25 Mile Ride
25 mile riders travel on Rabbit Road and the Old Las Vegas Highway, which both have wide shoulders and good pavement. There is a gradual climb on Rabbit Road to the intersection of the Old Las Vegas Highway. The Old Las Vegas Highway is also a piece of the original Old Santa Fe Trail route and has some easy to moderate rolling hills - the kind where you can get up enough momentum on the downhill to make it almost to the top of the next hill. These rollers can be a lot of fun! There will be a slight downhill most of the way to the finish, a quick return to the start/finish. The total elevation gain on the route is 1,273 feet.
This ride is designed for cyclists with minimum cycling experience. A beginning cyclist should allow three hours to complete the ride, including a rest at the food stop at the halfway point in Eldorado. There will be many riders riding with you. The energy and enthusiasm of all the people out there is contagious, encouraging, and fun!!
The best advice for beginning cyclists is to pay attention and use good cycling etiquette by making other cyclists around you aware of your actions. Always use hand signals when turning or stopping.
In addition to the hand signals, pull over, off the shoulder, when stopping on the route and say "stopping" to notify those riders behind you. Pass other cyclists on the left and let them know you are there by saying, "On your left."
Although all riders may start at their pleasure, we suggest that the 25 mile riders start between 9:00 and 10:00am. Allowing approximately 3 hours for beginning riders, this will place you back at the finish line between noon and 1:00pm. The venue will be alive with music, refreshments and lunch at the beer garden. Also, the Gran Fondo, Medio Fondo, and 50 mile riders will be rolling in. So time your start so that your finish will be a part of the festivities!!
Gear and Equipment
Each rider needs a bike in good mechanical condition with enough gears to climb moderate hills. ASTM approved helmets are mandatory. All riders should ride single file, obey traffic laws and adhere to the same rules as automobiles. In addition, each cyclist must carry a spare tube, a patch kit, pump or CO2 cartridges and basic tools. Each rider should carry extra water.
There is one Food Stop with snacks, fresh fruit, energy drink and water in Eldorado which is at the 12.7 mile half-way point.
The 25 mile online registration fee is $25 ($30 after April 30th) per rider and $40 at the venue.
- View a turn by turn - PDF map.
- View a turn by turn - PDF description.
- View the Start / Finish - PDF map.