As it turns out, Twitter could handle an Arab Spring but it couldn’t handle Saturday’s Miami Bike Hunt, which sent 100 two-person teams of prize-hungry cyclists throughout South Beach to conquer a list of whacked-out challenges (for example, “Photograph a lemur in a diaper” — turns out there were two on Lincoln Road).
Update: The prepay period is officially over! If you did not prepay for the Hunt, you can not participate. Please do not show up on Saturday expecting to pay in person. We will not be accepting any team registration fees on the day of the Hunt. — 11/8/12, 12:10 p.m.
Attention sly cyclists of Miami: On Saturday, November 10, Beached Miami and Emerge Miami invite you to take part in the second-annual Miami Bike Hunt for a chance to win amazing prizes. Here’s how it works:
— Form a two-person team (no more, no less)
— Tackle an inexhaustible list of fun South Beach-based challenges (provided by us on the day of the hunt)
— To earn points, share photos of completed challenges via Twitter with the hashtag #bikehunt305 (at least one team member must have a Twitter account and a way to upload photos to Twitter on the fly)
— The team with the most points at the end of the hunt wins the grand prize
Saturday afternoon, some 50 cyclists gathered at the Omni Metro Station downtown for the first Miami Bike Hunt, a team ride we organized with Emerge Miami to celebrate Florida Bike Month. We handed each of the 18 teams a list of challenges, ranging from the inane (“stink-eye a Hummer”) to the interpretive (“Find evidence of the conspiracy”) to the imperative (“Give a Britto the finger”). In their cunning, stoicism, and verve, each group of hunters would have made Papa Hemingway proud, but in the end only one team prevailed in this the first Miami Bike Hunt in the history of the universe. With 1855 points — a mere five points ahead of second place — Team Frenemies did everything from feeding a stray cat and photobombing unsuspecting tourists to tracking down a Yiddish Theatre turned South Beach nightclub and snapping the greatest moon shot since Apollo 11 (you’ll see).
In order to keep track of points, we had each team document their ride with photos. (Really, we just wanted to get as many pics of adults climbing trees as possible … while holding a rubber ducky to keep ‘em honest.) Thanks again to everyone who came out. It was a really fun day, and we definitely plan to organize another hunt in the near future (maybe May). Until then, here are some of the pixels.
If you woke up this morning and said, “I don’t know why, but I have a feeling today is going to be a great day”, then you are either a vaguely optimistic person OR you are joining us this afternoon on the first Miami Bike Hunt (organized by us and Emerge Miami), heading downtown to Eve (formerly White Room) tonight for ANR’s CD Release party, and you say “I don’t know why” when in fact you do know why for no good reason. In either case, today promises to be a great day for local cyclists and music lovers alike, and I hope to see you and yours out at both events. On the ride, I’ll be the guy in the Beached Miami-pink spandex onesie. At the show: same outfit, only my helmet swapped out for a fedora. Kidding! I don’t own a helmet.
Click on the flyers below for more details.
March 5 is the first Saturday of Bike Month, and to celebrate the occasion we’re throwing the inaugural Miami Bike Hunt with the fine ladies and gentleman of Emerge Miami. You can learn the nitty gritty details on Facebook, but here are the basics.
Riders will fan out throughout Miami Beach in teams (2 – 4 members) wracking up points by completing challenges. Por ejemplo: “20 points: Find a woman in pink stilettos. 40 points: Find a man in pink stilettos.” The teams with the most points at the end of the ride will get prizes (TBA). We’ll hand out the prizes that night at ANR’s CD release party at Eve downtown. Yes, this is a competition, but it’s really all about having fun on a bike. ALL RIDERS ARE WELCOME. We already have 60+ RSVPs, but of course the more the better. If you have any questions, check out the event page on Facebook or Meetup. You can also get updates on Twitter by following #bikehunt.
So that’s the dope. The ride’s going to be a really fun (and FREE) way to celebrate Bike Month, hang out with friends, and support good local music. If that’s not enough to get you out on March 5, I defy you to resist Freddie Mercury.