The Dam Ride (Las Vegas)


The Dam Ride (NE Start) — RWGPS Link — Route # 833

205.2 km (127.5 miles) with 7,021 feet of climbing.

If you would rather avoid the congestion of the strip (with no shoulder), then choose this alternative start route. The detour route is a tad longer, so your mileage will be off for the rest of the ride.


The Dam Ride (Downtown Start) — RWGPS Link — Route # 2536

203.2 km (126.2 miles) with 7,193 feet of climbing.

If you would rather avoid the congestion of the strip (with no shoulder), then choose this alternative start route. The detour route is a tad longer, so your mileage will be off for the rest of the ride.


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Introduction “The Dam Ride” now has two start points. They both go right down the strip (see optional detour on the RWGPS links above), then west, making the classic Blue Diamond loop climb. The routes then circle around through south Las Vegas, through Boulder City and out and across Hoover Dam, before finally returning to Las Vegas. Because of potentially heavy traffic on the strip (4.6 miles with no bike lane), an early start is recommended (6:30 or 7:00 a.m.). Also, there can be some tourist traffic near the dam (along the switchbacks) — typically the pace is slow, as through-traffic now goes on the new bypass bridge that crosses the Colorado River some 900 feet above the river (it is the highest and longest arched concrete bridge in the Western Hemisphere).

Both versions travel into the state of Arizona when crossing Hoover Dam.

Construction Note (e-mail received February 2106 regarding the NE start) “Volunteer Blvd, at mile 60.2, is undergoing major construction and is difficult to pass on a bike in certain areas (no shoulders, one lane flagger, rough pavement) I kept on it but an impatient pickup driver ran me off the road just as we came up to a stop light past the work area. No damage to me or the bike I was on and another driver who was behind the pickup driver actually got out to make sure I was ok.  The road into and out of the Hoover dam area is narrow with no real shoulder, which makes it a little difficult climbing back out. But for the most part drivers gave me a wide berth. ”

Warnings!

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

 

NE Start Location Walmart (or other nearby service) @ 6570 E Lake Mead Blvd in Las Vegas. The store is open 06:00 – 24:00. From the north take the Lamb Blvd exit (# 50) & go south approx. 4 miles to Lake Mead Blvd and turn left & go approx. 2 miles. From the south take I-15 to Lake Mead Blvd exit (# 45A) & go east approx. 6 miles.

Downtown Start Location Parking near the McDonald’s, 1195 E Sahara Ave Las Vegas, NV 89104 (SW corner of Sahara Ave & Maryland Pkwy). This is about two miles east of I-15, exit 40 (Sahara Ave).

Upon completion of the ride, we do not suggest riding the strip again (in the busy afternoon traffic) back to your hotel. Take side roads instead.

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