LAS VEGAS, NV (BRAIN)—Five retailers and a dozen others, including Specialized’s founder, Mike Sinyard, will ride the final 32 miles to Interbike’s Outdoor Demo today ending a 604-mile odyssey that began last Thursday from Morgan Hill, California.
This year’s ride, the second Specialized has organized for Interbike, was in support of breast cancer research through the foundation, Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
The riders completed the day with a celebratory dinner and a round of awards. Glen Fant, a retailer from Santa Rosa, California’s NorCal Bike Sport, was named the ride’s sprinter; Joe Howard of Richardson BikeMart in Richardson, Texas, was named the group’s best climber; and Dave Nazaroff, owner of Toga Bikes in New York City, won the most aggressive rider title.
Specialized’s Chris D’Aluisio was named best overall and Sinyard was given, tongue-in-cheek, the youngest rider award. Sinyard is a young 61 years old.
They began the final 25-mile ride into Las Vegas mid-afternoon Monday when they regrouped at Rosary, the top of a pass east of Pahrump. It was the last traffic-light miles they were to ride before hitting metropolitan Las Vegas’ labyrinth of traffic-clogged roads.
After finding their way onto the Vegas Strip, they parked their bikes at the Venetian, where the company is headquartered for Interbike. Most of the riders plan to leave the hotel today at 8:30 a.m. and arrive at Outdoor Demo around 11 a.m.
PHOTO: Dave Nazaroff, owner of Toga Bikes in New York City, points to other riders as they finish a climb on the Specialized ride to Las Vegas.