Event day info for Tour de Brew KC!

Want to bring a friend? You can still reg­is­ter day of the ride!
Come on down — we have room for you!

Advance Packet pickup Friday, May 17 and Saturday, May 18!

Friday, Family Bicycles 4:00 until 6:00 PM, 7410 Wornall RD, Kansas City, MO 64114
Saturday, The Wheel Cyclery 10:00 until 1:00 PM, 6403 N. Prospect Ave. Gladstone, MO 64118
For those who ordered jerseys, pick them up at one of these two shops or at the event.

In your Packet you will find…

  • A wrist­band, please wear it so we know who is riding
  • 1 yellow meal ticket and 2 orange bev­er­age tickets
  • Tour de Brew KC maps with self-guided history tour
  • Info about other events and great deals from our won­der­ful sponsors
  • Invitation to the Kansas City Club for a free draft and half priced dinner! Check out the coupon for details.


Knuckleheads is in a cool urban area so parking there has an urban flavor. There are 4 parking lots just west of Knuckleheads but we expect them to quickly fill up. This is how to find parking.
• Ride your bike to the event
• Park on side streets, please don’t block dri­ve­ways
• Carpool
• Park ‘n’ Ride at 3rd & Grand and ride to the event
• There will be LOTS of bike parking at the event

At the Event

Tour de Brew KC site is Heim Park, the site of the first Electric Park, and Knuckleheads! When you get to the park, put your bike in the bike parking area, then reg­is­ter, pick up your packet, have some coffee and hang out with your friends!

The start­ing point will be at Rochester & Chestnut, at the SE corner of the park.

A lot of paint is on the roads to mark the route. Sorry, but the city won’t allow us to post signs. The his­toric brewery sites are marked with numbers that cor­re­spond with your map, cue sheet and tour guide. History docents will be happy to fill you in on stories of family dynas­ties, the con­nec­tion of beer with base­ball, gang­sters and other legends of brewing history. The docents will be at Local Pig at Montgall & Guinotte-one block from Knuckleheads, River Market Cyclery at 3rd & Oak, 9th & State Line and the Lemp Castle at 20th & McGee.

Roving SAGs will be avail­able to help you if you have problems.

Enjoy your ride, the fas­ci­nat­ing KC brewing history and check out the 7 unique rest stops that will have water and snacks waiting for you!

After the ride, Boulevard, Tallgrass and Red Bull will provide bev­er­ages! Soft drinks will also be avail­able for pur­chase at Knuckleheads. Lunch will be served from 11:30 so take your time! Use your lunch ticket at any of 4 pur­vey­ors of deli­cious food and don’t forget the SPIN! gelato. Massage Amani will be avail­able to sooth your tired muscles. At 12:30, BikeWeek announce­ments start. Extra meal and beer tickets, t-shirts, tankards and BikeWalkKC mem­ber­ships will be avail­able for pur­chase. Then icing on the cake, at 1:00 live music begins and its time to party!

Remember to thank your vol­un­teers, tip your bar­tenders and Tell Frank and Mary “thank you” for hosting us at this event — this great ride could not happen without them!

The Big Rip Brewing Company is cel­e­brat­ing their grand opening on Sunday. They will be open at dawn to welcome the Tour de Brew riders as the first rest stop. There you can enjoy deli­cious snacks, snap a photo in the outdoor photo booth AND sample of one of their beers. They are open until the beer runs out or 7pm. Stop by after the ride and enjoy a flight or two. Visit BigRipBrewing.com for more details. Big Rip gives 10% of their online sales to local non­prof­its (like BikeWalkKC) so shop local and support Big Rip.

See you there!

Tour de Brew KC Training Rides at SPIN! Pizza

SPIN-ticket-banner-1Come to the SPIN! Pizza Rides on May 8 at 6:15 pm at Main St. or May 11 at 9:15 at Lee’s Summit for Tour de Brew KC train­ing rides! After the ride you can eat pizza with your friends! AND, if you forgot to reg­is­ter for the Tour, you can get a $10 off coupon for event day, May 19! Event day fee is $60.00.

Rides are 10 to 20 miles. No one gets left behind.

May 8, 6:15 pm, SPIN! Ride meets in the parking lot behind the restau­rant.
4950 Main Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64112

May 11, 9:15 pm, SPIN! Ride
1808 NW Chipman Rd
Lee’s Summit, Missouri 64081

Let’s party after Tour de Brew KC!

