Alley Cat Scavenger Hunt Comes to Ridgway
by Peter Shelton
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Fundraiser for Ridgway Area Mountainbike School

RIDGWAY – DEVO is now RAMS. And the RAMS are about to stage an Alley Cat.

An Alley Cat is a fun bike ride/scavenger hunt in and around Ridgway, for kids and adults, that will raise money and awareness for this ongoing mountainbike school.

A couple of years ago, Jen and Randy Charrette, owners of Peak to Peak Bicycles, together with mountainbike world champion Sara Ballantyne, and others, started the program under the umbrella of Durango’s DEVO, a well-established junior cycling development program.

Now the local cyclists have split from their brethren across the range and aligned with Ridgway’s Voyager Youth Program. RAMS stands for Ridgway Area Mountainbike School.

The Alley Cat is the brainchild of Jill and Ryan Valentich, of Tich Bags in Ridgway. The event happens Saturday, April 13, starting at 1 p.m. in Hartwell (Town) Park. Onsite registration begins at noon.

There will be two courses, one for adults and one for kids. The big kids’ ride will be “approximately a 15-miler,” Ballantyne said. “Know your county roads!” she emphasized.

“The younger folks’ course will be approximately 3-4 miles and stick in town, with lots of fun checkpoints!”

There will be clues at each checkpoint, “so strategy is involved,” Ballantyne said.

Prizes will be awarded for “fastest cat” (plus second and third fastest), and for “the slowest, slyest cat.

“And then we’ll have beers and burgers from Muddy Boots Farm.” A $15 suggested donation gets you into the scavenger hunt plus one raffle ticket (kids are $5). The burgers and beer will be $5 as well. “Plus there’ll be lots of raffle items,” Ballantyne said.

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The donations will help pay for scholarships, coaching certifications, and, Ballantyne said, “possibly for jerseys, T-shirts, etc.”

RAMS’ spring season starts the following Wednesday, April 17, and will run every Wednesday for six weeks, 3-5 p.m. Bikers utilize the park, the pump track, and the trails at Weaver Park. They also take field trips to ride trails near Telluride and elsewhere. There will also a Little RAMS, Ballantyne said, organized by Sundra Hines, for 4-6 year-olds, which will meet at the Ridgway Elementary School, also on Wednesdays, at 2:20 p.m.

“Voyager hopes to make mountainbiking a school sport,” Ballantyne said.

There are sign-up sheets at both Ridgway schools, or they can be downloaded at

For more info., contact or call Sara at 970/318-8806.

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