Kansas City, MO (PRWEB) April 10, 2014
The Tour de Bier KC, on May 18, 2014, is a point to point bicycle tour of Kansas City’s breweries, historic brewing landmarks and other breweriana and is lauded as the “first of its kind in the region.” Participants in the Tour de Bier KC can learn about the rich history of brewing in Kansas City and hear the stories and urban legends surrounding brewing in Kansas City.
On Sunday, May 18, the Tour de Bier KC starts and ends at Knuckleheads Saloon in the East Bottoms. All participants cruise through the City Market, meander beside historic buildings in the West Bottoms, and pass by some of the most famous (beer) institutions in Kansas City. The main tour takes riders past Boulevard Brewing Company, and the longer tour zips past Westport, to Martin City Brewing Company and Family Bicycles. The Tour de Bier KC has plenty of fun, themed rest stops, docents to help tell the story of KC brewing and many guides to help along the way. Details below.
At the end of the Tour de Bier KC participants and the public celebrate not only the end of the Tour de Bier KC, but also the end of Bike Week events for the region. Tour participants can choose lunch from several vendors including SPIN! Pizza and beverages from Boulevard Brewing or Tallgrass Brewing Company. Massages and music will also be available.
"We've changed the routes a little bit this year to make it even more enjoyable for our riders that have done the tour before,"says Executive Director Eric Rogers. "All of our routes go through historic neighborhoods, industrial districts, and green parkways. Whatever a cyclist wants, we have!"
Proceeds from the Tour de Bier KC will benefit BikeWalkKC, who work to make Greater Kansas City a safer and more enjoyable place to walk, bike, and live.
The Lager tour is 15 miles and hits all the highlights of brewing history in Kansas City. Roll by old breweries, ice houses and discover the best of Kansas City’s rich brewing history in a cool tour of Kansas City’s urban core. This tour will take riders from the East Bottoms to the River Market, West Bottoms, Crossroads, downtown and will return by the mansions of former beer magnates. Be sure to take the three mile detour to North Kansas City’s newest brewery, Big Rip. Start time 10:00 a.m.
IPA Tour is 33 miles, and the best of both worlds. This tour hits the historic highlights then stops for refreshments in Westport at McCoy’s. The ride continues through lovely older neighborhoods south of the Plaza to Family Bicycles in historic Waldo. Then riders return to Knuckleheads through Brookside, by the Nelson Atkins Museum and by lovely old homes in Kansas City’s famous historic neighborhoods. Start time: 9:00 a.m.
Dunkel is 63 miles long and is for those hammerheads who want to get in some miles and learn about beer history. This route takes riders past the major highlights, along scenic Blue River Road to be welcomed with treats at the Trailside Center. Then onto Martin City Biering Company to fill riders' water bottle and get a snack. After that, riders start their return on the beautiful streets of southern Johnson County to be welcomed at Family Bicycles. Then finish the tour riding through historic neighborhoods of Kansas City. Start time: 7:00 a.m.
For all three routes commuter, touring, hybrid and mountain bikes are recommended, but not necessary. There are some railroad crossings and rough spots. The tour can be ridden with skinny tires but bring some tubes and a pump!