ROUTE UPDATES MADE TO 100 & 75 MILE RIDES AS OF 4/8/14
Please make note that we have made some slight adjustments to both our 100 mile and 75 mile routes for this year. It has always been our #1 priority to keep our riders as safe as possible by providing routes that minimize heavily trafficked areas. Please go to our RIDES page and download the newly updated routes if you are planning to ride the 100 or 75 mile routes. These updated routes eliminate a large number of street lights in the process and should provide for a safer and more enjoyable riding experience. Please make sure to share this information with family members or friends so they can download the new map. We will be providing printed maps which will be available at packet pickup. Thank you!
2014 TOUR DE SUMMERLIN BIKE JERSEYS AVAILABLE!
Place your order for this year’s official Tour de Summerlin event bike jersey. This is the perfect opportunity to commemorate your participation. Contact McGhies Ski, Bike & Board to order your jersey today either by phone at 702-252-8077, in store at 4035 S. Fort Apache or online at McGhies.com. Click here now!
REGISTRATION FEES INCREASE ON 2/15/14 – BE SURE TO REGISTER TODAY AND SAVE MONEY
Please make note that our registration fees will increase on February 15th. Take advantage of pre-registration pricing. Tour de Summerlin continues to be one of the ‘best value’ rides in the entire Southwest. Also remember that your entry fee includes an event commemorative shirt, aid station food and drinks and delicious post ride luncheon. We hope that you’ll come out and help us support our event charity the Candlelighters of Las Vegas. Looking forward to seeing you all out there!
SAVE THE DATE • 2014 TOUR DE SUMMERLIN • APRIL 26TH, 2014
Get geared up for the 13 year anniversary of Tour de Summerlin, April 26, 2014. We are excited to team up once again with our event charity, the Candlelighters of Nevada, with hopes to raise even more money for this wonderful organization. Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter for event updates as we start to prepare for another exciting event. Enjoy the time on your bike as you prepare for the big day. We look forward to seeing you next year!
CELEBRATING ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL TOUR DE SUMMERLIN IN 2013
Cyclists enjoyed some beautiful weather this past Saturday (and braved some afternoon breezes…. okay maybe breezes is being a little kind) at this year’s 12th annual Tour de Summerlin. The day started off with some delicious coffee and hot chocolate compliments of Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. At 7 a.m. we sounded the horn and started off with one of the coolest ride outs we’ve ever put on. Approximately 350 riders (both 100 & 75 mile routes) followed a Metropolitan Police escort through the streets of Summerlin all the way out to Alexander Road. Our number one priority for this event has always been safety, and the police escort gives us greater peace of mind.
Shout out to our volunteers who helped us man the aid stations and water stops. Aid station #1 at Lone Mountain Park was handled by the Greg Barton Gym group. Not only did they handle the entire aid station for us, but the also had a large number of volunteers show up at the Vistas Park early in the morning to help set up. A great big thank you goes out to Greg Reffner and his entire team for all the enthusiasm and assistance. Did anyone besides me happen to notice how fit they all were. Maybe we should head over for some personal training sessions over at their very hip and unique gym. The Vistas Park was a new aid station added back in this year with our start & finish moved back to the park. The Candlelighters brought so many volunteers out this year and we could not be more grateful. They not only manned the Vistas Park aid station, but they also held the fort down at our most busy stops – Blue Diamond. In the 12 years we’ve done this event, we’ve never run out of cuties (mandarin oranges) at any of our stops. At one point, Blue Diamond actually ran out of cuties and we could not understand why. When we checked in with the volunteers out there, we found out that they were hand peeling the cuties and bananas for the riders! How awesome is that! I have personally worked that aid station and know how crazy it can get, so to be able to handle the traffic flow that comes through there and still peel oranges and bananas for riders….. that’s over the top! You guys have raised the bar and I hope we can get all of you to come out next year (we’ll make sure to load up with more cuties). Our Mesa’s Park aid station was handled by the Pancreatic Cancer group. These enthusiastic volunteers tackled probably our most challenging location. They brought out a large number of people who were committed to making the rider experience a memorable one. We got wind of the fact they even brought out their own cowbells to energize and cheer on the riders. What a complete and welcomed surprise that was. We’re hope you guys will come out and support us next year too.
