Cycle fest returns to Folsom

Third annual Cyclebration will offer something for everyone Sept. 10-12
By: Nick Pecoraro Telegraph Correspondent
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For those who’ve ever wondered what it would be like to zoom past the bear den inside the Folsom Zoo or race along the grounds of the historic Folsom Prison, Cyclebration will fill those needs. The Folsom City Recreational Department, along with numerous vendors, is putting on Folsom Cyclebration for the third straight year over the weekend of September 10-12 at Folsom City Lions Park. According to organizers, the cycling celebration will feature something for just about everyone. “We wanted to make this event to where an expert cyclist can race and, at the same time, ‘Joe Family’ could participate as well,” said Folsom City Recreational Supervisor Suzanne Linnane. Those seeking to participate won’t need to pedal all over for a single event. “I think the unique part of this event is that it’s very centralized,” she said. “Most cycling events hold one race that you have to travel to and that’s it. We have all kinds of events going on in one location.” There are 13 events throughout the weekend, kicking off Friday with a pair of timed trial runs to test your personal best time as well as the family-oriented Fam Jam at Cummings Park, featuring top BMX pros getting “tricky” for some quality entertainment. “Last year, my 9-year-old son got to see the Fam Jam and it was the highlight of his weekend,” recalls Lynne Gibboney of El Dorado Hills, who is also the Recreational Coordinator for the Folsom City Park and Recreation Department. “The BMX pros really make themselves available to the kids and invite them to come ride and interact with them throughout the event. It’s really great.” Saturday looks to be the busiest day. Eight events will occupy a huge festival and cycling expo, featuring more than 50 vendors, food, drinks, live music and prize raffles. The events vary from an intense Cyclocross to a casual Cruiser Ride along Lake Natoma to a Family Treasure Hunt that encompasses various historical points of Folsom. Two all-ages races will wrap up the weekend on Sunday — the Two Bridges Circuit Race (spanning across Lake Natoma Crossing as well as the Rainbow Bridge) and the Race from Folsom Prison. The latter race will indeed allow registered riders to zip around the Folsom prison grounds as well as through the Folsom Zoo where spectators can watch along the bear and deer observatories. “The race from the prison is going to be absolutely fantastic,” exclaimed Brian Joder, coordinator and promoter for all of Cyclebration’s mountain biking events. Spectators are not allowed on the prison grounds, according to organizers. It’s only for the cyclists. “This will be a great once a year chance to ride these trails and I think the racers will be left wanting more and waiting for next year,” Joder said. For more general info or registration details, visit