Team S&M + Panda- CRANKSGIVING 2013

 

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What IS Cranksgiving? A Panda, and pink tutu and a pimp hat = Cranksgiving! It is also a food drive wrapped in an Alley Cat style scavenger hunt on bicycles of all shapes and sizes. Plus costumes, because well, it’s Portland. What could be more Portland than that? Les Femmes de S&M teammates Jill and Beth F. joined me, along with Judd /Team S&M and Dave/Hammer Velo. We formed Team S&M + Panda.  The event started at Velo Cult bike shop (1949 NE 42nd), and was hosted by Laura Recker and Tom McTighe of PuddleCycle.com.

I SEE YOU!!! JUDD + GO PRO

I SEE YOU!!! JUDD + GO PRO

Here is the video Judd shot condensed into racing speed!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=te3B59VUz7I

THE MISSION: Sign your team waiver- get the manifest! Ride fast and collect all of the items and be back before the time cutoff. First one back wins a prize and most money spent wins a prize.  Since it’s a food drive, our stops consisted of various grocery stores around NE ,SE and NW Portland. 25 teams signed in with names like B-Line Crawlers and Tater Mashers

Pea Pod and Team Tater Masher

Pea Pod and Team Tater Masher

some in costume because a prize would be awarded to the best costumed team (TATER MASHERS won). RULES: You must keep all receipts as proof of purchase, and you have to get all of the items on the list.  Teams of 2-5 riders were required to have at least $10 per person to cover the shopping list.

TIME BONUS OFFERED: If anyone wanted a five-minute time bonus, you had to swap 1 member of your team with another team before the race started at 2 PM. Our team was too awesome to share.

JILL RIDES FAST IN A TUTU

JILL RIDES FAST IN A TUTU

Pre race beer for the Panda

Pre race beer for the Panda

The whole idea started back in New York in 1999 and this year over 25 cities participated. The charity of choice for the Portland version is Outside In, a youth oriented program and shelter for homeless and at-risk youth. They also help find transitional housing through Transition Projects.

With Judd’s Go Pro helmet camera running, we took off with the masses, first stop Fred Meyer just down the road. Dave, dressed in his Panda costume, took the first task. He went looking for quinoa with but overheard another team say they needed underwear from this location. Unable to find a price tag,  then stuck in the checkout line, we were almost the last team to leave stop 1.

Stop #1. Where's Dave?

Stop #1. Where’s Dave?

Beth took the lead as we left, barreling down backstreets until we got to Broadway and stop 2, Safeway on Weidler. I went in to get a can of cream of mushroom soup and cheated the long lines by paying at the deli. Straight shot down to the Broadway bridge, over the river into NW. Somewhere along the way Jill’s fluffy pink helmet cover took flight but we were not going back .

Beth and her SEXY hat

Where to next Beth?

Stop 3 –Food Front on NW Thurman. Cash hand off and Beth ran in to get beans. Short trip from Food Front to Western Bike Works on  NW 17th and Lovejoy where Judd collected our patch kit. At each stop we kept rubbing shoulders with other teams, not knowing how far ahead or behind we were.

Dave and Jill plotting our next move

Dave and Jill plotting our next move

Crossing back over the Broadway bridge, our gang raced to Stop 4- Peoples Co-Op on 21st off of SE Clinton. Judd ran into our teammate Christy, (out shopping with baby Mila Kate) who pointed him in the right direction for our bag of potatoes. Out front, I purchased a Street Roots newspaper for $1 (profits from paper sales provide homeless men and women with a regular income and housing assistance through Transition Projects). Telling the vendor we were doing a charity ride for Outside In gave him a big smile. “Their program helps me!”

We came upon another team heading to Safeway on 28th and Hawthorne. Feeling that surge of adrenaline (maybe it was just me), we sped past the single speeders and their cargo bike guy (carrying his 4 yr old daughter) on a small climb. 

Yeah, we beat these guys

Yeah, we beat these guys

They gave chase but we arrived at Safeway about the same time. Last stop was a short but treacherous sprint in traffic to New Seasons on 40th and Hawthorne Blvd where there are no bike lanes and a high chance of getting doored. Our singlespeeders were quicker at check-out once again!

JUDD AND MIELLE

JUDD AND MIELLE

I led the final chase to Velo Cult, back through the lovely neighborhoods of NE. Catching the singlespeed crew, I beat them back to the door of Velo Cult, slapping our manifest down with our envelope of receipts and the Street Roots newspaper to get our time logged.

Maria reads off the winners and totals

Maria reads off the winners and totals

A round of beers for the team and slices of pizza. Not the fastest team of the day, but our extra Street Roots $1.00 put us over the top for the most money spent, making Team S&M + Panda the winners! 98 riders participated, raising over $1500.00 in food donations for Outside InSpecial thanks to Sellwood Cycle Repair for your support!

Links to the organizations noted in this post are listed below

Big Hearts and Big Prizes
Big Hearts and Big Prizes

For more information about Outside In, Street Roots, Transition Projects or other events sponsored by puddlecycle.com, check out the links below.

http://www.outsidein.org/

http://www.tprojects.org/

http://streetroots.org/

http://puddlecycle.com/

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3 Responses to Team S&M + Panda- CRANKSGIVING 2013

  1. Pingback: Event: Cranksgiving Recap | BIKELEPTIC

  2. peter koonce says:

    How did I not make this event? Next year!

  3. Pingback: Recap: Team S&M + Panda- CRANKSGIVING 2013 » Sellwood Cycle Repair » Quality used bikes, new bikes, and accessories in the Sellwood neighborhood of Portland, OR

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