Kinetic Sculpture Pre-Race Ride

A casual, fun ride along the Kinetic Race route

Join for a fun, casual ride along the route of the 20th Annual Kinetic Sculpture Race!

  • Date: Sunday, April 22, 2018
  • Time: 10am – 12pm
  • Where: Ride meets at Race Pace Bicycles at 1414 Key Hwy, Baltimore
  • Cost: Free! But bring cash or credit, for a snack at a pit stop

Join AVAM and Race Pace Bicycles for a casual bike ride of the Kinetic Sculpture Race route. We’ll cruise through Federal Hill, Inner Harbor, Harbor East, and Canton while exploring the path 35+ kinetic sculptures will conquer during AVAM’s annual Kinetic Sculpture Race on May 5. We will be making a pit stop for snacks!

Bike Ride Info All ages welcome, but we'll be observing traffic rules and ask that you do, too! In addition, we ask that parents / guardians ensure the little ones have prior biking experience. The ride will last approximately 2 hours, including a few breaks. Bike rentals are available at Race Pace, though please call the shop in advance to reserve your bike (410-986-0001). Helmets and bike locks encouraged. Ride is weather permitting. Check AVAM’s Facebook page for updates in case of inclement weather.


What is the Kinetic Sculpture Race??

2015's Grand Champ Kracken Upcycle (Kinetic Baltimore)

  • When: Saturday, May 5, 2018
  • Time: All Day Race starts @ 10am!
  • Where: Begins & ends @ AVAM (800 Key Hwy, Baltimore)
  • Cost: FREE for Spectators!

From the American Visionary Art Museum—a race of wacky, imaginative, TOTALLY HUMAN-POWERED WORKS OF ART, DESIGNED TO TRAVEL ON LAND, THROUGH MUD, AND OVER DEEP HARBOR WATERS, constructed out of used bicycles, gears, and parts, created by a lunatic genius who tinkers around in the garage or backyard (do you know this person?)! The machines can be simple, small crafts, piloted by only one brave soul, or they can be over 50 feet long, extremely well-engineered, sophisticated vehicles powered by a team of pilots. Pilots ("Kinetinauts") compete for the most coveted GRAND MEDIOCRE EAST COAST CHAMPION AWARD (finishes right in the middle), and the highly prized NEXT TO THE LAST AWARD (finishes, well, next-to-last), and other serious trophies including ART, ENGINEERING, BEST BRIBES and more. The all-day race kicks off at 10AM at American Visionary Art Museum (arrive early to take part in the Opening Ceremony and Blessing of De Feet). Other great spots to see the vehicles are the 1st Checkpoint atop Federal Hill; The Water Entry at the boat ramp at Canton Waterfront Park; the uphill Mud-Pit in Patterson Park; the not-so-quick-Sand Pit in Patterson Park; and, of course, anywhere along the 15-mile route throughout Baltimore City. For more information—including past race photos, inspiration, costume ideas, route map and a handy Spectator's Guide—visit: