Cycling fans can meet Wenatchee born and bred sprinter Tyler Farrar and other pro cyclists at events in Renton and Seattle in November.
Farrar is considered the best pro cycling sprinter to come out of the US in recent years; maybe ever. In just the past two years, he has individual wins at the Tour de France, Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a Espana.
In sprint stages across the European continent, the Garmin Cervelo team tactics always include a way to maneuver Farrar to the front of the peloton as they approach the finish.
The first meet-up with Farrar takes place from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Nov. 26 at Peterson's Bicycle Shop in Renton. Also on hand will be Farrar's Garmin Cervelo teammates Martijn Maaskant, left, of Holland and Tom Peterson, right, of North Bend. Peterson also owns the bicycle shop.
They'll be available at the shop at 1755 NE 48th St., Renton, to shake hands, chat and sign posters and other memorabilia. Then, from 8 to 10 p.m., a VIP dinner with Farrar, Maaskant and Peterson is planned at a local restaurant. The cost is $150 and is limited to 20 persons. (Call the shop at 425-271-0396 for reservations.)
The next day, Nov. 27, area cyclists are invited to join Farrar, Maaskant and Peterson for a two-hour ride from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Farrar will give a 75-minute talk, moderated by Erik Moen, followed by an opportunity for autographs.
The cost is $12 for Cascade Bicycle Club members ($14 for nonmembers) at Brown Paper Tickets.