 6. A rider may take one non-riding day every four days to provide support. 7. All the rules of Audax Australia will be apply. 8. All participants must be Audax/ Cycling Australia members. 9. Riders are expected to help the organisers wherever possible. The Proposal

I would like to schedule one of these events for March or April 2009. I would prefer to run this out of school holidays, in a period without a full moon. I am not sure what to run at the moment. My current options are either ‘The Audax Lap of Victoria’ or ‘The Alpine Lap’ (see below for route details). My first preference is the The Audax Lap of Victoria but I am a bit daunted by this. To get this project off the ground, I would like to call for expressions of interest to participate in the event, and to help organise the event. Organising roles could include mapping, catering, transport, accounting, homologation, accommodation. The level of support I would like to offer for this initial event is: 1. Transport of one bag for each rider between stopovers. 2. Group booking of accommodation at stopovers in caravan parks, youth hostels. 3. Catering of a simple breakfast (e.g. cereal, toast, tea/coffee, etc.)

that onerous. I am a trifle worried that this may become popular. I am also worried that this won’t get off the ground. The only way to find out is to push the idea out there and see how it flies, or not, as the case may be. Possible Routes

1. The Audax Lap of Victoria Melbourne

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See also http://tinyurl.com/lap-du-vic Interested?

If you are interested in participating in, and/or assisting with this project, or running you own, please contact me at temb@optusnet.com.au or 03 9806 1567 after hours.

Tony Bolduan

4. Possible lunch catering (for remote lunch stops). The Reason

I’ve always wanted to ride a thousand miles; this seems to be a good way to do it. The last time I had a good Audax idea, it was the Alpine Classic. Fortunately, Peter Annear was around, and he organised the ride. I must add that running an unsupported ride for seven people was not

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Martin the Magnificent Australians at the Cascade 1200 Barry Moore

There have been no Australians on the two previous occasions that the Cascade 1200 has been held. This year, Martin Haynes, Peter Moore and Barry Moore set out to rectify the situation. Washington State is in the US Pacific Northwest. The Cascade Mountains lie to the inland of Seattle, the largest city, and separate the more temperate coastal weather patterns from the hotter inland. The Cascade 1200 is organised by the Seattle International Randonneurs (SIR) and starts at Monroe, a small town about 60 km north-east of Seattle. For most, this is a ride of four days. There is designated night stop each day. Although you are not forced to use the night stop, it is the most obvious thing to do as there are no other good options unless you are able to provide your own support. This is an interesting way to do a 1200 as it keeps riders a bit closer

Photo: Seattle Randonneur

Sunset at White Pass, overlooking Mt Rainier

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together and gives the ride some feeling of cohesion. Course changes were made up to a few days before the ride as it became clear which roads would be open, following late snow in the area. The final course gave days of 361 km, 332 km, 290 km and 261 km, for a total of 1243 km. The Cascade 1200 had been run before in 2005 and 2006, but with no previous Australian entrants. This year three of us were making the attempt. Martin and Libby Haynes had come over two weeks before the event, to do some car touring in the area and (for Martin) cycling over

sections of the course. Peter Moore left Melbourne two weeks before the event and flew to Vancouver to successfully complete the Vancouver Island 1000 the week before Cascade. I flew out of Melbourne ten days before the ride and joined Martin and Libby for some car camping and a little cycling. None of us had done many long rides since the 2007 PBP. Peter and I had done the Oppy and Martin had done the Raid Ochre (Alice Springs–Darwin). Day 1: Monroe–Naches (361 km)

After a 6.00 am start, the first day took us south through farm and forest country then east to cross the Cascades at White Pass then down to the night stop at the Naches.


Cascade 1200 The first day is the flattest of the ride, until White Pass is reached. Peter, Martin and I all settled well and made steady progress through pleasant country, with just the occasional view of the imposing bulk of Mt Rainier. At 14,410 ft, Mt Rainier is more than twice as high as Australia’s Mt Kosciusko. (Sorry for the old language, but you quickly get used to it in the US. It is a great irony that more than two centuries after the War of Independence, the US is about the only country still using Imperial units.) The Packwood control is at 255 km, just before the start of the climb up White Pass (4500 ft). Peter and Martin were a little ahead of me here, with the two Moores beginning to suffer in the increasing heat. The day had started cool but had warmed up by mid afternoon, probably approaching 90 °F (32 °C). The Seattle papers had been forecasting ‘near record’ temperatures for the time of year (still not peak summer), with 90 or so on the Pacific side of the Cascades and 100 or more inland. Peter and I both suffered on the climb, but Martin was strong. The Moores did Australia proud by independently executing the Bazza McKenzie chunder at successive contrôles on either side of White Pass.

The descent from White Pass to the contrôle at Clear Lake is fantastic, though best enjoyed in daylight. Martin reached the overnight contrôle at 1.30, with Peter an hour later and me a further 20 minutes.

About 10 km before the contrôle at Lodgepole Campground, I had seen Martin coming back down. He came across the road and stopped for a chat. He was looking fresh, composed and completely in control. As I was less than two hours behind and feeling OK, I was definitely still in with a Day 2: Naches–Quincy (332 km) chance. I had earlier passed Peter, who was There is a great advantage in this ride in getting away early. Whilst the ride not travelling well. When he found out that can be treated as four separate days, the the forecast for the next day was for more effects accumulate, particularly in the heat. heat, he pulled out at the contrôle and rode Getting in to the night stop earlier means over the pass and back down to Monroe. getting out earlier and that means doing a From Naches through Yakima, Vernita, bit more of the work before the heat settles. Mattawa, Quincy, Dry Falls, Farmer and Day 2 starts with a climb of 70 km, nearly to Malott is 380 km with just about no to Chinook Pass. You then turn around shade. This is called ‘high desert’ but is and come back through Naches. The final probably less than 1500 feet. It is basically route changes reduced the climb, due to arid saltbush country, similar to a lot of the additional distance on Day 1. A longer outback Australia. It had rained, so this second day would have made this ride even desert was a soft green, similar to what you see around Alice Springs when it is not too more difficult. dry. Look at it on Google Map and you see We had quite a few headwinds on this two colours: green where it is irrigated and ride and one of them was on the way up brown everywhere else. Chinook Pass. The climb was minimal, The difference to the Australian desert perhaps an average of 1% and followed the impressive American River through a is that they have water. They have rivers superb forest. Despite the early start and that we can’t even dream about. The river the stimulating surroundings, the heat was systems drain the mighty Cascades and a fair swag of Canada (ask the Canadians already becoming oppressive. who irrigates Washington). They have

Photo: Seattle Randonneur

Barry rides along the Rattlesnake Hills with Ian Fairweather

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Photo: Maile Neel

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Washington Pass

Martin rode strongly through this day and heavy snow in winter and quite a bit of rain at other times. On our car camping tour, must have reached the contrôle at Quincy we had seen the massive irrigation systems Middle School soon after midnight. He left based on the Columbia River. Water is a message for me that he would be woken at taken directly from the Columbia as well as 4.30 am. That was too early for me as I did being pumped into a separate river system. not reach Quincy until 3.30 am, having a lot It appears that you just take desert, add a of trouble over the final 100 km. little water and produce an amazing volume and variety of food. Martin and Libby were Day 3: Quincy–Mazama (290 km) able to recognise much of it and there were The route out of Quincy is through some signs to help. They grow corn, cherries, an extensive irrigated area to Ephrata. alfalfa, grass hay, potatoes and much else. Then it is up along the Grand Coulee, a Some of this is used to supply huge feedlot natural feature that provides for a series of dairy operations. irrigation dams. The first climb was a steep 3 km (maybe less) up to the secret contrôle The response of SIR to the unexpected at Dry Falls. heat was to put in additional water/ice stops. This worked very well for the riders Ride organiser Mark Thomas was at Dry but must have strained the organisational Falls with ice, drinks and potato salad. A resources. I carried two 950 ml bidons and little further on, we joined National Route a 1.5 l hydration pack and only ran out of 2. The stretch from Dry Falls to well past fluid once. the next contrôle at Farmer is as bad as it gets. There is no shade, nowhere to take the At every contrôle, or any stop, there was bike off the road and nowhere to sit. The lots of ice. At servos, riders would buy a bag heat was searing. It must have been well of ice use what they needed and leave the over 100  ° and the reported 111 °F (44 °C) at rest for others. Ice socks were also provided. Farmer could have been correct. One rider These are long socks filled with ice and had a reading of 45 °C on the road earlier closed off with a rubber band. You would in the day. drape it around your neck and the melting ice would drip down your front. Although I struggled badly here as I had been heavy they gave some relief from the heat. unable to take in sufficient food in the heat. 8

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The Farmer contrôle is an old community hall, except that the community has disappeared or maybe never was or maybe is just widely dispersed. Anyway, all that is there is an isolated wooden hall, two outhouses with pit toilets (dunno know whether they are Mens and Womens or one is kept for the exclusive use of the Cascade riders) and a switch box. I was forced to abandon about 20 km beyond Farmer. Meanwhile, Martin was well on his way to Malott or could have been through already. It was interesting to be driven over the remainder of the Day 3 route, though unfortunately in the dark. The descent into Bridgeport seemed to go forever, though some had rain on this stretch. The Malott contrôle had a good range of food at a crucial time (but too late for me). The forest climb up Loup Loup was long and probably steeper than White Pass. After Loup Loup, there was still quite a bit of riding to do before the night contrôle was reached— downhill at first then undulating. I caught just a glimpse of Martin, on our way to the overnight contrôle at the Mazama resort. He was looking good on the bike and didn’t seem to be struggling at all.


Cascade 1200 Day 4: Mazama–Monroe (261 km)

I woke at 5.35 am feeling good and immediately wondered why I would not ride a bike through such beautiful country. I met a chirpy Martin at breakfast and he invited me to join him. He had reached Mazama at about 1.00 am so had managed a good sleep. The ride organisers were happy for me to go on as an unofficial. We got away at about 6.30 am and immediately commenced the climb of Washington Pass (5477 ft). I rode with more people that day than on the previous three. Most had slept at Mazama but some had been forced to ride straight through. Martin at Clear Lake contrôle

That last day of the Cascade 1200 is about as good as it gets on a bike. It was a ‘holy shit!’ kind of day. You would look up and see another jagged, snow-flanked mountain, look across at another powerful cascade or ride over another canyon. Every turn revealed another postcard shot or ten. We finally got to the top of the pass, to be met by Libby. Then it was down and up a bit to Rainy Pass then out and down through the marvellous North Cascades. There were some tough, boring and bland bits and some headwinds on that last day, but the first half (at least) was fantastic.

I figured I was there to help Martin, but he did not need it and we were probably an equal partnership for much of the day. Martin created a minor ruckus at the McDonald’s when he fell asleep at the table and his order was taken by another customer. But the Maccas lady sorted it and we got another meal. We grouped with two Americans before the last contrôle (Granite Falls). One of them rode with a well-programmed GPS on his handlebar. The final 32 km is lumpy, messy and navigationally difficult. It would be dreadful to do it tired, alone, working from the cue sheet and rushing to make the cut. It was certainly good to be riding in a group over the last leg. We arrived in Monroe at 12.04 am (with 12 hrs 56 mins in the saddle and a riding average of 20.3 km/h), to be greeted by cheers from a very small throng, including Libby and Peter. Then it was a bit of pizza and a little bit of beer and some chat. Peter and I then retreated to our motel room where he disassembled and packed my bike and I showered and packed to get out on an early plane. Cascade 1200

This is not an easy ride. Adverse conditions can only make it harder. Martin Haynes was magnificent. He was strong, composed and persistent. And, as far as I can tell, he never lost his sense of humour or the sparkle in his eye. There were 57 starters and 40 finishers in the 1200, with 9 starters and 7 finishers in the 1000. Of the 11 women who started the 1200, 10 finished. Well done Martin. Well done Libby. Well done Seattle International Randonneurs. And thanks to all the help I had from Peter, Martin and Libby and the support we all had from Australia. It helps. My advice for those contemplating a future Cascade 1200? Include the ride in a longer trip in the area. If hot weather is forecast for the ride, go to the beach instead.

Photo: Seattle Randonneur

Footnote

He’s unstoppable. At press time, Martin was preparing to tackle the Rocky Mountain 1200 starting on 23 July, along with fellow Australian John Evans. For more information see the BC Randonneurs web site: www.randonneurs.bc.ca/rocky/. Checkpoint Winter 2008

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The Alpine Classic: One rider’s tale Petrina Quinn

I’d previously shied away from the Audax Alpine Classic held in late January and run since 1986. Usually we’re interstate on the annual family sojourn to Tasmania. That was my claim. Quietly though I felt the heat and the hills would do me in and I’d come scampering back to the Land of Many Crows defeated by this Audax. For many Wagga cyclists the Alpine Classic is among those events etched into the annual calendar, partly because it’s geographically accessible (only being two to three hours drive south), the town is welcoming, the Ovens River affords a cooling retreat adjacent to the Alpine Classic action and the town is tourist oriented with good food and wine and explorations to be had by non-rider family and friends. After all one can’t expect the support team to wait around for hours hoping for a brief glimpse as you pass through to the next checkpoint! Throw-and-go: Setting off from Bright

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I took the minimum, and a whole lot less as an event official and he offered words than many I observed, but enough to be self- of encouragement at the start line-up. My sufficient: two bidons, three tubes and tools, mates were strategically positioned at the gels for between checkpoints, arm warmers, front of the 200 km 6.20 am start bunch: vest, head warmer and anti-inflamatory Andrew Blake, Mike Dunn, Gary Skeers, tabs just in case. I’d pre-hydrated, carbed, Steve Lee, Lionel Harmer, Mike Fitzgerald, Dan Uden, Adrian Hamilton, Sorcha Flett, and magnesiumed in the days prior. Andrew Smith, to name some. I too was in It was an eerie beginning for 6.20 am that bunch but towards the back, electing starters on the 200 km course. The half- for a gentler rollout without pressure. The light hid a few tales it was clear. The flashing atmosphere reflected the origins of Audax lights and fluorescence and the buzz of with the French-inspired Bonjour Bright voices exuded a magic and anticipation. festival adding a cultural element to the Wagga legend Ray Stenhouse volunteered physical one before us.


Photo: C Jamison

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Onward and upward: Rounding the hairpin bend near Mackeys Lookout.

Temperatures were in the mid thirties, but strangely the cloud cover kept the road temperatures a little down and a breeze here and there softened the harsh sun. I believe 2006 was a terrible scorcher, and in 2003 the event was abandoned as bushfires roared. For 2008, I was able to keep myself hydrated—but only just. The usual springs off the hill-sides were either absent or a trickle. Temperatures in the forties would have devastated the field, as they did in 2006.

ascents, and never gave the descents a thought. What a mistake. I lost my nerve, and never relaxed on the bends, never took a line, burnt the brake pads and heated the wheels. Mt Beauty was a quick respite before I regrouped to tackle the long climb to Falls Creek (1560 m).

the descent to Mt Beauty, up the Gap and to a great lunch in Bright. This was enjoyed with Michael Dunn, but we nearly relaxed too much, before committing to the last and most mentally demanding leg, the ascent of Mt Buffalo (1330 m).

