Calling all bike lovers: Pump up your bike tires, oil your bike chain and get ready for a weekend celebration of everything bikes at the fourth annual CycloMesa Unchained bicycle festival in downtown Mesa, April 10 thru 12.
Experience bike racing up close on Friday as cyclists race through the streets for the fast-paced El Tour Criterium. This year the event is host to the Arizona State Criterium Championships with the best of the best riders competing from around the state. Then stick around for the glow festival with a beer garden, local vendors, gourmet food trucks, live music…and lots and lots of lights.
Festivities continue on Saturday with the El Tour de Mesa. Celebrating its silver anniversary, the event is open to cyclists of all ages and abilities with a ride distance for everyone—choose from 6, 11, 28 or 70 miles.
“I’ve participated in the El Tour de Mesa the past four years and love the fun atmosphere,” says Mesa resident Kimmy Johnson. “The event is special to me because it travels around all of the areas that I love to ride in.” Johnson also loves what comes after the ride: the huge Kids’ Zone and Extreme Sports Zone with a zip line, bungee trampolines, rock wall, kids’ bicycle rodeo, BMX freestyle show, beer garden, custom bicycle competition, vendors, food truck alley and more.
“My kids loved the Kids’ Zone last year, climbing on the rock wall, eating snow cones and pedaling the one-mile fun ride,” says the mother of three. “We can’t wait to get back there this year!”
There’s more championship criterium racing on Sunday, plus Mesa’s own “Amazing Race,” aka the Mesa Adventure Cycling Challenge. This fun event requires teams to solve clues, complete challenges and, best of all, ride their bikes from destination to destination enjoying Mesa’s great bike lanes and multi-use paths.
It’s three days of endless biking fun! Get all of the details at CycloMesa.com.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Friday, April 10 / 2 pm–10 pm
› El Tour Criterium: Races start at 2 pm
› Glow Festival Party in the Streets: 4–10 pm
Saturday, April 11 / 6:15 am
Holualoa Companies El Tour de Mesa race starts
Saturday, April 11 / 10 am–2 pm
› Extreme Sports Zone
› BMX stunt show
› Zip line
› Bicycle rodeo
› Banner Children’s Kids’ Zone
› Adult fun zone
› Custom bicycle competition
Sunday, April 12 / 7 am
El Tour Criterium races start
Sunday, April 12 / 10 am–2 pm
› Kids’ Zone
› Adult fun zone
Sunday, April 12 / 10 am–1 pm
Mesa Adventure Cycling Challenge