The endurance cyclist’s magazine Issue #15
Tanya Bosch on strength training
Barry Moore on club structure
PBP Participant Watch
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Inside... Get in Whats
Presidents Pedals ................................. 4
PBP News ............................................ 5
Jersey Competition .............................. 5
early! new on
With Paris-Brest-Paris looming and many
Audax - how does it work? .............. 6
organisers and committee members going
Melbourne Express ............................. 7 overseas, members need to start thinking of
Minutes of the 2003 AGM .............. 10 the the 2003/04 calendar of rides sooner rather
AAC Organisers praised ................... 12
Alpine Classic needs you .................. 12 So if youd like to include a ride in the 2003/
04 calendar, you need to contact your State
Organising the Alpine Classic .......... 12 Correspondent, (details page 20), by early June
Diary of an Alpine rider .................. 14 with details of your event.
Fatigue Management paper
The Brevet Card ................................ 17 If you would like to co-ordinate the national Rod Evans is a former champion
PBP Participant Watch ...................... 18 calendar then please contact the President, endurance cyclist (including the 24 hr track
Hans Dusink on 03 9314 3815 (ah), 0419 564 world track record and the round
Contemplating PBP 2003? ............... 19
759 (bh), or email firstname.lastname@example.org as Australia record ) and also a former WA
The Whittlesea Whimsical Wander .. 20 soon as possible. secretary of Audax. Rod gave a paper at
Melbourne Region report ................ 21 A volunteer is also required to publish the a fatigue conference held in Fremantle in
Tanya Bosch on strength training .... 22 calendar. If you have skills in this area please 1996 applying his experience as an
make contact with the president. endurance athlete to the fatigue problems
The Key Issue: How Many Levels? 24
faced by long-distance truck drivers. It
A Single Level Structure ................... 25 seems Rod used to drive large trucks
Thoughts on Club structure ............. 25 across the Nullabor in his spare time!
Structural Developments .................. 26 It is not surprising that Rods paper
Clothing orders .................................. 28 has some very useful tips for Audax
riders on the management of fatigue.
Do you work in the rag trade or do you ride The paper is now available on the Audax
a bike? Possessing any one of these website at www.audax.org.au/faq or just
qualifications will enable you to apply for the look under the >About > FAQ section.
The Endurance Cyclists Magazine position of PBP Polo Top Co-ordinator. It is a very worthwhile read for any cyclist
contemplating a night ride. It will be of
Produced quarterly for members of the The position would involve sourcing a
particular interest to all PBP aspirants.
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payment and sending out orders. Time Saver!
Editor & Design Patrick van Dyk The club now has a national ride entry
Please contact Hans Dusink, Club President
Distribution Phil Bellette form which is available on the website
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Presidents Report to the AGM, 18 February 2003, Melbourne
Welcome to the Annual General Meeting of
The Audax Club of Australia for the year
ended 30th October 2002.
Reflections of the Year 2002
The National committee continued to look
at the Constitution as we promised to do at
this time last year. We soon realised that we
could not do this without professional advice.
Barry Moore contacted Mathew Innis, a lawyer
with experience in constitutions for sporting
clubs. At a meeting Barry asked Martin some
questions regarding our current constitution
and set up. Mathew gave us some of his views
and arranged to give us a quote. A basic
constitution would be in the order of $2000
but the Audax issues may be more complex.
Costs will be lower if he provides the advice,
with Audax to do the work, than they would
be if he did the lot.
Several other issues relating to this issue were
We can have a structure where some of the Facing the big issues: President Hans Dusink
constituents are incorporated and others
directly part of Audax Australia. In this case, like in the future. What is the correct structure? not be renewed. I do not want to rehash all
we would have to have tighter control over We encourage stimulation amongst members the circumstances here, as I believe that
the unincorporated regions (states?). The on this issue and urge them to think about enough has been written and said at the time.
incorporated entities would not have to be the structure of the Club. Ed- See the article on Suffice to say that a satisfactory outcome was
designated in the constitution. We did not page 24 of this issue, The Key Constitutional Issue. arranged after much hair pulling and some
pursue it, but got the impression that a body lateral thinking. I wish to place on record my
the size of Melbourne Region may be better sincere thanks to Peter Mathews and Barry
In the past each region prepared a separate
off if it were separately incorporated. Moore without whom this would not have
calendar. This ranged from a single A4 sheet
happened. Copies of our insurance coverage
As there is only one incorporated entity to an elaborate booklet. On top of this
are available from the Club.
currently, the buck stops with the National National prepared an A3 calendar for
Committee, who have the responsibilities of distribution to all members. I felt that this The cost of our insurance for the calendar
directors to exercise due diligence (I think was duplication in resources. It was decided year is $13750. This is an increase of 25% on
this is an area where we are currently vulnerable, to go for a single calendar that could be used the previous year. Our membership fees did
as National may not exercise sufficient control by every member. Melbourne and National not increase by this amount and the current
over the activities of the regions.) met the cost of this. This booklet was well club reserves are on the low side. We are
received. I want to offer a sincere thanks to managing this by keeping an eye on our
We had a discussion of insurance. He
Keith Lowe who spent many hours co- expenditure levels.
confirmed a view that accident insurance is
ordinating the efforts of all regional
cheap relative to Public Liability Insurance, and Ride Rules
correspondents, as well as arranging the design
said that some insurers will only issue PLI if Commencing 1st October the revised
and layout of the final product.
accident insurance is included, in order to lighting rules came into force. A copy of these
minimise their PLI exposure. Insurance rules was sent to each member. I notice that
It was at this stage of the year that things on all rides I have taken part in, the lighting
The issue of the constitution is an ongoing
began to go off track. No sooner had we sent rules were being enforced and the lighting
matter. The most important issue we need to
the calendar to all members, than we found checked. Since the drafting of these rules, it
address is what do we want the club to look
out that our Public Liability insurance would has come to my attention that there are some
4 Checkpoint - Autumn 2003
riders using a flashing white light as the and Keith Lowe are going to look at the Ride
primary front light. This is clearly against the guidelines issued by Melbourne Region with
rules. The only accepted main light is an a view to clarifying our approach to risk
effective fixed beam. Front flashing diodes are management on a ride-by-ride basis. This will
a reflector only. probably mean some changes in the way rides
are organised, but I do not envisage a
The ride rules in general need to be examined revolution.
to iron out some anomalies. These will be by Peter Mathews
addressed in due course. This means that there will be a busy year International Brevet Secretary
ahead. Your committee is up to the task, but
The year ahead we need input from you the member.
The year head is full of excitement, as we get International Brevet processing
closer to the PBP on 18th August. There will Brevet Results Yannis Varouchas was the ACP official
be at least 70 Australians in Paris for the 15th Our ranking in the Audax world continued who processed all brevet results received
running of this event. This year the entry limit at number 4, but we are under threat from from countries other than France.
is 4000 people. Personally, I cannot wait to get Canada. Regretably, Yannis died late last year. Since
to the starting line at 10pm and start in a We will be under pressure this year, as we do his death, there has been a gap in the
peleton of 700 riders. But there is much club not have an Alpine Classic to include in our homologation of brevets longer than 200
work to do before some of us get there. Your results. km by the Audax Club Parisien. We have
Committee is committed to getting a fully just been advised of the process for
revamped constitution to the next AGM in Melbourne Region continues to be the
submission results. This means that
February 2004. We have a timetable in place. number one club in the Audax results table.
stickers and brevet numbers will start
flowing again soon. A great relief for PBP
qualifiers, amongst others. Please let Peter
Mathews know if you are missing results
200km 300km 400km 600km 1000km Points prior to November 2002. You can contact
USA 1301 648 446 303 47 8618 Peter by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
or by phone on 03 9890 6089.
France 1931 241 109 19 22 5355
Great Brit 715 247 138 122 44 3895 Yes it rules many of our lives! On a
Australia 888 102 56 48 20 2794 more mundane level we recently received
an extract of the rules for the fifteenth
Canada 373 162 98 85 27 2404
PBP (2003). These have been translated
Italy 360 162 84 8 49 2080 for us and will be posted on the web site
and distributed to members interested
Points are awarded on the number of brevets issued annually in each country. in registering for PBP in the next few
Australia remains in the leading pack but has strong competition.
weeks. IMPORTANTLY - the rules state,
White diodes (LED) at the front of the
The first planks of this appear in this edition Membership cycle are considered as emergency lighting
of Checkpoint. There needs to be much After a slow start our membership now and not as cycle lighting. Prepare carefully!
discussion before we put pen to paper. I urge stands at 476.
Whats an extra 23km?
all members to participate. I know we joined
At this time last year we had 437 members. Material publicising PBP includes a
Audax to ride our bikes with likeminded
tentative route sheet. Potential
people, but occasionally we need to draw on Lorraine Allen does a fantastic job, handling
participants will undoubtedly be
the membership to give us fresh ideas and membership inquiries and keeping the register
interested to note that the total distance
divergent points of view. Barry Moore, up to date. I would ask you to show your
is given as 1223 km. The time limit is 90
Malcolm Rogers, and Peter Mathews will be appreciation.
hours. Consider this well in your planning
the focal point of this sub-committee
We have attempted over the last few years
We are also endeavouring to examine and not to send out a separate renewal form.
streamline some of the administrative Instead we have put the form in Checkpoint.
processes within the Club. This may be We have had many complaints about this. In
dependent on the final outcome of our Club future Checkpoint will contain the renewal
structure but I believe much can be done to form and a separate form will be sent to
make the administrative task less onerous. Our those members who have not renewed by
Treasurer and Secretary have taken this role on 1 December.
board. The recent competition for a new Audax
I wish you all safe cycling and may you all Australia jersey resulted in a tie between two
The other important task that needs to be achieve your goals for the coming year. of the four entries. The president has decided
carried out is that of Risk Assessment and to defer any action for a period of at least one
Management. Henry Boardman, Peter Curtis year on this matter. In the meantime, see the
back page for special deals on jerseys.
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What is Audax Australia
and how does it work?
by Barry Moore n Dirt Series Brevet Secretary (Sam Blight): State
registration of brevets for all off-road Officially, the role of a State is to elect a State
(Dirt) rides with Audax Australia Correspondent, who represents that state on
I know that all that most of us want to do is
the National Committee. In practice, the
ride our bikes. But it is probably worthwhile n Membership Secretary (Lorraine
State Correspondent is the President of the
knowing a little more about the organisation Allen): membership records
region with the largest number of members.
of our club.
n Public Officer (appointment to be In WA, SA and Tas, there is no issue as each
Audax Australia is affiliated with Audax made soon): statutory functions under of these states has only one region. In each
Club Parisien (ACP), which ratifies Audax the Incorporated Associations Act, of the other states, there are at least two
rides of 200 kms to 1000 km (plus PBP), including lodging financials, reports of regions. The calendar is also co-ordinated
and with Les Randonneurs Mondiaux (LRM) general meetings and amendments to at state level, generally by the largest region,
which ratifies rides of 1200 km and longer the constitution then amalgamated into one document by
(except PBP). National for printing and installation on the
n Checkpoint Editor (Patrick van Dyk):
Audax Australia is actually the Audax Club editing and production of a quarterly website. A state has no revenue of its own.
of Australia Incorporated, Association No magazine for members. Regions
A0014462. The club is incorporated in The function of regions is to organise rides.
n Clothing Officer (Martin Haynes):
Victoria, under the Associations As we all know well, this is the raison detre
purchase and sale of club clothing
Incorporation Act. This does not restrict of the club. The rest of the organisation is
our right to act as a national organisation. n Webmaster (Sam Blight): looking after there to support the organisation of rides.
our wonderful website Rides must be run under the Ride Rules.
