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
HEY. It’s fucking cold! Some douchebag calling itself the “Polar Vortex” has really been ripping through January’s shit lately. Does this have you curled up inside guzzling hot chocolate and drowning out the 25 mph winds with a chorus of Facebook updates wailing about it? Yeah? Well, I have a feeling February isn’t going to be sympathetic. February is going to try to break you. Why? It’s got a Napoleon complex the size of the iceberg that sank the Titanic, maybe. Feb is going to tell you to shut up, sit down and stop trying to ride your bike (what a jerk).
Let February eat the slop off your rear wheel as you speed past with two raised middle fingers.
LADIES ONLY ALLEY CAT
4pm start @ the HORW
$5 to race
Prizes for top finishers
*IF YOU ORDER A SHIRT AHEAD OF TIME, WE WILL JERSEY-STYLE PRINT YOUR NAME ON THE BACK AT NO EXTRA CHARGE
We will also be selling a limited number of American Apparel long sleeved thermals for $15
AFTER PARTY: 6pm @ HORW
Dudes and non-racing ladies: please try to bring food and/or drinks and/or donations!
Check out the Facebook event and invite your friends!
Goldsprints + music + art silent auction!
Benefits a medical mission to send volunteer doctors to devastated regions in the Philippines.
In early November 2013, the strongest storm ever recorded at landfall devastated the Philippines, affecting eleven million people, leaving many homeless, and killing thousands. The death toll continues to rise.
Di-ay, a current Pgh Babes on Bikes co-director, and her family and friends have been working toward various relief efforts - one of which is a medical mission to send thirty volunteer doctors into affected areas to handle 1,000 cases per day for three days. Guys, this would be so cool. We at Pgh Babes on Bikes think we can totally make this happen.
SAVE THESE DATES for an awesome and fun Haiyan Benefit Weekend!
Friday, February 7th, 8pm at Over the Bar Bicycle Cafe on East Carson. For those unfamiliar, a goldsprint is an indoor, bicycling racing event. No experience required. $10 to race + a portion of draft beer sales will go toward Haiyan relief, so come race or cheer racers on!
SHOW & ART SILENT AUCTION
Saturday, February 8th, 7pm at the Shop at 4314 Main Street. Bid on artwork donated by artists for the cause! There will be music! Bands and artists TBA. On that note, if you are an artist able to donate a print, a sculpture, a painting, or anything at all to the art silent auction, please fill out this form!
Saturday November 23rd.
Between noon and 1pm, cyclists gathered at Arsenal Playground for the ride. Babes on Bikes also had a table set up selling t-shirts and hoodies.
Registration was $5 for guys, $3 for guys in drag, and free for ladies.
Upon registering, riders were given a manifest, a map, a spoke card, a flash card, and these instructions:
- all checkpoints on the ride are optional and can be completed in any order
- every checkpoint is worth 3 points
- at each checkpoint, there are activities you can participate in to earn bonus points
- bonus stops! at select bars around the city there are some handsome dudes hanging out. riders can get one bonus point for each dude’s number they get, and one bonus point for buying a drink at the bar (a couple riders wanted to know if they could buy a slew of drinks and win a slew of points. sorry guys, one point per bar!). riders didn’t necessarily have to *drink* the drink, they just had to bring back a receipt showing they bought it.
- all the guys at the bars were allowed to demand a compliment in return for their phone numbers!
- the finish is at 5pm at the House Of Raging Women’s backyard
- the round corner cantina doesn’t open til 3…so don’t go there first!
At 12:55, it was explained what the flashcard was for. Before they could go, each rider had to write down the name of one rad lady - it didn’t matter if she was famous, currently around, or what she does. Then they had to hand in their flashcards to Anna-Lena or Di-ay and off they went.
The North Shore: At the historical plaque memorializing the 1845&1848 Women’s Cotton Mill Strike (in the roundabout on the trail between the 6th and 7th Street Bridges). At this checkpoint, riders could earn 2 bonus points for stitching their names into a swatch of fabric with various colored ribbon. They were only required to stitch legibly to get the points, but the best stitched swatches would get a bonus point at the end of the race.
Schenley Plaza: Under the tent pavilion between the Hillman and Carnegie Libraries, riders could earn 2 bonus points for decorating a plastic cosmopolitain cocktail glass. They could decorate them however they wanted, we only asked that their names or initials be somewhere on the glass. However, the best decorated glasses would get a bonus point.
