Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Inaugural NEOCycle was a huge success!

Josh from CC Rocky River
at the NEOCycle Hub
The first annual NEOCycle festival, a celebration of all things cycling in Northeast Ohio, was a resounding success by all account this past weekend (Sept. 26-28, 2014).

The event featured track racing, a cyclocross race, a criterium race, an urban night ride, and the gran fondo-style Forest City Fundo ride on Sunday, featuring routes of 10, 32, or 62 miles and raising funds for Bike Cleveland. All these activities centered on the NEOCycle Hub at Cleveland Metroparks Edgewater Park, where attendees also enjoyed live music, food trucks, beer, bike polo, pinball, local bike shops and other vendors!

I participated in the Forest City Fundo. Fortunately, the fantastic fall weather we've been experiencing lately continued, with sunny blue skies and temperatures in the 70s. The ride started out through downtown Cleveland. I ended up doing a "hybrid" route, taking the detour for the longer 62-mile ride during the first half, which took us through Bratenahl, Colinwood, and to the turn-around at Euclid Beach. Both the 32 and 62-mile routes continued through University Circle, Slavic Village (on the Morgana Run Trail), on the Towpath Trail, through Tremont and Ohio City. I skipped the second detour for the 62-mile route, which went through Fairview Park, the Rocky River Reservation, and Lakewood, and went directly to Gordon Square and back to Edgewater Park, for a total of 45 miles.

Back at the NEOCycle Hub, everyone enjoyed the food, beer, music, and catching up with old cycling friends, including Lois Moss (co-founder of Century Cycles and founder of Walk 'n Roll Cleveland), visiting for the event from her new home in Portland, Oregon!
Lois Moss and Deb Petcher
Among the musical acts entertaining the crowd was local favorite Way of Life, featuring CC General Manager Mike Petcher on the bass!
Way of Life featuring Mike Petcher (right) on bass
Check out a few more photos from the day's festivities:

Click here if the slide show above is not appearing for you. Thanks to Deb Petcher for several of the photos!

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