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In It Together Fest and Alleycat

In It Together Fest Alleycat flyerIn It Together Fest (InFest) is a celebration of underground art, music, and activism throughout DC, running from July 31–August 3. It’s four days of shows, workshops, and activism; occurring in DC’s homes, basements, and other non-commercial creative spaces. And on Day Three of InFest, there’s also a kickass alleycat!

The InFest Alleycat is like a tour de DIY. The race will guide riders to the city’s myriad creative spaces—checkpoints at community-built skateparks, house venues, graffiti havens, art trails, etc. Along the way, checkpoint tasks will encourage riders to participate in creative expressions.

Check out www.infestdc.org

Fyxation Open Fixed Gear Criterium

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Move over alleycat, track criteriums have taken over, and the next chance to race track bikes around hairpins is at the Fyxation Open in Chicago on July 26. Men’s and women’s races will take place in downtown Chicago as a part of the Intelligensia Cup Prairie State Cycling Series.

“Back in the day, fixed gear road racing was a bike racing staple with classic events like the 50 mile Elgin to Chicago race,” said Intelligentsia Cup co-founder and former U.S. professional criterium champion Tom Schuler. “We are excited to host this high-energy form of bike racing, once again reminding us that everything old is new again.”

The fixed gear races will be held on the same course as the Chicago Criterium and is open to all classes; equipment check will be required on the day of the race. Standard rules apply: track bikes with drop bars and no freewheel or brakes. Cash, prizes and race primes from Fyxation, All City Cycles, Chrome, Nutcase and Abus.

Fyxation Open Fixed Gear Street Crit

Fyxation_Open_11x17_Flier_2048x2048 Fixed gear street crits have become quite the hit. Crossing over from alleycat to more official street racing, these races have been gaining in popularity and attracting riders from across the country to compete and July 26th brings the Fyxation Open to Chicago. An unsanctioned event held alongside a more official-like crit, it will be interesting to see how lap times compare. Fixed gear, drop bars, no brakes, and a $300 and Fyxation Eastside bicycle first prize. 75 rider limit, $30 to register at www.bikereg.com.

Bike Jerks 2014 All City Championship

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ACC_2014_Poster_REV Three days of event — track, cross, alleycat — await at the 2014 All City Championship July 10-12 in Minneapolis. See more at www.bikejerks.com

Indianapolis Mayor’s Bike Ride

MayorBallardBikeRide_May2013_finalI may be a little too Indy-centric at times, but it’s hard not to when our city government hosts events like the Mayor’s Bike Ride. Cyclists in Indy have been pretty ecstatic about our mayor’s promotion of bike amenities and events for good reason, so when he started hosting the Mayor’s Bike Ride, people turned out in mass. The ride takes place a few times each year and no matter the weather, the turnout is quite large for an urban ride. It helps that the mayor joins in and the police guide the group, but the ride is a success by any measure.

The next ride takes place Saturday, June 7th. The first 200 registered riders get a free t-shirt and food and prizes are available to everyone.

Friday the 13th Alleycat in San Antonio

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friday Friday the 13th is always a good excuse for a race — San Antonio doesn’t disappoint. bikebexar.tumblr.com

CMWC 2014 Mexico City Images from Juan Jose Mesa Sanchez

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CMWC 2014 is happening right now in Mexico City, with some great images surfacing as the events unfold. Pretty into this Flickr set from Juan Jose Mesa Sanchez, with more to appear as the weekend continues.

Tallin Bicycle Week 2014

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Tallinn Bicycle Week and Tour d’ÖÖ group rides are activities brought to life by a circle of bicycle aficionados in order to bring different bike lovers together,
grow “the pack” of cyclists on the streets of Tallinn and other Estonian cities and to cele­brate the bicycle as one of the greatest thought and action inspiring mechanisms ever invented. This is the fourth year, still completely independently run and financed at a grassroots level.

Happy Bike To Work Day

nbm-events-headerIt’s National Bike To Work Day, and although for most of us that means free bagels instead of a unique trip into work, it’s still something to celebrate. And as evidenced by this article on USA Today, biking to work has increased by 60% in the past decade. Admittedly, we still only account for less than 1% of all commuting forms, but give it time, and maybe a touch more climate change, and we’ll probably start to tip the scales.

During the years 2008-12, about 786,000 Americans commuted by bicycle, up from about 488,000 in 2000, the Census says. That jump is the largest percentage increase of all commuting modes tracked by the 2000 Census and the 2008-2012 American Community Survey.

FietsFest 2014

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FietsFest

The inaugural FietsFest will take place on May 24th in Rotterdam, a new, one day, cultural festival celebrating Dutch cycling culture in word, image and sound. Sounds like an event not to be missed if you are in that part of the world come late May, see more about the schedule and exhibition at www.fietsfest.nl

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