The World Linen Run Movement stands for sartorial social rides in warmer climes. Though it is not a race, a brisk enough speed is set to enjoy the sensation of breeze through unbuttoned linen, and the delicious pleasure of leaving behind greenies who never actually ride, but thought they should "lend their support" by coming along—as though any time anyone pedals it is some kind of anti oil protest. We began our ride two weekends ago by hammering forward up a long hill, until our greenie friends (thanks guys for coming along and lending support), were well out of sight, so we could stop to take a group photo, without their day-glow and naked painted bodies spoiling our photos.
You will note from these photos that cream tires are very much in vogue this season among the Linen Run set. Upright positions too, seem all the vogue. Not that Linen Run aficionados are exclusive or snobby. We simply layer our cycling in thousands of shifting cultural clues, to exclude newcomers whose thoughts about everything don’t precisely match ours. It makes for fewer arguments.
Speaking of arguments though, The Hon. Hamish—god bless—took the opportunity to share points of view from Quadrant and The Spectator, plus his many years of faithful service to Australians for Constitutional Monarchy. Smashing good fun. Coordinator of the Hunter Region Bicycle Planning Group, Bernard Hockings MVO, remained blissfully unaware, cocooned in the protective bubble of memories from his last trip to Europe.
The Fernleigh Track in Newcastle is one of the world’s great rail trails, almost linked now to another 90km length of path being completed around Lake Macquarie. It is attracting cyclists the way macadam roads attracted pioneers of this pass time in the late eighteen hundreds. The Linen Run franchise, meanwhile, is fast making me, Dr. Behooving, stinkingly rich, with MOUs already penned with suave cycling brethren in Singapore, Honduras, and Jining Northern China. Perhaps you too would like to organize a Linen Run for your stinking hot town? Just drop me a line, and we shall talk turkey.