Have always wanted to carve some time out of a Las Vegas business trip to get some cycling in, and today I finally did it. Rode 3 hours in the rain in Seattle yesterday, then flew down into the sunshine today and picked up a rented bike (at McGhie's, which I saw recommended here on BF), and headed out to do the Red Rock Canyon Loop.
Headed out town, west on Flamingo Blvd. Bike is a Cannondale Synapse with Shimano 105 components ($40 for the day):
Just past the city limits now, headed out toward Red Rock Canyon. You can see a coupe of cyclists ahead of me -- lots of folks out doing the same route today.
View from the entrance to the 13-mile scenic loop; at this pint I am 10 miles from the bike shop, and (I think) about 1,000 feet elevation higher than where I started:
There is about a 5-mile, 1,000-foot climb after the entrance. Not too steep, just steady. This is looking back down toward the entrance: