Meritan’s 15th annual Midnight Classic Bike Tour will begin at midnight, Saturday, August 23 at Tiger Lane, before making its way through the heart of the city.
Prior to the Bike Tour, the annual Lunar Festival will begin at 9:00 p.m., and feature tailgating, food trucks, and music from Gary Escoe’s Atomic Dance Machine.
The Bike Tour, a leisurely, non-competitive bike ride between Tiger Lane and downtown Memphis, is open to bike lovers of all ages and abilities. Bike vendors and repair experts will be available along the route for bike breakdowns and for those who need a little help. Police and volunteers will also be stationed along the route for safety.
Now listed among local events as one of the Top 25 Things to Do in Memphis, the Midnight Classic Bike Tour attracted more than 2,000 bicyclists last year, and event organizers expect to exceed that number this year.
“As biking in Memphis becomes increasingly popular, Meritan’s Midnight Classic Bike Tour has become the signature event in Memphis for bike enthusiasts,” said Melanie Keller, president of Meritan, Inc. “We draw riders from all over the Mid-South. Some ride alone, some ride in organized groups, and others bring their whole families to ride.”
Meritan is one of the city’s largest non-profit health social services agencies. Proceeds from the event support Meritan’s many services that benefit senior citizens, including home healthcare, care for intellectually and developmentally disabled persons and special needs foster children.
After the tour, Central BBQ, Gibson’s Donuts, and Fat Tire Beer will be served to all cyclists. Registration is $35 for adults and $20 for children, students, and military personnel with current identification. Registration fees will increase after August 15. To register visit Meritan’s website at Meritan.org or call (901) 766-0678 for more information.