On September 8-10, 2017, the largest annual cycling festival in the United States, NEOCycle (@NEOCycleCLE - #NEOCycle), was held in Cleveland at the Cleveland Metroparks (@CleveMetroparks) Edgewater Park, through the support of the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission (@CLESports)! This was my third year attending what has become a great Cleveland tradition!
Here is some additional information taken from part of the August 31, 2017, press release from the NEOCycle Press Kit:
NEOCycle’s The Hub at Edgewater Park driven by Subaru will be the epicenter for the nation’s largest urban cycling festival’s fourth annual event. During the weekend of Sept. 8 - 10, 2017, NEOCycle, presented by Ohio Savings Bank, a division of NYCB, will host a projected 12,000 attendees partaking in multiple outdoor lifestyle entertainment opportunities .
In addition to hosting four of NEOCycle’s six races & rides, attendees can rock out to live talent at Music Fest powered by IGS on Sept. 9 - 10 at The Hub at Edgewater Park. The festival recently announced Strand of Oaks as it’s official headliner . This Philadelphia - based band will be joined by local acts Carlos Jones and the Plus Band, Saintsenca, The Dorian Walker Experience and The Whiskey Hollow along with five other Ohio - based bands. The Music Fest band schedule is available here.
The Hub at Edgewater Park also boasts over 60 outdoor lifestyle vendors and local bike shops, art exhibits and activities, Cleveland’s hottest food trucks and craft beer from Platform Beer Co. NEOCycle participants can also explore their inner artist at the Wells Fargo Advisors Getaway Tent which features art - based activities, cooking demos and picnic tables. Additionally, The Pavilion presented by W.F. Hann & Sons displays hammocks and fire pits, creating a relaxing atmosphere . Miniature golf and life - size board games will also be available. Admission to The Hub and Music Fest are FREE and open to the public.
Read the full NEOCycle press release with even more details:
Due to other activities occurring this weekend (there is always so much happening in Cleveland!), I did not get to talk to as many people at the booths as I would have liked. I recommend reading my September 29, 2015, blog post Weekend Fun: NEOCycle & Cleveland Pops where I go into more detail about the organizations that are regularly represented at the event.
My goal for this blog post is to share my 83 @sos_jr tweets and retweets, which have photos and videos from the event, as my way of thanking the Cleveland Metroparks, the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, and the NEOCycle organizers for this fourth annual event!
You really have to experience this event firsthand, but I hope this will give you a taste of it so that you will want to go yourself next year!
Before NEOCycle Weekend
NEOCycle Weekend Begins!
NEOCycle started on Friday, September 8, 2017, but I missed the first evening's activities, since I was attending the Art Book & Zine Fair at MOCA Cleveland, and the Cleveland Museum of Art's MIX celebrating the new ArtLens Gallery. On Saturday, September 9, 2017, I attended the NEOCycle afternoon activities, before needing to leave early for an evening party.
Onsite registration and check in for preregistered riders is OPEN! 62 mile leaves at 8am, 31 at 9am, and the 10 at 10am. Come down & ride! pic.twitter.com/FPLZ9S0vg7— Bike Cleveland (@Bike_CLE) September 9, 2017
I arrive Saturday afternoon, September 9, 2017, at Edgewater Park and the NEOCycle event!
NEOCycle Weekend - Sunday, September 10, 2017
On Sunday, I attended the NEOCycle afternoon activities for a second day.
Grab some motivational posters at the registration tent to cheer on your riders!!!— NEOCycle (@NEOCycleCLE) September 10, 2017
Because "Hey random stranger, we're proud of you!" pic.twitter.com/bVZv9kMcHD
I arrive on Sunday afternoon, September 10, 2017, at Edgewater Park to see an incredible sight!
Sunday afternoon, September 10, 2017, at the NEOCycle event!
TOUCHDOWN CLEVELAND pic.twitter.com/IpD09uUa4e— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) September 10, 2017
It's a beautiful day in CLE!— Carlos Jones (@losplus) September 10, 2017
I would love it if you'd spend a couple hours with us celebrating life with music,... https://t.co/PklUgwUulN
September 10, 2017, After NEOCycle Weekend
As amazing as the NEOCycle Weekend was, what I find most interesting are the activities happening at Cleveland Metroparks Edgewater Park every weekend over the summer. See these tweets and then go visit the park in the summer to see for yourself!
After NEOCycle Weekend
Here are some additional tweets about the NEOCycle Weekend.
Thanks again for sharing about us!— Keep It Local CLE (@KeepItLocalCLE) September 12, 2017
I enjoyed attending my third NEOCycle weekend, and want to again thank the organizers and supporters for making it happen. I look forward to attending again in future years.