Spring Bike Festival will take place in Moscow on 19 May to bring together two-wheeler fans of all ages. Cyclists will ride along Sadovoye Koltso in a long column. Guests will participate in various competitions.
The legendary Sadovoye Koltso cycling race will precede the festival. It is an against-the-clock race for cycling enthusiasts. Well-trained participants will ride 109 km (seven laps on the inside of Sadovoye Koltso), and those who just want to prove themselves will ride 47 km on the outside of the road.
This is a ticketed event. You may register online.
A ride for all
After the cycling race along Sadovoye Koltso, it will become available for all cyclists. Traffic will be blocked off, so even young cyclists may safely join the column. But children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
Guests and participants meet at 12:00 pm at Akademika Sakharova Prospekt, the race is to start at 01:00 pm.
Those who do not have their own bike may rent it at any bike-share station. Besides, on 19 May, Moscow and Moscow region residents will be allowed to carry their bicycles by train for free.
Kids aged 3 to 4 will enjoy the balance bike competition. It starts at 12:00 pm.
Food court and entertainment
Starting from 12:00 pm, Akademika Sakharova Prospekt will host Festival Town easily entered from three stations. It will offer an entertainment show on the central stage, contests with prizes and gifts, a food court and interactive areas.
The event will offer a freestyle show by the bike freestyle star Pavel Alyokhin and a street-art performance by an artist Pokras Lampas.
The festival is free to visit until 04:00 pm.
This bicycle festival is timed to the Year of Theatre held in Russia, so the organisers has announced a contest for the most unusual costume with a bicycle as a grand prix.
Before 18 May, participants are to post a selfie in the contest costume tagged #VeloTeatr in one of the social networks (Instagram, Vkontakte, Facebook or Twitter). The participants must follow the official accounts of the Moscow Cycling Festival.