Once upon a time, I came up with a stupid idea, one of those moments you look back on and say, "it seemed like a good idea at the time."
Sure, it was partially a good idea because I got to meet POMA.
The first member I'd like to introduce is POMA, POMA gets the honour of being the first because he is in fact one of the originals, he did the Death by Missy Adventure (DBMA) on Melbourne Cup Day back in 2009, that was the hardest ride I'd ever done, we all look back on it now and know that we could do it rather easily. We've gotten better, we're stronger riders and we have more mental strength than we did when we started this ride.
We pulled out of the Kelly Country Classic at the 130km mark and went to a cafe and proteined it up, we climbed the magnificent Mt Hotham on the same day, he's a million years older than me and rides faster uphill... go figure. POMA and I have had many adventures together, we've ridden Don and Donna on Saturdays and attempted Kinglake on the Sunday.
POMA is the sort of bloke who says, "almost there, only a couple more hills to go." Make no mistake, when he says this you are more likely than not, still going to be 40km from home and realistically you hit the wall 20km ago and the only reason you keep going is because you don't actually know how to stop.
I've since then learnt when to pull out of a ride and when to keep going, but that being said, POMA featured in this picture (showing his talent for photography) is probably one of the awesomest people I've ever ridden with.
I was going to cover up part of his face in this picture, but realised that its such a bad photo hardly anyone will recognise him anyway.
Older people tend to be much more patient about getting to the end, consequently POMA is going to do one of the Audax Oppy's, where he has to ride about 400km in 24 hours... I was invited and promptly said, "No."
I'm happy to play support for him and his team of sick sick people who think that riding 400km is 24 hours is fun, the worst thing is, I think they will totally kick butt and be really awesome!
Worst thing about being POMA is that one day I'm gonna come up with another 'bad' idea and he's gonna say, "sure, I'm in." Then he has to listen to me complain for the last 50km.