Rando Roulette Pop — RWGPS Link — Permanent Populaire Route # 2180
104.1 km (64.7 miles) with 2,395 feet of climbing.
This loop route starts just a few miles NE of the strip in Las Vegas (near some grocery stores where there is plenty of parking). It heads right down the Las Vega Strip and then out west to the classic Blue Diamond loop (popular with many roadies in the area), before going south to Henderson and then back to the start. An early start is recommended to avoid congestion on the “Strip” — in fact, consider a dawn start so you can see all the cool lights during your 4-mile ride down this famous street!
If you would rather avoid the traffic on the strip (it has no shoulder to speak of), then feel free to take this detour route, however I don’t have a separate cue sheet made up for it, but the checkpoints remain the same. It is a tad longer than going down the Strip, so you mileage will be a little off for the rest of the ride.
Start & Finish Location Parking lot south of McDonald’s, 1195 E Sahara Ave Las Vegas, NV 89104 (SW corner of Sahara Ave & Maryland Pkwy). Take exit 40 off of I-15 and go east about 2 miles on Sahara Ave. It is at the SW corner.
Rando Roulette 200 — RWGPS Link — Permanent Route # 1071
201.9 km (125.4 miles) with 7,038 feet of climbing (85% of the RWGPS stated amount)
These were the first RUSA permanents in Nevada!
The “Rando Roulette” begins in Henderson (SE Las Vegas) and unlike the Dam Ride, it does not go directly down the Las Vegas Strip. Also, instead of going down and across Hoover Dam, it makes an out and back to Calville Bay, a small resort on the NW corner of Lake Mead.
This route was a collaborative effort of myself and Susan Plonsky, the former RUSA Regional Brevet Administrator (RBA) in Arizona.
- This region is always very hot in the summer months and some of the controls (water sources) are 30-40 miles apart. This route also has significant amount of climbing for a 200K, so don’t plan on riding this route when the forecast is in the 90s or 100s.
- The 200K travels on several bike paths, which can be very confusing. We highly advise that you study a zoomed in satellite view of the RWGPS link, viewing the four brown “i” or information points.
Start Point Von’s grocery store @ 45 E Horizon Ridge Pkwy. The store open 24/7. From I-515, it just west off exit 85. This is just SE of the I-215 & I-515 junction.
Rental Bikes One person used Las Vegas Cyclery and found them good. They are are on the west side, near the Red Rocks loop.