Long Beach has announced that in conjunction with the final stage of the 2007 Tour of California it will be hosting the first ever Long Beach Bike and Family Festival. The Festival will be on Saturday, February 24, 2007, from 11AM – 3PM in the parking area next to the Long Beach Arena which is also the site of the 2007 Tour of California final circuit race.
The Festival will include a wide variety of free public activities including product booths, BMX freestyle and ramp demos, flatland demos, Park Tool's "Fastest Wrench in the West" competition, interactive family activities, food, music and much more. The event is designed to bring the public directly in touch with the cycling and lifestyle industry, and participating manufacturers will have the ability to offer test rides on a one-mile closed secure course, product demos, as well as the ability to sell on-site.
"We are extremely excited about this entire weekend and with the creation of the new Long Beach Bike and Family Festival believe this is a great way for the cycling industry to reach out and touch the bicycle and outdoor community, all leading into the last day of the Amgen Tour of California", says Steve Goodling, President and CEO of the Long Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau. "We see the Festival as being a tremendous stand alone event, especially after the early feedback we have received from the bicycle industry."