The Herald article on injuries to MAM started off with "hordes of middle aged men have taken up cycling..." so I thought it appropriate to mention the Horde of MAM (quite a few MAW too) I saw in Annandale on Sunday. I was just returning from a ride  with LBUG via some of Clover's new cycleways. We started with 10 riders, which is about an average turnout for LBUG. Sometimes we get 15 or even 20, and sometimes only a  few gnarly old regulars turn up, but it doesn't matter, we go regardless.

On the way home people drop off (to go home, not because we lose them, or not usually anyway)  so we were down to 3 riders ( a perfect ride is when I am the only one left at the finish) by the time we got to the light rail underpass near Railway Pde in Annandale. A few cyclists were coming the other way and someone yelled out "Gday Bob", and it gradually dawned on me this was a long line of Bike North riders, on our turf too. It somehow felt like they should be paying a fee.

We stopped to chat to one of the "pointers" who was signalling the route to the group and jokingly said to him "you are starting late", since it was about midday, and he said something like, " jeez, its going to be a long ride, we are only just finished riding around Balmain". Cyclists kept coming down the street and he said there were 41 on the ride. Mate, I was jealous, but our smaller groups are probably more manageable. Must have been fun crossing The Crescent. I was even a little miffed, because a few riders I recognized could possibly have come on our ride, but I had to repress that thought, it's a free market, and maybe people like riding in big groups. More strength to Bike North. But if you have a few spare riders, send them over to Leichhardt.

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Tags: "bike, lbug, leichhardt, north', rides

Comment by Michael S. (Boxhead) on April 6, 2011 at 8:55am

"they should be paying a fee"

Blow that. Protect your turf Bob.

 

Hang the skeletal frame of a north shore bike on a stake at the Crescent as a warning ... ride this way and you'll have to deal with LBUG ...

 

That'll tell 'em. 

Comment by PeterT on April 6, 2011 at 12:54pm
Comment by Ma Dame Vélo on April 6, 2011 at 1:42pm

I wasn't on that ride but I don't think it has been run much (if at all?) before.  It actually started at 7am at St Leonards Station, if I am not mistaken, so it was a long ride, wasn't it?

 

Why don't you just organise some LBUG rides that go north?  Get your own back.  ;-)

Comment by Paul on April 7, 2011 at 2:37pm
I think that Bike North territory will be quite safe from LBUG riders. The Inner West makes riders too soft to handle the hills of the north :-)
Comment by Bob Moore on April 7, 2011 at 11:53pm
Usually we take the train to get into enemy territory at Hornsby or Gordon, if we are doing Galston Gorge or Akuna Bay. So we can handle a few hills- I'd back some of our hill hounds any day. Not me though, I like undulations, especially the unduls.
Comment by ChrisH on April 9, 2011 at 12:22am
Undulations? Give me dulations any day. Them I can handle.
Comment by Bob Moore on April 9, 2011 at 7:17am
Just opened the Yehuda Moon link- funny.

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