Welcome to the first Tandem Talk for 2017.
Here’s a bit of a run-down on what’s been going on in the world of WATCAC over the past few months.
What a way to start the year off – A record 19 riders joined us for the first ride of 2017 – 7 tandems and 5 singles rode out from VisAbility on an overcast February day. From there we headed along the South Perth foreshore and Kwinana Freeway to Canning Bridge and around Heathcote before stopping for a coffee in Applecross. Debbie and Kerry went on ahead to the coffee stop and managed to secure a table for 19 at the right place even though it had changed name over the Christmas break – Great job girls. An overcast day, threatening rain, turned into a sunny day while we chatted over coffee and I know of at least 4 people who got sunburnt on this ride, myself included. Slip, Slop Slap folks.
Our next Rec Ride is on this Sunday (12th March), leaving VisAbility at 8:30 and heading East around the river via Ascot and Maylands.
See below for a very special ride planned for April.
There have been three Club Rides since December’s Tandem Talk.
Our first ride for the year was one to remember – The Luminocity Ride. This ride warrants its own heading, so read on for more information.
The second ride, on Feb 19th, landed on one of the hotter days this February. We left VisAbility with 3 tandems and 2 singles, but the heat, coupled with riding too close to members’ homes, resulted in us losing a few along the way. The temptation of a cold shower and air-conditioning proved too much for some; possibly the smarter ones in the group.
Last weekend was even warmer than the previous ride. Even still, 2 tandems and 3 singles made their way from Bassendean to Nedlands and back again. If we hadn’t needed to detour around the works at the Causeway underpass, we may have been able to say G’Day to Justin Bieber as he jogged around the Swan River foreshore. Alas, the best I can report is that the ride was uneventful.
The next Club Ride will be on Sunday, 19th March, leaving from VisAbility at 8:00.
Luminocity Night Ride Perth
For some of us the year started with a relatively easy ride around Perth – the distance was 65km, but there were 3 planned stops complete with entertainment and refreshments, and we had 6 hours to complete the ride in. There was very little traffic, a well signed and marshalled route and we even had some members of the WA Police Force riding with us. Getting sun-burnt wasn’t even an issue.
The catch? We left The Bell Tower at midnight on Saturday and got back as the sun came up the following morning.
It has been a very long time since I last stayed up all night, and it took me a good week to get over the “jet-lag”, but I would definitely put my hand up for this event again. It was incredibly well organised and lots of fun. I still can’t believe that BWA managed to get VOLUNTEERS to stand on street corners at 3:00am just to direct us home.
Billed as part of the Perth Fringe Festival there was a great assortment of people riding and all of them had put in a lot of effort to be visible. So many glow-sticks! As we came across the Causeway, looking east along the Swan River Foreshore at Burswood, all I could see was a long line of lights as the riders snaked towards Windan Bridge. One gentleman had come straight from the “Opera in the Park” event, cycling in his three-piece suit.
There was a silent disco in Kings Park, mocktails and more dancing at UWA and a welcome coffee at Deep Water Point. Some curious party-goers in Applecross yelled at us “What are you doing? It’s three o’clock in the morning!” All I could think of to reply with was “A bike ride”.
The WATCAC group, comprising of two tandems and 5 singles managed to stay together for the entire ride and rolled over the finish line at 4:30a.m., just as the sun was starting to come over the horizon. And what a beautiful sunrise it was.
WATCAC Ride and Paddle – Save the Date
On Sunday 30th April (the fifth Sunday in the month) there will be an opportunity to try out kayaking as well as cycling. The day is still a work in progress, but save the date.
We will start and finish at Adachi Park, near the intersection of Great Eastern Highway and Abernethy Road, Ascot. Transport will be arranged from a nearby train station. From there we will go on a relaxed ride around the river before returning to the park for a paddle and a BBQ lunch.
Adachi Park has Japanese themed gardens and a tea house, children’s playground, dolls house made from Bristile Bricks (former factory on the adjoining land). Adachi Park is named after Belmont’s Sister City, Adachi in Japan. There is also a Belmont Park in Adachi. WATCAC Treasurer, Trevor Maslen, was instrumental in establishing this park.
Thanks to Paul and Jo, we have a fleet of kayaks so there will be ample opportunity to have a go. It’s up to you; do it all, just ride, just paddle, or just sit by the river and put the billy on.
Thank you to everyone who has paid their Membership Dues and for your continued support.
