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Tandem Talk August 2018

Howdy all and welcome to the August Tandem Talk. Here’s a wrap up of what’s been happening over the last few months.

Recent Rides

Thank you to Roland for doing such a great job co-ordinating the rides in my absence.

Rec Rides

There have been three Rec Rides since the May newsletter.

On our May Mothers’ Day Ride 7 tandems and 3 bikes cycled from VisAbility to Kent St Weir via the Swan and Canning River, returning via Curtin University.

June’s ride was cancelled due to thunderstorms but the second weekend in July turned out to be one of the few sunny days this winter. Once again 7 tandems and 3 singles headed out from VisAbility to explore a new route through Manning, and to discover a new coffee stop. This was a truly enjoyable ride, and one we will do again soon.

Last Sunday a record 8 tandems and 3 bikes rode the Perth foreshore, crossing the new Matagarup Bridge twice. This turned into a rather hectic ride, as the PSP on the city side of the river was closed for the Targa Car Rally and the paths around South Perth and Burswood were crowded with people. Next time we cross Matagarup bridge it will be outside of footy season, and we will head away from the city.

Our next Rec Ride is scheduled for Sunday 9th September, with our destination being a coffee shop with braille menus. Check your email or Facebook for details.

Club Rides

There have been four Club Rides since the last Tandem Talk, with both July rides cancelled due to bad weather.

While the route for these rides has remained the same (and will most likely be the same again this Sunday) there has been some drama with bike mechanicals, community dog walks and, unfortunately, cars broken into. But it will take more than that to stop us.

The next Club Ride will be on Sunday, 19th August., 8:00 for a 8:30am start from Rayment Reserve, Lathlain.

 2019 LifeCycle On-Road

Registration is now open for the 2019 LifeCycle for CanTeen On-Road ride. Next year will be the 20th time this event has been run, with cyclists riding from Bassendean to Busselton over 3 days to raise money for CanTeen.

If you are interested in joining others from WATCAC in this event, please talk to a committee member so that we can organise bikes and pilots. Training will start soon.


The clinic. held on Sunday 29th July at George Burnett Park, was well attended with several new volunteers coming along, complete with their own tandems, and some VI members returning for refresher training.

Thank you to all who came along to help, especially to Connie, Sue, Jo and Paul, who ended up helping a lady who broke her ankle in the skate park, calling an ambulance and comforting her until it arrived.

We look forward to having our newly skilled pilots and stokers along on a ride or two soon.


Can you sell chocolates to your work colleagues? If so, please contact a committee member, or talk to Adriana if you want to know how it’s done.

Stay tuned for information about a pancake day coming up later this year. What’s your favourite topping?

Upcoming WATCAC and Community Rides

19th August                         WATCAC Club Ride – 8:00 for 8:30 from Rayment Reserve, Lathlain

2nd September                  WATCAC Club Ride – Details TBA

9th September                   WATCACC Rec Ride – Details TBA

14th Oct                                WATCAC Pedal and Paddle – TBC

25th Nov                               MSWA Ocean Ride – Fremantle to Hilary’s 30, 50, 70 and 100km

Happy and Safe Pedalling,