It’s taken longer than expected – and some of you thought it may never come – but today not only brought us weird thunderstorms but also the fourth annual Tour de Watertower course. As in years past, riders will be released minutes apart from one another so that each is facing only Seattle’s best climbs and their own limits. We’ll be taking pre-registrations, so you get you can get your start time before race day and not have to wait around.
Race day is Sunday, July 22. Registration is $8 and can be done here. The first racer will be scheduled out the gate at 1:30pm. Please plan to be at the start 10 minutes before your leave time to insure you can be checked in. You can still register in person on race day, but you will be given a slot after all the preregistered racers. Preregistration ends at 11:59pm, Thursday, July 19th. All cash beyond expenses will be added into a pot with other $$ for the fastest guys and gals. Payouts and depth will be determined based on participation. Invite your friends then win their money! This year’s top male and female riders will also each be receiving a 2012 Chrome coveted jersey, a not-for-sale jersey only awarded at cycling events across the country.
Enough of all that, though. Let’s get down to the course. This year’s order looks a ‘lil something like:
- START – Cool Guy Park – along the trail starting at Lakeview Blvd E & Belmont Ave E
- Volunteer Park – 1247 15th Ave. E located on Volunteer Park Road, near entrance at E Prospect St.
- Maple Leaf – Roosevelt Way NE and NE 86th st.
- Woodland Park – Phinney Ave. N. between N. 53rd st & N 54th St.
- Observatory Court – Queen Anne – Lee St. @ Warren Ave N Across from 1420 Warren Ave N. At sign in front of tennis courts adjacent to Fire Station #8
- Magnolia – 38th Ave. W between Dravus and Prosper Across from 3218 38th Ave. W.
- West Seattle – SW Charlestown St. & 39th Ave SW
- High Point – 35th Ave SW & SW Myrtle St
- FINISH – Victory Lounge – 433 Eastlake Avenue E. First round is on me.
Don’t want to race but feel like hanging out? Come by the start, or head over to Victory Lounge at 3pm to start checking out who’s in the lead. We will also need some volunteers to keep our riders honest and keep things running smoothly, so if you’re interested please get in touch. Victory will be providing two dollar beers and three dollar shots for all, as well a full menu of dogs for all. We will be listing all finish times live and large as we did last year.
A few days after this year’s Nine to Five, I put out a call looking for photos and video from the event, and you all responded! Ian Schemp gets the final prize – a gift certificate to Jebena Cafe – for the shot above, but there were so many awesome photos and videos from the night. Click here for more after the jump, and don’t forget to check out what’s already been posted in the wrap-up, as well as all of your awesome postcards for Ryan.
It’s been a full week since we held our fourth annual Nine to Five, Seattle’s sunset-to-sunrise all-night bicycle scavenger hunt. All said, we had 116 paid participants this year (with 89 finishing), making it the best Nine to Five yet.
This year I had some last minute inspiration that made some substantial changes in the format. While finalizing the scavenger lists, it struck me I could both encourage more riders to see each other throughout the night as well as challenge the reigning champions (including the forces behind Car Free Days and Totcycle) by rewriting the list in three parts to be handed out throughout the night.
I arrived at Gasworks shortly after 8pm with the new three-part scavenger lists, still hot from the copy machine. On arrival it was clear that in the rush I’d managed to leave behind a few key items like the sign in sheet, but after quickly hand-writing some forms, registration begun and our riders received their first list:
We stayed at Gasworks for a bit to cover late arrivals, then took off to find somewhere to brew the 60+ cups of coffee needed for our 12am stop, while our riders borrowed strangers’ clothes and had them sing Donny Parton’s event-appropriate hit:
On the way down to the I-5 Colonnade we were shortly overtaken by a group of four cyclists, who were joined then three more. As the group continued to grow, we started truly appreciating how awesome the night was. Even then, we weren’t prepared for the scene greeting as at the rest stop.
We shared some snacks, drank some coffee and energy drink, and handed out the second list of the night:
Everyone cleared out to find their new items, and we finally had a few free hours to get some food and wind down, before making our way over to Ly’s Donuts, where folks were already waiting for us.
We were quite the sight at 3am, even by U District standards. We got everyone fed and caffeinated, awarded people points for being there, and handed out the final list for the night:
After a final coffee brew, we took off for breakfast back at the start. The “pitched tent” bonus points had Gasworks looking like a hobo encampment by the time we showed up, as the teams furiously added up their points. As everyone chowed down on Field Roast wraps, we were excited to find we had a new winning team; the prior champs had been beaten… but then we read the points list more carefully.
