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BEHOLD: The Exciting Future Of The Atlanta Cycling Festival

BEHOLD: The Exciting Future Of The Atlanta Cycling Festival

Dear Reader,

Hi! How are you? I am fine. Thank you for asking!

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:

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.

Much love and chain grease tattoos... 

Your Pal,

From Roadies To Techies - We've Got An Event For You


Wowzer! The 2018 Atlanta Cycling Festival is less than 3 days away! 

With over 9 months worth of work, we at the ACF are extremely proud of this year's ride calendar and event lineup. We've done our best to bring you some old classics and new favorites this year, with the goal of trying to ensure there's a little bit for many types of riders and a lot of fun for all. 

So, from roadies to techies, moms to dads and commuters to party people, here are our event picks for you.

The Newbie Rider

Absolutely 100% new to biking? Boy oh boy - Do we have an awesome ride for you. BEHOLD: Newbie Love - New Riders Clinic (Tuesday, May 22nd, 6:30pm). Join Black Girls Do Bike Atlanta for a beginners cycling clinic and short ride. The clinic will focus on cycling basics, including how to properly wear a helmet, basic bike maintenance, proper hydration and nutrition, stretching before and after, cycling gear and clothing, proper bike fit and more. Welcome to all newbies or those interested in cycling.

The Road Warrior

If you're a kit loving, knockout-hills-like-they're-a-punching-bag type, have we got a ride for you. BEHOLD: The Espresso Ride (Saturday, May 19th, 8am). Hold on to your helmet as you travel 40+ miles and 1,000,000+ hills to some of the best/newest coffee shops in town. Proudly hosted by Lifeline Inman Park, open that Strava and get ready to "crush it." 

The Commuter

Fun: Riding your bike. Not fun: Riding your bike in rush hour. Until now - Hello, Urban Confidence: Taking On Rush Hour (Wednesday, May 23rd, 5:30pm). Join the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition staff as they lead you on an informative and fun ride that will boost your city cycling confidence. In addition to experiencing some of the infrastructure that is making biking for transportation in Atlanta more accessible, you'll learn how to increase your awareness, communication and presence while navigating our city's streets.

The Cool Mom

Know what's cool? Being a mom. Know what's cooler? Being a mom on a bike! If this sounds like you, then come ride in the first ever Babes and Babes Ride (Saturday, May 19th, 10am). Hosted by Caravan Bicycles, this ride is for mommies and their kiddos. The ride will take you to Cabbagetown Park (Awesome playground for the kids!) for playing, mingling and then will head to The Spindle for Tinkertown Pies, coffee and lunch!

The Cool Dad

Know what's cool? Being a dad. Know what's cooler? Being a dad on a cargo bike with your kids, carrying groceries, a large keg and couch (Yes, this has been done). Sound like the current/future you? Well, then, come join Yuba Bicycles for the Yuba Bicycle Demo Day (Sunday, May 20th, 1pm). Come demo the latest Yuba cargo bikes with Tony, the best Yuba rep around.

The "I Want It All" Type

Like bikes? Like boats? Like beer? Well, have we got a ride for you. BEHOLD: The Pedal, Pint & Paddle To The REI Boathouse (Sunday, May 20th, 8am). Imagine a day of biking, ice-cold Eventide Beer and an afternoon on the water (#SUPlife)! We'll have food, music and all sorts of awesome bike vendors. What better way to enjoy your Sunday?

The Techie

Calling all ladies in tech - We're so proud to host the first-ever-in-Atlanta Women Who Tech Bike Ride (Monday, May 21st, 6:30pm). Join in a ride from downtown to midtown to meet rock star female tech leaders in Atlanta! We will be graciously hosted by The Garage at TechSquare. Ride hosted by the fantastic duo behind Atlanta BEAM and the best media coverage by our friends at Hypepotamus!

The Competitor/Win All The Prizes Dude

This year, we're teaming up with Ride Report. Ride Report has partnered with the City Of Atlanta to help make  bicycle infrastructure decisions faster, smarter, and more responsive to cyclists' lived experiences.

