Audax WA Newsletter - May 2021
Welcome to Australia’s Long Distance Cycling Club

Date: 24-05-2021

Welcome to the Audax WA May Newsletter.

Centenary ride 11 September. A reminder to keep this date available for an Audax ride. All Audax Australia regions will be holding a 200km ride to celebrate the centenary of the first 200km Audax ride in France.
Membership card. The National Committee is considering the way ahead for a membership card. In the meantime if you have a need, you can print a membership card by - logging on to the website, hover cursor over "logout". An image of a card will appear with your details. Click on print in the bottom right corner.

Road, bike path closures and detours.  Update on the work potentially impacting our routes.

Zig Zag: Re-opening to traffice from 1 July 2021 from 11am to 8.30pm daily.

Bayswater Train Station (Midland PSP): keep an eye out for changes in the area from 11 June affecting Whatley Cres.

Kwinana Freeway - Beeliar Drive to Muriel Court: detour recently shortened but a section still closed with detour signs until July 2021.

Kwinana Freeway - Cranford Ave to Shirley Ave: closed with detour signs to mid-November 2021.

Mitchell Freeway - Moore Drive to Currambine Train Station: Detour 31 May to 11 June 2021.

Stirling Highway - Forrest Road to Holland Street: Closed with detour signs via Marmion St or High St until mid-2021.

Tonkin Highway - Great Eastern Highway to Dunstone Road: closed with signed detour until project completed.

Tonkin Highway - Collier Road to Guildford Road: western side closed with signed detour until late 2022.

Tonkin Highway between Parkview Parade and Victoria Street Footbridge: closed with signed detours until late 2023 (yes 2023!).

Tonkin Highway and Broun Avenue intersection: various sections closed with signed detours until late 2023!

More info at Main Roads and WestCycle.

Ride Reports

Thanks to Ed, Stan and Perry for their ride reports.

WA: East of York 206km
WA: Forrest and Plains 605km
WA: Southern Coastal and Hills 2021

A summary of rides since the last newsletter:

17 April. Southern Coastal and Hills. Two riders each on the 202km, 104km and 51km routes. Check out Ed's ride report.

Southern Coastal and Hills photo picture

25 April. Dental Sunday rides cancelled due to COVID restrictions.

16 May. East of York 200km.  Eight riders. Michael's and Di's first Audax ride. See Perry's ride report.

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21 May. Mogumber Magic 300km. Switched to a night ride for the lone rider who reported it ended up being an extremely pleasant night ride. A very still night, with hardly any winds, not too cold because of the cloud cover, and not a single car seen between midnight and 5.00 am the following morning!

1/2 May. Forrest and Plains 605, 305 & 203km rides were a great success. Three rode the 203km with Tim completing his first 200km Audax ride. Two did the 305km route and four out of five riders completed the supported 605km route.  Congrats to Stan for completing the 605km ride as his first Audax ride. This was a supported ride thanks to Gary and Ryan. Check out Sacha's feedback below and Stan's ride report.

Sacha's highlights from her Forrest and Plains ride ..

It was my first supported Audax ride and I loved it! It made it more social as we would catch up with the other riders at many of the resupply points. The food and support was amazing! Especially the fantastic dinner (and dessert) and breakfast at the campground, the toasties in the dark in Capel, and the camper trailer accommodation was 5 star compared to bivvying in the bush or at a rec centre. Also being met at many points along the way with snacks and drinks - so awesome. Big thanks to Gary and Ryan for the fantastic food and support, and Ed for coming out to say hi in Waroona too.

I enjoyed the fact that we (well, most of us!) all stayed in one place, making for a bit of a social weekend trip. Quite different from my ultra rides and the other Audax multi day ride that I've done (The Mammoth) where everyone sorts their own 'accommodation' (generally a patch of dirt or concrete pad under a cover ;) ). Still can't believe that Nick would forego the amazing breakkie wrap breakfast and leave at 4.30am!

