Photos: Stupor Bowl race rides through Minneapolis


Waiting for word on the race start.
1 The Stupor Bowl 17 race start is a secret until just before race time, so sarticipants wait to be told where it will begin in the alley behind One on One Bicycle Studio in Minneapolis on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014. 
Mapping out their route
2 Race checkpoints aren't released until shortly before the competition begins. Ayako Osaki, foreground, and Sheida Ferabi Iverson map out their routes at One on One Bicycle Studio before the start of Stupor Bowl 17 in Minneapolis Feb. 1, 2014. Racers can cover the route in any order they choose. 
Heading toward the race start
3 A racer catches some air on his way to Nicollet Island for the start of Stupor Bowl 17 in Minneapolis Feb. 1, 2014. 
Over the bridge to Nicollet Island
4 Racers make their way across the Hennepin Avenue bridge to Nicollet Island for the start of Stupor Bowl 17 in Minneapolis February 1, 2014. 
Before the race
5 Bikes rest in the snow before the start of Stupor Bowl 17 in Minneapolis Feb. 1, 2014. Riders travel city streets to 18 checkpoints. 
The race start
6 Bike racers begin from the Nicollet Island starting point for Stupor Bowl 17 in Minneapolis Feb. 1, 2014. 
Climbing to a check point
7 Jesse Olson carries his bike up the snow-covered stairs to the water tower at Prospect Park for an official check-in at one of the stops during the Stupor Bowl 17 bike race in Minneapolis Feb. 1, 2014. 
Beer is part of the race
8 Beer is an integral part of the race for Stupor Bowl 17 in Minneapolis Feb. 1, 2014. 
Wipe out
9 After riding down the snow-covered hill at Prospect Park's check-in point just for fun, race worker Rob Williams wipes out as competitors look on during Stupor Bowl 17 in Minneapolis Feb. 1, 2014. 
Out of the snow
10 Andy Skoglund tosses his bike out of the snow while holding on to his beer at the start of the Stupor Bowl 17 bike race in Minneapolis Feb. 1, 2014. 
Getting up the stairs
11 Racers walk their bikes up the stairs from under the Hennepin Avenue bridge as they begin Stupor Bowl 17 in Minneapolis Feb. 1, 2014. 
Taking a smoke break
12 Stephen Fink takes a smoke break before the start of the Stupor Bowl 17 bike race in Minneapolis Feb. 1, 2014. 
Manning a check point
13 Gene Oberpriller, left, co-owner of One on One Bicycle Studio, and Rob Williams ride around the water tower as they man the check-in point at Prospect Park during Stupor Bowl 17 in Minneapolis Feb. 1, 2014. 
Photographing the times
14 Jonathon Heide has a friend photograph his time card after they officially checked in at Prospect Park during the Stupor Bowl 17 bike race in Minneapolis Feb. 1, 2014.