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but it's a dry heat(7 posts)

but it's a dry heatDougSloan
Jul 9, 2002 5:15 AM
How would you like to ride here:

Death Valley:

Tuesday
Mostly Sunny
High: 124
Low: 95

Wednesday
Mostly Sunny
High: 123
Low: 97

Thursday
Mostly Sunny
High: 122
Low: 92

Friday
Partly Cloudy
High: 118
Low: 91

Saturday
Partly Cloudy
High: 118
Low: 93

Fresno, 107-110 this week. It's hot. Anyone ever ridden when it's over 110, 120?

Doug
Doug, I believe this is cycling relatedTJeanloz
Jul 9, 2002 5:19 AM
Could you keep the cycling stuff off the non-cycling board please!

I am kidding, of course.

And no, I wouldn't dream of riding when it's over 120 in the shade.
Have been in this heat in AZColnagoFE
Jul 9, 2002 6:21 AM
The lack of humidity helps, but it still feels like a sauna to me.
Is there a Death Valley Century?AllisonHayes
Jul 9, 2002 6:14 AM
perhaps if it started at dusk...but isn't that when the rattlesnakes also like to take their strolls?

Not for me bro, no way, no how: yeech to snakes and scorpions and other creepy, crawly, slithery critters.
There's a Death Valley Double Century - in Spring & Fall...PdxMark
Jul 9, 2002 8:35 AM
I don't know of any summer-time rides.
no summer rides, but run, yesDougSloan
Jul 10, 2002 7:52 AM
This is the most insane event: http://www.badwaterultra.com/

Running 135 miles in Death Valley in July. Crazy.

Doug
I see a cooling trend!mr_spin
Jul 9, 2002 9:02 AM
Friday seems like the best day...

I've done mountain bike rides in the 100-110 range. I don't recommend it. I did a century a few years ago where the temperature was at least 105 through a 15 mile hilly section where there was no wind or breeze of any kind. It was truly an oven, with heat reflecting off every surface with me as the focal point. It just about killed me. Even worse, I had to get up a 15% hill at one point. Halfway up the hill I see a guy watering plants with a hose. I pull into his driveway and ask if he will pour the water over my head. He seemed kind of frightened (probably because I looked pretty scary) and didn't say a word, but he did it. I thanked him and struggled onward. After another 12% hill I got to the next rest stop and that was it. I was pretty far gone with heatstroke, but I was still smart enough to take the SAG back that day.