So. Here's how you win all the prizes:

  1. Download the app and sign in
  2. Click on the ACF Banner at the top and add your info
  3. Win by collecting trophies that are awarded in the app when you:
    1. Pedal to all the restaurants Monday - Thursday - You'll get a free ACF patch
    2. Ride in The One Ride - You'll get 10% off ACF swag
    3. Bike to the ACF Opening Bash and Closing Bash - You'll get 20% off ACF Swag
    4. Get all the above trophies - You'll get 1 free beer at ACF Big Closing Bash/Relay 1 Year Anniversary Party

Come to the ACF tent at The Big Opening Bash and/or Big Closing Bash and show us your trophies to redeem!

The "I Ride So I Can Eat" Type

Do you ride so you can eat all the things and drink all the stuff? Well, then, we've got two awesome events for you: The Taco Tuesday Ride (Tuesday, May 22nd, 6:30pm) and the 5th Annual Doughnut Ride (Friday, May 25th, 9:00am). The ride names speak for themselves.

The "We Like To Party - We Like To Party Party" Type

Ahem. Look no further than The Intercontinental Cocktail Ride (Saturday, May 19th, 1:00pm), The Big Opening Bash (Saturday, May 19th, 6:30pm) and The Big Closing Bash/Relay 1 Year Anniversary Party (Friday, May 25th, 6:00pm).

And there you have it - A little bit for every type and a lot of fun for all. See you on two wheels May 19th - May 25th!

How To Get Ready For The 2018 Atlanta Cycling Festival!


Holy guacamole! We're just 2 weeks away from the 2018 Atlanta Cycling Festival (Coming Saturday, May 19 - Friday, May 25)! We've got 20+ bike events during the week - If you haven't yet, check out our 2018 Ride/Event Calendar

But how do you get ready to explore and experience Atlanta by bike? What a great question! We at the ACF have put our helmet-hair-heads together and created this handy list to make sure that you're ready for the week of biking fun!

How To Get Ready For The 2018 ACF

Behold: All the steps.

Step 1: Get A Bike

Sure, this may sound silly, but in order to enjoy a week of biking, you, well, need a bike. Here are some great options for you:

  1. Relay Bike Share: Relay has a silly amount of strategically placed and super useful hubs all around Atlanta. Also, during ACF, Relay will have "digital hubs" at all the partner bars so you can park the bikes there for no added charge! Also also! We've got a swanky promo code: acf2018. Get a Relay and come join us. 
  2. Visit one of our sponsor bike shops: Great bikes + they help make Atlanta better by supporting the community? We love that. Here's our list:
  3. Come to our Bicycle Yard Sale: That's right - our 2nd Annual Bicycle Yard Sale on Saturday May 19th, 2pm, is a fantastic place to get a nice used bike at price that works for you. Bring your haggle pants - You'll need them. 

Step 2: Download The Apps 

This year, we're proud to feature two apps for ACF participants. 

  1. Ride Report: Ride Report has partnered with the City Of Atlanta to help make  bicycle infrastructure decisions faster, smarter, and more responsive to cyclists' lived experiences. AKA - The app helps the city know what roads are great and which roads are not so great. During the ACF, the more you use the app, the more trophies you get. The trophies can then be "redeemed" at the closing party for ACF swag and beer. That's a win. Download it now
  2. ACF iOS Event AppDeveloped by the talented and regal Carlos Quinones (Our favorite biker developer), this app will give you detailed day-of info, help you plan your week and locate the next event! A must have for iOS users. Download it now.

Step 3: Follow Us!

How can you get breaking details and info on all the events during the week? Simple: Follow us on that ol' social media:

Step 4: View The Events And RSVP On Facebook

If you haven't yet, make sure you thoroughly, purposefully and vigoriously check out our 2018 ACF Calendar. Then, RSVP on Facebook for breaking details. Here are the links:

And there you go! All the details to get you primed and ready for ACF 2018. We'll see you Saturday, May 19 - Friday, May 25!


