The annual full moon in August is traditionally a time when thousands of cyclists from across the Midwest take to the streets of downtown St. Louis at night to explore the sights and sounds of the city without traffic. The iconic Moonlight Ramble nighttime bicycle ride brings together riders of all ages and abilities for the longest running night ride in the US.
This year, however, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Moonlight Ramble will be taking place virtually.
“Canceling this year’s in-person Moonlight Ramble is extremely disappointing for everyone involved, but it was clearly the course we needed to follow from a health and safety perspective,” said Matt Helbig, CEO of Big River Race Management, the organizers of the event. “The Ramble and the many related events and activities during ride week are part of the fabric that makes St. Louis such a great place to call home. We look forward to coming together next year.”
In spite of the cancellation of the in-person event, the ride will continue on virtually this year adding a “Daylight Edition” of the Ramble.
“Without the ability to provide a safe and secure course at night, we’re encouraging all of our riders to complete their virtual rides during daylight hours,” said Helbig.
Riders can complete a general ride on their own or take on the new Moonlight Ramble Daylight Edition Century, where riders can ride when and where they want in as many sessions as needed to reach 100 miles.
“We’re hoping the Century adds a fun twist to the virtual component of our event.”
Registration for the 56th edition of the Moonlight Ramble Daylight Edition opened July 20. Tickets and event information for the virtual ride is available at www.moonlightramble.com.
Big River is proud to name Trailnet as this year’s charity partner. A portion of each registration from this year’s event will go to Trailnet to help them advance their mission to foster healthy, active, and vibrant communities where walking, biking, and the use of public transit are a way of life.
“While the Moonlight Ramble is an iconic and beloved event in our city, I applaud Big River Race Management for putting the health and safety of both spectators and riders first,” said Trailnet’s CEO Cindy Mense. “We look forward to partnering with the event for this year’s virtual ride and next year’s ride when we can all enjoy it together!”
Tickets for the virtual event are $10 and are on sale now and can be purchased though www.moonlightramble.com. Special glow-in-the-dark T-Shirts are available for purchase as well.