Thousands turn out for Cyclebration

Cycling festival attracts more than 5,000 in third year
By: Laura Newell Telegraph Staff Writer
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More than 2,000 participants rode out to partake in the third annual Folsom Cyclebration. The family friendly bicycle weekend provided cycling from morning to night for locals and visitors. Marieke Derijke, 31, of Roseville, rode in the Gold Rush Century, Metric race. “It was great, very beautiful” Derijke said. “It was hilly and kind of tough, but very well organized with rest stops and things. Next year we’ll definitely do it again.” While the event is a fun family happening, it is also an economic boon for Folsom. “It takes a while to grow an event, and we are committed to this event,” said Robert Goss, Folsom parks and recreation director. “Our move from our festival location at Negro Bar State Park to Folsom City Lions Park was the right thing.” He said, in total, approximately 5,000 people attended the event with live music and 60 different vendors. Erin Gorrell owns Folsom Bike in Folsom and was a vendor at the event. “It’s going really well,” Gorrell said. “It’s made a big difference having it in the park this year. We’ve had a lot of really steady traffic.” Local merchants also benefited from the event. Karen’s Bakery in the Historic District was a high traffic area for riders. The bakery offered extended hours for the event including staying open on Sunday. “It definitely helps that the start/finish line is so close to our business,” said Amanda Biasi, the bakery’s manager. “We like (the event) and enjoy it because a lot of our clientele are cyclists. So, we like that we have an event that benefits our customers.” Bicycles Plus, next door to Karen’s Bakery, also benefited. The store not only sponsored a couple racing teams, they also helped supply riders with needed supplies and repairs. “We will have a lot of traffic and fix a lot of flats, but mostly, we will benefit from customers long term,” said Leej Hinge, an employee at Bicycles Plus in Folsom. He said racers in the event will travel from all over Northern California and local shops gain the benefits. “It’s a special thing for us,” Hinge said. “This is the last big race of the season in Folsom. It’s a big deal for the local racing community.” City officials hope to continue to offer the event in the future. “It has taken us a few years to prove to people that this is a worthy event here,” Goss said. “We know our Folsom residents love community festivals.” Some tourists were met with unexpected street closures. Scott Holbrook, of Auburn, said closing down the streets was a bad idea. He visited the Historic District on Sunday and ate lunch at one of Sutter Street’s eateries. “Whoever thought closing down the town for a bike race should pay every employee and shop owner for the loss of (money),” Holbrook wrote on his Facebook page. “It was like a ghost town. All the parking lots were empty. … Traffic was terrible.”