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BEHOLD: The Exciting Future Of The Atlanta Cycling Festival

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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.

Why?

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: twowheelsgood@atlantacyclingfestival.com.

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,
Jeffrey

2017 Atlanta Cycling Festival Dates Announced

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We'll just get this out of the way:

The 4th Annual Atlanta Cycling Festival is proud to announce the official 2017 dates: Saturday, June 10 - Saturday, June 17.

As a friendly reminder of what you can expect, check out our 2016 Wrap Up Video from our fantastic videographer: Matthew Mammola


Never being satisfied with "let's just do the same thing again," the ACF team has been hard at work planning and scheming on how to make this year's Festival even better. 

Here's a preview of a few ideas that we have planned:

  • Concrete Jungle Fruit Tree Exploration Explosion Expedition: While the name is a working title, we're elated to work with the awesome team at Concrete Jungle. This bike tour is one of a kind and will be full of surprises - And homemade plumb wine, we hear.
  • The Most Adorably Aggressive Children's Bicycle Race Of Doom: Again, working title (We're really good at these, right?), but we plan on hosting the most adorable and aggressive 4-10 yr bicycle race ever in Atlanta. Get your kids ready - There will be awesome prizes, snacks and juice boxes. 
  • 2X The Ramps = 100X The Fun MTB Pump Track: We're stoked to have REI and Clif Bar as sponsors again this year. They'll be at several events, culminating with combining both of their MTB pump tracks. It's going to be marvelously large and fun to ride. 
  • Bicycle Speed Dating: It's back! Looking for love on two wheels? Well, look no more! The ACF Team will use our Bicycle Algorithm of Love to match you to your future bike partner. Go ahead and delete Tinder from your phone - We've got you. 
  • Atlanta Streets Alive: West Side: The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, organizers and founders of Atlanta Streets Alive (ASA), have again decided to hold ASA in tandem with the 2017 ACF. We're incredibly honored to work with ABC and have this event during the Festival. 

And that's just a small preview - We've got a whole lot more up our jerseys...

Great! How Can I Help?

Thanks for asking! The ACF takes months of planning and an incredible staff to make it a reality. 

Here are a few ways you can help us:

  1. Buy Swag - Support The Festival: Check out our ACF Store. All purchases help make the 2017 ACF a reality. 
  2. Sponsor The Festival: We're still looking for local sponsors. Believe in the ACF? Then let's talk!
  3. Volunteer: We're already taking volunteers. Want to meet a lot of wonderful people and have a great time on a two wheels? Join us!
  4. Host A Ride Or Host An Event: We're building out our event calendar now. Have a great event idea? Let us know!

So, go ahead and request the week of June 10 - June 17 off. This Festival's going to be a blast. 

Get Your Tickets For These Events At The 2016 Atlanta Cycling Festival

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From June 11 - June 18, 2016, the Atlanta Cycling Festival is bringing you a week of bicycle rides, classes, parties, art, tech, and more.

We did the math and we have 46+ bicycle events this year. Yes, we know - That's a lot. We want to encourage and get as many people out on bikes as possible (Read more about the ACF Goals here). 

However, there are these pesky things called "costs" and "permit fees." Let's just say, it's not cheap to repurpose a parking deck into a bike-topia, nor is it easy-cash to host a bicycle night market and historic tours. 

Thus, to help offset some of these costs and remain in good financial health  we're hosting a few paid events this year. By purchasing tickets to these events, you're actively saying, "Hey, keep this week of biking magic alive, please." 

And with that, here's our list of, "Get Your Tickets For These Events At The 2016 Atlanta Cycling Festival!"

1. The Phoenix Tour

If you only purchase one ticket, it should be this. Join us Saturday, June 11, on this 17 mile ride as we discover where the Phoenix has soared and spread her wings over this great city. We'll travel around the SW, NW and SE Atlanta, exploring perhaps unfamiliar pockets of history, wonder and context.

  • You'll get an intimate, curated contextual tour
  • Learn about: Hidden flyovers, Dome construction view, subterranean streets, Snake Nation, The Gulch, Atlanta's #1 Most Champion Tree, jazz forests and so much more!
  • Lunch at Elliott Street Pub 
  • Snacks from Clif Bars and Suja Juice
  • Curated taste testing of The Official Tortilla Chip Of The 2016 Atlanta Cycling Festival: Paqui
  • See and learn wonderful things about Atlanta that you may not have known of before


2. The Big Opening Party!

Join us on Saturday, June 11, as we re-purpose the top two stories of the Georgia Tech Hotel Parking Deck! That's right, we're turning a parking deck into a rad bicycle event space for one evening. This event is going to be, well, awesome. TICKETS ARE LIMITED. So get them fast.

