PAUL AIKEN
Tas Drake works on a path up a climbing wall at The Spot gym. This, plus trivia, happens Friday night at The Spot. Photo by Paul Aiken / The Camera

Even though I cover sports, I’m the last person you want on your team for sports trivia.

That’s because sports trivia is about stuff like short stops (is that like short roping?) and tight ends (what I see when I ride behind another a cyclist?). This became embarrassingly obvious when I went to a trivia night at Boulder Beer with some of my pals from Backpacker magazine a few years ago.

It’s clever crew, the Backpacker bunch. Our team had players who had traveled the world and had graduate degrees. They’re well-versed in geography, geology, ecology…and trails. Unfortunately, the trivia night questions didn’t include any backpacking gems like, how many states does the Appalachian Trail pass through? (14.)

We desperately wanted questions about national parks or mountains. Instead we sat stupefied by baseball and football. Our saving grace was one girl’s boyfriend, who actually knew stuff like who won Heisman Trophies in certain years.

Sigh. Fortunately, The Spot climbing gym,  3240 Prairie Ave., has put together a trivia night that caters to info geeks of an outdoors stripe. This Friday, The Spot will host their first climbing trivia night.

The Spot’s Brett Merlin told me he and fellow Spot employee Andrew Clinkingbeard came up with the idea at another trivia night.

“Clink really likes going to Baker Street (pub) trivia, and I went with him one night,” Merlin said. “I’m like, dude, we should do this at The Spot, there’s so much climbing trivia we could do!”

If I’d been there with them — probably dumbfounded by a question about basketball — I would have bought them both a beer and tossed my trivia card in the trash.

Here’s how it works: You come to The Spot for some bouldering, like usual. At 6 p.m. Friday, you pick up a trivia card to fill out, no extra charge for playing, and the staff starts announcing questions every few minutes. While contemplating questions like, which climber won the men’s American Bouldering Series this year? (Boulder’s bouldering phenom Daniel Woods), you can keep climbing.

If people are into it, Merlin says, they’ll keep it going. And the prize? Probably a pair of climbing shoes.

Info: 6 p.m. Friday, must pay for entry to the gym; thespotgym.com.

Fashion for Access
Also on Friday night, the Boulder Prana, 1147 Pearl St., store is putting on another spring Fashion Show.

The show includes Prana’s spring line, of course, plus beer from Avery, snacks and a raffle for goods from local companies. The show’s free, says organizer Ailsa Lambert, but donations are requested for the Access Fund, the show’s beneficiary.

Plus, in the middle of the show, there’s bonus entertainment: hoop dancing. Brooke Null, who teaches hoop fitness in the store’s community room on Thursdays, will put on a hooping show with another hoop teacher.

As long as it’s not about basketball…

Info: 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, prana.com/boulder

Biketastic
This is a great weekend to have bikes on the brain in Boulder.

The first bike race in Boulder since the cyclocross season ended takes place this Sunday. The Stazio Criterium is on the old stomping grounds of the Stazio series many local cyclists remember, and this time around, your entry fee supports the CU Cycling Team.

Also, the Dairy’s bike art show opens on Friday. I had the opportunity to preview some of the work in the show last week, and there’s some cool stuff going on there, including local produce-sticker (yes, the stickers on your bananas and oranges) artist Barry Snyder’s piece that was inspired by Obama and high-bikes, “Time for a Wheel Change,” and dresses made of innertubes.

Info: cucycling.com/staziocrit.php, thedairy.org/bikeart

Race for the Climb
The forecast is looking right for riding a bike or rock climbing, but if you’re hanging onto winter, check out the Race for the Climb snowshoe races on Saturday.

These races (at the Tahosa Boy Scout Camp, north of Ward) benefit the Climb, western Boulder County’s public transportation.

Info: racefortheclimb.org

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