There are three levels to Audax Australia:
National, State and Regions. n Spoker of the Audax list (Peter Within this national framework, there is
Mathews): providing (and potentially some variation between regions in the way
National rides are organised. Revenue for regions is
removing) access to the email list.
The national governing body is the National derived from ride fees (less brevet fees, which
Executive Committee. The National The function of the National Committee is go to National).
Committee comprises: to manage the club including determining
the ride rules and managing membership According to our constitution The Regional
n three Officers: President (Hans Committee/s shall consist of a President,
records. The committee is required to meet
Dusink), Secretary (Don Briggs) and Treasurer and such other appointees as
at least four times each year. In recent times,
Treasurer (Greg Lansom) deemed necessary by the National Executive
all meetings have been teleconferences.
n three Ordinary Members (Peter Committee. In practice, the structure of each
At the National level, revenue is derived Region is organised by those members and
Mathews, Henry Boardman and Barry
from brevet fees (currently $3 for rides of the structure of regional committees varies,
less than 200 km and $4 for rides of 200 km depending mostly on the number of
n all State Representatives (NSW, Vic, and beyond) and membership fees (currently members in the region.
Qld, WA, SA and Tas). $40 pa, or $10 per event for temporary
membership). Major items of expenditure And, in conclusion
The National Committee also makes
by National (excluding clothing, which makes Yes, Audax is an odd organisation, with lots
appointments to specific tasks. These are
a small net contribution to club revenue) are: of dedicated people making it all happen.
not committee positions, though these And it does happen. Between all of us, we
members may also hold committee n Checkpoint (approx. $6,000 pa) successfully organise a couple of hundred
positions. These positions are:
n mailouts to members (approx. $2,000 rides each year.
n International Brevet Secretary (Peter pa) Well, thats it for now your first lesson in
Mathews): registration of brevets with
n affiliation fees for ACP and LRM Audax Australia. Maybe next time, well
ACP for all successfully completed
(approx. $2,000 pa) look at the international dimensions of
rides of 200 km and beyond Audax.
n affiliation fee for Cycling Australia
n National Brevet Secretary (Barry
(approx. $14,000 pa, including ride
Parsons): registration of brevets of
less than 200 km with Audax Australia
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One thousand kilometres from Adelaide to Melbourne
by Ian Humphries
This was a well attended Audax ride with
about 28 starters. Although the previous
days were a bit wet, the skies had almost
cleared. Overnight rain had left the roads
initially a bit on the wet side though. I could
see the sheen of the early morning sun on the
roads. The ride was nicely organised by
Matthew Rawnsley and started outside his
house in the Adelaide hills!
I arrived about 40 minutes before the start
and wondered where everyone was. They soon
arrived and everyone chatted nervously. Some
were well prepared but on their first ride, while
others were experienced PBP veterans. I was
somewhere in the middle - with just a recent
200km ride as preparation and a history of
starting these long rides without enough
training. I started the ride with Duncan cautiously too, and with stops we were soon and meet the challenge of the winds together.
McDonald from Brisbane. Duncan was on separated. The riding in the Adelaide hills was So after another short roadside break we
his new recumbent bike and on his first ever quite lovely though - little traffic and good reformed with quite a large group. I thought
really long event. As usual as soon as the time scenery. riding in the group would be social and usually
to start passed everyone soon was off. We I am less bothered by headwinds, so thought
The weather looked liked it would be fine
started at the back of the field and then shortly I could help the group and chat to some
for the event after the previous few days of
after the start Duncan realised his LightSpin people I hadnt met before. The group
rain, with more rain expected later in the week.
dynamo had been left engaged from the however was very regimented at their roll
After some rolling ups and down we
previous evening and stopped to pull it from overs which seriously limited the possibilities
encountered a long run downhill which
the wheel. for conversation and made riding in the group
allowed me to freewheel past the first group
a bit less interesting than usual. Drafting in
The first few kilometres being a bit up and and be the first into the first control at Prices
the gusty conditions made it difficult for
down and a bit drizzly meant it was punctuated Bakery, Strathalbyn. I didnt know I was in
some I think. So I got pretty quickly bored
by frequent stops to remove and add clothes front until we got there actually - and I wasnt
and headed off down the road at my own
including my rain coat and also to water the actually racing but I saw no reason to brake on
slightly faster pace. A few hills were
roadside trees - all of which tends to hamper that nice downhill and wait for anyone. I was
encountered shortly after this and I think the
early progress. I was nervous about the ride pleased to see Duncan arrive before I left and
group splintered again anyway, because not
and the wet slippery roads early on and took wished him well on the ride.
long after Matt Rawnsley came zooming up
it very easy until the roads looked like they
I took photos along the way using a in my mirror and we rode into the second
had dried out a bit. Duncan was taking it
disposable camera, which I carried in one of control at Meningie together. A few others
my jersey pockets throughout the ride (it was were not long back at this stage but most
in a small Ziplock bag and pretty easy to access were now a bit strung out. I didnt see
while riding). We arrived at the ferry virtually Duncan. We did see the three supported
as it was ready to cross the Murray River. riders aiming for Beachport or Millicent for
After rolling from the ferry, the small group the last time as they were quickly back on
of us in front rode on until we met the main the road while we fed up at the local bakery.
highway and we turned right into quite a severe I refilled my Hydrapack and hit the road
head wind. After a short break and some riding with Aldo and Otto. The road out of town
into the wind with Aldo tucked in my draft was again a bit rolling and I felt it better to set
we decided to wait for a larger group following my own pace along here. I caught and zipped
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past John (whose riding secrets seem to be where nothing was open. It was quite late but
very brief stops and a litre of milk at every I cant remember what time it was. I was
control) on another downhill bit and was thankful to have a pre-packaged lasagne in my
soon alone with the wind and scenery again. kit bag carried along by some of the riders
The weather through this section in the support helpers There was no food to buy at
Coorong was cloudy and I certainly didnt feel the towns we stopped in at the late times we
like swimming in the nearby water but there got there. The Adelaide Markets gourmet
were pretty nice views of it to be had. I cruised lasagne went down well after reheating it in
along enjoying the open air and my first the motel room microwave. The aim was to
experience of this area. get up and on the road before 4am, so it was
to be just a few hours sleep here. As on other
The road continued on its merry way to
rides I didnt sleep at all well on the first night
Kingston, where we had talked about
but felt ok when we got going - over 400km
stopping for dinner. Luckily for me the place
to do on day 2 so just as well! I saw Duncans
mentioned was closed as I had not recognised I arrived at Portland and turned right into
bike in the shed and so he had made it this
what looked like a plain old servo as a town for food and to get my card signed -
homestead diner or some such and went there was no sign of Matt or any of the
on to the next tiny one shop oasis and Day 2 support crew. I chose a little takeaway place
stopped there for some nibbles. The (almost) Breakfast was provided - a small box of and ordered some sandwiches and following
lack of vegetarian food left me with only a cereal, jam and some bread to toast and instant Johns lead, ordered a milkshake. I didnt
fried egg sandwich and chips to devour. It all coffee! Aldo, Otto and I left the basic but know where everyone else had got too and
tasted great though! A refill of my Hydrapack comfy motel together. We saw John leave just started back onto the road after a longish break.
was then sufficient to get me on my way again before us but he stopped to ring home at the Finally I saw a few more riders stopped
and I left the next few people who arrived to first phone box. We stopped at the bakery in elsewhere, at a service station.
finish their meals and got back to some more Millicent for breakfast number two and met
Aldo and I then teamed up, but we had a bit
pedalling. up again and surprise: John drank another
of trouble working out which road to take
litre of milk.
I cruised along alone as darkness fell, with but soon got on our way. Night riding is a
my bike, my helmet and I well covered in I rode most of the afternoon at my own whole lot more interesting with company and
reflective tape. Apparently I stood out quite pace and alone again, except at the controls probably safer too as it is less likely the
dramatically! As for the front, the constant where Id wait for the first few to catch up. But sleepies will creep up on you without you
beam 3 LED light was just sufficient along after Mt Gambier, Matthew Rawnsley joined knowing. We stopped at Port Fairy for dinner.
most of the roads but use of my 5 x C-cell me very briefly at the front before shooting We left with a small group and rolled along
battery powered 2.4 watt halogen headlight off down the road at 100 miles per hour. I nicely into the night along the first part of
was required to actually see by when I was think he must have been time trialling against The Great Ocean Road to get to Port
blinded by oncoming headlights. I rode on some fast cycling demons within! But he has Campbell at 11:55pm. This time I was in a
alone seeking the comfy bed at Robe and some finished the Alpine Classic in near or under 7 room with Matt who was already tucked up
sleep, and was the first to arrive there to stop hours! My overall average speed (24.6km/h) in bed, so I showered as quietly as possible
for the night. was about the same on the ride as Matts but and sat outside to have another snack. It was
it wasnt near his on this day and of course he a quiet and lovely evening to be out. I planned
There was a basic motel in a quiet little town
was aiming for and achieved 2000km. to sleep in a bit the next morning - at least
until sunrise anyway so that the ride on the
remainder of the Great Ocean Road would
be in daylight as Id not been along it before.
After allowing myself a very good nights
rest I didnt even get up at sunrise and so I
thought a lot would have been long gone.
There were only 6 bikes in the shed when I
left anyway. I wasnt sure whose they were, or
how many were still to come, but they must
have been pretty late arrivals to decide to leave
even later. No sign of Duncan. Id decided I
would climb Lavers Hill and ride the last day
at my own pace, stopping at the lookouts and
taking in the scenery of my first visit to the
area and of course take some photos. After
all, I was here to enjoy the ride. It was a perfect
morning and beautiful weather for the Great
Ocean Road. I couldnt come all this way and
not stop at the Twelve Apostles either.
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arranged my accommodation at Robe and Port
Melbourne Express checkpoints
Distance Arrival SA time
0km 29/9/02 07:00
55 km 29/9/02 09:20
148km 29/9/02 13:45
458km 30/9/02 10:10
562km 30/9/02 15:00
869km 1/10/02 14:00
936km 1/10/02 17:05
1020km 1/10/02 22:36
The next evening I rang Duncan to find
out he had abandoned after about 600km due
to lack of sleep. He was in pretty good spirits
though and seemed to treat it as a learning
I found the Great Ocean Road a very he must have used the other finish at the
experience - two months later I had the
enjoyable ride with its sweeping bends, roller servo on the east-bound side of the freeway.
opportunity to ride with him again in the
coaster hills, fabulous scenery and nice little
Overall it was a really fine scenic ride. I was Fleche Opperman and he seemed quite a bit
towns all contributing to the days fun. I
pleased with the ride too as it was stronger and faster there.
started catching a few people along here too -
comparatively a much faster riding time,
passing John twice this day, both times uphill,
relative to distance, than I did on PBP 1999.
while riding only to be passed at controls again
Almost 5 hours in it in fact. I felt much better
as I stopped to chat at the 1000km control.
after this than PBP too. Note for reference:
John and Matt had fewer controls I think on
PBP 1999 for me was ~55hours riding time,
this section of the 2000km brevet. The Photos:
69hr17min total for 1250km. My overall
famous Otways werent quite so big as Id Page 7
statistics for the 1000km: Average riding speed: top: Ready to roll at the Adelaide start
imagined in both height and park size and
24.6kph, and 9+ hours sleep! Sleep at Robe bottom: The spectacular Twelve Apostles.
were but a brief section of this days ride. My Page 8
(~3hours?), Sleep at Port Campbell (6 hours).
average road speed from morning until dusk top: Time for a break at the SA/Vic border.
Total time: 63 hours 36min / Riding time: bottom: Crossing the mighty Murray.
on Day 3 was pretty quick and I reeled in most
41hours 29min / Time off bike: 22hours Page 9
riders even with the breaks for photography. top: Hitting the road in suburban Adelaide.
The scenery was uplifting which seems to give bottom: Enjoying the scenery from the saddle.
me a lift too and make the riding easier. I Finally, many thanks to the bag carriers and
Courtesy Ian Humphries
found the road pretty good with mostly fine the other friendly riders, especially Joy who
shoulders and not too much traffic. Might be
a bit narrow for a trike in some places though
Id hooked up with Aldo again, though this
time he could hardly talk with a very sore throat,
and Peter and Kathryn on the last leg to
Geelong. We saw Otto determined to finish
leave the cafe earlier. I had a very enjoyable
final day, snacked regularly and had felt strong
throughout. As we rode off into the early
evening we figured we had plenty of time to
finish. However, the last leg was plagued with
stoppages to don extra warm clothes and
attempt to fix Peters main light. I gave
Kathryn a banana and a muesli bar as she
seemed a bit short of food later on and then
we managed a good run to the finish! Yay! We
were all happy to be finally there. Im sure
Otto must have finished well before us but
no one had seen him and we finally concluded
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Minutes of the 2003 Annual
General Meeting Audax Club of Australia Inc.
Held at the Bells Hotel, South Melbourne, Victoria. Membership, after a slow start, now stands at 475. Appreciation was
given to Lorraine Allen for her work in this area.
7.30pm by the President. The President wished all members safe riding and hoped everyone
will achieve their goals for the year.
Brian Gavin, Howard Duncan, Peter Weiss, Keith Lowe, Raoul Mills, Moved that report be received; Hans Dusink/Tim Laugher, carried.
Peter Curtis, Leigh Paterson, Andrew Thomas, Brian Payne, Don Briggs,
Derek McKean, Hans Dusink, Lorraine Allen, Peter Mathews, Barry
Presented on behalf of the Treasurer;
Moore, Ian Boehm, Adrian Stewart, Tim Laugher, Frank Mitchell,
Bernard Collins, Bob Bednarz, Malcolm Shaw and Rodney Snibson. Total receipts for 2002 were $34,197.18.
Apologies Total Payments for 2002 were $31,061.52.
Noreen Moore, Malcolm Rogers, Phil Bellette, Sue Taylor, Terry Gross,
Operating surplus was $3,135.66.
Ray Watt, Robin Curtis, Allan Kellet & Pat Dory.
A large cheque from the Melbourne Region being brevet fees and
Minutes of the previous meeting
payment for the calendar has been received since the end of the financial
Minutes of the previous Annual General Meeting as published in period.
Checkpoint Magazine No.12, 2002 taken as read; Hans Dusink/Peter
Mathews; carried. Peter Curtis asked a question about the cost of medallions. The
President answered that these were fully paid for by the riders and it
was pointed out that the 1200km brevet fees included the LRM medal
The main points were; cost.
Constitution; many issues require debate to reach a consensus during Report moved by Peter Curtis/Lorraine Allen, carried.
the coming year and professional help will be required to get the
wording correct. Election of Officers
The President vacated the chair and handed the meeting over to
The calendar; cost for production was met by National and the the Secretary who read out the nominations for the advertised
Melbourne Club and the booklet was well received. positions;
Insurance; a satisfactory outcome has been reached with affiliation President; Hans Dusink; seconded by Peter Mathews; there being
with Bicycling Australia for $13,750 which is an increase of 54% over no other nominations, Hans Dusink was re-elected to the position
the previous year. of President.
Ride Rules; the new lighting rules came into operation on 1 November Secretary; Don Briggs; seconded by Hans Dusink; there being no
2002. The ride rules will be examined to iron out other anomalies other nominations, Don Briggs was re-elected to the position of
during the coming year. Secretary.
The year ahead; PBP is coming closer for at least 70 Australian riders. Treasurer; Greg Lansom; seconded by Hans Dusink; there being no
Re-vamp the Constitution for the 2004 AGM which will require as other nominations, Greg Lansom was re-elected to the position of
many members input as possible. Barry Moore, Malcolm Rogers and Treasurer.
Peter Mathews will form a sub committee and be the focal point for Committee Members; Henry Boardman; seconded by Hans Dusink,
comments. Barry Moore; seconded by Hans Dusink and Peter Mathews; seconded
Administrative procedures will be revamped by the Treasurer (Greg by Hans Dusink; there being no other nominations, Henry Boardman,
Lansom) and the Secretary (Don Briggs). Barry Moore and Peter Mathews were elected to the positions of
Risk assessment and Management will look at the existing guidelines
for review with the view of clarifying our approach to risk management Moved that the nominations be accepted; Don Briggs/Tim Laugher, carried.
on a ride by ride basis.
Brevet results show that our world ranking continued at number 4
and the loss of the Alpine Classic will affect this in the coming years
results. Melbourne Region remains the number one club in the
worldwide Audax results table.
10 Checkpoint - Autumn 2003
Special Resolutions Resolution Number 3
Resolution Number 1 Motion 3
Article 11: Casual Vacancies
Articles 8, 9 & 12: Public Officer
When such a vacancy occurs, or if a position has not been filled at the
That the Audax Australia Constitution be amended as follows: Annual General Meeting, the National Executive Committee may
(i) the words who shall be the public officer be removed from appoint one of its members to be President or a club member to be
Article 8.a.2 Secretary, Treasurer or an ordinary member. The new appointee shall
hold that position until the annual general meeting next following the
(ii) The words and executed the duties of the Public Officer be date of appointment.
removed from Article 12.b.
Moved Hans Dusink/Barry Moore, the postal vote was carried 44 for & 0
(iii) the following be added to Article 9: against and the meeting also carried the motion. Tim Laugher voted against the
the National Executive Committee shall appoint a Public Officer. motion.
Moved Hans Dusink/Barry Moore, the postal vote was carried 44 for & 0 Resolution Number 4
against and the meeting also carried the motion unanimously. Motion 4
Resolution Number 2 Article 6A: Notification of Meetings
Motion 2 (i)That Article 6Ac of the Audax Australia Constitution be amended
Article 8: Officers and Article 9: National Executive Committee to read:
(i)That the italicised text below be added to Article 8b of the Audax C Notice of general meetings.
Australia Constitution: 1 The Secretary of the Club, at least 45 days before the date fixed
Nominations for election to the position of officer shall be made in for holding a general meeting of the Club, must cause to be sent to
writing to the Secretary, signed by the proposer and nominee both of each member of the Club a notice stating the place, date and time
whom must be financial members of the Club. Nominations will of the meeting and the general nature of the business to be
close 30 days before the Annual General Meeting at which elections are conducted at the meeting. .
to take place. If a nomination is not received for any position of officer or if 2. Notice may be sent
insufficient nominations are received to fill all positions as ordinary members.
Nominations for vacant positions may be made until 20 days prior to the Annual - by prepaid post to the address appearing in the register of
General Meeting. members; or
(ii) That Article 8c of the Audax Australia Constitution be - by agreement with the member. By facsimile transmission or
replaced with: electronic transmission.
Subject to this Constitution, each ordinary member of the National 3. A member intending to bring any business before a general
Executive Committee shall hold office until the annual general meeting meeting must notify that business to the Secretary in writing or
next after the date of election but is eligible for re-election. by electronic transmission at least 30 days before the date set for
the general meeting. The Secretary must include that business in
(iii) That Article 9b of the Audax Australia Constitution be the notice to members on the specific nature of the business to
replaced with: Nominations for election to the positions of ordinary be conducted at the general meeting.
members of the National Executive Committee shall be made in writing
to the Secretary, signed by the proposer and nominee both of whom must 4 The Secretary of the Club, at least 15 days before the date fixed
be financial members of the Club. Nominations will close 30 days before for holding a general meeting of the Club, must cause to be sent
the Annual General Meeting at which elections are to take place. If no to each member of the Club a notice stating the place, date and
nominations or insufficient nominations are received to fill all positions time of the meeting and the specific nature of the business to be
as ordinary members, nominations for vacant positions may be made conducted at the meeting, including any motions to be considered
until 20 days prior to the Annual General Meeting. at the meeting.
(iv) That Article 9c of the Audax Australia Constitution (power 5. No business other than that set out in the notice referred to in
of the National Executive Committee) be renumbered as 6Ac.4 may be conducted at the meeting.
Article 9d (ii) That Article 6A.b.7 of the Audax Australia Constitution be
(v) That a new Article 9c be inserted as follows: amended to read:
Subject to this Constitution, each Officer of the National Executive If the committee does not cause a special general meeting to be
Committee shall hold office until the annual general meeting next after the date held within two months after the date on which the request is sent to
of election but is eligible for re-election. the address of the Secretary, the members making the request, or
any of them, may convene a special general meeting not more than
Moved Hans Dusink/Barry Moore, the postal vote was carried 44 for & 0 three months after that date.
against and the meeting also carried the motion unanimously.
Moved Hans Dusink/Barry Moore, the postal vote was carried 44 for & 0
against and the meeting also carried the motion unanimously.
Checkpoint - Autumn 2003 11
Resolution Number 5
Article 6A: General Meetings (correction of cross-reference)
That Article 6Af.4 of the Audax Australia Constitution be amended
to read except as provided for in rule 6Af 3, it is not necessary to give
notice of an adjournment or of the business to be conducted at an
Moved Hans Dusink/Barry Moore, the postal vote was carried 44 for & 0
by Phil Bellette
against and the meeting also carried the motion unanimously.
The President tabled a recently translated history of the PBP. Its official. After 53 days the
fires that caused so much
Tim Laugher asked if there was any reason to change our calendar havoc in the Bright area are
year for our new insurer and the President indicated that there was now out. However, the work
none. involved with dismantling
Andrew Thomas asked where the decision was made to charge $10 the cancelled 2003 Audax
for non-member ride fee. The President explained that the National Alpine Classic continues and
Committee agreed that the figure would help cover the high Insurance is not expected to be complete
cost and also encourage non-members to join as a member. Andrew till late April. Sydney Morning Herald, 23/1/03
also asked if there was any thought to having a sliding scale fee related To date t-shirts and refund
to distance of the ride. This was not originally considered but will be letters have been mailed out. The next task is the mailing out of
taken on board. refund cheques and distribution of donations to the organisations in
Tim Laugher explained that members of Bicycle Victoria received the Bright area.
discount from Cycling International and asked would this extend to While some of the infrastructure from the cancelled ride can be
Audax members. The President replied that this was part of the BV transferred to the 2004 event, the Alpine committee is performing a
sponsorship of some events, and thus would not apply to Audax juggling act of cancelling the 2003 event and organising the 2004 ride.
The workload on the small committee has been heavy and we are
Keith Lowe asked if the higher Public Liability Insurance Costs would eager to recruit extra help. If you are available to assist by joining the
mean higher ride membership and ride fees. The President indicated
committee and sharing the workload we would love to hear from you.
that the National Committee had not intended to increase them but Interested? Please email email@example.com or phone 03 9786 9807.
would use the increase in membership fees to achieve the losses.
