Fleche Opperman All Day Trial – 27 and 28 March 2021

The FNQ version of the Fleche Opperman All Day Trial – known in FNQ as the Big TrOppy and the Little TrOppy – will be held on 27 and 28 March 2021.   FNQ has returned to the same date as the rest of Australia, after a (not so successful) attempt in 2018 to ride in May and avoid cyclonic weather and the peak of the FNQ wet season.

The Oppy is a 24-hour team time trial held annually by Audax Australia in each capital city and a few other places (like FNQ).  It is an event for teams of three to five bicycles.

There are two levels of the Oppy –

The full Oppy – Each team must ride at least 360km and finish at a designated location (Port Douglas for FNQ riders).

The Petite Oppy – If you’re not up for 24 hours of riding, try the Petit Oppy.  Ride the first 155km in 12 hours from Saturday morning, then take a break and finish the last 25km in two hours on Sunday morning to finish at the same time as the full Oppy  (180 km in 12 + 2 hours).

The 2021 edition of the Oppy will start on at 7am Saturday 27 March and finish 24 hours later.  In FNQ, the Oppy will finish at the Lure Restaurant at Port Douglas Marina at 7am on Sunday 28 March 2021.  Join us for a celebratory breakfast afterwards.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

The Oppy is a unique time trial in which teams ride a route of their own choosing to a designated finishing point. The only restriction on route selection is that teams should ride a tour, not repeat circuits.

OK, BUT HOW DO I RIDE A SUCCESSFUL OPPY?

Follow our seven-step plan:

  1. Gather your best riding buddies and sell them on the idea of riding the Oppy this year.
  2. Work out a route. You can’t cover the same road twice in the same direction and you must ride at least 360km to reach the designated finish location within 24 hours. Otherwise, it’s up to you.  Start wherever you like, ride either 360km or 180km, and finish at the Lure Restaurant in Port Douglas.
  3. Email your local organiser (in FNQ – gayle.sticher@audax.org.au) to enter your team. Also submit your route map for approval, including the places you are stopping for controls.
  4. If you’re bringing a support crew, work out your control stops where you’ll meet them for food, water and support.
  5. Ride it. Take breaks, eat meals, and even sleep if you have spare time.
  6. Keep riding. You must ride a minimum distance of 25km in the last two hours of the event  This means you can’t just bowl over 360km and finish in the middle of the night.
  7. Finish. Eat breakfast, and tell everyone who’ll listen how good you are.

Please familiarise yourself with the Fleche Opperman Rules and Audax Australia’s lighting rules .

After you enter, everyone in your team will be provided with a brevet card, which you have stamped/signed at controls along the way (roughly every 50-80km) as a record of your progress.

MORE INFORMATION

NB:  FNQ teams currently hold both the Qld State mens (620km) and womens (370km) records for the most distance covered in the Oppy.  This was our 2019 effort.  The Oppy was cancelled in Queensland in 2020 (yep, the usual reason).  2021 is up for grabs !!

THE OPPY RECORD

The Australian record for the Fleche Opperman All Day Trial was set in 1993 at 770km

Read the report of that record-breaking ride here: “The Endorphins“.

NB:  FNQ teams currently hold both the Qld State mens (620km) and womens (370km) records for the most distance covered in the Oppy.  This was our 2019 effort.  The Oppy was cancelled in Queensland in 2020 (yep, the usual reason).  2021 is up for grabs !!

Read more information on the history of Queensland Audax with the Oppy.

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