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A business cycle in Las Vegas that is all good.
MercuryNews.com, January 2006
By: Nicole Wong, Dean Takahashi and Matt Marshall
Jan. 2--Riding a bicycle down the Las Vegas strip certainly doesn't scream bling. But it's Roger Kay's secret to saving his soles from blistering and staying sane as 130,000 other people attending the convention dash between appointments and parties at this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Sin City.
Kay, president of Massachusetts' Endpoint Technologies Associates, has used this speed-wheeling strategy for several years. It's helped him arrive on time for a dozen meetings a day scattered across a 1 1/2-mile radius.
"Nothing like passing 75 cars held up by one guy turning into the Convention Center parking lot, or leaving behind a cab line of several hundred plaintive souls to make you feel like the captain of your destiny," Kay wrote on the www.technologypundits.com blog.
For about $100, Escape Adventures delivers a bike to his hotel Wednesday night and picks it up Saturday morning. When the 52-year-old isn't biking down the gridlocked Las Vegas Boulevard -- or down the hotel hallway, as he's been known to do -- he may lock the bike to a structure in the Venetian's roundabout, tip a bellhop $5 to watch it, or stow it in his room.
He's considered riding a Segway, but that wouldn't be good at squeezing through the human gridlock. And it's just not fast enough for him.
Kay wears slacks while he rides -- carefully folding the pant legs around the crease when he straps on leg reflectors -- so there's no wasted time changing into business attire. And he can conduct business as easily on a bike as in a car -- talking on the cell phone using a noise-canceling Bluetooth headset.
"A caveat, however, is evening," Kay wrote on the blog. "Once the sun goes down, I retire the bike and switch to cabs. I may not gamble in Vegas, but I know what happens to the odds for a biker after the sun goes down."
Outdoor Network's article featuring Idaho
Idaho rated the #1 state for mountain biking by IMBA
Outdoor Network, December 3, 2001
The state famous for its potatoes may need a new slogan. For the second straight year, Idaho received the top grade in the International Mountain Bicycling Association's (IMBA) Mountain Bike Access Report Card, solidifying its status as the best U.S. state for mountain biking. Serpentine trails, expansive public lands and a low population were sited by IMBA as key components in Idaho's mountain biking success. Idaho received the top grade in last year's IMBA Report Card, but that didn't make the local cyclists complacent. Riding opportunities improved this year around Boise, Idaho's largest city, as mountain bikers played a central role in creating new urban fringe trails.
For more information on our Idaho Trip, click here.
Mountain Bike Action article featuring Oregon
Scouting Trails above Bend, Oregon
Exploring Central Oregon with Jared Fisher, America’s Premier Mountain Bike Scout
Mountain Bike Action, January 2001, pp. 74-78, Story and photos by Will Hangen
As Jared Fisher, mountain bike scout par excellence, and I prepare to scout 30 miles of singletrack above Bend, Oregon, nearby Mount Bachelor subtly unveils some of its crazy layer-cake weather system. The layer-cake effect starts at Bend’s outskirts and continues for 25 miles up Cascade Lakes Highway culminating at 7000-foot Todd Lake. Earlier we’d driven through separate layers of bright sun, then mist and are now in light rain.With the two of us standing side-by-side, staring down at the gray ridges arrayed below, delicate snowflakes begin to materialize out of the sky. They fall gently and slow-dance in our cloudy breath, a clear harbinger of winter, just a tad early. Both Jared and I are lost in thought when he turns to me and says, “This is the best part of my job. I live for these moments.”
National Geographic article featuring Las Vegas
National Geographic Adventure, February, 2001, pp. 24, Story by Steve Casimiro
VEGAS'S REAL EXTRAVAGANCE LIES IN ITS NATURAL SETTING.
You think you know everything you need to know about Las Vegas, so when you’re flying above the Mojave Desert at night and the miles of blackness below you suddenly give way to a shocking amoeba of glowing luminosity, you’re not even close to surprised. It’s Vegas, man.But maybe you don’t know everything about Vegas,after all. Block out the city for a moment and focus on all those lightless miles of wilderness. From the stunning escarpment of Red Rock Canyon, 40 minutes west of town, to the Colorado River, the same distance east, Vegas’s real extravagance lies in its vast natural setting.
Mountain Bike Action article featuring Las Vegas
Southern Nevada's Singletrack Bonanza
Mountain Bike Action, December 2000, pp. 40-44
GOOD TRAILS ABOUND IN THE HILLS AND VALLEYS OUTSIDE LAS VEGAS
Thousands of bikers travel to Las Vegas every year. Many go for the annual Interbike Show, the premier bike show in the industry. A lot more simply pass through on their way to somehwhere else, maybe Moab, Utah, or some other storied riding spot in the western United States.As it happens, though, just outside of Las Vegas is some of the best winter riding in the U.S. While the Northwest is getting socked with winter storms, the Rockies are being buried under a blanket of snow, and the rest of the country is shivering in the cold, Southern Nevada is often basking in balmy 80-degree temperatures, brilliant blue skies, and bright sunshine. And though most mountain bikers don't realize it, there are good trails to be found within 25 minutes of the Las Vegas Strip....