A Touring History of the CTA

This page contains a rough timeline of all CTA tours longer than four days.

Early Days

In the 70’s and 80’s hotel, motel and YHA accommodation was used for weekends away in most cases. If camping was used, most of the gear would be transported to the towns visited. Couples weekends were a popular feature. The makeup of the membership at the time also developed a fairly competitive group of cyclists in the club. This evolved into the Achievement Series being developed, Audax Australia affiliated with the CTA, time trials, hill climbs and the beginning of the mountain bike craze. Members achieved times in the various events were also published in the Chain Letters.
In the late 80’s and early 90’s this competitiveness was pervading the club, to the extent that there were tours being cancelled because of lack of interest, and the contents of the Chain Letters reflected this trend. In the early 90’s Audax Australia severed their ties with the CTA, Australian Time Trials Association, (ATTA), were on the scene and the Perth Mountain Bike Club was swamped with people joining the new cycling craze. At this time the club took advantage of this move to promote the touring side of the club with the slogan “Let’s put the T back into the CTA”. This promotion appeared to work, as there was a new enthusiasm in the club, with the large number of tours being well supported.
Post 1990 saw a big increase of two and three day weekend tours being offered and the inclusion of the now popular Social evenings.

Because of the considerable number of two and three day weekend tours the CTA has run over the years, the following list contains tours of four days or more only. Recognition must go out to those members who organised, and participated in, the many weekends away as well as those listed.

