It’s a History Thang!
Colin J. Soper’s alleycat with a twist was held last saturday, August 23rd, in Montreal. A handful of couriers and other riders were having a cold one (yay to public drinking!) when Colin arrived with the manifests.
People were excited at first, then taken back by the complexity of the checkpoints. Go to a now non-existant village and find some guy waiting with sizzurp drinks, or find whatever monument someone made a couple hundred years ago and write down what’s engraved on it were amongst the entertaining, yet challenging, checkpoints we had to complete. Yes is was not easy, but we actually got to learn something.
Then the riders left in a hurry for a two-ish hour fun ride around town. I ran the race along two other great guys, David and Timothy, both messengers. Of the 16 checkpoints we did 15, deeming the one in Hochelaga as too far and unnecessary. After passing through St-Henri, Verdun, the Old Port, Downtown Ste-Catherine, and Cinema l’Amour we ended up back to square one. Our little gang came in first with something like 15 minutes advance. Booya!
Other riders had all the answers right on their manifest but had googled some, we didn’t! We even took pictures of all the checkpoints. We’re glad we pushed like we did.
The rest of the afternoon was spent partying and enjoying the day in a park with booze, bikes and other things, like them bagels we had to bring back to Colin.