Call them spokes-people

Bicyclists gather in November 2017 at Back Road Pizza, the location of that year’s Cranksgiving Santa Fe.

First, the bicyclists congregate at the water tower in the Santa Fe Railyard, grocery bags at the ready. Then they fan out across the city, regardless of the temperature or precipitation, picking up groceries to be used in donated Thanksgiving meals. The fall spectacle is part of Cranksgiving, a national Thanksgiving food drive in which volunteer bicyclists take a turn at food delivery.

Santa Fe’s version of the event began in 2007, and it resumed in 2021 following a one-year break during the pandemic. All food collected benefits the Food Depot. Participants are advised to bring $15 to $20 to buy ingredients from lists they’re given at the start of the event, as well as bags.

Categories for winning riders and teams include fastest man, fastest woman, fastest small team, fastest large team, most food collected, and best dressed. An Oscar Meyer Wienermobile will be on site. Donations will be accepted in advance.

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