Lanes were crossed, lights were ignored and chains were broken as SLUG Magazine hosted its 7th Annual SLUG Cat—an alley cat-style race geared for the fastest and furiousest cyclists in Salt Lake. Many riders were racing in their first alley cat, while others genuinely love the positive vibes felt throughout Salt Lake’s bike scene. Sponsors included Blue Copper Coffee, Fishers Cyclery, Graywhale, SLC Bike Share, Mountain West Hard Cider, New Belgium Brewing, Pig & a Jelly Jar, Proper Brewing Co. and Saturday Cycles.
In the women’s division, Renée Draper took first, Melissa Ilardo took second and Marian Lewis took third. In the men’s division, Clint Campbell took first, Carlos Garcia took second and three-time winner Davey Davis took third. Draper scored a sponsor prize package and New Belgium Brewery bicycle built by Detroit Bikes. Campbell won a sponsor prize package and Davis gave him the SLUG beater bike that he won in 2018.
After registration at Saturday Cycles, the SLUG Cat included games and challenges at locations based on advertisements in SLUG Magazine’s May 2019 Bike Issue. In the most efficient manifest, a rider would travel about 14 miles in the following order: a newsletter sign up at Blue Copper Coffee, a snack at Mountain West Hard Cider, some unicorn hunting at Utah State Fairpark, a quick hop scotch Rose Park skate park, a fast lap on an SLC Bike Share Green Bike, hula hoop on the library square, a game of corn hole at Trolley Square, jump rope at Pig & a Jelly Jar, some flip for flip cup at Craft by Proper Brewing and finish with dizzy jacks at Fisher Cyclery.