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Moving to Vegas Next Month....(6 posts)

Moving to Vegas Next Month....peterkg
Jun 27, 2002 12:46 PM
What is the cycling like out there? When I was up there for the interviews, I didn't see many cyclists at all? Clubs? Local crits? Good stores?

Thanks in advance
My condolences (nm)UncleMoe
Jun 27, 2002 12:58 PM
I Live there (not by choice)Andante
Jun 27, 2002 2:24 PM
The road scene is mainly on the west side, with the ride out to/ around Red Rocks as the most popular. There is a Las Vegas Valley Bike Club (on internet) that has rides every day. There are also alot of rides out of ProCyclery (also on internet). ProCyclery sponsors the only team in town, and is likely the best shop as well for those who are serious. Start there, they can hook you up.

There are no road races here at all.

The mountain scene is much better developed, and vegas has been featured in mountain bike magazines as a destination vacation. Cottonwood canyon, mount charleston, and boulder city are the big three, with biking from epic cross country, to a NORBA loop, to serious downhill.

There are mountain bike races at Cottonwood and Boulder City.

Sorry you are coming, but at least you can ride 365 days a year here (I do).
I Live there (not by choice)peterkg
Jun 27, 2002 3:30 PM
Why are you so down on Vegas? I was excited to move there...
They do hold a century ...Humma Hah
Jun 27, 2002 2:34 PM
... having seen the countryside, the 100-mi Tour de Las Vegas probably seems like 200.

The most remarkable thing I've noticed about Nevada is how many shades of grey are possible. Even the greens and browns are only tints of a grey base.

The state is especially well-suited for testing nuclear weapons.
2nd the condolences for a roadieSantaCruz
Jun 27, 2002 3:49 PM
I used to live in Las Vegas, initially living on the west side. I frequently rode up Charleston past Red Rock Canyon early in the morning. It was a lovely ride with few cars, riding through the Canyon added a few challenging miles. The view of the valley when returning was also nice. Unfortunately, the city's unbelievable growth over the last 10 - 15 years has cut down on the length of the ride and added more traffic. We moved over to the Green Valley/Henderson area where the roads were more crowded.

The worst part for a roadie is that the major roads are wide (no bike lanes) and carry a lot of high speed traffic. City traffic on major streets typically runs at 50 mph. Also lots of broken glass and debris in on the sides of the roads. I got hit for the first time with an aluminum can from a passing car in Las Vegas.

I switched to a mountain bike but was less than impressed, tho I didn't try very hard to seek out good terrain. The blistering summers, cold windy winters made cycling less than enjoyable for me.

Good luck!!!