After Bright you first travel along the But just as the ascent of Tawonga Gap was valley to Porepunkah before winding exciting, so too Falls Creek, as I occupied my through stunning mountain ash country to mind by counting the gun riders descending, Mt Buffalo. I was determined not to smash amazed at their speed and agility. I couldn’t myself and enjoy what I could of these wait to spot a Wagga rider. Then they came, mountains…if that could be possible. Indeed Leaving Bright (300 m) in the valley first to catch my eye was Steve Lee, then I was able to keep reserves high enough, and floor you cycle to Germantown and start Dan Uden then Sorcha Flett. They seemed cramps at bay long enough, to do just that. climbing towards Tawonga Gap. I’d heard to melt into the mountain. I just sensed that Mt Buffalo is gorgeous—the climb though unhappy tales about the ascent of Tawonga Sorcha was gaining on a few, right down on claimed a few with cramps and dehydration. Gap at 885 m. When I got there I asked her bars and pedaling with fury, her wild Again, yes there was Blakey descending this Andrew Blake, who was just about to leave, long hair streaming behind. We clearly had time at incredible speeds. He’d now gained having given assistance to a rider in need, Wagga riders in the top 30! They screamed, over an hour. Better move it I thought to how much further and he shocked me by I screamed, our voices echoed down the take the pressure off the looming cut-off saying I was already there! The excitement valley below. My mind games were working time. The chalet checkpoint was abuzz with and action around had occupied my mind as before I knew it I was at Falls Creek! I a sense of achievement and brimming with and before I knew it I was over and down exchanged words with Blakely (again) and drinks and cakes and snacks. But I was the first ascent. Blakey was to be a feature Andrew Smith as they roared off back down soon ready to head for Bright via one last of my day, departing checkpoints just as I to Mt Beauty, and the re-climb of Tawonga terrifying descent. was arriving and giving many of us a deal Gap, before the descent to Bright for lunch. At Bright I fell into the waiting arms of of entertainment as he did so. But that’s for At Falls Creek I grabbed a sun lounge and my loved one. Gosh I can’t wait till next another tale. dreamed of Paris–Brest–Paris. Some day, year! Descending Tawonga Gap I was somehow, maybe. Twenty minutes later I unexpectedly petrified. I had feared the was back in the saddle, terrified again for Checkpoint Winter 2008

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Audax Alpine Classic 2008

The Classic in review Phil Bellette

The measure of success for the Alpine Classic has always been the need to ensure that riders complete the event safely, in addition protecting the wellbeing of our volunteers and the public. This year, apart from the usual gravel rash and abrasions that can be expected when 2000 plus cyclists take to the road, we had two hospital admissions, one accident-related and another the result of a rider having a cardiac problem. Both were released from hospital soon after admission. While there are many reasons for the low incidence of injury including rider awareness, better equipment, and traffic management, we also need to recognise the strength of both the professional and volunteer medical teams that act as backup to the event. Most riders are probably not aware that St John Ambulance, apart from their fleet of roving vehicles, provides a field hospital complete with doctor and nurses. Rural Ambulance Victoria supplied a sole-use vehicle with two paramedics, we had a local doctor on standby at Bright Hospital, and this year Audax members Doctors Mariam and Noel Cranswick gave up their day on the bike and were strategically placed at

two sites on Mt Buffalo. The truth is, we probably had more medical services at our disposal than some medium sized towns in rural Australia!

poll where the public is asked to vote for the Top 101 Tourism experiences in Victoria. At present we are polling in the mid 30s with two other cycling events ahead of us.

Of course the “Alpine Classic” or as the people of Bright refer to it “The Audax” is now more than just a bike ride. This year we jazzed things up with a small French-style festival to supply entertainment to riders, their families and the people of Bright.

I invite members to help keep us in the top 101 and possibly cement a spot in the top 10. Please go to www.racv.com.au and follow the link “Victoria’s best 101’s” and cast your vote. If you make a comment as part of the voting there is a chance of winning a $1000 travel prize.

While the funding of this exposé of things French took the meaning of “not for profit” to a whole new meaning, it did prove successful and will continue, hopefully with outside funding. A big thanks to our legion of volunteers and the riders who line up year after year to take part in what is now an event with a course and degree of organisation that is of an international standard. RACV 101

The Audax Alpine Classic has been nominated in RACV Tourism 101, an online

Photo: C Jamison

The peloton spreads out as it heads towards Germantown

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Survey Results

This year staff from three universities was commissioned to conduct a post event survey. Of the 1800 people asked to take part over 1000 responded. Which given the length of the survey this was an incredible result. A sample of the survey results is shown on the facing page. A full copy of the survey results is available online.


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Training with rollers Indoor trainers are great on wet days: you, your lycra and your bicycle all stay clean and dry. Why Rollers?

Why do rollers maintain their popularity at a time when more sophisticated indoor trainers are available on the market? Rollers are most popular with riders for their smooth and fast action; they are perfect for spinning out the legs in warm-ups for events such as time trials1. Other types of indoor trainers require setting up but with rollers you simply put the bike on the rollers and start riding and then jump off when you have had enough. They are simple, low maintenance and effective. The benefits of rollers apply to all cyclists. The extra balance and smooth technique required to ride rollers encourages you to become a smoother and more efficient cyclist, which aids your ability to ride faster, longer and with more control. You can also add a resistance unit to some models to create road-feel resistance for strength training purposes. As some coaches will tell you, the best way to ride rollers is to not think too much and just ride. The gyroscopic forces generated by the bicycles wheels that keep you upright on the road are the same ones that keep you up on rollers2. Getting started

Place the rollers next to something that you can rest on (such as a sturdy table or wall) while you straddle the bicycle. Clear the area around the rollers. Select a moderately high gear because the faster the wheels spin the more gyroscopic force is generated to help balance. Put the bicycle on the rollers and check that the front hub of the front wheel is over the centre of the top roller, if not adjust the position of the roller in the frame so that it is. Put the pedal opposite your support in the power position3 (up). Straddle your bicycle and click in on the supported side, then click in on the other side and give it a go, keep one hand on the wall or table until you feel ready to let go. Concentrate all your weight onto the pedals, not your hands or bottom. You can be doing 50 km/h according to your computer (you really are 1  Minoura Action Mag Roller Handbook 2  www.bikesportz.com.au 3  Cycling Australia Skills Curriculum 2005 14

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Training Notes Russell J Freemantle MHSc, Skills Coach getting nowhere fast!) but if you come off the rollers the wheels stop instantly, so don’t worry. Next

When you get better try riding with one hand, try drinking from the bidon, talking to people and looking around or putting one hand on your head. Riding with one leg is revealing, you will find out just how smooth or rough your pedal stroke is by the amount of chain slap. You can devise

Warning: When watching cycling on TV try not to hit your brakes if there is a pile-up in the peloton! a program of roller workouts to suit your goals. A heart rate monitor is a useful tool. When you’re really good you can read Checkpoint while riding no hands. Resistance Units

Like there name suggests, resistance units enable you to set the level of resistance. If you can spin at 115+ in top gear for more than ten minutes consider a resistance unit. Start off at the lowest resistance until you are used to it. Workouts Breaking the Hour record

After a five-minute warm-up, zero the computer and ride as far as you can in 60 minutes and pretend you’re Graeme Obree breaking the hour record. Don’t forget to wind down with an easy leg spin for 5 km. A good bench mark but a bit boring. Virtual 40 km Time Trials After a five-minute warm-up, zero the computer and ride 40 km as fast as you

can (if you have not been able to break the hour maybe you can do it on rollers) then wind down with an easy leg spin for 3 km Also a good bench mark. Try relating the session to a road Time Trial—imagine at the 30 km mark you’ve started the bell lap, your nemesis is in sight and you’re closing, and go for it! Power and Spin After a five minute warm-up try alternating between pedalling flat out for five minutes in a high gear at say a cadence of 80 (Power Phase) and then spinning for five minutes in a low gear at the maximum cadence you can sustain without bouncing (Spin Cycle). Do at least three sets to start but four is better and end on a spin before winding down. Sprints After a five-minute warm-up, go flat out for one minute in a high gear and then drop a couple of gears and cruise at a high cadence for four minutes (Recovery Phase) then repeat. Do at least three sets to start but four is better and end on a spin before winding down. Peaking After a five minute warm-up in low gears slowly work up your gears by going up one gear every minute. Keep a high cadence and do not let it drop. Avoid shifting to a gear you cannot maintain. When you’re going flat out, hold on for five minutes then work back down the gears changing down one gear at a time every minute. TV Ad Sprints (Not suitable for ABC viewing) Watch TV and cruise at a high cadence in a low gear during the program then quickly shift up gears and sprint during the commercial breaks. When the main program comes back on shift back to a lower gear and spin until the next ad break. (Warning: When watching cycling try not to hit your brakes if there is a pile-up in the peloton!)

••• Teamwork

My experience of the recent Fleche Opperman All Day Trial once again brought


Training Notes home the importance of group riding skills in Audax. The Team I had the privilege of being part of had ridden together on many previous occasions. For about 150 km, strong headwinds and heavy rain slowed the team to around 13 km/h. Tight bunch riding and frequent bunch rotations prevented riders from succumbing to fatigue. Extra hands and lights ensurd that Running repairs were dealt with swiftly. I am sure that it would have been unlikely that any one of us could have completed the ride with the extreme weather conditions we encountered without the help of the other four team riders.

come to Victoria just for a training ride but I strongly advise all prospective teams to get together for some form of team training prior to next Fleche Opperman.

hear from members about their training and a good way to demonstrate that your training is organised is to submit a Training Report.

Organised Training

Training reports are easy to use, simply fill in the date, start time, organiser and provide a brief description of the type of training (e.g. 80 km of hill climbing). At the start of training have the riders fill out their details, having mobile numbers is handy should riders later get separated. You may later wish to type in the details for the regulars so you can save time and work at future training by simply ticking their name off. After training fill in the finish time, add any comments and forward the form to me either by post or email and I will register it as Organised Training.

The next major event on the Audax Calendar is the Great Southern Randonnee in October. This International event only comes around every four years and I strongly urge all members to give it their support. If you are planning to ride the GSR then you are no doubt undertaking serious preparation at this time. It is often hard to maintain fitness through winter, however do not despair, so long as you can continue to do some riding through June and July you can step up training in August when the daylight hours again get longer and the days warmer.

Prior to next year’s Fleche Opperman I will be organising team trial training which will consist of a 25 km peloton ride (warm-up) followed by three continuous individually timed laps of a 20 km circuit where teams can fine tune their bunch work and pacing. This will be followed by Audax is an affiliate of the Cycling another 25 km peloton ride (cool-down). Australia (CA). Members that undertake Naturally this will be a free member service. “Organised Training” are covered by CA Not all members will find it convenient to insurance. As Training Secretary I like to

A blank training report form is included on the back of the address label in this issue of Checkpoint. Santé

Photo: Calum Davidson (calumdavidson.com)

The extra balance and smooth technique required to ride rollers encourages you to become a smoother and more efficient cyclist,

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Club News

Changes and additions to our Ride Rules Barry Moore Some additional types of brevets are being introduced for the next Audax season, permanents and UAF-homologated group brevets, as explained elsewhere in Checkpoint. Audax Australia’s National Executive Committee is currently modifying the Ride Rules to allow these new ride types to take place and is also taking the opportunity to tweak some aspects of the Ride Rules to improve them or to match developments elsewhere in the world. This is your opportunity to comment on the proposed changes. Do you like the changes, dislike them or do you have any suggestions for improvements? An email to your State President is the preferred option but without a comment, your voice won’t be heard. The list of changes being considered includes: - Noting training rides in the Ride Rules. - Allowing the introduction of fixed-pace group brevets (Euraudax) homologated by L’Union des Audax Francais. Separate specific rules will apply to group brevets, in a similar manner to the additional rules for the Opperman All Day Trial. - Allowing the introduction of 200+ km “permanent” brevets homologated by Audax Australia (see President’s Pedals). - Changing the “organiser’s allowance” for riding their supported rides before or after the calendar date from “within 8 days before or after” to “within 15 days before”, reflecting Les Randonneurs Mondiaux’s decision last year. - Changing the definition of independent lighting to include a requirement for independent light mountings. This would not preclude mounting both headlight brackets on a Minoura Spacebar (or similar) but would require that two 16

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headlight brackets were fitted or carried. It would prevent riders having two headlights but only one headlight mount. - Adding a requirement for reflective vests (or equivalent) to be “effective”, with additional explanations and examples in the Rider and Organiser Guidelines. The intent is to avoid discussions regarding whether reflective piping on a garment is equivalent to a reflective vest. - Removing the requirement for a lighting or reflective vest check for permanent brevets (the organiser and rider may never meet face-to-face). - Aligning the disciplinary process between Audax Australia’s Ride Rules and Constitution. - Having Ride Advisors, for our event organisers to consult with. Wording

Brevet Randonneur Mondiaux (BRM)– 200 kilometres or greater calendar events controlled through a series of time and distance checks by means of a brevet card. BRM events are registered with ACP or LRM and appear in the Randonneur Mondiaux Calendar published by ACP or the calendar published by LRM. Brevet Randonneur Australia (BRA)– 200 km or greater permanent events controlled similarly to BRM rides but registered with Audax Australia only. Brevet Australia (BA)–events shorter than 200 kilometres controlled similarly to BRM rides but registered with Audax Australia only. Brevet Dirt (BD)–events shorter than 200 kilometres where the route is primarily on unsealed surfaces, controlled similarly to BRM rides and registered with Audax Australia only.

Although the specific words are still being discussed, the Ride Rules sections being modified include:

Brevet Raid (BR)–point-to-point multiday permanent events that are registered with Audax Australia only.

2. Definitions “UAF” means Francais

BE (Brevet Euraudax)–100 km or greater calendar events ridden as a group with time and distance controls and registered with the UAF.

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3. Types of Rides Rides are classified as: Calendar–Events held on a specific date and advertised in the Audax Australia Calendar. Permanents–Events that can be ridden by Audax Australia members at any time. Training rides–Regularly held rides, not brevets, aimed at preparing members for Audax Australia events. Calendar and permanent events take several forms:

4. Ride Times Audax rides are not races, however to be successful a rider needs to finish within a maximum time as set out in this rule. For any BRM ride distance, intermediate and finish control opening times are based on a maximum speed of 30 km/h. The maximum times for BRM rides are: Distance (km) 200 300 400 600

Time 13h 30m 20h 00m 27h 00m 40h 00m


Club News compliance with Rule 7 and any rider confidence was required that appropriate who does not attend may be disqualified. ride review and support processes were A ride organiser must conduct a pre-ride undertaken on all occasions. inspection for all calendar events where For any BRM ride distance below 1000 km, Rule 7(2) regarding lighting requirements Proposal intermediate control closing times are applies. based on 15 km/h. For 1,000 km BRM rides, Selection of ride organisers (5) The organiser and support persons for intermediate control closing times are based When developing local calendars, regions on 15 km/h up to 600 km and 11.4 km/h a ride with supported controls may choose should be confident that a ride organiser has between 600 km and 1000 km. For 1,200 km to ride the course up to 15 days prior to the the ability and experience to successfully or greater BRM rides, intermediate control date of the ride. The rider’s brevet card in organise the proposed ride. Where there is such circumstances will be ratified as if the any uncertainty, the region may require that times are as specified by LRM. course was ridden on the date of the ride. the organiser work with the ride adviser For BRA rides, the minimum average (see below) from an early stage. The Ride Organiser’s Guidelines will speeds (pro rata) for events are 15 km/h up to 699 km, 13.3 km/h 700 to 1299 km, 12 km/h make reference to the role of Ride Advisers Ride Advisers 1300 to 1899 km, 10 km/h 1900 to 2499 km Each Region should designate a number and 200 km per day over 2499 km. of experienced ride organisers to provide Background At the Lancefield National Committee a resource/advice/checking function to The minimum average speed for a meeting, it was agreed that a full review of ride organisers. These ride advisers should BA, including stops, is 15 km/h with all material relating to ride organisation be designated prior to completion of the the maximum time being calculated by was required and that this could be calendar and allocated to rides as part of dividing the route distance, as determined a lengthy task. It was agreed that the the process of calendar preparation. by the organiser, by the minimum average proposal for Ride Advisers would be speed. The primary purpose of the ride adviser considered at the next committee meeting, for implementation at the commencement is to support and assist the ride organiser The minimum average speed for a of the 2009 calendar year. In addition, it in achieving a high quality Audax ride, BD, including stops, is 10 km/h with was agreed that a structure and process for including ensuring that adequate steps the maximum time being calculated by the broader together would be considered, have been taken to provide a safe ride. In dividing the route distance, as determined for implementation later in 2009 or at the general, the ride adviser will operate by by the organiser, by the minimum average start of the 2010 calendar year. considering electronic and printed ride speed. material and through telephone and email This paper deals only with the initial communication with the ride organiser. The average riding speed for a BE is proposal for ride advisers. For a ride organised by a committee (e.g. generally 22.5 km/h with scheduled stops. Alpine, Great Southern Randonee), the ride adviser may be a functioning member of Purpose The normal times for BE rides are: The proposals around ride vetting, the ride committee. A Region may choose selection of ride organisers and provision members from outside the Region to act as Distance Peloton Maximum of advice to ride organisers stem from ride advisers. Time Time concerns that the quality of rides offered 100 km 5:00 7:00 The ride adviser has no decision-making within Audax is uneven, with frequent 200 km 12:00 14:00 300 km 17:00 20:00 examples of (generally minor) shortcomings power. If issues cannot be resolved between 400 km 26:00–26:30 27:00 the ride adviser and the ride organiser, in organised rides. 600 km 38:00–39:00 40:00 they should be referred to the Regional 1000 km 75:00 76:00 In addition, as Audax is a single Committee. A ride adviser who believes incorporated body, with all legal liability that a proposed ride cannot be run safely or For any ride distance, intermediate and and affiliation with outside organisations effectively should refer this to the Regional finish control opening times are calculated focused through or held by the National Committee. on a maximum speed of 30 km/h and Executive Committee, it is necessary for the Generally, the method of operation of a intermediate control closing times are National Executive Committee to be in a calculated using the relevant minimum position to demonstrate that adequate steps ride adviser would be: • Three months before the ride, establish have been taken to provide rides which are speed contact with the ride organiser and explain safe and effectively organised. the role of the ride adviser 7. Bicycles and Equipment Committee discussions emphasised the (2)(a)(iii) an effective reflective vest, • Two months before the ride, contact the bandolier or jersey (with reflective markings need to achieve adequate quality control on rides whilst minimising bureaucracy and ride organiser to ensure that the course has on both the front and rear) or equivalent, maintaining the primary role of Regions been settled and any required permissions in ride organisation. Most felt that Regions have been granted (e.g. National Parks may 12. Special Conditions (1) An organiser may require riders currently undertook many of the processes require a permit application). to attend a pre-ride inspection to check discussed but that a greater degree of continued on page 41 Distance (km) 1,000 1,200 or greater

