Moonlight Ride Frequently Asked Questions
What is the course like?
We have three courses—28-miler, 8-miler, and a 3-mile family ride—you pick! The 28-mile course will be supported by police, but will not be closed to vehicle traffic, while the 8-mile and 3-mile options are completely vehicle free.
Where do I park?
Sports Backers Stadium has FREE parking spaces located in the surface lots surrounding The Diamond. Please follow these directions, as they take into account the streets and parking lot entrances that will be open on Saturday evening. Please note that roads and parking lot entrances around The Diamond will be closed at 7:30 p.m., so arrive early.
FROM NORTH and WEST of RICHMOND From I-95 or I-64, take exit 78 (the Boulevard)
- At the bottom of the exit ramp, turn right onto the Boulevard (Rt. 161 South)
- Move into the left lane and make a left at the first traffic light onto Robin Hood Road
- Turn right into the parking lot (behind the Ashe Center)
FROM SOUTH and EAST of RICHMOND: From I-95 or I-64, take exit 78 (the Boulevard)
- At the bottom of the exit ramp, turn left onto Hermitage Road
- Go straight on Hermitage Road through the first traffic signal
- Make a right turn into the Sports Backers Stadium/Diamond parking lot. (Directly across from Sherwood Avenue).
What happens if I cannot complete the ride?
If you cannot complete the ride, you can put your bicycle in one of the SAG (Supplies and Gear) vehicles, and receive a ride back to the start. Simply alert the nearest course marshal and they will notify the SAG crew to come pick you up.
Is there a time limit?
28-Mile Course = 2.5 hour time limit (ride begins at 5pm, course closes at 7:30pm)
8-Mile Course = 1.5 hour time limit
Where are the restrooms?
You will find restrooms at the start/finish and at the aid station along the course.
Where is First Aid?
There is a medical tent at the start/finish, and first aid is available at the rest stop along the course. Bike medics will be out on the course, as well as course marshals and police officers who can call for emergency medical service.
Where can I get water?
You can fill up your water bottles at the water station near the starting point or at the aid station along the course.
Can you help me fix my bicycle?
We recommend visiting your local Agee’s Bicycle location before the ride to make sure your bike is in good riding condition, and while you are there, you can pick up all the items needed to meet the safety requirements. For those last minute issues, Agee’s will also be on-site before the ride and at the aid station.
Is the ride safe?
The Moonlight Ride is very safe provided you follow all of the event rules and safety tips. Police officers will be riding and patrolling the route. Course marshals will be stationed at strategic turns and intersections.
May I bring my child along for the ride?
Bike trailers and seats are allowed in the 8-mile and 3-mile ride, but not on the 28-mile course. Children not riding their own bike do not need to pay, but parents must sign a waiver for them during registration or at packet pick-up where they will receive a tag to put on the trailer or seat. Training wheels and tri-cycles aren’t permitted, but approved bike trailers are always welcome—but please, nothing homemade or rigged together.
The following minimum ages are required for individuals wishing to ride their own bike:
3-mile Ride = 5 years or older
8-mile Ride = 8 years or older
28-mile ride = 16 years or older