When the days become short and the temperatures drop, mountain bikers go for a night ride. If you love riding with the feeling of being "out there", night riding is for you! It's a whole new riding experience. What better excuse is there for heading out to a local brewpub afterwards!
Night Rides are for intermediate to advanced CO-ED riders, who can't stop riding just because of the hour that the sun sets. All rides are no-drop rides.
Night Ride stuff to know:
Most rides are scheduled to begin promptly at 6:00 pm. Please plan on arriving at trailhead parking 15 minutes early so rides can begin on time. Sorry, but we won't be waiting for late folks, even if you signed up.
Rides MUST have a night light adequate for MTB use. We're not talking about hiking headlamps, like a Petzl or similar. Sorry to sound like a snob, but adequate night lights start at about $125 and go to ~$500. No negotiating on this, as we don't want any injuries. (Additionally, please bring a small headlamp or flashlight in your backpack as a backup. This will ensure you can hike out in the dark if your crazy-bright night light fails.)
Some common sense stuff: All riders MUST wear a helmet, bring water, and have a trail-ready bike. Riders should also carry the usual basics: spare tube(s), a pump, tire levers, a chain tool, and basic allen wrenches. Weather will probably be cold, so dress accordingly in attire that will not absorb sweat. If temps are below freezing, having foam insulation around your Camelbak tubing is essential. Bring a hat to keep you warm in case you need to hike out.
Rides may be canceled if the trails are too wet (we do not want to damage our trails) or the weather prohibits us from riding. Night Rides websites will be updated no later than 4 o'clock on ride day if weather is threatening or trail conditions are questionable.
Important! If you haven't already completed a waiver, please download and bring to the ride. Link
Why are rides almost always starting at Marshall Mesa?
This is one of the very few locations where we can legallly ride after dark. Boulder county OSMP (which manages many other great riding areas) does not allow use after dark.