Hi everyone. Â Spring has certainly arrived early this year, making biking ever so much more enjoyable. Â I have some hope that we can make these moderate temperatures last for a few months; the last thing we need is four months of summer. Â But I digress. Â Just in time for spring, the month of April is exploding with bicycling events here in Memphis. Â Read on for more information.
1. Â Tour of Flanders Party – The Brass Door Pub – Sunday, April 1, 7:30 AM until you bonk.
Did you really need an excuse to drink beer and eat waffles at 7:30 in the morning? Â Because now you have one. Â Co-hosted by the good people at Victory Bicycle Studio and The Brass Door, the Tour of Flanders Party features coverage of the 2012Â Tour de Flanders ride (obviously). Â Get there early for a good seat in front of the 92″ FLAT SCREEN TV. Is that shit even legal? Â ‘Cause I’m tripping balls just thinking about it.
2. Â The Fourth AnnualÂ Tour de Grizz – Memphis Zoo; FedExForum – Saturday, April 7, more or less all day.
The Tour de Grizz is one of my favorite group rides in the city. Â It begins this year as in past at the Memphis Zoo and ends up at FedExForum and is definitely fun and safe for all ages. Â For $25 per person, you get one-day admission to the zoo, a terrace-level ticket to watch the Grizzlies demolish the Dallas Mavericks, plus a t-shirt and lots of other stuff I’m forgetting. Â And if you want club-level seats, you can pay $55 per person and make that happen. Â (Note: if you’re a Grizzlies season-ticket holder like me, it only costs $15.) Â The ride begins at 5:30 PM and is escorted by the Memphis Police, which is fun in and of itself. Â I’ll be there, and so should you.
3. Â 15th Annual Charles Finney Ride – Lakeland Outlet Mall -Â Saturday, April 14, 8:00 AM.
The Memphis Hightailers are sponsoring the 15th Annual Charles Finney RideÂ to benefit the Church Health Center on Saturday, April 14. Â There are three rides you can choose from: 18 miles, 45 miles, and 62 miles. Â I won’t be able to attend, as I have a work event that day, but hopefully you can. Â Click here to register.
4. Â Cycle Memphis April – Cooper-Young gazebo – Saturday, April 14, 8:00 PM until around 11:00 PM.
I’ve missed the last couple Cycle Memphis rides due to prior commitments, so I am super-excited about this month’s ride. Â Normally held on the first Saturday of the month, Cycle Memphis April was pushed back a weekend due to the Tour de Grizz. Â I’ve written about the Cycle Memphis rides before – they’re always a good time. Â I imagine that the crowd will be extra large this time, what with the weather improving and all. Â And, as an added bonus, I will be DJing the ride. Â That’s right – I’ve volunteered to create the musical soundtrack for April’s ride. Â I used to DJ some back in grad school, so I’m excited to dust off my skills and select some tunes for the people.
(Note: that should read 2012, not 2011.)
5. Â The Dorothy Day House of Hospitality Family Fun Rides – Levitt Shell at Overton Park – Saturday, April 14, 7:00 AM.
The Memphis Rotary Club is sponsoring Families Supporting Families, a day of bike rides to benefit the Dorothy Day House, which provides shelter and support for homeless families in Memphis. Â There are three rides that day: a 1/2 mile family run ride around Overton Park, plus two rides to Shelby Forest and back, at 33 and 53 miles. Â The longer rides begin at 8:00 AM and the fun ride at 10:00 AM. Â Click here to register.
6. Â Bikesploitation II: Some Bike it Hot! submission deadline – Friday, April 20.
The good people at Live from Memphis are once again sponsoring Bikesploitation, a festival of bike-related films. Â The festival isn’t until May 18, but the deadline for submissions is Friday, April 20. Â Click here to read more and here to learn about how to submit your own film. Â Hmm â€¦ maybe it’s time for me to get that handlebar-mounted camera I’ve been eyeing.
Honorable Mention -Â Ignite: Sustainability – The Zone at the FedEx Institute of Technology, University of Memphis Campus – Tuesday, April 3, 6:00 PM.
While this event doesn’t have any biking-related content per se, my good friend Matt Farr, along with Launch Memphis, Sustainable Shelby, and the University of Memphis, is organizing Ignite: Sustainability to promote ideas for sustainable products and projects in Memphis. Â I was planning to present but had to bow out due to my work load. Â It should be a great event though, so plan to go if you can. Â Here’s more information.
What a great month we have in store. Â So much biking, so few Saturdays. Â I hope you can attend all of these events; I know I’ll be at most of them. Â Did I miss anything? Â Leave me a message in the comments.