A past Food Folks & Spokes event in Library Park – Food Folks & Spokes photos
Thursday, June 15 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. in Kenosha’s Historic Library Park
Bicycle Racing Part of ‘Tour of America’s Dairyland’
by Tina Johansson
YMCA spokesperson Christine VanDyke said it was a number of reasons the wildly popular event stopped operating. Funding, and the racing course around the already bustling downtown area were just two of them.
But lucky for diehard bicycle racing enthusiasts and the families and visitors that love the many activities as part of the events, it is back. Free games for the kids, music, and food is available. Food Folks & Spokes prides itself on being liquor-free and family friendly.
Kenosha will be a strong kick-off for Tour of America’s Dairyland, which is a new partner for the race. Hundreds will come to participate, and the racers are from all over the world.” – Christine VanDyke, Kenosha YMCA spokesperson
Highlighting the event are the thrilling Pro-Am Bicycle Races which will take place all day starting at noon and ending at 9pm. Bill Koch, Executive Director of Tour of America’s Dairyland (ToAD), says, “We are proud to welcome Kenosha’s “Food, Folks and Spokes” criterium to the ToAD line-up as our series opener. Athletes with a history of racing in Wisconsin will undoubtedly recall the fun course and the remarkable fan support along with complementary non-racing activity in Kenosha. Kenosha will be a strong kick-off to our stellar 2017 ToAD line-up.”
Kenosha will be a strong kick-off for ToAD, which is a new partner for the Kenosha YMCA race. June 11-17 will be celebrated as Kenosha Cycling Week.
The Kenosha Velodrome recently underwent a series of upgrades, and Food Folks & Spokes is “the crown jewel of the week,” according to the YMCA.
Kenosha Cycling week features activities Sunday, June 11 – Saturday June 17. Sunday is community “bike check” day in order to get ready for the rest of the week. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday will have evening events held at the Velodrome.
Food Folks and Spokes will take place all day Thursday and Kenosha Cycling Week will end on Saturday with Jim Krueser’s DairyAir Bike and Ride Breakfast. “I think putting together a full week to highlight the health benefits of cycling, as well as raising the awareness of biking as a viable mode of transportation in the city and county of Kenosha is wonderful,” stated Cindy Altergott, YMCA executive director.
Sponsorships from Snap-on, Kenosha Area Convention and Visitors Bureau have helped the event get started but more support is sought as this event supports the YMCA’s Miracle League, Frank Neighborhood Project, free swim lessons for kids in need, and family scholarships.
The evening culminates with pro cycling races and a free concert featuring the local band, “Weird Science” from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m.