Sunday, June 9, 2013

Red Rock Canyon's Colorful Characters

Last week you might remember Harvey, the Santa Cruz bicyclist who traveled to Red Rock Canyon Conservation Area's loop four times a year. He biked a massive mountain bike and was climbing about 3 mph up a steep hill when I saw him last Sunday.

I thought Harvey topped the colorful character category at the Red Rock loop.

Until this morning.

Around 6:50 a.m., I met a woman who puts new meaning behind colorful character. She rode a heavy clunker of a bike (a Next) and several other distinguishing characteristics:

-- Hey boyfriend refused to allow her to bike in the small granny gear to grind up the steep hills.

-- She wore a bikini bottom and flip flops.

-- Missing front tooth.

-- She says she doesn't mind being in the newspaper because she's already "on the internet."

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Cycling Early At Red Rock Loop To Beat The 115 Heat In Vegas

I hit the Red Rock Scenic Loop outside Las Vegas by 6:30 am because that's what you do when the temps are supposed to hit the 115 mark today. Lots of other cyclists on the Red Rock circuit.

Mile 2 is super steep.

Love the early light.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Say Hello To Harvey

Harvey from Santa Cruz drives the 9 hours from the SF Bay area to bike the famed Red Rock Canyon Scenic Loop four times a year. "It's better than Disneyworld," Harvey said while glancing at the Red Rock scenery and ringing his handlebar bell.