Bonedale Bike Week returns for 8th year
Bonedale Bike Week Schedule of Events
Monday, May 11, through Friday, May 15
7 a.m.: Free coffee for cyclists at 4th and Main
Monday, May 11
4 p.m.: Kids’ Bike Rodeo & Bikeathon at Carbondale Rec Center
7 p.m.: Spoke’n Word Slam at Carbondale Beer Works
Tuesday, May 12
8:30 p.m.: Bike-in Movie (“Caddyshack”) at the Third Street Center in the yard behind the Calaway Room
Wednesday, May 13
6:45 p.m.: Bonedale Bike Fustercluck at Roaring Fork High School
Thursday, May 14
5 p.m.: Biking Scavenger Hunt (bring your digital camera) at Aloha Mountain Cyclery
7:45 p.m.: Scavenger Hunt After Party at Aloha Mountain Cyclery
Friday, May 15
6:30 p.m.: The Finish Line, Grande Finale Party Extravaganza Super Fun Celebration at Roaring Fork Beer Company
Saturday, May 16
9:30 a.m.: Bonedale Bike Jam at Carbondale Bike park
Sunday, May 17
10 a.m.: Community Bicycle Tuning Day at Ace hardware parking lot at the corner of 133 and Main
Whether you want to partake in a two-wheel scavenger hunt around town, learn more about bike maintenance and safety or just find an excuse to bike to work, Bonedale Bike Week has an activity for you.
The 8th annual Bonedale Bike Week features more events than ever, with something different going on every day Monday through Sunday. Founder Tracy Wilson and planning committee member Morgan Williams both said the scavenger hunt is their favorite event.
“Everyone gets in costume, you race around town getting pictures, and then we have music afterward,” Williams said. “It’s goofy and very Carbondale.”
“A longtime favorite is the scavenger hunt,” Wilson said. “I think it’s a really neat way to discover new things about your town, and it’s a really lighthearted competition.”
Wilson started her first Bike Week in 2000 when she lived in Boise, Idaho. After moving to Carbondale in 2007, she decided to do a similar event there, and she said she was blown away by the community’s willingness to make it happen.
“When I moved here, the community support was overarching,” she said.
Wilson said her goal the first year of Bike Week was to create a cycling and commuter community by celebrating bikes for their transportation and recreational uses. Since then, the amount of events and participants has grown, and she hopes the strength of the cycling community has, too.
“I think we have such a strong cycling community already,” she said. “What Bike Week does is it takes this community and opens its arms to people who might not be in that scene yet.”
Williams said Bike Week isn’t just about celebrating the bicycle, but it’s about capturing the quirky spirit of Carbondale.
“The aspect of biking culture is there, but it also captures the craziness with the costumes,” he said. “It captures the creativity of Carbondale.”
It also has an open arms philosophy that focuses on making biking a fun activity for everyone, which may be the best part about it, Williams said.
“I got involved just by showing up to the events and having a great time,” he said. “It’s not for the pro bikers; it’s an event for the everyday biker.”
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