The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) welcomed a record number of cyclists for Viva Bike Vegas 2010, including over 1,500 riders for the century route that featured a historic ride across the new Hoover Dam Bridge, before it opened to vehicular traffic.
In total, the third annual cycling event attracted nearly 2,000 riders from over 30 states and Canada. There were courses for cyclists of all skill levels, including a 115-mile century ride, a 50-mile half-century ride and a 23-mile ride.
The rides began at the RTC’s administrative offices in downtown Las Vegas and then traversed the Las Vegas Valley along routes showcasing the scenery and vistas of Southern Nevada. The event also offered festival activities for children and families, including games, an obstacle course and bicycle training, as well as food/vendor booths.
This year, Andrew Pinfold and Max Jenkins of the United Healthcare Pro Cycling Team Presented by Maxxis kicked off the century ride alongside RTC general manager Jacob Snow. While not a race, timing chips were available to riders who wanted to track their course time. Participants can view their official time online.
The 2010 edition of RTC Viva Bike Vegas benefited Nevada Cancer Institute and the Greater Las Vegas Chapter of the After-School All-Stars. Nevada Cancer Institute opened in late summer 2005 and is dedicated to state-of-the-art research and implementation of groundbreaking methods of prevention, detection and treatment of cancer.
The Greater Las Vegas After-School All-Stars provide at-risk youth with after-school programs that afford them opportunities to participate in sports, educational, cultural and community programs. The aim is to build confidence and self-esteem, and to encourage them to say “no” to gangs, drugs and violence, and “yes” to hope, learning and life.