Three years ago this weekend Blackhappy, Vixen, Myself and Capt Fuck It gave birth to DBRB. We all rode in our very favorite Alley Cat - BARS & STRIPES. Believe it or not until this date I was on 9 months of being DRY! It was for shits n giggles - had no real reason to drink/nor on not too....
Blackhappy convinced me to ride this all city alley cat that was sponsored by bike messengers. Did I mention that at the time I was riding a WalMart Magna with mountain bike tires? So - why not? I had no idea what an alley cat was, and that I was participating in the BEER ride of the season! Once arriving at the Boise Weekly with 7 other buddies that Blackhappy convinced to ride, we all decided that there needed to be a distinct cut off of types of riders. There was Team Speed - with Blackhappy as the Captain- in it to win it!! Team Fran - which was the sober and finishing team (WTF?) Not an official team but Team Fuck It evolved DURING the ride!!!
Our first stop was the fairgrounds - followed by our second stop the 44 club - where my lungs were on fire!! Test Tube Kitty would not let me leave the bar without drinking - in a desperation to calm the fire I ordered my first beer in almost a year! I chugged half and passed the rest onto a team mate. I ran out the door for the next stop.....
The four of us on Team Fran whirled through the Sunday evening streets with 96 other riders - we rang our bells and screamed "Drink Beer Ride Bikes!" and other riders would respond with the same. As the four of us cannonballed from the Plank down capital hill there were riders who were chanting our motto as they rode up the hill. It was an amazing feeling, and not just because of the beer :)
As Team Fran was riding feverishly through town, Team Fuck It had made a distinct decision NOT to hit every spot. Capt Fuck It happened to ride her cruiser for the race. As Team Fran was headed to the 44 club, Capt F.I. hadn't even made it to the fairgrounds. But she was a trouper and caught up to us all on State Street headed for the Lucky Dog. Still a good half mile and one beer behind us, she arrived at the Dog, but before she could dismount for the bar, her bike clipped the curb and she went down. That was it, the last stop for her. She and the other cruiser riders sat at the Dog until the rest of us finished the race. Since then Team Fuck It has been the team to maintain the BEER part of Bars & Stripes.... Strict rules for being on this team:
The Team will find the straightest route from start to finish of the ride that has the most beer involved. You can only compete in beer pong, you will be drunk at the finish line. Very serious to be on Team Fuck It.
Team Speed - Capt Blackhappy - was hauling ass through town to the finish at O'Micheals. He was a team of one that year! Last year his team grew and this team there are even more hungry racers ready to getter done!
As the few of us in the group arrived at the finish and received our Natty Ice and lunch pail - we all whooped and hollered for North Star Owner Warren O'dell as he gave out the winnings... no of us won anything. But we had an amazing adventure.
We then went to Mulligans and proceeded to get trashed! It lasted until the four in the morning! And I've been drinking beer since!
Oh.... and VeloVixen beat us all that year.....darn her!
The next year we had almost 20 participants in our group waiting to registrar outside the Weekly.......
This year we are shooting for a solid 25+ representing DBRB! Doesn't matter what team!!!!
This SATURDAY is the Annual
BARS & STRIPES ALLEY CAT!!
13 bucks to enter - you get a T-shirt
Registration starts at 3 - race at 4
TAILGATING in front of the BOISE WEEKLY (6th & Broad)
Starts around NOON! BYOB!
There are three teams to choose from:
Team Speed - with Captain Josh - you are in it to win it!!!
Team Fran - you will finish the race but be drunk as a skunk!!
And TEAM FUCK IT with Angie -
you will only go to stops that have beer!
Choose your team wisely!
IT’s a lot of fun! And they give away great prizes! If you don’t want to race - come tailgate!
Or the finish is at SOLID in BO-DO - watch the racers come in!
You will need to be 21 to play,
A Boise Weekly from this week, A bike, pen, and bag of some sort.