Saturday was supposed to be the Tour de Brr but with temps nearing 60 degrees, there wasn't much brr in the tour this year. If you're a baller, you show up to the ride and drop the coin for a Trek Farley EX 8 and take it out for it's first ride. As the saying goes, "I wanna be like Mike"! Sweet ride though, I can see miles of smiles in his future.
Since it was a Saturday and not the usual Thursday there was plenty of time to gather up at Cycle Works and ride over to Moran's for the official start.
Ballast Point was the beer for the ride, they brew some really good beer but I must admit I wasn't a big fan of the Red Velvet. Thankfully they have plenty of other tastier options to choose from.
Had a pretty good group for the ride, many of the same faces as the summer rides but a few new ones sprinkled in for good measure.
After a few samples and some chit chat, it was back to Cycle Works.
Even found a cheap couch if you're in the market for one, a little duct tape and some Febreeze and it'll be good as new-ish.
Lots of folks at Cycle Works for even more delicious Ballast Point brews, they had Mango Even Keel on tap and it's one of my favorites from them.
Because neither man nor woman can survive on beer alone, after a while it was time to head out in search of food before hitting the Empyrean warehouse. Even had a rogue fat bike rider go all salmon on us but you know, who gets those fat bikers...
Speaking of man nor woman cannot live on beer alone, we ended up at Leadbelly and promptly ordered a round of Large Marge Bloody Marys.
We also took over the patio, luckily it was a beautiful day for it. I'm not sure they were expecting 30 cyclists to show up at one time for lunch on Saturday but they handled the crowed really well.
The food was amazing, this guy is the From Dusk Til Dawn sandwich and consists of sausage, bacon and fried eggs with a secret sauce, it was phenominal and paired really well with the Large Marge.
After lunch it was time to head to Empyrean and some creative parking.
Not quite as over the top creative as this person though.
Beer was so good that a few decided they needed more than one at a time.
A few beers and some more chit chat and it was time to get this show started. Let's get ready to raffffflllllleeeeeee.
I was hoping one of these guys would change my losing streak I had going.
Quite a few winners from our group, Joe was the big winner of the group scoring a sweet Ballast Point cycling jersey.
I even broke my losing streak buy winning a sticker, a bottle opener a patch kit and a Cycle Works water bottle! I may have given my bottle to Mike (I may already have a few Cycle Works bottles and Mike has none) to go with his brand new Farley EX 8 but it still counts as winning in my book.
One of the great things about the Tour de Brr is that it is during the day on a Saturday so you don't have to head home and prepare for work the next day. The group decided to head over to Boiler Brewing and hang out there for a bit, such a cool space.
Beers were drank, stories were told and then the bunnies started doing inappropriate things and it was time to pull the plug on the Tour de Brr and call it a day. Great group for the ride and really fantastic weather for the ride, can't wait for the regular Tour to pick back up this summer.