Racing will return to downtown Allentown, Pennsylvania, on September 9 with the Tour de Brew. The new event will feature veteran racers and rising junior racers competing in a series of criteriums along with a special feature event, the Allentown Brew Works Fat-Tire Challenge, an hour-long competition of up to 15 laps around the 900 blocks of Hamilton, Linden and Walnut streets. On ten of the laps, a field of 50 racers will actually pedal through the new Allentown Brew Works. Spectators will be able to enjoy the race from safety zones near the bar.
Tour de Brew will feature seven separate races throughout the day, including Street Sprints on Hamilton Street for children ages 4 to 12. It is part of an effort to revitalize the downtown. "We are sure this event will quickly become an Allentown tradition and increase the visibility of bicycling as a sport and a healthy recreational activity throughout the Lehigh Valley and beyond," said Dean Smith, President of the International Cycling Center.