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Black Bike Week

This full week of advocacy, education and inspired riding will build awareness and highlight the growing Bike Culture and active cycling lifestyle in the Twin Cities African American community.

This first-time event includes family events for everyone and will showcase the wide range of cycling and bike-friendly destinations and events throughout the Twin Cities

African American cyclists have a long history of success on the world stage, starting with Major Taylor — the first African American World Champion — in 1899. Ayesha McGowan, the first African American woman Pro Cyclist, and Nelson Vails, the first African American Olympic Cycling Medalist, are Black Bike Week Ambassadors. Both riders will engage with event attendees throughout Black Bike Week.

Black Bike Week events:

  • July 13 — Major Taylor Club Ride/All Women’s Ride with Ayesha McGowan
  • July 14 — Nelson Vails/Black Bike Week Night at NSC Velodrome, Blaine Slow Roll Twin Cities from Wirth Park
  • July 15 — An evening with Nelson Vails. The Cheetah movie screening at the Capri Theatre
  • July 16 — Rondo Family Fun Ride with Nelson Vails
  • July 17 — Ride with Nelly, 50-mile ride

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Earlier Event: July 3
No Name Alleycat Race
Later Event: July 10
Open Streets Downtown