Annual cycling event to coincide with Interbike 2012 on September 22

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA –The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) has announced that the RTC 2012 Viva Bike Vegas Gran Fondo will again begin on the Las Vegas Strip and century riders will have the opportunity to ride over the Hoover Dam.

This year, the RTC has also partnered with Interbike, the largest bicycle trade event in North America, to bring more bicycle industry participation to the annual event. The 2012 edition of Interbike will be held at the Sands Expo Center, Sept. 17 through 21, and the RTC 2012 Viva Bike Vegas Gran Fondo will take place immediately following the show on Saturday, Sept. 22.

“We look forward to offering riders a unique and exciting ride from the famous Las Vegas Strip to the iconic Hoover Dam in this year’s RTC Viva Bike Vegas Gran Fondo,” said Jacob Snow, RTC general manager. “We are proud to welcome cyclists from across the country and around the world to Las Vegas every year to ride in Viva Bike Vegas.  This year, we are especially pleased to partner with Interbike and invite its exhibitors and attendees to join us for our fifth annual event.”

All riders will again have the unique opportunity to begin their ride under the bright lights of the world-famous Las Vegas Strip. The RTC 2012 Viva Bike Vegas Gran Fondo will feature three spectacular routes – 118, 72, and 17-mile courses – for cyclists of all skill levels taking riders from the Las Vegas Strip to the vistas of the Red Rock
Canyon National Conservation Area and the scenic trails near Lake Mead National Park.  Century and 72-mile riders will have the additional opportunity to ride over the Hoover Dam

Rider registration for the RTC 2012 Viva Bike Vegas Gran Fondo is available online at at and during this early registration period, all rides cost only $75.

Proceeds from Viva Bike Vegas will again benefit local charities: After-School All-Stars Las Vegas, Nevada Cancer Institute and Communities in Schools of Nevada.