Queensland

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Audax at Fidelis” (Bold but Faithful)

The Queensland state emblem says it all! Audax Queensland welcomes new riders!
We welcome non-members at our rides. If you would like to do one of our rides, browse through upcoming rides shown to the right. Either register and ride; or contact the ride organizer of the ride concerned for further information.

A history of Audax Queensland written by Dave Minter in 2009 can be found here.

You can contact Audax Queensland here: qld.communications@audax.org.au

Queensland Upcoming Rides

Upcoming rides for Queensland for the next 28 days

Details of all scheduled rides are in the Audax Calendar

  • 07
    Jul
    River Loop JulyRegister
    A social ride followed by a coffee somewhere interesting on Montague Rd
    Distances: 50km, 100km | QLD | BA
  • 11
    Jul
    Mulgowie MooseRegister
    A rural ride on relatively quiet roads starting at Lowood and roving around the Brisbane and Lockyer Valleys. Enjoy a break at Ma Ma Creek store before rolling into Mulgowie for a lunch stop.
    Distances: 102km, 200km | QLD | BRM
  • 12
    Jul
    Calendar Planning MeetingRegister
    Planning next season’s calendar. All suggestions welcome.
    Distance: 1km | QLD | None
  • 14
    Jul
    River Loop – Social Ride
    A social ride around the iconic Brisbane River Loop, ending with coffee at West End. No registration necessary; just turn up ready for a 5:30AM start.
    Distance: 40km | QLD | Soc
  • 18
    Jul
    BedrockRegister
    Scenic rides over Mt Nebo and Mt Glorious.
    Distances: 60km, 100km, 153km, 200km | QLD | BRM
  • 21
    Jul
    River Loop – Social Ride
    A social ride around the iconic Brisbane River Loop, ending with coffee at West End. No registration necessary; just turn up ready for a 5:30AM start.
    Distance: 40km | QLD | Soc
  • 25
    Jul
    Downs & Back 300 400 600Register
    Short 300, Medium 400 or Long 600. Westlake to Toowoomba on Darling Downs and return.
    Distances: 315km, 405km, 600km | QLD | BRM
  • 26
    Jul
    Dirty Boonah TripleRegister
    A choice of rides around the Scenic Rim on quiet country roads. 3 distances on offer to suit all riding abilities. All roads are public roads and can be ridden on 28 mm+ tyres.
    Distances: 56km, 111km, 150km | QLD | BG
  • 28
    Jul
    River Loop – Social Ride
    A social ride around the iconic Brisbane River Loop, ending with coffee at West End. No registration necessary; just turn up ready for a 5:30AM start.
    Distance: 40km | QLD | Soc
  • 01
    Aug
    The Cheap 3 Peaks Challenge.Register
    The Cheap 3 Peaks Challenge, is a spectacular ride taking in scenic climbs north of the river. Mt Mee, Mt Glorious and Mt Coot-tha. With plenty of hills in between. A tough ride, unsupported with a 2 peak 200 km or 3 peak 300 km challenge.
    Distances: 215km, 215km, 305km | QLD | BRM

Contact Us

Our Team

23/03/14

Dino Morgante

25/01/18

Rodney Clarke

01/01/16

Glenn Pethely

16/01/16

Craig Estwick

28/02/16

Peter Jenkins

01/01/17

Peter Foster

01/01/18

Gayle & Kim

01/01/18

Keith Heinrich

01/01/18

John McMullan

04/01/18

Peter Foster

07/01/18

Gayle Sticher

26/01/18

Mark Riley

26/01/18

Helen Marson

3/02/18

David Booth

3/02/18

Peter Jenkins

3/02/18

David Foster

17/02/18

David Booth

17/02/18

Mark Croonen

18/02/18

Gayle & Kim

3/03/18

John McMullan

18/03/18

Keith Heinrich

24/03/18

Rachel Edwards

24/03/18

John McMullan

24/03/18

Helen Lecole

5/04/18

Laura Diaz

15/04/18

Gayle & Kim

22/04/18

Gayle & Kim

22/04/18

David Foster

22/04/18

John McMullan

5/05/18

Mark Riley

5/05/18

Brian Hornby

20/05/18

David Booth

26/05/18

John McMullan

24/06/18

Darragh Murray

1/07/18

Gayle Sticher

7/07/18

Ruth Brown

15/07/18

Peter Jenkins

29/07/18

Justin Bennet

4/08/18

Heath Carney

12/08/18

Chris Upite and Lauren Erikson

12/08/18

Gayle Sticher

04/08/18

John McMullan

1-6/09/18

John McMullan

15/09/18

Cap’n Castaway Harry (Mark Harris)

