…is now available! The calendar features a variety of notable lady cyclists from Pittsburgh as well as urban landscapes of our beautiful city. Proceeds from the sales benefit the Women’s Shelter and Center of Greater Pittsburgh.
Find it in our online store along with various Pittsburgh Babes on Bikes T-shirts!
Other retail locations carrying the 2015 calendar:
The second annual Zodicat was excellent all around. 30 riders showed up at the Mary Schenley Memorial Fountain in Oakland and were separated by astrological signs around the fountain circle. At 12:00pm, each group one-by-one had their horoscopes read to them and were given a first checkpoint location. Each spot had a couple of astrologically-themed challenges for the racer to complete before they could choose to have the next stop revealed.
The Melwood Dead-end: Aries (chalk maze) and Taurus (U-lock goring)
Nearby at the border of Polish Hill and Oakland, riders passed Filmmakers to the dead-end of Melwood, where Chris, Shane and his adorable son were waiting to put them through their first paces. Two courses were laid out before them - a chalk maze testing their wheeled dexterity and a line of cones they had to knock over via a heavy U-lock. Some cones were light and easy, some were heavy and had certain riders banging at em multiple times, and that last one was suspended from a tree.
Banker Supply: Cancer (backwards biking), Gemini (ghost biking) and Libra (egg balancing)
The newly-opened Banker Supply hosted a second checkpoint in the back alley behind the store. The most challenge-dense checkpoint, this spot also included the hardest skill challenge: the backwards bike. Riders had three options: either they could mount their bikes facing backwards and ride it handlebars first, mount facing forwards and ride it handlebars backwards, or mount normally and ride the whole thing backwards. Most people only made it a couple feet, some borrowed their friends’ fixies, some scooted off the ground and let momentum carry them, but at least one rider aced the test like a pro. The slightly easier challenges at the stop involved riding your bike while simultaneously guiding a riderless bike along next to you, and a clear-cut balance test riding with an egg on a spoon.
A Backyard in Frick Park: Scorpio (dart throw) and Sagittarius (polo mallet launch)
Near the Frick Park Bowling Green was a checkpoint with aerial launching challenges. Clearly identifiable was the Scorpio station - racers had three chances to throw darts at a scorpion-shaped board hanging from a tree. Attached to the board were cut out pictures of cars, which, if hit, would net points. Watch out, though - some of the cars had kids in them, some had muppets hanging out on a joy ride, and smack in the middle was a cut out of a cute (or ferocious, up to interpretation) kitten. Striking these parts of the dartboard would lose you points - poor Greg Russo, hit the kitten twice! At the Sagittarius challenge riders launched a polo mallet through a sling-shot contraption made of shot inner tubes across the lawn. Points for distance; apparently someone made it all the way across the fence into the neighbor’s yard.
The House of Raging Women: Virgo (Amazonian photoshoot) and Leo (Lion photoshoot)
The challenge in the backyard jungle of the HORW was stocked with horse cut outs, paint, fake (and one real) weapons and lots of fabric. Racers dressed themselves up in their best imagined Amazonian garb, chose their weapon of choice, and positioned themselves around the high weeds, under flowering trees or around the fire pit for a photoshoot. The Leo checkpoint was straight to the point: put on your best lion face, strap on a DIY mane and ears, stand in front of a savannah backdrop and act like a lion.
The Water Steps: Aquarius (water balloon ambush)
Taken straight from the first Zodicat, the aquarius checkpoint at the Water Steps was a water balloon ambush. When racers arrived they were given one water balloon and the option to either wait and ambush the next racer, hit a friend they rode with, or convince a nearby stranger to hit them with their own balloon. Delighted children were roped into the activity, some racers chose to joust-style balloon assault each other, and at least one person accidentally hit a duck before losing their balloon to the river.
Additionally, there were two non-location based challenges. At any other checkpoint, if riders asked for the location of Pisces challenge, they were given paper & pen and told to write a Haiku comparing their bike to a fish. Not everyone necessarily knew the form of the poem, and not everyone signed their name, but the results were awesome none-the-less!