Peter Weiss asked should we increase brevet fees due to the added
expenses of insurance cover.. The President explained as before that
the National Committee will be keeping a close watch on the level of
A discussion on the entry form waver resulted in a recommendation
Hundreds of emails flowed in to the Alpine Classic
that no change be made to the wording at this time.
organising committee and Checkpoint both before and
Barry Moore gave a talk on the outcome of the structure of The
after the event was cancelled. It was pleasing to see so
Audax Club of Australia so that the Constitution re-vamp could be
completed. The review will be debated, made and put the membership. many entrants supporting the event and the organisers.
ation. I really
An example on how we will be represented on the National website re the bushfire situ
Thanks for updating the you just do what is
Committee either National, State or Region and or combinations of note to let you know that
appreciate it. Just a quick it is for everyone's
each. happy with your decision, as
best and I'm sure we are all
Items for discussion will be published in Checkpoint and on the safety.
that some poor
email to ask for a consensus of opinion before a decision is made at able to do these events, and
It's a privilege for us to be us. Good luck,
the next AGM. d trying to organise them for
buggers are rushing aroun valieri
to be cancelled. Franco Ca
Samples of the suggested new designs of the Australian Medals and don't stress if it needs
were circulated to the meeting. It was a consensus of opinion that the
medal with the small printing of Les Randonneurs Mondiaux be
. As part of my
used but incorporate the distance above the mountain scene from the t the Classic was cancelled
I was very disapointed tha (NSW). I am not
other example. Derek McKean to present a sample for the National d Terrace and to Lithgow
training I rode to Raymon ling.
Committee to review before a final decision is made. sers acted correctly in cancel
whinging. I think the organi
g injured is not
There being no further General Business the meeting closed at es for our health, and gettin
I think that we all ride bik
fun. Andrew Phillips
12 Checkpoint - Autumn 2003
Bushfires cause Classic cancellation
It wasnt only the 1200 odd riders that were dissapointed at missing out on the Clubs biggest event of the year.
Family and friends who join the riders, locals and business owners in the Alpine Shire, and the organising committee
were all sad at having missed this premier event. Rodney Snibson of the Alpine Classic Organising Committee
tells us how much went into the organisation of it all.
The organising committee for the 2003 event
comprised Phil Bellette (Ride Coordinator),
Alan Tonkin, Rodney Snibson (Secretary),
John Bennett, Keith Lowe, Peter Martin and
Bob Bednarz (resigned in mid 2002).
The committee met monthly depending on
urgency. To reduce the workload of the
committee, a paid Ride Coordinator was
appointed. Phil Bellette was selected on the
basis of his experience and expertise. The Daily Telegraph, 22-1-03
The committee implemented an early
registration scheme. Letters were sent out in They were able to provide equipment to the the committee to cancel expenditure such as
June to past riders, inviting them to register AAC at no financial cost. The committee catering.
early for the event. The early registrations closed updated its risk management plan. This
The committee announced that refunds and
in September. By November all positions were document has proved very useful in
t-shirts would be sent to the riders. When
filled. This scheme spread the workload over negotiations with Parks Victoria, the police
riders said they would like to donate their
nine months. It provided the committee with and insurance companies.
refunds to the bushfire effort, the committee
cash to plan ahead, as well as order clothing
Phil used the plan to identify risks in the identified three organisations that riders could
AAC routes. For the 100km ride, the choose from: the CFA, Bright Ambulance
Phil was able to produce a monthly financial committee jettisoned Smoko in favour of Auxiliary, and the Friends of Mt Buffalo. The
report for the Melbourne Region committee, Wandiligong. Smoko was too dangerous for riders were informed of AAC income and
ensuring the committee was accountable. The riders to turn around. Due to the short expenditure, so that the committee could be
committee set up its own bank account, in distance to Wandiligong, it was decided the seen as accountable and transparent.
consultation with Melbourne Region. 100km route would bypass the Mt Buffalo
The objectives of the committee in 2003/
Chalet and head to Cresta Run.
Peter Martin designed the AAC t-shirt and 04 are to retain Phil Bellette as the Ride
AAC business card. A shorter 85km route was created, due to Coordinator, continue with the early
the increased difficulty of the 100km ride. The registration scheme, look at alternative venues
The committee made two trips to Bright in
danger of the returning 100km and 200km to Mt Buffalo Chalet, build up a relationship
May and November. The committee
riders turning right into Howitt Lane was with the Falls Creek management, strengthen
interviewed the representatives of the Alpine
removed completely by setting up a new our relationship with Parks Victoria Mt
Shire, the Alpine Tourism body, the
control at the Bright Youth Hall Buffalo and arrange local masseurs to provide
Coachhouse, Victoria Parks (Mt Buffalo), Mt
a massage services on the day of the event.
Buffalo Chalet and the regional police. When Audax Australia lost its insurance, the
committee searched for an insurer. Phil found The committee would like to acknowledge
Our sponsors Christies, Coachhouse, and
an insurer a few weeks before the AAC. It is the support of Maureen Chesser and St Johns
Continental continue to support the ride.
likely the AAC will always require an insurer Ambulance, Michael Costolloe and the Bright
Enervit is a new sponsor. It provided Enervit
separate from Audax insurance through Ambulance, Lloyd Williams and the Open
bars and powder at wholesale rates for the
Cycling Australia. Road Tourers, the management at Mt Buffalo
Audax Alpine Classic. The Catering
Chalet, Darin Lynch of Parks Victoria, Henry
Coordinator, John Bennett provided a When bushfires threatened Bright, the
Boardman for the development of the risk
comprehensive and thorough catering plan. committee moved swiftly to cancel the ride
management document, and Patrick van Dyk
and inform all stakeholders through email,
The committee formed a closer relationship for the layout and design of the AAC documents.
Audax website, phone calls and radio
with Bicycle Victoria (BV), helped by the fact
advertisements. The early decision enabled
that Alan Tonkin is the Sales Manager for BV.
Checkpoint - Autumn 2003 13
Diary of an Alpine rider
Brisbane member Duncan McDonald headed south for the Alpine Classic but didnt quite get there. The fit fifty-five
year old takes us day by day through his altered journey.
Saturday 18 Jan
The bike was loaded and ready to go
without any dramas and I was on the road
by 6.50 am. On previous trips I had boxed
the bike and then had to transport the bike
and luggage to the train or direct to the
At the end of my last trip for the Opperman
Trial where we rode from Canberra to Dapto,
I flew home from Sydney. Remembering how
far it was to the temporary Virgin Blue terminal
at Mascot, I simply rode into the terminal and
they accepted it without fuss. That certainly
saved a lot of time and trouble.
It was a pleasant morning ride through
Brisbane and without too much traffic to
worry about my mind was wandering as I
went along Kingsford Smith Drive. Too late,
I realised I had missed Nudgee Rd and was
approaching the Gateway Arterial freeway. I
carried on for a bit, hoping that I would be
able to cut across to the airport somewhere
but eventually decided that it would be better
to go back and take a road I was certain would Keeping a low profile, Duncan readies himself for another trip.
get me there.
Last time I had found a quiet detour pointed to the freeway, on which bicycles are out but the YHA in North Melbourne had
through industrial areas that avoided the busy banned. After asking at a service station I room in an 8 bed dormitory.
roundabout under the Gateway Road. Today headed off along Melrose Drive, but it was
My plan was to take a leisurely ride from
was a Saturday though, and the gates were not until I was well clear of the airport that I
Melbourne to Bright via Yea, Mansfield and
shut! found a sign showing that this was indeed
Myrtleford, perhaps staying at the Bonnie
the way to the city. I was soon heading back
Retracing my route to Nudgee Road I was Doon YHA along the way. However the main
towards the freeway but this time there was
heading in the right direction, still with some item on the news that day was about the
no sign banning the entry of anything so I
time up my sleeve, when a guy pulled up and bushfires in the Mt Beauty area. I decided to
followed it for a few km until I found and
waved me down. He is trying to build, or at stay in Melbourne to see what might eventuate,
exit for Essendon. That sounded familiar so
least design, a face-down recumbent with linear studying the maps to find and alternate route
I took that and got to town via Moonee
pedalling motion, insisting that this is the to Canberra, where I was going to see my
Ponds. Not being familiar with the road
most efficient way to do it. I eventually got mother and sister.
network, I travelled almost into the city before
away but by this time it was getting late and I
finding a way to Richmond, where I was to Sunday 19 Jan
wanted to have time to check in without
pick up a couple of bulbs for my dynamo Sunday was very smoky even in Melbourne
light. I had not been able to find them and I could not see much sense in going
I got there 35 minutes before we were due anywhere in Brisbane. anywhere near the fires.
to take off and the bike was accepted without
After catching up with Peter and Noreen I did not think to go to Beach Road this
Moore I went to see Howard Duncan of time, instead exploring South Bank and some
Takeoff was 0845 and we arrived at Adventure Travel to look at travel plans to get of the inner suburbs. The Kostya Tzu fight
Melbournes Tullamarine airport at 1200, me to PBP and other places and events. was about to be shown live in the Mt View
having lost an hour to daylight saving. I was Hotel so I stopped for lunch and
By then it was time to look for a place to
loaded and ready to ride by 1230 but the only refreshments.
stay. The first few hostels I tried were booked
signs indicating which way to get to the city
14 Checkpoint - Autumn 2003
Monday 20 Jan After a quick visit to the motor racing circuit I I went looking for the site of the famous
I spent the morning walking around the city headed back to the mainland and away from penguin parade but the only access to the beach
enjoying the sights. Around 11:00am there the crowds. where they land is through the visitor centre
were three women wandering around near at $14 per head, even though the penguins
A sign that intrigued me had the words Blue
Parliament House wearing their bras over the only appear at nighttime.
Line not in operation on the standard yellow
top of their other clothes. Is that a common
diamond shape. I saw a number of these By then it was time to head for the circuit for
Melbourne custom? One of them looked
both on the island and the mainland. Anyone a few quick laps. There were 120 or so bikes
rather like actress Kerry Armstrong, but I
know what it means? on the track when I went out but it is a long
dont watch enough TV to be sure.
way around so it was not too crowded. I
Another sign that appeared particularly
After lunch with Peter and Ian, I heard the managed to swoop past a bunch of roadies
meaningless said Significant Flora - use
Alpine Classic had been cancelled. on a twisty bit near the high part of the track
caution when clearing undergrowth. Without
and by the end of the main straight was
Tuesday 21 Jan any information on what one should look
about 300m ahead. It is great to hear the
Tuesday morning saw me heading East with for I doubt if it would help save anything.
comments as they realise that they are not
a vague idea of going to Phillip Island. I had
Then there were these half-metre high the fastest things on the road. They did
never been there but had often thought Id
concrete pipes on end labelled Fire Plug. manage to catch me on the longer climb back
like to go and see the motorcycle races there.
These had me stumped until I later saw the to the top though.
The map I had was very small and gave very same words used to label what people in other
Friday 24 Jan
little help in navigation. I headed off in the parts of the world call fire hydrants.
