More MS news articles for Oct 2001

Gambler's Classic Bike Tour Bets on Laughlin


If riding your bicycle 150 miles is just a walk in the park for your fitness level, consider helping a worthy cause while staying in shape.

There’s still time for those who want to participate in the 16th Anniversary of the MS150 Bike Tour Gambler’s Classic, which begins Saturday Oct. 13, at 7 a.m., in Las Vegas and finishes at the Flamingo Laughlin.

The largest organized bike tour in Southern Nevada, the classic is part of the MS Bike Tour Cycling Series presented by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society all over the United States.

This year’s event starts at the MS Society Office in Las Vegas, with the tour meandering through Las Vegas, Henderson via Boulder Highway, then south on Highway 95 through Searchlight, Cal-Nev-Ari, ending up at the Flamingo Laughlin.

Keith Schriner, one of the event coordinators, said he’d like to see more participation from riders in the Laughlin and Bullhead City areas.

“We have about 200 participants and the majority of them are primarily from Las Vegas. We have a few from your neck of the woods. We have a few from Phoenix and one guy that’s coming from Texas.”

While the ride starts in Las Vegas, area people who want to participate will be driven from here to the starting point, he said.

“We have a shuttle that leaves the Flamingo Laughlin at 4:30 a.m. to bring riders up here. The cost to register is $40 per person, plus the $200 each rider raises as part of the Gambler’s Classic. The bus ride is a $5 donation which we’re tipping the bus driver for dragging him out of bed at this ridiculous hour,” he said.

“We’ll still be taking registrations at 7 a.m. in Las Vegas for any last minute people who want to participate.”

Schriner said the purpose of the ride is two-fold. “We’re raising money and raising awareness. We don’t have a set goal, it’s not like we’re set to raise a million dollars or die trying,” he said. “We just want to let people know we’re out there and raise whatever money we can. Basically, it’s a lot of fun.”

Riders will travel 100 miles the first day, 50 miles the second day, Sunday, October 14.

Cyclists will stay overnight at the Flamingo Laughlin with the second leg beginning at 8 a.m. Riders travel on Needles Highway, through the Fort Mojave Indian Reservation, make a loop at Davis Camp, finishing again at the Flamingo Laughlin.

The route will be clearly marked, Schriner said. Anyone who would like to participate can call 702-736-7272 or 800-FIGHT MS, select option 1. “Call and we’ll get you all squared away.”