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.
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.
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