Savor Sip and Cycle Through the City-by-the-Sea
Scroll down to see all the awesome restaurants and amazing musicians participating.
On August 21, 2021, from 11 am to 4 pm, the neighborhoods of Newport will become a feast for the senses as bicyclists visit ten beautiful locations scattered throughout the city while supporting efforts to improve bicycling in Newport and beyond. The event is aptly titled the “10-Spot Ride”.
Last year’s pandemic restrictions inspired this exciting event with delicious food, cool drinks, live music and a sense of community while also meeting Covid safety protocols. The 2020 inaugural 10-Spot Ride exceeded all expectations. The now-annual event returns on August 21st!
Here’s how it works: On the day of the event, you’ll check in at your pre-assigned location – one of the ten “Spots”. There you’ll receive the event program with maps and details on the food, music and non-alcoholic libations featured at each Spot. The addresses are not shared until the day of the event – adding to the fun, mystery and adventure of the event. The locations include the homes of generous hosts who invite our bike-happy supporters into their otherwise very private gardens.
“While this event came about in a challenging time, the result is delightfully entertaining, fun, and full of surprises,” explained Bari Freeman, Founder and Executive Director of Bike Newport. “The locations offer a behind-the-scenes experience of Newport’s iconic range of landscapes – from a lush hidden arboretum to a seaside Cliff Walk estate, and everything in between. Add good food and good music and it’s stunning fun for everyone.”
Dragonfly Marie bass/guitarist Valerie Larkin is a Bike Newport board member, and coordinates the array of participating musicians, “Every performer from 2020 asked to do it again – the vibe of the day is wonderful – happy people out for a beautiful ride enjoying so much of what Newport has to offer in one afternoon. We’re excited that conditions make it possible for more people to enjoy the musicians, sites, and tastes this year.”
“The 10 Spot ride was the highlight of our 2020 summer – we had so much fun providing farm fresh bites in a beautiful, intimate backyard event,” commented Kidder Gowen of Hawk & Handsaw Farm in Middletown. “We even had an impromptu sing along! One of the great pleasures in life is feeling connected to your community and to enjoy food, drink, laughter, and even song together.”
Tickets are available online and quantities are limited.
Awesome 10-Spot Participating Restaurants:
The Coffee Guy
Hawk & Handsaw
Midtown Oyster Bar
Rose & Petal Cakery
Tijuana Burrito Grill
Vieste Simply Italian
Amazing 10-Spot Musicians:
Derek Escher & Ann Meers
The Newport String Project
Patty & Buster
All proceeds from the 10-Spot Ride support Bike Newport’s mission to create the conditions that lead to more people biking more often, and to ensure that bicycling is a viable, safe, and comfortable primary choice for transportation and recreation. Lots more information at bikenewportri.org or call (401) 619-4900.