I get an incredible amount of e-mails about cool races, rides, and festivals that our readers put on. So many events in fact, that I am going to make a separate events page. Eventually. Until that happens, here are 3 events happening in over the next few weeks that really caught my attention. Here at DC we like to support the people that support us. So, if you are near any these parties, try to check them out.
Drink beer for a good cause!
The New Belgium Tour de Fat is once again coming to Tempe, AZ on Saturday Oct. 15th. This is the second largest Tour de Fat after their home show in Ft. Collins, CO and we’re expecting around 15,000 bike enthusiasts from all over Arizona. The event is staffed by 350 local volunteers and all proceeds stay with local cycling advocacy organizations like Tempe Bicycle Action Group, Bike Saviours, and the Mountain Bike Association of Arizona. There will be a costumed bike parade around Tempe at 10am, then the beer will flow from 11am-4pm. There will be music, games, and fun all day, and there will even be an area for kids and families in the morning. Don’t miss one of the biggest bike parties here or anywhere else.
This event makes me proud to be a cyclist. It raises a TON of money for our community and it puts a lot people on bikes for at least one day. I will be there serving up pizza to the hungry masses, stop by and say hello (and maybe bring me a beer?). I even got myself a “get out of jail free” card from the promoters after my little mishap last year. Check out the facebook event page for more details.
The next one is from our friends up in Vermont at bike29. This sounds like a great ride in memory of a great person.
Coming up on October 23rd is the second running of the CircumBurke Challenge. It is an endurance style fun ride, that as the name suggests, circles Burke Mountain. This is not an ordinary ride though, it harkens back to the olden days of mountain biking (at least in these parts), where you would go off into the wilderness in search of trails. There is an element of being in the “wild” that just isn’t there on well manicured singletrack. Old School if you will
This ride is held in memory of local outdoor activist, father and avid rider Dave Blumenthal. Dave lost his life in a collision with a vehicle out on the Tour Divide of 2010. He was the type of guy to head out on forest doubletrack and ride it until it went someplace. This ride encapsulates the same sort of spirit, and would be a great way to spend one of the last few days of the riding season.
If I still lived back east, I would be there.
The 12 Hours of Old El Paso will be held on Saturday October 22, 2011 beginning at 10:00 am and running until 10:00 PM, at the Bowen Ranch Round House. Complete as many 8 mile laps as you can within 12 hours. The race course is made up of 8 miles of single track trail (about 75%) and double track (about 25%). We have five kegs of beer lined up from Real Ale Brewing and we need some help drinking it…
I don’t know if 5 kegs will be enough for 12 hours. But I think I am going to drive down and try to find out.
Feel free to leave your events in the comments or drop us a line through the contact page. We also tend to spread the word about a lot of events through our facebook page. If you haven’t given us a “Like” yet, get over there and get on board!by