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Audax Tasmania Newsletter – January 2020

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Tasmanian Newsletter – January 2020

The new year has begun and we’ve got lots of events on the calendar.

Meander Meander 400 – Saturday 25 January

Moved to January to take advantage of more daylight!!

Meander through the lovely Meander Valley and surrounding area in Northern Tasmania, a 400 km ride with a 27-hour time limit, including all breaks.

The ride takes cyclists to scenic Deloraine, and then explores the hills to the west of Deloraine in the Mole Creek area. From there, cyclists meander south to Campbell Town, and then north on quiet country roads to Launceston. Grab a bite to eat before continuing further north up the Tamar Valley to the former gold mining town of Beaconsfield. The ride returns to Launceston and presents riders with one final challenge before the finish – one last climb. We will start this ride at 6 am to take full advantage of the 14.5 hours of daylight.

Start Location:       Hadspen IGA, Main St 6AM


Registration Closes: 21 Jan 2020

Time Limit: 27 hours

Ride Time: 25 Jan 6:00 am – 26 Jan 9:00 am

Supported: Yes! In the evening.

For more information:

Gravel Surprise – Saturday 15 February

One for the gravel tyres/ bikes. A short 50km loop around the foothills of the mountain to ride as many gravel roads/ trails as we can find. After the ride feel free to stay and have a BBQ.

Start Location: Cascade Gardens

Distance: 50km


Registration Close Date:     13-Feb-2020 11:55 pm

For more information:

Tasmanian Oppy – Saturday 21 March

The Tasmanian Opperman is an event where teams of 3 to 5 Audax members create routes to cycle to Hadspen, Tasmania near the Launceston Airport. Teams can choose to start and finish in Hadspen or start in a different location and finish in Hadspen. For example, a mainland team may choose to start in Devonport, when they get off the ferry or a Hobart team may choose to start in Hobart. But everyone must finish in Hadspen.

Routes must be a minimum of 360 km and must meet Fleche Opperman rules:

We welcome riders from Tasmania, the mainland, and around the world to form or join a team and cycle parts of northern Tasmania together.

If this event interests you, start thinking about putting together a team as soon as possible. You’ll need to come up with a route and send it to the event organiser prior to the event and arrange accommodation etc.

Finish Location:       Hadspen IGA, Main St 6AM

For more information or to ask questions:

Audax Australia Website – Ride Reports

You can contribute to our website!  We welcome ride reports because they are interesting, amusing, inspiring, and a valuable tool for others considering a similar ride.

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 “ADD”. Click 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
  • Publish! Or save as a draft if you want to add more on another day.

Audax Australia News Items

Notice of 2020 Annual General Meeting (AGM), Election & Special Resolution

The Annual General Meeting of the Audax Australia Cycling Club Inc will be held at 8 pm (Australian Eastern Daylight Time) on Tuesday 11th of February 2020. Audax Tasmania is considering the purchase of a speaker phone so that we can participate in this meeting.

For more information:

New Audax Australia and ACP Medallions

Introducing the new Audax Australia and Audax Club Parisien (ACP) medallions for the 2020 – 2023 period.

Anyone who completes a ride from 1 November 2019 to 31 October 2023 can reward their achievement by purchasing a medallion of the matching distance.

For more information:

Audax Australia – Riding during the bushfire crisis

Given the unprecedented nature of the bushfire crisis in many states of Australia during this summer period would each Regional Committee/ Ride Organiser ensure that appropriate risk management is in place when running rides until the situation abates.

For more information:

Upcoming Events

We’ve got events each month for a while! Keep checking the calendar.

Saturday 25 January – Meander Meander 400

Saturday 15 February – Gravel Surprise

Saturday 7 March – Penguin Parade 300

Saturday 21 March – Tasmanian Oppy

Friday 10 April – Hadspen Hike 600

Monday 13 April – Campbell Town 200

See the new Audax Australia website and our Facebook page for more information.