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August 18, 2022

Massive bike ride brings community together

SANTA CRUZ — Around 400 bicyclists filled Capitola and Santa Cruz on Aug. 19 as part of a nationwide cycling event to bring bicyclists together to show off their skills and simply bring the community together.

The ride, orchestrated on social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter, started on 41st Avenue in Capitola. By the time the herd got rolling hundreds of bicyclists joined in and the huge mob eventually took over major intersections on their journey to Santa Cruz.

“This ride is about community and coming together,” said rider Romel Rojas. “We like to ride and we like being together as a community. It’s a good group of people and there’s a lot of talent here.”

For about 40 minutes the group of cyclists lined a section of Chestnut Street in Santa Cruz where they took turns performing a host of daring stunts on their bikes. Swarms of community members flocked to the area to check out the action.

One man, who only went by the name Auggie, said he has taken part in numerous rides.

“It’s a good way to meet people and to bring people together; I enjoy it,” he said.

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