A Bike Race in Verona

“In fair Verona, where we lay our scene

- Shakespeare, Romeo & Juliet

Located between Milan and Venice, Verona is the the historic and magical city in Italy where star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet met their fateful demise, 12th century buildings are common place, and scenes like this are just another street corner.

Last month, Verona also hosted an alleycat bike race called Fakenger Guerrilla II. What’s an alleycat race you ask? Cats on bikes, racing on penny farthings with hipster kitty beards and Pabst Blue Ribbon in hand? Close. Alleycat races are under-the-radar, unsanctioned, city-based bike events that challenge its participants to get around the city going from check-point to check-point in the fastest way possible. Think scavenger hunt meets bike messenger for-a-day.

Verona local, Niccolò, got in touch with us this summer to help sponsor their race series Fakenger 2 in Verona and , and we couldn’t resist.

On Saturday, September 14, 87 racers (aka real people like you and I) showed up to race their bicycle with friends and frenemies (for the day) as they competed for the most points in a 3 hour time period to win fame and glory (and prizes from bike folks like Timbuk2).

Alleycats come in different formats, but here’s what Niccolò said about the Verona race:

 ”The race was a “point race”. On the manifest (see image below) there were 12 check points – 6 spots to pick-up something, and 6 different spots to drop off something, PLUS 2 “secret” drop-offs for extra points…

…At each pick-up checkpoint there was something to bring to the drop-off spot like an an envelop, a box, some sugar cubes and some funky looking coffee. (an Italian thing?)…
…There were no mandatory checkpoints, but within the 3 hour time limit, the more deliveries, the more points they got.”
And here’s how it all turned out:

1st place. Manuel Gatto (pictured below in his new Timbuk2 Sycamore pack)

1st place women:  Ilaria Turri 

2nd place. M. Mazzetta

3rd place. Enrico “Irons” Ferri 

Congrats to everyone who got their kitty cat bike race on. If you might find yourself in Milan this weekend, check out the Milano Alleycat on November 2.


  1. Lady Lilith says:

    Wow. Sounds like a lot of fun.


  2. Wayne says:

    biking is my favorite sport


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