Sat 9/7 @ 7AM-4PM
Cleveland is really emerging as a bicycle town. And in September, for five years, NEOcycle filled Edgewater Park with a weekend of music, vendors, a beer garden, food trucks, sports-related activities, contests, athletic demonstrations and more. Rides of all sorts, lengths and skill levels took place, including the beautiful night ride.
And now all of that is gone, despite the increasing interest in bicycling and the growth of participation in such activities as the weekly Monday Slow Roll Cleveland rides. But cyclists will still be able to enjoy a day focused on them at Edgewater Park, without a lot of the frills and extra activities, at the Bike Cleveland Fundo.
This event centers on a ride, with 10-, 30- and 60-mile options, for riders of all ages and levels of experience, giving cyclists a chance to explore the city at their own pace and in whatever amount they can handle. There will be rest stops and support vehicles along the route, with all rides ending at the Cleveland Metroparks Edgewater Beach House, where the entry fee gets each rider a post-ride meal.
And while there won’t be a music festival and a big, activities-packed “village,” there will be vendors, mostly from local bike shops and other area bike service and products vendors, as well as tables hosted by event sponsors.
“This year we’re just doing it as the fundo — no dog diving, no big stage,” says Bike Cleveland executive director Jacob Van Sickle. “We’ll have food for the riders, and a smaller vendor expo area. The general public can come down too.” He adds that you don’t have to be a serious, gung-ho cyclist with thousands invested in your bike to ride “The 10-mile ride, anyone can do.”
Registration starts onsite at 7am; the 60-mile ride departs at 8am, the 30-mileride at 9am, and the 10-mile ride at 10am. Onsite registration is $45 for adults, $20 for youth. The money raised from the entry fees goes to the nonprofit Bike Cleveland, which has been one of the prime sources of bicycle advocacy in northeast Ohio.
Helmets are required.