Moscow International Cycling Night, in collaboration with Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, is announcing its annual cycling trip. This year, the event is dedicated to Moscow’s football history.
Russia’s national squad’s exciting and unexpected progress at the 2018 World Cup has made the 2018 edition of Cycling Night, and its key themes, even more relevant today. It is the game of football that attracts the widest audience globally, often becoming a country’s trademark attribute, with football players often receiving more kudos than film stars. Even in the era of virtual and augmented reality, Cristiano Ronaldo’s goals or Igor Akinfeev’s saves blast viewer ratings. This is a story of passion, adrenaline, finesse and luck.
The route of Cycling Night, whose participants will learn interesting facts about notable matches and exotic life stories of Russian football legends, will embrace the city’s major arenas along with venues of stadiums that no longer exist, including the one that was located on the territory of Gorky Park.
This year’s Cycling Night’s guides include the author of the footballer Eduard Streltsov’s biography, Alexander Nilin; Professor of the University of Genoa and author of the book Spartak Moscow Mario Curletto; historian Sergey Bondarenko; and journalist Mikhail Smirnov. The host of Cycling Night is the Velonotte President, urban historian Sergey Nikitin. The participants of the ride, as well as any other visitors, will have the chance to join Cycling Night’s live broadcast on radio Mayak, hosted by the art historian Maria Karaicheva.