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Ride Into The Sun: Saturday 1st - Thursday 6th September 2018

Ride into the sun

 

Audax Australia invites you to join us for six days of fantastic riding in Far North Queensland from Saturday 1 September to Thursday 6 September 2018. Or stay for an extra few days and add the 600km Half Carton on Friday 7 and Saturday 8 September 2018.

The Great Northern 6 Pack 2018 starts from Cairns, and visits Mossman, Mareeba and Atherton. Choose from a 100km or 200km ride for each of the six days of the series. You can even split your day into a 50/50km adventure, or have a day off. It's entirely up to you.

Join us for this amazing series of rides in beautiful Far North Queensland. Beaches, rainforest, cassowaries, tea plantations and outback scrub - we have it all. Quiet roads, great company and the best scenery on offer.

More info & rego: www.audax6pack.longrides.bike

 

Audax Alpine Classic
The Alpine Classic is Audax Australia's flagship event and the world's largest annual Audax event.
Held in late January each year in the town of Bright in North East Victoria the event attracts over 2400 riders
The next Alpine Classic will be held on Saturday 27 January 2018. For more information see the event website.

The Great Southern Randonnée
This 1200km ride travels along the Great Ocean Road through some of Victoria's most spectacular coastal scenery before heading inland to the Grampians area and then returning along the coast to Angelsea near Geelong. The sixth edition was held in November 2016. Information about the 2016 GSR routes is available as a RWGPS Event 

 

Perth-Albany-Perth
The 1200km PAP is held every four years. The sixth edition of this event will commence in Perth on Monday 1st October 2018 (more information will be posted closer to the event). Details on the 2014 event

 

Gran Turismo Super Series
A Super Randonneur Series (200, 300, 400 and 600km rides) held in the space on nine days. The 2017 GT Super Series was held in FNQ. More details

 

Sydney-Melbourne Alpine 1200
The Sydney-Melbourne Alpine 1200 starts on the foreshores of Sydney Harbour and finishes in downtown Melbourne. The route travels through Australia’s national capital and traverses the Snowy Mountains, Australia’s alpine range. It is a serious challenge, made more so by the vagaries of alpine weather. The last SM1200 was held in November 2017. More details.

 

Fleche Opperman: hints, tips and background

Getting a team together

Is your team short one rider? Or you're solo without a team? Talk to your local ride organiser. While ride organisers won't arrange a team for you, they might be able to match you up with another team. There's certainly no harm in asking!

Also get onto the Audax Google Group and make it known that you're looking for a team.

Working out a route

If you're stuck for route ideas, again talk to your local ride organiser and get onto the Google Group. And a little bit of web searching will find routes that other teams have previously ridden mapped out in various online maps.

More information

Support crew tips

A good support crew can make all the difference to your team. Remember that supporting a team for 24 hours is as tiring as riding the event.

  • Have good lines of communication with your support crew. Some small towns have more than one park, oval, toilet block etc. Do some research with online maps and region directories (e.g. in Victoria, Vic Roads has an excellent country directory that lists all amenities in each Victorian town.)
  • It is not necessary to drive the route prior to the ride. We take the distance from the highlighted map that you supply.
  • Try to keep at least one support crew member rested for the journey home.
  • Give clear directions to your support crew with regard to food and your expectations.
  • If your crew is new it may be necessary to explain just how fast a team of bicycles can travel between controls.
  • During daylight hours when your team is strong, try to use a town as a "do it yourself" control, thus giving your support crew a rest.
  • After the event profusely thank your team, buy them breakfast & a support crew souvenir and ask them would they like to support you next year.

Riding without support

You can also ride the event unsupported, in which case you will probably want to stop at towns that have 24 hour services. It's your choice: book your team a motel room for a few hours or ride for 24 hours straight. The challenge lies in having all members of your team complete the chosen distance and finish within the time limit. Set your distance and route realistically, based on the fitness and experience of the riders in your team.

Hubert Opperman

Background

The Fleche Opperman All Day Trial has been running since 1989 and is modelled on the Flèche Vélocio, held every year in France and begun by the father of randonneuring, Paul de Vivie (Vélocio).

The word flèche is from the French word for arrow, suggesting cyclists descending on the finishing point from all directions, like arrows to a target.

The event is named in honour of one of the greatest Australian sportsmen, Sir Hubert Opperman, OBE (1904 - 1996), whose endurance cycling feats in the 1920s and 1930s earned him international acclaim. Sir Hubert was the patron of Audax Australia until his death in 1996.

The event record was set in 1993 when a team of four Victorian riders clocked 770km in the 24 hours. See the list of winners of the Oppy Shield.

