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2019 Moxie Summer Jam – wrap up and results.

Photo by Ben Wong

On June 15th we held our 9th annual Women, Trans, Femme, Non-Binary alleycat, Moxie Sumer Jam. Before we even started out planning we had an honest discussion about whether we wanted to put it on this year. We ultimately decided we are sooooo close to a decade we can’t stop now.

This race wouldn’t be possible without our volunteers who are always willing to show up early at the park to get their secret supplies before the racers show up. It saves our ass a ton of running around the day of the race. Plus they are always game to get whatever is needed to their stop whether its super heavy or incredibly awkward.

The gathering starts. Video by Monica Gallagher

114 racers with all different skill levels, ages, bikes, and styles including 3 who didn’t know the town, 7 Masters, and 1 tough racer attacking with a single gear arrived at Gas Works Park. This year’s course proved to be a quick one, with racers almost beating us to the finish line!

Peddler Brewing Company provided kegs of kegs of Peddler Beach Cruiser Blonde and Strawberry Rhubarb fizzy water on hand for the racers and volunteers and both were totally tapped by start time. Atomic Cycleworks also was kind enough to bring mimosa fixings.

Photo by Ben Wong

At about 2:50 we told the racers to go away from their bikes. With that many racers, sticking manifests in all the bikes takes awhile so we always recruit as many non-racers around as possible to help. It takes a village.

114 Amazing Racers!! Photo by Ben Wong.

Once the racers gathered we gave our not so short spiel. The talented Ben Wong patiently give us instructions for the group photo. Once we said “GO” the racers ran to their bikes and started plotting out our 6 stops.

Wild Night Out – At Foster Island, racers sang embarrassing karaoke then got a temporary tattoo.

Photo by Ben Wong

Tire Toss – Fairview Park, this year we decided to do our donations a bit different and let the racers have a say into where the “profits” go. We had four construction cones represent four charities, ACLU, Planned Parenthood, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, and the Transgender Law Center. We would donate to all four but the percentages would be based on where people threw their tires. I should admit that I got this idea because I did an alley cat once where you had to toss a tire over a cone and it took me about 20 minutes to get it, though admitting that makes it sound like I like to pass on pain.

Cyclocross – It’s hard not to have a cyclocross stop when members from both Space Cadets and Soft Like Kitten volunteer to work a stop. They set up a small course at the Ravenna Shelter.

The basket is CX sanctioned. Photo by Rick Hauptman

Get Loose – Gilman Playground was the sight of a raging party where all the racers got loose with a jello shot, reg booze or juice for non-drinkers and then limboed on their bikes.

Glamour Shots – Two cheesy backdrops were set up at Meridian Playfield with the classic glamour shot accessories like feather boas, pets, and hats that had all the racers give their best head-shot.

Nothing says Glamour like feathers and a stuffed cat.
Photo by Reilly Lambert

Bike Pick-up lines – at Thomas C. Whales park all the racers had to take a moment to appreciate how their bikes are fine as hell and write a pick up line for them. The volunteers then choose their favorites that got read at the after party.

Once all stops were hit, they raced to The Boxcar where they checked in and started comparing routes and stories. We started out the awards which would be nothing without the great stuff from our sponsors below. Please thank them, support them, and mention Moxie Summer Jam. They are great businesses that support the Women, Trans, Femme, and Non-Binary community on bikes.

Packed house. Photo by Chris Gilbert

After buying all the racers and volunteers a drink and paying ourselves back for supplies we had an extra $308. As decided by the results of the tire toss $97 will go to The Northwest Immigrants Project, $77 will go to ACLU, then $67 will go to both the Transgender Law Project and Planned Parenthood.

We have a Flickr group with pics of the race so please upload any pictures you have. We will be adding more as we get them from each photographer so keep visiting. We would also love to see the routes people took, if you have them mapped out add the link in the comments or post it on our facebook page. Keep reading for the full race results and list of sponsors! See you next year for our 10th Anniversary Race!

Thanks everyone!
Monica and Marley

Much love to our amazing sponsors!

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Girls of Summer 2016 Wrap Up and Results

With the threat of thunderstorms looming in the forecast, we anxiously completed final preparations for the 2016 Girls of Summer All Women’s Alley Cat Race. Rain or Shine, this race was happening.

Despite the ominous clouds, 2016 turned out to be another year for the record books, as 103 racers and over 30 volunteers turned out for a glorious day of miles, smiles, and just a little bit of rain!

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Girls of Summer 5 Wrap-up and Results

We held our 5th Annual All-Girl Alley Cat, Girls of Summer, on June 13, 2015. Margaret says this is the most exhausted she’s been after this event (either racing or organizing). Monica experienced a zombie-like state and Heather has yet to resurface. But it was all worth it to see all these faces!

Once again, we had record high participation–90 racers! There were lots of new faces, and some we’ve seen every year or just about. Everyone gathered at Gas Works Park and then raced through the streets of Seattle on a ca. 23-mile long course (choose your own adventure, YMMV) and enjoy each other’s company.

