Amazing BikeMO 2013 review; ride photos

The Early Morning Cyclist posted a detailed review of BikeMO 2013, MoBikeFed's annual fundraising ride in mid Missouri. After discussing why he doesn't generally do organized rides or charity rides, the Early Morning Cyclist continues

BikeMO 2013 review
BikeMO 2013 review

So what did I do this morning? Well, of course I participated in a bicycle event! In fact, I went well out of my way, loading up a bike and driving two hours to Rocheport, Missouri. BikeMo is an annual fund raising ride for the Missouri Bicycle Federation and the Missouri Bicycle Foundation. These organizations advocate for cycling in the state of Missouri, promoting improved bicycling conditions in our fine state. In a lot of ways I feel like they’re more of a grassroots organization than a professional fund raising wheelhouse – and quite frankly that one small distinction makes me feel very good about participating in their events. Their goals and impact are local so in a very real way my participation is an investment in my own community. . . .

I really appreciated just how “right” the organizers got things today. Lines were short, registration was quick, and when we got to that first stop there really was plenty of snacks and water on hand. The overall atmosphere, too, was convivial. Everyone seemed to be talking to everyone else. In fact here I was, a two hour drive from home, and I found myself running into people who lived blocks from my house. So to top things off, new casual acquaintances came about during the ride. A couple of us rode the return route together, slower and much more casually in fact, and got to know one another.

For those sticking around after the ride, Les Bourgeois had the wine and beer flowing, and lunches, prior to the start of an after party. Sadly, my time was already spoken for and I had to load the bike and head back immediately.

Next year. Next year!

The Early Morning Cyclist also reviewed BikeMO 2012. Photos from BikeMO 2013 are posted on Facebook and in the Gallery at  King of the Mountain winners were announced on the BikeMO Facebook page.

Huge thanks to everyone who rode in BikeMO 2013 and to our wonderful volunteers and ride sponsors.  BikeMO is one of the most important annual fundraising events for statewide bicycle advocacy in Missouri.

Find out more about BikeMO 2014--planned for Saturday, August 23rd, 2014 starting at Les Bourgeois Winery--on the BikeMO web site.