Monday 19 August 2019

Legend goes to FantastiCon2019

Yeah this blog entry is pretty late on posting but its here and I will be trying to post more in future, anyway on with this post.

So we heard of FantastiCon though a few twitch streamers that I regularly watch and thought it would be fun for me and the legend to attend this event. I've always wanted to go to a gaming event and hopefully will be going to more in future.

I decided to cycle all the way from home to Kings Cross so started out early to make sure I didn't miss my train. While waiting I got myself this interesting Porridge from LEON. Porridge with banana and cinnamon. OMG

Banana & Cinnamon Porridge

On train ready to get off for Doncaster and the combination lock I got to make sure BBB wasn't going anywhere didn’t undo. Thought I got the numbers wrong and they so small I couldn’t see. Asked someone to check the numbers but it was right but lock didn’t unlock. Had to cut the teeth off that was stopping it from coming off and cut my finger alittle. Delayed the train a few mins but had to go next stop.

Because if that I had to go to the next station along the line, lucky it was only another 30mins to the next stop so I just crossed platforms and came back but by this time I was tired from the stress and straight up tired. Next time  plan to come the day BEFORE the event so I can travel, book into hotel and chill out and maybe cycle around alittle and take more photographs.

Cause of this I wasn't really feeling like taking photographs as I just wanted to get to check in &  Cleethorpes Leisure Center where FantastiCon and see what was going on and meet a couple of people. My hotel was about 5 miles from the center, so punched in the post code and off the legend and I went.

As always me and the legend catch peoples eye while we went, I dont think the people pf Grimsby have seen anything like us before which drew a few shout sand waves.

Finally met my Jedi Master in all things VR related as soon as o came though the front door of  the center Malic_VR on twitch. He like me isn't so good at these events, so pretty much just said hi as he was on his way somewhere. Maybe next time we could chat alittle and a photo next time, but I was happy to finally see him in the flesh.

There was plenty of drink on hand and I found this great cider called Bee Sting so had to try it out. Got to say it was pretty damn good.

While we was there I was taken around by the organiser of the whole event that really looked after me and I managed to have a go on the Oculus Quest. I have to say it was pretty nice and if I didnt already have the Rift S

One thing I didn't count on was finding this little treasure. It was hand made by one of the people that worked at Cleethorpes Leisure Center and its a work of art. Based on the TV show Peaky Blinders I'm assuming.

Attention to detail is amazing

Tobacco holder?

Whiskey holder

Well while I was going the town of Grimsby I did manage to take a few snap shots while we cycled around.

Well it was the last day of the event so me and the legend said our good byes and headed back to the HiVE back int he big smoke.

Will definitely be going again next year and hopefully without so much drama on the way up again.

till the next ride, bee safe.....

Sunday 4 August 2019

Fun in the sun in London #RideLondon

Yesterday was the awesome Prudential RideLondon

What a great weekend for cycling in London. Been looking forward to this weekend as I know I would be meeting alot of my cycling buddies that I haven't seen for a long time.

The weather was perfect, not to hot and not alot of wind.

Got up early as I had to do some final upgrades to the legend before we headed out. I hate doing things like this at the last minute as I kinda getting frustrated when I can't find tools but finally got my boy sorted and we headed out.

On the way though I always listen to my boy as I ride and could tell something was a little off after about 2 miles I almost lost the little flap on the read mudguard as I didn't tighten the bolt tight enough but lucky I was listening and heard it fal off. I only lost the tiny nut & still had the flap and bolt the flap so saved them to put back on later. I will do a bigger blog post on the latest series of upgrades later on so stay tuned for that, but here is a little teaser ;)

Finally join in the RideLondon area in central London. It was already starting to get pretty busy so I was having to watch where I was going.
Everyone can enjoy a bicycle ride on traffic-free central London during Prudential RideLondon FreeCycle. It's a great way to see many of the city's famous landmarks, like Buckingham Palace, St. Paul’s Cathedral or the House of Parliament. The 8-mile route also passes Trafalgar Square, the Bank of England and makes a loop over Waterloo Bridge. No wonder this free event draws dozens of thousands of people. The free ride starts at 9 a.m. in the Strand and Lincoln’s Inn Fields and finishes at the Victoria Embankment. All participants are expected to finish by 4 p.m.
Always good seeing everyone enjoying the sun out there and I was looking for anybody that I knew while riding around. Like a moth ro a flame everyone was commenting on the legend as always. I had almost forgotten how popular  he is at times and the smiles that he triggers in peoples faces never gets old. Finally I managed to find anc catch up with Jenny and a group of Bromptons. It would be a few more hours before the Brompton World Championships was set to begin so we  went around the course enjoying the sun, tunes and vibe fot he event. If any body has never been to an event like this in their own city, GO.

Met up with Mandy Glover who was riding the Brompton World Championships on behalf of my cycling brother Alan Knott who I have posted about before getting support for his JustGiving campaign (JustGiving Crowd Funding for Alan Knott) to get him cycling again. Link to post

Mile Monster

Attempting Jenny Selfie

My crazy buddy Sam :D

My people :D

Buckingham Palace

Up the Mall
Did about 2 whole circuits of the event and ended up near the Brompton area down The Mall. I didn't have any passes but thought I'd hang near by to see any folks I knew coming up. So many I remembered seeing us from last year. Jenny told me to wait a minute and she'll be back. Had no idea what she was up to but came back with a big smile and handed me a bright yellow guess past to the Brompton area. What can I say about who i affectionately call "Mile Monster" she is fast becoming a legend in her own right with all the rides and miles she clocks up.

First things first though as I promised myself the first person I wanted to see was my cycling brother Alan Knott. I have to say I was starting to feel abit emotional when I got close and just surprise hugged the guy. AS soon as he realised it was me he stood up and hugged me tight back. It was almost too much for me but I held it together.

My bro Alan Knott photo by Mandy Glover
As always the legend kinda draws people's attention when they go past, i always like the double take people do when the full force of the legend hits home :D

Finally it was time for the Brompton World Championships to happen. Wil Bulter Adams the CEO of Brompton Bicycle had a little speech for all the Brompton riders attending and handed the mic to Alan. I could see he was abit emotional and I got to say I almost teared up again myself. He told of  his story about what has happened to him how he has been keeping himself going with the help of his family, friends and his Brompton family. THATS how we roll when you buy a Brompton, its not just a bike your buying its a whole life style and family your buying into.

All these wonderful Bromptons around me made me remember how much I've missed my Brompton family. Pretty much everyone I spoke to was asking when I would be out riding more on events etc

Some friends told me there was a painting of Bumble B in a further down and i thought eh? I had to go and look so I went down and found what they where talking about.

There was a competition on colouring in a Brompton bike and would be judged by professional graphic designers I think I remember and maybe get your Brompton made over.

Good luck Katie :D
To my surprise the sun was starting to get low and people started to leave. I had a good soulful chat with a few people who I haven't seen in a long while and said out goodbyes and promise to see each other more often on rides etc. EVen though I didn't race in the BWC it was a damn good day and I've decided to start training for BWC 2020.

The legend will return for BWC 2020, bee afraid, very afraid....

till the next ride, bee safe.....