Tuesday, May 29, 2012

An earlier Starlight Spectacular

Posted By on Tue, May 29, 2012 at 2:53 PM


I don't want to sound old or anything, but I'm personally thrilled to hear that this year's Starlight Spectacular will start at 10:30 instead of the usual midnight.

What can I say, I need my sleep.

And it's hard to imagine that an earlier start time will make this bike ride through the dark any less fun. It's a rare thing to be able to see the city and Garden of the Gods by moonlight without any fear of being hit by a car. And rarer still are the huge groups of cyclists that show up for this ride, hooting and hollering, wearing funny costumes strung with Christmas lights. Plus, it's a benefit for the deserving Trails and Open Space Coalition.

This year, Starlight will feature all the old traditions — including pancakes — as well as some new stuff. Like an armadillo.

Hey, sounds good to me. I'll be there, bright and early (well, relatively), with bells on (literally). If you'd also like to go, visit trailsandopenspaces.org/starlight-spectacular to sign up.

Moonlight Bicycle Ride through Garden of the Gods
Still Sparkling! Still Spectacular! But – Now at a New Earlier Time!

Taking the yawn out of what is already an exciting ride, the 18th annual Heuberger Subaru Starlight Spectacular will begin 90 minutes earlier this year, at 10:30 p.m., Saturday June 9th. Leaving from the Garden of the Gods Visitor Center. cyclists will have the option of riding 14 or 21 miles. Riders are encouraged to add a loop through Garden of the Gods to take in the giant, geological wonders like they aren’t normally seen, just one more element that makes the Starlight ride spectacular!

Riders will travel through the west side of Colorado Springs and Old Colorado City, with two rest stations along the way. Once again REI will host one rest station and Colorado Springs Cycling Club will host the other at Bancroft Park wearing costumes and offering tasty, nutritional snacks.

What’s new this year?
New time at 10:30. Our cyclists love the novelty of seeing some of Colorado Springs’ best attractions by moon and starlight but not all are night owls and the previous midnight start time made for some Sunday fatigue in the past. This year they’ll be able to ride, have breakfast and be in bed before 2 a.m.
Pancakes are back! While cyclists enjoyed last years’ breakfast burritos provided by Whole Foods, pancakes are popular among pedalers. So Whole Foods is expanding the menu and pancakes will be hot and ready for finishing cyclists.
NEW: Aye! Moo! Rah Matey!
Cyclists will be sent into the night by a unique team of “cheerleaders”: a pirate, cow, armadillo (we don’t know what sound they make) and the Starlight Princess.

Returning Favorites:
Boriello Brothers’ Pizza
The popular West One Group Challenge Trophy for the largest team
Cruiser Bikes for Most Creative Attire and Most Extravagantly illuminated Rider and/or bike
Lots and lots of “out”door prizes
Live Music by Pulpit Fiction

Proceeds Benefit the Trails and Open Space Coalition (TOSC)
Dedicated to the preservation of open spaces and parks and the creation of a network of trails, bikeways and greenways for the Pikes Peak region.
Now celebrating our 25th year!
TOSC receives no public tax dollar support.
The Heuberger Starlight Spectacular is our biggest annual fundraiser.

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