Cycling enthusiasts and beer aficionados come together in the City Different for the fourth annual Outside Bike and Brew Festival, which will occur today through Sunday (May 18-21).
The weekend festival in Santa Fe may be worth a drive from Taos for music, a film festival, food trucks and cycling events, including the “Santa Fe Century” on Sunday (May 21).
The weekend’s events are under new leadership with event director Tim Fowler and Velo New Mexico. “We want Bike and Brew to be an event celebrated by locals and tourists alike,” said Fowler. “We understand the importance of drawing adventure-seekers to our local economy and also want to create an annual event our own cycling community can be proud of.”
The lifestyle festival returns to Santa Fe’s Railyard Park and blends a wide variety of road cycling, mountain biking and leisure rides with nightly craft beer events, films and activities for all ages. The festivities begin on Thursday (May 18) with “Adventure Bike Film Shorts” and a preview concert at The Bridge at Santa Fe Brewing featuring California soul band Orgone.
On Friday (May 19), the Caja del Río Gravel Grinder will debut and riders will enjoy a new “Tour de Brewer” route. Friday also features the crowd favorite – the “Handmade Bike & Handcrafted Beer Showcase” – featuring bike builders from across the region and New Mexico craft brews inside the Santa Fe Farmers Market pavilion.
Both Friday and Saturday have options for casual, guided mountain bike rides, demos and clinics. Lindsey Richter will conduct “Ladies AllRide” miniature clinics, and pro rider Rebecca Rusch returns to introduce her film, “Blood Rush,” courtesy of Red Bull. Both days will also feature the Railyard Expo, with gear and bike vendors, a pump track and food trucks in Railyard Park. Saturday evening’s signature event is a concert and beer garden in the Railyard, featuring jazz-inspired indie rock band Hello Dollface.
Santa Fe residents can purchase a locals pass at Whole Foods Market (753 Cerrillos Road) for $20, which permits entry to both Friday and Saturday’s concert and beer garden events.
The big event on Sunday (May 21) is the “Santa Fe Century,” with various options available. Visit santafecentury.com for more information and to register.