Saturday, March 26, 2011

Long awaited Update!

Happy Saturday, Everyone.

There is a lot going on so hold on tight. First, an apology today is not March 15th. I said on March 14th I’d have an update “tomorrow”. Usually “tomorrow” means within 24 hours you can look forward to something, however – that didn’t happen, sorry.

As you know Bicycle Longmont has a film festival coming, and it’s going to happen. Bicycle Longmont is also working to put together a cruiser ride on June 18th. There are a lot of details and agreements that were and are still needed and those have all gotten in the way of a timely update.

This is probably the fourth time I’ve started writing an update and it’s about now that I start focusing on all the unknowns and begin to consider waiting to do the update until all is known, sewed up, and tied with a pretty bow. Well, that ain’t happening. So lets boldly move forward. Here’s what I know and please spread the news.

Film Festival
The film festival is moving forward. Tickets are on sale at Bicycle Longmont’s website Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.

I’m pleased to tell you Oskar Blues is our partner and will be offering drink specials on Thursday night at the Dicken’s Opera house, before, during and after Ride the Divide. We have a 300 person capacity so hurry and buy your tickets! Friday night, following Bicycle Dreams there will be an after party for those 21 & up at the Tasty Weasel. Oskar Blues is extending their hours to accommodate our event. Your ticket stub will get you in AND, not only will you be in a brewery after hours, but (BONUS) you will also be getting a dollar off Oskar’s Blues beer. If beer isn’t your thing, but you’d like to hang out with fellow cyclists after the show, Oskar Blues makes a great rootbeer, too.

Our other partners are Crackpots, Old Town Outfitters (opening this fall at 5th & Main Street), Old Town Realty, Lefthand Back & Body, The Dicken’s Tavern, the Longmont Clinic and the Merchants of Prospect.

We’re Raffling something!
Did you know Bike Night starts May 18th? Wouldn’t it be great to start the new season on a new cruiser? We have a Phat Cycles Cruiser that we will be raffling off on Friday night during intermission of Bicycle Dreams! Tickets will be available at Ride the Divide and Bicycle Dreams. (Specifics about times, addresses for shows etc. are below).

June 18th Cruiser Ride: Also now known as “The G’Knight Ride”.

The best way to describe what’s been going on with this is “It’s sort of kismet”. June 18th Bicycle Longmont has planned our first night time cruiser ride. As fate would have it, Oskar Blues is also holding their Brewery Festival known as “Burning Can” that same day. Burning Can is an opportunity to sample finely crafted micro-brews that breweries from across the country are canning. Among other things this is an opportunity to check out brews that are not available in Colorado. It’s pretty cool.

We began talking with Oskar Blues in February and everything came together a couple weeks ago. Oskar Blues has rebranded their “Gordon’s brew” to “G’Knight” it’s good. At the same time we’ve been trying to name our ride. The two seem to work, pretty well.

During our meeting the ride was named the “G’Knight Ride”.

Fear not, we know Bike Night is a family affair so we are planning family friendly festivities prior to the G’Knight Ride.

We need to meet with the City of Longmont to discuss our route but currently our start is in “downtown” Prospect near the Two Dog Diner. We will have family friendly activities in the park adjacent to Propects downtown area. As I mentioned the ride will begin there and proceed to Oskar Blues’ brewery, where a second wave will join the ride.

Riders will have the option to do one of two routes a long route and a short route. To see the routes check out our map in the sidebar. The long route is approximately 10 – 12 miles and the short route is closer to 2 miles.

Once back in Prospect there will be fun activities. There will be an after party that will begin around 8:30 pm sponsored by Oskar Blues and we’ll have a band, too.

This is going to be a lot of fun. As I mentioned we will be meeting with the City so the route might change but the start/end will remain the same. The projected timeframe for this event is 4pm to 11pm. The ride will begin around 6pm. The after party/beer garden will most likely open around 8:30 with the band beginning around 9:30pm.

Proceeds from beer sales will benefit Bicycle Longmont and our Holiday Bike Program.

Details about the activities and times will follow.

Thanks! See you on April 14th & 15th.

Film Festival Particulars:
Ride the Divide, 7pm, Dickens Opera House, 300 Main Street, Longmont
Tickets $10 advance, $15 at the door.

Ride the Divide movies and t-shirts will be on sale the night of the show. We will have the movie on Blu-Ray and standard definition DVD’s.

Bicycle Dreams, 7pm, Vance Brand Auditorium, Skyline High School, 600 East Mountain View Avenue, Longmont.
Tickets $10 advance, $15 at the door.

After Party – Tasty Weasel, Oskar Blues Brewery Pike & Sunset Street in SW Longmont, following the show.

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