THE START: Arrive at Kulshan Brewery at 11:00am to sign in, pay up, and receive these instructions again plus a set of clues & photographs of eight treasure chest locations. The race clock starts 15 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? Which way includes a stop at your favorite watering hole?
THE TREASURE: The chests are small black boxes, tucked away and flagged with Cascade Cross tape. The locations should be fairly easy to find with a few simple clues if you have been riding your bike around this town at all. Each chest will contain a unique coin. Just nab one coin for your team, take 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: A graduated scale:
FREE for those who started 7+ races this season.
$5 for those who started 4-6 races.
$10 for those who started 1-3 races.
If you didn't race at all this year, please chip in a suggested donation of $15 for all the mysterious fun and the pitchers of ale you will be rewarded with.
THE SAFETY: The responsibility & liability for rolling about town with your friends is all yours.
THE PRIZES: Each treasure chest contains a set of unique coins - 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 with your coins & show photos to the judges for verification to receive your pitcher vouchers. Collect all 8 or as many as you can or want to!
The fastest team gets some extra glory - they will be recognized with a podium presentation at the finale party and some more prizes!
THE FASTEST TIME: would be to reach all 8 stations AND return to the brewery in under 2 hours, 15 mins, but the course differs from last year, so we're not entirely sure.
SERIES OVERALL AWARDS 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 speeches made!
DJ Idlhnds will be returning for his FIFTH year of spinning our after-party tunes (even after moving to Seattle to pursue 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!