To Clarify: These Cyclists Aren’t Cranky

In Quicksilver, the overdramatic 1986 film starring heartthrob Kevin Bacon, big-city bike messengers face harrowing obstacles as they weave their way through the city delivering packages (Swatches and fax-machine ink cartridges — this was the ’80s). A similar feat takes place in Kansas City from 1 to 3 p.m. but with food banks in mind as cyclists ride their fifth annual Alley­cat Race, also known as Cranksgiving. Participants receive a list of grocery stores and items to purchase, then roll out. The goal is to hit 10 stores, and methods of carrying purchases on a bike range from messenger bags and baskets to cargo trailers. The race starts at the Anita Gorman Discovery Center (4750 Troost) and ends at St. Peter’s Legacy Center
(6415 Holmes). All groceries are donated to St. Peter’s Food Bank. Riders pay no entry fee and register the day of the event. For more information, call 816-807-7276. Let the best charitable cyclist win.— Lorna Perry

Sun., Nov. 21, 12:30 p.m., 2010