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Annual cycling festival returns April 27
One of largest in country

by Jonathan Copsey

April 21, 2014

Members of the cycling team Novo Nordisk (in white), Roswell Mayor Jere Wood, center, and Bike Roswell President Tom Erdmanczyk (in green) show off their presenting sponsor of the Roswell Cycling Festival, Hennessy Automobile’s Jaguar and Porsche cars.JONATHAN COPSEY/Staff.
ROSWELL, Ga. The Roswell Cycling Festival returns for its 13th year as a spring tradition with a full day of bicycling-themed activities for the entire family, along with fast and furious racing for elite athletes.

On Sunday, April 27, Canton Street in historic Roswell comes alive with the two-wheeled fun. This year's Roswell Cycling Festival, presented by Hennessy Automobile Companies and Roswell Bicycles, features the Roswell Mayor's Ride, Kids' Bicycle Safety Rodeo, Kids' Zone, Bicycle Expo and 10 races in the Historic Roswell Criterium.

Bike Roswell has promoted cycling education in the city for years, said president Tom Erdmanczyk. This is the first year Bike Roswell has been in charge of organizing the event.

"We see this as a family festival that introduces the citizens of North Fulton to a professional level of cycling," he said.

Roswell is recognized as an official Bicycle Friendly Community, one of 300 in the country, and was the first in Georgia with the honor. Bike Roswell helped attain that status.

"We have several rides a year," said Erdmanczyk. "We want to introduce more people to cycling and get more people on bikes."

The Roswell Cycling Festival is a full day of family-friendly activities and cycling events. It has entertained more than 60,000 spectators since it began in 2002. Bicycle races are contested by elite and nationally ranked men, women and juniors, taking place from 10 a.m. to 7:15 p.m. with the Historic Roswell Criterium. These races are sanctioned by USA Cycling, and have attracted more than 8,000 junior and adult cyclists. This year's Historic Roswell Criterium is part of the USA CRITS Speed Week, six races in six Southeastern cities offering the biggest prize purse in American Criterium racing of $125,000. Live streaming of the Historic Roswell Criterium races will be broadcast at usacrits.com.

For more information on race times and events at the festival, visit www.roswellcycling festival.com.

Roswell Cycling Festival

Sunday, April 27

Roswell Mayor's Ride 8 a.m. to noon

USA Cycling amateur races 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Kids' Zone presented by Moncrief Heating and Air 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Kids' Bicycle Safety Rodeo managed by Historic Roswell Kiwanis 2 to 5 p.m.

Kids' races presented by Moncrief Heating and Air 5 to 5:30 p.m.

Women's pro race 4 to 5 p.m.

Men's pro race 6 to 7:15 p.m.

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