365 Things to Do in Memphis #231: Ride Your Bike at Midnight

Posted by Holly Whitfield | August 18th 2012 959 0

For some people, riding a bike on the Memphis streets is a lot to consider. For the rest of you, though, there's the Midnight Classic: an all-night, police-protected bike ride through midtown and downtown. Here's what you need to know before you go:

Midnight Classic, Memphis, Tenn.

You don't have to have to be a regular bike lane user or own some of those fancy shiny shorts to ride in the Midnight Classic. Riders of all skill and fitness levels are welcome in the ride.

Around 10 p.m. on Saturday, August 25th, hundreds of cyclists will flock to the Poplar Plaza shopping center parking lot. They'll hang out, drink beer, check out vendors and listen to live music until midnight, when it's time to ride. At midnight, the ride starts. Police protect street lanes on the ride's route, which goes downtown from Poplar Plaza and back.

Even though the Midnight Classic isn't a fancy road race, there are some prizes for the group with the most riders, best bicycle decoration and (my favorite) best costume.

Go there:

What: Midnight Classic Bike Ride

When: 10 p.m. – 3 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 25

Where: The ride leaves from Poplar Plaza Shopping Center

Who: Anyone with a little bit of cash, a bicycle and a helmet. Participation is limited to 2500 people.

How much: $40 adults / $20 kids under 18 in advance, $50 adults / $25 kids under 18 on ride night. Proceeds go to Meritan.


Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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  1. Teri Stoerger says:

    Do I pay the night of the ride?

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