Due to the dwindling daylight hours, cyclists might not be getting their regular rides in. This is the season that tends to slow down for cycling – if we could only get a velodrome built in Buffalo!
Sometimes, the best reasons to get out on the bike when it’s dark and cold is to join in on the group rides. Fortunately, there are a number of local cycle groups that continue to roll out the rides year round. One of those groups is the infamous Buffalo Lazy Randonneur Club (BLRC), the creators of the Johnny Onion Ride, the Seersucker Ride, the Tweed Ride, and the Solstice (Wassail) Ride.
Wassail is a beverage of hot mulled cider, traditionally drunk as an integral part of wassailing, a Medieval English drinking ritual intended to ensure a good cider apple harvest the following year.
Each year, cyclist join together under with the BLRC flag, to partake in a ride that includes wassail and hot chili – two of the best reasons to tag along.
Cyclists will start arriving at the Front Park pavilion (Porter and Busti, by the Peace Bridge) around 2pm. It is there where they will partake in wassail until the sun sets at 4:43pm. After the sun sets, the cyclists will pack up and head out for a X-city ride.
A-Wassailing we Go!
The group will be led by King George (Homola), who will guide the troupe to Hot Mama’s Canteen at the corner of Military and Amherst. That’s where cyclists will get a chance to warm up with some hot chili featuring HeadStone Heat.
Cyclists are asked to dress warmly, brandish a mug, adhere to the rules of the raod, and bring some snacks or something to contribute to the Wassail Bowl. There is plenty of parking at Front Park – participants coming from further distances are welcome to park and then ride.
BLRC Solstice/Wassail 2016
Sunday, December 18, 2016
2 PM – 5 PM
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