This past weekend Getting It In Cyclists (GII) invited cyclists from all around to attend its inaugural cycling symposium, The Backyard Boogie in Prince George's County. GII embodied the real meaning of Fellowship, Food, and Fun with 3 days of cycling, eating, and fun activities.
Friday after registration the club kicked two conversation paced rides of 10 and 20 miles that was not without a challenge for those with a competitive spirit. This event was well supported by local business in the community that included food trucks and vendors to support the afternoon meal after the ride. The audience then became students as several of the local cyclists spoke about the future in cycling for the black and brown communities which covered casual cycling, mountain biking, racing and training for an overall cycling experience. Day one was concluded with more competitive individual and team challenges.
Saturday, cyclist from all around came to fellowship by joining one of several group rides ranging from 23, 45, 64 or 100 miles of cycling in Maryland filled with Refueling stations with SAG support. The cyclists returned close to the same time to support local food trucks and vendors while listening to several of the local DJ's spin the 1's and 2's. The Saturday event culminated with the handing out of awards from Friday's competition and Saturday segment leaders that were tracked while the "Let it Flow The Band" gave a live performance.
GII held the best for last on Sunday with the crème de la crème in working with USA Cycling to bring you licensed USA cyclists to compete in a Crit race amongst local cyclists. This was a treat for those who had never seen the professionals at the Air Force Classic or the Road National Championships in Hagerstown, MD.
Look for future fundraising, Bicycle Rodeo's and other rides like this to come to Northern Virginia in support of the Cycle 4 Life Foundation!