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Monday, Oct 28 2013 01:18 PM

PHOTO GALLERY: Frankensmash race takes cyclists through city

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    By Felix Adamo / The Californian

    Aaron Gonzalez, center, was one of 19 cyclists who competed in the Frankensmash 2013 alley cat race. Participants had to ride to seven checkpoints throughout the city, ranging as far as East High to Valley Plaza. The race started at 20th and Eye streets (pictured) and finished at Jastro Park. Bike-related prizes were awarded to the top finishers in both fixed gear and road bike categories. Riders also had a two-hour time limit to safely complete the race. This was the fourth annual event.

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    By Felix Adamo / The Californian

    Samantha Vasquez checks her messages before the start of Frankensmash 2013. Vasquez was the only lady who entered the event.

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    By Felix Adamo / The Californian

    Racing machines await their riders! Many of the cycles entered are also used for everyday transportation.

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    By Felix Adamo / The Californian

    Frankensmash cyclists avoid Eric Yasania, center, as they race to pick up their manifest for the race.

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    By Felix Adamo / The Californian

    Samantha Vasquez represented the ladies in Frankensmash 2013 by being the only woman who entered.

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    By Felix Adamo / The Californian

    Attire for Frankensmash 2103 ranged from full cycling kits to regular street wear. Zar Gonzales split the difference and had a little of both.

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    By Felix Adamo / The Californian

    Aaron Gonzalez, left, and Zach Davis stretch out to prepare for the long race ahead.

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    By Felix Adamo / The Californian

    Every bike at Frankensmash 2103 was unique.

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    By Felix Adamo / The Californian

    Most of the bikes in Frankensmash 2013 were either fixed gear or multispeed road bikes.

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    By Felix Adamo / The Californian

    The bikes were not the only things that were unique at Frankensmash 2013, as witnessed by these socks seen through the spokes of a wheel.

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    By Felix Adamo / The Californian

    Three riders make their way down 21st Street, on their way to their first Frankensmash checkpoint.

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    By Felix Adamo / The Californian

    A finished Frankensmash manifest lies with some of the prizes to be given away to the winners.

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    By Felix Adamo / The Californian

    A tired Bryan Alatorre lies on the Jastro Park grass at the finish of Franksmash 2013.

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    By Felix Adamo / The Californian

    Race organizer Jonathan Moo made sure everything went smoothly.

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    By Felix Adamo / The Californian

    The chain of a fixed gear bike shines in the sun.

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    By Felix Adamo / The Californian

    Racers reach for prizes during the prize toss at the end of Frankensmash 2013.

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    By Felix Adamo / The Californian

    At one of the checkpoints, everyone received a Frankensmash patch.

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    By Felix Adamo / The Californian

    The race ended at Jastro Park.

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By The Bakersfield Californian

Nineteen cyclists competed in the Frankensmash 2013 alley cat race on Sunday.

The ride took them to seven checkpoints throughout the city, ranging as far as East Bakersfield High School to Valley Plaza. The race started at 20th and Eye streets and finished at Jastro Park.

Bike-related prizes were awarded to the top finishers in both fixed gear and road bike categories. Riders also had a two-hour time limit to safely complete the race. This was the fourth annual event.

Californian photographer Felix Adamo captured these images from the race.

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