Melburn-Roobaix was on last Sunday.

44 kilometres, with thirteen bone-shaking cobblestone sectors, north of the river, starting at Hawthorn velodrome, ending at Brunswick velodrome with a course winding through Kew, Clifton Hill, North Carlton, Kensington and Moonee Ponds.

It was a crisp start (1.8°C when we left home) and glorious sunshine all day. I didn’t think the queue to register could be worse than last year, but I was wrong!


Highlights of the day?

The “tall” bike at Squirrel cafe — I’m not sure how he navigated the low hanging trees in some of the laneways.


Climbing the Col d’Arden!


The mille-feuille at Filou’s and the cleansing ale at the end as the sun set.


Lowlight? Richard blowing out the rear tyre on his Moulton in West Brunswick and having to walk to the finish!

Here’s the GPS trace for the day with kilometre marks.

Melburn Roobaix course

Pencil it in for next year and start planning your costume…

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