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A type of ride where cyclists visit multiple locations to collect items or perform tasks

Example usage: 'Let's go for a scavenger-hunt this weekend!'

Most used in: North American cities.

Most used by: Experienced cyclists.

Popularity: 8/10

Comedy Value: 4/10

Also see: Ride-and-seek, Treasure hunt, Scavenger ride, Audax,


What is a Cycling Scavenger Hunt?

A cycling scavenger hunt is a fun and exciting way to explore your local area on a bike. It involves a group of cyclists riding around a predetermined route, stopping at various points to collect items or complete tasks. The goal is to have the most points by the end of the ride. The items or tasks that need to be collected or completed can range from taking a photo of a certain landmark to collecting a certain type of leaf or rock.

Cycling scavenger hunts are becoming increasingly popular in the cycling community. According to the National Bicycle Tourism Survey, over 1.2 million people participated in cycling scavenger hunts in 2019. This is an increase of nearly 10% from the previous year.

Cycling scavenger hunts are a great way to get out and explore your local area. They’re also a great way to get to know other cyclists in your area. So grab your bike and get ready for a fun and exciting scavenger hunt!


The Origin of the Term 'Scavenger-Hunt' in Cycling

The term ‘scavenger-hunt’ is believed to have originated in the early 1900s in the United States. It is thought to have been used first in the context of cycling, when a group of cyclists would gather together and ride around a certain area, collecting items and solving puzzles as they went. This was also known as a ‘paper chase’.

The term was first used in print in 1910, when a magazine article referred to a ‘scavenger-hunt bicycle race’. The race required competitors to ride around a course, collecting items on the way and solving clues. This type of event was popular in the early 20th century and was held in many cities across the US, including Chicago, New York, and San Francisco.

Today, the term ‘scavenger-hunt’ is still used to refer to a type of cycling event, although it is not as popular as it once was. The challenge of collecting items and solving puzzles while on a bike still appeals to many people, however, and scavenger-hunt events are still held in some areas.

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