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My First Brevet

Alpine Classic, 2007 Lindsay Harvey

From a crib room conversation in 1989 to mounting up at Bright in 2007. 1989

Three Peaks in a day caught my attention at morning tea in 1989 at the Alcoa Aluminum Factory at Point Henry near Geelong. Gino, one of the plant shift workers, was discussing this bike event that climbed three mountains and was 200 km long. Gino was an Italian who had migrated to Australia in the late 1940s with his family and had been working for Aloca in excess of 40 years and was built like a hare.

to West Head I was looking for somewhere to have a heart attack. Perseverance was the key and some three weeks later I made it to West Head on my old Mountain Bike (Malvern Star Bush Ranger with 15 gears). My cycling had begun and the McCarrs Creek Cycling Club (MCCC) was born but that it another story. (For the record it took me 2 hours to do the return trip from McCarrs Creek to West Head in 1996, now it takes me one hour.)

After investigating what Gino meant by three peaks I decided he was “nuts”. Why would anyone want to climb Falls Creek, Tawonga Gap (twice) and Mt Buffalo in one day? Gino said the last climb up Mt Buffalo was very hard but this did not stop him from doing it most years despite the fact he was over 60 years old.

This conversation was filed in the archives of my brain hopefully never to surface again and I would be able to return to my sedentary life of good food and wine and sleeping-in at the weekends now that I did not have to take our three boys to sport anymore.

Mike finished in 11 hours a remarkable feat but sadly refuses to do the ride again.

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Coincidently, Marie had booked us a week’s holiday at Falls Creek in January 2006 and I found myself at the checkpoint waiting for Mike to arrive at Falls Creek on the 2006 Audax Alpine Classic which he did at about 10 am. The atmosphere was electric at the top and I spoke to the volunteers and assisted a cyclist who had really bad cramps. It was this moment that I realised I had to do this ride. Marie and I travelled down to Bright picking up two cyclists who had crashed on the first sharp corner of the Falls Creek descent and one cyclist who had lost his legs on the Tawonga Gap climb in 40+ degree heat. They were dropping like flies on the Tawonga Gap climb and the carnage was unbelievable. I was now more determined I had to do this ride.

I was so exhausted at morning tea just listening to Gino’s account of the ride I decided the best thing to do was to have another cup of tea and a scone.

However in 1996 at a Rostrum Club meeting, Richard Farago (now known as the ‘Scone Nazi’ and also Cycling Fashion Director of the McCarrs Creek Cycling Club), invited me to go on a bike ride with him from McCarrs Creek to West Head, a distance of some 26 km. I used to ride to work in 1986 from Roseville to the City but stopped in 1988 and had settled into middle age quite nicely with no sport or exercise to spoil my day until this point of time.

Mike had entered the 2006 Audax Alpine Classic. What is Audax? What is the Alpine Classic? Mike gave me the website details and suddenly my 1989 conversation with Gino popped out of the archives of my brain and I realised what Gino had done. I was really in awe of Gino and Mike for giving it a go.

A cunngingly disguised marsupial at the start

2006

In my job as Chartering Manager I travel widely around Australia and had the good fortune to meet Mike Davies a Shipping Broker located in Melbourne. (Mike is now Catering Manager One Hat for the MCCC). I loved visiting their office about 10 am as they all cycled to work and were still in lycra. It was my kind of office.

The planning started for me to ride the 2007 Classic and I found to my amazement one of the members of the MCCC (membership had moved from 2 to 15) Brian McKeon, had done the Classic. Brian’s account “The First Alpine” is on the Audax website and is a wonderful story of his ride. Next thing I noticed that Phil and Susan McDonald from All Trails were running a training camp for the 2007 Audax Alpine Classic so I joined them with Phil Anderson in November 2006 for a sensational four days of cycling. The lowest point of my cycling career was at Falls Creek on the Training Camp.


I felt so bad after the ride from Bright via Tawonga Gap that I seriously thought about giving up. Laurie Noonan our coach gave me some drink and food and told me to keep my legs moving down the hill to avoid cramps and if necessary I could take the sag wagon from Mt Beauty. Had lunch at Mt Beauty and found my legs had come good and went up Tawonga Gap at a reasonable pace. 2007

This finally brings me to the 2007 Classic. By this time I had joined Audax and met Garry Armsworth on his ride called “In Search of Hills” and really liked the principles behind Audax and found Audax members very friendly and most interesting. For the record Garry found way too many hills and I was unable to complete the ride.

be caught when he got to Mt Buffalo. And he was right. At the bottom of Tawonga Gap we turned left and went through this magnificent valley surrounding Mount Beauty. Arriving at Mt Beauty, the water stop provided food, toilets and the last water for the 30 km climb to Falls Creek. After about 2 km of climbing Matt (a 32 year old cyclist with a slightly torn hamstring) joined me for the climb. We talked non-stop for two and a half hours as we climbed the mountain. This

Despite pessimistic prognostications from one of the MCCC members on my first attempt at 200 km Classic, the alarm went off at 5.30 am to reveal perfect cycling conditions and a hive of activity by the Alpine Classic organisers as they got themselves ready for 2000 slightly crazy cyclists to cycle the Victorian High Country. I proceeded to the start to find two eastern grey kangaroos cunningly disguised as humans at the start line. These kangaroos could jump and provided good entertainment for those spectators who were silly enough to be awake at this time. The 6.20 am start got underway and I think the first riders Lindsay, looking pretty chirpy at the end of his first brevet. in this group got back in was really good as the time and kilometres just over six hours. Amazing! passed and we found ourselves at the top. The first climb to the top of Tawonga gap More food and drink. is 10 km with the grade kicking up with What a wonderful descent with only one about 2 km to go. Riding with a 67 year old cyclist whose father was a British Cycling nasty corner. I was on fire going down the Time Trail Champion, he told me that all mountain and with Banjo Patterson’s “Man the young cyclists overtaking us now would from Snowy River” going through my head

with the tall snow gums on either side of the road the best part of the ride. On the way down I passed All Trails’ Phil McDonald riding the the 130 km on a scooter. Topped up at Mt Beauty with a salad sandwich and climbed the next 7 km over Tawonga Gap with no problems. Another great descent into Bright and I had three climbs and 140 km locked into my cycling computer. Refuelled again in at Bright, two salad sandwiches, cakes, cordial, water and fruit. Was tempted to go back to the hotel

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just as I was leaving Bright. However, the challenge and the mountain beckoned and in no time at all I was at the start of the 22 km climb with no signs of leg cramps. The first 10 km was very tough but the sun was starting to set in the west revealing a parched landscape as I gained height. Even in drought we have a wonderful country. The bushfires had taken their toll and some areas were more exposed on the road. The bushfires had also been responsible for the closure of the Mount Buffalo Chalet as their summertime income had been wiped out. It is hoped that the Government will find a useful purpose for this wonderful old building with spectacular view so it is maintained for future generations. I saw a sign saying 920 m elevation and still being able to do some simple sums in my head realised I had 600 m more climbing. Found the water stop 700 m further on. They gave me a banana and this somehow lifted me and my pace picked up. At the 3 km to go mark I thought my bum was getting so sore that I needed to speed up so I could stop sitting down. At the Chalet and unfortunately there was no opportunity to get a new bum so just got some cake and fruit and took off down the mountain. It got a bit scary going down as I was tired and the beautiful views that the road provided on the way up just let you know how far you call fall if you went over the edge. Just before the bottom the road straightened out and I got low on the bike and overtook 15 cyclists, went up the hill only to find my legs had come good. I took off for the last 8 km and overtook another six cyclists before the finish line. For the 200 km, average speed 19.1 kmh, 3900 metres of climbing, 11 hours and 53 minutes on the road including stops. Fantastic feeling. Footnote

I could not have completed this ride without the support of my wife Marie. Although Marie thinks I am crazy to do this ride all I got was encouragement. I have only ever been average at most sports and at 57 years of age to complete the Classic for the first time is my best sporting moment. Thanks to Marie and Audax.

Club News

Secretary’s Report Roslyn Russell

A summary of recent National Executive Committee activities

In the last edition of Checkpoint it was mentioned the State Representatives would be elected at regional Annual General Meetings (AGMs) held in March. The State Representatives appointed to the National Executive Committee (NEC) as a result of the regional AGMs are as follows: ACT: Tom Nankivell NSW: Chris Walsh QLD: Vaughan Kippers SA: Ian Peak TAS: Paul Gregory VIC: Gareth Evans WA: Nick Dale NEC Meeting 10 April 2008

The majority of the meeting focused on preparation for the two-day NEC conference held in Lancefield. There were a number of documents that needed to be prepared and read for the conference, as well as advising the new committee members of the status of items that needed to be actioned (carried over from previous meetings). Dave Minter is stepping down from the National Calendar Co-ordinator’s role. Dave will continue on until a replacement is found (or until the end of the year, whichever comes first). [Note to readers - if you are interested and would like to know more about the role, please contact Dave Minter via email at susandave@fastmail.fm or mobile 0419 755 302]. Simon Watt reported the Alpine Classic had been homologated and results will be distributed in the near future. NEC Meeting 12 June 2008

At this meeting it was announced that Hans Dusink has been appointed as the Dirt Brevet Secretary taking over from Sam Blight. Thanks Sam for your contribution. Progress has been made on the club’s IT capabilities. Peter Matthews and Michael Boehm have taken on more responsibility

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with Peter taking overall control for guiding the Audax website content development and Michael focusing on IT priorities. The membership database is now on-line for the Membership Secretary to update. It is envisaged by the end of the year all members will be able to update their own details online. The installation of a new content management system (CMS) (as mentioned in the last edition of Checkpoint) has been completed but a party to whom further IT development can be outsourced is yet to be identified. The IT Committee has a couple of contacts which will be followed up. It was also suggested the website should highlight achievements and biographies of past and present Audax ‘celebrities’. Committee agreed and will commence working on a proposal. Progress has been made on the club’s updated constitution proposal. There are a couple of details the NEC needs to vote on (i.e. ‘official club name’ and ‘club purpose’) before the constitution proposal is finalised and published to members. Dave Minter has made progress on rules for the Euraudax Brevet rides and is continuing to liaise with the UAF on final document content. Dave has also submitted a proposal document for permanent rides, yet to ratified by the NEC. These documents will be published in a future Checkpoint and will be placed on the web once finalised. Barry Moore and Dave Minter have progressed on changes to ride rules. The NEC plans to ratify the rules in August so they can be introduced by 1 November 2008.


Noticeboard Send your notices to checkpoint@audax.org.au

Audax SA 20th Anniversary Saturday 11 October 2008 Dinner: Cudlee Creek Hotel, 6–6.30 pm after 200 km and 100 km brevets. Smorgasbord Dinner: $20 per person Cudlee Creek Caravan Park (next to Hotel) (08) 8389 2270 or (08) 8389 2319. Camping at park $8 per person Cabins at park $55 (please contact Caravan Park for bookings). RSVP for dinner by 3 October. Contact: Alan Capell (08) 88263 7651 or 0418 859 224; or Matthew Rawnsley (08) 83700415 Brevet starting times: 200 km: 7 am 100 km: 11 am Both start in the caravan park and finish inside hotel.

Canola Canter Bicycle Wagga Wagga will run the Canola Canter on 12 October 2008. Quiet country roads in the Riverina in springtime. Start: Wagga Wagga Beach 7:30:00 AM Contact: Bicycle Wagga Wagga 0418 400 455 or secretary@bww. org.au Ride Options: 50 km: 8.30 am start. A return to Millwood and back along the Old Narrandera Road. Only one hill and you get to come down it on the way back. 100 km: 7.30 am start. Visit Marrar, Coolamon, Millwood and Euberta before finishing back in Wagga. Undulating but not mountainous.

150 km 7.30 am start. Do the 50 and then loop out to Wantabadgery, Junee and Harefield to finish Cost: $7 (member) or $12 (nonmember)

ACT goes Yahoo! The ACT Audax group may be small but are well connected. Riders from the ACT and nearby NSW region are welcome to join the ACT regions Yahoo Group.

Update: Around Australia Dave Byrnes injured on his second attempt at the record. In Checkpoint No. 35, Dave Byrnes advised that he was preparing for a second attempt at the record for unsupported cycling around Australia. He duly departed Gosford in the early hours of 17 May and, making good progress, was within striking distance of Perth on day 32.

This group alerts members to upcoming rides and other local issues and also provides for some entertaining discussion and friendly banter. Group members manage their own email addresses and to decide how they receive their messages (digest, individual or via web). Interested long distance cyclists can join the ACT Yahoo group at groups.yahoo.com/group/Audax_ Oz_ACT/ (underscores between words).

Bjorn’s progress As reported in Checkpoint No. 35, Bjorn Blasse was hospitalised due to a skydiving accident at Easter. Nick Dale advises that Bjorn has made slight progress. He is not talking or acknowledging people, but he is able to move his hands or feet a little when asked.

New deadlines for Checkpoint Please note the new deadlines for submitting material to Checkpoint: Spring: 1 August Summer: 1 November Autumn: 1 February Winter: 1 May

At about 5.30 am on 17 June, 40 km north of Gingin, Western Australia, Dave was struck by a passing vehicle. He sustained a chipped bone in the right elbow, a laceration to the upper arm, and assorted other scrapes and bruises. Although his injuries were thankfully relatively minor, they were serious enough to force Dave to abandon the ride and return home with his arm in a sling. Dave reckons that he is unlikely to make a third attempt at the record, but he is cooking up an off-road West–East crossing of the continent. Full details are available at Dave’s web site www.davebyrnes.com.au.

