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Thursday, September 3, 2015

Bike Racing and Food Trucks at Marin's CykelScramble Festival

Posted By on Thu, Sep 3, 2015 at 1:30 PM

click to enlarge Mike Woods of Optum Pro Cycling - CLIF BAR FACEBOOK
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  • Mike Woods of Optum Pro Cycling

Watching kids on bikes as they sped over dusty hills used to be an exhilarating group activity back in the day in my East Bay hood. Those bike kids were cool and fierce, and of course the first movers at break dancing (BYO cardboard!) and skate boarding in later years. An upcoming bike festival called CykelScramble at the Marin County Fairgrounds potentially offers some killer bike relay action, with the added bonus of tasty Off the Grid trucks, and a beer and wine garden with pours from Lagunitas Brewing Company and Clif Family Winery. An evening concert featuring Cold War Kids and Geographer will wrap up the day, and you can BYO blanket and lawn chairs. Insider tip: keep an eye out for the friendly yet often large birds that like to roam the grounds (feeding them is always a no-no).

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  • Marin County Bike Coalition

CykelScramble is CLIF Bar’s free “one-of-a-kind” bike relay race and festival on Saturday, September 26, inspired by founder Gary Erickson’s love of cycling. For the bike scene, organizers report that up to 60 racing teams will be broken into three categories based on their experience level: The Coasters, The Toasters and the Roasters (should be the fastest and most expert of the trio).

Single speed, cyclocross bike, garage relic and mountain bikes will zip and shred through a 0.6 mile mixed terrain obstacle course. Awards will go the top racers for the three levels, as well as for most spirit, best wipeout and biggest social media buzz — speaking to the share-it-online-now culture of our era and region. For those who pedal to the event, nab the title of VIP, which for this fest means Very Important Pedaler. Report to the bike valet hosted by the Marin County Bike Coalition for friendly service. There’s also a family-friendly mini-cycling track and climbing wall for all ages.

CykelScrambleSaturday,  Sept. 26, 11:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m., at the Marin County Fairgrounds, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. Free.

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