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Bicycle riders and beer drinkers will find refuge this Saturday at the inaugural Bicycles and Brews in Springfield. The event will be held at the downtown square and will feature live music, activities, a bicycle film festival, and, of course, cold beer.
Lori Tack with Ozark Greenways says the event is designed to raise awareness for the local cycling community, as well as local Greenway trails and on-street bike routes. So to start things off Saturday morning, there will be three separate group bike rides.
“One that will actually tour the Link - from downtown to Doling Park and back, using the Link – with some of the people who actually developed it. So if people are interested in asking questions, those are some great people to go with. Then there’s a longer bike ride, that turns into a mountain bike ride with a club called MORC, Midwest Off Road Cyclists. Then Springbike, another bike club, will be doing a road ride in the morning,” Tack said.
Vendor booths, live music, and tricycle races will fill the downtown square in the afternoon, and viewers will also get a chance to see a BMX stunt competition in the evening.
The Gillioz Theater will feature the Bicycle Film Festival starting at 3pm, showcasing the best in bike related short films. Founding Director Brendt Barbur says Springfield is the smallest city to ever host the Bicycle Film Festival, which this year features Director Benny Zenga’s film “Line of Sight,” about filmmaker Lucas Brunelle and his ten years of footage at various bicycle messenger races across the globe. Barbur says he’s excited to bring the festival to Springfield, and says he hopes its bicyclists are excited to see Lucas Brunelle in action.
“He’s crazy. He grew up in Martha’s Vineyard, and hangs out with street riders from all across the world. He’s a computer geek by day, and a street rider at night. He’s pretty crazy. The one thing that I can say [about the film] is that it’s all for real, and you’ve never seen anything like it unless you’ve seen a trailer on YouTube,” Barbur said.
Click the links above for more information on Bicycles and Brews and the Bicycle Film Festival.
For KSMU News, I’m Samuel Crowe.