We had perfect cycling conditions - apart from being a little bit chilly in the mornings, it wasn't too hot nor too cold during the day, it was mostly sunny, and the sunrises and sunsets were stunning. Especially sunrise on day 2 leaving the campground, with fog covering the paddocks. And there was very little wind (hooray!), though a tail wind helped us home north of Pinjarra.

And to finish links to other regions reports worth a read ...

Victorian High Plains Super Randonnee

Far North Queensland ride reports can be found at:

Product Review - Suspension Stem

My Tarmac SL6 is a beautiful ride but is was never designed for endurance rides. My latest fiddle with the set up would have my LBS cringe as I have replaced the weight weanie nice bike stem for a heavier Shockstop Suspension Stem. Something like a future shock stem on a Roubaix. Aesthetically it falls short but my initial impression is it does work - smoother, more comfortable. I haven't ridden any decent distance yet but it does feel like the ride is softer. If the reviews I read before buying prove true I will continue to be happy with the purchase. Apparently also worth a look for gravel bikes. The manufacturer also has round suspension seat post too in case of interest.

Brevet Permanent Rides

Audax WA has a variety of Brevet Permanent rides that can be ridden at any time providing it is not in the same area and date of a calendar ride.  The ride rules are located here.  The rules include with RO agreement, being able to start at any point along the route. The available rides can be accessed by logging onto the website then look under Rides/Permanent Register. 

The Committee is always looking to improve and add to routes so if you wish to propose a new permanent, please email the Committee ( providing a link to RWGPS route or a route description, map.  If the Committee approves the route, the member will need to provide for uploading a RWGPS route, PDF cue sheet, list of control points, ride description, places to find water, food, toilets etc. 

See below a summary of Brevet Permanent rides ridden so far this year.

Permanent Name Region Distance Brevet Type No of Rides Avg Time
THE HALF FLAT ONE 200 WA 205 BP 1 08:55
PEEL AROUND PEEL (Clockwise) WA 210 BP 5 10:29
PEEL AROUND PEEL 2017 WA 211 BP 3 11:05
AVONGUARD 200 WA 212 BP 1 10:15
Honky Nut 50 WA 50 BP 4 02:39
PRESTON BEACH 300 WA 306 BP 1 14:58
PARK LIFE 200 WA 204 BP 1 11:30
SOUTHERN SUNRISE 220 WA 221 BP 1 10:14
Tour de Mandurah Petit 50km WA 50 BP 3 02:30

Upcoming Rides

Details of all scheduled rides are in the Audax Calendar

Pathway BlitzRegister
Riding mostly on the PSP network, from the City out to Muchea, down to Baldivis, and return.
Distances: 60km, 105km, 209km | WA | BRM
Blackwood 600Register
Start/finish Falcon. Journey south to the source of the Blackwood River, follow the valley to Nannup & sleep before heading home through the beautiful Ferguson Valley. Marvel at the gnomes at Gnomesville!
Distances: 204km, 401km, 603km | WA | BRM
Bjorn Blasse CelebrationRegister
Start & Finish Satellite Place Carlisle. A social ride celebrating one of WA's Audacious achievers. BBQ to be held after the ride.
Distances: 50km, 50km, 102km | WA | BA
Dawn til Dusk (Winter)Register
Distance: 201km | WA | BRM
Departed Friends Memorial Ride
A memorial to Dave, Brian and Shivanand. A loop around the Peel inlet, via Mandurah & Pinjarra.
Distances: 126km, 214km | WA | BRM
Smelly Welly 100, 200, 300
North Bannister > Wandering > Dryandra > Cuballing > Popanyinning > Pingelly > Wandering > North Bannister
Distances: 104km, 201km, 300km | WA | BRM
North of Northam
Northam - Bolgart - Calingiri - Goomalling - Northam Supported ride - details TBA
Distances: 100km, 213km | WA | BRM
Timber & Wheat Tour
Leaving the Pioneer Village we climb to Jarrahdale, then on through to the Albany Hwy & turning at North Bannister into the wheatbelt of Wandering, Pingelly, Aldersyde, Dangin and Beverley. Rolling hills to finish downhill via Brookton Highway.
Distances: 100km, 206km, 300km, 401km | WA | BA
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