The Fleche Opperman All Day Trial (or "The Oppy") is a 24-hour team time trial held annually by Audax Australia. The Oppy is an event for teams of three to five bicycles. Each team must ride at least 360km and finish at a designated location in each state... and if you're not up for 24 hours of riding, try the Petit Oppy (180 km in 14 hours). More details below.
The 2016 edition of the Oppy will start on Saturday 19th of March and finish 24 hours later. Check the online calendar or contact the regional coordinator for start time in each region.
How does it work?
The Oppy is a unique time trial in which teams ride a route of their own choosing to a designated finishing point. The only restriction on route selection is that teams should ride a tour, not repeat circuits.
OK, but how do I ride a successful Oppy?
Follow our seven-step plan:
- Gather your best riding buddies and sell them on the idea of riding the Oppy this year.
- Work out a route. You can't cover the same road twice in the same direction and you must ride at least 360km to reach one of the designated finish locations within 24 hours. Otherwise, it's up to you.
- Email your local organiser (see below) to enter your team. Also submit your route map.
- If you're bringing a support crew, work out where you'll meet them for food, water and support.
- Ride it. Take breaks, eat meals, and even sleep if you have spare time.
- Keep riding. You must ride a minimum distance of 25km in the last two hours of the event, this means you can't just bowl over 360km and finish in the middle of the night.
- Finish. Eat breakfast, and tell everyone who'll listen how good you are.
After you enter, everyone in your team will be provided with a brevet card, which you have stamped/signed at controls along the way (roughly every 50-80km) as a record of your progress.
Contact your local ride organiser (below) to enquire or enter a team.
Official finishing points are located in all mainland states and the ACT.
In 2016, the official finishing locations are:
- Australia Capital Territory
- Canberra: Peter Heal
- New South Wales
- Newcastle: Katherine Bryant & Ian Garrity
- South Australia
- Adelaide: Matthew Rawnsley
- Geelong: Martin Haynes Online Registration
- Western Australia
- Fremantle: Tony Gillespie
For more details, contact the local ride coordinators listed above.
Not up for a whole 24 hours of riding?
The Oppy's 'little brother', the Petit Oppy, is available in most regions and runs on the same date as the Oppy.
The Petit Oppy requires participants to cover a minimum of 180km in 14 hours of riding. See the Fleche Opperman Ride Rules for more information.
The Oppy Record
The record for the Fleche Opperman All Day Trial was set in 1993 at 770km
Read the report of that record-breaking ride here: "The Endorphins".