The Roswell Cycling Festival returns for a 16th year, April 22 – 30th. Roswell Bicycles, which has supported the event each year, has expanded its support as a presenting sponsor for the full week of activities. Hennessy Jaguar – Land Rover North Point will return as the presenting.
“Bike Roswell! has done a great job in managing the Roswell Cycling Festival. With events being held throughout the city for a full week, from mountain bike and family rides to a film festival, this year’s festival is a great way to celebrate National Bike Month,” said Roswell Mayor Jere Wood, who inspired a local bicycle club in 2002 to host the inaugural event.
Mayor Wood will lead hundreds of recreational cyclists in the Roswell Bicycles-Scott Mayor’s Ride, now in its 13th year, beginning at 7:30 a.m. on April 30th. This event takes place at Roswell Area Park and offers ride options for people of all ages and abilities with 6, 18, 42 or 64 mile routes.
Beginning in 2002 as the Historic Roswell Criterium, the Roswell Cycling Festival has grown to include a variety of activities for the entire family. The 2017 event will begin with mountain bike events at Big Creek Park and road bike rides from Roswell Bicycles and Riverside Park.
New in 2016 was a race loop, or mini criterium, for children six years of age and older after completion of the Kids’ Bicycle Safety Rodeo. The loop route will allow parents to cheer for their children at the start and stay in place to observe the finish. A Craft Beer Tasting was added in 2015 and returns to various restaurants in Historic Roswell, as well as Gate City Brewing.
Presented by Roswell Bicycles, the Festival will continue to benefit Bike Roswell, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization promoting safe cycling in the city. The start/finish line for all criterium events will be located at 1085 Canton Street in Historic Roswell. Sanctioned by USA Cycling, the criterium events offer close to $6,000 in prize money for elite and professional cyclists.
The Roswell Cycling Festival has entertained more than 70,000 spectators since it began in 2002. The races have attracted more than 9,000 junior and adult cyclists. In those 15 years, the popular Kids Bicycle Safety Rodeo, hosted by the Historic Roswell Kiwanis, has positively impacted 1,700 children.
These children have been given an opportunity to complete a free bicycle skills and safety clinic, followed by participation in age-specific races on the same course as the professional cyclists. bikeroswell.com