We'll be activating:

3. Easy Breezy Bike Part Art - Bicycle Totem

On Monday, June 13, we will be using old bike saddles, handlebars, brake levers, and other bike parts donated by Starter Bikes and Sopo Bicycle Cooperative to create the bicycle totem!

Personalize your bike totem further by bringing an old bike seat or handlebar that you have shared many riding memories but no longer have a use for.  The class fee is $15 to cover art supplies and hardware (Get ticket here).  Additional donations to Starter Bikes and SOPO will be accepted.

Eventbrite - Easy Breezy Bike Part Art - Bicycle Totem

4. MTB & Brew at SweetWater Brewing & Sope Creek Trail System

What better way to spend a day? Join REI's professional mountain biking instructors for a day to remember. Meet at SweetWater Brewing Company and shuttle in the REI van to Sope Creek Trail System for a dynamic and scenic trail ride accompanied by expert guidance and instruction. High quality full-suspension Ghost Brand mountain bikes are also provided. 

Beer + MTB + Bike Demos = Heaven. Get tickets here

And there you have it! Call to action: Get your tickets and please share this post! See you on two wheels very soon!

Quick Release Art Show - Call For Artists

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Quick Release Art Show

CALL FOR ARTISTS

The Atlanta Cycling Festival is hosting a ART PRINT SHOW… for bikes!

Artists are asked to submit a portfolio of 10-20 artworks (either weblink or PDF <25MB) to art@atlantacyclingfestival.com. (No spec work. No contests. That’s not how we roll.) Please include your best phone number and e-mail with your submission.

Selected artists will submit art prints to be sold at the Atlanta Cycling Festival and on the ACF website throughout the year. Each artist will submit 20 copies of their final art print to the ACF by June 1st. Final art prints may be of any dimensions, but art prints will be sold for $35 each.

Artists will also have the option to submit art to be printed on limited-edition bicycle jerseys that will be auctioned off during the Cycling Festival. This art must be submitted by May 13th.

  • Deadline for portfolio submission: Sunday, March 27th
  • Notification of acceptance: Sunday, April 3rd
  • Jersey art submission:  Friday, May 13th
  • Art print submission: Wednesday, June 1st

Fine Print

Prints will be sold at select ACF events from June 11th - June 18th, 2016, after which time they will be sold on the ACF website for one calendar year. ACF will sell each art print for $35 and artists will receive 70% of each art print sale.

Jersey will be auctioned off at Quick Release Art Show. Artists will receive 25% from the final sale of the jersey. Well-performing jerseys may be sold on the ACF website throughout the year.

ACF may choose to discount art prints after the end of the festival, but will only do so with the permission of the artist. Artists will retain full copyright of their work and may reclaim any prints left unsold at any time after the end of the festival.

Artists are responsible for printing and delivering final art prints to the ACF. Art prints must be of professional quality, and may be letterpress, screen prints, lithography, high-quality digital prints, etc.

Only professional quality prints will be accepted. The ACF is a family-friendly event and asks that artists keep this in mind when considering the content of their prints. No prints featuring culturally offensive content will be accepted.

The 2016 ACF Grant Annoucement

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The ACF Create Grant

We at the Atlanta Cycling Festival love to create, especially in the city we cherish - Atlanta.

And we want more people to create and make their dreams happen, too. Thus, each year we offer a one time, $2,000 grant called the ACF Create Grant.

The purpose of this grant: To help start and create more bicycle culture, jobs and infrastructure in Atlanta. The ACF Create Grant does this by awarding $2,000 to fund a bike business/idea in the metro region.

The big announcement: Submissions are now open.

Last year's grant helped start a bicycle food delivery service in southwest Atlanta with the great folks at Carver Neighborhood Market!

Here's your chance to get seed funding to start, oh, a bike coffee shop, a bike bar, a bike clothing line, a bike [insert your idea here].

We're also excited to have some amazing judges this year:

Hurry - Submissions will close on Sunday, March 6th, 2016 at 11:59pm.

Apply For ACF Create Grant


The 2016 Atlanta Cycling Festival Dates Announced!

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Atlanta Cycling Festival Dates

Hold on to your kits, kids. We at The Atlanta Cycling Festival have a lot of exciting updates to pedal through. Grab a water bottle and enjoy!

