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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.

Online registration now available in Victoria and Queensland.

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

Finishing locations

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
Wagga Wagga: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Queensland
Ipswich: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Online Registration
South Australia
Adelaide: Matthew Rawnsley
Victoria
Geelong: Martin Haynes  Online Registration 
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".

On the afternoon of Saturday 7 November 2015 Mr Jim Chant died when his bicycle and a motor vehicle collided near Milawa, Victoria.

Mr Chant was a long term member of the Audax Australia Cycling Club. He was an enthusiastic and experienced long-distance cyclist, participating in rides throughout Australia and abroad.

His sense of humour and accomplishments meant he was well known throughout the Audax cycling community internationally.

The Audax branch of cycling is comparatively small, and fatalities are deeply felt throughout its community. As a result, Audax members have agreed to his family’s request for volunteers to be pallbearers at his funeral on Thursday morning at Rosebud, Victoria. Many other members, some travelling from interstate, will also attend his funeral.

Audax Australia extends it sincere condolences to Mr Chant’s family and friends.

Mr Chant’s fatality is still the subject of a police investigation. Audax Australia is cooperating with those investigations.

As the investigation is ongoing, Audax Australia cannot comment further at this time. 

 

 

Applications for Australian Randonneur (lifetime total) and Ultra Randonneur are due by 31st of October, 2015. Other Australian award applications are due by 31st of December, 2015.

Please note the due dates and applications must be submitted electronically using the forms which can be downloaded from www.audax.org.au/awards

Australian awards are submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Randonneur 5000rando5000

For the Randonneur 5000 award (from ACP) if you’ve completed PBP, a 1000 km BRM ride and an Opperman All Day Trial (Fleche OADT), a Super Series, plus 950 kms of other BRM rides within a continuous four year period, you will be eligible for the ACP Randonneur 5000 Award.

To apply, fill in this form and return it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before 30th October. Just specify your frame number for the 2015 PBP certification, and leave the Fleche certification blank if using the 2015 OADT.

 

Audax Australia will transition to a new membership system on Sunday 27th of September. For periods of time on Sunday membership renewals will be unavailable. The new membership system uses WildApricot, a commercially supported "off the shelf" web based membership system used by thousands of organisations.

The system allows Members to update their own records. It allows joining and renewals of Individual and Family Memberships with much less manual work for our Membership Secretary. It provides better contact to Members through integrated e-mail utilities and in the future will provide Members access to brevet/ride history and event registration.

For new Members joining after December, the membership price will be calculated on a daily pro-rata basis (number of days remaining in the Audax calendar year). New Members joining in October this year will receive up to 13 months membership for the price of 12 months, so now is the time to encourage friends to join.

This article will be a reverse chronological log of items found on social media, and status updates, from Paris-Brest-Paris 2015. Focus on Australian riders and supporters.

Live Tracking at Audax Tracker or List of Participants
Spreadsheet: Checkpoint Progress

The table below lists the Australian participants in PBP'15, sorted by Surname. Click on the badge number to check the rider's progress through the checkpoints on the 1230km route. Names in italic are carrying a SPOT tracker which provides regular location updates (10-30mins). The progress of riders with SPOT trackers can be seen at the Audax Tracker.

 

SurnameNameGenderBadge# / Status
AUSTIN Geoffrey M J108
BABAUSKIS Alex M G009
BAKER Gary M G052
BAKER Tavis M P024
BOOTH Nicholas M B235
BROOKS Adam M D053
BURNETT Nicholas M X048
BURTON Mark M X104
CAIRNDUFF Gary M G053
CARR Peter M X089
CHAPLIN Sarah F T074
CREATI Mick M F039
CRIBB Paul M B030
CUCVARA Saxifrage M Y256
DALE Nick M Y266
DEMPSEY Simon M H086
DONNAN Peter M J009
DOVE Howard M Z001
EDWARDS Stuart M M003
EGAN Gerard M C033
FAIRWEATHER David M P025
FOREMAN Warren M P026
GARRITY Ian M X018
GIDDINGS Phil M K062
GILL Simon M R180
GOBLE Steve M X103
GOULD John M P064
HEAL Peter M F011
HEARD Andrew M G054
HICKMAN Wayne M N075
HINDS Gavin M L001
JANG Phillip M S024
JENKINS Roy M J004
JONAS Pamela F S023
KALITSIS Paul M N016
KARAMATIC James M T029
KARAMATIC Karl M T028
KEBLIKAS Rimas M T027
KERR David M A005
KIPPERS Vaughan M M063
KNOX Ian M N076
LAUGHER Tim M H029
LAWRENCE Craig M D027
LLOYD Mark M T004
MACKLIN Simon M P028
MADDISSON Simon M C244
MAHONY Sean M Z039
MCCANN Scott M T026
MCCROSSIN Mark M R004
MCCROSSIN Paul M R110
MCGRATH Michael M X044
MCLENNAN Neil M J109
MCLERNON Alison F K024
MINTER Dave M F003
MORRISON Sean M C027
MORTON Rebecca F T008
NETTING Angus M P027
PAGE Jonathan M Z013
PAGE Warren M X017
PATERSON Leigh M L043
PEARSON Arran M S328
PIETSCH Stanley M G018
POOLE Stephen M Z046
PRICE Thomas M D038
PULI Brendan M M148
RAISON Perry M Z012
RICHARDSON Anthony M D009
RICHARDSON Chris M E014
RILEY Mark M X047
ROBERTS Andy M X090
ROW George M F004
SHULUBIN Sergey M D023
SKEERS Garry M K022
SMITH Michael M T025
STARLING Shane M E122
TAYLOR Stephen M K084
THEOFANIDES Sally F H085
TINKLER Andrew M X207
VERSTEEGEN Phillip M D250
WALKER Alan M T075
WALL Garry M J005
WILLIAMS Caroline F H111
WOLFSON Derek M S063
WONG Michael M J010
ZUCCHI Caesar M K023

 

 

 

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Calendar Downloads

The 2016 calendar is finalised and available for download as a PDF Booklet or Spreadsheet Compatible file. 

The 2015 calendar is online as either PDF File or Spreadsheet Compatible file. This is in additional to the normal searchable online calendar.

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