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Queensland Newsletter November 14th 2019

It is dry out in the rural areas. Picture from Yeronga Medley 4

Welcome to the first newsletter of the new Audax season. This edition has something not really missing, some great news and our usual roundup of ride related information

NEWS (of our world)

Brisbane Valley Rail Trail permit is now live

Many thanks to Tara, Peter and Brian for making this happen. PJ has now updated the ride calendar to allow the our BVRT rides to be live. This has been a bit of a journey and an excellent result. Thanks all.

Not really missing Oppy statistics for the on-line award applications.

Mark had a few queries about the homologation of this year’s Oppy. All these results do appear in your completed rides list and Mark provided the following background information:

Oppy homologation is always a bit late as the results are sent to ACP for homologation. Since the number is not returned with the brevet you never know when it has been done. But they are now available, and should be in the system for award applications.If you go to the Audax website portal: “Rides > My Homologation “ the list will have a brevet number like (for example mine): AU-2019-0096. Petite Oppy brevet numbers start with PO.

Sunshine State 1200

Preparations are continuing for the SSS1200 which will be held in May 2020. The committee has been established and some of the team have been checking out the proposed route which is nearing completion. What we can let slip is that the ride will start in Brisbane, head to Oakey with riding in the Darling Downs and finally returning to Brisbane. Current activities revolve around accommodation, catering and the control locations. As more details are confirmed, I will provide more specific details. There is a bit of climbing on day 2…..

Ride Reports

Yeronga Medley 4

David Booth recently rode the short version of Yeronga Medley 4 and it was a pleasure to catch up with him at the start of the ride. He provided an interesting take on the ride. Read it here

Midnight Century – from the other side of the fence

Tara and I supported the Midnight Century last weekend for a reasonable sized bunch of riders. Tara’s help was invaluable with the keeping track of riders and brevets and feeding the horde while I was out dodging wallabies and rescuing a rider. You can read my recollection here

Completed Rides

Mulgowie Meander 100km BUAF Due to not meeting the minimum requirement of 4 starters this ride was cancelled.

River Loop November This ride had 7 finishers almost all in the usual 2 1/4 hours with one intrepid rider completing the 100km route in 4 3/4 hours

Midnight Century 108km BA and 161km BA 7 riders completed the first two loops in times ranging from just over 4 1/4 hours through to just under 5 1/2 hours. the 161km riders finished in times ranging from just over 6 1/4 hours through to 9 1/2 hours.

Maintenance thingies

Wolf Tooth Derailleur Hanger

Mark Riley provided some feedback on the Wolf Tooth derailleur hanger tool. If you remember this is the one that attaches to the quick release skewer in place of the nut. Mark commented that you would need to ensure that your skewer was straight before trying to use the tool.

Bicycles should be seen and not heard

Like most riders I like my bicycle to be noise free when riding (except for the rider!). Of late I have noticed a few creaks here and there and these can be really tricky to find and deal with. There are some simple steps that all riders can take to try to diagnose so I thought I would start with a couple this week,

Noisy braking with rim brakes. The first response from a couple of our rides is to buy a new bike. For the rest of us, the noise is typically caused by one of two things: the rims and brake blocks require cleaning or the brake blocks need ‘toe-ing in’.

For the first, giving the rims and blocks a good clean with soap and water using toweling will usually for the trick.

To toe in the brake blocks there are two schools of thought – trailing edge or leading edge first. What this means is that either the trailing edge makes contact with the rim first, or the leading edge does. Most bike shops go with the trailing edge. To adjust you will need a business card folded in thirds. The first fold should double the thickness, the second fold is to allow the card to sit on top of the brake block so you don’t need to hold it.

Trailing edge – put the business card over the top of the rear of the brake block and between the rim and block, pull the brake on tight then release the holding bolt then re-tightened, making sure you don’t move the relative position of the block. Remove the card and check the alignment to make sure you are still contacting the braking surface of the rim and not crossed, inwards or on the tire. Repeat the process for the other side of the rim. Remember – because the wheel rolls forward, the trailing edge of the block is towards the front.

Creaky seats (you think….) these are really tricky to diagnose because the sounds are transmitted throughout the frame. I always recommend that you start with the simple, easy to do things first.

A bit of WD40 or silicon spray where the seat rails go into the plastic moulding on the seat. Five it several short sprays and use a rag to manage overspray and drips. Wriggle the seat by hand for several seconds then go for a short test ride and make sure you move around on the seat. If the problem is the seat rails and plastic, a bit of regular spray will keep it quiet.

Next is to re-tension the mounting bolts. If it is a carbon bike always use a torque wrench or you will damage the bike. Start with the seat post clamp, then the seat rail clamps. One of these three is often the culprit.

Upcoming Rides

For a full roundup of all calendar events, have a look at the Audax website

Saturday November 16th – Rocky Gully Ramble 100km BA / 200km BRM

6:30am start at Fernvale .Choice of distances around the Brisbane and Lockyer Valleys. The long version explores the gastronomic delight of Barb’s Kitchen and Gatton

Tuesday November 19th – River Loop Social Ride – 35km

5:30 am start opposite the Regatta Hotel. This is a loose group ride with assembly locations at key points along the ride. Breakfast at Plenty in West End.

Saturday November 23rd -The Wonders of Glorius Mee 217km BA / BRM

6am Start at the Gap. A Blast from the Past! A Jolt from the Vault!! Who can forget the original version of this iconic test of the randonneuring spirit?

Tuesday November 26th – River Loop Social Ride – 35km

5:30 am start opposite the Regatta Hotel. This is a loose group ride with assembly locations at key points along the ride. Breakfast at Plenty in West End.

Saturday November 30th – Smashing Mee 210km BRM BA / BRM

6am start at Arana Hills. A scenic hilly 200 km that will give you plenty of excuses to get off your bike to take a photo or two. Dayboro and Mt Mee with a few dirt roads and 4500 m of vertical gain. What else could you ask for? The only way is up!

Sunday December 1st – Brassal Brekky Ride 38km BD

7am Start at Brassal. A pleasant morning out on the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail with time for coffee and a late breakfast in Fernvale before the return trip. – A great introduction for anyone contemplating their first outing on unsealed surfaces. Contains 38km of unsealed surfaces.

Tuesday December 3rd – River Loop Social Ride – 50KM / 100KM BA

5:30 am start opposite the Regatta Hotel. This is a loose group ride with assembly locations at key points along the ride. Breakfast at Plenty in West End. 50km is an extended River Loop via 17 Mile Rocks and the 100km gets an extra loop over Mt Coottha to Wacol and return.

Saturday December 7th – Peachy Mee 51KM, 107KM, 152KM BA / 204KM / 304KM BRM

6am start at Ferny Grove. 50km is a Winn Rd loop, 100km is Samford, Dayboro and a loop of Redcliffe, 150km adds Mt Mee, 200km adds Peachester and the 300km adds Maleny as well.

Sunday December 8th – Rudolph Does Dirt / Rudolph Does Road 56KM BG / 70KM BA

7am start at Tolga. It’s time for the Audax FNQ Christmas get-together ride.  Celebrate another year of cycling in the Far North with a 56km mixed terrain (30km dirt/rail trail) ride or a 70km road ride. A bar-b-que brekky at the end is included, with plenty of time to enjoy a few cold ones with mates at our favourite Tolga Pub.
Click on your choice of Dirt or Gravel to get to the dirt or road registration page.

That is a wrap up for the first newsletter for this season. If you have any articles, please send them to