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Training for the Timid

This is a summary post of the training rides that I have been doing in order to get me ready for the Perth Ride to Conquer Cancer. Mostly I have done these rides solo, sometimes with a buddy. They are not routes for big groups as they mostly involve Principle Shared Paths.

South Perth/Freeway/Roe Highway/Railway Parade – LOOP

The map on Bikely is here, this variation includes the Tony Discerni pathway through Maylands.

I do this one fairly frequently if I am by myself as it is 90% principal shared path.

The diversions around Fiona Stanley Hospital are constantly in flux, so all of my Freeway South rides will have slightly different wiggly bits around that area.

My Bike at Bells

Bayswater/Bells Rapids via Middle Swan Road – OUT AND BACK

Middle Swan Road has a poorly maintained Principal Shared Path along it’s length. It has a lot of root damage, narrow parts, and power poles in the middle of it. Sometimes large groups of cyclists riding together to the wineries get in the way. This is the way to ride if you want to take your time and be as separated as possible from traffic.

Bayswater/Bells Rapids/Bells Lookout via Reid Highway & GREAT NORTHERN HIGHWAY – OUT AND BACK

Click for the GPS generated map of a ride I did out along Middle Swan Road/Railway Parade and then back via Great Northern Highway, crossing the river at Reid Highway.

I now prefer to ride Great Northern Highway, as it has a great, smooth, wide bike lane. There are multiple large trucks using the route so this can be off putting as they try to suck you in as they go past. The Reid Highway part is not actually on Reid Highway, there are a series of back roads with connecting bike paths running parallel to the highway which go past the Prison.

If you combine these two rides you can make a loop instead of an out and back ride. Obviously there are more climbs that you can ride around Campersic Road but I was battling a fierce headwind the time I went up there and so wasn’t up to much more than one climb!

Bayswater/City/Freeway North/Scarborough/North Fremantle/Bayswater – LOOP

This is an excellent summer ride. I ride down the Midland rail line Principle Shared Path, through the city, up the Freeway North path, then get off at Cedric Street and work through the back streets to the beach. Then you can follow the coast to Fremantle, then ride back via the Fremantle rail line.

Freeway South to Singleton – OUT AND BACK

My GPS generated map is here.

Patagoni Road has a wide sealed shoulder, the section of Mandurah Road has a rather rough sealed shoulder, and Singleton Beach Road is narrow and full of hoons, so I used the shared path.

Freeway South to Rockingham/Safety Bay Road and Wellard Road – OUT AND BACK/SMALL LOOP

GPS-generated map here on Bikely.

I found this loop on a Department of Transport website, but the Wellard Road route is by far the most pleasant way in to Rockingham. Safety Bay Road has a disappearing sealed shoulder and a couple of two lane and very busy roundabouts to negotiate. I want to try riding down the coast, as the area in between the Freeway and the coast in the vicinity of Rockingham is not very scenic!

So…

I hope that these rides give you some ideas. After you’ve done all these you might want to spend more time on the road or doing hills, or whatever else you want to do. The greatest thing about riding in Perth is that the number of cyclists on the road is constantly growing, and there is safety in numbers.

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Bonus Cherries!

These are on the underpass that I ride through twice a day near East Perth. I don’t know how long they have been there, but one day I just happened to look up at the right angle.

I love this kind of street art, it is so subtle, but it made my day when I first saw it. Now I look up at it every time.

 
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Posted by on October 9, 2012 in Commuting, Reasons to Ride

 

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Training: Perth Ride to Conquer Cancer

I am pleased to announce that I have made my fundraising minimum for the Perth Ride to Conquer Cancer. Training is going well too, as you can tell via the graph below, plotting my actual kilometres against the 1,000 km goal.

Last weekend topped it off with a 135 kilometre ride from our place, down the freeway, and a loop to Rockingham. We rode down Safety Bay Road to Point Peron, along the foreshore to Rockingham’s cafe strip, then back to the freeway via Wellard Road.

I found the route on the Department of Transport website here. The Safety Bay Road ride involved a rather skinny sealed shoulder at one point, and then on the Rockingham side of Warnbro Station there was a nasty roundabout crossing that felt like a game of ‘Frogga’ where you are a frog that has to dodge the cars to get across the road. It was very busy.

