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PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 2007 7:23 pm 
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A few thoughts and observations from the weekend...

The scene was set, the time was finally upon us, after nearly 4 months of pulsating expectation the day had arrived for the RetroBike Spring Meet 07. The previous months of secret training, the mass accumulation of parts from ‘the BAY’, the strict calorie control diet to ensure the retro Lycra did not cut off vital air supplies was over…..it was time to break out the GT-85, fill the not so retro camelbak and head to the rendez-vous in the hotbed of Mountain Biking that is the North Downs and the sleepy village of Westcott, Surrey..

After some fairly miserable weather towards the end of the week it was with a certain trepidation that I pulled back the curtains at 5.50am on Saturday morning, I’d like to say it was nervous anticipation that had me up so early, but infact it was a screaming child in the room next door (Bet Ned Overend never had to change a Nappy the morning of a big Race !!). However, the Sun was out, the sky was blue and it looked like the biking gods were smiling on us.

After a quick breakfast and a spin around the M25 I arrived at Westcott and searched for the Car park. Having never been to this car park before and relying on the chaps of STW for it’s existence (praying it wasn’t some elaborate SingleTrackWorld prank to make a w*nker out of me) I was relieved to find that not only did it exist, but it was huge and populated only by an old woman and a couple of dogs. Upon returning to the entrance to hang the all impotant Retro balloon markers I stumbled across the first arrivals , Mr Kawasaki (Neil) and RetroKing #1 (Max). I was duly informed that the link I had sent out to all the attendees actually pointed to a different car park up the road where as we spoke a harassed woman was attempting to stop a steady flow of bike laden vehicles mowing down a collection of 11 yr old footballers… I was convinced however that the balloons would do the job (despite two bursting on inflation) and as they began arriving like animals into the ark all seemed good with the world.

The Cars were parked and gradually the bikes were put together, faces were put to names to the usual cry of “oh, so you’re ‘insert RetroBike pseudonyme’â€


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 2007 7:50 pm 
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nice one hilts


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 2007 8:24 pm 
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Brilliant write up Hilts!!

Well done :D


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 2007 8:27 pm 
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Hilts wrote:
‘The more cramped than 5 hippos in a mini award’ goes to Russell and MadCowKev , good effort to keep soldiering on fellas.. Russ I think some training is in order before MM..


:) Already on it! though I don't know whether to train, or just hire a Masseuse for the weekend?


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 2007 8:34 pm 
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Hilts it was a good day Thank You :D


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 2007 9:45 pm 
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Hilts - nice one. Takes me right back a few days in an instant. What a fun day was had by all.

Here's to the next one.

:D


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 2007 10:32 pm 
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Great write up James :D


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2007 8:26 am 
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great writeup! :)

i wondered where you lot dissapeared to when we had arrived at Leith! :D now i know!

ive been meaning to tell the biking contingent on my car club about the ride, but due to my literary disability, have failed to write anything a fraction as good as this! so im going to be plagurising and linking back to here! :)


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2007 9:39 am 
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Great write up, but am feeling a bit left out now :(


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2007 11:21 am 
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Great summery Hilts.
Met Mr King before it became known he was a bottom burglar. He made several jokes about his penis that were not at all funny. It all made sense later.
Looking forward to the next ride.


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