Rex 'n Pete at
Shop overlooking the majestic Blue Pacific - July 2006
Don't know the origins of the surname Secombe.
Scribe thought there was a parallel between Rex Secombe and
Sick 'em Rex, undoubtedly the bestest TV add ever. But Rex shied away
from that moniker where the
unassuming, head down, foraging Echidna (prickly
seemed to come out on top.
''We seek him here, we seek him
Those Frenchies seek him everywhere.
Is he in heaven?
óIs he in hell?
That demmed, elusive Pimpernel.''
óSir Percy Blakeney (ch.12)
Rex is the Media Liaison and Media Promotion
"Head Honcho" for TabCorp. An old nickname was Pimpernel, cause he'd
only pop up to fix Brand Name if threatened. However, his role entail
maintaining his company's high media profile, so Rex is evident all the time.
According to the quote in the box on RHS, some
dude named Sir Percy Blakeney in
chapter 12 of the play
The Scarlet Pimpernel,
uttered, "We Secombe here,
there. Those Frenchies
seek him everywhere............"
Fable has it that The Pimpernel avoided
the macabre 'seriously daunting' guillotine, performed daring rescues and
was a swashbuckling sword-fighter. Rex patently has a good motor, hangs
about the front of the Peloton and can pedal hard all day. But with this
label symbolizing a fable, he's got some work to do to rescue his occasionally
flagging mates amongst Muggs.
tyro, Guy, Rex is experiencing a belated geography tour of the beautiful
environs around Sydney. He has been cycling for years, usually 60 to 70 km each
Sunday, either solo or with a friend or occasionally with Bike North and has
been a regular rider on the Gong ride (an addiction), and also Tour de Hills.
However, he's seen more cycle routes in 7 Muggs' rides than over years
with a group at Young at Easter, doing long rides in Peletons and then have a
few days cycling the Rail Trails in North East Victoria, out of Myrtleford with
another group, Rex decided that it was time go give Muggaccinos a go!!! after
listening to BeanCounter every Monday morning ramble on about their
Nosh Stops put him off at first. However, he now enjoys the
flexibility that the rides offer and has thoroughly enjoyed each Sunday over the
last seven weeks, and has ridden up hills he didnít think he could climb, had
never ridden to West Head or Church Point before, nor Somersby, nor Peats Ridge,
nor the reverse Gong ride back up Stanwell Tops!!
aim is to
become a fitter cyclist and continue to enjoy the Sydney surroundings and
bonhomie that Muggaccinos offers.
from the Inner-West, when not cycling and plane spotting, Rex helps look after
the garden and maintenance of the unit block in which he lives.
Banana Bender from Townsville, Rex pays regular visits to the North to
catch up with family and friends.
Below is Rex's
report on his cycle ride from Bolzano to Venice in mid-2004 which BNSW's
Australian Cyclist didn't publish much to Rex's chagrin, 'cause he
had so much fun on it.
CYCLING TOUR IN NORTHERN ITALY FROM BOLZANO TO VENICE"
From Saturday 29th
May to Saturday 5th June, 2004. I participated in a group cycle tour
with RadReisen (Eurobike) from Bolzano to Venice. Our group of ardent 15
cyclists included two tour guides with a support vehicle carrying our luggage
and a trailer holding spare bikes. Predominantly speaking German
they hailed from Hamburg, Bavaria and East Germany. There were also three
people from Luxembourg, an American, with me the only Australian.
Our route of 350 km from
Bolzano to Venice was mostly on cycle paths, e.g. from Bolzano to Trento there
was a cycle path for most of the 70km and it was mainly down hill. The
terrain except for one day of hills was mostly flat or gentle undulations. Not
unsurprisingly, no one ever had cause to get off and walk!
The route on the first day
through the Adige River Valley was spectacular cutting through the snow-capped
mountains on either side and verdant vineyards as far as the eye could see.
At each city of interest,
Trento, Verona & Venice we had a guided tour, in both German and English. At
the other stops, Denezarno, Veniza and Padua our guides gave a briefing on the
main churches and places of interest.
The tour included half board
and some city tours, half board, meant dinner bed & breakfast in either 3 or 4
star hotels, which is welcome luxury after a dayís ride.
Lunch was organized by our
guides and it was either a picnic or depending on the weather a Trattoria
somewhere in the countryside. This was the only extra cost apart from alcoholic
beverages. I can recommend a good quality grappa as an ideal nightcap.
Our entire group was spoilt 24 hours a day with our only chore being to cycle,
eat and drink.
The bikes can be hired from
Eurobike, 21 speed touring bikes, very simple, sturdy and easy to ride. The
back up vehicle included a trailer with spare bikes in case of breakdowns.
Language was not a problem as
almost half the group and the guides spoke very good English, and the oneís who
didnít were keen to learn English, and in particular were fascinated with Aussie
slang. Also the whole group were trying to learn a few words of Italian along
the way. The group was very harmonious, all seemed to like a party, have a
joke so consequently much lightheartedness and fun.
I highly recommend Eurobike for
being well organized, providing good equipment and excellent tour guides. We
were all made to feel comfortable and nothing seemed to be a problem to organize
The two guides took it in turn
to drive the bus with our luggage or to cycle with us and guide us each day, so
we didnít even have to worry about navigation or maps.
HIGHLIGHTS (only some)
PICNICS & LUNCHES
I will never forget cycling
over a hill on one hot day, to see a beautiful picnic set up on a table under
some trees, or to cycle up to a Trattoria in the countryside, to be met
by wonderful hosts with open fires (on the odd wet and cold day) and then to
indulge in a three or four course meal with the obligatory jug of vino. Who
says drinking and cycling donít mix. It didnít seem to bother any of us,
probably because after lunch we only had an hours cycling before the hotel and a
As one of the group from
Luxembourg commented, ďthere are so many vineyards in
Italy, we will have to help
them drink some of this wine while we are here.Ē
the ferry ride from the top of Largo di Garda to the bottom (4) hours
spent zigzagging across the lake; our cycle tour of Vernoa, and then cycling
back to the hotel, as a Peloton of 15, late in the evening, after dinner, all
with our lights on through the old city. This was a magical experience; the
University City of Padua & of course Venice.
It was truly a great week of
fun, relaxation, breathtaking scenery, food, company, wonderful guides and of
course some cycling. A typical day, was a 9am start, morning tea at
10.30am, lunch at approx. 12.30pm, hotel by 3 or 4pm.
Thoroughly recommend this type
of touring, although next time I would prefer a more taxing ride on a few of the
days. As the Italians would say it was molto bene!!! Email
address for Eurobike is
Issues: There was some
difficulty in getting information in English and also my Tour Guide Kit was in
German. This was not a problem for me as both Tour Guides spoke very good
Italian Hotels, 3 and four star
were excellent, but beware there is always something amiss, and as we found out,
insist that things get fixed, e.g. throw a tantrum and bang the shower head
thatís not working on the front desk, and magically a plumber arrives to fix
it. This was what one of our tour party, Terese, from Luxembourg had to do to
From then on each hotel got
rated as either First Class or Cattle Class, with shrieks of laughter over the
dinner table. They liked that bit of our slang which came up in passing when
they asked about my trip over to Europe!!!!!!!
Climbing final tree covered section to Tourist Rd on final day of 4th Berry
KOM Challenge - Nov 2007
Rolling out of Peats Ridge - Feb 2008
Dregs ' Drips