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Rides in Las Vegas(4 posts)

Rides in Las Vegasrcarbs
Nov 25, 2003 3:09 AM
I am going to be in Vegas this Thursday and Friday, I need to do a couple of 30 mile rides and wanted to know if any of you had some suggestions. I will be staying a couple of miles North of the strip in town. I don't know the area very well but the people that I am staying with do and can help me with your directions. Thanks....
Red Rock Canyon, for sure, but check w/a shopCory
Nov 25, 2003 8:46 AM
I live in Reno, which is more than 400 miles away, but I have to go to LV occasionally and I ride down there. The classic local ride is out to Red Rock Canyon, west on Charleston Blvd and Blue Diamond Road (may be a better route; I'm working from memory). It's also sort of fun to ride out toward Lake Mead and across the dam.
One warning: That area is growing so incredibly fast--miles of sprawl per year--that I've had "country" rides from one trip turn into strip mall tours when I return six or eight months later. I'd check with a local shop for the latest subdivisions....
the "gold standard" Vegas road rideshawndoggy
Nov 25, 2003 8:53 AM
Here's a Vegas club's ride info link:

I grew up in LV but haven't lived there since '89. The family still lives there though so I go down a couple times a year. Not that any of that matters....

The big road ride in LV is to go out west charleston to Red Rock and do the scenic loop out there. The loop has quite a bit of climbing (maybe 2000 feet?) in 11 miles. From there you can head back in on Charleston to where you started or extend the loop towards blue diamond (just keep going out on Charleston as it veers south). There's some very cool desert scenery out there and chances are you'll see a wild burro.

The strip runs North-South, so your comment that you are staying North of the strip is a little weird (well actually it runs sorta Northeast to Southwest, so it's possible, but...). Anyhow, Charleston is a big street that runs east-west. Just get on it and head west till you get to the beltway. Back in the day this used to be a much longer ride because the edge of town was about 8 miles farther east. Now it seems like you are almost to Red Rock when you start the ride, but that's progress.
the "gold standard" Vegas road ridercarbs
Nov 27, 2003 12:35 PM
I just finished a great ride. I am staying about 1/4 mile from Charlston and Torry Pines. The loop out to Red Rock and back was awsome. It was a little over 40 miles for me. A perfect start to Thanksgiving day. Thanks for the info.