27/10/18

Keith Heinrich

01/01/19

David Booth

01/01/19

John McMullan

06/01/19

Gayle Sticher

16/02/19

Ruth Brown

17/02/19

Gayle Sticher

23/02/19

John McMullan

16/03/19

Peter Jenkins

17/03/19

Gayle Sticher

19/03/19

Peter Jenkins

30/03/19

John McMullan

20/04/19

John McMullan

Flèche Opperman

Hubert Opperman in the 1928 Tour de France.

The Flèche Opperman All Day Trial (or “The Oppy”) is a 24-hour team time trial held annually by Audax Australia. It is named after Sir Hubert Opperman, who was one of the world’s greatest endurance cyclists and the patron of Audax Australia until his death in 1996.

The Oppy is an event for teams of three to five bicycles. Each team must ride at least 360 km (you design your own route) in 24 hours. If you’re not up for 24 hours of riding, try the Petit Oppy (180 km in 14 hours). More details / rules here. If you want to ride, but don’t have a team, we will do the match-making. Contact any of the ROs below. In 2019 in SEQ the Oppy will start at 8:00 am Saturday 23rd March; and finish 24 hrs later. In FNQ the Oppy will start on a different date: 8:00 am 18th May. Is this the year to get two Oppy Medallions? The three Oppy regional organisers and the finishing locations are:

SEQ23/03/19Mark RileySt Lucia; St Lucys for breakfast
FNQ18/05/19Gayle SticherPort Douglas
midQ23/03/19Peter RobertsonMackay

What Happened in 2018? Summary here.

Matt Rawnsley Statistics
Stat man Matt has posted an amazing array of Oppy statistics. The most number of Oppys by one person? (23(!!): Kevin Ware). The number of times Queensland has won the Oppy Shield? Three, including the last 2 years. The number of times a Queensland team has cracked 600km? None until this year and two teams cracked it!

How to register:
Go to the On-line Calendar, (here), navigate to 23 March 2019. Select the appropriate registration (ie SEQ, FNQ, not Victoria). Click on the “On-line registration via the Audax Portal“. The Team Captain must register first to register the team name. Then other team members can register and select that particular team. When the team captain registers, there are also options to fill in your itinerary (checkpoints, etc) and a link to your course map. I’m not fussed if you don’t include these at this point (as I’ll be contacting you in any case, and you can email me directly). However, you will need your Team Name at the time you register.

