Iron Works Barbecue will host a party Saturday to welcome professional cyclist Lawson Craddock back to Austin after finishing his first Tour de France.
The party is set for 7 p.m. Saturday at Iron Works, 100 Red River Street. The event is free and open to the public and will include giveaways from Austin B-Cycle, Shiner Beer, Real Ale and Go Texan.
“Lawson’s a great kid and I really wanted to do something to show him some love from his current hometown,” said Aaron Morris, general manager of Iron Works Barbecue. “He’s a fan of the restaurant and I’m a fan of his.”
Craddock, 24, grew up in Houston but now lives in Austin. (Look for him tonight at the Thursday Night Crit series at The Driveway Austin.) He’s the first Texan to race the Tour de France since Lance Armstrong, who was stripped of his seven wins because he cheated.
Craddock rode the tour with Cannondale’s pro cycling team. Before the race ended, he had finished in the top 20 in several stages, got into a breakaway but also got dropped. Not bad for a Tour rookie.
“When I was growing up, we shut the whole city down for Lance,” said Morris, a life-long cycling fan who used to race road and mountain bikes. “I thought, ‘We’ve got to do something for this guy.’ I think it’s great we have a cyclist back in the race.”