The Audax season ends on the 31st of October, so Saturday 1st of November ushers in a new season of riding. A big season it will be too, with Paris-Brest-Paris in August and riders undertaking qualification rides before then. The NSW and Victoria regions are both offering 600s starting on November 1, so the season will start with a bang.
A reminder that if you purchased a single-year or half-year membership for the 2013-14 year your membership is now due. If you have purchased a 3-year membership you do not need to renew your membership, it happens automatically. Reminder e-mails will be sent out to members.
Cycling Australia produces membership cards with a maximum one year term, so new cards will be sent out. Until you receive your membership card you can use the receipt from membership payment or the letter sent by the membership secretary for new members, as proof of membership.
Avoid paying non-member/casual ride fees by ensuring your membership is up to date.
Audax Australia Cycling Club membership entitles members to a Cycling Australia (CA) Silver Ride (recreational) licence and provides:
The 2015 calendar is finalised and now all online.
For the 2015 season we will not be producing a printed calendar booklet, instead we will be making two versions of the calendar available for download.
The traditional calendar booklet will be produced entirely as a PDF file for download. PDF can be displayed on computers, tablets and handheld devices, is searchable and still preserves the look, feel and formatting of the traditional document. The whole document can be printed, or selectively just sections or pages of interest.
Additionally the data will be provided in a spreadsheet compatible format. This allows for viewing in applications such as Excel or OpenOffice, but is easier for filtering and searching (ie. when is the next 600 prior to the end of qualifying period of PBP).
In making this decision the National Committee sought feedback from the Audax regions, and considered a number of factors;
We recognised the calendar booklet was dropped off to bicycle shops and provided a valuable role in promotional activities. To replace this the National Committee will provide to regions;
If you're not on Facebook you may have missed a lot of the photos from PAP. Here's a small selection to wet your appetite for riding in the West.
Riding towards the Stirling Ranges, WA.
Michael James (L) rode the vollies ride then supported riders such as Hitoshi Yoshida (R).
So many volunteers made this possible. They had much more fun than the riders.
Wilson Toh thankful to have completed the Perth-Albany-Perth Audax 1229km ride just slightly under the 90 hours time limit!
What had started out as a cycling adventure had turned out to be such a humbling and life-changing experience. I will always hold these memories cycling through beautiful Western Australia dear to my heart.
Big thanks to Wayne Hickman, Alison McLernon, all your wonderful vollies and riders. I am immensely grateful for the opportunity and privilege of cycling with such an amazing group of cyclists and vollies fromPerthAlbanyPerth1200 who exhibit the best qualities of being randonneurs: endurance, selflessness and humility.
Michael Gass takes a moment to capture Andy (?) riding strongly.
Adam White (A.C.T.) with the full set of stamps. Done and dusted.
Craig & Andy with the Stirling Ranges as a backdrop.
Rider Stuart Edwards has posted a video of his Perth Albany Perth 2014 experience. Click the image to start the great video from Vimeo.
Perth Albany Perth 2014 by Stuart Edwards
Perth Albany Perth 2014 Morning Start by Jan Acuff
The 5th edition of the Perth-Albany-Perth 1200 Grand Randonnée well under way. Over 100 riders commenced the 1229km course, with a few others doing a 1000km and 200km brevets. This article is a place holder for updates through the event.
The Swan River foreshore at South Perth, with its backdrop of the city lights, is the departure point for riders who will head south and over 90 hours visit the best the southwest has to offer: forests, vineyards, farmlands and the magnificent Southern Ocean coast.
Features of the ride include the tall timber forests at Nannup or Pemberton, Albany, a port on King George Sound, the location of Australia's last whaling station and the climb of Mt Clarence for a spectacular sunrise before turning inland and starting the long trip back to Perth. The route back features the spectacular scenery of the Stirling and Porongurup Ranges and passes through wheat farms and sheep grazing country. Clear dark skies and a full moon ensure that the Milky Way is at its brilliant best.
|Start:||5am Monday 6th of October, 2014 (Perth time which is GMT+8)|
|8am Monday 6th (Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne)|
|7am Monday 6th (Brisbane)|
|5am Monday 6th (Singapore)|
|6am Monday 6th (Tokyo)|
|11pm Sunday 5th (Paris)|
|5pm Sunday 5th (New York)|
|Live Tracking:||www.audax.org.au/tracker (Official, better for mobile, lower bandwidth)|
|http://perth-albany-perth-2014.followmyspot.com/ (Lots of details, higher bandwidth)|
|Riders Times:||Google Docs Sheet|
Information from the ride will be updated here periodically.