Join us for the first ever Pedal, Pint & Paddle to the REI Boathouse!

Pedal, Pint & Paddle is a day of biking, ice-cold Eventide Beer and an afternoon on the water at the REI Boathouse! We'll have food, music and all sorts of awesome bike vendors. What better way to enjoy your Sunday?

So join us Sunday, May 20th for a day of beer, bikes and boats!

Pedal Pint & Paddle Tickets

Announcing Pedal, Pint & Paddle To The REI Boathouse

Pedal Pint & Paddle to the REI Boathouse

For the past 3 years, REI has been a pivotal sponsor of the Atlanta Cycling Festival. They've made far fetched ideas a reality (Remember when we launched a MTB course on a parking deck in 2016?) and been an incredible partner to help make each ACF the best it can be.

Not only that, but they've helped drastically increase and maintain Atlanta's MTB trails, awarded grants to incredible nonprofits (Park Pride, Georgia Conservancy, the Georgia Appalachian Trail Club and many others), sponsored Atlanta Streets Alive and now, from a corporate level, are initiating a robust sustainability standard for all their brands. 

So! We're excited to announce that we're taking riders to their latest Georgia adventure: The REI Boathouse.  

Wait - REI Has A Boathouse? 

You bet! Based in Stone Mountain, GA, the REI Boathouse opened it's doors to paddlers of all types a little over a year ago. 

And we're going to take you there at the first ever Pedal, Pint & Paddle To The REI Boathouse on Sunday, May 20th during ACF 2018.

Imagine a day of biking, ice-cold Eventide Beer and an afternoon on the water (#SUPlife)! We'll have food, music and all sorts of awesome bike vendors. What better way to enjoy your Sunday?

Pedal, Pint & Paddle Details


Sunday, May 20th, 10am, meeting at the Inman Park-Reynoldstown MARTA Station

The Experience:

  1. Guided bike ride to the REI Boathouse in Stone Mountain, GA
  2. Food, beer and time on the water -Try a stand-up paddleboard, kayak, canoe or pedal boat
  3. Access to the Boathouse Shindig, featuring:

Day Of Details:

This is a fundraiser for the Atlanta Cycling Festival. Proceeds from the event go directly towards making the festival possible.

This is going to be an incredible event. Get your tickets now!

Pedal Pint & Paddle Tickets


Relay Bike Share at ACF 2018
Relay Bike Share
is the City of Atlanta’s bike share operator. With 500 “smart bikes” and over 70 stations across the city, Relay seeks to be a healthy and enjoyable transportation solution. Whether you are an occasional user enjoying some of Atlanta’s beautiful bike paths, or using the system to close a gap on your daily commute…Relay Bike Share is there for you!

During ACF 2018, Relay will have "virtual hubs" at all of our parties and restaurant partners during the week! Need a bike during ACF? No prob - Get a Relay and use the promo code "ACF2018" for a special discount.

Oh, and at our Closing Bash, we'll be celebrating Relay's 1 Year Anniversary. Hip hip!

Preview Of Events - The Opening and Closing Bash


Holy guacamole! The 2018 Atlanta Cycling Festival is just a few weeks away.

Coming Saturday May 19 - Friday May 25, we at the ACF are in the final stages of narrowing down the 25-30 bike events during the week. 

With so many fun events, it's hard to keep things super secret until our full calendar release in April. So, um, we won't! But don't tell anyone - it'll be our not-really-a-secret-but-TOTALLY-a-secret... secret. 

So! With that, here's Preview #1 of two big events at the Atlanta Cycling Festival.

The Big Opening Bash (Saturday, May 19, 6-10pm)

Each year of the festival, we kick off our opening day with a big ol' party. We love parties. 

With the help of the awesome folks at Sweet Auburn Works (SAW) and the Historic District Development Corporation (HDDC), we're activating the Water Tower Park in Sweet Auburn/O4W.

