The Rules of Acquisition

Ferengi looking at the rules of Acquisition

So maybe I’m being a big Star Trek nerd right here, but I couldn’t resist using the title.

After eight months of fund-raising we have still only made it a third of the way to our target for a new tandem. But it’s not all bad news. The funds we do have have netted us something after all…

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Why Support Us

Thanks to a really generous donation last week our fund-raising is now at just over $2000. This donation was for $400, and took me somewhat by surprise. Yes I had included a $400 option on the GoFundMe, but I wasn’t really expecting anyone to take it up. Needless to say I’m really thankful.

I have been asked why I’m asking for funding from people and groups. In effect I’ve been asked why I’m deserving of support. It’s a fair question, and I’ll do my best to respond.

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Updates: NPS, Training and a New Teammate

Yes, it’s been a bit quiet on the Tandem Armidale blog, but things have been happening behind the scenes.

Firstly our big news is, despite being unable to make the Para-Cycling Road Nationals, we won the 2014 NPS for B Classification. Needless to say we’re really thrilled that things fell in our favour that way, after being able to make the last event.

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The Countdown is On

National Para-Cycling Series logoIt’s Wednesday afternoon, and in less than 48 hours we will have ridden our first Para-cycling race.

Yes, the first round of the National Para-cycling Series is on Friday and Saturday in Toowoomba, Queensland, alongside the Zarraffa’s Oceania Road Championships.

We’ll be riding a 20km Time Trial from 7:30am on Friday, on the same course as the Oceania’s before they start, and then a 69.76km Road Race from 7:30am Sunday.

Not totally sure what else will be going on over the weekend, but I expect we’ll keep our Twitter account and Facebook page up to date with whatever happens!

And of course, if you see us in Toowoomba, do say “hi!”

Country Living

A couple of weeks ago Matt de Neef, aka @climbingcyclist tweeted:

My immediate thought was that where we ride, it would be lucky if it was only twice our speed. Living regionally, we are mostly riding on roads with a 100km/hr speed limit, and often they have little or no shoulder, a different riding experience to the bike paths and roads of Wollongong that I road before returning to Armidale.

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The Things You Hear

I understand that riding a tandem is much more common in other countries than it is in Australia. Seeing a tandem is such a novelty for some people they feel they just have to say something. I though I’d give a list here of the most common things heard while riding a tandem. Some of this is funny, some of it isn’t, but I suspect you’ll be able to work out where I’m being serious.

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