Bicycle Longmont will host the 7th Annual G’Knight Ride on Saturday, September 9th in Longmont’s Roosevelt Park. This all-day event has rescheduled the date and is a celebration of cycling that welcomes the entire family to take a ride!
This year’s G’Knight Ride will feature vendors, activities, a kids’ festival, food trucks, an Expo pavilion, incredible LIVE music, the Oskar Blues beer garden, and three bicycle routes to choose from (1- 3- and 13-mile routes). Ride the streets and Greenways of Longmont with friends, family, and people you are meeting for the first time.
G’Knight Ride started seven years ago as the Big Bike Thing in hopes to get more people out on bikes at the start of the summer. That year the goal was to host 200 cyclists, instead 1,200 participants showed up, and this event continues to grow. Now it’s one of Colorado’s largest cycling events, and the state’s 2nd largest family-friendly cruiser ride.
G’Knight Ride was created as a partnership between Bicycle Longmont and Longmont’s Oskar Blues Brewery. One of Oskar Blues’ beers, G’Knight, is an Imperial Red IPA named for a local hero, Gordon Knight. Knight was a Nebraska native who earned a Purple Heart as an Army helicopter pilot in Vietnam. He moved to Boulder in 1988, and soon his passion for brewing became evident.
In the 90s, Knight started three local breweries: High Country Brewery in 1993 (Estes Park), Twisted Pine Brewing Company in 1996 (Boulder), and Wolf Tongue Brewery in 1998 (Nederland), each earning gold medals at the Great American Beer Festival. Knight, an avid pilot, died on July 30, 2002 after his helicopter crashed while he was fighting the Big Elk Meadows forest fire just outside Lyons, Colorado. Oskar Blues commemorated Knight’s contributions to the community and the craft beer world with the creation of G’Knight, and Bicycle Longmont felt it was apropos to celebrate Gordon at this event.
G’Knight Ride will be held on Saturday, September 9 in Longmont’s Roosevelt Park, 700 Longs Peak Ave. from 3-10 p.m. For more information and to register, visit http://www.gknightride.org/.
Bicycle Longmont is a non-profit bicycle advocacy organization dedicated to getting more people on bikes, more often. They produce events, rides, and classes throughout the year including: weekly summer Bike Nights, Kids’ Holiday Bike Program, and Bike Parking & Valet. For more information on Bicycle Longmont and to find out how to get more involved, visit www.BicycleLongmont.org.