Red Rock Canyon, just outside of Las Vegas.
This is sure to change just a bit between now and ride day, but this should give you a great look at where we're going and what we're doing.
WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 7TH
Arrival day in Las Vegas. You choose the flight that’s best for you.
Love Vegas? Hate Vegas? Either way, I promise there are fun things here for you, including spectacular riding right outside of town -- more on that in a minute.
I checked out all of the major Las Vegas hotels in person and picked my favorite -- The five-star Venetian.
Yes, this photo was taken indoors at The Venetian! Did you expect any less in Las Vegas?
THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 8TH
One of Las Vegas's best kept cycling secrets is right outside of town at Red Rock Canyon:
We offer several different versions of this ride from 17 miles to 58 miles -- take your pick.
Some of these routes include significant climbing to reach the peak of the canyon. I did it and survived (mostly...) so you can too. From there it's a fantastic downhill run back to our start line.
Do the fantastic downhill-only route!
After Red Rock Canyon we will have a great lunch, and then it's back to our luxury hotel to relax.
For dinner tonight we are holding reservations in a variety of first-class Las Vegas restaurants, all within easy walking distance of the hotel. We’ll post a list of restaurants and times and you pick the one that’s right for you. Go for a private table for two or join a group of your fellow cyclists -- your choice. This is included in the price of the ride.
After dinner we are heading to Cirque du Soleil's water-themed show: "O" Not to be missed. Included in the price of the ride.
After lunch at Hoover Dam we head back to Las Vegas for one last evening. Tonight dinner is at leisure -- time to explore on your own! This dinner is the only meal not included in the price of the trip. Options range from cheap sandwich shops to gourmet meals and everything in between -- ask us and we're happy to suggest.
MONDAY SEPTEMBER 12TH
Time to head home!
We will have breakfast and then a free morning van shuttle trip to the Phoenix airport for the flight home. We take your luggage and bike in the big truck -- you can travel with just a carry-on if you wish.
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 9TH
After a great breakfast we’re off to Hoover Dam, via an amazing bike path. Routes today from 11 - 58 miles. (And if you think that 58-miles sounds too short for you, wait until you see how spectacular this route is -- you won’t be disappointed.)
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 10TH
Today is the day.
After breakfast we catch a morning flight to The Grand Canyon. (But since there is no such thing as a flight that goes from Las Vegas to The Grand Canyon, we have chartered our own planes! This is why you travel with us -- you get to do cool stuff that you can't do on your own!) The flight is about an hour.
If you prefer to skip breakfast before you fly we'll have plenty of cycling snacks waiting for you when you arrive at the Grand Canyon.
The flight is about an hour, but your bike will be waiting for you when you arrive at the Grand Canyon. (Pretty good trick, huh?) Routes today for beginners and experts -- your choice.
We'll grab some lunch in rockin' Cameron, AZ (population 885) and then transport your bike and you to Flagstaff, AZ for the evening.
(I lived in Flagstaff a long time ago, and somehow after I left it became a cool little town. Hmm!)
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 11TH
Today is one of our favorite rides on this trip -- from the tall pines in Flagstaff to the cliffs and canyons of Sedona, AZ -- basically all downhill. (The final downhill into Sedona is so much fun that a few of us put the bikes in the truck, drove them back to the top of the hill, and did it twice!)
For lunch we'll be at Slide Rock State Park for a swim at the natural waterslide before heading on to beautiful Sedona for the night.
The Venetian is walking (or biking!) distance to everything. Full service, great rooms, terrific restaurants. If you want to arrive a few days earlier just let us know and we’ll help.
When you arrive meet us at the hotel bar and let us buy you a drink.
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In the evening we'll head out to a great dinner together. We hate meals in hotel banquet rooms. They always remind me of a bad wedding:
"Chicken or fish, honey?"
After dinner I’ll be leading a short optional night ride along the Las Vegas Strip and you’re invited along. (I highly recommend cycling the shiny pavement at the Cosmopolitan Casino's porte-cochere.)