Pedal-power: Yuba River Bicycle Music Festival on tap for Oct. 1 |

Pedal-power: Yuba River Bicycle Music Festival on tap for Oct. 1

Bicyclists and musicians and spectators converge in downtown Nevada City at the 2014 Yuba River bicycle Music Festival. This year's event is Oct. 1.
Photo by Martin Butler |

The Yuba River Bicycle Music Festival returns Oct. 1 to Nevada County.

Billed as a celebration of pedal power, the free, family-oriented event will be 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. starting at Condon Park in Grass Valley and ending in downtown Nevada City.

Connecting the two locations, there is a group caravan bike ride accompanied by music.

Participants are invited to bring their own bikes — or come to either location on foot.

“The Yuba River Bicycle Music Festival is a good for the heart, good for the Earth, great for the community festival that inspires, empowers and rocks,” said organizer Thomas Spelling. “We’ll have live musical performances amplified with power generated by the audience as they pedal special generator bikes — using no petroleum or grid power the whole day.”

Spelling said the music and festivities begin at 11 a.m. at Condon Park. At 3 p.m., there is a group bike ride with live musical accompaniment from the park to Nevada City. From 5 to 9 p.m., there will be pedal-powered music on Commercial Street in downtown Nevada City.

Spelling said the music happens on specially powered bikes. Donations to support the musicians will be appreciated, according to a press release.

“It’s an unparalleled experience to feel the power you can generate by pedaling, and how biking can galvanize a community to great things,” he said.

For more information, contact Spellman at 530-264-5137 or

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