For the past 3 years my friends Mary and Chelsey have completed the Moonlight Madness Bike Ride. This bike ride is only 14 miles and it is a family friendly bike ride. It starts at 10 pm and goes throughout the local city near me. This ride is just a casual ride. Last year we had skateboarders riding with us. You will see people with really nice bikes, semi-nice and just plain jane bikes. Little kids ride this race as well as parents and grandparents. They have a rest stop at 7 miles and it is completely police escorted.
My friends and I love riding this race and try to make it a point every year to ride together. This year wasn’t any different and despite all the crazy weather we have been having, we were still able to ride.
The morning of the ride I wasn’t going to be able to go home to get my bike and make it to the ride, so I loaded up my bike at 6 a.m. I couldn’t see out my bike window, and it was hard to even see how to get my bike in the car, but I did it and I am a pro at it now!
There are always tons of people at this race, but it is very well organized.
When we got to the race we were all debating if we wanted to get the t-shirt or not. It was the same style as the last 2 years, but a different color. I didn’t want to, but thought it would be fun if we all had a different color shirt on.
The light blue shirt is the first year, the purple shirt was the second year and the shirt I am wearing is from this year! The shirts are super comfortable! We went to the start line and waited for the cops to tell us to go. There were not as many cops this year, so they informed us that we were going to be going a lot slower than normal and we truly did. You can not go ahead of the cop, since it is completely escorted. We made that mistake one year. oops.
The rest stop has all kinds of yummy treats and drinks. There are also restrooms located at the rest stop. I picked up a banana and could not believe how long the banana was. I placed it on my bike seat just so you could see a comparison of the size. After we saw that the cops were ready to go again, we lined up and started back for 7 more miles.
We finished the race out and it was 12:00 at this point. We were all exhausted because we had all worked that day as well. We headed home and were grateful and happy for another successful Moonlight Madness Bike Ride! Until next year…
Have you completed a bike race at night?