Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Interbike Ride Event Capping Trade Show Is Back On

For a few years there, the Interbike national bicycle show week in Las Vegas was always capped off by a cool bicycle ride on the Saturday following the trade show's last day on Friday.

The folks at RTC, the local bus and transportation agency, held a Viva Bike Vegas ride that at one time had more than 2,500 riders.

But in 2013, the Viva ride lost more than 25 percent of its riders and RTC lost $117,000 on the event.

So, RTC dropped out.

But the Perimeter Association of America folks from Tucson who put on that cool Tour de Tucson stepped up in 2014 and took over the Viva ride.

Unfortunately, Perimeter could muster only several hundred riders for its event -- even with Zappos chipping in and helping.

So this year, Perimeter pulled out too -- just like the RTC the year before in 2013.

But now, another organization with bicycle ride fund-raising experience has returned to the Las Vegas scene.

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is partnering with Interbike for a Sept. 19 ride -- the Saturday after Interbike week ends. Interbike is the presenting sponsor.

It's called, Bike MS: Las Vegas, and participants who pay the ride fee and raise a minimum of $100 get to attend Interbike's Customer Appreciation Day for free on Friday, Sept. 18 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.

The Review-Journal broke the news with this story today.

There are two rides -- one is 30 miles and the other is 50 miles. Start time is 7 a.m.

Sign up here to ride the MS event.

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