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Oppy 2008: 384 km in the Ken Allender and Steve Xerri

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The novices were keen but apprehensive as the old hands busily organised supplies for the trip. Due to some timely grading of the access track we enjoyed a slow dawdle to the front gate to commence the 2008 Oppy. The selection of a route that commenced with a good range of rather hilly sections can only be attributed to the supreme commander. Not that many of us hold anything against him but we just love those wimpy flat bits after ranging through familiar lumpy terrain en route through Lancefield (no stopping at the local coffee spot) as we soaked up a cool breeze into crispy Kyneton. We enjoyed this settling in period as we made short work of home made muffins and assorted fodder. Fuelling up at Kyneton was not a culinary highlight of our episode but, although by sheer coincidence, it was great to see the Don of Macedon Ranges cycling, Philip at the servo. Enjoying a slow dawdle to the front gate.

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Moving out of Kyneton after 54 km and nearly three hours on the bitumen the headwinds soon created a desperate need for coordination within the group. Much encouragement within the group about addressing the imperfections of drafting techniques certainly livened up the group conversation. However the experienced members of the crew were eventually able to provide the theory but it was many many kilometres before the practice was “perfected”. After a hasty one at a brief Redesdale stop we rushed down the slope, across the Campaspe and struggled up the other side towards Mia Mia. It was somewhat disconcerting to later hear that less than five minutes after we crossed the river a truck sans brakes seriously rearranged the iron work and did little for the tranquility of Saturday afternoon of the emergency services volunteers. (Footnote: a noted

historian in our number advises that this bridge was originally planned to grace the traverse that we now know as Princes Bridge in Melbourne. Alas it was a trifle short in breadth to cross the mighty Yarra and was dispatched to pastoral duties.) Into Heathcote and five and three quarter hours in the saddle we were rewarded by some really fine home cooked tucker (quiche and cakes) allocated by the support crew of Avril and Talia. The local clash at the nearby oval between the ‘cotes and the red and whites was a close encounter but it was far too chilly to stick around. Out on the Northern Highway we went and then left towards Nagambie. No one complained that the wind had started to die down and kangaroos bolted across our path as the Lairs attacked the task with great endeavour. Along this picturesque and thankfully flat route through the box and


depths of Central Victoria

4 hours of total pedaling enjoyment.

ironbark forest there were some who chose to stop and commune with nature frequently with others feeling as though getting some solid ‘kays’ in before dark choose to clap on the pace. As we approached Nagambie a hefty downpour suited the local cockies but ensured dinner was delayed as we dried off and changed into real wet weather gear. The menu here, delivered by Kerrie, Ruby and Joseph supported by John and Bill gave the riders a massive lift. On a wet chilly evening (a touch of darkness about now) a solid serving of lasagne and pasta bake was a fantastic lift to all on the pedals. Now eight and a half hours into the event we welcomed the chance to set up for the night in good conditions (shelter and support from the first café on left as you enter). Lights on and a trip to the facilities in the centre of the road and we were ready for the off. Not far out of town we copped another bucketing which penetrated even the best of gear and headed towards Murchison. The beauty of the weir as we crossed the rather gappy and slippery Kirwins Bridge on foot was completely lost on the team as the initial dose of fatigue set in and generated random thoughts of, “Why, o why are we here?” The road was thankfully devoid of the GHGgenerating travelers and although brisk the evening made for good riding conditions. Just as we reached top pace our tranquility was interrupted as a vehicle bade us to pull over and we were subject to the process of a secret control. After all brevets had been signed the mood livened greatly with the dispensing of sugar in solid form and we were wished well for the rest of the night. As we approached Rushworth around 10.30 pm the opportunity for indecision arose as a sign directing us to the town centre vied with continuing along the highway. We took the town route and clocked up some extra distance. It really wasn’t my fault—it seemed reasonable at this hour of the night. Arrival at the local take away, which had had a request from our “heavy” support crew (John and Bill) to stay open a bit later,

Much encouragement within the group about addressing the imperfections of drafting techniques certainly livened up the group conversation.

provided magnificent respite from the cold with warmed up fried rice, first class pizzas and caffeine for the addicts. Besides all that they reinforced our appreciation of the great virtues of rural hospitality—a terrific stop. This break really brightened the group. We also had a visit from another team and enjoyed a quick comparison of the days entertainment. However all this good work was diminished as just before we left very heavy rain commenced. Nonetheless off we went only to have a puncture within ten metres. A tube change faster than an F1 crew and we recommenced in very heavy rain which persisted. Another 50 km of the journey to Elmore via Colbinabbin was relatively uneventful (bar one puncture near the only electric light for many kilometres), except for the

fact that our route selection administrator managed to find the longest, steepest hill in the flattest part of Victoria without consciously deviating more than 20 km to give us the privilege of additional stress on starting to be tender legs and knees and backsides. More rain but a sheltered stop in the main street of Elmore with wonderful backdrop of high voltage music from the local pub, an update on the footy scores and warmed up rice and pizza on the barbie provided welcome respite. The support team had enjoyed the warmth, dry and refreshing beverages at the aforementioned and were in good spirits on our arrival. All responded well to their excellent nourishment and enthusiasm and it was with a reasonable degree of expectation that we might actually Checkpoint Winter 2008

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Fleche Opperman All Day Trial

Obligatory team photo with Oppy. Rear: Andy Moore, Ken Allender, David Killick, Leigh Thornton, Bill Chisolm, John Xerri, John Doran. Front: Peter Annear, Steve Xerri, Robert Xerri.

meet our objective that we set off just before midnight. Onward to Lockington. Our longest leg. No traffic. No lights. No hills. No warmth. No rain. No nothing. Less talking.

Only 30-odd km to ‘chuca. I don’t recall any displays of anguish about lack of sleep but there was the odd discussion about bodies not performing as well as expected.

Some of our ranks were a little slow to restart, others wished to retain the little A few self doubts started to arise as parts of warmth they had and rode conservatively the anatomy became more than challenged. until the dawdlers caught up at the Kotta A suggestion was made that time may be up T-intersection. From there we progressed as and I really don’t want to hold up the rest a real team showing the many other riders of you. But the true Lairs spirit prevailed— along the route that the Lairs were a true have another Mars Bar and you’ll be right. force in Audax cycling as flashing pedals Gulp! And the next thing we know we have circulated ever closer to Echuca. a new group leader—Floyd Landis I think Upon arrival at the United footy it was. clubrooms around 6.30 am sleep was out of Into Lockinton after some challenging the question so a quick cuppa (the big C for navigation—yes there were two roads to the addicts) and a chat to the riders coming choose from and a few bends—to enjoy and going combined with a brief rest and magnificent hot soup and rolls outside the we were in good shape for the last leg. The supermarket in the deserted main street general consensus was that knees were a with only the local advertisements to read. very poorly designed part of the pedaling Again with Bill and John doing the honours. mechanism and required modification for Here we are at 4 am. There is a real chance the next Oppy. What! we will make it!

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The trip down to Rochy should have been as a well-drilled peloton but conditions were brisk and almost immediately the dreaded punctures started. Some were cold and wanted to keep going and did and some stopped to supervise. Of those that kept going some went slow and some went slower. All this necessitated an assembling of the forces on the outskirts of Oppyville in an endeavour to give our arrival the appearance as a tour de force of the Lairs. As always the reception at the finish was fantastic and the riders considerably proud of their achievements. Humour was even present amongst most of the crew. Not too bad an effort overall was the general consensus and smug feelings of “well done, you little beauty, we made it” prevailed especially with those who were first timers. A few photos with the man himself and off for a feed and shower with much banter about how we could probably crack 400 next year abounded. And then I woke up.


Just One Moore Oppy George Judkins

Peter Donnan’s recruiting for 2008 Oppy saw him construct a nicely balanced team in terms of ability. The five man team consisted of Peter Donnan, Peter Moore, Frank Preyer, Gary Beasley and George Judkins. The course Peter chose consisted of a 290 km loop followed by a 75 km loop both out of Rochester. At 9 am we set off from our base, the Rochester Motel, at a brisk pace heading down the Heathcote–Rochester Road in mild weather with the wind generally favorable. A brief stop to realign a rear wheel and a brief slowing for clothing layer adjustments saw us cover the 67 km to our first checkpoint at Heathcote in 2 hours 20 minutes. We fuelled up at the bakery and headed down the road to the second checkpoint, a roadhouse on the Goulburn Valley Highway at Nagambie. This leg had a few more undulations and it saw the pace reduce a little but everyone was still travelling well and we pulled in at 1.40 pm. The next checkpoint was Euroa and after a period of cruising in the emergency lane of the Hume Freeway we arrived just after 4 pm and found a milk bar for further refreshments. Time now to put on our reflective vests and turn on tail lights, next

destination—Shepparton. This leg was into a moderate but weakening north-westerly wind with an increasingly threatening sky and we eased to a comfortable pace. We had been travelling through some parched looking country but approaching Shepparton darkness had fallen and the first rain had begun to fall. We pulled into a servo to get our cards signed. It was then into town to refuel ourselves on Thai noodles. We had covered 216 km and rolled out at about 7.10 pm and headed to Kyabram. We had seen the last of any real elevation changes for the rest of the ride. After the checkpoint stop at Kyabram we were on final leg for the day which concluded back at Rochester just before 11 pm. Departure on the final loop was at 4.45 am Sunday morning and we headed north

out of town. Rain had fallen during the sleep stop and now it was steadily falling and it looked set in as we approached our 22-hour checkpoint, the general store in Lockington. Brevet cards were signed at 7 am by a shopkeeper curious about our mission. As we stood sheltering under the shop verandah, pondering the final leg back to Rochester, cold and damp, with the rain tumbling down we were amused to see a notice in the store window about the upcoming “Drought Breaking Dance”. Perhaps, we thought, Audax had brought some good luck to the locals? We mounted up and set off for the finish. Unfortunately for the farmers, the rain soon cleared. At 8:15 am we pulled in at Oppy’s statue to complete our 365 km ride. Cards stamped, medals gratefully received and only bacon and eggs to come!

Just one Moore: Peter Moore, Frank Preyer, George Judkins, Peter Donnan, Gary Beasley.

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How Dismal Science Tasted the Pleasures of the Fleche Bob McHugh

I thought I’d put this Oppy thing behind me. Sure, the Blondies were great fun; so was La Dolce

Vita; but not a third time, not another night out on those dark, empty Victorian plains. Often life confounds individual decisions. Just the first roll of a wheel can lead along an unpredicted path. As Barry said, “I was enjoying myself until Tom suggested a team of economists.” Cycles and Pleasure

Economists!? Tom never has explained their link with the Opperman All Day Trial. But heck, I can explain the bit about pleasure. The dour prognostications of these cats are back in the headlines, popping the latest bubble just as the party appeared to be unstoppable. Suddenly the world is burdened with crises: fuel costs, food shortages, inflation and even that old 70’s spectre, stagflation. Before capitalism undergoes another de-spiving ritual that it has to have, the dismal science ought to taste, this once at least, the pleasures of the Fleche! What exactly are the pleasures of the Fleche? The famous economist and sociologist, Xam Rebew, is still recognised as an expert on this topic. His faded annotations on a crumbling draft of his most famous treatise, recently found in a dusty German attic, reveal that one hundred years ago he had already discovered the fundamental importance of the randonneur ethic and the spirit of cycling for the evolution of modern western society. Thus, my calling became clear. Let others worry about the technicalities of shocks, error correction and velo-regression. My Fleche was to be part of a grander tour. The Tour and the Dismal Sciences

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of the Snowy Mountains’ long slopes and innumerable smaller hills is rewarded with a fast joyful run through the wide sinuous valley of the Murray. Alas, fuel reduction burns spoiled the fine autumn scenery. On leaving Tallangatta on the fourth morning, I confronted a Hadish scene. Thick smoke shrouded the stark skeletons of long-exposed trees in the bone-dry Hume Reservoir. Sunlight glowed eerily through the smoke. It struck me that if the climatologists are right, this was surely a harbinger of a grim world. Dismal science indeed: a new Voodoo stirs old Malthus in his grave. The reproachful corpse chants a stern monody. While the shorter views within the confines of the Kiewa Valley made the smoke less oppressive particularly when I rode right beside the clear stream under lustrous red and golden foliage, the grey haze clung to the hillsides all the way to Falls Creek. Friday was a rest day and a chance to meet the other Dismal Scientists: Barry, Tom, Ted and Callum who would provide able support during the All Day Trial. Unfortunately Mike had to withdraw from the team with an ankle injury. Beer and pizza were consumed with animated discussion about the degree to which Audax should be laissez-faire or prudently regulated. The Fleche and Pleasure

Clearly Falls Creek is an ideal place to commence a downward…errrr…cycle!

However, the Dismal Scientists really were worried about seasonal factors. The first major autumn front was forecast to hit the mountains early in the weekend. However, meteorology was invented only to make economics look good, as a cycling friend and (yet another) economist Mal Cook frequently opines. So, on Saturday morning our party reconvened! Gimme one for the Oppy, two for the snow? Nah, its only drizzle so away we go! On the long descent to Mt Beauty we encountered nothing more daunting than a few slippery corners but the inflation genie soon escaped. By the time we had arrived at Rochester, our tales of polar bears and snow chains had been well and truly rehearsed. We stopped at Mt Beauty for a little while to shed a few clothes. Soon we were speeding down the Kiewa Valley in an efficient pace line. The road side café at Dederang (60 km) was our first stop. After morning tea we headed over the hills to Yackandandah, stopping to remove more clothes in the unexpected sunshine, and then climbed again to Beechworth (115 km) which we reached at mid afternoon, exactly on schedule. Now we were hungrier and took time to enjoy coffee, sandwiches and cake in the afternoon sun. Gravity provided more pleasure on the long, straight run to Everton. We regrouped there on the flats and shared the lead as we pushed southward into the broad King Valley. Just before sunset we arrived at the little village of Moyhu (160 km). So far, so


Fleche Opperman All Day Trial

The Respectable Professors of the Dismal Science (Ted van Geldermalsen, Barry Moore, Tom Nankivell, Bob McHugh) prepare to embark.

good: our progress had been fast and easy. The weather was much better than we anticipated—blue skies, mild temperatures and little headwind. Even economists can enjoy pleasure! As we rode away from Moyhu, we spontaneously relaxed. After all, variety is one of the pleasures of endurance riding. Earlier in the day, our pace line had allowed us to make good speed on the flatter sections of our course. On the hills it had been much better to ride at our own pace, although we were rarely far apart. Now, we were making the most of the empty roads and the night time sky. We fell into

unhurried conversations, sometimes in pairs, sometimes as a group. I was hoping for a glimpse of Ryans Creek which I had seen on a previous tour but it was completely hidden in the dark. In a loose way we followed its course to Benalla (206 km). Renewed hunger fired anticipation of pasta which drove us more quickly for the final 15 km or so before the town. Not only does the Commercial Hotel serve superb pasta, it must be one of the few pubs in rural Australia with patrons who know something about Audax. We settled in to enjoy the food and the warm atmosphere. Our unhurried pace from Moyhu had cost

us a little extra time but we had no regrets. It was important to drain the Fleche of gratification. From here on, the course would be tied to the flat, featureless plains of northern Victoria. Somewhere out there, the bad weather was still approaching. The Rain

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Fleche Opperman All Day Trial against wet tarmac. The rain did hamper our progress, however, mainly by making bunch riding more difficult. It didn’t dampen our conversation which kept me alert for a long, long time. Eventually, fatigue began to wear me down, stretching the final 45 minutes before arrival at Shepparton (266 km) into almost a dreary eternity.

Oppy team which was arriving. Within a few kilometres, the rain began to make me feel cold because we were riding more slowly than had I anticipated. With cold came stupidity. I held off stopping to don more clothing for too long, lured for many kilometres on those dead flat roads by the lights of Wyuna and its imaginary shelter.

unlike a few unlucky members of other teams we passed. On reaching Rochester, my mood improved immediately as I watched other riders from Canberra arrive in two different teams and caught up with familiar faces from other Australian events and PBP. Ted headed off for some rogaining. The rest of us were focussed squarely on a good breakfast. Winning the prize for best team name was a great surprise. Maybe old Malthus was smiling in his grave despite the current calamities.

