cfsmtb in low earth orbit

Monday, March 13, 2006

So where the bloody hell are you?

St Kilda PierSaturday arvo: Fun in the sun on St Kilda Pier

As planned, the
Melbourne Aeolian Ride ROCKED the bayside suburbs on Saturday! Actually the ride amused, inspired, confused, baffled and provoked mirth in thousands of surprised spectators. Just quietly between you and me, the Aeolian suits are R&D prototypes for a new Power Tap measuring system. Many many thanks to Jessica and Clay for bringing out this splendid ride + suits to Australia. Here's the Melbourne Aeolian Ride Flickr pix, and read Suzies report.

Aeolian Ride ~ 3 of 11 Originally uploaded by dmcd

Message from Jessica,
Hello Melbourne,
I want to thank you so much for all your support - yesterday's ride turned out fantastic. Big thanks to all the riders, volunteers and your local organizer Chris Star :) We got a lot of giddy responses from the peds and cars. Children waving and a couple of guys doubled over with laughter.

I was really happy to meet all the different bike lovers. Melbourne is a great place for bikes. I am collecting your high resolution digital photos for the aeolian book as well as putting a collection of them online as well. Please email your photos to:


Weeeeee!Recce ride on Thursday night: cfsmtb launches into low earth orbit

Seriously though, the Aeolian Ride has been one of the best cycling events I've coaxed along, from original interest some 12-18 months ago, to actual event taking shape. Bloody satisfying & funny to boot. Now, one must rest. Thankyou to you all & it's been an absolute blast!


  • Twas indeed a hoot riding around like a big, squishy marshmallow C. Thanks for all the effort in making it happen!

    By Blogger ...mj, at 6:31 pm, March 13, 2006  

  • Ahh that looked awesome! I'm so disappointed I couldn't do it. Ah well, at least it was a nice sunny day for it. Can't wait to see more pics.

    One question though, was it extra sweaty with the puffy suits on ?

    By Blogger P3t3, at 11:36 am, March 14, 2006  

  • I wouldn't say it was *extra sweaty*, but one tended to *glow* by the end of the ride. As we were collecting the suits at the ride completion, I noticed a bit of BO, but nothing too harsh. The weather was absolutely superb - about mid 20's with strengthening seabreeze during the afternoon. Which was mild compared to the 30km + gusts we were contending with during Thursday nights recce ride.

    The reactions + comments were fantastic, numerous tooting of cars, jaw dropping, people on the beach standing up and looking on in amazement, comments of "what's it all about?" Sadly it's seems to be the case that most people regard public displays of silliness as a either a product promotion or advertising. Although a couple of folks on Beaconsfield Parade mentioned that the Aeolians were probably an alternative, cheaper version of the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony!

    By Blogger cfsmtb, at 9:23 am, March 16, 2006  

  • Hmmm P3t3... I had a touch of claustrophobia when I first got in the suit due to the heat of the sun. That tends to happen to me when I get overheated but I was fine once we got moving.

    By Blogger Suzie, at 9:53 pm, March 18, 2006  

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