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Old 01-22-12, 07:18 PM
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Las Vegas race scene

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I am coming over to Las Vegas for the week of 16 April and was thinking of bringing the bike. I could extend a weekend on either side and do some racing - but are there regular races that operate there?

Coming from overseas, would I get out into a cat5 group?

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Many Vegas racers travel down to the Los Angeles area where there is a race nearly every weekend (sometimes 2). It's a 3.5-4 hour drive. Race Schedules can be found here:

SoCal/Nevada Race Calendar

NoCal/Nevada Race Calendar
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Originally Posted by agoodale View Post
Many Vegas racers travel down to the Los Angeles area where there is a race nearly every weekend (sometimes 2). It's a 3.5-4 hour drive. Race Schedules can be found here:

SoCal/Nevada Race Calendar

NoCal/Nevada Race Calendar
Oh - we must be spoilt. We have crit racing Tues, Wed, Thurs, Sat and Sun (multiple) + special races thrown into the calendar. Winter is just multiple road races on Sat and Sun.

For all of the events it's possible to ride to - in my ignorance I thought that would be akin to the norm around the world!

Ughh - no wonder the fields are big!
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I don't live in Vegas so maybe someone more in the know can chime in. I just know I meet many of them down in the LA area on race day.

There are multiple training races, & upgrade races in CA during the week. Not much RR in the winter. Permitting events in CA is a PITA.
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i grew up in vegas and am back in town a couple of times a year, for interbike and the holidays and family events etc...

its honestly an absolutely world class place to ride these days. the river mountain loop is so much fun, mt charleston is a killer, gorgeous climb, the state roads around lake mead and valley of fire are PRISTINE, barely trafficked and very challenging, and the extremely popular Red Rocks loop is as fun of a short circuit as i've ever ridden. (add the Mt Potosi climb onto Red Rocks for a very full, challenging day).

Theres a number of killer bike shops as well.

whenever i go i try to hook up with racer folks to ride with and find the scene there very difficult to get info about... no central ride posting or active facebook page. its possible i've just not found the right site but i've looked and asked around quite a bit and info just isnt that forthcoming.

as far as racing, it seems like they really cannot get it together to keep events alive, and the two best events they had in recent years are either dead now (callville) or turned into fun-rides (mt charleston hill climb). I know there are several teams, but by the accounts of the folks i talk to they mostly race in SoCal.

the rec roadie scene is actually must better organized and communicative that the race scene. its a big bummer , as i think you could make a literally world class week long stage race out there with some of the routes i mentioned above, just need people to get organized and get the right promoter in front of it, and of course, a little $$$.
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Badhat, I believe/agree with you, but I really wonder why. Perhaps permitting is difficult? Perhaps there's not enough of a racing community to make it happen? Maybe there's a short window of "race season but not a bazilion degrees in the desert"? Whatever the cause, it's disappointing. Traveling to Vegas for a stage race is 1000X better than going to Silver City, or any other middle of nowhere destination. Hood River and Bend, OR are great, but getting there can be a major hassle. Vegas has more/cheaper flights, hotels, food options, and better non-racing activities for the family/kids/bike team.
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i mean the glaring problem at the moment is the economy there is dismal.

vegas overbuilt so badly and now the entire residential population is underwater. (my brother made >$100K selling his first house in 2007 and is poised to lose at least that much selling his second house this year)

but on the positive side, the RTC (regional transit commission) has done a really good job of promoting cycling and getting lanes and permitted charity events and such (Viva Bike Vegas is an awesome ride), and the completion of the River Mountain Loop over the past several years shows that the city is committed to continuing.

I suspect racing is probably gonna lag behind rec riding. Wheni lived there in the 80s and early 90s, vegas was a terrifying place to ride at all, and now there are lanes and paths everywhere. With more infrastructure there are more riders, and i think racing will follow. You cant ride Red Rocks on the weekend without seeing literally scores to sometimes hundreds of bikes. (and thats with an entry fee)

and yeah the weather is an issue, to an extent. july and august are just not options for racing after about 9:30-10AM. but its just about perfect from october through april: very little rain, lows in the high 40s, highs in the 50s and 60s...

if nothing else it'd be a great place to do a big team camp in january. you can rent houses by the month for NOTHING, and split it into weekly shares among teams. we looked at doing it a few years ago but didnt pull the trigger.

there are some super nice houses out by lake las vegas that put you right by lake mead and river mountain and sunrise mountain etc...

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the other thing is vegas is kinda isolated geographically.

its not like SoCal where theres a bunch of cities and several million people within a short drive, or the front range, or the east coast or the Pac NW, theres no big cities with race scenes closer than several hours from vegas, so any local race scene would depend really heavily on locals, of whom there just arent that many, compared even to denver.
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but back to the OPs question, i'd definitely bring a bike and definitely at least ride Red Rocks and River Mountain loops, but dont count on racing.
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There better be some racing there..I'll be spending a month there over the next few months...
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well if you find any, let us know.
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Cool - so will take my bike (so long as my wife doesn't come!).

Something like this you were talking about?

http://g.co/maps/q5sf9
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