After being in June for some years, this year's massive L.A.T.E. (Long After Twilight Ends) ride is Saturday August 13th 20th (through early Sunday). They announced in December but I only just noticed, figured it might be news to others.
That also happens to be Air&Water Show weekend, which typically blocks portions of the lakefront trail that the ride usually uses, and there may be Metra bike bans? But I presume they'll figure things out. That also happens to fall on a Midnight Marauders 3rd Saturday.
As per http://facebook.com/LATERide
Mark you calendars - Friends of the Parks' 2016 LATE Ride will be held on August 20-21st!
Unfortunately, our date is subject to the availability of the Chicago Park District. LATE Ride will be August 20-21 this year.
Our parent organization, Friends of the Parks, has been through transition and has a new executive director as of September 2015. We have been reviewing all the feedback from the last few years, are bringing on a new contractor to support the event, and look forward to a much improved experience for all this year. Please feel free to message us with any other feedback.
Interesting information. It'll be interesting to see how the ride changes with the new leadership - hopefully the changes with the new contractor will bring about some good changes.
The LATE ride's been a cluster f*** for the past few years after a change in management. I've given up on it.
I was trying to be purely informational, but yeah, seemed largely unstaffed. I remember loving 2008+- when there were bands and McD served thousands of sunrise breakfasts. I and just a few others have inline skated it.
I wouldn't be surprised if as the date approaches they decide to skip a year. It's gotta be a beast to produce. Maybe ATA could help.
What an unfortunate choice of dates.
I worked as a ride marshal this past year and it was really embarrassing when I ran out of tubes/ CO2 (that were my own stash, not provided by Friends of the Park) to help those with flats and when I called the contact number I was told : "there is no SAG/support..."
I also saw so many close calls of bikes vs cars at busy intersections-- I know they handed out info saying we had to obey stop lights, etc, but most riders either didn't care, didn't know, or expected that after paying a ride fee we would have a safe course.
I know this isn't "Bike the Drive" but if they're going to charge $50-70, it can't just be a night ride on Chicago streets that we're just given a bib for. Needs to be something resembling a "race" (ie road closures, mobile medics, support, repair, etc...)
Confirming Tom's post, LATE ride this year is Saturday August 13th (-early Sunday the 14th).
Announced at Facebook.com/LATERide/posts/556188561228842
Hello LATE Riders. So our last tentative date got bumped as well by the city. We are now officially set for August 13/14, 2016 for LATE Ride. Stay tuned, we'll get registration up and running soon. In the meantime, dust off your bikes and get out and enjoy your parks!