‘Spectacular’ breaks registration record

       More than 775 bicyclists registered for the Starlight Spectacular June 19 - the best in the annual event's 10-year history.
       The wee-hours ride, with the more ambitious riders traveling more than 22 miles, starts and ends at the Garden of the Gods Visitor Center and includes sections down Garden of the Gods Road and up Colorado Avenue through Old Colorado City.
       Linda Hodges, assistant director of the Trails and Open Space Coalition for the Pikes Peak Region, said the previous Spectacular registration record was 771, set last year. Although the number of actual riders cannot be exactly determined, Hodges said she thought the number was close to 725.
       About 100 pre-registrants, many from out of town, did not show up for the event, despite having paid up to $35 per person in advance. This was probably because of the rainy weather that persisted as late as the afternoon of June 19, Hodges said. But the Coalition broke its record by having 88 people show up on the night of the event, thanks to the skies clearing, she added.
       The Starlight Spectacular is one of the major fund-raisers of the year for the non-profit advocacy organization.

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