Great coverage in the Citizen-Times. Have you planned your costume yet? Ready to volunteer?
“Travel in style with the eighth annual Pumpkin Pedaller Nov. 1.
Organized by Asheville on Bikes, the costumed social ride gathers in front of City Hall at 2:30 p.m., and rolls forward at 3 p.m.
The nine-mile ride meanders through North Asheville, climbs Sunset Trail, and circles Montford before culminating at The Wedge Brewing Company’s post-ride celebration. The ride is free and open to the public.
A route map will be available at local bike shops so that participants can preview the ride for the first time.
“The map was inspired by the handbills we printed in the early in days of AoB,” said Asheville on Bikes’ director, Mike Sule, in a press release. “The organization is growing, as we attract new riders, we want them to feel comfortable and welcome. The map is our way of inviting more people to participate while honoring our roots.”
Each year the ride attracts hundreds of costumed cyclists of all kinds.
“The Pumpkin Pedaller is a colorful representation of our diverse cycling community,” said board member and co-creator of the event, Rachel Reeser. “Everyone is represented – commuters, roadies, mountain bikers, hipsters, families and punks. The costumes range from the last-minute to the intricate and outlandish.”
The event features a costume contest, prizes and a culminating party at the Wedge Brewery. Recent transplant, Claude Coleman, Jr. (formerly of Ween) is schedule to play the brewery from 6-8 p.m.
Asheville on Bikes cultivates the culture of commuting and urban cycling within our city through celebration and advocacy, according to the organization. For more information, visit ashevilleonbikes.com.”