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Started by Court79. Last reply by tony comrie Oct 26, 2010.
Started by ChrisS Jun 17, 2009.
Rebellion Ride tonight 6:30pm
Tuesday 26 November in the year of our Lord, 2013
Thus it came to pass that the feast of John Berchmans was celebrated with much enthusiasm by the peloton tempered with great reverence for said saint. The water had indeed been turned into wine (or similar beverage by the Two Brothers Brewery) and I did break bread with Emilio. Magnificent Garlic and herb bread. I feasted on the The Zucchini Fritters whilst others tackled the Steak Sandwich with Calamari rings and bacon. With great sadness BikinBruce announced the end of his Australian tour and will head back to the US in a couple of weeks. This may not be his LAST SUPPER with the group as he may make it back next week.There were 11 elite cyclist in attendance on the night. Only one person fell off and no punctures were recorded. Paul nearly collided with a hound and Fred indulged in playful banta with the Jacana locals, on the return leg. The balmy summer night made the ride home a pleasure.
Tuesday 19 Nov - IMDT-Shirt weather with a mild head wind to moderate overheating. International Mens Day was well supported by the 10 riders that participated. Ingeborg Breines from UNESCO has already been in contact regard our none to subtle tribute too the athletic male form and the way we used it to address today's alarming Gender Imbalance. Two members of the less masculine sex participated but found it difficult to ignore the simmering sexual tension that the company engendered.The ride to the Victoria Hotel took around 55 mins at a fairly casual clip. Once there we had a pre-dinner drinks while studying the extensive menu. The Zucchini Fritters with Quinoa and Almond Pilaf was universally considered the big winner although I thoroughly enjoyed the Roast Veg Linguine with basil & Spinach. Neil tackled the Chicken Parma' and was also well impressed. The ride home was pleasant in the mild ambient temperature, hurried along by the light tail wind and pleasant chatter.
Tuesday 29/10/2013. Another evening of hijinks and fine dining. Last evenings ride was uneventful. There were 5 riders, quality over quantity. We pushed into an uncharacteristic head wind going in as expected but failed to see the light shower that had also been forecast. After extensive testing of the two new beers on tap, we decided that we couldn't decide on a winner. Refusing to admit failure we pledge to give it further consideration at a date in the near future.
Fashions on the field 08/10/13Fascinators seem such frivolous accessories, however when partnered with the appropriate ensemble gives one a sense of completeness - and so it was last night when Anita arrived to model the coming year's must have cycle wear from the house of lycra. (Picture to follow). Women's day attracted 3 times the usual feminine participants (four if you count Fred sporting his new Lycra vest). This including the addition of guest rider Helen, having flown in from Sydney to participate. A record number of riders escorted the fashionistas up the creek to Brunswick where they engaged in an orgie of champagne and fine dining. It was the overwhelming opinion of the judges that the smokey habanero beans with red rice and salad was the big winner on the evening. I would have sold my soul for a second helping but sadly offers were conspicuous by their absence. Kevin again thinking outside the square ordered the most interesting dish, chickpea, corn chilli & coriander bruschetta with onion jam, chips and salad and seemed pretty pleased with himself. I await a piece from our resident foodie, Phil.No wind and warm weather afforded perfect riding conditions, the first leg in sunshine as daylight savings ensured that headlamps needn't be attached until after dinner.
The adventure continues. Like chain links through the derailleur these are the days of our lives. Under threat of catastrophic weather events we fielded a surprisingly large team to ride into the pub for dinner. By some miracle we found a window of opportunity and made the most of it. Conditions were coolish but without rain. The slight tail wind abated to zero by the time we got to the carrot sticks. As I rode around a corner near Oak Park I was confronted by a scene of carnage as bodies and bikes were flung into the air over a fallen tree. The sound of breaking bones however disappeared quickly as we found a way around the obstacle and again concentrated on the vegetarian fare that awaited us in Brunswick.The Roast Vegetable Calzone was a huge winner as was the Lamb Salad. The ride home was pleasant in the still conditions and I enjoyed the rich cacophony of sounds in the still night as riders called to each other against a back drop of bicycle bells. The temperature dropped down to 5ºC as we dropped back into the valley but went unnoticed due to our enthusiasm and physical exertion. This morning (Wed 6:00am), by necessity, as I eased into loose fitting undergarments I recalled in a lightning flash the prophetic utterance of Emilio "Beware the Spicy Bean Burger".Epilogue: We noticed coming home that the Upfield trains had stopped and were later informed by Kevin that someone had been hit by a train down further.
