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Time Trials

Time trails are conducted on public roads throughout the year in locations in the Perth metropolitan area with circuits of varying levels of challenge, with races mostly occurring in the spring, summer & autumn. The more challenging courses are in the hills & surrounding areas east of the city & are organised by a very dedicated small group of members of a WA based organisation - the Australian Time Trial Association (ATTA).

Click here to go to the ATTA WA website.

An excellent feature is that you can pre-register for races, check results of recent races & also access an archive of results from previous seasons.

The rewards of time trials are well described on the ATTA website as being "matching one's current fitness and abilities on a bike against the external milieu of road, distance, weather and the clock. That is, it involves getting on your bike and going like the clappers until you've covered the predetermined distance. The rules are simple but the most important phrase in our vocabulary is 'alone and unassisted'. That is, with one or two exceptions, we ride always as individuals; we start at one minute, sometimes 30sec intervals and take no deliberate assistance from other riders or other traffic.

In a sense the sport is non-competitive; individuals are testing themselves. There are, of course, rivalries and we publish lists of who went fastest on the day and so on. But there are no losers; each individual has his or her own goals whether they are standards (eg from a set of times based on age and gender) or perhaps a sub-hour for a 40km; perhaps a course record but certainly, always that elusive personal best.

The courses vary: some are flat and potentially fast, others are undulating and some bloody hilly. Not all courses are standard distances eg 16, 40, 50, 80 & 160km but they are usually close to one of them because, pointless as it may be, we do like to compare times across courses and often continents. Anyway, we also convert all our times to speeds which allows us to consider a season's performances together."

Click here to go to maps of the location & details for ATTA race courses.

ATTA: Early Birds in the Park

(1) Kings Park (17.0 kms - 5 laps)

2016/2017 season

8 Nov 2016
38:06
22 Nov 2016
37:41
6 Dec 2016
37:40
13 Dec 2016
-
27 Dec 2016
-
3 Jan 2017
-
17 Jan 2017
-

2015/2016 season

10 Nov 2015
36:07
24 Nov 2015
35:27
8 Dec 2015
35:57
15 Dec 2015
37:13
29 Dec 2015
39:07
5 Jan 2016
39:01
19 Jan 2016
37:30

2014/2015 season

11 Nov 2014
36:24
25 Nov 2014
36:49
9 Dec 2014
36:13
16 Dec 2014
35:28
30 Dec 2014
36:20
6 Jan 2015
35:43
20 Jan 2015
35:15

2013/2014 season

12 Nov 2013
36:44
26 Nov 2013
-
10 Dec 2013
37:24
17 Dec 2013
36:42
31 Dec 2013
35:07
7 Jan 2014
-
21 Jan 2014
36:57

2012/2013 season

13 Nov 2012
37:45
27 Nov 2012
36:26
11 Dec 2012
37:20
18 Dec 2012
36:58
1 Jan 2013
39:19
8 Jan 2013
-
22 Jan 2013
37:55

2011/2012 season

15 Nov 2011
37:53
29 Nov 2011
36:47
13 Dec 2011
37:09
27 Dec 2011
38:42
3 Jan 2012
36:49
10 Jan 2012
36:33
24 Jan 2012
37:16

2010/2011 season

9 Nov 2010
35:14
23 Nov 2010
35:30
7 Dec 2010
36:18
21 Dec 2010
35:27
28 Dec 2010
36:46
11 Jan 2011
37:02
25 Jan 2011
36:10

2009/2010 season

10 Nov 2009
-
24 Nov 2009
34:34
8 Dec 2009
34:48
22 Dec 2009
34:21
29 Dec 2009
34:59
5 Jan 2010
34:59
19 Jan 2010
-

(2) Kings Park (17.0 kms) & Champion Lakes (15.0 kms)

