Tailored to the cycling hobbyist, Gentlewoman or Gentleman Cyclist who appreciates the finer points of bicycles built in the English Commonwealth, the ABCE is a refined event that recalls an earlier time when bicycles were beautiful to behold as well as ride. Expect to see utilitarian 3-speeds as well as the odd Baines Flying Gate and perhaps a Claud Butler or Jack Taylor Tourist; we welcome and admire them all. As in years past, this continues to be a lycra-free event.
Friday we will have the 5:30pm reception at the Urban Growler in St. Paul.
Sunday events will begin at 9am at Bang Brewing (Next to Urban Growler) and will include a Cycle Jumble in the NW corner of their dirt parking lot, another Gentleman's Tour through Como Park at 10am, cycle judging, awards, prizes and stories both true and otherwise.
Brick oven pizza will be available.
Detailed route info from Noah:
• We should meet at the Urban Growler on Friday for our traditional pre-event get-together. • The Saturday route can be found here: https://www.bikemap.net/en/r/13411496/#11.41/44.9197/-93.1751. My rough timetable has us leaving at 9:00, having lunch around 11:30, and returning to Merlins around 17:00. This is pretty much the same as we have done in the past though with a little jaunt into Minneapolis.
• For Sunday we can convene at the dirt parking lot on the northwest side of Bang Brewing for the Cycle Jumble. We should depart just before 10:30 for the Gentlemen's tour; route here https://www.bikemap.net/en/r/13411545/#12.72/44.97517/-93.16664. The Pastry Joust will follow shortly and we can stop at the halfway point for a restroom break at the Lake Como Pavilion. On the way back there are some unused railroad tracks and a steam locomotive where we can stop for our traditional group photo. Bang Brewing and their partner, Pastel Artisan Pizza, have both graciously agreed to be open at 13:00 for us to have lunch and our traditional program.
"Cycling for pleasure, not penance." -British Transport Films commenting on the C.T.C. 1954
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