The Best Bike Events
The overwhelming interest in Melbourne’s first night ride, Ride the Night, got the team here at Good Cycles thinking about other interesting bike rides and bike related events that take place around the world. We had heard of a few but just a little digging turned up some amazing things.
We have all heard of Parkour – the Parkour ride borrows that pursuit’s affection for parking buildings. The event is open riders on all kinds of bikes with the two riders racing a special circuit up and down a multi-storey car park in a bid to be crowned the winner. A bit cool, a bit edgy – we’re happy and unsurprised to see our friends at Knog have a hand in this.
World Naked Bike Ride
Bare as you dare is the tagline for the World Naked Bike Ride, which is held internationally and is the biggest naked protest event in the world. Rides take place in cities and towns across the planet and though clothing is optional helmets and sunscreen are essential. It is pitched as being a way of bringing attention to the vulnerability of cyclists – why you need an excuse, we don’t know.
If you would prefer to dress up, rather than down, there are Tweed rides run the world over attracting vintage bike aficionados and revelers dressed in their finest tweed and period costume. The Melbourne Tweed ride is run by our very good friends at The Squeaky Wheel. Step back in time to when cycling kit meant woolen garments and the world moved at a more civilized pace.
Hardcourt Bicycle Polo world championship in 2015
Hardcourt Bike Polo is quite simply Polo played on a bike and next year will see Timaru in New Zealand play host to the Hardcourt Bicycle Polo World Championships. Why Timaru? That is a very good question to which there is no doubt a reasonable answer – which you can find and post in the comments.
Cycle Messenger World Championships
Next year Melbourne will host the 23rd Cycle Messenger World Championships, which is considered the ultimate urban cycling competition. The championships will see bike messengers from across the planet battle it out in a variety of events to determine who is the best. Get down to the Championships from April 2 – 6 2015 and support the Australian Messengers as the take on the worlds best.
Good Cycles be there as mechanical support – we can’t wait. While this event will attract the hardest of the hard core from across the world – it wil also be agreat party. What better city to host it than Melbourne?
If glow sticks, your bike and a dance party sound like your cup of tea you should get yourself to Vancouver for the annual Bike Rave. Vancouver’s streets light up with glowing bikes as event goers get creative and deck their bikes out with glow sticks, EL wire, bike lights and everything else shiny or blinking.
Known as a glowtastic mobile dance party on wheels the event has scheduled stops along the route for people to mingle and dance to the custom made 5 hour mix of music that accompanies the riders along the way.
The Tour de Donut
Yes, you read that right. Tour de Donut is an annual race held in Ohio where your ability to eat donuts is just as important as your ability to ride fast. The event is a mass start timed ride where for every donut the rider eats (and keeps down) they receive a 5-minute deduction from their ride time.
The race has three distances each with a differing number or donut stops:
- The 64-mile course where riders visit 4 donut stops
- The 32-mile course where riders visit 2 donut stops
- The 15-mile mini where riders visit 1 donut stop.
If you are a lover of donuts and riding you should get yourself to Ohio in September. Training should include a Krispy Crème VIP membership – assuming such a thing exists.
Bicycle balloon race
Hot air balloons and bicycles have been teaming up since 2007 for the annual Bicycle Balloon Race. The event sees a hot air balloonist and a rider team up to win the race, which involves the bike and the rider being taken up in the balloon and dropped at a location some distance away where the rider must race their way back to the starting location.
Bicycle film festival
The Bicycle Film Festival was started as a way to celebrate the bicycle through artistic mediums like music, art and film. The festival has events scheduled in cities around the world drawing more and more attendees each year to the screenings of films from both established and emerging filmmakers.