EDMOND — The inaugural Cycle 66, an urban and rural bicycling tour and festival along historic Route 66, will be Nov. 7, 2021, with diverse cycling routes showcasing the Mother Road’s uniqueness via starting and finishing lines in downtown Edmond.
“Oklahoma’s love of cycling, Route 66 and family fun all comes together with Cycle 66,” said Cycle 66 founder Mike Osburn, an Edmond businessman and civic booster. “Whether you’re a competitive cyclist, started biking as a pandemic distraction, or just like fun and food, Cycle 66 is for you. We are thrilled Edmond is getting in on the action of Route 66, a national attraction we are privileged to have as a part of our community.”
Organizers unveiled Cycle 66 on the 94th anniversary of Route 66’s establishment in 1926. Cycle 66’s title sponsor is OU Health.
“Cycle 66 offers cyclists three distances to enjoy and the rest of us a chance to cheer them on at a family friendly festival showcasing all downtown Edmond has to offer,” said Jennifer Seaton, director of Visit Edmond.
“Oklahoma is leading the nation in Route 66 tourism as the Mother Road approaches its 100th anniversary, and dynamic events like Cycle 66 are one reason why,” said Oklahoma Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell, the state’s secretary of tourism and branding.
“Cycle 66 is a dream for people like me who love cycling, cherish Route 66 and believe in Oklahoma’s potential as a recreation and tourism destination,” said Pinnell, an avid cyclist.
Cycle 66 will offer routes for all riders, from amateur to competitive cyclists. All three routes will include support and gear, relief wagons, signage, rest stops, first aid stations and traffic control.
The routes will include: