Queensland Newsletter August 8th, 2019

John McMullan - 08/08/2019

This is what Audax is really about – getting together at the start, some wonderful scenery that can be appreciated at a cycling pace and a rare Audax peleton normally seen only on UAF rides. Photo courtesy of Mark Harris.

Welcome to pre PBP edition of the Queensland Newsletter.

PBP starts less than two weeks away – August 18-22. Australia has a good contingent riding this year and we wish them all well on their travels and safe riding.

For further PBP reading, head to the Audax Australian page at https://www.audax.org.au/public/paris-brest-paris and for the official website, find it Here.

PBP Supporters Night

Tara is organising a PBP supporters night at Yeronga on Wednesday August 21st, from 6pm-9pm.

Watch the dots of your favourite Audax Randonneurs as they continue on the home stretch of Paris-Brest-Paris 2019.
It will be 10am in France.  Our fastest riders should already be finished, but we’ll have a good chance to see where everyone else is positioned.
BYO Drinks. Ant will be hosting a Barbecue.
Please RSVP directly to Tara for catering purposes, advising any dietary needs, by 5pm Monday 19 August.

Smiling for Smiddy Challenge

PBP is a challenge for all riders yet Vaughan Kippers has selected a different challenge this year by participating in the Smiling for Smiddy challenge which is undertaking a 1600km group ride from Townsville to Brisbane departing on August 23rd and arriving at Mater Hospital, Aubigny Place, Raymond Terrace, South Brisbane on August 31st at 3pm. Please welcome the riders as they arrive after the 9 days of riding.

You can read more of Vaughan’s story on his sponsorship page at http://www.fundraiseformater.org.au/VaughanKippers and feel free to donate to the cause.

Ride Reports

The riders in Far North Qted some great rides recently with “Oh No” and “The Boulders” You can read the ride reports for these two rides at http://www.longrides.bike/

Whilst we wait for the ride reports to come in from the southern region for our reading pleasure, Mark Harris and Vaughan Kippers have supplied some excellent photos.

6 Bumps and 1 Hill

Rathdowney Rumble

This year’s Rathdowney Rumble and Wonders of Woodenbong helped sponsor Vaughan in his Smiling for Smiddy Challenge. Mark Harris provided a few photos which makes me want to ride it next year.

Completed Rides

Dirty Mee (BG, 75km)

This event was very tough. 4 riders successfully completed this event with completion times ranged from 5 to 6 hours.

A Great Divide Circuit (413km BA)

A new ride for this season with 6 riders completing between 21 hours and almost 26 hours. Well done to all riders.

The Cheap 3 Peaks Challenge (215Km BA/BRM and 305 BRM)

Another tough ride in the season and not one for the faint at heart. For the 215km, 9 riders completed between 10 1/2 and 13 1/3 hours. Well done to Kym for finishing on the bell. The two 300km riders completed in just under 17 hours and 18 1/4.

River Loop (August, 50km BA)

This breakfast ride as usual completed around the 2 – 2 1/2 hour mark for the 7 riders.

Rathdowney Rumble (168Km BA)

This feature ride had 55 finishers with times ranging from just over 7 1/2 hours to 9 1/2 hours.

Wonders of Woodenbong (BG 70Km)

37 riders finished with times from 4 1/4 hours through to 5 1/2 hours.

Maintenance?

This last fortnight has me continuing on with my 11 tooth cog issue. My last shakedown ride seemed to be a little troublesome but with school runs, a chest cold and my significant other being in Hospital I have had to resort mostly to motorised transport.

What I did discover was that one of the spacer springs was missing off the rear skewer and whilst this shouldn’t cause an issue, I believe it may have led to my not quite perfect wheel placement resulting in some of my problem.The previously replaced 11 tooth gear did make a huge difference.

Upcoming Rides

For a full view of the Audax Australia ride calendar, look at https://www.audax.org.au/public/ridecalendar but the rides coming up are

Saturday 10th August 2019 – Deliverance – a 227km ride from Fernvale to the Jimna lookout.

Registration closes at 6pm Friday 9th August.

Sunday August 11th 2019 – Cane Farms and Beaches 105 – a 105km BA Looping from El Arish

Registration closes at 11pm Friday August 9th.

Tuesday August 13th 2019 – River loop Social ride – a 35km social ride leaving from opposite the Regatta Hotel in Toowong

No registration required.

Wednesday August 14th – Ride for the No Shows – a 100km supported BA leaving from Anzac Park Toowong

Registration closes Tuesday August 13th at 11pm.

Saturday August 17th – Mulgowie Moose – a 200km BRM or 100km BA from Lowood

Registrations close Friday 16th August at 6pm

Ride reports, photos, articles of interest

As always, I am after your input into the newsletter. Please send items to qld.communications@audax.org.au

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