The oldest surviving water tower in Atlanta, the tower was built in 1906 as part of a state-of-the-art water suppression system for the cotton compress factory next door at what is now Studioplex. HDDC purchased the entire property in 1998, and have since been partners in redeveloping it into the exciting Beltline amenity it is today.

SAW has the wonderful task of reviving the inside and outside of the tower – with an interior mural and art depicting the history of the Old 4th Ward, and the amazing cultural and historical significance that the neighborhood holds. 

During the party, there'll be a preview of the great stuff SAW and HDDC have in the works. In fact, $1 of Eventide beer sold at the event will go towards transforming the water tower into a focal point of the community. 

We're also collaborating with The Spindle for beer, Chicomecóatl and Tinkertown Pies for food  and, of course, The Official Chip Of The 2018 Atlanta Cycling Festival - Symphony Chips - will be out in full salty force. 

Combine this with lots bike vendors, bike orgs, bike businesses, bike demos and music and you've got an amazing Saturday night.

Old Water Tower Park

The Big Closing Bash/Relay 1 Year Anniversary Party (Friday, May 25, 6-10pm)

We mentioned that we love parties right? Well, hold on to your helmets, folks - this one is going to be big. 

Thanks to the help of Newport US RE, we're closing South Broad Street (between Mitchell and MLK Jr. Drive) in South Downtown Atlanta.

ICYMI - Newport bought a significant chunk of historic South Downtown. According to Curbed Atlanta

"Major changes are in store for an eight-block section of South Downtown, as... Newport US RE begins to craft plans for its major reinvestment in the long-overlooked neighborhood.

Renderings released last month offered a glimpse of a utopian walkable district, peppered with restored historic buildings and connected by planted pedestrian plazas, the likes of which modern Atlanta has never seen."

AKA - amazing stuff. 

So, how big is this party going to be? Behold: a summary, in bullet points and bolded text.

  • We'll have our Closing Bash: Eventide beer, bike vendors/orgs/demos, art and more.
  • Relay Bike Share will be celebrating their One Year Anniversary with us: They're working on a huge bike activation to celebrate their 1 year bday! Come learn about the bike share, try the bikes, get some swag and win all the prizes.
  • The night culminates with The Trails In Motion Mountain Bike Film Festival: Our BFF MTB Buddies at Zombie Camels are proud to host their first ever MTB film festival. Working with The Trails In Motion team, Zombie Camels is bringing this new community-driven film tour to Atlanta - expect a collection of the finest mountain biking films from around the world.

If the above doesn't get your heart racing like pedaling up a steep incline in the big ring, well, we're not sure what will. 

We can't wait for May! To stay up to date, make sure we're connected with us to get all the info:


Clif Bar has been an incredible sponsor for three years running. Since ACF 2016, they've helped fuel our adventures as we explore Atlanta on two wheels. They're also very active in making Atlanta a better place for bikes - sponsoring a number of other awesome events (Ever heard of Atlanta Streets Alive? Yeah. They sponsor that, too).

We couldn't be prouder to have them as a returning sponsor. Look for all their flavors and sample their latest oh-so-tasty bars at our Opening and Closing Bash, as well as our Pedal, Pint and Paddle event (more info soon).  

Get on your bike, grab a Clif Bar - It's time to #FeedYourAdventure.

Our Step By Step Guide On How To Get Your Bike Ready For Spring

Our Step By Step Guide On How To Get Your Bike Ready For Spring

Spring is upon us and now's the time to get your bike ready for Atlanta's prime riding season. Since this winter has been particularly cold, there's a good chance you haven't been on your bike much. So when you do ride, you may hear all sorts of new, not so fun noises.

Fear not! We at the Atlanta Cycling Festival have some tips and tricks to get your bike ready and in shape for spring... and then the Atlanta Cycling Festival (Coming May 19-25)!

Step 1 - Make Sure You Have A Bike

This may sound ridiculous but bear with us. 

In March 2015, Atlanta residents approved the $250 million Renew Atlanta Bond Program which authorized improvements, upgrades and repairs to infrastructure and transportation throughout Atlanta.

