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A type of bicycle race in which participants are given a list of checkpoints to ride to in any order they choose.

Example usage: 'I'm entering the alleycat race this weekend.'

Most used in: Urban areas with an active cycling culture.

Most used by: Urban commuters and competitive cyclists.

Popularity: 8/10

Comedy Value: 5/10

Also see: Messenger Race, Bike Polo, Scavenger Hunt, Cyclocross,

What is an Alleycat?

An alleycat is a type of bicycle race which originated in the courier culture of Toronto, Canada in 1989. It is a fast-paced race in which riders navigate a predetermined course through city streets while collecting checkpoints. Alleycat races are usually organized and attended by urban cyclists, and they often attract large numbers of participants.

The courses for alleycat races can vary in length, difficulty, and speed. They are often designed to include difficult turns, steep hills, and other challenging obstacles. Racers must choose their own paths to each checkpoint, and the winner is usually the rider who collects all of the checkpoints in the shortest amount of time.

Alleycat races have become increasingly popular in recent years, with events taking place in cities all over the world. In the United States, the number of alleycat races has grown from around 30 in 2010 to over 300 in 2017. This growth is likely due to the increasing popularity of cycling as an alternative form of transportation.

Alleycat races are a great way for cyclists to hone their skills and test their abilities in a competitive environment. They are also a great way to meet other cyclists and explore new parts of the city. If you’re looking for an exciting and unique cycling experience, an alleycat race might be just what you’re looking for.


The History of the 'Alleycat' Cycling Race

The term 'alleycat' was first used in the context of cycling in the early 1980s in Toronto, Canada. It originated with a group of messengers who used to race each other in the city's backstreets and alleys. The races, which were informal and unofficial, were organised by the messengers to build camaraderie and set a benchmark for speed and agility.

The first alleycat race was organised in 1989 and was called the 'Courier Championships'. It was held in Toronto and was the first official alleycat race. Since then, alleycat races have spread all over the world. The races are typically held in urban areas and involve a number of checkpoints that the riders must visit before returning to the starting point. The winner is the rider who reaches all the checkpoints in the fastest time.

Today, alleycat races are popular among urban cyclists and have become a part of the cycling culture in many cities. The races are seen as a fun and competitive way to explore the city and to test one's cycling skills. Alleycat races are also used as fundraisers for cycling-related causes.

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