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    Red Rock Canyon Nevada

    it was yesterday Friday Dec 6 2013 and the early morning temp was like 28 degrees. I don't think it got past 40 along Red Rock Canyon Road. I stayed at the "Element" Westin hotel near I-215 on Town Center. The 13 mile loop is spectacular. Elevation is in the 4,000 foot range. First 5 miles is climbing and then it tapers off for some good descents.

    Wind chill hits me on the descents, even with merino wool base layer. Ears and toes (with covers) still got cold.

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    That had to have been a great ride! I totally get the wind chill, though. I was out around the same time closer to town doing my semi daily Torrey Pines/ Oakey/ Cimmarron/ Angel Park-Bonanza Trail circuit. The climbs and flats were exhilarating in the chill, clear air; I was nice and comfy. But the downhill run from Summerlin back to Torrey Pines sure showed me room for much improvement in my cold weather gear. I debated slowing down to warm up, or letting fly and getting the descent done more quickly, lol. The latter won.

    The Element is a nice place, did you go to the Las Vegas Cyclery? I like them there, they take good care of me and my bike

    Glad (despite the cold) you had a good ride
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    Yes, went to Las Vegas Cyclery next door. Had to buy a souvenir. White cap with Las Vegas Cyclery on it. I like their weather vane outside.

    Today was a special day for Element and Cyclery. Charitable event, give away bikes for kids.

    Went across the street to Due Forni for some good pizza and stout beer.

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    Haven't ridden for 10 days, and your post makes me wonder when my cold will clear up. This afternoon with the Sun out I was tempted to ride. Jason's Strava post this week, he could not feel his face, nor hands. Not something I am clothing prepared for, at the moment. I miss my 4 AM summer rides, in this weather, it seems I can smell the auto exhaust a lot more this time of year, and do not notice it so much in sprint, summer and the early fall...

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    This cold snap has caused me to wimp out and not ride. That is a spectacular loop. There are several good sections out there. Glad to hear you had a solid experience. JR (the poster above) leads people around the River Mountain Loop at Lake Mead is you ever want some company on another Vegas Valley classic. Sometimes I even show up and scare people.
    I think its disgusting and terrible how people treat Lance Armstrong, especially after winning 7 Tour de France Titles while on drugs!

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    Highway 166? Why are road signs so difficult to find (read) on Nevada highways? While in Las Vegas, we did drive up to Hoover Dam and then went up to drive along the coast of Lake Mead. It took a while to find Hwy 166 but finally did. Then we got to a ranger stop which meant it was a National park area. I showed my Senior Park Pass and he let me through for free. But we did ask him about the difficult access and road signage.

    We got to another ranger station and passed that. So we ended up at this bike shop in the middle of nowhere. Laker Plaza, River Mountains Bike Shop. That place is a throw back of the 1950's.

    We had to back track pass the ranger station and turn left to get back to Las Vegas.

    Back in 2012, the Interbike, afterwards I rode the 72 mile ride that Saturday. It was around Lake Mead and through Hoover Dam. I would like to do that part again.

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    Several people i know and follow on Strava, did a River mountain Loop, down to the dam, and up on the Arizona side, and finished the River Mountain Loop Trail Ride on their fixed gear bicycle last week. I was very impressed with this effort, it was done on a fixed gear bicycle, instead of the way I would need to ride with gears...


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    Garfield, there are a variety of rides that have traveled the Lake Mead area. I will research some of those from the past year and post their ride maps. It should give you a good variety of ride options.

    I think I know which bike shop you are referring to. It is really a Boat shop that decided to rent bikes and sell a few on the side. There are three, well now four shops just off Lake Mead /I-215 that are genuine bike shops. McGhies, JT's, Aspen Creek and The Bike Shop.

    Here is some trail and bike lane help for Clark County

    http://www.clarkcountynv.gov/Depts/c...lProjects.aspx

    http://www.cityofhenderson.com/parks...bike_lanes.php

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/11/tr...ring.html?_r=0

    The last link is actually a visitor from New York who posted in the NY Times. Nice article with links.
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    I think its disgusting and terrible how people treat Lance Armstrong, especially after winning 7 Tour de France Titles while on drugs!