Thus, we've seen new bike lanes and infrastructure, helping to increase the number of new bike riders in the city. And, according to the 2017 City Of Atlanta Annual Bicycle Report, a lot more are on the way. 

We postulate that many of folks will realize that spring is a great time experience life on two wheels and want to join the fun.

So, where's a good place to find a bike? We highly recommend:

Full disclosure - the above are sponsors of the ACF, but we're confident that you'll get an amazing bike and awesome service. 

Step 2 - Wash That Bike

Dirt, grim and gunk are probably plentiful in your bike's drivetrain. And if you haven't biked in a few months, then all that junk is probably caked on. 

The fix: Go get a bike wash kit. REI has a pretty great selection of tools and washes to get you started. Make sure that you dry your bike thoroughly to avoid rust.

Does washing your bike seem like a lot of work? Fear not yet again! The Atlanta Cycling Festival will have a bike wash station at Atlanta Streets Alive on Sunday, April 8th, from 2pm-6pm. Come enjoy DeKalb Ave like never before AND get your bike oh-so-clean. 

Step 3 - Apply All The Bike Lubricant

After you've washed your bike, it will need to be heavily lubricated. There are a lot of bike lubricants out there, so talk with your local bike mechanic to see which they prefer. 

Here's a quick video on how to lube like a pro. 

Step 4 - Check All The Little Things

Your bike is clean and lubed! Hooray! Here's what you need to check next:

  • Check bike tube air pressure; pump if necessary
  • Check the spokes
  • Check brake levers
  • Check brake pads
  • Check derailleurs
  • Check chain

Step 4A - Realize That The Above Is A Lot Of Work And Take It To Bike Shop

We totally understand that doing all the above is a lot of work, so it may just be easier to take your bike to a bike shop for a spring tune up. Any of the shops listed in Step 1 are a wonderful choice for bike repairs/tune ups. 

Don't have time to take your bike to the shop? Call VeloFix Atlanta. They'll come to you!

Step 5 - Get Out And Ride!

The moment of truth: Time to go for your first ride! Need some suggestions? Make sure you check out:

And there are many, many more. Once you start attending one group ride, you'll quickly find many more. 


Atlanta Bicycle Crash Attorney

For the past 3 years, Bruce Hagen and his Atlanta Bike Law team have been huge partners and sponsors of the Atlanta Cycling Festival. Bruce and his team are avid cyclists, lovers of beer and incredibly active in the Atlanta bike community. 

Each year about 50,000 Americans are injured, and approximately 500 killed, while simply riding their bicycles. And, despite the growth of the Atlanta BeltLine and other metro Atlanta bike plans, our region remains a dangerous one for bikers. Georgia drivers continue to be aggressive or inattentive to bicycles with which they share the roads.

If you're ever injured in a bike crash/wreck (And gosh golly we hope that you never are), we confidently recommend the personal injury attorneys at Bruce A. Hagen Law.

Ride, event and volunteer submissions are now open!

Lead a Ride or Volunteer With The Atlanta Cycling Festival

We're excited to announce that our 2018 Event, Ride and Volunteer submissions are now open! Man, are we are on a role here with our announcements.

Here's your chance to lead an ride or volunteer to help others discover life on two wheels and help Atlanta become #BetterWithBiking. We need your biking awesomeness and ideas to make this year's festival even better.

Here are some great ride/event ideas just waiting for an awesome biking Atlantian to lead:

  • Fatty McFatts : The Pizza Tour 
  • eBike Demos: Boogie Woogie Woogie Woogie
  • Late Night Jumps
  • Try My Bike (But Sign This Waiver First) 
  • Your First Group Ride - In 3D Surround Sound 
  • Hills, Hills, Hills!

We're sure you have even more creative and fun ideas. Send them along to us and we'll be in contact for next steps!

Lead a ride or host an event at the Atlanta Cycling Festival


BRAG Spring Tune Up

The Atlanta Cycling Festival is excited to partner with The Bicycle Ride Across Georgia (BRAG).

