In March this year, just days before the lockdown, komoot launched its app in Dutch. To celebrate komoot organized an Alley Cat Race where route planning skills were just as important to winning as having strong legs. The idea for this race came from True Grit and now that restrictions are loosening up we have decided to organize another Alley Cat Race, open to everyone!
Komoot Alley Cat
KOMOOT ALLEY CAT
24 & 25 | 10 |20
We're taking the Alley Cat to the forest
A great day out with a challenge, not just to ride fast, but to plan smart.
The goal is to complete the assignments in the manifest as efficiently as possible.
You participate as a duo.
The fittest duo with the best route planning skills has the greatest chance of winning.
Komoot Alley Cat To Go
New regulations meant our event location Rock City Brewpub had to close its doors, but they quickly opened a Drive-Thru instead. This meant we didn’t have to alter the concept of the Alley Cat too much. Instead of a fixed starting time, we invited riders to choose any time on Saturday or Sunday to get going, thus avoiding gatherings. The pre-ride coffee was to go, and beers and your nachos were offered in a takeaway bag.
The Komoot Alley Cat is perfectly suited for a lockdown phase because you participate as a duo, plan your own route, and compare results online afterward. Covid safe and loads of fun. We can’t wait for the next edition, stay tuned for more info!
Our local heroes at Rock City Brewpub are the hosts for this first edition of the Komoot Alley Cat. The crew believes a good ride should always be followed by great beers and tasty pub-food, and they will take good care of us.
The Brewpub is located in the outskirts of Amersfoort and the craft beers served are brewed on the spot. You’ll find 21 beers on tap and an open kitchen serving great meals. We are stoked to welcome you all here!
We kick off with a freshly brewed espresso at Rock City before heading out to complete the en-route assignments. When your route is complete and the assignments are done you return to Rock City for a well-deserved craft beer and a take-away container with cheesy loaded fries with pulled pork to accompany a freshly brewed craft beer courtesy of komoot.
We reveal part 1 of the manifest during a pre-event webinar, prompting riders to start planning their route ahead of race day. At the start of the Alley Cat, riders receive part 2 of the manifest. The assignments in this manifest further define the route, requiring on the fly planning skills in komoot. The assignments guide you to plan over unrivaled gravel roads and beautiful (paved) backroads.
Routemaster Gijs Bruinsma has plotted an all-roads route, so there will we single tracks, gravel roads, sandy and or muddy segments but also plenty of paved roads. A fast gravel bike would be your best pick, but a road bike with 28mm tires minimum will also work. Good planning skills will help you find the roads you prefer, and many versions of the route can be made. You decide which option (route and bike) will be the most efficient for you!