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Three bicycle events to roll through this fall

Participants in the Viva Bike Vegas event gather Saturday on the Hoover Dam bypass bridge before turning around to finish their 115-mile ride.
Photo: Justin M. Bowen
Molly O'Donnell

Interbike International Bicycle Exposition (September 18-20) is the largest annual gathering of cycling industry gurus ever, and it happens right here. But you don’t have to be a rich pedal-head to partake. This year’s Interbike is set to happen at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, which means the free Mobile Social (September 19, 6:30 p.m.)—featuring tricked-out bikes taking over the Strip and a free early-bird afterparty—should be a long and amazing one. Watch out, cabbies.

The Blinking Man Bike Ride

The sixth of its kind, this year’s RTC Viva Bike Vegas (September 21) promises to be bigger than ever. With three routes—the Zeus 104-mile, demigod 61-mile and 17-mile for the rest of us—Viva travels the Strip, Red Rock Canyon and Lake Mead. At $125 per rider, Viva isn’t a steal, but the fee includes lunch, a lot of great swag, a beer garden afterparty and, most importantly, big donations to a few great area causes like the After-School All-Stars.

Miss raves but not the blue Mondays? Blinking Man (October 19) has the solution. Beginning at 7 p.m. from the Huntridge Tavern, this themed night ride follows a Downtown route and hits up unfrequented places like the 5th Avenue Pub, along with the usual suspects. A free gathering that has more to do with meeting people than working up a sweat, Blinking Man still offers better odds of being hangover-free than most crawls.


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