WEEKEND STUFF

FRIDAY


BikeRoParty 3.25 » Party at Bikerowave! Friends, music, bike tools and tacos. 8pm into the night.

Fixed Gear Fest » Kicking off the Long Beach Bike Festival weekend. A big block party full of fixed gear fun. Lots of trick comps, goldsprints, DJs, food, vendors, live music (FUNDERSTORM) and a tricycle race with Long Beach City Council members. First Street in the East Village from 6pm to 11pm.

SATURDAY


Bike Polo Friendlies » Long Beach Bike Fest will be hosting a big bike polo tournament. Up to 27 teams will face off in this day-long tournament from 10pm to 7pm. Located on the Promenade North of Broadway right next to the beer garden (cuz we all know what kind of people play bike polo, right).

Cruisin’ The Conejo » The 26th annual edition of this beautiful supported ride through Southern California country. Starting from Thousand Oaks with 6 different routes to choose from.

Eric Kautzky Memorial Track Race » Get your Northwest racing gear on. The racing season at Alpenrose Velodrome up in Portland is starting up. Proceeds from this event go to the Eric Kautzky Memorial Scholarship Fund at Tigard High School. Also, this is a qualifying event for Hellyer’s American Velodrome Challenge.

Gold Sprints » A tournament presented by Keirin Cycles to benefit Crystal Ruiz-Mills. Down in Florida at 7pm.

Horse Cycles Open House » Frame builder Thomas Callahan’s Horse Cycles is having an open house and neighborhood block party in Brooklyn with welding demos. 12pm-8pm.

Long Beach Grand Prix » The centerpiece of the Long Beach Bike Fest. A 6-corner, 0.83-mile crit course with a 230-meter straight sprint just before the finish line. Over $1,600 in the purse plus tons of primes. This is a high-profile event and I expect all the fields to be sold out. You can bet this race will be a good show. Long Beach is doing it right.

Polomania! » Another big bike polo tourney. This one is in Amsterdam. Competition is from 10am to the end with an afterparty at Mediamatic.

Tour Of Long Beach » A 30-mile fundraiser ride for Miller Children’s Hospital. Guess what. It’s also a part of the Long Beach Bike Fest. Ride starts at 8am.

Valley Preferred Cycling Center’s Spring Flea Market » T-town’s famous flea market is back for more. This is one of the largest cycling-specific flea markets in the country. Find that part you’re looking for here between 8:30am and 2:30pm.

SUNDAY


4th St. In Motion » The epic Long Beach Bike Fest continues with this family-friendly alternative transportation event. Lots of people, lots of bikes, lots of music and lots of stuff to do. It’s like Burning Man only different.

Paramount Grand Prix » The 2010 SCNCA Masters Criterium Championships taking place in Dominguez Hills. Don’t dismiss them as just some old guys. Masters racers are some of the fastest beasts in cycling and definitely the most competitive field in racing.

ALL WEEKEND


Giro d’Italia » The first Grand Tour of the year starts this weekend and continues for the rest of the month. You can catch coverage on Universal Sports… or on Eurosport if you’re in Europe.

Long Beach Bike Festival » Hey, have you heard about this thing called the Long Beach Bike Fest? I know I’ve already posted most of the main events up above but there’s definitely a lot of other events going on like a film festival, a fashion show, a cargo bike race and much more. I think it’s pretty rad that the City of Long Beach is putting all this together and I applaud them. They recently made it to the 23rd place in Bicycling Magazine’s top bike-friendly cities in the U.S. and one can tell that they’re trying to get higher up on that list.

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