Frigid Bitch 2016

Finally here’s the recap on the Third Annual Frigid Bitch! This is my second alleycat race and this year ended up being even colder than last. The week leading up got up into the 70’s and I wasn’t sure if it was going to be frigid at all. Alas mother nature had other plans and good thing too. We had wind speeds up to 25mph and the roads were covered in snow and ice. This year was so good! We ended up with over 40 riders this year!

frozen bikes 2

Race Day:

  • Check In 1-2pm
  • Race 2-4pm
  • Be back by 5pm
  • Prizes and After 6pm-???

Everyone rolls up to the House of Ragging Women, grabbed spoke cards, maps and manifestos, then began strategizing routes for completing the most checkpoints in the shortest amount of time. Winners are determined by who gets the most checkpoints followed by fastest time. Meaning if someone has a later check in time (and is in by 5pm) but more checkpoints they place above the person with a faster check in time and less checkpoints. You can ride solo or in teams (but who ever gets through the door and checks in first places higher).

There were 9 total checkpoints to try and get to.

Manned Checkpoints: (close at 4pm)

  1. The Abandon Barge (N Shore trail)
  2. Joncaire (Boundary in Panther Hallow)
  3. The Dead End of Romeo (S Oakland)
  4. The Intersections (Stanton @ McCandles)
  5. Commonplace Coffee (Buena Vista @ Jacksonia)
  6. Negley (@ Fifth)

Bonus Checkpoints: (snap pic of bike before 5pm)

  1. The Submarine (Carnegie Science Center)
  2. The Ruble of the Greenfield Bridge

Secret Checkpoint:

  1. whereabouts known only by the “Ricketts Boys” stationed at the Stanton & McCandles checkpoint

We toss on our gear and rolled out to the start line at Bruce St. On the mark, the whistle was blown and we were off!

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At the end of Bruce, riders begin splitting off with some turning right and continuing down to Butler St. and others turning left then right.

1st checkpoint: Negley Ave at Fifth Ave

  • found our way from Bruce to Main st and crossed Penn. Continued on Main till became Liberty and continued on that till became S Aiken. Cut over to Negley and crossed Fifth to our first check in point
  • continued climbing Negley to finish the checkpoint, no one was happy about this! I ended up having to delayer at this point – I was so prepared!

middle finger to negley stop

2nd checkpoint: Bonus – The Ruble of the Greenfield Bridge 

  • rode through squirrel hill and over to greenfield/ schenley park to get to this checkpoint
  • I hit some black ice and slid a couple feet – luckily my layers were enough padding to escape any major injury and my panniers caught the fall allowing my bike to escape any major damage (slight readjustments to my saddle and my light holder were broken but that’s all)
  • I missed the first group pic and am not sure where the other pics are but here’s part of my crew (we also had a whiskey // vodka break)

bridge close bonus checkpoint

3rd checkpoint: Joncaire at Boundary St in Panther Hallow

  • we rode around Schenley and made our way past the Phipps Conservatory, through Oakland and down to panther hallow
  • this checkpoint required us to ride up hill on a cobblestone street, covered in snow and ice, sidewalks were not in much better conditions either then check into Iron City Bikes
  • I was able to bike up about half way before I had to dismount and walk up the rest of the way
  • good time for us to rehydrate

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walking up to iron city bikes 2

Iron city 2

4th checkpoint: The Dead End of Romeo in South Oakland

  • we got a little lost trying to find this one, we ended up passing the street it was off of and had to circle back
  • enjoyed a nice fire and rehydration via water and booze plus fueling up on grilled faux hot dogs
  • very necessary as we then had to walk//carry our bikes down a long staircase to Bates St – we merged with some other riders

We rode down Bates and hopped on a bike trail (passing hot metal bridge) to downtown popping us out onto Grant St.

I started falling behind on the trail; my smaller//thin road tires were not up for the fresh snow and I could not power through as fast as the others. By the time I got to the corner of Grant where the GLCC is, I had lost sight of my group. Looking at the time I saw I 20-30 min left to get to any more check points. Meaning I could EITHER hustle over to the N Shore // N Side to get 1 maybe 2 more checkpoints but risk being late (and thus rendering that hustle wasted) OR head back with less checkpoints but guarantee I’d be on time. Ultimately, I made the decision to ride back to the HoRW.

This was doubly rewarding because not only did I check in on time but I also had time to ride over to my house, shower and change then come back for prizes and after party refreshed!

Checkpoints I missed:

  • The Abandoned Barge
  • The Intersections of Stanton & McCandless
  • Commonplace Coffee
  • The 2nd unmanned bonus checkpoint – The Submarine
  • and The secret checkpoint =>Espresso A Mano

The Swag: 

Needless to say, regardless of where you placed, everyone went home with swag!

swag and prize table

My Swag:

Podium Winners:

2016 FB winners

Veteran Bitches:

Podium of FB vets 1

This year was an absolute blast and I was so thrilled to see so many ladies that came out to race. Mad thanks to the volunteers who came out to support us with love, hand warmers, food and booze!

Fitness trackers: 16.28 miles

FB 2016 map

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FB elevation chart w grades

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