Nite of the Spring Classics - Tour of Flanders

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Postby GregPankhurst » 21 Jan 2013, 20:43

Lo All

I'm a bit of a fan of the Classics races (MSR, LBL, Roubaix, etc), and this year the Tour of Flanders falls on Easter Sunday (March 31), so we've all got the day off the next day (hurrah). As such I was wondering if anyone wanted to make a night of it?

Rough plan would be:

(1) Go to Belgian Beer Cafe and consume vast amounts of mussels, trappist monk beers, veal sausages, waffles, etc
(2) Regroup at venue X to watch said race. Shift gears into Red Wine
(3) Prove we're rock hard by riding the next morning. Given the Tour of Flanders is all about short sharp climbs on bad surfaces, I'd suggest the Eastern Suburbs 5 Hills loop

Now admittedly this is still a ways off (March 31), but I'm going to need to work out where the hell Venue X shall be. If there's only a few of us, I guess we could pile back to someone's house (the race is on SBS), but if there's a decent posse we might have to sort out a larger venue.

Any love?

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Greg

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Postby Lizanne » 22 Jan 2013, 07:22

i can totally be in for some love

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Postby mikesbytes » 22 Jan 2013, 07:33

You had my attention until I read 3)......

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Postby GregPankhurst » 22 Jan 2013, 08:09

We can make it bespoke if people can't do the three legs

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Postby Lizanne » 22 Jan 2013, 08:34

nah, HTFU mike
red wine, followed by hills, it will be fun (death)

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Postby JoTheBuilder » 22 Jan 2013, 09:16

Sounds like a good plan to me. Though there is a strong chance I'll fall asleep mid race so my vote would be for a comfy couch at Venue X.

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Postby timothy_clifford » 22 Jan 2013, 09:35

GregPankhurst wrote:(3) Prove we're rock hard by riding the next morning. Given the Tour of Flanders is all about short sharp climbs on bad surfaces, I'd suggest the Eastern Suburbs 5 Hills loop


Ronde van Sydney? I say we find as much pavé as we can in lovely Sydney Town and plan a route around that.

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Postby timyone » 22 Jan 2013, 09:35

I'm interested :D

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Postby timyone » 22 Jan 2013, 09:36

I may or may not ride though)

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Postby GregPankhurst » 22 Jan 2013, 11:09

Oooo. Like the idea of the Ronde, though I don't know the whereabouts of much Sydney pave.

Venue ideas? Someone suggested the velo hall, but I don't know it nor what mod cons it has. I was thinking the highly exotic Wests Ashfield might do the job?

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Postby jermxx » 22 Jan 2013, 19:05

Will York Lane be open? They often are for this sort of thing.

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Postby GregPankhurst » 22 Jan 2013, 20:00

Good idea. That'd be handy for the Belgian Beer Cafe as well

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Postby GregPankhurst » 29 Jan 2013, 15:10

Good call on York Lane. Had a chat to the owner, and he's happy to open up on the night (he'll also broadcast the event through his own channels). Looks like the venue holds about 30 or so, so there should be a bit of atmosphere.

So the slightly more refined plan is:

Belgian Beer Cafe in Harrington St around 7ish - belgian fare + trappist monk beers - http://www.heritagebarandrestaurant.com.au/
Migrate to York Lane (in York Lane) to watch the race @ 9ish - open bar and finger food - http://www.yorklane.com/
Regroup at Marrickville Rd Cafe around 7am ish on the Monday - Eastern Suburbs 5 Hills Loop - http://app.strava.com/activities/38640128 (unless someone can come up with a Sydney pave route)

This is one of those unofficial rides, so usual caveats apply (no formal ride leaders, ride at own risk, etc). We will though be entirely civil and wait atop the climbs.

Just need a firm show of hands from people keen to attend. I'll need to numbers to book the Belgian Beer caf and let Dieter @ York Lane do some planning. Happy for people to take the bits they want as well.