East Liberty: At the “Steel City Scape” sculpture in Mellon Park, riders could take a “Rad Lady” flashcard quiz and earn a bonus point for each lady they could identify. There were 3 decks of 8 cards each. How many do YOU recognize??
Tazzo D’Oro (Highland Park): At this checkpoint, riders could earn 1 point for filling out a Lifetime Movie mad lib prompt sheet. Volunteers filled out the mad libs in the lull between riders, and the funniest ones earned a bonus point (and were read out loud later at the after party).
Mad lib prompts: 1. positive adjective describing someone 2. a number 3. a friend of yours 4. an adjective 5. someone you know 6. a city you don’t like 7. specialty/field of expertise 8. an adjective 9. a celebrity 10. type of doctor 11. a number 12. an adjective 13. someone you’d like to meet 14. your favorite musician 15. adjective ending in “-est” 16. profession 17. something edible 18. an adjective 19. profession 20. a corporation 21. a book 22. an adjective 23. type of food 24. an illness 25. a liquid 26. song title + artist 27. action ending in “-ing”
"You are a smart woman about to reunite with your 4 best lady friends at your 12 year college reunion. Cheryl Connors has called off work at her law firm to pick up your brilliant friend Scott Kowalski, who is currently working at Cleveland University as a customer service professor. Your witty friend Nicole Kidman, a podiatrist, meets you at the reunion, where the four of you bribe a cute RA with 32 bucks to let you spend the night in your surprisingly sweet old dorm. The gang is nearly all here, but you’re missing your fabulous socialite friend Mother Theresa, who is known for her globe-trotting adventures and famous lovers, including Sade, the kindest tour guide in the world. Speak of the devil! Mother Theresa appears around the corner, touting twice her weight in bananas. Later, you jump up with one of the now-empty bottles of bananas, exclaim: “I’ve been bad!” and confess to your girlfriends that you’ve been cheating on your sultry husband with your young, sexy motivational speaker. One by one, your girlfriends spill their dirty secrets of the last 12 years. Cheryl Connors has been involved in insider trading with Johnson & Johnson, while Scott Kowalski plagiarized a paper on sexual symbolism in "The Catcher in the Rye" from her unrealistically rusty grad student. Nicole Kidman, totally strapped for cash due to her compulsive Creole consumption, has been writing prescriptions for depression medication for bored housewives. Mother Theresa, the wealthy socialite, has picked up an almond milk addiction. After spilling your secrets, "Give It To Me Right" by Melanie Fiona begins to play and you all take turns dancing.”
"You are a luciferous woman about to reunite with your 4 best lady friends at your 7 year college reunion. Kristin Stewart has called off work at her law firm to pick up your bikey friend Chris Beech, who is currently working at Philadelphia University as a mechanical communications professor. Your smelly friend Eddie Izzard, an opthamologist, meets you at the reunion, where the four of you bribe a cute RA with 13 bucks to let you spend the night in your surprisingly ketchupy old dorm. The gang is nearly all here, but you’re missing your fabulous socialite friend Bette Midler, who is known for her globe-trotting adventures and famous lovers, including Brad Yoder, the bestest shoemaker in the world. Speak of the devil! Bette Midler appears around the corner, touting twice her weight in strawberries. Later, you jump up with one of the now-empty bottles of strawberries, exclaim: “I’ve been bad!” and confess to your girlfriends that you’ve been cheating on your punk husband with your young, sexy word nerd. One by one, your girlfriends spill their dirty secrets of the last 7 years. Kristin Stewart has been involved in insider trading with IBM, while Chris Beech plagiarized a paper on sexual symbolism in "Gone With the Wind" from her unrealistically nefarious grad student. Eddie Izzard, totally strapped for cash due to her compulsive pasta consumption, has been writing prescriptions for depression medication for bored housewives. Bette Midler, the wealthy socialite, has picked up a bleach addiction. After spilling your secrets, "The Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round" begins to play and you all take turns biting.”
