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    Pemberton Night Ride

    This Friday, 8/13/2010

    Mountain Bike in the Moonlight - McDowell
    McDowell Mountain Regional Park
    Mountain Bike by the Moon Light is the only night ride in the Phoenix area organized by a land manager to get mountain bikers out during the hot summer months. This year's summer night ride series is sponsored by the SLIPPERY PIG bike shops in Phoenix and Fountain Hills. This ride will be held on the Pemberton Trail (15.4 miles). The Pemberton Trail is not very technical; however, night riding will make it more difficult. Helmets and lights will be mandatory on this ride. Only lights designed for use with mountain bikes with at least a 3 hour power source are acceptable. All riders must sign in and out at the trailhead as they start and finish their ride. Everyone needs to be off the trail by 9:30 PM. This is not a guided ride. Volunteers will sweep the course to ensure all riders return safely. For more information call 480-471-0173.
    Date: 8/13/2010
    Time: 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    Registration Required: No
    Fee: $6 per vehicle park entry fee
    Contact: Rand Hubbell, Park Supervisor 480-471-0173
    Location: McDowell Mountain Regional Park
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    16300 McDowell Mountain Park Drive
    MMRP, AZ, AZ 85255

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    Sounds fun I will see if my crew wants to go there instead of T100 Friday.

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    Friday???
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    Yep, the next two night rides are Friday.

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    Ty and I will be there and thinking about riding the cyclocross bikes this time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mcoplea
    Ty and I will be there and thinking about riding the cyclocross bikes this time.
    Capital idea! I think my major one needs a trail intro as well!
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    Night ride

    Interested but not sure I understand it. Night ride but you have to be out by 9:30pm?

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    azcentral.com has this article in the "Things To Do" section:

    http://www.azcentral.com/thingstodo/...tain-park.html

    Nice mention, except it incorrectly states that all the night rides are on Pemberton.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ssphoenix
    Interested but not sure I understand it. Night ride but you have to be out by 9:30pm?

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    The park staff has to account for everyone, you sign out as you leave and in as you return. They don't want to leave anyone stranded on the trail. They typically don't send out the rescue team unless there is a reason for concern. They do enforce a cut-off time when they no long allow you to head out onto the trail, I don't recall what that time is.

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    Anyone have a trail map?

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    This should get you all the maps you need:

    http://www.maricopa.gov/parks/mcdowell/maps.aspx

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigBadConrad
    azcentral.com has this article in the "Things To Do" section:

    http://www.azcentral.com/thingstodo/...tain-park.html

    Nice mention, except it incorrectly states that all the night rides are on Pemberton.
    It is great to see MTB'ing getting a little coverage in the newspaper.
    Marty

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    Good time last night. I think the final head count was 145 riders. Quite a few riders - myself included - scrambling to get on the trail by the 8pm cutoff time. Rand said next year all the night rides will probably be on Saturday to better accomodate the working stiffs.

    Good news: Rand said they will be making a singletrack trail from the Granite Tank to Cedar Tank section of the Pemberton Trail, basically paralleling the fireroad. He's hoping to build several tabletop jumps about 4' tall on this 'fireroad bypass'!

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    Wow! 145 riders. Could anyone even move? I'm picturing the start of a marathon at the trail head followed by miles of a front-to-rear-tire train where absolutely EVERYONE travels at the slowest person's pace.

    I just got my MagicShine 900 this week so I'll be up for something soon. Gotta see if I like using a light...

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    Big Mike - it wasn't a mass start. When I shoved off at 8pm 135 riders were already on the trail and some were almost done already. Not as nuts as it sounds. Riders were spread out pretty well.

    Next ride is in two weeks (Fri 8/27) at the Competitive Track, following the official debut of the Pump Track!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigBadConrad
    Big Mike - it wasn't a mass start. When I shoved off at 8pm 135 riders were already on the trail and some were almost done already. Not as nuts as it sounds. Riders were spread out pretty well.
    Good to hear...

    Quote Originally Posted by BigBadConrad
    Next ride is in two weeks (Fri 8/27) at the Competitive Track, following the official debut of the Pump Track!
    I'll have to try to make it... sounds fun and sounds like I can't get lost

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    Can't believe I have not made ONE of these yet this year. I really enjoy these rides and will try to get the next one! IT is fun for those who have not tried it.

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    3 of us actually took off around 7:20...just to beat the crowd.

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    Did my first Pemberton right ride last night and it was good times. I was on the trail right about at 8, being rider #137. Had a good, fast time scooting around the trail on the Monocog. Pemberton seems really cleaned up since the last time I rode it a few (if not more) years ago. Lots of signage too, that I don't remember. Pretty tame but perfect for SS cruising. I might have seen 20 people on the trail as I felt pretty bada$$ passing people (most of them stopped though ). It seemed a bit cooler than the valley too - a nice surprise for sure. I'm keeping the 8/27 date in my calendar .
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    Had a great time last night. I rode with Alan and his posse feeling out of place on my Singlespeed while they all had Specialized Enduros. After riding Pemberton in the day and found it kinda boring, it is quite fun at night. The Dixie Mine and Coachwhip addition was cool as well.

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    Awesome times as always! We took off around 8 and there were a lot of people on the trails, but it was not too crowded at all. The weather was surprisingly nice.

    Thanks again to the gang at Slippery Pig for the eats!


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