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Cyclebration inspires families to ride

Cycling extravaganza drew thousands from throughout California
By: Laura Newell, Telegraph Correspondent
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A drizzly day in Folsom made for perfect weather at the second Cyclebration event in Folsom over the weekend.
The three-day bicycle experience included 13 events geared around mountain bike, road bike and racing around the trails and lakes in Folsom.
A Cyclebration festival and cycling expo took place at Negro Bar State Park on Saturday where more than 150 event participants and numerous area residents, families and visitors came to enjoy food, music and 46 local vendors.
Event participants of all ages, skill levels and cycling knowledge said they enjoyed Saturday’s events and being able to end their day at the festival with live music and food.
“I just started riding a week ago and I’m an enthusiast now … this is awesome and a lot of fun,” said Kathy Zimmerli, owner of Best Cookies in Folsom. She also participated in the Lake Natoma Cruiser Ride on Saturday. “This would have been the last thing I would have thought I would do, but I love it.”
Folsom Area Bike Advocates (FABA), a Folsom chapter of Sacramento Area Bike Advocates (SABA), provided free bicycle parking at the festival.
“Today (Saturday) we have parked over 200 bikes,” said Bob Ehardt, 46, FABA member.
Many families came out on Saturday to participate in family events including the Folsom Trails Family Treasure Hunt, Lake Natoma Cruiser Ride, Gold Rush Metric Century ride, Half Metric Century ride and the festival.
“It was a fun family day,” said Leann Schumer who attended the event with her husband Bob and 3-year-old daughter Audrey.
“(Audrey) definitely loves it and now wants a little pink princess bike,” said Schumer, who participated in the Lake Natoma Cruiser Ride with her family.
Local and visiting cycle competitors also attended numerous events to both challenge themselves and train for future events.
Cycle enthusiasts and friends, Gary Betz, 51 of Rocklin, Larry Hansen, 54 or Folsom, Jamie Lee, 53 of Sacramento, Molly Greene, 40 of Sacramento, Melanie Boxall, 35 of Roseville, Allen Boxall, 43 of Roseville, and Brian Johnson, 47 or Elk Grove, all participated in the 71-mile Gold Rush Metric Century ride on Saturday.
The group said that while this is an expensive hobby, it also is rewarding.
“You can get a lot of exercise without killing your knees,” said Johnson. “The slopes (in the Gold Rush Metric Century ride) are about 12 percent, so this is a real challenge that trains us for other events.”
Another cycle enthusiast, Teresa Brown, used the event to spend time with her daughter Annie, 6, and pet dog Rosie.
The two rode a tandem bicycle in the Folsom Trails Family Treasure Hunt, and let Rosie ride up-front in a bicycle basket with a ventilated cloth laundry bag tied safely around her.
“The Family Treasure Hunt was paced just right,” Brown said. “There is enough hands-on stuff to do to keep kids interested; and there is enough information for parents and adults to learn about places to ride in Folsom.”
Brown moved to Folsom in 1977 and rode competitively in high school.
“The weather was just beautiful; we kind of hesitated this morning because of the rain, but came out and really enjoyed it,” Brown said.

Check out the Telegraph's photo gallery of Cyclebration 2009.