VAIL — Summer is here and so is the return of the third annual Vail Villages Cruiser Crawl presented by Herradura Tequila and Finlandia Vodka. Three local businesses are enticing folks to get out on the town, meet new friends and ride through the villages on their bikes. Kicking off Wednesday, the Vail Cruiser Crawl series is a free outing that takes bicyclists on a five-mile loop with libation hydration stops at The Fitz Lounge in Manor Vail Lodge, Vail Chophouse in Lionshead and Atwater on Gore Creek in the Vail Cascade Resort.
At each Cruiser Crawl, participants will receive a Crawl Pass they can use at each stop to purchase specially priced appetizers, non-alcoholic beverages, $6 Herradura Tequila and $6 Finlandia Vodka signature drinks. Participants that stop at any one of the Cruiser Crawl locations will also receive one punch on their Crawl Pass per stop, for a total of up to three punches. Each punch can be redeemed for one raffle ticket at the final Cruiser Crawl stop for a chance to win a free TREK Cruiser bike, valued at $600.
Today’s Cruiser Crawl theme will be “Tiny Hats” and will start at The Fitz (5 to 6 p.m.) followed by stops at Vail Chophouse in Lionshead (6 to 7 p.m.) and end at Atwater on Gore Creek (7 to 8 p.m.). Prizes will be given for best costumes. The 2014 Vail Cruiser Crawl series will run will feature a different route each month. Future series dates include:
• July 13: The Fitz (3-4pm), Atwater on Gore Creek (4 to 5 p.m.), Vail Chophouse (5 to 6 p.m.).
• Aug. 10: Atwater on Gore Creek (3 to 4 p.m.), Vail Chophouse (4 to 5 p.m.), The Fitz (5 to 6 p.m.).
This is a family-friendly event and all types of bikes are welcome on the crawl. For folks that do not have a bike, Venture Sports and Charter Sports are offering discounted rates on bike rentals.
“Responsible drinking is always in style,” is the events tagline. As such, vouchers for cab rides will be provided for each location to send any questionable guests home. Special lodging rates are available at Manor Vail Lodge for $99 or at Vail Cascade for $129 per night. Ride the elevator home.