2008/2009 season

11 Nov 2008
34:23
17.0 km
Kings Park
25 Nov 2008
34:56
17.0 km
Kings Park
9 Dec 2008
26:41
15.0 km
Champion Lakes
23 Dec 2008
34:29
17.0 km
Kings Park
30 Dec 2008
34:58
17.0 km
Kings Park
13 Jan 2009
27:21
15.0 km
Champion Lakes
27 Jan 2009
-
17.0 km
Kings Park

(3) Kings Park (17.7 kms - 3 laps)

2007/2008 season

13 Nov 2007
35:57
27 Nov 2007
35:34
4 Dec 2007
35:33
18 Dec 2007
35:35
1 Jan 2008
34:34
15 Jan 2008
34:42
29 Jan 2008
34:13

(4) Kings Park (15.2 kms - 4 laps)

2006/2007 season

14 Nov 2006
-
21 Nov 2006
30:15
5 Dec 2006
31:24
19 Dec 2006
30:34
2 Jan 2007
29:34
9 Jan 2007
29:46
23 Jan 2007
30:32

2005/2006 season

6 Nov 2005
31:56
15 Nov 2005
31:38
29 Nov 2005
31:10
13 Dec 2005
30:18
20 Dec 2005
30:38
27 Dec 2005
30:45
3 Jan 2006
30:38
17 Jan 2006
30:07

2004/2005 season

7 Nov 2004
30:16
16 Nov 2004
29:47
30 Nov 2004
29:35
14 Dec 2004
30:20
21 Dec 2004
29:29
28 Dec 2004
29:34
4 Jan 2005
29:23
18 Jan 2005
29:41

2003/2004 season

2 Nov 2003
30:22
11 Nov 2003
29:51
25 Nov 2003
29:39
9 Dec 2003
29:15
23 Dec 2003
28:22
30 Dec 2003
29:23
6 Jan 2004
28:52
20 Jan 2004
29:21

2002/2003 season

10 Dec 2002
29:19
24 Dec 2002
29:07
31 Dec 2002
29:38
7 Jan 2003
29:20
21 Jan 2003
29:19

ATTA Winter program

2016 Winter by Lakes

12 Jun 2016
38:40
20.0 km
Champion Lakes
14 Aug 2016
38:31
20.0 km
Champion Lakes
9 Oct 2016
41:21
20.0 km
Champion Lakes

2015 Winter by Lakes

10 May 2015
37:55
20.0 km
Champion Lakes
12 Jul 2015
36:05
20.0 km
Champion Lakes
11 Oct 2015
36:27
20.0 km
Champion Lakes
1 Nov 2015
35:00
20.0 km
Champion Lakes

2014 Winter by Lakes

8 Jun 2014
-
20.0 km
Champion Lakes
6 Jul 2014
-
20.0 km
Champion Lakes
17 Aug 2014
-
20.0 km
Champion Lakes
12 Oct 2014
38:24
20.0 km
Champion Lakes

2013 season

26 May 2013
37:34
20.0 km
Champion Lakes
23 Jun 2013
37:52
20.0 km
Champion Lakes
14 Jul 2013
36:53
20.0 km
Champion Lakes
18 Aug 2013
-
17.0 km
Shenton Park
22 Sep 2013
-
20.0 km
Champion Lakes
13 Oct 2013
37:43
20.0 km
Champion Lakes

2012 season

1 Apr 2012
36:56
20.0 km
Champion Lakes
2 Jul 2012
39:04
20.0 km
Champion Lakes
30 Sep 2012
39:17
20.0 km
Champion Lakes

2011 season

10 Jul 2011
38:13
20.0 km
Champion Lakes
4 Sep 2011
39:21
20.6 km
Wandi
2 Oct 2011
37:36
20.0 km
Champion Lakes

2010 season

6 Jun 2010
32:28
17.0 km
Shenton Park
4 Jul 2010
37:01
20.0 km
Champion Lakes
1 Aug 2010
38:17
20.6 km
Wandi
5 Sep 2010
-
20.0 km
Champion Lakes
3 Oct 2010
35:24
20.0 km
Champion Lakes

