by Andrew Crisp
While Chinden Boulevard drivers were burning rubber past countless stoplights, Crooked Fence Brewing roped off its parking lot to let cyclists lock their tires, lean forward and eke out the longest skid mark on June 13.
The competition was simple: riders launched from the first sand line drawn across the lot, building speed as quickly as possible until the second sand line, at which point they locked their brakes, leaned forward, and set their back tires a-burnin' along the asphalt.
"I actually put in some speed constraints," said Kelly Knopp with Crooked Fence. "I thought we might have guys skidding down the whole parking lot."
But in Boise Bicycle Project director Jimmy Hallyburton's first run, that meant slipping a chain and puttering over the line, logging a whopping 0 inches. The crowd ribbed him for his accident, especially given BBP's role as sponsor of this month's Pedal for the People.
Hallyburton was dressed in red, white and blue, with one onlooker remarking that he looked like the great, great, great-grandson of the late Evel Knievel. However, he redeemed himself later on the Huffy Hyper-Style, managing to drag the white rubber tires across the pavement and eliciting a tiny bit of smoke.
At the end of the day, clear winners emerged as they struggled to reach the 100 foot mark with long, lightweight frames.
Women's rider Sarah Hoghlund took home top honors, competing against two other women, while BBP's John Betts took home the longest distance for men by skidding more than 96 feet. John Brown, who attempted to skid his 5-foot-tall double-decker bike, took home worst skid, but best crash.