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Do You Coffeeneur?

October 7th, 2013

MG, of chasing mailboxes d. c., is the creator of a new cycling sport called “Coffeeneuring”.   There are rules — and technically speaking, there are winners — but it’s really just for fun.

This year’s rules accommodate the unusual situation on MG’s home turf, where clowns reign and there’s a consequent government shutdown.  You can read all about them — the rules, not the clowns — here.  The idea is to cycle for coffee, or a different hot  beverage, to seven different coffee shops, over the course of seven weeks. (Two qualifying trips allowed per week.) This is a weekend endeavour, but loopholes exist, for specific circumstances.

This is the third year for Coffeeneuring; Basil and I haven’t done this particular challenge, but MG also devised the spring Errandonnee, in which Basil and I enthusiastically participated last March, and which is recorded here and here.  We rode at night for the first time ever as a result of the Errandonnee; who knows how you’ll be challenged?

* Edited, per MG’s comment, for clarity. It’s not too late to start!

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  1. October 7th, 2013 at 18:29 | #1

    YES, clowns reign :) and people definitely have time to jump into the fun, as they can make two coffeeneuring trips per week until the challenge ends, and they have seven weeks to complete seven trips.

    • October 8th, 2013 at 06:17 | #2

      Thanks, MG — appropriate amendments made to the post! Nothing I can do about the clowns, I’m afraid; at least not until the next election . . .

  2. Cathy
    October 8th, 2013 at 07:18 | #3

    I just read your account of last spring’s Errandonnee, and I want to play too. What a marvelous way to bring the global biking community together! Well done, MG. (I’m trying not to think about the clowns.)

    Brommie, you and Basil look adorable in your night-cycling gear.

    • October 8th, 2013 at 15:16 | #4

      Isn’t that a terrific event, Cathy? MG does randonneuring (serious, wiildly-ambitious long-haul biking), but she’s cleverly devised this for every cyclist, from roadie to the most casual dabbler. (Well, maybe not every cyclist: Coffeeneuring doesn’t work for us because of location, but we’re an anomaly that way — on the other hand, errandonneuing works even for us.) Happy playing to you and Maggie!

      Basil and I felt quite flash when out on our brief night ride; I’m still floored when I remember how incredibly reflective his tires are.

  3. October 8th, 2013 at 20:36 | #5

    If there is coffee, I am there.
    Cycling searching for good coffee is worthwhile pursuit.

    Paz :)

    • October 9th, 2013 at 08:56 | #6

      Absolutely, GreenBici — a bike ride, a crisp fall day, and a steaming mug of coffee. What could be better?

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