Suffolking Slow was our team name. And we were! While a couple of us started to watch the clock, arabella remained her cool, confident self. A motley crew we were also: arabella was on a fixed ladies bike a la Sophie Matter, me on single speed, Marcus on fixed, Jane on trike and John on a geared bike.
Several times we were shouted at from cars. Often it is done just to give you a fright. But it appears that one of them was very angry. In his efforts to let his feelings be known, he stuck his head out of the window and delivered his expletives in such an animated way that his sunglasses fell off onto the ground. Marcus managed to avoid cycling over them which is a shame. It could have been such a good 'oh ooops sorry' gem of a moment.
My mind was playing tricks again. I could not see one advert without reading something else into it. The first was 'free range eggs £1.20'. How can they be free when you charge £1.20. The next was 'Live singer on Saturday'. Imagine a dead singer on Saturday. 'Sunday roast being served now.' Liers! It's Friday and you're closed anyway'.
I have a proposal for Paul Smith and Rapha. The items will come as the 'SR Series' of Den Coureur (£600), Den Derailleur (£400), Den Soigneur (£300) and Den Vapeur (£200). You can go all out and get the Den Primeur for £1200. I'm talking about a cycling friendly camera. A camera which will respond to touch and voice. The body will have an 'arm' coming down on the right hand side (for right handed people). As soon as you grab the arm, the camera will be on, just like the iPad switches on as soon as you take the cover off. Then you can customise your 'Vitessen' (gears). I only need three (which is what you get with Den Soigneur at £300): normal, sunny, dark. Those will be voice recognised. So you're cycling along, see a deer coming out of the bushes, you grab the camera which sits nicely in an angled pocket at the front of your Rapha top. You say 'vitesse donker' - to continue the west-flemish language theme - and press the button with your thumb, as the button is on the front of the arm. All done in one seamless action and in less than a second. 'Innovate' says Graeme Obree'.
- Thanks to arabella and the team for a wonderful start to the Easter weekend
- Meeting so many audaxers/yacfers at the Punchbowl
- Great journey back on the train
- Congratulations to simonp for completing the 25000 brevet
- Congratulations to John for completing a first 400, and Jane on trike
- Best of luck to the Things for their next adventure
Photos are on the slideshow till the next ride or here: Clicky