The Roswell Cycling Festival enters its 13th year as a spring tradition of family-friendly activities along Canton Street in Historic Roswell. On Sunday, April 27, this event features 10 elite and professional races for the nation’s best cyclists, the Historic Roswell Criterium.
This year’s Historic Roswell Criterium is part of the USA CRITS Speed Week, six races in six southeastern cities offering the biggest prize purse in American Criterium racing of $125,000. Live streaming of the Historic Roswell Criterium races will be broadcast at usacrits.com. These races are sanctioned by USA Cycling, and have attracted more than 8,000 junior and adult cyclists since 2002.
This year’s Roswell Cycling Festival, presented by Hennessy Automobile Companies and Roswell Bicycles, features the Roswell Mayor’s Ride, Kid’s Bicycle Safety Rodeo, Kid’s Zone, Bicycle Expo and 10 races in the Historic Roswell Criterium. A full schedule of events can be found at www.roswellcyclingfestival.com.
“The Roswell Cycling Festival is an event that is meant to be attended by the entire family. It’s a great spring tradition in Roswell. The festival is the perfect time to get outside and support all the local businesses and gives us an opportunity to give back to the community that has supported us for 20 years,” said Craig Anderson, CFO for Hennessy Automobile Companies, which will include two of its 10 area dealerships in the presenting sponsorship, Hennessy Porsche North Atlanta in Roswell and Hennessy Jaguar North Point in Alpharetta.
The popular Roswell Mayor’s Ride will kick off the Festival for a 10th year at 8 a.m. on Sunday morning at Roswell Area Park. There are four ride options, a free family six-mile ride that has a police escort, as well as 20, 40 & 62-mile options. This gives cyclists of all abilities, from unicycles to recumbent and even beach bikes, the opportunity to take in the beauty of Historic Roswell along the tree-lined streets at a casual pace. Registered riders will be provided a VIP post-
post-ride lunch and viewing area for the criterium races with the Mayor. Many of the event sponsors will be part of the VIP area, including 24 Hours of Booty of Atlanta and New Belgium Brewing. All routes begin and end at Roswell Area Park (10495 Woodstock Road, Roswell, GA 30075). The Family 6-mile option is free. Registration is $40 for the 20 & 40 mile options for individuals and $45 for the Metric Century. Group discounts are available. More information can be found at www.bikeroswell.com.
A complimentary bicycle skills clinic will be hosted for a 13th year by the Kiwanis Club of Historic Roswell. Registration begins at 2 p.m. as part of the Roswell Cycling Festival expo, with the Kid’s Bicycle Safety Rodeo in the Roswell United Methodist Church parking lot on the corner of Mimosa and Magnolia. The children who participate in the rodeo will get to test their skills and speed from 5-5:50 p.m. on the criterium race course in the Kid’s Races presented by Moncrief Heating and Air Conditioning. This will be followed by a bicycle/tricycle parade.
There will be two areas along Canton Street with interactive displays and activities for families and children all day Sunday. The south end of Canton Street, between Norcross and Webb streets, will host one Expo Area and the Kid’s Zone, presented by Moncrief Heating & Air Conditioning. The north end of Canton Street, between Woodstock Street and Thompson Place, will host the New Belgium Beer Garden, the Bicycle Expo Area and a large-screen television showing live streaming from four camera positions on the course.
State of the art bicycles and accessories will be on display, and for sale, at the Bicycle Expo Area, managed by Roswell Bicycles and its vendors. Roswell Bicycles has been involved with the Roswell Cycling Festival and Roswell Mayor’s Ride every year since 2002. They are also selling $5 raffle tickets at the store for fans to win new bicycles, which include a Giant TCR Advanced 1 road racing bike ($3200 value), a Specialized Sirrus Elite fitness bike ($820 value), a Specialized Vita Elite fitness bike ($820 value), and a Raleigh Mountain Scout children’s bike ($330 value). Winners will be announced just before the men’s pro race on Sunday. Proceeds go back to Bike Roswell!, a non-profit 501(c)4 bicycle advocacy organization, to support the community.
Local youth and civic groups, as well as individual cycling fans, are encouraged to support the event as volunteers. Course marshals are needed along the critierum race course, as well as support for Bike Roswell with the Mayor’s Ride. Anyone interested in providing talent and time should fill out the online application (click here), or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.