Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Saturday, June 16: Biketrain to the Tour de Fat!

Have you heard about the exciting new festival that's making its way to DC for the first time this year? Tour de Fat, sponsored by the New Belgium Brewing Company, is a celebration of all things bike in honor of New Belgium's Fat Tire line of beers. Events include a bike parade, a "slow bike" competition and a celebratory car-for-bike trade. Best of all, costumes are encouraged!

New Belgium is making a real effort to incorporate families through event planning and by holding the Tour de Fat at at Yards Park, the latest addition to DC's family-friendly parks. If your little ones get tired of admiring all the bike wackiness, you can cool off in Yards Park's new wading pool!

We'll be riding as a convoy with multiple meetup points, starting at Turkey Thicket in Brookland and heading south along the Met Branch Trail, with a brief pause at R Street NE to meet with anyone who wants to join. We're adding a new stop at Stanton Park, in case any of our Capitol Hill friends would like to join us.

When: Saturday, June 16
  • Turkey Thicket meetup: 10:30am
  • Met Branch Trail @ R Street NE: 11:00am
  • Stanton Park (4th Street NE @ Mass Ave NE): 11:30am
  • arrive at Tour de Fat: 11:45am

Where: Turkey Thicket Rec Center, Met Branch Trail, 4th Street NE/SE, Yards Park (4th & Water Streets SE) [route map here]

Distance: 5 miles (one-way, full ride from Turkey Thicket)

Difficulty: Intermediate (for distance. Street navigation is very easy)