The New Belgium Urban Assault Rides resemble Alley Cats that messengers put on, but maybe with more law abiding participants. You go between check points and do various task or obstacles across your city.
In a nutshell, teams of 2 have to ride to various checkpoints around town. They can pick any route they like and visit the checkpoints in any order they want (that’s how they learn about the city’s bike infrastructure). At each checkpoint, they have to complete some kind of quirky obstacle course or task.
In 13 cities across the country from April through September, maybe you can find one of these events near you. Personally, I’ll be doing the event in Charlotte, NC. It seems to be a great event to get people on their bikes and learning a city that they may drive through daily.
The check points in my city are far enough apart that either you’ll : A.) know your way around well or B.) use a map. Either way, it will show people a different way of the city, on two wheels. The event will be great to participate, but my hope with those non-cycling participants, is to show them why we need to be safe on the road.
Come out and join us if you can!
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