Wednesday, September 16, 2009

NIGHT SHIFT - Night Race - Oct. 24

The Official details and Registration Information for the 2009 Night Shift Night Race are up on BikeDecorah. Personally, this is my favorite Decorah Event of the year. Maybe you've never raced at night, or never ever rode at night. This is a great time to try it. There is a little chill in the air, the weeds have died off, the moon is usually full and maybe even a shade of orange. Feel free to wear a costume or just your underwear and a helmet. Whatever the case may be, plan on a great ride with friends, and enjoying a few cold ones in the Decorah Night Life.

1 comment:

Deke said...

I have been getting a lot of questions concerning lighting. I hope this will save folks some time. Our lighting requirements are based on having done it all wrong in the past. We have been night riding around here for years and we have learned a few things the hard way.

You want a primary light that will last at least 90 minutes.. Even though the course may seem short, it is quite technical. It is not uncommon for a rider to take an hour to complete the course. Any technical problem is amplified by the dark, and may take much longer to fix than you would expect. If it is a cold night, battery run times will decrease significantly.

Your secondary light will be used in the event of a primary lights failure. We are trying to avoid situations where some one is out on the course in the dark. Exiting the course in the dark has taken riders up to an hour. Needless to say, this severely strains our relationship with our volunteers.

Tail lights are not required, but are recommended.

The placement of the lights is important. Consensus among riders is that if you only have one "bright" light, place it on your helmet. This will allow you to see what is going on around corners, etc. A second light is generally placed on the handlebars, allowing you to see what is right in front of your wheel. Fast riders use both.