Looking for a fun ride this Saturday?....worried about the 95° forecast? Come on up to cool Las Vegas (80°) for one of the best centuries you will ever ride...come ride the Tour de Fire! The entire route starting at Boulder Beach on Lake Mead is within the Lake Mead National Recreation Area and the Valley of Fire State Park. The route is though some of the most beautiful desert you will ride and the desert wild flowers are at their peak. Pick your distance from 20, 48, 60, 74, 99 and 134 miles (out and back route). There are only 3 stop signs on the whole 134 mile route and very little traffic...unless you’re talking about the desert tortoises that wander onto the road. Well stocked rest stops no more than 10 miles apart and great community support! Great Harvest Bread Company will be providing a light breakfast, and Outback Steakhouse will be serving lunch at the finish line! Proceeds from Tour de Fire benefit the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation.
Registration and packet pick-up Friday, May 4th at Procyclery, 7034 W Charleston, Las Vegas, NV 89117. 702-228-9460. No “day of” registration (officially), but latecomers won’t be turned away...something can be worked out.
Mention “Dream Big with Lorie” or “ProWheel Builder” and save $10.
For more info check out http://tdfire.com/
Here’s a shout out that appeared in the May 2008 Bicycling Magazine:
Tour de Fire
It's even more of a challenge than resisting the penny slots.
By David Salmon
Test your mettle against some of the toughest conditions Mother Nature has to offer: The Tour De Fire's route covers 134 miles, with 11,000-plus feet of climbing and temperatures that routinely reach into the 90s. The course begins at Boulder Beach, skirts the sapphire-blue depths of historic Lake Mead, winds through desert terrain and climbs into the Valley of Fire, where brilliant red sandstone formations loom like something out of a Martian landscape. After conquering a climb with a 12 percent grade, you'll turn around and retrace the route. All ride profits benefit the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation.