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Ever notice how night just changes the mood of whatever you’re doing? Watch a horror movie in the daytime and it’s just mildly scary; watch it at night and you’re hiding under the bed. Eat a bowl of cereal for breakfast and it’s just, well, breakfast; eat Lucky Charms at midnight and it’s a guilty treat that tastes better by the crack of light from the fridge. All that holds true for a late-night bicycle ride.

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When the sun goes down, the cyclists come out for the Atlanta Moon Ride! Image: Adam Davila Photography

The fourth annual Atlanta Moon Ride takes place on Friday, June 10, 2016, welcoming a crowd of bicyclists, insomniacs and people who just love to party. This night-cycling event stretches six miles through the best intown neighborhoods — starting and ending at Piedmont Park and wrapping through Midtown, Ansley Park, Historic Old Fourth Ward, Morningside and Virginia-Highland.

The Atlanta Moon Ride isn’t some quiet, lost-in-your-thoughts type of ride. It’s a rave on wheels that begins rolling at 11 p.m. Participants dress up in the wackiest, brightest, neon-iest outfits they can find, with glow-in-the-dark accessories and wacky helmets. And before the riders set off on a nocturnal adventure of epic proportions, the event kicks off with a raging party at the park. The very apropos headliner, Electric Avenue, will play at the party, pumping everyone up with rad music, including tributes to David Bowie and Prince. Riders will fuel their internal engines with food from participating food trucks (and liquid courage from a few outdoor bars).

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A midnight stroll may be romantic, but a midnight roll is flat-out fun! Image: Joseph Wong Photography

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Atlanta native and UGA grad Dani Lou Ramos won this year’s Atlanta Moon Ride T-shirt contest with this cool design.

If this was Paul Revere’s midnight ride, he’d be super proud of all the riders — that’s because all the proceeds go to Bert’s Big Adventure, a nonprofit organization that provides an all-expense-paid trip to Walt Disney World for children with chronic and terminal illnesses and their families. The 2015 Moon Ride raised $45,000.

There are few events that are as awesome for kids as they are for their parents, and the Atlanta Moon Ride is for sure one of them. This is a chance to create lasting memories with your family, by keeping the rugrats up a few hours past their bedtime. As long as they have a helmet (with or without matching glowsticks) and know how to ride a bike, they’re set — or just attend the kickoff party if your biking legs need a break. It’s a magical way to uncover new perspective about our beloved city, all under the cloak of moonlight!

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Spin class has nothing on the Atlanta Moon Ride! Image: Joseph Wong Photography

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It’s not about who wins or loses, it’s about how much fun you had! Image: Adam Davila Photography

General admission starts at $35 and includes the official Atlanta Moon Ride T-shirt, as well as a wristband for entry into the party starting at 6 p.m. (The VIP experience costs $90.) There is a ton of information available on the Atlanta Moon Ride website, so make sure to check it out before you hit the road! 

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