On May 22, Historic Downtown McKinney will once again transform into a daring racetrack and live concert venue, where guests can enjoy Texas craft beer and tasty treats from food trucks and local restaurants at the sixth annual Bike the Bricks. More than 500 cyclists from around the globe will take to the brick streets and tight turns of downtown McKinney at speeds of more than 40 miles per hour to experience the heart-racing thrills and spills that make this event unique.
McKinney Main Street hosts Bike the Bricks in partnership with McKinney Velo, a local competitive cycling organization. The event has grown into the largest criterium cycling race in Texas and showcases one of the most vibrant and authentic downtowns in the nation to an international crowd – with attendees and race participants from countries as far away as New Zealand, Australia, Colombia and Mexico.
Warm-up laps begin at 2:30 p.m. and the races kick off at 3 p.m. Spectators are merely inches from the action and, new this year, guests can experience the race in the heart of downtown McKinney by viewing a portable jumbo video screen that will broadcast the race live, including heart-pumping footage captured by an airborne drone.
Also new this year, free live music will play simultaneously during the race. Austin natives Jamestown Revival will headline the concert with a performance starting at 9:15 p.m. The event also includes a Real Ale Brewing Beer Garden that offers handcrafted ales from the Texas Hill Country. Guests can grab dinner or a snack from unique food trucks and award-winning McKinney restaurants.
“We look forward to welcoming thousands of spectators of all ages to enjoy a free Friday night festival in Historic Downtown McKinney. The area offers a charming backdrop for the event, with many shopping and dining options for visitors. We provide up-close seats to see high-speed, nail-biting cycling action,” said Amy Rosenthal, director of McKinney Performing Arts Center and McKinney Main Street. “A free live concert and a Jumbotron will really enhance the event experience for spectators this year. There is something for everyone, no matter your age or interests.”
Event admission and parking is free to the public. Bike the Bricks is sponsored by Alfa Romeo FIAT of McKinney, the City of McKinney, McKinney Community Development Corporation, Real Ale Brewing, Richardson Bike Mart, Sheraton McKinney Hotel, Baylor Medical Center at McKinney, Kroger, NOW 102.9 and The Edge 102.1. For additional information call McKinney Main Street at 972-547-2660.
Whether you are a bicycle enthusiast, craft beer connoisseur, food fanatic, concert-goer or all of the above, grab your lawn chairs and a friend to kick off Memorial Day weekend at Bike the Bricks in Historic Downtown McKinney.