Intensity in tent city! Axletree to host the post-ride shindig.

Srsly, we’ll have a bunch of tents at the finish line. And food. And drinks.

It will look just like this, except without the lights, the nice chairs, the tablecloths, and the ambiance. And the tent will be smaller.

It will look just like this, except without the lights, the nice chairs, the tablecloths, and the ambiance. And the tent will be smaller.

After four years of hosting the post-ride party at local restaurants, we’re going to change it up and host it ourselves this year.

It’s not about the money, it’s about the vibe. We’re excited to have a more festive, positive vibe at the end of the road. It’s always nice to have some hollerers hollering hollers at you when you’re exhausted, right? We think so.

We’ve been given permission by our gracious city and the kind folks at Stagecoach theater behind NCC to set up some big tents in the gravel lot at the corner of 5th and Grove right by the start/finish line.

After much deliberation, and a rapid education in local food/drink ordinances, Axletree is going to foot the bill for all the food and beer for the event. It’s the most simple and direct way for us to host this kind of event where we want to. We’re trusting in the goodness of people to donate and help us cover the costs.

Please bring some cash to toss in our bucket!

Cold beer, good friends, numb brain conversation, and squinty faces.

Cold beer, good friends, numb brain conversation, and squinty faces.

Historically, we’ve provided one well-earned post-ride beer for all riders. This is true for this year as well. We have a couple batches of custom beer on the way from a local brewer. There are few things better than a really cold beer after a hard ride with your friends.

We are going to post a suggested donation that will cover our costs for the food and beer. We hope to come out on top, considering you are all generous and admirable folks. After all, our goal with Axletree is not simply to perpetuate our events, but to raise money for local advocacy.

If the weather is bad, we’ll either wall the tent or cram everyone into the bike shop.

Some very specific things to remember (putting on serious face):

FitchcopNO BEER OUTSIDE THE FENCE. Seriously. We’re taking a huge risk hosting the shindig like this, and it would be sad to cancel all future Gravel Metrics because you couldn’t set your beer down to hit the Big John. Everyone will be carded at the entrance – anyone drinking under age or helping serve a minor will be arrested.

BE COOL. We’re not going to be able to make everyone happy with our limited menu and resources. Please remember this is something we’re all doing for fun and for a good cause. Please be kind to the volunteers, use the trash cans, use the Big Johns, and be liberal in your donations.

 

 

 

 

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