Thank you everyone who participated in last night’s Owl Ride! It sure was a hoot in downtown Omaha with about 2,000 riders making the night-time trek, once again making the Owl Ride the largest annual night-time ride between Chicago and Denver.
The OwL Ride gives riders a choice of an 7.5-mile short course and a 17-mile extended route. With its non-competitive format and choice of courses, both casual and serious riders and families can enjoy the unique experience of the OwL Ride. Come join us at 10 p.m. Saturday July 11 for a cruise through the city with your nocturnal friends.
The family-friendly short course takes riders from Omaha’s riverfront into midtown Omaha. The extended course continues through the heart of Dundee and Aksarben Village before returning downtown via Field Club. The map of this year’s course is still being finalized, but it will be similar to last year’s. Click this link to see 2014 course. 2014 OwL Ride Route Map
The same-day event fee is $35 for adults and $15 for children 18 and under. On-line registration will remain open right up until the start of the ride. You can also register in person at Lewis and Clark Landing tonight. Owl Ride registration comes with:
- Official Rider Guide/route map.
- Rider identification bib (for registration confirmation and on-route bicycle maintenance support).
- A cruise through the heart of Omaha on a great course, with police providing traffic support at major intersections (streets are open to traffic, though, so do ride with normal discretion).
- Bicycle support provided by our local bike shop sponsors, including Bike Rack, Olympia Cycle, The Bike Way, Trek Bicycle Store, Re-Cycle, Bike Masters, and Omaha Bicycle Company.
- Owl Perchs/rest stops with water/refreshments and snacks.
- Post-ride snack and entertainment at Lewis and Clark Landing
NOTE: Helmets are required for all Owl Ride participants, and state law also requires anyone riding at night to have both a front light and rear reflectors. Our sponsors offer discounts on helmets and lights. See our Safety page for more information.
Registered riders are strongly encouraged to pick up their packet in advance of the ride. Packet picket will be held at the Sports Authority store just north of 72nd and Pacific Streets on the following dates:
Wednesday July 8, 6-9 p.m.
Friday July 10, 6-9 p.m.
Saturday July 11 (day of event), 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
The Meyer Foundation
In addition to a great night, you will help people in our community. The ride is a benefit for the Meyer Foundation for Disabilities, which offers programs and activities for people with developmental disabilities. See how your registration helps to improve the quality of life and promote inclusion for teens and adults in greater Omaha:
Contests and Prizes
Click here to learn more about OwL Ride contests and prizes, including our Bright Bikes contest and the Biker Build Off, giving you a chance to win the ultimate in urban bikes! Click here for a video of the bikes you’ll have a chance to win.
Friends, co-workers and families may form teams to share the evening’s adventures.
Want to know more? Click here for a list of Frequently Asked Questions.