Day 1: South Perth to Nannup
Colin Farmer, West Australian Audax ancien, sent us on our way, saying: "Barbara and I can't remember anything that has been said at the start of events like this, so here's what we'l do..." adopts a stronger louder and more commanding voice, " TEN, NINE, EIGHT..." And we were on our way.
From the get go it is obvious that organisationally this is a well oiled and extremely well thought out eventy. Signage for the rider is great, on the long first run down to Mandurah there were martials and every tricky or potentially hazardous point or crossing. Once the lead bikes were shoved aside it is claear that some pretty brisk riding ensued at the front of the field. This is be exemplified by the fact that the first riders got to the major control at Nannup (365 km) before those of us wrestling for the lantern rouge got to Bunbury (207 km). In the best possible Audax fashion "the rabbits" asserted that they only did it in order to have a really long sleep before tackling the next day's effort. A group of riders had elected to ride from Nannup through to Pemberton before sleeping, particularly "the Americans". It is great to see so many overseas participants - from USA, UK, SIngapore, New Zealand and Indonesia (at least).
By the "end" of day 1 the field was spread over many kilomtres and hours. A few people have sadly overshot closing times at the last couple of checkpoints and had to withdraw. Others are soldiering on having had only very short sleeps and we'll all be hoping the best for them as the day unfolds. A few others have withdrawn for a number of reasons including illness, injuriy and mechanical problems. A number of these riders have had a shower a sleep, maybe a bit of first aid and have been enthusuastically co-opted into the vollies team.
Events like this can't be run without vollies. A huge and effective cloud of them.
Registration Day Sun 5 Oct
Last night many riders and organisers got together at the Windsor Hotel for drinks and dinner. Organisers consider the large contingent from Seattle so scheduled the registration for 11am to giver them adequate Recovery time. Many tales of audacious endeavours were told, or retold, the hills getting steeper, the pot holes deeper and the kilometres longer.
No pictures from last night, virtue needs to be left intact, so more images from the rides to Freemantle.
Taking in the Beachy, courtesy Wilson Toh Facebook
Freemantle car park mural courtesy Michael Smith twitter
Updated 29/09 17:46 Sydney Time.
The 2015 edition of the Perth-Albany-Perth 1200km starts on Monday 6th of October, but on Friday 26th of September two of the P-A-P volunteers setoff to complete the ride. Starting from South Perth at 5am Michael James and Wayne Hickman made very quick progress on their first day. Day two weather report looks like favourable winds, but rain and possibility of hail and thunderstorms. Day three saw less favourable conditions and Nick making a mammoth effort into Albany. Final day underway and the guys face potentially strong cross and head winds for the first 150km. This article will be periodiocally updated with news from their ride.
To find out more about the 1229km Perth-Albany-Perth event check here: PAP 2014
To follow the riders trackers check here: Live Tracking
Or read more below for pictures and news from the ride.
Times shown below in Perth local time. Items added with newest at the top.
29/09 and done...
Wayne and Michael finished in 82 hours 32 minutes for 1229km.
Michael celebrates with a beer.
Wayne celebrates with two...
29/09 12:25 1143km Control: Pinjarra
Michael and Wayne are now within 100k of the final checkpoint in South Perth, and having coffee at Pinjarra control. They arrived a few minutes after noon.
Average speed now about 14.4kmh with 79 hours elapsed on their arrival.
There's always time for coffee (L->R Wayne Hickman, Michael James)
Michael left the control first at about 5:15am, and Wayne about an hour later at 6:20am. Michael is already within 20km of the next control at Hotham River.
29/09 4:30am Day 4
Lads have all slept in this morning. Michael arrived into Williams at about 22:07 last night, with an average overall speed of 15.5kmh and 65h05m elapsed.
The forecast winds are westerly, and the route is heading NW for the first 150km before it veers north into Perth.
Cloudy. Isolated showers. Winds westerly 15 to 20 km/h tending southwesterly in the late afternoon then becoming light in the evening.
28/09 19:00 1014km Control: Williams
Wayne arrived in Williams at around 19:00 with an average elapsed speed of 16.3km and 62 hours. Wayne took time to upload some photos and comment on the day: "Head winds most of day apart from last 19km in to Williams. Bonus was I got to control dry. In bed now waiting for Michael (must be tired that came out wrong)". Michael has about 23km to reach Williams. Back to the World Championship Road Race....
Photos from the bike.
Photos from the bike.