Greater City Providence

Providence Cyclocross Festival

Providence Cyclocross
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This weekend Interbike’s Outdoor Demo East returns to Roger Williams Park, this year featuring the Providence Cyclocross Festival!

On Thursday and Friday, the event is open to industry people only, but on Saturday and Sunday (8 am – 5 pm) the public is welcome to peruse (and ride!) the 2010 offerings of dozens of major bike manufacturers, as well as visit with local and national nonprofits which are working to make our city, state, and country more bicycle and pedestrian friendly.

This is the only event of its kind in the US, and you’ll see everything: high-end road bikes and mountain bikes, cross bikes, BMX, recumbents, comfort bikes, etc.

On Saturday and Sunday there will also be a series of cyclocross races – one of the most fan-friendly sports around. Only $10, under 12 is free.

In conjunction with the event, there will be parties downtown:

  • Friday night will see a “bike-in” movie at Waste Not Want Not (232 Westminster St), doors open at 7 pm.
  • Waste Not Want Not will also host a Saturday night party featuring roller races (if you don’t know what this us, you DEFINITELY must come) and a bike-centric raffle with prizes including a brand-new fixie courtesy of Legend Bicycles. Live music too!

Each event has a fundraising component benefiting these four local bike advocacy nonprofits:

If you’re interested in biking to the event, the PBC will be hosting Bike Trains, and there will be a bike valet service available, too.


Matthew Coolidge

Matthew Coolidge is co-founder of Greater City Providence. In addition to the occasional blog post about cycling, sailing, or urban rant, he works as an Electrical Engineer, often traveling to major cities and ports around the globe, or simply Warwick.

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