Practice day for the historic motorcycles. I
general direction that I wanted to go, looking
spent the day taking in the sights and sounds
for place names that appeared on my map.
that reminded me of my misspent youth in
After a while I saw a sign to Ferntree Gully ...there were three women Singapore and Malaysia. Bob Macintosh from
and remembered that is where Greenspeed
trikes are made. On the way there is nice
wandering around near Coffs Harbour was racing 1950s motorbikes
Parliament House wearing with his son, and is also a dedicated touring
descent into a valley which saw my speed reach
80kph, not bad for a bike with a full touring their bras over the top of
load. I could never do that on my upright It was tempting to stay another day or two
tourer. their other clothes. Is that a and see the actual racing but I was booked on
After saying hello to Ian at Greenspeed I
common Melbourne a flight out of Canberra the following Saturday
custom? and wanted to spend at least a couple of days
headed south for Dandenong. The traffic was
there with my mother and sister.
horrific and I could not wait to find some
quieter roads. I headed south towards When I returned to the hostel a Japanese
Cranbourne rather than staying on the South guy had arrived from Sydney on a shiny new
Just a few kilometres down the road I came
Gippsland Highway but that was just as bad. Giant with humungous racks front and back.
to Kilcunda, which had a pleasant looking
Everywhere I went seemed to be the same. I He did not speak much English but he is
caravan park with a pub across the road, so I
was well out of urban areas but the sparse planning to circumnavigate the country in ten
stopped there for the night. In the pub was a
rectangular road grid seemed to be crammed months.
poster advertising an historic motorcycle race
to capacity wherever I went. The smaller roads
meeting that weekend, with the highlight Saturday 25 Jan
still had lots of traffic but no shoulders with
being the return of Italian champion Very hot weather was forecast for today with
treacherous loose gravel right up to the
Giacomo Agostini with his MV machines on temperatures of 42 and above in much of
which he captured 15 world titles in the 70s. Victoria. I set off about 0800 and just
Eventually I evaded the traffic but ended up There was a chance I might even know some managed to reach the mainland before my rear
on unsealed roads with lots of loose surface, of the people racing from my days on powered derailleur cable broke. No worries, I had a
not much fun on a loaded bike with smooth two-wheelers. Next to that, there was another spare. However I needed to cut the old cable
tyres. I found my way to Tooradin on the poster offering pedal cyclists the chance to ride cleanly just to remove it and did not have the
northern edge of Western Port Bay where I around the circuit for two hours on Thursday right tool. Luckily the new Swiss Army knife I
camped for the night. evening. got for my birthday had a tiny wire cutter in it
so I was able to cut it strand by strand, leaving
Wednesday 22 Jan After looking up my YHA guide I found
a clean end.
On Wednesday I headed around the eastern there was a hostel at Cowes, on the other side
side of the bay towards Phillip Island. After a of the island, and they could give me a bed Then I found my spare cable was only 2.1m
brief stop at the Vietnam Veterans Museum for two days at $19.50, cheaper than a tent site long and I needed about 2.4m. Out with the
in San Remo I crossed to the island and at the caravan park! knife again and I was able to tie the new cable
enquired about a tent site at the caravan park. to a length of the old one to get me going.
Thursday 23 Jan
The fee (for a couple) was $28 but when I
Thursday morning saw me heading back to Wonthaggi bike shop owner (Peter Hill?)
protested that I was on my own they
the island, taking a scenic ride around the was able to supply the right cable and was
graciously reduced it to $20. I decided to have
perimeter as far as the roads would allow. interested to hear my opinion of recumbents.
a quick look around and then find somewhere
Cowes is the main tourist centre and this was He said he had only seen one other bike like
a bit less touristy to pitch my tent for the night.
one of the busiest times of the season. mine, on an Audax 400 ride some months
Checkpoint - Autumn 2003 15
ago and it was very slow. (Could this have about wanting a ride until I saw the large There is a large sign saying, Bombala is a
been Peter Mathews on his first ride soon after platform on the rear of the van after they timber town and exhorting people to use
taking delivery of his Flying Furniture passed. I would have taken them up on it just more local products. I was told that they are
machine?) I remember having such stiff to get out of the smoke. likely to look askance at anyone on a pushbike,
thighs after my first weekend recumbent ride and to ride one as weird as mine one would
Later on the hills were getting to me more
that I could hardly walk on the Monday and naturally mean being taken for a greenie. No
than the smoke and I had a bad case of hot-
that was only 200km. wonder the English couple had been run off
foot. I was walking the last part of every hill
the road the day before!
I dont know what the temperature got to just to get some relief for the soles of my
but I am sure the forecast was conservative. It feet. Maybe I should have bought some stiffer Wednesday 29 Jan
was a stinker! After a welcome iced coffee I shoes! I stayed the day to avoid the heat and decided
had a brief nap beside the Leongatha to ride through the night again to reach
There was a good downhill run into Orbost
velodrome and headed off again. It was too Canberra. Another 40 degree day was
and I paid for an on-site van for the night as a
hot to sleep. What a way to spend your forecast and fires were still raging in the area
huge black cloud blotted out the daylight
birthday! around the capital.
around 3:00pm. I could not make out
I made it to Morwell at 9:30pm and stocked whether it was smoke or a storm and was I set off around 5:30pm into yet more hills.
up on food at the supermarket, which seemed glad to rest my feet. It was a bargain at $25 I was looking forward to finding the top of
to be the only thing open in town. It was compared to some of the places I have been. the range and thinking about the joys of
slightly disturbing with security guards coating down the other side. After stopping
Monday 27 Jan
everywhere and signs exhorting shoppers not to make a phone call at Nimmitabel I pressed
I woke after a good nights sleep and thought
to let go of their handbags etc. Outside the on for another few km before finally finding a
about staying another day to rest my feet but
local youths were harassing girls in the car park sign which said Great Dividing Range
I still had a fair distance to go to Canberra.
and being told in no uncertain terms where to 1100m. Did this mean the start of the range
go. It was much cooler and overcast so I decided or the top, I wondered?
to press on before the hot weather returned.
I decided to ride through the night to take Soon I was flying down the other side and
The sound of bellbirds appeared and stayed
advantage of the slightly cooler temperatures the next 40km to Cooma was a dream run. I
with me for the next couple of days.
and get a bit closer to Canberra. It was 1:00am did have to slow down for a couple of hills
when I passed through Sale where there were The road was fairly narrow with not much but it was clear they were simple up-and-over
crowds of much happier people walking along in the way of shoulders. The timber jinkers ones instead of the relentless climbs of the
the streets after leaving a lively looking pub. were whizzing by without leaving much room. previous day. There were a few spots of rain
Luckily there were not too many of them. on the way into Cooma but then the sky cleared
Sunday 26 Jan
and it was ideal for cycling: cool temperature,
At 0530 I arrived in Bairnsdale and curled
no wind, easy hills and almost no traffic. I did
up in a grassy area out of sight of the road
traffic. I thought about finding a camping area He had met another come across a couple of wombats, the first of
which stopped in the middle of the road. I
for the day but after waking up at 0700 I felt couple who had been run stopped just short of him and he stayed put
good enough to continue on. There are two
routes to Orbost from Bairnsdale and the
off the road by a timber until I got off and started walking towards
inland one looked slightly shorter so that is truck. him. The second one simply ran across and
out of my way before I had to slow too much.
the way I went. That turned out to be not a
good choice. After another good downhill run I arrived Thursday 30 Jan
at Cann River where the road to Canberra There were a few more hills, the worst one
Soon after leaving town there was a definite
leaves the Princes Highway. Although it was a being just south of Michelago, about 65km
smoke haze in the air. After climbing for a few
relatively short day I was glad of a rest. out of Canberra. There were dozens of roos
km there was a good downhill run followed
along the road all the way into the city. I arrived
by another long climb. The smoke was getting An English guy, Steve from Manchester, at Watson, recumbent capital of the country,
thicker all the time from here yet I did not arrived as I went into town and we had a couple at 0530.
relish the thought of retracing my path to of beers in the pub. He was heading for either
Bairnsdale. Tasmania or Adelaide but had not quite made That day the Monaro Highway between
up his mind. He had met another couple who Cooma and Canberra was closed by the
By the time I got to Bruthen the smoke was
had been run off the road by a timber truck. bushfires, with Michelago under threat. It was
really thick and I was riding as slowly as I could
another 40+ day with fires starting even in
to keep my breathing as shallow as possible. I Tuesday 28 Jan suburban Hackett, though quickly brought
had not realised the Great Alpine Road starts It was a very pleasant start to the day, riding under control.
here and it was closed because of the fires at up the Cann River Valley through the forested
Omeo. People still wanted to enter the area to areas. Lots of bellbirds and interesting scenery. I had ridden almost 1200km and climbed
camp and see the fires so the CFA had to By the time I got closer to the NSW border more hills than if I had done the Alpine
maintain a roadblock to keep them out. and Bondi State Forest the going got tougher. Classic. It was good to have two days rest
I made it to Bombala by 4:30pm and picked before flying back to Brisbane.
A couple in a van offered to put my bike on
the back but I did not hear properly and up a few supplies before heading to my cousins
thought it was just another smart remark place about 15km to the north.
16 Checkpoint - Autumn 2003
The Brevet Card
One of the things that differentiates Audax from other cycling clubs is the brevet card. This precious little bit of
cardboard which we all carefully make sure we get signed at all ride checkpoints serves as a permanent record of our
participation in the ride. A successful brevet is one that is completed within the rules and within the maximum
by John Bennett
Besides enabling the rider to relive these
happy days in their dotage, brevets enable the
rider to make claim to various awards such as
the Nouveau and Super Randonneur Series,
and eligibility to participate in the Paris-Brest-
Paris 1200km ride held every four years in
Successful brevets up to 200km are assigned
a unique number by Audax Australia.
Distances 200km and greater are assigned a
unique number by Randonneurs Mondiaux
and Audax Club Parisien.
So what is the process that makes the
validation of the brevet happen and how can
riders and ride organisers assist in smoothing
The Process The precious brevet card is basically the same format all around the world. Audax
At the conclusion of each ride the ride Club Parisien issues the unique brevet stickers to all member countries.
organiser completes a number of documents
commonly referred to in total as the ride
package. These documents include the brevet brevet numbers to be received. Recently, due card secretary. This can be in the Word
report, which summarises the ride time for all to the death of Yannis Varouchas of Audax format as provided on Audax website
riders, and each riders brevet card. The ride Club Parisien who did this processing in or as an Excel spreadsheet. The Excel
package is forwarded to the brevet card secretary France, the allocation of brevet numbers from spreadsheet proforma can be obtained
for the particular region for processing. France has been put on-hold until a new from the brevet card secretary.
person is appointed to this position.
If it has not been prepared and forwarded n At the time the rider completes the
separately by the ride organiser, the regions Once the brevet numbers have been ride registration form, have riders also
brevet secretary prepares an electronic version assigned, the stick-on labels containing the address an envelope for the completed
of the brevet report i.e. an Excel spreadsheet, brevet numbers are returned to the brevet brevet to be returned to them.
and dispatches this via e-mail to either Barry secretary for attaching to the brevet cards and Addressing envelopes for a large ride
Parsons, Sam Blight, or Peter Mathews for mailing to the riders. of say 60 riders is a very time
allocation of the brevet numbers. Barry looks consuming process.
