Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Bikes: Merckx Corsa Extra, Gios Super Record, Raleigh RC7000, Specialised Stumpjumper
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... although I think that subject line will be relevant only to South Africans of a certain vintage.
What I really mean is Cape Town calling.
Snoek is the barracuda-like fish that's become synonymous with this part of the world. When I was growing up in the 1960s the snoek sellers would go around on a horse and cart blowing a horn made out of, I think, a rolled-up cone cut from a paraffin (kerosene) tin. Snoektown Calling was the title of a popular radio programme of that time. Radio? Hey, we only got TV in 1975.
I lived here most of my life, except for a couple of years in Cambridge, Mass.
A holiday in Alsace, France, in 1998 rekindled my interest in riding and about 5 years ago I found out about Paris-Brest-Paris. I completed the qualifying brevets and just this week I registered. My enthusiasm infected some riding buddies, who will be joining me in Paris in August. I believe our total South African contingent numbers a couple of dozen.
My bike interest tends towards classic steel: I use an Eddy Merckx Corsa Extra as my everyday rider and Audax bike, a 1982 Gios Super Record for cruising, and an aluminium/CF 2007 Raleigh RC7000 as my go-fast bike. There's also an elderly Specialised Stumpjumper in there...
I look forward to some stimulating discussion.