The Twin Cities metro consistently ranks among the best in the country for bicyclists. Usually that assertion is followed by a lot of exposition about our infrastructure: the greenway, bike lanes, lots of flat land, and so on. But much of what makes biking in the Twin Cities great isn't about getting around town quickly. It has to do with what you get to look at while you're pedaling, from the natural appeal of our trees and waterways to the aesthetic pleasure of our urban architecture. The Night Owl Classic is designed to showcase that beauty from behind the handlebars, winding as it does along the peaceful banks of the Mississippi at dusk (the most pleasant time of day to bike). The non-competitive ride caters to all levels of fitness, holding an 8.5-mile "Family Flight" at 7 p.m. for beginners, and a 16.5-mile "Hoot Loop" at 8 p.m. for the longer-winded. Celebrations with food and music precede and follow each ride, and include costume and tricked-out bike contests. For more info call 612.238.3930 or visit www.nightowlclassic.com.
Sat., Aug. 22, 5:30 p.m., 2009