2011’s Riverwest 24 Hour Bike Race was one of a kind. Well, it was actually one of four kinds as this was the 4th year of the happening. I guess you could call it one of a kind though since it was considerably larger than in past years. With a feeling somewhere between a bike race and a block party, the RW24 is truly unique. The original intention, and still one of the guiding principles, is the idea of a bike powered block watch program. Community pride was rampant! As for the riders , there were some serious teams and solo riders racing while many others were just out for a good time and a day of riding through the excellent Riverwest neighborhood.
It’s hard for me to write up a event/race report for the Riverwest24 from a team perspective because so much happens over the 24-hour event that I can’t possibly remember most of it but I can say this, if you get the chance to ride the RW24, DO IT! The things you do remember will be more than enough to keep you going until it is time to do it all over again.
Here is how our Team B #2 team fared:
- 17th Overall out of 237 Teams
- 16th out 0f 103 B Teams (B was our division that was comprised of up to 6 riders on a team using whatever bike they chose to use.)
Unbelievably, I took very few pictures. The day was just so full of activity that I basically forgot. Kinda like getting married I guess, the day just flies by and you wonder what just happened but you feel very happy and fulfilled.
- Tony’s Smitty
- Greg’s SuperFast
- Tony’s Northpaw
For full race results check out:
David H – https://picasaweb.google.com/djhall3/RW242011#
my few – http://www.flickr.com/photos/gasmith/sets/72157627336409676/
Lots more on Flickr if you search RW24 or Riverwest24.
JSOnline – http://www.jsonline.com/news/milwaukee/126467658.html
Heros in the Night – http://heroesinthenight.blogspot.com/2011/07/riverwest-24-bonus.html
Geez, I almost forgot, Dave, Mike and I did manage to make it over to the Tour de Fat for an hour or so. Mostly laughed at people riding the Ridiculo Bikes and some of the Carnys. I sure hope they don’t run a conflict with the RW24 next year!