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The Tours

Key: Tour/ Event Full Pannier OYB Interstate/ Overseas
1974 CTA formed
1975 August/September – Inaugural Tall Timber Tour – 10 days – Dale Neill
1976 August/September – Tall Timber Tour – 5 days – Dale Neill
1977 August/September – Tall Timber Tour – 10 days – Nicole Harrison
1978 May – South West (Ironman) Tour – 9 days – Wayne Lally
1979 August/September – Tall Timber Tour – 10 days – Nicole Harrison & Allan Booth
1980 May – Kalgoorlie Tour – 6 days – Dale Neill
August/September – South West Tour – 8 days – Geoff & Sheryl Dwyer
1981 August/September – South West Tour – 6 days – Dale Neill
September – Kalgoorlie Tour – 8 days – Tony Pettit
1984 May – Bali Tour – 2 weeks – Martin Bunny & Dale Neill
1985 CTA incorporated
1987 April – Easter Tour – 4 days – John & Aileen Martin
May – South West Tour – 8 days – Richard Evennett
August/September – European Tour – 6 weeks – Neil Porteous
1988 January – Bicentennial Bash – 4 days – Martin Bunny
March – Albany to Perth Bicentennial Tour – 15 days – Geoff Creighton
September – Spring Wildflower Tour – 9 days – Richard Stallard
1989 May – Bali Revisited Tour – 3 weeks – Martin Bunny
November – Inaugural – OYB – South West Tour – 9 days – Ron Bowyer
December – Great Victorian Bike Ride – 9 days – John & Aileen Martin
1990 February – Great Tasmanian Bike Ride – 9 days – John & Aileen Martin
April – The Porongorups and Stirlings by Bicycle Tour – 8 days – Ron Bowyer
May – OYB – Central Wheatbelt Tour – 9 days – John Sherwood
August – Inaugural – Social Evening – 1 night – Arie Lemson
December – Touring Topics introduced into the Chain Letter
1991 March – Easter York Tour – 4 days – Kleber Claux
April – OYB – Rainbow Coast Tour – 9 days – Ron Bowyer
October – First Full Pannier – Wildflowers & Wineries Tour – 9 days – Paul Bonetti, Sue Campbell, Andrew Candy, Leon Harris, & Simon Koek
1992 January – New Zealand Tour – Full Pannier – 5 weeks – Kleber Claux
April – Easter at Pimelea – 4 days – Kleber Claux
November – OYB – Tour des CapeS – 9 days – Ron Bowyer
1993 March – South-West Back to Nature Tour – Full Pannier – 9 days – Brian Gale
April – Easter in the Stirling Ranges – 4 days – Paul Bonetti
October – OYB – Wandering Star Tour – 9 days – Ross Cussons
1994 April – Easter at Donnelly River – 4 days – Sue Nilan
April – 20th Anniversary Albany to Perth Tour – Full Pannier – 16 days – Kleber Claux & Stan Wiechecki
October – OYB – Wildflower Heritage Tour – 9 days – John & Aileen Martin
1995 March – South Australian Tour – Full Pannier – 12 days – Jenny Knight
April – Easter at Donnelly River – 4 days – Mark Elliott & Noel Eddington
October – OYB – Beach to Bush Tour – 9 days – Sharon Veleff
1996 February – Tasmanian Tour – Full Pannier – 5 weeks – Peter Lundy
April – Easter in Albany – 4 days – Terry & Desama Bailey
October – OYB – Tall Timber Tour – 9 days – Ross Cussons
1997 March – Easter in Bunbury – 4 days – Ann Wilson
September – OYB – Spring On Your Bike Tour – 9 days – Kleber Claux
1998 February – Back to Nature Tour – Full Pannier – 8 days – Brian Gale
April – Easter Camping at Denmark – 4 days – Ann Wilson
April – Natchez USA Tour – Full Pannier Tour – 4 weeks – Tom Wall
October – OYB – Surf to City 10th Anniversary Tour – 9 days – Kleber Claux
1999 March – Back to Nature Tour – Full Pannier – 8 days – Brian Gale
April – Easter in Bunbury – 4 days – Steve Blackbourn
October – OYB – Southern Peaks Tour – 9 days – Tony Humphreys
2000 April – Easter in Augusta – 4 days – Chris & Helen Lund
October – OYB – SouWest Forest Tour – 9 days – Ann Wilson
2001 April – Easter in Pemberton – 4 days – Stan Wiechecki
October – OYB – 2001 A Bike Odyssey – 9 days – Ann Wilson
2002 March – Easter in the Porongurup’s – 4 days – Ann Wilson
April – Anzac in the Avon – 4 days – Simon Koek
November – OYB – A Whale of a Tour – 9 days – John Meakin
2003 April – Easter in Quinninup – 4 days – Tony Humphreys
April – Warren River Wander – Full Pannier – 7 days – Tony Humphreys
October – OYB – Heartland Heritage Tour – 9 days – John Meakin
2004 April – 30th Anniversary Albany to Perth Tour – Full Pannier – 16 days – Kleber Claux & Stan Wiechecki
October – OYB – Southern Gateway Tour – 9 days – Allan Duff
2005 March – Easter in the Trees – 4 days – Noel Eddington
October – OYB – Surfing the Scarp – 9 days – Tony Humphreys
2006 April – Easter in Bridgetown – 4 days – Noel Eddington & Connie Van Den Ende
August – OYB – A Toast of Batavia Tour – 9 days – Basia Lis
2007 April – Easter in Bridgetown – 4 days – Noel Eddington & Connie Van den Ende
September – We’ve Been Sprung Tour – Full Pannier – 7 days – Simon Koek
October – OYB – Wandering Valleys Tour – 9 days – Allan Duff
2008 March – Easter in Manjimup – 4 days – Colin Prior
April – National Parks Tour – SE QLD.- NE NSW – Full Pannier – 5 weeks – Kleber Claux
October – OYB – Celebrate 20 in 08 Tour -9 days – Kleber Claux
2009 January – Albany Weekend – 4 days – Terry Bailey
April – Easter Weekend at Toad Hall – Boyanup – 4 days – Lance & Patricia Whiteford
May – Sustainable Cycle Tour – Making Tracks – 8 days – Noel Eddington & Erica Larke
September – OYB – Wheels, Wheatbelt ‘N’ Wildflowers – 9 days – Colin Prior
2010 March – Sustainable Cycle Tour – Ride With a Difference – 9 days – Robert Tognela & Joani Hoult
September – Munda-Biddi Epic End to End – 15 days – Sarah Cutts
October – OYB – Coast the Rainbow Tour – 9 days – Terry Bailey
2011 April – Sustainable Cycle Tour – Easter with a Difference – 9 days – Simon Koek & Noel Eddington
October – OYB – Riding the Wave – 9 days – Terry Bailey
2012 March – Sustainable Cycle Tour – Ride With a Difference – 7 days – Norm Howard
October – OYB – Rounding the Capes – 9 days – Terry Bailey
2013 March – Sustainable Cycle Tour – Nannup Easter Roundup – Full Pannier – 16 days – Teresa Liddiard
September – OYB – Blackwood Meander – 9 days – Tony Humphreys
2014 April – 40th Anniversary Albany to Perth Tour – Full Pannier – 16 days – Kleber Claux
October – OYB – Early Settlers Tour – 9 days – Tony Humphreys
2015 March – Sustainable Cycle Tour – Victoria – Full Pannier – 2 weeks – Noel Eddington
May – Retirees Run – 4 days – Liz Marshall
September – OYB – Golden Heartlands Tour – 9 days – Trevor Knox
2016 March – Badgingarra-Broad Horizons Tour – 6 days – David van Zyl
April – Sustainable Cycle Tour – Easy Rider Tour – 4 days – Doug Allen
May – Retirees Run-Reversed – 4 days – Liz Marshall
October – OYB – Bay to Bluff Tour – 9 days – Terry Bailey
2017 March – Retirees Run 17 – 7 days – Liz Marshall
April – Easter Long Weekend at Narrogin – 4 days – Stan Wiechecki & Tony Humphreys
September – OYB – Loaves to Fishes Tour – 9 days – Trevor Knox
2018 March – The Great Southern Full pannier Tour – 7 days – Stan Wiechecki
May – Retiree’s Run 2018 – 5 days – Trevor Knox
October – OYB – Toasting the Valleys Tour – 9 days – Terry Bailey




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