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Blazing saddles: three cities to Ride the Night in 2016

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Cyclists hit the streets in the first Ride the Night in Melbourne in 2015. Source: Ride the Night. Cycle Traveller

Thousands of cyclists across three capital cities will take to the streets in January, lights blazing, to cycle through the night in a social ride that also raises money to break the cycle of disadvantage.

Following a successful debut in Melbourne in February this year, Ride the Night is back and bigger for 2016 having expanded to Brisbane and Hobart while also having doubled the number of rider places available in Melbourne due to popular demand.

Marshalling late on Saturday 30 January 2016, cyclists across all three cities will hit the streets at the stroke of midnight as the clock ticks over to Sunday 31 January 2016.

Ride the Night Melbourne map. Cycle Traveller

Riders will have until 7am to complete the 70km loop bike routes, but don't worry about falling asleep as there will be plenty happening to keep everyone's senses awake.

Riding the night

The routes in each city pass iconic landmarks as well as entertainment stops with DJs, food truck refuelling stations, coffee, and dazzling light shows, giving riders the chance to rest, refuel and party.

There'll also be support vehicles, bicycle mechanics and volunteer ushers to make sure you make your way comfortably around the course.

Included in the entry price are refreshment stops every 15km as well as breakfast at the end of the route.

Ride the Night Brisbane map. Cycle Traveller

This year, the event has doubled the number of places available in Melbourne to 5000 by dividing cyclists into two starting points on the loop (get in quick to choose your preferred starting point).

In Brisbane, 1500 places are available and Hobart will play host to up to 1000 riders.

Support a good cause

Ride the Night, held by Bicycle Network in conjunction with Youth Support + Advocacy Service (YSAS) , is Australia’s first major mass participation night time cycling event.

Money raised goes toward supporting the work of YSAS in Victoria, The Link in Tasmania and the Brisbane Youth Service in Queensland.

Ride the Night Hobart bike map. Cycle Traveller

Each organisation helps vulnerable and high-risk young people take control of their lives, their health and wellbeing, setting them up for a better future.

Registrations

Cyclists will need to register to take part. Get in before 9 November 2015 to take advantage of early bird pricing of $93 per person.

The standard entry price is $100 per person, and that will increase to $120 for late entries after 29 January 2016.

Please note, this event is only open to those over the age of 16, and cyclists under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information or to register, visit the Ride the Night website and select your city.

Image: Top: Cyclists take part in the first ever Ride the Night in Melbourne in 2015. Click on a map to view a larger version of the bike route.

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