Starlight Spectacular 2011

, , , | UltraRob | Monday, June 13th, 2011 at 12:33 pm

Starlight Spectacular 2011

Saturday night was the 17th annual Starlight Spectacular. It’s a ride starting at midnight and goes through downtown Colorado Springs and Garden of the Gods and supports the Trails and Open Space Coalition. This year’s ride options were 14 miles and 22 miles.

Although I’ve known about it, I had never ridden it before. I’ve ridden pretty much all night over a dozen times between the solo 24 hour mountain bike races, RAAM qualifier and RAAM itself but it hasn’t seemed worth ridding for a couple of hours the middle of the night.

The difference this year was my 8 year old was begging me to take her since some friends were ridding it. She’s never ridden 10 miles so I was a bit concerned about her making it 14 miles but she’s very determined so I figured she’d try hard.

We showed up about an hour before and it was one big party like I had heard. Some people had their bikes decorated and were wearing costumes. I saw several people I knew.

My daughter hadn’t felt well the night before and still wasn’t feeling the best that morning. We got part way into the ride and she decided she wanted to go home. We live just a few blocks off the course around mile 6 so we stopped by the house and then I continued on the ride.

It was a fun ride and it was clear, dry and not too cold. I heard there were about 1,300 riders and everyone was in party mode. I rode for little ways with Ken Hanes on his ElliptiGO. Maybe next year my daughter will want to ride it again.

Here are a few photos and there are more that I took here.

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