The seventh season of Urban Assault Ride, the largest bicycle-based adventure race series in the US, will hit the streets in 10 cities this year.
The Urban Assault Ride (UAR) is a funky bike scavenger hunt that involves navigating city streets, taking on unique physical challenges, and an after-party. Weekend warriors, racers, bike commuters, couples and families unite as teams of two take to the town by bike, sponsored by New Belgium Brewing.
During the ride, checkpoint challenges may include power-sliding adult big wheels, face-first slip ‘n slide action, or even jousting on BMX bikes. The challenges vary in each city, so participants never know what’s in store. Prior to the event, checkpoints are listed on the event’s website, so everyone has plenty of time to plot a course.
The first team to hit all checkpoints and complete the final obstacle course takes home a pair of New Belgium cruiser bikes. The top three teams in each of the four divisions will also receive awesome prizes. A celebration follows at the after-party with New Belgium beer and an interactive prize raffle with a host of two-wheeled shenanigans.
“We couldn’t pick a better sponsor than New Belgium Brewing,” said event founder Josh Kravetz. “They love bikes and beer just as much as we do and they’ve helped lead the charge with sustainable events. Because of New Belgium, the UAR is solar-powered, bio-diesel fueled, and almost zero-waste,”
The 2009 Urban Assault Ride schedule is as follows, adding three new cities to the roster:
April 19 – Tucson, Arizona (new for 2009); April 26 – Nashville, Tennessee (new for 2009); May 17 – Seattle, Washington; May 31 – Portland, Oregon; June 28 – Austin, Texas; July 19 – Fort Collins, Colorado; July 26 – Denver, Colorado; August 16 – St. Louis, Missouri (new for 2009); September 20 – Chicago, Illinois; September 27 – Minneapolis, Minnesota.