Cyclovia focuses on fitness, health

By Sam Wildow -

PIQUA – Active Piqua and Mainstreet Piqua kicked off their events on Saturday with Cyclovia, focusing on exercise activities.

Practice CrossFit of Troy was there alongside the bike path with a CrossFit obstacle course. The course incorporated a kettlebell swing, a box jump, and medicine ball. The course was also scaled per person, providing different weights and sizes of kettlebells, boxes, and medicine balls.

“CrossFit is functional movement performed at the utmost of intensity in a variety of different ways,” Josh Bunch, owner of Practice CrossFit, said. “We run, jump, throw, weight lift, power lift. Anything you would basically have to do in nature.”

Bunch encouraged anyone who is looking to start exercising to find a community to do it with.

“You need to find a community that motivates you to get it done,” Bunch said. “It’s … almost impossible to get it done on your own,” he said.

Bunch said that if people do not make exercise fun, it is not going to work. “Find people that you really enjoy to do it around. They’ll hold you accountable, and you’re actually going to have fun.”

The vendor side of the event showcased massage therapy, health supplements, yoga supplies, essential oils, free bike helmets, and jewelry.

Massage therapists Melissa Bausman and April Troopes of Arabella in Piqua were selling Biofreeze pain relief and oils to help for headaches. Bausman and Troopes are also independent brand partners with Nerium International, an anti-aging and mind enhancement supplement.

Bausman and Troopes stated that Nerium strengthens cognitive functioning and brain health. For more information, visit or

Next in line on the vendor side, Amanda Brown of balanceYoga in Piqua had a variety of yoga supplies and was selling essential oils with Paula Schiemsing. Brown explained that they use the oils to lessen health problems like headaches or stomach aches. More information can be found at

Mary E. Lange of Rooty Tootys was also at Cyclovia, selling bracelets and necklaces. More information can be found on her Rooty Tootys Facebook page.

The Piqua Health Department was also giving away free bike helmets after receiving a grant from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

A representative from Carried Way Salon and Spa was also at Cyclovia.

There were a variety of bicycles to try out, including a side-by-side tandem bicycle. A display also showed how much energy is used when riding a bike.

Cyclovia soon turned over to the Moonlight Stride and Ride, as well as the Glow Run Fun Run.

A brief display of fireworks finished off the evening in Piqua right after a police escort brought the Piqua High School Marching Band back home after qualifying for state competition on Saturday night.

By Sam Wildow

Reach reporter Sam Wildow at (937) 451-3336 or on Twitter @TheDailyCall

Reach reporter Sam Wildow at (937) 451-3336 or on Twitter @TheDailyCall