Queensland Oppy Honour Roll

1993
424Cane Toad ExpressDave Minter, Pedro Plowman, Andrew Row In NSW; pre-Queensland Oppys.
1994
500The Brisbane BonkersGale Schaub, Dave Minter, Peter Brown, Andrew Row (photo) In Victoria; pre-Queensland Oppys.
1995 summaryFirst year for Queensland Oppys
392Team Two UpKris Kersley, Ross Kersley, Jenelle Davies, Howard Davies, Andrew Wood, Paul McAntee, Glen Cannell, Mitch Carr (8 on a team? yes: 3 tandems, 2 singles) Qld record
377Team SEQUENCEGale Schaub, Lindsay Green, Peter Brown
370GustoMark Spakshott, Dan Reid, Diana McPhee, Andrew McPhee, Nicole McPhee
366Three Skinny Guys and a Fat GuyRieks van Klinken, Ben Webb, Zane Cavinn, Daniel Farrelly
1996 summary
390The Generation GapGale Schaub, Lindsay Green, Peter Brennan, Daniel Radford (youngest 16, oldest 64)
363WarhorseMark Sparshott, Laurie Handcock, Wayne Murray
363Three Men & A BabyDavid Minter, Philip Rowley, Gary Beasley
361Tan DamRoss Kersley, Howard Davies, Janelle Davies, Tony Croke
1997
400TMAAB ‘97Dave Minter, Kris Kersley, Wayne Murray Qld record
1998
401Audax QueenslandGale Schaub, Richard Martin, Vaughan Kippers Qld record
1999 No QLD teams
2000
360Dave’s DawdlersDavid Minter, Ben Wilson, Chris Jensen
360Maslen’s MissingDavid Jones, John Gowty, Warren Whisson
2001
360Team QLDHoward Brandis, Margaret Wingett, Mark Jensen, Laurie Handcock
2002
372Howard’s HerosHoward Brandis, Debra Campell, Marc Coombs, Mark Jensen
2003
401OppytunistDavid White, Christine White, Melonie de Jong, Errol Ross
372Howard’s HerosMark Jensen, Debbie Campbell, Joan Brown
360Noel’s NightridersNoel Newton, Brain Aston, Susan Lostroh, Paul Cribb
2004 No QLD teams
2005
3663DDavid Minter, David Jones, Dino Morgante
2006 No Oppy due to date change
2007
385Oppy on the DownsVaughan Kippers, Pat Lehane, Errol Ross
367Je Suis FatigueBruce Dodds, Catherine Johnson, David Minter, George Row
2008
444Against the WindAlan Baker, David King, Pat Lehane Qld record
412The Southern InvadersPaul Cribb, Alex Murray, Martin Pearson, Lisa Turner
374hOppyn’ MadMichael Clare, Iain Cummings, Vaughan Kippers, David Minter, David Pacheco
2009
367?David Minter(c), Elizabeth Pearson, Martin Pearson
2010 summary
360?Southern InvadersLisa Turner(c), ?, ?
360?John’s OrphansJohn Fitter(c), ?, ?
182Les Petits CanetoadsDino Morgante, Peter Jenkins, George Row, Sue May
2011 Summary
469Right Out of ControlBrian Hornby, David King, Martin Pearson Qld record
370Team SloBrendan Howard, James Pearson, Rodney Clarke
183Miss Kitty and the Bearded BikersDino Morgante, Lawrence Hennelly, Peter Jenkins, Sue May
2012 summary
454Keep the Pedals TurningAndrew Bragg, Christian Killen, Roger Hawley(c)
369S L OppyAlexander Wall, Matthew Zaranski, Rupert Leigh(c)
369Quintessential Speed TurtlesDino Morgante, Michael Deed, Michael Waterson, Nick Burnett(c), Simon Faber
367Fixed OppynionsAnthony Douglas, Martin Pearson(c), Stuart Dowell
2013 summary
403CyclonicsJenny Townley, Peter Robertson, Troy Forbes
403Tropical TailwindDavid Adams, Peter McCallum, Phillip Burnham
365Four DecadesAnne Latimer(c), Deb Aitchenson, Holli Linklater, Lynne James   Qld Record All Female
365Just a Nice Day OutAndrew Gills, Dino Morgante, James Pearson, Martin Pearson(c), Rodney Clarke
361KBC Bubble BlowersIan Petherbridge, Kirsty Broun(c), Shane Graham, Simon Watt
2014
407Gym-wich Flat TrackersAndrew Keith, John Gowty, Melvyn Yap, Nick Burnett, Rodney Clarke
402Captain Cody and his Lost Planet AirmenGerry Egan, Rick Abraham(c), WilliamM, WimZ
368Doctors and NursesRosie Godwin, Vaughan Kippers, Anne Latimer, Martin Pearson(c), Mark Riley
365Out of our DepthBrett Kerwick, DanM, RobS, ShaunK, SimonP
363The President’s MenChris Ellis, Chris Groves, Brian Hornby(c), Anthony Richardson
2015
500A Pair of Nicks & Two DicksNick Burnett, Nick Fisk, Ant Richardson Qld Record
365Team SLOPeter Jenkins, Vaughan Kippers, Pat Lehane(c), Mark Riley
362CyclonicsJenny Townley, Peter Robertson, Phillip Burnham, Troy Forbes
184Liz Hepple Coaching 1Anne Latimer, Holli Linklater, Liz Hepple(c)
184Liz Hepple Coaching 2Kailee Ng, Liz Nelson, Rosie Godwin
2016 summary
360Bunya BanditsBrian Hornby(c), Chris Ellis, Ant Richardson, Mark Riley
365Team SLORoss Barnard, Kym Raffelt, Vaughan Kippers, Pat Lehane(c)
2017
528Flat Out OppytunistsNick Booth, Nick Burnett, Mark Riley, Rod Staines Qld Record
360The ExtremesGayle Sticher, Paula Castle, Ian Church, Snowy Evans, Marina Harcot
180Small N DaintyKim Christie, Mark Kerswell, Nola Kerswell, Toby Kerswell, Jordan Seymour-Jones
184Hawaii Four-ODeborah Gillespie, Peter Kyriakides, Brian Kittler, Lloyd Stonadge
191Cassowary Coast CyclonesJeff Coward, Steve Bryan, Matthew Wensley
185Team TailwindMichael Lee, Mary Ann Allen, Helius Visser, Heather Cochrane
197Cairns Strava Crew RedChad Elliott, Troy Furner, Christopher Clair
204Cairns Strava Crew BlueBen Smith, Nick Masasso, Campbell Smythe, Warren Elliott
2018 summary
560Koiled CraziesRachel Edwards, Matthew Locker(c), Michael Newell Qld Record
507Coasting NorthKen Dyson, Graham Jensen, Tony Pattison(c), Dave Wall
416The AlternativeBrian Hornby, Tara Horner(c), Paul Witzerman
366Cairns Strava CrewWarren Elliot(c), Keith Mole, Andrew Morgan
363Downs OppytunistsJonny Ayres, Raoul Dover, Jeff Franklin, Scott McCarthy, Peter Watson(c)
362S.O.F.TMark Harris, Helen Marson, Ant Richardson(c), Mark Riley
361Team SLOPeter Jenkins(c), Vaughan Kippers, Pat Lehane, Kym Raffelt, George Row
192Puffin’ BilliesPeter Whittle, Justin Bennett(c), Nick Hemmings, Jeremy Drice
184McOppiesRuth Brown, David Booth, John McMullan(c), Darren Milczewski, Les O’Shea
184Hawaii 5-0Drewe Burgess, Deb Gillespie(c), Brian Kittler, Peter Kyriakides, Lloyd Stonage
181Small and DaintyKim Christie(c), Mark Kerswell, Nola Kerswell, Zoe Kerswell, Jordan Seymour-Jones
181The WaitersBob Adams, Rex Hutchinson, Steve Kilpatrick, Joe O’Dea(c)
2019
611T600BMatthew Locker(c), Paul Newman, Frederik Vekeman, Richard Watson Qld Record
400OppydonebakerystyleJeff Franklin(c), Ben Hernandez, Brian Hornby, Miles Vass, Paul Witzerman
366OppytuneRuth Brown(c), Tara Horner, Sharon Jewell Qld Record All Female
361Oppy DartsRal Dover(c), Doug Gouw, Tracey Howley, Pat Lehane, Peter Watson
360H.A.R.D.Brad Billingham, Mark Harris, Thomas Matyja, Kyle Pratt, Mark Riley(c)
184OppytimistsKeith Heinrich(c), Duane Parnell, Jennifer McMillan
182Hudirt KnobbymenJustin Bennett(c), Peter Jenkins, Scott McCarthy
181Team TinyLeah Barnett, David Booth, Peter Lovell, John McMullan(c)

