Outlaw cyclists are getting ready to coast from backyard sheds, city lofts and suburban back bedrooms, hell- and frame-bent for Forest Park's World's Fair Pavilion, the site of Tour de Fat, where folks on sprocket rockets and BMX bikes alike will gather for beer, live music and nonmotorized mayhem.
Don't think this thing's just gonna be a ride in the park, warns Cory "Big Air" Blackwood, mild-mannered bike salesman/insaniac muck-monger. "Last year, a bunch of us took our bigger jumping bikes out there and jumped off flights of stairs at the Pavilion," he says. "We got some funny looks, but hey, it was all in good fun." (That's the kind of thing that happens when Trailnet joins forces with the New Belgium Brewing Company.)
The sanctioned chain of events includes 14-, 28- and 37-mile road rides (9 a.m., $5 registration, 314-416-9930), a bike-path cruise and more down-to-earth events such as bike bowling and a "beer-in-hand keg slalom." -- Tom R. Arterburn
Darts for Fun and Profit
Put yourself on the outside of a couple pints at Blueberry Hill (6504 Delmar Boulevard, 314-727-0880), and dart-mentia takes over. The dart gallery beckons, seducing you into believing you have the eagle eye and sure hand of an inveterate English thrower. Easy there, Bull's-Eye. The folks entering this year's Blueberry Hill Dart Tournament can pick out the pips on a die at fifteen paces. Don't embarrass yourself. Have a couple more pints and leave the darts to the professionals. There's $12,000 at stake, and any one of the entrants has a better chance of winning it than you. Competition runs Thursday-Sunday, and there's no charge to watch. -- Paul Friswold