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24 Hours of Fun

277 teams competing, with odd bikes, "Godfather" scenes and of course, tattoos. Our photos capture the Riverwest 24 bicycle race.

By - Jul 30th, 2013 12:16 pm
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A heavy downpour greeted riders just before the Riverwest 24 began, but spirits remained high, and at 7 p.m. sharp 1,000 riders began the 24-hour bicycle competition.  This year, 277 teams competed for the coveted ice trophy. Teams compete in four major categories: solo, tandem, A Team (2 – 6 riders sharing one bicycle) and B Team (2 -6 riders). Points are awarded for laps completed, 23 bonus checkpoints, and for getting a Riverwest 24 tattoo.  This year one bonus checkpoint had riders acting out scenes from the Godfather while another had them riding a scooter through an obstacle course ending with a dousing of glitter.  This race isn’t about Spandex and Gatorade.

Adding to the eccentric nature of the Riverwest 24 is the mix of bicycles spotted out on the course. There were fixies, fat-bikes, tandems, and even a bicycle with a horse head. Steve Roche, Mr. Underwear Ride himself, was spotted on a tall-bike, and my team and I rode a Midwest BikeShare B-Cycle (otherwise known as the Rocket) for multiple laps.

In fact team Tripp’n The Fatty Boombastic rode a Milwaukee made Schlick Cycles fat-bike to first place in A Team category.  They won with 61 laps (280 miles) and 47 bonus points for a total score of 108.

Our photos capture many of these bikes, riders, checkpoints, and all of the fun that is the Riverwest 24.

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2 thoughts on “Photo Gallery: 24 Hours of Fun”

  1. casey says:

    would be great if you guys could get a quick comment from him about the ride and his experience.

  2. Masked Dude says:

    It was my first year. I got to ride the 3am to 6am stint.
    The mask was making my eyes itchy.

    DO IT!

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