April Alleycat is this weekend!

The Prague Alleycat is back! This time it’s meaner, longer and faster! Everyone’s welcome, of course.

We’ll meet at the Prague castle gates on Hradcanske namesti at 17:30. Here’s the route:

Check it out on Google maps here: http://bit.ly/bGtk1i

Checkpoints are:

START: Hradčanské nám.
Checkpoint 1: The exhaust tower on Strahov
Checkpoint 2: Jiráskovo nám.
Checkpoint 3: Želivského metro
Checkpoint 4: Libeňský most
FINISH: Cross Club – Plynární 23, Prague 7

Total route: approximately 17 km

Post up here if you plan to come out for the ride!


16 Responses to “April Alleycat is this weekend!”

  1. 2 @8907 April 8, 2010 at 10:54 am

    is mountain bike allowed (heavyweight GT Sanction)? Can I ride alternative route (if I check at all checkpoints in proper order)?

  2. 4 s April 8, 2010 at 11:05 am

    How the hell you want to go up Zitna, I’ve got no idea.. 🙂

  3. 6 wilda April 8, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    count me in! Do I need to go the described route or the only thing I must is to go through the checkpoints in given order? I might know some shortcuts, quicker ways etc ..

    • 7 themicah April 8, 2010 at 12:35 pm

      Hey Wilda! You can take any route you want – you must check in at the checkpoints along the way. Finding your own route is part of the fun of the race!

  4. 8 cory April 8, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    oh for fucks sake!
    did I really know that it was going to be this Saturday?!
    I think I’m going to be in Plzen.
    And I still didn’t get the fixie’s damn chain jumping fixed!

  5. 9 salo April 8, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    Btw., I found most the checkpoints spots quite ill chosen, some downright dangerous.

    1) To get to the plaza on Strahov you need to cross the street in a corner, against traffic where no turn is legally possible and then get up on a sidewalk (also against traffic rules). Or take much longer route and then enter the bus rest area (which I think is also illegal to enter for all other vehicles).

    Safer alternative spot: parking lot behind the Strahov stadium (Zatopkova st.).

    2) Jiraskovo namesti is a total mess, unless you are coming from Karlovo namesti on Reslova. All three streets enclosing it are in the wrong direction, then there are tram tracks and cobbles.

    Safer alternative spot: Slovansky ostrov, behind the bridge.

    3) Zelivskeho, again, extremely busy cobbled intersection with a maze of tram tracks, no quiet spot to place a safe checkpoint, busy bus terminal on right.

    Safer alternative spot: nam. Jiriho z Lobkovic

    4) I have a hard time imagining where you want to place a checkpoint on Libensky most in the direction to Holesovice. When you get on the bridge, there is a long double intersection with roads coming up and down the bridge, then nothing but a 1 and 1/2 lane with speeding cars and trams on one side and high curb on the other. Perhaps at the end of the bridge, at the intersection with Jankovcova?

    I understand why parts of the route were chosen but please reconsider the exact location of the checkpoints, for a safer ride for everybody.

    • 10 themicah April 9, 2010 at 8:29 am

      The checkpoints are relative, not exact on the Google map. We will discuss where, exactly, the checkpoints are set before the race tomorrow. For example, Jiraskovo namesti was as close as I could get Google maps to draw the route with drag and drop to the dancing building on Resslova, which is on the route and with traffic. The road in front of the exhaust vent on Strahov (a landmark everyone can recognize easily) is never busy and practically abandoned on Saturdays, Zelivskeho metro’s entrance in front of the Jewish cemetery (the bus lane) is entirely easy to get to riding with traffic and we had a checkpoint on Libensky most for the last ride and it worked out fine…

      As for the “busy” part – that’s all relative (and also the point of an alleycat race). I used to ride in DC as a courier. Try booking it from Columbus circle up to Dupont at 5pm with 16 pissed off ethiopian cab drivers all trying to find the bones of Haile Selassie in your backpack. I’ll take Pepa driving his Sparta bus around a corner every 15 minutes anytime over that…

      Anyway, you’ll see the method we’re using for the checkpoints and it’ll make more sense.

      • 11 @8907 April 9, 2010 at 8:49 am

        Should we argue about route, I would suggest to set the checkpoints so that they allow some choice of route (e.g. Hrad to Strahov is quite straight and leaves no choice – if we make the checkpoint at the opposite (southern) part of Strahov stadium (BIG exhaust), there will be an alternative route through Petřín/Strahov park; Zelivskeho – Libensky most is better choice since you may find at least two routes; excluding Libensky most checkpoint and making only Zelivskeho – Cross would offer several routes to choose from).
        Anyway, the rules and traffic are part of joy so I prefer no discussion rather than changing the rules on-the-go!

      • 12 themicah April 9, 2010 at 9:04 am

        Hi Petr, the checkpoint IS the big exhaust. When I used Google maps to draw the route, it wouldn’t let me place a marker at that exact point for some reason. Also, it’s planned to have a sprinting sort of start where everyone is riding pretty much together. There are plenty of opportunities to split off on your own later – especially at the Zelivskeho – Libensky most leg.

  6. 13 Pavel April 8, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    Today I met one of you guys by chance and he told me about the race. I´m definitelly coming!

  7. 14 saman April 9, 2010 at 11:17 am

    oh, i need to go abroad till sunday so i can’t come. it’s a pity, the last alleycat was fun. i hope there will be another one soon.

  8. 15 Dula April 9, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    it’s still fun, right? safety first (everyone should take care of self), no matter where checkpoints are, that’s the alleyecat, riding in the traffic it’s part of it..

  9. 16 honza April 10, 2010 at 9:05 am

    We’re in. Count 3 bikes from East Bohemia

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