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Cycling Festival set for next weekend

Bikers enjoy a mountain ride at last year's Park City Cycling Festival. Courtesy Ross Downard

After a successful first year in 2012, the Park City Cycling Festival will return next weekend.

The event, which runs June 28-30, is expected to draw around 1,500 people to Park City Mountain Resort.

After what basically amounted to a trial run last year, the festival is set to expand significantly this year.

"Last year was strictly a ‘proof of performance’ event," said Cindy Kaiser Bywater, the director of development and special events for KPCW. "We needed to prove the concept and our ability to implement an event. Once the industry leaders and city saw the success, we were able to confidently move forward with an expanded event concept, open it up to participation from world-renowned cycling manufacturers and proceed with a destination-type event that encourages participation from visitors from across the country."

Most of the events over the course of the weekend are free to the public.

"Attendees have the opportunity to check out the newest product from over 30 cycling industry exhibitors, observe professional demonstrations, round-table discussions on sports and nutrition, and community forums on road cycling and safety," Bywater said. "Bike demos are also available from world-recognized bike manufacturers, as well as maintenance, skill and trail clinics. Private shuttles will run to area trail heads and there will be live music and a Tikes On Bikes Kids’ Zone with face painting, learn-to-ride lessons and safety courses for kids."

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Along with the world premiere of the movie "The Cyclist," presentations and guided rides will be given by elite cyclists like Marty Jemison and Jonathan Page.

Bywater said Park City is the perfect place to host these events.

"Park City is a cycling mecca," she said. "Not only are our mountain trails some of the highest-ranked trails in the world, but the picturesque road rides are also incomparable. KPCW has designed the festival program to appeal to all members of the biking community from never-ever bikers to the most advanced cyclists."

A complete schedule of the weekend’s events can be found at http://www.kpcw.org.

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