Game of Cones 2017 - Ice Cream Bike Tour of Boston

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Copley Square

560 Boylston

Boston, MA 02116

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Who will claim the Iron Cone?

Grab your bike, your friends, and your most-favorite-ist spoon for an ice-cream tour of Boston!

Embrace the spirit of summer and wander around on your bike all day while school's out, stopping for refreshing cold treats along the way. And this time there are no parents to call you home for dinner three hours before you were even close to tired.

We'll be rolling from local creamery to local creamery, celebrating these awesome Boston-area businesses and showing them just how much the biking community loves them.

At the after-party, we'll hold a grand council to vote for our favorite Cone in The North and declare a winner!

And we promise to get you home in time for the finale of Game of Thrones.

How Does This Work?

Step 1: Declare For a House

This is basically pre-paying for ice cream and beer at the after-party. There is no profit involved here, we just want to celebrate bikes and ice cream and Boston. If there is any money left over, it will be donated to the Boston Cyclists Union.

Step 2: Arrive in Kings Landing

Come to Copley Square on August 27, 2017 at 11:30am. Bring your ticket. Bring your bike. Bring all the things you need for riding a bike in the city (bike lock, flat repair stuffs, LIGHTS, water bottles, phone, GPS, jacket, gloves, etc). We'll aim to depart Copley Square at 12:00 noon.

Step 3: Feast

We'll give you a list of local creameries and ice cream shops, and you will ride your bike to the first creamery on your list, eat an ice cream, then bike to the next location, eat some ice cream, and so on, until you've enjoyed all of your ice cream.

To avoid mobbing these places and waiting in long lines, we will be splitting up the group into a few different routes. YES, you can ride with your friends. NO you don't have to ride with people you don't know. All we ask that you ride in the assigned order, so we can keep a handle on how many people are in each place at once.

Each ticket is good for one scoop of ice cream. Just hand the ticket to the restaurant, and they will hand you ice cream (don’t worry, they’ll probably throw in a cup, too).

Step 4: The Cone in the North

Try your very, very best to get to Flat Top Johnny’s in Kendall Square by 5pm, to cast your vote for the Cone in the North. The winner will be announced, everyone will cheer and drink and digest, and friendly debates will be sparked about the relative merits of Reese’s and M&Ms, Tyrells and Baratheons, Surlys and Somas, fixies and gears, whipped cream and chocolate fudge, cycle tracks and separated bike lanes.

Step 5: The End of All Things
(Yes, I know that’s a Lord of the Rings reference. I ran out of spoiler-free GoT references.)

Anyways, the last step is to get home in time for Game of Thrones. We recommend making new friends at Game of Cones! And then organizing bike conveys to a viewing party at the house of whichever of your new friends has the newest TV and the most available parking.

Or if you don’t watch Game of Thrones, do whatever else you want to do with a lovely Sunday evening!

But everyone, our final request will be to keep being awesome, keep supporting local businesses, keep biking, and keep enjoying this wonderful city we all share.

Don’t forget to tip! Feel free to spend more at each location. Thank your servers. And please, show every shop how excited you are that they participated in the first ever Game of Cones.

Participating Shops & Creameries

Disclaimers (serious and otherwise)

Allergies & restrictions: if you have any other food allergies or dietary restrictions, you can ask them to make a substitution for you, but we cannot guarantee that each creamery can accommodate your needs.

Safety & liability: We’re helping to organize, but you are responsible for your own safety while riding, eating, after-partying, and getting home. Bring the things you’d need to fix a flat. Bring lights in case you stay out later than you expect. Bring your phone. Bring water bottles. Etc. Do everything you’d normally do to have a good ride in the city.

Costumes: Declare for your favorite house! And if any of you crazy free folk show up in full-blown costume... we love you, and you have our full support! Just try not to get your giant fur cloak stuck in your gears? And be mindful of the August heat.

Refunds: Sorry, no refunds. Your ticket is transferable, just print it and hand it to a friend. And any leftover money will be donated to the Boston Cyclsits Union.

Spread the Word!

Tell your friends, coworkers, college friends, nieces and nephews, that one person you've sorta been crushing on all summer, your cat even though he won't understand, and your family, and we'll see you there!

- Katie & Jeff

ps: Please bike safely & follow all the rules of the road. It's not a race, it's a ride. There's no need to rush, the ice cream stays very comfortable in nice industrial freezers until you come to free it from its icy prison.

ps2: We know, there are more ice cream shops than this, and that means we've left someone's favorite off of the list. We get it, that sucks. Maybe we asked them and they didn't want to be a part of it, or maybe they ignored our email & phone call, or maybe we don't know they exist! Just let us know, and we'll do what we can to make it happen next year.


What if I can't make it to all the shops or can't finish all of my ice cream?

If you catch a nasty brainfreeze and don't make it to all the shops, don't worry, no food will go to waste! Everything is scooped-to-order. Any unclaimed ice creams will be donated to the Boston Cyclists Union.

Is there a rain date for this event?

We will do all that we can to have the ride on the scheduled date, which means we'll ride in light / scattered showers. However, if there is steady rain then we will postpone to the following Sunday, September 3rd. Stay tuned here & on the Facebook Event Page for weather updates.

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

Participants will need to be 21+ to drink alcohol at the after-party. On the ride, we ask that minors be accompanied by a legal guardian.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Contact Jeff Dietrich: jeff@jeff-dietrich.com

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

Yes. Just print out your ticket, and hand it to the person taking your place.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

We will have a printed list of names of everyone who signed up via Eventbrite. However, if you are transferring a ticket to someone else that person will need the printed ticket so we know who's who.

What is the refund policy?

Sorry, no refunds. Any extra money generated will be donated to the Boston Cyclists Union.

The event is sold out! What do I do?

We needed to limit the number of tickets to be respectful of the shops and to make sure that we have a managable group. That said, all the routes will be published on the Facebook page, and you and your friends can take this idea any Sunday you want! If you want to tag along unofficially, feel free to support yourself. It's not like we're going to mob-justice anyone out of a local business. Just be respectful and have fun!

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560 Boylston

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