Pull on your yellow tracksuit (and a helmet) and blast "Battle Without Honor Or Humanity" by Tomoyasu Hotei: It's time for Hill Bill!
OnMilwaukee's first spin into the wild world of cyclocross will take to The Rock Sports Complex in Franklin on Sunday, Oct. 3, with riders pedaling, running, twisting and turning their bikes through a course as thrilling as a Quentin Tarantino movie (but significantly more kid-friendly). And in case being a cyclocross trek inspired by an iconic Tarantino action saga wasn't a nifty enough reason to sign up and join in the race, here are four more reasons why you should pedal your way to Hill Bill on Sunday – either as a cyclist or a spectator.
(To register for the race, click here. Pro-tip: While you're able to register until the day of, if you sign up before end of day on Wednesday, Sept. 29, you'll save $10!)
1. First-time women riders cycle for free
Thanks to Press hard seltzer – the only female-owned seltzer company in the industry – all first-time women riders get to take part in Hill Bill for free as Press will comp their entry fees. So if you're a woman who's wanted to take to the trails in a cyclocross event, there's never been a better time to take that first leap. (Or pedal, in this case.)
As an added bonus for everyone in competing and in attendance, Press will be on hand to serve up samples of five of their hard seltzer flavors. And even if you're not a seltzer fan, we highly recommend giving locally-made Press a taste.
2. Whether cycling or spectating, it's a great course
It may not be as crazy difficult a gauntlet as The Bride trying to get revenge on the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad, the Hill Bill course should provide an awesome challenge for cyclocross veterans and newcomers with its eclectic combination of obstacles and terrains, tough hills and twisty turns. Take a look for yourself:
And for those just learning about cyclocross now, Hill Bill and its sprawling host campus at The Rock will offer a great venue to take in your first event, cheer on the competitors, and witness the excitement of such an multi-pronged athletic challenge, riding and running over hill and plain, grass and dirt.
3. A variety of races for a variety of racers
No matter your age, experience with cyclocross or attitude toward competition, there's a race for you at Hill Bill, offering as many ways to take part as there were henchmen in O-Ren Ishii's headquarters. There are races for all skill levels, races for masters, races only allowing one gear, races for novice adults, a mini-race for children under nine and even a fat tire race for everyone at the end of the day. And you can sign up for multiple races to get the most out of your day at Hill Bill – in fact, considering it's just $10 for your second run and nothing for your third, it'd be fiscally responsible to do so!
For a full list of race options, click here.
4. You can win off the course too
The top three finishers in every category will receive prizes, but even if you finish last – or don't finish at all or, heck, don't even compete – you can still leave Hill Bill a winner as there will be a silent auction going on throughout the day, with the money raised going toward the Wisconsin Veteran's Chamber Association. So everyone wins on Sunday! (Well, not the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad – but besides them, everyone wins.)
As much as it is a gigantic cliché to say that one has always had a passion for film, Matt Mueller has always had a passion for film. Whether it was bringing in the latest movie reviews for his first grade show-and-tell or writing film reviews for the St. Norbert College Times as a high school student, Matt is way too obsessed with movies for his own good.
When he's not writing about the latest blockbuster or talking much too glowingly about "Piranha 3D," Matt can probably be found watching literally any sport (minus cricket) or working at - get this - a local movie theater. Or watching a movie. Yeah, he's probably watching a movie.