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Last night was our third annual BARTA night ride. It's the time of year around here that you either ride at 5:00am or 8:00pm and this our attempt at escaping the oppressive Las Vegas heat and boy has it been hot lately with temps near 115 degrees forcast all weekend.

As I rolled out of my driveway at 6:30 pm last night I took a quick temperature reading from my trusty little Kestrel weather meter. It reported a temp of 107.3 and a max wind speed of 3 mph. You know it can't be good when the weather gauge gives you a radio station number as a temp. Luckily after meeting up with the Desperado's and heading up the hill to the start point the temp dropped 13 degrees by start time.

In the three years we've been hosting this summer night ride we've always had a decent turn out of 6 to 8 riders. Last night we started out with 13 riders with another arriving late and caught the group by the time we reached the top of our climb. Did I mention that it is hot around these parts in the summer? Just checking. Luckily the temperatures were very pleasant as long as we were riding in the canyons. As soon as we rolled into the plains and valleys the temp jumped back up 5 or 6 degrees.

Anyway, we rolled up the hill with several stops to regroup. We had a pretty good group with most riders able to keep up. I was shewed out of the way at one point for going too slow -- man talk about no respect. ;) We did have a couple of guys riding with those nifty little Cateye LED lights (not so good on the trail by the way -- I've had to return to the trailhead using mine on several occasions when my legs outlasted my trusty old Niterider and they can be pretty sketchy on dirt roads -- let alone singletrack).

I tried taking many photos and only a few actually turned out pretty cool. My camera isn't the quickest in taking photos of moving riders in no light situations. I had to trash bin at least half of my photos for various reasons including blatant missing of target subjects, blurry white specs of riders lights in the distance and several nice photos of pitch black nothingness. At least a few did turn out relatively well!

Our nice group ride ended with 10-12 miles of riding and nearly 1600 feet of climbing with no major incidents beyond a couple of flats, at least one light dying (jmitchell had a spare to share -- thanks James) and a spill or two. After the ride sodas and some beer was available for the hot and tired riders.

One additional note to riders -- when I ask for a couple of minutes lead so I can get to a photo position, give me a couple of minutes! I'm not the fastest at getting my camera out and doing it in the dark is even slower. ;)

The photos:
1. Temperature at the 8:00pm start
2. The group minus our one latecomer
3. jmitchell climbing Badger Pass
4. Badger
5. Descending the BARTA connection
 

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Hot Saturday Night Ride Continued

Photos Continued:
Most of these are the best I could get out of my camera in the dark. Unfortunately I figured out how to get cool shots about half way through the ride. But changing the camera settings in the dark with riders bearing down on me didn't always work out.

Some ghost-like images and more riders.
 

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Cool....er.. hot looking ride, Matt. How do you get those Godzilla frozen x-ray beam out of their head/bike shots? Is that a PS effect?

Is it supposed to be any cooler next weekend? Yuck.
 

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My version(ride sweeper)

Gear is ready and lights are charged. Check the local weather before heading. 107 still!
I estimated about 20 people showing up ,but with these temps only the real hardcore would show. Maybe 10 people now. Everyone was there on time except for one guy who caught up pretty quick to the group. Turn out was 14 0r 15 riders. Some of the NV. mtbr posters showed up and we did the group shot thing. Matt was up for the leader position and i was the ride sweeper. Everyone new the trails good so there was no confusion on where to go. An easy climb up into the valley had me just barely moving along with the last few riders. Some had to stop a few time for breath. Once we crested the pass into red valley the guys up front were well rested while only one rider had a hard time making the last climb effort.It's all DH from here. In the first and only set of switchbacks was a blast with everyone bottlenecked and sketchy in the dark. One rider went down. The next part of the ride was all high speed ST cruising. All i could get in view was a big dust cloud from the riders ahead. Last part of the ride most people threw a mutiny on us and took a shorter way down and back. 3 of us went the intended longer route. About 2 miles left and one rider flats. Had a little difficulty getting the tire to seat so took a few extra minutes. I came in probably 20 mins behind the main group. Half the people left allready. Interesting that what would be an hour long ride turns into 2 plus hours with a group that size. A few of us hung out at the trailhead drinking until after midnight. Man i was unusually tired yesterday.
Good ride.
Some pics,my camera sucks though. It's old.
 

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Cool....er.. hot looking ride, Matt. How do you get those Godzilla frozen x-ray beam out of their head/bike shots? Is that a PS effect?

Is it supposed to be any cooler next weekend? Yuck.
I would set my camera to the night setting -- it would flash then hold the shutter open for another second or two. It was kinda cool, except I'd always mess up the setting when pulling my camera out of my pack and I would have to get out my flashlight to make any changes. And with riders coming down I was always hurrying to get it out and would always miss the riders in the front of the group.

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Great shots of Jeanie! I'll let her know that they're posted here. Wish I would have known about the ride, rode tonight starting at about 8, wasn't too bad. I hear ya about the heat, didn't even go out for my usual Sunday morning ride. Anywho.....nice pics!

Neal
 
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