Assisting with the Workflow and Workload
after all on-road rides of less than 200km, Where the number of rides conducted by n Make sure the ride entry forms and
Sam looks after all Dirt (off-road) rides and a particular region is small obviously the brevet cards are legible and the
Peter processes rides of 200km or greater. Barry, workload for the brevet secretary is not postcode is included
Sam and Peters responsibilities are National particularly onerous. But for Melbourne
If ride organisers have any other suggestions
responsibilities i.e. Australia wide. region, where a large number of rides are
as to how the workflow and workload can be
The rides less than 200km processed by Barry conducted with an ever increasing number of
improved and reduced, or want further
and Sam are quickly turned around as the riders attending, riders and ride organisers can
clarification on what is required they should
brevet numbers for these rides are assigned greatly assist with the processing of brevet
contact John Bennett, the Melbourne Region
by Audax Australia. However for the longer cards by attending to the following:
Brevet Card Secretary on (03) 5428 3341 or via
200km and greater rides the brevet reports n Send an electronic copy of the brevet e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
have to be sent to Paris to have the numbers report to the relevant regional brevet
assigned; it can take a few months for these
Checkpoint - Autumn 2003 17
PBP Participant Watch
Now in the midst of their qualifying rides, these five Audax members, along with over 70 others, will be on their way
to Paris within 6 months. We find out what these five have been up to since their last update. In this instalment, each
participant answered three questions presented to them out of a possible seven.
Have you qualified yet? Which distances February. I plan to do the MacArthur Meander Gary
have you yet to complete? 400 (Heywood) 8 March and then Around This was a difficult decision. How much
the Adelaide Hills in a Day 600 on 15 March. gear am I going to need to carry? I pondered
this for a couple of weeks. On the 300s or
At last we have completed some qualifiers longer I've done, I've used an empty (as in no
- the 200 & 300km events! By the time we water but filled with gear) 2 litre CamelBak
managed to get onto a qualifying ride I which also has a one litre storage
doubted that we could actually do it, despite compartment. I figured I'd need more than
having done several in the past - how fickle the CamelBak so the choice was really between
is the mind! This past weekend we a backpack or a pack attached to the bike. I
completed a 300km qualifier. If all goes ride to work with a backpack and whilst it's
according to our plans, we should be finished fine for a short journey I didn't fancy 1200km
the 400km and 600km by the end of Easter. with it (even though it's a back pack especially
Peter designed for cyclists).
Ill broaden this answer to report my progress
against targets that I set for myself and If I dont think Ive recovered enough after
mentioned in Checkpoint No. 13, 2002 the 400 or dont complete that 600 I will do
Target. Achievement. the 600 Murray & Bach over Easter instead
of the 1,000.
16,000 km. 13,505 km.
What is your weakest point?
24 Audax brevets 21 completed brevets.
2 - 3 Super Series 1x600 km; 2x400 km;
3x300 km; 5x200 km.
Injury of some description.
4x4 km walks/week 165 x 4 km walks.
Qualify ASAP. 400 km (Nov 02); 300 km What date are you departing Australia, and
(Dec 02); 600 km (Feb 03). where are you staying in Paris? So I have attached a Trek rear rack to the
bike coupled with a 10 litre Deuter Rack
So you can see that I didnt fully achieve any David Top Pack and am putting up with the various
of my targets. I am, however, happy with I will be departing Sydney for Paris (via comments my non-Audax cycling mates have
progress especially in view of setbacks between London) on Sunday August 10 to arrive on made about how "uncool" a bike rack looks
November and January. Firstly, the insurance Monday August 11. This is to give me ample attached to a carbon-fibre framed road bike!
crisis caused scheduled rides to be cancelled. time to get over travelling and to get used to I'll be giving the rack and bag it's first major
Secondly, a car doing a U-turn forced an riding on the opposite side of the road. I am test on the weekend of March 8-9 when I do
introduction between my ribs and a concrete booked in to the Holiday Inn for the period the Southern 600.
kerb, and a rearrangement of my left little up to the start of the ride and for a period of
finger. Thirdly, the bushfires caused Are you feeling stronger and fitter than 3
2 nights after the ride.
cancellation of the Alpine Classic and with it months ago? How is your general health?
my hopes to finalise qualification then. Cest Are you doing anything other than cycling?
la vie! Back to the drawing board! What type of bag, if any, are you carrying
on the ride?
I'm definitely fitter than I was three months
Have you studied the route or checked out Gillian ago, I've avoided the colds and flus you can
how hilly it is and where the controls are? At this stage it will be a small rear rack top get when doing a lot of training but have had
Are you worried about navigation? bag that I have been using for all longer rides, a minor knee injury which keeps disappearing
and it has proved adequate. However, when then resurfacing. I've taken up pilates in the
I get time to study some past experiences last month to try to improve my core strength
I completed the Irene Plowman 200 in and talk to a few veterans of PBP, I might and flexibility.
Melbourne on 14 February and then the change to something a little larger.
week after the Gawler to Burra 300 on 21
18 Checkpoint - Autumn 2003
David I have followed a French group back into Paris My plan is to get ahead of schedule early and
Due to a chest infection that has hung twice and both times I have been bewildered take the time pressure off the return leg to
around for nearly 6 weeks now, I am not as at the round and around and up and down Paris. Much has been said of the no sleep
strong as I would like to be (we never are way of re-entry which never seems to be before Loudeac (400 km) or youll fail
though are we?). However, I think I am just getting nearer to the finish. imperative but I dont know of any
about over that now - I finished a 600km substantiation of this myth.
qualifying ride last weekend. As well as
I have been studying as many web sites as I
riding, I have been doing circuit training at
can to find out all about the route. I will be
a gym in Kiama and have been attempting
developing a plan to set my riding speed
to take up golf with Sandy, my wife. Not all
between control points to allow for sleep
that successfully, but I am enjoying it.
Yes, gradually getting fitter and faster, but
am relying a bit on the gradual build-up of
the qualifiers to help with that. I am still feeling
daunted by the idea of 1200km, and even
600km is weighing on my doubting mind.
However, I do believe that my previously
ridden no sleepover way of riding 400s
provided better endurance training for PBP
than my recent trend of sleepover 400s, and
that the former method naturally leads to a
first PBP sleep at this distance. Power naps are
I am planning to sleep at Loudeac on the very effective, provided you have the certain
way out and back. From my reading there means to wake as planned. Checkpoint
could be a possibility of getting lost so it is sleeping halls are invaluable in this regard. You
advisable to have a good knowledge of the pay an attendant say 50 French Francs (or
just ask the Mongrel Dogs of Euros nowadays) and you can be sure that
Wollongong about my sense of direction! youll be woken at a requested time. I have
The psychological boost of success with the not used pills to induce or prevent sleep on
200km was great. Havent got enough time rides.
Having done PBP in 1999 I will rely on my
to even put in the time on the bike that I
memory. I do though think it would be good Ian
would like, so the answer is no, nothing extra.
to cycle the route before hand. Say doing Having the drop point at Loudeac at 440km
My main health problem is the stress of trying
200km a day between brevet stops & allowing is the best place for the first sleep, and then
to squeeze everything in before we depart, and
every 3rd day off for recovery. Then you could use it again at the 880km mark. Change of
riding more than ever as well!
enjoy the route, see what all of it looked like clothes and gloves here as well. Main objective
in daylight, as well as feel prepared. Though is to get to Brest within the first 40 hours. If
overall the route is so easy (ie there are no Im easily within that, and like last time, we
Have you studied the route? Do you know
really hard hilly spots) and so well signposted are given a ticket entitling us to either a free
what to expect where? Will you just
that it would not be necessary unless the beer or glass of wine, Id drink that and then
follow everyone else?
intention was to do it in under 55 hours. I snooze on one of the gym mats in the
think if there is a sense of urgency in your gymnasium. Getting towards the end of the
Peter cycling you would feel better having surveyed PBP I will power snooze (formerly known
The character of the route is hilly and the the route. My intention is to do it in about 85 as 40 winks).
impression that I have is that the hills just hours.
keep coming! The major climb is the Roc I used No-doze tablets in 1999 only at the
Trevezel just before Brest but I didnt find it beginning because of the 10 pm start. I think
very difficult. I found the PBP route markers Have you planned where you are sleeping that was one of the reasons for feeling very
very easy to follow and as well as following en route? Do you plan to power-nap, or tired when I got to Brest. If like me, it takes
everyone else, I had no need to refer to maps have set times to sleep? Will you be carrying 88 hours to finish I reckon that the
or instructions. I think the danger with this No-Doze pills or similar? sleeplessness will catch up. I havent used No-
approach is in the return into Paris from the doze since and dont intend to use any pills in
last Checkpoint because if you are nearing 2003.
the time limit the everyone else may not be
I believe that it is imperative that 1200km Contemplating PBP 2003?
there and the markers may have been
sleep needs are established before PBP. My Make sure you have registered your
minimum sleep needs for 1200km are 3x2 interest with the President, Hans Dusink,
If you are able to familiarise yourself with hours. Currently I am leaning towards riding to ensure that you receive the appropriate
the Paris re-entry it would be well worthwhile. as far as possible before a first sleep stop. ride documentation and entry forms.
Checkpoint - Autumn 2003 19
Organising the Whittlesea
by Rodney Snibson
The Club is currently focusing on safety, reducing risk, and adherence to the Clubs rules and policies. This ensures
among other things the safety and well-being of riders on Audax events, and makes life easier for the volunteers who
administer the rides. With this in mind, Bill Jeppesen and Rodney Snibson, of the Melbourne Region, set out to
organise a ride from scratch. If you have ever considered organising a ride but arent sure where to start, read on to
see how they did it.
The organisers of the ride are Bill Jeppesen Road onto Kinglake Road was safe as traffic As ride organisers for the Melbourne Region
and Rodney Snibson. The first ride took place was visible on both sides. A shop and public we have to send to the Brevet Secretary one
under gloomy skies on the Queens Birthday toilets were available at West Kinglake. A shop week after the ride;
weekend, June 2002. was available at Hazeldene. The right turn
n Cheque or money order made out to
from Flowerdale on Glenburn Road was safe.
In 2001, after the Pier to Pub ride, Bill Audax - Melbourne Region (dont post
suggested we should organise an Audax ride. We called into the Glenburn Hotel and asked the cash)
Bill said the ride should: for the manager. He was happy for us to use
n Completed brevet cards
the front of the hotel as a control and allow
n be a 100km ride close to Melbourne
riders to access the toilets. The hotel was the n Unused brevet cards
n have access to facilities logical control as it was the mid-point of the
n Complete brevet form
ride and had toilets.
n be easy to navigate
n Completed entry forms
At Glenburn hotel, we turned right onto
n be an undulating ride
the Melba Highway. Visibility was fair, but n Ride Financial Report including
n be safe. traffic was brisk. After 12 km, we had to turn receipts
right onto Kinglake Road. As the turn is on
When I got home and examined the map, I n Ride Report with instructions and map
the crest of a hill, it was impossible to see
noticed a 100km loop from Whittlesea that
oncoming traffic. Other regions have similar requirements.
went out to Humevale Road, West Kinglake,
Flowerdale, Break o Day, Glenburn, The road back to Whittlesea was uneventful See you at the Whittlesea Whimsical Wander
Kinglake, West Kinglake and Whittlesea. as riders only had to keep left until Whittlesea. on the 22 June. The ride is supported and has
Public toilets and shops were available at a medium level of difficulty.
I mentioned this route to Bill. He, being a
keen skier, was concerned about riding down
the Melba Highway during the busy ski season. On reviewing the route, we decided to avoid President Hans Dusink
We drove around the route and noted the the right-hand turn from Melba Highway 03 9314 3815
road was in good condition and most of the onto Kinglake Road, by directing riders to go
Secretary Don Briggs
route had shoulders or bike lanes. The distance anti-clockwise. 08 9458 8175
In April 2002, Bill and I did the ride anti-
Treasurer Greg Lansom
A logical starting point for the ride was the clockwise without incident. The change of 02 4271 6091
former courthouse on the corner of Church direction reduced the level of risk in the ride.
