Ride bikes. Support local breweries. Create a better Kansas City.
We love celebrating with all of you, but COVID-19 is still with us, and there is simply no safe way to convene everyone for a single-day, in-person event. Your health is our greatest priority. However, we’re excited to offer you a great Tour de Bier experience as you ride your bike, support a great cause, and support our local breweries.
The Tour de Bier is now VIRTUAL!
Grab your bike and mask,* and head out for a self-guided Tour de Bier any time between Saturday, August 15 through Tuesday, September 15 to explore KC’s brewing past and present.
* Masks are mandatory in indoor, public spaces as of July 1, 2020.
What does your registration get you?
Just as with our typical Tour de Bier event, your registration includes:
- Access to three curated routes (choose from 12-, 30-, and 42-miles)
- A digital packet including FREE samples at up to five of the ten participating breweries
- FREE lunch from our partners at Bar K and a sweet deal from our friends and Boulevard Tours & Recreation Center
- A special COVID-19 edition Tour de Bier t-shirt (you must be registered by Tuesday, JULY 28 to guarantee your t-shirt)
- The knowledge that you’re supporting a GREAT cause: better streets, sidewalks, bikeways, transit, and trails for all people in the Kansas City region
But wait: there’s more!
Every registrant gets a chance to win a BRAND NEW PEDEGO E-BIKE or KUAT NV RACK! You may also purchase additional chances to win. Winners will be announced on September 16, 2020.
Questions, Answers, and More Info
Nope - you're all set! We will automatically add your name to the drawings for the Pedego e-bike and the Küat rack, too.
Friday, August 14 at midnight. No registrations will be available after this date. You must register by Tuesday, July 28 to guarantee a souvenir Tour de Bier t-shirt. Click here to register!
We're going green! This year's Tour de Bier will feature a digital race bag via our mobile site powered by Fanomena. This digital "bag" contains your drink tickets, lunch ticket, and special deals from our partners. A link to this site will be E-MAILED to you in advance of the ride period (August 15-September 15).
Your digital race bag is specific to YOU and cannot be shared (all food and drink redemptions are final once used).
If you register by Tuesday, July 28, your t-shirt will be available to pick up at Bar K Dog Bar near Berkley Riverfront Park any time during the ride period (check Bar K's website for their current business hours). Use the lunch ticket in your digital race bag to snag your free lunch; see the "Yes: there is lunch!" section for more details about food options from Bar K.
Question: What if I don't have a smartphone?
Contact us: email@example.com so we can provide you with your drink tickets, lunch tickets, and special deals. You may still pick up your t-shirt from Bar K if you registered before July 28.
As always, you can choose your distance. Downloadable maps will be E-MAILED to you in advance of the event period (August 15-September 15). All routes begin and finish at Berkley Riverfront Park:
The Lager tour is approximately 13 miles and hits all the highlights of brewing history in Kansas City. Roll by old breweries, ice houses and discover the best of Kansas City’s rich brewing history in a cool tour of Kansas City’s urban core. This tour will take you through North Kansas City, the River Market, Crossroads, and Downtown.
IPA Tour is approximately 30 miles, and the best of both worlds from NKC to Westport. This tour hits many historic KC highlights including beautiful Cliff Drive, the Nelson-Atkins, and the 18th and Vine District, past many lovely old homes in some of Kansas City’s famous historic neighborhoods.
Dunkel is approximately 42 miles long and is for those who want to get in some more miles and learn about beer history. This route takes you past the major highlights, crosses into Kansas for the first time in Tour history, and then east to Crane Brewery in Raytown. After that, you return on the beautiful streets of southern Jackson County to finish your Tour riding through historic neighborhoods of Kansas City.
REMEMBER: For all three routes commuter, touring, hybrid and mountain bikes are recommended, but not necessary. This is an urban ride, and will will experience railroad crossings, pot holes, and rough spots. The Tour can be ridden with skinny tires but bring some tubes and a pump! The 2020 Tour de Bier is self-supported - see below for more information.