It was officially a three-peat. Prior champs – now named Ransacked Dignity – won with over a hundred points lead, Xtracycle bags bulging with still-frozen Slurpees and all manner of other items. After the race, Julian shared their winning formula with Twitter.
As 1st place team, the won the prized Nine to Five trophy and a $100 gift certificate to Portage Bay for brunch. We then awarded the rest of the prizes via raffle, with Ross Milne picking up the Xtracycle Free Radical + gift certificate, and others going home some of the other 30+ prizes our sponsors provided.
Speaking of which, we’d like to thank our wonderful sponsors! Xtracycle and Brooksfor being super into what we were doing; Field Roast for keeping us fed; KoKi for reaching out to us and and delivering a ton of great stuff; multi-year supporters Knog and PDW; Poketo for awesome wallets and Chronicle Books for the BikeSnobNYC swag.
Most of all, thanks to all the riders that have helped make this event what it has become. I’d like to think we’ve created one of only a handful of events in Seattle that brings together cyclists from as many disciplines and backgrounds, if just for one night per year. Keep coming out and we promise to keep finding new ways to challenge you.
|Team Titty Pic||338|
|Team Yes But No||293|
|Team Orange Ball of Hate||266|
|Team Live Badass||259|
|Team Monkey Pumpers||253|
|It’s Always Sunny||253|
|The Bob Mitzvahs||225|
|Team Lioness 4||216|
|The Episcopal Hiking Club||208|
|Team with the Dragon Tattoos||159|
(we wouldn’t have an event without them)
As this Juneuary weather continues, riders increasingly argue over what summer here is and isn’t. But one thing is for sure: a Seattle summer is not the same without Ryan here causing/preventing trouble with the rest of us. If you didn’t get to give me a postcard telling him as much at the Nine to Five, be sure to let him know in the comments. Keep safe up in AK.
Speaking of the Nine to Five, the complete wrap up will be up sometime today as well the best photo announcement (and prize) so stay tuned!
The crew over at Menstrual Monday will be hosting their 2nd annual ladies-only Girls of Summer alleycat tomorrow and it should be awesome. Just look at the sponsor list! Word has it, it’s over $3000 in prizes. Registration starts at 2pm at the I-5 Colonnade (race at 3pm) but show up early if you’d like your bike looked over by the crew from Back Alley Bike Repair; they’ll be there starting at 1:30pm.
A Fourth of July tradition and a must for true Americans. If you don’t go to this, you’re no longer allowed to vote. Really. Look it up.
This year’s Nine to Five is done, and I expect I’m not the only one still recovering. One of toughest parts of organizing an event like this is not having the time to hear all the great stories (and see the photo evidence) from all the stops we spend the rest of the year trying to come with. This year, before I write the official Nine to Five wrap-up, I’m asking for your help in sharing the Nine to Five Experience!
Please upload your videos and photos and email me your favorite stories by Wednesday night, even if it just a couple words on where you found the toughest item or worst failed attempt. Whoever uploads the best photo/video from the night (“best” as we see fit, that is) will receive a $25 gift certificate to Jebena Cafe, possibly the friendliest Ethiopian restaurant in Seattle.
Post links to your photos / videos / stories in the comments or email them directly to email@example.com. Thanks!
As those of you who spent your Sunday lingering around the new GMG Facebook page already know, Aaron Piper became our first winner in the Nine to Five pre-registration drawing. BUT it’s not too late to win. Next up on the prize block is a copy of Bike Snob NYC‘s newest, The Enlightened Cyclist. As you can see, Percy highly recommends it, while Ichabod is decidedly indifferent. We’d like to know what you think, so register now to be sure you’re in the drawing.
One of the toughest parts about organizing the Nine to Five is being prepared for the right number of people. Our supply runs/catering order are done well ahead of time, which is why ask (and plead and beg!) you to preregister for the event to help us judge the numbers. We don’t like to turn folks away by requiring pre-registration, but it really does help us (not to mention you and your fellow riders) a ton. As a thank you for registering, we’ll be entering ALL registered riders in a couple drawings in the next week in a half leading up to the big night, the first for one of these sweet wallets from POKETO featuring art from Dutch husband-and-wife design team, MAKI:
“Some things take time” is one of my favorite riding mottoes, following only “every hill must end” and “it’s always a f’in race”.
So what are you waiting for?