A huge thanks goes out to Arrowhead water who hooks us up every year so we can make sure our riders stay hydrated. This year they even loaned us a couple of water stands to place out at the entrance to the Red Rock loop so those 100 mile riders could refresh before beginning that challenging climb. They also provided us with bottled waters for our rider luncheon. Lastly, we cannot forget our good friend and supporter Renato Lebron from Trader Joes. Renato has participated in our event from the very beginning and is one of the kindest and most generous individuals we’ve ever met. Every year we are able to load up the aid station with fruit, granola bars, breakfast bars, peanut butter, jam, bagels, pretzels, cookies and more…. all from Trader Joes. We are so thankful for your friendship and support Renato. You’re the best!!!
As the riders made their way back to the park they were greeted with music, ongoing announcements and acknowledgements from our very enthusiastic director (Pat), and fabulous smoothies compliments of Jamba Juice. Our good friend Marisa from the Lev Restaurant Group (Daily Kitchen/Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf/Jamba Juice/I Love Burgers) spent the entire day with us making sure the coffee, hot chocolate, smoothies and lunch wraps were delicious and incredibly tasty. We were so lucky to be introduced to her this year and her involvement made such an incredible difference. She worked her tail off making sure we had everything we needed and spent the entire day with us on Saturday making sure the riders were taken care of.
A very big shout out to our new friends over at Benson, Bertoldo, Baker & Carter law firm. They were instrumental in coming to the table this year to ensure we would be able to put on a delicious and filling lunch spread for the riders. ClearSpan Tents put up a huge tent so we could provide shade for our amazing lunch wraps from the daily kitchen, fruit from Trader Joes, chips and lets not forget about the amazing giant Tour de Summerlin cookie and cookie treats from our friends over at Great American Cookies. We had some 40 mile riders eyeing that work of art (ready for a taste) as they assembled it on site. They also passed out cookie treats to all the riders as they entered the luncheon area. Becky Solomon (who owns GAC along with her husband) actually rode in the event. The cookies and massive cookie were over the top and the perfect finish to a great post ride luncheon. The Vistas Park offers a great location where riders can sit and relax in the cool grass after their long ride and look back on what was hopefully a fulfilling day.
The Tour de Summerlin would not be possible without the continued trust and confidence from the Summerlin Master Plan. They have been by our side from the very beginning and we cannot imagine a more scenic or enjoyable ride. Summerlin has done an incredible job by recognizing cyclists and providing miles and miles and miles of bike lanes. We have not seen another master plan of this size that has made such a concerted effort to provide bike lanes throughout most of its streets. That’s a credit to their organization and makes Summerlin the most unique and desirable master plan in all of Nevada.
CANDLELIGHTERS OF NEVADA RAISE $81,000 AT THIS YEAR’S TOUR DE SUMMERLIN
We were overjoyed when we heard that the ride participants for the Candlelighters of Nevada raised $81,000 at this year’s event! We are looking forward to next year in hopes that we can help them raise even more money next year. Pictured in photo from left to right: Nikkole McCartin/Summerlin & Howard Hughes Corporation, Randy McGhie/McGhies Ski, Bike & Board, Melissa Cipriano/Candlelighters of Nevada, Brooke Harless, Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa.
2012 TOUR DE SUMMERLIN
Welcome to our ‘new and improved’ Tour de Summerlin website. This year marks our 11th anniversary and we are so appreciative for all of you who have supported our event over the past 10 years. We couldn’t have made this event possible if were not for the support and sponsorship of the beautiful master plan of Summerlin and the Howard Hughes Corporation. We set out to create the most ‘rider friendly’ bicycling event in the southwest, and remain committed to doing so year after year after year. This year’s event will benefit the Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada.
We are very excited to announce that we are adding a 100 mile distance (full century) to our existing 75 & 40 mile rides. Our scenic routes will continue to utilize miles and miles of designated bike lanes throughout the northwest and picturesque Red Rock Canyon is always a highlight for any rider.