Question: Should you ride on a full stomach?
Answer: Avoid, where possible.....
Avoidance behaviour is not in the modus operandi of a Smiddy rider....at least for 8 days a year. The cold start meant a slow start but as the sun came out the average speed picked up and we arrived at Ban Ban Springs ahead of time. The spread put on by the road crew was as per normal, perfect, fuelling our engines for the remaining 105kms into Eidsvold. However, the bumpy roads were not favourable for our digestion, causing a cocktail of Megaburn bars, boiled egg sandwiches and Freddo Frogs to have a combustion like effect. Most felt the full effect of this chemical reaction on the climb to Binjour, not to be confused with the French greeting Bonjour! The endless rolling hills, the heavy roads and the scorching sun were all taking a toll on the riders. The Smiddy spirit was on show again during these tough sections, with many a rider lending a helping hand to those who were going through a rough patch on the bike. This was not surprising considering this was Day 2 of the 8 Day Degustation Odyssey to Townsville.
Answer: Shark of course!
Spring had sprung and the warmer weather was luring the reptiles out of hibernation. As the peloton approached one of the days many hot, gradual climbs concentration waivered and hallucinations were common. However, there was no confusing the incident that occurred towards the rear of the peloton, unsighted by many, but experienced by the one Mark “Sharky” Smoothy. As the shark circled the base of the climb, the world’s most venomous snake slithered towards an unlikely encounter with its marine nemesis. Startled by the hum and vibration of the advancing Smiddy peloton, the snake sensed danger. With the fin of the shark approaching it reared its head in aggression, not once, not twice, but thrice in an attempt to kerb the shark’s momentum. But it was strike four that these two great predators would dual for supremacy, with only one victor. A savage battle ensued with the shark repelling the snake compliments of the puncture resistant Maxxis Refuse tyres. (Warning: this story is based on actual events but may have been altered for promotional purposes)
Fellow smiddy rider, Brendan Lynch, well known for fashion disasters produced another clanger on the start line in Nanango. Paying tribute to his USA wife and donors he donned a pair of captain America stars and stripes long johns (nee tights). Fortunately, the fashion police had reported to duty by the time the peloton reached Goomeri and he was threatened with time in the spares van unless the pants were promptly removed. He reluctantly complied.
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Thank you to everyone following this inspirational journey of 51 riders and 13 road crew. If you wish to help out by donating towards your favourite rider’s fundraising page please go to http://www.smiddyfundraising.com.au/event/smiddychallenge2012 or visit the Smiddy website at www.smiddy.org.au