Street and Kinglake Road. Public toilets, General Committee
By accessing the Ride Organisers Guidelines Peter Mathews 03 9890 6089
parking and picnic facilities were available on
on the Audax website under Docs & Forms, Barry Moore 03 9803 6529
the site. A community group in Whittlesea Henry Boardman 02 4261 2878
we were able to determine a charge for the ride
promoting local tourism managed the
to cover our costs. The guidelines provided State Correspondents
Courthouse. We went in and enquired about
details on what food to provide on a 100km NSW Malcolm Rogers 02 9402 7798
using the grounds as the starting point for an
ride. The guidelines stated that ride kits and QLD Vaughan Kippers 07 3376 6761
Audax ride. They were pleased to be involved SA Matthew Rawnsley 08 8370 0415
mobile telephones were available for our use.
and asked us to contact them before the event. TAS Paul Gregory 03 6229 3811
We were reminded that we had to get riders to VIC Peter Curtis 03 9569 5233
On Whittlesea Show day, Bill and I rode the sign their entry form before the ride and fill WA Colin Farmer 08 9330 4441
route. The right-hand turn from Humevale out their brevet cards.
20 Checkpoint - Autumn 2003
Melbourne Region Correspondents
Report for 2002/3
by Peter Curtis
The 2002/03 year has been a challenging year. The disruptions caused by
problems with our Public Liability Insurance together with the cancellation
of the Alpine Classic caused last minute changes in our Ride Calendar and
plans. However, despite these setbacks the year has been one of consolidation
in which we improved our processes and efficiencies of operation and have
worked to provide a wide selection of rides to our members.
Achievements that we have made this year Each of these people are responsible for
are: maintaining the kits, however its expected
that Ride Organisers will return kits in the
The final publication of Guidelines for Ride
same condition that they received them. I
would like to thank each of these members
This has been a long process that was started
for volunteering for this responsibility.
in the previous committee and finally
completed this year. The document is now The division of the duties
available on our website and is sent to all Ride of Brevet Secretary
Organisers. Thanks must go to all people who In the past the Brevet Secretary has been
have provided input to this document but responsible for sending out all pre-ride
especially to Keith Lowe who provided the information as well as the processing and
final touches and published the document. disbursement of all post-ride information and
Correspondent Curtis, pondering the
This document will now provide the basis returning Brevet Cards to all riders. This has been
for a similar one to be launched on a National an onerous task requiring many hours to complete.
basis. To reduce this load we divided the responsibilities
of this office between Keith Lowe, the Ride Co- Clubnights
Audax presence at the 2002
ordinator, who sends out all of the pre-ride The committee made an effort to organise
Around The Bay
information to Ride Organisers and John Bennett, interesting club evenings featuring guest
We manned an Information booth at the
the Brevet Secretary who is responsible for post- speakers on a range of topics on a monthly
start/finish of the 2002 Around The Bay ride
ride reports and disbursement of Brevet Cards. basis. The response from members was not
where we spoke to many participants of that
Recently, we have also asked Ride Organisers to strong and Club Nights for 2003 will revert to
ride and distributed brochures about Audax.
provide addressed envelopes for the return of a bi-monthly basis. Check the Calendar for
Thanks to all members who assisted in
Brevet Cards to further reduce this workload. A details of these events.
manning the booth, hopefully we gained
further development that may be considered in
some new members from this event. The Alpine Classic
the future would be to ask Ride Organisers to
The many hours of work of the Alpine
Permanent homes for Ride Kits accept the responsibility for the return of Riders
Classic Sub-Committee, comprising Phil
Since the loss of our storage facility at Bicycle Brevet Cards. Thanks must go to both Keith and
Bellette, Rodney Snibson, John Bennett,
Victoria house our Ride kits have been drifting John for their efforts in these roles.
Keith Lowe, Alan Tonkin and Peter Martin in
between Ride Organisers making it difficult
The Ride Calendar the planning for the 2003 Alpine Classic
to monitor the condition of the kits and keep
The publication of the Ride Calendar, culminated in the heartbreaking cancellation
them in an appropriate standard. We now have
although a regular task in our year, was made of this event because of the bushfires in the
permanent homes for our ride kits at 4
even more difficult this year because of the Alpine region. Even though it was cancelled
different locations around Melbourne. The
decision to produce a single National Calendar these people put in plenty of work over the
custodians of these kits are:
rather than separate Regional ones. The format whole year and it must have been very
n Keith Lowe in Parkdale used was that of previous Melbourne disappointing to have to cancel at the last
calendars. Thanks must go to Keith Lowe, moment. Thanks to all those people who put
n Raoul Mills in Caulfield
who took on this task, for the many hours he in huge efforts for this event.
n Peter Moore in Richmond put into it, and for the excellent job he did,
The Alpine Classic now has a life of its own
which is evident from the very high standard
n Derek McKean in Greensborough and is very draining on the resources of
of the calendar.
Checkpoint - Autumn 2003 21
from previous page..
Melbourne Region. The ride would not
continue in its present form without the
Strength for long
efforts of a dedicated group of people, who
are willing put in the many hours of work
required for the planning and running of this
During November and December of 2002 by Tanya Bosch
with the loss of our insurance coverage
nationally, events proceeded rapidly with
planning being done on a week-to-week basis.
Unfortunately, because of time constraints I have almost finished doing my qualifiers for PBP. I am doing the distance
communication to members was by email. I OK but would like to be better on the hills and a bit faster over all so as to
apologise for those members not on email, give me more time to play with if anything goes wrong during PBP
who may have missed out on some of the
rides during this period, but there was
insufficient time for mail-outs. That is a typical example of some of the little. For those of you who have a triple and
It was especially gratifying during this period questions I receive. I promised that last time I spin well up the hills, this training will come
to see the co-operation and willingness from would cover some methods of training that as a bit of a shock.
ride organisers to modify their rides with will improve overall time. Please bear in mind
In between efforts spin at 100 cadence at
inclusions of extra distances and date changes that to attempt this intense training, the cyclist
65% this will include going down the hill so
in an effort to put together an abbreviated would already have a good base of easy
try to keep pedalling. Do roughly 3 repeats of
calendar. Fortunately, this was not needed, kilometres and would have completed a couple
5 minutes or 2 repeats of 7 ½ minutes in the
however none of our requests were refused. of 100km rides with ease.
first week and increase by one each week. Try
Our healthy financial status built up over many
Strength Endurance training will enable you to do this training twice a week. When you are
years enabled us to organise 2 multi distance
to push bigger gears on the hills and the flats on a ride or a race other than Strength
events, Jump The Gun and the Gloworm
Gambol, organised by Lorraine Allen and at your normal cadence. If you are a cruncher Endurance training, ride up the hills at your
Peter and Andy Moore. Thanks to Lorraine, you will love this training. If you are a spinner normal cadence which should be at 75 plus.
Peter and Andy who at the last moment had you will hate it. It is good for you. Do it twice Give yourself a recovery week at the end of
to add further distances to their rides and cope a week in one cycle of 4 6 weeks only. Dont the cycle where you reduce dramatically the
with more riders. More than 50 riders entered do it all the time. You still need to encourage number of efforts.
for each of these events. These rides were your legs to spin. Bear in mind that while you
Strength Endurance on the flats
expensive with each ride costing $1750 in single are increasing the intensity you will need to
Pick a road or circuit with no traffic
event insurance coverage, however riders paid decrease your volume (number of kilometres
interruptions. Ride your effort at 85% at 75-
for 50% of this premium in an extra levee a week). You will need a heart rate monitor
85 cadence. Start with roughly 5 minute efforts
placed upon entry fees. with knowledge of your maximum heart rate
and either build the length of the efforts or
and a cyclometer with cadence.
Melbourne Region, which relies on profit build the number of efforts each week. As
from the Alpine Classic to fund its operating Warm Up with the hill training, recover for five minutes
expenses, will suffer from the loss of the Warm up well for 20 to 30 minutes. at 65% at 100 cadence. Remember to come
Alpine Classic this year. Our cash reserves will Include a one minute effort at 85% of your right down on the recovery week. When I have
decrease over the coming year, so to minimise maximum heart rate, either on a short hill at done this in a squad the biggest mistake cyclists
this loss we will be investigating a marginal normal cadence or on the flat at 100 cadence*. made was to spin too high and to go too fast
increase of ride fees to partly compensate for Warm down well, spinning at 100 plus for at overall. Your legs should hurt a bit and your
this loss. least 10 minutes. Stretch well afterwards. breathing wont be too bad. At the time it
may be tempting to think that the speed is
I would like to thank all members of Strength Endurance on the hills
Melbourne Region committee for all their too low but the effort will be felt the next day!
Pick a hill that will take at least 5 minutes to
efforts over the last year and all people I have climb at 85% of your maximum heart rate. * cadence at 100 indicates 100 revolutions
worked with. My role has been enjoyable and Climb it in a gear that will get your heart rate per minute
challenging and I would like to wish the new to 85% after 2 minutes or less after starting
committee best wishes for the coming year. I the hill and that will give you a cadence of 50
would also like to encourage members to think to 60. Keep your body still, dont rock! Do it Tanya Bosch is a level 2 coach who is
about standing for positions on the Regional all in the saddle. It helps to have good core experienced in coaching cyclists for PBP and
Committee. Unfortunately it always seems to strength before you start this training. If you other Audax rides. You can contact her on 02
be the same few stepping forward to take up find that cadence too hard, or you are rocking, 93691436, 0419217974 or email
these positions and like the old saying Many or something is hurting increase the cadence a email@example.com
hands make light work !
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interesting bits; watt, rechargeable lead acid cassette, you can extend the life
• Sugino chainrings, top quality battery, a practical system for of the system and save money?
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74 pcd, most 95 cents/tooth time, $140 set can do small things to enhance
• Panaracer 700x20 Stradius • For PBP, the above can be your cycling, including;
“Zero Slip” tyres, not as run from 5 normal cells (D, • Screwing your LED rear
narrow as the size indicates, C, or AA) which can be lights direct to your rack,
$25 each bought along the way. eliminating fragile brackets.
• “Sidelights” brilliant silver Holders, including plugs, $12 • Drilling a hole in your bottom
reflective tape, $2 per sheet • “Viewpoint” mirror sticks bracket so water drains out!
• Waterproof lycra seat covers, inside your lens, pack of two • Engraving your Licenee
unfashionable colours! $1ea for $36 Number on the bike.
• Velox 15mm patch10 for 50c • Quality Australian made • Tidying up the wiring, and
• Velox self adhesive, 10 for $2 white or clear bottles with no running a double wire for
• “Velo” (Czech) double sided advertising your dynamo.
steel hubs, 36h, for single • Pioneer 5 led tail $12 ea To fit an extra bottle cage, or
speed/fixed wheels, $10 • Two Pioneer lights mounted relocate an existing set of
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The Key Constitutional Issue:
How Many Levels?
by Barry Moore
We had promised a completely new need some form of local structure for the
constitution for members to consider at the organisation of rides. At present, there is only
2003 AGM, but a few things got in the way. one Region each for WA, SA and Tas.
The exercise is not a simple one, we had However there are multiple Regions in Qld,
trouble finding good advice and the small NSW and Vic.
issue of public liability insurance diverted our
We have three options:
attention at a critical time.
n retain both States and Regions
However, we have made some progress. We
have found a source of good legal advice, and n retain Regions only
can now say with confidence that we can
n retain States only.
continue to have Audax Australia
incorporated under the Victorian Incorporated Retain both
Associations Act, even though we operate The attraction of this option is that the
nationally. We just need to take the additional National Committee can be held to a
step of registering with ASIC (Australian reasonable size, as there is only one
Securities and Investment Corporation). This representative from each State, while allowing
is good news because the Victorian legislation separate Regions to be developed to meet local
is not too difficult to read and understand. needs.
