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Bike MS

National MS Society - Bike MS

Last week the Arthur Cycling Team participated in the Annual Bike MS fundraiser - a 100 mile ride from the Las Vegas Motor Speedway to Mesquite, Nevada. It was a chilly morning and headwinds were gusting up to 40 mph. Despite the headwind, a couple flat tires and cool weather we were able to finish strong.

This ride gave us the chance to do a lap around the Las Vegas Motor Speedway before taking Highway 93 to I-15 then to Highway 75 toward Valley of Fire State Park. Valley of Fire provided some beautiful scenery and long steep hills, but what goes up must come down. After Valley of Fire we took Highway 167 back to I-15, then some steep climbing and rolling hills to Mesquite.

This fully supported ride had plenty of rest stops and SAG vehicles which were a big help along I-15 and roads that didn't have bike lanes. This event included a double-century option, letting riders do the 100 mile return route back to Las Vegas on Sunday. We opted out of the seco…

BBSC Endurance Sports - Pumpkinman Triathlon October 23 was a beautiful day in Boulder City. Clear sky, cool weather, 1000 triathletes and a brutal hill to climb. The Pumpkinman Triathlon features three distances, Sprint, Olympic and Long. The swim started in Lake Mead and followed a simple out and back route. The bike route left the beach and Lake Mead National Park and began climbing the long grueling trail up to Boulder City gaining over 500m in elevation with grades reaching 8%. The run course went through the Boulder City neighborhood and back to Bicentennial Park. There was a ton of free food and sponsor promo gear at the park. My family gave me a pretty good cheering section throuout the race, it was a lot of fun. Despite being a bit more challenging than the last triathlon I did I was able to meet my timing goals and finish strong. Pumpkinman has become my new favorite event.
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Viva Bike Vegas 2010

Viva Bike Vegas turned out to be the largest cycling event in Nevada this year with close to 2000 participants. The event offered riders a 25, 50 or 115 mile fully supported ride. 115 mile riders had the opportunity to be the first people to cross the new Hover Dam bypass bridge that was recently completed.

The weather was perfect, no wind, sunny and not too hot, starting out at 6:30am even seemed a little chilly. The route started downtown at the RTC building, of course we were sent off by Elvis singing "Viva Las Vegas / Viva Bike Vegas" and Senator Ensign gave a short pro-cycling, campaign-boosting speech. The scenery was beautiful and made the eventual pain and soreness well worth it.

Not bad for my first century ride.

CrossVegas 2010

CrossVegas 2010, the nations largest cyclocross race took place at Desert Breeze Soccer Complex last Wednesday and it was awesome. I was given the chance to be on the setup crew by Mike Olson from which gave me front row seats to all the action and the chance to create a few headaches for the racers, see the pictures below to see what I mean. Setting up the course took two days and a lot of work. The race featured cyclocross champions from all over the world like defending Champion Jamey Driscoll, French Champion Francis Mourey, Gerben de Knegt and Lars van der Harr of Dutch team Rabobank, US Champion Tim Johnson and Czech National Champion Katerina Nash. Check out for details about the race.

What is Cyclocross? - Cyclocross is a form of bicycle racing that typically takes place in the autumn and winter (the international or "World Cup" season is September–January), and consists of many laps of a short 1-3 mile course featuring pavement, wo…