The Midnight Express Ride is a fundraiser event for the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition - and in its first year, it is already setting out to be an event like no other. On November 15th, 2008, riders will assemble at Union Station in downtown Los Angeles at midnight - and shortly thereafter, on November 16th, just after the last Gold Line train pulls into the station, the riders will begin an epic journey featuring monumental landscapes bathed in moonlight, routes through towns deep in the arms of sleep, and climbs that will take the riders far above the blanket of lights from the city. The route is 50 miles with over 6300 ft in ascent, overnight in mid-November: an incredible odyssey and experience.
The route heads north from downtown Los Angeles to La Caņada Flintridge, highlighted by a surreal 3 mile path along the Arroyo Seco River and a few sustained climbs with an average grade of 6% to 8%. Passing through La Canada, the ride continues its escape from the city upwards into the Angeles National Forrest, where the roadways are lit only by the 82% full Moon, the sea of stars, and riders' headlights. Along the journey to the Acton/Vincent Grade station, near Palmdale, riders will be immersed in the indescribably beautiful and monumentally encompassing landscape of the Angeles National Forest, challenged by the steep climbs and the crisp chill of the mid-November weather. Once at Acton/Vincent Grade, the riders are greeted with a warm breakfast, the warmth of sunrise, and an even warmer feeling of triumph. From this location, riders can take the Metrolink trains back to Union Station.
This ride is being sponsored by Helen's Cycles, I.Martin Bicycles, Clif Bar, NiteRider, SWRVE Cycling, and more! There amazing prizes available to riders who gather the most fundraising pledges. The ride is fully supported by amazing volunteers and all riders are guaranteed to have one of the most amazing and unique riding experiences ever!
More information and registration information is available at: http://www.midnightexpressride.org
Hurry! Registration for this first inaugural year is limited to 60 riders!