As you may have read previously, my new found passion is cycling. I try to get out there as much as possible but given my geographic location, Southern Ontario, Canada, it’s a little harder finding the right weather and view on a day to day basis. Sure, we have beautiful mountains in Collingwood, Ontario and maybe even some nice bike paths by the lake front in Toronto and of course there’s Niagara-on-the-lake. However, on a day to day basis when you’re trying to get your riding into gear – the weather doesn’t cooperate. It’s too cold or too wet or snow etc… I did find however, on my most recent trip to Las Vegas that there is an amazing cycling way of life out there. Just outside the main strip is very bike friendly and these trails not only connect you from neighbourhood to neighbourhood, but they also connect you to the amazing scenic sites such as Red Rock Canyon.
The canyon is considered a category 2 hill which I didn’t know what that meant(remember I’m still new to this). I did find out in a hurry though because it was a pretty special ride! I rented a bicycle for about $40.00 and it did way more than my bicycle at home did for me. It showed me downhill speeds and uphill speeds that I have never experienced before. So, let’s just say that I really don’t want to get on my own bike anymore – or at least for now. I will be bike riding again and I really like the organized rides too.
I’ve been scoping out the charity rides that start around 50km but I am looking for a better bike to do it with – my current bike is a mountain bike and although it helps me build huge muscles in my legs, it’s watching all of the other cyclists fly past me that is getting to me. No I don’t have an ego but after all this time of watching these guys fly past me I wonder why they never told me how easy the hills would have been with a better, lighter bike like the ones they are riding and like the one I rented. Sorry guys, I figured it out – it’s not the legs or the fitness(it helps no doubt) but it’s a lot to do with the bike too. Enuffbs already!
PS – take the 3 minute drive through Red Rock Canyon.