Bike Night at Union Station – May 26

Close out Bike Month with Bike Night at Union Station, hosted by Metro. This family-friendly event celebrates the bicycle as a mode of transportation with music, fun, and food. This year, bring the kids to practice their skills at a bike rodeo hosted by Walk ‘n Rollers, and at crafting stations hosted by Side Street Projects. Not just for kids, bring your helmet to decorate with CicLAvia and your cornhole skills to play for prizes at the Metro booth.

DJ Garth Trinidad of KCRW will provide tunes to groove to throughout the evening. Some of your favorite food trucks will be there too!

Interested in biking more but not sure about how? Learn about the resources coming to your community soon at Bike Night. Staff will be available throughout the event to talk to you about bicycle lanes, gear tips, safety, and upcoming classes and rides.

Bike Night is free and will feature special guests, entertainment, food and drink vending, prizes, and the faces of Los Angeles County’s bicycle community groups. Complementary bike valet will be provided.

 

 

Frogtown’s Spoke Bicycle Cafe Adds Beer and Wine to the LA River Experience

From LA.Eater.com

The onetime coffee stop and tuneup shop gets an all-day makeover

Frogtown’s shine continues with the reemergence of Spoke Bicycle Cafe. The once-quaint riverside outlet for coffee and a tune-up has become something much more, with a full lineup of beer and wine to complement an all-day menu.

As LA Weekly notes, the opening of the cafe space is happening today, under the direction of owners Laurie Winston and Rich Latronica. Laura Parsley-Gonzales is in as chef, following a stint at vegan Highland Park cafe Kitchen Mouse.

That means the food has a healthy-ish bent, with lunchtime bowls, a veggie burger, and morning tofu scramble. You’ll also find burgers, a full lineup of breakfast plates, plus coffee and drinks. The full daytime menu is below, and the restaurant plans to expand into full dinner hours in the coming weeks.

 

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Colorado’s new professional cycling race attracts 14 top pro teams

From Bizjournals.com

Colorado’s professional cycling race, which was shortened to four days and combined with a gated music and market festival, has attracted more than a dozen top international and domestic pro teams, organizers said today.

The re-invented professional cycling race, the Colorado Classic, has a field of 14 international and domestic pro teams including four World Tour teams to race in its four-day event in August.

The Colorado Classic will debut this summer as the new version of the state’s professional cycling race and replaces the USA Pro Challenge, which was a hugely popular seven-day race across the state, but lost money each of the five years of its existence. The race folded last year.

Colorado Classic is a four-day event with point-to-point racing, instead of the more than 600-mile stage race across that the Pro Challenge used.

And organizers have combined the race with a gated music and market festival, which will feature top bands and 200 vendors in the River North neighborhood. The race is Aug. 10-13 and will be in Colorado Springs, Breckenridge and Denver.

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Final stage opens to make Shikoku a ‘holy land for cyclists’

From Asashi.com

MATSUYAMA—Ehime Prefecture has opened a 1,000-kilometer loop cycling course that runs through Shikoku island, the final step in a campaign to make the prefecture a “holy land for cyclists.”

The prefecture estimates it will take cyclists 11 days to complete the route, which starts from and ends at the prefectural capital of Matsuyama.

“I will make every effort to establish the habit of moving around Shikoku on bicycles,” Ehime Governor Tokihiro Nakamura, wearing cycling gear, said in March about the opening of the course.

Shikoku is already home to attractive bicycle routes.

The 70-km Setouchi Shimanami Kaido course, which connects Imabari in Ehime Prefecture with Onomichi in Hiroshima Prefecture, was selected as one of the world’s seven most incredible bike routes by U.S. broadcaster CNN.

Cyclists hop from island to island in the Seto Inland Sea over seven bridges that provide spectacular views.

Although the four prefectures on Shikoku opened a cycling course in 2014, the latest loop route was developed by Ehime Prefecture alone by adding some scenic spots to the existing course.

 

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Peter Sagan Wheelie Tour of California

Peter Sagan is a true showman, and one of the best things about professional cycling.