The Women’s Mountain Bike Association of Colorado Springs (WMBA COS) is having their 4th annual Halloween Costume Critter tomorrow Saturday, October 26th. Join WMBA riders in this super fun event that will have you testing your bike handling and whip cream tossing abilities, limbo flexibility, and will bring out your most outrageous inner monster.
Ride on the bike of your choice (although wider tires are strongly recommended). Or go to witness the buffoonery from the sidelines, cheer on your favorite monster and heckle others til your sides hurt! Show up in your scariest, funniest, most clever, or best duo costume for a chance to win their costume contest!
The Costume Critter will be held at the SRM Powermeters Service Center at 720 West Monument Street. Try to arrive human powered or carpool if possible as there is limited parking.
Please arrive in costume, with a helmet and on your choice of properly functioning craft. Kids race free and Kids on Bikes will be on hand helping out. Adults fun will cost $10 which goes to a very good cause- WMBA!
Prepare to enjoy a post-ride bottomless drink cup and laughter with a slew of other cyclists in your community. One of WMBA’s generous sponsors, Bristol, has donated some liquid libations which will be available for all government i.d. holding age 21 or older adults. Don’t forget to tip your bartender.
Saturday was the 3rd Annual WMBA Halloween Costume Crit. As in the past, there were some great costumes. The criterium course included pavement, dirt, curbs and rocks.
The race had a LeMans start which was very funny to watch and is shown in the video above. Doing well required more than being fast on the bike since there were hula hoops, limbo, jello shots and hopscotch.
In addition to the crit, there was food, drinks and a raffle for a bunch of awesome prizes. Once again the ladies of WMBA put on a very fun event.
Halloween is almost here and that means it’s time for the 3rd Annual WMBA Costume Criterium. It will be held this Saturday, October 29 at the SRM Powermeter Service Center. Registration begins at 3:30 and the race starts at 4:00pm. Every year WMBA throws a great Halloween criterium that’s more party than race with food, drinks, and fun.
There will be an adult Costume Criterium full of stunts and silly obstacles. The kiddie race will take place immediately after the adult race. Costumes are mandatory and helmets must be worn by all racers. Spectators are welcome!
Bring your friends and family. This event is open to the public and a definite not-to-be-missed event!
$10 suggested donation will get you into the ride, a prize ticket, and a drink cup. There will be lots of great prizes and prize drawings.
There will be many amazing giveaways with items from:
Criterium Bike Shop
Old Town Bike Shop
Sound Mind – Sound Body Salon and Day Spa
You might be one of the lucky ghosts or goblins who will walk away with a RockShox Sid XXWC fork, a SRAM X-9 2×10 drivetrain, a month of unlimited yoga, or one of the many other sweet giveaways!!
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This multi-tool has everything you need for on the road or trail bike repairs. Not only does it have the standard hex wrenches and screwdrivers, it also has spoke wrenches and a chain tool. The chain tool doesn’t work as good as my stand alone ones but it’s saved me from walking many miles.
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When I got to the top, I noticed something hanging in one of the small spruce trees. It was dark and I generally hike up without using my headlamp. That way my eyes adjust and I can see more than what’s in my light beam.
When I switched on my headlamp, I saw a tree beautifully decorated with probably 100 ornaments and a star on top. The photo above doesn’t do justice since the only camera I had was my phone. In the background, you can see the city lights 2,000 feet below.
I’ve seen trees decorated for Christmas along trails in the past but they only had a few ornaments on them. Have you seen any good Christmas decorations out in the wild?
The WMBA of COS Halloween Crit on Saturday was a fun event. There were a lot of great costumes. I think it would have been hard to ride in some of the costumes.
The crit was 20 minutes. As if riding in costume wasn’t enough of a challenge, there was the limbo, jello shots, a cup stacking station and required whipped cream refueling. It looked like all the racers were having fun and watching was a blast too.
Awards were given to the “fastest” racers and those with the best costumes. There were also prize drawings for great things like a Giant Cruiser bike, Avid CR brakes, Rock Shox SID World Cup Fork and much more. There also was a post-crit potluck with beer provided by Bristol.
Registration begins at 3:30pm with the race starting at 4:20pm. The course circles around SRM which includes hitting some dirt, so mountain or cyclocross tires are recommended. Be prepared to participate in obstacles and other silly adventures. This event is open to everyone. If riding in a costume isn’t for you, come to cheer on the racers.
A special Costume Crit for the kids will be organized in the parking lot at 5:00pm, so make sure the little ones have their bikes and trikes too. There ill be creepy, crawly goody bags and some gooey obstacles for all the kids too!
$10 Suggested Donation
Potluck style – please bring a dish to share
As usual they will have great prizes from their sponsors to give away as well as some homemade awards for costumes and finishers. Here’s a list of some of the awesome prizes they are giving away!
I hope you have a very Merry Christmas! Hopefully you have good times with family and friends and get some time to play with cool, new toys found under the Christmas tree. Also don’t forget the true reason we have Christmas.