"You are a spritely woman about to reunite with your 4 best lady friends at your 2 year college reunion. Alex Wert has called off work at her law firm to pick up your leafy friend Trish Rica, who is currently working at San Jose University as a robot scientist professor. Your fluffy friend Wolverine, a robot, meets you at the reunion, where the four of you bribe a cute RA with 42 bucks to let you spend the night in your surprisingly smelly old dorm. The gang is nearly all here, but you’re missing your fabulous socialite friend Debbie Gibson, who is known for her globe-trotting adventures and famous lovers, including Bob Log 3, the bestest cat therapist in the world. Speak of the devil! Debbie Gibson appears around the corner, touting twice her weight in cheese. Later, you jump up with one of the now-empty bottles of cheese, exclaim: “I’ve been bad!” and confess to your girlfriends that you’ve been cheating on your sticky husband with your young, sexy shepherd. One by one, your girlfriends spill their dirty secrets of the last 2 years. Alex Wert has been involved in insider trading with Dow Chemical, while Trish Rica plagiarized a paper on sexual symbolism in "Tortilla Flats" from her unrealistically squishy grad student. Wolverine, totally strapped for cash due to her compulsive tossed salad consumption, has been writing prescriptions for Republicanism medication for bored housewives. Debbie Gibson, the wealthy socialite, has picked up an coffee addiction. After spilling your secrets, "We Belong" by Pat Benetar begins to play and you all take turns wanking.”
Planned Parenthood: Freebie checkpoint! Here there were no bonus points available; instead, volunteers handed out condoms and information packets supplied by Planned Parenthood!
South Side Works: At the town square in front of the Cheese Cake Factory and the movie theater, riders were told that they could earn 1 bonus point each for
- texting a picture of themselves wearing heels to Anna-Lena’s phone before 5pm
- showing up at the finish with their nails painted (all ten! any color except clear!)
The Bonus Checkpoints!
A number of very enthusiastic guys were hanging out at the St James St Gastropub and Speakeasy, The Round Corner Cantina, and OTB Over The Bar Bicycle Cafe. Riders were given possibly less-than-clear pictures of them along with their first names, and told to go find em! They had a good time trying to figure out who was who (Kitaira ended up with a few too many phone numbers…) and enjoying a break from the snow with some beers and good company. All the guys had a good time interacting with the cyclists; Chris and Chris sat together at OTB just to be ridiculous, Eric gave up his compliment in exchange for a Happy Birthday wish for his sister, and more than a few of the phone numbers brought back were “867-5309.” Some riders caught up with Anna-Lena at the Cantina, where the friendly bartender spotted her and the other volunteers a shot of tequila.
At the end of the race, any first time visitors to the House of Raging Women made their way to the purple front door to find a sign taped to it: “Find the back door! Hint: Pumpkin Bike!” Possibly pausing for a minute to curse the Lawrenceville hill, they then made their way around the entire block (row houses!) and down the alley, where Anna-Lena’s pumpkin bike was locked up to the fence. Their manifests, receipts and phone numbers were collected by Di-ay and they ate lasagna, drank cans of PBR or filled their lovely plastic cocktail glasses from the vat of cosmopolitain mix, and waited while Anna-Lena tallied up the points.
Remember the flashcards riders filled out at the beginning of the race? When they finished, they could check out all the cards pinned up at the house. Here’s a list of the rad ladies people thought of!
Around 6pm, everyone gathered around the prize table and the winners were announced!
It was a great ride and a great party! Thanks so much for everyone who came out to ride, we could tell you all thoroughly enjoyed yourselves despite the snow! And thanks SO MUCH to our volunteers!: Aaron K, Alex A, Alistair S, Anne E, Anne H, Chris A, Chris C, Chris G, Chris W, Dawn S, Ian B, John L, Jon P, Kate D, Kayla C, Olga B, Rob W, Scott K, Stef B
See you at the next race!
Pittsburgh Babes on Bikes is back! In 2010-2011, we were a calendar (featuring lady cyclists of Pittsburgh and their bicycles) that raised $5k for the Women’s Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh. Now, we’re excited about throwing fun, inclusive, cycling-related events; as well as continuing to create publications (such as the calendar) to raise money for rad organizations in Pittsburgh (such as women’s shelters).
This first alleycat aims to be as fun as possible. We’ll be measuring the success of this alleycat by how many people show up, ride, and have a great time. Hope you can make it!
***LADIES RIDE FREE***
$3 Gents in drag
Meet in the Arsenal Playground (around 40th+Davison in Lawrenceville) at noon, ride begins at 1:00pm.
No points for speed!
5-9: After party/finish: House of Raging Women - 359 44th St. - Lawrenceville
9pm: Ladies’ movie night
RSVP at the Facebook event page
SO MANY THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS: