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Monday, September 22, 2008

Urban Assault & Dangerous Kittens

Team Dangerous Kittens (Kate and I), as well as Robbie & friends participated in the New Belgium Brewing Urban Assault Ride, or as they call it: Beer, Bikes, and Big Wheels.  It was the first time Minneapolis hosted the event, and I'm proud to say it was the largest showing yet for a new city.

The Urban Assault is essentially a bike race throughout the city (26 miles), with no boundaries and no roped-off predetermined course.  There were 5 Checkpoints, each with its own challenge, and 3 Mystery Checkpoints.

The primary checkpoints included some sort of mini competition or rediculous feat, including:
  • Bike limbo
  • Minibike riding
  • Hurling newspapers 50 feet to your partner while riding a beach cruiser
  • Navigating a track on a modified big wheel
  • Picking up crushed bottle caps with mittens while getting soaked with water
Before the race, we were given a riddle-like quiz to help place us in the starting blocks, as well as a crossword puzzle to complete which would give us a clue of where to find the first mystery checkpoint.  Once found (it was a dude dressed like an angel with an afro at Lake Harriett), we had to read a riddle taped to his chest that gave us clues to the next mystery checkpoint.

The finish line was even creative -- you had to park your bike, take off your shoes and helmet, and bound through an inflatible obstacle course before you could record your time.  The Chipotle burrito and Fat Tire beer at the end had never tasted so good.  Mmmm, mmmm.

I'm attaching a google map of the ride for reference....


Kate said...

Great recap... you failed to mention anything about your pretty pink jersey. Can I get that in my size? What's next on the agenda?? Half marathon?? okay maybe not, but I bet we can a few more of those items crossed off your list before April.

Anonymous said...

Big MO, where are you? Since you no longer Blog for yourself, I have decided to take on this anyonomous responsibility and give a second a hand blog attempt. Think of it as a biography rather than an autobiography.

Today, MO went to Deluth. He left very early in the morning, as of 9pm, MO still isn't home. Plus, he left the new car in the garage. What is the deal with that. If I had new wheels, I would want to sport them on the Interstate.

Oh, I almost forgot about Friday night, he worked late...for the MAN. What dedication for someone to work on a Friday night until 1am for their company. THATS NUTS! Even as better entertainment options existed for a Friday night (24 season 3), he chose work.

Thats all for now, look for future anyonomous blogs.
-Publius II (the second)

Rachel said...

That sounds so fun! I'm a little jealous! :)