Though still more than two weeks away, I’m having trouble containing my excitement over the plans that have been laid regarding next month’s ultra-ambitious Midnight Ridazz so I figured I’d chuck the preliminaries up here so that anyone interested can commence planning their participation accordingly.
And you are going to want to plan. Because while the September 8 ride follows a course across the rarely Ridazz-ridden westside down to the sea, unless like me you’re game for making an about face and biking back upstream all the way home you’re gonna wanna logisticate. Maybe crashing at a SaMo hotel/motel room for the night and biking back the next day is in order. Or previously arranging to have vehicular transportation available in the vicinity of the ride’s endpoint. Or it could be your return trip is facilitiated by $1.25 and any of a number of bike rack-equipped MTA bus lines running away from the ocean.
As important as how you’re going to get home is from where you’ll start the evening’s festivities. Out of consideration for varying levels of rider stamina and to help disperse the current trend of a brazilllion bicyclists converging upon a single point of embarkation, the ride’s organizers are presently orchestrating two separate starting points. One will be at the former L.A. City College stadium (now sadly a parking lot) on Vermont south of Santa Monica Boulevard with a scheduled 9 p.m. departure. The second will be at the Trader Joe’s in Culver City at Venice and Culver boulevards, leaving at 10:30 p.m. (or whenever the pack from LACC passes by). The distances to the pier from each start are approximately 17 and 8 miles, respectively, and confidence is high that the pier will be swarmed by midnight. Can’t wait!