Cheap Novara Buzz
Swimming downstream such a thrill
Uphill - like salmon
Raleigh Super Course
Crusty, smelly, waterlogged
Just like a catfish?
Swim in the asphalt
Aluminum scales flash by
Breathe in the exhaust
My bike is orange
So is the mighty goldfish,
Together we swim
Ti Fighter swims the roadways
Like a silver carp
There is a light that
Never goes out when you try
Try try try again
Smooth like a fish in the water
That’s my bike in wind.
O Schwinn Sprint you flow
Like salmon through shining air
Mightily you arrive
Glides with ease in blue
So slippery fish are too
Spokey not scaley
Slithery and sly
My bicycle goes so fast
Just like a minnow
My pedals are fins
I spin them in fast circles
Propelling me on
Pedal fast and swim
Gliding through the urban streets
So fast like a fish
Wrong way? I don’t care!
My bike can go anywhere!
Ouch! Salmoning bad
The goldfish pedals
My old derailleur medals
Fuck let’s go fishing
Riding on the trail
Combined sewer overflow
Pray I get those gillz
Cutting, banking, swish
Parting the cool summer rain
Next time I bring soap
Yellow fin tuna
Swimming inside a circle
No pedals I see
- John M
Scales of a most unusual
Land based piranha
- Jon S
Finally, if a rider asked for the Capricorn challenge, they were given more paper & pencils, and asked to draw a sea-goat.
…And the Winners are!
1st place: Adam Haller
2nd place: Julia Baker
3rd place: Geoff Blanchard
4th place: Dave Hunt
5th place: Max Fuhrman
Aries: Greg Russo
Taurus: Mark Miller
Gemini: Geoff Blanchard
Cancer: Ted Zellers
Leo: CHris Palmer
Virgo: Daniel Szepanski
Libra: Jon Swiderski
Capricorn: Adam Haller
Aquarius: Alyssa Crawford
Pisces: Julia Baker
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR COMING!
Sunday, July 20th!!
A fundraiser alleycat for the Babes on Bikes 2015 Calendar!
This cat will be a race for all levels of cyclists. Fun challenges at every checkpoint. No points for speed!
DIY bike carnival archery!
Car bullseye practice!
Release your inner Amazon!
Plot a watery ambush!
Classic bike balance test!
…mystified? Bring your steed to the Mary Schenley Memorial Fountain in Oakland at 11am, and all will be revealed!
Race begins at high noon!
5pm awards at OTB
For those new to alley cat racing!: Alleycats are a style of urban bike races that take place around the city. Instead of a set route, there are various checkpoints all racers make their own way between. Knowledge of the city is a plus! But we will also have some maps to hand out. Some alley cats cater to speedsters, but this will be a fun point-based cat scored by how well you do at various awesome activities!
THIS WILL BE A GREAT FIRST RACE
The first Pot O’ Gold Alley Cat Scavenger Hunt was awesome! So many cyclists came out despite Sunday’s less-than-ideal weather. Racers enthusiastically solved the location-specific riddles on the back of the manifests (we *might* use an easier-to-read font next time…but we’ll definitely make the riddles harder!) before sprinting out into cold gusty winds. One person stayed at the bar for so long we worried he had quit straight away - but Ben G assured us that no, he had overestimated the temperature and was warming back up with the help of a few beers. “But, what’s up with this Garfield lady in white riddle? I live in Garfield….I have to find it!”
4 hours after the manifests were doled out, the teams returned back to OTB to claim their standings.
And the winners are!
1st: “The MT’s” - Megan Lovett and Ted King-Smith, with 27 checkpoints!
2nd: Joshua Burfield, Lukas Parker and McKean Evans, with 26 checkpoints
3rd: Team “All-City-Thick” - Adam Haller, Adam Mistick and Christian Ferro, with 24 checkpoints
4th: Chris Corbran, Jess Appleman and Nate Lorenzo
5th: Scott Kowalski, Lucia Aguirre, Ric Fera, Dominik Konkolewicz and John Markowitz
6th: Caleb and Sam
7th: The Six Down Suffer Club
8th: Ethan Gladding
9th: Mark Cato, Christine Cato and Edward Walter
10th: Ben Grocholsky
The MT’s crushed this race under their combined Pittsburgh smarts, riddle solving genius and crazy bike-riding powers. Joshua Burfield, a returning Babes on Bikes Ladies’ Night alley cat champ, ranked again, along with a few friends this time. Team All-City-Thick possibly out-enthusiasm-ed every other team but made the crucial mistake of skipping the Lawrenceville check-points (sorry dudes!). Nate and Chris teamed up with Jess Appleman - finishing as the second female rider, she may actually have been the most enthusiastic single racer at the event. So stoked you came out and had a great time, Jess! The 5th place spot was apparently held for Poland, as well as the third female finisher, Lucia Aguirre. Caleb and Sam took 6th despite starting out with a flat tire. Ben G made it back with a handful of checkpoints, and told us: “Well, I was out looking for the lady in white, and I was going to try checking out every staircase in Garfield but I took a break to stop in Verde to warm up again. Asked the bartender if he had any idea about the riddle….he said yeah, and pointed up the street.” Ha!
In case you were wondering, the riddle was:
Garfield’s lady in white has been ascending the stairs,
With hope in her eyes for so many years.
Thanks to everyone for racing! Special thanks to OTB for hosting and donating, Scott Kowalski for designing the flyers and spoke cards, and Fiks: Reflective for making them more visible. We are so glad you enjoyed the first Pot O’ Gold Scavenger Hunt. See you next year!
Have you been waiting for the frigid temps to break to dust the cobwebs off your bike? Been wanting to do an alley cat, but nervous about finishing DFL? Are you a riddle-solving master? Maybe you’re just totally psyched on spring and want to ride your bike around our beautiful city? Or you’re just dead broke and want a chance at wining some ca$hmoney?
This Alley Cat is for you!!
Scavenger-hunt style! Racers will get a list of riddles - solve them to find the secret race stops. Make sure you snap a pic of your bike and/or yourself hanging out enjoying the lamb half of March! Riders who have found the most stops win.
Can be raced solo or in teams.
Prizes are a % of the entry fees, so bring your friends! The more people that race, the better the prizes!
There will also be a 50/50 raffle after the race
$5 to race Meet at OTB Bicycle Cafe (opens at 12pm), manifests will be handed out at 1pm. Riders can come pick up a manifest at any time, but must be back at OTB by 5pm to be eligible for prizes. Remember to bring a phone or camera to snap pics!
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Thanks to everyone who helped make the Typhoon Haiyan Benefit Weekend a success! Between Gold Sprints at OTB, the art auction, the show at the Shop, t-shirt sales and donations, we raised $904 for PAAC, which will be used to buy medical supplies for Haiyan survivors in the Philippines.
Special thanks to: OTB for hosting the Gold Sprints, Thick Bikes for prizes and mechanical support, Iron City, Urban Velo and Fiks: Reflective for the equipment and program support; The Shop for hosting the show and art auction; Silence, Marlon Battad, and Unraveler for performing, Alex Mohamed for photographing, and all of the artists who donated their works to the cause.
The first annual Frigid Bitch was a cold slushy wet snowy success. The ladies met at the HORW on Saturday February 15th to get their manifests and headed out into the freezing temps and fresh snow. With a frozen fountain theme, the short fast bare-bones winter alleycat had only 4 stops:
- Point State Park
- The Highland Park Reservoir Fountain
- The Mary Schenley Fountain
- The East Liberty Fountain
Volunteers waited at each stop to check in racers.
Because the ride was a cold-weather, mid-winter, ladies-only ride, every racer placed for prizes.
1st place: Erika
2nd place: Ngani, Jessica, Iris, Aryn
3rd place: Sarah, Katie, Rachel, Anne