Wednesday, June 27, 2012

hell of the north~Roobaix 12

Well,the old odometer has completed another circuit and the  Melburn Roobaix has been and gone for another year.A forty K ride, east to west, across  inner north suburban Melbourne, including 12 sections of blue stone laneways,each rated by a number of stars.
*        pretty painless
**       saddle tickler
***      rim buckler
****     spoke breaker
*****    frame snapper
Mr Andy White (in welly boots and orange beanie)impresario and founder of the world famous Melburn Roobaix.
Rule no 1.Don't follow the crowd,follow the map.Alternatively,tag along with a couple of locals.

A man in a blue condom.Bikes provided free of charge by Melbourne bike share.
Typical Melbourne bluestone laneway.Bumpy, muddy and a little bit steep.

A bloke on a Bullitt at BMC bon bon.
(photos 2~6 courtesy of photographer D Obrien,)

3 comments:

Vicki said...

This sounds like such a fun event! How many were in it?

anniebikes said...

I love urban rides. There's no better way to get to know the city.

slow rpm said...

Vicki: Roobaix has grown to become a fairly major event over the 7 years since the inaugural ride. My guess would be around 750~1000 riders(95% of them blokes). Well worth the effort if you happen to be in Melburne. Especially if you like dressing up!

Ms Bikes:You're right.It's an excellent way to discover your city.I've live here for over 45 years and am always suprised at what I find at the end of a blue stone saddle tickler.