naked bike ride

 

The Spokes took part in the naked bike ride last Friday starting at All Saints Park on Oxford Road. There was an amazing turn out of people, over 200 participants, the vast majority riding the route naked but the emphasis was on ‘bare as you dare’. It even attracted a rider in a full traditional Scottish outfit! The naked bike ride is a global event emphasising the vulnerability of cyclists and highlighting how cyclists are generally overlooked on the roads. Well the ride certainly stopped traffic!!! There were a lot of on-lookers and motorists were very accommodating by letting the whole group ride through the lights and attracting a lot of support from passer-bys.

 

Our very own Spokes joined in the proceedings to show support for the cause, covered in body paint and looking fabulous…….it just goes to show that any ‘body’ can be a cyclist so grab a bike and GOOOOOOO……(Spokes!)

 

 

The North West Velo Fest duathlon took place yesterday. Like all good athletes, we started off with a big cooked breakfast in the city centre after a night of heavy drinking. Event 1 was a leisurely 5 mile cycle through South Manchester to Burnage Rugby Club. Here we successfully took part in the transition from bikes to kayaks! The pros gave us a very scary briefing about the dangers of life on water, the rain came down, the river was fast, and we entered with intrepidation. As you will see from the photos, we quickly gain our water legs and had a jolly time paddling our way down stream. The duathlon conveniently finished at a pub near Chorlton, where we took on board more sports nutrition. A great day was had by all. Well done team!

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The party to celebrate all things alliteration. Plus bicycles and summer.

Huge thank you and well done to everyone who saw pooring rain and decided a party in a park was the best way to spend your Friday night. We weren’t expecting people to do that, it was a great surprise.

PoWWow did a surperb job as always turnign a boat house into a party venue. Hand made laterns, painted wheels, and a beautiful dinning table. Everyone did their bit pedalling to give us the electricity for the sound system, with The Spokes even trying out some new dance moves on the rig.

This was our first performance in the dark. We built a highly techincal stage set out of parafn and loo roll in tin cans to create our ring of fire to perform in.

After the show, everyone danced the night away, in the rain, busting moves in the ring of fire.

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The weather forecast was awful but you still came out dressed in your finery. Good show old chaps, good show! What a delightfully spiffing ride we had. Tally ho! etc etc

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Today The Spokes were invited into Media City to appear as a guest on BBC Radio Manchester! You can listen to the interview from 01:21 here:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01ys7g4

The topic of discussion was bicycle dancing and North West Velo Fest

The presenter Becky Want concluded

“I do think it is still quite a strange wacky way to spend your lesiure time…but hey, there’s nothing wrong with that…we welcome all comers in Manchester”

I agree!

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A new event for NWVF, brought to you by a new Spoke who got us access to an empty shop on Chorlton’s high street.

Event participants could chose to draw, or pose, or both. I never thought I’d find myself posing in a barbecue shop window but you never know what NWVF will bring you.

The event attracted a few people who usually draw, and a lot of people who haven’t done this since they were made to at school. We witnessed people start off outside their comfort zone then slowly getting really into it, and producing great works. We had members of the public come in off the street to join us.

There was also a photobooth set up so you could have a couple portrait taken of you and your beloved bicycle.

Overall, a very enjoyable event with brilliant people in a unique venue. Well done all involved, we can’t wit to do it again!

 

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We love and miss our jolly rides. It’s such a wonderful evening to get out of the city and ride through the countryside on a weekday evening, then be back in work the next day knowing you did so much more than just watch TV like your colleagues. Thanks to the Manchester weather, we didn’t quite get out to the beautiful scenery as planned. But this is a bike festival in Manchester, we have to ride in the rain at least once!

14 people joined us, a large but manageable size for a group ride. The plan was Lymm and a great pub by the canel with beautiful views. We made it to Timperley, a very black cloud loomed over us. We took a group vote and headed to the nearest pub. Just after arrival it chucked it down big time. We were pleased with our decision.

The rain managed to stop and hold off for the journey home. Spinning along canals and tiny lanes in the dusk, chattering all the way.

I hope you all enjoyed the improvised ride!

Here is some of the gang looking jolly outside the pub:

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