After two years of riding from Chicago to Milwaukee for a baseball game, WFRT participants experienced a hometown treat last year. The third annual Wrigley Field Road Tour routed back to Wrigley Field. Along with stretching their toes in the grass of the outfield of the historic ballpark, riders were treated to food and live entertainment by Poi Dog Pondering.
Really, at the time, we couldn’t imagine a better way to cap off such a perfect day.
After a great experience like that, the post-ride party managed to top it! We walked onto the outfield at Wrigley Field where they had a barbeque, open bar, and concert featuring one of my favorite bands, Poi Dog Pondering. Pinch me now! – John G, a/k/a Running News Guy
Ever since it was announced that the 2013 WFRT would again begin and end at Wrigley Field, we’ve been looking forward to rewarding ourselves for all the training miles this summer with another party in Wrigley’s outfield. We’ve also been eagerly awaiting the news of just how last year’s celebration could be surpassed.
Well, they’ve done it again! This year’s WFRT is on track to be even better than the last. Just announced, the BoDeans will be providing the post-ride entertainment at Wrigley Field!
“We are excited to have the BoDeans join us for a post-ride celebration,” says Todd Ricketts, Chicago Cubs board member and co-founder of the WFRT.
“This is an event where riders of all skill levels can participate. A novice rider or accomplished rider can enjoy the day and experience the magic of the outfield while listening to music everyone will recognize and remember.”
The BoDeans, a band from Waukesha, WI, hit it big with their debut album Love & Hope & Sex & Dreams in the 1980’s. Their tenth original album, American Made, was released last year.
With their latest album, the BoDeans have created a soul-stirring song cycle that directly reflects the American experience at this critical moment in our history. The album—which also includes a powerful rendition of Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m on Fire”—was inspired by the band’s blue-collar, mid-American upbringing and their desire to express what a great country America remains, despite its troubles and the challenges facing it today.
“I’ve always thought of the BoDeans as a truly American band,” says Kurt Neumann, the founder, primary writer and frontman of the veteran Milwaukee-based group. “We were blue-collar kids straight out of the heartland-how could we be anything else?
After one of the original members left the band last year in order to launch a solo career, Neumann decided to press on. Thanks to his renewed passion and determination, the BoDeans are still going strong a quarter century after their debut Love & Hope & Sex & Dreams led them to win a Rolling Stone readers’ poll as “Best New American Band,” and nearly 20 years after their “Closer to Free” became a massive hit. The BoDeans continue to tour the U.S. year-round, exposing the kids of their longtime steadfast fans to heartfelt, trend-free, American-made music.
Really, what could be more American? A day out on the bike, raising funds for two great causes, followed by a good old-fashioned picnic on the ballpark outfield with tunes from a great mid-American band?
Have you signed up for the 2013 Wrigley Field Road Tour yet? If ever Good Things were coming our way, it’s this August 25th! Don’t miss out. Register today for the 4th annual WFRT.
For more details, we invite you to check out the following links:
- Read the original WFRT band announcement.
- Register for the 4th annual Wrigley Field Road Tour.
- Read more about last year’s Wrigley Field Road Tour.
- Read why last year’s WFRT was the Best Year Yet.
- Considering registering for the Wrigley Field Road Tour? Your Century Training Begins Here.
- Not sure how to prepare for your first century ride? Or you want to better prepare for this century ride? Check out our century training plans prepared by Coach Craig of Precision Multisport.
- What do you need to ride a century? Check out our gear recommendations. Don’t forget your sunblock and your nutrition.
- For more about the BoDeans, visit their website.