After the ride on May 19, we know you will be craving lunch and some really good beer! Here’s a preview of what you’ll find.

Beverages other than beer will be available.

Proceeds from Tour de Brew KC go towards improv­ing biking and walking in the Kansas City region.

Did you know you can ride AND volunteer?

Lots of people do it! Get that good feeling inside by helping us make KC a better for walking & biking. Many jobs are done before or after the ride such as paint­ing the route, stuff packets, packet pick-up, event set up, crowd control, traffic control or clean up. All vol­un­teers get t-shirts, lunch, 2 beers or other bev­er­age, lots of fun & love. Get your friends and family to vol­un­teer and party with you! Volunteer here.


Salud! to those fine folks who feed us!

Don’t miss these great rest stops on the 63 mile route of Tour de Brew KC
and see what awaits you at the party!

Trailside-WFM100hOnce you leave the friendly folks at Family Bicycles, you will cruise through beau­ti­ful Swope park and Blue River Rd towards the Trailside Center/Whole Foods Market rest stop at 99th and Holmes. Just off the Indian Creek Trail, vol­un­teers will have tasty, health­ful treats and invite you to step into the Center that com­mem­o­rates the Santa Fe, California and Oregon trails.

Onward! Our next stop is the best pub in MC, Martin City Brewingmartin city brewing tallgrass
Co., home of toasted PB&Js. This year, our friends at Tallgrass Brewing Co. will offer tastes of their latest deli­cious brew. More Tallgrass beer will be avail­able at the party at Knucklehead’s.

After a sweet ride through Leawood, you will be greeted again at Family bicy­cles to make sure your tank is full for the ride back to Knuckleheads.

Let’s party!

We know you will be craving lunch and some really good beer so dig in! Here’s a preview of what you’ll find.

Beverages other than beer will be available.


Get online maps for Tour de Brew KC

earth bicycleHappy Earth Day! Since bicy­cling is the most earth-friendly way to travel we are pre­view­ing the Tour de Brew KC maps for your cycling plea­sure. Don’t forget to reg­is­ter by May 5!

This year we used Bikely.com to plan our routes and found some apps so you can down­load them to your iphone or Android. So give them a go and let us know what you think!

TdBKC13 15–18 miles: This route has a 3 mile option that takes you over the Heart of America Bridge to get a sip from KC’s newest brewery, The Big Rip.

TdBKC13 map 33 mile route

TdBKC13 map 63 mile route

Android app for Bikely is here

App for iphone is here or here

See you on the road!

Tour de Brew KC training rides at SPIN! Pizza

SPIN! bike rideHey gang, we got together with SPIN! Pizza to plan some really great train­ing rides at Main St. on May 8 and Lee’s Summit on May 11. You get to ride 10 to 20 miles and then get a 10% dis­count on pizza for you and your family! See addresses and times below.

And, just for the SPIN! rides we will have $10 off coupons for Tour de Brew KC!
Advanced reg­is­tra­tion ends May 5 so if you forget (!) make sure you come to the SPIN! train­ing rides to get a coupon redeemable on May 19 at Tour de Brew KC.

SPIN! rides are for everyone—from the leisurely rider to the speed lover. The riders are friendly and no one is left behind. After the ride, you can hang out with the group and enjoy pizza, salads and gelato inspired by the flavors of Naples, where pizza was orig­i­nated! Don’t forget to try one of their craft beers or wines chosen spe­cially to go with the pizzas.

Tour de Brew KC train­ing rides
SPIN! Pizza on Main St. KCMO
Wednesday, May 8, by 6:15 PM
4950 Main Street, Kansas City MO

SPIN! Pizza in Lee’s Summit
Saturday, May 11, 9:15 AM
1808 NW Chipman Rd., Lee’s Summit MO

For more details on the SPIN! Pizza train­ing rides, visit the SPIN! Pizza website, select the KC BIKE RIDES link on the home page or go to the face­book site where you can find a sched­ule, cal­en­dar and route information.

Here’s a toast to our awesome rest stops

We’ve got some won­der­ful people eager to see you on Tour de Brew KC!

big rip brewing companyOur first stop will be at the newest brewery in KC, The Big Rip! It’s just a short trip over the Heart of America Bridge and you will be able to sample their first offer­ings right out of the tank! Big Rip is also donat­ing 10% of revenue to one of our favorite non-profits—BikeWalkKC! Learn more about them here!

