Fleche Opperman

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 2015 edition of the Oppy will start at 9:00 am on Saturday 14 March and finish 24 hours later. Regional destinations are also to be confirmed.

 

 

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:

  1. Gather your best riding buddies and sell them on the idea of riding the Oppy this year.
  2. 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.
  3. Email your local organiser (see below) to enter your team. Also submit your route map.
  4. If you're bringing a support crew, work out where you'll meet them for food, water and support.
  5. Ride it. Take breaks, eat meals, and even sleep if you have spare time.
  6. 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.
  7. Finish. Eat breakfast, and tell everyone who'll listen how good you are.

Please familiarise yourself with the Fleche Opperman Rules and Audax Australia's lighting rules .

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.

More information

Contact your local ride organiser (below) to enquire or enter a team.

Finishing locations

Official finishing points are located in all mainland states and the ACT. We're very pleased to have two finish points in Queensland in 2014, with the introduction of a new finish in Townsville. And in Victoria the finish is at Wangaratta for this year only. Next year it will be back at Rochester, the birthplace of Sir Hubert Opperman, after whom the event is named.

In 2014, the official finishing locations are:

Australia Capital Territory
Canberra: Peter Heal
New South Wales
Parramatta: Katherine Bryant & Ian Garrity
Queensland
Ipswich: Sandy Vigar
Townsville: Peter McCallum
South Australia
Adelaide: Matthew Rawnsley
Victoria
Wangaratta: Martin Haynes
Western Australia
Fremantle: Tony Gillespie

For more details, contact the local ride coordinators listed above.

Petit Oppy

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".