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BIG BICYCLE RACE IN FREO TODAY!

Posted in cycling, fremantle, sport, tour de perth by freoview on March 26, 2015

The South Metropolitan Police have announced that they will enforce helmet bike laws in Fremantle today but that won’t affect the speeding riders in the TOUR DE PERTH this evening. They always wear helmets.

Stage 1-Fremantle Prologue will be held from 6 pm with start and finish at the Esplanade and riders going around very tight corners at Mouat, Croke and Cliff streets at high speeds.

It is a great spectacle that deserves far more spectators than it had last year, so forget the TV for a few hours and support this event.

Roel Loopers

THE MELBOURNE CUP PUB THAT MAKES YOU CRY

Posted in fremantle, melbourne cup by freoview on November 3, 2014

Clancy's Cup Day

Tomorrow is the day where Australia stops to watch a horse race. The Melbourne Cup is such a tradition that many people take the day off to go out for a long lunch and watch the big race on big screens in pubs and clubs.

Clancy’s Fish Pub in Fremantle always puts up a special treat with sweeps, hobby horse races, live music, the famous seafood platters and the feared Fried Mice Competition. The latter is for the brave and foolish who like it very hot, as fried mice are deepfried large chillis stuffed with cream cheese. Quite yummy once you get over the first shock and your tear sacks are shriveled dry. ; > )

Doors open at 10.30 so make it a day out at Freo’s favourite family pub.

Roel Loopers

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BIKE RACE ALONG ESPLANADE TODAY

Posted in fremantle by freoview on March 26, 2014

Hey all you Freo bike and sport lovers, come and watch the Subaru National Road Series, the Tour de Perth  bike race along Fremantle Marine Parade this evening from 5 pm. It should be a very good spectacle that runs from Cliff Street to Norfolk Street and back along Marine Parade, so an alfresco seat at the Esplanade Hotel bar and cafe might just be the right spot for some early evening entertainment.

It is the first event in this year’s series that will be a 45km race for world class national and international riders.

Roel Loopers

A NATION THAT STOPS RACES STOPS TO CELEBRATE A RACE

Posted in australia, fremantle by freoview on November 5, 2013

On the day where a horse race stops the nation, it is important to see a sign that reminds us of the disgraceful and inhumane asylum policies Australia has. Well done you guys at the Gosford Anglican Church!

Roel Loopers

stopping races

FREO MELBOURNE CUP FIZZER

Posted in australia, fremantle by freoview on November 5, 2013

It was much more quiet in Fremantle for Melbourne Cup day than in previous years with not many dressed up people on the streets. I checked out Clancys and the numbers were well down from last year and the years before and the atmosphere was quite subdued as well. Benny’s was not full either. Has Freo lost its appetite to party?

Melbourne Cup favourites don’t often win, so it was nice to see the Gai Waterhouse horse Fiorente win, while the horse I put ten dollars on, Red Cadeaux, came second and returned $ 57.00. Nice to have a small win for a change, and interesting to note that none of the experts in the West Australian had the horse in the first three.

The Clancys mob backed Dandino in huge numbers, maybe because of the favourite write-up in today’s West.

The next big sporting event in Australia is the Boxing Day test match. Something I love watching.

Roel Loopers

EVENTS THAT MAKE FREO AND AUSTRALIA SPECIAL

Posted in australia, fremantle by freoview on September 29, 2012

Today is a special day in Australia. It’s AFL Grand Final day. Although I am not a fanatical football or sports fan I always watch the AFL final, as I do the Melbourne Cup horse race and the Boxing Day cricket test match. They are historic and significant days for me where we celebrate Australia.

It made me think of the stand out days in Fremantle for me and I can’t get passed the Blessing of the Fleet as one of my favourites. I used to love St Patricks Day when there was still a parade through Freo, but now it’s only drinking in the pub stuff that does not inspire me much at all.

On the heels of these two events come the Fremantle Festival Parade, The Hulbert Street Sustainability Fiesta, the Easter weekend Street Art Festival and the Wardarnji Aboriginal Festival. All great events that make Freo special, and so is Australia Day and the fireworks over Bathers Beach.

I am also a huge fan of the free Sunday concerts at the Fremantle Art Centre and of the Fremantle Chamber Orchestra Christmas Proms there, as I am of the Indian Food Festival on the Esplanade.

To paraphrase Freo councillor Rachel Pemberton, if you are bored in Freo it means you are not getting out much. Come join the fun, meet new people, be part of your community!

Tomorrow at 10 am is the start of the Gentlemen’s Vintage Bicycle Ride at the Fremantle Art Centre!

Roel Loopers

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ON YOUR BIKES FREMANTLE!

Posted in fremantle by freoview on January 18, 2012

A quick reminder to the City Of Fremantle‘s marketing department. As part of the Smoke Free Perth Criteriums Fremantle will hold a bicycle criterium in the West End of town on February 14, like it happened last year. Last year however hardly anyone in Fremantle knew about it, not even the BUG and other bike riders groups, and it was embarrassing to see such a good event run through empty streets with just a handful of spectators watching from the Orient Hotel.

So could we please see some serious promotion for this event in the next few weeks, as this bike criterium should have a carnival atmosphere like the Tour de France. Could we entice cafes in High Street to remain open till 9 pm, and also have some entertainment, i.e. live music, a food stall in High Street mall, etc.

Roel Loopers

ONLY WINNERS AT CLANCYS

Posted in Uncategorized by freoview on November 2, 2010

There were only winners at Fremantle’s Clancy today, as many people came to enjoy the Melbourne Cup and have a very good time.

I hope the photos give an impression of a lovely afternoon.

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