Gears and Beers - Wagga

He’ll be the guy with the beard, also wearing Rapha. He should stand out.

lolol

Soooo… I didn’t realise this was a ‘limited places’ thing and I haven’t registered and the Dirty 130 is sold out.
If anybody comes to know about a spare ticket because someone can’t make it, please let me know.
Cheers

Bummer. Maybe just tag along on the ride?

Just where some rapha and no-one will guess your not meant to be there

That’s Plan B

Can do

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Date has been set for this, October 1st!

Plenty of time to organise. I’m pretty keen for this years. Does anyone have the course on ridewithgps or strava from last years?

Okay, thinking hard about it this year.

Meh, honestly, it wasn’t that great. The roads are nothing special and the beer festival is pretty small and underwhelming. Not really worth the 2-3 hour drive IMHO

Oh.

In that case how about we all come to Canberra sometime for a ride that ends at Bent Spoke?

Down. I can accommodate people.

Disagree. I’ve enjoyed it. Fun and fast gravel roads interspersed with tarmac bits surrounded by nice rolling farmland. All in all a Cool mixed surface ride. Also liked the surrounding villages communities getting out to cheer and bake stuff for us. Beer/food festival was a good size imho, I don’t really care for some massive thing with long queues and dozens of brands to chose from. Size was well suited to size of town I reckon.

https://www.strava.com/activities/731381068

Nah, the roads are nothing better than we can ride any day of the week here and the beer selection is tiny compared to Plonk. Why drive all that way and pay $$$ to do something we can do whenever we want?

Gears & Jeers

I guess you’ve been to Wagga quite a few times, so maybe the charm has worn off? But I’ve never been before, and I like the idea of checking out new little towns and roads.
Also it’s a community run event, so that’s also a nice thing to support.

I also like the idea of a ride in Canberra finishing at Bent Spoke as I can literally stumble home post beers

Agreed!

It’s nothing about Wagga. It’s just that it’s no better than any normal riding I can do close to home on a regular basis. It’s the same reason I don’t do Fitz’s Challenge.
It’s exactly like riding around north-east Canberra, just with an entry fee and a long drive each way.
I’m not going to try stop anyone else from going, I’m just giving my reasons for not

i lived in wagga last year and did the gears and beers, long story short if you only plan on riding it then you really need the whole weekend there to get the most out of wagga. i think they’ve still done it so it coincides with a monday public holiday? anywhere has roads and gravel stretches, and the big selling point of the ride is the festival and the riverina. there’s some fantastic places to eat and drink in wagga, even the chocolate factory in junee (which itself can be a 100km return ride from wagga on another day) and the cheese factory in coolamon, where the ride passes through. the festival part was a bit diminished last year, as they had to relocate it last minute to the streets as the remembrance parklands where it was planned to be hosted was over saturated with a weeks rain leading up to it. and even then wagga has its own brewery around the down the main street with its own large selection of beers and coffee (which only had a few beers on tap at the festival).

i’d happily do it again if i still lived there, and would recommend it to others to make a trip out of it. theres some fantastic riding around the region which isn’t touched upon by the gears and beers, and you really cant experience the best parts of wagga in an afternoon post festival. i am biased though - i loved living in wagga, and the fact that community events like the festival are consistently put on by the region with a big brand sponsor like rapha is worth supporting. nowhere else i’ve lived has put in such effort into community events and advertising and supporting their growth.

Thread dig.

It looks like this years is going ahead, but only the 130km ride capped at 1000 riders. is anyone from FOAmafia going?