Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Tour de French Fry

In celebration of bikes, bike riding, starchy tubers, hot grease, and distilled spirits of the family Solanaceae, 327 Words is pleased to announce the first (and probably only) Tour de French Fry, a checkpoint-themed alleycat-style bike race starting at 20/20 Cycle, 2020 Union St., Seattle, WA, on March 28th, 2009, beginning at 3:27PM, with signups commencing about 2:30.

Drawing upon the best (or is that the worst?) of fabled events such as the .83 Never Forget (How Fat You Really Are) Bike Ride and Freedom Fry Eating Contest and the 327 Words Taco Truck Time Trial, the Tour de French Fry will see cyclists racing around town to various destinations that will afford them the opportunity to replace lost calories with warm spuds and favored condiments.

Prizes—cash and bike schwag—will be awarded for fastest times, men’s and ladies’ divisions, as well as various runner-up positions, including style points and, naturally, DFL. Prize sponsors on tap include the Madrona Alehouse, New Belgium Brewing Company, Bicycle Fixation, Swrve Cycling, Bicycle Paintings by Taliah Lempert, Drunk Cyclist,and while the amount of loot will no doubt pale in comparison to the haul provided for the Fucking Hills Race, we remain hopeful that some sort of reward will be found for each and every rider who completes the course.

Entry fee is a suggested donation of $7.00, which includes food and drink, spoke card, goodie bag, and commemorative shot glasses for the first 52 participants, as well as some measure of beer and/or other beverages at the after-party.

Friends and relations are invited to show up at the Madrona Alehouse sometime after about 6:00 to join in the post-race festivities. With any luck, most cyclists will have returned by then and none will have had an eye put out by an errant French fry or lost a finger while mishandling a package of tomato ketchup.

Should be fun, rain or shine.

For more information, watch this site or email: dashap327@mac.com.

This race announcement is now a total of 327 words long.