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Blue Diamond out and back (11/7/2015)

Date: Saturday, November 7
Meet time: 9:00 a.m.
Ride-out time: 9:30 a.m.
Meeting place: Vista Commons, Charleston Blvd. at Desert Foothills Drive (map)
City: Las Vegas, Nevada
Rain policy: Rain cancels; make-up date is Nov. 8
Pace: All paces welcome
Terrain: 2 - rolling hills
Miles: 25

The first official ALC Las Vegas training ride of the 2016 season is here! And we begin with one of the valley's most popular and scenic cycling routes: Red Rock Canyon Road. Because the season is still young (even if some of us are not), we're doing only part of it today -- the part out to Blue Diamond and back.

From our start in Summerlin, we begin climbing right away, but it's mostly gentle and not steep at all. Before you know it, you've climbed about 700 feet to the canyon overlook, and from there it's mostly downhill all the way into our rest stop in Blue Diamond.

Our route back is exactly the way we went out, so it's just about impossible to get lost. And if you're not feeling like the whole 25 miles yet, you can turn around at any point. The ride to the canyon overlook and back is a robust 13 miles. And all paces are welcome; we'll make sure nobody gets left behind. You don't have to be registered for ALC 2016 to ride ... although we might try to persuade you to think about ALC 2017 if you're not.

Ride With GPS reports about 1,360 feet of climbing for this ride. We meet in a big shopping center, so you'll be near every type of food and drink you might want. Park and meet in back of Albertsons. DO NOT park in any of the 2-hour signed customer parking zones, or your vehicle might be towed.

Join us and find out how our rides are different! We obey traffic laws and stop signs, we ride single-file, we don't paceline, we never-ever-EVER pass others on the right, we help one another, and we make sure everyone has a GREAT ride. Everyone gets a detailed route sheet, and you're free to ride at your own pace or with others, whatever you wish.

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