Full moon brings cyclists out

The city has hosted the Moonlight Ride for more than 20 years.

Bicyclists filled the streets in the predawn darkness early Sunday morning.

Officials say the annual Tour de Jeff Moonlight Bike Ride always takes place during a full moon, as happened on Sunday. The ride started at 2 a.m. and took riders on a noncompetitive 15-mile ride around the perimeter of the city. Phil Stiles, a division director with the Jefferson City Parks & Recreation Department, said the ride is a good way to get people out for some exercise at a time of day when very few people are stirring. He said organizers try to minimize the number of hills on the route.

"We try to avoid all major hills, but in Jefferson City, that's kind of difficult," he said.

Stiles said the city has held the ride for about 20 years.