2009 season

7 Jun 2009
35:40
20.0 km
Champion Lakes
12 Jul 2009
32:57
17.0 km
Shenton Park
2 Aug 2009
36:48
20.0 km
Champion Lakes
13 Sep 2009
33:59
17.0 km
Shenton Park
4 Oct 2009
36:19
20.0 km
Champion Lakes

2008 season

1 Jun 2008
34:31
17.0 km
Kings Park
13 Jul 2008
-
17.0 km
Kings Park
10 Aug 2008
37:21
20.6 km
Wandi
14 Sep 2008
39:27
20.6 km
Wandi
12 Oct 2008
-
17.0 km
Shenton Park

2007 season

3 Jun 2007
-
17.0 km
Shenton Park
1 Jul 2007
-
15.2 km
Kings Park
5 Aug 2007
-
17.0 km
Shenton Park
9 Sep 2007
33:44
17.0 km
Shenton Park
7 Oct 2007
30:44
15.2 km
Kings Park

2006 season

4 Jun 2006
33:48
17.0 km
Shenton Park
2 Jul 2006
-
15.2 km
Kings Park
6 Aug 2006
31:57
17.0 km
Shenton Park
10 Sep 2006
30:53
15.2 km
Kings Park
1 Oct 2006
-
17.0 km
Shenton Park

2005 season

5 Jun 2005
32:33
17.0 km
Shenton Park
10 Jul 2005
32:31
15.2 km
Kings Park
7 Aug 2005
32:51
17.0 km
Shenton Park
11 Sep 2005
31:18
15.2 km
Kings Park
2 Oct 2005
33:46
17.0 km
Shenton Park

2004 season

6 Jun 2004
32:43
17.0 km
Shenton Park
4 Jul 2004
-
15.2 km
Kings Park
1 Aug 2004
34:43
17.0 km
Shenton Park
5 Sep 2004
31:07
15.2 km
Kings Park
10 Oct 2004
32:11
17.0 km
Shenton Park

2003 season

1 Jun 2003
-
17.0 km
Shenton Park
6 Jul 2003
-
15.2 km
Kings Park
3 Aug 2003
33:01
17.0 km
Shenton Park
14 Sep 2003
-
15.2 km
Kings Park
5 Oct 2003
31:56
17.0 km
Shenton Park

Other ATTA courses

Bibra Lake (16 kms)

30 Oct 2016
30:06
25 Mar 2016
29:09
3 Apr 2015
29:32
18 Apr 2014
29:09
29 Mar 2013
29:49
6 Apr 2012
29:50
22 Apr 2011
29:18
2 Apr 2010
-
10 Apr 2009
29:15
21 Mar 2008
28:32
6 Apr 2007
30:59
9 Apr 2004
27:48

Brookton Highway (49 kms)

15 Nov 2015
1:36:17
17 Nov 2013
1:43:24
7 Nov 2010
1:36:43
29 Nov 2008
1:35:34

Champion Lakes (20 kms)

10 May 2015
37:55
2 Nov 2014
35:54
11 May 2014
37:25
3 Nov 2013
41:10
5 May 2013
35:51
4 Nov 2012
38:06
6 Nov 2011
36:05
8 May 2011
36:09
31 Oct 2010
38:10
9 May 2010
37:53
21 Mar 2010
37:17
10 May 2009
34:34
29 Mar 2009
37:05

Champion Lakes (25 kms)

28 Feb 2016
46:55

Chidlow B (27 kms)

23 Feb 2014
57:35

Chidlow-Bailup Road (39 kms)

28 Dec 2014
1:23:24

Chidlow-Wundowie (40 kms)

27 Nov 2016
1:29:47
29 Nov 2015
1:25:30
23 Dec 2012
1:27:04
16 Nov 2008
1:22:01

Chittering Valley (48 kms)

13 Jan 2013
1:40:33
15 Jan 2012
1:40:51

Gidgegannup A (39 kms)

7 Dec 2014
1:21:00
9 Dec 2012
1:26:47
18 Dec 2011
1:21:29
19 Dec 2010
1:20:09
10 Jan 2010
1:16:03
4 Jan 2009
1:15:44
30 Mar 2008
1:21:28

