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FRIDAY NIGHT RIDE
The One Gear, More Beer crew are doing a ride on Friday arvo for the early birds, followed by food and drinking. Starts at 4pm and leaves from Salamanca Lawns (the starting location for BnC’s infamous Silo Runs). The itinerary has been updated with details (ctrl-refresh if you still get the old one when you click the link)!
That’s right folks, the 2008 Australian Singlespeed Nationals are on like Donkey Kong! The Devil’s Isle is the venue and Hobart is going to sweat beer for two days in April. It’s a weekend of bikes, BBQs, parties and debauchery. It’s all about having a good time, hanging out with a good bunch of people and getting a little loose for the weekend. You don’t need to be a race-warrior, you don’t need to own a singlespeed bike, and you sure as hell don’t need to take anything seriously. Sign up, throw down, join in and rock out.
You’ll be guaranteed to have a shitload of fun with a heap of good crew, there will be bands to keep it kicking, 16″ BMX racing to test your skills, a ROLLER DERBY to get your legs spinning, spot prizes for best costume, nudity, loose antics and anything else we feel like.
APRIL 19 & 20 (Saturday/Sunday)
The Brisbane Hotel
Glenorchy Mountain Bike Park
Virgin Blue, Qantas and Jetstar offer flights into Hobart. The airport is 20 minutes from the city centre.
The TT-Line sails twice a day and offers passenger and car transport from Melbourne to Devonport (3 hour drive to Hobart).
The Glenorchy Mountain Bike Park is approximately 15 minutes drive from the centre of Hobart. It’s an easy ride from the city and we’ll have a guide to take you there if you want to ride out!
To get there follow the Brooker Highway for approximately 5km. After the second roundabout take the next left at Elwick Road. Proceed through the roundabout, at the end of Elwick Road, onto Eady Street and follow Eady Street as it swings round to the next roundabout. Go left at this roundabout (Tolosa Road) and proceed to the end of the road.
There are Tolosa Park signs from Elwick road and the Bike Park is situated just behind Tolosa Park.
The Brisbane Hotel is at 3 Brisbane Street. From the Hobart Mall travel up Elizabeth Street for 3 blocks then turn right into Brisbane. The pub’s at the end of the second block. Don’t stress, there will be a map in the itinerary, and we’ll be guiding everyone around anyway! This info’s just in case you loose us.
Anywhere you want! You can try for a room at The Brisbane Hotel (get in fast!) by calling them on (03) 6234 4920.
Other options are:
The New Sydney – (03) 6234 4516
The Pickled Frog – (03) 6234 7977
Central City Backpackers – (03) 6224 2404
All are close to the city/venues and will probably give you a cheaper rate if you grab some mates and book as a group.
We’ll be having a BBQ and some other random shit for lunch on both days (including vegan, ya hippies!). The Brisbane Hotel do a bunch of kick arse counter meals (including vegan) for bloody cheap and there will be time on Saturday put aside so that everyone can eat. There should be a special 08ASSN dish that’ll fill you up and sex your tastebuds for super cheap too.
If you’re arriving early and want to sample some other places, follow Elizabeth Street up until you reach the North Hobart main strip, there are plenty of food places there. Or go in the opposite direction down the the wharf/Salamanca Place and grab some fish’n’chips and other assorted stuff.
You’ll need your bike (no gears!) and a helmet. Anything else is optional but we’d suggest gloves, your wallet, clean underwear and clothing suitable for any weather (or something revealing and a little creepy, whatever!). Use your head, bring the important stuff.
You can ride anything so long as it’s pedal powered and only has a single working gear. Keep in mind that the race itself will be on an XC course so you’ll need to be able to ride (or push) it around some dirt. A SS mountain bike is the obvious choice but cruisers, lowriders, BMXs, fixed gear track bikes, clown bikes, tall bikes, SS conversions, 1980 full-rigid Repco conversions and anything else with one gear will will be ridiculous and highly encouraged.
You can modify a geared bike so that the gears don’t work (and be able to prove it), but that’s kinda boring.
Don’t worry stress too much though. Bring anything you want and we’ll figure out how to make it singlespeed on the day. Cutting cables is fun!
If you’re a local, or arrive early, head to the Tip Shop at McRobbies Gully in South Hobart (follow the signs to the tip), find the roughest looking bike you can, rip the derailleurs off, paint it black and ride custom!
For more information or a good time, call Mischa on 0438 599 147 or e-mail email@example.com.
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