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Santa Cruz NBG Fest
Sunday, August 17, 2003
Final Report (What Happened)
Story in Pictures

The Santa Cruz NBG (National Bicycle Greenway) Bike Fest is the final destination for a 25 city relay ride that began in Washington DC on May 2,2003. Here's the schedule for the ride.

Toward the end of connecting Santa Cruz, Davenport and Watsonville with a Coastal Rail Path along the Union Pacific right of way, this event will show why we need such an important through way -- NOW as it also showcases the work of the Friends of the Rail Trail of Santa Cruz County

Besides relay riders and all the publicity that will result from their rides and mayoral receptions, the Santa Cruz NBG Fest will also bring other long distance cyclists from far and wide to San Lorenzo Park, across the river from the sponsoring city's downtown.

As a festival celebrating cycling, and the bigger picture of reaching out to other large population centers with bikeways that connect to one another, the best of Santa Cruz will be on display for all the world to see. The Santa Cruz NBG Bike Fest will also feature live music (five bands including Prince Lawsha's only US appearance) and speakers including Congressman Sam Farr, County Supervisor Mardi Warmhoudt, Assemblyman John Laird and Capitola City Councilman Dennis Norton.

Rep. Sam Farr (D-CA)

The Santa Cruz NBG Bike Fest will feature:
  • Live music
  • Speakers, dancers and body building champions
  • Clowns, life-sized puppets, and face painters
  • Stilt walkers and jugglers
  • Food booths
  • Vendor booths -- antique bikes, new bikes, electric bikes, recumbent bikes, bike clothing, massage, and more!
  • Info booth for Santa Cruz to Pajaro River Coastal Trail

Come and join us!

Main Stage

11:00 Announcements
11:15 Ruby Rudman National Anthem
11:30 Prince Lawsha
12:15 Raffle Giveaway
12:30 Claire Machado
1:15 Buff Wear Demo
1:25 Gabrielle Nicander Posing Routine
1:30 Keen Cousins w/10 min Swing Demo
2:15 Rail Trail Speakers - Sam Farr,
Mardi Warmhoudt, Dennis Norton
3:00 Raffle Giveaway
3:15 Andy Santana
4:00 Patzner Bros String Metal
4:15 Banned Together
5:00 NBG Hall of Fame Intro w/ Andrew Heckman

Jody Fitch, Skot Paschal, Max Chen, Rocky Brown
5:45 Grand Prize Giveaway




Honored Guest

Andrew Heckman
Report and photos of last year's event

This Year's Performers

Prince Lawsha

Only US Appearance

Andy Santana
Claire Machadp
Banned Together

Keen Cousins
Patzner Boys String Metal
Accordian Man

Special Treat! Jessica Menendez will model her Alaska Buff Wear

Gabrielle Nicander

This year's Mayoral Receptions

Links will be posted here as they come in. Ride started May 2. Check the schedule for the current location of the relay riders.


Matt Weaver

Jim Langley

The "Wind Wheeler"
An engineering marvel created by local inventor and visionary Steve Travis. Two riders sit between 10-ft wheels that serve as giant wind blades.

Lodging and Camping

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