This month's hustle will be a fundraiser for Wear Yellow Nebraska! Since launching its free cab ride program in 2012, Wear Yellow Nebraska has funded more than 49,000 dollars providing more than 2,900 cab rides to Nebraska cancer patients in need.
Thursday, April 27th. Meet at 7pm, Race at 730, Standing Bear Grounds Park.
More deets about Wear Yellow Nebraska here: http://www.wearyellownebraska.org/about/
Andrew took the win with "HEX". At the start we got to randomly draw one letter, and if we chugged another beer we could draw another. Andrew went for it and ended up with H and X from that if I'm remembering correctly. He went to one more stop where he found his E and was the first one back, which gave him the triple word score...39 points!
Highest scoring word wins.
Race ends 45 minutes after first rider finishes.
Finishing involves assembling a word with as many letters from the checkpoints.
1st rider to finish: triple word score
2nd rider to finish: double word score
3rd rider to finish: triple letter score (any one of the rider’s letters)
4th rider to finish: double letter score (any one of the rider’s letters)
Using seven letters for one word ‘bingo’: 50 points
All checkpoints are optional. Riders must have a word to finish. Only letters that are used to form a word count toward scores. Only one letter can be used from each checkpoint.
The last two weeks have given us 50-70 degree temps every day, so of course on hustle night we get 40 degrees and rain. and hail. and lightning. and snow. It was a pretty epic ride+night to say the least. Derek setup a quick course the kept us downtown so we wouldn't lose too many fingers, but still had quite the sense of adventure about it.
There were three checkpoints where we had to take a picture to prove we were there. Each checkpoint and the finish had a haiku clue for you to find it with. It was nice not being told exactly where something was and having to really think about where to go. Definitely something that has been missing from hustles as of late.
Seventeenth and R
Take a snapshot on floor four
Watch for police cars
Everybody hit the first checkpoint about the same time, but the "second" one was giving all of us a bit of trouble:
Clock on top, don't stop
Find a path to the skywalk
For your photo op.
Everybody had their own idea where it could be within a couple block radius, so things got spread out pretty quick. After stopping to text for a clue, I rode another block, looked up and there it was! (I didn't see the clue, just got lucky) I saw Paul and Rachel already leaving, which meant I had some serious time to make up. The door to the stairs was propped open so I rode in CX dismount style, threw my bike against the railing, and ran up stairs four at a time to the skywalk. Selfie acquired, I ran down the first section of stairs, and hopped the railing to the ground floor.
Green two, level six
View from the Railyard from this floor
Get proof with some pix
Back on my bike I jumped into traffic on 10th and had a bit of good luck with lights at Q and then 9th heading down into the haymarket. Fortunately, the night before I had just been at the garage the haiku was talking about, which probably allowed me to make up quite a bit of time on the others. However doubt started setting in on my way to the top as I realized I didn't hear anybody else, nor see any wet tire tracks. Once I got to the last up ramp I was relieved to see a frenetic Rhino dashing back towards the stairs' door...but Paul and Rachel were also already up there! Fortunately they were having wet glove+cold hand problems and I was able to beat them getting a picture.
Finally realizing it was probably faster for me to run down the stairs than to ride down the garage ramps, I followed in Rhino's hoof prints footsteps and hit the stairs. I heard R+P come in shortly after me, but they decided to use the elevator. A couple steps past the elevator on the ground floor, I heard it open and Paul say "Did we beat himmmm? awwww!"
Coffee, bikes, and beer
Waffles, and egg sandwiches
The finish is here
I booked it down Q to 10th to M to 11th and then to the finish, which was easily deciphered to be Method Cycles. As I turned on to 11th I could see a bike with a light on already leaning on the building, which confirmed it was a race for second at this point, as Rhino was likely already there. Rachel and Paul caught my wheel at N street, but didn't hit the sidewalk as fast as me, which gave me the edge to the door and second place!
Great race everybody and thanks for the excellent hustle Derek!
Thanks to everybody who came out to celebrate Nicole. It was really great to see everybody.
We raised $211 dollars for Nicole's mom. We also gave her an honorary LNK Hustle vest, one of each cue card, and some SEACRUST patches. Thanks to our stop hosts: Pepe's Bistro, the Swifts, the Sands, and Ramos Pizza. Fist bump to Rhino for making the awesome Seacrust patches.
1. Have fun, ride bikes! 2. You are responsible for you. Take only risks you want to take, since you're the one suffering the consequences. 3. Get creative. 4. Make new friends. Go fast or go slow, it's your choice. 5. Be competitive if you want to, but don't be a jerk. Especially not to volunteers hosting checkpoints. 6. Enjoy participating in hustles? Consider hosting one. It's often more fun than racing. 7. Lights required. Helmet if you value your brain. 8. Decide to bail out mid-race? Let the organizer know so they're not worried about you.