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Photos: Cyclists Glow Hard At The Annual L.A.T.E. Ride

By Stephen Gossett in News on Aug 15, 2016 5:42PM

The annual L.A.T.E. Ride always draws a huge crowd of (literally) colorful cyclists.

Chicago cyclists donned colorful lights, reflectors and glow sticks to ride through the city all night long Saturday night into Sunday morning. After a pre-ride festivities at Buckingham Fountain, riders set out in groups at about 1:30 a.m. along Columbus Drive through a 25-mile course that extends west and north before looping down the Lakefront Trail and back to the fountain.

Given the late hour, cyclists of course have to load up on lights, reflectors, glow sticks, anything to increase visibility—and the bright-lit clusters always make for a fun sight. Check out the gallery above for scenes from this year's ride, which embarked early this Sunday morning. Proceeds from L.A.T.E. (or Long After Twilight Ends) benefit the Friends of the Parks.