4 weeks before I embark to the Kokopelli trail a business trip to Las Vegas presented an excellent opportunity to try out the desert conditions, my brand new Source Whisler hydration pack and my fitness.
Red Rock Canyon conservation is located 20 miles west of Las-Vegas and it’s one of the most beautiful formations in the Southwest. Following the advice of Chris, a Blue Diamond outpost bike shop owner, I went riding on 29er Hi-fly full suspension.
I packed my Whisler hydration pack with 3L of Perpeteum sport drink, spare parts, cell phone and food, and still there was ample room for more gear and food. The internal organization of 2012 Whisler is phenomenal, with a separate pocket for the reservoir, easy access to secure pockets and much more. The excellent back design allowed for super ventilation even during carrying so the rider can stay focused on the ride.
I started the ride with Alex, a local guy, and after 5 miles I branched off to continue the planned route.
Riding in the desert is nothing like East Coast riding: no shade, loose gravel, small rocks and tight single track. The first 12 miles were mainly flat with moderate climb. The 2nd part was the true reward: long descend with a remaining tight course along the foot hills of the red canyon mountains. The whistler straps proved to be excellent, the hydration hose is well positioned for easy access and the mini pockets on the strap allow for easy access to gel and energy bar.
During the ride I met several local riders, all very nice and helpful with pictures and guidance.
All in all, I logged 21 fun fun fun miles and the ride proved to be a good preparation experience for next month.
Less than a month to the big event…