Oak Bay Cycling Festival Heading Under Cover

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September 28, 2013, Oak Bay, BC – Due to weather concerns, Sunday’s second annual Oak Bay Bike Festival is moving indoors from Willows Beach to the Oak Bay Recreation Centre at 1975 Bee Street… and becomes Victoria’s first-ever indoor cycling festival!

While organizers have to postpone several elements (community ride, mini-cyclocross course and AFD’s airbag) until next year, the architecture/history/art/food community bike tours will continue and all other activities will take place at the indoor sports field from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.:

• trials course with obstacles to challenge your skills
• Oak Bay Police Rodeo
• John Webster Champion trials rider’s awesome demonstrations and tricks
• bike skills workshops
• bike safety checks
• bike tune ups, courtesy of Oak Bay Bikes, Marty’s Mountain Cycles, and Fairfield Bikes
• bike fitting demo, courtesy of Barb Bialokoz Physio
• exhibits from local bike shops and community groups
• architecture/history/food/art tours (see below)

All participants are asked to follow the signs to enter the recreation centre at the north east corner. It would be helpful if cyclists bring something to dry off their bike & tires before bringing it into the facility.

BIKE TOURS WILL CONTINUE

For the hardy cyclists, the history, architecture, food and art tours will run as planned as the festival’s motto is “No bad weather, only bad clothes”. A detailed map with information on all tour stops will be available for cyclists at the introductory session. Tour participants will receive a facility pass for a post-ride sauna or hot tub, so bring a swimsuit and towel!

Introductory tour talks will be led by local experts at 11 a.m. in the Oak Bay Recreation Centre small lounge upstairs. The history and architecture tours will be guided: the architecture tour will be led by Adam Fawkes of HCMA architects (with colleague Steven Meldrum) while the history tour will be led by Ben Clinton-Baker, historian and member of Oak Bay’s heritage advisory committee.

The food and art tours are self guided: Pam Grant (food writer for “Tweed” magazine) will introduce the food tour, while the participating artists will meet cyclists at their studios. A detailed map with information on all tour stops will be available for cyclists at the introductory session.

For more information call 250-595-7946 or visit www.oakbay.ca/parks-recreation for more information.

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