Thursday, October 31, 2013

Halloween Night Ride

This halloween I'm going to dress up like a bike dork.  
Same as every other day.

See you at 8.

Friday, October 25, 2013

ThNR Report

James, Gavin, Kris, Tom, Shaun, DB and I spun around town.  It was a great pace and helped stretch out my legs.  We retired to Duke’s clubhouse where we were joined by David, Tom, Lyle and Paul f’n B.  Dainties were provided by the Chip and Sausage committee from SX.  Minutes included: Duke doubted the Altona Farm Service (silly Duker), James recalls The Den of Denims, SX13 awesomeness was bandied about, Tom guaranteed he’ll race in SX14, Lyle upgraded his half-fattie (aka the fatted half) to a full fattie, Paul Bergman makes Paul Bergman requests on CFAM (royalty cheques!), James makes the cover of The Echo, Johnny S bobble head doll made to scale, DB is a name-dropping DB, Lyle made off like a bandit with a free FGBC jersey and MTB forks, SX foam party (with or without foam), Big Frame Beer, and #PBlamehashtagsarelamePB.  Good times.  JS

Red construction gloves = time to get to work

The Big Frame rolls a fatty
Lyle helped Duke move 
Our host with the most

Tuesday, October 22, 2013


Dudes - Let's spin around town or something.  There are some leftover chips and farmer sausage that need to be dealt with.  Does anybody have a bbq and a garage to offer for a post ride sausage party?

See you at 8.

Monday, October 21, 2013

The Afterglow of SX13

Rod Colwell took these fine photos of the A Race, B Race, and the Open Race.  Thanks Rod.

Merch - we still have a few shirts for sale.  If you want one, send us an email and we'll hook you up.  Sizes: Youth-S and Adult-S/XL/XXL.  Reminder - they look goood.

Lost and Found:

Some of these goodies were found at Beach Cross.  Whatever is not claimed before this Sunday will be taken to CrossTastic.  

Good times.  JS

Southern Cross Photos

Sweet Cheryl Koop and I snapped these...

More than 200 racers enjoyed the goodness of our cyclocross party.

Gavin posted the race results - scroll down to analyze the minutes and seconds.

Well done team!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Southern Cross T-Shirts

For those of you who feel that wearing course tape is not their cup of schmaunfat, Southern Cross 
t-shirts will be available.  $20 for the big kids and $15 for the little kids.  Course tape will be free following the A race.

Thanks to the Italian Cyling Chick and her minions for
putting together this de-lovely design.  ABES hearts you Andrea.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Southern Cross Haute Couture

Local business owner and cycling enthusiast Dwight F. N.
is seen modelling local logos on the new Southern Cross tape.  

Photo Credit: a scared Canadian Lumber Employee
Not only can Dwight make sweet, sweet love to the camera, he supports Southern Cross by racing with his family, coordinating Operation SX13 Tape Drive, advertising and modelling.

Thanks pretty boy.

THURSDAY NIGHT RIDE - Franklin suggested..."wings are for sale $10/bucket on Thursday at Coop (same day we get our equity checks and the same day we have the ThNR).  Three good things like this can't be a coincidence."  He then offered his deep-fryer to make the night complete.  Perfect.

We'll also take Steven up on his offer to use his parents farmyard and log cabin as a temporary clubhouse.  

Looks like things are coming together very deliciously.  

We'll gather at ABES headquarters and cycle out the Wiebe Farm for wings.  BYOB.

Dress warm.  See you at 8.  JS

Southern Cross Stairs

Steven and Gavin constructed these stairs for your pain and pleasure.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Cowbells and Beer at Southern Cross

Southern Cross has something for everybody...

The first 120 kids get a cowbell to MAKE SOME NOISE!
All first place finishers get a Southern Cross souvenir
filled with beer (or chocolate milk) - ID is required.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Win a Free Kids Bike at Southern Cross

The fine folks at the Altona Farm Service have donated a 2013 Norco Katmandu which some lucky kid will win at Southern Cross.  The frame is 15" so it will be perfect for a growing kid sooner or later.   

Registration is free for kids!

Get your registration and waiver forms at 

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Well this looks fun!

Ever thought of a MTB race where 400 riders (rabbits) take off from the start, pursued by world downhill champion Gee Atherton (the fox) on a wild downhill course?  Well RedBull did, and it looks like a boatload of fun.  Check it out...

For more deets and vids...

Friday, October 11, 2013

ThNR Report

James, Ben, Albert, Steven, Gavin, Tom, Evan, David, Franklin, Shaun, Chris, DB, and I enjoyed one of the nicest rides in recent memory.  The weather was perfect, the dirt roads were smooth and we jumped over a creek crossing.  Dan generously hosted the meeting and provided a fire and homemade french fries and gravy.  Possibly the best fries ever.  Minutes are fuzzy but I remember them being mostly hilarious – whatever they were.  JS

Franz man

Dan dialed it up to 11

Good times.  

Wednesday, October 9, 2013


This week we get to enjoy the goodness of gravel roads at night and post-ride french fries and meeting at Dans house.  See you mofos at 8.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Beach Cross Pics

Steven, Cheryl and I snapped these photogs at Beach Cross...

- beautiful weather
- bacon and booze hand-ups
- Franklin sprinting past me at the line
- G beating the DFL
- pre-race pukes
- A Race hissy fits
- Lisa and Joanne beating Cheryl
- Don Sawatzky being Don Sawatzky
- 3 ABES in the front row (participation counts)
- Steven falls 3 times and perseveres
- Lyle's trombone
- Good times

ThNR Report - Late Edition

Franklin, David, Shaun, Tom, Franz, Albert, Dan, Steve, James, Gavin, Steven, Ben and I all took part in the ThNR experience.  We rode the SX trails forwards and backwards.  A fresh pile of woodchips at the park proved an opportunity for some to scamper up and over.  Franklin utilized his own technique and tried to go through the pile - this proved to be unsuccessful and hilarious.  We retired to the clubhouse where the minutes include: Shaun’s erotic pottery (Erottery) new ABES clubhouse possibilities – shipping containers and/or The Hub (after youth night – payments made with a weekly bottle-drive), Altona Grass Oval, “classy” whorehouse (no kerchiefs), DeShaun is out for SX13, David SawTweetzky keeps the blogosphere updated, Franklin found kindling in his pockets, shooting cats and dogs, Steven is cyclo-lusting, Shaun hates good music, and Blog master Faurschou promised to buy everybody a beer if he gets paid to work on the school website.  Good times.     

Some could
Some could not
There were two offers for next weeks ThNR – The Wiebe farmhouse has a new log cabin that has been offered as a ThNR retreat, and Dan offered his backyard where he’d serve up french fries from the bounty of his garden.  We can alternate Thursdays or combine them together.  Either way, it’s going to be super sweet.

Thursday, October 3, 2013


Let's take our show to the SX course?
Bring your lights.
See you at 8.

You tell 'em girls.  You tell the WORLD!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Southern Cross

ALTONASOUTHERNCROSS.COM for race and registration deets.

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Justin Wolters put his madd skillz together to create this sweet poster.  Thanks Justin!  It's officially official - Southern Cross is a'comin y'all!  Yee-Haaw!