Melbourne’s inaugural Brompton Urban Challenge (#BUCMEL) lived up to all expectations for the day – and given the level of (slightly nervous) excitement leading up to the event, it was a thrill to participate in the adventure.
Brompton Urban Challenges are scavenger hunts through a city with the aim of having fun and taking creative photos that meet the cryptic description of each challenge. Over the last month the organisers of BUCMEL – Nick Boyakovsky from Brompton Australia, and Cory Boardman from Velo Electric & Folding – worked hard to come up with our 13 challenges. How well would you have done guessing what to do for these?
I suspect I wouldn’t have done very well if left to my own devices, but fortunately Urban Challenges are team events. As we arrived at Federation Square and registered with Nick, we were advised who our team members were – if we hadn’t already nominated our own team of three.
Stephen and I were teamed up with Andy from Brisbane. As well as being great company, Andy is the champ behind the Brisbane Brompton Club Facebook group – so if you’re a Bromptonaut (or aspiring to be one) why not check out his page, too?
As it so happened, Stanley and Elsie ended up as a team of 2, so we decided to tag along with each other. You know what they say; five is company, six is a crowd…
Naturally there was a line-up for a group photo before everyone departed – too late for at least one group, and too soon for another – but this is almost everyone who participated:
Set loose (so to speak), we had until 3pm to post to Instagram or email to Nick our team’s submission for each challenge. We then had a extra hour (to 4pm) to make it back to Alexandra Gardens (on the opposite side of the Yarra River to Federation Square) for the folding time trial and to see who would come away with some of the great prizes that were on offer.
In the order they appear on our challenge sheet, here are some of the submissions for each challenge:
- It’s A Long Way To The Top
2. Bike Sharing Is Caring
3. Taking The Laneway
4. Big Wheels And Little Wheels
5. Made In London
6. Space Oditty
7. Pedal Or Portage?
8. Not Just Black
9. Wanna Play Kick To Kick?
10. Just For Fun
11. Off And Racing
12. Made For Tea
13. Housewife Megastars And Singing Budgies
You can also browse through the other entries on the Brompton Bicycle Australia Facebook page.
Photos uploaded, we assembled at the Brompton Australia / Velo Electric & Folding tent set up at Alexandra Gardens. Why there? Why a tent? Nick and Cory had very cleverly (and conveniently) arranged our Urban Challenge to coincide with the Go Bike Expo in these gardens, which attracts riders participating in the Around the Bay event the following day (Sunday) organised by Bicycle Network Victoria.
Soon enough, out came the chalk board and timer. Cory went first to set a time for us all to aim for and we went for it!
No records, I’m afraid, but we all had fun and that’s the main thing. Congratulations to Ed with the fastest time on the day of 11.51sec! (Nick, as organiser, opted out of the comp, but also did a very good time.)
Then to prizes – what we were all not-so-secretly waiting for. I can’t remember all of them now (apologies to those I miss – no slight intended) but here are a few:
What a day it had been! I can’t wait for the next one 🙂