Red Rock e-bike tours take the stress off scenic loop
Biking along the often uphill 13-mile scenic loop of the Red Rock National Conservation Area is like pedaling to the top of the stratosphere, Allison Messmore likes to say.
To many, it may seem like a nightmare. Unless the bike you’re riding is an electric bike.
This is where Messmore’s Red E Bike Tours comes in. It is the only guided electric bike tour licensed to operate in the approximately 195,820-acre National Recreation Area, said Messmore, 47, who owns and operates the business with his 19-year-old daughter, Ciera.
The three-hour tour, which begins and ends at the park’s visitor center, totals approximately 17 miles and climbs to 1,200 feet, which is 51 feet higher than the height of the Stratosphere, Allison Messmore said.
“In order to do this loop on your own, you’ll need to train hard for it,” said the Summerlin resident. “But the bikes really take all of the hard work away from you, and that allows the park to really steal the show.”
Allison Messmore and her daughter have guided locals and tourists alike along the Scenic Drive for the past five years.
“Kristen, you’re on Jackpot,” she yelled on a recent hot Friday morning as she looked down at her notepad. In front of her were four red bicycles neatly lined up. “And Monica, I’m going to have you at Blackjack.”
That morning, Allison Messmore hopped on Ace of Spades, her favorite bike.
“She named the bikes,” Ciera Messmore said of her mother. “That was all her.”
Together, the mother-daughter duo took a group of four women, dressed in sports gear and cycling helmets, through the park famous for its red sandstone formations.
“I wanted a guided tour. I like someone to tell me what I see, ”said Jenna Spain, 26. She hadn’t ridden a bike for years before that morning, but she joked that she wasn’t nervous, pointing the battery at one of the bikes.
Monica Leo and Janice Mangrum nodded. The two sisters were visiting from Austin, Texas.
“I can tell already that Allison is going to be able to tell us more about what we’re seeing than if I had a brochure,” said Mangrum, 60. “Bikes really are the best way to see something new. You go faster than walking, but you don’t drive with the windows up.
After a few adjustments to their bike seats, the women took off with Ciera Messmore in the lead as her mom followed to the end of the group, ready to share her favorite fun facts about the park.
You can find more information about Red E Bike Tours at www.redebike.com.