Your registration entitles you to up to five free samples from our 10 participating breweries (limit one sample per brewery). Simply press "REDEEM" on each drink ticket from your "digital race bag" in front of a brewery staff member to receive your sample. You may redeem your free samples any time during the ride period, August 15-September 15. Check breweries' open/close times before heading out:
Big Rip Brewing Co. (North Kansas City)
Cinder Block Brewery (North Kansas City)
Strange Days Brewing Co. (River Market)
Brewery Emperial (Crossroads)
Double Shift Brewing Company (Crossroads)
Torn Label Brewing Co. (Crossroads)
Rochester Brewing & Roasting Company (Crossroads)
Green Room Burgers & Beer (Westport)
Sandhills Brewing (Johnson Drive)
Crane Brewing (Raytown)
Always be kind to the brewery staff!
Coronavirus is still with us. Maintain physical distance (at least six feet) from other riders and in the breweries, wear a mask to protect others (masks are REQUIRED by the regional mandate indoors!), avoid touching your face, and thoroughly wash your hands frequently.
Note that the busiest times for the breweries will be on the weekends. Consider scheduling your ride during the week to avoid crowds.
We've partnered with our friends at Bar K Dog Bar so you can enjoy ANY item from their "Sandwiches and More" menu (includes fries!) any time during the ride period, August 15-September 15. Your lunch ticket is available in your "digital race bag," which will be EMAILED to you in advance of the ride period. Lunch features include:
Bar K Burger or Beyond Burger (vegan option)
Chicken Salad Sandwich
Buffalo Chicken Wrap
Grown-Up Grilled Cheese
Humans get in free; be sure to check your "digital race bag" for a special coupon to bring your furry companion!
That's absolutely right! Thanks to our sponsors, all registered Tour de Bier participants get ONE chance to win a sweet new e-bike from Pedego Kansas City or the awesome NV Rack from Küat. (Each registrant gets one entry for the e-bike and one entry for the rack.) You may purchase additional chances when you initially register or in our online store.
Winners will be selected through a random drawing on Wednesday, September 16 and notified by e-mail.
Wear/have on-hand identification and emergency contact information
Watch our FREE virtual Maintain Your Ride session to get your bike ready to ride safely and with confidence
Note the bike shops proximate to and along each route
Have a trusted friend on speed dial you can call should you need assistance
Stay hydrated: bring plenty of water and snacks (or purchase at the breweries)
Have a face covering/mask on-hand for entering the breweries, Bar K, or on prolonged stops, and carry hand sanitizer with you
In the event of a crash with injuries or other emergency, CALL 911
COVID-19 is still with us, so take this pre-ride self-assessment before you head out!
In the past 24 hours have you experienced any of the following:
New or worsening cough?
Shortness of breath?
Loss of sense of smell or taste?
Have you been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19?
Have you been tested for COVID-19, but do not have the results?
If the answer to any of these questions is YES, do not ride or visit the breweries. Contact your health care provider.
COVID-19 Social Distancing:
In order to be good citizens and protect the health of the community and ride partners:
Wear a mask/face covering during prolonged stops
Wearing a mask while riding is recommended, if you can
No spitting or "snot rockets"
Maintain >6ft distance when off the bike
Wash your hands / sanitize your hands thoroughly and frequently
Don't share snacks or bottles or tools
Riders who have a mechanical must make their own roadside repairs
If riding near others, maintain at least 10-12ft distance between others' bikes (back of the rear wheel of the bike in front of you to the front of your front wheel)
The routes are provided to guide you through KC’s brewing past and present, and includes mile markers and other helpful details to get you from brewery to brewery. You may deviate as you wish but we encourage you to always remain aware of your surroundings as you explore the city on two wheels. You may also redeem any of your free samples at time(s) of your choosing within the ride period (August 15-September 15, 2020), during the breweries’ regular operating hours.
Be sure to share your virtual ride with us! Use #tourdebierkc and tag us at @tourdebierkc.
We're working on a plan and will let you know ASAP.
The Tour de Bier is BikeWalkKC’s annual fundraising event, and has always been a no-refunds event (this is indicated on the ticket order form as well). If you are unable to participate, we hope you will consider your registration as a donation to BikeWalkKC, which works to make Kansas City a better place to bike, walk, live, work, and play. Note that unused tickets can automatically be considered a charitable donation. And as part of the pandemic rescue program, the IRS will allow everyone to deduct up to $300 in charitable donations from their 2020 tax returns, even if they wouldn't normally be able to make itemized deductions.
If your registration has become a financial hardship as a result of COVID-19, please call Karen Campbell at (816) 205-7056, extension 2.