Last year was probably the BEST edition of Melburn Roobaix for many reasons. A massive field of 350 (and 50 stragglers), great weather, great prizes, and an amazing route.
So in planning this year's event it's in the back of my mind - how could it possibly be better?With our own MAP this year, the route is not limited to the boundaries of the Travelsmart map used previous - and it extends past the boundary on three occasions!
Ugly, MR Chief commissaire has been scouring some prime pave sectors - and I'm sure you'll agree that the 2010 edition will truly be a brutal Sunday in Hell that will having you smiling from start to finish.
The 2010 course is less than 30km in length, but there are more sectors, and LONGER sectors. So when you 'flat' mentally or mechanically, it will pay to know where you can get Coffee Supreme in Melbourne - and especially in Melburn Roobaix.
Not all of them are open on Sunday - so you'd better do some weekend cafe reconnaissance.
View Coffee Supreme in a larger map
What about the last remaining spots to ride Melburn Roobaix 2010?
I know many people are anxiously waiting for the release of the final few spots for this year.
I also know I said Friday (today) would be the day they would be available.
However it will be next Friday at 10.00 EST - still over a month out.
If you want to be notified immediately when they become available - REGISTER with the site (at the bottom of this page)
Bonus 'Black Sheep' Roobaixer
LSD chose to ride MR over the birth of his first child. Forunately he managed to squeeze in both, as LSD Jnr was squeezed out shortly after LSD had popped the podium bubbly.
Some people don't have the same levels of dedication.
Win a Melburn Roobaix entry.
With that I'm mind, I feel that the only way to fairly replace the Black Sheep would be with a competition.
To win the 'Black Sheep' registration, email us with a photo of your bike, and in 50 words or less WHY you should be Melburn Roobaix's Black Sheep.
Top ten entries will be posted next Friday and put to a vote - just so there is no unfair bias on my part (towards submissions of classic steel bikes, girls on bikes)
Perception versus Reality.
Dr. J took on the Woods Point Ride after being inspired by my post about it.
[Dr J quote]
I'm riding ss on converted road wheels so I think I'll take a few gear options.Dan did say "it's the hardest ride I've ever done"?
It's not scaling Everest, but it's very hard and long. You'll see
Amen. Get out and ride!
Warburton Cycle Fest.
Cog Cafe are putting on a wheelie good festival - May 2.
CX race, MTB, Road Race, Unicycle hockey, Hill climb, skid comp and 16" 4X.
All the details, program and prizes - click the kids!
So many period correct builds require gum or black non-aero hoods. If you use Campagnolo levers, you want Campagnolo hoods.
Problem is, even NOS hoods tear if you look at them wrong, or speak unkind of them. Solution? Silcone.
Silicon's various uses now include something to squeeze in your hands.
Batteries not required.
Available for purchase in the FYXSHOP
Ride cycling review is out now.
Get it in stores and see some fyxomatosis words and images in print.
A wee Colnago
Nothing to do with Nintendo or the Scots.
This 'wee' Colnago Master Piu is lovely, and if you are in search of a 50cm frame you'll know how difficult it is to find a top of the line model, in fantastic condition.