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Tandem Talk September 2021

Welcome to another edition of Tandem Talk. It’s been a while so sorry about that – busy you know. Anyway, a whole bunch of notices below plus an article from yonks ago about WATCAC’s outing at the 2010 Busselton Half Iron Man Marathon. I know recycling content is a bit of a cheat, but I realized the other day that many of our current members may not have heard the story. It’s a bit long, but I hope that you find it interesting.



WATCAC Stoker Clinic

WATCAC will be holding an introductory Stokers’ clinic on the morning of Sunday the 3rd of October at Technology Park in Bentley. If you know of anyone who might like to attend, please let them know and pass on our email address so that they can get in touch with us. Use the Contact Us form.

High Tea Fundraiser 2-4:30pm Sunday October 10

Come and share some scrumptious, delicious, delectable delights from a selection of pastries, cakes & specialty sandwiches. A glass or 2 of Bubbly is included as well as is tea & coffee. You are in for an afternoon of fun & laughter. Bring friends/family.

Entry price includes a ticket in the raffle, with a chance to win 2 nights’ accommodation for 2 people at Tweed Cottage, Bridgetown.

Cost – $55.00 per person early bird payment (up to 30/09/2021) otherwise $60.00

Use the Contact Us form to register as places are limited.

Trailer Storage – Help!

We can no longer park WATCAC’s trailer at VisAbility and paying for storage is prohibitively expensive so if anyone has or knows of somewhere that the trailer could be stored securely at no or little expense, please let us know using the Contact Us form.

WATCAC AGM – Save the Date

As we did last year, we will be combining our AGM with a recreation ride. Please mark the 31st of October 2021 on your calendar and join us for a ride and AGM. I suspect that there’ll be coffee!

As always WATCAC is seeking assistance from members with skills including organisational, accounting/financial, community group governance, minute taking, fundraising, promotion/communication and bike maintenance. With these skills, we aim to form a diverse and representative committee to run WATCAC.

Some of the roles envisaged in the coming year may also suit those who are unable to commit to committee involvement but would like to support the organisation in these or other ways. If you can’t join us on the ride, please come along to the meeting, catchup and stay tuned into WATCAC.

Entertainment App Fundraising

A reminder that WATCAC has enrolled as a fundraiser under this scheme and will receive a portion of each subscription fee. Using the phone app you will have access to discounts at businesses around Perth including cafes and restaurants, cinemas and other venues. As an example, I used the app to save $88 with a two for the price of one deal from the WA Symphony Orchestra. I’ll be taking advantage of a similar deal from the WA Ballet Company in two weeks to save another $90.

A one-year subscription for the Perth edition costs $69.99 and for a limited time will be upgraded to a multi-city edition at no additional cost. Of course, you’d have to get to those other cities, but maybe next year hey? Remember to buy your subscription at https://www.entertainment.com.au/orderbooks/896z13.

120 Years of the Beverley to Perth – 18-19 September, Maylands Dome Café.

This one’s from Rob about an exhibition put on by the WA Historical Cycle Club, read on!

Western Australia’s premier one day endurance race, first ridden in 1897, was contemporary with the Liège–Bastogne–Liège Classic (1892) and the Melbourne to Warrnambool Classic (1895). Originating on roads made for horse drawn carts, ‘The Beverley’ was founded by WA cycling legend Percy Armstrong. The 185km (116 mile) route followed the Avon Valley between Beverley and Toodyay before encountering the punishing hills and washed out culverts of the Darling Ranges, finishing on 30 occasions at the historic Peninsular Hotel in Maylands.

This month the WA Historical Cycle Club’s bike show retrospective celebrates 12 decades of this professional road race. Real bikes – real stories – real fun. For more information visit historicalcycleclub.com.au.

An 1896 studio photo shows Percy Armstrong in period cycling attire with a moustache that matches his handlebars, mounted on a racing bicycle held by his trainer Mr. DM Leslie.
An 1896 studio photo shows Percy Armstrong in period cycling attire with a moustache that matches his handlebars, mounted on a racing bicycle held by his trainer Mr. DM Leslie.