Want something a bit different. An adventure, an opportunity to meet new people, have a good laugh at yourself and if you’re that way inclined, break out one of your crazy outfits and brighten up someone else’s day.
We’re talking last week’s Melburn Roobaix.
Photography - Rosie Price AKA Miss Cadence
Ten years in, the Melbourne Robaix has grown from a bunch of mates exploring the back laneways to 2,500 riders looking for a different day out. For the uninitiated, the Melbourne Roobaix is not a race, not a competition, but a social ride that takes you away from the regular bike routes of Melbourne.
We were invited along by the ever generous Nick Stillwell - See Nick’s Weekly Rider article here. His invitation to the Roobaix sums up a lot of why this event has grown so significantly, each year people come back and bring a friend… It’s now at the point where it’s reaching capacity and can’t safely get any bigger.
The Melburn Roobaix is so much more than a bike ride, it’s an adventure and an outing where you meet new people and everyone is ready for a good time. It’s not about putting your head down and smashing out the k’s, but about taking in the sights, having a laugh, and if you’re up for it, dressing up as Borat… or a pilot… or a storm trooper… you get the picture.
We loved taking in Hawthorn, heading through Clifton Hill, Brunswick, Kensington and more. The back streets are great fun and we’ve added a few new sneaky shortcuts to our Melbourne repertoire to help us get from A to B on the bike a bit quicker.
The crowd was awesome, the excitement at the start, finish and every moment in-between was huge and I’m pretty sure I’ve never seen so many people having a good time.
Social media was bombarded with pictures of the Melburn Roobaix and there’s still some seriously good outfits and bike’s coming up in my feed.
A week on from the Melbourne Roobaix I’m still loving it. If you missed out this year may sure you’re inline for tickets in 2016!