Newsletter May 16th 2019

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After effects of a windy night – Bedrock 2019 courtesy Tara Horner

Welcome to the mid May edition of the Queensland Newsletter. Pickings are a little slim this edition as our Brevet Secretary who provides me with ride data makes his way northwards to take part in this years TrOppy in far north Queensland and most riders are trying to get accustomed to the end of summer. I do have a few interesting items to tweak your interest as I continue my journey with bike and gear maintenance with ‘on the road’ repairs in the dark (again!)

For our Far Northern riders, I hope you have good weather and safe riding for the TrOppy.

Our feature photo this edition was taken by Tara (who always seems to have time to take photos) on a downhill section near the top of Mt Nebo. This was not the worst of the dross on the road from the strong winds the night before – there were about six lesser and greater obstructions on the road. Halfway up Mt Nebo the debris covered a lot of the uphill lane in areas which made the descents a bit tricky. Speeds on some of the downhill sections can exceed 60kmh and with debris as large as 50mm diameter you really need your wits about you. Fortunately as the debris field increased so did the courtesy of a lot of drivers. I also noticed that in the bushland further on were some downed power lines with the repair team assessing the damage and trying to figure out how they could repair it on the hilly slopes.

This year’s Bedrock finally saw me successfully complete the ride for the first time (of 3 attempts). I did get maximum value for my ride fee finishing with 8 minutes to spare. All up we had riders for each distance and I believe Scott may have been our first 150km entry.

Ride Reports

Gayle has finished her write-up of the Atherton 400. Gayle had six riders completing in times ranging from just over 19 hours to 20 1/2 hours. Excellent effort by all.