BRAG is excited to bring you the 2018 Spring TuneUp, a 3 day cycling and music festival in Rutledge, GA, April 20-22. This long weekend getaway features various road routes through Georgia farm lands, with your choice of ride lengths each day. Camping, live entertainment, SAG support, hot shower facilities and plenty of snack-filled rest stops are included.  Local food trucks, coffee & beer on-site!

BRAG is a not-for-profit dedicated to providing affordable, quality bicycle tours in and across the state of Georgia. Now in its 36th year (holy moly!), BRAG is the second oldest across-state bicycle tour in the world and attracts riders from across the United States. The fellowship and spirit that comes along with all BRAG rides keeps many cyclists coming back year after year.

BRAG is a bicycle ride, not a race. It’s about the journey. BRAG supports charitable causes and the BRAG Dream Team.

To learn more about BRAG check out more details about the event on their website here. And, if you're ready to ride, register today!

ACF Etsy Shop & Camping Trip Sign Up!

Shop Our Etsy Store

Get your swag on with our little Atlanta Cycling Festival Etsy Shop!

We've got some handmade bags from The Spindle, all USA made/manufactured bicycle jerseys from Podiumwear and USA made ACF patches!

Put a swanky patch on your favorite bag and carry some biking tools, all while supporting the Atlanta Cycling Festival. All sales help make the 2018 festival a reality.

Stay tuned new items will be added in the next upcoming months.

upcoming events
2018 Bicycle Camping with the Atlanta Cycling Festival

We're excited to announce our 5th Annual ACF Bicycle Camping Trip

Coming Saturday April 14 through Sunday April 15, this annual bike overnight camping trip helps us raise money for permits, beer, swag and so much more for the 2018 ACF. 

And this year's camping trip is going to be our best one yet! Expect a weekend full of bikes, beer, great food, amazing people and incredible adventure. 

Hurry - This trip has sold out each year that we've had it. There are only 50 spots available! Tickets are $55 (includes beer, 3 meals, snacks and more!) Register here

5th Year Of The Atlanta Cycling Festival

Five Years of the Atlanta Cycling Festival

This year we're excited to celebrate 5 years of the Atlanta Cycling Festival. Let's take a ride down memory lane and check out some highlights from the past 5 years with 5 great events:

1. Opening Bash - 2014

2014 ACF Opening Party

Our first big party! We had digital bike races, bicycle jousting, our first bike vendor space, tons of New Belgium Beer and so much more. This was, by far, one of our most "nerve racking" events. We planned and planned and worked really hard to make it fantastic. When the set 7pm start time came around, we were (Needlessly) nervous that no one would show up. Well, we were very wrong! What an incredible night that was. 

2. 2nd Annual Doughnut Ride - 2015

Doughnut Bike Ride Atlanta

We had such a great response to the first doughnut ride in 2014 that we brought it back in 2015. Filling up everyone with some amazing doughnuts, we also built some great community, got to go support some local doughnut shops along the way and even wear some tutus! The Doughnut Ride is now a staple in the Atlanta Cycling Festival event lineup.

Special thank you to David Kipp for making this event happen every year. He's an incredible ACF volunteer... who happens to really love doughnuts! Oh, and rumor has it that for 2018, this ride will visit 5+ doughnut shops. Our waistlines are already expanding. 

3. One Ride to the Quick Release Bicycle Art Show - 2016

Atlanta Cycling Festival One RideAnother one of our staple rides is our annual One Ride, where we ask Atlanta bike rides/orgs to start a ride anywhere in city (like the spokes on a wheel) and come together at one central hub and ride together. In 2016, we had almost 300 riders join us, ending at Eventide Brewing for our first ever Quick Release Bicycle Art Show. 

4. Bike Camping Trip - 2017

2017 ACF Bike CampingSince 2015, the ACF holds a fundraising Bike Camping Trip in April. It always sells out and is an incredible time - 32 miles on the Silver Comet Trail, followed by delicious food, beer, amazing people and so much more. This past year was one of our best yet... save for the rain that joined us on our return trip. No matter! Just look at those smiles after we returned to the trail head - the beer at the end may have aided in this. 

