New England Bike-Walk Summit Returns to Providence in 2013
Advocacy Event Opens Cyclo-cross Weekend, Builders’ Ball at Biltmore Hotel
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Nov. 1, 2013) – The Providence Cyclo-cross Festival and the East Coast Greenway Alliance announced the return of the bi-annual New England Bike-Walk Summit on Friday, Oct. 4, 2013. The conference is one of several complementary events set to open the weekend of UCI competition at beautiful Roger Williams Park.
The Summit will be held at the prestigious Providence Biltmore Hotel in historic downtown Providence. The same venue will then host the Builder’s Ball, a handbuilt bike expo, that evening to showcase some of America’s great custom frame builders. The Friday events are coordinated as a partnership between the Festival and the East Coast Greenway Alliance. Organizers are also adding a silent auction of cycling art and memorabilia.
The Summit and Builders’ Ball are productions of the nonprofit East Coast Greenway Alliance and are fundraisers for bike route development.
“New England has such a vibrant bike culture, from its frame builders to its advocates to its touring clubs and its racing teams,” said Richard Fries, founder of the Providence Cyclo-cross Festival. “We are eager to bring them all together in one city for this amazing weekend.”
“We timed the Summit and Builders’ Ball to coincide with the Providence Cyclo-cross Festival, “ said Eric Weis of the East Coast Greenway Alliance. “Together these events provide a unique opportunity for athletes, racing fans, community activists, agency personnel, and bike geeks to interact.”
About the Providence Cyclo-cross Festival: The fifth annual Providence Cyclo-cross Festival will be held Oct. 4-6, 2013 at historic Roger Williams Park in Rhode Island. The event, part of the Shimano New England Professional Cyclo-cross Series, is one of just nine UCI Category 1 races in America. The event includes Friday clinics, the Builders’ Ball, and kids races. For more information visit www.providencecrossfest.com.
About the East Coast Greenway: The East Coast Greenway is a developing trail system, spanning nearly 3,000 miles as it winds its way between Canada and Key West, linking all the major cities of the eastern seaboard. More than 25 percent of the route is already on safe, traffic-free paths. The East Coast Greenway Alliance is the nonprofit organization spearheading trail development. See greenway.org for more information.
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