Innisfail-Cairns record attempt. 23/24 June 2018

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Re: Innisfail-Cairns record attempt. 23/24 June 2018

Postby Ross » Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:19 pm

Well done mate. The battle of the paperwork is more epic than the ride! I would of given up on the paperwork (or not even started it). I have less than zero interest in bureaucracy when there is no real purpose to it.

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Postby tcdev » Wed Jun 13, 2018 11:32 pm

Good luck with the ride - and the wind!

Sounds like you had a battle but at least you seemed to generally have a clear route to take to navigate the whole bureaucratic process!?!

I had a mate who wanted to build an access road a few hundred metres long on his rural property because his c*nt of a neighbour suddenly decided that he'd revoke the existing access via an 'easement' over his property (and no-one lived on his property, it was completely unused). He faced a never-ending response of "not our jurisdiction (and we don't know for sure whose it is)" from the various governing bodies, but at the same time threatening him if he went ahead and built it anyway. In the end I think it took him about 3 years and tens of thousands of dollars, not including the cost of the road itself.
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Re: Innisfail-Cairns record attempt. 23/24 June 2018

Postby ldrcycles » Thu Jun 14, 2018 11:27 am

tcdev wrote:He faced a never-ending response of "not our jurisdiction (and we don't know for sure whose it is)" from the various governing bodies, but at the same time threatening him if he went ahead and built it anyway.


I had a similar experience (with a completely unrelated matter) in 2016 that ended up with having to apply to and represent myself at the Supreme Court. Compared to that 10 month nightmare, the ride approvals process is a walk in the park! :lol:


Still just a bit too far out for certainty but at this stage it looks like there will be a high in the eastern Bight, meaning 25kmh South Easterlies. Here's hoping, that would be fantastic!
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Re: Innisfail-Cairns record attempt. 23/24 June 2018

Postby ldrcycles » Sat Jun 16, 2018 2:33 pm

ldrcycles wrote:Eventually on 2nd August 1953, Noel Wheeler of Cairns recorded 2:24:24, an average speed on the then 62 mile (99.77km) course of 41.42kmh! On that ride he also broke the 50 mile record with a time of 1:55:45 (41.7kmh).


I decided this morning to have a good search on Google for Noel Wheeler of Cairns and see if I could find out any more about him. I very quickly found a Noel Wheeler in the News section on the Carpentaria Freemasons website, who looked to be the right age. A couple of phone calls confirmed that I was on the money, the bloke who set the record all those years ago is still alive and well at the age of 86, and would be delighted to have a chat about it!

I'm in a bit of shock at the moment, I hadn't guessed he would still be alive, much less that I would be able to end up with his phone number!
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Re: Innisfail-Cairns record attempt. 23/24 June 2018

Postby ironhanglider » Sat Jun 16, 2018 3:00 pm

Gee ldr,

A photo of him welcoming you at the finish would be special.

Good luck with it. It's cold wet and forecast hail here today. A good day to clean the bike.

I hope yours is suitably polished, cause clean & shiny bikes go faster.

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Re: Innisfail-Cairns record attempt. 23/24 June 2018

Postby ldrcycles » Tue Jun 19, 2018 7:26 am

I rang Noel yesterday morning, and had a fantastic conversation, even at 86 he's sharp as a tack and remembers the details of the record like it was yesterday. He was so far ahead of schedule at Babinda that he worried he'd gone out too hard and eased right back until sprinting the last 5 miles. He had police checking on him at the start and midway before giving him an escort for the last 12 miles. He had wanted to start later to avoid the common headwind in the last stretch to Cairns, but the police insisted he start half an hour earlier to avoid traffic going to the footy.

He said that Ivankovich (who attempted the record several times without success) refused to recognise Wheeler's record out of spite, saying that it wasn't official because he "probably used an alarm clock or something" :lol: .

My number one priority was finding out just what was involved in the terrific average speed he managed, and he was able to confirm that the road was all sealed even then, and he had a good tailwind. On the other hand, he used a SINGLE SPEED. He averaged 41.4kmh for 100kms on a bloody single speed!! Even nowadays that's extraordinary, but less than a week after the Korean War ended? They made them tough back then!

He's hoping to meet me at the finish, which would be brilliant, and he was full of encouragement. Just an all round lovely bloke.

