Seventh Annual G’Knight Ride Rolls Into Town This June

Bicycle Longmont will host the 7th Annual G’Knight Ride on Saturday, June 16 in Longmont’s Roosevelt Park from 3-10 p.m. This all-day event is a celebration of cycling that welcomes the entire family to take a ride!

G’Knight Ride events include: a kids’ festival, Pedalpalooza, three ride routes  (1, 5.5, and 12ish miles), an Expo pavilion, eats from local food trucks, music from great Colorado bands and a beer garden brought to you by Oskar Blues Brewery. Ride the streets and greenways of Longmont with friends, family and people you are meeting for the first time.

G’Knight Ride started eight 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 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.

Photo: Bottle Makes Three

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, June 16 in Longmont’s Roosevelt Park, 700 Longs Peak Ave. from 3-10 p.m. For more information and to register, visit 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 BicycleLongmont.org.