Midnight Madness 2011

The 2011 version of Midnight Madness was just as much fun as any year. Last year I was lead-out, this year I was near the back. Before the ride, there are costume contests and “official” photographs are taken of the riders. I even got a few photos of my own. It’s a little tricky taking pictures, after all it’s mdnight, and the velorambler doesn’t own a professional quality camera. So if a few are a little blurry, it’s motion and lighting conditions. But you still can get the flavor of it all.

A Character from Avatar

A Character from Avatar

There were all kinds of costumes. You might catch a few glimpses in these pictures. Midnight Madness is something you really need to experience for yourself.

Rich on his High-Wheeler

Rich on his High-Wheeler

Rich has been at several of the recent events I’ve attended. His high-wheelers are always a source of curiosity. He even organizes rides of all high-wheelers around San Diego.

Fellow ride marshalls

Fellow ride marshalls

Good thing they have their name tags on their helmets, I would never remember their names. If I could just read hers 🙁 I think their nams are Xing and Kim. They were ride marshals last year, too. Don’t they have lovely smiles?

Mario & Luigi

Mario & Luigi

The Mario Brothers were in attendance. How did their ride numbers get so far apart?  What great costumes. Midnight Madness really brings out people’s inventiveness.

Jelly Fish

Jelly Fish

I didn’t get a good picture with all the other fish in his tentacles. This was actually a group costume. Group costumes can be a lot of fun, though there are very few. Last year there was the Grinch and Cindy Who riding on a front-box cargo bike.

The start

The start

The riders are released in “waves” of a few hundred riders. This is the “wave” I rode out with. Once they leave the start riders find their own rhythm and pace. Along the way riders will veer off. One corner bar right before we rode onto Shelter Island was especially tempting. About 20 rider rode up to the door. After we got back on Rosecrans after leaving shelter island I saw a crowd hanging in front the a liquor store. I saw several “riders” holding beer cans after we passed that establishment.

I tried to get some shots of the city view from Shelter Island but of course my little point and shoot wasn’t up to the task. If your ever find yourself with nothing much to do on a summer evening in August in San Diego, check out Midnight Madness. All proceeds benefit youth outreach programs of American Youth Hostels in San Diego. And beside that it’s just a lot of fun.

 

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