A note to all 100 & 40 mile distance riders. Please note that we have made a slight change in where you can pick up the bike path route located towards the end of your riders. As you travel east down Peace (after making a right turn off of Grand Canyon), please pay close attention to the street signs as you will now be making a left hand turn at S. Chieftain (not Fort Apache). After you make the left on S. Chieftain, look for road markings and arrows that will point out the entrance to the bike path on your right hand side. This entrance more easily accessible than the one by the gas station at the corner of Peace and Fort Apache. This updated will be changed on the course maps and will be posted on the website by today and also available at packet pickup on Friday.
Hello riders! Just as we do every year the week before our event, we go out and drive the routes to make sure that there are not an impending road or traffic issues. Due to ongoing construction throughout Las Vegas, you never know when new road work begins and ends. After driving the routes yesterday, we have discovered road issues in two different locations along the 100 & 75 mile routes. The Alexander pass at US95 is still under construction and will not be finished in time for Saturday. Therefore we have made a slight adjustment to avoid that area. Riders will now be routed to turn right on Gowan off of Cimarron. You’ll follow Gowan East to Rainbow and make a left on Rainbow. You’ll take Rainbow North to Alexander and turn right. This gets us back onto our original route. There is also major road construction on Jones north of the I-215. With traffic being taken down to only one lane, we are now going to redirect riders before they reach that construction zone. Riders will be directed to take Jones to Dorrell and make a left hand turn onto Dorrell. Stay on Dorrell until you reach Torrey Pines. Make a right turn onto Torrey Pines. Take Torrey Pines to Elkhorn and turn left onto Elkhorn. Take Elkhorn to Tenaya and make a right turn at Tenaya. This will also put riders back on regular route at this point. We will be posting revised/corrected maps to the website today, so please check back throughout the day to download a new map. We will also have color prints for all three routes available at packet pickup for all riders.
We are incredibly excited to announce that Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa has become one of our event sponsors this year. In addition to hosting our start & finish line on-site at the property, they will also be catering the post rider luncheon after the rides! With plenty of ample parking and one of the most beautiful resort destinations in all of Las Vegas, we are thrilled to be able to utilize their one-of-a-kind venue and fantastic catering services.
Make sure you visit their website (just click on the sponsor name to the right on this page) and you might even consider spending the night at the resort after the event. Heck, why not book a spa day on Sunday to take care of those tired muscles….or just spend the day relaxing by the pool.
A big thank you from all of us at Tour de Summerlin to those individuals over at Red Rock for their time, energy and support.
You can now purchase an official Tour de Summerlin event bike jersey. What a great way to commemorate your participation in this fun and exciting event. Jersey’s are available for online purchase at McGhies.com or just click here now!
There will be a limitation on the number of entries for this years event, so make sure you register early and reserve your spot. With the addition of a 100 mile distance (full century) this year’s event promises to be our best one yet. Go to our registration page and register either online or download the entry form and get it mailed off right away.
We will be making some exciting announcements in the upcoming weeks, so make sure you check back with the site or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
With the right equipment and the right preparation, the whole 100 miles is a worthy, rewarding and attainable goal. So, how do you get ready? First off, take care of the essentials. The right equipment will make or break your day. Not just for the day of the big ride, but for all the rides you will do to prepare, remember the HIPP essentials:
You’ll need a way too carry water and/or sports drink on your rides. This is crucial to your heath, performance and safety. The most common methods are water bottles or a hydration backpack. Both work very well.
Before each ride, you’ll need a way to check and add air pressure to your tires. Tires with low air pressure are more difficult to ride and steer and are more susceptible to punctures. Even if you keep your tires inflated to the recommended pressures, punctures can happen out on the road. You’ll need the tools and the knowledge to be able to change a flat tire by yourself, just in case. Don’t worry, it’s not nearly as difficult as it sounds, and most bike shops have hands on classes that teach this necessary skill.
In order of importance, protection is the most crucial of the HIPP essentials. A bike helmet is required for the Tour de Summerlin and should be the one accessory you never leave home without. After protecting your head, the next most important area to protect should be covered by a pair of good cycling shorts. Cycling shorts, with a padded chamois insert are designed to be worn next to the skin, (read-no underwear!) to prevent chafing and sore spots. This is also the reason they are tight. Moving fabric is abrasive fabric over 100 miles. If you are uncomfortable with the tight fitting look, there are skirts and baggy shorts that go over the skin tight fabrics for a functional, yet more casual appearance. After a helmet and shorts, sports eyewear and gloves are probably the next two items in line.
Once you have taken care of hydration, inflation and protection, you can look to additional performance items. Cycling shoes have stiffer soles and can attach directly to your pedals. This can be a very welcome performance addition if you suffer from sore feet. Beyond that, a cycling jersey features pockets on the back to carry food and essentials.
Time for a Bike Tune
When searching for the right accessories, you’ll make at least one trip to the local bike shop (preferably McGhies Ski, Bike & Board). This is the perfect opportunity to have your bike inspected and tuned for the big ride, and all the training rides that will precede the Tour de Summerlin. Do this now, before the summer rush at the shop. Let the shop professionals know that you’ll be riding 100 miles and you want to be sure your bike is ready. It’s the perfect time to inspect tires, bar tape, saddle condition and shifting performance. It would also be a great idea to ask for their opinion on your riding position and their advice on any body parts that may be bothering you. Saddle height, saddle angle, bar position, and brake lever position are all easily changed and very important to making any rider comfortable.
Now It’s Your Turn
Once your clothing and equipment are in order, its time to work on building an aerobic and muscle base that can get you all the way to your 100 mile goal. The key here is to start slow, with attainable goals that make it obvious for you, mentally and physically, that you can do the whole thing.
Start by a visit to your doctor to be sure there are no issues that would prevent you from starting this program. Once you get the all clear from the doc, its time to make two plans:
Preparation for the ride
A sample Preparation Plan is as follows. This starts 8 weeks prior to the event, somewhere in early to mid February. The idea is to start with easily completed rides and varied paces. By varying your pace, some days you’ll push your body, other day’s you’ll be out to rest. An important part of training is recovery and your easy rides are a way to loosen, but not tax your muscles. The chart below is in miles. If you miss a day, don’t worry too much. The closer you get to April 21st, the more important the rides. This is not set in stone, but it is a good plan that would make you ready to ride.
We hope that you all are excited as we are for this year’s 11th annual Tour de Summerlin, which will be held on April 21, 2012.
With less than a month away, all of us here at Tour de Summerlin want to give special thanks and recognition to our sponsor, Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa. In celebration of our 11th annual Tour de Summerlin and in appreciation to all our riders over the last 10 years, Red Rock Casino is helping us do something special this year by hosting both the start and finish line at their property. In addition, they will also be hosting our post-ride luncheon, where we can enjoy our feelings of pride and accomplishment together. We are incredibly honored and thrilled to have one of Las Vegas’ most impressive resorts join our wonderful group of sponsors.
In addition, we’d also like to thank the following sponsors for their generous support. This event would not be possible without them: Summerlin, Howard Hughes Corporation, McGhies Ski, Bike & Board, TeamAMC, Trader Joes, and Land Rover Las Vegas.
For more information or to register online, please visit www.tourdesummerlin.com.