Rebel without a Cog

The other day I got the opportunity to race for the first time in a long while, and honestly, I wasn’t up to the challenge. Rob K., one of the masterminds behind the Seattle West Side Invite, held the 3rd (semi)annual Rebel without a Cog race. As I was expecting to spend the afternoon with my lady, I had prepared a nice lunch, and came down to the race start at Pier 62/63, ready to be dispatched to one of the checkpoints. Feeling like one of the hottest days of the year, I was more than content reading a book at a checkpoint, meeting up with Melissa later in the day. Rob, bless his heart, made sure I was taken care of, and got me to race, wanting to bring me a taste of my own medicine, or some such thing. So that was that. Maybe I should have abstained from alcohol the night before. Or eaten more than a little sandwich. Oh well. Put on the game face and let’s do it.

Kevin and I planned to ride together, but he got a little tied up at the start. I headed up to the Capital Hill checkpoint on the heels of Malik, Zach, and Ryan K. They took off, and I waited for Kevin there. We rode together, making good route choices, and somehow staying ahead of the pack. After a few checkpoints I checked with Kevin as to when we were going to head downtown.

“You haven’t gone there yet?” he asked.


“Sucks for you. You better get there”

Double crap.

At that point, not knowing the city, and already past what would have been a decent place to turn around without much lost time, you could say that I gave up. Sure. I could have faked it. Being an unmanned checkpoint, I could have just written down the answer. But that would be wrong. We got to the finish, and just as people thought they were done, Rob was there, with a big ol’ grin and a phone book.

“Bring this to Ali, and have him- sign the front of it.”

Kevin had a flat, and I couldn’t place, so I gave him my wheel. He’d have done the same for me. Well, not really, he probably would have just let me patch it. It is a race, afterall. After the racers returned from Ali’s boathouse, they were dispatched to PJ’s bike shop… twice, then across the water to talk to Danny V. By the time that they got back, all were beat. Those that didn’t get back in a reasonable amount of time, were just let off the hook.

Rob brought us a keg of good Elysian beer and we did our best to kill it. With about a third left, I decided that I should just carry it to David’s house. That was interesting. I have been borrowing John V’s Freight Baggage backpack- and I thought it would be perfect. I have to say that if it was a half an inch larger, or a large bag, instead of a medium, it would have fit all the way in. It didn’t, but I still got it there, somehow. I was pretty damn proud of myself.

All in all, it was a great race, and good times. I get stoked when people put on alleycats. It gives me a chance to get to know the city better, and to see other people’s race ideas in action. Keep it up!

For the standings, all I can remember is the top 3 men and top women’s. If anybody else remembers, let me know! This was Kevin’s first win, and it was much deserved. Way to go buddy.

  1. Kevin MWA
  2. Coomer
  3. Ryan McMinn

First Woman: Rana L.


  • MWA

    July 28, 2009

    Word Ryan, tons o’ fun. Thanks again for all your help.

  • Coomer

    July 28, 2009

    Yep, that was a blast! Thanks to you and Rob for setting all this stuff up. I can’t wait for the next one!

    Btw, it turns out that when you race on an empty stomach, then drink just a few beers, you get way drunker than normal…I was definitely, definitely hurting yesterday.

  • Ryan

    July 28, 2009

    And well done to you Coomer- that was a good time. As for the planning on this race, it was all Rob there. This race was the “gift that keeps on giving.”

  • Rana

    July 28, 2009

    Im glad Nouela and I didnt give up halfway, even though I made us go up Jackson in the heat twice, got us lost at the first checkpoint and spent 20 minutes looking for the last sticker at the oil drum. Yeah…Navigator kinda sucks?
    And riding back home on the interstate wasted with Kevin and Brian was also kind of thrilling, if you want to call it that.

    Thanks for putting on an awesome race! That was my first one and cant wait to do another.

    ps-Where are the pics at??

  • Ryan

    July 28, 2009

    Glad you had fun, It will be a while before Rob will be putting on another race, but I’m sure he’ll be looking for ideas while globetrotting, and will deliver a real stinker upon his return.

  • MWA

    July 29, 2009

    …and don’t fret little children I will be putting one on here real soon. I was told that’s what you do when you win a race. So get ready.

    Ry….we should hook up and start talking about it. I’ve got some Ideas.

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