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Fan Fitness: Atlanta Cycling Festival

Atlanta bicycle lovers can get their cycling on at the 2nd annual Atlanta Cycling Festival.

The weeklong event kicks off on June 11. Below are six must-do events at the festival provided by Access Atlanta.

 Kids Learn to Ride and Ride – Saturday, June 11 at 1:30 p.m.

Join the leaders of the “Cycle Atlanta” movement on a roughly 6-mile bike ride around central Atlanta’s bikeway network. Join Rebecca, Niklas, and Corny (The coolest parents on two wheels) as they host a kids learn how to ride a bike event, which will be followed by a short bike ride to practice their fresh biking skills. The ride will begin at Coan Park in Kirkwood, 1520 Woodbine Ave SE, Atlanta. For more information on the kid’s ride, visit www.atlantacyclingfestival.com/events/kids-learn-to-ride-and-ride.

Atlanta Streets Alive Sunday, June 12 at 4 p.m.

In tandem with the Atlanta Cycling Festival, 2.7 miles of Peachtree Street from Midtown to Downtown will be vehicle-free Sunday, June 12th as the Atlanta Streets Alive, an initiative of the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, opens those roadways completely to cyclists. The event kicks off with the Great Atlanta Bicycle Parade followed by more than 70 free cultural and physical activities for the whole family. For more information, visit http://www.atlantacyclingfestival.com/events/atlanta-streets-alive.

Beltline Mountain Bike Ride – Tuesday, June 14 at 7:00 p.m.

REI Atlanta will host this intense bike ride along BeltLine corridor that offers some amazing opportunities to get take a dirty ride right in the heart of the city. Instructors will lead the group along completed and unfinished portions of the BeltLine. Organizers describe this ride as ideal for the experienced bikers looking to see a new trail. The ride will begin at Piedmont Park Northwoods. For more information, visit www.atlantacyclingfestival.com/events/beltline-mountain-bike-ride.

3rd Annual Doughnut Ride – Friday, June 17 at 9:00 a.m. 

True to the “Doughnut Ride” name, this sweet trip will take you on a tour of Atlanta’s best doughnut shops. The ride will begin at Revolution Doughnuts, where riders will learn about and sample their favorite doughy treats. Once the doughnuts are consumed, riders will get a chance to burn off those calories on their way to Sublime Doughnuts for another indulgence. Not only does this allow you to enjoy your favorite food, but also your waistline will be spared in the process. Sounds like a win-win situation. For more info visit:

One Ride – Friday, June 17 at 6:30 p.m.

The Atlanta Cycling Festival promises that their second annual “One Ride” will be something worth seeing. Starting at various points around the city, riders will meet at one central hub “like the spokes on a wheel,” according to the festival’s website. Join several bike organizations all over Atlanta at 6:30 for a ride through various paths before meeting everyone involved at Grant Park at 7:15. From Grant Park, the ride will proceed to Eventide Brewing for a get together. Their goal: “Have all of Edgewood lined with bikes as far as the eye can see.” For more on this ride, visit www.atlantacyclingfestival.com/one-ride.

The Atlanta Night Market and Closing Party – Saturday, June 18 at 7 p.m.

The ACF will host its inaugural Atlanta Night Market — a bicycle inspired night market. Local artists, vendors and artisans will be on hand offering the bike community an array of goods to peruse goods while sipping an ice cold beverage and listening to tunes from the Sweet Auburn String Band. All the closing festivities will take place at the Historic Fourth Ward Skate Park. For more information, visit www.atlantacyclingfestival.com/events/the-atlanta-night-market.

For more information on the festival, visit www.atlantacyclingfestival.com.

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