Tandem bikes pedal through downtown

Tandem bikes
Tandem bikes

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE)  The nation’s largest tandem bicycle rally is taking over downtown Labor Day weekend. Up to 800 tandem bicycle riders from 26 states and Ontario will gather in Fort Wayne for the 2014 Midwest Tandem Rally.

Hoosiers Out on Tandems is hosting the weekend event that’s bringing tandem teams together for a series of tours planned. .

Two tandem tours are planned including a IPFW Sculpture Tour and an Ice Cream ride on Friday. The organization chose to host the bicycle rally in Fort Wayne because of the city’s reputation with the bicycle community.

“A vibrant downtown, easy access to rural routes and the Greenway Trail system coupled with Fort Wayne’s recognition as a “Bicycle Friendly” community status make this a great venue for the rally,” said organizer and volunteer Kent Ellis.

The Midwest Tandem Rally began in 1976 and has become a Labor Day tradition. Visit Fort Wayne estimates the gathering will generate up to $250,000 in new revenue for hotels, restaurants and other local businesses

For a full schedule of events, click here. 

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