400 Tucson Cyclists Take to the Streets for Sustainability and Fun: Tucson's First-Ever New Belgium Urban Assault Ride a Huge Success

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The New Belgium Urban Assault Ride (UAR) kicked off the 2009 season in Tuscon on April 19. This was the first stop on the 10-city 2009 season. More than 400 cyclists were treated to ideal spring riding conditions and the opportunity to support two local charities, fine tune their urban bike routes, and help promote sustainable transportation

"We'll definitely be back in 2010," said event founder, Josh Kravetz, after Tucson's first-ever New Belgium Urban Assault Ride (UAR) on April 19. Tucson was the first stop of the 10-city 2009 season, and more than 400 cyclists were treated to ideal spring riding conditions and the opportunity to support two local charities, perfect their urban bike routes, and help promote sustainable transportation.

Marbles Deep took first place with a time of 1:41. For their efforts, they took home a pair of cruiser bikes.

"We were really psyched about Tucson's first New Belgium Urban Assault Ride!" said Kravetz. "The locals came out in force to celebrate beer, bikes, and big wheels. 100 of riders joined Team WonderBike - committing to ride their bikes more for transportation. The after party was a big hit with lots of locals coming out to check out what was going on and buying a beer or two for charity."

The UAR is the largest bike-based scavenger hunt in the country. This pedal-powered urban adventure sends teams of two to checkpoints around town where they complete physical and mental challenges. Checkpoint challenges change from city to city so riders never know what to expect.

The UAR promotes cycling, health, and sustainability and is first and foremost a green event with a green mission and message that extends beyond fun. The event is powered by a solar generator. A truck fueled by bio-diesel delvers gear to the race, and nearly all waste is compostable or recyclable.

The 2009 Urban Assault Series continues May 3rd in Nashville, May 17 in Seattle, and May 31 in Portland. For a complete listing of venues, visit http://www.urbanassaultride.com.

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