Get ready for Antelope moonlight bike ride

Tuesday , June 17, 2014 - 2:34 PM

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Riders depart at the 17th Annual Antelope by Moonlight Bike Ride at Antelope Island Friday, June 25...

SYRACUSE — An observation deck, electronic signage at the causeway gate and a paved road to the historic Fielding-Garr Ranch House, are just a sampling of the Antelope Island improvements that have been made with the revenues generated from the annual Antelope by Moonlight Bike Ride.

The 24-mile recreational ride from the north side of the island to the island ranch house over the years has generated tens of thousands of dollars in improvements for the state park island.

This year’s ride, the 21st annual, will be held at 10 p.m. July 11. Online registration for the event is now being accepted at www.AntelopebyMoonlight.com.

Proceeds from the event, which attracts hundreds of riders, are turned over to Friends of Antelope Island, a board that determines how the island dollars can best be used, said Neka Roundy, with the Office of Community and Economic Development.

The ride proceeds are matched through grant money the Friends group, a nonprofit entity, receives, Roundy said.

“These proceeds go to a lot of different projects to enhance (visitors’) experience on Antelope Island,” Davis County Commissioner Bret Millburn said.

Millburn, a bike riding enthusiast, regularly participates in the event.

With the start of this year’s race being staged at White Rock Bay, Roundy said, the event will include a tailgate party beginning at 7:30 p.m.. The party will include the music of local band Endless Summer. The county is also accepting applications for vendors to attend the party.

Prizes will be offered for the best decorated bike or rider focusing on this year’s theme of “Shoot For The Moon,” Roundy said.

Early ride registration prior to July 1 is $25 per person, and includes a collector’s T-shirt designed by Barry Burton, Davis County planning director. Late registration is $30, and there is no guarantee that will include the collector’s T-shirt.

Registration does include the park entry fee and refreshments served up until midnight.

All riders are required to have a working headlight and taillight on their bike, and a riding helmet is mandatory, Roundy said.

In 2012, the bike ride drew a record 2,100 riders. Last year’s ride had closer to 1,700 participants.

For further information contact 801-451-3286.

Contact reporter Bryon Saxton at 801-6725-4244 or bsaxton@standard.net. Follow him on Twitter at @BryonSaxton.

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