April 10th 2012 - Written by: Kelsy

New Belgium Urban Assault Tour

Just one of the hundreds of creative teams in the New Belgium Urban Assault ride

Earlier this month, the New Belgium Urban Assault tour traveled through Charlotte, North Carolina — bringing with it hundreds of competitors. The  Urban Assault Ride combines the best parts of a bike race, adventure race, obstacle course and a back yard party.

How does the Urban Assault work?

You and your teammate will set out on a city-wide quest for ‘checkpoints’ on your favorite two-wheeled steeds.  At each checkpoint, you’ll drop your bikes and complete a funky/adventurous obstacle course, then remount your bikes and hit the streets for more.

The goal is to complete all the checkpoints in the shortest amount of time. You choose your own route and checkpoint order. This means that the most clever are often the victors. Of course, it may also help if you can pull a mean big-wheel powerslide and fly across an inflatable slip-n-slide 😉

Prizes are awarded for fastest teams and best costumed pairs. New Belgium puts on a spectacular day filled with great give-aways, good music and fabulous beer. More importantly, the event enables road racers, cruiser riders, tandem bikes, unicycles and the creative bike peddlers to learn more first hand about urban commuting and exploring their cities from a bike. The event is on track to produce zero waste through composting, recycling, solar and alternative energy use and “just good old pedal-powered good times!”

Osprey Packs is a proud supporter of the Urban Assault tour with hydration and day packs that support all types of riding. Many of the Charlotte participants were new to bike commuting and it was great to see them get excited about all of the cool details on the Osprey Metron 25 that are specific to the urban bike commuter like the U-lock pocket, high visibility rain cover and smart phone pocket.

Check out your nearest New Belgium Urban Assault tour and when you’re there, come by the Osprey booth to see the different ways our packs can support your ride.

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