Boulevard BreweryAfter a short tour of old brewery sites in the west bottoms and SW Boulevard, you will be at the one-and-only Boulevard Brewing Company, the largest spe­cialty brewer in the Midwest! Have a taste of best they have to offer, get some treats then you can enjoy their beer after the ride at the party at Knuckleheads.

West-mccoy-wAfter ped­al­ing up the Main Street hill you’re gonna need some treats and a taste! So cruise into Westport to McCoy’s Public House, named after John McCoy, the founder of Westport. Located on the Santa Fe Trail, Westport has been wel­com­ing guests for more than 150 years. That kind of hos­pi­tal­ity got it voted one of the favorite rest stops last year!

Family Bicycles WornallTally-ho! On to the best bike shop in Waldo, Family Bicycles where you can see the latest in cycling gear and get refresh­ments. From here the 33-milers will return to Knuckleheads and the 63-milers will con­tinue south through Swope Park and Blue River Road.

These are our fab­u­lous rest stops for the 15– and 33-mile tours. The next post will take you to the depths of Martin City and back for more details about the 63-mile tour and blow-out party to cel­e­brate Bike Week!

Last Call for Early Registration!

Time is running out for early reg­is­tra­tion for Tour de Brew Kansas City, this May 19!

Thank you to all who have reg­is­tered and shown your support for BikeWalkKC! Tickets for the event are only $40 until mid­night March 31. Tour de Brew KC is a bicycle tour of the city’s zany, lurid and oft-forgotten brewing history. It’s the only event of its kind in the region and isn’t to be missed!
Register here!

Four Routes
The shorter 15– and 18-mile rides show you the heart of Kansas City’s his­toric beer insti­tu­tions. You’ll have almost two-dozen stops, includ­ing the site of Electric Park in the Industrial Northeast where bev­er­ages from the adja­cent Heim Brewery were pumped fresh into the park’s beer garden, and the erst­while “wettest block in the world” where 23 of 24 estab­lish­ments were liquor-related. Of course, it’s not all in the past: you’ll see—no, taste, the city’s beer legacy living on at Boulevard Brewing Co. and smaller brewers.

More hard­ened riders can choose the 33– or 63-mile ride. Both routes make the same stops as the shorter rides but break away to the south. The 33-mile riders visit Westport and loop around Waldo.

The 66-mile route drops in on one of KC’s best pubs in Martin City before mean­der­ing through lovely Leawood to rejoin the shorter routes.

Historic Stops
Though the tour is self-guided, docents will be at many stops to tell the story of Kansas City’s col­or­ful beer culture, recount­ing the rise and fall of big brews, the mob’s influ­ence on the lucra­tive busi­ness, and the story of “near-beer” and other Prohibition-dodging tech­niques. You’ll see man­sions built by beer barons, learn how Kansas City was a major outpost for Milwaukee and St. Louis brews, and hear about the con­nec­tion between KC base­ball and beer. Plus, you’ll learn about the role some of the city’s most iconic build­ings played in the pro­duc­tion and dis­tri­b­u­tion of beer. It’s an after­noon of tall tales and intrigue—together with bicy­cles and beer.

Of course, KC beer isn’t all in the past. The prod­ucts of our local brew­eries are on tap at many stops. Sample Boulevard’s latest vari­eties and try a taste from other regional pro­duc­ers, includ­ing new Big Rip Brewing and Manhattan’s Tallgrass Brewing Co.

All pro­ceeds from Tour de Brew KC support BikeWalkKC’s edu­ca­tional pro­grams, leg­isla­tive efforts, and other ini­tia­tives, helping to improve con­di­tions for bicy­cling and walking in the area.

Last day for early registration is March 31!

Hurry to get the best rates for Tour de Brew KC! Don’t miss out on the best tour ever on Sunday, May 19! Returning this year are Boulevard, Family Bicycles, McCoy’s, SPIN! Pizza, Bike Source and Martin City Brewing. NEW this year is Tallgrass Brewing Company from the Little Apple, Manhattan KS!

Tour de Brew KC ben­e­fits BikeWalkKC and you by keeping the good­ness in the com­mu­nity! We keep it local by sup­port­ing small busi­ness and making our region more vibrant. BikeWalkKC brought us KC B-Cycle, AHEAD of many other cities! They work to get bike lanes, cross­walks and other ways to make it easier and better to bike and walk in the metro area.

See our spon­sors and give them some love.