For the second year in a row we attended "Le Cirque du Cyclisme," in Leesburg, Virginia. "Le Cirque" is a three-day celebration of classic vintage steel bikes and a showcase for "keepers of the flame," artisans who are carrying on the tradition of building lugged or fillet-brazed steel bicycle frames. These contemporary artisans are not only carrying on a tradition but are also developing new and creative techniques and designs. Their vision includes a blend of artistry and function.
We departed on Tuesday for our three-day road trip to the east coast,
travelling through the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to our first day's
destination, Straits State Park just north of the Mackinac Bridge. The
next day's stopping point was East Harbor State Park in Port Clinton,
Ohio, another 400-mile day. By the time we reached Ohio, the trees were
leafed out and the vibrant greens were so refreshing to see.
The Cirque agenda includes getting in some rides as well as workshops,
seminars and, on the third day, an expo and swap meet. Within a mile
from the Cirque headquarters, there is easy access to the 45-mile
Washington & Old Dominion (W&OD) rail trail that goes from
Velo Classique, the bike shop run by one of the Cirque organizers, Wayne Bingham, that specializes in vintage and classically-styled bicycles, parts and accessories.