Specialized Ride 2 Vegas, Day 6

The last day’s ride was from Mesquite, Nevada, to Boulder City to the Outdoor Demo. That is, for roughly 10 of the riders from our group, that was the plan. There were plenty of us who opted for something a bit shorter. By a bit shorter I mean an estimated 50 miles rather than an estimated 110 miles. In reality, we rode 58 miles while Chris D’Alusio’s entrourage rode more like 120 miles.

Western Spirit Cycling Adventures provided our food for the entire trip. I’ve traveled with a lot of tour companies and I’ve never traveled with one that provided all the food. Western Spirit not only made everything run on time, the food was stellar. Dinner was never less than exactly what a hungry cyclist needed. Their level of organization combined with their laid-back ease gave them the air of Zen masters running FedEx. It’s hard to be that chill and yet that on top of things.



No matter what you might want, they seemed always to have plenty. And as if breakfast and dinner should be enough, the sag stops were better stocked than many centuries. 


Our transfer to the start of the final day’s ride kept us in the van for a bit and feeling some relief for not having to ride on I-15. That’s Rebecca Rusch at left and media guru Nic Sims in the center.

Daniel Benson of Cyclingnews was a delight to ride with and shared his dry, dry wit.
The legs of Chris D’Alusio.
Ben Kapron is a veteran of Specialized and now serves as the development director for the National Interscholastic Cycling Association.
The final day’s ride into Boulder City was far more beautiful and varied than expected.
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  1. Mark Sevenoff

    Ahhh shucks Patrick. Thanks for the kind words. It was a pleasure riding (& cooking)with you. We’ll have to get you on another trip in 2012. Have a great rest of your season and we’ll see you around.

    1. Author

      Mark: You guys really found an opportunity to turn a good time into something memorable. It shows you’re in the right line of work. I look forward to our next ride.

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