Biking is the most efficient way to travel without a series of well-placed trampolines or knowledge of the comprehensive travel-pod system that crisscrosses the Earth. Keep to the street with today’s Groupon: for $60, you get a two-person team registration to the New Belgium Brewing Urban Assault Ride (up to a $120 value). Choose between the following dates and locations:
• Sunday, July 17 in Fort Collins, with the race beginning at 9 a.m.
• Sunday, July 24 in Denver, with the race beginning at 9 a.m.
Participants must register online two days before the start date.
The Urban Assault Ride sends bi-wheeled lads and lasses on a citywide bicycle scavenger hunt, where driven teams of pedal pushers scour Fort Collins and Denver for checkpoints containing whimsical obstacle courses. Each course remains under wraps until the race, but past colorful challenges have included puzzles, bike jousting, and paperboy relay. Teams will choose their own route and check-point order for the concrete journey, speeding off from New Belgium Brewing Company in Fort Collins or Skyline Park on 16th and Arapahoe Streets in Denver before venturing out in search of their list of checkpoints, plus two mystery checkpoints. The team to cruise through all checkpoints in the shortest amount of time wins, and the top-three road-warrior duos will receive prizes for their valiant efforts, such as Timbuk2 bags, Keen shoes, and Urban Assault Ride socks and arm warmers. After crossing the finish line, all teams can celebrate at the after-party, teeming with New Belgium beer, big wheels, and raffle prizes.
Aside from providing an exhilarating experience, the Urban Assault Ride helps promote and encourage bicycle commuting and does its civic cyclical duty by implementing myriad environmental practices and contributing their proceeds to local nonprofits such as the Ciclismo Youth Foundation in Fort Collins and BikeDenver in Denver.