September 8, 2013 3:58 p.m. •
Spokefest, Spokane’s cycling festival, drew around 2,000 cyclists to Riverfront Park to start rides ranging in length from one to 47 miles. The event included entertainment, food and service booths in the park and a chance to meet and ride with other cyclists.
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Spandex and road bikes are lined up Sunday for the 21-mile ride.
Steve Munson adjusts the stylish helmet of his son, Peyton, 5, before the start of the one-mile park loop ride Sunday in Riverfront Park. The park loop was an option for children and families.
Sharon Carter rides around Riverfront Park with three of her five children along Sunday during Spokefest. The children, front to back, are Micah, 2, Moses, 3, and, in the trailer, Grace Marie, just four weeks old. Carter’s husband, Joseph, towed their two older children, ages six and seven, behind his bicycle.
Hundreds of cyclists begin to move down Spokane Falls Boulevard for the 21-mile road ride.
A cyclist waves as the first wave sets out on the trail Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013 at the start of Spokefest, a day of fun rides of varying lengths.
The day’s most ambitious cyclists, those riding the 47-mile loop, head west down Spokane Falls Boulevard at the start of Spokefest.
Hundreds of cyclists start the 21-mile road ride on Spokane Falls Boulevard at Spokefest.
Cyclists bound for a 47-mile fun ride turn from Spokane Falls Boulevard onto Main Avenue in front of the Abraham Lincoln statue.
Bob Castellaw, left, and Kiyomi Walker take a self-portrait before taking off on the 21-mile bike ride. The spouses of Castellaw and Walker were riding a different distance at Spokefest.
Founder and organizer Bill Bender, left, cheers as cyclists pass the finish line near Riverfront Park at the end of Spokefest.
Children were included in Spokefest in various ways, including comfortable trailing bikes that allowed them to contribute to pedaling.
Hundreds of cyclists pack into Spokane Falls Boulevard before the 21-mile road ride at Spokefest.
Dressed for chilly conditions, cyclists intent on completing 47 miles of riding speed down Main Avenue toward Peaceful Valley.
Noah Lupcho, 6, shows his impatience to start on a 21-mile ride, accompanied by his grandfather, Max Bailey, at the start of Spokefest.
Dressed for chilly air and possible showers, cyclists intent on completing 47 miles of riding speed down Main Avenue Sunday.