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Queensland Newsletter March 9th, 2019

Welcome to the March 9th edition of the Queensland Newsletter. This edition has some good reading for your rest day after a long ride. Remember to make sure all your Oppy preparations are in order – team and rider registration and course nomination because the Oppy is only two weeks away!

The last fortnight has been quite full of Audax events from, the Tour de Tassie where five hardy Queensland riders braved the hills and chills, Esk and Night, Round the Mountains (only 400km) and the ever popular River Loop that was stranger than fiction with a rumour of a maximum speed of 1268kmh recorded by a rider

If you have any ride reports, articles or photos to share please send them to so I can include them in the next edition

Queensland Flèche Opperman All Day Trial – only two weeks away!

The Fleche Opperman All Day Trial (or “The Oppy”) is a 24-hour team time trial held annually by Audax Australia. 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 or:

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: 8:00am 18th May. Is next year the year to get two Oppy Medallions? The three Oppy regional organisers and the finishing locations are:

SEQ Mark Riley St Lucia St Lucys for breakfast
FNQ Gayle Sticher Port Douglas
midQ Peter Robertson Mackay

Paris Brest Paris 2019

Your preparations for PBP should be well under way by now and several Queensland riders have completed the qualifying rides. Brian found a helpful article here with some history, preparation advice and recollections of past riders.

Ride Reports

Esk at night had a few anxious pre-registration jitters with Cyclone Oma sitting off the coast. Whilst waiting for ride reports to come in I penned a ride organisers report on this year’s Esk at Night. You can read all about it here.

Another ride report written by a seasoned randonneur regaling his experience with a first time rider should bring back memories for all of us when we reflect on our first Audax and when we rode with a new rider. Read all about it in this article.

Far North Queensland has had significant flooding recently. The Crepe Escape route was washed out but another option presented itself. Read more about it here

Something Technical

Keith has provided us with some good maintenance insight in previous newsletters so I am following his lead. Maintenance for riders is always something that requires attention. Whilst Keith has tried the Smoove product to seek perfection, I have looked at another option – read about The Waxing Cyclist

Upcoming Rides

Click on the ride name for more information and online registration.

Horizontal Hundred UAF (2019)

Horizontal100 2019

An easy paced group ride on a very flat route utilising mostly lightly trafficked roads and cycle paths. A good introduction for newcomers to the gentle art of BUAF. Includes a leisurely brunch at Scarborough. Book early to avoid disappointment!

Ride Date: 16-Mar-2019 7:00 am

The Atherton Step Up (2019)


Time to step up a notch or two ???  The Atherton Step-Up gives you a little more challenge than our normal FNQ Audax day out.  The 150km course has a 10 hour time allowance, and winds around the best areas of the Tablelands.  For even more fun, go for 300km and spend up to 20 hours exploring (almost) every bit of bitumen around the area.

For Audax members, the 150km will count towards your annual Nouveau Randonneur Award.

The 300km is a qualifying ride for Paris-Brest-Paris entry, or you can tackle it just for the challenge of a big day out.

Ride Date: 17-Mar-2019 5:30 am

Opperman All Day Trial – QLD (2019)


A team must consist of 3, 4 or 5 bicycles. Each team chooses its own start point and course. A minimum of 360 km must be ridden in 24 hours from Sat morning and finishing at St Lucys Cafe (St Lucia).

Ride Date: 23-Mar-2019 8:00 am

Petit Opperman – QLD (2019)


The Petit Oppy challenge is to ride 180km together in a group of 3 to 5 bikes to finish at St. Lucia riding for the first 12 and the last 2 hours of the Oppy. Join the other teams for breakfast at St Lucys Cafe (St Lucia).

Ride Date: 23-Mar-2019 8:00 am

(Almost?) Downs & Back 200 (2019)

DownsBack200 2019

Westlake to Ma Ma Creek and return.

Ride Date: 30-Mar-2019 7:00 am

River Loop April (2019)


A social ride followed by a coffee somewhere interesting on Montague Rd

Ride Date: 02-Apr-2019 5:30 am

Yeronga Medley 2 (2019)

Yeronga Medley2

Reasonably flat course with distances of 100, 200, 300, 400 and 600 km. We start with part of the river loop, and then head west, taking in the Scenic Rim and the Brisbane & Lockyer Valleys. Please contact me if you need sleeping arrangements.

Ride Date: 06-Apr-2019 6:00 am

The Atherton 400 (2019)

Photo for 400km

So you’ve done a 200km, and smashed the 300km…….  Want to try something even more ridiculous??  The Atherton 400 combines the best of everything – two big loops from Atherton, lots of km’s, not too many lumpy bits, some night riding, great support and a qualifying ride for Paris-Brest-Paris.  We start on Saturday and ride until it is done – within a 27 hour time limit.

Ride Date: 13-Apr-2019 6:00 am

Downs & Back 300 (2019)

Downs & Back 300  (2019)Westlake to the outskirts of Toowoomba via Ma Ma Creek and return.

Ride Date: 13-Apr-2019 7:00 am