Whether you are dressed in your finest cyclechic outfit or your favorite costume, here are a bunch of cool cycling events on the calendar in the near future.
This Friday is the last of the Bike-in Movie series held in the Media Garden by the Marsupial Bridge. This is near the intersection of Pearson and Water Street, right across the street from Trocadero. The movies are projected with equipment the City of Milwaukee bought using an award we received for the Marsupial Bridge and the Media Garden. But the series has a number of great sponsors, but it is primarily organized and put on by members of the Pedal Pusher Society and the good folks at Cog Magazine.
Although there has been beer and pizza at the movies in the past, I would not count on it. This is more of a BYOP (popcorn) sort of event, but you can always pop across the street to Trocadero if you get thirsty and did not bring anything to drink. Watch out for green jello is all I gotta say.
While the movie is fun, the first big event on the horizen is the annual Saris Gala, which is a big fund raiser of a party for the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin. The Saris Gala is held at the Saris Cycling Group factory in Madison. This year Phil Ligget is the guest speaker. Phil is the wonderful announcer for the Tour de France and other major races, famous for his “liggettisms” like “dancing on the pedals,” “not a pedal turned in anger,” and “showed them a clean pair of wheels.”
The Gala has other attractions, like a silent auction, a live auction, free food and beverages, music, and on and on. All the local and many national bicycle celebrities will be there. Usually the king of domestic cycle chic Gary Fisher is in attendance. There will be vans from the Wheel and Sprocket stores to take people to and from Madison.The following day back in Milwaukee there is a Halloween Costume Crawl ride to raise money for the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin. This ride is being thrown and organized by the fine folks at Cafe Hollander, a dandy destination to drink a beer. I can only assume most of you local readers have been to Cafe Hollander for the great beer and food as well as to soak in the huge bicycle vibe, bigger than Roger De Vlaeminck’s sideburns.
Coming directly on the heels of the Saris Gala, I will be looking to Russell the Omnipresent for inspiration and the stamina to tackle both events. I’m sure R will not only be at both, but probably race in between somewhere. Unless I come up with something really great soon, I think I am going to stick with my costume from last year. I like it and it creeped a lot of people out.
Finally, save December 11th for the Santa Cycle Rampage. What started a handfull of years ago as a little fun ride to energize our local winter bike commuters has turned into a pretty big event. Last year we had more than 200 Santas and Santa’s helpers on the ride.
The route was so good last year, we are pedaling the same path again this year. While anyone can come on the ride, santa suit or not, I strongly encourage you to get as complete a santa/elf/dreidel costume as you can. I cannot overemphasize the power of riding a bicycle in a Santa suit. It is the one time a year that every person in a car is glad to see you riding your bike. It used to be easy to find a santa suit for $15 at Walgreens, but last year they did not stock them. If you need a cheap Santa suit, I would just order one from Amazon for $20 bucks rather than try to find one locally. You can check the Value Villages though, you might get lucky like I did.
This year I am super psyched because I managed to find not only a really nice Santa suit at the Value Village, but I also found real Santa boots. Most santa suits come with furry spats you put over black shoes or boots. But now I have the real deal.