Potlucks, death-defying trail and road rides, minibike challenges, a prestigious singles championship and a fierce bake-off. And this is just Day No. 1.
Pedal 4 the People is the Treasure Valley's newest summer bike festival. The event, sponsored by Boise Bicycle Project, is a two-week, DIY fest that welcomes bike enthusiasts of any shape, size or state of mind.
The festival is built on engagement at a community and organizational level. Other than events planned by BBP and other cycling groups, citizens have organized bike polo tournaments, fixed-gear trick contests, and the Franken48 event, where participants have 48 hours to build the most ridiculous, two-wheeled nightmare they possibly can.
The Helladrome race on Friday, June 10, in the armory parking lot will offer a great introduction and kick-off for P4theP. This race is described as "velodrome + criterium + cyclecross," and also features a funny bike challenge, in which the only criteria is that your ride be a 20-inch or smaller kids bike.
BBP is donating all proceeds to its Biking for Buying the Building campaign, but all event coordinators have free reign over where their donations and acquired funds are attributed.