Cyclefest meets BikeMania on July 22

What's better than lounging in the park with a picnic on a midsummer evening? How about watching the Tour de France riders battle it out on the big screen, under the stars? Or drinking a cold pint with friends while taking in the gravity-defying act of stunt rider Nick Halsey and his crew?

What about doing all three at the same time?

It's exciting, yes indeed.

New for 2010, Cylefest is teaming up with Bike Mania to bring you an all-ages celebration of bicycling that's not to be missed. From 4-7 p.m., we'll have Bike Mania kids' activities, including an obstacle course, treasure hunt and bike parade.

As evening approaches, you can relax with friends and family over a picnic - bring your own, or buy dinner from one of our vendors. Once the sun goes down, we'll be showing stage 17 of the Tour de France outside on a giant, inflatable screen.

Purchase a drawing ticket during the event for a chance to win a Lapierre Sensium 100 road bicycle worth $2,300. Lapierrre bikes are ridden by the pros during the Tour, and this one is sure speed up your race, ride or commute. Tickets are $5 each or three for $10, and all proceeds benefit the Cascade Bicycle Club Education Foundation.

And that's not all! New members who join Cascade Bicycle Club during the event will receive their choice of either 1) a drawing ticket or 2) a beer token, redeemable in the beer garden. We know that the promise of better riding conditions is enticing, but we thought buying you a beer might sweeten the deal. Visit the Cascade booth to join.

So grab your friends, your family, and your picnic basket, and ride out to Magnuson Park on Thursday for what's sure to be the cycling event of the summer.