Babes in Bikeland, on September 10, 2011, is an excellent way to participate in the fourth round of 30 Days of Biking, which starts September 1 (booya!).
Race co-organizer Kat McCarthy sent us this brief to get you piqued:
What is Babes in Bikeland?
The largest alleycat for women and trans bikers in the country! This is the fifth anniversary of the race and we’ll be celebrating our amazing bike community in the Twin Cities on September 10. Pre-registration is up on the Babes in Bikeland website.
Males are welcome to volunteer during the race. Email babesinbikeland AT gmail.com with contact info to volunteer.
When’s it take place?
Babes in Bikeland is on Saturday, September 10, 2011. Check in at 4 p.m. at the Soap Factory to register, get your shirt, and receive your manifest. Registration is $5. The race begins at 6 p.m., sharp, with a course that’s just over 20 miles through your favorite Minneapolis neighborhoods.
Sisters Camelot is both the finish line of the race and the location of the awards ceremony. Awards will be around 10:30 p.m.
I’m an alleycat noob. Is Babes in Bikeland for me?
If you’ve never raced an alleycat before, this is the perfect first race, because you’ll be with 200+ other women/trans/femme cyclists! It’ll be the best 5 bucks you’ll spend all summer.
How did Babes in Bikeland get started?
Chelsea and Kayla met on a group bike ride and a beautiful friendship was born. Then they went to other group biking rides, races, and events and met other amazing women who biked. Beautiful friendships were growing at an exponential rate! And then they grew faster and stronger and more confident on their bikes because they had great women to ride with. And then they thought, “What if there was an event where we got a whole bunch of women together to ride bikes and create friendships at exponential rates and get faster and stronger and more confident on their bikes?!” And then Babes in Bikeland was born.
September’s round of 30 Days of Biking is just around the corner! To get you primed, we’re hosting a throng-up! (a densely packed gathering of humans and/or animals a.k.a. a party).
The thronging takes place this Saturday, August 20 at 8 p.m. in the mod-ster chic warehouse beside Loring Park’s new bike shop, Kitsune Cycles.
Organized with MPLS.TV and sponsored by local luminaries ARTCRANK and Groucho Sports, the party will reunite 30 Days of Biking cyclists over beers, $5 gets you infinity booze (at least until the keg runs out).
Pyretic tunes by DJ Jam E-Z, because we believe dancing and bicycling are synonymous.
First-Place Men’s: Banjo Brothers Bag + Swag First-Place Ladies: Banjo Brothers Bag + Swag
// Tour de Taco – Tacos Consumed // #tourdetaco
Most Tacos Consumed, Men: Rey del Taco, and all the royalty that position confers. Most Tacos Consumed, Ladies: Reina del Taco, and all the royalty that position confers.
To finish The Dirty 30, you must complete both manifests—roughly 30 miles of racing. To win, you must be the fastest.
To finish the Tour de Taco, you must complete the Tour de Taco manifest—roughly 15 miles of racing. To win, you must be the fastest.
To become uno de los Reyes del Taco, you MUST show proof that you have completed the race and consumed the most tacos. Tacos can be consumed at any stop on the race course; payment for tacos is not included in the $10 registration fee.
Proof of taco consumption will be accepted in the form of a photo or receipt. Photos can then be turned in in person or be tweeted with the hashtags #tourdetaco or #thedirty30. The winner will be the individual who has eaten the most tacos and makes it to Grumpy’s with a complete manifest before we stop accepting at 4 p.m.
Please don’t cheat! Cheaters never win. Plus, we’ll be able to tell by your bloated stomach if you’ve eaten or not.
The only rule for 30 Days of Biking is that you bike every day for 30 days—around the block, 20 miles to work, whatever suits you—then share your adventures online. We believe biking enriches life, builds community, and preserves the Earth.