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Well, let’s just dive right into the big news, little news and medium news around the future of the Atlanta Cycling Festival.
THE BIG NEWS: A New Festival Director Has Arrived!
For the past 8 years, Jeffrey Wisard (The guy writing this article), has been creating, producing, promoting, hosting, leading bicycle rides/events/films viewings/hummus + potato chip tastings/bike camping trips and a whole lot more. From The Mobile Social to the Atlanta Cycling Festival, creating these events has been a heck of a lot of fun. I’ve never run the show alone, though - I’ve always surrounded myself with incredibly smart, reliable, honest, big-minded and huge-hearted individuals that have used their talents to make these crazy bike ideas a reality.
Despite this, though… It’s time for me to stop the metaphorical bike, dismount, take a big bite of a CLIF Bar and hand the handlebars over to someone new.
Well, frankly - You and the city deserve the best possible Atlanta Cycling Festival. While there is still some juice in the ol’ legs left to keep pedaling along, I’m keenly aware that this energy isn’t sustainable. To maintain and grow the ACF into the festival that I’ve always dreamed it to be, it’s time for me to step aside.
For 2019 (and beyond), Mark McCampbell, will be taking the handlebars and making the ACF the best it can be.
Mark comes from a 20+ year events background, is an avid Atlanta bicyclist and has amazing plans for the future of the ACF. More so, Mark is partnering with Musimatic - his family’s business to bring even more power to the festival. With more than 40 years of experience in the industry, Musimatic has been involved in concerts, festivals, and conventions, such as Dragon*Con for most of its life.
Mark and company understand and fully believe in the mission of ACF in being the most impactful bike festival in the southeast. Their desire is to create an unforgettable experience which will serve to reconnect the seasoned biker to what makes riding great, to connect the new and curious rider with their own bike story, and to help develop a deeper and wider connection with the city of Atlanta.
To this end, I know that they can bring to the festival their abilities, resources, and technical expertise to increase the scope of the ACF to help it to become the greatest cycling event not only in the southeast, but beyond. In fact, Mark can't wait to talk with you. Drop him a line at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE MEDIUM NEWS: Nothing Is Changing In 2019
Despite a new festival director with a powerhouse of ability behind him, the festival will remain exactly as you remember it: 20-30 events all around Atlanta for the entire week. Also, the commitment to give back to the Atlanta cycling community (fiscally and physically) will 10,000% stay in place.
Beyond 2019 - who knows? But I’d expect some awesome large scale productions… maybe even a film festival with a tech bent and a concert or two. Ideas that wouldn’t have been possible with our resources in the past.
THE LITTLE NEWS: Surprise! There’s No Little News - Just Big Thank Yous!
Let me take this spot to give a bunch of big ring thank yous to all those that have made the ACF what it is today:
- Thank you to the past ACF staff: Maria, Nick, Ann, Kathleen, Catherine, Julie, Michael, Trang, Jyotsna and Sharanya; without your talents, this festival would have been totally lame
- To our “from day 1” sponsors: Tube Creative, MailChimp, WABE; you were the first to believe in the ACF and, thanks to you, it’s better than anyone could have imagined
- To our “from day 1” partners: The Spindle, Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, SOPO, RBG, Atlanta Triathlon Club, GA Bikes, The Mobile Social, Pecha Kucha and Civil Bikes; Atlanta would really be terrible without you
- To our “3+ years” sponsors/partners: REI, CLIF Bar, Georgia Bike Law, Metro Atlanta Cycling Club, BRAG, SBL, Gerry Weber and Eventide Brewing; Exploring this city on two wheels would we boring as heck and a lot less diverse without you
- To The Doughnut Ride: David - you and your doughnut team have, for the past 5 years, added to our joy and girth. Thank you!
- To all of the ACF volunteers: Charles, Leslie, Corney, Niklas, Bryan, Kevin, Jordan, Maria, Bryan Jesus, Ned, Barbara, Doctor Steve, Steven, Erika, Erin, Sharif, Ezz, Susan, Chris and so many more; You brought smiles and safety in all the best ways
- To Kyle Torok: A sounding board, selfless helper, bringer of inspiration + ideas and darn great friend; No yelling at car in Grant Park during the 2010 BeltLine Bike Tour, no ACF
- To my wife, Trang: Without your suggestion that we should check out the Cork County Cycling Festival, the seed would never have been planted. And your encouragement and support help make ACF into a reality
- To you: The riders, the lovers of Atlanta, the keepers of the ATL cycling culture: Get your gloves on, snap your helmet in place and get ready for the crazy ride that is the future of the Atlanta Cycling Festival
Thank you. And see you on two wheels very, very soon.
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