Since opening CycleBar in January, the studio has experienced an overwhelming response to its concept of cycling for charity.
In addition to being nominated as one of the top five contenders for Best Fitness Studios in the Times Best of Acadiana competition, the studio has also started a weekly running group and partnered with several local causes for charity rides.
Lindsay Sanders started the studio to memorialize her dad who passed away from ALS in 2013.
The month of May will be a special one for Sanders and her family, since the main charity supported that month will be the ALS Association.
The official ride for ALS will take place on May 20 at 1p.m., and participants can pay $25 to take part, but donations can be made towards the cause throughout the entire month.
The concept of receiving an experience while giving back to charity has been a popular one with guests at CycleBar.
Sanders said, “People have told us that it’s nice that instead of just asking for money, we are providing people with an experience. It’s a way for people to come together and it gives them something different to do.”
The studios hosts an average of two charity rides per weekend and raises money for a larger charity chosen by CycleBar corporate offices throughout each month.
In addition to charity rides, the studio has continued to build community through its weekly Mojo Monday coffee rides, Wine Down Wednesdays, Friday Happy Hours and Sunday brunch rides.
Theme rides are hosted on a regular basis to keep riders engaged with their workout and each other.
These rides feature a theme chosen by the CycleBar instructor who creates a playlist to match and sometimes even adds props, like the Mickey and Minnie Mouse ears offered during the studio’s recent Disney ride.
Other themed rides have included Gospel Rides, 90’s Rides, Saints and Sinners Rides, and Concert Rides featuring artists like Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake and the Foo Fighters.
Upcoming rides include Festival International and Jazz Fest themed rides as a nod to local culture and music.
The most recent addition to CycleBar Lafayette’s class line-up includes a Dirty 30 classes, which is tailored to the lunch time crowd.
The class offers a 30-minute hardcore workout designed to burn just as many calories as the regular 50 minute classes and was created for the lunch time crowd that wants to squeeze in a fitness class.
The most recent community building effort launched by CycleBar is their running group, which has linked up with the Wednesday night Tap Room run at 6:30 p.m.
The run features a 5K distance and provides a free beer to runners afterwards.
As always, cyclers who take a class at the studio receive free cycling shoes, towels and water bottles when they take a class.
For more information about upcoming rides or events visit the CycleBar website at lafayettela.cyclebar.com or check out their Instagram page at cb_lafayettela.