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."
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?
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:
- Download the app and sign in
- Click on the ACF Banner at the top and add your info
- Win by collecting trophies that are awarded in the app when you:
- Pedal to all the restaurants Monday - Thursday - You'll get a free ACF patch
- Ride in The One Ride - You'll get 10% off ACF swag
- Bike to the ACF Opening Bash and Closing Bash - You'll get 20% off ACF Swag
- 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!