Starlight Spectacular preview



Circadian rhythms be damned!

You've got just a couple days to start eating irregular meals, taking coffee at all the wrong times, and indulging yourself in late-night power naps — or even making the leap to a polyphasic sleep schedule. Anything to prep your body for Saturday night's 18th annual Starlight Spectacular.

Though this year's nocturnal bicycle ride across the city begins at an earlier 10:30 p.m., something tells me that the 14-mile ride's effect on participants' sleep cycles won't be greatly diminished. (For the brave and the braggadocios, there's even a 22-mile option winding through the Garden of the Gods.)

The website of organizers Trails and Open Space Coalition promises:

Once again, we will have our famous ‘themed’ rest stops with REI hosting the first fun-filled stop, and Colorado Springs Cycling Club and Old Town Bike Shop outdoing themselves at the second stop at Bancroft Park in Old Colorado City. Hope you enjoy the costumes, refreshments and maintenance support at each stop.

The Starlight Spectacular provides financial support to the Trails and Open Space Coalition (TOSC) to help us advocate for cyclists. This is an opportunity for you to support the community and help improve the cycling culture and infrastructure in the Pikes Peak region.

Route map
  • Route map
Our own J. Adrian Stanley reports that the ride will even feature an armadillo and someone something mysteriously and beguilingly named "the Starlight Princess."

Tickets are still available online, from $45 with discounts for teams, families, children, seniors and soldiers. Proceeds benefit the Trails and Open Space Coalition.

P.S. Don't sleep through the pre-ride festivities, which begin at 8:30 p.m. at the Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center.

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