Trophy for Consistent Non Attendance
Saturday 24 November 2012Somehow I had ended up on the mailing list of the a bunch of Melbourne cyclists known as the "Old Salopians". They turned out to be a rather persistent bunch who kept inviting me to join their trips despite me living on the other side of the world and not owning one of those bicycle things. It took a lot of emails from me before their members stopped badgering me to join them and agreed to "leave the poor chap alone".
It was with great surprise and a small touch of pride that I later heard that my efforts had been immortalised in an award to their kind:
Almost 60 people attended the annual cycling dinner and awards night. Whilst all the awards were the subject of much interest and conjecture, all minds were focussed on who would win the inaugural Mike Poole Trophy for consistent non attendance.
Sadly, Mike himself was unavailable to present it and it was left to MC Simon Woods and his assistant Katy to stand in for him at short notice.
Nominees included Matt Woods - a previous winner of the Claude Raines "Invisible Man" cup whose cycling career could easily be mistaken for that of a cafe lounge lizard. However, recent reports of him being sighted on a mountain bike cruelled his chances. Neil Christensen pushed himself into early favouritism but then let himself down with several episodes of participation.
There could be no doubting that Zoltan Bodvai was a worthy winner. He timed his performance perfectly with 1 ride for the year - just enough to qualify - then refrained from troubling the commissionaires for the remainder of the year.
Zoltan rates this award as the pinnacle of his cycling career and is already in training for next year, by failing to turn up for the Saturday ride. Mike himself, has so far been unavailable for comment.
Well done Zoltan!
Edit 24th December
It seems that I made a mistake in the name of the cycling club. They have not heard of the Old Salopians. In a weird twist they quite like the sound of "Mike Poole's Old Salopians" as a name for their group.