This activity was held between the 3rd and 4t of January.
The morning haze was thinning out as I ran down the street. I rounded the corner and burst through H.Q’s doors. "EJJA!! Wasalt f’lahhar? “Sorry I’m late guys….Coffee?”So, after a hasty brew, we crammed into the cars (C.S.V: Cyclist support Vehicle) & (C.T.V: Cyclist Transport Vehicle ) and headed for Gozo, to start the bike hike that had been planned for us by Emanuel Lewis and Matthew Zammit (Meli). Everything had been sorted out by the two of them, a few weeks previously and I must point out that they put in a lot of effort.
We hopped off the ferry and met the man renting us the bikes. As we helped him unload the bikes off his truck we selected our steeds and got used to the way they worked….or didn’t. The theme for the weekend was flavoured according to current affairs: ISIS, had captured Brangelina and we were the elite team selected to save them. The following is the description of just a fraction, of the multiple checkpoints we had all along the hike. Our first stop was in Imgar Ix-Xini, our beloved organizers (from the comfort of the C.S.V) pointed out that we had to retrieve a capsule that had been seen falling out of an I.S plane (a bottle floating in the sea tied to a stone) to get the coordinates. Gabriel changed his attire to fit the challenge with haste, and waded in to the clear waters…cold clear waters, much to our amusement.
At another checkpoint, the challenge was that the militants were transporting their documents in ice balls and had inside these robes there was a charge which would ignite if presented with direct heat and a vile that if shattered would destroy the note. (So no mallets, dropping, lighters and stoves) unfortunately Meli got a bit exited and presented us with a hail stone the size of a football!! Thankfully after the best part of two hours we were given the next check point and told to proceed, out of pity (thanks guys). That evening we slept near Ramla l-Hamra where we were constantly battered by strong winds, all throughout the night. George then met us and joined the team with his car (C.S.V.2)
The next morning, to get us even more accustomed to our bikes, everyone had to remove and reassemble their front bike wheel, to be allowed to proceed on the hike. The Final checkpoint was in Nadur, which meant that we had a nice long downhill to the ferry.
In my opinion it was one of the best and funniest activities we have had in a while due to other obligations. I'd give it a ten on ten all round. Can't wait for next year!
Photos courtesy of Emanuel Lewis.
Most of the evil courtesy of Matthew Zammit.
Participants L to R : Gabriel Rizzo, Emanuel Lewis, Albert Galea, Simon Gauci, David Pace, Matthew Zammit, (photographer George Zammit Montobello)