I hear my son Wesley talk about the alley cat rides but if you would be so kind to humor the old guy what exactly is this. My sense is that it is kind of like a Hash Harry running game. A little running ( biking in this case) some clues maybe a little orienteering and always a lot of beer at the end. The runners describe ourselves as “drinkers with a running problem”
originally, they came out of bike messenger culture and were there to simulate actual courier skills, ie pick ups, deliveries. they’ve since morphed into more themed scavenger hunt type rides. some are more competitive than others, some are more straight up races. it’s really limited to the creativity of the organizer
Gotcha! You were putting the hurt on me going up Penn Ave to that first stop, and then we lost each other until the Herr’s Island bridge.
After that stop I had to head back to the Mr Roger’s dino, and for some reason decided that I hadn’t climbed enough in the race and went up Herron Ave in Polish Hill rather than Liberty. Sometimes my racing choices befuddle me.
That was a good time! Although I apparently can’t read either and went downtown first, then backtracked to Pt. Breeze, then back downtown again. I think I’m going to just follow people from now on, because free will just gets me in trouble.