Ride Start Date: 2019-03-23
Author: Mark Riley
Whew, what a year! Records tumbling everywhere! 36 Qld Oppy riders (Record), 8 Qld Oppy teams (Record), 4 Petit Oppy teams, 49 total riders!
The Oppy started in SEQ on 23th March, 2019 and both the Qld Record and All Female Qld Record were broken:
T600B: 611 km, Matthew Locker(c), Paul Newman, Frederik Vekeman, Richard Watson
Oppytune: 366 km, Ruth Brown(c), Tara Horner, Sharon Jewell
Moving on to a cyclone safe, but still wet, FNQ Oppy on the 18th May, 2019 and both records were then re-broken:
Cirque de sore legs: 620 km, Paul Brown, Lincoln Carolan, Darren Cousins(c), Ken Dyson, Graham Jensen
The Third Extreme: 370 km, Mary Ann Allen, Tara Horner, Nola Kerswell, Gayle Sticher(c), Jane Wilmott
This was also the shortest time that a the Qld Record and All Female Records have been held (2 Records).
The first Qlder to complete 2 Oppys in the one year (Tara Horner, Record).
The first time a Qld Oppy team has > 600 km (Record).
And finally, the first time that a Petit Oppy has been completely on dirt (Record):
Hudirt Knobbymen: 182 km, Justin Bennett(c), Peter Jenkins, Scott McCarthy
For the full list of Oppy teams in 2019, go to the Oppy tab on the Queensland page. Scenes from the St Lucia finish (with many thanks to ace Audax Qld photographer Keith Heinrich).