20 Mile Ride
20 mile riders travel on the Old Las Vegas Highway, which has nice shoulders and good pavement. It 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!
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 20 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 Celebration Corral. 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.
This ride is designed for cyclers with minimum cycling experience. A beginning cyclist should allow 3 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!!
There is one Food Stop with snacks, fresh fruit, energy drink and water at SpinDoc in Eldorado which is at the 10 mile half-way point.
The 20 mile registration fee is $25 per rider online and $35 at the venue.
- View the 20 Mile Loop and Start / Finish - PDF map.
- One of our riders, Gordon, has provided the following map that you can download or export to your Falk GPS or Garmin GPS.