Back to Fleche Opperman All Day Trial.

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 2018 edition of the Oppy will start on Saturday 24th of March and finish 24 hours later. Check the online calendar or contact the regional coordinator for the 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:

  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. In 2018, the official finishing locations will be:

Australia Capital Territory
Canberra: Peter Heal  (Online Rego)
New South Wales
Bowral: Katherine Bryant & Ian Garrity  (Rego)
Queensland
St Lucia: Mark Riley  (Rego)
Townsville: Peter Robertson   (Rego)
Port Douglas: Gayle Sticher  (Rego)
South Australia
Adelaide: David Fairweather  (Rego)
Tasmania
Hadspen: Rowan Burns/Charlene Barach  (Rego)
Victoria
Ballarat: Martin Haynes  (Rego) 
Western Australia
Fremantle: Tony Gillespie  (Rego)

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".

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2017 Sydney-Melbourne Alpine 1200: 19-22 November

Congratulations to the 34 riders who completed the 2017 Sydney Melbourne 1200 with a lap of the Brunswick Cycle Club velodrome on Wednesday 22 November... how cool is that!

The send off underneath the harbour bridge proved so successful that boat loads of tourists flocked to secure prime viewing positions of the start line, as exemplified by this photo, taken at the exact time riders were heading out towards Melbourne.

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It is not possible to run an event like the SM1200 without volunteers donating generously of their time. The ride organisers send a huge thank you to the 98 volunteers who were involved in some way in the running of the event, including providing and arranging billets, developing and checking the official and emergency ride routes, conducting pre-ride registration and light checks, setting up IT for registration and rider tracking, liaising with the managers and coordinating volunteer tasks at the overnight stops, providing food and drinks at checkpoints, secret controls and along the route as required by the weather, driving support vehicles, photography, providing medical support, payment of invoices and reimbursement of volunteer expenses... apologies if we’ve missed a task, we certainly valued the effort nonetheless.

Comments and emails we’ve received tell how professional, courteous, friendly and helpful all supporters were. Every supported checkpoint seems to be someone's favourite.

We’ve never been more proud to be members of Audax Australia. The success of the whole event is greater than the sum of its parts. When you are surrounded by such talent its impossible to fail.

Smile, you're on camera - Robert Hoehne (accompanied by Michael Smith) followed riders from start to finish. Once these images have been collated, they will be available for all to view.

Peter Makin had a GoPro set up at the Laurel Hill overnight checkpoint. It took a photo every 60 seconds from Monday evening through to Tuesday morning condensed into a 4:30 minute YouTube movie. Enjoy!

Sadly by now everyone will be aware of the death of one of the riders on the first evening. Matters are being dealt with privately at this time and it is with respect to family wishes that we do not name the rider involved. The family have also requested that nothing be posted on social media. The organisers, volunteers and the wider Audax community extend their sympathy to his family and friends at this very sad time.

Last updated: 26 November 2017

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2017 Sydney-Melbourne Alpine 1200: 19-22 November

Forty three riders departed Sydney under the Harbour Bridge at 6:00am on Sunday 19 November, bound for Melbourne. You can follow their journey through the Southern Highlands to Australia’s national capital, over the Snowy Mountains, across the mighty Murray River and through rich Victorian farming country into the heart of Melbourne.

View the riders carrying tracking devices on the SM1200 Tracking Page.

Follow progress of all riders through the checkpoints on the SM1200 Checkpoint Tracking Sheet.

Upcoming Rides

Sat 20 October
ACT Binalong, NSW 200km Route MapRegistration
ACT Binalong, NSW 200km Route MapRegistration
ACT Binalong, NSW 300km Route MapRegistration
ACT Binalong, NSW 400km Route MapRegistration
ACT Binalong, NSW 600km Route MapRegistration
QLD Crows Nest (QLD) 230km Registration
VIC Cobram 100km Route MapRegistration
VIC Cobram 200km Route MapRegistration
VIC Cobram 300km Route MapRegistration
VIC Cobram 400km Route MapRegistration
VIC Alfredton (Ballarat) 600km Route MapRegistration
VIC Cobram 600km Route MapRegistration
Sun 21 October
ACT Gooloogong, NSW 200km Route MapRegistration
VIC Cobram 50km Route MapRegistration
VIC Cobram 100km Route MapRegistration
VIC Hurstbridge 107km Route MapRegistration
VIC Cobram 150km Route MapRegistration
VIC Hurstbridge 153km Route MapRegistration
VIC Cobram 200km Route MapRegistration
Tue 23 October
QLD Regatta Ferry Stage Toowong 40km Route Map