5. This year celebrating 5 years - 2018

Five rears of the Atlanta Cycling FestivalAnd here we are! We're pedaling hard into our 5th year of the festival, coming to you Saturday, May 19 - Friday, May 25th. We can't wait. Make sure we're connected with us to get all the 2018 info:

Want to see more pictures? Checkout our Facebook Albums.

2018 Atlanta Cycling Festival Dates Announced!


Let's just get this out of the way:

The 2018 Atlanta Cycling Festival will be Saturday, May 19 - Friday, May 25.

Boy oh boy, we can't wait. Here are all the news and announcements for this year's festival.

We're Proud Of Our 2018 Theme

Here it is: Exploring Atlanta by bike, 5 years in a row.

That's right - We're headed in the 5th year of the festival. The idea for the Atlanta Cycling Festival was born in 2013 after visiting a cycling festival in Cork, Ireland (Check out our humble beginnings on The Mobile Social Blog). 

Since then, we've been exploring and reveling in all the wonders that Atlanta has to offer via two wheels. So many parts of the city can only be fully appreciated when you jump on a bike and experience it with those in the Atlanta bicycle community. 

This year, we plan on doing even more exploring, going places that we've never been and connecting with both old and new friends. We cannot wait.

Family Fun Ride at Arabia Mountains
Our first ride in 2014 - Family Fun Ride at Arabia Mountains

We're Excited To Have The Festival In May

For the past 4 years, the ACF has been in the second or third week of June. There are pros/cons to this but, after much deliberation, we decided to move the festival to May. 

Why? Two big reasons: The weather is markedly cooler (June is hot hot hot hot) and there is a lot less going on in May (Festival season kicks off in June). 

The above reasons will really help us focus the festival and create an even better riding experience. 

Our Event Calendar Is Going To Be The Best Ever

That's right - We've got 4 years under our bike jerseys. That means 4 years of feedback, experiences and moments. This year, we're pairing down our event calendar to primarily include the best of the best events. Look for The Doughnut Ride, The One Ride, Infrastructure Tours, Queer Ride, Pecha Kucha, The Intercontinental Cocktail Ride, Yuba Bike Demos and many more crowd favorites. 

But don't worry - We're going to add some new key events, taking riders to all sorts of incredible places, full of new experiences. And, of course, they'll be plenty of cold IPAs to go around. 

Interested in hosting a ride or event that's never been done before? Fill out our ride info form here

This Year's Volunteer Experience Will Be Incredible

What powers the ACF? Amazing volunteers, handlebars down. Since our first festival in 2014, we've had a stellar group of volunteers help make the ACF a fun, safe and welcoming place. This year, our volunteer team is going to make sure that the experience is the best it can possibly be. 

Interested in volunteering with the 2018 ACF? Sign up to volunteer here!

Sponsorship Is Now Open

Permitting, beer and the silly large amount of Tinkertown Pies we plan to consume don't come cheap. We've had the honor of working with some long time partners and sponsors to make the Atlanta Cycling Festival a reality. And this year, we're adding even more local companies that believe in Atlanta and biking, such as Cardinal Digital Marketing, a top notch Atlanta SEO company.

Won't you help us in making the 2018 ACF a reality? Here's all the 2018 Sponsorship Information

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And that's all for now. We'll see you Saturday, May 19 - Friday, May 25.


VeloCity Atlanta

We are big fans of Grady. If you've been in a serious bike wreck, you know how important Grady is. That's why we're excited for VeloCity Atlanta - A new cycling event benefiting Grady Hospital. 

Starting from the field of Mercedes-Benz Stadium and ending with a great party at Georgia International Plaza in downtown Atlanta, this fundraising ride will give back to an institution that has given us so much and offers fully-supported routes, plenty of rest stops and distances ranging from 100-miles to a 5-mile closed course city ride. 

More info and to register, visit the VeloCity Atlanta website