In reality, Wyuna is no more than a road Callum met us at the edge of town and guided us through its busy streets to warm intersection surrounded by wet clay on food. It was nearly midnight and the party which grows one miserable thorn bush. My was just beginning. Hadn’t anyone given the cleats became clogged with mud, the tyres My tour was only half done. I said clubbers here the dismal news? We sat on were covered with the sticky stuff and these the cold footpath and ate nearly indigestible were the least of my problems. There’s no farewell to Barry, Callum and Tom, hooked pizza from the takeaway. Their coffee elation in deflation especially in such cold the panniers back onto the Cannondale and machine was broken so Callum set off to wet conditions. Tom returned to help me set off for Canberra. Kyabram, just forty fetch some from elsewhere. Providing even fix the puncture then we rode quickly to kilometres down the road, was far enough minimal support alone is very hard work catch Barry and Ted. He had remarkable before a restful afternoon sleep. but Callum was efficient, good-natured stamina and strength considering that two With the help of a strong tail wind and indefatigable all through that day. bike accidents in the preceding months had Many hours before he seemed completely prevented him from training for this event. the next day, I raced across the plains to unperturbed about having to return to Falls It was hard to keep up with him. Could he, I Shepparton, through the rolling hills near the pretty village of Dookie and finally Creek to empty the forgotten refrigerator wondered, be in danger of overheating? over the Warby Range, its rocks and wiry in the lodge where most of the team had vegetation glowing in the setting sun. My stayed. While we waited, a good-natured The Fleche must end but never the Tour passer-by conversed with Barry, Tom and Without further mishap we reached path criss-crossed the courses of The Ted about our crazy enterprise and wished Echuca (341 km) at 4.30 am, over an hour later Blondies and La Dolce Vita in earlier years. us well. I was too dull with tiredness to talk, than planned but all in good spirits. After As I entertained nostalgic memories of those but a few minutes of shut eye revived me. a shower, some sleep and a little breakfast, teams’ adventures, I basked in the pleasure Just as well. Real sleep at Echuca was still a we were back on the road at 7.00 am. Like of having completed another Fleche, as one long way off. an old steam locomotive, I need a long time of the Dismal Scientists. to warm up and build momentum so the On the way out of Shepparton, we final 30 km were not particularly enjoyable. exchanged friendly waves with another At least I did not suffer another puncture Barry, Tom and Ted on the road.

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Who was E. A. Maddock? Dave Minter

There were a number of awards introduced by Audax Australia in 2005. The E.A. Maddock award was offered for members who ride five 100 km brevets in a year.

The E. A. Maddock Award was the only award to use initials rather than the person’s first name, as her first name was not recorded in Jim Fitzpatrick’s book The Bicycle and the Bush. Since then, some more information has been found and the award name has been adjusted accordingly. Born in 1860 near Eden, New South Wales, as Sarah Porter, she married Ernest Alfred Maddock in 1886 and had a son and two daughters by 1890. It was the custom of the time for a married woman to be known by her husband’s initials, rather than by her own name, thus Mrs E.A. Maddock. Mrs Maddock learnt to ride in 1893 and was the first woman to ride Sydney to Melbourne in 9 days (924 km in 1894) and Sydney to Brisbane and return averaging 129 km per day (2575 km in 1895). She inspired many women to cycle in Victoria and New South Wales and helped found several women’s cycling clubs. After 1914, Sarah separated from her husband, concentrating on golf, embroidery, woodcarving and her family until her death in 1955 at Double Bay. More details about Sarah Maddock can be found at http://www.adb.online. anu.edu.au/biogs/A100366b.htm and in Diane Langmore’s entry in the Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 10, 1986, pages 373-374. This photo of Sarah and Earnest Maddock is from The Sydney Mail, 21 September 1895, with the caption, “Mr and Mrs E. A. Maddock, who have journeyed to Melbourne and Brisbane on bicycles.” It is online at http://www.nla.gov.au/ exhibitions/fed-exhibition/slices/fashions/.

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Le Raid Pyrenean Part 2: Arreau to Cerbère Lindsay Harvey

On 9 May 2007, Howard Jeffery and Lindsay Harvey set out to cross les Pyrénées from the Hendaye on the Atlantic Ocean to Cerbère on the Mediterranean, a ride of 720 km in distance and 11,000 metres of ascent. With Col du Tourmalet behind them, Lindsay and Howard continued eastward. Day 6 (3 June) Arreau to Saint-Girons

It was with very tired legs that we attended the Council of War at breakfast time. Stuart greeted us with the news that we had 109 km to ride including Col de Portet which is an 11.5 km climb with grade of 9% to 11%. We immediately settled on a fallback plan in case we could not make the distance.

at 720 m altitude with Col de Caougnous (940 m) and Col de Port (1249 m). Once again beautiful scenery and an easy 84 km. I should also mention that Howard got the

Lots of traffic as it was also the main road to Perpignan and Andorra but with trucks and cars giving us 2 m clearance when they overtook it was not much of an issue.

In the event we only managed to make Cierp-Gaud where an interesting games of boules was happening beside the river. The back-up crew turned up and we missed riding le Col de Portet d’Aspet of 11 km. This was very steep with grades of 9% to 14% and the Road down from Col de Puymorens steepest climb of the Raid. This was the col that Fabio Casartelli died on in the Polka Dot Jersey on this col. Again on the 2005 Tour de France. steeper climb I found myself falling behind the man from Darwin and Howard seemed inspired and plugged on. Day 7 (4 June) Rest Day at Saint-Girons

Our back-up crew had become expert on French churches (as Stuart went in search of God at every possible church he could find in les Pyrénées) so naturally on our rest day we had to go to church at Saint-Girons. It was also the scene of the best duck meal that we had in France. It is amazing the quality of the foods served at the two-star Logis Hotels that we stayed in along the route. Ian lost his Wallabies cap to the local out-of-work French rugby supporter and drinker of fine French beer. Day 8 (5 June) Saint-Girons to Ax-les-Thermes

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is a 27 km climb of 5% with the occasional 7% to 8% encountered. This was a much easier ride for us even though it was longer in distance than Col du Tourmalet and we could maintain speeds of 15–18 km/h without much trouble. Good nights sleep and the fitness levels starting to kick in.

Blessed with fine weather and the continuing beauty of les Pyrénées, it was a great day’s cycling. At Col de Puymorens we met Alan Mountford, the Queensland Mountain Bike Champion and a rider for the Cannondale Team. Alan had been doing some road cycling and it was interesting to hear his view on the peloton. His view was that you should be at the front or rear as it was too dangerous in the middle, and he was of the view that the handling skills of road cyclists were far inferior to those of mountain bike riders.

We arrived early at Ax-les-Thermes and spent an hour enjoying hot chocolate and red wine in the centre de ville before arranging accommodation at the Chalet. This was by far the best hotel we stayed It seemed to be a day for meeting at being brand new and only 50 euros per night. It had views over the river and town. Australians because I stopped on a corner of the road down from the Col to talk to That night we feasted on French Moroccan two cameramen taking photos of cyclists food in a delightful restaurant just near le for use in the promotion of le Tour de France. One was from Queensland (how centre de ville. many Queenslanders can you meet in one day?) and the other from the United States. Day 9 (6 June) They asked me to descend the corner again Aux-les-Thermes to Saillagouse The last of the big climbs Col de Puymorens so they could use my wonderful cycling (1915 m) was on our agenda as we set off attributes for le Tour promotion (record from what was an excellent stopover. This crowds at the le Tour as a result).


The road took us to the French/Spanish town of Bourg-Madame, one of the least inspiring towns of our journey so far. We pressed on into a headwind towards Col de Louis but the slight rise in the road and the headwind with the well below average scenery made riding difficult. We were both exhausted when we arrived at Saillagouse and even the usual hot chocolate could not restore our energy. Howard mutinied so we stayed in Saillagouse overnight and were rewarded with another scrumptious French meal. Day 10 (7 June) Saillagouse to Cerbère

Our support crew were now over Stuart’s desire to survey each church in les Pyrénées and wanted to stop in the one place for about three days to wind down. This seemed a reasonable request but meant a last day of 148 km to finish. What we did not know at our breakfast meeting was that there was about 80 km of very fast downhill between us and the Mediterranean.

provided great company at the end of the day where a lot of fine beers, good red wine and extraordinary food were consumed. I would do the ride again tomorrow if given the opportunity. According to my computer we had ridden 679.3 km, averaged 18.9 km/h with the highest speed of 61.8 km/h. We had climbed just under 11,000 metres and had the best cycling trip ever. ••• Postscript from Howard

As I sit here drinking my red wine and reading Lindsay’s recount of our ride, I wonder what it will mean to other readers. For me, Lindsay’s description is a reminder of a most wonderful experience. It was Lindsay’s best trip ever and mine too, because it was my first trip ever. I started with lots of self doubt—I had

We found out that we had an easy climb to Col de Louis of 12 km and then we had this fantastic descent of 80 km without the hairpin bends so speeds of 40–50 km/h could be maintained for about two hours. What a blast as the lacklustre scenery of Bourg-Madame had been left behind. This was the best descent of the whole Raid as it was fast without the danger and before long we had arrived at Saint-Cyprien (or now renamed ‘Up-market Blacktown Rail viaduct en route to Cerbère by the sea’). We rang the support crew who could not believe that we had only trained on the flat roads of Darwin and got that far in such a short time. Stuart had had never ridden any distance two days in now swapped churches for castles at Mount a row and here we were attempting to cross Louis and Villerfranche. a country with some formidable mountains. That doubt didn’t totally vanish till the last The coast road was somewhat confusing day which I found to be a most exhilarating and it took us quite some time before we experience and could have ridden for many actually sighted the Mediterranean. This kilometres longer than we did. road was undulating with some short sharp ascents but we rode up these on a mission to Lindsay’s companionship and responsible get to Cerbère. attitude which balanced his more cavalier fellow rider’s attitude (Stuart has at times On arrival at Collioure we were powering classified it as irresponsible) are lasting along only 20 km from Cerbère when Stuart memories. We were deeply sorry Stuart and Ian stopped us at the top of the hill and was not with us—it would have added said we are staying here. Howard claimed a wonderful dimension to the trip. That victory as he was in the lead for the only the feeling continues; it was a cruel quirk of third time on the ride. fate that prevented the keenest of us (Stuart bought the Michelin maps and prepared Howard was a rock of support during the daily schedules we followed and they the ride and the encouragement of our were excellent; testing, but achievable) to be support crew helped us over the cols and a spectator rather than a participant.

With the enormous emotional contribution that Stuart had put into the trip, despite the disappointment of not being on it, he and the other members of our group were nothing short of uplifting in their encouragement. We owe them a huge debt for building their holiday round our needs and desires. I can recall when our support crew passed us as they were coming down our first major climb, the Col d’Aubisque, and we stopped to chat. They were clearly astonished that we were within 4 km of the summit and still had a heartbeat, even if elevated, and encouraged us with “it’s not far to go”. Admittedly the other rider did grumble that it may not be far for them in their heated van but we still four f… kilometres to go, but he was touched and invigorated by their concern and enthusiasm. In his narrative, Lindsay mentioned my desire for a McDonald’s, which is a blatant and libellous canard (and I don’t mean duck). But what it reminds me of was the meals we enjoyed together along the way. In our faltering or downright failed French we ordered all sorts of meals from sliced meat and cheese to the most mouth-watering omelettes. What finally arrived at the table was always a surprise—sometimes the surprise was that we received what we thought we had ordered. There is no experience that equals sitting in a French café on a warm day, in a small village, eating local fare and being served by most hospitable hosts. Forget 21 virgins; I’ll take that any day. The pleasure I gained on the trip was enormous. Now when I watch the Tour de France on TV, see a French film or book, or look at some of the photos we took on the trip, I gain as much pleasure from the memories they bring back as I have from any trip. The mix of having completed a significant ride, being privileged enough to attempt what we did, having friends and family generous enough to support us in the attempt and the experiences we had on the trip brings a glow I expect to last till ten minutes after I take my last breath. The trip has only whetted my appetite—I don’t know what’s next or how it will fit family wishes but there will be something.

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Choosing a headlight Stephen “Whatto” Watson

I was recently required to find a replacement for an ageing light set which I was using on my commuting bike. My initial thought was that I would just find a suitable set of reasonably new technology and I would be away. For quite a few reasons it turned out not to be that simple. I’ll share some of the issues that I stumbled across in order to provide a leg‑up to anyone about to embark on a similar exercise. LED, HID or halogen

Helmet or bar mounted

Recent advances in light technology have resulted in an explosion of different light types which are now within the reach of the average punter.

Many lights offer the option for mounting at least the light head on the helmet. This can provide an easy way of looking around corners on a dark path or single track. There may also be times when pointing the beam at another road user will guarantee you’re noticed but this could also become problematic and is certainly not encouraged.

A High Intensity Discharge (HID) light can be very efficient for what it provides but its intensity will also destroy any sort of night vision you might have for looking at things which aren’t in the light’s beam. Mountain bikers may get reasonable use from this technology but it can be overkill for road use. LEDs are now becoming mainstream but what they can deliver is still on the steep part of the improvement curve. Many LEDs incorporate a ‘flashing’ option which will help the rider to be conspicuous when in traffic but this offers little for seeing the road ahead. Like HID, LEDs have an intense white light as opposed to the warm, ‘yellow’ glow of the halogen. LEDs also consume considerably less power than halogens and so can be brighter or go for longer.

On the down side, using a helmet mounted light will reduce the shadows that you are able to pick out on the road surface because the light is so close to your eyes. While we may not consciously see a lot of bumps on the road, those small shadows are usually the first indicator that there’s something not quite perfect with the surface ahead. A helmet mount will be of benefit if you are forced to remove the non-secured articles from your commuting bike each time you park it. If it’s attached to your head you can just walk away with it!

Helmet mounting can also be an option The halogen light has been tried and if you are running short of ‘real estate’ on proven by many riders over many years. your handlebars. Speedos, cue clips, bells, It may not be the brightest option in the HRMs, GPS units, lights…so many gadgets, field but it is one of the oldest and best so little space! understood. Even the least technical of us can figure out a circuit for this one Note: Audax ride rules will not accept and replacing the most unreliable part of a helmet mounted light (or a flashing the system (the bulb) is straightforward. headlight) as one of the two sets required. Reflector and lens technologies which have If you have one of these for use during an been incrementally improved and refined Audax event, it can only be as supplementary for halogen lights over the years don’t seem to the two required and only be used when to have yet been applied to the same level one of the other sets is also in use. to LED technology. The colour of a halogen light is rumoured to be the easiest on the Generator driven or battery powered eyes for long periods out on the road. I Modern technology has allowed dynamos only have personal experience riding long to provide efficient and convenient ways of distances with halogens and so without providing inexhaustible power for lights. anything to compare with; I’ll need to With a dynamo there is never the issue of assess this one further and comment later. being caught without any power unless, of 32

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course, you stop. As long as the wheel turns, power is supplied. While a dynamo can be a great option for Audax riding it certainly has some downsides. At low speeds the power provided can provide a dull or pulsing light to ride by. Additionally, it is not easy to swap this power source from one bike to another if you intend to share equipment across your bike fleet (as I do). It may not be that simple to use it to commute and then swap it to another bike for an Audax event. Dynamos will only output a fixed (albeit generous) amount of power. There are not many options for employing anything greater than a 6 watt light with a dynamo. Batteries will supply almost any power requirement for the light you choose but always as a compromise. The higher the power used by the light the shorter the burn time. Finding an ‘Off the Shelf’ light set to provide the all‑night power required for a 300 km+ brevet can be a challenge. Rechargeable batteries

Batteries which can be used many times over can be quite economical and can always provide a ‘full’ charge for each ride. However many commercial light sets are provided with a battery pack designed exclusively for that particular model and swapping it with another fresh pack may not be easy or even possible. This means carrying a spare to extend the ride time is either not possible or not cheap. There are many rechargeable technologies available and to go into them in sufficient detail would require a separate article. That said, rechargeable battery chemistries and charging systems have progressed significantly and there are many worthwhile options to consider.