Barry Moore, seeking answers
In fact, it is written with clubs like ours mind. A difficulty is that this requires a mechanism
If we were required to incorporate under to determine the State Representative, for
Commonwealth law, as we feared at one stage, States with more than one Region. To date,
the task would have been far more difficult. their own organisations (processing of
this has been done by appointing the President
brevets, etc). If these tasks, plus organisation
We also know that we can have some of the largest region in each State as the
of the ride calendar, are done by other regions,
branches incorporated separately and others Representative (despite a requirement in the
you have to ask why not merge the regions
remaining as parts of the national body. This constitution for elections in these States) .
into a single State branch. With the Region-
is also good news, because most of our However, you could imagine a situation where
only structure, a position on the National
States/Regions are quite small and have no this may not be acceptable and an election
Committee for each region could lead to a
need or desire to incorporate separately. On would have to be held.
very cumbersome committee.
the other hand, one or more larger regions We also have regions which are very small.
may want to consider the possibility of They may not meet the current constitutional
separate incorporation. One of the issues we As outlined above, there are a lot of
requirement to have, at least, a President,
must consider is whether we think it would attractions in this option. The branches would
Secretary and Treasurer. They may have only a
be good for the club. be stronger and should function more
handful of members and no separate bank
effectively. Local groups could still function
The constitutional amendments which were account. You have to ask whether these
within States. State committees can be drawn
approved in 2002 and 2003 remove some of regions could operate more effectively within
from different areas of a State, with committee
the more obvious problems and take our a State organisation.
meetings held by teleconference and email
constitution closer to the Victorian model. Regions only used at the primary communications medium,
The main issue for us now is to decide how If regions were to be retained, even under a as the National Committee currently
we want our club to operate. State/Regional structure, we may have to functions.
The current constitution gives us three levels: consider minimum requirements (eg, bank
National, State and Regional (see separate account, committee structure, minimum
Whichever option is chosen, the structure
article for an explanation). There is a strong number of members, minimum number of
of the National Committee must be
case that we need at least two of these levels. events). An attraction of regions is that they
considered. We could have elected members
The issue is whether we need all three and, if can be closely related to their local communities
only (currently President, Secretary, Treasurer
not, which one would be dropped. It is a bit (eg, Wollongong, Tumut, Haywood).
and three Ordinary Members), or include State
trite, but we need to be organised nationally Disadvantages are that the organisation
and/or Regional representatives. Another
if we are to be a national organisation. Given becomes fragmented and some regions will
option may be to have elected members only,
Australias geographic area, we probably also be very small and possibly unable to sustain
24 Checkpoint - Autumn 2003
but designate one committee position for
a representative of a smaller State or
Region. A further option would be to have
Some principled thoughts on Club structure
a cabinet of the elected members, with
key decisions to be ratified by a full
committee which would include State/ by Henry Boardman
Which way for Audax Australia? In progressing our thoughts on a new My preferred structural option is a central
My preferred option (and this is a personal structure for the club, we really need some Australian group (National), with a concept
opinion, the issue has not yet been principles upon which we could test our of regions and no state bodies. National
discussed by National Committee) is to options. Here are my candidate principles: would manage the linkages to ACP, establish
move to a two level structure: National and and manage our ride rules and guidleines,
1. Ensures continuing alignment with
State. This would remove possible manage the ratification of all brevets, etc.
the ACP ride rules.
duplication of effort, provide branches The regions would simply run activities in
which were largely self-contained and of 2. Ensures consistent operation of
each region, based upon a clear and central set
sustainable size, and provide a National activities across all regions of Australia.
of rules and guidelines. Any region may want
Committee of manageable size. 3. Has a minimum number of layers to put on a star attraction event such as the
Whichever way we go on this, we have to within the structure. Alpine Classic.
reach a position fairly soon so that we can 4. Maximises learnings and information We dont have that many regions all up. It
sort out our constitution. Do you have a sharing across regions. could be that some regions might want to
view? Why not write a letter to Checkpoint merge??
or bash out an email to the list. We really 5. Maximise cross region activities.
need some active discussion so that we can 6. Minimum confusion around authority I feel at times the state concept is a hindrence
develop a club position. levels and rule and guideline setting. to some regions getting together for some
7. Maximise time out on the roads on
Have your say on this issue the bike.
or 03 9803 6529
The Case for a Single Level Structure
by Hans Dusink eliminate two problems; the paperwork flow In terms of accounting, we would have a
is direct and less people are involved in the central body that reports its results to members
administration. We can then have more and to the regulator. Currently I believe we
people riding rather than do administration report the correct way, but it may be open to
As part of the constitutional discussion, the
work. In fact it may then be possible to have a interpretation. Should Audax Australia
Club must address the structural issues.
paid office assistant to do the day to day include the financials of all regions in the
Elsewhere in this issue of Checkpoint you
administration work annual result? Does Audax Australia have an
will read about the current set up.
entitlement to the regional bank balances??
The structure of the National Committee
I would like to propose that the Club go to
will need to be changed to ensure that there is I have put a contrary view because I believe
a single level structure.
a fair representation of all states. I would hate that all types of structures need to be
We are all members of Audax Australia, not to think that we become Victoria centric. I examined. I am sure that there are other
members of Melbourne region or Western would propose that the general committee arguments to support a single structure, just
Australia. I am sure that riders do not consist of one member from each state. as I am sure that there are counter arguments
differentiate between the Club and the region. to some of the above ideas.
Using a single level structure, it may be
The organisation of rides would not change. possible to have other Clubs such as Middle Please air your views. I want this Club to
A ride organiser would submit his ride plan Distance or Kyneton Cycling Club offer Audax end up with the best available structure to
to the Calendar co-ordinator in the July/ style rides. It would be possible to broaden take it forward over the next decade or more.
August period. The ride would appear on the our base of ride organisers and routes. I want to make sure that we have a sound
National calendar as per now. footing.
The drafting of the constitution would be
In terms of reporting, all ride organisers simplified. We would not need to define
would report their results direct to the Audax relationships between national, state and Have your say on this issue
brevet secretary and all monies received would regions. firstname.lastname@example.org
or 03 9803 6529
go direct to the Audax Club. We immediately
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les Randonneurs Mondiaux
The Randonneurs Mondiaux Jersey
The Randonneurs Mondiaux jersey, will be on sale at a special initial price of 31 Euros, all Structural
taxes included. The jersey, made of the same material (light and breathable) as the 1999 PBP
jersey, will be manufactured by LA GRIFFE de lEFFORT, supplier of the 1995 and 1999 PBP
Orders for the jersey at the special price of 31 Euros will only be accepted between March
15, 2003 and June 15, 2003. The special price of 31 Euros requires a minimum total order of by Peter Mathews
250. Cheques will be returned to purchasers if this order quantity is not reached.
Jerseys ordered at the initial sale price, can be claimed EXCLUSIVELY at the Randonneurs
Mondiaux display booth on Sunday, August 17, 2003, at the Gymnase des Droits de lHomme, My comments on club structure are based
St. Quentin en Yvelines. Jerseys will not be sold nor orders taken at that time. Please on my knowledge of Audax Australias past
note that les Randonneurs Mondiaux will not assume responsibility for jerseys that have been and present functions and a desire to see us
ordered but not claimed on Sunday, August 17, 2003. If you have your jersey claimed by a
achieve significant development of
third party, be sure to provide him/her with a signed authorization including your name and
complete address. randonneuring in Australia. If we are to
After the initial sale price, the cost of the jersey will be between 42 and 45 Euros, depending achieve our potential as an organised activity,
on the packaging and individual mailing cost in effect at the time. we may have to make some hard decisions.
Information on ordering jerseys in subsequent years will be provided at a later date. In
principle, orders will be accepted once a year, in March for a delivery date in May. On and off Ive been involved with the
National Committee since about 1995. During
that time we have seen the steady growth of
the Club in Victoria and New South Wales
View the designs in full colour
on the web at www.lesrm.org/ which in my opinion has been haphazard and
English/english_home.htm due to good luck rather than good
management. Other states teeter along.
As Barry Moore says, rides are our reason dêtre
and it is the ride organisers who ensure we
achieve this goal. They are the key to the future
Purchase Order form for the RM Jersey
( To be used for initial offer only: from 15 March to June 15, 2003 ) of the club. If we believe the Club has potential
for growth we need to define the critical success
PURCHASE ORDER Copy for RM use only
factors to achieve this.
Surname:……………………………………..…. Surname:……………………………………..…. The major factor limiting the development
First name: ………………………………….…… First name: ………………………………….……
of Audax in Australia is resources, both people
and money. One suggestion which has been
made is that one or more of the larger regions
Country……………………………………..…….. Country …………………………………..……..
should incorporate separately, though within
the framework of Audax Australia. I am
Postal Code ____/____/____/____/____/____/____ Postal Code ____/____/____/____/____/____/____ strongly opposed to this, as I believe there is
a lot of potential in the possibility of using a
Circle size selected and indicate number of Jersey Circle Size selected and indicate number of Jersey
ordered for each size (See measurement table) ordered for each size (See measurement table) unified financially managed club to grow
Audax Australia nationally. I am sensitive to
0: ________ 4: ________ 0: ________ 4: ________ the ownership of funds in regions where
1: ________ 5: ________ 1: ________ 5: ________ these are generated, and a very transparent
2: ________ 6: ________ 2: ________ 6: ________ process for use of funds would obviously be
3: ________ 3: ________ critical. An example might be to seed the
development of other premier events like the
Complete both sides. Do not separate the two parts of this Purchase Order form. Audax Alpine Classic, say somewhere like Mt
Gambier, Cooma or Canberra where present
Send cheque ( free of charge ) on a French bank payable to: Audax Club Parisien (-Maillot RM) or
Postal money order to 1-01499 F Paris (free of charge) payable to: Audax Club Parisien (-Maillot RM)
participation is low.
Send purchase order with your cheque ( 31 Euros/jersey ) after March 15 and before June 15, 2003 to: I favour a National/ Regional structure. De
facto that is what we really have. Most of the
other State Committees essentially act as
7 avenue de Normandie;
93220 GAGNY; France Regional Committees, and in the case of NSW,
Wollongong could well become larger than
XS S M L XL XXL XXXL Sydney in then near future as in 2002 it ran
Order size 0 1 2 3 4 5 6
Height 1.56m/1.63m 1.62m/1,67m 1,66m/1,73m 1,72m/1,79m 1,77/1,83m 1,80m/1,88m 1,85m/2,00m
nearly as many brevets as Sydney.
Chest 80/90 cm 88/92 cm 90/94 cm 94/100 cm 94/100 cm 100/108 cm 105/115 cm
If Audax Australia is to remain a strong
and vibrant contributor to cycling in Australia,
I believe we have to establish a structure which
Waist 80 cm 85 cm 90 cm 95 cm 100 cm 105 cm 108 cm
enables us to make best use of our financial
and human resource.
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