The grin still hasn’t worn off from Sunday.
Prepare for the biggest, and perhaps the best Melburn Roobaix event report ever.
A Decade on.
It wasn’t that long ago that this party started in slightly more humble circumstances. From the steps of Fed Square, the image below is the remains of those who made it to Roobaix that first day in 1926. It was a big thing even back then. All the tribes sent forth members to represent. Bike couriers, old grumpy commuters, past and current road racers, mountain bikers, old and new, young and not so young.
The plan wasn’t even for it be an annual event. Truth be told like many things I’ve done there hasn’t been a plan, just a passion, and one I’ve persisted with for a long time, much longer than the decade of Melburn Roobaix’s existence.
The 10th edition saw a return to reasonable weather, and thank goodness for that. While the Brunswick Cycling Club receives the longer overdue facelift it desperately needs, we took the party to the infield and the grand arena has never looked better.
Thank you to:
Fitbit – Giro – Malvern Star
Madman Entertainment – Cycling Victoria – Melbourne Bike Share – Bicycle Network – Brunswick Cycling Club – Good Cycles – Loafer Bread – Mum’s Jam
Best and Fairest
1 Vote – Team FYXO.
Thanks to all of you.
Clarissa, Blake, Melisaa, Nick, Jack, Peter, Travis, Dom, The Hose, Zanotto, Andrey, Carol, Geoffrey and our Roobaix track specialist, Cliff.
2 Votes – Dave Morgan.
The heart, soul and pink of Brunswick CC. How this guy has not won Australian Cyclist of the Year is beyond me. We need to change that.
3 Votes – Melodie White.
Roobaix wouldn’t be what it is today without her level of organisation and detail.
Winners & Grinners
Winner of Melburn Roobaix – Michelle Nicholls
First female winner in the history of Roobaix! Congratulations Michelle.
Win Your Weight in Bicycle Beer
Congratulations to Ducky from CSI, also known as Peter Donald. Made winning look easy!
There were many winners – Goose and Maverick were my favourite and the crowds too and won a pair of Brooks Cambium saddles.
The other cute couples walked away with Temple Brewing gift certificates.
Some levels of awesome were shown by American Astronauts, Russian Cosmonauts with teams closer to 10 members in size. Clip’tin Tea got a warm response that would have been warmer given their awesome video below, but it was the Disco Pimps who won the day and took home Coffee Supreme brew kits.
The Prize Raffle
Lachlan with questionable handwriting won a Malvern Star Path Racer to rip skids on.
David Jablonka took home the Spirit of Roobaix and this beautiful Brooks-esque creation by Paul Watson (Winner of the 2010 Melburn Roobaix). Amongst the many beautiful touches is a brass WATSON rear plate, and ‘Hell of the Northcote’ embossed on both sides.
Best Moving Picture.
It’s a tie.
Same goes for you Craig Hughes.
I could have sworn I told people to switch #strava off.
Turns out if you did, you would have seen this nifty flyby feature which was spliced into the video above. The number of riders is limited to a paltry 10% of the field, but cool nonetheless. Here’s what 7 hours in 30 seconds looks like from a satellite.
In the paper.
Mum was pleased to see we made the news.
Top 20 #MelburnRoobaix grams.
In no particular order of awesome.
View the gallery here.
If you missed out on scooping a tee, cap or beanie on the day don’t dismay.
FYXO’s got a brand new bag! shop.fyxo.co
SAVE THE DATE.
2016 Melburn Roobaix / Sunday 26 June
See you next year.
Andy & Melodie.
Melburn Roobaix Gallery
It’s a big one.
Images below from FYXO, Andy Rogers, and Temple Brewing.