To kick off the list:

Greg
Lizanne
Mike
Tim L
JotheBuilder
Tim Clifford
Jeremy (?)

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Postby Stuart » 30 Jan 2013, 08:56

I'm assuming it's broadcast on Eurosport? Or is SBS doing some classics this year? I may come along on the night but likely to be away given it's Easter. Will definitely NOT be riding on the Mon if I come along though (cause I'm soft).

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Postby GregPankhurst » 30 Jan 2013, 20:12

SBS have the rights this year

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Postby Nozzle » 31 Jan 2013, 15:23

Def keen. Love the Classics, even more so than the Grand Tours. I may need to HTFU between now and then for the post beers ride....

Attending:
Greg
Lizanne
Mike
Tim L
JotheBuilder
Tim Clifford
Jeremy (?)
Noel

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Postby jermxx » 03 Feb 2013, 13:52

Attending:
Greg
Lizanne
Mike
Tim L
JotheBuilder
Tim Clifford
Jeremy
Noel

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Postby Stuart » 26 Feb 2013, 12:15

Bit delicate but is somebody taking over the booking of the venue for this, assuming it's still on? We should notify the venue owner either way.

BTW, Lots more classics being broadcast on SBS this year with 5 in total : http://www.sbs.com.au/cyclingcentral/ne ... IVE-on-SBS

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Postby Adrian E » 26 Feb 2013, 16:13

I'll hopefully be in some hispter bar in Portland watching the race. Have a great night. Looking forward to Roubaiux.

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Postby Eleri » 28 Feb 2013, 17:11

Stuart wrote:Bit delicate but is somebody taking over the booking of the venue for this, assuming it's still on? We should notify the venue owner either way.


Dieter from York Lane has contacted me today. He heard about Greg's accident. He's keen to go ahead and wondered if people from DHBC still are.

So - who's in?

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Postby AndrewBurns » 28 Feb 2013, 19:21

I'm keen on the drinking and eating and race watching, not so sure about showing how rock hard I am by riding the next day though...

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Postby mikesbytes » 28 Feb 2013, 19:42

I'm still in, should we do the list again?

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Postby Nozzle » 28 Feb 2013, 21:23

I'm still keen.

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Postby JoTheBuilder » 01 Mar 2013, 05:54

Also still in...

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Postby jermxx » 01 Mar 2013, 16:36

Still in...

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Postby James Rogers » 01 Mar 2013, 16:38

I'm keen too.

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Postby Eleri » 01 Mar 2013, 18:54

OK - I'm just waiting to hear back from York Lane.

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Postby Nozzle » 16 Mar 2013, 07:41

Unfortunately I have to pull out. Will be in Sofala a long way from foxtel, Internet and Belgian beer for that matter....

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Postby Johnj » 16 Mar 2013, 17:02

I'm in. Not sure about riding with a skinfull of red wine though.

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Postby Lizanne » 18 Mar 2013, 08:04

I'm still up for watching the race, and Ben seems keen to come out and be social.

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Postby AndrewBurns » 26 Mar 2013, 07:15

Any details about this? Times, places etc?

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Postby AndrewBurns » 26 Mar 2013, 13:25

Some friends of mine are interested, the updated list so far is?

Eleri?
Andrew Burns
Mike
JoeTheBuilder
Jermxx
James Rogers
JohnJ
Lizanne
Ben

And maybe one or two friends of mine.

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Postby Eleri » 26 Mar 2013, 15:42

Just got an email from Dieter.

Looks like you'll need another venue as York Lane has decided not to open this weekend and show Paris Roubaix instead.

Plan B? I'm not a starter myself.

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Postby jermxx » 28 Mar 2013, 22:36

Any volunteers?

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Postby GregPankhurst » 01 Apr 2013, 13:26

Sorry this went off the rails a bit guys. Will ensure next year is a better show


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