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Commuters And Adventurers Roll Through Boise Bike Week

Thursday-Friday, May 16-17

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Boise Bike Week isn't over yet—there are still plenty of opportunities to catch bike-themed events for cruisers, commuters and those with more exotic interests.

Those bike lovers who commute year-round know that biking in the cold ain't always easy. It was a lesson driven home by the adventures of Winter Wildlands Alliance ambassador Eric Larsen, who was the first person to attempt to ride around the geographic South Pole on a bike. He shares his experience with the warm-climate crowd at Idaho Mountain Touring Thursday, May 16, starting at 7 p.m.

Larsen undertook his 750-mile journey for Cycle South, a program designed to show the world the relationship between commuting by bicycle and being conscientious stewards of the environment.

Using ski poles, sled dogs and a trusty bike, he rode his way across miles of virgin snow and ice, taking plenty of pictures and video along the way, which he'll share at the event. If anyone develops sympathy hunger pangs after the presentation, there will be food from P. Ditty Wrap Wagon and brews from Payette Brewing Company.

The talk is free and open to the public, and participants can score raffle prizes, as well.

For those set on some free food to fuel their less extreme commutes, there's Bike to Work Day Friday, May 17, encouraging people to hop on their bikes and say goodbye to sitting in traffic listening to talk radio. Hitch up a pant leg and join other cyclists around downtown Boise for a little encouragement to get off your duff, thanks to several chances to get some free, tasty breakfast.

Boise Young Professionals will host a booth outside Big City Coffee, stocked with coffee and treats for bike commuters, from 7-9 a.m. Chat with BYP volunteers and grab a snack for the road.

Should your commute lead you by Whole Foods Market, roll into the parking lot for a complimentary breakfast courtesy of the Whole Foods kitchen from 6-9 a.m. Grab some coffee or tea with scrambled eggs, sausage, hash browns and toast, or try the tofu scramble. Liven up the morning with music and information booths hosted by Boise Bicycle Project, George's Cycles, Let's Move Boise and Boise Parks and Recreation. Both George's and BBP will have mechanics on site for free, minor bike tune-ups.

For a full list of Boise Bike Week events, check out the website.