Bike races are a big deal—just look at the Tour de France—but for some, the Spandex riding shorts, brightly colored jerseys and the pack mentality of the peloton are more distractions than selling points. Still, people love their bikes, love to compete on them and rightly see them as vehicles for adventure.
It's this sense of adventure that drives bike-based competitions like the Alley Cat Bike Challenge and Raffle on Saturday, June 1.
Alley cats are urban treasure hunts in which riders--in teams or individually—follow maps and clues to puzzles, keys, tickets and items that help them solve larger problems or complete grand challenges, hopefully ahead of the other racers. The idea is to throw on a pair of shorts and a T-shirt you don't mind getting a little dirty, hop in the proverbial saddle and set out on a quest for treasure, glory...all that stuff.
The second annual race entails riding to 15 locations across Boise, competing against other riders to complete challenges. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. at Joe's Crab Shack in Garden City and costs $25 for adults but free for anyone younger than 18. Racers will be given a manifest before the race begins at 11:30 a.m. Competitors inclined to make the most of a Saturday afternoon can hang around and tap the afterparty until 5:30 p.m.
All this racing, adventuring and partying goes down for a good cause: The alley cat benefits the Idaho Internet Crimes Against Children Coalition, which seeks protections for children against sexual predators on the Internet.