Red Rock Canyon, just outside of Las Vegas.


Itinerary


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 Aria hotel and casino.  The hotel has received a 5-diamond rating from the AAA and a 5-star rating from Forbes.



Located right on the Las Vegas Strip in the middle of all the excitement. Walking (or biking!) distance to everything. Big, but not too big; full service, great rooms, terrific restaurants.  If you want to arrive a few days earlier just let us know and we’ll help.


No waiting at the hotel’s check-in desk -- we have your key for you.  Just stop by the hotel’s Lobby Bar, let us buy you a drink if you want one, and you’re on your way.


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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?"  No.)



After dinner we have tickets to see "O" -- Cirque du Soleil's specacular Las Vegas show.



THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 8TH

We ride!  


One of Las Vegas's best kept cycling secrets is right outside of town at Red Rock Canyon:



We offer two different versions of this ride -- take your pick.


One has some 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.


OR


We are happy to drive your bike and you to the top so you can enjoy the beautiful DOWNHILL while gladly skipping the uphill portion!


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.


We have a big day of cycling tomorrow, so after dinner sane and sensible folks will head straight to bed.


Which means that I won’t.


(C’mon -- it’s Vegas!)


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.)




FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 9TH

After a great breakfast we’re off to Hoover Dam, via the most amazing bike path I’ve ever pedaled.  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.)



After Hoover Dam we'll fly to The Grand Canyon. (But since there are no flights from Hoover Dam 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.


Our cyclists say this flight over the Canyon was one of the highlights of this trip. Having said that, we understand that some might not want to do it, and that's fine. We will also be driving our vans to The Grand Canyon, which takes about four hours, plus time for bathroom breaks and snack stops.  Van or plane, the price of the trip stays the same. Your choice.


We'll stay overnight near The Grand Canyon and get ready for a very big day tomorrow.



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 Flagtaff 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 downhill pedal to Slide Rock 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 Sedona for the night.



MONDAY SEPTEMBER 12TH

And we are gone!


We will have brekfast 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.




SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 10TH

Today is the day.


When you wake up, that bike you left behind at Hoover Dam will be waiting for you at the hotel. (Pretty good trick, huh?)


We'll have an early breakfast before pedaling The Grand Canyon. If you've never seen it (or it's been awhile...) there is nothing like it anywhere.


As always, we'll have routes today for beginners and experts -- your choice. By the way, the last 30-miles of today's ride is all downhill.  (Especially handy if you prefer to do the all-downhill version -- your call!)