Verily the Grand Final parade was one of biblical proportions, albeit Old Testament. And so it came to pass, as foretold in Exodus 8:16-19 that we were tormented by gnats and such. The smaller glue themselves to ones eyeballs while the larger get stuck under thine helmet. This happened just as darkness befell the land (dusk) Exodus 10:21-29. Along the way we were also inundated by a plague of toads Exodus 8:1-15. I look forward to the festering boils Exodus 9:8-12, commonly manifesting as saddle sores.There were many common folk out on the track that saluted us in the glare of Fred's powerful torch. There were also many cyclists in both directions, no doubt celebrating the parade of champions as we sped into the darkness toward the Victoria Hotel, Brunswick.Once there we were treated to a banquet befitting the elite cyclist that we are. Once the pint count was over and Emilio crowned the new champion it was time to saddle up. As we progressed home we also experienced a plague of bunnies, as well as a Great Flood, along the Upfield path adjacent to the Fawkner Cemetery. This was much improved since the weekend.Although we experienced most of the 10 plagues that precede the time when Moses led his Hebrew people into the wilderness, we were thankfully spared some of the calamity by the natives along the way offering sacrifices of burning flesh. But the pungent smell of barbecued meat only served to whet out appetites.My Grand Final preparation almost over I nervously anticipate the Grand Final BBQ at the Victoria Hotel, Saturday morning.
Tuesday 10th Sep, in the year of our Lord 2013 (Tuesday Night Ride)All systems GO.Leaving the bridge on the MP Creek, below Jacana Station @ 6:30pm en-route the Carrot Sticks (Cheese Sticks) & ultimately the Victoria Hotel Brunswick for $12 Vego Bonanza, then home along the Upfield Path to Jacana again.Forecast: Mainly Clear 14ºC wind 14km/h NW.Message me if you intend to attend.
Tuesday's Tour, a taste of summer. As the sun sets over the warm balmy evening a line of Week Night Warriors snakes along the creek toward the Cheese Sticks with two new rider in tow - Hank & Lyn. I felt like I was sitting on the Observation Deck of Starship Enterprise during a meteor storm. The tiny flashes of light in the headlamp beam turned out to be insects but unlike the Enterprise, we were shy of an effective deflector shield. Once the sun sank below the horizon and the ambient light retreated, the insects abated and we were no longer forced to filter our breath through clenched teeth. However insects weren't the only life forms enticed outdoors by the good weather and we had to be vigilant of pedestrians and other cyclists that were both numerous. The ride south along the Moonee Ponds Creek was through an intoxicating ambience of barbecued (cremated?) meat, punctuated by the occasional lung-full of cannabis smoke. Signs that the natives were out in their back yards also making the most of the great weather.Once our bikes were tethered outside the Victoria Hotel in Brunswick, we found that Chef had come good on his promise of making "Big Couscous" (Moghrabieh) once again. All but Aldo had a crack at this amazing and healthy dish which was arguably tastier than last time, now sporting a subtle hint of cummin. Aldo couldn't go past the Chicken Schnitzel BLT on a Sour Dough roll, also magnificent. There was a new beer on tap tonight that persuaded my parched palate, McCrackens Ale from Matilda Bay. McCrackens was one of the original breweries that united to form what is now Carlton & United Brewery and this beer is a rather tasty, well balanced amber ale. With a full belly and dulled senses we cruised back along the Upfield path to the Western Ring Path stopping at Jacana Oval where we began to split up and head our separate ways. Bring on Summer!Pictures to follow.
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