Halloween has come and gone and (though I’m a little late) it’s time for me to highlight some of the best Halloween bike events of the season!
The first major bike event this year was the Scaredy Cat alley cat race thrown by Bjorn and Jessica. Though I didn’t get to race I did run across the racers at one of their stops and saw the awesome photos documenting the spooky, funny, and weird costumes alike. Congrats to the winners Erin Young and Jana Velo! Here’s the link to check out the photos yourself! http://www.flickr.com/photos/scaredy_cat_mpls/
The next major Halloween event was Jeff Frane’s annual Track or Treat. Track or Treat works like this: Show up to the race with a Halloween costume and a fixed gear and you’ll be rewarded with a time advantage. No fixed gear bike or costume? Geared bikes, freewheels and those without costumes are more than welcome, you’ll just have to make up a bit of lost time if you’re in it to win it. This event is perfect for people new to the alleycat scene. It’s 5$ to race (this year a six pack donation was also suggested for the after party), its relatively short (12-15 miles) and its usually not a routing nightmare. Jeff Frane makes it very female friendly with an equal chance for the ladies to win rad prizes regardless of how many female riders come out. I came in third place and won a small bag and rechargeable light. Congrats to Kesha and Loretta Treviño for snagging first place!
And finally I want to document an event that isn’t specifically a “bike event” but is (in my opinion) the greatest event of the Halloween season – The Annual Barebones Outdoor Puppet Extravaganza. Barebones is very difficult to describe because it is really beyond words. It takes place at Hidden Falls Park near the Ford Bridge. In the park a candle lit pathway is set to take you to the performance area with hay-bail seating. Along the way are small groups of performers giving you an introduction of what is to come. Wandering around are people on stilts and giant dancing skeletons. When you get to the stage area a performance ensues that includes fire dancers, silk rope gymnasts hanging from trees, a slew giant of skeleton puppets, live music/orchestra, and a short play that symbolizes the importance of death as a reminder of the beauty of life. I can’t say it any better than Barebones themselves:
“The physical properties of everything we know are balanced on a thin knife edge. Here at All Hallow’s Eve time, when the veil between the worlds of the living and the dead thins, we invite you to slice through this mystery with us. We reach out with yearning towards those who have moved on through the portal. Maybe they can shed their starlight on this strange journey we walk together. At the very least, our longing for them reminds us that someday, we too will die. Our heartfelt longing reminds us to embrace this rare opportunity called life to be exactly who we are and fully ALIVE!”
It’s a great event to ride your bike to as it is so popular and very difficult to find parking! I’ll leave you with a few SPOOKY pictures from this year’s Barebones event.