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Queensland Newsletter September 2020

Veresdale Scrub Road – a mean little pinch.

Welcome to the September edition of the Queensland Newsletter.

How much a month can change our environment. Last month we saw tightened gathering restrictions, this month we see them relaxing a little. On the good side, our riding events are continuing with some excellent rider turnouts for rides such as the Dirty Boonah Double and Beaudesert Bash.

The Tour de France has seen another Aussie on the Podium – Kudos to Richie Porte on his achievement which I think was a little more than his wife had demanded when giving him a leave pass from the birth of their child. The Tour has had a similar range of weather as our fine region where it was raining one day, beautiful the next and the rain days saw a significant number of incidents – something we all strive to avoid.

The end (of the season) is nigh!

We have five weekends remaining this season and now is the time to start thinking about applying for awards. Now is the time to start thinking about which awards to apply for. To see a list of potential awards, go to the Audax Australia home page, select Rides, then My Awards. You can browse using add award to see what awards are there but importantly you cannot apply for any awards until 18th October and all applications must be finalised by December 6th, 2020.

Don’t forget that due to Covid-19 riding restrictions earlier in the year we are able to substitute additional rides from May onwards to supplement our Petite and Year Round Randonneur awards. From the announcement, you must still complete 12 rides, 3 of them will be additional rides from May to October 31.

Ride Reports

Conquering Boonah (and discovering my Kryptonite)
This has been a very interesting year with a few new firsts for me. BVRT and now gravel. Read on….

Here is another ride report from our Western Australian region Mr Marston’s Meander by Julie Kenworthy and Perry Raison

Completed Rides

Dirty Boonah Triple (August 27th 2020) 56, 111 and 150KM BG. I needed to get the spreadsheet out for this one! 12 riders completed the 56Km between 3 and 3 1/2 hours, 14 riders completed the 111 between approx 5 1/2 hours to 7 1/4 hours and 14 riders completed the 150km from 6 1/4 to 8 3/4 hours. Well done on a tough day out.

Pete’s Bikeway Explorer (16th Augusty 2020) 109 and 202Km BA. Three riders finished the 109 between 5 1/2 and 6 1/6 hours and three finished the 202km in just over 10 1/2 hours.

River Loop (August) (4th August 2020) 50km BA. 7 riders finished in 2 hours 25 minutes.

Almost Downs and Back (29th August 2020) 100Km, 152KM BA, 216KM BA/BRM. A mixed bag with 5 riders completing the 109Km between 4 3/4 hours and just over 6, a single rider finishing the 152 in just over 7 1/4 hours and the 216km between 8 and just over 11 1/4 hours.

Cheap 3 Peaks Challenge (1st August 2020) No finishers for this tough 215KM challenge this year.

Another Great Divide Circuit (12 September 2020) 400Km BRM. One rider finished in 23 hours. Well done.

River Loop September (1 September 2020) 50Km, 100 BA. 8 riders completed the 50km in 2 hours 20 with a solo rider continuing on and finishing the 100km in just over 5 1/4 hours.

Dirty Boonah Double (20 September, 2020) 64, 109km BG 10 riders completed the 64Km route between 3 1/2 and 5 hours with 19 riders completign the 109km between 5 and just under 7 3/4 hours

Beaudesert Bash (26 September 2020) 114Km BA, 200Km BRM. 5 riders complete the 114Km in times between 5 1/2 and just over 6 3/4 hours The 200Km had 13 riders finishing between 9 hours and 10 1/2 hours.

Completed Permanents

This is a new feature that is being developed for the improved newsletter. This will give you an idea of the Queensland Permanents ridden since the last newsletter. This is a light month for permanents.

Permanent NameRegionDistanceBrevet TypeNo of RidesAvg Time
Every Which Way 200QLD206BP809:19
Oakey PermanentQLD101BP105:25
Pine Mountain PassageQLD101BP204:17
Brendale LoopQLD100BP404:41
Every Which Way 150QLD150BP106:46
Rockin’ The Suburbs 50QLD51BP102:12
Northside MeanderQLD153BP406:36
Lockyer Valley LoopQLD104BP104:15
BVRT 100 km GravelQLD102BPG206:25
Horizontal One HundredQLD100BP204:35
Anzac LoopQLD51BP602:05
Dirty Boonah 150QLD150BPG108:55
Flat FiftyQLD51BP202:07
Every Which Way 100QLD106BP104:30
Deliverance (Jimna Junket)QLD228BP111:40
Haden PermanentQLD103BP105:25
Dirty Boonah 50QLD56BPG102:56
BVRT 50 km GravelQLD55BPG103:07

Upcoming Events

To view the full calendar, head to https://www.audax.org.au/portal/rides/calendar

The format of the upcoming events has changed a bit as I have used this section of the new newsletter tool to save time.

03 Oct Nut Bash COVID Limits Register

5AM start at The Gap. Challenging ride heading North to Gympie then heading west to Kingaroy for a few hours sleep before returning to Brisbane via Brisbane Valley
Distance: 609km | QLD | BRM

04 Oct Dirty Mee Register

7AM start at the Dayboro Bakery. Dirty Mee is gravel riding at its best. Plenty of dirt single track and fire trail. There will be some sealed roads. hydration pack recommended. Maxxis refuse are highly recommended.
Distance: 75km | QLD | BG

06 Oct River Loop October Register

5:30am Start opposite the Regatta Hotel. A social ride followed by a coffee somewhere interesting on Montague Rd
Distances: 50km, 100km | QLD | BA

10 Oct Brokeback Mountain Register

6am start from near the corner of Recreation Tce and the New England Hwy. Scenic Ride out and Over the Bunya Mountains before returning back to Crows Nest. Hilly.
Distance: 244km | QLD | BA

11 Oct Brassall and Back before Brunch Register

7am Start at Fernvale. Fernvale to Brassall and return on the BVRT. A fun morning playing in the dirt before morning tea.
Distance: 38km | QLD | BD

13 Oct River Loop – Social Ride

5:30am start opposite the Regatta Hotel. A social ride around the iconic Brisbane River Loop, ending with coffee at West End. No registration necessary; just turn up ready for a 5:30AM start.
Distance: 40km | QLD | Soc

17 Oct Maroochydore – Gympie Register

6:30am Start at Rotary Park, the Esplanade, Maroochydore. A new ride via a scenic route north to Gympie returning via the coast
Distances: 100km, 201km | QLD | BRM

20 OctRiver Loop – Social Ride

5:30am start opposite the Regatta Hotel. A social ride around the iconic Brisbane River Loop, ending with coffee at West End. No registration necessary; just turn up ready for a 5:30AM start.
Distance: 40km | QLD | Soc

25 Oct Marburg Warthog Register

6:30am start at Marburg. A relatively flat ride around the Lockyer Valley passing through Rosewood, Laidley, Ma Ma Creek, Gatton and Glenore Grove on quiet roads.
Distances: 105km, 201km | QLD | BRM

27 Oct River Loop – Social Ride

5:30am start opposite the Regatta Hotel. A social ride around the iconic Brisbane River Loop, ending with coffee at West End. No registration necessary; just turn up ready for a 5:30AM start.
Distance: 40km | QLD | Soc


That is a wrap up for the this edition of the newsletter. If you have any articles, please send them to qld.communications@audax.org.au. If you have any ride reports, please enter them on the website.