We stopped for lunch in Rockingham and watched the little yachts racing in the bay. There were a lot of bikes rolling past, and dogs of all sizes as well. It was quite a busy little strip and the weather was perfect.

The route back via Wellard Road involved a really crazy intersection between Kwinana Beach Road and Patterson Road which I would not recommend cyclists turn right at, as directed by the map online!

Wellard Road has a good shoulder and would be a good ride if it wasn’t for the road works that are happening closer to the Freeway which have covered the shoulder with rocks and dirt. Also, to get onto the Freeway shared path, you need to be on the dual use path once you are on Bertram road, which is also ripped up due to roadworks. We had to get off our bikes and walk them through the sand to get there, otherwise we would have ended up on the Freeway proper.

We took a little break at the water fountain just north of Cockburn Central, and I needed to stretch out a little.

I am not planning on doing quite so many kilometres in October because I’m planning on tapering a little the week before the Conquer Cancer ride. Longer distances are certainly getting easier and I am really enjoying being fitter and faster when I am commuting and running errands on the bike. I will have to pick a new challenge after the Conquer Cancer ride to keep up my motivation levels. Any suggestions?

 
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Posted by on October 6, 2012 in Charity Rides, cycling

 

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Perth Ride to Conquer Cancer Training: Chocolate Cookies, cyclist superfood!

Two rides this weekend, on Saturday I rode to ‘My Pet Warehouse’ in Osborne Park – I rode into the city via my local bike track, and then back up to Ozzie Park via the Mitchell Freeway path. The pet shop wasn’t far from the path, but even so, there was no bike parking! I expected that I would have to lock up to a sign, but I didn’t think I’d have to wade through rubbish and weeds.

I bought some stuff for the dogs, but they didn’t do cash out, so I had no money for the sausage sizzle and rode home hungry. I didn’t want to make the same mistake twice so I made a batch of chocolate cookies, minus the chocolate chips, for my big ride on Sunday.

I rode down to a friend’s place to hang around her garage sale in my lycra. It was a 72.3 kilometre one way trip, and when I had gotten there I was astounded to see that my average speed was 26.9 kilometres per hour. It had taken so long to break that 26 kph barrier, and I had finally done it! I credit it to my chocolate cookies!

I stopped once on the way down, for 15 minutes, so I wolfed down a cookie then. They aren’t really convenient to eat on the bike. It is a convenient bottle refill spot as well – the only water fountain that I know of on the Kwinana Freeway bike path. It’s a couple of kilometres North of Cockburn Central (for those who aren’t from Perth that is pronounced Coe-burn, not how it is spelled).

After a day of hanging around the garage sale, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to ride the whole way home. The sea breeze had wafted in and made the ride a bit easier, so I kept going. I managed to finish the ride with an average of 28.3 kilometres per hour.

I don’t know how you can live in Perth and not love it. Well, apart from some of the bogans who seem to try their best to ruin it all. I did get slapped on the lower back by some tool kid on the back of a trail bike somewhere near Mortimer Road. There was a group of three bikes and after the first one went past and slapped me I rode wider to force them on to the dirt. I got a few middle fingers for my trouble. I thought about pulling my camera out of my back pocket, but that would have resulted in, well, blurry pictures of their backs.

Anyway, after 144 kilometres, I say bring the Ride to Conquer Cancer! I am ready!

 
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Posted by on September 24, 2012 in Bike Parking, Charity Rides

 

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Reasons to Ride: Scaling Down

When you are on a bike, you aren’t insulated from the city you are travelling through. You have great vision with no windows or pillars in the way. You are travelling more slowly so details jump out at you. I took a little time to document my ride home so that you may share the riches I enjoy on my way home every day.

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You might hear, and then see a powerboat on the calm waters of the Swan, practicing for the upcoming Avon Descent race. The sun sets on the city in the background.

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I  quite enjoyed this small, and somewhat sloppy bicycle stencil on a wall between two principle shared paths.

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Upon seeing this very small stencil, you may break into a rendition of ‘C is for Cookie, that’s good enough for me, C is for Cookie, that’s good enough for me, C is for Cookie, that’s good enough for me, Cookie Cookie Cookie starts with C!”