Gidgegannup B (40 kms)

25 Apr 2010
1:36:23
26 Apr 2009
1:33:57

Herne Hill 40 kms

14 Feb 2010
1:13:06

Hopelands (27.6 kms)

23 Oct 2016
50:01
25 Oct 2015
50:27
26 Oct 2014
52:10

Hopelands (40 kms)

24 Jan 2016
1:17:40
3 Mar 2012
1:19:03

Mandogalup (41 kms)

13 Dec 2009
1:18:03

Mundijong Grand Prix des Gents (28 kms)

24 Oct 2010
52:02
19 Oct 2008
51:24

Neerabup (30 kms)

22 Mar 2015
1:00
21 Dec 2014
57:01
25 Nov 2012
58:32
29 Jan 2012
58:06

Neerabup (47 kms)

13 Feb 2011
1:34:20
7 Mar 2010
1:29:56

Pinjarra - West Coolup (46 kms)

1 Feb 2015
1:31:57
2 Feb 2014
1:36:56
21 Apr 2013
1:38:54
3 Feb 2013
1:37:09
22 Apr 2012
1:29:59
12 Feb 2012
1:27:23

Serpentine (40 kms)

22 Nov 2015
1:24.1

Toodyay - Gidgegannup (44.1 kms)

14 Feb 2016
1:37:35
8 Feb 2015
1:38:47
9 Feb 2014
1:31:41
10 Feb 2013
1:43:56
5 Feb 2012
1:36:30
6 Feb 2011
1:33:58
7 Feb 2010
1:34:41
10 Feb 2008
1:31:00

Wandi (26.2 kms)

4 Sep 2011
39:21
11 May 2008
37:30

Wandi (41.2 kms)

15 Mar 2015
1:21:29
16 Mar 2014
1:18:17
17 Mar 2013
1:25:55
9 Apr 2012
1:16:30
11 Mar 2012
1:19:28
13 Mar 2011
1:16:08
30 Jan 2010
1:13:54
13 Apr 2009
1:14:42
27 Jan 2008
1:15:44

Other rides

3 Dams (144 kms)

19 Apr 2015
6:02:11
6 Apr 2014
5:58:56

Click here to view or download a PDF (533k) map of the course.

Tour de Gracetown (98 kms)

26 Oct 2013
3:34:51

Click here to view or download a PDF (679k) map of the course.

City of Busselton Vineyards Ride (101 kms)

Click here to view or download a PDF (496k) map of the course.

8 Mar Oct 2015
3:44:10

Other stuff

Local books about cycling

Velo-city: Perth by Debra Mayrhofer & published by Beyond Babel Press

This 290 page book was published in November in 2010 & presents a wealth of information along with many generous photographs. The careful division of the book into some 11 sections makes it easy to identify areas of interest whilst also whetting the appetite for some of the finer points about cycling. While the book has been shaped by someone with a passion for riding it also presents cycling as an activity that exists in a wider context. It thus succeeds by offering specialists as well as generalist readers with nuggets of wisdom accompanied by a sprinkling of personal stories & descriptions of notable local cycling events.

Click here to go to the publisher's website at www.velocitywa.com.au for further information of outlets stocking the book & direct order sales.

Cyclists and the law in Western Australia

Click here to go the Department of Transport's Cycling & the law web page which sets out a useful summary of key provisions of the law in WA as applicable to bikes.

Bike seats

Thanks to research which has highlighted a particular risk from regular bike riding, improved designs of bike seats are now readily available. The problem occurs due to compression of the arterial circulatory network in region of the perineum, as well as nerve damage, posed by using conventional bike seats. For instance, there are reports of increased numbness for both male & female riders, with credible evidence of impotence in some males. An excellent article was published in a special issue in 1999 of Scientific American (Men: the scientific truth about their work, play, health and passions) which unfortunately is not readily available.

Click here to view or download a PDF (100k) excerpt of the article Spokes man for a hard problem.

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