PROVIDENCE, RI (BRAIN) — Organizers are declaring success after last week's Providence Cyclo-cross Festival which featured an expanded list of activities, from a gran fondo to a framebuilder's ball complementing the traditional UCI 'cross racing lineup.
Next year's edition of the three-day event has been tentatively scheduled for Oct. 3-5. The festival is held at Providence's historic Roger Williams Park.
This year's slate of activities included Friday's bi-annual New England Bike/Walk Summit, where League of American Bicyclists president Andy Clarke delivered the opening speech. More than 200 advocates from across the region attended. Later Friday, the sold out Builder's Ball attracted 535 attendees and 22 bike and accessories manufacturers. A highlight was the first public debut of Saratoga Frameworks' new models.
Racing and racing clinics also began Friday. The day's events included an unusual cyclocross Madison event, wth 36 teams of two riders.
Saturday's racing included a lap in honor of pro Amy Dombroski. The young Vermont native was killed in a tragic accident in Belgium only a few days earlier. Sunday's Gran Fondo New England attracted 200 riders, who were led out by New Englander Ted King of the Cannondale Pro team.
More information: www.providencecrossfest.com.