LANSING, Mich. — It’s a celebration of bikes, beasts, beer and bemusement that happens at Tour de Zoo on Thursday, August 8 from 6-9pm. The zoo closes early to make way for guests to pedal their way through the zoo past scenic views and animal exhibits with stops at New Belgium Brewing “hydration stations” along the route! Then cruise over to the party pavilionfor post-ride merriment featuring live tunes from A.M.P., a menu of hot-off-the-grill food items from Taste of Binder Park Zoo and various New Belgium Brewing Co. beverages for purchase (must be age 21 with valid ID). Enter the raffle for a chance to win one of five awesome prizes including a beauty of a bike – a custom street cruiser created especially for New Belgium Brewing by Detroit Bikes. Wear a wacky costume or trick out your bike (encouraged, but not required) for a chance to win a prize for the most creative in each category. No wheels? No worries! You can borrow one of the shiny, red Battle Creek BCycles on hand for your spin through the park courtesy of the Battle Creek Community Foundation.
Ride like a tortoise, or ride like a hare, we don’t care- Tour de Zoo is an evening to enjoy good people (and animals, too), great beer and one of humankind’s most wonderful inventions – the bicycle! So, come out and celebrate self-propelled, two-wheel travel at this afterhours FUNdraising event at Binder Park Zoo!
Tour de Zoo is brought to you by Atlas Sales, New Belgium Brewing Company, Mike’s Team Active WBCK, The Edge 104.9 and the Battle Creek Community Foundation. This fundraising event provides important support for the zoo’s mission to Connect. Inspire. Conserve. Connect people with nature. Inspire them to conserve.
On-line registration is $35 per person at www.binderparkzoo.org [binderparkzoo.org] and includes a handsome Tour de Zoo t-shirt, cool swag, and a ticket for one free beverage. Day of registration opens at 5 pm and is $40 per person. The ride begins at 6pm with the last riders through the gate at 7:30pm. Tour de Zoo is very much a family event and all ages are welcome with youth size t-shirts available, too - but you must be 21+ to enjoy world-class New Belgium beer.
The course has a variety of surfaces; asphalt, boardwalk, brick, crushed rock, and grass. A combination of up hills, down hills, tight turns and flat stretches may be challenging for some and bike helmets are recommended. Please note that bikes wider than 40” and taller than 84” will have difficulty navigating the course. This event is for everyone, but tricycles, training wheels and tagalongs are prohibited for safety reasons.
Tour de Zoo is Thursday, August 8 from 6-9pm. Register online before 5:00pm EST on Wednesday, August 7. Visit www.binderparkzoo.org [binderparkzoo.org] and stay on top of zoo news on Facebook and Instagram!
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