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Cyclebration set to kickoff Friday

By: Brett Ransford/Telegraph Correspondent
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Bicycling draws the professional riders, but the family events of the fourth-annual Folsom Cyclebration bring the festivities for everyone else. Hundreds of people will gather on Friday and Saturday Sept. 16-17 for three events hosted by the City of Folsom and local sponsors. The Fam Jam at Cummings Family Park on Friday Night kicks off Cyclebration. The Folsom Family Scavenger Hunt and the Cyclebration Festival and Cycling Expo run all day Saturday. Hundreds of people gathered at last year’s festival and Folsom City Lions Park will again gather music, food, vendors and bicycling demos. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. the Cyclebration Festival and Cycling Expo will feature local sponsors like Lockdown Brewing Co., Chicago Fire Pizza, Jamba Juice and more than 60 other vendors. Admission is free and includes access to a 40-foot rock climbing wall sponsored by Granite Arch, arts and crafts and a bounce house sponsored by Brighton Schools and various other family-friendly attractions. The Folsom Zoo Sanctuary is located next to Lions Park and will be open to families who want to stroll across the park and into the facilities. Lynne Gibboney, a recreation coordinator in charge of volunteers, vendors and sponsors at the event, is in her fourth year organizing Cyclebration with others from the City of Folsom. “It’s a great thing to have in the community because it’s a free festival,” said Gibboney. “Even people who aren’t into cycling can come to the festival and enjoy the entire day. It will be fun for anyone to come and sit in the shade, watch some cyclists go by and eat some great food.” Cycling events like the Cyclocross, mountain bike race from Folsom Prison and Gold Rush Century rides will begin and end at the expo. Brian Joder, the owner and events director of BicyclingEvents.com, is involved with all mountain bike events at Cyclebration and organizing the Kids and Adults Riding Trikes (K.A.A.R.T.) races on Friday evening. The Beer Garden and K.A.A.R.T. races feature four-person tag-team relay races using large, adult-sized big wheel tricycles. Races begin at 5 p.m. on Friday at Folsom City Lions Park and Rodeo Arena. Joder said for the more adventurous teams there will be BMX sidehack races as a finale. “The kids 11-and-under races will be for anything with 12-inch wheels or smaller,” said Joder. “Bikes, trikes and striders are just for fun events and sponsored by Lockdown Brewery. It should be a great fun way to kick off the weekend.” Registration for K.A.A.R.T. races is $5 on-site or $18 for a team if registered through BicyclingEvents.com. Families looking for a return event on Saturday can take part in the Folsom Family Scavenger Hunt at Lions Park at 10 a.m. as the festival begins. The City of Folsom and Folsom REI on Iron Point Rd. are hosting the event, which replaced the previous years’ event, the Family Treasure Hunt. Ryan Irwin, city of Folsom recreation coordinator, and Erin Harrington, REI outreach specialist, are in charge of retooling the event and its new style. Teams will be given a map and a list of clues and will be lead throughout Lake Natoma and Historic Folsom. Trivia and challenges at each station will earn participants “trinkets” and prizes from REI. “Helping to get families active and outdoors at events like Cyclebration and the scavenger hunt are something REI loves to be a part of,” said Harrington. “Events like the scavenger hunt are a great way to get children involved. [REI’s] role is to support the city and help run the event. We’re happy to be a part of it.” Check in begins at 10 a.m. at the REI booth in the middle of Lions Park. Cyclebration runs all weekend Sept. 16-18 and features nine different official USA Cycling events including the Road Bike Omnium and the Mountain Bike Stage Race. Cyclebration What: Community cycling event When: Friday through Sunday Where: Locations throughout Folsom including Cummings Family Park, Folsom City Lions Park. Info: folsomcyclebration.com