The day started out with all our stop volunteers meeting at the park before the ladies showed up to get their top-secret assignments and equipment. We had over 30 volunteers this year, which was great for handling the waves of racers coming into the checkpoints. These guys were up for anything, and some of them got pretty creative with the props and instructions we gave them. They all toted their supplies to their assigned stops and were ready to go by 3pm.

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Girls of Summer Round 4 – Wrap-up and Results

Tough.      credit: Ben Wong

Tough. credit: Ben Wong

On June 14th 2014 we held our 4th All-Girl Alleycat, Girls of Summer. Its crazy to think we have done four of these things, but we know for sure this one was the biggest and best. 65 Seattle bicycle women climbed Beacon Hill just to get to the start at Dr. Jose Rizal Park to then race through the Seattle city streets to checkpoints where the volunteers would make sure they fill the requirements, kill at the very best route for 22 tough miles (our longest yet), and of course enjoy each other’s company. The day started out with all our stop volunteers meeting at the park before the ladies showed up to get their top secret assignments and equipment.

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Girls of Summer Round 2 – Wrap Up

Despite the torrential downpour on the morning of Saturday June 23rd, fifty (omg, that’s a TON) of ladies showed up to the I-5 Colonnade for the Second Annual Menstrual Monday Girls of Summer Alleycat!

So many girls!

The riders were greeted warmly with energy drinks from Go Girl, and Ben and Julian from Back Alley Repair, who were on hand to provide tuneups to our rider’s bikes. Thanks guys!

Once our awesome boy volunteers had manned their stops around Seattle, and after the girls were registered, the race was on! Some girls meticulously chose the best routes. Others headed to the closest stops.

Ladies planning their route.


At each of the five stops on the manifest, the riders had to perform a feat of mental and physical ability. Only after this was completed would their nails be painted, proving their awesomeness.

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What To Expect at Your First Alleycat

We’ve heard from a bunch of people who are hesitant to ride on Saturday because they’ve never done an alleycat and racing sounds scary. Fear not people, Alleycats are fun!!! Below is a primer of what to expect on the funnest day of the year.

Rae at the Rocker Chick stop, Girls of Summer 2011

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Girls of Summer Pre-Party Wrap Up

Thanks to everyone who came out yesterday. It was great to see all the guys and gals who support the race. We drank some beer, chatted and had a few drawings. Gave away two knog gloves, a t-shirt, and a cycling cap.

Check out some pics that Greg of GoMeansGo (who is also putting on the 9to5) took.

Incase you missed your chance to grab some flyers, here is a 4up PNG that you can print out at home. Remember if you take a pic of you putting the flyer up somewhere or handing it to a lady then post it on our twitter or facebook you get entered into a drawing for a $50 gift certificate from Naked City Brewery & Taphouse.

Last night we also announced our awesome grand prize for the race. BOOSH
Raleigh was incredibly generous and donated a Capri 2.0 road bike. The bike will be delivered to fit the winners size. If you don’t think you’ll be first girl don’t worry we will have LOTs and LOTS of other rad prizes.

Of course come to the race. June 23rd at the I-5 colonnade. Registration is at 2. Race starts at 3 sharp.

Girls of Summer Wrap-up.

Girls of Summer Proof

One June 11th 2011 46 seattle bicycle women descended upon I-5 Colonnade to race through the seattle city streets to stops where men would make them do ridiculous feats, kill at the very best route 19 tough miles, and of course enjoy each others company.

The day started out with all our great stop volunteers meeting at the colonnade before the ladies showed up to get their top secret assignments. These guys were great and up for everything. Especially when they were told that instead of signing a manifest they had to paint a nail and were given a bottle of brightly colored polish. Some guys had a look of devilish excitement and others had a look of fear. I rested easy knowing they wouldn’t be painting mine. They all toted their props (some pretty heavy) to their assigned stops and were ready to go by 3pm.

You want us to do what?

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Girls of Summer Race FAQs

So we have been getting a decent amount of questions from people about the race. I will try to answer some but much will remain a mystery, part of the spirit of alleycats is you don’t quite know what you’re getting into.

Q: How long is the race?
A: Not tellin. It is on par with most alleycats in the city but the stops will be open longer to enable maximum amount of finishment. It will be a workout but I promise you won’t die. At least not from this race.

Q: What bike should I ride?/Do I need a mtn bike?
A: You do not need a mtn bike. We will not be going on the mtn bike park trails. You will be riding on the streets so if you have a road bike use that. Fixed gear will also be good. Commuter bikes, hybrid, or mtn bikes will also be fine. Basically whatever bike you have will work just dont feel like you need nobby tires.

Q: Do I need to know the city to race? What if I am new to the city?
A: You will be fine. Just bring a map. The locations are well marked on the manifest. You will not get lost forever and die from being stranded.

Q: How fun is the race going to be?
A: Really fucking fun.

We all carry burdens

But with a little luck at the Girls of Summer Alleycat, Chrome Bags will make it easier for you. Here’s a little peek inside the box they sent over.

These SF based bag-makers have gained recognition world-wide for producing the industry’s first messenger bags to be made ENTIRELY OF CHROME. Ok, that’s not true, but they are known for making some seriously dependable bags, perfect for the Nine to Five All-Night Scavenger Hunt (see what I did there? cross promotion!).

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