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Old 03-21-04, 06:08 PM   #1
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Alley cats...getting one going

Im so friggin bored here in college...even the same old parties i used to love have become boring. I think getting an underground racing thing going here would ba awesome. I was wondering if anyone here has some tips on getting one started here in my town. Help me out in anyway, thanks

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Old 03-23-04, 07:27 PM   #2
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actually, me and my friends just had an alleycat here in SF. we had one non-racer pick out the checkpoints. we didn't know the checkpoints until we started the race - we were first given the 1st half of the race. at the midpoint, we had to chug a couple of beers, and then were given the 2nd half of the route, which of course ended up at Zeitgeist, the coolest outdoor bar in SF.

since we didn't have lots of extra non-biking friends to hand out checkpoint receipts, we took pictures of the checkpoints to prove we were there.

it was pretty non-competitive, but it was fun nontheless. we're gonna try to make it a little more formal the next time around.

so, first thing is you need to find some riders. the rest of it is pretty easy to do. it's unfortunate for us that we've all got jobs during the week, so we had to deal with annoying weekend traffic (i'd rather race through rush hour traffic).

maybe have a prize or something for the winner (or free beer) as incentive.

the coolest thing is that you can be really creative in planning the races. one of the more interesting ones is where you have a list of all the checkpoints, and each is worth different points (depending on distance, hills, or if you have to chug a beer). you have to be back at the starting point in exactly 90 minutes. the person who has the most points wins.

also, this link was in a previous thread, but there is a new video up - should provide some alleycat inspiration:
http://www.digave.com/videos
the drag race NYC is sick sick sick!!!!!

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Old 03-23-04, 08:45 PM   #3
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the coolest thing is that you can be really creative in planning the races. one of the more interesting ones is where you have a list of all the checkpoints, and each is worth different points (depending on distance, hills, or if you have to chug a beer). you have to be back at the starting point in exactly 90 minutes. the person who has the most points wins.

also, this link was in a previous thread, but there is a new video up - should provide some alleycat inspiration:
http://www.digave.com/videos
the drag race NYC is sick sick sick!!!!!

Dennis
This looks good...Look out Auckland! some time in the next 12 months I hope! hehe the gridlock doesn't have a chance. That NYC preview pic tells a good story!

I am going to download it.

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Holy SH*T! that video was nuckin futs! Right at the end when the dude was going down the other side of that bridge, no brakes, legs resting on his downtube!! unfrigginbelieveable!!!! I wanna ride NYC now, before im old and have common sense!
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that was the greatest video I have ever seen !

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Wow! Wow! Wow!
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They have alleycats there in cleveland all the time, here in columbus too.There was one in milwaukee last weekend I believe.Not too hard to set one up really.There's gonna be one here in columbus april 24th.

http://www.columbuscripplers.com for details
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"Right at the end when the dude was going down the other side of that bridge, no brakes, legs resting on his downtube!! unfrigginbelieveable!!!!"

YEAH!! how exactly was he planning on stopping?? foot to to tire perhaps? but holy crap those dudes no how to handle a bike for sure!!!
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