Still time to join “Urban Assault” on Richmond

March 23, 2012 · 1 minute read

In my column in today’s T-D, I wrote about the New Belgium Urban Assault Ride, “the biggest Bicycle Obstacle Event series in the nation,” according to a press release from Adventure Fit, the company that created the race.

Starting at 9 a.m. Sunday, teams of two cyclists will scatter across town “on a city-wide quest for ‘checkpoints’ on your favorite two-wheeled steeds. At each checkpoint, you’ll drop your bikes and complete a funky/adventurous obstacle course, then remount your bikes and hit the streets for more. The goal is to complete all the checkpoints in the shortest amount of time. You choose your own route and checkpoint order. This means that the most clever are often the victors. Of course, it may also help if you can pull a mean big-wheel powerslide and fly across an inflatable slip-n-slide.”

“After your pedal-powered adventure, your team will cross the finish line and enter a massive celebration of New Belgium Brewing Co’s whimsical ways, bikes, and big wheels. The after party is just as much fun as the ride itself, thanks to the craziest raffle prize contest you’ll ever experience.”

As of yesterday, about 200 teams — 400 cyclists — had signed up. And online registration continues through today. No matter the weather, this event promises to be a lot of fun.