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Bikes and Brews

Fun Coeur d’Alene annual events pair up

By Colin Anderson | Photo Courtesy of Negative Split

After a long day on the bike, a couple of cold brews can really hit the spot. Anyone participating in Coeur d’Fondo 2021 will not only get to experience an incredible day of riding but can end their day with some awesome refreshments as well. Coeur d’Alene’s annual Oktoberfest celebration will once again coincide with the ever-popular bike ride, making for a truly unique fall Saturday.

There are five different ride levels to choose from, all of which are held on Saturday, September 18:

• 116-mile Gran Fondo

• 89-mile Medio Fondo

• 50-mile Centro Fondo

• 39-mile Piccolo Fondo

• 15-mile Family Fondo

Gran and Medio Fondo riders begin at the Coeur d’Alene Resort, and the course loops around the entire lake with the Gran Fondo adding some additional miles along the chain lakes and Coeur d’Alene River. Centro and Piccolo riders get the added experience of taking one of the Coeur d’Alene Resorts large boats across the lake either before or after their ride, depending on which you choose. The family ride follows the Centennial Trail out to Higgins Point and back.

Registration for any of the Fondo lengths, with exception of the Family Fondo, also includes: a finisher medal (with bottle opener), pint glass, Oktoberfest ticket (32 ounces of beer for riders 21 and over) and an Oktoberfest pos-race meal. Non-participants can meet the riders at the event as well. All participants also receive a T-shirt and will get a personal finishing time. Additional beer tastings are available for purchase. Registration is open until the Friday before the ride. You can do so in advance at For additional details regarding the Oktoberfest Celebration, visit

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