Due to the threat of severe weather, Bike the Bricks and accompanying activities scheduled for Friday, May 27 in Historic Downtown McKinney have been canceled. The City of McKinney holds the safety of our athletes, spectators and volunteers as its primary concern.
Live entertainment will relocate to the Courtroom Theater at McKinney Performing Arts Center, 111 N. Tennessee St. The public is invited to attend free concerts by Crystal Yates at 8 p.m. followed by Taylor Phelan at 9 p.m. Seats are limited and based on a first come, first served basis. For more information, visit downtownmckinney.com.
Here is the original news release:
Bike the Bricks Brings Racing Excitement to Downtown McKinney
McKINNEY (May 10, 2016) — Kick off Memorial Day weekend and witness the non-stop thrills and the occasional spills during Bike the Bricks on Friday, May 27. Spectators will have front-row seats as more than 500 cyclists from around the globe – including Germany, South Africa and New Zealand – take to the bricks and tight turns of historic downtown at speeds up to 40 miles per hour in continuous races throughout the evening.
Bike the Bricks, presented by Alfa Romeo FIAT of McKinney, has grown into the largest one-day cycling race in Texas and features nail-biting closed-course interval races, food, craft beer and Texas wine, festivities and a purse worth more than $25,000.
New Events: BMX Pros Trick Show and McKinney EggFest
This year, Bike the Bricks will feature an action-packed BMX stunt show with some of the world’s most extreme bicycle and skateboard stunt riders. Show times are 4:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Bike the Bricks will also host the first “McKinney EggFest” from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Louisiana Street where 20 cooking teams will vie for bragging rights as they prepare their culinary specialties using Big Green Egg USA smokers and grills. Sampling tickets can be purchased for $5 in advance at Kitchenwares on the Square, 213 E. Louisiana St., and $10 at the event.
Family-friendly Entertainment and Food
Live music will play simultaneously during the criterium races. Taylor Phelan, a finalist from season seven of NBC’s The Voice, will headline the concert with a performance at 9:30 p.m. on the Deep Ellum Brewing Company main stage located on Louisiana Street. Additional entertainment will be provided throughout the evening from Phoenix Hart, Crystal Yates, and Chuck Ligon. Those in attendance can also enjoy a beer and wine garden featuring handcrafted ales from Deep Ellum Brewing Company and Texas wines from Landon Winery, and food trucks like Truck MCK, TC’s Roasted Corn, Sadie B Foods, Cowtown Kettle Corn, Ronoco Snow Cones, Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream and Taste of Cuba.
Warm-up laps for the race begin at 2:30 p.m. and the races kick off at 3 p.m. Admission to the event is free to the public, and free parking is available throughout the eleven parking lots surrounding the downtown square.
The event is hosted by McKinney Main Street in partnership with McKinney Velo, a local competitive cycling organization. For additional information about Bike the Bricks, including volunteer opportunities, contact McKinney Main Street at 972-547-2660 or visit bikethebricks.com.
The title sponsor for Bike the Bricks is Alfa Romero FIAT of McKinney. Other sponsors include Richardson Bike Mart, Deep Ellum Brewing Company, Sheraton McKinney, Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – McKinney, Kroger, Cadence Cyclery of McKinney, First United Bank, Top Golf, Foundation Health Chiropractic and Bath Planet.
McKinney, Texas, is unique by nature. The city is No. 1 on America’s Best Places to Live list published by Money Magazine. As one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States, McKinney has a current population of nearly 162,000. Established in 1848, the city is located 30 miles north of Dallas and is the county seat of Collin County. McKinney offers award-winning schools, a vibrant historic downtown, diverse housing options, a robust economy and a uniquely beautiful natural setting, with rolling hills and lush trees. Visit the city’s website at mckinneytexas.org.