Lights that use standard disposable batteries are far easier to support with spares and sourcing replacement power can often be made at remote locations. ‘AA’ batteries can be found at even the most obscure locations in the wee small hours when the best laid plans go awry! Integrated battery holders or remote

Batteries contained in the light head will provide the least complex way of mounting lights. While taking up a bit more room at the head and being a heavier load on the mounting mechanism, there will never be any issues of where to run wires or reliability of plugs and connections. Depending on how often (if at all) you anticipate removing the batteries to replace or recharge, the manual handling involved in doing so may introduce unnecessary wear and/or risk of component damage.

Beam Shape

I found this to be one of my most important factors but also the most difficult to assess objectively. There seems to be as many beam shapes as there are models on the market. Standing in a shop trying to establish the beam shape can be challenging unless it’s completely dark and there is a large blank wall available. It can be even harder to analyse a beam for a unit that is in a catalogue or on the Internet. Many manufacturers provide images of their products’ beams ‘in action’ to assist in evaluation but as each of the depicted situations is different and effected by other unseen influences, it’s almost impossible to compare ‘apples with apples’.

Many lights which I considered seemed to operate on a ‘sawn off shotgun’ approach where the beam was poorly defined and of questionable value for road use. A beam which has a circular shape will (depending on how tight it is focused) tend to light up the road close to the bike, the guide posts as you pass them, even the trees if you are in a forested area.

Other riders

Passing an oncoming rider on a dark track can be frightening experience if the other rider’s lights are not appropriately aimed. Night vision can disappear and the chance of a mishap increases significantly. When making a light choice consider that the riders you pass are just like you and would prefer not to be reduced to darkness after you and your light have passed.

The wire which connects battery to light head needs to be run where it will be free of tension and kinks to remain reliable. It also needs to be routed in such a fashion so as not to present any inconvenience or danger to the rider operating in the dark.

• 1 × 3w halogen (B&M Lumotec with SON hub), and • 2 × 3w halogen (Cateye daylights with remote battery).

The width of the beam should be enough to light both the path directly ahead and the area slightly to the sides. This allows the required part of the roadway to be seen in a moderate or slow turn. A single beam for high speed turns and descents can be a challenge to find as it needs to reach a worthwhile distance ahead and provide enough light to the side to see other options.

Before deciding on a beam pattern, think carefully about the things that you think are important to illuminate and the things that you would rather not be wasting you precious light on.

A remote battery pack will allow greater flexibility as to where the light head can be mounted but it introduces the new issue of where to put the battery pack. Some models provide a pack which will fit neatly into a bidon cage. In this case you have the dilemma of carrying a battery pack or a bidon of fluid. Depending on your hydration needs and how many cages are fitted to your bike, this may not present a workable solution.

The photo shows the author’s two light sets (which comply with Audax rules):

to unbalance the light intensity over rider’s the entire vista.

Reflector and lens options (for halogens) which seem to have become Audax standards (e.g. Schmidt E6, B&M Lumotec), have settled on a roughly rectangular shape and I’m sure this is no coincidence. This shape allows light to be aimed forward to the road but not so high that the light is wasted pointing out into the distance. It also ensures that some light gets to the ground below the main beam but not so much as

For Audax events, even if you are not intending to ride with a team or peloton, there may still be times where you will be within lighting distance of other riders. Even if you don’t care too much whether you are dazzling the possums, spare a thought for those other riders who are trying, just like you, to keep their night vision in good working order. A super bright or even flashing light may be good for you to ride behind but being followed by an annoying light can reduce the enjoyment of a ride though the countryside at night. Checkpoint Winter 2008

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Randonneur Awards Around the World Dave Minter There are now quite a few Audax Australia awards for members to aim for but some members may not be aware that other organisations also offer medals and badges for various achievements. The former Boy Scouts amongst us may find it interesting that Australian riders can potentially claim several of these other awards. Les Randonneur Mondiaux

Les Randonneur Mondiaux offers: • Medals for all LRM-homologated brevets (non-PBP 1200+km brevets). Finishing any non-PBP 1200 brevet will get you an LRM medal as part of the entry fee.

The ACP does not specify that the qualifying rides must be used exclusively for their awards and the ACP automatically gives a Super Randonneur medal to every PBP starter. Photos of ACP medals can be found at www.rusa.org/medalphotos.html. These medals are available for all ACPrecognised brevets worldwide and most countries only use the ACP medals. Some exceptions are Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom, issuing their own medals and/or badges but also able to provide ACP medals if requested.

• B25000 = 25,000 km including PBP or London-Edinburgh-London, another 1300+ km brevet, a 1000 km, Arrow to York (Fleche Opperman equivalent), three SR plus additional 200+ km brevets within six years.

Audax UK

There are some restrictions on the AUK’s Randonneur Series of annual awards:

Audax UK offer medals and/or badges for individual brevets from 50 to 1400 km, including calendar and permanent events in Britain and overseas. AUK has a wide range of cumulative awards with medals and/or badges available, most can be seen at www.aukweb.net/handbook/meds. htm. Many of these awards are available worldwide, although AUK membership is expected. AUK does not specify that their rides must be used exclusively for these awards.

• International Super Randonneur award for completing each brevet of a Super Randonneur series in a different country, no time limit. Any rider can claim the ISR (a sew-on cloth badge), once qualified. Longer rides can be substituted for shorter, completing rides on different continents is recognised and back-dated claims are allowed. There is no ‘exclusion requirement’ (i.e. not using the same rides for other awards). Three Australians have collected four of the 52 or so ISR awarded Brevet Series of annual or multi-year since 1989. Administered by AUK for awards: LRM, award details can be found at www. aukweb.net/isr/index.htm • Brevet 500 or B500 = 5 × 100 or 150 = 500 in one year. Audax Club Parisien

Audax Club Parisien issues:

• B1000 = 5 × 200 in one year or 10 × 100 or 150, no time limit.

• Medals for the standard 200, 300, 400, • B2000 = 10 × 200 or 20 × 100 or 150, no 600 and 1000 km brevets time limit. • Medal for the Super Randonneur, consisting of 200, 300, 400 and 600 in • B3000 = 3000 km of 100, 150 and 200 combined, no time limit. one year • Medal for the Brevet de Randonneur 5000, requiring PBP, a 1000 km, Super Randonneur, Fleche Opperman or equivalent (worth 360 km) plus enough 200+ km brevets to exceed 5000 km within any four year period.

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• B4000 = 20 × 200, no time limit.

There are no restrictions regarding, for example, claiming a B1000 and a B2000 with different rides and combining them to claim a B3000 all in the same year or claiming a B2000 one year and adding more rides to it for a B4000 the next year.

• Randonneur 500 or R500 = 50 + 100 + 150 + 200 = 500 km in one year. • R1000 = 100 + 200 + 300 + 400 km of other brevets = 1000 km in one year . • SR = 200 + 300 + 400 + 600 = 1500 km in one year. • SR2000 = 200 + 300 + 400 + 500 + 600 = 2000 km in one year. • R5000 = 5,000 km of 200+ brevets in one year. • R10000 = 10,000 km of 200+ brevets in one year. Riders can only claim the highest level they have attained (e.g. a SR rider cannot claim a R500 with the same rides or with different rides), except that a R5000 or R10000 can also claim their SR and SR2000, if they qualify. • The Ultra Randonneur badge requires completing 10 years of SRs, not necessarily consecutively.

• B5000 = 5000 km including 1200(+) km, 200, 300, 400, 600 and 1000 km, a 24 • The Audax Altitude Award is for accumulating 12 AAA points in AUK hour team Arrow of 360 km or more, plus calendar or permanent events. AAA other 200(+) within four years. points are based on accumulated altitude


for the various distances, no time limit. There are bronze, silver and gold Grimpeur medals for individual events and the cumulative AAA medal and badge. There are also 3 × AAA and 9 × AAA badges for overachieving mountain goats. See www.aukweb.net/aaa/ and www.aukweb.net/handbook/m_aaa.htm for more information. AUK acts as an intermediary for those members wanting the ACP Randonneur 5000 and occasionally Super Randonneur medals but does not require any rides to be exclusively claimed towards them.

There are awards for the man and woman (roughly Earth’s equatorial circumference) with the greatest cumulative distance, award. badges for accumulating 30,000, 60,000 and 90,000 km of Mileater distance • 100,000 km Lifetime Event Distance and every entrant gets the Mileater award. medal. Details at www.aukweb.net/ handbook/m_ml.htm Randonneurs BC participates in (and usually wins) the cumulative distance • The Grimpeurs du Sud medal is for Canadian Kilometre Achievement Program completing at least 5 AAA-rated calendar (C-KAP). events in South-east England in a year. Randonneurs Ontario has the: Randonneurs USA

Randonneurs USA uses the ACP medals • Best Fleche Team, awarded for the longest distance in that year’s team brevet. for individual brevets and the ACP’s Super Randonneur and Randonneur 5000 medals There are other AUK awards that are not but also has a range of cumulative awards • Long Distance Award for the most cumulative annual brevet distance. directly administered by AUK; none require for their members. RUSA does not specify exclusivity of qualifying rides but AUK that rides must be exclusively used for any Other Randonneurs Ontario awards can membership is expected (some organisers awards but only RUSA events qualify. The absolutely require AUK membership). appropriate annual RUSA brevet distance be found at www.randonneursontario.ca/ totals qualifies RUSA members for R1000, awards/awcrit.html • Randonneur Round the Year is run R2000, R3000, R4000 and R5000 awards. by Peak Audax, a group based around Other awards are: Audax Australia the Peak District. The RRtY requires Audax Australia offers badges for a 200 km or longer brevet for each of 12 • Ultra-Randonneur = 10 × SR, multiple completing sub-200 brevets and medals consecutive months, whether calendar or SRs in a year qualify, permanents do not. for 200+ brevets held in Australia and permanent, AUK or ACP-homologated, currently in New Zealand. There is a in Britain or overseas. There is a RRtY • R12 = similar to the Randonneur Round range of cumulative awards for members, badge and another for doing 5 × RRtY the Year. AA allowing each ride to count for both a (achieved concurrently, consecutively single annual award and a single multi-year or intermittently). More details at • American Randonneur Challenge = at award. AA previously specified that all www.highergrangefarm.fsnet.co.uk/ least 2 × RUSA 1200s in a year. rides could only be used to claim towards a PeakAudax/rrty.htm single award, either single or multi-year. • Coast to Coast 1200 = completing 4 • The Fixed Wheel Challenge requires different RUSA 1200s, no time limit. • Dirt Series = 35, 70 and 100 Dirt brevets completing 2500 km of 100 km or longer in a year. brevets on fixed wheel (no time limit) La Societe Charly Millar recognises all to get a badge. Associated with this Americans to have completed PBP faster • Nouveau Randonneur = 50, 100 and 150 award is the Super Fixed Wheel award than Millar (56 h 40 m in 1901 for 5th place). in a year, can only be claimed once. - completing a SR on fixed wheel. See More details can be found at www.rusa.org/ www.aukweb.net/fwc/ for details. awards.html • Percy Armstrong 500 = 50, 100, 150, 200 in a year. There are some regional Super Canada Randonneur awards: The various Canadian groups are almost • Super Randonneur = 200, 300, 400 and 600 in a year. completely autonomous. Randonneurs • SR Cymru medal for completing a SR in British Columbia mostly use their own Wales. medals/pins for their brevets (www. • Sarah Maddock = 5 × 100 in a year. randonneurs.bc.ca/pins/pin_arch.html). • SR Ecosse for a SR in Scotland, new this The other groups (Alberta Randonneurs, • Irene Plowman 1000 = 5 × 200 in a year. year. Club Velo Randonneurs du Montreal, Manitoba Randonneurs, Prairie • Joseph Pearson 2000 = 2000 km of 100 • SWAUK SR, based in the South-west of Randonneurs, Randonneurs Nova Scotia and 200, no time limit. England (Devon and Cornwall). and Randonneurs Ontario) use the ACP medals. The main cumulative awards for • Arthur Richardson 3000 = 3000 km of Some organisers offer specific awards all groups are the ACP’s Super Randonneur 300, 400 and 600, no time limit. for riders completing their SR series and and Randonneur 5000 medals but some issue unique medals or badges for Randonneurs BC also have the: • Frank White 5000 = 5000 km including a individual events. SR, within four years. • Ken Hathaway Trophy (aka Ironbutt) • The Mileater awards involve completing a annual cumulative distance competition. • Woodrup 5000 trophy = similar brevet card (a week to a page) with weekly requirements to the ACP’s Randonneur distance totals (not just Audax rides). • 40,000 km Lifetime Event Distance 5000 but specifying a non-PBP 1200. Checkpoint Winter 2008

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AA acts as an intermediary for members wanting the ACP brevet, Super Randonneur and Randonneur 5000 medals. South Africa

Euraudax includes other non-competitive endurance events besides cycling, namely: • kayaking (20, 40, 60 and 80 km brevets)

Audax Randonneurs South Africa • skiing (25, 35, 50 and 70 km) (Aurasan) issue their own medals for individual brevets. In 2006, they offered • swimming (1, 2, 3, 4 and 6 km) a plaque for riders who had completed 6 events in a year to mount their medals on. • walking (25, 50 75, 100, 125, 150 and 200 km ). A trophy was available for riders completing 9 of the 12 calendared events. These activities have their own cumulative Most randonneuring countries use the awards and there are awards combining ACP’s individual brevet, Super Randonneur various disciplines: and Randonneur 5000 medals exclusively. • Audax Complet = 200 km cycle + 6 km swim + 100 km walk + 80 km kayak UltraMarathon Cycling Association The US-based UltraMarathon Cycling Association is primarily interested in long- • Super Audax Complet = 200, 300, 400, 600, 1000 km cycle + PBP Audax + 100, distance races and records (their premier 125 and 150 km walks + 6 km swim + event is RAAM) but offers their members 80 km kayak some participation awards in the YearRounder Challenge, with various divisions including both organised events and • Le Challenge Raphael Boutin is an annual distance competition combining personal rides 90 miles or longer. the Audax activities • Larry Schwartz Award = complete a YearMore details can be found at www.audaxRounder Challenge ride each month of a uaf.com/ and www.randonneurs.bc.ca/pbp/ calendar year. plaquettes/1976.html • Gold Medal = accumulate 3000 miles in Other countries running Euraudax the combined division. brevets include Belgium, Germany, the • Platinum Medal = accumulate 5000 miles Netherlands and Sweden. in the combined division. Audax Australia will run a few 100, 200 • Who’s Who = top 5 Platinum riders in and 300 km Euraudax brevets (UAF medals may be available) in some states in 2009 each division. with a few UAF brevets up to 600 km likely More details at www.ultracycling.com/ to be held the following year. The rides will qualify for the UAF’s cumulative awards standings/umc.html and, of course, these events will qualify for Audax Australia’s existing awards. Union des Audax Français The original form of Audax, often Interestingly, the Randonneur and Audax known as Euraudax, is ratified by the PBPs will coincide in 2011. Both PBPs will UAF in France. It involves entrants riding require their own qualifying SR in their together as a group under the direction of specific style. a ‘road captain’ with scheduled stops. They For more information on any of these offer a range of individual brevet medals for cycling 100, 200, 300, 400, 600 and awards, you can follow the listed links, 1000 km distances plus PBP (mostly at 22.5 ask questions on the Audax-Oz e-list, or kph riding average, plus scheduled stops). contact me on 07 3278 6286 or at susandave@ fastmail.fm There are also cumulative awards: • Aigle díargent = ‘Silver Eagle’ for completing 200, 300, 400, 600 and 1000 Euraudax brevets • Aigle díor = ‘Golden Eagle’ for completing 200, 300, 400, 600, 1000 and PBP Audax brevets

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Hopefully a few of these awards have caught your eye. Many a grizzled veteran or new-born Audaxer has found the prospect of a shiny medal to be a great excuse to ride some more brevets. Perhaps you have also found a new target to aim at.

