Lock up your chooks, or they will get eaten. And don't leave anything else lying around outside undefended. That could be the message from last night's Bike Sydney Full Moon Ride.

A more bizarre scene is hard to imagine. Try anyway: Glebe foreshore park. 1.30 a.m. Or thereabouts. (Full moon light does not provide adequate illumination to read a digital watch.) Seven cyclists sit in a circle, shivering, eating Tim Tams, cheese and crackers and fruit cake. (Mmmmm, fruit cake...)

We become aware of a shadowy figure, silhouetted by city lights, circling us on the grass – a fox! The bold-as-brass creature creeps closer and closer, sniffing our bikes on the outside of the circle, nudging the saddles and pedals and trotting away if we look like challenging it. No-one feels like struggling up, though. Emboldened further, the fox creeps to within a couple of metres of our circle – then suddenly snatches a bicycle helmet and bolts!

The helmet's owner, surely a candidate for the next Olympic 100m sprint final, instantly leaps to his feet and gives chase. He is actually gaining on the fox with its unwieldy burden. Foxy apparently decides helmet, although apparently smelling like food, doesn't taste much like food, drops same, and continues its headlong sprint for safety while the helmet owner retrieves his possession.

Six other cyclists roll around on the grass in sheer hysterics.

This will no doubt pass into Bike Sydney night-ride legend and to generations of cyclists to come. In the meantime, be warned.

It's also sure going to make it hard for the June Full Moon Ride to top but, rest assured, something will happen!

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Comment by Neil Alexander on May 10, 2009 at 11:49am
We missed you, too, Hugh... errr, Yogi!
Comment by Terry on May 10, 2009 at 3:53pm
That was a very different experience last night to say the least. I wil have to remember to dress more warmlly next time.
Comment by Andrew on May 10, 2009 at 5:10pm
So where did the ride go to?
Comment by Susan on May 10, 2009 at 8:35pm
So the question is do Fox teeth penetrate a helmet?
Comment by Kerry on May 10, 2009 at 8:42pm
Comment by Neil Alexander on May 10, 2009 at 8:51pm
No, fox teeth don't penetrate if the helmet is manufactured to the 21st Century Fox Standard.

Where did the ride go, Andrew? Pretty much followed the edge of the water from the Quay right around to Glebe Point. With a few detours to lookouts in obscure locations known only by Michael. And with a time out near the Casino in which a search was mounted for participants who had been transported to the Twilight Zone.
Comment by Colin on May 10, 2009 at 10:57pm
Comment by Neil Alexander on May 11, 2009 at 3:38pm
We were hoping no one would bring that up. (Putting cotton wool in ears.) La la la la la la la la ... aaaaaggh (running from room).
Comment by Neil Alexander on May 11, 2009 at 5:58pm
This is more appropriate to the theme of werefoxes and is dedicated to all the Warren Zevon fans on this site. We know there is at least one.

That little fox is just an "Excitable Boy".


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