BikeFest – Celebrating Bikes of All Kinds!

The City of Salida will host the first ever Salida BikeFest from September 12 – 16.  BikeFest has several goals, which include promoting safe bicycling, getting more people on bikes, helping local bicycling/trail organizations with awareness and fundraising, and of course just having fun in Salida celebrating bikes!  Many different organizations in Salida, including the Salida High School mountain bike team, Salida Mountain Trails, and our local bicycling club (South Central Racing) will host events during BikeFest, and they will be the recipients of all proceeds from their events.

There is a wide variety of activities planned for bike enthusiasts of all ages and interests, including a chainless race; organized road and mountain bike group rides; a pump track competition; a film festival; socials and concerts; and a bike rodeo and helmet giveaway for school age kids.

BikeFest will kick off on Wednesday, September 12 with a Bike-in Mixer at The SteamPlant followed by a showing of the film The Bicycle Thief. The Bicycle Thief is a 1948 Italian neorealist film directed by Vittorio De Sica. It tells the story of a poor man searching the streets of Rome for his stolen bicycle, which he needs to be able to work. It was given an Academy Honorary Award in 1950 and was listed in Bicycling Magazine as one of the top 10 bicycle films of all time.

Thursday events include an organized group ride with South Central Racing and the bike rodeo and helmet giveaway for fourth grade students, sponsored by Absolute Bikes and the Salida Police Department.

Friday brings the thrill of Salida’s first ever Chainless Race sponsored by the high school mountain bike team, Salida Racing. Following the Chainless Race, there will be a free showing at the SteamPlant of the film The Triplets of Belleville. The Triplets of Belleville is an animated 2003 Academy Award nominated film written and directed by Sylvain Chomet.  It tells the story of Madame Souza, an elderly woman who goes on a quest to rescue her grandson Champion, a Tour de France cyclist, who has been kidnapped by the French mafia for gambling purposes and taken to the city of Belleville. Popcorn, snacks, beer and other beverages will be sold during the after party, before and after the movie.

Saturday starts with a Pump Track Competition, which is free to kids of all ages.  Bike Fest continues with a bike parade and free music in downtown Salida.  The afternoon concert in Riverside Park features popular Kansas City blues musician Kelley Hunt, who has toured across the US and Europe and is stopping in Chaffee County for two concerts on her way to the Telluride Blues and Brews Festival.  The Salida SteamPlant will feature a night of free music and dancing with Planet-O Band, who play a mix of funk, blues and reggae.

Sunday will end the festival with a supported metric century road ride organized by South Central Racing. Organizers will expand their normal Sunday “pastry ride” to include support vehicles and aid stations – featuring pastries of course! The ride will conclude at the SteamPlant with a pastry brunch.

The City of Salida also hopes to raise awareness of bicycle safety and our new Safe Routes to School bike lanes. LiveWell Chaffee County will sponsor a bike to school bus, we will show bike safety clips at the SteamPlant and there will be bike safety giveaways for attendees.

If you are interested in hosting a movie, organizing an event, helping in any other way, or are just interested in learning more about Salida BikeFest, you can contact Theresa Casey (Salida Recreation Manager) at 539-6738 or theresa.casey@cityofsalida.com.

Many other fun bike friendly activities will take place during the event; please check our website for more information at www.salidabikefest.com.

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