Gear up for Asheville Bike Fest

Enjoy a cycle-centric day of activities with food trucks and local beer on-site at Asheville Bike Fest.

Riders competing in Gran Fondo Asheville.

Riders gather at Rabbit Rabbit for the start of Gran Fondo Asheville.

Photo via Asheville on Bikes

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Saddle up for your journey to Asheville Bike Fest this weekend. The festival returns for its second year with experiences for every level of rider, presented by the local non-profit, Asheville on Bikes.

Here’s everything you need to know to have a wheelie good time.

Friday, July 14

The festivities begin with Industry Night, hosted at Gravelo Workshop from 6-8 p.m. Hear local cycling entrepreneurs, service providers, and industry leaders share their stories, products, and services in a series of short presentations. Find the full list of presenters. Seating is limited to 100 guests, so snag a spot by completing the registration form.

Saturday, July 15

The festival puts it into high gear on Saturday with a full day of activities at Rabbit Rabbit. The fun starts at 11 a.m. with the Kid Cycle Club’s pop-up bike park + bicycle demo. From 12-2 p.m., riders can learn the ins and outs of their bikes with a series of clinics — advanced registration required.

At 4 p.m., put your game face on for a series of competitions, including a paper delivery challenge, a track stand competition, and a slow race to see who can cross the finish line last while remaining upright. Close out the night with the Bicycle Film Festival, screening cycling-themed films from 8:30-9:45 p.m. — note that you’ll need tickets for the film festival.

Sunday, July 16

The last day of Bike Fest begins at Rabbit Rabbit with Gran Fondo Asheville. Riders can participate in the 30, 60, or 100 mile races, exploring north and west Asheville from behind their handlebars. Registration for Gran Fondo Asheville is open until Saturday, July 15 at 2 p.m.

Plus, folks can volunteer at Gran Fondo Asheville to earn a free spot to ride in a future Gran Fondo. Find available volunteer opportunities.

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