Winston-Salem Cycling Classic Adds More Kid-Focused Activities for 2019
Always a family-friendly treat, this year’s Winston-Salem Cycling Classic has made some big changes to its Sunday, May 26, lineup that will include bike fans of all ages.
The day kicks off at Shallowford Square in Lewisville, where the National Cycling Center (NCC) will host a free community festival from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. In addition to a bounce house, a fire truck and several local food trucks, Novant Health will also sponsor a kid’s bike rodeo and helmet fitting.
“Bike riding is a great activity for the whole family,” says Dr. Zach Sandbulte, a family medicine and sports medicine specialist with Novant Health. “But a poorly fitting helmet puts kids at risk for serious head injuries. Our helmet clinic will let parents explore several different types of helmets to see what fits their child best. Plus, we’ll discuss tips to help make sure the helmet is snug and secure.”
The bike rodeo will give youth the opportunity to test drive bicycles of different types and sizes, including mountain bikes and road bikes. Instructors will also be on hand to help teach children how to ride a bike and educate all participants on the “rules of the road.”
“Our course will give riders the opportunity to test several scenarios and learn how to navigate them safely,” says Michael Hosey, director of community engagement and youth outreach for the NCC. “For example, children will learn how to ride alongside cars; how to start, stop and scan for hazards; and common hand signals cyclists use to communicate with drivers.”
Taking It to the Streets
Sunday’s event will also feature the return of the Fondo, an exciting 58-mile ride with cycling celebrities Bob Roll, Phil Gaimon and Robbie Ventura. And new this year, organizers have added shorter 12-mile and 31-mile “Fundo” options.
“A Fondo is a really fun cycling experience,” Hosey explains. “But the course can be challenging for families or leisure riders. Our two Fundo rides will offer the same excitement and camaraderie as the Fondo event but at a slower, easier pace and shorter distance.”
Registration fees for all rides will benefit the National Cycling Center. To sign up, visit www.WinstonSalemCycling.com.