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This red dog stencil looks a little like the iconic ‘dingo flour’ sign on a big old building down near Fremantle. I am not sure if the resemblance was deliberate, but it’s more food for thought as you pedal along.

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The sun will continue on it’s journey below the horizon as you continue on your journey home. The pink and orange hues reflect off the calm, glassy water.

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Humpty dumpty threatens to fall and break all over my bike… but you would never spot him from the road, or the train.

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Sometimes you find small signs that humans are in general good creatures. I hope the owner of the computer/heart rate monitor sees this sign before it rains again!

 
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Posted by on August 2, 2012 in Commuting, Reasons to Ride

 

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Training: Perth Ride to Conquer Cancer

At the start of the month, I undertook to get 1000 kilometres under my wheels for the 30 days of June.

As there was a bit of rain around this week, I just did my standard short commute every workday, but I have kept up with a few big weekend rides. I have been logging kilometres into bikejournal, and have been using Strava for new or long rides.

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Today, I did 58.8 kilometres to Fremantle and back, eating lunch at the ‘Beach Cafe’. The weather man had forecast an measly 5% chance of rain, as opposed to tomorrow which was a 90% chance of rain. On the way back, we saw that someone had applied this charming penny farthing stencil to the bike path which runs along the coast.

Penny Farthing Stencil

Penny Farthing Stencil, Shared Path, Fremantle

Last weekend was the ‘WA Day’ long weekend, which gave me an extra day to put in some kilometres. I haven’t ridden a century for over 12 months, so I decided to ride south towards Mandurah until my odometer clicked over 50 kilometres, then turn around and ride back. I ended up going into a suburb down near Baldivis and eating a museli bar for lunch in their neighbourhood park.

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My first century in 12 months, as recorded by Strava.

I also banged out a 60 kilometre Freeway-Roe Highway-Railway Parade loop on the Saturday, and I slept very soundly that working week. I didn’t fall asleep at my desk, honestly, I didn’t.

Anyway, without the long weekend this week I am going to have to extend my weekday rides next week. If you would like to help with my motivation, please visit my profile and donate some money towards my Ride to Conquer Cancer in October.

 
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Posted by on June 9, 2012 in Charity Rides

 

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Car vs House – Greenfields Western Australia

OK, so this one isn’t technically in metropolitan Perth, but these poor people have had their house ploughed into TWICE. They feel like they have nowhere to turn, and have not been allowed to build the perimeter wall of their house closer to the road, presumably to preserve sight lines for motorists.

In October, a Ravenswood man crashed his utility through the front bedroom of the family home after failing to negotiate a bend.

The car landed on the couple’s bed and it was a fluke no one was killed.

A 19-year-old was charged with dangerous driving, drink-driving and driving without a valid licence. He was fined $1450.

On December 4, a car involved in a high speed police chase rolled through a fence and landed on its side. Ryan Norman Bishop (25), of Greenfields, was arrested at the scene.

He was charged with failing to stop, reckless driving, no authority to drive, driving an unlicensed vehicle and possessing a controlled weapon. He was fined $2950 and lost his licence for 18 months.

The article is here in the Community News.

From the charges it is clear that the Police have taken these seriously, but fines and license suspensions really do not seem to deter these chaps. I suppose there will always be that one percent that really shouldn’t be on the road. If we didn’t have such a car-centric city, maybe some of them wouldn’t!

Notably, the City of Mandurah say that:

“It should be noted that for the average road user, the road design is quite satisfactory. But for speed and alcohol/drug-related motorists, the City finds itself having to engineer additional traffic calming and traffic barrier safety.

“This obviously adds to the costs of the city’s road works budget, which in turn impacts upon ratepayers.”

It sounds like a bit of a moan to be honest. I don’t see them doing anything to encourage alternative transport options. There are almost no bike lanes and people are expected to ride on concrete jointed footpaths (shared paths) which follow the curve at every corner and have to give way at every junction and driveway. I have ridden down to Mandurah a few times, and drivers seem to be courteous during the very limited amount of time I spent riding there. Then, I ride on the road a fair bit and don’t have the ‘subjective safety’ issues with riding on the road that a lot of people have, so it’s pretty clear I am an outlier there.

 
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Posted by on December 14, 2011 in Car vs House

 

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