We loaded up the car with the bikes and gear and headed downtown to the start line which was across from the Luxor on Las Vegas Boulevard. Once we got there, we unloaded our bikes and went to check in. We filled out the standard waivers and got our bibs and t-shirts. After that, we went back to the car to switch shoes and put on our bibs. One small problem presented itself. We forgot out bib belts which meant we had to use safety pins and put holes in our shirts.
|Waiting at the start|
Before the race started, there were a lot of munchies available. I ate a bagel and a muffin and scratched a bit on a Great Dane while we waited for the time to tick down to the start. At approximately 8 AM, the organizers began to usher the approximately 650 riders to the start line. While we waited with our bikes, route instructions and safety tips were given and at approximately 8:30, a color guard from a local JROTC unit brought the flag forward and the National Anthem was sung. Shortly after that, we were off.
|Nearing the finish|
|Post ride photo|
Overall impressions and final thoughts
Overall, it was a well organized event. The aid stations were well stocked and the support was great. Personally, this ride was a challenge because I have never rode that far on a bike and I am really not a fan of extended hill climbs. However, it went well and I see me doing more organized rides in the future. Physically, I feel alright. I don't have any saddle soreness and my legs feel good with the exception of my right calf which feels like I may have strained a tendon. I noticed it after my ride last Sunday but it feels like I definitely aggravated it today.