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17th Annual January Three Floyds Brewpub (and First Step) Ride


17th Annual January Three Floyds Brewpub (and First Step) Ride

Time: January 30, 2022 from 10am to 6pm
Location: Daley Plaza or Promontory Point
Street: Washington and Dearborn or 55th and Lakefront Trail
City/Town: Chicago
Website or Map:
Event Type: drunken
Organized By: bobweiser
Latest Activity: Jan 31

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There's been a ride to the Three Floyds brewpub in Munster, IN, every January since 2006. Neither snow nor rain nor sleet nor gloom of night nor even virus stays these couriers and other riders from the swift completion of their appointed rounds of beer."There are few places more exciting from a beer lover's perspective", says the NY Times.

We depart Daley Plaza at 10 AM and collect riders at Promontory Point at 10:45 AM. The sixth-best brewery in the world is unfortunately currently pickup-only.

Chicago is currently in Phase 5. Masks are required, regardless of vaccination status, in all indoor public settings. Masks are required on buses and trains. If you are sick with or think you might have Covid, please stay home.

I hear it's safer for now to keep a mask on in all indoor public settings, so if I myself stop for lunch, it'll be takeout.

Return options include: 40 miles total if you ride to Flossmoor Station and take the Metra, 45 if you ride to 93rd and take the Metra or to 100th and take the J14, 50 if you ride to 71st and take the J14, 60 if you ride both ways.

The fine print: There is no support vehicle. You are responsible for yourself. The pace is 12-15 mph with a short break at Wolf Lake. January weather can be extreme. Be prepared for cold as well as flats / mechanical problems.

▢ Water and snacks to have en route
▢ Lights
▢ Lock
▢ Pump, tube, tools
▢ Extra layers of clothing (more than you expect to need)
▢ Money
▢ Government-issued ID
▢ Panniers for beer you can't get in Chicago

Online resources: Google map, cue sheet, Metra Electric train schedule, Jeffery Jump (J14) bus schedule, Bikes on the Metra, Bikes on the Bus, and, to save a minute at the start, the nifty online CCC waiver.

PS: This ride doubles as the First Step of the 2022 Twelve Steps Challenge. Ride to Three Floyds 12 months in a row and win an awesome prize!

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