This could also be called the RACE FOR EIGHT!
THE START: Arrive at Kulshan Brewery at 1pm to receive these instructions again plus a set of clues & keys for 8 treasure locations. The race clock starts 10 mins after you receive the clues, so your team has to time to decipher the clues and plan a route. Note: you can arrive late & start late if you want, you will just be behind!
THE TEAM: You must ride in a team size of at least 3. There is no max size, but you must all arrive at the stations together. To get credit for the station, you must photograph your entire team there (minus the photographer). You can form teams at the brewery, pick up orphans & what-have-you, but the most competitive teams will likely be pre-arranged.
THE ROUTE: All 8 treasure chests are within town or reasonably close to town, approached mostly by road, fast trails, and just a few technical bits. The exact route is up to you and your team! Which way is the fastest? Which way is the most fun?
THE TREASURE: The chests should be easy to find with a few simple clues if you have been doing these 'cross races and riding your bike around this town at all (those who did Noordzee will also have a slight advantage). They will be flagged & easy to spot. Your team will receive a key to the chests, each of which will contain a unique coin. Just nab a coin and a photo and get rolling!
THE BIKE: You can ride whatever bike you want, but something you would use in a CX race should get you to all the stations the fastest. If you want to outdo Joe Parietti, ride a BMX!
THE COST: FREE for previous Series participants. If you didn't race at all this year, please chip in (suggested donation $10). The liability for rolling about town with your friends is all yours.
THE PRIZES: Each treasure chest contains a unique coin - one per team - and is redeemable for one pitcher of ale at the finale party and up to a week thereafter! You must return to the brewery base station before 5pm with your coins & photos for verification to receive your pitcher vouchers. Collect all 8 or as many as you can or want to!
The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd fastest teams will be recognized with a podium presentation at the finale party and some more prizes!
THE GRAND PRIZE: If any one team follows all the rules, reaches all 8 stations AND returns to the brewery in under 2 hours, the Cascade Cross Series will put on EIGHT RACES next season. This will not be easy! So neither is the challenge. As a hint, one possible loop to reach all stations and return is less than 20 miles long. You do the rest of the math.
SERIES FINALE AFTER PARTY
The official season-end party for cyclocross racers and fans of all ages & orientations, complete with series overall awards, will be held from 6pm to 8pm (feel free to arrive early) on Saturday Jan. 25th right after the Fun+alley Race. The location is Kulshan Brewery in the Sunnyland neighborhood of Bellingham.
Many of their highly-sought-after beers will be on tap at the party. Food vendors will also be present, and you can bring in food from anywhere you like. Cascade Cross will provide some catered snacks. Pitchers will be provided to Fun+alley Race participants (see above). There will be Series Overall podium presentations around 7pm, prizes will be awarded, and exciting announcements made for 2013!
DJ Idlhnds will be returning for his FOURTH year of spinning our after-party tunes (even with his mandatory appearance at the Whats Up! Awards Show that very evening for his wizardly rhyming work with The Bad Tenants where he is also known for being “of the rare breed of DJs who actually spins on vinyl”).
Come blow out another year of amazing cyclocross racing, where each year gets more impressive than the one before and we set the bar high right in the heart of the nation's best cyclocross racing region!