Bike and Brew festival set for Friday

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Outside Magazine, New Mexico Brewers Guild and Cycle Santa Fe have combined to organize an outdoor festival aimed at the active lifestyle tourist who is seeking the balance between adventure and sophistication, recreation and relaxation, living healthy and living happy. 

Outside Bike and Brew Festival, which is set for Friday through Sunday in Santa Fe, is a handcrafted event that blends a variety of rigorous biking activities with beautiful scenery and delicious craft beer in the cultural capital of the Rocky Mountains. 

“Festivities will be focused in Santa Fe’s Railyard District on Friday, which means easy access by bike from any part of town. The demonstrations and clinics happening Saturday will really highlight the trail systems we’re fortunate to have in Santa Fe,” said event director Christopher Goblet.

Friday, the festival’s official kick off the festival with beSpoke craft beer pavilion presented by Oskar Blues. The pavilion features New Mexico and Colorado breweries, a bike expo, free Railyard concert with Nashville Indy rockers, Leagues, food trucks, live art demonstrations and a bike beauty pageant complete with a pedi-cab mobile mariachi band. 

Saturday, guided rides for all ages and abilities are planned. 

Primary trailheads will feature demo bikes and pro clinics for all skill levels. 

For the leisure bicyclist, there will be the Tour de Brewer, a guided ride that stops at three local craft breweries where brew masters will share the basics of how to brew and taste beer. Several craft beer dinners will take place at signature restaurants, for which reservations are required. 

The evening entertainment includes a bike-in movie sponsored by New Belgium at the Cowgirl.

Sunday, the weekend concludes with the Santa Fe Century, a 100-mile bike ride that attracts 3,000 riders for a demanding tour of beautiful high desert landscape. 

For the serious athlete, the Gran Fondo Santa Fe offers competitive racing to test one’s abilities. The less adventurous can ride their bikes into Downtown Santa Fe for a lively Sunday at the Grand Opening of Marble Brewery at LUNA or sit back as a spectator for the BMX Dirt Jam and Jump at La Tierra.

A complete list of events, ride registration, event tickets, trail maps, hotels and beer dinners are available at the website, OutsideSantaFe.com.