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News :: Social Welfare
Alleycat Race Raises Money for Celiac Disease Foundation
08 May 2011
Local cyclists took part in the Poker Face alleycat race Friday night to raise money for the Celiac Disease Foundation. Celiac disease is a chronic disease which damages the intestines and afflicts 2 million people nationwide.
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Alleycat Raises Money for Ciliac Disease Foundation
Unlike ordinary bike races, an alleycat has no defined route. Riders careen through traffic, stopping at several check points around the city before heading for the finish line/after party. Check points can generally be taken in any order the rider wishes. Poker Face employed a version of a LeMans start where racers crawled to their bikes as fast as they could to begin the race.

Named after the Lady Gaga song, the Poker Face race was the brainchild of Roz Patterson, a local cyclist and race organizer. Patterson's previous race, Candyland, was a benefit for diabetes research. Riders in Poker Face were given playing cards at each checkpoint, with the best hand getting a special prize at the after party. Prizes were also given to the top finishers in the men's and women's division, as well as the last place finisher, aka the DFL, and winners of the raffle. The prizes, consisting of wheels, messenger bags and other bicycling gear, were donated by various sponsors (see list below).

36 riders finished the race out of 42 who started. One racer was reported to have dropped out after crashing into a telephone pole face first. His condition was not known by night's end, but was not believed to be serious.

Sponsors:
Sam Adams
Narragansett
Magic Hat
Bailey Works
Back Bay Bicycles
Chrome
Outlier
Superb
Walz Caps
Landry's Bicycles
Dancing Deer Bakery
All-City
Pake
Fyxation
Vaya
Rothera Cycling
Community Bike
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Alleycat Raises Money for Ciliac Disease Foundation
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Alleycat Raises Money for Ciliac Disease Foundation

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