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Queensland Newsletter November 28th 2019

It was a bit windy at Brighton

Welcome to the late November edition of the newsletter. As we start embarking on our summer season of riding we all need to take care to remain hydrated on our rides. This edition has our usual line-up of reports and information and especially for this edition, some novel problem solving that will make you wish you had one back in the day….

Newsworthy bits

Sunshine State 1200

Preparations are ongoing and the committee has been busy attending to a long list of tasks on the To-Do list. Riders will start in Brisbane, travel to Oakey for a northern and a southern loop before returning to Brisbane. Current activities are website and route finalisation. There will be a stage 4 open registration stage for the Oakey to Brisbane leg. Rider entry fees will be finalised soon as more planning activities are completed. Watch this space for future updates.

BVRT – our first calendar ride

The Brassal Brekky Ride is our first Audax under the new BVRT permit system. This is a 38km out and back ride on December 1st. See the upcoming rides for details.

North Brisbane Bikeway Construction.

The section between the concrete works and the top of bridge street is still under construction. The path is not yet complete and the lane widths are reduced due to the placement of a temporary footpath so please be careful. The section beside Albion station is basically complete but take care as it is all new to motorists and pedestrians. Be careful just before the top as the bike lane makes a sharp left turn.

Ride Reports

MYO Ride Reports is now the thing to do!

With our recent upgrade of the Audax website you can now make your own ride report and we encourage you to do so rather than send them to the editor. They are simple to create and will only take a few minutes longer than writing it in your favorite application.

What you need: A photo (smaller than 1MB) as a featured image, an Audax membership to log on with and a good story to tell.

How to create a ride report:
Go to the Audax website then select login from the menu bar at the top.
Once logged in, select media then My Ride Reports from the menu
On the right you will see a button “create a ride report” and click on it
Follow the directions in each box and tell your story.

If you want to insert photos – select the insert photo button above the main text window. Remember that all photos must be smaller than 1MB.

Recent Ride Reports

Brett Fyfield gives us his recollection of the Peachy Mee permanent

Frederik Vekeman wrote about the recent Rocky Gully Ramble

David Riddel recalls the River Loop 50

Yours truly penned my Every Which Way permanent.

To see all the ride reports, head to where you will find ride reports from around the country.

Completed Rides

Rocky Gully Ramble 100KM BA / 200KM BRM. Temperatures on this ride were quite high (44 degrees reported by my GPS as a road temperature). This ride had 5 complete the 100km route between 4 1/4 hours and just under 6 hours. The 200KM riders finished in time ranging from 8 hours to just under 11 1/4 hours.

The Wonder of Glorious Mee 212km BRM. 10 riders finished this tough ride which included 3300m of climbing in times from 9 1/2 hours to 13 1/4 hours. Well done to all.

There is no spoon (or maintenance thingies)

I haven’t prepared any maintenance articles this week but I did find something equally amazing.

Earlier this week I found an incredible world of Rubiks Cube – not as we remember it. What I discovered is an entire Rubiks subculture dedicated to robotically solving the cube. Until recently, the cube solving robots had a clear box with an attachment to the center tile on each face with solving times recorded as quick as 637 milliseconds. How many weeks did it take us (before we disassembled and re-assembled it to get the cube solved)?

This isn’t the amazing part – an enterprising robotics experimenter came up with this solution – you can watch his video below

Upcoming Rides

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

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