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‘Obstacle Biking’ Tests Riders Over Beer Kegs, Jumps

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[leadin]A single bike. 4 riders. A one-of-a-kind sprint course. And costumes! This is CykelScramble.[/leadin]

Photo Credit: Sol Neelman

Energy-food maker Clif Bar has rolled into the events sphere, last month hosting its inaugural CykelScramble.

The bike race, held in the Bay Area on September 26, pulled inspiration from cyclocross, BMX, Tough Mudder, and even Ninja Warrior to create a course unlike any we’ve ever seen.


Wooden obstacles, beer kegs, sand, dirt, grass, and pavement made up the 0.6-mile cyclocross-style loop.

In all, 60 teams with four riders each raced the ‘choose your own line’ course. Riders cruised on everything from ‘cross bikes to garage relics. Bay Area natives came and rode hard, but best of all they upped their costume game.

With pirates, superheroes, ex-presidents, and more taking laps it made being a spectator just as exciting as riding.

Check out the #CykelScramble hashtag on Instagram for even more of the action.

Racers were after the glory of winning, and a year’s supply of Clif Bars. There were prizes for the top three teams in each class as well as best costume, style, spirit, wipeout, and more.

The event lured in over 7,000 people throughout the sunny Saturday afternoon, and beyond the race there was plenty to do. Food trucks, a beer garden, activities for kids, local art from ARTCRANK, and a live performance by Cold War Kids closed out the night.

Of course, an array of Clif Bar products were on hand for people to sample and enjoy.

The event was a success and it looks like the company will be doing it again next year. If you’re in the Bay Area and are up to the CykelScramble challenge, grab a costume and keep an eye out for sign-ups.

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