The Innisfail Advocate and Cairns Post are keen on covering it (especially with the amazing history of the record) and I'm flat out getting things ready. I dropped the TT bike getting it out of my car last night and bent the derailleur hanger (fantastic timing :roll: ) but I should be able to get a replacement from the nearest Specialized dealer this morning.
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Re: Innisfail-Cairns record attempt. 23/24 June 2018

Postby singlespeedscott » Tue Jun 19, 2018 10:11 am

It was probably a fixed gear to, so no coasting. He would have been running standard drop bars with no aero aids what so ever as well. If he had all the mod cons I’m sure you could add 3 or 4 kmhr to his average.
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Postby ldrcycles » Tue Jun 19, 2018 11:22 am

singlespeedscott wrote:It was probably a fixed gear to, so no coasting. He would have been running standard drop bars with no aero aids what so ever as well. If he had all the mod cons I’m sure you could add 3 or 4 kmhr to his average.


He specifically said he used a freewheel so he could go faster with less effort on the downhills through Eudenangee Swamp (which is bypassed by the modern road), reckons he would have hit "40 or 50 mile an hour".

I forgot to say too, he even remembered what gear he was running, "about 84 inch"! That's about a 47x15, or over 100rpm average cadence for the thick end of 2 and a half hours. It's really hammering home the point that even if I break the record, the 2 efforts aren't remotely comparable.

The weather forecasts are starting to firm up now, most likely a South-Easterly about 15kmh. I've found wind forecasts to be exceptionally unreliable, but the synoptic charts back it up, so it's unlikely to be substantially different from that.
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Re: Innisfail-Cairns record attempt. 23/24 June 2018

Postby oxonabike » Wed Jun 20, 2018 6:59 am

Will us Cairns locals be able to track you (live track?) or dot watch?

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Postby ldrcycles » Wed Jun 20, 2018 9:52 pm

oxonabike wrote:Will us Cairns locals be able to track you (live track?) or dot watch?


Unfortunately a Spot tracker is well beyond my budget, but Mrs LDR will be updating the Facebook page at miriwinni, babinda, fishery falls, and gordonvale, with some live streaming where possible.

In rocky tonight after a seriously painful 500km drive with near constant roadworks/slow caravans and trucks.
Doing a ~50k group ride with my brother in the morning (forecast is 9 degrees, very nippy already), then up to Bowen for Thursday night. I had a nice call from the innisfail advocate this morning to arrange an interview up there on Saturday afternoon. The nerves are building up but I also feel pretty good.
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Re: Innisfail-Cairns record attempt. 23/24 June 2018

Postby MichaelB » Thu Jun 21, 2018 9:03 am

Good luck, bon voyage and hammer it !!

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Postby RobertL » Thu Jun 21, 2018 11:15 am

ldrcycles wrote:...then up to Bowen for Thursday night...


We want obligatory tourist photos from the big mango :)
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Re: Innisfail-Cairns record attempt. 23/24 June 2018

Postby ldrcycles » Fri Jun 22, 2018 10:16 pm

Just for you Robert, I got a pic of the mango when I turned around there to head back to the caravan park on this morning's ride.

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Re: Innisfail-Cairns record attempt. 23/24 June 2018

Postby foo on patrol » Sun Jun 24, 2018 6:48 am

He's hurtling down the hi-way as I type. :mrgreen:

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Postby singlespeedscott » Sun Jun 24, 2018 7:18 am

Awesome. Good luck LDR
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Postby foo on patrol » Sun Jun 24, 2018 7:22 am

He's onto the last 25klms. It has also been a wet ride.

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Postby foo on patrol » Sun Jun 24, 2018 8:58 am

He has arrived in Cairns, just waiting for the time now.

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Re: Innisfail-Cairns record attempt. 23/24 June 2018

Postby foo on patrol » Sun Jun 24, 2018 9:42 am

He broke it but I don't know the time and speed, as he is being a lazy sod. :lol:

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Re: Innisfail-Cairns record attempt. 23/24 June 2018

Postby ldrcycles » Sun Jun 24, 2018 11:00 am

Just battling with recalcitrant technology!

Proper write up to come this evening, but despite the rain and headwind I beat the record by a minute and 57 seconds! :mrgreen:

Hardest ride I've ever done.
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Postby nemo57 » Sun Jun 24, 2018 11:52 am

Yer a champeeeeen! Well played, that man!

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Postby Thoglette » Sun Jun 24, 2018 12:10 pm

Woohoo!!!!

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Re: Innisfail-Cairns record attempt. 23/24 June 2018

Postby MichaelB » Sun Jun 24, 2018 12:20 pm

Well done !!!

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Re: Innisfail-Cairns record attempt. 23/24 June 2018

Postby find_bruce » Sun Jun 24, 2018 1:45 pm

Brilliant effort LDR!

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Postby davehirst » Sun Jun 24, 2018 3:32 pm

2 thumbs up from me :D

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