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Hello all,

I am taking a trip to Las Vegas starting January 3rd and am hoping to get away from the strip to do some biking. I am a XC rider from Ontario Canada, so I ride alot of tight, twisty singletrack with a fair amount of roots and rocks and a decent amount of climbing. I currently ride a Santa Cruz Blur LT and would rate my skills as intermediate/sport class - this is the class I race in in Ontario.

All of that being said I am looking for some intermediate single track in and around Las Vegas - I have heard of Cottonwood from a few travel sites and have reviewied the videos posted here - how is the riding there - is it techy or is it just a tourist spot? Are there any other places that I should check out instead? If Cottonwood is recommended are there a network of trails there or is it one trail - if a network which trail should I ride?

Also, are there any tour companies that offer pick-up from the strip and bike rental that someone can recommend?

Cheers All
 

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Cottonwood/blue diamond area is a network of trails. Many are easy/intermediate with a few very challenging ones. It is certainly not a groomed tourist area even though the easy trails near the parking lot have more beginners on them. If you want to see data on some rides you might like check these:

Nice ride with some steady but fairly easy climbing and then a fast descent:

http://trail.motionbased.com/trail/activity/7004722

Town of blue diamond (bike rentals!) start and finish:

http://trail.motionbased.com/trail/activity/7077805

And the nearby cowboy trails which you might really like since it is a challenging and technical climb with one hell of an overlook at the top:

http://trail.motionbased.com/trail/activity/7128441

Since you race in the sport class and seem to want more technical and/or challenging riding I would alternately check bootleg canyon in boulder city. It is probably more what you are looking for. There are also plenty of faster locals who ride those trails regularly and you can probably hook up with them to get shown around.

There are rentals near both areas, don't know about shuttle service.
 

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contact escape adventures @ 800-596-2953, you will not be disappointed. they have a strip shuttle service and rent santa cruz; newest to their rental line up are ellsworth epiphanys. they are great guys, and great guides. tell them what you want to do and wait for them to pick you up. and no, i do not work there and i have no financial interest in their business.
 
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