Membership fees ($30 per year) and bike loan fees ($50 for 6 months) are due by 31st March. Payment can be made by bank transfer to WATCAC
Account Number 4196458
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If your contact details need updating, please complete attached WATCAC Membership form and give it to a committee member of email to firstname.lastname@example.org. A copy can also be downloaded from our website under About >> Membership, or click here: Membership Form
Upcoming WATCAC and Community Rides
12th March WATCAC Rec Ride
Departing from VisAbility @ 8:30a.m.
17-26th March Bike Week
Lots and Lots of events
Let me know if you need help participating in any of them
19th March WATCAC Club Ride
Departing from VisAbility @ 8:00a.m.
19th March Giro d’Perth
Departing from Wesley College from 7:00a.m.
2nd April WATCAC Club Ride – TBA
2nd April 2017 5 Dams and 3 Dams Challenge
7th April Bridges Night Ride for MSWA
Departing from Perth Integrated Health, Applecross @ 18:30
9th April WATCAC Rec Ride – TBA
30th April WATCAC Ride and Paddle, Adachi Park
13th May City of Armadale Gran Fondo
Things Roadies Lie About
Finally, I found this article by Kath Bicknell on the SBS Cycling Central website. While it is “tongue-in-cheek” there is an element of truth to it. Enjoy.
Website: things roadies lie about
Text included below.
Happy and Safe Pedalling,
Things Roadies Lie About
By Kath Bicknell
4 Mar 2017 – 10:08 AM UPDATED 4 Mar 2017 – 10:09 AM
There are a lot of things to love about road riding and the people who do it. But some of the things roadies say are as reliable as a sticky tape repair job on a nice carbon frame.
- They haven’t been riding much lately (also referred to as “I’m not that fit at the moment”)
If they’re on a bike, in the bunch, and not so out of breath they can say these words, chances are they’re riding more than most of the population.
Be particularly wary of someone who says these words then snakes you on a hill. Some of our best muscle adaptation comes with an improved training:recovery ratio.
- It’s a recovery ride
Unless recovery means surges, the odd sprint and a light but constant sweat. It might be a recovery ride for some people, but for others it’s a huge achievement just turning up. Be kind to those people so they keep coming back.
- It won’t be an early start
I’m not sure if this is something limited to bigger cities where traffic is an issue, but 5:45am is an early start. 7:00am is an early start. Anything before 10:00am is an early start.
- They don’t want your croissant
I bought two croissants the other day so I’d be sure to eat at least half of one. I was hungry after that morning’s ‘early start’. I got about a quarter of that croissant. It was like watching a tornado.
- The state of your bib shorts
Telling someone about the state of their bib shorts takes courage. Most riders will find it easier to say nothing than tell you yours are see-through or it’s not the done thing to wear underpants. Besides, it’s not something easily yelled from behind when you don’t know the person in front.
There is only one time you should wear undies under your bib shorts: when you’re standing in front of a mirror trying to ascertain whether or not they are see-through. (Patterned undies work best in this situation.)
- Their new piece of equipment is the best piece of equipment
Take this with caution if the rider a) has recently changed sponsors or is best friends with the distributor b) is the distributor c) hasn’t had the opportunity to use a range of better products yet or d) has bib shorts you’re building up the courage to talk to them about.
- They’ll pass all the calls
“Pass the calls, pass the calls, pass the calls,” came the rider briefing the other day. “OK,” said everyone.
“Can you guys please pass the calls,” came a voice from the back of the bunch part way through the ride.
“Seriously, why is nobody passing the calls?” said the person next to me.
If someone points out a hole, some debris, a lane change, an anything, PASS THE CALLS. It’s the difference between an excellent bunch and a non-aspirational one. You might know the roads, but that new rider at the back of the bunch sure doesn’t.
- This is the last hill
It’s never the last hill. Just keep pedalling suck down on an energy gel or that saliva that’s creeping out of your mouth. Hold on to the fact other people have got through this ride and surely you will too. Besides, it’s just a recovery ride, right?
To be clear, I’m not claiming roadies can’t be trusted. Or that these traits are shared by every rider in every bunch. But there’s something about the road cycling culture that can induce a lack of perspective even in the most rational of people.
If someone says they haven’t been riding much lately, it’s just a reco ride and won’t be an early start, only take these words at face value if you know this rider well.
Otherwise, plan for a steady effort, have an alarm clock at the ready, be prepared for an extra hill or two, and throw some extra food in your jersey pocket, just in case. The ride will be much more enjoyable that way. And the sunrise is always worth it.