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Fleche Opperman All Day Trial 2013

It has been a while since I have posted but that doesn’t mean that I have abandoned cycling! I took a break from long rides for a while but have maintained cycle commuting 9 km each way for most days of my working week. Although the distance I cycle each day is not far, the consistency of riding most days a week helps keep my fitness up. I was fit enough to complete the Santos Great Bike Ride for Charity 2012 in under 2 hours. Ok, so 53 km in 1:59:55 isn’t that great a time but it’s ok considering that is my longest ride this year! Anyway, the Great Bike Ride was an awesome day out on the bike and it was good to see nearly 4,000 cyclists of all ages, shapes, sizes and fitness levels out there giving it a go.

Fleche Opperman All Day Trial 2013
I have signed up for the Fleche Opperman All Day Trial in 2013. The Fleche Opperman All Day Trial (or “The Oppy”) is an annual event held by Audax Australia. The Oppy is an event for teams of three to five bicycles and is held over 24 hours. The course and distance are chosen by each team and must be at least 360km long and finish at a designated location in each state. You can find out more about the event here:

I will be spending the next couple of months training hard to make sure I can keep up with my team. Should be fun!


Audax ‘Avonguard’ – 200km Ride Report

I was worried about this ride. My kilometres are way down and it was not going to be an easy ride with forecast temps of 37C, hills and headwinds.

Leg 1 – Clackline to Northam – 46km
We set off a bit after 8. Temp was fine but I immediately started to struggle. All the other riders took off but Perry hung back to have a chat. My heart rate was unusually high, peaking at 170bpm, 13 minutes into the ride but my speed was very low – I was struggling to maintain 15km/h. I had a chat to Perry who left me to fix my rear mudguard. Mudguard fixed, I set off again. It took about half an hour to warm up and then the ride into Northam was relatively easy. I really enjoyed the sections of the ride that followed the Avon River. Nicely scenic and a great way to start the ride. The weather held and being an overcast day it remained a pleasant riding temperature. Riding time: 2:05 (22.08km/h).
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Goals for the 2010-2011 Audax Year

Since I am now 40 I decided to set myself some goals for the 2010-2011 Audax Year.

My goals are to qualify for a Year Round Randonneur award and a Super Randonneur award.
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Opperman All Day Trial – 2010

Well, I am not too sure about how to write this one up. I, me, former couch potato and former fattie, competed in an national endurance cycling event over the weekend.

On Friday, I was wondering what had made me think it was a good idea to compete in a 24 hour, 360km cycling event. I wasn’t even sure I would be able to finish. But it was too late. I was team leader of a team of four, so I was committed.

I got up early and left on time to ride to the start point at the narrows. I arrived 10 mins before the start time and there was no one there, so I thought I might have the location wrong. It didn’t take long for my team to turn up and we set off a little late.

There were some headwinds heading down the coast to Port Bouvard but the views were spectacular and made it an enjoyable run. After the turn around at Lake Clifton we had a quick run in to Pinjarra with a nice tail wind to push us along. The sun was setting as we left Pinjarra so we donned hi-vis gear and set up our lights.

Heading north on the new freeway PSP was an absolute pleasure again assisted by some tail winds. After a quick stop at Thomas Road, we headed off to Mundijong and then Armadale.

Armadale at midnight on a Saturday night was quite entertaining but we didn’t have any problems. Another quick stop and we pushed north towards Midland. Riding at night was quite invigorating and we all found new energy to keep going.

A couple of big hills to push through to Jane Brook slowed us down but after that we made short work of the trip through Midland to the glorious new Reid Highway. It was so smooth and fast to ride on with a nice tail wind.

I struggled to make it from there to Bayswater as I was tired and dehydrated. We got in at 4:00 AM with our host kindly heating a delicious veggie curry with Haloumi cheese. I was finished eating by 5 so crawled into bed for a 1/2 power nap which was over so fast! A hot shower got me going again and we were out the door on the dot of 6.

The dash down to Freo was mad! The other were riding so fast I had no hope of keeping up, but then one team mate let me draft off him so we made up some time.

We pulled into Freo at the end point with 15 mins to spare. I was really happy to successfully complete the hardest thing I have ever done.

4 riders, 24 hours, 368km. Opperman All Day Trial… check!

P.S. we are already planning next year’s ride!

Audax ‘Peel-around-Peel’ (Permanent) – 200km Ride Report

There was no scheduled Audax ride for Saturday, 17 October 2009, so I arranged to complete the ‘Peel-around-peel’ 200km ride as a Brevet Permanent. I had arranged this ride 2 weeks before for Stuart (Baalzamon) to complete his first 200km ride because I was sure he was ready to achieve that milestone. I was glad to hear that Perry (cavebear2) would be joining us as he is a very experienced rider and good company on a long ride. Earlier in the week the forecast had been upgraded to 33 for Saturday and I started to have reservations about completing a 200km ride. When the forecast got revised to 35 I was worried. I have not had much saddle time in the last 2 months with 300km covered in September and only 150km in the past 4 weeks. With my lack of saddle time lately and the temperature, this was shaping up to be a hard ride.
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New bike – Masi ’09 Speciale Randonneur

From March 2009 to September 2009 I happily rode many kilometres on my trusty but aging Repco Superlite, including 12 Audax Brevets.  Although I have stuck with the Repco for over 3,000km this year, it has become increasingly apparent that it is too small.  I initially had some hand and knee pain on my first 200km ride which I rectified by repositioning the saddle.  This worked for a couple of months but on the last couple of rides I have noticed that I couldn’t get comfortable.

I began searching for a replacement bike a couple of months ago.  Continue reading