Welcome to New Prize Sponsors: Brio Coffee and Farm to Fork Fondo!

Well, you're going to want to come race with us Thursday night at Magic Hat, that's for sure. Why? In addition to beer, fun , frivolity and bike racing, you'll be getting yourself in the running for some sweet prizes.  I already talked about the stuff we're offering from Untapped Maple, Ass Savers, Lumos Helmet, and Vermont Goldsprints, but there's more!

See something new here? 

See something new here? 

First up, there's Brio Coffee, who have offered up some caffeinated treats as prizes, starting with this weeks' race. Brio is near and dear to my heart, as it is owned by my good friends Nate and Magda a (I went to actual pre-school in Hinesburg, Vermont with Nate, and we also went to the same college!) AND because of late, Brio has been showing up at things like the Burlington Halloween Bike Ride and the local #coffeeoutside scene, with their delicious, amazing coffee in tow. 

Find them on Pine Street, same building as SoYo and New World Tortilla

Find them on Pine Street, same building as SoYo and New World Tortilla

Then, just as I was putting the finishing touches on adding Brio's logo to our promo posters, I got an email from Tyler Wren and his company, Wrenegade Sports. Would we be interesed in sponsorship from Wrenegade? Oh heck yes. Why? Well, have you ever heard of this? 

"Happy Tummies Ride Local"

"Happy Tummies Ride Local"

Wrenegade puts on the Farm to Fork Fondo rides in Vermont, Maine, and Pennsylvania. So, if the idea of a free entry into one of those three fondos in 2016 sounds good to you, it's time to start racking up points in our season-long chase and that entry could be yours. What's Farm to Fork Fondo like, you ask? How about starting off with some of this: 

And then riding some roads that look like this: 

In support of local farms like this: 

While eating local food on the way, and drinking local beer with an included barbecue (also featuring local food) like this: 

Food for the Vermont Farm to Fork Fondo is provided by Vermont Farms Catering Click the photo to check out their site. 

Food for the Vermont Farm to Fork Fondo is provided by Vermont Farms Catering Click the photo to check out their site. 

The value of this amazing prize is $150.00, by far the single largest prize in the bucket(s) I'm creating for the season-long points race. I can't thank Tyler and Wrenegade enough for putting this prize up, and I'm jealous that I can't win it.  

All of that said, the racing continues this week, Thursday 12/3 at 5:00 at Magic Hat in South Burlington, and with at least five events between now and April, there are lots of opportunities to get in the points chase. Remember, you can place in the top four for the night and earn points that way, but you can also rack up points by bringing someone along to race who hasn't raced before or by riding your bike (or walking, or running) to the venue. 

It's five bucks to race for the night, two bucks to call out a buddy for a grudge match if the points chase isn't your thing, and all the money goes to expanding cycling opportunities for everyone in Vermont and beyond. How does that work? Well, last time around we pulled in 35 bucks in race fees. I turned around and pledged that to efforts coordinated by Bikeable Burlington Now to ensure that the North Avenue "road diet" (which will add bike lanes to an otherwise nearly un-rideable street) gets a fair shot at a trial project this summer. There are, believe it or not, people campaigning on the other side of this issue who want to continue to see this critical route remain almost solely car dominated. (boo, hiss). So there you have it. That's where the bucks went last time. 

Next time, who knows. I just committed to providing free bike racing as part of the New American Safety Day happening this Spring in Burlington. I really want to make that event more fun and special for the kids, and more fun and special in this case means more bikes, better suited to smaller riders. That's going to cost some money to set up, and that's where you and all of our generous sponsors come in. 

Come out, race bikes, drink beer, win prizes,have fun, AND know that your dollars are going to help a unique program that puts bikes in the faces of people young and old, in Vermont and beyond. That's what it's all about. 

See you there, 

Matt