The Atlanta Cycling Festival
Exploring Atlanta by bike, 5 years in a row

Category: “Acf-2018”

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

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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!

Preview Of Events - The Opening and Closing Bash

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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:

FEATURED SPONSOR

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.

2018 Atlanta Cycling Festival Dates Announced!

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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

Follow Us To Get All The Festival Updates

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

FEATURED PARTNER

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