Backpedal Armstrong at Alpine Riding past the Myrtleford Uniting Church on the day prior to the Audax Alpine Classic, Peter Jenkins noticed that the name of the minister shown on the notice board was the Rev. Lance Armstrong. Asks Peter, “Does this bloke moonlight?” More to the point, can we get him to attend the event next year? Imagine the publicity: “Audax Alpine Classic to be started by Lance Armstrong*”. * of the Uniting Church

Overheard “No, I’m not riding anything that goes over two hours...” —Anonymous rider in Howitt Park, after the Alpine Classic. Overheard a good one like this? Write it down and send it in to checkpoint@audax.org.au. (We don’t reveal our sources.)

What’s that smell? Barry Stevenson thought he’d seen everything… Recently he was minding his own business, riding across the Windang Bridge at beautiful Lake Illawarra, when he was hit—by a fish! Someone fishing from the footpath on the bridge had just caught a fish, pulled it out of the water and swung around. The fish on the line dangled out over the road just as Barry was passing. Following the collision, the rider was doing fine and the fish was doing dinner.


Show me the money What’s cycling worth in economic terms? The Cycling Promotion Fund obliges in two reports which, for the first time, place a dollar value on cycling participation. The report found that while many increase in trips to work between 2001 and In launching the first report, Cycling: Getting Australia Moving, Dr Rob Moodie, Australians are choosing to cycle, increasing 2006. This growth has resulted in significant Professor of Global Health at the University everyday cycling (currently only 1.3% of economic benefits, including: of Melbourne’s Nossal Institute, said “this trips to work are by bike) has the potential report demonstrates the considerable benefit to provide sustained and broad benefits  Petrol expenditure savings of at least offered to individuals and governments by across the entire community. $35 million cycling. Addressing the barriers preventing  Reduced public health costs of Economic benefits from cycling are more Australians from cycling will deliver approximately $154 million substantial savings to both government and already significant:  Traffic congestion savings of $63.9 the community”. million  Over $200 million cut from health care costs each year As well as uncovering the economic Australian workers commuting by  Reduction in the cost of traffic benefits of cycling, the report, prepared by bicycle in capital cities covered 189 million congestion - $63.9 million some of Australia’s most recognised experts  $9.3 million saved in transport kilometres in 2006—an increase of 42.4 in public health, examined the barriers ‘externalities’ such as greenhouse million kilometres from 2001. currently preventing more Australians gas abatement. from getting out on two wheels. Download the reports from the CPF web [Checkpoint will take its share of the cost site: cyclingpromotion.com.au. Editor of the report and policy advisor savings as a lump sum, thanks.] with the Cycling Promotion Fund Elliot Fishman highlights that “safety concerns, a Cycling is increasing: Quick facts Benefits of Cycling for Australia | Prepared by the Cycling Promotion Fund | June 2008 lack Economic of skill/knowledge and limited bicycle  28% increase in cycling to work friendly infrastructure and urban design between Census 2001 and 2006 • Half of all car trips in capital were all found to impact negatively on  Cyclists in capital cities rode cities are less than 5 km, with cycling participation.” 189,392,000 km to work in 2006 1.35 million Australians making  1.7 million Australians cycled for car trips to work of less than The report identifies a strong economic recreation in 2006. 5 km. basis for investment in bicycle friendly • The US Federal Government programs and infrastructure. The second report, Economic Benefits of recently committed an Cycling for Australia, documents the rising Prepared by the Cycling Promotion Fund 2008 investment of $4.5 billion on Fishman argues that “cycling is not cost of motoring and the economicJune benefits walking and cycling projects. just good fun, it’s a good investment— of cycling, bringing together the costs and delivering returns in health, climate change, benefits from key areas, including transport, • Australians will be increasingly congestion and petrol price health and environmental sectors. hit by high petrol prices. relief”. Goldman Sachs predict the oil Cycling in Australia has undergone price will reach $US200 a barrel massive growth recently, recording within 18 months, bringing the an average 28% 1

Economic Benefits of Cycling for Australia

price at the pump to over $2.30 in Australian cities.

• In 2007, 1.47 million bicycles were sold, outselling cars for the 8th consecutive year. • According to an ABS study in 2006, the average yearly distance travelled by private vehicle is 14,600 km with an average fuel consumption of 13.8 litres per 100 km. Reducing vehicle km travelled by 15% could save an average driver $500 a year in fuel costs alone. Source: CPF

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Audax and audaciousness Compiled by Matt Rawnsley

I have invited people who have been involved with Audax South Australia over the last 20 years to tell us about their memories while riding Audax rides in South Australia. In this issue, Richard Scheer and Oliver Portway tell their stories. Richard Scheer

RIDES IN SA: 23 (2005–Present) In 2002 I decided that I would get fit and my road bike was brought out from hiding. After about 25 km I had had enough. I continued riding and my goal was eventually set to complete the Bicycle SA Grand Slam, a series of rides increasing in distance over the course of a calendar year. Rides range

I rang the organiser and I was ready to go. The ride was attended by only two other riders, neither of whom I saw again after the first 15 minutes.

rest stops because I did not really feel like eating. I was carrying a fair amount of food in my backpack, but not getting any of it out to eat—just carrying deadweight.

I had a plan (I always have a plan) to ride it in 20 hours and finish at 3 am. All started well although the roads south of Adelaide down the Fleurieu Peninsula were a lot hillier than they ever seemed in the car. I

Night fell just on leaving Murray Bridge, crossing the river and heading north. That Saturday night in Mannum was the Christmas Parade, so as I approached Mannum from the East, on a road I had never seen before, the sky lit up with fireworks above the town. A great show but a bit disorienting, as the direction of the fireworks was not where I thought the town ought to be. Stopping in Mannum to get the brevet signed, the publican asked if I was a bike courier! Fortunately he did not insist that I carry such-and-such heavy parcel to the next town. I had done a 100 km night ride through the Adelaide hills in preparation for the night riding on this ride. When I left Mannum I had this strange sensation of Close Encounters of the Third Kind every time a car approached from behind as their headlights lit up an aura behind me a long time before the car come into view over the previous crest.

Kathryn Temby (drinking) at Strathalbyn on Melbourne Express 1000 September 2002

passed through the first 100 km in just over five hours. The ride east to Victor Harbor was the best part of the day, and a great sneak preview of the Tour Down Under Be Active ride course for the following year (2006). All continued well across the flats to Wellington, and the 200 km was passed I prefer to do most of my riding alone, in around nine and a half hours. This was finding enough time to ride longer distances as good a time as I had ever ridden before is hard enough without finding someone for the distance, and while I was a little sore to ride with at the same time. I noticed an in one knee, I still felt that I was going OK, ad for Audax in the local Bicycle SA rides just a little behind plan; but you can always guide and thought I’d give it a go. The ride make up time, right! I chose was the Classic 400, only double the Well not really. I shortened some of my distances of what I had ever achieved before. from 80, 100, 125, 150 and 200 km. The main challenge apart from fickle weather was achieving 200 km, a distances I had never ridden before. Challenge accepted and challenge met—I then began looking for the next goal.

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Then the ride up Palmer Hill at about 10.30 pm. I would not call this preparation for this years Tour Down Under public stage. Slogged up the hill at something less than 10 km/h, but once I reached the top I really struggled with riding on a night when there was no moonlight. You could not see a thing either side of the road and it started to feel very lonely. The lesson I learnt here (at about 330 km) is that mental fatigue leads to bad decisions. I had carried a long sleeve top and undershirt all day, but it did not occur to me to put them on. Even though it was the first weekend in December, it was very cold in the hills.


Audax South Australia 20 Years I stopped and rang home, requesting a lift from Gumeracha, which I reached about 1 am. I had abandoned my first real Audax

depths of exhaustion and sleep deprivation to the absolute thrill of just riding the bike, as one and in harmony, preferably with a

Huge numbers on a dirt series ride at Kersbrook, 1997-98

ride. My average speed when I had reached Gumeracha for 350 km was 19.3 km/h. I was on the plan but that didn’t seem to make any difference to me. From this experience I developed a stronger mental attitude to Audax riding, something I now take for granted. This encompasses everything involved in the ride; what to wear and carry, what and when to eat, how fast to ride. The following morning I got a lift back to the start point to fetch my car and return the incomplete card. My first brevet was in the end not a brevet at all. I have never failed to finished an Audax ride since. The seemingly endless challenges Audax provides, plus the opportunity to ride with so many similar minded cyclists (at least “many” when we go interstate), means I will be doing this for many years yet. Oliver Portway

RIDES IN SA: 61 (1992–Present) SA COMMITTEE (2004–Present) I have such passionate memories of Audax rides. The full range of emotions is experienced in a long brevet ride. From the

tailwind. Whether into a welcome dawn, the lowering evening or any other time at all, it is such a joy to ride a bike. The bicycle or any other HPV is such a wonderful machine, physical trainer, vehicle and means of transport. Audax riding shows the true potential of the HPV as a viable means of personal transport. Audax. Audacity and audaciousness are interesting descriptors for bicycle riding. But how true they are for randonneur cyclists and Audax events. The concepts of riding a bike all day and then into the night is such an anathema to most people, even most bike riders, that it must truly be an audacious act. Most people never experience riding at night let alone riding all night. I find this a very different and rewarding aspect of cycling. The ability to stay on the bike and keep moving gives the bicycle such a fantastic range of distance. To ride 1000 or more kilometres over a weekend means you cover a lot of country. This is the life of a gypsy bike rider. Homeless for the duration of the ride, living on the road, minimalist in equipment, resourceful and with a love of the road; these are the attributes of a successful Audax rider and randonneur.

since 1988. Stan Malbut was the originator here and got SA on the Opperman Shield twice in the late eighties. I had heard of PBP in 1991, too late to qualify that year and determined to be there in 1995. I had ridden many Grand Slam Series with Bicycle SA and was looking for longer rides. Although started in 1988, an SA brevet series had been absent for a while and qualification for PBP 1991 meant travelling to Victoria. I had recently moved to Kapunda, had ridden in three 24 hour pedal prix events and had the long distance bug. I started riding to and from the Grand Slam rides. The longest ride was over 400 km from Kapunda. I remember setting off at 2.00 am. In Nairne it was literally freezing. I took a wrong turn out the back of Mount Barker at dawn and still managed to just make the start on time. For some reason I was hooked. I rode my first brevet, a 300, in 1992. Stan was still on the scene then and was involved in that first ride. I missed 1993 as I was concentrating on racing. My first super randonneur series followed in 1994 and a double SR in 1995. With a 1000 these were my preparation brevets for a successful PBP 1995. Since then I have completed 12 SRs including five Alpine Classic, PBP 1999, Rocky Mountain 1200, BMB, two GSRs, Murray and Bach 1200 and 1000, an International Randonneur, an IR 1200, two Randonneur 5000 and two Woodrup 5000. Many of these rides have been ridden with Matt Rawnsley and we have been companions on the road many times. Matt is a truly great randonneur, and an awesome rider. His achievements in Audax dwarf my own. Unfortunately due to work commitments I have had to cut back my riding considerably and have missed the last two PBPs. When I do ride now, Matt has to wait for me as I have slowed down quite a bit with the reduction in training. But the passion, the love of the road, the freedom and the feeling of being just me, the bike and the road niggles away at the back of my mind constantly. Maybe I will make PBP 2011 for my 50th birthday. Vive la bicycle!

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The Waters Edge Wander Dino Morgante

A cyclist with a poet’s license… ‘Twas eve before our Mothers’ Day feast All was quiet at the bay, Nothing much at all was happening, Then us Audaxers came its way! They came from here and near, They came from there and far, But there was one thing in common, They all came here by car!!! There was Howie, Vaughanie, Dino The CHaP’s were there as well, That’s Cath, Hannah and Philip And my-my did we look swell We came here in all sizes, And don’t care much for that, For if it wasn’t for our cycling Then we’d all be very fat Four singles and a tandem, We like our bikes all ways, As long as we go forward in time Seeing night-sights of the bays The evening was a beauty, And we enjoy a cool swell time, With clear night skies, full of stars And church bells on the chime So five pee-em and off we head For this adventurous lot, We follow carefully all in line, Slipstreaming like a “pot” Lota was a nice di-ver-sion With cycle path and boards, A healthy change of scenery, Away from motoring hoardes Now young Vaughanie, you will see, He was itching at the feet, He’d pedal way-way off ahead, But eventually would re-treat He did this dance, off and on, Which made us sit and hedge, Is this pace too slow for him? Or is he on the edge!!? Now Thorny and the Wells, These are not a real bad patch,

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Some smooth roads and roundabouts, One bikie we did catch Dino my boy, you led us round, With the route slip kept ‘in-mind’, But was it route checks here and there? Or the blind leading the blind? Was it straight ahead here? Or was it there, to the right? Dear me, young Dino!! You were our guiding light With the course back on track It was “Gumdale, here we come!!”, There was a pee-stop at the Caltex, Then back on-to the gun Those CHaP’s as we all know, They can be a chatty bunch, With a tandem and a single I sorta got that hunch Philip, well, he’s the dad, He was making a new bike, With two failed re-builds in a row It was testing out his might Then there’s Catherine, she’s the mum, Tandem captain for tonight, I hope she steers that thing ok Or poor Hannah’s on a fright Last, but not by least, There’s young Hannah on the back, She was always feeling peckish Stealing snakes from mummy’s pack New Cleveland and old Manly, These roads were on our run, But turning into Wynnum Homeward bound, here we come!! Now that train line there at Lindum, Held us up for just a bit, Two commuters there in passing, Passing through all nicely lit Then sything through to Lytton, With “The Porty” up in lights, Never been thru here at dusk although? Should see some glowing sights

Take care with those fast-trucks now, There big, mean, and tough, But for us intrepid Audaxers, We’ll never say “That’s enough!!” So on and through The Port, And of Brisbane it should be, But that old, pesky, northy wind Was now pointing right at me Howie, mate, we love you lots, And sometimes you go slow, We find that heart, that ticker, One-thirty beats is all she goes Now old Howie, you just see, We bet there at the dance, I said “Trust me for a taily lick” He said “Or I’ll kick you in the pants” That Port-loop she was fine, With good chats along the way, It was Brisbane River to the left And on the right, Moreton Bay While Vaughanie and I were chatting, We were prancing off ahead, We turned round seeing nothing, Our worst fears we did dread But alas to much relief, And allaying our good fright, In the distance now, we could see Three bike lights burning bright The message was received, That on leaving the old Port, On old mate Howie’s treadlie, A spoke, it did retort Along old Pritchard and on Tingal Through Wynnum we returned, Sur-pris-ing-ly we thought, No cyclists have been spurned!! Now back to our young Vaughanie, Those itching feet be free, Alas a fast return back home To watch the Dream and V ‘Twas the end, of our night course, The finale we did reach,


As we dis-mounted our good bikes At a cool Pan-dan-us Beach A great night was enjoyed by all, And lets include the sundry, With the clear idea now coming thru, Tomorrow, it was Sundy!!

Brevets With Simon Watt and Stephen George

Bravo! Felicitations!

