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Le Tour de Fridge took place in Perth on Good Friday

Imagine a remake of Mad Max - except in a world in which the guzzoline really had run out, so lawless gangs had to take to bicycles, but alcohol was liberally available. That's pretty much what you get in this (probably NSFW) video shot in Perth, Western Australia, on Good Friday of 80 or so male cyclists undertaking what was termed Le Tour de Fridge.

The video, posted to YouTube has had the Daily Mail [we read it so you don't have to - ed] spluttering about how the riders managed to "terrorise" the suburb of Ellenbrook, although it all seems rather tame compared to the events (based on a true story) depicted in the motorcyle gang-themed 1953 Marlon Brando movie, The Wild One.

Still, there's a certain disregard for the law on the part of the Aussie cyclists - not least for the country's compulsory helmet legislation - and there's perhaps more scenes of people, ahem, making room for more alcohol than is perhaps strictly necessary.

 

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.

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Mart [110 posts] 3 years ago
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Isn't this an Aussie Rules Sportive?

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levermonkey [682 posts] 3 years ago
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Apart from a few participants (who were probably a bit sore the next day) no one was harmed, no one was inconvenienced, no one's property was damaged or destroyed and best of all a great time was had by all concerned.

Result.  4 24 4

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portec [116 posts] 3 years ago
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levermonkey wrote:

Apart from a few participants (who were probably a bit sore the next day) no one was harmed, no one was inconvenienced, no one's property was damaged or destroyed and best of all a great time was had by all concerned.

Result.  4 24 4

And presumably nobody defecated on the village green.  21

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rggfddne [221 posts] 3 years ago
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eh, I've seen worse organised crits.

It should be pointed out, though - ethanol makes a decent petrol subsitute.

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levermonkey [682 posts] 3 years ago
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nuclear coffee wrote:

eh, I've seen worse organised crits.

It should be pointed out, though - ethanol makes a decent petrol substitute.

Don't go suggesting alternative uses for ethanol! Us ugly people rely on it (and light you wouldn't choose a suit by) to breed.  19

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steven miles [24 posts] 3 years ago
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sorry, alcohol and cycling do not mix

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Bez [612 posts] 3 years ago
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steven miles wrote:

sorry, alcohol and cycling do not mix

The words of a man who has, I fancy, never had a bottom-gear-and-handlebars-turned-90-degrees race or towed a git in a rubber dinghy at speed over a BMX ramp.

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zanf [950 posts] 3 years ago
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steven miles wrote:

sorry, alcohol and cycling do not mix

Exactly what Albert Hoffman said.