When Shelly Duell moved to Florida from Woodstock, New York, she didn't spend much time cycling. But with a little help from friends, she says, "I started riding more around the city for fun." It was then that she found out about bike polo and Critical Mass and got SoFla bike fever.
An employee of the Revolution/America's Backyard complex, she decided to get all ends of the community together for Biketopia. Duell notes it's to celebrate the love for biking together as one large group." This Sunday, the tricounty area's cyclists will gather for all sorts of bike games, food, drinking, and live music. "Some groups are collecting donated bikes and bike parts," Duell adds, "like the Promise Foundation, which gives bikes to and teaches kids about safety and children with autism and MS how to ride bikes."
We asked Duell what her Biketopia playlist would sound like, and she brought out the Pretty Lights and Bassnectar. Click on for the list of musical acts participating at Biketopia and for Duell's cycling soundtrack.
10. Moondog - "Lament 1, 'Bird's Lament'" (remix by Henrik Schwarz)
"Makes you wanna ride sassy," says Duell.
9. Mochipet & Ray Barbee - "Beats Ballet"
Good year 'round in SoFla, she says of this summertime jam: "Sounds for scenic urban or beach rides with your crew. Nice lil' be-bop beat."
8. Pretty Lights - "I Can See It In Your Face"
"For your dance on the flight of your bike, by the seat of your pants." Duell gets poetic.
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Liz has her master’s degree in religion from Florida State University. She has since written for publications and outlets such as Miami New Times, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Ocean Drive, the Huffington Post, NBC Miami, Time Out Miami, Insomniac, the Daily Dot, and the Atlantic. Liz spent three years as New Times Broward-Palm Beach’s music editor, was the weekend news editor at Inverse, and is currently the managing editor at Tom Tom Magazine.