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Tour de Shore

December 13, 2010

This weekend featured the inaugural running of le Tour de Shore. An invitational mixed-terrain ride that linked together hidden gems of North Shore gravel, grass, sand and dirt trails. The route was kept secret from all competitors and each stage had something special to offer. Some of the riding was pretty special too, perhaps an indicator of the oppressive heat and relentless re-hydration schedule the peloton was forced to endure!

I took my camera along but was too busy keeping up to photograph the more scenic stages. All I managed to capture was the humdrum stuff when we stopped for a rest. Can’t wait for the next one.

TdS: First, Second & Third Puncture

There was three punctures on one bike before we even got going.

TdS: Stair-Climb

A grueling hike-a-bike section up endless stairs.

TdS: Pie Punishment

Pie-punishment in the searing sun for an event infringement of some kind.

TdS: Tunnel under the Motorway

We rode under the motorway...

TdS: The Bridge to Nowhere

...we rode over the motorway...

TdS: The Bridge to Nowhere Drinkstop

...for a harbourside refreshment stop.

TdS: Breather (Drink Stop)

The average age was scarily high but we all made it through with minimal blood-loss.

There were crashes, there were mechanicals, headaches, stomach-aches, back-aches and feats of bicycle-handling that would make a circus-monkey proud. It just goes to show riding bikes with friends is a guaranteed good-time, doesn’t matter if you’re 4 or 44.

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  1. December 14, 2010 4:29 pm

    The competitors look more like the 44 end of the scale!

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