The Fleche Opperman All Day Trial (or “The Oppy”) is a 24-hour team time trial held annually by Audax Australia. The Oppy is an event for teams of three to five bicycles.
There are two levels of the Oppy –
(1) The Oppy – Each team must ride at least 360km in 24 hours and finish at a designated location in each state. In FNQ, this is dubbed Fleches Big TrOppy.
(2) The Petit Oppy – If you’re not up for 24 hours of riding, try the Petit Oppy (180 km in 12 + 2 hours) (aka Fleches Little TrOppy). Start at 7am and ride 155km before 7pm. Then join the rest of the crew in Port Douglas for pizza (yep – there will be heaps of us there on Saturday night). Restart riding after 5am on Sunday, to finish the final 25km before 7am at the Lure Restaurant.
The 2020 edition of the Oppy will start on at 7am Saturday 21 March and finish 24 hours later. In FNQ, the Oppy will finish at the Lure Restaurant at Port Douglas Marina at 7am on Sunday 22 March 2020. Join us for a celebratory breakfast afterwards.
OK, BUT HOW DO I RIDE A SUCCESSFUL OPPY?
Gather your best riding buddies and sell them on the idea of riding the Oppy this year.
Work out a route. You can’t cover the same road twice in the same direction and you must ride at least 360km (or 180km) 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.
Work out where you will have your controls. Your support crew (if you have one) can meet you there with yummies and encouragement.
Pick a nifty team name, and a team captain. The captain registers online first, and the rest of the team can then enter under the same team name.
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.
Email your local organiser (in FNQ – email@example.com) with details of your team, and submit your route map for approval.
Ride it. Take breaks, eat meals, and have fun.
Keep riding. Everyone must ride a minimum distance of 25km in the last two hours of the event This means you can’t just bowl over the whole 360km or 180km and finish in the middle of the night.
Finish. Eat breakfast, and tell everyone who’ll listen how good you are.
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“.
In Queensland, both the men’s and women’s Oppy records were broken by FNQ teams in 2019.
Read more information on the history of Queensland Audax with the Oppy.