Vaughanie, well, he shot off As quick as he could toe, Howie, packing off Too-woomba, A distance he must go

Contact the Brevet Secretary: results@audax.org.au

The CHaP’s and I, we stop and chat, Fish-and-chips we eat, With a cheeky phone call to our friends, It all went down a treat

DIRT SERIES

With thank-yous and goodbyes, We go our separate way, A rinse and kip when we get home, For tomorrow’s Mothers Day

110km, 9-Feb-08, VIC, Donna’s Alpine Adventure Organiser: Gareth Evans Simon Dempsey, Gareth Evans, Phil Gidding, Peter McMeikin, Steve Murphy, Frank Preyer, Chris Rogers

Organiser: Kevin Ware Robyn Curtis, David Eales, Elizabeth Hall, Leon Malzinskas, Ronald McInnes, Steve Murphy, Robert Stewart, Gavin Wright

That bay’s a funny place you know, Both busy and real slow, But we’ll be back another time, All set for another go

ROAD SERIES

100km, 18-May-08, VIC, Blackgate Saunter

Ride rules from page 17 • A month before the ride, obtain, check and provide feedback on draft copies of maps, cue sheets and other ride information. • Two weeks before the ride, check with the ride organiser that issues have been addressed and the ride organisation is on track. • A week after the ride, check with the ride organiser to discuss the outcome of the ride and check that post-ride processes have been followed. The primary resources for ride advisers are their own knowledge and experience and the Ride Organiser Guide. Ride advisers should be experienced ride organisers and should possess sufficient interpersonal skills them enable them to interact effectively with ride organisers.

35km, 16-Feb-08, VIC, Mt Dandenong Roundup Organiser: Stephen Brown Paul Addison, Steven Brown, David Cook, Peter Heal, Ray Lawn, Jon Miller

50km, 8&9-Mar-08, VIC, Southern Series Organiser: Grant & Pam Palmer Ronald McInnes, Mededith McInnes

50km, 30-Mar-08, VIC, Mal’s Merrimu Meander Organiser: Mal Faul Martin Chambers, Lyndal Clayton, Neal Clayton, Nick Cowling, Brian Gavan, Gary Hardy, Len Murray, Sharon Slater

50km, 12-Apr-08, VIC, Goldfields Double Century Organiser: Peter Curtis Lesley Chambers, Robyn Curtis, Libby Haynes, Meredith McInnes, Daniel Neave, Russell Taylor

50km, 13-Apr-08, SA, A Series Rd1 Twin Peaks Organiser: Alan Capell Alan Capell, Allan Dickson, Charles Fearon, Jeff Francis, Dean Lambert, Hugh MacDonald, Ian Peak, Matthew Rawnsley

50km, 18-May-08, VIC, Blackgate Saunter Organiser: Maxine Riggs Heather Christmas, Brad Cole, Grant Cole, Dalice Dalton, Michael Dunstan, John Goulzamanis, Callum Moore, Daniel Neave, Peter Robertson, Jim Sobczynski, John Sobczynski, Denise Stonehouse, Jonathan Van Cleff

50km, 1-Jun-08, VIC, Balmy Bendigo Organiser: Peter Searle Lesley Chambers, Daniel Neave

62km, 19-Apr-08, VIC, Connexions Paths Less Travelled Organiser: Steve Ambry Steve Ambry, Rodney Clark, Carlos Duarte, Steve Murphy, Derek Nicholas, Pauline Nicholas, Liz Quine

100km, 8&9-Mar-08, VIC, Southern Series Organiser: Grant & Pam Palmer Adam Brough, Nick Cowling, Rod Gray

100km, 13-Apr-08, VIC, Autumnal Malmsbury Meander Organiser: Paul de Podolinsky Tim Bell, Ian Boehm, Charles Chambers, Martin Chambers, Nick Cowling, Malcolm Faul, Brian Gavan, Jim Grellis, Glenys Jardine, John Jardine, George Judkins, Sean Lee, Peter Mathews, Steve Murphy, Heather Murray, Nicky Stone

100km, 4-May-08, VIC, Wheels on Fire Organiser: Kevin Ware Vin Cross, Ian De Bruyne, Rod Dixon, Phil Drummond, Gareth Evans, Mike Goyne, Anthony Harris, Peter Kostos, Tristian Marut, Steve Murphy, Fraser Rowe, Ken Sanders, Robert Stewart, Meg Warren, Frank Williams

100km, 10-May-08, VIC, Tour de Tarwin

Organiser: Maxine Riggs Steve Agnew, Graeme Aisbett, Geof Bagley, Marie Bagley, Gary Beasley, Martin Chambers, Stephen Chambers, Jim Chant, Geoff Christmas, Norm Coombs, Graeme Dumbrell, David Ellis, Brian Gavan, Ken Gawne, John Hagan, Libby Haynes, Martin Haynes, Rosemary Hogan, George Judkins, Brenden Macauley, Karen McGlynn, Paul McKenna, Scott McLean, Ken Morgan, Pam Morrow, Paul Pumpa, Ken Quinn, Andrea Rose, Gordon Ross, Leah Ross, Sam Ross, Stephen Rowlands, Simon Watt

100km, 1-Jun-08, VIC, Balmy Bendigo Organiser: Peter Searle Bruce Baehnisch, Ken Gwane, Stuart Harris, Lyn Loudon

110km, 30-Mar-08, VIC, Mal’s Merrimu Meander Organiser: Mal Faul Bill Jeppesen, Ron Norton, Rodney Snibson, Ron Wescott

110km, 25-May-08, VIC, King Parrot Creek Rides Organiser: Peter Martin Shane Balkin, Lenore Brophy, Norm Coombs, Charles Day, Andy Derham, Howard Duncan, Hans Dusink, Mike Geraghty, Anthony Harris, Jon Herd, Bill Jeppesen, Stuart MacKay, Myra Morgan, Heather Murray, Fraser Rowe, Peter Weiss

120km, 30-Mar-08, VIC, Mal’s Merrimu Meander Organiser: Mal Faul Nicholas Arnold, Peter Curtis, Hans Dusink, Richard Freemantle, Jon Herd, George Judkins, Stuart Mackay, Ros Marshallsea, Peter May, Stephen Rowlands, Kathryn Temby, Ted van Geldermalsen, David Whittle

150km, 5-Apr-08, VIC, Great Ocean Road Organiser: Peter Donnan Marie Bagley, Gary Beasley, Stephen Brown, Vince Cassar, Peter Curtis, Robyn Curtis, Henry De Man, Frank Dobrigna, Patricia Dorey, Hans Dusink, Brian Gavan, Ken Gawne, Barry Hahnel, Mark Harmes, Libby Haynes, Martin Haynes, Bill Jeppesen, Tim Laugher, Lyn Loudon, Sue May, Ross Meulman, Andy Moore, Glo Moscattini, Catherine Rayne, Bernadette Redfern, Gordon Ross, Leah Ross, Rodney Snibson

150km, 4-May-08, VIC, Wheels on Fire Organiser: Kevin Ware Peter Curtis, Leigh Patterson

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150km, 11-May-08, SA, A Series Rd2 River Flats Ride Organiser: Alan Capell Alan Capell, Alan Dickson, Michael Dwyer, Jeff Francis, Dean Lambert, Warran Li Yung Lung, Ian Peak, Matthew Rawnsley, Richard Scheer

160km, 12-Apr-08, VIC, Goldfields Double Century Organiser: Peter Curtis Michael Boehm, Stephen Chambers, Jim Chant, Jesse Collis, Peter Curtis, Stephen George, Martin Haynes, Greg Lanyon, Keith Lowe, Ros Marshallsea, Ron McInnes, Barry Moore, Leigh Patterson, Chris Rogers, Rodney Snibson, Katherine Temby, Adrian Whear

Bob Bednarz, Stephen Chambers, Carl Cole, Nick Cowling, Peter Curtis, Hans Dusink, Rus Hamilton, Tim Laugher, Leon Malzinkas, Ros Marshallsea, Greg Martin, Peter J Martin, Ronald McInnes, Ken Morgan, June Parsons, Leigh Paterson, Michael Peynenborg, Catherine Rayne, Maxine Riggs, Geoff Robinson, Chris Rogers, Jim Sobczynski, Graham Stucley, Kevin Ware, Peter Weiss, Adrian Whear, Neil White, Frank Williams

200km, 8&9-Mar-08, VIC, Southern Series Organiser: Grant & Pam Palmer Geof Bagley, Timshel Knoll-Miller, Dylan Shuttleworth

Murphy, Brian Norman, David Padula, Rodney Potts, Geoff Robinson, John Van Seters, Stephen Watson, Adrian Whear, Neil White, Robert Xerri, Steve Xerri

200km, 4-May-08, VIC, Wheels on Fire Organiser: Kevin Ware Jim Chant, Penny Charles, Leon Malzinskas, Stephen Rowlands, Marcus Theile

200km, 10-May-08, VIC, Tour de Tarwin Organiser: Kevin Ware Tom Behrsing, Peter Curtis, Gareth Evans, Ros Marshallsea, Jane May, John McKain, Kerry McLinden, Barry Moore, Heather Murray, Brian Norman, Leigh Patterson, Kathryn Temby, Marcus Theile

200km, 25-May-08, VIC, King Parrot Creek Rides Organiser: Peter Martin Peter Annear, John Bahoric, Tom Behrsing, Jim Chant, Carl Cole, Gareth Evans, Rodney Kruz, Ros Marshallsea, Jane May, Barry Moore, Leigh Paterson, Stephen Rowlands, Kathryn Temby, Neil White

200km, 1-Jun-08, VIC, Balmy Bendigo Organiser: Peter Searle Jeff Anderson, George Judkins, Simon Watt, Adrian Whear

300km, 16-Feb-08, VIC, ABBA 300 Organiser: Peter Curtis Peter Annear, Karl Bennett, Jim Chant, Peter Curtis, Peter Donnan, Howard Duncan, Hans Dusink, Richard Freemantle, Russell Freemantle, George Judkins, Jonathan Levitt, Greg Martin, Peter Martin, Leigh Patterson, Jim Sobczynski, Katherine Temby, Kevin Ware

300km, 23-Feb-08, VIC, Phillip Island and Beyond Organiser: Rus Hamilton Russell Hamilton, Jim Chant

300km, 29-Mar-08, VIC, Dances with Dinosaurs Organiser: John Laszczyk Ewan Hill, Martin Haynes

400km, 23-Feb-08, VIC, Phillip Island and Beyond Organiser: Rus Hamilton Stephen Chambers, Frank Preyer, Chris Rogers, Kevin Ware

400km, 8&9-Mar-08, VIC, Southern Series Organiser: Grant & Pam Palmer George Judkins, Tim Laugher, Ros Marshallsea, Jane May

400km, 22-Mar-08, SA, Time for a New Name Organiser: Matthew Rawnsley Oliver Portway, Richard Scheer, Warran Whisson

600km, 8&9-Mar-08, VIC, Southern Series Photo: Peter “NancyBoy” Annear

Organiser: Grant & Pam Palmer Peter Annear, Peter Donnan, Russell Freemantle, Frank Preyer

600km, 22-Mar-08, SA, Time for a New Name

Organiser: Matthew Rawnsley Allan Dickson, Matthew Rawnsley

1000km, 29-Mar-08, VIC, Gippy Gallopeed Twelve Centuries of Joy

The Lancefield Lairs in fine spirits en route to Nagambie, Oppy 2008. 160km, 13-Apr-08, VIC, Goldfields Double Century Organiser: Peter Curtis Michael Boehm, Peter Donnan, Stephen George, Keith Lowe, Ros Marshallsea, Barry Moore, Peter Moore, Leigh Patterson, Chris Rogers, Stephen Rowlands, Rodney Snibson, Katherine Temby

200km, 10-Feb-08, VIC, Buckley’s Ride Organiser: Chris Rogers Steve Atkins, Paul Aulakh, Geof Bagley, Marie Bagley,

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200km, 22-Mar-08, SA, Time for a New Name

Organiser: Matthew Rawnsley Glen Thompson

200km, 5-Apr-08, VIC, Great Ocean Road Organiser: Peter Donnan Peter Annear, Geof Bagley, Myles Bagley, Paul Balchin, Tony Bolduan, Bernard Collins, David Cooper, Jurie Dekter, Simon Dempsey, John Doran, Phil Giddings, Neil Harvey, Rudy Joosten, George Judkins, Glenn Martini, Peter May, John McKain, Ken Morgan, Steve

Organiser: Kevin Ware & Chris Rogers Jim Chant, Rus Hamilton, Greg Martin

1200km, 29-Mar-08, VIC, Gippy Gallopeed Twelve Centuries of Joy Organiser: Kevin Ware & Chris Rogers Stephen Chambers, Leigh Paterson, John Evans, Frank Preyer, Kevin Ware, Chris Rogers

Fleche Opperman 362km, SA, Team “Hot as Hell” Allan Dickson, Matthew Rawnsley, Richard Scheer, Glen Thompson Issued: 10 June 2008


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A cyclocross bike by category, the $PMQQ$FCAI has proven itself on the streets through hectic traffic, over exhilarating trails and long stretches of back roads. CHECK THE SPECS:ĂŠUĂŠÂ™Â‡ĂƒÂŤii`ĂŠL>À‡VÂœÂ˜ĂƒĂŠUĂŠ->Â?Ăƒ>ĂŠÂœĂŒÂœÂ‡ViĂŠ iÂ?Â?ĂŠ>ÂŤĂŠvÂ?>Ă€i`ĂŠVĂžVÂ?ÂœVĂ€ÂœĂƒĂƒĂŠ`Ă€ÂœÂŤĂŠL>Ă€ĂƒĂŠUĂŠ >Â˜ĂŒÂˆĂŠLĂ€>ÂŽiĂƒĂŠ UʣӇÓx/ĂŠÂ™Â‡ĂƒÂŤii`ĂŠV>ĂƒĂƒiĂŒĂŒiĂŠUĂŠ/ˆ>}Ă€>ĂŠvĂ€ÂœÂ˜ĂŒĂŠEĂŠĂ€i>ÀÊ`iĂ€>ˆÂ?Â?iĂ•Ă€ĂƒĂŠ UĂŠĂŽĂˆĂ?{n/ĂŠ`ÂœĂ•LÂ?iĂŠVĂ€>Â˜ÂŽĂƒiĂŒĂŠUĂŠ7Â…ÂˆĂŒiĂŠVÂœÂ?ÂœĂ•Ă€Â°

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The -MLE)?SJ5PSAICP is built for expeditiongrade touring, with a frame designed to be stable and supple when fully loaded with gear. CHECK THE SPECS:ĂŠUĂŠ-Ă•}ÂˆÂ˜ÂœĂŠĂŒĂ€ÂˆÂŤÂ?iĂŠVĂ€>Â˜ÂŽĂƒĂŠUĂŠ-…ˆ“>Â˜ÂœĂŠ8/ĂŠĂ€i>ÀÊ `iĂ€>ˆÂ?Â?iÕÀÊUĂŠ"Ă•ĂŒL>VŽ‡ÀiÂ?ˆ>LÂ?iĂŠÂ™Â‡ĂƒÂŤii`ĂŠL>À‡VÂœÂ˜ĂƒĂŠUĂŠ-…ˆ“>Â˜ÂœĂŠ8/ĂŠ Â…Ă•LĂƒĂŠĂœÂˆĂŒÂ…ĂŠÂ?>LĂžĂ€ÂˆÂ˜ĂŒÂ…ĂŠĂƒi>Â?ĂƒĂŠUĂŠ iÂœĂ€iÊ££‡Î{/ĂŠĂœÂˆ`i‡À>˜}iĂŠV>ĂƒĂƒiĂŒĂŒiĂŠ UĂŠ >Â˜ĂŒÂˆĂŠLĂ€>ÂŽiĂƒĂŠĂœÂˆĂŒÂ…ĂŠÂŤÂ?iÂ˜ĂŒĂžĂŠÂœvʓÕ`}Ă•>Ă€`ĂŠVÂ?i>Ă€>˜ViĂŠUĂŠ œ“vĂžĂŠĂŒĂžĂ€iĂƒĂŠ ­{Ӈx{V“\ĂŠĂ“ĂˆĂ?£°x¸ÆÊxĂˆÂ‡ĂˆĂ“V“\ÊÇääĂ?ĂŽx ÂŽĂŠUĂŠ"Â?ÂˆĂ›iĂŠ}Ă€iiÂ˜ĂŠVÂœÂ?ÂœĂ•Ă€Â°

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Checkpoint No. 36 (Winter 2008)  

In this issue: The Cascade 1200; The Alpine Classic; Training Notes: Training with rollers; Changes to our Ride Rules; Update: Around Austra...