No Flats: Boise Goathead Fest to Earn First Spike Today 

click to enlarge Boise Goathead Fest starts on Friday at 4 p.m. in Cecil D. Andrus Park.

Harrison Berry

Boise Goathead Fest starts on Friday at 4 p.m. in Cecil D. Andrus Park.

Goatheads are the common enemy of bicyclists everywhere. They're seeds of the tribulus terrestris puncture vine, and their spikes harden in mid-summer in Boise, get stuck in bike tires and cause an untold number of flats every year.

The Boise Goathead Fest, which pedals into Cecil D. Andrus Park starting today at 4 p.m., aims to change that. Its organizers, including the City of Boise, the Boise Bicycle Project and various bike-related nonprofits from across the Treasure Valley, have challenged the public to pull puncture vines wherever they are found.

They're also going to throw a rager the likes of which Boise hasn't seen since Tour de Fat, which inspired—and partially funded—the festival. The maximally bike-friendly bash will kick off with a huge launch party complete with live music and DJs, dance performances from Project Flux and a huge selection of activities for kids and adults.

On Saturday, Aug. 4, the party continues with a Pedal-powered Parade that starts at 11 a.m. in front of the Capitol (registration begins at 10 a.m.), after which there will be more music, more live performances and more fun than, well, just about anything all summer. We hope to see you there!
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