The 2012 ride will begin at 1:00 a.m. Here is what you can expect:
Please check our suggested parking options section before you head out. Do NOT park on Columbus Drive - the City will tow your vehicle! If you're cycling to the start, you can lock your bike to one of the racks we'll provide at the fountain area. Please enter Buckingham Fountain's plaza area from the Columbus Drive side.
You’ll enjoy live music before the ride! You can also register in person before the ride. If you’ve already registered but haven’t picked up your packet at any of the Packet Pickups in June, you can do so at the Pre-Paid tents.
Be safe, be seen - wear your white event t-shirt! And please pin the rider number to your shirt (front or back ok) - you'll need it to participate and for the rest stop and breakfast.
ON-SITE REGISTRATION, PACKET PICK-UP AND MORE AT BUCKINGHAM FOUNTAIN
To register the night of the ride, go straight to the On-Site Registration tent at Buckingham Fountain.
If you're pre-registered and haven't already picked up your Rider Goody Bag at a Packet Pick-Up, stop by one of the Pre-Paid Packet Pick-Up tents. (If you already picked up your packet, you don't have to check in at any tent.)
Once you have your packet, you can visit the refreshment tent, listen to live music, visit the sponsor booths and then just be ready when the ride begins! Village Cycle Center will be on hand to sell helmets and other equipment. Stop by Friends of the Parks' tent where you'll have a chance to win prizes and learn more about our organization!
You’re invited to participate in our annual BEST LIT BIKE and BEST DECORATED HELMET contests! Be creative! Winners are chosen by audience applause, so make sure you bring your entourage! Prizes will be awarded to the winner in each category, plus two runners-up in each category. (The contests typically take place on stage one hour before the ride begins.)
START OF THE RIDE
We'll release riders south along Columbus Drive starting with "VIP" riders followed by the five regular waves in about eight-minute intervals. After VIPs, the rider numbers are color-coded according to the five waves and will be released in this order: 1) Blue 2) Green 3) Red 4) Orange and 5) Yellow.
Please start with your assigned group! If you and your friends aren't in the same color group, we ask that your entire group begin the ride together in the LATER group.
For safety reasons, a sweep van will follow the last wave of riders. No riders are allowed to start before THE official kick-off time or after the sweep vehicle leaves the starting area.
Participants will cycle 25 miles through the city. Please wear your helmet at all times. Obey all traffic laws, signs and signals - that means staying to the right, stopping at red lights, obeying police officers and volunteer course marshals, and maintaining a reasonable speed for conditions. Enjoy yourself - this is a ride, not a race!
If you need help along the course, you can call our non-emergency number (listed in the rider guide, which you'll get in your Rider Goody Bag). Our dispatchers will send repair help or a support van. We'll have 10 repair stations along the route (shown on the rider guide).
You can stop at the rest stop (about half-way along the course) for refreshments. We’ll have port-o-lets there, bike repair and first-aid, if needed.
This is NOT a race! Cycle at your own pace. You’ll finish at Buckingham Fountain, where volunteers will provide refreshments. You must present your tear-off coupon (from your rider number) to receive the complimentary snacks and beverages.