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Sick of the same 'ol bike races?
Check out the Rio Urban Assault Race: This 'Amazingly Fun Bike Race' hits the streets of Ft Collins on 6/17!

Ft Collins, CO 5/18/06: Hailed as 'The Amazingly Fun Bike Race', the Rio Urban Assault Race is a cross between a bike race and scavenger hunt created for all types of athletes of all ages. Teams of two race their bikes to checkpoints all over the city, where they complete fun, crazy challenges. Some of the race challenges include adult big wheels, water sports, inflatable slip N slides, and brainteasers. The Rio Urban Assault Races hits the streets of Ft. Collins on 6/17 and kicks off the Rio?s 20th anniversary celebration.

The race is designed to be the most fun a person can have on a bike and the concept is really taking off. The Rio Urban Assault Race is part of one of the biggest bike race series in the US with 7 events in 2006, it's growth is due to its popularity with first-time racers. "Although we created this event to be a cool change of pace from the same old road and mountain bike races, the Urban Assault Race has become huge with the 99% of cyclist that have never raced before", explains race director, Josh Kravetz. A lot of the fun is the team element. Racers must complete the race in teams of two: in Co-ed, Male, Female, or "Family" pairs.

The race is about 20-25 miles and contains multiple checkpoints that contain crazy obstacles. "The obstacles are so much fun - they're really what this event is all about!",says Holly Frost a 3 year participant. The fun doesn't stop at the finish line - participants receive Rio Grande Mexican food and New Belgium beer at the after party. Prizes are unusual and fun focused - the top team takes home a pair of fat-tire cruisers.

The purpose of the event is to get people out riding their bikes around their city and to promote an active and healthy lifestyle. Not only for adults, the race also contains the "Family Division" - a reduced distance race for kids (ages 7-12) and their parents/guardians. The race benefits the Boys and Girls Club of Larimer Country and will provide free race entries to disadvantaged kids. The Ft Collins race will start and finish at 143 W. Mountain Ave at 9am on Saturday 6/17. Registration and more race information is available at
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