The 2016 Atlanta Cycling Festival Dates: Sat, June 11 - Sat, June 18!

Woohoo! We're heading into year #3 for the ACF and, boy oh boy, do we have a lot of great things planned! Some teasers:

  • We're launching the first ever pop-up MTB single track with REI
  • We're activating the first ever Atlanta Cycling Festival Village at Atlanta Streets Alive (Think Olympic Village - But better)
  • We're leading an art + tech + bike series thanks to the help of Wahoo Fitness
  • We're creating a whole "Class/Words" learning series, powered by Bike Law GA
  • We're hosting an "Unseen Atlanta" ride, taking you to places you didn't even know existed in Atlanta
  • We're incorporating rooftops and skylines - That's all we're going to say

We'll have MTB, road, tandem, lights, art, tech, words, volunteering, learning, advocacy, culture, doughnuts, beer and a whole lot more! Realistically, we're looking at 40+ bicycle events for the entire week. Take the whole week off: You'll need it. 

Call To Action: Signup for our festival updates

ACF Create Grant Submissions Are Open - $2,000 Grant

To help create more bicycle culture, jobs and infrastructure, we proudly host The ACF Create Grant. The one time grant gives you $2,000 to start your bike business/idea here in Atlanta, GA. Submissions are now open and will close on Sunday, March 6th, 2016 at 11:59pm. Last year's grant helped start a bicycle food delivery service in southwest Atlanta with the great folks at Carver Neighborhood Market!

Apply for the ACF Create Grant now.

Bicycle Camping - Tickets Are Almost Gone!

Each year we and our good friends at Zipcar host Bicycle Camping to raise money for the year's festival. Permits, beer, swag and doughnuts aren't cheap - This event helps us cover a lot of up-front costs. Plus, it's incredible amount of fun. If you like bikes, beer, camping, yoga and burritos, then you should totally join us. Dates: Saturday, April 16 - Sunday, April 17.

Register For Bicycle Camping now.

Sponsorship Is Now Open

You're $$$ can make the 2016 ACF a reality. Plus get you all sorts of neat digital and in-person perks. If you want your message to reach healthy, active and passionate people that love Atlanta - Then you've come to the right place!

Lean How To Sponsor The ACF now.

Volunteer/Lead A Ride Is Now Open

Want to volunteer during the Festival? Or perhaps you want to host a fun bike ride or event? We love that idea! Around 60% of our events are community driven and organized. Here's your chance to show why you love biking in Atlanta. 

Volunteer/Lead A Ride now.

We Have An Awesome New Website

You might have noticed that our dot com has changed a little bit! We've launched a completely new, super fast, SEO-friendly website. It's mobile ready and will allow us to integrate/share events like never before. We had the honor, privilege and luck of working with the following to make it happen:

Phew! Last big announcement -You're awesome. But you already knew that. We look forward to riding bikes with you in June!

Ding Ding Ding,
The Atlanta Cycling Festival Team

Attention: Bike Technology Events Are A Go!

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Bike technology is a go!

After the 2015 Atlanta Cycling Festival, we had a team meeting to discuss what went well and where/how we can improve future ACFs.

After much discussion, we kept coming back to our "big idea": We want the ACF to be the SXSW for bikes in Atlanta - Where people come to Atlanta for the week for bike rides, bike advocacy, bike art, bike technology, bike films, bike music and consumer focused-bike-everything.

Looking at the team, it was clear that we needed to hire some amazingly talented people. Fast. And we did - We hired a Bike Art Director and the (first ever) Bicycle Technology Director (more on them in the future). Once we found the talent, it was clear that they would need a budget.

And that's the purpose of this post: We've found our premier Bike Technology Sponsor - Wahoo Fitness.

Thanks to Wahoo, we've got the initial budget to build out some fantastic bike technology events. Events that have never, ever been done before in Atlanta. Think bike powered machines with 3D mapping lights, digital bike lanes, bike technology meetups and a whole lot more.

What's even cooler: Wahoo Fitness wants to hire local Atlanta talent to help grow their company (See their jobs here). That's right - An Atlanta based bike technology company is purposefully looking to hire technologically talented bicyclists in Atlanta. That's ridiculously fantastic.

So. Stay tuned. The 2016 Atlanta Cycling Festival is going to be grand. We can't wait for you to attend.

P.S. Interested in sponsoring the 2016 ACF? We're looking for few more awesome thought-leaders in art and tech. Check out ourSponsor The Festival page for more info.

P.S.S. Image grabbed from this awesome video - Ghost Peloton.