This Year’s Ramble Bicycle Ride
Sound Defense team cyclists rode with the thousands participating in the 42nd Annual Moonlight Ramble benefiting BikeHouston. BikeHouston is a non-profit organization formed to give a voice to Houston cyclists. The organization works to make Houston a bike-friendly community by promoting public awareness, education, safety and much more. Proceeds from the Ramble supports their work in the city of Houston.
The Moonlight Ramble was on October 25th, and it began at the George R Brown Convention Center in downtown Houston. The ride started at 11:59 pm Saturday evening. Team Sound Defense rode the 20 mile bicycle route though the Ramble offers two routes.
This year’s bicycle ride took cyclists through parts of downtown Houston and the surrounding area. The 20 mile bicycle ride traveled through the Galleria, Memorial park, and Memorial Drive areas. The rest stop was in the usual spot on Post Oak Blvd. The snacks were great. Riders hydrated and grabbed a quick bite.
The weather was just right with temperatures in the upper 60s-70s. The air was a bit on the sticky side due to high humidity, but the sky was clear, and the Moon and stars helped to light the way.
The Ramble is a very festive event. Wearing costumes one the bike ride is allowed and there were a good few cyclists in costume. This year there was a great variety and some pretty neat get-ups. Lighting your bicycle seemed to be the way to go this year. It was a very festive bicycle ride that offered a view of Houston not often seen. The ride was well marked. Officers and volunteers were located at various intersections to help the riders negotiate the route. There was no trouble figuring out which way to go. Cyclists were treated to a slower paced tour of Houston at night. It is an unusual treat to see the City this way.
The 20 mile ride is not challenging in length, but it does require some skill. It is unusual to ride with so many in a group, and it takes a bit of patience and ability to negotiate the stop lights and turns. There were a good number of potholes to contend with, but they presented only a minor obstacle. On some of the streets, there were divided pavement roads. This does not sound like a big deal and most often it isn’t. If a bicycle tire hangs up on the split in the road though it can be difficult to recover. All in all though this year’s Ramble was a great bike ride with fantastic weather.