Now, the annual ride through Antelope Island will continue, with the 18th version of the annual Antelope Island by Moonlight Bike Ride.
This year’s theme, common in year’s past with movies, animals and fictitious beings, is centered around the Harry Potter series of movies and books. The theme this year is being taken from the final book of the series, titled “The Deathly Hallows.”
“The Deathly Shallows” follows last year’s “Moonlight Bites” as the theme of the year, with riders being encouraged to dress up for the theme this year.
The route itself hasn’t changed, with the 22-mile ride’s half way point at the historic Fielding Garr Ranch, where refreshments and prizes will be served for the best-dressed costume according to the theme.
“This route along the east side of the island provides a breathtaking view of Great Salt Lake and the lights across the lake, all by the illumination of the full moon,” said Neka Roundy, event planner. “The costumes and bike decorations have really been fun over the years too.”
Prizes will be awarded to participants who choose to dress up or decorate their bike in accordance to the theme, which has been one of the most popular and fun items of the previous rides held at the island.
And although current early registration for the event has already passed, people are still being asked to sign up for the yearly event. This year the prices range from $17-$27 and will include a T-shirt, park entry, and refreshments.
Those that register are being reminded that Utah State law requires all night riders to use a working headlight and reflectors.
Helmets are mandatory and both lights and helmets will be available for sale at the ride.
Money collected for the event will go to Antelope Island State Park projects.
“I want to welcome all participants and visitors of the Antelope by Moonlight Bike Ride,” said Syracuse Mayor Jamie Nagle. “We encourage all participants to enjoy the island and hope they enjoy their time spent during this annual fun event.”
The event itself is also sponsored by several local agencies, including the Davis County Community and Economic Development, Davis County Planning, the Davis County Health Department, Friends of Antelope Island and Antelope Island State Park.
This year’s ride will also be sponsored by The Biker’s Edge, NOW 97.9 FM, Wadman Corporation and the United Site Service.
The ride will begin at 10 p.m. and start at the island marina. Judging for the best dressed or decorated bike for the year’s theme will be done 15 minutes before the beginning of the ride.