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Riding by moonlight
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Riders prepare their bikes and take off on the 24-mile round-trip between White Rock Bay and Fielding Garr Ranch on Antelope Island, in the 20th annual moonlight ride.
Riders prepare their bikes and take off on the 24-mile round-trip between White Rock Bay and Fielding Garr Ranch on Antelope Island, in the 20th annual moonlight ride.
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BY LOUISE R. SHAW

Clipper Staff Writer

ANTELOPE ISLAND – The moon wouldn’t be full for two more nights, but with lights on their bikes and helmets, 2,000 riders had enough light to make their way from White Rock Bay to Fielding Garr Ranch and back on Friday.

It was already dark at 10 p.m., when riders of all ages headed out for the 20th annual Antelope by Moonlight Bike Ride.

The 24-mile course wasn’t a race, but an opportunity to do something unusual in a unique place.

“Where else can you ride under the stars and the moon with like-minded people dressed like a goofballs?” said Noah Steele of Syracuse.

A costume contest preceded the ride and featured everything from Iron Man to Alice in Wonderland, from cows jumping over the moon to wearwolves.

Families came out to enjoy the night ride, as did friends, bike clubs and even a couple honeymooning from California.

“The reason we started it is to make people aware of what Antelope Island has to offer,” said Barry Burton, planning director for Davis County and a member of Friends of Antelope Island.

“It’s a unique and beautiful place,” he said of the island. “And we like to promote the health aspect of getting out on bikes as well.”

County Commissioner Bret Millburn said he loves the whole atmosphere of the event.

“It’s light-hearted and you get a little exercise out of it,” he said, “and the surrounding area is absolutely stunning Р with the sun setting and the moon rising.”

This year’s ride was a bit longer than those in past years. The popularity of the ride caused major traffic problems last year and the decision was made to move parking and the start of the ride from the marina to White Rock Bay, adding about two miles.

lshaw@davisclipper.com

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