Roll into Ventura’s Eco Fest

by Kevin Clerici

Venturans love to get outside, and Ventura’s burgeoning reputation as a cycling hotspot will get a boost on Saturday, April 21 with a free, family friendly Community Ride.

The ride, which is open to all ages and cycling abilities, will begin at the Channel Islands National Park Visitors Center in the Ventura Harbor at 8:30am and end at the Earth Day Eco Fest at Plaza Park in Downtown.

The Eco Fest has a free bike valet, live entertainment, food and games. So it’s a great finishing point.

The 6-mile ride is appropriate for all skill levels. Most of the route is on dedicated bike lanes and within earshot of the Pacific Ocean.

The ride’s purpose is to connect local people with community leaders, celebrate Earth Day, communicate information about City bike paths, and advertise the Amgen Tour of California Stage Start at the Ventura Pier on May 14.

This is the first year Ventura has hosted a stage of the annual Amgen TOC, which is California’s largest sporting event, drawing an international following.

The Community Ride activities start at 8:30am. There will be some welcome remarks at 9am. The ride officially starts at 9:30am and all cyclists will be at Plaza Park at or before 10:30am.

The award-winning Eco Fest is attended by over 5,000 people and features over 100 exhibitors. The fun lasts until 4pm.

“If you love to get outside,” said Kevin Clerici, co-chair of the Amgen Tour Local Organizing Committee. “This is a great day to get the heart pumping, get a little sea breeze in your nose and have a lot of fun.”