Judging by the response, a new tradition may have been established by Bike Cochrane.
A chilly evening didn't prevent about 100 enthusiastic cyclists from hitting the trails into west Cochrane starting at Mitford Park for their first Night Glow Ride on Oct. 13.
Organizer Shane Hudson says he's been part of bike raves, that continue to grow in popularity, but designed this one to be family-friendly. He looked at the calendar and thought it was ideal to hold it on Friday the 13th.
There were riders of all ages and many brought their entire family, including the Irveras.
One of their children, Samuel says it was simply amazing, and wouldn't hesitate to do it again.
"We'll do it again next year, right?" Dad Adrian asked the kids, and their reply was a resounding, "Yes!"
Hudson says they biked about six km going as fast as the slowest rider. He purchased 2,400 glow sticks for the cyclists to string on themselves and their bikes. Many others brought lights to help shine the way.
Hudson is one of the cyclists of the 500-plus member club that leads rides.
Around the fire, after the ride, a resounding cheer was raised when it was announced the LaunchPad Bike Park will remain a permanent fixture in The Quarry. It's now being redesigned and paved.
The upgrade comes at a cost of over $100,000 and fundraising is underway, including a 50-50 raffle. The draw date of Dec.15 has been timed to come just in time for Christmas when a little extra cash will come in handy.
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