The checkpoints should require the riders to eat one dinner item on the menu at each restaurant… That would be miserable. Especially if you gave points to the most food eaten at every stop.
That is beautiful! You should make some regular, non-champion versions for sale.
Idea; you could pierce a hole near the top edge for a carrying loop so you could conveniently wear it around your neck. Just thinkin.
If this is an annual event, then why not a big bowl with the winners names on it displayed somewheres public – like the Stanley Cup…
Or a Limited Edition Flat Tire Wok of Shame?
(“Wok of Shame” made me giggle like a schoolgirl.)
The baked mud truly rocks, Jeff.
Choose your own adventure. Ride as far or as not as you’d like.
OMG. I never cared about winning an alleycat before. And I haven’t got enough time to train to win this one
Train? If you’re training to win alleycats you’re doing it all wrong.
Seriously though, I understand the unknown objectives idea and that navigation is half the fun of doing an alleycat, so I’m not expecting a course map or something, but it would be super cool to have some idea of the range we’re talking about here. Stops in the vicinity of North Park and Century III Mall? Inside the rivers only? Sure, you can skip waypoints if you’d like but still…
It might be easier to bring in new riders if they had some idea of the scope involved.
At my age, it’s either train or bribe the judges. I probably rode less than a hundred miles in January and February put together, and now I’m too fat and slow to get by on good looks, a winning personality, and half a wit.
speaking from the past, most of these stick within the city, hugging the rivers. i’d say usually between 10-25 miles. there is no shame in stopping and just going to the end to hang out and party.
Cool, that’s about the distance I was hoping for. Thanks Erok.
If nothing else comes up, this may be my first alleycat! Yay.
+1 choose your own adventure alleycat. I loved those books…
This is on Saturday, and so far the weather looks alright. Sounds like there are some people coming in from out of town for this, and we are all more or less ready to go. We printed roughly 60 shirts last night, so we should have enough for most people unless there is some unprecedented turnout.
Get ready for Spring!
I’m betting on “unprecedented turnout”…this should be awesome.
Any more tips for maybe-new riders trying to do their first alleycat?
The most important thing is to have fun. We encourage you to ride within your abilities, obey traffic laws and wear a helmet.
bikeygirl, here are my suggestions:
– find a buddy to ride with!
– bring a map. sounds obvious, but people do forget.
– if you’re not trying to win: ride at a regular pace and do as many stops as you can. don’t feel like everyone else is ahead of you, ’cause they aren’t. plus, people do the stops in whatever order makes sense to them, unless the directions say that you must do them in some kind of order. a lot of people ride allycats just as an excuse to do a ride with a few of their friends and be a part of something fun. if you get tired or it stops being fun, start heading to the after-party.
– don’t take it too seriously if it’s your first. just have fun and see what it’s like!
Thanks! Those are great tips!
Hrmmm…. I hope there’s a couple of size-small t-shirts then
yeah, there’s usually a few people that are actually “competing.” For the most part, its just fun to do the ride and see how you do compared to other folks. also, it gives you a chance to push yourself a bit more than you would normally.
Definitely going to be looking for others new to alleycats at the wall. If you’re new, be social!
can’t wait til tomorrow! just gotta watch out for all the tonycornholers out there.
Will the afterparty supplant dinner, or is it just Tasty Snax™?
I’ll be there in the non-competition category / ride as long as it’s fun category… if any of the newbies wanna join me, let me know… This is my first so I just wanna get the feel for it.
I just wanna say that you have a craazy sink, bike-pgh.
Also thanks for the great time and my first alleycat!
ok…. while I came DFL, haha…. I had alot of fun! A learning experience which will definately be put to good use for next time! Wish I have had more time to meet some of you… oh well In my book, this was definately: mission succesfully accomplished!
And whoever told me that 9pm was an ok-time frame to finish……. ;p
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