    I can't even find my bike when I'm on drugs. -Willie N.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daspydyr View Post
    Garfield, there are a variety of rides that have traveled the Lake Mead area. I will research some of those from the past year and post their ride maps. It should give you a good variety of ride options.

    I think I know which bike shop you are referring to. It is really a Boat shop that decided to rent bikes and sell a few on the side. There are three, well now four shops just off Lake Mead /I-215 that are genuine bike shops. McGhies, JT's, Aspen Creek and The Bike Shop.

    Here is some trail and bike lane help for Clark County

    http://www.clarkcountynv.gov/Depts/c...lProjects.aspx

    http://www.cityofhenderson.com/parks...bike_lanes.php

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/11/tr...ring.html?_r=0

    The last link is actually a visitor from New York who posted in the NY Times. Nice article with links.
    Ok, I bookmarked the first two.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garfield Cat View Post
    Ok, I bookmarked the first two.
    There are some really good trail resources at the local nevada IMBA chapter - SNMBA. Assuming you are looking to ride in the dirt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevlar3D View Post
    There are some really good trail resources at the local nevada IMBA chapter - SNMBA. Assuming you are looking to ride in the dirt.
    KEV, I am a member of SNMBA. Are you?
    I think its disgusting and terrible how people treat Lance Armstrong, especially after winning 7 Tour de France Titles while on drugs!

    I can't even find my bike when I'm on drugs. -Willie N.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daspydyr View Post
    KEV, I am a member of SNMBA. Are you?
    I am! They have really been picking up momentum in the past year or so.
    It is great to see someone watching out for our trails. I am from Southern California (Palm Springs Area) and we lost a bunch of trails because of some Sierra Club activists and it really sucks to have to ride all of your favorite trails illegally. ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevlar3D View Post
    I am! They have really been picking up momentum in the past year or so.
    It is great to see someone watching out for our trails. I am from Southern California (Palm Springs Area) and we lost a bunch of trails because of some Sierra Club activists and it really sucks to have to ride all of your favorite trails illegally. ;-)
    Palm Springs is a popular area for Vegas Valley Riders to hit this time of year. Golf and Bike are two of my favorite 4 letter words (according to my wife). Palm Springs is awesome on both accounts. You also have a century ride coming up that we like to hit.
    I think its disgusting and terrible how people treat Lance Armstrong, especially after winning 7 Tour de France Titles while on drugs!

    I can't even find my bike when I'm on drugs. -Willie N.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daspydyr View Post
    Palm Springs is a popular area for Vegas Valley Riders to hit this time of year. Golf and Bike are two of my favorite 4 letter words (according to my wife). Palm Springs is awesome on both accounts. You also have a century ride coming up that we like to hit.
    I moved from Palm Springs to Vegas about 10-12 years ago and I am no longer in the loop on any new trails. At that time, there were lots of trail access issues (including private property) in that area and a very small mountain biker community. A very large (and uppity) sierra club membership in that area didn't help.

    I am in heaven with the trail networks we have in Vegas. I can't wait to ride coyote springs in March or April.

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    Weather for riding in Red Rock has been perfect on last two Fridays. South to North Red Rock Ride, is good in my opinion, more options doing a mid point stop @ the Desert Foothills and Charleston Shopping Center (NE Corner of the intersection). But the coffee is decent, and less expensive at the 160 Gas Stand, than the friendly Dunkin' Donuts shop.

    Grand Fondo practice session to try in the near future!
    http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/341923177

    Believe this the is correct mileage charting...
    10.3 miles 2,127 or 206.5 feet of incline every mile
    03.3 miles of recovery
    03.4 miles 492 or 144.0 feet of incline every mile
    01.3 miles of recovery
    06.1 miles 981 or 160.8 feet of incline every mile
    06.1 miles of recovery
    01.3 miles 241 or 164.6 feet of incline every mile
    04.8 miles of recovery
    03.3 miles 738 or 223.6 feet of incline every mile

    10.3 miles of recovery & finish the ride..

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