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.
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.
Follow our seven-step plan:
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. 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:
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 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".