Aftermath 2013

Dog Rock!

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It looks as awesome as I remember. (And before anyone mentions that most of us missed seeing it… it’s all about the journey not the destination.)

Well that was 866 kms this year: the 2nd longest after the 1056 km Melb-Adelaide. It seemed easy, principally because everyone was either road-hardened or young.

Every Epic is different. Thankfully. Every year I hear the same: “Never again…” But it doesn’t take long for the pain to fade and memory to embellish.

This year was characterised by a really very good route. Great country-side and any dangerous roads were absolutely minimized. And of course it helps that no-one died.

And the organisation was great, principally because it existed. Miranda take a bow. No-one could have taken me so close to my dog-of-youth with such flair.

Our Directeurs Sportif: Jill & Wendy take a bow. They shepherded us along, always there with sustenance and encouragement. Chapeaux.
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And now, as promised, a quick quiz. Just to see if you were paying attention on the trip. According to O’Brien’s quantum theory, prolonged cycling results in the exchange of atoms and people becoming part bicycle. Identify the person from the following attributes. If you are correct you will be rewarded with confirmation, if you are wrong you will be assailed with some ’70s fluoro.

1. I have a star, but not on my car.
Carol, Helena, Katie, Leah, Luke, Mal, Mark, Miranda, Steve, Vinnie
2. My spokes are tight, light and white.
Carol, Helena, Katie, Leah, Luke, Mal, Mark, Miranda, Steve, Vinnie
3. Steel is real, have a feel.
Carol, Helena, Katie, Leah, Luke, Mal, Mark, Miranda, Steve, Vinnie
4. I have a aquiline nose.
Carol, Helena, Katie, Leah, Luke, Mal, Mark, Miranda, Steve, Vinnie
5. My stays are triaxial and hydroformed.
Carol, Helena, Katie, Leah, Luke, Mal, Mark, Miranda, Steve, Vinnie
6. My clipless pedals are retro.
Carol, Helena, Katie, Leah, Luke, Mal, Mark, Miranda, Steve, Vinnie
7. I have a massive pie-plate.
Carol, Helena, Katie, Leah, Luke, Mal, Mark, Miranda, Steve, Vinnie
8. I have zertzs for vibration isolation.
Carol, Helena, Katie, Leah, Luke, Mal, Mark, Miranda, Steve, Vinnie
9. I have an Iso-Speed Decoupler.
Carol, Helena, Katie, Leah, Luke, Mal, Mark, Miranda, Steve, Vinnie
10. I have a Giant stem.
Carol, Helena, Katie, Leah, Luke, Mal, Mark, Miranda, Steve, Vinnie

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