photos by Daniela Buvat
Prom-themed, moon-lit, beer-drinking: bike ride.
This is the story of how I half-drunkenly biked 15 miles with 300 strangers in the middle of St. Louis, Missouri without water, a bike light or sense of direction.
Founded in June of 2016, the Ghost Ride Cycle Club in St. Louis exists solely to bring people together. Like their Facebook page states, “Ghost Ride Cycle Club is an illusion. We are nothing more than a few people that like to ride bikes and have a good time.” After many attempts to get in contact with the founders of the Ghost Ride Cycle Club, I realized how truly exclusive this type of experience was about to be. Everything was to be kept a secret, until the day of the actual ghost ride. I was in for quite a journey.
Each Ghost Ride is uniquely equipped with several different stops and surprises, such as slip and slide parties and bonfires. Every full moon, the Ghost Ride Cycle Club funds and orchestrates a giant citywide bike ride to promote health, safe biking and just having a ball. On the first full moon of October, I decided to go for a ride.