More than 100 cyclists attend Cyclovia Topeka kickoff event

More than 100 cyclists took part in the Glow Ride, Cyclovia’s kickoff event, Friday night at the Kansas Statehouse. (J.C. Reeves/The Capital-Journal)

Cyclovia Topeka, the city’s annual cycling festival, kicked off Friday night with the Glow Ride, “a roving bicycling party, at night, with lights.”


More than 100 people met at the Kansas Statehouse for the event, which included a Kid’s Glow Ride — featuring live music from Kyler Carpenter — where kids and their parents made laps around the Capitol building and a family-friendly, 61/2-mile ride from the Capitol to Washburn University and back. Visit Topeka, Inc., provided glow sticks for riders to hold or attach to their bikes.

“We just thought it would be something fun to do in the evening,” said Rosa Cavazos, Visit Topeka’s director of tourism development. “Seeing, you know, 100-plus people riding their bikes at night with their glowsticks and lights and things, we just thought it would be a great, fun way to kind of kick off the event.”

The Glow Ride went well last year, drawing just over 100 people, so Cavazos knew she needed to bring it back for 2017.

“It was very well received our first year, so of course we had to do it again,” Cavazos said. “Because of the first year we have a couple of the bike groups have taken off and done some of their own rides as well that have kind of kept going throughout the year from last year.”

Cyclovia continues at 7:30 a.m. Saturday with various events taking place throughout the day, and ends Sunday with a 50-mile excursion ride for advanced cyclists. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, vendors, food trucks and various bicycle displays will be available for people to enjoy along Kansas Avenue.





7:30 a.m. — Yoga | Lava Yoga leads a morning yoga practice, Visit Topeka visitor center parking lot, 618 S. Kansas Ave.

8 a.m. — Breakfast ride | A moderate ride through Oakland, beginning at 7th and Kansas, to Billard’s Landing Cafe. Bring cash.

10 a.m.-2 p.m. — Open streets | Vendors, food trucks, unique antique bikes and more along Kansas Ave.

11 a.m.-1 p.m. — Lunch ride | An easy ride from 7th and Kansas to the NOTO Arts District for lunch. Bring lunch money.

11 a.m.-1 p.m. — Kids bike rodeo and obstacle course | Kids can explore stations to learn about bike maintenance, rules of the road and get a helmet fitting, as well as take on the bicycle obstacle course. Helmets will be provided while supplies last.

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. — Strider races | Strider races take place on the HeartlandBMX strider track, which will be located on Kansas Ave.

1-2 p.m. — Ice cream ride | An easy group ride from 7th and Kansas to G’s Frozen Custard and Yogurt for a post-lunch dessert.

1:15 p.m. — Slow-ride race

2-4 p.m. — Adventure Shorts | Flim by Bike Adventure Shorts, at the Jayhawk Theatre, is a 61-minute showcase of footage from riders all across the United States. Chairs will be provided.

4 p.m. — Happy hour ride | After the film, leave Jayhawk Theatre for a moderate ride to Oscars, PT’s and the Burger Stand at College Hill.

6-9 p.m. — Car show/concert | Polish off the night with the Cruisin’ the Capitol car show and a concert outside The Celtic Fox.


7:30 a.m. — 50-mile excursion ride | An advanced ride departing from the Visit Topeka visitor center, 618 S. Kansas Ave. A light breakfast, including coffee, will be served prior to the ride.