Ready Gayle’s report here

Rider Maintenance

There are a lot of rider – bike interface issues that each of us face from time to time. A very frank discussion with some riders recently showed us that when the people in the bike shop say that they understand the problem and that ‘you can talk about it’ doesn’t necessarily mean they are prepared for the minute detail that you need to go into to express your discomfort whilst trying to get their assistance for a solution. Apparently the look of shock and embarrassment was priceless (at least when we were chatting). Names have been withheld to protect the embarrassed.

I think that those of us in the Audax community who spend long days on the road can have a different set of issues not normally experienced by other styles of riding. I believe that gaining assistance with some of the more delicate issues we face may take a little more time and diplomacy to obtain quality assistance in the bike shop.

On a serious note, saddle and knick choice seem to be a combination rather than individual items to be selected, and I have found the choice of saddle to be somewhat dependent upon the vertical angle of the body, shapes of various body parts. I find that with my chunky thighs, I need a rounded saddle, settling on the Selle SMP hybrid for curly, and a TRK for my more upright riding. This has cured the interface issues I had when I first started riding Audax. I have seen that a lot of other riders are quite comfortable with a flatter saddle. The choice is so individual.

Gear failure

We all take a common set of spares on on our rides such as tubes, levers etc and some of us take less commonly used items such as chain breakers, multitools, a specialised cassette lock ring tightening tool (used the chain stay as part of it apparently) and after breaking a spoke on my first 300km ride I carry an emergency flexible spoke (cost $20 so I bought two)

When I rode Yeronga Medley 2 this year, I broke the left shoe lace on my riding shoe. These are a pull cord lace similar to the Boas used on most newer model road shoes that use a ratchet. Fortunately I could tie it and complete the ride with no difficulty. The manufacturer doesn’t sell a replacement without a pair of shoes so I became crafty and found an almost identical item at spotlight. It isn’t as strong but is similar in dimensions. I replaced the lace and made up a couple of spares that I neglected to include in my tool kit so when I went to ride the Every Which Way permanent this month (starting at 6am) I broke the other lace when putting on my shoes. Unfortunately when I tried to tie it conventionally, the lace kept breaking so I was flummoxed as to what I could use. A search of the tool bottle and bags revealed no spare laces and I was about to try a really bad temporary fix when I remembered the flexible spokes. It took a bit to thread the laces but the fix allowed me to start the ride less than 5 minutes late. They make a bit of a fashion statement – maybe.

Repairs 2
Spotlight lace on the left, temporary spoke on the right and a comfy new pair of Scody socks

Peter Watson mentioned afterwards that some cable ties would have worked as well. A good idea except I wasn’t carrying any and I do massage my feet occasionally.

Rides and ride organisers (wanted)

One thing we all like doing is taking part in the audax rides. I get a lot of thanks from riders who participate in rides that I RO and it is a satisfying contribution. Whilst being a ride organiser is not every-one’s cup of tea, we do appreciate every person that puts their hand up to be a RO whether it be some-one establishing their own ride or rides, or some-one that can fill in when a RO is unavailable for a ride. There is a bit of preparation work to plan a new ride, some administrative items in regards to the calendar, some preparation before the ride and a little more afterwards, mostly made very simple as everything is now on-line. Permanent Rides are another ride option that you can RO. Occasionally, an extra set of hands are needed for a supported ride as well. Planning in supported rides is a little more involved but well worthwhile too.

Have a chat to any of the RO’s on your rides and see what it is all about. One thing to remember – in the last two years we have had a few people retire from RO duties and fortunately a few step up.

A bit later this year will be the Ride Calendar co-ordination meeting where all rides are discussed and scheduled for the following Audax season. Even if you don’t intend to be a RO, you can come along and see what it is all about.

Cycling Artistry

Bike Tree
Bike Tree, Waverley region Queensland. Photo Courtesy of David Denzler

This artistic display is located in the Waverley region south of Mt Isa. I first saw this on a working trip to Boulia but we were not in a position to stop and take photo at the time. One of my work colleagues was recently in the area and was kind enough to take a few photos for the newsletter. I have tried to find out the history behind this artistic display to no avail but I have noticed during my research that the number of bikes seems to fluctuate over time.

As always, I welcome articles and ride reports to include in the newsletter Please send them to: qld.communications@audax.org.au.