Viva Las Vegas 200k01-13-2024 07:0036 Registered

01-13-2024
07:00
PST
01-13-2024
20:30
10-31-2023 11:04
01-12-2024 20:30
200
ACP 200
Rolling
13:30
Sunrise at 6:50:36 AM Sunset at 4:49:17 PM
Ride Leader(s):
Wei Sun

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Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
10834 W Charleston Blvd
Las Vegas, Nevada 89135

$5.00
Registration is not open

Called “Sin City”, we know Las Vegas as a place where wages are lost, Elvis impersonators run amok, and what happens there stays there. Viva Las Vegas 200k will hopefully change your impressions of Las Vegas, as randonneurs will have the opportunity to visit 2 breath-taking monuments, one natural, one created by humans, located on the outskirts of the city: Red Rock Canyon to the west of the city and Hoover Dam to the east.

   

From Summerlin you’ll start your climbing immediately as you head west toward Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area managed by the Bureau of Land Management. Before entering the park, you’ll begin to pass by these amazing rock formations both near and distant across the desert landscape. Just as you enter the park, you’ll be awestruck by the various red-hued geological wonders towering over you as you pass by, witnessing the wonders that pressure and time can form and shape.

Just a little after the High Point Overlook control which marks the highest point on the route, you’ll start the gradual but extended descent toward the Colorado River and the next monument, Hoover Dam. On this brevet, your trek to the dam will take you on to the Historic Railroad Hiking Trail, riding through several tunnels blasted through solid rocks that formed the hills. This trail and its tunnels were leftovers from the original railroad built to transport workers, material and other supplies by train to the construction site. Today we inherit amazing scenic views and the “gravel” experience heading out to the visitor center to see the High Scaler statue using this dirt trail.

  

Aside from visiting these 2 monuments what seems equally monumental is the extensive network of dedicated bike trails that you’ll be riding on during this brevet. At mile 56.5, you’ll start on the Union Pacific Railroad Trail before continuing on the River Mountain Loop Trail through Boulder City which then connects to the Historic Railroad Hiking Trail. After your visit to the dam, you’ll jump back onto the River Mountain Loop Trail which follows along the shores of Lake Mead then wraps back to Henderson. After a short descent on Lake Las Vegas Parkway you’ll continue on the Las Vegas Wash Trail which becomes the Flamingo Arroyo Trail that follows along the Las Vegas Wash around the eastern edges of the city. There will be a short break before you pick up the Las Vegas Wash trail to Washington Ave for the final stretch to the finish in Summerlin. You’ll be riding on approximately 51 miles of dedicated bike paths through breath-taking landscape.

  

The final stretch along Washington Ave will be a return to suburban cycling as you climb back to the finish: the only thorn on this amazingly beautify desert rose.

After this 200k, the hope is that what happens on the Viva Las Vegas 200k will be shared with all randonneurs to come riding in Las Vegas on future brevets. Huge thanks to Ken and members of the Salt Lake Randooneurs for blazing the trail in designing several routes in the Las Vegas area. Hopefully in the future we can host more rides in southern Nevada.

Weather: In January Las Vegas weather will be chilly. Expect high 30s Fahrenheit at sunrise, reaching a high of mid-50 Fahrenheit during the day. Dress appropriately. Chances of rain are low. However, if rain is in the forecast, this ride will be cancelled.

Water and food: between Boulder City and Green Valley Grocery, there is an extended stretch with no access to water or food. At mile 94, Terrazza Park has a water fountain by the restrooms. There is a fire station next to the park that may have water available.

SAG support: there will be no SAG support offered at this time, as the ride organizer will likely be taking part. 

Lodging: MLKJr weekend happens to be at the end of CES week and the Rebel Cup Youth Soccer Tournmament. As such, lodging in Vegas is at a premium. The cheapest motels around Summerlin are Hampton Inn Las Vegas Summerlin and the Sonesta Select Las Vegas Summerlin. AirBnB has options as well.

To/From Las Vegas: Carpooling is recommended. 

For this ACP brevet, San Diego Randonneurs will accept the following as proof of passage:

  • Electronic proof of passage (EPP) - at the end of the brevet, you have 24 hours after the official finish time to submit a link of your activity saved on Strava, Ride with GPS (RWGPS) or Garmin Connect to the brevet organizer. Please make sure your privacy setting is changed to public so that the entire activity trace is viewable. If you need to submit the entire activity in multiple activity traces, the end and beginning of each trace are near each other and viewable. Ideally, the sum of the separate traces will result in the entire route. You are responsible checking your computers regularly to make sure they are working properly and recording. If your trace is missing any section, especially where you passed a control, the file you submitted wiill be rejected. You are also responsible for making sure that your activity is uploaded to whichever app that will report your brevet trace. As backup, you should take selfie photos at each control if your bike computer craps out mid-ride or cannot upload for whatever reason. Telling the brevet organizer or RBA that you rode with someone will not be accepted as an alternate form of proof of passage.
  • Selfies at controls - at the end of the brevet, you have 24 hours after the official finish time to submit to the brevet organizer or the RBA by email the selfie photos of you or your bike at the control. If the control is at a store, have that store in the background. If at an intersection, then have the street signs as your selfie background. San Diego Randonneurs organizers highly recommend that even if you are going with EPP, you should still take selfie photos as backup. 
  • Brevet card - if you require a traditional brevet card, please advise the RBA immediately after registration. 

ALL SAN DIEGO RANDONNEURS EVENTS ARE ONLY OPEN TO PARTICIPANTS WHOSE RUSA MEMBERSHIP IS CURRENT.

If you are joining us for the first time, you will need:

  1. Join RUSA for an annual membership of $30 at https://rusa.org/cgi-bin/memberjoin_GF.pl.
  2. After you receive your 5 digit RUSA number, register with San Diego Randonneurs by clicking on the link Join San Diego Randonneurs
  3. If you have any questions during the sign up process, send a quick note to sdrandos@gmail.com.

You will need to register for this ride in advance. There is no day-of registration. The finish will NOT be staffed. No SAG support and staffing at a control along the route.

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