Beck Center Announces Second Annual Bike 4 Beck

Bike for Beck 2012. Michael Gill photo

Beck Center for the Arts and Connect to Beck (C2B) are proud to announce the second annual Bike for Beck bike ride and festival on Sunday, May 19th. C2B and the Beck are excited to build on last year’s triumphant success by offering even more music, food, art, activities, and other cycling-related fun.

The ride kicks off with registration between 8-10am in the front lobby at the Beck, where riders can also join in on warm-up stretch classes provided by the Lakewood YMCA. From there, riders can choose from 12-, 25-, and 60-mile routes through the beautiful Cleveland Metroparks and back to Beck.  At the conclusion of the ride, the Y will also offer a free cool-down yoga session, as well as a free Zumba dance fitness class. 

After the ride, riders are invited to stay for Beck Fest, an afternoon of events and activities celebrating the arts and arts education in the spirit of Beck's Community Festival. Visitors can check out all the programs the Beck has to offer at the Open House, which will include improv comedy and dance performances and much more. Cycling enthusiasts can also check out cycling art, and meet representatives from bicycle clubs and shops. 

On the entertainment front, last year’s favorites Fireside and the Revolution Brass Band will return to Beck Fest’s musical stage, joined this year by the Madison Crawl, Jerry Popiel, and Chris Hatton. This year Beck will also  introduce 216-BIKE, a bicycle team who will perform demonstrations of stunts and tricks throughout the day. 

Refreshments at Beck Fest come courtesy of local favorite food trucks Donutlab and Fired Up Taco Truck, and beer will be provided by Eddie and Iggy's. Snacks and water will also be provided at designated stands along the bike route.

Registration opens March 19th at a cost of $40 per distance rider. All proceeds will benefit arts education programs at the Beck Center for the Arts. Be sure to visit the Bike for Beck blog for more information over the coming weeks, including a journey along the route through photographs; profiles of bands, vendors, artists and clubs; and other updates and information at

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Volume 1, Issue 8, Posted 9:43 PM, 04.07.2013