As a dedicated cyclist in this city for nigh on nine months now, I think I can claim at least a touch of “street cred”. I rode all through the winter. For a little bit, I rode with spoke cards from a real messenger style checkpoint race I rode in. I own a hideous pink, blue, and white cycling cap (Team Lampre/NGC) which I wear proudly when I parade down the streets on my single speed green ’77 Varsity, Portlandia style, complete with a plaid shirt and pants that are too tight on me. I’m even a member of the Facebook group about cycling in Nashville. I also spend a decent chunk of my time getting paid to fix bicycles for the Belmont Bikes bike share program, so I’ve had my fair share of grit under my nails. Credibility established? Didn’t think so.
I may not be cool, but I know a good time when I see one, and the 4th Annual Nashville Scavenger Hunt promises to deliver it in spades. It’s a standard messenger style checkpoint ride, NOT race, through East Nashville. At each checkpoint, each rider will receive a playing card and at the end of the night the person with the best poker hand wins, NOT the fastest person, so all riders have a chance of doing well. And if you’ve ever come out to an event like this in Nashville, you know that cyclists in this town are pretty great folks. The honest truth is that literally everyone is welcome at events like this. All skill levels. All kinds of bikes. All you need to come down and cruise is a helmet and your sweet ride.
I did mention winning a couple of times, and that’s because these rides usually have sponsors and prizes, and according to the official blog for the event, the overall point’s winner receives this sweet Steamroller frame, courtesy of Nashville Bicycle Lounge. I’m betting there will be other prizes as well, but I can’t find an official sponsor list anywhere, so I don’t know what else will be there from whom, if at all.
So there you have it. The hunt rolls out on Saturday morning at 11, with sign up starting at 10 and will be finished by 1, which means you’ll have the whole rest of the day to lie on the couch and
complain talk about how tired you are to your room mates or guzzle frosty brews at the East Nashville Beer Festival (not free and sold out so good luck). This being an event involving cycling, I’m almost positive there will be a group of people, or at least me, who don’t have tickets to the beer festival that will be going out for pints afterwards, so there’s the possibility of day drinking to lure you as well. Hope to see you tomorrow morning in East Nashville!
Bullets for those of you who start your Fridays off with a martini or three:
The 4th Annual Nashville Scavenger Hunt
WHEN: Saturday, April 9th.
WHAT TIME: Registration: 10 AM
Wheels Down: 11 AM
Back to the start: 1 PM
WHERE: Starts and ends at the East Nashville Beer Festival
AFTERWARDS: If you’ve got a ticket, the first East Nashville Beer Festival, if not the closest pub with yours truly.
If you are a hipster and you are offended by me poking fun at stereotypes that I fulfill, email me, an I’ll explain the idea of a joke. No, but seriously, don’t be offended. I mean it all in good fun. But I still think your brakeless fixie is stupid, even though the only thing different about our bikes is a freewheel and a front brake.
Robert Duello is a Senior Music Business major at Belmont University in Nashville. He rides a bike, but only with the promise of a cold beer and a comfortable chair at the end where he can kick back and catch a Braves game.