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.
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.
In 2016, 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".
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
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.
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.
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.
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